By EKATERINE TCHELIDZE
Chronicle Staff Writer
WILLIMANTIC â€” One of the Thread Cityâ€™s biggest events of the year, the Romantic Willimantic Cupid ceremony, is coming up on Valentineâ€™s Day â€” as always.
A resident will be awarded Wednesday with the title of â€śCupid 2018â€ť for his or her outstanding support, big heart and efforts to better the community.
Cupidâ€™s identity will remain top secret until 10 a.m. that day. The public is invited to the Cupid ceremony, which will also be broadcast live on WILI, in the Windham Town Hall auditorium.
The Windham Town Council committee on public safety, public works, environment, culture and recreation met last week to decide who is most deserving of the title.
Dawn Niles, the subcommittee chairman, said this year there were a dozen nominations and subcommittee members made sure to pick an individual who loves the town and who worked to promote it.
â€śIt actually was difficult (to decide),â€ť Niles said.
But, she said, the subcommittee really wanted to return to the tradition of awarding one person.
Last year, two people, Sandy Reed and Yolanda Negron, received the title for their love for the community.
Niles said, this year, there will be one Cupid.
â€śWe have many great candidates and itâ€™s always a challenge to choose, because we have a lot of good candidates,â€ť said Thomas DeVivo, the Windham Town Council president and a member of the subcommittee. â€śItâ€™s hard. There are so many great people in town.â€ť
But, DeVivo said, â€śwe are going to have a wonderful Cupidâ€ť who has a big heart.
â€śThe nominee will be awesome,â€ť DeVivo said.
This Cupid nomination ceremony will be the first one for Windham Town Manager Jim Rivers and he said he is excited to see the process.
Rivers said itâ€™s important to recognize individuals who best exemplify the town.
But the decision must have been hard because there are a lot of kind hearts in town, he said.
â€śItâ€™s like crowning the king or the queen of the year, but in another way,â€ť Rivers said about the ceremony. â€śI'm sure they picked somebody good.â€ť