Commissioners Continue To Talk Community Center Options

A 50-meter pool is what swim supporters and parents suggested would be ideal as a new community center component, Newtown Community Center Commission members heard Tuesday night during the commission’s latest meeting. Several of the roughly ten meeting attendees had recently at open forums, where commissioners have encouraged residents to discuss community center concepts including a pool/aquatic center, ice rink, senior services, cultural arts activities, and a community place to gather. Two public forums have already taken place, and two more are still on the calendar.

Police Commission Lists Traffic Concerns About Proposed Hawleyville Complex

Following lengthy discussion at an October 6 session, Police Commission members, in their role as the local traffic authority, made several traffic recommendations concerning a proposed mixed-use development in Hawleyville, which would include a 180-unit rental apartment complex in six multistory buildings, a diner, and a church. The 42-acre development site lies west of Hawleyville Road and south of the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84. Police Commission members are recommending to the Planning and Zoning Commission that: the three-way intersection of Covered Bridge Road and Hawleyville Road have a traffic signal installed to better control traffic flow to and from the Covered Bridge Road site; that the section of Hawleyville Road lying between Exit 9 and Mt Pleasant Road be expanded from its current two lanes to four lanes; and that the mixed-use complex have an emergency accessway extending onto the site.

Defendant Pleads Guilty In Drug Trafficking Case

A Sherman man pleaded guilty on October 6 to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids in a drug trafficking case which has 11 defendants, including a former Newtown police sergeant and a former Newtown emergency services dispatcher. Michael Mase, 32, of Sherman pleaded guilty in US District Court, reversing his earlier not guilty plea in the case, according to spokesman for US Attorney Deirdre Daly.

Girls Sweep Competition As Nighthawk Cross Country Squads Approach Season’s Finish Line

Heading into the October 6 race against a tough Pomperaug of Southbury squad, Doug Russell, Newtown High School’s girls’ cross country coach, was excited to see what his team would do. After Pomperaug’s Ivy Walker led the field, winning the 5K course on the grounds of Fairfield Hills (finishing in a time of 19:21), in came Newtown’s Sarah Mawdsley (19:39), and teammate Lu Hage (19:52), followed by Erin Tressler (20:02) and Emma Bayuk (20:25). Newtown’s ownership of the two through five spots helped seal a 25-33 win. The Nighthawks also bested Brookfield, 15-49, to improve to 9-1 with just one regular season meet (an October 13 visit to Joel Barlow of Redding) on the slate before the postseason gets underway.

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