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Progress Continues At Community/Senior Center; Walk & Talk Events With Director Planned

Published: September 14, 2018 at 07:15 am

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Walls and windows surrounding the pool area of the new Newtown Community Center have recently taken shape.

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Steel beams now support the roof decking near the entrance to the community center. —Bee Photos, Bobowick

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With the earth partially dug out to make room for a pool, machinery sits in place, waiting for its operator to continue work.

Despite a rainy summer, new construction of the Newtown Community Center and Senior Center is progressing.

Slipping into hardhats and bright yellow safety vests Tuesday afternoon, September 11, Community Center Director Matthew Ariniello and First Selectman Dan Rosenthal left the Newtown Municipal Center in Fairfield Hills and walked across the street to the build site. They joined members of Caldwell & Walsh Building Construction Inc for a quick site tour.

“The walls are up,” along with roof decking and framing, Mr Ariniello said. Stepping across poured concrete slabs, past a locker room area, and then through a space where rooms are taking shape, the group arrived at the aquatic space where pools will go.

Concrete blocks formed a wall defining the shape and size of the aquatic space. Large windows lined the walls.

Around the building were machine operators moving and grading the earth.

Residents interested in seeing the new facility will have several opportunities in October. Join Mr Ariniello on a walk through Fairfield Hills to learn more about the community center and senior center. Discussion will include construction, programming, and membership. Walks are Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, and 24, at 8:30 am, beginning at the community center site on Simpson Street, across from Newtown Municipal Center.

Register through e-mail at matt.ariniello@newtown-ct.gov.

The new 45,860-square-foot building will include separate community center and senior center areas.

The community center’s facilities, totaling approximately 35,210 square feet, will include an arts and crafts room; six multipurpose activity rooms to accommodate activities ranging from music to group gatherings; a commercial kitchen; an approximately 5,000-square-foot banquet room; a six-lane, 25-yard pool; a zero-entry activity pool; and outdoor connections to the surrounding area of the Fairfield Hills campus.

The separate senior center of 9,450 square feet will cater to seniors’ programs and activities and strive to enhance and expand the current program offerings.

The project is funded through a 2013 gift from GE of $15 million for the development, construction, and operation of a community center. From GE is $10 million to design and build and another $5 million to underwrite at least five years of operating expenses.

The town is bonding an additional $5 million approved in the year’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to supplement the initial $10 million capital gift. Another $3 million of CIP money is funding the senior center.

 

 

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
25% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (2 votes)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
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“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
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Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
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Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
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“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
25% (1 vote)
Newtown Day, October 6
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
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Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 4