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The Masuk VEX Tower Takeover Robotics competition included battles among 78 teams from all over New England. The marathon of competitions ran from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Masuk auditorium on Dec. 7. The event included middle and high school teams.

Masuk Robotics scholars video

William McDonough, a technology education teacher at Masuk High School and head coach of the Masuk Robotics Team, recognized 13 students for their induction into Masuk’s chapter of the International Robotics Honors society.

Among the inductees were: Aarti Arasada, Josh Correll, Nick Demayo, Nolan Downey, Michael Eisenman, Joseph Lemm, Keegan McDonough, Andrew Resnick, Aayan Sarma, Alden Snajder, Kyle Stofko, Elizabeth Winington and Emily Zheng.

The following is a video of their introduction during the Masuk VEX Tower Takeover  Robotics competition at the high school on Saturday, Dec. 7.

This week’s roadwork 

The Highway Department says drivers should expect lane closures and delays where road projects are planned in some parts of town between Monday, Dec. 16, and Friday, Jan. 3.

Restoration with backfill curbing is scheduled for Hammertown Road. Be prepared for lane closures, posted local traffic detours and construction delays.

Drainage structure repairs and curbing and pothole repairs will be done throughout town.

The town of Trumbull’s public works will close their portion of Moose Hill Road from Deep Gorge Road north to just beyond the culvert over Witkowski Brook. Signage for detours will be posted. Trumbull’s work will continue until the end of 2019.

For information on the project, visit the Trumbull town website, under News & Announcements.

Beacon Hill Church services

Beacon Hill Church, 371 Old Zoar Road, will have an Advent Service with Chris Rowley this Sunday at 10:20 a.m.

Other services include a Christmas service on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 10:20 a.m. and a Christmas Eve service from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, followed by a “Cookie Fellowship” time.

All of the church’s services will include traditional and modern Christmas carols.

Wind River gets town approval

Wind River Environmental received the green light from the Planning and Zoning Commission to move forward with its state application for a permit allowing it to use three 21,000 gallon tanks on its property at 154 Enterprise Drive.

Commission members voted to allow use of the tanks at a recent meeting.

Now the company will seek a transfer permit from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

Rather than company trucks driving directly to a wastewater treatment facility after pumping out a customer’s system, the large storage tanks would allow Wind River to improve efficiency by making far fewer trips using a larger truck once the three tanks are full.

Parks and Rec. programs

Monroe Parks and Recreation released information on some of its upcoming programs. For program information and registration, visit its website.

The office is at Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Road and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The main phone number is 203-452-2806, the email address is [email protected] and the information line for updates on daily programs is 203-339-6106.

Bollywood Dance Class: Bollywood dance is the dance-form used in Indian films.  It is a mixture of numerous styles, including belly-dancing, Indian classical kathak, Indian folk, Western popular, and “modern” jazz. There will be a chance to perform in March.  Dance class meets Mondays, Jan 6-Mar 9 at  Bollywood Boutique & Studio located at 477 Main Street, Monroe.

Bollywood Dance Kids meet at 5 to 6 p.m. Fees: $100 resident/$110 non-resident.

Bollywood Dance Adults meet at 6 to 7 p.m. Fees: $100 resident/$110 non-resident.

Yoga – Kids & Teens with Christine: The yoga classes are typically 45 minutes long and blend active yoga sequences, energizing music, yoga-inspired games, and mindfulness into every class. Classes are age appropriate and no prior children’s yoga experience required. Yoga class meets Sundays, Jan 5-Mar 8 (no class 1/19 & Feb 16) at Bollywood Boutique & Studio located at 477 Main Street, Monroe.

Yoga Kids (ages 8-12) meet at 4:15-5:00 pm.  Fees:  $100 resident/$110 non-resident.

Yoga Teens (ages 13+) meet at 5:00-5:45 pm.  Fees:  $100 resident/$110 non-resident.

Adult Co-Ed Winter Volleyball: Play is on Tuesday (beginner) or Wednesday (advanced) nights from 7:30-9:30 at Jockey Hollow, 365 Fan Hill Road, Monroe.  The program/gym supervisor will make the final determination on the level of play participant qualifies for.  The program is open to men and women, 18 years of age and older and out of high school.  There are NO daycare provisions for participants thus ALL youngsters should be left home.  All registration will be by individual and not by team.  Winter Session:  Beginners, Jan 7–April 7; Advanced, Jan 8–April 8.  Fees:  $98 res/$108 non-resident.

Aquacise: Water Aerobics offers a flood of benefits including cardio endurance, strength, flexibility, and increased circulation.  This is a low impact workout that can reduce stress and add focus to your mind.  Aqua aerobics is great for beginners and will challenge athletes. Open to all fitness levels.  No equipment required. This is a fun fast-paced workout with great music.  Classes at Masuk Pool, 1014 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe.  Session 2:  Wednesdays at 6:30-7:30 pm, Jan 8–Feb 28.  Fees: $80 res/$90 non-resident.

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