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Five things to know this Monday morning:
1.) The second floor is up on the last tract of townhomes known as Downey Collection, located at Lakewood Boulevard and Gallatin Road. “Crazy to think that a little over a year ago, there was nothing here!” the community posted on Facebook.
2.) One year after becoming a co-ed high school, St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy has reached record numbers in the amount of applications, admitted and registered students for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
A record 200 applications were received and 191 students have been accepted for the upcoming school year. A total of 307 students are registered for grades 9-12, and as a result, St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy has opened a wait list for admission for the first time in school history.
3.) Residents interested in hearing updates on Downey’s bicycle master plan are invited to workshops Aug. 28 at the community center and Sept. 6 at Wilderness Park. Draft recommendations will be presented, and residents can offer their input. The Aug. 28 meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and the Sept. 6 workshop starts at 10:30 a.m. Bike Downey
4.) John Vincent, the former longtime president of the Downey Historical Society, turned 93 last week. Vincent still writes poetry, and meets with the local poetry group once a month.
5.) Mayor Fernando Vasquez has accepted an ice bucket challenge from Norwalk mayor Marcel Rodarte, who took the icy plunge yesterday afternoon. The fundraiser is sweeping the nation and has raised millions of dollars for the ALS Association.