HOPATCONG, NJ – Dylan Capwell, like many high school seniors, is headed for college and a continuation of his academic and athletic career.

Unlike many of his peers, he is going to Monmouth University, as the state champion in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.

He is also the recipient of the Mayor’s Trophy, and is the athlete of the year of a Sussex County daily newspaper. He holds the county record in the 400 IH and in the 800-meter.

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Capwell was honored at the borough council meeting on Wednesday, June 19.

Councilman John Young explained with Capwell’s times, he is the third-fastest in the country in the hurdles.

“That’s pretty good, that’s fast,” Young said.

Capwell led Hopatcong to its first sectional title in 20 years. Before the 1993 title, Hopatcong won sectionals in track in 1986, Borough Attorney John Ursin reminded council, noting he was MVP of that squad.

Thanking the mayor, council, his family and coaches, Capwell said, “I walked by the plaque with my great-grandfather’s name on it and was proud. I hope I can do Hopatcong proud at the collegiate level.”

His great-grandfather, George Hunter, was on the borough council when the municipal building was constructed in 1959.

Capwell's mother, Nancy Capwell said, “Besides his amazing achievements, he’s a nice kid.”

She told of her son interrupting an interview with a local paper to help another runner who was ill.

Once at Monmouth, Capwell will practice with the cross country team, but he is not sure he is going to compete on that team. He will run track. He said he is enrolling as undecided, but may major in business for entrepreneurship. 

In other business, council ratified a new four-year contract with PBA Local 149. Mayor Sylvia Petillo said the police will receive a 1.75 percent raise each year. She said there were several givebacks from the police as well.

Council also adopted a resolution conveying a parcel to Habitat for Humanity for constructing an affordable single-family house. The property is at 58 Broadway.

During the public hearing on the ordinance resident Joanne Koslosky pointed out the property abuts Reading Road were there are wet areas.

Koslosky said Habitat “did a good job around the corner,” with a house, but she noted there is a pipe under Reading where there is a slope, and there have been times when there were ducks on the lot in question. She admitted there have not been ducks since sewers went in, but the ground is still wet.

Ursin said Habitat has investigated the property and is required to get all appropriate permits. If for some reason they cannot build, they have to give the lot back to the township.

Petillo announced plans to honor two borough men who were killed in action in two wars. She said plaques honoring Sgt. Michael Crispo Jr. who was killed in Afghanistan, and Spec. 4 John Curtin III who was killed in Vietnam, will be placed on the municipal building property. She said since at Hopatcong Days the borough honors the troops from the borough, she hopes the plaques can be put up by then, and dedicating them can be included in the ceremony.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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