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KENT — It was a contentious Board of Selectmen’s meeting in Kent on Tuesday, Feb. 5, with frustrations spilling over into heated dialogue.

 A point of contention was the Streetscape Committee’s proposal to revitalize town sidewalks. 

First Selectman Bruce Adams announced at the meeting that the town was awarded $400,000 from the state’s Community Connectivity Grant to be used for the sidewalk project. This is in addition to a $500,000 grant already awarded to the town from the state’s Main Street Investment Fund, for a total of $...

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Kent Center student concert ushers in the holidays

An eagerly awaited holiday tradition: The Kent Center School Winter Concert included performances by the bands and chorus of students in grades five through eight.
There were two concerts on Tuesday, Dec. 11; the first was held during school hours for the enjoyment of younger students; the evening show was for parents and friends.
The Jazz Band, under the direction of David Poirier, led off the concert with a lively version of “Jazzmanian Devil.” The Intermediate Band followed with equally upbeat tunes.

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Are roaming coyotes the new black bears?

KENT — The coyote population is growing in Connecticut, and area residents are going to need to learn to live in peace with them. That was the message in a talk Dec. 1 by Paul Colburn, a wildlife conservationist with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).  
In his talk at Kent Town Hall on Eastern Coyotes he spoke of the importance of learning to cohabitate with the animals, so that we protect ourselves and so we can learn to enjoy them safely. 

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Projects ending and starting up in Kent

KENT — Two ongoing projects in Kent are coming to an end, according to reports at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
 Sean Gilson owns a home on Kenico Road and he spoke at the meeting of his concerns about how long the roadwork there is taking. Renovation work started in late summer 2017 and includes regrading to correct a dip in the road and a steep incline. 
The project was delayed by several months at one point while the town waited on Eversource to move utility poles.

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No nibbling: Edible artistry in gingerbread event in downtown Kent

KENT — This town is once again Connecticut’s Gingerbread Capital. The sixth annual Gingerbread Festival unites residents, retailers and visitors alike in the happy holiday tradition of finding and admiring the extraordinary gingerbread creations at businesses in the village. 
Seventeen shops are participating this year, each with a different gingerbread creation by a town resident — and each with a clue to help solve the gingerbread riddle. The clues will reveal the location of a special treat. 

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Caution: new stop signs approved for South Kent

KENT — There will soon be two new stop signs on South Kent Road at the intersection with Camps Flat Road and Bull’s Bridge Road.
“There have been a number of accidents at that intersection,” First Selectman Bruce Adams said. “One of the recent accidents was a near fatality involving a truck and a motorcyclist.”
 There are currently two stop signs in place: one on Camps Flat Road and one on Bull’s Bridge Road. Both of these roads are town roads. 

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Candy construction

Kent Center School fourth-graders made this gingerbread house, among creations on display at Kent’s annual Gingerbread Festival. More photos, story, see No nibbling: Edible artistry in gingerbread event in downtown Kent.

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Parade of Lights a moving ceremony

The tree on the Kent Green is a relative newcomer to the holiday scene. It’s only been a few years that town residents have been gathering around it to usher in the holiday season. A small crowd met up on the Green on Saturday evening, Dec. 1, to sing songs and see the lights illuminate the evergreen. A Parade of Lights followed, with decorated vehicles taking part including fire trucks from Kent, Sharon, Cornwall and other area towns. — Cynthia Hochswender

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New sidewalks could enhance village center

KENT — The Streetscape Committee presented a proposal for the revitalization of sidewalks in Kent to the Board of Selectmen at a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
“This project is long overdue,” said committee member John Casey. “This should be done for the welfare of our community. 
“Aesthetically, our proposal is consistent with the look of the town: simple and understated.”

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Birch Hill challenges state’s denial of license

KENT — The state Department of Public Health has turned down Birch Hill Recovery Center’s application to open a substance abuse treatment facility in the center of Kent.
Birch Hill responded this week with a brief in opposition to the state’s decision, calling it biased and illegal. 
Birch Hill had submitted a Certificate of Need application to the state in September 2017 and had also begun the process of getting permits from the Kent Planning and Zoning Commission. 
Renovation of The Kent

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Shoppers in a bubbly mood at Kent’s Champagne Stroll

KENT — More than 200 people signed up in advance for the sixth annual Kent Champagne Stroll, a two-day holiday festival sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce. Despite all the early registrationed particpants, the walk-in registration lines were also lengthy.
Merchants throughout townhelped shoppers get in a merry mood by pouring Champagnes and other bubbly wines into slim plastic flutes that were handed out at the registration table. 

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