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KENT — The Board of Selectmen passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5, to bring bonding of $2.9 million for sidewalk renovations to a town-wide vote.

“In the absence of an appropriation of funds, we cannot move this project forward any further,” explained town Treasurer Barbara Herbst. “There’s nothing more we can do.”

“We need to find out if our tax base is willing to buy into this project by giving them an opportunity to vote yes or no on the funding,” she continued. 

If the taxpayers vote to...

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Kent Center School smoking prevention program

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KENT — Students in the middle school took part in programs this month on the dangers of smoking, drinking and drugs,according to a report by Kent Center School Principal Rima McGeehan presented at the Jan. 12 meeting of the Board of Education.
McGeehan was not present. Her written report was read to the board. In it, she reported that representatives from High Watch Recovery Center in Kent gave a presentation to seventh- and eighth-grade students about drug and alcohol abuse.

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Chilly flow at Kent Falls

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Why hurry? Seniors celebrated New Year just a few days late

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KENT — Kent’s eldest residents weren’t in any particular rush to welcome the new year. Why hurry? They were perfectly happy to get together at the town’s Senior Center on Jan. 4 for a lunchtime New Year’s celebration.
The lunch was a holiday party in the place of the regular meals they share three times a week.
Every Monday and Wednesday, a hot lunch is served at the senior center by the senior volunteers and provided by the Elderly Nutrition Program of Torrington.

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Library to show Naminals

KENT – The Kent Memorial Library has announced the following events for the month of January.
Make posters for Chocolate Fest — Children ages 7 and older can help make posters for Kent’s 17th Annual Chocolate Fest on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 3:30 p.m.
Lunch Bunch — Share a story and craft on Thursday, Jan. 12, 19 and 26, at 12:15 p.m. Designed for all ages. Bring a lunch.
Origami workshops — Barrie Kavasch will show participants how to turn old magazines and books into works of art on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Twelve months of momentum

2011 A Year in Review
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KENT — Traffic on Route 7 was not the only thing moving in Kent in 2011. It was a busy year for residents and visitors alike. Arts, culture, shopping and plain old-fashioned fun kept the village streets and sidewalks active.
As part of the Kent Memorial Library’s annual lecture series, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.) addressed a full house at Kent Center School. The general was introduced by his friend, Kent resident Henry Kissinger.

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Bank robbery after Christmas

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KENT — State police are still searching for the 6-foot male who is believed to have robbed the Bank of America branch on Route 7 in Kent on Dec. 27.
The Troop L police barracks in Litchfield received a report at 9:30 a.m. that day of an armed robbery at the bank.
When troopers arrived to secure the scene, witnesses told them that a man who appeared to be about 6 feet tall and to weigh about 180 pounds entered the bank, showed a handgun and demanded money from a teller. Police have not revealed how much money was taken.
No one was injured.

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A bright welcome to Christmas

KENT — Vehicles ranging in size from powered utility carts  to fire ladder trucks, decorated with lights and other holiday symbols, rolled through town  for the annual Parade of Lights on Saturday evening, Dec. 17.

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Police investigating fraudulent letter in Kent

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KENT — Last February, the town clerk’s office received a letter from the office of the Connecticut secretary of the state concerning a letter it believed it had received from Assistant Town Clerk Linda Hall.
According to the letter, Hall had written to the state officials to say that Town Clerk Darlene Brady was not performing all her official duties. The secretary of the state’s office had responded by saying it has no legal jurisdiction over the town clerk.

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Holiday fire safety tips for homeowners, families

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KENT — Eric Epstein, chief of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, offered some sensible tips for household safety during the Christmas holiday season.
First of all, he said, “Every homeowner should make sure their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are properly working.”
If they are battery powered, the chief suggested changing the batteries twice a year. “To make it easy to remember, do it every time you set your clocks to or from daylight saving time.”

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Marionette show held Dec. 29

KENT — The Tanglewood Marionettes will present “An Arabian Adventure” at St. Andrew’s Church Parish Hall on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by Kent Memorial Library Parents’ Committee.
The program begins with a brief demonstration of the art of puppetry. Featuring more than a dozen hand-crafted marionettes, “An Arabian Adventure” tells the tale of a Persian prince who is thrown into a dungeon because of his love for a beautiful princess. He must battle his way out to save his princess from a tragic fate.

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