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KENT — After a public hearing that stretched through three sessions of the Planning and Zoning Commission and then two meetings, over the course of four months, the commission voted on Thursday, Nov. 14, to deny the Roberti family’s application to run a convalescent home on their property on Carter Road. 

Attorney Dolores Schiesel of Kent had represented the members of the Roberti family, including Vin Roberti, who is facilities manager for the High Watch Recovery Center, which is nearby on Carter Road.

She explained at one of the August hearing sessions...

Kent

High notes

Alice Benjamin, a Kent Center School sixth-grade student, played saxophone with the school’s jazz band at the annual spring concert on May 3, under the direction of music teacher David Poirier.
 
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A tree will grow

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KENT — Kent Center School (KCS) held its annual schoolwide Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 27.
The Arbor Day Foundation has declared the last Friday in April as Arbor Day, and there are celebrations across the country.
Al Coffill, KCS art teacher and chairman of the school’s Arbor Day Committee said, “Kent has a special connection to Arbor Day. Dr. Birdsey Grant Northrop, the person who brought Arbor Day to American schools, was born in Kent.”

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How to protect and conserve land

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KENT — At a public information meeting at Town Hall on Saturday, April 28, First Selectman Bruce Adams vowed that “This Board of Selectmen will do something this year about public land acquisition.”
Adams’ comments were the introduction to a two-hour seminar attended by more than 60 people, mostly Kent residents, concerning public land acquisition.
Adams said the purpose of the meeting was to give Kent residents a chance to learn what other Connecticut towns have done about acquiring land.

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Public hearing on budget will be May 4

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KENT — The Kent Board of Finance (BOF) will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 fiscal year town budgets on Friday, May 4, at Town Hall at 7 p.m.
The total proposed budget is $11,098,954, a 2.6 percent increase over the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.
The proposed municipal budget is $2,819,171, 3 percent above this year.

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Auction, cocktails and support (lots of it) for literacy group

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KENT — Literacy Volunteers on the Green (LVG) held its fourth annual fundraising gala on Friday, April 27, at the Morrison Gallery. More than 200 people attended the party, which raised approximately $40,000, according to LVG President Arri Sendzimir.
LVG is a nonprofit organization that helps fund English language instruction, basic reading skills and an introduction to American life and culture.
It serves Litchfield and northern Fairfield counties and also provides English as a Second Language classes, a family literacy program and other support initiatives.

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Historic farmhouse will soon be affordable housing

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KENT — Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) held an official “construction kick off” ceremony at the site of the future Stuart Farm Apartments on Maple Street Extension, on Friday, April 20.
More than 30 people attended including representatives from most of the organizations which provided financial and other support to the project.
Work has already begun on the renovation of an antique farmhouse into five affordable one- and two-bedroom rental apartments. The early stages of site improvements and demolition, foundations and framing are underway.

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Critters, stories teach children about saving ponds, planet

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KENT — In honor of Earth Day, an Environmental Story Hour was held at the Kent Memorial Library (KML) on Saturday, April 21. Its goal was to teach children the importance of conservation.
Carol Franken and Wendy Murphy, members of the Kent Conservation Commission, helped plan the program and were there to mingle with the youngsters and their parents.

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Mild opening day at Kent Falls beckons fishermen, swimmers

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KENT — The weather was exceptionally mild on opening day of the fishing season this year,  with no snow, ice or rain (as is so often the case). The state stocked the state park at Kent Falls with trout in advance of the first day (Saturday, April 21). Most of the fishermen (and women) had packed up and gone home by mid-day but  Peter Connors and his cousin, Joseph Miles, were still standing in the pools below the falls, trying to add to the two trout they had caught earlier in the day with the help of their uncle, Ron Miles.

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Medical panel describes, explains end-of-life ethics issues at seminar

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This is an extended version of an article that appears in the April 26, 2012, print edition of The Lakeville Journal.
KENT — Barbara Maltby, medical consultant and a member of Sharon Hospital’s Medical Ethics Committee, led a seminar at The Kent Specialty Care Center on Saturday morning, April 21. The topic was end-of-life issues for patients and their families, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease.

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Marvelwood in Kent makes list of ‘cool schools’

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KENT — The Marvelwood School was featured last week on the WFSB Channel 3 television morning show, in a segment called “Cool Schools.”
A news crew from the Hartford-based CBS affiliate visited the school earlier this month to interview students and teachers and focus on four special programs at the boarding school.
When asked why Marvelwood was chosen, Head of School Arthur Goodearl grinned and said, “Because we’re a cool school.”

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