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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...

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Civilian Conservation Corps returns

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The Kent Historical Society (KHS) will present a special program on Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at Town Hall, featuring Charles Bigelow, age 92.
At age 18 in 1937, Bigelow was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He was assigned to Camp Macedonia Brook, and assisted in the building of the magnificent stone retaining walls in Macedonia State Park that are visible from the park road.
Bigelow will share his memories of building the walls in the park as well as life in the CCC camp.

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Budgets ready for hearing May 4

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KENT — At a meeting of the Board of Finance (BOF) on April 10, the municipal and education budget proposals were approved for forwarding to a public hearing on Friday, May 4, 7 p.m. at Town Hall in the downstairs meeting room.
The proposed total education budget is $6,585,329, a 2.15 percent increase over fiscal year 2011-12 (the new fiscal year begins July 1). That budget includes expected costs for Kent Center School ($3,997,378, a 3.13 percent increase over the current fiscal year) and for Kent’s contribution to the Region One School District ($2,587,951, a 0.67 percent increase).

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Regional board rep asked to give pros and cons

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KENT — Kent Center School Principal Rima McGeehan is out on maternity leave, so her monthly report to the Board of Education was read out loud at the board’s meeting April 3.
All Connecticut Mastery Tests, including absentee make-ups, were completed by March 23, according to the report.
The 10th annual Fourth Grade Arts Day was held on March 7 at The Hotchkiss School, presented by the Arts Fund for Region One. A committee led by Rima McGeehan with teachers from Region One and The Hotchkiss School organized the program.

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Red Corvette to be raffled in Kent

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KENT — Eight years ago The Kent Memorial Library (KML) launched an annual car raffle as a major fundraiser. High-quality used cars have always been featured. The prizes have included a Porsche Boxster; a 1967 Jaguar XK-E coupe; a 1952 MG TD Roadster; a Toyota Prius hybrid; and a 1931 Chevy coupe.
The 2012 grand raffle prize will be a 2001 red Chevrolet Corvette C5, described as in “showroom condition,”with 60,000 miles on the odometer.
When new, this car had a list price of $41,475. It was designed as a convertible with a removable roof structure.

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Eggs of many colors

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KENT — A dozen seniors arrived early for the regular Monday seniors’ lunch at the Kent Senior Center on April 2, so they could get a chance to color Easter eggs.
Lesly Ferris, director of Park and Recreation, and Jerrilynn Tiso, Kent Social Services director and the town’s municipal agent, prepared colorful dyes for the seniors to use to color the boiled eggs.
Before the eggs were ready to be dyed, some of the seniors played cards or Rummikub, and after the craft project lunch was served.
For information on Kent programs for seniors, call Park and Recreation at 860-927-1003.

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Efforts begin to rebuild historic demolition code

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KENT — Part of what makes New England villages so interesting is their old buildings. Part of what keeps New England villages vital is the opportunity to update, upgrade and even replace those old buildings.
Certainly, old buildings can be (and are) demolished in towns such as Kent. But anytime a historic structure or site is slated to be taken down, a demolition permit must be granted.

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Selectmen endorse new taxicab company in town

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KENT — The Torrington Valley Cab Co. may soon offer service in Kent. The selectmen gave their endorsement to the company at their regular board meeting April 3.
The company already serves the towns of Goshen, Cornwall, Litchfield, Washington, Morris and Torrington. It is seeking state and town approvals to include more towns in its service area.

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Fish wanted, for fishing derby

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KENT — The Park and Recreation Commission is hosting a fishing derby on Saturday, June 2. And needs some fish.
The annual Kids Fishing Derby is held at the children’s fishing pond at the Town Garage on Route 341, east of Route 7.
Lesly Ferris, director of Park and Recreation, said, “We need to stock the pond for the Kid’s Fishing Derby and are asking for help from Kent residents. If you catch fish, please bring them to the pond. We need your assistance to make this a special experience for our youngsters.”
Call Ferris for more information at 860-927-1003.

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Housing grants are not in peril

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KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams reported at the April 3 selectmen’s meeting that town funding will not, as had been reported in a local paper, imperil funding or grants for Kent Village Housing for the Elderly (KVHE).

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Democrats seek economic justice

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KENT — The Democratic Town Committee (DTC), on March 27, passed a “Resolution on Economic Justice” with one opposing vote and one abstention.
The resolution calls for the prosecution of those responsible for the collapse of several major banking houses, and demands public funding of campaigns for federal office and a five-year ban on lobbying by retired government officials.

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