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KENT — The spending plan for the coming fiscal year was passed at a town meeting in Kent on Friday, May 17, that was attended by about 25 members of the public. 

Unlike other towns in the area, Kent breaks up its budget vote into multiple categories that are approved (or not) in a single vote. 

Other towns either vote on a combined education and municipal budget bottom line; or take separate votes for the education and municipal bottom lines.

In Kent, one agenda item at the town meeting included eight budget totals:

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Constable’s portrait of Pakistan, its people, its poverty

KENT — Author and journalist Pamela Constable came to the Kent Memorial Library on Saturday, Nov. 12, to speak and sign copies of her newest book “Playing With Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself.”
Approximately 42 people attended the talk.
Constable’s book provides a tour of contemporary Pakistan, exploring the fears and frustrations, dreams and beliefs that animate the lives of ordinary citizens in this nuclear-armed nation.
According to the author, “The most relevant way to look at Pakistan is not as a failed state, but rather as a fake one.”

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At their final meeting, selectmen wrap things up

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KENT — The current trio of selectmen held their final board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Selectmen Karen Garrity and George Jacobs are stepping down. Re-elected First Selectman Bruce Adams and newly elected Selectmen Tod Jones and Mary Susi Williams were sworn in on Nov. 22.

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Hot meals, all year, and a chance for Kent seniors to socialize

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KENT — During the colder months and also during the holiday season, communities often become even more concerned that everyone is able to get nutritious hot meals.
This is particularly true for senior citizens — and of course for the elderly the need is not confined to November and December.
The Kent Board of Selectmen and Park & Recreation Commission, in cooperation with The Kent nursing facility, Kent School, Marvelwood School and South Kent School sponsor a Friday lunch program for Kent seniors at the Senior Center on Swift Lane.

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Fire at cabin on Schaghticoke land in Kent

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KENT — A structure fire was reported in the early hours of Tuesday, Nov. 15, on land held in trust by the state of Connecticut that is designated as a part of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation.
Shortly after midnight, Kent Fire Marshal Stanley MacMillan called the State Police at the Troop L barracks in Litchfield, requesting assistance with the investigation of a fire in a cabin and pavilion on land adjacent to 322 Schaghticoke Road.

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Pumpkin Run held without snow

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KENT — The 35th annual Kent Pumpkin Run was held on Saturday, Nov. 12. Hosted by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, proceeds from the race benefit the Kent Food Bank.
In addition to the racing competition there were prizes for the three best men’s and women’s costumes. A designated early starter was the “pumpkin man.” Any race participant who caught up to him was awarded a pumpkin at the finish line.
Six hundred and thirty people registered and 341 completed the race.

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Pie, oh, pie

Lois Pinney of Washington, Conn., poured pumpkin pie batter at a pie baking class taught by Patsy Stroble, owner of the former Stroble’s Bakery in Kent, as part of the Night of 1,000 Pies charity fundraiser.
 
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1,000 pies support affordable housing

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KENT — Kent Affordable Housing’s sixth annual Night of a Thousand Pies was held on Saturday, Nov. 12. The popular fundraiser will support renovation and construction of five affordable rental apartments at Stuart Farms.

Originally scheduled for the preceding week, the event was postponed by the recent snowstorm and statewide power outage.

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Town honors service members in Veterans Day ceremony

From left, retired service members Rick Morely of Danbury, Andy Ocif and Don Hieks, both of Kent, were part of the honor guard at the Veterans Day ceremony in Kent on Friday, Nov. 11. Right, Kent resident Kevin Savia wore his old U.S. Navy uniform for the ceremony.

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Students welcome Korean president at White House

SOUTH KENT — Three Korean students from South Kent School welcomed President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea to the White House on Oct. 13.
Students Tae Hoon Kim, Yun Suk Park and Jung Hyuk Lee were accompanied by Owen Finberg, the school’s director of athletics, and his wife, Choil “Lena” Chun. They were all part of the official arrival ceremony arranged by President Barack Obama for Myung-bak and his wife, Kim Yoon-ok.

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Topic at meeting: Tough choices of Revolutionary War

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KENT — Brent Colley was the featured speaker at the Kent Historical Society annual meeting at Town Hall on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Colley is a website designer and regularly volunteers with the historical society. His talk Sunday was about the Revolutionary War-era historical novel “My Brother Sam Is Dead.”
The book was written in 1974 by brothers Christopher and James Collier.

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