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KENT — It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a bookstore than the snug space that is now home to the House of Books.

But the little red cottage on Main Street isn’t the true home of the venerable shop, one of only a handful of bookstores remaining in the Tri-state region.

House of Books was started in 1976 by Carol and John Hoffman, in a small space on Route 7. It soon outgrew its original setting and the Hoffmans moved it to 10 Main, formerly the town’s post office. The bookstore remained there until this summer, when circumstances...

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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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Parade of lights

A walking, talking and lit up Christmas tree led the decorated New Milford Water Witch No.2 fire truck in the Kent Parade of Lights Dec. 17.
 
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And the glory, the glory of a holiday sing-in

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KENT — More than a hundred voices were raised to the glory of composer G. F. Handel and the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Andrew’s Church. The church hosted a sing-in of Handel’s “Messiah,” traditionally performed at Christmas and Easter.
The “Messiah” is made up of solos and choral numbers. The St. Andrew’s sing-in featured five soloists and a string quartet, oboe and organ, under the direction of Susan Rotholz, co-founder of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble.

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New contract for teachers

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KENT — A new contract has been finalized for teachers at Kent Center School. An announcement was made Nov. 28 that the Kent Board of Education (BOE) and the Kent Center School Faculty Association have reached a new contract agreement that will run from July 2012 through June 2014.
The contract provides a general wage increase of 1 percent for the first contract year with mid-year movement for teachers who are not at the maximum step of the salary schedule. Steps are based on a teacher’s years of experience as well as his or her degrees and certifications.

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Surprises at Lyme Regis

KENT — Lyme Regis first opened at South Street Seaport in New York City in 1983 and then moved to Soho in 1987. Elaine Friedman’s shop stayed in Soho for years, attracting a following of decorators, collectors and fashion editors — until 11 years ago, when Friedman happily decamped and moved to a white-trimmed green cottage on Kent’s Main Street.

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Special Delivery

Kent Volunteer Fire Department members delivered gifts for the Santa Fund to Town Hall on Dec. 11 following the department’s annual Stuff-a-Truck event, which also benefits the Kent Food Bank.

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Music a language that all can understand

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KENT — The Nanyang Model School symphony orchestra from Shanghai, China, performed a concert in St. Michael’s Chapel at the South Kent School on Monday, Dec. 12. (See photos on Page A1.)
Head of School Andrew Vadnais welcomed the student musicians, saying it was an honor to have them perform on the campus. Prior to the start of the concert, he had exchanged gifts with Vice Principal Xiao Pu Li and the orchestra’s conductor.

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Lecture series in 2012 will focus on entertainers

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KENT — Each year, the Kent Memorial Library presents a lecture series based around a theme. The 2012 series is entitled “Great Performances” and will feature opera singer Marilyn Horne in May and actress Meryl Streep in June.
The performers will discuss, in an interview format, the moments that inspired their careers.

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Shanghai orchestra performs for Kent audience

The Nanyang Model School Symphony Orchestra from Shanghai China performed a concert at the South Kent School on Monday, Dec. 12, under the baton of Wang Yon Ji (inset).

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Millstone opens bakery in former Stroble’s space

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KENT — Several years after the closing of the popular Stroble’s Bakery, Kent at last has a new bakery — conveniently located in the same storefront once occupied by Stroble’s.
The Millstone Bakery is next door to the Millstone Cafe, both of which are owned by Carol Hawran of Sharon (who is also the restaurant’s chef) and John Cummins of Kent.
Patricia (“Tish”) Smith of Park City, Utah, has been hired as the executive pastry chef for the new bakery and for the restaurant (which opened last summer).

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