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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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Kent

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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Memorial Library Director Laura McLaughlin to retire

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KENT — Laura McLaughlin, who has been the director of the Kent Memorial Library since 2007, has announced that she plans to retire so she can pursue personal interests.
McLaughlin, who lives in New Milford, has been a librarian her entire career.
“I’m one of the few who knew early on that I wanted to be a librarian,” she said. “Many people decide on this as a second career, but I didn’t.”
She started as a page, a young person who puts books away, while in high school, at the Cheshire Public Library.
“Being in the library made me realize this could be a career for me.

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Kent resident wins Porsche

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KENT — The Kent Memorial Library (KML) had planned to choose the winner of its annual fundraising raffle on Oct. 30. But, like so many other events scheduled for the end of October this year, the drawing had to be postponed because of the snowstorm and power outage.
By Saturday, Nov. 5, things were clearing up a little and the winner could be selected.
Kent resident Rudy Molho was chairperson of this year’s raffle. Kent residents Carter Norland, age 6 and a half, and his sister, Katrina, 5, selected the 2011 raffle winners.

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Bull’s Bridge safety solutions tangled in red tape

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams and First Light Power Resources land manager Brian Wood hosted a meeting about parking and road safety at the Bull’s Bridge recreation area on Oct. 24, stating that government red tape is standing in the way of some potential solutions to pedestrian safety concerns.

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Shelter provides residents with food, showers following surprise blizzard

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KENT — “People in town have pulled together to help everyone get through the aftermath of the freak early snowstorm,” reported First Selectman Bruce Adams on Tuesday morning.
The Kent Senior Nutrition Center was open as a shelter for those needing a warm place to sleep due to power outages throughout the area. Adams said between five and 10 residents sought shelter at the center following the Saturday snowstorm.
The center is providing three meals a day to those in attendance. Local businesses donated some of the food and the town purchased some of the items.

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Oktoberfest celebration for seniors

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KENT — The senior lunch on Friday, Oct. 21, had an Oktoberfest theme. The Kent provided a hot lunch for the seniors, put up decorations around the room and dressed volunteer servers in Oktoberfest aprons.
The Oktoberfest menu was hot German potato salad, cabbage with wurst and apple strudel. Alcohol-free beer was also provided.
Meals are available at the Kent Senior Center three days each week. For Monday and Wednesday lunches call 860-927-3403. For the Friday lunches call Joyce Kearns at 860-927-4627.

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P&Z discusses town planning

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KENT — The Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) is holding a series of special meetings to review and make final changes to a proposed Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
The state requires all towns to update their town plan every 10 years. It is supposed to reflect the vision of town residents of how they want their town to look in the coming decade, and it forms the basis for the town’s planning and zoning regulations.

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Superintendent Award - Kent

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KENT — Alison Robey is this year’s Superintendent Award winner at Kent Center School (KCS). Described by her teachers as a dedicated student who is consistently on the honor roll, she finds time for numerous school activities in addition to spending ample time on her studies and doing her homework.
Alison is in the senior band, jazz band and choral groups and is on the soccer team. She is also the current Student Leadership Council president.
She has earned high honors in every term since the fifth grade.

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Candidate Profiles - Kent

This week, The Lakeville Journal offers profiles of candidates in each town for the boards of selectmen and the Region One Board of Education (except in Cornwall and Kent, where the representative is appointed). Information in the profiles was provided by the candidates, at the newspaper’s request. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

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Kent real estate market:

Not robust, not ailing
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KENT — For the second year in a row, Kent was named the best fall foliage town in New England by Yankee Magazine.
And on Oct. 9, the New York Times ran an article about travel bargains in Litchfield County that prominently featured Kent. Does that kind of glowing media coverage bring more prospective clients into local real estate offices?
The Lakeville Journal interviewed several Kent brokers to find the answer to that question — and in the process got an overview of the real estate market here as a whole.

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