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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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Town works to help women remain in their homes

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KENT — Three homes that were to be sold by the town of Kent because of delinquent taxes will not yet go on sale. While the sale was planned to begin soon (Tax Collector Deborah Devaux has not set the exact date), it will now be postponed for at least a 90-day period to give the homeowners a chance to gather the money they need to keep their homes.
Kent Social Services Director Jerrilynn Tiso was present at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on March 1, where she advocated for two women, Eileen Dotson and Virginia Lewis, whose homes are to be sold.

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Goodearl is new Marvelwood head

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KENT — The Marvelwood School has announced that Arthur F. Goodearl will be its new head of school.
Goodearl replaces current Headmaster Scott E. Pottbecker, who will step down at the close of the 2010-11 school year.
Pottbecker, who has served Marvelwood for six years, announced his departure in September 2010 in a letter to Board of Trustees Chair James R. Samartini, citing changes in his family life as his reason for leaving.

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Dan Kellams: A writer inspired by his high school coach

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KENT — As a teenager attending high school in Marion, Iowa, Dan Kellams had about as much appreciation for his strict coach as any high school boy would — close to none. Years later, Kellams found himself so influenced by his coach that he decided to immortalize him in writing.
“He was, without question, aside from my parents, the dominant authority figure in my life,” Kellams said. “He taught the vital importance of hard work and doing your best at whatever you do.”

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Marvelwood students travel to Panama for community and environmental outreach

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KENT — Each year, a group of students, parents, alumni and teachers from Marvelwood School travel to Panama to conduct scientific research, perform community service and create educational opportunities for students in the rural villages.
This year 13 students, four parents, one alumnus and two faculty members made the trip to eastern Panama from Jan. 29 to Feb. 9.
Through a partnership with Conservation Through Research Education and Action (CREA), the group spent time working at the Cocobolo Nature Reserve in Panama’s Mamoni Valley.

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Environmental summit shares message of conservation

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KENT — The second Kent Environmental Summit, held at Kent Center School on Saturday, Feb. 26, showed attendees tips, tricks and new ideas to save money and make their surroundings more eco-friendly.
“While the turnout was lower than last year, the event was great,” said Karren Garrity, chair of the Kent Energy and Environmental Task Force. She speculated that the lower attendance might be due to people thinking they had already learned what there was to learn. She pointed out that this was not the case.

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Undefeated Kent Center girls team beats their mothers, 48-18

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KENT — The seventh annual mother-daughter basketball game at Kent Center School earned more than $1,200 for the Jane Lloyd Fund, a local organization that helps Northwest Corner residents who have cancer to pay for their day-to-day expenses.
The game was held in the school’s gymnasium on Thursday evening, Feb. 17, after being canceled due to snow Jan. 21.

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Undefeated Kent Center girls team beats their mothers, 48-18

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — The seventh annual mother-daughter basketball game at Kent Center School earned more than $1,200 for the Jane Lloyd Fund, a local organization that helps Northwest Corner residents who have cancer to pay for their day-to-day expenses.
The game was held in the school’s gymnasium on Thursday evening, Feb. 17, after being canceled due to snow Jan. 21.

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Volunteers bring eggs, good vibes to NYC

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KENT — This year’s Egg-stravaganza, an annual hard-boiled egg drive to help feed the homeless in New York City on Valentine’s Day, set a new record for donations.
The drive collected 111 dozen festively decorated eggs this year, surpassing the previous two years’ 100 dozen.
The Egg-stravaganza, which is in its third year, is organized by Anne McAndrew of Backcountry Outfitters, with help from many other locals.

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Zumba, yoga and more at fitness center

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KENT — The Mountain Falls Fitness Studio has opened in the Kent Town Center complex and is offering classes in yoga, Zumba, belly dancing and more.
Mountain Falls offered its first official class (it was yoga) on Jan. 17 and now has at least one class scheduled every day of the week. Owner Elaine LaFontan is the former owner of a women’s fitness center and currently works at a New Milford sports complex when she’s not in her own studio.

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Tucker’s restaurant to open at Kent Green

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KENT — Kent’s North End Restaurant has closed, but the space will not be empty for long. The owners of J.D. Tucker’s in Washington, Conn., have purchased the restaurant and are moving their business into the building in the Kent Green complex.
The new restaurant will be called Tucker’s and will feature twists on American fare.
Dave Tucker owns the restaurant with his business partner and girlfriend, Jenny Stahl.
He will also be the chef and plans to change the dining room menu weekly and feature local and seasonal ingredients.

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