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KENT — Frank Food Company opened on Main Street on May 1 and has already become destination dining for residents and visitors alike. 

“We already have regular customers,” said owner Frank Way.

After a robust career in the corporate world as a creative director and consultant, Way found himself losing interest in those ventures and ready for something new.

The seed for Frank Food Company was planted in Way’s mind by the owner of Heron American Craft Gallery, Ellen Corsell, in October 2018.

“One day she said to me,...

Kent

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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Lockboxes for pharmaceuticals distributed to families

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KENT — Nick Pohl, director of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), made a delivery of 32 prescription drug lockboxes to the Kent Community Nursery School on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 16, as part of the nonprofit group’s new Lockbox Initiative.
The program provides lockboxes where prescription and over-the-counter drugs may be safely stored — and kept away from children and teens.

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Sweeter than ever: Record turnout for annual Chocolate Fest

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KENT — With a line stretching down a hallway, around a corner and out the front door, the immense popularity of the Kent Chocolate Fest was obvious.
Last year, there weren’t enough candies and baked goods to serve everyone who came. This year, Kent’s bakers and chocolatiers doubled their efforts, to make sure there was enough to feed everyone who attended.

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Clock starts ticking for Ice Watch

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KENT — The tripod and clock that will determine the winners in the annual Kent Ice Watch were set up on Sunday, Feb. 6.
The Ice Watch, sponsored by the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, is a fundraising contest in which local residents guess for when the frozen ice on the Housatonic River will break —indicating the end of winter.
Guesses can be made until Friday, Feb. 18. The clock does not begin ticking until 12 a.m. on Feb. 19. All guesses must be for dates between Feb. 19 and April 30.

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Preventing crashes at Town Hall

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KENT — Nearly two months after a hard drive in the Town Hall server crashed, the Board of Selectmen has hired an independent contractor to run an assessment of the town’s computer system to help prevent a similar crash from happening again in the future.
The crash, which occurred on Monday, Dec. 20, was caused by a battery failure in the server room at Town Hall, and resulted in the loss of many electronic copies of town records and programs that had been used by Town Clerk Darlene Brady to keep track of Kent’s vital statistics.

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Kent will participate in Valentine’s Day event to feed homeless in New York City

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KENT — For the past two years, Backcountry Outfitters has teamed up with Sister Mary Lanning of New York City to bring a “picnic in the street” to the city’s homeless for Valentine’s Day.
Lanning runs an organization called Street Corner Gourmet in Harlem. She plans meals, especially on holidays, and distributes the food to the homeless with the help of volunteers.
As the homeless are often more overlooked on this holiday than on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it can be a lonesome time of year for them.

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Kent private schools offer incentives for day students

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KENT — In order to make their schools more appealing and affordable to local students, both South Kent School and Marvelwood School have scholarship programs that are open only to day students.
South Kent began its Day Student Merit Scholarship Program last year. All day students are automatically considered for these scholarships and do not need to submit additional material. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on extra qualities or talents that they will bring to the South Kent community, not just academic achievement.

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Geo-whiz Rhys Snyder

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KENT — Kent Center School eighth-grader Rhys Snyder won the school’s geography bee on Monday, Jan. 10.
Rhys was the last one standing out of a group of 12 students — the four finalists from classroom competitions in grades six, seven and eight.
The 13-year-old has always had an interest in geography and history.
“I like learning how things work, and how we lived in the past and how things are done now,” he said.
Rhys is a well-rounded student, but his favorite subject is math — though he seems to be doing just fine with his other subjects as well.

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