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KENT — Kent’s Streetscape Committee presented a plan for the revitalization of town sidewalks at a well-attended hearing on Thursday, Jan. 17, immediately following the annual town meeting.

The committee has been working over the last several years to develop a plan to replace and improve the current asphalt sidewalks, which are deteriorating. In many places the sidewalks have inadequate or no curbing, the surface is rough and uneven, and some areas are fairly narrow.  

“Over the years we have used a patch approach for fixing sidewalks,”...

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New affordable residences open June 1

KENT  — Tour the new affordable apartments of Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) on Friday, June 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments. 
The Stuart Farm apartments are at 15 Maple St. Extension, not far from the firehouse. 
The new units have been in the works for five years and complement the five apartments that became available in 2012. Those original five residences are two two-bedroom units, two single-level units and one handicap-accessible apartment. 

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Mott will be new Kent Center School principal

KENT — The Kent Board of Education unanimously approved the promotion of teacher Michelle Mott to the position of Kent Center School principal at a special meeting on Friday, May 25.  
Presently serving as a fourth-grade teacher and the school’s assistant principal, Mott will sign a three-year contract to begin on July 1.

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Healing moments in memory of lost loved ones

KENT — Cloudy skies and cool temperatures — but no rain — graced the Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28.  
Veterans, dressed in their military best participated in the parade along with the Kent Center School (KCS) marching band, which played patriotic music throughout the morning-long ceremony.
The first stop along the parade route was the cemetery at Saint Andrew’s Church. The Rev. Dr. David McIntosh offered a heartfelt prayer: “May barriers crumble and hatred disappear.”

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First ‘Second Saturday’ raises hopes for the second

KENT — As with pancakes, sometimes the first one out of the pan is just a test. Such was the case with the first Second Saturday at the Kent Barns shopping complex in the center of town. One might have called it a “dry run” except for the fact that it was damp and chilly on May 12. 
Businesses and galleries had events set up (and samplings of wine) for the few visitors who did venture out on the cool evening.

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Kent budget moves to May 18 vote

KENT — Kent residents gathered at Town Hall on Friday, May 4, for the annual hearing on the proposed education and municipal budgets for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The total proposed amount is $12,869,312, an overall increase of 0.5 percent, or $62,845, over this year’s budget.
Municipal expenditures amount to $3,546,818, an increase of 2.8 percent, or $97,124. This accounts for 27.6 percent of the overall operating budget. 

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Efforts in Kent to fight addiction

KENT — Kent Land Use Administrator Donna Hayes reported to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, May 1, that the public hearing on the Birch Hill addiction recovery center will continue in Hartford on Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. 
The hearing began in April. If approved, Birch Hill would be an 85-bed for-profit drug and alcohol detox and residential treatment facility. It would open in the building that was formerly The Kent at 46 Maple St.
At the May 10 session, the Birch Hill medical director will speak. 

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April showers, Arbor Day, bring dogwoods

KENT — April showers dampened the tree-planting ceremony and brought Kent Center School’s Arbor Day celebration indoors. 
But the interdisciplinary celebration was enthusiastically shared by students, faculty, parents and friends — and the tree was probably happy to get such a thorough soaking. 
Christopher Rose greeted the crowd and reminded all of the history of Arbor Day. Officially this year was the 131st Arbor Day. 

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Raftery will be voice of Kent at Region One

The Kent Board of Education has named its new representative to the Region One board, replacing Jonathan Moore, who resigned earlier this year. 
At the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, May 2, Stephanie Raftery was appointed to represent Kent on the regional board,which meets in Falls Village and oversees Housatonic Valley Regional High School, the central  regional administrative offices and Pupil Services (special education). 

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Bach to blues at Kent Center School

Kent Center School students gave a show of their musical progress at the spring concert on Thursday, May 3. They presented a wide selection of music, from Bach and Beethoven to Leonard Cohen and Celtic airs. The Senior Strings, from left, Odessa Trabuco, Zoey Greenbaum and Kayla Archiere.

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Grapes raise funds for Land Trust

KENT — On a perfect spring evening, more than 200 people turned out for the Kent Land Trust’s eighth annual wine tasting, held again in the Kent Barns complex, at Natalie and Greg Randall’s elegant shop, R.T. Facts. 
Two of three related events were held on Saturday, May 5. This year, a third event was added to the weekend, with a special session dedicated to 2013 Barolos on Friday, May 4.

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