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KENT — As a young man, fresh out of college and living in New York City, Otto Penzler got the idea that he wanted to read a book called “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.”

He went to a bookstore and was told it was out of print.

Penzler didn’t know what that meant. He was directed to a dense concentration of used bookshops on 4th Avenue.

“Twelve blocks, 96 bookshops,” he said recently in the living room of his home in Kent.

He found a copy for $10, which was a lot of money around 1963. It was even more considering...

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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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Crash in Kent kills Salisbury resident

KENT — Deanna Lynn Silvernail, 22, of Lakeville died in a two-car crash that occurred on Skiff Mountain Road in Kent on Friday, May 4, at about 7 p.m.
The driver of the car in which Silvernail was a passenger was Shelby Roger, 25, of Salisbury. Roger was taken by LifeStar helicopter to Hartford Hospital.
Also in the car at the time of the crash was Angela Brazzale, 26, of Salisbury. She was taken by Sharon EMS to Sharon Hospital.

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Car crash in Kent kills Salisbury resident

KENT — Deanna Lynn Silvernail, 22, of Lakeville died in a two-car crash that occured on Skiff Mountain Road in Kent on Friday, May 4, at about 7 p.m.

Public budget hearing May 4

KENT — Taxpayers in the town of Kent are encouraged to attend the budget public hearing at Town Hall on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m.
Questions about the proposed municipal and education spending plans can be asked at the hearing and changes can be made to the proposals. Once the budgets go to town meeting, they can only be turned down and reduced. 
The proposed combined education and municipal spending total for the coming fiscal year (which begins July 1) is $12,869,312, a .49 percent increase over the current budget (which is $12,806,467).

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Strong stand against Central Office

KENT — The Kent Center School (KCS) Board of Education hosted a public forum on grading practices on Thursday, April 26. 
The forum was a platform for parents, teachers, community members and the board to ask questions, express concerns, and discuss desires for the elementary school’s future. 

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Wonder Women

The Marvelwood School’s annual Princess Tea Party on Sunday, May 15, raised $650 for Make-a-Wish of Connecticut; in the five years the school has hosted the event, it has been able to donate $5,000 to Make-a-Wish. Perhaps as important, the afternoon event gave youngsters a chance to meet with their favorite fantasy characters, as was the case with Gracie Longinotti of Sherman, left, and Via Masina, Marvelwood Class of 2021 (and a resident of Wassaic). More than 50 families came to spend time with their favorite princesses, princes and other characters. 

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Kent School students find their voices at march

KENT — Students from the Kent School organized a march on Friday, April 20, in honor of National School Walkout day, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 and the Call to Action day.
Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty joined the group, as did Democratic candidate for state representative Maria Horn; David Lawson, a Democratic candidates for state senate; and Jeremy Stein, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

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Selectmen in Kent make $50k in budget cuts

KENT — The Kent Board of Selectmen made significant budget reductions at a special meeting on Monday, April 9. 
The Board of Finance had asked the selectmen to cut $50,000 from the municipal budget, and $300,000 from the five-year capital plan (which amounted to $60,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1).

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Guest residences, home industry impacted by proposed new rules

KENT — The Kent Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the final draft of revisions to the town zoning regulations at a special meeting on Thursday, March 29.
 “This revision was long overdue,” said Chairman John Johnson. The town’s first zoning regulations were put in place in 1965, and the last major, comprehensive revision was performed in 1995.
This latest revision was four years in the making. 

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