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SHARON — Two aspects of an application for a new building at Lion Rock Farm were approved at the Wednesday, Jan. 9, meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). The remainder of the application was denied, but without prejudice, meaning that the applicant may choose to revise and re-submit those aspects.

The requests that earned P&Z approval were a change in use for the main house to allow its use as a reception area for large gatherings; and a change in the use of the pool area to allow a floor to be installed so that area can also be used for guests. ...

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Eagle Watch: Not flying yet, but getting better

SHARON — The eaglet that was rescued in Salisbury by Sharon Audubon after being abandoned by its family is doing well, reported Sunny Bettley, who is Audubon’s wildlife rehabilitator and outreach specialist. 

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Papers signed: Sharon Hospital now part of Health Quest

SHARON — The hallways were buzzing with activity at Sharon Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 1, but happily not because of any kind of massive health incident. 
On Tuesday, the hospital officially joined the Health Quest group. Administrative and medical staff were busy throughout the day changing their email addresses, getting new identification cards, doing all kinds of tedious paperwork. 

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Chore Service: 25 years of helping hands

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Last year, The Chore Service hosted its summertime silent and live auction festivities in antiques dealer and interior designer Michael Trapp’s East meets West inspired garden in Sharon, and it didn’t just rain — it poured. Yet the party went on, gin-and-tonics, Gucci slippers and plenty of varicolored umbrellas slick with drops. 
Many quipped that all one would have to do to add a splash of water to a whiskey was hold the glass outside the tent. 

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The iPhone between me and you

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Imagine a life in the future devoid of human interaction, of everything from a friend’s embrace to the touch of a  cashier carefully placing change in the palm of your hand.
In Courtney Maum’s new novel, “Touch,” the future is now, and isolation that has grown from a screen-obsessed culture has given way to a new kind of marketplace, where the warmth of a hug is as much of a commodity as an Uber ride.

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Annual book signing event is Aug. 4

SHARON — The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon continues its tradition of enticing world-class authors to take part in its annual fundraising event on the first Friday of August. 
More than 30 authors, some local, are participating in this year’s book signing, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, at the library. Admission is $40 per person. A free signing for children’s book will be held that afternoon from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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Bird’s the word at Little Rascals

SHARON — The children at Sharon’s Little Rascals Summer Program took a break from swimming and playing on the sun-baked sand at Mudge Pond on Wednesday, July 19, and lay their towels down on the cool grass to welcome a few new friends, of the feathered variety. 
Sunny Bettley, Sharon Audubon Center’s wildlife rehabilitator and outreach specialist, was there to give campers a very close to look at a selection of the center’s resident birds of prey. 

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Cell tower possible near Sharon Hospital

SHARON — A new mobile phone pole may improve cell service in Sharon if the town approves the plan. A preliminary proposal introduced the idea at the Tuesday, July 11, selectmen’s meeting.
“It is a little different from usual cell towers,” Brian Gaudet said, representing Mobilitie as a permitting manager, who arranges to erect towers. The proposed site would be behind Sharon Hospital.

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Moving gingerly ahead with a blight ordinance

SHARON — While acknowledging the visual realities of farming, the Sharon selectmen moved ahead with plans to make an ordinance to identify and deal with blighted properties at their July 11 meeting.  
A special committee was appointed to draft the ordinance. When its work is completed, and if the new ordinance is enacted, the same committee may assume responsibility for enforcement.
Appointed to the committee are: David and Deb Moore, Deena and Randy Sears, Jamie Casey, Johanna Hahn, Tim Hanson and Selectman Dale Jones.

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Promoting local talent at Woman’s Club art show

SHARON — Over more than a century of service to the Sharon community, the Sharon Woman’s Club has promoted interest in the fine arts, one of its recurring activities since the 1960s being art shows of local talent. Talent and pride-in-purpose were evident at the Saturday, July 15, opening of a multi-media art show in cooperation with the Sharon Historical Society. 

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A drama of Korean family life, at Sharon book signing on Aug. 4

SHARON — There’s a moment toward the end of Min Jin Lee’s masterful new novel, “Pachinko,” where Sunja, the now-elderly daughter of the matriarch of a large and varied Korean family living in Japan, contemplates the suicide of her estranged son the year before.

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