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SHARON — It will soon be easier to find your way around town, following action announced by the Board of Selectmen in Sharon at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

New reflective, easy to read, street identification signs and some other semi-official signs will be appearing around town in the coming weeks.

“We have quite a bit of signage in town, but it’s all different,” First Selectman Brent Colley said. 

“This [signage] is not cheap,” he added, estimating the cost at around $5,000. The town has also ordered signs that...

Sharon

First to arrive

The first baby of 2012 was born Jan. 1 at 7:55 p.m. at Sharon Hospital. The 9-pound, 21.5-inch boy, named Elliot Ryan Monnier, is the son of Crystal Vondwingelo and Ryan Monnier of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville. The baby was delivered by Megan Corjulo, CNM.

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Make a joyful noise

Student musicians in kindergarten to grade five held their winter concert on Dec. 15 at Sharon Center School. Musical selections included “Song of the River” and “Child of Song.”

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First selectman apologizes to artist for ‘censorship’

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SHARON — The main topic at the Board of Selectmen’s (BOS) meeting on Dec. 13 was the controversy over political cartoons removed from an artist’s show at the Town Hall art gallery.
Millerton resident Dianne Engleke, who has published hundreds of her political cartoons on the viewpoint pages of The Millerton News and The Lake-ville Journal, had been invited to show her cartoons in the Town Hall gallery this month.
Engleke selected about 40 political cartoons, ones that she felt created a balanced group that was not critical of just one party or another.

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Small issues, big concerns for Board of Selectmen

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SHARON — Howard Randall came to the Dec. 12 meeting of the Board of Selectmen to express concern that the potholes on Keeler and Knibloe Hill roads have not been repaired. First Selectman Bob Loucks thanked Randall for his comments but did not address his concerns.
Former Selectman John Matthews asked the board about plans to create a large parking lot behind the town garage.
“Nothing is being planned at this time,” Loucks said. “We’re just cleaning up the area and putting in a drain to take water away.”

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State funding approved for Sharon Ridge expansion

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SHARON — State Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64) announced Dec. 16 that a $3,149,105 grant-in-aid for the Sharon Housing Authority’s Sharon Ridge Apartment expansion project has been approved by the state Bond Commission.
“The grant will provide critical funding to develop affordable housing,” Willis said. “I again thank everyone for listening to my request for the funding and for the members of the Bond Commission who supported the grant.”

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Sharon Center School’s winter concert

SHARON — The Sharon Center School 2011 Instrumental and Choral Winter Concert, featuring grades four to eight, was held on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The winter concert featuring students in kindergarten through grade five will be held at the school on Thursday, Dec.15, at 6:30 p.m.

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Youngsters learn survival skills

SHARON — It seemed like a simple task: Tie your shoes. It took the first volunteer 21 seconds on the stopwatch.
“Now do it with gloves on,” said Ashley Sylvester, leader of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s (HYSB) Outdoor Leadership workshop Saturday, Dec. 10, at Silver Lake Conference Center.
After two minutes, the young volunteer gave up.
“That’s what happens when hypothermia sets in,” Sylvester said. “You know that numb feeling you get when you’ve been playing outside too long with your gloves off? That’s the beginning of frostbite.”

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To protect storefronts, plaza parking is now at an angle

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SHARON — Shoppers at the Sharon shopping plaza are adjusting to a change in the parking pattern in front of the supermarket, liquor store and pharmacy. The old white lines were removed and redrawn at a diagonal of about 35 to 40 degrees. Straight-on, head-in parking is now a thing of the past.
There has been much talk in Sharon about vehicle and pedestrian safety at the plaza over the years. More than a handful of drivers have hopped the curb and crashed through the grocery store window.

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Something is fishy in Sharon

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SHARON — Sharon is approximately 67 miles from Long Island Sound, and farther than that from other fishing ports. Nevertheless, two seafood vendors here in town cater to the needs of local and regional customers who love to eat fish —and want it fresh from the ocean.
J.J. Herman’s seafood truck has been a fixture on Gay Street in Sharon for 22 years. Every Friday and Saturday the seafood truck is parked on a lot at the intersection with Calkinstown Road.

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Holst-Grubbe tops iTunes classical chart

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SHARON — Sharon native Allison Holst-Grubbe is a member of the Etherea Vocal Ensemble whose debut CD, “Ceremony of Carols,” was in the top three on the iTunes classical music chart for three weeks last month. It also hit number 14 (out of 200) on the Billboard classical chart.
The album was released to Amazon, Barnes and Noble and many other online musical outlets on Nov. 15. Locally it is available at Oblong Books and Music in Millerton.

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