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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

Mitchelltown Road bridge repair plans are discussed

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By Asher Pavel
SHARON — The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting Dec. 1 to discuss the Mitchelltown Road bridge, which has been closed for about two years.
The purpose of the meeting was to get input from contractors, property owners James and Kathy Metz (who own the property that abuts the bridge), the selectmen and members of the public about repair plans.
About 20 people attended the outdoor meeting, including contractor Florien Palmer of Palmer Construction.

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Holiday activities fill town to brim with Christmas spirit

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SHARON — Taking time out from his hectic preholiday schedule, Santa Claus left the North Pole to visit the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Saturday, Dec. 3.
A large crowd of local and visiting youngsters came to the library with their parents and grandparents to explain their Christmas wish list to Santa.
Many parents were overheard telling Santa this was the third, fourth or fifth year their child was visiting him at the library. Naturally, Santa replied, “Of course, I remember him [or her].”

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State funding will allow Sharon Ridge to grow

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SHARON — State Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64) announced last week that a $3,149,105 grant-in-aid for the Sharon Housing Authority’s Sharon Ridge Apartment expansion project was expected to be approved at the next meeting of the state Bond Commission, on Dec. 9.
The funds will make it possible for the Sharon Housing Authority (SHA) to add three new affordable housing apartment buildings, with four apartments in each. Sharon Ridge now has 20 apartments.
The three new buildings will have eight one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom units.

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Artist claims censorship as cartoons are removed from Sharon Town Hall

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SHARON — Lakeville Journal Co. editorial cartoonist Dianne Engleke, a resident of Millerton, is accusing employees and elected officials at Town Hall in Sharon of censorship.
The walls of the town offices have been used, in recent years, as an art gallery. The exhibits are curated by Tax Collector Donna Christensen. The featured pieces are usually paintings or photographs, often but not always by Sharon residents; their work is shown by invitation. They usually remain up for about a month.

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From gift cards to an hour on the radio

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SHARON — Still concerned over the sluggish economy, many people want to purchase holiday gifts made in the U.S.A. And many consumers are becoming more aware of the value of purchasing gifts at local, independent merchants rather than at chain stores. Shopping locally can increase a sense of community; and of course, the business profits remain here.
In Sharon, a number of retailers offer a variety of domestically made products, including a number that are specific to the Northwest Corner.

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Black Goose adds beer, wine to menu

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SHARON—Robert Caeners, who has spent his entire career working in the food service industry, opened the Black Goose Grill in the shopping plaza in August. It has quickly become a popular gathering spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The grill’s newest attraction: It has been granted a wine and beer license, so the restaurant will now offer domestic and imported beer and wine with meals.
Caeners said the most popular items he serves now are the “six to eight daily specials, which always sell well. And our burgers and salads are very popular. Our breakfast wraps also sell very well.”

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Sharon’s got talent

Sharon Center School held its annual talent show on Oct. 26 — just missing the snowstorm that two days later shut down the Region One schools. Ashley Coon (left), who is in grade eight, and Katherine Tortorella, grade seven, sang “Rolling in the Deep.” Natalie Hudson (below left), a second-grader, performed a skit called “Are You Smarter Than a First-Grader?” And Emma Foster (below right), grade three, performed fireworks acrobatics.

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Material World art show at Sharon Historical Society gallery

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SHARON — A show of work by artists Rosemary Barrett and Kevin MacDonald opened at the Sharon Historical Society (SHS) gallery on Nov. 12 and runs through Dec. 23.
Barrett has been an artist and art teacher all her life. She said she comes from “a long line of artists.” That creative tradition is continuing with her own children: her daughter Ivy is a muralist living in Malibu, Calif., and her son Joe is a cartoonist and musician who lives in New Orleans.

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Book fair held

The Sharon Center School book fair (which ended on Nov. 14) had a space travel theme this year. The library was decorated to reflect the theme, and there was a large selection of books.

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Sharon photos online and at Town Hall

SHARON —Winners were recently announced for the Spirit of Sharon photo contest sponsored by the Sharon Website Committee with support of the Sharon Woman’s Club.
The contest was open to all Sharon residents. Fifty photos were entered in the competition; the judges were Jenny Hansell, Brian Wilcox and Jonathan Doster.
Twenty of the submissions are currently on display at the Town Hall in front of the selectmen’s office. Voting for the People’s Choice winner will be available online at www.sharonct.org.

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