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KENT — Marie Yovanovitch was known as Masha in Kent, where she grew up and where she had her elementary school education (at Kent Center School) and her high school education (at the independent Kent School, where both her parents were language professors).

Yovanovitch, the fired U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, first came to international attention on Oct. 11 when she testified in a closed hearing as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry. 

Bob Ober remembers her parents well, from his days as director of development for Kent School (from...

Kent

Hollywood comes to Kent

Film is set on Memorial Day
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KENT — A six-week-old secret became public knowledge last week when word leaked out that a contingent of Hollywood stars and film technicians has been in Kent shooting a movie based on Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull.”
Up until now, the film production company had been successful in keeping their presence in the area extremely low-key and below the radar. A telephone call placed to a representative of the production company by The Lakeville Journal was not returned by press time.

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Land Trust picnic makes learning fun

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KENT – Following the town’s Memorial Day parade, the Kent Land Trust continued the celebration with its sixth annual Community Conservation Picnic on May 28.
According to Kent Land Trust President Bill Arnold, the event is a “major town tradition” that combines a rural town picnic with presentations on conservation. Booths covered topics such as the mile-a-minute vine and bees. Of course, an ample supply of food and snacks was offered as well.

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Selectman sends email, leaves town

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KENT — In an email to a long list of people in the Northwest Corner sent on Sunday, May 20, Selectman Tod B. Jones announced that he had left Connecticut and would not be back.
Jones is the chairman of the Democratic Town Committee in Kent.
From several sources, who spoke with The Lakeville Journal on condition of anonymity, it was learned Jones has in fact left the state. He did attend the town meeting on Friday, May 18, for the budget vote.
First Selectman Bruce Adams said, “The Board of Selectmen received a letter of resignation from Tod on Thursday, May 24.”

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Brasher: A desire to paint birds in nature

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KENT — The Kent Historical Society hosted a talk about artist Rex Brasher on May 20 at Town Hall. Brasher (who was born in 1869 and died in 1960) gained fame as a painter of birds in their natural habitat. He was also a founder of the Kent Art Association.
Brasher’s great-nieces, Deborah and Melode Brasher, spoke about their great uncle, who lived until they were in their 20s, for more than an hour.

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Budget approved, mill rate steady

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KENT — Municipal and education spending plans for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins July 1, were approved at a town meeting on May 18. Approximately 40 people attended the meeting, which was moderated by Paul Dooley.
The proposed municipal spending plan is $11,098,954, a 2.63 percent increase over the current fiscal year.
Prior to the vote, First Selectman Bruce Adams said, “The Region One Board of Education budget is not known because it was recently voted down in a regionwide referendum [see story, Page A1]. A new referendum is scheduled for May 31.”

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Making displays that “pop” and are green as well

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KENT — In 1998, two men opened a business in Kent that designs, engineers and manufactures point of purchase displays, out of environmentally sustainable materials. Crew Design President Glenn Carlin and his business partner, Gil Aviles, operate a company that numbers many Fortune 100 corporations among its clients including retail, liquor, sports, pharmaceutical and other businesses.

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On a small Kent stage, opera great Marilyn Horne

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KENT — One of opera’s greatest performers, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, was the guest speaker on Sunday, May 13, at a Kent Memorial Library Great Performances event held at the Kent Community House.
More than 200 people showed up for the by-reservation-only talk, and had a chance to hear the singer talk to Stephen Rubin  (president and publisher of Henry Holt & Company) about her life and her career. Rubin and Horne have been friends for 40 years. He referred to her throughout their chat by her nickname, Jackie.

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Conservation plan discussed

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KENT — The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held a public hearing on May 10 to elicit public comment on the draft Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

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Hint of the jungle

A life-sized fabricated steel rhinoceros is the newest lawn sculpture in front of the Kent Art Association gallery. The sculpture is the work of artist Denis Curtiss and is available for purchase. The rhino will be on display through May.

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Robey attains Eagle Scout rank

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KENT — Brian Robey, a junior at the Kent School, is a candidate to become an Eagle Scout.
He was interviewed May 1 by a panel that included First Selectman Bruce Adams, who reported it was “a very pleasant experience.”
Also on the panel were four other Kent residents and two representatives of the scouting organization.
Brian is Kent’s first Eagle Scout in about 35 years, Adams said.

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