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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...

Kent

Kent will vote on new sidewalks May 31

KENT — The Board of Selectmen passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5, to bring bonding of $2.9 million for sidewalk renovations to a town-wide vote.
“In the absence of an appropriation of funds, we cannot move this project forward any further,” explained town Treasurer Barbara Herbst. “There’s nothing more we can do.”

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Read Aloud Day comes to KCS

KENT — Kent Center School hosted its annual Read Aloud Day on Friday, March 1, as part of Read Across America Week. 
Community members came to individual classrooms, from pre-kindergarten to grade six, and read aloud from books that were selected by the Northwest Chamber of Commerce. The books were then donated to the classrooms. 
The children seemed to really enjoy the experience and interacted with the readers, answering questions, finding characters in the illustrations.

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Fighting for safety and liberation

KENT — Kevin Jennings spoke about alternative lifestyles and about the prejudices and abuse inflicted against members of the LGBTQ community. The talk was hosted by and held at the Kent Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 23.
 “LGBTQ people were not new to the North American continent,” he explained while discussing life in early Colonial America. “What was new to the North American continent was prejudice against gay people.”

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Shorts and singlets in the snow and cold at the Polar Bear Run

KENT — Last Sunday, Feb. 24, 292 hearty runners competed in the 35th annual Polar Bear Run. The 7.6 mile course circles Lake Waramaug and passes through New Milford, Washington and Kent. 
This year the runners braved 40-degree cold and drizzly conditions, with enough of a breeze to add to the shivers. 
You wouldn’t necessarily have known it from the runners’ attire, though. They wore everything from shorts and singlets to full foul-weather gear. 

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Second round of questions on Kent sidewalks

KENT — The Kent Streetscape Committee held its second public hearing about the controversial new sidewalk proposal, on Friday, Feb. 22. 
An additional hearing had been called for by the Board of Selectmen, which oversees the committee, after taxpayers raised questions regarding materials, drainage, and the duration, scope and cost of the project at the first hearing in January.

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New guiderails for Route 7

KENT — As part of an ongoing maintenance program this summer, new guiderails will be installed along Route 7 between the southern border of Kent and South River Road in Cornwall. The state-funded project was announced in February by the state Office of Transportation Maintenance.

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South Kent names new head of school

KENT — South Kent School has announced that after serving as interim head of school since autumn of 2018, Lawrence A. Smith has been elected as the ninth head of school. According to a release, Smith accepted the position following a unanimous positive vote by the school’s board of trustees at its recent winter meeting. 

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Public hearing for disputed sidewalk plan

KENT — It was a contentious Board of Selectmen’s meeting in Kent on Tuesday, Feb. 5, with frustrations spilling over into heated dialogue.
 A point of contention was the Streetscape Committee’s proposal to revitalize town sidewalks. 

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Details offer bigger picture of small town life

KENT — The annual town report for Kent is now available. The report highlights notable happenings, accomplishments and figures from fiscal year 2017-18.
First Selectman Bruce Adams mentions several important developments in town. Kent’s Welcome Center, complete with restrooms, an outdoor shower and water-bottle filling station, opened in the summer of 2017. By October of the same year, more than 270 showers had been taken, mostly by thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail as they passed through town.

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So far so good on Housatonic in Kent

KENT — Route 7 took a beating last week. Flooding caused by heavy rains closed the state highway in several spots, including North Canaan near Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation and, farther south, in Kent.
In Kent, the road was closed at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, and was still not open by Monday, Jan. 28. The state Department of Transportation was expected to open it again on Monday afternoon.

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