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KENT — Kent Center School held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 7, to celebrate its outdoor classroom, with students from kindergarten to eighth grade in attendance.

Also there were community  members and political candidates Brian Ohler, who is running for re-election as state representative for the 64th District; his opponent, Maria Horn; and David Lawson, who is running for state senator for the 30th District.

Josh Swzed, who is a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at the school, was the master of ceremonies. 

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Wonder Women

The Marvelwood School’s annual Princess Tea Party on Sunday, May 15, raised $650 for Make-a-Wish of Connecticut; in the five years the school has hosted the event, it has been able to donate $5,000 to Make-a-Wish. Perhaps as important, the afternoon event gave youngsters a chance to meet with their favorite fantasy characters, as was the case with Gracie Longinotti of Sherman, left, and Via Masina, Marvelwood Class of 2021 (and a resident of Wassaic). More than 50 families came to spend time with their favorite princesses, princes and other characters. 

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Kent School students find their voices at march

KENT — Students from the Kent School organized a march on Friday, April 20, in honor of National School Walkout day, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 and the Call to Action day.
Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty joined the group, as did Democratic candidate for state representative Maria Horn; David Lawson, a Democratic candidates for state senate; and Jeremy Stein, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence.

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Selectmen in Kent make $50k in budget cuts

KENT — The Kent Board of Selectmen made significant budget reductions at a special meeting on Monday, April 9. 
The Board of Finance had asked the selectmen to cut $50,000 from the municipal budget, and $300,000 from the five-year capital plan (which amounted to $60,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1).

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Guest residences, home industry impacted by proposed new rules

KENT — The Kent Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the final draft of revisions to the town zoning regulations at a special meeting on Thursday, March 29.
 “This revision was long overdue,” said Chairman John Johnson. The town’s first zoning regulations were put in place in 1965, and the last major, comprehensive revision was performed in 1995.
This latest revision was four years in the making. 

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Town must make up for state aid shortfalls

KENT — The Board of Finance in Kent voted to make cuts to the proposed municipal budget in an effort to keep the mill rate increase to a minimum. The vote was taken at a special meeting on Tuesday, April 3.
“The mill rate is higher than we anticipated due to an increase in town spending,” said finance board Chairman Mark Sebetic. 
“This increase in spending is due to a malfunction of the state, not a mismanagement of funds by the town,” he added.

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Marshall steps up to head KML

KENT — Sarah Marshall has been named the new director of the Kent Memorial Library, replacing Donna Miller, who will retire this year. 
Marshall will begin in her new position on April 2. She has been a director of Children’s Services for more than 11 years at the library and a resident of Kent for 23 years. She combines her experience in the KML Junior Room with 13 years working as a teacher-administrator in area private schools, according to a press release from the library.

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Finance member opposes ed budget

KENT — Kent’s total education costs will increase by .76 percent in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, according to the proposed budget presented to the Board of Finance (BOF) on Tuesday, March 20.
Despite the modest increase, Board of Finance member Ed Epstein said he will vote against it.

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In the market for a spring day

It was an understated Shop Hop weekend in Kent, from March 23 to 25. At least the weather was moderate, perfect for cruising the Main Street in search of gifts and essentials. Twenty-one businesses took part, as did the Easter Bunny.  Customers sampled Beekman Goat products at Kent Pharmacy.

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Salaries will be reviewed

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams presented the proposed municipal spending plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year to the Board of Finance at its regular meeting  on Tuesday, March 20.
The total expenditures amount to $12,990,005, an increase of 3.9 percent, or $132,817, over the current budget. 
Health insurance was a main factor in the overall increase, with a 12 percent rise, or $14,169.

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Hippety-hoppy

The Easter Bunny chatted with youngsters at Kent Town Center during Shop Hop weekend, left. An egg hunt, above, was something of a free-for-all.
 

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