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KENT — At the Kent Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, Selectman Chris Garrity presented goals he thought the board should pursue in 2018. 

One idea he presented was to hold an all board chairs meeting two or three times each year, in which the chairpersons of all town boards, commissions and nonprofit organizations would meet to discuss short- and long-term goals.

“The concept is communication, not for us to tell other boards, commissions or organizations what we think they should do,” Garrity explained.

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Students shine in winter concert

KENT — Students in grades five to eight at Kent Center School performed a diverse program of songs and musical selections for the winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 13, under the guidance of music teacher David Poirier and chorus instructor Sandra Kleisner.

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Slowly, the new Swyft pizza inn unfolds

KENT — The renovation of the former Kent Apothecary at the corner of Maple Street and Main Street took more than a year, but the work appears to have been well worth it. 
The interior is completely transformed; it’s virtually impossible to mentally reconcile the former country pharmacy’s interior with the understated, Asian-inspired dining room and kitchens (there are three cooking areas there now) at Swyft, the “pizza and beer” restaurant that opened on Friday, Dec. 8.

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Holiday music

Linnea Saxton played “Mountain Spring” during the Kent Center School grades five to eight winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 13, under the guidance of music teacher David Poirier and chorus instructor Sandra Kleisner. For story, see Students shine in winter concert.

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New leaders for Kent BOE

KENT — Melissa Cherniske was welcomed to the first Kent Board of Education meeting (on Wednesday, Dec. 6) since the municipal elections in November.
Martin Lindenmayer was elected chairman, replacing Allan Priaulx, who previously held that position but no longer serves on the board. Gonzalo Garcia-Pedroso was elected vice chairman.

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Town gets funds from state for upgrades

KENT — New Kent Selectman Chris Garrity attended his first meeting of the board on Tuesday, Dec. 5. He was elected in November, replacing Michael Vanvalkenburg, who did not run for office again. 
First Selectman Bruce Adams reported that a $500,000 grant Kent was promised last year from the state’s Main Street Investment Fund will soon be made available to the town following months of uncertainty due to the budget war in Hartford. Kent’s Streetscape Committee plans to use this funding to repair sidewalks and revitalize Main Street.   

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IMAX grant will help students make films — and progress

KENT — The Marvelwood School is one of the latest recipients of IMAX’s In Focus grant for young filmmakers. Photography and film studies teacher Ben Willis sat down with The Lakeville Journal last week to share news about what he and his students will do to take advantage of the funds.

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Good enough to eat

KENT — The annual Gingerbread Festival of the Kent Chamber of Commerce is underway, with businesses around town displaying homemade holiday gingerbread houses. 
The houses were custom designed for many of the locations.  Anne Vance, for example, created a cozy fireside reading scenario for House of Books. Others created foreign fantasies, such as the Taj Mahal-inspired creation made by Ellen Corsell for her shop, Heron American Craft Gallery.
Visitors are encouraged to visit each house and vote for their favorite. 

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Living the dream

A rock star remembers
KENT — Being a rock star ranks high on the list of dream occupations, alongside football star, baseball star, astronaut and fireman. 
Steve Katz chose the path of rock star rather than EMT or athlete, and has no regrets. He was a founding member of two of the great early blues-inspired rock bands, Blood Sweat and Tears and The Blues Project. And in a career that’s spanned five decades, he’s worked with some of the all-time greats in the business, either as a musician or a producer.  

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Yule festivities roll into town

KENT — The holiday season arrived in Kent on Sunday evening, Dec. 3, delivered by four wheels — actually, more like 104 wheels, counting all the festively decorated trucks, ATVs and assorted other vehicles. 
The celebration began outside Town Hall with the Kent School chorale group singing (what else?) Christmas carols and holiday songs. 
A nice large crowd, suitably bundled up for the 30 degree chill, welcomed First Selectman Bruce Adams who, with Santa’s help, lit the town tree. 

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Kent house tour will take a trip back in time

KENT — There are seven different homes on the Kent Historical Society Historic Holiday House Tour and each has its own story. The Society is keeping the owner names and locations under wraps until the day of the tour, which is Sunday, Dec. 10, from noon to 4:30 p.m.  Advance tickets are available for $45 at www.kenthistoricalsociety.org and at the Heron Gallery, Kent Wine & Spirit, and the Kent town clerk’s office. The price increases to $60 on the day of the tour

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