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KENT —In a split vote at their October meeting, Kent’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application for Birch Hill, an 85-bed for-profit drug and alcohol detox and residential treatment facility to open in the building that was formerly The Kent at 46 Maple St. 

The approval followed an extended public hearing period that began in July when the application was first put forward.

Birch Hill elicited strong opinions from residents both opposed to and in favor of the facility. There was standing room only at several Planning and Zoning meetings and...

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Lockboxes for pharmaceuticals distributed to families

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KENT — Nick Pohl, director of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), made a delivery of 32 prescription drug lockboxes to the Kent Community Nursery School on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 16, as part of the nonprofit group’s new Lockbox Initiative.
The program provides lockboxes where prescription and over-the-counter drugs may be safely stored — and kept away from children and teens.

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Sweeter than ever: Record turnout for annual Chocolate Fest

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KENT — With a line stretching down a hallway, around a corner and out the front door, the immense popularity of the Kent Chocolate Fest was obvious.
Last year, there weren’t enough candies and baked goods to serve everyone who came. This year, Kent’s bakers and chocolatiers doubled their efforts, to make sure there was enough to feed everyone who attended.

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Clock starts ticking for Ice Watch

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KENT — The tripod and clock that will determine the winners in the annual Kent Ice Watch were set up on Sunday, Feb. 6.
The Ice Watch, sponsored by the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, is a fundraising contest in which local residents guess for when the frozen ice on the Housatonic River will break —indicating the end of winter.
Guesses can be made until Friday, Feb. 18. The clock does not begin ticking until 12 a.m. on Feb. 19. All guesses must be for dates between Feb. 19 and April 30.

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Preventing crashes at Town Hall

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KENT — Nearly two months after a hard drive in the Town Hall server crashed, the Board of Selectmen has hired an independent contractor to run an assessment of the town’s computer system to help prevent a similar crash from happening again in the future.
The crash, which occurred on Monday, Dec. 20, was caused by a battery failure in the server room at Town Hall, and resulted in the loss of many electronic copies of town records and programs that had been used by Town Clerk Darlene Brady to keep track of Kent’s vital statistics.

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Kent will participate in Valentine’s Day event to feed homeless in New York City

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KENT — For the past two years, Backcountry Outfitters has teamed up with Sister Mary Lanning of New York City to bring a “picnic in the street” to the city’s homeless for Valentine’s Day.
Lanning runs an organization called Street Corner Gourmet in Harlem. She plans meals, especially on holidays, and distributes the food to the homeless with the help of volunteers.
As the homeless are often more overlooked on this holiday than on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it can be a lonesome time of year for them.

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Kent private schools offer incentives for day students

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KENT — In order to make their schools more appealing and affordable to local students, both South Kent School and Marvelwood School have scholarship programs that are open only to day students.
South Kent began its Day Student Merit Scholarship Program last year. All day students are automatically considered for these scholarships and do not need to submit additional material. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on extra qualities or talents that they will bring to the South Kent community, not just academic achievement.

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Geo-whiz Rhys Snyder

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KENT — Kent Center School eighth-grader Rhys Snyder won the school’s geography bee on Monday, Jan. 10.
Rhys was the last one standing out of a group of 12 students — the four finalists from classroom competitions in grades six, seven and eight.
The 13-year-old has always had an interest in geography and history.
“I like learning how things work, and how we lived in the past and how things are done now,” he said.
Rhys is a well-rounded student, but his favorite subject is math — though he seems to be doing just fine with his other subjects as well.

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Jumping for joy — and healthy hearts

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KENT — The gymnasium at Kent Center School was filled with jumping and laughing children on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 4. Students in grades two through six were there participating in the Jump Rope for Heart program sponsored by the American Heart Association.
The program, which coordinates events at any school that is interested, is aimed at both raising money and spreading awareness about heart disease. The 150 children who participated at the Kent Center School event had the option of raising funds or simply participating for fun.

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