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KENT — After a public hearing that stretched through three sessions of the Planning and Zoning Commission and then two meetings, over the course of four months, the commission voted on Thursday, Nov. 14, to deny the Roberti family’s application to run a convalescent home on their property on Carter Road. 

Attorney Dolores Schiesel of Kent had represented the members of the Roberti family, including Vin Roberti, who is facilities manager for the High Watch Recovery Center, which is nearby on Carter Road.

She explained at one of the August hearing sessions...

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Pumpkin Run held without snow

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KENT — The 35th annual Kent Pumpkin Run was held on Saturday, Nov. 12. Hosted by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, proceeds from the race benefit the Kent Food Bank.
In addition to the racing competition there were prizes for the three best men’s and women’s costumes. A designated early starter was the “pumpkin man.” Any race participant who caught up to him was awarded a pumpkin at the finish line.
Six hundred and thirty people registered and 341 completed the race.

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Pie, oh, pie

Lois Pinney of Washington, Conn., poured pumpkin pie batter at a pie baking class taught by Patsy Stroble, owner of the former Stroble’s Bakery in Kent, as part of the Night of 1,000 Pies charity fundraiser.
 
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1,000 pies support affordable housing

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KENT — Kent Affordable Housing’s sixth annual Night of a Thousand Pies was held on Saturday, Nov. 12. The popular fundraiser will support renovation and construction of five affordable rental apartments at Stuart Farms.

Originally scheduled for the preceding week, the event was postponed by the recent snowstorm and statewide power outage.

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Town honors service members in Veterans Day ceremony

From left, retired service members Rick Morely of Danbury, Andy Ocif and Don Hieks, both of Kent, were part of the honor guard at the Veterans Day ceremony in Kent on Friday, Nov. 11. Right, Kent resident Kevin Savia wore his old U.S. Navy uniform for the ceremony.

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Students welcome Korean president at White House

SOUTH KENT — Three Korean students from South Kent School welcomed President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea to the White House on Oct. 13.
Students Tae Hoon Kim, Yun Suk Park and Jung Hyuk Lee were accompanied by Owen Finberg, the school’s director of athletics, and his wife, Choil “Lena” Chun. They were all part of the official arrival ceremony arranged by President Barack Obama for Myung-bak and his wife, Kim Yoon-ok.

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Topic at meeting: Tough choices of Revolutionary War

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KENT — Brent Colley was the featured speaker at the Kent Historical Society annual meeting at Town Hall on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Colley is a website designer and regularly volunteers with the historical society. His talk Sunday was about the Revolutionary War-era historical novel “My Brother Sam Is Dead.”
The book was written in 1974 by brothers Christopher and James Collier.

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Memorial Library Director Laura McLaughlin to retire

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KENT — Laura McLaughlin, who has been the director of the Kent Memorial Library since 2007, has announced that she plans to retire so she can pursue personal interests.
McLaughlin, who lives in New Milford, has been a librarian her entire career.
“I’m one of the few who knew early on that I wanted to be a librarian,” she said. “Many people decide on this as a second career, but I didn’t.”
She started as a page, a young person who puts books away, while in high school, at the Cheshire Public Library.
“Being in the library made me realize this could be a career for me.

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Kent resident wins Porsche

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KENT — The Kent Memorial Library (KML) had planned to choose the winner of its annual fundraising raffle on Oct. 30. But, like so many other events scheduled for the end of October this year, the drawing had to be postponed because of the snowstorm and power outage.
By Saturday, Nov. 5, things were clearing up a little and the winner could be selected.
Kent resident Rudy Molho was chairperson of this year’s raffle. Kent residents Carter Norland, age 6 and a half, and his sister, Katrina, 5, selected the 2011 raffle winners.

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Bull’s Bridge safety solutions tangled in red tape

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams and First Light Power Resources land manager Brian Wood hosted a meeting about parking and road safety at the Bull’s Bridge recreation area on Oct. 24, stating that government red tape is standing in the way of some potential solutions to pedestrian safety concerns.

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Shelter provides residents with food, showers following surprise blizzard

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KENT — “People in town have pulled together to help everyone get through the aftermath of the freak early snowstorm,” reported First Selectman Bruce Adams on Tuesday morning.
The Kent Senior Nutrition Center was open as a shelter for those needing a warm place to sleep due to power outages throughout the area. Adams said between five and 10 residents sought shelter at the center following the Saturday snowstorm.
The center is providing three meals a day to those in attendance. Local businesses donated some of the food and the town purchased some of the items.

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