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KENT — Mike Everett, chairman of the Streetscape Committee, gave a report at the Jan. 2 meeting of the Kent Board of Selectmen on next steps in making upgrades to the village center.

 “The most critical areas that need to be addressed are the irregular and inconsistent sidewalks and curbs,” he said. “We need to define where the sidewalks end and where the street begins, and we need to make the sidewalks safe for everyone to use, particularly people with mobility issues.”

Plans were drawn up in 2013 for sidewalk and lighting...

Kent

KCS board discusses a breakfast program plan

KENT — Kent Center School (KCS) held its Scholar Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 1, to recognize students who achieved academic honors seven out of 10 times during fifth through seventh grades. The awards were presented at the beginning of the monthly meeting of the Kent Board of Education.
“Kent Center School is proud of you,” said Principal Florence Budge to a room packed with the honored students and their families. 

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Changing of the guard in Kent

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Veterans Day to be observed in Kent

KENT — Residents of Kent will honor veterans in several ceremonies, from Nov. 8 to 11.
From Wednesday, Nov. 8, to Tuesday, Nov. 14, members of American Legion Post #153, in cooperation with Davis IGA, will conduct their annual fundraiser outside the IGA to support the American Legion national programs Operation Comfort Warriors and the Temporary Financial Assistance Program. This year, a portion of the funds collected will also be donated to the Kent Veterans Memorial fund.

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Art, pies & more to help make a house a home

KENT — Kent Affordable Housing (KAH) held another successful pie sale on Saturday, Nov. 4. Businesses and individuals donated more than 100 pies, with Kent Coffee & Chocolate donating about 30.
“The dollar amounts are still being tallied, but we have at least matched, if not surpassed, our fundraising numbers from previous events,” said KAH President Virginia Bush-Suttman. 

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Norwalk man wins Porsche from KML

KENT — Lou Benedetto of Norwalk, Conn., was the winner of this year’s car raffle to benefit the Kent Memorial Library. 
Tickets were sold throughout the summer at the library. The drawing was held at the library on Sunday, Oct. 29. About 2,500 tickets were sold at $20 each.
The prize this year was a crimson red and “pristine” 1998 Porsche Boxster convertible.
The car has a five-speed manual transmission and a six-cylinder boxer design engine. It was the beneficiary of several factory upgrades. 

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Pie sale and more to benefit Affordable Housing Nov. 4

KENT — This year, at the annual autumn Night of a Thousand Pies sale and dinner fundraiser for Kent Affordable Housing (KAH), there will also be a maker’s market. The maker’s market will be held alongside the pie sale and will feature goods and services made and performed by local Kent residents.
The maker’s market and pie sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Andrew’s parish hall, at the intersection of Routes 7 and 341. 

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Pumpkin runners

Skeletal Matthew Monroe and Kendall Lyons were among the 331 competitors in the 41st annual Pumpkin Run in Kent on Sunday, Oct. 29. For story, visit Fast times at Pumpkin Run but few costumes.

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Kent Candidates

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Kent becomes Stars Hollow for weekend

KENT — More than 1,500 Gilmore Girls superfans from as far away as Italy descended on Kent last weekend to knit, make dessert sushi, drink Founders Day punch, sample cake, listen to panel discussions and take selfies with the show’s cast and crew at the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest, Oct. 20 to 22.  
To many of the attendees, Gilmore is more than just a television show.   Susan Dunham traveled to Kent from Maine and her daughter Hayley came from Florida to spend the weekend together.  

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Birch Hill approved — with conditions — in split vote

KENT — The Kent Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission approved Birch Hill’s special permit application in a 4-2-1 vote at the commission’s regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12.
Birch Hill is seeking to open and operate a for-profit 85-bed drug and alcohol detox and residential treatment facility in the building that was formerly The Kent at 46 Maple St. 
The extended public hearing period was closed at last month’s commission meeting.

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