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KENT — Just before students returned to campus for the 2018 academic year, the Marvelwood School invited community members to come and tour the extensive renovations that were accomplished over the summer. 

A tour was offered on Friday, Sept. 7, of the four dormitories, student commons and the Science Labs that had been refurnished, redesigned and updated.

The revamped student common room next to the dining room is snug but comfortable and inviting. It is dominated by a singularly interesting piece of art: a large depiction of a pterodactyl on one wall....

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Efforts in Kent to fight addiction

KENT — Kent Land Use Administrator Donna Hayes reported to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, May 1, that the public hearing on the Birch Hill addiction recovery center will continue in Hartford on Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. 
The hearing began in April. If approved, Birch Hill would be an 85-bed for-profit drug and alcohol detox and residential treatment facility. It would open in the building that was formerly The Kent at 46 Maple St.
At the May 10 session, the Birch Hill medical director will speak. 

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April showers, Arbor Day, bring dogwoods

KENT — April showers dampened the tree-planting ceremony and brought Kent Center School’s Arbor Day celebration indoors. 
But the interdisciplinary celebration was enthusiastically shared by students, faculty, parents and friends — and the tree was probably happy to get such a thorough soaking. 
Christopher Rose greeted the crowd and reminded all of the history of Arbor Day. Officially this year was the 131st Arbor Day. 

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Raftery will be voice of Kent at Region One

The Kent Board of Education has named its new representative to the Region One board, replacing Jonathan Moore, who resigned earlier this year. 
At the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, May 2, Stephanie Raftery was appointed to represent Kent on the regional board,which meets in Falls Village and oversees Housatonic Valley Regional High School, the central  regional administrative offices and Pupil Services (special education). 

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Bach to blues at Kent Center School

Kent Center School students gave a show of their musical progress at the spring concert on Thursday, May 3. They presented a wide selection of music, from Bach and Beethoven to Leonard Cohen and Celtic airs. The Senior Strings, from left, Odessa Trabuco, Zoey Greenbaum and Kayla Archiere.

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Grapes raise funds for Land Trust

KENT — On a perfect spring evening, more than 200 people turned out for the Kent Land Trust’s eighth annual wine tasting, held again in the Kent Barns complex, at Natalie and Greg Randall’s elegant shop, R.T. Facts. 
Two of three related events were held on Saturday, May 5. This year, a third event was added to the weekend, with a special session dedicated to 2013 Barolos on Friday, May 4.

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Crash in Kent kills Salisbury resident

KENT — Deanna Lynn Silvernail, 22, of Lakeville died in a two-car crash that occurred on Skiff Mountain Road in Kent on Friday, May 4, at about 7 p.m.
The driver of the car in which Silvernail was a passenger was Shelby Roger, 25, of Salisbury. Roger was taken by LifeStar helicopter to Hartford Hospital.
Also in the car at the time of the crash was Angela Brazzale, 26, of Salisbury. She was taken by Sharon EMS to Sharon Hospital.

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Car crash in Kent kills Salisbury resident

KENT — Deanna Lynn Silvernail, 22, of Lakeville died in a two-car crash that occured on Skiff Mountain Road in Kent on Friday, May 4, at about 7 p.m.

Public budget hearing May 4

KENT — Taxpayers in the town of Kent are encouraged to attend the budget public hearing at Town Hall on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m.
Questions about the proposed municipal and education spending plans can be asked at the hearing and changes can be made to the proposals. Once the budgets go to town meeting, they can only be turned down and reduced. 
The proposed combined education and municipal spending total for the coming fiscal year (which begins July 1) is $12,869,312, a .49 percent increase over the current budget (which is $12,806,467).

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Strong stand against Central Office

KENT — The Kent Center School (KCS) Board of Education hosted a public forum on grading practices on Thursday, April 26. 
The forum was a platform for parents, teachers, community members and the board to ask questions, express concerns, and discuss desires for the elementary school’s future. 

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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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