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KENT — The Board of Education held its first regular monthly meeting of the 2017-18 school year at Kent Center School (KCS) on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Several teachers attended the meeting to voice concerns to the board about the implementation of new grading practices at KCS. A major change would be the elimination of percentages as grades, replacing all numbers with the letters A, B, C or NYP (not yet proficient).    

Fourth-grade teacher Michelle Mott explained that, last year, a few classes piloted some of the aspects of the new grading practices with the...

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Volunteers sought to help monitor beaches

KENT — A public hearing was held on Friday, April 21, for residents to voice ideas and opinions about the installation of lockable gates on River Road and North Kent Road in an effort to prevent large and often messy crowds from gathering on the beach areas along the Housatonic River.
The hearing was held in response to the substantial public attendance at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on April 7, following an informational email sent to residents by First Selectman Bruce Adams notifying them of the plan to install the gates.

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Princesses for a day

KENT — If they could make a wish, most little girls would probably ask to be a princess from a favorite cartoon film. That wish was granted on Saturday, April 15, at the Marvelwood School on Skiff Mountain in Kent, which hosted its annual Princess Tea Party for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
About $800 was raised for the foundation and the families it helps out across the country. In the four years the school has hosted the popular event, more than $4,500 has been raised. 

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Bear Watch

SOUTH KENT — John Mauer and his wife, Laura, were visited by a large black bear at their home in South Kent at just around dinnertime on Sunday, April 16. 
“He circled our house trying every door, then went north to the next home. When he got there, he ate the food on a picnic table and headed north again to the next farmhouse.”
In the recent past, most bears have limited themselves to just eating bird seed when they can get at it. This particular bear seemed to be hungrier and more aggressive. 

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Inspired by haunted house

KENT — Author Elinor Lipman was inspired by a haunted house to write her latest novel, “On Turpentine Lane.” She talked about the book and signed copies of it at the House of Books on Saturday, April 15 .
A native of Lowell, Mass., Lipman began her writing career as a college intern with the Lowell Sun newspaper. Her first book, “Into Love and Out Again,” was published in 1987. The publication of her second book, “Then She Found Me,” followed in 1990, and was eventually made into a motion picture.

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Save the bees, if you please

KENT — For the past six years the Kent Conservation Commission, in an effort to spread environmentally themed education and awareness, has been co-sponsoring lectures in the children’s room of the Kent Memorial Library. 
While past speakers touched on topics such as recycling and renewable resources, the invitation to speaker Catherine Wolko of the Humble Bee Honey Company in Watertown, Conn., was particularly relevant this year. 

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Effort to protect waterfront

KENT — The meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Friday, April 7, was well attended by residents who came out to voice their opinions on the proposed installation of lockable gates on North Kent Road and River Road. 
The gates were introduced as a potential solution to combat the sometimes rowdy and often messy gatherings along the Housatonic River last summer.
As many as 300 people at a time came to enjoy the sun and water on either bank of the Housatonic River during the summer of 2016, according to First Selectman Bruce Adams. 

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Kent is on the map with its own app

KENT — The primary goal of the Kent Chamber of Commerce is to promote the town. New President Tim Good has figured out an ingenius way to will help achieve that aim, with an app that he hopes will put Kent on the map. 
The app, called KentCT, was developed in conjunction with Rural Intelligence, an online publication that covers the Tri-state area. 

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Finding treasures at annual egg hunt

KENT — Despite the morning chill, turnout was good for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, at Town Hall. 
Two hunts were held. The first was on the front lawn for younger tykes, up to age 5; the second was on the back lawn for ages 6 to 10. 
Bundled up in coats and hats, the children waited in anticipation at the starting line, scoping out the prizes to be found. 
“The town has been doing the annual Easter Egg Hunt for well over 20 years,” said Lesly Ferris, director of Parks and Recreation. 

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Determining what success looks like at KCS

KENT — The regular Board of Education meeting at Kent Center School (KCS) on Wednesday, April 5, was brief.
Three students from KCS who participated in the Invention Convention, a competition designed to promote critical thinking and problem solving, will be moving on to the finals at the state level. One sixth-grade student who invented a cell phone projector has even applied for a U.S. patent.

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KCS students met the meaty mind behind ‘Meatballs’

KENT — Among  the second-graders of Kent Center School there is a rite of passage and a marker of the start of spring: Judi Barrett Day. 
The children’s book author, who splits her time between Brooklyn, N.Y., and Kent, has made a holiday of her annual visit to the second-grade class, an anniversary that stretches back more than 15 years. 

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