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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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New world wines at Land Trust tasting

KENT — This year’s wine tasting for the Kent Land Trust was expanded to a two-day event.
The weekend began on Friday, March 29, with a tasting of mezcals at Diane Meier’s barn. 
The main event was on Saturday with the popular — and extensive — tasting at R.T. Facts Design and Antiques. 

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Dispute over pay increases

KENT — The Kent Board of Finance approved a resolution to authorize the bonding of $2.9 million for the sidewalk renovation project at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 26.
The Board of Selectmen had approved the same resolution in February. 
This resolution will now go to a town meeting on May 3 that will adjourn to referendum on May 31. 

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State gives OK to new recovery facility in Kent

KENT — An 85-bed recovery and treatment facility proposed for Kent has been approved by the state Office of Health Care Access (OHCA), after initially being denied last November.
Birch Hill Recovery Center is planning an 85-bed inpatient detoxification and intensive treatment facility for men and women ages 18 to 64 who are “substance abusive or dependent,” according to the Certificate of Need that the company (which was created in 2017) filed with OHCA.

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Kent will vote on new sidewalks May 31

KENT — The Board of Selectmen passed a motion at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5, to bring bonding of $2.9 million for sidewalk renovations to a town-wide vote.
“In the absence of an appropriation of funds, we cannot move this project forward any further,” explained town Treasurer Barbara Herbst. “There’s nothing more we can do.”

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Read Aloud Day comes to KCS

KENT — Kent Center School hosted its annual Read Aloud Day on Friday, March 1, as part of Read Across America Week. 
Community members came to individual classrooms, from pre-kindergarten to grade six, and read aloud from books that were selected by the Northwest Chamber of Commerce. The books were then donated to the classrooms. 
The children seemed to really enjoy the experience and interacted with the readers, answering questions, finding characters in the illustrations.

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Fighting for safety and liberation

KENT — Kevin Jennings spoke about alternative lifestyles and about the prejudices and abuse inflicted against members of the LGBTQ community. The talk was hosted by and held at the Kent Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 23.
 “LGBTQ people were not new to the North American continent,” he explained while discussing life in early Colonial America. “What was new to the North American continent was prejudice against gay people.”

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Shorts and singlets in the snow and cold at the Polar Bear Run

KENT — Last Sunday, Feb. 24, 292 hearty runners competed in the 35th annual Polar Bear Run. The 7.6 mile course circles Lake Waramaug and passes through New Milford, Washington and Kent. 
This year the runners braved 40-degree cold and drizzly conditions, with enough of a breeze to add to the shivers. 
You wouldn’t necessarily have known it from the runners’ attire, though. They wore everything from shorts and singlets to full foul-weather gear. 

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Second round of questions on Kent sidewalks

KENT — The Kent Streetscape Committee held its second public hearing about the controversial new sidewalk proposal, on Friday, Feb. 22. 
An additional hearing had been called for by the Board of Selectmen, which oversees the committee, after taxpayers raised questions regarding materials, drainage, and the duration, scope and cost of the project at the first hearing in January.

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New guiderails for Route 7

KENT — As part of an ongoing maintenance program this summer, new guiderails will be installed along Route 7 between the southern border of Kent and South River Road in Cornwall. The state-funded project was announced in February by the state Office of Transportation Maintenance.

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South Kent names new head of school

KENT — South Kent School has announced that after serving as interim head of school since autumn of 2018, Lawrence A. Smith has been elected as the ninth head of school. According to a release, Smith accepted the position following a unanimous positive vote by the school’s board of trustees at its recent winter meeting. 

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