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SHARON – Over stacks of delivery pizza boxes as tall as some of the toddlers, Sharon Day Care Center Director Carrie Olsen welcomed parents and children on Friday, March 17, to a special after-hours celebration. 

Many of the teachers woreshamrock green, and there were paper pots of “gold” hanging on the walls, but the Sharon Day Care was not celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. They were there for what Olsen dubbed their first “Literacy Night.” 

For the small children in attendance, “literacy” might have been a $5 word,...

Sharon

Wilcox to wed Underwood

SHARON — Laurie and Brian Wilcox of Sharon are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Anne Wilcox, to Kerry James Underwood, son of Ellen Underwood of Bantam, Conn., and Kerry and Marilee Underwood of Sharon.  

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Changes to Sharon volunteers

Recognizing her many years of dedicated service to Sharon Housing Authority, the selectmen praised the contributions of Patricia Purdy to the town as they accepted her resignation at their meeting  onTuesday, Feb. 14.
“She has done a good job,” First Selectman Brent Colley said.  Purdy’s resignation was noted with “great regret and appreciation.” 
There are now two open slots on the housing authority.

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A more positive year for Sharon students

Skills to help middle school students learn and to keep up with their grade level were reviewed by leaders of the intervention program at Sharon Center School in a presentation to the Board of Education at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 13.
Presenting the program were Jill Pace, sixth-grade language arts teacher, and Jennifer Dietter, fifth-grade language arts teacher.  

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How Sharon roads are plowed, sanded

A dwindling road salt supply was reported by the road foreman at the meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Feb. 14, although a new delivery was expected to be received in a day or two after numerous phone calls to the town’s supplier.

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The state and the ash borer eat away at town funds

Continuing to assemble departmental requests for the coming fiscal year, the Sharon selectmen held a workshop session on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Town Hall to examine the proposals received so far. The major missing pieces stem from contract negotiations still underway.
The selectmen also noted that the largest potential increase may come from the town’s education budget needing to support teachers’ pensions, formerly covered by state funding.

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Building repairs, state cuts push up Sharon budget

The Board of Education’s first draft budget shows a 6.95 percent increase ($464,777) over this year’s budget. 
Several more budget workshops are planned. 
“It will be a very tough budget year,” board Chair Douglas Cahill said at the meeting on Monday, Feb 13. He said that some items might need to be pulled out of this year’s spending plan, with the hope that they can be included in the 2018-19 plan.

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Budget, parking plans begin

The Board of Selectmen began assembling information for the 2017-18 municipal budget proposal at a meeting on Feb. 14.
The second budget workshop was held Feb. 21; a third will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall.  They hope to finalize the draft budget on March 14 and then present it to the Board of Finance on March 21.

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Crafting Valentine’s Day gifts out of metal

Blacksmith Will Trowbridge has been busy at the forge next to his house in Sharon, making valentine-type gifts to sell at his new shop in the village, Wild Iron Forge.
For pet lovers, there are small, metal tags to attach to the collars of beloved dogs. He can customize them with your pet’s name.

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From the brushes of young artists, water lilies in winter

Robin Yuran had a full room of budding talent for her Young Matisse class on Saturday morning, Feb. 4, at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. Every Saturday at 11 a.m. through the end of February, Yuran invites children ages 6 and up to join her in the library, roll up their sleeves and get in touch with their artistic side. 

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New arrest on child porn charges

Donald Simmons, 58, was arrested again on charges of possessing child pornography by the state police on Feb. 2, 2017.
The charges date back to 2015. The police interrogation of Simmons took place at the Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers, Conn., where according to the police arrest warrant he has been incarcerated for almost two years.
Simmons, a former resident of Sharon Valley Road, was convicted in 1995 of harassment in the second degree, and in 2010 of sexual assault in the second degree, tampering with a witness and violation of probation.

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