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SHARON — The Sharon selectmen scheduled a town meeting for Friday, Aug. 23, to approve modifications to existing ordinances concerning such topics as the numbers of hard copies of proposed budgets to be produced in advance of the annual budget town meetings in view of the growing number of people who access the information on the town’s website; an amendment to the building fees subsection; and amendments to the ordinances governing highway construction and driveways. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Also at the Sharon board meeting, which was on...

Sharon

Hospital merger passes first hurdle

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SHARON — The proposed merger between Essent Healthcare (owner of Sharon Hospital) and Tennessee-based RegionalCare Hospital Partners has passed its first regulatory hurdle in the state of Connecticut.

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Concerns when there’s an assault arrest

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SHARON — After a police blotter item in the Aug. 25 edition of The Lakeville Journal indicated that a 9-year-old in Sharon had been arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor (age 4, in this case) and fourth-degree sexual assault, parents of children at Sharon Center School called the newspaper to ask for guidance on what their rights are in a situation such as this.
The answers to those questions are best found with the state police and the regional school district.

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Picnic celebrates a new school year

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SHARON — Sharon Center School hosted a welcome back family picnic on Wednesday, Aug. 31. It was a chance for students, their families and school staff to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.
There was an extensive food buffet with donated edibles as well as grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. Attendees included all ages, from babies to senior citizens.
Principal Karen Manning said she did not know exactly how many people attended, “but it looks like a good-sized gathering.”

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Sharon paper and soap pantry is growing

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SHARON — With food pantries helping to bring nutrition to the tables of those who cannot afford to feed their families, it became clear to the Rev. Jody Guerrera, associate pastor of the Sharon Congregational Church, and other clergy that another everyday need was going unfulfilled. Families who cannot afford food also have a hard time affording personal hygiene products such as soap, paper goods and toothpaste.

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Century-old barber pole decorates Sharon center

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SHARON — About six years ago, when Linda Decker Peck became a partner in a hair salon in West Cornwall, a friend gave her an old barber pole to use as an advertising decoration. When Peck relocated her studio to Sharon two years ago, the pole came with her.
Peck’s husband, Alan, did some research on the Internet and determined that the pole was manufactured in 1908.
The pole didn’t work when Peck received it, but her husband was able to help with that, too, rewiring it and installing a new motor to turn the stripes.

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Essent to merge

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SHARON — At press time on Sept. 6, The Lakeville Journal was notified that Essent Healthcare, owner of Sharon Hospital, will merge with RegionalCare Hospital Partners of Brentwood, Tenn.
Day-to-day operations at the Essent hospitals will be unaffected by the parent-company-level merger, according to a press release sent out by Sharon Hospital on behalf of the merging companies.
“RegionalCare is the owner and operator of four market-leading, non-urban hospitals located in Florence, Ala.; Muscle Shoals, Ala.; Ottumwa, Iowa, and Wilmington, Ohio,” the press release said.

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Artisan Brenda Hall brings out the best in her woods

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SHARON — For 20 years, while living in her native Portland, Ore., Brenda Hall had a day job as a furniture refinisher. But in the evenings, she followed her dreams: She designed and built her own furniture.
Hall said she has been entranced with woodworking since she was a child. “It’s my passion.” At a certain point, she said, “I realized I had to give up my day job and devote myself fulltime to doing what is important to me: designing and building functional art furniture.”

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Town wants Mitchelltown Road access

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SHARON — At a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Aug. 23, attended by approximately 30 people, the selectmen voted not to install speed humps on Mitchelltown Road.
There was a long discussion at the  meeting about the town’s desire to seek temporary eminent domain on a piece of the property owned by Metz LLC on Mitchelltown Road.
The town needs to be able to get access to and use the land to complete repairs to the Mitchelltown Road bridge. The bridge (and the road) have been closed for about a year.

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Road rebuilding work about to end

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SHARON — The Board of Selectmen (BOS) held an almost two-hour special meeting on Aug. 23, attended by approximately 30 people. The topic: repairs to the towns roads, and how to fund the ongoing work.
First Selectman Robert Loucks reported that work on about 37 of the town’s 40 miles of planned road rebuild has been completed.
With work currently being completed, the total project expeditures will rise to $5,893,402. The bond to finance the road repair project will cover approximately $6.2 million.

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Power line down

A tree fell on power lines on South Main Street on Sunday morning, an early victim of Hurricane Irene. The road was closed for most of the day and power and telephone service were eliminated for many Sharon residents. Connecticut Light & Power estimated Sunday afternoon that 63 percent of its customers in town had no power. By Monday morning, the percentage was down to 33.

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