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SHARON — Betsey Mauro, executive director of Women’s Support Services (WSS) in Sharon, gave  the selectmen an update on the organization and the services it provides to families in crisis in the Northwest Corner.

WSS has seen 515 new clients in the past year, she said. Of those, 71 are children and 132 are men. 

“We provide safe emergency shelter,” she said, adding that 11 clients were sheltered in the last year. 

A resident of West Cornwall, Mauro is now in her second year as head of the organization.

She reported that...

Sharon

Repairs are topic at Sharon BOS

SHARON — Urgently needed road and culvert repairs brought residents to the Wednesday, June 28, meeting of the Sharon Board of Selectmen to describe the hazard to motorists and pedestrians.

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Input sought by Sharon selectmen on two new ordinances

SHARON — An ongoing effort to update town ordinances led the Sharon selectmen to consider snow and blight at their June 27 meeting.
A change to the snow ordinance will prohibit residents from plowing snow from their driveways into a roadway and leaving it there. 
“It is a matter of public safety,” Selectman Dale Jones said. 
Snow plowed into the road will freeze, presenting a hazard to motorists who do not expect it. 

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JAM food shop at Sharon Farm Market: No confusion

SHARON — JAM Food Shop, a popular destination for gourmet food at the Sharon Farm Market, is owned by Lee Kennedy, a local chef who has been serving the community fresh and delicious food in various ways for years. JAM is her latest endeavor, and has become the go-to spot for shoppers seeking high-quality, original and diverse prepared foods, catering, local and imported cheeses, fresh soups, made-to-order sandwiches, baked goods and more.

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Juggling play with reading in the summer? No problem!

How do you inspire young students on summer break to jump back into reading? Well, apparently one method is by showing them a man who can jump into the air — while juggling. 

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Reshaping the landscape

SHARON — Volunteers gathered to clear vegetation at the Twin Oaks field owned by the Sharon Land Trust on Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25. 
Under the guidance of  Leonard Pouder, of LHP Services, LLC a Sharon-based landscape contractor and two of his employees, approximately 1,000 feet by 30 feet  of invasive plants that had taken over the tree line above Twin Oaks was removed. 
This was the first step in transforming this historic site, which will be planted with a pollinator conservation seed mix.

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‘Supporting free speech, in all cases’

SHARON — James Otteson has been successful in academia. He has published multiple books, including most recently the provocatively titled “The End of Socialism.” At Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Otteson not only serves as a full-time professor, but also as the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, and is the founder of a university-wide research project into the causes of, as he puts it, “human flourishing.”

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Creating good students

SHARON — Examining the relationship between success in school and a student’s connection with the community, the Sharon Board of Education heard a report on the results of a recent study at their meeting June 12.  
School counselor Elizabeth Foster said that interviews with students enrolled in grades five to eight were held in a two-month period in late winter and early spring.  She was investigating the premise that students who feel connected to school and community will be more successful in school.

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Tipping fees and town clerk at BOS

SHARON — Recognizing the value of a long-term contract to set “tipping fees” for Sharon residents’ trash, the selectmen approved a 10-year contract at their June 13 meeting.
Through MIRA (the Connecticut recycling authority that is a successor to the CRRA), the town contracts for disposal of trash and pays a tipping fee to do so. The first town contract was set five years ago for a five-year term.
“It is a good idea to go long-term,” Selectman Jessica Fowler said. 

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Peace and elegance in works by Dennis Fritz

Dennis Fritz leads me into his “studio” pausing to pick a speck of dust — invisible to me — off a painting he is in the process of framing in preparation for his show, “The Atmosphere of Landscape,” at Sharon’s Hotchkiss Library, July 1 to Aug. 31.

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No coffee cups ... in recycling bins!

SALISBURY and SHARON — The blue recycling containers recently deployed in Sharon and Salisbury have been effective, for the most part, Barbara Bettigole reported at the monthly meeting of the two-town Transfer Station Recycling Advisory Committee (TRAC) at Sharon’s Town Hall on Wednesday, June 21.
There are 14 of the distinctive blue recycling containers in both towns, and for the most part they are being used properly, she said.

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