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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

A simple guide to the complex Middle East

SHARON — Joseph Baxer, executive director of the Intercultural Institute of Connecticut, provided a thumbnail sketch of the current state of the Middle East and identified areas of “promise and peril” during a lecture at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Sunday afternoon, June 25.
He began by noting it was in 1917, 100 years ago, that the Ottoman Empire fell and the Balfour Declaration was issued.

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Academic Fair students seek change for a just world

SHARON — “Tell me when you want it to stop,” eighth-grader Aliza Luminati said as she showed visitors to a small slice of horror, part of her display at the Sharon Center Academic Fair. The video she was playing was certainly filled with blood and gore, and could leave a viewer feeling a bit queasy, but it wasn’t from any schlock slasher production. 

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There is no telling how far the Class of 2017 will go

SHARON — Factoring in the possibility of many years of post-graduate education, completing eighth grade might seem like a small step in the long journey of a student’s scholastic career. 

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Third meeting to plan a better future

SHARON — Members of Sharon’s Board of Selectmen, Board of Education and Board of Finance met as the Sharon Strategic Planning Taskforce on Tuesday, June 6, at Sharon Center School. 
The committee met to discuss updates and next steps for reaching their end goal: to enhance school enrollment by increasing overall population of the town. This is the third time the committee has met, after meeting once in January and a second time in April. 

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We all read together (over the summer)

SHARON — “This is a celebration of books,” Sharon Center School Librarian Judy Gafney announced at a special Friday afternoon assembly on June 9. 
“Books are alive, books can be magic in our heads when we read them. Think about the places you go, the people involved — and I want to keep that going this summer. You have all really, really worked hard in your reading. But do you know what happens when you don’t continue to read?”

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Beryl ‘Beri’ Greenwald

SHARON — Beryl “Beri” Greenwald, 87, passed away peacefully at Noble Horizons on May 27, 2017.  

She was the daughter of Cele and Sidney Greenwald.  Her early years were spent growing up in Patchogue, N.Y.  

She was predeceased by her brother, Edward.

Beri created and ran LibraGraphics, Inc., a successful design studio in New York, for many years.  

Later a resident of Sharon, she owned and operated a local bookstore, Sign of the Book.

Blight, snow ordinances almost ready for vote

SHARON — The ongoing review of town ordinances made progress as the selectmen targeted a few for action at their May 23 meeting. Once the ordinances are drafted, the wording will be passed along to the town attorney, Judith Dixon, for her review. Eventually, the changes will be voted on at a town meeting.
The two ordinances being worked on relate to property blight and plowing snow onto local roads.
A visual blight ordinance presently being used in Harwinton may serve as a template for the Sharon ordinance. 

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It rained on the parade, but commemorative events went on

SHARON — Although rain dampened plans for the annual Memorial Day parade, residents and visitors gathered at Sharon Center School on Monday, May 29, to remember the fallen and honor those serving in the military, past and present. 
The featured speaker was Richard L. Carley Jr., whose uncle, Michael, lost his life while serving in Vietnam 50 years ago. Michael was the middle child born to Richard Sr., and Rose Marie Carley, who resided on Sharon Mountain. 

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The bird was the word at Raptors and Riesling

SHARON — “This past year has seen tremendous growth for Audubon in Sharon, we’ve seen so many changes here at the center,” Director Sean Grace announced happily at the center’s Raptors and Riesling fundraiser, a start-of-the-party-season soiree that brought together donors and volunteers, celebrating their commitment to Connecticut’s wildlife in the sky. 

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New owners at Sharon Greenhouse

SHARON — Serious gardeners have long known that Greystone Greenhouse in Sharon on Route 343 is an excellent source for many plant and garden needs, including starter plants for growing flowers and vegetables. 
The business was owned and operated by Ed and Laurel Powers for 33 years but is now in the hands of Sally Hambleton and Ken Harper.  

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