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SHARON — In September, the renowned American artist Jasper Johns announced plans to eventually turn his estate in Sharon into a retreat for artists.

According to the plan he presented to the Sharon Planning and Zoning Commission, the retreat would be similar to Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which has hosted artists including Truman Capote, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and David Foster Wallace, and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., which has hosted artists including Leonard Bernstein, Thornton Wilder, James Baldwin, Michael Chabon and Meredith Monk.

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Bird’s the word at Little Rascals

SHARON — The children at Sharon’s Little Rascals Summer Program took a break from swimming and playing on the sun-baked sand at Mudge Pond on Wednesday, July 19, and lay their towels down on the cool grass to welcome a few new friends, of the feathered variety. 
Sunny Bettley, Sharon Audubon Center’s wildlife rehabilitator and outreach specialist, was there to give campers a very close to look at a selection of the center’s resident birds of prey. 

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Cell tower possible near Sharon Hospital

SHARON — A new mobile phone pole may improve cell service in Sharon if the town approves the plan. A preliminary proposal introduced the idea at the Tuesday, July 11, selectmen’s meeting.
“It is a little different from usual cell towers,” Brian Gaudet said, representing Mobilitie as a permitting manager, who arranges to erect towers. The proposed site would be behind Sharon Hospital.

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Moving gingerly ahead with a blight ordinance

SHARON — While acknowledging the visual realities of farming, the Sharon selectmen moved ahead with plans to make an ordinance to identify and deal with blighted properties at their July 11 meeting.  
A special committee was appointed to draft the ordinance. When its work is completed, and if the new ordinance is enacted, the same committee may assume responsibility for enforcement.
Appointed to the committee are: David and Deb Moore, Deena and Randy Sears, Jamie Casey, Johanna Hahn, Tim Hanson and Selectman Dale Jones.

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Promoting local talent at Woman’s Club art show

SHARON — Over more than a century of service to the Sharon community, the Sharon Woman’s Club has promoted interest in the fine arts, one of its recurring activities since the 1960s being art shows of local talent. Talent and pride-in-purpose were evident at the Saturday, July 15, opening of a multi-media art show in cooperation with the Sharon Historical Society. 

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A drama of Korean family life, at Sharon book signing on Aug. 4

SHARON — There’s a moment toward the end of Min Jin Lee’s masterful new novel, “Pachinko,” where Sunja, the now-elderly daughter of the matriarch of a large and varied Korean family living in Japan, contemplates the suicide of her estranged son the year before.

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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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