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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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‘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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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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