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KENT — It’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a bookstore than the snug space that is now home to the House of Books.

But the little red cottage on Main Street isn’t the true home of the venerable shop, one of only a handful of bookstores remaining in the Tri-state region.

House of Books was started in 1976 by Carol and John Hoffman, in a small space on Route 7. It soon outgrew its original setting and the Hoffmans moved it to 10 Main, formerly the town’s post office. The bookstore remained there until this summer, when circumstances...

Kent

Selectmen in Kent make $50k in budget cuts

KENT — The Kent Board of Selectmen made significant budget reductions at a special meeting on Monday, April 9. 
The Board of Finance had asked the selectmen to cut $50,000 from the municipal budget, and $300,000 from the five-year capital plan (which amounted to $60,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1).

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Guest residences, home industry impacted by proposed new rules

KENT — The Kent Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the final draft of revisions to the town zoning regulations at a special meeting on Thursday, March 29.
 “This revision was long overdue,” said Chairman John Johnson. The town’s first zoning regulations were put in place in 1965, and the last major, comprehensive revision was performed in 1995.
This latest revision was four years in the making. 

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Town must make up for state aid shortfalls

KENT — The Board of Finance in Kent voted to make cuts to the proposed municipal budget in an effort to keep the mill rate increase to a minimum. The vote was taken at a special meeting on Tuesday, April 3.
“The mill rate is higher than we anticipated due to an increase in town spending,” said finance board Chairman Mark Sebetic. 
“This increase in spending is due to a malfunction of the state, not a mismanagement of funds by the town,” he added.

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Marshall steps up to head KML

KENT — Sarah Marshall has been named the new director of the Kent Memorial Library, replacing Donna Miller, who will retire this year. 
Marshall will begin in her new position on April 2. She has been a director of Children’s Services for more than 11 years at the library and a resident of Kent for 23 years. She combines her experience in the KML Junior Room with 13 years working as a teacher-administrator in area private schools, according to a press release from the library.

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Finance member opposes ed budget

KENT — Kent’s total education costs will increase by .76 percent in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, according to the proposed budget presented to the Board of Finance (BOF) on Tuesday, March 20.
Despite the modest increase, Board of Finance member Ed Epstein said he will vote against it.

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In the market for a spring day

It was an understated Shop Hop weekend in Kent, from March 23 to 25. At least the weather was moderate, perfect for cruising the Main Street in search of gifts and essentials. Twenty-one businesses took part, as did the Easter Bunny.  Customers sampled Beekman Goat products at Kent Pharmacy.

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Salaries will be reviewed

KENT — First Selectman Bruce Adams presented the proposed municipal spending plan for the 2018-19 fiscal year to the Board of Finance at its regular meeting  on Tuesday, March 20.
The total expenditures amount to $12,990,005, an increase of 3.9 percent, or $132,817, over the current budget. 
Health insurance was a main factor in the overall increase, with a 12 percent rise, or $14,169.

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Hippety-hoppy

The Easter Bunny chatted with youngsters at Kent Town Center during Shop Hop weekend, left. An egg hunt, above, was something of a free-for-all.
 

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Downhill racers

KENT — Kent Cub Scout Pack 11 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Sunday afternoon, March 11 (a snow date reschedule; the derby had originally been planned for the week before).
Six Cub Scouts, five Boy Scouts and three parents participated in the derby, held as always at the parish house of the Kent Congregational Church.
The top three finishers in terms of speed were, in first place  Mason Collins, in second place Lincoln Kennedy and in third place Charlie Collins.

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Telling tales of town’s farming heritage

KENT — Farming was not just a way to earn a living, it was a way of life. In a Sunday Series talk presented by the Kent Historical Society (KHS) on Sunday, March 18, town residents shared their memories of farm life in Kent during the mid-20th century.
Diane Camp created a slide show of old photos and anecdotes of her family’s farm on Camps Flat Road. 

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