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KENT — After a public hearing that stretched through three sessions of the Planning and Zoning Commission and then two meetings, over the course of four months, the commission voted on Thursday, Nov. 14, to deny the Roberti family’s application to run a convalescent home on their property on Carter Road. 

Attorney Dolores Schiesel of Kent had represented the members of the Roberti family, including Vin Roberti, who is facilities manager for the High Watch Recovery Center, which is nearby on Carter Road.

She explained at one of the August hearing sessions...

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Fun, sun and shopping at downtown Sidewalk Fest

Once again Kent threw open its doors, rolled out its sidewalks  and invited one and all to take part in the annual Kent Sidewalk Festival. 
Blessed by great weather for all four days this year (Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 1 to 4), the festival was also (or perhaps therefore) blessed with better attendance than in recent years. 
Ellen Corsell of the Heron Gallery said, “It’s all about the weather. A good day is worth a thousand dollars.”

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‘A lot of work and a lot of fun’ at St. Andrew’s Church tag sale

As tradition dictated, the annual St. Andrew’s Church tag sale on Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4, attracted steady crowds of Kent residents and visitors, hopeful of finding items of top quality at bargain prices. As usual, they found their finds, the prices were great, and as a bonus, they basked in a happy sense of community with their Kent neighbors.
The tag sale is one of the highlights of the Northwest Corner summer season, and is an anchor event for the four-day-long Kent Sidewalk Festival. 

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A big day for small engines at CAMA show

 KENT — The big shows of the year for the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) are the annual “power up” that begins the season and the “power down” or Fall Festival (this year it will be from Sept. 27 to 29).
But for the past six years, the association has also held an antique engine show. This year’s was held at the CAMA grounds near Route 7 in Kent on Saturday, July 27. 

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All together now

The Carlson Family entertained a big crowd on the Kent Green on a beautiful summer evening on Thursday, July 25. They performed lively, upbeat  country classics. The audience accompanied them with clapping, singing and dancing.

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With a puff and a chug

Exhibitors enjoyed explaining their stationary (or in this case, rolling) engines at the annual Connecticut Antique Machinery Association show in Kent last weekend. Story, another photo, A big day for small engines at CAMA show.

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Kent Sidewalk Fest is Aug. 1-4

KENT — The Kent Sidewalk Festival takes place this year from Thursday, Aug.1, through Sunday, Aug. 4, and is sponsored by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, the Kent Green Shopping Center, Cozzy’s Pizzeria and Fat City Screen Printing. Shops in town will have special sales and promotions during those days and there will be other events and activities around the village.
The ninth annual Kent Car Show takes place on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Kent Green. There will be food cooked over the coals by the Kent Lions Club.  

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A cool rush

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A week of Kent songs, artwork and community

KENT — There was an abundance of cultural offerings last weei in Kent, with music, art and paintings to appeal to everyone’s tastes. 
The Kent Art Association (KAA) and the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council hosted the KAA’s Presidents Show on Thursday evening, July 11. 

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Marvelwood teacher named summer scholar

KENT — Valentin Dumitrascu, History Department Chair at The Marvelwood School in Kent, was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 32 summer seminars and institutes supported by the NEH. 
NEH is a federal agency that supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions so teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines.

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On top of the world with Kent library

KENT — This year’s Kent Memorial Library fundraiser, held at  Birch Top Farm, was promoted as a Top of the World party. The location was as close as one can get in South Kent to living up to the name. The property is within a foot or two of the 1,200 foot summit of Geer Mountain. 
There, on Saturday, June 22, Lisa and Bill Hoadley hosted the library party and auction, and what a party it was. A close estimate put the registered guest list at 325, and a steady stream of unregistered, and equally welcome, guests brought the number closer to 350. 

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