Dear Kent Residents,
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From Town Hall
- Town Hall closed- September 4- Labor Day
- From the Town Clerk: Would you like to be more informed of what your Town's Boards and Commissions are doing? You may subscribe to receive via e-mail, notices of selected agendas and minutes.
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- Transfer Station -As of July 1 you should have a black tag.
New ones are available at the Transfer Station or at Town Hall. Now is a great time for those who use curbside pick-up to check out the Transfer Station. Only $150 ($135 over 65) and we accept a lot more stuff, and
we recycle all of it !!!
- Household Hazardous Waste Day- The next chance to get rid of stuff we don't take at the transfer station is September 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pettibone School in New Milford. It is free and requires no pre registration. Click poster for a list of what is accepted.
- Kent roads
- The Kent Hollow bridge near Straight Rd. is now open.
- Reconstruction of Kenico Road has begun. It will remain open, but motorists are urged to use Kenmont Road if possible.
- Watch BOS meetings live on YouTube. Click on Town logo for the link.
- From Kent Social Services- Kent Social Services will have new hours beginning September 1, 2017.
Tuesday - Friday 9:00a.m.- 4:00p.m.
3rd Saturday each month 9 a.m.- 2p.m
- Renter's Rebate Program- If you are a renter age 65+ or a person, over age 18, with a disability, you may be eligible for this program. Applications are accepted April 1 - October 1, 2017. Income limits: single person $35,200.00; married couple $42,900. For further information, contact Leah Pullaro, Kent Social Services 860-927-1586.
- United Way of Western Connecticut's ALICE® Enrichment Fund will provide families who fall within the ALICE income category* financial subsidies for their children to participate in extracurricular activities. Funding may be available for sports, music lessons, art classes, and other enrichment activities. For further information on applying for funds go to: ALICE or call Leah Pullaro 860-927-1586.
- Energy Assistance Applications
Kent Social Services is now accepting appointments for the Energy Assistance Program. This is a winter heating assistance program with specific income and asset requirements for participation.If you have any questions, wish to be screened for eligibility, or to make an appointment, please call Leah Pullaro, Social Services Director 860-927-1586.
From the Assessor's office Property Tax Exemptions
*Exemption for Blindness
To receive a $3000 assessment exemption, certification of blindness must be obtained from the State of Connecticut, Department of Human Resources, Board of Education and Services for the Blind. The
certificate should be filed with the Assessor's office by October 1,2017.
*Exemption for Totally Disabled Taxpayers
To receive a $1000 assessment exemption, proof of permanent total disability from the Social Security Administration should be presented to the Assessor,along with a signed application Form D-1(available
in the Assessor's office) by October 1, 2017.
*Exemption for Veterans
To be eligible for this exemption, a Veteran should file an Honorable Discharge
(form DD-214) with the Town Clerk before October 1, 2017.
If further information is needed regarding any exemptions, please contact
the Assessor's office at 860-927-3160.
Park & Recreation
After-School Program: Kent Park and Recreation is accepting registration for its After-School Program, open to Kent Center School kindergarten through sixth graders. The program meets Monday through Friday, 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the KCS cafeteria and follows the KCS calendar. The cost is $11/day/child. The program includes homework time, game and arts and crafts projects,snack and outdoor play, weather permitting. Registration materials will be available online (kentctparkandrecreation.com), outside the Park and Recreation Office, Kent Town Hall, and in the KCS office. Scholarship assistance for families in need, provided by the Kent Community Fund, available by speaking with the Park and Recreation director. For more information, call860-927- 1003.
Martial Arts Class: Kent Park and Recreation's Tang Soo Do class meets Mondays at the Kent Community House. Ages 7 through adult meet from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Registration fee is $70/10-week session; additional family members are $50. Martial arts training has been shown to reduce stress, increase confidence, self-discipline, focus and respect in addition to the self-defense benefits. The class is sponsored by USA Martial Arts of Woodbury, a member of the CheezicTang Soo Do Karate Federation. Register at class.
A few things for our Seniors
Friday Senior Lunch: The program meets Fridays, starting September 8, at the Kent Senior Center, Swifts Lane, and is open to Kent senior citizens at a cost of $2/person for lunch, which is served at noon. The center opens at 11:30 a.m. The program is sponsored by the Town of Kent in conjunction with Kent, Marvelwood and South Kent Schools and local restaurants. Reservations are not required.
Save the Date: Seasonal flu vaccination clinic will be offered October 11, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. for senior citizens and 11 a.m. to noon for any age resident at Kent Town Hall.
Memory Garden Annual Planting:
Kent senior citizens are invited Friday, Sept. 15 at 1:15 p.m. to plant a bulb in honor of a loved one or friend in the Memory Garden, Kent Common Park, Swifts Lane. Bulbs will be provided. The garden, dedicated in September 2013, was created by Kent Social Services Director Leah Pullaro and Park and Recreation director Lesly Ferris as a way for town seniors to honor and remember family and friends. Daffodil bulbs will be added to the garden this fall, the fifth year of planting. Free bulbs will be provided.
For more information, call 860-927-1003.
Blood Pressure Screening:
The New Milford Visiting Nurse Association holds monthly blood pressure screenings for Kent seniors on the first Wednesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Kent Senior Center, Swifts Lane. This service is offered free, and no appointment is necessary.
The Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association, in cooperation with the Town of Kent, will sponsor a monthly Wellness Clinic for Kent residents of all ages monthly on the third Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Kent Senior Center, 16 Swifts Lane. The clinic will feature blood pressure, heart rate and pulse oximetry measurements, review of medications, health teaching specific to one's medical condition, as well as a clinic on a specific health topic related to the time of year. For more information, call 860-435-0816.
Annual KVFD Golf Tournament
hosted by the Bull's Bridge Golf Club on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
An opportunity to play an award-winning Tom Fazio-designed golf course with gorgeous views of the rolling Litchfield County hills. This annual tournament benefits the Kent Volunteer Fire Department, providing Emergency Response to the town of Kent since 1911. Shamble format allows for fun competition among different levels of players. Best net score of each hole is used to compile the 18 hole net team score. Click either logo above for info, registration or sponsorship.
KVFD offers EMT course
Kent Ambulance needs EMT's and is offering a local class for certification starting September 12. Click on the logo for more information.
Kudos, Congrats & Thanks
*Thank you, Kent Community Fund, for providing $2,500 in scholarship assistance which
supported Kent Park and Recreation's Camp Kent. The scholarships aided seven families and supported the regional summer science camp program. We appreciate the continued support of
KCF for the benefit of our community's youth.
*Thanks to the many supporters of the Kent Community Fund. During the summer months your contributions provided scholarships for children at our Park and Recreation Department's Camp Kent, provided more than 1 1/2 tons of food purchased from the Connecticut Food Bank and helped residents with car repairs, utility and medical bills and housing needs through referrals from the Town's social services director. Your help makes a difference!.
* Thank you to Selectman Mike VanValkenburg for designing and constructing new trash & recycling bins around town. Mike also refurbished some of the old ones. And thanks to the Kent Conservation Commission for leading this effort.
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ACE is the place- in Kent
ACE Hardware of Kent is now open. A grand opening is being planned. Stop in to check it out
Peace Corps and Vista Volunteers reunion
Did you serve in the Peace Corps or Vista? Wouldn't it be fun to gather with other volunteers and share experiences and stories over a pot luck meal this fall? There are at least 7 of you in Kent. Please call Irene Coe (McDowell) at 860-256-7372 if interested.
Volunteer @ the Gilmore Girls Fan Fest in October
The Gilmore Girls Fan Fest will be in Kent October 20-22 in Kent. Our town is expecting 1,500 people and several cast members from the show. The organizers of the festival asked me to reach out to residents and help them secure volunteers for the festival. You can find out more about this event at www.gilmoregirlsfanfest.com. If you are interested and available to volunteer for at least one 5 hour shift (or more) the weekend of October 20-22, please email Jennie & Marcus Whitaker at email@example.com. They are looking for 50 more volunteers from Kent.
Typical volunteer activities include registration assistance, parking attendants, checking wristbands, helping form lines, assisting with activities, making sure people aren't littering, helping people cross the street to avoid traffic, crowd control and ushers. None of the duties are difficult and anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to volunteer. There will be a one hour mandatory volunteer meeting on 9/19 (exceptions should be cleared by the festival organizers) with snacks provided.