December 2019
From Town Hall
As I get settled in this new role as your First Selectman, I wanted to be sure the legacy of the Town of Kent Newsletter continues. Bruce Adams did a splendid job informing you all of important and interesting information happening in Kent. I am grateful for the precedent he set and look forward to continuing communicating with you all.

You will see a new look and feel to the newsletter in 2020 - it's hard to believe it's almost 2020 - but did not want to skip a month.

I hope you find the information included useful - if you have suggestions for inclusion in the newsletter, please feel free to email me at firstselectman@townofkentct.org. Please share this newsletter with your neighbors!

I look forward to the work ahead,

Jean C. Speck


                                                       
Watch BOS meetings live on YouTube. Click here for the link.
Registrar of Voters
A Presidential Preference Primary for either one or both major political parties (Democrat & Republican) will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Only registered voters of the party holding a Primary may vote in that party’s Primary. (Republicans in Republican Primary, Democrats in the Democratic Primary). Members of minor parties are not eligible to vote in either primary. Note: Independent, Working Families, Green & Libertarian are all minor/third parties in CT. If you want to vote in the Primary of a party you are not registered in, you must change your party affiliation, the deadline is midnight on Tuesday, January 28th. Voters who are registered Unaffiliated (not a member of any party) may join a party up to noon the day before the Primary. To check your registration status, party affiliation or to register to vote or change your party, address or name, visit the Secretary of State website: https://portal.ct.gov/sots/electionservices/voter
P ark & Recreation
Easy Tai Chi: Kent Park and Recreation announces Easy Taichi, a simplified Taichi exercise class with Christopher Kiely Tuesday mornings, 10-11 a.m. at the Kent Community House, North Main Street, Kent. The six-week course will be offered January 7 through February 18. The cost is $60/session.
Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese fitness system rooted in the natural integration of mind, body and spirit. This class was developed in collaboration between Kent Park and Recreation and Christopher Kiely, founder of the Falling Water Tai Chi School with the sole intention of providing an easier path to learning. No experience necessary. The only pre-requisite is being able to stay on one’s feet for at least an hour.
Pre-registration is required by contacting Chris at cloudhandy@yahoo.com or call 802-349-2725; or Lesly Ferris at parkandrec@townofkentct.org or call 860-927-1003.

Senior Activities
Friday Senior Lunch: Held at the Kent Senior Center on Swifts Lane, this Friday will be our special final lunch for the season. The program is offered in cooperation with Kent, Marvelwood and South Kent Schools and Kent restaurants. The cost is $2/person. The center opens at 11:30 a.m., and the meal is served at noon. For more information, call 860-927-1003.
Kent Education Center and Nursery School is hosting its Annual Pancakes with
Santa on December 7th, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:30am at St. Andrew's Parish House, 6 Bridge Street, Kent, CT
tickets are $5/person; $20/family of five or more.
MORE INFO:  kecns1@gmail.com  or 860.927.1294
Kent Center School
Registration for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year will take place in the spring of 2020. Your child must be five (5) years old by December 31, 2020 to enroll.
Contact the KCS Office by phone (860.927.3537) or email Meghan Robb at robbm@kentcenter.com with the following information:
  • your name
  • child's name & date of birth
  • mailing address
  • phone number
Registration information packets will be sent in the Spring of 2020.
The Kent Transfer Station
New passes are now required. Please be sure your hang-tag is brown! Purchase at Town Hall or the Transfer Station.
Don't use the Transfer Station? This is a perfect time to make the switch from curbside pickup and join the growing number of residents using the transfer station.
Only $150 for the year, $135 for residents over 65. And we take almost everything!
We will be checking for new passes
Click logo above for the KML Newsletter!
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Reminder from our Road Foreman...
With the winter weather upon us, Rick wanted to remind residents if you walk your pets along the sidewalks in the village, remember to rinse their paws after as we use salt to keep them clear, and it may irritate the pads on their paws.

December Calendar
Below are some of the many meetings and activities scheduled this month. For a complete calendar of meetings, click the calendar image above to visit the Town of Kent calendar page.

Thursday Dec. 5th @ 4pm: Board of Selectman meeting
Saturday Dec. 7th:
  • Pancakes with Santa - 8:30-10:30am, St. Andrews Parish House (scroll down for more info)
  • Stuff-A-Truck - 10a-5pm, Kent Firehouse
  • Annual Tree Lighting - 4:30pm, Town Hall
  • Kent Land Trust Holiday Party - 5pm, Kent Community House
  • KVFD Parade of Lights - 6pm, along Main Street (NOTE: please plan for interrupted traffic during the parade)

Tuesday Dec. 10th @ 4:30pm: Sewer Commission mtg.
Friday Dec. 13th @ 7pm: Town Informational Hearing on the proposed cell tower
Tuesday Dec. 24th: Town Hall closes at noon
Wednesday Dec. 25th: Town Hall closed
Tuesday Dec. 31st: Town Hall closes at noon
Wednesday Jan 1st: Town Hall closed
Social Services
We are currently accepting appointments for the Energy Assistance Program. This is a winter heating assistance program with specific income and asset requirements for participation. Maximum gross income guidelines are as follows: household size: 1/$36,171; 2/$47,300; 3/$58,430; 4/$69,559. To determine if your household qualifies for this program, or to schedule an appointment, contact Leah Pullaro at 860.927.1586.

Donations to Kent Social Services are much appreciated, and a list by program can be found on our website. Items for donation must be pre-approved by the Social Services Director 860-927-1586 prior to dropping off at town hall. Most programs have limited storage space available. Thank you for your understanding.
KVFD
KVFD Corner
November call volume:
39 EMS calls
12 Fire calls

We will again be hosting the Annual Parade of Lights on December 7th. Step off is at 6pm on the Kent Green, and will proceed along Main Street, ending at the firehouse. A light dinner will be served after by our Auxillary.
Also on the 7th from 10am-5pm, we will be holding a Stuff-A-Truck event.
Volunteers are always needed!
EMT courses are starting in January in the area - a wonderful way to give back to your community. Email Ambulance Chief Mary Ann Van Valkenburg for more information.
Kent Veterans Memorial Committee will now be adding the names of Kent residents who entered the military during peacetime to its monument. The Kent Veterans Committee will be conducting research to identify these individuals and are interested in their names being added to the monument. We will need a copy of their DD-214 or other evidence of military service.
 Please contact the following Veteran Committee members if you are one of the eligible peace time veterans or know of someone who qualifies:
·  Chairman Andy Ocif 860-927-3318
·  Secretary Charlotte Lindsey or Dick Lindsey 860-927-3724
·  Tom Page 860-927-4092
·  Bill or Patti Case 860-927-4084
·  Michael VanValkenburg 860-927-3086
The Town of Kent is an equal opportunity provider and employer., PO Box 678, Kent, CT 06757
860-927-4627 www.townofkentct.org