February 2019
From Town Hall
  • Town Hall Closed in February:
  • 2/18- Presidents' Day
  • From the Selectman's Office- On January 17th, following the Annual Town Meeting, a hearing was held to present the proposed plan for the sidewalks of Kent. See the presentation on the Town web site by clicking here.
  • From the Assessor's Office- Based on requirements set forth by the State, the Town of Kent offers a program for Elderly homeowners and Totally Disabled persons. Click here for more information.
  • From Kent Social Services - 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. Maximum gross income guidelines are as follows: household size 1/$35,116; 2/$45,920; 3/$56,725; 4/$67,530. To determine if your household qualifies for this program or to schedule an appointment, contact Leah Pullaro, Kent Social Services 860-927-1586

  • Kent Social Services office hours are:
  • Monday - Closed
  • Tuesday 9:00a.m. 12:30a.m. and 1:00p.m. 5:00p.m
  • Wednesday 9:00a.m. – 12:30a.m. (No appointments or walk-ins 1:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Office closed for administrative work only. No phone calls will be answered or returned.)
  • Thursday 9:00a.m. – 12:30a.m. and 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
  • Friday 9:00a.m. – 12:30a.m. and 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
  • Office is closed from 12:30a.m. – 1:00p.m. for lunch. All appointments should be made in advance
  • Watch BOS meetings live on YouTube. Click here for the link.
  • The roads of Kent- Please call if your mailbox is damaged by snowplows, however keep in mind that if the plow damages it we will take care of it, but if the snow coming off the plow does it will be considered an act of nature. Driveway plowers, please don't leave snow in the roadway.Dog owners, by sure to wipe your dog's salty feet after a walk.
Western CT Clean Air Action
Cricket Valley update # 7
The new air quality monitoring station at Kent School is still in its start-up phase. We expect it to be fully operational soon. WCCAA continues to work with area towns, conservation organizations, schools, and other groups to develop a regional air quality monitoring network. Thank you to all for your continued support. We anticipate holding a public meeting in spring 2019. In the meantime, you may contact WCCAA by email: wccleanairaction@gmail.com, or visit our Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/groups/WCCAA/.
P ark & Recreation
Park and Recreation in the News: Camp Business magazine’s January/February edition features “Top Programming Ideas,” that includes submission by Kent Park and Recreation Director Lesly Ferris: https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/5899/71262.pdf
Winter Ice Skating: open skate will take place at South Kent School ice rink as follows: January 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; February 3, 3-4 p.m.; February 10, 16 and 24, 2-3 p.m. Participants must wear skates and hat on the ice. A park pass is required and can be purchased from the ice monitor at the rink. Questions: call 860-927-1003.
Figure Skating Lessons: Session III : February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2019; same schedule as above with instructor Marika Coolbeth. Cost is $44. Pre-register by January 26. Lessons for beginning students, 7-7:30 a.m.; intermediate level and above meet 7:30-8 a.m. Students registered for classes (only) also may skate during the 30 minutes opposite their lesson time. There are no make-up dates for cancellations; students may skate at the P&R open skate at Kent and South Kent Schools during holiday/winter skating without charge.
Students must wear gloves or mittens, a hat and leather skates, either figure or hockey. Registration should be returned to Park and Recreation (in the box at KCS or Town Hall) or mailed to P.O. Box 678, Kent, CT 06757. Questions: call 860-927-1003.
Adult Men’s League Basketball: Kent Park and Recreation sponsors the program Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Kent Center School gymnasium, 9 Judd Avenue. Free. The program will meet February 13, 20, 27. Call 860-927-1003 for more information.
Commission vacancy: The Kent Park and Recreation Commission has an opening for a commission member to fill a three-year seat The commission meets the third Monday of the month (mostly), 7 p.m., Kent Town Hall. The commission is charged with oversight of the Town’s recreational programs and two parks. Electors of the Town of Kent should express their interest in being considered and their background in writing to Kent Park and Recreation Commission, P.O. Box 678, Kent 06757 or email parkandrec@townofkentct.org .
Senior Activities
Art Group: meets Thursday mornings, 9:30-noon, Kent Senior Center, 16 Swifts Lane. Seniors are invited to join. Bring your own projects and supplies.No cost.
Holiday luncheon: February 13 Valentine’s Day Party: The meal, fruit cup, baked ziti, broccoli slaw and tuxedo layer cake, will be served at 12:30 p.m. at the Kent Senior Center, 16 Swifts Lane. The suggested donation is $4/person. Reservations are required by calling 860-927-2055 by February 8.
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.
Kent Center School Scholarship Fund to host Annual Chocolate Fest
on Thursday, February 7th at Kent Center School. This annual fundraiser for the scholarship fund will run from 3:30 to 5:30 in the school cafeteria at KCS. In the case of inclement weather, the event will take place on Friday, February 8th.
At the Chocolate Fest, chocolate lovers pay $5 at the door to purchase a ticket. The ticket is exchanged for a plate, which they then fill with a sampling of home-made chocolate goodies prepared by local bakers.
Bakers are needed to create all kinds of chocolate treats. It should be noted that a no-nuts/no peanuts policy is in effect due to student allergies. Baked goods should be delivered to Kent Center School between 7:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. on February 7th through the front door of the school. For more information, call Carol Spelbos at 860-927-3497 or email her at info@kcssf.org.
All proceeds from the Chocolate Fest benefit the Kent Center School Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships for the post-secondary education of Kent Center School graduates.
The Kent Center School Scholarship Fund is having its best fund raising year in several years. To date, 185 donors have contributed $30, 406.  The Fund Drive officially runs until June 30, and we are hoping to realize another few thousand before the year ends.
Over the past 58 years, the KCSSF has awarded 1289 scholarships for a total of $1,435,974. we are grateful for the support of our community, and especially appreciate the donations from former recipients.
We continue to receive memorial donations, and now we have 25 named scholarships, which honor many former Kent residents.
Donations may be sent to KCSSF, Box 794, Kent, CT 06757. Anyone wishing to receive a brochure and packet may call Ed Epstein, President, at 860-927-4057.   We thank everyone for the support.
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KVFD
KVFD Corner
January call volume
34 EMS calls 14 Fire calls
Kudos, Thanks and Congrats
*Congratulations the P&R Director Lesly Ferris, a published author again. See link under P&R at left.
* Kudos & congrats to the Kent Nursing Association and the Kent Community Fund for their recent merger. The work of both organizations will continue even stronger under the banner of the Kent Community Fund.
*Congratulations to the Kent Memorial Library for their highly successful 3 part series on the literary masterpiece To Kill A Mockingbird.
12th Annual HRRA Recycling Poster Contest
Each year I have the pleasure of judging some wonderful posters at Kent Center School as entries to this contest. Participation is high in the lower grades, but drops off after 5th grade. The contest is open to all students, public,private or home schooled, through high school and has some nice prizes. Pictured is a poster done by a Kent kindergartner a few years ago that was top winner for that age group. Click on the poster for more contest info and contact local coordinator Ane Starr with questions.
Coffee For the Crew
Please consider a donation to the fund for our highway guys at Kent Coffee and Chocolate. Very much appreciated.
Kent Informal Club
will hold its first 2019 Meeting
  February 13th, 2 P.M., Town Hall...
 Speakers will discuss Cricket Valley Power and the proposed Kent Sidewalk improvements...
All are Welcome... Please attend this special meeting about our Town...
The Kent Transfer Station
New: We now take eyeglasses. They will be picked up by the Kent Lions Club and reused worldwide. Just see John or Rob.
Reminder : No big items in the outdoor swap area until spring. Pay if you must get rid of such things.
Heads up : Not yet, but in the near future we'll be recycling glass separately. More to come.
On going - We recycle textiles, mattresses, paint, corks, batteries of all types, electronics, including TV's, computers & printers.
Winter Tracking Hike
The Kent Land Trust and Kent Park and Recreation announce Presidents’ Day Winter Hike February 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Emery Park, 42 Segar Mountain Road. Join school-age children and curious adults on a sleuthing excursion to find out what critters hang out in Emery Park.
 Participants will travel approximately 1.5 miles over varied terrain, some steep. Wear boots and appropriate winter clothes. Tracking cards provided; bring along supplemental guides, cameras and journals if you wish. Snacks and hot cocoa to follow.
 Registration required to www.kentlandtrust.org or call 860-488-9185.
*Kent Businesses*
Discover the Litchfield Hills
Check this new web site from the Northwest Hills Council of Governments. Watch a 6 minute video at The Hills .
Submit your business and events at : DiscoverLitchfieldHills.com
Like hiking? Click the logo below
February Kent Calendar
February 5- 4:30 p.m. - Monthly BOS meeting @ Town Hall
February 19 - 7:00 p.m.- Monthly BOF meeting at Town Hall


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860-927-4627 www.townofkentct.org