2007 Legacy Town Meeting; Hal Colston recognized
I was pleased to attend the Annual Legacy Town Meeting on November 28 at Contois Auditorium. Over 200 people attended a free community dinner to celebrate Burlington's vision for 2030 as articulated in the Legacy Plan and to recognize the skills, commitment and talent of our Burlington youth. At the Town Meeting, Hal Colston, the director of NeighborKeepers, was presented with the Peter Clavelle Legacy Award for his ongoing work and presence in the community. Congratulations to Hal for all of his good work! The theme of the event -- "Recommitting to the Legacy Vision" -- was celebrated with over 50 community members publicly committing to take action towards making Burlington a livable and vibrant city. These committed public actions include: (1) Attending NPA meetings more regularly; (2) Advocating for livable wages; (3) Using CCTA more regularly and biking and walking more; (4) Teaching English to new arrivals; (5) Eating more local food; (6) Reaching out to more Burlington youth; (7) Writing a letter to the editor; (8) Attending a local artistic event; (9) Transforming the holidays with local celebrations; and (10) Banking with a local credit union. Community members are also invited to visit City Hall during the month of December to sign the Legacy Banner and recommit to the 2030 vision and to take action to make the vision a reality. The banner will be on display on the steps on the main floor of City Hall. Thanks for the evening should go to Legacy Co-Directors Jennifer Green and Wanda Hines, VISTA Stephanie Clark, other staff and the Legacy Steering Committee, chaired by City Councilor Jane Knodell. More information about the Project can be found at http://www.cedoburlington.org/ . Cash Coalition unveils new website
Through CEDO, the City has developed and hosts a new website for the Creating Assets, Savings and Hope (CASH) Coalition. The CASH Coalition assists low- and moderate-income Chittenden County residents to achieve their financial goals through free tax assistance and asset-building opportunities. Generally speaking, CASH services are available to Chittenden County households with income of $40,000 or less, and are free. The new website can be accessed at: http://www.cedoburlington.org/cash_coalition.htm . I hope residents Operation snow shovel
Many in Vermont look forward to the winter season, and for good reason. However, Snow and ice also create dangerous conditions and some city residents need assistance in shoveling their sidewalk. If you are elderly or physically unable to shovel your walk, the city can connect you with a volunteer who can help through Operation Snow Shovel. You can reach Operation Snow Shovel at 865-7548 if you want assistance or want to volunteer! Moran Public Meetings
The City has scheduled two public informational meetings on the Moran Redevelopment proposal. The first will be Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm at Contois Auditorium, City Hall, and the second will be Thursday, January 3 at 6:30 pm at the Burlington High School Cafeteria. This is a good opportunity for the community to become familiar with this proposal which I believe will promote economic development, bring people to Burlington and our Waterfront, and benefit the community as a whole. I hope that residents will attend at least one of the public meetings to learn more about the proposal, ask questions about it, and have their questions answered. For more detailed information about the proposal, go to www.cedoburlington.org or call 865-7284. Downtown holiday market December 15 at City Hall
On Saturday, December 15, 2007, the CVOEO Micro Business Development Program will sponsor the second annual Downtown Holiday Market in Contois Auditorium in Burlington City Hall on Church Street from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Almost 30 Vermont microenterprises, most offering unique, locally produced gift items perfect for holiday shoppers, will be on hand and open for business. Shoppers will be able to choose from a range of jewelry, clothing, home items, pet fashions, multicultural selections, artwork, craft products and specialty foods. If you are interested in being a vendor at the event, it's not too late to apply. But act fast. Call Jim at 860-1417, ext 104. Free gun safety locks available at the police department
Project ChildSafe has supplied the Burlington Police Department with another shipment of yellow gun locks. They are free for residents to encourage the safe storage of weapons. They are available at the front fesk of the Police Department, 1 North Avenue.