Vermonters First attacks Burlington’s “fiscal stability” bond vote; mayor strikes back

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Weinberger said: “I don’t think it’s appropriate to do nothing in the face of that uncertainty, particularly when Moody’s and our auditor say we need to do something.”

Mayor of Burlington encourages residents to donate blood to help with shortage in wake of Hurricane Sandy

Weinberger: “I have consulted with Vermont emergency management officials, and it is clear to me that one of the best ways we can help right now is to give blood.”

Installing the president: Sullivan outlines vision for UVM at colorful ceremony

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President Thomas Sullivan’s aspirations are high – “to advance UVM to the next level of excellence and international recognition” and “into the first ranks of higher education.”

Weinberger wants UVM athletics fundraiser to head Burlington Parks and Recreation

Mayor Miro Weinberger wants to fill the key city position of Parks and Recreation director with Jesse Bridges, a New North End resident who has worked at the University of Vermont for a decade in the athletics program, primarily as a fundraiser and director of ticket operations. “Jesse is used to relating to the public […]

Goldsmith, TV’s “most interesting man,” backs Obama, but ducks questions at Vermont fundraiser

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Tears welled up in his eyes as actor Jonathan Goldsmith said, “I feel passionately about one America” and the president “is really the hope he talks about.”

UVM staff union vote offers choices for a seat at the table

Sen. Philip Baruth speaks at a union rally for University of Vermont staff. Photo by Greg Guma

The Sept. 18-19 ballot has two questions: whether 780 staff members want a union, and if so, do they prefer one affiliated with Vermont-NEA, the unaffiliated United Staff, or neither.

Cannabis and hemp legalization being considered for Burlington advisory vote

Max Tracy. Photo by Greg Guma.

The City Council is not being asked to decide on the merits of legalization. But marijuana reform is emerging as a campaign issue, and a yes vote would send a message to the state Legislature.

Burlington and Winooski unite to align their educational systems with the demands of 21st century life

The Partnership for Change, the bridging entity that is helping to lead this effort, has brought together abroad base of school and community leaders to accomplish this mission.

Citibank and city back in court over access to Burlington Telecom records

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The city claims that it “worked diligently” to assemble financial material. But Citibank cancelled a meeting, wants more documents, and has filed a contempt of court motion.

Weinberger proposes $9 million bond vote to stabilize Burlington’s finances

Mayor Miro Weinberger’s plan to restore Burlington’s long-term fiscal stability rests on the passage of a $9 million bond vote this November designed to improve liquidity, reduce the use of short-term financing and eliminate the city’s deficit balance. At a press conference Monday, Weinberger compared the plan to “refinancing a large amount of credit card […]

Burlington’s Main Street to be closed for a half hour, starting 7 p.m. for UVM’s convocation

On Sunday, Aug. 26, starting at 7 p.m., Main Street will be closed for approximately one half hour between the west side of the jug handle and the east side of South Prospect Street to accommodate UVM’s convocation procession.

Maverick Chronicles: The mayor and the connector

Mayor Gordon Paquette

Paquette was supposed to be a “strong mayor,” the reputed boss of the city for more than a decade. But he sounded powerless, weak.

On video: Burlington’s trio of top CEOs meet for confab

Kings of the Hill: From left, UVM's Tom Sullivan, Fletcher Allen CEO John Brumsted and Mayor Miro Weinberger had their photo snapped. Photo by Greg Guma

Mayor Miro Weinberger met for the first time with both Thomas Sullivan, the new President of the University of Vermont, and John Brumsted M.D., President of Fletcher Allen Health Care. UVM and the hospital, closely linked institutions, are the largest employers in the state.

Protesters block conferee buses; Burlington police fire pepper balls at activists VIDEO

A peaceful protest turned violent on Sunday evening when a group of 40-50 activists attempted to block buses that arrived to pick up conference dignitaries for a dinner at Shelburne Farms. The confrontation between protesters and the Burlington Police Department escalated. Police say they fired pepper spray into the crowd to defend themselves. The protesters […]

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