Magnante saw warm temperatures in the Burlington area recently, and he hoped it continued upon his arrival. Of course, that was Saturday. When Magnante and this year’s Lake Monsters hit Centennial Field on Sunday for media interviews and their first workout as a team, it was pouring.
“It’s déjà vu for me today, because it’s raining and it always is here. I don’t know if that’s a good omen or a bad omen,” Magnante said. “But we are happy to be here and we are excited about the season. We have a group of great young kids to get started with.”
Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Chapin Spencer as the Director of the Burlington Department of Public Works, according to a press release from the Mayor’s office. Spencer, the founder and current Executive Director of Local Motion, a Burlington-based non-profit that promotes people-powered transportation and recreation, and a past Ward 1 Progressive City Councilor, has been serving the City of Burlington in a variety of important roles for the past 18 years. Weinberger has asked the City Council to approve the appointment at its June 24 meeting.
“What I appreciate most about Chapin Spencer is that, with every decision he makes, he considers the needs of, and impact on, both the larger community and its individual members,” said Devine. “Through our work together on City initiatives and our studies of best practices in other like-minded communities, I have become aware that Chapin and I share the belief that the Department of Public Works plays a key role in the economy and vibrancy of Burlington. With this appointment, I look forward to continued opportunities to collaborate with Chapin for a better Burlington.”
SEVEN DAYS - 6/12 - By all outward appearances, Burlington’s public parks are clean and green — the envy of any small city in America. The infield grass at Smalley Park’s baseball field is neatly mowed. There isn’t a trace of litter on Blanchard Beach at Oakledge Park. On a nice day, the city’s crown jewel, Waterfront Park, teems with people throwing Frisbees, licking creemees and taking in Lake Champlain’s awe-inspiring sunsets.
Closer inspection, however, reveals some cracks in the asphalt — and not just on the basketball courts at Roosevelt Park in the Old North End.
TheVermont Health Connectprogram has been finalized. It is a public health insurance exchange that will provide health insurance options for individuals and small businesses (defined as 50 or fewer FTE’s).
On October 1 small businesses and individuals that qualify can begin enrolling in Vermont Health Connect.
Without the support of the Vermont Tent Company our city's Waterfront Park just wouldn't be the same! Each summer Vermont Tent sponsors and provides work for most of our festivals. Vermont Tent is returning for the fourth consecutive year as a sponsor of Burlington's Food & Wine Festival.
Thank you Vermont Tent for supporting these important Burlington summer events, fun and activies! Check it out!
There’s a new hotel in Burlington and a second hotel broke ground this week. Hotel Vermont on Cherry Street and the groundbreaking of RedStone’s Banknorth block project. It is a positive sign for our local economy to see new buildings and the associated multi-million dollar investment. Both hotels promise to bring more overnight visitors to Burlington; visitors who are likely to shop, eat out and visit our attractions.