Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront 03/29/2016

Diana Wood, Marketing and Outreach Manager with Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, speaks with host Barrie Silver on some of the busy spring and summer activities happening in Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront.

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Judge Ben: Trip to Colorado 03/28/2016

Judge Ben Joseph hosts a conversation with Deputy Chief, Jane Wright, of the Burlington Police Department, as she discusses her recent trip to Colorado and the impacts surrounding the legalization of marijuana in the state of Colorado.

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Family Room Parents and Community Announce Meeting Fundraising Goal 03/24/2016

Family Room Parents and Community announce that $80,000 has been pledged to support the return of Family Room staff.  

From the press release:

Just as the Family Room succeeds because it is a hub for many services and organizations, the efforts to restore its staff and programming have succeeded because of a wide variety of donors and supporters.  The organizing efforts of the past few months demonstrate the importance of the program within the community, and the continuing need for it.  Parents remain dedicated to fundraising within our April 1st deadline--if we can reach $100,000 full programming will be restored for a year.

On March 3rd the VNA announced its intention to transition the Family Room to another organization, or a stand-alone center.  A taskforce comprised of parents, VNA and Family Room staff, representatives from the city and state, and other community partners are currently meeting to examine which of those options would best support the Family Room.  Parents are committed to a successful transition and created a list of necessary components. We look forward to beginning this transition with a memorandum of understanding, in writing, as soon as we can.

We recognize that for a successful transition, we will need:

1.     an intact program with fully supported staff and programming;

2.     a timeline agreed to by all stakeholders;

3.     a consultant experienced in this particular type of transition, approved by all stakeholders;

4.     sufficient time for the sustainability taskforce to meet and produce its recommendation;

5.     a plan for greater autonomy in fundraising/grant-writing during the transition;

6.     more input from staff and families on the specifics of the Family Room budget

7.     a written agreement detailing these plans.

We are committed to working with Family Room staff and the VNA to ensure that the transition will be successful and that the resulting Family Room will meet the needs of the community it serves.  

Burlington Mayor's Show: Hosted by Mayor Miro Weinberger 03/23/2016

Mayor Weinberger is joined by Fire Chief Steven Locke.

Burlington Ward 4 and Ward 7 NPA Meeting 03/23/2016

Neighborhood Planning Assemblies (NPAs) are grassroots, neighborhood organizations that were established in each of Burlington's seven Wards to empower citizen participation in City government. Working as neighborhood advocacy groups, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies facilitate communication between the citizens of Burlington and city government through regular meetings scheduled in each Ward. Wards 4 & 7 meet the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Meeting place: Robert E. Miller Community Center 130 Gosse Court.

Panel Discussion on Preventing Gun Violence 03/20/2016

Ohavi Zedek Social Action Committee brings together a panel of perspectives on 'Gun Violence' in our society.

Governor Peter Shumlin: Press Conference - GMO Labeling 03/16/2016

Gov. Shumlin Press Conference - GMO Labeling - March 16, 2016.

Vermont Health Care Innovation Project: Session 3 - Integrated Communities Care Management Learning Collaborative 03/16/2016

On February 21, 2013 Vermont was notified of an award of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) grant from the federal government. This grant will fund activities inside and outside of state government over the next four years to expand and integrate innovative health care provider payment and health information technology that supports more effective and efficient care delivery. Vermont has named the project that will utilize the SIM grant funds the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project (VHCIP). VHCIP will provide a forum for coordinating policy and resources to support development of the organizations, technology, and financing necessary to achieve the shared public/private goals articulated in our State Health Care Innovation Plan: development of a high performance health care system for Vermont.

Institute For Civic Engagement: Burlington International Women's Day Celebration 2016 03/12/2016

A citywide celebration to honor and insure the rights of all women and girls to lead secure, creative, healthy, and free lives. Recorded by community volunteer Paul Bakeman and sponsored by Burlington College 'Institute for Civic Engagement.'

Heroin Crisis Forum 03/08/2016

A public forum on the regional heroin crisis.

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