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From left: Mayor Miro Weinberger, Parks Director Cindi Wight, Episcopal Bishop Thomas Ely, Parks Foundation Chair John Bossange
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A coalition has announced the public phase of a campaign to conserve 163 acres of shoreline forest in the city of Burlington, Vermont.

Mayor Miro Weinberger
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The city of Burlington, Vermont’s 2018 fiscal year budget included $500,000 to launch an Early Learning Initiative. During this month’s City Council meeting, grant awards were approved that will help organizations expand or create child care availability for infants and toddlers.  The program has been a priority since Mayor Miro Weinberger was first elected in 2012. Now in his third term, the Democrat says the grants fund a vital program for the city and its children.

Officials in Vermont are urging people to be aware of the dangers of high heat and humidity as temperatures rise.

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Authorities say white supremacist flyers have been posted at multiple libraries in Vermont.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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Nearly one month after Town Meeting Day, the Burlington City Council met last night to swear-in the mayor and council to new terms and hear the State of the City address.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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On Town Meeting Day in Vermont, Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was re-elected to a third term.  During his victory speech Tuesday evening, he told supporters it had been a hard-fought campaign — one in which he learned from his two challengers.  The mayor spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the results and his plans for the city over the next three years.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger talks about environmental priorities
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was at the city’s waterfront Tuesday afternoon to outline his environmental priorities if he is elected to a third term on Tuesday.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
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Just over two weeks before voters in Burlington, Vermont go to the polls on Town Meeting Day, the three candidates for mayor faced off in another forum Thursday evening.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
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The three candidates running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont came together at a forum at City Hall Monday evening.

Burlington City Hall Park
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Burlington City Councilors have been considering a proposed new downtown streetscape plan.  But some councilors question if the plan would ban cars from the center city area.

Burlington City Hall
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During a recent meeting of the Burlington City Council, the panel heard a report on homelessness in the city and reviewed a possible ordinance on unruly behavior, which some considered related.

Carina Driscoll
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Over the past week,  two candidates have announced campaigns to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger in the election on Town Meeting Day in March.  On Monday, former city councilor and state legislator Carina Driscoll announced she will run as an Independent.  The lifelong Burlington resident, who is the stepdaughter of Senator Bernie Sanders, hopes to run a grassroots campaign that brings people together to build a new vision for the city.

Infinite Culcleasure
Infinite Culcleasure

Local elections in Vermont are held on Town Meeting Day in March.  In the past few days, two individuals have announced campaigns to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.  The first to announce is community activist Infinite Culcleasure.  He says will run as an Independent and seek support of the Progressive Party.

Burlington City Council meeting 11-6-17
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After weeks of twists and turns, Burlington city councilors made their final decision on which of four bidders will buy the city’s cable and broadband provider. Monday’s marathon meeting lasted into the early morning hours.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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This week, the Department of Justice sent letters to 29 jurisdictions across the country asking them to prove they are complying with federal immigration law that requires information sharing.  Albany, NY, Lawrence, Massachusetts, the state of Vermont and the city of Burlington are among the jurisdictions that received letters.  Burlington Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger made the DOJ letter public.  He says the notice is concerning, but not surprising.

Burlington City Council meeting 11-6-17
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During its November 6th meeting, the Burlington City Council deadlocked while trying to choose a buyer for its cable and broadband provider Burlington Telecom.  So it passed a resolution asking the two finalists to develop a joint partnership.   If they failed, the council would reopen bids to two previous bidders.  At last night’s meeting, the council adopted a process to choose from among the original four would-be buyers.

Burlington City Council 10-30-17
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The Burlington City Council tonight will once again consider which of two bidders - Keep Burlington Telecom Local KBTL or Ting/Tucows  - will be the finalist to buy Burlington Telecom, the city’s municipally-owned cable and internet provider.

Burlington City Council 10-30-17
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Meeting last night, the Burlington City Council was scheduled to decide which of two bidders for the city’s municipally owned cable and internet provider would be the finalist to buy Burlington Telecom.  But after some  twists the panel postponed the vote.

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A federal judge has ruled that Vermont's largest city can dismantle a homeless encampment in the woods where three men have been staying while their case proceeds through court.

Infrastructure work near downtown Burlington 10-6-17
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Burlington, Vermont is wrapping up the first construction season under the city’s Sustainable Infrastructure Plan. In November 2016 voters approved $25.5 million in general obligation bonds to fund the five-year infrastructure project. The plan includes the repair or replacement of streets and sidewalks, aging fire trucks, the bike path, water systems and other infrastructure resources. Mayor Miro Weinberger says substantial work has been done and the city is on target to meet its goals.

Burlington City Council considers Burlington Town Center resolution
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The Burlington City Council has passed a resolution that authorizes the developer of a major downtown redevelopment to begin executing the plan.

Burlington City Council hears comment from the public on Burlington Telecom sale at 10-16-17 meeting
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The Burlington City Council narrowed the number of bidders seeking to buy Burlington Telecom to two on Monday night.  The council faced an auditorium filled with residents supporting the only local bidder – a co-op that councilors and the mayor have expressed some hesitancy over.

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Police in Burlington, Vermont, say a man has been arrested after he pulled a large knife during a fight in City Hall Park.

Burlington Education Association (BEA) President Fran Brock announces contract ratification by teachers.
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A week after school came to an abrupt halt in Burlington, both sides ratified a tentative contract Wednesday formally ending a four-day teachers’ strike in Vermont’s largest city.

Burlington high school teachers on the picket line
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School is back in session today in Vermont’s largest city. The Burlington School Board and the union representing teachers reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday night, ending a four-day strike that kept nearly 4,000 students out of schools across the district.

Burlington teachers on strike
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A teachers' strike in Burlington, Vermont, is over after four days.

The Burlington School Board says it reached a tentative contract agreement with the Burlington Education Association after mediation Tuesday. The agreement needs to be ratified by both sides.

Classes and programs are set to resume Wednesday.

Board Chair Mark Porter says the school district has great respect for the teachers. He says he's glad to "get back to what matters most," educating the students.

Burlington high school teachers on the picket line
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As a mediator calls the two sides together to try to resolve the Burlington, Vermont teachers’ strike, two Republican state lawmakers say they will introduce legislation to ban teachers’ strikes and imposed contracts.

Burlington high school teachers on the picket line
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As nearly 400 Burlington VT teachers walked the picket lines for the third day, two Republican lawmakers announced legislation Monday that would ban teachers from striking and school boards from imposing contracts.

Burlington teachers on strike
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Burlington, Vermont’s 400 public school teachers are back on the picket line today after contract negotiations fell apart and a strike began last Thursday.

Burlington teachers on strike
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There will be no school in Burlington on Monday due to the teachers' strike, but the district is planning to make meals available to students at several locations.

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