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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lawsuit: Nectar's Negligence Caused 'Wild West'-Style Shooting

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 7:16 PM

  • File photo: Matthew Thorsen
  • Nectar's
Actions by employees of Nectar's led to the shooting of an innocent bystander outside the popular Burlington nightclub last February, attorneys for the victim claim in a civil lawsuit filed against the club Wednesday.

They contend that Nectar's employees acted in a "profoundly irresponsible" and "outrageous" manner when they returned a handgun they'd seized during a dispute between bar patrons and told Rashad Nashid to "take it outside."

He did, and, according to police, he and another man got into a fight, then drew guns. Nashid allegedly shot bystander Chelsi Parker, 27, who police said was nearly killed.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Turning Point Center Celebrates Its New Digs in Burlington

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 4:16 PM

Gary De Carolis and Mayor Miro Weinberger - KATIE JICKLING
  • Katie Jickling
  • Gary De Carolis and Mayor Miro Weinberger
The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County unveiled its permanent new space Tuesday with plenty of fanfare during a celebratory open house.

The nonprofit organization provides support for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It's in the process of purchasing the building, at the intersection of King Street and South Winooski Avenue, from the Champlain Housing Trust for $850,000, according to the center's executive director, Gary De Carolis.

It's about 60 percent larger than the former location above Phoenix Books on Bank Street, De Carolis said. The center has already completed $350,000 worth of renovations, building an art studio, spaces for yoga and meetings, offices, and a kitchen. Turning Point's 14 staff and roughly 30 volunteers moved into the space last month.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Hartnett Withdraws From Burlington City Council Race

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 11:24 AM

  • File: Oliver Parini
  • Dave Hartnett
Longtime Burlington City Councilor Dave Hartnett has withdrawn from the race for the North District seat he currently occupies.

The New North End Democrat said he made the decision last week due to a series of family obligations, which he refused to specify. The announcement comes as a surprise: The eight-year incumbent had already submitted his petition for reelection and earned the Democratic endorsement at the party caucus last month.

The native Burlingtonian said he notified Mayor Miro Weinberger and Democratic Party leadership on Friday. "I could run and win, but it was about whether I could serve with 110 percent," Hartnett said.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

HOPE Works Director Resigns One Week After Entire Staff Quit

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 6:17 PM

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Cathleen Barkley announced Friday that she'll resign as the executive director of HOPE Works, a Burlington nonprofit that supports victims of sexual violence. The decision came one week after Barkley's entire staff quit in protest of her leadership.

The organization, which announced the decision in a press release, said the board had hired four interim employees who will stay on for 90 days.

In mid-December, the organization's eight staff members issued a 39-page list of grievances and ultimately went on a three-week strike before resigning en masse on January 4. One of their demands was the removal of Barkley.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Burton Plans Entertainment Hub at Its Burlington Campus

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 10:23 PM

The proposed concert venue space at Burton - SASHA GOLDSTEIN
  • Sasha Goldstein
  • The proposed concert venue space at Burton
Burton Snowboards wants to repurpose warehouse space at its global headquarters in Burlington for an entertainment hub anchored by an 8,000-square-foot concert venue.

Justin Worthley, the company’s senior vice president of human resources, envisions food and beer options that would complement the band space and turn the South End campus into a destination for visitors.

The project is contingent on the Burlington Planning Commission altering a zoning rule that limits performing arts venues in the area to 5,000 square feet and requires they be on Pine Street. The commission will discuss the change Wednesday. If it gives the green light, the proposed change will move on to the council for approval.

“We’re really invested in making this work, and we think it will,” said Worthley, who also serves as the company’s de facto community relations rep. “We think it’s an amazing thing that people in Burlington are gonna think is awesome. Everybody we’ve talked to about it has been very positive.”

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Longtime Councilor Knodell Loses Progressive Nomination

Posted By on Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 9:55 PM

Left to right: Perri Freeman, Kienan Christianson, Jack Hanson and Mohamed Jafar - KATIE JICKLING
  • Katie Jickling
  • Left to right: Perri Freeman, Kienan Christianson, Jack Hanson and Mohamed Jafar
Longtime Burlington city councilor and progressive stalwart Jane Knodell was rejected by her party Sunday as voters endorsed challenger Perri Freeman to represent the Central District on the ballot in the March election.

Freeman earned 85 votes to Knodell's 55 during the Progressive Party caucus at the Sustainability Academy in Burlington's Old North End. The result could mark the end of an era; Knodell, a former council president, has served 19 nonconsecutive years on the council. On Sunday, she said she didn't yet know whether she'd run as an independent.

More than 220 Progressive voters turned out to endorse candidates for the Town Meeting Day election. Members of some organizations, including the Democratic Socialists of America and Rights & Democracy, helped mobilize residents to support Freeman.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

HOPE Works Staffers Resign to Protest Leadership

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 7:54 PM

The entire staff of a Burlington-based sexual violence prevention nonprofit resigned Friday in protest of its executive director.

Eight employees at HOPE Works said they would not return to work after a three-week strike, contending that its board did not address their concerns in good faith. They had lodged complaints against executive director Cathleen Barkley alleging racism and homophobia, ineffectual leadership, and threats against employee organizing.

Barkley and the organization's board of directors "have shown us time and again that they do not in fact share the vision we have for building a better organization," the employees wrote in a statement. "They have prioritized the optics of their public relations efforts over the basic humanity requested by staff to engage in a collaborative process."

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Chittenden County Sees Spate of Overdoses to Start Year

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 3:51 PM

Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine - DEREK BROUWER
  • Derek Brouwer
  • Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine
Seven people in Chittenden County were treated for drug overdoses during a seven-hour span overnight, the Vermont Department of Health said Friday.

Officials say it's unusual for the University of Vermont Medical Center to see more than one or two such cases on a busy night.

The spate of overdoses, likely opioid related, prompted an afternoon press conference attended by Health Commissioner Mark Levine and UVM Medical Center president Eileen Whalen.

"It's only January 4, and we've already seen multiple overdoses in a short period of time," Levine said.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Police: Burlington Man Stole Packages With Kid in Tow

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 2:55 PM

  • Courtesy Burlington Police Department
  • Jackie Walters
Burlington police arrested a man who allegedly traveled around the Queen City under cover of darkness while giving packages to a child.

But unlike Santa Claus, Jackie Walters wasn't making deliveries. The 33-year-old Burlington resident was allegedly stealing packages from homes in the city's Old North End and Hill Sections. The 11-year-old child Walters brought along was an "unwitting accomplice," according to police.

“The man had been seen roaming the city overnight, allegedly removing whatever packages he could find,” Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo wrote in a press release after Walters was arrested Tuesday morning.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Burlington Sandwich Shop King's Corner Deli to Close

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 6:26 PM

King's Corner - FILE: ALICE LEVITT
  • File: Alice Levitt
  • King's Corner
King's Corner Deli will close its doors this week after a four-year run as a noontime lunch spot and go-to corner store for residents in Burlington's South End.

Owner Kathleen Donahue said that her 70-hour work weeks during the slow colder months had become unsustainable.

"I kind of just made a decision for myself that I didn't want to make that sacrifice of my time any longer," she said. The decreased traffic during a "dark and stormy" October and "wintery" November sealed the deal, Donahue said. Friday will be King's last day open.

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