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North Beach "Discovery" 

Published April 28, 2009 at 2:43 p.m.

We’ve all seen those Discovery Channel shows that document the mass mating rituals of animals, whereupon some species — be it turtles, penguins, seals, horseshoe crabs — briefly takes over the beach in a reproductive frenzy. So it was at North Beach on Saturday when thousands of scantily clad college students converged for a massive, rite-of-spring party.

You could hear the roar of the rock-concert-sized crowd well in advance of seeing it, but the scene itself — virtually every inch of the park was occupied by a young body — was an eye-popper. Stunned travelers on the bike path stopped and stared at the sea of people sunbathing, parading around in bikinis, playing frisbee, drinking beer and smoking pot. A few brave souls even ventured into the frigid water. Not a Burlington cop in sight.

Despite their alcohol-enhanced oblivion, you couldn’t hate these kids too much for seizing an impossibly warm day to celebrate the end of a long, cold winter. And, I guess, finals. Too bad no one has learned them to pick up their freakin’ trash.

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Paula Routly

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Paula Routly came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. After graduation, she stayed and worked as a dance critic, arts writer, news reporter and editor before she started Seven Days newspaper with Pamela Polston in 1995. Routly covered arts news, then food, and, starting in 2008, focused her editorial energies on building the news side of the operation, for which she is a regular weekly editor. She conceptualized and managed the “Give and Take” special report on Vermont’s nonprofit sector, the “Our Towns” special issue and the yearlong “Hooked” series exploring Vermont’s opioid crisis. When she’s not editing stories, Routly runs the business side of Seven Days — overseeing finances, management and product development. She spearheaded the creation of the newspaper’s numerous ancillary publications and events such as Restaurant Week and the Vermont Tech Jam. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.

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