Great Summer Awaits
Bon Voyage from Abby, Amanda, Cate, Gail, John & Molly
To those of you who just finished a year at UVM, congratulations! To those of you looking forward to the end of your UVM career - congratulations and keep in touch! We would love to hear about your adventures during the Summer, whether you are returning or moving on. There is a story submission link at the bottom of this newsletter - keep it in mind!
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Get Your Money Back:
How to make sure you get your security deposit back.
If you are moving out of your off-campus apartment here are some tips for making the transition go as smoothly as possible:
- When you move out, make sure to clean the place thoroughly. Clean the oven, refrigerator, bathroom, windows, floors, etc. If you do not do this, the landlord may deduct money from your security deposit. The key is to make sure the apartment/house is in as good, if not better, condition as when you first moved in.
- Remove all personal property and dispose of garbage in bins provided. It is illegal to leave items on the greenbelt, in a front yard, in a city park, in the street, or on the sidewalk. Anyone leaving trash in an improper location can be fined up to $500.
- Contact ALL the utility companies to terminate your services.
- Remove your name(s) from the mailbox, and have your mail held at the post office until they receive your new address. The post office will forward all your mail when they receive your address on a change of address form.
- Make arrangements to have your landlord examine the apartment/house to get approval before you move out. You may save money from your security deposit if minor problems are found you can repair yourself. If you filled out a Move-In Check List with your landlord pull out that document and fill out the Move-Out Check List portion. This will help ensure that you document the condition of your unit as it was on the last day of your lease term.
- Return your keys to the landlord.
- Give the landlord your forwarding address so that your security deposit (and a list of itemized deductions from the deposit if there are any) can be returned to you within 14 days from the time you have vacated the apartment. If you do not see your security deposit within 14 days you can call VT Tenant's Inc. (802) 864-0099 for more information on your rights. They also have Security Deposit Return form letters available.
Grill Guilt Free:
Everything you need to know about grilling safely this season from the Food Network Blog.
With summer right around the corner, there’s never a better time to brush up on grilling safety. Yes, you may be the master of your grill; however, you can never be too careful.
- Gas grilling should be done outside the home at least 10 feet away from the house [in Burlington].
- Check all connections for leaks by turning on the cylinder valve and spraying the connections with a solution made by mixing equal amounts of liquid dish soap and water. If bubbles appear, those connections need to be tightened or replaced.
- Keep the grill away from heavy foot traffic. It’s also highly recommended to keep children, pets and outdoor games like football away from the grill.
- Always place lighters and matches away from the grill and children.
- Wear fitted clothing. While you may be warm, you’re safest when wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed shoes.
- Never leave a lit grill unattended.
- Before you put anything on the grill, get the grill hot and scrub it of any residue with a clean wire-bristled brush.
- Use long-handed tools to avoid leaning over the grill when flipping over burgers and other meats.
- Create separate areas on the grill for raw meat and cooked foods to prevent cross-contamination.
- Invest in an instant-read thermometer: Making sure meat and poultry are cooked to the proper temperatures is vital.
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Green Up Day:
A Vermont Tradition by Abby Fitzgerald
Green Up Day, a statewide event, was a success for Burlington. Held on Saturday May 4th from 9:00-12:00, volunteers of all ages joined together to make Burlington’s parks, streets, and public lands a more beautiful place. With five different hub locations this large-scale cleanup really made a difference. Burlington Subaru also provided snacks, water, bags, supplies, and t-shirts to participants.
Vermont was the first state to designate such a day and even after nearly 50 years the event continues to grow with energetic participants like Andrew and Sam.
“I love Green Up Day,” said Sam who has been a resident of Burlington for almost twenty years. His favorite part of the event is seeing all the families and students working together and building connections. He also mentioned how cool it was to see some of the same faces year after year. For Sam Green Up Day is one piece to maintaining a clean, but also safe and friendly neighborhood. However, Sam’s positive attitude and commitment was only one among hundreds of volunteers.
Alex. an enthusiastic student at UVM, agrees saying, “Burlington is the best and keeping it clean so we can all enjoy it is essential.” Alex was excited to see some of her Burlington friends participating in the event and meet other Burlington enthusiasts as well. Alex is a great example of a student who loves and cares about Burlington and its neighborhoods. As an up and coming resident of School Street it was also a great way for her to check out her new neighborhood.
I also enjoyed participating in the Green Up efforts. I truly underestimated how fun it would be and how good it would feel to give back to a city that I love. It was also rewarding to see all of the trash bags at the end of the day piled on top of each other at the designated drop-off sites. If you have not yet participated in a Green Up Day I encourage you to get involved next May. This Green Up Day tradition helps to inspire community members to help keep Burlington beautiful, so join the fun! Cheers to Burlington and to starting off the summer with a clean city!
For more history on VT Green Up Day visit their official website.
Gear Up for Bike Safety:
By Rain Banbury, a Parallel Justice Specialist - City of Burlington
'Tis the season for unauthorized ride offs. So PLEASE be sure to lock your bike with a burly cable, chain or u-lock. The lightweight thin combination cables are no match for local thieves, so please consider upgrading your lock and always remember never to leave your bike unlocked and unattended, even on your porch or driveway, even for a minute.
This message brought to you courtesy of your friends at Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime, Burlington's homegrown response to the unmet needs of crime victims.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime in Burlington, feel free to contact us at (802) 264-0764 or check us out online at www.pjburlington.org
Last modified January 22 2014 01:46 PM