Your Place While Out of Town
Burglaries and larcenies are usually crimes of
opportunity. Whether you are going home during an extended university
break (the upcoming Thanksgiving & Winter Break), or are just
leaving town for a couple of days, the following tips are ways to
increase the security of your residence:
Senior in the Community
Looking for a way to help in your community? The
Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA) is seeking
volunteers to visit
elders in Burlington and surrounding areas. Spend an hour a week
with an elder who is looking forward to having you in their life.
CVAA is a private, non-profit United Way
organization with a mission of
"helping people age with independence and dignity." Our valued
volunteers provide companionship and support to people 60 and over in
Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties.
Activities may include friendly chats, grocery shopping, balancing a
checkbook, organizing paperwork, transportation to medical
appointments, yard work, or going on outings. The schedule is
flexible; the senior and volunteer meet at a mutually convenient
time/day. There is no minimum time commitment. We will
match you with a senior who lives near you. You can make a
difference and make a friend. For more information on this exciting
volunteer opportunity, contact Casey at the CVAA at
1-800-642-5119 or Casey@cvaa.org.
You can also find more information by visiting at www.cvaa.org.
Get Towed this
Be aware of the local snow ban and street
maintenance parking bans — Burlington maintains a warning system of
yellow lights mounted on utility poles throughout the city. These
lights are activated when a snow parking ban is declared or when street
maintenance, such as sweeping, will occur. When the lights are on,
parking is prohibited on any street in the residential areas from
10:00PM to 7:00AM and in the downtown/Church Street Marketplace areas
from 12:00 midnight to 6:00AM . This prohibition allows snow removal
crews to effectively clear city streets of snow and restore them to
operating efficiency. Residents are permitted to park in any city-owned
parking garage from 10PM to 7AM with no charge. Please do not park on
the top level of any garage in order that it, too, can be plowed.
Vehicles found on the street will be towed to the
nearest street the Public Works Department designates as a drop off
point. This would be a street that has been cleared of snow. Vehicles
towed or found in violation of the snow
ban or street maintenance ban will be ticketed ($95.00 fine). Vehicles
found with more than $49.00 in outstanding fines or previous winter tow
tickets will be impounded until payment is made.
To subscribe to the Burlington Parking Ban
Notification Listserv send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
go to www.bpdvt.org, or
call 802-658-SNOW (802-658-7669).
Bus for FREE!
UVM students, faculty, and staff ride the CCTA
city buses for free courtesy of UVM! Just swipe your UVM ID and enjoy a
comfortable heated trip up the hill to campus.
Loop bus is a popular choice for students and picks up passengers
at the corner of North Union and North Street (starting at 6:52AM) every 15
minutes until 9:15AM and
then every half hour until 9:15PM.
The City Loop drops off at Waterman as well as near Redstone Campus.
There is also the College Street Shuttle which runs every 15 minutes
from 7:30AM to 6PM and then every 30 minute until 7PM. The College
Street Shuttle is a great way to get from campus to downtown or
vice versa. You can even take your bike on all city buses if you
need a more direct route home!
For more information on bus routes and
schedules please visit the CCTA
and No Cost Energy Saving Solutions!
Save some CASH this winter by following the tips
clothing appropriate for the weather and keep the thermostat on the
lowest setting that maintains comfort. You can save 3% of your
heating costs for each degree you set your thermostat back
to keep heat above 55 degrees to avoid frozen water pipes!). A lot of
energy escapes through leaks. To prevent the loss of energy, ask
your landlord if you can weatherstrip doors and windows. Installing
sheeting on the inside of all windows improves heat retention.
Window insulation kits are available at most hardware stores for
$10-$13 dollars and can cover up to 6 windows.
appliances and electronics consume electricity while they are
“off”, especially appliances with clocks and lights that remain on
while the unit is not in use. The electrical demands from such
appliances are known as “phantom loads,” and they constitute an
estimated 5% of domestic energy use. Save energy and money by making a
conscious effort to unplug these devices while they are not in use.
Utilize “sleep” settings on computers. Make sure to turn off
equipment during extended lengths of inactivity.
Winter Farmer's Market in Burlington!
The first-ever Burlington Winter Farmers Market
starts up November 22. The market will be held from 10am-2pm in
Memorial Auditorium (corner of Main and S. Union). After the kick-off
Thanksgiving market, the market will be held the third Saturday
of each month all winter, December through April (December 20,
January 17, February 21, March 21, and April 18).
A great place to shop for your Thanksgiving meal
and support your local farmers, the market will be offering cheeses,
eggs, wine, meats, maple syrup, honey, jams, pickles, and a variety of
vegetables. With a wide selection of artisan crafts, the market will
also be a great place to get an early start on holiday shopping while
supporting the local economy and enjoying the festivities. Live music
will be featured at each market while food vendors will be serving cozy
hot soup, fresh baked breads, warm tamales, savory samosas, and more.
For more information visit www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org
or email email@example.com.