CATS (Campus Area
Transportation System) Announces Changes in the Off-Campus Shuttle Route
Beginning Monday, January 16, 2012, CATS will improve the safety and
convenience of the Off-Campus route by moving all South Winooski Street
stops to one central location. The new
stop will be in a well lighted area in front of Handy’s Mini mart
(just across from City Market). CATS will no longer stop in
front of the Rite Aid Pharmacy or Kinko’s Copy. We believe
this stop will be safer and more convenient for our riders. Also,
instead of traveling east on Maple Street, CATS will now travel east on
College Street, with demand stops at each intersection along the
way. This new route will serve more UVM students as this is an
area of the city with a large student population.
Please note: The bus will not use College
Street during the Late Night Safety Shuttle hours (10:00pm to
3:00am, Friday and Saturday) instead, the bus will return to Campus via
Main Street, with no stops along the way.
Look for updated bus schedules and maps coming
soon on the UVM
and Parking Services website. You can also track the bus in
real-time using Blirp
Got Heat this Winter?
According to the VT Rental
Housing Health Code the heating equipment in your apartment should
be able to maintain an indoor air temperature of 65 degrees F in all
habitable rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. If you do not have adequate
heat you should contact your landlord immediately. If you are not able
to get a timely response from your landlord contact the Burlington Code
Enforcement Office at (802) 863-0442 and they can do an inspection to
make sure your apartment is up to minimum housing standards and safe to
In the Fall
2010, the City of Burlington was awarded a grant by the U.S. Housing
Urban Development (HUD), which provides a unique opportunity to invest
in the future, and advance Burlington's place as one of America's most
livable and sustainable communities. As a part of this visioning
process planBTV is hosting a Public Design Workshop - January
24-30, 2012. This week-long intense, participatory process will
allow all members of the community to work directly with a
multidisciplinary design team, including town planners, architects and
engineers to define a collective vision for the future & create the
final plan for the Downtown & Waterfront. Join planBTV at 1 Church
Street all week!
Find out more about
planBTV effort here.
The Old North End's Hotspot
End Studios, in Burlington’s Old North End, is a hotspot this
winter. Come in from the cold at 294 North Winooski Avenue
and enjoy a cup of coffee while taking advantage of the free Wi Fi.
Best known for its year-round schedule of events including
concerts, dance and exercise classes, parties and more, this is also a
place where one can find solitude in today’s hurried world.
Peruse the selection of music available on cassette, cd and vinyl in
the listening library, or choose some light reading from the Speaking
Volumes satellite library or the Local Literature Library. Coffee
and snacks are available at the Café.
North End Studios is open to the community from 10 am- 6 pm, Monday
Budgeting Tips for the New Year
By creating and
following a budget, you can get started on the right financial foot in
Budget Basics -- Getting Organized
A budget is simply an estimation of your monthly
income and expenses. Following
your budget means striving to earn and spend close to what you
To make a budget work, you need to record where all of your money goes.
to do this is to save your receipts from every purchase you make,
whether it be
with credit cards or with cash. If the store doesn't give you a
request one. Also, keep an accurate record of the checks you write in
Periodically, go through your receipts and check
register. Record those expenses in budget categories, such as
entertainment, automobile, rent, utilities, and any others you
deem necessary. The more budget categories you create, the more
can track your expenses and determine areas where you may be spending
or too little.
At the end of each month, see how your actual
spending stacks up against
your budget. You may want to adjust your budget if your actual results
significantly from your original estimates.
Save Time With Computer Software
Consider financial planning software or
online budgeting tools (some of which can be used for free like Mint.com). This
you save time -- in computing your monthly budget.
With these tools, you can create monthly budget
automatically update each time you log in money spent or received. You
correct an entry you made in your check register months ago and your
balance will be recalculated automatically.
Yes, budgeting will initially require some extra
work and organization. But
a little extra effort now can go a long way toward helping you target