One of Many: A SoBu Community Justice Center Success Story

Heather * is a 17-year old that was charged with retail theft and possession of stolen property. She was accompanied by her mother at the initial meeting with the Restorative Justice Panel at the South Burlington Community Justice Center. A volunteer restorative justice panel provides opportunities for offenders to take responsibility for their actions and repair the harm they caused when they have committed some types of criminal offenses. At this first meeting, it was evident that Heather did not have an open and positive relationship with her mother, and the panel…

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New Public Art for City Center – We want your input!

South Burlington’s Public Art Committee has been charged with selecting art for the Market Street Pond. The process began last fall with a call for artists to come forward with their qualifications to produce public art for this location. Seven artists participated and the Public Art Committee has narrowed the proposals to three. They are now looking for your help, before the final piece of art is selected. All three artists have portfolios of prior public work and are eager to share their ideas for this site. On March 6,…

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Governor Scott Announces $525,000 Grant to Support City Center Senior Housing

Today from South Burlington’s City Hall, Governor Phil Scott announced a $525,000 community development grant to the City. The federal Community Development Block Grant will help build City Center Senior Housing—39 units of affordable senior housing located in the City’s Tax Increment Finance District (TIF). Private developers Chris Snyder and Kevin Braverman will join forces with Cathedral Square, a non-profit affordable housing provider, to build new senior housing on Market Street. This is the first of many proposed projects located in South Burlington’s new City Center. South Burlington voters approved…

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Public Art Proposal: Herb Ferris

HERB FERRIS herbferris.com Herb Ferris is a sculptor who describes his work as “the feeling of a hockey player’s gesture when he scores a goal; a batter celebrating a home run; the raised arms of the referee in football signaling a successful field goal.” He states that some of his work creates an entrance into the landscape, calling your attention to that space. In Japan those structures are called toriis, or gates, marking the entrances to special places. Walking through them becomes a reminder to stop and look. Other work…

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Public Art Proposal: Geese by Sculptor Tyler Vendituoli

TYLER VENDITUOLI vendituoli.com Tyler Vendituoli is a metal sculptor and works at Conant Metal & Light. A UVM graduate with a concentration in fine metals and sculpture, Tyler creates unique pieces using a wide variety of materials. Clients have included the Vermont Comedy Club, The Archives, Echo Center, SEABA, Pingala Cafe, Spike Advertising, Burlington International Airport, Washington Park Hotel (FL), and private collectors. “My work is from my innate curiosities, observations of the world, and my compulsion to explore the capacities of materials, filtered through the lens of my client, so…

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Public Art Proposal: Echo by Billings & Wasserman

ELIZABETH BILLINGS & ANDREA WASSERMAN elizabethbillings.com andreawasserman.com Working together, Elizabeth and Andrea have been producing public art for more than 20 years—designing, fabricating, and installing site-specific public art projects of all sizes and budgets.  Both alumni of Cranbrook Academy of Art, their work celebrates the history, the community, and biodiversity of a geographical area, connecting community with nature. Bold, as well as contemplative, respectful of the environment and a focal point, the artwork anchors the viewer to a location. The dynamically patterned artwork, integral with landscape, creates a quiet strength that…

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Join Your Neighbors in Reading Brown Girl Dreaming

The South Burlington Community Library invites you to participate in a statewide read of Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming for Vermont Reads 2017. This beautiful memoir of the author’s childhood, written in verse, tells the story of a young person finding her voice and examines the strength of family bonds. A grant from the Vermont Humanities Council has awarded the South Burlington Community Library 65 copies of Brown Girl Dreaming to share with the public. Copies of the book are available to check out at the Library’s display, and book…

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