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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 8:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


Make Music With Steven P. West

Greetings, iBrattleboroans!

It's me, Steve West, the former host of WKVT's "Live and Local". I've been laying low since leaving talk radio, and have been busy plotting my first solo record. I've been writing songs for decades now, but have never made a recording of just my songs. Some may remember Relative Strangers, a group I did here in southern Vermont with Clayton Sabine and Rose Gerber. I also played in a band in the 80s that some may remember called Miracle Legion (Rough Trade Records) out of New Haven, CT.


BDCC, Stroll Offer $68,000 in Business Planning Competition Prizes

A total of $68,000 in prizes is being offered for innovative business models and plans in the 2015 Windham Regional Business Planning Competition.

The competition is presented in collaboration by Strolling of the Heifers and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation It is largely funded through the Windham County Economic Development Fund, created through the settlement agreement between Vermont Yankee and the state of Vermont.

Additional competition funding came from the Windham Foundation and the Vermont Community FoundationMarlboro College Graduate School is providing partnership support.


Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer Peer Facilitator Training

1 in 20 Windham County teens misused a prescription drug in the past 30 day (2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey)

Do you live with, work with, or directly support teens?Do you want to help prevent prescription drug misuse by teens?Here’s HOW you can help!

Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer Peer Facilitator Training   


Another Chance - DRB Review Postponed

For those who did not come to the meeting with Brattleboro's  Development Review board last Weds the 21st, you have another chance. The Retroactive Site Plan submitted by ZB Properties will not be reviewed until Feb 18th. It was postponed. I will post another announcement when the meeting gets closer.

I did learn that public comments and supporting documents can be entered into the record at that time. In other words THIS IS IT. If interested landowners or the public wants any input pertaining to the approval or rejection of what has been done to this property (282 and 486 Western Ave). This is your only opportunity to do so.


I-95 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 25

Night work on the new bridge will resume at Route 30. Night work will be conducted Monday night, January 26th thru Friday night, January 30th.


Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.


BFC Shareholders Want Transparency

by Several Members of the Shareholder Forum

Recently The Commons printed an article and letters regarding the Putney Coop, changes to their by-laws and involvement with CDS Consulting. As members, we mean - shareholders, of the Brattleboro Food Coop, the assumption is that the Putney Coop is going to become like our coop in Brattleboro.  Perhaps not the size, but the management structure, profits and corporate feel.

In August a few disheartened shareholders started the Brattleboro Food Coop Shareholder Forum - for shareholders, by shareholders.  We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 5:00-7:00pm in the Coop Community Room. All are welcome.


French President Promised Justice but Terrorists Seek Real Justice for Muslim Millions Slaughtered

Meaningful justice, would be Europeans recognizing their legal responsibility to compensate the survivors of Muslim and non-Muslim millions slaughtered, maimed, impoverished, enslaved and exploited on three continents over the centuries of Europe’s rise via the plunder of three continents, including Muslim and other cultures and civilizations older, more advanced and wealthier than those of Europeans at that time. Patience!


Presidential Hopefuls - Stage Left or Right

No one on the political horizon can stir my voting allegiance. And, no one ever has. My vote like so many other voters goes to the lesser evil. Too often the greatest pull is to not vote at all.Now that 2016 presidential hopefuls are at stage left or right, no one captures my undivided interest.

Take Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s Senator who is dancing on the edge of the presidential hat ring. At first glance, his recent 12-point national economic program enumerates what many in our state would expect from him: job creation, wages, unions, in-sourcing, climate and fossil fuel concerns, trade policies, equal pay, break up big banks, wealth disparity, Medicare-for-all, Social Security and tax reform – all quintessential Bernie.


Addressing Racial Bias in Vermont Law Enforcement

By Curtiss Reed, Jr., Executive Director, Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity

Brattleboro. We believe Robert Appel’s Commentary “Racial bias plagues Vermont, too” (Rutland Herald & Times Argus, December 28, 2014) does a disservice to the Vermont State Police by casting the agency in the very narrow, negative lens of deficient data analysis. More so than any other state agency, Vermont State Police (VSP) has demonstrated conspicuously courageous leadership in the areas of bias reduction and cultural competency. This commentary offers a brief retrospective on how VSP leadership has been shaping a more responsive, culturally competent agency.


Brattleboro Dog and Wolf Hybrid Licenses Available

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are available for the 2015 licensing period. Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1.

Renewal licenses may be obtained in person at the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org. Dogs being licensed in Brattleboro for the first time may be licensed in person or through the mail by printing the license form from the website listed above.

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:


Dustbowl Revival w/ Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell at Next Stage on Saturday, January 24

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Dustbowl Revival, a Venice, California-based roots collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and the hot swing of the 1930’s, plus the Vermont-based Americana duo Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell at Next Stage on Saturday, January 24 at 7:30 pm.

Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival boldly brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music - a youthful take on time-worn American traditions by the "Best Live Band in LA" - LA Weekly.


It's Fundraising Week At WVEW, 107.7fm

Hello Everyone. It's pledge week at WVEW, 107.7fm. Those who are familiar with us may not know that our station is run and managed entirely by volunteers. Our operating funds come from memberships in our non-profit, fundraisers, underwriting, and donations from our listeners.

For only the second time since we started broadcasting on September the 1st, 2006, we are having an on-air fundraiser. If you listen to our station, if you believe in Community Radio, please consider making a donation. No amount is too small.



I’ve been trying to follow recent threads on town politics and process, (amendments, charter revision, RTM v Selectboard v Open Meeting, committees, juristictions, budgets) it’s pretty exasperating to not be able to pin-point what is what, or when or why. And who is driving the train, and where do ordinary citizens fit in?

To the best of my discernment here’s how it works here.  There’s no straight line between any two points, and no item, article or initiative, will be judged based on its own merit. By affixing and conflating two and sometimes more disparate issues or events, a crucible for divining the true will of the people is prepared.


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