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The Brattleboro Shop - Watches and Clock Faces

Continuing our tour through the online Brattleboro Shop, let me introduce you to some one-of-a-kind watches featuring familiar Brattleboro clock faces. There are also a few fine accessories here you might find useful. Perhaps best of all, you don’t have to leave your house to do some shopping.

The most iconic Brattleboro clock faces are on Main Street, and we’ve spent some time recreating both the Main Street clock and the Centre Congregationalist Church clock faces for you.


Court Rules In Favor of West River Trail Group

The public has rights, under a "prescriptive easement," to use a portion of the West River Trail in Dummerston, according to a ruling issued on Wed., Nov. 9 by Judge John W. Valente of the Windham County Superior Court.

The ruling also established that the non-profit group Friends of the West River Trail owns title to a two-acre disputed parcel of land including the trail itself, located at the Rice Farm Road end of the trail in Dummerston.

At that location, Melvin L. Mayo, the owner of several parcels of land along Rice Farm Road, had erected barriers intended to prevent use of the trail. In a judgment issued as part of his decision, Valente ordered that Mayo is "enjoined from interfering with the public's use of the railbed [the trail] for recreational purposes." 

Further, he ruled that "members of the public may remove all fencing, debris, barriers, or signs discouraging use of the railbed in a fashion consistent with the terms of the easement." 


Brattleboro Taxes Due

The second installment of the 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on November 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on November 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 5:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30pm in the conference room at the Gibson Aiken Center. NOTE: new time and location.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Building.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208


Emerging Women Leaders To Speak

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – A bumper sticker reads “It’s a man’s world…unless women vote.”

EmergeVermont would add “…and run for office.”

The state branch of a national organization, EmergeVermont is working to identify, train and encourage women who identify as Democrats or progressives to run for office at all levels of government, get elected, and serve their communities and state. Currently, there are branches in 24 states.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Plastic Bag Ban Thickness Increased, FY19 Budget Overview

The Brattleboro Selectboard decided to revise their proposed plastic bag ban ordinance bag thickness, increasing it from 1 mil to 2.25 mil. This came after some special demonstrations and displays were presented and comments taken.

They also got a peek at the FY19 budget, with a review by the Town Manager that sets a course for in-depth analysis at a series of upcoming meetings. The board learned of continued steps in the realm of diversity, inclusion and equity. Groundworks received grant funds for operation of their new shelter, and results of the panhandling survey were reviewed. 


Brattleboro FY19 Draft Budget

Hello Community Members, here is the Town Manager's Cover memo (attached) summarizing the draft of the FY19 Budget that we will be reviewing tonight. Meeting is at 6:15, and is in the Library!


Brattleboro Veterans' Day Closings

In observance of Veterans’ Day, all Brattleboro Town Offices will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Friday, November 10. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 10, 11 and 12, 2017.

The skating rink at Living Memorial Park will remain open normal hours throughout the weekend, with additional skating from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Friday, November 10. All Recreation & Parks programs scheduled after 1:30pm on Friday, November 10,will be held as planned. All programs scheduled on Saturday, November 11, are NOT affected by the holiday.


Wills for Veterans!

Costello, Valente & Gentry will be offering a Wills for Veterans at the Brattleboro, VFW Post #1034 Nov. 10th from 10 am - 2 pm. This a service offered to all veterans, and is by donation only. All donations will be sent to The Warrior Connection.


Call 802-257-5533, email cvg@cvglawoffice.com, or visit www.cvglawoffice.com for information.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - November 7, 2017

A short agenda with big topics is on hand for the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting. They'll be at the library, not the Municipal Center, due to voting.

The plastic bag ban, FY19 Proposed Budget, and an update on diversity, equity and inclusion are featured. They’ll also appoint committee members, approve a grant, and discuss the downtown survey.

You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


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