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Vermont Jazz Center Receives Chamber Music America's 2014 Acclaim Award

The Vermont Jazz Center will receive an Acclaim Award from Chamber Music America on Saturday, October 18th at 8:00 PM during a concert offered by Cuban drum virtuoso, Dafnis Prieto.  The concert and award ceremony will take place at the Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The CMA Acclaim award recognizes "extraordinary cultural contributions in a locality or region." The CMA Acclaim award is offered by Chamber Music America (http://www.chamber-music.org/) an institution that serves thousands of members through  grants, commissions, networking opportunities a monthly magazine and an annual conference in New York City. CMA's definition of chamber music "encompasses myriad forms including contemporary and traditional jazz, classical and world genres."  Their membership includes musicians, presenters, educators, patrons, managers and producers.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Scheduled

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 3:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 3:00pm to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee. No further business will be conducted.

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


Feeling Crankie... An Evening of Crankies, Songs and Storytelling with Members of Sandglass Theater and Friends.

On Friday, October 10th, at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 12th at 3pm at Sandglass Theater, —Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, Brendan Taaffe, Anna Patton, Kirk Murphy and Amanda Maddock share with you the mystique and low-tech charm of pairing song and story with scrolling pictures.
With the serenade of ballads, stories, comic songs and originally composed music, this exciting team of artists will present an assortment of beautifully handcrafted crankies for your delight and entertainment. Crankies are scrolling illustrations, wound inside a wooden box and then hand-cranked so that the images move across a viewing screen. Once called ‘moving panoramas’, crankies were as close as it got to films in the early 19th century. Recently crankies have made a fresh and invigorated appearance throughout the nation, appearing in circuses, music events and yes...puppet theaters.


Free Parenting Education Classes (Children Ages 9-19) Being Offered Throughout Windham County

 Are you a parent or caregiver of an older youth or teen? You are invited to visit a new website www.WindhamParentingEd.org for free upcoming parenting classes being provided in Windham County through the school year. While visiting the website, don’t forget to sign up for email updates to stay informed of future class dates and locations.

Currently the classes being offered are Guiding Good Choices (children in 4th to 8th grade) and Parenting Teens Wisely (children ages 10 to 19) for parents and caregivers FREE of cost. 


10 Things You Need To Know About Voting at The Municipal Center

1. Voting will be on the 2nd floor, Room 212, the Cosman and Selectboard Meeting Rooms.

2. You won't need to step up or down even one step to vote! There is an elevator just inside the back entrance at ground level.

3. Wheelchairs are available on the second floor when you exit the elevator.

4. Parking won’t be a problem. Lots of free spaces have been set aside exclusively for voters. Parking is located in the rear of the building, accessible from the Grove Street entrance. Handicapped spaces are right next to the back entrance.


National Fire Prevention Week - Check Your Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That's the message behind this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives:  Test Yours Every Month!"

Along with fire departments and safety advocates nationwide, the Brattleboro Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 10/6/14

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/6/14

Monday, October 6, 2014

12:00 am At BML: Patti Kerr - Caring for a Love One with Alzheimer's 9/10/14

1:20 am Vermont Musicians on the Air: Ep.4 - Raymond Karl Malone

2:00 am FSTV Overnight

4:00 am Energy Week Extra: Community Wind 9/18/14


Brattleboro Second Hand

One of the things I liked about Brattleboro when we moved here was the abundance of second hand, vintage, antique, and bona fide junk shops.  You can buy used records, used books, used DVDs, used furniture, used clothing, previously-owned jewelry, and every kind of vintage toy, decoration, and domestic item imaginable right downtown.  Brattleboro has yard sales every weekend.   Many non-profits host charity rummage sales – we go to the one at St.  Michael's all the time. In short, this propensity to recycle consumer goods makes Brattleboro a bargain hunter's heaven.  But on the other hand, what a drag it must be for retailers of new merchandise.


Next WBA Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, October 9th

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held at the New England House
on Thursday, October 9th at 6:00 PM. After a review of the treasury, the group will address several ongoing agenda items including welcome signs and pedestrian and bicycle safety on Route 9. The group will also discuss the status of its Vermont non-profit quest.

At the meeting, the WBA group will also consider the possibility of holiday lights for the community and of having a holiday party again this year.


Brattleboro Time Trade - week of October 5

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a stuffy head:


Tai Chi and Qi Gong
Lemon Balm Plants
Available to Drive
Italian Turoting, Conversation Exchange, Translation
Kung Fu, Chinese Martial Arts Classes
Health Coaching


Citing New Billionaires List, Sanders Says Congress Must Act on 'Obscene' Wealth Gap

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 4 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that the “incredible and obscene” level of income and wealth inequality in America has become a danger to our economic and political systems – and must be addressed.

According to a new Forbes magazine tally, the 400 wealthiest Americans are now worth $2.29 trillion. Their combined wealth grew last year by $270 billion – a 13 percent increase. These billionaires now own more wealth than the bottom half of America – more than 150 million people.

While the very rich become richer, most Americans have become poorer. Median family income has declined by almost $5,000 since 1999 and more than half of the American people have less than $10,000 in savings.


Weekend Concert Series: Firehouse Five Plus Two

This isn’t exactly a concert, but it does contain live performances by the Firehouse Five.

Who are the Firehouse Five? It is a dixieland band (comprised chiefly of Disney animators) that was most popular in the 1950’s. They released 13 records, are a lot of fun, and are thus is deserving of another look.

The leader is Ward Kimball, trombone player and animator of characters such as Jimminy Cricket and the Mad Hatter. Harper Goff is on banjo. He did concept drawings for Disney World, and art direction for the original film version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Frank Thomas, on piano, is animator of such characters as Bambi and Thumper on the ice, the dancing penguins in Mary Poppins, and King Louie in Jungle Book.


Windham Regional Career Center's Fall 2014 Community Education & Training Programs

Windham Regional Career Center Offers Fall Community Education and Training Programs

The Windham Regional Career Center at Brattleboro Union High School is pleased to announce their Community Education and Training Programs for this fall. Betsy Gentile, Workforce Development Manager and Adult Education Coordinator is coordinating 15 community education and training programs to meet the needs of area employers and their employees as well as providing personal and professional enrichment opportunities for all community members.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - October 7, 2014

The Brattleboro Selectboard plans to discuss Human Services Funding at their next regular Tuesday meeting. They will be exploring options to increase, reduce, level-fund, or eliminate the payments entirely in an effort to keep taxes down.

There will be an update on the status of the Police & Fire facility project, a discussion of charging non-profits for emergency services, a look at Town Manager evaluation forms, and more.

Watch on BCTV or attend in person. You can speak to any issue, or bring up something that isn’t on the agenda during Public Participation.


Whetstone Brook Community Forum

BRATTLEBORO – Oct. 3, 2014: The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) and the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) invite Brattleboro businesses, employees and homeowners to attend a community forum on October 15 to learn about a project studying the Whetstone Brook and to gather community input on ways to protect business and the local economy from future floods.

The community forum is the first step in a project called the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative or VERI. The VERI project is designed to help Brattleboro evaluate the flood risk to business and infrastructure (roads, bridges, utilities), and identify the steps Brattleboro and the state can take to minimize rebuilding and recovery costs and ensure businesses stay open—saving jobs and protecting the economy. The project is modeled on the success of a similar project in Bennington that reduced the flood impacts of Tropical Storm Irene and saved the town and businesses millions of dollars in economic damages.


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