Month: September 2012

Wednesday, Sept. 12- Tuesday, Sept. 18

WRITTEN WARNINGS 8 TICKETS 3 Traffic control signal violations 2 Speeding 1 Failure to stop/yield 1 Following too closely 1 Starting parked vehicle 1 Uninsured vehicle ARRESTS 1 Driving with license suspended (criminal) TOTAL CALLS 133 9/12, 1:05 a.m., Suspicious, Hobbs Rd. Cpl. Gordon LaFountain was on patrol when he heard a car horn sounding. He located the source as a car in a driveway on Hobbs Road. LaFountain made contact with the owner, who said someone had tried to enter the vehicle. Nothing appeared missing or damaged. LaFountain checked the area but didn’t locate anyone. 9/12, 1:46 p.m.,...

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5 veteran teachers take buyout

New school years bring new faces and often bid farewell to familiar ones. Five longtime faculty retired this June from Milton School District after taking a career change incentive offered to those who had taught for at least 18 years as of June 30. Six positions were offered. Often referred to as a buyout, the incentive offers faculty a financial stipend after their retirement. A similar offer was given in April 2011, and nine teachers took the option. Faculty accepting this year’s offer included: •            John Eckerson, high school social studies; •            George Lareau, high school guidance counselor; •           ...

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Lunch costlier in Georgia

Breakfast and lunch prices at Georgia Elementary and Middle School will rise for the first time in four years when a 10-cent price hike takes effect October 1. Lunch will cost $1.85, and breakfast will be $1.10. The GEMS School Board OK’d the increase at its September 4 meeting after a presentation from The Abbey Group, the school food provider. Vice President David Underwood said the request was spurred by several factors, including the price of commodities and the desire to give their employees a raise. The program “just can’t go any further with the demographics we have … ...

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Kids wait longer for help

Some of Milton’s more vulnerable students are underserved this year, as a grant that provided two specialized counselors that deal with alcohol and drug issues wasn’t awarded to Milton School District this year. The district also discontinued a longtime practice of allowing private therapists to see students during the school day, Superintendent John Barone said, compounding the change in delivery of mental health services for nearly 300 students. Milton lost funding for its two full-time student assistance program counselors, a support system the district had since 2000. The SAP grant is annually awarded by the Vermont departments of Education...

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Town may reduce impact fee

Milton’s Selectboard will consider changing its impact fee ordinance to exempt or reduce the fee for accessory apartments. The board voted 4-0 to review the ordinance at its meeting last Monday, Sept. 17 despite the Planning Commission recommending keeping the fee the same. The board will likely schedule a public hearing in the next few months, Town Manager Brian Palaia said. The town collects impact fees on any new residential units, including senior housing and accessory apartments. The fees – $4,250 for one-bedrooms and $3,188 for the rest – pay for projects like sidewalks and expansions of town and...

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