The Stern Center for Language and Learning has recentlyexpanded the staff at their Williston facility. Kim Johnson-Lesny, M.Ed.,has joined the staff as an Educational Diagnostician. Amy Davis, M.Ed.,and Gregory Martin, M.A. are Cinical Instructors. The Stern Center isnon-profit literacy organization with a satellite facility in White RiverJunction.
The City of Burlington will be conducting an inventory of historicbuildings over the next several months in an area of Burlington’s HillSection historically known as known as “Prospect Park.”Lyssa Papazian, a historic preservation consultant, and Phillip Barlow, agraduate student in historic preservation, will be recording architecturalstyles, details, history, and photographing buildings for the City’sHistoric Sites and Structures Survey. This survey is an inventory ofhistoric structures that is used to assist city & state officials,researchers, and property owners in planning for the protection,preservation, interpretation, and promotion of important cultural andarchitectural resources.The area of the City being researched this year is between South Prospectand South Willard streets south of Main Street in the city’s Hill Sectionneighborhood. More specifically, there are two areas: § Prospect Park -North, South Prospect St. from the south side of Main St. to Cliff St.,east of South Willard St.. This area includes primarily residentialbuildings dating from 1910 to 1940 including excellent examples of theColonial Revival style. § Prospect Park -Middle, South Prospect St. fromthe south side of Cliff St. to Ledge Road, west to South Willard St.. Thisarea includes primarily residential buildings dating from 1900 to 1940.Of the cities over 10,000 buildings, less than 3,000 have been inventoriedfor their potential national, state, or local historic significance. Muchof the original survey work in Burlington was completed in the 1970’s bythe VT Division for Historic Preservation as part of a statewideinitiative. Subsequent surveying has been completed more recently in theOld North End and along Shelburne Street by the City using grants madeavailable by the VT Division for Historic Preservation and the NationalPark Service.If you have any questions or would like more information, you can call theBurlington Planning & Zoning Department at 865-7194.
For the week of September 25, 2010, there were 645 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, a decrease of 14 from the week before. Altogether 7,266 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 71 from a week ago and 2,118 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 3,297 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 560 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,420 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 17 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
GlobalFoundries,IBM has awarded the DREAM mentoring program a $10,000 Catalyst Grant to develop an environmental education program using the organization’s 50-acre property bordering the Metcalf Pond in Fletcher Vermont.IBM is awarding Catalyst Grants in recognition of its 100th anniversary. The grants support IBM employees applying their professional skills to volunteer projects with schools or community organizations, or that demonstrate a connection to a local, sustainable issue. IBM is awarding 100 Catalyst Grants of $10,000 worldwide in 2011.The DREAM program (Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventuring and Mentoring), matches college student mentors with students from affordable housing communities. DREAM, with central offices in Winooski, VT, uses a community mentoring approach it calls ‘Village Mentoring,’ which empowers a group of college student mentors to engage both individual students and the entire community of children and families. This project supports DREAM’s goal of building a sense of caring for community, environment and self for the children they serve through the use of unique outdoor experiences, summer and winter camps, trips and community events. The IBM grant will enable DREAM staff and IBM volunteers to create a new environmental curriculum at DREAM’s facility in Fletcher, Vermont. The goal is the development of a ‘hands on’ curriculum to teach the students about the watershed, its associated water cycle, and impacts on the quality of the water system. Designated areas and signage will help educate the students about brooks, marshes, vernal pools and the pond, and key water resources on the property will be sampled and interpreted by the students.To develop the program, DREAM staff and IBM volunteers will create a global positioning system (GPS) map of the property. Volunteers will identify key areas and install interpretive signs. The program will incorporate components of an IBM-designed student activity kit called “Clean Water Difference’ which discusses the importance of watersheds and the environmental, societal, and economic tradeoffs faced when making decisions that affect water quality and quantity.The IBM grant also will help DREAM redesign its web site and create a web page that will provide access to the environmental curriculum and allow students to upload the water quality data they gather as part of the program.In recognition of its 100th anniversary IBM is providing $12 million in grants worldwide during 2011 to schools and not-for-profit organizations where IBMers volunteer, including the IBM Catalyst grants. In addition to the Catalyst Grant to the DREAM program, in July IBM announced a $100,000 IBM Centennial Grant for an energy efficiency initiative to help HowardCenter and Vermont Technical College reduce their energy use by at least 5 percent annually. That grant is one of eleven IBM Centennial Grants awarded by IBM to projects around the world ‘ one of only two in the U.S.About DREAM: for more information about DREAM, please visit http://www.dreamprogram.org/index.htm(link is external)About IBM: For more information about IBM’s Centennial, please visit http://www.ibm100.com(link is external) BURLINGTON, VT, September 7, 2011 ‘ IBM