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Celebrate what's right with your neighborhood

BURLINGTON Burlington's Seventh Annual Neighborhood Night of Success community celebration and award ceremony will be held Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Neighborhood Night of Success is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate what makes Burlington a great place to live, work and play. Community leaders will be recognized by peers for their hard work in making Burlington a safe and wonderful place to live. Over 90 community members have been honored in past years. Awards will be given to outstanding neighborhood leaders and groups (including the presentation of the Herb Bloomenthal Award for Community Activism). The festivities include dinner, activities for children, and musical performances by students from Burlington High School and play about the Parallel Justice Program. The community is invited to this free event held at Burlington's City Hall. This year, 17 individuals, groups, and businesses will be receiving awards. This celebration is to highlight groups and individuals working to increase safety and build community in their neighborhoods. Here is a sample of what neighbors have been saying: Local Bookshop Models Old-Fashioned Values "I thought of Elizabeth for this award because, on the morning our recent Valentine's Day Blizzard, I saw her walking up Church Street from Main through drifts of snow to open her bookshop (Everyday Bookshop) for the day. We were practically the only people on the street*That snowy morning seemed to me to showcase Elizabeth's incredible dedication, and it reminded me that in her quiet, unassuming way, she exemplifies the rare, old-fashioned values of a merchant totally committed to serving her customers. I consider her 'a living treasure' of Burlington." Resident Educates Generations of College Students to Be Good Neighbors "Not only is Helen a leader on her street she is also a teacher and has helped to educate many generations of college students about what it means to be a good neighbor. Helen deserves to be recognized because despite the setbacks she has faced over the years she has not given up and continues to be devoted to the idea and practice of building and sustaining community." School Custodian Serves the Entire Community "Leonard is not your ordinary school custodian - far from it! Barnes' teachers and staff have now become very familiar with his vast array of hidden talents and skills, especially those which result in putting a smile of the face of a student - his specialty. He routinely fixes even the most stubborn zippers on coats, repairs wheels on scooters, and handles all bicycle problems. Leonard routinely volunteers himself to chase kick balls that have bounced their way across North Street, or to climb up on the roof of the building to retrieve a ball that has gotten stuck. Once the ball is back in play, it's not at all unusual for Leonard to join in on the fun for a few rounds of kickball with the kids, much to their collective delight." Man Advocates for Sporting Activities for Physically Disabled "Patrick, an accomplished wheelchair athlete, volunteers tirelessly (more than 20 hours per week) to ensure others with physical disabilities have access to adaptive sporting equipment and athletic opportunities*he has motivated, inspired and provided the resources many children and adults (including many Burlington residents) to try recreational opportunities they had never heard of let alone thought they would enjoy and enabled people typically relegated to spectator status to become fully-participating individuals for the first time." The city of Burlingtons Center for Community and Neighborhoods, a division of CEDO hosts this event with support from AARP Vermont, UVM and community members.

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