Colin Flanders

Developer considers major revamp of Essex Outlets

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As the rise in e-commerce hollows shopping centers across the nation, their desolate halls, like forgotten Olympic villages, offer clear warning: Evolve or get left behind. For Peter Edelmann, managing partner of the Essex Outlets, the retail transformation was no surprise. “It was coming,” he said in an interview last Friday. “It was just a…

Boards narrow search for recruitment firm

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The Essex board of trustees and selectboard narrowed their search to three firms to recruit a replacement for joint municipal manager Pat Scheidel, who tendered his resignation last week effective for April 1, 2018. Members read through the six applications prior to their joint meeting August 7, where they performed an informal vote via sticky-notes,…

Police: Bullet entered Sand Hill Road home

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Essex police say a stray bullet entered a residence in the northernmost portion of Sand Hill Road last Friday. Lt. Robert Kissinger said the bullet entered the residence through a screened window shortly after 9:30 p.m. August 11. He said the bullet entered the home at an altered trajectory and appeared to have foliage attached,…

LaRose applies for U.S. Marshal position

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Essex police Chief Brad LaRose confirmed Tuesday he has applied to become the district of Vermont’s U.S. Marshal, a presidentially-appointed position that carries a four-year term. A records request to Gov. Phil Scott’s office shows LaRose submitted his résumé to Scott and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on July 18. The two are collaborating to recommend…

Board delays firearm forum until after hunting season

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Forums on Essex’s firearms ordinance will wait on hunting season after the selectboard delayed its search for a facilitator. In a memo to the board, deputy town manager Greg Duggan offered a timeline for the public engagement process. It showed the consultant hosting public forums in October and November before recommending whether to modify the…