Author: Colin Flanders

Developer Peter Edelmann shares new plan for Essex Outlets

Developer Peter Edelmann unveiled a new direction for the Essex Outlets on Monday that ditches a push for density and instead focuses on creating a “community experience.” Edelmann’s goal is to leverage music, art, dining and shopping into a destination for both tourists and locals — and he’s banking a multi-million-dollar investment on its success. “People still want to commune; people still want to get together and people like to shop,” he said. “But they’re only going to go somewhere, I believe, if you can make it interesting.” Anchoring his revised project is a music and performing arts venue...

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Essex man arrested in connection with armed robbery

An Essex man was among two suspects arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Burlington earlier this month, police said. Burlington police say they responded to a report of two males brandishing a firearm and demanding cash from a victim at a resident on Pearl Street. The two suspects later left with a large sum of cash, a news release said. There were no reported injuries and police say the incident wasn’t considered random since the victim knew the suspects. Police executed several search warrants and identified one of the men, 28-year-old Richard “Jake” Tardiff of South Burlington,...

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KidSafe Collaborative recognizes resident for lifetime of service

An Essex Jct. woman recently earned a lifetime achievement award for her work to introduce mental health workers into Vermont schools. Betsy Cain, a Winooski native who retired from the Howard Center late last year, was recognized on April 10 by KidSafe Collaborative, a partnership comprised of over 30 agencies, organizations and individual that focuses on preventing and addressing child abuse and neglect. Comments from Cain’s colleagues included in the award’s program commended her devotion and energy. They noted her ability to speak with “candor and honesty,” and one commenter lauded her boundless optimism and “hope that regardless of...

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Vermont All-State Music Festival returns to Essex High School

The Vermont All-State Music Festival is coming to Essex High School next month for the fourth time in the event’s 91-year history. The festival boasts four different ensembles — band, jazz band, orchestra and choir — across four days. More than 680 students auditioned back in January, and just over 400 were accepted into the festival, according to EHS band director Heather Finlayson, who’s also president of the Vermont Music Educators’ Association. “This festival connects students from around the state; these are the best of the best,” Finlayson said. “It gives them a higher level of experience then they...

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Police investigate untimely death at Indian Brook Park

Indian Brook Park was closed for several hours Thursday afternoon due to a police investigation into an untimely death, according to Essex Police Chief Rick Garey. Officers responded to the scene after a caller reported finding a deceased individual. Police closed the road with caution tape and turned away a few residents who drove down Indian Brook Road. In a Facebook post around 4 p.m., Essex Parks and Recreation said the park was closed due to an “ongoing issue.” The park was reopened around 5:45 p.m. Garey assured residents the incident posed no danger to the public. He doesn’t...

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