Author: Colin Flanders

All aboard: Health department to study transportation with new district

The Essex Westford unified school board is collaborating with Vermont Department of Health in hopes of viewing transportation through the unconventional lens of wellness. How might more buses in Essex Jct. impact commuter stress? How does walking to school affect students? What about when it’s cold? The department of health hopes to answer questions like these through a health impact assessment before providing recommendations to the board. Unified board member Keeley Schell said the board hopes to be intentional and fact-based in its decision-making. “We want to get as much data as possible,” she said. The district’s three communities...

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Police: Man threatened to kill officers

Essex police safely apprehended a suicidal man who threatened to kill any police officers he came into contact with, according to Sgt. Rob Hollwedel. Police responded to Stevens Park around 4:20 p.m. on September 13. While police set up a perimeter, Cpl. Mike Wooten reestablished phone contact with the man. Wooten talked him into surrendering, which he did without incident. Colchester, Williston and Vermont State Police assisted at the scene. Police haven’t released the man’s name since they’re currently treating the incident as a mental health crisis, Hollwedel said. The man was taken to a medical crisis center for...

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Essex Jct. man clocked at 100 mph

Vermont State Police arrested an Essex Jct. man who they say was driving 100 mph on Interstate 89 in Highgate. A trooper clocked Michael Webber, 26, in the 65 mph zone around 9:30 p.m. last Thursday, a press release said. Webber was cited for negligent operation. He’s due in Franklin County Superior Court – Criminal Division on October...

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Essex boy hospitalized after being hit by car

A 3-year-old Essex boy is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after he was hit by a car on Main Street this morning, a news release said. Police said the boy was playing with his mother when he ran into the road and was struck by 19-year-old Emily Martel of Wolcott around 11:15 a.m. Traffic at the time was heavy and moving slowly, a news release said. Charges are not expected, police...

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DeNova and Andrews won’t apply for superintendent position

Essex’s two current superintendents won’t be applying for the unified district’s lead position this fall, they announced in a letter Wednesday. Mark Andrews and Judith DeNova, leaders of the Essex Town School District and the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, respectively, will remain in their current capacities until the unified district begins operation July 1, 2017. “Our decision, made independent of one another, has everything to do with the career stage we find ourselves in; believing that it’s in the best interests of everyone that the first superintendent makes a multiyear commitment,” they wrote in a letter to the unified...

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