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La Puerta Negra to replace The Black Door

MONTPELIER — The Black Door will be reopening soon with the same name in a different language. La Puerta Negra, owned by the Positive Pie company, will serve “Latin Fusion” food, according to building owner Jesse Jacobs, who dropped in to The Bridge offices June 30. There will be a bar, music and Latin American cuisine. […]

Help us meet our Stretch Goal for The Breeze

Help us meet our Stretch Goal for The Breeze

Mission Accomplished! GOAL REACHED! The Breeze, our by youth, for youth publication will become a reality this week. We can afford to print it thanks to the generosity of the Central Vermont community. But we still have two and a half days to raise money on Kickstarter. New Mission: Pay the young writers. Stretch goal: […]

Presidential Candidate Sanders Not Coming for Independence Day

MONTPELIER — For those hoping to catch a glimpse of one of Vermont’s most loyal political parade participants – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont – you are in for a disappointment. It turns out the Democratic presidential candidate is not planning on being in Vermont for Montpelier’s annual July 3rd Independence Day parade, according to his […]

Hoffer Calls For Improved Oversight of DOC Transitional Housing Program

Costs Up 157 percent from 2010 to 2014 MONTPELIER — Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer released a report June 24 evaluating the Department of Corrections’ transitional housing program, which is aimed at helping offenders segue from incarceration to living in communities. In fiscal year 2014, DOC distributed slightly less than $6 million in grants to 25 […]

City Council: Second Reading of Parks Smoking Ban to be June 24

MONTPELIER — City Attorney Paul Giuliani wrote the wording for the city’s outdoor parks smoking ban: “Chapter 11, Police Regulations and Offenses. Article XI.  Smoking Within City Parks Section 11-1100  Smoking Prohibited. ‘No person shall hold or possess any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or device containing tobacco or a tobacco product or any other substance […]

Supreme Court: Hallsmith Entitled to New Hearing

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Supreme Court released on June 19 its decision on procedural issues relating to the termination of former Planning and Development Director Gwendolyn Hallsmith. The court affirmed the Superior Court decision that Hallsmith is entitled to a new administrative hearing on the merits of her case. The City is currently reviewing the […]

Is Bernie Coming for Independence Day?

Is Bernie Coming for Independence Day?

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — This year might have been on track to be a typical nonelection year Independence Day celebration following last year’s last-minute weather cancellation, except for one thing. Vermont’s own presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, is an annual staple in the parade along with the tractors. But this year, according to […]

A Summer Breeze at The Bridge

A Summer Breeze at The Bridge

Lindsey Grutchfield, a recent Montpelier High School graduate, came aboard at The Bridge on June 15. Later this summer, she will begin attending American University in Washington, D.C. With her high spirits and great energy, she is a breath of fresh air. For about a year Lindsey has been a regular contributor to The Bridge, […]

Who Is Leaving Montpelier, and Why?

Who Is Leaving Montpelier, and Why?

by Phil Dodd In the first part of this two-part series, published May 21, we reported the stories of seven people who had recently moved to Montpelier or were in the process of moving here. They were generally upbeat stories. In Part 2, we’ll hear from several people who have recently moved away or are […]

Crane Crashes Down on Christ Church

Crane Crashes Down on Christ Church

by Carla Occaso MONTPELIER — On Monday, June 8, workers were getting set up to restore masonry on the northwest corner of the Christ Episcopal Church on State Street when the unthinkable happened: The extended 65-foot-long, 35,000-pound crane came crashing down on the roof, smashing a hole, damaging a beam in the church, and narrowly […]