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Mayor Miro Weinberger Announces “Celebrate Burlington” Award Recipients


October 24, 2016
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Mayor Miro Weinberger Announces “Celebrate Burlington” Award Recipients
Herb Bloomenthal, Peter Clavelle, Community Arts, Ken Schatz Award winners and 10 years of Parallel Justice honored


Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger, along with other City officials and community partners, today recognized award winners in the Burlington community at the “Celebrate Burlington” event held at 6:30 pm in the City Hall lobby.  The reception carried on the City of Burlington’s annual tradition of recognizing community members who help us build stronger, safer communities, advance our sustainability goals, and promote the arts in our civic life.

“Tonight we honor our award winners and acknowledge the citizens who make Burlington a great place to live, work, and play,” said Mayor Weinberger.  “I join the community in congratulating our honorees, whose engagement serves as an inspiration to other Burlingtonians to continue the vital work of improving our wonderful community.  This year I am also pleased to recognize the tenth anniversary of Parallel Justice and the commitment of all those involved in its work on behalf of victims of crime in Burlington.”

Following the “Celebrate Burlington” reception, honorees, their guests, and the public proceeded to the regular City Council meeting, where the Mayor read the Celebrate Burlington and Parallel Justice proclamations, and City Council President Jane Knodell handed out the awards.  As is the tradition, the Herb Bloomenthal Award for Community Activism, Peter Clavelle Sustainability Award, Burlington Community Arts Award, and Ken Schatz Award for Community Justice were presented together. This was followed by the special addition and recognition of 10 years of Parallel Justice in Burlington.

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Herb Bloomenthal Award:  Peggy O’Neil, bike/walk and parent activist
  • Peter Clavelle Award:  Gail Shampnois, Director of Student and Community Relations, UVM
  • Burlington Community Arts Award: Maggie Standley, artist and educator
  • Ken Schatz Award: Marija Valencak, Citizens’ Advisory Committee member, Community Justice Center


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