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This Week in Burlington (August 1, 2014)
This Week

"This Week in Burlington" is a bi-weekly e-newsletter published by the City's Office of Public Information. "This Week" includes council meeting summaries, news, information about events, and more. You are receiving this newsletter because you have signed up for the "City News" Notify Me email alerts at www.BurlingtonNC.gov. "This Week" is also available on the web at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/ThisWeek

August 1, 2014

In This Issue:
  • Upcoming Council Meetings (Monday, August 4th)
  • Registration for Afterschool Begins TODAY!
  • National Night Out (8/5)
  • Destination Burlington Public Input Session (8/6)
  • Always a Bridesmaid at The Paramount Theater (8/7 -8/10)
  • Operation Medicine Drop Ribbon Cutting
  • Annual Stormwater Meeting (8/20)

Upcoming Council Meetings

Council Meeting 
When: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers of the Municipal Building 

Work Session 

View the meeting Agendas here.

Registration Opens for Afterschool Programs

Burlington Recreation & Parks Afterschool Registration begins August 1st!

Programs are held at the following school sites: 
• Andrews Elementary 
• Grove Park Elementary 
• Hillcrest Elementary 
• Newlin Elementary 

Pick Up & Drop Off Programs are available at: SPACE IS LIMITED 
• Thataways Youth Center for students of Smith Elementary, Clover Garden School, River Mill Academy, & new this year: Turrentine Middle School!

Registration forms and more information can be found at www.BurlingtonNC.gov/youth.

National Night Out
August 5, 2014

National Night Out

Over 30 community watch groups are teaming up with the Burlington Police Department on Tuesday, August 5th for National Night Out. This celebration, sometimes called “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” brings communities together to promote crime prevention.

Burlington Police and Fire staff, as well as Department Heads and the City Council, will visit neighborhood block parties, providing information to residents, answering questions, and forming stronger bonds with the communities they serve. This event sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and educated and that the criminal element will not be tolerated.

Burlington Crime Prevention Specialist Greg Turner orchestrates the annual National Night Out event. He says that “we will have record participation in this year’s National Night out.” Adding that, “the event exemplifies community policing by making sure our officers are meeting community members, hearing their concerns, and making them feel comfortable about alerting the Police Department when they see something suspicious in their neighborhood.”

Burlington Police Chief Jeff Smythe says, “This truly is the pinnacle of what we do in community policing.  Spending time in small groups with citizens and learning more about their needs and concerns.  There is no more rewarding activity for a police officer than to connect in this manner with the everyday folks that he or she is sworn to protect.”

“There is a certain amount of ‘training’ that goes both ways on National Night Out,” the Chief adds. “The citizens teach us about the expectations they have for our performance and we teach them about how and when to call on us for police services.”

On August 5th, from 5:00pm - 9:00pm, residents are encouraged to turn on their porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors. Interested individuals are urged to call the Burlington Police Department’s Crime Prevention Division at 336-513-5449 to learn more about establishing a community watch or for personalized crime prevention information. 

Destination Burlington Public Input Session
August 6th, 4PM, Holly Hill Mall

Destination Burlington

The City of Burlington is ready for a fresh vision of the future and is inviting all interested members of the community to engage in this creative effort. Should Burlington have more parks? Additional sidewalks? Preserved historic areas? Fun activities downtown? Citizens are encouraged to participate in a Public Input Session that will guide the City into 2035 as part of its Destination Burlington comprehensive planning effort.

The Public Input Session, the third of its kind, will be held on Wednesday, August 6th at 4:00pm at Holly Hill Mall, located at 309 Huffman Mill Road in Burlington. Residents, business owners, and anyone interested in providing their opinion on what makes Burlington a great place to live and existing challenges to redevelopment are encouraged to participate. Families are welcome.

The Public Input Session will involve several exercises to gather resident feedback, opinions, and preferences. City Planning & Economic Development staff will facilitate the session and be available to answer questions.

All interested members of the community are encouraged to participate in the Destination Burlington planning process at http://cityofburlingtonnc.mindmixer.com/ by joining topic discussions. A short online survey is also available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DestinationBurlington. The survey will ask you to rate the importance of the City’s services, where development should occur in the City, and what natural resources should be protected, among other important issues. 

For this planning effort, the City has hired the project team of RATIO, an urban design + planning firm, joined by RKG Associates, Inc., a market and economic development strategy firm, and Stewart Engineering, a civil engineering firm. The effort is being funded in part by a Community Transformation Grant to the City by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information regarding the Destination Burlington plan or the Community Visioning Workshop, contact Rachel Hawley Kelly, Public Information Officer, at (336) 222-5076 or

Always a Bridesmaid
at The Paramount Theater 

Always a Bridesmaid

The paramount acting company invites you to their second show of the 2014 summer season, the delightful southern comedy, always a bridesmaid. Four women took a vow as teenagers to be bridesmaids at each other’s wedding, no matter when, no matter where. Forty years later, one has been married multiple times, one has never been married, one is having marriage troubles and one’s daughter is getting married. What could go wrong? The show runs august 7-9 at 8pm and Sunday, august 10 at 3pm. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students, seniors and groups of 10+ and $11 for groups of 20+. Credit card reservations can be made at 336.222.8497. The paramount box office, at 128 e. Front Street, is open Monday through Saturday from 12-3pm and one hour prior to curtain.

Operation Medicine Drop
... Available year-round at the Burlington Police Department
Med Drop

A ribbon cutting will be held on August 14th to welcome a medicine drop box that will be available in the lobby of the Burlington Police Department (267 West Front Street). Unused prescription and over-the-counter medications can be deposited in this box any time that the Department Lobby is open to the public. Keep children and the water system safe by utilizing this new, free service.

Annual Stormwater Meeting
August 20, 2014

This meeting is open to residents and people doing business in Burlington. Staff will share information regarding general stormwater requirements, the programs in which the Stormwater Division participates, as well as the upcoming changes to stormwater rules and regulations. The meeting also provides interested individuals with the opportunity to ask questions or express their concerns in regards to private property or areas throughout the city for which the Stormwater Division is responsible.

Sunset Rhythms
...Featuring The Drive

Musical Chairs

Join us at City Park's Jimmy Combs Pavilion on August 8th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm for Sunset Rhythms (part of the County-wide Musical Chairs series). Bring your lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy an evening of free entertainment.

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