Thursday, May 23 2013 6:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:54:33 GMT
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses. So much so it has the Department of Public Works looking closely at making some major repairs to the entire system. TheMore >>
Yesterday's quick downpour is leaving long-term damage to Burlington roads and businesses.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:24:21 GMT
Undocumented immigrants in Vermont won a huge battle in the state legislature this year that will eventually give them the chance to earn driver's licenses. That includes Jose Norman. "I've been hereMore >>
The new law won't take effect until January 2014.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:51 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:51:07 GMT
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt. According to the Shelburne Fire Department, something in the back of a Casella Waste truck caught fire. TheMore >>
Crews are responding to a garbage truck that caught fire off Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:04 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:04:40 GMT
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state. According to the legislation HB573, it would allow patients with cancer, glaucoma, positive status forMore >>
The N.H. Senate is expected to take up a bill Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:34:26 GMT
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.FOX44 and ABC22 reporter Michael Page says they haven't found anythingMore >>
The Essex Fire Department and Vermont Gas are currently investigating the smell of propane at the Edge Fitness Center in Essex, Vt.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:22 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:22:39 GMT
The annual Spring Move Out Project in Burlington Thursday. The project allows you to get rid of unwanted, but still usable household goods. You can bring clothes, books, furniture, household items, andMore >>
The annual Spring Move Out Project is being held in Burlington Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:40 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:40:21 GMT
If you're planning on traveling this holiday weekend, you're not alone. According to AAA, more than 30 million Americans will be on the roadways. On average, they'll also be driving at least 50 miles forMore >>
If you're planning on traveling this holiday weekend, you're not alone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:31 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:31:51 GMT
Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. The company is donating $200,000 to 50 shelters and that's where you come in. A quickMore >>
Each year between 5 and 7 million animals enter a shelter. Purina Cat Chow is trying to offset some of those costs. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:54:39 GMT
Two sides of the law are working together in order to keep the peace at the border. Vermont State Police an Quebec's Provincial Police met to address the challenges of policing at the border in a specialMore >>
Two sides of the law are working together in order to keep the peace at the border.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:13 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:13:33 GMT
New details in an officer involved shooting that happened in Danville, Vt. last year.In September, 36-year-old William Mahoney was shot by a state trooper. This after police say he stole a vehicle andMore >>
New details in an officer involved shooting that happened in Danville, Vt. last year.More >>
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
A chat with Burlington's mayor doesn't require a City Hall appointment. Mayor Miro Weinberger says you can reach him with a tweet.
The city council was so impressed with the mayor's social media skills it passed a resolution to establish an official Twitter account for the mayor.
Weinberger says social media, including Twitter, helped his campaign for Burlington Mayor. Now that he has the job, Weinberger says social media will help with one of his promises, to make the mayor's office more transparent.
"Twitter is certainly a different medium than anything that came before it," says Weinberger.
The mayor admits at first he was a skeptic of social media. Now he says Twitter can help quickly send and receive information, including about a delayed construction project.
"I tweeted some photo's of that kind of showed people what was going on. I think it helped people understand what the issue was there so I think it's a really important way to bring attention to good things that are happening in the community to challenges to the community," says Weinberger.
The Burlington City Council agreed. This week it created an official mayor's Twitter account, called @BTVmayor, which Weinberger can now use.
"I think he should be tweeting about key issues," says Rich Nadworny, a digital strategist and owner of Delicious Digital Marketing and Strategy.
Nadworny says while Twitter can be a good thing, the mayor and his team need to be careful with their 140 character tweets.
"I think it's important for the @BTVmayor account to be used for mayoral activity and not for campaigning and not for shameless self-promotion," says Nadworny.
Weinberger says besides the challenges, Twitter can still be a good, less formal way to talk to people.
"I think that's an exciting thing that wouldn't be possible just a few years ago," says Weinberger.
The mayor says it's likely members of his team will tweet using the official mayor's account. Weinberger says he will continue to use his personal account that he started during the campaign.