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Heard on the Street: August 17, 2022

Uncommon market
New display cases at Uncommon Market. Photo by J. Gregory Gerdel

Plum Lovely Operating Out of Uncommon Market

Celia Cerulli Johnson has been running a baking operation out of the former Uncommon Market store in Montpelier until it is purchased by new owners. She told The Bridge recently she was baking out of the shop on Elm Street before it closed and now continues with the owners’ permission. “We use ingredients of the highest quality in order to promote a higher standard of health for ourselves, our community, and our planet,” states her website plumlovelycreates@gmail.com. The Plum Lovely Facebook page further states she offers “Homemade delectables, for any occasion — sweet and savory, organic, local, fair trade ingredients. Doula services, body work, sewing, house painting.”

Outside Lockers Installed for Homeless 

The city of Montpelier has installed 12 lockers behind the recreation center at 55 Barre Street for a six-month trial period. For some history on the project — the city’s Homelessness Task Force and members of the community experiencing homelessness have been advocating for publicly accessible lockers, and the city council voted to give it a try during its meeting April 27. This project was also approved by the Design Review Committee on February 22. Those who would like to use the lockers need to go to city hall and seek out Assistant City Manager Cameron Niedermayer to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis.

Montpelier Low on Police Officers

The Montpelier Police Department has announced it is low on sworn police officers. The department is authorized to have 17 officers, but it only has 12. Therefore, the department will prioritize calls for service by responding primarily to emergency-related calls. The Montpelier Police Department is actively seeking new patrol officers to better serve the needs of the community. Those interested may apply online through PoliceApp.com here: policeapp.com/City-of-Montpelier-VT-Police-Department/1258/

Berlin Police Delivers Items to Homeless 

The Berlin Police Department announced on its Facebook page that it received and delivered donated items to those who do not have homes. According to the Berlin Police Department website, the department thanks John Pellegrini and the Faith Community Church in Barre for donating backpacks filled with necessities for unsheltered individuals. Also, the department offered “a huge thanks to Sgt. Mark Monteith, who assisted in getting the sleeping bags, backpacks, and other necessities to those in need in our community.” the Berlin PD Facebook page states. Sgt. Chad Bassette coordinated the operation.