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Knife Assault on Burlington Bike Path

“On April 27, my 13-year-old was attacked just before 6 p.m. by a man with a folding pocketknife on the bike path near the train trestle between North Beach and Leddy Park. The man demanded my son hand over his bike and his wallet. Although my son was fortunate enough to get away with both his bike and his wallet, the man slashed him with the knife on his face and his shoulder. The cuts were superficial, but the whole event was incredibly frightening. Please take care on the bike path!”
• Lori, a Burlington South End neighborhood Front Porch Forum

UPDATE:  “I’ve received several requests for a description of the man who assaulted my son on the bike path on Thursday, April 27. My son is still in shock and cannot recall all that happened, but here are the details he remembers about the man:  White male, mid- to late twenties, approximately 5′ 7″ tall, average build, was wearing a very nice Nike zip-front black hoodie with the hood up and navy workout pants, and had two rings on his right hand—one on the pointer finger and one on his middle finger. The man first slashed my son while the knife was in his right hand, but then transferred the knife to his left hand before slashing my son the second time.”



Sharing insights with neighbors on pruning fruit trees

“It is my privilege to advise fruit tree owners in the time honored ability to further their orchards’ health and fertility. Thanks to FPF for bringing my neighbors insights to my attention and giving me a chance to advertise my own expertise. Please contribute to this our medium by giving to https://frontporchforum.com/supporting-members.”  

• Padma in Middlesex

Thanks Padma! Glad to see you making the most of Front Porch Forum.


FPF Reaches Million-Posting Milestone

2017 marked the moment when Front Porch Forum saw its one-millionth posting! Celebrating 10 years helping neighbors connect and build community, FPF has experienced tremendous growth and accomplishments to serve every community in Vermont.

Take note of these FPF Milestones:

    • More than 1 million postings made by our members
    • 3.5 million e-newsletters sent every month
    • More than 130,000 members…in a state with only 260,000 households

Co-Founder, Michael Wood-Lewis notes “we couldn’t be happier about the impact FPF has had across Vermont. Once people have an easy and safe way to communicate with neighbors, they do! And that simple act adds up. The cumulative impact is huge… after months of FPF, people often report feeling more connected to neighbors, more tuned in to local goings on, and more a part of their community. And in many cases, people then become more active… organizing a group yard sale, mentoring a local kid, volunteering for a park clean-up, voting on election day, and, most recently, helping each other during Blizzard Stella. That’s what FPF is all about!”

 


Crime? Not today. Just thanks for good people

“Thank you to the resident or visitor who found my credit card on the sidewalk and returned it to the police station! It was returned before I even knew it was gone. Love this town!”
• Rachel in Stowe

It’s wonderful to see stories of neighbors helping neighbors on Front Porch Forum, instead of hearing about a stolen credit card. Lost or found something of value? Add a post in FPF!


Hyde Parkers celebrate Spring and community spirit with puppet show

“Thanks to lots of support throughout our community, well over 100 people attended the “No Strings Marionettes” puppet show in Hyde Park! The Hyde Park Community Circle (HPCC) received support from lots of individuals, businesses and organizations (including Front Porch Forum). It takes a village to build community, and Hyde Parkers really came through!”
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Judy in Hyde Park

Are you using FPF to help promote and build a neighborhood event?


Our Northeast Kingdom neighbors sum it up nicely….

FPF is the Closest Thing to My Favorite Past-Time: Drinking coffee on the front porch of the General Store.”  • Tim in Craftsbury

“FPF is the glue that keeps our rural conversations connected!” • Lian in Walden

“FPF keeps me informed of town and school issues thanks to posting by our town clerk and principal.”  • Rhonda in Morgan

Satisfied members tell their friends about Front Porch Forum… that’s how the word gets out. Have a neighbor in the Northeast Kingdom looking to get connected? Invite them today!


Many Acts of Kindness During Blizzard Stella

Front Porch Forum newsletters saw an abundance of offers to help those in need during Vermont’s Winter Storm Stella. Here are a few reflective of our members’ gracious community spirit! 

“What an amazing community! I posted in the last issue, looking for help shoveling out because I’m disabled and can’t do it. Less than an hour after that FPF edition was sent out, I had TEN offers from folks wanting to help! I am so grateful and happy to live in an amazing community like this. Thank you!!”  • Cara in Winooski

“Thanks for working together to dig each others’ cars out of the snow. It’s fun to shovel together! It allowed those of us without driveways to park in safety. Thanks for being good neighbors!”  •  Mindy in Burlington 

“Two able bodies in town looking to help folks that need help getting shoveled out after the big storm.” • Dave & Eli in Charlotte

“I’m not a snow removal expert, nor equipped with a snowblower or plow, but if you’re in need of having your walkway or decks shoveled, I have a strong back and shovel and I’m available. Not looking to make money, just meet some neighbors in need.”  • Adam in New Haven

“Thank you to the Snowblower Angel who was walking with their snowblower Tuesday night assisting their neighbors. I was out shoveling for the third time and your help was greatly appreciated.”  • Carmen in Burlington

“From a security camera I just saw someone shoveling out our front sidewalk and deck/steps, which were buried under 26″ plus of snow. That person was our good neighbor who didn’t want my wife to shovel as I just got out of the hospital and can’t shovel.”  • Sam in Burlington

“Thanks to 6 teens who came to our assistance with snow shoveling at our home. They were eager, very polite, and dug right in. When offered payment, they refused. When offered pizza, they refused. Our hearts are full of thanks for these young men.”  • Bob in Bristol



Front Porch Forum folks give wonderful send-off to Morrisville couple

“Thank you Front Porch Forum folks… you have made Ellen’s day… so great to see my wife so blessed enjoying so many of you stopping by today to say goodbye. Thanks for a great 22 years in Morrisville. We will miss all the wonderful people in this great town.”
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Philip, Morrisville

Know someone moving to or from your town? Organize a welcome or going-away party on your neighborhood FPF!