Friday, September 27, 2013

WVTK Local & State News September 27, 2013

Some T-D Bank customers in Vermont and New Hampshire got a shock when they found other customers’ information on the back of their statements.  T-D Bank says the national firm they use to print and mail statements accidentally included information such as routing numbers, signatures and account numbers from other customers on the back of their statements.  The bank says it happened to a limited number of customers and is not considered a security breach or fraud.  Customers affected are being offered two years’ worth of free credit monitoring, and they can also go to any branch to close their accounts if they wish.

A public meeting will be held to discuss the proposed bridge replacements along Main Street and Merchants Row in downtown Middlebury on Tuesday at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association on Collins Drive.  During the meeting there will be a presentation of the Conceptual Plans to the public and the Selectboards approval of the Preferred Alternative.  The project team will be seeking input from municipal officials, regulatory/resource agencies, abutting property owners, and the public in regards to the Preferred Alternative.

Health officials in are urging parents to learn how to properly install and use car seats after a safety checkpoint found dozens out of compliance.  According to the Vermont Department of Health, two out of 83 car seats passed inspection last weekend at a checkpoint done in Rutland.  Some were improperly installed, defective, or unused.  Children should not use seat belts until they are 4 foot 9 inches tall, and state law requires that all children up to age 8 are properly restrained.

The state of New York is going to help pay the cost of running Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express to Rutland.  The Vermont Agency of Transportation says New York is going to contribute $800,000 toward the costs of operating the train that runs from New York City to Rutland thru Albany.  The change came after new rules reduced the federal contribution to short passenger lines.

The final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposal to base the controversial F-35 jets at Burlington International Airport is now out in the public.  Despite the early release, the Air Force still intends to file it officially on October 4th, followed by a 30-day public comment period.  The study put out by the Air Force gives information about the impact of the newer, faster and louder jets if they were based at six different sites not under consideration.  The Vermont Air National Guard says Burlington remains the top preferred location.

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), in collaboration with Vergennes Union High School’s Guidance Department, has scheduled a “Paying for College” presentation at the school next Thursday at 7 p.m., in the Library.  The session is free and open to the public.  The presentation, which normally runs about one and a half to two hours, and provides students and their parents with information on financial aid and other resources available to pay for college.  Among the topics covered are types of financial aid, ways to apply, how family contribution is calculated, how financial aid is awarded, student and parent loans, and alternative payment options.