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Burlington police, holiday performers prep for tree lighting ceremony

September 12, 2019


FRIDAY. THEY’LL LIGHT IT UP, AND THERE’S GOING TO BE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY SHOW RIGHT OUT HERE THAT SAME TIME. –THE TREELIGHTING BRINGS A BIG CROWD. AND BURLINGTON POLICE ARE STEPPING UP SECURITY THIS YEAR. NAT: SINGING DAYS BEFORE THANKSGIVING… NAT: MORE SINGING SEQUENCE …SOME ARE ALREADY IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT SOT: SERENA MAGNAN, DIRECTOR/PROD UCER “WE’RE DOING A TELLIN OF ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.” SOT: PAYTON HRUBY, 10- YEARS-OLD, “I JUST LOVE CHRISTMAS.’ THIS GROUP IS PRACTICING FOR FRIDAY NIGHT’S CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING. IT’S THEIR FINAL REHEARSAL BEFORE THE BIG SHOW. SOT: ASA BAKER-ROUSE, 11-YEARS-OLD, “A LITTLE NERVOUSNESS, BUT NOT A LOT.’ IT’S ONE OF DOWNTOWN BURLINGTON MOST POPULAR EVENTS, BUT THIS YEAR’S CROWD WILL SEE A STEPPED UP POLICE PRESENCE. SOT: DEPT. CHIEF SHAWN BURKE, BTV POLICE, “WE’RE CERTIANLY WATCHING OTHER EVENTS THAT ARE GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY, LIKE NEW YORK CITY.” WHERE – JUST THREE WEEKS AGO – ON HALLOWEEN – A MAN HIT AND KILLED SEVERAL PEOPLE ALONG A BIKE BATH. THAT EVENT AND OTHERS HAVE BURLINGTON POLICE BLOCKING SOME DOWNTOWN AREAS TO KEE PEOPLE ON CHURCH STREET SAFE. SOT: DEPT. CHIEF SHAWN BURKE, BTV POLICE, “YOU’LL SEE SOME NORMAL SECURITY MEASURES, BE IT PHYSICAL BARRIERS, INCREASED OFFICERS, JUST IN LIGHT OF WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY.” SO WHILE CITY OFFICIALS ARE FOCUSING ON SEASONAL SAFETY, THESE PERFORMERS CAN FOCUS ON PUTTING ON A GOOD SHOW. SOT: ASA BAKER-ROUSE, 11-YEARS- OLD,”IT’S REALLY FUN BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE AND THE FUN YOU HAVE DOING IT.” IF YOU’RE HEADING CHURCH STREET THIS FRIDAY TO SEE THEM LIGHT UP THIS THIS TREE, POLICE SAY PACK YOUR PATIENCE. IF YOU NEED TO GET TO ANY O THE GARAGES DOWNTOWN, USE BANK STREET – NOT CHERRY STREET. ROAD BLOCKS WILL PROBABLY MEAN MORE TRAFFIC. LIVE IN BURLINGTON, RENEE

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