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“Dottie’s Way” proposal advances to School Committee

The Burlington Select Board on Monday approved a proposal to rename High School Entrance Road to Dottie’s Way, after beloved Burlington bus driver Dottie Bartlett Yeadon. 

Select Board member Joe Morandi said the idea to rename the road came to him one night as he drove past the high school.

“I saw the road and for some reason I said, ‘We should name the road after Dottie. That’s Dottie’s Way.’” 

Morandi said Yeadon always brought a positive attitude to her bus rides. 

“Dottie was the heart and soul of Burlington,” said Select Board member James Tigges. “Even if she wasn’t driving the bus, she’d be at the games cheering them on, and I could not think of a more fitting tribute than to have Dottie’s Way out there.”

“It takes all of us to be a community, but there are some folks who just stand out, and Dottie was one of them, always,” said Select Board chair Nicholas Priest. 

Yeadon passed away December 5, 2022 at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, surrounded by her four children. She was named the Town of Burlington’s “Outstanding Citizen” at the 4th of July parade in 2018, and was honored as an “Unsung Hero” by the Rotary Club of Burlington in the same year. 

The proposal to rename High School Entrance Road passed unanimously and must now go to the School Committee for approval.