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Taste of Madison will feature new beverage options

The Taste of Madison will feature two new beverage options that will showcase locally made products this weekend, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Brewing Company and Wollersheim Winery will be serving beverages at multiple booths around the Capitol Square, organizers said.

?Wollersheim Winery is honored to have our wines representing the local fruit of the vine at Taste of Madison,? Wollersheim Vice President Julie Coquard said in the release.

Wollersheim will be serving its Prairie Fume, White Riesling, Blushing Rose and Prairie Sunburst Red, according to the release.

Wisconsin Brewing Company will be serving its Golden Amber Lager and Ol? Reliable.

?We can?t wait to introduce all of Wisconsin to this new craft beer,? brewery president Carl Nolen said in the release. ?If you?re looking for an awesome beer to drink, a wonderful flavor to enjoy, just an overall great beer-drinking experience, you can definitely rely on Ol? Reliable.?

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GEF1 building reopens to public after May fire

The Department of Administration announced Thursday that the GEF1 office building will reopen to the public after a fire in May closed the building.

The building will reopen Tuesday for normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to a release. GEF1 serves as the headquarters for the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Workforce Development.

The fire, which was ruled accidental by the Madison Fire Department, caused an estimated $15 million in damage.

Employees starting moving back into the building Aug. 4, and all but 75 DWD employees, who work in the area on the fourth floor where the fire happened, have reoccupied the building, according to the release. Crews continue to make repairs to that area on the fourth floor.

City budget commits funds to create affordable housing

Madison's 2015 Executive Capital Budget will have funds committed to addressing the issue of not having affordable housing in the city.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 people are served by the shelter system in Madison annually, according to a release from city officials. Lack of affordable housing has been made worse by low vacancies in the rental market, new landlord-tenant laws and a tightened lending market.

"Housing is essential to creating a safe community," Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said.

The primary goal for the Affordable Housing Strategy is to support the development of approximately 750 additional units of affordable rental housing by committing over $20 million over the next five years to a new Affordable Housing Fund, officials said.

Monday garbage, recycling pickup delayed due to holiday

Crews will not be picking up garbage or recycling in the city of Madison Monday due to the Labor Day holiday, according to a release.

Residents who have their garbage and recycling picked up on Mondays will have their material collected on Tuesday next week, officials said. All other garbage and recycling pickup will happen on normally scheduled days.

"Because of the double collection on Tuesday, it is important that residents have their material out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection," Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said in the release.

Because of the holiday, the street's division's large-item pick-up service may run a day late.

The city of Madison drop-off sites will be open Saturday and Sunday, but will not be open on Monday, according to the release.

Woman wakes to man touching her; Police release sketch

Woman wakes to man touching her; Police release sketch

Police have released a sketch of a man who woke a 21-year-old Madison woman by touching her outside her underwear.

The woman told police she was in the bedroom of her apartment in the 500 block of West Mifflin Street in the early morning hours of Aug. 17 when the incident occurred.

Police said there had been a party at her home and it?s not clear if the back door was locked before her roommates went to bed.

The man is described as white, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds with dark spiked hair and facial stubble. He was wearing a dark gray T-shirt and longer green or dark colored athletic shorts.

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UW police highlight safety tips on campus

UW police highlight safety tips on campus

University of Wisconsin freshmen begin moving into the dorms this week, and with two sexual assaults taking place near campus in as many days, police are reminding students how to stay safe.

Just south of the UW campus, near Spring Street and Fahrenbrook Court, you'll find student housing that appears to be in a relatively safe neighborhood, or at least that's what the students there tell us.

"It's pretty close to campus, and I wouldn't think there'd be crime or anything," UW junior Cheyenne Danbrova said. Danbrova has lived on Spring Street for the past two years.

But appearances can be deceiving. Just last week, two separate sexual assaults took place just blocks from one another.

Mayor wants to move forward on Judge Doyle Square Project

Mayor wants to move forward on Judge Doyle Square Project

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin wants a green light on the public potion of the Judge Doyle Square Project so it can move forward while the private development is hashed out.

City officials wanted to have a comprehensive agreement, including a new hotel, finalized this month, but that timeline included more than $40 million in TIF money.

The public portion includes a renovation of the municipal building and the Government East Parking Ramp.

?You don?t nail it the way you want it the first time around, but when you make a decision that?s good for 40, 60, 100 years, taking some extra time to get it right is well worth it,? Soglin said.

The mayor wants flexibility to do the public work first and save space for the private development later, which he hopes will be a hotel serving Monona Terrace.