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Two plays performed for charity

 

The Madison Theatre Guild will present a special benefit performance of Two Plays for a Tuesday on Sept. 25.

The plays will be performed at the Bartell Theater located at 113 E. Mifflin St. at 7:30 p.m.

Local Madison actors Sarah Whelan and Tom Haig will perform "One Good Moment," a short play about aging, said a press release.  The play is directed by Betty Diamond.

Jack Guzman will perform a reading of his play about homelessness entitled "Waiting for the 28."

Admission to Two Plays for a Tuesday is free, but a donation of $20 is suggested.  Proceeds will be split between the Bartell Theater and RSVP of Dane County's Veterans Helping Veterans Program.

For more information contact Nick Schweitzer at 608-692-8002.

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Dane County plans to open homeless shelter

The Dane County Board is getting behind a proposal to provide a day shelter for the homeless.

On a voice vote Thursday night, the board voted to spend $25,200 to open an interim homeless shelter at a county-owned building on Wright Street in Madison. The shelter will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Nov. 1 through April 30. The county is partnering Porchlight Inc. to provide the shelter.

The interim homeless shelter is meant to help the homeless while the City County Homeless Issues Committee conducts an analysis of homeless issues and studies gaps in services.

The board also intends to spend money in the county?s next budget on a permanent day center for the homeless, if money is also contributed from another source, like the city of Madison or a nonprofit agency.

Dane County Board approves union contract

The Dane County Board on Thursday night voted to approve a new one-year contract with the county's union.

County leaders and the union that represents Dane County employees, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, have been working on a new labor contract for the past few days.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the county and union had a very short window to work with. Parisi said the county started bargaining with AFSCME for a contract for 2015 after Friday's court decision in which a Dane County judge overturned key parts of Gov. Scott Walker's restrictions on collective bargaining.

The judge ruled the law, Act 10, was unconstitutional as it applied to school and local government workers. The law barred collective bargaining for most public workers over anything other than wage increases no greater than inflation.

Stave will start at QB for Badgers

Stave will start at QB for Badgers

Redshirt freshman Joel Stave will make his first collegiate start at quarterback for the Wisconsin Badgers Saturday against UTEP at Camp Randall.

Danny O'Brien started the first three games of the season, but was pulled at halftime of last Saturday's Utah State game after a fumble and an interception that was called back by a penalty.

Bret Bielema said ball security is the number one priority for Wisconsin's quarterback and that is why the original move was made.

Bielema is hopeful Stave will be the long-term answer at quarterback. "He's the kind of guy that is a little bit unique. He is wise beyond his years and still has a little bit of kid in him," Bielema said.

"When you see him he has some innocence. When you see that in a quarterback, that doesn't get rattled, and he popped in there in a difficult situation down 14 to 3, I don't know how many guys can say that's how they got their first chance as a college quarterback.

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Madison child featured in National Down Syndrome Society video

Madison child featured in National Down Syndrome Society video

A Madison child will be featured in the National Down Syndrome Society annual Times Square video presentation this weekend.

A photo of Abigail Marie Kaiser singing at the Madison Blues Fest in June will appear in the video Saturday.  In the photo, she is joined on stage by Oscar Wilson of the Cash Box Kings. Her picture was chosen from over 1,000 entries worldwide.  Two hundred pictures will appear in the video.

"We are so proud to represent our community at this exciting event," said Abigail’s mother Danielle. "The selected photo represents diversity and inclusion in many ways. We are truly more alike than different."

Chocolate Shoppe celebrates 50 years in business

Chocolate Shoppe celebrates 50 years in business

 

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream will celebrate 50 years in business this weekend.

From Sept. 21 to 23, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream will thank locals at their three locations with activities, ice cream competitions and games, trivia, crafts and a cake cutting event.  The celebration features a 'name the flavor' tasting competition, prizes and free ice cream.  Children can also enjoy face painting, cow mask coloring and tie-dying a 'Happy Birthday Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream' t-shirt, said a press release.

The Madison-based, family owned company, originally named Chocolate House, opened in 1962 as a candy shop.  Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream now produces over 100 ice cream flavors, more than five times the flavors made 50 years ago.

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream stores are located at 1726 Fordem Ave., 555 South Midvale Blvd., and 468 State St.

Construction will close Langdon eastbound

Construction will close Langdon eastbound

 

Construction will begin Friday in the 700-800 blocks of Langdon Street.

Because of construction, Langdon Street will be closed to eastbound vehicle traffic.  Westbound traffic will be open between N. Lake Street and N. Park Street, said a press release.  The eastbound bicycle lane will also remain open.

Construction is expected to be completed in August 2013.  Motorists are encouraged to use different routes to avoid delays.