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Folks head to State St. for annual Maxwell Street Days

Folks head to State St. for annual Maxwell Street Days

An annual sidewalk sale in downtown Madison returned this week.

Maxwell Street Days on State Street in Madison opened Friday morning and will take place through Sunday. Multiple retailers on State Street bring goods to the street with tables, tents and racks ooffering deals. 

The Greater State Street Business Association and Madison's Central Business Improvement District said the Maxwell Street Days was brought to State Street in Madison in 1975, borrowing from the outdoor market idea on Maxwell Street in Chicago.

Event-goers can peruse a multitude of clothing, jewelry, gifts, artwork, sporting goods, books and more from retailers and food from eateries along the span of State Street. A list of participating shops is available through the Madison BID website at visitdowntownmadison.com.

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City, VA leaders hope to end veteran homelessness by 2015

Homeless veterans could have new housing options soon with city leaders and Veteran's Administration officials setting a goal to end veteran homelessness in Madison by 2015.

City leaders said there is new assistance available in the form of 23 Section 8 housing vouchers.

Madison's Community Development Authority and Veterans Administration are working with about 110 homeless veterans, officials said.

"We have to get our veterans, as is the case with all homeless people, into permanent housing. If that is not done and we focus on programs that sustain life on the street we're basically undermining our best efforts," Soglin said.

The voucher program relies on private landlords to provide rental units.

Mounted patrol helps find missing Madison man

A 74-year-old man with memory issues was found Thursday afternoon after going missing Wednesday , police said.

Steven Nelson was found just before 4:30 p.m. in the area of Nakoma Road, officials said. Police said he appeared to be in good health, but was being evaluated by medical staff as a precaution.

Madison police said two officers on mounted patrol found Nelson in brush near a wall separating the Arboretum and Nakoma Road.

Nelsen suffers from memory issues and walked away from his home in the 3600 block of Nakoma Road Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Volunteers, first responders participate in mass casualty training

A mass casualty training exercise at Camp Randall Stadium Thursday morning shut down a section of Monroe Street.

Hundreds of volunteers worked with first responders to simulate a bomb going off at the stadium. The training exercise gave those involved a chance to develop skills they hope they never have to use.

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Operation Wisconsin Dawn started with some smoke rising near Camp Randall around 7 a.m., followed by first responders rushing to the aid of victims.

"As law enforcement we have an obligation to be ready and prepared for something like this," University of Wisconsin Police Department spokesman Marc Lovicott said. "And this gets our officers involved in a scenario that we make as real as possible with victims and everything else."

UW holds simulated terrorist attack training exercise

The concourse of Cam Randall will be a much different scene than fans are used to seeing Thursday as emergency crews simulate a terrorist attack.

Police said they hope the scenario, a bomb blast in a packed stadium, is one they never have to face.

The drill will be the first and largest of its kind in the state, and will cause a pretty big ruckus on the University of Wisconsin campus and Madison?s near west side.

The blast will happen right in the concourse between Camp Randall and the Shell Athletic Center. Around 7 a.m. an electronically simulated explosion will happen, and police said they have done the best they can to alert people on what to expect.

?We are prepared for people who don?t know. I don?t know where they have been, but wherever they have been and haven?t heard about this (we ask them) to dial the real 911 center and our pseudo 911 center,? UW Police Chief Sue Riseling.

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

Free medical clinic being offered in Madison

A free one-day medical clinic is being offered in Madison for people without insurance.

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is offering the clinic all day on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Alliant Energy Center.

The clinic will provide basic primary and preventive care to anyone in the area who has limited or no access to health care. Organizers of the event say patients will also receive information about local resources and health care providers.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers to help assist with the clinic which will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.