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Rhythm and Booms details

  • Activities start at 2 p.m.

  • Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

  • Blankets may be put out starting on Saturday. Any earlier and the blankets will be removed.

  • Dogs, fireworks, sparklers, glass or grilling are not permitted.

  • Major roads will be closed, including John Nolen Drive, North Shore Drive and Broom Street

Additional trash and recycling containers, and in some cases additional restrooms and bike racks will be put out at these locations:

  • Olbrich Park and Beach

  • Brittingham Park

  • Olin Park

  • Esther Beach
  • Paunack Park
  • BB Clarke Beach
  • Yahara Place Park

After the fireworks, the Olbrich Park boat launch will be closed Saturday from 8-10:30 p.m., and if necessary police will be rerouting traffic on Atwood Avenue to maintain public safety and a safe pedestrian crossing.


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Final details set for big fireworks show at new location

Madison's largest fireworks display, Rhythm and Booms, is just two days away and organizers are busy making sure all the details are worked out and things go smoothly for spectators.

For the first time this event will be held on Lake Monona, and John Nolen Drive will be closed off.

"We think we are as prepared as we can be for the first time event," Madison police Lt. Dave McGaw said.

McGaw said John Nolen Drive will provide more space and better access points for the event that used to be held on the north side at Warner Park.

"For the exit plan, we are long and narrow here instead of one big clump and we have major road ways we are going to be relying on," McGaw said.

Police: Woman spits at, attempts to kick officers

Police: Woman spits at, attempts to kick officers

Police said officers arrested a Cross Plains woman early Sunday after she allegedly resisted and spit at police.

The Madison Police Department said an officer driving on University Avenue near the 300 block of North Frances Street at 2:26 a.m. reporting seeing a suspected intoxicated woman walking into traffic.

According to the report, several cars had to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting 21-year-old Rebekah Brandt. Police said it appeared she was having a difficult time moving across the street.

When the officer attempted to talk to Brandt, she told police to leave her alone.

Police were concerned for her safety and attempted to put Brandt in a squad, but Brandt physically resisted, spit at and attempted to kick officers. According to the report, she also swore at police.

Brandt was charged with resisting and obstructing an officer and was taken to Dane County Jail.

John Roach: New Edgewater a strong civic statement for Madison

By John Roach

There are few things better than summer in Madison, especially after this past winter. But this summer promises to be sweeter than most.

For this year's season of sun will be historic, as we are on the eve of a Madison Renaissance.

Why? Because we are about to witness the introduction of Edgewater 2.0.

Now all of Madison will have a front porch on Lake Mendota. And the rest of the world will have a destination hotel that lives up to Madison's own opinion of itself, with a view and experience rivaled by few in the Midwest.

Combine Edgewater 2.0 with a glorious state Capitol building, an improved State Street, an Overture Center in full bloom, a new downtown library and a Monona Terrace convention center that can only be helped by this cascade of positive events, and you have a city that has finally managed to recreate itself for a new century.

We are starting to look like a city that had a vision and realized it.

Water Wagon to bring free water to Rhythm and Booms

The Madison Water Utility is bringing its Water Wagon to Rhythm and Booms on Saturday after plans were announced to not allow people to bring water to the event.

The Water Wagon will allow people to refill their reusable water bottles during the event. There will also be cups on hand for those without bottles.

?We weren?t initially planning to be there, but Ryan Richards from Madison Festivals, Inc., when he found out this actually exists -- not everyone knows about it -- reached out in hopes of partnering with us,? Madison Water Utility Public Information Officer Amy Barrilleaux said.

The wagon has six bottle refilling stations plus drinking fountains. Utility officials are working to determine the best location for the wagon, which will be central to prime viewing area for the fireworks.

Where to eat outside this summer

By Corinne Burgermeister

Just as Madison has a restaurant to meet nearly every foodie's needs, there's a patio to suit your every whim and fancy all summer long. After this year's never-ending winter, who isn't ready to spend as much time as possible outdoors? Besides, meals somehow taste better when eaten under the sun. Here are 28 patios, porches, decks and outdoor dining spots?and why you ought to enjoy them this summer. Like you needed any convincing.


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Taxi services for disabled residents focus of meeting

Taxi services for disabled residents focus of meeting

The city plans to hold a listening session this week about taxi transportation.

The City of Madison Commission on People with Disabilities asked residents of the disabled community to share their experiences Thursday relating to accessible taxi services.

The listening session begins at 5 p.m. at the Brittingham Apartments, 755 Braxton Place.

In a release Wednesday, the city said that about 10 years ago, Madison created an accessible taxi ordinance. Since then, demand for the service increased steadily with Union Cab providing 10,000 rides in 2013; a 125-percent increase from 2012. Due to the continuing rise in demand for improved accessible taxi services, the commission is investigating whether needs for the service are being met.

The commission asked residents to consider: