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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.

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. 

Fall from scaffolding injures construction worker

Fall from scaffolding injures construction worker

Officials said a 24-year-old man was injured in downtown Madison after falling several stories from a scaffolding.

Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said the construction worker fell 40 to 50 feet at about 1:30 p.m. at 425 W. Washington Ave.

Madison police spokesman Officer Howard Payne said it wasn't immediately clear what caused the fall.

"Investigations are ongoing as to what actually occurred, or what was responsible for the male falling," Payne said.

Galvez said it wasn't clear if the man was conscious when he was taken to UW Hospital with injures considered "level one" trauma.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating the incident, police said. The fire and police departments are also continuing to investigate.

Men invited to talk to doctors at golfing event, dinner

Men invited to talk to doctors at golfing event, dinner

Organizers of a men’s health event Thursday said it give will give attendees a chance to improve their health and their golf game.

"Less than half of all men have seen their primary doctor in the last year, despite being at higher risk for heart disease and some cancers simply for being a man," said Dr. Christopher Harkin, family medicine physician at Meriter Stoughton. "If men are going to avoid the clinic, we'll happily meet them at the golf course."

Tee Up for Men's Health will be at Blackhawk Country Club and include golf swing analysis, casual conversation with a variety of specialists from Meriter Medical Group, Meriter-UnityPoint Health said. 

The event includes a three-course dinner and a chance to win $5,000 during a putting contest. It runs from 6-8 p.m. The putting contest begins after dinner.

To register for the $25 golf clinic, visit meriter.com/classes.

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Electricity powers new free Green Cab downtown

Electricity powers new free Green Cab downtown

Green Cab unveiled a new golf cart/car hybrid cab over the weekend that is run entirely on electricity.

The cab holds five passengers, can drive on streets with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less, and is free.

Green Cab employees said the cab lives up to the company's name.

"It's obviously the greenest taxi cab in the town because it's electric so people support that idea, as well as something that they can access around State Street and the Capitol quite easily," Green Cab Manager Phil Anderson said.

Anderson said the company will likely purchase more electric cars, and that the service will stay free.

The cab will be out Thursdays through Saturdays depending on the weather.

New therapy center offers tours

New therapy center offers tours

An open house at a new physical therapy clinic will offer a look at the facility and a chance to win prizes. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health said it will host the open house at its new Therapy Central clinic, 1414 S. Park St., on Wednesday.

The open house from 4-6 p.m. will give the community a chance to tour the new location, meet therapy staff, enjoy refreshments and enter to win fitness prizes.

The new building at 1414 S. Park St. combines a variety of therapies and services that were previously located within Meriter Hospital and at the 1 S. Park facility, Meriter officials said. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health also offers therapy services at Meriter Hospital and clinics in Madison, DeForest-Windsor, Monona and Middleton.