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Public Health: Assistance available for Marketplace sign-up

Public Health: Assistance available for Marketplace sign-up

Public Health of Madison and Dane County would like to remind residents of assistance programs that are available when signing up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Residents can ask questions or sign up for coverage by going to the website or calling 1-800-318-2596 and talking to a Marketplace representative, according to a release. Both options lead residents through a step-by-step process, but until the website is running more smoothly, calling a Marketplace representative is the best option.

Below is the information needed to sign up:

Clinic offers healthy alternatives to Halloween sugar rush

Clinic offers healthy alternatives to Halloween sugar rush

A health care facility is offering tips to reduce the sugar intake that accompanies the Halloween festivities.

Krista Kohls, a dietitian at the Meriter Clinic downtown on West Washington Avenue, said there are multiple ways parents can make Halloween healthy.

“I’m always a proponent of fruits and vegetables,” Kohls said. “Anytime you can include fruits or vegetables into the snacks or party favors, it’s going to be a good thing to add fiber and vitamins and minerals.”

Kohls said one way to make Halloween partiers  young or old more healthy is a new twist on a veggie tray. She suggested arranging veggies to resemble a Jack-o’-Lantern using baby carrots, cucumber and broccoli on a circular tray with three dipping cups of hummus.

Police expect calm Freakfest this year

Police expect calm Freakfest this year

Madison police said they expect a relatively calm Freakfest this year.

State Street will be filled with all sorts of characters this Saturday as the Halloween celebration continues in downtown Madison.

Police said the number of arrests at Freakfest have gone down, and they are projecting a cost savings this year.

Streets, mainly Gorhman and Johnson, will close at 4:45 p.m. Saturday and will reopen at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Documentary screening, discussion aimed at anti-bullying efforts

Documentary screening, discussion aimed at anti-bullying efforts

The public is invited to join a conversation about the impacts of bullying, and what's happening in the community at a special event Wednesday evening.

WISC-TV, Dean Clinic and Madison Public Library are hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary, "Bully." There will be a discussion afterward with the audience and area experts. WISC-TV's Susan Siman will be moderating.

The screening is part of the Time for Kids: Buddy Project, a year-long initiative and series of reports dedicated to the topic of bullying and ways to stop it.

The screening is the third in a series and begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Central Library in downtown Madison. Attendees will also be given an opportunity to take the "Be A Buddy, Not A Bully" pledge and those who do so will be given orange, anti-bullying wristbands.

Parks Division asks for input on James Madison Park improvements

Parks Division asks for input on James Madison Park improvements

A public input meeting has been scheduled by the city of Madison Parks Division to discuss potential improvements at James Madison Park.

City staff will present information, answer questions and seek input from neighbors on proposed improvements, according to a release.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Verex Plaza, Level B Conference Room, at 150 E. Gilman St.

Anyone who has questions or comments but is unable to attend the meeting can contact Mike Sturm, City Parks landscape architect at 608-261-4281 or msturm@cityofmadison.com.

Intersection at Park, Langdon streets to be closed

Intersection at Park, Langdon streets to be closed

The intersection of Park and Langdon Streets will be closed to all traffic starting Thursday, according to a release.

Crews will close the intersection from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Saturday for pavement operations, officials said. Langdon Street will reopen to eastbound traffic at 3 p.m. each day during the project.

The existing pedestrian walkway on the northeast corner of the intersection will be maintained during the project, according to the release.

During the closure, access to the parking lot below Helen C. White will be open from the west via Observatory Drive, officials said. The handicapped routed to Memorial Union will be accessible through Library Mall.

To access Memorial Union by vehicle, drivers will need to drive along Langdon Street up to Lot 1 next to the Red Gym, according to the release.

City trick-or-treating hours from 4-8

City trick-or-treating hours from 4-8

Residents in Madison neighborhoods will trick or treat from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, officials said.

For a listing of more area trick-or-treating hours, visit www.channel3000.com/trick-or-treat.