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Earth Day volunteers add six gardens to school yard

Earth Day volunteers add six gardens to school yard

Jay Gavin, a kindergarten student at Sandburg Elementary, stood atop the pile of soil that would soon fill six freshly constructed wooden frames. The topsoil blackened his bare feet and dirt smudges outlined the corners of his smile.

Jay was part of a group of students, staff, and parents of Sandburg Elementary School who celebrated Earth Day by tripling the number of vegetable gardens in their schoolyard.

Madison lifts ban on outdoor burning

Madison lifts ban on outdoor burning

The city of Madison said Monday it has lifted the ban on outdoor burning.

The burn ban was issued last week because there was a high risk of brush fires starting due to the weather conditions.

The Madison Fire Department said the recent rainfall minimizes concern for outdoor burning in the city of Madison -- however the high winds should temporarily limit burning.

Given the rainfall, the city of Madison has lifted the ban, according to Bernadette Galvez of the Madison Fire Department.

Approved outdoor fireplaces and fire pits may now be used. Prairie and/or natural lawn burns, approved by permits, may also be conducted. 

More information about outdoor and open burning in Madison can be found at http://www.cityofmadison.com/fire/documents/OutdoorandOpenBurningGuide.pdf.

Brush Collection Starts Monday

Brush Collection Starts Monday

The Streets Division will begin brush collection on Monday, April 2nd. Again this year there will be no set schedule for brush collection. Our crews will be using the same collection rotation we use for leaf collection.

Streets Division crews will begin collecting brush in Monday's refuse collection districts. After completing collection in Monday's area, crews will move into the Tuesday districts, then Wednesday's districts, followed by the Thursday and then Friday refuse districts. Upon completion of Friday's refuse district, crews will begin the cycle again in Monday's district. 
The time it takes us to complete a round of collection will vary according to workload and equipment availability. Crews estimated that it will take 3 to 5 weeks per round this year.

Brush collection will continue until mid October. At that time, we will be diverting all of our crews to fall leave collection. 

Brush Collection Guidelines

Interior Design Program Ranked Among Top 10 Nationally

Interior Design Program Ranked Among Top 10 Nationally

The undergraduate interior design program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology has been ranked No. 10 out of 200 similar U.S. programs by Design Intelligence, a bi-monthly report published by the Design Futures Council.

The top 10 list included 15 institutions, with five tied with UW-Madison at No. 10.

Many of the nation's leading interior design institutions are at private, not public, institutions, making the UW-Madison's achievement remarkable, according to Wei Dong, Design Studies Department chair. The University of Cincinnati ranked first, followed by New York's Pratt Institute and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Madison's Recycling Program To Expand In 2012

Madison's Recycling Program To Expand In 2012

The city of Madison will be expanding the list of materials that it will accept in its curbside recycling program beginning Jan. 1. The changes are possible because of a new recycling processing contract the city has signed with Pellitteri Waste Systems of Madison.

"We are very excited about our new recycling contract," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in a news release. "In addition to expanding the list of materials that Madison residents can put in their green recycling carts, we were able to negotiate a lower fee for sorting and selling our material. This lower fee will save taxpayers $173,470 per year."

Madison residents will now be able to add the following material to their recycling carts;

Madison Property Taxes Are Put In Mail

Madison Property Taxes Are Put In Mail

The city portion of taxes on an average Madison home is increasing 3.7 percent. The total levy increase on the average home is 2.71 percent this year compared to nearly 6 percent in 2010.

Triangle Neighborhood Garden Is Home To Diverse Population Of Growers

Triangle Neighborhood Garden Is Home To Diverse Population Of Growers

Strawberries, herbs, melons, oh, my! These are just a few of the delights that grow in the Triangle Neighborhood Garden, off Park Street, near the Bayview Center.

The garden is unique, not just for its variety of produce, but for the people that tend to it. Residents from all walks of life work together, planting exotic and uncommon foods.

“It’s an interesting garden…because there’s so many different things planted,” said Sheri Harper, Manager for the Bayview Foundation, Inc.

Okra, kale, chard, and dill are available, as are berries, squash, melons, and a variety of peppers.

All area residents have easy access to the gardens; the paths are handicap accessible, and the entrance is just feet away from the Bayview Community Center, offering a friendly invitation to participants of all ages and backgrounds.