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Video rental store offers urban gardening supplies

Video rental store offers urban gardening supplies

Living in the city, even in a limited space, doesn’t have to mean giving up a garden. Just ask Lisa Brennan and Sean Gere.

In April, the duo launched Sprout, a store placing emphasis on gardening in urban settings by using creative growing methods such as living walls and terrariums.

“The big thing that makes it different is that we’re really focusing on small space gardening,” said Brennan.

The store is located inside of Four Star Video Haven at 449 State Street, which Brennan has owned for 11 years. She began thinking about the business after reading on natural history, ecology, alternative economics, and urban gardening. The many unused balconies on State Street suitable for growing plants inspired her to act.

“I would just love to see everything blooming and growing food,” she said.

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.