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Madison Mini Marathon & 5K will cause street closures


The fourth annual Madison Mini Marathon & 5K presented by Meriter and Physicians Plus is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, and some roads will be closed for the event.

The half marathon and 5K start at 7 a.m. and the Kids' Run starts at approximately 10 a.m. at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union at 800 Langdon St.

The scenic course includes all of Madison's Landmarks: Capitol Square, the Dane County Farmer's Market, State Street, Camp Randall Stadium, Kohl Center, the Arboretum, Picnic Point and the University of Wisconsin Campus.

Below is a detailed list of closures for Saturday, Aug. 18.

Summary of Closures:

Officials see increase in whooping cough cases


Whooping cough cases are increasing in Wisconsin, and health officials are urging people to make sure their vaccinations are up to date.

Since the start of the year, state health officials have investigated nearly 3,500 cases. That's about 11 cases for every 100,000 people.

People who don't have school-aged children may not be thinking about immunizations, but doctors said they should be.

"Everybody sees it as I saw it before I had it as an adult -- that it's a childhood disease and it doesn't happen to adults," said Maxine Dwyer, a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, who has had two bouts with whooping cough. 

"This is the (cough) that sounds like it's coming from your toes. It's deep and it goes on and on and on to the point you feel like you may not be able to catch your next breath," Dwyer said.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the highest instances are in Dane County.  

Enrollment days approach for 2012-13 school year

Enrollment days approach for 2012-13 school year

As the 2012-13 school year quickly approaches, it's almost time for enrollment in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

This year, families can save time at their school enrollment day by enrolling online ahead of time.

"We are excited to begin a new school year and advance learning for all of our students," Superintendent Jane Belmore said in a news release. "As the enrollment process begins, we encourage families to use our online system to save time on enrollment day."

All families must attend enrollment day at their child's school, but they can save time by first using the district's online enrollment system, available starting Monday, Aug. 6, at www.mmsd.org/enroll. The district is also offering online payment for the first time this year.

Monona Terrace celebrates 15 years

Monona Terrace celebrates 15 years

Monona Terrace is celebrating its 15th anniversary California-style with the Beach Boys tribute band Catch a Wave!

The festivities will take place on the rooftop Thursday, July 19 from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. Enjoy beach party fun and games for the whole family, special treats, prizes and giveaways.  Monona Terrace is proud to publicly share the achievements of the past 15 years and thoughts for “Moving Forward” in service to Madison, Dane County, and the State of Wisconsin in the years to come.

The performance is open to the public at no charge.  Visitors can bring a picnic basket or purchase light gourmet food and alcohol at the new Lake Vista Café.

Celebrate Monona Terrace's 15th Anniversary

Monona Terrace will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on July 19 with a beach party-themed event.

The Beach Boys tribute band, Catch A Wave, will be performing on the building's rooftop from 7 to 9 p.m.

The performance is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend, with games, treats and prizes available.

Monona Terrace is located at 1 John Nolen Drive. Parking is available after 5 p.m. for $5.

Donation provides meals to Madison school district

Donation provides meals to Madison school district


A $30,000 donation will help the Madison Metropolitan School District serve more than 100,000 meals to students next year.

The Nimick Forbesway Foundation gave the $30,000 grant to the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools. FMPS provides free, healthy breakfasts to students in need.

Last year, FMPS gave more than 50,000 meals to economically disadvantaged students.

Children who qualify for reduced-cost lunch are eligible for these free breakfasts.

The $30,000 grant will help FMPS provide more than 110,000 breakfasts in the upcoming school year, as well as the 2013-2014 school year.

To find out more information on the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools, call 608-232-7820 or online at fmps.org.

Cooling centers to be open for heat relief Monday night

The city of Madison is opening some cooling centers for Monday night to help people struggling with the heat.

Mayor Paul Soglin announced that beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center (main level ballroom) and Warner Park Recreation Center will remain open overnight to those in need of relief from the high temperatures.

The Red Cross is providing staff, water and cots. People should bring any necessary medication and medical equipment. Pets will not be allowed.

These facilities are only scheduled to be open tonight, Monday.

On Tuesday, the city of Madison will review weather conditions and make decisions as to which buildings to use if necessary for the rest of the week.