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Homeless look for places to store belongings through winter

Homeless look for places to store belongings through winter

Vicky Lewandowski has spent the majority of her nights since September sleeping at the City-County Building where she also keeps her belongings, but in a blink of an eye all she owned was gone.

"Your survival kicks in. Today was like a normal day and then all of a sudden we lost everything that helps us battle the elements. The first thing I was thinking is, 'How am I going to stay warm? Am I going to try to find shelter? Am I going to have to recover blankets?'" Lewandowski said.

Wednesday morning county employees removed two truckloads of homeless belongings left in front of the building Lewandowski calls home.

An ordinance allows Madison employees to throw away any items less than $50 in value if left abandoned. Anything worth more than $50 would be turned in to the city, where it would be held for 30 days to be reclaimed.

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

City to keep adding flouride to water supply

The Madison Water Utility Board said this week that it would continue to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.

The utility board voted at its meeting Tuesday night to keep its fluoride policy. The city's been adding fluoride to water to improve dental health for 68 years since the policy was adopted in 1946.

Madison Water Utility currently aims for a target fluoride concentration of 0.7 parts per million, as recommended by county, national and international health agencies.

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Madison said it took public comments on the policy Tuesday for about two hours before the vote.

The policy will be reviewed again in 2024.

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Enjoy family fun at the Downtown Madison Family Halloween party

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, the city of Madison will be hosting a Halloween party for families to enjoy.

The party goes from 3-6 p.m. at the corner of State St. and the Capitol Square.

There are many free and low cost activities for families and kids 12 and under to get involved with. Some include magic shows, hayrides, crafts, spooky stories, art projects, festive Halloween photos, kids' musical theater, trick or treat at participating businesses and more!

You can pick up a full list of activities and trick or treating locations on Oct. 29 at the Downtown Visitor Center, 452 State St.

Don't forget to show off your spooky costumes at the party as well!

Downtown Halloween fun continues through that week with additional programs at the Wisconsin Historical Museum and Madison Children's Museum. Visit the downtown Madison website for links and information.

West side dog park opens with official 'ball toss'

West side dog park opens with official 'ball toss'

West side residents have a new place to play with their pups.

Walnut Grove Park officially opened Monday afternoon with an opening ball toss ceremony. The park at 202 N. Westfield Road is the eighth Dane County dog park. 

Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp said buying a pass for the park extends throughout the county.

 

Walnut Grove dog park to open

Starting Monday, Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road, joins seven other parks in the city of Madison as locations for a fenced dog exercise area.

Everyone and their dogs are invited to join Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp and the west side neighbors and dog owners for a special unveiling.

There will be an official 'ball toss' opening at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the park.

"Madison Parks in committed to providing safe places for dogs and their owners to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The city of Madison is proud to be ranked number 6 in the nation for off-leash dog parks by the Trust for Public Lands," said Knepp.

Click here to find out the dog park rules.

The cost of the Annual Permit is $30 and the daily permit is $5.

Annual fire trucks parade this Sunday

The annual Dane County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Truck Parade will take place Sunday, Oct. 5.

This popular event is held each year to mark the beginning of Fire Prevention Week in Dane County. The parade includes more than 30 fire trucks from many of the fire departments serving communities in Dane County.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the end of State St. near the Library Mall. The trucks, adorned with plenty of chrome and flashing red lights, will travel up State St. to the Capitol Square.

Once at the square, the fire trucks will be on display until 3 p.m. for children of all ages to see up close. Firefighters will be available to answer questions about fire safety. This year, the fire trucks on the square will be joined by the newly-rebuilt Fire Safety House, which has been visiting area schools as part of Fire Prevention Month activities.

Orchard St. to close for storm sewer installation

Orchard St. to close for storm sewer installation

On Sept. 8 and Sept. 9, Badgerland Excavating will be installing a storm sewer connection in the 200 block of S. Orchard St.

This will require closing through-traffic on the block between Mound St. and Chandler St. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The roadway will be reopened at 5 p.m. on Monday for the overnight hours.

Local vehicles and pedestrian traffic will be maintained to all residences and businesses on the 200 block of S. Orchard St. at all times during this street closure.

Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays during this closure.