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City Shuts Down Due To Blizzard

City Shuts Down Due To Blizzard

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz announced that the city of Madison will close all non-essential services to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 2 due to severe winter weather warnings.

"For the safety of our residents and our employees, only the city’s essential and emergency services will be in operation (Wednesday)," Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said. "We encourage residents to stay safe at home for the duration of the blizzard."

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning through noon Wednesday. Heavy snow is expected to fall through the overnight hours.

Emergency services, including the Madison Police and Fire Departments will not be affected by the closure. The Madison Streets Division will continue around the clock snow plowing and salting operations.

Metro Bus Unveils Process Of Determining Bus Service

Metro Bus Unveils Process Of Determining Bus Service

Metro bus staff will inspect bus route roadways at about 3 a.m. Wednesday and make a determination on whether bus service will be delayed or canceled for the day.

Metro Bus officials said once the determination is made, recorded information will be available between 4 a.m. to 4:15 a.m. at 608-266-4466 and posted at www.mymetrobus.com.

Updated recorded information will be available throughout the morning. Customer service representatives will be available as soon as possible during the day.

Van Galder Cancels Bus Routes To Chicago

Van Galder Cancels Bus Routes To Chicago

Van Galder Bus service has cancelled a series of routes between Madison and Chicago.

Service for Tuesday, Feb. 1 has been cancelled as follows:

  • Last Departure from Madison Memorial Union to Downtown Chicago was at 10:00 a.m. 
  • Last Departure from Madison Memorial Union to O'Hare Airport is at 1:00 p.m. 
  • Last Departure from Downtown Chicago to Madison is at 2:00 p.m. 
  • Last Departure from O'Hare Airport to Madison is at 5:30 p.m. 
Customers should check our website at http://vangalderbus.com for schedule updates for Wednesday, Feb. 2.

No Refuse, Recycling Collection On Monday

No Refuse, Recycling Collection On Monday

There will be no refuse or recycling collection on Monday, Jan. 17 because of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Residents who normally have their refuse and recycling collected on Monday will have their material collected on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

On Tuesday, the Streets Division will be collecting refuse from residents in both the Monday and Tuesday refuse collection districts. It is important that residents have their material out by 7 a.m.

The Streets Division's offices and self-help drop off sites will also be closed on Monday.

Additional information on all of Madison's solid waste and recycling services are available on the Streets Division's web site at www.cityofmadison.com/streets or by calling 246-4532 (East) and 266-4681(West).

Local Woman Creates "Must-Have" T-Shirt

Local Woman Creates "Must-Have" T-Shirt

Fitchburg resident Kelsey Sveum has this year's must-have T-shirt for Badger fans.

The twenty-something noticed a very distinct hand gesture that has caught on among Badger fans. At one of this season's home victories, she noticed students holding their hands up in a "W." 

At the Champs Sports Bowl last year versus Miami ("the U"), Barry Alvarez held his hands in the W formation after the Badgers beat Miami. Since then Bielema has been carrying on the tradition.

Kelsey is certain the dual hand "W" is catching on University-wide. She saw the student section doing it at a basketball game while the football team was there to be congratulated on earning a piece of the BigTen Championship.

Kelsey decided to take this idea to her computer screen right away.

Storm Causes Area Event, Church Cancellations

Storm Causes Area Event, Church Cancellations

A powerful winter storm is bearing down on southern Wisconsin, dumping several inches of snow.

With the snow expected to continue through Sunday evening, many area businesses have announced plans to close while various events and churches are calling off scheduled services for Sunday.

Various cities, villages and towns have also declared snow emergencies.

To see a complete list of closings and snow emergencies, click here.

UW Signs Apparel Deal With Worker-Friendly Company

Through the efforts of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Labor Licensing Policy Committee, T-shirts and hoodies with the UW-Madison and Bucky logos produced by Alta Gracia Apparel are now on sale at University Book Store.

The brand, named for Villa Altagracia, the town in the Dominican Republic where the company's factory is located, is pioneering a new business model that gives the workers who sew the clothing a pathway out of poverty.

The "fair labor" model pays 130 unionized workers a wage that is three times the local minimum wage --$114 per week, versus $33 locally. The increase enables workers to provide adequate food, clean water, clothing, shelter, health care, child care and education for themselves and their families -- a living wage.