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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.

Dane County Offers Free Foreclosure Legal Advice

Dane County homeowners facing home foreclosure can access free legal advice in Madison.

The Foreclosure Answer Clinics is a walk-in clinic held the first and third Thursdays of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third floor of the City-County Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The free clinics are run by volunteer lawyers and law students who provide basic legal information, such as help preparing written responses to foreclosure lawsuits.

In Dane County, 85 percent homeowners facing foreclosure do not have legal counsel, according to the Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce, which helps run the clinics.

The Dane County Bar Association and UW Law School also provide support for the clinics.  For more information, visit www.daneforeclosurehelp.org.

Madison Holiday Market To Raise Money For Madison Ballet

The fourth annual Madison Holiday Market will be held Nov. 5 through 7 at Alliant Energy Center. The market features more than 110 merchants  from across the state and beyond, and will be a great way to get a jump start on tackling those holiday gift lists! 

The Madison Holiday Market offers home décor, electronics, jewelry, toys, pottery, gourmet food and more from national artisans, local specialty stores, gift shops and importers of unique items. Product prices range from $2 to $2,000 and the general admission price is $7 per person.

"Don’t be confused. It’s not an art fair or a craft fair and it’s not an expo," said W. Earle Smith, artistic director of Madison Ballet. "The Holiday Market is a fun and unique shopping experience that is an opportunity to eliminate the stress typically brought on by holiday shopping, and supports a nonprofit organization dedicated to entertaining and educating the Madison community."

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Wisconsin Alumni Association Launches New "Red Shirt"

The Wisconsin Alumni Association Monday launched its third edition of "The Red Shirt," a limited line of t-shirts that help fund scholarships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

This year's design references the full name of the school's mascot, Buckingham U. Badger, but the motivation behind the t-shirt sale has much greater aspirations.

Proceeds from previous sales of the limited edition shirts allowed the WAA to present UW Madison with a $250,000 gift in April 2010 for the Great People Scholarship, a need-based aid program provided by the University. 

The Red Shirt is now available here.

Mayor Dave Blogs About His Favorite Things

Once in awhile my schedule takes me on a tour of Madison that reminds me why I love this job.

On Friday afternoon Dianne and I made our annual trip to Maxwell Street Days on State Street. We had lunch at Husnu's, and I picked up some bargains at Lands End and Jazzman. I had a great time, and I'm not sure I spent fifty bucks.

Friday evening I had a cameo appearance in the University Theatre's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

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