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Public hearing to be held on biking, walking plans, projects

Public hearing to be held on biking, walking plans, projects

The city's plan to improve and increase biking and walking opportunities will be discussed at an upcoming Madison Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission public hearing.

The meeting is designed to gather comments on potential pedestrian and bicycle projects the city should consider undertaking in the 2013-2015 Capital Budget.

The intent of the public hearing is to hear suggestions for new projects.

Please note that concerns about routine maintenance and operational issues can be directed to the appropriate agency or the city’s Report-a-Problem website www.cityofmadison.com/reportaproblem.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, in Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Mallards release 2012 promotions schedule

Mallards release 2012 promotions schedule

The Madison Mallards have released their full promotional schedule for the 2012 season. 

The schedule is jam-packed with plenty of bobblehead giveaways, Saturday night fireworks, several famous celebrities and hilarious entertainment acts.  In 2012, fans will see the most aggressive, action-packed, fun-paced, thrilling and daring promotional schedule from the Mallards yet, officials said.

The 2012 season is upon us!  Single-game tickets go on-sale April 28 for all Mallards home games.

The Mallards will host their season opener against the Battle Creek Bombers on May 30 at 7:05 p.m. at the “Duck Pond.”  7-Game Packs, season, and group tickets are on sale now! 

Goodman Pool Waves to host informational meeting

Goodman Pool Waves to host informational meeting

The Goodman Pool Waves invite all prospective swim team members to an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Warner Park Community Recreation Center at 1625 Northport Dr. 

The meeting is designed to be a Q&A for parents and swim team members. Families will learn about scholarship opportunities, meet the coach and see what being a part of the Waves is all about.

The Waves Swim Team is open to youth ages 6-18.   

For more information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/pool/swimTeam.cfm.

Wellness Expo to raise funds for eye research

Wellness Expo to raise funds for eye research

On Saturday, April 14, the Wisconsin Wellness Expo is hosting a three-hour Zumba marathon, walkathon and fitness challenge to raise money for the UW Eye Research Institute, known as ERI.

Jimmy Tormey, a longtime employee of the Division of Recreational Sports, recently went on medical retirement due to retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that causes blindness.

"Jimmy is now preparing for a life transition without his sight by taking courses to develop new skills, and the decision to identify ERI as the beneficiary of the fundraising this year was easy," said Lori Devine, fitness director for the Division of Recreational Sports.

The expo, open to the public, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southeast Recreational Facility, commonly known as SERF. Free parking is available in lot 91 during the event, and free handouts include T-shirts and reusable shopping bags.

The Sett To Host Brewers Opening Day Viewing Party

The Sett To Host Brewers Opening Day Viewing Party


Catch the Brewer's home opener as Milwaukee kicks off the 2012 season against the arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals in The Sett in Union South this Friday, April 6 at 3 p.m. 

There's no better place to catch the first game of the season: big screen TV, great fans and delicious food!

Plus, the first 20 to attend will get a Sett pint glass.  All attendees will get free peanuts while supplies last too.

B-Cycle Expects Even More Success In Second Year Of Service

B-Cycle Expects Even More Success In Second Year Of Service

More than 18,500 B-cylce trips were taken by roughly 6,500 members in Madison in just 200 days of operation last year.

This year, Madison B-cycle expects even better numbers, in part, to the addition of eight new stations.

After debuting in May of 2011 with six stations located on the Isthmus, B-cycle grew to 27 locations across downtown Madison. In just its first year, B-cycle members rode nearly 39,600 miles saving 2,844 gallons of gasoline that kept 103,000 pounds of carbon monoxide from being released into the city’s air, officials said.

Daubenspeck Drops Ceremonial First Puck

On Feb. 17, 2011, former Badger goaltender Kirk Daubenspeck, who got into a car accident in which his car collided into a tractor-trailer in foggy conditions on his way home to Madison.

Daubenspeck sustained series head injuries and was in an extended coma following the accident.

One year later, the Madison native walked out onto the Kohl Center ice and dropped the puck before the Badgers' game against No. 10 Denver as honorary captain.

The Wisconsin hockey family, including fans and players, all did their part to help Daubenspeck recover from the horrific accident with personal support, contributions and fundraisers.

The Badgers lost to Denver 3-0