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Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, according to a city of Madison press release.

The meeting will be held at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., in room 260.

The hearing will discuss proposed service changes to Routes 8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 36, 44, 48, 50, 59, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 78. Changes are proposed to go into effect during the last week of August.

People are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. To submit comments on the Metro changes online, visit mymetrobus.com/feedback.

For skaters, by skaters

For skaters, by skaters

In the shadows of the endurance races of the 1920s and the entertainment spectacles of the 1980s, roller derby has emerged from the darkness, exploding with energy and character, as one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

But instead of slowly creeping out of the shadows of the past derby scene, these derby ladies are full-fledged skating out into the spotlight, dressed as anything from superheroes to vampires, with passion in their hearts and a thirst for high-contact competition.

Mad Rollin’ Dolls, Madison’s flat track roller derby league, is in its 10th season.

Gravity powers annual Pinewood Derby racers

Gravity powers annual Pinewood Derby racers

An area car dealership will be handling vehicles on a smaller scale this weekend. 

Smart Motors will host the Annual Mohawk District Pinewood Derby Sunday for the second year in a row. More than 100 Madison-area boy scouts are expected to bring their pinewood creations to the dealership on Odana Road

Kids will learn about a different form of alternative energy -- gravity -- which will power the tiny cars over the 45-foot aluminum track and show how tweaks in aerodynamics or car weight can be the difference between a first place and a sixth place finish.

When not involved in a racing heat, the kids can take "pit stops" to learn about safety topics like why they should wear seat belts, how to escape from a trunk and the devastating effects of a rollover crash. Educational tables are hosted by Dean Care Health Clinic, Safe Kids Madison Area, Boy Scouts of America, Safelight Auto Glass, Dane County Sheriff's Department and the Madison Fire Department.

Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste 2014

Madison Magazine's Top Shelf Winter Taste 2014

Madison Magazine hosts the fourth annual Top Shelf Winter Taste featuring Crown Royal Whiskey. The event is Monday March 10 at the Beacon Lounge at Bonfyre American Grille from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Attendees can sip on various products out of a complimentary sampling glass and sample top shelf Whiskeys, Whiskys, and Ryes. Food from Beacon Lounge, Bonfyre American Grille, The Wise at HotelRED, Mason's on Main and Oil of the Olive will be available.

 

Each attendee will also receive a complimentary Cupcakes A-Go-Go full-size cupcake and can indulge their sweet tooth with Gelato and Gelatinis from Villa Dolce.

 

A custom craft brew called Madison Magazine's Big Red Blessing courtesy of Next Door Brewing Company will be available to sample.

 

100.5 ESPN radio broadcasts live from the party.

 

There is a $35 General Admission.

Meadowridge Library expands while engaging community through art

Meadowridge Library expands while engaging community through art

A building block, an introduction, a prelude. Every great endeavor starts with something.

The beginning of an anticipated expansion is bringing together community, sustainability and new perspectives at the Meadowridge branch of the Madison Public Library system.

Kick-starting the Meadowridge Library expansion is a citywide collaboration: 2,403 Tetra Paks, a visionary artist and an engaged community. In other words, a social art project.

Meadowridge Library branch supervisor Alice Oakey said the expansion plan is in the "waiting period."

"We know it's going to happen, but we don't see anything yet," Oakey said. "In that waiting period, we have Victor creating the art, making the whole thing seem real; helping us wait."

Although construction will not start for another four weeks, Oakey said as a community, "we've already begun."

Groups collect winter clothing at area parks

Groups collect winter clothing at area parks

Madison Parks and the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin are hosting a winter clothing drive. Organizers are asking for used winter coats, jackets, snow-pants, boots and gloves.

The donations can be dropped off at any of the following parks:

  • John Wall Family Pavilion at Tenney Park, 402 N. Thornton Ave.
  • Vilas Park, 1602 Vilas Park Drive
  • Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd.
  • Odana Hills Golf Course, 4635 Odana Road
  • Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive

This is the fourth annual drive. Donations are being collected through Feb. 23. Organizers said the clothes will be distributed throughout the rest of the winter; any extras will be saved for next year.

 

 

Extreme cold taking a toll on water meters, service laterals and water mains

Madison Water Utility responded to the highest number of frozen meter calls for any month in at least the last decade, according to a City of Madison report. 

According to Officials thirty-eight customers reported that their water meters freeze and crack or burst, and ninety-two water main breaks had been repaired in January.

Crews report that the current frost line appears to be 5 ft below ground, but as temperatures continue to plunge during the overnight hours, frost lines are expected to move deeper.

As a precaution, the city is conducting routine hydrant temperature checks to make sure the water in Madison’s mains and hydrants is well within the normal wintertime range. The city’s mains are generally buried about 6 feet below ground.
 
The city reminds people to …