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Tag: Community Building

March 12, 2015 4:22 PM

The City of Madison has a renewed focus on issues of race and equity as a result of the tragic events of last Friday night.  As we continue that focus, I think it is also important to keep working in areas where neighbors are helping neighbors.  One of those events is occurring Saturday … [read more]

February 17, 2015 11:08 AM

I am excited to embark on the 4th year of the CATCH Healthy Habits Program in 2015.  As you may remember reading in my blog post back in March, CATCH Healthy Habits is a program that aims to encourage healthy eating and active living to reduce obesity. What's so great about CATCH is that it … [read more]

February 11, 2015 1:29 PM

It was wonderful to see so many people at the grand opening of the new Meadowood Community Center this week.  I was pleased to join Lucy Chaffin with Madison School Community Recreation (MSCR), Alder Matt Phair, Center Director Joe Schlesing, plenty of involved City staff and about a … [read more]

February 4, 2015 10:51 AM

You may have seen Janetta Pegues, the new Goodman South Madison Library Supervisor on Channel 15 news recently discussing all that the Madison Public Library is doing to celebrate Black History Month.  At the South Madison location, Janetta has created a black history display including library … [read more]

January 27, 2015 4:09 PM

Thank you to all of you who encouraged others to participate or participated directly in the My Brother’s Keeper Youth Survey. As you may recall from blog posts in November ( ) ( ) the My … [read more]

January 21, 2015 3:02 PM

On Monday, I joined hundreds from throughout Dane County in commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday at the Overture Center for Arts for the 30th Annual Madison and Dane County Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Ceremony. At the ceremony, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and I … [read more]

January 16, 2015 2:11 PM

I headed over to Pinney Library this week for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten 1st Year Party. I joined Alder Ahrens, Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, News Anchor Michelle Li, representatives from Madison Police and … [read more]

December 19, 2014 3:49 PM

I recently joined Chief Koval, Alder Phair, and several other Madison Police Department representatives for Club Today Not Tomorrow’s Peacemakers program community forum at the Meadowood Community Center. The Peacemakers program, which was launched in February, 2014, is focused on creating and … [read more]

December 18, 2014 9:00 AM

Attention Madisonians: Madison is in the running to be named the Best Travel-Worthy State Capital as part of USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice. Madison is facing off against nineteen other cities, including Carson City, Nevada, Juneau, Alaska, and Boise, Idaho.  The last time I checked, … [read more]

December 5, 2014 4:43 PM

Congratulations to the Cardinal Bar on their 40th Anniversary! I celebrated last Friday as a celebrity DJ alongside Rockin’ John and Billy Feitlinger for WORT’s “Salute to the Cardinal Bar 40th Anniversary Party”!  I enjoyed playing some of my favorites from the 60’s including Sam & Dave and … [read more]

November 26, 2014 10:15 AM

Centro Hispano hosted their 25th Annual Celebration at the Monona Terrace recently. The banquet event featured live music, dancing, a silent auction, and the announcement of the 2014 Roberto G. Sánchez Award and the Ilda Conteris Thomas Award. The Roberto G. Sánchez Award honors an individual, … [read more]

November 25, 2014 11:59 AM

I was pleased with the progress we made at the My Brother’s Keeper Local Action Summit, held recently at the United Way of Dane County. As you may know, the My Brother’s Keeper project is a challenge issued to municipalities by President Barack Obama focused on opening opportunities and … [read more]

November 20, 2014 9:30 AM

Many of you may be familiar with Lake Point Drive, which is commonly known to neighbors by its former title of Simpson Street, named after a long term resident of Madison’s Southside, Homer V. Simpson. Recently, Alder John Strasser and I joined the neighbors to officially recognize the Simpson … [read more]

November 6, 2014 10:40 AM

A recent White House report identified significant challenges that boys and young men of color continue to face. Among several other findings, the White House report states that Black, American Indian, and Hispanic children are between six and nine times more likely than white children to live … [read more]

October 14, 2014 4:47 PM

On Saturday I was delighted to attend Centro Hispano of Dane County’s event, “IN-forming Madison: Building Civic Consciousness in our Community”.  I joined Executive Director Karen Menéndez Coller, Alder Bidar-Sielaff, Alder Cnare, City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl, and staff from the Department … [read more]

September 17, 2014 10:22 AM

On Monday, September 15th, announced that Madison has been named the number one most livable city in America! I was joined by Matt Carmichael of, Alder Skidmore, Alder Demarb, and Alder Subeck to accept the award. The folks at Livability, along with the research … [read more]

September 17, 2014 9:58 AM

There's never a shortage of things to do in Madison! This past weekend there were so many impressive community events. On Friday night I spoke at the OutReach 40th Anniversary Banquet. OutReach was one of the nation's first LGBT Community Centers when it was founded in 1973. I was proud to … [read more]

September 15, 2014 1:37 PM

This Saturday, September 20th, Madison is participating in BandSwap for the second year. Along with Madison, this year’s BandSwap includes participants from Athens, GA, Charleston, SC, Chico, CA, Denver, CO, Fort Collins, CO, Lafayette, LA, Nashville, TN, and Portland, OR. BandSwap events … [read more]

September 12, 2014 2:01 PM

Madison’s second pavement painting project was recently kicked off in the Knutson Circle cul-de-sac on Knutson Drive on the Northside of Madison. Community members came together to paint a sunflower, a common sight in the gardens around the neighborhood, with two cranes, the symbol of the … [read more]

August 28, 2014 3:15 PM

I am not surprised to see Madison ranked #5 on the list of America’s Best Cities for Young Professionals. Madison offers many opportunities for recent graduates just starting out on what I’m sure will be successful careers. Only 4 more spots to number 1! Check out the list at … [read more]

August 27, 2014 4:24 PM

I hope some of you were able to attend the Wexford Ridge Neighborhood’s annual Wexford Ridge Connection event recently. The event included a picnic, games, a raffle, a, DJ, a guest appearance from the Mounted Patrol and K9 unit, and best of all, a dunk tank.  Madison Police Chief Mike … [read more]

August 26, 2014 4:13 PM

What a great weekend in Madison! On Saturday I was lucky enough to attend three amazing community events. I started my day at the US Cellular Neighborhood Pavement Painting Project in the Allied Drive neighborhood.  Here I joined US Cellular Staff, City of Madison Staff, Alder Cheeks, the Boys … [read more]

August 21, 2014 3:22 PM

This year the Madison Parks Goodman Pool paired up with their long time partners The Shelley Glover Sports Education Foundation (SGSEF) and the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation to fund another amazing program for Madison youth. Over 200 of The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County summer … [read more]

August 11, 2014 4:42 PM

We invite you to join other residents for a one-day celebration about making and supporting community leaders and sustaining healthy, walkable neighborhoods, for all of Madison. The citywide neighborhood conference, Strong Leaders, Healthy Places, will be a day packed full of stories, talks, … [read more]

August 8, 2014 3:53 PM

We could not have asked for more perfect weather or a better bunch of kids, families and community members for the grand opening of the City of Madison’s newest splash park at Reindahl Park! I would like to give a special thank you to: The Madison Parks Foundation, Alder Clausius, the … [read more]

July 29, 2014 9:08 AM

A recently released study from has named Madison the 15th Best City for Recreation! WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities in the categories of financial, park's quality, weather conditions, and entertainment and recreational facilities.  When you consider our weather … [read more]

July 18, 2014 4:36 PM

I am excited to say that the project to fund a mural on the Warner Park Beach shelter is a success!  While the goal was to raise $850 via Kickstarter by August 9th, as of today, $975 has been pledged towards the project. This success story will provide northside youth with the opportunity to … [read more]

July 11, 2014 4:45 PM

The project to fund a mural on the Warner Park Beach Shelter went live on Kickstarter yesterday! The mural will be designed and painted by Kennedy Heights summer camp youth with guidance from two talented artists and designers, Alexis London and Daniella Echeverria. The mural will consist of … [read more]

September 20, 2013 6:48 AM

On Saturday, September 21st, Madison will open its new Central Library, a symbol of our city's commitment to learning, creating, and thinking. This is not your mother's or father's library and it is not even your childhood library. This is your library of the future. The Central Library … [read more]

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