Tag: Community Building

February 28, 2019 3:39 PM

Madison was recently recognized as a best city for breastfeeding moms, alongside San Francisco, Chicago, San Antonio, New York, and Washington D.C. The designation highlights the Madison city breastfeeding ordinance that fines people for interfering with breastfeeding in private or public … [read more]

February 1, 2019 3:38 PM

After months of tireless work and unforeseen setbacks from the August floods that inundated portions of the city, it is great that Luna's Groceries – 2010 Red Arrow Trail – is now officially open for business! I was able to stop in, do some shopping, and catch up with owners Mariam and Joe … [read more]

January 22, 2019 1:59 PM

It was an honor to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and be part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian and Emerging Leaders award presentation this week. Pictured above are this year's recipients, Anthony Cooper and Shayla Glass with State Representative Shelia Stubbs and me. Anthony … [read more]

November 9, 2018 12:00 PM

It's not too late to sign up to attend the Neighborhood Conference and join hundreds of your friends and neighbors who are already planning to attend. This year's event, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center will feature an update on this summer's flooding, an opportunity to … [read more]

October 15, 2018 5:03 PM

It's certainly not too early to mark your calendar and register for the Mayor's Neighborhood Conference. The City of Madison Mayor's Neighborhood Conference 2018 brings together hundreds of the most thoughtful, conscious, and caring people involved in neighborhoods across our city. … [read more]

September 21, 2018 2:38 PM

Are you looking for investment opportunities? I'm delighted to inform you that the City of Madison is offering community bonds to support one of the jewels of the City: Olbrich Botanical Gardens. From Oct. 3 – Oct. 9, 2018, residents can purchase City of Madison community bonds, in $500 … [read more]

September 13, 2018 4:10 PM

Earlier this summer the Common Council adopted a new City of Madison vision, mission, values, and service philosophy through Resolution 18-00573, "Establishing the City of Madison Performance Excellence Framework and Implementation and On-going Sustainability Efforts." The City of Madison has … [read more]

July 11, 2018 2:13 PM

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend while supporting a wonderful neighborhood? On Saturday, July 14, 2018 from noon to 7pm, Elver Park is hosting the third annual Westfest community celebration. This fun filled day kicks off with a Stop the Violence march and culminates with … [read more]

July 3, 2018 3:10 PM

We recently kicked off the 2018 Wanda Fullmore internship program for high school aged youth with a dinner event at the Central Library that included this year’s interns, their families, City of Madison supervisors and Common Wealth employees. This program is designed to connect teens with local … [read more]

June 22, 2018 4:27 PM

The 2018 Mayor's Neighborhood Conference will take place on Saturday, November 17 from 9:00am - 4:00pm at the Monona Terrace. The neighborhood conference is an great opportunity for residents, the business community, policy makers, and other stakeholders to come together to learn, share, and … [read more]

May 18, 2018 12:55 PM

Earlier this week the Madison Common Council approved a use agreement for Breese Stevens Field with Big Top Events, and last night, Big Top officials unveiled Madison Pro Soccer franchise as one of the founding members of the USL Division III. Play will start here next March. The teams … [read more]

May 15, 2018 3:45 PM

The City of Madison's Draft Comprehensive Plan is available for public review and comment at imaginemadison.civicomment.org. The Plan is the result of Imagine Madison, a community engagement process that reached over 15,000 Madisonians. The Comprehensive Plan is the City's high-level plan … [read more]

May 8, 2018 4:19 PM

Again this year nearly 300 students from Lake View Elementary along with 50 volunteers and staff walked to Warner Park to celebrate with poems, songs, tree planting a park clean up and a picnic. Thanks to Lake View Principal Kristi Kloos, event organizer Susie Hobart, State … [read more]

April 13, 2018 12:04 PM

I am really looking forward to joining dozens of entrepreneurs and hundreds of local residents next week at the Spring Taste of the Madison Public Market. Join us, Saturday, April 21 from 10-2. The event will be held at the downtown Madison College facility, 211 North Carroll. This event … [read more]

April 9, 2018 3:38 PM

It is time for ShredFest 2018. While receiving free and confidential shredding for your personal records of up to 100 pounds of paper, you can donate to the Second Harvest Foodbank. What a great way to prevent identity theft, get some spring cleaning done, and help your fellow Madisonians end … [read more]

April 4, 2018 4:30 PM

Photo by Shanna Wolf Nearly 100 people braved the April snow to attend the Pinney Library's official groundbreaking on the morning of April 4, 2018. Shoveling skills and dedicating remarks included words from those pictured above, Jenni Collins (Executive Director, Madison Public Library … [read more]

March 2, 2018 9:45 AM

I am excited about the City of Madison My Brother’s Keeper initiative 1st Annual Spring Break Gaming and Coding Day for middle and high school youth of color on March 27, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Madison Central Library. My Brother’s Keeper is an initiative of former President … [read more]

December 14, 2017 4:15 PM

The City wants your opinion on the priorities for Madison and how our community can be improved for everyone. The City of Madison is currently updating the Comprehensive Plan through a process called Imagine Madison. The Plan update includes policies related to housing, transportation, racial … [read more]

December 4, 2017 1:06 PM

Mark your calendar for the Neighborhood Grant Workshop this Wednesday evening, December 6, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.. The workshop will be held in the City-County Building, Room 103A. Come to the workshop to find out how to apply for grants to fund your neighborhood project. In 2017, grants were … [read more]

November 28, 2017 10:39 AM

In the five years since the attack on the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, where a White Supremacist gunman killed six innocent people and wounded others, there have been lots of positive changes. The founder of the hate group and a victim's son have joined together to help promote the United Against … [read more]

November 27, 2017 3:00 PM

Madison Youth Choirs singers are embarking on a musical journey across the globe as they perform compositions related to the diverse cultures of Madison's nine sister cities: Ainaro, East Timor; Arcatao, El Salvador; Camaguey, Cuba; Freiburg, Germany; Kanifing, The Gambia; Mantua, Italy; Obihiro, … [read more]

November 17, 2017 2:45 PM

Shine On Madison is a lighting celebration being put on in downtown Madison. The celebration begins tomorrow evening thanks to The Madison Community Foundation and Madison's Central Business Improvement District's (BID) grant. All of the collaboration and hard work that the artists, designers, … [read more]

November 9, 2017 3:45 PM

Even before its construction, the Madison Public Market is already helping to grow the next generation of local food-based businesses. The Public Market will be a year- round, inclusive and welcoming community destination featuring a diverse pool of entrepreneurs offering fresh produce from … [read more]

October 20, 2017 12:44 PM

Nature is nearby and everybody deserves the chance to go outside and enjoy it. This past summer with support from the Children in Nature Network, Wanda Fullmore interns were able to work with the Parks and Public Health Madison and Dane County departments to explore the relationship between … [read more]

October 12, 2017 4:26 PM

On Saturday, October 7th over 70 members of our community inspected and serviced heating systems for 95 area veteran homeowners. The Heat's On Project was established in 1987 to ensure area residents had working furnaces and would not have to face life threatening circumstances. This … [read more]

October 5, 2017 4:20 PM

Please join us for the 2017 Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable that will be held this Saturday, October 7th from 8am until noon at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. This is a free event and I hope to see you there! Join us for an inspiring, educational, skill building event which … [read more]

September 18, 2017 9:39 AM

Replacing or re-lining our aging pipes is not easy or cheap, but it is necessary to provide safe and reliable water to our residents. Madison Water Utility has been working on a Water Main Replacement Program since 2005 and have reached the 100th mile! Although we still have many more … [read more]

September 13, 2017 2:22 PM

This Friday begins the National Hispanic Heritage Month and the City of Madison and the Latino Community Engagement Team (LCET) wants to give recognition to those who are involved or belong to the Latino/Hispanic community. The Common Council and I passed a Resolution recognizing such. As … [read more]

September 8, 2017 3:06 PM

On Thursday August 24th, a sunny afternoon in the Bridge Lakepoint neighborhood, residents came together for the 5th Annual Community Picnic. Many joined the diverse crowd in which people from all ages had the opportunity to get to know their neighbors. There were various games for the kids, … [read more]

July 25, 2017 12:49 PM

Young residents can make a tremendous difference in their neighborhood. Youth leaders from Meadowood, a southwest side neighborhood, have shown what it means to decide what to do, and then do it. Over a course of four months, community members met on Saturday mornings to clean up, … [read more]

July 12, 2017 5:52 PM

It was an honor for all of us at this week's Common Council meeting to honor Ms. Sina Davis, a community leader in the Allied Drive area. We all owe her a debt of gratitude and the resolution unanimously passed is a small way to express our appreciation. WHEREAS, on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, … [read more]

June 13, 2017 12:27 PM

There are so many reasons that summer is a wonderful time in Madison, and one of them is Make Music Madison. The all-day, all-city music festival is on the summer solstice, June 21 and there is again a full line up of venues, performances, and wonderful musicians all over the city. For … [read more]

June 8, 2017 11:25 AM

Join your neighbors and friends this weekend and throughout the summer at the Elver Park Farmers Market. The Market is the result of the efforts of the Madison West Neighborhood Association and the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association and will run through Saturday, September 16. Hours of … [read more]

June 6, 2017 12:22 PM

Please make plans to attend Safety Saturday 2017. The event offers children and families the opportunity to learn injury and harm prevention through interactive displays and exhibits. More than 30 community partners to include many city agencies will set-up along East and West Mifflin … [read more]

May 9, 2017 1:06 PM

This Thursday, May 11 marks the first of three Madison Night Markets to be held this summer. I look forward to being there to help kick things off at Lisa Link Peace Park, along with Bucky Badger, the UW Marching Band, dozens of merchants and hundreds of visitors. The Market, located along … [read more]

May 4, 2017 3:17 PM

Monona Terrace is proud to host the second annual Madison Maker Faire, a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. The event will take place in and outside of Monona Terrace and on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on … [read more]

April 28, 2017 4:16 PM

Earlier this week I was pleased to participate in Vera Courts groundbreaking ceremony to expand their community center and academic services. They are already halfway to achieving their goal of raising $2.2M! I believe that this expansion will mean a better future for all of the families … [read more]

April 21, 2017 4:18 PM

I celebrated this 47th Earth Day with a great group of folks at Warner Park. Children from Lake View Elementary School planted trees for their annual Earth Day tradition. I had the pleasure of presenting them with a proclamation encouraging our citizens, businesses and institutions to use … [read more]

April 19, 2017 11:13 AM

Fellow Madisonian Alnisa Allgood has been a volunteer since 2004 and her selfless service has just been acknowledged by Volunteer Wisconsin which has named her as a Volunteer Rock Star. Congratulations! I think that it is great to have people such as Alnisa who help to better our … [read more]

February 16, 2017 9:12 AM

Madisonians, check out the 2017 Bus Lines Bilingual Poetry Contest. Your writings could appear on Madison Metro promotional materials, or even on the exterior of a bus! Metro Transit and Madison’s Poet Laureate invite you to send short poems, haiku, prose poems, or excerpts from longer poems, … [read more]

January 25, 2017 3:10 PM

Dozens of area residents are working with Madison Alder Samba Baldeh and other leaders to prepare for this Sunday's Community Forum Know Your Rights, United We Stand at Monona Terrace. I encourage everyone to join us, to listen, learn, build community, and support each other. See you … [read more]

January 25, 2017 12:45 PM

City of Madison Employees work hard to provide top notch service for Madison residents. In fact, they take service to others so seriously they even include it in their free time! Every year over 500 City of Madison Employees, from all departments, spend a Saturday together bowling. It’s a … [read more]

January 19, 2017 4:44 PM

Members of Friends of Cherokee Marsh including Anita Weier, Jan Axelson, Jim Krause, Janet Battista and Mary Manering. Friends of Cherokee Marsh have been working to develop, protect and promote one of our cities wonderful places, Cherokee Marsh for ten years! It was really great to see … [read more]

January 10, 2017 11:19 AM

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December 23, 2016 4:25 PM

This year the Dane County Employee Group Associations and the City of Madison teamed up to help keep the annual Host-A-Family tradition going. Departments each received a family's needs/wants list and collected donations to purchase the items that those families requested. … [read more]

December 2, 2016 11:10 AM

We have been working on the concept of Placemaking in the City for a few years now and I am delighted that City staff from the Bubbler at the Madison Public Library have joined forces with our City Art's Coordinator, Engineering Staff overseeing the renovation of the Madison Municipal … [read more]

November 29, 2016 12:44 PM

Perhaps by now you have heard of Imagine Madison. It is a public-listening campaign designed to elicit the opinions of Madison residents regarding impactful community issues. A primary goal of Imagine Madison is to reach, listen to, and record the ideas of a broad and diverse cross section of the … [read more]

November 23, 2016 11:14 AM

At last night’s City Council meeting myself and the Common Council proclaimed that the fourth Friday of November be known as Ho-Chunk Day. I presented them with their proclamation and they gifted the City a beautiful shawl. The Ho-Chunk people are descendants of the effigy mound builders who … [read more]

November 16, 2016 3:17 PM

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Otis Redding, Henrique Nardi, a Brazilian-born Madison artist, along with artists Cyla Costa and Jackson Alves, created a mural honoring the legacy of the musician. The mural reads “Try a Little Tenderness,” one of Redding’s songs, in … [read more]

October 20, 2016 9:55 AM

Part of what makes Madison so special is our deep commitment to the arts and our compassion and understanding for the most vulnerable. It is embedded in our history, our university, and our culture. As a City, we believe that none have a voice unless all have a voice, and that means … [read more]

October 10, 2016 2:06 PM

Many Americans do not realize the issues surrounding the service and struggles of our nation’s military and Veteran caregivers. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation has launched the Hidden Heroes program to help bring awareness to the traditionally underserved group of parents, spouses, siblings and … [read more]

October 7, 2016 3:16 PM

The City of Madison invites you to submit nominations for its annual Jeffrey Clay Erlanger Civility in Public Discourse Award. Do you know anyone who shares Jeff Erlanger's dedication to and passion for public policy development, civility, individual and human rights and who conducts their daily … [read more]

September 13, 2016 2:30 PM

This past Sunday, the Owl Creek Neighborhood Resource Team (NRT) joined up with Owl Creek residents of every age, friends from all around the City, as well as local artists helped to create this magnificent work of art that the neighborhood will be able to enjoy and admire! Alder Denise Demarb … [read more]

September 6, 2016 10:31 AM

The second annual Darbo-Worthington Peace Walk and Block party was held this month and included a Peace Walk; a Police Department sponsored bike rodeo and a concert featuring area musicians. Local food carts were also featured to accommodate the hungry crowd. Organizers in the … [read more]

September 1, 2016 9:44 AM

The 20th anniversary of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Conference is going to be Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, located at One John Nolan Drive, Madison, WI. This year’s theme is People-Places-Possibilities, Working Together to Make a Better … [read more]

August 15, 2016 11:16 AM

It was another great day for the third annual graduation day for the nearly 200 youngters who took swimming lessons at the Goodman Pool as a result of a partnership between Madison Parks,the Madison Parks Foundation, the Shelley Glover Sports Education Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club and … [read more]

August 12, 2016 11:29 AM

There are Movie Nights at parks all over the City this summer, thanks to Madison Parks, our Neighborhood Resource Teams and various sponsors ranging from businesses, to non-profits and other City agencies. This past week Madison Public Library teamed up with Parks to provide not only … [read more]

August 10, 2016 11:38 AM

Alder Barbara McKinney, Alder Matt Phair, Madison Parks, and many area residents have joined forces to create a new community event, West Fest. The event will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 7:00am-7:00pm. This community building experience will be a fun and educational replacement … [read more]

May 25, 2016 11:05 AM

Recently Sara and I were invited to visit one of Madison's sister cities, Obihiro Japan, to celebrate the ten year anniversary of our sister city relationship. Our trip was packed full of activity. We had the opportunity to meet with several Obihiro officials, among them were Mayor Norihisa … [read more]

May 10, 2016 3:27 PM

You may have seen a recent Public Service Announcement that was created in partnership with the Black Leadership Council of Greater Madison and the City of Madison called Stop the Violence. The announcement brings together community members to discuss the consequences that come from engaging in … [read more]

April 15, 2016 12:28 PM

ShredFest 2016 is here in time for your spring cleaning! If you have documents at home containing personal or confidential information that you need to get rid of, be sure to come out to Access Information Management on Friday, April 22nd between 10 am and 3 pm or Saturday, April 23rd between 9 … [read more]

April 5, 2016 3:43 PM

Madison’s first ever Maker Faire is coming to the Monona Terrace on Saturday, May 14th, 2016! If you are not familiar, the Maker Faire brings together “makers” of all kinds, including tech enthusiasts, scientists, crafters, or inventors, for an exciting showcase! The event begins at 10 am and … [read more]

March 8, 2016 11:14 AM

Recently I joined 100 Black Men of Madison President, Dr. Floyd Rose; Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent, Dr. Jennifer Cheatham; United Way of Dane County President and CEO, Renee Moe; Police Chief Mike Koval; County Executive Joe Parisi; Journey Mental Health Executive Director, … [read more]

February 3, 2016 3:18 PM

Every year the Madison Public Library spends the month of February celebrating Black History Month with a series of events and this year is no exception. The Black History Month Kickoff with Fabu, the first event of the series, will be held at the Goodman South Madison Library on Friday, … [read more]

January 7, 2016 4:40 PM

If you are looking for some family-friendly fun on Saturday, January 9th be sure to head over to the North Central Regional Council of Carpenters' "Kids Build" weekend workshop! The free two-hour workshop from 10 am to noon invites children, ages 5-12, to make wood projects at the carpenter … [read more]

December 23, 2015 4:05 PM

Every year the City of Madison looks forward to participating in the ‘Host a Family’ program for the holidays. Interested city agencies are assigned a family by Dane County Human Services. The agency then receives the family’s wish list, collects donations within their department, and shops for … [read more]

November 23, 2015 4:36 PM

The 26th Annual Centro Hispano Celebration, Our Community Matters this past weekend, was a wonderful event with hundreds of people gathered to honor the organization and individual honorees. Karen Coller Menendez has been an incredible leader and Centro, she, and her staff have made a huge … [read more]

October 9, 2015 10:59 AM

Don’t forget to head over to the Monroe Street Festival this Saturday, October 10th! This year the long-running Monroe Street Festival will highlight a new initiative focused on green urbanism, including street design and overall infrastructure. The initiative, called “The Greening of Monroe … [read more]

October 8, 2015 4:11 PM

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2015 Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable on October 24th at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center! Registration begins at 8:00 am with a program from 9 am to 12 pm. The Neighborhood Roundtable will begin with some networking and large group Q & A … [read more]

October 6, 2015 3:54 PM

Attention book lovers, the Wisconsin Book Festival is approaching! The four-day festival will take place between October 22-25, in and around the Madison Public Library's Central Library in downtown Madison. The festival will feature more than 60 events with plenty of opportunities to meet … [read more]

September 14, 2015 1:25 PM

September 2nd on Madison’s Southwest side, a neighborhood police officer when responding to an altercation, was physically attacked by one of the individuals involved and verbally harassed by several bystanders. Incidents like this one that escalate into violence endanger not only those involved, … [read more]

September 4, 2015 9:49 AM

Last weekend was the 7th Annual Black and Latino Unity Picnic held at Penn Park. It was great that so many Madisonians enjoyed the entertainment that included dancing, spoken word poetry, a DJ, and, of course, good food! More importantly, there were valuable opportunities to discuss issues and … [read more]

September 3, 2015 11:48 AM

I hope many of you have had the opportunity to enjoy some of the recent events at the Top of State by Madison’s Central BID, the City of Madison, Madison Parks Foundation, and Isthmus. These events have provided a welcoming environment downtown for young and old to enjoy and I am grateful for … [read more]

August 28, 2015 12:01 PM

If you’re looking to get some time outside this Sunday, August 30th, be sure to join in on Walk & Roll, formerly known as Ride the Drive, neighborhood edition! Walk & Roll is a neighborhood event that allows bicyclists, walkers, and skaters, alike to “walk and roll” down open streets and … [read more]

August 14, 2015 10:12 AM

If you have been around the Sherman Neighborhood lately you may have noticed some new yard art! The new additions are a product of the City of Madison Neighborhood Grant Program and have come to be called the Sherman Art Project. The art was created by neighborhood residents with the assistance … [read more]

August 5, 2015 4:33 PM

The City of Madison Department of Civil Rights (DCR),through their AASPIRE intern Kate Michalski, brought the majority of Madison Alders together recently to demonstrate the idea that we must all work together to fight discrimination. The alders painted their hands and were then asked to attempt … [read more]

July 27, 2015 3:38 PM

Those of you who ride Madison Metro may have noticed a new feature to the Ride Guide: public service ads encouraging all Madison residents to do their part to keep the earth clean. It all started when members of Brownie Troop 2464 emailed me to express their concerns about littering at bus … [read more]

July 20, 2015 2:12 PM

You may have noticed a new look to the grassy area along the Southwest bike path in the Regent Neighborhood and Hillington Green area. Neighborhood residents Jeannette and David LeZaks had the idea to do something different with a formerly manicured public green space along the Southwest Bike … [read more]

July 10, 2015 3:42 PM

Take a look at the photo of Thursday evening's Concerts on the Rooftop event at Monona Terrace. What a beautiful night for a gathering with friends and music! For more information on events featured on this incredible facility, check out their website. [read more]

June 26, 2015 11:34 AM

Recently, I joined Alder Phair, Superintendent Cheatham, neighborhood leaders, many volunteers and engaged neighbors at the brand new Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center and the newly expanded Meadowridge Library and Meadowood Neighborhood Center for their open houses! Photo … [read more]

June 25, 2015 11:40 AM

You may have noticed something new along Verona Road in the Allied and Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood. Local artist Elizabeth Doyle has created a new public art project in the form of mosaics! This project is entirely unique as it features representations of neighborhood residents. Elizabeth … [read more]

June 24, 2015 1:47 PM

Even though there was some dodging of raindrops, there was a great turnout for the Juneteenth festivities at Olin Turville Park this year! As many of you know, Juneteenth is a day dedicated to reflection on, and appreciation for, the African American experience. The celebration, which … [read more]

June 22, 2015 11:28 AM

Make Music Madison a great way to spend the Summer Solstice! You could hear bands in a front yard, in many Madison Parks, in front of businesses, at Monona Terrace, at the Edgewater, on the shores of Lake Wingra, on street corners and in many other locations throughout the City! The event … [read more]

June 19, 2015 3:41 PM

There was beautiful weather this week for MadCity Bazaar at Philosophers’ Grove at the top of State! For those of you who aren’t familiar, MadCity Bazaar, described as Madison’s Urban Pop-Up Flea Market, features impressive items from local makers, collectors, and producers. This week’s market … [read more]

June 19, 2015 1:57 PM

Make Music Madison It is a one-day, citywide, free day of music and it is a great way to celebrate our community, to spend time with family and friends, to support local musicians and this year, a great way to celebrate Father's Day! You can learn more about the day by checking out their … [read more]

June 18, 2015 12:01 PM

I encourage all Madison area residents to join in the upcoming Juneteenth Celebration this weekend. Although the original Juneteenth was celebrated in Texas 150 years ago, the Madison tradition began here in the early 1990's. Annie Weatherby-Flowers, a dedicated City of Madison employee has been … [read more]

June 10, 2015 11:30 AM

Recently I was joined by MMSD Superintendent Cheatham, Judge Koval, Chief Koval, District Attorney Ozanne, Sheriff Mahoney, Alder Bidar-Sielaff, Dr. Ruben Anthony, Dr. Jerlando Jackson, Dr. John Odom, and Mr. Everett Mitchell on behalf of UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank to release the My … [read more]

June 9, 2015 11:41 AM

Let's Eat Out! is in full swing all across Madison. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday some of Madison's favorite carts can be spotted in multiple neighborhoods each evening throughout the City. From Sandburg Elementary or Wheeler Road to Meadowood Park or the Villager Shopping Mall, … [read more]

June 3, 2015 3:34 PM

As some of you may know, the City of Madison has been working with the Central Business Improvement District and Downtown Madison Inc. to provide activities and programs at Philosophers' Grove and 30 on the Square that all Madison residents can enjoy. It is a great partnership and the hope is to … [read more]

May 28, 2015 1:15 PM

One important way our city can make a difference is through collaboration with other organizations and Friday Nights at the Y is one great example. Beginning on Friday, May 29th, both Lussier Family East & West YMCA branches will be open from 8-11:30 PM on Friday nights for teens age 13-18 … [read more]

May 1, 2015 4:13 PM

Let’s Eat Out! 2015 begins on Monday, May 4th. If you are not familiar, Let’s Eat Out! is a group of food carts with a mission of promoting and advocating for the success of local mobile food entrepreneurs, bringing neighborhoods together, and expanding access to local food. You may be … [read more]

April 27, 2015 3:10 PM

Lake View Elementary School had their annual gathering at Warner Park to celebrate Earth Day! Over the past twenty years, Lake View has planted two dozen trees with the City of Madison as part of their Arbor Day, Earth Day, and Global Youth Service Day celebrations. This year, a few lucky Lake … [read more]

April 23, 2015 3:15 PM

Recently, Greg Jones, President of Dane County NAACP, Pastor Harold Rayford, President of the African American Council of Churches, and Michael Johnson, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County came together to make a public service announcement (PSA). The brief video … [read more]

April 15, 2015 1:21 PM

This weekend was the 21st Annual 100 Black Men of Madison African American History Challenge Bowl! Congratulations to Jefferson Middle School, who took home first place this year! They will now go on to compete at the National 100 Black Men of America Conference against other chapters. I know … [read more]

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 night at … [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 ( http://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/blog/?Id=6180 ) ( http://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/blog/?Id=6222 ) 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,  Livability.com announced that Madison has been named the number one most livable city in America! I was joined by Matt Carmichael of Livability.com, 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 Forbes.com 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 WalletHub.com 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]