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eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin June 2015
City News & Updates
Addressing the Digital Divide
The City of Madison is continuing to work diligently to address the digital divide and ensure that all Madison residents have access to either free or low-cost high-speed internet. As technology develops and becomes increasingly innovative, the need to ensure that all youth have access to internet service to complete assignments, research topics of interest, apply to post-secondary education, and develop technological skills that can be put to use in future jobs and careers increases. I am confident that the City of Madison will continue to provide network connections at neighborhood and community centers, libraries, schools, and eventually, cultural centers. While these services are essential, there is still work to be done to ensure that all residents live, work, and play in an equitable Madison community.
Ride the Drive Downtown, Sunday, June 7, 10:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.
Ride the Drive Downtown is THIS Sunday, June 7! Ride the Drive, presented by Trek and Madison Parks is a car-free, care free event that transforms some of Madison's streets into a public promenade. During the event, roads in the five mile route are open for participants to bike, skate or walk through some of Madison's signature streets- including John Nolen Drive, State Street and East Washington Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. Along the route, there will be activities, informational booths, entertainment, food vendors and other fun and informative vendors.
Madison's Recycling Program Adds New Items Cardboard Sided Cans and Metal Bottle Caps Now Recyclable
The City of Madison will be expanding its recycling program to include cardboard sided cans and metal bottle caps. Both items can be included in the green recycling carts for curbside collection.
Recently, Public Health Madison and Dane County held their annual Public Health Awards at Olbrich Gardens. The Public Health Awards are intended to recognize community members who have made significant contributions and demonstrated exceptional commitment to promoting public health.
Congratulations to the below individuals and organizations who were this year's award recipients:
- Leadership Award: David Gundersen, DDS, MPH, Oral Health Coalition of Dane Co. and First Choice Dental
- Advocacy Award: Covering Kids and Families-Wisconsin
- Leadership Award: Jason Garlynd, MS, Vocational Horticulture Program at Oakhill Correctional Institution
- Distinguished Service Award: Randall Brown, MD, PhD, UW School of Medicine & Public Health, Department of Family Medicine
Our Madison community is very fortunate to have such dedicated community members and organizations diligently working to promote quality public health practices and remove access barriers for all residents.
Did you know EAB infested wood may not be moved into or within Madison city limits from April through September? This is a City ordinance and subject to a fine up to $500 per day. Time outside of these six months (October through March) movement of infested wood is permitted.
This is the time of year for adult beetles mating and laying eggs on ash trees which increases and spreads their population. Per Madison General Ordinances(section 23.40) no person, firm or corporation shall transport infested wood into or within Madison city limits without prior permission is prohibited and subject to a fine of up to $500 per day. Any person, firm or corporation wishing to move EAB infested wood must first obtain written permission from the forestry section. The general forestry line is (608) 266-4816.
When: June 13, 2015; 8 am -1 pm
Where: On the Capitol Square, 100 Blk MLK, East & West Main St and S. Pinckney Street
The City of Madison Fire Department, in collaboration of over 25 public and private organizations throughout Dane County host the Safety Saturday event each year. Safety Saturday will be held on June 13, between 8 am and 1 pm on the Capitol Square.
Let's Eat Out! 2015 began on Monday, May 4. 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 familiar with Meet and Eat, a program we established three years ago in the Meadowood neighborhood. It's been a great success, a way to get awesome food out and a way to get neighbors together. The City also sponsored Meet and Eat on the South and North sides of town. I am grateful that Let's Eat Out organizers contacted me with their plan to take over the program and expand it at Let's Eat Out.
Let's Eat Out! brings a variety of Madison's food carts, including Slide, Banzo, and FIB's, into neighborhoods, getting community members in each part of Madison together to enjoy local favorites. The fun will continue all summer long until August 27th and I encourage you to join in!
Art Experiences at the Bubbler @ Madison Public Central Library
Join the Bubbler and the Madison Storytellers for Night Light June 5th from 8:00-11:00pm at the Central Library.
- Wisconsin Book Festival Event: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl 6/02 Central Library
- Capitol View Farmers' Market 6/03 Sharpsburg Dr
- Concerts on the Rooftop w/ Rabid Aardvarks 6/04 Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
- Wisconsin Book Festival Event: The Rainy Season by Maggie Messitt 6/04 Central Library
- NIGHT LIGHT: Madison Story Tellers 6/05 Central Library
- Cows on the Concorse 6/6 Capitol Square
- Learn to Row 6/6 Benard's Boathouse
- Ride the Drive 6/07 Downtown
- DreamBikes Mobile Repair 6/09 Hawthorne Library
- Michael Perry 6/10 Central Library
- Super Smash Bros. WiiU Teen Tournament Qualifying Round 6/11 Central Library
- Warner Family Fun Nights - June 12 6/12 Warner Park Community Recreation Center
- Safety Saturday 6/13 Capitol Square
- Fruitfest 6/13 900 Williamson Street
- Marquette N.A. Waterfront Festival 6/13 to 6/14 Yahara Place Park
- Free Conservation Park Tour - June 17 6/17 Cherokee Marsh - North Unit
- Capitol City Band Concert Series 6/18 Rennebohm Park
- Concerts on the Rooftop w/ The Boogie Men 6/19 Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
- Capital Lakes DragonFest 6/20 Vilas (Henry) Park
- Make Music Madison 6/21 Madison Senior Center
- MPD Meet With The Chief 6/22 Hawthorne Library
- Lakeside Kids! w/ Construction Day 6/24 Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
- Concerts on the Square 6/24 Capitol Square
- Concerts on the Rooftop w/ The Jimmys 6/26 Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
- Midwest Log Rolling Championships 6/27 to 6/28 Wingra Park and Boat Livery
- Shake the Lake 6/27 John Nolen Drive
Go to the City Event Calendar for more fun City and Community events!