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eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin February 2015
City News & Updates
Thank you to all of you who encouraged others to participate or participated directly in the My Brother's Keeper Youth Survey. The My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge (MBK) is a White House issued challenge accepted by the City of Madison to implement programs and policies to improve life chances for boys and young men of color. The youth survey was conducted as part of the "policy review and recommendations for action" stage of the MBK challenge.
Through the surveys, we have gained great insight into places where our Madison community could use improvement and identified our two My Brother's Keeper focus areas:
- Ensure all students graduate from high school.
- Ensure all children and young people remain safe from violent crime and receive second chances.
In the coming days and weeks, we will produce a report detailing our plan of action and policy recommendations to achieve these two goals. We will also determine a method to track our progress and share our data with the community.
Stay tuned for updates as the City of Madison enters the next stage of this challenge!
The City of Madison was awarded first place among medium-sized cities in the National Summer Youth Jobs Challenge by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). The award honors the efforts of the City of Madison in providing meaningful summer employment opportunities for young people. Learn more »
I hope you will join me in spreading the word about upcoming events and opportunities to sign up for health care coverage. As you know, self-employed, part-time workers, early retirees, and entrepreneurs now have affordable options to buy their own insurance through the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace.
For people with complex health or household situations, unfamiliar with health insurance or without easy access to computers, there are licensed and trained assisters available to help you navigate through the opportunities for health care and work with you to register. The deadline for sign up is February 15, but here in Madison we are very fortunate that a number of groups are working together to provide sign up help.
Learn more about workshops available at various locations throughout Madison.
I look forward to the grand opening Tuesday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m. with Alder Matt Phair and other leaders in the neighborhood and with Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR).
Alder Phair and many others, from City staff to neighborhood leaders, have invested time and energy into this project and it will be a wonderful center to add to this vibrant neighborhood.
The City of Madison distributes funds to Madison artists and non-profit organizations through the Madison Arts Commission's annual grant programs. The updated guidelines and applications for 2015 are now published on MAC's website.
Project Grants provide up to $3,000 for performances, exhibitions or events that enrich the cultural lives of Madison citizens. ArtWORKS! Grants provide up to $3,000 for extracurricular arts-based educational programming, and Summer Concert Grants provide up to $3,000 for outdoor summer concert series.
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS BEING EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015 AT NOON.
Congratulations to the 2015 City-County Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Awards Recipients: Barbara Nichols and Peng Her
Ms. Nichols has dedicated her career and life to public service with a focus on Civil Rights. Mr. Her overcame adversity to become an activist for not only the Hmong community but also for other marginalized populations.
The City-County annual award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions and exemplified Dr. King's non-violent philosophy. Each award winner, past and present, has enhanced the fabric of Dane County.
- Where Do I Park? Check the widget: cityofmadison.com/WhereDoIPark
- Go to cityofmadison.com/winter & subscribe to Declared Snow Emergency email / text alerts
- Call the 24/7 Winter Parking Hotline: (608) 261-9111
- Facebook: facebook.com/cityofmadisonwinter
- Twitter: twitter.com/madisonwinter
Public Input Needed
- Community Forums with Police Chief Koval
- Central District, Monday, February 2, 6-7:30pm, Central Library: 201 W. Mifflin Street, 3rd Floor
- East District, Tuesday, February 10, 6-7:30pm, East District: 809 S. Thompson Drive
- West District, Wednesday, February 11, 6-7:30pm, Sequoya Library: 4340 Tokay Blvd
- West District, Monday, February 16, 6-7:30pm, Good Shepherd Church: 5701 Raymond Road
- North District, Wednesday, February 18, 6-7:30pm, North District: 2033 Londonderry Drive
- South District, Thursday, February 19, 6-7:30pm, Catholic Multicultural Center: 1862 Beld Street
- Public Meeting, Madison Water Utility Operations Center design, Wednesday, February 18, 6:30-8:30pm
Art Experiences at the Bubbler @ Madison Public Central Library
A very special NIGHT LIGHT collaboration with The Bubbler at Madison Public Library and The Wisconsin Book Festival. Author Brad Dukes, will talk about his new book Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks.
There will be music (roadhouse - style), donuts stacked to the sky, coffee (black as midnight on a moonless night), pie that is worth a stop, and a black lodge photo booth.
Come dressed as your favorite character and enjoy this Lynchian event.
- 8pm Doors/Music/Donuts
- 9pm Presentation
- 10pm Black Lodge
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
- Absentee Voting in the City Clerk's Office 02/02/2015 City Clerk's Office
- Meet with an Outreach Worker from Joining Forces for Families 02/02/2015 Goodman South Madison Library
- Junction Ridge Park Playground - 2nd Public Input Meeting 02/02/2015 Alicia Ashman Library
- Identity Theft and Other Scams 02/03/2015 Madison Senior Center
- Savvy City Cycling: A Bicycle Commuting Workshop for Beginners 02/03/2015 Central Library
- Monster Jaws with Karen Corbeill 02/06/2015 Meadowridge Library
- Groove & Glide - February 6 02/06/2015 Vilas (Henry) Park
- Art After Overture 02/07/2015 Central Library
- Celebrate African American History Month with Fabu Carter and Araceli Esparza 02/07/2015 Goodman South Madison Library
- Daddy Daughter Dance 02/07/2015 Warner Park Community Recreation Center
- Candlelight Ski at Olin-Turville Park 02/07/2015 Olin Park
- Absentee Ballot Request Deadline 02/12/2015 City Clerk's Office
- Community Cinema presents American Denial 02/12/2015 Central Library
- Valentine Songs with Rob Rasch 02/13/2015 Madison Senior Center
- Warner Family Fun Nights - February 13 02/13/2015 Warner Park Community Recreation Center
- Family Fun Night: Valentine's Family and Friends 02/13/2015 Goodman South Madison
- Prairie Bayou Cajun Band Celebrates Mardi Gras! 02/17/2015 Madison Senior Center
- E-Book Presentation 02/19/2015 to 03/19/2015 Madison Senior Center
- Groove & Glide - February 20 02/20/2015 Tenney Park Ice Rink
- Golf Madison Parks Loyalty Card Release Party 02/21/2015 Odana Hills Golf Course
Go to the City Event Calendar for more fun City and Community events!
- Madison Ranked One of the Top 10 Happiest Cities
- Meadowood Community Center
- City of Madison Selected as a Semifinalist in $5 Million Georgetown University Energy Prize
- 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Party
- Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance
- Let's Make Sure We All Have Health Care Coverage
- My Brother's Keeper Focus Areas
- National Recognition for Cooperative Development in Madison
- Sending a Message to the Federal Communications Commission
- Madison Building Nominated to World Heritage List
Go to Mayor Soglin's Blog.