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by Megan Duncan | 02/14/2018 - 9:17am

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More than 100 changes to landlord-tenant laws have made a big difference to Madison renters. 

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by Lauren Thill | 02/13/2018 - 9:42am

 

United Way of Dane County will give free books to every child living in Dane County under the age of five through the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. The Imagination Library program will mail free books directly to the child’s home every month.

by Erin Green | 02/08/2018 - 9:29am

Ice fishing on Lake Mendota (Aaron Hathaway/Madison Commons)Ice fishing on Lake Mendota (Aaron Hathaway/Madison Commons)

Artists and non-profit organizations in the Madison area can now apply for Madison Arts Commission (MAC) grants valued up to $3,000.

by Trina La Susa | 02/07/2018 - 9:18am

Potential applicants gathered at Meadowridge Library on Jan. 31 for an information session about the 2018 SEED grant application. (Trina La Susa/Madison Commons).Potential applicants gathered at Meadowridge Library on Jan. 31 for an information session about the 2018 SEED grant application. (Trina La Susa/Madison Commons). 

Potential applicants from the Madison community gathered at Meadowridge Library last Wednesday for an information session discussing the 2018 SEED grant application.

by Teodor Teofilov | 02/05/2018 - 11:34am

 

Jill and Kurt SchneiderJill and Kurt Schneider

Community Shares, a partner of Madison Commons, recognizes two volunteers each month. The volunteers come from Community Shares' member groups and are selected for their service to the community and to community issues.

Jill and Kurt Schneider, Community GroundWorks

by Erin Green | 01/31/2018 - 10:07am

Students paint a mural for Madison's South Police Station at Hoyt School (Erin Green/Madison Commons).Students paint a mural for Madison's South Police Station at Hoyt School (Erin Green/Madison Commons).

A high-school student stood near the door of a classroom in Hoyt School, observing quietly as his classmates painted. He appeared nervous to join in. Artist Sonya Sankaran calmly handed him a paint brush and reassured him that mistakes could always be fixed. 

Soon, the student was painting flowers alongside his classmates.

by Maki Watanabe | 01/24/2018 - 12:56pm

Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre’s Artistic Director and co-founder, Jan Levine Thal, addressing the audience before their production of Paula Vogel’s The Mineola Twins in October 2017 (Maki Watanabe/Madison Commons).Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre’s Artistic Director and co-founder, Jan Levine Thal, addressing the audience before their production of Paula Vogel’s The Mineola Twins in October 2017 (Maki Watanabe/Madison Commons).

by Simpson Street Free Press | 01/17/2018 - 10:49am

From left to right: Josepha Da Costa, Odessa Schwei, Yani ThoronkaFrom left to right: Josepha Da Costa, Odessa Schwei, Yani Thoronka

This story originally appeared in the Simpson Street Free Press. The story was written by Jacqueline Zuniga Paiz, an Assistant Editor at SSFP. 

by Lauren Thill | 01/15/2018 - 12:22pm

Worthington Park pop-up marked funded in part through Madison's neighborhood grant programWorthington Park pop-up marked funded in part through Madison's neighborhood grant program

The City of Madison’s Neighborhood Grant Program, which awards a total of $25,000 to neighborhood projects every year, is currently accepting applications through Feb. 19.

by Lauren Thill | 01/11/2018 - 10:03am

(Aaron Hathaway/Madison Commons)(Aaron Hathaway/Madison Commons)

Every 10 years, the City of Madison is required to update its comprehensive plan, which is essentially a mission statement detailing the city’s plans and priorities for growth. To make this revision process more accessible to the public, the city created a public-listening project titled Imagine Madison. 

by Madison Area Bu... | 01/10/2018 - 9:19am

 The new Department of Motor Vehicle Customer Service Center at 8417 Excelsior Drive (Photo Courtesy of MABA)The new Department of Motor Vehicle Customer Service Center at 8417 Excelsior Drive (Photo Courtesy of MABA)

One of the many examples of the disconnect between public transportation and land use in Madison that has been disenfranchising transit-dependent people for years is the impending relocation of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Service Centers on the west side. The new location will make it more accessible to car travel but less accessible to bus travel.

by Teodor Teofilov | 01/09/2018 - 10:01am

 Literacy Network offices in Madison (photo courtesy of Literacy Network)Literacy Network offices in Madison (photo courtesy of Literacy Network)