Mary Burke steps down from Madison School Board after seven years, Logan Wroge, Wisconsin State Journal, July 6; Madison365 staff, July 5. Madison and Dane County
Shake the Lake shooting prompts Mayer Satya Rhodes-Conway to call for local control over guns, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, July 2. Community
Groundbreaking Healing House set to host its first family, David Dahmer, Madison365, July 4. Fourth Annual Westfest at Elver Park will highlight diversity of Madison's Southwest Side, David Dahmer, Madison365, July 2. Wisconsin veterans homeless program at King to close by September, Katelyn Ferral, CT, July 2.
What began as a small local fundraiser at Madison bookstore A Room of One’s Own to contribute to legal assistance for immigrants and refugees has now ballooned into a national effort of over 30 other “Bookstores Against Borders.”
District 1 Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney knows that people like to focus on some of the negative things that they hear and read about Madison’s southwest side, but she wants people to know that there are way more positive things happening in that part of the city. “Sure, we have our series of problems and things that we have to work through - we’re not denying that. But we also have a richness of people on the southwest side that really care about each other and humanity and are doing great things,” she says. “We want to highlight that at West Fest.”
The 4th annual Westfest will be held this Saturday, July 6, at Elver Park and it will be a fun-filled, intergenerational summer festival that will showcase the diversity of Madison’s southwest side.
“I’m really excited about this year’s fest. We are in our fourth year and we have a really good team who have fundraised really well and we will be even bigger this year,” Harrington-McKinney tells Madison365.