Madison High School Student Launches Eco-friendly Business in Bamboo

La Follette High School student Nabil Hamdan founded his own eco-friendly business while balancing hockey and attending science, technology, engineering and math courses at Madison College. 

“I came up with World of Bamboo because I noticed that everything in the economy is becoming more eco friendly so I decided to sell bamboo straws,” he said.

Madison Commons Media Digest, Nov. 24, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Dane County Board adopts process for distributing mental health funding, does not override veto, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Nov. 22; Dane County Exec proposes new call center, a 'universal access point' for mental and behavioral health care, Shanzeh Ahmad, WSJ, Nov. 19. Government Structure Task Force shares final recommendations, WORT News and Shaun Soman, Nov. 21.

“How much is too much?” Binge drinking on game days prompts neighborhood concerns

Community members in the neighborhoods surrounding Camp Randall Stadium expressed concern to Madison city officials last month regarding the presence of beer gardens and binge drinking on Badger game days, as they said it disrupts their lives.  

Residents that live near Regent Street and Monroe Street often have to deal with the unpleasant effects of binge drinking on game days, including “people urinating in their lawns, vomiting in their alleyways, or even knocking over garbage cans,” said Alder Tag Evers, who represents the neighborhood on the Madison Common Council.

Madison Commons Media Digest, November 17, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Sally Rohrer joins Madison's City Council as District 8 alder, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Nov. 17. Former Madison Mayor Joel Skornicka dies at age 82, Howard Hardee, Wisconsin State Journal, Nov. 17. Madison City Council adopts 2020 budgets, including police auditor, Abigail Becker, CT, Nov.

November 2019 Backyard Heroes

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. This month's volunteers are ... Elly Loebach

Elly is a volunteer coordinator for Positive Women for Change. She offers her time and talents by co-facilitated events, helping to set up and take down event materials and logistics.

The Bus Stops Here: For A Mixed View of the Vehicle Registration Fee

In the long run, what we are doing here is fighting to reduce traffic congestion

Mayor Rhodes-Conway at the Oct. 29 Special Session devoted to the Vehicle Registration Fee proposal

Cottage Grove Road ... will be ... expanded from a two-lane road to a four-lane boulevard. 

... City funds will total $1,990,000 and County funds total $1,210,000. 

- Oct.

Veterans Museum traveling exhibit celebrates women in service

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s latest traveling exhibit, I Am Not Invisible, was unveiled Thursday with speeches from Governor Tony Evers and Salute the Troops Wisconsin executive director Kim Galske, highlighting a celebration of the state’s large veteran population.