Madison Commons Media Digest, March 29, 2020

The Digest continues its summary of essential coronavirus news. Editorial note: we will drop duplicative or obvious references to coronavirus, COVID-19, or pandemic from headlines. Headlines

Evers to purchase ventilators over opposition of GOP lawmakers, Molly Beck and Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 29; Evers seeks more than $700 million to combat coronavirus, Brianna Reilly, Capital Times, March 29. US virus deaths top 2,000, doubling in two days, AP, March 29. With medical supplies dwindling, Wisconsin businesses shift gears, Shelley K. Mesch, Wisconsin State Journal, March 29.

Madison Commons Media Digest, March 19-22

The Digest continues its summary of essential coronavirus news.  Editorial note: in general we will drop references to coronavirus, COVID-19, or pandemic from headlines. Important Sources for Information

The Wisconsin State Journal and Capital Times offer a continuously updated special page. Where you can get free meals during the pandemic, Emily Hamer, WSJ, March 19. Wisconsin Public Radio, coronavirus update.

Madison Commons Media Digest, Mid-Week Edition, Thursday, March 19

The mid-week edition of the Digest is focused on essential coronavirus information.   The weekly digest will update other community events. A major storm may be headed for Southern Wisconsin, Jeff Richgels, Wisconsin State Journal, Thursday, March 19. Unemployment claims skyrocket to more than 29,000 as business halts statewide, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, March 19. Community spread of COVID-19 confirmed in Dane County, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, March 17.

Madison Commons, Media Digest March 15, 2020

This edition of the Digest will focus on COVID-19 news related to Madison and Dane County.  This week the Digest will be updated regularly throughout the week, as news changes. The combined Wisconsin State Journal and Capital Times staff is posting continually updated coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.  Any readers wanting the latest should go here first. We will highlight stories most affecting our communities and the issues the Commons covers.

Evers orders all schools closed March 18 – April 6

Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue an agency order mandating the statewide closure of all K-12 schools, public and private, as part of the state’s efforts to respond to and contain the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, according to a press release.

Madison Commons Media Digest, March 8, 2020

Madison and Dane County

Rainbow murals could appear on Madison streets under new proposal, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, March 8. Madison could take another look at equipping police with body cameras, Chris Rickert, Wisconsin State Journal, March 7. Dane County Supervisors to introduce resolution opposing F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field, Abigail Becker, CT, March 5. Madison task force looking for public input to help decide future of city golf courses, Abigail Becker, CT, March 5. Community

From civic space to child care, East Side residents envision possibilities for proposed Reindahl Imagination Center, Abigail Becker, CT, March 4.

Friends of Hoyt Park maintain, improve community gathering place while creating lasting relationships

Community interest and engagement in Hoyt Park has been integral to the park’s restoration and upkeep. The City of Madison gained property rights to the park in 1890, and at the time, the 24 acres of land was stone quarry, according to the City of Madison Parks Division’s website. Operations in the stone quarry ended in 1933, and the park began to be developed during the Great Depression when programs like the Works Progress Administration and Civil Works Administration employed workers to improve different areas of the land. 

East Side development brings concern, hope

Madison has been drastically changing in recent years, and the East Side has been subject to much of this development. 

High-rise condos, a Festival Foods and music venues have replaced the parking lots and shuttered factories that once stood along the East Washington Avenue Corridor. The once-booming Oscar Mayer campus is heading toward a facelift, and the Darbo-Worthington neighborhood is preparing for an expansion of the existing Salvation Army campus at 630 E. Washington Ave.