Madison teen entrepreneur to be featured on the popular TV show “Project Pitch It!”

From our news partner Madison365:

Seventeen-year-old Nabil Hamdan founded his business, the World of Bamboo, after seeing all of the plastic at B.B. Clarke beach on Madison’s east side and wanting to make a difference in helping to save the planet. On Sunday, May 30, he will be featured on the TV show “Project Pitch It!” to show how he uses bamboo as a plastic alternative as a way to fight plastic pollution. Nabil will be hosting a Virtual Watch Party on the same day where he will present attendees with a free Bamboo Straw Bundle Gift. “The first 50 people to sign in will get free products. After the show premiere, they will be asking me questions and I will give them a rundown on my business and how it works and what I do,” Nabil tells Madison365.

The Bus Stops Here: For Essential Travel

As of May 17, there are 12,571 positive cases and 453 deaths from COVID-19 in Wisconsin, and 537 and 25 respectively in Dane County. The numbers will be higher tomorrow. Madison Metro's administrative offices are closed to the public but its buses continue to operate.  Buses provide an essential service. Essential travel includes going to work, medical appointments and grocery stores. Passengers enter and exit the bus through the back door, if they’re able.

Dane County Community Defense pivots to COVID-19 relief

Dane County Community Defense (DCCD) is relying on individuals to meet the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We depend on community funding to sustain ourselves,” DCDC member CV Vitolo said. “It is a collective. Most of the people involved need help of some kind too.” 

The DCCD was birthed out of the Madison General Defense Committee, which has served in the city for several years.  COVID specific relief started on March 12 to provide direct aid to those struggling financially. The collective is 100% volunteer-run, with as many as 400 volunteers pitching in throughout this crisis, Vitolo said.

‘The arts save lives’: Dane Arts looks to support creators through crisis

Each Friday at 5 p.m., Emida Roller has been hopping on Facebook Live to highlight the creativity bursting out the doors of Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) on Madison’s southeast side. As the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated things for artists and creators across the globe, DAMA has reacted by setting up a virtual gallery on their website to encourage folks to support their artisans and outreach programming. 

Libraries prepare for curbside service

While many folks have been finding solace in Netflix or social media during social distancing periods, book-lovers like Tracy Herold are swapping screens for spines. During her last five years as Director of the Dane County Library Service, Herold has been expanding free and equitable access to library services across the county. 

Impromptu food pantry started six weeks ago now serves 100 families

From our news partner Madison365:

When Jimena Maier offered to host a mini-food pantry in her garage less than two months ago, she never thought it would grow to serve more than 100 families. The first week the pantry was open it served 12 families. By week six it served 102. “We had a line of vehicles all the way down Tomscot (Trail). You couldn’t see the end of the line of vehicles,” Maier said.

Golf courses reopen — cautiously

Gov. Tony Evers extended the Wisconsin stay-at-home order until May 26, with regulations loosening for some non-essential businesses. Along with arts and crafts stores, libraries and lawn cares services, public and private golf courses reopened starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24. Reporter Kylie Compe spoke with one local golf pro about the precautions being taken.

Earth Day turns 50, goes online

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, about 20 million people gathered throughout the nation for the first celebration of Earth Day in the United States. 

School Board will reopen superintendent search in May

Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education President Gloria Reyes announced Tuesday that the board will reopen the Madison schools superintendent search next month. The decision was made in a closed board meeting Monday night.

“Our intent is to see if there are any candidates we feel will be a good fit for us,” Reyes said in an online media briefing.