Media Digest April 18, 2018

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Market Square Theater expects it will close if the sale of a parking lot is finalized and moviegoers are left without convenient parking. Education

A food truck serving locally sourced meals will rotate between Madison’s high schools this spring. A bowlathon is raising money to end food insecurity for Madison students. The president of MATC is leaving his position for Illinois. Development

The state announced last week tax reductions for affordable housing, which means a $20 million project on Cottage Grove Road can move forward.

Protect against identity theft at Shredfest

In an effort to fight against identity theft, WISC-TV, the Better Business Bureau, and McFarland State Bank have partnered to help Madison residents shred documents that contain confidential information.  

To help identify what documents need shredding, the BBB released a checklist of what types of information lead to identity theft, which includes social security numbers, birthdates, PIN numbers or passwords, banking documents and other financial information, leases, contracts or letters that include signatures, pre-approved credit card applications, medical or dental bills, travel itineraries and used airline tickets. Only paper products can be shredded. Madison residents are limited to three small boxes, or 50 pounds of paper. Rubber bands, staples and paper clips do not need to be removed.

Media Digest April 12, 2018

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Madison police expect to spend $3 million on overtime this year as the number of responses and special duties grows. Education

High school students came to Madison and other Dane County locations for Youth Leadership Derby held by the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin. Gloria Reyes won a spot on Madison school board after besting incumbent Anna Moffit in last week’s election. Education doesn’t stop for Madison’s south side with a classes at South Madison Partnership. Development

More than $13 million in tax breaks was delivered for an eastside affordable housing project.

April 2018 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. 

Natalie Marshall, Midwest Environmental Advocates

Midwest Environmental Advocates is a nonprofit environmental law center that works for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. They believe that every citizen has the potential to make a difference. Natalie Marshall showed her talent for data management shortly after she began volunteering with Midwest Environmental Advocates. She is a graduating senior at UW-Madison and is now known as the database guru.

The Beacon provides care and services for families in need in Dane County

The Beacon, a local resource center for individuals experiencing homelessness in Dane County, is becoming an essential one-stop-shop for providing services s to the individuals experiencing homelessness. The Beacon is a comprehensive resource center for men, women and families in Dane County who are experiencing homelessness. Run by Catholic Charities of Madison, the Beacon offers both basic and rehabilitating services to those in need. Located near the corner of East Washington and Blair, the Beacon is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. “[We] welcome every single person here to the Beacon no matter what their history is,” Metzger said.

Madison Recycling System sets ambitious goals while educating public on services

Before the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, the City of Madison established the first curbside recycling collection in the nation when it began collecting newspapers in 1968. During the past half-century, the waste management program in Madison continues to grow and change, but there is still need for improvement. “Nearly 60 percent of all the waste we generate as a city is recycled, which is fantastic. But that also leaves plenty of room to get better,” said Bryan Johnson, the City of Madison Recycling Coordinator. According to the EPA, the United States recycles about 35 percent  of the waste it creates.

Media Digest April 4, 2018

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Madison public schools are considering a micro school for troubled and violent students. Education

High school students got national attention for their 50-mile hike from Madison to Rep. Paul Ryan’s office in support of legislation to keep schools safe from gun violence. Elementary and middle school students can explore the world around them at the Science Expo and Engineering Expo this weekend. Development

Plans are changing for the MATC Downtown Campus development. An office building that would have retail space and groceries has been scrapped for more hotel space.

Building for the Future on Monroe Street

Monroe Street is one of Madison’s little gems. It might not be high on a tourist’s lists to visit, but locals know it’s one of the most interesting and charming streets in the city. Locally-owned shops intertwine with charming homes, and nearby Edgewood College and Lake Wingra, to add a mix of beauty and business to this corridor. Starting last winter, the charm of this area will be put on pause. Beginning in early February, Madison Gas and Electric began updating the infrastructure by installing new underground gas lines, according to the City of Madison’s Engineering Department. The construction is expected to limit traffic and busses on the west end of Monroe.

What You Need to Know about the Spring Election

On April 3, Dane County will hold Spring Elections to elect state offices for Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge, District IV, Circuit Court Judges, and two school board seats. Here is a brief overview of the positions and candidates voters will elect on Tuesday. 

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the final judge for cases in the state. The seven justices receive thousands of requests for hearings each year. The Court's job is to check the actions of the Governor, state assembly, the state police, and other government officials to make sure they do not overstep their powers. A justice would help to resolve national issues that reach the court systems such as women’s right to abortion or means of U.S. Citizenship. Michael Screnock

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Rebecca Dallet

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Court of Appeals Judge, District IV

Appeals courts consist of three judges and do not use a jury.

Battling the misconceptions of being a dreamer

Elementary school was the first time Alondra Quechol felt different. Though she was sure she felt different, she was not sure why. Yes, there was a language barrier, but it wasn't until high school when Quechol was trying to apply to possible scholarships, that she was “unblindfolded” to the difference between her and her peers — her status in the U.S.
When Quechol was 3 years old she flew to Wisconsin to join other family members. “[Wisconsin] is the only place I’ve ever gone to,” Quechol said. “I’ve always stayed within Dane County, and I’ve been living here for about 19 years.”
Quechol is one of almost 800,000 recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.