Madison’s Juneteenth Will Be a Week-Long Celebration This Year

Madison’s annual Juneteenth will be celebrated for a whole week this year and will culminate with a parade and party at Penn Park. The Juneteenth Day Celebration 2018 will take place Saturday, June 16, noon-6 p.m., at Penn Park. Juneteenth in Madison is now in its 29th year. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, a day when African-American slaves in Texas were told by Union forces that they were free. They were the final group of slaves to realize their freedom.

Media Digest May 17, 2018

Our Top Story this week: Robert Chappell of Madison 365 breaks the news that CEO Michael Johnson is leaving the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County to head the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. Paul Fanlund @fanlund of the Capital Times talks to Johnson who offers some advice on where Madison needs to head next. In Politics, on Tuesday, May 15, there was a talk titled “Citizens’ Public Hearing on Fair Maps” in Madison, co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leaders Tim Cullen (a Democrat) and Dale Schultz (a Republican).   The event is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Common Cause Wisconsin, the Fair Elections Project, and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.  Tuesday 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall), 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison. Matt Defour @WSJMattD4 of the Wisconsin State Journal  previews what is likely to be a hotly contested primary for the Westside Assembly district being vacated by longtime state representative Terese Berceau.

Café Social connects Colombia and Madison

When he arrived in Madison in 1999, Omar López did not know English. He had never seen snow before. But he did know one thing definitively, he could not find a cup of coffee in Madison that would compare to what he knew in his native Colombia. López opened Café Social in August 2016 with his partner Douglas Swenson. Enter the shop, you are greeted by the sweet aroma of freshly brewed Colombian coffee. Almost every day, López, 50, prepares his coffee shop for the day, then mans the counter.

At Madison’s Truax Field, New F-35 Fighter Jet Prompts Questions of Economics, Politics, Livability

On a quiet Saturday in October, Ed Blume was working in the yard of his home, raking the leaves that had begun to fall from the trees in his neighborhood, a residential community just south of the Dane County Regional Airport. Suddenly, a piercing crescendo broke the calm of Blume’s afternoon. Blume saw pedestrians on the sidewalk clamp their hands over their ears as the noise grew louder, rising to an abrasive wail as a flight of three F-16 fighter jets tore over Blume’s house at low altitude. Having lived in this east side home for ten years, Blume is no stranger to the noise of these aircraft – and he’s not the first generation to learn to live with them. Combat aircraft have been a regular presence in the skies over the Isthmus since the 1942 activation of Truax Field, then a military training facility for aircraft technicians.

City of Madison seeks community input regarding 2018 draft of Future Land Use Map

The final opportunity to share thoughts on the 2018 draft of the Future Land Use (FLU) map in Madison is approaching. As part of the Imagine Madison public listening campaign, the City of Madison is seeking input on long-term plans that focus on issues of equity, health, sustainability, and adaptability.  With this in mind, the City of Madison developed the 2018 FLU map for Madison to designate areas for development efforts. “The map is not yet final and staff and the Plan Commission continue to listen to residents who have input, ideas, concerns about the FLU map,” Ledell Zellers member of the Madison City Council said. After reviewing public comments received in early 2017, the planning committee developed an updated version of the FLU map.

Madison grant program aims to increase community engagement, improve neighborhoods

The City of Madison’s Neighborhood Grant Program, which awards a total of $25,000 to neighborhood projects every year, is currently accepting applications through Feb. 19. Grant money will be awarded to small groups of neighborhood volunteers, neighborhood associations or business organizations that are involved with community building or civic engagement. The program supports projects that seek to build community engagement and improve its neighborhoods. “Strong and healthy neighborhoods make a strong and healthy city,” Linda Horvath from the City Planning Division said.