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Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, according to a city of Madison press release.

The meeting will be held at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., in room 260.

The hearing will discuss proposed service changes to Routes 8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 36, 44, 48, 50, 59, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 78. Changes are proposed to go into effect during the last week of August.

People are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. To submit comments on the Metro changes online, visit mymetrobus.com/feedback.

Students compete in high school mock trial semifinals

Students compete in high school mock trial semifinals

Teams from 16 Wisconsin high schools will compete in the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Semifinals at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison on Sunday, March 9, at 8 a.m.

The Mock Trial program provides high school students with an opportunity to act as attorneys and witnesses in a court case developed by State Bar members. In teams, students argue a criminal case before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges in the regional competitions.

The two finalists will compete for the state title on Monday. The state winner will advance to the National Mock Trial Competition, which will also be held in Madison this May.

Students from the following schools will be participating in the semifinals:

Park Elementary recognized for conservation efforts

Park Elementary has been nominated by State Superintendent Tony Evers for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award.

Park is one of four schools and one school district nominated by Evers.

To earn recognition, schools must save energy and water, improve indoor environmental quality, promote health and well-being for students and staff, and offer robust environmental education curriculum and programs to boost student academic achievement and community engagement.

The nominees were tops in the state in demonstrating progress to reduce a school’s environmental impact and cost, improve the health and wellness of students and staff and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.

Madison Area Sports commission awards $30,000 to youth sports orgs

The Madison Area Sports Commission has awarded more than $30,000 in funding in its’ bi-annual disbursement of youth grant funds. Youth grant funds are allocated to established organizations that introduce Dane County youth to the lifelong enjoyment and health benefits of sports.

·         Allied Running Club – $1,750

·         Boys & Girls Club of Dane County – $5,000

·         Camp Randall Rowing Club – $1,500

·         East Madison Community Center – $2,250

·         Glide Disc Golf – $875

Community Canvasses Art Project

Calling all artists: Community Canvasses is our way of inviting you to share your artistic flair and show your community support in the first Middleton Community Art Project!... Read More

More than 800 lbs. of lights recycled in city drive

More than 800 pounds of unwanted holiday lights were recycled over four months in the Middleton's collection drive this season, according to city officials.

The City of Middleton said in the Holiday Lights Recycling Drive that began in October and ended in January yielded 836 pounds of burned out, broken or otherwise unwanted lights. The city said some reusable components from the lights can be saved harvested from recycled strings. 

This season's total adds up to nearly 4,000 pounds of lights saved from landfills through the recycling drive since its initiation. 

Lights were collected at Ace Hardware in the Middleton Springs shopping center and Wolff Kubly Middleton Ace Hardware stores and the city streets department picked up the donated lights and delivered them to the recycling facility. 

National Play Therapy Week

National Play Therapy Week starts Feb. 2. Licensed mental health professionals throughout the country are taking part in Play Therapy of Week.

According to the Association for Play Therapy, Play is our first language. The APT said that, just as adults use words to communicate, children use play to express thoughts and feelings that might otherwise remain hidden. 

APT adds that thousands of licensed mental health professionals within and outside of the United States use play therapeutically to help their clients, especially children, to describe and manage their behaviors and mental health problems.

Many professionals using Play Therapy are identified by credentials that they obtain through specific Play Therapy training and supervised experience beyond their general licensure requirements and enable them to publicly advertise their Play Therapy expertise.