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Middleton opens year-round recycling center

The city of Middleton’s recycling center opened Saturday, and will be collecting items to be recycled or reused according to a release.

The city started planning the recycling center around April of 2009 when the city undertook the first Clean and Green Middleton event at the high school parking lot, officials said. The event was organized by the city’s sustainability committee.

The new Middleton Recycling Center is a work in progress, and organizers hope to expand the recycling offerings from what is currently available to include additional items as they are requested by residents.

The center will be open Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon year round at 4330 Parmenter Street.

Items that can be dropped off to be recycled or reused include batteries, CFL bulbs, household items, metals, durable medical goods, paper shredding, printer cartridges and textiles, according to the release.

City considers plans to reconstruct portion of Parmenter Street

City considers plans to reconstruct portion of Parmenter Street

Plans to resurface Parmenter Street north of University Avenue are being reviewed by city staff, according to a release.

The plans submitted by Mead and Hunt are to resurface Parmenter Street between University Avenue and the roundabout, officials said. The design includes a bike lane and driving lane in each direction, burying all overhead utilities along Parmenter Street and installing boarding pads at Metro Transit stops.

The west side of the road will tentatively not have on-street parking, but will get a 5-foot wide sidewalk and wider grass terrace with trees, according to the release. The east side of the road will still have on-street parking and portions of the existing 4-foot wide sidewalk will be repaired.

Dane Buy Local comes to Fitchburg, Middleton

Dane Buy Local comes to Fitchburg, Middleton

Dane Buy Local is expanding to Fitchburg and the city of Middleton in January.

Dane Buy Local is a nonprofit program that is dedicated to creating a sustainable and local economy. It was founded in 2004 and now has more than 800 members. The groups says it is the biggest buy local organization in the country on a city/county-wide scale.

“We are very pleased to see the support from a growing number of area municipalities around Dane County," said Dane Buy Local Executive Director Colin Murray. "This is a sign from our city and county leaders of support for all locally owned businesses."

Dane County was the first government to join the organization and it was followed by the city of Monona last year.

Fitchburg's mayor says joining the nonprofit will help the city's local businesses.

You can learn more about Dane Buy Local here.

Environmental group to show free film 'Bidder 70' in January

Kick off your sustainable 2015 with Middleton's Jan. 8 Green Thursday and a screening of "Bidder 70."

The documentary follows the story of Tim DeChristopher, a college student who disrupted a controversial BLM Oil and Gas leasing auction in 2008. He posed as a bidder, number 70, and bid $1.7 million to win 22,000 acres of land he had no intention of paying for. The film documents his journey from college student to incarcerated felon in the name of climate justice.

The event will be at 7 p.m. in the Willy West Co-Op Community Room, 6825 University Ave.

The February Middleton Green Thursday is scheduled for Feb. 5. Organizers said representatives from Madison Fruits and Nuts will discuss what it takes to implement and run a public fruit orchard on community property. A representative of Bock Community Garden will be on hand to provide an update on fruit and nut trees planted there in 2010 as part of a Fruit Tree Planning Foundation Grant project.

Info on 2014 tax bills

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Alternate side parking starts next week

Middleton’s alternate side parking ordinance goes into effect Nov. 15, according to a news alert.

The alternate side parking rules will remain in effect until March 15, and officers will be out putting warnings on vehicles to remind residents of the rules, officials said.

The purpose of the ordinance is to facilitate snow removal and street maintenance, according to the alert. Residents who need to leave a vehicle on the street from 1-7 a.m. should park on the even numbered side of the street on even numbered calendar days and park on the odd numbered side of the street on odd numbered days.

If signs prohibit parking on one side of the street, alternate side parking does not apply, officials said.

Volunteers visit schools during Fire Prevention Week

Volunteers from the Middleton Fire District will be visiting elementary schools in Middleton to discuss fire safety and prevention this week, according to a release.

The goal of Fire Prevention Week is to generate awareness of fire prevention and protection among young children, specifically grades K-3, officials said. The program features live skits, puppets and music for the children to take part in.

Evacuation plans, kitchen safety, electrical safety and smoke detector usage will be covered during the programs, according to the release.