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Beach party in downtown Middleton doubles as Service Appreciation Day

A beach party in downtown Middleton featuring activities and entertainment will double as a Service Appreciation Day honoring Middleton police, EMS and firefighters, according to a release.

The Downtown Middleton Business Association is hosting the fourth annual event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The event includes a performance from noon to 4 p.m. by Mighty Wheelhouse, an art fair and a beer and wine tent. Children’s activities will include a sand pile treasure hunt, face painting and a balloon man. Horse and wagon rides will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Teams from the Middleton police, EMS and fire departments will compete in a volleyball contest, organizers said. The city will also have a team participating in the contest.

Middleton businesses will also be having sidewalk sales and specials during the event.

Portions of Parmenter Street, Hubbard Avenue, Aurora and Elmwood will be closed for the event.

Middleton sophomore wins state singles title

Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium, Middleton sophomore Jake Van Emburgh won the division one state singles tennis championship. Emburgh defeated Brookfield East's David Horneffer 7-5, 6-1.

For Emburgh, it was a shot a redemption, as Horneffer beat Emburgh last year in the state semifinals. It was also a good way to wrap up his career at Middleton.

Van Emburgh's father, Greg, has been the UW men's tennis coach since 2005. Greg stepped down as coach earlier this week.

The Van Emburgh's will move to Florida to be closer to the IMG academy, where Greg will coach and Jake will play. 

Middleton bachelor creates his own dating website

Technology isn’t always easy to navigate, which is why Dave Friedman makes a living guiding people through the capabilities of their cell phones, tablets, and computers.

“It's kind of a natural state for me to be self-employed,” Friedman said.

But don’t be fooled. That doesn’t mean Friedman wants to be alone. He volunteers at the Middleton Senior Center, greeting rooms full of women with free help.

“I think David is a winner. I really do. He'd be great,” frequent tech help recipient Marge Sawyer said. “Great as a friend, a companion, whatever.”

Friedman has done online dating since its inception back in the '90s. He met his former wife on the Internet and continued to find love in cyberspace.

So far, no luck.

“From what I hear, women just get bombarded with messages,” Friedman said.

Middleton robbery suspect reportedly stole vehicle from coffee shop

A Monroe man is in custody in connection with a robbery at a BP gas station in Middleton.

Officers were called to the business along the 6500 block of University Avenue just before 2 p.m. Sunday for a robbery.

When crews arrived, they saw the man driving away, in what ended up being a stolen vehicle, and chased after him.

The suspect crashed into a parked car on Voss Parkway and tried to run away. However, the Middleton Fire Department tracked him down using their search and rescue drone.

Police said Marquis M. Phiffer, 21, was found lying in the cattails in the water by Tiedemann's Pond and taken into custody. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and eluding an officer.

Police: Intoxicated man found with elderly man's stolen bike

An elderly man's stolen bike was recovered less than a day after it was reported stolen from a Middleton business, police said.

Middleton police said an avid bicyclist reported his bicycle was stolen from the 2500 block of Allen Boulevard on Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

Officers shared descriptions of the bicycle and suspect with other officers, according to an alert. Shortly after midnight the same night, an officer came across an intoxicated man with a bicycle matching the descriptions.

Police said the suspect initially gave a false identity but was eventually identified as 23-year-old Isaias Baeza Reyes of Madison. He was arrested and charged with theft and obstructing an officer, according to the report.

New Hilldale shops open Tuesday

A west Madison shopping center opened its latest redevelopment Tuesday, including several new stores.

A spokesman for Hilldale Mall said the North Midvale Boulevard expansion opened Tuesday morning after a ceremony.

Work on the $15 million expansion began in early September, when mall officials said the project would add 53,000 square feet in an area between Metcalfe’s and Macy’s on the mall’s north end, making room for a new restaurant and numerous new retailers.

Lucky Brand and Morgan's Shoes will open at 10 a.m. The other stores will open:

Sur La Table - Wednesday
Stride Rite - Wednesday
New Balance - Thursday
kate spade - Friday
Mes Amies - June 10
LUSH - June 12
Michael Kors - June 18
Waxing the City - July 15
Cornblooms - July 20
Madewell - July 28
Sperry Top-Sider - Aug. 1

20-year-old Wisconsin cheddar makes debut at $209 a pound

A Wisconsin cheesemaker is debuting a 20-year-old cheddar this week that's short in supply and big on price.

The cheddar from Hook's Cheese Co. of Mineral Point goes on sale Friday for $209 a pound. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that most of the 450-pound supply is already spoken for, with orders coming in after the planned sale went public earlier this year.

Cheesemaker Tony Hook said there's about of 20 pounds of the cheddar that's unaccounted for. The company will sell it starting Friday at its store and Saturday at a farmers market in Madison.

Tony and Julie Hook are giving $40,000 from the cheese sale to the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.