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New construction, restaurants coming to Greenway Station

New construction, restaurants coming to Greenway Station

Construction is scheduled to begin in April at Greenway Station in Middleton, where new retailers and restaurants are expected to open.

A new 4,000-square-foot building will be built on the southern edge of the property near Tanner’s Bar & Grill. The building will house two new tenants, including a 2,600-square-foot Noodles & Company, and a 1,400-square-foot retailer that will be announced in the near future.

Noodles & Company is scheduled to open in the late fall.

The shopping center is also welcoming Fuji Sushi & Hibachi, which is scheduled to open in late summer. The restaurant is under construction in a 5,692-square-foot space along Deming Way and will include a sushi bar and 12 hibachi grills.

New locations for Endurance House, Happy Nails & Spa, Christopher & Banks and CJ Banks are also underway. They are relocating to larger spaces in response to business growth.

Middleton Wings win Bantam B state championship

Middleton Wings win Bantam B state championship

The Middleton Wings Bantam B team finished its season with a thrilling win over the Waukesha Warhawks in the State Championship on Sunday. The tournament was held at Naga-waukee Ice Arena in Delafield.

The Wings play in Division 1 of the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association and qualified for the state tournament by winning the regional title in early February. The Verona Hockey Association's team also represented the region by qualifying as a wild card.

Play began for the Wings on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. when they took on the Ozaukee Ice Dogs in the first round. Middleton won decisively 11-0 with Nick Lindberg and Nikolas De Oliveira each earning hat tricks and goalie Joey Culp earning his 10th shutout of the season.

Hubbard Avenue Diner celebrates 'Pi Day of a lifetime'

Hubbard Avenue Diner is calling March 14, 2015, "epic" and is celebrating it the way they do best: with a lot of pie.

The numerical date 3/14/15 corresponds with the first five digits of the mathematical symbol for pi, which is 3.1415. As bakery manager Jason Harder points out, that won’t happen again for another 100 years.

"This was the Pi Day of the century. The next one won't be until 2115 for 3.1415, so we're just glad that everyone came out with us and celebrated and had a great Pi Day,” Harder said.

The diner offered a number of specials for what they called the “Pi Day of a lifetime,” including selling pieces of pie for $3.14 and offering various pi-shaped desserts.

One lucky winner will also be the lifetime recipient of free pie, receiving one pie a month for the rest of their life.

Cross Plains open meeting to be held to discuss reconstruction of US 14

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will hold an open meeting for the public to discuss the reconstruction of US 14, or Main Street, in the village of Cross Plains.

The meeting is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 24 at the Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a brief presentation.

According to WisDOT, reconstruction of US 14 between County KP and Westview Court will begin March 30. The highway between County KP and County P will be closed to through traffic until mid-October, with a detour using KP, Bourban Street and County P. An alternate route using WIS 78 and US 12 will also be posted.

There will be access to local businesses in the work zone throughout construction.

The $10.4 million project will provide new utilities, pavement, sidewalk and a bridge over Brewery Creek. County P will be realigned to create a more efficient and safe intersection with US 14, according to WisDOT.

Middleton schools nominated for federal conservation, health accolade

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District officially learned on Tuesday that it had been nominated for the Green Ribbon Award, which is given annually by the U.S. Department of Education.

The award is given annually to schools and districts showing a commitment to conservation and to the health of students and staff.

Besides the district, three schools in the state -- Columbus Elementary-Discovery Charter School, Lake Mills Elementary School and Colby Elementary School -- were nominated for the award by State Superintendent Tony Evers.

Two district schools have already received the Green Ribbon Schools award. Park Elementary won a year ago, while MHS won in 2012.

Police investigate string of burglaries

Police investigate string of burglaries

Middleton police thanked the public for its help identifying a man from a photograph Wednesday and said the department's investigation is ongoing.

On Wednesday morning, Middleton police provided a photo and asked for help identifying the man pictured. Police said officers were seeking the man in connection with multiple burglaries in the city.

The Middleton Police Department said it responded to reports of three residential burglaries in the 2100 block of Gateway Street North from March 4 through Monday.

Police said investigators said the man pictured was a person of interest who was believed to be in the area around the time of one of the burglaries.

On Thursday morning, police said the man was identified and the investigation continues.

'Just Bakery' gives people a second chance

If baking is a science, Madison Urban Ministry's Just Bakery program may be a formula for employment.

"I feel that what I do now is probably the most significant thing I've done in my life job-wise," said program instructor David Shrankler.

Schrankler says he finds purpose in teaching food safety and life skills in the basement of Lakeview Lutheran Church. He said he does everything he can to try to help students find their skills, abilities and self-worth.

Schrankler can relate to his students. After serving time for a felony, he became homeless and struggled to find a job.

When he recalled his experience job-hunting, Schrankler said he would disclose his situation, get an interview and sometimes a job offer, but the process always stopped short at corporate offices.