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University Avenue opens after months of construction

One of the most heavily traveled roads in Madison is open to traffic after what was a long summer for some drivers.

Local leaders on Thursday officially reopened University Avenue. The $14.7 million reconstruction project replaced the pavement, from Allen Boulevard, to Segoe Road, and added new bike lanes, traffic signals and lights and improved intersections.

WISC-TV visited with the manager of Brennan's Market, which is right in the heart of the construction, earlier this year just as the construction was starting.

The manager said the store was ready for the worst, anticipating upwards of a 25 percent drop in business.

"We knew it was going to be a headache, and it certainly was for the duration of the summer and the entire seven months. Luckily, we're thankful we have a core customer base," said Tim Mulcahy, manager at Brennan's Market.

Red Cross blood donation schedule

Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available during a disaster, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver?s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Holiday shopping begins this weekend

A gift bazaar encourages Middleton residents to start their holiday shopping early.

The Advertisers Press fall gift bazaar will take place Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2222 Parview Rd.

Several crafters and home-based businesses will be there with items for sale.

For more information, call Diane at 608-828-1348.

Transplant recovery house opens in Middleton

Transplant recovery house opens in Middleton

The Restoring Hope Transplant House opened Wednesday after years of work.

The house in Middleton offers organ and bone marrow recipients a place to stay while they focus on their recovery.

The house, located on Terrace Avenue, will serve as a home away from home for families getting transplants at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Patients will find guest rooms, living spaces and experienced staff. It costs $35 dollars to stay at Restoring Hope per night, unlike hotels, which can cost more than $100.

"We are full of gratitude for those that have actually helped us get there,"Cindy Herbst, executive director of the Restoring Hope Transplant House, said. "As a nonprofit, you never do it alone. You need those people in the community, those donors and those friends that come together and say, 'We understand.'"

Voters in Middleton-Cross Plains district to decide referendum

Next month, residents in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District will decide whether to approve a nearly $60 million referendum.

The plan calls for major renovations at the district's two middle schools -- Kromrey Middle School in Middleton and Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains.

"It's two questions on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. We have a capital question of $59.8 million and the plan there is to rebuild and expand Kromrey Middle School and then also to expand Glacier Creek Middle School," said Perry Hibner, the school district's communication director.

Hibner said parts of Kromrey Middle School were built in the 1960s.

"We anticipate having to spend $5 million to $7 million in maintenance improvements in the next five to seven years. That means we'd have no dollars to do maintenance projects at other schools. We just don't think it makes sense to invest dollars into a bad facility," Hibner said.

Memorial soccer advances to face Oregon, other scores

The Madison Memorial boys? soccer team is another win closer to state by defeating Middleton 4-3 at Breitenbach Stadium Thursday.

Middleton had a 1-0 lead in the second half before Memorial?s Ty Pelton-Byce tied the game, which went to a shootout.

Memorial?s keeper, Paul Koebke Barsic, made a save to give his team a chance to win and a kick from Alex Young started the celebration.

Memorial will face Oregon Saturday at 3 p.m. in Waunakee for a chance to advance to state.� Oregon beat Madison West 4-3 Thursday night on penalty kicks.

Madison LaFollette and Fort Atkinson also lost in Division 1 action Thursday.

Division 2 teams Mount Horeb and Evansville advanced to sectionals, which will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Mount Horeb.� Whitewater lost.

Lakeside Lutheran and Columbus both lost in Division 3 tournament play Thursday.

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Documents shredded for cyber security month


The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will sponsor a community shredding event Saturday.

As part of Cyber Security Month, the event will take place in the Access Information Management building located at 3700 Commerce Dr.

Community members can shred up to 10 boxes or 200 pounds of documents at the event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Shredded materials will be recycled.

The event is free, but donations of food and money will be collected for the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, said a press release.

"Identity theft affects nearly 10 million Americans each year, often because their personal information is stolen from unsecured documents," said Sandy Chalmers, Division Administrator of Trade and Consumer Protection. "Shredding personal documents is the first step in protecting your identity or your consumers' identities from theft."