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Skate park temporarily shut down due to vandalism

Skate park temporarily shut down due to vandalism

The Middleton Skateboard Park has been temporarily closed due to vandalism, according to a news alert.

Vandals covered the park in graffiti Aug. 3, but city crews cleaned it up. Vandals hit the park again on Thursday, but this time they also took a sewer grate, which is about a foot in diameter, officials said.

The graffiti has been cleaned up, but the sewer grate won’t be replaced until Monday at the earliest, which is why the park has been closed.

Officials said the graffiti was mostly profanity.

There are security cameras at the park, so authorities are trying to identify individuals involved.

No arrests were made in connection to the vandalism as of Friday afternoon.

Middleton skateboard park closed due to vandalism once again

The Middleton skateboard park is closed once again for vandalism maintenance work.

The vandalism happened on Thursday. The vandals covered the park in graffiti, and took a sewer grate about a foot in diameter.

The graffiti was cleaned up, but the sewer grate will not be replaced until Monday at the earliest, keeping the park closed through the weekend.

No arrests have been made, however, the park is equipped with security cameras. Police are looking through the footage to identify the individuals involved.

Polar Express’ first stop in area will depart from Middleton

Polar Express’ first stop in area will depart from Middleton

The first time the Polar Express will come to the Madison area will be this winter, and it will be departing from Middleton.

The Polar Express train ride features dancing chefs, singing elves and a special gift from Santa. The round-trip train ride will depart from Middleton just off the Beltline.

The train will run Nov. 21-23 and 28-30 and Dec. 3-7, 9-14 and 16-22 at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The train will not run at all departure times on all dates.

To order tickets, call 855-487-1430.

State’s report card shows Middleton-Cross Plains district exceeds expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District was rated as exceeding expectations.

The state report cards for about 2,100 public schools show approximately 88 percent met or exceeded expectations. About 98 percent of the state's 424 districts also achieved that mark.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

Both are evaluated in four main areas; student achievement in reading and math on statewide assessments, student growth in those assessments, closing achievement and graduation gaps and readiness for college or careers.

If you would like to find out how your school district did, click here.

Middleton emergency crews host family safety day

Middleton fire, police and EMS crews are teaming up with West Bend Mutual Insurance for a family safety day on Saturday.

Parents can help their children stay safe by signing up for safe assured ID kits, learning what to look for when choosing a babysitter, and understanding the appropriate way to respond to common medical emergencies, organizers said.

More than 20 local organizations will be on hand with information for parents. There will also be fun, educational activities for kids, organizers said. Children will have a chance to see fire extinguisher demonstrations, and be able to climb into and explore a Middleton fire engine.

The event, in its seventh year, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middleton Fire Station. Family Safety Day is free, and will be held rain or shine.

Capital Brewery to host fundraiser for soccer pavilion

Capital Brewery to host fundraiser for soccer pavilion

Two events this weekend are scheduled to celebrate and support the high school soccer program. 

A match Saturday will pit former Middleton High School soccer players against the 2014 boys varsity soccer team. And an event Sunday will raise money for the proposed soccer pavilion. 

The Middleton High School Soccer Reunion and Pavilion Fundraiser will take place Sunday at Capital Brewery from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers said there will be music from the Evan Riley Band, food, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and more.

Attendees can purchase bricks engraved with a message, which will be incorporated into the building of the pavilion.

The pavilion is slated to be built at the MHS Soccer Stadium on Airport Road. It will house concessions, restrooms and a trophy case. 

Wednesday last day to register for kids triathlon

The Tri 4 Schools Organization will be having its fourth annual kids triathlon Saturday at the Bauman Aquatic Center in Middleton.

The event gives kids the chance to swim, bike and run for a good cause.

Registration for the triathlon will close Wednesday at 6 p.m.

To register a child and find out more information about the event, visit www.tri4schools.org/events/middleton.

Organizers said kids between the ages of 3 and 14 years old are qualified to participate.