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Spot summer savings at sidewalk sale

This weekend is the 9th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale at Greenway Station Shopping Center and it's bigger than ever.

The sale begins on July 21 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and continues on July 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Over 20 stores will participate in special discounts on merchandise inside and outside their stores.

Early birds visiting the information booth located between Bath & Body Works and Francesca's Collections will receive a free gift bag including a $10 Greenway Station gift card, says the event website.  Other prize giveaways and complimentary Starbucks iced coffee will be available all weekend.

For more information about the event, visit the Greenway Station website here.

Food Pantry teaches clients how to grow their own food, seeks donations


Believing that ending the cycle of poverty comes in part with empowerment and education, Middleton Outreach Ministry, which has one of the largest Food Pantries in Dane County, is for the second year, running an innovative program to teach and give the opportunity to people in need to grow their own food.

The MOM Food Pantry Garden, which itself is in its third year, is larger than ever.  The garden, which is located across the street from the pantry on donated land, grew over 6,500 pounds of food in 2012. 

"This year, the garden has so many client gardeners with their own plots, that we are using every inch of space on the land, and have even started a melon garden on a different plot of loaned land to increase the amount of produce available at the pantry," said Cheri Farha, manager of the MOM Distribution Center, in a news release.

Clean & Green Middleton event to be held Saturday

Clean & Green Middleton event to be held Saturday


Clean & Green Middleton will be held on April 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will be held at Greenway Station at 1600 Aspen Commons.

Folks are invited to drop off donations for charities and properly recycle items all at a single location.

Donate to St. Vincent de Paul, Habitat ReStore, Middleton Kiwanis and other local charities: clothing; household goods; furniture; appliances less than 10 years old; durable medical equipment (crutches, wheelchairs, shower chairs, etc.); eye glasses; books; used and surplus construction materials, fixtures, tools and  supplies. Visit www.restoredane.org/donations for details.

Recycle safely for the environment and at NO COST to you: 

MIPD Launches New Smart Phone App

MIPD Launches New Smart Phone App

The Middleton Police Department has announced its newest approach at fostering accessibility and communication between thedepartment and the public.

Police said they've launched a new smart phone application to help smart phone users keep the department within a touch of their fingertips.

Available for free download, "MIPD Mobile" is a one-stop place to connect with the department's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, as well as view crime and crash reports, complete forms and submit tips.

Users can also call, email and locate the Police Department with the touch of a button.

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

ScooterCabs, a local business created by three University of Wisconsin-Madison grads, aims to provide an affordable alternative to taking a taxi home or driving under the influence. 

The service was created as an extra option for patrons that drive out to a bar or restaurant and have a few too many drinks.  The concept is similar to a taxi, except for one fundamental difference; the taxi is now the patron’s own vehicle.  There is no longer a need for patrons to abandon their vehicle at the bar or restaurant to make it home safely.

"With Wisconsin’s high rates of drunk driving, Madison seemed to have a need for this type of service," said owner Justin Sisley, "but even for the majority of people who would make the responsible decision to call a cab, our service provides a much more convenient option for them.  No more waiting around for a friend or cab to take you back to your car in the morning."

Clean Sweep Expands With New Winter Hours

Clean Sweep Expands With New Winter Hours

The Clean Sweep Program for recycling household hazardous waste will be open with new winter hours. This is the first such seasonal expansion of the program, according to county officials.

In recognition of this, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said that "Clean Sweep is a highly successful program that has kept unnecessary and hazardous waste out of the county landfill. We're excited to announce its expansion into the winter months and encourage people can take advantage of it."

Madison mayor Paul Soglin added, “Clearly the generation of hazardous waste is not restricted to one season. I am pleased that the Clean Sweep Program is expanding, as it will not only remove the hazardous materials from our homes but help maintain the integrity of our environment.”

Dane County is trying out a limited winter season during these hours:

2012 Winter Hours:

Confectionque Craft Events Scheduled In Middleton

Confectionque Craft Events Scheduled In Middleton

The Confectionique's Merci Mon Ami Craft Market will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Middleton Airport at 8300 Airport Rd. 

Enjoy the live jazz piano of Madison's Steve Banik, partake in holiday cheer and shop for unique, hard-to-find gifts. Confectionique is a Paris-style arts and crafts market filled with handcrafted and restored vintage treasures.

The Confectionique's Paris-Style Holiday Arts and Craft Fest will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The event will also be at Middleton Airport.

For more info, go to www.confectionique.com.