News Story about Romantix (new adult-oriented store on McKee & Maple Grove):

MadLit – Spoken Word Showcase today August 26, 8pm on Top of State St.

The Mad Lit event series started last year to revitalize State Street businesses and culture, which took a hit during the height of the pandemic. Mad Lit is a part of Greater Madison Music City and supported by the Urban Community Arts Network and the Madison Arts Commission.

Dane Dances continues today August 26.  Please join Dane Dances as we reconnect after a long couple of years of staying safe, wearing masks and socially distancing to get through the Covid 19 pandemic.  We invite you to get out, get up, get down and get together. For more info visit

Lots of Parks Events Coming up! Check it out… Festivals, outdoor movies and more in late summer. Click on the Parks Division events calendar to see Parks activities:

Town of Madison Zoning Hearing at Plan Commission … August 29 at 5:30 p.m. The City’s Plan Commission will conduct a public hearing, by virtual meeting, for the zoning of the Town of Madison properties on August 29, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. The Common Council will conduct a public hearing on the zoning of Town properties, by hybrid meeting, (in Room 201 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and virtually) on September 6, 2022 at 6:45 p.m. If you wish to register your support or opposition, or if you wish to speak at those meetings, please register in advance using instructions for participants noted on the agendas linked from the City of Madison Clerk’s website:

Join Us! Review Initial Drafts from the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan The Planning Division will present initial draft concepts and recommendations from the Hawthorne-Truax Neighborhood Plan for review and feedback at a series of pop-up activities. See below and on the City’s webpage:

  • August 27 – Splish Splash Concept Review. Review initial draft plan concepts and recommendations while enjoying the Reindahl Park Splash Pad, 1818 Portage Rd., 11am-2pm
  • August 30 & September 6- Food Pantry Feedback. Staff will be at the East Madison Community Center food pantry to gather feedback on the initial draft plan concepts and recommendations. East Madison Community Center, 7 Straubel Ct, August 30 & September 6, 11am-1pm
  • September 6 & 7 Madison College Conversations. Staff will be at Madison College to gather feedback on initial draft concepts and recommendations with Madison College students and community members. Madison College Lobby, 1701 Wright St. September 6 & September 7, 11am-1pm.

Streets Division Updates

  • Curbside brush collection is winding down for 2022. Before you put brush out for pickup, check to see when the next collection will be for your home. The brush schedule can be found at
  • Did your trash & recycling date change? If you live on the west side, it might have changed on August 1, 2022. Get your collection calendar at
  • Do you have a question about the new Resource Recovery Special Charge? If you do, head over to and check out the Resource Recovery Special Charge page for an extensive FAQ about this new charge.

U.W. Madison Welcome Week Events! Check out the U.W. Madison events calendar for welcome week activities:

Virtual session on school safety

In partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Office of School Safety, Public Health Madison & Dane County’s Violence Prevention Unit is hosting a virtual session on school safety on Wednesday, August 31, 5pm – 6pm. The virtual session is free but registration is required. The session will be recorded and made available on PHMDC’s Violence Prevention Unit’s webpage. This is the third installment in the “Violence Prevention & Intervention Speaker Series”. The series will be sharing the latest violence prevention and intervention strategies, methodologies, and theories. It is open to everyone in the community

Monkeypox vaccination clinic

With expanded eligibility guidance from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Public Health Madison Dane County has opened a monkeypox vaccination clinic. The clinic is open with limited hours on weekdays, by appointment only. Learn more about the updated eligibility and how to make an appointment at Monkeypox does not spread easily from person to person, and the virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact  with someone who has monkeypox.

Public notice to all customers of Madison Water Utility

Madison Water Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase water rates. The increase is necessary due to a 5.8 percent increase in gross plant investment and a 3.2 percent increase in operating expenses since the last water rate case was completed in 2020. The total increase in water revenues requested is $8,498,655, which will result in an estimated overall rate increase of 18.12 percent over the water utility’s present revenues. If the request is granted, the water charge for an average residential customer with a ?-inch or ¾-inch meter who uses 4,000 gallons of water per month will increase from $29.92 to $34.92, or 16.71%. This increase only applies to the Water charges on your bill. Charges for Sewer, Storm Water, Landfill, Resource Recovery, and Urban Forestry are not a part of this rate application. A virtual public hearing on the application has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. To learn more about the rate increase application and to register for the virtual public hearing, please read the Water Utility’s news release.

Speed reduction on Mineral Point Road

The next 2022 roadway improvement scheduled through the Vision Zero initiative takes place on Monday, August 29, to a section of Mineral Point Road, from S. Whitney Way to the Beltline. This speed reduction from 40 mph to 35 mph should not affect travel times on this stretch of roadway. Along with the previous speed changes occurring earlier this year on E. Washington Avenue and John Nolen Drive, this newest reduction will continue to work towards the goal of making Madison safer. Lowering the speed limit just 5 mph on this thoroughfare will not only decrease the likelihood of a serious or fatal crash but also increase the safety for all roadway users. Additional streets scheduled for speed limit reductions in 2022 include:

  • Old Sauk Road, from the Beltline to Westfield Road (reduced to 30 mph from 35 mph)
  • Portage Road, from E. Washington Avenue to Hanson Road (reduced to 25 mph from 30 mph)
  • Segoe Road, from University Avenue to Odana Road (reduced to 25 mph from 30 mph)

For each of these changes, along with updated permanent signs, staff will place temporary digital signboards in the area to remind drivers of the speed limit changes. Find more information in the news release.

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