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Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

The Madison Metropolitan School District will ask voters for $41 million school facilities referendum in April.

A school district official said the school board finalized a project list involving 16 schools during a Monday meeting.

If approved, the money would be used to improve accessibility in 10 schools, add classroom space to five schools and renovate four schools in need of upgrades.

The biggest projects include $8 million in renovations at Jefferson Middle School and $4 million to redo the theater at East High School.

If approved, taxpayers owning an average $237,000 home would pay an additional $62.95 a year in property taxes for 10 years.

"If we can get these addressed not only will we create stronger schools and learning environments for our students, but we will set ourselves up for some long-term facilities planning that will really help bring our vision as a school district to life," MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said.

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No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

According to the city of Madison, there will be no refuse or recycling on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

Residents should be sure to get material out to the curb by 7 a.m., as Street Division crews will be collecting in both the Thursday and Friday refuse districts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Because of the double collection, large item collection will be reduced. Residents are asked to hold large items until after the holidays if possible.

The Streets Division's offices and drop-off sites will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They will conduct regular refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their offices will also be open on those dates.

For additional information, visit the Streets Division's web page.

Numerous delivered packages reported stolen

Madison police said there have been about a dozen reports of delivered packages being stolen from porches in the last month.

A 23-year-old woman in the 800 block of Jenifer Street reported to police that a USPS package was confirmed delivered to her home shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, but when she got home it was gone.

Police said the similar incidents involved packages delivered by USPS, FedEx and UPS and most occurred in the greater Isthmus area.

Residents expecting deliveries may want to have packages routed to places of work or other locations where someone is present, according to police.

Shop these 9 great local (and locally made) gift ideas

Shop these 9 great local (and locally made) gift ideas

Holiday shopping locally this year doesn't limit you. Here are some locally made gift ideas:

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Donald Driver appearing at East Towne Mall Thursday

Donald Driver appearing at East Towne Mall Thursday

Former Green Bay Packer Donald Driver will be signing books at East Towne Mall Thursday.

He is releasing his fourth children's book titled "Quickie Stands up to a Bully!"

It's part of Driver's Quickie series that focuses on teaching life lessons to young ones.

Profits go to the Donald Driver Foundation.

Driver will be signing copies from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Barnes and Noble. But tickets will be handed out starting at 1 p.m. Tickets can be picked up at the info desk in the store.

Here are some restrictions:

•    Signatures will only be made on the front cover of the book. No personalizations.
•    No outside merchandise or memorabilia will be signed.
•    Only Donald’s current Quickie book will be signed, not past titles.
•    Donald will not sign any Quickie dolls.
•    No Pictures Allowed.

The line will begin at 5 p.m.


Record dairy prices mean higher pizza prices

Record dairy prices have caused several Madison pizzerias to increase the price of a pie.

"We could see the writing on the wall and were forced to raise our prices several months ago," Glass Nickel Franchise Director Steve Legler said of the mostly less than 5 percent increase. "Increases were minimal and just to offset the rising prices of the ingredients. We choose to continue to use the same quality ingredients that have made a name for Glass Nickel."

Pizza Extreme operators even warned customers of an increase with a flier on their boxes. While Ian?s Pizza and Roman Candle Pizzeria managers say they are holding prices steady, if higher cheese expenses hold they may be forced to raise prices eventually.

Gunshots heard coming from area of house party

Madison police said officers heard four to five gunshots coming from the area of a house party while they were on an unrelated call early Sunday morning.

Officers said the shots came from a party in the 800 block of East Johnson Street, and one of the officers saw young people scattering in different directions. Several concerned citizens called 911.

Officers temporarily detained two men who had been at the party. One of the men told police he heard the shots but didn?t see who fired them.

A car leaving the area of the party was searched after officers got consent, but no evidence was found.

Police said there were no immediate reports of property damage or injuries. Hospitals were notified about the incident.