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Safe place for domestic violence victims now open in Madison

A community effort to end domestic violence grows as Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, DAIS, marked the opening of their new home in Madison.

The $5.6 million building is on Fordem Avenue. Sharing the address with the public and displaying a sign outside the front door was a big change from the previous shelter, once hidden from public view.

At 36,000 square feet, the facility offers room for 56 beds, a large kitchen and rooms for children and adults to relax. DAIS officials said it also allows them to expand their services beyond the shelter including opportunities for legal advocacy, crisis intervention and children's programs.

Most importantly, Shannon Barry, executive director for DAIS, said it offers a safe space for the people they serve. The new building has a heightened security system and extra staff.

If you or someone you know is struggling with domestic violence call the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services 24-hour helpline 608-251-4445.

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Committee chooses East Washington Ave. location for public market

After some passionate arguments for each option, Madison?s Local Food Committee unanimously recommended the city start a public market on the east side.

In a vote Tuesday night, committee members passed a resolution asking the council to move forward with the public market planning process on the site at East Washington Avenue and First Street.

Alder Marsha Rummel said market development would likely start with the city-owned fleet service garage behind the shopping center that faces East Washington Avenue.

?We spent 10 years planning, talking about food and all of the other synergies of the Capitol east district,? Rummel said. ?And it does take a long time to get these things in place so something like this then seems obvious.?

Report ranks Madison 7th best swim city

Report ranks Madison 7th best swim city

USA Swimming and Speedo has ranked Madison as the seventh top swimming city in America, according to a release from All City Swim and Dive.

Categories evaluated for the listing include percentage of active swimmers and swim clubs, number of accessible pools, number of masters swimmers and volume of top-level swimmers from the area, according to the release.

The study said that Madison ranks second in members of USA Swimming, the sport?s national governing body, and is among the top communities for swimming facilities within city limits.

The cities ranked ahead of Madison were Ann Arbor, Michigan; San Jose-Santa Clara, California; Raleigh Durham, North Carolina; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut; San Francisco-Oakland, California; and Fort Collins, Colorado.

Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

A health and wellness website has listed Madison as one of the top 25 happiest and healthiest cities in the country.

Prevention.com evaluated 100 of the nation?s largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness and well-being to compile the list, according to the article. Some of the things they looked at include access to green space, access to concert halls, number of farmers? markets, the average inclination to eat fruits and vegetables, disease incident, depression measures, unemployment rates and FBI crime statistic.

Madison was ranked eight on the list of 25 behind San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and San Jose.

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Enjoy live music, grilled goodies at Tenney-Lapham block party Sat.

A Madison neighborhood block party Saturday will offer live musical entertainment and games for the kids.

The Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 200 block of North Paterson Street.

The Cork N' Bottle String Band will entertain party-goers and there will be grilled eats. Beer will be available at nearby Cork & Bottle, 855 E. Johnson St. The store will also have a wine tasting.

There will also be chalk drawings and games for the kids, organizers said.

Donations will be accepted and proceeds will benefit the Lapham Elementary School, the association said. Visit the TLNA online for more information.

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Four Phantom Moth Production films that took home awards for acting and cinematography will be shown at the Madison Central Library Thursday.

The films, from Madison’s Nicolas Alexander and Phantom Moth Productions, will be shown from 6:30-8:45 p.m. in meeting room 302, according to a release.

Over the past two years, Alexander has gathered local, multi-talented artists for his production troupe including cinematographer Evan Parquette and hip-hop musician and actor Carlos Christian, organizers said. “Keep Movin” and “Runnin” situate biographical elements from Christian’s life inside of pulp crime fiction stories.

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

The newest member of the Madison Police Department?s Mounted Unit will be announced Monday at a Community Corral, according to a release.

Torres is an 8-year-old Friesian Gelding that has spent the last two months in field training with the unit, and has now earned the right to start his solo career, officials said. Torres joins the unit thanks to a private donor working in conjunction with MPD?s nonprofit organization.

In March, Jack, a veteran horse member of the unit, passed away following a short illness, according to the release. But Torres has filled the void and is ready to carry on in Jack?s footsteps.

Torres will be introduced to the public at the Community Corral from 5-7 p.m. at Vilas Park. The unit?s team members will also be available to share information and answer questions about the horses and the responsibilities of being a mounted police officer.