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New development to feature grocery store, restaurants

Neighbors on Madison?s east side will soon have a new place to shop and eventually play.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the Galaxie and Festival Foods building in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue.

When the work is done, Madison?s first Festival Foods grocery store will open, and eventually the Galaxie building will be home to restaurants and rental units. There is also a planned renovation of Breese Stevens Field.

?The building is sandwiched between two great lakes. It is walking distance to both lakes. You?re in walking distance to the Capitol Square, farmers market and to great restaurants and entertainment features,? said Otto Gebhardt, with Gebhardt Development. ?The thing that is great about this neighborhood, it?s a live-work neighborhood. Cars are almost optional.?

The developers said there are other projects planned for the same area, and they credit Madison?s vibrant economy for the success of the development.

State’s report cards show MMSD meets expectations

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

The Madison Metropolitan School District was rated at 69.8, which is meeting expectations. That score is an improvement over last year’s score of 68.5.

While Madison remained in the bottom third of districts statewide, it moved up from 11th to eighth among districts located in cities.

“As a school district, we’ve been very focused on the school improvement process. That means tightening up the process by which we set measurable goals for them to choose a few powerful strategies for meeting those goals and then consistently monitoring them along the way so they can make adjustments,” MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said. “We believe this is how you raise student achievement to narrow achievement gaps.”

Madison reaches top of 100 best places to live list

Madison has reached the top of Livability?s 2015 list of the Top 100 Places to Live.
The website announced the rankings on its website on Monday.

Madison ranked fifth on the list last year.

Mayor Paul Soglin told Liveability.com that he wasn?t satisfied with the No. 5 ranking and convened a task force to determine how to improve the ranking and make Madison a more livable place.

"I think the way we respect this award is to not simply accept a first place ranking, but to set a goal of everyone in our community being happy and believing that they live in the best place in the country," Soglin said.

Livability makes the rankings based on the local economy, health, housing, civic engagement, education, amenities, diversity and infrastructure. Madison has appeared in previous Livability rankings for top college town, foodie city and top music destination.

Police ID east Madison intersections with high crash rates

Police ID east Madison intersections with high crash rates

Six Madison intersections were identified as the areas with the highest rates of crashes on the city's east side, authorities said Friday.

The Madison Police Department said in a news release that the intersections include:

  • South Stoughton Road and Pflaum Road
  • North First Street and East Washington Avenue
  • Lien Road and East Washington Avenue
  • Mendota Street and East Washington Avenue
  • Buckeye Road and South Stoughton Road
  • North Stoughton Road and East Washington Avenue

Police also said the majority of crashes on the east side happen during the afternoon traffic rush between 2 and 6 p.m. An evaluation of the crashes showed they are more likely to happen in daylight on a clear, dry day.

Citing concussion prevention, area schools spending thousands on football helmets

In the name of curbing horrific football-related concussion complications such as seizures and the early onset of Parkinson's disease and dementia, many of south central Wisconsin's top high school football programs are paying thousands for top-rated helmets.

Athletic directors from Madison?s four high schools, Sun Prairie, Monona Grove, Brodhead, Lancaster, Fall River, Blackhawk and Potosi report averagely spending [PDF] between $2,000 - $14,000 in budget and booster dollars, buying and reconditioning some of the most expensive helmets.


Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Madison police said Wednesday the north district station is partnering with East Washington Avenue businesses to work against repeat offenders in the area.

Police said officers have started a list of people who are banned from area businesses on the stretch of avenue from Milwaukee to Marquette streets. The ban list is in response to what Officer Dave Dexheimer called "chronic disorder" that's been prevalent on East Washington for the last several years.

People who are arrested at one of the participating East Washington Avenue businesses for any of a variety of offenses will be placed on the list for a year. That person is not only banned from the business where the offense took place, but all the other businesses participating in the Collective Community Ban Program, police said.

The program was organized to deter repeat offenders, decrease offenses and increase safety, according to the department.

Two-car crash sends four people to hospital

A two-car crash on Madison?s east side sent four people to the hospital early Wednesday morning.

Police said the accident happened in the 2600 block of Anderson Street just after midnight.

According to police, a car traveling westbound crossed the center line into the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with another vehicle.

Police said three passengers in the eastbound vehicle were pinned and had to be extricated from the vehicle. All three were taken to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries, and all were expected to recover.

The driver of the other vehicle was treated and released at a local hospital. Police said citations are pending once the investigation is completed.