Morning update: Sept. 9
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Happy Friday, friends.
We've made it through another week and if you'll be on the isthmus this weekend, buckle up because it's going to be busy.
What's up? Well first off, there's a football game Saturday. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m., which means you should expect to see at least half a dozen flabongos by 9 a.m.
The Badgers will take on the Washington State Cougars at Camp Randall. Expect the usual game day traffic and shenanigans.
Then come Sunday, it's IRONMAN time. You know, that thing where people braver than I swim 2.4 miles, hop on a bike for a leisurely 112-mile ride, and top it all off by running a literal marathon (26.2 miles, in case you didn't know).
Expect to see large crowds and closed streets. The race starts at 6:45 a.m. and lasts until about midnight. During that time, police and volunteers will help maintain local access across the biking and running routes but through traffic will not be allowed.
Check out this map for a full list of street closures.
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💉 Let's talk about that new Covid-19 booster.
- There's a new Omicron-targeted booster on the block and health officials are encouraging all who are eligible to get the vaccine this fall.
- The vaccine specifically targets the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron variants as well as original strain of the coronavirus, making it a "bivalent vaccine" — a term you might be hearing more these days.
- Who's eligible? Currently, vaccines are available for those 12 and over who have completed their primary Covid-19 vaccine series and have not received another Covid-19 vaccine in the past two months.
- You can find a vaccine and make an appointment here.
🥒 The south side is one step closer to having a permanent grocery store.
- The city announced it's in the final stages of negotiations with Maurer’s Urban Market to open and run a new full-service, grocery store at the Truman Olson project. The store will be the anchor tenant of the $42 million, six-story redevelopment.
- The city has been working to replace the soon-to-close Pick ’n Save located on South Park Street since 2015. The new store is expected to open before Pick ’n Save closes, ensuring the neighborhood doesn't become a food desert.
- Dig deeper: Rising tide on the south side: Leaders have big plans for neighborhood revival (Cap Times)
🏳️🌈 "An anti-gay senator in 2022? In a purple state? Interesting strategy!"
- That was Sam's reaction upon learning Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson won't support U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's efforts to codify same-sex and interracial marriage through the Respect for Marriage Act.
- Baldwin, a Democrat, has been working with Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine to rally support for the legislation across party lines. The bill passed the House of Representatives in July, but will require the support of 10 Republicans in order to overcome a filibuster in the Senate.
- Johnson previously said he did not "oppose" the legislation but has since changed his mind. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Johnson now will not support the Respect for Marriage Act and believes the Supreme Court case giving same-sex couples the right to marry was "wrongly decided."
🍔 RIP Five Guys.
- Madison's oldest Five Guys quietly closed its doors at the end of August. The shop first opened on State Street in 2007.
- The State Journal reports the company decided not to renew its lease at 517 State St. because the aging building itself isn't in great condition and that often interfered with operations at the restaurant.
- The new location is a limited-service branch open to students, staff, and teachers. A major emphasis of the work done there is giving students the opportunity to learn more about money, banking, and planning for the future.
- "The opening of the bank branch in West High School highlights our mutual support of our students, and their understanding of fiscal literacy, not just in a class but in actuality with a trusted partner. We are fortunate to have this opportunity as we serve kids and families,” commented Sun Prairie Area School District Superintendent Brad Saron.
- Read more.
💊 The county's plan for addressing the opioid epidemic.
- Dane County Executive Joe Parisi proposed a nearly $740,000 initiative to combat opiate and fentanyl emergencies as part of his 2023 budget Thursday.
- The Harm Reduction and Prevention Act proposes six key actions to address overdoses in the county, including partnering with community organizations to distribute Narcan and fentanyl test strips, and bringing new education courses to schools on identifying risk, being safe, and building resiliency.
- In Dane County, opiate-related deaths have increased more than 30% in the past five years and fentanyl-related deaths are up 70%.
🌈 Just for fun: The city has a gay crosswalk now.
- City officials gathered Thursday evening to to unveil a "Rainbow Crossing" at the top of State Street. The painted Pride flag is meant to serve as a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community and foster inclusivity in the city.
💟 Your lunchtime read: Letesha Nelson is growing community at Goodman.
- Via Madison Magazine: "Letesha Nelson was sitting in the kitchen of her home in Mississippi — just over the state line from Memphis, where she worked — when a phone call from Madison changed her life.
It was December 2020. The caller was Souphaphone Maddox, president of the board of directors of the Goodman Community Center in Madison.
Maddox offered Nelson the center’s executive director position following Becky Steinhoff’s decision to step down after 31 years in the job."
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📅 Events: The weekend
- Badger Meet-Up at the Alumni Center
- Combo Noir at North Street Cabaret
- Comet Boy at The Brink Lounge
- Corey Mathew Hart at Buck & Honey's
- David Bromberg Quintet at Stoughton Opera House
- DJay Mando at Majestic Madison
- Golden Features at Liquid Madison
- Mad Lit at the top of State Street
- Michelle at High Noon Saloon
- Natty Nation & DJ Pain 1 at The Boneyard
- New Rocket Union at Mickey's Tavern
- Plant Adoption Day at Allen Centennial Garden
- Richi y su Runakuna with Richard Hildner & Salsa lesson at Cafe CODA
- Shutter Step and Fightin Bob at Dark Horse Artbar
- UW Cinematheque - Blindspotting at 4070 Vilas Hall
- Wilco at The Sylvee
- WPCRC Family Fun Night at Warner Park
- #BansOffOurBodies Madison Canvass Launch at Tenney Park
- Bird & Nature Adventures at Owen Conservation Park
- ETHAN PHILION MINGUS BIG BAND at North Street Cabaret
- The Crystal Method at Majestic Theatre
- Downtown Sun Prairie Farmers Market at Cannery Square
- The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show at Alliant Energy Center
- Mad City Funk: Live at the Boneyard at The Boneyard
- Nemesis at The Brink Lounge
- Noah James Hittner at Buck & Honey's
- Peekaboo at Liquid Madison
- Radius X with Kenne Thomas at Cafe CODA
- UW Cinematheque - Little Murders at Vilas Hall
- 6th Annual Puptoberfest at Wisconsin Brewing
- Bird & Nature Adventures at Turville Point Conservation Park
- Clinton Kane at Majestic Theatre
- Drag Bingo at The Rigby
- Good Neighbor Gathering at Brittingham Park Shelter House
- Jocelyn & Chris at The Bur Oak
- Noah James Hittner at Come Back In
- Oakwood Chamber Players Concert at Arts + Literature Laboratory
- Sacred Hearts Fall Festival 2022 at Sacred Hearts Day Care Grounds
- Sunday Brunch Jazz Piano with Jim Erickson at Cafe CODA
🐶 Friday Floof
Are you freaking kidding me?! Look at these two. Finn (bottom) and Poe (top) are littermates and literal angels. Finn is the athlete of the two and loves to play fetch. Meanwhile Poe would rather chase Finn. While the two like to play rough, there's nothing but love between the pair, they've never spent a day apart.
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