Happy Friday, Madison!

This is an extra happy Friday because, we did it, y'all. We met our membership goal and are ready to make our interactive events calendar available to everyone.

But first, a huge thank you to everyone who became a member this week (and everyone who has supported us in the past). Thank you for believing in this crazy little newsletter. We can't wait to keep building with all of you.

Now let's do the news.

โ€” Hayley


๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ PSA: You might have a new trash and recycling pickup schedule.

๐Ÿ’‰ PHMDC is opening a monkeypox vaccination clinic.

๐Ÿšซ The city has closed most offices to public visitors as a Covid-19 precaution.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

๐ŸŒŠ Meet the Lake Monona waterfront design challenge finalists.

  • A city committee has selected three finalists to reimagine the Lake Monona waterfront between Olin Park and Willy Street. The finalists were chosen from a group of 14 heavy hitting architectural firms from across the nation. They are Agency Landscape + Planning of Massachusetts, James Corner Field Operations of New York, and Sasaki of Denver, the State Journal reports.
  • If you'll recall, the city put out a request for qualifications to shape a master plan to better connect Capitol Square and neighborhoods to the lake. The city wants to turn the space into a "family-centered destination thatโ€™s welcoming to people of all social, economic and racial backgrounds."
  • The finalists will now receive $75,000 a piece to refine their pitches. The winning team will receive an additional $200,000. Contracts should be settled by the end of August and the committee is set to make a final recommendation to the Mayor in September 2023.

โšฝ Forward Madison set a record this week.

  • The 'mingos Flock set a regular season attendance record this week. There were 4,695 fans in the stands at Tuesday's game against Union Omaha. Ultimately the match resulted in a 0-0 draw, but we'll count it as a win.

๐Ÿงบ For funsies: how to plan to ultimate picnic.

๐Ÿ˜๏ธ Your lunchtime read: Sister act: These women could transform affordable housing in Madison.

  • Via Cap Times: "On a windy summer day, cold drinks and popsicles went perfectly with the cool shade on a screened porch. The smell of new wood, a breeze coming in through the screens and flower beds outside had the feel of the countryside.

    This was decidedly not the vibe one might associate with East Washington Avenue during a heavy-traffic work afternoon. But this scene at the new Ella Apartments is what affordable housing can look and feel like in a dense urban section of Madison, thanks to the work of two female developers whose Madison roots run deep."
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Hey, absentee voters, itโ€™s time to get your ballot in the mail!

To ensure your ballot arrives on time, it is advised that voters mail in their ballot no later than a week before Election Day. MyVote has a great feature that lets you track your ballot. So set aside some time today to learn about the candidates, make sure everything is properly filled out, and send your ballot off in the mail.
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