Good morning, Madison.

Tonight, the city is hosting a public input meeting to vote on the final equipment that will go in the new all-inclusive playground coming to Warner Park in 2022.

If you have thoughts, questions, or comments on what should be included in the park, now is the time to make your voice heard. This is the second online meeting seeking input from area residents and park users. According to the city, staff will present two playground concepts based on feedback received at a previous playground workshop.

If you want to attend this virtual meeting — it starts at 6 p.m. — all you need to do is register here.

— Hayley


💔 Acclaimed author and UW alum bell hooks has died.

🏫 Meet the latest addition to MMSD's leadership team: Carolyn Stanford Taylor.

“I spent the first 21 years of my career working in MMSD, and I have great love for the district and community. Although there are many challenges we face as a school community, Superintendent Jenkins and the MMSD leadership team have put the district on an exciting course of change." — Carolyn Stanford Taylor in a press release announcing her hire

🎒 Dispatches from the UW-Madison campus.

🦋 The city wants you to watch out for gypsy moths...and destroy their eggs.

  • Why? As the city Streets Division’s Urban Forestry Department explains, the moths are destructive pests and can defoliate and weaken trees. While they tend to prefer oak trees, all tree species can be harmed.
  • Be on the lookout for moth egg masses. They're "a fuzzy, brownish patch typically found on tree trunks, but can also be found on sheds, under picnic benches, and most other flat surfaces." The city recommends using golden pest oil or soaking the eggs in soapy water to eradicate them. (Simply stomping on them apparently isn't enough.)

A gypsy moth sits atop an egg mass. (Image via City of Madison)

💻 Dane County meetings will stay digital for the time being.

🌭 Brat Fest is back, baby!

🥦 Your lunchtime read: A legal loophole allows the sale of 'Delta 8' cannabis in Wisconsin. For one grower, it’s been a boon.

  • From WPR: "The Plymouth-based company [3 Tall Pines Farm] has seen explosive growth in the last year from creating and selling what are called "Delta 8" cannabis products. They're capitalizing on a loophole in state and federal law that allows the sale of intoxicating marijuana-like smokeables, edibles and vaping cartridges in Wisconsin — despite the fact that the state does not permit the legal sale of medicinal or recreational weed."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 57.5%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 75.3%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.


📅  Events, events, events

Multi-day

Thursday, Dec. 16


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