Good Thursday, Madison!

What do Caitlyn Jenner, Ziwe, and Bucky Badger all have in common?

I promise this isn't some glitch in the Matrix, they're all on Cameo.

Cameo is that website you've probably heard of but never actually used to send personalized video messages from celebrities. So now, when he isn't rallying fans on the field or falling off jetskis, everyone's favorite badger can wish you a happy birthday, or congratulations, or whatever else you may want want him to say!

Bucky isn't the first badger to join Cameo. Former Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez is also on the platform (his videos start at $120), and so is UW Volleyball superstar Dana Rettke, among others.

— Hayley


⛔️ Keeping track of the CrossFit-related road closures.

  • The games are in full swing, which means traffic on the isthmus. Here's a look at where roads will be affected by the games this week. (h/t to Channel300.)
  • John Nolen Drive and South Broom Street, will temporarily close lanes between 8:50 - 9:20 a.m. and 9:50 - 10:20 a.m. Friday.
  • West Wilson Street will be closed between Broom and South Hamilton streets between 9 - 11 a.m. Friday.
  • South Hamilton Street will be closed between West Wilson Street and the Capitol from 9 a.m. to roughly 3 p.m. Friday.
  • Part of West Mifflin and North Carroll streets will be closed starting 6 p.m. Thursday into Friday afternoon.
Photo by Solen Feyissa / Unsplash

😷 UW staff want stronger Covid-19 protections.

  • Dozens of University of Wisconsin professors and staff members have signed an open letter to incoming Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin urging her to implement stronger Covid-19 policies on campus this fall.
  • The letter states UW's testing has dropped to "unsafe levels" and calls for a return to masking when inside and on public transportation. The letter also calls for vaccine requirements (and testing requirements for those who cannot be vaccinated) and the flexibility to continue working remotely.
"Considering the potential for lingering impacts of even mild COVID cases that can have major impacts on the quality of life for members of our community, and the increased transmissibility of current variants, we believe more should be done."

🍩 Coffee, donuts, and chicken, oh my.

  • If it seems like the north side is booming, well, it is. The neighborhood will soon welcome Zippy Lube Coffee, Donuts & Fried Chicken to the scene.
  • As proprietor Ben Altschul — whose other ventures include the Tip Top Tavern and North Street Cabaret — told the Cap Times, the new spot combines a famous farmer’s market recipe for "fried cakes," (aka donuts), coffee, and pressure-fried chicken. Don't expect a beer with that though, the small space isn't applying for a liquor license and is geared toward takeout.
  • The new spot, located at 2013 N. Sherman Ave., is set to have its soft opening in September. To start, it will operate Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

💸 The city is upping its investments in south side development.  

  • Madison is increasing its investment for improvements at the evolving Village on Park mall on the South Side. The city will contribute another $5 million to the project, brining its total investment to $16.2 million, the State Journal reports.
  • If you'll recall, the south side project will be home to the Urban League of Greater Madison’s $25.5 million Black Business Hub.
  • Why the increase? Put simply, inflation. Though some of the new funding will cover public art projects at the site and additional work.

🥐 Catch the Far Breton Bakery pop-up at Garver.

  • Garver Feed Mill is welcoming its newest pop-up vendor to the space. Far Breton Bakery will be out on the patio every Thursday and Friday morning selling cookies, pastries, scones and more.
  • The bakery is the latest endeavor of pastry chef Marie-Arzel Young, who has worked at Ovens of Brittany, L'Etoile, Harvest, and Samba.
Image via Flickr user Jake Pfaffenroth

🎻 Lay your blankets down, it's time for the Concerts on the Square finale.

💟 Your lunchtime read: ‘It’s OK to not be OK’: Farmers open up about mental health concerns.

  • Via Cap Times: "Farming is a high stress occupation with strong economic and personal pressures. Today, there are organizations and programs working to help farmers; TUGS [an acronym for “talking, understanding, growing, supporting”] is one of them. Ditzenberger knows from experience the importance of having a support system. In addition to being a farmer, a parent and a friend, he also survived a suicide attempt."
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