Keeping score

Morning update: Thursday, Sept. 28

Keeping score
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Good morning, Madison!

Correction: Yesterday's newsletter mistakenly referred to District 12 Ald. Syed Abbas City Council president. He is the former president (his term ended in April). District 19 Ald. Keith Furman is the council's current president.

I probably couldn't name all the City Council members from memory, but I definitely know who the president is! So we're sorry about that.

Thanks to the folks who have written in with corrections and feedback.

In the 1.5 years Madison Minutes has been around, the number of corrections we've had to issue have been few. Considering we've sent out more than 300 (!!!) newsletters in that time, our stats are pretty good.

Speaking of stats, this newsletter somehow ended up with a bit of a sports theme. So, uh, go team?!

— Hayley


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👟 The closing chapter to The Shoe Box scandal.

💉 A campus-area plasma center announced its closure, leaving some students without critical income.

  • If you've attended the UW-Madison (sup, fellow Badgers), odds are you know someone who at some point in their college career donated plasma to earn some extra cash. Now, the only plasma donation center within walking distance of campus has announced its closure.
  • Biomat USA, Inc. says its Interstate Blood and Plasma facility located downtown at 317 N. Henry Street will permanently close Nov. 11, affecting 47 employees.
  • The Daily Cardinal reports the location was still heavily trafficked by students, some of whom relied heavily on the donation funds to pay their bills.
"I know, for a lot of people, it’s their borrowing money or their fun money. But for me, that's grocery money that puts food on my table." — Kaylin Gruen, UW-Madison student

🛍 Fresh faces coming to Hilldale.

  • New clothes: Next month, J.Crew-look-alike clothing store J.McLaughlin will move in next to UNTUCKit (not to be confused with Tim Robinson's TC Tuggers).
  • New food: October will also bring the arrival of Amara, the latest restaurant from Rule No. One Hospitality Group, which owns Merchant and Lucille.
  • New cosmetics: Later in the fall, the mall will welcome luxury beauty retailer Bluemercury. Get all the details on all the openings from Madison Magazine here.
  • Further development: On the northeast side of the mall in the building Fleming's Steakhouse once occupied, two new tenants have moved in. One is a Chase bank (opening soon) and the other is Creando Exploretorium, a bilingual preschool.
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🏠 Good news if you own property.

🏈 Just for fun: The Packers are getting nostalgic.

  • The team will wear uniforms inspired by the 1950's during the game against the New York Jets Oct. 16. The uniforms are green, with gold numbers and stripes.
  • As Channel 3000 notes, the 50s wasn't a particularly great decade for the team's record, but it did bring the hiring of legendary coach Vince Lombardi in 1959.

⚽️ Your lunchtime read: Q&A: Evan Warwick is Forward Madison’s chief meme officer.

  • Via Cap Times: "When Evan Warwick first approached Forward Madison FC, it was the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was hoping to become the team’s official FIFA (video game) player.

    This is common — many soccer clubs have an official esports player. But even though Warwick didn’t keep that job for long, the request opened a door for the 26-year-old Muskego native.

    Fast forward to now, and Warwick has worked with the club for more than a year as its director of digital content."
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