Happy Tuesday, Madison!
Here's a little bit of national news to kick off your morning: the application for student loan relief is now open.
If you'll recall: In August, the president announced the federal government would cancel up to $10,000 in student loan debt for individuals making less than $125,000 a year or up to $20,000 for eligible Pell Grant recipients.
The application is available in English and Spanish and can be accessed via desktop or mobile phone.
Important dates: Borrowers are encouraged to complete their applications by Nov. 15 if they want to see their balances lowered before the pandemic-induced payment pause expires on Dec. 31. The application for loan forgiveness officially closes Dec. 31, 2023.
🦃 The Goodman Community Center is gearing up for Thanksgiving.
- Registration for the annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive has officially opened. This year, the Goodman Center plans to provide 4,000 families with a Thanksgiving basket filled with the groceries needed for a traditional holiday meal.
- Baskets are available to Dane County residents that register by Oct. 28.
- Want to help? There are plenty of ways to get involved, from donating food to volunteering time.
🚨 A Dane County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a Madison man in Windsor.
- On Thursday, a Sheriff’s deputy fatally shot 46-year-old Quantaze Campbell outside of the Windsor Super 8 hotel, just over 10 miles from Madison. The state Department of Justice is investigating the incident.
- According to the State Journal, dozens of family members and supporters gathered outside of the hotel Sunday evening to hold a vigil for Campbell. Authorities have released few details about the incident, leaving family members searching for answers.
- Campbell had a warrant out for his arrest after missing a court date for a felony criminal case.
🧋 Meet The Bubbling Teapot.
- A former employee of the East side's Jade Mountain Cafe has opened up a new bubble tea shop in the space her old employer left in September.
- The Bubbling Teapot opened Oct. 5 at 2611 East Johnson St. The new owner bought the remaining tea stock from the former business and isn't shaking things up too much at the new space, keeping Jade Mountain's food and beverage menu around for now. There are plans to bring on new menu items with "Indian and Mauritian influence" in the future, the State Journal reports.
- The new cafe is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. with plans to expand hours as more staff come on board.
Do you have your voter ID ready?
- The Wisconsin DMV wants to remind voters that there's still time to get a voter ID before the Nov. 8 election.
- To obtain a state ID for voting, you'll need proof of identity and residence documentation. But if that information isn't readily available, you can still get an ID from the DMV through the Voter ID Petition Process.
- According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, through this process, voters can apply for a Wisconsin ID card and be mailed a temporary receipt for their ID that can be used for voting purposes while the DMV verifies the voter’s missing information.
- A refresher: Photo ID is required for voting in Wisconsin. This rule has been in effect since April 2015. See the full list of acceptable voter IDs here.
🗒 The city is offering one more chance to learn about the upcoming Town of Madison attachment.
- Some context: The Cities of Madison and Fitchburg will officially absorb the Town of Madison by the end of this month.
- The city will host a final public information meeting for Town of Madison residents and property owners to better understand changes they'll see when the town becomes part of the city later this month. According to the city, the main topics of discussion will be property taxes, address changes, transportation, libraries and parks, and the November election.
- The meeting will be held virtually on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. Prior registration is required.
- Know your history: The difference between the Town and the City of Madison
🏈 Your lunchtime read: Section Yellow offers sober Green Bay Packers fans an 'oasis' in a sea of gameday alcohol.
- Via WPR: "John Plageman loves the Grateful Dead and Phish.
Back around 2009 — about three or four months into sobriety — he wanted to attend a Phish reunion show. But he knew the jam band scene was filled with drugs and alcohol. This weighed on him. How could he keep having fun while staying sober?
Then Plageman found his way to The Phellowship, a group of sober Phish fans. He started volunteering with the group a few years later. Fast forward to a Phish show at Alpine Valley in East Troy in 2019 and it clicked — how could he get something similar at Lambeau Field for Green Bay Packers?"
- Plant & Sip/Succulent Bar at Giant Jones Brewing
- Eviction Defense Clinic at UW South Partnership Office
- Lucid Tuesday at Crucible
- Organ and Brass Concert at Bethel Lutheran Church
- Pretty Woman - The Musical at Overture Center
- Contemporary Native Art, Issues and (Mis-)Understandings at Central Library
- Crucible Karaoke at Crucible
- THE EDWARDS TWINS: THE ULTIMATE VARIETY SHOW at The Barrymore Theatre
- Fall Garden Meditation at Allen Centennial Garden
- Mackenzie Moore at The Bur Oak