Ready, set, loan relief

Morning update: Tuesday, Oct. 18

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Ready, set, loan relief
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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.

— Hayley

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🦃 The Goodman Community Center is gearing up for Thanksgiving.

🚨 A Dane County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a Madison man in Windsor.

🧋 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?

Are you ready to vote? The election is Nov. 8 and is your one-stop shop for all election information. We've also pulled a few extra links for specific questions. Happy voting!

Check your voter registration here.
Get the details on voter IDs here.
Meet the candidates here.

🗒 The city is offering one more chance to learn about the upcoming Town of Madison attachment.

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🏈 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?"
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