Happy Friday, friends.

Today is Veterans Day. Madison is home to thousands of individuals who have served there are plenty of ways to honor them locally.

At the Capitol, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with the Madison Veterans Council for a Veterans Day ceremony at the Statehouse. The theme of the event is "honor" and Gov. Tony Evers, WDVA Secretary Mary M. Kolar, and Wisconsin Veterans Museum Director Chris Kolakowski will all speak.

The ceremony will kick off at 10 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda.

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is also looking to collect veterans' stories for a special exhibit. The museum is especially interested in hearing from people in marginalized groups and those who have served in the last 10 years.

Madison Magazine collected a list of veteran-owned businesses in the Madison area. You can check them out here.

And then there are the deals...NBC15 put together a collection of local businesses that are offering special deals for veterans today. The State Journal rounded up a few, too. And a dedicated Reddit user compiled an impressive list of specials available in the Madison area for veterans and active duty personnel.

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๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ The race for Madison mayor has begun.

  • On the steps of the City-County Building Thursday, former deputy mayor and Madison School Board President Gloria Reyes announced she's running for mayor.
  • Some context: The office of mayor and all 20 City Council seats will be up for election in spring 2023.
  • Reyes currently serves as CEO of Reyes Public Safety, which provides training and racial equity development for law enforcement. Reyes was a Madison Police officer for more than 10 years, served on the School Board, and worked in the mayor's office under Paul Soglin. If elected, she would be the first person of color to hold the office, according to Madison365.
  • What about Satya? Madison's current mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway hasn't formally announced a re-election campaign but plans to do so after City Council finalizes the 2023 budget next week, the State Journal reports.
  • Related commentary: Letโ€™s have a contest for Madison mayor (Isthmus)
Image via City of Madison

๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ Read this if you get trash or recycling picked up on Mondays.

  • If you get your trash or recycling picked up on Mondays, you should download an updated version of the 2022 and 2023 collection schedules.
  • Why? There were a few errors on the first version of the Monday collection calendars released earlier this year.

๐Ÿ’ธ The county has sent its budget off for final approval.

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๐ŸŒฎ Sabores Fusion Grill on State Street has a little bit of everything.

  • The chef from the former Dobhan and Chautara restaurants has opened his own spot in the space where Mirch Masala used to be. Sabores Fusion Grill occupies the second floor of 449 State St. and, as its name suggests, has a menu that combines flavors from around the world.
  • The restaurant features a mix of Mexican, American, and Indian food; with menu items that range from BBQ tofu and po' boys, to curries, burgers, and pasta.

๐Ÿ“š The Madison Reading Project wants your books.

  • The local nonprofit launched its third annual community book drive this week. Through Dec. 10, the Madison Reading Project is accepting books and funds from community members at locations across Dane County.
  • How it works: You can either bring your own used books to a donation site (see the guidelines here) or purchase a book from the organization's wishlist and Madison Reading Project Staff will take care of the rest.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ Your lunchtime read (or listen โ€“ you decide!): Mariel refugees find their way in the Midwest.

  • Via WPR: "On a warm, sunny afternoon in April 2021 along the lake at Brittingham Park in Madison, people gathered under a shelter decorated with balloons and Cuban flags.

    Tables were packed to the edges with black beans and rice, plantains and shredded pork. Family and friends sat closely in circles, talking with one another.

    Musicians pulled out guitars and congas and started jamming as others hit the dance floor. Armando Rodriguez, Rodosvaldo Pozo, Osvaldo Durruthy and Ernesto Rodriguez were all there.

    They were celebrating the life of Jesus Cisneros-Hernandez, an avid chess player and beloved family man. He moved to the United States from Cuba with his father in 1981, a year after the Mariel Boatlift. He eventually settled down in Madison."
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