The organization 100 Black Men of Madison has launched a program called Project SOAR that aims to reduce the achievement gap of young African-American men in school, according to its website. Project SOAR, which was initially launched several weeks ago and stands for Student Opportunities, Access and Readiness, targets black males ages 12-17 who attend middle or high school in the Madison Public School District. It especially aims to serve students living in lower-income or single-parent households, students in foster care or the juvenile justice system, or students who are homeless, according to the organization’s website. The project consists of one-on-one mentoring as well as discussions about careers and social issues. President of 100 Black Men of Madison Floyd Rose hopes the program will reduce the number of unexcused school absences among black students, which he said is a symptom of poverty. “The vast majority of African-American male students in Madison have experienced poverty and its resulting symptoms such as unstable housing, inadequate health care and escalating community violence,” Rose said, according to the Capital Times. “We are committed to being positive role models in these students’ lives and ensure they are on a path to stay in school and graduate.” In addition to the public school district, 100 Black Men of Madison has partnered with the City of Madison, United Way of Dane County, the Madison Police Department and African-American fraternities and sororities, among other groups. Those interested in registering for Project SOAR can visit its website.
Madison Mayor Paul Soglin introduced Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to a crowd of more than 8,000 at Alliant Energy Center Saturday. But the two have a history that goes back to the 1970s when Soglin was the 51st mayor of Madison—he is currently the 57th—and before Sanders was even elected to public office. “I have known Bernie Sanders for 40 years,” Soglin said.
Findorff will close the 100 block of West Doty Street starting at 4 a.m. April 6 to assemble two tower cranes for the Anchorbank Development project. The closure, which goes from South Hamilton Street to Martin Luther King Jr.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton followed her Monday, Supreme Court-focused speech by shopping on State Street with Ald.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Tuesday a $2.25 million fund to address affordable housing is open to community members for application. The funding was established in The Affordable Housing Development fund, which allocates $2 million each year for four years to help the county combat unaffordable housing.
The Madison Police Department is encouraging city residents to be on the lookout for home improvement scams in its online “safety tip of the week.”
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced continued improvements March 24 at the Alliant Energy Center Campus beginning in April.
Angelito Tenorio, a UW-Madison sophomore, and Hayley Young, a May 2015 Madison graduate, are fighting to replace another recent Madison graduate, Leland Pan, in the District 5 Dane County Board of Supervisors race. The district is approximately 75 percent Lake Mendota with the remaining area being mostly campus.
Mayor Paul Soglin went before the Alcohol License Review Committee Tuesday to request a moratorium on alcohol licenses in the State Street and Capitol Square area until the completion of a retail study. Specifically, the ALRC would not grant any new Class A, B or C alcohol licenses, no new entertainment licenses and no physical expansions of existing alcohol establishments, according to a memo Soglin sent to the committee. The memo also said transfers of alcohol licenses to new locations would not be permitted.
Ald. David Ahrens, District 15, and Ald. Mark Clear, District 19, announced Wednesday plans to reform city government and give more power to Common Council and the council president.
Madison Common Council approved a revised plan for Capitol Square Tuesday night after state officials denied a provision in January that would have built a bike lane on East Mifflin Street. The plan focused on general maintenance of the Capitol Square.
Tamara Grigsby, the recently appointed director of the new Dane County Department of Equity and Inclusion, died unexpectedly this week from health complications.
The Madison Police Department will be increasing its enforcement of impaired driving offenses in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to a City of Madison news release.
A sanitary sewer blockage caused the discharge of untreated wastewater onto the street and into nearby storm inlets in West Madison Friday, according to a City of Madison release.
Sophomore Sarah Metropulos’ daily tasks reflect those of a typical legislative employee—she works in the Capitol, attends caucus meetings and writes letters to constituents. There is one difference, however.
Senators, congressmen and local representatives throughout Wisconsin and the nation call UW-Madison their alma mater. But while the campus is popularly known for the public servants who started here, today’s students also represent themselves in government.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Thursday he will appoint Carlos Pabellón as the new Dane County Department of Administration director.