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Madison Police Ask Residents For Feedback

Madison Police Ask Residents For Feedback

The Madison Police Department said it is looking for input from residents to help make the community safer.

Madison police are once again conducting community surveys to gauge residents' opinions on neighborhood safety and their beliefs regarding the priorities of the Madison Police Department.

The surveys are broken down by police district. Police said the data will help them focus their efforts.

"It's important for us to know what they view as the major issues in their neighborhood, to know if they feel safe; to know if we are doing a good job; if they feel they can work in a team with the police with other stakeholders to fight for positive change in their neighborhoods," said Lt. John Patterson, of the Madison Police Department's West District.

Residents have until the end of December to fill out the survey.

Each police district has its own survey for 2011:

Debate Over Willy Street Co-Op Driveway Continues

Debate Over Willy Street Co-Op Driveway Continues

If you have been by the Williamson-Jenifer street neighborhood in recent months, you might have noticed the yellow signs that litter the yards along the residential side of Jenifer Street. The signs, which read "We STILL say NO to a Co-op driveway," refer to the continuing controversy over the Willy Street Co-op’s driveway, which links its parking lot to Jenifer Street.

Before the Willy Street Co-op owned the lot at 1221 Williamson St., the space had driveways linking the property to both Williamson and Jenifer Streets. However, when the Willy Street Co-op opened its doors in October of 1999, there was only one driveway connecting the lot to Williamson Street. According to a resident of the community who, like many others quoted in this article requested not to be named, the decision to close the driveway onto Jenifer was an attempt to be a good neighbor.

DCHS Seeks Funds To Help Stray Dog

DCHS Seeks Funds To Help Stray Dog

A small, female Maltese mix, now named Sheba, that arrived as a stray at Dane County Humane Society's at the end of September is in need of an expensive surgery and DCHS is turning to the public for help.

Sheba was severely matted and was exhibiting strange behaviors that were very worrisome to the shelter medical and care staff. 

Upon observation, DCHS’s Animal Medical Services thought that Sheba’s behavior, coupled with her high white blood cell count and the fact that she was an intact female, may be because of a medical condition, pyometra or an infected uterus, which is treated by a spay surgery.  Sheba received the much-needed surgery, but struggled with recovery and had the staff worried about her well-being. 

She slowly improved, but continued to exude behaviors that were concerning.

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is urging the public to buy local on Black Friday to help support local businesses in the area and return valuable dollars to the county's economy. 

Leaders and retailers from Dane Buy Local, a coalition that advocates for thinking local first, joined Parisi at the event Tuesday.

"Eighty-six percent of the county's businesses employ 10 or fewer people," Parisi said.  "By buying local on Black Friday, and throughout the year, we can support these working families, create and retain jobs in the area, and make a real positive impact on our local economy."

Dane County Food Pantries In Need Of Venison Donations

Dane County Food Pantries In Need Of Venison Donations

As white-tailed deer gun season kicked off Nov. 19, hunters in Dane County continued the tradition of harvesting deer for those in need of food. For years, hunters around the state have supplied local food banks with venison, contributing extra meat from the hunt. In the past few years, however, state-sanctioned donations have been down, leaving pantries wondering just how much venison they will have to share with families seeking assistance through 2012.

As Food and Garden Division Manager at Dane County’s Community Action Coalition, Chris Brockel knows about the need for support in Wisconsin food pantries. He works with a number of facilities that provide nourishment and education about food to families in the county, and explained that while canned and boxed foods are a common donation in food pantries, fresh meat is more expensive and challenging to obtain.

Growing Gift Shop Hosts Annual Sale At Olbrich Gardens

Growing Gift Shop Hosts Annual Sale At Olbrich Gardens

Find the perfect gift for the gardening enthusiast on your holiday list and shop locally at the Growing Gifts shop annual sale at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

The two-day sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20. During this holiday kick-off sale, the general public receives 10 percent off all purchases, and Olbrich Botanical Society members receive 20 percent off purchases. Enjoy savory treats and complimentary coffee while you shop!

Shopping at Olbrich’s Growing Gifts shop is a great way to support a local business while helping to keep Madison’s public garden available for all to enjoy, sale organizers said.

All proceeds from Growing Gifts shop sales directly benefit Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

DCHS Sees Abundance Of Cats, Cuts Adoption Rates

DCHS Sees Abundance Of Cats, Cuts Adoption Rates

The Dane County Humane Society is overflowing with cats, including kittens, and shelter officials said they need help now.

There are currently hundreds of cats being cared for by DCHS that are available for adoption now or will be available very soon. 

Recently, DCHS has been contacted to help individuals in need and shelter staff and volunteers are anticipating a large number of cats in the coming weeks.

"We are already very full, but we want to be able to help all of the incoming cats that need us, too," said Gayle Viney, Public Relations Coordinator for DCHS.

Due to this situation, adoption fees have been dramatically reduced to help these furry felines find the perfect families as soon as possible.

Reduced cat adoption fees will be $20, down from $125 from Thursday, Nov. 17 through Nov. 22.