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MMSD: Schools to make up missed time with extended, additional days

Madison Metropolitan School District officials sent an email to parents Thursday announcing that students will have to make up time due to the days classes were canceled because of weather.

The email said the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires schools to meet statewide standards for number of days and hours of teaching during a school year.

According to the email, afternoon sessions of four-year-old kindergarten will add six minutes to the end of each day, and morning sessions will add one additional session on June 12.

All elementary schools in Madison will add six minutes to the end of each school day starting Monday, according to the release. Early-start schools will dismiss at 2:38 p.m. (1:06 p.m. on Mondays), and late-start schools will dismiss at 3:23 p.m. (1:51 p.m. on Mondays). The last day of school (June 12) will be a full day.

There will be no changes to middle school schedules, officials said.

Would-be credit union robber leaves empty-handed

A man who attempted to rob a credit union on Madison?s east side Thursday morning left empty-handed, according to police.

Officers were called to Heritage Credit Union at 2555 Shopko Dr. at 11:02 a.m. for a report of a robbery.

The robber passed a note to a teller before leaving, according to police. Officers are looking for him.

The man is described as black, in his 20s, 6 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build. He was wearing a dark jacket, and a multi-colored hat, and was carrying a clear plastic backpack.

Woman found dead on sidewalk, foul play not suspected

Madison police don't suspect foul play in the death of a 90-year-old Madison woman who was found dead on the sidewalk outside her apartment Thursday morning.

Officers were called to the 4500 block of Martha Lane at 8:05 a.m. and started a death investigation.

Police said the cause of death is unknown and under investigation, but there is nothing to indicate foul play.

Investigators determine origin, damages estimate of Atlas Avenue fire

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Investigators have determined the origin and estimated damages of Tuesday's fire on Atlas Avenue.


The blaze inside a warehouse in the 300 block of Atlas Avenue Tuesday morning started in a maintenance room, according to a release. The building is a manufacturing facility for Windsor Building Systems and contained material for roof trusses.

Officials said potential causes are being investigated, but there is no evidence that suggests the fire was intentionally set.

According to the release, the amount of damage to the warehouse is expected to be between $1 and $2 million.

Where is the best pizza in Madison?

By Madison Magazine

Can you think of a more perfect food than pizza?

We can't, either. You've got all your food groups present. It's equally delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner (we think). Depending on your mood, you can get quick, greasy takeout 'za, or go the gourmet route with poached figs and fresh buffalo mozzarella on your pie. And here in Madison, it's getting even better; the pizza options are delicious and diverse, spanning the cheesy spectrum and representing broader food movements like farm to table. It's a pizza lover's paradise out there, and we're happy to help you chew through it.

Ten Slices You Gotta Try
Hot, fresh, delicious and full of flavor. Here are the pizzas around town you should be eating.

YMCA to permanently offer day care during school closures

 YMCA to permanently offer day care during school closures

The cold weather left schools empty Tuesday, but there were still plenty of children at the east side YMCA.

The YMCA of Dane County offered a solution to parents looking for reliable child care after schools in the area closed Tuesday. Three YMCA branches in Madison offered drop-in child care.

YMCA employee Jason McColl said while the program gives parents peace of mind, kids are excited to spend the day in a new environment.

"They're excited about not having to go to school today, and they're enjoying themselves, getting to meet children they don't normally get to play with," McColl said.

This is the third time the YMCA has opened up for day care this year and they're planning to make it a permanent option during school cancellations.

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

Extreme cold keeps water main repair crews busy

The extreme cold is creating lots of work for the local water utility.

Madison Water Utility spokeswoman Amy Barrilleaux said that seven water main breaks throughout the city Tuesday morning had all the department's repair crews out. 

Barrilleaux said mains broke Tuesday on:

  • Barby Lane
  • Mohican Pass
  • Havey Road
  • Kingsbridge Road
  • Tokay Boulevard
  • Nautilus Drive
  • and at East Main & Paterson streets

The harsh dip in temperatures is the cause of the multiple breaks, Barrilleaux said. It also makes fixing the breaks difficult. 

"It always makes things a little bit slower because our crews have to take breaks and warm up," she said. The icy streets also have to be salted and drains plowed to take care of the extra water in the roadways. 

But she said the Madison Water Utility prepares for tough weather.