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Police ready for annual kids' Christmas shopping event

Police ready for annual kids' Christmas shopping event

They protect and serve, and this time of year, Dane County law enforcement officers give back. To make sure that kids in the community have a happy holiday season, police from area agencies get together to help children shop for Christmas gifts for their families.

On Dec. 8, the 12th annual Shop with a Cop program will be take place at Target East in Madison. Police team up one-on-one with financially disadvantaged children from Dane County communities and

Monona Officer James Reiter has taking part in Shop with a Cop for nine years.

"It's really nice to be able to give something back to our community (and) show something positive as law enforcement officers," Reiter said. 

After the officers and kids buy the gifts at Target, they take them to the VFW where they eat pizza, wrap presents and visit with Santa and Bucky Badger.

Closing of Madison Fur Shop causes customer frustrations

Closing of Madison Fur Shop causes customer frustrations

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Madison?s last fur shop is calling it quits after 90 years. Savidusky's Fur Shop has been around since 1924, selling new furs and other items on consignment.

Now the owners are closing shop and friends in Indiana are taking over, but it has left some Madison customers frustrated.

Sisters Diane Romary and Barbara Infield are longtime Madison residents, who say Savidusky's closing has led to a stressful few weeks. They called News 3 Call For Action.

"They have this fabulous reputation and they are respected, so this is just disappointing,? Romary said.

The sisters have three coats on consignment which were shipped to the company Day Furs in Carmel, Indiana. They are frustrated because they say they've gotten no answers, and don't know how to get their furs back.

Next Door Brewing menu includes pate, burgers

Next Door Brewing menu includes pate, burgers

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews Next Door Brewing  

Similar to the nearby One Barrel Brewing, the recently opened Next Door Brewing, at 2439 Atwood Ave., is a perfect fit for the Atwood Neighborhood in which it resides. In this particular case, the restaurant and bar seems like it was designed for the hipsters and young families (yes, high chairs are available) who likely will frequent it.

Let's talk about the beer first.

Read more about the brew offerings, corn dog, burger, beef shank, fish and more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Madison Parks is hosting the second annual Fall Festival Craft Fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elver Park.

The free arts and crafts show will be held rain or shine at the park on McKenna Boulevard, according to a release.

"Last year Madison Parks introduced an arts and crafts show to our Fall Festival, and it was a big hit," Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said in the release. "We are really excited to bring the Fall Festival Craft Fair back this year with talented crafters, food, music and fun activities for families."

The festival will have local artists, crafters, food vendors and live music by the Dang-Its, according to the release. Artists and crafters will be selling original, handmade pieces like pottery, jewelry, quilts, paintings and other decorative pieces.

Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says

Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says

Division collects 600 tons of trees, brush in Jan.          

The second round of Christmas tree collection in Madison has been delayed. 

The City of Madison said Wednesday that the Streets Division is running behind due to the amount of storm-damaged limbs being picked up along with the trees. The frequent snowfall and ice operations of the last two weeks have also contributed to the delay by tying up staff who usually work on tree collection, the division said in a news release.

"Our crews collected over 600 tons of Christmas trees and brush in January," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "That is three times more than our average."

Dreckmann said the large amount of material has doubled the amount of time it usually takes the department to complete a first round of tree collection; four weeks instead of the usual two. 

‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

About 79 kids will get to spend the day shopping, wrapping with officers

Area families who may not have the finances for Christmas gifts will get to share in the season through a program organized by area police officers.

Dane County area police departments will pair officers with kids for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program on Sunday.

Each year, children from families in need are chosen to participate in the event. Each child receives $150 -- collected through private and corporate donations -- to buy gifts for his or her family. The shopping spree will take place at the East Side Target, organizers said.

Detective Kathy Wessel with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said about 79 kids are participating in the event Sunday. She said the little shoppers enjoy taking part in the giving season.

“They get a kick out of shopping for their families and picking out presents for brothers, sisters, mom and dad,” Wessel said.