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Gates of Heaven wedding reservations canceled after dust-up with the city

Like any couple, Ethan Fassbender and Mindi Stickel wanted their wedding to be special. They searched around town for the perfect spot before picking Gates of Heaven at James Madison Park. "It's a beautiful location," says Fassbender. "I'm not religious but I like the feel of a church. It's nice to have a sacred setting for your wedding." >More
 Goodman Pool closing on hot Sunday afternoon a 'mistake'

The city bills its Goodman Pool as a great way to "beat the heat." One recent notice advised: "Don't let the dog days of summer get you down. Get outside and enjoy yourself while staying cool at the pool!" >More
 Madison considering transportation links to new downtown train station

High-speed passenger trains are scheduled to run to Madison in early 2013, with a station at the state Department of Administration Building, 101 E. Wilson St. While the state Department of Transportation continues to gather input on the station design (including a meeting on Thursday, July 29, at the DOA Building, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.), city officials are busy trying to find ways to link to the station. >More
 'Green streets' for Greenbush and Vilas neighborhoods?

The Greenbush and Vilas neighborhoods have teamed up to produce a plan to preserve traditional parts of the neighborhood and shape development in others. >More
 Madison council candidate Matt Phair a suspected ringer

In the spring of 2009, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz drew flak for recruiting candidates to run against his Common Council nemesis, Brenda Konkel. Konkel lost her seat to Bridget Maniaci, who had previously interned in the mayor's office. Now another of Cieslewicz's foes may be challenged by someone else with ties to the mayor. >More
 Overture Center looks to the future

A Connecticut-based consultant, AMS Planning and Research, last week presented a five-year plan for the struggling Overture Center. It calls for more Broadway shows, more ticket sales and more fundraising to make the arts center financially stable. >More
 Big plans for Overture area?

The Overture Center wouldn't exist without the generosity of Jerry Frautschi, whose original $205 million donation allowed it to be built. This summer, Frautschi was once again the man of Overture's hour when he helped put together a deal to erase the center's debt -- and led a group that kicked in $15 million to make it happen. >More
 Madison parking cashiers plead for their jobs

Automation, long the trend in parking, is expected to eliminate almost all of the city of Madison's 34 parking cashiers in the next six years. But those cashiers are fighting back, arguing that they do far more than take people's money. >More
 Madison sober-server law cut off

At its last meeting, the Alcohol License Review Committee voted unanimously to place on file (Madison-speak for "kill") an ordinance that would have banned drinking on the job by restaurant and bar staff. >More
 Grace Episcopal homeless shelter to get makeover

Epic Systems is donating a large chunk of money to Porchlight Inc. to renovate its emergency men's shelter in the basement of Grace Episcopal Church, on West Washington Avenue, where some homeless people and their advocates have criticized conditions. >More
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