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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 56.0° F  A Few Clouds

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Forward Technology Festival aims to stimulate tech businesses in Madison

Madison might not be considered a hippie haven anymore, but Jim Remsik envisions a technology-oriented future for the city. Remsik, who is a local software developer and technical reviewer, as well as the founder of Madison Ruby Conference, sees a need for building networking opportunities for Madison tech entrepreneurs. >More
 As Madison Meet & Eat expands to north and south sides, food carts seek to build business

Eric Gavins, the owner of Raffy's Hot Dogs, was somewhat disappointed with the turnout at Madison Meet & Eat when it was held at the Villager Mall on Madison's south side. "It was pretty slow in comparison to every other event that I've been to this summer," he says, recalling a more enthusiastic response at its original location by the Meadowood Shopping Center on the southwest side. >More
 The life cycle of the Blooming Butterflies exhibit at Olbrich Gardens

Blooming Butterflies, the annual summer exhibit at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, runs for less than a month, but staff and volunteers begin preparing for the display months in advance , placing orders for pupae as early as December. Once the exhibit begins, Cindy Cary, one of the chief horticulturists at Olbrich, handles two shipments each week that supply the conservatory with a variety of butterflies from across the nation. >More
 La Fête de Marquette marks seven years of music as organizers anticipate return to Central Park

La Fête de Marquette, a summer festival in Madison coinciding with Bastille Day, transforms an expanse of pavement off East Washington Avenue and South Dickinson Street into a small village, flooded with crowds enjoying French-themed music and food. >More
 USA Cycling national championships take over Madison's Capitol Square Sunday

This year, around 1,000 cyclists were riding in the para-cycling and amateur road race championships. Rachel Leif, event coordinator for USA Cycle, was pleased by the turnout for the event and plans to continue working with Madison for future events. >More
 Red Caboose, committed to accessible child care, raises funds with 5K

On July 13, the Red Caboose daycare center is holding its third annual 5k run, Move Your Caboose, in order to raise funds for its scholarship program. The center, a landmark on Williamson Street, is also celebrating 41 years of business with an ice cream social at Marquette Elementary School after the run. >More
 Eat Play Bike offers summer fun and builds community in south Madison

Early Thursday evening, the parking lot at Villager Mall floods with clusters of families and friends celebrating the final of four Eat Play Bike gatherings in June. Jon Sandbrook, an initial organizer of the event who works with the Urban League of Greater Madison and Sustain Dane, is happy with the way the neighborhood festival developed over the month. >More
 Checking in with state Rep. Melissa Sargent during the Wisconsin Assembly's 2013-15 budget session

With Republicans controlling both houses of the Wisconsin state legislature, as well as the governor's office, it can be dispiriting to be a Democrat working at the Capitol during the current budget session. What's it like to be a first-term representative within the minority party, trying to learn the process let alone figure out what role to play? >More
 Madison's south side celebrates Juneteenth Day at Penn Park

Although the historic remembrance of the emancipation of African American slaves has been celebrated for over 100 years, it carries a fresh and personal meaning in Madison. Today, for many south side residents, Juneteenth also commemorates a local transition, as the community shows progress in its fight against economic instability and violence. >More
 Small group rallies in opposition to trans-vaginal ultrasound bill at Wisconsin Capitol

For Talia Frolkis, a young pro-choice activist, the Wisconsin Senate bill that would require abortion providers to perform trans-vaginal ultrasounds before the procedure is intensely personal. She says she was compelled to act after reading that the bill would be debated and voted on by the Assembly Thursday. >More
 Touring UW-Madison's Lakeshore Nature Preserve and Class of 1918 Marsh

The Class of 1918 Marsh is so unique, in part, because it has changed forms many times. Initially, the area was a glacial lake cut off by beach ridges. As a spawning spot for northern pike, the lake was an important part of local hunting and trade circuits. >More
 Simpson Street Free Press hosts Washington Post's David Maraniss

Despite the volatile nature of the journalism industry, Pulitzer Prize winner and Madison native David Maraniss believes the enduring aspects of the trade -- finding the truth through reporting and telling a story well -- remain as important as ever. >More
 Vera Court Neighborhood Center ushers in an active summer with Baseball & BBQ

As the seats in Warner Park's baseball stadium -- perhaps better known as the Duck Pond -- slowly fill Thursday night, a knot of north side residents gather at the Park's shelter a few hundred yards away for the Vera Court Neighborhood Center's annual Baseball & BBQ fundraiser, kicking off a summer of community programming. >More
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