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Center to host back-to-school 'Kick-back' with backpacks, food

An event at a Madison community center is meant to get kids ready for the school year.

The Back to School Kick-back at the East Madison Community Center will offer backpacks, haircuts, food and more, according to event organizers.

The event takes place at the center, 8 Straubel Court from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event is open to all ages.

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7 schools to offer free breakfasts, lunches on school days

Seven Madison Metropolitan School District schools will start offering free, healthy school breakfasts and lunches on regular school days, according to a release.

The meals will be provided as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Community Eligibility Provision program, officials said. The program will start at the beginning of the upcoming school year.

?We are pleased that we will be able to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students in some of our schools with the highest need,? MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said in the release. ?Through the CEP, we?ll be able to reduce the administrative burden on families and ensure that every child has access to nutritious meals.?

The schools that will be offering free breakfast and lunches for all students are Allis Elementary School, Falk Elementary School, Lakeview Elementary School, Leopold Elementary School, Mendota Elementary School, Sherman Middle School and Wright Middle School.

Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

Police investigate report of child grabbed by stranger

A 13-year-old said a stranger grabbed him and tried to drag him toward a railroad car before he was able to escape, according to a report from Madison police.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Troy Drive.

According to police, the boy, who was visiting from Minnesota, said the man who grabbed him was wearing a mask at the time.

Police said the boy yelled for help. Another boy, a 14-year-old from Madison, came to help him, throwing rocks at the man, which allowed the victim to escape.

The boy described the attacker as a white man, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a slender build, short brown hair, wearing black clothing and a mask. Anyone knowing anything about the incident is asked to call Madison police.

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Local firefighter bikes cross county to honor fallen firefighters

Four-year town of Madison firefighter and paramedic Jeff Moore made it his mission last year to visit every fire department in Dane County on his bike. This year he went a step further and is now biking across the country, visiting fire departments along the way, all in an effort to raise money for fallen firefighters.

"I thought he was crazy. That's a long way to go for one person," town of Madison Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Wright said.

Moore started his 4,400-mile journey 39 days ago on his bike, traveling from San Francisco to New York with two specific goals in mind.

"The first goal is that I wanted to honor, respect and remember all fallen firefighters. The second, I wanted to promote a positive for the American fire service," Moore said.

MadMarket Double Dollars program kicks off 2nd year

The MadMarket Double Dollars program kicked off Sunday at the Northside Farmers Market, according to a release.

The Double Dollars program is a farmers market incentive program for SNAP/FoodShare Wisconsin participants that offers a dollar-for-dollar match for money spent at participating markets, officials said.

In the program?s second year participating markets are the Northside Farmers Market, the Eastside Farmers Market at Wil-Mar Center and the new Brittingham Farmers Market at Brittingham Park, according to the release. The program will run through October and SNAP participants are eligible to obtain up to $25 in matching dollars at each market.

?Access to farmers markets, especially access to fresh, healthy and affordable food, should not be a luxury only enjoyed by those of means,? Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said in the release. ?Thank you to our supporters of this true public/private partnership and we look forward to continued growth of the program.?

Mallards program places players with families

Mallards program places players with families

Meet Craig and Sherry Barnsley of Madison, who are one of several families in the area that have a Madison Mallards baseball player staying with them for a few months.