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Warner Park event to celebrate Madison as a 'Bird City'

A Bird City Celebration will take place April 19 in honor of Madison's recognition as a "Bird City" by the Bird City Wisconsin Project, according to the city of Madison website.

The event is free, family-friendly and will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Warner Park shelter. Attendees can enjoy games and activities like planting a tree, taking a bird and nature walk, playing bird bingo and listening to the Wingin' It Bird Band.

Madison Mallards will host Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt at the 'Duck Pond" this weekend

Madison Mallards will host Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt at the 'Duck Pond" this weekend

The Madison Mallards will host the free Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt at the "Duck Pond" April 4, according to a Mallards release.

Gates open at 9 a.m., and the hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. in the outfield grass. Kids of all age are welcome.

The hunt will be divided into the the three age groups 4 and under; 5 and 6; and 7 and above. Kids can bring their own egg collecting baskets, and the Great Dane will provide age appropriate gift bags

Moonlight Movie Series to premiere in late February with "Frozen"

The Madison Parks Moonlight Movie Series will start Feb. 27 with a showing of the movie "Frozen."

Residents are encouraged to bring their families and blankets to Tenney Park for the movie showing at 6 p.m.

The movie showings will continue with other family-friendly classics, like "Battleship" and "The Incredibles," in the coming months at various Madison parks.

Madison Parks, Madison Mallards, the Madison Parks Foundation present the event, which is sponsored by Zimbrick Honda.

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Removing a piece of construction equipment from a downtown Madison area will close West Gilman Street three days next week. 

The Madison Traffic Engineering and Parking Divisions said in a release Thursday that beginning Monday at 7 a.m. JH Findorff and its subcontractors will disassemble a tower crane for The Hub housing project.

Taking down the crane will require closing through traffic on the 400 block of West Gilman Street between University Avenue and State Street through Wednesday afternoon. 

During the closure on West Gilman Street, two-way traffic from North Broom Street to residences and businesses on the east end of the 400 block of West Gilman Street will be permitted, the city's traffic engineering division said.  

Madison Christmas tree collection starts Monday

Madison Christmas tree collection starts Monday

The city of Madison will start collecting used Christmas trees from residents on Monday.

The city of Madison Streets Division said there will be two rounds of Christmas tree collection. The second will start Jan. 20. Residents should have their trees by the road by 7 a.m. on either Jan. 5 or Jan. 20. Trees will be collected sometime within two weeks of each of those dates.

On-street chippers will be used to process the trees, so the city asks residents to follow rules to make sure the equipment isn't damaged:

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

According to the city of Madison, there will be no refuse or recycling on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

Residents should be sure to get material out to the curb by 7 a.m., as Street Division crews will be collecting in both the Thursday and Friday refuse districts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Because of the double collection, large item collection will be reduced. Residents are asked to hold large items until after the holidays if possible.

The Streets Division's offices and drop-off sites will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They will conduct regular refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their offices will also be open on those dates.

For additional information, visit the Streets Division's web page.

Untreated wastewater discharges into low-lying areas on north side

Untreated wastewater discharges into low-lying areas on north side

Approximately 500,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was intermittently discharged over a 25-hour period on Madison's north side last week, according to a release.

The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District said during the relining of one of its interceptor sewers near Golf Parkway, officials said.

During the relining, untreated wastewater was diverted around the relining area, according to the release. MMSD's contractor had three pumps on site to divert the wastewater, which included two back-up pumps.

On Nov. 16, the primary pump and the two backup pumps failed, officials said. When the pumps failed, a temporary discharge of wastewater went to nearby low-lying areas and ditches.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was notified of the spill, according to the release.

Officials said the pump failure has been corrected, and appropriate remedial actions have been taken.