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Retiring St. Mary's president has 'big heart'

Retiring St. Mary's president has 'big heart'

Dr. Frank Byrne says his weekend will go as it normally does.

He'll have breakfast at Mickie's Dairy Bar on Monroe Street with friends. He'll take in the Badger basketball game on TV against Iowa. He'll get out in the community later that evening and play music with his new band, the Grooving Needles, at Babe's on Schroeder Road.

It's when Monday hits that it will start to sink in.

"I was teasing some of my colleagues, 'What are you going to do if I actually show up next Monday?' Hopefully they won't call security."

Friday is Byrne's final day as president after more than 10 years of service at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, capping a career of 40 years in healthcare. Byrne served as a critical care ICU physician prior to making the jump into hospital management in 1994, because healthcare was changing. "I felt someone who knew how to take care of a patient at 2 a.m. should be at the table where decisions were being made.," Byrne said.

For many neighborhoods, accessing fresh food remains a challenge

For many neighborhoods, accessing fresh food remains a challenge

Food deserts abound in Madison, especially on north, south sides  

It's a struggle to find fresh and healthy food some areas in Madison, despite many big box grocery stores and 16 seasonal farmers' markets.

The closing of Walgreens on Verona Road at the end of 2014 has exposed the instability of south Madison's Allied Dunn's Marsh neighborhood. Though the neighborhood is biking distance from the Capitol, the amount of resources present in its immediate area are severely lacking.

City wants to expand car-sharing options

City wants to expand car-sharing options

The city of Madison is exploring options for expanding car-sharing options for residents.

City Parking Utility Interim Parking Operations Manager Bill Putnam told News 3 there is one car-sharing company operating in Madison and another on the University of Wisconsin campus, but neither operation rents spaces from the city.

A public meeting scheduled for Jan. 28 will include presentations from car-sharing companies.

Putnam said they are early in the process of coming up with ideas to bring more companies to Madison and support the concept of car-sharing in the city.

One outcome is the city could request proposals from companies to rent spaces in city lots and garages.

A release from the city states that car-sharing reduces the need for car ownership and can replace as many as nine to 13 individually-owned vehicles, leading the less congestion, demand for parking and emissions.

Badgers game brings potential shoppers to Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday in Madison saw an extra several thousand potential shoppers on the streets, thanks to the Badgers' final home game.

Whether that additional foot traffic benefits local shops, though, is up in the air.

Mary Carbine, executive director for Madison Central Business Improvement District, says every home game brings big business to small shops in the State Street area.

"What is so much a part of the Badger game experience for many people is visiting State Street and the Capitol square," Carbine said. "Badger athletics is terrific for downtown business and downtown shopping."

The outlook is a little different several blocks away, on Monroe Street. Carol 'Orange' Schroeder, the owner of Orange Tree Imports, says she would prefer home games don't fall on the same Saturday as the first big shopping weekend of the holiday season.

Free document shredding offered to protect against ID theft

A consumer protection group is offering a free document shredding event Saturday to help residents protect themselves against identity theft.

The Better Business Bureau serving Wisconsin, Summit Credit Union and Pellitteri have teamed for Shredfest, a document shredding event from 8:30-11 a.m. at the south Madison Summit, 2424 Rimrock Road.

Anyone is invited to bring up to three boxes of personal documents to be shredded.

The BBB suggested people shred documents they don't need, such as canceled checks, ATM, credit card receipts, bank statements, paycheck stubs, or any paperwork including a Social Security number, birth date, PIN or passwords.

Visit bbb.org for more information.

3 generations celebrate bakery's 60th anniversary

Three generations of men were on Madison's south side at the bakery named for the family to celebrate a milestone Thursday morning. 

"It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of struggles, moving from location to location. But it's all been worth it," Chuck Lane said.

Lane's Bakery celebrated a grand re-opening and anniversary at its new location, about a mile and a half south of its former operation on South Park Street. Lane's closed for about a year before reopening Dec. 18, 2013. The first store originally opened its doors in 1954.

A frosted filled favorite from the eatery, Lane's kringle, would become a specialty. The bakery makes nearly 200 kringles a week, with peak kringle popularity on Fridays and Saturdays.  

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu.