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Union Cab offers new online ordering service

Union Cab offers new online ordering service


Union Cab announced earlier this month that their taxis can now be ordered online.

The real-time online ordering service can be found at http://www.unioncab.com/order.

The new service is available on smart phones and does not require the user to download an application, said a press release.  Users can view a route and fare estimate on the new website.  A taxi confirmation is sent through e-mail and a credit or debit card is needed to place the order.

"Madison ranks near the top as a tech city,” said Union Cab Information Technology Manager Brian Hill. "Being able to order a cab through the web or phone should be an option."

Union Cab of Madison is a 220 member worker cooperative providing taxi, wheelchair accessible taxi, and courier service to the greater Madison metropolitan area.

Lane's Bakery to close; Dunkin' Donuts opens Madison store

While one Madison mainstay for pastries and sweets is about to close its doors, another well-known name is opening back up shop in Madison.

Lane's Bakery on Park Street will close at the end of September. Meanwhile, after 16 years without, Madison will have a Dunkin' Donuts store.

A grand opening was held Wednesday for the Dunkin' Donuts franchise on Gammon Road near Watts Road on Madison's west side.

For customer Jessica Eisenmenger, the wait for Madison's own store spanned nearly a decade.

"I went out to Boston to visit a friend of mine," said Eisenmenger. "She had raved about Dunkin' Donuts coffee. When I tried it, I was shocked. I thought for years that she was full of it."

"Probably a good couple thousand people have stopped through the day so far," said Alexandra Mahairas, store assistant manager at Dunkin' Donuts. "And we're open 24 hours in our drive-through, so lots more to come today."

Career fair highlights criminal justice opportunities

Career fair highlights criminal justice opportunities

The Dane County Sheriff's Office will sponsor their fourth annual Criminal Justice Career Fair Thursday.

The event will take place on Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center.

Recruiters from local law enforcement agencies and representatives from area colleges will be at the event said a press release.  The Exhibition Hall will feature over 20 booths with displays.

The Dane County Sherriff's office will also feature demonstrations throughout the event, including the K9 unit, the bomb squad and the crime scene unit.  Attendees will see vehicles and equipment on display including Traffic Team vehicles, Marine and Trail boats and information from the Sheriff's Office Jail Diversion Program, said a press release.

The Criminal Justice Career Fair features career opportunities for everyone.  Civilian and sworn opportunities are available.

The event is free and open to the public.

Teen claims assault by another teen on Metro bus

A 13-year-old Cherokee Middle School student told Madison police a boy sexually assaulted her on a crowded Metro bus after school Monday.

Police said the 13-year-old boy from Fitchburg, who is also a student at Cherokee, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault of a child and taken to custody.

The victim told police the boy held her on his lap and bounced her while touching her inappropriately on the outside of her clothing.� She said she screamed during the incident.

She said the boy also pushed her down after they got off the bus on Post Road near Leopold Way and assaulted her in a similar manner.

The victim suffered a bruised thigh, according to police.

Job fair attracts scores of companies

A free, public job fair will take place Wednesday at the Alliant Energy Center.

The Wisconsin Job Service and Dane County Human Services will host the Community Job Fair.  More than 75 industry leaders will be on-site to discuss career opportunities in health care, manufacturing, agriculture, business services, finance, biotechnology, utilities and construction and more, said a press release.

The event will take place in the exhibition hall at 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way.  It will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Free parking is available.

For a list of companies attending the Community Job Fair and for more information, visit http://www.danejobs.com/fairs.htm.

Volunteers fill gift bags for low-income families

Local volunteers will take part in a "birthday bag blitz" Wednesday.

AAA volunteers will fill 500 birthday bags with gifts for local low-income families who visit the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and may not have had the means to celebrate a child's birthday, said a press release.

Cheerful Givers, a nonprofit organization that began in Minnesota, has distributed more than 500,000 birthday bags in 18 years.  The Sept. 12 event marks the organization's expansion into Wisconsin.

The event will take place at the food pantry, located at 2033 Fish Hatchery Road, at 10:30 a.m.

Remarks will be made by Ralph Middlecamp, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Madison; Karen Kitchel, president of Cheerful Givers; and Tom Frymark, president of AAA Wisconsin.

Delays after bus, car crash off Beltline

A school bus struck a car on a ramp off the Beltline Highway, causing delays Tuesday afternoon, according to Dane County dispatchers.

Crews were called to the Fish Hatchery Road ramp off of the westbound Beltline

Highway at 2:26 to a report of a bus that had struck a car.

The driver was the only occupant of the bus.

It is unknown if there are any injuries.

The crash is expected to cause traffic delays on the Beltline Highway.