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Multiple efforts raise funds for tornado damage relief

Many fundraising efforts have been underway to help raise money for Country View Elementary School, which was heavily damaged by the EF3 tornado that tore up the northwest side of Verona on June 17. 

The community’s overall fundraising efforts have already brought in more than $11,000 to help out teachers, The Verona Press reported. The success is due to the creativity of the fundraisers and the generosity of the community and their consistent giving of more than what is asked. ... Read More


Girls golf: Reinecke takes third at Steinhauer Invitational

Verona Area High School senior and two-time defending state WIAA girls golf champion Jessica Reinecke finished third Monday and Tuesday in the Wisconsin Junior PGA Sherri Steinhauer Invitational at Blackhawk Country Club... Read More

Verona Road traffic shifts

Verona Road traffic shifts

Whether drivers are fine with construction or cannot wait for it to end, traffic on Verona Road is shifting Wednesday into Thursday, entering the project?s next phase of construction.

It takes Amanda Hippensteel longer to drive from her apartment to the Beltline than it does to walk.

?The biggest problem is how backed up the construction is making traffic. It takes 20 minutes to go two blocks, usually if you're coming at rush hour,? Hippensteel said.

Atlas Rogers is training to be a bus driver and rides the stretch of road under construction every day, and he?s impressed with the progress.

?It has not really been that bad over here, you know, it's been kind of smooth,? Rogers said. ?Except for the few people that haven't adjusted or want to make a quick turn here or there, but otherwise everybody's been following direction and instructions and going the proper way.?

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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. 

Hyatt hotel still needs height approval

With a franchise already awarded and the biggest city approval out of the way, a 231-room hotel on the southeast side of the city is getting closer to reality.

The 193,000-square-foot, four-story  combined Hyatt Place-Hyatt House in Liberty Business Park would be the biggest non-Epic building in Verona by far. The fact that it would also be the tallest, at 66 feet, is one reason it still needs approval from the Common Council next week, according to a Verona Press report. ... Read More

Major traffic switch comes to Verona Road project

A new traffic pattern will be a major change for drivers and will signal the second half of this year's Verona Road project.

At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, traffic will be shifted from the southbound lanes to the newly completed northbound lanes between the Beltline and Raymond Road.

?Wednesday night's a big night. Starting at 8 p.m. we're going to start working on the traffic switch to work on the other half of the project. That will continue all through the night as the workers will be here moving the traffic signals, paint lines and signing and that will continue until around 10 a.m. Thursday morning,? said John Steiner, project supervisor for the Verona Road project.

The target date for completion of the 0.6-mile stretch of Verona Road is Nov. 15, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is confident that will be met.