News

Thu
26
Feb

Transit study recommends bus, shared-ride taxi

A recent transit study found a few small steps could improve access to some of the City of Fitchburg’s major amenities for those without vehicles.

Preliminary findings from a transit study by SRF Consulting show an intracity flexible bus or shared-taxi service are the most promising near-term options for the city. Those two options are the lowest-cost and highest effectiveness in the short-term, though a fixed-route bus run through Madison Metro could be the best long-term option.

Wed
25
Feb

Two-month-old dies, mother’s boyfriend charged


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Fitchburg police have arrested a 24-year-old man related to the death of a 2-month-old that lived with him.

According to a Fitchburg Police Department news release, emergency personnel responded to the 3600 block of Breckenridge Court on Monday, Feb. 23, for a report of an unresponsive infant. The infant, who was breathing when first responders arrived, died later after being transported to a local hospital, the release said.

Mon
23
Feb

Fire at La Petite sends one to hospital

A Monday morning fire sent a maintenance worker at La Petite Academy to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Other than that worker, children and staff members at the academy were kept warm in ambulances and Madison Metro buses while the fire department cleared the building, according to a press release from the Fitchburg Fire Department.

Wed
18
Feb

Arnold, Pfaff advance to April election


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The two current public office-holders running for Fitchburg mayor advanced from the Feb. 17 primary to face off in the April general election.

Ald. Steve Arnold (Dist. 4) won the primary with 1,257 votes. Mayor Shawn Pfaff came in second with 982.

The other two candidates, Janell Rice and former mayor Jay Allen, received 373 and 164, respectively.

Mon
16
Feb

Gas leak forces evacuation

More than 120 area firefighters responded to a toxic gas leak at the EcoStar Recycling Facilty in Fitchburg on Friday.

Firefighters from 14 other agencies and a support team from the Wisconsin National Guard all responded to 6124 McKee Road after firefighters discovered a “potentially hazardous atmosphere” in the manufacturing facility, according to a press release from the Fitchburg Fire Department.

Fri
13
Feb

Candidate questionnaires for Feb. 17 primary election

The 2015 spring election will have a primary on Feb. 17, as well as a general election April 7. 

More ballot info can be found at myvote.wi.gov or fitchburgwi.gov/162/Voting-Election-Information.

Here’s a look at what’s on the ballot:

Thu
12
Feb

Candidates disagree on growth, taxes


Photo by Samantha Christian. Fitchburg Star editor Jim Ferolie introduces candidates Shawn Pfaff, Steve Arnold and Janell Rice at the beginning of the Feb. 5 forum.

Three mayoral candidates – incumbent Mayor Shawn Pfaff, Ald. Steve Arnold and former neighborhood president Janell Rice – spent more than an hour-and-a-half discussing the city’s growth, access to city amenities and taxes in front of nearly 50 attendees at a Feb. 5 mayoral forum.

Wed
28
Jan

Star hosts mayoral forum


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All four candidates for mayor are expected to attend the Fitchburg Star’s mayoral forum next week.

The race will feature a primary on Feb. 17, and the top two vote-getters will advance to the April 7 general election.

The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Fitchburg Senior Center. It will be televised live by Fitchburg community-access network FACTv and rebroadcast multiple times before the primary.

Mon
26
Jan

Local police rarely tap military surplus program


Photos by Samantha Christian. The Fitchburg Police Department obtained two generator-powered floodlights, like the one shown in storage, through the military surplus program.

Protests sparked by police killings of unarmed men in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City have cast a spotlight on law enforcement tools and procedures.

Mon
26
Jan

Payday loan regulations come back to council

A plan to regulate the placement of payday loan stores in the city will come back to the Common Council next week.

The regulations – originally proposed by Ald. Patrick Stern last year – were recommended for approval by the city’s Plan Commission Jan. 20. The council is set to take up the issue Jan. 27.

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