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Community Car founder Sonya Newenhouse expands her green mission to other ventures

Wisconsin's first car-sharing program turned 10 this fall. From its humble launch in Madison with only 26 members, it now serves some 1,300 customers who rely on fuel-efficient Community Car vehicles for errands and pleasure, as well as for reducing their carbon footprint. >More
 Madison churches carry on old Christmas traditions and make new ones

Downtown's sacred spaces observe a variety of holiday traditions, some of them unique to Madison. They include acts of charity, pageants, mariachi music, feasts, grilled cheese sandwiches and socks. Here are just a few. >More
 Street Pulse is more than just a newspaper

Over the years I've written for a lot of fine newspapers: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the pre-merger Milwaukee Journal, The Capital Times, Isthmus. But there's one truly great newspaper I hope I never have to work for. It's Street Pulse. >More
 Touring Madison's historic places of worship: University Presbyterian Church and Student Center

Designed by Madison architect Edward Tough, "Pres House" was completed in 1935, making it the youngest of city landmark churches. It has been judged Tough's best work. It has a mixture of Gothic and Tudor features, and its 70-foot square stone tower is a striking anchor for nearby Library Mall. >More
 Touring Madison's historic places of worship: First Church of Christ Scientist

Mary Baker Eddy organized the first Christian Science congregation in Boston in 1879. The movement spread to Madison five years later. After meeting in members' homes, then at Gates of Heaven synagogue, and then in the Women's Building, 240 W. Gilman St., in 1912 the congregation purchased a state Supreme Court justice's home on Wisconsin Avenue. The congregation built the present building there in 1929, next to the Madison Masonic Temple. >More
 Touring Madison's historic places of worship: Swedish Lutheran Gloria Dei Church

This defunct church was built in 1922, designed by Madison architect Grover Lippert. Its style is Neo-Gothic Revival, faced with red brick and trimmed with stone. It features a square, stepped tower with brick buttresses. It was constructed for a Swedish congregation founded in 1902. >More
 Touring Madison's historic places of worship: Luther Memorial Chapel

Possibly our most overlooked worship center despite its prominent location, this was the predecessor of the cathedral-like Luther Memorial Church a few blocks west. Madisonians best know it as the Churchkey Bar and Grill. (The name is a play on words. It refers both to the building's original use and a distinctive appliance used to open beer cans before tab-openers.) The chapel is a rare local example of Elizabethan Revival architecture, designed by the Madison firm of Claude and Starck, best known for its Prairie Style libraries across the state. >More
 Touring Madison's historic places of worship: St. Patrick Catholic Church

St. Patrick's parish formed in the 1880s as an outgrowth of St. Raphael's Cathedral. (St. Raphael, 222 W. Main St., completed in 1862, was Madison's oldest Catholic church when it was destroyed by arson in 2005.) St. Patrick's was dedicated on St. Patrick's Day on 1889, and it has been strongly identified with Madison's Irish ever since. >More
 Touring Madison's historic places of worship: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

The oldest extant Catholic church in Madison was also designed by Nader. It was completed in 1869. The stonecutter was James Livesey, who also erected Bascom Hall. It features local sandstone, a cupola and a massive tower. It displaced an earlier red brick church. >More
 Touring Madison's historic places of worship: Gates of Heaven Synagogue

Not all early Madisonians were Native Americans, German and Irish Catholics, or Yankee Protestants. By 1856 there were 17 Jewish families here. These German immigrants began meeting as Ahavath Achim ("brother love"), and then as Shaare Shomaim ("gates of heaven"). Dedication of their synagogue building on Sept. 5, 1863, was attended by the mayor, governor and members of the state Supreme Court. It originally stood at 214 W. Washington Ave. It was the first synagogue building in Wisconsin, and remains the fourth oldest still standing in the United States >More
 Touring Madison's historic places of worship: Grace Episcopal Church

The congregation's roots go back to 1838, one year after settlement. A chapel was built in the current courtyard in 1850. The foundation for the graceful Gothic Revival church was laid in 1855, and main portions of the building were completed in 1858. It is the oldest building on the Capitol Square. Owing to its elevated location on the corner with West Washington Avenue, Grace Episcopal is easily spotted on the Madison skyline from across Lake Monona. >More
 Touring Madison's historic places of worship

They've been familiar sights on the Madison skyline for decades -- some for a century and a half. Yet most of us know little or nothing about them. They are the isthmus' historic places of worship. >More
 When sex ruled Capitol Square

The Snuggle House, a new downtown business offering "therapeutic touch," has vowed to steer clear of sexual activity. Ironically, in choosing 123 E. Main St. as its location, it is in the heart of Madison's former red light district. >More
 Biting bad: The nightmare of bedbugs in Madison homes

Bedbugs are back in a big way, along with all the associated problems. "We're getting anxiety disorders and other things from people who have been through this," says Phil Pellitteri, University of Wisconsin-Extension entomologist. "I'm not totally surprised. It does shake people to the roots." >More
 Making UW Library Mall a "destination" again

If you're tired of the mess that is Library Mall, get used to it. It's going to remain a construction zone for at least four more years. And when it reopens, the iconic fountain at its center may be missing. The University of Wisconsin-Madison and the city are considering several plans for the area. The Common Council is expected to vote on conceptual plans on Oct. 1. >More
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