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Officials to hold online safety session for grown-ups

Officials to hold online safety session for grown-ups

Local police will help host an adults-only presentation on online safety next week. 

Sun Prairie police Lt. Brian Teasdale said the department is working with the Dane County Sheriff's Office on an event scheduled Monday at 6 p.m. called "Internet and Technology Safety."

The event will be held at Sacred Hearts church, 221 Columbus St., on the lower level in the gathering room, organizers said.

The session will include discussion on topics like how to be safe online, dangers of apps kids commonly use, online predators, sexting and more. 

Deputies Josalyn Longley and John Nelson and Officer Jon Lothe will present, according to the police department. 


Public Health: Assistance available for Marketplace sign-up

Public Health: Assistance available for Marketplace sign-up

Public Health of Madison and Dane County would like to remind residents of assistance programs that are available when signing up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Residents can ask questions or sign up for coverage by going to the website or calling 1-800-318-2596 and talking to a Marketplace representative, according to a release. Both options lead residents through a step-by-step process, but until the website is running more smoothly, calling a Marketplace representative is the best option.

Below is the information needed to sign up:

Water Wagon pours H2O at area schools

Water Wagon pours H2O at area schools

As part of an effort to encourage healthy habits for kids, the city's "Water Wagon" will make stops at five Madison elementary schools in the next two weeks.

Madison Water Utility is taking its water unit to Chavez Elementary, Huegel Elementary, Van Hise Elementary and Marquette Elementary. The tour kicked off last week with a stop at Muir Elementary, the city said.

The Water Wagon tour is meant to promote healthy choices, like staying hydrated, as part of a challenge to students over two weeks to walk or bike to school, also called the Walk or Wheel Challenge.

Fundraiser has students running laps for healthy initiatives

Royal Oaks Elementary students are running laps Friday to raise funds for school programming that reinforces the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles, according to a release.

The Rocket Run, now in its third year, is a volunteer-based fundraiser for the Royal Oaks School Community Organization, event organizers said. The ROSCO complements the Sun Prairie Area School District’s Wellness Policy.

Students will put skills they learned during the first month of school to work during Friday’s run, including proper running and pacing techniques, how to take their pulse and the health benefits of running, according to the release.

The entire student body will run for 20 minutes and complete as many laps as possible, organizers said.

According to the release, the event is expected to raise over $20,000 with students running over 600 cumulative miles.

SnackSmart program fights hunger in Sun Prairie schools

SnackSmart program fights hunger in Sun Prairie schools

A program started by the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition was able to provide snacks to all seven Sun Prairie elementary schools and Prairie Phoenix Academy to help fight hunger during summer school this year, according to a release.

The SnackSmart program was launched last spring with financial help from local residents and businesses, according to the release. The group plans to increase the amount of snacks delivered for the 2013-14 school year through a fundraising campaign.

According to district officials, the program fills a vital need in Sun Prairie schools.

Educators, principals and social workers have told program organizers that snacks are needed in even greater numbers than provided this spring at all schools, and that high school and middle schools face the same challenges in addressing student hunger, according to the release.

Sun Prairie boy grows new skin and confidence

Sun Prairie boy grows new skin and confidence

Like most kids his age, 12-year-old Eleafar Xelhua Romero can't wait to spend time outside during summer. However, unlike his peers, he's been confined in years past to his couch because the agony of moving was too great.

He suffers from epidermolysis bullosa or EB, a condition afflicting roughly 30,000 Americans. The genetic disorder led to his skin painfully cracking, blistering and shedding at even the slightest of touches.

"Most of the time, I needed to stay in," Eleafar said. "I couldn't go outside or anything."

City explores full-time fire service option

City explores full-time fire service option

The City of Sun Prairie is exploring a change in its firefighting service to move away from a volunteer crew to a full-time department.

Mayor John Murray said the city council made a decision to apply for a safer grant through FEMA that would help transition the hybrid-volunteer type of program to a city-run program.

With the model in place now, Murray said there is a significant delay in response times during non-paid hours, which can be 7-9 minutes. He said it’s not a criticism of the firefighters but a circumstance of the volunteer program.

Tory Strauss, the Sun Prairie volunteer fire chief, confirmed to News 3 that the city was no longer negotiating with the fire board. He said the volunteer firefighters are a contracted service, which is up at the end of the year. The volunteer fire board has a meeting scheduled next week to consider its options, but Strauss said the volunteers would like to continue serving the city.