Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson: “And how do you live — how do I live — without a library card?”


Photo credit:  Wisconsin Court System

Reported in Shirley Abrahamson, first woman on Wisconsin Supreme Court, tells of challenges for women in the law.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/19/2018)

800 Block project UPDATE: Starting Block and Gebhardt buildings with signage at front entrance


Photos by Retiring Guy


9/26/2018 update, "Sylvee now open for business, mostly standing-room only", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Sylvee to see standing ovation Thursday night; there's no other option.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 9/23/2018)
“Madison did not have a need for a 2,500-capacity seated venue. the Overture and Orpheum more than adequately service the market for that, but it doesn’t have the 2,500-capacity GA (general admission) music hall,” said Leslie, the former co-owner of Majestic Live which in 2017 joined with Frank Productions to form FPC Live. 
The $15 million Sylvee has 158 fixed seats on its second level. There’s also a third level with six private suites, similar to what’s available at the Kohl Center.



7/20/2018 update, "StartingBlock, the final shots ", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy


StartingBlock off to the races building 'community of support' for entrepreneurs.  (Madison.com, 6/27/2018)
More than five years after a group of local entrepreneurs hatched the idea, a hub for startups in the heart of Downtown Madison hosted an invite-only “soft opening” Tuesday night and has already rented out a good chunk of its 50,000-plus square feet of space. 
StartingBlock occupies three stories of the eight-story office building dubbed “Spark,” now undergoing final construction in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue. American Family Insurance will be the building’s other tenant. 


6/24/2018 update, "StartingBlock looms over quonset huts and brightly painted wall", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy


StartingBlock soft opening is June 26, 2018.  (StartingBlock Madison)


6/4/2018 update, "Opening in June?", starts here.

We'll see.

Photos by Retiring Guy


5/14/2018 update, ' Featuring the Sylvee', starts here.

StartingBlock building at right
All photos by Retiring Guy

StartingBlock announces first occupants.  (Madison.com, 5/5/2018)
They include ArchVirtual, a virtual reality services company currently in Oregon, Wisconsin; ImageMoverMD, with technology that provides a secure way to transmit medical images electronically; and bluDiagnostics, with a saliva test to measure a woman's fertility. 
Other startups that have signed contracts so far are: Bump Studios, a video game developer; LineLeap, a way to bypass long ticket lines: Markable, a fashion product app; Rebate Bus, which simplifies energy utility rebates; Wolf Flow, desktop workflow management software; hankr, with high-quality restaurant food photos; Flourish, for improving employee engagement; and Kilter, offering employee wellness programs.





Frank Productions unveils plans for concert venue dedicated to Sylvia 'Sylvee' Frank.  (Capital Times, 1/26/2017)
The 2,500-person capacity venue is a part of the 800 Block Project, which consists of two buildings and a 600-stall parking structure at East Main and South Livingston streets. The theater will be located in the $12 million, eight-story Cosmos building along with retail and office space.

"Sylvie" appears on the 1971 album Later That Same Year by Matthews Southern Comfort, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for the week ending April 17, 1971.  It spent 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #75.  The album includes a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock", which spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 during the spring and early summer of 1971, peaking at #22.




4/10/2018 update, " Gotta lotta views today", starts here.

View of the increasingly towering East Washington corridor from East Main and South Paterson


From East Main between South Livingston and South Paterson


Starting Block looms over intersection of East Main and South Livington

A better view of the west side of Starting Block construction

From East Washington and Paterson.


From South Paterson between East Washington and East Main


3/9/2018 update starts here.

East Washington and South Livingston
Photos by Retiring Guy


East Main and South Livingston


1/30/2018 update, " StartingBlock construction as we approach the end of January", starts here.

On the Capitol side of the intersection of East Washington and Livingston

Photos by Retiring Guy

Filling up the frame at South Livingston and East Main



The stop sign is at the intersection of East Main and South Livingston






Video by Retiring Guy

11/21/2017 update starts here.

The first 2 views are from East Washington



Near the intersection of East Main and South Livingston



10/26/2017 update, "Starting Block Madison development bulking up", starts here.

At the intersection of East Main and South Livingston


About a block south of the above location



8/31/2017 update, "Starting Block Madison development begins to take shape", starts here.

At the intersection of East Main and South Livingston

 Photos by Retiring Guy



Madison startup center StartingBlock announces search for leadership.  (Capital Times, 5/12/2017)

Starting Block Madison

7/12/2017 update, "A little more to see at the Starting Block Madison construction site on East Washington Avenue", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy


Original 5/14/2017 post, "The 800 Block Project gets underway on East Washington Avenue in Madison WI", starts here.

Near the intersection of East Main and South Livingston, with the Constellation (left) and Galaxie (right) in the distance.


On South Livingston between East Washington and East Main.

Photos by Retiring Guy



Reported in Cosmos, Spark developments on East Wash receives crucial land use permits.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/132016).  Rendering from same source.

Related posts:
UPDATE. The Lyric Apartments are ready for occupancy.  (8/30/2017)
This stretch of East Washington Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin, has undergone a major transformation during the past 5 years.  (5/13/2017)
Madison East Washington Festival Foods is open for business.  (4/13/2016)
The balconies of the Constellation.  (4/19/2015)
The Constellation rises above the treetops.  (9/7/2014)

Two months after the storm in Middleton (Stricker's Park edition)


Wednesday, October 17
Photos by Retiring Guy

Monday, October 8

Wednesday, October 17

Monday, September 24


After the storm in Middleton (and Madison) posts:
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 2).  (8/21/2018)
Powerwashing between the Beltline and Parmenter Street.  (8/22/2018)
Along Pheasant Branch Creek east of Parmenter Street.  (8/23/2018)
Costco and environs.  (8/23/2018 update)
Entrance to Esser Place parking lot, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Longmeadow Drive and Stricker's Pond, then and now.  (8/24/2018)
Greenway Station is open for business.  (8/24/2018 update)
Views of Pheasant Branch Creek from Parmenter Street bridge.  (8/25/2018 update)
Intersection of U.S. highway 14 and Deming Way.  (8/27/2018 update)
Century Avenue and entrances to Pheasant Branch Conservancy trails.  (8/27/2018)
UW Health administration office building.  (8/27/2018)
Longmeadow Gulch.  (8/28/2018)
Stricker's Park.  (9/4/2018 update)
Flooding in East Washington/East Mifflin area of Madison.  (9/7/2018)
The dual dead ends of Middleton Street.  (9/10/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond footpath.  (9/11/2018 update)
Confluence Pond expands to become Confluence Lake (and back again).  (9/12/2018 update)
Stricker's Pond.  (9/12/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Creek algae bloom.  (9/15/2018)
Tiedeman Pond access at Pond View Road.  (9/15/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Trail at Park Street (part 1).  (9/17/2018 update)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy trail and bridge.  (9/17/2018)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy just north of Century and Branch.  (9/17/2018)
Voss Parkway.  (9/18/2018 update)
Tiedeman Pond pumping.  (9/19/2018 update)
Boardwalk access ramp to Tiedeman Pond.  (9/19/2018 update)
Woodside Heights Park.  (9/21/2018 update)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton (The Tiedeman Pond doubleheader edition).  (9/24/2018)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton (The Stricker's Pond doubleheader edition).  (9/24/2018)
Moving into the 6th week after the storm in Middleton and Madison: Stricker's Pond discharge helps to lower water level.  (9/28/2018)
Seven weeks after the storm in Middleton (The Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)
Seven weeks after the storm (The Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)
Seven weeks after the storm in Middleton and Madison (The Stricker's Pond edition).  (10/10/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Park Street/Tiedeman Pond edition) (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Woodside Heights Park/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Stricker's Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)
Two months after the storm in Middleton (Pond View Road/Tiedeman Pond edition).  (10/18/2018)

Friday, October 19, 2018

Thomas Nasman (1942-2018) Warren High School class of 1960


Source:   Warren Times Observer

1960 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • Nasman Harry (Dora M) filtern United Refinery h306 E 5th av
  • Nasman Thomas E student h306 E 5th av
 1983 Warren City Directory
  • Nasman Harry RD1 Russell

The popularity of Thomas as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at sister Gretchen.
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Gretchen never really caught on in the U.S., her steadiest performance taking place during the mid-2oth century.  She spent only 3 years (1973, 1974, and 1976) in the top 200, peaking at #191 in 1973.
  
Other members of the class of 1960
2018
John Hedman.  (10/9/2018)
John Barr.  (6/14/2018)
Arthur Saxton.  (2/9/2018)

2017
Louis Musante.  (1/9/2018)
George W. Yaegle, Jr.  (12/1/2017)
Diana Lee Hagerman Smith. (6/5/2017)
Edward Grosch.  (6/3/2017)
Rita Fitzgerald Lindgren.  (5/25/2017)
Judy Charles Lobdell.  (5/2/2017)
James Johnson.  (3/6/2017)
William Ritchie.  (2/21/2017)

2016
Janice Carlson.  (5/9/2016)
William Irwin.  (3/18/2016)

2015
Patricia O'Neill.  (12/27/2015)
David Hollingshead.  (11/18/2015)
Marlene LeTrent Peterson.  (7/15/2015)
John Marymount.  (3/24/2015)
Kraig Werlin.  (2/1/2015)

2014
Mary Kays Frederick.  (12/9/2014)
Nancy Goodwill Bonavita.  (3/9/2014)
Mary Madeleine Graham Helmbrecht Haslett.  (1/6/2014)

Verona Road project UPDATE. Five years later, we're in stage 2, phase 2








And then there's this view at Williamsburg Road
Photo by Retiring Guy


Original 8/13/2013 post, "Stage 1, Phase 1 of the Verona Road (US18/151) Project", starts here.

In all stages and phases,it's a biggie, folks.


Stage 1. proposed improvements include: 
  • Single point interchange at Beltline and Verona Road (US 18/151) 
  • Jug-handle intersection at Verona Road (US 18/151) and Summit Road 
  • Ramp improvements at Whitney Way and Seminole Highway 
  • Improved pedestrian and bicycle accommodations 
  • Adding noise walls 
  • Expansion of the Beltline to three lanes to Whitney Way


Perhaps the biggest dislocation right now is the closure of the Seminole Road bridge over the Beltline.  The interchange and bridge are being reconstructed.

Wouldn't you just love to have the Beltline to yourself just once?  (A variation on a Twilight Zone theme.)

Headline News: Russian election meddling? How about some good old-fashioned American conservative meddling in state politics?



Text:  Truthout


Related post:
Headline News: Russian election meddling? How about some good old-fashioned American conservative judicial meddling?  (10/19/2018)