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Museum Will Go Subterranean: City Council Approves $10,000 For Moving Expenses

The National Mustard Museum is down but not out. Literally.

The Middleton Common Council voted 5-2 to provide an additional $10,000 in Tax Increment Financing for the kooky but financially troubled museum, which will soon move into the basement of the building at 7477 Hubbard Ave. where it is currently located.

Barry Levenson, owner of the National Mustard Museum, which includes both a for-profit store and a non-profit collection of memorabilia, said the money will be used for “reimbursable moving expenses.”

The city recently approached the property’s owner, Anchor Bank, in an attempt to maintain street level access for the museum. However, Levenson said the move to the basement, which currently houses a collection valued at $100,000, is not being forced upon the business.

“The bank did not in any way force us into this,” Levenson said. “It is a rational and reasonable business decision that we have made in consultation with Anchor Bank and the city.”

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Fish Employees Help Build Habitat Home

In some ways the scene at 3148 Deming Way Friday morning looked like any other construction site. A table saw hummed in the background. Workers sporting hardhats hoisted lumber onto their shoulders. Coffee steamed on a table nearby, alongside half-eaten boxes of donuts. 

But these weren’t seasoned construction laborers. Beneath the hardhats were roughly 30 employees at Fish & Associates. Alongside them was Theresa Persinger, a single mother who will soon have a home for her three young children.

This was a Habitat for Humanity worksite.

Habitat for Humanity of Dane County provides solid, affordable housing for those who might not otherwise become homeowners. Eligible families pay monthly mortgage installments on zero-interest loans, each contributing from 325 to 375 hours of sweat equity during construction.

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Middleton Glen Offers Downsizing Workshop

Middleton Glen Retirement Community is hosting a free downsizing workshop on May 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the community’s Fireside Room, located at 6720 Century Avenue. 

Segues Senior Moving Specialists will present tips and tricks that make it easier to downsize out of a longtime lived in home.

“Almost everyone accumulates stuff when they’ve lived in one place for awhile, so learning out how to downsize is crucial when starting to plan to move” said Stacie Luck, the Retirement Living Advisor of 6 years at Middleton Glen. 

Refreshments will be served and a tour of the community will be offered.  To attend, R.S.V.P. to Stacie Luck before May 3 by calling (608) 836-7998 ext. 222 or signing up at

Middleton Glen was established in 1997 to provide retirement living for those over the age of 55. 

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Friday's, PDQ and Abuelo's Fail Alcohol Compliance Check

In March, the Middleton Police Department conducted another round of alcohol compliance checks. The purpose was to determine the degree to which licensed establishments complied with laws relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages to underage persons, according to police.  

The current round of 35 checks yielded a compliance rate of 85 percent. 

All licensed establishments in the City of Middleton were notified by letter that compliance checks would be conducted.  

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Business Owners Should Be Wary of 'Annual Minutes Form' Scam

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) is urging Wisconsin business owners to exercise caution if they receive a request for information from a company called Corporate Records Service, according to a press release issued this morning by Jill Tutaj, Middleton Police Department community awareness officer.  Business owners are asked to fill out an Annual Minutes Form and submit a fee of $125 to a Madison address.  Businesses are not required by DFI or any other state agency to complete the form.

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TDS Warns of Phishing Scam

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) customers have reported receiving voice phishing calls. These calls are fraudulent attempts to scam TDS customers into revealing sensitive account information. People should be extra cautious of any phone call requests to verify account information.

Voice phishing or “vishing” scams have become increasingly sophisticated. While people have become smarter about other phishing scams, so have criminals. They are switching tactics and using a form of communication that people trust—the phone.

Vishing typically begins with an automated phone call. The recording warns of fraudulent account activity on the persons account and directs them to call a toll-free or local number immediately. At this time, they are asked a series of questions about personal and account information.

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Audit Alleges Middleton Foster Care Company Embezzled Millions in Taxpayer Money

What began as a routine review of a Middleton foster care agency revealed that the owners were using taxpayers’ money to dine on lobster tails, pay themselves at more than three times the customary rate and purchase luxury cars.

In all, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families alleges Community Care Resources, Inc. wasted more than $6.1 million of public funding.

A statement issued by the Department of Children and Families confirmed that on January 23, the department revoked the license of Community Care Resources, effective February 7, after determining the organization had “substantial violations of state licensing regulations.”

The wages director Dan Simon paid to himself during the three-year period of review totaled more than $1 million. A review of the top eight average provider salaries showed an average salary of $102,770 and a review of showed the top behavioral executive in Middleton earning $139,111.

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Bruce Co. Announces Deal With Reliable

The Bruce Company, the nation’s 32nd largest landscape contract business and the largest in Wisconsin, has announced a strategic alliance with a well-known St. Paul-area company in a plan a press release said will help both partners thrive as the economy begins to grow again.

Reliable Property Services LLC, the seventh largest snow and ice management company in the country headquartered in Eagan, Minn., with offices and customers throughout Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, will combine its strengths with The Bruce Company’s national reputation in landscape design and construction, along with its 600-acre nursery operation in Verona, which will provide nursery stock to both companies.

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Dhaba Brings Northern Indian Cuisine to Good Neighbor City

Sumanjit Singh is trained in the field of mechanical engineering. But Singh, 29, who grew up in Punjab, India, also had an informal education in the restaurant business – an education that stretches back to some of his earliest memories.

“I used to stand next to my mom in the kitchen and watch her cook,” he recalled. “She’s really good, and sometimes she even comes here and makes dishes like her eggplant and spinach.”

“Here” is Dhaba Indian Bistro, located at 8333 Greenway Blvd. Singh’s family has worked in the restaurant business for years, and he worked with them. Now he owns Dhaba, which opened last year and serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m.

A locally-owned eatery surrounded by chains, Dhaba is already something of a culinary beacon for many who live and work in the Good Neighbor City.

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Brewers' Racing Sausages to Appear at Annual Chamber Celebration

The Middleton Chamber of Commerce will host its 61st Annual Celebration Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Marriott Madison-West in Middleton.

This year’s theme is “Get In The Game,” and the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 10. There will be countless things to do, watch and eat, and some of the Milwaukee Brewers’ racing sausages will attend as well.

The Annual Celebration brings together both chamber members and the community at large. It features food and beverages from 14 chamber members and the Marriott, a silent auction with more than 100 packages donated by chamber members, a paddle raffle (1-15 chance) to win packages worth over $1000, entertainment and games, and more.

The chamber has released a promotional video about the event, which can be viewed at:

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