Welcome to the Village of Brooklyn
Located in both Dane and Green Counties Wisconsin, the Village is conveniently located half way between Madison and Janesville off Highway 14. Our neighborly small-town (population 1413) has excellent amenities: a great school system; three Village parks; and a community center, which makes Brooklyn a great place to live!
SEPT. 19TH THROUGH
MON. - THURS. 7 A TO 5 P
FRIDAY, NOV. 4TH 7 A TO 5 P
Trick or Treating Safety Tips
The Village of Brooklyn officially recognizes “Trick or Treating” to take place on Halloween afternoon and evening from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The “trick” for parents is to help their children find the “treat” in a safe Halloween so we have some suggested safety tips below.
We do think of Halloween as a time for treats and fun; however, on a more serious and important note; the National Safety Council says that roughly four times as many children aged 5-14 are killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year, and falls are a leading cause of injuries among children on Halloween. Most Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if parents closely supervise school-aged children during trick-or-treat activities.
The National Safety Council suggests the following for children out on Halloween:
- Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches or front steps rather than entering houses
- Travel in small groups while being accompanied by a responsible adult
- Bring treats home before eating anything so parents can inspect them
- Fruits should be washed before eating
- When in doubt, throw it out
- Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards
- Cross streets at the corner only and stay together before crossing
- Do not cross between parked cars
- Walk and don’t run
- Treat bags or sacks should be light colored and have reflective trim for visibility
- Wear bright, reflective and flame retardant clothing
- Costumes should not hang below the ankles to avoid tripping and falling
- Costume accessories like swords should be make out of cardboard or flexible materials
- Use face painting instead of masks as masks can obstruct a child’s view
- Avoid hats that will slide over eyes
- Avoid wearing long baggy or loose costumes
- Be reminded to look left, right and left again before crossing the street
- Discuss route and return time before venturing out
- Feed children a good meal before leaving to help avoid eating treats before inspection
- Dress for the weather
The Brooklyn Police always urge children to avoid accepting things from strangers so we urge parents to explain to their children that Halloween is a special night and that accepting treats from strangers is acceptable. Parents should explain safety matters with children and what they should do in certain situations. Children will react more appropriately when armed with information rather than being scared or frightened into action.
J.F. “Harry” Barger
Chief of Police
Brooklyn Police Department
OCTOBER IS CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH
Cyber Hygiene to Protect Your Business
(MADISON) – Wisconsin individuals and businesses lost over $10 million in cyber theft in 2015. That’s why Governor Walker has declared October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Wisconsin. Officials say many of those losses could have been prevented with a cyber hygiene campaign.
“Whether you own a small business or are part of a major corporation, practicing cyber hygiene is critical for business security,” says Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor. “ Following these five steps: Count, Configure, Control, Patch and Repeat could provide your agency with effective defenses against cyber attacks”
The Center for Internet Security and the National Governor’s Association Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council launched the Cyber Hygiene Campaign that encourages individuals and businesses to follow these simple steps:
COUNT: Know what's connected to your network
- Identify authorized and unauthorized devices along with lost or stolen assets. You need to keep an inventory of computers, laptops, notebooks and smartphones that may be connected to your systems.
- Knowing what IT assets you own will allow you to better manage your IT infrastructure and its security.
- Every piece of equipment has vulnerabilities and exposes you to risk. How you handle the risk will depend on what the equipment is and what purpose it has.
- You can't protect what you don't know exist.
CONFIGURE: Protect your systems by implementing key security settings
- When purchasing new equipment, it is critical to reconfigure the security systems. Don’t leave systems on default settings.
- Require employees to change passwords regularly. Strong passwords reduce the chance of accounts being compromised.
CONTROL: Protecting your systems by properly managing accounts and limiting user and administrator privileges to only what they need to do their job.
- Properly controlling access to business information and systems reduces the risk of unauthorized access/use and security breaches.
- Special care must be taken with "privileged accounts" used by system administrators, since they have the ability to create accounts and change or by-pass security settings.
PATCH: Protecting your systems by keeping current!
- Patch and vulnerability management is a security practice designed to proactively prevent the exploitation of IT vulnerabilities that exist within an organization.
- The expected result is to reduce the time and money spent dealing with vulnerabilities and exploitation of those vulnerabilities.
REPEAT: Why is this step important?
- Reviewing and repeating these steps regularly will help reduce your vulnerability to cyber attacks.
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October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Simple Steps to Online Safety
(MADISON) – Growing up, your parents taught you about good hygiene - wash your hands, brush your teeth, and take a shower. As we continue to rely upon computers and mobile devices, we need to also practice cyber hygiene, to protect our devices from cyber criminals. That’s why Governor Walker has declared October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month in Wisconsin.
“Whether banking, shopping, social networking, or downloading the latest app - practicing good cyber hygiene is critical,” says Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor. “All of us must learn how to stay more secure and mitigate risk in our ever-expanding digital lives.”
This includes preventing and responding to identity theft and scams, ensuring that home networks are secure, managing the security of mobile devices and teaching children to use the Internet safely. Here are some simple ways to practice good cyber hygiene:
Keep a Clean Machine:
- Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser and operating systems are the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
- Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
- Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Computers, smartphones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
- Plug & scan: USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
Protect Personal Information:
- Make your password a sentence: A strong password is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Focus on positive sentences or phrases that you like to think about and are easy to remember (for example, “I love country music.”).
- Unique account, unique password: Having separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals. At a minimum, separate your work and personal accounts and make sure your critical accounts have the strongest passwords.
- Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer. Consider using a password manager to keep track of your passwords.
- Get two steps ahead: Turn on two-step authentication – also known as two-step verification or multi-factor authentication – on accounts where available. Two-factor authentication can use anything from a text message to your phone or a biometric like your fingerprint to provide enhanced account security.
Connect With Care:
- When in doubt, throw it out: Links in emails, social media posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to steal your personal information. Even if you know the source, if something looks suspicious, delete it.
- Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
- Protect your $$: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “http://” is not secure.
Be Web Wise:
- Stay current: Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online.
- Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.
- Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
Be Your Online Guardian:
- Personal information is like money. Information such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites.
- Be aware of what’s being shared: Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing.
- Share with care: Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
This October, ReadyWisconsin will highlight efforts to keep everyone in Wisconsin safe from cybercrime. Visit http://readywisconsin.wi.gov for more information. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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Public Health - Madison & Dane County
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Free Breast Cancer Screening Available
Madison WI – October 10, 2016 – Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women and is the second most common cause of death from cancer. Although early diagnosis can help create better outcomes, access to screening can be limited among people with low incomes and who lack health insurance.
To reduce barriers to screening and treatment, the Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) offers free breast exams, mammograms and other diagnostic tests for women ages 45-64 (or under 45, for those with a current breast concern), who have limited income and insurance.
Exams are available at more than 35 participating clinics in Dane and Rock County.
According to Kari Sievert, WWWP Program Coordinator, "Enrollment for the program is quick and easy and can be completed over the phone in 10 minutes,"
“It is important to know when to have your first mammogram and how often to be screened”, says Sievert. “Being able to talk with a doctor about your personal circumstances, risk factors and screening options can be life changing. This is a particularly important message for African-American women who tend to be screened and diagnosed less frequently than white women but who die from the disease more often.”
The WWWP in collaboration with the Komen Treatment Access Fund (KTAF), sponsored by Susan G. Komen, has been providing free breast cancer screenings for eligible women in Dane and Rock Counties since 1994. The WWWP & KTAF Programs, administered through Public Health Madison and Dane County, serve more than 600 eligible women each year.
For more information about free breast cancer screenings see: www.wellwomandanecounty.org
For additional information call (608) 242-6392.
Para información en español llame al (608) 242-6235.
Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin
Goodwill of South Central Wisconsin operates a program where persons in need may receive vouchers that can be used to purchase clothing and household items at a Goodwill store. Persons interested in receiving a voucher may contact:
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
Dane County Dept. of Human Services
2865 N. Sherman Ave.
Madison, WI 53704
Dane County Library Service Bookmobile
The Dane County Bookmobile invites children of all ages to participate in the Summer Reading Program: On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!
Brooklyn, at the gazebo
For more information, call the Bookmobile office at 266-9297.