From PHNA President Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Reminder:  Neighborhood Safety Meeting
April 14, 7-8:30 pm, West Police District, 1710 McKenna Blvd in the Community Meeting Room.  Come find out how you can keep your property safe, and what sorts of activity you should be on the look-out for to maintain safety in YOUR neighborhood.

Join us in an April 23 Earth Day Clean-Up
Winter has receded at last, and under the snow piles are some left-over trash.  Help us beautify our neighborhood by participating in clean-up efforts on Sat. April 23 at 3 pm.  We will meet at the corner of Westbrook Lane in the 2000 block, at the greenway just south of 2032 Westbrook Lane.  We’ll pull trash from the greenway, north to Raymond Road.
Can’t make it?  Please help out by picking up your own yard, and encouraging your neighbors to do the same!  (Or be a dear, and pick up trash along your block).  Need more info?  Contact us at
Still Need Block Captains!
Several folks have stepped forward, and we now have block captains for 6500 block of Piedmont, 6400 block of Putnam, 1400 block of Theresa Terrace, and the 2000 block of Westbrook Lane & Westbrook Circle.  That’s a lot of blocks to fill yet!  Would YOU be willing to serve as YOUR block’s captain?  Duties include: gathering contact info from folks on your block and disseminating neighborhood news to your neighbors.  Value-added benefit:  you get to know your neighbors and build community, which yields a friendlier and safer surrounding!  If you’re interested or curious, please contact Tania at or 278-1093.  Thanks!

Parks Watch Opportunity
To better protect Madison’s beautiful parks system, the park system, in cooperation with the police, launched a Parks Watch program in 2008.  Neighbors joined together to learn how to organize a watch program, what to look for, and how to communicate concerns to city officials.  Would you like to be involved?  If so, attend one of the following training sessions:
April 12, 7 pm, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive
April 13, 7 pm, West Police District, 1710 McKenna Blvd.

Help Remove Garlic Mustard from Elver Park
Garlic mustard, an invasive weed that takes over native vegetation and can even choke out existing trees with a chemical it releases into the soil, is taking over at Elver Park.  Would you be willing to join a group of “Weed Warriors” and pull the pesky plant?  If so, contact Tania at

Brush and Yard Waste Collection Begins
Starting April 4, the city resumed collecting brush and leaf/garden waste from private properties.  Learn more about how to place materials for collection at or for the latest update on the collection schedule, call 267-2088.  Remember:  do NOT mix garden waste and leaves with brush!  Mixed materials will not be collected.

Need Mulch?
Free wood mulch is available at Elver Park on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please, private individuals only—no contractors.

Free Hair Cuts at Meadowood Community Center
The Meadowood Community Center is offering free haircuts on April 12 (by appointment only).  A hairstylist wants to give back to the community by offering haircuts for those facing financial hardship.  Daytime appointments are available by calling the center at 467-8360.

West District Police Newsletter
The latest West District Police newsletter can be viewed here:

District 20: Alder Thuy’s Final Newsletter
By the time you read this, Alder Thuy’s term as Alder of District 20 will be over, but you may still be interested to read her final newsletter:

Congratulations to Newly Elected Alders
Prairie Hills is served by three different Alder Districts.  Retaining his District 7 seat is Steve King (  Newly-elected Alder for District 1 is Lisa Subeck ( and for District 20 is Matt Phair (  We look forward to working with all three individuals and congratulate them on their victories!

Meditation at Monona Terrace
Free meditations at Monona Terrace from noon to 12:45 on Mondays between April-May 23 in the Community Terrace (level two).  For more information visit

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president