From PHNA President Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Neighborhood Safety Meeting April 14

On April 14, neighborhood police officer Justine Harris conducted an informative neighborhood safety meeting at the West Police Station.  She brought in Paul Logan from the 911 Call Center to answer questions about the 911 system, including when is it appropriate to call, what info is most helpful to the center staff, and the benefits of requesting contact with a police officer.  Justine noted that she is working with Building Inspection to ensure that area properties are kept up.  If you see properties that need attention, please let her know.  And mark your calendar for future neighborhood safety meetings:

Thurs July 28, 7-8:30 pm, West Police Station

Tues Oct. 18, 7-8:30 pm, West Police Station

Block Captains Still Needed

The neighborhood association still desperately needs BLOCK CAPTAINS who will volunteer to mobilize residents.  Responsibilities include gathering contact info (name/phone/email) and keeping residents informed of neighborhood activities, plus asking them to join the PHNA (a very reasonable $5 dues per year).  Are you willing to make a difference where you live?  If so, please contact us at prairiehillsna@yahoo.com.  We have materials to help you get started!

Areas that still need to be covered include:

2500-2700 McKenna Blvd, plus 6800-6700 block of Putnam (Area 3)

Janie Lane, Pilgrim Circle, & 6500 block of Pilgrim (Area 4)

Homestead Rd., incl Piedmont Ct (Area 5)

2200-2400 Ravenswood & 2200-2400 Westbrook Lane (Area 8)

6500 block of Tottenham & 2100-2200 block of Frisch (area 10)

2100-2300 McKenna & Adderbury Circle (Area 11)

2000 block of Frisch & Brompton Circle (Area 12)

2000 block of Adderbury (area 13)

Condos at 6600 block of Raymond & 2000 block of McKenna (area 15)

1800-1900 block of Frisch & Hoff Ct (area 16)

1900-2000 block of Prairie & 6200-6300 block of Raymond (area 17)

Birch Hill/Lomax & Cathy Ct, Starr Ct. (Area 18)

Cherbourg Ct (Area 19)

Krystana Way & Jacobs Ct (Area 20)

Park Heights Ct (Area 21)

Betty’s Lane, Park Crest Ct, & 6500-6700 block of Jacobs Way (area 22)

Hammersley between McKenna & Betty’s Ln (Area 23)

Frisch between Hammersley & Jacob’s Way (Area 24)

6400-6200 block of Hammersley & Betty’s Lane (Area 26)

Loreen Drive (Area 29)

Please help us get YOUR neighborhood covered!

City Redistricting Meetings (May 12)

The City of Madison is in the process of adjusting its wards and aldermanic districts.  The new boundaries will remain in place for the next 10 years.  You can learn more about the proposals and offer input by attending a public hearing on Thurs. May 12, 6 pm, Cherokee Middle School, 4301 Cherokee Drive, or by visiting www.cityofmadison.com/cityHall/redistricting

More About the Meadowood Survey

Ooops!  I mis-identified the origination of the Meadowood Survey that I recently distributed!  Alder Matt Phair (District 20) clarified that the survey was written by a southwest side committee on economic development (not the City of Madison).  The group was formed with area residents who attended the quarterly Meadowood Community Suppers.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Matt at district20@cityofmadison.com.  If you have not filled out the survey yet, you have until May 12 to do so at:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XD3NBGY

Free Garage Sale Postings

An intern named Sasha emailed us to offer free “garage sale” ads on a new Madison online social market place.  You can check out their site at http://buysellmadison.com/garage-sales  If you have questions, you can contact her at sasha@buysellmadison.com

Newsletter from Dane County Executive

For your information, here is a newsletter from the new Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi:  http://danedocs.countyofdane.com/webdocs/pdf/exec/columns/03052011.pdf

Hospice Care Newsletter Available

Interested in Hospice Care?  You can sign up for their electronic newsletter by sending a request to:  info@hospicecareinc.com

Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

A new “Green Madison” energy efficiency program is making funds available for home owners who would like to improve the energy efficiency of their home.  For more info, visit www.cityofmadison.com/greenmadison or call 877-399-1204.

Earth Day Trash Collection Successful

Volunteers pulled three full bags of trash from the greenway between Westbrook Lane & Raymond Road on Sat. April 23rd, in honor of Earth Day, plus two more from Lucy Lincoln Heistand Park.  Thanks to all who volunteered!

Volunteers Needed to Help Seniors on May 14:

Volunteers, some with trucks or vans, are needed to help senior citizens “declutter” their apartments (at the senior facility on Struck and Schroeder Road) on May 14th from 8:30-12:30.  Volunteers will help seniors sort items to be recycled or donated, then will deliver the materials to either the City Recycling Center or to St. Vincent’s on Segoe Rd.  If you can help, please contact Jan Karst at RSVP (jkarst@rsvpdane.org) or jodyschmitz@yahoo.com

Hike Madison’s “Wild Side”

Madison is offering free tours of its conservation parks.  For more info, visit:

http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/conservation/tours.cfm

Ride the Drive on Sunday June 5

Once again, Madison is sponsoring a bicycle ride along downtown streets.  For details, visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/transportation/ridethedrive/

Electronic “Neighborhood” – Are You Interested?

A neighborhood resident forwarded the following websites which create an electronic “meet the neighbors” group.  Anyone interested?  If so, please let us know.

http://www.meettheneighbors.org/

http://www.i-neighbors.org/

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president

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