Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,
Safety Committee Volunteers Needed
Are you interested in safety issues in our neighborhood?  If so, our neighborhood’s safety committee is ready to launch.  Please respond to this email if you’d like to be involved.  Potential issues might include pedestrian crossings at Raymond & Prairie Roads, organizing neighborhood watch on your block, and securing your home and car to protect against potential break-ins.
Neighborhood Google List Provides Safety Updates
Just a reminder that the neighborhood’s website offers a Google Group where neighbors can share safety concerns.  You can sign up for the list by clicking on the “PHNA Online Forum” box at the upper right hand corner of our website (www.prairiehillsna.org).
West Police District Listening Session Results
On Nov. 9, the West Police District held a listening session to acquaint the district’s new captain, Vic Wahl, with neighborhood concerns.  A number of people presented their views, including members of various Southwest side neighborhood associations.  The general consensus was that improved communication would be very helpful.  Residents would like to know more about what is happening, what their role is and how they can help.
Winter Parking Rules in Effect Nov. 15
Reminder: alternate side street parking rules are now in effect for Madison residents.  For details, see the city’s news release:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/news/view.cfm?news_id=2939
Winter Hours at Yard Waste Drop Off Sites
On Sunday, December 4, the South Point Road yard waste site will close for the winter.  The Badger Rd. and Sycamore Ave. sites will switch over to winter hours (M-F from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.)  For details, visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/yardWaste/dropoffsites.cfm
Planning for Next Year’s SW Farmer’s Market
If convenient access to fresh, local food is important to you, please consider volunteering for the South West Farmer’s Market Workgroup.  This group will explore options for the best location for the farmer’s market in 2012, and will form a board of residents that will help govern the market.  Their next meeting is scheduled for Wed. Dec. 14, at 7 pm.  For more information, please contact Amy Skora, student intern at Public Health, askora@publichealthmdc.com or 608-243-0481.
West Police District Newsletter
The July/September edition of the West District Police Station’s newsletter is available at http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/west/newsletters/  Of special interest:  Lt. John Patterson’s tips on how to prevent home burglaries, and neighborhood police officer Brad Ware’s column
Column from Dane County Executive
Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive, talks about his budget in the following column:
Save Money on Energy
Green Madison, the city’s resource for saving money and energy at home, is teaming up with the Urban League to provide jobs starting Nov. 7.  The Ambassadors for Green Energy will target designated Madison neighborhoods to recruit homeowners to participate in the program.  For more information about what the program can do for you, visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/greenMadison/
What’s New at Toki
Nicole Schaeffer, Toki’s principal, reports that the Middle School received a $500 Exxon Mobile Educational Alliance grant to help with the school’s programs.  The school also participated in a system-wide “Principal for a Day” program which allows schools to bring in community leaders to observe school activities.  Toki brought in Cathy Stepp, Secretary of the Dept. of Natural Resources.  For more details, check the school’s website:  http://tokiweb.madison.k12.wi.us
Voter ID Requirements
Do you have an ID for voting?  What about your neighbors, friends, and family members?  State law now requires voters to present identification when voting.  Voters who do not have an acceptable ID at the polling place will need to vote on a provisional ballot.  Provisional ballots will be counted only if the voter brings an acceptable ID to the Clerk’s Office by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election.  The City Clerk’s Office recommends checking your ID now to make sure your vote will be counted in 2012.  For more information, see www.cityofmadison.com/election or call the Clerk’s Office at 266-4601.
Help Salvation Army Ring Kettle Bells
If you would like to help the Salvation Army raise funds for the disadvantaged and homeless by ringing the red kettle bells, please contact chris_ziemba@usc.salvationarmy.org.  Shift workers are needed from Nov. 18-Dec. 3.
Smokeless Tobacco Group Seeks Volunteers
Now that Wisconsin is smoke-free, marketers are promoting smokeless tobacco products in packaging that is especially attractive to youth.  Public Health is trying to educate community members about the dangers of these products.  If you would like more information, or would like to help, please contact Ryan Sheahan, Coordinator for the Tobacco Free Columbia Dane County Coalition at 242-6297 or rsheahan@publichealthmdc.com
Programs for the Elderly
Southwest Triad provides numerous educational opportunities for our neighborhood’s elderly.  To learn more, or to be placed on their e-mailing list, please contact Triad via RSVP Dane County at mstamstad@rsvpdane.org
Hospice Care Name Change
Fitchburg’s Hospice Care has changed its name to Agrace Hospice Care.  If you would like more information about their services or would like to be added to the newsletter distribution list, please contact them at Agrace_HospiceCare@mail.vresp.com

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president