Peace Vigil on Nov. 22 a Success!
More than 100 residents from Prairie Hills and surrounding neighborhoods participated in a peace vigil on Tues. Nov. 22nd.  The event, precipitated by negative graffiti painted on several properties in Prairie Hills and Greentree neighborhoods, was a positive statement that we will not tolerate this type of negative behavior.  Instead, the graffiti actually gave the community a reason to come together in unity!  Some media coverage can be viewed at:
Planning for MLK Stop the Violence Rally
Memorial High School’s Black Student Union is planning a rally on Mon. Jan. 17, tentatively from 12 noon to around 2 pm.  If you would like to be involved in the planning process, and in helping to build on the momentum created by our recent peace vigil, please let us know (prairiehillsna@yahoo.com) and we will put you in touch with the organizers.
Police District Annual Neighborhood Survey
How safe do you feel in your neighborhood?  Your opinion about the issues helps police understand how best to serve our neighborhood. The West Police District would like residents of the South West side of Madison to complete their annual survey:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/757X753
Next PHNA Board Meeting
Interested in getting involved in your community?  Consider attending Prairie Hills board meetings!  The next meeting is scheduled for Thurs. Jan. 12, 6:30 pm, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.  Topics will include activities for the coming year, recruitment of additional block captains, and more.
Hammersley Area Community Supper a Success
A community supper organized at Falk School in December by the SW Community Organizing Committee for the Hammersley/Theresa neighborhood attracted a nice turnout of local residents.  After area youth presented the results of a traffic safety survey they had done, attendees voted on the traffic safety locations of most concern to them.  Interested residents were invited to attend further planning meetings to address perceived issues in the neighborhood.  If you would like to be involved in this type of neighborhood planning, please contact us at prairiehillsna@yahoo.com.
Memorial High School Looking for Mentors
The high school’s student services department is looking for mentors in its Study Skills program designed to help 9th and 10th year students build their study, organization, and note-taking habits.  Each mentor will meet with one student over a minimum of 6 sessions in a 4-6 week time period.  A 2-hour training session will be provided in January before you meet with your first student.  For more information, or to apply, please contact Dan Maloney at 663-6060.
West Madison Little League
Registration for youth (girls & boys) baseball and girl’s softball, ages 8-16, is open from Jan. 5-Feb 29, 2012.  Participants must live in the West, Memorial, or Middleton school attendance areas.  Online registrants (www.wmll.org) who meet the deadline are guaranteed a spot on a team!  Partial scholarships are available.  Questions?  Contact WMLL Exec. Director, Bill Battista, 608-239-6161, or email board@wmll.org.
Ice Skating Lessons at Elver
Want to get out and enjoy whatever Father Winter brings us?  Then you may want to take ice skating lessons at Elver Park.  The 7-week lesson series begins the week of Jan. 3 and runs through Feb. 7.  For schedule and registration information, visit:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/seasonal/Winter/iceskatinglessons.cfm
Neighbors Participated in City Budget Talks
Thanks so much to neighbors who submitted comments on the District 1 capital budget for the city of Madison.  Based partially on input from residents, a $900,000 proposal to purchase and rehabilitate a community center in the greater Elver Park area was withdrawn.  Provisional approval was given for a $700,000 spray park in the Park Ridge/Park Edge area, based on funding from the city’s general obligation fund and from park impact fees.  Resident opposition was based on the fact that the proposed spray park and community center do not directly address the district’s priority crime problems, and they add to an already overburdened tax base.
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.  For more information, please contact Amy Skora, student intern at Public Health, askora@publichealthmdc.com or 608-243-0481.
Stormwater Newsletter
Click on their “December 2011” newsletter link to learn about how storm water affects our lakes, and how the city of Madison is addressing issues of salt, storm water treatment, and much more.  http://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/stormwater/index.cfm

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president

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