Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,
MLK Day Peace March a Success
Members of Memorial High School’s Black Student Union, accompanied by community members, marched through the Prairie Hills Neighborhood on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 16.  With chants of “peace,” “equality”, and “stop the violence,” the group convened at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church on McKenna, where Richard Harris, executive director of Vision Beyond Bars, challenged the youth to take control of their lives by making education a top priority.  Events such as this one raise visibility of the issues faced by today’s youth, and are the first step in creating positive change.
Update from the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Board
The PHNA board met on Thurs. January 12.  In the works are continued recruitment of block captains, revitalizing the neighborhood watch program, updating the association’s logo, and planning for spring activities, including trash clean-ups and a general membership meeting to feature ideas on how best to interact with today’s youth.  Anyone who is interested in helping, or in bringing neighbors together, is urged to contact us at prairiehillsna@yahoo.com.  The board’s next meeting is on Thurs. Feb. 9, 6:30 pm, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1701 McKenna.  Meetings are open to Prairie Hills neighbors, if interested.
Interested in Neighborhood Safety?
Our association vice president, Kevin Wymore, would like to start up a Prairie Hills Neighborhood Watch/Safety Committee based on the 9-house “know your neighbor” model.  Would you be interested in helping him out or getting involved?  If so, please contact Kevin at kevinw111657@gmail.com.
Youth Group Offers to Help With Chores
Need someone to shovel snow, rake leaves, pull weeds?  The Wisconsin Youth Company youth group has 6th and 7th graders ready and willing to help.  Counselors will supervise the work and help negotiate the charges.  The goal is to help senior citizens with home upkeep while providing students with work experience.  To schedule some help, call Tony at 239-2846 or Kirsten at 445-8015
Hammersley Leadership Group to Focus on Traffic
The Hammersley Leadership Group (made up of residents primarily from the Hammersley/Theresa/Betty’s/Lucy Lane area) has selected three traffic issues to focus on: speeding on Frisch Road, especially north of Hammersley; speeding and crossing problems on Hammersley; and speeding and traffic on Theresa.  The group is currently gathering data and developing a strategy for approaching the city’s traffic engineering department.  Residents from those three areas are invited to participate.  Contact Gloria at 288-8160.
Community Supper at Falk School Draws Interested Residents
The goal is to connect area residents with each other to develop community and to identify issues of concern, with an eye toward taking action to resolve issues.  Modeled on similar suppers in the Meadowood neighborhood, community members in cooperation with nurses from the Madison and Dane County Health Department organized a meal at Falk school’s auditorium on Tues. Dec. 6.  Participants had an opportunity to give voice to their top concerns in the neighborhood.  Ultimately, leaders will be identified from this group to coordinate action.  If you are interested in participating in this venture, please contact us at prairiehillsna@yahoo.com.
Winter Safety
Now that we’ve finally got some snow, remember to keep your sidewalks cleared and to sand them if an ice layer forms, for pedestrian safety.  Did you know that the city places barrels filled with a salt/sand mixture at various intersections, for use by drivers if a street becomes slippery?  Also, residents are welcome to get sand from the parking lot at Elver Park for use on their home’s sidewalks.  For more info on winter, see the city’s website:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/residents/winter/
Prevent Home Burglaries
This list of tips from Madison’s Police Department is useful at any time of the year!  Please read and use!  http://host.madison.com/news/local/crime_and_courts/article_776014ec-2d8a-11e1-bde9-0019bb2963f4.html
Recycling Update
The 2012 Recyclopedia is now available online at http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/documents/recyclopedia.pdf.  It has information on all the changes to the City of Madison curbside recycling program that will go into effect on January 1, 2012.
West Police District Newsletter
The October-December Madison West Police District newsletter is now available!  You can read it at:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/west/newsletters/
Jobless Find Help at Madison Area Job Transition Program
On the first and third Saturday of the month, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at Raymond Road & Whitney Way hosts a free program to help the unemployed seek jobs.  To learn more, view this Channel 3000 news clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOCFhKWf0eI&feature=youtu.be  If you have friends, neighbors or relatives who are jobless, recommend this program to them!
Neighborhood Pedestrian Safety Meeting
Southwest Triad is sponsoring a meeting regarding pedestrian safety issues at the Struck/Schroeder Road intersection.  All are welcome to attend.  The meeting is scheduled for Wed. Jan. 25, at 10:30 am, at Prairie Park Apartments, 6530 Schroeder Road.  Speaker is Mark Winter (City of Madison Traffic Engineering).  For more info, contact RSVP at mstamstad@rsvpdane.org or 441-7897.
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.
New Polling Places
With redistricting, some polling places have changed.  To see where you will vote in upcoming elections, visit this website:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/election/voter/where.cfm  The city will also be sending notices in early February to people whose polling place has changed.
Column by County Executive
Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive, talks about new opportunities and challenges for county government in his latest column.  You can read the column here:  http://www.countyofdane.com/exec/columns_from_Joe.aspx

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president