Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,
Don’t Miss the May 24 Cultural Divide Meeting!
Be sure to attend this special meeting with Dr. Richard Harris and Kris Anderson, both of whom have extensive experience with today’s youth and can provide tips on how to better interact in a way that is positive for all concerned.  Improved communication can yield results we ALL benefit from!  Join us on Thurs. May 24, 6:30 pm, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1701 McKenna Blvd.  Refreshments provided.
Recap of May 12 Spring Pride Trash Clean-Up
The Spring Pride trash clean-up at Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park and adjacent greenways on May 12 netted six bags of trash and a much cleaner environment.  Special thanks to folks from the neighborhood and seven students from the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.  They did a great job!
Neighborhood Flier Distribution
We still do not have enough volunteers to distribute fliers to the entire Prairie Hills population.  If you would be willing to adopt one or more areas for neighborhood flier distribution, please respond to this email!  Thanks!
Police Share Info on Madison’s South West Safety Initiative
At the May 10 PHNA board meeting, Lt. John Patterson and Capt. Vic Wahl of the West Police District updated us on the $30,000 SW Safety Initiative which was funded by the city per a proposal by Alders Lisa Subeck and Matt Phair.  Between May 1 to October 15, the initiative will pay for officer overtime targeting education and enforcement in the Hammersley/Theresa area (as well as other areas on the South West side of Madison).  Efforts will include foot and bicycle patrols, with special attention to late-night and weekend youth issues and after-parties.
Prairie Hills Board Transition
From Tania Banak:  “I’m sad to say this is my last newsletter to the neighborhood, as I am moving to Sun Prairie to be with my significant other.  My role as president will be in the capable hands of fellow board member Gloria Meyer.  I will miss my old neighborhood, especially now that so many positive things are occurring – including many of you stepping up as Block Captains, and a renewed focus on bringing neighbors together to create community.  Thank you all for your support over the last two and a half years!  Please continue to be involved in YOUR association.  It is YOU who makes a difference.”
Vacancy on Board – Secretary
We currently have an opening for the position of secretary on the PHNA board.  If you’re good at taking brief notes, and could attend periodic meetings (currently monthly), and would like to help out your neighborhood association, please email us!  Thanks!
Prairie Hills Receives Neighborhood Grant
PHNA has been awarded a neighborhood grant by the City of Madison to place a message board in Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park.  The board will carry announcements of neighborhood activities and art work by area children. 
Next Prairie Hills Board Meeting
On Thurs. June 14, 6:30 pm, the PHNA board will meet at the West Police District in the Community Room.  Lt. John Patterson of the West Police District will explain police call procedures and discuss how we can work together with police.  Interested neighbors are welcome!
Video Produced by Area Youth
Neighbors, please take a look at this video, produced by South West Madison area youth under the guidance of Ali Brooks, youth organizer per a UW grant (through 2013).  The goal is to build leadership among our youth, support them in organizing for change around issues they care about, and eventually to start bringing more and more of the area’s youth into positive activities.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahrVvM0bKQM
Med Drop Box Now at West Police District
A new Med Drop Box will be available at the West Police District beginning April 30.  The drop box is an easy way to safely dispose of leftover and expired prescription and over the counter medications.  The drop box is available during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4 pm).  For more info, see the West Police District’s website:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/west/
West Police District Newsletter
Please take a look at the West Police District’s March/April newsletter:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/west/newsletters/  You’ll find information on internet scams, updates on the Hammersley/Theresa area of our neighborhood, and from the Community Policing Team.  It’s a great way to learn more about safety issues in our community.
Pedestrian Street-Crossing Safety
Improving pedestrian safety is the goal of a new initiative using street-crossing flags and Slow Down signs.  Visit this website for more information:  http://www.safercommunity.net/
Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president