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Thursday, April 19, 2012

DM Cleanup Sat., Many photos

Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News  
                                                April 19, 2012

The DMN e-News and an occasional hard copy DMN News are published by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association (DMNA) on an “as-needed” schedule.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Inc. has been working to unite neighbors to solve mutual problems and promote fellowship among neighbors since 1973.  Our neighborhood is in Madison & Fitchburg.
               President, Bob Hague,   218-1760
               News contact, Mary Mullen,  298-0843
               Website: <> < <> >   (under construction)
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           EARTH DAY
1 - Marsh Clean-Up This Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
2 - April 21 is Fitchburg’s Spring 2012 Electronics Recycling and Shred Day Event
3 - An Earth Day Message from the Fitchburg Mayor (Many Events Listed)

4 - Check Out the Many Photos from the Neighborhood

5 - Madison Police Department Greetings from MPD Captain Vic Wahl

6 - National Pet ID Week is April 15-21:  Discounted Rates on Microchipping
7 - Lost Pets - I’m Here at the Shelter


1 - Marsh Clean-Up This Saturday, 8:30 a.m.

This is Earth Week. What better way to celebrate than to help clean up our little part of the earth, Dunn’s Marsh?
Gather at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, April 21, down at Apache Pond, below Crescent Road near Apache Drive.  For a map showing where to meet and a list of cleanup guidelines, go to and find Spring Cleanup link on the right side of the page. The map also very nicely shows all the stormwater facilities around Dunn’s Marsh
Fitchburg will provide refreshments and a tote bag or T-shirt to participants. Volunteers are encouraged to wear boots and bring work gloves. Be forewarned: Restroom facilities are often not convenient to the planned cleanup locations.
Hope to see you there!
                                                                                                 by Mary Mullen

2 - April 21 is Fitchburg’s Spring 2012 Electronics Recycling and Shred Day Event

Fitchburg, Oak Bank, Pellitteri Waste Systems, and Surplus-IT have scheduled Fitchburg’s Spring 2012 Electronics Recycling Shred Day Event on Saturday, April 21.
The Shred Day Event will be held 7:30am to 10:30am in Oak Bank’s parking lot at 5951 McKee Road. Look for Pellitteri’s Shred Truck in the parking lot.
This event provides shredding to destroy your confidential paper documents. Up to 5 bankers boxes of confidential paper documents can be shredded and recycled FREE of cost.
Please contact Jeff Potter (Pellitteri) at 257-6232 ext 323, or Felipe Avila, at 270-4277,, with any questions about the shred event.
The Electronics Recycling Event will be held from 7:30am to 11:30am at Surplus-IT’s warehouse (901 Watson Avenue). Look for directional signage from the intersection of Fish Hatchery Road and Greenway Cross heading to the east.
Items Accepted
Free!: Computers, LCD (Flat panel liquid crystal display) Monitors, Printers, Stereo
Equipment, Media (cds, dvds, floppy disks, magnetic tape, etc.), lead acid and other recyclable batteries,
Styrofoam Packing Peanuts
$5 Charge: Microwaves, other Kitchen Electronics
$15 Charge: All CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) Monitors
$25 Charge: TVs less than 27”, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners
$35 Charge: TVs 27” or larger (console TV’s may cost more for disposal)

Please contact Lee Shinefield (Surplus-IT) at 209-8000, or Felipe Avila, 270-4277 or, with any questions about the electronics recycling.
Information about other options for recycling may be found in Fitchburg’s 2012-2014
Recycling Guide on Fitchburg’s web page at: <>    Hard copies are
available in the lobby of Fitchburg City Hall.
                                                                                   from Fitchburg City Newsletter

3 - An Earth Day Message from the Fitchburg Mayor

[Editor’s Note:  Find out more about all these events by going onto the Fitchburg website and clicking on “City Newsletter” on the menu on the left side of the site.  This letter is reprinted from the City Newsletter.]
Happy Earth & Arbor Days 2012!
April is here and the birds and frogs are beginning to announce that “Spring is Here!” As you can see by the breadth of environmentally-related articles and events in this Update, it is going to be a busy next couple of months for all of us as we prepare for the warmer weather by spending more time outside.
Starting in April, there are numerous activities you can participate in that will help continue Fitchburg’s commitment toward protecting our environment.
There will be numerous waterway clean-ups happening around the city around Earth Day:
• Electronics Recycling events and Shred Day Events on April 21st
• Arbor Day Community Cleanups for Parks, Roadways and City Hall on April 28th
• $60,000 in grant funding from DNR for a stormwater pond near Red Arrow Trail and Crescent Road
• $100,000 in grant funding from DNR for a stormwater pond near Post Road and Index Road
• Fitchburg’s Organics (food waste, soiled paper, and pet waste) Collection Pilot starting April 3rd
• Green Thursdays at the Library
• Rain Garden Planting at Leopold School
• Home Composting Workshops in April and May
• Fitchburg’s Bike Rodeo on May 12
• Environmental Service Day on May 12
• the list goes on and on…
Please read through all of these events and pledge along with me to participate in as many as you can. If you know of additional opportunities, please let me or my staff know and we can help get the word out. These events are a partnership of many residents, businesses, and city staff and will help us set the stage for demonstrating and continuing Fitchburg’s leadership in environmental sustainability.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me via my assistant Marcie at 270-4213 or
Shawn Pfaff, Fitchburg Mayor


4 - Check Out the Many Photos from the Neighborhood

I’m a visual person. If you are too, this issue of the newsletter is for you.  There are no less than FIVE photo collages to pore over.
They aren’t just eye candy.  They are meant to show you some of the activities that are taking place in the neighborhood.
Here’s the list and the topics covered by each collage.
“1 pic Little Libraries.jpg” shows a couple of Little Free Libraries constructed by SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise, a UW student group. The DMNA has applied for a City of Madison grant that would bring up to 10 Little Free Libraries to the neighborhood as well as 2 message boards.  The photo also shows some of the SIFE students and people from the neighborhood and from Prairie UU Society.  Prairie UU will be putting up one of the Little Free Libraries.  Photo is from March 25.
“2 pics ATC pole.jpg” gives close-up views of the huge metal pole that went up at Whenona Drive and the Beltline Frontage Road.  See how big the bolts are, what the insulators look like close up, and how tall it is compared to the pedestrian overpass.
“3 pics garden regis.jpg” shows the big turnout of people who came to the Boys and Girls Club on March 27to sign up for garden plots in Marlborough Park.  Gardeners are a multi-cultural bunch:  Mostly Latinos, Asians, and Caucasians.
“4 pics polls 4-3-12.jpg” features the neighbors who worked at the polls during the April 3 election.  Again, they are a very multicultural crew.
SPECIAL NOTE:  We have another election coming up Tuesday May 8.  It’s the primary election related to the recall of Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Kleefisch.  As usual, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.   If you are not registered to vote, you can still register at the City Clerk’s office or you may register at the polling place. As of this writing, photo ID is not required, but keep your eye on the news.

“5 pics neighb mtgs.jpg” shows DMNA Council members at the February 8, 2012 meeting, and a variety of neighbors and presenters who attended the April 4 informational meeting sponsored by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association.  The Neighborhood Liaison Officer from the MPD,  a representative from the American Transmission Company, and the Fitchburg Environmental Engineer spoke at the April 4 meeting, and about 25 people attended the meeting.
                                                                                                by Mary Mullen


5 - Madison Police Department Greetings from MPD Captain Vic Wahl

Greetings from the Madison Police Department’s West District.  As the new district captain, I wanted to reach out to the neighborhood and condo associations in the district to introduce myself, and to make sure everyone is aware of how they can stay informed on police and public safety issues in their area.   Here are some ways you can stay informed:
Visit the MPD West District page: <>
This page contains contact info for district command staff, as well as current district news.  
Check out incident reports and press releases issued by MPD on the MPD website: <>

Sign up to receive City of Madison email and text message alerts:
You can receive specific MPD alerts (including the West District newsletter and West District Updates), as well as alerts related to other City services (like construction and snow plowing updates).  You can also sign up for blogs from your elected officials.
Follow MPD on twitter (@madisonpolice)

Like the City of Madison on Facebook

We try to assign a police officer to serve as a liaison to each neighborhood association in the district.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood liaison officer is Brian Sheehy. He spoke to neighbors at the April 4 Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Council Meeting.
West District command staff are always available for questions, and I would be happy to try and stop by any association meetings or other events to say hello and answer any questions you might have.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Thank you.
                                                                                    from MPD West District Captain Vic Wahl


6 - National Pet ID Week is April 15-21:  Discounted Rates on Microchipping

Most of us never expect our beloved pets to be lost or stolen.  We hope that leashes, fences, and doors will be enough to keep them safe at home.  The reality is that accidents do happen, and when they do, many owners are unprepared. Protect your pet with a microchip AND an ID tag.  The combination of a microchip and an ID tag is the ideal way to reunite you and your pet if you get separated. It gives the best of both worlds by providing visual and implanted identification.

Dane County Humane Society is pleased to offer microchipping and tagging services at the main shelter during all open hours.  No appointment necessary.  The ID tag provides immediate owner information.  The microchip provides backup information if the ID tag is separated from the animal.
Special rates April 15-21 only!
$15 Microchip (cat or dog)
$5 Personalized ID Tag (cat or dog)

Visit our main shelter (5132 Voges Road, Madison) during open hours (weekdays 3-7pm, weekends 12-5pm, closed Wednesday) to take advantage of this offer.  
For more information visit <>
                                                            from Dane County Humane Society

7 - Lost Pets - I’m Here at the Shelter

Each year Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) receives approximately 3,000 dogs and cats brought to the shelter as strays.  In 2011, the total was 1,109 dogs and 1,915 cats several of which came from this neighborhood.

Most of us never expect our beloved pets to be lost or stolen and we hope that leashes, fences and doors will be enough to keep them safe at home.  The reality is that accidents do happen, and when they do, many owners are unprepared.  "Animal Service Officers report that the two biggest reasons dogs and cats become strays is because children and workmen inadvertently let them escape from the house or yard."

Microchip is the best way to reunite lost pets with their owners because tags can get separated from the animal. The combination of a tag and microchip give the best of both worlds by providing a visual ID and an implanted ID.  Have your veterinarian check your chip yearly to make sure it remains up to date and in place. No pet should be allowed outside its house without identification.  Microchipping can be done on a walk-in basis whenever the shelter is open or by your veterinarian.

There is a wealth of information on the DCHS website ( where one can search to determine whether your lost pet may be there or to learn how to search for and find your pet.  Just click on the “Owner Support” link.

Sometimes circumstances arise that result in owners becoming unable to keep their pets. Some people release their pet into the wild or near a farm with the false belief that it will settle in and find a new home.  Doing this is actually a very stressful experience and is an inhumane solution.  If you need to find a new home for your animal, DCHS provides a free rehoming service via their website.  Or, you may make an appointment to surrender your animal to DCHS for a small fee which goes to the care of the animal.

And for those of you looking to add a new pet member to your home… “don’t shop – adopt!” at Dane County Humane Society 5132 Voges Road, Madison WI 53718.

                                                                                    from Dane County Humane Society

End of the 4/19/12 Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News -------
Thanks for reading.

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