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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BEWARE of Break-ins; Sat. event

September 16, 2014

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.
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1 - E-mail News Contact Address Has Changed
           BAD NEWS
2 - HEADS UP:   Rash of  Car and House Break-ins in the Neighborhood Reported
3 - Rumbling Noise at Night Keeps Neighbors Awake
4 - Join Your Community: Help With Stepping Stone Project This Saturday
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5 - Notice to Gardeners - in Spanish & English


1 - E-mail News Contact Address Has Changed

To contact the President of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association or the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News, please note the new e-mail address:


2 - HEADS UP:   Rash of  Car and House Break-ins in the Neighborhood Reported

In the past few days, the Belmar and Marlborough parts of the neighborhood have seen a rash of car and house break-ins.
We ask you to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior and to call police if you see anything unusual like strangers hanging around in the street or cars parking near your home and nobody getting out.  These people may be casing your premises or serving as look-outs for somebody breaking into homes or cars.
One neighbor recently posted information on our Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association Facebook page.  On Monday, Sue Morvits noted that
There have been 3 break ins of cars since Sept. 1, one on Milford and 2 on Windflower Way. Remember to lock your doors on your cars and report all suspicious people or cars in your area. I know all the cars that are on my street including neighbors’ friends’ cars.   If I see one that comes up and stops out front of my house and they do not get out, chances are they are doing there drugs or sex.  Seems dead ends attract this behavior and I was told by [the] neighborhood cop to call and report this using the nonemergency #.  I now take photos of the cars and try to get the plates as well.

The more people who call the police about this kind of behavior, the more likely we will get more patrolling at night when these things are happening.
Sue also reported in more detail about this recent crime wave on the DMNA Facebook page last night.
House was broken into last night on the lower part of Windflower Way. Lap tops taken, not sure what else.  We need to keep an eye out in our neighborhood.   Watch other neighbors.   Leave curtains open so you can see out at night.  Let … your good neighbors know if you’re going to be out at night so they can at least keep an eye on your place.   I leave my curtains open all the time.  This way if I get up in the night I can look out and see.  I have let our neighborhood officer know this and that we need more policing at night.

Finally, this morning (Tuesday, Sept. 16) she added this more lengthy report.
A little more info on the break in.  It happened between 7 pm and 9:30 pm.   They unscrewed her one light over her garage.  Broke her back door to get inside.  
A week ago a neighbor coming home from work at 11:30 pm spotted an individual on a bike (African American), a male.   Then he said 2 more came out of the shadows on Danbury and Windflower Way.   They made no eye contact at him.   They were looking more at the house that was just broken into.   He sat up on Windflower Way and watched them.   They did go up Danbury.   
So for now on he was told to call the police about this.   
As with any of us, [if] you see individuals [acting in a suspicious way,] and we have issues going on in this area, call police.   It could be something.   It could be nothing.  I would rather have it be nothing then to just brush it off and find out it was something.   Now this is telling me that no one is watching anything. If this happened on Danbury, how can anyone NOT see some person unscrewing a light bulb and not do anything about it UNLESS these individuals are watching all the houses down there and knew no one was around at that time.

Police were called, dogs were used but nothing.
Please lets starting watching our streets and neighbors’ places as well as our own.
Motion lights get them so they can not screw out the light bulbs.  That goes for any light outside your home.   Make it harder for them to do that.
[If] you see anyone out of place, call.
The emergency number is 911, to be used when you see a crime in progress.  The non-emergency number is 255-2345, or call Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.  To express your concern to a neighborhood officer, contact Officer Stephen Mackesey at   

3 - Rumbling Noise at Night Keeps Neighbors Awake

What is that deep rumbling noise we’ve been hearing in the neighborhood late at night?  It goes on for a minute or two, stops for 30 seconds, starts up again, and then goes on like that for hours.
If you suspected the Verona Road Project, you are correct. However, when I got into my car about 1:30 a.m. last night and tried to find the noise, I could find nothing happening in the vicinity of Verona Road.  Still, I kept hearing it.
A neighbor posed the question about the rumble on the “WI Verona Road Project” Facebook page.  Here’s what the Department of Transportation answered:
Crews were working last night on the westbound Beltline, between Verona Road and Whitney Way. The noise could be the milling operation of the pavement, paving operation or the trucks hauling the material. Unfortunately, there will be some noise associated with this work during the nighttime hours.

Most of the night work is necessary due to the traffic volumes on the Beltline and Verona Road, and the allowable times for lane closures to perform the work.
How long will this continue?  Well, don’t hold your breath.  When I asked how many nights to expect this sleep-shattering racket, DOT responded, “This night work will continue until mid-November for winter shutdown.”

This prompted the original questioner to give her opinion:  
But with that particular machine? It's the low frequency sound of that machine that is the problem. Surely you're not tearing up asphalt for that long, an entire night shift, from now until November, are you? Aren't you under any sort of regulations for noise/quality of life? I know other cities have them.

Low frequency rumbling/humming noises like this can be detrimental to people’s health.  Information from “Noise & Health,” a bimonthly inter-disciplinary International Journal,  notes that some people are more susceptible to being bothered by this kind of noice, particularly those 55 and above, and women more than men.  Although the article is mostly about in-home rumble or hum at low frequencies, I would expect that 2 months of such noise from the Verona Road construction project is similar.
World Health Organization comments were quoted in the article.  This much might be of interest.
The World Health Organization recognizes the special place of low frequency noise as an environmental problem. Its publication on Community Noise (Berglund et al., 2000) makes a number of references to low frequency noise, some of which are as follows

"It should be noted that low frequency noise, for example, from ventilation systems can disturb rest and sleep even at low sound levels"
"For noise with a large proportion of low frequency sounds a still lower guideline
(than 30dBA) is recommended"
"It should be noted that a large proportion of low frequency components in a noise may increase considerably the adverse effects on health"
"The evidence on low frequency noise is sufficiently strong to warrant immediate concern"

One researcher found that
Noise annoyance in the home is considered as leading to a long-term negative evaluation of living conditions, dependent on past disturbances and current attitudes and expectations. Annoyance brings feelings of disturbance, aggravation, dissatisfaction, concern, bother, displeasure, harassment, irritation, nuisance, vexation, exasperation, discomfort, uneasiness, distress, hate etc, some of which combine to produce the adverse reaction.
Want to read the whole article?  Here’s the citation: Leventhall H G. Low frequency noise and annoyance. Noise Health [serial online] 2004 [cited 2014 Sep 16];6:59-72. Available from: <>

Meanwhile, I have referred this problem to Madison Alder Maurice Cheeks and Fitchburg alders Dorothy Krause and Carol Poole.


4 - Join Your Community:  Help With Stepping Stone Project This Saturday

Help is needed to
·      dig out 7 inches of dirt in an area about 4 feet by 13 feet
·      haul the dirt to a fill area
·      haul gravel to create a bed for the stepping stones
Saturday, Sept. 20
10 am-12:30 pm

Marlborough Park, between the bike path and the east end of the community garden
We will find other work for any extra helpers.
The garden mosaic project is funded in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Marlborough Park Community Garden.  The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association applied for and was awarded this grant.
5 - Notice to Gardeners - in Spanish & English

Estimados Jardineros de Marlborough / Dear Marlborough Gardeners,

Prepárense para este Sábado, el 20 de Septiembre a las 10. Vamos a tener un día de trabajo muy importante porque continuaremos a instalar todos los azulejos de mosaicos que hemos hecho a principios de este verano. Nosotros en realidad necesitamos su ayuda para desenterrar un espacio para poner los azulejos de mosaico, y establecer una base de arena y apoyarlas en su cama o base permanente. Aquellos de ustedes que tienen construcción o experiencia en paisaje de jardinería. ¡Ahora es el momento para ayudar!

¡Vengan todos!
¡El jardín necesita su ayuda!


Please prepare for this Saturday! We will be having a very important workday as we continue to install all the mosaic tiles we crafted earlier this summer. We really need your help as we look to dig out a space for the mosaic tiles, set a foundation of sand, and lay them in their permanent bed. Those of you who have construction or landscaping experience, now is your time to help!

Please join us at the garden this Saturday, September 20th at 10 am. Bring any extra tools you may have including shovels, wheel barrows, pick-axes, or other durable digging implements.

Come one, come all! The garden needs your help!

- Marlborough Garden Leadership Team

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