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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Mural celebration 10/31, more DMN news

October 29, 2015

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 & News contact:  Mary Mullen,  298-0843
               Website: <>
              On Facebook:   
Type Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association into the search box.
The calendar and list of articles follow the first two articles about the mosaic murals.  All articles by Mary Mullen unless otherwise noted.

1 - Celebrate the Murals, Sat., Oct. 31, 10 am


Rain or shine, everyone is invited to come to the formal dedication of the ped/bike bridge murals on Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m.  It’s a project that has had a great deal of neighborhood input, and a time to recognize all the hard work - and pleasure - that went into creating a destination location.
Dignitaries, volunteers who worked on the murals, and the entire neighborhood is invited to gather up at the murals adjacent to Britta Parkway.  Come up the path from Whenona or from the other side where the path starts at Niemann Place. Parking is available on Whenona Drive and Axel Avenue.
Artist Marcia Yapp, Department of Transportation folks, and contractors who helped make this project a reality as part of the Verona Road construction will be there.  Installer Jared Filip has been invited, and probably our alder Mauric Cheeks will lend his presence as well.
Come and see the murals close up and give your blessing to the finished project.
Mosaic volunteers and any other folks attending the dedication are invited to share beverages and snacks at Prairie UU Society after the formalities.  Prairie is located a block down Whenona at the corner of Whenona and Crawford Drives.

2 - Artist Marcia Yapp Thanks Volunteers For Helping With Mosaics
                       slightly updated so as not to mislead about the October 31 dedication
Hello All,

As many of you know, I moved out of the [mosaic] project space on the [Beltline] Frontage Road the first weekend in May, taking the supplies and the remaining unfinished Frontage Road mural to my home. Before moving out, the two completed bike-path murals were transported to the DOT field office, where they… remain[ed] until the installation [in September].  The blue tile for the Frontage Rd. mosaic sky arrived mid May and the rest of that month was spent finishing up the necessary work for the right and left side of the mural.   

The final template for the Frontage Road mosaic (template scene is the sun, geese, cattails and flora), began in June, and was finished by the end of the month. The pieces for the Frontage Road mosaic were then transported to the DOT field office the first week of July.

The final mosaic mural - facing Britta Parkway - began on July 6 and took a month to complete.  Due to the limited space in our basement, and my hope to have all the work complete by the end of July, I decided against inviting volunteers over to help with the remaining work. I hope you all understand. I haven't been flying completely solo, as my husband Maury (crazy paver extraordinaire), helped when he could and visiting family (Seth, Melissa and Calvin), laid some mirror for the pathway.  That being said, the Dunn’s Marsh Community Mosaic Murals [were] ready to be installed! YEA!  

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of the wonderful volunteers on this project from beginning to end.  You all shared in the creation of the Dunn's Marsh Mosaics.  These murals were very detailed and complex and yet everyone who participated in this project was willing to learn, added their own touch, joined in the communal atmosphere of each session and rose to and went beyond my expectations. Many of you came on a regular basis - I miss those weekly gatherings, they were focused and fun - thank you for your consistent work and your friendship.  I have never been so proud and so grateful to a group of volunteers. I hope every person who contributed in some way to this project understands what we have accomplished as a community. You’ve all helped in bringing more beauty into the world.  Bravo!
… I hope you all have savored this amazing summer.  I look forward to celebrating the community that was created while working on this project together.  

Kindly, and with a huge jump for joy!  
                                            Marcia [Yapp]

CALENDAR (Numbers at end show article number for more information.)

Sat., Oct. 31, 10 am - Dedication of the ped/bike murals and of the Allied Lightbox.
 Ceremony will be held at the murals on the approach to the ped/bike bridge near Axel Ave, Britta Parkway, and Whenona Drive. #1
Mon., Nov. 2, 5:30-8 pm, and Tues., Nov. 3, 7-9 am - Beltline Public Information Meetings, Boys & Girls Club Gym, 4619 Jenewein. (Also Nov. 10 and Nov 16 at other locations.)  #6  

Thur., Nov. 5, 2 pm - Allied Community Co-op Board meeting (first Thursday of every month),
Boys & Girls Club Gym, 4619 Jenewein..

Fri., Nov. 6, 7-11 pm - Event:  Lip Sync for Schools fundraiser for Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools,
at the Brink Lounge.  The $40 admission fee supports the Foundation’s work in providing creative and innovative programs to enrich the education of all 27,000 students in Madison’s 50 public schools.  Tickets available at  #14
Tues., Nov. 10, City Budget Night, 5:30 p.m. City-County Building, Room 201.  Final approval of grocery store grant report.  #11
Thurs., Nov. 12, 7 pm, DMNA Neighborhood Council (organizational meeting for newly elected Council), Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive.  #4
Sat., Nov. 14, 5-8 pm - Allied Recognition & Fund-Raising Dinner, Boys & Girls Clug, 4619 Jenewein.


           MOSAIC MURALS (Both articles are above this listing.)
1 - Celebrate the Murals, Sat., Oct. 31, 10 am
2 - Artist Marcia Yapp Thanks Volunteers For Helping With Mosaics

3 - DMNA Annual Meeting Notes
(Attachment:  “1 pics Oct in N’hood.jpg”)
4 - Ten Council Members Chosen at DMNA Annual Meeting
5 - DMNA Accomplishments 2014-2015

6 - Beltline Public Information Meetings Coming Up
7 - Bus Route #59 Got Minor Adjustments in August
 (Attachment:  “2 map Bus 59.jpg”)
8 - Cannonball Path Completed to Fish Hatchery Rd.
           GROCERY STORE
9 - Supporters Turn Out For Neighborhood Grocery Store
10 - Neighbor Reports on ACC Grocery Store Meeting
11 - Last Step at the Madison City Council for the Grocery Store, Nov. 10

            FROM THE COUNTY
12 - Co. Supervisor Richmond Will Not Run for an 8th Term
13 - Aging & Disability Resource Center Saved From Privatizing
14 - Plug Into Public Education! Nov. 6 at the Brink Lounge
15 - The History of Lake Mendota in the Palm of Your Hands
16 - Go to Chicago on an Adult Day Trip Offered by MMSD
17 - Protect Yourself from Identity Theft



3 - DMNA Annual Meeting Notes
(Attachment:  “1 pics Oct in N’hood.jpg”)

Although grocery store issues dominated the  Annual Meeting of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association on October 15, a nice sandwich and soup meal preceded the meeting, a rotating slide show played throughout the evening, all attendees had a chance to introduce themselves, and several other items of business got taken care of.
Routine business included approving the minutes of the 10/9/14 annual meeting and accepting the treasurer’s report.   At the time of the meeting, the DMNA treasury held $1,124.16. Several bills are outstanding which would bring the treasury down to about $880.   Most expenditures were for marketing (copy cards and web page) and supporting the activities of the association such as the annual picnic.  Income was primarily from dues and donations.
Both the Allied Community Co-op (ACC) Board President Cassandra Sonko and 10th District Alder Maurice Cheeks spoke movingly about the need for the grocery store and efforts that are underway.  Several others spoke out favorably as well.  Neighbors were very strongly urged to join the ACC and then participate actively to make the grocery come alive rather than to just sit back and let others continue to do the work.
DMNA members voted to change the DMNA by-laws.   One change clarifies that dues remain in force until changed at an annual meeting.  Another change allows members to be notified of membership meetings not only in writing but by e-mail, phone, or in person.
The evening ended with caucuses from the 4 areas of the neighborhood selecting their representatives to the Council.   Another article lists the Council members who were chosen.
Many thanks to all who attended including Alder Maurice Cheeks, Madison Police Officers Stephen Mackesey and Manny Gatdula,  members of the Allied Community Co-op, the volunteers who took notes for meeting minutes and helped check in attendees, all those who brought food, other interested residents, and the 4 very well-behaved children.
4 - Ten Council Members Chosen at DMNA Annual Meeting

We are renewed for another busy year serving the neighborhood:  ten DMNA Council members were chosen by those who attended the DMNA annual meeting, October 15. Every part of the neighborhood is represented by the people who were selected by caucuses from the 4 areas   Half of the 10 are new including 2 who joined the previous Council at its last meeting in September.
Here’s your 2014-2016 Neighborhood Council with new Council members shown in bold type.
Representing the Marlborough area:  Mary Mullen, Thea Bach, and Yannette Cole
Representing the Crawford area:   Tony Williams, Sina Davis, and Faith Cholvin
Representing the Belmar area:  Karen Walters, Carmella Harris, and Elvice McAlpine
Representing the Allied area:  Shonita Skinner

The Council still has room for 2 more members. Wouldn’t it be great to have another man or two join up and/or have 2 more representatives from the Allied area?  
Anyone interested in serving should contact current President Mary Mullen (See masthead for contact information) and then attend the November 12 organizational meeting of the Council.  The meeting will be held at 2010 Whenona Drive (Prairie UU Society), 7 pm.
This Council will serve until the next annual meeting in September or October 2016.

5 - DMNA Accomplishments 2014-2015

Don’t call the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood a do-nothing organization.  Far from it. Here’s a summary of its major activities and accomplishments during the past year.  The most active participants in each activity are listed as well.
DMNA Council met every month Nov. 2014-Sept. 2015, and members kept abreast of developments in the neighborhood, participated in meetings and events, and contacted city staff and the supervisor of the Verona Road project about neighborhood issues.  (Council members:  President Mary Mullen, VP Tony Williams, Sec. Karen Walters, Treas. Yannette Cole, Thea Bach, Ann Marie Hughes, Denise Williams, Lucy Blue, Heidi Figueroa, Rachel Potter, and Joe Maldanado.  As of the 9/10/14, we have 2 new members, Carmella Harris, and Shonita Skinner.)   Heard presentations by/about Urban Tree Alliance, Allied Community Co-op, grocery store efforts, water resources sustainability, Fit2Go Van, and Green Madison.
Published 8 issues of Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News plus 4 hardcopy flyers announcing events that were delivered door-to-door to over 600 residences.  Kept up a Facebook page.  Put notices on the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association’s website <>  (Content & design by Mary Mullen; delivery by Thea Bach, Sharon Grant, Pam Flinn, Mary Mullen, Donna Sarafin, Kim Zinski & daughters Sage & Olivia, Tony & Denise Williams, Elvice McAlpine, David Martin, Rachel Potter, James Luscher, Mary Somers, Patty Stockdale, Isabel Becerril & children, Melanie Sax, Carmella Harris, Jim Lyne & son)
Publicized workshops for ped/bike bridge tile mosaic murals,
held in the neighborhood by artist Marcia Yapp, Nov. 17, 2014 through April 28, 2015.  Workshops were held 3x a week.  (Particpants from the neighborhood - Patty Stockdale, Mary Mullen, Elvice McAlpine, Thea Bach, Lee Martin, Charlotte Spors, Pamela Flinn, Sharon Flinn, Nate Kirley, Abel Martinez Vasquez, Katherine Vanderbilt, Talina López & daughter Patricia, Angélica Muñoz Medina & daughter Adriana, Linda Miess.  Many others from nearby and more distant areas also helped out.)

DMNA officially joined the Allied Community Co-op in January and promoted support of grocery store (Allied area activists Selina Pettigrew, Cassandra Sonko, Sina Davis, Alice Howard, Carmella Harris, Gloria Farr, & others spearheaded ACC & grocery store initiatives. Supporters from the eastern side of the neighborhood:  Thea & John Bach, Mary Mullen, Jim Lyne, & others.)

Sponsored Neighborhood Safety Meeting, 2/9/15 (Tony Williams)

Started and hosted a monthly neighborhood book and movie club (Thea Bach)

Moved neighborhood sign
& plantings from frontage road (due to Verona Rd. project) and reinstalled on Seminole at Daisy/Danbury, March-present. (Dorothy Krause; Glen Yoerger, Kim Zinski, & daughters Sage & Olivia; Mary Mullen; Rachel Potter; Ford Staabe; Elvice McAlpine; Katherine Vanderbilt; & especially landowner Craig Kimball)

Publicized marsh cleanup, 4/18 (Neighborhood participants: David Martin, Dorothy Krause, Mary Mullen)

Co-sponsored Make Music Madison
with Prairie UU Society & provided volunteers to help run the day, 6/21. (Mary Mullen, Yannette Cole, Caron Beaudoin). Neighborhood performers included Mary Mullen, Jesse Cole, Cindy Harrington, and Dan Neuhaus.
Started Subway/DMNA partnership to provide free meals for litter pickup. (Tony Williams, Denise Williams, Thea Bach, and Mary Mullen)

Held Annual Picnic, August 7, over 60 in attendance.  Great time even though it rained 7/10 of an inch in a very short time.  (Ann Marie Hughes, Thea Bach, Cindy Harrington, Mary Mullen, Caron Beaudoin, Karen Walters, Yannette Cole)


6 - Beltline Public Information Meetings Coming Up
information from Wisconsin Department of Transportation
                                    introduction by Mary Mullen
You might have heard it on the nightly news already: Department of Transportation folks feel that a bigger Beltline is all that will work to alleviate rush hour gridlock on the highway that forms our neighborhood’s northern border.  A northern by-pass won’t do much, if anything.  A southern by-pass wouldn’t do enough.
However, there might be more to learn, and there’s definitely a chance to register your thoughts about plans for the Beltline. Here’s the Wisconsin DOT’s notice of Public Information Meetings (PIMs),  shortened to include only meetings in or close to the neighborhood and at the downtown library.
Madison’s Beltline: Learn what’s in, what’s out and what’s ahead as WisDOT continues its PEL study to determine potential future improvements to the Beltline. Plan to attend one of the following Public Involvement Meetings (PIMs).  By the way  the PEL study is the Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) Study <> .

Monday, November 2, 2015
5:30 – 8 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club Gym
4619 Jenewein Rd., Fitchburg
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
7 – 9 a.m., presentation at 7:30 a.m.
Boys & Girls Club Gym
4619 Jenewein Rd., Fitchburg
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
5:30 – 8 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m.
Centro Hispano
810 W. Badger Rd., Madison
Monday, November 16, 2015
Two meetings:
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., presentation at 12:15 p.m.
5:30 – 8 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m.
Madison Central Library – Room 302
201 W. Mifflin St., Madison

To learn more, go to:  <> or visit the Beltline PEL Study Facebook page: <>
Beltline Study Contact Information:
Larry Barta                                                                                              
WisDOT Project Manager Southwest Region
2101 Wright Street Madison, WI 53704-2583
Phone: (608) 246-3884 <>

Michael Bie
WisDOT Communications Manager
Phone: (608) 246-7928 <>

7 - Bus Route #59 Got Minor Adjustments in August
 (Attachment:  “2 map Bus 59.jpg”)

Last summer, Madison Metro Transit considered changes to several bus routes including Route #59 that runs through our neighborhood.  The route includes stops near businesses at Co. PD and Seminole; the Star Cinema; Aldi’s, Super Target, and HyVee near Co. PD; and Copps and HyVee at Westgate.  It is a weekend only service.

The changes to Route #59 include minor schedule adjustments and moving time point #4 from Crescent and Sentinel Pass to Exectuive and Marketplace.  Buses will use the newly finished Spoke and Sprocket streets to provide direct service to and from the Allied Drive/Dunn’s Marsh areas and Star Cinema.
The attachment is a map of the route.  For more information on schedules, see
8 - Cannonball Path Completed to Fish Hatchery Rd.
                       Most of this article is from the City of Madison, with an introduction by Mary Mullen
Finally!  The Cannonball Path was completed this summer.  The last leg - from the bridge over the Beltline near Culver’s to Fish Hatchery Road - is open, and it’s NICE!  
Bicyclists and walkers can get on the path in our neighborhood from 3 different places: below the high bridge near Allied Drive at the bike roundabout, from the Apache Pond bridge below Crescent Road, or from Seminole Highway.   The Cannonball is a wide blacktop paved bikeway throughout its entire length.
The rest of this article, from the City of Madison, is about Phase 5 of the project with reference to a “Phase 6” east of Fish Hatchery Road.
This project is a shared-use (bicycle and pedestrian) path connecting the new shared-use bridge over Beltline Highway (Phase 3) to Fish Hatchery Road.  

It includes over a half-mile of new asphalt path and a small bridge over a waterway. It generally follows the WSOR (formerly Union Pacific RR) corridor along the SE side of the UW Arboretum property

This is the final piece of the overall 4+ mile Cannonball Path as originally envisioned.  This is a major new commuter route linking areas of Fitchburg and Arbor Hills neighborhood with downtown Madison. The overall Cannonball Path project is a joint effort between Madison and Fitchburg, with land acquisition partially funded by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  

Madison is the lead agency for the project from the west line of the Arbor Hills neighborhood to its northern terminus. (The City has begun planning and design for "Cannonball Path Phase 6"  to extend the original Cannonball Path concept east of Fish Hatchery Road and north through Bowman Park to connect to the Wingra Path.)

The Cannonball Path connects neighborhoods with parks, schools, major conservancy areas as well as retail, commercial and employment centers. It also connects to the Capital City Trail, Southwest Path, Military Ridge Trail and Badger State Trail, making it a key component of the regional network of paths for recreation as well as transportation.

The construction contract includes substantial length of new watermain, not directly related to the path but intended to increase reliability for this portion of the City.

Total length of path is 3000 feet from the north end of the Cannonball Path Phase 3 (Beltline Bridge) to Fish Hatchery Road. Project includes a small bridge over an unnamed waterway and retaining wall along UW Aboretum Pond 4, a major storm water management and natural area.

Total project cost is approximately $1.5 Million, including $170,000 for the bridge, $155,000 for sanitary sewer work related to the path and $248,000 for water main construction not directly related to the path.
Project Contacts
The design engineer for this project was Tony Fernandez in the City of Madison Engineering Department.  The City Construction Engineer was John Fahrney, and the Inspector was Eric Hoel.


9 - Supporters Turn Out For Neighborhood Grocery Store

Neighbors and other supporters of the Allied Community Co-op’s proposal for a co-op grocery store turned out at City of Madison meetings that considered the $300,000 grant proposal.  The proposal is supported by City staff as well.

Below are photos of those who came to the Board of Estimates meeting on September 28 and the City Council on October 6.

The next meeting is the November 10 City Council budget meeting.  (See the article below.)


10 - Neighbor Reports on ACC Grocery Store Meeting

[Neighbor Jim Lyne was among the 20 or so people who attended the Allied Community Co-op (ACC) meeting on Saturday, Sept. 19, that focused on getting a grocery store in this neighborhood.   This is his report as posted on Nextdoor Dunn’s Marsh.]

Some thoughts and details from the meeting…

Getting a store in place will take time. It will need a solid business plan. It will probably be smaller to start with (not Walgreens size). We need to be patient but active in making it happen.

We discussed the potential of starting a buyers club first in order to meet some immediate needs in the neighborhood. Willy St Coop started as a buyers club. Willy St Coop has expressed a willingness to help out with orders. Most were in favor of this. So more to come with this option.
Not 100% sure about who can join ACC [Allied Community Co-op], but several of us did (because we're residents in Allied/Dunn’s). They, with the help of the UW Center for Coops, are working on many issues for the neighborhood. Not just the lack of nutritious and affordable food in the neighborhood.

This topic has taken front and center with the city RFP [Request for Proposal] in play. On a side note, I learned that the city has a city-wide Cooperative business business initiative that it’s looking to start. This would be a $600k/year initiate to support business cooperative development throughout the city. Cool!

Anyone interested in seeing a community food coop in our neighborhood can support ACC's proposal by attending and registering in support of funding the project at the November 10 Madison City Council meeting.  See the article below.                                                 

11 - Last Step at the Madison City Council for the Grocery Store, Nov. 10
information from Thea Bach

The last step in securing funding for the Allied Community Co-op to work toward getting a grocery store in our neighborhood is coming up on Tuesday, November 10.  
November 10, Madison City Council Budget Meeting, 5:15 pm
City-County Building, Room 201

Sign the form to support (or oppose) the agenda item concerning the grocery store in our neighborhood, and indicate whether you wish to speak or are registering only and don’t wish to speak.   
Registrants may speak 3 minutes to express why it is important to you, when the item comes up.  You can quietly leave afterwards.  This gives the Council a visual affirmation to continue with the grant acceptance.  

 12 - Co. Supervisor Richmond Will Not Run for an 8th Term
                                   from Dane County Board
Dane County Supervisor Kyle Richmond (District 4, that includes the Madison area of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood) announced October 1 that he will not seek another term on the Board of Supervisors.
“I am really hoonored to have represented my constituents for nearly 14 years on the Board, and I am proud of my contributions to County policies and programs,” Richmond said.  “Beginning next April, I will pursue other interests and give someone else a chance to serve.”
Richmond was first elected to the Dane County Board in 2002, and has served on three standing committees, as well as the Food Council, Park Commission and several other County bodies.  He was elected Second Vice Chair for the current term, and chaire the Environment, Agriculture & Natural Resoureces Committee for four terms.
“Thank you to my fellow Supervisores, to so many Dane county staff members, and especially to all the citizens who have come forward during my time in County government to help make our community better,” Richmond said.  “I will not forget everyone who has helped me learn so much and given me a chance to participate in local government.”
[In the City of Madison, Kyle is a member of the Allied Area Task Force, Vice Chair of the Food Policy Council, and member of the Local Food Committee.]
For more information, contact Kyle at 608-251-3171 or


13 - Aging & Disability Resource Center Saved From Privatizing
                       column by Co. Exec. Joe Parisi
In his Biennial State Budget Governor Walker  proposed privatizing our local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). At Dane County we found this unacceptable. Our local ADRC is a one–stop-shop that connects seniors and the disabled with critical services available to them through various federal, state and community resources. In 2014 alone, the Dane County ADRC had 23,897 consumer contacts helping thousands of Dane County’s disabled and elderly.

Governor Walker’s budget directed the Department of Health Services to contract with a private provider threatening the current successful locally focused “one-stop-shop” model.  The bill also would have eliminated local input and oversight.

The ADRCs are one example of government working well. They help people get the resources they need and navigate through bureaucratic red tape.

After months of work, I am proud to tell you we fought this budget proposal and we won. Our local one-stop-shop will continue to make those critical connections to services. As Dane County Executive, I will continue to work and support our ADRC.

Our commitment to our seniors does not end there. We have many other important services for seniors in Dane County. For example, I  created a new Elder Benefits Specialist position to ensure our seniors have timely access to services and information through the ADRC.

Since last year, our Elder Benefits Program has seen a marked increase in the number of seniors needing services and this position will help meet that growing need. The county partners with the federal  government and private donations to provide $1,466,086 to ensure our seniors continue to receive warm meals, served with smiling faces.

Across Dane County we have 26 county supported senior centers. Dane County has many things to offer citizens of all ages. We enjoy an incredible quality of life including world-class bike paths, beautiful lakes and scenic county parks. In fact, our quality of life is so wonderful we are continually nationally recognized as a great place to retire, to raise a family and one of the safest places in the country.

I am very happy to be able to deliver such good news but we could not have done it without you. Thank you to all of you came who out to the hearings, registered your concerns and/or called your legislators. We must continue our vigilance and ensure that our seniors’ golden years are enjoyed and their services remain protected.


14 - Plug Into Public Education! Nov. 6 at the Brink Lounge
                                               from Valerie Chesnick, Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools
Love Jimmy Fallon? Love Lip Sync Battles? Don’t miss the first annual Lip Sync for Schools! Let your inner rockstar shine and raise funds for public education at the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools’ newest fundraiser. Based on popular skits from “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” the event features lip sync battles between community leaders with the audience determining a winner. The night also features a silent auction, photo booth, food and drink. We hope you’ll join us on Friday, November 6 from 7-11pm at the Brink Lounge.
Tickets are $40 and support the Foundation’s work in providing creative and innovative programs to enrich the education of all Madison’s 27,000 public school students. Get yours today at before they’re gone!
Want to get on stage? Anyone is welcome to perform! Contact Valerie Chesnik at or 237-7721 for more information.
15 - The History of Lake Mendota in the Palm of Your Hands
                                                                       by Don Sanford

Have you ever wondered why someone built a road across Lake Mendota’s North Bay? Or perhaps you want to know when a sea serpent was last spotted, or if your friend really did swim across the lake many years ago.
The answers to these questions, and many more, can be found in my recently published book, On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota. It is the story of the people, places and events that have shaped the shoreline of Lake Mendota, Madison’s greatest lake, as we know it today—the story of Native people, settlers, iceboaters, sailors, fishers, hunters, explorers, politicians, entertainers, lifeguards, boat captains, inventors, scientists and Olympians, much of it in their own words.
I spent over a decade preparing this social history of Lake Mendota. My work combines the personal experiences of people who lived, worked and played on the lake with the events that shaped Madison, the Badger State and the nation.
The first book of its kind, On Fourth Lake takes you on a guided tour around Lake Mendota, looking at the lakeshore from the water. It is richly illustrated with more than 500 maps, newspaper articles and photographs. Many of the images were sourced from private collections and have never before been available to the public. This book is a must-have for anyone who spends time on Lake Mendota or has an interest in the history of Madison and Dane County.
A Lake Mendota mariner, I am a member of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club, past Commodore of the Mendota Yacht Club, and Commodore of the International Nite Ice Yacht Class Association. I hold a 100-ton Masters License, Great Lakes and Inland Waters. Since 2006, I have been a captain for Betty Lou Cruises in Madison. I also host Madison School & Community Recreation’s (MSCR) Lake Mendota celebrity cruises.
You may order On Fourth Lake online at: The following Madison book and museum stores also carry the book: University Book Store, A Room of One’s Own, Mystery to Me, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art museum store. Visit the website for a list of upcoming book events. I can be reached at, (608) 225-7520.

16 - Go to Chicago on an Adult Day Trip Offered by MMSD

If you live in the Madison Metropolitan School District, this trip to Chicago on December 5 is available to you for just $44.

17 - Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
                                               from WISPIRG* Director, Peter Skopec
It seems that a month doesn’t go by without news of another hack of  personal data on a large scale.  This news is yet another reminder that just about everyone, whether you shop with credit or debit cards, pay taxes, have health insurance, or work for the federal government, is at risk of a data breach.
That's why we want to arm you with tips to protect yourself <>
from the next one.  Our tips will help you avoid, detect and deal with identity theft from a data breach.
Please take a look here and share with your friends and family.
* WISPIRG Foundation is an independent, non-partisan group that works for consumers and the public interest. Through research, public education and outreach, we serve as counterweights to the influence of powerful special interests that threaten our health, safety or well-being. - See more at:
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                                              Thanks for reading.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

DMNA Annual Mtg. tonight/other dates

October 15, 2015

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 & News contact:  Mary Mullen,  298-0843
               Website: <>
              On Facebook:   
Type Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association into the search box.
Editor’s note:  There are pages of news that could go into this issue of the e-News, but mainly we want to just remind you of the Annual Meeting of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association. You should have received a flyer about it at your door.  ALL neighborhood residents are invited to come to the meeting.  Other than a list of important dates, additional news will wait until a later date.

DMNA Annual Meeting
                 Thurs., Oct. 15, 6:30 pm
             Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Dr.

            6:30 - For fun:   treats for the eye -  PowerPoint show of the past year in the neighborhood
                                        treats for your taste buds  - soup, sandwiches, sweets
            7:00 - Business meeting - the latest about the grocery store; you talk about neighborhood
                                       concerns and give your ideas; consideration of by-laws revision*; election of  
                                       representatives to the Neighborhood Council
*Suggested by-laws changes

ARTICLE X - DUES Dues may be assessed only by a majority vote at the an annual meeting and remain in force until changed at a subsequent annual meeting.

ARTICLE VIII - MEETINGS - Section A - Membership Meetings
3. Members shall be notified in writing or by e-mail, phone, or in person at least three days prior to the meeting.

Note that the four residential areas of the neighborhood will each have a chance to elect 3 representatives to the
Neighborhood Council:  Allied,
Belmar, Crawford, and Marlborough.
Important dates.
Thur., Oct. 15, 6:30 pm - DMNA Annual Meeting,
Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive
[Attachment:  “1 Annual mtg flyer.jpg”]

Sat., Oct., 17, 12 noon-2 pm - Allied Community Co-op General Member meeting,
Boys & Girls Club, 4619 Jenewein Rd.  [Attachment: “2 ACC poster.jpg”]

Sat., Oct. 17, late at night - Eastbound Beltline traffic will shift to new eastbound lanes.
Sat., Oct. 24, 8 am-noon  - Mayor’s Roundtable,
Warner Community Rec. Center.   Workshop schedule, registration and other details are posted on the City of Madison’s Neighborhoods web page: <>   Horario del taller, el registro y otros detalles serán publicados en la página web de Barrios de la Cíudad: <>
Sat., Oct 24, 9 am-4 pm - Flash Flea Market at Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Dr. Individual vendors will offer nicer resale items  (clothing, household goods), crafts, perosnalized home fragrances, and books. Cash or check (No credit cards)
Sat., Oct. 24, 10 am-noon - Marlborough Garden Closing Workday, Marlborough Garden
Wed., Oct. 28, 6:30 pm - Neighborhood Book and Movie Club, 1905 Danbury St. -  The club will discuss Orphan Train and see the movie.  Bring food to pass.  Open to all.

Sat., Oct. 31, 10 am - Dedication of the ped/bike murals and of the Allied Lightbox.
 Ceremony will be held at the murals on the approach to the ped/bike bridge near Axel Ave, Britta Parkway, and Whenona Drive. [Attachment:  “3 Murals/lightbox.jpg”]

Fri., Nov. 6, 7-11 pm - Event:  Lip Sync for Schools fundraiser for Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, at the Brink Lounge.  The $40 admission fee supports the Foundation’s work in providing creative and innovative programs to enrich the education of all 27,000 students in Madison’s 50 public schools.  Tickets available at

Tues., Nov. 10, City Budget Night, 5:30 p.m. City-County Building, Room 201. Final approval of grocery store grant report.  

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

DMN e-News: Grocery Store

September 16, 2015

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 & News contact:  Mary Mullen,  298-0843
               Website: <>
             On Facebook:   
Type Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association into the search box.

Your Participation is Critical to Help us Get a Grocery Store in the Neighborhood!

Are you one of the many people in the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood who wants to have a full-service grocery store right here where we can walk to it?  If so, please consider coming to as many of the meetings listed below as possible.  

Showing up at meetings makes a huge difference.  Some years back when new liquor outlets were proposed for the neighborhood, we united and beat them back.  Now we can unite behind a positive choice for the neighborhood, a grocery store.  Come to one or all of these meetings.  At the City of Madison, the October 6 and November 10 City Council meetings are the most crucial.  If at all possible, come to those two meetings to sign up in favor of the grant for the store and, if you are brave enough (Sure you are brave enough!), also check the box to speak.

WED, SEPTEMBER 16, 5 pm  
        Ecomomic Development Commission
         Madison Municipal Bldg., Room 260.
Review of $300,000 grant request & staff report
Speak or register to the need for store and funding.  Q&A.

SAT, SEPTEMBER 19, 12:00-1:30 pm
                     Allied Community Co-op
                            Boys & Girls Club
For the community to learn about strides we have made and
where the Co-op is in the process of planning a grocery store.
                          Elections of Co-op Board.
The DMNA is a partner with the Allied Community Co-op.
Attachments:  “ACC 9/18/15 mtg.jpg” & “ACC 9/18/15 mtg Sp.jg”  

MON, SEPTEMBER 28, 4:30 pm
                Board of Estimates
            Madison Municipal Bldg., Room 260
or register to the need for store and need to recommend
          staff report on funding to the Board and the Mayor.

TUES, OCTOBER 6, 6:30 pm
                 City Council Meeting
             City-County Bldg., Room 201
to the need for the store and in favor of adopting staff report for $300,000 in funding.

THURS, OCTOBER 15, 7:00 pm
               DMNA Annual Mtg
Prairie UU Society, 2010 Whenona Drive
Short presentation by the Allied Community Co-op about progress on the grocery store, followed by questions and answers.  Plus the usual business.

TUES, NOVEMBER 10, 5:30 pm
                  City Council Meeting
             City-County Bldg., Room 201
This is the annual budget adoption session.  Attend and testify to the need for the grocery store and for full funding as outlined in the staff report.

Friday, August 7, 2015

PICNIC Friday, 5:30. Many DM photos.

August 6, 2015

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 & News contact:  Mary Mullen,  298-0843
               Website: <>
             On Facebook:   
Type Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association into the search box.
Articles about events are in chronological order this time.  Unless otherwise noted, they are written by Mary Mullen.  Red headlines = Neighborhood event or news.

1 - Come to the Dunn’s Marsh Family Picnic, Friday, August 7

2 - Verona Road and Midvale Boulevard To Be Closed Nightly This Weekend                                                                                                                                   from Wisconsin DOT

This weekend (August 7-9), Verona Road (US 18/151) and Midvale Boulevard will be closed nightly at the Beltline interchange as crews set girders for the new eastbound Beltline bridge over Verona Road. For everyone’s safety, access will be restricted under the Beltline and only right turns at the interchange will be permitted on:
  • Friday night – 10 p.m. Friday (Aug. 7) to 9 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 8);
  • Saturday night – 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 9); and
  • Sunday night – 6 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 10).
See a map on Facebook either on the “Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association” page or the “WI Verona Road Project” page.

3 - Stage 1 of the Verona Road Project Almost Complete

Trees have been dug in and are flourishing and grass carpets most of the median and edges of the road.  This signals the near end of Stage 1 of the Verona Road project.  Still, as anyone from this neighborhood knows there’s a tremendous amount or work left to be done to complete this large road project involving the Verona Road/Beltline intersection.  The question is, will it be finished soon, or will it be delayed because of the Wisconsin state budget and our governor’s presidential ambitions.

3a - Ped/Bike Bridge Over Beltline Nears Completion (Attachment: “1 pics ped bridge.jpg”)

She went down on the first of May.  Now she’s well on the way to being rebuilt on a slightly different orientation.  I’m talking about the pedestrian bike bridge that crosses over the Beltline near Whenona Drive.
See the transformation from old to new by viewing the attachment.
If all goes well, we should to be walking or riding over the new bridge within a month.

4 - Madison College Open House Offers Fee Waiver, Aug. 8
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                                          from Jodie Pope, MATC
My name is Jodie Pope and I work for the South campus of Madison College (MATC).  Our Open House is scheduled for August 8th and I wanted to share it with your communities.  Our Open House will have information on our programs, tours, advisors, and those who want to apply to school that day, an opportunity to have their $30 application fee waived.
Details on the attachments.  Second one is en español.

5 - Host Families Needed for Exchange Students Starting Late July/Early August

Dear Neighborhood Association Members,

My name is Dena Carreyn, and I'm the Dane County International Exchange Coordinator at EF High School Exchange Year. EF is currently seeking Madison area families willing to host students (ages 15-18) for the 2015-16 school year. These students will be arriving in late July / early August, so the clock is ticking and I need to find host families ASAP!

I'm hoping you can help me spread the word about our program to your neighbors, friends, and family.
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who might be willing to host!

If you are interested in hosting, please contact me directly. I would be happy to answer any questions and/or forward profiles of our students so you can pick the best match for your family.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Warm Regards,

Dena Carreyn
IEC, EF High School Exchange Year <>
local number: 608-203-8042


6 - Let’s Eat Out! is a Chance to Meet Your Neighbors Every Wednesday
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Let’s Eat Out! is a way to bring neighborhoods together through food.  There are 16 of them every week this year, and one of them is in our neighborhood every Wednesday, from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Come on over to 2320 Revival Ridge, just down the street from the Boys and Girls Club.  There will be food carts where you can buy food, free local produce, free children’s activities, and free entertainment by local performers.
On Wednesday, August 12, the entertainment will be provided by Dark of the Moon Contra-Band from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.   The band has 6 members and will play polkas, reels, jigs, rags, waltzes, and more for your listening or dancing pleasure. Bring a lawn chair if you want to sit.

7 - DMNA Council Meets, Thur., August 13

As usual, the DMNA Council will meet on the second Thursday of the month.  This month the date falls on August 13  - also the 10th in September. Residents are welcome to attend.  
Place:  2010 Whenona Drive (Prairie UU Society)
Time:  7 pm
If you have a topic you want the Council to discuss, please contact the President in advance.  See masthead for contact details.

8 - SAIL To Host Advance Funeral Planning Program, August 19
                                    from Supporting Active Independent Lives
It’s a topic that no one likes to think about, but can be one of the greatest gifts you leave for your loved ones to help comfort them during the difficult time.  Making your own advance funeral arrangements can seem daunting, but presenter Teresa Westing, MA, affiliated with Cress Funeral Home and Cremation Services, has some great tips to help you help your loved ones. This program, sponsored by Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL) will be held at Oakwood Village - Heritage Oaks on Wednesday, August 19th at 2:00 p.m. The program is free of charge and open to the public.   Call 608-230-4321 to register!

Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL) is a non-profit membership organization supported by Oakwood Village and Attic Angel Association. SAIL is made up of those 55+ who wish to live life on their own terms and remain active in the community. SAIL not only provides services to its members, but also connects members through social and educational events, volunteering, and a new SAIL Neighborhood initiative. More information can be found on our website at <>

9 - Book/Movie Club to Discuss The Book Thief & See Movie, Thur., Aug. 20

On Thursday, August 20, the neighborhood book club will meet to discuss The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and see the movie.  Meet at John and Thea Bach’s home, 1905 Danbury Street, 6 pm, and bring food to share.
The Book Thief centers on the life of Liesel Meminger, a nine-year-old girl living with her adoptive family in Germany during the Nazi era.  She is taught to read by her kind foster father and begins sharing them with the Jewish refugee who is being sheltered in the family’s basement. Young Liesel's experiences are narrated by Death, who details both the beauty and destruction that life in this era brought. It’s a book you won’t want to put down once you get through the first few pages.  It has won many awards.
Get the book directly from Thea Bach or by going to the book club section of the main library.   Books are alphabetical by title there.  
For  more information about the  meeting, contact Thea at or at 239-9810.

10 - Neighborhood Art Hits City News

Recently the art in the neighborhood has gained city-wide notice.  Mayor Soglin, in his June 25 blog mentioned it:

Then on June 27, the Wisconsin State Journal published a full-length article.  See it on-line at  Be sure to check out the photo on the left hand side of the page and click there on “(8) more photos.”
Both are also noted on the Facebook page of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association.

11 - Mother Proud Her Son’s Silhouette In Mosaic at Roundabout  
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Sue Morovits wrote this testimonial to her Facebook friends on June 3, 2015, after a series of photos on the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association page showed the wheelchair mosaic being installed piece by piece on the wall near MacDonald’s.  A friend had asked her how the mosaic came about.
I live in Dunn’s Marsh neighborhood and they were doing this roundabout under Verona Road. They decided to do some artwork using kids from the area, and my neighbor Mary asked me if I would like to do an outline of Cory with the understanding it wasn’t a guarantee his would be picked.  They could only pick so many kids’ artwork.  We got lucky, and they picked Cory’s.  We did help a couple of days.  It was a blast, and he had fun with the kids.
It makes me feel a litte more a part of my neighborhood, even tho there are areas that still need to be worked on.  I’m proud that Cory was picked.
It was hard doing the drawing: had to lay the chair on side, then once that was done, put the paper on a wall, then put Cory in his chair, put a light behind Cory, get the right size, then draw him.  Most of that [the design] is my idea but a teacher that is doing this … added more to his [mosaic] like the flames and the bubbles and the bird and the flower above his head.
They are doing an unveiling the 20th but let’s see when hubby uses that roundabout if he notices this or if they will cover it up.  Not even sure if you can see it from that direction he would come from which is Home Depot, but we will see.

[Editor’s Note: Sue reported that although her husband Gerald used the roundabout while the mosaic was being put up and after it was complete, he had never noticed it.  She kept the secret for over a year.]
12 - Former Einstein’s to Open as the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant

Einstein’s Bagels property owner Pat Roberts informed us that she had sold the former Einstein’s lot and the location would open as a Chinese restaurant by late summer/early fall.
In mid-July, the whole neighborhood could see that when a banner proclaiming “Great Wall Chinese Restaurant Coming Soon” appeared on the front of the building at Britta Parkway and the Verona Frontage Road.
Looks like we will soon have another place to eat in our neighborhood to complement MacDonald’s.

13 - Badger Takes Up Residence in Neighborhood

A badger, not a fan, but a real live fierce badger has taken up residence in the neighborhood.
Neighbor Mary Somers, who lives in The Preserve on Crescent Road, discovered that a badger made its den in a retaining wall of boulders at the corner of her building.  Not only that, but it terrorized her little dog and has also been seen on The Cannonball Path.
Although her latest information is that it may have moved to somewhere on the Cannonball Path toward the nexus of trails at the high bridge, she’s still keeping a lookout for it every time she walks the path.   It could be dangerous to walkers and bikers, she thinks.
Keep tuned.
14 - Neighborhood Full of Wildlife  (Attachment:  “6 pics animals.jpg”)

The Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood is a haven for wildlife as well as people.  Over the spring and summer months,  anyone outside with half an eye open can catch some of it.  
If you keep tabs on the neighborhood through the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association’s Facebook page, you would be aware of a lot of wildlife.  For those who are not Facebook friends of the DMNA, the attachment shows some of the wildlife you could have seen there.
15 - Make Music Madison Drew Crowds All Day (Attachment: “7 pics Make Music Madison.jpg”)

You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day for the 9 ½  hours of outdoor free music at the Prairie UU venue than the solstice on June 21.  The weather was sunny all day, music began at 9:45 am and didn’t stop until 7:15, there were ample volunteers, and every group had a chance to accept some remuneration for their time.
The venue was co-sponsored by the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association and Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society for the third year in a row.

The audience swelled to 71 at one point.  Some 48 people were present shortly after the 9:45 start time and 56 were there by 10:25.  Other high points were 65 at 11:30 am for Helen Avakian & Dave Irwin playing fingerstyle guitar, 71 at 12:15 pm for Guitars for Vets, 52 at 1:00 pm for Dark of the Moon Contra-Band, and 39 at 4:35 pm for the Raging Grannies.  The audience never sank below 16 and was usually at least in the 20s and 30s.
Music ranged from a French horn quartet that started the day, solo acts, duets, a band,
singing groups of various sizes, and a Latina dancing group, Ballet Folklorica which featured young girls from the neighborhood.
Heart-felt thanks for a successful day go to many people.   A baker’s dozen of DMNA volunteers  leafletted the neighborhood with nearly 600 flyers: Kim Zinski and daughters Sage and Olivia, Sharon Grant, Thea Bach, Pam Flinn, David Martin, Rachel Potter, Mary Mullen, Donna Sarafin, Tony Williams, Mary Somers, and James Luscher.  A combo of Prairie and DMNA volunteers put up the many signs to direct people to the site and took them down after the event.  During the day, volunteers were mostly from Prairie, but several from the neighborhood also helped set up or kept things running smoothly during the day including Yannette Cole who worked like a trooper, Mary Mullen, and Caron Beaudoin.
Due to passing the bucket in person during each act, the day was a financial success as well with $471.70 taken in during the day.  From this amount the performers ‘ take ranged from $4 to $62.  Prairie - because of the “offering” and donations from some of the musicians - took in $118.50.  In the end $53 went to Make Music Madison and the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association got $60.54 which included about $21 in sales of bottled water.

16 - Vandals Attack Marlborough Garden
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On the afternoon of July 24, vandals did a tremendous amount of damage, both minor and major, in the Marlborough Park Community Garden. They also spray-painted a tree in the park near Windflower Way and the spare tire cover of a vehicle close to the park there.
The damage in the garden included knocking out the window in the garden shed, breaking the bulletin board window, breaking up several gates, tearing down fences, spray-painting the door of one gardeners’ shed, lopping off, knocking down, or pulling out garden plants, and yanking out newly planted fruit trees.
One gardener saw the vandals after he heard some noise and went to see what it was.  That gardener gave descriptions to the investigating Madison police officer, Elisabeth Misener.   To his shock, the gardener saw one vandal whipping down plants in a garden, then saw 5 boys he estimated as ages 8-11 running off after he told them he would be calling police.  
Officer Meisener spent at least an hour looking at the damage and interviewing people whose property had been damaged.  She noted that she wasn’t allowed to take photos for evidence, but would welcome others doing so.  Mary Mullen, who had actually called the police, accompanied Officer Misener, taking photos. Further damage was discovered and photographed later.
The photos, along with a detailed list of the damages, is now a part of the evidence files.  This is case #15-244892.                        
For your information, West Police District statistics for July indicate that this damage occurred at the most common time for police calls during July, on a Friday and around 4 p.m.         The WPD charts also show that the West District had 5,026 incidents during July 2015 as compared to 4,708 incidents in July of 2014.          
To look at the charts, go to

17 - Annual Meeting of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association, Oct. 15
You live here and therefore have a stake in the neighborhood.  Plan to come to the annual meeting of the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association to talk about your concerns and ideas.  
The annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, probably starting at 7 pm, maybe a bit earlier.  Get this event on your calendar now, and then come help us make the Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood better.
                  End of the August 6, 2015 Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood e-News