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Alder Barbara Vedder

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Alder Barbara Vedder

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2314 E Dayton St

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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District 12 Update

June 2, 2015 8:46 PM


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DRAFT Emerson East-Eken Park-Yahara Neighborhood Plan Public Open House

  • Tuesday June 9 5:30 pm
  • Tenney Park Shelter 1414 E. Johnson St. 

The Emerson East-Eken Park-Yahara Steering Committee (EEEPY SC) has been working to update the 1998 Emerson East-Eken Park Neighborhood Plan. Appointed by the Mayor and Common Council, the EEEPY SC has been guiding the neighborhood planning process, working with the City project team, soliciting input from residents, the business community and other stakeholders, and creating a Draft Neighborhood Plan.

Come to the Public Open House to view the Draft Plan, ask questions of Steering Committee members, City staff and alders, and share your comments. The main topics covered by the draft plan include land use, housing and urban design; economic development and employment opportunities; transportation safety and efficiency; parks, recreation and open space; and community health and wellness. The Neighborhood Plan will be adopted as part of the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan.

For further information: SIGN-UP to receive announcements and updates by subscribing to City of Madison My Account. Scroll to Neighborhoods and check Emerson East-Eken Park Plan; Visit the project website to view the status of the planning process and share your ideas: .

Note that the Draft Plan will be available STARTING June 9 at the Open House, on the project webpage, at the library and through other venues – comment period open for 3 weeks.

NESCO Summer Concert Series

  • Mondays 6:00-7:30pm
  • Warner Park Shelter

Free & open to the public. Tasty concessions available Limited transportation for seniors. Concert may be canceled if bad weather, call (608) 243-5252 for more information.

  • June 15 Madison College Band
  • June 22 Ladies Must Swing
  • June 29 Midlife Crisis
  • July 13 Davis Family Band
  • July 20 The Dang-Its
  • July 27 Natty Nation

Thanks to the following contributors of this year's concerts: BMO Harris Bank, Boomerangs Resale Store & Door Creek Church, Dane Arts, Madison Arts Commission (additional funds: WI Arts Board),Madison Mallards, Oak Park Place

Northside Family Independence Day 

The Second Annual Northside Family Independence Day, a celebration for Northside neighbors, will be held Saturday, June 27, at Warner Park from 11:00am - 3:00pm.

Parade Line-Up 10:30 – 11:00am

Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles and scooters to the east parking lot at the N. Sherman Ave entrance of Warner Park (near the softball fields) where decorating supplies and a free hot dog lunch will be provided. Supply is limited.

Children's Parade 11:00 am

This year's parade will be held inside Warner Park, starting at the North Sherman Avenue entrance to the park and continuing along the park drive and walking path to the Warner Park Shelter. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children. Parents and spectators can gather along the drive's sidewalks to watch the children's parade. Other groups, including area veterans and Honor Flight members, scout troops, the Forward Marching Band, the Mallards' Mascots and elected officials, will lead the bike parade.

Games and Activities 11:30 am-  3:30 pm

  • MSCR Fit to Go activities for kids
  • Wild Warner Nature Walks (12:30 and 2:30 pm)
  • Green Bikes/Power Bike
  • MSCR Pontoon Boat Rides (1:15 and 2:15 pm) Space is limited.
  • Sand Castle Building
  • Ping Pong
  • Bocce Ball

Live Music – Northside Musicians 11:30-3:30 pm

This year's spectacular line-up includes some of the northside's finest musicians:

  • Guy Fields
  • The Dubious Brothers
  • Jeffrey James
  • Madison Malone
  • Sam Ness

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit and enjoy the music.

Independence Day Program

As part of the Northside Independence Day event program, we are inviting neighborhood residents and businesses to submit a paragraph or picture answering the following questions:

  • As a resident of the Northside of Madison, what does it mean to you to live in the USA?
  • What does Independence Day mean to you or your business?

Entries will be displayed, and selected participants will have their submissions read aloud at the celebration during intermissions at the music stage. All ages are encouraged to submit an entry. Please provide your name, address, phone number, age and email, if applicable. Submissions should be sent by email to ,dropped off at the Lakeview Branch Library or mailed to the Northside Planning Council no later than June 20.

In between each musical set there will be a short program with patriotic sing-along's and other group activities at the Warner Park Shelter. The paragraphs or pictures submitted will be read or displayed for all to view.

Food Vendors

Enjoy food from some of the northsides finest vendors. Habaneros will serve Mexican food; Banzo specializes in Mediterranean food or enjoy American food from Haynes Kitchen.


Community Ground Works, Northside Farmer's Market and Wild Warner among other Northside organizations who will have information available and possibly some goodies or drawing prizes for those who stop by their booth.

Volunteers Needed

If you or your community group would like to participate in the parade or volunteer to help with bike decoration, lunch distribution or parade traffic control on the day of the event, please contact Chris LeMay at 608-260-8667.

If you are interested in volunteering with any of the other activities please contact Rita by email at or phone (920) 915-2706.


If you, your business or your organization would like to help sponsor this year's event it is not too late.

We are soliciting sponsorships at the following levels: Andrew Jackson – $500, Abe Lincoln – $250, George Washington – $100. But any amount you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Send sponsorships for Northside Independence Day to: Independence Day Event, c/o Northside Planning Council, 2702 International Lane, Suite 203, Madison, WI 53704.

New Items Added to Madison's Recycling Program

The City of Madison will be expanding its recycling program to include cardboard sided cans and metal bottle caps. Both items can be included in the green recycling carts for curbside collection.

"We are very happy to announce two new additions to our recycling program," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "Cardboard sided cans are very common. You find them used to nuts, snacks, powdered beverages and baby formula. They require no special preparation. Just put the empty containers in your green cart."


Recycling metal bottle tops will require some special preparation. Bottle caps must be put inside a tin/steel can. When the can is partially full, the top should be pinched shut. This can of bottle tops can then to in the green cart.

"Bottle tops are too small to just be dropped into the recycling cart," Dreckmann said. "The loose caps will fall through our contaminant screens at the recycling center and end up in the trash. By putting them inside a can and pinching the top shut you insure that the caps will pass over the screen and be picked up by our magnets and get recycled."

The City has prepared a video on bottle cap recycling that you can view on the Streets Division's web page, click on the Recycling tab and go to Guidelines. Residents with questions can also call the City recycling office at 267-2626.

Ride the Drive Downtown

Presented by Trek and Madison Parks

  • Sunday, June 7
  • 10:00am–3:00pm

It's finally here! Ride the Drive Downtown is THIS Sunday, June 7! Ride the Drive, presented by Trek and Madison Parks is a car-free, care free event that transforms some of Madison's streets into a public promenade. During the event, roads in the five mile route are open for participants to bike, skate or walk through some of Madison's signature streets- including John Nolen Drive, State Street and East Washington Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. Along the route, there will be activities, informational booths, entertainment, food vendors and other fun and informative vendors. 

Ride the Drive is more than just going out for a bike ride! Along the route, there will be four activity villages and stopping points with activities, informational booths, entertainment, and food vendors.

Kick-off of Ride the Drive at 10:00am at the Capital Square Stage (near East Washington Ave.) Join Trek, Madison Parks and Mayor Soglin as we kick-off this incredible event!

CAPITOL SQUARE Madison Parks Village

Live Entertainment Stage

  • Modern Mod
  • Sam Lyons
  • Nfusion
  • Matt DeBlass
  • 93.1 JAMZ live remote
  • University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Adventure Tours
  • Wisconsin River Outings
  • Madison Parks Merchandise tent: RTD t-shirts, water bottles, backpacks & play MADISON PARKS headbands and pant straps
  • Madison Parks Information Station
  • Madison Parks Balloon / Donation Tent
  • Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream
  • The River Food Pantry: Cookies, scones, muffins, and Danish bars
  • Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies

BRITTINGHAM PARK Family Drive Village

  • MSCR: Family friendly games, sports, bike decoration, and face painting. FIT 2GO VAN
  • Brittingham Boats: Grilled food, hot dogs, brats, veggie option, ice cream, drinks, and fruit
  • Silly Monkey's Funky Resale: Obstacle course, hula hoops, stilts, and pogo sticks
  • Special Appearance: "Maynard" from the Madison Mallards 12-1 pm
  • Madison Parks Merchandise Tent: RTD t-shirts, water bottles, backpacks & play MADISON PARKS headbands and pant straps
  • Madison Parks Balloon/Donation Tent
  • Madison Parks Information Station
  • Madison Parks Bouncy House
  • Arc of Life Chiropractic: Balance challenge
  • Pots-N-Tots Food Cart: Seasoned tater tots
  • i9 Sports
  • UW Health Pediatrics: Helmet fitting station


  • Have fun with two Helmet Parades 11 am and 1 pm. Wear your decorated bicycle helmet for a parade. Win prizes!
  • Cyclocross and Capitol Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) Mountain Bike Obstacle Course
  • Toast Food Cart: Paninis, lemonade, soda, water, and chips
  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites: free water
  • Zip Car – Showcasing a share car with lots of giveaways
  • Great views of the lake.
  • Madison Parks Information Station
  • YMCA: Inflatable obstacle course
  • Cupcakes-A-Go-Go


  • Trek, our Title Sponsor
  • B-cycle
  • Madison Parks Information Station
  • Wisconsin High School & Middle School Cycling League
  • City of Madison Bike/Ped Representative: sale of bicycle license and bike/ped safety
  • Ride Share/ Madison Area Transportation Planning Board
  • Wisconsin Bike Federation: Bike Fed merchandise, memberships, bike/ped safety
  • Erik's Bike Shop: Bike accessories for sale and will have a tire pump available for checking tire pressure
  • Dream Bikes: Bike safety checks
  • Madison Spinal Cord - Injury Group: provide hand bikes
  • Boulder's Climbing Gym: Climbing wall
  • Madison Water Utility: Water wagon for free water bottle refills
  • Madison Mallards Double Decker Pizza Bus: Pizza, cheeseburgers, funnel cakes, cheese curds
  • Pepsi: sampling Klarbrunn Vita Ice

For a full listing of events, vendors and locations, please visit the Ride the Drive website.


The success of the event is thanks to our sponsors and partners: Trek, Saris Cycle Group, Bcycle, and Midwest Family Broadcast!

City-County Homeless Issues committee

For the past several years I have been serving on the Dane County Homeless Issues Committee. That committee is changing to a joint City-County Homeless Issues Committee with appointments from both Dane County and City of Madison.

The City of Madison needs applications from persons interested in serving on the City-County Homeless Issues Committee and can fill the slot for a representative of a downtown business or community organization. Interested parties should contact Gloria Reyes in the Mayor's office.


With the weather warming up, we can finally start spending more time outside. While enjoying this outdoor time, it's important to remember to protect yourself from the seasonal health risks provided by mosquitoes and ticks. Each of these pests presents us with different potential threats to our health.


Mosquitoes get very active at dawn and dusk and we can usually see them and hear them buzzing around our ears. One variety of mosquito found here is capable of carrying West Nile Virus (WNV). Although your chances of getting bitten by an infected mosquito are small, it still is worthwhile to take appropriate precautions to avoid getting bitten. 

Most people infected with WNV will not display symptoms. Those who do show symptoms may develop a fever, headache, rash, muscle and joint aches, nausea, vomiting and fatigue that can last a few days. In rare cases, WNV can cause severe disease including encephalitis and meningitis. There is no specific treatment for WNV infection other than to treat symptoms. If you think you have WNV infection, contact your healthcare provider.

To help track the presence of WNV in Dane County report any sick or dead blue jays and crows you see by calling the Dead Bird Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

While we can't predict whether this will be a particularly bad summer for mosquitoes, we can be sure that these annoying and sometimes threatening little bugs will be around. So do your best to avoid getting bitten.

To prevent mosquito bites, wear insect repellant and long sleeves and pants when outside, especially early in the morning and at night. For more detailed information regarding West Nile virus and how to protect yourself against mosquito bites, visit the CDC website. For information on insect repellent visit the EPA website.

For more information regarding West Nile virus in Wisconsin visit.

For information on WNV and PHMDC´s mosquito monitoring efforts, visit the PHMDC website.

You can also call PHMDC at (608) 266-4821 with questions about WNV. 


Ticks (usually deer or blacklegged ticks) present a different set of issues and threats. First, they are sneaky, hiding themselves in wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter and slyly attaching themselves to any exposed skin, often without you feeling anything. These ticks can carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites that cause human disease, including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and Powassan. Lyme disease is the most common illness that we have seen in Dane County but ticks infected with these other organisms have been found in other counties in Wisconsin.

The risk of catching a tick borne illness is highest from spring through summer when the ticks are most active.

Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease may occur 3 days to 30 days after the bite from an infected tick and can include a rash that looks like a bulls-eye, fever and chills, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes. The disease can be treated with antibiotics when detected early. If left untreated, Lyme disease can result in debilitating arthritis, and serious heart and nervous system complications. 

To prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of getting tick borne diseases be sure to use insect repellant and wear long pants and long sleeves. Check yourself, your children and pets for ticks after being in wooded or tall grass areas. See the websites listed below for more detailed information on preventing and managing tick bites.

If you are bitten by a blacklegged tick, call your healthcare provider to discuss whether you should take preventive antibiotics.

For more information on tick borne diseases visit CDC site.

For details on now to help prevent Lyme disease through actions you can take in your yard, see the CDC site.

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