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Jazz in the Park Saturday June 19
The Annual Jazz In The Park will commence on the grass Saturday, June
19 with the sun above us, the lake before us, and the big tent between
us all to help celebrate the season and the reasons we live in this great
neighborhood. At 2:30 p.m. festivities will commence - so be prepared to
mingle, jaw, and boogie in the park. Jazz In the Park is a family event
designed to chill us all in the hot summer days, so feel free to breathe
in sights, sounds and smells of jazz and R&B, DMNA style.
The fine folks at the Monroe Street Fine Arts Center will provide art
activities for children of all ages from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at activities
tables near the big music tent.
For those of you with more jazz than pizzazz in your jeans - let
the music begin. Jazz West will kick it off with a performance beginning
at 2:30. Mama Digdown's Brass Junction will perform for two hours
at 4:00 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets (as if you'll be sitting
We highly recommend bringing your picnic favorites, which for many,
food from any of the neighborhood eateries.
The bands need a break between performances and the park needs
to be cared for so what better time to pick up litter in the park and
it away? All children are welcome to get a litter bag for the Children's
Park Pick Up from 6:00 6:30 p.m. When the picker-uppers turn in the little
litter bags, they will get a coupon for an ice cream cone from Michael's
Custard, a cool treat for some cool kids.
The park is clean. The coolers have been refilled and the dancing
feet are ready to go again. Thank the Laurel Tavern for knowing we need
more music. The Laurel's sponsorship gives us another chance to dance and
sing with the wonderful Clyde Stubblefield Band from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
This year is the fifth year Clyde and Friends have hit the high note to
welcome summer to the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood. This is the fifth year
we couldn't be happier. Let's dance.
Nostalgic already? Remember the event by purchasing T-Shirts
with a new design and wonderful color! Or stick around for the door prizes
- throughout the evening your name could be drawn to win a certificate
from URBAN PIZZA (so good!), CREOLE CAFE (can you say "etouffee?") or the
LAUREL TAVERN (burgers and a ball game on TV) if you purchase a T-shirt.
Lake Wingra Cleanup:
A nice way to start the Day
Summer calls to mind sunny days, blue skies and paddling along the Lake
Wingra shore; unfortunately, not all of us have a boat docked in our
However, thanks to the DMNA's 8th Annual Lake Cleanup and the generosity
of the Wingra Canoe and Sailing Center, folks can paddle on Lake Wingra
at no cost and be a good neighbor in the process - all that is required
is some time and labor on Saturday, June 19.
The Lake and Shore Cleanup will commence in the morning, from
10:30 to noon. "It would be a nice way to start the day," says Jane Riley,
Chair of the DMNA Wingra Committee, "and then come back later in the day
for the music."
Those interested should meet near the boathouse in Wingra Park
near the docks to sign up and receive their shoreline section assignment.
The work can be messy, muddy and wet, so bring work gloves and garden tools
to scoop the debris, suggests Riley. Canoes, floatation devices and garbage
bags are provided by the sponsors. For landlubbers, the cleanup crew
volunteers to sign up and walk along the path at the end of the park to
pick up shoreline debris.
"It's a treat to canoe on Lake Wingra so why not clean up along
the way? You'll feel good about it all summer long," says Riley. And while
you're out there, why not start a family tradition with dad? Since it is
Father's Day weekend, perhaps dads and kids can share some special time
together. If kids or parents are interested in the long-term goals of
Lake Wingra healthy, stop by the Friends of Lake Wingra booth, located
in the park during the Jazz in the Park festivities. Friends of Lake Wingra
are a whole new community of folks who share the common purpose of promoting
a healthy Lake Wingra through an active watershed community.
This year DMNA welcomes "Take A Stake in the Lakes," a project
of the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission. Wingra Park is the
site for this year's "Take A Stake" clean up of Lake Kegonsa and Lake
Stop by their tent to find out about keeping ALL our lakes clean and
DMNA Thanks the Jazz in the Park Sponsors for their
Special thanks to the Evjue Foundation and the
Barriques Wine Cave
Bill Paul Ltd Studio
Butler Plumbing, Inc.
Calabash Gifts, L.L.C.
Capital City Comics
George's Flowers, Inc.
Grace Chosy Gallery
Gulliver's Travels, Inc.
Ken Kopps Fine Foods
Luedtke-Storm-Mackey Chiropractic Clinic S.C.
Milward Farrell Fine Art
Monroe Street Framing
Orange Tree Imports
Restaino, Bunbury & Associates, Inc,
Rowe Pottery Works, Inc.
Victor Allen's Coffee and Tea
Wisconsin Institute for Psychotherapy
Wingra Canoe and Sailing Center
By Bill Barker
We did indeed return to Georgia this year to witness the coming of Spring.
Our flight left Madison on a bright and sunny morning with temperatures
already in the high sixties, only to land in Atlanta amid a cold and blowing
rainstorm. Despite that oddly incongruous beginning, we were cheered to
find the azalea wave beginning to build. Over the next two weeks, the wave
crested and broke over the city, followed closely by the beloved dogwoods
and an old friend I had completely forgotten, wisteria. A flowering vine
with large, pendant, clusters of pale purple blossoms, wisteria is
impressive when allowed to overgrow a large "century" oak.
My wife and I dearly love Atlanta, and over the years we have
often talked of "going home". So it was no small surprise when we turned
to each other one afternoon and simultaneously blurted out "I don't want
to live here anymore". In the intervening eight years since we called
Atlantans, friends have moved on, restaurants have closed or taken favorite
treats off the menu, and sadly, even fabulous Oxford Books has fallen to
the chain bookstores. But our dissatisfaction runs deeper than the loss
of a place to get outrageous oreo cheesecake or root through obscure books
at midnight; sprawl and congestion have begun to seriously degrade the
quality of life in Atlanta and its surrounds. Oh, traffic on the interstates
at rush hour was a nightmare ten years ago, but intowners who knew the
surface routes were only slightly affected. In fact, I used to enjoy the
thought of Newt Gingrich's core constituents slowly broiling in a July
interstate traffic jam as they inched their way home to the white-flight
gated communities surrounding Atlanta's North side.
In my time in Madison, I have seen the same sort of irresponsible
development and sprawl in Dane and surrounding counties. So in one sense,
I see in Atlanta a version of our own future here in Madison. Disturbingly,
one oft-cited answer for sprawl directly contributed to the vastly different
Atlanta we found this spring. Developers, responding to skyrocketing intown
land values and a national trend against sprawl, are assembling parcels
and converting entire neighborhoods to higher density housing. One result
is massive congestion on all surface streets and an ozone level so high
that Atlanta is ineligible for federal highway funding.
I hope we can learn from Atlanta's mistakes and avoid the slow
and inexorable ruination of our home here. I surfed the county's web site
from Atlanta and was delighted to see ten to one support in our district
for the overwhelmingly successful Dane County green space referendum. The
DMNA is working actively on many fronts to protect the quality of life
in our neighborhood. One glance at a map illustrates our dilemma. We live
in a long and narrow corridor on either side of Monroe Street, a major
arterial from the burgeoning sprawl in the suburbs to a rapidly growing
major research university and newly revitalized downtown area of the state
capitol. We are literally caught between the proverbial rock and a hard
place. Whether it is a DMNA representative meeting with UW officials to
ensure we are considered in traffic studies relating to the Engineering
Centers building, serving on the West Beltline/Verona Road Interchange
Study Committee, or speaking in opposition to developments that will add
to the traffic load of Monroe Street, one thing is clear. We must look
beyond the borders of our neighborhood to effectively safeguard and enhance
the quality of life within it.
Hooray! It is finally time to plant the plants, dig the holes and pull
the Garlic Mustard. Volunteers are needed to come and help with the
work in Glenwood Children's Park. The outdoor rooms, or tree rings designed
by Jens Jensen were planted early May. The Mother's Ring, the Dancing Ring
and the Sing Ring are planted at the base of the slope off of Glenway
Landscapers planted three Hawthorn trees, Jensen's trademark, and the
Berry for the Sing Ring, but volunteers planted Mountain Maple for the
Mother's Ring and Redbud for the Dancing Ring. Along the berm down by Cross
Street, we planted some native Roses. Dogwood Pagoda now surrounds the
soon-to-be-restored council ring. In the coming weeks additional plants
will be added to the newly revitalized park. However, there is a substantial
amount of Garlic Mustard in the park that needs to be removed. It is an
aggressive plant that will take over any desirable plants we want to grow
there. It will be a long term project to eliminate it from the park, but
we are optimistic that it can be done. Take a walk down to the park and
discover what a special place Glenwood Children's Park is. Volunteer work
parties are every Saturday at 9:30am. With help this historic park will
look it's best for it's 50th anniversary this October. For more information,
contact Maggie Jungwirth at 233-6663.
Plant, Dig and
Pull in Glenwood Children's Park
As you may have noticed, the City of Madison has begun planning and design
of a new bike and pedestrian path through the neighborhood. The trail will
be located on the abandoned I.C.G. railroad corridor which roughly parallels
Monroe Street through our neighborhood and separates it from the Glenway
golf course and the cemetery. The complete project extends from the Capital
City Bike Trail in Fitchburg to Randall Avenue on the UW-Madison campus,
crossing the Beltline on the newly-constructed pedestrian bridge just west
of the Verona Road interchange.
The trail is being designed for the City by the engineering firm
Earth Tech. Managing the project for Earth Tech is a 10-year resident of
the neighborhood (and former DMNA officer) Tony Fernandez. There will be
a formal public involvement process for the project with at least one public
information meeting and several neighborhood meetings. In addition, Tony
welcomes any comments, suggestions or questions that any neighbors may
have. "I'm excited about this path," said Tony. "Not only as an alternative
to more cars on Monroe Street but also as a way of linking and strengthening
the neighborhood. I think the path has the potential to become a positive
focal point for the neighborhood, somewhat the way Wingra Park is today."
Tony can be reached at 828-8133(w) or 233-5449 (h), or e-mail
The DMNA has formed a committee to address neighborhood issues
and concerns about the planning, design, construction and maintenance of
the trail. The committee is headed by Paul Beckett. Among the issues that
the committee will discuss are: access points between the path and
streets, tree and brush cutting for construction of the path, landscaping
and drainage, lighting, privacy for adjacent neighbors, and use of the
corridor for other purposes such as skiing and dog walking. Paul's committee
will be working with the City and Earth Tech to make sure that the concerns
of the neighborhood are heard and become part of the planning. The
meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend; monthly meetings are
planned. For meeting dates see the DMNA Website calendar (at www.dmna.org)
or contact Paul. Paul can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 238-2580.
Most of the planning and design will take place over the next
nine months, and construction is anticipated in the year 2000. The Public
Information Meeting is planned for late summer, and residents along the
path will be notified of the date and time by mail. Notice will also be
published in the newspaper, and every effort will be made to get the
into the Hornblower. For the next issue of the Hornblower, when the planning
process is farther along, we plan a more in-depth article about the trail
design and how specific neighborhood issues are being addressed.
By Ken Golden
Edgewood Drive Closure. I recently surveyed the residents of Woodrow Street
to determine their preferences regarding the possible closing of Edgewood
Drive to automobile traffic. The survey includes options ranging from
closure to seasonal closure to no closure at all. Woodrow Street relies
on Edgewood Drive as an access route particularly when access via Monroe
Street is difficult due to snow. I will use the survey results to guide
Closing Edgewood Drive to automobile traffic, for all or part
of the year is intended to recognize the unique qualities of that location
and to reserve its use for mostly pedestrians and bicyclists. While
traffic would still be permitted on the drive, a barrier would be erected
in the middle (similar to the Arboretum) to prevent through traffic.
College and Grade School would maintain access to their driveways.
traffic would still be present, the volume would be reduced significantly.
I've heard many favorable and some unfavorable reactions to the
idea. I've looked to both the Vilas and Dudgeon-Monroe Associations for
advice about whether or not, and how to proceed. Whatever is done, I'm
virtually certain if it involves closure, it will be preceded by some sort
of public meeting and done on a trial basis.
Monroe Street Library. I want people to be aware, very early
in the process, that there area discussions underway by the Library Board
concerning possible major improvement to the Monroe Street Library. While
firm plans have been proposed, the Library Board is considering the
of replacing the current building with a larger structure that could house
a bigger more accessible library, additional commercial space and housing
opportunities on floors above. The structure could occupy the current lot
and adjacent parking utility lands. Clearly, if the parking utility lands
were used, replacement parking would have to be part of the project. The
logic for this plan, apart from creating additional infield housing, is
to create revenue that could help support the library.
This idea has been discussed only once or twice by the Library
Board. I have asked them to involve the neighborhood associations in any
Variances. The committee created and chaired by County Board
Supervisor Karen Cornwell has completed its report. The report was approved
by the Common Council. There are many detailed recommendations but two
major initiatives have been given priority status for implementation by
the city's planning unit. These include the creation of "Special Exception
Areas" which would permit people to expand properties on their lot using
an approval process with much less stringent legal standards than the
variance process. The new process would still permit some discretion by
some yet to be named committee, and would involve a public hearing and
neighbor input. The second change involves the creation of a new zoning
code. This code would reflect more traditional neighborhood design elements
(e.g. smaller setbacks and side yards). Initially, the code would be
for new developments, but at some point there may be opportunities for
considering rezoning to the new code, areas of the city currently zoned
R2. The Committee has recommended against wholesale rezoning due to lack
of data on the current utilization of zoning lots in our neighborhoods.
Rail/Bike Path. As you may recall, I sponsored a resolution creating
a committee to advise the city on the construction of the Southwest Rail
Pedestrian/Bike Path. This committee did some excellent work and was well
represented. The city is currently considering their report and will likely
adopt the report as a guideline for the engineers designing the path.
At some point there will be opportunities for further comment
and reaction to more detailed plans and specifications developed by city
engineering and their contractors. I can't really say when this will happen,
but since work on the actual facility is likely to begin next spring, you
could plan accordingly. There may be some preliminary work in terms of
rail salvage this year. I'll try to keep rail line residents informed of
major work under consideration.
If you want to reach me about these or any other issues, please
forward your comments to the following addresses.
Office of the Common Council Ald. Ken Golden
210 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.,
Madison WI 53709
It opened last fall, so the Monroe Street Consignment Antiques store
is a neighbor many of you already know. In fact, 200 consignors, many from
this neighborhood, already display their treasures and antiques in the
wonderfully crowded store. Joan and Julia, who run the store, have created
a homey atmosphere by focusing less on rules ("We basically have only one
rule," says Joan. "We don't accept damaged items.") and more on
They happily point out that many neighbors have become friends and loyal
Monroe Street Consignment Antiques
The store is filled with interesting and unique items, something
in which Joan and Julia take special pride. The turnover in merchandise
is steady, so the sparkling rhinestone earrings you see on Tuesday may
be replaced by Friday with a necklace of painted beads. The Eastlake couch
you covet on Wednesday may give way to a hand-painted Japanese screen on
if you fall in love with the delicate and beautiful chocolate serving set,
you'd better speak up. The good turnover reflects well on Joan's knowledge
of and experience with selling antiques and her willingness to work with
consignors. (The business returns 70% of the selling price to the consignor.
It would be hard to find a better split in the consignment business.)
skill with computers and business on the Internet adds a dimension to this
store that enhances its success.
Stop by the store at 2606 Monroe Street, between Calabash Gifts
and Butler Plumbing. Be sure to say "hi" to ZoEB, an American Staffordshire
breed and official "shop dog." Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and open some Sundays (you may want to call first). All
items are consignment items. You should contact Joan or Julia at the store
(231-0998) if you have items to sell or are looking to find a particular
Plans Concern Neighbors
by Janet Niewold (850 Terry Place) and Beth
Goodman (858 Terry Place)
The Laurel Tavern has proposed a 1,250 square foot addition to the
back of its current location adjacent to Wingra Park. Neighbors are
about how this addition would impact the neighborhood. Residents close
to the bar were invited to a neighborhood meeting organized by Alder Ken
Owners of The Laurel Tavern, Diane and Peter Zilley, want to expand
to create a game room off the back for playing pool and darts as well as
upgrade the interior/exterior. They have requested a conditional use permit
from the city and a variance to the current parking code to reduce the
number of stalls required. Neighbors within 200 feet of the Laurel property
were initially notified of the plans. Ken Golden gave notice to a slightly
broader group of residences and held a preliminary informational meeting
with Diane Zilley. Some are concerned the expansion would exacerbate the
noise, traffic and safety problems already experienced. There is concern
that a larger Laurel would create a greater opportunity for undesirable
behaviors in the adjacent Wingra Park. If you would like more information,
please contact Janet Niewold at email@example.com or call 238-6035. If
you would like to receive subsequent mailings about the next phase of the
Laurel's expansion request, contact Alder, Ken Golden at 238-4370 or e-mail
Residents of the Lake Wingra watershed may notice some activity in and
around their neighborhoods during the summer. With the help of the Friends
of Lake Wingra, DNR, Dane County, Edgewood College, and others, the
Water Resources Management (WRM) graduate students are focusing their 1999
research and activity on the Lake Wingra watershed.
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On Wednesday, March 17, 1999 the Friends of Lake Wingra jointly hosted
an advisory group meeting with the WRM students. The main goals were to
present the WRM plan of research and activity, as well as to make contact
with people who might assist us. Those in attendance included
from the DNR, UW and UW-Extension, Dane County, City of Madison, Edgewood
College, Vilas Neighborhood Association, Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood
Nine Springs Network, Dane County Natural Heritage Foundation, Token Creek,
and watershed residents.
During the meeting introductions, each person was asked to provide
a question about Lake Wingra to which they would like an answer. This
quick insight into various perspectives held about Lake Wingra. Questions
focused on a variety of topics including physical/chemical/biological
watershed influences, urban impacts, political/community roles, and folk
history. The WRM students then had a chance to present our workplan.
WRM Workplan: Our objective is to develop tools for the improved management
of Lake Wingra and its watershed through increased technical understanding,
public outreach, and the development of a management framework. Four key
questions will help focus our activities: What is the status of Lake Wingra
and its watershed? What could it be? What should it be? How do we get there?
In order to achieve our objectives we will be synthesizing existing
technical and historical resources, conducting a survey so that we can
have watershed resident input, developing a model for stakeholder
conducting several storm water studies focused on runoff and infiltration
issues, developing outreach materials, and researching various management
options including an innovative and progressive stormwater/watershed
We are currently in the midst of our Spring Planning Seminar and have been
doing background research on management tools and methods of stakeholder
coordination, developing our list of contacts, and planning both the survey
and the stormwater studies. In early summer we'll be conducting the survey
and stormwater studies, designing public outreach materials and writing
technical and historical synthesis documents. In late summer we'll finalize
our report and conduct a public presentation of our findings and
We need help in conducting our survey and stormwater studies.
Please contact Diane Stocks, WRM Student firstname.lastname@example.org home:
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Prevent Childhood Asthma
There is a exciting new asthma study taking place at University of Wisconsin
Medical School, in conjunction with Meriter and St. Mary's Hospitals. This
project, termed the Childhood Origins of Asthma or COAST study, will explore
the origins of childhood asthma by examining the interaction between
and the environment (viral infections). The Center for Disease Control
recently released some alarming statistics indicating that the prevalence
of childhood asthma has increased by more than 170% in the past decade.
In addition, recent data has indicated that the earlier asthma is diagnosed
and treated, the greater the chance of preserving the child's lung function
over time. Thus, learning more about what initiates asthma and how to
high risk infants as early as possible, appear to be critical issues.
To complete the project, 200 families who are at increased risk for having
an atopic child will need to be recruited over the next year. As a result,
we will be recruiting pregnant couples, where the mother, the father, or
a sibling of the child has a history of allergies, asthma, or both. The
families also must be planning to have their child at either St. Mary's
Hospital Medical Center or Meriter Hospital. Subjects will be paid for
their participation. For more information about the study, please contact
the study coordinators at 263-8539.