The Lake Edge News

President's Note

Planning is underway for our Annual Neighborhood Summer Picnic.  As usual, LENA will provide burgers, hotdogs, and condiments.  We've also secured a band for live music that starts at 5PM.  Food will be served promptly at 5PM however feel free to come as early as 4PM.  We could use a few volunteers to help so let us know if you've some time to spare.  We'd love to have you join us! 
This is also a busy time for us.  Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for up to date information.  Hope you're enjoying your summer! 
Lastly, we're working out the details for a meeting with City staff and MGSD administrators regarding the demolition permit/request to the three properties owned by the district.  These properties are vacant and have been for a number of years (one is located in the corner of Monona Drive and E Coldspring and the other two are in the corner of Jerome and E Coldspring).  More details to come...

What's New

This summer RENEW Wisconsin is running the MadiSUN solar group buy, bringing together Madison area residents to install solar energy on their homes. By buying as a group, you can increase your impact and lower the cost for everyone.

Interested? Join us for an upcoming solar information session at Vintage Brewing Company! - RSVP

Information Sessions are free and open to the public. If you're interested, but can't make this information session, view a complete schedule of all MadiSUN Information Sessions happening throughout the city this summer. - SEE THE SCHEDULE!

Can’t make it to an information session? No problem! Simply SIGN UP by September 16, 2018. - SIGN UP!


Contact Us

RENEW Wisconsin
222 South Hamilton
Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Member's Corner

How to Recycle Fluorescent Bulbs

If you have old fluorescent bulbs or tubes in need of disposal, you need to recycle them the right way.  And that means never placing them in the recycling carts.  Fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain mercury, which is very hazardous. And, yes, even the small curly fluorescent bulbs, which are called compact fluorescent lamps (or CFLs) contain mercury.
Here’s what you should do:
Take fluorescent bulbs, tubes, and CFLs to a retailer that sells these items in order for them to be safely recycled. Dane County and City of Madison ordinances require retailers that sell fluorescents to have a program to accept them for recycling. Some retailers may need to charge a small fee for their recycling program, so be sure to check with your chosen retailer about fees before taking bulbs to them.

Fluorescent bulbs, tubes, and CFLs can be also be recycled at Dane County Clean Sweep. This county facility handles all hazardous household materials, including other mercury containing devices like old thermometers. For more information about Dane County Clean Sweep, visit their website,
Never place old fluorescent bulbs, tubes, or CFLs in the recycling cart at your home or business. 
Workers sort through material placed into your recycling cart by hand at the recycling facility. Placing these bulbs and tubes into the recycling could expose those workers to hazardous mercury when the bulbs break.
If you break a fluorescent bulb, be sure to
follow the EPA guidelines on how to quickly and safely clean the area.
For more information about the hazards of mercury exposure,
visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ website.
Additional information about fluorescent recycling can also be found on the Streets Division website,

Crime Prevention and Public Safety

In light of the increased incidents, Madison Police Department has provided a Crime Prevention summary addressing residential burglary and auto thefts.  Review and download a copy for your reference here.  

Membership Matters

Why? Because it's a way to connect with one another, build relations, and contribute to the community.  LENA membership is based on the calendar year.  Be sure to renew your membership.  Membership fees are $10/household per calendar year.  Forms and sign up information available on our website: Membership  Note that we're now accepting payment online via our website.  If you're unsure of your membership status, drop an email to Steve McCarthy, Treasurer and Membership Coordinator at  
Do you know that there are links embedded in the graphics and within the text throughout?  Be sure to click on for more information!

 Join Us!

7/29 - Atwood Fest - LENA Volunteers
8/8   - LENA Monthly Meeting
8/12 - Annual Picnic @ Lake Edge Park
8/23 - Music on the Lake @ East Side Club
Volunteers Needed to help with any of the upcoming events.  Email Lake Edge board members for details. 
School Connection
Looking for after-school and summer programs for your child? MOST (Madison-area Out-of-School Time) is making it easier with the "one-stop-shop" online program finder. No matter what your budget is or where you live in the Madison area, you can find the right program for your child, from kindergarten through high school, from homework help to karate or art classes.
With a few clicks, the program finder can help you make the most of your child's or teen's time out-of-school. You can search for programs by grade, distance from where you live or the type of program you're looking for, as well as other searchable criteria. 
Start your search at and let your child dream, explore and discover their passions
MOST is a city-wide collaboration between the Madison Metropolitan School District, the City of Madison, and 40 different youth- serving organizations. The goal is to help close Madison's opportunity gap by ensuring all Madison's children have access to comprehensive, high-quality out-of-school time programs. Out of School Time opportunities for young people and families is a key leverage point for addressing equity issues in our community. The program finder is a small part of this, but we know there are more fundamental issues, and as our organization and partnerships grow, MOST is shifting our time and energy to address more core issues impacting families ability to access OST opportunities in Madison. If you are interested in learning more, feel free to reach out to Nathan Beck, the MOST Coordinator, .
Around Us
Upcoming Events
Sixth Annual Lake Edge Jazz Concert
Sunday, Aug. 12, 6-9 pm
This concert is free and appropriate for all ages. There will be three food carts: Jakarta Cafe, Fast n Fresh, and Kona Ice. Bring a folding chair and/or a cooler if you like. Both bands are Madison based:
Lo Marie, a jazz and soul singer/songwriter; and Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble, a world traveling instrumental acoustic jazz group. For more information, call 608-222-7339 or email Web site:

Blood Drive At Lake Edge Lutheran Church
Sponsored by Madison Seeds of Peace
August 7; 1:00-6:00 pm
For an appointment call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit Enter sponsor code: EastSideEcumencial. Walk-ins welcome! You can save 15 minutes when you donate using RapidPass. For more information visit:
UW-Speakers Bureau – Request a Presenter!!
We are fortunate to have UW-Madison in town.  The UW Speakers Bureau welcomes neighborhood groups interested in getting a UW-Madison speaker to its meeting to follow the simple steps below:
  1. Start off by checking out to see who might speak about things that interests your group. 
  2. Once you see a speaker who interests you, go directly to the UW webpage at and type the speaker’s name in the Search box. 
  3. Email or phone the speaker directly!
If you are looking for a particular topic and don’t see anyone listed on the UW-Madison Speakers Bureau website yet for that topic, you can contact the UW Speaker Bureau coordinator ( directly ) and staff will happily search for someone who is a great match about the subject of interest!
Check out the newsfeed for up-to-date events and news that effect us on our website: Lake Edge News and Neighborhood News

The Biergarten at Olbrich Park is hiring for the upcoming 2018 season!  Check out the job description here.
A new day-camp on the UW-Madison campus this summer will focus on the world of the ancient Greeks and Romans (July 23 to August 3). Students entering sixth through twelfth grades are eligible for this pre-college summer immersion experience in classical antiquity.

Contact:  William  or Wendy
Our Sponsors
Thank you to our neighborhood sponsors!  Please consider renewing sponsorship for the year 2018. 
Ask Us About Sponsorship Opportunities
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