The Lake Edge News

President's Note

We have had another wonderful turnout at last month's pizza party and Board elections.  It was great to see everyone.  I am grateful for your continued support to serve another term as the President of the neighborhood association.  Luckily, I'm not in it on my own.  I have wonderful support from the Board members and at times, you, our neighbors!  We welcomed three new members to the Board; see below for the announcement.  Stay tuned to learn more about our new Board members in the upcoming newsletters and website.  As indicated previously, we're always open to suggestions and no help is turned away!  

We hosted the judicial candidates in the upcoming spring Dane County Circuit Court Judge; Susan Crawford and Marilyn Townsend.  Neighbors were able to learn about the candidates and ask questions to the candidates directly in a small and intimate setting.  
We have requested both candidates for a brief bio including messages they would like to share with neighbors which will be published in next month's newsletter.  This is to avoid the confusion to the state Supreme Court judicial race in which the primary was held on Tuesday.   

Our next event is the neighborhood pub crawl.  We will meet at the Jade Monkey at 6PM on Friday, March 16.  See you there!

Note:  Please note the alternate locations for our monthly meetings.  Due to library programming, we are not able to have our meetings at the meeting room of Pinney Library for the majority of the year.  We will send out notifications in advanced indicating the location of the meeting.  

What's New
Welcome your New LENA Board
Thank you everyone who made it out to the annual pizza party and cast your votes for the new LENA board!  For those of you who weren't able to make it, your 2018 LENA board includes several returning board members as well as a few new faces. 

Your returning board members are:
– Angela Jenkins
Vice-President – Luke Wagner
Treasurer – Steve McCarthy
Member at Large – Nancy Werlein

And introducing the new additions to the LENA Board: (Left-to-right)
Secretary – Justin Williams
Member at Large – Trent Halverson
Member at Large – AJ Feucht
We have had a successful launch and we're happy to announce the continuance of the program with our partner, My Fine Homestead.  We are now enrolling for the 2018 season (sign up directly with farm). 

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  
Proposed Gypsy Moth Treatment Areas in the Neighborhood
What is gypsy moth? In the summer months, residents may notice trees with leaf-loss due to an invasive caterpillar.  This defoliation is due to the gypsy moth caterpillar, which eats leaves on oak trees and other species.  As you can imagine, this causes stress to these trees, makes them more susceptible to disease, insects or environmental stresses, such as drought and may ultimately be the demise of the tree.
How is it treated? Treatment by the Wisconsin DNR, to reduce this destructive insect, is done by a low flying plane which sprays a natural-based insecticide called Foray®.  The City of Madison has submitted an application for the gypsy moth treatment.
Where is the proposed treatment? The proposed treatment area may affect you. Visit this website for details on the program and maps of potential affected areas.
How can I opt out of the treatment? If you wish to object to the treatment of your property, you must do so in writing to: Marla Eddy, City Forester, 1402 Wingra Creek Pkwy, Madison, WI 53715 by 3:00pm on February 21, 2018. You must explain the reason for your objection, provide your name, phone number, and mailing address along with the address of the property you want excluded from the spray (if different from your mailing address). Please be aware that if you object to your property being sprayed, your adjacent neighbor's property will also be affected by your decision and will be eliminated from the spray area. Please share this information with your tenants if this is a rental property as they are affected and have the right to object.
Member's Corner

This year, The Big Share expands to highlight organizations featured through CSW’s Inspiring Voices program--Black and Brown-led organizations working to reduce racial disparities and advance racial equity.

“The Big Share is a day to come together in support of the things we all care about—having clean water and air, building strong neighborhoods, protecting our civil rights, and making sure every child has a great future,” said CSW Executive Director Cheri Dubiel. “And The Big Share makes it easy to make a difference—whether that’s giving a small donation, attending events, or sharing about your favorite causes on social media.”

Last year The Big Share raised over $322,000 for the social justice movement in Wisconsin. With your help we can make an even bigger impact for our community in 2018!

Follow CSW on social media or visit to learn more of how you can be a part of The Big Share!

Read the whole story.
Venue:Online at
Contact: Susan Kilmer,

Minding the Gap: The Housing Crisis in Dane County
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30-7:30 pm
The Village on the Park, Room A, 2300 S Park St, Madison, WI
Please join the Dane County Housing Initiative on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30 to 7:30 pm to screen the housing short film produced by the Dane County Housing Initiative and Tweedee Productions. Running time 7.25 minutes. Film Intro and Screenings: 6:45 pm7:15 pm, Q&A to followRefreshments will be served.  All Welcome!
Dane County Housing Initiative (DCHI) representatives will be on hand to answer questions and discuss this new initiative. Interested residents and stakeholders are invited to share the film with their neighborhood associations, chambers, employers, local governments, plan commissions, or local church groups. City of Madison is one of the film sponsors.
Community Input Sought on Municipal ID Program
Mayor Soglin and members of the Common Council are exploring the implementation of a City of Madison Municipal ID program.  This ID would be issued by City of Madison with a primary focus of trying to reach populations, who for whatever reason, do not currently have a government-issued ID and could benefit from having the ID. The City is seeking information from the community on how a Municipal ID card could function for people in Madison. Residents are encourage to share their reactions to this proposal through this link to the community engagement survey: As information is received, additional community outreach is expected including community meetings.

Tips to Prevent Thefts From Vehicles 

Stolen vehicles are on an increase in the Dane County Area.  There have been approximately 46 stolen through the month of January.  Often, cars are being taken while they are being warmed up or if people are stopping at locations to drop something off and left the car running.  Please encourage people not leave their cars running, even if they have the ability to lock their car doors.  Please take the keys/key FOBs out of the vehicles and keep it with you.  If you are working out, please lock your keys up in a locked locker or keep them with you.  Refrain from putting your keys on a keyboard as those can easily be taken.

Links to various resources from Madison Police Department (MPD):
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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!

03/14/2018 - March Monthly Meeting
03/16/2018 - Pub Crawl
04/21/2018 - Earth Day Park Cleanup
06/23/2018 - Neighborhood Garage Sale

Volunteers Needed to help with any of the upcoming events.  Email Lake Edge board members for details. 
Around Us

Baseballs and Brews in Milwaukee
Saturday, March 10th, 8:30am-5:00pm
Experience Miller Park with an exclusive tour that includes the dugout, luxury suite level, clubhouse, press box, Bob Uecker's broadcast booth and other behind-the-scenes attractions. After the tour, travel to the historic Third Ward district for lunch and exploring on your own. Next stop is the Lakefront Brewery situated along the Milwaukee River for an entertaining, behind the scenes tour of one of Milwaukee's favorite microbreweries. Tour admission fees included, lunch is on your own. Bus loads at 8:15am on Pflaum Road in front of LaFollette High School. Registration deadline is 2/22. Fee: $59 Ages 21+.  - Register Now

Museums in Chicago during MMSD's Spring Break
Art Institute of Chicago
Saturday, March 27, 7:30 am to 8 pm

See why the Art Institute of Chicago is among the nation's top-ranked museums! Experience the world renowned French Impressionist collection and view contemporary masterpieces in the Modern Wing. Observe favorites like Grant Wood's American Gothics, and travel the globe through galleries filled with the art of ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and the Americas. With almost a million square feet to explore and free admission for kids under 14 , the Art Institute is a perfect family outing. Explore family-friendly art-making activities, self-guides, games and more. Maps, guides, and apps are available to help you navigate and explore the museum during your visit. Motorcoach transportation and general admission to the museum included. Lunch and dinner on your own.  Bus loads at 7:15am on Pflaum Road in front of LaFollette High School. Youth age 6+ may register with a participating adult. Register by February 20 and save $5. Fee: $39 for ages 6-13, $59 for ages 14+.
Register Now (Ages 6 - 13 plus participating adult)
Register Now (Ages 14+ plus participating adult)

Chicago Museums
Saturday March 27, 7:30 am - 8 pm

Join us on a fun-filled day trip to Chicago's Museum Campus, home to the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and America's first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium. Take your pick of which locations to explore. See the fabulous fish and other sea life and watch an aquatic show at the Shedd Aquarium (, visit dinosaur exhibits and ancient Egyptian mummies at the Field Museum (, or experience the wonders of the universe through a show at the Adler Planetarium ( Lunch and admission to the museums are on your own.  Bus loads at 7:15am on Pflaum Road in front of LaFollette High School. Youth age 6+ may register with a participating adult. Register by February 20 and save $5.00. Fee: $30, Ages 6+. -  Register Now 
Madison Senior Coalition
The Madison Senior Coalitions are non-profit organizations that provide programs and services for adults over 60 who live in Madison and are living independently.   

We are conducting a short 2 minute survey and your input would be appreciated. Click the link below to start the survey.  Thank you for your participation!

For more information on our local coalition please see:

East Madison/Monona Coalition of the Aging
4142 Monona Drive
Madison, WI 53716

(608) 223-3100
(608) 223-3102 (fax)

Map & Directions

Ride the Drive 2018
 The tradition continues! Madison Parks is pleased to bring Ride the Drive back for its 10th year!  Stroll, roll, pedal or glide to three downtown area parks on Sunday, June 3 from 11:00am to 3:00pm! Ride the Drive is a free, community event and continues to be a celebration of Madison’s commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. Volunteers are essential to the success of Ride the Drive and this year is no exception. We will need upwards of 70 volunteers (maybe neighborhood association groups!) and online registration is open. Local companies and organizations interested in promoting their business may contact

Imagine Madison
Phase 3 of Imagine Madison is in the books.  During this phase, we focused on prioritization and implementation.  Thank you to everyone that weighed in to help shape our future.

We asked how you would prioritize the Strategies—the approach we’ll use to achieve the goals established in Phase 1.  What is most important to our community going forward?  You can see the community’s results here.
We also asked for your suggested Actions to implement the Strategies.  Nearly 4,000 Action ideas were submitted.  We’ve summarized some of the key Action idea themes that correspond to the highest ranked Strategies.
Growth Prioritization
Finally, we asked where we should prioritize growth.  Generally, where should we accommodate the 40,000 new housing units that Madison is projected to add by 2040?  We were somewhat surprised by the results.  In addition, a portion of Phase 3 participants suggested specific locations across the City that could accommodate future growth.  See these comments on this interactive map.

Final Call for Future Land Use Map Comments
A key component of the Comprehensive Plan Update is updating the Generalized Future Land Use (FLU) Map.  This map is our plan for how we will grow.  We introduced a Draft FLU Map back in April of 2017 and received many comments from the community.  The City’s Plan Commission reviewed these comments, and based on their direction we’ve created an updated version.
We wanted to reach out one more time for any additional comments that you, or your neighborhood, may have on the Draft FLU Map.  The deadline for comments is noon on  Friday, March 2.  We’ve plugged the latest version of the map into our handy-dandy side by side comparison map where you can compare the February 2018 Draft of the map with the 2006 Comprehensive Plan FLU Map.  We’ve also updated our FLU Map FAQs.
Mark Your Calendar
We are perfectly ok with Jimmy and Phil predicting six more weeks of winter.  Over the next two months, we’ll be working feverishly putting together 14 months of community feedback into the Draft Comprehensive Plan Update document.  We anticipate having the Draft Plan available for your review and comment in early April.  At that time, we’ll publicize the many opportunities to weigh in on the Draft Plan during the City’s review and Plan adoption process.
Brian and Kirstie

City of Madison Comprehensive Plan Update
608.261.9980 | 608.243.0470 | Facebook | Twitter

What We Heard
Check out the newsfeed for up-to-date events and news that effect us on our website: Lake Edge News and Neighborhood News

Neighborhood Grants

2018 Neighborhood Grant Program

The Department of Planning and Community & Economic Development, Planning Division, has a grant program designed to help neighborhoods build capacity and beautify public places. The grant program helps to improve the quality of life within neighborhoods, and the City as a whole.

Grant Program Steps

  • Review the Grant Program Guidelines by clicking here.
  • Meet with your neighborhood to plan a project.
  • If interested, feel free to attend the Optional Grant Workshop on December 6, 6:00 p.m. at the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 103A. View the workshop slideshow from 2017.
  • Contact Linda Horvath, Planning Division, for a pre-application discussion. Call Linda: 608-267-1131 or email:
  • Complete and submit your application so it arrives at the Planning Division by February 19, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Application Forms

Click here to complete the online application, or click here for a .pdf of the application. Handwrite and email, drop off, or mail application to Linda Horvath, City of Madison Planning Division, 126 S. Hamilton St., P.O. Box 2985, Madison WI 53701-2985, or, so application arrives by February 19, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

You will receive confirmation of receipt of your application within one to two business days by phone or email. If you do not, please call Linda as soon as possible: 608-267-1131.

Completed Grant Projects 1999-2012

Contact - Linda Horvath: Planning Division, 267-1131,

Madison Food Policy Council Announces 2018 SEED Grants Cycle
Deadline: Monday, February 26, 2018 by 4:30pm
The City of Madison Food Policy Council announces the 2018 SEED Grants cycle to address food access issues in our community. SEED Grants are small grants designed to support new and recently emerging projects or programs that support access to healthy food in our community. The Madison Food Policy Council is encouraging any organization, group, or agency that is devoted to making food more accessible to City of Madison residents to apply. Any proposal that improves the local food system will be considered. The maximum of any one grant will be limited to $10,000. A total of $50,000 is available in this grant cycle. For more info contact: George Reistad, Food Policy Coordinator, at or call 608-266-4611.

Madison Arts Commission Annual Arts Grants
Deadline March 15, 2018 - Grant Writing Assistance Available
The City of Madison distributes funds to Madison artists and non-profit organizations through the Madison Arts Commission's annual grant programs. Project Grants provide up to $3,000 for performances, exhibitions, or events that enrich the cultural lives of Madison citizens. Arts Education Grants provide up to $3,000 for extracurricular arts-based educational programming, Legacy Grants provide up to $1,500 for organizations that provide consistent, quality events, and programs year after year; and Individual Artist Fellowships provide up to $1,500 to help support artists to create and share original work.

MAC also offers volunteer one-on-one assistance with the applications in free clinics held at the Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin & by appointment. Drop in to ask questions about MAC Grants and receive personal assistance: Thursday, March 8, 2018 5:30 - 7:30 PM (drop in, no registration required) -and-Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 11 AM - 1 PM (drop in, no registration required). Fifteen-minute, one-on-one sessions are available by appointment email: Contact Karin Wolf, for more info.

Summer Internships

Applications for Summer AASIRE Internship Program, City of Madison
Deadline: February 25, 2018
The City of Madison offers a limited number of paid summer internships through the Affirmative Action Student Professional in Residence Internships (AASPIRE) program. The program’s goal is to attract members of Affirmative Action target groups who are engaged in college-level studies compatible with a Public Administration career track. AASPIRE Internships take place in the summer and last for a temporary 8- to 10-week duration. Each intern will be assigned to work on a limited-term, management-level project. For more info contact: Kirsten L. Vanderscheuren, City of Madison Dept. of Civil Rights, 608.267.8634

Wanda Fullmore Summer Internship (For high school students)
The City of Madison, in collaboration with Common Wealth Development, offers paid summer internships for high school students. In 2018, Common Wealth will work with the City to place 40-50 youth in summer internships. To be eligible for the program, youth must reside in the City of Madison limits and must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Youth are considered individually, and preference will be given to those entering 11th or 12th grade for the 2018-2019 academic year and who face barriers to employment. Interested youth and their parents/guardians must complete the application packet and submit it at any of our open interview meetings listed on the website or directly to Common Wealth. For more info contact: Common Wealth Development, 608.256.3527.

Our Sponsors
Thank you to our neighborhood sponsors!  Please consider renewing sponsorship for the year 2018. 
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