Eastside News JAN-FEB 2013
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Published by the Goodman Community Center News Volume 143, No. 1 January l February 2013 Drawn to a place of need Would you rather not receive this paper? My life-changing journey 30 years in the making If you don’t read it, please help us save money and resources. If your paper is addressed to you, not “Resident,” then we can take you off the mailing list. Simply contact Matt Rezin at email@example.com or 241-1574 x223 and leave a clear, detailed message. By Gloria Pofahl-Pangman, Community resident One day, 30 years ago, started off as an ordinary day — with a cup of coffee and the newspaper before heading off to work. But that day, one news story caught my eye like no other. The article was about Sister Anne Eucharista Brooks, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, in Tutwiler, Miss. I’m not a religious person but this nun’s story hit me hard and ended up adding an important chapter to my life. Sister Anne decided to become a nun at age 11. An only child of divorced parents, attending boarding schools, she became crippled with rheumatoid arthritis at 17 and was told she would be in a wheelchair or need crutches for the rest of her life. But she didn’t let that stop her. Years later, while volunteering at a free clinic in Florida, she met Dr. John Upledger, who was able to heal her. At his encouragement and that of another doctor, she decided to go to medical school so she could continue helping people not only spiritually, but physically. So, in her 40s, Sister Anne became a doctor, Dr. Brooks. Being a nun, she didn’t have money for school, so to pay back medical school tuition, she made a commitment to work in an impoverished community for three years. She ended up in a small clinic in Tutwiler, a town of about 1,300 people in Mississippi. She stayed those three years. And more. In fact, she never left. What’s a woman to do? Weeks after reading that article, I was still thinking of this incredible Dr. Brooks, a nun who made a difference through her entire life, so I wrote her a letter simply asking, “What can someone like me do?” A week later, I received her reply. What struck me was that instead of being in the moment of my “singing her praises,” she See the Strength of Community This paper goes to See people press well before tell their the New Year’s stories parties begin, so about the there’s still time Goodman for you to see Community Center some videos that show how the Goodman Community Center has helped children, teens and older adults over the past year. Find us on Facebook. And, if you’re inspired, make a gift. We’d be grateful. See all videos at www.goodmancenter.org O’Keeffe learns from Warhol Gloria Pofahl-Pangman with Sister Anne Eucharista Brooks, D.O. at Tutwiler Clinic in Mississippi. got right to the point and answered my question. She wrote, “Well, doctors often have samples they don’t need. Also, dentists usually have extra toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss. We can always use supplements, samples and supplies.” That’s all it took. Off I went with copies of the newspaper article and her letter. And, voila! Donations were made and packages were sent. Now, I’m pretty sure 30 years ago it was much easier to simply go to doctors and dentists to fulfill these wishes. Maybe another letter or two between us, and that was it. I started thinking of her affectionately as “my nun.” The lasting effect, however, was how her kindness and selflessness impressed me. Who does that — stays in an impoverished community by choice? Passing it on I believe my connection with Dr. Brooks was meant to be — there are no co-incidences. Oh, I am clear, I will never make the difference she has — I am not selfless — but it started long ago, with that first article. That’s when I first deeply understood: I can do something. Believe me; I don’t want to “toot my own horn.” I’m sharing my story in hopes that a spark might be created in another person to do the same. Thanks to “my nun,” I started volunteering, too. Once a week, on my day off, I started volunteering at the Free Clothing Center which was a block from my work. As I sorted through bags of donated clothes, I often listened to a husband or wife — Continued on page 4 Some teens rise above the most difficult of circumstances Desmond Willingham is a teen who will tell you he found resources and support at the Goodman Community Center. We found a young man very ready to be helped — and to help. Article on page 7 The paintings of 200 O’Keeffe Middle School students will feature tomato soup cans a la Andy Warhol this January in the Goodman Gallery. Come see these first efforts with acrylic paint and fresh approaches to capturing a can of soup on a canvas. Check out the cool philanthropic twist, too. 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Registration for fall begins Feb. 4 By Mary Wierschem, GCC Early Childhood Education Manager By Sunshine Goodrich, GCC 4K Teacher Our 4K class had the opportunity to visit a very special farm this month. Heartland Farm Sanctuary is an organization that provides a safe and loving home for farm animals that have been abused, neglected or whose owners can no longer provide for them. The animals are able to give back by providing animal-assisted therapy and being a part of educational programs such as summer camp, school visits and much more. Keith Pollock, Goodman’s TEENworks manager, gave us a bucket of produce to share with our animal hosts and off we went into the beautiful countryside of Verona. And what a joyous time we had! We met many different types of animals and learned a little about how their lives have improved since coming to the farm. Children were able to feed and pet the sheep, goats, horses, pigs and even the roosters. Although they were different species, they didn’t seem to notice. Some of the sheep and goats were stall mates, there was a posse of ducks and geese milling around by the barn, and the horses and llamas roamed the fields together. Only the pigs seemed to keep to themselves. One of the turkeys we met, “Baby,” was a brand new member of the farm family. We learned that the right side of his face is paralyzed and he came to the sanctuary to get the extra care he needed. Baby seemed very relaxed and at home on his first day at the farm, even though there were animals and people everywhere. He was friendly and came up to several of the children, soliciting affection. At first some of the kids were a bit nervous, as he was almost as big as they were. But a few brave 4Kers gingerly pet him and soon others joined in. I was surprised to see that the chickens and roosters were willing to sit happily in the arms of our students. And one particularly outgoing rooster took it upon himself to perch atop a fence post to teach us all how to do a proper “cock-a-doodle-do!” It was obvious that these animals feel safe and secure and, as a result, their personalities really shone. Hands-on activities such as these provide students with opportunities to practice social skills, such as feeling empathy and treating others with respect that are so important to the development of a child. We saw our students demonstrating their All families in the Madison school district who are interested in having their child attend 4K; please note the following procedure for registering your child: Your child must be 4 on or before Sept. 1 Complete the initial registration form on the MMSD website – available starting Feb. 4. The online registration may be done at home or on a computer at an MMSD elementary school site. Indicate that you would like your child to attend the Goodman Community Center’s 4K site If registering at home, print a copy of the registration confirmation and bring the registration, your child’s birth certificate, and proof of residence (i.e., a utility bill with your address on it) to an elementary Madison school offering 4K registration. Fonzie the rooster shares a moment with Jackson. abilities to be respectful, kind and caring toward all beings. And they loved it. We all look forward to visiting again. Thank you to all the wonderful people and animals at Heartland! For more information please visit heartlandfarmsanctuary.org. l Once the Madison school district has received your paper work with a birth certificate and proof of residency, they will contact the Goodman Community Center about your child’s registration for our site. We will then call to confirm your intentions to enroll your child in our 4K program and then send you GCC registration papers for 4K. Presently we have two 4K morning sessions and offer wrap around care between Afterschool student uses her allowance to make a donation to food drive By Deborah Crabtree, GCC AmeriCorps member In November, Afterschool hosted a canned food drive to support Goodman’s efforts to provide groceries for 2,000 Thanksgiving meals in our community. We received over 200 food donations from our Afterschool families and friends that filled the baskets this year. Adela, a second grader at Lowell Elementary School, donated 20 cans of food herself. Her mother shared that Adela used her own allowance to purchase food for the drive, too. When she brought the food into program, it warmed my heart to reflect on how amazing it is for her to be thinking of others at such a young age. I asked Adela why she donated and what motivated her to give her allowance to help others. She said, “I love coming to Goodman. It’s a fun and safe place, and I like the hours of 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. when 4K is not in session. 4K is a four day program and therefore we also offer care on the day when there is no 4K — from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Because 4K is a public school program there is no fee for 4K. There is a fee for the wrap around care, although similar to other GCC programs, we do offer GCC scholarships. Our 4K program uses the Creative Curriculum, a curriculum that is play based and child centered. Cognitive, social/ emotional, and physical skills are taught through topics of interest of the children; therefore lesson plans are flexible and developed with the children’s interests and abilities in mind. Open ended activities and materials support the creative and critical thinking skills of the children and support the engagement of each child at their individual developmental stage. Our 4K program has grown from the initial first year, and we anticipate increased interest. Therefore, we encourage you to register Feb. 4 on the MMSD website and we look forward to welcoming your child and family to our 4K program. For more information contact Mary at 241-1574 x355 or maryw@goodmancenter. org. l Find us on Facebook Goodman Community Center Adela with all the food she collected for the Thanksgiving food drive. all of the activities. I donated to the food drive because I care for other people and I want to help them.” THANKS to all who donated! l 4 EastsideNews • Goodman Community Center January l February 2013 G ood m an C o m m unit y C ente r Journey from page 1 who just lost their loved one — tell me they wanted someone to have their “good clothes” go to somebody who couldn’t afford them. This was also one of my first “don’t judge a book by its cover” lessons. I met all types of people there: people who were just starting a job and needed dress clothes; a man who wanted to look good for his Alcoholics Anonymous meeting; and parents who were shopping for backto-school clothes for their children. I passed the spirit of volunteering on to my daughter. When she was young, we rang bells for the Salvation Army, picked names off the “Giving Tree” at Christmas and brought socks and toys to the Respite Center. These days, I’m a regular volunteer at the food pantry at the Society of St. Vincent DePaul. I sent a letter and received an invitation Over the years I have read about Brooks’ continuing journey in People magazine, on “60 Minutes,” and in many other publications. As people hear her story, they want to help. Around six months ago she was on TV again and I decided to write her another letter. It started with, “You don’t remember me, but I will never forget you.” I went on to tell her what a wonderful role model she has been and said I would love to meet her. A week later, I received her letter, the last part saying, “Tutwiler is a long way from Madison, but if you are ever in the area, I would love to have you visit and maybe even volunteer a few days.” That’s all it took. A few letters, a phone call and an email, and before I know it, I found myself on my way to Tutwiler. Going down to Mississippi It was late last October. I flew to Memphis, rented a car to drive the 90 miles to Clarksdale, Miss., and started out for the clinic the next morning. I had no idea what to expect, but I went telling myself one thing, “Gloria, be open. Be open to everyone here and all there is to learn.” Day 1: As I drove the 12 miles to Tutwiler there were cotton fields and chain gangs working along the road. Entering Tutwiler, I see there’s a huge federal prison, and I later learned that on the other side of town, there’s a state prison. The town is small and the clinic was easy to find. But first, I stopped for breakfast at a diner on the main street in Clarksdale. It was clearly filled with locals. People clearly knew each other. I was happy to order my southern breakfast and take in all the local color. Before long, a group of people at a Explore more tutwilerclinic.org table were saying happy birthday to a man with a birthday candle stuck in his biscuit and sausage breakfast. As I left, I asked to pay for that gentleman’s birthday breakfast. The clerk seemed surprised, but obliged me. And off I went for my first day at Dr. Brooks’ clinic. Cindy, the public relations director, greeted me as I arrived. As I offered a hand to shake, she enveloped me in a big hug. She gave me a tour of the clinic, pointing out that every time the floor tile changed it was a new addition, made possible through donations. The walls of the clinic are filled with plaques and accolades, and for ev- $15 for a visit and has been known to accept pies and squash instead. Her philosophy is that by paying, they take responsibility for their health. At the end of my first day, the staff headed into Clarksdale, where there was a reception for Dr. Brooks. Earlier in the month she had been presented the “Physician of the Year” award in San Diego, a national honor she doesn’t bother mentioning. Day 2: I stopped for breakfast again. This time the birthday boy stopped over to thank me, “No one has ever done anything so nice for me before.” I told him I was happy to do that and it was just a small gesture. He said he told his wife about me and then said, “This might seem a bit odd, but would you join us for dinner tonight?” I thought, “Be open.” So I said, “Yes, I’d love to.” Back at the clinic I did more sewing and had the opportunity to tour the community center started by Dr. Brooks and celebrating its 20th year, a big, beautiful building, complements of a Kellogg Foundation grant. The children are bussed to a neigh- Gloria with the warm and welcoming staff of Tutwiler Clinic. ery one you see there are many that aren’t even displayed. She told me that after Dr. Brooks was on “60 Minutes,” enough money poured in to add two offices, a small kitchen and an all-purpose room. It became apparent that everyone who hears her story meets her or works for her feels the same — they love her. Then I got to meet Dr. Brooks, who was just as I expected: warm, welcoming, humble, no nonsense and ready to put me to work. She kept me busy. Over my three days, my “jobs” varied from making many new patient drapes or gowns to cutting out fire evacuation signs for the doors. And then Dr. Brooks asked me to help reorganize her personal files. It was all wonderful! I was busy each day and the entire staff was incredible. As I worked, I learned as I listened and watched. Of all the residents who come to the clinic, 75 percent do not have health insurance and the median income for families is $18,800. Dr. Brooks charges patients boring town for school and then return to the center where they have supervised activities. They have classes on hygiene, respect and sex education. They also have a computer room to do homework and a gym for exercise. The community center also houses the Tutwiler quilters’ handiwork. For many years the women of Tutwiler have quilted to make money to support their families and the community center. They keep alive African quilting styles and even have their own signature patterns. They have been able to travel with their quilts and groups come to Tutwiler to see their work. After a full day at the clinic, I went out for dinner with the birthday boy, George, and his wife, Goldie. They met me in town, where my “car would be safe,” took me on a tour of Clarksdale and over the Mississippi River to Helena, Ark. Then we headed to Lu La — for the $5 buffet. A quick stop at their home to give me a t-shirt for my husband. I was a little surprised as we drove up to a huge home — think “Tara” in “Gone With the Wind!” They welcomed me in and showed me around their big, beautiful home and then we sat in their library for a while and shared stories about our families. It was an evening filled with nonstop, warm conversation. And I left with new friends. Day 3: My last day at the clinic — and I know I will go back someday — it’s just what this place does to you. The clinic staff was so good to me during my first two days. So appreciative of the little ways I could help. While everyone was welcoming, I was surprised when the accountant, a quiet woman in her 70s or so, invited me to join her for supper with her husband. Of all the staff, I maybe had talked with her the least. But my response, of course, was, “Thank you. I’d love to.” The clinic has volunteers from all over the country, many who make yearly visits — doctors, dentists, nurses and people like me who have been touched by Dr. Brooks, her staff and all the warm people of Tutwiler. The last day flew by like the rest. It felt great to feel useful and helpful to these people who serve so joyfully. On my last night in Clarksdale, my dinner with Betty and her husband, Louis, made for another memorable night in Mississippi. They welcomed me into their home and we shared leftovers. It was simple. And delicious. We talked until late in the night and again, I left feeling richer because now I know what they mean when they talk about southern hospitality. I feel fortunate that I wrote that letter almost 30 years ago. My life forever changed. This is what Dr. Brooks did for me — she created a spark in me! Coming away from this experience, I have learned the importance of getting out of my “comfort zone” and being open to new opportunities. Life is forever richer. Gloria Pofahl-Pangman lives in Madison with her husband, Eric. Their daughter, Haley, lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Gloria owns her own hair salon, Studio 6025 in Monona, works out at the Lussier Fitness Center and is a fan and supporter of the Goodman Community Center. l Editor’s Note: Full disclosure: Gloria is my hairdresser. She told me this story as she colored and cut my hair last month, and I immediately thought our Eastside News readers would enjoy it. What a great story for the new year. As we think of New Year’s resolutions about what we want to change about ourselves, it seems to me that “be open,” “get out of your comfort zone,” and “make a difference” are worthy of consideration if you’re looking for an interesting year with great stories to tell at next year’s New Year’s Eve party. Goodman Community Center EastsideNews G ood m an C o m m unit y C ente r January l February 2013 • 5 Guess the veggie at Willy Street Co-op By Sunshine Goodrich, GCC 4K Teacher Hat Day is a happy day. L to R: Carlin, Imogene, Amiya, Soukaina, Oswald and Oskar pose with their colorful, warm new hats. Hats off to the Hat Ladies! By Angela Tortorice, GCC Elementary Programs Manager “Guess what? The Hat Ladies are coming!” Start program. If you have never had the experience of It was after this experience that Nancy witnessing Madison’s very own hat ladies, says she had her “A ha” moment. She comthis sentence might leave you a bit conmitted herself to providing as many warm fused. For those of us who have watched winter hats to as many children as possible. these ladies in action, this excitement is not With time, Nancy recruited more volunjust felt by our children but also by our staff teers to help sew hats and cut fabric. Today, and parents alike. the Hat Ladies are committed to Row after row of long tables providing hats to every child hold just a portion of their enrolled in a Head Start By January, amazing collection of colprogram in the county. orful fleece pieces. One The Hat Ladies also the Hat Ladies will band, six triangles and visit several elemenhave provided nearly three tassels are selected tary schools and afterby each child to make school programs in the 31,000 hats to children up their one-of-a-kind area providing hats to in our community. hat. From pink swirls to all children enrolled. camouflaged green, the On their visit to Gooddisplay is something in itself man this year, they provided to behold. Assembly and sewing close to 200 hats to preschool, a hat takes under 10 minutes from start to afterschool and teen center youth. Nancy finish, which includes a tag with the child’s shared that she used to make around 200 name carefully sewn inside. hats a year. Now, this is around what the The original Hat Lady herself, Nancy ladies can produce in one visit! By January Daly, explains that when others are out 2013, they figure to have provided children shopping for Black Friday deals, she is the in our comminty with nearly 31,000 hats. first to arrive at the fabric store, loading Thank you to Nancy and the Hat Ladies cart after cart with fabric for hats. Almost who provided warm hats to Goodman kids 12 years ago, Nancy got the nickname “Hat this year. Lady” as she sewed winter hats for her If you are interested in volunteering to sew children’s elementary classrooms. From hats or want to make a contribution toward there, it grew to sewing hats for the entire the purchase of fabric, you may contact school. As word got around, Nancy was Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org. l contacted to sew hats for Bayview’s Head Community has been the overarching theme in the Yellow Room this semester, and we have investigated a number of different facets of this concept. Caring for ourselves, others, and our environment have been ideas included in this study. After our trip to the Heartland Farm Sanctuary, where we met folks and animals who were providing care for each other, we went on an outing to the Willy Street Coop. There we were introduced to ways that we can take care of ourselves and our environment through healthy eating and supporting our neighboring farmers. “Does anyone know what this is?” Our tour began in the produce section with a game we called “Guess the Vegetable.” We closed our eyes were dried apricots, fresh carrot juice and cooked beets with a smidgen of maple syrwhile our tour guide selected different up. Among the din were comments such as, items that we could then look at and try to “I can’t wait for the carrot juice” and “this identify. The kids really enjoyed it. They (tofu) is delicious!” recognized several vegetables and learned When it comes to healthy eating, we beabout some unfamiliar ones, too. lieve that education and exposure at an earWe were introduced to the idea of putly age contribute significantly to success. ting a rainbow on our plate, which means As early childhood educators, we have an eating many different colored plants as opportunity to help kids get a head start on part of a balanced meal. Upon our muchgood eating habits. It was very inspiring to anticipated return to the co-op’s community room, we sampled fresh, organic foods see our young students take pleasure in eating fresh, nourishing foods. Many thanks and shared our opinions about each one. Among the favorites were sugar snap peas, to the co-op for sharing their time and delicious food. l pea shoots and baked tofu. Also popular Tell advertisers you saw their ad in the EastsideNews! A BIG thanks to these community-minded businesses and organizations These organizations have donated time and/or resources to help keep our programs strong. This support, along with broad support from individuals and a corps of volunteers make all the difference. Thanks! Thanks for support in October and November: American Girl Fund City of Madison Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin Chocolaterian Cafe Culver’s VIP Foundation The Eppstein Uhen Foundation Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier Girl Scout Troop 2053 GCC Food Pantry Volunteers GCC Full Block Captains GCC Older Adult Volunteers GCC Volunteer Bakers Harmony Bar & Grill Hill Electric Home Depot Hope Lodge No 17 Junior League of Madison Madison-Kipp Corporation Pink House Designs Prairie Land Insurance Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin St. Bernard Catholic Church Snap Fitness Sons of Norway Idun Lodge Studio 924 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services United Way of Dane County UW Health VFW Post 7591 Zion Lutheran Church Find us on Facebook Goodman Community Center Want to help the hungry? Fritz Food Pantry is always in need of food to help ensure that everyone has nutritious food. Drop off food donations any time during our open hours. If you have a large quantity to deliver, check in with our receptionist, who will arrange for someone to help you. Contact Kathy Utley, Food Security Coordinator, at 241-1574, x249 or email@example.com. Clip ’n Save Fritz Food Pantry can always use: » » » » » » » Nut butters, beans, canned meat Fruit juice, applesauce Soup, spaghetti sauce Canned/boxed meals Fresh fruit and vegetables Granola bars, protein bars Shelf stable milk and alternatives (almond, soy, rice) Cereal, oatmeal, rice Oral hygiene supplies Personal hygiene supplies Diapers » » » » Gluten-free, low fat and low salt products are always appreciated. Thanks for your help! The Goodman Community Center 6 EastsideNews • Goodman Community Center January l February 2013 GCC lUSSIER LOFT Tutors needed for high school athletes New program adds academic teamwork to sports equation By Zach Watson, GCC Boys Group Coordinator and MERIT Facilitator Keeping Athletes Eligible, KAE, is a brand new partnership between the Goodman Community Center and the East High School boys’ basketball teams, freshman through varsity. Our goal is to ensure all athletes are prepared to perform both academically and on the court. Our Study Table offers tutoring and academic resources to the athletes from East High School, and aims to maintain their academic eligibility and grow academic engagement. We are striving to offer a learning environment where the athletes feel an obligation to help fellow teammates, through the ideal of being a part of something bigger than yourself. You win together, lose together, lift together, practice together — why not learn together, too? By educating the players with this ideal we hope the teams will feel the need to en- sure that having all members of their team eligible is of the highest priority. Currently we are looking for volunteer tutors, as they will be an essential piece of this partnership. As a volunteer you contribute your time, energy and spirit to influencing youth in the community. We at Goodman Community Center and East High School want you to know how much the students and staff value your time, and we strive to make this opportunity a mutually beneficial partnership. We ask that volunteers make a commitment to attend every Monday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for the duration of the season. This baseline commitment is in place to provide students with a sense of consistency and stability at the Study Table. If you are interested in tutoring contact Zach Watson, GCC Boys Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. l Locally produced video explores, ‘What does it mean to love ourselves?’ By Cassidy Ann, Producer In the video “Loving Ourselves and How it Shapes Our World,” Lovedance filmmakers Cassidy Ann and Collette Castellanos explore the nebulous concept of self-love. Through intimate interviews with young people and mentors in our community, the experience of loving ourselves and others starts to take shape. The video was started this spring and will be ready to release early next year. People involved at the Goodman Community Center were kind enough to share themselves for this documentary. We interviewed young people who take part in some of the wonderful programs here and also had the chance to talk to some of the supportive staff. Also included in the movie are East High School students, students from Waunakee High School, young adults and others who have had the honor of working with young people as they find their own way through this world. The video touches on the practical side of self-love; looking at how what we feel about ourselves contributes directly to our (l-r) Teresa, Eli, Alerjah, and Louie are doing a practice run with their robot before competition. Creating solutions and teamwork with LEGOs By Libby Schultz, Afterschool Teacher In looking for creative and fun ways to get children involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities, Afterschool was presented with an opportunity to create a LEGO League team. LEGO League gives children hands-on experiences in programming and operating a robot working as a team while creating solutions to a selected problem. The goal of STEM is to encourage and foster a love for science. With the support of our awesome coach, Andy Kurth, this fall GCC children learned how to program our robot to maneuver around a game board while completing missions. Using measurements and calculations, they quickly learned how small programming adjustments could largely change what the robot was able to accomplish. Our team’s name became the Red Hot Chili Peppers from Goodman. Our team addressed Senior Solutions as the challenge this season. After meeting with several older adults from our senior program, the kids quickly thought of a creative idea: an ice pick at the end of a walking stick to assist with walking in areas that might be slick during the winter months. In November, the Red Hot Chili Peppers from Goodman attended the local LEGO League competition held at Madison College. Together, they used teamwork strategies to successfully complete three robot missions. They also performed a skit and participated in several other team challenges in front of judging panels. With many teams practicing year-round, we are very proud of the successes our team has found in a short amount of time. Way to go! We are looking forward to next year’s LEGO League competition — which will be natural disasters. For more information about LEGO League, check out the website at www.usfirst.org. If you are interested in joining our team, contact Libby Schultz at 241-1574 x242 or Howard Hayes at 241-1574 x271. l GCC programs offer support and fun for parents, caregivers and families Curtis Jones, a Madison College student, is one of many young adults featured in the film. effect on other people and our environment. It also addresses the profound, spiritual connection that we all share. Local musicians have contributed songs to the video and Madison has provided a beautiful backdrop for this film about us all. Exact dates and locations for the video will be announced soon, keep your eye on the Goodman Community Center’s Facebook page. l By Deenah Givens, Asset Development Coordinator Whether you’re parenting toddlers or teens, one child or a bunch, there’s no need to feel alone. We all do better together — sometimes you need a little help or advice and another day you might help someone else. Join us for one or all of our programs, to learn and to have some fun: Parent Advisory Council: This group meets to help come up with new activities and helps us keep improving our programming. The Village, Raising Children Together: . The second Thursday of each month we meet to share and connect in a safe, open and friendly environment. Free meal and childcare provided. See Goodman Guide details. Parent College: Ongoing programs and activities on a wide range of topics to help us become more skilled and confident parents and caregivers of the children in our life. Family Fun Night: Seasonal celebrations for families, GCC staff and board, and the community. Next one is in March. These activity nights include a meal. Interested or want more information? Contact Deenah Givens at email@example.com or 241-1574 x238. l Goodman Community Center EastsideNews GCC lUSSIER LOFT From homeless to hopeful Goodman Community Center helps young adult reach his potential By A. David Dahmer, Editor in Chief, The Madison Times Weekly Newspaper ©The Madison Times Nov.14-20, 2012. Reprinted with permission. Most 16-year-olds are worried about little, frivolous things in life — what to wear to school, when to study for an upcoming biology quiz, or where to shop at the mall. Desmond Willingham, at age 16, was worried if he was going to find a place to sleep at night. Every night. Worse, he was worried whether he had a future. “I’ve had some really tough times, but I never gave up,” Willingham tells The Madison Times. “But I’m thankful to the Goodman Community Center. They do a lot of good for the community and have done a lot of good things for me. It’s an amazing place.” Tall and skinny with a quiet demeanor, Willingham is one of those success stories that you love to hear about over and over. Kicked out of his house by his mother at age 16, Willingham was a prime candidate to be overwhelmed by gangs, drugs, poverty and crime. Instead, today he’s on a path to success. Many thanks to the Goodman Community Center where he currently works in their kitchen as he goes to school at Work & Learn High School. “There’s something special about him,” says Becky Steinhoff, executive director of the Goodman Community Center. “He has an integrity about him that is pretty remarkable. “He’s been working at the Goodman Center for a little over a year and you can clearly see what a tremendous young man he is and great asset to the kitchen,” Steinhoff adds. “He’s grown to be an indispensable part of the kitchen team, which is very different from other young people who work in the kitchen. He’s been taking on more leadership roles and more mentoring of kids who were where he was a year or two ago.” And just a couple of years ago, things looked really bleak for Willingham. “When I first moved here from Peoria, Ill., I was enrolled at [Madison] East [High School] and it was a huge change from my old high school — much, much bigger,” Willingham says. “I felt uncomfortable at the school so I never went. I’m not really a classroom kind of person — I don’t really do well in a school setting. My attendance got so bad that there was no way that I could recover from it. ” Just 16 years old, he started to talk to his counselor about other things that he could do and she gave him a pamphlet with a bunch of alternative programs in it and “Work & Learn” seemed to be the best option for him because he could get a job while going to school. Alternative schools like Work & Learn are public schools that offer nontraditional education for students whose needs cannot be met in a regular, special education, or vocational school. But right around the time he started going to Work & Learn, his mother kicked him out of their small apartment on East Main Street on Madison’s near east side. “We were arguing a lot and she told me to get out,” Willingham says. “For a while I was just walking around homeless and couch surfing for a bit. A friend of mine said I could stay with him for a while, but that fell out, too.” Nothing was working for Willingham in Madison and he thought that maybe he should just go back to his hometown of Peoria, Ill. He put all of his stuff in a UHaul truck and brought it all back to Peoria. “It was parked outside my brother’s house in Peoria for a night,” Willingham remembers. “The next morning, all my stuff was gone. The trailer was wide open. My TVs were gone. My PS3 [Play Station 3) was gone .... everything.” Back to Madison So things went from bad to worse, but Willingham, who had no job yet in Peoria, remembered that he was still supposed to be working at the Goodman Center. “I ended up coming back two-and-a-half weeks later and started going back to school and saying to myself, ‘OK. I have to at least try to get my diploma. I need to try to do something,’” he remembers. “When I came back to the Goodman Center, instead of being upset and asking where I was they were just happy to see me. That really blew me away. That just meant something to me. I’ve never had that in my life.” The Goodman Community Center is a 501-c3 nonprofit organization on Madison’s near east side that works to — among other things — help build a sense of community among neighborhood residents; provide opportunities for social activities, education, social development and nourishment to at-risk children; and organize and sponsor community events for education, socializing and celebration The friendly people of the Goodman Center and their open-arms acceptance of Willingham are what inspired him during his darkest times. “I couldn’t believe that people cared about me,” Willingham says. “I felt like there might actually be a point to doing everything. There was a reason for me to be here and a reason to try and do my best — to want to work. It meant a lot to me.” Unfortunately, he was homeless again. “I was walking around with my backpack and my luggage case that was full of my essentials and clothes… a lot of the time I couldn’t find somebody’s house I could stay over at so I just kept walking around all night waiting until I could go to school and go to work the next day,” Willingham remembers. He let it slip to his current boss that he • January l February 2013 7 body to give the kids the food. Then the programs can’t go on. My job makes me feel like I’m actually doing something, which is a big push to keep on going.” Willingham goes to school in the morning and then comes into Goodman a little before noon and helps get the lunches out to seniors, preschoolers, and the teen program that are here all day. “He’s responsible —under our chef — for the production of the 5 o’clock meal,” Steinhoff says. “He really does take the lead. By the time he’s serving that 5 o’clock meal, our professional chef is gone. He is really in charge.” PHOTO: A. David Dahmer Desmond Willingham with Rebecka Selmer and David McKercher, two Goodman chefs who have worked side by side with Desmond and helped him learn the culinary arts. And so much more. was homeless and he was able to set him up with somebody at Goodman who deals with housing. “She helped me a lot. She got me five different numbers of people who had housing,” Willingham says. “They seemed to like me and they seemed to understand where I was coming from. That was huge for me. I felt like, ‘I can do this!’ It gave me confidence. “Everybody here [at Goodman] is essentially a positive role model for me. They are always nice and friendly,” Willingham adds. “My current boss, Rebecka [Selmer, the Goodman Center Food Resources Training Manager,] and I chat about my problems and she gives me advice. All of the people here keep encouraging me to go back to school and get my diploma. Even just working here has taught me [about] personal responsibility — because if I’m not here in the afternoon, there will be no- Willingham has big plans for the future as his life becomes more and more structured and organized. He plans to go to Culinary Arts School at Madison College next fall. “It will be a big step for me. I’m graduating from Work & Learn in January,” he says. “I’ll be getting a diploma and I’m excited about that. “Being involved at the Goodman Center has shown me that I can do so many positive things when not too long ago I felt like there was nothing I could do right,” Willingham continues. “The director, Becky, gave me a lot of compliments on how articulate and smart I was. Nobody ever told me that before. It was a big boost of confidence for me.” It’s been a long journey in a short time for a youngster who was stuck in an awful situation and feeling sad, confused and Continued on next page 8 EastsideNews • Goodman Community Center January l February 2013 GCC lUSSIER LOFT Seed to Table grows into alternative school By Julia Cechvala, Eastside News Last month the Seed to Table Innovation program at the Goodman Community Center began its first quarter as an alternative education site for the Madison Metropolitan School District. On a Monday afternoon Keith Pollock, one of the program’s two teachers, walked around the Center offices offering a taste of the day’s lesson — fresh banana nut muffins. When a donation of brown bananas came in that morning it was directed toward the compost heap, but Pollock intervened and had the school’s seven students find a recipe to save the food from going to waste. It’s a typical example of the handson experience the school brings to students 16 and older who are not excelling in the traditional school setting. The school offers an exploration of the culinary arts, urban agriculture and food preservation, while also teaching the academic skills students can apply to whatever field they choose. Students earn six credits per year, one each in English, math, science, social studies, physical education and an elective. Many of the lessons though, come from unconventional places. For example, the Pythagorean theorem might be taught while constructing a chicken coop, geography might involve looking up where allspice comes from and chemistry could be mastered while canning. Although Seed to Table has existed as a training program for employability skills for a few years, its education component Seed To Table students: (l-r) Jerome, Mai See and Andrew making apple pies from scratch in the Center’s brand new education kitchen. has now grown into a full-fledged alternative school. “The Seed to Table program is now a program that students request to be in, and they interview, and are then accepted into the program so it’s a choice for them to be here,” said Pollock. The students’ recent Thanksgiving contribution illustrates how the school integrates beautifully into the Center’s mission. In their first experience making pie the students took surplus squash and sweet potatoes from Vermont Valley, a local CSA, and made 527 pies that went to the first families in line to pick up their Thanksgiving bags. As the school year goes on, the students will continue bringing healthy local produce to low-income families by learning various food preservation techniques. Generous donors helped expand the physical capacity for doing this with a new addition to the building. “Our new storage facility, our walk-in coolers and our walk-in freezer will assist us to be able to put more options into food pantries and into food that’s produced here at the Center,” said Hugh Wing, Seed to Table Manager. The students, along with other Center users will learn to blanch and freeze fresh produce gleaned from community farms, extending the season of local availability. Not all of the learning happens in the kitchen. It also happens in the garden — maintaining the compost pile, building cold frames and raised beds, and tending chickens and bees. The school also maintains classroom reading and study time. The first book they’re reading is “Cooked,” a memoir of a chef who learned to cook in prison and overcame his struggles to get a good job. The students get work opportunities of their own in the Center’s café and catering service. Wing said the kitchen “is the perfect place for youth education” because with the skills they learn they’ll always be able to get a job. But you won’t have to wait until the school’s graduates go on to become chefs at area restaurants. Once the students master the basics and develop their own recipes Wing hopes you’ll stop in to taste the day’s lesson at Ironworks Café. l Desmond from page 7 hopeless. He didn’t think he had any possibilities in life. Willingham wants young people reading this story who may have felt like he once did to know that they should never give up. “Just keep trying to do what you know you should do — what’s right for you,” Willingham said. “Try to get that education so you can get a good job in the future so you’re not struggling you’re whole life. Try to realize that although you’re in this position right now, it doesn’t mean that you always have to be in this position. You can do something to get yourself in a better position and move forward with life.” The statistics can be daunting. There are countless examples of kids like Desmond who don’t make it and end up in really bad places — the obstacles are just too much to overcome. But places like the Goodman Community Center are working to change those numbers. “It’s so fun and heartwarming to see young people progress and become a part of a team,” Steinhoff says. “To go from having a bad attitude to being a positive contributor. To see the transformation... that’s quite remarkable.” That’s the transformation she saw in Desmond Willingham. “There’s so much you can do as long as you put the effort in and actually believe in yourself,” Willingham says. “Right now, [you] might be like, ‘I’m homeless, I’m broke, I’m by myself.’ But that doesn’t mean that tomorrow has to be the same thing. Life is long. You can do it. There’s so much out there for you.” l MERIT delivers some TLC By Annie Sweers, MERIT Community Outreach Coordinator For those of us who function within the school calendar, it is hard to believe that first quarter has passed us by! MERIT has had a busy start to the school year and the rest of the semester promises to be jam-packed with new community programming as well as middle and high school groups. It’s safe to say that our programming is in full swing. A new site for MERIT this year is TLC or Transition Learning Center. TLC is a credit recovery program which is designed to assist students who require an alternative path toward graduation. The vision of TLC is to, “reverse patterns of failure by building relationships, reconnecting students to the curriculum, re-establishing positive attendance patterns, and helping students cast a vision for themselves. This vision fit in very well with the goals of the MERIT sexual health program and the merger of these two programs proved to be a pretty great match. For the first two weeks high school students got to step away from the computers and hang out with our MERIT facilitators. The MERIT program aims at first de- veloping relationships, strengthening the sense of community within a class or group, and setting up an atmosphere that says to youth, “this is a safe place, this group is about you, and you can share opinions and experiences in this judgmentfree zone.” MERIT is also designed to engage youth in the curriculum because it speaks to teen’s realities by using language and concepts that are a part of everyday decisionmaking and problem-solving. While working with the students at TLC we could see their investment in forming that judgment-free zone, and we were impressed by the level of respect they displayed. Over just a few short weeks we began to see some changes; the otherwise independently driven classroom began to work as a team, life goals developed as a result of one of our initial activities, and whether they would like to admit it or not, some myth busting occurred and we all learned a few new things. Thank you TLC! You were a pleasure to work with and as always, your role plays were very entertaining. l Please support Goodman. Give online at www.goodmancenter.org Goodman Community Center EastsideNews E a s t s i d e S E N I O Rs Older Adult Programs at the Center PHOTOS: McInTire Photography Older adult activities mix fun and food Our activities for older adults are designed to help folks stay connected to our community and maintain a strong social network. Seniors come for card games, Bingo, Gentle Exercise class, and many also gather for our home-style meals, which provide good nutrition and a great place to make friends — new and old. Everyone 60+ is welcome to join in. Meet us in Bolz Room A for some fun! January l February 2013 9 fees become the prize money for the tion. Topics are explored in an open-minded way. Course subject afternoon. matter is decided collaboratively by Upcoming Euchre dates: enrolled participants. Discussion Jan. 5 | Jan. 19 | Feb. 2 | Feb. 16 materials are provided. Dates are subject to change. Upcoming Philosophy dates: Jan. 10 | Jan. 24 Wednesdays and Fridays Feb. 7 | Feb. 21 Gentle Exercise For more information about any older adult programming at the Center, contact Marlene Storms, Older Adult Program Director, This gentle mind/body exercise and at 241-1574 x232 or firstname.lastname@example.org relaxation program is designed Marlene Storms • For more information, contact the instructor, Joseph Lynch, at email@example.com. especially for people with arthritis, joint pain or any kind of stiffness that limits movement. These range- Holiday Meals & Music at the of-motion exercises are recommend- Older Adult Program ed by doctors and therapists to Musicians who made our holiday help keep joints flexible and can be meals complete: practiced both sitting and standing. Middleton Jazz Band on Nov. 13. By incorporating movements with Paris Blues on Dec. 4. basic principles from Tai Chi, you’ll The Copps employees from the lift your arms and your spirits! Shopko Drive store’s Christmas carol sing-a-long on Dec. 13. Hours and details The Mad Harpers on Dec. 13. Meets on Wednesdays from 10 to The Sun Prairie High School 11 a.m. in Merrill Lynch Room C Choir and Orchestra on Dec. 21 and the Friday classes meet from played for the older adults, pre9 to 10 a.m. — usually in the same school and 4K students. room. No registration needed. There is a $1 suggested donation. Led by Tuesday, Feb. 12 Sarah Watts, certified ROM (Range Valentine’s Day of Motion) Dance instructor. For more information, contact Sarah Watts at 244-9424. Entertainment & Lunch The musical entertainment will start at 10:30 a.m., followed by the meal and dessert. Those who wish Second Wednesdays can stay for the Tuesday euchre Five Minute Chair Massage tournament that starts at 1 p.m. ResFive minute chair massage by Dr. ervations are required for this meal Ron India, chiropractor. Free. Ar— RSVPs are due by Wednesday, rive early for this popular service. Feb. 6. Contact Marlene to RSVP Check the welcome board in the at firstname.lastname@example.org or First time joining us? lobby for the location. Dr. India will 241-1574 x232. Need to cancel a ride? Please come a bit early and fill out Call the Center by noon the business do massages from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19 two short registration forms. One day before the meal day, and we Upcoming chair massage dates: Spring Entertainment & form is to help us help you in case will cancel your ride. If you need to Nov. 14 | Dec. 12 | Jan. 9 Luncheon of an emergency, and the other cancel your ride after 2 p.m. or on The musical entertainment will start form helps us with reporting to our weekends, there is a different set of Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. followed by the meal funders. instructions — just ask Marlene. Senior Bridge at GCC and dessert at 11:45 a.m. ReservaLooking for a place on the east side tions are required by Wednesday, Affordable transportation Monday and Wednesday to play kitchen bridge? Join your Monday through Friday you can March 13. Nickel Bingo after Lunch hosts at GCC on Thursdays from 1 to catch a ride to the Center for only Older adults are welcome to bring Come for lunch and stay for the fun, 3:30 p.m. Adult bridge players of all 50 cents each way. If you live in the or just come to play. Where else can a family member or two. They are skill levels are welcome — you just service area of the North/Eastside also encouraged to bring friends you have so much fun for a nickel? need a working knowledge of the Senior Coalition or if you live north who may be new to Goodman ComLunch — hours and details game. of Buckeye Road and this side of munity Center. All meals are by Doors open at 10 a.m. the Interstate, you can catch a ride donation. Salad served at 11:40 a.m. with Transit Solutions for lunch at Several volunteers are needed for Lunch served following salad the Goodman Community Center each meal. Several volunteer bakers Bingo — hours and details Senior Program. Simply call are needed for the dessert-making Mondays: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Marlene at 241-1574 x232 by noon effort. Contact Marlene if you the business day before the day you Wednesdays: 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. would like to help out for any or all wish to come for lunch. Ask to be of these dinners. put on the ride list for the following Tuesdays Euchre meal day and await your ride! Is money tight? Older adults play euchre every Many seniors are struggling to make Tuesday from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. No ends meet these days. FoodShare need to preregister. You’ll need to Thursdays 12:30-2:30 p.m. offers monthly deposits to help with pay $1 at the door to feed the kitty! food purchases, freeing up money Ping Pong Prizes go to the top three scorers. for bills, medications and other Come play ping pong with our necessities. The average benefit for beautiful new table. New players Various Saturdays a single senior household is $108 per always welcome. Euchre month. It’s easy to apply and you can Alternate Thursdays get free, confidential assistance from Euchre games are offered the first a FoodShare outreach specialist. Saturday of each month from 12:30 ‘Philosophy of the Wise’ to 3 p.m. in Bolz Room A. Dessert You don’t need prior knowledge of Call Second Harvest Foodbank’s is from 12:30 to 1 p.m., and card Philosophy, or the so called “facility helpline at 1-877-366-3635 today to playing goes from 1 to 3 p.m. No for deep thinking.” This philosophi- see if you are eligible. need to preregister. Just pay $1 at cal journey will provide you with the door to feed the kitty! These intimate, life-enriching conversaContinued on next page 10 EastsideNews • Goodman Community Center January l February 2013 OLDER ADULT Programs at the Goodman Community Center Continued from page 9 At RSVP, there’s something for everyone RSVP volunteers help about 90 nonprofit and public agencies maintain and extend their services. You can help older adults remain independent and live in their own homes, drive people to appointments, join the Vets Helping Vets or intergenerational programs, or help a group for folks who like to knit, sew and quilt. Volunteers are interviewed and matched with appropriate assignments that meet their time, interest and lifestyle needs. Regular followup is provided so volunteers can stay connected with the agency. There are opportunities for younger as well as older volunteers whether retired or still working. For more information go to www. rsvpdane.org or call 441-7891. Happy New Year! The Older Adult Program will be CLOSED Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1 Answers to your everyday We need YOU to help jazz up concerns our program offerings Do you need help getting your Have you traveled the world? Or the continent? Do you have travel photos or mementos to show off and share with participants in our older adult program? Or perhaps you sing, juggle, yo-yo or yodel? We would love to have you visit our program and perform and/or show off! Want to help? Contact Marlene. health benefits set up? Do you have questions about housing? A case manager from the North/Eastside Senior Coalition will be available at the Goodman Community Center one day a week to find answers and resources for any senior adult. Case manager schedules may vary, so please contact Marlene at 2411574 x232 for more information. l Cuba is the travel destination I dreamed of our plane was loaded with car parts sent by Miami residents to their relatives in Cuba. In Havana, we stayed at the National Hotel in Revolution Square. The hotel was President Fulgencio Batista’s playground. This hotel is 80 years old, built on the Caribbean Sea. It is being restored, as so many buildings there are. Cuba is trying to restore many historic buildings, but they are still crumbling. Fidel Castro took over the hotel and Cuba in the ’60s. He wrecked the slot machines and the mafia was no longer welcome. The bar still had many pictures of American celebrities on the walls. We spent time in Cienfuegos, where the Bay of Pigs occurred in 1961. We also traveled to Santa Clara to Che Guevara’s Memorial. Che was Castro’s main man. Che was a doctor, but a soldier first. He was later assassinated in Bolivia. In Cuba, education is free. The government owns everything. They live on about $15 a month and try to figure out how to make more. There are lots of gardens, chickens and herds of goats. Raúl Castro, Fidel’s brother, is in charge. Things are changing a little. The people are poor but friendly. The food was very good and all organic because the farmers cannot afford fertilizer. It is very clean there. I saw no one drinking or smoking cigarettes. They cannot afford any extras. The roads are good. I even saw a roundabout. My feelings are that a democratic government is the only way to live. l Call 257-0003 or email email@example.com ‘The Producers’ Verona Area Community Theater presents this musical hit. Lunch, prior to the show, is at Nakoma Golf Club. Cost is $55. ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Revisit the tale based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story at the Janesville Performing Arts Center. Lunch is at the Butterfly Club in Beloit. Cost is $69. Madison Senior Center Tuesday, Jan. 8 Author Jean Reynolds Page Acclaimed novelist Jean Reynolds Page will discuss her latest book, “Safe Within.” This novel navigates the reader through the story of wellorchestrated family drama about Carson and Elaine Forsyth’s final days. Refreshments served. Wednesday, Jan. 9 Being an informed tenant Meet with an expert from the Tenant Resource Center from 1 to 2 p.m. to learn about the statewide changes to tenant-landlord laws. Following the presentation there will be time for individual consultations with senior renters. Call 266-6581 to reserve your space. Participating seniors can use the county transportation system for older adults. Bus reservations are required by noon the business day before the meal day. Call the Center at 241-1574 x232 for geographic zone details or see page 8. Daily Menus Every meal includes a tossed salad, fruit, vegetable, bread, milk and dessert. Birthday cake is served on Wednesdays. Menu subject to change. 11:30 a.m. Suggested arrival time 11:40 a.m. Tossed salad followed by the main entrée. Wednesday, Jan. 2 Chicken Alfredo | Pasta Thursday, Jan. 3 Beef Stew Friday, Jan. 4 Chicken Pot Pie | Potatoes Monday, Jan. 7 Tuna Melts Tuesday, Jan. 8 Beef Stir Fry | Rice Wednesday, Jan. 9 Meatloaf | Potatoes Thursday, Jan. 10 Chicken Quesadillas Friday, Jan. 11 Cod | Rice Monday, Jan. 14 Hotdogs Tuesday, Jan. 15 Grilled Cheese | Soup Thursday, Jan. 17 Lasagna | Garlic Bread Theater Bus for adults 55 and over Sunday, Jan. 27 Need a ride? Wednesday, Jan. 16 Beef Chili Senior PROGRAMS in the community Sunday, Jan. 13 The GCC Senior Meal Program is part of the network of Dane County senior nutrition sites. Lunches are served five days a week, by donation. Tuesday, Jan. 1 CLOSED for New Year’s Day By Phyllis L. Collins, GCC Senior Program guest I have been fortunate to have visited some of the most beautiful countries in the world, including the United Phyllis Collins States. The place I dreamed of going to is the island of Cuba. There is so much history between Cuba and the United States. I am 81 years old, so I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. On Sept. 25, I got my wish. A few travel companies have licenses from the U.S. to travel to Cuba. I booked my trip with Road Scholar. The program was called “Cuba Today: People and Society.” Departing from Miami, January menus Wednesday, Feb. 6 ‘Jan Daley — Where There’s Hope’ This show highlights the music and stories from Jan Daley’s travels with Bob Hope. Enjoy the show at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts. Cost is $70. l Wednesday, Jan. 16 Learn about E-books Gregg Drexler from the Madison Public Library will explain the ins and outs of Overdrive (MPL’s Ebook service) at 1 p.m. for your Kindle, Nook, and iPad/iPhone. Learn how to check out and transfer free electronic books. Call 266-6581 to register l Friday, Jan. 18 Tuna Melts | Soup Monday, Jan. 21 Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce Tuesday, Jan. 22 Mexican Lasagna | Spanish Rice Wednesday, Jan. 23 Beef Stroganoff | Pasta Thursday, Jan. 24 BBQ Chicken Friday, Jan. 25 Cod | Potatoes Monday, Jan. 28 Chicken Salad Sandwiches Tuesday, Jan. 29 Shepherd’s Pie Wednesday, Jan. 30 Chicken Stew Thursday, Jan. 31 Baked Penne | Garlic Bread l 11 EastsideNews • G O O D M A N C O MM U N I T Y C E N T E R Little Wishes Big Wishes This is a list of new or gently used items Center staff would love to have to help with their programs. Please: Label all items with the coordinator’s name. Remember: NO clothing except specific items requested. Items needed Afterschool Yoga mats, new or used Tulle fabric for tutus Markers, new Construction paper, new Globe New acrylic paints (blue, yellow, red) Donations to buy furniture Guitars, musical instruments Bean bag chairs Electric racecar track Contact: Angela Tortorice, 241-1574 x235 or firstname.lastname@example.org Boys Group Speed bag Electric pencil sharpener Piano keyboards Fishing supplies: poles, reels, lures, bait Contact: Zach Watson, 241-1574 x246 or email@example.com COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLES Percussion instruments Contact: Deenah Givens, 241-1574 x238 or firstname.lastname@example.org Family Support 2013 Calendars Gift cards for movies, food, gas Yoga mats and meditation pillows Self-help tapes/CDs/DVDs Blank journals, large or small Digital cameras Bus passes and cab ride coupons Contact: Deenah Givens, 241-1574 x238 or email@example.com Food Pantry See page 5 for list of items needed. Gym Basketballs, mens and womens Footballs, junior and full size Gator balls Tumbling mats Contact: Tyrone Cratic, 241-1574 x270 or firstname.lastname@example.org Lussier Teen Center Skateboard supplies Basketballs Bikes Homework supplies: paper, pencils, calculators, pencil sharpeners Sound proof panels Rugs Foosballs Bus passes Movie gift cards Non-violent video games for X-box 360 Hygiene products for teens Contact: Eric Hartwig, 241-1574 x244 or email@example.com MEDIAWORKS Digital cameras Headphones Field recorders Unique wardrobe items and wigs for child actors ages 8-16 Blank CDs and DVDs Contact: Kathleen Ward, 241-1574 x272 or firstname.lastname@example.org Middle School Boys Group Bus passes Sports equipment: footballs, basketballs Age appropriate DVDs and Xbox 360 games – especially Guitar Hero games and guitar controllers (no R-rated movies or M-rated games please) Gift certificates in small increments: A dvertising and E ditorial I nformation Deadlines for the March-April issue Goodman Community Center January l February 2013 Reserve ad space: Request ad design help: Submit articles: Friday, Feb. 1 Email your ad: Friday, Feb. 8 East Towne, Eastgate Cinema, etc. Bicycles, helmets and locks in good shape Contact: Eric Hartwig, 772-7025, or email@example.com Office, Grounds and Maintenance Pick-up truck 12 foot step ladder Contact: Margo Tiedt, 241-1574 x228 or firstname.lastname@example.org Older Adult Programs 30+ cups metal coffee maker Duncan Hines cake mixes and frostings (Four each per flavor of cakes and frost- ings). Flavor combinations: carrot cake/ cream cheese frosting; spice cake/ butter cream frosting; chocolate cake/ cherry frosting; orange cake/lemon frosting; white cake/chocolate frosting Ice cream sandwiches or other treats for Wednesday Bingo break Door prizes for lunches and Euchre: Chocolates and other sweets, microwave popcorn, note cards, herbal teas. ($1.50 to $5 range) Contact: Marlene Storms, 241-1574 x232 or email@example.com Preschool Preschool computer games Digital camera Rubber animals/people Dress up clothes Silk flowers Buttons Muffin tins Books on CD or tape Preschool magazines like Ranger Rick or National Geographic Kids Typewriter or keyboard Multicultural art, dishes, books, music CDs Contact: Mary Wierschem, 241-1574 x335 or firstname.lastname@example.org TEENworks Hand tools (wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers) Power tools (drill, circular saw, reciprocat ing saw with bits and blades) Plywood 2x4 lumber Cookbooks Contact: Keith Pollock 241-1574 x245 or email@example.com Volunteers needed OLDER ADULTS Saturday euchre tournament hosts :: Volunteer twice a month, noon to 3:15 p.m, serve dessert and coffee, light clean-up, play euchre if a fourth is needed at a table. No need to volunteer for every euchre tournament. Contact: Marlene Storms, 241-1574 x232 or firstname.lastname@example.org PARENT PROGRAMS Childcare providers :: Provide childcare when parents are attending classes or groups here at the Center. Contact: Deenah Givens, 241-1574 x238 or email@example.com PRESCHOOL Volunteers to teach us about different cultures’ art, food, music, etc. :: We’re open and interested in a wide variety of activities or presentations. Contact: Jessica Kardas, 241-1574 x241, or firstname.lastname@example.org l Thank you! Thank you! Work at Goodman! GCC is now accepting applications for Receptionist and Custodian roles. Both roles include responsibilities for providing a clean and safe environment for all staff, volunteers, program participants, customers and guests of the Goodman Community Center. On-call substitute positions and parttime roles available. Shifts include our hours of operation and before and after closing for custodians. Complete job descriptions and applications are available at GCC and on our website. Please contact Lisa Jacob, Assistant Director, with any questions at lisa@ goodmancenter.org or 241-1574 x226. Live Entertainment Saturday Nights! Homemade Pizza Pizza Served: Mon-Fri 5 to 9:45 pm Homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches Grill hours: Mon-Fri 11 am to 11:45 pm Sat and Sun 11 am to 8:45 pm to email@example.com NEW 2013 Advertising Rates Ads are $15 per column inch, with added costs for color and discounts for annual contracts and non-profits. To purchase advertising or to send ads or articles for submission: Kristin Groth, Eastside News Managing Editor and Production Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 241-1574 x224 For ad production help, or questions about editorial content or general information: Voted “Best Neighborhood Bar” by Isthmus, Madison Magazine and the WI State Journal! Kristin Groth, Eastside News Managing Editor and Production Manager email@example.com or 241-1574 x224 For complete information about advertising or submitting content in the Eastside News: Download our 2013 Guide to Advertising and/or our Editorial Submission Guide at www.goodmancenter.org or contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 241-1574 x223 to have one mailed to you. 2201 ATWOOD AVE. MADISON WI 249-4333 to carry out 12 EastsideNews • Goodman Community Center January l February 2013 Eastside ACTIVITIES Feb. 6 CHEW on this: a toast to Wisconsin’s historic bars By Terese Allen, President, CHEW Executive Board Are you hungry for knowledge … about food that is? Curious about the cultural importance of apples or how the hot dog happened? Wondering why soup is so universal or who invented the marshmallow? Then you are cordially invited to a meeting of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin. Fondly known as CHEW, this is an informal, not-for-profit, educational organization dedicated to the Hot dog history authority Dr. Bruce Kraig at a recelebration of food, ethnic cent CHEW meeting. cuisines and culinary customs from all parts of the world. welcomes the public to its meetings. And it meets monthly in the ’hood, at the Covering food stories from 10,000 years Goodman Community Center. ago to history that’s in the making today, At the upcoming Feb. 6 meeting, Jim CHEW offers up such eclectic topics as the Draeger, author of “Bottoms Up: A Toast to history of the birthday cake, the origins of Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries” Door County fish boils, the saga of corn, will explore the rise of taverns and brewerNative American fish food ways, food ies in Wisconsin. pyramid debates and traditional Serbian CHEW programs are at 7:15 p.m. on the cookery. The meetings feature lively disfirst Wednesdays of most months. CHEW cussions, foodie quiz contests and delicious regulars will also gather in January for a demonstrations … and sometimes food splendid themed potluck, an annual event samples, of course. that is for members only. For more information visit www.chewOne of just a few organizations like it wisconsin.com to sign up for the monthly in the country, CHEW features talks by authors, professors and other food authori- e-newsletter, or to become a member (and score an invitation to that potluck!). l ties. It’s a membership-based group, but Jan. 2 & Feb. 6 Describing experiences from their time in Norway Brother and sister, Jens and Sigrid Arneson will share their recent experiences in Norway on Jan. 2, while young travelers Gage and Stephanie Trader relate their experiences during a recent trip to northern Norway on Feb. 6. Both programs start at 7:15 p.m. at the Sons of Norway-Idun Lodge at 2262 Winnebago St. and are preceded by an optional potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. If you wish to participate, bring a dish to pass, and arrive after 6 p.m. Jens is a senior at the University of Wisconsin in Madison double-majoring in soil science and Scandinavian studies. He spent the summer of 2012 in Grimstad, Norway, working at Bioforsk — a turf research center. The center hosted the European Turfgrass Conference while Jens was there. Sigrid is currently a freshman at UWPlatteville, majoring in agribusiness. She spent the 2011-12 school year at the Hallingdal Folkehøgskule in Gol, Norway. Gol is on the main train line between Oslo and Bergen. She was in the Idrett (sports) line at the school and spent time skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing and other sportsrelated activities. A Dark Adventure: A visit to Norway during Mørketid Gage and Stephanie Trader visited Hammerfest, which clains be the world’s northernmost city. It stands apart from typical tourist destinations and provides an interesting look at culture and lifestyle, past and present. Learn about everything from Norwegian dialects to the northern lights. l Agrace HospiceCare volunteer training sessions Agrace HospiceCare will offer orientation and training sessions for those interested in making a difference in the lives of others. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals 14 and older. Those working with patients must be at least 16 years old. To register or learn more about upcoming training or volunteer opportunities, visit agracehospicecare.org or call Jennifer Stangl at 327-7163. For information regarding other groups, please visit agracehospicecare.org. l April 4 – 21, 2013 Forward Theater presents ‘Good People’ A Tony-nominated play by David Lindsay-Abaire Set in Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo … where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills … and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, LindsayAbaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America. Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray. Forward Theater is a professional theater company housed in the Overture Center. For more information see www.forwardtheater.com or call 234-5001.l Goodman Community Center EastsideNews Eastside ACTIVITIES • January l February 2013 Feb. 6 Zumba: try it, you’ll love it Feb. 10 By Megan Barry, Zumba Instructor and Physician Assistant Willy Street park volunteers hold annual meeting I’ve been a Zumba instructor for about a year and have been leading Zumba classes at the Goodman Community Center for the last six months, and I just love it! Join us. Zumba is a dance fitness workout that combines fun with Latin/international/pop music with basic dance steps while allowing you to get your body moving at your own pace. As a physician assistant who specializes in diabetes, I recommend regular exercise By Bill Jolin, Park supporter Willy Street Park’s nonprofit community corporation is an all-volunteer group that owns and operates the park at Williamson and Brearly streets. Neighborhood contributors sustain the Willy Street Park generously with donations, work, special discounts and good will. Willy Street Park’s nonprofit community corporation annual meeting will be Sunday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the WilMar Center at 953 Jenifer St. Here’s who helped out: Anne Walker, owner of Homeland Garden, designed and planted a new perennial garden on the corner. Rose Cottage owner Cheryl Thoreson helped with flowers. The season-long bright terrace colors came from her shop. Attorney Don Becker of Becker Law Office worked at the spring plant sale. Sean Gere and Briana Frank of Gere Tree Care brought their expert help as arborists to the woods. Green open space and shade are the park’s great assets. Bulbs for the annual fall tulip sale are supplied by Klein’s Floral and Green- houses, Inc., as well as many other plants so spring blooms brightly in the park and in many other gardens too. Gerber Manufacturing Ltd. made the new picnic tables and bench. Star Liquor and the Malt Society organized a Scotch tasting benefit for the park in November at which connoisseurs sampled rare spirits. Because of Jerry Mogensen and Adam Casey, the party was a success. Madison Gas and Electric Company, and Barnes Inc. shovel the park walks in winter, which is a crucial safety contribution from our corporate neighbors. Drs. Rob and Deverie Tinnen from Tinnen Family Chiropractic brought toys for the kids at the Willy Street fair. The Marquette Neighborhood Association contributes generously as part of its neighborhood service. MadCat pet food store, right next door, offers a friendly welcome and neighborly help to park volunteers all year round. For more information, or to volunteer or donate, call 242-0712. l Jan. 7 ReStore searching for salvage artists By Jen Voicheck, Habitat ReStore Manager Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is looking for artists who can mix their creative talents with salvaged materials to create a piece of work they’d like to donate to a benefit art show for Habitat for Humanity of Dane County. In 2013, the Habitat ReStore Salvage Art Show and Sale is April 19 through June 2. The show will be held at Absolutely Art and Hatch Art House in Madison, and Artisan Gallery in Paoli. Artists must submit three photographs of their work with their application. The pieces submitted with the application are not required to have a salvaged component, but if you are juried into the show, the piece you submit must have a salvage element. Applications are due Jan. 7. Artists will be notified the week of Jan. 21, and artists accepted into the juried show must submit artwork by April 2. Artists who are juried into the show will be given a $15 gift certificate to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Cottage Grove Road to help cover the cost of supplies and get those creative juices flowing. Gift certificates don’t have to be used by artists for the art they submit — they can be used for any purpose. For more information about the guidelines for the art can be found on the Habitat ReStore website at www.restoredane.org. l 13 to everyone, but I know how hard it can be to find something you like and then make the time to fit it in. I offer a low-cost class at Goodman, just $3, on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., and I also have a Saturday morning class for $5 per class a few times a month at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation. For more information contact email@example.com. l Feb. 7 Whole Foods 5% Day supports Fritz Food Pantry Shop on Feb. 7 and help raise money for the hungry Whole Foods is going to donate 5 percent of their total sales from Thursday, Feb. 7, to the Fritz Food Pantry at the Goodman Community Center. Goodman staff will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. to talk with customers about our newly built preservation kitchen and our “Seed to Table Program.” Whole Foods is located at 3313 University Ave. and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Fritz Food Pantry is dedicated to creating better access and education about healthier foods. For more information contact Kathy Utley, GCC Food Security Manager at 249-1574 x249. l Jan. 25 Olbrich hosts ‘Cocktails in the Conservatory’ DJ Nick Nice has been dj’ing for more than 20 years. An avid vinyl/music collector since childhood, he was one of the founders of the midwest rave scene, organizing some of the first events in the United States back in 1991. On Friday, Jan. 25, he’ll be spinning danceable and groovy tunes from 7-11 p.m. Nick plays often throughout the midwest, with shows at world-renowned venues in Chicago and Minneapolis. For more information visit www.olbrich. org. l 14 EastsideNews • Goodman Community Center January l February 2013 Eastside lIBrARIES Hawthorne Happenings Hawthorne Branch Library is located at 2707 E. Washington Ave. in the Madison East Shopping Center at the intersection of East Johnson Street and East Washington Avenue. For program details or to register, contact staff at 246-4548 or visit www.madisonpubliclibrary.org. Library hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Book Discussions: Tax Assistance Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. “Th1rteen R3asons Why” by Jay Asher Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. “A Train in Winter” by Caroline Moorehead Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. “Looking for Alaska” by John Green Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker Saturdays, Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free 30-minute tax filing appointments for low-to-moderate income individuals provided courtesy of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Appointments are required. Please call 266-6350 beginning in January. Green Tuesdays film series Saturdays, Jan. 12 and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. We’ll provide a different theme each month, along with some stories and pictures to inspire the imagination. Join other LEGO fans and build your unique creation. Tuesdays, Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Sustainable Atwood presents free screenings of films, presentations and conversations about our world and how we can make it better, together. Geek help with gadgets Jan. 7 through 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Hourlong one-on-one sessions to help you make the most of your iPad, Kindle, nook, or other gadget. Learn to download e-books, get application recommendations customized to your lifestyle and interests, or ask any other questions you have about your device. Call to book a session. General job, writing and computer assistance Jan. 8 through March 7, Tuesdays noon to 3 p.m., Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m. Free hourlong one-on-one sessions for job search, computer assistance, or writing of any kind. Call to reserve a spot. FoodShare app Assistance Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through March 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. Get free, personalized, and confidential help applying for FoodShare benefits (the QUEST card). Call 1-877-366-3635 to schedule an appointment with a FoodShare specialist from Second Harvest Foodbank. Walk-ins welcome. Library LEGO club Family yoga Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 p.m. A yoga class perfect for the whole family. Join Heidi Greengus for animal poses, games, stories and more. Please bring a yoga mat or large towel for each participant. Children ages 4 and younger can share with a parent. Call or register online beginning Saturday, Jan. 26. Family movie matinee Join us for an ongoing movie event in which we will be playing a recent-release family movie the last Saturday of each month beginning at 1 p.m. Call for current show title. Toddler Yoga Wednesdays, Jan. 9 through Jan. 30 at 10:15 a.m. Join yoga teacher Heidi Greengus for a 30 minute parent and child yoga class for children ages 18 months to 3. Animal poses, games, stories and more. Please bring a yoga mat or large towel for you and your child. Call or register online beginning Saturday, Dec. 26. l Listen and learn at Pinney Library Pinney Branch Library is located at 204 Cottage Grove Road, at the intersection of Monona Drive and Cottage Grove Road between Walgreens and the ReStore. For further program details or to register, call 224-7100 or visit www.madisonpubliclibrary.org. Library hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Nifty Thrifty Gifty Start writing your memoir Monday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. Make special, one-of-a-kind treasures to keep or give to your loved ones. For children ages 6 and up. Children under 8 must have an adult helper. Thursdays, Jan. 17 through Feb. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We’ll spend six evenings discussing how to structure your stories, organize your project, and how to deal ethically with writing about living people. Each class includes time to share what you’ve written in a supportive environment. Write on suggested topics or choose your own themes. Registration begins Jan. 3. Yoga for You Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Just in time for the busy holiday season, join instructor Katie of Lotus Roots Kundalini Yoga in a 75-minute introductory level Kundalini Yoga class for adults. Gingerbread cookie fun Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Catch stories, games and more at this fastpaced family event. Participants will take home their decorated (sugar) cookie. Children age 6 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins Dec. 1. Toddler dance party Thursday, Jan. 24 and Monday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. Shake it all about to familiar and new tunes. Ages 2 and up. Refreshments provided. Registration begins two weeks before each dance party. Toddler yoga Fridays, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 at 9:30 a.m. Join yoga teacher Heidi Greengus for a parent-child yoga class for children ages 18 mos to 3. Animal poses, games, stories and more! Please bring a yoga mat or towel for you and your child. Registration begins Dec. 21. Knitting for children Tuesdays: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 at 4 p.m. Learn the basics of knitting in four onehour sessions. Yarn and needles supplied by the library. For children ages 8 to 18. Registration begins Dec. 26. Vegetable painting with Anika Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. Make creative designs with paint and vegetables. Ages 6 and over. Registration begins Dec. 29. Friday Flicks Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. “Men in Black 3” R.E.A.D. to dogs Saturdays, Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 at 10:30 to noon R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) to a dog. Bring a favorite book and read aloud with a furry friend. Sign up for a 20-minute time slot available on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Snakes Alive Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Join herpetologist Tom Kessenich and his entourage of snakes and other animals while you learn about the fascinating world of reptiles. Froebel blocks Monday, Jan. 28 at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. In this hands-on workshop, you will create 2D and 3D constructions and begin to see shapes in a new way. Grades 3 through 5. Registration begins Jan. 14. Pint Size Polka Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. Enjoy a bit of culture and education and a whole lot of foot-stompin’ fun with Mike Schneider, his accordion, and oom-pah polka music. Music lovers of all ages will enjoy singing along to the catchy polka tunes. Pinney book group Fourth Tuesdays (meet Dec. 18 instead of 25) at 7 p.m. LEGO Club First Mondays at 2:30 p.m. We’ll provide a different theme each month along with some stories and pictures to inspire the imagination. Join other LEGO fans and build your unique creation. Children under 7 must have an adult helper. l Support the Center at www.goodmancenter.org Goodman Community Center EastsideNews E a s t s i d e business New merchants fill in empty spaces along Atwood By Steve Meiers, Eastside News It’s been an active fall in the AtwoodWinnebago business district, with six new businesses starting up. One Barrel Brewing and The Chocolaterian gained citywide attention, but others opened with little fanfare. Join me for a stroll down Atwood Avenue, and I’ll introduce you to our new neighbors. Full Circle Our first stop is tucked between Atwood Barbershop and Eyeopia. Here you’ll meet two women who share a passion for animals, especially those who have had some rough times. Carrie Donahue, DVM, who opened Full Circle veterinary clinic in October, brings a unique approach to animal care. After getting a traditional veterinarian degree from the University of Wisconsin, she learned to use acupuncture and herbs from Lauren Wojtasiak (left), director of Underdog Pet Rescue, shares office space with Carrie Donahue, DVM and her pet clinic, Full Circle. the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary medicine in Florida. Both approaches have their pros and cons, notes Donahue, and she lets the owner decide the approach they prefer. If you stop by on a Thursday evening or a Sunday afternoon, you will likely meet Lauren Wojtasiak, director of Underdog Pet Rescue, an animal rescue organization that shares space with the clinic. Donahue provided care to Wojtasiak’s own dog, and the two have worked closely together since then. Most of the animals come from animal control in Milwaukee. Donahue provides medical treatment for the animals at no charge, and then the animals stay in Wojtasiak’s care for a few days. They spend time in a home setting as Wojtasiak gets to know them better, and there’s time for them to gain stability. The animal then goes to foster care until they are adopted, usually within a few weeks. Since they started in April they have saved 100 animals from being euthanatized. Other organizations provide care to animals, but Underdog’s approach is unique. Some only work with a specific breed, but Underdog works with any type of cat, dog or occasionally an unusual animal like a rat. Donahue, a Mt. Horeb native, returned to the area after she finished her training in Florida and has been helping out at other clinics. Additionally she has provided inhome acupuncture and euthanasia services to those who want it for their pet. But she has grown tired of always traveling and realizes that not everyone wants a vet to come into their home. Having her own space allows her to expand her services. Wojtasiak thought a storefront would improve the agency’s credibility and visibility, allow them to hold classes and provide a meeting space for foster care providers and prospective adoptees. Additionally, it allows volunteers to come in to socialize with the animals. They were excited when they found their current space available for rent on Craigslist. Donahue used to live nearby and loves the neighborhood. The location was also convenient for Wojtasiak, who lives in Monona. For more information about Full Circle go to www.fullcirclepet.com or call 620-4729. You can find out more about Underdog at www.underdogpetrescue.com or by calling 224-0018. Both are on Facebook as well. New business in the Atwood neighborhood? Join the Winnebago Atwood Area Business Association! Contact Meghan Blake-Horst at 249-9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Glitter Workshop Turning left after leaving the pet space, we come upon what the Glitter Workshop owner describes as a “teeny, tiny, little gem of a building,” on the corner of Jackson and Atwood. The store, owned by Naomi Richardson, sells crafts, accessories, jewelry made by local artists and vintage household items from the ’40s through the ’60s. A friend recommended the space to Richardson, who agreed it would be a good fit for her business. This location is a welcome relief for Richardson. Previously her store sold works by more than 100 artists; now she and three friends sell their art here. The store used to be on Mineral Point Road, but the new location is much closer to her home. Naomi Richardson sells crafts, accessories, jewelry made by local artists and vintage household items in her store, Glitter Workshop. The store is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. When she is not in her store, she is making her own crafts or organizing craft fairs and parties. She is looking forward to holding workshops at Bunky’s in the upcoming months. You can follow her activities on Facebook or at www.theglitterworkshop.com. • January l February 2013 15 Cosmic Delights Luna Lynn Frey went to the Hoi Polloi going-out-of-business sale in search of a good deal on clothes. She left with a start on a new business. When she walked into the space between the Ohio Bar and Revolution Cycles, Frey realized she had seen it before in a reoccurring dream. Taking this as a sign, she and her husband Andrew signed a lease a few days later and opened Cosmic Delights in early November. Cosmic Delights promotes well-being and happiness by selling items such as crystals, stones, incense and hookahs. Luna Lynn Frey is a Holographic Sound Practitioner and runs Cosmic Delights. Frey found a bonus in the store. There was a vault left from the days when the building was the Security Marine Bank 100 years ago. Frey has found it a wonderful place to practice Holographic Sound Healing. Andrew explained his belief that every living thing vibrates at a certain frequency, but that frequency gets lower when something isn’t functioning properly. The goal of Holographic Sonic Healing is to use a variety of implements like crystal bowls, chimes and the human voice to raise the frequency of the problem area back to its optimal level. The acoustics are so good in the vault that she can accomplish as much in 20 minutes as she could in an hour in an office setting. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Cosmic Sound Baths are by appointment. Contact them at 641-0680 or on Facebook/Cosmic Delights. Please visit and welcome these folks to our neighborhood and thank them for making our business district so diverse. l 16 EastsideNews • January l February 2013 Eastside NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS Natural Heritage Land Trust’s 5.8-acre land purchase expands Cherokee Marsh By Jim Welsh, Executive Director of Natural Heritage Land Trust In partnership with the city of Madison, the Natural Heritage Land Trust purchased 5.8 acres of land to add to the city’s Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park. The property is located at the corner of Wheeler Road and Comanche Way, opposite Gompers Elementary and Black Hawk Middle schools. It was the last opportunity to permanently protect wetland and upland in the South Unit of the city park. This was the fifth acquisition at Cherokee Marsh by Natural Heritage Land Trust. Cherokee Marsh is the largest wetland in Dane County and is one of the highest quality, too; the Wisconsin Wetlands Asso- ciation named it a “wetland gem” in 2009. Its location on the north side of Madison provides recreational opportunities close to many people. Our thanks go to Dennis Tiziani of Cherokee Park, Inc. for selling the property at less than its appraised value. Funding to purchase the property came from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, Dane County Conservation Fund, the city of Madison, and members of the Natural Heritage Land Trust. Friends of Cherokee Marsh helped generate crucial local support. If you would like to know more about this acquisition, please visit www.nhlt.org. l Interested in protecting natural landscapes? By Ed Jepsen, Madison parks advocate The Madison Parks system has 18 conservancy parks to protect native plants and unique landscapes in the city. Did you know there are 248 other city parks? A number of them have native plant communities worth protecting or restoring. Some of them are being managed through master plans. Others are not. To protect this natural heritage, would you be willing to help with an inventory of these parks? If you would like to help, email Ed at email@example.com. l Goodman Community Center Emerson spruces up during Beautification Day By Mark Geistlinger, Emerson Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization Thirty Emerson Elementary School students and family members gathered on the bright, chilly morning of Oct. 20 to spruce up the school playgrounds as part of Fall Beautification Day sponsored by Emerson’s Parent-Teacher Organization. The workers were fueled by school pride, hot “Emerson Roost” coffee from Maya, Noah, Marty and Cole repaint the “hopping” local roaster Just Coffee, shapes on the Emerson playground at the Fall homemade berry scones and Beautification Day. doughnuts from People’s Bakery. little help, try some Eagle Roost coffee and “I came for the doughnuts,” said fifthget to know Emerson and its families. grader Zoe Meyer as she inhaled a bear For more information about the Emerson claw. “But then I moved piles of weeds to Parent-Teacher Organization, visit the the compost pile. It actually turned out to PTO’s Facebook page at https://www. be fun!” facebook.com/pages/Emerson-SchoolOne team of parents and kids cleared the PTO/243741130039 or the school’s website school’s vegetable garden and turned the at https://emersonweb.madison.k12.wi.us/ garden’s compost piles, leaving the garden about. l trim and tidy for winter. Another group of families planted flower bulbs around ARchive photo the front and sides of the school, while two dads and their kids pulled weeds, laid down landscape fabric and spread out woodchips under the tire swings. Finally, several students and parents repainted many of the hopping shapes on the blacktop, and a graphic-artist dad re-painted the basketball backboard. The spring Beautification Day is schedGCC’s former Lussier Teen Center uled for the morning of Saturday, May 18. building to be homeless shelter for city of All members of our northeast side comMadison from Nov. 26 through March 31. munity will be welcome to stop by, lend a Goodman Community Center EastsideNews Eastside NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS Little Dribblers turning heads By Tyrone Cratic, Little Dribblers coordinator While the cold winds swirled around the city of Madison, inside the Kohl Center, home to the University of Wisconsin Badgers men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Little Dribblers were burning up the floor during halftime of a December women’s game. Like a buzz saw cutting wood, the Little Dribblers’ routines sliced into the hearts of the crowd. Coach Luann Tribus, a UW women’s basketball coach Bobbie Kelsey (right) busy east side wife, mothwith Little Dribbler, Lala. er and part of a family of five who loves the game of are Edgewood High School students, and basketball, has volunteered her time for two-hour practices are held Sunday mornfive years helping these young girls build ings at the Goodman Community Center. self-esteem, become self-motivated and Their future is clear, as they are congain belief in themselves as young women stantly asked to perform at more and more through their unique basketball perforevents. They’ve even had to turn down mances. some requests due to schedule conflicts. The Dribbles’ squad is comprised of For more information and to view the Madison area second through seventh Little Dribblers schedule, go to www. grade girls, with seventh and eighth grade nesyb.org for Little Dribblers updates. l girls as dribble coaches. Assistant coaches Thank you for all the ways you support the Goodman Community Center. We are very grateful to be in a community that shows they care in so many ways. Happy New Year from the Goodman Community Center • January l February 2013 17 Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions East side businesses make it easier to change habits By Michael Worringer, Eastside News The start of a new year is often a time when we reflect and make resolutions for the next 12 months. This year, consider making some “sustainability resolutions.” Most people know the benefits of commonly discussed eco-friendly practices like conserving water and recycling. However, with the help of businesses and services in and around our east side community, there are some other simple things you can resolve to do to lower your carbon footprint. Resolve to bike in cold weather Plenty of east-siders commute by bicycle during the warmer months, but this time of year that percentage drops significantly. Consider trying out cold-weather biking. Not only is it more environmentally friendly, but you will also get a good workout too. Revolution Cycles, 2330 Atwood Ave., has a range of cold weather items like bike gloves and winter tires that can help you conquer the Wisconsin weather. Resolve to ride Madison Metro buses Not convinced you’re ready to make the jump to cold-weather biking but still want to use your car less? Give Madison Metro Transit a look. Recently recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Public Transportation System (for systems providing between four and 20 million annual trips) by the American Public Transportation Association, Madison Metro has many routes through the east side and is now operating 19 hybrid buses. Check out www.cityofmadison.com/ metro/ for more information, including how your employer can offer discounted Metro Commute cards. Resolve to reduce your (dog’s) plastic bag use Plastic bags can take hundreds of years to decompose. While plastic bag use is declining at grocery stores as more shoppers embrace reusable totes, another major area of use is for disposal of dog waste — except that’s not exactly something that you can handle with reusable bags! Fortunately, there’s a green solution here on the east side — biodegradable dog poop bags sold at Bad Dog Frida, 2094 Atwood Ave. The bags follow a California specification that requires the material will degrade at a similar rate as an apple, and that no large plastic fragments should remain. Resolve to eat the right meat — or none at all? Producing meat on a large scale can be hard on the environment. Trying out a vegetarian or vegan diet can help reduce demand for mass-produced meat production. Or if you can’t quite go that far, you can seek out meat from animals that were organically raised, grass fed or free-range. There are many restaurants in our neighborhood that offer local, vegetarian or vegan options, such as the Green Owl Cafe, 1970 Atwood Ave.; Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, 2089 Atwood Ave.; the Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery, 2827 Atwood Ave.; and of course, the Ironworks Cafe in the Goodman Community Center. l 18 EastsideNews • Goodman Community Center January l February 2013 Eastside NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS SASY :: Neighborhood Association update Bike path widening possible, Wintertime Dinner The Schenk Atwood Starkweather Yahara Neighborhood Association (SASYNA) is pleased to report on a few of the events and ongoing work discussed at our last SASYNA council meeting. The transportation committee reported on a proposal to widen the bike path between Olbrich to Yahara to increase safety because of increased use of the path. Watch for future meetings to gather public input on this. The airport noise committee drafted a letter which has now been sent to Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s office regarding reducing the noise associated with the Dane County airport. The Kipp committee drafted a press release for SASYNA and will be releasing a final version shortly to request the timely and accurate evaluation of potential health threats. We are grateful for the many elected officials and various government agency staffers who have been steadfast in their support for their constituents and fellow citizens regarding this environmental contamination over many years, as well as those new to the cause. However, let it also be recognized that it has been the tireless efforts of our fellow neighbors who have not allowed this situation to continue to be neglected in spite of the passing of far too many years, and who have spurred the remediation efforts that we currently see being installed. In the preservation and development committee: apartment owner Ryan Kolar is planning to redevelop his 100-year-old two Join our neighborhood association meetings on the second Thursday of each month at the Goodman Community Center at 6:30 p.m. www.sasyna.org flat into a larger multifamily building. This is still in the concept stage. Neighborhood support would be required to demolish the building and develop the block at Second and Main streets. Keep an eye out for a public meeting on this. Alder Marsha Rummel reported on burglaries in the neighborhood and conveyed the request to keep doors locked to discourage break-ins. Enjoy great food, neighbors and music by Trio Del Sol at our first Wintertime Neighborhood Dinner and SASY fundraiser. The event is Friday, Jan. 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bunky’s Café at 2425 Atwood Ave. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children and are available at the Goodman Community Center and the Willy St. Co-op. For more information, visit www.sasyna. org or find the SASY Facebook page, at Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara. l Tell advertisers you saw their ad in the Eastside News! A cool looking bug may be chewing on your ash Neighbors, be on the lookout for a shiny, metallic emerald green beetle — the emerald ash borer (EAB) — on your ash trees. If you want to know how to identify this BLOODY LITTLE BLIGHTER, and what you can do to help prevent infestations, or if you want updates about the situation in Dane County and Madison visit http:// www.cityofmadison.com/parks/services/ forestry/pests/eab/. Fortunately, there have been no confirmed sightings of EAB in Dane County. You can help the city of Madison Forestry Section by contacting Forestry to report suspected EAB sightings. Email your address and a photo, if possible, to Forestry at EAB@cityofmadison.com or call 2664816. You may also mail or drop off photos at city of Madison Forestry, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway. The invasive emerald ash borer Unsure if you have an ash tree in the terrace along the street? Residents can enter their street address to find out if an ash tree was planted in front of their home or in the neighborhood at http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/services/forestry/pests/ EAB/lookup.cfm. For more information, contact city of Madison Forestry at 266-4816. l Association ready to resume serving residents of Worthington Park and Darbo Drive By Alfonso Flores V, President of Worthington Park Neighborhood Association It was a big year for the Worthington Park neighborhood in 2012. There was constructive conversation at the Worthington Park Neighborhood Association (WPNA) Alfonso Flores V annual meeting and community dinner, featuring delicious spaghetti generously donated by RP’s Pasta. Mentoring Positives launched its first season of “Family Fun Time,” with support from the city of Madison Emerging Neighborhood Fund, providing structured summer evening programming for the Darbo community. More than 140 kids and families participated in these activities. Highlights include several picnics, DJs, dancing and an internationally themed dinner. Mentoring Positives gave many at-risk youth leaders from Darbo the stage to utilize their leadership skills and role-model positive interactions. Youth leaders engaged with the community and gave back to their neighborhood while volunteering their time assisting with activities. The month of August held the largest neighborhood party. The ninth annual Darbo Family Picnic blasted off with help from more than 20 area businesses and organizations. Hundreds of folks from all over Madison enjoyed beautiful weather, free food, ice cream, a magic show and hours of music by James Earl Tate and the 008 Band. An unexpected treat was seeing Madison Fire Department’s Ladder 8 in full extension and watching a firefighter climb to the top. Losing the garden space on Salvation Army’s property was unfortunate but not without its upside. Residents, gardeners photo: Larry Price and neighborhood stakeholders now have an opportunity to work in concert with Community Action Coalition and Madison Parks to guide landscape changes to happen in upcoming years. Echoed sentiment is to showcase the beauty of Worthington Park, make improvements where possible and promote activities within it. A component helping this is Friends of Worthington Park, a gradually growing group of folks focused on park enhancement and enjoyment. In step with park progress for 2013 is the desire to creatively rebuild Darbo/Worthington’s economic infrastructure. By the time you are reading this, the McDonald’s of 3051 E. Washington Ave. may be in its new home at Madison East Shopping Center, a few blocks away. The property left behind is getting attention from area professionals and entrepreneurs, and emerging considerations for commercial enterprises are quite exciting. There is so much happening around Worthington Park, and its neighborhood association is no exception. There was a decline in activity over the years, but WPNA is proud to announce there are no empty officer seats on its board, and organizational state and federal paperwork is getting the attention it needed. A strong neighborhood association is essential, and all our partners are hard at work strengthening ties in the community. The people of this nice little community encourage you to attend its future events, including the Darbo Family Picnic, and wish all of you much happiness and success in 2013. For more information about Worthington Park go to www.worthingtonpark.org or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. l Goodman Community Center EastsideNews Eastside POLITICS • January l February 2013 19 Planning for Eken Park, Emmerson East’s future By Satya Rhodes-Conway, District 12 Alder It’s been a great honor serving District 15 By Larry Palm, District 15 Alder It’s been a while since I last wrote an alder report for the Eastside News. As you might remember, just about a year ago the city aldermanic boundaries were changed because Larry Palm of the 2010 census numbers. Most of District 15 moved farther south and east, and the Eken Park, SASYNA and Worthington Park areas were no longer within the boundaries of the district. My home is in the Eken Park neighborhood and it, too, was redistricted into District 12. Now, no longer living within my own aldermanic district, I needed to make a decision for the spring election. I could move back into District 15 and run again or stay where I am and not run. Since I love my neighborhood and where I live, I have decided not to move and, therefore, not to seek re-election as Alder of District 15. As I look back on eight years of serving District 15, I remember some of our accomplishments, like creating a pedestrian/ bicycle path from Dixon Greenway to the Bridges golf course, including two bridges crossing the very busy East Washington and Aberg avenues. I’ve been biking this route for several years, and the vitality it brings to the area is absolutely terrific. I recall removing the old corrugated metal sheeting along Starkweather Creek from Milwaukee Street to East Washington Avenue. I worked on this project to improve safety — people can now get out of the creek if they fall in. In addition, the work done along Starkweather Creek in the Carpenter-Ridgeway neighborhood has removed invasive plants so native plants can grow and thrive. Then there was the installation of new playground equipment at Eken Park. Sadly, the equipment burned a year later but was replaced by insurance. It continues to be enjoyed by neighborhood children. I know because I can see them from my kitchen window. Library services have expanded as I’ve been on the Madison library board for 16 years. The newer Hawthorne Library, with its recent facelift, continues to be a community hot spot. While I hope we can expand library hours, the fact that they have not been cut at the branches shows Madison’s commitment to the value of our libraries. I’m proud of that. I’m still working on issues as I always have. The recent discussion about placing a temporary homeless day shelter on Wright Street (which was ultimately located at the old Lussier Teen Center and Loft on East Washington Avenue) has clearly brought more focus on the issues of homeless residents in Madison. Back in July, the county executive appointed me to the Dane County Homeless Issues committee, and I find it to be an opportunity for various members of our community to engage more on this critical issue. We still need economic development in Madison. Before redistricting, Ale Asylum asked to relocate to the corner of International Lane and Packers Avenue. That was perhaps one of the fastest approvals I have seen from the city. It was well deserved, and they are a great business. But we need to get more of Madison moving. Union Corners, East Washington Avenue, Royster-Clark and the area around Ale Asylum are just a few of the areas available for infill development so that we continue to strengthen Madison. Thank you to everyone I have represented, worked with and become friends with over my years as an alder. I appreciate all that you have done to improve Madison. I’m not going anywhere; Madison is and continues to be my home, and I look forward to being involved and engaged for many years to come. l A strengthened safety net for Dane County By Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive The willingness of Dane County’s residents to take care of each other during difficult times is what makes our diverse communities great. This tradition was Joe Parisi preserved in the 2013 budget passed in November, which invests more than $243 million to strengthen our county’s safety net. Many of the services we provide aren’t offered anywhere else and account for more than half of our more than $500 million annual budget — other counties spend as little as 10 percent of their budget on these services. There is a $2 million increase in funding for people with disabilities — including a new program developed to reduce waiting lists for assistance. This initiative will help get new services to dozens of citizens with disabilities, helping them become active and engaged members of the community. My budget provides new monies for DAIS — $25,000 to help victims of do- mestic violence and their families who are fleeing their abusers have a safe place to stay. Without hotel vouchers, these survivors could become homeless when the shelter is at capacity. The county is expanding the roughly $4 million in services it currently provides to address homelessness in our communities. An additional $1 million in new spending will fund a permanent day resource center, prevent homelessness among our youth, bolster programming that provides stable housing for those at risk of being homeless, and develop a single-room occupancy facility to increase affordable housing. The budget also invests in proven solutions. I increased funding to eliminate Pathfinder wait lists — a successful program for chronic alcoholics who want to kick their addiction and start fresh. Our services represent an investment in people — our neighbors, friends, and family. The return we see on that investment — healthy and safe children and families — is priceless. l Do you remember 1998? How much has changed in your life since then? How much has changed in your neighborhood since then? The last time the Emerson Satya East and Eken Park Rhodes-Conway neighborhoods went through a neighborhood planning process was 1998. This spring that will change — the city has funding to support a new, joint planning process for both of these neighborhoods. Plans like this are prepared by neighborhood residents via an appointed citizen steering committee and public input sessions. They include short-term strategies (three to five years) to address specific challenges, issues and opportunities, and serve as a guide for actions and changes that will strengthen the neighborhood. If you take a look at the old plan (available by searching www.cityofmadison. com) you’ll see a number of familiar names, who I hope will participate again. I hope that new folks will get involved, too! It covers a number of areas — business and redevelopment opportunities, housing, parks, transportation and infrastructure — that we’ll want to look at again. And we may want to add additional areas such as sustainability, food, education, economic development and safety. Most important is to get a high level of participation and to craft a plan that well-represents the neighborhood and will serve us well into the future. On a more personal note, my plans for the future lead me to focus again on my career and family, and so I will not be running for re-election. It has been my privilege and pleasure to represent you on the Common Council. I have learned a tremendous amount, and I hope that I have served you, and the city as a whole, well. I hope to continue that service in different ways, particularly here on the east side, as this continues to be my neighborhood. l 2013 Budget restores funds to Overture, ice rinks By Marsha Rummel, District 6 Alder The Madison City Council passed the 2013 Capital and Operating Budgets on Nov. 13-14. The property tax levy is $193,400,073. The city’s share of taxes Marsha Rummel on the average home was approximately $2,160.58, up $50.28 or 2.3 percent. The other taxing jurisdictions will also add their share. The council took a unique step when 14 alders, myself included, signed on to an omnibus package of 16 amendments proposed by council leadership. Among other things, it restored $900,000 to Overture Center and eliminated the Mayor’s proposed Madison Metro fare increase by utilizing some of the city’s bond premium. Through the amendment process at the board of estimates, funding was restored for life guards at BB Clarke beach and ice rinks at Olbrich. The council also added $31,600 to help the county fund a permanent homeless day shelter. Other items of interest included $150,000 for Worthington Park playground improvements and $541,000 to install an iron and manganese filter on Well 8 in Olbrich Park. For the first time, Mentoring Positives, located in the Worthington Park neighborhood, received community services funding to work with high risk kids and their families. Hudson Beach Check out the improvements at Hudson Park beach. The new steps, boat and canoe ramp and stone seating are nearly complete. The construction fence will remain up to protect the sod, as soon as the ground and the lake freezes, access to the lake will be available. Thanks to Gere Tree Care for the donation of woodchips. Thanks to all the neighbors who have spent many hours planning and caring for this park and creating this wonderful new space. I will work with Friends of Hudson Park and park staff to plan a grand re-opening celebration. Union Corners Gorman and Company was selected by Union Corners ad hoc selection committee at its meeting Nov. 1 after Livesey/ Stone House Development announced its intention to step aside and allow the city to negotiate with Gorman. Gorman’s proposal came with the commitment to build a UW Health Clinic. The city bought the 11.4 acre Union Corners site for $3.57 million in December 2010 and issued a request for development proposals in June 2012. Five developers responded to the city’s RFP, including a neighborhood group. Gorman and Livesey/ Stone House emerged as the finalists. City real estate staff will negotiate a sales agreement with Gorman and if they come to terms including TIF, the council will vote on whether to move forward. Electronic alerts You can sign up for electronic alerts from the city and get updates from me, snow emergency announcements, street construction, Madison Parks, etc. by creating a city account at www.cityofmadison.com. l Marsha Rummel faces challenge by Scott Thornton for city council seat According to filings with the city of Madison clerk’s office, former Marquette Neighborhood Association board president Scott B. Thornton will challenge current Alder Marsha Rummel for the District 6 seat on the Madison Common Council in the spring. Alders are elected to two-year terms. Other candidates may yet enter the race. If so, the primary election scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19, will reduce the field to the two top candidates. If no other entrants apply, Rummel and Thornton will face-off in the general election Tuesday, April 2. l 20 EastsideNews • Goodman Community Center January l February 2013 Eastside POLITICS Don’t break your budget staying warm By State Sen. Fred Risser, State Senator, 26th District The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts an 18 percent rise in the number of days that homes will need to turn on their heat this winter compared Fred Risser to last year. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts the amount spent for natural gas consumed by the average customer during this winter is projected to be about 21 percent higher than last winter. To help keep you and your family warm without busting the family budget, here are some suggestions on ways to reduce your gas usage and costs each month: Save energy this winter without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat. By allowing you to “set it and forget it,” a programmable thermostat allows you to set temperatures based on the times you are normally home and your habits. Lower the thermostat setting especially at night and when you are not at home. Turning your thermostat back 10 or 15 degrees for 8 hours, (no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent frozen pipes), can save you 5 to 15 percent a year on your heating bill. Lower the water heater setting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Wisconsin missed an opportunity to set up health insurance exchanges which best serve state By Chris Taylor, State Representative, 78th Assembly District As the next legislative energy-efficient lighting. Comsession approaches, I pact fluorescent bulbs give off the same am frequently asked light as common incandescent bulbs but about Wisconsin’s esuse 66 percent less energy and last up to tablishment of a health 10 times longer. insurance exchange Insulate windows and doors with caulk, as required under the weather stripping or plastic film window Chris Taylor Affordable Care Act kits, all of which will help stop drafts (ACA), or Obamacare. and reduce energy usage. The ACA is the most comprehensive Regularly replace your furnace’s air filhealth care reform in the United States ter to keep air flowing freely. Get an ansince Medicaid and Medicare were implenual tune up for your furnace for safety mented in 1965. As a result of the ACA, and efficiency. This test will not only 43,000 young adults in Wisconsin under help save on heating costs but will make age 26 can get health insurance by remainsure there are no carbon monoxide leaks. ing on their parents’ plan. Insurance com Ask your utility company about budpanies are no longer able to deny coverage get billing, which allows customers to to individuals for pre-existing conditions. spread energy costs more evenly over a Women’s health services like birth con12-month period and reduce the impact trol will be accessible with no additional of higher winter or summer utility bills. co-pays, and women can’t be charged Low-income residents may also be eligible higher health care premiums just because for home energy assistance and weatheriza- of their gender. These are just a few of the tion services. For more information, please benefits of the ACA, which is a step forvisit the Wisconsin Home Energy Assisward in providing Wisconsinites the health tance Program at homeenergyplus.wi.gov care they need and deserve. or call 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947) for Health insurance exchanges are private more information. marketplaces that each state has been directed to establish where individuals can If you would like to contact me or my purchase health insurance coverage. Exoffice on any matters of interest to you, changes will require health insurance complease feel free to send mail to Sen. Fred Risser, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707- panies to compete for a wide pool of consumers who need health insurance, driving 7882; call 266-1627; or send an email to down costs and increasing affordability and Sen.Risser@legis.wi.gov. l accessibility. More than 500,000 people in Wisconsin need access to health insurance, and the exchanges will offer more affordable coverage. Unfortunately, despite efforts of many legislators including myself, Gov. Scott Walker has refused to establish such an exchange, despite the fact that access to affordable health care continues to be an Install obstacle for thousands of Wisconsin families and individuals. As a result, the federal government will be establishing Wisconsin’s health insurance exchange. Wisconsin already has key components in place that could help us build an exchange that controls health costs for small businesses and people who purchase their own health insurance. The Wisconsin Health Information Organization collects information on the cost and quality of health care, and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality brings providers and insurers together to discuss ways to lower cost while preserving quality care. Using these groups’ information and knowledge, Wisconsin could create an easy-to-use exchange that gives people information on the outcome and cost of specific medical procedures. Although the information itself won’t lower costs, the action of buyers will force providers and insurance companies to lower costs. It is extremely disappointing that Gov. Walker is forfeiting our opportunity to build a health care exchange that best serves the needs of Wisconsin’s men, women, children and families. Wisconsin should seize the opportunity to set up an exchange that offers high-quality, affordable health insurance that is easy to navigate, that builds on the successes of Wisconsin’s existing public programs, and that supports the principles of health equity. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the ACA earlier this year. It is here to stay. Gov. Walker should put aside his opposition to the ACA and work with legislators from both parties to create a health insurance exchange that maximizes its benefits for the people of Wisconsin. l Goodman Community Center EastsideNews • January l February 2013 21 E as t s id e S U S TA IN A BL E AT WO O D Sustainable Atwood: Neighbors organizing to achieve social, economic and ecological sustainability in our neighborhood of 6,000 residents. For information visit us on facebook or at www.sustainableatwood.org. The million dollar forest By Donna Magdalina and Twink Jan-McMahon, Sustainable Atwood We counted, measured and mapped 5,488 trees in our Sustainable Atwood neighborhood. The first-of-its-kind inventory covered 2,000 private properties, five parks, a river parkway, bike paths and included GPS location, species, health, height and circumference of every tree measuring six inches in diameter or more. The data was analyzed through iTree and we discovered exactly what our forest is made of and how hard it is working. With data like this we can now tell you, in dollars, a small part of your tree’s worth. We now know our trees save us $300,000 on our MGE bills every year. Their shade significantly reduces air conditioning costs, lessens the urban heat island effect and slows the impact of cold winter winds. These trees help combat global warming by reducing atmospheric carbon levels of over 5 million pounds a year. They mitigate carbon produced by the equivalent of 240 cars driving around the entire earth each year. Our trees are a carbon sink, holding 40 million pounds of carbon, which is the weight of 2,300 school buses. They remove ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and particulates from the air, providing nearly $50,000 worth of air purification services each year. Our forest intercepts over 13 million gallons of water annually, some of it before rain even reaches the ground, greatly improving water quality in our lakes. The compounded dollar value our neighborhood trees provide, in the few ways we can measure, add up to $1,093,506 each year, or $136 per tree! This does not include hundreds of trees under six inches in diameter, nor the myriad other dollar value and unmeasurable qualities trees add to our lives, such as increased property values, vigorous business communities that attract shoppers and visitors, prevention of sun over-exposure, birdsongs, enjoyable surroundings and social settings in backyards, street settings and parks. The list is endless. Our trees are invaluable. Within the 100 neighborhood-block project area there are 5,488 trees on private property, including 107 species. Combined with the city’s terrace tree inventory of 2,590 trees and 64 species, Atwood has 8,078 trees total. Among other things, the data informs us that composition varies between private and street tree inventories. For instance, the private forest is 10 percent Norway maple, while the street trees weigh in at a whopping 29 percent of the same species. To see the full iTree data, go to Sus- tainableAtwood.org/inventory-analysis/. Also check out the entire interactive inventory map of the neighborhood where you can click on any tree to obtain its species, height and other information at SustainableAtwood.org/tree-inventory/. Neighbors can look up their individual tree and, among other things, determine what its contribution to the overall forest is. City Forester Marla Eddy, DNR Forestry’s neighboring schools, community televiIt is our hope that people will learn how sion, the Wisconsin Institutes for DiscovJeff Roe, Elizabeth Dierickx, and the supessential trees are to their lives and the sus- ery, and the Madison Children’s Museum port of the fantastic Atwood neighborhood. tainability of our neighborhood. This data The emerald ash borer may be a devasfor education and outreach about the Emcan aid in decision-making about tree retating pest, but its voracious appetite fueled erald Ash Borer. Neighborhood meetings placement, tree removal and property use. showcased the effort, which was publicized our organization’s most important project The data collected from our inventory to date — the Sustainable Atwood Tree in local media outlets including the exceeded our goal of being useful to our neighborhood. It also photo: Craig Wilson, Kite Aerial Photography provides a detailed data sample for the LIDAR mapping project between the University of Wisconsin Wildlife and Forestry Department and NASA, and by providing a resource for DNR forestry and the city of Madison to use and share with other neighborhoods and The neighborhood’s forest canopy of 8,078 trees are worth $1,093,506 each year. This price goes up after communities. An adding increases in property values, tax base, economic activity, safety, aesthetic and social benefits. inventory of this type has never Eastside News, email groups, social media Inventory. We owe the little beast a tip of been undertaken. The hard data we offer our hats for getting our neighborhood’s atand the Sustainable Atwood website. helps NASA fine-tune their satellite caltention, and ultimately, support for collectWe could not have accomplished the culations and will be useful to scientists ing vital information from the ordinarily project without our skilled forest chamaround the world. inaccessible areas of our forest — private pions, Donna Magdalina, Maria Moreno, Beyond gathering tree inventory data properties — and for proving to us that, Sean Gear, Phil Townsend, Clayton Kingand measuring some of the dollar value yes, money does grow on trees. l don, Benjamin Spaier, Huan Gu, Evan our trees provide, another purpose of this Slocum, Sam Meier, Sydney Jan, Madison project was to prepare for the coming onslaught the Emerald Ash Borer will bring when it reaches Madison and begins killing Tree shadows are often obstacles to solar For more information contact solar@ ash trees. We already knew 30 percent of installations, causing property owners to sustainableatwood.org. l Madison’s terrace trees were ash. No one sometimes remove trees to make way for had any idea how many private property the sun’s energy. As the data shows, both trees were ash. We were relieved to find Sustainable Atwood’s trees and solar photovoltaic systems are only 7 percent of trees on private propworkhorses for keeping our atmosphere erty and 19 percent of terrace trees in our only clean — except trees absorb carbon and soneighborhood are green ash. Knowing $ lar panels do not. these numbers helps us prepare for the enper ride! Sustainable Atwood, with its partner Sosuing damage. lar Connections, has developed a commuThe entire project was a collaboranity-based, multi-solar site option to overget it now! tive effort between community members, come this challenge so we can collectively the Goodman Community Center, local For more information or to sign up contact: produce green energy while preserving as schools, Gere Tree Care (a local email@example.com many trees as possible. munity-minded arborist company), UW Wildlife and Forest Ecology department, city of Madison, WORT community radio, WYOU community television and MGE. Motivated neighbors developed science programs, events and workshops with Trees don’t have to deter solar option Metro Commute Card 1.15 22 EastsideNews • Goodman Community Center January l February 2013 Men preparing ice for storage and shipping on Lake Wingra around 1907. E a s t s i d e histo r y Lake ice and ceramic arts are featured topics By Sarah White, East Side History Club In January and February, the East Side History Club will take a look at two local industries that flourished here in the 20th century — ice harvesting and pottery production. Madison had a number of commercial ice houses and a thriving ice cutting and shipping industry from about 1880 to 1920. The convergence of several trends, including the growing meat-packing and brewing industries in Chicago and Milwaukee, and an expanding railroad network created the demand. Lake Monona, with a railroad track running along its shore, was particularly suited to fill it. January’s program will place special emphasis on the Knickerbocker Ice Co. and the Jefferson Ice Co., two companies that cut ice from the east end of Lake Monona near what is now Olbrich Gardens. In February, we’ll throw ourselves into the local pottery industry. In the middle of the last century, Madison boasted two commercial potteries. Madison Ceramic Arts Studio was started by two University of Wisconsin students, Lawrence Rabbitt and Ruben Sand in 1941. They hired local pottery decorators to help as their business grew. Betty Harrington became the most well-known of these local artists. The vases, figurines, and salt and pepper sets produced by Ceramic Arts Studio were known nationally for their originality and quality. The studio closed in 1956 in the Upcoming ESHC Events Jan. 19 Madison’s Ice Industry 2 to 4 p.m. Catharine (Tripalin) Murray received this personalized Ceramic Arts Studio figurine when she was just a young girl. Feb. 16 Ceramic Arts 2 to 4 p.m. Goodman Community Center 149 Waubesa St. This Century House plate is from the collection of Ann Waidelich. face of competition from cheaper Japanese imports, having produced thousands of figurines sold all over the United States. Century House Pottery was started in 1946 by Jane Howell. She and her husband and just a couple of other decorators made plates, cups and bowls that were only sold locally in their showroom on University Avenue. They ceased making pottery at about 1964, but the store continues to sell furniture and gifts to this day. In 2012 the Madison Pottery Association produced a well-illustrated book detailing the history of Century House Pottery, to which East Side History Club organizer Ann Waidelich contributed. All attendees are welcome to share memories and memorabilia at our club meetings. Bring your ice industry and pottery paraphernalia for show and tell! The East Side History Club blog at http://eastsidehistory.wordpress.com shares local history ‘finds’ as they come to light. We welcome submissions of your memo- ries and pictures to publish, and suggestions for future meeting topics. The East Side History Club, a project of the Goodman Community Center, collects and shares memories of the east side. We meet on the third Saturday of most months from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Goodman Community Center, January through May, and September through November. For more information contact Sarah White at 347-7329 or firstname.lastname@example.org. l Historic preservation workshop in January On Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m., Amy Scanlon, city of Madison preservation planner and Jason Tish, executive director of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, will discuss the federal and local historic preservation programs, the differences in designation, and the benefits and responsibilities of owning a designated historic property. This workshop is oriented toward new owners in historic districts and owners of designated historic properties who would like to learn more about the benefits and responsibilities of historic designation. The workshop will be held at the historic Gates of Heaven Synagogue in James Madison Park. Cost for the workshop is $10 per person. l Goodman Community Center EastsideNews January l February 2013 23 February :: Goodman Gallery presents: Eastside ARTS January :: Goodman Gallery presents: The Andy Warhol Soup Can project Project combines art and philanthropy By April Sopkin, O’Keeffe Middle School art teacher Sixth, seventh and eighth grade art students at O’Keeffe Middle School recently participated in the “Andy Warhol Soup Can Project.” Students studied Andy Warhol’s work, pop art, color and learned how to paint with acrylic paint. And then, to complement the art project, we held a canned soup drive and collected more than 100 cans of Campbell’s and other varieties of soup to donate to the Goodman Community Center’s Fritz Food Pantry. The show will include nearly 200 paintings, each as unique as the student artist. Soup can painting by Celia, eighth Parting from the flatness of Warhol’s iconic grade, 10 x 10″ paintings, we decided to make our own interpretation of the soup can painting, so we tried to make our soup cans Artists’ Reception look 3-dimensional. Monday, Jan. 7 As the students cre3-5 p.m. ated compositions Goodman Gallery of soup cans, they Goodman Community were encouraged Center to think about shape, with the soup can as a simple cylindrical form. They were very successful in creating interesting compositions and in working with Soup can painting by Henry, eighth a new medium. l grade, 8 x 8″ Madison Museum of Contemporary Art presents ‘The Force of Color’ By Katie Kazan, MMoCA Director of Public Information Where color in art is freed from describing the objective world or telling a story, the experience of color itself becomes the subject. As an adjunct to MMoCA’s exhibition of prints by the great colorist Ellsworth Kelly, The Force of Color addresses the role of strong color in the abstraction of the 60s, the decade that witnessed the recognition of Kelly as a major artist. The term “colorist” is used by scholars of western painting to mean an artist who makes vibrant color a critical element of the work of art. The Force of Color presents paintings • and prints from the permanent collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Although the works of art on view date from 1968 to 2009, the majority of artists represented in the exhibition came to the fore during the 60s, including, among others, Gene Davis, Sol Le Witt, Robert Mangold, Jules Olitski, Ray Parker, Bridget Riley, Frank Stella and Victor Vasarely. The exhibition will be on view from Jan. 19 to March 31. Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. l Did you make a gift to support the Goodman Community Center in 2012? If you did, THANK YOU for helping us help so many people. Charley Brigham, Photography Artist Statement My dog and I are out, camera and tripod in hand, roaming the woods and fields (and garden) every day, every season, warm or cold, rain or snow. I like to get close to the earth, often crawling around on hands and knees shortly before darkness settles in, grabbing pieces of color and shape just barely visible to the eye but captured by deep time-exposure. The photographs selected for this show are from several ongoing projects: After the Fall Freeze, Light Through Icycles and The First Spring Thaws. If there’s a theme here, it’s about noticing how freezing and thawing leave rich saturated colors, subtle textures and melancholy moods. I love it! I’m enjoying the freedom and particular challenges of fine arts work, contemplative abstracts arising from my unconscious to do battle with my inner critic, always working toward the YES! moment. These are digital images with only basic manipulations applied. I don’t use Photoshop. Ever. Enjoy! Cluster of Hail Bio While I’m currently semi-retired out in the country near Spring Green, I spent many years as an east sider. Back in the days of Dollie’s cafe and when the Co-op was in the old Yopak’s Flooring store, I was coproducer and program photographer for the original St. Vinnie’s fashion show. When was that? ‘73 or so? My daughter went to Shabazz and my son graduated from East. My ex still lives in our house on South Dickenson and lots of friends remain in the old neighborhood. Photography was my first career and while I’ve had many jobs over the years, I’ve always kept my hands on a camera. Now, at 63, I do some light carpentry and handyman work, shoot the occasional wed- Last of the Ice, No. 16 ding, but my heart is still into photography as art. Watch Goodman’s Facebook page for dates and times for my reception, which will be in early February. l Artists with disabilities invited to submit work VSA Wisconsin sponsors annual art show VSA Wisconsin, the state organization on arts and disability, is accepting submissions for the annual Call for Art. Wisconsin residents with disabilities, ages 5 and above, are eligible and may submit up to two works. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 4. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of arts professionals who look for creativity, originality and craftsmanship. The top 10 selections will be added to Creative Power: VSA Wisconsin’s Traveling Exhibition. Guidelines and submission forms can be found at www.vsawis.org. Work from all artists who submit to the 2013 Call for Art will be on view from March 16 through April 10 at the VSA Wisconsin Gallery in Madison. l TICKETS: $16 advance l $20 day of show Available in person at: B-Side Records, 436 State St Orange Tree Imports, 1721 Monroe St Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St Tickets online: brownpapertickets.com Phone Orders with Credit Cards: Call the Goodman Community Center at 241-1574 Lou Peter’s and Thank you to everyone who helped us make sure more than 300 children who attend programs at the Goodman Community Center had at least one gift to open. We are so grateful. Their parents were very Annual Early New Year’s Eve show appreciative of the help, too. As always, half of the proceeds go to the Goodman Community Center! You have a big heart. Did you help? New Year’s Eve 7 Monday, December 31 7 8 ‘til 10:30pm Goodman Community Center 7 149 Waubesa Street in Madison Door prizes! Surprizes! Tune in to WORT—information they’ve been great about promoting this show! For more see www.goodmancenter.org or call Lou at 257-7750 Tune in to WORT— they help promote this show! for Thanks to you, every one of the 2,000 families who wanted a Thanksgiving meal, got one! Wow. Thank you. A BIG, BIG THANKS to everyone at these organizations who organized food drives and put immense energy into helping so many people have a great holiday. And to the individuals listed here who were lead organizers and volunteers. Special thanks to our Honorary Thanksgiving Basket Chairs: (L to R) Olive Lemberger, Tamar Rubin and Corey Jacob HEARTFELT THANKS To the hundreds of individuals, families and organizations who gave financial gifts AND MORE THANKS to the hundreds and hundreds of people who donated food. We couldn’t do it without YOU, our incredible community. Kathy Utley, GCC Thanksgiving Basket Coordinator, and the board and staff of the Goodman Community Center Absolutely Art AERO School The Alliance Alliant Energy Corp. Anchor Bank, Downtown Branch Tellers and Personal Bankers Axley Brynelson, LLP Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP Bat Mitzvah Project Tamar Rubin- Calvert Beta Omicron Bock Labs Buckets for Hunger Bullseye Games Bunky’s Cafe: Teresa Pullara and Rashid Ouabel Chase Bank Clear Channel: Tim Scott Colonial Bakery The Creative Company: Laura Gallagher, Leah Huibregtse Cub Scout Troop 34 Cub Scout Troop 801 Elmside Children’s School Emerson Elementary School Fertile Earth, Inc. First Choice Dental Foley & Lardner: Julie Harding Fresh Madison Market: Jeff Mauer Friends of Ideal Bar and Sundown Saloon Richard and Judy Fritz Fritz Food Pantry’s Fabulous Volunteers Gompers Elementary Harmony Bar & Grill Hawthorne Elementary School Hogan Trucking: Trey Hogan Holy Cross Lutheran Church Hy-Vee: Lynn Reinsch and Mary Lewis Pellitteri Waste Systems The Ideal Bar Pfizer, Inc. Ipswitch File Transfer Physicians Plus: Carla Shedivy and Scott Shoemaker James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation Physicians Plus Facebook Likes Drive Jenifer Street Market PIKE Technologies Jordan’s Big Ten Pub Pound the Pavement for Never doubt Produce Kennedy Elementary that a small group School Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society KODE Salon of thoughtful, committed QBE Insurance Kraft/Oscar Mayer: citizens can change the Sydney Lindner and QTI Group world. Indeed, it’s the only Nicholas Meriggioli RMT Inc. thing that ever has. Lake Edge UCC Olbrich Botanical ~Margaret Mead Liz Lauer and Associates Garden Staff Liuna-City Employees Schoep’s Ice Cream: Jim Local 236 Halverson Lowell Elementary School Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin: Mona Adams Winston, Madison Homebrewers & Tasters Guild Brent Bobo, Dan Stein, Gina Wilson Madison Police Department: Laurie Sundown Saloon / Ideal Bar Chalecki The Law Center Madison Top Company Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Marquette Elementary School 34 Ways to Assist Foundation: John Martin Glass, LLC Milton, Jenny Timmerman McGrath Family / First Weber Group / Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA Nolan Shore Unity Health Insurance Meeting House Nursery School Classroom 2 / 4k class Valley Ridge Neighborhood Meriter Health Services / Meriter WI Institute for Discovery Hospital: Tobi Cawthara WIBA Meriter / Surgical Short Stay Unit WIBA / UW Badgers Meriter Home Health Willy St Co-op: Brendan Smith Messiah Lutheran Church Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Monona State Bank Violence Monroe Commons Wisconsin Dept. of Children and Families, Budget vs. Lawyers tie! Morgan Stanley O’Keeffe Middle School Thank you. Thank you! Olson Elementary School