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Volume 145, No. 2 March l April 2015

Making the MOST out of afterschool

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A new city initiative links existing programs and builds new ones

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With Goodman Community Center at the heart of the east side, it can be easy to forget that many families and children in Madison don’t enjoy the same access to high-quality afterschool and summer programs. Yet gaps do exist, and a new initiative, Madison Out-of-School Time, or MOST, is looking at this as an opportunity to provide for all of Madison’s kids by linking existing programs in the city and helping to build new ones. “Research shows that children who regularly participate in high-quality afterschool or summer programs see improvements in school performance, in pro-social behavior and they are in school more,” said Jennifer Lord, MOST coordinator for the city of Madison. “If they’re in school more, they’re going to learn more.” According to a report recently compiled by MOST, by the sixth grade, a child from a middle-income home will have spent 3,060 more hours in afterschool programs and extracurricular activities than children from low-income households, 1,080 more hours in summer programs and 245 more hours participating in enriching activities such as visits to museums and zoos. “We want to ensure everyone has access to great programs,” Lord said. In late 2012, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin learned about a national framework for the Out-of-School Time concept from the New York City-based philanthropy, Wallace Foundation. He then brought the idea to Madison leaders. A call was put out across the city seeking interest in building something similar. In 2013, neighborhood center directors and youth providers came together and a coalition including city, Dane County and Madison Metropolitan School District leaders formed to begin building a citywide Out-of-School Time system.

Help strengthen girls lives GCC is seeking women in the Madison community interested in mentoring and supporting young women. Your support can help girls learn to achieve and set goals, boldly confront challenges, resist peer pressure, see college as attainable and explore new careers. Article on page 4

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GCC Girls Inc. coordinator Pahoua Vang helps middle school students Qarly (left) and Alerijah (right) sauter and program motherboards as part of DANEnet’s “Raspberry Pi” programming series. Afterschool activities like these supplement day school lessons and inspire interest in science and technology careers. The team traveled to a conference hosted by the Wallace Foundation, and Lord recently attended another meeting designed for cities at various stages of implementation to share ideas. These days, MOST has a coalition of more than 100 stakeholders, including 40 youth-serving organizations — like the Goodman Center. — It also has an action team comprised of workgroups involved in research and design, family and community engagement, data and information management, and quality support and continuous improvement.

“This initiative is a collective impact approach where we have so many different sectors and entities working together,” said Lord. “If we really want to move the needle on improving youth outcomes, we need everyone moving in the same direction.” The idea is to make better use of city resources, improve the quality of programming and support more participation in programs. The initiative hopes to earn greater public support by leveraging data to demonstrate effectiveness and, most importantly, to benefit all of Madison’s youth.

Dr. Jatinder Cheema founded A Place To Be on Williamson Street as a place for progressive group conversations. Group meetings here create strong community connections by inviting dialogue and networking — and all are welcome. Article on page 19

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Volume 145, No. 2• March l April 2015 Goodman Community Center • 149 Waubesa St. Madison, WI 53704 • Phone: 608.241.1574 • Fax: 608.241.1518 EASTSIDE NEWS Volunteer Staff Julia Cechvala, Rick Dunn, Ed Jepsen, Alesia Mayfield, David Mott, Erin Presley, Jean Rawson, Kelly April Tyrell, Sheila Voss, Pamela Wiesen

Goodman Community Center Staff Administration Executive Director: Becky Steinhoff HR Director: Lisa Jacob Finance Director: Mary Smith, CPA Assistant Finance Director: Dewayne Powell Director of Development: Jenny Pressman Communications and Community Giving Director: Kristin Groth Development Manager: Sheena Loiacono Assistant Director of Communications: Kathleen Ward Grants Manager: Josset Gauley Volunteer Manager: Kate Katzban-Beren Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps Member: Paige Wielgos

Operations and Facility Director of Facility Operations and Services: Derek Kruzicki Facility Use Manager: Margo Tiedt Office Manager: Tanya Martinez-Knauer Facility Use Assistant: Kristi Kading Receptionists: Erin Boris, Alesia Mayfield, Gretchen Olson, Clarice Sarnowski, Ashley Staley, Joanne Yanna Custodians: Ron Alexander, Devon Chambers, Jamel Phillips Maintenance Manager: Bret Hagemeyer Working Class Catering Coordinator: David Fischer

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Eastside News Editor: Becky Steinhoff Managing Editor: Kristin Groth Production Manager: Kathleen Ward Advertising and Production: Dave Link Editorial Manager: Joanne Yanna

Food and Nutrition Kitchen Manager: Chris Stephens Program Chef: Gregory Badger Catering Chef: Debra Thomas Food Services Asssistant: Tracy Oliver Ironworks Café Cook: Desmond Willingham Ironworks Café Lead Barista: Heidi Hilliard Ironworks Café and Working Class Catering Staff: Antonio Both-Hurley, Maya Quintanilla Bradford, Chantelle Butler, Winor Chen, Liliana Garcia, Rhiannon Grant-Fohl, Lukas Hoerr, Mona Purnell

Host your meeting or event at Goodman The Goodman Community Center has many rooms available for one-time or ongoing meetings or events. We make reserving rooms easy with an online system, quality AV equipment, modern rooms and friendly staff. The Center has many beautiful community rooms to rent The Center has spaces that can accommodate from 20 to 160 guests. From January through March 2015, we have availability on many Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as daytime openings for larger groups on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays. The Center is also currently booking SaturWe have AV equipment to rent so that any of day night events in 2016. Discounted our spaces can be used for presentations. wedding packages are available. Let our teens impress your guests with Working Class Catering! Working Class Catering is a professionally staffed catering service that also trains and employs teens. WCC can cater your event here at the Center – or can provide lunches or dinners at your location. The menu options range from snack and sandwich platters to full course entrees. Bar services are available for events at the Center. Contact to discuss what we can do for you! For pricing, details and room availability, visit and click on the room availability button. Call 2048062 or 204-8028 to confirm availability. Because of the number of inquiries we receive, it may take a day or two to get back to you. l

Remell Rodgers, Cameron Scott, Doug Siebert, Martinez Smith, Haylee Steinkamp, Kiara Stiger, Juanita Toby, Chris Walker, Laverne Walker, Derrick Wright, Lincoln Vilavong, and Maria Zuniga Food Pantry Coordinator: Jon Lica

Family Advocacy Assistant Program Director: Deenah Givens Neighborhood Outreach Worker: LaToya Jackson

Gym and Fitness Athletic Director: Tyrone Cratic Athletic Assistant: Terry Tiedt Eagle Ball Assistants: Ray’ajah Bailey, Ann Braithwaite, Maddy Paulson

Childcare Programs Director of Programs: Kshinté Brathwaite Assistant Programs Director-Childcare: Angela Tortorice Afterschool Coordinator: Ashley Rounds Early Childhood Education Manager: Rob San Juan Early Childhood Education Teachers: Robert Bergeron, Dani Butella, Kate Feitag, Caitlin Garton, Nick Howard, Jessica Kardas, Kristal Kleiman, Adam Panek Afterschool Teachers: Sara Butler, Deborah Crabtree, Rachael Drapcho, Ali Hellenbrand, Howard Hayes, David Kelley, Carlee Latimer, Lauren Morris, Emily Ochitill, Miranda Starr, Tanya Walker, Heather Weasler

Youth Programs Youth Programs Manager: Colleen Berg FYI Assistant Manager: Zach Watson FYI Lead Fitness Instructor: Stephanie Fox Girls Inc. Coordinator: Pahoua Vang TEENworks Education Manager: Keith Pollock TEENworks Career Educator: Amy Mach TEENworks Career Organizer: Zhalarina Sanders Male Youth Programs Coordinator: Zack Watson Middle School Coordinator: Rosario Garcia Youth Programs Leaders: Roy Boone, Luke Bassuener, Barry Davis, Howard Hayes, Julian Holt LOFT PASS Americorps Members: Trevor Wirth, Meri-Rose Ekberg High School Programs Coordinator: Darian Wilson Outreach Manager: Helyn Luisi-Mills MERIT Direct Service Coordinator: Arthur Morgan MERIT Data Management Coordinator: Sang Thao MERIT Youth Program Evaluator: Josset Gauley MERIT Program Coordinator: Matt Rezin MERIT Facilitators: Carrie Breunig, Debra Dawidziak, Cliff Davis, Remy Fernandez-O’Brien, Howard Hayes, Latoya Jackson, Heidi Kobor, Passion McClain, Emily Sha, Alison Stauffacher, Kimberly Wasserman

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MOST l from page 1 Among middle school students, the data For example, GCC Executive Director revealed over 90 percent of middle school Becky Steinhoff said MOST could help foster collaborations to connect, say, dance age kids in Madison participate in afterschool care, though this includes much duproviders and afterschool sites, or bring professional development around academic plication, Lord said. Students participating in more than one program were counted standards to providers. multiple times. “There are lots of afterschool programs The data also found that half of all afteroperating in silo in the city and there is no school programs for elementary-schoolers clear sense of where the programs are — charge a fee, compared to just 7 percent where kids are participating and whether of middle school and 13 percent of high there are enough programs in neighborhoods to meet the needs,” Lord said. “And school programs. While some of this may be due to the Wisconsin Shares Child Care because we don’t know about the programs, we don’t know about their quality.” Subsidy program, which requires programs The MOST initiative, funded by the city to charge for reimbursement purposes, it reveals an unintended consequence of the and MMSD, has spent much of the last subsidy and presents another barrier for year planning, and recently developed an some families. asset map to better understand the land“We have decided to focus initial efforts scape in Madison. on elementary,” Lord said. “It’s intended to In New York City, where an OST program has been underway for several years, be K-12, but we need a place to start.” Steinhoff said one creative initiative asset mapping showed that once-challenged communities were no longer under- MOST is considering, after examining an approach in Providence, is linking quality served, but that new areas were in need. The OST program’s asset mapping pro- elementary afterschool participation, with approved providers, to report card grades. cess in Providence, R.I. revealed a gap in One of MOST’s current projects is to programs for middle-schoolers throughout design and build an online program-finder the city. to help families identify resourcAt a recent meeting of MOST es to meet their needs. For coalition team members, instance, Lord said a Lord revealed the find“Research shows caregiver could go to ings for Madison, that children who regularly the site to look for which will guide the participate in high-quality third grade science program’s initial programs in their priorities. afterschool or summer programs neighborhood. “We found that see improvements in school “That’s one of just 44 percent of performance, in pro-social behavior the first big things,” all elementary-age said Lord. “The proyouth are enrolled and they are in school more.” gram-finder was put in an afterschool pro— Jennifer Lord into the city budget this gram,” Lord said. “That year.” It should be live by is an age where kids need summer 2016, she added. care, unlike middle and high Next, MOST plans to conduct focus school kids, where older kids can often watch themselves and have more flexibility groups with parents and families of elementary age youth in order to learn what in terms of where they can go.” barriers they face with respect to quality The team also learned that just 29 perout-of-school time. cent of high school youth are engaged in “I suspect there are different barriers afterschool programming, though that does within different communities and neighnot include kids participating in competiborhoods,” said Lord, though she anticitive sports or in afterschool clubs.

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MOST coordinator Jennifer Lord stands in one of the GCC’s afterschool classrooms. GCC offers afterschool programs for K-12 students five days a week. pates transportation will be a common issue to some, as will fees. It’s this focus on engaging families and communities, and on cultural awareness, that Lord said sets Madison apart from many of the other cities that already have or are building OST programs. “We have made family and youth engagement a very core aspect of how we do what we do,” said Lord, noting that MOST envisions a continual, iterative approach where families, communities, the school district and the city each have a chance to provide input on an ongoing basis. “I am really excited, given the racial disparities and academic achievement gaps we see, in how this program will have an impact,” Steinhoff said. “It has in other cities, and I am excited that might be able to happen in Madison.” Initiative leaders will also work to define what makes a quality out-of-school program and define what that means for Madison. The program will train providers to deliver that quality. “We have to make sure that the students in our district have the best experience possible when they’re inside of our schools, but we recognize that a student’s learning experience doesn’t end when school ends,”

MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham told a meeting of MOST coalition team members in December 2013, according to an article in The Capital Times. While MOST is still in its early stages and much work lies ahead, Lord knows they must move quickly to help the city continue to provide as much as it can for its youth. “We have been moving at a pace of urgency and hope to keep moving at that pace,” Lord said. “Coming in, we heard we needed to have started this yesterday, and we are moving as fast as we can.” For more information on the Madison Out-of-School Time Initiative, please visit the city of Madison’s website, l

Did you know? In annual surveys completed by their teachers, 80 percent of Goodman Community Center’s elementary-age afterschool participants are hitting all their achievment metrics.



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The holiday family and staff fun night was a blast By Angela Tortorice, GCC assistant director for childcare programs photo: dr. robert San Juan In December, the Goodman Community Center hosted the sixth annual family and staff holiday family night. This year we opted to turn our gymnasium into a holiday space for everyone to enjoy. While we had hoped the space would allow families to spread out, we were pleasantly surprised to see more than 350 families, staff and friends attend. All in attendance were treated to a hot holiday meal and were entertained by the various talents that Middle school girls are all smiles after performing a make up our Goodman community. A talent show choreographed dance to “All About that Bass!” of sorts started with our joined the ensemble onstage to show off early child care classrooms singing a few winter songs. The carols were followed by his wash board musical talents! Having such a well-received event was two dance performances featuring the sea great way for us to wrap up the year. We mester’s partnership with Goodman child are excited to again offer monthly family and youth programs and Performing Ourfun nights in 2015 as we continue to celselves, a dance outreach project that comebrate the importance of child and youth bines dance education and performance to programming with families, staff and comempower girls. munity members. All groups received great applause from the crowd. The show finale featured For more information on Family Fun Goodman’s youth jazz ensemble. One of Nights, please visit our longest supporters, Jack Lussier, even programs/parent. l


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With you in her corner, she can change the world By Jenny Pressman, GCC director of development

Would you like to help us ensure successful futures for girls and women who attend programs at the Goodman Community Center and throughout Madison? Girls in Madison, particularly girls and young women of color, are experiencing significantly higher rates of poverty, underand unemployment, and low and failing academic achievement compared to their white peers. Systemic racism and low self-esteem are barriers to making healthy decisions, leaving young women vulnerable to unhealthy relationships, drug use and teen pregnancy. Older women are isolated, suffer more often from depression and frequently lack the resources to live healthy lives. We want all girls and women to be healthy, independent and educated. To make that happen, we’ve launched a new giving and mentoring program called Goodman Community Center Women of Impact. One of the strategies of the Women of Impact program is to work with Girls Inc., a national nonprofit that develops curriculum and research-based education programs for urban girls. Girls Inc. equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and be strong, smart and bold. GCC was recently approved as the only Girls Inc. affiliate in the greater Madison area. We are focusing our programming on girls of color with limited access to resources and opportunities. Our goal is to have every girl at Goodman age 3-18 be engaged in Girls Inc. by summer 2015, and to have 10 sites and 800 girls engaged across the city by the end of 2016. The Women of Impact Giving Circle was formed this fall to provide financial support to make possible a variety of programming for girls and women. While gifts to the Center of any size and from all



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Seed to Table reviews Glass Nickel Pizza By Liliana Garcia, Adelita Salinas, Jordan Wills, Destiny Sablijak, Haylee Steinkamp, Taishon Somersett, GCC Seed to Table students

We walked into Glass Nickel on a cold morning, both hungry and cranky, and we left happy and well fed. Everyone in our group had their own preference for pizza, but we left satisfied, all because of Glass Nickel’s quality food and service. We ordered many appetizers and most were liked. Some students really liked the jalapeno poppers, but others, not fond of spicy foods, avoided them. The mozzarella sticks were a hit, but a few students felt that something was missing and were confused as to why the accompanying marinara sauce was cold. Not many of the items we ordered seemed to have been made fresh, except the cheesy bread, which some students really, really loved because of the lack of tomato sauce. The cheesy bread came with the same marinara sauce — hot this time — which went untouched. Some diners thought that something was wrong with the somewhat flat pitchers of soda, but the price — $3 per pitcher — sure was right. One student enjoyed a kiddy cocktail, declaring it, “awesome and full of cherry juice.” The cheese pizza was delicious, having just the right amount of cheese and grease. The pepperoni pizza had ample amounts of meat and was expertly cooked. The crusts on these two pizzas were well received, even though our preferences are varied. We also ordered the popular Fetalicious pizza, which our instructors liked quite a lot, but they both questioned the wisdom of Janu-

ary tomatoes, calling them unhelpful. Most importantly, the pizzas arrived fast and hot, so hot that we had wait several minutes to eat them. We all agreed it was better this way than the other way around. One of us ordered the Santa Fe sandwich, which was full of jalapenos, sweet BBQ sauce and moist chicken slices. Even though there were no sides with this entrée, the student reported back that she was full and satisfied. We liked the cozy, high booths which we felt ensured our privacy (not that we were doing anything wrong). The music that was playing, though not what we normally listen to, was at the right volume, which we appreciated. On the one television that was turned on was world news. Some students didn’t mind, but several of us felt this was a bad idea, as it brought the conversation with our instructors around to current events, and we’d already discussed current events earlier in the day. We never learned the name our server, finding him only listed as employee No. 53 on our receipt. No matter his name, he was friendly, fast and was attentive to our numerous requests. We had a good time at Glass Nickel and will return someday. On this first visit, we felt comfortable, welcomed and by the end, very well fed. For more information on the Seed to Table high school program at the Goodman Community Center, visit l

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4K ... Hooray By Angela Tortorice, GCC assistant director for childcare programs

February kicked off the beginning of the Goodman Community Center’s enrollment of 4-year-old kindergarten. This fall will mark the Center’s fifth year in providing 4K as part of the early child care education programming. As a parent with a child who is 4K eligible this year, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to learn more about what Goodman has to offer. Dr. Robert San Juan, who oversees the early child care programs, feels community locations can offer a great experience for the entire family. “At Goodman, we look at the child and family holistically. We see our role as a support to the family and we value them. We know extended care helps so many families out and we are lucky enough to provide a sliding fee scale and scholarships to those who would otherwise not be able to have their child here for a full program day,” Dr. Rob said. “We keep an open door policy, encourage parents to volunteer and connect with teachers, and offer monthly family events which are very popular.” Dr. Rob explains GCC classrooms utilize Creative Curriculum, a play-based learning philosophy that encourages children to explore their environment and learn as they interact with their teachers and peers. “Our classrooms are mixed age and we see this as an opportunity for children

to navigate their differences. Younger children can learn so much from older children but it also works the other way!” Teachers at the Center provide children with opportunities to explore the community around them.“Our staff team has a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds. They understand how critical it is for classrooms to provide children with the skills to be ready for kindergarten, but that is only part of it. We want children to also learn pro-social behavior, practice how to problem-solve, gain life skills, and provide an experience that lets them know school is a safe place for them to be,” Dr. Rob said, When asking why a child would enjoy the program, Dr. Rob sums it up best: “You can be yourself here. We want to provide a space were learning is fun and where everyone in our community feels welcomed and appreciated.” For more information on 4-year-old kindergarten at the Goodman Community Center, please visit programs/4K or email Dr. Rob San Juan at l

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Students prepare sweet Valentine’s Day treats By Destiny Sabljak, GCC Seed to Table student

The treats that were made for Valentine’s Day included peanut butter cookies and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Each treat was packaged special for the holiday. The peanut butter cookies were stacked in a glass vase decorated with hearts and ribbon. The strawberries were in cute valentine-themed decorated boxes. The students helped through every step of the process, from baking the cookies to dipping and decorating the strawberries. Each treat included a handmade card with haikus written by the students. The money made off the treats will be used by the students to create backpacks for homeless kids in Madison. Seed to Tables students are building backpacks that will contain personal care items, snacks and vouchers for local services. l

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life on many dimensions, including emotional, environmental, cognitive, physical, vocational, social and spiritual. The concept of “active aging” in older adults will be promoted. An active lifestyle — not just physical activity — can decrease the challenges and increase the opportunities associated with aging. Stay tuned for more updates and wellness information. For more information, please contact Gayle Laszewski at or 204-8032. l



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The Goodman Community Center’s Beer and Chocolate Tasting is back for a second year — bigger, better and more spacious than ever. Plus, there’s unlimited beer. This year’s event will take place both indoors and outdoors, with a tent set up on the Land Sollinger green. Two soon-to-berevealed bands will be performing on the green throughout the evening. Throughout the event, you’ll have the chance to mix and mingle with brewers and chocolatiers and read about our recommended beer-chocolate pairings. Buy your tickets online or in-person at the Center. Advance tickets are $35, now through April 1. From April-May, tickets will be $45. The price of each ticket in-

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Civic-minded high school students are filling backpacks for homeless youth in Dane County. By Stephen Jenkins, MMSD Seed to Table teacher

A focus on wellness at GCC GCC recognizes the importance of being healthy and having a sense of well-being, regardless of age, health or socioeconomic status. This year at GCC, we are incorporating health and wellness initiatives into some of the programs offered, from youth to older adults. Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of wellbeing — not just avoiding sickness. It is a positive approach that looks at engaging in

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GCC Seed to Table students wrote a grant application to By Youth For Youth in hopes of securing funding to stock gender specific backpacks for homeless youth. BYFY is a committee of local high school students who direct approximately $30,000-$36,000 to projects generated, planned and implemented by youth groups benefiting people across Dane County. Backpacks will be stocked with genderspecific items and distributed at Innovative and Alternative Education sites throughout Dane County. It is the hope of the students

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Speed bags, gloves, jump ropes Gift cards for academic achievement Functioning musical instruments Sports equipment: footballs, basketballs Tickets to sporting events

Lussier LOFT, Colleen Berg

FYI-Fit Youth Initiative, Zach Watson

Sewing materials (sewing thread, cro- chet needles, cotton fabric) Mason jars and glass jars Feminine products Scientific calculators

Warm ski clothing (coats, hats, gloves, ski goggles, and adult and teen-sized snow pants) Sports equipment (all types of balls) Gym/duffle bags

Drum Circle, Deenah Givens Percussion instruments, drums of all sizes, rattles, shakers, triangles, ethnic percussion instruments

Family Support, Deenah Givens Yoga equipment (mats, blocks, bolsters, straps, etc.) Exercise DVDs and log books Athletic equipment (small free weights, exercise balls, exercise bands) Adult bikes, helmets and gloves

Facilities, Margo Tiedt 32" - 39" flat-screen HD TV A pickup truck with or without plow Powered computer speakers (Pioneer, Bose, Yamaha, etc.)

N.E.C. Program, Stephanie Fox Sports equipment: sports balls, nets, shin guards, flags for flag football, etc. Snow shoes (kids and adults) Waterproof winter gloves Weight lifting gloves Duffle/gym bags

Skateboard supplies Headphones Blank CDs and DVDs

Girls Inc., Pahoua Vang

Older Adult Programs, Gayle Laszewski CD player Duncan Hines cake mixes and frostings (four each per flavor of cakes and frostings) Wii games (bowling preferred) Laptop speakers, loud and like new

Preschool, Rob San Juan Puzzles Matchbox cars Rubber animals/people Dress-up clothes Books on CD or tape

TEENworks, Keith Pollock Youth bus passes Gift cards or movie passes for incentives Scientific calculators Canning jars Winter hats, gloves, scarves If you prefer to leave money instead of items, please make checks out to the Goodman Community Center and include the wish list program in a note.


activities for everyone

Find details for these activities online at: Preschool Elementary School Elementary Summer Camp NESYB Youth Basketball, see

Middle School CLUE, Skateboard Club NESYB Youth Basketball, see

High School Band Nights, see CLUE, Skateboard Club NESYB Youth Basketball, see Teen Alliance, NAMI Dane County, see

Adults Aerial Silks, see Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Women Balanced Flow Yoga Buddhist Philosophy Community Drum Circles Knitting Circle, Intro La Leche League

NA Traditions Ping-Pong SASY Neighborhood Association Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI), Sunday Gathering TangoBasico Lessons, Argentinian Tango Parents Connect, contact Women of Worthington, contact Yoga, Sunday morning Zumba

Older Adults Bingo After Lunch, Monday and Wednesday Bridge, Thursday Euchre, Tuesday Movies, Thursday Euchre Tournament, Friday and some Saturdays Gentle Exercise, Wednesday Lunch, A Dane County Nutrition Site, Monday through Friday Philosophy of the Wise, Alternate Thursdays Ping-Pong, Thursday and Sunday Tai Chi, Friday

GCC also offers many drop-in fitness activities: We have many drop-in fitness options, including yoga, Zumba, soccer, basketball and volleyball. Check our activities calendar for the most up-to-date information. To register for a class If registration is required, the contact person or organization listed online will handle fees and registration.

To report changes or errors Email:

Public access to the online activities calendar If you are at the Center and need detailed information about a specific class, please ask our front desk staff. They will happily look something up for you on our online activities calendar.

Hours and closings Goodman Community Center

The Center is open during normal business hours in March and April.

Building Hours and Lussier Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fitness Center Hours Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ironworks Cafe Hours Mondays, CLOSED for training

Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fritz Food Pantry Hours

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Brunch-style meal Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Dinner-style meal Thursdays, 12:30 to 3 p.m., No meal

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different offered to older adult participants at the Goodman ComNickel bingo after lunch Come for lunch and stay for the fun, munity Center? Come and share or just come to play. Where else can your ideas and thoughts at our Older you have so much fun for a nickel? Adult Program Planning meetings! As always, GCC’s vision is to conLunch — hours and details tinue to create a community where Doors open at 10 a.m. older adults are vital, independent, Salad served at 11:40 a.m. inspired and connected. Lunch served following salad For a meeting schedule or to share Bingo — hours and details ideas, please contact Gayle. Mondays: 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays Wednesdays: 12:45-2:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

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Older Adult Programs at the Center For more information about any older adult programming at the Center, contact Gayle, Older Adult Program Manager at 608-204-8032 or

Gentle exercise and Tai Chi

Tuesdays Gayle Laszewski

Join the fun!

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 and gentle exercise class. 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!

Philosophy discussions and DVD college lectures Philosophy discussions led by Professor Joseph Lynch of Madison College every other Tuesday at 10 a.m. On alternate Tuesdays, listen to DVD college-level lectures on economics, science, art, history and health. Discussions will follow. For more information, contact John at 515-9470 or visit www.uproar21. us.

Older adult activities mix fun and food

Tuesdays and Fridays

First time joining us?

Older adults play euchre every Tuesday and Friday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. No need to register. Please pay $1 at the door to feed the kitty! Prizes go to the top three scorers.

Please come a bit early and fill out two short registration forms. One form is to help us help you in case of an emergency, and the other form helps us with reporting to our funders.

Affordable transportation

will cancel your ride. If you need to cancel your ride after 2 p.m. or on weekends, there is a different set of instructions — just ask Gayle. Mondays, starting March 23

Active aging and wellness support group

Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being, not just avoiding sickness. This group will explore wellness and “active aging” in all areas of life. Research shows that an active lifestyle can decrease the challenges and increase the opportunities associated with aging. So, whether you are struggling with weight loss, exercise goals or chronic stress, this group is for you! Each session will include an educational presentation on a wellness topic, individual goal-setting and Need to cancel a ride? check-in, group discussion regardCall the Center by noon the business ing identifying and overcoming day before the meal day, and we obstacles, and health and wellness resources. Monday through Friday you can catch a ride to the Center for only 50 cents each way. If you live in the service area of the North/Eastside Senior Coalition, or if you live north of Buckeye Road and this side of the Interstate, you can catch a ride with Transit Solutions for lunch at the Goodman Community Center Senior Program. Simply call Gayle at 204-8032 by noon the business day before the day you wish to come for lunch. Ask to be put on the ride list for the following meal day and await your ride!




ssist with a craft project, serve a meal or just engage in conversation with the young at heart whose health is frail. Or be an escort on van trips into the community. Weekdays from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Come help make someone’s life happier and emotionally healthier. To view “A Life Transformed” and “The Best Day” go to and click on “Patient Stories”.

For more information or to sign up for the group, contact please contact Gayle.

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Euchre games are offered one or two Saturdays each month from 12:30-3 p.m. in Bolz Room A. Dessert is served from 12:30-1 p.m., and card playing goes from 1-3 p.m. No need to preregister; just pay $1 at the door to feed the kitty! These fees become the prize money. Upcoming euchre dates: March 14 & 28 | April 11 & 25

Five-minute chair massage Five-minute chair massage by Dr. Ron Inda, chiropractor. Free. Arrive early for this popular service. Check the welcome board in the lobby for the location. Dr. Inda will do massages from 9-10 a.m. For more information, please contact Gayle. Thursdays 12:30-2:30 p.m.


Dates are subject to change.

Watch feature movies as well as classics following lunch.

Alternate Tuesdays 11-11:45 a.m.

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OLDER aDULT PROGRAMS at the Goodman Community Center Continued Tuesday, March 17

St. Paddy’s day celebration You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day! Come join us from 12:45-2 p.m. for corned beef and cabbage, Irish music and a travel story of Ireland. Wednesday, March 18

Advance care planning Would your family know what to do if you had a health crisis and couldn’t communicate your health Enid Maloney celebrates her 90th birthday with family and friends at care wishes? If you haven’t put your the senior meal site at the Goodman Community Center. thoughts into writing about your Music - second and fourth Fridays future health care, this presentaThursdays 12:30-2:30 p.m. We will have a musical theme to ap- tion could be vital to you. Agrace Senior bridge at GCC is joining with “Honoring Choices Looking for a place on the east side preciate or dances to learn! If there Wisconsin,” a statewide movement is a particular dance you would like to play bridge? Join your hosts at that educates about the importance GCC on Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 to learn, let us know! of advance care planning. In this p.m. Adult bridge players of all skill hands-on seminar, you’ll learn levels are welcome — you just need a Answers to your about the “Power of Attorney for everyday concerns working knowledge of the game. Health Care,” a legal document that Do you need help getting your dictates your health care wishes. Thursdays 12:30-3 p.m. and health benefits set up? Do you have Sundays 1-4 p.m. questions about housing? Kate Tuesday, April 7 Ping-Pong Shenker, MSW, from the North/ Healthy fast food choices Come play Ping-Pong. New players Eastside Senior Coalition is at the Center Thursdays 11 a.m. to noon to Dining out today? At 11:15 a.m., always welcome. find answers and resources for you. join nutrition educator Lytonia Thursdays 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Please contact Gayle with questions. Flood from UW-Extension to disFriday mornings cuss understanding different menu options at fast food restaurants. Live jazz and blues Tuesday, March 3 Often on Friday mornings, Paris Egg-cellent food Wednesday, April 11 Blues, with Jim Willett, Larry LivAt 11:15 a.m., join nutrition educator ingston and Al Hough, play jazz Lytonia Flood from UW-Extension Celebrate Earth Day from about 10-11 a.m. It’s not a to reveal the truths and myths of the Earth Day was founded by Senaformal performance — you can still tor Gaylord Nelson and was first incredible egg. read the paper or talk with your organized 45 years ago to promote friends while they play. ecology and respect for life on Monday, March 9 the planet as well as to encourage Fridays 12:45-2 p.m. Author book reading awareness of the growing problems 82-year-old author Dorothy Kruse Fun Fridays of air, water and soil pollution. will be reading exceprts from her Why not end the week having fun Come share how you can help book, “Hammer Tacks, Not Ticks,” preserve our earth and take a plant with music or board games! to the older adult program from home with you. l Games - first and third Fridays 12:45-1:45 p.m. Stay for the enterSign up for a board game of your taining discussion to follow. choice and challenge your friends.

Older ADULT PROGRAMS in the community Theater Bus for adults 55 and over

Call 257-0003 or email

Sunday, April 19

Wednesday, April 29

Enjoy this comedy at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, with lunch included. The action centers on an inept house guest who overstays his welcome. Cost is $68.

Take a trip to the Bell Tower Theater in Dubuque, Iowa and watch this comedy set at a fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Lunch is the Julien Hotel. Cost is $75.

Bertie and Jeeves are back for a final encore in this adaptation of the P.G. Wodehouse stories at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Lunch is included. Cost is $78. l

Farce of Nature

Jeeves Takes A Bow

Madison Senior Center 330 W. Mifflin St. in Madison. Call 266-6581 to register. Thursday, March 3

Keeping you safe online The Internet offers many benefits to older Americans such as staying in touch with family members and online shopping or banking. What are the risks? Sadly, many scammers target seniors. Join Mary Kuehne from We Care Senior Care on Tuesday, at 10 a.m.

Thursday, March 19

Spaghetti dinner and the VFW band Reserve your place for a delicious Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner, served at 6 p.m. and followed by a free conert by an all volunteer community band. Register and pay $8 by Friday, March 13.

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March menu 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.

Need a ride? Participating seniors can use the county transportation system for older adults. Bus reservations are required by noon the prior business day. Call the Center at 204-8032 for 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. Vegetarian options are available each day. Menu subject to change. 11:30 a.m. Suggested arrival time 11:40 a.m. Tossed salad followed by the main entrée Monday, March 2 Grilled Cheese | Tomato Soup Tuesday, March 3 Egg Salad Sandwiches | Chips Wednesday, March 4 Brat on a Bun | Baked Beans Thursday, March 5 Beef Stir Fry | Rice Friday, March 6 Sloppy Joes | Potato Wedges Monday, March 9 Tuna Salad Sandwich | Vegetables Tuesday, March 10 Stuffed Peppers | Tortilla Soup Wednesday, March 11 Spaghetti | Broccoli Thursday, March 12 Cheeseburgers | Sweet Potato Fries Friday, March 13 Pulled Pork | Cole Slaw Monday, March 16 Turkey Sandwich | Cucumber Salad Tuesday, March 17 Corned Beef | Stewed Vegetables Wednesday, March 18 Kielbasa | Rice and Beans

Saturday, March 14

The Nerd

Tuesday, April 21

The estate planning process Estate planning does not need to cost a lot, be overwhelming or be thought of as something that is done later in life. This class will help you create an estate plan and organize your personal and financial affairs. Join Amy Crowe from Summit Credit Union at 10 am. l

Thursday, March 19 BLT Sandwich | Couscous Friday, March 20 Meatloaf | Mashed Potatoes Monday, March 23 Pizza | Roasted Broccoli Tuesday, March 24 Tex-Mex Lasagna | Beans Wednesday, March 25 Baked Whitefish | Potatoes Thursday, March 26 Roast Pork Loin | Mashed Potatoes Friday, March 27 Baked Chicken | Roasted Vegetables Monday, March 30 Roast Turkey | Green Beans Tuesday, March 31 Pork Ribs | Collard Greens The April menu can be picked up at the Center by mid-March. l



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Once again, Goodman Community Center supporters prove to be pretty special By Kristin Groth, GCC communications and community giving director

When I tell people I work in development at Goodman — the fundraising department — people usually say, “I could never do that.” Or, “That must be really hard.” The truth is, it’s probably not harder than your job. And, I really believe I get to meet some of the nicest people ever. Our supporters really “get” the value of community: they give so our littlest ones get off to a great start, so teens graduate and get a second chance and so hungry people have food. And they want our older adults to have this place where they feel so at home. So, to make my point, at the end of the year, we had a drawing for a $500 gift certificate to the new Edgewater Hotel as part of our appeal for support at the end of the year. We randomly selected the winners

— it was a couple who have given to the Center for many years. I left a few messages over a several days. I didn’t hear back. I was ready to give up but tried one more time and the woman (who preferred to stay anonymous) answered. When I told her she and her husband won, her first words were, “Oh, that’s so nice, but isn’t there someone else — maybe a veteran or someone — who could use this more?” (Mind you, I don’t think this couple is wealthy by most standards. Just generous.) We talked about that, and she reluctantly agreed to accept it, enjoy it and share it with whoever she and her husband wanted to share it with. We hope they just plain enjoy it. Because it’s nice when good things happen to good people, don’t you think? l

Thanks to Madison’s Children Service Society, many Goodman kids have brand new books By Kristin Groth, GCC communications and community giving director

Goodman’s Family Fun Night in February was dedicated to literacy and culture. As part of that, there is always a big book giveaway — every family gets books to take home. And this year, thanks to a generous gift from Children Service Society in Madison, with help from Barnes and Noble, we had big stacks of beautiful new books for all ages. These weren’t the books no one wanted to buy, these were the most favorite books that everyone is reading. What a great gift. Parents will be reading to their children, children will be reading to their parents and grandparents. Youth will curl up with a good book. And maybe some kids will fall in love with reading so much they will get discovered reading with a flashlight under their blankets long after the lights are off. That’s a nice problem. l

Maggie, 3, and Maya, 4, smiled when they learned that their families would be able to pick out new books like these at Family Fun Night at Goodman.

Steely Dane rocks the house at the Barrymore Theatre. Band members read humorous love dedications in between songs.

Steely Dane and The Gomers rock out on Valentine’s Day for the Goodman Center By Kathleen Ward, GCC assistant director of communications

Local bands Steely Dane and The Gomers performed on Valentine’s Day at the Barrymore Theatre—and the Goodman Center benefited. The show opened with The Gomers performing their live-band karaoke show, Rockstar Gomeroke. Audience members bought $5 raffle tickets for the opportunity to sing one of the 1,600 songs

from The Gomer’s song list and many paid $10 to have Steely Dane read a dedication between songs. All proceeds from the Gomeroke raffle and Steely Dane dedications were donated to the Goodman Community Center. Thanks to Steely Dane, The Gomers and the Barrymore Theatre for their support! l The members of Bread of Life Anglican Church were so moved to provide for the east side community that they continued their food drive beyond Thanksgiving — all the way to Christmas. Pictured are youngsters from Bread of Life Church gathered around a display showing the final tally of 401 canned or boxed items collected. Way to go!

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A BIG thanks to these community-minded businesses and organizations These organizations have donated time and/or resources to help keep our programs strong.

Thanks to these organizations who supported us in December and January A Fund for Women American Endowment Foundation American Girl Fund for Children Amgen Foundation Association of Madison Fire Supervisors August Foundation Inc. Bank of America Bullseye, Inc. Child Care Tuition Assistance Program City of Madison CMI Management, LLC Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin CUES Dane County District Attorney’s Office Department of Health and Social Services Discoverers Fund Inc. East Wind Acupuncture & Pain Clinic Epic Systems Corporation Fire Light Group Forte Research Systems Frank Productions, Inc. Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier GCC Volunteers Good Family Foundation Grace Episcopal Churchwomen Grampa’s Pizzeria Harmony Bar & Grill Hill Electric Hill Glowacki Jaeger & Hughes Isthmus Engineering & Manufacturing Co-op Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation, Inc. Jenifer Street Market Jewish Federation of Madison John Knox Presbytery Keller Family Charitable Trust Kraft Foods Group Foundation Lake Edge Lutheran Church Local 311 Charitable Trust

Madison Area Technical College Foundation Madison Community Foundation Madison Metropolitan School District Madison Rotary Foundation Madison-Area Urban Ministry Milwaukee Valve North/Eastside Senior Coalition Oak Street Ramblers Pellitteri Waste Systems Pierce’s Supermarket, Inc. Players Sports Bar Schwab Charitable Fund Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin Seversin’s Service Center Solidarity Realty St. Bernard Catholic Church St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Summit Credit Union The Eppstein Uhen Foundation Theda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation, Inc. United Way of Dane County US Dairy Forage Research Center Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Vogel Bros Building Co Vogel Foundation Inc. West Bend Foundation, Inc. West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. WI-CCP Tuition Reimbursement Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Wisconsin Reinsurance Corp. Women of St. Bernard Woven Journey Zion Lutheran Church GCC Volunteers baked Thanksgiving Basket pies at the FEED Kitchens in Madison.

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TKF Spirit Fund bolsters TEENworks at the Goodman Community Center By Kathleen Ward, GCC assistant director of communications

The TEENworks Seed to Table high school program at the Center has received a significant grant through 2017 from the TK Foundation Spirit Fund at the Orange County Community Foundation. This grant will fund the expansion of a food preserving program called “GoodFood to Go,” positive youth development training for staff and food specialists and the formalizing of a program model for other organizations to use. The TEENworks Seed to Table Innovation Campus program was piloted with the Madison Metropolitan School District in June 2012. The 10-week program was so successful that the district added it as an affiliated alternative high school program for the school year. Today, the campus focuses on urban agriculture, culinary arts, food preservation as well as education and employment training for teens. To date, we have an 85 percent retention and graduation rate among a group of students who were habitually truant and credit deficient. The district is currently looking to use the program as a model for the citywide High School Reform initiative based on Harvard University’s Pathways to Prosperity report. We thank the TK Foundation Spirit Fund at the Orange County Community

TEENworks students learn about urban agriculture at neighborhood gardens and local farms. Foundation for investing in our teens and this model program. For more information on TEENworks, visit the GCC webpage at goodmancenter. org/programs/teenworks. To learn more about Harvard University’s Pathways to Prosperity report, visit http://dash.harvard. edu/handle/1/4740480. l

A huge thanks to the University of Wisconsin’s men’s basketball team. A few players gave back to the community over the holidays by helping stock shelves in GCC’s Fritz Food Pantry. Thanks, guys!

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From Becky steinhoff, GCC executive director: We shifted our fiscal year so that it now starts in September, not with the calendar year. The result of the shift was a short fiscal year from January to August of 2014. This aligns better with many of our program schedules and funding sources, but it also created our odd little year. Though it’s a little year, some very big things took shape.

Thanks to the Goodman Foundation, we’re helping youth in Madison try new ways to integrate healthy food and fitness into their daily lives. Madison’s Fit Youth Initiative, FYI, is being offered in collaboration with three other community centers and the kids are eating it up—the good food and the active fun.

In those eight months, while we continued to do the core work at the Center, we expanded our outreach in the community. We are now involved in three incredible programs operating at many neighborhood centers and schools throughout Dane County.

Additionally, we are proud to have become the official Girls Inc. affiliate for greater Madison. We are honored to already be facilitating this inspiring program at three community organizations and by next year, our goal is to expand Girls Inc. to 10 community sites with hopes of engaging 800 girls.

Madison Empowering Responsibility In Teens, a pregnancy prevention and positive youth development program, entered its fifth year and we have data that shows its indisputable success. In May, MERIT was recognized as an exemplary program by the national Office of Adolescent Health and now partners with 35 organizations in Dane County.

Our generous and engaged staff made this odd little year a great little year. Currently, we are updating our strategic plan and continue to deliver the highest quality programming and resources that secures futures and strengthens lives in our community. These advances are possible because of generous people like you. Thank you.

here are some ways Goodman has made an impact in FY 2014:

Volunteers made a huge impact

◼ During the spring and summer, Lussier LOFT

Volunteer Hours in FY 2014

middle school and high school program worked with the Madison Children’s Museum to offer students a series of workshops that taught participants volunteer and employment skills. Best of all, some of these students were hired as MCM staff at the end of the summer.

◼ We received a SEED grant from the City of

Madison to implement the Healthful Access Program. This grant allowed us to offer nutritional education classes, monthly, hands-on cooking classes and free childcare during class times.

Danny By third grade, Danny was already at risk of failing in school. And maybe life. His social worker at Lowell Elementary referred him to our afterschool. He had learning problems and picked fights. He often ran away. He needed help. In another setting he might have been suspended. But at Goodman that’s not an option, so our teachers created a “chill zone” in the classroom with squishy balls, LEGOs, and other hands-on activities where he could quiet himself down when he needed to. When that didn’t work, staff took him to help sweep sidewalks or shovel snow until he calmed down and was ready to be back in class. Danny responded to the consistency and structure. And love. He recently earned Student of the Week, but he didn’t want one of the regular prizes. Instead, he politely asked, “Can I have a Goodman t-shirt instead?” We love that he learned he belongs here. Danny has two brothers and a sister—all with similar learning disabilities and challenging temperments. We are saving spots for the whole family to come to our summer camp. Not because they are easy kids, but because they are the kids who need us the most.

◼ In May, we graduated 36 students in our 4-year-

old kindergarten who all demonstrated kindergarten-ready reading and writing skills.

◼ In June, Goodman and five other community

centers (COMETS) were recognized by the University of Wisconsin with a community partnership award. This award highlighted programs that promoted the “Wisconsin Idea”: community members and university staff working collaboratively to transform our campus and communities for the public good.

Child & Youth Programs: 2,732 Food Programs: 4,390 Older Adult Program: 1,986 Communications & Eastside News: 350 Special Events: 109 Family Outreach: 215 Board of Directors & Committees: 890 Administrative Support: 1,589 Grounds & Maintenance: 387

Total hours: 11,856 ◼ Total volunteers: 415

sasha GCC programming can help make someone’s whole future more secure. Sasha’s mom is a single parent who struggled with substance abuse. Sasha spent much of her first years plopped in front the TV. No one read to her. No one helped her learn words to describe the world around her. No one fed her nutritious meals. Every day she was getting more behind. After four years, Sasha’s grandma stepped in and enrolled her in preschool at Goodman. She could afford it thanks to sliding scale fees which donors like you make possible. Sasha is 8 now. Our staff brought her teachers, social worker and grandma together to create the consistency she needed. And care. Today, she’s caught up with her peers academically and socially. She’s healthy, polite, loves to read and learn — and is happy. That’s a great foundation for her to have a more secure future. Just imagine how grateful Sasha’s grandma is to have Goodman staff on her side. Note: These photos are representative of children in our program and do not depict the names of the children in these stories.

FY 2014 Revenue and Expenses GRANTS




Revenue $ 3,463,032

OTHER $51,122





Expenses $ 3,466,939



$343,586 Currently, 85 CENTS of every dollar goes directly to program services. This financial information is condensed and should be read with our audited financials. An unrestricted contribution from the acquisition of related entities has been omitted.

For a list of our funders and impacts, visit

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Join your neighborhood association! Brad Kuse, SASYNA communications and outreach coordinator

Join our neighborhood association meetings on the second Thursday of each month at the Goodman Community Center at 6:30 p.m. hard at work addressing safety concerns expressed by neighbors north of Milwaukee Street. Planning is underway for a 2016 movein for the proposed cohousing at Union Corners, East Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street. Cohousing is a neighborhood planned by the people who will live there. Preliminary plans show a mix of individually owned units, from studios to townhouses, and a variety of common areas. Anyone interested in planning together and living in this intentionally welcoming community is invited to upcoming “Second Saturday Socials,” 1-3 p.m. at the Chocolaterian Cafe on Atwood Avenue. For more informationm visit the Union Corners committee on the SASY website and l

MadCity Bazaar will have a new location photo: Phoebe Saunders

MadCity Bazaar, a successful urban pop-up flea market, will convene for its second season featuring the finest makers, producers and collectors in the area. The 2015 season will be considerably longer, featuring a total of 22 market days and 45 vendors. MCB’s new location will be in the parking lot of the Fiore Shopping Center at East Washington Avenue and First Street next to Burr Jones Field. The new venue’s expansive area and high visibility along a major thoroughfare will provide a big boost to the endeavor. MadCity Bazaar is a family affair with three “Joe Mingle and I are very excited generations at work: (l-r) Sarah Blake, Harpabout the changes occurring with the er Blake-Horst and Meghan Blake-Horst. MadCity Bazaar,” Meghan BlakeMadCity Bazaar has partnered this year Horst, the market manager, said. “The with Let’s Eat Out! It’s a group of local schedule for market days is now both Satfood carts on a mission to promote and adurdays and Sundays on the first and third vocate for the success of the local mobile weekends of every month, May through food entrepreneurs, while bringing neighSeptember. Because we can accommodate borhoods together and expanding access to more vendors, we will be able to keep the local food. The two groups will host three vendor booth fee low — between $25 and scheduled concerts and rotating food carts $50 per day.” at each market. A fall food cart festival Sept. 27 will close the season. Non-profit organizations are also encouraged to apply to be featured at the market. One non-profit organization will be hosted at the hospitality tent on each market day. Agency representatives can offer information and sell items directly related to their area of interest. Baby-friendly jewelry by Chompy Chic Chewlery at MadCity Bazaar.

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More people want to be a part of the solution Alfonso Flores V, President of Worthington Park Neighborhood Association

SASY Neighborhood Association update

The Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborhood Association’s annual general membership meeting is April 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the Goodman Community Center. The council election is held during the general membership meeting. If you’re looking to get yourself elected and join the council, that’s great! If you’re aim is to apply your skills and attention to specific projects in the neighborhood, look no further than the committee page of For example, the Garver committee has been working tirelessly to preserve and encourage the future use of the old Garver building near Olbrich Gardens. As a result of its efforts and the efforts of others, four developers have submitted proposals detailing how they would use this building as well as the North Platte that surrounds it. These proposals can be viewed at the Hawthorne Branch Library. The Winnebago-Atwood corridor planning committee has resumed meeting with the city to discuss place-making and urban design in anticipation of the reconstruction of Schenk’s Corners. Check for exciting concept sketches created by SASY that redesign this historic corner. The festival committee is planning 2015’s incarnation of AtwoodFest. It doesn’t matter if you are wearing your dancing shoes or your volunteer button, we’d love to see you there. And, the Union Triangle committee is

For more information, visit or contact Meghan Blake-Horst at or 3470267. l

It’s been a while, y’all, but in the ever so true words of LL Cool J, “Don’t call it a comeback; I been here for years.” Eight, as a matter of fact. I’ve lived in WorthingAlfonso Flores V ton Park for eight years. In this article I share news, hopes, outlooks and goals in an attempt to paint a picture of what I see as a resident and advocate. It can’t be denied that this neighborhood has seen a lot of action, good and bad, from within and without. What also can’t be denied are the talents, drive and commitment of my neighbors. Every season more folks come forward to be part of a solution to the ongoing issues here. I think because a solution is actually forming, and that it can be felt and measured, is a reason why people are getting active. We have examples like a women’s group (WOW) growing their ranks and outreach, Off the Block Salsa’s impressive grocery store premier, increased membership in Worthington Park Neighborhood

Association, recent investments in homes and rental properties, and successes of the annual picnic and free bike repair series, the latter beginning again in April. Also noticeable are the efforts to create and maintain positive relationships with city staffers and neighbors beyond our own borders. To that end, WPNA sincerely thanks the Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborhood Association for generosity stemming from its 2014 winter party. But, there is more work to do. Residents have long articulated what they want for this community. Those wish lists are firmly held by a new group that formed to act today on the input from years of listening and “envisioning” sessions. That group, Waterways Cooperative, is guided by its demand for equitable progress and inclusive development in Darbo/ Worthington as it works on a multimillion dollar revitalization project. I am proud to be a resident here, and I’m proud to be part of the Waterways team. All are welcome to contribute and collaborate, so get in touch. For more information on Waterways Cooperative, visit their Facebook page at l

Witnessing domestic violence can impact kids By Jamie Quam, DAIS development coordinator

As a community we may know that domestic violence affects one in four women and one in seven men, but what is not often talked about is that some of the smallest victims, kids, are impacted in the biggest way. This is why Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) not only provides services for women and men who have been the victim of domestic violence, but also specific programming for their children as well. “Witnessing domestic violence can have a huge impact on children that they can carry into adulthood if there isn’t early intervention,” said Karen Larson, DAIS’ children’s program coordinator. “This can manifest in a variety of ways, from how they are doing in school to their future relationships to their future health.” Larson also states that when you don’t work with children to process the suffer-

ing they have experienced, that trauma will manifest itself into problems requiring intervention later in life. “The DAIS children’s program, along with our other programs, try to provide services that wrap around the entire family and keep both the needs of parents and the needs of kids in mind,” Larson said. “We provide structure, support and a safe environment for kids to just be kids.” Larson also said that DAIS’ move into the much larger Mortenson Family Center for Hope and Safety on Madison’s north side has been critical in providing new opportunities to better serve kids and their parents. Instead of having just one space for kids of all ages, there are now four connected rooms so that kids can be separated into age-appropriate activities. For more information about DAIS, please visit l

Dane County homeless resource guide available The Dane County Department of Human Services helps support a number of agencies that provide assistance to individuals and families who are homeless. If you are in need of shelter, please call the Dane County Housing Crisis Line at 855-510-2323. Case managers are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Calls are accepted anytime. For additional agencies and resources, please visit the Homeless Services Consor-

tium website at If you are in need of a service not listed, please call the United Way of Dane County at 2-1-1 for additional information on food, housing, employment, health care or visit their website at A complete homeless resource guide is available online at l



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It’s time to study the Garver proposals By Jean Rawson, Eastside News

Earlier this year, four companies submitted proposals for redevelopment of the Garver Feed Mill site behind Olbrich Gardens and presented them to the Garver Feed Mill Criteria and Selection Committee. There will be one more review session March 18 at 5 p.m. in the Madison Municipal Building, after which the committee will decide which proposal will wend its way forward to eventual consideration by the city council. The March meeting provides an opportunity for neighbors to listen to the discus-

sion and offer opinions and preferences on the proposals. The diversity of the four proposals is wide — an event center, housing for the aging, a local food-production and demonstration facility, and a general housing complex. The potential impact on the surrounding neighborhoods is significant. Let your opinions and ideas be known. The city’s request for proposals, as well as the proposals themselves, are available on the city’s website. l

Zion Lutheran Church goes solar

Used panels allow it to start using renewable energy Stacy Gahlman-Schroeder, Zion Lutheran Church

As the sun struggled to peek through mostly overcast skies, members of Zion Lutheran Church and invited guests gathered on Dec. 17 to cut the ribbon on a rooftop solar electric system above the main entrance. Now fully energized, the solar system is once again supplying electricity to a congregation. Over three years ago, members of Zion approached Kurt Reinhold, a local solar developer, and Twink Jan-McMahon of Sustainable Atwood to research the possibility of using a renewable energy source like solar to cut operating costs. For a variety of reasons, the timing wasn’t right at the time to pursue a solar installation on Zion’s rooftop. However, that all changed in the fall of 2014 when Reinhold approached Zion with a proposal to install a used solar system that had been taken down from another church. Going into this year, Madison Christian Community, an ecumenical partnership of Advent Lutheran and Community of Hope congregations, had the oldest operating solar electric system of any church in Wisconsin. When its roof needed replacement last spring, MCC decided to take advantage of solar’s declining costs and replace its 12-year-old system with a much larger array that covers nearly the entire southfacing roof. Instead of selling its 18 panels,

Photo: Sustainable Atwood

Memorialize your pet’s life in Eastside News Losing a beloved pet can be as big of a loss as the death of a friend or family member. And sharing that loss with your circle of friends is an important part of the grieving process. We’d like to help you share your pet’s life with our community.

What to submit When submitting a pet obituary, please submit your pet’s name, date of birth, date of death, your name, full address, email address, phone number and your obituary submission exactly as you’d like it to read. Cost is $5 per 50-word or column inch, while photos are $10 (limit 1).

Molly Molly Rohn-Capellaro (1998-2015) won our hearts immediately at the Humane Society 18 years ago. She was a smiling, 9-pound fur ball. She later won “best smile” at the Atwood pet parade. For 18 years she protected our home and herd diligently, herding people, cats and sheep, and frolicking with her two retriever loves, Henry and Arthur.

Pay for your ad Pet obits require payment before they are published. Zion Lutheran has been fitted with solar panels which sat atop another church. MCC and Advent donated them to Sustainable Atwood. “Leadership of Advent and MCC recognize how we benefited from the solar panel system, and we wanted others to benefit as we did,” Pastor Jeff Wild of Advent Lutheran said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The solar panels will save 200 pounds of carbon dioxide every day. East side resident Michael Vickerman noted, “the (Schenk-Atwood-StarkweatherYahara) neighborhood is now one of Madison’s premier solar clusters,” referencing several rooftop arrays going up along Winnebago Street and Atwood Avenue recently. Despite its relatively advanced age, Zion’s panels still operate at close to 95 percent of its original power rating, Vickerman said. l

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George Harrison Rohn-Capellaro (20012015) was a fancy fellow. He always wore a tuxedo, a goatee and crossed his paws daintily. He once hunted, but spent his later years indoors, eating and napping.

Pet obits for the May-June, 2015 issue must be submitted and paid by Thursday, April 9.

Molly and George are survived by four human and three animal family members.

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WOW, you amaze me! By Cate Banning Veith, a Woman of WORTHington

Upon moving to Madison I set a personal goal to seek out a group of genuine, dedicated and community-minded people with which I would feel a sense of belonging and accomplishment within the context of our collective endeavors. I’m grateful that Madison has offered so many opportunities on this front. And, I’m happy to report that I’ve found Friends of Starkweather Creek Board Co-Chair Lance Green measures creek water my home and met my goal as a member of the Women of clarity near Olbrich Gardens. WORTHington. WOW is an amazing group of women, each of whom By Dea Larson Converse, Friends of Starkweather Creek contributes a strong, vibrant and unique personality. Women of WORTHington (l-r) LaToya Jackson, For the past few years, the Friends of wildlife to exist in the stream. A good level We are working together to Deenah Givens and Elisa Rosas make candles for Starkweather Creek have worked with the of dissolved oxygen is around 5 mg/L, strengthen the well-being of their group. Rock River coalition participating in voland the higher the better. Last summer the Worthington Park neighunteer stream monitoring. There are curdissolved oxygen in the creek averaged WOW has a vested interest in the eduborhood and its residents. We rently four sites along the creek that are 6 mg/L, and we saw smallmouth bass on cation of our children. One WOW memdraw from each other’s talents and wisdom monitored by Friends’ volunteers — near both branches of the stream. ber has bravely stepped up to co-chair the to encourage our creativity and sustain our State Highway 30, Olbrich Gardens, MilFinally, we measure water temperature. Lowell Elementary School Parent Teachforward momentum. We are openly learnwaukee Street and Melvin Court. High temperature extremes can make fish er Organization and of course, represent ing about and embracing each other’s culThere are three main measures we use and insects more susceptible to pollution WOW. She is so courageous! tural, economic and social values. to evaluate the stream for recreational use and disease. Fish, like smallmouth bass, This past summer one WOW sister Our dedication to the work we are doand for wildlife habitat. That informacan exist in waters up to 86 degrees Fahring, combined with many good laughs, has cleverly created the Parents in the Park tion helps us understand the state of the enheit, but over 78 F is fatal to trout. Last program. Parents and children came out on led to a strengthening of the bonds within stream’s health. summer, the temperature averaged 68 F. a biweekly basis to share a meal, supervise our sisterhood, as well as the bonds beThe first, transparency, is easy to unWater temperature is increased by retheir children and build lasting friendtween WOW and the larger community. derstand. Murky water is not good for rec- moving trees that shade the stream; runoff ships. We are eagerly anticipating warmer WOW sisters take their civic responsireational canoeists and kayakers, and, at from parking lots, roofs and roads; and soil temperatures and looking forward to once bilities seriously. We have had the opporsome levels, it is not good for the fish and erosion into the creek. again spending more time in Worthington tunity to meet with, as well as voice our other wildlife. Over the past few months, things have ideas and concerns to, many state and local Park. The average transparency on the stream gotten busy for the Friends of StarkweathWOW members have been workofficials. We have a solid relationship with last summer was 9 nephelometric turbidity er Creek. We celebrated the solstice and ing hard on the fundraising front. Among Worthington Park Neighborhood police units. The target for human recreation is 5 worked with Next Door Brewery to create other activities WOW has been offering officer Lester Moore. Our members are NTUs, and lower is better. a special solstice beer, Crick Bottom Wit. our beautiful, handmade jewelry at varigrateful for the warm welcome we have While there are challenges around creek Next Door Brewery generously donated received at these meetings and the willing- ous venues around town. We would like to transparency, this number doesn’t tell the some of the proceeds from the sale of the say a big thank you and acknowledge our ness of officials to partner with us to find whole story. The water clarity changes beer to the Friends. gratitude for the generous financial suplasting resolution to the issues impacting over the course of the summer. Friends of Starkweather Creek is anticiport we have received from organizations our community. During our canoe tours last year we saw pating a busy year, with more community such as the city of Madison, the SchenkWOW is happy to report the success of clear water on many parts of the stream. building around the creek through cleanups Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborour traffic calming initiative along RoseUnfortunately, during our spring cleanup and creek tours. We’ll also participate in hood Association and the Worthington mary Avenue at Darbo Drive. The new on the west branch, the water was very neighborhood festivals like Atwood Fest Park Neighborhood Association, as well as signs alerting drivers to the large volume murky and we saw a large amount of and the spring solstice celebration. of pedestrian traffic at this intersection will the many individuals inside and outside the aquatic vegetation. Our members have been active workneighborhood. help to ensure the safety of neighborhood Another measure of creek health is dising with Hawthorne Elementary School WOW is a fun, safe and supportive children and adults alike. solved oxygen, which is necessary for building a rain garden. They’ve also been environment to celebrate successes and We all need a place to call home. As reviewing the Garver redevelopment proaddress adversities. We have been making such, a number of WOW members have posals and reviewing new permits for Kipp plans for 2015 and are looking forward to successfully completed the Rent Smart to discharge treated wastewater into Starkour continued work, both collectively and training to assist and advocate for extendweather Creek. ing a second chance to eligible renters who individually, to provide positive outcomes We’ll also be looking at proposals for a for our community and ourselves. l have been deemed “hard to place” or have projected new housing development near evictions on their record. the headwaters of the creek, as well as working with the University of Wisconsin Arboretum on an earth partnership project. If any of our activities resonate with you, please visit our website at and become a member, volunteer or donate to our cause. We also encourage you to “like” us on our Facebook page so we can keep you Lance Green measures dissolved oxygen informed about our canoe tours, cleanups and other events.l in the creek along the bike path near Olbrich Gardens.

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Eastside ACTIVITIES March 7-22

Olbrich’s 2015 Spring Flower Show is a reminder that winter is almost over and colors will return

March 11

‘Free Yourself from Anger’ workshop Eastside Friends of the Dharma formed six years ago in a small room at GCC. As a tribute to Goodman’s generosity, our group is offering, at no cost, a six-week series titled, “Free Yourself from Anger.” Anger is one of the most common destructive emotions we experience, disturbing our minds and actions nearly every day.

Meander through an array of spring flowers and leave the stark winter landscape behind at Olbrich Gardens’ 2015 Spring Flower Show. Relish in the fragrance of hyacinths, admire the delicate petals of elegant tulips March 28 and the sunny hues of brilliant daffodils in Olbrich’s lovely atrium daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Calling all singers, dancers, magicians and Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for chilperformers of all types and ages. Overture dren ages 3 to 12. It’s free for children 2 Center for the Arts invites you to audition and under. Admission is free for Olbrich Immerse in the splendor of spring. as we search for South Central Wisconsin’s members. Rising Stars. There will also be a Primula Sale, SatWhen the show is over there will be a The first audition will take place at the urday, March 7 and a Pansy Sale, Saturday, plant sale Monday, March 23 from noon Goodman Community Center on March 28 to 3 p.m. Select flowers from Olbrich Gar- April 4. The pansies are grown in Olbrich’s dens’ Spring Flower Show will be available own greenhouses. Through March 26 For more information and a complete for purchase, while supplies last. All prolist of events, visit l ceeds benefit the Gardens.

Buddhist teachings offer practical methods to free ourselves from anger’s damaging energy. These drop-in classes start on Wednesday, March 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Goodman Community Center. Come to one or all — each class offers benefit. Everyone is welcome. l

Come audition for Overture’s Rising Stars from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Only the first 50 registrants will be accepted, so please submit as soon as possible. To see a listing of other dates and locations or to register, visit overturecenter. org/risingstars. l

Community grief support group offered

Now through April 15

Free tax help available throughout Madison Low-income, elderly or people with disabilities in Madison have several free options if they need help preparing their income taxes. The University of Wisconsin-Extension has tax help available at the Villager Mall, 2300 South Park St., on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. No appointment is needed. Bring all related tax documents, photo identification, and copies of actual social

security cards for the filer, all dependents and a spouse if filing jointly. Walk-in tax help is also available at St. Dennis Church, 505 Dempsey Road on Thursdays through April 10. For tax help at several Madison libraries, Goodwill Industries and the Madison Senior Center, appointments are needed. For a complete list of locations and hours please call United Way 211. l

Grief continues well after loss occurs and each individual experiences it in unique ways. It is not uncommon for grief to come in intense waves, especially within the first year. Many find it helpful to talk with others going through similar experiences. To support you during this time, Home Health United is offering When Morning Dawns to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss. The support group is offered at no cost to participants. When Morning Dawns takes place on

Wednesdays, through March 26 from 5-7 p.m. at the Waunakee Senior Center at 333 S. Madison St. in Waunakee. These sessions are intended for adults grieving a loss. No registration is required. Participants are welcome to attend at their convenience. For more information, please contact Home Health United at 877-356-4514. A complete listing of our grief support offerings can be found online at home­ l

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Time to sign up for spring kindergarten soccer

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Let the swarm ball commence! Parents of kindergartners can enroll their children in Capitol East Soccer Club’s Kinde Soccer Program at Olbrich Park. Priority registration ends March 1, with games starting on April 22. Students will be placed on school-based teams with at least one coach. Typical teams have 10 players. Coaches are volun-

teer parents from each team. Practices are fun and skill-based activities on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. while games are on Sunday mornings from 8:309:30 a.m. For more information on kinde soccer or to register online, visit l

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Relax on Sundays with a slow flow Due to demand, Slow Flow Yoga has addThere will be a focus on breath awareed a second Sunday yoga class from 4-5 ness and staying centered. You will leave p.m. in the Goodman Community Center class feeling calm, relaxed and grounded. gym. No pre-registration is required. Each This slow-flow class is good for all class is $4. Bring your own mat and suplevels. Combined with essential oils and port props. hands-on assists, it starts with a gentle For more information about this class, warm-up, leads into more flowing movecontact Jennifer Pampush at kitsmom17@ ment, and ends with lots of relaxing poses l MB-Mobile Launch_MB-Mobile Launch 12/10/14 10:00 AM Page 2 and a long savasana.

Embark on an amazing visual adventure with photography classes taught by talented, in-house professionals at Focal Flame Photography. Get ready to learn and to see the world in a whole new light. Focal Flame is offering an intro to photography class on digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) basics. This class is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about the fundamentals of digital photography, as well as getting more comfortable with a DSLR camera. No previous experience is necessary. This class is $45, plus tax and takes place at the Goodman Center March 10 from 6-8 p.m. For more experienced photographers, we are offering an advanced two-session

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photography class. Topics will include metering, white balance, post-processing, exposure compensation and composition. The advanced class is $80, plus tax, and takes place the Goodman Center March 16 and 30 from 6-8 p.m. To register for either the beginning or advanced class, visit l

March 3 and 19

Agrace volunteer orientations Volunteering for Agrace can be a very rewarding experience in a person’s life. In March, Agrace will offer volunteer orientation for those interested in making a difference in the lives of patients with advanced illnesses. Agrace has opportunities for volunteers who would like to work directly with Agrace patients, as well as organizational support roles that do not involve patient care. Areas of most immediate need are for customer service volunteers at the Agrace Thrift Store East as well as café and kitch-

en help at Agrace’s Madison campus. Agrace’s next volunteer orientation opportunities will be held Tuesday, March 3, from 1-5 p.m. and Thursday, March 19, from 5-9 p.m. at Agrace’s Madison campus at 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway. Prior to attending orientation, prospective volunteers will complete an application and an interview process with Agrace’s Volunteer Services staff to identify the volunteer’s skills and interests. Call 327-7163 to begin the pre-orientation process. l

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The Charity Jamboree, Madison’s largest one-day indoor music fund-raiser festival, will be March 7 at The High Noon Saloon, Brass Ring and Brink Lounge. This fourth annual event is presented by The People Brothers Band and Music Can Beat M.S. Beneficiaries of the event will be the

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Idun Lodge will hold its annual Spring Frokost and bake sale Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Norway Center on 2262 Winnebago St. The smorgasbord-style brunch will feature smoked salmon, herring, ham, sausages, boiled eggs, cheeses, breads and crackers, various traditional pastries, fruit soup and beverages. The brunch is $12 for



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E a s t s i d e business

A small box in a big box world

Birrenkott Appliances survives by stressing service By Pamela Wiesen, Eastside News Photo: Pamela Wiesen

Vern Birrenkott, owner of Birrenkott Appliances on the corner of Atwood and Fair Oaks avenues, has run his appliance business for 53 years, 43 in the current location, just down the block from where he grew up. Birrenkott, who sells General Electric and Hotpoint appliances, also provides delivery and service. The appliance business has changed over the many decades since Birrenkott started his own company, but he continues to stick to basics. His product niche is in the workhorses of the appliance sector, and he steers clear of Vern Birrenkott has sold GE appliances for 53 years. higher-end, electronics-heavy merchandise. Although he no longer advertises, he While the refrigerators, stoves and keeps an album containing advertisements washer/dryers on the floor are up-to-date, and photos from earlier shop days. His colthe business maintains an old-time feel. lection includes full-page newspaper clipBirrenkott has some vintage appliances pings with pictures of him and former parton display in the large windows facing the ner Ken Snell, with whom he started the busy intersection, and now boasts a retro business, looking very much like gentle1960 bottom-freezer refrigerator, commen from the “Mad Men” era. plete with ice-blue swing-out shelves. This East side history buffs would enjoy pagwould look right at home in many transiing through Birrenkott’s memorabilia and tional-style neighborhood kitchens. being transported back to an earlier AtOrders and paperwork are handwritten, wood Avenue — even then a bustling retail not computerized. Service is what’s empha- and commercial corridor. sized here. While Birrenkott deals mostly Birrenkott reminisced about the stores with management companies with large and services available on Atwood Avenue appliance orders for apartment and condos, and Schenk’s Corners in his youth and durhe’s also available for retail customer oring the early days of the shop. A student at ders, questions and repairs. both St. Bernard’s and Lowell elementary Birrenkott said he enjoys all parts of the schools, he remembers well his mother business equally, and that he has no plans walking the length of Atwood Avenue and to retire. He has part-time help, including being able to shop for all the items she occasional assistance from one of his five needed. sons, but he is the only full-timer on the Within walking distance were food payroll. markets, taverns, a hardware store and a Rennebohm Drugstore where Birrenkott would go to use the pay phone to make calls to his girlfriend (now his wife). The building housing the store, which he owns, once contained a hotel. Apartments remain there to this day. Birrenkott Appliances, located at 2926 Atwood Ave., is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. l

A green (house) space on Willy Street By Erin Presley, Eastside News

Willy Street shoppers taking a moment to peer into the brightly lit windows of the Madison Greenhouse Store, 1354 Williamson St., are in for a sunny treat, even on the dreariest of March days. Blooming plants are displayed in the windows and on a large wooden potting bench in the middle of the store. Garden supplies line the shelves, and gleaming watering cans are neatly displayed near colorful gloves and hand tools. Planters and trays wait to be filled with potting soil, fertilizer and seeds. Two small greenhouses occupy the rear of the store. The Greenhouse Store’s experts can help customers design and build a greenhouse of any size, from small backyard structures to larger commercial or educational facilities. Co-owner Jordan Hosking has been constructing greenhouses throughout the nation for 10 years. Before opening the store, he often missed Madison while on the road. He wondered if Madison gardeners would be interested in greenhouses of their own. Backyard greenhouses come in many designs adaptable to city lots. They can be free-standing or attached to one’s home, and made of glass or polycarbonate. An unheated greenhouse can extend the growing season for cool-weather vegetables, like lettuce or spinach, for several months in early spring and late fall. In a heated greenhouse, a variety of vegetables can be grown year-round. When he opened the store in 2013, Hosking partnered with Madisonian Sheila Haskins who runs the retail end of the business to provide the infrastructure and sup-

The original Snell and Birrenkott’s appliance store at 1521 Williamson St., around the time of its grand opening in 1961.

Potted plants are on display throughout the store.

plies homeowners need to grow more of their own food. The Store specializes in organic and hard-to-find gardening supplies like seeds, soil, fertilizers and soil amendments. These high-quality supplies, Haskins and Hosking believe, contribute to the foundation for good health. “Locally we still see grow-your-ownfood as the trend that will define the next 20 years,” Hosking said. By providing resources for home gardeners, they believe that farm to table can become backyard to table more regularly. The co-owners selected bustling Williamson Street, with its diversity of ecofriendly and independent businesses, as the home for their new business in 2013. “Willy Street seemed like the perfect place to start. It’s a place that gets a lot of attention without having to blow your budget on advertising,” Hosking said. “We are so proud to have been a part of the Willy Street community for two and now on to three years. We see our future as very promising.” Haskins attributes their ongoing success to actively responding to their community. “We have followed the voices of our customers. If they buy it, then we will keep carrying it. If they don’t like it, we move on from it.” In addition to outdoor growing supplies, the store sells blooming and foliage houseplants. Bulk potting soil and planters are available for re-potting plants purchased at the store or brought from home. Another popular feature is the do-ityourself terrarium station. I watched as Haskins helped a young boy, Gavin, create his own terrarium. First, Gavin selected a fishbowl-like container which they planted with potting soil and moss. Then, Haskins produced a tray of small plastic animal figurines. Gavin then chose a miniature dragon and perched it on a shard of black glass and nestled it into the moss at the back of the terrarium. His tiny scene was now complete. Madison Greenhouse Store is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. l

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By Sara Krebsbach, neighborhood resident

A Place To Be and to have conversations By Jean Rawson, Eastside News photo: Jeff wriGht

Thousands of east side residents who regularly travel Williamson Street have no doubt noticed that since late 2013, the space formerly occupied by Hempen Goods has a new name painted on the front windows. In a lovely flowing script you notice, A Place To Be. A peek inside reveals walls in warm colors, furnishings for comfortable sitting, and fascinating Asian and African objects for decoration. But what happens in there? “ConverDr. Jatinder Cheema opened A Place To sation and dialogue,” said Dr. Jatinder Be as a venue for conversation. Cheema, who, with her Wisconsin-born husband, retired to Madison in 2011. Atwood-Williamson corridor and created a “I always loved dialogue,” she said, not- women’s business network that meets once ing that social media, while perhaps allow- a month. ing more connections than ever before, has Groups addressing other topics have not necessarily led to productive conversa- since begun to meet there — conversing tions on our most pressing social issues. about nonviolent parenting, infertility, even Cheema knows from experience that about death. In keeping with Cheema’s person-to-person conversation is necessary mission to give back to the community, if progress is to be made in any endeavor, discussion and networking groups use the from building a well in a small African vil- space free of charge. lage to crafting a public policy that benefits One of Cheema’s ideas going forward is an entire region. For 30 years she held focused on school-age children. She foresenior level foreign service positions in sees using A Place To Be to give kids an the U.S. Agency for International Developen forum to discuss how to reach across opment, primarily in West Africa, Armesocially created barriers and build robust nia, Afghanistan and the Central Asian peer networks. Republics. “Have the kids reach out,” she said. Her vision for A Place To Be is as a “They are the leaders!” She envisions space where people with progressive ideas youth talking face-to-face, and working for bringing about positive change can ex- within their schools to craft and implepand their thinking and create networks. ment plans to create better communities for Cheema began by reaching out to every themselves and their peers. female small business owner along the Enhancing the community through group conversation is Cheema’s purpose for A Place To Be. “There is a passion to be heard, a passion to share,” she said. “Conversation leads to action.” A Place To Be also hosts occasional free music events and has open houses on Gallery Nights sponsored by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in the spring and fall. Representative Chris Taylor meets with the community to talk about her work in the Wis- For more information, visit l consin Legislature.

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Yes, and another type of yoga, too. Located at 2045 Atwood Ave., across from Magic Wok Chinese Restaurant and next door to Monsoon Siam thai restaurant, the new Body & Brain yoga studio offers Koreanstyle yoga. Master Suhaeng Park operated a studio in Chicago for six years before bringing Body & Brain Yoga to Madison. Master Suhaeng’s yoga is based on an understanding of the human body as revealed by science, combined with a view of the body as an energy system. This perspective is rooted in the ancient Oriental concept of Ki, or energy. Having an appreciation of the brain/ body connection and the way our body can be used as a tool to develop our brain is key to operating our brains well, she believes. Students learn how to keep a cool head, open heart and warm abdomen. The studio is opening March 1 and will offer 15 classes weekly. An open house is scheduled for mid-April.

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History Club to discuss old Hawthorne School and Monona’s Frank W. Allis House By Sarah White, East Side History Club

A sledding hill and hopscotch on the front walk are just a few of the pleasant memories tucked away in the minds of students who long ago attended Hawthorne School. Also memorable were the rumors of bats and other scary creatures in the belfry atop the roof. These days a much loved park is located where old Hawthorne School once stood between Rusk and Division streets, two blocks northeast of the Barrymore Theatre. Hawthorne School will be the subject of the March East Side History Club meeting. A classical two-story stone building with a wooden interior, Hawthorne School operated at 220 Division St. from 1903 to 1940. When it closed the children were transferred to either the new Marquette or Lapham schools or to Emerson Elementary. Hawthorne School replaced a one-room school that opened in 1859 to serve farm families in the townships of Blooming Grove and Madison. Today’s Hawthorne School at 3344 Concord Ave., about two miles northeast of the old school, was built in 1959. The floor plan featured a wide central hall on the first floor where rooms for three grades were located, and two stairwells — one for going up and one for coming down — led to the second floor where the upper grades’ classrooms were located.

Upcoming ESHC Events Hawthorne History: A School, an Annex and a Park March 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Goodman Community Center 149 Waubesa St. Meeting in Bolz Room A

Monks In Our Midst April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Pinney Branch Library 204 Cottage Grove Road Meeting in Community Room A $2 donation is requested For a time, an annex to Hawthorne School operated out of the old Fair Oaks Village Hall, built in 1906 at 175 Talmadge St. Catherine Stephens will present her research about the area surrounding the school/park at the March meeting. Bring your memories and mementos to share Saturday, March 21. On April 18, the History Club will meet at the Pinney Branch Library, 204 Cottage Grove Road, from 2-4 p.m. Our subject will be the history and fate of the Frank

W. Allis House, photo CourteSy of merrillyn (leiGh) hartridGe Hawthorne now known as School as it San Damiano, on looked around Monona Drive. 1930. It was You’ve probably used from driven past this 1903-1940. attractive lakefront mansion, appreciated its mature stand of trees and welltended garden, and wondered about what lies within, and about its future. for three months each spring and fall to Frank W. Allis, the son of a promicollect and share memories of Madison’s nent Milwaukee industrialist, raised dairy east side. If you would like to receive cattle on his 600-acre “Monona Farm” and meeting notices by email or postal mail, constructed a house on the shore of Lake please contact Sheena Loiacono at sheeMonona in 1888. or 204-8023. It was subsequently given to the NorberThe East Side History Club blog at tine Fathers in 1928 for use as a novitiate. shares local Then in 1975, a group of Capuchin friars history “finds” as they come to light. To started renting the house and changed its submit your memories and pictures to pubname to San Damiano House of Prayer and lish on the blog, send an email to Healing. Until recently, it has served as a l home for semi-retired Capuchin priests, but the last priest will be moving out by mid-March and the Norbertines are assessing the possibility of a sale. The fate of the property is currently unknown. At the April meeting we’ll also receive an update on the development of the Royster-Clark property on Cottage Grove Road. Also note: Lowell Elementary School is laying groundwork for celebrating its 100th anniversary in January 2016. Contact Brad Kuse at if you would like to volunteer. The San Damiano House of Prayer and The East Side History Club, a project of Healing was originally the house of the Goodman Community Center, meets Frank W. Allis. This photo is from 1996.

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Lowell seeking help to prepare for its centennial By John Burkholder, Lowell Elementary School principal

In 1927, an addition was added to the school and included a nutrition room located on the third floor to serve the educational needs of students suffering from tuberculosis. With the addition, the number of students attending Lowell surged and by the late 1920s, enrollment peaked just short of 1,000 students! Do these kinds of stories interest you? Did you attend Lowell Elementary School? Are you an east side history buff? If so, we invite you to share your stories, photos, and artifacts about our school as we prepare to celebrate 100 years of service to the students and families of our community. The Lowell 100 committee is currently seeking input and involvement from community members as we prepare to celebrate our 100th birthday in the 2015-2016 school year. Please visit our Lowell Elementary School’s website (lowell.madison.k12. and click the Lowell 100 graphic to let us know of any stories, photos, and/or artifacts that you would be willing to share with us or let us copy for the celebration. If visiting the website is not possible, please call 204-6600. l

Whitehorse Makers need more supplies By Julie L. Lockwood, Whitehorse Middle School

The Makers Club of Whitehorse Middle School meets weekly in the library to “create” using science, technology, engineering, arts and math skills. Although the budget has been limited, the Makers have created a 4-foot tall owl sculpture out of recycled materials, created video games, stop-motion films, electronic music beats and learned coding skills. The Makers Club is sponsored by Madison School and Community Recreation, and led by Jen Milne-Carroll, library media technology specialist and Andrew Erickson, an art teacher. Whitehorse Makers Club is raising money and taking donations for the following supplies: Sphero coding ball, art supplies,

LEGOS and robotic kits. If you would like to donate or help, please contact Jennifer Milne-Carroll at jmmilnecarro@madison.

PTO night at Culver’s It’s the perfect excuse to skip a night of cooking and support Whitehorse Middle School. Come to the Cottage Grove Road Culver’s March 24 from 5-8 p.m. and order a meal. Simply mention Whitehorse and 10 percent of the proceeds from your meal will go to the school. Whether you save room for rich frozen custard or not, it’s a sweet deal. Spread the word and we hope you can all help us support Whitehorse. l

Marquette Elementary School happenings Here’s what’s coming up at Marquette Elementary School: • Lapham-Marquette International Food Fair at Lapham, 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m., March 7 • Fourth-grade Family Feast, March 12

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By Francine Hartman, Boy Scout Troop 34

Boy Scout Troop 34 is happy to announce Sean O’Brien and Isaac Cwik, both juniors at East High School, are its two newest Eagle scouts. They have spent hours planning, organizing and leading two valuable service projects for Madison’s east side. O’Brien’s project was fabrication and installation of two chess tables for Emerson Elementary. The project was inspired by Emerson chess coach Ron Last, who taught chess to a group of scouts at summer camp in 2014. The tables are modeled after outdoor chess tables found in parks in New York City and other cities. The chess boards are tile, the frame is made of steel tubing and the built-in seats are milled from sustainable pine from Baraboo Woodworks. Cwik’s focus was on the wetlands at Warner Park. For years, the Rhythm and Booms event trucked in sand to a lagoon

Sean O’Brien (left) and Isaac Cwik moving the new chess table into place at Emerson Elementary. island in Warner Park to use for aiming fireworks mortars and to absorb their impact. His work will improve the ecosystem of the island, removing invasive species and harvesting native seeds, such as milkweed, goldenrod and aster, for re-seeding the land this spring. l

East High and eighth-grade students need to start thinking about next year’s courses By Cynthia Chin, East High School

Madison East High School students and current eighth-graders are in the process of selecting courses for 2015-2016. Be sure to investigate all the options and think ahead about what can be done now to develop skills for a livelihood tomorrow. In addition to core academic skills, there are many opportunities at East to develop cultural competence and artistic talent, investigate specific career fields and get a head start on earning technical certifications and Madison College or University of Wisconsin credits. Talk to counselors soon about dual credit options, advanced placement and the youth options program, all of which enable prepared and motivated students to begin their post-secondary studies early. Also, high school graduation requirements in Wisconsin have changed for stu-

dents currently in ninth and 10th grades. In particular, math and science requirements have increased. Please be sure you understand the guidelines as you and your student choose classes together. For more information about Youth Options visit node/124.

Exxon Mobil grant supports classroom materials The mathematics and science departments at East would like to extend thanks to Exxon Mobil Corp. for awarding a grant of $250 to each department. Exxon Mobil has a long history of supporting educational programs that focus on improvements in these subject areas, and this generosity will go a long way to support the education of math and science students here at East. l

Troop 29 serves up chili at Bashford UMC By Chris Beaver, Boy Scout Troop 29

Since 1945, Boy Scout Troop 29 has hosted a chili supper fundraiser. The event has become a community institution, drawing local residents, Scouting alumni and Bashford United Methodist Church parishioners. This year marks the 90th anniversary of Boy Scout Troop 29, which serves the Northeast Madison community. l

Chili was served on the first Friday in February by Boy Scout Troop 29.

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E a s t s i d e students

On Jan. 3, 1916, the newly constructed New Irving School opened its doors for the first time to students living on the far east side of Madison. The school John Burkholder would be known informally during the early years as “East End School” likely because of its location directly adjacent to the end of the east side trolley line that connected the area with the central city. Prior to construction, the school grounds were known as Circus Hill, the site of local circuses that attracted crowds who often swarmed the nearby Hess’s Corners for refreshments on show days. During its first year of existence, the school was renamed Lowell Elementary. When it began in 1916, the school was fairly small with just eight classrooms surrounding a central gymnasium. Despite being small in size, the school enrolled 411 students in that first year and by 1919 was overcrowded.

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Clean lakes a priority in Dane County By Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive

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One of the greatest honors of serving as your Dane County executive is the work that goes into bringing people together to share ideas and develop solutions to what challenges us as

a community. Our lakes are a really big deal. They are so important to our quality of life, attract families — whether visiting for the weekend or moving here to call our community home — and are vital to our economy. The critical shared efforts underway to clean them up will take a lot of cooperation, creativity, and collaborative partners to get the job done. Dane County recently pulled together partners like the Sand County Foundation, Clean Lakes Alliance, the University of Wisconsin and Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District to successfully compete for $1.6 million in new federal dollars dedicated to cleaning the lakes we love.

Jail inmates deserve to be paid a living wage By John Hendrick, Dane County Supervisor, District 6

In January 1865, the House of Representatives passed the Combined with over $10 million slated 13th Amendment to for lake improvement in this year’s county the U.S. Constitution budget, partners we’ve helped pull together outlawing slavery. have the resources to build upon the hard In January 2015, the work underway. Dane County Board of Our goal: keep pollutants like phospho- John Hendrick Supervisors is considrus off the land and out of the water. ering an ordinance to outlaw unpaid labor Did you know the watershed of the in the Dane County jail system. Yahara chain of lakes spans more than Due to the embarrassing racial dispari200,000 acres? When it rains, water that ties in our criminal justice system, about falls on those lands winds its way to our half of Dane County inmates are people of lakes. That run-off picks up phosphorus color. A further embarrassment is that some along the way and deposits it in the lakes. of them (25 per day) work for little or no How do we stop that cycle? This sumpay within the jail system. mer we will install a new system in the It is no surprise to lawyers and viewMendota watershed that converts millions ers of the movie “Lincoln” that the 13th of gallons of manure into clean water. Amendment was a political compromise Thanks to the work of our partners, we which included a significant loophole: are going farm by farm, field by field with “Neither slavery nor involuntary serbasic solutions, helping farmers lead the vitude, except as a punishment for crime fight against phosphorus. whereof the party shall have been duly We are cleaning our lakes and maintainconvicted, shall exist within the United ing one of the most productive dairy industries in the country. Most importantly, we’re doing it with a growing coalition of willing partners. l

States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” This allowed southern states to enact “black codes” under which they arrested the poor and unemployed and put them to work for little or no pay. One hundred fifty years later, it is past time to close this loophole. I have proposed an amendment to the Dane County living wage ordinance to end unpaid labor in the Dane County jail. During the debate on the 2015 budget, we heard that “some inmates don’t want to work and would rather sit around watching television.” Instead of creating a fine for unemployed Huber inmates, I think we should make work more attractive by paying a living wage, currently $11.47 per hour. The county board chair has referred this ordinance amendment to the criminal justice council, public protection and judiciary committee and the personnel and finance committee. Each of these committees should accept public comment. Let’s try to complete the promise of the 13th Amendment. l

Gov. Walker’s budget will decapitate U.W. system By Chris Taylor, State Representative, 78th Assembly District

Budget cuts will have harmful consequences for Wisconsin’s children and families By Fred Risser, State Senator, 26th District

The 2015-17 session of the Wisconsin State Legislature began Jan. 5. The session looks to be a difficult one and the legislature will be facing a number of significant fiscal and Fred Risser policy issues. After four years under the Gov. Scott Walker administration, Wisconsin is 37th in the nation in job growth and is confronted with a $1.5 billion budget deficit. Bringing the budget into balance will require deep cuts to important state programs and/ or tax increases. This will have harmful consequences for Wisconsin children and families and for the investments needed to keep Wisconsin economically competitive. Rather than tackling these important matters, so far this session the Republican majority has focused on stripping away local control of our children’s education,

going after the chief justice of the Supreme Court, and turning the state’s election watchdog agency into a lapdog. In my view, the past four years have seen our state government pursue policies to benefit the privileged few at the expense of everyone else. This is not the Wisconsin way. We need to prioritize funding to local schools, public health, police and fire services, county and local government for infrastructure repair, and programs and services that help seniors and other vulnerable members of our communities. I believe that our government should work equally for all people and I will continue to represent the interests of my constituents and fight for the long-standing progressive policies and legislation that made Wisconsin the finest state in the nation. Please feel free to contact me by phone at 266-1627 or send an email to l

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I am proud to be a University of Wisconsin alumnus and honored to represent a big portion of the U.W. campus. I am especially proud that I live in a state that provides my Chris Taylor sons with world-class public education opportunities after high school. But Gov. Scott Walker’s recent proposal to cut funding to the U.W. system by $300 million and turn it into a public authority is deeply troubling. In Wisconsin, we invest in our kids’ future by investing in the U.W. system. We want our best and brightest to be educated in our state and we want them to stay in our state after they graduate. Last year, 76 percent of students enrolled in the U.W. system were Wisconsin residents. And, according to the U.W. system’s Office of Policy Analysis and Statistics, approximately 80 percent of alumni who were Wisconsin residents when they enrolled, remained in Wisconsin after graduation. The U.W. system is a powerful economic engine and we must fight to keep it both accessible and affordable for our children and working families. Gov. Walker seems to be using his failed economic policies as an excuse to gut the U.W. system. His proposal will raise the cost of tuition and limit opportunities for

future generations. Currently, the cost of attending a U.W. institution is markedly less than the cost of attending many other reputable public universities in other states. In Wisconsin, depending on the institution, the cost of tuition for a resident for the 2014-2015 school year, ranged from approximately $5,000 a year to just over $10,000 — which was the annual tuition at the U.W. In comparison, the 2014-2015 tuition for in-state residents at the University of Minnesota was just over $13,500. The U.W. system is one of the jewels of our state. Not only is the cost of attending a U.W. system school often more affordable, the quality of a University of Wisconsin education is extremely high. For example, the U.W. ranked among the top 50 schools nationwide by U.S. News & World Report amongst dozens of predominantly private institutions that charge more than $40,000 a year in tuition. The U.W. is also a world-class research institution, taking the lead on cutting edge research in science and technology while providing students with the preparation they need to succeed in today’s economy. The businesses and jobs of today and tomorrow are often grown in our U.W. system. If Gov. Walker is serious about trying to grow Wisconsin’s economy, he should do everything he can to support and build on this already stellar institution, instead of decapitating it with budget cuts. l

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Here’s an update on the 2015 operating budget By Paul Soglin, city of Madison Mayor

Investments in equal access for all our citizens that began in 2014 are funded in the 2015 budget. That includes expansion of apprenticeship opportunities through the Paul Soglin construction employment and training program, support for the Madison Out-of-School Time initiative, operations of new splash parks, and operations of the Theresa Terrace and Park Edge/Park Ridge community centers. Community services needs are addres­ sed by expanding the Emerging Opportunities Program to an annual funding level of $275,000 — funding program services for community gardens and electronic benefits transfer capabilities for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program at farmers’ markets, and providing greater opportunities for youth employment through an expansion of the Wanda Fullmore Summer Youth Internship Program. Funds are provided to support transit access and childcare for the city’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration and for recognizing our Vietnam veterans through the Operation Badger Base initiative. Community engagement efforts are enhanced, providing funding for a participatory budgeting project.

Efforts to provide greater services, safety and security in key neighborhoods are enhanced through city matching support for a federal COPS grant that will add three new police officers and fund two new neighborhood resource officers. A new command position is authorized to help lead these new positions as well as other community-oriented efforts in the police department. This budget responds to the opportunities and demands raised by rapidly expanding technological capabilities through operational funding for WiFi access on Madison Metro buses, financed by modest changes in unlimited ride fees. It builds on Madison’s reputation as a cultural and music destination by helping support a new Midwest song camp for music creators and expanding on our significant investment in the Overture Center. We invest in protection of our important natural resources through full funding of the organics collection pilot program and expansion of the alkaline battery recycling program. And we continue investments in key services and infrastructure, including full funding for refuse, recycling, snow plowing, and ice control, as well as additional staff resources to better monitor, oversee and manage construction projects. Full details are available on the city of Madison website. l

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Four groups vie to develop Garver site By Marsha Rummel, District 6 Alder

The Garver Feed Mill Selection Committee heard presentations from the four developers who seek to win the request for proposal for rehabilitation of the Garver Marsha Rummel Feed Mill. The presentations made Jan. 22 were recorded on City Channel and are archived on the city’s website if you are interested in watching the meeting. The Alexander Company proposes to use Garver as an arts and events center serving a 200-mile radius. It is envisioned as the east side’s civic center. The Alexander Company would construct a glass addition to the rear of the Garver building as a grand entry. The proposal provides approximately 400 surface parking stalls. It would partner with Venuworks to organize events, Art Industry to curate art exhibitions and Food Fight to cater. The Alternative Continuum of Care proposal would provide 35 affordable senior housing units in a portion of the Garver building and construct two additional buildings of senior housing with 113 units to provide a range of services from independent to assisted living to memory care. Community space and potential for a 24/7 daycare would be part of the amenities. ACC has an option to purchase the Kessenich’s site on Fair Oaks Avenue. Scott

Frank, the ACC principal, noted in his application that his father worked at Garver Feed Mill for 44 years. Baum Development proposes to use Garver for artisan food production and cultivate orchards and vineyards. The team proposes to install 50 unique micro-lodges on the 5-acre site and showcase sustainable design trends. Aldo Leopold’s shack is one of their inspiration pieces. Baum Development would partner with the city to restore the North Plat. The Baum team has secured letters of interest from several local food businesses that would be willing to consider locating to Garver. The Ogden Group would renovate Garver for 22 live-work-studio opportunities and construct an additional 135 units of market-rate housing and town homes in three buildings. The industrial surroundings inspire a “modern ruins” approach. The site would contain community gardens and public art along pedestrian pathways. Part of the Garver building would provide community space. They propose a juice bar/coffee/bakery inside Garver to serve the bike path. A March 18 meeting is scheduled at the Goodman Community Center at 6:30 p.m. The committee may vote on a recommendation to the Common Council at that time. Please sign up for my alder updates at cityofmadison/council/district6 to get notices for neighborhood meetings and other city information. l

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By Larry Palm, District 12 Alder

I am relieved to report that good sense has prevailed and that the city of Madison Board of Estimates adopted a substantially revised plan for Judge Doyle Square. The plan does David Ahrens not offer a city subsidy for a hotel, offices or luxury housing and also proposes to sell the city property behind the Municipal Building and above the parking ramp for a fair market price. This compares very favorably with the original proposal that would have used about $50 million of city funds to build a luxury hotel and apartments. The city will receive proposals from developers in May and consider whether they reflect what we need and if they are willing to pay the real value of the property owned by the city.

Rethke apartments In a few months, construction will begin on a five-story apartment building on Rethke Avenue. The building will be home to 60 adult individuals who are currently homeless. They will be provided small single room apartments with kitchens at

a very low rent. There will also be on-site counselors and other social assistance. It is important to note that this will be permanent, not transitional housing. That is, the residents are not expected to “improve” and move on. The residents are expected to remain in the building for years to come. This will provide stability for the residents and for the neighborhood. We hope the building management opens the building to the neighborhood so that residents and neighbors can meet and become familiar with each other.

Highway 51 improvements Everyone knows that Stoughton Road/ U.S. Highway 51 is in terrible shape. Last winter’s extreme cold created cracks and crevices on the road that has made driving a challenge. Starting in the summer, the northbound side of the highway will be completely repaved from the Beltline to East Washington Avenue. In 2016, the southbound side of the road will get the same treatment. This should make the road useable for five to 10 years, barring another weather catastrophe.

of the Public Market District project. I encourage everyone to complete the survey. We all have good ideas about how to improve the Public Market District vision and this is one significant way the city is collecting information and feedback. The survey can be completed online and should take about 10 minutes. For more information about the Public Market District, to be located at the intersection of East Johnson and First streets (current city Fleet Services building) please see the Public Market District website. If you have follow-up ideas or questions, contact Dan Kennelly at 267-1968 l

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The city of Madison is continuing to make progress on planning for the Madison Public Market District. The work completed so far has been shaped by community input Larry Palm and ideas gathered through several surveys and public meetings. Now, the city is conducting an “Equity Analysis” to evaluate how future decisions about the Public Market can have a positive impact on communities of color and lower income residents. Input from this survey will help shape the implementation

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It’s going to be a contest of contrasts

Eastside ElECTIONS

Changes could be coming to state Supreme Court Other offices up for election lack challengers By Dave Link, Eastside News

The election for Madison mayor may be the most hotly contested race, but voters will have two decisions regarding the Wisconsin Supreme Court among the choices on the April 7 ballot. Justice Ann Walsh Bradley is challenged by James P. Daley, a Rock County Circuit Court judge. Bradley is generally viewed as a liberal on Wisconsin’s high court and Daley has campaigned as a conservative. Supreme Court races are officially non-partisan. A question on the ballot asks whether the state constitution should be changed, allowing Supreme Court justices to select their own chief justice. The change would have the Court vote among itself every two years to elect a chief. Currently, the justice with the longest tenure holds the chief justice position. Another question on the ballot will be a Madison Metropolitan School District request for more money. The referendum

asks voters to approve borrowing $41 million to improve accessibility in 10 schools and relieve overcrowding in other schools. East High’s auditorium would also be renovated using the funds. Two seats on the school board are up for election. Mary Burke is unopposed in her Seat 2 re-election. Anna Marie Moffit is also unopposed as she is set to take over Seat 1 from Arlene Silveria, who decided not to run for re-election. East side alders Marsha Rummel, David Ahrens and Larry Palm are up for election, but none face challengers. In District 16, incumbent Denise DeMarb is challenged by Tiffany Tobias. Four Dane County judicial branches are up for election – all unopposed. Josann Reynolds (Branch 2), Shelly Gaylord (Branch 6), Juan Colas (Branch 10) and Julie Genovese (Branch 13) are virtually assured re-election to another 6-year term as circuit court judges. l

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Mayor’s race down to Soglin, Resnick By Dave Link, Eastside News

After uneventful early campaigning, Mayor Paul Soglin and Scott Resnick emerged as the top-two vote recipients in the Feb. 17 mayoral primary. Soglin had 11,746 votes and Resnick compiled 5,192. Soglin, 69, is seeking re-election for a second four-year term as mayor of Madison. Resnick, 28, has been the District 8 alder since 2011 and is the chief operating officer at Hardin Design and Development. The election will be held April 7. The pair outMayoral candidate paced Bridget MaScott Resnick.

niaci (3,292 votes), Richard Brown Sr. (1,030) and Christopher Daly (968) in the primary. Resnick has received endorsements from many alders on the city council and several Dane County Mayor Paul Soglin. board members. Soglin is endorsed by the Madison teachers and firefighters unions and the union representing state, county and municipal employees. Soglin has served two other stints as Madison’s mayor, from 1973-1979 and 1989-1997. l

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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 former ReStore. For further program details or to register, call 224-7100 or visit Library hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Preschool Storytime

Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. “A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (except April 1) Enjoy a blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills.

Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. “Foxcatcher” (rated R) Friday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. “Into the Woods” (rated PG)

Traditional Polish egg decorating

Friday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. Watch trailers from this year’s films shown at the 17th annual Wisconsin Film Festival.

Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. Learn traditional Polish designs and techniques for decorating eggs. Nalenpianki (paper patterned), Djbanki z jajek (miniature pitchers), and coiled yarn techniques will be used to make colorful eggs. Registration is required and opens Feb. 28.

Mini film fest

Dinosaur Encounter

Wisconsin Film Festival sneak peek

Friday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Watch three short films screened at the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival. The filmmakers will be appearing for Q&A sessions, and a representative from the Wisconsin Film Festival will also be on hand.

AARP income tax assistance Tuesdays, February through April 14 from 1-4 p.m. By appointment only. Preparers cannot assist with Schedule C, E, F or Married Filing Separate returns.

Saturday matinee March 21 at 2 p.m. “Big Hero 6” (rated PG) Tuesdays, through March 24 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. One adult per child is recommended. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

Toddler dance party Mondays, March 23 and April 27 at 10 a.m. Shake it all about to familiar and new tunes. Ages 2 and up.

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 Library hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Saturday, March 28 and April 25 at 2 p.m. Join us for this ongoing film event showing a newly released adult feature the last Saturday of each month.

Wednesdays, April 8 through April 29 at 10:15 a.m. Check out this parent and child yoga class. Bring a yoga mat or towel for you and your child. Ages 2 and up. Call or register online beginning March 25.

Adult book discussions Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman

31st annual book sale Friday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase gently used children and adult books, CDs, videos and DVDs. Bag Sale ($3/bag) from 2-4 p.m. Saturday only.

Mondays, April 13 through April 27 at 10:30 a.m. Toddler and preschoolers explore science, technology, engineering and math through play and books.

Water Cycle Storytime Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. Learn the science behind water with staff from the U.W. Water Library. Toddlers will read, sing and learn about how the water cycle works.

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Friday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 30 at 2 p.m. Make a wooden art car inspired by your Learn about birds and birdieing (birdie is a favorite book. Call or register online begin- small bird) with hands-on activities. ning Feb. 27.

Monday, March 30 at 11 a.m. Find out what amazing projects you can make with tinfoil, cardboard and everyday craft materials. Registration begins March 16. Grades K-5. Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. Wear a crazy hat; learn tea time etiquette while enjoying tea, juice and cookies. Listen to a story and make a craft. For children in grades K-5. Registration begins April 4.

Monday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. Presented by the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin

Saturdays, March 28 and April 25 at noon Enjoy a recent-release family feature movie.

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Roller coasters

One World, One Sound drum circle Wednesday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. Find your groove in this drumming circle with Elmore Lawson.

Monday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. Construct a roller coaster track in teams and learn about motion and forces with Dane County Engineering for Kids.

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Mondays through March 30 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. One adult per child is recommended.

Saturdays, March 7 and April 4 from 1:303 p.m. Bring a favorite book and read aloud to a furry friend. Time slots available on a first come, first served basis. l

Rubber stamp carving Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. Learn how to make rubber stamp carvings. All supplies provided. This workshop involves using sharp tools and is open to teens and adults. Registration required and begins Feb. 24. l

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Special gifts are available in the VSA gift shop Need a gift for someone special? The VSA Wisconsin gift shop features the work of artists with disabilities and is stocked with a variety of unique items. Proceeds from gift shop sales will be used to support a variety of arts programs conducted by VSA Wisconsin. Among the items for sale are tote bags, coffee mugs, holiday and occasion cards, and mouse pads featuring the work of local artist Robert Hanneman. Also available are Robert’s original works featuring his classic characters. Browse through the shop and discover notecards featuring images of mosaic murals. These were created during VSA Wisconsin artist residences at Glendale Elementary School, the Jenni and Kyle Preserve and Central Wisconsin Center. Also for sale are T-shirts featuring images by award winning artist, Joe Arts. Looking for something unique? Check out the hand-carved wooden duck decoys,

Mosaic mural cards called “Boonducks,” created by VSA Wisconsin award-winning artist D.S. Sully. Each decoy is hand carved out of barn timbers, fence posts, pier pilings and other weathered wood using antique rasps, chisels, saws and other hand tools. For more information, visit The gift shop is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. l

Think spring with Gallery Night May 1 at GCC By Margo Tiedt, GCC staff and local artist

More than 20 local artists will be displaying and selling their works at the Goodman Community Center as part of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s spring Gallery Night. A wide variety of art, photography, jewelry, fabric arts and other articles will be available with a range of price points to fit any budget. To see and purchase handmade creations of all kinds, make GCC your Gallery Night destination Friday, May 1, from 5-9 p.m. There will be complimentary snacks and beverages, as well as a special menu in the Ironworks Café.

A silent auction, with items donated by the evening’s participating artists, will take place in the lobby of the Center from 5-8 p.m. Proceeds of the silent auction will benefit programs of GCC. Booth spaces are available to new artists and those who have participated in past Gallery Nights. To participate in Gallery Night, contact Margo at Visit for information about other Gallery Night locations in Madison. l

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Madison Youth Practicing, Learning and Achieving Cultural Excellence, MYPLACE, is a recently created nonprofit by Richard Scott Sr. Scott is the founder of Kojo Productions, Inc., and his nonprofit collaborates with local people in music and theater. Scott is no stranger to the Goodman Community Center. In 2013-2014, the Center provided the rehearsal space for “Buffalo Soldiers,” a play written and directed by Scott sharing the stories of an African-American cavalry unit in the years after the Civil War. There were several performances around town including at the Overture Center. MYPLACE continues the mission of putting the contributions of African-Americans in the forefront for the purposes of education and empowerment. “If you know more about yourself and your history, you can be proud of yourself,” Scott said. There’s an impressive tradition of African-Americans in the sciences, arts, education and politics; however, many names still remain unfamiliar, even during February’s black history month. MYPLACE provides an environment that encourages students to learn and explore. While in school, “Many black kids feel that their views aren’t validated. Many times they are the only black student in their class or in a particular group,” Scott said. An African-American student may also feel isolated in a theater production where there is no meaningful role for them. MYPLACE is a space where students can be comfortable about themselves and where they can be creative. The goal of the program is to have students see themselves as important, valued members of the community who have something to say. Like the previous “Buffalo Soldiers” rehearsals, MYPLACE meets at the Goodman Community Center. The workshops concentrate on four initiatives: ideas, conversations, attitude and motivation to help students develop positive mental outlooks. The problem-solving transformation sessions address anger issues and teach the students to be accountable for their actions and to think before they behave in a way that can get them in trouble. Scott’s collaborative performing arts group has students working either individually or together to produce a piece — a play, song, spoken word or a monologue. Scott said that one challenge is getting the kids to try something that is new to them. He wants to open their minds to what is possible. Students create a theatrical piece by researching a historical figure, writing a script; and then they can play the part of that character in a monologue. It gives them the opportunity to learn about African-Americans who are often not included in history books. Once the students have a piece that has

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Richard Scott, the creater of MYPLACE and founder of Kojo Productions. been rehearsed and honed, they can do theatrical or spoken word presentations at schools and other events promoting MYPLACE. The students “get applause for their drama, not get suspended for their drama,” Scott said. Another project in the works is having professional entertainers or athletes create 30-second encouragement greetings to be emailed to students. Though performance is a strong component, MYPLACE is not a training ground for future entertainers. It is an educational, intellectual and creative outlet where the students can express themselves and put the lessons they’ve learned into their daily activities. I sat in on a session when Scott was talking to two male students about history and using the example of a tree where the roots are needed for its foundation and growth. From there, the branches sprout. A person’s history is the tree and the roots; the branches are the legacy. “I exist only because the people before me existed,” Scott tells his students. He also spoke to them about the destructive power of the N-word. During the lynching and burning of African-Americans prevalent in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries, the word wasn’t far from the tongues of the crowds who watched and cheered along with the actual murderers. In March, during MYPLACE sessions, Scott will have showings of the documentary “Hidden Colors #1.” The documentary tells the stories of people of color from around the world. After the viewing of “Hidden Colors #1”, there will be open discussions and students will put what they’ve learned to use by creating monologues and theatrical play performances. If you’d like more information about the documentary, go to MYPLACE is not just for AfricanAmerican students. All students are welcome, and parents are especially encouraged to get involved with the group. For more information, please contact Richard Scott Sr. at richardscott9122@ MYPLACE meets at GCC Sunday evenings from 4-6:30 p.m. l


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