About Chris Heaton

Chris lives in the Emerson East Neighborhood with her husband, daughter and a flock of chickens. Chris and her husband moved to Madison in 2008 from Perth, Australia. She is enjoys being involved in the Neighborhood Association and is currently serving as Co-Chair and Website Manager.

Yard Sale, 6/2

Mark your calendar! The Emerson East Annual Yard Sale is on June 2nd from 8am-2pm.

It is now time to register your yard sale. Sellers Registration closes on May 20th!

More details, including Seller Registration forms and maps, will be posted at EmersonEast.wordpress.com/Yard.




Earth Day @ Demetral, 4/21


Image by Aimee Ray

Spring is here and soon there is going to be an explosion of green leaves everywhere; But this also means that our parks are going to need some love to be ready for the warm weather ahead.

The City’s Earth Day Challenge is a way for you to help spruce up our parks for Summer. Held on Saturday, April 21, from 10 am – noon,  volunteers will be assisting in trash pickup, raking, weeding, and removing sticks.

So consider spending two hours of Earth Day with your neighbors and friends and volunteer to clean up Demetral.

Sign up at https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/events/earthdayChallenge.cfm


Oscar Mayer Updates, Jan 2018

(For background information, please read our previous, October 2017, post, here).


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(Photo credit to Satya Rhodes-Conway)

The City’s Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee held its first meeting in November. The draft Minutes from that meeting can be found on the city’s website, here. The committee then had a tour of the Oscar Mayer site at 2099 Roth St, Madison, in early December 2017. The photos above were taken by Satya Rhodes-Conway, the Committee’s Chairperson, during that site tour.

On January 10th, 2018, Rhodes-Conway published the Strategic Assessment Committee meeting schedule via local Neighbourhood Association listservs. The dates are as follows:  2/13, 3/13, 4/9, 5/8, 6/12, 7/9, 8/13, 9/24, 10/23, 11/12, 12/11 and are now on the EENA calendar. We will update the EENA calendar entries as more information is forthcoming.

According to the email sent by Rhodes-Conway, the meetings “will likely be 5:30-7:30, and we will meet at locations around the city. […] The public is always welcome to attend, and there will be opportunity for public comment. We will also have more specific opportunities for community involvement in the future.” Rhodes-Conway also mentioned that future meetings may be broadcast on Madison City Channel.

For more information about The Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee go to the City website, https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/oscar-mayer/2614/.


Also, if you worked at Oscar Mayer, were a relative of someone who worked here, or were otherwise impacted by the company, The Wisconsin Historical Society is wanting to hear your stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society collaborating with retirees from Oscar Mayer, is collecting and archiving the living history of Oscar Mayer. Please consider sharing a few memories with them. For more information please go to https://www.oscarmayerstories.com.


Pennsylvania Park Public Art- Provide feedback now!

As a part of the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Park, the City of Madison posted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), last month. This is the first step to finding an Artist to create a focal piece(s) that will inform the rest of the enhancement to the park, which along with future landscaping will make this area a more distinct entry to the neighborhood

RFQ is simply a resume focusing on the Artist’s prior experience (especially with public art projects) and their education. After a review, the City will invite up to three of the artists to a site visit and to create a specific Art proposal for the site. The City’s Madison Arts Commission, with consultation with the neighborhood, will decide which Artist will have the opportunity to create their vision in our park.

So the RFQ submission deadline closed Tuesday November 14, and so they are now online for the public viewing. There were 15 submission from a wide range of Artists; from large Art/design companies to artists just starting out in public art.

If you are interested, please review the submissions and email your comments and preferences to Karin Wolf, Madison Arts Program Administrator, kwolf@cityofmadison.com.

3 things to know before emailing Karin Wolf:

  • Time is running out – The sooner you email Karin the sooner she is able to share your thoughts with the committee, so she would prefer you email her before the end of business this Friday (TODAY), however you can email her until 8:00am on Monday. 
  • Keep your comments ‘clean’ – Your comments are going to be publicly accessible, and will be read by the Artists, some of your neighbors and city officials, so keep you comments on-topic, professional and family friendly.
  • This is only the first step – while the RFQ is a great way for Artists to introduce themselves to us it is not a proposal of what they want to do in Pennsylvania Park. Once the artists are narrowed down and submit their proposal, there will be another opportunity to comment on the proposals.  

There is a meeting scheduled on Monday, 11/20/2017, 3pm at SuperCharge! Foods, 1902 E. Washington Ave. A this meeting the Madison Arts Committee will come to a decision on which artists go on to the next round. This meeting is open to the public and another venue to provide feedback.

We would like to thank SuperCharge! Foods for donating the space to have the Madison Arts Committee meeting. We appreciate them supporting our neighborhood.