Oscar Mayer Updates, Oct 2017

Four months after the last meats rolled down the line, the Oscar Mayer site has been bought by the Reich Brothers Holdings, LLC for an undisclosed amount. The Reich Brothers “specializes in acquiring turnkey manufacturing plants…and monetization through the auction sale process” according to Reich Brothers and Krafts’ joint press release.

While it is still early in the planning  process the City and the OSCAR group are both undertaken actions in preparations for the changes that will be happening to the site.

Within the last month, The City of Madison council has approved the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee members.  The members include Alders, neighborhood and business leaders, and members of the surrounding community. For more information on the members of this committee please refer to Alder Palm’ post.  According to Alder Palm in his recent blog post:

  • the Committee meetings will be open to the public and you will have an opportunity to speak.
  • The Committee will be hosting listening sessions, both to gather general feedback and as we develop our concept plans.

Meanwhile the OSCAR Group is also holding a discussion meeting in partnership with the Northside Planning Council. According to their website, “the Organizing for Strategic Community Action & Representation (OSCAR) Group is a team of Madison North and East side neighborhood residents who are working together to provide an outlet for neighbors to weigh in on the future of the Kraft Heinz Oscar Mayer factory facility.”

They will be hosting this meeting in an aim “to assess community needs and benefits and to discuss options related to the future development of the Oscar Mayer site” (from the their event flyer). The meeting is on Monday November 13th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Hawthorne library.

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Upcoming Events: Oct/Nov 2017

EENA Events: 


Reminder: Starting November, the EENA Monthly Meeting and the EENA Social  will be changing their regular day of the month. The Monthly Meeting is moving to the third Wednesday of the month and the Social is moving to the first Tuesday.

Other Community Events:

Friends of Hawthorne Library Book Sale: 10/13 (10am-8pm), 10/14 (9am-5pm), 10/16 (10am-3pm). For more info go to http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/hawthorne

Coffee With a Cop: 10/19, 9-10am,  Warner Park Community and Recreation Center.

Emerson Elementary Fall Beautification Day: 10/14  Rescheduled due to weather to 10/21, 9am-Noon. For more info go to https://www.emersonelementarypto.org/.

Last Eastside Farmers’ Market of the season: 10/31, 4-7pm, Central Park
202 S Ingersoll Street

Dexter’s Turns 10!: 11/4, 11am-7pm, Dexter’s Pub, 301 North St. For more info go to https://www.dexterspubmadison.com/news/2017/10/10/happy-birthday-to-us

Last Dane County Farmers’ Market (on the square) of the season: 11/11, 6:15am – 1:45pm

OSCAR Group Community Meeting11/14, Rescheduled 11/13 6:30-8pm, Location TBD the Hawthorne library. For more info email theoscargroup@northsidemadison.org or visit theoscarblog.wordpress.com

EENA Annual Election Meeting, 10/4/17

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm, Bashford United Methodist Church. Pizza and cake will be provided at this meeting!


Greetings, Introductions and Agenda review
Approval of the September Minute
Written Reports
2017/2018 budget (and membership report)
The Madison Parks Foundation asking for support to rename Central Park
El Sabor de Puebla: Feedback
Any other announcements
Photo of the new Committee

All are welcome, however in order to vote at this meeting, you must have paid your 2017/18 dues prior to the beginning of the meeting. Membership forms will be available  before the meeting for you to join.


Sustainable Saturday Night this Saturday – 9/23

This month our Sustainable Saturday Night will be co-sponsored by 3 new groups — Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, Dane Sanctuary Coalition, and First Unitarian Society’s Equity Ministry Team – as well as our usual partners – WNPJ, EPC, ENNA, OM Village, and the James Reeb PJS!

Rabbi Bonnie Margulis and Sergio Gonzalez, two of the Dane Sanctuary Coalitions founders, and perhaps others, will speak to the state of the new sanctuary movement in Dane County. They will help us understand how we can best support this beautiful movement and our neighbors who are at risk for deportation.

The night will conclude with a brief and powerful musical performance by Amelia Sweet Bluebird! Amelia is a Chicago singer songwriter, unique in her strong voice and spiritual songs. She plays guitar and sings at community venues throughout the U.S. She performs social protest, originals, and spirituals, all with universal teachings about nature, emotion, and the human experience. Her first EP will be released in October 2017.
As always, Sustainable Saturdays are on the 4th Saturday of the month.

They are free, family friendly, and welcoming to all. Meal starts at 6 PM. Program starts at 7 PM.