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EPNA Fall 2020 Newsletter



ENDERIS PARK 2020 NIGHTTIME TRICK OR TREAT CANCELLED


The Enderis Park Neighborhood has enjoyed its long-time tradition of hosting our very popular Nighttime Trick or Treat event. The coronavirus pandemic, recent CDC recommendations, and the current increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases have made this year’s decision to continue this event very challenging. With these things in mind, the Enderis Park Neighborhood Association Board has cancelled the 2020 Nighttime Trick or Treat event. This decision was not an easy one and was made solely out of consideration for the safety, health and well-being of all of our Enderis Park neighbors and their many guests and family members who join in the festivities every year.


We are planning several frighteningly fun alternative Halloween adventures for you and your family with safe ideas that will keep your Halloween spirit a glow.


Please reference Nextdoor, Facebook, enderispark.org, and EPNA email for more information in the coming weeks.


HALLOWEEN DECORATING CONTEST IS STILL ON!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th


Join in the spirit of Halloween – decorate your house and yard! 6 winners will receive a lawn sign, a mention in the EPNA Newsletter, Nextdoor, a picture on our Facebook page and, last but not least – BRAGGING RIGHTS!


Judging will occur after dark on Friday, October 30, because Halloween decorations are best viewed in the dark! Decorating suggestions include:


Most Decorative – fall flowers and leaves, wreaths with autumn leaves, friendly ghosts and witches, artistic scarecrows, pumpkins, orange lights, etc.


Most Scary – vampires, tombstones, scary witches and ghosts, bats, howling dogs, etc.


Use your imagination! Winners of the past two years are ineligible, so the field is wide open. All are invited to participate!!


HARVEST FEST CANCELLED


We will be unable to host Harvest Fest this year due to MPS not allowing any park permits due to COVID-19. We look forward to seeing you next year!


EPNA MEMBERSHIP REMINDER


Thank you to all who have already renewed membership in EPNA. We encourage those who have not done so to consider all of the benefits that EPNA brings to our neighborhood and consider a membership contribution.


We rely heavily on memberships, generous neighbor and business sponsor contributions, and the tireless volunteer efforts of EPNA members and friends, in order to provide events and activities.


During this challenging time of COVID-19 we found it necessary to cancel many of our favorite events and activities. We are committed to bring back our valued activities as soon as we can provide safe and healthy events that meet the CDC, state, and local recommendations.


Despite the fact that many of your events were postponed or cancelled this year, the important work of the Association continues. Your membership supports many ongoing operating expenses including the cost of insurances, annual Web fees and other routine maintenance costs. Costs also include landscape management and beautification projects at Squirrel Park and Triangle Park; upkeep of the monuments at 68th and Center and Hadley and 71st St (Squirrel Park); and the upkeep of the painted utility box on 68th and Lisbon.


Finally, dues contributions are used to purchase tents and tables and other equipment, and support special projects like the Canvas Banner project and the upcoming Neighborhood EPNA metal signage project.


We are proud to partner with City Government and Alderman Murphy, Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Public Schools and other private agencies, working together to ensure that our neighborhood remains a safe and inviting place to live, work and play.


Once again I thank all who have already joined or renewed their membership and I invite all who have yet to renew or join the Association and CONTRIBUTE TO THE GREAT WORK OF EPNA FOR AS LITTLE AS $20.00. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO JOIN or RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP in any of the following ways:


1. MAIL YOUR MEMBERSHIP CONTRIBUTION

Visit www.enderispark.org

Select ‘Become a member,” download the membership form, and mail it along with your contribution to:

Enderis Park Neighborhood Association

P.O. Box l00284

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53210


2. ONLINE PAYMENT THROUGH PAY PAL

Visit www.enderispark.org

Select ‘Become a member” and follow the instructions.


PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBER TODAY AND SHARE THE JOY OF BRING A PART OF EPNA!


I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season filled with Enderis Park spirit and warmth and a Happy 2020!


Patricia A. Yahle, President EPNA


2020 EPNA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: JULIE WEBER


EPNA activities and projects are planned, organized and run solely by volunteers. Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the neighborhood organization. Their dedication and commitment to the neighborhood is nothing short of amazing. We want to express our MOST SINCERE THANKS for the commitment of time, resources and talents which each and every volunteer brings to our neighborhood. Last year we welcomed the support of over 163 volunteers who worked long hours and tirelessly to make all of our events and projects a success.


EPNA recognizes and celebrates all volunteers at the Volunteer Recognition Event held annually in February. In addition, the EPNA Board annually solicits nominations and elects one volunteer whose contributions stand out in contributing to the mission and vision of the EPNA. Congratulations to the Volunteer of the Year – Julie Weber!


Julie created the new EPNA website and is active in maintaining and updating the website. She was the driving force behind creating the ability to accept online payments for membership, event sponsors and Farmers’ Market vendors. Julie created a user's manual to assist authorized editors in making updates on the website. Her generous voluntary contribution of time and energy in the development of the website likely saved EPNA thousands of dollars. Julie has assisted with our Newsletter and helps with any EPNA marketing and communication requests on behalf of the Association.


Julie also serves as an active member of the Concerts on the Green committee, contributing her time and talents by assisting the committee in selecting outstanding bands each year. You will find Julie at every concert, pitching in wherever needed to assist the band and attendees to have a wonderful evening experience.


A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING EPNA ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY REGARDED NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS IN THE MILWAUKEE AREA.


If you are interested in volunteering, give what you can...it might be as little as 2 hours for an event or activity. Be a member of a planning committee, or help at an event. There are also plenty of opportunities for our teenage students to volunteer and earn high school service hours. For more information, go to enderispark.org (click on ‘About’ then ‘Contact’) or visit the EPNA information tent during any event and we’ll take your information and contact you.


NEIGHBORHOOD SIGN PROJECT UPDATE


In an earlier newsletter we alerted you to a neighborhood improvement project EPNA hoped to complete this fall. That project would involve replacing the existing neighborhood identity signs with new signs and adding additional signs in the area west of 68th Street. Due to complications related to COVID-19, the City of Milwaukee has not yet been able to process our proposal. We want to let you know that EPNA still plans to pursue this project, but it is unlikely that the sign replacement work will proceed until sometime next year.


We will keep you posted as we receive updates from the city.


ENDERIS PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION 2021 EVENTS


As we welcome fall to Enderis Park, we are all looking back at a very challenging year and anxiously looking forward to a return to a new set of “normal.”


The EPNA Board wants to thank you for your patience and commitment to staying safe and healthy both for you, your family and your neighbors. We have been challenged with the need to remain socially distanced and to wear face coverings when appropriate – and we have met the challenge!


The EPNA Board has been meeting regularly during this time. You may have seen us in triangle park or on the concrete pad in front of the Fieldhouse. We are focused on “reopening” our many wonderful events and activities and are carefully considering the guidance from the CDC, State of Wisconsin, City of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Public Schools (Recreation).


Much is still unknown but the EPNA Board has identified a schedule of EPNA event dates for 2021.


The first section, Scheduled Events, includes activities that can be held with no special park permits required and few changes needed to meet health and safety considerations. Although we are planning to hold these events as scheduled, they are still subject to change as the current health and safety recommendation/requirements evolve. Details to be sent in the future.


The second section, Tentative Events, includes all events for which we are only able to provide a tentative date. Decisions will be made based on the availability of Enderis Park Permits or significant requirements based on any current health and safety guidelines. The Board and event planning committees will be working to adapt the events where possible. MPS currently is not issuing park permits and we maintain constant communication regarding the availability of the Park. If and when we are able to move forward with any of the events, we will notify the neighborhood residents of the actual date or dates and details of the finalized events.


SCHEDULED EVENTS


Mulchfest – Saturday January 9, 2021

Volunteer Recognition Event – Mid-February

Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday March 27, 2021

Spring Clean Up – Saturday April 17, 2021

Bloom & Groom Plant Sale – Saturday May 15, 2021

Rummage Sale – Saturday June 5, 2021

Halloween Decorating Contest Judging – Friday October 29, 2021

Neighborhood Nighttime Halloween Trick or Treat – Friday October 29, 2021


TENTATIVE DATES


Bloom & Groom Plant Sale – Saturday May 15, 2021 (TBD by City of Milwaukee and Lowe’s)

Concerts on the Green – June 17, July 8, July 22, and August 12, 2021

EPNA Farmer’s Market – Sundays June 20, 2021 through September 19, 2021

4th of July Celebration – Sunday July4, 2021 (TBD by City of Milwaukee)

Harvest Fest – Sunday, October 24, 2021


WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS!



Cheri Kent


Years on Board: First Year

Role on board/committees served: Concert Committee

Years lived in neighborhood: 3.5 years, husband lived here many years ago

Family: Married to Eric Jones, dog Athena, two grown daughters

Profession: Real Estate Agent and Broker

Why serve on the board?: I'm a huge advocate of Enderis Park. When it came time to move after our girls were gone, Enderis Park was the first choice. We are fortunate to be here and I enjoy the people and the involvement in the neighborhood.


Ryan Clevenger

Years on Board: First Year

Years lived in neighborhood: 7 months

Profession: Outreach Coordinator of Wisconsin

Why serve on the board?: I'm a huge advocate of Enderis Park and what it represents. Enderis Park is a beautiful neighborhood. I am fortunate to be here and I enjoy the people and the involvement in the neighborhood.

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