We have a new way to live, learn and laugh as a neighborhood!

This digital publication has been established to build community and connect our neighbors along with supporting our greater community in the Madison area. We recognized that without a community gathering space or town square we needed to look to multiple means to connect each other as neighbors and collectively work to build our community. The Birchwood-Oaks Neighborhood Association was established to do just that!

Please feel free to forward this publication and encourage neighbors to sign up to become a member of this association using this form.

What’s happened around our neighborhood recently?

The parks have been busy with the nice days of spring! There are great options for all and a chance to come out from hibernation and get to know your neighbors. You could fly a kite, let kiddos get some energy out, play a sport, jump in the puddles, trade a book at the little library, or just watch the grass turn green.

What’s coming up in our neighborhood?

Mark Your Calendars

Annual Membership Meeting

When: Wednesday, May 4th - 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Virtual)

Please mark your calendars for our first annual membership meeting. We will send out a link and agenda a few days prior to the meeting to the email addresses we have on file. If you aren’t currently getting emails, please fill out this form ( so we can add you to the distribution list.

We will put together a short agenda, but if there is anything you’d like addressed at the meeting, please email us at and we’ll be happy to add it. Finally, if you’d like to run for a position as an officer, please let us know so we can prepare the ballot. The current officers are: Ali Reinhard – Vice President & Interim President; Kayla Julius – Secretary; Jeffrey Thorn – Treasurer. Bridget Boyer is our Community Events Coordinator.

Save the date for our Spring Party in the Park!!

When: Sunday, May 22nd - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: Thousand Oaks Park in the 1000 Oaks subdivision

Join us in Thousand Oaks Park and meet new and established neighbors! We'll have lawn games like Giant Jenga, Ladder Golf and we'll be hosting a bags tournament!! We'll also have some fun for the kids like bubbles and chalk.


This year's community-wide garage sale will take place from Thursday, June 9 through Saturday, June 11. More specific details will follow, but we wanted to let people know the date asap so you can start planning and cleaning out your basements.

If you have specific suggestions regarding the sale this year, please email them to

Sections to expand…

Kids Corner

We’d love to spotlight our many neighborhood kiddos’ joy, duties; promote entrepreneurial items like lemonade stands, yard work, snow removal, etc. If you have an item to share, please complete this form and we will follow up for details.

Family Profile - Getting to know your neighbors

We would like to feature a neighborhood family and get to know a little about each other in this neighborhood profile. Submit pictures, answer a questionnaire, tell us a little bit about each of these highlighted families in our neighborhood. If you would be willing and able to be a featured family please email and we will get you featured.

This month…. Meet the Lawson’s and Kammer’s

Kent & Danielle Lawson (kids Emily 27, & Nicholas 23) and Merlyn & Peggy Kammer (daughter Kristin, 45) make up a pretty unconventional family, but they love it! They are, in the truest sense, an example that families do come in all different configurations. Merlyn and Peggy are what Danielle calls "bonus parents", and Kristin is her "frister" (friend/sister). “We've been part of each other's families for so long that we didn't think twice about being "attached" neighbors. Prior to moving into BP Kent and Danielle have lived in Madison for about 27 years. They grew up in Middleton (we met in high school!). Merlyn and Peggy lived in the same house in Middleton for 45 years

You CAN choose your family! Merlyn and Peggy were ready for an easier-to-maintain home and yard, and to be on a single level. Kent and Danielle had already downsized to a condo downtown, but were ready to "upsize", and have room for their expanding family. It was icing on the cake that they could be neighbors, ready to be there to help each other as they move through life's next stages.

“We love the walkability of the neighborhood, with nice wide sidewalks and grassy areas. We love seeing people out walking dogs, kids playing games in their driveway, and the sense of community.”

Our families' favorite thing to do together is watch college basketball on TV! We also really enjoy cooking and eating together, and traveling/exploring new places. We love going to two of our favorite places: Charleston, SC, and to our cabin near Minocqua, WI (see photo!).

Our favorite days off usually involve a leisurely breakfast, being outside (especially if there's fishing involved), and soaking up the sun. If there's a little time for home organization or improvement projects, that's a bonus.”

Kristin works at Agrace, passionate about helping people age comfortably. Danielle works at Feeding America, passionate about fighting hunger and poverty. Merlyn was a regular donor to the Red Cross, giving platelets and blood for several years, changing one girl's life, who needed treatment once a week.

They have all been on a cruise to Alaska, and loved the scenery and the adventure of it all. Definitely something for everyone, whether you're 10 or 80!

Thanks to the Alwson’s and Kammer’s for showing us another way that our little community supports families of all kinds to find a place to live, laugh, and learn. What a great example on how to build family in the neighborhood and let’s all find that “framily” group to take their lead and stay together and bring smiles when maybe still apart.

“We text each other, in a group text, ALL the time! It's almost a game as to who can send the best gifs, bitmojis, pictures, and even basketball schedules! It's our way of staying in touch, even when we're not all together.”

By Jeremy Schlitz


We also would like to feature birth/death/anniversary/graduation and other milestone announcements. Please submit via this recognition form what you’d like to be announced next month.

Gary Stillwell turned 7? years young on March 16, 2022

Bowen Schlitz turns 5 on April 27th

Congrats to Monica Murphy, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in Accounting on May 14, 2022. This summer she will complete her third internship at Deloitte in Houston. Monica will then return to UW-Madison to complete the Integrated Master of Accountancy (iMAcc) program.


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Community Events and Resources

Streets Division Update

The drop-off site at 402 South Point Rd has replaced the Badger Rd site as the west side drop-off site. On April 4, the South Point location drop-off site expand their hours. Yard waste collection begins April 4. Learn when you should put out your yard waste for collection at You only get 2 collections in the spring, so look up the dates now so you don’t miss out. Yard waste is weeds, leaves, grass clippings and similar material you have pulled or raked from your lawn or garden. Brush collection begins April 4. Learn when you should put out your brush for collection at You get five brush pickups a year. Brush is woody material you have cut from a tree, shrub, or bush.

Spring Maintenance Tips from Veridian

Spring is trying to make its way to Wisconsin! The sun is shining a little more, the birds are singing, and we get that occasional glimpse of warmer weather. Ensure your home is ready for the spring season by following our seasonal maintenance tips in the link below.

And don’t forget to send us your best seasonal photo for our spring photo contest! Submit your photo(s) on our Facebook page or send us an email at for a chance to win $100! All entries must be submitted by June 3, 2022.

City CARES Team for Mental Health Emergencies Now Answering Calls City-Wide

On September 1, 2021, the City of Madison launched its Community Alternative Response for EmergencyServices (CARES) Team to respond to nonviolent 911 calls for mental health emergencies. The City announced that CARES Teams, made up of community paramedics and crisis workers, would spend a year learning and innovating before expanding the program in future budgets.

Blood Drives

American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Amid this crisis, doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.The Red Cross asks the country to roll up a sleeve to help ensure people receive the care they need. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Submitted articles: Please consider penning an article or repurposing something you created and want to share with your neighbors

If you would like to submit an item for this Monthly magazine, please email

Sponsors of our Association

Business Ads

As our community and membership continue to grow, we recognize the importance of supporting local and family owned businesses right here in Birchwood-Oaks. We'd love to feature your Business Ad in an upcoming newsletter! Please contact us at, and include your name, business name, location, phone number, website, email address and applicable logo and/or pictures!

*Please continue to let your neighbors know about the NA and encourage them to sign up to receive info and updates to build our community

If you would like to donate to the neighborhood association please donate to Jeffrey Thorn Venmo

Ali Reinhard – Vice President & Interim President
Bridget Boyer – Community Events Coordinator
Jeffrey Thorn – Treasurer
Briehl - Secretary

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