Big changes for the Williamson-Marquette Gazette

Karen Bednar Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood Leave a Comment

For the past 34 years, Common Wealth, the Marquette Neighborhood Association and the Williamson-Marquette
Neighborhood Center have partnered together to produce the Williamson-Marquette Gazette, a bi-monthly
newspaper for the Williamson-Marquette neighborhood. We are proud to have provided news and connections
to our community for so many years. Volunteers and staff have dedicated an extraordinary amount of time to shape and share the Wil-Mar Gazette. Our community is stronger and more vibrant because of this collaborative effort.

With the changing format of news delivery and online networks, our three organizations have come together to evaluate the effectiveness and costs of the Gazette. We have determined that, in order to devote more staff time to emerging projects and offer sustainable, evolving connections within our service areas, this November/December 2016 issue of the Wil-Mar Gazette will be the last one. Our three organizations – Common Wealth, Marquette Neighborhood Association and Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center – will continue working together to connect with our community in a variety of ways in the coming years.

Here’s information on how to contact each of our organizations:

Common Wealth is pleased to have partnered with the Marquette Neighborhood Association and Wil-Mar
Neighborhood Center on the Gazette. If you would like to stay in touch and continue to learn about Common Wealth’s programs in affordable housing, business incubation, and youth & adult employment training and placement, please visit our website at You can sign up on our website for our e-newsletter
which has regular updates on our work. You can also contact Mike Sweitzer-Beckman at 608.256.3527 x34 or
email, to learn more or be added to our mailing list.

Marquette Neighborhood Association will continue to communicate with neighbors through the Marquette Neighborhood Association list serve (click here to subscribe to the list serve), ongoing neighborhood committees, and their Facebook page. The MNA eUpdate is sent from the MNA Board once per month and gives a brief update on MNA’s work. Subscribe on MNA’s website. Neighbors are invited to the MNA Board of Directors monthly meeting held the third Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.

Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center will offer a new quarterly publication for the eastside community beginning in 2017. This publication will focus on the Wil-Mar programs, community available classes and workshops, volunteer opportunities, child care, summer camps, resources, events at Wil-Mar, and our neighborhood festivals. Please  direct any questions about how to participate in this new publication to Beatrice Hadidian, the Program/Development Director at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.

We wish to thank our readers, our advertisers and local businesses, and staff and volunteers who have supported the
Williamson-Marquette Gazette for so many years. A special thanks and appreciation goes to Shelli Lawler and Donna Magdalina for their amazing coordination and production of the Gazette during the past 10 years.

Any questions can be directed to Mike at 608.256.3527 x34 or Beatrice at 608.257. 4576 x12. We look forward to this exciting new chapter/phase!

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