News & Notes: Oct. 12

Oct. 12, 2011

Concordia kicks off homecoming with parade

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin is kicking off its alumni homecoming weekend beginning at 6 tonight with a parade in Thiensville. An alumni after-party at Skippy's Sports Pub & Grub in Thiensville immediately follows the parade.

Homecoming weekend continues Friday night with a Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet in CUW's new School of Pharmacy building, as well as Midnight Madness in CUW's Field House, celebrating the men's and women's basketball teams' first official day of practice. On Saturday, an alumni tailgate takes place beginning at 11 a.m. on campus leading up to the homecoming football game against Benedictine at 1 p.m.

For a complete list of events planned for the homecoming weekend, visit or contact Nicole Tilot at; or at (262) 243-4474.

Fox Point planning to borrow for new dispatch equipment

Fox Point - The Village Board on Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation promissory notes in an amount not to exceed $245,000. The funds, to be paid to Bayside, will go toward the new combined dispatch center that will serve all seven North Shore communities in Milwaukee County.

Fox Point is committed to $300,000 - not including borrowing costs - over a 10-year period to fund replacement equipment at the dispatch center. Bayside and River Hills are paying $325,000 and $300,000, respectively, for the capitol improvements.

Village Manager Susan Robertson said the equipment would need to be replaced regardless of whether Brown Deer, Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay decided to pool resources with the other three communities already using dispatch services in Bayside.

Fox Point has already borrowed $60,000 for the upgrades.

Final yard waste and leaf pick-up schedules announced

Bayside -Fall has arrived, the wind is blowing and that means downed branches and leaves. There are only two yard waste pickups left this year, the weeks of Oct. 31 and Nov. 14.

Loose leaf collection begins the week of Oct. 17. Remember loose leaves must be kept separate from yard waste. The village collects leaves using a large collection vacuum. Leaves mixed with yard waste can clog or damage the impeller, causing potential equipment issues.

For information on yard waste collection days, visit the village's Web site at

Village holding clean up day

Bayside - The final clean up day of the year for the village is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Village Hall. This fall, the village is celebrating and partnering with the following programs: Habitat for Humanity (taking usable construction materials); Coats for Kids (bring your old winter coats); Goodwill (accepting all donations); Hunger Task Force (accepting nonperishable foods); and Susan G. Komen for the Cure (accepting monetary donations).

In addition, SecurX will be on site to shred personal documents. Shredding will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Can't make the date? You can drop off all items for shredding at Village Hall from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 17.

School Board approves 2010-11 financial audit

Whitefish Bay - The School Board last week approved the district's financial audit for the 2010-11 school year, conducted by certified public accounting firm Feld, Schumacher and Co.

The firm did not uncover any financial deficiencies in the audit, but noted two findings related to record keeping and compliance.

"Overall, I'm very happy with where we wound up," Shawn Yde, director of business services, said. "Variances are to be expected, and that's why you have an audit. This year, it was good news."

The district has reportedly corrected both of the findings.

School Board approves two field trip requests

Whitefish Bay - Two field trip requests were approved recently by the School Board.

The middle school's eighth-grade creative publications class has been given permission to attend an overnight, school-sanctioned theater trip to Chicago in February. In addition to taking in several attractions within the city, the class will be seeing performances by the Blue Man Group and "Gypsy."

The board also approved an extended educational field trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for high school students in late March and early April 2013.

Both trips will require fundraising efforts to move forward.

Former barber shop to house insurance office

Glendale - The city Plan Commission on Tuesday approved a proposal to open a State Farm Insurance office within a building at 2608 W. Silver Spring Drive.

The dwelling is a home, but zoned for commercial use. It previously was used for a barber shop and residence and, more recently, a real estate and mortgage office.

William Kinsella, who will run the insurance office, said he plans to operate out of the building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Shorewood sets date, time for trick-or-treating

Shorewood - The Village Board on Monday voted to hold trick-or-treating within the village from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The board's action follows a similar pattern from years prior, when the time-honored, festive event took place the Sunday preceding Halloween.

Bay board votes to hold trick-or-treating Oct. 30

Whitefish Bay - After deliberation and a rescinded motion, the Whitefish Bay Village Board on Monday voted, 5-2, to hold trick-or-treating from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Staff at Village Hall had recommended the motion.

Trustee Kevin Buckley had successfully led a move to change the festive event to the early evening hours on Monday, Oct. 31, on a 4-3 vote, to coincide with Halloween. But concerns were subsequently raised about potential conflicts with after-school activities, and the board reconsidered the motion, opting instead to follow through with the original recommendation.

Homestead grads receive foundation scholarships

Mequon - Five Homestead High School graduates - Michael Collins, Kaitlin Gehrke, David Linkon, David Urintsev and Franklin Zhu - are recipients of five of the 50 college scholarships totaling $400,000 being announced by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation - the largest corporate giver in the state of Wisconsin. The scholarships help outstanding sons and daughters of Northwestern Mutual employees and retirees acquire a college education..

Since 1994, the Foundation has awarded more than $5.5 million in scholarships to 685 qualified high school graduates, all sons and daughters of Northwestern Mutual employees and retirees. Recipients are selected based on a number of criteria, including class rank, GPA, SAT/ACT scores, extracurricular involvement and employment history. Students must enroll for full-time study at an accredited college, university or vocational/technical school. They are eligible to renew the scholarship for the remainder of their college career.

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