News & Notes: Jan. 18

Jan. 18, 2012

Sarah Chudnow holding meeting on voting changes

Mequon - The Sarah Chudnow Community will host a voter registration informational meeting, featuring election experts from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board and the Department of Motor Vehicles at 2 p.m. Jan. 31. The meeting is intended to provide community members, particularly seniors, with assistance to register to vote in Wisconsin in light of the new Voter Photo ID Law. The event will be held at the Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market Street, and is scheduled to last 90 minutes.

 Earlier this year, the Wisconsin Legislature passed the Voter Photo ID Law, which was signed by Gov. Scott Walker on May 25. In addition to requiring voters to show an acceptable photo ID to receive a ballot, the law contains other important changes to the voting process, including a longer, 28-consecutive-day residency period and a requirement for voters to sign the poll list.

Erika Wisk, a Department of Transportation field supervisor, will provide the paperwork necessary for ID card applications and give a brief presentation of the new restrictions. Representatives from the Government Accountability Board will also be available to answer questions. The free event is open to the community. Light refreshments will be served.

 Voters are also encouraged to visit the GAB's website for information about the new law. A statewide, multi-media public education campaign about Voter Photo ID is scheduled to start early January 2012. The first election at which a photo ID will be required is Feb. 21.

Salary increases approved for administrators, managers

Shorewood - The Shorewood School Board last week approved salary increases for administrators and managers throughout the district. The increases, however, come as staff members pay more into health care and retirement benefits.

Other than Superintendent Blane McCann, administrative staff will receive a 2.3 percent salary increase for the current school year. Recipients include all school principals, high school assistant principal, business manager, recreation department director and athletic director. The administrators' total compensation package, however, is set to decrease 2.56 percent because of the increased contributions toward health care premiums and pensions.

Managerial staff - including school personnel, human resources manager, business office coordinator and public information officer - all are set to receive a 2 percent pay increase. With increased health care and pension contributions thrown into the mix, the total compensation package increase is 0.54 percent.

Walgreens store granted liquor license by village officials

Thiensville - The Thiensville Village Board on Monday granted a liquor license to a representative of Walgreens, 278 N. Main St.

The license gives the store authority to sell alcoholic beverages, so long as they are in bottles and in a controlled area.

Fire, Health departments receive training grant

North Shore Fire/Rescue and the North Shore Health Department announce a partnership that provides support for both agencies' child safety seat check programs. Funding for training additional technicians is being provided by the North Shore Health Department through a $4,000 Safety and Injury Prevention Grant Award under the Wisconsin Healthiest Families Initiative.

The North Shore Fire and North Shore Health departments serve the communities of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. The North Shore Health Department recently took on providing services in the villages of Shorewood and Whitefish Bay through a consolidation with the Shorewood/Whitefish Bay Health Department.

City to hire urban wildlife specialists

Mequon - The Mequon Common Council on Jan. 10 approved a contract for $10,875 with Urban Wildlife Specialists for the removal of 75 deer. The cost per deer is $145.

The company had provided similar services in past years, but the program was dropped for a number of years due to budgetary constraints. However, in 2011, several residents asked the city to again cull the herd, saying deer were becoming more prevalent.

Nicolet senior one of best, brightest young artists

Glendale - Nicolet High School senior Leo Purman is a YoungArts Merit Award winner in photography. Chosen from more than 5,000 applicants in nine disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts, he will receive a monetary award and join the ranks of the 16,000 YoungArts alumni including such notables as multimedia artist Doug Aitken; actors Vanessa Williams, Raúl Esparza and Kerry Washington; and musicians Nicki Minaj and Chris Young.

Leo Purman is the son of Robert and Yannique Purman of Fox Point.

Two Nicolet students win top awards at art exhibition

Glendale-Two Nicolet students placed among the top 10 in the state in the 2012 Wisconsin Association of School Boards Art Exhibition. Junior Chara Yu earned first place and senior Erin Wilson earned fifth place.

In addition to being recognized for their work, both students will be receiving awards in the form of US Savings Bonds, provided by Liberty Mutual/Indiana Insurance.

Their work will be on display during the WASB Convention on Jan. 18-19 at the Frontier Airlines Center along with work created by students from all over the state of Wisconsin.

Chara is the daughter of David Rutter and Rose Yu Rutter of Glendale, Erin is the daughter of James and Ann Wilson of Glendale.

In addition, as the first place winner, Chara Yu and her family were honored at a ceremony Jan. 18 at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee. Chara's original award-winning work will be framed and hung at the Indiana Insurance Company offices in Milwaukee and another copy at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards offices in Madison.

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