News & Notes: Feb. 1

Feb. 1, 2012

St. Martin's showing 'Pray the Devil Back to Hell'

Brown Deer - "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" is a story of grass-roots activism that altered the history of Liberia. The video was part of a five-part special series on PBSW entitled "Women War & Peace" that spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones.

Liberian women took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war and won peace for their shattered country in 2003. As the rebel noose tightened around the capital city of Nonrovia, thousands of women - ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim - formed a thin but unshakable line between the opposing forces.

The 72-minute video will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at St. Martin Episcopal Church, 8401 N. 60th St. A light lunch will be served before the viewing for those attending.

Call the church at (414) 354-4249 or email to reserve your place at the viewing and lunch.

Brown Deer offering 17 Open Enrollment seats

Brown Deer - The School Board last week approved offering 17 seats for Open Enrollment in the 2012-2013 school year. Seven seats will be available in second grade, four each in fifth and sixth grades and two in the seventh grade. The district offered two seats in first grade for the current school year.

Middle school students excel at PB&J collection drives

Students from Whitefish Bay Middle School and Steffen Middle School, Mequon, were honored this week by Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bucks this week for their efforts in the Ninth Annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Challenge.

Students at Whitefish Bay won for the most pounds collected in the middle school category with 5,128 pounds. Students at Steffen won the most pounds per student, or 2.5 pounds per student, for a total of 1,059 pounds.

Program for cancer survivors to be offered at Gilda's Club

Whitefish Bay - Cancer Transitions is a free 2- 1/2 hour, five-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. Expert panelists including social workers, nutritionists and fitness experts discuss exercise tailored to each participant's abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions answers the many questions cancer survivors have regarding their survivorship and post-cancer treatment. The course offers the following topics:

Get Back to Wellness: Take Control of Your Survivorship

Exercise for Wellness: Customized Exercise

Emotional Health & Well-Being: From Patient to Survivor

Nutrition Beyond Cancer

Medical Management Beyond Cancer: What You Need to Know

The program is free and takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 20 through March 19, at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Register online at or call Justine Murray at Gilda's Club, (414) 962-8201, ext. 102.

Sign up now for 2012 Citizen Police Academy

Police Departments in Bayside, Fox Point and River Hills are joining together to again offer the Citizen Police Academy beginning April 19.

This Academy is part of a national program for residents to get a behind-the-scenes look at police operations so they better understand how their police serve and protect their communities.

Residents participate in defense and arrest tactics and learn how evidence is collected. There is also the opportunity to ride along with an officer.

The academy is free and open to people who either live or work in these communities and are at least 21 years old.

Classes meet on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. from April 19 to May 31. There is also an optional Saturday morning class, date and time to be announced, for firearms training.

Enrollment is limited and people are urged to register right away.

For further information and to register, contact your police department: Bayside, Officer Eric Miller, (414) 351-8800; Fox Point, Officer John Andamaitis, (414) 351-8911; and River Hills, Sgt. Michael Gaynor, (414) 247-2302.

Applications being accepted for Citizen Police Academy

Mequon - The Mequon Police Department announces its 2012 Citizen Police Academy which takes place on Thursdays from Feb. 23 to March 29.

The academy presents topics in defense and arrest tactics, the use of a Taser, how to detect drunken drivers, information on drug recognition and firearms training. There will also be mock traffic stops and room clearing demonstrations.

In addition, the canine unit will make a presentation to showcase canine Officer Vero's abilities and duties.

Classes are held at the department, 11300 N. Buntrock Road, and are free to residents and employees of Mequon/Thiensville.

Class size is limited to 20 so people are urged to apply quickly. Applications are available at the department or by calling Sgt. Patrick Pryor at (262) 242-3500.

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