News & Notes: Feb. 29

Feb. 29, 2012

CRG group holding candidate forum

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer affiliate of the Citizens for Responsible Government are holding a School Board candidate forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 3 at the Multicultural Arts Center, Brown Deer High School, 8060 N. 60th St.

During the first hour of the forum candidates will answer questions about issues facing the district. During the last half-hour, residents will be able to talk with candidates.

Questions for candidates can be submitted to

Brown Deer Police station opens new lobby

Brown Deer - Demolition and remodeling of the lobby at the Police Station is done and the new lobby is now open for business from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lobby will be closed on weekends and holidays.

Residents requiring police assistance should contact the Bayside Communication Center at (414) 351-9900. For administrative purposes, residents may continue to call (414) 371-2900 during business hours.

911 should still be used for emergency calls.

For additional information on the project, visit the village of Brown Deer website at

Mall to cover additional police services costs as needed

Glendale - The owners of the Bayshore Town Center and the Glendale Police Department will partner in a Police Force Assistance Program that will provide enhanced department coverage at the Town Center on an as-needed basis during peak curfew time periods.

Under the agreement between the owners and city, Bayshore will reimburse the city for the additional services and police presence. The officers will assist Bayshore security and ambassador staff in its enforcement of the center's Code of Conduct, according to the agreement provided the Common Council.

Additional police officers would be stationed at the center in a marked squad car and will patrol key areas where youth are present. The agreement says they will engage youth when necessary.

The agreement begins March 1 and expire April 30, 2013.

Wisth withdraws from School Board race

Brown Deer - School Board candidate Kevin Wisth has withdrawn from the School Board race. Wisth said his work schedule changed unexpectedly, forcing him to reconsider running for the board.

"I want to thank anyone who encouraged me to run and had an interest in my candidacy," he said. "I think it is only fair to let people know that I have to withdraw."

Wisth served five years on the board and lost a bid for re-election in April 2011.

Wisth's withdrawal leaves four candidates running for three seats. Although he has withdrawn, his name will appear on the ballot.

Gess withdraws from School Board race

Shorewood - David Gess will not run for Shorewood School Board. In an email, Gess said he has realized since filing his papers that he is "unable to commit the time needed to do justice to the position."

His withdrawal leaves one candidate, David Cobb, running for the position now held by Paul Zovic. Zovic announced in December that he would not seek re-election.

Junior Woman's Club holding candidate forum

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club invites you to attend the School Board candidate public forum to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 19 at the Brown Deer High School Multicultural Arts Center, 8200 North 60th St.

Come hear the candidates speak about their qualifications and answer your questions in preparation for an informed vote on April 3.

Nicolet student wins Gold Key for Writing

Glendale - Benjamin Levey, a Nicolet High School junior, received regional recognition by the Scholastic Writing Awards for his excellence in the written works competition and was awarded the prestigious Gold Key.

Benjamin was awarded with a Gold Key for his Persuasive Writing entry "Government Of, By, and For the People (Who Have a Valid Government-Issued Photo ID)." Benjamin joins two other Wisconsin Gold Key recipients that are advancing to the national contest.

A panel of jurors in New York City will judge entries from programs across the country. These students have a chance to win up to $10,000 in scholarships. One of the students will also receive the American Voices Award, which is awarded to the best work of a region.

Local Scholastic award recipients and teachers with more than one student awarded will be honored on May 21 at the Stackner Cabaret in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

State grant to help fund bridge restoration in gorge

Mequon - The city and the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust have agreed to a memorandum of understanding that will allow the OWLT to move ahead on a plan to restore the bridge at Donges Bay Gorge. The estimated cost of the project is $362,892, with 80 percent of the funding coming from a state grant as part of the Transportation Enhancement Program. The OWLT has agreed to raise the remaining 20 percent match, and the project will be done at no cost to the city.

Public access to the gorge will be enhanced with the restoration of the bridge. The gorge is a 23-acre site on Lake Michigan east of the Wildwood Preserve subdivision and is home to a pair of bald eagles who began nesting there in 2006.

Scholarship being offered to a Brown Deer woman

Brown Deer - The GFWC Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club has established a scholarship fund to help women in Brown Deer who wish to continue their educations. Scholarships up to $1,000 are awarded annually in May to eligible women. All applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2012. Visit for more information, eligibility requirements or to download an application. Call (414) 651-9453 if you have questions.

Village applying for State Trust Fund loans

River Hills - The village will apply for two State Trust Fund loans. The first loan for $405,598 would refinance an existing unfunded pension liability trust fund loan, reducing the interest rate from 5.25 percent to 3.5 percent. The second loan for $575,689 at 3 percent interest would finance capital program in the village for 2012. The Village Board approved the applications Feb. 15.

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