News & Notes: March 14

March 14, 2012

Discussion on communitywide branding committee continues

Mequon - The Public Welfare Committee discussed a resolution creating a communitywide branding committee but will wait until after the April 3 elections to take any action. In an email, Thiensville Village Manager Dianne Robertson said the village would have a new village president as a result of the elections and asked to delay naming a committee until the leadership is set.

The size of the committee is still under discussion, with the Mequon-Thiensville School District suggesting 14 members. Aldermen John Wirth and Dale Mayr suggested a smaller committee might be more effective but noted that a larger committee would more easily allow for the formations of subcommittees. Mayr said naming alternates might be another consideration.

Community Development Director Kim Tollefson who has been coordinating the formation of the committee with the city, village, school district and Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce suggested establishing a time frame of six to 12 months for the group to complete its work. A 90-day time frame, which is under discussion, might not be doable, she said.

Four Open Enrollment seats available in Bay

Whitefish Bay - Last week, the Whitefish Bay School Board voted to allocate 28 seats toward the Open Enrollment program, an initiative that offers students to attend a district even if he or she does not live within the village's boundaries.

District Administrator Mary Gavigan said Whitefish Bay anticipates filling 24 of the 28 seats with students already enrolled in the program, meaning only four new seats will be made available.

Based on enrollment projections, district officials anticipate offering three new seats in grade four and one seat in grade five.

Vietnamese restaurant open in shopping center

Mequon - A Vietnamese restaurant will open in the space formerly occupied by The Lemon Tree, 1380 W. Mequon Road. The Lemon Tree was a home furnishing store.

The restaurant will occupy 1,848 square feet in the building with seating for 24 patrons on an outside patio. There will be 44 seats inside.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit for the restaurant on March 12.

Status update to be presented on Range Line Road bridge

River Hills - A design consultant from Westbrook Engineering will be present at the next Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Village Hall, 7650 N. Pheasant Lane, to provide information and a status update on the Range Line Road bridge project.

Nicolet teacher 2012 Kohl Fellowship recipient

Glendale - Nicolet High School science teacher Andrea Winkle has been selected as a 2012 Kohl Fellowship recipient. Recipients are chosen for their skill as a leader and agent for positive change and their superior ability to inspire the love of learning in their students.

Winkle will receive a $1,000 grant for herself and a $1,000 grant for Nicolet from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and co-sponsors (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, Wisconsin Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, and Wisconsin Newspaper Association).

The award will be presented at a regional luncheon on March 31 at Riverside University High School along with other Fellowship, Kohl Excellence Scholarship and Initiative Scholarship recipients.

Nicolet seniors receive Herb Kohl scholarships

Glendale - Nicolet High School seniors Kindia du Plessis and Mikaela Zetley have been selected as 2012 Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship recipients and will each receive a $1,000 award. Kindia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacques du Plessis of Glendale. Mikaela is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Zetley of Fox Point.

The recipients are selected by a statewide committee for exceptional scholarship, leadership, citizenship and community and school involvement.

Kindia and Mikaela will be recognized at a luncheon March 31 at Riverside University High School in Milwaukee.

North Shore Health Department cancellation

The North Shore Health Department's Blood Pressure and Immunization Clinics scheduled for March 27, at the North Shore Library have been canceled. The Community Room is unavailable that day.

Call the Health Department at (414) 371-2980 for information on other clinics being held in March or April.

'I Love Shorewood' theme of public art event

Shorewood - Shorewood is proud to be at the edge of the city and the heart of everything. And with that in mind, the village announces its 2012 public art event, "I Love Shorewood!"

This summer, "I Love Shorewood" will engage the entire community in the creation of super-size heart forms decorated by local artists. Thirty-five custom-designed hearts will be on display throughout the Shorewood business district and other landmark community locations from June 16 through Sept. 1.

Artists are currently being solicited through a jurying process to decorate the heart forms. Individual business owners and community groups are invited to sponsor the display of a heart at their Shorewood location.

"I Love Shorewood" is being presented by the Village of Shorewood Marketing Program. Major co-sponsors of the event are the Mandel Group and the Shorewood Foundation.

Additional funding is being provided by the Shorewood Men's Club. Event logistics are being managed through the Shorewood Department of Public Works.

Individual sponsorships to place a heart in front of, or inside a business, are currently being solicited, as well as local artists to decorate the forms. For more information about how to participate as a sponsor or an artist, please email

Block named 2012 Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year

Shorewood - The 4200 block of North Ardmore Avenue has been named the 2012 Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year by the Shorewood Connects Neighbors project. This competition was developed to highlight the many good things happening in Shorewood at the block level and to encourage more residents to form organized block groups.

As a winner of the second annual competition, signs will be posted on either end of the block, an article about the block will appear in an upcoming issue of Shorewood Today, and block residents will have the opportunity to march behind the "Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year" banner in the 2012 Shorewood Fourth of July parade.

In their application, neighbors on the 4200 North Ardmore block cited a long list of organized activities throughout the year, providing something for residents young and old alike. In addition to block parties in the summer and at Halloween, the block features a Monday night knitting group and "Front Porch Theater" produced by the kids on the block. The kids create and perform plays and when the performance is ready, they ring doorbells until they have a good size audience who bring lawn chairs for the presentation on one of the neighbor's front porch. The kids have even put their "Block Anthem" video on You Tube. The block email group is alive and well, providing neighbors to share contractor information and ask for help; the kids on the block have created a block newspaper.

In addition to looking out for each other, residents have created a basket for the Shorewood Foundation's annual fundraiser, collected items for military care packages, and have collected food for the Hunger Task Force at Thanksgiving.

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