News & Notes: June 5

June 5, 2012

Positives, negatives of police consolidation presented

Shorewood - Village President Guy Johnson read a letter to the Shorewood Village Board from Whitefish Bay Police Chief Robert Jacobs on Monday, which outlined the results of the conversations between Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and Glendale regarding the consolidation of the three police departments.

The mayor, village presidents, managers and police chiefs from the three municipalities have been meeting to "discuss the merits of consolidating police services for all three communities."

Benefits listed were less duplication of efforts and services; economies of scale with facilities and capital; better training and more on-duty training time; and better unified command for major occurrences. Cons listed were a loss of local control and a loss in ability to address issues "deemed to be local priorities."

While Jacobs wrote that a consolidation will likely save the three communities money, the amount of and timetable for those savings has not yet been determined, nor has the funding model for a consolidated police department. Johnson was quick to point out that the plan is in its infancy.

"It's still in discussion," he told the board. "This is just a means to let the (municipal) boards know that this is being worked on."

Thiensville officials mull new village website

Thiensville - The Thiensville Village Board is considering contracting for a new website with Civic Plus at its next board meeting on June 18. Ozaukee County currently hosts the village's website but the new site would provide features and opportunities not available through the county.

Trustees are interested in putting agendas and meeting packets online, which could be done with the new site.

Civic Plus would charge $17,024 for site design and the first year's maintenance, hosting and support. After the first year, the cost would be $4,382 for support, maintenance and hosting, subject to an annual 5 percent increase.

Steffen student earns top marks on ACT

Mequon - Mitchell Larson, a seventh-grade student at Steffen Middle School, will be recognized by the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted for his high score on the ACT.

Larson took the ACT through Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search, a program which offers above-grade-level testing for students in grades three to nine, and scored in the top 5 percent of all Wisconsin students.

Northwestern University will also recognize Larson for scoring in the top three students who participated in the Midwest Academic Talent Search.

Sensenbrenner hosts town hall meeting in Bay in June

Whitefish Bay - U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is hosting a town-hall meeting at the Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 North Marlborough Blvd., at 7 p.m. June 25.

"These meetings are about making sure I continue to hear from constituents on issues that impact Wisconsin," Sensenbrenner said in a news release.

Additional information regarding Sensenbrenner's town hall meeting in other municipalities, as well as his office hours over the summer, can be found at

Atwater Beach policies amended, hours changed

Shorewood - Residents looking to launch a nonmotorized boat, kayak or canoe won't have to get a permit from the police chief anymore.

Along with that change, the village board voted Monday night to approve a new, stripped down and more flexible version of the Atwater Beach ordinance and policy, shortening the list of "fun killing" rules like, among others, one that prohibited running on the beach.

"Just about everything was on that list," joked Police Chief David Banaszynski.

Rules contained in other ordinances, like a ban on dogs, open fires, or alcohol on the beach, will remain in effect, as well as an addition approved by the board that bans glass on the beach. These more commonplace rules will be included on new signs to be posted around Atwater, the board decided.

The board also set new hours, making Atwater Beach open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. year round.

Oakland and Lake Bluff bus stop to change location

Shorewood - The Village Board voted Monday to relocate the southbound bus stop at Oakland and Lake Bluff from the south side of the intersection to the north.

The change came about as a result of complaints from residents, whose apartment building is currently in front of the southbound bus stop.

"Parking, noise and other issues related to the bus being in front of them (were problems)," Trustee Jeff Hanewall said. "We couldn't find a single solution that would satisfy everyone, so what we settled upon is using safety as the deciding factor."

The bus stop should be moved to its new location sometime in the next 30 to 60 days, Village Manager Chris Swartz said, depending on how quickly the Milwaukee County Transit System implements the change.

Informational signs being installed at Atwater Park

Shorewood - Two new signs will be installed at Atwater Park, courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA awarded $240,000 to the village in 2010 as part of its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a portion of which was designated to fund an education and outreach program called the Shorewood Waters Project.

The two signs, one on the upper level of the park and the other on the midlevel concrete landing, will present a mixture of facts regarding the Great Lakes and tips on how to keep stormwater from carrying pollutants into Lake Michigan.

Lake Bluff gets state, national recognition

Shorewood - Lake Bluff Elementary is one of 20 public schools in the nation to be named a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership, a recognition that signifies that Lake Bluff's focus on character development had a positive impact on the school and its students.

"These schools have built strong communities that bring people together around shared goals," NSOC director Lara Maupin said in a news release. "Nobody feels alone or unwelcome in these schools. Adults are all on the same page about what's important and, as a result, kids thrive."

Lake Bluff will be recognized as a Wisconsin School of Character at a June 12 luncheon, and again at the National Forum on Character Education in November in Washington, D.C.

Concordia online learning expands in Mequon

Mequon - Concordia University-Wisconsin's online learning office has moved into a larger space just off Port Washington Road, at 1009 Glen Oaks, suite 202.

The aim of the new facility is to increase access to online higher education and collaboration.

"CUW is deeply committed to providing higher education that is high quality, Christ-centered, rigorous, flexibleand accessible anywhere in the world," said Bernard Bull, assistant vice president of academics and continuing and distance education in a news release.

Study reveals continued decline in MQ-TH enrollment

Mequon - Recently released data from an outside firm reveals the Mequon-Thiensville School District will likely have continued enrollment declines.

Officials from Applied Populations Lab, an initiative spearheaded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, revealed its findings at a School Board meeting.

APL looked at historical statistical data before releasing its projection. Data included population patterns in Mequon and Thiensville, recent birthrates, enrollment trends and the number of students entered into the district's 5-year-old kindergarten program each year.

Mequon-Thiensville has a history of steadily declining enrollment. In 2002-03, there were 4,203 students enrolled in the district; this year, there were 3,603 students.

APL officials project Mequon-Thiensville enrollment will dip to 3,327 students in 2016-17 and 3,024 students in 2021-22.

Homestead counselor named to state ACT group council

Mequon - Kris Besler, a counselor at Homestead High School, was recently elected to the Wisconsin ACT State Organization Council.

The council is a volunteer organization comprised of secondary and postsecondary educators, agency personnel and leaders of statewide organizations. Professionals involved in the organization provide advice to the ACT test makers.

Fox Point-Bayside Foundation awards $1,645 in grants

Fox Point - The Fox Point-Bayside Educational Foundation is awarding $1,645 to the district as part of its mini-grant initiative that offers district teachers an opportunity to apply for individual grants up to $750 each in value.

Foundation officials recently approved four mini-grants to purchase two iPads, a document camera and music stands.

The foundation's action was finalized Monday when the School Board approved the plans.

Fifty juniors inducted into Nicolet's honor society

Glendale - Fifty members of the junior class at Nicolet High School were inducted into the National Honor Society last week. The students are Parnian Abunasr-Shiraz, Mitchell Bass, Michaela Bear, Katelyn Bieser, Jordan Borneman, Brianna Cardinale, Elizabeth Carlton, Chloe Choice, Tristan Cook-Ziegler, Lauren Cunningham, Lauren Deuser, Mary Donohue, Nicole Dunn, Rachel Halstrom, Erik Hansen, Benjamin Henken, Gregory Horstmeier, Allen Hung, Annie Jen, William Jen, Mallory Kane, Andrew Keene, Gabriel Kinzer, Matthew Kinzer, Martha Leplae-Arthur, Benjamin Levey and Jessica Luecke.

Also, Nick Martin, Winn Alana May, Jared Mazin, Spencer McAfee-Gundrum, Katherine McManus, Margaret O'Dell, Aislinn O'Dwyer, Anna Olla, Zachary Pagel, Devon Peck, Steven Richards, Katherine Richter, Christa Rumbaugh, Amelia Scott, Jane Scott, Sam Streeck, Elizabeth Tavolier, Michelle Tong, Nolan Wagner, Connor Wahrman, Emma Wathen, Michael Yarmulnik and Emily Zausch.

The keynote speaker for the program was Robert Ricigliano, director of Institute of World Affairs where he teaches international mediation and negotiation through the Department of Communication. The adviser for Nicolet Chapter of the National Honor Society is English Teacher Nicole Mueller.

Shorewood to fill Public Works position created by retirement

Shorewood - With the retirement of Public Works Director of Operations Jim Swenson looming in late July, the Village Board approved hiring a replacement. Swenson's salary is $72,535 yearly. Village staff is investigating salaries for similar positions in the area and will include a compensation range for the position. A change in title to perhaps Operations Manager is anticipated.

Beaver Dam educator tapped for Homestead position

Mequon - School officials in the Mequon-Thiensville district are recommending Lori Keiser for the position of assistant principal at Homestead High School. Her appointment will be made official Monday when the School Board votes on it.

Keiser currently serves as a science teacher at Beaver Dam High School - a position she has held for seven years.

Bayside students attending San Diego conference

Fox Point - Two Bayside Middle School students have been given permission to represent the Fox Point-Bayside School District at an upcoming International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Diego.

The 2012 ISTE conference, held from June 24-27, focuses on female computer programmers. Two Bayside eighth-graders will demonstrate an interactive software application at the event. The students will attend the conference with their parents, and the arrangement is being made with no direct cost to the district.

This is the second consecutive year Bayside students are attending an ISTE conference. Last year, participants demonstrated how computer programming skills could be intertwined with curriculum.

Junior Woman's Club announces scholarships

Brown Deer - The GFWC Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club awarded its annual $1,000 Scholarship for Continuing Education on May 8 to Darlene Shea who is working toward a bachelor's in psychology. Joan Drezdon was awarded $500 for her continuing education toward an associate degree in business management. The scholarship is awarded annually in May.

For more information about the scholarship and our organization, visit

JCC, Growing Power running farm stand at Bayshore

Glendale - Beginning June 14, the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, Bayshore Town Center and Growing Power will be working together to bring a farm stand to Bayshore Town Center.

Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live. Growing Power helps provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. The farm stand will also offer educational mini-workshops throughout the year.

The stand will be open all year, rain or shine. During the summer months it will be outside in the town square, and from October through May it will be inside J-Shore, as well as during inclement weather. The stand will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. J-Shore is the JCC's outreach storefront located near the food court.

For more information, contact Dana Emold, the JCC's Bayshore Project Manager at or (414) 967-8174.

River Run Computers announces recycle services

Glendale - Due to the success and demand from the local community for electronic equipment donations at River Run Computers' Electronic Recycling Day held April 21, River Run Computers announced its computer recycle services as a standard offering.

River Run collected more than 6,500 pounds of electronics. Donations help aid in the protection of the local environment with responsible recycling and help Independence First collect more than 100 computers, monitors and printers for people with disabilities.

River Run will offer recycle services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can request a pickup, or drop off your electronic equipment at River Run Computers' headquarters at 2320 W. Camden Road, Glendale. River Run and its partners follow the Department of Defense guidelines for data security.

Two types of data destruction that are offered include wiping of the hard drive or destroying the hard drive. For more information on River Run electronic recycle services, visit

Cancer survivors invited to celebrate with humor

Whitefish Bay - Gilda's Club Southeastern Wisconsin celebrates cancer survivorship with the presentation of Humor, Health & Hope … feel better with laughter, a free, family-friendly comedy event for cancer survivors and their families from 4 to 7:30 p.m. June 9 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. This National Cancer Survivors Day event is presented with support from Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Stan Kass, president of Skylark Vending, in memory of his wife, Lee.

The event includes a Laughter Club workshop and a light hors d'oeuvres reception that will be followed by special entertainment.

World-class juggler and cancer survivor Scott Burton will be first to take the stage with his own brand of "humor therapy."

Actor/comedian/impressionist Dave Coulier takes the stage following Burton. Coulier is best known for his role as the lovable Joey Gladstone on the long-running hit ABC television series "Full House" and as the popular host of ABC's prime-time hit series "The World's Funniest Videos" and "America's Funniest People."

Reservations for the event may be made online at or by calling (414) 962.8201, ext. 103.

Nicolet freshman medals in international competition

Glendale - Aaron Zetley, a freshman at Nicolet High School was presented with a bronze medal in the Engineering division at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad Awards ceremony for his project entitled Harnessing Energy Using Hydroelectric Turbines in Man-Made Water Systems on May 6 in Houston.

The contest creates a platform for young researchers to present their innovative projects to take on today's challenges in energy, engineering, and environment. More than 1,000 students from 68 countries were represented.

New wellness center opens in Mequon

Mequon - Well Body, a wellness center that offers products and services such as beauty and skin care, massage, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, life coaching, and professional listening, opened June 1 at 10040 N. Port Washington Road.

"Well Body will be a one-stop shop for recharging and re-energizing the body, mind and spirit," said practitioner Susie Raymond in a news release.

Appointments for all services are currently available, and Well Body staff invites members of the public to stop in and see the new facility. The center's phone is (414) 573-9549.

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