News & Notes: March 5

March 6, 2013

Officials creating policy on gifts for park, rec facilities

Shorewood - Village officials are in the process of developing a donations program aimed at enhancing the beauty and quality of the park and recreation facilities in Shorewood.

The village Parks Commission has created a draft version of a booklet outlining how interested donors can contribute financially to park amenities, school and park playground equipment and beach structures.

The Village Board reviewed the draft document Monday and directed staff members to continue their review of the document. Further collaboration with members of the Marketing Committee is anticipated in the future before a finalized version of the document is presented to the board for final action.

UWM students working on planning project in Shorewood

Shorewood - Students in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning are in the process of conducting a corridor study along Capitol Drive, west of the intersection with Oakland Avenue.

A brief presentation on the effort, being done as part of a class project, was held at a Village Board meeting Monday.

The students are examining possible future uses for sites along the corridor, which could include housing or other commercial developments.

The students will deliver a formal presentation to village officials next month once all of their findings are complete.

Milwaukee to host

job fair for veterans

The Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office will hold its ninth and largest veterans job fair at the Veterans from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.

More than 70 companies will interview and hire veterans at the event. The Milwaukee County Parks Department has committed to hire 100 veterans for seasonal work in 2013.

The War Memorial Center is located at 750 North Lincoln Memorial Ave., Milwaukee.

Thiensville upholds dog ban in park

Thiensville - The Committee of the Whole on Monday upheld an ordinance which makes it illegal for people to take their dogs into Village Park.

Committee members voted, 4-3, to deny recommending to the Village Board an ordinance change which would have allowed dogs in the park, with a number of restrictions.

Police Chief Scott Nicholson criticized the proposed ordinance as ambiguous and difficult to enforce.

"There's a lot to it," Nicholson said. "There are a lot of exceptions which complicate our job."

Trustee John Treffert was opposed to the idea from the outset, saying dogs in the park would create a mess, citing numerous times he has seen dog excrement "right in the middle" of the interurban bike trail.

Village President Van Mobley argued that, given the amount of goose excrement currently in the park, dogs wouldn't be contributing much.

Mobley, trustees Rob Holyoke and David Lange voted for the change, losing to the votes of trustees Treffert, Ken Kucharski, Kim Beck and Ron Heinritz.

Bay BID honors

businesses with awards

Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay Business Improvement District honored businesses and individuals at the annual awards ceremony last week at Fox bay Cinema Grill.

Three awards were presented. Aimee Matchette, owner of Elements Therapeutic Massage received a Commitment to the Community award in recognition of her enthusiasm and involvement with BID, her cross promotion of other businesses in the district, her participation to BID initiatives and involvement in community causes.

Placesetters was named a Treasure of the Bay in honor of their dedication to the shopping district and the community. The President's Award for Outstanding Business was presented to Breadsmith of Whitefish Bay, a long-standing establishment and considerable landmark in the district.

The ceremony also recognized new businesses in the district that opened in the last year, as well as several businesses that invested in new locations or major remodels.

Students attend annual

Mock Trial Competition

Shorewood - Students from Shorewood High School make up one of 12 teams that advanced to the State Bar of Wisconsin's 30th Annual High School Mock Trial semifinal event Sunday at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison.

Each team has a chance to make their case during the two-day event, beginning with four trials on Sunday and concluding with the top two teams competing in a final round on Monday in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The winning team will go on to represent the state at the National Mock Trial Championship in Indianapolis in May.

The Mock Trial program provides high school students with an opportunity to act as attorneys and witnesses in a court case that has been developed by State Bar members. This year's students - in teams of six to 12 - were presented with a criminal case, one that they first argue before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges and then before the Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices in the final state-level competition.

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