News & Notes: Oct. 23

Oct. 23, 2013

Glendale dentist collecting

candy for the troops

Glendale — Lakeshore Dentistry, 7155 N. Port Washington Road, will collect trick-or-treat candy to improve kids' dental health and help out the troops.

According to Dr. Abbey LaManna, parents should beware of both hard candies, which can break teeth, and sticky candies, which can get stuck in pits and grooves of teeth.

"If the sugars from this type of candy are not properly brushed away, children are more at risk for cavities," LaManna said in a news release.

Kids can trade in their candy at the Lakeshore Family Dentistry office from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 for a chance to win one of four $25 family movie packs for Fox Bay Cinema Grill in Whitefish Bay. All candy collected will be donated to military troops.

Glendale's trick-or-treat hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27.

Bayside hosts cleanup day

Saturday, Fright Night Sunday

Bayside — The village of Bayside is hosting one of three annual cleanup days Saturday.

The clean-up day offers a resource for residents to dispose of items — including: excess garbage and recycling, scrap metal, Goodwill donations, cellphones and ink cartridges, prescription medication, latex paint, TVs and dehumidifiers and motor oil — at Village Hall, 9075 N. Regent Road.

The village is hosting Fright Night after trick-or-treating hours, which are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Shutdown couldn't

stop honor quilters

Fox Point — The recent federal government shutdown couldn't stop a group of 15 area quilters and their spouses from thanking military veterans.

The group, representing southeastern Wisconsin, was lead by Tink and Dick Linhart of Fox Point, whose son was retired from the U.S. Marine Corps at age 21 due to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Twice monthly over the last year, the group met to create "quilted hugs of gratitude" for veterans. When the group met up with other quilters from around the country in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4 to hang the quilts at the National Museum of Marine Corps, they were met with a closed sign as a result of the government shutdown.

Undeterred, the group made its way to the Vietnam War Memorial, pushed passed the closed sign and barricades, and presented quilts to visiting veterans in view of mounted National Park Service rangers who were working without pay.

The quilters eventually made their way to the home of George and Martha Washington, which is privately funded and was not affected by the shutdown, to present their "quilts of honor" to veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

"The federal government shutdown did not shut out this single-minded group of piecers and quilters determined to thank our veterans for their sacrifices in service to our country," wrote Dick Linhart.

Nicolet teacher honored

for work on nature center

Glendale — Nicolet Biology teacher John Rhude has been named Wisconsin's Outstanding Biology Teacher for 2013 by the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Rhude was nominated by colleagues at Nicolet and received letters of recommendation from students and parents. He will attend a NABT professional development conference in Atlanta in November to receive the award.

Rhude credits his role in creating the Outdoor Environmental Center as one of the main reasons he won the award. The 1,200-square-foot center at the edge of the woods behind the school will be an outdoor classroom for his students when it is finished later this year. The Nicolet Foundation helped Rhude raise funds for the center last year, and in the spring students were able to tap sugar maple trees in the high school forest to make syrup.

"I was surprised, and flattered, and humbled really," Rhude said in a district news release. "It is a wonderful honor."

License approved for

Asian fusion restaurant

Thiensville — Local businessmen Jesse Daily and Matthew Beurosse, partners in the Thiensville business Core Consulting, are beginning a second foray: an Asian fusion restaurant at the now-shuttered building at Main Street and Buntrock Avenue.

The Village Board on Monday approved Thiensville's last liquor license for the restaurant, which Daily described as a "five-star quality establishment at three-star prices."

The liquor license is conditional, based on a progress report on building renovations in two months and a final check in six months by the village Fire Chief and Building Inspector.

2013 lateral lining work

nears completion

Shorewood — The first year of the village's private property lateral rehabilitation/lining program is nearing completion.

Shorewood Public Works Director Leeann Butschlick on Monday told the Village Board that the project is about three-quarters of the way along, including lateral installation and testing as well as restoration work.

Overall, the project has gone quite well, Butschlick said. However, she noted that liners could not be installed in an area of Bartlett Avenue, part of the 2013 projects, because the mainline length of pipe was not in a condition to support them. Completion of that project will be prioritized in the 2014 lining program, she added.

The program targets specific block areas, which include about 450 homes total, designated by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District as underperforming sewer sheds of Basins 1 and 6. The total cost of the 2012-13 rehabilitation is being split evenly by the village and MMSD, which will reimburse the village nearly $275,000 for work that has already been completed.

Village approves

new website vendor

Shorewood — The village of Shorewood will have a revamped, more user-friendly website beginning in 2014, with a new vendor handling its redesign and maintenance.

The Village Board on Monday approved a four-year contract with CivicPlus at an upfront cost of $21,570 in 2014, which includes the initial site redesign, and an additional annual cost of about $3,900.

Special Projects Coordinator Peter Cahill said the village currently pays about $5,000 annually for its website services, which does not include certain changes that need to be made for variour reasons.

In addition to allowing staff to easily make those changes at no added cost, CivicPlus also would provide an "intuitive" user experience, Cahill noted, allowing residents to easily access documents, sign up for alerts, track requests submit suggestions and complete surveys.

CivicPlus is considered an expert in the development of local government websites and is also used by several Wisconsin communities, including Bayside and Thiensville.

Eatery's expansion plan

gets villages approval

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer Village Board on Monday approved an expansion of Mexican restaurant Poco Loco, located at 4134 West River Lane.

The expansion will roughly double the size of the building and increase capacity from 22 to 70. Parking will expand to 23 off-street spaces and five parallel spaces on the south side of River Lane.

Skateboard panel disbands,

eding skate park hopes

Brown Deer — Citing a lack of interest and activity, the Village Board on Monday disbanded a committee on skateboarding.

Over the past seven years, the committee was tasked with investigating the possibility of building a skate park in the village, Village Manager Michael Hall said.

Hall said the committee has had a lack of membership and meetings, prompting the board to take action Monday. The disbanding, in effect, spells the end for the idea of the skate park.

Burn permit fee ordinance

brought before board

River Hills — The River Hills Village Board last week was presented for the first time with a new ordinance that creates a burn permit fee.

The permit, which would carry an annual fee, dictates what residents can burn on their properties. Exempt from permits are fires for grill cooking and firefighter trainings, and small open flames for things such as welding or street repairs.

The fee is meant to cover costs incurred by police officers, who physically go to properties several times throughout the year to tell residents what they can or cannot burn, said Village Manager Chris Lear.

The ordinance was not voted on by the board and was held over until the November meeting.

Bayside compiles

monthly dispatch reports

Bayside — The Bayside Village Board on Tuesday was presented with August and September dispatch reports that village staff is compiling to keep track of the number of calls coming through the North Shore consolidated dispatch center.

The reports include data about call volume, type of service calls, response times and other performance indicators.

Bayside plans to continue with monthly reports in an effort to gauge efficiency and determine what type of training nay be necessary in the future. The reports are available on the village website at

Bayside approves

agreement with MMSD

Bayside — The Bayside Village Board on Tuesday approved a funding reimbursement agreement with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District for private property sanitary lateral repairs.

Similar to previous agreements regarding private property inflow and infiltration, the village is entering into an agreement with MMSD to be reimbursed for the cost of work on laterals, not to exceed $123,000. The agreement is contingent on the availability of funds that will be appropriated at MMSD's meeting Oct. 28.

MMSD has a multi-year plan to fund private property lateral repairs. Bayside was recently reimbursed for $80,000 worth of work completed this past year.

Board approves

reserve fund policy

River Hills — The River Hill Village Board last week approved a resolution creating a reserve fund policy that says the goal of the village is to have 25 percent of its annual budget set aside in reserves.

Reserve funds are unappropriated dollars on hand that would cover immediate cash flow needs and unexpected defray budget expenses. The Village Board will begin gearing up to meet the policy's goal in 2014.

"It's good fiscal policy," said Village Manager Chris Lear. "If you have that policy in place then you have that self-regulating ordinance that future boards can hold themselves accountable."

Three local teachers

vie for educator award

North Shore Bank has opened its public online voting for a contest honoring local Wisconsin teachers who excel in the area of money management instruction.

As part of the bank's 90th anniversary festivities, the bank will present three teachers — one in each of the bank's north, central and southern regions — with a check for $,1923, in honor of the year North Shore Bank opened its doors. The three teachers in the running in the central region are Sara Burling, accounting and personal finance teacher with Menomonee Falls High School; Jeff Trask, a physical education teacher from Whitefish Bay Middle School; and Chris Gagne, a special education teacher at Shorewood High School.

Public online voting will run through Nov. 3 at


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