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News & Notes: Sept. 14

Sept. 14, 2011

Silver Spring Automotive to relocate

Glendale - Silver Spring Automotive, including Dave's Towing, will move for its existing location, 5902. N. Green Bay Ave., to 2003 W. Bender Road, following approval of a conditional use permit by the Plan Commission last week.

The new location, which formerly housed Iron Creations, will have about 14 parking spaces after owner Ron Faucette enlarges the parking area and relocates the entrance drive. He will have seven employees at the business which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Halloween Extreme OK'd for seasonal opening

Glendale - Halloween Extreme, a seasonal costume shop, will open at 200 W. Silver Spring Drive, formerly the Betty Johnson Interiors shop.

The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday through Nov. 10.

AT&T to expand retail store in North Bay Center

Glendale - AT&T will expand its retail store at 6150 N. Port Washington Road into vacant adjacent space previously occupied by Westwood Dry Cleaners. The move provides an additional 1,300 square feet to the existing 2,600 square feet. The space will be used for a manager's office, storage, break area, restrooms and a janitor's closet as well as additional retail sales space.

The Plan Commission granted the permit for the expansion last week but refused the company's request for an orange awning to replace the existing green one on the building.

Nicolet Knights Jr. get scoreboard approval

Glendale- The Nicolet Knights Jr. football organization will install a scoreboard at Good Hope School to use during its football season. The group also hopes to install a new scorekeeper's box in 2012. The Plan Commission approved both but if the scorekeeper's box is not completed within the year the group will have to return and once again seek a permit for the work.

Village, consultant could work on assessment error

Shorewood - In an effort to expedite review of an error that could raise property taxes, Shorewood officials are grappling with a proposal to contract with financial advisory firm Ehlers and Associates.

The proposal, announced at a Village Board meeting last week, is an attempt to undo a data-entry error that allegedly was made by the village's outside assessor.

Village officials assert Associated Appraisal Consultants, the outside assessor, reported one of Shorewood's tax-incremental financing districts reported growth $77 million, instead of $77,000. The mistake was revealed several weeks ago when the state Department of Revenue published its list of municipal equalized values.

Because of the error, Village Manager Chris Swartz said Shorewood could face the possibility of having to raise an additional $2 million in taxes for 2012, resulting in a 5.8 percent increase in the tax bill.

"If this happens, the village would request an adjustment in 2013, which would result in a similar tax decrease," Swartz said.

Speaking with the board Tuesday, Swartz said it was a worst-case scenario. He is hoping to work with State Sen. Alberta Darling and State Rep. Sandy Pasch. To that end, Swartz proposed developing a case with Ehlers' expertise to have the matter resolved before the village approves its tax levy in November.

The Village Board is scheduled to act on the Ehlers proposal later this month.

Bay to buy new boiler for Village Hall

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board will replace the 40-year-old boiler chugging away in the basement of Village Hall. The boiler had a life expectancy of 20 years when new. The board approved up to $45,000 for the purchase on Sept. 6 and will use contingency funds for the purchase. The contingency fund has about $80,000, Village Manager Patrick DeGrave said.

DeGrave said installation of the new boiler could start in two weeks.

Friends of Whitefish Bay baseball get electrical permit

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board approved an electrical permit for an outlet that was illegally installed at Cahill Park earlier this summer.

The outlet is used to power a freezer located in the Friends of Whitefish Bay storage shed. Perishables used for baseball games are stored in the freezer, according to a letter from Carlynn Alt, the vice president of the group.

The permit application for the outlet was dropped off by the electrician who installed it before the permit was approved. The electrician donated the outlet and installation, according to village staff.

Because the village provides the power at the field, the board must approve the permit. Trustee Kevin Buckley summed up the reaction of many of the board members.

"It takes chutzpah to do electrical work on a building you don't own," he said.

However, the board did not want to penalize the children who play baseball for the permitting error and approved it, 5-1, with Trustee Lauri Rollings voting no. Village President Julie Siegel did not attend the Sept. 6 meeting.

Addressing the skills gap is topic of MATC event

Mequon - Economic development experts, area business owners and education leaders are the featured speakers at a breakfast meeting titled "Addressing the Skills Gap in Manufacturing," set for 7 to 9 a.m. Sept. 20, at Milwaukee Area Technical College's Mequon Campus, 5555 W. Highland Road. The fee for the event, which includes a continental breakfast, is $15. Space is limited, so interested parties are asked to register by Sept. 16.

Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, will be the moderator.

Panelists scheduled to attend include: Paul Jadin, CEO, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Scott Baumbach, secretary, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development; Dorothy Walker, interim dean, MATC School of Technology and Applied Sciences; Jimmie Beacham, advanced manufacturing engineer manager for Process Technologies, GE Healthcare; Mike Mallwitz, president, Busch Precision; Eric D. Isbister, CEO, General Metalworks Corp.

Panelists will discuss how to recruit and retain the best employees, the impact of the recession, strategies for staying competitive and educational opportunities for current employees. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Attendees are asked to register through their respective Chambers of Commerce. For more information, call (262) 238-2205 or email

New survivors helping survivors group starting

Glendale - A new Survivors Helping Survivors support group starts Sept. 21. The group is sponsored by Prevent Suicide Wisconsin and Mental Health America of Wisconsin and is made possible due to the generous support of the Charles E. Kubly Foundation.

The group will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Shore Library, 6800 North Port Washington Road.

This support group is for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. If you have lost a loved one to suicide, your feelings of grief, sadness, shock, isolation, anger and guilt may seem overwhelming. You may wonder if you will ever recover. These are normal responses.

There is help from others who, like you, have experienced this tragedy. They want to help you recover and, most of all, they want you to know that you are not alone. Survivors Helping Survivors Support Groups are open to all family members and friends of a loved one who has completed suicide. People of all ages and religious affiliations are welcome. There is no fee and you are welcome to attend as often as you like.

For information, contact Martina Gollin-Graves at (414) 336-7972 or email

Ceremony commemorates new food pantry

Milwaukee - The Jewish Community Pantry will hold a ceremonial opening at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at its new location, 2930 W. Center St., Milwaukee. The pantry's pervious site was destroyed amid the July 2010 floods that ravaged the area.

A number of dignitaries are slated to attend the ceremony, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, located in Fox Point and Whitefish Bay, co-sponsors the pantry with the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force and Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

For information, email Dorene Paley at or call (414) 967-8217.

County holding meetings on farmland preservation

Port Washington - Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department and UW-Extension staff are interested in hearing from Ozaukee County's farmers and other residents interested in farmland preservation at the County Administration Center - Auditorium, 121 W Main St.

A Farmland Preservation Plan Open House and Public Information meeting is Sept. 28. There will be a presentation and discussion on the inventory data and public opinion survey for the Farmland Preservation Plan.

Input gathered from the meeting will be used in the development of plan recommendations. Staff will be on hand to take comments and answer questions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.

The formal presentation on the inventory and public opinion survey will be given at 6:30 p.m.

If you are interested in learning more about Ozaukee County's Farmland Preservation Plan, visit the department website,

Unable to attend the meetings but still want to provide input? Contact Nicole Sidoff by phone, email or mail: ,(262) 284.8289, or UWExtension, 121 W Main Street, PO Box 994, Port Washington, WI 53074.

Glendale-River Hills applying for nearly $160,000 in grants

Glendale - The Glendale-River Hills School Board gave administrators the green light to apply for $159,263 in federal grants for programs designed to close the achievement gap and meet No Child Left Behind mandates.

The district is seeking a $126,055 grant that would go toward improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged. If approved, funding would go toward staffing a coordinator and two academic support teachers at Parkway Elementary School, in addition to curriculum.

The other grants include $27,547 toward teacher and principal training and $5,661 toward instructional materials for students with limited English proficiency.

If the district receives the funds, District Administrator Larry Smalley said they would have to go toward the specific purposes.

"Funds must be used to supplement, not supplant, district programming," Smalley said.

Pet adoptions pass halfway mark

Brown Deer - The Wisconsin Humane Society is more than halfway toward its goal of 1,000 pet adoptions by the end of September as part of its "Save These Faces" campaign.

Local resident Stan Kass, has pledged a donation of $100 for every pet adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society, up to $100,000, during the month. The Humane Society is offering 25 percent off all adoptions at its Milwaukee and Ozaukee County campuses until it reaches that goal.

WISN 12 has teamed with WKLH radio and ClearChannel Outdoor to help get the word out about the effort.

About a year ago Kass, who lost his wife Lee to cancer, made a $500,000 donation in her memory to Gilda's Club that helped preserve its programs for cancer victims and their families. He also made generous donations for the Brown Deer village Fourth of July fireworks in 2010 in memory of Lee and in 2011 in memory of Lee and his daughter-in-law Diane, who died suddenly on Christmas 2010.

JCC selected as one of 30 Potawatomi 'Miracle' charities

Whitefish Bay - The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center was selected as one of 30 charities to share in Potawatomi Bingo Casino's Miracle on Canal Street annual signature community program. Funded primarily by its Miracle bingo game (held every bingo session in the Casino's Nest of Life Bingo Hall), the program has raised more than $10.5 million for nearly 350 local children's charities since its inception in 1994.

The JCC will use the Miracle on Canal Street proceeds to benefit the Shiluv special needs camping program at the Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp in Fredonia. Camp Director Lenny Kass said the Shiluv program helps mainstream campers with special needs into all camping opportunities. He added that the Miracle on Canal Street proceeds will be used for scholarships to enable even more children with special needs to participate in the Shiluv program.

Tickets are available for a special night of bingo to support the Miracle on Canal Street on Dec. 9 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino. For information about acquiring tickets for a JCC table or to learn more about the JCC's special needs programs, contact Harriet Rothman, JCC Development Director, at or (414) 967-8239.

JCC receives youth sports grant from Sports Authority

Glendale - The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center received $2,500 from the Sports Authority in Bayshore Tow Center to support JCC scholarships for children attending year-round recreation and sports programs.

The grant will also defray the cost of some new equipment for JCC youth sports programs, said Aaron Miller, JCC Recreation Director. "We are grateful to the Sports Authority. Their generosity will allow us to offer more scholarships for children who might not have been able to spend their afternoon learning new skills with us," Miller said.

Bayside raffling autographed Brewers baseballs

Bayside - As the Brewers continue their winning ways, leading the Central Division and staking claim to the second best record in the National League, you can have a piece of the action by purchasing raffle tickets in the village's Brewers raffle to win an autographed baseball.

Autographed balls of current brewers include: Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart, Casey McGehee, Jonathan Lucroy, Randy Wolf and Craig Counsell.

Former Brewers autographed balls include Doug Davis, Greg Zaun, Todd Coffey and Alcides Escobar.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at Village Hall - 6 tickets for $5. Tickets will also be available at the village's annual picnic on Sept. 10, village cleanup day on Oct. 29, and Fright Night on Oct. 30. Proceeds go toward enhancing the village's pedestrian safety initiative and emotionally intelligent signage program.

The winning tickets will be drawn at noon Oct. 31

For more information about the village's emotionally intelligent signage program, visit

Mequon Police, DNR holding hunter safety classes

Mequon - The Police Department is sponsoring a hunter education class with staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Classes meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Sept. 27, in the lower training room on the east side of the Mequon Police Station, 11300 N. Buntrock Ave.

The class is limited to 30 students. For information, call officer Dennis Guttmann at (262) 242-3500.

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