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News & Notes: Dec. 7

Dec. 7, 2011

Two new businesses coming to village

Brown Deer - Shop on Sherman, a convenience type of retail store, will open in previously unoccupied space at 7979 N. Sherman Blvd. The store takes the last open space in the commercial development at Sherman and Bradley roads.

HH Gregg Appliances & Electronics will move into 37,000 square feet of the 50,690 square feet of the Marshall's site, 9149 N. Green Bay Road. Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said the store is not expected to open until late summer or early fall.

Drop of Toys for Tots at Thiensville PD

Thiensville - This year, the Thiensville Police Department is a drop off point for Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots began in 1947 by a group of Marine Reservists. The objective is to bring the joy of Christmas to America's needy children.

We are asking for anyone who would like to donate new, unwrapped toys to drop them off at 250 Elm Street during normal business hours.

Police crack down on drunken driving, seatbelt violations

The Fox Point and Brown Deer police departments are participating in the Booze and Belts Mobilization from Dec. 9 to Dec. 17 - an effort by many law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin to prevent the needless deaths and injuries caused by those who drive drunk and those who don't wear safety belts.

Last year in Wisconsin, according to a news release, 220 people were killed and more than 3,500 injured in alcohol-related crashes. In addition, more than 40,000 drivers were convicted for drunken driving and almost 120,000 for failure to fasten safety belts.

The goal of this program is to not only to arrest those who break the law, but most importantly to alert all drivers of not only the law but the consequences of breaking those laws.

The police urge all drivers to buckle up and make sure all passengers are buckled up, and if they drink, don't drive.

BloodCenter launches Run Your Route challenge

The Blood Center of Wisconsin is launching a special Run Your Route blood donation challenge featuring Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley. The challenge encourages donors to "run their route" to their local BloodCenter of Wisconsin location and give blood between Dec. 1 and Jan. 15.

The donor center with the best turnout during that time period wins a post-season party with Finley that will include all attempting donors from the winning location. Party location and details will be disclosed when the winning donor center is announced.

Nearly 800 donors are needed each day to help maintain the supply to hospitals served by BloodCenter of Wisconsin. Donors are encouraged to help save lives and take part in the Run Your Route Challenge.

It's a great way to give back to your community and get a chance to meet Jermichael Finley. To schedule an appointment, call (877) BE-A-HERO (877-232-4376) or visit

Donors can visit to track the progress of their donor center. In the North Shore the BloodCenter is at 5960 W. Brown Deer Road, Brown Deer.

Village relaxes skateboard regulations

Brown Deer - Under an amendment adopted Nov. 21, skateboarders and in-line skaters can skate on public sidewalks and the Recreational Trail. Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said skaters cannot be on private property.

"This was more for the pathway (Recreational Trail)," he said.

Counseling and meditation training service to open

Glendale - Steve Evans will open Universal Light, a spiritual counseling and meditation training service that also will provide alternative and complementary therapies such as energy therapy and will be a sales site for items such as aromatherapy baths/salts and candles.

Evans, who moved from the East Coast, said his family operates similar businesses in Connecticut and New Jersey. The business will be located at 311 W. Silver Spring Drive and be open seven days a week.

Day care approved in Brown Deer

Brown Deer - A day care center is moving into the space previously occupied by the Center for Blind and Visually Impaired Children, 5600 W. Brown Deer Road. Jeanie Hughes, who previously ran a day care for 16 children from her home, will own and operate her business at the site. She plans to have eight caregivers to cover two shifts.

Manual adopted to cover previously bargained items

Brown Deer - The Village Board adopted a personnel manual for employees at its Monday meeting. Since Act 10 was adopted by the state, municipalities and school districts have worked on manuals to cover employee working conditions, vacations and the like, items that in many cases were previously covered in collective bargaining agreements.

The most notable change for employees in the new manual was the adoption of a 40-hour work week vs. the previous eight hour work day. The 40-hour week, the standard put forth in the Federal Labor and Standards Act, provides for overtime after 40 hours. The village previously had paid overtime for hours beyond eight hours in a day. The change has particular significance for Public Works employees who often work longer than eight-hour days during snowstorms.

Village borrows money for capital purchases/projects

Brown Deer - The Village Board approved borrowing $277,000 at 3.25 percent from the State Trust Fund to purchase two plow trucks for the Department of Public Works. The loan is for five years.

The board also approved the sale of $1.43 million in general obligation bonds to BOSC. The bonds have an interest rate of 2.56 percent and will be used for the village's share of capital costs for the new consolidated dispatch center and water and sewer main work. Moody's Investor Service reaffirmed the village's Aa2 bond rating for the sale.

Two sales offices opening on Bender Road

Glendale - Jack Kupper, owner of a pressure washing business, X-Treme Kleen and a screen printing T-shirt business, Merchandise Sales, will open offices for both at 2201 W. Bender Road.

Kupper told the Plan Commission on Tuesday that X-Treme Clean provides service to commercial clients, washing items such as sidewalks and refuse collection containers. The sale of T-shirts joins previously approved sales of house wares by Merchandise Sales. The T-shirts are sold on a limited basis and are prepared on site, he said. The office will also be a call center for the pressure washing business, he said. All uses were approved by the commission.

Employee Benefits Consultants to open in city

Glendale - Employee Benefit Consultants is moving from its present Brown Deer location to an office at 7020 N. Port Washington Road. Owner and president Bruce Flunker said the office will be the corporate headquarters for the business which has employees in Kentucky, Ohio and Minnesota.

About 20 employees will work at the local office.

Gymnastics program opening on Baehr Road

Mequon - A YMCA gymnastics program will open at 10650 Baehr Road at an existing multi-tenant building. The program will serve about 30 children with up to six instructors at any given time.

Brown Deer's fee schedule updated

Brown Deer - The Village Board on Nov. 21 voted to raise the fees for background checks from $5 to $20 and for solicitors licenses from $100 to $200. Background checks are required for people who are seeking bartenders licenses.

The fees are intended to cover the actual costs incurred by the Police Department, Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said.

Personal fitness training company to open

Glendale - Timothy "Brett" Summers will open Top Line Training in 2,400 square-feet of space at 2012B W. Bender Road.

Summers will provide personal training on an appointment basis. He anticipates four contract employees working with him at the site.

Firm to award scholarship, summer internship

Mueller Communications will award a Wisconsin student a scholarship and internship in the name of the late Milwaukee public relations legend, Ben Barkin. The 2012 Ben Barkin Scholarship Program offers a $1,000 scholarship and paid summer internship to a full-time student entering his or her senior year of college in the fall of 2012. This scholarship program is designed for students who have demonstrated an interest in learning more about the communications and public relations fields.

During the summer internship, the selected intern will have the opportunity to experience different areas of the firm's expertise, such as public affairs, media relations, market research, crisis and corporate communications, community relations, business-to-business marketing, and graphic and website design. For information and to apply for the 2012 Ben Barkin Scholarship Program, visit

Nohl fund receives money for visual artists' exhibitions

The Bradley Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, announces the ninth funding cycle of the GMF's Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund for Individual Artists. Created to help visual artists with the cost of exhibiting their work outside the four county area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington), the fund is designed to provide greater visibility for individual artists and their work as well as for greater Milwaukee.

To date, the fund has supported a diverse group of 132 individual artists and six artist collectives exhibiting throughout North America, Europe, Africa, the former Soviet Union and Asia. The recipients, who have received a total of $82,500 in grants, work in a variety of media, from film to ceramics, and include well established artists as well as those at the start of their careers. A special effort has been made to support Nohl Fellows as they exhibit work made during their fellowship year.

Artist Mary L. Nohl of Fox Point, died in December 2001 at the age of 87. Her $9.6 million bequest to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is one of the largest gifts the foundation has received from a single donor in its 96-year history. The fund, by supporting local visual arts and arts education programs, keeps Nohl's passion for the visual arts alive in the community.

The ninth cycle (December 2011-November 2012) has been divided into two parts to ensure that funds remain available to applicants throughout the year. In recent years, as the popularity of the Suitcase Export Fund has grown, all monies were disbursed rapidly, and eligible artists whose opportunities arose after the initial months were unable to apply for funding.

In 2011, the Suitcase Export Fund will operate on a semi-annual cycle, disbursing awards in response to demand until the funds for each part of the cycle are exhausted. The first part of cycle will begin on December 1, 2011. Requests will be considered periodically and funds disbursed until a total of $5,000 has been expended. The second half of the cycle will commence on June 1, 2012, when another $5,000 will become available. A total of $10,000 will be disbursed to visual artists in 2011-2012. Applications and guidelines are available at (click on "Suitcase Export Fund") or from Polly Morris at

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