Fundraising under way
for 'Richards court'
Whitefish Bay — A volunteer fundraising committee is asking for donations to help rebuild the dilapidated "back yard" area at Richards Elementary School.
A two phase plan is set to begin in the spring. In the first phase, the existing tennis court area will be demolished replaced with the "Richards Athletic Court," composed of three tennis courts, three half-court basketball courts, several foursquare and hopscotch grids and backboards for kids to throw and kick balls against, according to a news release from the fundraising committee.
Phase two will focus on improvements to the existing playground equipment at Richards.
The committee encourages donations, which are tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to The School District of Whitefish Bay with Richards Athletic Court in the memo line. Donations should be addressed to School District of Whitefish Bay Business Office, Attention: District Accountant — Penny Little, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.
More information is available at "Richards Athletic Court" on Facebook or by contacting committee co-chairs Carol Fairborn at (414) 241-4086 and Leah Schneider at (414) 559-4397.
Neighborhood Loan Program seeks more duplex conversion funds
Shorewood —Funds in Shorewood's Neighborhood Loan Program budget will be reallocated to provide more assistance for duplex to single family conversion projects.
The Village Board on Tuesday approved reallocating $20,000 from the down payment assistance loan fund to the duplex conversion loan fund, as requested by the program, bringing the remaining duplex loan funds to $21,975 and leaving $8,000 in down payment assistance funds.
In addition to down payment assistance and duplex conversion loans, the Neighborhood Loan Program currently offers attic improvement loans, and previously offered exterior maintenance loans as well. Duplex and attic loans are offered at a maximum of $20,000 each, while down payment assistance loans do not exceed $4,000 each. Since the program was established in 2009, it has approved 28 loans in the total amount of more than $400,000.
wins art competition
Glendale — Nicolet High School senior Sarah Murphy won an honorable mention from the National YoungArts Foundation, according to a district news release.
With the win, Murphy takes home a $500 prize and the chance to win an award from the U.S. President Scholars in the Arts, the country's top award for young artists.
Murphy was among 687 winners chosen from about 11,000 applicants.
Students win big
in art contest
Mequon — In the 2014 Scholastic Art Awards, 23 Mequon-Thiensville students took home a combined total of 33 awards, according to a district news release. Their projects will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum from Feb. 1 to March 16.
Visual artists and art professionals chose 375 winners from a pool of more than 2,000 entries from students in the region. The following Mequon-Thiensville students won awards:
From Homestead: Amanda Albright, Jessanna Clark, Maximillian Henry, Victoria Hessling, Kayla Matocky, Collin Murray, Clare O'Malley, Nicole Pinzer, Adrian Rimmer, Dara Schuman, Sveta Tenges and Angellia Yang.
From Lake Shore Middle School: Silma Berrada, Anthony Kimm, Caitlin Geurts, Leah Neusen, Eliza Imbrie, Isabella Sciffidi and Clara Huskin.
From Steffen Middle School: Christopher Aceto, Sophie Ng, Avery Orosz and Erin Carley.
Village creates public art fund
Shorewood — Shorewood now has a special revenue fund in place to support the goals of its Public Art Program.
The Village Board on Tuesday approved a resolution establishing the fund, at the recommendation of the Budget and Finance Committee. Trustee Michael Maher explained that the fund is intended to support the Public Art Program and Committee, as established by the village in 2011.
The purpose of the committee, according to the description on the village's website, is to recommend policies and guidelines for the planning and implementation of a formal, phased program for selecting artist/design professionals and for designing and placing public art throughout the village.
In a separate motion, the board also approved a resolution transferring the net proceeds from the 2013 Plein Air painting event and exhibition, in the amount of about $13,477, to the Public Art Program fund for future use, as well as $2,500 in property tax support from Village Celebrations to the fund to support 2014 programming activities. The funds are to be spent only on public art activities authorized by the Village Board, Maher said. All donations and other revenue received from activities designated to support the Public Art Program will go to the fund.
Maher said the Public Art Committee is expected to report to the Village Board in February with a proposed budget for the fund.
Shorewood — The school district recently launched an online survey to poll parents potential scheduling changes like later school start times and calendar changes.
The survey is part of a committee process that will culminate in presentations and possible recommendations to the School Board in the coming months.
District residents can take the survey online at: surveymonkey.com/s/shorewoodcalendarsurvey.
Water main improvements planned for Oakland, DPW yard
Shorewood —Shorewood will contract with Clark Dietz for design services for the reconstruction of problem water main segments in the 3700 block of Oakland Avenue and within the village's Public Works yard.
The Village Board on Tuesday approved entering into a design services agreement with Clark Dietz in the amount of $8,300, with the water main relays to be completed with upcoming 2014 street reconstruction and Basin 6 sewer projects.
The 2014 capital projects fund budget estimates improvement costs at $145,000 for Oakland Avenue and $125,000 for the DPW yard. Per staff recommendation, the engineering would be performed by Clark Dietz with the project bid as alternates to both the Murray Reconstruction Program and the Basin 6 Phase II Program, with the water main relays to be awarded with the project providing the most advantage to the village.
River Hills — The River Hills Village Board last week approved a new North Shore Fire Department funding formula, effective 2016. They were the last NSFD member community to ratify the agreement, and with their approval, the new formula has passed all the necessary hurdles.
Throughout November and December the formula was approved in Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Glendale, Fox Point, Brown Deer and Bayside.
River Hills Village President Bob Brunner was the only board member to vote against the formula last week.
"I recognize that the village is going to support it, but I think it was an arbitrary decision to change the allocation formula for costs," Brunner said. "Unfortunately it's not going to be a positive thing for River Hills residents.
"I think the big issue here has been whether the focus should be on who shares the cots and not on the department, unfortunately the debate has really been on the department for the most part."
Village to replace two squad cars this year
Fox Point — The Fox Point Village Board last week gave Police Chief Tom Czaja authority to purchase two new squads this year at a cost of $55,596. One squad will be a Ford NGPI interceptor all-wheel drive utility vehicle; the other is a Ford Expedition.
The village had allocated $70,790 toward the purchase of the two squads, which will replace vehicles that have notched between 70,000 and 75,000 miles.
Czaja solicited bids from three dealers. Thiensville-based Schmit Ford provided the lowest quotation.
Fox Point outlines its 2014 emerald ash borer management plan
Fox Point — Wachtel Tree Science, the firm contracted to perform forestry services in Fox Point, will be given $12,500 to conduct treatments aimed at eliminating the threat of the emerald ash borer disease.
The Village Board approved the expense last week at the recommendation of Director of Public Works Scott Brandmeier. In addition to treating existing ash trees, Wachtel will remove any plantings that are vulnerable to the condition, which is known to ravage large amounts of the species.
Fox Point to host family friendly 'winter blast' program Jan. 31
Fox Point — Plans for a first-ever, community-oriented event known as Winter Blast are moving forward following passage of a resolution last week by the Fox Point Village Board.
Festivities will include skating demonstrations, a meet-and-greet with the Milwaukee Admirals' mascot Roscoe, a viewing of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's Birds of Prey exhibit and the serving of hot chocolate and cookies.
The event, being sponsored by the Fox Point Foundation and Cornerstone Community Bank, is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Longacre Pavilion and adjacent ice skating rink, 7343 N. Longacre Road.
Village to recognize International Migratory Bird Day
Fox Point — An event recognizing International Migratory Bird Day is expected to take place May 3, following passage of a resolution last week by the Fox Point Village Board.
As part of the resolution, the board goes on record as backing the events held across the country to support the more than 350 bird species that travel between nesting habitats in this area and traverse to southern climates in the winter.
Further details of the village's participation in International Migratory Bird Day are pending.
Nicolet senior wins
$1,000 in science competition
Glendale — Nicolet senior Bertrand Stone is an Intel Science Talent Search 2014 semifinalist.
One of 300 semifinalists selected from a pool of nearly 1,800 entrants, Stone wins $1,000 for himself and the same amount for Nicolet for teaching and support excellence, according to a district news release.
Stone may be able to present his winning project, "Characterization of the Line Complexity of Cellular Automata Generated by Polynomial Transition Rules," in Washington D.C. in March if he advances to a group of 40 finalists.
In spring 2013, Stone was a Siemens Competition semifinalist and spent the summer researching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a scholarship.
Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District will hold 2014-15 school year kindergarten registration from 1-6 p.m. on March 19 and 20.
According to a district news release, children who will be five years old by Sep. 1 are eligible.
Parents should bring proof of residency, their child's immunization records, and their child's birth certificate. More information is available at (262) 238-8514 and the district website, mtsd.k12.wi.us.
Real estate blog features
four North Shore communities
North Shore communities claim four of the top six spots in Movoto Blog's "10 Best Places In Wisconsin" list, with the city of Mequon ranking first in the state.
Based on the criteria of amenities, quality of life, crime, taxes, unemployment, commute time, and weather, the real estate blog ranked Mequon first, Brown Deer third, Fox Point fourth, and Whitefish Bay sixth among 130 Wisconsin municipalities.
Mequon was noted for its quality of life, low crime and unemployment rates, and average summer temperature. Brown Deer was highlighted for a low crime rate and available amenities. Due to its state-leading overall quality of life, lack of crime, and climate Fox Point was honored, while Whitefish Bay made the cut for its high level of amenities and quality of life.
The North Shore Fire Department Board of Directors last week passed a resolution which creates a retirement benefit fund.
The resolution puts in writing a concept the board has discussed since 2012: socking money away each year in order to fund employee retirement benefits over the long-term.
"It formalizes that the fund has to be used for post employment retirement expenses unless the board takes action to change that," Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said.
Jewish Federation partners
with One Happy Camper
Milwaukee — The Milwaukee Jewish Federation has partnered with One Happy Camper to help local children attend a Jewish overnight camp with $1,000 grants for first-time campers.
In order to enable as many children as possible to experience the power of Jewish camp, the MJF provides grants of up to $1,000 to families with children attending nonprofit Jewish overnight camp for the first time through the One Happy Camper program in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
Families with children attending one of more than 150 nonprofit Jewish overnight camps — including Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken, Camp Ramah Wisconsin, Camp Young Judaea Midwest, Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute, Gan Israel Michigan and more — for their first summer may receive a grant regardless of need or background. Families can find camps and apply for grants by visiting OneHappyCamper.org.
The North Shore Health Department is hosting adult health risk screenings Feb. 19 at the Brown Deer location, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive, and Feb. 25 at the Shorewood location, 2010 E. Shorewood Blvd. The program includes a blood analysis for total cholesterol, blood pressure and weight check, plus a consultation with a registered nurse. The cost is $30.
Free blood pressure screenings will also be offered Feb. 5 at the Whitefish Bay Community Center, 5205 N. Lydell Ave., room 17; Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 at the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road in Glendale; and Feb. 26 in Shorewood.
Call (414) 371-2980 to schedule an appointment.
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