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News & Notes: Jan. 8

Jan. 8, 2014

Committee reviewing year-round school

Shorewood — A school district committee will soon begin the task of rethinking school starting and ending times, as well as the idea of year-round schooling, according to a district news release.

The first meeting takes place from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the coach's conference room of the physical education building at Shorewood High School; the second meeting is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Feb. 11 in the same place.

"We think it's important to examine current research and the models of other school districts to determine if and how changes to our school day and calendar could better serve Shorewood students, families, and staff members," Curriculum Director Tabia Nicholas said in the release. "It's entirely possible that, following the research, the district will decide to stick to our present model."

The committee's early research and recommendations will be forwarded to the district curriculum committee on Feb. 12 and later to the School Board on Feb. 25. Anyone interested in serving on the committee is encouraged to contact Nicholas at tnicholas@shorewood.k12.wi.us or (414) 963-6903.

NorthShore Hockey and

BloodCenter host drive

Mequon — BloodCenter of Wisconsin will coordinate a marrow donor registration drive and fundraiser with the Grafton High School Icehawks and Northshore Hockey Tournament from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Ozaukee Ice Center, 5505 Pioneer Road, Mequon.

Every year, more than 35,000 children and adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases, such as leukemia or lymphoma. For many of them, receiving healthy marrow and/or blood stem cell transplants is their only chance for survival.

The process, including paperwork, takes approximately 15 minutes.

Joining the registry is simple. Basic requirements for registering to be a potential donor include being between the ages of 18 and 44, in general good health and willing to be available if identified as a match for a patient in need. Once a health history form is completed, a mouth swab test is given. The swabs are tested to determine tissue type and individuals are only contacted if identified as a match.

For information, contact BloodCenter of Wisconsin's Marrow Donor Program at (866) 702-4673 or visit bcw.edu/marrow.

Few Bay homes have downspout connections

Whitefish Bay — A final report on the village's downspout disconnect program was brought to the Village Board Monday night, with perhaps as few as 10 homes with downspouts connected to sanitary sewers.

In the wake of widespread flooding in 2010, the village conducted two surveys that found 1,043 homes that might have downspouts going into the ground. In some of those cases, the downspouts are connected to sanitary sewers. Such connections can cause basement backups during the heaviest rainfalls.

But Assistant Village Engineer Aaron Jahncke told the board that a followup found that only 10 of the 1,043 homes were draining into sanitary sewers. "There may be more out there," Jahncke said, referring to other homes not located in the two surveys, "but I think we've pretty much exhausted this survey."

Brown Deer board adopts 2014 fee schedule

Brown Deer — A number of municipal fees will increase in Brown Deer, following a stamp of approval Monday by the Village Board.

Officials approved the village's 2014 fee schedules. The majority of municipal fees will remain the same since the document was last reviewed in 2012.

But the village is increasing fees for several line items, including a number of property inspections, dog and cat licenses, alcohol operator licenses and several library-related services.

In the year ahead, memberships to the Brown Deer Pond also are set to increase, from the previous range of $60 to $115 annually to $80 to $140 annually.

New hire to perform property inspections in Brown Deer

Brown Deer — Fernando Moreno began his position as Brown Deer's planning and zoning specialist Monday. The newly created position was included in the village's 2014 budget.

Moreno's duties include a number of tasks, including code enforcement.

Moreno, who holds master's degrees in public administration and architecture and urban planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, previously interned for the village in the community services and planning department.

"He's very knowledgeable," Village Manager Michael Hall said. "He's spent time on his own driving around the village and getting to know it better."

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.

Health Department

hosts screenings

The North Shore Health Department is hosting adult health risk screenings Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at the Brown Deer location, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive, and Jan. 18 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 Jan. 8 and 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 Jan. 22 and Feb. 26 in Shorewood.

Call (414) 371-2980 to schedule an appointment.

Village tweaks its employee handbooks

Brown Deer — The employee handbook for Brown Deer municipal employees has a few minor amendments, Village Manager Michael Hall announced at a meeting Monday.

The changes, applicable primarily to public works employees, are designed to be in compliance with the fair labor standards act, or FLSA, and reflect when overtime will and will not be granted — primarily during holidays when an employee might already have paid time off.

The Village Board did not take any official action, but the board's Personnel Committee previously reviewed the amendments.

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