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News & Notes: March 1

March 1, 2011

Parking restrictions approved on LaSalle Avenue

Glendale - There will be no parking on the south side of West LaSalle Avenue from North Glen Park Drive east to North Bridgewood Lane. The restriction is aimed at encouraging employees to park in the lots at the Andrew Body Shop and to increase safety at the intersection.

District extends date for lay-off notices

Brown Deer - With the looming state budget plan details yet to be reviewed, the school district has extended its allowance for lay-off decisions until April 15. This allows the district to have more time to decide if layoffs are necessary.

Board approves three new high school classes

Brown Deer - The School Board on Monday unanimously approved three new high school courses that will be offered next year.

The new courses include environmental science, principals of ecology, and foundations of high school reading and writing.

Environmental science provides students with creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, ethical awareness and sensitivity for the relationship between humans and the environment, according to the new course proposal.

Principals of ecology introduces students to the ecosystem and its contribution to the Earth, and foundations of high school reading and writing aims to prepare students with the skills necessary for success in today's high schools.

Free family fun night offered by Ebenezer Child Care

Mequon - Ebenezer Child Care Center's Mequon Center, 10333 N. Enterprise Drive, will host a free family fun night from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.. March 9 on Nutrition For Healthy Growth. Proper nutrition can prevent many medical problems including becoming overweight, developing weak bones, and developing diabetes. It will also ensure that your child physically grows to his or her full potential.

Learn more about nutrition for healthy growth as you participate in the following activities: creating a fruit and vegetable collage, serving up healthy meals in the dramatic play area, and making a healthy trail mix. In addition to the activities, you will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner on us.

Registration is required. Call Ebenezer Child Care Center's main office at (414)643-5070 to register.

Contractor selected for final Capitol Drive work

Shorewood - The Village Board awarded a contract for $195,185 to All-Ways Contractors to do the streetscaping along Capitol Drive this spring, planting trees and shrubs. The contract includes fund for maintenance for 2011 and 2012.

Longtime Library Board member resigns

Glendale - Tom Nedwek, who served on the North Shore Library Board for 24 years, including the last 13 as its president, has resigned due to health problems. Nedwek also was a member of the Common Council for many years.

The council on Monday accepted his resignation with thanks for his many years of service.

School employee to get paid for work on books

Glendale - The Nicolet School Board on Monday approved additional compensation to Nate Brooks for the compilation of sports books. The books will be sold for $1 at sporting events and should turn a profit for the district by selling ad space.

District hires roofing contractor

Glendale - The Nicolet School Board on Monday approved a $12,900 plus reimbursable expenses contract for roof replacement at the high school. Strass-Maguire and Associates will design and manage the construction of roof replacement work over the dance/weight room and B-wing section No. 2.

Seniors could get second exam exemption

Glendale - The Nicolet School Board on Monday approved a change in the exam exemption rules which will allow second semester seniors a second exemption if they make the dean's list first semester.

Floodplain administrator to attend national conference

Glendale - Collin Johnson, the floodplain administrator for the city, will attend the national Associate of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference from May 15 to 20 in Louisville.

Johnson has applied for a scholarship through the Wisconsin Association for Floodplain, Stormwater and Coastal Management. The scholarship would cover lodging and registration costs of $1,327. Depending on air fare, costs are estimated at $1,800 with the remainder covered by the city budget.

The conference focuses on flood mitigation, watershed management and other community goals. The Common Council approved his attendance at the conference on Monday.

Superintendent cautious about budget repair effects

Glendale - Nicolet Superintendant Rick Monroe said Monday that in terms of Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget repair bill, there's still some uncertainty and the district doesn't yet know how it will play out.

As of now, Monroe estimates that if the plan goes into effect, it will cause around a $10,000 deficit for the district, although it's too early to know.

"We're monitoring the situation very closely," Monroe said.

NSFD to buy pediatric medical equipment with grant

The North Shore Fire Department has been awarded a grant of $2,205 for pediatric medical equipment from the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Wisconsin and the Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program of the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Local clubs who are members of the GFWC Wisconsin are Brown Deer Woman's Club, Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club, North Shore Junior Woman's Club and the Shorewood Woman's Club.

The funds will be used to purchase vital pediatric emergency medical equipment for three ambulances operated by the department. The department received a grant that provided funding for its three other ambulances last year.

"This grant allows us to upgrade our current pediatric emergency medical equipment at a time when municipal budgets are tight," North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said. "Pediatric patients need specific equipment; we can't simply use adult-sized equipment for pediatric patients. This grant gives our staff access to a vast array of the most current equipment on the market today."

Last year more than 30,000 children were so ill or injured that they required ambulance transport to the hospital. The goal of the GFWC Wisconsin is to equip all ambulances throughout the state.

Village decides against 'jake brake' ordinance

River Hills - After doing some investigation, the Village Board decided against taking any action to regulate engine compression or jake brakes in the community. Trustee Larry Boyer asked the village attorney to look into an ordinance at the request of the Committee on the Environment. Jake braking is noisy and residents living near Interstate 43 complained about its use.

Signs cannot be placed on the interstate, and enforcement would be a problem since village police officers do not routinely patrol the area.

Elements East renting space in city

Glendale - Alicia Urban has rented office and storage space for Elements East, a Whitefish Bay storage featuring Asian furniture and merchandise. Urban will lease space at the Carillon Building, 4701 N. Port Washington Road. Her store is at 109 E. Silver Spring Drive.

Concordia University receives grant from foundation

Mequon - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to Concordia University Wisconsin's Design Your Future program. The unique, two-year program started in the fall of 2007 and is administered at the University's Midtown Center in Milwaukee. The grant will go toward scholarships, allowing Milwaukee area high school graduates to obtain an affordable Christian education at an accredited institution that is community-oriented and conveniently located.

"We are very thankful to Northwestern Mutual for its generosity in providing funding for our Design Your Future scholars," said Michael Besch, vice president of academic operations at Concordia. "NML has a long history of supporting initiatives to improve the community and we are most pleased that they are willing to support this extremely valuable program to serve our central city youth."

In the DYF program, students can earn an associate's degree in business management, criminal justice, liberal arts or early childhood education. Once an associate's degree is obtained, students can transition to the CUW Mequon campus to pursue a four-year bachelor's degree or transfer to a college or university of their choice.

To be eligible for the program, students need a minimum ACT score of 15 and a high school GPA of 2.50.

Those interested in learning more about the DYF program at CUW can visit cuw.edu/Programs/dyf/ or contact the University's Midtown Center directly at (414) 444-0734.

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