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News & Notes: April 11

April 11, 2012

School Board extends Means' contract with district

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville School Board recently renewed Superintendent Demond Means' contract with the district through the close of the 2016-17 school year.

"Over the past four years, Dr. Means has hired and is developing a skilled team that has established goals, building leadership teams, and school growth plans, all of which are focused on student success and academic improvement," School Board President Suzette Urbashich said in a statement.

"Despite challenging economic times, the board believes that Dr. Means continues to move the district in the right direction. We approved a contract extension for him as a statement of support and in recognition of the work that he has accomplished on behalf of the students of our community."

Means has served as Mequon-Thiensville's administrator since July 2008.

Cops to receive overtime pay for extra hours at Bayshore

Glendale - With a letter from Bayshore Town Center General Manager Chris Jaeger outlining the willingness to pay overtime to police supervisors who may work overtime during curfew hours at the center, the Common Council approved an ordinance allowing the pay.

Previously, police supervisors received compensatory time rather than money for overtime. Overtime will be paid only for hours worked at Bayshore, Chief Tom Czarnyszka said.

Volunteers sought to help pick up trash at river/park cleanup

Mequon/Thiensville - The Mequon and Thiensville River Advisory Committee needs volunteers to help with the annual Spring Cleanup on April 28. Several public sites along the Milwaukee River, local parks and area roadways will be targeted for cleanup this year.

Volunteers should gather rain or shine at Thiensville Village Park, across from Village Hall, 250 Elm St., at 8:30 a.m. to be assigned to a cleanup site. Participants are encouraged to wear boots, old clothes and gloves. Gloves, bottled water, trash bags and grabbers will be provided when needed. Local sponsors will supply coffee, hot chocolate and pastries at 8:30 a.m., with refreshments and a light lunch at the finish around 11:30 a.m. at the park.

This event is being held in conjunction with the larger, Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, campaign coordinated by the Milwaukee's RiverKeepers.

For more information, call local volunteer coordinator Jim Gennrich at (262) 242-3137, or show up April 28 ready to help.

Village to hold meeting on 60th Street traffic concerns

Brown Deer - The village invites those interested in proposed changes in traffic controls and patterns on North 60th Street between Bradley and Dean roads to attend a public information meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 17 in the cafeteria at Brown Deer Middle School, 5757 W. Dean Road.

The changes are being considered in light of two pedestrian/vehicle accidents earlier this year that involved students coming and going from village schools.

Weyco to expand in Glendale

Glendale - The Plan Commission has approved a 56,437-square-foot addition that will connect existing buildings at 333 W. Estabrook Blvd. and 330 W. Olive St. now owned by Weyco Group.

With the recent purchase of the Olive Street building at about 80,000 square feet and the addition approved on April 2, the total building footprint will be 637,000 square feet.

The shoe company's first building, on Estabrook Boulevard, is 200,000 square feet. Weyco Group later purchased a 160,000-square-foot building at 4343 N. Lydell Ave. and attached it to the Estabrook building with a 140,000-square-foot building.

The newly approved connecting building will be two stories and about 112,874 square feet.

City Administrator Richard Maslowski said the Weyco complex is now roughly the same size as the American Can building that previously stood on the site. It was razed as part of the redevelopment of the area along North Port Washington Road.

The Common Council approved a certified survey map that will combine the two parcels at 333 W. Estabrook Blvd. and 330 W. Olive St.

GL-RH student fees will remain flat in 2012-13

Glendale - Instructional, co-curricular and extracurricular activity fees will remain the same in 2012-13 in the Glendale-River Hills School District, following recent action by the School Board.

The district assesses fees for a variety of activities, including participation in a school newspaper, the Glen Hills Gazette, and performing in musicals and plays. The district will set a $600 cap on families - a practice that has been in place in the past.

Parkway teacher retiring after 26 years of service

Glendale - The Glendale-River Hills School Board recently approved the retirement request of Marie Pellegrino, who teaches 5-year-old kindergarten at Parkway Elementary School, at the end of the school year.

Pellegrino has been teaching in the district for 26 years.

"I very much appreciate having worked in a district that constantly strives for excellence," Pellegrino wrote in her retirement request letter. "I truly believe the learning experience of every child in the … district is of high caliber, and that all students feel safe while also learning the life skills of responsibility and respect."

Charles Schwab opens new Mequon branch

Mequon - Charles Schwab, a provider of full-service brokerage services, opened a new independent branch in the city last month.

The branch will offer investors local access to a suite of investing and personal finance guidance, tools and products.

The new Mequon location is one of the first-of-its-kind Schwab franchise branches, part of a larger franchising initiative the firm announced in early 2011.

The Mequon branch is led by Schwab Independent Branch Leader Kevin Gerard, a resident of Bayside. Before managing Schwab's Mequon branch, Gerard was the founder and president of Gerard Asset Management, providing 401(k) services to businesses and their employees. Before that, Gerard was an accountant, registered representative and a retirement plan specialist for Strong Funds, which is now part of Wells Fargo. He was also a member of the Nicolet School Board from 2002 to 2005.

Sheepshead tournament winners announced

Glendale - The 19th annual Glendale Open, "the world's largest" sheepshead tournament, was held March 31 at Nicolet High School, 6701 North Jean Nicolet Road.

The event sponsored by the Nicolet Park and Recreation Department attracted roughly 300 players.

The following are the winners with their corresponding points. First through 15th place: Jack Bushman, 61; Mike Mortl, 46; Connie McDowell, 41; Gerald Hanus, 35; Fran Chmielewski, 33; John Williams, 33; Jerry Schoenfeldt, 33; John Whelan, 33; Vincent Matranga, 33; Al Berchan, 32; Rick Krause, 32; Tom Dombrowski, 32; Wendell Pierner, 31; Larry Tabbert, 30; Don Kozlovsky, 29; and Dennis Kucay, 29.

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