News & Notes: Oct. 16

Oct. 16, 2012

BID votes to keep name of Village Center the same

Menomonee Falls - After a few months of debate about rebranding the downtown, the Menomonee Falls Business Improvement District Board of Directors voted to continue calling the downtown the Village Center.

The BID board discussed about a dozen options before voting last week to keep the name the same.

Registration now open for December ACT test

Registration is open for the Dec. 8 ACT college and career readiness exam. Students who want to take the exam must register by Nov. 2.

Students can register online at or by mail. Paper registration forms can be obtained from school counselor offices or by requesting a registration packet from ACT.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It measures what students have learned in school and what they need to know to be ready for first-year college courses.

The cost to take the ACT without a writing test is $35. The cost to take the ACT Plus Writing is $50.50. Fee waivers are available to qualified students who can't afford the registration fee. Students should apply for a fee waiver through their school counselor's office.

During registration, students may select up to four colleges or universities to receive their score reports at no additional charge. All four-year colleges and universities across the United States accept ACT scores for admission purposes. ACT sends score reports only when authorized to do so by the student.

School Board welcomes student member

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls School Board now has a new student member.

The board welcomed high school senior Emma Brose to its ranks last week. Brose was selected from a pool of seven juniors and seniors who interviewed for the position.

Board member Faith VanderHorst said the decision was difficult, as all of the students impressed the board.

Brose serves as a captain of the varsity gymnastics team, secretary of Best Buddies, a group that works with special needs students at the high school, a member of the National Arts Honor Society, and a senior class officer, and is involved in band, among other activities, VanderHorst said.

Brose does not have voting power on the board. Her duties as a student member include regularly attending and preparing for open meetings of the board, participating freely in board discussions while providing the viewpoint of a student, and communicating board actions or discussions of interest to other students through the high school newspaper.

Go Pink raises $4,000 to fight breast cancer

Menomonee Falls - A volleyball game in Menomonee Falls last week continued a tradition of giving back.

Menomonee Falls School District Superintendent Patricia Greco had successful breast cancer surgery last year and gave an inspirational message before this year's annual Go Pink volleyball game between the girls volleyball team and boys soccer team.

The varsity volleyball team swept the boys, and more than $4,000 was raised for the fight against breast cancer.

Thanks were given to soccer coach Scott Stein and volleyball coach J.C. Bruns for their support in the Go Pink effort.

Board discusses busing St. Mary's students again

Germantown - The Germantown School Board has requested additional information from Riteway Transportation Group to gauge the impact to students and the district should it decide to bus students from Germantown to St. Mary's in Menomonee Falls.

No action was taken last week after the issue was discussed in closed session.

"If you put St. Mary's students on with students from other schools, that changes the pick-up time for every student, it changes the length of the route," Superintendent Susan Borden said.

The board is seeking information on how adding students to the busing schedule would change the route and add to costs.

School Board talks salary changes in closed session

Germantown - The School Board discussed implementing some sort of retroactive pay for principals and administrative staff in the district during a closed session last week.

No action was taken, and the School Board will discuss compensation of these employees at a future meeting. In 2011-12, all principals in the district, as well as all office administrators and professional/technical staff, did not receive any change to their salaries.

Roland L. Pieper moves to new Germantown location

Germantown - Roland L. Pieper, attorney and court commissioner, is moving to W175-N11081 Stonewood Drive, Suite 213, Oct. 22.

Pieper specializes in elder law, estate planning, corporations, real estate, probate and other areas of law. He has practiced in Wisconsin for more than 40 years and is an active member of the Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

His new office number is (262) 255-4500.

Menomonee Falls seniors survive Powder Puff shootout

Menomonee Falls - Staking their claim to a record 21-point first quarter, Menomonee Falls High School seniors survived a ferocious comeback recently to beat the juniors in the annual Powder Puff Football Game, 42-37.

Leanne Hawk led the seniors with more than 110 yards rushing and scoring runs of 68, 40 and five


Rachel Clayton carried the junior squad with more than 200 yards rushing and scoring runs of 70, 61 and 61 yards, and a nine-yard touchdown catch from Lauren Poth.

Falls approves certified survey map for TIF district

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday approved a certified survey map for tax incremental finance District No. 8.

The survey map lays out the land that will be developed into a medical and wellness facility. Approval was necessary for the real estate sale, which Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said should close by the end of October.

BloodCenter schedules drive at movie theater

Menomonee Falls - The Marcus Cinema of Menomonee Falls, N9393 Premier Lane, will host a blood drive from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25.

To make an appointment to donate, visit

MenFalls. Walk-ins are welcome.

For information, call (262) 502-9071.

Workshop to provide education on dementia

Menomonee Falls - The Alzheimer's Association offers a three-part workshop called Understanding Dementia: An Education Program for Family Caregivers on consecutive Wednesdays starting from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Community Memorial Medical Commons, N7055 Northfield Drive, Building A, Suite 302, in Menomonee Falls.

This workshop is designed for those with a family member or friend recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. The program will include an overview of dementia, communication strategies, behavior changes, safety issues, community resources and personal care for the caregiver.

To register for the free program, call the Alzheimer's Association at (414) 479-8800.

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