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Opinion: Kick in the Head


If memories of a large, red rubber ball bouncing across the field make you smile, you’re gonna love the Kickball Tournament slated for Village Days this year. I last played kickball in earnest back when Greendale had four elementary schools. Who else went to Ambruster Elementary School?

The first annual “Get the Ball Rolling for Education” kickball tournament is a fundraiser for the Greendale Education Foundation including their worthy KidBoosters program. I first heard about the kickball idea a couple of months back.

The tourney will be held on August 8 at the baseball diamonds behind Greendale Middle School. Teams can have 10 to 15 players and every team is guaranteed to play at least two games. There are both adult and youth teams. Sounds fun.

Adult kickball is gaining popularity with leagues forming across the country. It is more laid-back, easier to pick up, and less dependent on athletic prowess than other team sports. For more information about the Village Days tournament, please click here.

If it takes off, it might make a cool program idea for Park & Rec., I’m not sure who gets to schedule the fields though. Just an idea.

Meanwhile, the amazing Dave Bruno will host the foundation’s Celebration of Education event on Friday, May 22 at Boerner Botanical Gardens. No word on how many costume changes Bruno has planned.

In case you forgot, mark your calendars for Village Days starting on Friday, August 7 and running to Sunday, August 9. I’ve already seen a “sellers wanted” announcement for the perennial Rummage on the Green.

“Turn your Attic Treasures or Trash, Clothing, Household Items, Sporting Goods, Tools, Antiques, etc. into CASH!” reads the Lions Club flyer. If you’ve got rummage, you can get a booth for $25. For more information, please click here.

Over the years, Rummage on the Green has earned a few unfortunate monikers that play on the word rummage. A neighbor jokingly calls it “Rubbish on the Green”. I’ve heard other variations. That doesn’t mean this isn’t worthy event or people don’t enjoy a quick stroll through the rummage. It does seem like a “throwback” event. Nothing wrong with that. I’m sure it will be packed on Saturday, August 8.

It looks like the Village has hired an architect to plan the new fire station which is slated to be built in 2016. It makes long-term fiscal sense to take a hard look at constructing the new station on the Safety Center property. Estimates for total cost of the project range from $4.7 million to $5.2 million and the new building will fit on the Safety Center site.

Some neighbors might complain about the noise. For ten years, I lived right down the street from a fire station, it never bothered me. Greendale needs a new fire station.

Such a move would also create opportunities for the land at the current location. I’m sure they have a plan. The Village needs to have a better idea for what’s next than it did when the Police Department first moved from the original station over to the Safety Center.

I’ve heard an eye watering list of names being floated around town for the trustee slot that has opened up on the Village board. Names circling in the air include at least three former trustees along with recent candidates and even Highland View parents. It sounds a bit like a very Greendale version of “Game of Thrones”.

Which candidate do you think the school superintendent will support? You’d think that the district’s board and administration would be just fine with Village Hall being at the center of the community’s attention for at least a little while. We shall see.

The Trustees have options including appointing a new member or holding a special election. I wouldn’t expect them to leave the seat open.

If they go the appointment route, résumés will be submitted followed with a process that includes public interviews probably at the Safety Center if there is enough interest. I look forward to the day when these types of meeting could be held at the Hose Tower. That would be cool.

I hear The Rock recently cancelled their youth baseball leagues and that Twi-Nite baseball stepped up and extended their registration an extra week in April to accommodate kids who want to play. I wonder why The Rock cancelled the leagues?

Fair warning: There will be a Cupcake War in the historic Village Center on Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sounds dangerous, if you are a cupcake.

We’ve gotten enough rain, the grass is greening in Greendale and my daffodils are close to popping. A quick ride around the Village shows candidates picked up most of their campaign signs within days of the election results. Way to keep it classy, Greendale.

In their place I saw realty signs and a large number for house painting and home repair along with plenty of neighbors giving their yards a spring cleaning.

The Village landscape has survived the winter and is ready to wake up.

A Parting Gif


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Bill Attewell

Bill Attewell is the editor and publisher of Everything Greendale. He has over 20 years experience as an award-winning newspaper editor, writer and publisher. His work has been read in in over 50 publications across the U.S. and abroad. Bill is a long-time resident of Greendale and a Greendale High School alum. Go Panthers!


  1. Community Radical

    Hughes and Fons started Kid Boosters. A worthy cause to be sure. I have to wonder what they think about how screwed up things have gotten in Greendale. They were a great team. Come on Greendale. We need a reboot! When is the scool Disrict ask for a referendum?

  2. Richard

    Word on the street is Dr. Hughes is on the short list for the Village Trustee Board.

  3. Richard

    EG, With spring comes hope springing eternal. Your opinion piece lives in the hope. We are praying that our public servants will gather up their courage and do what is right for our village.

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