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OPINION: Hello Greendale


Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 23, but the signs are already there that my favorite season is upon us.

While some Villagers are thinking about carving pumpkins and football season. Others have their eyes on next April. Yes, the spring Village board election is already a hot topic of conversation and speculation.

Rich Busalacchi made good on his pronouncement to the Village Board earlier this year and is full steam ahead, launching his campaign to win a seat on the Village board. He is a strong candidate.

Incumbents Ron Barbian, Carl Genz and Bill Kewan are up for election next year and it appears that all three may have to work hard to keep their place at the trustee table. It is a safe bet that more are likely to throw their hats into the ring. There are tough issues facing Greendale’s leaders in the near future. High on my list are increased competition from surrounding communities and the future of our historic, downtown business district.

I wonder when the Village will see the first official photos of campaign lawn signs popping up on Facebook?

Mark your calendars: Greendale’s Halloween Trick or Treating will be held on Saturday, October 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. The Halloween Parade will also be held on October 31 at 4 p.m.

Speaking of parades, word came this week that Greendale High School students put to rest the traditional Homecoming Parade this year in favor of a spirited, superhero-themed week. The homecoming football game will be held at Gavinski Stadium on Friday, September 25 at 7 p.m. The homecoming dance will be held on Saturday.

The school district’s annual meeting will be on Monday, September 21. Look for a drama-less affair and I predict there will be plenty of empty seats at Henry Ross Auditorium. The district could improve its communications about this event. I had a hard time finding anything about the meeting on their website, maybe I missed it.

Sadly, many school leaders seem to treat the annual meeting like a noisome legal obligation rather than a prime opportunity to re-engage the community after three years of controversy and division. Relationship building is time-consuming, hard work and the board still hasn’t earned back the trust of many residents.

Those in attendance will hear from interim superintendent Paul Strobel at the meeting. I had a chance to sit down with Strobel a few weeks ago and I think people will like what they hear from him.

Speaking of the school board, student member and GHS senior Jacob Malinowski celebrated “Jacob Malinowski Day” at the Greendale American Legion Post 416 where he was presented with a copy of the Village board’s proclamation designating the day.

I have found Jacob to be one of the more thoughtful and reflective members of the Greendale School Board.

Fun Fact: Jacob played the lead in the high school’s production of “Guys and Dolls” and will star in the upcoming fall play “Romeo and Juliet”. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and was elected the Governor of Badger Boys State in 2015. Jason was the first Greendale student to be selected to attend American Legion Boys Nation in Washington D.C. Well done.

I am hearing one of the first community events to be held at the newly renovated Hose Tower will be a fundraiser for Greendale Veterans Memorial. Stay tuned. If you haven’t seen the banner yet, the Community Grand Opening for the Hose Tower will be held on Sunday, October 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Packers don’t play that day and it should be a great event. In recent weeks, the Society has raised an additional $18,000 to help pay for renovations at the building. It bears repeating: I’m a member of the Greendale Historical Society Board of Directors.

In case you missed it on Friday, a man walking with an umbrella to a Southridge bus stop, set off a cascade of events resulting in two Greendale schools being put on lock-down and another put on a “hold”. The whole thing started after a report of a “suspicious” person roaming the Village. Police from Hales Corners, Greenfield and Franklin all responded to the Village and searched for the subject.

Turns out the man’s unusual umbrella handle was mistaken by a citizen for a Samurai sword or fire arm. My advice? Buy a new umbrella.

It is good to see our police taking possible threats to Greendale children seriously. On the flip side, I’ve also heard many say that it was a bit of over-kill for just an umbrella.

Luckily, it wasn’t a 9th grader bringing a clock to school.

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. Greg

    I’m more worried they will be picking the new superintendent at all considering how those two totally botched it last time around. Why they got rid of Dr. Tharp I will never understand.

  2. Buddy

    The school board members are no where to be seen in Greendale.

    I don’t even know most of them and I am on two school advisory committees. You never see any of them unless they are running for election and then they are like deer in a headlight begging for our votes.

  3. joe

    I wish we could get quality candidates like Bill Kewan or Rich Busalacchi to run for school board rather than the Village board. That’s where we need the most help.

    • Buddy

      I am very concerned that Mrs. K and Dr. S are stepping down in this year but are picking the next District Administrator.

      That seems fool hardy and not in our children’s best interest.

      Why won’t they pick Mr. Lodes? He is so good and respected.

  4. A Parent

    In 7 yrs. i’ve never had a board member even say hello to me I guess i’m not in their “in” crowd.

    • Richard

      Told today Dr. Tom said to his neighbor he is NOT running for reelection and that Melodie is strongly considering stepping down too.

      Dr. Tom wants to pick the next Administrator and then get in his Audi 8 and head out of town to Brookfield. HIs kid graduates this year.

      Dr. Tom will deny this but we have it from his neighbors.

  5. Richard

    This is a super service to Greendale residents. We wish the School System would be this informative.

  6. Laura

    Nice article, Bill. Thanks for the updates!

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