OPINION: In Greendale
Roy Reiman’s “lifelike” statue of Norman Rockwell at the corner of Broad Street and Northway has put on his Santa hat. It is an obvious sign the holiday season is fast approaching. Its like the first robin of the Christmas.
Lots of cars in downtown Greendale on Saturday. I know parking was also at premium at Greendale’s annual Dickens of a Christmas on Friday. It was another successful go-round for the event. I’m sure the Greendale Celebrations Committee’s Facebook page will have plenty of photos of Scrooge up soon. Check it out.
I wonder if the Village has any hard data about the traffic or parking downtown? The numbers might speak volumes about the health our Historic Village Center.
I’m with those who say the Municipal Parking Lot and the connection between Parking and Broad Street could use an upgrade. Some have even mentioned parking meters for the lot. I’m not sure it makes financial sense. But, I am positive meters would be a hard sell in our little Village.
An act of arborial violence dealt a blow to an eco-friendly initiative by Village to grow their own trees. Twenty-five young trees (about 5-feet tall) were planted by the DPW at 51st and Eastway and grown to replace Village trees that were lost through disease. Vandals got to them. Not cool. I hope they replant and wonder if the DPW could team up with AP Environmental Science class at Greendale High School on this.
Speaking of the GHS, the Greendale Marching Band will be holding a Holiday Fair fund-raiser on Saturday, December 12 to help support their fundraising goal for their trip to New York next year. The band says it needs to raise $250,000 to ensure that all student band members are able to march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 2016. So far, they have raised about $25K. They have set up a You Caring page if your are interested in donating to the cause.
The band’s Holiday Fair will feature a bazaar, raffles, a bake sale and pictures taken with Santa. It will be held at Greendale High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s even a Pancake Breakfast.
I wonder if participation in the Macy’s parade is the pinnacle for the band and Tom Reifenberg, Greendale’s director of bands. They have won the State Championship so many times in a row (11?) that not winning in Madison would now be big news. The band performed well at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis in November. Maybe the national championship?
The search for the next superintendent of the Greendale Schools continues. School Exec Connect — the consultants hired by the school board to lead the search — will present the results of the parent/community survey to the board on December 7. If they are following the script, it is a good bet that JoAnn Sternke and others from the firm are already reaching out to potential candidates. Rumors are the candidate pool may be thin.
Long-time incumbent school board member Tom Slota was the first big winner in the Greendale Education Foundation’s recently concluded TGIF Raffle. The raffle raised $3,740 the Greendale Schools. The Education Foundation has also scheduled event they are calling “Cheers for Education” on February 26 that will feature the culinary skills of Greendale High School’s ProStart Culinary Arts Program. Way to go Judy Fons and crew!
Speaking of Slota. The school board seats held by he and school board treasurer Melanie Kuzmanovic are up in April. People are saying that Kuzmanovic is running — not sure about Slota. Time will tell.
Some are wondering if perennial Greendale candidate Kathleen Wied Vincent will throw her hat into the ring. Maybe Kim Kowalczyk will decide to run again or perhaps someone new will give it a go.
The Greendale School Board will conduct a School Board Academy on Monday, December 14 for those interested in running as a candidate for school board in the Spring Election in 2016. We should have a better of idea of who might be running after that.
Over on the Village side, I have yet to see a campaign sign from Greendale’s tea party candidate Carl Genz — so, I can’t confirm he is running for re-election. Incumbents Ron Barbian and Bill Kewan will likely seek to retain their seats next year. Rich Busalacchi, the Greendale Lions Club Director of Celebrations Fund Raisers is definitely running and is holding campaign events.
Municipal Judge Mark Kapocius seems likely to run for another three year term. Kapocius recently joined the Greendale Historical Society board of directors along with Village Club President Mike Connor.
The first day to circulate nomination papers for Greendale elective office was December 1. The filing deadline is January 5. If a primary is necessary, it will be held February 16 with the general election is April 5.
Well, we don’t have any snow on the ground, But, soon we will be watching “Elf” on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas and a Michael Buble holiday soundtrack will accompany shopping runs to Target.
A Parting Gif…