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News & Notes: Feb. 24

Feb. 24, 2010

School Board candidate drops out of race

Shorewood - School Board candidate Linda Jacobi announced Tuesday she is withdrawing as a candidate for one of two open seats on the Shorewood School Board. Jacobi's name, however, will appear on the ballot, along with candidates Colin Plese and Rob Reinhoffer and incumbent John Carlton.

Member Nancy Bornstein is not seeking re-election.

Assistant soccer coach charged with sexual assault

Brown Deer - A former assistant soccer coach at Brown Deer High School was charged today with sexual assault after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a player.

Emily L. Patterson, 26, of Milwaukee, is charged with one count of sexual assault of child by a school staff person or a person who works with children.

Patterson was employed at Brown Deer High School as an assistant coach for the girls soccer team during the 2008-09 school year. Police say the assault occurred at the victim's residence. Court records said it happened on Jan. 1 of this year.

Patterson has not been employed by the Brown Deer district since 2008-09. She is now a teacher at Mukwonago High School.

Superintendent of Schools Deb Kerr issued the following statement: "Our administrative and counseling personnel have been available throughout this situation to all students and parents with concerns. The safety and welfare of our students is always the district's highest priority."

Moeser replaces Whitaker on fire commission

Glendale - Alderman Elliot Moeser will replace Alderman Robert Whitaker on the North Shore Fire Commission. Whitaker, a 16-year-member of the commission, resigned. Whitaker's son, Robert, is one of two deputy chiefs at the department and likely would have faced a conflict of interest in upcoming discussions about a replacement for retiring Chief David Berousek.

The commission is to meet tonight to discuss a plan to replace him. City Administrator Richard Maslowski said the change will allow the city to have a vote on the selection process.

Residents must note their community name on forms

Brown Deer - Census forms should be arriving between March 15 and 17. Because the village shares a zip code with Milwaukee, residents are reminded to note they live in Brown Deer on their census forms.

Council awards contracts for DPW building repairs

Glendale - The council on Monday awarded $1.230 million in contracts for repairs to the city's Public Works building. The 22-year-old building, built over a landfill, has structural problems. The floor in the offices and part of the Public Works floor is sagging. The city in 1995-1996 tried to correct the problem by mud jacking the floor, but that solution proved to be only temporary.

In order to fix the floor, interior walls and plumbing, heating and electrical systems will be removed. During the construction, the Inspection and Planning departments and the Public Works director will be relocated to temporary office space in City Hall. City Administrator Richard Maslowski said employees will move to City Hall during March and demolition and construction on the building will begin in April.

Club accepting scholarship applications

The Junior Woman's Club of Mequon-Thiensville will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to area women this spring, the first for a high school woman and the second for continuing education funding for a Mequon- Thiensville woman. Applications must be received by April 15. Visit the club's Web site juniorwomansclubmt.org to view eligibly requirements and to download an application.

Health department offers vaccines at clinics

In an effort to keep our communities healthy and prevent the spread of disease, the North Shore Health Department is now offering certain vaccines at a reduced cost for persons 19 years or older at monthly immunization clinics or by appointment. For $15 each, the following vaccines are available: Td (tetanus/diphtheria) or Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis); MMR (measles, mumps, rubella); HPV (human papillomavirus); Varicella (chicken pox); and Hepatitis A and/or Hepatitis B.

Adult vaccines for pneumococcal disease and seasonal influenza are available at their market prices. Childhood vaccines are also available at the monthly immunization clinics. Most childhood vaccines are free but some have a $15 fee.

Adult vaccination needs depend on a variety of factors. Protection provided by earlier vaccines can wane and a booster may be needed. Tetanus boosters are recommended every 10 years. Some vaccines are recommended based on health condition (asthma), lifestyle (international traveler or smoker), occupation (healthcare worker) and age.

Updating immunizations is a lifelong, life-protecting job. For more information, contact your healthcare provider or the North Shore Health Department at (414) 371-2980 and browndeerwi.org and click on Health Department.

Koren named top social studies teacher in state

Maple Dale-Indian Hill - Michael Koren was awarded the Distinguished Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies. Koren has been teaching social studies for the past 30 years at the middle school level in Wisconsin, 28 of those at Maple Dale School in Bayside.

Koren was recognized as a Kohl Award Educational Scholar in 2008 and has been selected to Who's Who in American Education the past two years. Koren has also served the high school sports community for the past 33 years, serving as a WIAA high school basketball referee.

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