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Thursday, December 26, 2013 Vol. 48, No. 31 Verona, WI Hometown USA ConnectVerona.com $1
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Political upheaval takes over
f 2011 in Verona was dominated by the fallout of state elections and 2012 was heavy on recalls and national elections, 2013 was all about our local elections.From January clear through the end-of-year budget debates, the city was consumed in one way or another by the unprec-edented election sweep that ended up bringing in five new alders to the Verona Common Council. Verona had some great stories to choose from this year, so much so that any of our top 7 could prob-ably have been No. 1 most years. There was the open-ing of a new brewery; a serious effort at rebuilding downtown; Epic stirring up local controversies and adding hundreds of millions of dollars of construction; the unexpectedly compli-cated change to a city fire department; the emergence of an Olympic-level swim-mer; and plans for a bunch of new restaurants – always a talker in a suburb like Verona. But our top story was all too obvious.After the
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and chamber of commerce put together an eight-person political forum during the campaigns, all four chal-lengers defeated incum-bents in April. That not only shifted the political leaning of the council to the left, it also spurred a resig-nation, leaving the city with five new alders. And that led to some heated debates, frustration and a lot of chat-ter around the city. Some people saw a pro-gressive sweep bringing in new ideas and opening the doors to more public inter-action. Others saw big-city politics coming in to play, with Dane County, public unions and other outside groups attempting to influ-ence the newcomers.As attendance increased at council meetings, some observers were happy to see more discussion, more debate, more dissent. Oth-ers considered the protract-ed arguments as a waste of time, slowing down the city’s progress.Ultimately, the actual change in Verona that resulted from the election was far less significant than the symbolic “new sheriff in town” mentality and the
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New Common Council
New brewery
Epic expansion
Downtown plan
Super swimmer
New fire department
Chamber takes over Hometown Days
Restaurant rotation
School security
 End of aquatic club
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City decisions became the source of frequent discord this year after the Common Council got five new members and some saw the change and resulting votes as a coordinated political effort aimed at undercutting Verona’s growth.Right, Alds. Mac McGilvray and Elizabeth Doyle listen during a debate on the Plan Commission representative in April. Below, Ald. Jeremy Charles (left) chides new alders and Ald. Dale Yurs (right) snaps back. Charles resigned four days later.
Photos by
Jim Ferolie
December 26, 2013
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Stoner Prairie Elementary students have worked with local artists Emida Roller and Sharon Kilfoy to paint a mural in the entryway and cafeteria in the school. Every student in the building had a chance to participate, and the mural’s concept was a mix between the artist’s ideas and feedback from students. The mural includes the school building itself, the state Capitol building, a prairie with flowers, seen above, a basketball court, and many other features. Students also had the chance to sign their names on rocks on part of the mural, as Danaijah Barlow does below. The artists also held a community paint-ing day Dec. 14, when anyone from the community could come and contribute.
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County warns of possible norovirus spread
City of Madison and Dane County officials are warning the public about the possible spreading of norovirus in the county.A press release from Public Health-Madison and Dane County said the group has received “spo-radic” reports of a disease that is likely norovirus.The virus, sometimes called the “winter vomit-ing bug,” according to the release, produces vomiting or diarrhea and can spread rapidly from person to per-son.The most common ways the virus spreads is through a surface or food that has been touched or prepared by an infected person.Other symptoms can include cramps, nausea, headache, fatigue and mus-cle aches.The release warns schools and child care settings are likely settings for the disease to spread quickly, so parents should watch for symptoms.Verona Area School Dis-trict superintendent Dean Gorrell said in an email to the Verona Press that the district would not take any extra measures to avoid the virus when students return from break, instead focus-ing on hand washing and hand sanitation as the dis-trict does regularly.Gorrell said the district increased its diligence with disinfecting surfaces and doors since the H1N1 scare a few years ago.They will also monitor attendance in regard to the disease.The Public Health release encouraged people to be wary of spreading the virus, and asked them to avoid falling into holiday temptations to help with food preparation or other activities.“Getting sick with noro-virus during the holiday season can create a par-ticularly challenging and stressful situation,” the release said. “But any sense of obligation you might have to help out with food preparation should be weighed against the high risk of sharing this very un-festive and extremely unpleasant infection with your loved ones. Staying out of the kitchen may be one of the best gifts you can give.”
Be prepared for snow and ice
City will levy fines for not shoveling sidewalks
People are asked to “be a good neighbor” and shovel their sidewalks. According to city ordinance, property owners are responsible for clearing off all snow or ice that accumulates on side-walks or crosswalk ramps immediately adjacent to their property within 24 hours of the cessation of any snow. Do not deposit shoveled snow or ice onto the street, or deposit it onto another property. Snow must be cleared the full width of the side-walk and ramps, not just the width of a shovel or blower. In the event that removal of ice is impossible from areas, the property owner is required to use sand, salt or other suitable substances to prevent the ice from becom-ing dangerous. The sooner and more completely you shovel, the less likely ice will form.If a sidewalk is not cleared by the required time, the owner will receive one warning per winter. After that, city crews will remove the snow and ice and send the property own-er the bill. After the sec-ond violation, fines will be levied for not complying. Unpaid bills will be added to their property tax bill. People planning a vaca-tion or absence from home should make arrangements for snow removal. Fire hydrants must be kept clear of snow, with a minimum of three feet diameter clearing around the hydrant to five firefight-ers room to work and get quick access in case of a fire. Mailboxes must be cleared for mail delivery as well. Due to the weight of heavy snows, some-times mailboxes are dam-aged when the plow comes though. If your mailbox is damaged by a plow, call 845-6695 to report the dam-age. Seniors can call the Verona Senior Center at 845-7471, as a few people have volunteered to help elderly, disabled or eco-nomically challenged resi-dents clear snow. Call 848-9940 or email buildinginspector@ci.verona.wi.us with ques-tions or concerns about the city’s policies or file a com-plaint.
Preventing norovirus spread
Frequent hand washing, especially after using the toilet and changing diapers and before eating or preparing food.
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Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with virus after an episode of illness (use hot water and soap).
Quickly and carefully flush or discard any vomit and/or stool in the toilet and make sure that the surrounding area is sanitized and kept clean. (source – Dane County Public Health Department)
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Verona Area School District
Letter sent home after chemical mix-up
The Verona Area School District sent a letter home to parents of Verona Area High School K-Wing stu-dents Thursday detailing a possible chemical contami-nation in the dishwasher.The letter said a chemi-cal de-liming agent used in the mechanical dish-washer had not been fully eliminated when food trays went through the machine.Only students who ate during the second lunch period could have been affected by the agent, Fox de-limer.However, the letter also noted the trays “also ran through a separate, high-pressure, high temperature water rinse cycle and the de-liming chemical was not part of that cycle.”The chemical is water-soluble, the letter said, so it likely was washed out in that process.Poison control advised to watch for the follow-ing symptoms if a parent is worried about his or her child: redness, swell-ing, burns of the mouth or throat or possible upset stomach. The symptoms would have appeared within hours of the expo-sure, the letter said.The letter, signed by VASD superintendent Dean Gorrell, food ser-vice director Cindra Magli and VAHS principal Pam Hammen, said they would review procedures and pro-tocols to ensure a similar situation does not occur in the future.In November, the district sent home a similar letter detailing a chemical mix-up at Savanna Oaks Mid-dle School, in which glass cleaner was used on a pan instead of cooking spray.
Oct. 4
6:43 p.m.
 A 46-year-old man was reported to be shoot-ing squirrels with a BB gun at his home on the 400 block of Verona Avenue. He admitted to using them as target prac-tice and also to using a bow and arrow in his backyard.
Oct. 5
3:07 a.m.
 A 41-year-old woman received concern-ing text messages from a 35-year-old after the two separated after a fight, stating that the messages were sui-cidal in nature. The man was located at Kwik Trip, and told the police that he had been very “up and down” emo-tionally lately. He voluntarily checked himself into UW Hos-pital to talk to someone about his problems.
10:03 a.m.
 An employee at the Post Office reported a customer that caused a dis-turbance when he had come to pick up a package. When the customer felt that his service wasn’t going quickly enough, he began to ring the bell on the counter non-stop, curse at the employee, call him names and taunt the employee by threatening him to “come across the counter.”
10:50 p.m.
 A 55-year-old man on the 700 block of Grace Street informed police of recent overnight thefts from unlocked cars. According to the man, there have been indi-viduals that have checked car doors for the past two years and stolen from them if they find them open. Although he did not know who the sus-pects are, he was afraid that they might become more bra-zen and start entering homes.
Oct. 7
2:55 p.m.
 A 39-year-old woman reported that the ten-ants of the property she man-ages have not been cleaning up after their dogs after they defecate. She stated that the owners of the dogs have been warned multiple times but the issues continue.
Oct. 8
5:52 p.m.
 A group of girls at Harriett Park reported a man on a motorcycle harass-ing them. The 43-year-old man stated that he was look-ing for his daughters who were supposed to be at the park, and only motioned for the girls to come over by him because he thought they were his children.
Oct. 9
9:08 a.m.
 Police responded to an anonymous report of a “violent person” causing a disturbance at a business on the 100 block of Horizon Drive. The 45-year-old woman was found to be intoxicated and was transferred to Meriter Hospital per her request.
1:16 p.m.
 A high school student was submitted to a search and later suspended after his erratic behavior and his attempts to leave class. When contacted by an officer, he smelled strongly of mari-juana, despite his denial of smoking. A razor blade found on him was tested and was found to have marijuana on it.
Oct. 10
7:06 p.m.
 An anonymous caller reported a female who had her hair all pulled back and was wearing black cloth-ing going through vehicles on the 900 block of Harper Drive. When police caught up with the suspect, the juvenile origi-nally denied the act, but later admitted to trying to enter five vehicles while looking for cigarettes to steal, though she found nothing.
Oct. 11
12:49 p.m.
 A high school staff member reported a stu-dent’s inappropriate com-ments to a friend about gun violence. It was determined that the student was not intending to harm anyone and was just joking around with another student.
10:41 p.m.
 A 34-year-old woman was arrested for her first OWI offense after an anonymous report of a pos-sible drunken driver who had been seen at Kwik Trip. The given license plate located the driver to her home on the 700 block of Forest View Drive. When contacted, the woman stated that she had just driven from Missouri and was having trouble balancing, in addition to having constricted eyes and slurred speech. Prescription pills and marijuana were also located during a consented person and vehicle search.
Oct. 12
11:29 p.m.
 A 33-year-old woman was cited for posses-sion of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after refusing to stop smoking weed at the Holiday Inn, despite being asked to stop by employees earlier in the day.
11:33 p.m.
 The host father of an exchange student reported a possible under-age-alcohol party on the 300 block of Thompson Street that he suspected his host student was at. Upon arrival, it was discovered that most of the attendants, all under age 21, had consumed alco-hol and that marijuana had been smoked. The teens were released to their parents after receiving citations.
Oct. 13
5:25 p.m.
 A child was reported to be throwing a temper tantrum at Har-riet Park. The individual that reported his behavior said that she had seen him flipping a picnic table and tipping over trash cans. When confronted about his actions, the child stated that he had overreacted to a friend that had refused to stop poking him.
–Kimberly Wethal 
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We gather the news. We go to the events. We edit the words. But we can’t be every-where or know everything.The Verona Press depends on submissions from readers to keep a balanced commu-nity perspective. This includes photos, letters, story ideas, tips, guest columns, events and announcements. If you know of something other readers might be interested in, let us know. E-mail veronapress@wcinet.com or call 845-9559 and ask for editor Jim Ferolie. For sports, e-mail sportseditor@wcinet.com or ask for sports editor Jeremy Jones.

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