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City of Verona Newsletter
Issue Eleven - April and May 2014
This Issue:
Spring Election Results
Spring Reminders
First Brat of the Season/Arbor Day Recognition
Prescription Drug and Medication Drop-Off Event
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week
Upcoming Seminars at Verona Library
April Events
11Greg (Casey and Greg) Performance at Senior Center
12Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys 10 a.m.
14Book Discussion at Library 11:30 a.m.
17Books n Booze, 5:30 p.m.
17Discovering Austen Performance at Library
24Pam VanKampen Presentation at Senior Center
21Using Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens to Create a Healthy Landscape with Marten Cieslik, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Library
25"First Brat of the Season" Fundraiser at Senior Center
25Arbor Day "Tree City USA" Recognition at Sr. Center
26Verona Police Dept. Prescription Drug and Medication Drop-Off Event

May Events
3Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys 10 a.m.
10Verona City-Wide Garage Sale
15Books n Booze, 5:30 p.m.
12Book Discussion at Library 11:30 a.m.
17Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at WI Brewing Company
24Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys 10 a.m.

  The Verona City-Wide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, May 10.
For more information, contact the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce at 845-5777.
Musical Performance at  Verona Senior Center
April 11, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Verona Senior Center
Greg, from the duo Casey & Greg will be performing a variety of songs from the 1930's through the 1970's, along with some original material. He sings and performs on acoustic guitar, harmonica, and ukulele. To attend the lunch at 11:45 for the Birthday/Anniversary Party, call 845-7471 by noon on April 10. 
 Discovering Austen Performance
April 17, 7:00 p.m.
Verona Public Library
Actress Kristin Hammargren brings Jane Austen's words to life. Sponsored by a grant from Beyond the Page.
 Pam VanKampen (GWAAR) Presentation at Verona Senior Center
April 24, 12:30 p.m.
Verona Senior Center
Pam VanKampen, from the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, will hold a presentation on laughter and joy as we age. Pam is a dynamic speaker and has a wealth of knowledge of the aging network. 
 Morning Book Group at Library
The Verona Public Library hosts a book discussion on the second Monday of every month, at 11:30 a.m. Copies of the books are available at the service desk. Below are the upcoming dates and details for the next two book discussions:

April 14, 11:30 a.m.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
May 12, 11:30 a.m.
The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak
Books 'N Booze Book Discussion
The Verona Public Library has a new book group targeted toward young adults. Books 'N Booze Book Discussions take place at Pasqual's Cantina, 100 Cross Country Rd., on the third Thursday of each month. Below are the upcoming dates, times, and book titles.


April 17, 5:30 p.m.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

May 15, 5:30 p.m. 
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
"We don't urge readers to drink, we urge drinkers to read"
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Commercial - 845-0963
Residential - 845-0909
410 Investment Court
111 Lincoln Street
845-7623 - Non Emergency
101 Lincoln Street
845-9401 - Non-Emergency
500 Silent Street
108 Paoli Street
The Spring Election was held on April 1, 2014. 2,689 voters participated in the election. The City of Verona has 9,329 registered voters and Election Day brought 205 new registrants for a total turnout of 28%. This percentage is high for a Spring Election. Here's how Verona voted:
Local Races
Verona Mayor 
Jon Hochkammer * - 1466
Chad Kemp - 1180

Verona Alderperson District 1
Wm "Mac" McGilvray * - 447
Verona Alderperson District 2
Jack Linder - 367
Verona Alderperson District 3
H. Brad Stiner * - 443

Verona Alderperson District 4
Mike Bare * - 297
Evan Touchett - 438

School District Races
Verona School Board Member
At Large:

Derrell Connor -1692
Verona School Board Member Portion 3
Dennis Beres * - 1696

Dane County Races and Referendums
County Supervisor District 32
Pat McPartland - 1066
Mike Willett - 1496         

Dane County Referendum Question 1 (Redistricting)
Yes - 1912
No - 563
Dane County Referendum Question 2 (Marijuana)
Yes - 1390
No - 1229

Judicial Races
Circuit Court Judge Branch 7
William E. Hanrahan - 1628           

Court of Appeals Judge District 4
Gary Sherman - 1622
Circuit Court Judge Branch 1
John W. Markson - 1632

* Incumbents
The newly elected Alderpersons will take office on April 15, 2014.

The next election to be held in Verona is the Partisan Primary Election on Tuesday August 12, 2014.
Spring Reminders yellow-field-flowers.jpg
Now that Spring is upon us, the City of Verona would like to remind residents of a few things.

1. Brush Collection
Brush is picked up curbside on the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month. To ensure that brush is collected, please follow the guidelines below:
  • Collection is for tree trimmings, stumps, and shrubs.
  • Collection is not for yard-waste. All leaf and garden debris must be brought to the Public Works drop-off site.
  • Brush cut or trimmed by persons or firms hired by the property owner will not be collected.
  • Brush must be neatly stacked and parallel to the street. As you face the street, cut ends should be to your right.
  • In the event of a major storm, brush should be placed curbside and will be picked up as soon as possible.
2. Hours for Public Works Drop-Off Site, 410 Investment Court
Beginning April 1 and continuing through mid-November, the Drop-Off Site hours will be as follows:
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
For a list of items that are accepted at this site, please click HERE.

3. Help Prevent Flooding and Sewer Backups in your Home
Heavy rainfall can increase flows in the sanitary sewers increasing the risk of overload to the system and creating backups. You can help prevent this by making sure storm sewer drains, downspouts, and rain gutters are kept clear allowing water to flow away. You may also want to consider installing a sanitary sewer back flow preventer and checking on sewer backup coverage on your homeowners insurance policy. The City does not pay for sewer damages caused by sewer backups unless the backup was caused by city negligence. To read more about preventing sewer backups, please click HERE.
"First Brat of the Season" Fundraiser and Arbor Day "Tree City USA" Recognition on April 25 at Verona Senior Center

"First Brat of the Season" 11:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. grill
The Verona Area Active Adults will again be holding their "First Brat of the Season" Fundraiser on Friday April 25. Eat in or carry out. Brats, hot dogs, chips, fresh baked cookies, and soda. Call 845-7471 to place advanced orders. This fundraiser is sponsored by the Verona Area Active Adults   

sunny-tree-boughs.jpg Arbor Day "Tree City USA" Recognition, 12:15 p.m.  
Verona City Parks and Urban Forestry Department Director David Walk will again recognize Verona's investment in the trees that help make the City so beautiful. He will be joined by members of his crew to talk about the importance of trees in our area parks.
Verona Police Department to Host
Prescription Drug and Medication Drop-Off Event on April 26th

The Verona Police Department will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to host its 2nd National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative on Saturday April 26th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Verona Police Department. The Take-Back aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. On the above date, the Verona Police Department will accept unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drug medication which you may find in your medicine cabinet, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety
concern, because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high - more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

For safety reasons, we will not accept sharps, inhalers, or anything
under pressure.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 
Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys 
Verona Public Library Discussion Series, February to May 2014
Participants will explore the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States in this five-part, scholar-led reading and discussion series. The Verona Public Library was one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in this project. The Muslim Journeys theme the library will explore is Points of View. Book selections and discussion dates are listed below. 

4/12 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
5/3 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
5/24 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
This grant is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week!  
Saturday May 17, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Wisconsin Brewing Company
Join local author Jim Draeger at Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, Verona, WI. Draeger will discuss his book Bottoms
Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historical Bars and Breweries
. Bottoms Up showcases the architecture and history of 70 Wisconsin breweries and bars. Books will be available for sale and signing. This is event is presented by the Verona Public Library in partnership with Wisconsin Brewing Company.
Upcoming Programs at the Verona Public Library
Maintaining Brain Health
Wednesday April 9, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Learn tips for staying sharp at any age. Presented by Joy Schmidt, Community Education Specialist, from the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. 

Middle-Class Philanthropy 
Thursday April 24, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wisconsin author and attorney Melinda Gustafson Gervasi will discuss her book Middle Class Philanthropist: How Anyone Can Leave a Legacy. Gustafson Gervasi redefines the conventional view of philanthropy, providing simple and practical tools by which anyone can leave a legacy. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Resilience: Surefire Strategies for Happiness
Tuesday May 6, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Bring more joy, fulfillment, and resilience to your daily life, even when facing challenges and change. Empowerment coach Lysianne Unruh will show you how.