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City of Verona Newsletter
Issue Twenty-Four - JULY 2015

This Issue:

July Events
2Q&A with Director Mary Hanson, 11:00 AM, Senior Center 
8Lighthouse Presentation, 12:30 PM, Senior Center 
10Chat and Chew: RSVP, 9:00 AM, Senior Center 
13Prepaid Funeral Plans and Medicaid-What You Need to Know, 10:00 AM,  Senior Center 
14Computer 101, 6:30-8:30, Library
15Blue Men and River Monsters, 10:30 AM, Senior Center 
16TRIAD Presentation: Depression, 10:30 AM, Senior Center 
16Books 'N Booze, 6:00 PM, Pasqual's Cantina
17Birthday and Anniversary Party, 11:45 AM, Senior Center 
20Pie  Social, 3:45-7:00 PM, Senior Center 
23Dementia Workshop, 12:30 PM, Senior Center
23Microsoft Word 2010 Basics, 6:30-8:30 PM, Library 
24-25Verona Music Festival, Hometown Park 
27The Trial of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, 10:00 AM, Senior Center 
27Using your Flash Drive, 6:30-7:30 PM, Library 
 Adult Programs at the Library

Green Lean Smoothie Machine
July 7th, 7:00-8:30 PM
Join Kirsty BLattner, Certified Life and Health Coach and CEO/founder of Watch Life Change Coachings, in this engaging, fun-filled workshop. You'll taste-test smoothies, guess their ingredients, and learn some new recipes for these healthy drinks. Register online or call 845-7180.

Everest Base Camp Trek
July 9th, 7:00-8:00 PM 
Christine Frei, Country View Elementary School teacher, shares photos and stories of her trek to Mount Everest base camp in Nepal. Register online or call 845-7180. 

First-Time Home Buyer
July 13th, 7:00-8:00 PM 
Abigail Darwin from Stark Company Realtors and a knowledgeable panel of experts will discuss current real estate market trends, financing details, and all you need to know to buy your first home. Register online or call 845-7180. 

ABC's of Entrepreneurship 
July 20th 7:00-8:30
How do you create the business of your dreams? In this interactive program, successful entrepreneur Mary Helen Conroy will help you get started. Register online or call 845-7180. 

 Verona PD on Twitter

The Verona Police Department is on Twitter! Follow @Verona_PD for periodic updates and timely crime alert.
Verona Music Festival 
July 24-July 25 

Steely Dane and The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will be headlining the event. Concerts will be held at Hometown Park. For more information, contact the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce at 845-5777. 

Computer Classes at the Library 
The Verona Public Library will be offering 3 computer classes in July: Computer 101, Microsoft Word 2010 Basics, and Using your Flash Drive. Classes are limited to 11 participants. Register online or call 608-845-7180 to sign up. 

111 Lincoln Street
111 Lincoln Street
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

Crime Prevention Tips from the Police Department 

Historically, the Verona Police Department sees a spike in property crimes during the summer months.  This is partially due to favorable weather conditions and juveniles being on summer break.  Typically, property crimes are crimes of opportunity, which can be prevented, or greatly reduced, by following these simple preventative measures: 

  1. Always remove keys and garage door openers from your unoccupied vehicles.
  2. Lock and close all doors and windows of your unoccupied vehicles.
  3. Never leave valuable items inside your unoccupied vehicle. 
  4. Activate your vehicle's car alarm.
  5. Park your vehicle inside your secure garage, your driveway, or underneath a street light to deter would be criminals. 
  6. Never leave property, such as bicycles, in your yard overnight.
  7. Consider leaving on your residence's exterior lights or installing motion sensor lights to deter or scare off would be criminals.
  8.  Immediately report suspicious activity or criminal behavior to the Verona Police Department.

During summer months, the Verona Police Department increases their foot and bike patrols, frequently notifies homeowners of garage doors that are not secure, and conducts business security checks as a way of preventing and deterring property crimes.  We encourage all citizens to do their part with helping to keep Verona a safe and enjoyable place to live and work.  


Summer Concerts in the Park

The Verona Area Chamber of Commerce has generously sponsored the annual Concert in the Park series at Harriet Park since it's inception in 2009 and we look forward to continuing this tradition in 2015!
  • July 9th: Dan Law and the Mannish Boys 
  • July 16th: Chicken Bakin 
  • July 23rd: Cajun Strangers 
  • July 30th: Staff Infection 
All concerts are free and held at Harriet Park from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Summer Reminders 

Each year the City of Verona receives numerous questions about weeds and grass cutting, and the parking and storage of vehicles, boats, recreational vehicles, and campers.


As a reminder, property owners need to cut their grass and destroy noxious weeds. Grasses and weeds cannot be taller than 8-inches in height for aesthetics and to help prevent weeds from spreading by not allowing them to go to seed.


Year round, residents of single-family homes are allowed no more than four vehicles at a time on their property, of which one vehicle can exceed 25 feet in length. During active use, all vehicles need to be parked in your garage, on your driveway, or within some other dedicated paved parking area on the interior side or rear of your home which is a minimum of five feet from the property line. If you

 wish to store a vehicle at your home, they cannot be stored in the front or side yards. In all cases, vehicles must be owned by the resident who occupies the property or by the resident's employer and used for work purposes. Vehicles parked and not used for 30-consecutive days are considered stored.


If you have any questions regarding these or other requirements, please contact the Building Inspection Department at, or via phone 608-848-9940.


The City wishes everyone a safe and happy summer.

 National Night Out Against Crime 
August 4, 2015

The Verona Police Department will be hosting its annual National Night Out Against Crime on August 4 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Hometown Festival Grounds near the Verona City Center. This year's event will include a landing from the Med Flight Helicopter, horse patrol, K9 demonstration, police officer dunk tank, Kid Care ID program, public safety-related informational booths, and the popular child bounce-houses.



As always, there will be plenty of free food available which will include a pork roast, hot dogs, corn on the cob, refreshments, and frozen treats. A DJ will be playing music in addition to the free bike and bike helmet raffle. The Verona Police Department looks forward to meeting the community it serves.


Any donations for the event can be directed to the Verona Police Department c/o Officer Ryan Adkins, 111 Lincoln Street, Verona, WI 53593. All donations are greatly appreciated and directly support this annual event and other community outreach programs.

 Summer Reading Program 
The summer reading program continues at the Verona Public Library in July, with special performances for families on Thursdays. 

Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular Comedy Show
Thursday, July 2, 12:30 & 2:00pm
Take a dash of science, a blob of humor, throw in some hillbillies, and you get the explosive good time of the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular Comedy Show! All ages, no registration.

The Figureheads
Thursday, July 9, 1:30pm
Recipients of the Parents' Choice Gold Award, these three hip-hop artists use syncopated beats and funky rhythms to capture children's imaginations and promote positive messages. All ages, no registration.

Comedy Juggling Show
Thursday, July 16, 12:30 & 2:00pm
Jason Huneke has performed all over the country and on TV. He brings his comedy juggling show all the way from Minneapolis. All ages, no registration.

The Magic of Jim Mitchell
Thursday, July 23, 1:30 & 6:30pm
A fun magic show that includes audience participation and comedy for everyone, Jim Mitchell makes the ordinary look fantastic and the extraordinary look miraculous! All ages, no registration.

For more information about the "Every Hero has a Story" Summer Reading Program visit
Senior Center Events 

Q & A with Director Mary Hanson

Thursday, July 2 at 11:00 AM

Have you ever had questions about the

Senior Center and you're not sure of the

answers? Join Mary Hanson in an informal question and answer session. Bring a list of questions you have related to the Center's operations and Mary will be happy to

address them! 

Blue Men and River Monsters

Wednesday, July 15 at 10:30 AM

Join editor John Zimm for a journey through the myths and legends of Wisconsin. Drawing from the new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book Blue Men and River Monsters, Zimm will share some of the tales of adventures and magical creatures. These stories were by Norwegian and Swiss immigrants, Native American medicine men and storytellers, and the earliest pioneers of the Old Northwest, told to WPA writers in the 1930s and housed in the historical society archives.


Pie Social 
Monday, July 20 , 3:45 PM-7:00 PM 
Bring the family to the VAAA Annual Pie Social. Hot dogs, BBQ, chips, pie, and Culver's custard will be available for purchase. The Paoli Street Pickers will provide entertainment from 12:30-3:30 PM with the Social to follow. Tickets are now available for the afghan raffle to be held in conjunction with the Pie Social. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The afghan is donated by the Joan Murphy family. Volunteer and pie sign up sheets will be available at the front desk.