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City of Verona Newsletter
Issue Thirty-One - FEBRUARY 2016

This Issue:
February Events
3The Best of Broadway: Loesser, Lerner, and Loewe, 12:30 p.m., Senior Center 
3Switching on a Dyslexic Brain, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Library
4AARP Tax Preparation, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Senior Center
8 Monday Maker, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Library 
10First-Time Home Buyer, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Library
11Healthy Lifestyles, 10:30 a.m., Senior Center 
11Conquering Caner Series: Prevent, Survive, Support & Thrive, 11:00 a.m., Senior Center 
11Keep Your Back Strong and Healthy, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Library
16Spring Primary Election, 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., City Hall and Library 
17Computer 101, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Library 
17Car Seat Checks, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Police Department 
18AARP Tax Preparation, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Senior Center
19Birthday & Anniversary Party, 11:45 a.m., Senior Center 
22Stop Motion Studio, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Library 
22Should I Downsize my Home? 6:30-8:30 p.m., Library 
23Cold and Cough Remedies, 10:30 a.m., Senior Center 
25Conquering Cancer Series: Prevent, Survive, Support & Thrive, 10:00 a.m., Senior Center 
 Adult Programs at the Library

First Time Home Buyer
February 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Abigail Darwin and Wendy Dalgety from Stark Company Realtors and a knowlegeable panel of experts will discuss current real estate market trends, financing details, and all you need to know to buy your first home. Refreshments will be available.  Register online or call 845-7180.
Keep Your Back Strong and Healthy 
February 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Physical therapist Jo Annyapu will discuss basic back anatomy, simple ways to prevent back injuries while doing daily activities, and exercises and stretches to keep your back and core strong. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel. Register online or call 845-7180. 
Computer 101 
February 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Learn basic components and how to navigate the Windows environment and operate the mouse. This class is designed for beginning computer users. Computer training will be provided by John Harris from Harris Multimedia & Computers. Registration is required and limited to 11 participants. Register online or call 845-7180.

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Books 'N Booze 

Our book club is for people in their 20's and 30's. Books 'N Booze book club meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:00p.m. at Pasqual's Cantina in Verona. 
February 18, - Yes, Please by Amy Poehler 

"We don't urge readers to drink, we urge drinkers to read."
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
 Spring Primary  

The 2016 Spring Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, February 16th. Polls will be open on election day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. This primary is for Justice of the Supreme Court . To see a sample of the ballot, click here.

Photo ID law is in effect for this election.
Voters must present a Photo ID before receiving a ballot. Acceptable forms of Photo ID include: Wisconsin DOT issued driver's license or identification card, a U.S. passport, or military IDs issued by the U.S. armed forces. For more information and a full list of acceptable forms of Photo ID, click here

If you have changed addressees or names since the last time you voted, you will need to re-register to vote. You can register at City Hall until Friday, February 12th. After this date, you will need to register at the polls on Election Day. All registrations require proof of residence. 

In-person 'early' absentee voting began February 1st and runs through February 12th at City Hall from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. The last day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is Thursday, February 11th. All absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, February 16th. 

For more election information, visit the City of Verona Elections Page or contact the City Clerk's Office at 608-845-6495. 
New Carts for Refuse Service
After successful implementation of recycling carts in 2012, the City has decided to switch to carts for refuse service. Weekly collection of refuse will take place either Monday or Tuesday. Click here to view the refuse and recycling map and schedule. Containers must be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. (but not more than 24 hours in advance) and must be removed no later than 24 hours after collection. Waste Management will collect trash and recycling between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on you designated service day. Service for bulk item collection will remain the same. 

Each resident will receive a 96-gallon cart for refuse, which will be delivered in mid-February. This cart will have a green lid. Please use this cart for refuse only. The weight limit for the cart is 200 pounds. Containers need to be placed at least 2 feet away from other objects with the handles of the cart facing the house. After a 30- day trial period, 64-gallon carts will be available upon request to replace the larger cart by calling the Public Works Department at 608-845-6695. recycling_girl.jpg

Additional Cart Rental
In the event that a 94-gallon cart is not sufficient for you weekly refuse needs, you can request a second cart for a fee. For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 608-845-6695.

Disposal of Existing Refuse Containers
If you wish to dispose of your old refuse container please place it inside or on top of your new 94-gallon refuse cart for collection. Your existing container is not recyclable because of the contamination inside your container.

Recycling is picked up biweekly (click here to view the recycling map and schedule) Please use the green cart with the yellow lid for recyclables only. Place all recycled items in your recycling cart. The weight limit for the cart is 200 pounds.  If you need a recycling cart, please call the Public Works Department at 608-845-6695 to request a recycling cart at your address.

For more information on recycling, brush pickup, and the Verona Public Works drop-off site, visit the Public Works Department Website.
Recreation Opportunities 
The 2016 Verona Recreation Department Spring and Summer Brochure will be  online and sent out via email by approximately February 12!  With this chilly Wisconsin weather, it's time to start looking forward to activities for the spring and summer.  Be on the lookout for new class offerings, such as adult yoga, youth and adult makeup workshops, youth exercise classes, and more!

There are several spots open in our Engineering For Kids classes in February.  Aerospace Engineering: Up, Up & Away and Junior Robotics: Amazing Mechanisms both begin February 22nd!  Aerospace Engineering Up, Up & Away is for children in Kindergarten, first and second grade.  Junior Robotics: Amazing Mechanisms is for children in second grade through fifth grade.  Read full class descriptions and sign up online. baseball-glove.jpg

The Recreation Department is always looking to hire fun employees for our summer programs!  The Playground Program needs camp counselors who enjoy playing with kids and being active outside.  Our instructional sports programs need energetic former athletes to help teach baseball, softball and tennis to Verona's youth.  Email Ali Tackett at to inquire about possible jobs.
Crossing Guards Needed

The Verona Police Department is in need of Adult School Crossing Guards. We are currently seeking substitute crossing guards who can fill vacant posts on an as-needed basis during the AM shift and PM shift, with the potential of moving into a regular Monday-Friday post in the future. There are 9 posts throughout the City which need to be filled daily. The pay is currently $13.77 per hour. If you are a responsible individual looking for part-time employment, please stop at the Verona Police Department for an application. Questions can be directed to Lt. David Dresser, 845-7623.

Car Seat Checks
The Verona Police Department will be offering free child car seat checks by a certified child passenger safety technician on February 17th at the Verona Police Department, 111 Lincoln Street. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for children ages 1-14. According to Madison Area Safe Kids, 95% of child restraint and car seats are installed or used incorrectly in Dane County. The risk of injury and death is significantly decreased by properly installing and using child safety seats.

Car Seat Checks are by appointment only between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and last for approximately 30 minutes. To make an appointment, contact the Madison Area Safe Kids at 608-890-8999, or e-mail them at
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Officer Ryan Adkins at 608-845-0952.
Senior Center Events

"The Best of Broadway: Loesser, Lerner, and Loewe"
Wednesday, February 3 at 12:30 p.m.
Featuring songs from such well-loved musicals as Camelot, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, and more. The program consists of an "emcee" with 3-4 singers and piano providing a 45-50 minute program . Four Seasons Theatre of Madison will be here to entertain the crowd with the first of its "Best of Broadway" series! seats_theater.jpg

AARP Tax Preparation
Thursday, February 4 and 18; Appointments 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. 
AARP will again be offering free tax assistance. Please call the Senior Center at 845-7471 to schedule your appointment. A list of items that you will need to bring to your appointment is available upon request at the reception desk.

Healthy Lifestyles
Thursday, February 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Join Barbara Rasmussen, RN as she discusses a medical plan to prevent and help fight against heart disease.

Cold and Cough Remedies
Tuesday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Students from UW-Madison's School of Pharmacy will be joining us to discuss cough and cold over-the-counter treatments for older men and women. Attend this informational presentation and learn what you can do to prevent or alleviate your cough and cold problems. Preventative modalities will be discussed, as well as what strategies to take should you acquire a pesky cough or cold. We hope to see you there!
School Crosswalk Safety 

Help keep our kids safe-remember to stop for children in crosswalks.

January 11-15, 2016 was Crossing Guard appreciation Week. Each year the City and School Board recognizes this group of dedicated employees for the important role they play in helping to keep our children safe on the way to and from school. 

We recently had a breakfast with our crossing guards to offer our appreciation and the discussion revolved around a common complaint: cars not stopping for children in crosswalks. This is dangerous and illegal driving behavior that is often caused by distracted driving.  

It is important for drivers to know the laws for school crossings. State law (statute 346.46 (2m)) requires motorists to stop no closer than 10 feet from a crossing guard after direction is given to stop, and shall remain stopped until the school crossing guard directs the operator to proceed. State statute 346.465 indicates the OWNER of a vehicle who fails to stop for a crossing guard is liable if the driver cannot be identified. A citation for this offense would be $111.40 and $161.80 for a second offense. 

Please share this information with all of the drivers in your household and help us keep our crossing guards and children safe. 
Children and Teen Library Programs

Anime & Manga Club Thursdays (2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25), 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Teens interested in Japanese animation and Manga meet to watch, draw, read, and eat! Grades 6-12. Have questions? Email Program meets in the Community Room. No registration required.

Teen Chocolate Tasting
Tuesday, February 9, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Stop over in Teen Central for a variety of chocolate delights! Stay and make some Valentines, or dip in the chocolate fountain and go on your merry way! Ages 11-18. No registration required. 

The Mitten by Jan Brett Story Walk
Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m. - noon
Walk along a path in Badger Prairie Park, reading pages of a picture book posted on the way. The kick-off event walk will be followed by a craft and hot cocoa. The story walk will stay up for a week following the kick off. All ages.

Grow into Spanish
Saturday, February 20, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Let's read and play en espaņol! Come learn some Spanish while listening to bilingual stories, singing songs and playing games! Children 8 and under are welcome at these lively, engaging events. Maestra Marti of Grow into Spanish LLC will read stories in English and in Spanish, and guide children in movement activities and a craft. No registration required. Story Room.