Gary Hollander for Fox Point

Gary Hollander for Fox Point Gary Hollander believes that the natural and built environment that Fox Point residents enjoy depends on community participation. We need to support local government, assist in maintaining public spaces, and show courtesy in our interactions.

Professional History: Consultant to nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies Academic lecturer in psychology at UWM for 30 years Founder president and CEO of a statewide nonprofit agency Health Care Administrator Public Health Professional Principal of Co-Principal Investigator on six multi-year federal grants High School Teacher Public Service: Volunteer with United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County Consultant to Milwaukee Police and Fire Departments Public Health Consultant to State of Wisconsin Chair of Wisconsin AIDS Fund of Greater Milwaukee Foundation Chair of Youth and Families Committee of American Psychological Association Member of Milwaukee Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Police Relations Member of the Board of AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Member of Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Teen Pregnancy

Professional History: Consultant to nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies Academic lecturer in psychology at UWM for 30 years Founder president and CEO of a statewide nonprofit agency Health Care Administrator Public Health Professional Principal of Co-Principal Investigator on six multi-year federal grants High School Teacher Public Service: Volunteer with United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County Consultant to Milwaukee Police and Fire Departments Public Health Consultant to State of Wisconsin Chair of Wisconsin AIDS Fund of Greater Milwaukee Foundation Chair of Youth and Families Committee of American Psychological Association Member of Milwaukee Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Police Relations Member of the Board of AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Member of Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Teen Pregnancy

Operating as usual

01/16/2019

As a point of information:
SCHWEMER HALL FRIDAY 7200 N. SANTA MONICA BLVD. FOX POINT, WI 53217 January 18, 2019 7:45 A.M.
1. Approval of the minutes of the January 4, 2019 Building Board meeting. .... 5. Matthew Lyon, 7770 N Port Washington Rd, proposed Azura memory care facility

05/09/2018

Coyotes mate for life. The alpha female only comes in heat once a year and only has one litter - but if she is killed the other females come into heat and have litters to compensate for the loss. The coyote diet is 98% rodents - with some rabbit, white tail deer, soft mast (fruits) and grasshoppers. They instinctively do not attack livestock - foals or calves - because they know they must survive and cannot risk a kick to the head, which a mare or cow will most definitely do to protect its baby. What is mistaken for predation is most likely scavenging a carcass as they are opportunistic and will eat a dead animal. They do not attack humans and in fact in 2017 39 Americans were killed by domestic dogs - and coyotes did not kill any humans.

Best fashion statement of the day! Get your vote on!
02/20/2018

Best fashion statement of the day! Get your vote on!

02/15/2018

Fox Point residents might want to notice this on the Building Board Agenda for Friday:

7. Mandel Group, 7740 N Port Washington Rd, proposed resubmittal.

11/23/2017

Fox Point Village needs an updated comprehensive plan now. In the upcoming calendar year, we will be faced with decisions about our schools, further property developments, the village pool, the North Shore Library and other projects that deserve our best thinking. But we have such a weak and insufficient comprehensive plan on file now, that few people know it exists and fewer still find it relevant in decision making.

Gary Hollander for Fox Point
11/23/2017

Gary Hollander for Fox Point

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11/23/2017

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10/12/2017
Fox Point Farmers' Market Customer Survey

66 people who shop the Fox Point Farmers' Market have responded to the 2017 Season Customer Survey. Join that group and let's make to 100! Even if you shopped only once this summer, you can and should take this survey.

And come to the Market October 14 as we close another great season with the leadership of Jim and Mary LaCharite!

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10/08/2017
Fox Point Farmers' Market Customer Survey

The 15th year of the Fox Point Farmers' Market closes in one week! Be sure to get your shopping done on Saturday, October 14 between 8:00 and noon.

You can also help by completing this survey about the market. It will help Mary and Jim Lacharite and the volunteers plan for year 16!

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07/27/2017

In his most recent articles in Fox Point of View, the Fox Point Village President has shown himself as someone who applies ostentatious, arrogant, and condescending communications to avoid the issues at hand. In short, he is a pedant.

That is annoying, but much more troubling is the preposterous assertion he and the editor of the periodical make that his monthly commentary is not as Village President, a trustee, the village, or anything else, but a resident contributor. Huh? If we cannot trust the editor of our local media to apply the basics of truth-telling and ethics, we should just not open the pages of her periodical. The Village President has moved beyond his stories about the origins of street signs or the use of Indian names on our streets. He is selectively identifying state and local codes that reinforce his bigger goals of reducing citizen involvement and interaction.

In his most recently disguised editorial in Fox Point of View, the Village President has used two other ploys in his defensive arguments against citizen involvement. First, he employs reductio ad absurdum, holding that trustees cannot listen to the interests of residents because to do so would be against the open meeting law. That is factually incorrect. Second, he uses a straw man argument, refuting a position that in fact his "well-meaning reformers" have not advanced.

Throughout the campaign that led to his election, I consistently pointed out that I believe him to be a good man who could lead the board and continue the work of his predecessor. I still believe that. However, I failed to recognize the depth of his opposition to resident involvement.

07/05/2017

Why has Fox Point's new Village President sought to limit citizen input and silence our voices? What is the precedent for a Village President here to use an advertiser-supported free magazine to provide his rationale for limiting resident access to decision makers? Is this one-way communication more comfortable or familiar than actual discourse?

The status quo for the past decade was been limited resident involvement except at monthly board meetings. Calls for surveys, newsletters, and village mailings had been met with excuse after excuse until it boiled over several years ago in calls for a new Village Manager. Now, with a much improved staff (Manager, Deputy, Clerk, and Deputy Clerk) we have more and better responses to resident concerns and interests before they need to be brought to the Board.

When I recently visited more than 500 homes in Fox Point, I met people who rarely left the house because of age or infirmities. I met moms and dads with children hanging on to their legs, wide-eyed at the sight of a stranger ringing the bell. I heard people inside who didn't respond to a knock on the door and saw their disabled door bells. I met residents who spoke little to no English and others who had no idea that Village Board meetings were public (so much for public notice).

While doing doors, I heard praise for our sanitation staff and other public works crew. Two families went so far as to say they'd move if our garbage collection were outsourced. People expressed their appreciation for Fox Point Farmer's Market, but some were unaware that it was not a Village sponsored activity. People like our pool, the bike path, our ravines, the lake, and our trees. They told me they thought the Weekly Administrative Report was helpful and like other minutes and agendas online. They thought that our voting arrangements have been good, but got even better in the past two years. Even the dog poop stations on Lake Drive got a shout out!

But residents also talked about their concerns. Many distrust the Board's relationships with property developers. Even those who never heard of a Comprehensive Plan, expressed the need for one. They expressed concern over our aging population and wanted to know what could be done to attract and retain more families with children. They complained about traffic violations, especially speeding, on Dean Rd., Bradley Rd., Regent Rd., and Santa Monica. They asked what ever happened to adult swim in the morning and afternoon, why lighting ordinances are not updated, and how building code violations are ignored or permits ignored.

Fox Point residents, those providing praise and those expressing concerns, do not need to be thwarted in attempts to be heard. Rather, they need greater access to participatory government. The Village President has elected to publish in Fox Point of View constraints to citizen input instead of seeking opportunities. What is his point and why is Fox Point of View giving him this platform?

The following message appeared in the Fox Point administrative report today. It is from the North Shore Health Departmen...
06/23/2017
North Shore Health Department Community Health Assessment Survey

The following message appeared in the Fox Point administrative report today. It is from the North Shore Health Department and provides a link to a "Community Health Assessment" survey. I am ambivalent about passing it along because it is so poorly constructed that it will likely produce nothing of use. However, perhaps if enough people express their consternation in the comment section at the end, it will be jettisoned as it should be.
At issue here is the future of public health in our area. It is woefully inept and has been for many years. Now we get to give opinions about what is important instead of providing facts to people so reasonable decisions can be made. Many respondents, for example, will cite the high cost of health care as a pressing issue because they don't know about the high STI rates among Nicolet teens or the rising prevalence of ticks. Arghhh!

"The North Shore Health Department developed a short survey to collect feedback from the residents of the North Shore to identify which health issues are perceived to be of highest priority. Responses will be used to highlight the health needs of the community in the North Shore Health Department’s 2017 Community Health Assessment. All responses will be anonymous. If you are interested in providing feedback, please complete the survey at the link below."

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It will be especially important to hear the rationale any decisions made about these two agenda items at the village boa...
06/13/2017

It will be especially important to hear the rationale any decisions made about these two agenda items at the village board meeting tonight.

7. Old Business: Village Board Room Improvements
The Village Board will discuss and may act regarding the possible changes to the Village Board Room.

8. New Business: Policies and Procedures for Receiving Public Comment on Village Board Agenda Items
The Village Board will discuss and possibly act with regard to policies and procedures for receiving public comment on agenda items for Village Board meetings

06/13/2017

Just one of the important agenda items for tonight's village board meeting:

Petition for Planned Development Overlay District Rezoning, 217 West Dunwood Road (A.K.A. a Portion of the Dunwood School Property)
The Village Board will receive comments and input regarding specific proposed project development plans and the Petition of Mandel Group, Inc., for rezoning property located at 217 West Dunwood Road (a.k.a. a portion of the Dunwood School property) to add the Planned Development Overlay District to the existing Institutional District classification of a portion of the property, and thereafter may consider and take action regarding the ordinance to adopt the zoning amendment.

06/08/2017

The Fox Point Pool will be open at 9:00AM, Monday through Friday, for parents that want to bring their toddlers (age 3 and under) to swim in the small pool. Membership is required. Regular programming will continue in the main pool.

06/03/2017

Early this morning after a run with Dexter, I hit the bike path again, this time to pull garlic mustard before the rain came. Many of us can help our natural environment in small but meaningful ways.

05/16/2017

This is in response resident interests! Thanks to FP staff for making this happen.

"The 2017 Fox Point Pool season is making some changes!

"ADULT SWIM will be available from 7:00am to 8:00am.

"4TH OF JULY HOURS will be extended to 10:00am to 5:00pm.

"SEASON EXTENDED: Pool Staff is still working out the details, but we would really like to have limited hours available up until Labor Day. Staff hasn't set hours or dates in stone, but we are working on it and will update you as soon as possible!"

05/10/2017

Last night, after congratulating the newly composed Village Board, I asked that they immediately address committee and board structures in Fox Point.

In particular, the Village needs to name all of its boards and committees online, describe their functions, identify who their appointees are and their terms. Further, all appointees should list their possible conflicts of interest annually or more frequently if new issues arise. Currently it is not possible to determine if decisions are being made with a quorum present. Draft minutes should also be posted within 10 days of meetings so that attendance can be known by residents and items that warrant reconsideration can be known before it is too late to request that.

Basic meeting hygiene would prevent a lot of resident upset.

Greg Ollman was sworn in as Trustee last night at Fox Point Village Hall. Well done, Greg.
05/10/2017

Greg Ollman was sworn in as Trustee last night at Fox Point Village Hall. Well done, Greg.

Celebrating Greg Ollman's victory today with many smart, hard-working, and committed volunteers.
04/09/2017

Celebrating Greg Ollman's victory today with many smart, hard-working, and committed volunteers.

What a ride! Congratulations to Greg Ollman on his victory, becoming a new trustee for Fox Point. One of the big perks o...
04/05/2017

What a ride! Congratulations to Greg Ollman on his victory, becoming a new trustee for Fox Point. One of the big perks of campaigning for the past three months has been becoming friends with Greg and the Ollman family. Fox Point is so fortunate to have them in our community.

I thank the three dozen active volunteers who worked so hard on my campaign. Ann, Anne, Barbara, Carl, Jan, Jane, Jim, Jose, Josh, Judy, Libby, Liz, Mary, Megan, Nancy, Robin, Shirani, Sumith, and many, many more -- your support has been life-changing.

After my late husband died, I recall walking around for a year saying to myself, "Who knew that loss could be this big?" I wanted to go to every widow and widower I knew and apologize for never quite understanding their depth of grief.

And now, at the end of this campaign, I am similarly struck by how amazing this degree of support can be. When Bernie or Hillary or Barack or others say, "I am humbled by your support," they mean it.

And I do, too. Thank you for what you have taught me about you -- and about me.

In the next month, we will regroup. Let's figure out together what's next.

9 hours to vote today at Village Hall. Get your vote on!
03/31/2017

9 hours to vote today at Village Hall. Get your vote on!

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