Friday, February 27, 2015

Popular “Rockin’ in Josten” Summer Concert Series 2015 Lineup

The Rockin’ in Josten Summer Concert Series, returning this summer is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 1, 2015 and will feature local area talent from a variety of musical genres. The 2015 Series includes six concert dates June-August.  Concerts will be free and open to the general public. Musical acts will begin performing at 6:00pm and will continue until 8:30pm. Performers will be located underneath the open pavilion at Josten Park (2280 Town Hall Road).

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, or blankets.  Carry-ins are allowed, however attendees are encouraged to support the Bellevue Lion’s Club and Friends of Bellevue Parks who will be available selling concessions.

Mon. June 1st - The Presidents (genre: variety)
Mon. June 15th - Hurry Up Wait (genre: Pop/Rock)
Mon. July 6th – Talk of the Town (genre: Dixieland Jazz)
Mon. July 20th- The Stage Hoggs (genre: Country) 
Mon. August 3 - The Cougars (genre: Rock n’ Roll)
Mon. August 17 – Rocker (genre: Classic Rock 60’s and 70’s)

Sponsored by Walmart and the Bellevue Lions Club

For more information visit the Village's website at  or contact the Parks and Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Outdoor Tree I.D Workshop - FREE

Trees are cool! Take a walk with Vijai Pandian, UW Horticulture Extension agent to learn to identify unique trees for backyard landscape and their site requirements. Preregister for workshop by July 6, 2015.

Date:        Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Time:        5:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost:         FREE
Location:   UW Extension Office 1150 Bellevue Street, Green Bay, WI

 Register Online -

Classes are funded in part by an Urban Forestry Grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forestry Program as authorized under S.23.097, Wisconsin Statutes. and are made possible by a partnership with UW Extension.  Classes are open to residents and non-residents. 

Village Thanks Departing Director of Parks & Leisure Services

The Village Director of Parks & Leisure Services, Debra Lom, will be departing her position with the Village on Friday, March 6.  The Village sincerely thanks Debra for her service to the Village including her work with our parks, recreation programming, urban forestry, social media, long-range planning and the variety of other duties she managed.  We wish her the best in her future pursuits.  The Village is currently working to fill this position, any questions may be directed to the Village Administrator.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Summer Camp: The Ultimate 21st Century Skills Learning Environment

Summer Camp: The Ultimate 21st Century Skills Learning Environment
It used to be so easy...

Mom was home, and kids wanted to play outside, as we only had seven channels on the television (and no central air). Boy, how times have changed. Technological advances have profoundly affected life, as we know it, including how we raise our children.

Most families rely on two sources for child rearing,(1) What we as parents teach our children at home, and (2) what educators teach our children in school. But there is a third, very important arena that many parents do not consider: What is taught to our children when we, the parents, aren’t with them, when they are away from us and away from school. This is when they are actually most able and willing to learn. This is where the SUMMER CAMP experience comes into play!

PROBLEM: Too Much Technology Consumption

Technology is a drug, and we are the drug pushers.  It’s right in front of our eyes- the two year old scrolling through Mom’s iPhone, kids who can’t ride in a car for more than 2 minutes without a movie playing or a handheld electronic device, and older children addicted to violent video games. We give our children these technological gadgets thinking that it relaxes them, when in fact they are being greatly STIMULATED, suppressing their capability to control their emotions (self-regulate). Today’s children are less able to cope with challenging situations, as most lack resiliency and patience. Kindergarten teachers tell us how their students are no longer able to build large-scale projects, as they get frustrated and quit.

It’s hard to figure out how to mitigate it technology consumption, but when summer comes around and school obligations end, the opportunity is out there for a digital detox in the sun, dirt and sweat of Summer Camp- the only place that kids give up their phones, xBoxes, TVs, computers and THANK YOU for it!

In an unplugged environment, Camp helps children develop emotional self-control, allowing them to find connections within themselves- a vital part of growing up. Camp also provides a unique environment for kids to learn how to share, co-create and collaborate with one another, developing friendship skills along the way.

PROBLEM: 21st Century Skills NOT Taught in School

“21st Century Skills” are defined as the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be competitive in the modern day workforce. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills ( is a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. which is comprised of some of the biggest, most successful businesses in the USA. The p21 organization researched and compiled a list of the specific skills that these companies seek in their new hires. The answers were not the “3 R’s” which our schools focus on, but “the 3 C’s”:
1.    Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
2.    Creativity & Innovation
3.    Communication & Collaboration

They also listed the following life skills as most important for their new employees:
•    Flexibility & Adaptability
•    Initiative & Self Direction
•    Social & Cross-Cultural Skills
•    Productivity & Accountability
•    Leadership & Responsibility

Unfortunately, the newest educational reform uses a term called “Depth of Knowledge” (DOK) which measures the process of transferring and applying knowledge to different situations. While this is a step in the right direction, the new Core Curriculum does not measure collaboration, creativity, initiative, leadership or responsibility- skills that are taught extensively at Summer Camp.

SOLUTION: Children’s Summer Camp

Below is a typical Camp experience, acknowledging 21st Century Life Skills:
•    Parents sign up their children for Summer Camp, children anticipate it for the upcoming months, having inner-conversations, keeping their emotions in check, and imagining what it will be like. (self-control, emotional control, self-distraction).
•    Children get dropped off at Camp, breaking free of their parents and embarking on exciting new experiences (independence, initiative, courage, optimism).
•    Children become part of a group at Camp, sharing responsibilities and working together, all while being a good person. (teamwork, responsibility, accountability, integrity)
•    Children participate in activities throughout their day, including athletics, arts and adventure. They try new things, listen to the staff members, and push themselves and their peers to new heights (aspiration, curiosity, respect, leadership).
•    Children experience the ups and downs of making and keeping friendships (integrity, communication, adaptability, patience).

Camp is the ultimate “depth of knowledge” environment for teaching 21st Century Life Skills.
Like a life-skills multi-vitamin, Summer Camp is supplement for modern society. In a world where parents battle for their children’s attention from video screens, and school teachers focus on teaching for the tests, Summer Camp provides a wonderfully unique environment for learning the skills that parents and future employers yearn for our children to develop- Skills of Character, Skills for Life!

The Village of Bellevue is now taking Summer Camp registrations for 2015. Please visit the Village’s website to download the parent handbook for more details at:

Parent handbooks can also be picked up at the Village Offices or online after January 26th.

All camp REGISTRATION forms are required and must be submitted at the time of registration. Forms are online at or at the Village Offices, 2828 Allouez Avenue.
Register for camp between Feb 9-28
Receive 10% off on all camp related fees!
Residents Starting Feb 9
Non-Residents Starting Feb 16

Article written by Andy Pritikin is the Owner/Director of Liberty Lake Day Camp in Mansfield Township, NJ and the President of the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Village Board Approves Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking In Parks and Trails

At its regularly scheduled meeting on February 11, 2015, the Village Board approved Ordinance No. O-2015-04 as recommended by the Park Commission.  The ordinance prohibits smoking, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes in public parks and trails in the Village of Bellevue.  

The Village parks and trails are intended for the healthy enjoyment of all citizens.  Village staff has reported that smoking and tobacco use in parks has resulted in litter of cigarette butts and other tobacco related waste, which studies have shown can cause environmental degradation and pose a health risk to children and animals.

The objectives of adopting the no smoking ordinance are as followings:
•    Reduction in tobacco-related litter.
•    Reduced fire risk from discarded cigarette butts.
•    Preventing discarded cigarette butts from being ingested by children, pets and wildlife.
•    Reduce the public’s exposure to the negative effects of secondhand smoke, particularly within more sensitive populations including children and older adults.

How will the proposed ordinance be enforced? 

Most jurisdictions that have passed restrictive smoking bans do not intend for staff to proactively patrol areas in search of people smoking in prohibited areas.  Consistent with most jurisdictions that have passed restrictive smoking band staff is recommending, self-enforcement. However, smokers who are in violation may be cited by law enforcement.

What should residents do if they notice a violation of the proposed ordinance? 

If park users notice someone violating any of the park rules, they may politely direct them to the attention of the rules and ask for their understanding, if they feel comfortable doing so. Or, they may ask any present member of the park or recreation staff to remind the violator of the rules.

Any questions on these new regulations can be referred to the Director of Parks and Leisure Services.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tree & Bench Sponsor Program

Through the Memorial Tree and Bench Program anyone can provide a unique dedication to honor a friend, relative, or member of an organization by placing a tree or bench in one of Bellevue’s Parks.
This dedication provides a lasting memory and enhances the meaning of a tree or bench to the others.  The gift is also a valuable contribution to our park system to be used and enjoyed by all.
Tree Sponsors
The cost of a memorial tree is $325.  This price includes the tree, plaque on recognition board, regular maintenance including fertilizing, pruning and mulching.  The trees are 2 – 2 ½ inches in diameter, balled and bur lapped.  Trees will be planted at the appropriate time of the year to ensure optimal growth (typically May & October as weather permits)

Bench Sponsors
The cost of a memorial bench is $725.  The price includes a six foot bench with a back, plaque, and installation on a concrete pad.  Benches will be installed in the Early Summer or Fall.
Click the following link to view a sample bench for an example of what the our benches look like.

How to Order?
To order, please download and complete the following:

    Tree & Bench Sponsor Program Brochure & Order Form

Free Tree Workshops

Pre-register one week prior to workshop start date. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Craig Beyl Named Bellevue Citizen of the Year by BBPA

The Bellevue Business and Professional Association (BBPA) awarded its 2014 Citizen of the Year Award to Craig Beyl for his many years of service to the Village of Bellevue and the community.  Craig is currently serving in his final term as the Village President and will step down in April after serving 15 years.  Craig has also been an active volunteer in the community including extensive service to Paul’s Pantry.

This is the 28th year of the BBPA presenting this award.  The BBPA started in the mid 70’s as a means for local business people to meet and share information.  Today the association includes more than 60 member businesses and 80 representatives from those businesses.  The ideals of the BBPA are to continue to foster growth in the Village of Bellevue, to help improve the quality of life in the Village and to bring business people together to share ideas and thoughts, to share solutions to common problems and to help create an awareness among businesses and residents of the reasons why Bellevue is “A Great Place To Grow”.

Pictured is BBPA Board members Jackie Krull and Steve Mastalir with recipient Craig Beyl on the right.

EAB and Treatment Options Workshop - FREE

Learn to identify emerald ash borer, the killer bug that destroyed millions of ash trees in Midwest and was discovered in the city of Green Bay in 2009. Vijai Pandian, UW Horticulture Extension agent will present on various home owners treatment options on how to prevent and control this exotic bug affecting your ash trees.  Preregister by May 1, 2015

Date:         Monday, May 11, 2015
Time:        6:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost:         FREE
Location:  Bellevue Village Hall / Public Safety Building 3100 Eaton Road 

Register Online -

Classes are funded in part by an Urban Forestry Grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forestry Program as authorized under S.23.097, Wisconsin Statutes. and are made possible by a partnership with UW Extension.  Classes are open to residents and non-residents.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Easter Egg Bonanza Set For April 4th

The Parks and Leisure Services Department has finalized plans for the annual Easter Egg Bonanza. The event which features an egg hunt, egg coloring, crafts, face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny is scheduled for Saturday, April 4th at Josten Park.

Three separate sessions are planned for kids ages 2 through 8 years. Session times are 9:00am, 10:15am or 11:30am. The event is free of charge. Pre-registration is required.
For more information or to register, visit the Village's website at

Volunteers from the Bellevue Lion's Club, Junior Jets 4-H, Friends of Bellevue Parks and Bellevue Firefighter's Association help organize and staff the event.

The 2015 Easter Egg Bonanza is sponsored by American Family Insurance Agent, Dan Van Adestine.

School Release Day Trip to Bubolz Nature Preserve Trip

Join the Village of Bellevue on your day off of school for a trip to Bubolz Nature Preserve
located in Appleton, WI. While at the preserve we will learn all about the history and process of making maple syrup from the sugar bush to the sugar shack.  Enjoy ice cream topped with real, 100% maple syrup. Qualified Village of Bellevue Staff will chaperone the trip. Please eat lunch
prior to trip.

Fee:                                 $18 R/ $23 NR             
Date:                               Friday, March 13
Time:                              12:00-4:00 pm
Ages:                               6-12 years
Pick-up &    
Drop-Off Location:         DeBroux Park
Course Number:             8903.152
 Deadline to register: March 6

Friday, February 6, 2015

Battery Recycling

Please dispose Motor Vehicle batteries properly, 97% of these batteries are recyclable. Motor Vehicle batteries include any batteries from cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, anything with an internal combustion engine. These batteries can be taken to any retailers that sell the batteries for recycling. Retailers should have posted a flyer like the below picture. If purchasing a new one the retailer may not charge, if not purchasing a new one the retailer may charge a fee.

If motor vehicle batteries are not recycled properly they can leak lead and/or acid which can leak into the ground water and/or soil; which can harm the environment. The lead or acid can result in severe injuries if it comes in contact with eyes or skin. The leak can short and result in a fire. It is illegal to incinerate or put these batteries in the landfill.

If you have additional questions on battery recycling, or recycling questions please contact the Brown County Port & Resource Recovery Center website, by phone at 920-492-4950.

Alkaline batteries can be disposed of in regular solid waste receptacles. They no longer pose a health or environmental risk.

Button batteries and rechargeable batteries should be disposed of through the local Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. They still contain certain metals that are hazardous to the environment. Go to or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE(7329253)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Village Board Approves New Regulations for Sex Offenders

At its regularly scheduled meeting on January 28, 2015, the Village Board approved Ordinance No. O-2015-03.  The ordinance repealed the Village’s existing regulations and fully recreated new regulations under the Village Municipal Code, Chapter 373 regarding sex offenders.  To view the new Village ordinance and associated maps that were also updated, please refer to the Village Sex Offender Restrictions page on the Village website.

Key changes made by the new ordinance to existing regulations included:
  • Expansion of Restricted Zones.
  • Expansion of No Loitering Zones from 200 feet to 500 feet.
  • New regulations on residency of designated offenders within 2,500 feet of a Restricted Zone, establishment of a Residency Restriction Map and provisions allowing exceptions for new regulations on residency.
  • New regulations providing a residential density restriction for designated offenders.
  • New regulations prohibiting rental of property to designated offenders.
  • New section providing an appeal process to the Village Board.
Any questions on these new regulations or maps can be referred to the Village Administrator.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Now Taking Registrations for the 2015 Shedd Aquarium Trip

Join us as we explore the “Waters of the World”, “Caribbean Reef”, “Amazon Rising”, ”Wild Reef”, “Abbott Oceanarium”, and the “Polar Play Zone”.  Then at 1:00 p.m. we will view the live animal show.  The aquatic show features a rotating group of Shedd residents. See and hear how animals like beluga whales, sea lions and dolphins at Shedd are cared for every day by their trainers. Then see how the Shedd way of training highlights their incredible natural behaviors. Witness the beauty of aquatic life, feel the connection we all share with the living world and share the responsibility we all have to care for animal life on this planet.     

Meet at Sam’s Club Parking Lot (2470 West Mason Street, Green Bay, 54303) at 7:00 am on Saturday, April 3. Please plan to park near the road and not the store.
We will return 7:30/8:00 pm. The fee for this event is $65.00 a person. Deadline to register is February 13. For more information visit the village website at or call the Leisure Services Department at (920) 468-5225.

This trip is being cooperatively offered by the Recreation Departments of Allouez, Ashwaubenon, Bellevue, Howard and Suamico.

Classes Starting March 12 for Bellevue Citizens Academy

Have you signed up yet for the Village of Bellevue Citizen's Academy?  Thinking about it, but not sure if you can make the commitment. Sign up today or contact us and we'll answer all your questions.  If you can only attend a few classes we are still very happy to accept you as a student. 

The goals of the academy are to provide an educational experience for participants at the same time offering an opportunity for residents and business owners to ask questions and to present their ideas. For many participants this opportunity will lead to an increase in community involvement and volunteerism.

Participants will attend one evening per night over a period of six weeks. Sessions will last approximately an hour and a half. Village staff will facilitate the sessions and provide in depth information on administration, local government, law enforcement, fire protection, public works, budget/finance, community development and leisure services.  There are no tests or grades.

Class Dates: Thursday, March 12; Thursday, March 19; Thursday, March 26; Thursday, April 9; Thursday, April 16; Thursday, April 23; and Wednesday, May 13 graduation at the Village Board Meeting

Cost: FREE

All classes start at 6:00 p.m.  Graduation night will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Classes are held at the Village Hall/Public Safety Building at 3100 Eaton Road and one class will be held at the Village Public Works Building at 2828 Allouez Ave.
Village residency is required and registration is completed on-line through the Village Online Recreation Registration program or in-person at the Village Office (2828 Allouez Ave.).  Contact the Village Administrator with any questions or e-mail