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West Allis would be home to first CiCi's in state

Jan. 28, 2010 4:04 p.m. | The first CiCi's Pizza Buffet in Wisconsin is set to open in West Allis later this spring, owner/operator Paul Tate said.

The 3,600-square-foot restaurant will combine the spaces of the former Johnny V's and Panchero's restaurants in the Shoppes on 100, 2927 S. 108th St.

CiCi's will feature an all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffet, Tate said. All food is prepared fresh each day at the restaurant.

Tate said he was drawn to the franchise after eating at a Minneapolis CiCi's. After doing more research and attending a franchising expo in Milwaukee, he decided to give the business a shot.

"We thought it would be very good for the Wisconsin area," said Tate, whose background is in the retail grocery business.

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Greenfield School Board nixes funding to explore charter school idea

Nov. 25, 2014 4:29 p.m. | The Greenfield School Board on Monday decided against helping to fund a private company to look into establishing a multi-district charter school.

The request seemed like the cart was before the horse, said School Board President Cathy Walsh.

"We didn't feel it was appropriate to finance another entity's exploration of something we didn't ask for," she said after the meeting. "We're not saying no, we're saying no to funding."

In addition, the charter school proposed would focus on two areas that the Greenfield schools are already working on to bring to the entire student body, she said. Those are inquiry- and project-based learning and career education, she said.

The charter school proposal came out of discussions by the Forward Thinking Communities group that includes Greenfield, Greendale and Whitnall school districts. While Greenfield collaborates with the other school districts on many other things, Greenfield isn't ready for the charter school idea, Walsh said.

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Layton Avenue entrance to Greenfield High School among road proposals

Nov. 25, 2014 12:48 p.m. | Greenfield — A road to Greenfield High School from Layton Avenue to relieve daily backups at the school is among the 2015 proposed road projects the Greenfield Common Council authorized last week.

"That would certainly alleviate some of the problems we have," said Greenfield School Board President Cathy Walsh. The school is located at Layton Avenue and 60th Street and both its driveways are on 60th.

The new road would be east of the baseball field.

However, much remains to be done before the council approves actual construction contracts for any of the projects.

The council also authorized three other projects around the high school. One would extend the same road that will go into Greenfield High in the other direction across Layton Avenue to serve the Meijer super store planned for Layton and 60th. The two other projects are resurfacing Layton Avenue from Loomis Road to 76th Street and resurfacing 60th Street from Layton Avenue to Cold Spring Road.

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Whitnall School District makes AP honor roll

Nov. 24, 2014 11:00 a.m. | The Whitnall School District is one of 547 school districts in the United States and Canada, and one of 27 in Wisconsin that have earned places on the College Board's AP District Honor Roll for their successes in advanced placement courses.

Advanced placement or AP courses are college-level courses offered in high schools. Students can receive college credit if their final exam scores are high enough or they can have a better chance to get into college.

Since 2012, Whitnall has increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of three or higher, both important factors in being named to the honor roll.

Inclusion on the 2014 AP District Honor Roll was based on three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014.

Hearings next week on I-94 ramps deemed critical to West Allis

Nov. 24, 2014 10:40 a.m. | The first of two public hearings will be held soon to determine whether the ramps at Interstate 94 that West Allis officials and many businesses feel are crucial will be reinstalled.

The ramps at 60th Street/Hawley Road are in danger of not being reinstalled because the I-94 construction project will widen the freeway. Reinstalling the ramps would disturb graves at the Wood National Cemetery.

The state Department of Transportation has said flatly that no graves will be disturbed, even though it acknowledges in its environmental impact statement that losing the ramps would harm businesses along 60th, would harm West Allis' efforts to redevelop the area and would dump so much traffic onto National and Greenfield avenues that street parking might have to be eliminated.

The first hearing will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 3, in the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, gate 5, 640 S. 84th St.

The second hearing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Marquette University High School, 3401 W. Wisconsin Ave.

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West Allis residents to name qualities needed in new superintendent

Nov. 24, 2014 9:34 a.m. | The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board is inviting residents to help choose a new superintendent by filling out a candidate survey or attending a community forum.

The survey results will be used to create a leadership profile which will then be used in the recruitment phase of the search. The online survey will be posted on the district website,, from Dec. 1 to 15.

Focus groups and community forum also will be dedicated to defining the qualifications and attributes to be sought in the candidates. The forum will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 in room 710 of the Administration, Recreation and Community Services Building, 1205 S. 70th St.

The School Board has hired the firm of Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates to lead the search for a new superintendent.

Currently, the district is being headed by Interim Superintendent Paul Strobel, who retired recently as superintendent of the Mukwonago Area School District, which he served for 31 years.

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Greenfield council approves 2015 budget after no one speaks at hearing

Nov. 19, 2014 1:56 p.m. | Greenfield — After no one commented for or against the proposed 2015 Greenfield budget that calls for an estimated property tax increase of $46 for the owner of a home assessed at $200,000, the common council unanimously approved the budget last week.

The 2.9 percent property tax levy increase translates to a property tax rate hike of 23 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, bringing the rate to $8.36 per $1,000.

The $22.8 million levy will pay for 49 percent of the $48.5 million budget for 2015, Mayor Michael Neitzke told the council.

Fees the city charges for various services account for 17 percent of the budget; state aid in various forms accounts for 12 percent; license and permit fees, 2.8 percent; and municipal fines, 1.4 percent.

Total spending will rise 4 percent with the 2015 budget being $48.5 million, compared with $46.7 million in 2014. But the general fund, regarded as the operating budget would rise 1.89 percent to a total of $24.4 million.

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Draft report admits economic harm to West Allis of likely ramp closure

Nov. 19, 2014 1:24 p.m. | West Allis — Eliminating the Hawley Road/60th Street ramps to Interstate 94 would hobble West Allis's efforts to help the area recover after the loss of manufacturing giant Allis-Chalmers and would probably result in the loss of some of the progress that has already been made.

Those are among the conclusions in a draft environmental impact statement of the Wisconsin of Department Transportation on the Interstate 94 widening and potential closing of the Hawley Road/60th Street ramps.

However, despite the likely harm, closure is still being recommended because state officials are adamant about not disturbing graves in the Wood National Cemetery that are in the way.

Federal agencies that protect sites on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the veterans cemetery at Wood, are defending the site.

But the veterans cemetery is not the only one flanking I-94. Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Jewish cemetery and Spring Hill cemetery officials have strongly requested that the project place the highest priority possible on avoiding direct impacts to the cemeteries, the statement says.

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Low registrations cause drug, alcohol program postponement at Whitnall

Nov. 17, 2014 3:56 p.m. | The Your Choice drug and alcohol awareness program scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Whitnall High School, has been postponed.

As of Monday, school officials said only a limited number of people had registered.

Officials will either set a new date and time or possibly give the presentation at a school assembly during the school day in an effort to reach more students.

West Allis has possible developer for former lime pit

Nov. 11, 2014 7:00 a.m. | A former lime slurry disposal pit, bought and cleaned up by the City of West Allis, apparently has attracted a prospective developer.

The West Allis Community Development Authority, at its Tuesday night meeting, is to discuss a purchase option for the 11.6-acre parcel east of S. 67th Place at W. Rogers St., according to the meeting agenda.

That option is being sought by Dickman Co., a local commercial real estate brokerage, the agenda said. Neither Dickman's chairman, Samuel D. Dickman, nor John Stibal, West Allis development director, could be reached for comment.

The city has been marketing the site as the Juneau Highlands Business Park, with Cushman & Wakefield/Boerke Co. listing the property for sale. It is among several former heavy industrial sites that West Allis has been seeking to redevelop for light industrial use.

The Juneau Highlands property could accommodate a 150,000 square-foot industrial or manufacturing building, according to Boerke Co.

Suburban roundup: Week three of the WIAA football postseason

Nov. 10, 2014 10:45 a.m. | Big plays, big mistakes, dominant defenses, and last second heroics. Such were the key factors of week three football in the WIAA postseason.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Homestead pulled off a miraculous last-minute drive and converted a two point attempt to defeat rival Cedarburg 15-14.

-Arrowhead scored on multiple big plays to defeat Mukwonago, 28-10. PHOTO GALLERY: Arrowhead vs. Mukwonago.

-Darlington managed to contain Lake Country Lutheran's explosive halfback Adam Tovar en route to a 41-12 win.

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Election roundup: How the Milwaukee suburbs and Lake Country voted

Nov. 05, 2014 1:09 p.m. | The Republican strongholds of Waukesha and Lake Country, as well as the majority of the Milwaukee suburbs, voted decisively in favor of incumbent Governor Scott Walker. Referendums for increased funding in various municipalities and school districts were mostly successful.

A roundup of our coverage:

INTERACTIVE: See how your community voted and how it stacked up against its neighbors.

-The search is on for Brad Schimel's successor for Waukesha DA post.

-Unexpected turnout slows voting in Lisbon.

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Greenfield ups emergency preparedness

Nov. 05, 2014 12:54 p.m. | The city of Greenfield will boost its emergency preparedness with the Common Council's decision to hire an emergency management coordinator next year.

The coordinator will update the city's emergency operations plan and make sure police and firefighters are trained and ready to put it into action.

All that will be a full-time assignment, Assistant Police Chief Paul Schlecht said. Later however, the coordinator, who would have the rank of police captain, could help the shift captains with some of their duties, he said.

The $150,000 cost arose as a concern in view of the furloughs and wage freezes that had to be imposed only two years ago. There also was a concern that the money might be better spent putting another officer on the streets.

The coordinator would be one of three officers added in the 2015 proposed city budget, with two being patrol officers. The addition of the total of three officers brings police staffing back up to the 2005 level but not to the 2000 level, officials said.

No more tag and bag, Advanced Disposal official says

Nov. 05, 2014 1:39 a.m. | Many New Berlin residents who don't want the city to start picking up refuse because they like the less expensive bag and tag option with Advanced Disposal will lose that option March 31.

Jason Johnson, Advanced municipal market manager for southeastern Wisconsin, confirmed that the company plans to drop bag and tag. The option enabled people to pay by the bag, rather than pay a set amount for trash and recycling pickups.

Advanced already serves more than 6,000 homes in New Berlin and fewer than 15 percent use tag and bag, Johnson said.

On Monday, Nov. 10, the New Berlin Common Council will try to decide whether the city should contract with a private hauler for refuse pickups. That could mean a 50 percent saving for most residents who now contract privately with haulers, officials said.

Advanced is the recommended hauler for a citywide contract, following a bidding process that was done in May, Johnson said. The company and the city are negotiating the details so the council has the information it needs on Monday.

Daniel Riemer wins Assembly District 7

Nov. 04, 2014 11:56 p.m. | Voters returned Democrat Daniel Riemer to the state Assembly in District 7 in voting Tuesday.

Riemer scored a solid victory over Republican opponent Scott Espeseth, capturing an unofficial 56 percent of the vote.

District 7 includes West Milwaukee and parts of West Allis and Greenfield.

"It's a great honor," Reimer said Tuesday.

Joe Sanfelippo re-elected in Assembly District 15

Nov. 04, 2014 11:31 p.m. | The race for Wisconsin Assembly District 15 has gone to Republican Joe Sanfelippo who captured 63 percent of the votes in Tuesday's election.

Sanfelippo, who was running for a second term in the Assembly, was challenged by Democrat John Weishan Jr.

District 15 includes parts of West Allis and New Berlin.

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