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City to allow campfires - within reason

June 03, 2010 4:08 p.m. | Just in time for summer, the West Allis Common Council has approved an ordinance that will permit residents to hold outdoor campfires - but with restrictions.

The outdoor fireplace must be enclosed - screened on the top and sides. Residents cannot burn between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.; fires must be tended to by a "competent" person; and devices and cannot be used on porches or decks within 10 feet of a building.

What is still prohibited in West Allis is open burning of leaves and brush, as well as campground-like "fire pits."

Assistant Fire Chief Marty King said the department received letters from residents asking for the ability to enjoy safe fireplaces in their backyards.

At the same time, officials realize the city has a high population density and want to be respectful to neighbors, so the ordinance was drafted as a "common-sense approach" to open burning, King said.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Banks delivers big run as Greenfield rallies

Sept. 12, 2014 10:21 p.m. | Depth and heart won out for the Greenfield football team on a cold and soggy night in Shorewood, as the Hustlin' Hawks football team overcame a 12-0 deficit on the strength of big defensive stops and an electrifying 95-yard fourth quarter TD run by Ezekial Banks to pull out a 20-12 victory over the host Greyhounds.

"We saw some of this two weeks ago when we fell behind 14-0 to Pius (only to pull out a 20-14 victory)," said Greenfield coach Joe Koch. "We're a two-platoon team. We're not as or as fast or as strong as other teams, but we do have big hearts.

"The kids knew that they could come back, and they didn't quit."

The win was the third in a row for the Hustlin' Hawks as they improved to 3-1 while Messmer/Shorewood (Messwood), fresh off its first Woodland win in many years last week against Whitnall, fell to 1-3.

Greyhounds' coach Drake Zortman said his team just ran out of gas.

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Drainage might sink overflow mosque parking in Greenfield

Sept. 10, 2014 3:06 p.m. | A temporary and partial solution to an overflow parking problem around the Al Huda Mosque, 5073 S. 43rd St., Greenfield, may be gone soon.

The Plan Commission on Tuesday recommended 5-2 that a temporary parking lot be removed due to concern about adverse affects on drainage. The recommendation will go to the Greenfield Common Council on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Meanwhile, a second request to change the city's zoning and land use plan to allow the temporary parking lot for the growing congregation to become permanent will go to a public hearing, the commission decided. The hearing will be at one of the Common Council's December meetings.

The temporary lot is gravel and covers the backyard of a home two doors down from the mosque. The gravel lot touches the edge of the regular mosque lot that extends in "L" shaped fashion around the home next door to it. The intent is to pave the lot and put in measures to handle drainage, if the city approves the zoning and land use changes.

Time constraints delay Greenfield consideration of Meijers super store

Sept. 10, 2014 3:05 p.m. | Due to time limitations, the Greenfield review of the proposed Meijer grocery/general merchandise super store proposed for where the Mount Carmel nursing home stood was put off until Oct. 14.

The Greenfield Plan Commission took the action Tuesday when it originally had planned to review the development. A public hearing will be held before the Common Council at one of its November meetings.

The super store needs planned unit development approval, plus site, building and landscaping approval and special use approvals for the store and for a free-standing gas station/convenience store, for alcohol sales in the grocery store and for pharmacy drive-up and outdoor display and sales.

The store is proposed for 5700 W. Layton Ave.

Annual meeting approves nearly no-increase Greenfield school levy

Sept. 09, 2014 9:14 a.m. | After no comments Tuesday from the eight residents who attended the Greenfield School District budget hearing and annual meeting, they and the seven-member School Board approved a virtually no increase $23 million property tax levy for the 2014-15 school year.

The School Board will officially certify the levy Oct. 27 after crucial enrollment counts and state aid numbers are in.

The $23,151,996 levy represents a 0.16 percent increase over last year's levy which was down 7.4 percent, due to higher state aid.

About $1 million more state aid is expected for the 2014-15 school year, helping to offset the $2.5 million or 5.43 percent hike in general fund spending. The general fund is regarded as the operating budget.

The total school budget for 2014-15 is $47,824,123.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

Man shot while driving in Greenfield dies

Sept. 03, 2014 4:36 p.m. | A fatal shooting ended in a car crash that closed a Greenfield intersection for several hours Wednesday, police said.

Around 1 a.m., a car crashed into a sign in the parking lot of the AAA Wisconsin building on the corner of S. 27th St. and W. Bottsford Ave., near Cold Spring Road.

When police arrived, they found two people in the car injured, according to Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt. The driver, a 26-year-old Palmyra man, later died at Froedtert Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. Police did not release his name pending notification of his family.

The passenger, a 27-year-old man, was hospitalized for severe injuries sustained in the crash, Wentlandt said. The passenger, who was not shot, remained at St. Luke's Medical Center. He is expected to survive.

Police found bullet casings along almost a quarter of a mile of 27th St., between Plainfield Ave. and the scene of the crash, Wentlandt said.

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Man who lured teen sex victims via Facebook club gets 225 years

Sept. 03, 2014 3:53 p.m. | A case the prosecutor called one of the worst she'd seen in more than 20 years of handling sex crimes also earned the offender an extraordinary sentence — 225 years.

The more-than-life term should mean previously convicted child molester Robert Wayne Huber will never get another second chance.

"It's a message to him, and to the community," said Miriam Falk, who prosecuted the case.

Huber, 45, had barely left prison and was living at a halfway house in the spring of 2013 when he set up a Facebook club called Kittens Inc.

By the fall, he had used it to lure teenage girls as "members," and wound up exploiting two of them to the point he videotaped himself engaging in bondage sex acts with them, then threatening them and their families harm if they told parents.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29

Aug. 29, 2014 10:27 p.m. | Teams were looking to continue winning ways or bounce back after opening-week losses Aug. 28 and 29.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 2.

14 farmers fooled by fake $50 bills at West Allis market

Aug. 26, 2014 4:24 p.m. | West Allis police are investigating 14 reports of counterfeit bills at the West Allis farmers market from last Thursday.

The vendors all reported receiving phony $50 bills, according to West Allis police chief Charles Padgett.

Padgett said that the police have a description of one suspect, and are still investigating if the suspect acted alone and if the suspect has been spreading the bogus bills elsewhere.

"We have several reports of counterfeit money throughout the year but not similar to the farmers market incidents at this time," Padgett said.

Dan Koralewski, community health environmentalist for the West Allis health department, said this is the first report of counterfeit cash at the farmers market in about a decade.

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Teachers as well as athletes to get coaching in Greenfield schools

Aug. 26, 2014 12:28 p.m. | Officials say the Greenfield schools will take a major step toward better teaching when school reconvenes next week after summer vacation.

It's teachers coaching teachers, a voluntary program that was piloted last year and is now ready to go districtwide.

Research suggests that coaching is far more likely to result in actual change in the classroom than other forms of inservices, according to information presented by directors of curriculum and instruction Patrice Ball and Charity Eich.

Only five to 10 percent of teachers listening to presentations of teaching theory actually put those theories into practice, even if they saw them modeled, they said.

But coaching has resulted in 80 to 90 percent of teachers putting theory into practice, they said.

Medical group statement supports later Greenfield school start times

Aug. 26, 2014 9:54 a.m. | The recurring issue of later secondary school start times may soon recur in Greenfield after the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement Monday urging high and middle schools to start at 8:30 a.m. or later.

Both the Greenfield middle and high schools start at 7:30 a.m.

The academy's statement based on the latest research was presented to the Greenfield School Board on Monday by Dolores Skowronek, who spearheaded the Greenfield schools examination of all start times and who was chairwoman of the former Greenfield Ad Hoc School Start Time Advisory Committee.

The academy's policy statement says that evidence strongly suggests that start times earlier than 8:30 a.m. lead to insufficient sleep for students and disrupts their sleep rhythms. The academy strongly urges high schools and middle schools to aim for start times that allow students the opportunity to have optimal levels of sleep of 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night.

It warns that adolescent sleep deprivation can lead to greater risk of obesity, of type 2 diabetes because of metabolic dysfunctions, increased risk of car crashes, less physical activity, increased risk of anxiety, depression and suicide, poor impulse control and self-regulation, decreased motivation, lower ability to pay attention, cognitive deficits affecting memory and abstract thinking resulting in lower academic achievement and higher dropout rates and mood disorders.

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West Allis proposes financing plan for ex-foundry site

Aug. 25, 2014 2:31 p.m. | West Allis would spend $5.1 million to help redevelop a former foundry into light industrial space and other uses under a new proposal pending before city officials.

The money would be spent within a 14.7-acre tax incremental financing district that encompasses the 11.8-acre former Milwaukee Ductile Iron foundry, and two additional parcels.

The former foundry, south of W. National Ave. and east of S. 68th St., was sold in November to demolition contractor The MRD Group Inc., for $1.05 million. The property was sold by an affiliate of Auburn, Ind.-based Metal Technologies Inc., which closed Milwaukee Ductile Iron in 2009.

MRD is demolishing the former foundry for scrap. Once that work is completed, the city would buy the cleared site and conduct an environmental cleanup, according to the proposal.

City officials expect the tax financing district to include 120,000 square feet of light industrial space, and 60,000 square feet of additional commercial space, with the new property values totaling nearly $12 million. Property taxes from those new buildings would pay back the city's funds within 27 years, a city Department of Development report said.

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Mason's scoring spree leads Slinger past Whitnall

Aug. 22, 2014 11:41 p.m. | Senior running back Jacob Mason rushed for five touchdowns and scored a total of 38 points as visiting Slinger spoiled the debut of new Whitnall head coach Jared McGranahan with a 44-16 victory over the host Falcons.

Mason, who also serves as the Owls placekicker, scored on runs of 30, 10, 8, 5, and 4 yards as Slinger controlled the line of scrimmage from the opening kickoff. His 30-yard scamper on Slinger's first offensive possession got the Owls on the board, and his 33-yard field goal on their second drive staked them to an early 10-0 lead.

"If you aren't where you need to be, and you don't use proper technique, you won't get a second shot against that young man (Mason)," said McGranahan. "He took a few long on us, and he is a heck of a player.

Whitnall answered with an offensive drive deep into Slinger territory, but Falcons quarterback Tyler Merritt was intercepted looking for receiver Michael Grim on an out route, as Slinger defensive back Jesse Bellefeuil undercut Grim to make the play at the Owls 10-yard-line. Bellefeuil, who muffed a punt that Slinger recovered on the previous series, returned the interception all the way to Whitnall's 36-yard line, and Mason would hammer home his second touchdown of the game three plays later. Bellefeuil's show of mental toughness was not lost on his head coach.

"I always tell our kids that when they make a mistake, they are going to get another opportunity to make a play," said Slinger head coach Bill Jacklin. "These games are really momentum driven, and that play helped us greatly."

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 1.

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