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News & Notes: Nov. 13

Nov. 13, 2012

Cities differ in votes for president, Senate

Greenfield and West Allis were opposites in their support of presidential and Wisconsin's U.S. Senate candidates in last week's general election, though not by wide margins in either race.

Results were not official as of presstime in either community.

But unofficial but updated results in Greenfield show Republican challenger Mitt Romney receiving 10,420 votes to Democrat incumbent President Barack Obama's 9,750. In the Senate race, Republican Tommy Thompson got 10,053 Greenfield votes and Democrat Tammy Baldwin received 9,444 votes.

In West Allis, Obama got an unofficial total of 16,279 votes compared to Romney's 14,775, and Baldwin got 15,474 votes compared to Thompson's 14,508.

In both municipalities, voter turnout, in terms of percentage of registered voters, was heavy - 91.6 percent in Greenfield and 85.8 percent in West Allis. Of those, 26 percent of Greenfield voters voted absentee, and about 20 percent voted absentee in West Allis.

Food drive held for Thanksgiving holiday

Greenfield - Advanced Pain Management, 4448 W. Loomis Road, Suite 202, is holding a Thanksgiving food drive through Nov. 16.

Proceeds will benefit hunger-relief programs, including Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

Participants will be able to track the pounds of food collected on the Advanced Pain Management Facebook page and website, www.apmhealth.com.

Celebrities give boost to Stuff Bus Nov. 21

West Allis - As the first donation event in the Stuff the Bus food drive, the celebrity shopping cart race held at Pick 'n Save at 111th Street and Greenfield Avenue last week raised more than 26,000 meals for families struggling with hunger.

The shopping cart race featuring teams of local media personalities gave each team 99 seconds to race around the store to collect food for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. The team with the highest receipt total won.

In first place was the team of Van McNeil of 99.1 The Mix and Annie Scholz of Today's TMJ4, with a total tab of $3,004.52.

In second place was the team of Elizabeth Kay of 99.1 The Mix and Justin Williams of FOX6, raising $1,176.49. In third place were Kidd O'Shea of 99.1 The Mix and Portia Young of WISN 12 $1,114.58.

The food drive continues. Residents can contribute food or money to Stuff the Bus from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at Pick 'n Save. The goal this year is 225,000 pounds of food.

School band wins $1,000 drawing

Greenfield - Don and Robb Hensiak, owners of Griddlers Café, presented a $1,000 Cascio Music shopping spree to the Greenfield Middle School band.

Griddlers Café celebrated its first anniversary in October and customers entered their favorite music program into a drawing for the gift card.

Students work toward 'Oklahoma!' opening

Greenfield - Greenfield High School's production of "Oklahoma!", which opens Nov. 30, will feature Matt Clarey and Angela Jaeger in the featured roles.

Also handling major roles will be Analisa Mundell-Wachowiak, Connor Zimmerman, Lexie Peterson, Ronald Fuleta, Joey Krasovich and Eli Haas.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, and Dec. 1, 7 and 8 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Giving Tree invitation to spread Christmas love

West Allis - Once again, West Allis will have a Veterans Giving Tree so that disabled veterans without families can have gifts at Christmas.

The Giving Tree at the City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave., will have the names and gift wishes of 39 veterans at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center written on stars that will hang like ornaments on it.

Anyone who wants to make a veteran's Christmas happier can stop by, take one of the ornaments, write their names down and fulfill that wish. Presents are to be brought to the City Hall and the Celebrations Committee members will wrap and deliver them. Notes or Christmas cards to go with the gifts are optional.

The Veterans Giving Tree will be up from Nov. 15 through Dec. 12. The gifts will be delivered Dec. 16.

More information may be obtained from Alderwoman Rosalie Reinke, (414) 543-0587.

Walk-throughs offered to eliminate asthma causes

West Allis - The West Allis Health Department is now offering a new program to identify things in homes that may contribute to asthma symptoms.

In the asthma home walk-through program, a public health professional will walk through a person's home and make recommendations on changes that would improve asthma control.

The walk through takes about an hour. An information packet will be given to each household.

Walk-throughs can be scheduled by coming to the department, 7120 W. National Ave., or by calling (414) 302-8609.

City slates workshop for skate park input

West Allis - West Allis, along with its consultant Spohn Ranch, will host a design workshop Nov. 15 to get input from the local skate community as to what kinds of features they would like in the recently approved skate park.

The workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers in the City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave.

The skating facility is planned for Radtke Park at 84th Street and National Avenue in West Allis.

House of Harley looking toward 2013 events

Greenfield - The House of Harley, 6221 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, is working on three events planned for next year.

They are its Indoor Custom Bike Show on Jan. 25 and 26; its 21st Annual Spring Bike Show, May 18; and the 2013 Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Milwaukee Rally, Aug. 28 to Sept. 2.

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