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News and Notes

June 26, 2012

Apply now for seat on West Allis School Board

West Allis - Residents of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District who are interested in filling the seat on the School Board left vacant by the resignation of George Sotiros may apply until 4 p.m. July 13.

The appointee will serve until the April 2013 election.

School Board President Susan Stalewski is asking applicants to submit a written biography, including employment history and any involvement in local public schools.

Applications should be mailed to or dropped off at the Educational Administration Center, 1205 S. 70th St., 5th Floor, West Allis, WI 53214, Attention: Susan Stalewski, board president.

Candidates may be called upon to meet with the board.

Crazy Horse closes temporarily

West Allis - Crazy Horse, 9440 W. National Ave., temporarily closed voluntarily June 16 and will remain closed through June 30, under an agreement the owner reached with the city of West Allis that was taking action against the tavern because of some police incidents.

The most serious incident was a conviction in municipal court last fall for allegedly allowing a woman who was an underage drinker in the tavern after closing in 2010, said assistant city attorney Jenna Merton. That conviction is being appealed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

The other two incidents were fights - one inside and the other outside the bar, both in 2011, Merton said.

Although not admitting any wrongdoing in any of those incidents, the owner stipulated that the city had enough grounds to close the bar down for a while, Merton said.

When it reopens, the bar will be under new management and a new name, Rhino.

Richlen resignation opens up School Board seat

Greenfield - David Richlen has resigned from the Greenfield School Board because his family is moving to Franklin.

The family, which is expecting a third child in November, decided that their house in Greenfield is too small, Richlen explained. They want to move to Franklin to be closer to grandparents.

"I enjoyed being on the board," Richlen said Tuesday.

His term expires in April 2013 when an election will be held to fill a new three-year term.

Because the School Board may appoint someone to serve until then, the board is asking for anyone wanting to be considered for appointment to submit a written letter of interest and is strongly encouraged to include a resume with qualifications to Cathy Walsh, School Board Clerk, School District of Greenfield Board of Education and Administration Center, 4850 S. 60th St., Greenfield WI 53220

Applications may be mailed or dropped off no later than 4 p.m. July 16.

Board member backs putting meeting info online

Greenfield - Making the actions of the Greenfield School Board more transparent by putting background information for board agenda items on the district's website was suggested by board member Cathy Walsh on Monday.

"It would help people decide if they want to attend the meetings," Walsh said.

She noted that many districts and municipalities already provide background documents and some also stream meetings on the Internet.

"These kinds of things really help the public understand what's going on," Walsh said.

In her 18 years on the board, one of the major complaints she has heard is that people feel that decisions have been slid past them and that they have been left out, Walsh said.

"The more information we provide, the less criticism," she said.

Walsh brought up the possibility during a discussion of the city's website provider contract, so it was not on Monday's agenda. But Walsh said she would push for a full School Board discussion.

Board doesn't adopt social media restriction

Greenfield - The Greenfield School Board on Monday decided against a policy that suggested staffers cannot post inflammatory or detrimental messages about the schools on social media.

"We shouldn't be going there," said board member Cathy Walsh.

The policy tries to regulate employees' personal private use of social media, Walsh said, adding that the policy might be hard to enforce anyway.

"I would have a hard time saying who decides what's inflammatory," she said.

The policy was suggested so that school officials could do something about inflammatory postings that can bring disruptions to the schools, said Superintendent Conrad Farner.

"It's one more way to minimize disruption to the learning environment," he said.

Instead, the district will give written warnings alerting staff members that their use of social media is not acceptable.

Fashion Bugs slated to close

Fashion Bug, a low-priced women's clothing chain, will soon close in West Allis, Greenfield and elsewhere, the Associated Press has reported.

Charming Shoppes Inc., which owns the 600 Fashion Bug stores nationwide, has been purchased by the Ascena Retail Group Inc., which said it would close the stores by early 2013. Ascena is keeping other parts of Charming Shoppes.

Fashion Bugs are located at 10282 W. National Ave., West Allis, and at 4260 S. 76th St., Greenfield.

Town Hall meeting set on county budget plan

West Allis - A town hall meeting on Milwaukee County's proposed 2013 budget will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 14 at the City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave.

Accommodations will be made for those with disabilities who call (414) 278-3932 (voice) or (414) 278-3977 (TTY).

Local dancers national champions

West Allis - The junior elite group of the Dance Repertoire, 2028 S. 114th St., won first place in the Legacy National Dance Championships held on June 17-20 in the Wisconsin Dells.

The group performed a musical theater piece, "Luck Be A Lady."

Studio owner Debbie Berry won the Best Choreographer Award for her choreography of that dance.

Dance Repertoire was one of only two dance studios in Wisconsin to compete at this competition, which featured more than 20 top studios from around the country.

Wild Bill's Saloon to close after 22 years

West Allis - After 22 years in West Allis, Wild Bill's Saloon, the bar that has been the quintessential "corner bar," with the sound of dice hitting the bar and the jukebox blasting, will close after close of business Friday.

The same bar that many wouldn't step foot in was home to many who didn't see a need to ever go anywhere else, said proprietor Bill Savage, known affectionately as Wild Bill to some and by less amicable monikers to others.

Known throughout West Allis for his tell-it-like-it-is attitude, his opposition to the smoking ban, and his championing of conservative causes, Savage said he had a clientele from both sides of the aisle.

"I had a great time, met some really great folks and have no regrets; it's just time to close this chapter of my life." Savage said.

He works in Madison and his junior high son is just getting into sports and Savage said he wants to have time to coach him.

He hopes to sell the bar at 1454 S. 92nd St., which would then reopen under another name.

Parent group gives $11,257 for SMART Boards

Greenfield - The Maple Grove Elementary School Student Parent Teacher organization brought up their contribution for SMART Boards to $19,236 with Monday's donation of $11,257.

SMART Boards are computer-connected interactive boards that are used like blackboards.

The group did many fundraisers.

"It's really good to see this kind of involvement. Thank-you very much," Greenfield School Board member Pam Sierzchulski said to a director of the group Monday, when the School Board accepted the donation.

"It certainly will be a help to our students," said board member Don Carlson said.

Edgewood Elementary named School of Merit

Greenfield - Edgewood Elementary School, 4711 S. 47th St., was selected by the Wisconsin Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Network as a School of Merit for its implementation of PBIS.

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports is a systemic approach to proactive, schoolwide discipline. The Wisconsin PBIS Network is an initiative funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. PBIS is currently in approximately 40 percent of Wisconsin schools.

Edgewood Elementary was one of 114 schools statewide to be recognized as a School of Merit for the 2011-12 school year.

Project proposals asked for possible 2013 funding

West Allis - The West Allis Department of Development is accepting applications for Community Development Block Grant funding for next year.

The application and instructions are available on the city's website at www.westalliswi.gov/index.aspx?nid=395.

A project must either benefit low- and moderate-income persons or help eliminate slums or blighting influences or meet an urgent need. Projects must also address a priority need designated in the city's Five-Year Consolidated Plan. Those priorities are a) redevelop abandoned industrial sites; b) improve amenities for low- and moderate-income residents and increase business opportunities in a neighborhood commercial district and the Downtown Business District; c) facilitate retention and expansion of jobs that provide family-supporting wages; d) promote school-to-work transition and/or vocational training programs; and e) maintain quality social service programs benefiting low and moderate income and elderly persons.

Requests should be returned to the department by 4 p.m. July 13. More information is available from Patrick Schloss, (414) 302-8468, or Kristi Johnson, (414) 302-8463.

Helmet giveaway declared successful

West Allis - More than 60 families participated in the West Allis Health Department's annual Bike Helmet Give-Away June 6 and the department is calling the day a success.

Bicycle helmets were properly fitted for 98 children, who were instructed to wear their new helmets when riding on anything with wheels such as in-line or roller skates, skateboards, scooters and even small tricycles. Parents also were shown how the helmet should be placed to assure protection.

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