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News & Notes: Aug. 13

Aug. 13, 2013

Contractor picked

for western leg of trail

West Allis — Work will soon begin on the western portion of the cross-town connector bicycle trail that will connect with the New Berlin recreation trail on the west end and eventually could link up with the Hank Aaron State Trail.

The Common Council last week approved an $828,878 contract. All but $240,000 will be covered by grants.

The city will pay its share with federal Community Development Block Grant dollars and money from an equity investment fund the city created. No property taxes will be used.

Discussion about funding arose in the Public Works Committee with Alderman Marty Weigel saying, "Why don't we pay for this the same way as roads and sidewalks?"

"Because a lot less people use it," countered Alderman Michael Czaplewski. "I don't want to borrow for it."

If it were easier for people to use bike trails, more people would ride on them, Weigel said.

The paved off-road cross-town trail, along an old interurban railroad bed, will come out of Greenfield Park and be parallel to and a little south of Greenfield Avenue between 124th and 108th streets. The cross-town trail will connect on its west end with the New Berlin Recreation Trail, which in turn leads to other trails going across Wisconsin to the Mississippi River.

City officials hope to complete the two eastern sections of the trail in future years to link up with the Hank Aaron State Trail.

West Allis Police again honored for excellence

West Allis — Praising the West Allis Police Department for "commitment to excellence" and for exemplifying the best professional practices, Stan Stojkovic of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group presented Police Chief Charles Padgett with a plaque declaring that the department has won accreditation for the next three years.

Of the more than 600 police departments in Wisconsin, only about 40 have won accreditation, Stojkovic said.

"This is an achievement very few departments get," Stojkovic said.

West Allis has won it a number of times.

"It's very clear that the West Allis Police Department is a leader in this state," said Stojkovic, dean and professor of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Padgett said the award is a tribute to the officers in the department who have worked as a team during a time of tremendous staff turnover due to retirements.

Forward Thinking group

to hold kickoff at gardens

Greenfield — Leaders from Whitnall Park's surrounding communities will kick off Forward Thinking, a project that seeks to help local government, public schools and residents work together for the benefit of all.

The formal kickoff ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive.

The event will take place just before the Concerts in The Gardens, an ongoing seasonal event at Boerner

Representatives from Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners and the school districts serving those communities will be involved and invite the public to join them.

"Extraordinary schools contribute to an extraordinary community," LuAnn Bird, volunteer coordinator of Forward Thinking and member of the Whitnall School Board, said in a press release. "We believe that what happens in our schools affects everyone in the community. We hope to engage citizens to learn what they want and need for the schools and for the community."

Over the next six weeks, Forward Thinking will host public conversations and listening sessions to develop a community agreement between the schools and participating communities.

For more information, contact Bird at (414) 235-8310 or lbird@whitnall.com.

Police climb to roof

for good cause

West Allis — Throughout the state Friday, law enforcement officers, including some in West Allis and West Milwaukee, will stake out Dunkin' Donuts rooftops for a special cause.

On their own time, from 6 to 11 a.m., officers will be on the Dunkin' Donuts rooftop at 2865 S. 108th St. in West Allis and at 2068 Miller Parkway in West Milwaukee to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin.

In return for police officers "doing time" at their restaurants, Dunkin' Donuts will donate $5,000 to the run. In addition, each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and donates to the Torch Run will receive a free medium hot or iced coffee coupon.

Last year, Wisconsin police officers raised nearly $14,000 from atop 13 Dunkin' Donuts rooftops for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

New therapy office

specializes in treating pain

Greenfield — Those who are dealing with pain from an injury, accident, or everyday activity have a new resource for physical therapy with the opening of Athletico Physical Therapy, 4749 S. 76th St.

The clinic offers physical therapy, post-operative rehabilitation, work rehabilitation, work conditioning, functional capacity evaluations, sports medicine and complimentary injury screens.

Transportation services are also available for patients who need help to get to appointments.

Scott Law is the facility manager and treating physical therapis. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology in 2002. He then received a doctor's degree in physical therapy in 2005 from Marquette University.

He began his career as a physical therapist in 2005 working at Athletico Arlington Heights.

Groups welcome

to dispay art, infomation

Greenfield — The Greenfield Public Library is accepting applications from local nonprofit civic and cultural groups and clubs to display their artwork and other small items or information about their group in the display case in the library lobby.

The library is at 5310 W. Layton Ave.

For more information, visit the library's website at greenfieldlibrary.org and click on the display case use tab.

To check available dates, contact Michelle at (414) 321-9595, Ext. 101, or by email to michelles@greenfieldwi.us.

Library needs gently used

books, movies, music

Greenfield — The Greenfield Public Library is reminding people that it always needs used books, audio books, movies and music for its Never-Ending Book Sale, an ongoing sale of used materials.

Donations are accepted at the check-out desk. Several types of materials cannot be accepted because they don't sell. Those include books published before 2003, textbooks, VHS tapes, cassette tapes and magazines.

Sale proceeds benefit the library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

For more information, call the library at (414) 321-9595, Ext. 101.

Recreation lineup

online and in homes

West Allis — The West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department's Fall Activity Guide is now available on its website, wawmrec.com.

The department offers a variety of adult and youth sports, enrichment, aquatic and fitness programs for all ages.

Activity guides also were to be delivered to homes in early August, and online, mail-in or drop-off registration started Aug. 12. In-person and call-in registrations start Aug. 19, and nonresident registration starts Aug. 26.

More information is available from the Recreation Department, (414) 604-4925.

Animal Rescue Center

closing in Greenfield

Greenfield — The Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center, which moved to Greenfield in January, will close.

The owners have announced that the center will disband because the need has diminished and because of the cost of staying open.

The center had previously operated at Southridge in Greendale and had found homes for more than 4,000 dogs and cats that otherwise would have been euthanized. Its Greenfield location was 5217 S. 51st St.

The Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center only took in cats and dogs from other shelters where the animals would have been euthanized. Adoptable cats and kittens lived at the center. Dogs, young kittens and injured cats and dogs were cared for in foster homes.

HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is helping as the center disband.

The center began in 2005 with the help of HAWS, as an adoption program for animals from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. But with MADACC starting its own inhouse adoptions and with more support from other area shelters the need for the rescue center is diminished.

The rescue center's network of foster homes and volunteers has been invited to join HAWS.

Pets still not placed are in volunteer foster care homes and are available for adoption by appointment, with ARC maintaining a web presence to promote those animals until all are matched with families.

This year's fair

way better than fair

West Allis — Wisconsin State Fair Park officials announced that the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair was a big year year on many levels.

Mild temperatures, low humidity and very little rain served as a backdrop for a nearly 10 percent increase in attendance over the 2012 fair, they said. More than 1 million visited the fair this year compared with 920,962 last year. This was the largest reported attendance since 1969, though truly accurate attendance records, based on the scanning of tickets at the gates, have only been available since 2002.

All three major auctions during the fair were successful. The Governor's Red, White & Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction raised $239,750, nearly $18,000 more than 2012. The Grand Champion Steer exhibited by Dan Spoerlein sold for $30,000. The Governor's Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction raised more than $80,000 and set a new record for the Grand Champion Flavored Bacon, from Newton Meats, which sold for $6,200. The Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction raised more than $30,000.

Much of the money raised at these auctions contributes to youth scholarships.

Fairgoers took more than 120,000 slides down the famous Giant Slide on their burlap sacks, almost 1,400 people were catapulted 170 feet into the air in the Ejection Seat, going from 0-70 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds and more than 16,000 young adults enjoyed the power jump trampolines.

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