Life's little surprises behind every corner
West Allis - A woman who drove to a recent West Allis License and Health Committee had hoped for the city's permission to tend bar at a local establishment, despite the fact she had a drunken driving conviction.
She left without the city's blessing, plus a ticket for driving after license revocation, after it was revealed during committee questioning that she had lost her license after she failed to attend a court-ordered course for drunken drivers.
One of the committee members piped up that he had seen her pull up in a car right in front of him at City Hall that night, resulting in the citation.
Time to sign up for rec programs, classes
West Allis - The West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation and Community Services Department's fall lineup of program offerings is now in the hands of all school district residents, and registration has begun.
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Jewelry store comes to city for more room
West Allis - Prokop Jewelers has moved from its Southridge Mall location to larger quarters at 10234 W. National Ave.
Owner Mike Prokop said the West Allis store is nearly three times the size of the mall store, enabling Prokop Jewelers to carry more lines of jewelry and offer more services. Among them are jewelry repair and cleaning. It also buys gold, diamonds, platinum, Swiss watches and other items.
The business is family owned and operated with two daughters working there along with Prokop's sister-in-law and best friend as well as other employees.
Prokop Jewelers opened at Southridge in July 2010. Mike Prokop had previously worked for Fred Meyer Jewelers in the mall for 21 of his 27 years in jewelry, becoming the regional manager overseeing 18 stores in the Midwest.
Design student wins Irish Fest poster contest
West Allis - It's not every day that a college student gets to host an autograph session, but Dana Christoph of West Allis will do just that as part of winning Irish Fest's 2012 poster design competition.
Christoph's design was chosen in April as the official 2012 Irish Fest poster after a design contest that included students from Mount Mary College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and MIAD. The contest has been held for the past half dozen years and Christoph is the first Mount Mary student to win.
Christoph, who is entering her senior year at Mount Mary, created the poster as part of a class assignment. The poster melds the historic Irish traditions of music, dance and dress with a new land, Milwaukee.
City mulls request to remove basketball courts
West Allis - With a petition in hand calling for the removal of the basketball courts at Liberty Heights Park, the city will hold neighborhood meetings to discuss in the issue.
Officials said the meetings could lead to alternatives that might not involve removing the hoops.
The residents near the park, 1540 S. 62nd St., complained that games were going on past the 10 p.m. closing, causing noise into the night.
One possibility brought up to deal with that is having portable basketball hoops that could be put away at closing.
The West Allis Common Council put the petition on file Aug.7 to give time for options to be developed and debated.
MADACC gets grant to help lost pets get home
West Milwaukee - The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission in West Milwaukee has been awarded a $6,000 ID ME Animal Tagging Program grant from the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
MADACC is one of only 25 municipal animal care and control agencies across the country to be chosen for this grant program.
Starting this month, MADACC is offering a personalized tag and collar, free to each dog and cat that leaves the shelter, either when returned to their owners or adopted. That way, if they are lost, the pets can be returned home.
The grant covers the cost of an engraver machine, pet ID tags and collars needed to participate in the ASPCA ID ME project.
West Allis official leads consortium to national honor
West Allis - The city's Health department director, Darren Rausch, is chairman of a 13-community consortium that was recognized for exceptional emergency preparedness by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
The organization honored the consortium for being ready to handle large-scale public health emergencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took part in the selection process.
The consortium demonstrated that member agencies can work collaboratively to handle bioterrorism events, new epidemics, natural disasters and other public health related emergencies.
Since 2006, only 270 local public health agencies out of about 2,800 health departments across the nation have received the recognition.
Sponsors, volunteers needed for bigger, better car show
West Allis - The Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District is seeking volunteers and sponsors for the 22nd annual Downtown West Allis Classic Car Show, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 on Greenfield Avenue between 70th and 76th streets.
Greenfield Avenue and all adjacent side streets will be closed to traffic to provide the space for the many activities that will be part of the event.
Last year, more than 4,000 visitors came to the show, and organizers hope to top that by increasing the number of classic cars and activities for families of all ages. To meet that goal, the business district will need even more volunteers and sponsors.
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Podium donated as Eagle Scout project
Greenfield - An Eagle Scout has donated an awards podium to Greenfield High School that is large enough to honor six winning athletes.
Shaun Fleischhacker built the podium with the help of other members of Scout Troop 600 for his Eagle Scout project. He and the troop officially donated the podium to the school at a recent the July 23 Greenfield School Board meeting.
He told the board that, as a member of the school's swim team, he noticed that other schools have such podiums and he wanted Greenfield to have one too, to enhance its image.
Owners have five days to cut grass, if so ordered
West Allis - The time property owners have to mow their grass has been cut to five days, once West Allis tells them to do so.
The city can order owners to cut their grass if it is longer than six inches. Homeowners had previously had 10 days to comply, but city officials said that is too long, especially in wet weather when grass grows quickly.
The city became noticeably untidy in the wet spring from grass growing like weeds especially at foreclosed homes, officials said.
Old freight property could be worth $6 million
West Allis - A $6 million development might be coming to the former Yellow Freight Terminal property at 11528 W. Rogers St., said Patrick Schloss, community development manager.
The city is working with a development firm that has a tenant needing about 60,000 square feet. Although the firm is looking at other locations, a development agreement that would cement the project in West Allis could come in the next two or three months, Schloss said.
Meanwhile, West Allis is working on cleaning any environmental contaminants at the site.
Booster clubs still able to get parking money
West Allis - Once again, the booster clubs of the city's two high schools were able to get money from offering parking on city land across from State Fair Park during fair time.
Although a large hotel development has been announced for the redevelopment area, the parking continued to be available as a revenue source for the groups.
However, this year they have to split those revenues 50-50 with the city, which is more than they contributed last year. But the city will keep the money in the redevelopment district and use it to get the property onto the tax rolls faster.
Customers longing for Silvers' seafood
West Allis - Lovers of the Long John Silver's products, until recently part of a Taco Bell franchise on 60th Street and National Avenue, will now have to fill there taste needs elsewhere.
Like Long John Silver's in Oak Creek and Burlington, the West Allis restaurant shared a building with Taco Bell. That arrangement was fine for years, because both restaurant brands were owned by the same company, Yum! Brands Inc., based in Louisville, Ky.
But last September, Yum sold Long John Silver's, along with A&W, as part of a strategy to devote more of the company's resources to expand in Asian markets.
The Taco Bell franchisees have expanded into the space that the Long John Silvers occupied in West Allis, Oak Creek and Burlington. The nearest Long John Silver location is now in Saukville, north of Cedarburg.
Junior nationals held at Romine's High Pockets
Greenfield - Romine's High Pockets in Greenfield was host to a prestigious 24th annual Billiard Education Foundation Junior National 9-Ball Championships.
More than 130 junior billiard players, ages 8 to 18, from 28 states Billiard players competed for prizes and the chance to represent the United States at the 2012 World Pool-Billiard Association World Junior 9-Ball Championships.
Romine's High Pockets has 42 pool tables.
City objects to streetcar if it means higher bills
West Allis - The West Allis Common Council has approved a resolution objecting to Milwaukee's streetcar plan if utility relocation costs are passed on to non-Milwaukee residents in the form of higher bills.
Some local officials are concerned that relocating underground utility lines used by We Energies, AT&T and Time Warner Cable for Milwaukee's downtown streetcar project will prove costly.
"They can do whatever they want with their money," said West Allis Alderman Dan Roadt, as long as the costs should stay within Milwaukee's borders.
"There are a lot of unknowns here, and we just don't want to absorb it," he said.
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