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News & Notes: Feb. 26

Feb. 26, 2013

Restaurant agrees

to $116,00 in back pay

Greenfield - Meyer's Family Restaurant, 4200 S. 76th St., has agreed to pay $116,102 in back wages to 38 employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division that disclosed that the restaurant didn't pay time and a half for hours worked beyond 40 hours in a week.

The company also failed to record all hours worked, paid cash for some hours and kept no record of those hours worked, the cash payments made, or the tips received, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The company has agreed to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, to pay the back wages in full and to implement a system to monitor payroll for overtime hours.

Survey to aid start

of farmers market

Greenfield - A farmers market will be coming to Greenfield this summer, with the exact location and dates to be announced.

The Greenfield Farmers Market Planning Committee is developing the community market with the help of a survey meant to determine community interest and the specifics and logistics for the market.

The online survey may be accessed at surveymonkey.com/s/greenfieldmarket. The survey will run through March 8.

"We strongly believe that a farmers market will be a vibrant addition to the city," Mayor Michael Neitzke said in the news release. "A market providing access to fresh, healthy and locally grown produce will be a great benefit to our residents and will contribute to making Greenfield a better place."

Historical society

at fingertips on web

Greenfield - Anyone curious about what the Greenfield Historical Society is and does can stop by the society's new website at greenfieldhistorical societywi.org.

Retired operations chief

interim business manager

Greenfield - Ronald Nortier, who retired from the Beloit School District in 2009 as executive director of operations, was named the interim director of business services by the Greenfield School Board on Monday.

Nortier was chosen from a field of nine candidates, two of whom were interviewed. He will serve until the School Board appoints a permanent replacement for Kristin Kollath, who has accepted a position with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The board expects to name a successor after it chooses a new superintendent.

Meanwhile, Nortier comes to the Greenfield schools with 36 years of experience in public education. He worked for the Beloit School District from 1985 until he retired in 2009.

Whitnall to do

communitywide survey

Greenfield - A communitywide survey aimed at exploring community priorities as they concern the Whitnall School District will begin, most likely in the first week in March.

The survey will be on the Whitnall School District website, whitnall.com, with the target audience that includes taxpayers, parents, teachers and students.

Among other things, the survey, which should take about five minutes to complete, will include questions about new initiatives in the schools. The last time the district did such a survey was four years ago.

New program offers

job skills, pay, diploma

Greenfield - Whitnall High School will offer students the chance to earn high school credits and a paycheck, while learning jobs skills, at local businesses through the Second Chance Partners for Education program which the Whitnall School Board approved Monday.

Students will apply for the program in which they will start school at an education center in the businesses at 7 a.m. They then will spend the afternoon working and learning on the floor of the manufacturing site. Many times students are offered jobs at the companies where they work after they graduate from high school.

Students in the program will receive diplomas from Whitnall.

Second Chance Partners for Education is already in many other school districts, including West Allis-West Milwaukee.

DECA students

donate 15 tons of food

Greenfield - The Whitnall High School DECA business and marketing club donated more food than any other participating school by far in a recent food drive for the Hunger Task Force.

The Whitnall students collected more than 31,000 pounds of food. The next closest participating school collected 11,000 pounds.

As a thank-you, the Hunger Task Force gave the high school an interactive classroom "smartboard," to be used in the business and marketing classroom.

The more than 50 students in the club used their marketing skills to network with local businesses as part of the food drive.

Citizen Police Academy

offers behind scenes view

West Allis - The West Allis Police Department will offer its spring 2013 Citizen Police Academy beginning March 19 and continuing from 7 to 10 p.m. for nine Tuesdays at the West Allis Police Department, 11301 W. Lincoln Ave.

The Citizen Police Academy is a free 10-week program designed to provide residents with a first-hand look at behind-the-scenes police operations. Weekly topics include police hiring requirements; an overview of the patrol division, detective bureau, and crisis response unit; traffic enforcement; criminal investigations; courtroom testimony; the firearms training system; firing range participation; defense and arrest tactics; a police dog demonstration, the special investigations unit; fingerprinting and forensic evidence; accident investigation reconstruction; OWI enforcement; dispatch; and the Police Reserve Unit.

A framed certificate of completion will be awarded to each person who successfully completes the academy. A background check is conducted prior to admission.

Applications can be picked up at the West Allis Police Department's crime prevention bureau. Call Patty Kompas at (414) 302-8050 for details.

Marco's Pizza

cleared to open

West Allis - A Marco's Pizza restaurant got the go-ahead to open in a portion of a commercial building at 1715-1723 S. 76th St., West Allis.

Marco's Pizza will operate primarily as a carry-out and delivery establishment, but dine-in is an option under the special-use permit granted by the Common Council. The new restaurant won't have a drive-thru or drive-up.

The restaurant will occupy 2,200 square feet of space in a building that also is home to a Subway and Family Video.

Approved hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week.

The only concern aldermen had was possible odor from venting from the kitcen. The owner agreed to have the venting at the roof level that should prevent problems, aldermen said. But there are expensive scrubbers that could be required, if roof venting fails to keep odor down.

Most city employees

finally to see raises

West Allis - Most West Allis city employees who haven't seen a raise since 2010 will get a 2 percent retroactive hike for 2012 and another 2 percent for this year, under a pay proposal the West Allis Common Council has approvedFeb.5.

The measure also gives 2 percent raises for next year.

About 300 city workers not represented by unions are affected, including department heads. It does not cover police and firefighters, who are still represented by unions and negotiate their raises. Police and firefighters did not take raises in 2011, but did receive raises in 2012.

Students create

Indian toran

Greenfield - A fascinating sight now welcomes those who enter the Greenfield Middle School .

A 15-foot toran stands at the school's reception area. The traditional door garland, used in India to welcome guests into homes, is typically placed at the top of a door to bring prosperity and hospitality to those who enter.

The Greenfield Middle School comes from the combined efforts of art studio students who each created a part of the work. Art studio is an after-school enrichment class.

Said teacher Mary Bolyard: "As students expand their awareness and appreciation of other cultures, it can only make the world a better place."

Art Museum shows

student's winning art

West Allis - Art by West Allis Central High School student Serena Stuart will be displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum alongside work by renowned artists all through February.

Serena won a gold key, the highest honor, in the regional competition of Scholastics Art and Writing Competition. Her work will go on to the national competition.

West Allis Downtown

wants artists for Crawls

West Allis - Starting May 16, West Allis downtown businesses will open their doors once again for the Third Thursday Art Crawls, giving local artists and musicians the chance to showcase and sell their work.

West Allis Downtown is looking for artists of all kinds and ages to participate. Painters, musicians, actors and all artists in between will be welcome.

The Art Crawls are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Greenfield Avenue between 70th and 76th streets.

For more information, visit WestAllisDowntown.com or contact Emily at (414) 774-2676.

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