Woman's Club drive
gives food for holidays
West Allis — The Women's Club of West Allis collected peanut butter, jelly and macaroni and cheese for children to take home over the holidays.
Also donated were 450 loaves of bread. Most of the recipient children are on the school lunch program.
When Virginia Strukel learned that one boy said he did not have breakfast because it was not his turn, she wanted to make sure the children had food over the holidays when there was no lunch program. So Strukel lead the food drive.
Cold causes accidents,
main break, closings
In addition to its impact on local schools this week, extreme cold is blamed for a major water main break in West Allis and two traffic accidents in Greenfield.
Water gushed out of a major water main from a break at Highway 100 and Lincoln Avenue on Sunday.
Although it was a major break, it wasn't as bad for drivers as the black ice they would experience the following day on area freeways, said Michael Lewis, West Allis Department of Public Works director.
Slippery conditions also were blamed for a one-vehicle crash Monday morning in which a pickup landed on its side at Loomis Road and Interstate 894. There were no injuries.
Another driver on slick roads ran into a utility pole at 60th Street and Cold Spring Road in Greenfield that morning, but was able to drive off.
The cold also caused school to be canceled Monday and Tuesday in the West Allis-West Milwaukee, Greenfield and Whitnall school districts.
West Allis schools call
for programming ideas
West Allis — While the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board has its own ideas for how its newly acquired Heritage Christian School can be used by the district, it is inviting everyone in the district to participate in a survey regarding programming possibilities there.
The survey, which began Monday and continues through Jan. 31, is aimed at residents, parents and staff and will be used for advisory purposes in district planning and recommendations to the School Board.
It will be available online in English and Spanish via the district website at wawm.k12.wi.us and on individual school websites. Paper copies are available by contacting Tess Heiderscheit, (414) 604-3083.
Packers wide receiver
promotes food drive
Greenfield — Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones came to the Walmart Supercenter in Greenfield on Tuesday morning to promote the second Defeat Hunger Bowl food drive.
Walmart, Sam's Club and Feeding America-member food banks in Wisconsin will hold the ongoing food drive, which runs through Feb. 9.
As part of the advance promotion, fans had a chance to meet Jones and receive a special edition signed photo-card of the star receiver.
"As a child, there were a lot of days when my family and I didn't have any food to eat," Jones said in a news release announcing the food drive. "So I know first-hand how important this campaign is and the difference even one item of food can make in someone's life."
Nonperishable food can be dropped off at 91 participating Walmart stores and 12 Sam's Club locations throughout Wisconsin, with all donations benefiting local Feeding America food banks.
for new restaurant
West Allis — The city has completed financing to Mider Properties LLC for the purchase of the former Capri Restaurant located at 8340 W. Beloit Road.
Chris and Abby Paul, owners of Mider Properties, plan to renovate the interior and exterior of the property and open it as Capri Di Nuovo, a family Italian restaurant.
Waukesha State Bank, working in partnership with the city of West Allis Economic Development Loan Program, helped organize a financing package that approved a start-up restaurant at a location closed for nearly a year.
The West Allis loan is funded with Community Development Block Grant funds to help create job opportunities for low-income people. The goal of the project is to create four full-time positions and 22 part-time positions over the next three years.
Residents fight plan
for cell antennas
Greenfield — With about a dozen neighbors behind him, Randy Keltner told the Greenfield Common Council why those living near 43rd Street and Grange Avenue don't like the plan to put cellphone antennas near their homes.
Verizon Wireless proposes putting antennas on eight city lampoles to improve reception in the area.
But the neighbors were concerned that some studies link electromagnetic radiation nearby to health problems in both humans and animals, Keltner said. The antenna at 43rd and Grange would be 70 feet from his bedroom window, he said.
He noted a German study that he said shows the cancer rate triple the normal rate for those living within 1,300 feet of a cell tower.
Neighbors also are worried about their home values going down, he said. He has spoken with several real estate professionals who said sale prices go down when a cell phone antenna is within sight, Keltner said.
He also criticized placement of an antenna at 43rd Street because it is in a low spot.
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