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News & Notes: June 13

June 11, 2013

Talks progressing well

on land for soccer field

West Allis — The city and the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District are nearing the end of negotiations that could lead to the schools acquiring the former city dump and establishing a soccer field on it.

The land is basically behind the West Allis Police Station, 11301 W. Lincoln Ave., and the city has no plans for it. The schools have obtained a grant for the field.

The schools would like the city to give it the land or charge a nominal amount. Discussion at the city level revolved around who would have to pay for dealing with any contaminates if they are discovered. But the consensus is that whether it's the schools or the city, it comes from the same taxpayers.

195.4-mile relay race

comes through cities

Those near the Root River Parkway in Greenfield or areas of West Allis this past weekend may have seen the Ragnar Relay Chicago pass by.

The overnight 195.4-mile run from Madison to Chicago passed through Root River Parkway and parts of West Allis with 420 teams of 12 and 4,500 runners who ran day and night. They got to this area between 6 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday.

Many of the runners were wearing costumes and had painted vans. The event was part of the national Ragnar Relay Series.

Irving students

join cancer fight

West Allis — On Friday, Irving Elementary School, 10230 W. Grant St., West Allis, held a Field Day/Relay for life celebration and marched around the block to bring cancer awareness to the community.

The kids have been studying things they can do to prevent cancer and deal with it if they get it. Then they presented their findings to the rest of the school, teaching classmates that exercise, eating right, not smoking and wearing sunscreen are all good health habits that can reduce the risk of cancer.

They also raised more than $1,700 by selling popcorn at lunchtimes and through a raffle.

AT&T opens

new area store

West Milwaukee — Wireless Logic Inc, an authorized retailer for AT&T, held a grand opening June 1 of a new location in West Milwaukee at 1236 Miller Park Way, West Milwaukee.

In line with other AT&T Wireless Logic locations, West Milwaukee specializes in the all products and services AT&T offers, including UVERSE, wireless home phone, smartphones and tablets.

Students present

gene project in Boston

Greenfield — Members of the Greenfield High School SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) Team presented their findings on genome sequencing in Boston at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference.

Under the leadership of GHS science teacher Julie Fangmann, the SMART Team presented a poster it created with the Milwaukee School of Engineering on MGMT (0-6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase), an enzyme that corrects mistakes in DNA.

Researchers believe that mutations in MGMT could cause mutations in DNA, possibly leading to cancer.

The Greenfield students' presentation centered on a family with an aggressive form of cervical cancer and its potential link to MGMT. The students worked with Dr. Liz Worthey of the Medical College of Wisconsin on the project.

"Attending this conference allowed them to explore the process of science at a higher level than they could normally," Fangmann said.

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