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News & Notes: May 7

May 7, 2013

Veterans can still join

Memorial Day parade

West Allis - There is still time for veterans to sign up to ride in the West Allis Memorial Day parade.

Two trolleys will run in the parade this year, and veterans, both men and women, from all the nation's wars will be welcome to ride and be honored in the parade.

More information is available from Alderman Dan Roadt, (414) 321-7264.

Farmers market

opens for season

West Allis - The West Allis Farmers Market, 6501 S 65th St., opened on Saturday and will be open three days a week until Nov. 30.

In these early days of spring, sellers are mainly offering flowers and bedding plants with limited spring vegetables such as asparagus and some apples. But those with greenhouses will have produce in a few days.

The farmers market is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Beautification award

nominations accepted

West Allis - Nominations are being accepted for the Commendable Property, Best Porch and Patriotic Awards by the West Allis Beautification Committee.

The first nominations for the Patriotic Awards are due May 25, in time for Memorial Day. Decorations can include flags, buntings, flowers, handcrafted or purchased items relating to Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day. Nominations are due June 10 for Flag Day and June 29 for Independence Day.

The Commendable Property Awards are for residential and commercial properties. The Best Porch honor is for residential. Commendable Property nominations are due June 15 and Best Porch nominations, July 15.

The address of the property should be sent to the West Allis Beautification Committee, c/o Forestry Division, 6300 W. McGeoch Ave., West Allis, WI 53219.

More information is available at (414) 302-8811.

Walk-throughs offered

to asthma sufferers

West Allis - May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and the West Allis Health Department is offering free asthma home walk-throughs.

The program involves a trained staff person walking through homes to identify asthma triggers and then suggesting how to get rid of them.

The program is for West Allis and West Milwaukee residents. Appointments may be made at (414) 302-8609.

Students help project

for autistic children

Greenfield - Greenfield High School special education teacher Chris Early and his students were recognized at the Third Annual University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Senior Graphic Design Class Showcase.

UWM design students developed a cellphone application tool to help nonverbal autistic students communicate. They created simplified icons for Early's students to use and lend a hand in the application's development.

"Given the wide range of abilities for the kids in my classroom having a specifically designed picture to aid in their communication is invaluable," Early said.

The app, which also allows each student to customize it to accommodate his or her cognitive abilities as well as personal preferences, allows for better communication between students, teachers and parents.

This project has great potential in helping nonverbal students, Early said.

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.

Schools get money

for library materials

West Allis received $292,722 and Greenfield got $92,558 to buy materials for school libraries from the Common School Fund, the only state funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries.

The annual aid is based on the number of children between the ages of 4 and 20 living in each school district.

Tax assessment

review period starts

Greenfield - The assessment roll for the Greenfield will be open for inspection between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from May 15 through 17 in the Greenfield assessor's office in City Hall, 7325 W. Forest Home Ave., room 202.

The assessor will be there during those times and instructional materials will be available. More information is available from the assessors office, including how to protest property value assessments (414) 329-5340.

The Greenfield Board of Review will hear property owners who have properly filed written objections with the city clerk at 8:30 a.m. May 29.

No one will be allowed to contest the amount their assessments if they have refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view their property.

Cancer screenings offered

for low-income women

West Allis - The West Allis Health Department offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income, uninsured or underinsured women.

To be eligible, women must be between the ages of 45 and 64 (although there are limited exceptions for younger women), have no health insurance or insurance that doesn't cover breast and cervical cancer screenings or be unable to pay high deductibles and co-payments, and have incomes at or below 25 percent of the federal poverty level.

More information is available at (414) 302-8600.

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