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News & Notes: Sept. 4

Sept. 4, 2012

Resident needed to serve on business committee

Greenfield - The Greenfield School Board is seeking a citizen representative to serve on the business administration committee which meets monthly.

The duties of the citizen representative include reviewing accounts payable and providing recommendations to the School Board on business-related matters.

The citizen representative will serve a term ending June 30, 2013. Those interested should submit a cover letter and resume to the School District of Greenfield Administrative Center, c/o Business Services, 4850 S. 60th St., Greenfield, WI 53220.

For additional information, call (414) 855-2020.

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.

Additional copies are available at the School District Administration Center, 1205 S. 70th St.; West Allis City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave.; the West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave.; and at West Milwaukee Village Hall, 4755 W. Beloit Road.

A digital copy is available at wawmrec.com.

More information is available at wawmrec@wawm.k12.wi.us and at (414) 604-4900.

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.

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.

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, one of only 25 municipal animal care and control agencies across the country to be chosen for this grant program, 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.

More information is available from Emily Eineichner at (414) 774-2676 or by email atpromotions@downtownwestallis.org.

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.

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