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Petition to amend Constitution moves forward in West Allis

Nov. 01, 2011 1:48 p.m. | A petition drive in West Allis to limit corporations paying for issue ads to affect political campaigns has reached its goal and organizers should be headed to the West Allis City Hall on Monday to turn in the signed petitions.

Even so, the petition drive will go on until then just to have a cushion in case some of the signatures are disallowed, said Mary Laan, Milwaukee, co-president of the southeastern Wisconsin Move to Amend group.

If enough signatures are confirmed, the constitutional amendment they are proposing would be on the ballot in West Allis in February if there is a primary or if not, it would be on the April ballot.

They started their petition drive Sept. 10 and had 60 days to gather 3,433 signatures. They had more than 3,800 as of Tuesday, Laan said.

The group, a local arm of the national group also named Move to Amend, wants to amend the United States Constitution to reverse a January 2010 United States Supreme Court ruling. The action resulted in dropping some regulations on corporate giving, Laan said.

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Greenfield starts review of proposed 2016 city budget

12:04 p.m. | A proposed 2016 Greenfield city budget calling for a 1.29 percent levy increase with virtually no increase in the operating budget was unveiled by Mayor Michael Neitzke.

The finance and human resources committee will now start consideration of the spending proposal that will eventually go before the common council for approval.

The proposed operating budget is $25.5 million, compared with this year's $25.4 million.

The proposed property tax levy is $23.1 million, compared with the 2015 levy of $22.8 million.

Large off-price chain to debut in metro market in West Allis

10:38 a.m. | One of the first two stores to open in the Milwaukee of Ross Dress for Less, the nation's largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain, will open Saturday in West Allis.

The other store will be in Brookfield.

The opening will be at 9 a.m. at the West Allis Towne Centre, 6800 W. Greenfield Ave.

As part of the grand opening ceremonies, the West Allis Ross Dress for Less will donate $2,500 to the Friends of the West Allis Public Library and will give away $1,000 in Ross Dress for Less gift cards.

Also, from Oct 10 - 18, customers will be able to enter in-store for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree or one of five $100 shopping sprees.

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Ross Dress for Less stores to open in West Allis and Brookfield

9:28 a.m. | Ross Dress for Less, the nation's largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain with more than 1,200 stores, will make its debut in the area with two stores in West Allis and Brookfield. Shoppers will find brand-name merchandise priced at 20- to 60-percent less at Ross. The stores will carry the latest styles in apparel, shoes, accessories, gifts and home fashions.

As part of the grand opening, the West Allis Ross Dress for Less store will donate $2,500 to the Friends of the West Allis Public Library and the Brookfield store will donate $2,500 to the Friends of the Brookfield Public Library. Additionally, each new store will give away $1,000 in Ross Dress for Less gift cards. From Saturday, Oct. 10, to Sunday, Oct. 18, customers may enter at the stores for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree or one of five $100 shopping sprees.

The stores will open at 9 a.m. Saturday at West Allis Towne Centre, 6800 W. Greenfield Ave., and Shoppers World of Brookfield, 12575 W. Capitol Drive, Suite A.

Milwaukee suburbs trick-or-treat times 2015

Oct. 05, 2015 10:00 a.m. |

When will the ghouls and ghosties ring your doorbell this year? Find out in our listing of Milwaukee suburb trick-or-treat times.
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Bay View
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Brookfield
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Brookfield
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Brown Deer
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Elm Grove
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Fox Point
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Halloween parade: 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Hales Corners
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Menomonee Falls
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
New Berlin
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Oak Creek
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
River Hills
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
South Milwaukee
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
St. Francis
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
City of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
West Allis
West Allis Downtown Halloween Hunt: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 31. For ages infant to 12, accompanied by an adult. Donations of nonperishable food items will go to a local food pantry.
Meet 'n Treat: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Whitefish Bay
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

2 lanes reopened on I-94 near West Allis after closure because of crash

Oct. 03, 2015 4:43 p.m. | Two left lanes have reopened on eastbound Interstate 94 at S. 70th St. after a brief closure because of a crash, according to law enforcement.

The lanes' closure was initially estimated to last about an hour.

Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players

Oct. 02, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Fight at West Allis Central leads to precautionary measures

Oct. 02, 2015 10:23 a.m. | A fight involving three students at West Allis Central High School Thursday afternoon triggered safety precautions in the building at the end of the school day, Principal Amy Van Deuren said.

The fight broke out after 1 p.m. Thursday at the school, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave., Van Deuren said. The school, along with police, handled the incident.

Students were put in what's called a classroom hold, which is when students stay in their classrooms. It's a technique also used in other situations, one example of which are medical emergencies. She also said students were released at the end of the day one floor at the time to ensure a "smooth end to the day."

An auto call was sent to parents and guardians letting them know about the altercation. According to the call, athletes were supervised at the school's field house until practices began and nonathletic co-curricular activities were canceled for the day.

Julie Frank of West Allis got the call about 3:45 p.m. Thursday letting her know that an altercation had occurred at her 17-year-old daughter's school.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football?

Oct. 01, 2015 11:00 a.m. | With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?

Sendik's plans West Milwaukee supermarket

Sept. 30, 2015 9:41 a.m. | Sendik's Food Markets is pursuing plans to open a supermarket in West Milwaukee, the latest location for a local chain that has operated in more affluent communities.

Sendik's is proposing a 40,000-square-foot store for a vacant lot at 4200 W. Burnham St. That site, which borders S. Miller Park Way, is the former site of an ADM Milling Co. grain elevator, which closed in 2004 and was later demolished.

The new Sendik's would amount to a $12 million investment, according to information from the village. It would have an estimated 140 full- and part-time employees.

The Village Board and Community Development Authority, at a joint Monday night meeting, agreed to provide $2.1 million in village financing for the project, along with spending $400,000 on public improvements connected to the development, said Judy Johnson, the village's administrative assistant.

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Greenfield School Board to fill vacancy by appointment

Sept. 29, 2015 7:38 p.m. | The Greenfield School Board decided on Monday to appoint a candidate to fill the vacancy left by Len Cich who died Aug. 11.

The appointee will serve until the April election.

Those who would like to be considered for appointment must fill out an application and return it to the School District of Greenfield Administrative offices, 4850 S. 60th St., Attn: Ellen Krikelas, by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Candidates will be invited to introduce themselves and provide a short presentation to the school board at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Candidates may be asked questions by the board.

Afterward, the school board will conduct the selection process and vote in open session.

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More known about $6.4 million overrun at West Allis-West Milwaukee

Sept. 28, 2015 7:33 p.m. | West Allis — More information is now available on where the $6.4 million in spending overruns happened during the past school year in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, but there is still no determination about how the overspending happened.

Administrators also said that the overruns could result in staff cuts, as the district struggles to build up its emergency surpluses that were virtually wiped out as they were needed to make up for the budget shortfall.

Despite the budget difficulties, the proposed 2015-16 school budget anticipates a slight property tax cut, although that will not be confirmed until state aid and other factors are known.

Andrew Chromy, director of business services, said overruns happened in teacher pay and benefits, maintenance, tuition reimbursements, textbook purchases, short-term borrowing, debt payments and operational funds. Chromy became director last October, months after the 2014-15 school budget was prepared.

Coming up with actual dollars to pay for the higher than expected expenses has put a strain on this year's $129 million proposed school budget. Although it started $4.1 million in the red, several cost-cutting measures should result in cutting that down to $3.3 million, Chromy said. Close oversight of spending should enable the district to end the year in the black, he said.

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West Allis drowning in traffic avoiding Zoo Interchange construction

Sept. 25, 2015 1:15 p.m. | West Allis — As drivers seek to avoid traffic tie-ups in the Zoo Interchange construction zones, West Allis has been deluged with more traffic than its roads can handle, Michael Lewis, West Allis department of public works director, said.

"We have too many cars for too few roadways," he said.

Complaints have been coming in, but Lewis said, "We are aware that traffic patterns are totally messed up."

The last straw for him and probably for many drivers came one day last week when Interstate 94 was closed temporarily. Traffic backups in West Allis were horrendous, he said.

"It was beyond backed up, it was hopeless," Lewis said.

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Amphitheater plan in Greenfield moves along with help of impact fees

Sept. 24, 2015 3:18 p.m. | To keep the vision of an amphitheater on Konkel Park moving, the city will use $200,000 of park impact fees developers pay to get the park ready for the donated amphitheater.

Officials don't expect to need nearly that much, but four volleyball courts have to be moved to make room for the amphitheater that officials want to place near the farmers market. Other expenses include updating electrical services and preparing other infrastructure for a future shelter with restrooms and probably a playground. The volleyball courts, future shelter and playground would be on the east side of the park at 5151 W. Layton Ave.

The shelter would be similar to the existing shelter at the south end of the park.

The ROS Foundation contributed $150,000 for the amphitheater. Because the city had not budgeted for the collateral park improvements, the impact fees will be used as a temporary measure. The fees are paid by developers to help provide parks for the additional residents their developments bring. The city also is exploring possibilities of using Community Development Block Grant money for the improvements.

Attendant to oversee Greenfield solid waste drop-off site

Sept. 24, 2015 2:48 p.m. | Greenfield residents headed to the city's sold waste drop-off site may soon see an attendant there to check that they actually live in Greenfield and that they are not contractors dropping off construction waste.

City officials suspect that contractors, whether they live in Greenfield or not, are dumping their business refuse at the Greenfield site. The problem also could come from nonresidents, they said.

"We are generating a lot of refuse — more than for a community our size," said Rick Sokol, director of neighborhood services. The city pays to dispose of the waste.

The attendant will be hired part-time.

The site at 4551 S. 52nd St. has open hours for drop-offs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Police seek help to identify 3 people involved in Greenfield burglary

Sept. 24, 2015 11:58 a.m. | Greenfield police are seeking help from the public in identifying three people involved in an armed residential burglary Tuesday morning.

According to a release from the Greenfield Police Department, the first suspect entered a home near S. 35th St. and W. Layton Ave. about 11:30 a.m. through a second story window. He was caught on camera carrying a semi-automatic handgun, unlocking the front door, and letting in the other two suspects. Items stolen include firearms, jewelry and electronics.

The first suspect is described as a thin black male, about 5 feet, nine inches tall, in his late teens to early 20s. The second suspect is a black male in his 20s, 6-feet-2, with a medium build and medium-length dread locks. The third suspect is described as a thin black male in his 20s, 6-feet-2, with a medium build and short hair.

Security camera footage is posted on the department's Facebook page.

Police ask that anyone with information about the case call (414) 761-5345 or anonymously call WeTIP at 800-78-CRIME.


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