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Whitnall takes another look at planned scheduling changes

March 13, 2012 1:18 p.m. | The Whitnall School District's new plan to give teachers time to collaborate by adjusting school start and release times may get revamped.

District officials have considered letting elementary students out of school early on certain days and having school start late for middle and high school students some days. But that may depend on the results of a parent survey that the School Board approved Monday night.

Some parents have been vocal about the problems the plan, which is expected to take effect this fall, could pose for their family schedules ever since the board approved it in January.

Although school officials are developing programs for children who would have to stay in school on those early release days, some parents and even some School Board members said they wanted to know more about that before they could support the plan.

All those objections were voiced Monday, which spurred the board to suggest gathering parental input through a survey on the start and release times. The survey results should come back to the School Board in April.

Mother of 2, day care center director named to Greenfield School Board

Nov. 24, 2015 5:04 p.m. | On Monday, the Greenfield School Board appointed Kristie Potter, mother of two young children and director of a large day care center, as the newest member of the board.

Potter will fill the seat vacated by Russell Spahn on Oct. 26 and will serve until the 2016 spring election. Three other candidates applied for the position — Leon Saryan whose wife Shirley is a Greenfield alderwoman, Julie DeGaro and Andrew Misorski.

Potter has lived in Greenfield for 12 years and has two children at Glenwood Elementary School. She has been a Glenwood PTO board member for four years.

She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and secondary education-social studies, as well as a master's degree in early childhood education.

Currently, she is the director of a large day care center in Wauwatosa where she manages a staff of more than 30 employees. She is described as very hands-on in the various classrooms at the center.

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Greenfield police dispatch two coyotes reported as aggressive

Nov. 24, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Two coyotes that were reportedly being aggressive have been killed by teams of Greenfield police in the last 10 days.

Greenfield residents have been upset about two recent reports of aggressive coyote behavior and in one incident a Greenfield alderman's small dog was killed. A community meeting on the growing coyote problem was held last week in the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center.

One of the two coyotes that was recently dispatched by police is believed to be the one that menaced a man walking his dog. According to police, the coyote was in some brush and held its ground when the owner yelled at it, advised by wildlife experts to scare coyotes away. When the coyote did leave, it circled back behind the man, police said.

The coyote was dispatched in a wild area behind the House of Harley-Davidson, 6221 W. Layton Ave. The other coyote was killed in a yard on the east side of Greenfield. He was reported as being sick or injured.

Both coyotes were about the size of a medium or large dog, police said.

Making way for project, Layton Avenue Baptist Church has new location

Nov. 24, 2015 12:03 p.m. | The Layton Avenue Baptist Church that has been an anchor for Layton Avenue around 92nd Street since there was nothing but farm fields around it has now bought five acres of land six blocks west for a new church.

Layton Avenue Baptist will move to make way for a $115 million development of stores, restaurants, a hotel, offices and apartments/condominiums planned for Layton Avenue between 84th and 92nd streets. Project developer Cobalt Partners is buying the church property, enabling it to move, although the church was welcome to stay.

However, the church had already outgrown its current location and was already looking for other options, said the Rev. Keith Cogburn, pastor.

With assurances that there would likely be no objections to returning zoning on the new location back to institutional the church is going ahead to prepare the site. The city had changed zoning to institutional for a different church that was interested in the site, but which ultimately decided to locate elsewhere in the city. Zoning was then switched back to residential.

"We started working on the land in earnest about a week ago," Cogburn said Tuesday.

Full advisory committee endorses West Allis high school boundary plan

Nov. 23, 2015 4:26 p.m. | West Allis — A plan to use 72nd and 92nd streets as the new boundary between the two high schools in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District won the favor of an advisory committee charged with recommending a boundary plan.

Currently, students can attend whatever high school they like, which has resulted in Nathan Hale High School being full to capacity, with more wanting to come, while West Allis Central has plenty of room. Having a choice of high schools will either end or be drastically curtailed.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee Advisory Committee on School Attendance Areas was charged by the school board to recommend a boundary plan.

Its recommendation is for the boundary to be along 72nd Street from the city's northern border south to the Union Pacific east/west railroad tracks, just north of Burnham Street. Then the proposed boundary line would follow the tracks west to 92nd Street where it would turn south, ending at the southern city limits.

Students west of the line would attend Nathan Hale High School and those east of the line would attend West Allis Central High School.

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$2 Budget South Cinemas in Greenfield closes as of Monday, Nov. 23

Nov. 23, 2015 3:33 p.m. | The Budget South Cinemas, 4475 S. 108th St., Greenfield, announced on Facebook Monday afternoon that it is now closed.

Budget South Cinemas offered movies for $2 admission anytime, except for Tuesdays when admission was $1.

Laine Kaplowitz of Landmark Theatres, operator of Budget South Cinemas, said in an email Tuesday that economics are to blame.

"We regret that we need to close the Budget South theatre. With a challenging economic climate, we can no longer continue services at this location," she wrote.

The eventual closing had been forecast for years. Developer Ener-Con Companies of Greenfield bought the theater along with a larger tract behind it. The Greenfield Highlands condominiums are being built in the area behind the theater, and Ener-Con is seeking a commercial buyer for the theater property.

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Christmas deadline nears for Holiday Helper donations in West Allis

Nov. 23, 2015 1:51 p.m. | With the Christmas season here, West Allis-West Milwaukee residents and businesses are being asked to be Holiday Helpers and contribute money to provide food and gift certificates to the needy.

Although the annual West Allis-West Milwaukee Health Department Holiday Benefit Party to raise money for the effort won't be held this year, people are being asked to be generous. Donations are needed by Monday, Dec. 7.

So far, more than 1,000 people — children and adults — have been helped through the program that was started in 1998 by West Allis city employees and by the West Allis -West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce.

Families are chosen by the health department and by the West Central Interfaith program staff from among their clients who are most in need.

Checks payable to the WAWM Chamber of Commerce and sent to the chamber at 6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2141, West Allis, WI 53227 or online by credit card at the chamber website, wawmchamber.com. Those who want to give cash can call the chamber at (414) 302-9901 to arrange a time to stop in the office.

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Updated state championship game rankings of area prep football teams and players

Whitnall participates in global education conference in Washington

Nov. 18, 2015 6:03 p.m. | Last week, Whitnall School District representatives participated in a two-day America Achieves Global Learning Network Convening in Washington, D.C., to hear viewpoints from educators who have a global perspective on education.

The America Achieves Network invites school districts from all over the world to take an exam testing reading, math and science literacy. Then it compares the scores.

Earlier this year, a randomly selected sample of Whitnall 15-year-olds took the test.

Their mean performance placed them significantly above the average of other American students taking the exam in math and science literacy and above average in reading. Overall, the Whitnall students placed in the top 25 percent of U.S. schools in all three categories.

Internationally, Whitnall ranked favorably with top-performing European schools from Finland and Canada. The leaders globally, however, were China, Singapore, Japan and Korea.

Plans for National Avenue upgrade in West Allis ready for public input

Nov. 17, 2015 3:20 p.m. | A public information meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, on proposed plans for improving the National Avenue corridor.

The plans encompass business and economic development, streetscape infrastructure, areas of opportunity and transportation improvements. The portions of National Avenue under consideration are from 70th to 76th streets and 92nd to 95th streets.

The meeting that is being held to collect feedback on the plans will be held in the Common Council chambers at the West Allis City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave.

More information is available from Shaun Mueller, senior planner the West Allis Planning Department, (414) 302-8470, smueller@westalliswi.gov

Greenfield residents worried about coyotes get reassurance, advice

Nov. 17, 2015 1:32 p.m. | Greenfield —Residents left Monday's meeting about coyotes reassured that local police stand ready to get rid of aggressive animals. They also departed the gathering armed with knowledge that coyotes can be scared off by an intense beam of a Maglite, accompanied by loud noises.

"It's nice to know the Greenfield Police Department has our backs," Judy Granatella of 65th Street and Edgerton Avenue, said after the meeting at the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center.

Prompted by reports of coyotes killing pets, Granatella says she now walks her dog carrying a can of bolts and wearing a whistle to make enough noise to scare coyotes away.

The growing coyote population is starting to be a problem in Greenfield as in many cities. Four attacks on pets have occurred in the city in past months and two have died, Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said.

The most recent alarming incident was the death of Alderman Bruce Bailey's pet poodle, Paisley. Bailey was walking Paisley off leash near St. John the Evangelist Church about two weeks ago when a coyote pounced from its hiding spot onto Paisley. The dog died later at an animal hospital from its wounds.

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Draft ordinance to allow beekeeping in Greenfield clears health board

Nov. 17, 2015 1:09 p.m. | Greenfield —A draft ordinance allowing beekeeping in Greenfield buzzed through the Greenfield Board of Health and has now landed on the desk of the city attorney.

After it clears inspection, the draft will go to the common council for a vote. That could happen as early as Dec. 1, but more likely Dec. 15.

Months ago, the health board was asked to consider allowing beekeeping. The board reviewed ordinances in other cities as part of its research.

It also conducted a community-wide survey to see how residents feel about allowing beekeeping. The low response to the survey appeared to indicate that beekeeping is not a hot button issue with Greenfield residents. Of the 58 people who responded, 75 percent approved of allowing beekeeping.

Much research

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Steering committee recommends West Allis high school boundary plan

Nov. 16, 2015 6:03 p.m. | West Allis — Of the four alternatives for establishing a dividing line between the city's two high schools, the reverse 7 plan has been forwarded for consideration to an advisory committee charged with recommending how to resolve overcrowding.

The steering committee gave the plan to Allis-West Milwaukee Advisory Committee on School Attendance Areas. It was to be considered Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The reverse 7 would draw a line down 72nd Street from the city's northern border to the Union Pacific east/west railroad tracks, just north of Burnham Street.

The proposed school boundary line would follow the tracks west to 92nd Street where it would turn south, ending at the southern city limits.

Students west of the line would attend Nathan Hale High School and those east of the line would attend West Allis Central High School. Currently, students can attend whatever high school they like, which has resulted in Hale being full to capacity, with more wanting to come, while Central has plenty of room.

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169 smoke alarms installed in high-risk West Allis neighborhood

Nov. 16, 2015 4:13 p.m. | West Allis —The West Allis Fire Department installed 169 smoke alarms and exchanged 10 batteries in existing smoke alarms in homes in an area of high fire risk here on Saturday.

The area from Greenfield Avenue south to Burnham Street and from 60th Street west to 70th Street has experienced 13 fires in the past 12 months.

Firefighters went door-to-door offering to install smoke detectors and to replace 9-volt batteries in existing detectors.

This was the second fire department effort to help families protect themselves by going door-to-door in the neighborhood.

The first was Oct. 24 when firefighters installed at least 300 smoke alarms in homes and apartments in four hours.

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Hay wagon collects ton of love for needy West Allis families Saturday

Nov. 16, 2015 12:30 p.m. | West Allis — In a unique food drive involving donations being piled on a hay wagon pulled down the street by a farm tractor, residents of the Rainbow Gardens Neighborhood Association area of West Allis donated more than a ton of food.

The 2,060 pounds of food went to the food pantry of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 1121 S. 116th St., West Allis.

The tractor and hay wagon are owned by West Allis resident Dick Ziolecki, fondly known by neighbors as Tractor Dick who suggested the drive to the neighborhood association. On Saturday morning, residents left bags of food on their porches and 25 volunteers, many from the association, brought the bags to the decorated hay wagon.

Rainbow Gardens

The Rainbow Gardens Neighborhood Association that only organized a year ago is in the far northwest corner of West Allis. The neighborhood is north of Greenfield Avenue, west of Highway 100, east of 124th Street and south of Interstate-94.

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Rock band's message to students aimed at kicking pain out of bullying

Nov. 16, 2015 11:26 a.m. | The rock band Reverse Order, a semi-finalist on "America's Got Talent," will bring its anti-bullying message to Glenwood Elementary School in Greenfield on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The event is billed as a rock concert with a meaningful message.

The concert will teach students how to overcome bullying, partly by the band members sharing their own stories about how they were bullied and how they overcame it in a safe and positive way. The band seeks to inspire students to set goals and achieve their dreams.


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