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Highway 100 widening would plow businesses under

May 01, 2012 9:50 p.m. | A state Department of Transportation plan to widen Highway 100 would result in dozens of businesses being lost in West Allis and tonight the Common Council decided to protest the plan.

Alderman Gary Barczak, chairman of the Public Works Committee, estimated the city would lose 50 businesses if the widening went through. At the very least $10 million in real estate would be gone and $500,000 in taxbase, estimated Peter Daniels, principal engineer.

"I think we're going to have a real fight," Daniels said, as the state Department of Transportation is determined to at least add 10 feet to the road for bike lanes.

The Common Council decided to send a strong protest to state transportation authorities. The city also will express its opposition to any widening to the city's state representatives and to the governor.

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 6.

East emerges from late-game flurry against Hale

Sept. 26, 2014 10:31 p.m. | Brookfield East nipped West Allis Hale, 17-13, on Friday, in a game where the momentum started swinging back and forth in the final minutes.

The win left the Spartans with a 3-1 record in the Greater Metro Conference while the Huskies fell to 1-3 despite playing well against elite competition. A win by the Spartans next week against Wauwatosa East at homecoming would clinch a playoff spot for the Spartans, something coach Tom Swittel pointed out to his team in the postgame huddle.

East was winning, 14-0, Friday night when Hale put together a 15-play, 81-yard drive behind quarterback Joe Jo Breznik, which ended when running back Andre Siggers scored from a yard out and Jake Carr kicked the point after with 11:21 left in the game, cutting the lead to 14-7.

Running back Joe Werner rushed seven times for 30 yards on the drive, while Brezik completed passes of 3, 15, 7 and 2 yards. With the momentum on the Huskies corner, it was East’s turn to try and take it back.

So East quarterback T.C. Swittel took the Spartans 81 yards on 19 plays, which ended when Connor Allen drilled a 22 yard field goal for a 17-7 advantage with 2:34 on the clock.

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West Allis-West Milwaukee schools get $3.1 million grant

Sept. 25, 2014 12:56 p.m. | The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District has received a $3.1 million federal grant to help create a safer and better learning environment.

The district is one of only 71 school districts across the nation to receive School Climate Transformation grants through the U.S. Department of Education's "Now Is The Time" program.

Over a five-year period, the West Allis-West Milwaukee District will use the grant to enhance and expand its Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, an evidence-based program that emphasizes and rewards good behavior.

The grant will also support enhancements to the district's anti-bullying and violence prevention efforts.

School officials said they hope the grant will result in improved academic achievement, better student behavior and a better learning climate.

West Allis woman killed in crash identified

Sept. 23, 2014 1:48 p.m. | The victim of a fatal crash at Highway 100 and W. Blue Mound Road was identified Tuesday as Stacie E. Madsen.

Madsen, 44, of West Allis, was hit in the intersection at 5:45 p.m. Monday, police said. A truck driven by a 34-year-old man was traveling north on Highway 100, also known as Mayfair Road, at the time of the fatal accident.

The crash remains under investigation, Milwaukee police Tuesday.

Auction for YMCAs called off after no new bidders emerge

Sept. 22, 2014 6:31 p.m. | No new bidders emerged for the four YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee centers the organization plans to sell as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, so an auction set for next week has been canceled, agency officials announced Monday.

No new qualified bidders to submitted offers by a deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, according to a statement issued by the Y.

The next step is for a court hearing Sept. 30 to consider approval of the existing offer to purchase the Southwest Y in Greenfield, Tri-County in Menomonee Falls and West Suburban in Wauwatosa by the YMCA of Central Waukesha County for $7 million in cash at closing, plus a possible $1 million more based on earnings in the next two years.

At that time the court will also consider the offer by the Kettle Moraine YMCA to purchase the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville for $2 million cash at closing.

"The process has reaffirmed that the offers from the Waukesha and Kettle Moraine Y's represent the fair value of these properties," said Julie Tolan, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.

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2 lanes remain closed from crash on eastbound I-94 at Highway 100

Sept. 22, 2014 5:55 p.m. | Two right lanes remain closed due to a crash on eastbound Interstate 94 at Highway 100 and S. 108th St. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is responding.

Financing nailed down for hotel/banquet facility in West Allis

Sept. 22, 2014 9:59 a.m. | West Allis — West Allis officials have announced the closing of financing for construction of a $13.3 million hotel/banquet center at 82nd Street and Greenfield Avenue.

Groundbreaking is expected soon on a 101-room Hampton Inn & Suites with a 9,200 square-foot banquet facility with seating for 300 guests. The project is anticipated to be completed by July 2015.

The closing represents a significant milestone in the efforts of West Allis to attract quality development and a kmown hospitality provider to the community, officials said in a news release announcing the financing.

"It's been a community goal to bring a hotel and banquet facility to West Allis," Mayor Dan Devine said in the release. "The financial package was very innovative and it took a great deal of team effort to bring this project to the finish line."

The project is expected to create more than 50 new full-time jobs, Tom Lajsic, president of the common council said. "The location could not be better with Wisconsin State Fair to the north, proximity to the interstate and surrounding growth in our business community.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 5.

South Milwaukee football dominant over Greenfield

Sept. 19, 2014 11:11 p.m. | There was a time not too long ago when qualifying for the WIAA playoffs was an unattainable goal for the South Milwaukee football team.

Now, it's old hat.

With their most dominant victory of the season, a 42-7 trouncing of the Greenfield Hustlin' Hawks at home Friday, the Rockets improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Woodland Conference East Division.

Senior running back Ian Pribyl rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns as the Rockets qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season after an 11-year postseason absence. But all that matters little with four regular season games remaining.

"If I'm completely honest, it means nothing right now because our goals are set on facing those opponents on the West side (division of the Woodland Conference) and getting ourselves an outright conference championship," first-year Rockets coach Derek Hoff said.

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Police called when man urinates himself while sleeping in movie theater

Sept. 18, 2014 11:25 a.m. | Police were called after a man urinated himself while sleeping in a movie theater Aug. 30.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A manager at Budget Cinema, 4475 S. 108th St., called 911 to report a man urinated in a movie theater at 9:10 p.m. Aug. 30.

The responding officers spoke to the manager, who said the man was found sleeping in his chair with a puddle of urine around him after the movie ended. The manager also said another patron said they could smell alcohol on him.

Police spoke to the man, who showed no signs of intoxication or impairment, and he stated he had fallen asleep during the movie and believed he wet himself while sleeping.

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Al-Huda mosque's gravel parking lot can remain in use for now

Sept. 17, 2014 3:45 p.m. | Greenfield — On a split vote, the Greenfield Common Council reversed a plan commission recommendation and allowed a gravel parking lot that acts as an overflow lot for the Al-Huda mosque to stay, at least for a few months.

Due to worries about drainage and that the growing mosque might start encroaching on the residential neighborhood where it is located, the commission had recommended removing the lot. The commission also was divided, sending the recommendation up on a split vote.

The Al-Huda mosque is at 5073 S. 43rd St.

The council decided last week to extend the mosque's temporary permission for the lot and will let it stay until May 1. Temporary permission was needed because the lot is not paved and its design doesn't meet city code.

The lot is actually the backyard of a home two doors down from the mosque. The mosque's main parking lot extends around a next door home to reach the gravel overflow lot.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Banks delivers big run as Greenfield rallies

Sept. 12, 2014 10:21 p.m. | Depth and heart won out for the Greenfield football team on a cold and soggy night in Shorewood, as the Hustlin' Hawks football team overcame a 12-0 deficit on the strength of big defensive stops and an electrifying 95-yard fourth quarter TD run by Ezekial Banks to pull out a 20-12 victory over the host Greyhounds.

"We saw some of this two weeks ago when we fell behind 14-0 to Pius (only to pull out a 20-14 victory)," said Greenfield coach Joe Koch. "We're a two-platoon team. We're not as or as fast or as strong as other teams, but we do have big hearts.

"The kids knew that they could come back, and they didn't quit."

The win was the third in a row for the Hustlin' Hawks as they improved to 3-1 while Messmer/Shorewood (Messwood), fresh off its first Woodland win in many years last week against Whitnall, fell to 1-3.

Greyhounds' coach Drake Zortman said his team just ran out of gas.

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Drainage might sink overflow mosque parking in Greenfield

Sept. 10, 2014 3:06 p.m. | A temporary and partial solution to an overflow parking problem around the Al Huda Mosque, 5073 S. 43rd St., Greenfield, may be gone soon.

The Plan Commission on Tuesday recommended 5-2 that a temporary parking lot be removed due to concern about adverse affects on drainage. The recommendation will go to the Greenfield Common Council on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Meanwhile, a second request to change the city's zoning and land use plan to allow the temporary parking lot for the growing congregation to become permanent will go to a public hearing, the commission decided. The hearing will be at one of the Common Council's December meetings.

The temporary lot is gravel and covers the backyard of a home two doors down from the mosque. The gravel lot touches the edge of the regular mosque lot that extends in "L" shaped fashion around the home next door to it. The intent is to pave the lot and put in measures to handle drainage, if the city approves the zoning and land use changes.

Time constraints delay Greenfield consideration of Meijers super store

Sept. 10, 2014 3:05 p.m. | Due to time limitations, the Greenfield review of the proposed Meijer grocery/general merchandise super store proposed for where the Mount Carmel nursing home stood was put off until Oct. 14.

The Greenfield Plan Commission took the action Tuesday when it originally had planned to review the development. A public hearing will be held before the Common Council at one of its November meetings.

The super store needs planned unit development approval, plus site, building and landscaping approval and special use approvals for the store and for a free-standing gas station/convenience store, for alcohol sales in the grocery store and for pharmacy drive-up and outdoor display and sales.

The store is proposed for 5700 W. Layton Ave.

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