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Board to make decision-making more open

July 24, 2012 12:48 a.m. | It soon will be much easier to follow Greenfield School Board decision-making because most of the same information board members receive to make its decisions will be online for the public to examine, also.

The School Board decided Monday to post background information on the district website so that residents can be better informed about decisions the board is making.

Only information that must by law be kept confidential will be withheld, Superintendent Conrad Farner said after the meeting.

Roosevelt School playground won't be sold, but future still in doubt

6:23 a.m. | A popular playground at the former Roosevelt Elementary School in West Allis will likely not be sold if and when the school building is sold, but that might not mean the playground will survive.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board wants to sell Roosevelt School, 932 S. 60th St., to a buyer that would raze it and build a medical office building. After neighbors objected to losing the playground, the buyer assured that it would keep it.

But city officials want the schools to keep the one-acre park and playground, Andrew Chromy, director of business services for the schools, reported to the school board Monday. He said the city won't approve a necessary rezoning if the park is included in the potential sale.

As a result, the board decided to go ahead with trying to sell just the school for $640,000. But there also was some feeling on the board that the park should be subdivided for homes.

The playground costs roughly $2,660 annually to maintain, Chromy said.

Layton Avenue Baptist Church in Greenfield eyes location up the block

Oct. 12, 2015 5:48 p.m. | The Layton Avenue Baptist Church, 9000 W. Layton Ave., that could be incorporated into a $150 million shopping, restaurant, office, hotel and residential development along Layton Avenue has its eye on a new location.

Church leaders are asking Greenfield officials what they think about rezoning land at 9600 W. Layton Avenue back to institutional so that it could be a new home for the church. The Plan Commission is to take up the proposal Tuesday.

Despite the current residential zoning, a mixture of homes, businesses and community uses such as churches is envisioned for the area in the city's long-range land use plan, said Chuck Erickson, economic development and planning director. So, rezoning to institutional for a church would be in keeping with the land-use plan.

Months ago when Cobalt Partners announced its intention to build the $150 million development along Layton Avenue from 84th to 92nd streets, church officials said the church had the option of staying or getting help from the developer to move.

Other churches also have been interested in the site at 96th Street, the most recent being The Ridge. However, it dropped its plans because the site has a couple of wetlands. It then moved into the former Greenfield Walmart at 4500 S. 108th St.

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Updated week eight rankings of area prep football teams and players

Free salads offered today at the new Ultimate Salad Bar in West Allis

Oct. 09, 2015 10:28 a.m. | The Ultimate Salad Bar, 10922 W. National Ave., West Allis is having a grand opening and ribbion cutting from 11 a.m. to noon today. Small salads are free all day.

Semi rolls over on I-894 overpass; Greenfield Avenue could close

Oct. 07, 2015 2:48 p.m. | A westbound lane of Greenfield Avenue is blocked at the bridge over Interstate 894 from a semitrailer rollover that happened about 1 p.m. Oct. 7.

West Allis firefighters were on the scene to inspect the trailer, which was on its side in the westbound right lane and sidewalk of Greenfield Avenue.

Emergency personnel will likely have to close westbound Greenfield Avenue or both directions of Greenfield Avenue to unload the huge rolls of paper the truck was carrying. The truck's cargo must be unloaded before it can be pulled upright.

There are no details at this point about what caused the rollover, whether other vehicles were involved or whether there were injuries.

Stay tuned to for more on this situation.

Greenfield starts review of proposed 2016 city budget

Oct. 06, 2015 12:04 p.m. | Greenfield — Officials here will soon dive into a proposed budget for next year that is stable and has no "dramatic cutbacks in services or big tax increases," Mayor Michael Neitzke said.

A notable proposed budget expenditure of about $300,000 is earmarked for police body cameras nd the supporting electronic equipment.

A proposed 2016 Greenfield city budget calling for a 1.29 percent tax levy increase with virtually no increase in the operating budget has been unveiled by Neitzke.

The proposed budget will go to finance and human resources committee for consideration. The common council will have the final vote on the spending budget of $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. The estimated property tax rate is $8.44 per $1,000 of assessed value, which is 6 cents more than this year's rate. Under the proposed budget, the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 would pay $6 more for municipal services.

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Large off-price chain Ross Dress for Less to debut in metro market in West Allis

Oct. 06, 2015 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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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.

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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