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News & Notes: Dec. 11

Dec. 11, 2012

Police work longer in Booze and Belts effort

West Allis - To encourage motorists to drive sober and buckle up, the West Allis Police Department has mobilized for the statewide Booze and Belts campaign that started Friday and will continue through Sunday.

"Fatal and serious injury traffic crashes can turn a joyous holiday season into a time of tragedy," Acting Chief Charles Padgett said in a news release announcing the Booze and Belts mobilization. "To prevent these needless tragedies, our officers will be out in force.

"While patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours, they will arrest drunken drivers and ticket unbuckled motorists," he said.

During Booze and Belts and throughout the year, law enforcement agencies are cracking down on impaired and unbuckled motorists, he said. Last year in Wisconsin, there were approximately 35,000 convictions for drunken driving and nearly 85,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts.

Even if drunken drivers are lucky enough to avoid a crash, Padgett said, "you still are risking an arrest that will cause humiliation, huge fines, possible jail time and having to install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle you own, have registered in your name, or drive."

Store holds drive to help feed hungry

Greenfield - BiltRite Furniture, 5430 W. Layton Ave., an 84-year-old locally owned and operated fourth generation family business, has organized its first donation drive for United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

Through Dec. 23, BiltRite will give $1 for every food item donated by customers and employees. The food donations and cash will benefit United Way's food pantries and the Milwaukee community.

Students see applications of environmental studies

West Allis - Students from West Allis Central High School recently attended a three-day educational workshop at Trees For Tomorrow natural resources specialty school in Eagle River.

Among the subjects they studied were forest measurements, woody biomass, logging practices, tree identification, map and compass usage, and wildlife ecology.

The classes meet the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for environmental education, math, physical education, science and social studies.

Church-cemetery talks can go forward

Greenfield - The way is now clear for the owners of the Arlington Cemetery, 4001 S. 27th St., to negotiate with Mormon Church officials about using an unused part of the cemetery as a site for a new church.

The Greenfield Common Council last week approved changing the city's Comprehensive Land Use Plan to change the designation of 16 acres of the cemetery from mixed residential to community facilities that would allow for a church. The church would only occupy a small portion of those 16 acres.

If the cemetery owners and officials of the Jesus Christ Church of Later Day Saints come to an agreement, the church still will have to go through the normal city approval process.

Harley celebration expansion nixed for now

Greenfield - A proposal to expand the 110th celebration of Harley-Davidson from the House of Harley, 6221 W. Layton Ave., and Bunks & Beds next door to across the street at the Towne Center parking lot, 6100-6196 W. Layton Ave., was unanimously denied by the Greenfield Common Council last week.

The main problem, as city officials saw it, was that the Towne Center extension with booths, tents and beer tent would be under separate control.

The previous two Harley anniversary celebrations were so successful because of the close coordination the city had with the event sponsors at the House of Harley to head off problems, said Chuck Erickson, director of economic development and planning.

Working with two entities would be more cumbersome, Erickson said, and would leave the door open for each one to blame the other for problems. It also could leave the city in the middle because it has to make certain assurances to Milwaukee County, he added.

Other problems with the plan that were cited included that the Towne Center's commercial neighbors could be impacted by the event, that another beer tent is not needed, and that there problems with the layout of the tents and booths.

The celebration, of which the one in Greenfield will be a part, will be Aug. 26 to Sept. 3, 2013.

Retiring police chief receives commendation

West Allis - Retiring Police Chief Michael Jungbluth received a commendation from the Common Council last week, praising him for his 29 years with the Police Department and his four years as its chief.

The council noted his long list of accomplishments, including numerous commendations for actions in the line of duty. The commendation also notes his many awards and letters of recognition, and his exemplary leadership and service to other law enforcement agencies.

Finally, the commendation says the retiring chief is to be specially recognized for his dedication and service to the residents of West Allis "and congratulates him for a job well done."

Jungbluth will officially retire Dec. 31.

Whitnall administrators receive $1,000 raises

Greenfield - Eight administrators in the Whitnall School District, including the school principals, received an across-the-board $1,000 raise for the current school year in addition to having their contracts extended.

The superintendent's contract was already renewed for two years, but a compensation package is not yet done.

Seasons of Giving starts at credit union

West Milwaukee - The Guardian Credit Union with a branch at 4501 W. Greenfield Ave., is again holding its Seasons of Giving campaign.

For a cash donation, givers will get gift tag stickers, photo coasters, earbuds or seasonal glassware, depending on the size of their donations, which can be as little as $5. Donations will be used to provide food, coats, boots and toys for Guardian's members in need.

The campaign will run through the end of the year.

Meditation garden gets council approval

Greenfield - The Common Council has approved a new meditation garden design for Kopps Frozen Custard, 7601 W. Layton Ave.

The revised plan, approved by aldermen Nov. 20 from an earlier version previously approved in April 2011, includes glass blocks that can be lit from within.

Kopps can now proceed with construction.

Fair fun on sale for holiday gifts

West Allis - The Wisconsin State Fair Park is again offering several ways to warm up someone's holiday season with the gift of the State Fair.

The 2013 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will be Aug. 1 through 11. Fair admission for $5, half the gate admission, is available along with $8 SpinCity Ride & Game 16-ticket sheets (50 percent savings). A six-pack cream puff certificate is $15, or $9 off the price of individually purchased cream puffs during the fair.

This year for a limited time, Bundles of Fair Fun will be sold for $45. They include four fair admission tickets and vouchers for 32 SpinCity tickets, a six-pack of cream puffs and a Fair Deals Bargain Book. All of these items cost $100 if purchased during the fair.

Holiday offers are available online at WiStateFair.com. Fair tickets and SpinCity ticket vouchers can be purchased via "Print@Home" or mail-order options.

Cream puff six-pack certificates and Bundles of Fair Fun are only available via mail-order.

No shipping or service fees will apply to any "Print@Home" or mail-orders. Mail-Order purchases must be made by Dec. 19. "Print@Home" fair tickets and SpinCity ticket vouchers will be available through Dec. 31.

New this year, the fair ticket office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays through Dec. 19 except for Thanksgiving and the following Friday.

School band wins $1,000 drawing

Greenfield - Don and Robb Hensiak, owners of Griddlers Café, presented a $1,000 Cascio Music shopping spree to the Greenfield Middle School band.

Griddlers Café celebrated its first anniversary in October and customers entered their favorite music program into a drawing for the gift card.

House of Harley looking toward 2013 events

Greenfield - The House of Harley, 6221 W. Layton Ave., is working on three events planned for next year.

They are its Indoor Custom Bike Show on Jan. 25 and 26; its 21st Annual Spring Bike Show, May 18; and the 2013 Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Milwaukee Rally, Aug. 28 to Sept. 2.

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