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Feb. 14, 2012

Dunkin Donuts leads off slate of public hearings

West Allis - A slew of public hearings will be held in West Allis on March 6, including one on a request for special-use permit for a Dunkin Donuts restaurant.

As proposed, the Dunkin Donuts would have a drive-thru and would be attached to Applebee's Restaurant, 2871 S. 108th St. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. at the West Allis City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave.

Other hearings that evening will be for: CVS Pharmacy in the Riverbend Shopping Center, 7552 W. Oklahoma Ave., to sell beer; two proposed auto repair businesses, one the All About Speed Collision Center proposed for 6320 W. Burnham St., and the other, Free Agents Customz and Auto Wirks proposed for 2074 S. 56th St.; JRS Jewelry Repair Shop, a retail jewelry store including second-hand sales, proposed for 2749 S. 108th St.; a branch office for the UW Credit Union, a financial institution with a drive-thru proposed for 2525 S. 108th St.; and a split-zoned property at 2525 S. 108th St., to be rezoned for the credit union from M-1 manufacturing to the neighboring C-4 regional commercial district.

Written comments also can be forwarded to the City Clerk's Office before the hearings.

Little girl gets big send-off on wish trip

West Allis - When little Kyleigh Forster was given her choice of where she wanted a party to send her and her parents off to a Make-A-Wish trip to Orlando, she wanted the party to be right at school so that all her classmates could be part of it.

Kyleigh, 9, is a third-grader at General Mitchell Elementary School, 10125 W. Montana Ave. The Make-A-Wish Foundation provides the send-off party as well as the trip. While most kids choose a place like Chuck E. Cheese's, Kyleigh wanted to share her happiness with her friends at school.

Kyleigh, who has heart condition, was awarded a trip to the Give Kids the World resort for kids with life-threatening illnesses.

New business to offer Reiki, health coaching

West Allis - A new business dubbed The Healing Spot will open March 1 at The Chiropractic and Wellness Group S.C., 10025 W. Greenfield Ave.

Owner Natalie Benoit will offer Reiki and health coaching.

"I have a passion for the healing arts, holistic nutrition, and the power of energy medicine," Benoit said in a prepared announcement of the opening. "I am thrilled to bring Reiki to West Allis."

Parents save time, schools save money

West Allis - Now parents in the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District are now able to pay school-related fees and buy products online.

The school district is partnering with e-Funds for Schools, an online payment system.

Parents can pay either by e-check or MasterCard or Visa cards through the school website, www.wawm.k12.wi.ususing the access e-Funds for Schools Globe link on the right hand side of the home page.

Parents can pay electronically without fees , get low-balance reminders, make recurring payments, pay by debit or credit card or electronic check, and track purchases.

According to the district, e-Funds for Schools is a secure payment system that uses industry standard data encryption for account information. The district does not request or keep records of family checking or credit card account information.

School officials are looking forward to significant labor cost savings once the feature catches on by reducing manual processing of payments and handling fewer checks.

Ala Carte organizers already thinking June

West Allis - Volunteers, sponsors and vendors are already being sought for the fifth annual West Allis Ala Carte to be held June 3 from noon to 6 p.m. on Greenfield Avenue between 70th and 76th streets.

Last year's event sponsored by the Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District brought more than 6,000 visitors to the downtown. This year organizers hope to increase the number of vendors, entertainers and activities for all ages.

More information is available from Emily Eineichner at (414) 774-2676 or email promotions@ downtownwestallis.org.

Cousins Subs unwraps new store in Greenfield

Greenfield - A Cousins Subs shop has opened at the BP Station on 12345 W. Layton Ave.

The new restaurant, which seats 20, features a complete menu of deli-style subs, salads and soups.

The BP station is one of nine owned by David Schwartz and his family. It's the first to have a Cousins.

In a press release, Schwartz said: "Cousins Subs is a Wisconsin tradition and our family is proud to be a part of it."

Cousins Subs is based in Menomonee Falls.

New spelling program hits rules, common words

Greenfield - After piloting a new spelling program for more than a year in some classrooms at two elementary schools, the Whitnall School Board decided all the elementary schools should switch to it.

School officials have been looking for a program that is more cohesive in terms of high-frequency words and spelling rules, and this one fills the bill, said Wendy McQuistion, district learning coordinator. It also will make it easier for teachers to individualize for each student, and the program incorporates grammar and language usage, she said.

Teachers will be trained in the new program, which will be fully implemented this fall, she said.

City gets stronger hand to deal with chronic nuisances

West Allis - Those who make neighborhood nuisances of themselves will have a tougher time, under an ordinance the West Allis Common Council approved.

If a property creates a nuisance three times in six months, the city will send a letter about the objectionable behavior and require a response in writing about how it will be fixed. If a fourth offense occurs and police must respond, the homeowner will get a bill for police service in addition to possibly a ticket. If a tenant is responsible for the nuisance behavior, the tenant will get the ticket.

The same procedure existed before, but the time period was two months. Then the clock would start over on a property. So, theoretically, there could be as many as nine offenses in six months without the offender getting a bill from the city.

Nuisance calls are for such things as noise, fights, drug dealing or disturbances inside or outside of buildings.

Veterans services gets new home

West Allis - The Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office has relocated to 6419 W. Greenfield Ave.

The new location will continue to provide the same services, including The Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, DWD Office of Veterans Services and Bureau of Apprenticeships, Veterans Initiative for Paternity and Support, and Department of Human Services (Foodshare/Medical Assistance Applications) as well as a full range of assistance to veterans and their families in applying for state and federal veterans benefits.

Free parking is available both on and off the street, and the new location is wheelchair accessible. The new phone number for the office is (414) 266-1234.

The Veterans Service Office was previously housed at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, but that space is now needed by the Medical Center.

Caring, sharing comes by the truckload

Greenfield - Forty-six local families had a happier holiday season, thanks to the Greenfield High School National Honor Society and all those who donated to the annual Holiday Sharing food and toy drive at the school.

Each family received non-perishable food, gently used clothing a poinsettia plant, fresh fruit, a bread/pastry box, toys/gifts for each child and $50 in gift certificates to Aldi's.

Beyond that, St. Francis Hospital received a carload of toys, 200 new hats and gloves, and several boxes of children's books for waiting rooms, pediatric and emergency departments. In addition, 150 new stuffed animals went to the hospital for distribution to the hospice and pediatric units.

Another 4,000-plus items of clothing went to the Winter Clothes Closet on Milwaukee's near South Side for distribution to needy families..

Seven truckloads of food were donated to St. Martin of Tours Emergency Food Pantry. That pantry was selected because it turns no one away and serves the five zip codes in southern Milwaukee County. The donation from Greenfield High was the largest in the pantry's history.

Also given where they were needed were about 15 new afghans, additional hats, scarves, gloves, toys, and candy.

The Honor Society is still receiving requests for assistance and will continue until all resources are gone.

For additional information about the Holiday Sharing program, contact Renee Bykowski and/or Lisa Frey at (414) 281-6200.

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