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News & Notes: Nov. 19

Nov. 19, 2013

Forward Thinking

listening session Dec. 2

Greenfield — A Forward Thinking Communities listening session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, at the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

Forward Thinking Communities is a new collaborative effort among the school districts of Greenfield, Greendale and Whitnall, plus the city of Greenfield, and the villages of Greendale and Hales Corners.

The session will focus on how to get the communities and school districts to work together to improve education.

For information, contact Greenfield School Board member Rick Moze at rmoze@admin.greenfield.k12.wi.us or (414) 541-5224 or the Community Relations Department at (414) 855-2030 or swilke@admin.greenfield.k12.wi.us

Information also is available at the Forward Thinking website at ftcommunities.wordpress.com/.

Crosstown trail

first leg almost done

West Allis — The first portion of the new West Allis Cross-Town Bike & Pedestrian Trail is being paved now and could be open sometime next week.

The trail generally parallels Greenfield Avenue along a former rail route south of the avenue. The first portion will be from 124th Street east to about Highway 100.

Healthy cupcake

challenge raises $450

West Allis — Cupcakes for a Cause raised $450 for Two Lives, One Heart with its Heart Healthy Challenge on Nov. 17 at the Landmark in West Allis.

Debbie, Connie and Millie Hoppe won the People's Choice Award for their gluten-free pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Also, Karen Stiles won the Cause's Choice Award for her Skinny Monkey Cupcakes.

The next Cupcakes for a Cause competition will be on Feb. 23 with the theme "Flash Back: Cupcakes inspired by past decades" and will benefit West Central Interfaith.

Citizens to be asked

to rate police encounters

West Allis — Those who have encounters with West Allis Police Department soon will be able to rate how they felt the interactions went as part of the National Police Research Platform's Police Community Interaction Survey, administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The goal is to collect data that will help establish new benchmarks for excellence in policing and thus help improve the quality of police services. The West Allis department is one of about 100 agencies to participate in the national program.

Participating police departments will be able to use the survey data to identify where encounters were effective and where procedures or training should be changed.

As police reports are filed, a letter will be sent to those involved asking them to take a survey. The survey will be available in Spanish and English and taken either online, or by telephone.

The results provided to the Police Department will not include any identifying information.

Police encounters that involve traffic accidents and stops, as well as most non-violent crimes, will be part of survey. Encounters that result from domestic violence, sexual assault or juveniles will not.

More information is available from the National Police Research Platform, by calling (312) 996-0764 or emailing uicnprp@gmail.com; or the West Allis Police Department, Captain Steven Beyer, at (414) 302-8018.

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