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State track and field photo gallery now online

June 06, 2011 2:16 p.m. | We've just updated the photo gallery from Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath with more action from all divisions in this year's state track and field meet in La Crosse.

Brookfield East won the boys Division 1 competition with 57 points to 39.33 for Arrowhead. Bradley Tech was tops in the girls Division 1 meet, outpacing Arrowhead, 64-40.

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Franklin to celebrate 60th anniversary

June 29, 2016 4:18 p.m. | Franklin — Almost exactly 60 years ago, Franklin officials were hiding in barns, marking the beginning of Franklin's process to become a city.

In June of 1956, the city of Milwaukee filed a petition to annex Franklin, which the people of the town wanted to avoid. In an attempt to evade this fate, city officials went into hiding so that they could avoid being served papers. If the papers were not delivered within a certain span of time, then Milwaukee could not continue the process of annexation.

Franklin won the game of hide-and-seek, and soon after, officials headed off to Madison to make Franklin an incorporated city.

Now, six decades later, Franklin will celebrate its 60th anniversary during the civic celebration Fourth of July weekend.

As a part of the celebration, four of the city's former mayors, Tom Taylor, Pat Murray, Fred Klimetz, and Mark Miazga, will be riding on a float in the 4th of July Parade, and July 2 the city will have an additional fireworks show at dusk in honor of the city's anniversary.

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Referendum will be held to decide fate of Forest Park Middle School

June 29, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Franklin — The Franklin School Board has decided voters will decide the fate of Forest Park Middle School.

But whether voters will be asked if the school should be lightly or heavily modified or perhaps entirely replaced by a new building has not been decided.

Board members voted unanimously June 22 to bring the issue to a referendum, given the current problems and limitations at the middle school.

"Inefficiencies in the learning environment, security, the life span of some building systems, and planning ahead for the future educational needs of the community combined with the valuable input from the survey led to the consideration to go to a referendum," School Board President Janet Evans said.

According to a survey conducted by Community Perceptions, 62 percent of Franklin residents would support the district exploring a referendum to update Franklin Park Middle school at this time; 23 percent of residents responded no to the question, and 16 percent reported they were "undecided."

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Franklin continues to explore implications of Ballpark Commons project

June 29, 2016 2:36 p.m. | Franklin —Franklin City Council will continue to explore the feasibility of a Tax Incremental District (TID) for the area of the proposed Ballpark Commons.

The council voted Tuesday, June 28 to extend the contract with Ehlers & Associates, who conducted the preliminary TID funding feasibility study, for tax incremental financing services related to the development. The TID, if made effective, would allow the city to use additional taxes gained from the development to fund infrastructure changes the plan required.

At the meeting, Mayor Steve Olson stressed that the city has not officially approved the project or any tax changes.

"This is a first report on financial viability of the project," Olson said, explaining that they will continue to explore the many implications of the project.

The development team is continuing to adapt the project plans to meet the conditions put in place by the council for the proposal, and has completed 10 out of 40 so far, according to a report by Planning Manager Joel Dietl.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: A look ahead to US Open 2017, look back at Champions Tour event in Madison

June 29, 2016 2:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sports columnist and golf writer Gary D'Amato stops by to chat about the next U.S. Open, to be hosted at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin. He also talks a little Bucks draft, and JP and JR focus on the selection of Thon Maker and the landing spots for former Wisconsin prep products Henry Ellenson and Diamond Stone. Plus, JP reports back from the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event, the American Family Insurance Championship, in Madison and the Kohler Grand Prix IndyCar race at Elkhart Lake. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Franklin approves new self-storage facility on 27th street

June 29, 2016 1:49 p.m. | Franklin —The Franklin Common Council approved the drive-in storage facility proposed for 27th street, on the property that was previously Hobby Lobby, but with conditions at the meeting June 28.

Highland Development Ventures, who will own the property, will have to add additional landscaping to the site, add architecture detail on the outside storage building, and verify their hours in the resolution.

Residents of the area had expressed concerns at the plan commission meeting June 9 about the appearance of the building, along with concerns about potential noise and light pollution.

However, Alderman Kristen Wilhelm, the representative of the district where the storage facility will be located, said that the outside storage building should be able to block the sound and the extra landscaping should make the property more visually appealing.

"It (conditions to the plan) has brought the current warehousing facility up a few notches that the residents can be satisfied with," Wilhelm said.

Franklin's Chmielewski inducted into UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame

June 28, 2016 1:52 p.m. | Simply put, recent University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Kay (Mikolajczak) Chmielewski makes juggling career, marriage, motherhood and the occasional marathon and basketball tournament look so easy that the Franklin graduate can scarcely believe the multitude of honors she has earned.

"This was not on my radar at all," she said of this past spring's induction. "I was at an alumni event (last fall) talking with the sports information director when he told me to be ready, that I was going to get a call about this (the hall of fame) soon.

"And I said, 'Excuse me?'"

But she shouldn't be so incredulous.

The 6-0 Chmielewski came out out of the first golden age of Franklin girls athletics. She was the rebounding machine and all-important second threat on the late Christine Rathke-led 1999 WIAA state runner-up girls basketball team. Later that spring, she was a key long sprinter on the WIAA state runner-up girls track team coached by former Saber Athletic Director Don Kurth.

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Oak Creek baseball team passes big test, ready for GMC stretch run

June 28, 2016 1:28 p.m. | The Oak Creek baseball team has passed many tests en route to a one-game lead with just three contests left in the Greater Metro Conference race.

What it hasn't had a lot of time for is a great deal of high-level nonconference action, so the Knights made a road trip to a place where they haven't been since 2005, a place where even the legendary Tony Butler proved to be mortal.

Knight baseball coach Scott Holler could only smile at the memory.

"The last time we were at Rennicke Field (in Mequon), Tony (Butler) was playing first base, and a ground ball went through his legs, and we lost," Holler said, laughing.

The comment came shortly after the Knights put together a solid effort on Jun. 24, especially on the defensive end, in their return trip to Rennicke, with a 7-3 decision over a good Homestead team.

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2016 Fourth of July events in the Milwaukee suburbs

June 28, 2016 11:50 a.m. | From the North Shore, to Oak Creek and Franklin, to Wauwatosa and Brookfield and West Allis and New Berlin, and all of the other communities within the MyCommunity NOW coverage area, there are plenty of Fourth of July festivities to take part in. Below is a list separated by county and in alphabetical order of events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2016. If you know of an event you don't see listed below, email us at news@jrn.com.  

Milwaukee County

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave. This year’s theme is joining hands for peace. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in Milwaukee County Parks without a permit. For the latest updates, visit www.city.milwaukee.gov/july4th.

9 to 10:15 a.m.: parade, starting at South Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Linus Street, proceeds to park.

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HCFD raises around $5,000 to donate to Operation Finally Home

June 28, 2016 11:06 a.m. | Hales Corners —The Hales Corners Fire Department "filled the bucket" with around $5,000 Friday, June 24 to donate to Operation Finally Home, an organization that builds homes for wounded veterans.

Off-duty firefighters and their families stood on the corner of Highway 100 and Grange in Hales Corners with buckets, asking drivers to donate to Operation Finally Home, who is currently working toward building a home for a veteran in Waukesha.

According to David Belman, a contractor who works with Operation Finally Home, the organization tries to get most of the materials for the house donated, but monetary donations are still needed to cover the price of additional materials and labor.

Wes Guajardo, captain at the Hales Corners Fire Department, says that "Fill the Bucket" is just one of the ways HCFD shows their support to the military.

"It allows us to help those who served, or their families, by giving them a home," Guajardo said.

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Franklin Library to once again host "Writer's Nights"

June 28, 2016 10:09 a.m. | Franklin Public Library will once again begin hosting Writer's Night the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. starting Thursday, July 7 in the Sievert Conference Room in the library, 9151 W Loomis Rd.

Writer's Night is intended to be a "pressure free" place where local writers can share their work, receive constructive criticism, learn from each other, and commiserate over the joys and sorrow of being a writer. Each meeting starts with a writing prompt, which changes with the participants' needs.

For more information about Writers' Night, contact Programming & Outreach Coordinator Caitlin Sprague at 414-425-8214 or Caitlin.Sprague@mcfls.org.

Franklin Library will host "Princess of Magic" June 28

June 27, 2016 2:59 p.m. | Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Rd, will host Julie Sobanski, "The Princess of Magic" 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28 as a part of their children's summer reading program.

Sobanski has performed for over a decade, and won a variety of magic performance awards. In a profession mostly filled with men, Sobanski is one of the few performing "magiciennes," or female magicians.

This event is free and open to the public. The library recommends the program for children ages three and up.

Oak Creek holding selfie search contest in July

June 27, 2016 12:23 p.m. | The city of Oak Creek's recreation department is holding a selfie contest throughout July with participants being entered to win tickets to various places.

In honor of National Recreation Month (July), the city 'wants to see you out celebrating the outdoors" in their parks, according to a posting on their website. Throughout July, the recreation department will give out clues on Facebook every Friday that lead to various parks and recreation activities.

Those who figure out the clue and take a picture of themselves with the answer will be entered into a random prize drawing. First prize is one Six Flags ticket good for any day, second prize are two Country Springs tickets good for a weekday, and third place are one adult ticket and one child ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo.

In addition, every participant who correctly solves and submits a picture for all four weekly clues will receive a $10 voucher for a recreation class. Their pictures will also be displayed in a digital picture collage on the recreation department's Facebook page.

The contest is open to all Oak Creek residents and families in the Oak Creek-Franklin School District. Pictures should be mailed to rec@oakcreekwi.org or they can be dropped off or mailed to the Oak Creek Recreation Department, 8040 S. 6th Street, Attn: Recreation Department. A completed entry form available on the city website must be completed and included with the first picture entry.

Oak Creek baseball team passes test with win over Homestead, 7-3

June 25, 2016 1:22 a.m. | The Oak Creek baseball team has passed many tests en route to a one-game lead with just three contests left in the Greater Metro Conference race.

What it hasn't had a lot of time for is a great deal of high level nonconference action, so the Knights made a road trip to a place where they haven't been since 2005, a place where even the legendary Tony Butler proved to be mortal.

Knights baseball coach Scott Holler could only smile at the memory.

"The last time we were at Rennicke Field (in Mequon), Tony (Butler) was playing first base and a ground ball went through his legs and we lost (laughs)," said Holler.

The comment came shortly after the Knights put together a solid effort Friday night, especially on the defensive end, in their return trip to Rennicke, with a 7-3 decision over a good Homestead team.

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Canterbury earns two School of Merit awards

June 24, 2016 11:47 a.m. | Greendale — Canterbury Elementary was awarded two 2015-16 School of Merit awards from the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) Center.

This is the second consecutive year the school has been recognized.

One of 222 statewide schools recognized for implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Canterbury also was among 125 schools who received School of Merit honors in Reading. The second award came from their "implementation of a culturally responsive multilevel system of support," a news release reads.

The goal of PBIS is to help the school more effectively meet social-emotional needs of students through a support system for behavior.

Michael Mullen, principal of Canterbury, said the program "uses data to guide student support needs and provide small group instruction geared toward meeting those needs in reading." He said the support system is available for all students, not just those who are struggling.

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Oak Creek increases dog ownership limit from two to three

June 24, 2016 10:15 a.m. | Oak Creek — It's been said every dog has its day.

For some dogs in Oak Creek, that day was June 21 when the common council passed an ordinance 4-1 allowing residents to own up to three dogs — an increase of one over the previous maximum.

Mayor Steve Scaffidi said he supported the measure but it "requires neighbors cooperating."

Jean Rhoten works with a local animal rescue and spoke during public comment. She said the city has an "outstanding number of kids who get it," referring to the need of rescuing animals and what it takes to care for them. Many teens and kids sat with Rhoten in the audience, awaiting the council's decision.

"You've got a great opportunity here to make a minor change," Rhoten said.

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