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Is a cougar roaming the Oak Leaf Trail? Latest sighting on Puetz Road

Dec. 19, 2012 8:49 a.m. | Franklin - A Milwaukee County parks employee who responded to the scene of yet another report of a cougar sighting on the Oak Leaf Trail last week said he discovered evidence that may link a big cat to the area.

According to the Franklin police log:

A Franklin resident reported that his wife saw a cougar near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail about 9:30 a.m. Friday. The caller's wife stated she saw a cougar walking south, crossing Puetz Road between 51st Street and the trail.

Although no cougar was found, a county parks employee checked the area and said he found what appeared to be cougar tracks and possible cougar scat (droppings) along the grass trail close to the river - but no tracks or other evidence was found along the hardened bike trail.

After talking with the witness, the parks employee verified the animal described by the woman was a cougar and that the tracks were found in the area where she allegedly saw the big cat.

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Franklin High Senior Mara Matovich to represent Wisconsin in U.S. Senate Youth Program

Jan. 29, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Franklin —Franklin High School Senior Mara Matovich has been chosen as one of two students to represent Wisconsin in the United States Senate Youth Program this March.

Matovich and Vishal Narayanaswamy of Madison were chosen from a pool of 104 student delegates across the state to participate in the program, which will be held in Washington, D.C., for the week of March 7.

Matovich serves as vice president of the high school's National Honor Society chapter and also helps manage the yearbook and newspaper, The Saber Slate. She is involved in band, lacrosse, the Athletics and Activities Council and the Chamber Flute Ensemble in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The USSYP was created by the U.S. Senate in 1962 and has been funded by The Hearst Foundations since its inception. The program is an intensive weeklong study of the federal government that examines the political process and commitment to public service.

While in Washington, the student delegates will attend meetings with U.S. Senators, House Representatives, Congressional Staff, President Barack Obama and many other government officials. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and museums.

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Answers and winners of the Suburban Selfies contest revealed!

Jan. 29, 2015 1:45 p.m. | We here at Community Newspapers and Lake Country Publications would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in our second annual Suburban Selfies contest. To those who clambered over the snowpiles and toughed out the icy winter winds to get in prime selfie snapping position, we salute you.

And what better thanks could we give than a free dinner?

These three won the east contest (Milwaukee suburbs):

Holly LaVesser of New Berlin takes home the grand prize of a $200 gift card to Bartolotta restaurants.

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Oak Creek's Meijer will open in August

Jan. 29, 2015 10:19 a.m. | Oak Creek — Drexel Town Square's Meijer supercenter will open this August, according to a news release Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Meijer in Oak Creek will also have a convenience store and gas station, which will open in July of this year.

"All of us at Meijer are looking forward to bringing the Meijer experience to new customers in Wisconsin this summer,' said Frank Guglielmi, senior director of communications at Meijer.

Meijer, a Michigan-based retailer, announced the opening of Wisconsin's first stores more than two years ago in Grafton, Kenosha, Oak Creek and Wauwatosa.

"Foundations are set, floors are poured and the walls are up at our four new Wisconsin stores," said Guglielmi.

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Drexel Town Square's Emerald Row apartments lauded for 'urban and pedestrian feel'

Jan. 28, 2015 2:52 p.m. | Oak Creek — Plan commissioners approved design plans of Emerald Row apartments at Drexel Town Square, applauding the "urban and pedestrian feel" it will bring to the developing downtown.

Emerald Row, 601 S. 6th St., is an "H-shaped" development with 167 total units: 110 one-bedroom apartments, 31 two-bedrooms and 26 three-bedrooms. It has potential to house two retail businesses and offers underground parking stalls for residents.

Alderman Daniel Bukiewicz said the building would blend in well with the rest of Drexel Town Square development and will generate foot traffic.

Rinka Chung architects said more than 50 percent of the apartments will be "Cream City brick."

"I think it's a nice looking building for the first phase," said Bukiewicz.

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Oak Creek High School may add boys volleyball, girls golf

Jan. 28, 2015 2:47 p.m. | Oak Creek — Oak Creek High School may soon offer boys volleyball and girls golf.

Scott Holler, athletic and activities director, proposed the creation of the two sports during a recent school board meeting, citing that OCHS is the only school in the Southeastern Conference to not offer these sports.

"I do feel (Oak Creek) is a community that would embrace this and want to have it," said Holler.

Both boys volleyball and girls golf would be fall sports. Holler proposed an initial budget of $29,240 to create both sports.

One way to off-set the start-up cost would be to increase student athletes' annual athletic fee, which is currently $20, said Holler.

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Greendale High School to host regional FBLA leadership conference

Jan. 28, 2015 11:03 a.m. | Greendale —Greendale High School will host the 2015 Region VII Regional Leadership Conference of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc (FBLA-PBL) on Saturday, Feb. 7.

More than 750 students and nearly 120 advisers from FBLA-PBL high school chapters around southeastern Wisconsin will participate in the conference. The event will feature competitive events, election of regional vice presidents, a general session, special-interest sectionals, and an awards program.

Participants will be judged in competency in real-world business fields, including information technology, finance and insurance. Students will also be judged on numerous public speaking and presentation-based events.

The first-through third-place winners from each category of competitive events will qualify to participate in the State Leadership Conference in April.

ComedySportz will provide entertainment during the conference and the Greendale FBLA-PBL Chapter will host a Miracle Moment for the March of Dimes to raise money for the organization.

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Cudahy Sportsmen's Club to hire consultant for cleanup plan

Jan. 27, 2015 4:39 p.m. | The Cudahy Sportsmen's Club has budgeted $30,000 to hire a consultant to investigate and recommend cleanup of lead shot contamination and the accumulation of other debris at its trap shooting range on the north end of Milwaukee County's Warnimont Park, officials said Tuesday.

"We want to find a way to do whatever remediation is necessary" to comply with the state-ordered cleanup, Club Vice President Wayne Groth said at a meeting of the County Board's parks committee.

The club has agreed to hire a consultant recommended by the county no later than Friday, a deadline set by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Though the club's lease ends at the end of the year and it must vacate the current site, the county Parks Department is considering a request to relocate the range to a different location in the park.

If approved, the club would build a "state of the art" facility with a berm around proposed trap and skeet shooting ranges and a tall curtain to contain the shot so it can be retrieved, Groth said.

OCFSD school board member resigns

Jan. 27, 2015 12:56 p.m. | Oak Creek — Paul Mason, 12-year member of the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District Board of Education, submit a letter of resignation from the board earlier this month.

The letter sent to Superintendent Sara Burmeister and Frank Carini, board president, reads: "I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 12 years of service to the community; however, my professional responsibilities and obligations have changed, making it increasingly more difficult to attend and participate in Board activities.

"If it would be helpful, I would be willing to remain on the Board through January 31, 2015 or until such time that a replacement Board member is selected - whichever comes first."

Mason submit the letter January 5.

Board members discussed how the three-year position would be filled during their meeting Monday, Jan. 26. They unofficially agreed to individually interview school board candidates who will appear on the February primary election ballot.

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Franklin police investigate home invasion of 83-year-old woman's Oakwood Road residence

Jan. 27, 2015 11:20 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place Monday, Jan. 26, in the 11700 block of West Oakwood Road.

Police conducted its investigation about 5:30 a.m. Monday morning, after the 83-year-old victim reported the incident, according to the police department's official Facebook Page.

According to the report, a male suspect entered the woman's home while she was inside it and demanded money, prescription medication and alcohol. The man then ransacked the residence, pushing the victim down several times.

The suspect loaded many of the stolen possessions — including safes and a rifle — into the victim's vehicle, with the intention of stealing that as well.

The victim was able to escape the residence when the suspect returned to take more possessions. The woman was able to drive herself to the police department to report the incident. She was not injured.

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DNR orders cleanup of debris from shooting range on Lake Michigan

Jan. 26, 2015 5:44 p.m. | The state Department of Natural Resources has ordered Milwaukee County and the Cudahy Sportsmen's Club to clean up contamination at the club's trapshooting range on the north end of Warnimont Park along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

An environmental consultant must be hired by Friday to coordinate an investigation of contamination at the site and ensure cleanup activities comply with state law, Pamela Mylotta, DNR remediation program supervisor in southeastern Wisconsin, said in a letter to representatives of the county and club.

Lead shot has accumulated in soil at the property, Mylotta says. Other contaminants include broken clay pigeons and plastic wadding from shotgun shells.

Both the county and the gun club are responsible for restoring the property, Mylotta said in the letter. The club has operated a shooting range at the park since 1932.

Lead shot has fallen into the lake, where it remains in sediment and poses a health risk to wildlife and the public, according to County Parks Director John Dargle Jr. Park users have complained of plastic wadding and fragments of clay targets on the lakeshore east of the shooting range.

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Robert Sweetgall, the 'real Forrest Gump,' to lead two public sessions in Greendale

Jan. 26, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Greendale — Wellness expert Robert Sweetgall will lead two seminars on Monday, Feb. 23.

Sweetgall, sometimes referred to as "the real Forrest Gump," has walked across the United States of America seven times and has authored more than a dozen books on active living. He has promoted implementation of wellness programs with more than a million schools, corporations, hospitals and communities across the world.

"Nordic Walking 101 — Building Muscle, Burning Fat with the Ultimate Total-Body Walking Workout," Sweetgall's first evening session, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Greendale Middle School, 6800 Schoolway.

Participants in the hands-on clinic will learn the best techniques to increase walking metabolism, strengthen core muscles, tone the stomach and improve cardio. Nordic Walking equipment will be provided.

Sweetgall's second session, "Smart Strategies for Keeping Your Brain in Shape," will be held at 7 p.m. The workshop will include tips and strategies on physical activities to help the brain and body.

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With Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners closed, the chef prepares for a restaurant in downtown Waukesha

Jan. 26, 2015 9:48 a.m. | Mia Famiglia, the Italian restaurant in Hales Corners, has closed as its chef works to open a new restaurant in downtown Waukesha in March.

Tom White Jr. said the restaurant he's opening at 225 South St. would have a streamlined menu that would include small plates, burgers and sandwiches, along with specials that would make use of seasonal ingredients from the city's farmers market.

He's finalizing the concept and still deciding on the new restaurant's name but said he's leaning toward Maglio, his mother's maiden name and a nod to his Sicilian ancestry.

The new location, at the site of the recently closed Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, has an advantage for the growing Mia Famiglia line of prepared foods, which includes pastas, sauces and dressings.

"The beauty of this new building is that it has a large production kitchen in the basement," White said. The products are sold in eight grocery stores including Glorioso's Italian Market in Milwaukee and Grasch Foods in Brookfield, three winter farmers markets and seven summer markets, and he said he's in talks with Outpost Local Foods to sell the products in its stores.

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Owners are reportedly closing Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners to a open new restaurant in Waukesha

Jan. 23, 2015 11:15 a.m. | Hales Corners — Owners of Mia Famiglia, 10049 W. Forest Home Ave., are reportedly closing the Italian restaurant's doors in Hales Corners to open a new restaurant in Waukesha, the Waukesha Freeman reported Friday, Jan. 23.

Chef Tomas White, who owns Mia Famiglia with his family, will open a new restaurant, which has yet to be named, at the former Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub at 225 South St. in Waukesha, the article said.

Owners of Mia Famiglia could not be reached for a comment.

The new restaurant will reportedly open in March, selling small plates, hamburgers, Sunday brunch and sandwiches with homemade bread.

Chick-fil-A seeks Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square for new restaurant

Jan. 22, 2015 9:11 a.m. | Oak Creek — Chick-fil-A is the newest prospective tenant of Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square, the city announced Thursday, Jan. 22.

The Atlanta-based restaurant, featuring the "original" chicken sandwich, seeks tenancy at 150 W. Town Square Way, just west of Water Street Brewery, which is currently under construction.

Chick-fil-A would occupy 4,876 square feet with a drive-through, indoor play area and outdoor seating. The restaurant would staff 45 employees.

The plan commission will review Chick-fil-A's application on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi said he has received many comments from residents hoping Chick-fil-A would open in Oak Creek, according to a news release.

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Azura Memory Care seeks to build 13th Wisconsin location in Oak Creek

Jan. 20, 2015 7:53 p.m. | Oak Creek — Azura Memory Care, a Colorado-based facility that provides one-on-one Alzheimer's care, is seeking to develop its 13th Wisconsin location on South Mayhew Drive near East Puetz Road.

The facility would be developed in two phases, to house a total of 44 beds. Phase one would be built in spring to open in 2016.

The common council approved a rezoning of the property at 8870 S. Mayhew Drive to become 8760 S. Mayhew Drive, and a conditional use permit for Azura on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Matthew Lyons, director of development for Azura, said the development would create 75 new jobs in Oak Creek.


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