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Early morning fire damages Oak Creek home

Dec. 18, 2012 11:06 p.m. | Oak Creek - Firefighters and police responded to a basement fire at a home in the 8500 block of South Parknoll Drive during the early morning hours Tuesday.

The homeowners called police at 3:23 a.m. after they woke up and smelled smoke inside their home, then heard the smoke detector sound a short time later. The couple located their two daughters, ages 8 and 6, and one of their two dogs and exited the residence.

Smoke was seen coming from the basement when emergency personnel arrived. After the Oak Creek Fire Department arrived, it was determined the was fire started by a pilot light in the water heater due to items in the basement.

The fire caused major damage to the water heater and basement. No official damage estimate was available at the time of the report.

No injuries were reported; however, paramedics attended to the children, who complained of slight smoke inhalation. The second dog later was found.

Crash closes right NB lane of I-43 at S. 116th St. in Hales Corners

12:25 p.m. | A crash has closed the right lane of northbound Interstate 43 at S. 116th St. in Hales Corners. The incident is expected to take two hours to clear. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is responding.

Village of Greendale takes steps to acquire property for possible veterans memorial site

May 26, 2015 3:49 p.m. | Greendale — If a veterans memorial is to be built near the intersection of Broad Street and Southway, the decision will soon rest with the village of Greendale.

The village is currently in the process of acquiring the property from the Greendale School District after reaching an agreement May 26, according to a news release from the district.

Residents voted in favor of transferring ownership of the school district property to the village during a special meeting on April 28.

The southeast corner of Broad Street and Southway has been the favored location for a veteran's memorial since fundraising began in 2014.

The Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee's proposed design includes six granite panels and a digital kiosk, where Greendale veterans will be honored in an archive.

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Cedar Hills to celebrate fifth-grade artwork in annual Gallery Night

May 26, 2015 11:54 a.m. | Oak Creek — Cedar Hills Elementary School will host its sixth annual Fifth-Grade Gallery Night on Thursday, May 28.

The public is invited to see students display their artwork from the entire year in celebration of their transition into becoming young adult artists.

Visitors will have the opportunity to browse the gallery spaces, speak to the artists, and take part in the Cedar Hills Family Art Extravaganza, where the Milwaukee Art Museum will present, "Kohl's Color Wheels."

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cedar Hills, 2225 W. Sycamore Ave.

Motorcyclist killed in Hales Corners crash

May 25, 2015 11:33 a.m. | A motorcyclist died Sunday night following a crash in Hales Corners.

The 56-year-old man was riding westbound on W. Forest Home Ave. just before 8 p.m. when he veered off the road and crashed near Janesville Road, Hales Corners police said.

He sustained life threatening injuries in the crash and was later pronounced dead on the scene. The driver was not wearing a helmet, according to police.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the accident.

YEA! Greendale student program seeks additional business partners

May 21, 2015 1:14 p.m. | Greendale — The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) chapter of Greendale is seeking businesses to join PNC Financial Services Group and Stella & Dot's independent stylist Jess Anderson as partners in supporting its program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

YEA! is a school program that takes students between the ages of 11 and 18 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. YEA! Greendale is sponsored by the Greendale Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

By partnering with YEA!, businesses can volunteer their time as business mentors, field trip hosts, guest lecturers and more. Community support strengthens the program, and the academy helps strengthen the community.

Businesses interested in joining the program are encouraged to contact Kitty Goyette, communications director for the Greendale School District, at kitty.goyette@greendale.k12.wi.us or by calling (414) 416-6215.

Milwaukee County Historical Society to host Trimborn Heritage Weekend

May 20, 2015 4:23 p.m. | Greendale — The Milwaukee County Historical Society will host its first Trimborn Heritage Weekend at Trimborn Farm Historical Park this June.

Visitors are welcome to "walk through history" as they experience re-enactors from different time periods and a variety of history-related presentations. The farm will serve as a backdrop for the historical re-enactment event.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 6 and 7 at the farm, 8881 W. Grange Ave.

Admission costs $5 per person. Food vendors will be on-site.

For more information, visit www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288.

Local police assemble for seat belt enforcement

May 20, 2015 4:03 p.m. | Franklin — Area police departments will participate in seat belt targeted traffic enforcements until May 31.

As part of the Click It or Ticket National Mobilization, the Franklin, Greendale and Hales Corners police departments have been participating in a seat belt grant sponsored by the Wisconsin Bureau of Traffic Safety to educate the public on the importance of wearing seat belts, according to a news release from the Franklin Police Department. This year's effort began May 18.

Through enforcement and education, police hope to increase seat belt awareness, usage compliance and reduce traffic crash injuries, the release said.

Following the Click it or Ticket traffic enforcements, the departments will continue to conduct patrols to increase seat belt usage and prevent traffic related deaths.

Greendale Marching Band to be featured in Colder's commercial

May 20, 2015 2:18 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale High School Marching Band has been chosen by Colder's Furniture and Appliance to perform in an upcoming television commercial for the firm.

The band will be filmed for the advertisement later this week. The finished TV commercial will air on Milwaukeearea television stations beginning this summer.

Earlier this year, Oak Creek High School's marching band and color guard were also featured in a Colder's commercial.

Department of Transportation to update local businesses about South 27th Street construction

May 19, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Oak Creek — Local businesses will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation about the South 27th Street project on Tuesday, May 26.

Participants in the business meeting will receive 2015 project updates, including information about the construction schedule, lane closures and alternate route options.

The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Highway 241 Project Field Office, 6508 S. 27th Street in Suite 6.

Businesses are asked to RSVP for the meeting through Public Involvement Lead Cyntha De Vor by calling (262) 510-8901 or emailing her at cynthia.devor@dixonandcompanyinc.com.

Oak Creek's historical society begins tour season on Memorial Day

May 18, 2015 11:43 a.m. | Oak Creek — Memorial Day is the season opening day of the Pioneer Village with free tours by the Oak Creek Historical Society.

All the buildings will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 25. The museum complex, on 15th Avenue and Forest Hill Avenue, includes the old Town Hall, blacksmith shop, summer kitchen, log house, barn, cobbler shop and print shop.

All the buildings will be open Sundays from Memorial Day until Labor Day from noon to 4 p.m. with free tours.

The historical society meets on the fourth Monday of the month. Visitors interested in becoming a member are encouraged to attend the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22, at the Oak Creek Fire Station on 6th and Rawson.

Oak Creek High School track now open to public Saturday mornings

May 18, 2015 11:02 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek High School track is now open for community use every Saturday morning.

The track at Knights Community Stadium, 340 E Puetz Rd., will be open to the public from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Saturday — with the exception of July 4 — until Thanksgiving.

Visitors must wear appropriate footwear — no cleats or spikes — and are restricted from using strollers, scooters or other wheel-bound equipment on the track. Food, gum and pets are not permitted.

Company behind Franklin High School's new floor wins national awards for design

May 13, 2015 4:38 p.m. | Franklin — The company behind recent floor installations at Franklin High Schools is honored with national recognition.

Lippert Tile Company, Inc., of Menomonee Falls was presented the 2015 Grand Prize and the Gold in Education award by Starnet Worldwide April 17 in Tucson, Ariz. Each year, the Starnet Design Awards spotlight the innovative use of flooring in commercial design, according to a news release from the organization.

Lippert Tile Company, Inc. strove to incorporate Franklin High School's message of "learning anytime, anywhere" into its design. An overall theme of communication and movement was included in the flooring design and each department at the school is expressed through different colors graphics.

Classrooms are carpeted to improve acoustics and to support flexible furniture arrangements.

Throughout the project, a palette of yellows, golds and the school's colors are used.

Let us know about your Memorial Day event

May 13, 2015 1:29 p.m. | Are you or your organization planning an event commemorating Memorial Day? Send information to us at news@jrn.com so we can include it in a roundup of events. Deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Monday, May 18.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Massive overhaul of area conferences could be afoot

May 13, 2015 10:55 a.m. | A large-scale reorganization of area conferences could be on the way, plus a look back at new directions for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Heart the City 5K/10K to raise awareness for area homeless

May 13, 2015 9:28 a.m. | Oak Creek — Revitalize WI, a nonprofit organization, will host its first Heart the City 5K/10K event Saturday, May 16, to raise awareness for the homeless and impoverished people of southeast Wisconsin.

The race will begin at Abendschein Park, 1311 E. Drexel Ave., run through a part of the Oak Leaf Trail, continue on through residential neighborhoods and return back to the park.

Registration for the event will be held at 9 a.m. The race will begin at 10 a.m.

The event will conclude with a post-race party that will include an awards ceremony, food and live entertainment.

Proceeds from the 5K/10K will help Revitalize WI obtain its first transitional living for the homeless, where guests will receive counseling, education and workforce skills through an on-site workshop and hydroponics garden.

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