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Milwaukee man charged after having sex with 15-year-old Oak Creek girl

Feb. 19, 2013 9:14 p.m. | Oak Creek - A 23-year-old Milwaukee man is facing felony charges after he had sex with a 15-year-old Oak Creek girl he met through an online social networking site in October.

Matthew Elmore was charged Saturday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of possessing child pornography.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Elmore was arrested Feb. 12 after receiving a call from the girl's mother Feb. 10 reporting her daughter had had sexual intercourse with a man she met on the website MeetMe.com in October. The mother told police the two conversed for several months before they engaged in sex on two occasions in mid-January.

Elmore's next court appearance is scheduled for March 4, for a scheduling conference.

Hales Corners Elementary named 'School of Merit'

June 12, 2015 4:13 p.m. | Village of Hales Corners — Hales Corners Elementary School has been selected by the Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center as a School of Merit for its work in teaching and acknowledging behavior expectations of being safe, respectful and responsible.

The elementary school is in its second year of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports implementation, a program that includes direct teaching of behavior expectations and acknowledging students and classes for demonstrating the school wide behavior expectations, according to a news release from the Whitnall School District.

"Falcon Feathers" are awarded to students and then redeemed at the school market and raffles or for special rewards in the classroom. Schoolwide celebrations are earned with school success and have ranged from class dance parties to wheelchair basketball presentations, the release said.

"Our students and staff have really adopted a focus on positivity," said principal Lori Komas in the release. "PBIS implementation is a team approach. Staff, students, and parents must work together for PBIS to be successful."

Hales Corners Elementary School was one of 165 schools statewide to be recognized as a School of Merit for the 2014-15 school year. Schools were chosen based on an application process that included team and meeting information, implementation and outcome data and a narrative that described the data, systems and practices of PBIS implementation, according to the release.

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Floats needed for Hales Corners' July Fourth parade

June 12, 2015 10:48 a.m. | Village of Hales Corners — Organizers of the annual Fourth of July festivities in the village of Hales Corners are calling on the community to get involved with the celebrations' parade.

The Hales Corners July 4th Committee is encouraging local organizations and businesses to build and enter a float in the "Big Parade" held Saturday, June 4.

Floats are needed to help set the pace for the parade, according to a news release. The committee will reimburse organizations up to $1,000 for the materials needed to build a float.

"This is a great way to promote your organization in a creative way," said Village President Bob Ruesch in the release. "And, you have a captive audience all along the 1.1-mile parade route."

The "Big Parade" starts at 4 p.m. at 102nd Street and Forest Home Avenue and ends at the Hales Corners Village Hall on New Berlin Road. Interested organizations should contact Nancy Wilkes at nancy@platypus-ad.com.

Baseball stadium talks rekindled in Franklin

June 12, 2015 9:50 a.m. | Franklin — Michael Zimmerman will take a second go at bringing a baseball stadium to Franklin after plans to develop one in Oak Creek were unsuccessful.

"He was looking for a location along I-94 in Oak Creek and the developer he was working with was unable to secure that parcel of land," said Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi in an email to NOW Newspapers June 11. "This happened two weeks ago."

Zimmerman, who owns The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin, said during a special Franklin Common Council meeting June 10 he's interested in taking up the idea of a stadium once again.

It will be the second attempt Zimmerman has made to develop a baseball stadium in the city. Franklin officials rejected a plan for the city to help finance the stadium in April 2014.

"If you'll have me, I'll take another run at it, as much fun as it was the first time," Zimmerman said during the citizen comment period.

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Heavy rain expected tonight

June 11, 2015 8:16 a.m. | Periods of heavy rain are expected today and tonight, including in Waukesha, Milwaukee and Jefferson counties.

Thunderstorms will produce heavy downpours, according to the National Weather Service, carrying the risk of urban flooding and ponding of water on roadways.
Rainfall totals are expected to reach 1 to 2-1/2 inches. 

Eddie Bauer comes to Southridge Mall

June 10, 2015 10:28 a.m. | Greendale — Southridge Mall announced the recent addition of an Eddie Bauer to its retail selection on June 10.

Eddie Bauer offers a wide variety of sportswear, casual wear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle enthusiast.

The store can be found on the upper level of Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th Street.

For more information, call Southridge Mall at (414) 421-5600 or visit www.simon.com/mall/southridge-mall.

With bid awarded, Greendale's Hose Tower project looks to fall opening

June 09, 2015 8:33 p.m. | Greendale — For close to 42 years, the village's historical Hose Tower building was used for only one thing: storage.

But not for much longer.

The village-owned building will soon be used as a community center, after the board of trustees awarded a bid for interior construction on June 9.

The Greendale Historical Society began the campaign to renovate the hose tower building on behalf of the village six years ago, said Ted Mainella, president of the historical society.

"The goal is to open up the building as a community gathering space, which has been the goal all along," Mainella said.

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Architecture firm behind new floors at Franklin High gives back to school

June 09, 2015 3:23 p.m. | Franklin — The architecture firm that designed the new flooring at Franklin High School is giving the prize money back to the school.

Franklin High School was awarded the Gold Award in Education for Starnet's 2015 Worldwide Commercial Flooring Design Awards, according to a news release from Eppstein Uhen Architects, a regional firm that specializes in workplace, health care, education, senior living, student housing and mixed-use markets. The project also won the 2015 Grand Prize project award.

As a result, Eppstein Uhen Architects was awarded $5,000 to donate to a charity of choice and the firm chose to donate the prize money to the Franklin Educational Foundation to support high education standards in the district, according to the news release.

Lippert Tile Company, Inc., of Menomonee Falls was credited with installing the school's new floors.

Franklin middle school students raise money to fight heart disease

June 09, 2015 10:53 a.m. | Franklin — Middle school students recently raised thousands of dollars to benefit the American Heart Association.

Forest Park Middle School raised more than $4,000 for the organization that strives to reduce deaths caused by heart disease and stroke.

The students celebrated their success and wore red in honor of those affected by heart disease and stroke June 2 during the school's field day.

Oak Creek-Franklin School District holds off on setting new attendance area boundaries

June 08, 2015 9:53 p.m. | Oak Creek — The proposal for new elementary attendance area boundaries in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District is still up for discussion.

During the June 8 meeting, the school board voted to table final action that would establish new boundaries after concerned parents once again asked for further consideration.

With the upcoming addition of a seventh elementary school, the district has reviewed multiple options to adjust the attendance boundary areas. A special Elementary Attendance Area Committee met several times to discuss new boundaries, but parents have argued the information was not available to them.

Because of multiple parental concerns — many related to a perceived lack of communication from the district — the school board voted to table the topic until a future board meeting.

"I've been agonizing over this," said board member Sheryl Cerniglia, who made the motion to table the item. "I keep going back to when I first came on the board, and one of the platforms that I ran on was communication ... it's apparent to me that this is still an issue. I don't know if we'll come up with a different version (for attendance area boundaries), but (the parents) don't have the information they need. I think we need to do a better job getting that information out."

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Oak Creek-Franklin School Board approves $4.5M to construct auditorium shell

June 08, 2015 9:28 p.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School Board has agreed to commit up to $4.5 million for construction of an auditorium shell as part of the new secondary school. That will cover only about half of the cost of the finished facility, however, leaving about $4 million to be raised to complete the interior.

The school district currently does not have an auditorium, forcing schools to host musical performances and theatrical productions in their gymnasiums. Taxpayers have denied funding the auditorium twice before, voting against two referendums in less than a year that would have authorized the district to borrow up to $7.3 million for construction of an 800-seat facility.

As a result, the school board on June 8 agreed to commit $4.5 million in reserve funds over two years, from 2015-17. Once the shell is built, the district can then fundraise for the money to complete the interior of the auditorium — at a cost of about $4 million, according to district projections.

"I hope you folks do provide the funding to at least get the auditorium going," said Rich Imoehl, an Oak Creek resident and 1974 alumnus of Oak Creek High School, at the meeting. "Back in 1974, when I was a senior in high school, anything we had in regard to the arts was either on the stage of the auxiliary gym or in the little theater. That is still current today."

Board members and district families emphasized the need for an auditorium during the June 8 meeting, but one board member was concerned about the ultimate cost of the project.

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Former Greendale leader appointed to MMSD commission

June 08, 2015 5:48 p.m. | The Intergovernmental Cooperation Council of Milwaukee County has elected John Hermes, the former Greendale village president, to a three-year term on the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District commission.

Hermes will replace Greenfield resident Leon Saryan as a citizen representing Milwaukee County suburbs on the district's governing commission.

Hermes did not seek re-election in April as village president and was required to give up the seat he held at that time as an elected public official on the MMSD commission.

The Milwaukee mayor appoints seven of the 11 MMSD commission members. The ICC appoints four commission members.

Oak Creek Veterinary Care to celebrate grand opening with ribbon-cutting

June 08, 2015 3:18 p.m. | Oak Creek — The South Suburban Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the grand opening of Oak Creek Veterinary Care with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 11. The event, which will also include food, drinks, and a door prize, will take place at the clinic, 8000 S. Howell Ave., from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Oak Creek Veterinary Car opened its new clinic earlier this year, on Feb. 2. The 5,600-square-foot facility was designed to accommodate the growing need for quality animal care in southeastern Wisconsin. Veterinary doctors Julio Toro and Lisa Work opened the clinic together after years of experience in the veterinary industry.

The clinic is located near the busy intersection of Howell Avenue and Drexel Avenue, directly across the street from the development of the new 85-acre Drexel Town Square.

"We're thrilled to be a part of all of the new developments in Oak Creek," said Lisa Work, hospital director. "As the newest facility within arm's reach of Drexel Town Square, we're excited to watch the area grow and we're excited for the traffic it will draw. Within Drexel Town Square, Panda Express just opened up a couple of weeks."

For more information, visit www.oakcreekvetcare.com or find the clinic's Facebook page.

Free beer to be offered opening day of South Lake Beer Garden in Greendale

June 05, 2015 11:08 a.m. | Greendale — The first keg at the Scout Lake Beer Garden will be tapped at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. Free beer will be available while supplies last.

Milwaukee County Parks and the Estabrook Beer Garden will host the beer garden at Scout Lake Park, 5902 W. Loomis Road, from June 10 to 21.

The beer garden will feature beers of the Hofbräu Brewery, Usinger's sausages and fresh-baked pretzels from Miller Bakery. The 2015 brewing of the HB Munich Sommerbier — billed as the official beer-garden beer of Munich — will be offered exclusively at the Scout Lake Beer Garden, from June 10 to June 20.

Beer will be served in 1-liter or half-liter glass mugs; patrons must purchase a mug or bring their own.

The beer garden will open at noon, after opening day, and have last call at 9 p.m. The park closes at 10 p.m.

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Volunteers needed for new suburban symphony coming to Franklin area

June 05, 2015 11:03 a.m. | Franklin — A new symphony in Milwaukee's southwestern suburbs will hold a meeting for potential volunteers next week.

The Southwestern Suburban Symphony, a new musical group scheduled to debut with its first concert Aug. 23 at Franklin High School's Saber Center for the Performing Arts, will hold an introductory meeting for volunteers June 10.

The hourlong meeting will take begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Public Library, located near W. Loomis Road and W. Drexel Avenue. The meeting will be held in the Sievert Conference Room at the library.

Attendees can learn about potential volunteer opportunities with the symphony such as ushering for upcoming concerts or helping to promote the new orchestra, said the group's Executive Director Christine Flasch.

Oak Creek firefighters respond to fire at Hickory Landscaping

June 03, 2015 4:18 p.m. | Oak Creek — Oak Creek firefighters responded to a structure fire along West Puetz Road in the early morning hours Wednesday, June 3.

A passer-by on Interstate 94 reported a fire around 3:30 a.m., said Oak Creek Battalion Chief John Martin. Fire crews responded to the scene and found a structure owned by Hickory Landscaping, 1301 W. Puetz Road, completely engulfed in flames.

The Oak Creek Fire Department received assistance from crews in South Milwaukee, St. Francis, Cudahy, Caledonia, Milwaukee and Greendale.

The structure, which housed landscaping equipment, could not be salvaged.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

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