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Oak Creek to host clean-up with mayor

April 09, 2013 5:00 p.m. | Oak Creek - Residents are invited to help clean up the city with Mayor Steven Scaffidi from 10 a.m. to noon April 27, at Oak Creek City Hall.

The event is part of a citywide cleanup taking place from April 20 to April 27. The city has partnered with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful in the Great American Cleanup.

Participants are asked to bring their own gloves. Bags will be provided by Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful. Those younger than 18 must have a signed parent permission slip.

All trash will be picked up courtesy of the city streets department.

Enter Halloween contest to win tickets to Legends & Lore

9:39 a.m. | Halloween is creeping up, and that means it's time to see and hear about your favorite Halloween haunts.

If you do, you have a chance to enjoy haunted walks, spooky stories and crafts plus folklore from Wisconsin's past with free tickets to Halloween Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle on Oct. 11, 18, 25 and 31.

Here's what you need to do to be entered into a giveaway for one adult and one child admission:

Post a photo of you in your best Halloween costume or share your favorite place to go to for a Halloween fright. You can enter on Twitter or Instagram, but either way, you must include the hashtag #HalloweenWI in your post.

Deadline to enter is noon Thursday, Oct. 9. Four winners of one adult and one child admission each will be selected and notified Friday, Oct. 10.

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Franklin mayor recommends municipal tax levy freeze in 2015 budget

Sept. 29, 2014 2:14 p.m. | Franklin — The city of Franklin may see another municipal property tax freeze if the mayor's recommended budget is approved in November.

Mayor Steve Olson announced his 2015 recommended budget during a Common Council meeting on September 23.

The budget, which projects $25.5 million in general fund expenditures, includes additional service enhancements for the city. Should the recommended budget be passed, this will be the second year in a row that the city froze the municipal property tax levy.

Highlights of the recommended budget, which are provided through the city website, include:

· A 2015 extension of the joint-contract for a school resource officer in the Franklin School District.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 6.

'The Hill Has Eyes' haunted attraction to return for third season at The Rock

Sept. 26, 2014 10:37 a.m. | Franklin — The Rock Sports Complex will open its third annual "The Hill Has Eyes" haunted attraction on Friday, Oct. 3.

The Hill Has Eyes features a hooded march to the gates of two haunted trails, a ride on a rundown chair lift and a carnival of horrors.

Tickets can be purchased on-site at the box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. the day of the event. After opening weekend on Friday and Saturday, The Hill Has Eyes will be open every Thursday to Saturday through November 1. The attraction will also be open on two Sundays, October 19 and 26.

Tickets can also be purchased in advance online at www.hillhaseyes.com. General admission ranges from $25 to $35 depending on the night. VIP Speed tickets range from $35 to $45.

The Rock is located at 7900 W. Crystal Ridge Drive.

Hotel calls police about woman being beaten, but it was a couple role-playing during sex

Sept. 25, 2014 10:31 a.m. | Hotel employees called police to report that a female was being beaten up Sept. 13, but police found a couple role-playing during sex instead.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The front desk clerk called 911 to report that a female was being beaten up in a room at the Value Inn, 9420 S. 20th St., about 6 p.m. Sept. 13.

The caller told police they could hear her being slammed against a wall and she was screaming for him to stop and let go of her.

Police dispatched multiple squad cars and contacted the occupants, who said they were just role-playing during sex. Police saw no injuries.

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Adult Health & Wellness Day held today, free blood pressure screenings offered

Sept. 24, 2014 9:50 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Health Department's 15th annual Adult Health & Wellness Day takes place today, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the public library.

The Health & Wellness Day offers residents the chance to learn about their health and the health care options available in, and around, Franklin.

The Surgery Center LLC will be participating in the event by offering free blood pressure screenings to all those attending.

The Franklin Public Library is located at 9151 W. Loomis Road. Additional information can be found on the event flier.

Ready to move into a luxury apartment in Drexel Town Square?

Sept. 24, 2014 9:39 a.m. | Oak Creek — Design plans were approved for two apartment and retail buildings that will line the main street of Drexel Town Square last night during the plan commission meeting.

With the approval, construction can now start on the development as early as fall, weather permitting, but most likely in early spring.

Blair Williams of WiRED Properties, a Milwaukee-based developer, presented renderings of the apartments, which were designed by Rinka Chung Architecture Inc. of Milwaukee.

The buildings will mirror each other from across the street and will house up to 13 retailers on their first floors. There has been active discussion about the mix of retailers, which will include a restaurant, said Williams.

The apartments will offer a total of 14 one-bedroom, 35 two-bedroom and 13 three-bedroom units, said Williams.

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Glendale, Oak Creek hotels sold to Los Angeles firm

Sept. 24, 2014 9:24 a.m. | An Oak Creek hotel near Mitchell International Airport, and a Glendale hotel near Bayshore Town Center, have been sold to an investment group based in the Los Angeles area.

A Days Inn, 1201 W. College Ave., Oak Creek, was sold for $2.15 million to Oak Creek Hotel LLC, and another Days Inn, 5485 N. Port Washington Road, was sold for $2.75 million to Glendale Hotel LLC, according to state real estate records posted Tuesday and Wednesday.

The buyer's agent is Rao R. Yalamanchili, of Arcadia, Calif., who operates Positive Investments Inc., a real estate investment and property management firm.

The hotels were sold by their receiver, according to state records.

Greendale seeks public input on TIF proposal to revitalize downtown

Sept. 23, 2014 10:35 p.m. | Greendale — A proposed tax-incremental finance district in the village's downtown area could lead way to a number of changes: attractive public spaces, new attractions for visitors, safer access to the Greendale Middle School.

But as of right now, village officials stress that the TIF is just an idea on paper.

Residents got their first look at the Canterbury Heights Revitalization Project at an open house at the Greendale Safety Center on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The project, which proposes establishing a TIF district in the downtown area, is based on recommendations made by the Community Development Authority on Aug. 6.

A TIF uses new property taxes from future development in an assigned area to help finance other projects, such as enhancements to Greendale's downtown. Taxpayers and business owners would not pay additional taxes to support the TIF, but, rather, an investment from the village would be repaid through new tax revenue generated by new development.

Boundaries and purpose

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Milwaukee aldermen OK $1.2 million settlement in no-knock raid

Sept. 23, 2014 1:51 p.m. | The Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday approved paying $1.2 million to Richard Betker of Franklin to settle his claims against the city after he was shot by city police in his home in 2006 during a SWAT team's forced entry and search of his property.

Last November, a federal jury hearing Betker's lawsuit against the city found that a police detective lied on a search warrant affidavit requesting the "no knock" warrant. The jury awarded Betker $1 million in damages. Betker then petitioned for an award of attorney's fees and costs of $240,000.

City Attorney Grant Langley advised the Common Council to approve the settlement.

Poll: Will Wauwatosa West or Greendale win in Week 6 matchup?

Sept. 23, 2014 1:00 p.m. | Week 6 of the preps football season showcases a big Woodland Conference matchup: Wauwatosa West at Greendale.

Last year in Wauwatosa, the Panthers beat the Trojans, 35-20.

West enters the game with a 1-2 record this year (3-2 overall). Greendale is 3-0 (5-0).

 

Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 5.

Oak Creek football team beats Franklin with big plays, 20-12

Sept. 19, 2014 10:33 p.m. | Old Oak Creek hand Joe Paar was helping in the clean-up following the Knight football team's gritty 20-12 victory over archrival Franklin Friday night when he saw quarterback Steve Stilwell and running back Jamie Smith run off with the coveted "Helmet" trophy the two teams vie for each year.

"That looks good on you fellas!" Paar shouted.

The players said "Thanks coach!" and raced happily to the lockerroom to celebrate not only a rivalry victory, but a win that kept the Knights' hopes of a Southeast Conference title alive.

Oak Creek improved to 2-1 in league play and 4-1 overall while the Sabers fell to 2-1 and 3-2, respectively.

Paar knew exactly how good the trophy looked with Stilwell and Smith carrying it because the pair were responsible for all three of the Knights' first half touchdowns that they rode home to this impressive victory.

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Cookout, football game to follow Greendale Homecoming Parade

Sept. 19, 2014 9:27 a.m. | Greendale — Greendale High School will hold it's Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.

The Panther Pub will host a special cookout after the parade, serving food from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Food options include hot dog or hamburger baskets for $5 per person. To purchase a ticket, individuals must complete an order form before the event. Only a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

The Panther Pub is located at 5651 Broad Street.

Online order forms can be found on the Greendale Panther Athletic Booster Club website, www.GreendaleBoosterClub.org. Returned order forms should be sent to the school athletic office by Tuesday, Sept 23. Checks can be made payable to the GPABC. Sealed envelopes can also be sent to GPABC c/o Greendale High School, 6801 Southway, Greendale, WI 53129.

The Homecoming football game against New Berlin West High School will begin immediately following the cookout at 7 p.m. in the Stephen J. Gavinski Memorial Stadium, located at the Greendale High School.

Greendale sets meetings for downtown development plan

Sept. 18, 2014 7:00 a.m. |

A possible financing plan to encourage development in Greendale's Broad St. shopping area will be the subject of some coming meetings designed to get reactions from village residents.
 
The Greendale Community Development Authority in August approved a resolution to set the borders for a tax incremental financing district. The district would need additional approvals from the Village Board, with that action coming no earlier than Nov. 4.
 
The district would be centered on Broad St. and include future development sites.
 
The district would allow the village to provide financing for development projects. New property taxes from those developments would pay back those funds to the village. 
 
Some of the proposed goals include developing new residential projects; redirecting the Greendale Middle School drop-off; making aesthetic improvements to the parking lot area, including creating a family-friendly park; and renovating the exterior of the Hose Tower.
 
An informational open house on the proposal will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 23, at the Greendale Safety Center, 5911 W. Grange Ave. Residents can learn more about the project and share feedback.

A second open house will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the safety center. That will be followed by a public hearing during a meeting of the Community Development Authority, which starts at 7 p.m.

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