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Franklin Fire Department finalist in $25,000 kitchen makeover contest

April 14, 2013 4:40 p.m. | Franklin - The Fire Department is one of five finalists in the IKEA and The Family Handyman magazine's "Fire Station Kitchen Makeover" contest.

The city's fire department was chosen by contest judges from approximately 1,000 entries. The winning department will be selected by the most online votes. Voting concluded earlier this month.

If the Franklin Fire Department wins, it would bring some much needed upgrades and repairs - at no cost to taxpayers - to the kitchen area at Fire Station No. 1, its headquarters. The IKEA kitchen makeover is valued at $25,000.

The winning fire department was supposed to be selected April 12 based on the number of online votes. However, contest organizers told Franklin firefighters that they're pushing back the date and will not select a winner until May 1.

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 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.

Alyson Dudek of Hales Corners will compete on "The Amazing Race" with boyfriend

Jan. 20, 2015 3:08 p.m. | Hales Corners — Alyson Dudek, an Olympic short-track speed skater and Hales Corners-native, is one of the newest competitors on CBS's "The Amazing Race."

"The Amazing Race" is a reality television show in which teams of two people, who have a pre-existing personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other couples.

Dudek, 24, is teamed with her boyfriend, Steven Langton, 31, of Boston, Massachusetts. Langton is an Olympic bobsledder who met Dudek at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The race is split into 12 legs with physical and mental challenges — like navigating foreign public transportation with a limited budget.

Teams are progressively eliminated at the end of most legs. The champion team will earn $1 million.

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Forum evaluates six Greendale School Board candidates entering primary election

Jan. 15, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Greendale — The six primary candidates running for two Greendale School Board seats will have an opportunity voice their opinions during a forum on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

The Primary Election Candidate Forum will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Greendale High School, 6801 Southway.

Individuals who will be running in the primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 17, are John Comiskey, Joe Crapitto (incumbent), Noelle Joers-Yanisch, Kim Kowalczyk, James Schmidt and Kathy Vincent.

School Board Treasurer Anne Szcygiel will not be running for re-election.

The Greendale Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County will conduct their annual Greendale Candidate Forums to educate voters on the upcoming local Greendale elections. All school board candidates have been invited to the forum and are expected to participate.

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Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started!

Jan. 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. | My Community Now and Lake Country Now are extending the second annual Suburban Selfies contest through Sunday, Jan. 25. Contest answers and winners will be announced Jan. 29.

Below, and in the above video, are two free riddle solutions to get you started!

Check out the contest at

Solution One:

Lake Country Now contest riddle: My body is silver but you can see through me. Waukesha's hometown boy was famous for playing me. (Location: Waukesha)

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Assisted living developers pursue Oak Creek neighborhood for facility

Jan. 13, 2015 7:20 p.m. | Oak Creek — Autumn Creek assisted living developers have pursued West Willow Drive for a second senior care center.

Developers Brian Schoenleber and Steve Czysz of CQS LLC were awarded a conditional use permit to open a facility that is not yet named at 1326 W. Willow Drive, at the plan commission meeting Tuesday, Jan. 13.

The assisted living facility would occupy a lot in a single family residential neighborhood and house eight bedrooms and 16 beds for residents with slight dementia, developmental disability and advanced age.

Aesthetically speaking, Schoenleber said, "We're trying to make this fit into the neighborhood as a residential home."

Autumn Creek's current location, 8035 S. Cesily Drive, houses eight bedrooms and eight beds.

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With no buyer, YMCA to close South Shore facility in Cudahy

Jan. 13, 2015 2:39 p.m. | Cudahy — The South Shore YMCA, which has served Milwaukee County's southern communities for 40 years, will be shuttered at the end of the month, a casualty of its parent organization's bankruptcy.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee announced Tuesday that it would close the South Shore Y at 3244 E. College Ave. effective Jan. 31 because it could not find a buyer.

The announcement was met with disappointment, but little surprise, Tuesday at City Hall and among patrons.

Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt called it "a sad day for myself and my community."

"The YMCA has been involved in our community literally for decades," Hohenfeldt said. "It's really hard to find anyone in this community who wasn't touched in some way by the programs there, whether that was learning how to swim or the after-school programs."

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Franklin horse farm sold to developer

Jan. 13, 2015 7:00 a.m. | The 26-acre Friesian Dreams horse farm, in Franklin, has been sold to a group formed by developer Mike Zimmerman.

The property, 8490 W. Old Loomis Road, was sold by James and Lorraine Paradinovich to Zim-Mar Properties LLC for $1.38 million, according to state real estate records posted Monday.

Zimmerman, whose ventures include The Rock sports complex, which is nearby at at the northwest corner of W. Loomis Road and S. 76th St., plans to develop 25 homes and commercial space on the Friesian Dreams property.

That project is among develpment plans pending in the area around the intersection of S. 76th St., W. Rawson Ave. and W. Loomis Road.


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