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Franklin police: Estranged wife comes knocking at Park Motel

April 16, 2013 6:18 p.m. | Franklin - A man and woman were asked to leave a local motel during the early morning hours of April 14 after the man's estranged wife came looking for them with a "Club" in her hand.

According to the Franklin police report:

Officers responded to the Park Motel, 7273 S. 27th St., after an employee reported two women pounding on all the motel doors and shouting for someone to come out about 12:20 a.m. April 14.

A 39-year-old Milwaukee woman apparently was looking for her husband, who was staying at the motel with another woman. She was holding a steering wheel locking device, known as "The Club," in her right hand.

The women left the motel parking lot in a newer model silver Dodge minivan before police arrived.

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Franklin's Chmielewski inducted into UW-Oshkosh Hall of Fame

June 28, 2016 1:52 p.m. | Simply put, recent University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Kay (Mikolajczak) Chmielewski makes juggling career, marriage, motherhood and the occasional marathon and basketball tournament look so easy that the Franklin graduate can scarcely believe the multitude of honors she has earned.

"This was not on my radar at all," she said of this past spring's induction. "I was at an alumni event (last fall) talking with the sports information director when he told me to be ready, that I was going to get a call about this (the hall of fame) soon.

"And I said, 'Excuse me?'"

But she shouldn't be so incredulous.

The 6-0 Chmielewski came out out of the first golden age of Franklin girls athletics. She was the rebounding machine and all-important second threat on the late Christine Rathke-led 1999 WIAA state runner-up girls basketball team. Later that spring, she was a key long sprinter on the WIAA state runner-up girls track team coached by former Saber Athletic Director Don Kurth.

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Oak Creek baseball team passes big test, ready for GMC stretch run

June 28, 2016 1:28 p.m. | The Oak Creek baseball team has passed many tests en route to a one-game lead with just three contests left in the Greater Metro Conference race.

What it hasn't had a lot of time for is a great deal of high-level nonconference action, so the Knights made a road trip to a place where they haven't been since 2005, a place where even the legendary Tony Butler proved to be mortal.

Knight baseball coach Scott Holler could only smile at the memory.

"The last time we were at Rennicke Field (in Mequon), Tony (Butler) was playing first base, and a ground ball went through his legs, and we lost," Holler said, laughing.

The comment came shortly after the Knights put together a solid effort on Jun. 24, especially on the defensive end, in their return trip to Rennicke, with a 7-3 decision over a good Homestead team.

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2016 Fourth of July events in the Milwaukee suburbs

June 28, 2016 11:50 a.m. | From the North Shore, to Oak Creek and Franklin, to Wauwatosa and Brookfield and West Allis and New Berlin, and all of the other communities within the MyCommunity NOW coverage area, there are plenty of Fourth of July festivities to take part in. Below is a list separated by county and in alphabetical order of events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2016. If you know of an event you don't see listed below, email us at news@jrn.com.  

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave. This year’s theme is joining hands for peace. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in Milwaukee County Parks without a permit. For the latest updates, visit www.city.milwaukee.gov/july4th.

9 to 10:15 a.m.: parade, starting at South Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Linus Street, proceeds to park.

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HCFD raises around $5,000 to donate to Operation Finally Home

June 28, 2016 11:06 a.m. | Hales Corners —The Hales Corners Fire Department "filled the bucket" with around $5,000 Friday, June 24 to donate to Operation Finally Home, an organization that builds homes for wounded veterans.

Off-duty firefighters and their families stood on the corner of Highway 100 and Grange in Hales Corners with buckets, asking drivers to donate to Operation Finally Home, who is currently working toward building a home for a veteran in Waukesha.

According to David Belman, a contractor who works with Operation Finally Home, the organization tries to get most of the materials for the house donated, but monetary donations are still needed to cover the price of additional materials and labor.

Wes Guajardo, captain at the Hales Corners Fire Department, says that "Fill the Bucket" is just one of the ways HCFD shows their support to the military.

"It allows us to help those who served, or their families, by giving them a home," Guajardo said.

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Franklin Library to once again host "Writer's Nights"

June 28, 2016 10:09 a.m. | Franklin Public Library will once again begin hosting Writer's Night the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. starting Thursday, July 7 in the Sievert Conference Room in the library, 9151 W Loomis Rd.

Writer's Night is intended to be a "pressure free" place where local writers can share their work, receive constructive criticism, learn from each other, and commiserate over the joys and sorrow of being a writer. Each meeting starts with a writing prompt, which changes with the participants' needs.

For more information about Writers' Night, contact Programming & Outreach Coordinator Caitlin Sprague at 414-425-8214 or Caitlin.Sprague@mcfls.org.

Franklin Library will host "Princess of Magic" June 28

June 27, 2016 2:59 p.m. | Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Rd, will host Julie Sobanski, "The Princess of Magic" 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28 as a part of their children's summer reading program.

Sobanski has performed for over a decade, and won a variety of magic performance awards. In a profession mostly filled with men, Sobanski is one of the few performing "magiciennes," or female magicians.

This event is free and open to the public. The library recommends the program for children ages three and up.

Oak Creek holding selfie search contest in July

June 27, 2016 12:23 p.m. | The city of Oak Creek's recreation department is holding a selfie contest throughout July with participants being entered to win tickets to various places.

In honor of National Recreation Month (July), the city 'wants to see you out celebrating the outdoors" in their parks, according to a posting on their website. Throughout July, the recreation department will give out clues on Facebook every Friday that lead to various parks and recreation activities.

Those who figure out the clue and take a picture of themselves with the answer will be entered into a random prize drawing. First prize is one Six Flags ticket good for any day, second prize are two Country Springs tickets good for a weekday, and third place are one adult ticket and one child ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo.

In addition, every participant who correctly solves and submits a picture for all four weekly clues will receive a $10 voucher for a recreation class. Their pictures will also be displayed in a digital picture collage on the recreation department's Facebook page.

The contest is open to all Oak Creek residents and families in the Oak Creek-Franklin School District. Pictures should be mailed to rec@oakcreekwi.org or they can be dropped off or mailed to the Oak Creek Recreation Department, 8040 S. 6th Street, Attn: Recreation Department. A completed entry form available on the city website must be completed and included with the first picture entry.

Referendum will be held to decide fate of Forest Park Middle School

June 27, 2016 10:20 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin School Board has decided voters will decide the fate of Forest Park Middle School.

But whether voters will be asked if the school should be lightly or heavily modified or perhaps entirely replaced by a new building has not been decided.

Board members voted unanimously June 22 to bring the issue to a referendum, given the current problems and limitations at the middle school.

"Inefficiencies in the learning environment, security, the life span of some building systems, and planning ahead for the future educational needs of the community combined with the valuable input from the survey led to the consideration to go to a referendum," School Board President Janet Evans said.

According to a survey conducted by Community Perceptions, 62 percent of Franklin residents would support the district exploring a referendum to update Franklin Park Middle school at this time; 23 percent of residents responded no to the question, and 16 percent reported they were "undecided."

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Oak Creek baseball team passes test with win over Homestead, 7-3

June 25, 2016 1:22 a.m. | The Oak Creek baseball team has passed many tests en route to a one-game lead with just three contests left in the Greater Metro Conference race.

What it hasn't had a lot of time for is a great deal of high level nonconference action, so the Knights made a road trip to a place where they haven't been since 2005, a place where even the legendary Tony Butler proved to be mortal.

Knights baseball coach Scott Holler could only smile at the memory.

"The last time we were at Rennicke Field (in Mequon), Tony (Butler) was playing first base and a ground ball went through his legs and we lost (laughs)," said Holler.

The comment came shortly after the Knights put together a solid effort Friday night, especially on the defensive end, in their return trip to Rennicke, with a 7-3 decision over a good Homestead team.

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Canterbury earns two School of Merit awards

June 24, 2016 11:47 a.m. | Greendale — Canterbury Elementary was awarded two 2015-16 School of Merit awards from the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) Center.

This is the second consecutive year the school has been recognized.

One of 222 statewide schools recognized for implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Canterbury also was among 125 schools who received School of Merit honors in Reading. The second award came from their "implementation of a culturally responsive multilevel system of support," a news release reads.

The goal of PBIS is to help the school more effectively meet social-emotional needs of students through a support system for behavior.

Michael Mullen, principal of Canterbury, said the program "uses data to guide student support needs and provide small group instruction geared toward meeting those needs in reading." He said the support system is available for all students, not just those who are struggling.

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Oak Creek increases dog ownership limit from two to three

June 24, 2016 10:15 a.m. | Oak Creek — It's been said every dog has its day.

For some dogs in Oak Creek, that day was June 21 when the common council passed an ordinance 4-1 allowing residents to own up to three dogs — an increase of one over the previous maximum.

Mayor Steve Scaffidi said he supported the measure but it "requires neighbors cooperating."

Jean Rhoten works with a local animal rescue and spoke during public comment. She said the city has an "outstanding number of kids who get it," referring to the need of rescuing animals and what it takes to care for them. Many teens and kids sat with Rhoten in the audience, awaiting the council's decision.

"You've got a great opportunity here to make a minor change," Rhoten said.

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Free Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert at Boerner Botanical Gardens

June 23, 2016 2:28 p.m. | Milwaukee County Parks and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present a free MSO outdoor concert at Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Thursday, June 30 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Assistant Conductor Yaniv Dinur, the MSO will present a festive and patriotic program, featuring the music by Strauss, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Sousa, and others.

Guests attending the concert should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Picnicking before or during the program is allowed, and attendees may bring their own food or purchase food and beverage items from the on-site caterer.

Admission to the Botanical Gardens is free after 6 p.m. Parking is also free.

Before 6 p.m., admission to the Botanical Gardens is $5.50 for adults age 18 and up, $4.50 for students of any age with IDs, Milwaukee County seniors age 60 and up with IDs, and people with disabilities, and $3.50 for youth age 6 to 17.

New Hales Corners administrator prefers 'personal touch'

June 23, 2016 1:04 p.m. | Hales Corners —Sandra Kulik will take over as Hales Corners' village administrator, replacing Mike Weber, who is retiring in August.

Kulik comes to Hales Corners with 16 years of experience in government work, specifically in finances. She is currently the finance manager for the city of Brookfield, and has previously worked for Walworth County and Lake Geneva.

While she is looking forward to putting her master's degree in administration into use through her new role, Kulik also said she is excited to work with the community of Hales Corners.

"(Hales Corners) seemed like a town in a city environment," Kulik said. "It has all the same things going on in big areas, but on a more personal level. I'm excited about that personal touch,"

Short-term goals

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Wounded Warrior now "The Chowventor"

June 22, 2016 3:57 p.m. | Hales Corners —After being honorably discharged from the Air Force after 10 years of service, wounded warrior Amber Frymark began searching for a new career.

"As a disabled veteran, I actually struggled with social anxiety, so having the average job was not working. I had to find a way to do something meaningful," Frymark said. "I felt like my only route was to create something on my own, with no lesson plan whatsoever."

So, early in 2016, she created "Chowventions," a "food invention company" based in Hales Corners.

Shortly after starting her own business, an acquaintance emailed Frymark about the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge saying that she should enter.

She said, "It can't hurt," and early in June, the competition sponsors announced that she was a startup finalist.

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2 arrested in suspected poaching at Whitnall Park

June 22, 2016 2:22 p.m. | Two people arrested early Wednesday morning are accused of attempting to shoot and kill animals at Whitnall Park in Franklin, the Police Department said in a news release.

They have since been released and the Department of Natural Resources is continuing its investigation, police said.

Police arrived at the park about 5 a.m. after receiving complaints of shots being fired, the release said. There was no threat to the community.

No animals were recovered at the scene, though the suspects were shooting at "anything you can eat," police said.

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