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Oak Creek Mayor Scaffidi to host 'State of the City' chat via Twitter tonight

April 16, 2014 2:29 p.m. | Mayor Scaffidi will host a "State of the City" chat via Twitter tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. using the hashtag #askthemayor.

Scaffidi will tweet announcements from the city's Twitter account, @CityofOakCreek, and respond to any questions labeled with the hashtag #askthemayor.

Last year's "State of the City" chat took place at the Oak Creek Community Center. Scaffidi said he held a Twitter chat once before and hopes to get the same response tonight, if not better.

"I thought I'd mix it up this year," said Scaffidi.

Motorcyclist killed on Canal St. is identified

April 20, 2015 2:48 p.m. | The motorcyclist who died after hitting a guardrail in Milwaukee was identified as Joseph E. Hernke, according to police.

Hernke, 46, of South Milwaukee, was driving a motorcycle about 6:50 p.m. Saturday in the 3200 block of W. Canal St. when he hit the curb of a street, traveled onto a sidewalk and struck a guardrail.

Authorities said Hernke was not wearing a helmet and lost control on a curve before hitting a sidewalk. He was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the scene from his injuries, police said.

A 44-year-old Milwaukee man was riding behind Hernke on a separate motorcycle and was arrested on an allegation of operating while under the influence of alcohol, according to a police spokesman.

Oak Creek-Franklin School District reschedules enrollment boundary meeting

April 20, 2015 1:23 p.m. | Oak Creek —A meeting regarding proposed changes to school attendance boundaries has been rescheduled.

The meeting, originally scheduled for April 20, will allow the public an opportunity to discuss proposed changes to the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District, which must decide how to fill the new elementary school approved by referendum last year.

According to a recent survey, five out of six elementary grade levels as well as Oak Creek High School are above enrollment capacity. The addition of a new elementary school will require adjustments to the existing enrollment areas.

The rescheduled meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on May 4 in the district's Administration Office, 7630 South 10th St.

Gallery Night to showcase Greendale's student artwork

April 20, 2015 12:08 p.m. | Greendale —Greendale Middle School will host its first Gallery Night of the Arts on Thursday, May 14.

Student artwork will be featured from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the middle school, 6800 Schoolway. In addition to the exhibit, Greendale High School students will challenge Greenfield High School students in a series of "canvas wars," where they will compete in live painting during the event.

Other activities include a community painting project, led by the Greendale High School National Art Honor Society chapter, and the high school's Service Art Club will host a button-making station. Greendale Middle School students will provide live music during the Gallery Night.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

'My Kidneys' 5K event in Greendale to promote kidney health

April 20, 2015 10:18 a.m. | Greendale — The National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin will host a "My Kidneys" Run/Walk on Saturday, May 9.

The 5K run/walk along Root River Parkway South will help promote kidney health and raise awareness for the one in nine adults battling kidney disease.

Registration begins at the South 92nd and West College Avenue entrance at 7:30 a.m. Events will begin at 9 a.m. All funds will support the NKFW and its programs and services for patients and families in Wisconsin.

The "My Kidneys" event will include face painting, fun photos, organ donation information and trivia bingo.

The kidneys act as the body's main filtration system, ridding it of waste and helping balance essential fluids and chemicals. Kidney disease is hard to detect in the early stages, because there are no symptoms.

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Police chase in Cudahy ends in driver's arrest in Milwaukee

April 19, 2015 10:18 a.m. | Cudahy police chased a vehicle through three communities Saturday morning before the driver stopped the vehicle near S. 7th St. and Lincoln Ave. in Milwaukee, authorities said.

Around 9:40 a.m. Saturday, a Cudahy police officer attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation in the 4800 block of S. Packard Ave. when the driver refused to stop, police said in a news release.

The vehicle was heading east on E. Layton Ave. when the driver lost control and the vehicle struck a sign at the intersection of S. Lake Drive. Two passengers fled on foot at that time and were taken into custody, police said.

The driver continued northbound on S. Lake Drive through St. Francis to S. Superior St. in Milwaukee. A third passenger fled the vehicle in the 1200 block of E. Conway St. and was taken into custody.

The driver again continued in the vehicle but was arrested after stopping at S. 7th St. and Lincoln Ave. in Milwaukee, police said.

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YEA! Greendale school program to recruit business-minded students

April 16, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Greendale — Students interested in becoming future business owners will have an opportunity to register for a new program next school year.

An informational meeting about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Greendale program will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 27 in Greendale High School, 6801 Southway, in room 173.

YEA! Greendale is a new program that takes students from grades six to 12 through the process of planning and launching a business or social movement over the course of the school year. By the end of the class, students will own and operate functioning businesses, which may carry on after their graduation from the program.

Greendale High School Principal Steve Lodes, who will serve as the student recruitment program manager of YEA! Greendale, will lead the informational meeting for interested students, families and local business leaders.

Applications will be available at the event. The application deadline for the YEA! Greendale class of 2015-16 is May 15. Applicant interviews will be held mid-June.

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Oak Creek High School receives special grant to begin home construction class next year

April 15, 2015 4:29 p.m. | Oak Creek — Sixteen students from Oak Creek High School will build a house as part of a specialized course next school year.

On April 13, The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School Board announced that a $47,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development will help implement the program next year.

"Knight Construction," a subsequent class to the school's existing Construction 1 and 2 courses, will provide students with the opportunity to build a house from the ground up, further enhancing their knowledge of building construction.

"Our ultimate goal is to give these students the exposure to different types of trades … so that they can make an educated decision when considering future careers," said Matt Lonergan, a technology and engineering teacher at Oak Creek High School.

The High School Pupil Workforce Training Program grant, given through Governor Scott Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward-Blueprint for Prosperity program, will pay for the costs of start-up equipment and training for the Oak Creek students.

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Oak Creek-Franklin School District discusses new enrollment boundaries

April 14, 2015 7:23 p.m. | Oak Creek — Residents approved a new elementary school to be built within the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District last year. Now, the district has to figure out how to shift existing students into that additional school.

Since the $59 million referendum (which will also fund a new secondary school) was passed in November, a special Elementary Attendance Area Committee has met several times to discuss new student boundaries for each school in the district.

"Right now, all of our schools are crowded," said Superintendent Sara Burmeister, "so we need to reduce the number of students at each of our elementary schools, making them more balanced and providing more room to grow in attendance areas that will most likely see residential development in future years."

Numbers game

The number of students enrolled in the district has jumped from 4,823 to more than 6,000 since 2000. Current enrollment shows that five out of six elementary grade levels as well as Oak Creek High School are above capacity. (The high school enrolls 2,038 students but is designed for 2,000.)

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Salvation Army in Oak Creek to host human trafficking awareness event

April 14, 2015 1:43 p.m. | Oak Creek — A special presentation concerning human trafficking will be held on Saturday, May 2.

The presentation, titled "Passion to Rescue, Restore and Release," will educate the public about breaking the chains of human trafficking.

The event, hosted by The Salvation Army — Oak Creek in partnership with the Wisconsin Christian Women Connection, will offer multiple workshops, including "Internet Safety" and "Trafficking Awareness for Jr. High and Sr. High Students."

The presentation will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 8853 S. Howell Ave.

Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. on May 2. A $5 registration fee will cover the cost of lunch for each participant. Preregistration is required.

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Pat McCurdy returns to Oak Creek for concert fundraiser

April 14, 2015 12:08 p.m. | Oak Creek — Milwaukee singer-songwriter Pat McCurdy will return to Oak Creek for a special fundraiser on Friday, April 24.

The live performance will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

Funds will benefit the Oak Creek Knights 2022 Baseball Team.

Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Admission includes two tap drinks, a light meal and a chance to win raffle prizes. You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are limited to 300 people.

Tickets can be purchased at the community center or by calling Lisa Kleppek at (414) 526-9675.

Franklin buildings housing expanding Quad firms sell for $33 million

April 14, 2015 9:39 a.m. | Two neighboring Franklin buildings that house expanding packaging firms owned by Quad/Graphics Inc. have been sold for $33 million, acccording to state real estate records posted Tuesday.

Transpak Corp. and Proteus Packaging Corp. both operate on World Packaging Circle, a cul-de-sac within Franklin Business Park, in facilities totaling 418,000 square feet.

Quad leases the buildings from groups operated by Thomas Wamser, the retired chief executive officer of the two packaging companies. Wamser's groups sold the buildings and adjacent vacant parcels to an affiliate of St. Louis-based ElmTree Net Lease Fund II LLC.

Proteus and Transpak plan to use the vacant lots "for additional expansion of these facilities in the immediate future," according to that information filed with the Franklin Community Development Authority.

Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee to welcome back flags of support in ceremony

April 13, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Greendale — American flags will once again be planted at the intersection of Broad Street and Southway to show support for the proposed Greendale Veterans Memorial.

The location, currently owned by the Greendale School District, was chosen by the Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee in 2014, after two years of research and fundraising. The school board later voted down an agreement with the committee.

In response, supporters of the memorial began planting American flags at the site. A "flag retirement ceremony" was held in November to remove the flags before the winter set in.

Now that spring has arrived, the veterans memorial committee encourages the public to return their flags to the location. A posting of the colors ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on April 18 at the site.

"This is being done to help bring awareness of the special meeting that will be held by the Greendale School Board to consider transferring title to the site to the Village of Greendale," said Jay Chadwick, secretary of the Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee and a Greendale Legionnaire.

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Diamond Stone headlines 2014-15 All-Suburban Boys Basketball team

April 13, 2015 11:55 a.m. |

Player of the Year

Diamond Stone, 6-10 center, Dominican

McDonald's All-American capped perhaps the most decorated career in Wisconsin history with a fourth state championship. ... Averaged 24.4 points per game on 67 percent shooting, with 11.7 rebounds per game. ... Shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and finished with 74 blocks. ... Wrapped up his career north of 2,000 points. ... Career highlights include the only triple-double in state-tournament history, recorded as a freshman. ... Posted two double-doubles in the state games this year. ... Racked up 43 points and 18 rebounds against Division 1 foe Racine Case in the regular season. ... Committed to Maryland.

Story: Dominican's Diamond Stone left a mark that will be remembered for decades

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Hales Corners Library hosts free drawing program for children

April 13, 2015 10:14 a.m. | Hales Corners — The Hales Corners Library will be hosting a "Culver's Drawing Program" throughout the month of April.

Children ages four to 11 are invited to celebrate their favorite book by drawing a picture about it. Children can illustrate anything they liked about the book, such as a character, event or scene.

Entry forms can be received at the check-out desk in the library, 5885 S. 116th Street.

After the children have submitted their illustrations, they will receive a coupon for a free Culver's single scoop cake cone or dish and will be entered to win a free kids' meal.

The last day to enter is Thursday, April 30. Only one entry is allowed per child.

Flood warning continues for areas of Franklin, Racine County

April 10, 2015 8:18 p.m. | A flood warning issued by the National Weather Service in Sullivan remains in effect for the Root River at Franklin in Milwaukee County and the Root River Canal at Raymond in Racine County.

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, the stage of the Root River Canal at Raymond was 9.3 feet, just over the 9-foot flood stage, according to the warning.

As of 2 p.m. the stage of the Root River at Franklin was 7.8 feet, just under the 8-foot flood stage, according to the warning.

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