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Man cited for battery after striking man in face with skateboard

May 16, 2014 8:21 a.m. | A Milwaukee man was cited for battery and criminal damage to property after a confrontation about pedestrians crossing an intersection April 22.

According to the South Milwaukee police report:

The 23-year-old Milwaukee man was one of four pedestrians who crossed the intersection of College and North Chicago avenues against a do-not-walk signal about 3 p.m. April 22.

A 56-year-old South Milwaukee man honked at the group, and the Milwaukee man claimed the driver flipped them off. The Milwaukee man said he cursed the driver, who confronted him in the Taco Bell parking lot, 112 N. Chicago Ave.

The South Milwaukee man "said he only wanted to tell the subject he should not be flipping off people," when the Milwaukee man struck him in the face with a skateboard, breaking his glasses and causing a laceration above his left eye.

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Man found dead in Cudahy fire still not identified

Feb. 27, 2015 6:32 p.m. | The identity of a man found dead in a Cudahy house fire remained unconfirmed Friday, one day after the blaze in the 3700 block of E. Mallory Ave., police said.

Investigators did determine that the fire, reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, began in a living room but had not determined its cause, according to a news release from the Cudahy Police Department.

The cause of the man's death also remained under investigation, according to the release.

Oak Creek's Hakes back in state wrestling semis for second time

Feb. 27, 2015 12:14 a.m. | You just have to believe.

That's the attitude of Oak Creek senior 160-pound wrestler Ben Hakes as he advanced for the second time in as many years in into the WIAA State Individual Tournament semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Hakes (27-1), who was fifth last season at state, advanced through the first two rounds Thursday to earn the berth. He will take on Marshfield's Mitch Hertel (28-1) in his semifinal. If he wins, he will take on the winner of West Bend East's Jordan Gundrum (48-0) and Kenosha Bradford's Oscar Ramos (38-1) in the 6 p.m. Saturday championship match.

For Hakes, the goal has been the same since he lost in the semifinals last season.

"This feels great," he said. "Right now, the goal is to change the outcome from last year (in the semifinals). There are things I can improve on. I need to wrestle smarter, not so emotional. ...To take the state title, I need to be that way."

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Southridge Mall announces Eddie Bauer addition

Feb. 26, 2015 4:19 p.m. | Greendale — The retail chain Eddie Bauer will be joining the Southridge Mall family this spring, the mall announced on Feb. 26.

Established in 1920, Eddie Bauer offers a wide variety of sportswear, casual wear, gear and accessories for the outdoor enthusiasts.

The new addition will be located on the upper level of the mall, near center court across from Chico's and LOFT.

"Southridge Mall is excited to welcome Eddie Bauer which will appeal to our many shoppers," said Mary Mokwa, general manager at Southridge Mall, in a news release. "This recognized brand will complement our more than 125 popular retail and dining options, and solidify our position as the area's premier shopping destination."

Southridge Mall is located at 5300 S. 76th Street in Greendale.

Dr. Seuss' birthday celebrated at Oak Creek library for Family Fun Night

Feb. 25, 2015 11:55 a.m. | Oak Creek — Join the Oak Creek Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave., in celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The library will show a short Seuss movie, offer a fun craft and of course will serve cake.

The family program is free and registration is not required. This program is geared for children ages five to 11, but all are welcome.

Got stuff? The Clutter Coach is coming to Oak Creek to help

Feb. 25, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Oak Creek — Spring cleaning is right around the corner and Kathi Miller, the clutter coach, can help you through it.

Miller will present "De-Clutter Today for a Carefree Tomorrow" at the Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave., on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Miller will share simple strategies for "paring down and letting go" based on her years as an educator, mentor and entrepreneur.

Oscar's Frozen Custard to open new location in Franklin

Feb. 24, 2015 5:21 p.m. | Franklin —Oscar's Frozen Custard and Sandwiches will soon be opening a new location in Franklin.

Franklin Alderwoman Kristen Wilhelm announced the new arrival over Facebook on Feb. 18.

Wilhelm stated the Oscar's restaurant will open in district three, her district, this spring near 27th Street and Rawson Ave.

"The Franklin Oscar's is poised to have an artsy warm décor with an operating train displayed in the center of the dining room," owners Jim and Susie Taylor told Wilhelm.

More information will be released at a later date.

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OCFSD considers more than $1 million in proposed capital improvements

Feb. 24, 2015 8:51 a.m. | Oak Creek — More than $1 million in proposed capital improvement projects for 2015-16 will be discussed at the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint school board meeting Monday, March 9.

Seventeen proposed items, in priority order, will address district safety, security and curricular concerns, said Superintendent Sara Burmeister.

First on the list is to convert West Middle School's main entrance to route guests directly to the main office. This project's estimated cost is $150,000.

Other prioritized improvements include refurbishing the northeast parking lot at Oak Creek High School, an estimated $300,000 endeavor, and refurbishing the southwest parking lot area at West Middle School, which is estimated at $235,000.

Both named projects would be the third phase of a four-year project in refurbishing all of the parking lots at each respective school.

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West Allis superintendent finalists hail from Shorewood, Greendale, MPS

Feb. 23, 2015 11:27 a.m. | The finalists for West Allis-West Milwaukee superintendent include the superintendents at Shorewood and Greendale and a regional superintendent at Milwaukee Public Schools.

Shorewood Superintendent Marty Lexmond, Greendale Superintendent John Tharp and MPS Regional Superintendent Jesse Rodriguez met with parents and community members at the district Saturday, in a forum broadcast on Time Warner Cable Channel 13.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board is scheduled to discuss the finalists tonight during a closed session meeting.

The board plans to name a new superintendent on or before April 1. That person will take over the district starting July 1. Former West Allis superintendent Kurt Wachholz abruptly retired at the end of July 2014 after several years of rapid -- and in some cases controversial -- changes in the district.

Tickets now on sale for Greendale High School's 'Guys and Dolls' spring musical

Feb. 23, 2015 10:19 a.m. | Greendale — Tickets are now on sale for the Greendale High School Theatre department's production of "Guys and Dolls" this March.

"Guys and Dolls," a Tony Award-winning musical, is an oddball romantic comedy that follows the lives of a New York City gambler and his nightclub performer girlfriend.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on the following Fridays and Saturdays: March 13 and 14, and March 20 and 21. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. The performances will be hosted in the high school, 6801 Southway.

Tickets to the evening performances cost $10 per adult and $8 for students under the age of 19. Tickets to the March 15 matinee cost $7 for all attendees. All seats are reserved.

Tickets are primarily offered online at www.seatyourself.biz/ghstheatre. They can also be purchased in person beginning on March 3. On Tuesday and Thursdays, tickets can be purchased in the auditorium lobby after school, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., or in the evening, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Milwaukee County Transit expands bus service to Oak Creek

Feb. 19, 2015 4:27 p.m. | Oak Creek — Milwaukee County Transit System will expand its bus service from MATC South to Oak Creek for the first time starting Sunday, March 22.

Route 80 (6th Street) will provide all-day service to serve Drexel Town Square, Meijer, Woodman's Target, Kohl's and other area residences and businesses.

The bus would operate from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The service will also extend to Brown Deer via Route 276 (Brown Deer Shuttle).

Schedules will be available to view on RideMCTS.com on March 12 and on buses starting Wednesday, March 18.

Sikh Temple shooting examined in one-hour documentary Monday

Feb. 19, 2015 1:56 p.m. | Oak Creek —Investigation Discovery network will feature a one-hour special, "Hate in America" to examine the 2012 homicide of six people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

In the documentary, Tony Harris, journalist and Al Jazeera anchor, will explore the events that unfolded at the Sikh Temple, when Army veteran and white supremacist Wade Michael Page shot 10 people, killed six of them, and then took his own life.

Harris will speak with survivors, first responders and advocates.

Polish Center of Wisconsin begins Friday night fish fry for Lenten season

Feb. 19, 2015 1:45 p.m. | Franklin — The Polish Center of Wisconsin will begin its Friday Night Fish Fry starting tomorrow, Feb. 20.

The fish fry will be offered every Friday from Feb. 20 to April 3 at the Polish Center, 6941 S. 68th Street. The dinners will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The buffet-style fish fry includes fried and baked fish, pierogi, coleslaw, fries, rye bread and beverages. The fish fry costs $12 per adult and $7 for children between the ages of six and 12. Children five years old or younger can eat for free.

Carry outs are available and a cash bar will be open. Specialty desserts will be for sale at an additional charge.

All proceeds from the fish fries will support the Polish Center, which houses the Polish Heritage Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting an understanding of Polish heritage and culture.

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Colleen Perry named Educator of the Year by Greendale Chamber of Commerce

Feb. 19, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Greendale — Greendale Middle School teacher Colleen Perry has been named the 2015 Educator of the Year by the Greendale Chamber of Commerce.

Perry received the chamber's Charlie Herman Educator of the Year Award during the annual dinner on Feb. 12.

"Perry is a leader at Greendale Middle School and in the social studies department," the Greendale School District stated in a news release. "She works as department facilitator and assists other teachers in developing curriculum that fully engages the students in American History, allowing students to think critically and take ownership of their learning."

Perry began teaching seventh-grade at the middle school in 2004, after she earned her teaching degree at Alverno College. She later moved on to teaching eighth-grade in 2006. Perry is also a 2014 Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship award winner.

Greendale's John Tharp seeks new job with West Allis-West Milwaukee Public Schools

Feb. 18, 2015 3:19 p.m. | Greendale — Greendale School District Superintendent John Tharp is one of three candidates being considered by the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board to serve as the district's next superintendent.

Tharp has been the subject of several closed-door meetings with the Greendale School Board for the past few months, leaving many of his supporters to worry about his future within the district.

To date, the board has not released an official statement regarding the purpose of those meetings.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board is also considering Jesse Rodriguez, regional superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, and Marty Lexmond, superintendent of Shorewood Schools, for the position.

The public will have a chance to meet the three candidates on Saturday, Feb. 21. The meetings will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, granting one hour for each candidate. The public forum will be held at the West Allis-West Milwaukee District Office, 1205 S. 70th Street.

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Four Greendale School Board candidates will vie for two seats in general election

Feb. 17, 2015 10:33 p.m. | Greendale — Incumbent Joe Crapitto, Noelle Joers-Yanisch, Kathy Vincent and John Comiskey will vie for two seats on the Greendale School Board in the general election, based on the village's unofficial results from Tuesday's primary.

Crapitto received 557 votes (27.99 percent of the total votes); Joers-Yanisch received 427 votes (21.46 percent); Comiskey received 387 votes (19.45 percent); and Vincent received 297 votes (14.92 percent).

Approximately 1,078 Greendale residents voted in the primary election — nearly 10.9 percent of the village's registered voters.

Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the board of canvassers.

The spring general election will be held on Tuesday, April 7.

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