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News & Notes: March 1

March 1, 2011

Police believe they have suspects in 32 theft cases

Greendale - For two suspects in a string of car thefts last summer, Craiglist may prove to be as much as a smoking gun as a sales venue for stolen items.

Greendale police announced Feb. 22 that the department has cleared 32 local theft cases involving items taken from vehicles from July to September 2010 in the village.

Interim Police Chief Bob Malasuk said the department was able to close those cases after two men were arrested for allegedly stealing Global Positioning Systems, car stereos, computers and other items from vehicles.

Police detectives spotted some of the items when they appeared on the online classified advertising venue Craigslist. Though the items were listed under fictitious accounts, police were able to ascertain the true identity of the sellers, Malasuk said, resulting in the arrests.

Both suspects were charged in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. Police did not name the suspects or provide other information in a press release.

Chamber begins business scholarship program

Greendale - The Greendale Chamber of Commerce has gotten into the business of scholarship offerings.

The chamber announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2011 Greendale Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, in which one $500 non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to a current Greendale High School senior who is planning to major in business. Applicants must be Greendale residents and planning to attend a four-year college or university this fall.

Scholarship application forms, which must be submitted by April 4, are available online on the Greendale Chamber of Commerce website, at www.greendalechamber.com.

For information, contact Lenore Lenten, Scholarship Committee chairperson, at (414) 421-1800, Ext. 4.

School and store joins shoe collection effort

Oak Creek - A local elementary school and a local hardware store will work with a national charity to get shoes on the feet of impoverished people everywhere.

The organization Soles4Souls, which has distributed more than 12 million pairs of shoes since 2005, will count on Carollton Elementary School and Ace Hardware in Oak Creek as part of its "11 in 11" yearlong campaign - 11 million shoes in 2011 - in March.

Area residents can donate new or "gently used" shoes to either the school, 8965 S. Carollton Drive, or the hardware store, 8201 South Howell Ave. The store will also accept spare change from customers to help offset the cost of shipping the shoes for distribution.

"With the earthquakes in countries like Haiti and Chile, on top of the enormous needs elsewhere, we can use the estimated 1.5 billion shoes taking up space in the closets of ordinary people to change the world one pair at a time," Wayne Elsey, founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, said in a press release.

For information, contact Jill Yerges, Carollton kindergarten teacher, at (414) 768-6290; David Micale, Oak Creek Ace Hardware owner, at (414) 856-9447; or Elizabeth Kirk, Soles4Souls, at (615) 391-5723 or via e-mail at elizabethk@giveshoes.org.

People and companies interested in donating can visit the Soles4Souls' website at www.giveshoes.org.

District plans two budget listening sessions

Franklin - The Franklin Public School District has another public listening session planned concernng its budget process.

The session will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 28, when administrators and School Board members will gather input and opinions on the budget. A similar listening session was held Feb. 28.

The listening sessions will have a particular format referred to as "World Café." Participants will meet in small groups will discuss two topics at one table, then move to a different table and discuss other topics.

"We want everyone to experience the opinions of others and to share their thoughts as well," Superintendent Steve Patz said in a press release. "The purpose of this World Café process is to gather valuable information and opinions from our community members, as well as to provide information about our budgeting process."

Anyone with questions about the listening sessions can call (414) 525-7607.

Club offers scholarships to high school student, adult

Hales Corners - The Hales Corners Woman's Club will offer a scholarship to not only a high school student but an adult woman who previously graduated.

The club began accepting applications Feb. 1 for the two $1,000 scholarships.

One scholarship will go to a senior boy or girl currently attending Whitnall High School or living in the Whitnall School District, which includes residents in Hales Corners and parts of Greenfield and Franklin. Eligible candidates must be planning to attend an accredited college or university, school of nursing, or technical school.

The other scholarship will go to an adult woman, who also must live in the Whitnall district and who is returning an accredited school of higher learning or is currently enrolled.

Application forms are available at the guidance office of Whitnall High School, 5000 S. 116th St., and at the Hales Corners Library, 5885 S. 116th St. Applications are due March 31. For information, call (414) 427-6481.

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