News & Notes: Nov. 15

Nov. 15, 2011

Promotional business to hold grand opening

Greenfield - EmbroidMe-Greenfield franchise is under new ownership.

The business, specializing in embroidery services, garment printing, customized apparel, promotional products, screen-printing and personalized gifts, will have a grand opening at 4649 S. 108th St., at 10 a.m. Nov. 21.

The new owner, Gina Daroszewski, has spent more than 20 years in various retail positions.

"I see EmbroidMe as an excellent compliment to my current business and an opportunity to coalesce my passions in one operation," she said in a press release.

Holiday closings announced in West Allis

West Allis - The West Allis City Hall, Public Works Municipal Yard, Health Department and Senior Center will be closed on various days in recognition of the upcoming holidays.

Those days include Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 25, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Dec. 26, New Year's Day and Jan. 2. In addition, the Municipal Yard will be closed on Dec. 23.

Independent film has West Allis locales

West Allis - An independent film featuring scenes at a West Allis nursing home and a Rocky Rococo restaurant has been released on DVD this week.

The "dramedy" titled "Shy of Normal: Tales of New Life Experiences" is from Tempe Video.

The 77-minute film is intended to make people chuckle, said filmmaker Jason Paul Collum, a Racine native.

Panda Express takes new direction in West Allis

West Allis - While Panda Express has opened two standalone restaurants in West Allis and West Milwaukee, the first in Wisconsin with that new format.

The new restaurants are at 2611 S 108th St. and at 1210 Miller Park Way.

Sewer fees might 'float' next year

Greenfield - The Greenfield Board of Public Works could decide Nov. 22 on whether sanitary sewer utility fees should remain a fixed fee or if rates should be based on consumption in 2012.

Staff will have examples of how sanitary sewer bills would be affected.

Preliminary estimates show that those using 13.69 units or less per quarter of water would have lower bills and if consumption is more, that bills would go up.

Salvation Army kicks off holiday Bell Ringing season

West Allis - The Salvation Army kicked off its Red Kettle bell ringing season Nov. 12 at the Wisconsin State Fair.

The public was welcome to the kickoff that included musical performances by The Salvation Army Brass Ensemble and the MPS Alumni & Homeless Choir, special guest appearance by radio sportscaster and former Green Bay Packer Gary Ellerson, Salvation Army Mascot Captain Food Fight and a magic show.

Indonesian educators visit Greenfield High

Greenfield - On Oct. 26, nearly two dozen educators from Indonesia were slated to visit Greenfield High School.

They planned to watch Greenfield teachers in action, discuss curriculum and instructional techniques and tour the school.

Their visit, sponsored by Friendship Force International, is designed to overcome cultural barriers and promote global understanding by building friendships around the world.

Greenfield teachers viewed the visit as a chance to learn from the Indonesian educators by talking about each group's educational practices, styles, philosophies and other issues.

City considers longer list of nuisance vehicles

Greenfield - The city may add to its list of nuisances trailers or other vehicles that are used for storage and parked out in the open.

The Greenfield Legislative Committee on Oct.17 recommended approval of an amended list. If the Common Council also approves the addition Nov. 1, the city will be able to force a cleanup at homes where the trailers have become eyesores.

Things are often piled around and on top of the trailers or inoperable cars and weeds grow up around them, said Jeff Cavett, fire marshal and code enforcer for the city. But without the addition to the ordinance, the city can't do anything about them.

A car or any other vehicle that's full of stuff wouldn't necessarily be deemed a nuisance. It also would have to have two other problems - such as being inoperable, partially dismantled, improperly licensed or parked in an unapproved surface.

City considers measure to curtail gas thefts

Greenfield - Greenfield officials are thinking about strongly encouraging all gas stations in the city to go to prepay for gas in addition to paying at the pump in hopes of drastically reducing gas driveoffs.

Interim Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt told the Greenfield Legislative Committee that Green Bay had virtually eliminated gas driveoffs by eliminating investigations at stations that do not have prepay. Instead, the owners must write a report, get the registration information from the state Department of Motor Vehicles based on eye witnesses or surveillance videos, and then give the information to police who take it from there, Wentlandt said.

The vast majority of Green Bay gas stations have gone to prepay, he said.

He met with Greenfield gas station owners and all were in favor of going prepay except one, Wentlandt said. That one has a competitor nearby in New Berlin and he is afraid of losing business to the New Berlin station because it would not have prepay.

City panel supports move against high-proof alcohol sales

Greenfield - The Greenfield Legislative Committee this week recommended sending a resolution of support to State Rep. Peggy Krusick, who is trying to get a state ban on liquors with alcohol above 160 proof, or 80 percent alcohol.

The Greenfield Common Council is expected to approve the resolution of support Nov. 1.

The council had originally wanted to consider a citywide ban after the death of Jeff Wielichowski, a young Greenfield man who drowned after consuming a punch made with the 190-proof Everclear grain alcohol. But officials found the city doesn't have the power to enact such a ban.

The Wielichowski family lives in Krusick's district. Jeff's mother Luanne is spearheading the drive to clear the shelves of such strong liquors.

In the resolution, the Legislative Committee noted that Jeff Wielichowski is not the only one to die after drinking high-proof liquors and calls them a threat to public health, safety and welfare.

While the idea of a ban is working in the state Legislature, liquor stores in Greenfield have voluntarily pulled high-alcohol-content liquors off their shelves.

Homecoming fun comes to Central High

West Allis - Angela Reeves and Jacob Spenner reigned over the West Allis Central High School Homecoming this year as Homecoming queen and king.

Their court consisted of freshmen representatives Brandy Torres and Ryan Ulbrich; sophomore representatives Brooke Penoske and Brenden Conigliaro; junior representatives Taylor Campbell and Brian Kokta; and senior representatives Danielle Waltho and Brandon Danowski.

The Spirit Stick competition, part of Homecoming every year, was won by the seniors. Points are awarded for dressing up to match the theme of the day during the week, powder puff football, and all of the class competitions during the pep rally assembly.

The final totals are seniors with 175 points, juniors with 120 points, sophomores with 80 points and freshmen with 45 points.

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