News & Notes: Feb. 12

Feb. 12, 2013

West Allis chief

slated to be chosen

West Allis - A West Allis police chief was scheduled to be selected Tuesday, after press deadline, by the West Allis Police and Fire Commission.

Check online at on Wednesday for an update. The new chief will succeed Michael Jungbluth, who retired at the end of 2012.

Former Deputy Police Chief Charles Padgett has been serving as interim chief.

Redevelopment districts

should get funds: panel

West Allis - Taking a conservative path, the West Allis Administration and Finance Committee recommended that most of the excess funds from a special taxing redevelopment district that is doing well be given to two other redevelopment districts that aren't yet self-sustaining.

City officials had debated whether to help just one of the districts and use the rest for property tax relief. But the committee recommended helping both districts so that their debts could be paid off sooner and the redeveloped property be added to the tax rolls, providing more tax relief in the end.

On Tuesday, the Common Council will vote on using $1.4 million in excess funds to pay down the debt on the 11-acre 67th Place Research Park in the Juneau Highland Neighborhood, 1960 S. 67th Place, and on diverting $1.3 million to help the Six Points area.

In a departure from the original proposal, the committee also recommended holding in reserve another $255,000 in excess funds that was to go for property tax relief. The money would be shared with the other taxing jurisdictions, with the city retaining $97,000. The city's share would be placed in a special fund that could be used to further aid the special taxing districts or for other uses, with council approval.

Alderman Michael May, who originally wanted more property tax relief and who proposed the special fund, eventually supported aiding both districts.

"Long-term it makes more sense," he said.

West Allis alderman

bowls perfect game

West Allis - On Feb. 7, West Allis Alderman Gary Barczak bowled a 300, his second perfect game.

He bowled it at Riviera Lanes, 8600 W. Greenfield Ave, West Allis. He had games of 193, 200, and 300 for a 693 series in a 1050 scratch league.

DriveThru Valentine

for people on the go

West Allis - For people on the go who still want to let their valentines know how they care for them, Locker's Florist and Ultimate Confections will team up again to bring DriveThru Valentine to the Pettit National Ice Center for Valentine's Day.

People can buy Valentine's Day flowers and chocolate treats without leaving their cars.

The drive-through tent was to have been put up in the parking lot in front of the Pettit Center, 500 S. 84th St., on Feb. 13 and will operate on Valentine's Day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

West Allis Downtown

wants artists for Crawls

West Allis - Starting May 16, West Allis downtown businesses will open their doors once again for the Third Thursday Art Crawls, giving local artists and musicians the chance to showcase and sell their work.

West Allis Downtown is looking for artists of all kinds and ages to participate. Painters, musicians, actors and all artists in between will be welcome.

The Art Crawls are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Greenfield Avenue between 70th and 76th streets.

For more information, visit or contact Emily at (414) 774-2676.

Art Museum shows

student's winning art

West Allis - Art by West Allis Central High School student Serena Stuart will be displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum alongside work by renowned artists all through February.

Serena won a gold key, the highest honor, in the regional competition of Scholastics Art and Writing Competition. Her work will go on to the national competition.

Sellers sought

for rummage sale

Greenfield - The Greenfield High School Student Senate will host a Community Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 in the high school cafeteria and is seeking sellers.

Tables are now available for $25 for a full-sized table (3 feet by 14 feet, and for $15 for a half sized table (3 feet by 7 feet). Sellers keep their proceeds. Those interested in renting a table can contact Laura at (414) 281-6200, Ext. 2561.

Survey seeks ways

to make state healthier

West Allis - Public health researchers will come to West Allis next week to gather information about residents' health and about the community.

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin, or SHOW, has been gathering health information since 2008. It is building a database of information for researchers and community planners to use when looking for ways to combat health problems.

The survey will take place the weeks of Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and March 11.

SHOW is funded by the National Institutes of Health's Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and by the Partnership for a Healthy Future.

East Coast-style

sub shop opens locally

West Milwaukee - Jersey Mike's Subs, a national franchise chain known for its East Coast-style subs, was to officially open its doors in West Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Franchise owner Tim Murphy will hold a grand opening and free sub fundraiser until Feb. 17 to support Pershing Elementary School and West Milwaukee Intermediate School.

The new restaurant, 1232 S. Miller Park Way, will circulate 8,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Pershing Elementary School and West Milwaukee Intermediate School.

This is the third Jersey Mike's location for Murphy. In September 2010, he opened his first shop in Brookfield and opened a second in Waukesha in June 2011.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Marco's Pizza

cleared to open

West Allis - A Marco's Pizza restaurant got the go-ahead to open in a portion of a commercial building at 1715-1723 S. 76th St., West Allis.

Marco's Pizza will operate primarily as a carry-out and delivery establishment, but dine-in is an option under the special-use permit granted by the Common Council. The new restaurant won't have a drive-thru or drive-up.

The restaurant will occupy 2,200 square feet of space in a building that also is home to a Subway and Family Video.

Approved hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week.

The only concern aldermen had was possible odor from venting from the kitcen. The owner agreed to have the venting at the roof level that should prevent problems, aldermen said. But there are expensive scrubbers that could be required, if roof venting fails to keep odor down.

Most city employees

finally to see raises

West Allis - Most West Allis city employees who haven't seen a raise since 2010 will get a 2 percent retroactive hike for 2012 and another 2 percent for this year, under a pay proposal the West Allis Common Council has approved.

The measure also gives 2 percent raises for next year.

About 300 city workers not represented by unions are affected, including department heads. It does not cover police and firefighters, who are still represented by unions and negotiate their raises. Police and firefighters did not take raises in 2011, but did receive raises in 2012.

Chamber of Commerce

moves to Summit Place

West Allis - The West Allis-West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce is moving this week from 74th and Greenfield Avenue, where it has been located for five years to Summit Place.

Its new address will be 6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2141. The space layout fits the chamber's needs better, said Diane Brandt, executive director, and it is in more of a business setting. The move should be complete by Feb. 15.

Before coming to 74th Street, the chamber had been at 72nd and Greenfield for at least 10 years and was elsewhere before that, she said.

Top business, citizen,

young professional sought

West Allis - The West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations until Feb. 15 for the annual Citizen and Business of the Year awards for West Allis and for West Milwaukee.

The Young Professional of the Year award was added this year for West Allis/West Milwaukee.

The awards will be presented at the chamber's annual dinner to be held April 12 at Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West in Wauwatosa.

Nominations can be completed online.

Shoe store holding

shoe drive for needy

Greenfield - Stan's Fit For Your Feet, 7411 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, is hosting its seventh annual "Share-A-Pair" shoe drive through Feb. 28.

People can drop off new or gently used shoes from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Some shoes will go to Milwaukee's Repairers of the Breach homeless day shelter and to Father Gene's Help Center locally, which distributes shoes to the needy. The rest of the donated shoes will be given to Soles4Souls.

As a thank-you, anyone donating adult shoes will receive a $10 gift card to be used toward a footwear purchase during February at any Stan's Fit For Your Feet or New Balance locations. Children's shoe donations will receive a $5 gift certificate to be used toward a future pair of kids' shoes.

Students create

Indian toran

Greenfield - A fascinating sight now welcomes those who enter the Greenfield Middle School .

A 15-foot toran stands at the school's reception area. The traditional door garland, used in India to welcome guests into homes, is typically placed at the top of a door to bring prosperity and hospitality to those who enter.

The Greenfield Middle School comes from the combined efforts of art studio students who each created a part of the work. Art studio is an after-school enrichment class.

Said teacher Mary Bolyard: "As students expand their awareness and appreciation of other cultures, it can only make the world a better place."

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