News and Notes

May 21, 2013

Cool Waters

set to open Saturday

West Allis — Cool Waters Family Aquatic Park in Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124 St., will open for the season on Saturday.

Early-bird 10 percent discounts are offered on season passes through May 31. Individual early-bird season passes are $45; family (up to four members) early-bird special is $121.50 with an additional child special of $22.50.

Specials are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23 and 24 and after that during regular pool hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday and holidays.

Store lends garden help

for those with disabilities

West Allis — Ten volunteers from The Home Depot built a garden last week with 10 young adults who are living with disabilities and attend the Milwaukee Center for Independence L.I.F.E. Academy, 11709 W. Cleveland Ave.

The volunteers and L.I.F.E. Academy students worked under the direction of horticultural therapist Julie Anhalt. Horticultural therapy is designed to engage the senses, nurture well-being and build independence. Participants develop personal, physical, work and social skills.

The Milwaukee Center for Independence received a $2,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation for material to build the garden beds at the school. The actual planting of the beds will be in early June.

Huge dog walk

tops $90K for animals

West Allis — The Wisconsin Humane Society's first "Tails on the Trail" dog walk on May 11 at Greenfield Park raised $90,000, far surpassing the organization's $50,000 goal, due to the generosity of more than 700 walkers and several corporate sponsors.

The one-mile dog walk supports animals in need at the Wisconsin Humane Society's three campuses in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine counties.

Blood drive

June 14 at Pettit

West Allis — A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. June 14 at the Pettit Center, 500 S. 84th St.

The need for blood is great in the summer. Appointments can be made at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Library Board

seeking members

Greenfield — The Greenfield Library Board is seeking Greenfield residents to fill several upcoming vacancies on the board.

According to board criteria listed for the openings, applicants must be over 18 years old with an awareness of the community; be willing to devote their time and talents; have the ability to think clearly, to question objectively and plan creatively; have skill in communicating and cooperating; and have an awareness and appreciation of the library's past, present and future role in the community.

The board also will seek diversity in background, age and area of residence to bring balance.

The Library Board meets on the third Thursday evening of each month. Letters of intent should be sent to Kathy Luty, Library Board president, Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, WI 53220 or via email to Questions regarding Library Board service should be directed to Luty or Library Director Sheila O'Brien at (414) 321-9595 Ext. 103 or email to

Mayor gets hearing

test for Hearing Month

West Allis — On May 14, West Allis Mayor Dan Devine had his hearing tested to help promote awareness about hearing health during National Better Hearing Month in May.

He was tested at Sonus Hearing Care Center, 2255 S 108th St., which is offering complimentary hearing screenings throughout May.

Students present

gene project in Boston

Greenfield — Members of the Greenfield High School SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) Team presented their findings on genome sequencing in Boston at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference.

Under the leadership of GHS science teacher Julie Fangmann, the SMART Team presented a poster it created with the Milwaukee School of Engineering on MGMT (0-6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase), an enzyme that corrects mistakes in DNA.

Researchers believe that mutations in MGMT could cause mutations in DNA, possibly leading to cancer.

The Greenfield students' presentation centered on a family with an aggressive form of cervical cancer and its potential link to MGMT. The students worked with Dr. Liz Worthey of the Medical College of Wisconsin on the project.

"Attending this conference allowed them to explore the process of science at a higher level than they could normally," Fangmann said.

Cancer screenings offered

for low-income women

West Allis — The West Allis Health Department offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income, uninsured or underinsured women.

To be eligible, women must be between the ages of 45 and 64 (although there are limited exceptions for younger women), have no health insurance or insurance that doesn't cover breast and cervical cancer screenings or be unable to pay high deductibles and co-payments, and have incomes at or below 25 percent of the federal poverty level.

More information is available at (414) 302-8600.

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