June 19, 2012

Packer star to be parade's honorary marshal

Greenfield - The Greenfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration Committee has announced that former Green Bay Packer football star Mark Tauscher will be the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal.

Tauscher also will join the crowd in enjoying the 5th Quarter performance of the University of Wisconsin marching band from his alma mater. He also will be a special contestant in Greenfield Park & Rec's event, Are You Smarter than a Fifth-grader."

Tauscher was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL draft. His career with the Packers spanned a decade from 2000 to 2010.

Principal chosen for Maple Grove Elementary

Greenfield - Out of a field of more than 70 applicants for the job of principal of Maple Grove Elementary School, Melissa Yow, currently with the Waukesha schools, rose to the top.

The Greenfield School Board appointed her last week.

She has 11 years of teaching experience across all elementary grade levels in both Texas and Waukesha. Her most recent positions have included summer school principal, reading specialist and instructional resource teacher for the Waukesha School District.

Superintendent Conrad Farner wrote in a memo to the board that Yow has extensive experience and training working with special education students and students with diverse backgrounds.

Yow succeeds Michelle Weisrock, who had been principal at Maple Grove, 6921 W. Cold Spring Road, for one year. She is now taking another position with the district.

Late start doesn't work for some parents

Greenfield - Starting Whitnall High School classes later twice a month will give teachers a chance to collaborate, but it will also cause a problem for some working parents who normally drop off their kids at school.

The problem affects families living within the two-mile radius of the school. Whitnall High School students within that area aren't eligible for school bus transportation.

Parents whose work schedules don't allow for a later drop-off time on collaboration days will be in a bind.

The Whitnall School Board last week asked administrators to check the cost and workability of two potential options for those parents. One is having their children walk to a designated spot on a normal school bus route so that they can be picked up. The other is allowing the students to be dropped off at school at the regular time and then allowing them to use the cafeteria, where they can study under supervision.

The School Board will likely take up the matter again Monday.

Crazy Horse closes temporarily

West Allis - Crazy Horse, 9440 W. National Ave., temporarily closed voluntarily Saturday and will remain closed through June 30, under an agreement the owner reached with the city of West Allis that was taking action against the tavern because of some police incidents.

The most serious incident was a conviction in municipal court last fall for allegedly allowing a woman who was an underage drinker in the tavern after closing in 2010, said assistant city attorney Jenna Merton. That conviction is being appealed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

The other two incidents were fights - one inside and the other outside the bar, both in 2011, Merton said.

Although not admitting any wrongdoing in any of those incidents, the owner stipulated that the city had enough grounds to close the bar down for a while, Merton said.

When it reopens, the bar will be under new management and a new name, Rhino.

First Whitnall class to hold 50th year reunion

Greenfield - The 1962 first graduating class of Whitnall High School will hold its 50th year class reunion at Meyer's Restaurant, 4260 S. 76th St , Greenfield, on June 30.

Cocktails will be at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. followed by a brief program. More information is available from Susan Stupar, (414) 425-62551.

Apply now for seat on West Allis School Board

West Allis - Residents of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District who are interested in filling the seat on the School Board left vacant by the resignation of George Sotiros may apply until 4 p.m. July 13.

The appointee will serve until the April 2013 election.

School Board President Susan Stalewski is asking applicants to submit a written biography, including employment history and any involvement in local public schools.

Applications should be mailed to or dropped off at the Educational Administration Center, 1205 S. 70th St., 5th Floor, West Allis, WI 53214, Attention: Susan Stalewski, board president.

Candidates may be called upon to meet with the board.

Brewer Kottaras at ATI grand opening

West Allis - Milwaukee Brewers catcher George Kottaras and 540 ESPN Milwaukee afternoon radio show hosts Homer and Thunder were to be the special guests at the grand opening celebration of ATI Physical Therapy, 10724 W. Oklahoma Ave., West Allis, held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. June 20.

Kottaras was to be available to sign autographs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ATI is the official physical therapy partner of the Milwaukee Brewers and the sponsor of the ATI Club at Miller Park.

Homer and Thunder were to broadcast their show live from the clinic from 3 to 6 p.m.

The West Allis ATI clinic, which opened earlier this year, features research-based services in physical therapy, work conditioning/hardening and sports medicine. Founded in 1996, ATI now has 12 facilities in Wisconsin, including a locations in Greenfield.

ATI has been named "Best Physical Therapy Practice in the Nation" by Advance Rehab Magazine and has been awarded URAC Core Accreditation.

Edgewood Elementary named School of Merit

Greenfield - Edgewood Elementary School, 4711 S. 47th St., was selected by the Wisconsin Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Network as a School of Merit for its implementation of PBIS.

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports is a systemic approach to proactive, schoolwide discipline. The Wisconsin PBIS Network is an initiative funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. PBIS is currently in approximately 40 percent of Wisconsin schools.

Edgewood Elementary was one of 114 schools statewide to be recognized as a School of Merit for the 2011-12 school year.

Project proposals asked for possible 2013 funding

West Allis - The West Allis Department of Development is accepting applications for Community Development Block Grant funding for next year.

The application and instructions are available on the city's website at

A project must either benefit low- and moderate-income persons or help eliminate slums or blighting influences or meet an urgent need. Projects must also address a priority need designated in the city's Five-Year Consolidated Plan. Those priorities are a) redevelop abandoned industrial sites; b) improve amenities for low- and moderate-income residents and increase business opportunities in a neighborhood commercial district and the Downtown Business District; c) facilitate retention and expansion of jobs that provide family-supporting wages; d) promote school-to-work transition and/or vocational training programs; and e) maintain quality social service programs benefiting low and moderate income and elderly persons.

Requests should be returned to the department by 4 p.m. July 13. More information is available from Patrick Schloss, (414) 302-8468, or Kristi Johnson, (414) 302-8463.

Helmet giveaway declared successful

West Allis - More than 60 families participated in the West Allis Health Department's annual Bike Helmet Give-Away June 6 and the department is calling the day a success.

Bicycle helmets were properly fitted for 98 children, who were instructed to wear their new helmets when riding on anything with wheels such as in-line or roller skates, skateboards, scooters and even small tricycles. Parents also were shown how the helmet should be placed to assure protection.

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