News & Notes: Feb. 11

Feb. 11, 2014

Hale basketball team

honors 'littlest Huskie'

West Allis — The Nathan Hale boys' varsity basketball game against Brookfield East on Feb. 7 made a wish come true for a 4-year-old West Allis boy who is battling a terminal illness.

As part of West Allis Hale's "Make a Wish" Night, the school made Colton Ustruck an honorary member of the Huskies basketball team in front of more than 150 family and friends. The team even had a Huskies jersey made up for "Colty."

Colton suffers from Batten Disease, a rare genetic neurological disease. No one with Colty's strain has ever lived past age 10. Last December, his 6-year-old brother, Sully, died from the disease's complications.

Concerns raised over

Layton Ave. proposal

Greenfield — A trio of neighbors voiced some concerns about elements of a $6.5 million proposed development that would create a Lakeland College branch location, a retail strip center and a funeral home from 4040 to 4142 W. Layton Ave.

Speaking at a public hearing last week before the Common Council, the neighbors listed concerns about landscaping and Layton Avenue traffic — issues addressed by officials — as well the fate of some oak trees believed to be 150 years old.

The latter issue, including how much of the heavily forested area would be clear-cut, was not immediately addressed.

The hearing focused on the proposed rezoning of the 3.6 acres needed for a single-story classroom building and the commercial building. The current zoning is for single-family homes, but the classroom/retail proposal fits with the city land-use plan for the area.

The proposal will go back to the Plan Commission for further discussion before a recommendation is made on rezoning.

Trust accepting

scholarship applications

West Allis — The Richard A. Pilak Memorial Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for a $250 scholarship to be awarded this spring to a graduating West Allis Central or Nathan Hale high school senior going on in school.

The deadline is April 12. Applications are available from guidance counselors. The trust can be reached at (414) 288-7475, or evenings at (414) 423-8548.

Richard Pilak was a longtime teacher and administrator in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District who died in 1996.

ROTC earns distinction

at Greenfield High

Greenfield — The Greenfield High School Air Force Junior ROTC earned a rare overall "exceeds standards" grade during a U.S. Air Force inspection.

The corps didn't have a single discrepancy and earned the high grade in three of the five major inspection areas.

The inspector, Lt. Col. Doug Williams, noted in his review the superior drill sequence performed. About 130 students are in the Air Force Junior ROTC.

Young artists' works

exhibited at museum

A number of young area artists have work in the Milwaukee Art Museum's annual exhibition of works by Wisconsin students grades seven through 12.

More than 2,300 individual artworks from 112 schools across the state were entered in the awards program.

Gold and Silver Key winning artists are on display in Schroeder Galleria and Pieper Gallery through March.

From Greenfield High School the winners are Emily Jasinski, Sarah Jasinski and Andy Sabinash.

From Whitnall Middle School the winner is Leena Myers.

From West Allis Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School, the winner is Cameron Christenson.

From West Allis Central High School the winner is Serena Stuart.

Those with Gold Keys will go on to the National Scholastic Art Awards Competition.

Oneida Tribe buys

medical office building

Greenfield — Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin has purchased a 6,600-square-foot medical office building at 5233 and 5325 W. Morgan Ave., Greenfield.

The owners had been Drs. Minikel & Rydlewicz LLP. Steve Anderson of Anderson Commercial Group LLC handled the transaction.

Town hall meeting set

on county transit system

Greenfield — MV Transportation Inc. will hold a town hall meeting Feb. 27 at the Greenfield Public Library to get public input regarding the future of the Milwaukee County mass transit operations.

The town hall meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. MV representatives will be available at the library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., to answer questions and provide information regarding the company's proposal to manage the transit system.

A meeting was also held at the West Allis Public Library on Jan. 16

West Allis makes it

easier to locate in city

West Allis — The city is making it easier for businesses and developers to find land to develop, spaces to lease and properties for sale through a new feature called now on the city website. gives "live" data on real estate opportunities within the city.

It can be accessed by visiting the West Allis website and selecting the Department of Development followed by Economic Development and a click on "Commercial Property Search."

That will bring up the opportunity to explore many listing options — office, land, investment, properties for sale, multi-unit housing, retail, business opportunities and industrial. Each option contains entries giving a wide range of information about the properties. also can be accessed by using a search engine.

"West Allis is a great location with a number of prime locations and opportunities to expand or to start a business," Mayor Dan Devine said in a press release announcing the addition. "This is a convenient way for individuals to explore our city and find that unique location."

Rotary reaches out

for new members

West Allis — The Rotary Club of West Allis is seeking more members who will help with its mission to support local, national and international causes.

At home, the Rotarians have contributed $20,000 in food and food certificates to the West Allis community since 2009. Households are selected in partnership with the West Allis-West Milwaukee Health Department.

Internationally, the Rotary Club supports efforts to eliminate polio and to bring fresh water to parts of the world where safe water can't be taken for granted.

More information is available from John Ash at (414) 807-3811.

Scout commended

for beautification project

West Allis — West Allis Mayor Dan Devine has issued a proclamation commending Boy Scout Samuel Skogstad for his Eagle Scout service project of restoring and expanding landscaping planters to help beautify the property of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in the city.

Samuel recruited, organized and lead his fellow Scouts to do the project.

Local Crime Map



Latest Photo Galleries