News & Notes: Feb. 18

Feb. 18, 2014

Citizen Police Academy

offered by West Allis

West Allis — The West Allis Police Department will be offer its Spring 2014 Citizen Police Academy beginning March 18 and continuing for nine Tuesdays at the West Allis Police Department, 11301 W. Lincoln Ave.

It's a free program, with sessions running from 7 to 10 p.m., designed to provide a first-hand look at police operations.

Weekly topics include an overview of the patrol division, detective bureau, Crisis Response Unit, criminal investigations, the fire arms training system, firing range participation, defense and arrest tactics, fingerprinting and forensic evidence.

The academy is open to West Allis residents, though a background check will be conducted on all applicants prior to admission. Applications can be picked up at the West Allis Police Department's crime prevention bureau.

For information, call Patty Kompas at (414) 302-8050.

Teacher wins prize

for finance lessons

West Allis — North Shore Bank has awarded $1,923 to Lincoln Intermediate School teacher and counselor Tammi Fure, a winner of its 90th Anniversary Outstanding Teacher Contest.

The award honors local teachers who excel in teaching money management. Community members nominated Fure, and she won the grand prize for the bank's south region after she received the most online votes.

Fure, who has taught at Lincoln in West Allis for three years, currently teaches a career pathways class dealing with personal finance and career opportunities.

"It is never too soon for students to begin saving for their futures, and by teaching them the value of a dollar, we can help make sure they have the skills necessary to correctly manage their money," Fure said in a press release annoucing the honor.

In collaboration with Dunn's Sporting Goods, Fure will use the money to purchase T-shirts for each grade printed with their graduation year and class logo — as a reminder of the time that they have to start saving for the future.

Out with the old,

in with the new

West Allis — AnchorBank will rebuild its West Allis branch at 7401 W. Greenfield Ave. on the site of its original bank.

Demolition of the existing AnchorBank building was slated to start this week. Construction is set to begin in March, with the new branch opening in August.

The current AnchorBank lobby has been relocated to a temporary building — directly behind the existing site — where all regular banking activities can be completed. In addition, the current drive-up banking facility and ATM will remain open during construction. Parking will be available near the temporary lobby.

Customers will retain full access to their accounts and all regular AnchorBank services, during construction in the temporary building. The bank's hours of operation stay the same.

The new building will feature several drive-up lanes, plus a drive-up ATM and night depository.

Greenfield teams winners

in business competition

Greenfield — Two teams from Greenfield High School placed in the top three out of nearly 100 of the best and brightest student "CEOs" in the metro Milwaukee area competing in the annual Junior Achievement Business Challenge on Feb. 13.

In the event presented by Kohl's Cares and hosted at the Briggs & Stratton, teams of students from 15 area high schools were paired up with area business leaders to test their business knowledge.

Winning second place and $200 in Kohl's gift cards was the Greenfield team of Srinidhi Emkay, Philip Nguyen and Touger Vang with Marcia Staska of Kohl's Department Stores.

The Greenfield team winning third place and $100 Kohl's gift cards consisted of Hamzah Mirza, Collin Kufahl and Hannan Mirza with Anthony Beer of Marriott Hotels.

The teams set up virtual businesses to make a fictional product called a Hallo-Generator. Each team made their own business decisions regarding price, production, marketing, capital investment, payroll management and research and development. The success or failure of the company depended on how well the students managed these key decisions.

Ground-breaking set

for Greenfield Highlands

Greenfield — Developer Ener-Con Companies has broken ground on the first of six phases of a $40 million condominium development at 110th Street and Cold Spring Road .

The first 30 units of the Greenfield Highlands Condos will be ready for occupancy this fall, according to a news release from the company.

The total 180-unit project will be an upscale gated community with a clubhouse, swimming pool and fitness area.

School support staff

gets 1.5 percent raise

West Allis — A raise of 1.5 percent has been approved for support staff in the West Allis-West Allis School District starting July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.

Support Staff includes secretaries, custodians, maintenance tradesmen and cleaners.

Farmers Market

to open earlier in 2014

Greenfield — The Greenfield Farmers Market is well under way planning its second season.

The market will remain in Konkel Park and be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, but there will open earlier in the year.

It will hold an additional early season sale May 4, 11 and 18, offering bedding plants, early season produce, ready-to-eat food and specialty items. One vendor will even offer to sharpen garden tools.

The market will open for its regular season June 1 after taking a break over Memorial Day weekend for the Greenfield community's annual Jansen Festival.

The Market Committee is looking for additional volunteers for the market. (Last year, volunteers helped staff the information booth that was the hub for education, questions, evaluation and customer reference.) Volunteers work on a variety of shifts and recurring schedules determined by their own commitment level and availability.

More information is available at and at (414) 329-5262.

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, also noted in his review the superior drill sequence performed. About 130 students are in the Air Force Junior ROTC.

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.

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.

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.

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