News & Notes: Feb. 4

Feb. 4, 2014

City of West Allis 25th

on 'most happening' list

West Allis — West Allis ranked 25th in the San Mateo, Calif., Movoto Real Estate Blog ranking of the 50 "most happening suburbs."

Last year, the blog site ranked the country's most exciting cities but this year used the same criteria to find the most exciting suburbs. It evaluated the 139 biggest suburbs of the 50 largest cities in the nation according to six criteria — nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.); live music venues per capita; active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.); fast-food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better); percentage of restaurants that are fast food (the lower the better); and percent of population between 20 and 34 years old.

Each suburb was ranked from 1 to 139 across all these criterion, with one being the best possible score.

West Allis has a total score of 53.3 for a 25th place. Its live music rank was 43rd out of 139; fast food, seventh; nightlife, 43rd; active life, 122nd; non-fast food, 70th; and young residents, 35th.

Cambridge, Mass., was ranked first with a total score of 26, edging out second-place Quincy, Mass.

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."

Area clinic helping

in cat allergy study

Greenfield — The Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, 8585 W Forest Home Ave., is enrolling patients in a national clinical study called Catalyst, to determine whether the cat allergy medicine being tested can reduce symptoms for a sustained period with a relatively short course of treatment.

More information is available at (414) 529-8500.

Engineer, alderman

one of 40 under 40

West Allis — Michael May of West Allis will be honored as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 Under 40 who are making a difference in the business community.

May is a West Allis alderman and employed as a traffic engineer with Traffic Analysis & Design Inc., which nominated him for the award.

He and the other winners will be honored in ceremonies Feb. 24 at the Pfister Hotel.

Greenfield musicians

winners in competition

Greenfield — Greenfield High School junior Kyle David Krueger and Andrew Cannestra of Greenfield, a sophomore at Marquette University High School, are among eight High School Showcase winners at the Civic Music Association's Annual Music Competition Weekend held recently.

Kyle plays the vibraphone and Andrew plays piano. The competition is open to high school vocalists and instrumentalists in the greater Milwaukee area.

They and the other winners were featured in Civic Music's High School Showcase Recital held Jan. 26 at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Milwaukee.

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

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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