News & Notes: Jan. 8

Jan. 8, 2013

West Allis woman charged with embezzling

West Allis - A former bank auditor from West Allis has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to embezzling $100,000 and will likely be sentenced to prison, according to court records.

Denise A. Lewandowski, 50, is expected to enter a plea agreement when she appears before U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa on Feb. 8. She admitted to stealing from her employer, Securant Bank & Trust in Milwaukee.

She was fired after the loss was discovered.

Greenfield principal plans his retirement

Greenfield - Dan Carr, principal of Glenwood Elementary School in Greenfield, has submitted his request to retire after this year.

In his 14 years with the district, Carr has served as a counselor and administrator.

He took on the duties of principal with very late notice last year, according to school district officials, who also said Carr has been a calm, steadying influence for students, staff and parents.

Student, community outpouring makes difference

Greenfield - Students and the community giving to the Holiday Sharing program at Greenfield High School brought a merry Christmas to 45 needy families.

Each family received canned food, fresh fruit, bread/pastry, a $50 Aldi gift certificate, a poinsettia plant, as much gently-used clothing as they needed and a $25 gift certificate to Kmart as part of the effort.

Seven small truckloads of food were donated to St. Martin of Tours Emergency Food Pantry, the largest donation in its history. That pantry was selected because it turns no one away and it serves the five zip codes in southern Milwaukee County.

Emergency boxes of hats, scarves and gloves were sent to each of the four elementary schools in the Greenfield district, and toys were given to the Greenfield Fire Department to help children in emergency situations.

An entire carload of toys, 200 new hats/gloves, and several boxes of children's books went to St. Francis Hospital for waiting rooms, pediatric and emergency departments. Fifty new stuffed animals also went to the St. Francis Hospital hospice and pediatric units.

More than 4,000 items of clothing went to a church for distribution to needy families and about 15 new afghans were donated to the Oncology Alliance for people receiving chemotherapy.

Dunkin' Donuts opens in West Allis

West Allis - The first new Dunkin' Donuts in Wisconsin this year is in West Allis at 2865 S. 108th St.

The new restaurant is owned by the Milwaukee Coffee Brewing Co., a firm which is aggressively opening new Dunkin' Donuts in the Milwaukee area. It currently owns seven locations, including one opened in December in Kenosha.

To attract new customers, the store is currently offering 99-cent small hot/iced lattes and $2.99 bakery sandwiches.

Alternative high school students give back to community

West Allis - High school students given an opportunity to achieve their potential through the Second Chance Program gave back to the community by operating a blood drive at Lakeside Manufacturing last week.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District students, all juniors, wanted to be part of an event over the holidays that would benefit the community. This is the first year the Second Chance program has been at Lakeside Manufacturing.

Second Chance Partners for Education is a nonprofit organization that partners with local school districts and businesses to offer students an educational program in the manufacturing environment.

Harley celebration expansion nixed for now

Greenfield - A proposal to expand the 110th celebration of Harley-Davidson from the House of Harley, 6221 W. Layton Ave., and Bunks & Beds next door to across the street at the Towne Center parking lot, 6100-6196 W. Layton Ave., was unanimously denied by the Greenfield Common Council.

The main problem, as city officials saw it, was that the Towne Center extension with booths, tents and beer tent would be under separate control.

The previous two Harley anniversary celebrations were so successful because of the close coordination the city had with the event sponsors at the House of Harley to head off problems, said Chuck Erickson, director of economic development and planning.

Working with two entities would be more cumbersome, Erickson said, and would leave the door open for each one to blame the other for problems. It also could leave the city in the middle because it has to make certain assurances to Milwaukee County, he added.

Other problems with the plan that were cited included that the Towne Center's commercial neighbors could be impacted by the event, that another beer tent is not needed, and that there problems with the layout of the tents and booths.

The celebration, of which the one in Greenfield will be a part, will be Aug. 26 to Sept. 3, 2013.

Retiring police chief receives commendation

West Allis - Retired Police Chief Michael Jungbluth received a commendation from the Common Council praising him for his 29 years with the Police Department and his four years as its chief.

The council noted his long list of accomplishments, including numerous commendations for actions in the line of duty. The commendation also notes his many awards and letters of recognition, and his exemplary leadership and service to other law enforcement agencies.

Finally, the commendation says the retiring chief is to be specially recognized for his dedication and service to the residents of West Allis "and congratulates him for a job well done."

Jungbluth retired Dec. 31.

Whitnall administrators receive $1,000 raises

Greenfield - Eight administrators in the Whitnall School District, including the school principals, received an across-the-board $1,000 raise for the current school year in addition to having their contracts extended.

Meditation garden gets council approval

Greenfield - The Common Council has approved a new meditation garden design for Kopps Frozen Custard, 7601 W. Layton Ave.

The revised plan, approved by aldermenfrom an earlier version previously approved in April 2011, includes glass blocks that can be lighted from within.

Kopps can now proceed with construction.

School band wins $1,000 drawing

Greenfield - Don and Robb Hensiak, owners of Griddlers Café, presented a $1,000 Cascio Music shopping spree to the Greenfield Middle School band.

Griddlers Café celebrated its first anniversary in October and customers entered their favorite music program into a drawing for the gift card.

House of Harley looking toward 2013 events

Greenfield - The House of Harley, 6221 W. Layton Ave., is working on three events planned for next year.

They are its Indoor Custom Bike Show on Jan. 25 and 26; its 21st Annual Spring Bike Show, May 18; and the 2013 Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Milwaukee Rally, Aug. 28 to Sept. 2.

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