News & Notes: June 27

June 25, 2013

County struggles

to keep up with grass

If anybody thinks the grass on medians on main roads has been shaggy lately, they are right.

Last week, the assistant Milwaukee County highway maintenance manager wrote to local municipalities apologizing for conditions of some medians.

With reduced staffing, county mowing crews are struggling to catch up with the the grass that is thriving under the sun and heat. The crews were a week behind on their mowing schedule as of last week, he said.

Family pictures

could be cover photos

West Allis — The West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation Department is inviting people to send in their photos of a Recreation Department event, sport, program or class to possibly be featured on the cover or inside the fall recreation activity guide.

The picture must be from a WAWM Recreation Department program and submitted by July 8. One photo is allowed per entry. People can email digital photos, JPEG or .jpg format (no print or film submissions).

Entries should be emailed to with Focus on Fun on the subject line. The names of the persons in picture should be provided along with the Recreation Department activity it is and a telephone number.

All entries will become the property of the WAWM Recreation Department.

By submitting a photo, people authorize the Recreation Department to use it for display or promotion purposes in digital or print form.

Cupcakes for Cause

helps health program

West Allis — The Cupcakes for a Cause-West Allis recent Around the World Challenge raised more than $300 for the Las Promotoras.

Las Promotoras is the West Allis Health Department program in which Spanish-speaking volunteers act as translators for the department, which serves some people who don't speak English.

Team Tiger Awesome brought home the People's Choice prize with its dark chocolate and raspberry Transylvanian cupcakes while new baker Kelly B was awarded the Cause's Choice prize for her churro cupcakes.

Meals still available

for low-income students

Greenfield — The Greenfield School District that provides free and reduced price meals to low-income students wants families to know that a summer meal program is providing free meals during summer vacation.

The meals are not served at the schools, but sites can be found by calling the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-348-6479 (1-866-3-HUNGRY) or 1-877-842-6273 (1-877-8-HAMBRE) toll free.

West Allis skate park

still rolling forward

West Allis — Construction should start on the skate park that will be built in Radtke Park, 84th Street and National Avenue in West Allis, in late summer or early fall, planner Bart Griepentrog said.

It should be done by the end of the year, he said. The city is just about ready to go out for construction bids.

Manager: Borgwardt funeral home not dead

West Allis — Not only did debris from a Nov. 30, 2012, fire have to be cleared away, but asbestos had to be removed from the Schramka-Borgwardt Funeral Home, 1603 S. 81st St., West Allis, said John Klein, Schramka general manager.

But the asbestos is now removed and officials of the home can get on with restoration, he said. The building has been closed since the fire, which took out more than half of the second floor. The offices that were located there were moved temporarily, Klein said. About half the building has smoke damage, he said. The garage was damaged when firefighters had to vent the fire as they fought it.

When the home reopens it will be almost entirely new, Klein said. He plans to come to the city soon with proposed plans, he said.

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