News & Notes: March 4

March 4, 2014

Greenfield-West NOW sports story earns award

Greenfield-West Allis NOW sports writer John Rech captured second place for best sports feature in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation.

The wining article was up against features submitted by writers with newspapers of similar size throughout the state.

Rech's winning entry was for "Meyers overcomes setbacks to earn title of a champion," which focused on Kevin Meyers of Greenfield, who was blinded in a crash while competing in a speed boat race in 1987.

The feature tells the story of his coming back from that blow only to break his ankle while downhill skiing with a guide. He rebounded from that to take up tandem bicycle racing and in 2012 he claimed a national championship.

Chief thanks community

for support after tragedy

West Allis — West Allis Police Chief Chuck Padgett is thanking the community for its support in the death of Police Detective Stacie Napoli.

Napoli died shortly after giving birth last month.

"On behalf of the men and women of the West Allis Police Department, I would like to express our deep appreciation to all in the community who sent condolences, held and are holding fundraisers for Stacie's family and offered support during this difficult time," Padgett said in a press release.

He also expressed gratitude to those who assisted in the funeral held Feb. 24 for the 17-year veteran of the force.

"I would also like to express our appreciation to the law enforcement agencies who assisted us through providing police service allowing our officers to attend the ceremony, conducted traffic control along the route, provided honor guard, and attended the services," he said.

"There are so many who deserve our gratitude, we are extremely humbled and honored to work among such a fantastic group of law enforcement professionals and serve such a compassionate community," he said.

Medical group

gets new chief

Greenfield — The new president and CEO of Advanced Pain Management is Dennis Skrajewski.

Skrajewski most recently served as a division vice president and vice president of corporate development at DaVita HealthCare Partners.

He attended Yale Medical School and began his career as a physician assistant. After practicing medicine for five years, he obtained an MBA in healthcare financial management from Boston University.

After working as the vice president of operations at Lakes Region General Hospital and Charlton Memorial Hospital in New England, Skrajewski spent nearly 10 years at DaVita HealthCare Partners.

A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Skrajewski was awarded the "Rising Star Award," "Accountability Award," and "GSD Award" while at DaVita.

Advanced Pain Management bills itself as one of the largest pain management groups in the country, with 30 board-certified/eligible physicians out of more than 40 locations in Wisconsin.

March 15 declared

Miss West Allis Day

West Allis — March 15 has been declared Miss West Allis Day by West Allis Mayor Dan Devine.

That is the day that finalists will compete for the honor of being named Miss West Allis at Carroll University in Waukesha at 6:30 p.m.

Devine said he made the proclamation because the West Allis pageant is the oldest pageant in the state, celebrating its 57th anniversary this year, and because the pageant is a point of community pride for residents and merchants who support the contestants.

The winner will go on to the Miss Wisconsin Pageant.

Cupcakes for Cause

kicks off fundraiser

West Allis — Cupcakes for a Cause is holding a fund drive with the goal of raising $2,000 to help the group advertise and provide additional entertainment at its cupcake tasting events.

The group raises money for various charities at its cupcake tasting challenges for volunteer bakers. People pay to participate in the tastings. The group relies entirely on donations, sponsorships, merchandise and beverage sales.

Donors of $10 will have their names on the Cupcakes for a Cause website thanking them for their support. For $30, donors' names will go on the website and a Cupcakes for a Cause grab bag.

Donations are being accepted on the group's GoFundMe page online at

Forum to be held

for Whitnall candidates

Greenfield — A candidate forum will be held for all four candidates for the Whitnall School Board from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 in the School Board meeting room, 5000 S. 116th St.

The Edgerton Elementary School PTO is facilitating the forum to which candidates Jonathan Cagle, Michael Clarizio, Jon Jones and incumbent Nancy Zaborowski have been invited.

Each candidate will give an introduction and share why they are running. After that, candidates will respond to written questions from the audience. If time allows, questions submitted via email to will be addressed.

The four candidates are vying for three seats in the April 1 spring election.

For information, contact David Cotey at (414) 458-0592 or

Preschool screenings

offered for ages 3 and 4

Greenfield — The Greenfield School District is offering a free preschool screening for all children aged 3 and 4 who live in the district and have not yet attended kindergarten for 4-year-olds.

The Beginning Education Evaluation, also known as the B.E.E. Ready program, will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Elm Dale Elementary School, 5300 S. Honey Creek Drive.

The district early childhood professionals will work with parents and children for 90 minutes to evaluate development in language, fine and gross motor skills and academic concepts. They will identify areas of strength and weakness, discuss further steps and observe social development and play skills.

Registrations are being accepted at (414) 281-7100 and by email at

For information, call Elm Dale School at (414) 281-7100.

Kindergarten registration

starts for ages 4 and 5

Greenfield — Registration for the 2014-15 school year the kindergartens for 4- and 5-year-olds has already started in the Greenfield School District.

The K4 program is a half-day program (morning or afternoon) and K5 is a full day. They will be open to children who will be 4 or 5 on or before Sept. 1.

Registration materials may be obtained online on the district website or at the Educational Administration Center, 4850 S. 60 St.

Children can be registered between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the center. Parents must bring an official birth certificate with them, as well as their child's immunization record, and proof of residency (current electric bill and a lease or property tax bill).

Early registration will maximize chances that children will attend the school closest to their homes, district officials stressed.

For information, call (414) 855-2043 or email

Cupcake contest

raises $522 for charity

West Allis — The Flashback Challenge held by Cupcakes for a Cause on Feb. 23 raised $522 for West Central Interfaith, which helps older people stay in their homes.

Team Frost Yourself took home the People's Choice Award with its Jurassic Park cupcakes, and Judie Hoppe was awarded the Cause's Choice Prize with her Malted Milk Ball Cupcakes.

Cupcakes for a Cause is always in desperate need of bakers for its events. The next one will be July 27 when proceeds will go to the State Fair Park Foundation. The theme of the challenge will be the State Fair.

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.

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.

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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