News & Notes: March 6

March 6, 2012

Parent organization holds school candidate forum

Greenfield - The Greenfield Parents for Education will hold a School Board Candidates Forum at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center, 4800 S. 60th St.

Six candidates are running for three seats on the Greenfield School Board in the April 3 spring election.

For information, contact Greenfield Parents for Education at

School-readiness screenings offered in Greenfield

Greenfield - A pre-kindergarten-age school screening, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10, offers parents the opportunity to evaluate their children's growth and developmental milestones and readiness to enter 4- or 5-year-old kindergarten.

The screening -open to all parents and their children, ages 3 and 4, are not yet in kindergarten and who live in the Greenfield School District - will be held at Maple Grove Elementary School, 6921 W. Cold Spring Road.

At the program, parents and their children will take part in play and problem-solving activities designed to screen physical, emotional and readiness to enter kindergarten. The results will then be discussed with professional educators and health and wellness experts.

Walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the event, but pre-registration is encouraged. Call (414) 541-0600, Ext. 1700, or email at skrukowski@admin.

A registration form is posted on the district's web site at: communityservices/2012passflyer020212.pdf.

For additional information about the program, call (414) 855-2030 or email

Chamber names citizens, businesses of year

West Allis - Former West Allis mayor Jeannette Bell will be honored as West Allis Citizen of the Year and WaterStone Bank as West Allis Business of the Year by the West Allis-West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and awards ceremony April 20.

Also to be honored will be West Milwaukee Citizen of the Year Gregory Krog and West Milwaukee Business of the Year Chili's Miller Parkway.

Tickets to the awards ceremony , to be held at Summit Place, 6737 W. Washington St., are $50. It includes appetizers, combo buffet by Rupena's Catering, coffee, soda and beer. A table for eight is $375 and $500 corporate table sponsorships.

Reservations are being accepted at

So far, road projects cheaper than expected

Greenfield - Bids on the first of four batches of Greenfield road projects slated for 2012 came in 8 percent under expectation, said Richard Sokol, the city's director of neighborhood services.

City officials are hoping that the other road projects bundled in three more batches for bidding will show the same trend in the coming weeks. The total cost for all four batches is an estimated $4 million. Most of the work is in residential neighborhoods.

But, in a separate package, 124th Street, which is more heavily traveled, also is slated to be rebuilt this year from Grange Avenue to Cold Spring Road. That will be an inconvenience not only for through traffic, but for motorists using ramps to Interstate 43.

The 124th Street project is not part of the other bidding packages because it's being done in cooperation with New Berlin and Hales Corners and with the help of a federal grant covering 80 percent of the cost.

Work at library by young Greenfield artists

Greenfield - In recognition of March as Youth Art Month, the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., is featuring art by Greenfield School District students.

A reception was held March 4 at the library that included a hands-on art activity sponsored by the Milwaukee Art Museum's Kohl's Color Wheels program.

Historians remember Greenfield's largest lake

Greenfield - Maps, photos and information about Boldt's Lake, once Greenfield's largest lake, is on display at the Greenfield Public Library 5310 W. Layton Ave., in the Greenfield Historical Society's showcase on the upper level.

The display that will be up through May also contains information on the family who once owned the lake.

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