News & Notes: May 14

May 15, 2013

Sammy's hot about

moving driveway

West Allis — The owner of Sammy's Taste of Chicago at 106th Street and Greenfield Avenue is closer to moving his driveway, but he said he still doesn't think the city should make him do it.

West Allis is trying to improve safety for turning vehicles by making businesses move their driveways farther from corners, said Steve Schaer, city planning and zoning manager.

But Sammy Bohringer, who opened the eatery in 1989, said he isn't aware of any accident there, at least in his memory.

"Whatever it costs me, I think it's a waste of money," he said.

Bohringer said he doesn't understand either why he has to move his driveway when the Speedway store on Theodore Trecker Drive on the far busier Highway 100 has a driveway that's even closer to the corner.

Schaer said the city is generating safety improvements as owners ask to make changes in their properties. Sammy's demolished a home in 2003 to enlarge its parking lot, and that is probably what triggered the order, he said.

Although Speedway has undergone a change of ownership, it hasn't made any physical changes, Schaer said.

Care packages

help senior veterans

West Allis — While sending care packages to troops overseas is a time-honored tradition, Emeritus at West Park Place will deliver care packages to local senior veterans or their surviving spouses.

The project, now through Memorial Day, is aimed at helping people stay in their homes. The local effort is part of a national initiative by Emeritus Senior Living to deliver more than 2,000 care packages.

The Heroes Emeritus care packages include nightlights, first-aid kits, medication management containers, water bottles and healthy snacks.

In addition to delivering the packages, the Emeritus team will perform home safety checks.

People can recommend a local senior veteran or veteran spouse for the Heroes Emeritus program by calling (414) 476-3900 or emailing at

Emeritus Senior Living is a memory care and assisted living provider.

Mayor gets hearing

test for Hearing Month

West Allis — On Tuesday, West Allis Mayor Dan Devine had his hearing tested to help promote awareness about hearing health during National Better Hearing Month in May.

He was tested at Sonus Hearing Care Center, 2255 S 108th St., which is offering complimentary hearing screenings throughout May.

Students present

gene project in Boston

Greenfield — Members of the Greenfield High School SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) Team presented their findings on genome sequencing in Boston at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference.

Under the leadership of GHS science teacher Julie Fangmann, the SMART Team presented a poster it created with the Milwaukee School of Engineering on MGMT (0-6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase), an enzyme that corrects mistakes in DNA.

Researchers believe that mutations in MGMT could cause mutations in DNA, possibly leading to cancer.

The Greenfield students' presentation centered on a family with an aggressive form of cervical cancer and its potential link to MGMT. The students worked with Dr. Liz Worthey of the Medical College of Wisconsin on the project.

"Attending this conference allowed them to explore the process of science at a higher level than they could normally," Fangmann said.

Cancer screenings offered

for low-income women

West Allis — The West Allis Health Department offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income, uninsured or underinsured women.

To be eligible, women must be between the ages of 45 and 64 (although there are limited exceptions for younger women), have no health insurance or insurance that doesn't cover breast and cervical cancer screenings or be unable to pay high deductibles and co-payments, and have incomes at or below 25 percent of the federal poverty level.

More information is available at (414) 302-8600.

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