News & Notes: Nov. 6

Nov. 6, 2012

Gas station/store gets to stay up late

West Allis - West Allis and the owner of the BP gas station/convenience store have reached a compromise in the store hours by setting a new closing time of midnight, two hours later than the current 10 p.m. closing.

The owner had asked to be open all night, but a city committee turned him down, worrying that granting such a request would open the door for all-night gas stations anywhere in the city - something the city has guarded against in its ordinances.

Its location also was against it, given that it is adjacent to a residential area and across the street from a senior resident home.

The station, at 7920 W. National Ave., already allows patrons to pump gas at any time.

Four area youths among first on stage

Greenfield and West Allis area residents Sam Skogstad, Amelia Acompanado, Rebecca Kraetz and Ryan Gonzalez will perform in the Pius XI High School production of "Miss Saigon - School Edition" that will mark the official opening of the school's new Performing Arts Center, 135 N. 76th St., Milwaukee.

The show will be presented Nov. 9, 10, 11, 17 and 18.

The students will be among the first to perform a large-scale production in the new state-of-the-art theater.

Moustache mania for a good cause

Greenfield - Greenfield High School has joined the "Movember Movement," meant to raise funds for men's cancer research and awareness during November by growing moustaches and holding fun events.

Movember is otherwise known as Mustache November. A number of staff members and students are part of the "Mo Hawks Team" that will host the events during the month culminating in wearing mustaches on Nov. 21.

Principal Paul Thusius has pledged to grow a moustache for 30 days and people can donate to his team online

Walker students to tackle world record

West Allis - Students at Walker Elementary School, 900 S. 119th St., will furiously participate in a worldwide effort to break the Guinness World Record for sport stacking.

The effort will take place Nov. 15 when students will stack and unstack 12 specially designed cups called speed stacks in predetermined sequences as fast as they can.

The hope is to break the world's record set at last year's Stack Up event.

Scout commended for beautification work

West Allis - Boy Scout Damien McFadden received a commendation from Mayor Dan Devine in the form of a proclamation that publicly thanked him for recruiting, organizing and leading fellow Scouts in his service project of landscaping the West Allis Historical Society's Monument Circle.

Levy drops 3.4 percent instead of 6.7 percent

West Allis - The tax levy drop wasn't quite as dramatic as the 6.7 percent that was hoped for at the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District annual meeting, but a decrease of 3.44 percent will still give relief to property taxpayers.

The School Board certified the levy of $44.8 million last week. That total was higher than officials predicted at the budget hearing because final state aid figures, the third Friday pupil count and equalized property values finally came in.

The pupil count increased by 117 students, with enrollment increasing 9,377.

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