News & Notes: Oct. 23

Oct. 23, 2012

Halloween happening at home termed 'magical'

Greenfield - "Kind of magical" is how Jennifer Anderson, program coordinator at Kindred Transitional Care & Rehabilitation-Milwaukee, described a visit by the Greenfield High School girls volleyball teams last week.

About 30 girls dropped in to the facility at 5700 W. Layton Ave. to participate in some Halloween fun, decorating pumpkins and working side-by-side with the seniors to decorate Halloween plates that eventually went onto residents' doors.

It might not sound like a lot, but Anderson said that one of her seniors came to her with tears in her eyes to say: "You don't know how much that meant to me."

Another said, "It reminded me of the good old days," Anderson related.

And she herself said she remembers watching the activities and thinking, "The smiles, laughter, the interactions of their girls and my seniors were priceless."

What makes it more precious, she said, was that the volleyball girls from freshmen to varsity didn't do it for credit or because they needed community service points. They came for a whole hour after school simply because they wanted to do something nice for others.

Walmart to hold grand opening Friday

Greenfield - The newly relocated Walmart at 10600 W. Layton Ave., will hold a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Community and business leaders will take part in the ceremony, and customers will be able to get in on a variety of opening events and promotions, including product samples and giveaways. In addition, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will give away $8,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

The store, open 24 hours daily, will include groceries along with its regular department store general merchandise. It will employ about 300 people, 85 of them new jobs due to the bigger store, Walmart officials said in a press release.

The new larger store is around the corner from its original store on Highway 100.

The new store features many energy-saving elements including LED lights in signage, freezer cases and the parking lot.

Mock crash is a tough reality show for teens

Greenfield - Greenfield High School juniors and seniors recently learned a graphic lesson about the potentially devastating consequences of drinking and driving as they attended a re-enactment of a drunken-driving and texting traffic accident.

They saw two wrecked cars and fellow student "victims" Kyle Hanneken, Courtney Corroa, Wally Uriarte, Rubin Tate, Brayden Campagna and Amee Vang.

Left in the wake of the mock crash was death, severe injuries and a 17-year-old drunken driver facing prison. The re-enactment took place on the football field and included Greenfield police officers and firefighters performing "rescues."

Afterwards, the students learned the imaginary fates of the victims, the life-altering results and reactions of their loved ones.

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