News & Notes: Oct. 31

Oct. 29, 2013

BBB to hold

grand opening

West Allis — The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau will hold a grand opening celebration and annual meeting for members Nov. 6 at 10019 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis.

Second-graders again

take national book honor

West Allis — For the second time in three years, a second-grade class of Margaret Wandschneider has won the national Scholastic Kids are Authors contest.

Scholastic Book Fairs has published the book the second-graders wrote and illustrated and has sold it at book fairs throughout the country. The second-graders who created the winning book for the 2012-13 school year are now in third grade.

The book is "White Tails and Other White Tales" and is about albino animals. Wandschneider and the school were honored by Scholastic Book Fairs in an assembly attended by West Allis Mayor Dan Devine last week.

Wandschneider and her second-graders of 2011 also took first in the contest at that time.

Store closes

for back taxes

West Allis — The liquor, tobacco and food licenses of West Allis Liquor & Tobacco, 7218 W. Greenfield Ave., have not been renewed due to back taxes.

The city wanted to work with the owner, but he did not come to meetings with city officials, said Alderman Michael Czaplewski.

"We try to be fair with businesses, but they have got to work with us, too," he said.

Greenfield officer faces

charge, possible dismissal

Greenfield — A preliminary hearing will be held by the Greenfield Police and Fire Commission on whether to fire a police officer who is accused of flinging a woman in custody into a holding cell and calling her a vulgar name.

The preliminary hearing before the Police and Fire Commission will be held at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 2 in the municipal court, 5300 W. Layton Ave.

Officer Thomas Roszak has been charged by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office with misconduct in the July 27 incident at the Greenfield Police Station. According to the complaint, Roszak was helping book a woman for drunken driving and fleeing an officer when the woman refused to return to the holding cell. According to the complaint, she put her hands on his chest and told Roszak that she hated him.

He is alleged to have lifted her up and carried her vertically to the cell and to have tossed her in. The complaint says she fell to the floor, hitting a stool affixed to the floor on her way down. The complaint says she suffered bruises, but that the officer called her a vulgar name and closed the cell door without checking for injuries.

Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt is seeking to dismiss Roszak.

An arraignment hearing in the criminal case is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

The woman has filed a notice of damages, which is a precursor to a future claim for damages and a potential lawsuit. Represented by attorney Jonathan Safran, the woman claims that she suffered injuries to her head and face, bruising to her buttocks and left leg. The notice also mentioned headaches and sleep disturbance, all of which have resulted in medical treatment.

The notice also says the woman suffers fear, anxiety, depression, flashbacks and nightmares.

Griddlers Cafés

to salute veterans

During the week of Nov. 11-18, local Griddlers Cafes will salute veterans.

On Nov. 11 Veterans Day it will offer free coffee, tea or fountain beverage and two pancakes to any U.S. military veteran or active service member.

Also, from Nov. 11 to 17, Griddlers will donate all the proceeds from S.O.S. (creamed beef on toast) sales, priced at $3.99, to the Fisher House Foundation. The Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers nationwide and in Europe.

The proceeds will help build a Fisher House Foundation house at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Griddlers Cafe locations are at 4160 W. Loomis Road, Greenfield, and at 10706 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis.

Zerban announces

second try at Congress

Democrat Rob Zerban, a former small business owner and Kenosha County supervisor, will once again be a candidate for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, which includes Greenfield and part of West Allis.

He ran last year against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

In making his announcement, Zerban focused on strong schools, safe communities and clean water and air. He also pledged to support job creation and renewable energy initiatives, access to affordable healthcare and implementation of comprehensive immigration reform.

Health Department gives

tips for flu season

West Allis — Now that influenza season is here, the West Allis Health Department is reminding people of how they can reduce chances of getting the flu.

The best way is to get a flu shot, they said, but they also recommend covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, throwing used tissue in the garbage and washing hands afterward. If tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your sleeve to help prevent the flu germs from spreading.

Wash hands often with soap and water, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol to clean hands if soap and water are not available. It is especially important to wash hands before touching eyes, nose or mouth.

If you are sick, stay home to get better and not spread the germs to others. With a fever, stay home at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of medicine that lowers fever.

Stay away from sick people. Flu droplets can travel up to 6 feet.

Clean surfaces that are touched often like desks, phones and computer keyboards with soap and water. A bleach and water solution is also good for killing bacteria and viruses.

Greenfield man named

a top manager in nation

Greenfield — Greenfield resident Ranferi Cardenas, general manager of Old Country Buffet in Greenfield, was recently awarded a company-paid vehicle for a year from Buffets Inc. for being one of the top performing managers in the country.

South Carolina-based Buffets Inc., which operates 343 restaurants in 35 states, recognized 22 of its best general managers.

Library needs used

books, movies, music

Greenfield — The Greenfield Library needs used books, audio books, movies and music for its Never-Ending Book Sale, an ongoing sale of used materials.

Donations are accepted at the check-out desk at the library, 5310 W. Layton Avenue. Sale proceeds benefit the library.

The library cannot accept books published before 2003, textbooks, VHS tapes, cassette tapes or magazines.

For information, call the library at (414) 321-9595 Ext. 101.

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