News & Notes: Sept. 25

Sept. 25, 2012

Health Department starts flu clinics for residents

Greenfield - The Greenfield Health Department will offer influenza vaccination clinics for residents during October starting with a clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at its offices in City Hall, 7325 W. Forest Home Ave.

No appointments are necessary, and the cost varies by Medicare eligibility and insurance status.

Those with Medicare Part B coverage only will have the cost of the vaccination billed directly to Medicare and they should bring their Medicare cards to the clinic.

Medicare Advantage plans, such as United HealthCare, AARP Medicare Complete or Humana Gold are not accepted. A receipt can be issued that those with Medicare Advantage plans can directly submit to their plans for reimbursement.

The cost of flu vaccination will be $25 for adults not eligible for Medicare Part B.

The Greenfield Health Department will host a vaccination clinic for children in kindergarten for 4-year-olds through high school seniors on a date in October still to be set.

More information will be available at the department, (414) 329-5275.

Drumstick Dash new family tradition?

West Allis - The Drumstick Dash 5K, a benefit for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin in what its sponsor hopes will become a new Thanksgiving Day family tradition, is coming to the Wisconsin State Fair Park at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 22.

The 3.1-mile run will take participants around the historic Milwaukee Speedway and past additional landmarks within the State Fair Park. Nonperishable food donations will be collected race day and monetary donations will be accepted prior to the dash for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

The cost is $30 for adults, $20 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger.

Registration is now open online

About 330,000 people in eastern Wisconsin rely on food supplied by Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin each year. The food bank is the largest, private, nonprofit distributor of food in the state.

The event is presented by Balistreri-owned and operated Sendik's Food Markets.

Water main project begins as part of interchange work

West Allis - Crews were to begin work early this week on relocating a water main on Greenfield Avenue between 97th and 101st streets.

The $376,000 project is coordinated with the Zoo Interchange reconstruction.

Relocating the water main off of the freeway bridge this year will allow bridge demolition to start in early 2013. A new bridge and ramps at Greenfield Avenue over Interstate 894/U.S. Highway 45 will be constructed and are slated to open in time for the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair.

Traffic lanes will be open during construction, with intermittent shoulder and sidewalk closures on the north side of Greenfield Avenue from 96th Street to 100th Street. Sidewalk that connects from the corner of Madison Place and 100th Street will be closed long-term. Pedestrians will be re-routed on sidewalk west to 101st Street, north to Madison Place and east to 100th Street.

A graphic of this closure available in the newsroom section Access to businesses and area residents will be maintained.

Martial arts team takes gold, silver

West Allis - The martial arts team of Four Winds Martial Arts, 2038 S. 114th St., West Allis, came home with many honors from international competition in Las Vegas.

They competed in full-contact stickfighting.

Mark Tharnish, 31, West Allis, won a silver medal in padded open weapons fighting, with double sticks. Joel Dietl, 49, Franklin, received a silver medal in live single stick combat, and a gold medal in live double stick fighting. Dietl has been a member of the U.S. National stickfighting team since 1996.

Marshall Caluya, 41, Franklin, won his first gold medal in world competition, in forms, as well as earning a silver medal in single stick padded fighting and a fourth in live single stick fighting.

Team coach and Four Winds master instructor Kelii Sipin, 30, provided an apt demonstration of the force involved in padded stick competition when he suffered a broken hand in his semifinal bout. He nevertheless finished with a bronze medal.

Hannah Burchardt, age 13, of Oconomowoc, brought home a gold medal in padded stick fighting and a silver in live single stick fighting. Her sister Emme Burchardt, age 15, also brought home a gold medal in her age division in padded stick fighting.

Assessments to rise along with construction cost

West Allis - Business and residential property owners who have to help pay for street paving, sidewalk and alley work, as well as a whole range of other work, near their land may find some of those costs a bit higher next year.

Though the consumer price index shows only a small increase in the cost of living, construction costs appear to be on the rise, said Michael Lewis, West Allis director of public works.

The special assessments the city charges will go up 5 percent, based on actual bids the city received, Lewis said. The Common Council last week approved the 5 percent increase for next year.

That increase would mean a property owner would pay $136.35, about $6.50 more, for a 5-foot sidewalk slab next year.

West Allis official leads consortium to national honor

West Allis - The city's Health department director, Darren Rausch, is chairman of a 13-community consortium that was recognized for exceptional emergency preparedness by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

The organization honored the consortium for being ready to handle large-scale public health emergencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took part in the selection process.

The consortium demonstrated that member agencies can work collaboratively to handle bioterrorism events, new epidemics, natural disasters and other public health related emergencies.

Since 2006, only 270 local public health agencies out of about 2,800 health departments across the nation have received the recognition.

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