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Greendale schools purposefully chosen as venue for state literacy program announcement

Jan. 04, 2012 11:52 a.m. | Gov. Scott Walker this morning unveiled a new statewide literacy program, Read to Lead, at Greendale's Highland View Elementary School because it is "a great school district that excels."

At a news conference in the school's library, Walker noted that, according to the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, Wisconsin's progress in reading achievement is stagnant at best. The Greendale School District, meanwhile, boasts that 89.2 percent of its 10th-graders ranked as proficient or advanced in reading, as measured by the Wisconsin Knowledge Concepts Examination.

Walker said students who are not proficient early are four times more likely not to graduate from high school. When poverty is factored in, the odds are greater, with students 13 times more likely not to complete school.

For that reason, he convened a bipartisan task force in spring whose recommendations include early literacy screenings, aggressive professional development for teachers, and accountability standards to measure Read to Lead's outcome.

No specific funding source for the program has been identified, although there are grant dollars - about $600,000 - for the universal literacy screenings. As far as oversight of the program, Walker said the Department of Public Instruction and the Department of Children and Families will likely coordinate its various elements.

Greendale man drowns in Minnesota boating accident

1:53 p.m. | Greendale — A local man has died after a boating accident in Minnesota left him struggling to stay above water Monday evening.

Richard Dziewit, 58, was spotted treading water on Lake Vermilion in Greenwood Township around 8 p.m. "while his boat was running and spinning circles around him," the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported in a news release.

Two nearby boaters were able to pull Dziewit's boat away from him, but he sank below the water.

Dziewit's body was recovered about 2 and a half hours later by the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

The incident remains under investigation.

Ignitors softball team takes second in national tourney

1:00 p.m. | Southside Milwaukee area girls high school softball has always been strong, and among the reasons for that are the strong summer traveling programs in the area

This was recently demonstrated by the highly successful U-16 Greenfield Ignitors club team, which took an impressive second in the recent USSSA Road to Orlando Class A World Series.

According to Ignitors president and head coach Scott Bauer, the team was highly competitive the whole week (July 11-18) .

"It was an extremely successful week for our team, and we took an undefeated record into Saturday's championship game," he said. "Unfortunately, we fell a little short but still walked away with a second-place finish.

"We beat teams from Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas and Florida to get into the championship game. I think we surprised a lot of people. Before we played a team from Texas, one of the parents from that team was heard to say, 'They're from Wisconsin. How good can they be?' We beat that team 3-0 and really made our mark on that tournament."

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'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale

11:45 a.m. | Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.

The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.

The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.

Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.

Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.

Roadrunner buying El Paso, Texas, trucking firm for $35 million

10:28 a.m. | Continuing its acquisition strategy, Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. said Tuesday it has purchased an El Paso, Texas trucking firm that operates across the southwest and in Mexico.

Roadrunner said it bought Stagecoach Cartage and Distribution for $35 million, plus up to $5 million more based on the unit's future performance.

The purchase will let Cudahy-based Roadrunner operate its own trucks in Mexico, an authority the firm hasn't had. It also expands Roadrunner's presence in the southwest.

Stagecoach's revenue totaled about $34 million for the 12 months ended June 30, Roadrunner said. Stagecoach is expected to add to Roadrunner's earnings this year.

The purchase is Roadrunner's 34th acquisition since 2005, and the first in 2015. The company made four purchases last year, spending some $230 million.

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Oak Creek food distributor faces $85K in fines after employee injury

10:14 a.m. | Oak Creek — A local frozen bread manufacturer faces up to $85,800 in fines after one of its employees was injured on the job.

A 30-year-old temporary employee required extensive surgery after suffering burns and lacerations of tendons and ligaments in her right hand after she used a cutting and sealing machine at Joseph Campione Inc., the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported in a news release.

Joseph Campione Inc. supplies products to Costco Wholesale Corp., IGA, Piggly Wiggly and others.

OSHA inspectors found that the Oak Creek food distributor ignored safety requirements to protect workers from moving machine parts. The agency issued one willful and four serious safety violations to the company on July 22, citing the company for failing to protect workers from machinery hazards.

"Thousands of workers are injured each year because manufacturers fail to recognize machine hazards. No worker's shift should end with a hospital stay," Christine Zortman, OSHA's area director in Milwaukee, stated in the news release.

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Update: Tanker truck crash in Hales Corners, Highway 100 closed

9:28 a.m. | Hales Corners — A tanker truck was involved in a crash with a semi-truck at the intersection of Highway 100 and W. Janesville Road, spilling about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel, Tuesday morning.

Deputy chief Martin Freibergs of the Hales Corners fire department said that tanker truck was hit by another truck heading southbound on Highway 100. He said it was one of the worst spills he has seen in his career.

Freibergs said that the intersection is expected to be cleared by mid-afternoon on Tuesday. The fire department is handling the cleanup by pouring sand onto the spilled diesel, and then will sweep it up. The clean up process will take about three hours because the tanker that spilled has to unload the rest of its fuel into a separate tanker, Freibergs said. The Wisconsin DOT said they believe the Highway to be re-opened by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Freibergs said that there is a chance that because asphalt soaks up diesel, the DNR might go back and deem the Highway unsafe and be forced to tear it up.

No one was hurt during the crash, an employee at the Bosh Tavern located next to the scene said she heard a load "boom," and saw fuel spill out onto the street.

Star of 'Dance Moms' to make Oak Creek appearance

July 27, 2015 2:48 p.m. | Oak Creek — JoJo Siwa, one of the young stars of Lifetime's television series "Dance Moms," will make an appearance in Oak Creek on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Siwa will host two meet-and-greet sessions at The Academy of Performing Arts in Oak Creek, 9160 S. Pennsylvania Ave. The sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Registration is limited. Tickets can be purchased at jojowisconsin.eventbrite.com.

Sikh Temple announces memorial events to honor victims of shooting

July 24, 2015 2:38 p.m. | Oak Creek — The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin will soon host a series of events to honor victims of the mass shooting on Aug. 5, 2012.

The events will also honor the victims of a similar tragedy that occurred this year on June 17 in Charleston, South Carolina.

The public is welcome to participate in all events.

Friday, July 31

·A 48-hour recitation of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji — the Sikh holy scriptures — will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the temple, 7512 S. Howell Ave. Langar — a community meal — will be offered throughout the "Akhand Path" prayer service.

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Kayla's Playground groundbreaking

July 24, 2015 8:43 a.m. | "Today we break ground and disrupt and weaken the soil only to be followed by hundreds of volunteers who will walk on this very ground to create a strong foundation to build Kayla's Playground," Michelle Runte, founder of Kayla's Krew said. "A community once again coming together to strengthen and to build our community in this beautiful setting of Franklin Woods Nature Center; we couldn't ask for a better silver lining."

St. Alphonsus Parish to host 'Feast on the Blacktop'

July 23, 2015 12:23 p.m. | Greendale — St. Alphonsus Parish will host a special "Feast on the Blacktop" celebration on Sunday, Aug. 2.

Members of the community are invited to enjoy food, games and live music from noon until 9 p.m. at the church, 6060 W. Loomis Road.

Music performances will include Vern Tretow, Mt. Olive and 76 Juliet. Square dancing will also be offered.

The church will also collect nonperishable items for its food pantry.

For more information, call the parish at (414) 421-2442.

Public hearing for new TIF district

July 23, 2015 11:06 a.m. | Hales Corners — A public hearing for the establishment of a new TIF district for the area east of Highway 100 is scheduled to take place at the August 17 plan commission meeting.

Village Administrator Mike Weber said that the village is still exploring potential developers for the commercial area east of Highway 100 and south of West Grange Avenue. This area has been subject to new development talks ever since the Kmart left the area.

Franklin parks commissioner calls out common council

July 22, 2015 12:23 p.m. | Franklin — Dave Pautz of the Franklin Parks Commission used the citizens comments period of the July 21 Franklin common council meeting to voice his displeasures with the common council.

Pautz was upset when he found out that the appointment of Alderwoman Susan Mayer to the parks commission had been tabled at the previous common council meeting, as well as the tabling of three other mayoral appointments. Pautz went further to accuse several aldermen of collaborating before meetings, which is illegal.

While Pautz was accusing four aldermen of collaborating, he was interrupted by Alderman Dan Mayer. Mayer asked Pautz to name the four Aldermen he thought were conspiring together, and made the point that this was just Pautz's opinion.

Mayer apologized shortly after for interrupting.

Pautz encouraged citizens to go online and listen to the audio recordings of the common council meetings.

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The Suburban 16 Power Rankings: Watt, Niebrugge, and others on the next level

July 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. | (Editor's note: After a late addition putting Anthony Pettis in the top 15, the "Suburban 15" was expanded to the "Suburban 16")

The meteoric rise just continues.

Pewaukee graduate J.J. Watt, once a scholarship tight end at Central Michigan and then a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin, was voted the No. 1 player in the National Football League by the league's players in a poll conducted by the NFL Network.

Higher than Aaron Rodgers (No. 2) and Tom Brady (No. 3). Higher than anyone could have imagined even when he became the 11th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Even with his second career NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award last year, it's still staggering to think that when the players in the NFL consider who the league's best player is, they turn to Watt.

Sure, all rankings have to be taken with a grain of salt, but especially with the accomplishments of Watt and Jordan Niebrugge, a Homestead graduate who shot an amateur-record round of 67 at the British Open and then tied for sixth in the tourney, there have been some exciting accomplishments racked up by local products. Considering athletes who competed in high school in the Now Newspapers or Lake Country Publications coverage area (and remain active), here's my Suburban 16, where I attempt to rank players based on exposure, impact and post-prep accomplishments.

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Village of Greendale takes ownership of land proposed for veterans memorial

July 21, 2015 9:03 p.m. | Greendale — The northeast corner of Southway and Broad Street — the site of a proposed veterans memorial — is now in the hands of the village.

The village board unanimously approved to acquire the land from the Greendale School District during its July 21 meeting.

The Greendale School Board was criticized by memorial supporters earlier this year for not approving the project, which was proposed to be located on school district property.

In response, the school board allowed residents to vote for a potential land transfer on April 28.

Nearly 87.5 percent of residents in attendance voted in favor of giving the parcel to the village.

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Kayla playground project leaps forward in Franklin

July 21, 2015 8:18 p.m. | Franklin — The Kayla's Krew Playground project took another step forward on Tuesday, July 7, when the list of bids for the playground's materials was approved by the common council.

By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the total amount of around $150,000 was awarded to the bidders of The Home Depot, Darquest Industries and NEW Plastic.(Alderwoman Kristin Wilhelm was excused from the meeting because she wasn't feeling well.)

Ready to begin

At the meeting, Mayor Steve Olson thanked the council for passing the motion to approve the bids, allowing construction on the playground to begin as scheduled in September.

"The council did the right thing at this meeting," Olson said.

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