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Joint meeting will focus on Delphi and civic center redevelopment

Jan. 26, 2012 6:12 p.m. | The Oak Creek Common Council and the Oak Creek-Franklin School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss the redevelopment of the current civic center and the site of former Delphi Automotive plant.

The meeting will be held in the cafeteria of Oak Creek High School, 340 E. Puetz Road.

The purpose of the meeting is to review different options for developing both Howell Avenue sites, including their costs. The civic center is at 8640 S. Howell Ave. and the Delphi site, 7929 S. Howell Ave.

This meeting, open to the public, will also be televised on the city's public access channel, either Time Warner Channel 25 or AT&T Uverse channel 99.

The Rock announces July Fourth celebration plans

July 02, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Franklin — The Rock Sports Complex and MKE Sports & Entertainment will host its third Independence Day celebration at The Umbrella Bar at The Rock July 4.

Guests can enjoy a view of fireworks from over 20 cities, the Umbrella Bar's brick patio, dance space and views of Milwaukee County and The Rock's Major League Replica baseball fields. Patrons may also purchase DiMaggio's Stone Fire Pizza, cocktails and beer at the Umbrella Bar. Food purchases can also be made from The Rock's guest caterer, Muskego Lakes Country Club from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday only.

Late afternoon visitors can enjoy listening to the Phillip Williams Band from 4 to 7 p.m.

Live music from The Eddie Butts Band, which is part of the Summer Concert Series at The Rock, will begin at 8 p.m.

For a full lineup of the Summer Concert Series at The Rock, click here.

Oak Creek-Franklin parent group pushes for larger school board membership

July 01, 2015 3:48 p.m. | Oak Creek — A parent-led group in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District has started a new campaign to increase the number of members on the school board.

YES for Oak Creek Schools, a volunteer group that advocates for the school district, launched the campaign June 31.

The Oak Creek-Franklin School Board is currently composed of five members — making it one of the smallest school boards among the state's 50 largest districts.

YES is advocating for a seven-member board to better represent the needs of the district.

In order for the proposal to be considered during the annual board meeting on Aug. 24, YES must raise 500 signatures from adults in the district. Copies of the petition can be found on the group's website.

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Oak Creek baseball team raises $2,300 for autism aid, research

June 30, 2015 1:33 p.m. | It's hard to dislike really good players when they turn out to be fine humans in the process.

Oak Creek baseball coach and athletic director Scott Holler discovered that when he was sitting with returning Now Player of the Year Doran Turchin and fellow senior leader Mitch Makarewicz at an open gym a couple of years ago.

"And they said 'Coach, everybody does those Coaches vs. Cancer things (at games). Wouldn't it be cool if we did something for your son (Chase)? We'd really like to do something for your son,'" Holler said.

The person Turchin and Makarewicz were referring to was Holler's young, rambunctious, good-natured son Chase, who has autism.

Holler and his wife Julie are very active in the area programs to help develop treatments and work toward a cure. They are especially active in the Autism Speaks organization. Holler, with Chase's help, even threw a first pitch on an Autism Awareness Night the Milwaukee Brewers held earlier this season.

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Opportunistic Franklin baseball team surges past Oak Creek

June 30, 2015 1:18 p.m. | In the mind of Oak Creek baseball coach Scott Holler, the Knights played about two-thirds of a great game against archrival Franklin on June 26 at Abendschein Park.

It was just the remaining third, the thing the 18-2 Knights have hung their hats on all summer, that let them down so catastrophically and led to the surprising 12-8 loss to the surging Sabers.

"You could talk about the (size of the) strike zone," Holler said, "but that had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. We just pitched as bad as we probably could have.

"We didn't execute in hitting spots, and we fell behind in the count. We didn't consistently throw strikes, and when we did, they were belt high right over the middle of the plate."

The result was disastrous 12-walk, one-hit batter team pitching performance by five Knight hurlers that also included two runs forced in by walks.

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Video: Oak Creek-Franklin flips coin to determine task force chair; parents invited to apply

June 30, 2015 10:33 a.m. | Oak Creek — All parents within the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District will soon be invited to apply for a seat on a new Community Ad Hoc Task Force for Elementary Attendance Boundaries, after the school board approved the new committee June 29.

The task force, anticipated to include between 15 to 20 members, will help the district determine new attendance areas, which are required in order to accommodate the addition of a new elementary school for the 2016-17 academic year.

School board member Sheryl Cerniglia will serve as lead chair for the task force; Board Vice President Jon Jossart will serve as co-chair. The decision was made by flipping a coin.

The district will accept applications until July 24 and select the task force members on July 27.

The task force will initially be expected to make a recommendation before school board no later than Oct. 31.

Menomonee Falls' ace Weber returns and stymies Oak Creek, 6-2

June 29, 2015 10:07 p.m. | The tedium, boredom and frustration that nearly engulfed Menomonee Falls all-state pitcher Ty Weber during his month off because of an abdominal strain injury was replaced tonight by anxiety, fatigue and ultimately success as he made his comeback with an impressive 6-2 win over Greater Metro Conference leader Oak Creek.

"I was exhausted after facing the meat of their order," he laughed after striking out the Knights' freshman phenom Alex Binelas with the bases-loaded in the seventh, "but I wasn't on a pitch count, because I definitely feel a lot better. This is so much nicer than just sitting around and watching."

And his was a welcome return as with the win, the Indians are now 11-4 in league play and 16-5 overall, while the Knights lost their second straight GMC tilt to fall to 12-3 and 20-3, respectively.

The Illinois-recruit Weber had played but a few games and won only one contest pitching  before being hit by the strain. He was then very limited after that, missing several weeks completely before finally coming back last week, where he displayed his usual big bat and also threw a comfortable two innings of relief in a win over Franklin.

The nine-strikeout, four-walk effort was hardly perfect, but was a big jolt in the arm, said Indian coach Pat Hansen.

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Greendale School District appoints new director of business services

June 29, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Greendale — Todd Hajewski will replace Erin Green as the Greendale School District's director of Business Services, as appointed by the school board on June 15.

In this position, Hajewski will be responsible for ​ supervising the management of the financial affairs, managing strategic budget development and long-range financial and facilities planning, and increasing the district's initiatives for sustainability and green energy.

Hajewski joins Greendale from Milwaukee Academy of Science, an independent charter school authorized through the City of Milwaukee, where he worked as its director of Business Services since 2012.

Hajewski resides in Greendale with his wife and children.

Franklin baseball team takes advantage of walks to upset Creek, 12-8

June 27, 2015 12:12 a.m. | In the mind of Oak Creek baseball coach Scott Holler, the Knights played about two-thirds of a great game against archrival Franklin Friday night at Abendschein Park.

It was just that the remaining third, the thing that the 18-2 Knights have hung their hats on all summer, that let them down so catastrophically, and led to the surprising 12-8 loss to the surging Sabers.

'You could talk about the (size of the) strike zone," said Holler, "but that had nothing to do with the outcome of the game. We just pitched as bad as we probably could have.

"We didn't execute in hitting spots and we fell behind in the count. We didn't consistently throw strikes and when we did they were belt high right over the middle of the plate."

The result was disasterous 12 walk, one hit batter team pitching performance by five Knight hurlers that also included two runs forced in by walks.

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#RisingForCharleston Service to support victims of church shooting, request stricter gun laws

June 26, 2015 1:28 p.m. | Oak Creek — A special service will be held on Sunday to support victims of the Charleston shootings and to emphasize a need for stricter gun legislation.

Everytown For Gun Safety, a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence, will host a #RisingFor Charleston Service at 6 p.m. in Oak Creek's Salvation Army Chapel, 8853 S. Howell Ave.

"This weekend, communities across the nation will gather in houses of worship to honor the nine Charleston victims and their community — along with the 88 Americans who die every day and countless others injured because of gun violence," a statement by Everytown reads. "And we'll call on our elected officials to rise with us and be champions for stronger laws that will prevent tragedies like this."

The service will be hosted by the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, which lost six of its own members in a 2012 mass shooting.

"The shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston was a heartbreaking reminder that gun violence can happen anywhere and at anytime, even within the sacred walls of a house of worship," Everytown stated. "Our country deserves better than this. Every family should be able to go to school, to the grocery store, to the playground, and to church — without the fear that they might be gunned down."

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New, accessible features at Boerner Botanical Gardens open July 28

June 26, 2015 9:48 a.m. | Village of Hales Corners — A new, accessible pathway and terrace in the Boerner Botanical Gardens will open July 28.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon will open the Whitnall Park Rotary Circle at the Botanical Gardens, "Milwaukee County's Living Museum," located at 9400 Boerner Drive in Whitnall Park.

The new pathway connects the Herb Garden and the Bog Walk and follows the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a news release. The pathway offers equal and independent access for people with temporary or long-term disabilities.

Before the project, accessing the Bog Walk meant visitors had to navigate a stone staircase from the Herb Garden or follow the Daylily Walk. Anyone in a wheelchair had to use the Daylily Walk and retrace their path when coming to the end of the Bog Walk bridge.

Forest Park Middle School named school of distinction, merit

June 26, 2015 9:28 a.m. | Franklin — Forest Park Middle School was selected by the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) Center as a School of Distinction in Mathematics and a School of Merit in Reading, according to a news release from Franklin Public Schools.

Response to Intervention is a proactive state framework that enables schools to be more effective and responsive to students through implementing multilevel academic support systems.

"We look at every student in our school individually and align the right programming for them to grow and learn," said Principal Chris Reuter in a statement. "Ultimately through the RtI process, we personalize what students need in order to improve their academic capabilities."

The Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Oak Creek-Franklin Superintendent Sara Burmeister retires

June 25, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Oak Creek — After 14 years as superintendent of the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District, Sara Burmeister is saying goodbye.

Burmeister announced her retirement earlier this spring, concluding a busy school year for the district.

Burmeister began working for the district in 2000, when she was hired as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. One year later, the school board — then composed of Jim Eaton, Brian Kaminski, Linda Hauerwas, Tom Robe and LaMar Buchholz — offered her the role of superintendent.

"I'm not sure I knew entirely what I was getting into," Burmeister said, "but I greatly appreciate the opportunity that those board members gave me and the support they provided to me as well as all the other board members with whom I've worked over the years."

And a lot has happened over the course of those 14 years.

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Oak Creek-Franklin board forms new committee to deal with school boundaries debate

June 23, 2015 6:48 p.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek-Franklin School Board will begin recruiting members as early as next week for a special committee to help determine new elementary attendance area boundaries.

The addition of a new elementary school, set to be completed for the 2016-17 academic year, requires the district to adjust its boundaries.

The school board met for a special meeting on June 22 to discuss the next steps toward establishing those boundaries, after previous options — some proposed by an Elementary Attendance Area Committee — were tossed back and forth by officials.

Need for more advice?

For several months, concerned parents attended school board meetings to object to a perceived lack of communication from the district regarding the boundary changes. As a result, the board tabled a final decision on June 8 to allow for further consideration.

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Father, son rescued from cliff at Sheridan Park in Cudahy

June 23, 2015 6:23 p.m. | A father and his 5-year-old son were rescued by Cudahy police and firefighters Tuesday after getting stuck on a cliff on the Lake Michigan bank at Sheridan Park, according to the Cudahy Police Department.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. a 911 call reported that the man, in his 50s, and the boy were hiking on the beach and started to climb the bluff before he realized the bluff was too steep and the dirt was starting to give way, according to a news release from the department.

Rescuers located the two approximately 75 feet down and adjacent to the 4900 block of S. Sheridan Drive, where the child was harnessed to a firefighter with a lifeline and pulled to safety, according to the release.

The father was able to use the lifeline to pull himself up to the edge of the cliff and no one was injured, police said.

Omega Burger owners in Franklin charged for violating federal tax laws

June 23, 2015 4:38 p.m. | Franklin— The owners of Omega Burger in Franklin have been charged with conspiring to impede the Internal Revenue Service, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

A federal grand jury in Milwaukee returned a 33-count indictment charging Paul Bouraxis and three family members with violating federal tax laws.

Paul Bouraxis, 65, his wife Freida Bouraxis, 60, their son Andreas Bouraxis, 38, and son-in-law Reiad "Ray" Awadallah, 44, all of whom reside in Franklin, have been charged based on their skimming of cash from the receipts of three restaurants they operated.

The family operated the Omega Burger restaurant, located on S. 27th Street in Franklin, El Fuego restaurant located on W. Layton Avenue in Milwaukee and the El Beso restaurant located on S. 74th Street in Greenfield.

The indictment alleges the family paid restaurant employees in cash and failed to withhold or pay taxes on such wages. The family concealed their actions by not depositing cash skimmed from the restaurants to bank accounts and instead maintained a cash hoard of more than $1.7 million. Some of the skimmed cash was used to purchase jewelry and precious metals, including 33, 100-ounce bars of silver, according to the release.

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