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Children's party center jumps into old grocery site

Jan. 27, 2010 5:26 p.m. | A 14,000-square-foot children's party center will open in the former Pick 'n Save store at 6544 S. Lover's Lane Road.

Jump Zone will include a large inflatable playground with obstacle courses and slides, a party room and an area for toddlers, co-owner Paul Downs said.

The business is designed for children age 2 through 12 and especially children's birthday parties, church group outings or similar events, he said.

The business will occupy the southern end of the old Pick 'n Save store. Construction is under way and Downs said he and co-owner Mark Greene aim to open by May 1.

The Franklin Jump Zone will be the first in Wisconsin. About 50 stores are located across the country, Downs said, adding that he and Greene were motivated to open a franchise in the southern part of Milwaukee County because no similar business exists nearby.

Franklin police warn of identity theft trend

March 31, 2015 3:48 p.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Police Department warns residents about a dangerous identity theft trend.

Many citizens have received unsolicited Green Dot debit cards in the mail. Green Dot cards are temporary, reloadable debit cards that can be purchased locally at stores like Wal-Mart, CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens or online.

When a Green Dot card is purchased, the owner can apply online or by phone for a "name embossed" Green Dot card which looks identical to a standard VISA or MasterCard debit card, according to a release from the Franklin Police Department. The cards can be used anywhere a normal VISA or MasterCard is accepted.

Many citizens have received unsolicited Green Dot debit cards by mail with their names embossed on it — mailed directly from the Green Dot Bank in Pasadena, California. In some cases, the unsolicited cards have been linked to income tax fraud. Many victims reported their Social Security number and personal information was also used to file a fraudulent 2014 income tax return.

The Franklin Police Department offers the following tips for when a resident receives an unsolicited Green Dot card by mail:

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Hales Corners Library's used book sale begins April 17

March 31, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Hales Corners — The Hales Corners Public Library will hold its annual Used Book Sale beginning April 17.

The sale offers visitors the opportunity to purchase used books at discounted prices. All funds raised from the sale will support the library's summer reading programs.

The sale will be held at the library, 5885 S. 116th Street, in the Hunt Room on the lower level.

The sale begins with a Preview Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 17. Preview Night is a Friends of the Library fundraiser that gives members and Hales Corners residents "first pick" from the used books on sale. Proof of address is required.

The book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 18.

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Family suspects South Milwaukee woman was killed by robbers

March 31, 2015 8:58 a.m. | The shooting death last week of a South Milwaukee woman is being investigated as a homicide and reportedly followed a robbery at the same house.

South Milwaukee police determined Scheherazade Mae Chadwick, 68, was not an accident, as originally reported, police said Monday. The initial 911 call at 6:31 a.m. Thursday was of an accidental shooting at 2504 Lake Shore Blvd.

Chadwick's body was found inside the home. Her family members told WTMJ-TV that Chadwick reported someone had broken into her home earlier that morning and that police investigated and left.

Her family thinks the robber — or robbers — returned hours later and killed her.

"She would never hurt a soul," her daughter, Barbara Streeter, told WTMJ.

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South Milwaukee death investigated as homicide

March 30, 2015 6:18 p.m. | The shooting death last week of a South Milwaukee woman has been declared a homicide.

South Milwaukee police determined Scheherazade Mae Chadwick, 68, was murdered, police said Monday. The initial 911 call at 6:31 a.m. March 26 was of an accidental shooting at 2504 Lake Shore Blvd. Chadwick's body was found inside the home.

The investigation is ongoing.

Water advisory issued for historic Bay View public well

March 30, 2015 5:33 p.m. | A popular site in Bay View that has been a source of drinking water and conviviality for more than 100 years has been found to contain elevated levels of strontium, a naturally occurring element.

The results of city water testing from the Pryor Ave. iron well has prompted the Milwaukee Public Health Department to advise people that they may not want to drink the water.

The advisory is a precaution. There is no federal drinking water standard for strontium, which is found in bedrock and is known to affect some well water.

The well in the 1700 block of E. Pryor Ave. was refurbished last year after falling into disrepair. The water is drawn at a depth of 118 feet and the well is the last surviving public well in Milwaukee, according to the Historic Preservation Commission.

The city named it a historic structure in 1987. Originally drilled in the 19th century to provide water and fire protection, the well has drawn people far and wide for generations.

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Franklin, Greendale students speak with officials about youth tobacco prevention

March 30, 2015 9:43 a.m. | Franklin and Greendale — Two members of the Franklin Teens Fighting Tobacco and one member of the Greendale FACT group traveled to Alverno College on March 20 to educate the State Legislature's Joint Finance Committee members on the importance of continuing youth tobacco prevention efforts in Wisconsin.

Those who testified at the hearing also informed the Committee members on why they fight for a cause so important as youth tobacco prevention, how much impact tobacco youth prevention has taken on the use of tobacco, and the toll tobacco has taken on their families.

The students also met with State Representative Dale Kooyenga at the meeting.

For more information about FACT, visit

Milwaukee police arrest suspect in south side bank robbery

March 27, 2015 3:18 p.m. | Milwaukee police arrested a suspect in a robbery Friday at First Federal Bank, according to a news release.

According to police, a man armed with a handgun entered the bank, 3974 S. Howell Ave., about 9:30 a.m. and fled after receiving money from a teller.

Milwaukee police later learned the suspect was in a home in the 3600 block of S. Kansas Ave. in St. Francis. The man first refused to cooperate and hit in the home but eventually surrendered and was placed under arrest.

Police said the investigation into the bank robbery continues.

Roundy's decides not to renew lease on Racine Pick 'n Save store

March 26, 2015 6:43 p.m. | Milwaukee-based Roundy's plans to close a Pick 'n Save grocery store at 2210 Rapids Drive in Racine, according to a statement from the company. Roundy's said it will not be renewing the lease on the store when the current lease expires at year-end.

"We implemented a number of initiatives at the Racine Rapids Pick 'n Save over time to remain competitive, however, after careful consideration of the long-term financial performance of the store, our efforts did not bring about the results needed to meet our business goals and objectives," according to a statement from James Hyland, director of investor relations for Roundy's

"Although lease expiration is not until year-end, we wanted to notify these employees well in advance in order to ensure a smooth transition over the remainder of the year," according to the statement. The closing affects 66 employees.

Roundy's has three other stores in Racine County. It took over the 69,900-square foot Rapids Drive store from an independent operator in 2000.

Recall committee calls Franklin alderwoman a 'wicked witch' in flier

March 26, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Franklin — Some residents in the city's District 4 have received fliers that depict Alderwoman Janet Evans as "The Wicked Witch of Franklin" this week.

The flier, produced by the Franklin Exploratory Recall Committee, seeks to recall the Evans, who was elected last year.

On the flier, a photo of Evans was laid over an image of a witch from the "Wizard of Oz." The group also listed grievances against Evans, declaring she "championed" for an apartment complex in the district that would bring forth more crime to the area.

The flier reads, "Let's get an elected representative who will listen to and speak for constituents in Franklin's 4th District."

For her part, Evans took exception to what she felt was a misrepresentation of facts.

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Oak Creek High School track to be named after Jerry Anstett

March 26, 2015 2:46 p.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District will name its high school track after Jerry Anstett this spring, the district announced on its Facebook page March 25.

In 1958, Anstett started the track and field program at Oak Creek High School and became the school's first athletic director. He served as a teacher and athletic director at Oak Creek High School until his retirement in 1986.

He was named the Oak Creek Citizen of the Year in 1985, the same year in which he was inducted into the Wisconsin State Track Association's Hall of Fame.

The school district will hold a public social on Monday, April 20 in honor of Anstett.

The social will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

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Fatal shooting under investigation in South Milwaukee

March 26, 2015 11:57 a.m. | South Milwaukee Police have identified the woman found fatally shot at her home early Thursday as 68-year-old Scheherazade Mae Chadwick.

Police were called to Chadwick's home in the 2500 block of Lake Shore Drive around 6:30 a.m. on a report of an accidental shooting.

Officers attempted to resuscitate Chadwick but were unsuccessful, the department said in a statement. The case remains under investigation, it said, and the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory has been called in to assist.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy to pilot program at Greendale High

March 25, 2015 4:57 p.m. | Greendale — Young Entrepreneurs Academy will pilot its first program in southeastern Wisconsin at Greendale High School starting this fall.

YEA! is an innovative program that transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes.

YEA! takes students between the ages of 11 and 18 through the process of planning and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program.

During the nine-month YEA! program, students will brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to real investors, obtain funding, file their DBAs, and by the end, actually launch their own business or social movement. Business mentors and local entrepreneurs across a variety of industries will support the students throughout the program.

Franklin High School seeks preschool-ready children

March 25, 2015 4:42 p.m. | Franklin — A Franklin High School class seeks children ages 3 to 5 who are ready for a preschool environment.

Students in the Child Development 2 class will sponsor Saber Preschool May 4 - 19. The preschool is designed for children who are toilet trained and ready to experience early levels of education. The participating children will work closely with the high school "teachers" to develop one-on-one relationships with them.

The high school teachers are students who are potentially interested in careers related to child development and have completed the Child Development course prerequisites. Teachers prepare daily lesson plans that enable the Little Sabers to develop socially but also enhance their kindergarten readiness skills.

Saber Preschool will include story time, large and small group activities, free time, songs and other activities.

Class time will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. and tuition will be $25 to cover the cost of materials and snacks.

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Franklin Health Dept. asks residents to check home for radon levels

March 25, 2015 9:57 a.m. | Franklin — The City of Franklin encourages residents check their households for radon levels this spring.

Radon is a contributor to thousands of lung cancer deaths each year.

According to Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Wisconsin's geologic features are associated with creating relatively high levels of radon. Less than one percent of households in the state have tested for radon. Franklin is within an area where more than half of the tested households have elevated radon levels.

Testing households now, before residents open their windows or screen doors, will yield more accurate radon results, said William Wucherer, Franklin's director of health and social services. The health department charges $6.50 per kit.

The radon results will help homeowners determine whether new ventilation equipment will be necessary, Wucherer said.

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New scholarship available to Franklin students pursuing careers in the arts

March 24, 2015 3:17 p.m. | Franklin — Resident students now have an opportunity to apply for a new scholarship program.

The Dr. and Mrs. Michael Schmalz Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship, established March 24, provides for two $1,500 scholarships a year to Franklin resident students pursuing careers in the visual and performing arts.

The scholarships will be funded with money previously raised by the former Franklin Cultural Arts Center, an organization who worked to raise awareness of the need for a Performing Arts Center in Franklin.

"While the construction of a free standing, self-supporting, performing arts center was not in the cards for Franklin, we are thrilled and supportive of the School Districts success in building a performing space for our community," FCAC founder Don Dorsan stated in a news release. "We are thankful to all of those in the community who supported the FCAC over the years, (and) as the major funders of the FCAC it is only fitting that the scholarship be named on behalf of Dr. and Mrs. Schmalz."

Students can access scholarship applications through the Franklin High School website, listed under student services.


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