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Oak Creek teens accused of assaulting, robbing 17-year-old

Nov. 07, 2012 8:24 a.m. | Two 17-year-old Oak Creek boys were arrested Nov. 4 in connection with the Oct. 17 assault and robbery of a boy.

According to the Oak Creek police log:

The teens were arrested after a police investigation determined they were involved in the incident in which the victim, a 17-year-old Oak Creek boy, was struck and knocked to the ground by five or six teens while walking his dog in the 300 block of East Parkway Estates at 1:20 p.m. Oct. 17. While on the ground, one of the boys stole $20 out of the victim's pocket before the group ran into a wooded area.

The victim refused medical attention.

The two teens were taken into custody shortly after 3 p.m. Nov. 4. They are both facing possible charges of robbery and physical abuse of a child.

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Franklin Library will host "Princess of Magic" June 28

2:59 p.m. | Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Rd, will host Julie Sobanski, "The Princess of Magic" 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28 as a part of their children's summer reading program.

Sobanski has performed for over a decade, and won a variety of magic performance awards. In a profession mostly filled with men, Sobanski is one of the few performing "magiciennes," or female magicians.

This event is free and open to the public. The library recommends the program for children ages three and up.

Oak Creek holding selfie search contest in July

12:23 p.m. | The city of Oak Creek's recreation department is holding a selfie contest throughout July with participants being entered to win tickets to various places.

In honor of National Recreation Month (July), the city 'wants to see you out celebrating the outdoors" in their parks, according to a posting on their website. Throughout July, the recreation department will give out clues on Facebook every Friday that lead to various parks and recreation activities.

Those who figure out the clue and take a picture of themselves with the answer will be entered into a random prize drawing. First prize is one Six Flags ticket good for any day, second prize are two Country Springs tickets good for a weekday, and third place are one adult ticket and one child ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo.

In addition, every participant who correctly solves and submits a picture for all four weekly clues will receive a $10 voucher for a recreation class. Their pictures will also be displayed in a digital picture collage on the recreation department's Facebook page.

The contest is open to all Oak Creek residents and families in the Oak Creek-Franklin School District. Pictures should be mailed to rec@oakcreekwi.org or they can be dropped off or mailed to the Oak Creek Recreation Department, 8040 S. 6th Street, Attn: Recreation Department. A completed entry form available on the city website must be completed and included with the first picture entry.

A referendum will be held to decide fate of Forest Park Middle School

10:20 a.m. | Franklin — A referendum will be held to decide if Forest Park Middle School in Franklin will receive updates after a unanimous vote from the Franklin Board of Education Wednesday, June 22.

"Inefficiencies in the learning environment, security, the life span of some building systems, and planning ahead for the future educational needs of the community combined with the valuable input from the survey led to the consideration to go to a referendum," explained President Janet Evans.

According to a survey conducted by Community Perceptions, 62 percent of Franklin residents would support the district exploring a referendum to update Franklin Park Middle school at this time. 23 percent of residents responded no to the question, and 16 percent reported they were "undecided."

"Something that needs to be done"

Renovations to the building are needed, according to the board, to make room for adding 6th grade to the middle school. Bringing the 6th graders to the middle school is intended to expand course offerings for students.

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Oak Creek baseball team passes test with win over Homestead, 7-3

June 25, 2016 1:22 a.m. | The Oak Creek baseball team has passed many tests en route to a one-game lead with just three contests left in the Greater Metro Conference race.

What it hasn't had a lot of time for is a great deal of high level nonconference action, so the Knights made a road trip to a place where they haven't been since 2005, a place where even the legendary Tony Butler proved to be mortal.

Knights baseball coach Scott Holler could only smile at the memory.

"The last time we were at Rennicke Field (in Mequon), Tony (Butler) was playing first base and a ground ball went through his legs and we lost (laughs)," said Holler.

The comment came shortly after the Knights put together a solid effort Friday night, especially on the defensive end, in their return trip to Rennicke, with a 7-3 decision over a good Homestead team.

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Canterbury earns two School of Merit awards

June 24, 2016 11:47 a.m. | Greendale — Canterbury Elementary was awarded two 2015-16 School of Merit awards from the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) Center.

This is the second consecutive year the school has been recognized.

One of 222 statewide schools recognized for implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Canterbury also was among 125 schools who received School of Merit honors in Reading. The second award came from their "implementation of a culturally responsive multilevel system of support," a news release reads.

The goal of PBIS is to help the school more effectively meet social-emotional needs of students through a support system for behavior.

Michael Mullen, principal of Canterbury, said the program "uses data to guide student support needs and provide small group instruction geared toward meeting those needs in reading." He said the support system is available for all students, not just those who are struggling.

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Oak Creek increases dog ownership limit from two to three

June 24, 2016 10:15 a.m. | Oak Creek — It's been said every dog has its day.

For some dogs in Oak Creek, that day was June 21 when the common council passed an ordinance 4-1 allowing residents to own up to three dogs — an increase of one over the previous maximum.

Mayor Steve Scaffidi said he supported the measure but it "requires neighbors cooperating."

Jean Rhoten works with a local animal rescue and spoke during public comment. She said the city has an "outstanding number of kids who get it," referring to the need of rescuing animals and what it takes to care for them. Many teens and kids sat with Rhoten in the audience, awaiting the council's decision.

"You've got a great opportunity here to make a minor change," Rhoten said.

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Free Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert at Boerner Botanical Gardens

June 23, 2016 2:28 p.m. | Milwaukee County Parks and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present a free MSO outdoor concert at Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Thursday, June 30 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Assistant Conductor Yaniv Dinur, the MSO will present a festive and patriotic program, featuring the music by Strauss, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Sousa, and others.

Guests attending the concert should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Picnicking before or during the program is allowed, and attendees may bring their own food or purchase food and beverage items from the on-site caterer.

Admission to the Botanical Gardens is free after 6 p.m. Parking is also free.

Before 6 p.m., admission to the Botanical Gardens is $5.50 for adults age 18 and up, $4.50 for students of any age with IDs, Milwaukee County seniors age 60 and up with IDs, and people with disabilities, and $3.50 for youth age 6 to 17.

Sandra Kulik to proceed Mike Weber as Hales Corners' Administrator

June 23, 2016 1:04 p.m. | Hales Corners —Sandra Kulik will be the new village administrator for Hales Corners, taking over the position from Mike Weber, who is retiring in August.

Experienced with government work

Kulik comes to Hales Corners with 16 years of experience in government work, specifically in finances. She is currently the finance manager for the city of Brookfield, and has previously worked for Walworth County and Lake Geneva.

While she is looking forward to putting her master's degree in administration into use through this new role, Kulik also said she is excited to work with the community of Hales Corners.

"(Hales Corners) seemed like a town in a city environment. It has all the same things going on in big areas, but on a more personal level. I'm excited about that personal touch," Kulik explained.

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Wounded Warrior now "The Chowventor"

June 22, 2016 3:57 p.m. | Hales Corners —After being honorably discharged from the Air Force after 10 years of service, wounded warrior Amber Frymark began searching for a new career.

"As a disabled veteran, I actually struggled with social anxiety, so having the average job was not working. I had to find a way to do something meaningful," Frymark said. "I felt like my only route was to create something on my own, with no lesson plan whatsoever."

So, early in 2016, she created "Chowventions," a "food invention company" based in Hales Corners.

Shortly after starting her own business, an acquaintance emailed Frymark about the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge saying that she should enter.

She said, "It can't hurt," and early in June, the competition sponsors announced that she was a startup finalist.

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2 arrested in suspected poaching at Whitnall Park

June 22, 2016 2:22 p.m. | Two people arrested early Wednesday morning are accused of attempting to shoot and kill animals at Whitnall Park in Franklin, the Police Department said in a news release.

They have since been released and the Department of Natural Resources is continuing its investigation, police said.

Police arrived at the park about 5 a.m. after receiving complaints of shots being fired, the release said. There was no threat to the community.

No animals were recovered at the scene, though the suspects were shooting at "anything you can eat," police said.

Franklin Police arrest two suspects for poaching in Whitnall Park

June 22, 2016 11:29 a.m. | Franklin —Franklin police arrested two individuals in Whitnall Park around 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 22 for poaching.

The department received a call early that morning about shots being fired in the park, within the city of Franklin. Police located two subjects in the park, who were taken into custody for poaching and discharging a firearm within city limits.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources assisted in the investigation.

According to a news release, there is no danger to the community.

Hales Corners Library to host puppet show for summer reading program

June 22, 2016 10:54 a.m. | Hales Corners —Hales Corners Library will host a puppet show for "Wide Awake Wednesday" 10:30 a.m. June 29.

"Puppet Story Theatre: Light the Torch" is a program recommended for all ages, promising to be a "super zany puppet sporting event."

This event is being held as a part of the Library's summer reading program, which includes activities for kids of all ages, and adults. For a full list of next weeks movie showings and activities, visit HalesCornersLibrary.org.

Watercolor paintings of nature on display at Botanical Gardens

June 22, 2016 10:03 a.m. | Chris Sommerfelt's watercolor paintings will be on view in the Garden House of the Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, from June 25—July 17.

Sommerfelt's work will be on display every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, the public is invited to meet the artist during a reception at 5:30 p.m. July 14.

All of Sommerfelt's work primarily features nature in her chosen medium of watercolor paint.

"I believe no medium works better than watercolor for expressing the beauty of the natural world. It's transparency and the way that pigment mixes and moves in the water gives the medium its own voice in addition to the intent of the artist," Sommerfelt's artist statement reads.

A member of the League of Milwaukee Artists, Wisconsin Watercolor Society, and the Wauwatosa Artists Workshop, she began working in watercolor in the early 1980s. She has recieved awards for her work, and her work was accepted in the 2014 and 2015 Watercolor Wisconsin exhibit of the Wustum Museum in Racine.

Hales Corners Board selects new administrator

June 22, 2016 8:49 a.m. | The Hales Corners Board of Trustees selected a candidate for the role of village administrator at their meeting Monday, June 20.

The name of the person who will replace current administrator Mike Weber has not yet been announced, but President Robert Ruesch says that she will start in August. He also affirmed that the board made a good selection in choosing a "good person and experienced person."

Mike Weber has been the administrator for Hales Corners for 23 years and will retire in August.

Update: Sandra Kulik was selected as the new village administrator. Full story to come.

Oak Creek baseball coach Holler earns 300th win

June 21, 2016 9:16 p.m. | Baseball has a number for everything.

Just for the sake of argument, let's throw out these digits: 30, 100, 14 and 300.

Thirty is the number of runs the storied Oak Creek team, owner of four WIAA state summer baseball titles, gave up in a cosmically bad opener, 30-4, to Greater Metro Conference rival Marquette on May 23.

One hundred is the number of losses that particular defeat gave Knight coach Scott Holler for his career.

Fourteen is the number of runs Oak Creek (11-1 in league play) scored June 14 in routing that same Marquette team, 14-3, to secure a game-plus lead in the Greater Metro Conference race over those same Hilltoppers (8-2).

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