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Miller Park confirmed for Oak Creek High School graduation spot

Feb. 11, 2014 8:01 p.m. |

High school graduation to be held at Miller Park

Oak Creek — Oak Creek High School seniors will be graduating at Miller Park again this year.

According to the school website, the Milwaukee Brewers organization confirmed that the graduation ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 14.

Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.

This will be the fourth year seniors have held their ceremony at the park.

South Milwaukee Police ask for help locating missing siblings

May 02, 2015 3:08 p.m. | South Milwaukee Police are asking for the public's help in locating two missing teenage siblings.

Ashley Garcia, 14, and Isac Garcia, 15, are believed to have been seen in Milwaukee and West Allis, and may have been in the Wautoma area recently.

There is no information, at this time, that either juvenile is missing under suspicious circumstances. But police are concerned for their safety and welfare, and want them to return to their mother.

People with information can contact the South Milwaukee Police Department at (414) 768-8060.

Investigation: Family behind collapsed Falls building has a history of neglecting properties

May 01, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Executives of the companies that own and manage the partially collapsed North Hills Plaza in Menomonee Falls have a long history of legal troubles and neglecting properties, a Menomonee Falls Now investigation has found.

North Hills Plaza is owned by 1340 East 9th Street Realty Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, whose CEO is Samuel Pinter, according to Waukesha County tax records and information from the New York Department of State. His son, Charles Pinter, is the CEO of Royale Property Management, which oversees North Hills Plaza. Together the Pinters and their affiliated companies have left a wake of rundown properties, according to court records and officials in Texas.

In 2013, unlivable conditions rife with cockroaches, toilets overflowing, spoiled food and a pool so filthy the water was black were reported in inspection reports for a Texas retirement community owned by Samuel Pinter.

A 2004 federal court lawsuit over an alleged $44 million Ponzi scheme names Samuel Pinter as a defendant, and Charles Pinter was ultimately brought into the suit, as well.

In addition, news sources have reported other incidents in which properties owned by Charles or Samuel, or both, were found to be dilapidated and unlivable.

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Spring into Greendale event to be held May 9

April 30, 2015 5:13 p.m. | Greendale — The village will once again hold its annual Spring into Greendale event on May 9.

Activities will include a Fashion Show and Luncheon with Margo's Village Boutique, a Visitor Center Cupcake War, a model train demo, live music, a bounce house and multiple activities for children.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Broad Street.

Public invited to create Georgie Porgie's next 'burger of the month'

April 30, 2015 11:08 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Georgie Porgie's Treefort restaurants in Oak Creek and Mt. Pleasant will offer the public an opportunity to create the next "burger of the month."

Contestants can submit their entries for the next big burger through the restaurant's website,, through to Monday, May 4.

Georgie Porgie's will select five favorites from the ideas submitted and place them before a panel of local celebrity judges at 1 p.m. on May 6 at the Oak Creek location, 9555 S. Howell Ave. The public is welcome to attend.

The burger selected as the favorite by the judges will be featured in the restaurant on May 11 and will be available for the remainder of the month. The winning entry will also receive a free burger of the month for a year and a party for 20. Other finalists will receive a $25 gift card.

"Our staff always loves creating ideas, but it's even more fun to have the ideas come from our customers and members of the community," co-owner Louie Liapis stated in a news release. "And the prize attached to it just adds some extra fun to an already cool opportunity."

Greendale High School Marching Band earns spot in Macy's prestigious parade

April 29, 2015 1:43 p.m. | Greendale — Keeping quiet during the last two weeks of April was difficult for Tom Reifenberg, director of the Greendale High School bands.

Reifenberg had received an exciting phone call from the Macy's Parade Band Committee earlier in the month. The Greendale High School Marching Band had been selected to represent Wisconsin in the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

But Reifenberg was told to keep it a secret until a formal announcement could be made.

"I was very excited and it was hard to keep that a secret for two weeks," Reifenberg said.

The big announcement

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Greendale voters approve transfer of school district property to village for proposed vet memorial

April 28, 2015 10:13 p.m. | Greendale — The school district-owned property on Broad Street and Southway, recently proposed to be the site of a veterans memorial, will soon be the responsibility of the village.

In an overwhelming majority, residents at a special school board meeting on Tuesday, April 28, voted in favor of transferring ownership of the land to the village.

Out of a total 431 residents, 377 (nearly 87.5 percent) voted in favor of transferring ownership.

"It was a little overwhelming to see all those in favor," said Jay Chadwick, secretary for the Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee. "We're very happy and thrilled that we got the support we needed."

The special meeting was scheduled earlier this year after the school board faced ongoing criticism for voting against the committee's proposal to build the structure near at intersection last October.

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Franklin Police Department to host women's self-defense class

April 28, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Police Department will host a free seminar on "Women's Danger Awareness and Basic Self Defense" on May 16.

The seminar is designed to inform participants of assault and to reduce the potential risk from an encounter occurring. Through awareness, participants will be given tools to help keep safe during a dangerous encounter.

The class is open to all women, 16 years or older, who currently reside in Franklin or attend the high school. If a participant is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must sign their application and attend the class.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the police department, 9455 W. Loomis Road.

To register, complete an application and return it to the Franklin Police Department or email it to Applications can be downloaded from the department's Facebook page.

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Milwaukee Y extends summer day camps to county sports complex

April 28, 2015 8:58 a.m. | Franklin — The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee will extend its summer programs to county park sites, including the Milwaukee County Sports Complex, this year.

Through a partnership with the Milwaukee County Departments of Parks, Recreation and Culture, the Milwaukee Y will extend its day camps and swim lessons to provide an opportunity for more community children to experience a safe, fun camp environment and to learn lifesaving swim skills.

Of the Milwaukee Y's seven area day camps, three will be held at new County Parks sites — Lincoln Park, Wilson Park and the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin, 6000 W. Ryan Road.

All Milwaukee Y day camp staff are CPR and first aid trained, and the Milwaukee Y dedicates 40 hours of training for camp staff before the start of Summer Day Camp season, which almost doubles the 24 hours of training required by the State of Wisconsin.

More information is available at or by calling (414) 276-9622.

Early morning vandal trashes Southwood Glen Elementary School in Franklin

April 27, 2015 3:05 p.m. | Franklin—The Franklin Police Department is investigating vandalism that took place inside Southwood Glen Elementary School early Sunday morning.

The police department was contacted by a custodian of the school, 9090 S. 35th St., around 1:50 a.m. April 26, after the building's security system had triggered an alarm, said Franklin Police Captain Joseph Spak.

The custodian reported that someone had sneaked into the school and thrown eggs on the gymnasium walls, poured milk on the floor and started a small fire in one of the plastic garbage bins. The melted plastic damaged the floor, Spak said.

An flag was also burned at the scene, though Spak noted that it was not an American flag.

The school district also reported that a storage room had also been vandalized.

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Area public school districts receive state funding for library materials

April 27, 2015 10:03 a.m. | Public school district throughout the state will share $35.5 million in library aid, which will was paid on April 27 from the Common School Fund.

The Common School Fund is the only funding specifically designated for the purchase of materials for school libraries.

Aid is based on the number of children between the ages of four and 20 living in each school district. This year's school library aid payment will be about $29 for each child — an increase from last year by about $4. Funding is up $5.3 million from last year. Districts must use the library aid by June 30 to purchase new materials.

The following is the amount of funding received by each school district in the region:

The Franklin Public School District will receive $159,502; The Greendale School District will receive $84,851; Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District will receive $201,317; and the Whitnall School District will receive $75,261.

Dump truck driver seriously injured in restaurant crash

April 25, 2015 2:03 p.m. | The driver of a dump truck that crashed into a Waushara County restaurant Friday night was seriously injured in the incident.

George C. Cooper, a 62-year-old man from Wisconsin Dells, was taken to a hospital with injuries authorities described as life threatening, the Wisconsin State Patrol said.

The truck had just collided with another vehicle about 7 p.m. on state Highway 21 at Main St. near Redgranite, the State Patrol said.

The truck was westbound on Highway 21 when it struck another westbound vehicle, a Buick Enclave SUV, from behind. The truck then crashed into the restaurant, injuring five customers.

Cooper was flown by helicopter to a hospital.

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Village of Greendale now accepting applicants for trustee vacancy

April 22, 2015 12:24 p.m. | Greendale — The village is now accepting applications for individuals interested in filling a vacancy on the board of trustees.

The open trustee seat was created when James Birmingham was elected village president in the spring election and did not seek re-election to his old seat.

The applicant chosen to fill the vacancy will hold office until April 2016, when a special election will be held for a one-year term for the trustee seat. The position is paid $5,901 per year.

Individuals eligible to be registered voters and who are interested in serving on the board may submit a brief resume or letter describing their history of involvement in the village. Applicants must include a statement expressing their interest for the position.

The resume or letter must be received by Village Clerk-Treasurer Kristen Victory by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12.

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Department of Transportation begins 27th Street reconstruction

April 21, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Oak Creek and Franklin — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has begun reconstruction on 27th Street through the cities of Franklin and Oak Creek.

The two-year reconstruction project on Highway 241 (27th Street) will stretch from south of Drexel Avenue to north of College Avenue.

A single-lane closure has taken effect south of Drexel Avenue. During the project, two lanes of traffic will be open in each direction of Highway 241, from College to Minnesota avenues. Beginning the week of April 27, traffic may be down to one lane from south of Drexel Avenue to Minnesota Avenue until midsummer.

The contractor, Michels, plans to complete the $29.5 million project in fall of 2016. More information can be found on 511 Wisconsin at

Woman hurt in strong arm robbery at Franklin Wal-Mart

April 21, 2015 1:15 p.m. | Franklin — Franklin police say a woman was injured during a strong armed robbery at Wal-Mart.

Police say officers were called to the store on the corner of West Sycamore Street and South 27th Street at 4:04 a.m. Tuesday.

The 49-year-old victim was loading groceries into her car when three suspects approached her and threw her to the ground. She was kicked and punched while on the ground. The suspects then entered a silver minivan and left the scene, according to a news release from the Franklin Police Department.

Officers located the minivan on South 27th Street near Ryan Road and a pursuit ensued.

The minivan fled south onto Interstate 94, where the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Racine County Sheriff's Department assisted in the pursuit. The suspect vehicle then exited the freeway at Highway 11 and eventually stopped near 14th Street and Main Street in Racine.

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Franklin bowling center, banquet hall to reopen with new owner

April 21, 2015 9:16 a.m. |

Franklin's closed Root River Center, which features a banquet hall, bowling alley and other operations, has been sold to a group that plans to reopen it.
The property, 7220 W. Rawson Ave., was sold to Root River Partners LLC for $825,000, according to state real estate records posted Tuesday. Root River Partners' agent is David Church, according to those records.
Church plans to reopen the facility, said Nick Fuchs, Franklin senior planner. Fuchs didn't know the schedule for reopening it.
Church, of New Berlin, couldn't be immediately reached for comment.
The 23,331-square-foot building was sold by Landmark Credit Union. The credit union acquired the property in October, in lieu of foreclosure, form St. Nikolas Association Inc., which operates St. Nikolas Serbian Orthodox Church, of Cudahy. 

St. Nikolas abruptly closed Root River Center, which includes outdoor volleyball courts, in July 2013.  

Church in 2006 founded StoneFire Pizza Co., in New Berlin on S. Moorland Road near I-43, as a more upscale version of the Chuck E. Cheese chain. StoneFire Pizza features play areas for children and games, as well as a sports bar, and a quieter dining area for adult lunch customers.  
But the 40,000-square-foot development fell short of its projected revenue, and it entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It was sold in 2011 to Carl Tomich, Westridge Builders Inc. president, for $2.8 million--well below its $12.5 million development cost.


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