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Kohl's completes Southridge store remodel

March 17, 2011 10:12 a.m. | Kohl's will officially unveil the renovations at its Southridge store with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, March 25. 

The store is one of 100 that Kohl's will remodel this year. Changes include updates to fitting rooms, rest rooms, customer service and checkout areas, as well as new merchandise displays. The store has remained open while the work is in progress.

The Southridge store is one of the oldest in the chain, and one of only a few Kohl's locations operating on two levels.

My colleage Tom Daykin looks at the reasons for the slow progress on the renovation plan for Southridge mall on his Land and Space blog today.  

YEA! Greendale school program to recruit business-minded students

April 16, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Greendale — Students interested in becoming future business owners will have an opportunity to register for a new program next school year.

An informational meeting about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Greendale program will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 27 in Greendale High School, 6801 Southway, in room 173.

YEA! Greendale is a new program that takes students from grades six to 12 through the process of planning and launching a business or social movement over the course of the school year. By the end of the class, students will own and operate functioning businesses, which may carry on after their graduation from the program.

Greendale High School Principal Steve Lodes, who will serve as the student recruitment program manager of YEA! Greendale, will lead the informational meeting for interested students, families and local business leaders.

Applications will be available at the event. The application deadline for the YEA! Greendale class of 2015-16 is May 15. Applicant interviews will be held mid-June.

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Oak Creek High School receives special grant to begin home construction class next year

April 15, 2015 4:29 p.m. | Oak Creek — Sixteen students from Oak Creek High School will build a house as part of a specialized course next school year.

On April 13, The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School Board announced that a $47,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development will help implement the program next year.

"Knight Construction," a subsequent class to the school's existing Construction 1 and 2 courses, will provide students with the opportunity to build a house from the ground up, further enhancing their knowledge of building construction.

"Our ultimate goal is to give these students the exposure to different types of trades … so that they can make an educated decision when considering future careers," said Matt Lonergan, a technology and engineering teacher at Oak Creek High School.

The High School Pupil Workforce Training Program grant, given through Governor Scott Walker's Wisconsin Fast Forward-Blueprint for Prosperity program, will pay for the costs of start-up equipment and training for the Oak Creek students.

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Salvation Army in Oak Creek to host human trafficking awareness event

April 14, 2015 1:43 p.m. | Oak Creek — A special presentation concerning human trafficking will be held on Saturday, May 2.

The presentation, titled "Passion to Rescue, Restore and Release," will educate the public about breaking the chains of human trafficking.

The event, hosted by The Salvation Army — Oak Creek in partnership with the Wisconsin Christian Women Connection, will offer multiple workshops, including "Internet Safety" and "Trafficking Awareness for Jr. High and Sr. High Students."

The presentation will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 8853 S. Howell Ave.

Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. on May 2. A $5 registration fee will cover the cost of lunch for each participant. Preregistration is required.

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Pat McCurdy returns to Oak Creek for concert fundraiser

April 14, 2015 12:08 p.m. | Oak Creek — Milwaukee singer-songwriter Pat McCurdy will return to Oak Creek for a special fundraiser on Friday, April 24.

The live performance will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

Funds will benefit the Oak Creek Knights 2022 Baseball Team.

Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Admission includes two tap drinks, a light meal and a chance to win raffle prizes. You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are limited to 300 people.

Tickets can be purchased at the community center or by calling Lisa Kleppek at (414) 526-9675.

Franklin buildings housing expanding Quad firms sell for $33 million

April 14, 2015 9:39 a.m. | Two neighboring Franklin buildings that house expanding packaging firms owned by Quad/Graphics Inc. have been sold for $33 million, acccording to state real estate records posted Tuesday.

Transpak Corp. and Proteus Packaging Corp. both operate on World Packaging Circle, a cul-de-sac within Franklin Business Park, in facilities totaling 418,000 square feet.

Quad leases the buildings from groups operated by Thomas Wamser, the retired chief executive officer of the two packaging companies. Wamser's groups sold the buildings and adjacent vacant parcels to an affiliate of St. Louis-based ElmTree Net Lease Fund II LLC.

Proteus and Transpak plan to use the vacant lots "for additional expansion of these facilities in the immediate future," according to that information filed with the Franklin Community Development Authority.

Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee to welcome back flags of support in ceremony

April 13, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Greendale — American flags will once again be planted at the intersection of Broad Street and Southway to show support for the proposed Greendale Veterans Memorial.

The location, currently owned by the Greendale School District, was chosen by the Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee in 2014, after two years of research and fundraising. The school board later voted down an agreement with the committee.

In response, supporters of the memorial began planting American flags at the site. A "flag retirement ceremony" was held in November to remove the flags before the winter set in.

Now that spring has arrived, the veterans memorial committee encourages the public to return their flags to the location. A posting of the colors ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on April 18 at the site.

"This is being done to help bring awareness of the special meeting that will be held by the Greendale School Board to consider transferring title to the site to the Village of Greendale," said Jay Chadwick, secretary of the Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee and a Greendale Legionnaire.

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Diamond Stone headlines 2014-15 All-Suburban Boys Basketball team

April 13, 2015 11:55 a.m. |

Player of the Year

Diamond Stone, 6-10 center, Dominican

McDonald's All-American capped perhaps the most decorated career in Wisconsin history with a fourth state championship. ... Averaged 24.4 points per game on 67 percent shooting, with 11.7 rebounds per game. ... Shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and finished with 74 blocks. ... Wrapped up his career north of 2,000 points. ... Career highlights include the only triple-double in state-tournament history, recorded as a freshman. ... Posted two double-doubles in the state games this year. ... Racked up 43 points and 18 rebounds against Division 1 foe Racine Case in the regular season. ... Committed to Maryland.

Story: Dominican's Diamond Stone left a mark that will be remembered for decades

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Hales Corners Library hosts free drawing program for children

April 13, 2015 10:14 a.m. | Hales Corners — The Hales Corners Library will be hosting a "Culver's Drawing Program" throughout the month of April.

Children ages four to 11 are invited to celebrate their favorite book by drawing a picture about it. Children can illustrate anything they liked about the book, such as a character, event or scene.

Entry forms can be received at the check-out desk in the library, 5885 S. 116th Street.

After the children have submitted their illustrations, they will receive a coupon for a free Culver's single scoop cake cone or dish and will be entered to win a free kids' meal.

The last day to enter is Thursday, April 30. Only one entry is allowed per child.

Flood warning continues for areas of Franklin, Racine County

April 10, 2015 8:18 p.m. | A flood warning issued by the National Weather Service in Sullivan remains in effect for the Root River at Franklin in Milwaukee County and the Root River Canal at Raymond in Racine County.

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, the stage of the Root River Canal at Raymond was 9.3 feet, just over the 9-foot flood stage, according to the warning.

As of 2 p.m. the stage of the Root River at Franklin was 7.8 feet, just under the 8-foot flood stage, according to the warning.

Local sports complex receives 'Riders' Choice Award'

April 10, 2015 12:33 p.m. | Franklin — A local sports complex has received regional honors.

The Rock Sports Complex, located at 7900 Crystal Ridge Road, was named the Best Bike Park in the Midwest by, a website that posts information relating to mountain bikes in the United States.

The Rock Sports Complex offers more than seven miles of cross country mountain bike trails, a BMX track and coached lessons.

More than 3,000 bike riders participated in an online survey at to choose the winner of the "Riders' Choice Award."

The bike park at The Rock Sports Complex will open mid-May for the 2015 season, weather permitting, and will be open weekends only, 10 a.m. — 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit

Tornado watch in effect

April 09, 2015 1:59 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, in effect for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha and Milwaukee counties until 11 p.m. A tornado watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes, but does not indicate that tornadoes have been spotted. People should be prepared to take safety measures if the watch escalates to a warning.

Greendale Village Board hires architect to begin fire station location, design

April 09, 2015 1:48 p.m. | Greendale — An architect has been chosen to design the village's new fire station, which is projected to be built in 2016.

On April 7, the Greendale board of trustees approved a contract with Milwaukee-based Zimmerman Architectural Studios Inc. to design the station.

The board approved construction of a new fire station last year, after a needs analysis study by Bray Architects concluded that the current facility on 6200 W. Loomis Road was too small and in need of significant repair.

The Greendale Fire Department later identified three potential locations for the new station: on the existing site, at the Greendale Safety Center on 5911 W. Grange Ave. or on the southeast corner of Loomis Road and Grange Avenue currently owned by the state.

Under the contract, the village agreed to pay $257,700 for Zimmerman's services.

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Greendale's annual 'Celebration of Education' to honor community members, students

April 08, 2015 4:23 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale Education Foundation will host its annual "A Celebration of Education" on Friday, May 22.

The celebration provides an opportunity for Greendale residents, businesses, parents, faculty members and students to join together to acknowledge the achievements of community members. The event also serves as the foundation's largest fundraiser of the year.

The celebration will be held at 6 p.m. at Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive in Hales Corners.

The informal event will include raffle items, a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Artwork created by district students will be on display and a musical performance will be given by Greendale High School students.

Tickets cost $35 each and can be purchased at Greendale High School, the district office, the Greendale Park and Recreation Office or at the village's visitor center.

2015 Milwaukee suburbs election roundup

April 08, 2015 10:10 a.m. | Election returns from the Milwaukee suburbs. This page will be updated as more results become available.

Referendums pass in Mequon-Thiensville, Fox Point-Bayside

Whitnall school referendums handily defeated

Fox Point: Voters send message of change

Brown Deer: Three School Board members return for a second term

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Chadwick and Sikorski to stay on Greendale Village Board

April 08, 2015 12:03 a.m. | Greendale — Incumbents Sally Chadwick and Al Sikorski will retain their seats on the Greendale board of trustees, according to the village's unofficial April 7 spring election results.

Chadwick received 1,719 votes, 38 percent of the total votes.

"I'm thrilled," Chadwick said. "You don't get into this position unless the people vote for you and I must say 'thank you, thank you, thank you' to those who voted for me again. It means a lot, and I don't take it lightly."

Sikorski got 1,871 votes in the election, or 42 percent of the total.

"I appreciate the responsibility the village has placed upon me," Sikorski said. "Sally and I have faced other challengers in the past, but we're still here and I think we must be the faces of the people we represent. (The voters) must think the same way as I do."

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