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Franklin hosts free yard debris collection week of May 6

April 15, 2013 10:38 a.m. | Franklin - The Public Works Department is encouraging Franklin residents to consider alternatives to burning yard debris.

Three times a year, the city holds scheduled pickups of bagged leaves and brush. Franklin's waste hauler will move through the city collecting yard debris May 6, and will work through the week until finished.

All brush piles and bagged leaves are required to be curbside and next to the driveway by 7 a.m. May 6.

Brush and bagged leaves that are not out when the hauler goes by will not be picked up at a later date.

In the city's March newsletter, Public Works Department officials said burning wet leaves creates large amounts of smoke that may irritate neighbors and the environment.

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Man arrested for fraud after ordering food, passing out and leaving eatery

12:06 p.m. | A man was arrested for fraud after he left without paying for food and drinks after he passed out at the bar and then left when he woke up Oct. 4.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

The man ordered food and drinks at at Branded Steer Restaurant, 1299 W. College Ave., about 7:05 p.m. Oct. 4. Employees said the man ordered $84 worth of booze and garlic bread and passed out at the bar.

When he woke up he was informed he had to pay his bill, at which point he left the restaurant and walked across the street to McDonald's.

Police arrested and cited the man for fraud, who admitted he had no intention of paying what he owed.

Teen drug use, prevention panel discussion Thursday, Oct. 30

9:45 a.m. | Oak Creek — A forum comprised of community members and local government officials will discuss teen drug use and prevention with parents and caregivers on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oak Creek Assembly of God church, 7311 S. 13th St.

This event is a call to action, the news release said. Presentations and information will be focused on signs to look for and what to do if you discover your teen using drugs. Tom Murray from TMJ-4 will moderate the event.

Speakers include: Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Rep. John Nygren, Paul Zenisek of Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, Sgt. Loontjens of the Oak Creek Police Department, Jody Ebbinger-Bentley of Oak Creek High School and Martine Tate, a parent advocate who will share a personal story.

This event is open to all communities. Participants can also enter to win a medication lockbox.

Early voting now open at Oak Creek City Hall

9:42 a.m. | Oak Creek — Early voting is now open to the public at Oak Creek City Hall, 8640 S. Howell Ave.

Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Oak Creek town hall meeting on Wednesday

Oct. 20, 2014 12:28 p.m. | Oak Creek — Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor (District 9) will be hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct 22 to discuss the proposed 2015 county budget from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

"I invite residents to provide their valuable input and to identify priorities in the Milwaukee County 2014 Proposed Budget," said Taylor in a news release.

"I'm looking forward to discussing the issues facing the Ninth District, including current road construction projects on North Cape Road, St. Martin's Road and 13th Street as well as County Executive Chris Abele's recommendation to close the Hales Corners Wading Pool," said Taylor.

County Supervisor Steve Taylor to host Hales Corners town hall meeting on Wednesday

Oct. 20, 2014 12:25 p.m. | Hales Corners — Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve Taylor (District 9) will be hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct 22 to discuss the proposed county budget from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hales Corners Park pool house, 5674 S. New Berlin Road.

"I invite residents to provide their valuable input and to identify priorities in the Milwaukee County 2014 Proposed Budget," said Taylor in a news release.

"I'm looking forward to discussing the issues facing the Ninth District, including current road construction projects on North Cape Road, St. Martin's Road and 13th Street as well as County Executive Chris Abele's recommendation to close the Hales Corners Wading Pool," said Taylor.

A Committee of the Whole meeting will immediately follow the town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall, 5635 S. New Berlin Road.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

The new Root River Theatre Company in Franklin seeks local acting talent for upcoming production

Oct. 15, 2014 2:41 p.m. | Franklin — The Root River Theatre Company, a new community theatre organization in Franklin, will be holding auditions for its first production "Christmas Shorts" later this month.

"Christmas Shorts," a collection of five one-act plays by playwright Matt Hoverman, is slated for performances in December.

People of all occupational backgrounds are encouraged to try out for the nonprofit theatre company's first production.

"You would be surprised at the cross-section of people you get in community theatre," said Michael Schottle, president and general manager of the Root River Theatre Company. "There are people from all walks of life. You just never can tell who has a passion for acting."

Auditions for the production will be held on October 27 and 28 in the Franklin High School, located at 8222 S. 51st Street. The auditions, which will consist of cold readings from the script, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. both nights.

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Village Board requests Hales Corners Wading Pool remains open in 2015

Oct. 15, 2014 11:26 a.m. | Hales Corners — In response to the proposed closing of the Hales Corners Park Wading Pool, the Village of Hales Corners has sent a letter to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, requesting that the pool remain open for the 2015 season.

The letter was approved by board members during the meeting on Monday, Oct. 13 and was signed by Robert Ruesch, village president

The letter states:

"This pool has been serving the families and children in southwestern Milwaukee County for many decades and is an integral part of the recreational and quality of life of our citizens. We understand that other such Pools are funded for 2015, and therefore, the Hales Corners Wading Pool should be funded.

The Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool was instrumental in keeping the Hales Corners Pool open under similar circumstances in 2003, 2004 and again in 2007. That group has a 12-year track record and continues to be active. They are a valuable resource in exploring and implementing solutions to keep the Wading Pool open.

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At Franklin High, digital age overtakes parent-teacher conferences

Oct. 14, 2014 8:58 p.m. | The fall tradition of parent-teacher conferences is well underway this month at schools across Wisconsin.

But not at Franklin High School, where the formal in-person meetings have been dropped this year in favor of how many parents already communicate with their child's teacher: electronically.

"The reality is that in this day and age where there's electronic gradebooks and Internet communications and phone conversations, parents take advantage of those and a lot of them don't want to come in during those traditional times," principal Michael Nowak said.

Thechange in policy reflects a trend well-known to educators: As children get older, fewer parents show up for conferences.

Some believe the old-fashioned meetings are too short for meaningful interactions and too focused on test scores. And the designated dates for conferences, traditionally in October, may stall conversations about problems that started weeks prior.

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2 arrested after having sex in car in grocery store parking lot

Oct. 14, 2014 1:28 p.m. | Two people were arrested and cited after they were seen unclothed and having sexual intercourse in the back seat of a vehicle in a parking lot Sept. 23.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Police were called about a report that two people were unclothed and having sexual intercourse in the back seat of a vehicle in the lot at Woodman's, 8131 S. Howell Ave., about 4:45 p.m. Sept. 23.

Police found the suspects in the lot, and they first said they were just talking but later admitted they were making out in the rear seat of the vehicle. But they said they weren't having intercourse.

After speaking to employees who saw the two in the back seat with their shirts off, the suspects were arrested and cited for disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.

Star Wars-themed events held through Saturday at Oak Creek Public Library

Oct. 14, 2014 10:25 a.m. | Oak Creek — Star Wars-themed events continue through Saturday at the Oak Creek Public Library, 8620 S. Howell Ave.

Nick Seidler, a science fiction writer and historian, will give a presentation about the Star Wars films Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Seidler will uncover information from Star Wars novels that give insight to the films. He encourages participants to bring thoughts and ideas of what the seventh installment of Star Wars film might look like.

Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m., gaming experts from The Board Game Barrister will show attendees how to play Star Wars game "X-Wing Starship Miniatures." The demonstration follows the Teen Advisory Board meeting at 6 p.m.

Star Wars-themed Kid Flicks! conclude the events on Saturday, Oct. 18. Films suitable for the whole family will begin at 1:30 p.m. with doors opening at 1 p.m. The film is PG and runs for 64 minutes.

The Star Wars program began Saturday, Oct. 11 with the library's third annual Star Wars Reads Day.

Poll: Will Greendale or South Milwaukee win in Week 9 matchup?

Oct. 14, 2014 10:00 a.m. | Week 9 of the preps football season showcases a big Woodland crossover matchup: Greendale at South Milwaukee.

Both teams come into the game undefeated and leading their respective half of the Woodland Conference.

Last year in Greendale, the Panthers routed the Rockets, 41-7.

And both teams have been successful this year. Greendale is 5-0 in the conference (8-0 overall). South Milwaukee is unbeaten also at 5-0 (8-0).

Man charged for facilitating a sex crime with 13-year-old girl in Hales Corners

Oct. 13, 2014 4:28 p.m. | Hales Corners — Floyd C. Sauve of Milwaukee was charged with using a computer to facilitate a sex crime after portraying himself as a 15-year-old boy through his phone's messaging system to a 14-year-old girl.

Sauve scheduled two meetings with the victim at the Hales Corners Public Library. The two also went to Whitnall Park and the Hales Corners McDonald's.

Sauve connected with the victim in September through Link Messenger on his Android phone, according to the criminal complaint. He connected with the victim as "Looker_Looking" and "EdNok." The two eventually exchanged phone numbers.

According to the complaint, Sauve engaged the victim in Link Messenger conversations that were sexual in nature and about liking "older boys." Hales Corners police were able to recover stored Link messages between Sauve and the victim. Nothing physical happened during the two's in-person meetings, the victim said, but Sauve did kiss her on the cheek, the complaint said.

The victim turned 14-years-old during the time she and Sauve were in communication.

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 8.

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