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Kurtz Road closes to through traffic

Aug. 13, 2013 2:48 p.m. | Hales Corners — Kurtz Road will be closed to through-traffic at a point just north of Janesville Road through Saturday.

Crews are installing a culvert under the road as part of the Kurtz Road Reconstruction project that began July 25 and is slated to end Oct. 15. The project will cost $800,000.

Sunnyslope Road in New Berlin and 116th Street in Hales Corners are being suggested as alternative routes.

Kurtz Road will be reconstructed from Grange Avenue to Janesville Road, and the sewer system updated

Michael Martin, Director of Public Works for Hales Corners said, "We're very thankful to the residents that are affected by this. No road construction is neat and tidy. They're noisy, they're dusty and they're messy, but come October, we'll have a beautiful, completed road."

With Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners closed, the chef prepares for a restaurant in downtown Waukesha

9:48 a.m. | Mia Famiglia, the Italian restaurant in Hales Corners, has closed as its chef works to open a new restaurant in downtown Waukesha in March.

Tom White Jr. said the restaurant he's opening at 225 South St. would have a streamlined menu that would include small plates, burgers and sandwiches, along with specials that would make use of seasonal ingredients from the city's farmers market.

He's finalizing the concept and still deciding on the new restaurant's name but said he's leaning toward Maglio, his mother's maiden name and a nod to his Sicilian ancestry.

The new location, at the site of the recently closed Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, has an advantage for the growing Mia Famiglia line of prepared foods, which includes pastas, sauces and dressings.

"The beauty of this new building is that it has a large production kitchen in the basement," White said. The products are sold in eight grocery stores including Glorioso's Italian Market in Milwaukee and Grasch Foods in Brookfield, three winter farmers markets and seven summer markets, and he said he's in talks with Outpost Local Foods to sell the products in its stores.

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Owners are reportedly closing Mia Famiglia in Hales Corners to a open new restaurant in Waukesha

Jan. 23, 2015 11:15 a.m. | Hales Corners — Owners of Mia Famiglia, 10049 W. Forest Home Ave., are reportedly closing the Italian restaurant's doors in Hales Corners to open a new restaurant in Waukesha, the Waukesha Freeman reported Friday, Jan. 23.

Chef Tomas White, who owns Mia Famiglia with his family, will open a new restaurant, which has yet to be named, at the former Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub at 225 South St. in Waukesha, the article said.

Owners of Mia Famiglia could not be reached for a comment.

The new restaurant will reportedly open in March, selling small plates, hamburgers, Sunday brunch and sandwiches with homemade bread.

Chick-fil-A seeks Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square for new restaurant

Jan. 22, 2015 9:11 a.m. | Oak Creek — Chick-fil-A is the newest prospective tenant of Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square, the city announced Thursday, Jan. 22.

The Atlanta-based restaurant, featuring the "original" chicken sandwich, seeks tenancy at 150 W. Town Square Way, just west of Water Street Brewery, which is currently under construction.

Chick-fil-A would occupy 4,876 square feet with a drive-through, indoor play area and outdoor seating. The restaurant would staff 45 employees.

The plan commission will review Chick-fil-A's application on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi said he has received many comments from residents hoping Chick-fil-A would open in Oak Creek, according to a news release.

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Azura Memory Care seeks to build 13th Wisconsin location in Oak Creek

Jan. 20, 2015 7:53 p.m. | Oak Creek — Azura Memory Care, a Colorado-based facility that provides one-on-one Alzheimer's care, is seeking to develop its 13th Wisconsin location on South Mayhew Drive near East Puetz Road.

The facility would be developed in two phases, to house a total of 44 beds. Phase one would be built in spring to open in 2016.

The common council approved a rezoning of the property at 8870 S. Mayhew Drive to become 8760 S. Mayhew Drive, and a conditional use permit for Azura on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Matthew Lyons, director of development for Azura, said the development would create 75 new jobs in Oak Creek.

Alyson Dudek of Hales Corners will compete on "The Amazing Race" with boyfriend

Jan. 20, 2015 3:08 p.m. | Hales Corners — Alyson Dudek, an Olympic short-track speed skater and Hales Corners-native, is one of the newest competitors on CBS's "The Amazing Race."

"The Amazing Race" is a reality television show in which teams of two people, who have a pre-existing personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other couples.

Dudek, 24, is teamed with her boyfriend, Steven Langton, 31, of Boston, Massachusetts. Langton is an Olympic bobsledder who met Dudek at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The race is split into 12 legs with physical and mental challenges — like navigating foreign public transportation with a limited budget.

Teams are progressively eliminated at the end of most legs. The champion team will earn $1 million.

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Forum evaluates six Greendale School Board candidates entering primary election

Jan. 15, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Greendale — The six primary candidates running for two Greendale School Board seats will have an opportunity voice their opinions during a forum on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

The Primary Election Candidate Forum will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Greendale High School, 6801 Southway.

Individuals who will be running in the primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 17, are John Comiskey, Joe Crapitto (incumbent), Noelle Joers-Yanisch, Kim Kowalczyk, James Schmidt and Kathy Vincent.

School Board Treasurer Anne Szcygiel will not be running for re-election.

The Greendale Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County will conduct their annual Greendale Candidate Forums to educate voters on the upcoming local Greendale elections. All school board candidates have been invited to the forum and are expected to participate.

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Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started!

Jan. 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. | My Community Now and Lake Country Now are extending the second annual Suburban Selfies contest through Sunday, Jan. 25. Contest answers and winners will be announced Jan. 29.

Below, and in the above video, are two free riddle solutions to get you started!

Check out the contest at mycommunitynow.com/selfies.

Solution One:

Lake Country Now contest riddle: My body is silver but you can see through me. Waukesha's hometown boy was famous for playing me. (Location: Waukesha)

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Assisted living developers pursue Oak Creek neighborhood for facility

Jan. 13, 2015 7:20 p.m. | Oak Creek — Autumn Creek assisted living developers have pursued West Willow Drive for a second senior care center.

Developers Brian Schoenleber and Steve Czysz of CQS LLC were awarded a conditional use permit to open a facility that is not yet named at 1326 W. Willow Drive, at the plan commission meeting Tuesday, Jan. 13.

The assisted living facility would occupy a lot in a single family residential neighborhood and house eight bedrooms and 16 beds for residents with slight dementia, developmental disability and advanced age.

Aesthetically speaking, Schoenleber said, "We're trying to make this fit into the neighborhood as a residential home."

Autumn Creek's current location, 8035 S. Cesily Drive, houses eight bedrooms and eight beds.

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With no buyer, YMCA to close South Shore facility in Cudahy

Jan. 13, 2015 2:39 p.m. | Cudahy — The South Shore YMCA, which has served Milwaukee County's southern communities for 40 years, will be shuttered at the end of the month, a casualty of its parent organization's bankruptcy.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee announced Tuesday that it would close the South Shore Y at 3244 E. College Ave. effective Jan. 31 because it could not find a buyer.

The announcement was met with disappointment, but little surprise, Tuesday at City Hall and among patrons.

Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt called it "a sad day for myself and my community."

"The YMCA has been involved in our community literally for decades," Hohenfeldt said. "It's really hard to find anyone in this community who wasn't touched in some way by the programs there, whether that was learning how to swim or the after-school programs."

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Franklin horse farm sold to developer

Jan. 13, 2015 7:00 a.m. | The 26-acre Friesian Dreams horse farm, in Franklin, has been sold to a group formed by developer Mike Zimmerman.

The property, 8490 W. Old Loomis Road, was sold by James and Lorraine Paradinovich to Zim-Mar Properties LLC for $1.38 million, according to state real estate records posted Monday.

Zimmerman, whose ventures include The Rock sports complex, which is nearby at at the northwest corner of W. Loomis Road and S. 76th St., plans to develop 25 homes and commercial space on the Friesian Dreams property.

That project is among develpment plans pending in the area around the intersection of S. 76th St., W. Rawson Ave. and W. Loomis Road.

Man gets 5 years for hiding woman's nearly mummified corpse

Jan. 12, 2015 11:15 a.m. | The family of Peggy Pamperin was left with more questions than answers on Monday, even after Pamperin's ex-boyfriend was sentenced to five years in prison for hiding her body.

Gregory Prey, 41, pleaded guilty to one charge of hiding a corpse.

He was first taken into custody on a probation violation after police found Pamperin's nearly mummified body Aug. 13 in her Cudahy apartment during a welfare check.

In addition to the five-year prison sentence, Judge Timothy Dugan imposed another five years of extended supervision, the maximum sentence allowed.

"We have no closure in this case," Pamperin's sister Christine Brandt said. "Ten years will not bring my sister back. She is gone because of a deadbeat like him who chose to go to her house when he should have never been there."

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Matching grant awards $75,000 toward Hales Corners Park pavilion construction

Jan. 09, 2015 1:38 p.m. | Hales Corners — A Milwaukee County Parks matching grant awarded $75,000 toward constructing an open air shelter and pavilion by summer in Hales Corners Park, 5674 S. New Berlin Road.

With the grant, the Friends of Hales Corners Park and Pool yields $150,00 for development costs, which were estimated at $180,000.

The grant approval was announced in a letter from John Dargle Jr., director of Milwaukee County Parks, on Thursday, Jan. 8.

The Friends group must return any funds that exceed $150,000, under the terms of the Parks Amenities Matching Fund Grant.

The pavilion is expected to be constructed by July 4. It is planned as a 22-foot by 42-foot structure with lighting, picnic tables and two additional restrooms.

Greendale Village President John Hermes will not run for re-election

Jan. 08, 2015 1:52 p.m. | Greendale — Village President John Hermes has announced that he will not run for re-election this spring.

Hermes was elected as a village trustee in 1998 and was re-elected in 2006, when he won the position of village president.

"This decision (not to run) does not come easy," Hermes wrote in an open letter to Greendale residents. "I feel it is time for me to turn the page and explore my next chapter in life.

"… I will leave office believing that both our community and metropolitan region are positioned to do even better in the years ahead. I pledge to continue working in the private sector on community and economic development efforts."

In his letter, Hermes thanked residents, village staff, department leaders and area mayors and village presidents.

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Open gym starts Saturday at Oak Creek West Middle School

Jan. 08, 2015 1:04 p.m. | Oak Creek — West Middle School, 8401 S. 13th St., will be offering open gym time on Saturday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning January 10.

All are welcome to enjoy the gym for basketball, games and exercise — and to warm up from the cold.

Open gym is offered through the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District.

Children 10 years old and under should attend with an adult. The cost is $2 per person at the door.

The gym will be set up with nets down and basketballs available for use.

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Whitnall School District closes because of cold

Jan. 08, 2015 9:14 a.m. | Hales Corners — The Whitnall School District closed its schools Thursday, Jan. 8 due to cold temperatures.

Whitnall schools join others in Milwaukee County to close due to extreme drops in temperature.

The district has not yet said if school will resume Friday, Jan. 9.

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