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Man cited for battery after argument with his girlfriend turns violent

May 15, 2014 8:18 a.m. | A Cudahy man was cited for criminal damage to property, battery and disorderly conduct after a fight in which he allegedly choked his girlfriend and threw a sewer grate at her car May 1.

According to the Cudahy police report:

The 20-year-old Cudahy man and his girlfriend were allegedly driving in the woman's car when an argument became violent just past midnight May 1 near the 3500 block of East Barnard Avenue.

The man allegedly choked her, left the car, then smashed windows and threw a sewer grate at the car, which tore off the front bumper.

Police said the incident "caused a huge disturbance and woke numerous residents."

Oak Creek announces open house for new Civic Center

4:15 p.m. | Oak Creek — City residents will have an opportunity to tour the new Civic Center in Drexel Town Square Saturday, Dec. 12.

The center, located at 8040 S. 6th Street, includes the new city hall and public library. The old municipal buildings along South Howell Avenue will soon be demolished to make way for the Oak Creek-Franklin School District's new ninth-grade center.

Tours will be given from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a dedication ceremony at noon. Light refreshments will be offered. Winners of the city's poetry contest will also be announced at the event.

Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Greendale to host annual 'A Dickens of a Christmas' downtown event Dec. 4

11:56 a.m. | Greendale — The village's celebration committee will host the annual "A Dickens Of A Christmas" downtown event from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4.

The event includes performances from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as well as musical entertainment throughout the village. Other festivities include horse-drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating, games for children and an ugly sweater contest.

A free shuttle bus will be offered from the Macy's parking lot and the Birkshire Apartments to Joey Gerard's restaurant, 5601 Broad Street, in the downtown area.

For more information, visit http://greendalecelebrations.org/greendale/a-dickens-of-a-christmas-2/.

Wehr Nature Center Director receives Patriot Award from Department of Defense agency

11:10 a.m. | FranklinWehr Nature Center Director Debra McRae received the Patriot Award from the Wisconsin Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), as announced by the Department of Defense agency on Nov. 20.

McRae received the Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of Maj. Howard Aprill, a staff naturalist who serves in the U.S. Army Reserve. Aprill nominated McRae for the award, according to a news release.

The Patriot Award was created to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding support and cooperation to their employees who have served in the military. The award puts the Milwaukee County Park System in the running for the State Pro Patria Award, the highest level award that may be bestowed by a state ESGR committee.

McRae has been director of Wehr since 1999. She is no stranger to the concerns of military families — her husband is a Vietnam veteran, and her son is a naval reservist. McRae's son and Aprill served in Afghanistan at the same time.

Aprill has been a combat engineer since he joined the U.S. Army Reserve as a commissioned officer in 1992. One week after joining the reserve, he began work with the parks department. He has served on military tours to Iraq (2003 to 2004) and Afghanistan (2014 to 2015), and has had shorter deployments to Germany and Belize.

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The Prairie School to host event on gifted children

Nov. 27, 2015 5:54 p.m. | RacineThe Prairie School will host former Gifted & Talented Coordinator and Differentiation Specialist for South Milwaukee Schools Jackie Drummer for a speaking event on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 9 to 10 a.m. — the event will be free and open to the public.

Dummer's talk will focus on nurturing giftedness and creativity in young children during the critical developmental years of birth through adolescence. The event is for parents, educators and those in fields related to childhood development. Drummer will also facilitate a question-and-answer session.

Drummer has taught at different levels, from early childhood to graduate school, and was the past president of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carthage College and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Preregistration is required for the event, and can be completed online at www.prairieschool.info/speaker. For more information, email admissions@prairieschool.com or contact Callie Atanasoff, Director of Admission, at 262.752.2531.

Founded in 1965 and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, The Prairie School is a private, independent day school for students age three through 12th grade.

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Plans for Alyson Dudek ice skating center move forward with donation

Nov. 25, 2015 3:42 p.m. | Hales Corners— The proposed Alyson Dudek outdoor shelter and ice skating facility in Hales Corners received a donation of $25,000 from Hales Corners Lutheran Church.

Friends of Hales Corners Park & Pool President Donald Schwartz announced on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, that the church had made the donation .

"Hales Corners Lutheran Church joined the Hales Corners Chamber of Commerce this past summer and now comes forward with this generous contribution. HCL wants to be intimately involved in our community and make a positive difference by assisting the Friends with the above projects. This kindness puts us a lot closer to the end game," said Friends of Hales Corners Park & Pool President Donald Schwartz.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 12 at the Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Rd.

Missing Franklin man found dead on Nov. 24 near Oak Leaf Bike Trail

Nov. 25, 2015 3:15 p.m. | Franklin — Police confirmed in a news release that missing Franklin man James Blume was found dead on Tuesday, Nov. 24 — Blume had been missing since October.

The Franklin Police Department recovered a body of a man around 11:15 a.m. on Nov 24 near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail in the 6300 block of West Drexel Ave, according to a news release.

Police identified the body as 54-year-old Franklin resident, James Blume, who was reported missing on Oct. 8. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and found no evidence of foul play in Blume's death.

Police identify body found near bike trail as missing Franklin man

Nov. 25, 2015 2:22 p.m. | Police have identified a man found dead near a bike trail in Franklin as a man reported missing in October.

Police recovered the body about 11:18 a.m. Tuesday near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail in the 6300 block of W. Drexel Ave., according to the Franklin Police Department. The man was identified as 54-year-old Franklin resident James W. Blume, who was reported missing Oct. 8. An autopsy by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner showed no foul play was involved.

Blume was last seen in the area of S. 68th St. and W. Drexel Ave, according to police. He was riding a black Nishiki mountain bike.

Oak Creek girls basketball team looks to dominate with depth

Nov. 24, 2015 8:36 p.m. | There will be no easing into the schedule for the high-expectation Oak Creek girls basketball team.

Challenging games with Janesville Craig, Rolling Meadows (Illinois), Milwaukee King and Franklin all await in the first three weeks of the season

But with three starters back and seven seniors all told off the 23-2 WIAA sectional finalist squad of a year ago, the Knights are looking to earn a trip back to Green Bay and the WIAA state tournament.

The last of the heavy lifters off the Knights' 2014 state championship squad, guards Hannah Settingsgaard and Jenna Santi, graduated last season after leading Oak Creek to its third straight unbeaten Southeast Conference title, but depth and experience in the backcourt will not be issues, said veteran coach Steve Hluchnik.

"I think in the end we can go 10, 11, 12 deep," he said. "It will definitely play itself out in the next few weeks. We'll find a rotation because they're all willing to work hard, and we're pretty far along for this time of year. We've gotten in just about everything we want."

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Wisconsin DOT: South 27th Street is open for business during holiday season

Nov. 24, 2015 4:14 p.m. | Oak Creek and Franklin — Shoppers will have an easier time navigating the South 27th Street corridor this holiday season, the Department of Transportation announced Nov. 24.

The department recently completed a major milestone of the Highway 241 (or South 27th Street) reconstruction project, which stretches from south of Drexel Avenue to north of College Avenue in Milwaukee County.

"For those who haven't been to Oak Creek or Franklin in a while, it's a great time to rediscover South 27th Street," said Brian DeNeve of the DOT's Southeast Region Communications. "Motorists shouldn't be afraid of the road work on South 27th Street as recent improvements have made it easier to travel there."

Construction crews were able to switch traffic to have northbound motorists driving on the newly-constructed concrete pavement on Nov. 16.

During the holiday season, most median openings will remain open. Two lanes of traffic will also be open in each direction, north of Minnesota Avenue. One lane of traffic will be open each way south of Minnesota Avenue, with plans to open two lanes in mid-December.

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Meijer to provide food for Oak Creek's annual 'Evening of Blessings'

Nov. 24, 2015 1:46 p.m. | Oak Creek — Meijer, the new supercenter in Drexel Town Square, will provide food for the Oak Creek Community Center's 10th annual "Evening of Blessings" from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 25.

The annual event, staffed by 100 volunteers, is a free, public event focused on providing a Thanksgiving meal to community members, including local senior citizens, individuals without families in the area, and those who may not be able to afford a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

"Our mission at Meijer is to provide healthy and affordable food options to the communities we serve," Oak Creek Meijer Store Director Polly Emelander said. "Partnering with the Oak Creek Community Center was a natural fit and we're happy to support to a community that has been so welcoming."

The event will be held at the community center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

"We're grateful to Meijer for providing the majority of the food for this year's Thanksgiving meal," said Rich Duchniak, executive director of the Oak Creek Community Center. "Our Evening of Blessings has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many residents in the community and we're proud to have Meijer as a partner."

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Greendale School Board Academy to be held for prospective spring election candidates

Nov. 24, 2015 10:48 a.m. | Greendale — Village residents interested in running for a seat on the Greendale School Board in the spring election will have an opportunity to learn more during the annual School Board Academy on Monday, Dec. 14.

During the meeting, Greendale's Interim Superintendent Dr. Paul Strobel and School Board President Joe Crapitto will present information on the duties and responsibilities of school board members, school finance, law, and personnel issues, ethical practices and accountability.

The five-member school board will have two positions on the 2016 Spring Ballot. The successful candidate will serve a regular, three-year term on the board. Ballot. To be on the ballot, all candidates must submit the required Declaration of Candidacy and file their Campaign Registration Statement at the District Office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5.

The School Board Academy will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Greendale School District Office, 6815 Southway. Registration for the event is requested by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11., requested by calling Mary Ann Jacobsen at (414) 423-2700, ext. 2702.

Franklin girls basketball team has talent, looks for depth

Nov. 24, 2015 10:17 a.m. | Normally in any other year, Franklin girls basketball coach Tony Kathrens would welcome changes like the 18-minute halves and 36-minute games that are being experimented with this season by the WIAA.

Because the Sabers have always lived by being uptempo and by running as many people into the game as humanly possible.

But this is not any other year for Franklin. Despite the return of three starters, Kathrens worries about having enough depth to handle the rigors of the longer game over a 22-game schedule, especially when it has to try and challenge three-time Southeast champion and archrival Oak Creek at least twice a season.

"At our best, I think we can go seven or eight deep," he said. "Everyone else is learning this year."

The Sabers will have a chaotic opening week that will severely test that depth. They challenged Martin Luther on Nov. 24 and then will have two state-ranked challenges this weekend in the Brookfield Central Shootout. They will play De Pere at 3:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, and then will take on Green Bay Notre Dame at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

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Oak Creek pulls away late to beat Brookfield Central, 59-46

Nov. 21, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Both Oak Creek and Brookfield Central played their first girls basketball game of the season Friday night at Central as the Knights pulled away in the second half for a 59-46 victory.

There were some good things and bad things for both teams according to the coaches.

The Knights are coming off a 14-0 Southeast Conference Championship, having lost to Divine Savior Holy Angels in the sectional finals to finish 21-5.

After a low-scoring first half — Oak Creek led, 17-16 — which was dominated by defense and poor shooting, the Knights pulled away late in the second half (42-30) to win by 13 points.

“It looked like the first game (of the season) in the first half,” Oak Creek coach Steve Hluchnik said. “I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I thought we would struggle at times scoring, but not like that. We were 0-for-11 in the paint in the first half. The posts got their butts chewed in the first half and we didn’t perform like we could in the first half.”

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Oak Creek 8th graders 'view the world' as journalists in writing unit, 4 essays to be posted online

Nov. 19, 2015 2:40 p.m. | Oak Creek — Hundreds of eighth-graders from across the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District dove into the world of investigative journalism as part of their writing unit this fall.

And four of those students from East Middle School are now featured online, through a partnership with MyCommunityNow Newspapers.

As part of the journalism unit, students were asked to address a topical subject through narrative writing. Topics ranged from school commentary to local government to social issues, such as teen pregnancy.

The program is designed to "synthesize story writing skills with informative writing, like professional journalists do," said Language Arts teacher Dan Piotrowski, one of four teachers who organized the unit. "The journalism unit also encourages students to begin viewing the world from a new perspective, one from which they need to observe details, gather quotes and synthesize multiple perspectives to tell a relevant news story."

This is the second year the district has taught a journalism unit to its eighth-grade classes, having adopted a new comprehensive writing curriculum during the 2014-15 school year. Although the new curriculum is only two years old, middle school teachers have already seen significant improvement in their students' writing abilities, Piotrowski said.

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