On Saturday, March 29, the Oconomowoc Public Library and Books and Company will be sponsoring “Baby, Let’s Read: a Family Reading Summit”. The program will be held from 1- 3 p.m. at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 South St.
From 1 – 2 p.m., the session will help parents understand the importance of reading to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Highlights of the program include a presentation by Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, pediatrician, assistant professor of pediatrics, occasional children's librarian, public health professional and child health advocate. He is the founder and director of the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the University of Wisconsin, and is the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin. Dr. Navsaria’s presentation will stress the importance of early childhood reading exposure as an indication of academic and professional success later on in life. Volunteers will supervise children while parents attend the presentation. Simultaneously, in other areas of the library, Storybook Enchantment Princesses and Star Wars characters will be present for photo opportunities, a read-aloud session will be taking place for children, and the presentation will be shown via live video feed for those parents needing to stay with their children in the library.
The big highlights of the event -- the Reading Pledge and book giveaway -- will begin at 2 pm following the presentation. Families will be asked to pledge to read as much as possible to their birth to 5 year olds. Each young child in the family will receive a free book. According to organizers, the idea behind the pledge is to help parents commit to reading as much as possible during those formative years.
Several methods will be discussed to help parents with their commitment to read. A blog will be established to assist the pledgers to stay on track. Pledges will also be displayed at the Oconomowoc Public Library to remind people of their commitment to help these kids become as successful as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact Ray McKenna or Betsy Bromley at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 262-569-2193 or Lisa at Books & Company, 262-567-0106.
Village of Sussex - A reluctant village board uanimously approved a developers' agreement that will allow Brookfield developer/entrepreneur Art Sawall to build four apartment complex's near the downtown business district that will provide about 400 apartments and duplexes.
Four trustees expressed concerns and reservations about the proposals but were told by Assistant Village Administrator Melissa Weiss that they needed to adopt the developers' agreement in order to take advantage of a low interest financing for projects in a recently expanded downtown business tax increment financing district.
There are two vacancies on the seven member board. Village President Greg Goetz urged adoption of the agreement.
Earlier in the meeting, the village's financial consultant reported that the village had saved more than $100,000 on interest payments on the bonds because interest rates for the bonds were lower than expected.
Trustee Robert Zarzynski argued there were too many apartment buildings and not enough commercial properties included in the proposal.» Read Full Article
Village of Sussex - Village President Greg Goetz announced tonight he will nominate Matthew Carran and Wendy Stallings during the Aug. 11 village board meeting to fill vacanies created in June by the resignations of former trustees Matthew Cmeyla and Matthew Petricca.
Geotz's nominations must be approved by the village board which presently has five members.
However, Carran and Stallings will reportedly also have the support of Trustees Pat Tetzlaff and Tim Dietrich, which will provide them with a majority of the five votes.
Carran and Stallings were among four candidates that Tetzlaff and Dietrich recommended to Goetz after they had interviewed 9 candidates for the the appointments.
Trustee Lee Uecker interviewed one other candidate along with Tetzlaff. The interviews were conducted in private.» Read Full Article
City of Waukesha — Less than three months after pleading guilty to two crimes related to the assault of his mother, Oconomowoc resident William Hudson was sentenced to prison and probation in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
Court records show that Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian sentenced Hudson on July 22 to three years in prison — one year of initial confinement and two years of extended supervision — but stayed that sentence in favor of four years' probation.
Aprahamian also sentenced Hudson to six months of jail time without work-release privileges.
In April, Hudson pleaded no contest to felony discharging bodily fluid at a public safety worker and misdemeanor battery and was found guilty by Aprahamian. The charges stemmed from an incident in February in which Hudson attacked and bit his mother while they were driving through downtown Oconomowoc.
According to court records, Hudson pleaded guilty last summer to felony drug possession but judgment on that charge was deferred until the July 22 sentencing hearing last week.» Read Full Article
City of Pewaukee — Big plans are in store for a big furniture store in Pewaukee.
Steinhafels Furniture, W231 N1013 Highway F, has announced plans to embark on a two-phase expansion of its main distribution center that's expected to boost employment by about 650 people companywide by the time the project is complete.
Phase 1, expected to cost about $10 million, will include adding more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse space to the Pewaukee facility, including 16 additional dock doors and an expanded trailer staging area.
Work on the addition is expected to start in about 10 days and will take about a year to complete, said company President Gary Steinhafel.
The first phase is expected to create about 300 jobs — about 200 of them in the newly expanded warehouse space, Steinhafel said.» Read Full Article
A 23-year-old West Allis man is facing criminal charges after being accused of stealing cash, jewelry and some prescription drugs from his parents' town of Lisbon home.
Ted Zindars Jr. was charged Monday, July 27, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling. If convicted, he could face up to 121/2 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Zindars has previously been convicted of theft and drug possession, according to online court records.
The complaint says that Zindars' father reported the burglary to police in early January. He told officers in the complaint that he suspected his son took the missing items because there were no signs of forced entry, seemingly no reaction from the two dogs Zindars Sr. owns and because the burglar seemed to know exactly where to find what he was looking for.
Also, the theft seemed to have occurred while Zindars' parents were out of the house, and Zindars likely would have known when that was, the complaint said.
The complaint alleges that Zindars stole $2,000 in cash, wedding and engagement rings and oxycodone from his parents' lockbox. The complaint notes that Zindars is a drug addict and has stolen from his parents in the past.» Read Full Article
City of Delafield — It's time to celebrate, Lake Country Bike Trail users.
American Transmission Co. is hosting a trailside appreciation event from 8 a.m. to noon Satuday, Aug. 1, at the Delafield Fire Station, 115 Main St.
According to a news release, the event will include a drawing for three $50 Wheel and Sprocket gift certificates and other various free giveaways, including water bottles.
Anyone from the area who uses the trail is welcome to attend.
"Since the trail recently reopened between Oconomowoc and the west end of Pewaukee Lake (at Maple Avenue), we want to show our appreciation to trail users for their patience during the time that construction and restoration was occurring," said Mary Carpenter, ATC's senior local relations representative.» Read Full Article
Village of Eagle — Village officials have refused to divulge the reasons for a separation agreement with Police Chief Russell Ehlers that is likely to cost taxpayers about $170,000 while providing the chief with pension and medical benefits in addition to 18 months' pay after he retires.
The agreement was approved by the village board March 4, after negotiations between Ehlers' lawyer, Paul Bucher, and the village's labor lawyer, Nancy Pirkey.
The chief's job performance had been the subject of a series of closed sessions that began in September 2014.
Village officials acknowledged in the agreement that the payments to Ehlers "exceed the amount that would normally be received by him upon his retirement from employment with the village."
The Mukwonago Chief obtained the agreement from village officials through an open-records request in accordance with state laws that stipulate most local government documents are public record.» Read Full Article
Online school registration is underway for the first time in the Hamilton School District.
The new electrronic tool was launched on Monday, July 27, and plenty of parents took to the Internet to take advantage of it.
The online doors "swung open" at 9 a.m. and by 3:30 p.m. the district had received about 900 registration applications and took in more than $75,000 in online payments, said district information technology manager Ryan McMillan.
"To have more than 25 percent of the population into the system within six or seven hours, I'm extremely happy with how it's gone," McMillan said.
The online registration is being done through Infinite Campus, an online information system the district put in place last year.» Read Full Article
Children participating in the annual summer drama camp sponsored by the Mukwonago Optimist Club and directed by the Prairie Fire Theater group, presents the musical, Jack and the Beanstalk at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 31, and at 1 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Mukwonago High School, 605 School Road.
Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at Miller Pharmacy or at the door before each performance.
For more information, call Edie, at (262) 363-7863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mukwonagooptimist.org.
National Night Out is a nationwide event that happens in more than 16,000 communities, including some local police departments.
National Night Out in Mukwonago will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Field Park.
"The event itself is a great opportunity for members of the community to come and meet police officers, dispatchers/clerks and firefighters," said Village of Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt. "The event also allows us, the officers and firefighters, to meet the public we serve."
Schmidt said oftentimes the public meets officers only when there's a crisis or emergency situation. Night Out, however, allows them to meet in a less stressful setting.» Read Full Article
The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's office on Tuesday morning identified 57-year-old William Lansing of the town of Delafield as the victim of a fatal July 25 motorcycle accident.
Lansing died after a motorcycle crash on Glacier Road and Hickory Grove Road in the city of Pewaukee.
According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, a passing motorist reported the single-vehicle crash around 2:35 a.m. No other information was available.
The Medical Examiner's office said the incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department.
Delafield Town Supervisor Cindi Duchow has announced her candidacy as a Republican for the 99th Assembly District seat being vacated by Chris Kapenga. Kapenga was elected last week to the 33rd state Senate seat after Paul Farrow stepped down to focus on his new role as Waukesha County executive.
“The 99th Assembly District has always delivered strong conservative leadership, and I will work to earn the trust of the taxpayers by sharing how my family business experience, local government know-how and lifelong local roots will best-serve our community,” said Duchow.
"Our state’s GOP leaders have made great progress over the past five years; unemployment is at a near-record low, strong conservative reforms have advanced by leaders like Gov. Walker and Sen. Kapenga that improve our business environment while keeping more money in the pockets of taxpayers. Taxpayers cannot afford to risk electing someone who isn’t ready, doesn’t have key experience or important local roots," she added.
A date for the special election to fill Kapenga's seat has not yet been announced.
That election will likely take place this fall. The Assembly seat covers municipalities such as Chenequa, Hartland, Nashotah, Oconomowoc Lake, Delafield, Wales, Dousman, Ottawa and North Prairie.» Read Full Article
Village of Hartland — A 46-year-old Menomonee Falls woman is facing stalking charges for allegedly threatening her estranged sister, a Hartland resident, who claims in a criminal complaint that the woman has been harassing and defaming her for years.
Loraine Lowling Kwiat was charged Friday, July 24, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with stalking. If convicted, she could face up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Online court records indicate that Lowling Kwiat was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct in March 2014, which, according to the complaint, was tied to threats Lowling Kwiat previously made against her sister.
The complaint says Lowling Kwiat threatened her sister several times on Facebook in 2012 and 2013, variously claiming that she would "burn (the victim's) house down" and "beat the living (expletive) out of (her sister)."
One of threats said, "I came into this world covered in someone else's blood and screaming. I'm not afraid to leave the same way," according to the complaint.» Read Full Article
Town of Mukwonago — A Mukwonago woman has been charged with her second offense of driving while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration as well as bail jumping.
For each drunken driving offense, Kimberly E. Condoleo, 24, faces up to $1,100 in fines and six months in prison.
For her bail jumping offense, Condoleo faces up to $10,000 in fines and nine months in prison.
According to the criminal complaint filed on July 15, an officer was dispatched to Sandy Beach Road in the town of Mukwonago on July 3 for a complaint from a male who said his girlfriend — Condoleo — "attempted to cut her neck and left the residence."
The male said Condoleo threw a glass before leaving, and said she was driving drunk and had a knife with her, according to the complaint.» Read Full Article
Village of Sussex - Village President Greg Goetz has postponed until Aug. 11 the village board's appointment of two candidates to fill two vacancies on the seven member board.
Goetz was scheduled to make two nominations to replace trustees Matthew Petricca and Matthew Cmeyla at the Tuesday, July 28 board meeting. Petricca and Cmeyla both resigned in June.
Assistant Village Administrator Melissa Weiss said the decision was made to postpone the appointments because Village Administrator Jeremy Smith would not be in town next week. Traditionally, Smith conducts an orientation session for new board members the week after they are elected or appointed.
Ten village residents applied for the positions. Trustee Pat Tetzlaff, along with one other trustee privately interviewed all of the candidates and then recommended four to Goetz who was expected to choose his two nominees from the list of four.
The candidates nominated by Geotz require village board approval for the appointments.