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News & Notes: Feb. 6

Feb. 6, 2012

Muskego Warriors go to bat for pantry

Muskego - The Muskego Warriors Select Basketball organization conducted a food drive that netted an estimated 1,200 items for the Muskego food pantry.

The club itself donated $200 worth of food and a group of young athletes were at Pick 'n Save and Piggly Wiggly Muskego locations to accept additional donations the morning of Feb. 4. Afterward, another set of young athletes stocked shelves at the pantry.

A total of 25 youths were involved in all.

City seeks nominations for Citizen of the Year

New Berlin - The New Berlin mayor's office is accepting nominations for the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award through March 30.

Any person or group can submit written nominations of 500 words or less. The nominee must be a New Berlin resident and achievements must be recent or ongoing.

Nominations will be judged by the mayor's office on contributions to community welfare, civic achievement, contribution of something of a lasting benefit to the community, volunteerism, and enrichment of the cultural, civic or youth facilities of the city.

Nominations should be sent to Melody Styba via email, mstyba@newberlin.org, or postal mail to the mayor's office, 3805 S. Casper Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151.

Mayor Jack Chiovatero will present the award at an April Common Council meeting.

Youngsters 'meet' Martin Luther King Jr.

Muskego - A combined audience of 1,350 elementary and middle school children from Muskego and nearby schools saw a performance titled "I Have a Dream - The Life and Times of Martin Luther King Jr.," on Jan. 30 at the Muskego High School Performing Arts Center.

Sponsored by the Muskego Performing Arts Council, the performance by national tour company Theatre IV tells the story of King's work and philosophy of non-violent protest in the effort of promoting civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Muskego Performing Arts Council is a nonprofit group of volunteers whose mission is to bring quality professional arts and educational events to Muskego. The council also sponsors a visit by the Missoula Children's Theatre in August and "Cinderella" this summer.

Future business leaders compete at Muskego High

Muskego - On Saturday, , Muskego High School was host to more than 1,200 students from southeastern Wisconsin who competed in the Region VI Future Business Leaders of America Regional Leadership Conference.

They could compete in more than 50 events at the high school level and more than 20 at the middle school level, including public speaking, accounting, cyber security and emerging business issues.

New software streamlines city's hiring process

New Berlin - Those seeking jobs with the New Berlin city government will now be able to track applications and create account to simplify future submissions.

The Insight Enterprise System, known as NeoGov, replaces paper applications with an employment website where job seekers can track their applications. They also can be notified of job vacancies through online job interest cards, which human resources department officials predict will result in a more qualified pool of applicants, especially for hard-to-fill positions.

NeoGov automates the hiring and employment process that streamlines the recruiting and hiring process.

The online application process can be accessed at newberlin.org/jobs.

Callen Construction wins five remodeler awards

Muskego - Callen Construction Inc., W13131 Janesville Roadwon five awards in the Milwaukee/NARI-sponsored 2011 Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Awards (WRA).

The company won four silver and one bronze awards, all for residential remodeling. The silver awards were for kitchen remodeling projects costing $40,001 to $80,000; for the interior and exterior specialty categories, and for exterior remodeling projects for less than $100,000. The bronze award was for bath remodeling projects more than $60,000.

This is the 12th consecutive year Callen Construction has won an award in the WRA competition, which is conducted annually by the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council.

Callen Construction has been in the home improvement and remodeling business since 1986.

Company embarks on major expansion

New Berlin - Hastings Air Energy Control Inc., 5555 S. Westridge Drive, recently began an expansion project that will nearly double its size.

The 10,000 additional square feet is needed to accommodate additional showroom equipment and provide more warehouse space.

Currently, the facility has a 2,000-square-foot laboratory/working showroom, 6,000 square feet of office space, and 7,000 square feet of warehouse and dock area. The expansion will increase overall facility size to approximately 25,000 square feet. At the same time the parking area will be expanded.

The family-owned business was established in 1969. It sells, services and supports dust collectors, process ventilation systems and vehicle exhaust systems designed to save energy and minimize cost of ownership. The company serves the upper Midwest Great Lakes region.

Muskego gallery takes second in gift shop listing

Muskego - A year after opening her handmade pottery and gift gallery in Muskego last February, Jessie Schroeder Voss won second place in the Milwaukee WISN A List for the Gift Shop category.

Her gallery, My Table, is located at S9912 North Cape Road.

Weight Watchers opens location in New Berlin

New Berlin - Weight Watchers recently opened locations in five states, including one in New Berlin at Moorland Road and National Avenue.

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