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News & Notes: Dec. 9

Dec. 9, 2013

Overnight parking

banned for rest of winter

Muskego — Now that it's December, no parking is allowed on Muskego streets between 3 and 7 a.m. until April 1.

And during a driving snowstorm or when a snow emergency has actually been declared, no parking is allowed on a main street, alley or public parking lot until they have been plowed.

The city can tow vehicles that impede snow removal, and the owner will have to pay for it.

Fundraiser nets

more than $27,000

Muskego — A fundraiser held by Callen Construction raised more than $27,000 for the Common Ground Ministry/Elena's House.

The fundraiser, dubbed "Refashion for Life" fashion show, was held Sept. 11 at Callen's local showroom and company grounds.

CommonGround Ministry/Elena's House in Wauwatosa provides physical, spiritual and emotional support to people infected with and otherwise affected by HIV/AIDS.

The event had a number of company sponsors.

Winter Wear Drive

again has warm goal

New Berlin — The city is once again sponsoring a Winter Wear Drive, a charitable promotion in which people are invited to decorate the tree in the City Hall lobby with gently used hats, scarves, jackets and mittens.

Non-perishable food and toiletries are also welcome. Donations, which will be accepted through Dec. 31, will be distributed through the New Berlin food pantry.

City Hall is at 3805 S. Casper Drive. More information is available at (262) 797-2441.

Races start filling up

for April election

Muskego — As of Friday, candidates had filed in all three aldermanic districts where the incumbents' terms will expire in April.

In aldermanic districts 1 and 3, the incumbents also have begun the filing process to seek re-election. They are Robert Wolfe in District 1 and Neil Borgman in District 3.

Finally, in District 5 where incumbent Dan Soltysiak announced he would not seek re-election, James Gage has completed all the filing requirements.

For the office of mayor, incumbent Mayor Kathy Chicaverotti was the only filer as of Friday. She filed a campaign registration statement, but still has to file nomination papers and a declaration of candidacy, although she has already said she would seek election to a second term.

The spring election will be April 1. Aldermanic terms are two years and the mayoral term is four years.

Local photographer's shot

chosen from 1,200 photos

New Berlin — Holly Miller of New Berlin snapped a winning shot, of the Retzner Nature Center right after a snowstorm, that is featured on the back cover of the AnchorBank 2014 calendar available for free at all AnchorBanks until the end of the year.

Each year, AnchorBank showcases the work of photographers all around Wisconsin through the company's annual calendar contest. This year, more than 1,200 photographers submitted photographs for consideration.

AnchorBank selected 12 winners and six runners-up to be featured in the calendar. This year's calendar features a vintage theme with black-and-white photos to celebrate the bank's upcoming 95th anniversary.

Miller's photo is featured as a runner-up.

Drive with twist

brings in cash, food

Muskego — The Muskego High School German National Honor Society held a food drive for the Muskego food pantry — with a little competitive twist.

The society had students in the five German language classes donate money as well as food. Each class donated money to its own box to get positive points (1 cent= 1 point), and donated food into other classes' boxes to reduce points for them. The class with the most positive points won.

The students in German 3 were the winners with at total of 1,200 points. They raised more than $30. In all, the drive netted a total of $88 and 184 food items.

Students from the German National Honor Society worked at the food pantry to sort the food they had collected.

Sixth-graders make

647 sandwiches for needy

New Berlin — The four sixth- grade classrooms at Elmwood Elementary School, 5900 S. Sunnyslope Road, made 647 sandwiches to donate to the Guest House of Milwaukee.

The goal was to help the students, too, by building awareness of needs in surrounding communities and encourage youthful development of a giving heart and mind.

Young athletes make

difference for seniors

New Berlin — Players from the 16U Five Diamonds and 12U New Berlin Magic girls fastpitch teams participated in this year's Make A Difference Day, a longtime community project organized by Mary Jane Whitty, guidance counselor at New Berlin Eisenhower Middle School.

Throughout the afternoon, players helped New Berlin senior citizens with household fall cleanup chores, including raking and gutter cleaning.

Walmart donates

storm alert radios

New Berlin — The city's Department of Emergency Management has received weather-alert radios from the New Berlin Walmart store.

These specially programmed N.O.A.A. S.A.M.E. radios radios provide warnings of threatening weather. Some city buildings and schools already have the radios, but the donation will ensure that radios will now be present in all city buildings and schools.

Walmart's donation will help New Berlin become a National Weather Service StormReady certified community. It would be only the second community in Waukesha County to attain this rating.

BuySeasons announces

new top management

New Berlin — Locally based BuySeasons Inc., a leading online specialty retailer of party supplies and costumes, and Evite, the market leader in online invitations, have announced several additions to its management team.

Jennifer Dominiquini joins as chief marketing officer. Dominiquini was most recently chief marketing officer of fitness, sporting goods and toys at Sears and Kmart.

Eric Kirkhofer comes on as chief financial officer after serving as vice president of finance and shared services at Kohl's Department Stores.

Chad Olson joins as vice president, controller, after serving as vice president of finance for Jacobus Energy.

Founded in 1999, BuySeasons owns and operates,,, and The brands offer costumes, accessories, seasonal décor and party supplies for birthdays and year-round celebrations. BuySeasons and Evite are subsidiaries of Liberty Interactive Corp.

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