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News & Notes: Aug. 31

Aug. 31, 2012

Cleveland/Sunnyslope intersection getting overhaul

New Berlin - Work is expected to begin next week on the Cleveland Avenue and Sunnyslope Road intersection in New Berlin involving widening, resurfacing and replacing the traffic signals.

Traffic will be able to get through the intersection at all times during construction, according to the state Department of Transportation, although periodic delays should be expected.

Construction is expected to be completed by mid- to late-October.

Former resident writes crime thriller

New Berlin - Former New Berlin resident Deborah Reardon launches a new thriller novel at the end of October.

The thriller titled "Blue Suede Shoes," mentions the New Berlin police dog unit. The author knows a thing or two about New Berlin crime-fighting, having graduated from the New Berlin citizen police academy and being a member of the citizens crime watch committee.

"Blue Suede Shoes" is set in a small Wisconsin town that has been torn apart by the murder of a young girl. The plot involves secrecy, gossip, suspense and betrayal.

Employees trim quarter ton of flab

New Berlin - In 84 days of its first "Biggest Loser" competition, employees of CSE, 5400 S. Westridge Drive, New Berlin, lost 503 pounds.

More than half the employees of the promotional merchandising agency participated in the competition promoting healthy lifestyles and internal team-building. The competition started June 1.

Scoring was based on overall percentage of body weight lost. Prizes were given to everyone who finished the program and grand prizes were given to the top six individual "biggest losers," the top scoring team and the MVP from each team.

The company also was recently awarded the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2012 Top Workplace Award for the third year in a row.

Mask sales predictor of presidential vote?

New Berlin - BuyCostumes.com has successfully predicted the next president of the United States since 2000, based solely on the sales of candidates' masks. For the past two primaries, the sale of masks also predicted the party nominees - this year Mitt Romney finished with 21 percent of the overall vote.

If the election took place last week, President Barack Obama would be the clear winner with 62 percent of the votes. But now the New Berlin company is busy also tracking sales of the vice presidential candidates to try to predict their impact on November's voting outcome.

BuyCostumes.com does online sales of costumes.

Company bosses get plastered for a cause

New Berlin - Employees of ITW Ark-les, 16955 W. Ryerson Road, New Berlin, got to do what most people can only dream about - throw a pie in their bosses' faces.

Some good sport-bosses recently volunteered to be plastered with pie for a good cause and the pastry flew. By the time it was over, the event raised $265 for the United Way of Waukesha County. All the pie fixings were donated by Sub Station.

The pie-plastered bosses were Mike Hintz, general manager; Brian Stelloh, operations manager; Steve Batzko, facilities supervisor; Jake Joaquin, IT manager; Rick Bachman, director quality assurance; Colleen Reilly, assistant team leader; Terry Bucheger, supplier quality manager; and Bill Poehls, Wally Stelzer and Joel Bragg, account managers.

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