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News & Notes: June 25

June 25, 2012

Parkland Mall lawsuit still in place

Muskego - Muskego's motion to dismiss the Parkland Mall lawsuit - which alleges the city, its Community Development Authority and some former officials mishandled development of the commercial property - was denied by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lee Dreyfus Jr. last week.

Parkland Venture LLC, which owns the now mostly vacant property occupying about 10 acres on Janesville Road at Lannon Drive, is suing the city for $46 million. Art Dyer is the most visible member of Parkland Venture.

While Dreyfus dismissed some of the claims in the lawsuit last month, the most serious ones remain. They include whether the city and the CDA virtually took the land, said Remzy Bitar, attorney for the city.

Also to be determined are whether the individual defendants have immunity and whether the statute of limitations has run out, Bitar said.

The city now has until Oct. 12 to file a motion for a summary judgment, he said. If that is dismissed, a pretrial hearing will be held Dec. 17. No trial date has been set.

Website to donate to memorial now set up

New Berlin - The website to accept donations for signs needed to designate the New Berlin West High School football field as the Frank Granger Memorial Field has now been set up.

Granger was the school's first football coach and he took his teams to many statewide and conference victories. The New Berlin School Board recently approved dedicating the field to the beloved coach.

The website with information about Granger and more information about the fundraiser is at frankgranger.com.

Local authors win national award for 1st novel

New Berlin - The Sixth Annual National Indie Excellence Book Awards declared "The Legend of L'Esprit" by Pandre' Shandley of New Berlin and Doris Greenberg of Greendale the Best Young Adult Fiction in 2012.

The former dance teachers turned novelists plan more novels in their Dance Legacy Series.

This national competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Indie stands for independent book publishers that include small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

"The Legend of L'Esprit" is a story of romance and time travel and has a universal theme of love and forgiveness. It can be found at many local dance studios, shops and bookstores and is available through the authors' website at DancersatHeart.com or with online retailers Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Shandley holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she also trained and performed as a dancer. She's married with two children, both graduates of New Berlin Eisenhower High School. After leaving a career in marketing and finance, Shandley followed her dream and joined a local dance studio and for 20 years taught ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical dance and hip hop.

Area youth chosen for Badger Boys State

New Berlin - Jake Schreiner of New Berlin, a junior at Catholic Memorial High School, was honored to attend the 2012 session of Badger Boys State at Ripon College this month.

He was one of 866 junior boys from Wisconsin who had the opportunity to take mock state, county and city government positions at the leadership camp.

Jake was appointed a state trooper, where he had the responsibility of maintaining law and order. He had the opportunity to escort Gov. Scott Walker when he arrived by helicopter to attend the inaugural session.

Jake, who was sponsored by Roger Bjerke of the American Legion Post 8 in Waukesha, received the Ron Boylan Memorial Scholarship for his desire to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Rotary Club sponsors midnight volleyball

New Berlin - The New Berlin Police Department has announced that the Rotary Club of New Berlin will be the major sponsor of the department's Midnight Volleyball Program for the second year in a row.

Last week, Capt. Mike Glider and Officer Dan Hanlon accepted a check for $1,000 from club President Dianne Moore. The donation helps pay for the T-shirts awarded to the winning team each week and for food served at several of the Monday nights of volleyball.

Midnight Volleyball is open to all high school age students who live in New Berlin. It started this week and runs every Monday night through Aug. 20. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Malone Park volleyball courts. It is a police-supervised, drug and alcohol free activity.

BuySeasons wins diverse workforce award

New Berlin - The Wisconsin Seasonal Workforce Coalition, a service of Interfaith Older Adult Programs, gave BuySeasons, owner of BuyCostumes.com and BirthdayExpress.com, its Commitment to a Diverse Workforce Award for the results-oriented approach it has taken to attract and employ people various ages, backgrounds and cultures.

The coalition, made up of 40-plus member companies and organizations, coordinates more than 2,000 seasonal employment opportunities across the calendar year. BuySeasons is one of the coalition's founding members.

Woman's Club elects leaders

Muskego - The Muskego Woman's Club has elected its leaders for 2012-14.

Dena Squaires, will be president, succeeding Loretta Jorn who will become a director.

Also elected were Nancy Dickman, treasurer; Kim York, corresponding secretary; Kate Olszewski, second vice president; and Carol Casey, recording secretary.

The Muskego Woman's Club has been active for 50 years and sponsored many time-honored activities including Safety City, the Peppermint Fair, Yellow Tulip Beautification Awards, and blood drives. Dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service the club meets September through May on the second Monday of the month. For more information and membership details call Kris at (262) 679-2805.

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