Walmart sign will be
bigger than code
New Berlin — The Walmart supercenter to be built at 15355 W. Greenfield Ave. will be able to erect a sign bigger than New Berlin codes allow, but not as big as it wanted.
Walmart asked to erect a 95-square-foot sign, but got permission for a 75-square-foot sign — still twice as big as the 32 square feet allowed in the city zoning code.
The Plan Commission last week approved the sign and size waiver as recommended by city staff, which took the speed of passing traffic, the site and building's size, and the landscaping and grading changes made by Walmart.
after morning crash
New Berlin — Racine Avenue between Lawnsdale Road and National Avenue was closed for several hours Friday as New Berlin police reconstructed a fatal accident that occurred in the morning.
The crash involved a car and a motorcycle. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
Area woman charged
with OWI, third offense
New Berlin — The driver involved in a crash that knocked out the traffic signals at busy Moorland Road and National Avenue in New Berlin shortly before the morning rush hour Tuesday has been charged with third-offense drunken driving.
Gina Ramirez, 41, of New Berlin had a court appearance Wednesday afternoon and will have a preliminary hearing Oct. 31.
New Berlin police said that the pickup truck she was driving struck a mailbox, two light poles, two street signs, a traffic signal that reaches over the road, the signal box on the northeast corner that controls the traffic lights at the intersection, and an electrical transformer box. (See photo.)
The truck came to rest when it hit a tree and landed on top of the transformer box, Police Capt. Michael Glider said. The accident happened about 5:20 a.m. and crews worked on the traffic signals all day, finally getting them back in service about 3:30 p.m., Glider said.
Ramirez also was charged with bail jumping because she violated the terms of her release on a previous offense by drinking alcohol, Assistant District Attorney Andrea Will said.
That previous offense took place in April at a residence in New Berlin. Misdemeanor charges of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and intimidation of a victim were filed against her in connection with that incident, along with a felony charge of failure to comply with an officer trying to take her into custody, Will said.
help pretty up city
New Berlin — FedEx employees recently kicked off FedEx Cares Week by working alongside the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to help clean up litter on Rogers Drive locally.
Volunteers also provided landscape improvements in New Berlin's Calhoun Park.
During the week, more than 4,000 FedEx volunteers participated in local community service activities.
Local firm wins
second state honor
New Berlin — Home Care Medical Inc. was named Home Medical Equipment Provider of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of Medical Equipment Services.
This is the second consecutive year the New Berlin-based business has won the honor.
In addition, James Spellman, Home Care Medical's director of operations, was named WAMES president for 2014, and he received an Industry Excellence award for his service on the association's legislative committee.
Donna Smith, director of respiratory care, also received an Industry Excellence award for her work on the association's respiratory committee.
About Home Care Medical, founded in 1974, has its corporate headquarters at 5665 S. Westridge Drive, plus three retail store locations in Milwaukee, Sheboygan and West Bend.
Shopper wins trip
to spring training
New Berlin — Debbi Dassow of New Berlin won a 2014 trip for two to see the Milwaukee Brewers play in Arizona in spring training.
Airfare and hotel accommodations are all included in the Breweres Points sweepstakes contest between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pick 'n Save.
During the season-long event, dozens of Pick 'n Save customers went home with tickets and autographed memorabilia in addition to their groceries. She won the trip at the Pick 'n Save at 15445 W. National Ave.
to partner over breakfast
New Berlin — Moving New Berlin Forward and the New Berlin School District will hold a breakfast for business leaders interested in helping area young people and their own businesses succeed.
The Moving New Berlin Forward Business Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 30 in the New Berlin West Middle/High School Idea Center, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.
Superintendent Joe Garza will give a presentation, followed by breakout sessions on how businesses and schools can partner.
Business leaders in or near New Berlin can attend the event, which organizers say is best suited for organizations that already have or are planning to develop, youth or community outreach programs. Input is needed to develop student-centered programs that also meet the needs of businesses.
For more information and to register, visit nbexcellence.org/bizbreakfast.cfm.
Moving New Berlin Forward is a cooperative effort supported by the district, the city of New Berlin, the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the New Berlin Rotary Club, civic and faith-based organizations and local businesses.
Resident picked as future
Farm Bureau leader
Muskego — Ryan Brueggemann of Muskego is one of 15 emerging agricultural leaders selected to participate in the Farm Bureau Institute to develop strong and effective agricultural and county Farm Bureau leaders.
Now in its eighth year, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Institute consists of five multi-day sessions that provide insights on issues important to agriculture, development of leadership and speaking skills, interaction with Farm Bureau leaders and staff and leaders in the governmental and agricultural sectors, and networking with other participants.
The class will also participate in a fly-in to Washington, D.C., in 2015.
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