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News & Notes: Sept. 11

Sept. 11, 2009

Quick-thinking driver gets letter of appreciation

New Berlin - New Berlin resident Alyssa Voboril received an official letter of appreciation for her quick thinking in helping to apprehend a suspect wielding a knife on the Marquette University campus Sept. 6. According to Daniel Kolosovsky, manager of student safety programs, Voboril had stopped the limousine she was driving to pick up passengers in front of Straz Towers. The suspect approached the limo's open door and shouted obscenities and openly displayed a knife. Voboril immediately attempted to close the door and drove the limo forward to put distance between the suspect and her passengers. She then radioed the student safety programs dispatch about what had happened.

The suspect was apprehended by public safety officers.

The letter of appreciation states: "Your quick thinking, calm demeanor and accurate reporting kept you and your passengers out of harm's way and assisted officers in taking the suspect into custody."

Voboril attends Marquette University and is the daughter of Stephen and Ricca Voboril.

First Muskego teen idol a Muskego High senior

Muskego - Merissa Marx, 17, a senior at Muskego High School, charmed the Muskego Teen Idol judges with her singing of "My Immortal" by Evanescence, and "Mercy" by Duffy and was proclaimed Muskego's first Teen Idol. The competition was held at the annual Muskego Community Fest.

Merissa has a passion for music and the stage and played Dorothy in Muskego High School's "The Wizard of Oz" last year. She has been in every play since she was a freshman, and is planning to major in theatrical performing in college. She has not decided where she is going to college.

Merissa has even written two songs besides being in the Chamber Choir and Chorale every year since starting at Muskego High.

September to focus on ovarian cancer awareness

New Berlin - September has been declared Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in New Berlin by New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero.

Several other communities in Wisconsin have made similar declarations for September.

The proclamation notes that when ovarian cancer is found and treated in its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate increases dramatically. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month provides an opportunity to learn more about the causes and warning signs of the disease. The mayor also encourages residents to become educated themselves about it, to promote education about ovarian cancer and to support continued research to improve diagnosis and find a cure.

One way the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance is trying to bring awareness is through teal color ribbons to be tied around trees around town. Twins Flowers & Home Décor, W17510 Janesville Road, has many teal ribbons and other ways to express support of the fight against ovarian cancer.

First displaced business holds groundbreaking

Muskego - Muskego Tire & Auto / Firestone held a groundbreaking last week across from the Muskego Public Library, W16663 Janesville Road. The Firestone store is the first business to relocate because of the 2011 plan to widen Janesville Road, according to the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce.

Swine flu fight to bring more sanitizers

Muskego - Library patrons will start seeing more hand sanitizers at the Muskego Library as library officials try to combat the swine flu threat. The additional sanitizers have been ordered but care must be taken as to where to locate them, Diane Dominski, Muskego Library Board president, said. They should not be where very young children can get at them, she said, because they could make a mess or even consume the sanitizing liquid, she said. The sanitizers should be placed so that young children must be helped by an adult, she said.

The library's swine flu action plan also includes cross-training staff so that employees can fill in for those who get sick, Dominski said.

Public hearings slated on plan, sewer service

New Berlin - Public hearings on the proposed 2020 comprehensive plan for New Berlin and on a request that would help New Berlin West High School get sewer service were set by the New Berlin Common Council last week. Both hearings will be before the Plan Commission at City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive.

Public input will be sought on the 2020 comprehensive plan at 6 p.m. Oct. 7. The hearing on asking the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to review expanding the service area so that New Berlin West can get sewer service will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 5.

Appointment made to youth advisory board

New Berlin - New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero appointed John Turzenski, 4435 S. Regal Manor Drive, to the city's youth advisory board. His term will expire in May 2011.

School foundations donate for response system, cameras

New Berlin - The Eisenhower and New Berlin West education foundations each donated $3,410 for a student response system and four cameras.

County to request federal aid for road

Muskego - Waukesha County will seek federal dollars to help expand Janesville Road in Muskego from two lanes to four between Racine Avenue and Moorland Road, County Executive Dan Vrakas has announced. The project, which was proposed in 2001, will be included as part of Vrakas' 2010-2014 capital plan.

The project is the largest financial investment for a highway project ever made by Waukesha County, according to Vrakas. The county is seeking $6 million in federal dollars.

But federal money is a mixed blessing, he wrote in a press release. The county would have to enhance its environmental assessment to meet federal standards, which could delay the project between six months and a year, Vrakas wrote.

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