KenoWi to end publication

KenoWi.com is ceasing publication as of today, the local news website’s parent company, 2Hill Media LLC, has announced.

“While we have made great progress since KenoWi.com started in September of 2010, we have not been able to achieve the kind of results that would have allowed us to keep KenoWi.com going as a viable business,”said Darren Hillock, the site’s co-publisher. “We want to thank all of you who became regular readers of KenoWi over the last two plus years. We also want to thank our contributors — especially Margie Gentner and Earlene Frederick — for helping us publish an interesting and timely alternative news source about Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers. We also appreciate all of the community organizations and government representatives that kept us informed of their activities along the way and the many loyal readers who spread the word about KenoWi.com.

2Hill Media’s other local news website, westofthei.com, is unaffected by this announcement and will continue to cover Western Kenosha County.

KYF meeting report

KYF 006_optYesterday, Alderperson Chris Schwartz, from the 2nd district, hosted a meeting at the Kenosha Public Museum, for the developer and architect of a proposed apartment project in the former Kenosha Youth Foundation (KYF) building, 720 – 59th Place.  David Nankin, developer and owner, and architect, Tom O’Connell, made their presentation and answered questions from the group of roughly 50 people.

Nankin and O’Connell brought renderings of their concept plan:

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Change in demerit points gets deferred

Licensing & Permit Committee PictureAt yesterday’s Licensing & Permit Committee meeting, Alderperson David Bogdala spoke on his proposed ordinance change regarding demerit points.  He wants to change the amount of demerit points assessed to license holders of Class B and Class C establishments, and bartenders.  His proposed changes included:

  1. Changing the amount of demerit points for second offense Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions from 40 to 80 points; and
  2. Changing the amount of demerit points for selling to underage persons from 20 points to 40 points.

Once an establishment has accumulated 100 points, they are called to appear in front of the Licensing & Permit Committee.  Bogdala said, “This is a serious issue.  We have alcohol issues in the city of Kenosha.  One strike and you’re out if it were up to me.”

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KUSD adopts employee handbook

chalk-board-KUSDAt a very long meeting of the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD)  board, the employee handbook was approved by a vote of 4 to 3.  This was after extensive debate by the board.

There was first a motion to defer called by board member Rebecca Stevens.  The roll call vote was 3 to 4.  Those voting against the deferral were board members David Gallo, Bob Nuzzo, Tamarra Coleman, and Mary Snyder.  Then, the roll call vote on the main motion was to adopt, as presented.  The roll call vote was 4 to 3 in favor.  Those voting against were Rebecca Stevens, Jo Ann Taube, and Carl Bryan.  Those voting against said that the reason for their dissenting votes was that they didn’t get all of their questions answered.

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“Chalk Talk Kenosha” makes its way to Madison

Do you remember the community art project that was on display in various business in downtown Kenosha last summer?  Well, it has made its way to the state capitol art gallery in Madison.  See below for some pictures:

What are you

In a photograph a young woman holds up a sign that reads, “A man robbed me and put a knife to my kid’s neck.” With her hair pulled back in a practical ponytail and chips evident in her brightly colored fingernail polish, the young woman poses purposely for the camera. But is her message a plea for help, some kind of message the viewer is supposed to act upon?  Written in chalk on black construction paper, this chilling statement is a response to seemingly simple request:  Describe an incident that changed you. The request, stark response, and subsequent photograph are all part of a “chalk talk” workshop conducted at the Kenosha Literacy Council.

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Dog and cat ordinance denied by public safety & welfare committee

Dog and CatA proposed ordinance regarding dogs and cats was not approved at the Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting earlier this evening.  This ordinance change called for a three-foot high fence to be erected in the yard when the dog or cat was being kept, or for the owner to be present.  The vote was unanimous.  This ordinance proposal was also pulled from the Common Council’s agenda last Wednesday by the sponsor, Alderperson Scott Gordon.

Kenosha police chief John Morrissey spoke as a citizen and in his official capacity as police chief as well.  As a citizen, he said that he didn’t understand what problem the ordinance was trying to fix.  The ordinance basically says that a person’s dog or cat can’t be tied up in the front yard unless the dog or cat is with the owner.  He stated that his own home abuts an alley.  He sees problems with this ordinance as a citizen and a taxpayer, and he urged the committee to deny it.

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Forecast: Tuesday pretty warm, Thursday pretty cold, weekend pretty normal

hot-thermometer-istockWeather has been making news here the last few days, and the next few days may be the most newsworthy yet.

Temperatures have been rising all day, with the current temperature at Kenosha Regional Airport at 41 at about 2:35 p.m.

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David Smetana is new Pleasant Prairie Police chief

David-SmetanaDavid Smetana has been selected as the new chief of the Pleasant Prairie Police Department, the village announced in a statement today.

Smetana, most recently with the Racine Police Department, was the choice from a field of 34 applicants. He is reporting for duty today.

Here is the rest of the statement:

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A word from our sponsors: TJ Tactical offering Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permit course Feb. 23

ad-tjtactical-web-reviseNote: TJ Tactical is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

TJ Tactical is currently offering classes to anyone who is interested in obtaining a Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permit. These classes are open to all skill levels.

The WI Concealed Carry Permit Class is taught to Wisconsin Department of Justice Guidelines.

Classes taught by certified WI DOJ Firearms Instructor.

For the basic Concealed Carry Permit class no shooting is required.

Concealed carry class is a 4 hour class which covers the training requirements that you need to obtain your WI Concealed Carry Permit.

Class participants will receive a certificate at the completion of the class which they will need to send to the state along with $50 to receive their Concealed Carry Permit.

Cost of class is $89 which includes all necessary class materials. A class is scheduled for Feb. 23 at VFW Post 1865 at 6618 39th Ave., Kenosha.

To register for a class click here or call  262-705-5641 or email [email protected].

Kenosha home damaged by fire this morning

/Earlene Frederick photo

/Earlene Frederick photo

A Kenosha home was damaged by fire early this morning.

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City Council approves application for Wisconsin Main Street Program

Downtown Near LakeAt Wednesday night’s Common Council meeting, the Council approved a resolution to support the city of Kenosha’s application to the State of Wisconsin Main Street Program, which is a state program that will provide help with ongoing efforts to improve the downtown area.  The resolution to submit the application was approved by a roll call vote of 13 to 0.  (Four alderpersons were not in attendance on Wednesday night:  Alderpersons Patrick Juliana, Tod Ohnstad, Rocco LaMacchia, and Jesse Downing.)

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Winter storm watch cancelled; now winter weather advisory

The National Weather Service has withdrawn a winter storm watch for Sunday that was issued earlier today and replaced it with a winter storm advisory, indicating an expectation of less intense weather expected.

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Units responding to report of smoke from garage

Photo by kconnors with morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors with morgueFile.com


At 3:30 p.m, Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of smoke coming from a garage in the 5000 block of Pershing Road in Kenosha.

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About those technical difficulties …

Regular, or even occasional, readers of KenoWi.com may have experienced some difficulties in reaching the site late Thursday and much of Friday. Our hosting company was having unexpected server difficulties that resulted in the problem. Eventually we were moved to a new server, which has cleared up the issue. The experience also has prompted us to think about some more vigorous hosting and we are considering several options. The end result will be an even better experience for those that visit KenoWi.com in the future.

Thank you for your loyalty and patience while we worked this out.

Darren and Karen Hillock

Winter Storm Watch issued for Sunday

WEATHER-ALERT-logo-all-3-webThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for an area that includes Kenosha County from Sunday morning until late Sunday night.

The forecast calls for snow in the morning changing to snow and sleet perhaps with freezing rain after noon. There’s a 100 percent chance of some kind of precipitation, but snow and sleet accumulation is expected to be less than a half inch here.

Among the hazards cited by the storm watch statement are:

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Resolution approved regarding same-day voter registration

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A resolution sponsored by Alderperson Curt Wilson and co-sponsored by Alderpersons Tod Ohnstad, Rocco LaMacchia, Daniel Prozanski, Keith Rosenberg, Scott Gordon, Jan Michalski, and Patrick Juliana was approved by a roll call vote of 11 to 2 on Wednesday night at the Common Council Meeting.  Those alderpersons voting against were Alderpersons Steve Bostrom and David Bogdala.  The resolution urged the governor to veto any legislation that would eliminate registration at the polls.

Bostrom wanted the resolution to be referred to the Legislative Commission.  He stated that he was not aware of any pending legislation to limit any registration at the polls.  He also said that the Council has a body that should meet regularly, and that this is one of the issues that should be reviewed by that committee.

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Tips to Pleasant Prairie Police lead to drug arrest and charges

The Kenosha County District Attorney’s office released the following statement regarding a drug arrest and charging of a suspect:
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Licensing and permit decisions

Licensing & Permit Committee PictureOn Wednesday night, the Common Council met and ruled on several licensing and permit issues.  These are summarized below:

  • Seven new operator’s (bartender) licenses were approved, subject to various amounts of demerit points.
  • One new taxi driver’s license was approved, subject to 90 demerit points.  Two others were denied.

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Simmons Field gets approved for conditional use permit

Simmons Field 1_optAt last night’s City Plan Commission meeting, two agenda items were acted upon.  The first had to do with a conditional use permit for a renovation to the stadium at Simmons Field at 7817 Sheridan Road, requested by The Northwoods League.  The field is located in the 12th district.

Vern Stenman of the Northwoods League, said that they’ve developed their plans further since the last time he appeared before the commission.  They’ve been fine-tuning the plan, and they are ready to bid the work.

Stenman said that Alderperson Steve Bostrom pointed out an inaccuracy in the plan to him.  The elevation of the front entry gate was inaccurate.  The back entry gate along the right field line should be an attractive entrance.  Stedman said that they will make the adjustment, and the rendering will then show accurately.

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Meeting on old KYF building

KYF_opt(1)Alderperson Chris Schwartz, 2nd district, will be hosting a community meeting regarding the old KYF building project, located at 720 – 59th Place.  The meeting will take place at 6 pm on Tuesday, January 29th, at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue, in Room 119.

David Nankin, the property owner/developer of the housing project, as well as former mayor John Antaramian, a consultant for this project, will be available to discuss this development.

Discussions will include the following:

  • Refreshing Kenosha residents with the development plan for the building;
  • Educating people what Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) tax credits are, what type of WHEDA program the developer is applying for, and why this is not being developed as a full market rate building; and
  • Discussing the property management plan for this building and the developer’s current management skills in other local properties.

All interested parties are invited to attend.

Peanuts . . . naturally

Traveling-exhibits-PNThe Kenosha Public Museum will host a new exhibit starting on Saturday, January 26th.  It’s called “Peanuts . . . Naturally.”  Featuring the comic cartoon artwork of Charles M. Schulz, it’s a light-hearted look at Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations.  The exhibit will be on display in the Touhey Gallery until April 28th.  There are also Peanuts items for sale in the gift shop.

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Police chief says crime stats up

Kenosha-Police-Dept-Badge-Logo-webAt this morning’s Police and Fire Commission meeting, Police Chief John Morrissey talked about the 2o12 crime statistics.  He provided some unaudited numbers.  There were 111,177 calls for service last year, compared to 107,114 in 2011.  Arrests were up slightly, from 10,592 in 2011, to 10,662 in 2012.  Traffic citations went from 15,873 in 2011, to 17,387 in 2012.

The Community Service Officer (CSO) program, a new program in 2012, had no 2011 statistics for comparison.  The CSO calls for service totaled 6,706.  CSO court citations were 309, and CSO trap calls totaled 809.

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Keys to the municipal building a big issue

Keyless SystemThe resolution by Alderperson Kevin Mathewson (8th district) to direct that all alderpersons be given a key to the municipal office building was a major topic of discussion at three meetings earlier tonight.  The item appeared on the Public Works Committee, Finance Committee, and Common Council meeting agendas.

At the Public Works Committee meeting, Alderperson Jan Michalski said that, as long as he’s been an alderperson, he has not had a key.  He said that he realizes it might be financially burdensome for some alderpersons to go to a coffee shop with their constituents, but there are other public places to meet, like the library.  Plus, he mentioned other issues regarding liability, logistics, etc.  He also said that the issue would be moot anyway since the mayor said that a keyless system was being looked into.

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Units responding to rollover crash on Highway G

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Photo by kconnors with morgueFile.com

At about 7:11 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a rollover crash in the 2000 block of Highway G (30th Avenue), in Kenosha.

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Fire in Pleasant Prairie damages home and sends two to hospital

/Earlene Frederick photo

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The Pleasant Prairie Fire Department released the following statement regarding a house fire on 39th Avenue this morning:
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Unified students to have indoor recess Tuesday

The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) has made the following announcement regarding the effect of cold weather on Tuesday’s school day:

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Units responding to car vs. building

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Photo by kconnors with morgueFile.com

At 4:34 p.m., units from Kenosha Fire Department and city police are responding to a report of a car striking a building in the 2900 block of 75th Street, in Kenosha.

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“Reviving the dream through education”

Arthel Howell, chief of police of the city of Racine Police Department, keynote speaker

Arthel Howell, chief of police of the city of Racine Police Department, keynote speaker

“Reviving the Dream Through Education” was the theme of the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration which was held earlier this afternoon at the Madrigrano Auditorium at Gateway Technical College.  The room was packed with supporters, award winners, and their families.

The celebration started out with a video entitled, “Martin, Can You Hear Us?,” sung by Elaine Biggs, courtesy of YouTube.  The words repeated, “Martin, can you hear us crying?  Can you hear us now?”

Jacqueline Morris, chair of this year’s committee, then made the introductory remark that they were happy to honor Dr. King on President Obama’s second inauguration day.  Today is the observance of Dr. King’s birthday, and this is Gateway’s 19th annual celebration.

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Other Kindness Week activities

Kindness WeekIn addition to the Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration being held today at the Marigrano Auditorium at Gateway Technical College, 3520 – 30th Avenue, at 12 noon, there are other Kindness Week activities planned throughout the upcoming week:

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The Kenosha Unified School District Theatre presents “Dessa Rose,” a musical drama about a white woman and a black woman in 1847, at 6 pm, at Bradford High School, 3700 Washington Road.  A discussion on race relations in the community will follow.  There is a $5 admission fee.

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Units responding to crash in Pleasant Prairie

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Photo by kconnors with morgueFile.com


At about 8:40 a.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units and a village police officers are responding to a report of a crash at Springbrook Road and 104th Street in Pleasant Prairie.

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