Monthly Archives: November 2010

Kenosha Common Council to host hearings on budget and cap improvements plan Wed.

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The Kenosha Common Council will hold a public hearing on the 2011 city budget and the 2011-2015 Capital Improvement Plan Wednesday, starting at 5 p.m., in the Council Chambers (Room 200) of the Municipal Building, 625 52nd St.

Here’s a copy of the proposed 2011 budget. This document calls for a 10.78 percent increase in total tax levy over 2010.

Here’s a copy of the proposed 2011-2015 Capital Improvement Plan

Synthetic marijuana targeted by proposed ordinance

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An ordinance banning the sale of synthetic marijuana in the city is being hammered out by the Kenosha Common Council.

The ordinance was on the agenda of the Public Safety & Welfare Committee Monday night.

Police Chief John Morrissey said the substance, often sold in convenience stores, is a nationwide problem, and that the synthetic marijuana is 100 times more potent than marijuana. He called it extremely dangerous.

“We had a 16-year-old overdose on it here in Kenosha,” Morrissey said. “He had also been drinking. But that kid was lucky to be alive.”

The current version of the ordinance was changed from the original to include a  long list of other chemicals to be banned, Morrissey said.

As proposed, the ordinance provides for citations against the business owner for selling the substances. If the establishment possesses a liquor license, demerit points will be issued against the business owner.

The ordinance proposal was approved as written by the committee Monday, and will be on the agenda for reconsideration next week once the chemical list can be included.

Paddock Lake recently enacted a similar ban.

Meanwhile, the US Drug Enforcement Agency is also moving to make chemicals found in synthetic marijuana illegal as well.

Here’s more info on synthetic marijuana.

Alternate side parking begins tonight

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City residents, remember: Alternate side parking begins tonight.

As the city website states:

Alternate side parking is in effect from December 1 thru March 31 of each year.

On odd calendar dates, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., park on the side of the street bearing odd-numbered addresses.

On even calendar dates, between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., park on the side of the street bearing even-numbered addresses.

Note: Thanks to the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook page for the reminder that reminded me to remind you. — DH

Committee and council approve permit requests

The Common Council Licensing & Permit Committee met Monday night. They:

  • Unanimously approved The Sharing Center’s application for a Class B retailer’s license for the event, “Gemini Salon & Spa Holiday Open House” to be held on Nov. 30. The Sharing Center is the Western Kenosha County’s version of the Shalom Center. This event is for a wine and cheese sampling four-hour fund-raiser.
  • Unanimously approved Carolyn’s Coffee Connection’s application for a 30-day temporary theatre license. This will last until New Year’s. The owner was not sure if she should be applying for a cabaret license or a theatre license, but she didn’t want to be in non-compliance for her live musical events. Her establishment never stays open past 9 p.m., and no alcohol is sold there.

Both items approved at the Licensing & Permit Committee meeting above were also approved at a special Common Council meeting afterwards.

Kenosha on the web: City held out as example of good downtown redevelopment

A column on holds out Kenosha as an example of what can be done with vision on downtown redevelopment.

Isn’t it nice to be held up as a good example?

New bullying policy for Kenosha Unified will get more review

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A policy on bullying, harassment and hate under development in the Kenosha Unified School District was sent back to committee by the full board earlier this week.

After some discussion on some points the policy was sent back to the Policy Committee.

One of the chief points of contention was raised by board member Pam Stevens. She wanted a change in language from the administration “may take disciplinary action” to will take disciplinary action when it has been determined that a student has participated in bullying.

Superintendent Michele Hancock said every such case is very unique and the more qualified language may be a better fit.

The vote to refer the policy back to committee passed unanimously.

The draft policy can be viewed here.

County Health Department urges pertussis and flu vaccinations

The Kenosha County Health Department urges residents to get vaccinated for pertussis (whooping cough) and seasonal flu.

Pertussis is a highly contagious and sometimes fatal bacterial lung infection which has dramatically increased in the past decade. It spreads from person to person through coughs or sneezes. Pertussis causes severe coughing spells (which can last four weeks or longer) making eating, drinking, and breathing difficult. Pertussis can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, or death. The Health Department recommends that adults and children 10 through 64 years who will have close contact with a baby (such as parents, grandparents under 65, siblings, and childcare providers) should receive a single dose of the Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

This year, both the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone six months and older receive the flu vaccine. Especially people at high risk of serious flu complications (including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease), those who care for or live with them, health care workers, and people 65 years and older should get the flu vaccine.

Both vaccines are available from the Kenosha County Health Department at two locations:

  • Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and first Thursday of every month, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Kenosha County Center, Highways 45 and  50, Bristol, Monday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to noon.

The Kenosha County Health Department will also be holding special Tdap/Flu clinics:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 30, 4 to 6 p.m., Kenosha County Center.
  • Thursday, Dec. 2, 4 to 6 p.m., Kenosha County Job Center.
  • Thursday, Dec. 9, 4 to 6 p.m., Kenosha County Job Center.

Medicare Part B and BadgerCare are accepted. Please bring immunization records (if available) and a BadgerCare Card (if enrolled). An administrative fee for the vaccine may apply for those not in either program.

For more information, please call the Kenosha County Health Department at 605-6700, (800) 472-8008, or visit

Brrrr cold temps tonight and Friday morning

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Planning on hitting some of those Black Friday sales early Friday morning? Maybe be out early enough to be standing in line to get into your favorite store right away?

Dress warm! The National Weather Service predicts low temps in the teens for tonight.

Happy Thanksgiving from KenoWi

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Whether you spend it in KenoWI land or somewhere else, may you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Units responding to crash on I-94

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At 10:21 p.m., sheriff’s deputies, Bristol Fire and Rescue and Pleasant Prairie Fire Department responding to a report of a crash with injuries in the 12700 block of I-94, Bristol.

UPDATE 10:23 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports only one injury; requesting one rescue squad.

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Kenosha Unified School Board to keep board responses to citizen comments off agendas

The Kenosha Unified School Board decided Tuesday to stick with its earlier decision to keep board comments to citizen comments off  regular board meeting agendas.

The possibility of putting board comments back on the regular agenda was being pushed by resident Gary Kunich, who repeated his case during citizens comments at Tuesday’s meeting. He contends the board comments were a good way for citizens to get immediate feedback on their concerns when necessary.

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Snow may fall today, but no accumulation expected

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The National Weather Service says we may get snow today, but they do not expect any accumulation.

The Thanksgiving Day forecast calls for no rain or snow, but temperatures that will be falling through the day from a high of 36. We could have a low of 16  Thursday night.

Pedestrian killed in crash in Somers

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A Somers woman was killed Monday evening after being struck by a car near her home.

The crash occurred on Sheridan Road near Highway A in Somers at about 7:15 p.m. The pedestrian was identified as Denia Harris, 50, a resident of a nearby apartment complex.

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Resident trying to get Unified School Board to talk back to citizens comments

Kenosha resident Gary Kunich would like to see the Kenosha Unified School Board talk back more to citizens making comments at School Board meetings.

Don’t get him wrong. Kunich isn’t trying to incite rudeness against regular folks speaking their minds. But he would like to see the board restore the give and take they used to engage in with residents at meetings.

Kunich is hoping people who agree with his stand will attend Tuesday night’s Schol Board meeting.

Here areKunich’s answers to some questions we asked him about this issue:

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Kenosha County units are responding to aid Union Grove

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Fire and rescue units from Kenosha County are responding to Union Grove as mutual aid due to severe weather damage in the area of Highways 45 and 11. Departments included are Somers, Pleasant Prairie, Bristol and Kenosha.

I-94 being shutdown at Highway KR

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Kenosha County Joint Services dispatch reports that I-94 is being shut down at Highway KR due to the weather.

Tornado warning for northern county until 4:30 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for northenr Kenosha County until 4:30 p.m.

UPDATE 4:21 p.m. — Dispatch says rotating weather now east of I-94 traveling in unknown direction.

Tornado watch until 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for 11 counties including Kenosha County until 6 p.m.

Text of the watch is available here.

UPDATE 3:05 p.m. Tornado warning has been issued for northwest McHenry County.

HOPE Council to host impact panel on drinking and driving

The HOPE Council invites community members to attend an Impact Panel on Monday, Dec. 6, so that they may hear powerful messages from individuals who have been impacted by drinking and driving.

The Impact Panel begins at 6:30 p.m. (late admittance is not permitted) and is held at Gateway Technical College’s Madrigrano Auditorium, 3520 30th Ave., Kenosha. Pre-registration is required as space is limited, and there is a cost of $25 per person attending.

“The panel is a great education tool for all young people who just earned their driver’s licenses but don’t understand the impact of personal decisions and how they can affect their lives forever,” says Cheryl Pataska, Impact Panel coordinator. “Typically there are three speakers, two of whom were convicted of driving while intoxicated, and one who was in a crash caused by an impaired driver. No one can hear these stories and not be moved by them.”

To attend the Impact Panel, send $25 to the HOPE Council, 5942 6th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53140, or come to the HOPE Council offices during business hours to register.

Founded in 1968 and incorporated in 1969, the mission of the HOPE Council is to reduce the impact of alcohol and other drug abuse in our community by providing education, prevention, intervention and referral services.

Kenosha restaurant owner earns prestigious guide star for Chicago restaurant

Spiaggia, the Chicago restaurant owned by Kenosha native Tony Mantuano has earned a prestigious star in the MICHELIN Guide Chicago 2011.

“One Michelin star means a very good restaurant in its category, a place offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard,” the site’s website says.

Mantuano also owns Mangia in Kenosha.

Cold Turkey disc golf tournament Nov. 20

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The Fifth Annual Cold Turkey disc golf tournament will take place next weekend at the Grey Fox Course in Silver Lake County Park.

Format for the Professional Disc Golf Association Sanctioned C-Tier tournament will be 2 Rounds of 18 – Singles Play

The tournament will take place Saturday, Nov. 27 with check-in from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

Full registration details are available here.

RecPlex to host indoor triathlon Nov. 21

On Sunday, Nov. 21, RecPlex, in Pleasant Prairie, will host the Turkey Indoor Triathlon.

Athletes, ages 8 through adult, are invited to take part in this event. The race will consist of a 10-minute indoor swim in the new Aqua Arena, a 20-minute spin bike ride, and a 15-minute treadmill run. Medals are presented to overall and age group winners.

“An indoor triathlon is a great motivational tool for triathletes during the off season and agreat way to assess your fitness level in preparation for next year’s outdoor triathlon season,” explained Lyn Boehm, programs director at RecPlex. “Participants really love this format and find it to be a great opportunity to compete athletically and have a fun time.”

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FDIC closes First Banking Center

First Banking Center, Burlington, — which also has a branch in Kenosha — was closed today by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with First Michigan Bank, Troy, Michigan, to assume all of the deposits of First Banking Center.

All deposit accounts, excluding certain brokered deposits, have been transferred to First Michigan Bank, Troy, Mich. For more information on First Michigan Bank, visit

More info here.

Units responding to crash on Highway 50, Pleasant Prairie

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At 2:19 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units from Station 2 are responding to a report of a rollover crash with injuries in the 11700 block of Highway 50 (75th Street).

UPDATE 2:21 p.m. — A Somers firefighter is on the scene and is reporting that people may be trapped in a vehicle.

UPDATE 2:50 p.m. — Flight for Life medical transport helicopter responding to scene.

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Snow for Thanksgiving?

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Here’s the National Weather Service’s early outlook for Thanksgiving weather.

50 percent chance of snow Wednesday night, low around 26.

Thanksgiving day: 30 percent chance of snow, high 31.

Maybe the forecast will change!

Sheriff presents awards for exceptional service

Sheriff David Beth presented awards today to deputies and community members who have demonstrated exceptional service to the mission of the department.

Deputy Christopher Rydelski was recognized for his efforts to save a patient on a medical call in Somers:

Carolyn Gauss, representing her husband Marty Gauss and son Bil Gauss, was recognized for their company, Total Cyclery’s role in rehabbing bicycles to be given away to Frank School students:

There were some more West of the I awards given as well. Check out the video at our sister site,

Units responding to report of rollover crash

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At about 4:55 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue is responding to a report of a car flipped over in the 1400 block of 88th Ave.

Dispatch reports that occupants are out of the vehicle, perhaps with minor injuries.

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Man charged in Somers shooting incident

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David Minnick, the Somers man arrested Monday for firing into his in-laws’ home, was charged in intake court Wednesday.

Minnick was charged with:

  • Aggravated battery.
  • First degree intentional homicide.
  • Burglary-dwelling, boat or motor home.
  • Endanger safety/reckless use of firearm.
  • Four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Minnick on Monday allegedly fired shots into a home in the 600 block of 14th Place, Somers, during a domestic disturbance involving his wife and in-laws.

Power outage in Whitecaps area

Pete O’Connor reported to our sister site at 11:06 p.m. that power is out in the Whitecaps area.

UPDATE 3:17 a.m. — Power was restored about midnight, a We Energies spokesman said. About 2,700 customers were effected. Source was a faulty cable.

Council rejects mayor’s appointment of Bruce McCurdy to Redevelopment Authority

The Kenosha Common Council rejected Mayor Keith Bosman’s appointment of Bruce McCurdy to the city’s Redevelopment Authority in a 9-to-8 vote Monday.

Alderman David Bogdala made the motion to reject the appointment based on a statement he said McCurdy made about the Plan Commission not being accountable to anyone.

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