Monthly Archives: April 2011

District Scout fishing derby coming up in June

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Gateway District Cub Scout Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to noon at Anderson Pond off of 22nd Avenue on the Southside of Kenosha.

Deadline for pre-registration at $6 is May 27. Walk in fee is $10 and not guaranteed a door prize ticket.

If you are registering your entire unit, you still need to provide the names of each Scout.

Cost includes: lunch (hot dog, chips, and soda; additional food will be available for purchase at the hot dog stand for family, friends and guests), official derby fishing lure and a ticket for door prize.

Only pre registered Scouts are guaranteed to receive their participation lure on the day of the derby.

Trophies will be awared for the 10 longest fish (tape measured). One additional trophy will be awarded to the Pack who brings in the most participants (only registered Cub Scout count). Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day and you must be present to win.

No fishing license is required for adult participants.

Please pre register and pre pay for Scouts online at Do not call the council office to register. If you do not have internet then call Robin and she will get you registered. You will need to include the names of each Scout you register so their name can be included on the fishing derby leader board.

Convention & Visitor’s Bureau seeking area photos

As you enjoy spring in the Kenosha Area, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau reminds you to take photos along the way and enter the Kenosha Area Picture Perfect Photo Contest.

This is an opportunity for area residents to show their hometown pride by sharing with visitors what a wonderful place the Kenosha Area is, no matter the season. Photos help draw tourists to the community. Tourism, in turn, makes a positive impact on the local economy.

Each photo submitted has the chance to be used on KACVB’s web site, in the Kenosha Area Visitors Guide and other marketing, to promote the Kenosha Area as a fun and exciting place for out-of-town visitors. At the end of the year, all photos submitted during 2011 will be judged. The top photos will be awarded dinner for two at an area restaurant. Photos will be judged based on content and quality. An entry form must be submitted with each photo.

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Organizations team up for Post Prom Parties

A scene from last year's post prom party. /Submitted photo

The Kenosha Sheriff’s Department announces a partnership with Youth for Christ and the YMCA to host a Post Prom Party for the third year in a row.

Prom night can be a dangerous time for students. They don’t want the night to end. Without positive alternatives students can be tempted to attend parties where drugs and alcohol are offered.

“I am so glad to see our community donating time and money in order to encourage students to make great decisions on prom night,” said Sheriff David Beth. “Poor choices made on prom night can affect a person for the rest of their life.”

Many prizes will be given away in a drawing included in the price of admission. Some of those prizes are gift cards to area businesses and restaurants. The big prizes are season tickets to Six Flags, an iPod touch and an Xbox 360. Event coordinators want students to be attracted by great prizes, fun and food. They want students to avoid places that might push them into making poor choices.

Volunteers were able to organize two events this year:

Community figure Howard J. Brown dies

Howard J. Brown of the Kenosha News and seemingly too many to count other community efforts died this morning, the Kenosha News website is reporting.

He was 87.

I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone whose influence ran deeper or wider in the Kenosha community than Howard J. Brown.

Units responding to report of smoke in house

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At 4:42 p.m., units from the Pleasant Prairie Fire Department and the Police Department are responding to a  report of smoke in a house in the 800 block of Ninth Court.
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Nudo says health care costs ordinance needs some more work

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Kenosha Alderperson Anthony Nudo’s drive to have local health care providers disclose costs beforehand has slowed down a bit.

At a Public Safety and Welfare Committee meeting Wendesday, Nudo gave an update on the proposed ordinance. He stated that “a lot of things happened since the last time this was discussed.” He stated that he met with many medical professionals and Common Council members. He said that he feels that there are some deficiencies with the ordinance at this time. He’s working on some amendments. It will not be ready by Monday for the next Common Council meeting; therefore, Nudo requested that it be deferred for 60 days.

Alderpersons Michael Orth and Steve Bostrom signed on as co-sponsors of this proposed ordinance

Orth expressed his disappointment that people from the medical community were not at the meeting to talk about this issue in a public meeting. He also expressed his appreciation for Nudo addressing the concerns of the citizens of Kenosha. He stated that he feels that there is a need for public discussion of this very complex issue. He looks forward to working with Nudo and the medical community.

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Views from outside the Ryan listening session

U.S Rep. Paul Ryan held a series of listening sessions Tuesday in Kenosha County at which he detailed his vision of the federal budget and took questions from audience members.

The audience at the first session in Twin Lakes was supportive. The audience at his second appearance in Paddock Lake was more mixed.

In Kenosha, there were protesters out front. All three appearances had more people that wanted to attend than the rooms they were in could hold.

Freelance photographer Mike Gordon was not able to get inside the Madigrano Auditorium at Gateway Technical College, so he talked to some of the people outside. Here’s his video:

Meanwhile, does have extensive video from the Western Kenosha County sessions. It’s likely that Ryan’s statements were similar in Kenosha, even if the atmosphere was more charged.

Unifed School Board lowers credit requirement

Lowering the number of credits needed for high school graduation in the Kenosha Unified School District was approved by the School Board Tuesday.

A motion was made to reject the administration’s recommendation, but it failed for lack of a second. Another motion was made by board member Jo Ann Taube to accept the administration’s recommendation, and it was approved by a vote of 6 to 1, with board member Carl Bryan the sole dissenting vote.

Before the vote, board members raised questions and discussed other options.

Board member David Gallo said: “This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make. We have a responsibility to students and teachers, and also to the taxpayers. We need to save $5.9 million. What can we do? My wife is a teacher. I’ve got two kids in charter schools. What is the best scenario? The best is what’s on the table today. We will keep on improving.”

Nuzzo said, “I learned a lesson in life, and that is that life is not fair.”

Currently students must earn 26 high school credits to graduate and complete four credits in the academic areas of English, math, science and social studies. The new standard is 23 credits including four English, three Math, three Social Studies and three Science credits. Students earning a diploma with honors distinction would be required to complete 4 credits of advanced placement courses during their sophomore, junior and senior year. Maximum credit attainment will be 28.


Units responding to report of crash in Somers

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At 2:50 p.m., units from Somers Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Department are responding to a report of a crash in the 900 block of Highway 31, Somers.

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Unified board passes budget assumptions

The Kenosha Unified School Board Tuesday night passed a set of budget assumptions based on anticipated greatly reduced revenue due to potential changes in the state budget.

The budget passed unanimously. However, it could change. “We don’t have to make decisions until the levy is passed in September/October,” School Board President Mary Snyder said. At this point, the district is working with $557 less per student, and with 23,000+ students in the district, resulting in an unprecedented cut in funding. Snyder urged the public to do their research and come to meetings.

People certainly did come to Tuesday’s meeting.

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Boating safety course offered

Are you angling to get on the water?  Are you buying a boat or have you recently purchased one? Do you want to take your family and friends out on the water? Want to be prepared for the unexpected?  Were you born after 1 January 1989?  If the answer to any of those question is “YES”,  you will be well served by taking a safe boating course; and if your under 23 years of age you are required to complete a safety course.

To meet this requirement and ensure you have a safe as well as fun time on the water the U.S.C.G. Auxiliary is offering the 9 hour course:  About Boating Safely (ABS) on three consecutive Thursday’s beginning May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gander Mountain, 6801 120th Ave., Kenosha.

ABS is an exciting and highly interactive boating safety course.  Included in are:  Boating Laws, Personal Safety Equipment, Safe Boat Handling, Basic Navigation, Boating Problems, Tailoring and Storing your Boat, and more.

Also, if you have a Jet Ski in the family and a young operator (12 years or older) they must have this course to operate even with an adult on board.

So, if you’re looking forward to putting your boat in the water in a few weeks, start preparing today with a Boating Safely Course. Your investment will be $30/person and $20/person for each additional family member.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling Tim Caufield at 262/ 492-6479 or emailing him at

Ryan announces larger venue for Kenosha visit on Tuesday

Paul Ryan

With Congress at the forefront of the news — and he individually among the most high profile congressmen right now — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has announced larger venues for some of his listening sessions scheduled for this week — including Kenosha.

Ryan will be appearing at Gateway Technical College’s Madigrano Auditorium, 3520 30th Ave. from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Tuesday

Earlier in the day he will making stops in Twin Lakes and Paddock Lake.

Ryan said he decided to use larger venues in some instances, like Kenosha, to accommodate expected larger crowds.

“Having these meetings in larger venues provides an opportunity for more individuals to join the conversation about how Congress can reduce our debt, rein in out of control spending, and put in place a plan for economic growth and job creation,” Ryan said in a prepared statement.

Hours restored to tavern

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The Kenosha Common Council on Monday restored normal operating hours to Gerolmo’s Tavern, located at 2506  52nd St.

An amended order on the hours was approved 13 to 2, with Alderpersons Theodore Ruffalo and Anthony Nudo voting against.

The council went into closed session for about 15 minutes to discuss the amended order with respect to a  recurring pattern of disorderly conduct at Gerolmo’s.  Owner Mary Ann Sacripanti appeared before the council to answer any questions.

The amended order was recommended by the council’s Licensing & Permit Committee last week.

The tavern had been restricted to closing at 10 p.m. It will now be able to stay open until 2 a.m.

Units responding to report of rollover crash

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At 12:15 p.m., sheriff’s deputies and Somers Fire Department are responding to a report of rollover crash in about the 1000 block of Sheridan Road (Highway 32), Somers.

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School Board committees discuss 2011-12 budget reductions

If you think the changes in the Kenosha Unified School District budget for next year aren’t getting a lot of discussion, think again.

Superintendent Michele Hancock opened Wednesday’s budget meeting with the statement that there have been 18 meetings and 90 hours spent since December on the zero-based budgeting process. “With $577.84 per student less than last year, we need to be fiscally responsible and work on the transformation process,” Hancock said. “We either need to increase taxes or take budget reductions. We plan to be better tomorrow than today; we don’t plan to be finished.”

With that, Sheronda Glass, assistant superintendent of business, and Ronald Vavrik, CPA, interim chief financial officer, took the audience of a full board room, and several overflow rooms, through their presentation. A handout was provided to audience members with the district’s projected budget position as of yesterday. Required revenue budget assumptions were listed showing $19,304,471 as the initial projection of a revenue decrease. The decrease is comprised of:

Secondhand shop gets dealer license

The application of  Bonnie Mirkiewicz, for a secondhand article dealer license for her shop, Forever Grateful consignment boutique and art gallery, located at 5000  Seventh Ave., was approved by the Common Council Monday night pending the payment of the $72 re-inspection fee.

Mirkiewicz gave a passionate speech explaining she is a person of integrity and that she had no intention to break any of the city’s ordinances. She invited all of the Common Council members to come and visit the beauty in her shop, where it’s “God first, people second, and finances third.” Her business is based on kindness. She spoke of holding monthly “fireside chats” on depression, alcohol and cocaine dependence, bipolar disorder, etc., to help educate the people of Kenosha on these issues. Her shop will be supporting five charities, three of which are here in Kenosha. Artists who display their work in her shop touch lives with art; she touches people with her heart. She begged the Council to allow her to re-open.

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Public entertainment license denied for rec club

The application of Yolanda Green-DeRosier for a public entertainment license located at the Children’s Recreational Club DF8, at 3010 Roosevelt Road, was denied by the Kenosha Common Council Monday night.

Alderperson Ray Misner said whenever kids are involved with alcohol, it raises concerns with the police department, staff, etc. He still believes that there is a level of confusion with the owners’ thinking. He wanted the assurance of the applicant that no alcohol would be present at the location at all.

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Units responding to crash in Pleasant Prairie

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At 12:46 p.m., units from Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of a crash in the 11300 block of 47th Avenue, Pleasant Prairie.

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Kenosha Common Council passes social hosting ordinance

The Kenosha Common Council last night unanimously passed an ordinance designed to address underage drinking in their community.

This “social hosting” ordinance (Section 11.025 of the Code of General Ordinances for the City of Kenosha, Wisconsin) more clearly delineates parent/guardian/party host legal responsibility as it pertains to underage drinking gatherings. It also defines who can be held responsible when underage drinking occurs, and defines “residence, premises, public or private property” as those areas pertain to underage drinking gatherings. This ordinance closely mirrors the social hosting ordinance that has been in force in Manitowoc; one that is considered a “model”, and that is being replicated at numerous municipalities throughout the state.

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Committee recommends extension of hours for disciplined tavern

A 90-day review of the disciplinary hearing for Gerolmo’s Tavern, 2506 52nd St. was performed at the Licensing & Permit Committee meeting last Monday.

The business’ owner Mary Ann Sacripanti appeared in front of the Committee. Both the Chief of Police John Morrissey and the Asst. Chief Bill Bridges stated that the number of police calls has drastically been reduced since the orders were put in place last November.

There was only one call recently, on March 24 where Police Officer Shawn Morton was dispatched to the tavern. There was a report of a “large crowd;” the police officer arrived at the tavern to find 3-4 people out in the alley smoking. Since he was aware of the order of the back door not being used after 8 p.m., he then filmed the activities using the squad video. Patrons were coming outdoors to smoke and then going back inside.

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Cub Scout Pack 570 to host join us meeting May 13

Cub Scout Pack 570 (Jeffery and Whittiers schools) will host a join us meeting for boys in kindergarten through fourth grade on Friday, May 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Lake Andrea Picnic Area 5 (across from the beach house), 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie

At the meeting boys will be able to see what Scouting is all about and fun!

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Area under wind advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for an area of  Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The advisory began at 10 a.m. and continues to 10 p.m. Winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 top 50 mph are forecast.

The NWS warns that high profile vehicles — especially on north-south roads — may experience buffeting winds. Minor tree damage and power interruptions also are possibilities.

There’s also a 90 percent chance of rain today, a 100 percent chance of rain tonight and an 80 percent chance of rain Saturday.

Units responding to Somers Elementary School

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At 11:10 a.m., Somers Rescue is responding to Somers Elementray School for a report of a person having chest pains.

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Somers Community United Church of Christ to host fundraiser

Somers Community United Church of Christ, 9918 12th Street (Highway E and 100th Avenue) is having a Birthday Luncheon fundraiser on May 7 beginning at noon.

Tickets are $12 per person and you can call 859-2540 to reserve your tickets.

This event has been held at Somers Church for many years.  The 12 tables representing the months are beautifully decorated and the lunch is always tasty.  There is also a raffle of a homemade quilt and hanging baskets.

Deal of the Day: $100 Epic Audio gift certificate for half price

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Our offering today is from Epic Audio, 635 58th St., Kenosha,  262-764-0280. Epic Audio’s mission is simple: to provide the best high-fidelity components available at prices designed to fit any budget. They are an authorized dealer for such outstanding audio product lines as PS Audio, Quad, Cambridge Audio, Wadia, Creek, Epos, Music Hall, KEF, Harman-Kardon, Shanling and more.  They also offer the best used gear available, fully-tested and with a 60-day warranty on all pieces except digital players. Owner Craig Swanson would love for you to see — and hear– his store’s equipment. He has a sound solution for every budget. We are offering a $100 gift certificate for $53 ($3 processing fee). The certificate will be valid for six  months from purchase on any merchandise Epic Audio handles. Full description of Deal of the Day conditions is available here. Click the button below to buy the Deal of the Day.

Secondhand shop will have to reapply for license

Paula Blise, the City’s Zoning Coordinator, spoke at the Licensing & Permit Committee Meeting Monday regarding the application of Bonnie Mirkiewicz, for a Secondhand Article Dealer License, for the shop Forever Grateful, located at 5000 Seventh Avenue.

The shop has not received its certificate of occupancy yet. Blise observed that they were operating last Wednesday, and they were still open Monday.

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Proposal to lower graduation credit requirement gets extensive discussion

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An administration proposal to reduce the number of credits needed for high school graduation in the Kenosha Unified School District was discussed in a marathon set of meetings Tuesday night.

And yet there will be more discussion of the proposal, which is being raised as a way to address the funding shortfalls the district is anticipating due to changes in the state budget. On Wednesday, April 20, a special School Board budget meeting will be held. After that meeting, committee members will be presented with information on the financial impact of the changes. They will then be able to discuss and ask questions and make their recommendation to the full board to go forward or go back to the drawing board. The regular Board Meeting will then take place on Tuesday, April 26.

Currently students must earn 26 high school credits to graduate and complete four credits in the academic areas of English, math, science and social studies, according to a statement by superintendent Michelle Hancock included with the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.  The new recommendation is 23 credits including four English, three Math, three Social Studies and three Science credits.  Students earning a  diploma with honors distinction would be required to complete 4 credits of advanced placement courses during their sophomore, junior and senior year.

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Committee approves rec club entertainment license, but with concerns

Yolanda Green-DeRosier applied for a public entertainment license for the Children’s Recreational Club DF8, located at 3010 Roosevelt Road.

Her husband appeared on her behalf at the Licensing & Permit Committee Meeting Monday.

DeRosier answered questions from the committee about the couple’s business plan. The activities held at the club include comedy shows, bands, Teen Nights, kids’ dances, talent shows, etc. On the weekends, the club rents out the hall for birthday parties, weddings, etc.

Alderperson Ray Misner, chairman of the committee, said he would like to see that the business is successful; however, he has his reservations on the alcohol. He would like to hear that alcohol will not be a part of the business at all. Misner wanted him to support one or the other: the kids or the banquet hall. Of course, Misner said, that city officials don’t want vacant buildings in the city, but, they also don’t want alcohol associated with children.

Police Chief  John Morrissey said that he believes that Steve Bostrom, the alderperson of the district, was opposed to this establishment having anything to do with alcohol.

Alderperson Larry Green also stated that he can support the application, but not the alcohol.  “I’m getting the wrong feeling from you, ‘trying’ no alcohol, and then reverting back if that didn’t work,” Green said. He expressed his concern about the alcohol being present (even if locked up) and the kids.

The Committee voted 3 to 1 to support the application for the kids’ activities, unless issues are reported. Again, the committee expressed strong opposition to alcohol at this business. Alderperson Patrick Juliana voted no on the application.

This item will be on the agenda for the Common Council meeting next Monday, April 18, for final approval.

Disclosure of health care costs law gets first discussion

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An ordinance being proposed by a Kenosha alderperson that would require disclosure of health care costs got its first round of public discussion in committee Monday night.

At the Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting, Alderperson Anthony Nudo discussed his proposed ordinance.

“This is a broken system,” Nudo said. “I am trying to infuse capitalism and free market principles into a broken system.”

Nudo said he is going to meet with Ric Schmidt , president and CEO of United Hospital System, to get Schmidt’s feedback on the proposed ordinance in the next day or two. Schmidt was supposed to be at Monday’s meeting, but had a staff meeting to attend.

Nudo said he has heard it said that if this ordinance was enacted, doctors would flee the city. He highly doubts that, he said.

“Many insurance companies don’t cover cosmetic surgery,” Nudo stated. “Lasik eye surgery is a perfect example. Through competition, the cost has come down, and the quality has increased. Dentists are good at disclosing prices before performing actual services.”

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Gateway Elkhorn campus to host deaf culture day

Gateway Technical College’s student group, The Silent Connection, will host the Ninth Annual Deaf Culture Day 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 in Room 112 and the student commons of Gateway’s Elkhorn Campus, 400 County Road H.

The annual event is held to honor deaf culture in America and to bring hearing and deaf cultures together in an effort to break down communication and cultural barriers. Organizers also hope it will increase education and awareness of deaf culture.

The event will feature:

  • This year’s honoree Bette Mentz-Powell.
  • The Sing Song Troupe from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.
  • Several vendors with deaf-related resources.
  • A game of Jeopardy.

The event is free and the public welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Mary Mair,, or Alyson Urdahl,