Monthly Archives: October 2012

Public hearings on bus fare increase

There will be two public hearings next week on the proposed bus fare increases.  They will be held on Wednesday, November 7th.  The first will be from 8 to 9 am, and the second will be from 5 to 6 pm.  Both will take place at the Kenosha Transit Building, 4303 – 39th Avenue.

The proposed rate increases are:

Adults:  $1.50 to $1.75; Monthly Passes from $40 to $50;

Students:  $0.75 to $1.25; Monthly Passes from $24 to $35;

Elderly and Handicapped:  $0.70 to $1; Monthly Passes from $20 to $25.

If you can’t make it, but would like to make a comment, call (262) 653-4290, or e-mail:

Country Inn and Suites special needs Halloween 2012 event coverage

The Country Inn and Suites in Kenosha just west of I-94, hosted Halloween party and indoor trick-or-treat for adults and children with special needs on October 30th at the hotel.

The event was a Halloween celebration for those with special needs and their families. Participants dressed up in their favorite costumes and then trick-or- treated in a safe, accessible environment on the first floor of the hotel. Area businesses and organizations (including and sponsored rooms and provided fun stations for the trick-or-treaters. Food also was served for those participating.

This is the fifth year for the event at the Country Inn & Suites.

Click the link below to see more photos from the event:
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Volunteer opportunities at the museums

The Kenosha Public Museums are offering opportunities for highly motivated, energetic individuals interested in volunteering at the Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum, and Dinosaur Discovery Museum as interpreter/tour guides and outreach volunteers.

Interpreters guide school field trip groups, youth and college groups, senior civic groups and non-profit organizations through the museums during the week or on weekends.  Outreach volunteers also provide educational programs designed to bring the museum experience directly into area classrooms.

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EMS billing

The Public Safety & Welfare Committee met on Monday night to discuss items referred to them, and to review the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the Department of Community Development and Inspections.

The committee unanimously approved the first amendment to the agreement for professional services emergency medical service user fee billing services by and between the city and EMS Medical Billing Associates, LLC. Carol Stancato, the city’s finance director, stated that the city is going to begin using a new collection agency, which will help expand collections to the state’s Tax Refund Interception Program (TRIP). This is an added feature that should bring in more revenue. Eric Keifer from EMS Medical Billing said that there is $3 million ready to go to the TRIP program for the upcoming tax season. He expects that 10 to 12% of that amount will be collected. This is the amount that has accumulated since 2003. Every year will not have this large of an amount. Standard collections are approximately $800,000/year, with approximately $37,000 being collected. He said that he hopes to increase that to from $50,000 to $55,000/year. Alderperson Michael Orth wanted to know if this was included in this year’s budget, and Stancato said that it was partially included. She stated that she will go back and review it.

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Park meeting report

At yesterday’s Board of Park Commissioners meeting, the following items were acted upon:

  • The conditional use permit for a new public safety communication tower to be located at 6210 – 60th Street, in Nash Park, was approved unanimously. This is for a 313-foot tall tower with a 3-foot lightning rod on top. Ray Arbet, public works director for Kenosha County, said that he is “being cautiously optimistic that the tower can be started before the snow flies.” William Anderson, a resident, voiced his concerns about the traffic. He said that he was not objecting to the tower, just the location of the tower in the park. Alderperson Anthony Kennedy asked that staff review Anderson’s concerns about the driveway.

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Photos of waves from Sandy on Lake Michigan

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Plenty of people were heading to the Lake Michigan shoreline today in Kenosha County to catch a glimpse of what was predicted to be some pretty heavy wave action.

Here are some more photos from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick and others who have sent in photos to share:

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Pleasant Prairie cancels flood advisory

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As of 4:52 p.m., Pleasant Prairie has cancelled its flood advisory for the Lake Michigan shoreline area of the village:

Here’s the full press release from the village:

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Pleasant Prairie changes evacuation advisory to flood advisory

From Kenosha County Emergency Management:

The village of Pleasant Prairie is changing their evacuation advisory from 95th Street south to the Wisconsin/Illinois state line East of 3rd Avenue to a flood advisory from 110th Street south to the Wisconsin/Illinois state line East of 2nd Avenue. This change is due to lower than expected waves along the shoreline to this point. Sullivan weather has updated their forecast calling for waves of 4 to 8 feet along shore this afternoon and gradually diminishing on Wednesday. Approximately 3,000 sand bags have been filled and distributed. More sand bags are still being filled in case they are needed. No flooding or property damage has been reported at this time.

Here is Pleasant Prairie’s statement:
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Semi crash has 60th Street blocked

At 12:20 p.m., traffic is blocked on 60th Street at Highway H due to a semi tractor trailer that is on its side.

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Kenosha lakefront storm conditions update

As of about 9:30 a.m., the Division of Emergency Management of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Center is reporting no property damage or evacuation requests related to wind and high waves on Lake Michigan this morning.

Here is Emergency Management’s latest media statement.

Also, the Kenosha Police Department is reporting that the Coast Guard has closed the north pier at Kenosha’s lakefront.

Licensing & Permit Committee defers new ordinance change

At yesterday’s Licensing & Permit Committee meeting, the ordinance change sponsored by Alderperson Rocco LaMacchia, adding six new liquor licenses for the city, was deferred for two weeks for further city attorney review.  LaMacchia spoke on the proposal:  “This ordinance change was not drafted with any particular individual in mind.”

Chairman Jesse Downing then relayed the three caveats that are being considered for the ordinance:  1) That the fees associated with the license be directed to the Tavern Squad for enforcement issues; 2)That the alderperson of the district give their approval; and 3) That, with two violations, the license will be suspended, and with three violations, the license will be revoked.

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Wind advisory in effect for Kenosha County; snow showers tonight?

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for an area including Kenosha County until 7 p.m. today.

Our area could see winds of  25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph, according to the current forecast. It will be windier the closer you are to Lake Michigan.

The breeze could be almost as strong Wednesday, with winds to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

And for good measure, there’s a 20 percent chance of precipitation tonight and early Wednesday morning that could be snow showers.

Strawberry Creek Park not in CIP

At tonight’s Board of Park Commissioners meeting, reviewing the Park Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), Alderperson Kevin Mathewson asked a question about Strawberry Creek Park.  Apparently, the line item for that park is now $0.  Mathewson wanted to know why.  Alderperson David Bogdala also spoke on this issue.  He said that it was included in the 2012 – 2016 CIP, the line item for 2013 being $332,817.  Bogdala wanted an answer from administration.  He was hoping it was a mistake.

Mayor Keith Bosman said that, due to the wetland issues, extra funds were designated for the Southport Beach House, and certain other projects had to be moved down the road, and others had to be taken out altogether.  Bogdala said that he anticipated that response from the mayor.

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Pleasant Prairie advises voluntary evacuation for part of village due to storm effects

The village of Pleasant Prairie has identified a part of the village as an area for voluntary evacuation of homes due to the effects of dangerous high waves on Lake Michigan as well as accompanying high winds expected Tuesday as a result of Hurricane Sandy’s westward movement.

Here is the entire press release from the village:
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Emergency Management to open operations center for storm problems

Kenosha County Emergency Management is setting up an Emergency Operations Center to deal with any storm-related issues over the next couple of days.

Problems most likely will be near the Lake Michigan shoreline as high winds and waves as high as 18 feet are expected.

Here’s the press release:

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Units responding to oven fire in Kenosha

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At 4:01 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding for a report of a fire in an oven in an apartment in the 5300 block of 35th Street, in Kenosha.

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City, National Weather Service warn of severe storm along Lake Michigan shore

Think Hurricane Sandy and its impact is an east coast story? Think again.

The city issued the following press release regarding effects of the storm right here at home:
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VFW Post 2751 dedicates Veteran’s Memorial in Somers

/Earlene Frederick photo

VFW Post 2751 in Somers dedicated their Veteran’s Memorial, recently constructed behind the Somer’s Municipal building, at a ceremony Saturday

The memorial cost bout $60,000 for three pavilions and concrete work. The post will take care of the flags at the memorial while the rest of the facility has been turned over to the town. The post conducted many fundraisers to pay for the memorial.

People can rent the pavilions. A now empty concrete pad is expected to one day have some sort of armament display. There also are trees yet to be planted.

The post retains rights to the site for Memorial Day and Veterans Day services.

Here are some more photos from the ceremony from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick:
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Public works committee budget review

The Tuesday night meeting was called to review the 2013 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Infrastructure and other items were reviewed. Mike Lemens, the city’s public works director, opened the meeting with a few introductory remarks. He said that “they are taking an approach similar to last year. They are being cautious with increases. They looked at their needs and where cuts could be made. They came in very close to administration’s target.

Lemens continued, “The CIP has presented some challenges with needs. The funding has increased over the five-year plan. Some areas have gone down a little. The mayor’s goal has been to increase funding on infrastructure needs, street work. Four major projects have been completed. With the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) work, resurfacing has definitely been needed.  It extends the amount of work that can be done. A reduction in street resurfacing equals out our borrowing.”

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Boo Fest at the Kenosha Public Museum

This afternoon, the Kenosha Public Museum featured a Halloween event called “Boo Fest.”   Children were able to make a trick-or-treat bag, and Day of the Dead puppets.  They also learned about their bones and about owl pellets, went on a scavenger hunt, and watched artist Paul Hoepner sculpt a mask.

The little girl on the right, Amanda Billerbeck, the Campfire Marshmallow,  wrote the poem on the left and colored the picture at the bottom left and presented it to the museum desk staff.

Here are some other pictures from the event:

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Deal of the Day: Cabana Tan $25 gift card half off

Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal! Full conditions available here.

Our offering today is from Cabana Tan in Paddock Lake. Cabana Tan Spa is dedicated to bringing you the most amazing tanning experience in all of SE Wisconsin! Their 3400 square foot facility offers 5 levels of Tanning, Airbrush Tanning, Laser Teeth Whitening, Massage Therapy and A Unique Boutique to shop in. The employees are educated in the indoor tanning industry and eager to customize the perfect tanning package or spa package just for you. Both single sessions and package deals are offered, along with a VIP Club for those year round tanners that want the absolutely lowest price possible with some really great benefits too! Cabana Tan’s private tanning rooms are designed to relax your mind while you achieve the perfect tan. Cabana Tan is open daily to accommodate your busy schedule and their commitment to cleanliness is unsurpassed. The offer today is for a $25 gift certificate for tanning beds only for $13.50 (includes $1.00 processing charge). Certificate expires 12-31-2012.

Vice president comes through Kenosha County on the campaign trail

Vice President Joseph Biden campaigns for the Democratic presidential ticket at UW-Parkside in Somers Friday. /Earlene Frederick photo

Vice President Joe Biden was campaigning Friday in Oshkosh and then in Somers at UW-Parkside.

Between the two appearances, he also had time for a quick stop at Mars Cheese Castle in Paris, specifically.

Here’s a story from about the Paris visit.

Here’s coverage of the UW-Parkside speech from WLS-TV.

Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha to hold orientation meeting in Kenosha Nov. 3

The Habitat for Humanity of Kenosha (HFHK) Family Selection Committee will hold its second Homeownership Program Orientation Meetings at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 30th, and at the Salem Community Library at 11 am on Saturday, November 3rd, and at the Curtis Strange Elementary School in Kenosha, also on Saturday, November 3rd, at 11 am.

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Southport Park meeting next week

The city of Kenosha Department of Public Works Park Division will host a public information meeting from 6 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 1st, as part of the process to develop a master plan for Southport Park, including the Southport Beach House.

The meeting will take place at the Oribiletti Center, 6900 – 18th Avenue.  The results from the first round of meetings, held in late September and early October, will be shared.  Concept plans have been developed for public input.

The concept plans will be placed on the city’s website following this meeting at

If you are unable to attend, but would like to submit your input, please contact Shelly Billingsley, P.E., City Engineer, for the city of Kenosha, Department of Public Works, at:  (262) 653-4149, or e-mail her at:

Miss America to return home for city’s Christmas tree lighting

The city has announced that Miss America will be home for the holidays in a big way this year.

From a press release:
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Safety meeting at the B&GC – Police chief says “Call, call, call”

Pictured are Police Chief John Morrissey, Alderperson for the 2nd district, Chris Schwartz, and Alderperson for the 7th district, Patrick Juliana


At tonight’s safety meeting which was held at the Boys & Girls Club, 1330 – 52nd Street, two alderpersons hosted.  Chris Schwartz, alderperson for the 2nd district, and Patrick Juliana, alderperson for the 7th district, were the two organizers for the meeting.  Police Chief John Morrissey was also in attendance, as well as Captain Edo Maccari, 2nd shift commander, Ron Francis, one of the crime prevention officers, and gang officer, Leo Viola.  About twenty citizens were in attendance.

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Units responding to crash involving sewer grate

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At about 9:10 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a single vehicle crash in at 80th Place and 25th Avenue, in Kenosha.

Dispatch says the crash involves a vehicle and a sewer grate.

Hope Council Pumpkin Roll Coverage

/Earlene Frederick photo

The third annual Hope Council Halloween Happening Pumpkin Roll took place Saturday at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell at Pennoyer Park, 3601 Seventh Avenue, in Kenosha.

The event included activities for kids, a costume contest, competition for community leaders, and an all-ages pumpkin roll.

Here are some more photos from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick:

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Units responding to rollover crash in Kenosha

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At 4:20 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and police officers are responding to a report of a rollover crash in the 7700 block of 70th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Deal of the Day: Heidi’s Bakery $10 gift card half off

Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal!

Our offering today is from Heidi’s Bakery, on Highway 50 (75th Street), Paddock Lake. At Heidi’s Bakery, their European trained bakers can prepare any ethnic specialty you might desire. Besides their famous Apple Cinnamon Loaf, customers enjoy King’s Crown which is German Pound Cake with a pastry dough wrapped around it. Other specialties include Pecan Stars, Pretzels, Rye Bread, Double Torte, Butter Cookies, German Apple Cheesecake and Raspberry Almond Slices. Stop by and enjoy the friendly, hometown atmosphere; you will be happy you did. Have an issue with a wheat allergy or celiac disease? Heidi’s offers scrumptious coconut macaroons and chocolate walnut cookies, and plans to increase their repertoire. The offered gift certificate is for $10 towards baked goods at the Paddock Lake location which we are selling for $5.75 (includes 75 cent processing). Full description of conditions is available here.It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!