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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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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observance


There will be a19th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration on Monday, January 21st, at 12 noon.  The celebration is called, “Reviving the Dream through Education.”  It will take place at the Gateway Technical College Kenosha Campus Madrigrano Auditorium, 3520 – 30th Avenue, in Kenosha.  Doors open at 11:15 am, and a reception will follow the program.  The keynote speaker will be Arthel Howell, chief of police of the city of Racine Police Department.

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TID approved by the City Plan Commission

Tax Incremental District (TID) #15 was unanimously approved last night at the City Plan Commission.  Three related agenda items were all approved for the property that represents the old KYF Building in Library Park, in downtown Kenosha.  The first had to do with designating the district as a blighted area.  As explained by Zohrab Khaligian, community development specialist, at least 50% of an area needs to be blighted and in need of rehabilitation, or be an industrial user, in order to be considered as a TID.  A video was presented of the inside of the building showing peeling paint, holes in the ceilings, the condition of the single rooms upstairs, etc.  Khaligian stated, “This building is no longer feasible to be used as a recreation facility.  It will require a lot of money to renovate this building.”

John Fox, a Kenosha resident and downtown business owner, stated that he was against this designation.  He stated that the building was in the same condition when it was bought.  The owner of the property across the street from the building also spoke against the TID.  He said that when he converted his building into apartments 8-1/2 years ago, he invested a lot of money with no help from the city.  He said that “the owner knew what he was buying when he bought the building.  The ceiling on the third floor was leaking.  The city is giving away all this money ($300,000).  It’s not fair.”

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City Plan Commission approves KYF project

Earlier tonight, the City Plan Commission met to discuss the $8 million project for the development of the old Kenosha Youth Foundation (KYF) Building across from Library Park in downtown Kenosha, located at 5800 – 7th Avenue.

Community development specialist Zohrab Khaligian said that $200,000 is being requested in Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) tax credits.  The developers will be back in one month (on December 6th) and will hold a formal public hearing, which will be properly noticed.

A joint review board will be set up made up of the four taxing authorities:  the city, the county, Gateway, and the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD).  It will then go before the Finance Committee and the Common Council in January.  For the next 27 years, they will agree to forgo the increased tax revenue from the development until the debt is paid off.

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Pleasant Prairie teaching gardens hosts harvest fest

A harvest fest made up entirely of produce from the RecPlex community learning garden was held last night at the RecPlex Beach Pavilion, across Lake Andrea from the RecPlex, 9900 Terwall Terrace, in Pleasant Prairie.  This was the Walk, Grow & Sow Community Learning Garden’s celebration of their spring and summer efforts.

Jenell Pluskota, wellness coordinator at the RecPlex, and Kate Field, Gateway’s horticulture instructor, served as hostesses for last night’s event.  Here is what the menu consisted of:  Italian marinated baked chicken, tomato and cucumber salad, opal basil-infused garden medley salad, spicy chickpea and sweet potato stew, veggie pizza, zucchini, tomato and rice casserole, bean salad, coleslaw salad, chocolate mint cantalope, brownies, herbal tea, and pomegranate cherry drink.  There were about thirty people in attendance.

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Gateway to host veteran’s job fair

Gateway Technical College will host a veteran’s job fair 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on July 18 in the Madrigrano Auditorium of the Conference Center on Gateway’s Kenosha Campus, 3520 – 30th Avenue. The event is a veterans-only job fair. Job fair attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes, pens and to “dress for success.” The event is sponsored by the Wisconsin State Division of Veteran’s Services.

For more information, please contact Ray Koukari at (262) 619-6712.

Ryan urged to “put faith back in politics”

At this afternoon’s listening session which took place at Gateway Technical College’s Madrigrano Auditorium before about 150 people, one person urged Paul Ryan to take a message back to Washington, D. C., with him.  The citizen offered a word of encouragement to Ryan, thanking him for holding listening sessions.  On this, the National Day of Prayer, this person repeated the words he had heard from the mayor of Racine earlier this morning, “It’s not so much what we say.  People watch what you do and how you vote.”  This person had served in the military for twenty years, both in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He quoted Ronald Reagan:  “We’re a great nation because we’re a nation under God.”  The citizen said that “we need the faith component back in.  Take that back to Washington, D.C.  I’m concerned with the increasing hostility to Christians.  Our first president, Washington, said ‘For God and country.’  Our money says ‘In God we trust.'”

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Unit responding to Gateway for possible seizure

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At about 12:35 p.m., a Kenosha Fire Department ambulance is responding to Gateway Technical College for a person that may be having a seizure.

Dispatch reports that person was in the Financial Aid Office.

Gateway motorcycle rider program to provide four free motorcycle and driver programs

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Gateway Technical College’s motorcycle rider program will provide four free motorcycle and driver programs designed to make roads safer through providing accurate tips and information on sharing the road, perception in traffic, group riding, and the “seasoned rider.” Sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in March at the Horizon Center for Transportation Technology, 4940 – 88th Ave., in Kenosha.

They include:

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Gateway to honor King award recipients

Olatoye Baiyewu of Racine, Veronica King of Kenosha, and Al Levie of Racine are the recipients of the 2012 Gateway Technical College Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.

The three will be honored at the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at noon on Monday, Jan. 16, in the Madrigrano Auditorium of the Conference Center on Gateway Technical College’s Kenosha Campus, 3320-30th Ave. The three were selected for exemplifying the daily principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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,

Eight apply for Gateway Technical College Board seats

Eight candidates have applied for the three Gateway Technical College Board seats up for appointment, including three who are seeking re-appointment to the board.

Current board members Pamela Zenner-Richards (Racine), Ram Bhatia (Racine) and Neville Simpson (Kenosha) are seeking re-appointment. Frederick Brookhouse (Pleasant Prairie), Erin Decker (Silver Lake), Fred Loomis (Kenosha), John Skalbeck (Pleasant Prairie) and Edward Potter (Mount Pleasant) are candidates, as well.

Appointments begin July 1 and end June 30, 2014.

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Gateway to host Earth Day event

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Gateway Technical College will hold its annual communitywide Celebrate Earth Day event 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 16 at Gateway’s Kenosha Campus, 3520 30th Ave.

The popular Earth Day celebration will include many hands-on demonstrations and informational opportunities to show attendees how they can positively impact the environment.

The first 750 families will receive a free reusable grocery bag, courtesy of event sponsor, Snap-on Incorporated. The event is free and open to the public.

Most activities take place inside. For complete, up-to-date event information see

Event highlights include:

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Units responding to car fire

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At 7:59 a.m., Kenosha police and fire units are responding to a report of a car on fire in the parking lot of Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave., Kenosha.

Flames were coming from under the hood. No one was inside the vehicle.

Gateway seeking applicants for board posts

The Board Appointment Committee for the Gateway Technical College District Board of Trustees has begun accepting applications from district residents seeking appointments to the board.

Deadline to apply for the appointment is noon, March 11.

Three seats will be open for appointment. Those holding the seats up for reappointment are Ram Bhatia, Neville Simpson and Pamela Zenner-Richards. The three-year appointments begin July 1, 2011, and end June 30, 2014.

Vacancies for three-year terms are one Kenosha County seat and two Racine County seats:

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Kenosha High School students compete in JA Business Challenge

Students teams from Tremper High School, Bradford High School, Indian Trail Academy, Harborside Academy and Wilmot High School competed in the Junior Achievement Challenge regional round held today at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha.

The Wilmot trio of Alexander Houghton, Keith Kaczor and Kaleb Martino prevailed on the business computer simulation program used for the competition.

The winning Wilmot team and the Harborside team of Joe Kiser, Michael Duratinsky and  Kendall Vega, which finished second in the top division, will advance to the state competition in Sheboygan. The first place team also won a $500 scholarship for each member.

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Gateway to host motorcycle rider program

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Gateway Technical College is hosting a series of free workshops aimed at providing road users, both drivers and motorcyclists, with useful and accurate tips and information on sharing the road, perception in traffic, group riding and “seasoned” rider motorcycle operation.

Gateway’s Motorcycle Rider program will provide four free motorcycle and driver programs designed to make our roads safer for everyone.

All sessions will be held 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in March at Gateway’s Horizon Center for Transportation Technology, 4940 88th Ave. For more information or to RSVP, please contact 564-3904 or

Sessions include:

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Gateway campuses to host financial aid sessions

How a student will pay for college is one of the many important questions today’s students need to address. With this in mind, College Goal Wisconsin – to be held at all three of Gateway’s campuses – can help students and potential students navigate the financial aid process with hands-on help by providing access to free information and financial aid experts.

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