Units responding to dumpster fire in Kenosha

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At 9:51 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a dumpster fire in the 1400 block of 60th Street, in Kenosha.
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Wind chill advisory issued

cold-older-man-istockThe National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for an area of Wisconsin including Keosha County.

The advisory will be in effect from late tonight through Tuesday morning.

The combination of low air temperatures and wind could produce wind chills from 20 to 30 below zero.

Units responding to car vs. pedestrian crash in Kenosha

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At 5:20 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to 60th Street and 20th Avenue, in Kenosha, for a report of a car versus pedestrian crash.

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Friends of the Kenosha County Dog Parks to host meeting Wednesday

dog-park-committee-mascot-web-cropThe Friends of the Kenosha County Dog Parks invite everyone with an interest in improving the Kenosha County off-leash dog parks to a committee meeting on Wednesday, January 23, starting at 6:30 pm at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 75th St, Bristol, in Conference Room A.

For more information, contact the Kenosha County Parks office, 262-857-1869.

Tree branches down on Highway H

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At about 9:24 p.m., a Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputy is reporting tree branches down on Highway H near Highway L, in Somers.

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Units responding to crash at Green Bay and 52nd St

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At 9:11 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash at 52nd Street and Green Bay Road in kenosha.

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Units responding to report of porch fire in Kenosha

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At 8:48 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a porch fire in the 1700 block of 74th Street, in Kenosha.

UPDATE 8:49 p.m. — Police officers report fire is mostly out, dispatch reports.

UPDATE 8:52 p.m. — Most units are clearing the scene.

UPDATE 8:57 p.m. — Command terminated.

“Around the Corner with John McGivern”

McGivernThe City of Kenosha will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Around the Corner with John McGivern” on Milwaukee Public Television. The public is invited to attend a preview of the program, hosted by McGivern, at 7 pm on Monday, January 21st, at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 – 56th Street.

The program will be presented at 7 pm on Thursday, January 24th, on Channel 10. The show will be repeated at 8 pm on Friday, January 25th, on Channel 36.

McGivern, an Emmy-winning actor and broadcast personality, explores communities and neighborhoods in the area during a series of 13 half-hour shows this season. An interview with Mayor Keith Bosman is included in his
presentation on Kenosha. Other highlights include the area museums and businesses, the downtown district, charter fishing, and Velodrome bike racing.

Cold snap in forecast; wind advisory issued

coldman-sxc-Dave-Dyet-webThe temperature is forecast to be warm today — a high of 46. But that is way more pleasant sounding than it likely will be.

Starting tonight, the National Weather Service says the area will be in for a bit of cold — really cold considering recent experience — weather.

Tonight the low temp is forecast to be 9 degrees — a 37 degree drop from the high. There also is a wind advisory in effect from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday. Winds should be 25 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph.

The next few days after that look like more of the same:

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observance

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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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Briese’s Brew and Grill demolished

Briese’s Brew and Grill, at the corner of Highway E and 22nd Avenue, in Kenosha, is being town down.  Built in 1976, the restaurant and banquet hall was originally known as the Pub and Grub.  It also has been the home of other businesses, including Pepper’s and Brewmaster’s North, as well as Briese’s.

Below are some pictures and a video taken of the demolition in progress earlier this morning:

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Units responding to crash at Washington Road and 39th Avenue

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At about 3:55 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash at Washington Road and 39th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Northwoods League meeting

One of the team owners, Vern Stenman, addressing the crowd.

One of the team owners, Vern Stenman, addressing the crowd.

There were about 150 people present at the Northwoods League Baseball meeting, which was held tonight at the Civil War Museum.  Mayor Keith Bosman and members of the league signed the lease agreement.  Refreshments, including brats, popcorn, peanuts, soda, water, cotton candy, and bacon glazed doughnut cheeseburgers, were served.

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CVS Pharmacy license vote deferred to fix sales numbers

Licensing & Permit Committee PictureOn Monday night, the Licensing & Permit Committee met.  One of the agenda items was the application of Wisconsin CVS Pharmacy, LLC, for a beer/liquor license located at 3710 – 57th Avenue, in the 5th district.   The application requested that the license be effective on January 24, 2013.  Michael Martin, agent, was present, as well as the CVS district manager.

Alderperson Rocco LaMacchia, alderperson for the district, said that he was supportive of the application.  “They’ve installed card readers, gates, cameras.  The expensive liquor will be locked up,” he said.  Alderperson Anthony Kennedy pointed out the second page of the application.  The sales figures on the application stated that the stores does $140,000 in beer sales per month, as well as $251,000 in beer sales for the year.  The committee voted unanimously to defer the application to the next meeting to give the applicants a chance to amend these figures.  (If sales figures are not met, the committee has the authority to pull the license.)

Below is a summary of other agenda item votes:

  • Seven new operator’s (bartender) licenses were approved, some with demerit points attached; one was deferred.

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Play ball!

Northwoods_League_LogoThe Northwoods Baseball League is hosting a “Kenosha Baseball First Pitch” event this evening at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Avenue, in downtown Kenosha.  The public is invited to see the league’s plans for its Kenosha team, including renovations of Simmons Field.  The free program starts at 6:30 pm.

The event will feature music by our own K-Town Dixie Ramblers (for the first hour), children’s games and ballpark food — including something they call a “Bacon Glazer Doughnut Cheeseburger.”  There will also be popcorn, brats, peanuts, and cotton candy.

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Units responding to crash in Kenosha

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At about 9:45 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy is responding to a report of a crash at 52nd Street and 35th Avenue.

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Parking restrictions change

No Parking SignAt Monday night’s Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting, a proposed ordinance to repeal and recreate a subsection of the code of general ordinances was discussed to allow for exceptions to certain parking restrictions.  This had to do with public utility vehicles.

The ordinance change has to do with the parking of certain motor vehicles and equipment prohibited on the exterior of any residential property and on any public street, highway, alley, thoroughfare or right-of-way in any residential zoning district of the city.

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Units responding to crash on Green Bay Road

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At 1:16 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units and village police officers are responding to a report of a crash at 95th Street and Green Bay Road.

UPDATE 1:19 p.m. — One person reporting chest pain. Air bag deployed.

Disciplinary hearings ordinance change gets shot down

Disciplinary HearingsAt Monday’s Licensing & Permit Committee meeting, the proposed ordinance change sponsored by the committee was unanimously approved without the change that Alderperson David Bogdala, 17th district, first presented at the Common Council meeting last week.  To read what was discussed at that meeting, click here:  “Liquor License Quota Ends.”

Bogdala again brought up the language that had been discussed with Chairman Jesse Downing two weeks ago.  The amendment was to add the language, “or any other person where there is a contractual client relationship of trust or reliance.”  He cited the rationale as being the Supreme court decision.  The language comes from it.  He felt that was in the spirit of the ordinance.  He wanted to make sure someone had an actual relationship with the licensee being heard at the hearing.  He wanted it to coincide with the Supreme Court decision.  He felt that it would avoid undue litigation moving forward.

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Louisiana travelogue on Friday

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Another travelogue in the Kenosha Public Museum’s 76th annual season will be shown on Friday, January 18th, at the Reuther High School Auditorium, 58th Street and Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.  It’s entitled, “Hello Louisiana/Bonjour Louisiane, presented by Monty and Marsha Brown.  They will be narrating the digital presentation.  It starts at 7 pm, and it’s free and open to the public.

Other upcoming travelogues include:

  • February 8, 2013 – The Heart of San Francisco, by Sandy Mortimer
  • March 8, 2013 – Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Marlin Darrah
  • March 22, 2013 – The Great Trans-American Train Ride, by Doug Jones

A travelogue is a professional 90-minute presentation shown on a big screen with one intermission.  It documents interesting places around the world, describing art, music, architecture, culture, and history from a first-person perspective.  Travelogues are produced in an enhanced digital format and narrated live by the filmmaker.

Travelogues open the world for people of all ages, enhancing student classroom experiences and enabling adults to relive (or plan for) vacations and business trips around the world.

For more information, call (262) 653-4140, or visit:  KenoshaPublicMuseum.org.

Units responding to semi-truck on fire

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/Sam Abel photo

At 3:30 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a semi on fire in the 2800 block of West Frontage Road.  The fire is underneath the truck.

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Unified immunization deadline looming

The Kenosha Unified School District has made the following announcement regarding immunization and attendance:
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A word from our sponsors: TJ Tactical offering Wisconsin Concealed Carry Permit courses Jan. 19, 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. Classes are scheduled for Jan. 19 and 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 TJTactical@ymail.com.

Yield signs to go up on 70th Street

Yield signsEven though the alderperson of the district (8th district, Kevin Mathewson) requested stop signs be placed at three intersections, the Public Safety & Welfare Committee approved yield signs.  This was approved unanimously at the meeting yesterday.

The intersections in question are:

  • 35th Avenue and 70th Street;
  • 36th Avenue and 70th Street; and
  • 38th Avenue and 70th Street.

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Kennedy Park picked for handicapped accessible playground

DREAM PLAYGROUNDAt tonight’s Board of Park Commissioners meeting, Jeff Warnock, parks superintendent, stated that his recommendation for the location of Kenosha’s handicapped accessible playground is Kennedy Park.  Warnock said that he has worked with Tammy Conforti, the spearhead of the project, and they reveiwed three locations.  He and Shelly Billingsley, director of engineering, and Conforti took a ride to Port Washington to view the model for Kenosha’s playground in person.  That site is in a nice setting, on a bluff.  They wanted to try to duplicate it as much as possible and pick a lakefront location, one that would fit the footings of the playground.

South of the dead end of Washington Road was chosen so as not to block the sight of the lake, rather than the north side.  Homes are at street level there.    Other locations reviewed were Tot Park and Simmon’s Island.  “Of course,” said Warnock, the Park Commissioners would choose where it goes.  But, we felt that it was a centralized location, close to the museums, Scoops, Trolley Dogs, within walking distance,” said Warnock.

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Neighborhood Watch programs bring safety to communities

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http://www.nnwi.org/

This is the latest in a series of articles that will regularly appear on KenoWi.com from Kenosha Police Department crime prevention unit officers Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis:

“It works!” was the most common answer given by Neighborhood Watch (NW)  participants when asked why people of Kenosha should start an NW program in their neighborhoods.

“It’s also fun,” said Angie Howard, NW block captain.  “When our group gets together, it’s like having a party.  We have become such great friends.  Not only have we learned how to keep ourselves safe, but I now have another group of friends.”

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Units responding to report of gas line leak in Kenosha

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At 7:42 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a gas main leak  in the 6800 block of 24th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Kenosha Engine Plant II

More pictures were taken yesterday at the former Chrysler Kenosha Engine Plant, 5555 – 30th Avenue.  Most of the newest building is down now.  These pictures were taken off 60th Street:

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Mayor’s Youth Commission clothing drive

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http://www.mchenrycountyturningpoint.org

The City of Kenosha Mayor’s Youth Commission is sponsoring their third annual winter clothing and food drive from January 8th through the 15th, 2013. The group is seeking donations of new and gently used winter clothing for all ages, along with hygiene supplies, non-perishable food items and new undergarments.

Donation boxes are located at the following locations:

  • Piggly Wiggly, 7600 Pershing Blvd.
  • Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue
  • First Assembly Church, 10700 – 75th Street
  • Kenosha Public Library, 1500 – 27th Avenue

If you have questions or need assistance with donations, please contact Kimberly Voss at (262) 818-7077.

Units responding to crash in Kenosha

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At about 10:02 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash in the 1500 block of 22nd Avenue, in Kenosha.

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