News & Notes: April 10

April 10, 2012

17-year-old charged for making bomb threat

Franklin - Ross Alan Menken, 17, has been charged making a bomb threat at Franklin High School on March 29.

If convicted of the felony, Menken, of Milwaukee, could be fined up to $10,000 or face a 3½-year prison sentence or both.

According to the criminal complaint, a custodian at the school, 8222 S. 51st St., found a note on a wall in the boys restroom that read, "No school tomorrow … boom … bomb …"

The custodian contacted Superintendent Steve Patz, who cancelled school the following day, and the sheriff's department's bomb squad searched the school but found no bomb.

Surveillance cameras, however, showed Menken entering the restroom with a backpack, which is not allowed. Police interviewed a friend of Menken's who told them that Menken joked about the bomb scare. Menken later admitted to writing the note as a prank, the complaint said.

Brunelli family benefit to be held April 21

Greendale - A benefit for the Brunelli family will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 21 at Ray & Dot's Legion Post 416, 6351 W. Grange Ave.

The benefit will help the family offset medical bills incurred since Mark Brunelli was diagnosed with melanoma cancer. Because of his illness, Brunellis is unable to work and his wife has taken a leave of absence from her job.

Those unable to attend but want to contribute can make a donation with a check to Friends of Mark, Layton State Bank, 5850 Broad St., Greendale, WI 53129. Those who would like to donate a raffle prize for the fundraising benefit should call Julie McFaul, (414) 617-0506.

Greendale violin instructor receives CMA honors

Greendale - Pamela Simmons of Greendale, a private violin instruction, will receive the Civic Music Association Excellence in Studio Music Instruction Award at an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. May 2 at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 790 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee.

General admission is $10, with reduced admission of $5 for CMA Friends, students and seniors.

The Civic Music Association has presented its music educator recognition program since 1991. For more than 90 years, Civic Music Association has supported young musicians in the greater Milwaukee area and honored their teachers.

GHS teacher to participate in STARs fellowship

Greendale - Russell Craze, a high school teacher at Greendale High School, has been chosen to participate in the prestigious Siemens Teachers as Researchers fellowship program this summer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory.

Craze joins an elite group of just 40 middle and high school teachers from across the country selected.

The two-week STARs fellowship takes place July 8-20 and is designed to empower teachers to bring the excitement of authentic research into their classrooms and inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math education.

During the program, Craze, along with the other educators, will work alongside some of the nation's top scientists on short-term projects focused on the most current and innovative scientific research happening today. Each teacher will also receive a grant to purchase equipment and/or supplies for their classrooms.

Four from Oak Creek vying for Miss St. Francis

Oak Creek - Four Oak Creek residents are among the 2012 contestants in the 48th Annual Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant, to be held at 7 p.m. April 14 at St. Thomas More High School Auditorium, 2601 E. Morgan Ave., St. Francis.

The four, and their community sponsors, are: Abby Janiszewski (Eva's Bridal Center), Alexa Nommensen (Bella Grace Tanning Salon), Aryn Swann (St. Francis Brewery) and Desireé Zarnowski (St. Francis Lions Club.)

Miss St. Francis 1993 Kelly (Stone) Kuster will serve as emcee. Miss St. Francis 2008 Elyse Wojciechowski is guest vocalist.

The winner will succeed Tonya Popowski, Miss St. Francis 2011 and top 10 finalist at Miss Wisconsin. Scholarships will be offered to all participants, with the winner receiving $2,000 to the school of her choice and the opportunity to compete at the 2012 Miss Wisconsin Pageant in June.

Advance sale general admission tickets are $12 and are available at the St. Francis City Hall during business hours, from the contestants or by contacting David Goltz at (414) 483-8353. Tickets purchased at the door will be $15.

Spring preschool offered at Franklin High School

Franklin - Franklin High School Child Development II students will sponsor a preschool in May.

The first session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 1 to May 4, 7, 8, 10 and 11. The cost is $25. The second session will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 10, 14 and 16. The cost is $15.

Children should be between the ages of 3½ and 5 years of age. They may enroll in both sessions.

The class will include play time, large and small group activities, a snack and story time. To register or for more information, contact Mrs. Champion at (414) 817-3628

VFW president to visit area to meet members

Greendale - Gwen Rankin, the national VFW Auxiliary president, is the guest of honor at a 5 p.m. April 14 tailgate-style dinner at the American Legion Hall, 6351 W. Grange Ave.

It is the first time Rankin has visited this area on behalf of the VFW, and the dinner will give her a chance to meet members as well as interested members of the public.

The cost of the dinner is $5, and it is open to the public.

Greendale Chamber accepting scholarship applications

Greendale -The Greendale Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its 2012 sholarship.

Upon qualification, one $1,000 non-renewable scholarship will be awarded to a 2011-12 high school senior who is a Greendale resident and planning to attend a four-year college/university this fall. This award will specifically target students who will major in business.

Those interested should complete the scholarship application form available on the Greendale Chamber of Commerce website,

All material should be submitted by April 16. For additional information, contact Lenore Lenten, Scholarship Committee chairperson, at (414) 421-1800, Ext. 4.

The mission of the Greendale Chamber of Commerce is to promote the business interests of Greendale and participate in community projects that enhance the quality of life in the village.

Franklin issues temporary open-burning ban

Franklin - Fire Chief James Martin has placed a temporary ban on all open burning due to dry and high wind conditions.

The ban applies to all, even those who hold a burn permit.

Anyone with questions about the ban and to find out when it has been lifted may call (414) 425-1420.

Area residents perform in 'Phantom of the Opera'

Franklin - Area residents Gina Herriges, Chloe Stirn, Joey Cheilius and Marisa Lindeen will perform in Pius XI High School's production of "Phantom of the Opera" at the Pabst Theater, April 19 to April 22.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Phantom of the Opera" brings Gaston Leroux's classic novel to life. The Tony Award-winning show set in the late 1800s tells the story of a masked figure who lives beneath the Paris Opera House, claiming it as his own through a reign of terror for all who work there.

After falling in love with a young soprano, the Phantom devotes himself to her and attempts to make the woman a star. The dark yet beautiful love story is the longest running show on Broadway and continues to be enjoyed throughout the world.

Tickets for Phantom of the Opera range between $12 and $35 and can be purchased by calling the Pius XI bookstore at (414) 290-8151.

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