March 29, 2017
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Signs of support for more preparation time for elementary school teachers are raised during Tuesday night's Kenosha Unified School Board meeting. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )

Kenosha Unified School Board gets an earful from students, teachers


Increased teacher prep time, strident calls for a sixth-grade honors program and characterization of the dress code policy regarding yoga pants as “gender oppression” took center stage Tuesday night at the Kenosha Unified School Board meeting.

Some 28 speakers paraded to the podium during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Teachers had the strongest and most visible presence, led by the Kenosha Education Association, their union, as they accepted Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis’ invitation to express their concerns directly to the board regarding the need for sufficient on-the-clock prep time.

Signs of support for more preparation time for elementary school teachers are raised during Tuesday night's Kenosha Unified School Board meeting. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )

Kenosha Unified School Board gets an earful from students, teachers


Increased teacher prep time, strident calls for a sixth-grade honors program and characterization of the dress code policy regarding yoga pants as “gender oppression” took center stage Tuesday night at the Kenosha Unified School Board meeting.

Some 28 speakers paraded to the podium during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Teachers had the strongest and most visible presence, led by the Kenosha Education Association, their union, as they accepted Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis’ invitation to express their concerns directly to the board regarding the need for sufficient on-the-clock prep time.

This semitrailer was struck by a train at 104th Street near 264th Avenue in Trevor Tuesday after becoming stuck on the railroad tracks. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Freight train strikes semitrailer


A freight train struck a semitrailer stuck on railroad tracks that run through a Trevor subdivision Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, a semi pulling a lowboy trailer hauling construction equipment became stuck and was struck by a train heading south on the Canadian National Railway tracks at 104th Street west of 264th Avenue.

The semi was on 104th Street, a narrow residential street that runs through the Sunset Oaks subdivision.

Star Rondeau of Marina Gardens serves split pea soup while Paul Greb grabs a spoon during last year's Bowls and Books. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

The soup’s still on at Wednesday’s Bowls and Books fundraiser in downtown Kenosha


The 17th annual Bowls & Books fundraiser will go on Wednesday — without organizer Judy Rossow.

Rossow, the event’s chairwoman, broke her hip while setting up for the annual event this week. She is in stable condition, but underwent surgery Tuesday.

“She has been working hard on this for six months, building the volunteer force that is already in place,” said volunteer Scott Holloway, who also works with Rossow at the Copy Desk printing shop.

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Background checks of spring election candidates


The Kenosha News performed background checks on all of the local candidates for office who will be on the April 4 ballot.

It included checks of the online state and federal court access sites, the state and federal sex offender registries and the county property database.

Items listed include criminal charges and convictions, drunken-driving offenses noted in online court record databases, evictions, unpaid property taxes, state tax delinquencies and, from within the past 10 years, personal bankruptcy filings, foreclosures and unsatisfied money judgments of more than $1,000.

News briefs: Pregnant woman’s assault leads to arrest

SOMERS — A 31-year-old man was arrested after he was seen reportedly punching a woman in the head and face while she screamed, “Stop, I’m pregnant.”

When Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene in the 100 block of Second Avenue, they pounded on the door of the apartment for about five minutes, according to the report, before a woman who appeared to be eight or nine months pregnant opened the door. She was crying and had dried blood on her face.

The woman said the man had fled out the back door. However, deputies found him hiding under a bed.

Kenosha Fire Chief Richard Thomas is shown at his desk shortly before retiring in 1999. ( submitted photo )

Former Kenosha fire chief remembered fondly


A firm, fair and compassionate leader with a great workplace demeanor — that’s how colleagues were remembering former Kenosha fire chief Richard Thomas on Tuesday.

Thomas, a member of the Kenosha Fire Department for 35 years and chief from 1991 to 1999, died Sunday. He was 75.

“We had a tremendous working relationship,” said Richard Bosanko, retired assistant fire chief. “He was a fun guy to work with.”

Sheet metal fabricator moving to Bristol

An Antioch, Ill., sheet metal fabricating company will relocate to Kenosha County, bringing its 25 current employees with it, and looking to future expansion.

Prestige Metal Products has purchased an 85,000-square-foot building near the intersection of 193rd Avenue and 83rd Street in Bristol. The company fabricates sheet metal, including stainless steel, parts for use in the the food and pharmaceutical industries, and other diverse applications, such as rail car components.

Presitge Metal Products purchased a building that had been owned by Cincinnati-based Home City Ice Co., for $2.35 million. Some of the space has been leased to other tenants for the time being.

The Wilmot Union High School ProStart culinary team competes in the state event recently. ( submitted photo )

Celebrations lead into spring break for rural schools


Rural Kenosha County schools are on spring break this week. But, students were so busy in the week leading up to their well-deserved time off, that Homeroom has plenty to highlight.

Several celebrations of achievement took place throughout the county. Riverview held its first Curriculum Showcase, the Salem School Celebration included a “synchronized swimming” skit performed by male teachers, and Paris School celebrated the culmination of its annual Literacy Unit.

Halls and classrooms were filled with activity as students in four-year-old kindergarten through eighth-grade showed off their projects and took part in joint learning activities, Riverview Director of Learning and Curriculum Sarah Lindh, said.

GO Events: Country rock autism benefit set for Saturday

KENOSHA — A “Country Rocks for Autism” event takes place 5 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Duke’s Country Saloon, 2324 18th St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Autism Solution Pieces as part of Autism Awareness Month in April.

The Jackie Brown Band will perform at 5 p.m., and DJ Mike Kelley will take over at 8 p.m.

Cost is $5. All proceeds will go toward treatments, therapies, camps and social activities for individuals with autism.

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Family Dollar robbed Monday evening


A man wearing a mask and gloves robbed a Kenosha dollar store Monday evening.

A witness called police about 8 p.m. after seeing a man in a mask and gloves standing near the cashier at Family Dollar, 2027 22nd Ave. The witness told police she heard the man saying “all of it, put all of it in the bag, all of it.” The witness mouthed “robbery?” to the cashier, who nodded. The witness then walked out of the store and called 911, and soon after saw the man sprint from the store and flee the area on foot.

When Kenosha Police arrived, store employees confirmed the story. The cashier said the masked man walked into the store and to the counter and said “This is a robbery, give me all of your money.” He then displayed what appeared to be the handle of a handgun. Another store employee also saw the man, but did not see the weapon. The employee handed over cash, which the man put into a bag he had brought with him.

Ald. Kevin Mathewson speaks at a January Kenosha Unified School Board meeting. Mathewson announced this week that he will be moving out of his district and stepping down as alderman. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Mathewson to move out of district


This article has been revised since its original posting.

The Kenosha City Council will soon have an open seat.

Ald. Kevin Mathewson, who represents Kenosha’s 8th District, said he will move out of his district in late summer and into a home in the village of Somers. He will not be able to serve on the council after when he moves.

Event briefs: Make crafts Thursday at library

SALEM LAKES — A spring break “Crafternoon” for ages 5-12 will be 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Community Library, 24615 89th St., Salem Lakes.

Participants can make different craft projects.

Registration is required. For more information, call 843-3348 or go to

From left, D.J. Topel, Justus Wilhoit and Alec Schabowsky enjoy a slide show with fellow Brompton Interact Club members during an induction ceremony for the club Monday evening. The service club is the first of its kind in Kenosha. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )

Kenosha’s first Interact Club brings service projects to Brompton School


Students at the Brompton School are getting a crash course in public service — and making a real difference.

More than 30 adolescents are involved in the school’s new Interact Club, a program designed and sponsored with Kenosha Rotary West.

The Brompton School, 8518 22nd Ave., is a Kenosha Unified School District charter school for grades K-8, but Interact targets students ages 12-18.

Riverview School in Silver Lake weighs starting 3K program

SILVER LAKE — Riverview School in Silver Lake could be the first elementary school in Kenosha County with a kindergarten program for 3-year-olds.

The school is registering participants through April 21 to gauge interest, according to Sarah Lindh, director of teaching and learning. Institution of the program is dependent on enrollment numbers and School Board approval.

"The goal of the 3K program will be to create a love for learning, while developing the whole child — socially, emotionally and academically," Lindh said.

Students from Brass Elementary School dash across 63rd Street near 14th Avenue after dismissal Monday afternoon. While there is currently no crossing guard at the intersection, a city committee voted Monday to put an adult guard there. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )

Preliminary OK given for additional crossing guard near Kenosha’s Brass Elementary School


Brass Community School is in line to get another adult crossing guard.

The Kenosha Public Safety and Welfare Committee voted Monday to relocate a guard from 75th Street and 10th Avenue, near Southport School, to 63rd Street and 14th Avenue, near Brass School.

The vote was unanimous. If the Kenosha City Council approves the move next month, the change would take place immediately and would not increase costs.

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News briefs: Memorial service set for UWP coach


SOMERS — A memorial service for former University of Wisconsin-Parkside wrestling coach Jim Koch begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the De Simone Gymnasium at the school, 900 Wood Road.

A visitation will take place noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s Sports and Activity Center.

Private interment will take place in Sunset Ridge Memorial Park.

First Step Services Inc., 1017 63rd St., is no longer open during the day. It is now open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. to house the homeless. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

First Step halts daytime service for Kenosha’s homeless


First Step Services is closings its doors during daytime hours, hoping to placate neighbors and city officials in the hope of savings its license.

The organization, which since 2003 has provided a place to stay, food and support services for homeless people, will go before the city April 10 for a hearing on its shelter license renewal.

“Basically what I’m trying to do is make a compromise with the neighbors to keep everyone happy and still be able to serve our homeless,” said Tracy Krisor, First Step’s founder and chief executive.

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Elementary teachers say adequate preparation time is lacking in Kenosha Unified School District


Teachers plan to address the Kenosha Unified School Board Tuesday about a lack of preparation time.

They say their current planning time on Fridays is consumed by professional development and learning sessions, taking away time to prepare lesson plans and address the needs of their students.

“I feel that each year more of our valuable independently led prep time is being controlled so that we are not able to collaborate on items that will best meet the needs of our students,” teacher Jennifer Kahle said in a press release issued by the Kenosha Education Association, the district’s teachers union.

Second Kenosha man charged in overdose death

A Kenosha man was charged Monday with reckless homicide for allegedly providing drugs to a man who died of an overdose.

Bruce S. Lakes Jr., 30, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide, party to a crime, in the Oct. 2 death of Shane Bork of Kenosha.

A second man, Michael Langston, 24, of Kenosha, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide on Jan. 13 for Bork’s death. Both men are believed to have provided drugs that led to the overdose.

Kenosha Symphony Orchestra Music Director Dr. Robert Hasty conducts the performance of Peter and the Wolf in front of fifth graders at the Reuther High School Auditorium in April. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

Community Connection: Kenosha Symphony aims to enrich community


The featured organization in this week’s Community Connection is the Kenosha Symphony. Secretary Elizabeth Tercek provided the answers.

What’s the mission of your organization?

The Kenosha Symphony believes on an intrinsic level that access to the arts and great music is essential to enriching the quality of life for our citizens.

Power and communication services were knocked out to more than 800 customers Monday afternoon, after a vehicle struck a utility pole on the corner of 45th Street and 39th Avenue. Among the affected customers were the Kenosha Unified Educational Support Center and several schools. ( SEAN KRAJACIC )

Schools without power, phones following afternoon crash


A crash at the intersection of 39th Avenue and 45th Street Monday afternoon knocked out power and phone service to a significant portion of the surrounding area — including several schools and the Kenosha Unified School District’s Educational Support Center.

The affected schools included Edward Bain School of Language and Art, Brass, Jefferson, Wilson and Curtis Strange elementary schools, Lincoln Middle School and Bradford High School.

“Principals moved quickly and worked with teachers to get students to areas with well-lit windows, and they just continued the day,” said Unified spokeswoman Tanya Ruder. “When the lights come back on, we moved back to the classrooms.”

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11 contestants ready for Miss Kenosha Pageant Saturday


The 2017 Miss Kenosha Pageant is 7 p.m. Saturday St. Joseph Catholic Academy’s Upper Campus.

The pageant will include appearances by Joya Santarelli (Miss Kenosha 1998 and Miss Wisconsin 2000), Tori Bogren (Miss Kenosha 2014), Kristina Maloney (Miss Florida 2011) and Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss (Miss Kenosha 2010, Miss Wisconsin 2011 and Miss America 2012).

Tom Karnes will serve as master of ceremonies.

Mohammad Bawani, left, talks with Kathy Misun, left, and Rita Kauffman during the small group discussion portion of an interfaith seminar hosted by the American Albanian Islamic Center, 6001 88th Ave., on Sunday. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Faiths come together at Kenosha mosque


The most diverse representation of faiths made its presence known Sunday night in Kenosha at the oldest registered Islamic center in the state.

More than 150 people gathered at the Albanian American Islamic Center, 6001 88th Ave., for the first-of-its-kind “interfaith seminar.”

But more than a seminar, the convergence of faiths — including Christian, Jewish, Baha’i and Muslim — brought diverse members of the community to stand together. The event was co-sponsored by the center, Kenosha Young Progressives Coalition and Congregations United to Serve Humanity.

News briefs: ‘Tired’ man cited for shoplifting

SALEM — A Kansasville man was cited after he reportedly attempted to shoplift 10 energy drinks from a local convenience store Friday afternoon.

The 29-year-old was cited for retail theft in the 3:34 p.m. incident at the Brass Ball Mobil station, 25406 75th St., according to a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department report.

A store clerk reviewing video surveillance footage discovered the theft, according to the report. The suspect was located at his workplace, where he admitted to the deputy that he took them because “he had no money and was tired,” according to the report.

Diane, right, smiles as she receives a meal from C.J. Ricciardi at her home on Thursday as part of the Meals on Wheels program. Many fear proposed funding cuts could hurt the program. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Proposed budget cuts could endanger Kenosha County Meals on Wheels, other senior-help programs


The meal Diane, 79, gets delivered to her door each day provides needed nutrition, her daughter Lucretia, of Pleasant Prairie, said.

"I feel good knowing she is getting at least one good, balanced meal per day," Lucretia said.

But the Kenosha County Meals on Wheels program is about more than just the food, she said.

Robin Shiels, owner of Robin's Nest Cakery, frosts cupcakes at her business, 621 56th St. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Snapshot: Owner of Kenosha cakery expands, offers classes


Robin Shiels owns and operates Robin’s Nest Cakery, 621 56th St., in downtown Kenosha, which is a custom cake, cupcake and pastry baking business.

The former mortgage loan officer decided to switch careers after the economic downturn in 2009.

Q. How did you first get interested in doing this?

Marcia Siehr with the Kenosha Public Library shows the Hoopla app on the Google Play Store for Android. Library patrons can borrow up to eight items a month on their mobile devices with immediate access with Hoopla. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Hoopla allows Kenosha library patrons to stream movies, books, music


Kenosha Public Library is offering more than just books — and you don’t have to go to the library to get it.

The library system has adopted a new service allowing patrons to stream audiobooks, comics, music and movies for free.

Hoopla — available on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon — allows people with valid Kenosha library cards to stream or download up to eight digital titles per month for free. The service operates similar to Netflix and Amazon Prime. Downloads are also available offline.

Meadow Clouse awaits her performance in the Wisconsin Music Teachers Associations Spring Auditions Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside while Luke Steiner practices with his father Matt close by. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )

Piano students show their skills UW-Parkside event


More than 150 piano students from Kenosha and Racine counties participated in the annual District Auditions Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, with 36 qualiying to move on to Badger State Auditions in May.

District Auditions give students from grades 1-12 and adults an opportunity to play pieces for a judge and receive written comments for improvement.

The students also take a musicianship test appropriate for age and skill level. Points are earned by participating in both of these activities. The points add up to incentive awards for continued improvement.

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A Life Remembered: Barry Freitag was everybody’s friend


Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.

When it came to making friends, Barry Freitag hit it out of the park.

Whether he was playing baseball, working at Rust-Oleum or living in a nursing home, cultivating lasting friendships was one of the things Barry did best.

Event briefs: Program set on growing roses

KENOSHA — A program on "Five Steps to Growing Great Roses” will highlight the next meeting of the Gateway Rose Society.

Free and open to the public, the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room of Festival Foods, 3207 80th St.

For more information, go to

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