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News & Notes: Aug. 8

Aug. 8, 2012

Shorewood fireworks to fly at beach party

Shorewood - The fireworks canceled at Shorewood's Fourth of July celebration will light up the sky at Friends of Atwater Beach's fourth annual beach party on Saturday.

The beach party runs from 3-10 p.m. on the upper lawn of Atwater Park and features local bands Lil' Debbie & The Tone Gods, Fred Bliffert & The Atwater Beach Blues Band, and Dukster.

Admission is free and food is $6 per plate. All proceeds go for restoring the beach.

"The beach party celebrates this wonderful natural resource," said FAB co-founder Jay Urban in a news release, "and provides a way for people to support FAB's mission."

Bay approves funds for filling in old sewer lines

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board approved a change order of approximately $68,000 Monday night for unexpected work encountered during a 2011 sanitary sewer relay project for Berkeley Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue.

While relaying sanitary sewer line on Berkeley, construction crews found sewer from 1917 which hadn't been removed or filled after it had been taken out of use. The village directed the contractor to partially excavate and fill the abandoned sewer and manholes.

"If that pipe would have collapsed," Public Works Director Daniel Naze told the Village Board, "we would have had sinkholes or other pavement failures."

The $68,000 will come out of the village's wastewater utility fund balance.

Construction contracts OK'd for high school project

Brown Deer - Two contracts were awarded by the Brown Deer School Board on Tuesday as construction work at the high school continues.

The first contract, approximately $961,000, was awarded to Walsh Masonry for interior and exterior walls, exterior veneers and miscellaneous work. A second contract for approximately $124,000 worth of glue-laminated timbers for the field house, commons entrance, and high school entrance canopy, was awarded to REW Supply.

With these contracts, the overall construction work at this point is approximately $48,000 under budget according to contractor CG Schmidt.

Stritch names new chairman

Fox Point - Cardinal Stritch University has named Milwaukee lawyer Thomas A. Myers chairman of its board of trustees.

Myers has been vice chairman of the board for a year and a member at large since 2005.

"Tom has been instrumental in helping our board maximize its effectiveness," said Cardinal Stritch President James Loftus in an Aug. 7 news release, "and his leadership and dedication to Stritch's mission has been inspiring."

'Purple Heart Pass' announced for Wisconsin Vets

To commemorate national Purple Heart Day, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced Tuesday the "Purple Heart Pass," which will grant Wisconsin Purple Heart veterans free admission into a number of private and public Milwaukee venues.

The PHP will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013 and all 1,900 Wisconsin Purple Heart Veterans will be eligible.

"There is no way we can ever fully repay veterans," said Abele in a news release, "but this is a small way we can thank the brave men and women who put their lives in harm's way."

Veterans can contact Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office Director Jim Duff at (414) 266-1235 or jduff@milwcnty.com for information on obtaining a pass.

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