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Greendale Designated National Historic Landmark

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of 26 national historic landmarks, including the Village of Greendale, and one national natural landmark as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.

Currently there are only 2,527 designated national historic landmarks and 592 national natural landmark sites across the country that bear this national distinction.

Schools to Create Cookbook

As part of the District’s wellness goal, Greendale Schools is compiling a Nourish – Mind, Body, Community cookbook. This project is integrated into the Health curriculum at all grade levels and will feature a variety of healthy entrees, side dishes and snacks.

The Greendale School District is looking for submissions of healthy recipes from students, families and Greendale community members.

Click here for a recipe template form (.pdf)

Completed recipe forms can be sent to The deadline is February 1. Inclusion is dependent upon the number of entries.

The Nourish – Mind, Body, Community cookbook will be available at the upcoming Greendale Nourish - Mind, Body and Environment Expo on Saturday, March 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Greendale High School. There will be vendors, demos, speakers, resource booths and student projects to help students, families and community members learn about living a healthier lifestyle and keeping Greendale Green.

Established in 1939, the Greendale School District is home to more than 2,600 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade at Greendale High School, Greendale Middle School and three elementary schools (Canterbury, College Park and Highland View).

Christmas Fire Damages St. Alphonsus Church

An early-morning fire caused extensive damage to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Greendale, forcing the church to cancel its two scheduled Masses on Sunday. The fire broke out about 12:25 a.m. inside the church, 5960 W. Loomis Road, according to the Greendale Fire Department.

Masses, which had been scheduled for 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, have been canceled, officials said.

The department said it would release additional details on the fire later Sunday.

From JSOnline.

Macy's, Renovation Slated for Southridge Mall

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) announced today that Southridge Mall, a popular Greendale shopping destination for 41 years, will be renovated beginning at the end of May.

The mall renovations will include new interior and exterior features and amenities like flooring, lighting, redesigned mall entrances, signage and a fully renovated and updated Food Court. Renovation plans also include the addition of Macy’s as a new anchor. Macy’s will join Southridge Mall as the second in the market.

(Click here for Food Court Entrance Image Rendering)

Specific projects include:
· Redesign of all mall entrances and updated outdoor signage and landscaping.

· Full transformation of the Food Court including new flooring, ceiling, lighting and seating.

· Complete renovation and relocation of the Play Area adjacent to the Food Court, to enhance the family-friendly environment.

· Soft seating areas added throughout the mall for customer comfort.

· Modernized Center Court with new tile floor and redesigned Customer Service area.

· Redesign of railings to include contemporary glasswork.

· Cosmetic upgrades to the texture and color palette of the entire property.

· New carpet and tile flooring installed throughout the mall.

· Redesign of the mall’s common areas with upgraded ceilings, new finishes and lighting.

“Through this renovation, Southridge Mall will even better serve the needs of our customers, whether they are here for shopping, dining or entertainment or just to enjoy a welcoming and comfortable environment,” said Patrick Basche, Southridge Mall General Manager.

“While we intend to focus on improvements that will appeal to all segments of our shopper base, we will place special emphasis on family-friendly amenities, especially since families account for much of the region’s population base and growth, and Southridge Mall is such a popular destination for families to spend time together,” Basche added.

“We are encouraged that a retail leader like Macy’s has recognized the great opportunities in Greendale,” said John Hermes, Village of Greendale President. “This most recent addition to Southridge, coupled with Simon Property Group’s commitment to a renovation and restoration of the mall will greatly benefit the Greendale community and support ongoing economic development efforts throughout the 76th Street Corridor.”

All work performed will be done in such a way as to minimize interference or customer inconvenience during the mall’s operating hours. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2012.

“The renovation will be attractive to both current and prospective tenants. We’re already working on lease commitments with new tenants in conjunction with the renovation plans. With new tenants and a renovated mall, we feel we can truly launch Southridge Mall to the next level,” said Southridge Mall Leasing Representative Robert Alexander. For leasing opportunities, Robert can be reached at 817.685.3030.

The renovation in 2011 marks the 41 year anniversary since the center opened. The 1.2 million square-foot mall is Wisconsin’s largest shopping area in Milwaukee, anchored by JCPenney, Sears, Kohl's and Boston Store, and originally opened in 1970.

Click here to view the full JSOnline story.

Village Designated "Preserve America Community"

Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States, recently designated the Village of Greendale a Preserve America Community. The designation recognizes the Village of Greendale's efforts regarding historic preservation initiatives.

Over 840 communities throughout the nation have received the designation, with 20 in Wisconsin.

Click here to view the full press release.

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