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Local Teen Lia Haile Selected as a Disney Summer of Service Winner to Create Positive Change in her community

Lia Haile, an 8th grader from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, has been awarded a Disney Summer of Service grant through YSA (Youth Service America). The grant will support her Hopeful Hearts Club in leading a community service project that addresses the issue of homelessness.

Lia Haile founded the Hopeful Hearts Club to help the kids and families at Hope House, the homeless shelter in Manitowoc. Her club hosts birthday parties for all the children who celebrate a birthday while living at the shelter. Lia makes sure each party is unique, just like each child. The grant will help fund future birthday parties through 2018.

Haile is one of 270 young leaders across the country awarded a $500 Disney Summer of Service grant to organize projects to help make their communities healthier, greener and stronger. Grantees will educate and mobilize their peers around the issue of homelessness creating solutions through awareness, service, advocacy, and philanthropic activities.

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Study Shows Wine Glasses Are Growing

A study from the U.K. has determined that you could be drinking more because our wine glasses are telling us to: That is to say, Researchers at the University of Cambridge have determined that wine glasses are getting bigger.

The changes — which researchers blame on imported American bars and restaurants’ thirst for larger glasses — mean the “average” wine glass in the U.K. now holds at least a shot glass’ worth more than they did in the past decade.

The changes observed mean the average wine glass ballooned from about two ounces in the 1700s to 15 ounces today.

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Man Terrorized by Toupee

A man in the New York City Borough of Staten Island who claims to have had a lifelong phobia of the Tasmanian Devil – the Looney Tunes character — says his father-in-law has been repeatedly menacing him with a toupee that looks like the cartoon character.

The New York Post reports that supermarket mogul Yunes Doleh, 62, was arrested in November for violating a restraining order filed by his son-in-law, Mazen Dayem. The 36-year-old Dayem says Doleh terrorized him at a funeral by waving his “Devil” hairpiece and snarling.

Dayem says he’s had a debilitating fear of the cartoon character for as long as he can remember.

“It always made me very anxious,” he said.

Robert Garson, Dayem’s attorney, confirmed his client’s unusual phobia.

“Mazen is very scared of this guy who looks like he has a rabid badger on his head. It troubles him greatly,” Garson said.

Dayem claims his father-in-law has taken advantage of his phobia since 2013. Dayem filed a restraining order in September after an altercation with Doleh at a restaurant.

Doleh faces charges of aggravated harassment and criminal contempt.

Matthew Santamauro, Doleh’s attorney, said, “It’s a family dispute. I believe at the end of the day, the criminal cases will be dismissed and my client will be shown to have done nothing wrong.”

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MPD Food Drive

The Manitowoc Police Department Support Staff is helping ring in the “New Year” for the needy in our community by continuing to replenish Peter’s Pantry shelves after the holiday season.  Local food pantries have food to give at Christmas time so no one will have to go without a Christmas meal, but what happens after the holidays?

Surplus after the holiday season drops off considerably for our local pantries and we would like to make sure the citizens of Manitowoc have plenty of food to go around during the winter months of the New Year when things are scarce.  Just think about the things your family eats every week as these families are just like yours.

So when you go to the grocery store the next time, please consider picking up ten of our “10 Most Wanted” Items for the month.  The Manitowoc Police Department will be collecting a different theme of food during the months of January, February, March and April.  If we all work together we can “Arrest Hunger” in our community (see attached flyers for details)!

The following locations have food barrels for collection (all 4 months for collection):

Manitowoc Police Department, 910 Jay Street

Lobby Hours – 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday – Friday)


Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay Street

General Lobby Hours – 9 AM to 3 PM (Monday – Saturday)


Manitowoc City Hall, 900 Quay Street

Lobby Hours – 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday – Friday)


Manitowoc Public Utilities, 1303 S. 8th Street

Lobby Hours – 8 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday – Friday)


Manitowoc Senior Center, 3330 Custer St.

Lobby Hours – 8 AM to 4 PM (Monday – Friday)


The following are the monthly themes and food items we are collecting per month:

Monthly Theme and Ideas for “10 Most Wanted” Items

January’s Theme – (January 1st through January 31st)

“SOUPER” Bowl Food Drive – January is National Soup Month


~ Any Kind of Soup (Beef, Tomato, Chicken, Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Chicken, Minestrone, Broccoli, Chowder, etc.)

~ Any Kind of Dry Beans (Peas, Navy, Chili, Kidney, etc.)

~ Any Kind of Cracker (Oyster, Saltines, Ritz, etc.)


February’s Theme – (February 1st through February 28th)

“Oodles of Noodles” Food Drive


~ All Types of Noodles (Spaghetti, Linguine, Vermicelli, Lasagna, Fettuccine, Elbow, Rotini, Shells, Wheels, Egg Noodles, etc.)

~ Macaroni and Cheese                 ~ Boxed Noodles/Dinners

~ Canned Mushrooms/Tomatoes ~ Canned Tomato Sauce/Paste

~ Rice a Roni Packages                 ~ Ramen Noodles

~ Canned Meats/Tuna                    ~ Spaghetti/Cheese Sauces (NO GLASS)

~Rice – Plain or Flavored               ~Grated Parmesan Cheese


March’s Theme – (March 1st through March 31st)

“CAN”NED MANIA” Food Drive

~ All Types of Canned Fruits (Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Mandarin Oranges, Plums, Fruit Cocktail, Applesauce, etc.)

~ All Types of Canned Vegetables (Sweet Corn, Cream Style Corn, Green Beans, Peas, Peas & Carrots, White or Sweet Potatoes, Mushrooms, Mixed Vegetables, Asparagus, Sauerkraut, Tomatoes, Bean Sprouts, Olives, Baked Beans, Beans – Chili, Pinto, Butter, Lima, etc.


April’s Theme – (April 1st through April 30th)


~ Assorted Coffee/Teas                  ~ Boxed Cereal/Oatmeal/Oats       ~ Dry Yeast

~ Jam or Jellies (NO GLASS)        ~ Pancake or Waffle Mix/Syrup     ~ Pie Fillings

~ Baking Chips/Flour/Sugar                      ~ Honey/Nutella                               ~ Peanut Butter

~ Granola Bars                                 ~ Nuts/Raisins

~ Muffin Mixes                                  ~ Juice (Non-Refrigerated)

~ Carnation Breakfast Drinks        ~ Baking Soda/Powder/Salt

~ Jiffy Mixes/Bisquick Mixes


If you can help, please drop food off at one of the above listed locations.

We appreciate your help…know that you are making a difference in a family’s life!

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College Student Finishes Final While in Labor

A woman completed her college’s final exam while she was in labor for nearly 15 hours.

Nayzia Thomas is a 19-year-old psychology major at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

When her water broke on December 11, she knew that her final exam was due and had a few hours to spare as she was only two centimeters or 3/4-of-an-inch dilated. So Thomas took out her laptop and put the finishing touches on the research paper.

“After my exam was finished we kind of just walked around the hospital, did pain management and tried to just kind of relax,” she said. “That’s really all you can do when you’re waiting for a baby to be born.”

Her son, Anthony, was born at 1:30 p.m. the following day. She’d later learn that she had earned an A on the paper, finishing the semester with a 3.5 GPA.

Thomas tweeted a photo of herself finishing her final, with the caption: “My mom took this pic & it’s the perfect explanation of my life. yes i’m about to have a baby, but final season ain’t over yet.”

The photo quickly went viral.

Thomas admits that school was “difficult because pregnancy is not just physical. It’s mental. It’s emotional.”

Thomas credits her mother, Aisha Kelley, with teaching her how to persevere through difficult tasks.

“It comes from watching my mom. She has lupus and she’s a single mom. Looking at my mom being able to overcome that; it’s very commendable,” Thomas said.

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Fake DATCP Invoice Emails

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is aware of a phishing scam that impersonates Department employees. These fake emails mention an “invoice” or other actionable item and contain the name or email address of a DATCP employee as the sender. If you receive a similar email, delete it immediately and DO NOT click any links contained in the message.

There are different versions of these fake emails that have been brought to DATCP’s attention by Wisconsin businesses and consumers. Some versions ask the email recipient to click a link to review a supposed invoice:

  • One version provides only the last name of a representative from DATCP as the sender with a subject line that is a number.
  • Another version that was brought to the agency’s attention by a consumer used the Consumer Protection Hotline’s email address ( as the sender’s name, but the listed sender’s email address was a random one that is not associated with the agency. The subject line mentioned an “Outstanding INVOICE.”
  • Other versions provide a DATCP employee name and reference an invoice number in the subject line. The body of the email uses the recipient’s name and contains a link to an “invoice.” The email is signed with what appears to be an actual DATCP employee email address.

If a recipient clicks a link in these emails, they may be sent to a website that seeks to harvest personal or financial information and that may trigger a malware transmission to their computer. Recipients of these emails should immediately delete them and take no further action.

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Beef Jerky Recall

Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland, is recalling teriyaki-flavored beef jerky, because the seasoning used contains wheat, an allergen, and no warning was including on the label, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced today.
No illnesses have been reported from consuming this product. Wheat can cause serious reactions in people with an allergy or severe sensitivity. The product is safe to consume by those who do not have an allergy or intolerance to wheat.

The affected products were produced on or before Dec. 18, and have the Wisconsin inspection mark – an outline of the state — with the number 729 inside it, either on the label or on the package. The labeling problem was found during a routine inspection.
Louie’s has voluntarily recalled the product and is working with DATCP to collect as much product as possible. All retail products were sold in quarter pound packages, and in bulk form. Wholesale product is packaged with preprinted weight.

Anyone with signs or symptoms of food-borne illness should contact a physician. Consumers who have any of these products can return them to the original place of purchase or discard them.

Consumers and media with questions about this recall can contact William Muench at (715) 822-4728.

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Charges for Getting Sick in Car Goes to Good Samaritan

No good deed goes unpunished.

WHAM reports that a Good Samaritan in Rochester, New York paid for a woman to get a ride home from a bar, but after the woman got sick in the car, he was the one to get charged for damages.

Malcolm Whitfield was in a bar in November when he saw a woman who needed a ride, so he used his Lyft app and got her a ride home on his account.

15 minutes later, the Lyft driver texted him.

Whitfield said, “I get a text from him saying, ‘She just threw up in my car.’ I was like, ‘that’s bad! Let me just double your tip.”

The next day, however, Whitfield was stunned to end up with a $150 charge from Lyft to clean the car.

Ride shares apps like Uber and Lyft are new to Rochester and many people aren’t aware of the terms and conditions. Fees for damages and cleaning can go up to $250.

Whitfield said, “When Lyft sent me the pictures, I was like, ‘Oh no! I don’t want to look!’ It’s a bummer, but I know at least now, don’t throw up in a Lyft or Uber. That is something I learned!”

Whitfield said the woman initially refused to pay the fee, but as of this weekend agree to pay the $150 in damages.

She says she didn’t know about Lyft’s damage policies either.


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Don’t Fight Snowplows

You spend all that time and energy shoveling your driveway and then the snowplow comes along and hems you in and you have to dig out all over again. That can make a person angry.

According to Michigan Live, on Monday, December 18, the Police Department in Lowell, Michigan, posted a message on Facebook discouraging citizens from challenging snowplows. The message is a little jarring.

It reads, “People, people, people! Please do not walk out in front of a city snow plow with your shovel challenging our drivers not to plow in your driveway. 26,000 pounds of metal and salt does not stop on a dime. If the truck doesn’t crush you and kill you instantly, the blade will dismember your body and you’ll bleed out before any help arrives.”

The post references the substantial build-up of snow that accumulates at the end of driveways when snowplows clear the road.

“I don’t like shoveling out the end of my driveway either, after I already had it done,” the post concludes. “But, it’s the nature of living in Michigan.”

And, as police point out, shoveling out is better than being crushed, dismembered or killed instantly.

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6 Year Old Left in a Chair in Parking Lot to Hold Parking Spot

Parking is a problem in the Florida Keys but is it legal to hold a spot? What if your kid holds it for you?

FlKeysNews reports Elda Solis, 47, of Marathon, did what a lot of parents may have thought about: She allegedly left her 6-year-old child guarding her parking spot while she went to a supermarket across the street. The girl was sitting in a chair in the parking space.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place on the evening of December 7, and when confronted about it, Solis confirmed it. When asked by investigators about it, her 6-year-old daughter said that it wasn’t the first time she’d held a spot for her mother.

Solis was charged with child neglect.