Oak Creek Year in Review: 2021 Stories


OAK CREEK, WI —Oak Creek has seen a lot this past year. From business openings and closings to a new performing arts center or an OCHS student being written by The Brewers, here are some of the most important and unique stories of 2021.

Longtime Trattoria di Carlo now closed in Oak Creek
Trattoria di Carlo, a long-standing pizzeria in Oak Creek and an Italian restaurant also known to the community as Di Carlo’s Pizza, last closed on Sunday, according to a letter posted on the restaurant’s website.

St. Francis Apartments develop as similar apartments planned for Oak Creek
42 Hundred On The Lake, an apartment construction underway in St. Francis, opens today, according to a press release. Since its first phase of opening in April, the development has already reached 67% occupancy, “a very fast rental speed,” Kathryn Kjarsgaard, the development representative, told Patch.

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Brewers Draft Oak Creek High School Alum: MLB Draft
The Milwaukee Brewers picked Alex Binelas, a native of Wisconsin and alumnus of Oak Creek High School, in the 86th MLB Draft.

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Coal is depleted for We Energies, Oak Creek by 2035
Coal is on the way out for We Energies, and the changes are expected to come 15 years ahead of schedule, a quarterly earnings report from parent company WEC Energy Group has revealed.

Oak Creek Armory Cannons ‘Cool Wakeup Call’, Surprise for Others
A series of explosions Tuesday morning at the National Guard Armory in Oak Creek left some residents scratching their heads.

The ceremony came as a surprise to some, as its series of cannon shots rang out on Tuesday morning.

Hillside Coffee House gives all employees a week off in August
The former school and town hall turned into a café, The Hillside Coffee House, has announced it will be closed for a week in August. The reason? Vacation for employees, owner Rosemarie Patterson told Patch.

Meet Crumbl Cookies: A Drexel Town Square Cookie Destination
A new Crumbl Cookies franchise has just opened in Drexel Town Square, offering unique flavors such as biscoff lava, funfetti and rocky road, all baked into a cookie, according to a press release.

Building the Hub13 rental community leads the way
Construction on a 34-acre garden-style apartment complex called Hub13 began on Tuesday, according to a press release.

Prisoner escaped during toilet break at MKE airport: Sheriff
The prisoner who was lost during transport through Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport on Tuesday night managed to escape when one of his unarmed Civilian guards removed him from the handcuffs for a bathroom break, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

Riverside Family Restaurant is now open in Oak Creek
After months of searching for employees, Riverside Family Restaurant is now open in Oak Creek on Ryan Road. It features a menu similar to its Iowa counterpart.

Oak Creek health officials urge masks for OC schools in letter
Oak Creek Health Department officials on Tuesday sent a letter to the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District Education Board urging the board to adopt masks and quarantine for students at the light of the recent spread of COVID-19 in the district.

‘Garden Style Apartment Community’ offered near Puetz and I-94
A new development that would create a community of attached apartments styled as single-family homes has been proposed for farmland near Puetz Road and Interstate 94 in Oak Creek.

Car found at Bender Park Beach is linked to last year’s theft
Authorities pulled a car from Lake Michigan to the beach in Bender Park last week. The car is linked to a 2020 police report where a man said his red convertible was stolen at the threat of a knife, according to the Oak Creek Police Department.

Drexel Avenue urban development project underway
A new streetscape could soon arrive on Drexel Avenue. The initial concepts of the plan would mark the streets with trees, shrubs and a new sign welcoming visitors.

Resident cries pet duck hit in car in Oak Creek: “Heartless”
A family of five ducks are now four years old after a driver struck and killed one on County Line Road in Oak Creek last week.

Oak Creek Restaurant hopes to help employees with car payments
Jersey sandwich franchise owner Mike’s in Oak Creek hopes to help his employees pay for their cars.

Behind Astronautics Corporation: Oak Creek Aerospace Industry
Soon Oak Creek will become a hub of high-tech aerospace manufacturing. The process does not happen overnight, but piece by piece over the next six months, Astronautics Corporation of America will be relocating nearly all parts of its operations from Wisconsin to Oak Creek.

Oak Creek Scout achieves rare feat by earning every badge of merit
Joshua Rich, a resident of Oak Creek and a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 218, achieved the rare feat of achieving the 137 merit badges available in the Boy Scouts.

Official opening of Oak Creek Skate Park: from foam to concrete
To celebrate the completion of the Oak Creek Abendschien Park skate park, a grand opening has been planned. Dan Mancina, a pro skateboarder who has gone blind since the age of 23, will be the highlight of the grand opening, a city official confirmed with Patch.

District investigating racial insult written in OCHS locker room
Administrators at the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District are investigating after student-athletes from Kenosha Bradford on Friday found a racial insult written in a locker room at Oak Creek High School, according to a district spokesperson.

More articles from 2021:

Oak Creek High School Prepares First Musical at New Arts Center

Oak Creek makes top 8 “Coolest Things Made in Wisconsin”

Oak Creek Detective Receives First Responder of the Year Award

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