So what would you do to benefit a person you’ve never met?

The owner and staff at Itzin’s Shoes in Burlington pledged 50 percent of the proceeds from sales on Saturday to benefit a fund set up for the children of Anthony Azarian, an area man who died in a construction accident on March 5.

And while that was widely viewed as a generous gesture by most people, store owner Dave Schmalfeldt had no idea the promotion would end up raising nearly $14,000 for Azarian’s kids – a newborn son and a 4-year-old daughter.

Coverage of Itzin’s satisfyingly successful fundraiser is one of the front-page stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:

  • POLICE SGT. PLEADS OUT: Former City of Burlington police Sgt. Matthew Baumhardt avoided trial on Tuesday when he pleaded no contest to charges of sexual misconduct while on duty. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 17.
  • A SPECIAL NIGHT: Under the twinkling lights Saturday at Mercantile Hall in Burlington, special education students shined brightly, thanks to a Burlington High School student group. The group of students from DRIVEN, an organization dedicated to community service, coordinated the second annual Special Education Prom.
  • COCAINE BUST: A Lake Geneva man accused of possessing more than 92 grams of cocaine and a substantial amount of cash in the City of Burlington last week made his initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
  • HOME EXPO: The Burlington Chamber of Commerce’s Home and Garden Show featuring about 100 vendors returns for another year on Saturday, March 16, at Burlington High School. The annual event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., offers an exhibit area showcasing a variety of products and services to visitors looking to upgrade their home or garden.
  • BEST OF THE BEST: Find out which local players ended up reaping postseason honors in this week’s sports section.

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