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Brown Deer, UWM form education collaboration

Nov. 28, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School District and the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin's School of Education are teaming up on education projects that benefit both parties.

The School Board on Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding for the current school year that details a partnership with UWM's SOE. There is no financial impact for the district as a result of this collaboration, Superintendent Deb Kerr said.

Both parties agree to work together on the development and implementation of projects that benefit both institutions. Funding could from either UWM or the district, depending on what is being done.

"We are using each other and the expertise and talent to accelerate and evaluate learning," Kerr said.

The district will help the SOE with both funded and unfunded research projects that can help educators from both places. For example, if the Brown Deer School District agrees to let a faculty member who teaches motivation, conduct research at Brown Deer, that faculty member will provide professional development or consultation with Brown Deer faculty at no cost.

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Menomonee Falls volleyball team opens season with win over Nicolet

Aug. 26, 2015 10:07 p.m. | After winning the school's first state girls volleyball title in 2013, Menomonee Falls slid under the radar last season following big graduation losses.

Now working with what he calls "his deepest squad ever", Indian coach J.C. Bruns said he likes the idea of his Indians laying low and out of sight for the time being in 2015 too as they prepare to make a run back towards elite status.

The Indians may have a hard time staying quiet for long, as despite missing starting setter Mckenna Micech due to an injury, they still overpowered strong area nonconference foe Nicolet, 25-15, 25-19, 19-25, 25-12, in their season opener Wednesday night.

"I really like this group," he said "It's a nice mix of young and old. The young will push the old to get better and the old will show the young what they have to do out there (to succeed)."

One of the "old ones" will be 6-2 junior outside hitter Mackenzie Robertson. Robertson was a rightside hitter last year, but during the club season with the Milwaukee Sting, she transitioned over to the outside. She has also started playing of a more all-around game and looked as comfortable playing in the backrow as she did in the front tonight.

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Crews clear Mequon traffic incident that created big northbound I-43 delays

Aug. 26, 2015 5:58 p.m. | Crews have cleared a traffic incident at Mequon Road that created long delays on northbound Interstate 43.

Homestead ACT scores top North Shore

Aug. 26, 2015 4:18 p.m. | Mequon —Homestead High School overtook Whitefish Bay as the North Shore ACT champions, according to 2014-2015 test results released today.

Homestead students earned an average ACT score of 25.9, with 91 percent of students participating. Homestead's score is one decimal point above Whitefish Bay's average score of 25.8, with 92.5 percent of students participating.

Shorewood students scored an average score of 24.9, with 81.1 percent of students participating. Nicolet, where 84.6 percent of students took the test, earned an average score of 24. Brown Deer scored an average of 20.1, with 72.6 percent participation.

Homestead's score of 25.9 didn't quite match the previous year's score of 26, but the participation rate of 91 percent imarks a five-year high. In the prior three years, the Highlanders averaged scores of 25, 25.3 and 25.7.

Whitefish Bay's score of 25.8, while relatively high compared to other schools, was below average compared to previous years. The Blue Dukes averaged a score of 26.7 in 2013-2014, 26 in 2012-2013, 25.9 in 2011-2012 and 26.9 in 2010-2011.

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Medical office building planned for Mequon

Aug. 26, 2015 4:13 p.m. | A Minneapolis-based firm that is developing a clinic in Mequon for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is seeking city permission to develop another large medical office building in that community.

Ryan Cos. wants to build a three-story, 86,000-square foot medical office building near the northeast corner of Port Washington Road and Venture Court, according to a city Plan Commission agenda posted Wednesday.

The building would replace Venture Court retail center, which would be demolished, said Kim Tollefson, Mequon community development director. Venture Court includes such businesses as Wooden Goose Cafe and One Choice Mortgage.

That parcel would be combined with a vacant parcel just north of the retail center to create a site for the proposed medical offices, Tollefson said.

Ryan Cos. is seeking a rezoning recommendation and concept plan approval for the proposed development. The commission is to consider that request at its Monday night meeting.

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Shorewood school budget nearly derailed over public comment policy change

Aug. 26, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Shorewood — The Shorewood School District's 2015-2016 budget barely received approval from residents at the district's annual meeting Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Shorewood residents voted 19-11 to approve a tax levy of $19.7 million, which is a 3.4 percent increase over last year's levy. The residents did not raise any issues with the levy itself, but were expressing their disapproval with a new policy governing public participation at school board meetings.

The new public participation policy, passed Tuesday night during the school board's regular meeting, allows each resident to speak for five minutes, and comments are only allowed at the beginning of the meeting. The policy also limits public comment to three people on each side of a given issue.

The concerns that some residents have with the school board spilled over into the vote for school board member compensation, which is established at the school district's annual meeting every year. The school board president earns $1,300 per year, and other school board members earn $1,000 per year. School board members also receive a free membership to the Shorewood Community Fitness Center.

Resident Nate Cade questioned the fitness club membership, and made a motion to revoke that benefit. The motion failed on a 13-17 vote. Shorewood High School English teacher Mike Halloran was one of the residents voting against the motion.

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Homestead football team learns lessons in loss to Arrowhead

Aug. 26, 2015 12:58 p.m. | In the high school football expectation game, Arrowhead and Homestead are always going to say getting to Madison and state titles are on their yearly agenda.

Asking that question is about as newsworthy as "dog bites man."

This season, however, in year three of the powerhouses' renewed lid-lifting nonconference rivalry, there can be some adjustments made to those goals. Arrowhead, with about 18 returning letterwinners, can be said to be aiming for the moon while Homestead is holding its breath, with only four returnees and several new coaches to boot.

So, the casual observer should not be surprised that over a span that included the last drive of the second quarter and the first two marches of the third quarter, Arrowhead scored three consecutive times and broke open a close game en route to a 28-14 victory on Aug. 20.

The victory for the Warhawks broke a two-game winning streak for the Highlanders in the renewed series, but Homestead coach Dave Keel was not displeased.

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Sport Shorts: Aug. 27, 2015

Aug. 26, 2015 12:53 p.m. |

NORTH SHORE GIRLS GOLF

Nicolet's Alysse Elko and Homestead's Isabelle Malekitied for individual honors as Homestead won the first league nine-hole mini-meet of the season on Aug. 24 at Brown Deer.

Homestead carded a four-player score of 171 to edge Cedarburg (174), while Whitefish Bay was third (186) and Nicolet fifth (211).

Elko and Maleki each carded nine-hole scores of 41 to tie for medalist honors. Homestead also got help from Amy Schlageterwith a 42 and Bella Barbiereand Trinidy Patewith 44 each.

For Bay, Clare Matkomand Brooke Webertied for third individually with 42 apiece, while Jaya Larsencame in with a 50 and Greta Wollmercarded a 52.

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Exquisite Threading weaves philanthropy into business growth

Aug. 26, 2015 12:48 p.m. | Glendale — When Anwer Khan started his Exquisite Threading business, he was passionate to share the grooming process that women in his home country of Kuwait have used for centuries.

The practice, which originated in India and Pakistan, shapes eyebrows by twisting cotton threads over the unwanted facial hairs. The precision and care needed to shape facial hair with threads can also be see throughout Khan's Exquisite Threading business, which has expanded in the last six years from a kiosk at Mayfair Mall to seven full-size salons in three states.

"We brought facial threading into the mainstream and made it a household name in Wisconsin," he said. "We started as a cart, but we took it to a level where we said, 'The business is there. Let's make it comfortable for a woman to walk in and give them a certain comfort level where they can be free and relaxed.'"

Last year, Khan spent $1 million relocating his 900-square-foot store at Bayshore Town Center to a 3,500-square-foot store just south of the mall at 5524 N. Port Washington Road, next to Men's Wearhouse. The Bayshore location used to have a two-hour wait for threading services, he said, but the newer store will allow him to serve 12 customers instead of three.

The store employs 120 people, and Khan expects to hire another 20 to 35 employees in the next year.

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Homestead's new field to be ready for play on Friday

Aug. 26, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Homestead's new multi-sport turf field looks like it will be ready for action this Friday, Aug. 28, one week ahead of schedule and in time for the Highlanders' first home football game against Kenosha Indian Trail.

"There's still a decent amount of work to be done between now and Friday," said Activities Director Ryan Mangan on Aug. 25, "but the contractors are doing a great job, and unless something major happens, the field will be ready."

The field is a gift from Homestead High School Booster Club's Highlander Strong Campaign. The Highlander Strong Campaign donated $1.1 million to the Mequon-Thiensville School District in order to enhance the high school's outdoor athletic facilities. Numerous generous donors helped make the project possible.

Construction on the field began in early July and is expected to be completed Thursday, Aug. 27, in time for the football team to host Indian Trail at 7 p.m. Friday, August 28.

Mangan said he has been impressed with the work of all those involved, including Nicholas and Associates general contractors, H & H Civil Construction (for the excavating) and GreenFields, which is doing the actual artificial turf installation.

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Glendale Little League team wins state title

Aug. 26, 2015 10:48 a.m. | It was such a highlight in the area athletic scene that even Nicolet football coach Dave Quam took time out from the start of practice to watch the state champion Glendale Little League Juniors 13- and 14-year-old all-star team play late this summer.

But then again, his son, John, was one of the team's pitchers.

"It was a little hectic but fun," Dave Quam said.

The Glendale squad won the 2015 state juniors title with back-to-back victories over the Burlington LL, July 27-28. The team moved on to Central Regional play in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with four games in four days, opening up with a victory against Missouri on Aug. 8.

They wound up finishing 2-2 in the regional tourney to close out their successful season, falling short on advancing by the narrowest of margins on a tiebreaker

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North Shore area swim teams will have a different look this winter

Aug. 26, 2015 10:38 a.m. | The email came to me from veteran Brown Deer swim coach Bob Van Lieshout on Aug. 8, and the key words in it were "I see some real change coming."

He was concerned about all that was happening in the coaching ranks in the area and wanted to know why so many of his old friends will be missing from the decks of meets this fall.

The reasons are myriad, as there indeed has been a shake-up as longtime successful North Shore area swim coaches Rob McCabe at Shorewood, Dwight Davis at Nicolet and Mark Gwidt at Homestead will not be at their accustomed posts this fall as the girls season gets underway.

In a vast oversimplification, it can all be chalked up to money, scheduling, health and a need to see one's children grow up.

Davis has been at it the longest (28 years), and his situation is the most serious. He has coached Olympic champion Garrett Weber-Gale on the boys side and recently witnessed Gwen Worlton win the 100-yard breaststroke title in the 2014 girls state meet, but he missed most of last winter's boys season because of a stroke and subsequent heart surgery.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: What stood out on the first week of high-school football?

Aug. 25, 2015 11:25 a.m. | JP and JR talk about the rise of the Franklin Sabers, a big battle between Arrowhead and Homestead, strong wins for Oak Creek and Germantown and other notes from the first week of football. Plus: the guys differ on whether the Packers will survive the Jordy Nelson injury.

West Nile virus reported in North Shore

Aug. 24, 2015 6:03 p.m. | The North Shore Health Department has reported that a dead crow tested positive for West Nile virus.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, which acquires the virus by feeding on infected birds. No humans have been infected at this point. The North Shore Health Department hopes its early detection system will cause people to be more protective against mosquito bites.

"North Shore residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites," said Ann Christiansen, Health Director/Health Officer. "The West Nile virus seems to be here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes."

The North Shore Health Department recommends spending limited time outside at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. The health department also recommends fighting mosquitoes through insect repellant, preventing the formation of stagnant water environments and trimming tall grasses and weeds.

About 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash and fatigue. Less than 1 percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis and coma.

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Run DMC rapper Darryl McDaniels launches Clicks sneaker shop in Shorewood

Aug. 24, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Shorewood — Among the small strip of shops in the 1900 block of East Capitol Drive is a new shoe store with an unlikely link to one of hip-hop's most well-respected pioneers.

The origins of Clicks, 1916 E. Capitol Drive, can be traced back to 1987, when Eric "Shake" James got a call from his friend that Run DMC was in Milwaukee, and they needed more players for a pick-up basketball game. After the game, Run DMC's DJ, Jam Master Jay, gave James his number and they kept in touch.

That basketball game was the beginning of a friendship that grew over the next 15 years. James ended up touring the country with the hip-hop trio, which memorably broke down the wall between rock and rap music in 1986 with their cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way."

During the course of their friendship, Milwaukee became a sort of home away from home for the New York-based rappers. James and Jam Master Jay would often talk about their vision for a specialty Adidas shoe store in Milwaukee. Those conversations stopped on Oct. 30, 2002, when Jay — whose birth name was Jason Mizell — was shot and killed in his recording studio in Queens.

James and Run DMC rapper Darryl McDaniels decided to make Jay's vision for a Milwaukee shoe store a reality, and opened Clicks in May. James chose Shorewood as the site for the business because he has lived there for the last 13 years, and he appreciates the friendly vibe of the community.

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Newsweek: Whitefish Bay best Wisconsin school; 30th in nation

Aug. 21, 2015 1:08 p.m. | Whitefish Bay— Whitefish Bay High School was ranked the best high school in Wisconsin and the 30th best high school in the nation by Newsweek magazine.

The Newsweek rankings assess schools based on a broad range of data to determine which high schools do the best job of preparing students for college.

The Blue Dukes scored 89.2 on Newsweek's college-readiness scale, which is measured by college enrollment rates, graduation rates, advanced placement scores, ACT scores, student retention and counselor-to-student ratios.

Whitefish Bay students averaged a score of 26.7 on the ACT in 2014. The school's graduation rate is 99.6 percent, and 95.5 percent of students are college-bound, according to Newsweek.

"We are excited about this recognition," said Whitefish Bay Superintendent John Thomsen. "This ranking reflects our school community values and commitment to high expectations in a supportive environment. This is an honor for the Whitefish Bay High School team as well as all our schools and team members. Collectively the district is dedicated to preparing students to engage in high school level work and beyond upon entering 9th grade."

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