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Hansher, Leszczynski advance in Mequon's 4th District aldermanic race

Feb. 19, 2013 10:42 p.m. | Jeff Hansher and John Leszczynski advanced to the general election for the 4th District aldermanic seat on the Mequon Common Council.

The two newcomers beat Cherry Lange, who was also new to the campaign trail. Incumbent John Wirth announced his noncandidacy.

Leszczynski received 163 voters, or 47.38 percent. Hansher received 112 votes or 32.56 percent. Lange received 64 votes or 18.6 percent. Out of the 2,330 registered voters in District 4, 344 turned out to vote - a 14.8 percent turnout.

The general election is April 2. Council members earn $1,800 annually and serve three-year terms.

Unofficial results are:

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Lawyer arrested on report of assaulting golf course beer cart attendant

Sept. 02, 2015 9:53 p.m. | A Mequon lawyer is free on $10,000 bail after his arrest on potential charges of sexually assaulting a beer cart attendant during a golf outing.

The attorney, Christopher Hale, 59, was arrested Monday — two weeks after the woman told officials at The River Club of Mequon she was assaulted on the golf course. Club officials responded by investigating the matter, offering the woman $500 and asking her to sign a confidentiality agreement, according to the club's general manager and the woman's lawyer.

"What would you want me to do?" club owner Tom Weickardt said Wednesday when asked whether he considered disciplining or expelling Hale from the club. "It was a he said-she said."

Weickardt called Hale a friend and said he has represented the club in some legal matters.

Weickardt said club officials talked to the woman and Hale.

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County Exec Chris Abele talks Bucks, buses and budget at North Shore Rotary luncheon

Sept. 02, 2015 2:28 p.m. | Brown Deer — In recent months, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has crafted a county budget, negotiated an arena deal and promised an end to homelessness in Milwaukee County.

The Milwaukee Democrat took a break from all of that Monday afternoon, Aug. 31, to go to the Four Points Sheraton in Brown Deer, where he issued a proclamation in honor of the North Shore Rotary Club's 60th anniversary. He also took a moment to talk about his latest county budget, which will keep taxes flat for the fifth year in a row.

In his five years as county executive, Abele said the county's budget deficit has dropped from $160 million to about $30 million. The county's other post-employment benefits liability has dropped from $1.6 billion to less than $1 billion.

The budget includes a 1.5-percent salary increase for cost of living. County employees can also expect can additional 1-percent increase, and a half-percent increase for good performance. The county is also putting more funds than ever into a tuition reimbursement program for county employees.

Abele will present his budget to the Milwaukee County Board later this month.

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North Shore teens find an alternative sport in hantis

Sept. 02, 2015 2:08 p.m. | Fox Point — Just off of Lake Drive on Green Tree Road, a driveway full of high school boys are slapping around a tennis ball, bouncing it off multiple wooden boards and occassionally stopping to explain what they are doing.

"We have a lot of people who pull over and say, 'What is that you're playing? It looks like ping pong, but it's clearly not," said one of the boys, Michael McLaughlin.

His friend Harry Rossman, of Bayside, describes it as "a mix of ping pong, volleyball and foursquare."

McLaughlin and Rossman, both sophomores at Nicolet, learned the game of hantis - short for hand tennis - from their gym teacher Tim Koppa. Koppa had also taught the game to some of last year's seniors, so McLaughlin and Rossman would play against the seniors during their recess hour.

The two boys took such a liking to the game that they decided to play the game after school, but they couldn't afford to buy four hantis tables, which cost at least $500 a piece. They went to Home Depot and bought four plywood boards, which they cut into regulation size and shape, then attached folding leg kits to the bottom of each of the boards. They also painted designs on each of the boards.

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Stewart rushes for 315 yards as Messwood beats Nicolet

Sept. 02, 2015 1:43 p.m. | Shorewood/Messmer football coach Chad Hofmann was in a bit of a hurry after his team's impressive 34-13 victory over area nonconference rival Nicolet on Aug. 28.

His mom, Candy, needed a ride home, and the two probably wanted to celebrate the moment of his first varsity victory.

It would have probably meant more had his dad, Robert "Rob" Hofmann, been there, too. The day before the win, Aug. 27, would have been Rob's 52nd birthday, but he died tragically about a month ago as a result of injuries suffered in a bike accident.

In short, Chad, an only child, and his mom needed this moment.

"It's a good feeling," Hofmann said. "It was his birthday yesterday, so I can't imagine doing anything better than this (getting a win to honor him). This is very special for me, because he's still here with me, still with the family (in spirit)."

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Williams' diverse efforts lead Brown Deer football team to 41-0 rout

Sept. 02, 2015 1:03 p.m. | A scheduling quirk set up the Brown Deer football team to play Milwaukee Morse/Marshall in its second nonconference game of the season on Aug. 28 and coach Rob Green and the Falcons were not ungrateful, as Nyles Williams scored touchdowns three different ways in a 41-0 victory.

"We don't normally look to schedule a Milwaukee school," said Green, "but Laconia dropped out of the second year of our contract late (in the calender). Marshall was available and it worked out.

"And that was all right. Pewaukee (an opening 21-0 loss) wore on us pretty hard mentally and physically and we had some bumps and bruises we needed to take care of. This allowed us to get healthy and to work on some things because our biggest opponent is still ourselves."

The Falcons will now open Woodland Conference East Division play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at home against Cudahy (1-1). The Packers, who the Falcons routed 58-14 last season, are also 1-1 this season, having lost to Wilmot, 41-13, on Aug. 28.

"We've got to get better because this division is wide open," said Green. "We've got to get better in all facets. We want to keep that health train going."

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Brown Deer alum returns home to shoot first feature-length film

Sept. 02, 2015 12:38 p.m. | Brown Deer — When you think of Christmas gifts for a 12-year-old boy, you probably think of items like video games, sports jerseys and skateboards.

Roman Zanoni asked for a camera, marking the beginning of his self-taught film career. Growing up through the Brown Deer school system, Zanoni — a self-described class clown — was active in the school's theater program and enjoyed making silly music videos in his free time. He also made a short movie with his wife, Sarah, whom he met in first grade.

Zanoni, now 31, will take on his biggest project to date next week in his hometown of Brown Deer when he begins filming for "Chase Lemonade" — a feature-length film that he hopes to submit to the Sundance Film Festival.

The fictional indie comedy is about a 12-year-old boy's successful lemonade stand, which eventually grows into a large lemonade franchise in the Brown Deer neighborhood. The boy, named Charlie Chase, makes enemies with a local coffee shop, runs into trouble with the local health department and eventually finds himself in court.

Zanoni said he is impressed by the intelligence of young kids, particularly his friend's kid who works as a DJ. That made him think wonder how an entrepreneurial kid would run a lemonade stand. The script only took him a couple weeks to write, he said.

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Motivated Whitefish Bay boys soccer team looks to finish things up in 2015

Sept. 02, 2015 12:33 p.m. | It was a hard, bitter 4-0 defeat to eventual Division 2 state champion Brookfield East in the 2014 sectional final for the powerhouse Whitefish Bay boys soccer team.

One that coach Jeff Worzella said "he's still getting over" in some ways.

But despite the loss of 11 seniors to graduation from the 20-2-2 defending North Shore Conference champions, Worzella feels that the Blue Dukes have a chance to make some serious amends for that defeat.

Because after a pair of 2-0 wins over Madison Memorial and Shorewood to open the season, the Blue Duke coach was confident enough to announce that "this could be the most talented group he's had since he's been at Bay."

"We're very deep and very talented," he said, "and I think that will lead to a lot of success."

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Nicolet girls tennis team still keeping it real

Sept. 02, 2015 12:23 p.m. | Common knowledge around the state of Wisconsin states that Nicolet is one of the "empire" schools in the world of girls tennis — one of those select few like Homestead, DSHA, Whitefish Bay and Brookfield Central that always seem to be in the hunt for a WIAA state title.

But it is a bit shocking to realize the last time the Knight women won a state crown was back in 2000 when the highly-touted doubles team of Molly Ratke and Sarah Leevan and steady singles player Lexi Golden were patrolling the courts. It's hard to believe it was the last of a state-record 17 crowns for the Knights.

Coach Tim Koppa, who led that group to the championship and who still prowls the sidelines with a laid-back but still-fierce intensity, does not want to get caught up in looking at the past, nor does he want his youthful and preposterously talented team to get caught looking even a month into the future, thinking about a chance at rejoining the elite of the elite.

No, they do not talk about potential state titles at Nicolet in August.

Even after after the impressive effort the Knights put in in claiming the Brookfield Central Lancer Invitational title on Aug. 27 and 28 with its best player still nursing a back issue.

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Shorewood girls cross-country team aims for state title

Sept. 02, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Normally, in the hierarchy of Shorewood cross-country teams, the boys are the ones looking to contend for a state title on a yearly basis while the girls look to get to state and make a good showing.

But this fall, expectations have been turned around a bit.

The Greyhound girls, behind 2013 state D2 champion Morgan Florsheim, return everything from a team that finished third at state last season and look to knock down the door for an elusive first state championship this fall. Despite missing a number of runners for a variety of reasons, they still comfortably won their own season-opening Early Bird Invite at Kern Park on Aug. 27.

"It was crazy," said veteran coach Sarah Kopplin. "We had four of our top 10 not race this day because of illness, family reunions and weddings, and we still did that."

Meanwhile, the returning state D2 runner-up boys, who graduated six of their top seven, are looking to get back to standard fairly quickly despite a lack of experience and upfront firepower. They were an encouraging second in the Early Bird Invite.

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Sport Shorts: Sept. 3, 2015

Sept. 02, 2015 11:08 a.m. |


The Blue Dukes opened their season in impressive fashion by going unbeaten and claiming the title in the 10-school West Allis Central Invitational on Aug. 29.

Bay went 8-0 in pool play, defeating Delavan-Darien, Elkhart Lake, Waukesha North and Madison East in pool play. The Blue Dukes then won the crossover semifinal with Pius XI and defeated Delavan-Darien again, 25-15, 25-18, for the title.

No other details were available from the event.


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Former Bavarian Inn will be remodeled, reopened as Bavarian Bierhaus

Sept. 01, 2015 9:14 p.m. | Glendale — Beer will flow once again at the former Bavarian Inn and adjoining Old Heidelberg Park at 700 W. Lexington Blvd.

Mike Weiss is one of several investors working to renovate and reopen the former Bavarian Inn, which closed in 2011. The new restaurant, Bavarian Bierhaus, will brew its own beer, and will also serve beers from other companies. Weiss said they plan to brew as many as eight or nine different types of beers.

The restaurant will also serve authentic German food and some American favorites. A house band will entertain crowds every night, and special acts will be brought in on Friday and Saturday nights.

The new owners will add a small beer garden on the southwest side of the building, providing outdoor seating for 150 people. While some other exterior renovations will be made, such as new windows and signage, most of the renovations to the 23,500-square-foot building will be made on the interior.

The interior of the building will be redesigned. The existing ballroom will be partially used for the new brewery, while the rest of that area will be used for a dining room and beer hall. The main hall will have seating for 330 people. The existing restaurant, bar and restrooms will also be refurbished.

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Large medical office building proposed in Mequon

Sept. 01, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Mequon — A developer is planning to build a three-story, 86,000-square-foot medical office building in Mequon next year.

The medical office building, which is valued at $21 million, would be built at the northeast corner of Port Washington Road and Venture Court. The building would be 47 feet tall, which is within the city's zoning code.

The three-building Venture Court retail complex would be razed to make way for the building, which would also occupy undeveloped land to the north. The Venture Court complex, which includes Wooden Goose Cafe and other businesses, has had numerous vacancies in recent years.

The city's zoning code allows medical offices no larger than 20,000 square feet, so developer Ryan Companies is using the city's planned unit development process to build the larger building. Ryan is proposing to break ground in the spring of 2016, with the first medical groups opening in late 2016.

The Mequon Plan Commission on Monday, Aug. 31, voted in favor of the concept plan and rezoning the property. Final approval is still needed from the Mequon Common Council.

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Some Shorewood residents feel shut out by school board participation policy

Aug. 31, 2015 6:48 p.m. | Shorewood — Some Shorewood residents are worried that the Shorewood School Board's new public participation policy will limit their input during board meetings.

The new policy allows each resident to speak for five minutes, and comments are only allowed at the beginning of the meeting. The previous policy allowed residents to contribute their viewpoints as the board discussed each agenda item. The new policy also limits public comment to three people on each side of a given issue, unless the majority of the board agrees to make an exception.

The board was prompted to change the policy after the district's previous superintendent, Martin Lexmond, resigned to lead the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. In the process of hiring Lexmond's replacement, two of the candidates told Shorewood School Board President Paru Shah that the school board's meetings "were like a circus," Shah said.

By limiting public comment to the beginning of the meeting, Shah said she hopes the board will be able to have more productive conversations with each other.

Shah has said public comment doesn't have to be restricted to board meetings. She encouraged residents to email school board members or new Superintendent Bryan Davis, and said concerns raised by residents will be addressed at the following school board meeting.

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Deangelo Stewart rushes for 315 yards as Messwood overpowers Nicolet

Aug. 28, 2015 10:30 p.m. | Shorewood/Messmer football coach Chad Hofmann was in a bit of a hurry after his team's impressive 34-13 victory over area nonconference rival Nicolet on Aug. 28.

His mom, Candy, needed a ride home, and the two probably wanted to celebrate the moment of his first varsity victory.

It would have probably meant more had his Dad, Robert "Rob" Hofmann, been there, too. The day before the win, Aug. 27, would have been Rob's 52nd birthday, but he died tragically about a month ago as a result of injuries suffered in a bike accident.

In short, Chad, an only child, and his mom needed this moment.

"It's a good feeling," Hofmann said. "It was his birthday yesterday, so I can't imagine doing anything better than this (getting a win to honor him). This is very special for me, because he's still here with me, still with the family."

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Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.


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