Glendale Hilton to be converted to Holiday Inn

Feb. 27, 2014 9:55 a.m. | The Milwaukee River Hilton Hotel, in Glendale, would be converted into a Holiday Inn under a new proposal filed with city officials. 

CMH Milwaukee River Inn LLC, a newly formed investors group, has the 162-room hotel, 4700 N. Port Washington Road, under contract, according to a Glendale Plan Commission review application.

If CMH completes its purchase of the hotel, the property will go through significant renovations, including expanding the lobby to give it a new bar area, views of the Milwaukee River and a more contemporary look, according to the application.

The ballroom and meeting spaces also would be renovated. And the hotel's guest rooms would get new bathrooms, carpets, furniture and other upgrades, the application said.

CMH is negotiating with the Holiday Inn franchise to give the hotel a new brand once the Hilton franchise expires in April, the application said. CMH is conducting its due diligence review of the properrty, and hopes to take ownership around April 15.

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East's Wheeler's free throws lead to upset of Shorewood

Feb. 25, 2014 10:23 p.m. | Wauwatosa East senior wing Sean Wheeler stood on the free throw line at Shorewood with 2.6 seconds left holding the Red Raiders' chances to advance in the playoffs, as well as the basketball, in his hands.

With Tosa East trailing in a hard-fought barnburner, 49-48, Wheeler had been fouled driving to the basket. He calmly sank two free throws and gave the Red Raiders a 50-49 upset win over Shorewood in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.

Suddenly hot Tosa East won its fourth straight game to improve its record to 9-14. The Red Raiders now play at second-seed Whitefish Bay on Friday.

The Red Raiders led 13-11 after one quarter and then held the Greyhounds to one basket in the second quarter to take a 21-13 halftime lead.

Both offenses showed up in the second half, however, as Shorewood outscored Tosa East, 36-29, taking the game down to the wire.

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Three vie for two seats on Bay Village Board

Feb. 25, 2014 9:39 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Come the April 1 spring election, incumbents Tara Serebin and Garry Davis will attempt to stave off former write-in candidate Will Demet for two seats on the Village Board.

Serebin, 48, is a 21-year village resident who was appointed to the board last year when trustee Lauri Rollings stepped down. Serebin has a bachelor's in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was a longtime elementary and substitute teacher before taking on the executive director post at the nonprofit Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee. She is married with two children.



Davis, 56, has lived in Bay for 15 years and is two years into his first term on the board. He grew up on an Iowa farm before earning a bachelor's in German, French and political science at the Central University of Iowa and a master's and PhD in Germanic languages from the University of Michigan. Davis is a professor of linguistics at UWM, is married, and has two children.

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O'Connor, Siegel square off for Bay presidency

Feb. 25, 2014 6:36 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Newcomer Anne O'Connor is attempting to unseat incumbent Village President Julie Siegel in the upcoming April 1 spring election.

O'Connor, a seven-year Bay resident, grew up in Madison and later went to high school in Green Bay. She earned a bachelor's in business administration with a specialization in marketing and international business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then O'Connor, 48, has lived in Madison, Chicago and the London area while working in marketing and fundraising.

More recently, O'Connor has gone back to school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is working on a master's in art history, which she intends to use someday to pursue a career that would "combine artistic expression and community building."



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Two women arrested for escort without a license in Glendale

Feb. 21, 2014 9:37 a.m. | Two Milwaukee women were arrested in separate incidents for escort without a license after police set up "dates" with them in Glendale on Feb. 6.

According to the Glendale police report:

The women, 19 and 22, were arrested in separate incidents for escort without a license after police set up "dates" with them on a known website used by prostitutes at La Quinta Inn, 5110 N. Port Washington Road, one at 7:50 p.m. and one at 11 p.m. Feb. 6.

Two Milwaukee men, 29 and 32, who drove the women to the Inn, were arrested as they sat in their cars for party to the crime of escort without a license.

The 19-year-old woman was also arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, a .38 special revolver, that she said she had for protection because she'd been robbed once.

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Bearden's two free throws lift Germantown boys to win in 58-56 thriller

Feb. 20, 2014 10:28 p.m. | Germantown point guard Lamonte Bearden got to the foul line a lot Thursday night in the Warhawks' regular season closer basketball game against Homestead, but was indifferent in his results, hitting just 12 of 20 for the game.

But he saved his best effort at the line for last, as he calmly drained two throws with 2.7 seconds left in a tie game to give Germantown the lead. And when the Highlanders' desperation heave from Jack Popp was off the mark, Germantown had completed its fourth straight unbeaten run through the North Shore Conference, 58-56.

"He's probably a career 80 percent free throw shooter," said coach Steve Showalter of Bearden. "He was far from that tonight, but he hit the big ones though."

With the victory, the Warhawks finished the regular season at 14-0 in league play and 20-2 overall. They have now won 59 North Shore Conference games in a row dating back to 2010 and now have won an even 100 games over the last four seasons combined.

"These things are something all the guys can be proud of," said Showalter. "We as a staff are proud of them. Our first goal (every season) is to work hard and win conference."

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River Hills man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

Feb. 19, 2014 9:38 a.m. | River Hills — The Medical Examiner's Office ruled Wednesday that a 50-year-old River Hills man died Tuesday evening from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and the cause of death was a suicide.

According to a news release from the River Hills Police Department:

At about 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, River Hills police officers were called to a residence on North Pheasant Lane for a person who had been shot.

According to witnesses, the 50-year-old man had been cleaning a gun and then started handling it in a careless manner. In addition, the man placed one round of ammunition in the gun and "made random and reckless statements about the weapon and its use. This resulted in a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."

The man was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital but did not survive.

Mequon police arrest eight at drinking party

Feb. 19, 2014 8:40 a.m. | Mequon police arrested seven teenagers for underage drinking and one for furnishing a place for underage consumption after a Tip-411 call reported an underage drinking party Feb. 8.

According to the Mequon police report:

A caller alerted police to the underage drinking party in the 10100 block of North Vintage Court through Tip-411 at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 8.

The parents allowed police into the home saying their son was having a few friends over. The teens were in the basement along with alcohol and beer.

It was then when police heard a loud noise in the living room and saw a boy running away after crashing through a patio door screen. The boy, who was not wearing shoes, ran through several yards followed by an officer before falling to the ground wet and shivering and appearing intoxicated.

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Weickardt unveils new River Club subdivision deal

Feb. 19, 2014 7:36 a.m. | Mequon — River Club of Mequon owner Tom Weickardt is bringing back his plans to build a 19-home subdivision on a 42-acre lot near the club and along the Milwaukee River.

At a River Advisory Committee meeting Feb. 12, River Club representatives unveiled plans similar to those shot down by the Planning Commission in 2012. The plans will be filed this week at the Plan Commission for consideration in March.

The main difference between the 2012 proposal and new version is Weickardt's willingness to concede development rights on a number of easements throughout the Ville Du Parc neighborhood and donate a tract of land along the Milwaukee River to the city. The concessions constitute Weickardt's latest attempt to win over the neighbors and various Ville Du Parc homeowners associations, whose support will be crucial when the Planning Commission takes up the proposal.

Mequon developer Dave Leszczynski said talks between River Club representatives and neighbors have produced "groundswell" support for the plan.

"We're going to move this thing forward next month at Plan Commission," Leszczynski said. "We're going to talk to all the homeowner groups, and we'll probably have support from all of them except Deer Trail."

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Daniell-Rhodes eliminated in Shorewood primary

Feb. 18, 2014 10:28 p.m. | Shorewood — Newcomer Wendy Daniell-Rhodes has been eliminated in the Tuesday primary election for the School Board.

Incumbents Paru Shah and Ruth Treisman led the field with 34.3 and 25.6 percent of the vote, respectively, followed by newcomers Gregg Davis with 18.2 percent, Margaret Schmidt with 14.7 percent, and Daniell-Rhodes with 6.9 percent.

Shah, Treisman, Davis and Schmidt will vie for two seats on the School Board in the coming April 1 spring election.

Results remain unofficial until certified by the Board of Canvassers (bold eliminated):

Paru Shah (i): 323

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Bunge, Izard eliminated in Brown Deer primary election

Feb. 18, 2014 10:08 p.m. | Brown Deer — Newcomers Richmond Izard II and Otto Bunge have been knocked out of the running for two seats on the Village Board.

Newcomer Jamie Awe led the field in the Tuesday primary, followed by incumbent Terry Boschert and newcomers Bruce Thomas and Sherry Yusuf.

Results remain unofficial until certified by the Board of Canvassers (bold are eliminated):

Jamie Awe: 327

Terry Boschert (i): 287

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Nicolet financial forecast foretells 2016 referendum

Feb. 18, 2014 6:46 p.m. | Glendale — A review of the Nicolet School District's financial forecast makes a 2016 referendum a near necessity, barring substantial budget cuts.

The forecast, presented to the School Board at a working meeting last week, shows how the district has avoided dramatic budget cuts in recent years through a combination of referendum funding and employee benefit reductions after Act 10.

In 2011, Nicolet voters approved with a 54 percent majority an operational referendum to raise property taxes and exceed the district's state-mandated revenue limit by $2.15 million annually through the 2015-16 school year. The biggest motivating factor of the referendum was continued declining enrollment, which has a direct impact on district finances because funding is tied to overall enrollment, Finance Director Jeff Dellutri said.

According to Dellutri's presentation, as enrollment has declined over the years a gap has grown between Nicolet's allowable revenue under state law and its operating expenses. Since 2011, that gap has been filled with the extra taxes allowed by the referendum and cuts to employee pension plans, health insurance changes and other budget cuts.

By tracking enrollment numbers at Nicolet's feeder districts and usage of bus services for area private and parochial schools — for whom Nicolet is obligated by state law to manage busing — district administrators predict a continued decline in enrollment. Their forecast shows a roughly 100-student decline between now and the 2018-19 school year.

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North Shore Library's director retiring after 20 years

Feb. 18, 2014 6:38 p.m. | Glendale — From his place among the stacks, North Shore Library Director Dick Nelson has seen the world transform throughout the course of his four decades in the library business.

Where there was once a sprawling card catalog to track the library's collection there is now a countywide digital system at anyone and everyone's fingertips. In place of the phonograph records and the room-filling, card-fed computers of old are desktop PCs, DVDs, CDs, e-book readers, audiobooks, and, of course, rows upon rows of books on almost every topic imaginable.

Single video player for Community NOW sites

All-told, the North Shore Library's collection contains more than 121,000 items. About 25,000 physical items are checked out each month. When digital media are included in the count, roughly half a million items circulate annually between the North Shore Library and its member communities of Glendale, Fox Point, Bayside and River Hills.

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Glendale woman reports BMW taken after inviting stranger into her house

Feb. 18, 2014 2:32 p.m. | A Glendale woman reported Feb. 6 her BWM and other items were missing after she invited a female stranger in to her home and then fell asleep.

According to the Glendale police report:

The resident met another woman at a gas station and felt sorry for her because the woman said her boyfriend beat her up.

The resident first took the woman to her work, a bar restaurant, and then home in the 6400 block of West Willow Glen Lane. The resident said she fell asleep and when she woke up, the stranger and her property were gone.

The woman called police to report the theft of her wallet, $50 cash, a $400 cellphone and her BMW, value not available.

Dunham's closes Milwaukee store near former Northridge

Feb. 18, 2014 7:00 a.m. | The Dunham's Sports store on Milwaukee's far northwest side has apparently closed, marking another major store shutdown for the retail area near the former Northridge Mall.

The store, with around 36,400 square feet, operated at 9191 N. 76th St., in a 79,500-square-foot strip retail center owned by Davenport, Iowa-based Windmill Hill Inc. The Milwaukee location is no longer listed on the Dunham's website, and its telephone number isn't being answered.

An executive from Troy, Mich.-based Dunham's Athleisure Corp. didn't respond to a request for information. Dunham's operates around 175 sporting goods stores in 10 Midwestern and Southern states, including stores at 17300 W. Blue Mound Road, Brookfield and 2550 S. 108th St., West Allis.

Word of the Dunham's closing comes after Monday's announcement that Madison-based American TV & Appliance is closing all 10 of its stores, including its 81,525-square-foot Brown Deer location, at 6700 W. Brown Deer Road.

Several nearby retailers have closed following Northridge's decline.

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Early school start times in question due to alarming impact on teens

Feb. 17, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Joanne Lipo Zovic got up after midnight on a recent weekday to find her daughter Haley, a senior at Shorewood High School, and some classmates still studying for an exam.

Haley, 17, does not have a first-hour class this semester, so she didn't have to start school until 8:33 a.m. — giving her at least a little extra sleep.

It's a schedule many think should be the norm. The Shorewood district has formed a committee of parents, students and School Board members to help it consider whether to join two other area schools, and hundreds of others around the country, in pushing back high school start times.

At issue is whether the start of the school day — which has shifted earlier in recent decades, to around 7 a.m. for many local schools — is making it harder to educate teenagers.

Sleep researchers say adolescents' circadian rhythms, or "body clocks," are different from those of younger children and adults. Teenagers don't usually get sleepy until about 11 p.m. and aren't ready to wake up until nine hours later, about 8 a.m.

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Federal officials investigate Mequon lawyer accused of fraud

Feb. 15, 2014 1:15 p.m. | Federal authorities are trying to seize some of more than $2 million entrusted to a Mequon lawyer last year by an elderly West Allis couple.

It's the latest step by authorities who for three years have investigated serious complaints against attorney Sarah Laux, who remains a member in good standing of the state bar.

Mark Franzen, the West Allis couple's son, said when he read about Laux's legal trouble in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in May, he returned from Arizona to check on his parents. He learned that the couple had hired Laux after attending a free luncheon seminar about trusts that Laux put on in Greendale.

"I went back to look at my parents' affairs and estate, and uncovered some money was missing," Franzen said. "It appeared Laux was behind it and it focused on annuities."

According to records in federal court and from the state commissioner of insurance, Laux persuaded Harold and Mary Ann Franzen to redirect about $2.1 million of their investments into a series of annuities.

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Bay girls fall to Cedarburg, 62-50, now game behind in NSC race

Feb. 14, 2014 10:38 p.m. | Now it gets much harder for the Whitefish Bay girls basketball team to win the North Shore Conference title.

The Blue Dukes saw their 14-game winning streak come to an end Friday night when visiting Cedarburg dominated the fourth quarter and beat Bay, 62-50. It was Bay's first loss since an 82-77 decision to North Shore leader Germantown back on Dec. 6.

With the defeat, Bay (10-2, 15-3) fell out of the tie for the league lead it previously had with Germantown. The Warhawks (11-1, 15-5) crushed Nicolet this night to maintain their lead.

"I still find it incredible that this team had not been defeated since December," said Bay coach Dave Markson, "but they (the Bulldogs) made the adjustments and they didn't flinch (when it counted).

"Now we need some help. We need somebody to beat Germantown (to get a share of the lead) and that's never a good situation to be in."

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North Shore United to improve complex, expand

Feb. 14, 2014 10:42 a.m. | Mequon — Several improvements to the North Shore United Soccer Club's Port Washington State Bank complex, W6499 Layton St., were approved by the Planning Commission on Monday.

Under an amended conditional use permit, NSU is now allowed an increase in parking to 170 vehicles, an increase in patrons from 250 to 492 with three annual exceptions for tournaments, nighttime lighting for Monday through Thursday practices from September to Thanksgiving, and an allowance for adult players.

The new site plan approved Monday allows for a four-foot fence around the recently installed synthetic field, two sets of 72-spectator bleachers, protective netting behind several of the fields, and a four-stall restroom trailer on the northwest part of the complex parking lot.

The operational changes both codify expansions of the program which have been in violation the original use permit dating back to the 1990s and allow for much-needed improvements, according to NSU representatives.

"The modifications go to help ensuring that all the players and families in our club enjoy the game," Coaching Director Joe Hammes said. "It keeps them happy and safe."

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Man arrested for taking $3,300 worth of items from Sendik's

Feb. 14, 2014 8:40 a.m. | A man was arrested on Jan. 31 for taking more than $3,300 worth of items from Sendik's Fresh2Go.

According to the Bayside police report:

The man, age and residence not released, worked as a demonstrator for a food company working at Sendik’s Fresh2Go, 340 W. Brown Deer Road, over a number of days.

The store discovered items missing during an inventory, and the man, who was then questioned, admitted taking the items but not eating or selling them, just storing them at his home. He blamed an anxiety disorder for the thefts.

He was found in possession of about 25 items valued at $281. He and police then went to his home but the man would not let them in, saying it was a relative's home and that relative was ill. He went in and came out with more than 70 items valued at $1,510.

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Brown Deer police seeking BP armed robbery suspect

Feb. 13, 2014 3:09 p.m. | Brown Deer — Police are on the lookout for a man suspected of robbing at gunpoint the BP gas station at 51st Street and Brown Deer Road Wednesday evening.

According to a Brown Deer Police Department news release, the man entered the gas station about 7 p.m. Wednesday and wanted to purchase a cigar. The clerk asked for identification, which the man handed over. According to the clerk, the ID provided matched the man.

While the clerk was handing over change, the man pulled out a black gun of unknown style from his backpack and demanded money.

The man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, running to and entering the passenger side of a late-model, dark-colored Chevy Impala, which was last seen going south on 51st Street.

The man was described as a black male, 18- to 20-years-old, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches with an average build. He was wearing a black baseball cap; dark coat and pants; white tennis shoes; and a black backpack.

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Authorities identify man killed in Glendale house fire

Feb. 12, 2014 2:52 p.m. | The man killed in a weekend Glendale house fire was identified Wednesday as 49-year-old Steven A. Kleiber.

The fire occurred about 9:45 p.m. Saturday and was reported by a Glendale police officer who noticed it while on patrol. North Shore Fire/Rescue arrived to find the roof collapsing and saw the first floor eventually fall into the basement.

Kleiber suffered burns and was deceased when officials found him on the first floor of the house. The Milwaukee County medical examiner ruled the death accidental.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Tepper resigns as Glendale mayor

Feb. 12, 2014 1:54 p.m. | Glendale — Mayor Jerome Tepper is stepping down from his leadership post, after holding the role for nearly eight years.

The Common Council on Monday considered Tepper's resignation, submitted in a letter dated Feb. 6 and effective Feb. 12. Tepper explained that his frequent travel since his wife took a job in Virginia about 14 months ago has taken a toll on him physically.

"I promised my wife that as soon as the resolution of the (North Shore) Fire Department modification was completed that I would tender my resignation and become a full-time husband," Tepper said. "This was the first opportunity for me to really do it at the right time."

Being able to work with the leaders of the six other North Shore communities to modify the fire department funding agreement is one of the accomplishments that stands out for Tepper since he first took on the role of mayor in April 2006. Although it took nearly eight years to complete, he noted, it was worth the effort.

Other accomplishments listed by Tepper include keeping taxes at a level the community can handle, under the leadership of City Administrator Richard Maslowski, running efficient meetings, and keeping Glendale Days alive — something he credits in part to resident Bryan Kennedy. When he recommended that Kennedy serve as chair of the Fourth of July Committee, he happily accepted, Tepper said.

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New scholarship honors deceased Shorewood grad

Feb. 12, 2014 12:16 p.m. | Shorewood — Debra Spector lives on in the thoughts of her family, in the words of her friends, and now in the lives of the students helped in her name.

Sunday was the one-year anniversary of her abrupt and untimely passing at the age of 39 due to diabetic complications. This Friday, Valentine's Day, marks the bittersweet anniversary of the funeral attended by her family and several hundred friends.

Creating a memorial fund

To honor her name and the love she had for Shorewood High School, her father, Howard Spector, has donated $25,000 to fund the self-sustaining Debra Spector Memorial Scholarship.

The memorial fund has been invested by the high school. Every year $500 worth of proceeds will be awarded to a student bound for nearby University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where Debra earned her undergraduate degree.

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Mequon approves Marshalls store plan

Feb. 12, 2014 7:00 a.m. | A new Marshalls store proposed for Mequon Pavilions Shopping Center has been approved by the Mequon Plan Commission. 

The commission at its Monday night meeting approved plans for the clothing and home goods store to use 24,822 square feet at the shopping center, 10930 N. Port Washington Road.

Marshalls will take space currently occupied by Men’s Wearhouse and two smaller adjacent vacant spaces, according to a commission report. Men's Wearhouse will move to another vacant space at the shopping center.

The plan includes a 300-square-foot addition at the front entrance, a 500-square-foot expansion at the rear of the building for a loading dock, and changes to the building's façade, including new storefront windows.

Marshalls will be among the largest tenants at the 218,116-square-foot Mequon Pavilions, which is owned by New York-based Brixmor Property Group Inc. Other anchors include Sendik's Food Market and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Homestead edges AHS in seeding battle

Feb. 11, 2014 10:37 p.m. | Germantown coach Steve Showalter and Kettle Moraine coach Brad Bestor were among those on hand Tuesday at Homestead High School to watch the Highlanders face Arrowhead in a nonconference boys basketball battle. The next time coaches from the four teams will be in the same room is Sunday, when the annual seeding meeting will hash out where each team falls in the WIAA postseason.

It was Homestead that came away with a huge feather in its cap for that very occasion.

With a 56-51 win over Arrowhead, the Highlanders attained the inside track on the No. 3 seed, with Germantown and Kettle Moraine the momentary odds-on favorites for the top spots in a loaded corner of the sectional.

"When we dropped to Port (Washington on Jan. 24), that kind of put us behind the 8-ball, but these guys have responded all year with stepping up," Homestead coach Kevin McKenna said. "We talked all week about how this game is a bracket-buster game. We knew going into the seeding meeting on Sunday, this was going to play big."

Jerrod Walton scored 23 points and could do no wrong for the Highlanders, and Luke Mueller caught fire for a key fourth-quarter stretch to give the Highlanders a late lead.

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Brown Deer boys clinch second straight Woodland East title

Feb. 11, 2014 10:35 p.m. | A lot of new faces, a couple of transfers but the same old intensity.

And that's how the Brown Deer boys basketball team clinched its second straight Woodland Conference East Division title Tuesday night, as it rolled past a stubborn Shorewood squad with a 16-0 start to the fourth quarter en route to a 69-47 decision.

"It was a great win for us," said Falcon coach Kelly Appleby. "Back-to-back conference titles is a great achievement for this group. We've been unbeaten on the East side for the last two years and we've had just four (conference) losses total.

"This team (Shorewood), was in second place, so we needed to separate ourselves."

They did, as with the win, the Falcons are now 13-3 in league play and 15-5 overall having won seven games in a row and nine of their last 10. Meanwhile, Shorewood fell to 9-6 and 12-7, respectively and saw its five game winning streak come to an end.

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Memory care facility proposal again tabled by Mequon Planning Commission

Feb. 11, 2014 4:45 p.m. | Mequon — The Planning Commission's second crack at the Azura Memory Care of Mequon proposal played out like a court trial Monday, with an abundance of resident testimony interspersed with attorneys on both sides of the issue arguing their cases before an attentive, near-capacity crowd.

It was then up to City Attorney John DeStefanis to attempt to make sense of the various legal claims and clarify for the commissioners what they could and could not do according to state law. Yet even with his advice, the commissioners weren't sure their actions could hold up in court and tabled Azura's request for the second time.

Colorado-based Azura Memory Care has proposed a 60-bed memory care facility at the former Beth El synagogue property at 2802 W. Mequon Road. After a lengthy discussion in January, the commission tabled Azura's request after residents and the developer offered conflicting claims.

The 14 residents who addressed the commission on the proposal were unanimously opposed to Azura's plans. Faced with conflicting legal opinions from attorneys representing the developer and neighbors — who unsurprisingly offered interpretations favorable to their clients — the commission tasked DeStefanis with sorting it all out to produce a definitive legal opinion for their next meeting.

"I'm troubled that if we go forward tonight we're going to put Mequon back in court," commissioner Pat Marchese said.

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Committee selects facilitator to aid in Mequon-Thiensville financial talks

Feb. 11, 2014 11:49 a.m. | Mequon — The newly formed Mequon-Thiensville School District ad hoc committee, tasked with finding a way to financially sustain the quality of the district, on Thursday chose noted mediator Howard Bellman to aid them in their deliberations.

Bellman is a longtime mediator who has worked on a number of high-profile negotiations over the years. According to his website, Bellman has worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Education, and Federal Trade Commission; his recent cases include negotiations over the Kalamazoo River Superfund site cleanup, Archdiocese of Milwaukee clergy sexual abuse, and employment discrimination settlement negotiations.

While at least one committee member had qualms about hiring Bellman, saying he has a reputation for being biased in favor of teachers, the consensus among the group was that he has impressive experience and could be dismissed in the event he shows a bias.

"I got the sense that as a process champion, as a facilitator, he would separate those things out," committee co-chair Brian Levy said. "...If we're cognizant that he's got a bent or something, we can filter that out."

Committee avoids resident candidates

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1 dead in fire that destroyed Glendale house

Feb. 09, 2014 7:30 a.m. | One person is dead after a fire Saturday evening destroyed a home on Bridgewood Lane in Glendale.

The fire was first reported at 9:45 p.m. by a Glendale police officer who noticed it while on patrol. Fire crews responded and found the fire had taken over the front and back of the house, delaying firefighters' entry into the home, North Shore Fire/Rescue said in a news release.

The roof collapse shortly after the firefighters arrived, and the damage was so extensive that part of the first floor eventually collapsed into the basement. 

Crews later were able to locate the unidentified victim on the first floor. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office is investigating the cause of death and helping to identify the victim.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appears to have started in a first-floor living room, North Shore Fire/Rescue said. Fire crews were unable to locate any smoke detectors in the home.

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Bay boys sharing on offense leads to 61-39 win over Messmer

Feb. 08, 2014 6:43 p.m. | In a game that will likely have major WIAA D2 sectional seeding ramifications, the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team took a 9-0 lead on host Messmer and never looked back in earning a 61-39 victory Saturday afternoon.

"That's a tough team and the score is not indicative of how tough this game was," said Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik. "We were able to get stops when we needed them and we've been encouraging the kids to share the ball and they've bought in.

"When you share the ball good things tend to happen."

With the victory, the Blue Dukes improved to 15-5 overall and ran their winning streak to five games. Meanwhile, the Bishops saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end as they fell to 16-3.

Both are in the same WIAA sectional bracket.

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Bay boys hoops team gets defensive in overpowering Nicolet, 62-26

Feb. 07, 2014 11:31 p.m. | If the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team continues to play defense like it did against overmatched host and rival Nicolet Friday night, don't be surprised if the Blue Dukes make another strong WIAA tourney run like they did when they won the state D2 title in 2011.

The Blue Dukes limited the Knights to just nine second half points, held them to just five field goals for the night and went on a 26-0 run in the third quarter in winning their fourth game in a row and their second of the week in an easy 62-26 decision.

Coach Kevin Lazovik said the defense all comes down to communication.

"Yes, we're doing a great job of talking to one another," he said. "That's the biggest job on defense, communicating with one another. Guys stepped up and were really flying around tonight."

The Blue Dukes cemented their third place standing in the North Shore at 8-4 and improved to 14-5 overall.

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VIDEO: Shorewood man captures Grand Canyon from space

Feb. 06, 2014 4:35 p.m. | Shorewood — From the edge of space, even the Grand Canyon looks small.

At an altitude equal to three times the height of Mount Everest, John Flaig of Shorewood shot photos and video from his homemade weather balloon, capturing breathtaking vistas from the furthest reaches of the atmosphere.

Flaig, 39, a programmer by day, is one of few amateur weather balloon photographers in the country, and a pioneer of the burgeoning hobby.

So much so that he is the subject of a recently released National Geographic micro-documentary. The roughly four-minute film follows the trip that he and adventure filmmaker J.J. Kelley took as they launched a gadget-laden balloon last Thanksgiving to capture stratospheric shots of the Grand Canyon:

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Thiensville police ticket 11 at underage drinking party

Feb. 06, 2014 12:59 p.m. | Thiensville — Police busted eight underage drinkers Saturday and ticketed three Thiensville men for providing the alcohol.

According to a department news release:

Following a report of loud music at an apartment, police responded to the 100 block of Grand Avenue at 11:55 p.m. Feb. 1 and were met at the apartment door by the three Thiensville men. The officer at the door noticed beers cans in the living room behind them.

At the same time the officer heard on another officer's radio that there was a large group of people running out a rear door. The second officer chased the group as they broke into another apartment within the complex, where they were found hiding in a closet.

The eight young men and women, ranging from 18 to 20-years-old, were all ticketed for underage drinking and resisting arrest. The three 21-year-old men who were hosting them at their apartment were ticketed for providing alcohol. In total police issued 19 citations.

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Brown Deer Village Board primary election voters guide

Feb. 05, 2014 3:21 p.m. |

Jamie Awe

Age: 34


occupation: annuity specialist at Robert W. Baird & Co.

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Mequon-Thiensville district confronts challenge of keeping best-in-state performance despite declining enrollment and funding

Feb. 05, 2014 1:44 p.m. | Mequon — It's a straightforward question with a not-so-straightforward answer: How to keep the state's top rated K-12 school district up to snuff when student enrollment, and therefore funding, have been steadily decreasing over the years?

That is the quandary a newly formed committee will take on as it attempts to rectify the Mequon-Thiensville School District's high-flying performance with its perennially red ledger.

Over the years the district has attempted one referendum and implemented numerous budget cuts to offset revenue losses. Nevertheless, with an awareness that the funding dilemma could someday jeopardize the quality of education within the district, the School Board decided last year to create the committee.

In January, the board approved the 17-resident committee roster, which includes lawyers, businesspeople, education advocates, and others representing the Mequon and Thiensville communities.

The board recently brainstormed its own, six-part definition of quality education. It's now up to the committee to create a plan to financially sustain that quality.

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Preserving our Past, February: Ice skating in Whitefish Bay

Feb. 05, 2014 11:53 a.m. | By Tom Fehring:

Shortly after publishing a book entitled, “Images of Whitefish Bay,” I received a letter from Mary Hansen Lourigan. The book included two images of men working on flooding the annual ice rink at Cahill Square, taken in the 1950s. I had assumed that the men worked for the village’s department of public works. Mary recognized them and wanted to pass along their names.

“I received a copy of “Images of Whitefish Bay” as a gift.  The picture of the man wearing the skates in front of the Quonset hut is Mr. Norbert Studelska. The gentleman with the fedora is Mr. Adelbert Rietz.  Norbert and Adelbert were both history teachers who worked as chaperones at the skating rink. I believe the man in the center is Mr. Richard VandenAvond. He came to Whitefish Bay as a teacher after I graduated (class of ‘59’). I used to skate almost every night and many weekends and remember them well.  Mr. Studelska and Mr. Rietz were two really good teachers.

“I have really enjoyed the book and the many memories that it has brought back.”  

The images that Mary refers to are shown below.

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Shorewood TCF Bank robber claimed he had a hand grenade

Feb. 05, 2014 11:33 a.m. | Shorewood — Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing the TCF Bank in Shorewood late Tuesday morning.

According to an announcement from Shorewood police, the man entered the bank at 11:39 a.m. on Tuesday and announced that he had a hand grenade. He demanded money from a teller and handed over a red Sendik's bag. He told the teller not to give him a dye pack.

He made off on foot with an unknown amount of cash.

Police describe the man as white, about 5' 7", wearing a dark puffy waist-length jacket with the hood up and his face covered.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Shorewood police at (414) 847-2610.

Walmart begins converting former Brown Deer Lowe's

Feb. 05, 2014 7:00 a.m. |

The conversion of a former Brown Deer Lowe's home improvement store to a Walmart discount store and supermarket is starting.
The new 140,000-square-foot Walmart is to open this summer at 6140 W. Brown Deer Road. Walmart is staging a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the store site.
The Village Board approved the Walmart in August after the retail chain agreed to an earlier closing time, no gun sales, a noise barrier and other measures that weren't part of the initial proposal.

Shorewood faces $450,000 in alley work

Feb. 04, 2014 10:05 p.m. | Shorewood — Alleyways in need of reconstruction or major maintenance are likely to begin receiving more attention under Shorewood's pavement management plan.

In a report to the Village Board on Monday, Public Works Director Leeann Butschlick provided an overview of street and alley repairs completed since 2005 and an outlook of what is planned for 2014 and beyond.

As required by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the village rates its roadways each odd calendar year, using the state's pavement surface evaluation and rating system scale of 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best condition. The ratings apply only to residential streets, Butschlick noted, which excludes Capitol and Wilson drives and Oakland Avenue, due to their classifications by WisDOT. Although not required, the village also rated its alleys in 2013, Butschlick said.

The pavement management plan adopted by the village in 2009 takes those ratings into consideration and specifies that street reconstruction projects are to be completed in even calendar years, with a budget of $1.5 million to $2 million and coordinated with major utility, other infrastructure and development projects, Butschlick explained, and that major maintenance projects are to be done in odd calendar years, based on need, with a budget of $225,000 to $250,000.

Aside from pothole patching in various alleys and the 2011 resurfacing of the alley serving the 4400 blocks of Cramer Street and Murray Avenue, completed with Community Development Block Grant funding, no reconstruction or major maintenance of alleys has been funded since the plan was adopted.

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Homestead, Shorewood orchestra musicians to perform at Carnegie Hall

Feb. 04, 2014 4:37 p.m. |

More than 60 students from Homestead and Shorewood High Schools will appear Feb. 16 at Carnegie Hall in New York after their orchestra was selected to perform a concert.

The 66-member Homestead and Shorewood High School Chamber Orchestra will play works by Mendelssohn, Doyle and Bloch in the concert and will be joined by Milwaukee-area pianist Jeannie Yu, according to a news release from the Mequon-Thiensville School District, of which Homestead is a part.

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International Auto dealership could land on 51st and Brown Deer

Feb. 04, 2014 3:25 p.m. | Brown Deer — In his first year here, Village Manager Michael Hall says many residents and businesspeople have voiced a strong desire to replace an abandoned gas station at the southeast corner of Brown Deer Road and 51st Street.

"People are always asking me what's going to be done about that," he said in an interview.

The Village Board on Monday night took a first step toward action on that corner by unanimously approving a memorandum of understanding with the International Autos Group of West Allis for the gas station property and the adjacent KinderCare day care facility, 8750 N. 51st St. The village would acquire the two properties, then sell the combined site to International Autos, which would build a dealership for an unspecified luxury car.

According to its website, International Autos operates 18 showrooms in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Auto brands the group sells include Audi, Infiniti, Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Jaguar and Volvo.

Hall said International's dealerships include Audi North Shore, 4400 W. Brown Deer Road, and Infiniti North Shore in Glendale.

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River bluff housing considered for Shorewood

Feb. 04, 2014 7:00 a.m. | Shorewood officials have started negotiations with a developer for a possible housing project overlooking the Milwaukee River.

Village Manager Chris Swartz declined to provide details. The Shorewood Community Development Authority is to discuss negotiations for possible financing assistance in a closed session at its Friday meeting.

The state open meetings law allows governments to discuss such negotiations in closed session. But any action must occur in open session.

The site cover over 4 acres at 3900 N. Sherburn Place, Swartz said. It includes an industrial building that once housed Milwaukee PC, which would be razed.

The parcel is just south of where Vero Beach, Fla.-based Harbor Retirement Associates LLC will develop 94 assisted-living and memory-care apartments on a 3.2-acre site south of E. Capitol Drive, between the Milwaukee River and the biking trail overpass.

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Primary election voters guide for Shorewood School Board

Feb. 03, 2014 10:19 p.m. |  

Wendy Daniell-Rhodes

Age: Not given

Employer/occupation: Saz's Catering

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