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Wolf steps down after nine seasons as Nicolet girls basketball coach

April 26, 2012 1:41 p.m. | Corey Wolf has resigned as Nicolet girls basketball coach.

"It's all about my family," said the mother of three, ages 7, 5 and 1. "I just want to spend more time with them. With their schooling and their activities, I just want to be able to see them a little more."

Wolf made the resignation official yesterday. She spent nine very successful years with the Knights, winning six North Shore Conference titles including the last four in a row, with a WIAA State D1 championship in 2011 thrown in for good measure.

Wolf initially made her name in basketball as a Nicolet's hard-charging point guard back in the mid-1990s when she was known as Corey Bronson. She graduated in 1995 and played basketball and earned her masters' degree from Marquette University in physical therapy in 2001.

She currently works for Aurora Advanced Healthcare.

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Milwaukee Jewish Day School announces new grant program to subsidize tuition

April 26, 2012 9:00 a.m. | Thanks to a new grant program made possible by a donation from an anonymous community member, tuition at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School will be more affordable for both current students and new students beginning in the 2012-13 school year, according to a news release from the school.

The school, in Whitefish Bay, announced its new grant program, called “Building Our Future,” this week.

According to the news release, the Building Our Future Grant Program will offer:

  • New junior and senior kindergarten students up to $2,000 each year through 8th grade.
  • New students enrolling in grades 1-7 a full tuition grant for their first year and up to $4,000 per year for up to four following years.
  • New students entering 8th grade up to $4,000 for that school year.
  • Current junior and senior kindergarten students up to $2,000 per year for eight years.
  • Current 1st–7th graders up to $2,000 per year for three years.

The grant program will not affect current tuition rates, which stand at $7,335 for junior kindergarten, $8,515 for senior kindergarten, and $11,460 per year for students in grades 1-8.

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Shaun Wild to be remembered at UWM game on Saturday

April 25, 2012 10:31 p.m. | Brown Deer graduate Kevin Wild will pitch for Valparaiso University and UW-Milwaukee has graciously offered their support for him and his family as they celebrate the life of his recently slain brother, Shaun, on Saturday when Valpo plays UW-Milwaukee in a 1 p.m. game at Henry Aaron Field in Lincoln Park.

Kevin Wild had a nine-inning shutout against UWM a few weeks back and has just picked up his third pitcher of the week honor from the Horizon League

"We will continue to celebrate our love and friendship, and extend the circle of our family and community," said a notice from the family.

Shaun Wild was stabbed to death earlier this winter as part of a bar fight he was trying to break up in the Naperville, Ill., where he taught elementary school. The assailant has been charged with first degree murder.

The day at Henry Aaron will include food, kids' games, Shaun's favorite music, lawn games, donation setups for the Shaun Wild Fund, raffles, T-shirt sales and a number of other activities to commemorate Shaun's life. The family will throw out the first pitch.

Homestead orchestra students take international tour

April 25, 2012 2:10 p.m. | From Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia, to the Temppeliaukion Kirkko or “Rock Church” in Helsinki, Finland, orchestra students from Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville School District stroked their strings on the stages of some of the world’s most renowned concert halls earlier this month.

The group of 80 students spent April 8-16 in St. Petersburg and Helsinki performing music by Russian, Finnish and American composers for Russian and Finnish audiences, according to a news release from the Mequon-Thiensville Orchestra Parents organization.

Homestead High School Orchestra Director John Emanuelson led the tour with the district’s elementary orchestra director, Megan Aswegan. The group travelled with guest artist Oswald Lehnert, a retired University of Colorado-Boulder professor who taught violin for more than 40 years and was invited to play at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962 in the Soviet Union.

At Smolny Cathedral, Homestead students collaborated in a concert with students from the Mravinsky School of Music, a pre-conservatory high school fine arts academy in St. Petersburg, according to the news release.   

At the student musicians’ performance in the “Rock Church,” the sounds of “Finlandia” by Finnish composer Sibelius reverberated off the famous granite walls of the venue.

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Shorewood School Board sets 2012-13 calendar

April 24, 2012 10:28 p.m. | On a narrow 3-2 vote, the Shorewood School Board on Tuesday voted in favor of a 2012-13 calendar that sets in motion the start and end dates of the school year, as well as the extended winter and spring breaks.

School will begin Sept. 4 and wrap June 13, 2013. Winter break will run from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2; spring break will be held from March 25 to April 1.

The board was divided on Tuesday's course of action. This was the first calendar drafted since Act 10 removed calendar building from the collective bargaining process.

Administrators drafted the calendar, but did have dialogue with teachers on the document. Concerns about the thoroughness of the drafting process were raised by the board.

Brown Deer School Board approves health insurance plan for 2012-2013 school year

April 24, 2012 9:26 p.m. | The Brown Deer School Board approved a health insurance plan tonight that slightly modifies benefits but represents a savings of more than $84,000 over the current plan, which was set to increase by 3 percent.

The district buys its health insurance through the Wisconsin Counties Association

Premium costs will decrease in most cases by a $1 depending on the type of coverage. Co pays for second and third tier prescription drug coverage will increase from $20 to $30 and $40 to $50 respectively. Urgent care co pays will increase from $10 to $25.

The current policy includes a waiver of premium for an employee who would become permanently disabled while on the job but the new policy does not include the waiver. Finance Director Emily Koczela said the waiver was last used in the district in 2004.

Employees who take health insurance will continue to pay a $249 in-network deductible for single coverage and a $500 deductible for a family. There is a $10 copay for office visits.

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WIAA summer baseball tournament moved to Mequon

April 24, 2012 8:42 p.m. | Stevens Point - When it came time to finding a new home for the WIAA state summer baseball tournament, no venue compared to Kapco Field.

The WIAA Board of Control unanimously approved the stadium, which is on the campus of Concordia University in Mequon, as the tournament's site during its monthly meeting Tuesday at the WIAA's offices.

The move not only brings the tournament to the part of the state most summer teams call home - it had been played at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point since 1989 and was played in West Bend from 1965-'88 - but the stadium's FieldTurf surface increases the chance the WIAA can play the tournament in one day, a change approved by the board in the fall.

The state tournament is scheduled for July 20.

"We really like this one because it's turf and if it rains we can still play," WIAA deputy director Wade Labecki said.

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Industrial buildings in Glendale, Oak Creek sell for $9.5 million

April 24, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Zilber Property Group's purchase of four single-tenant industrial buildings in southeastern Wisconsin includes two buildings in Milwaukee County that sold for a combined $9.5 million.

Zilber announced it bought properties, totaling 601,000 square feet, from Clarion Partners, including two buildings in LakeView Corporate Park, in Pleasant Prairie, that are leased to Honeywell and Focus Products Group. Zilber now has seven buildings at LakeView.

Zilber also bought a building at 555 W. Estabrook Blvd., Glendale, for $4.5 million, according to the Milwaukee County register of deeds. That 78,000-square-foot building is leased to Forrer Business Interiors.

The fourth building is at 7475 S. 6th St., Oak Creek, and was sold for $5 million. The 120,000-square-foot building is leased to Independence Corrugated.

Clarion was represented by Tom Shepherd and Mike Fardy, of Inland Companies Inc.

Nicolet 2012-13 employee handbook to be adopted next month

April 23, 2012 11:54 p.m. | Within the next three weeks, Nicolet High School officials are expected to put the finishing touches on an employee handbook for the 2012-13 school year.

One of the key components of the handbook will be other post-employee benefits (OPEB) and 403(b) pension benefits.

Monday night, Business Manager Jeff Dellutri presented a proposed timeline on the handbook drafting and adoption.

Drafts of the handbook will be reviewed by various committees before the School Board acts o the document May 14. Teacher contracts are to be issued the following date.

Thiensville taking application for vacancy on Village Board

April 23, 2012 8:02 p.m. | Residents who are interested in filling a vacant position on the Thiensville Village Board have until May 1 to submit a letter of interest to Village Manager Dianne Robertson.

Newly elected Village President Van Mobley's seat on the Village Board is vacant and by ordinance the Village Board can name a successor or leave the seat vacant.

The board is seeking applicants and as of today has already received three letters for the position.

Robertson said she planned to schedule interviews for the applicants beginning May 3. The board conducts the interviews and make a decision in open session.

Mobley said he thinks it best to fill the position before deciding on a new police chief for the village. The field of applicants for the chief's position has been narrowed to two finalists.

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'Home remedy' explanation doesn't fly with Glendale police

April 23, 2012 9:43 a.m. | A 41-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft and possession of marijuana after police were not swayed by what he said was a home-made remedy for high blood pressure.

According to the Glendale police report:

The man took two bottles of men’s cologne valued at $96 from Sears, 5900 N. Port Washington Road, at about 6 p.m. April 14.

He told police he had to steal since his wife “spent all his money.” The man had two plastic bags with 1.4 grams of marijuana in his pocket.

He told police the substance was not marijuana but “a home remedy made from garlic and a bouillon cube” that he used for hypertension. It tested positive for marijuana.

Hines quits as Homestead head coach

April 19, 2012 12:13 a.m. | After two years on the job, Marquis Hines resigned Wednesday night as the boys basketball coach at Homestead High School.

"I had a great two years, but I teach in MPS (Milwaukee Public Schools) and just want to move in another direction," he said. "I don’t think it’s a good fit for me."

Hines spent two years coaching at the school, quickly rebuilding the program. Homestead went 31-15 in two years. This past season the team posted an 18-5 mark and finished second in the North Shore Conference behind state champion Germantown.

With all the team's key players expected to return, Homestead could be one of the area's top teams next season.

Hines, however, said he never felt comfortable in the position.

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Frozen yogurt chain coming to Whitefish Bay

April 18, 2012 12:24 a.m. | An Oklahoma-based frozen yogurt chain has announced plans to enter Wisconsin with its first store operating in Whitefish Bay.

Representatives from Cherry Berry came before the Plan Commission on Tuesday and were granted a conditional-use permit to operate a store at 106 W. Silver Spring Drive. The space is next to Dunkin' Donuts and ATI Physical Therapy.

Cherry Berry touts itself as a self-service yogurt bar that uses fresh ingredients. A wide variety of yogurt flavors and toppings are featured on the menu.

According to the company's website, additional locations across the state are planned in Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Janesville, La Crosse, Mequon and Oshkosh.

Proposed JCC operational changes advance in Whitefish Bay

April 18, 2012 12:04 a.m. | Proposed changes at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation's Karl Jewish Community Campus have advanced, following a review and favorable recommendation by the Plan Commission on Tuesday.

Commissioners discussed JCC's plans for the site, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., as a standard practice outlined in Village Code. The prevailing concern raised during Tuesday's discussion centered around parking at the site during larger events. JCC officials expressed a continued willingness to work with village staff and nearby neighbors.

Commissioners' recommendation will now be forwarded to the Village Board for final action.

JCC officials are requesting eight operational and structural changes at the campus. The list includes proposed fencing on the back field of the property, increasing the number of permissible annual special events on the campus from 12 to 20 and requesting up to 30 events, including wedding receptions, be allowed to function until 1 a.m., instead of the current 11 p.m. cut off time.

Burglar, on probation, checks out adult websites during break-in

April 17, 2012 11:20 a.m. | Fox Point - A 50-year-old Menomonee Falls man was arrested for burglary - party to the crime of burglary of a dwelling while occupied, possession of burglary tools, both with the added enhancer of repeater, and possession of marijuana after he entered a home in the 7800 block of North Club Circle about 3 a.m. April 14.

According to Fox Point police:

The residents heard noises coming from downstairs and saw a flashlight being used. The family gathered in the master bedroom, locked the door and called 911. Police arrived and found the patio door opened and saw the suspect riding off on a bicycle. When stopped, he said he and another man entered the home and the other man was now "long gone."

The resident reported an iPad left in the kitchen was "opened to various pornography sites that no one in his family had accessed."

The suspect had been convicted of burglary and sent to prison August 2004 until March 2011 and was now on probation.

Shorewood board commissions study of proposed Atwater play equipment

April 17, 2012 12:36 a.m. | Following a two-hour discussion Monday, the Shorewood Village Board voted to conduct a study, not to exceed $5,000, of the impact of the playground equipment being proposed at Atwater Park.

Several board members have expressed questions about the overall effort, particularly a slide that has been proposed near the bluffs at the lower level of the park. The study will examine the environmental impact, address safety concerns and is designed to determine whether the slide and other playground equipment will impact the structural stability of the bluffs.

Other features of the proposed playground include a patented double arch swing that puts a new spin on traditional swing sets, a rotating net structure that offers children a safe environment to climb and a device known as the spinner round.

Members of the Friends of Atwater Beach, a grass-roots organization in the community, have been working with the village to install updated playground equipment in the lower level of the park. The organization has pledged to donate the equipment, set it up and provide landscaping.

The entire project, as proposed, carries an estimated price tag of nearly $90,000.

Whitefish Bay Village Board wants more information on storm water system costs

April 16, 2012 11:18 p.m. | Whitefish Bay trustees want more information on the costs of upgrading the specific areas hardest hit by flooding in 2010 before making any decisions on how to proceed. Steve Stricklen of Donohue and Associates tonight gave the Village Board both the good and bad news.

The good news? There is sufficient room underground for engineers to design a system that would handle the storm water from a 500 year rain, and avoid other utilities. The bad news was the cost.

Basic costs for the system designed for the 500 year event were $134 million. They dropped to $110 million for the 100 year flood and to $108 million for the 10 year flood.

Most communities do not build a storm sewer system for a 500 year rain, with most designed for a 10 year flood.

The cost doesn't include other programs aimed at keeping storm water out of basements such as the detention pond that will likely be built at Cahill Park and the costs of the private property inflow and infiltration program. Private sanitary laterals would be lined with pipes to prevent ground water from getting into the sewer pipes.

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Sachdeva merchandise to be sold in Mequon

April 16, 2012 3:52 p.m. | Sujata Sachdeva's crimes continue to provide buying opportunities for bargain hunters looking for high-end goods.

This weekend, merchandise that was bought with some of the $34 million embezzled by the former Koss Corp. executive and later hidden by one of her friends will be sold. The sale will take place at 1501-1511 W. Market, Mequon, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The goods were seized from Adam Burback, who was sentenced this month to six months in prison after pleading guilty to concealing property that was subject to forfeiture. The FBI raided Burback's West Allis home last year, seizing goods valued at more than $100,000.

Sachdeva is serving an 11-year prison sentence. She stole from Koss to finance a luxurious lifestyle that included repeated high-end shopping trips.

Details about the sale can be found at:

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Pasch running for re-election in new Assembly District

April 16, 2012 10:20 a.m. | Whitefish Bay - Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch announced today that she will run for re-election in Wisconsin's new 10th Assembly District. Pasch represented the 22nd Assembly District until redistricting earlier this year placed her in a new area.

 "While Republicans have made it impossible for me to serve the 22nd Assembly District, I am excited for the opportunity to continue representing Milwaukee communities in the new 10th Assembly District," Pasch said.

Pasch noted that the new 10th Assembly District includes Milwaukee and Shorewood - both communities that she has represented her past two terms. She looks forward to continue representing and fighting for their values and priorities as the sole incumbent currently announced running for re-election in the 10th Assembly District.

Pasch is a Milwaukee native, graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools, and resident of the area since 1986. She has been a practicing nurse since 1976 and has served for 15 years as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia College of Nursing, instructing students in the fields of community health and mental health.

She serves as the Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader and chair of the Milwaukee Democratic Legislative Caucus. During her two terms as a State Representative, she has focused on strengthening education, improving health care, and creating family-sustaining jobs.

New Berlin ousts Wauwatosa to win Battle of the Burbs

April 13, 2012 8:37 a.m. | The voters in MyCommunityNOW's Battle of the Burbs contest have spoken and New Berlin has been tabbed the best place to live in the suburban Milwaukee area.

The second-seeded Waukesha-county suburb cruised past No. 1 Wauwatosa with 65 percent of the vote to 35 percent.

Congratulations to Mark Klug of Greendale, who was randomly chosen from all voters to receive a $100 gift card. Kudos are also in order for William Smith of Waukesha, who will receive a $50 gift card and Jennifer Phelps of New Berlin, who will receive a $25 gift card.

Thanks to all of our voters for taking part in the contest.

Fox Point board votes to replace footbridge

April 10, 2012 11:40 p.m. | After discussing the issue for two hours, the Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday voted to move forward in the long-running debate surrounding the footbridge connecting Bridge and Barnett lanes. The existing footbridge will be removed and will likely be replaced with a similar structure.

Civil engineering firm Ayers Associates will provide design services for the project, which did not have a firm timeline amid Tuesday's discussion.

The board also went on record, stating that a portion of the cost of replacing the footbridge should be covered through fundraising. There had been discussion of seeking $625,000 in donations, though the amount could be a moving target as the endeavor gets under way.

Throughout the footbridge debate, cost estimates associated with removing the existing structure and constructing a new one have hovered around $1.5 million to $1.9 million. Specific figures will bubble to the surface as Ayers conducts its design work.

In recent months, several residents have suggested the footbridge issue be placed on an upcoming ballot by way of a referendum question, but that proposal was scrapped as part of the board's decision.

Mequon adopts personnel code

April 10, 2012 10:58 p.m. | Under the watchful eyes of about 50 employees, the Mequon City Council tonight approved changes to its personnel code that establish employment practices and guidelines for city jobs. Some of the changes were the result of Acts 10 and 32 that limited collective bargaining to wages only for union members; others were part of an effort to provide employees with a competitive wage and benefit package in a time of tights budgets.

Several employees addressed the council asking that holiday, sick time and vacations remain the same as part of the revisions.

After hearing the employees reasoning, the council agreed to cut sick days from the previous 12 to 8, rather than the three suggested. Employees will also be able to accrue up to 180 days of sick time, donate sick days to other employees, and use accrued sick time for the cost of up to 18 months of health insurance.

Going forward, employees will have only 9.5 instead of the current 12 holidays and the top tier of vacation allotment will be eliminated. In the past workers with more than 25 years of service had 30 work days off but that will change to 25 days.

The council asked city staff to present a plan for paid time off, a hybrid plan that provides employees with a set number of paid days off that may be used as personal, sick or vacation time.

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Whitefish Bay police arrest couple seen injecting drugs on Henry Clay Street

April 10, 2012 3:22 p.m. | A man and woman, both 24 of Oak Creek, were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after a witness reported them injecting themselves in a car in the 900 block of East Henry Clay Street at 10:20 p.m. last week.

According to the Whitefish Bay police report:

The woman was arrested April 4 for possession of a syringe and the man for possession of needles, rubber bands and other paraphernalia.

The man had track marks on his arms which he said occurred because he “works on cars.” Later he admitted he had injected himself with Percocet.

The woman admitted doing the same but “not this evening but earlier.” She also said she “shoots up” once or twice a day and the man more with OxyContin and Percocet which costs them at least $700 a week. The drugs are purchased in Milwaukee.

Boy, 13, arrested for strong-armed robbery in Glendale

April 10, 2012 11:12 a.m. | A 13-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for strong-armed robbery after taking a woman’s purse as she walked with her son in the 4700 block of North Port Washington Road at 3:20 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Glendale police report:

Witnesses saw this boy and another male, who were riding bikes, and reported one boy hit the woman in the face and grabbed her purse and rode off.

A witness followed one of the boys who was caught in the 4000 block of North Seventh Street and arrested.

He admitted being involved but said he bumped into the woman by accident while on his cellphone and his friend told him to take the purse.

TCBY to join Taco Bell, Jimmy John's in Mequon

April 09, 2012 10:54 p.m. | Developer Andrew Petzold made his case to the Mequon Plan Commission for a third restaurant at a strip mall now under construction on North Port Washington Road., persuading commissioners to allow a TCBY store in addition to the previously approved Taco Bell and Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches.

The addition of the TCBY, which sells frozen yogurt, sundaes, smoothies, beverages and other frozen treats, could cause a parking crunch at the site.

There are 75 parking spaces and using the city's estimates for parking, the three eateries need 78 spaces. Community Development staff recommended the commission deny the conditional use permit Petzold needed for the restaurant, but the commission decided to ignore the recommendation.

There are four vacant, yet-to-be-leased spaces remaining in the 12,000 square foot building. Assistant Community Development Director Jac Zader said that permitted uses for the remaining spaces include professional offices, retail space or salons. Restaurants are conditional permitted uses and require Plan Commission approval. Permitted uses do not require a Plan Commission review and approval.

Petzold argued that more than 50 percent of customers pick up their food rather than eat at restaurants and because of that, less parking is needed.

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School Board disallows claim over alleged Homestead assault

April 07, 2012 6:20 p.m. | The Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education has voted to disallow a claim filed with the district that alleged school officials were negligent in securing Homestead High School after hours on Nov. 3, the day an alleged sexual incident occurred between students at the school.

The board's vote on Thursday means that any potential lawsuit for claims relating to the incident would have to be filed in the Wisconsin court system within six months, said a statement from the district's law firm, Crivello-Carlson S.C.

Brent Anderson and DeAngelo Dantzler, both 18-year-old Mequon residents and Homestead seniors, were charged Dec. 2 with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in an open practice room at the school on Nov. 3.

The 14-year-old girl said she also had sexual activity with a third student, a 15-year-old boy, during the incident, according to the criminal complaint.

Days after the charges were issued, Homestead's principal sent a letter to parents announcing stricter rules for after-hours activity, including locking out of the building starting at 3:30 p.m. any students not involved in an after-school meeting or other gathering.

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Bayside refinances bonds for NSFD Station 5

April 05, 2012 7:32 p.m. | The seven member communities that make up the North Shore Fire Department will benefit from a $1,605,000 refunding of the 2003 bonds used to finance the construction of Station 5 in Bayside. Bayside borrowed $2,530,000 in August 2003 to build the station.

The Bayside Village Bond tonight acted on the sale of the bonds. Bankers Bank of Madison was the low bidder with a true interest rate of 1.7607.

James Mann of Ehlers said the size of the refund was downsized by $30,000 after the bids were opened because of savings in various underwriting and rating fees.

The refinancing will save $117,000 over the term of the bonds, which will be paid off in 2023. Each of the seven communities pays a share of the debt and will share in the savings.

Moody's Investor Services rated the bonds as AA2, citing Bayside's ample financial reserves and affluent tax base. It also noted the village has seen only "modest assessed valuation declines in 2009 and 2010."

Germantown's Showalter named All-Suburban Boys Basketball Player of the Year

April 05, 2012 9:24 a.m. | Germantown senior Zak Showalter has been named the NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Showalter helped the Warhawks to a 28-0 mark and the WIAA Division 1 boys basketball championship last month.

He is joined on the NOW squad by teammate Luke Fischer and Steve Showalter, Zak's father and the co-coach of the year.

West Allis Central head coach David Mlachnik shares coach of the year honors.

Photo gallery: Zak Showalter through the years

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Friberg retains Fox Point-Bayside School Board seat

April 04, 2012 12:06 a.m. | Incumbent Debbie Friberg defeated challenger Eilene Stevens in the Fox Point-Bayside School Board race.

The vote total, according to unofficial results:

Debbie Friberg - 697 votes, 52 percent

Eilene Stevens - 644 votes, 48 percent

A Board of Canvassers will meet later this week to confirm the results.

Klimek, Schofield join Bembenek on Brown Deer School Board

April 04, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Newcomers Kevin Klimek and Michelle Schofield along with incumbent Michael Bembenek won the three open seats on the Brown Deer School Board in Tuesday's election.

Klimek, who ran unsuccessfully for the board a year ago, led all candidates with 1,310 votes. Bembenek, who also ran unsuccessfully for the board two years ago and was appointed last summer to fill the remainder of Kathy Stresman's term, had 1,281 votes. Schofield had 1,259 votes, while incumbent Leslie Galloway Sherard lost her seat, earning 1,210 votes. Sherard is completing a three-year term on the board.

Election results remain unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers, which meet after press deadline.

Adams re-elected to Mequon Common Council

April 03, 2012 11:36 p.m. | Voters in Mequon's 8th Aldermanic District returned longtime alderwoman Pam Adams to the Common Council. Adams, first elected in 1994, had 491 votes to challenger Nancy Anderson's 401 votes.

Reached at a small election night party at her home, Adams said she is very happy.

"I appreciate the support of the district and will continue to represent their interest in furthering Mequon's future," she said.

Adams has not faced any opposition in 12 years but said she campaigned hard.

"I did a lot of door to door and I find that very inspiring," she said.

Incumbents defeated in Mequon-Thiensville School Board race

April 03, 2012 11:28 p.m. | Three newcomers will join the Mequon-Thiensville School Board later this month.

Incumbents Michele Ziegler and Cindy Miske were defeated in a race that had six candidates vying for three seats.

Candidates Gary Laev, Stephanie Clark and Cheryle Rebholz were the top three vote-getters, based on preliminary results Tuesday.

The unofficial vote totals:

Gary Laev - 3,872 votes, 18.2 percent

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Shorewood trustee incumbents keep their seats

April 03, 2012 10:06 p.m. | Incumbents Jeff Hanewall and Thad Nation edged out opponent Avi Zarmi in the Shorewood trustee race Tuesday.

According to unofficial vote totals:

Jeff Hanewall - 1,859 votes, 41 percent

Thad Nation - 1,690 votes, 38 percent

Avi Zarmi - 955 votes, 21 percent

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Murphy of Bay, Holtz of HHS and Nicolet vaulters top NSC girls indoor

April 03, 2012 9:55 p.m. | They're going to be teammates next year for the University of Wisconsin, but for the time being, the North Shore's best distance runners, Emma-Lisa Murphy of Whitefish Bay and Lauren Holtz of Homestead are still competitors.

That was no more clear than when Murphy fought back from a late Holtz surge and nipped her friend by just .04 of a second in a scorching 1,600-meter run in the North Shore Conference Indoor track meet at Cedarburg Tuesday night.

"It was a great race," said Murphy, "and I was so glad to get it in. Last year, I missed the indoor season because of my shins, but I was glad I got a few races in in the indoor this year. I feel 100 percent healthy this spring. I'm feeling good and looking forward to the outdoor season."

Murphy, who at first appeared to be outleaned by the shorter Holtz, got her long leg across the finish line first as both turned in state honor roll times with Murphy winning in 5:16.09 and Holtz taking second in 5:16.13.

"I honestly didn't feel her (presence) until we were done," said Holtz, who had charged into the lead with about a lap to go. "Here I'm thinking I'm going to win it but I have to remember to keep running hard until we're done."

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Newcomers oust incumbents from Thiensville trustee seats

April 03, 2012 9:52 p.m. | Thiensville voters swept out the incumbents on the Village Board, electing two newcomers, Ken Kucharski and Kim Beck, while selecting Van Mobley as the new village president. Incumbents Toni Ihler and longtime trustee and former Village President Don Molyneux lost their bids to return to the Village Board.

Mobley, a trustee on the board since 2006, will take over the gavel from Karl Hertz who did not seek re-election as village president. Hertz ran unopposed for his seat on the Ozaukee County Board. Mobley garnered 778 votes while his opponent Roland Runge had 229.

Mobley, 43, is a history professor at Concordia University.

Kucharski, 55, and the owner of Skippy's Sport Pub, led all trustee candidates with 639 votes. Beck, with 427 votes, narrowly edged out Molyneux's 416. Ihler had 312 votes.

Beck, 56, is Director of Arts, Humanities and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. He is a member of the village Plan Commission.

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Thiensville narrows its choice for police chief to two men

April 03, 2012 4:14 p.m. | Dale Racer, the police chief in Twin Lakes, and Scott Nicholson, an officer with the Thiensville Police Department are the finalists for police chief position in Thiensville.

Village Manager Dianne Robertson said the Village Board narrowed the field Monday night in a closed session. There were six candidates considered last night. They were culled from the original field of 40.

Racer, 55, has been chief in Twin Lakes since 2006. Before that he was a member of the Milwaukee Police Department from November 1980 to November 2006. He was a sergeant in Milwaukee. He was a dispatcher in Brown Deer from 1977 to 1980. Racer lives in Rochester.

Nicholson, 56, has been a police officer in Thiensville since October 1984. He also lives in the village.

Robertson said the Village Board will make a final decision at its April 23 board meeting.

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Ozaukee County unseated as healthiest in Wisconsin

April 03, 2012 11:28 a.m. | St. Croix County, which borders the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, has unseated Ozaukee County as the healthiest county in Wisconsin in an annual health ranking released Tuesday.

Ozaukee County, just north of Milwaukee, continues to rank at the top for indicators of future health, while St. Croix County ranked ninth in that measure, according to the 2012 County Health Rankings, released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The top five healthiest counties in Wisconsin are: St. Croix, Ozaukee, Taylor, Iowa and Vernon. The five counties in the poorest health are Menominee, Marquette, Milwaukee, Adams and Jackson. The least healthy counties primarily are in rural areas of central and northern Wisconsin, with the exception of Milwaukee County, the state's most urban county in the southeast.

Milwaukee County ranks second from the bottom for indicators of future health and third from the bottom for health outcomes.

Waukesha County ranks second for indicators of future health and seventh for health outcomes. Washington County ranked sixth for health outcomes.

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Shorewood village board OKs security fencing at Atwater Park

April 03, 2012 9:41 a.m. | The Shorewood village board last night agreed to a conceptual plan that calls for putting security fencing at the top of the bluff area at Atwater Park.

The proposal is in response to security and vandalism concerns that have been raised in recent years during periods of time when the park is closed.

The specific design and placement of the fencing is still under consideration. It will likely be installed in June.

Public works or police staff will likely lock a gate each night and open it each morning.

Village Manager Chris Swartz said another option - a timer that would lock and unlock a gate to the park - is also under consideration.

Johnson Controls cuts headquarters jobs to reduce costs

April 02, 2012 1:54 p.m. | Johnson Controls Inc. is cutting an unidentified number of jobs at its corporate headquarters in Glendale in response to slowing sales and earnings.

Some employees were notified Friday but the majority of those affected were notified Monday, company spokesman Fraser Engerman said.

The cuts came after the company reported weaker-than-expected results in January and warned that sales and profit this fiscal year would be lower than the forecast it gave in October.

"Due to business reasons and continued financial challenges Johnson Controls faces in 2012 and into 2013, the company has decided that it's necessary to continue cost-reduction efforts by reducing the corporate head count," Engerman said.

No details were released by the company about how many employees were let go.

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Worker in serious condition after trapped in machine at Mequon company

April 02, 2012 10:08 a.m. | MEQUON - A man has been listed in serious condition at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa after being trapped in a machine at a factory in Mequon.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady reports that he was trapped inside a computer numerical control machine.  Flight for Life took the man to Froedtert.

Mequon Police told Newsradio 620 WTMJ that the accident happened at about 6:00 a.m. at Super Sky Products, on the 10300 block of West Enterprise Drive.

McCrady further reports that no one witnessed the incident, but a co-worker heard cries for help to disable the machine.

The 49-year-old man appeared to be conscious and breathing when Mequon Fire Department rescue workers assisted him.

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Community Watch

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» Milwaukee Jewish Day School announces new grant program to subsidize tuition 4/26

» Shaun Wild to be remembered at UWM game on Saturday 4/25

» Homestead orchestra students take international tour 4/25

» Shorewood School Board sets 2012-13 calendar 4/24

» Brown Deer School Board approves health insurance plan for 2012-2013 school year 4/24

» WIAA summer baseball tournament moved to Mequon Updated:  4/24

» Industrial buildings in Glendale, Oak Creek sell for $9.5 million 4/24

» Nicolet 2012-13 employee handbook to be adopted next month 4/23

» Thiensville taking application for vacancy on Village Board 4/23

» 'Home remedy' explanation doesn't fly with Glendale police 4/23

» Hines quits as Homestead head coach Updated:  4/19

» Frozen yogurt chain coming to Whitefish Bay 4/18

» Proposed JCC operational changes advance in Whitefish Bay 4/18

» Burglar, on probation, checks out adult websites during break-in 4/17

» Shorewood board commissions study of proposed Atwater play equipment 4/17

» Whitefish Bay Village Board wants more information on storm water system costs 4/16

» Sachdeva merchandise to be sold in Mequon 4/16

» Pasch running for re-election in new Assembly District 4/16

» New Berlin ousts Wauwatosa to win Battle of the Burbs 4/13

» Fox Point board votes to replace footbridge 4/10

» Mequon adopts personnel code 4/10

» Whitefish Bay police arrest couple seen injecting drugs on Henry Clay Street 4/10

» Boy, 13, arrested for strong-armed robbery in Glendale 4/10

» TCBY to join Taco Bell, Jimmy John's in Mequon 4/9

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