Brown Deer football coach Rob Green admits that he does hold his breath a little bit every time physical quarterback Drew Worth lowers his shoulder and delivers a hit when he's off on an option run.
But Green does admit that Worth's kind of aggressive, physical attitude does have a positive effect on his offensive linemen.
"He accelerates the line play everytime he goes out there," said Green, "and when we put in our running package with 'Z' (linebacker/running back Zack Rhodes) the O-line gets very happy, because they hate pass-blocking all the time (laughs)."
Worth did both effectively Friday night at Brown Deer's homecoming game, as he completed seven of 16 passes for three touchdowns and 168 yards and he also rushed for 125 yards on 20 carries and two scores, as the Falcons moved into a share of the lead in the Woodland Conference East Dvision with a 34-13 victory over Whitnall.
How tough was Worth?» Read Full Article
Glendale - Homecoming week discipline problems at Nicolet High School last week weren't just for student pranksters.
A tumultuous week ended with a parent and former School Board president taken down in the school parking lot by police breaking up a mock keg party, according to a police report released Thursday.
On game night in the parking lot last Friday for the football game - the home team would fall to Grafton, 27-0 - a group of students busted out a keg in the parking lot, drank from red cups in an apparent drinking party, though only root beer was coming out of the tap.
"It was staged to look like a high school beer party," District Administrator Rick Monroe said. "I just can't accept that."
So administrators asked them to remove the keg, but students and a few parents resisted. Police arrived and the keg was eventually put away, but the police report said Jennifer Peltz, a parent, booster club president and former School Board president, told police she was donating it to the concession stand.» Read Full Article
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a private developer have their eyes on a parcel in Glendale as a home for the school's baseball and track and field teams.
But Richard Maslowski, Glendale's city administrator, said Tuesday that the city has no interest in the plan.
Maslowski said the parcel UWM athletic director Andy Geiger is interested in is zoned for office and medical use and will not be changed to accommodate athletic facilities. The city spent more than $2 million to raze buildings on the parcel, formerly owned by the Schlitz Brewery, and wants to develop the 12-acre parcel to raise tax revenue.
Geiger said Tuesday that a new baseball facility and a field house for indoor soccer and track and field could cost between $12 million and $14 million.
"It would be a big step forward for us," Geiger said.» Read Full Article
The North Shore Fire Department will take one ambulance and one fire engine out of service in the coming year, as well as reduce its daily nonadministrative staffing level from 27/26 to 25/24, as part of a 2013 budget adopted by its board of directors Monday.
Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said the fire engine would come out of NSFD's Glendale station, though a combination fire engine and ladder truck would remain there, and staff members are working out where to cut the ambulance.
The adopted $13.9 million budget means an overall increase in contribution of 1.9 percent for member communities, and an increase of 1.4 percent in the overall NSFD budget from 2012.
Whitaker told the board that by making the reduction in staff and equipment, response times are likely to increase in the scenarios where the department is dealing with multiple calls and needs to draw resources from stations throughout the area.
"(The reduction) limits the crew we have to move around," he said.» Read Full Article
Work ethic, either a person has it or they don't.
And in the mind of Germantown boys socccer team coach Omar Sethi, how the Warhawks rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the final 15 minutes to beat Nicolet, 3-2, in a critical North Shore Conference game Monday night came from an ethos that these players were born with.
"The resilience of this team is a testament to the character of a community," said Sethi. "It's testament to a work ethic that these kids have had instilled in them their entire lives. That they were raised with."
It would be hard to argue that point after looking at the exhausted, sweat-stained and limping leaders of the Warhawks afterward as their relentless effort helped lift the team to a 5-1 record in the North Shore and drop a game Nicolet unit to 3-2-1.
All Germantown needs now is a win or a tie against Homestead next Tuesday to clinch their second league title in three years.» Read Full Article
As the season of fall arrives, it brings with it many things. Leaves begin to turn a beautiful array of autumn colors, temperatures drop to create crisp cool evenings and, since 2009, Lake Country Lutheran ascends to the top of the Midwest Classic standings.
Friday night at Shorewood, the Lightning did just that, defeating the Messmer/Shorewood co-op squad, 43-40, taking sole possession of first place in the conference. Lake Country Lutheran moves to 4-0 in the conference (5-0 overall) with Messmer/Shorewood dropping to 3-1 in conference play (4-1 overall).
Both teams came into Friday averaging more than 40 points per game, and Lake Country Lutheran proved it was going to be a high scoring affair on the first drive of the game. The Lightning took just three plays and 36 seconds to move 69 yards and score the first points of the game. A 46-yard run by sophomore Adam Tovar set up a 26-yard touchdown connection from senior Jacob Simons to junior Murphy Shannon giving Lake Country Lutheran a 7-0 lead.
From that moment forward, it was a race to 40, with each team taking risks on fourth down, attempting on-side kicks and throwing the ball down field. The epically long first half featured seven lead changes and 55 total points with the lead exchanging hands three times in the last two minutes of the second quarter.
Sophomore Nate Coss scampered in from 12 yards out to give LCL the lead with 1:37 left in the first half. That drive featured two fourth down conversions for the Lightning and seemingly gave them the halftime lead. Messmer/Shorewood quickly answered a minute later with a drive capped off by junior Mykyo Evans taking it in from eight yards out.» Read Full Article
A jury late Friday returned guilty verdicts against a gynecologist charged with having inappropriate and criminal sexual contact and conversations with four of his patients.
Evan K. Saunders, 48, of Whitefish Bay, expressed no emotion as the verdicts were read. The jury of nine women and three men found him guilty of four counts of fourth degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor, and four counts of disorderly conduct, also a misdemeanor. He left the courthouse with his attorney, Michael Steinle, without comment.
Four women, aged 20 to 52, testified that Saunders had touched the genitalia during examinations in ways that left them uncomfortable, and spoke to them about sexual functioning when they were not expecting it.
Saunders testified that some of the touching and discussions took place but were for legitimate medical reasons brought on the women's own concerns about their sexual relations with boyfriends or husbands. He denied some of the statements the women attributed to him.
The examinations at issue occurred at his office in 2008, 2010 and 2011.» Read Full Article
Homecoming was less peppy than usual today at Nicolet High School after a school rally was canceled due to "safety concerns," according to a letter from the district sent to parents.
The letter read:
Due to information Nicolet High School received regarding a possible disruption at this afternoon’s pep rally, and after reviewing this information with the Glendale Police Department, the decision was reached to cancel the 1:30 p.m. pep rally at the school, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Rd.
All other school and homecoming activities will proceed as planned with an increased police presence.» Read Full Article
Future meetings of the Mequon-Thiensville School District School Board will take place in the conference room at Range Line Elementary at 11040 N. Range Line Road in Mequon.
The move, according to a MTSD news release, is meant to provide better parking and a larger audience capacity.
The first board meeting at the new location will be Sep. 24 at 7 p.m.
Brown Deer police and the Milwaukee County Medical Examiners Office suspect suicide in the death of a man discovered off a Brown Deer recreational trail this morning, according to a Brown Deer police news release.
From the release:
Brown Deer and Mequon police responded to a report of a deceased person in an area of recreational trail between West County Line Road and West Brown Deer Road at approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Officers interviewed a witness who said he found the body as he was jogging along the trail. After locating the man, officers confirmed that he was deceased.
Brown Deer police and the examiners office believe the man committed suicide, though the investigation is ongoing.
Two former Homestead High School students accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl at the school pleaded no contest Wednesday to reduced charges.
Also, the girl has sued Mequon-Thiensville School District officials and the two graduated students over the incident and its aftermath.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Milwaukee, names the Mequon-Thiensville School District, superintendent Demond Means, Homestead principal Brett Bowers and former students Brent P. Anderson and Deangelo D. Dantzler as defendants.
The girl's 16-year-old brother and their father are also listed as plaintiffs. The teens' names are redacted in the lawsuit, and the Journal Sentinel is not using the father's name because his daughter is a sex crime victim.
Anderson and Dantzler were charged last year with second degree sexual assault of a 14-year-old fellow student after sharing alcohol with her on school grounds after class hours. The assault took place in an unlocked music storage room at the school in November. Police reports indicated the boys admitted to the sex acts, which they described as consensual. But the girl is too young to legally consent to such activity.» Read Full Article
Joey Gerard's in Mequon, the second of the Bartolotta group's two new supper club-style restaurants.Oct. 3 will be the first day of business for
It's opening at 11120 N. Cedarburg Road, the former space of the Riversite restaurant.
The first Joey Gerard's opened Aug. 31 in Greendale.
A Glendale homeowner was treated for minor smoke inhalation early this morning after the North Shore Fire Department quelled a fire which had caused an estimated $80,000 in damages.
From an NSFD news release:
NSFD received a call at approximately 1:30 a.m. reporting a fire spreading from an attached garage at 2425 West Applewood Lane. Crews made an aggressive attack on the fire, keeping it from spreading further throughout the home.
As a result of the heavy fire and resources necessary to handle it, the incident commander upgraded the call to request area resources. A total of four engines, one ladder truck, two paramedic units and several command staff responded to the fire.
While fighting the fire, NSFD received aid from the Mequon, Thiensville, West Allis, Wauwatosa and Cedarburg fire departments to help with coverage.» Read Full Article
Nuck correctly selected the winner in four out of five high school football games and was the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. Brookfield Central contest.
He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Movie passes will be given away to one winner each week and three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.
You can join the more than 700 people who have already signed up for the fun by registering at www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin. You can register using your Facebook account and the game is fully playable through a smart phone.
NOW sportswriters John Rech and Tom “Sky” Skibosh lead the VIP competition. Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek is a game back.» Read Full Article
National Hospitality Supply Inc. is nearly doubling the size of its Mequon distribution center.
The company began construction last week after the Plan Commission approved a 31,415-square-foot addition to its 33,625-square-foot building at 10660 N Executive Court. The project is to be completed within five months, said company owner Michael Hans.
National Hospitality distributes hotel and restaurant supplies throughout the United States, and has around 20 employees. Depending on demand from customers, the company might add employees once its facility is expanded, Hans said.
The Nicolet football team handicapped itself Friday night, to the tune of five turnovers and 10 penalties totaling 90 yards, yet still had a shot to force overtime in the final moments of its North Shore Conference battle with Port Washington at Al Urness Field.
When all was said and done, those miscues proved just too much to overcome as the Pirates earned the 28-21 victory.
“Mistakes really hurt us,” Nicolet coach David Quam said. “We’ve got to learn from this, just like I told the team.
“Last week we got a lesson on how to win, and this week we get a lesson on how to handle a loss.”» Read Full Article
Both offenses had their moments Friday night in Brown Deer, when the Falcons and the South Milwaukee Rockets combined for 47 points and more than a handful of spectacular plays in a Woodland Conference East Division football game.
Both defenses had plenty of moments as well, forcing turnovers, scoring a touchdown and stopping drives short of the end zone.
Despite that, the special teams turned out to play a larger role in a tightly fought, 28-27, victory for South Milwaukee.
The Falcons special teams stopped a fake punt, successfully defended a fourth quarter two-point conversion and used booming kicks to control the field position game. South Milwaukee managed three field goals, blocked an extra point and countered the long Brown Deer kicks with solid returns.
Junior place-kicker Joe Saskowski was 3 for 3, including a 37-yard booming kick midway through the fourth quarter to give South Milwaukee the one-point edge. The kick brought the Rockets all the way back from a 15-point second half deficit.» Read Full Article
Visit www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to register for the contest and take your best shot at winning the weekly prize of a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.
This week's featured games are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg, Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.
Time-Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin moved into a tie for the top spot among VIP pickers with his performance last week. He is a game ahead of Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, who fell back a bit last week after debuting at 5-0.
Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.» Read Full Article
The Fox Point Village Board tonight begrudgingly accepted its percentage of the North Shore Fire Department's budget as allotted in an amended NSFD funding formula which will be in effect for the next three years.
Trustees took action in July to add a three-year sunset clause to the formula so that Fox Point, as well as the other NSFD member communities, can renegotiate in 2015. The sunset clause was supported by the River Hills Village Board and was ultimately approved by the NSFD Board of Directors, though a decrease in Fox Point's percentage contribution - which trustees and Village President Michael West had expressed interest in - was not.
In the new funding formula Fox Point will contribute 10.31 percent of the NSFD budget annually, down from the 10.38 percent it had paid from 2008 through 2012. However, West and Fox Point trustees have taken issue with the new percentage, since it is more than the 9.31 percent Fox Point would be paying for the next three years, had the original NSFD funding formula in effect from 1995 through 2007 been used and the percentages not been frozen in 2008.
"If you think (the original) formula is fair, then these proposed numbers aren't really fair to Fox Point," said trustee F.R. Dengel.
West told trustees that using an NSFD subcommittee to come up with the altered formula hadn't worked in his estimation, and that he would campaign for negotiations between all the member communities and a new formula between now and 2015.» Read Full Article
a statement posted online and on Facebook by owner Lanora Haradon.Mequon's Next Chapter Bookshop has closed permanently, according to
"Every story has an ending," she wrote.
"Offsite partnership events occurring at Sanford Restaurant, Bacchus Restaurant and The Riverside Theater will take place as scheduled as of this message. Contact those venues directly for more information," according to her statement.
Next Chapter opened April 1, 2009, on the site of a former Schwartz bookstore; Haradon had managed the former Schwartz store at that site.
A Racine man who allegedly used a cellphone camera to take a picture of another man in a bathroom stall at Bayshore Town Center was arrested last week.
According to the Glendale police report:
The 25-year-old man was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, obstruction and had two warrants at the Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive, at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 4.
The man was questioned after another man accused him of taking a photo while he sat on a toilet.
The victim was alerted when he saw a man’s hand above the door with a cellphone.» Read Full Article
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, officer Savan Lenda, Mayor Stephen Scaffidi and U.S. Attorney James Santell today released dash-cam video from the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings that took place Aug. 5.
The video, taken from Lt. Brian Murphy's and Lenda's vehicles, shows Murphy's arrival, his immediate care of the victims - whose images are blurred - and his contact with gunman Wade Michael Page.
It shows that Murphy was able to fire a round at Page before he was taken down. The video then cuts to Lenda's vehicle as it enters the temple parking lot, stops and backs up.
"I've got a man in the parking lot with a gun," Lenda says in the video. Lenda's windshield is then hit by a bullet. Lenda returns six shots, and Page falls to the ground. One extra shot, believed by the FBI to be the fatal self-inflicted shot, is heard.
Santell confirmed that the FBI's investigation showed Lenda's headrest was hit by the bullet that struck his vehicle.» Read Full Article
Karas picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. West Alls Hale game. He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and has a shot at being one of the three winners at the end of the regular season. Each of those winners will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.
Next week's featured contests, which are now open for picking, are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg; Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.
Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.
There was a whole lot of Gray Friday night in Whitefish Bay despite the end result being black and white as the Blue Dukes dismantled Cedarburg, 38-8.
The victory for Whitefish Bay avenged last year’s meltdown loss to the Bulldogs when the Blue Dukes conceded 22 fourth quarter points.
It would not come to that this year. Senior running back Rashadeem Gray made sure of it.
Gray scored four touchdowns and piled up more rushing yards to add to his strong early-season statistics and also did some damage as a receiver throughout the game.
Gray caught a first-half touchdown pass from fellow senior Grant Menard to cap a drive that featured a 56-yard connection. The touchdown reception for Gray was sandwiched between an earlier 31-yard touchdown run and a pair of fourth-quarter scoring gallops.» Read Full Article
Register now for the chance to each week win a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.
Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss. St. Francis, joined the fray this season as a celebrity guest picker and rolled to a 5-0 record in the first round. She was joined in the ranks of the undefeated by NOW sportswriter John Rech and contestant Jeff Slusar, who won movie tickets by predicting the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.
This week's featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.
Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.» Read Full Article
The village of Bayside board of trustees unanimously voted Thursday to close the yard waste collection site on Fairy Chasm Road and offer one collection day per month for both recycling material and yard waste.
The unmonitored yard waste site, 201 E. Fairy Chasm Road, has been a target of ongoing illegal dumping by both nonresidents and contractors, said Village Manager Andy Pederson. Because of this abuse, the board voted to create a monthly drop off day on the third Tuesday of each month for residents to drop off their yard waste and recycling materials at Village Hall, 9705 Regent Road.
"We're changing the service and we're adding a service," Pederson said.
The Bayside Police Department has patrolled the dump site over the past couple of years and written citations to people from many of the surrounding North Shore communities. Electronic items, steel, a toilet, windows and hazardous materials have been found illegally dumped at the site.
"We know of several contractors who in the last week, who are doing business out of town, brought their brush here and taxpayers have to absorb that cost to move it and grind it," Pederson said.» Read Full Article
Residents of the Whitefish Bay School District are looking at a district levy increase of up to 3.37 percent for the coming 2012-13 school year.
Over 100 Whitefish Bay residents turned out and voted at the district's annual meeting Wednesday night to approve a levy of $21.8 million, which fits into a draft 2012-13 budget of $39.4 million - down about 6.7 percent from a 2011-12 budget of approximately $42.2 million.
The 3.37 percent levy increase is based on a conservative district estimate of state aid which assumes a decrease of nearly $270,000. Director of Business Services Sean Yde told attendants of the annual meeting that if earlier Department of Public Instruction estimates of state aid hold, which project an increase of approximately $200,000, the levy increase will be more in the ballpark of 1.1 percent.
According to his calculations, the conservative estimate would lead to an increase of $142 in property taxes for a home valued at $400,000. The DPI estimate would result in an increase of $46 for that same $400,000 home.
He expects that when the district receives final state aid numbers from the state on Oct. 15, the final certified levy will fall somewhere in the middle, though nearer to the DPI estimate.» Read Full Article
The village of Brown Deer Finance and Public Works Committee met Wednesday to discuss a plan of attack for Emerald Ash Borer, an insect that rapidly kills ash trees and was recently discovered in the village.
The committee discussed the removal or treatment of trees to stop the infestation of the insect that will kill untreated trees within a few years. So far, the borer has been detected in one street tree on 47th Street, on the south side of Brown Deer.
"You don't prevent it," said Operations Superintendent of the Department of Public Works Larry Neitzel. "Once you've got the bug, it's probably all over the place."
Treatment on trees located on the north side of the village, where the bug is not believed to be in mass quantities yet, will begin at the end of September. A fund was started a few years ago as part of the village's Capital Improvement Program to go toward Emerald Ash Borer.
The Finance and Public Works Committee did not vote on allocating additional funds Wednesday; however, committee members did say they would support increasing the EAB budget in 2013. There is currently $7,500 in the EAB fund.» Read Full Article
Want to know which high school football teams are headed toward a WIAA postseason bid and who might be among the also-rans?
Visit Push for the Playoffs each week at www.mycommunitynow.com/push as Lake Country Publications/NOW Newspapers sports director JR Radcliffe sizes up the playoff chances of all area teams. You will also find standings, area statistical leaders, a player of the week and more.
Waukesha - Waukesha resident and taxpayer Edmund Henschel starts work Monday morning as Waukesha's new administrator after a yearlong search and a unanimous confirmation vote Tuesday by the Common Council.
"I'm excited," he said Wednesday. "This is my community. I live here."
He'll be paid $140,000 a year, get five weeks of vacation, dental and life insurance benefits equivalent to those provided other employees and up to $500 a month as reimbursement for Medicare supplemental health insurance.
Human Resources Committee Chairman Ald. Joan Fancoeur called Henschel a bargain in that there would be no relocation expenses, the savings on medical benefits and less than expected costs for recruiting a candidate.
"I think his appointment is a tremendous coups for this city," she said.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay - Two firefighters suffered minor injuries Monday morning after the North Shore Fire Department quelled a garage fire in the 5700 block of North Kent Avenue.
From an NSFD news release:
Firefighters and Whitefish Bay police found the garage ablaze at 5707 N. Kent and took several hose lines to the fire, later taking up a defensive position after discovering a propane cylinder leaking and on fire.
One firefighter was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a rafter storage area collapsed on him, and a second received treatment for heat exhaustion on-scene. Neighboring properties were undamaged.
The total estimated damage to the property is $45,000, and the original cause of the fire remains unknown.
MyCommunityNOW Pigskin Picks contest and predicted the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.Congratulations are in order for Jeff Slusar, who correctly picked the winners of all five games in this week's
Slusar wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and is among the leaders as we head into the second week of the contest. Three winners at the end of the season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.
Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, proved her football prowess by picking all five games correctly. She is joined atop the VIP rankings by NOW sportswriter John Rech, who also enjoyed an undefeated week.
This week's games are now available for picking. Featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.