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Pay-as-you-go incentive proposed for Mequon TIFs

June 15, 2011 12:26 p.m. | Concerned about the older commercial district on Port Washington Road south of Mequon Road, the Common Council on Tuesday decided to move ahead with the development of a plan for two tax incremental financing districts for the area. The council also approved a TIF district incentive policy that could spur redevelopment not only in the proposed new TIFs but also in the city's two existing TIFs.

Although there will likely be changes to the TIF proposals reviewed Tuesday by the council, two TIF districts, including mainly businesses abutting Port Washington Road, would stretch from Mequon to County Line roads along Port Washington Road, broken in the middle by an area that does not qualify for redevelopment.

One district begins at County Line Road and ends south of Stein's Garden Center and includes most, though not all, property on both the east and west side of the street. The Pavilions Shopping Center is included in this TIF.

The second district begins on the east side of the street with the Marathon Buildings, 10620 N. Port Washington Road, and moves south to Donges Bay Road where it expands to both the west and east sides of the street. The district ends at County Line Road.

Community Development Director Kim Tollefson said a TIF incentive policy open to projects that create a new construction value of $1.5 million above the value of existing buildings would help all TIFs in the city.

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Shorewood gives $100k grant to new restaurant

May 03, 2016 9:09 p.m. | Shorewood — The Shorewood Village Board has granted $103,000 in facade improvement funds to the co-founders of Colectivo Coffee, who plan to renovate the former Verizon building at 4144 N. Oakland Ave. into a modern restaurant serving burgers and ice cream.

The three co-founders Colectivo co-founders will lease the building, which is owned by Wendy Wasserman and her brother-in-law, Russell Wasserman. The property is valued at $321,600, but with the renovations would rise by $400,000 to $721,600.

The business owners intend to make an $800,000 cash investment in the building. They are planning to install glass garage doors, a year-round patio and add additions to the north and west sides of the building that would increase the size of the building from 1,200 square feet to 2,170 square feet.

The village's facade improvement grant program pays for up to half of facade improvement costs, with a maximum village contribution of $25,000. Grant requests higher than $25,000 require approval from the community development authority and village board.

Trustee Davida Amenta asked that the board reduce its $103,000 contribution to $25,000, but her motion failed on a 2-5 vote. Amenta and Rozek were the only trustees to support that motion, and they were also the only trustees to vote against the approved motion granting $103,000 to the restaurant, which does not yet have a name.

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Glen Hills recognized as a Green Ribbon School

May 03, 2016 1:36 p.m. | Glendale — Glen Hills Middle School is among two schools in the state and 47 schools in the country to be recognized as 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.

The program, in its fifth year, recognizes schools that improve the health of students, cut energy costs, and promote environmental sustainability.

Glen Hills received a LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification in 2013 for its 43-year-old facility. The building has solar panels on the roof that heat the pool. The lighting is LED-based, with motion detectors in all classrooms, and all cafeteria waste is composted. Low-flow toilets and energy-efficient water fountains are among some of the other energy-efficient features in the building.

The school's 15-student "green team" even conducts classroom audits, going to each classroom to make sure teachers and students are composting and recycling. The team is led by 7th grade teachers Katie Staacke and Lauren Picado, but they say the students have taken ownership of the initiative.

"We want to inspire them to make good choices when it comes to our Earth," Staacke said. "There are small things we can do in our day-to-day life, and we hope these students will take what they have learned and teach others to become more sustainable on the local, state and national level. They are excited about the award and what they've done, and they are motivated to do more."

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Dominican High School grad Kevin Brauer repurposing old clothing with Upties business

May 03, 2016 11:32 a.m. | Glendale — Kevin Brauer was cleaning out his closet when he came across a memorable button-down shirt from his childhood that he had outgrown.

"I knew it was too small, but I wanted to use the fabric out of something," he said. "I had this split-second flash of inspiration to turn the shirt into a necktie."

That lightbulb moment happened more than a year ago, when he was a senior at Dominican High School. Curious to see where the idea could go, he asked his aunt to teach him how to sew. Before long, he and three of his friends were spending their after-school hours stitching in his parent's Glendale basement.

"I didn't know where any of this was going to go," he said. "I just wanted to follow through and see if we could do it."

In March 2014, Brauer launched Upties, named after the concept of "upcycling" neckties. He has since filled about 100 orders for ties and bowties made out of old dress shirts.

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Update: Missing 15-year-old girl has been found

May 03, 2016 10:16 a.m. | Update: Glendale police report that Alexandria Simon has been found.

Glendale — The Glendale Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating 15-year-old Alexandria Simon.

Simon is African-American, 5-1" tall, 120lbs, brown hair in braids with light brown accents and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, white high top tennis shoes, and carrying a small black purse with pink straps. She also goes by the name "Lexi".

It is believed she is in the Milwaukee metro area. If you see Alexandria Simon, or know her whereabouts, the Glendale Police Department would like you to call them at 414-228-1753.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Draw between Whitefish Bay and Nicolet heats up NSC soccer race

May 02, 2016 8:31 p.m. | Nicolet girls soccer coach Tony Quintero and Whitefish Bay headman Rob Dubinski consider themselves friends.

Their respective teams, however, consider themselves to be the most heated of rivals.

And the Knights and the Blue Dukes made things rather warm with their intensity out on a chilly, windy night at Nicolet April 26 as they fought to a physical and fast 1-1 tie in a North Shore Conference tilt.

"It's the kind of game you bunker in and soldier on," said Quintero. "These kids play each other in club and youth ball and just know each other very well. ...We knew we'd have to grind it out minute by minute."

"It was one of those Nicolet-Bay games," said Dubinski. "We're considered a power, but they're coming in with a very good team. We were the ones who ended their season last year (in WIAA tourney play) so we knew that they'd come at us like a terror.

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Nicolet, Fox Point-Bayside school districts will share administrators

April 30, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Glendale — Two Nicolet administrators will split their time between Nicolet High School and the Fox Point-Bayside School District under a shared services agreement approved by both school boards this past week.

Nicolet Superintendent Robert Kobylski would replace Fox Point-Bayside Superintendent Vance Dalzin, who will resign at the end of June. Nicolet Business Services Director Jeff Dellutri will replace his counterpart in the Fox Point-Bayside School District, Janice DeMeuse, who plans to retire at the end of June.

The Nicolet and Fox Point-Bayside School Boards notified families of the potential agreement on April 18 and heard public feedback during a combined total of five school board meetings over the last two weeks.

The only member on either school board to vote against the proposal was Nicolet School Board member Marilyn Franklin. Franklin was concerned the agreement would create a perception of favoritism toward Fox Point-Bayside that would alienate the other two K-8 partner schools. She was also concerned that administrators would not have enough time to meet the needs of each district.

At a Fox Point-Bayside meeting on May 2, resident Therese Gripentrog said the shared services announcement comes as a surprise to all of the people who just supported Nicolet's referendum.

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Solar energy interest is heating up in Shorewood

April 27, 2016 12:42 p.m. | Shorewood — Lorna Young and Steve Cupery installed solar panels on their Shorewood garage in December, and already they are are producing more energy than they use.

With the help of tax credits and green energy rebates, they spent about $8,000 for 14 solar panels. Their electricity bill dropped from $100 to $17 in the month of March, and they are expecting their bills to continue getting lower in the future as their surplus energy rebates add up.

"There are very few things you can do to your house that pay back faster than solar energy," Cupery said.

Young and Cupery were among 30 Shorewood residents who came to Three Lions Pub on Tuesday, April 26, for a "Solar Power Hour" informational session organized by the Shorewood Conservation Committee and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

The two entities collaborated to create Solar Shorewood, which brings solar energy customers together for a group purchase that is 28 percent lower than market price. The MREA has partnered with the city of Milwaukee on a similar program since 2013, resulting in 98 Milwaukee homes and businesses converting to solar power.

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North Shore Sports Shorts: April 28

April 27, 2016 10:53 a.m. |

SHOREWOOD BOYS GOLF

New Greyhounds coach Patrick Sullivan is proud of his links for former coach Drake Zortman, who stepped aside at the end of last season to take a job at Homestead after leading Brian Morris to Shorewood's first WIAA individual state berth in many years.

"I'm extremely excited to be taking on this new role," he said. "I actually had the opportunity to play football for Drake Zortman in high school at Whitefish Bay and coached with him two falls ago for MessWood (Shorewood/Messmer) during his final season with the program, so it's, on a personal level, very cool to be following in his footsteps so to speak.

"The thing that's impressed me the most about the guys on the team thus far is how quickly they all meshed. They're quite competitive with one another at practices but really do a great job of pushing one another in a positive manner."

The Greyhounds will be a young group with three juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen in the varsity line-up. They include juniors Tommy Curtis, Emmett Ognar, and Henry Dunsirn; sophomores BrendenFardella and Jacob Thorstenson and freshmen Aaron Eimersand Jack Madell.

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DOT to host hearing on intersection of Brown Deer, Green Bay roads

April 27, 2016 10:50 a.m. | Brown Deer — The state Department of Transportation will be holding a public information meeting to gauge Brown Deer's opinion on three potential interchange configurations at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads.

The public information hearing will be held at 4 p.m. May 17 at the Lois and Tom Dolan Community Center, 4355 W. Bradley Road.

The three interchange configurations being proposed include an expansion of the existing overpass, removing the overpass to create a traditional at-grade intersection and the creation of a median U-turn, also known as a "Michigan left" intersection.

Any of the intersection designs would be capable of handling projected traffic growth in 2040. The interchange configurations differ in their sensitivity if traffic exceeds those projections.

If the DOT were to expand the overpass, traffic would have to increase by 45 percent over the DOT's projected 2040 traffic volumes before a movement would fail. A median U-turn would be able to handle a 40-percent increase in traffic volume before a movement would fail. The at-grade four-way intersection would only be able to take a 15 percent increase in traffic volume over the 2040 projections.

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Soccer rivalry heats up on cold night as Nicolet and Bay girls tie, 1-1

April 27, 2016 12:24 a.m. | Nicolet girls soccer coach Tony Quintero and Whitefish Bay headman Rob Dubinski consider themselves friends.

Their respective teams, however, consider themselves to be the most heated of rivals.

And the Knights and the Blue Dukes made things rather warm with their intensity out on a chilly, windy night at Nicolet Tuesday as they fought to a physical and fast 1-1 tie in a North Shore Conference tilt.

"It's the kind of game you bunker in and soldier on," said Quintero. "These kids play each other in club and youth ball and just know each other very well. ...We knew we'd have to grind it out minute by minute."

"It was one of those Nicolet-Bay games," said Dubinski. "We're considered a power, but they're coming in with a very good team. We were the ones who ended their season last year (in WIAA tourney play) so we knew that they'd come at us like a terror.

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Youthful Nicolet soccer team off to 8-1 start

April 26, 2016 7:24 p.m. | Addition by subtraction or simply a turning of the wheel that's long been coming?

Either way you cut it, veteran Nicolet girls soccer coach Tony Quintero is going to take his team's 8-1 start, including a 3-0 sweep and the championship in a tournament in Mensaha on April 23.

Not even a bus breakdown on the way back home from Mensha could dim their spirits.

"The parents were practically in Port Washington by the time we called, but they were able to double back and get us," Quintero said, "but the girls didn't see it as a problem. They brought the boom box out and did a little dancing while waiting. They didn't take it too seriously."

But what Quintero is taking seriously is the high level of play with an extraordinarily young team.

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26-year-old killed in shooting on Glendale border

April 26, 2016 3:31 p.m. | Milwaukee —A 26-year-old man died this week after being shot near a McDonald's at Good Hope Road and Teutonia Avenue.

David J. Stange, whose last known residence was in West Bend, was riding in a vehicle with another person in the 3000 block of West Good Hope Road when a person in another vehicle fired several shots into their vehicle at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, according to Milwaukee police.

Stange died the next day. The second victim remains hospitalized for his injuries as of Tuesday afternoon.

The victims were involved in an illegal drug transaction prior to the shooting, according to the Milwaukee Police Department. Milwaukee police continue to investigate the shooting and are seeking suspects.

Teachers continue scholarship program on their own

April 26, 2016 2:06 p.m. | Shorewood — Teachers in the North Shore are doing the best they can to maintain a student scholarship that was previously overseen by their teacher's union.

The North Shore United Educators Scholarship has awarded more than $283,000 in scholarships since 1988. Historically, a $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to one student from each of the six North Shore high schools under the regional UniServ teacher's union. In 2013, as a result of Act 10, the North Shore UniServ chapter dissolved and was replaced with a regional system serving more than 100 districts.

The change in union organization left no staff in place to organize the scholarship fund. Teachers in the North Shore decided to continue the scholarship fund on their own, but the program doesn't have the resources it once enjoyed.

For the first time this year, the scholarship dropped from $2,000 per student to $1,000 per student. A large annual scholarship banquet has been replaced by several teacher outings to local restaurants, which agree to donate 25 percent of food proceeds to the fun. The bulk of the funds come from raffle tickets purchased by teachers at these events.

"The staffing at the middle level has completely changed, so there are fewer people to organize, promote and run a large event," said Amy Miller, a Shorewood teacher and secretary-treasurer of the scholarship fund. "But we as public school teachers in the North Shore think it's important to continue to recognize and honor our students in this way."

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Davis officially retires as Nicolet swim coach

April 26, 2016 1:42 p.m. | Ever the sentimental type, retiring Nicolet swim coach Dwight Davis' recent last words to team members after 30 years of success came in an email and were instructive of how his team members both remember him fondly and on occasion roll their eyes at some of the things he says.

"Seniors remember that you never get a second chance for a first impression," he wrote, "but your last impression is the lasting one. Finish well. Returning team members start training. NOW. Davis."

Not "Coach Davis," not "Mr. Davis," not "Dwight" but simply "Davis" ("It was just shorter and easier for the kids," he said) will be remembered on many levels for what he has done at Nicolet since he arrived in Glendale in 1985. Because, along with coaching many successful swimmers, including Olympic champion Garrett Weber-Gale, he taught physical education, life-guarding and water safety.

Knowing that is instructive when thinking about when Davis was brought into St. Luke's Hospital in January 2015 after a mild stroke. He would eventually have open-heart surgery.

"It turned out that the admitting nurse was in one of my lifeguard classes, so was a resident (who was helping him)," said Davis, "and the person who did my blood draw went 'Oh my God, I thought I recognized you.' That person was in one of my classes, too."

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