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Grassroots Northshore Program discusses how to protect your vote and other election issues

Nov. 04, 2011 4:50 p.m. | Grassroots Northshore is hosting a town hall meeting with a presentation by Wisconsin Counts, Ltd. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Avenue, Shorewood. (Enter through Northeast Door.) The event is open to the public.

The town hall meeting discusses what happens after you cast your vote and what you can do to make sure your vote is protected. Wisconsin Counts, Ltd. is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical Wisconsin not-for-profit corporation dedicated to protecting the integrity of elections in Wisconsin. The presentation will be followed by questions from the audience.

Refreshments will be served.

Grassroots Northshore informs, educates and advocates for progressive change and solutions. For additional information on the town hall or Grassroots Northshore, contact coordinator Keith Schmitz at (414) 963-0847.

Whitefish Bay baseball team bounces back with win over Nicolet

June 28, 2016 11:04 p.m. | Just like Whitefish Bay baseball coach Jay Wojcinski would like to see his talented Blue Dukes become a little more consistent in time for a strong stretch run, so does one other.

Moments after the Blue Dukes had completed their post-game huddle following their 9-2 victory over area rival and host Nicolet Tuesday night, former Marquette University basketball player and Blue Dukes' backer Joe Nethen, who was sitting in a lawn chair near the leftfield fence at Stormonth Field, grabbed a bullhorn that he had handy and shouted his version of encouragment to the team:

"Now try winning all the games like this instead of giving us a heart attack!"

The unusual shout-out drew a big laugh from the Blue Dukes and a smile from Wojcinski, who was pleased to see his team bounce back from a disappointing 6-1 loss to Germantown the night before (see Whitefish Bay Now.com for details).

"Joe's always around," laughed Wojcinski.

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Brown Deer driver, 37, charged in crash near Strawberry Festival

June 28, 2016 5:36 p.m. | A 37-year-old Brown Deer man has been charged in a crash that injured two pedestrians Sunday at Cedarburg's annual Strawberry Festival.

Kunle Famakinwa Jr. faces three felony counts — reckless driving causing great bodily harm, second degree reckless injury and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute — and one misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint:

Famakinwa had turned west onto Western Road from Washington Ave. when he collided with an eastbound car, then veered left and struck two Milwaukee women on the sidewalk.

Witnesses told police the women flew into the air from the impact. Each suffered broken ribs, and one a fractured neck bone.

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Marquette students offer marketing advice to Brown Deer

June 28, 2016 4:12 p.m. | Brown Deer — A Marquette University marketing class has come up with a list of marketing ideas for the village of Brown Deer, which they say is suffering from a lack of citizen involvement, an identity crisis and a perceived crime problem.

Village officials approached Marquette University marketing professor Felicia M. Miller about the semester-long project, which gave the students real-world marketing experience and provided the village with free marketing help. The students conducted an audit of Brown Deer's image, based on research, interviews and the village's own planning studies.

In summarizing the students' findings to the village board on Monday, June 6, Miller said Brown Deer's biggest weakness is that "there's no compelling identity."

"There's an identity crisis," Miller said. "Are we part of the North Shore? Are we part of Milwaukee? We're not really sure how we fit in."

Miller, who lives in Fox Point, said she incorrectly associated Brown Deer with Northridge Mall and areas west of 68th Street on Brown Deer Road. She said other people may have a similar confusion about Brown Deer's borders.

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2016 Fourth of July events in the Milwaukee suburbs

June 28, 2016 11:50 a.m. | From the North Shore, to Oak Creek and Franklin, to Wauwatosa and Brookfield and West Allis and New Berlin, and all of the other communities within the MyCommunity NOW coverage area, there are plenty of Fourth of July festivities to take part in. Below is a list separated by county and in alphabetical order of events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2016. If you know of an event you don't see listed below, email us at news@jrn.com.  

Milwaukee County

Bay View

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave. This year’s theme is joining hands for peace. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in Milwaukee County Parks without a permit. For the latest updates, visit www.city.milwaukee.gov/july4th.

9 to 10:15 a.m.: parade, starting at South Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Linus Street, proceeds to park.

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Thomas and big bats lead Germantown baseball team over Bay, 6-1

June 27, 2016 9:02 p.m. | Germantown athlete Bryce Thomas is a busy guy.

When he's not hitting spikes and making digs for his Milwaukee Volleyball Club team that is headed to the national tournament this week in Dallas, he's out there striking batters out and clubbing home runs for the Warhawks' baseball team.

Tonight's agenda included a game at the Warhawks' Ritzenthaler Dream Field as Thomas threw 5-1/3 innings against Whitefish Bay, with five strikeouts and three walks and then clubbed a third inning home run that broke open the game for a 6-1 home victory over the Blue Dukes.

"I'm feeling a lot better, between the volleyball and the baseball my shoulder was feeling a little sore, but I was able to get a little rest and now I'm fine," he said.

The victory built on the two wins the Warhawks earned in a round-robin at UW-Whitewater on June 25 and improved their North Shore record to 6-9 and their overall mark to 13-10 in just their fourth home game of the year.

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USM student charged with taking upskirt photos of female classmates

June 27, 2016 11:15 a.m. | River Hills — A 17-year-old student at University School of Milwaukee has been charged with taking upskirt photos of his female classmates.

Austin Halbrooks has been charged with four counts of invasion of privacy and one count of disorderly conduct in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.

A classmate reported Halbrooks' alleged actions to school officials, who reported the incident to River Hills police. When questioned by the school's security director, Halbrook admitted to taking photos up the skirts of female classmates without their knowledge, according to a criminal complaint. The photos were taken during a four month period, between December 2015 and April 2016.

Police seized Halbrook's computer and found multiple images focused on female students' breasts, buttocks, legs and feet. Not all girls were able to be identified, but police and school officials did identify five female students, ages 17 and 18, according to the complaint. The computer had 59 pictures of the five girls.

The upskirt photos were taken while the girls were standing up and walking up the stairs, according to the criminal complaint.

Retiring athletics director John Gustavson leaves Whitefish Bay in a better place

June 27, 2016 10:39 a.m. | About a week or so from his final days before retirement as athletics director at Whitefish Bay High School, John Gustavson was doing one of his favorite tasks.

He was filling manila envelopes with medals, bronze, silver and gold, and somewhere around his office were some highly coveted plaques. They were going to student/athletes who had participated in three sports (or in the case of the very busy senior Macklin Kortebein, four) this past school year.

Bronze were for freshmen, silver for sophomores, gold for juniors and plaques for seniors. It's been a long-standing ritual with a good purpose behind it.

"We started this around my second year (2004-05) as a way of trying to encourage kids to do multiple sports," he said. "To be true multisport athletes."

It's all part of a culture change that Gustavson helped foster.

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Teen charged with taking upskirt photos of classmates in River Hills

June 25, 2016 10:01 a.m. | A 17-year-old Milwaukee teen accused of taking "upskirt" photos of female students at a River Hills school has been charged with four felony counts of invasion of privacy.

In early April, students at University School of Milwaukee told security staff that Austin B. Halbrooks had been taking pictures of female students under their skirts, according to a criminal complaint.

The school security director spoke to Halbrooks, who admitted he took such photos of female students without their knowledge, and contacted River Hills police, the complaint says.

Authorities got a warrant to search his computer and found "numerous photos and videos" of girls, many of which appeared to have been taken at University School, 2100 West Fairy Chasm Road, between February 2015 and March 2016.

Halbrooks, who also faces one misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 11. The teen has been expelled from University School, according to WISN-TV.

Oak Creek baseball team passes test with win over Homestead, 7-3

June 25, 2016 1:22 a.m. | The Oak Creek baseball team has passed many tests en route to a one-game lead with just three contests left in the Greater Metro Conference race.

What it hasn't had a lot of time for is a great deal of high level nonconference action, so the Knights made a road trip to a place where they haven't been since 2005, a place where even the legendary Tony Butler proved to be mortal.

Knights baseball coach Scott Holler could only smile at the memory.

"The last time we were at Rennicke Field (in Mequon), Tony (Butler) was playing first base and a ground ball went through his legs and we lost (laughs)," said Holler.

The comment came shortly after the Knights put together a solid effort Friday night, especially on the defensive end, in their return trip to Rennicke, with a 7-3 decision over a good Homestead team.

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Derosier enters not guilty plea

June 24, 2016 5:38 p.m. | Thiensville —The handyman of Willowbrook Place charged with theft of movable property greater than $10,000 entered a not guilty plea June 23 in Ozaukee County Circuit Court according to online court records.

Donald Derosier, 55, is facing up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time up to 10 years if convicted of stealing multiple items from residents of Willowbrook Place, 205 Green Bay Road. A collection estimated to be valued at $25,000 started appearing on eBay and the owner's daughter alerted police in early June it shouldn't be up there.

Derosier said the family "did not get along and were constantly giving him things to get the other one mad." He said he had notes about getting things from them and that he was told to "take what he wanted out of the storage areas and to get rid of the rest."

His next court date is July 21. Read the full story of the charges in the original article posted to Mequon NOW.

Glendale's new park is realization of decades-long dream

June 23, 2016 2:25 p.m. | Glendale — Glendale City Administrator Richard Maslowski has overseen the development of Bayshore Town Center, corporate parks and numerous big-ticket infrastructure projects, but the hallmark moment of his 36-year career came Wednesday, June 22, with the groundbreaking of Richard E. Maslowski Community Park.

For nearly 30 years, Maslowski has dreamed of turning a former landfill site on the west end of Bender Road into a special gathering place with summer concerts, youth sports and a playground for families. Unlike all of the other major commercial and infrastructure projects he has taken on, he said a park is an investment in the community itself.

"We've spent a considerable amount of time, effort and money investing in our manufacturing, our job creation, our commercial areas and our infrastructure," he said. "But this is our first true investment in the people of Glendale."

Maslowski is not one to seek recognition or limelight, but Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy said the decision to name the park after him was an easy one.

"If you look at pictures of what Glendale looked like in the 1970s and what Glendale looks like today, there's nothing in this city that doesn't have the fingerprints of Richard Maslowski," Kennedy said. "He's been a visionary who has led our city through so many transformations over time."

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Talented, assertive Homestead soccer team won its own way

June 22, 2016 11:41 a.m. | Veteran Homestead girls soccer coach Rich Dorn, as well Highlander baseball and wrestling coach Ernie Millard, believe in empowering their charges and giving them the tools to succeed, so that at times of crisis, they can make informed, sound decisions on their own.

They both have a protege in Kelli Ausman.

"She always seems to be someone who's balancing a lot of different responsibilities," said Millard. "... A very busy kid, a tremendous competitor and someone who was awesome to have in the (practice) room."

Ausman wrestled for two years for Millard. She admitted that all she had in that time was a head throw that sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. It's an aggressive, stunning move when it works well, and no doubt Ausman used it to try and prove herself as a girl in the normally all-male bastion of wrestling.

She was also an All-North Shore Conference keeper for the soccer team as a sophomore. She is fond of colored streaks in her hair (such as the blue bolt that she wore in the WIAA state tournament June 17 and 18) and has a strong assertive nature.

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Brown Deer, Homestead, Nicolet, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay Sports Shorts: June 23, 2016

June 22, 2016 10:51 a.m. |


Highlander coach Ernie Millard turned to an assistant during a tense third-inning moment in their nightcap against powerful West Bend West on June 16 and asked whether they should intentionally walk the Spartans' dangerous Anthony Schlass and a one-run lead.

"By the time I finished that sentence, the ball was flying over the rightfield fence," said a rueful Millard.

He said his real comments following the hit were essentially unprintable.

That was because Schlass's homer provided the difference in a 3-2 victory for West. Coupled with the Spartans' eight-inning, 3-2 win over Homestead earlier in the afternoon (a completion of a suspended game), the Highlanders' hopes for a North Shore Conference title were made dramatically more difficult.

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Brown Deer named an 'All-America City'

June 21, 2016 5:57 p.m. | Brown Deer — Brown Deer is one of 10 communities in the country to be named an All-America City by the National Civic League.

The focus of this year's award is on communities that have "taken innovative action to engage residents in ensuring that all children are healthy and supported to succeed in school and life." In applying for the award, Brown Deer officials highlighted three projects: the creation of Badger Meter River Park, the renovation of Brown Deer schools and the school district's award-winning character education program.

The All-America City award was launched in 1949, and has been awarded to more than 550 communities, including Madison, Green Bay and Eau Claire. Brown Deer Village Manager Michael Hall said Brown Deer stands out compared to other communities because of its diversity.

"Brown Deer is a microcosm of what America should be, with a diversity of age, economic backgrounds and culture," he said. "Milwaukee is considered the most segregated community in America, but we in Brown Deer seem to make it work. This award is the icing on the cake, and it shows that we are a representation of America."

Representatives from the Brown Deer School District and village of Brown Deer told the village's story on the national stage at the National Civic League's All-America City conference in Denver on June 17-19.

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Worker charged with stealing from senior living community residents

June 21, 2016 2:27 p.m. | Thiensville — The antique toy collection of a deceased resident of Willowbrook Place valued at an estimated $25,000 started appearing on eBay and the man's daughter alerted police in early June it shouldn't be up there.

The items were stolen from the woman's mother's apartment at Willowbrook and Donald D. Derosier, 55, has been charged with the theft of movable property greater than $10,000. If convicted, he faces up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time up to 10 years.

According to the criminal complaint filed June 17 in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, the items were reported stolen from Willowbrook Place, 205 Green Bay Road, on June 8. The man and woman who reported the items stolen said a collector of antique military toys had helped the woman's father find the items and had identified them for sale on eBay.

Some identifiers mentioned in the complaint included pre-Columbian teracotta clay artifacts that are "one of a kind and no one would have the same ones." One item, a toy cat worth a couple hundred dollars, had handwriting underneath that was believed to be that of the deceased collector on labels made for shipping when the family moved from Connecticut to Wisconsin. Slang terms used on the labels were also used in the listings, something a true collector wouldn't do, according to the other collector in the complaint.

The complaint says many of the items are not easily found and were purchased across the globe when the woman's father served as a museum curator. A written statement from the deceased man's wife mentions they were "extremely attached and proud of the collection and would have never given it away." It further says she never gave anyone permission to remove any of the collection.

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