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Friberg running for re-election on Fox Point-Bayside School Board

Dec. 13, 2011 10:30 a.m. | Fox Point-Bayside School Board member Debbi Friberg will run for re-election April 3. There is one vacant seat on the board.

Friberg, who lives with her family at 6475 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point, is completing her first term on the board.

She has an elementary education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is the area director for AuPairCare and an executive secretary at Congregation Beth Israel.

Members serve three-year terms and are not paid.

Mequon council votes down subdivision proposal at Oldenburg Farm

Dec. 13, 2011 10:30 a.m. | Mequon — After hearing overwhelming rejection from residents, the Mequon Common Council on Tuesday, Feb. 9 rejected a proposal to build a 20-lot subdivision on 221 acres of scenic farmland.

Developer John Graham was asking the council to rezone the Oldenburg Farm at 11446 N. Farmdale Road and the northwest corner of Mequon Road and Farmdale Road to allow lots smaller than five acres.

The subdivision, called The Overlook at Oldenburg Farm, is made up of two separate sections of land.

A 185-acre parcel on the east side of Farmdale Road would include 15 lots ranging in size from 1.25 to 2.75 acres. The lots are clustered in groups between three and five lots and overlook more than 100 acres of meadowland and woods along the Little Menomonee River.

The remaining 37 acres is located on the northwest corner of Mequon Road and Farmdale Road. These lots are between 2.5 and 3 acres and are clustered to the north of the property to maintain a vista from Mequon Road.

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Germantown boys basketball team overpowers Whitefish Bay, 101-74

10:13 p.m. | "That was more like Germantown basketball," said Warhawks' all-state point guard Juwan McCloud.

And he was correct in his assertion after the Warhawks' stunning 101-74 rout of a surging Whitefish Bay squad in a key North Shore Conference game Tuesday night.

It looked and sounded like vintage high-powered Warhawks' basketball, from the relentless attacking of the basket to the large numbers of turnovers they forced as Germantown maintained (10-1 in NSC play) a one game lead over Cedarburg in the league race and won its sixth game in a row.

"It really did feel a little like the old days," added McCloud, who finished with 24 points on the night. "I think we've shaken off all those things that bothered us in December (four losses in five games). We just needed to play better than we were in all ways.

"We were playing sluggish, just not doiong the right things. It was tough stuff to learn."

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Apartment building, assisted living center approved in Mequon

2:45 p.m. | Mequon — A developer has received final approval to build two three-story buildings next to Aster Memory Care at 6729 W. Mequon Road.

Lakeside Development will build a three-story, 81-unit apartment complex called the Town Center Apartments at 6729 W. Mequon Road. The building will include 21 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units and 18 two-bedroom units with a den. Rents will range from $1,400 to $2,300.

The L-shaped building will wrap around a swimming pool building with tall windows and a rooftop patio. The pool building will be connected to the apartment building. The apartment complex will include 23 surface parking spaces and 136 below-grade parking stalls.

Pam Adams was the only commissioner to oppose the building's conditional use grant and site plans. Adams said she foresees other apartment buildings being built in the Town Center corridor, and she doesn't want a building of this size to set the tone for the rest of the neighborhood.

"I don't see a building of this size in the spirit of our community right now," she said.

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Shorewood approves beekeeping ordinance

11:34 a.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood residents are now able to keep bee hives in their yards.

Dozens of communities in southeastern Wisconsin have legalized beekeeping in the last couple years. The beekeeping ordinance unanimously approved by the Shorewood Village Board on Feb. 1 was based on language from nine other communities.

Shorewood residents who want to join the beekeeping trend will have to be trained in beekeeping, notify their neighbors and apply for a $25 permit. Annual renewal permits will cost $10.

In crafting its ordinance, the Shorewood Village Board received guidance from Charlie Koenen, a Shorewood native who invented a horizontal beekeeping system at his Beepods company. A self-described "beevangelist," Koenen said the rise of urban beekeeping will help restore a honey bee population that has been in decline for the last decade.

While Shorewood may not seem like a hotbed for pollination activity, Koenen said urban environments have a more diverse ecosystem compared to large agricultural fields, which he said have been largely homogenized for the sake of productivity. After the single crop in a monoculture field has flowered, insect pollinators are left with nothing to eat and their numbers decline.

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St. Monica Parish hosts first "wine and art" winter social

Feb. 08, 2016 10:13 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — St. Monica Parish will host its first-ever "wine and art" winter social on Feb. 13 at the church at 160 E. Silver Spring Drive.

The family-friendly portion of the event lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $5. Activities include art projects, create-your-own-valentine booth and an art sale.

The adult activities last from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be wine and craft beer tasting, light dinner, silent auction, an art sale, guided painting and a jazz quartet. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets are available at www.2016wintersocial.eventbrite.com.

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Whitefish Bay orchestra presents Music for Munchkins children's concert

Feb. 08, 2016 11:35 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay High School Orchestra presents "Valentine's Day in Madagascar," its annual Music for Munchkins children's concert, on Sunday, Feb. 14.

This family-friendly event features a string instrument "petting zoo" from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., during which children of all ages are invited to touch, play, and hear string instruments such as violins, violas, cellos, and basses. Aspiring musicians will also have the opportunity to create Madagascar-themed crafts in preparation for the performance, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

Featured musical selections include "Stop! In the Name of Love," "New York, New York," "Can't Buy Me Love," Love Potion Number 9," "My Girl" and "Love Shack." Fifth graders from Cumberland and Richards elementary schools will be included as special guest musicians.

The general public is invited to attend. Please enter through the music wing (Door #11), just east of the main entrance at Whitefish Bay High School, 1200 E. Fairmount Avenue in Whitefish Bay. Admission is $3 per person, payable at the door.

Cedarburg girls basketball team beats Homestead, ties for NSC lead

Feb. 06, 2016 11:39 p.m. | Back on Jan. 22, the Homestead girls basketball team beat Cedarburg, 48-45, and Bulldogs' coach Dave Ross couldn't help but admire the winning Highlanders' intensity and toughness.

So on Saturday night, Ross was pleased to see the Bulldogs return the favor, as they took an early 11-3 lead and never let the Highlanders fully rally in a 53-47 victory that thrust the Bulldogs into a tie for the North Shore Conference lead with Germantown.

"...We got a message to our kids (after that first game), if we don't become more physical we're not going to be able to stay with the really good teams like Homestead," said Ross. "We noticed our schedule has us playing the top teams (in the league) at the end of the season. I think that situation worked to our advantage.

"Because we needed to grow up. The injuries we had at the start of the season are gone. We're feeling better and we're playing a lot better."

That much was evident as the Bulldogs improved to 9-2 in the North Shore, same as two-time North Shore champ Germantown, which the Bulldogs will visit on Feb. 12.

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Whitefish Bay boys basketball team rallies past Nicolet, 79-74

Feb. 05, 2016 11:10 p.m. | Everyone counts on the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team, from stars Elijah Moore and David Thompson to clutch 3-point ace Cade Garcia, and down to the five senior reserves who started tonight's 79-74 win over border rival Nicolet.

"I really liked how those kids (Kale Moore, Alec Lindfors, Tony Schulz, Carter Heston and Charlie Cohen) reacted to the situation (of starting)," said Blue Duke coach Chris Millner. "They deserved that shot. They've worked hard. ...and Cade got hot at the right time for us (a run of three 3-pointers in a two-minute span late in the second half).

"That's the thing about this team. There's always someone stepping up, picking us up."

It was a fitting win on senior night for Bay, who on this busy night also had the Milwaukee Bucks' mascot Bango, the Bucks' Band and the UW-Milwaukee Panther in attendance.

The Blue Dukes, who rallied from an 8-0 deficit to the surging Knights incurred in the first couple of minutes, improved to 7-3 in the North Shore Conference with the win and 12-6 overall. They trail only Germantown (9-1) and Cedarburg (8-2) in the NSC.

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Meet and greet the Mequon-Thiensville School Board candidates Feb. 10

Feb. 05, 2016 10:42 a.m. | Mequon — Chris Schultz and Aaron Hurvitz, candidates who are challenging the incumbents for two seats on the Mequon-Thiensville School Board, will host a "Meet and Greet" event Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Mequon-Thiensville residents are invited to meet the candidates, learn more about why Schultz and Hurvitz are running for School Board, what they stand for, share perspectives and concerns about the school district and enjoy some light refreshments from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Tolzman Community Room at Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road.

Incumbent board members Mary Cyrier and Kathryn Houpt are being challenged by Schultz and Hurvitz.

Schultz is a recently retired science educator who taught at Homestead High School for 17 years before retiring last year. Schultz said he wants to bring her educator experience to the board in order to serve as a "bridge of understanding" between students, parents, teachers and the board.

"We are running because residents and parents have expressed serious concerns to us about the Mequon-Thiensville School Board's decisions and attitudes," Schultz said.

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Video: DOT proposes 'Michigan left' intersection at Brown Deer, Green Bay roads

Feb. 05, 2016 8:04 a.m. | Brown Deer — Having reached somewhat of a stalemate with Brown Deer officials, the Department of Transportation has suggested a new design for the intersection at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads.

The DOT has previously proposed reconstructing the Green Bay Road overpass at a taller height with six lanes, sidewalks, bicycle lanes and wider paved shoulders. Brown Deer Road under the overpass would also be expanded to six lanes to match the rest of the road east and west of the overpass.

The Brown Deer Village Board has objected to a new overpass, saying a larger, wider bridge would be unsightly, block business visibility and impede economic development. Trustees would like to see an at-grade intersection that allows visibility to the Original Village area and the Marketplace of Brown Deer shopping center.

The DOT has said that creating a traditional at-grade intersection would increase traffic at that intersection by an estimated 13,000 cars per day, and would result in a 22 percent to 56 percent increase in crashes.

Seeking to find middle ground, DOT officials came before the Brown Deer Village Board on Monday, Feb. 1, with a third option: a median U-turn intersection, also known as a "Michigan left." The intersections have been in Michigan since the 1960s, but have never been built in Wisconsin.

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Young Brown Deer boys fearless in face of intense schedule

Feb. 03, 2016 2:48 p.m. | Over in nearby Germantown, it took former coach Steve Showalter and the Warhawks boys' basketball team over a decade to reach its astounding recent three straight WIAA state championship status.

Meanwhile in nearby Brown Deer, Falcons' coach Kelly Appleby is in only his fifth season and he already has three Woodland Conference titles and two WIAA State D3 championships to his credit.

But he definitely thought his team was in rebuilding mode going into this season after the second state title last season as powerhouse talents Lewrenzo Byers, Donovan Lucas and Zack Baun graduated and took leave of the Brown Deer campus for collegiate opportunity and education.

However, following a stunning whirlwind three-wins in four days effort last week that included an instant classic of a three-overtime victory over previously unbeaten New Berlin Eisenhower and a beat-down of traditional state D2 power Wisconsin Lutheran, Appleby is rapidly reassessing his early assessment of his squad.

Especially since this run came just a few short days after a mildly disappointing home defeat at the hands of Pewaukee on Jan. 21.

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Mistaken gun reports caused hourlong I-43 shutdown

Feb. 03, 2016 1:47 p.m. | Bayside — A portion of I-43 was shut down on Wednesday, Feb. 3 due to a high-risk traffic stop made by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies stopped a vehicle shortly after 11 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-43, just south of Brown Deer Road. Southbound I-43 traffic was forced to exit at Brown Deer Road and re-enter at Good Hope Road for about an hour.

While conducting the stop, several witnesses called to report a subject picking up a gun off the freeway nearby. The investigation determined that the item was not a gun, but a handheld radio.

(This article was updated at 9:13 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9)

Area swim teams perform well at State Small Schools

Feb. 03, 2016 1:05 p.m. | With conference tests coming up across the board on Feb. 6, tired but well-trained boys swimmers from across the area got a glimpse of what the WIAA Division 2 state meet will probably look like in a few weeks when they took part in the State Small Schools Meet on Jan. 30 in Plymouth.

The high-powered Shorewood group fared the best, taking second in the 18-school field while Whitefish Bay overachieved in earning fifth and the Brown Deer/University School squad rode a victory from Ben Hayes in the 100-yard breaststroke to a 13th-place showing.

"As a coach, I was incredibly impressed with my boys," said Shorewood coach Tom Miazga. "They defined what it means to race until the meet is over. I think the boys would be the first to tell you they were not satisfied with how the meet started yesterday.

"We were very excited and motivated, but really struggled to put together the swims we desired. After the break, with a quick pump-up, the boys turned a strong corner and had a fantastic finish to the meet. I was so relieved to see the boys rally around one another and take over in the second half of the meet."

Shorewood, which won the Woodland Relays back in December, and Brown Deer/USM will take part in the Woodland meet at Greenfield on Saturday with diving at 10 a.m. and swimming at 1:30 p.m.

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Master Greg Chay talks discipline, respect at new Mequon Chay's Tae Kwon Do location

Feb. 03, 2016 12:47 p.m. | Mequon —From first steps to the walk across the stage at high school and college graduation, there are many proud moments one experiences as a parent. For Jon Grosso, the day his daughter Alexandra earned her first-degree junior black belt is one he will not soon forget.

"I remember it vividly," said Grosso, of Mequon. "It was an incredibly proud moment when my daughter received her black belt and her name was on it and there are many other proud moments, but that day stands out to me for sure."

A cut above the rest

The countless hours she dedicated to training at Chay's Tae Kwon Do leading up to that day, combined with the values she has picked up along the way, are among the reasons Grosso said that day was so special to him.

"We've come to think of Chay's as family," said Grosso, who has been a patron of the school's Cedarburg location for six years. "We are so happy that he has expanded into our area so that others can partake in the program."

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