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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.

Stiever and Cedarburg too much for Homestead football team, 40-27

Sept. 26, 2014 10:49 p.m. | When asked what it's like to be able to coach a player of senior receiver/defensive back Jonathan Stiever's caliber, Cedarburg football coach Brian Leair smiled and then gave a one word answer:

"Easy."

Then he elaborated.

He needed to because Stiever was the instigator and the engine of a stunning 33-0 run that the Bulldogs put on against second-ranked in state and previously unbeaten Homestead Friday night.

It ran from the second through the fourth quarters and fueled the Bulldogs 40-27 upset of their North Shore rivals.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 6.

Glendale, Oak Creek hotels sold to Los Angeles firm

Sept. 24, 2014 9:24 a.m. | An Oak Creek hotel near Mitchell International Airport, and a Glendale hotel near Bayshore Town Center, have been sold to an investment group based in the Los Angeles area.

A Days Inn, 1201 W. College Ave., Oak Creek, was sold for $2.15 million to Oak Creek Hotel LLC, and another Days Inn, 5485 N. Port Washington Road, was sold for $2.75 million to Glendale Hotel LLC, according to state real estate records posted Tuesday and Wednesday.

The buyer's agent is Rao R. Yalamanchili, of Arcadia, Calif., who operates Positive Investments Inc., a real estate investment and property management firm.

The hotels were sold by their receiver, according to state records.

Delivery man cited for swearing when woman asks him to move his truck

Sept. 22, 2014 10:27 a.m. | A delivery man making a delivery outside Walgreens was cited for disorderly conduct after yelling and swearing Sept. 3.

According to the Mequon police report:

The 26-year-old Oconomowoc man was making a delivery outside of Walgreens, 11270 N. Port Washington Road, at 3:55 p.m. Sept. 3.

He left the delivery truck blocking parked cars outside of the store, and a woman asked him to move the truck so she could leave.

He responded by yelling at her in front of her child, saying, "I can park wherever I (expletive) want to," and then saying, "I don't give a (expletive)."

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 5.

River Hills adopts sex offender zoning restrictions

Sept. 18, 2014 6:41 p.m. | River Hills — River Hills is the latest community to adopt sex offender residency restrictions.

The village board on adopted an ordinance restricting sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks and other areas where children gather. The Village Board also considered a 2,500-foot restriction, but trustees worried that it would cover too large of an area and would risk a legal challenge.

Bayside is one of roughly seven communities who have imposed a restriction of 2,000 feet, said Village Attorney William Dineen.

"Given the size of lots in River Hills, a 2,000-foot restriction is probably more comparable to a 500-foot restriction in another community," Dineen said at the board meeting. "I don't think it would be viewed as unreasonable."

Last month, Whitefish Bay set a 1,750-foot buffer around those child-friendly areas. Shorewood is considering similar legislation, with a vote expected to come before the village board in November. Hales Corners is the only other Milwaukee County community without residency restrictions.

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Sears will close Bayshore store

Sept. 18, 2014 6:12 p.m. | Glendale — The Sears store and Sears Auto Center in the Bayshore Town Center will close to the public in early December.

Howard Riefs, the company's spokesman, said the store's closing is part of a larger pivot in business operations.

"Store closures are part of a series of actions we're taking to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base and accelerate the transformation of our business model," he said. "These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail — at the store, online and in the home."

The store will begin its liquidation sale Friday, Sept. 26.

The store and auto center have a combined 86 employees. Those associates that are eligible will receive severance and have the opportunity to apply for open positions at area Sears or Kmart stores.

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Hassless Mattress opens 4 worker-less retail outlets

Sept. 17, 2014 4:06 p.m. | Hassless Mattress, a retail business spun out of the Penny Mustard furniture chain, has opened four Milwaukee-area stores with an unusual twist — no employees are on hand to staff the locations.

The outlets open and close remotely, and are fitted with security cameras that can be monitored over the Internet. The shops are stocked with mattress that customers can order from a computer or by phone. The firm delivers from a warehouse in Greendale.

The business model is somewhat similar to that of laundromats, but is being used to sell a product rather than a service. One decades-long observer of the mattress industry said he'd never heard of anything like it.

Running the business is Weston Huth, a nephew of Penny Mustard owners Arvid and Ben Huth. The three men are co-owners of Hassless Mattress.

The stores are at 7740 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield; 18110 W Blue Mound Road, Town of Brookfield; 11018 N Port Washington Road, Mequon; and W188-N10707 Maple Road, Germantown.

Mequon named top K-12 district in state

Sept. 16, 2014 4:14 p.m. | Mequon — For the second consecutive year, the Mequon-Thiensville School District has been named the top K-12 school district in the state by the state's Department of Public Instruction.

The DPI released report cards this week for all Wisconsin public schools and school districts for the 2013-14 school year. Mequon-Thiensville ranked as the top K-12 school district in the state of Wisconsin with an overall accountability score of 86.1. This is the second consecutive year Mequon-Thiensville has received this recognition.

"I want to thank our students, teachers and parents for their continued commitment to our district's success," said Mequon-Thiensville Superintendent Demond Means. "The report cards reinforce the educational excellence that we model each and every day at all six of our schools."

All six of MTSD's schools scored 83 or higher on the DPI issued school report cards, meaning they all "Significantly Exceed Expectations."

Mequon-Thiensville, Fox Point-Bayside and Whitefish Bay all reached the DPI's top standard: "significantly exceeds expectations." Nicolet, Glendale-River Hills, Maple Dale-Indian Hills and Shorewood all reached the next tier: "exceeds expectations." Brown Deer "meets expectations," according to the DPI.

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Brown Deer trustees approve Lighthouse project

Sept. 15, 2014 8:57 p.m. | Brown Deer — A hotly contested assisted living center has been approved by Brown Deer trustees, with the expectation that the village will also buy the company's existing building and loan $2 million to the new project.

Minnesota-based New Perspective Senior Living received approval Monday, Sept. 15, to build a four-story assisted living center on 60th Street, north of Brown Deer Road. The 119-unit, 133-bed facility, called Lighthouse of Brown Deer, will feature about 46 memory care units and 87 assisted living units.

New Perspective would relocate from its 28-bed Lighthouse facility at 7909 N. 47th St. to the Beaver Creek condominium site left uncompleted by developer General Capital in 2008. By relocating Lighthouse, village officials hope single-family housing will be developed near Bradley Road and 47th Street, including the current Lighthouse site, the former Algonquin School site and potentially the deteriorating strip mall containing Salvation Army at 4747 W. Bradley Road.

The Village Board also agreed to purchase of the existing Lighthouse building on 47th Street for $1.35 million with a closing date at the end of November. Lighthouse has agreed to lease the 47th Street property from the village for $4,500 per month until its new site at Beaver Creek is complete.

TIF financing

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Banks delivers big run as Greenfield rallies

Sept. 12, 2014 10:21 p.m. | Depth and heart won out for the Greenfield football team on a cold and soggy night in Shorewood, as the Hustlin' Hawks football team overcame a 12-0 deficit on the strength of big defensive stops and an electrifying 95-yard fourth quarter TD run by Ezekial Banks to pull out a 20-12 victory over the host Greyhounds.

"We saw some of this two weeks ago when we fell behind 14-0 to Pius (only to pull out a 20-14 victory)," said Greenfield coach Joe Koch. "We're a two-platoon team. We're not as or as fast or as strong as other teams, but we do have big hearts.

"The kids knew that they could come back, and they didn't quit."

The win was the third in a row for the Hustlin' Hawks as they improved to 3-1 while Messmer/Shorewood (Messwood), fresh off its first Woodland win in many years last week against Whitnall, fell to 1-3.

Greyhounds' coach Drake Zortman said his team just ran out of gas.

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Four-story assisted living center moves forward in Brown Deer

Sept. 09, 2014 9:35 a.m. | Brown Deer — Despite a contentious public hearing on Monday, Sept. 8, plans for a four-story assisted living facility are moving forward in Brown Deer.

New Perspective Senior Living is proposing to build a 164,470-square-foot building featuring a four-story assisted living facility and an attached one-story memory care facility behind the Beaver Creek Condominiums on the west side of 60th Street, north of Brown Deer Road. The 119-unit, 133-bed Lighthouse of Brown Deer facility will feature about 46 memory care units and 87 assisted living units.

Brown Deer plans to offer $2 million in tax incremental financing to the developers: $500,000 at the time of occupancy and another $140,000 annually for the next 10 years. The developer has guaranteed the building would be valued at $14.8 million, creating an additional $12.5 million in value. Community Development Director Nate Piotrowski expects the increased tax revenue from the project would pay off the village's $2 million loan by 2024.

The Community Development Authority unanimously approved the village's financing plan. The Plan Commission approved rezoning the land, as well as the project's site plan, in a 5-2 vote. The developers will seek final approval from the village board on Sept. 15.

New development opportunities

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

Germantown football team rallies to beat Bay

Sept. 06, 2014 1:28 a.m. | After two easy routs to open the season, the Germantown football team found itself in a stunning 14-0 hole in the first quarter against visiting North Shore rival Whitefish Bay Friday night.

Warhawks coach Jake Davis wondered if his team had the heart to come back.

The answer was an emphatic yes. Behind dynamic third-year quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn, Jr. and a big play defense, the Warhawks rallied for a 38-28 victory to improve to 3-0 on the season.

"There's something to be said about getting into a dogfight right away (in the league race)," said Germantown coach Jake Davis. "I wanted to see how they'd respond. If we folded, that would have told me one thing, but we didn't, and that told me another.

"We have a lot of things to clean up, penalties (two of which wiped out touchdowns), turnovers (both of which the Blue Dukes turned into TDs), other things and that'll give us something to focus on."

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