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Mequon approves changes to Concordia baseball stadium

May 08, 2012 10:31 a.m. | By a 4-3 vote the Mequon Plan Commission agreed last night to an amended building plan for the Concordia University baseball stadium, drawing sarcastic comments, "Thank you for standing up for the taxpayers," from several nearby residents who opposed the changes.

Eight to ten brick columns planned for the back of the main grandstand and entry area and concessions under that grandstand will no longer be part of the plan, at least for the foreseeable future.

Andrew Petzold, speaking on behalf of the university, downplayed the changes, saying that the university had added hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrades to the building, including artificial turf and a choice to move from stadium seats and bleachers to all stadium seats.

Petzold said fundraising for the brick columns, Pillars of Faith, did not work out as anticipated.

"The goal was to get a sponsor for those," he said. When the sponsor was unable to make the expected $250,000 donation, the university decided to change the plan.

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Three-day bus stoppage sends North Shore riders scrambling for transportation alternatives

June 30, 2015 11:48 p.m. | Shorewood —A three-day work stoppage for Milwaukee bus drivers has local bus riders scrambling to find a ride to work, school and other errands until Saturday.

When Shorewood residents Sara Shuler and Sam Luft heard about the potential bus strike on Tuesday afternoon, they made a hurried grocery run to Trader Joe's. They usually shop at the Shorewood Pick 'n Save, but with that store closed for the rest of the year, they have been using the bus to do their grocery shopping in recent months.

With no bus service for the next three days, Shuler said she plans to ride her bike to work at Discovery World. She also works a second job with Luft on Kenilworth Avenue, but since Luft's bike was recently stolen, she is agreeing to accompany him on a 40-minute walk to work on Thursday.

Shuler said she was frustrated that the Milwaukee County Transit System was unable to reach a deal with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998, but she doesn't blame the bus drivers.

"I'm irritated in general at the situation because we rely on the bus system," she said.

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Shorewood concert series debuts July 8

June 30, 2015 12:33 p.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood's free Summer Sounds concert series will kick off July 8 at Hubbard Park.

Tweed Funk, Shorewood's favorite blues band, will headline on July 8, with an opening performance by Shorewood's School of Rock. On July 22, the Shorewood High School Jazz Band will open up for the Five Card Studs, a 1970s cover band. De La Buena, a popular 10-piece band playing Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz, will perform on Aug. 5.

All concerts will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hubbard Park. People are welcome to bring their own picnic or purchase food from Hubbard Park Lodge.

Burglary suspects allegedly targeted Whitefish Bay couple away at a funeral

June 26, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — A Hartford couple have been charged in connection with a burglary scheme that targeted people attending funerals.

Muskego police conducted a search warrant at the home of Jesse James Bullis, 31, and Emily Grabel, 23, and recovered jewelry, electronics and a handwritten list of names, addresses and times of several funeral services in Milwaukee County.

That handwritten list included the name of a Whitefish Bay couple, their address in the 4800 block of Lake Drive and the addresses of other relatives, including a note saying "service at 7."

According to a criminal complaint, the Whitefish Bay couple left their home at about 4 p.m. on May 14 to attend a close relative's funeral. When they returned home at 10:30 p.m., they found evidence of a burglary. A large amount of jewelry had been stolen from the top of a dresser.

Nearly a month after the burglary, a Whitefish Bay detective was contacted by the Muskego Police Department regarding the recent search warrant in Waterford. The detective showed a photograph of the stolen goods to the Whitefish Bay burglary victim, who was able to identify at least 16 pieces of jewelry that were stolen from her dresser.

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St. John's Lutheran will celebrate 150th anniversary on Sunday

June 26, 2015 12:48 p.m. | Glendale — St. John's Lutheran in Glendale will be hosting a celebration on Sunday, June 28th, as they begin yearlong festivities to commemorate their 150th Anniversary.

The day will begin with a worship service at 9:30 a.m. and continue with a church picnic, craft fair and an all-class reunion. Past memorabilia from the church and school will be on display. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m., lunch is at noon and the picnic and games will last from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

North Shore 911 callers will now receive life-saving CPR instructions

June 26, 2015 11:10 a.m. | Bayside — Emergency dispatchers have started offering over-the-phone advice that could save lives in the North Shore.

Starting June 24, dispatchers at Bayside Communications Center responded to health-related inquiries with two simple questions: Is the patient awake? Are they breathing normally? If the caller responds 'no' to those two questions, a Milwaukee County dispatcher will coach the caller through CPR while an ambulance travels to the scene.

The average response time for a North Shore ambulance is 5 to 6 minutes, but it only takes four minutes without oxygen for brain damage to occur. That's why local health officials are hoping to get bystanders involved in rescuscitation while the ambulance is en-route.

"Emergency responders do a very good job, but they can't help you until they get there," said Nicole Hudzinski of the American Heart Association. "The person is going to need help before the ambulance arrives."

Milwaukee County lags behind the rest of the nation in terms of bystander CPR participation. Only 19 percent of 911 callers in Milwaukee County attempt CPR, which is less than half the national rate of 45 percent.

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Bay baseball team gives Kaszubowski sweet send-off with 8-2 win

June 25, 2015 12:21 a.m. | Whitefish Bay pitcher Joe Kaszubowski's first tip-off to how special the night of June 23 was going to be was when some boxes were opened and a series of Navy-themed baseball jersies popped out.

"I thought we were going to wear our camos (camouflage) jersies tonight," he said with a grin afterward.

No, they weren't, because that simply wasn't good enough for the four-year letterwinner who said "I love high school baseball, I love this team".

Simply not good enough for someone whom Blue Duke baseball coach Jay Wojcinski said he was going "to miss like a son."

Though there are still about three weeks left in the summer high school baseball season, the eight-strikeout, 8-2 victory that Kaszubowski earned over North Shore Conference rival Nicolet was to be his last in a Blue Duke uniform.

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Music in the Glen kicks off Sunday

June 24, 2015 3:13 p.m. | Glendale — The 25th annual Music in the Glen concert series kicks off Sunday at Whitefish Bay High School.

The free concert series starts with a special performance of Kids From Wisconsin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Whitefish Bay High School auditorium. The rest of the concert series will be held at Nicolet High School.

The Donna Woodall Group will perform on July 8, Unrelated Brothers will perform on July 15 and Razzmatazz will perform on July 22. All of those concerts will be held outside, weather permitting, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Concord Chamber Orchestra will play from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 29 in the Nicolet High School auditorium.

Mequon lawyer loses license as fraud trials loom

June 24, 2015 9:43 a.m. | A Mequon lawyer facing federal indictment and varied civil suits over her former estate-planning practice has lost her law license.

Sarah Laux had agreed to a voluntary license revocation, shortly before she was scheduled to be tried before a referee on an Office of Lawyer Regulation complaint charging her with 23 ethical violations. More than two dozen other violations were pending formal OLR charges.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday adopted the referee's recommendation that it grant Laux's petition for voluntary revocation and ordered her to pay more than $626,000 in restitution to clients and more than $4,000 in costs of her OLR prosecution.

Chief Justice Patience Roggensack did not participate in the decision.

The court's decision largely recounts the various claims against Laux. It notes that many clients complained that trusts she prepared didn't meet their objectives or even caused serious financial harm, that Laux failed to follow through on promised work and was extremely difficult to contact.

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No injuries in Shorewood apartment fire

June 23, 2015 9:18 p.m. | Shorewood — Firefighters battled a fire on the top floor of a four-story building in Shorewood Tuesday morning.

North Shore Fire/Rescue received a call at 8:22 a.m. reporting a fire at The Goodman building at 3553 N. Oakland Ave., which features Harry's Bar and Grill on the ground floor. Firefighters pinpointed the fire to an apartment unit on the fourth floor and were able to prevent the fire from spreading beyond that apartment unit.

With more than 50 apartments on the top three floors, firefighters brought in additional crews due to the size of the building, the potential growth of the fire and the number of occupants in the building.

Some building residents evacuated the building after hearing the fire alarm, but multiple occupants remained in the building. Those remaining residents were evacuated.

The occupant of the apartment was not home at the time of the fire, and will be provided with assistance in finding temporary housing.

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2015 4th of July events in suburban Milwaukee

June 22, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Welcome to summer! Area communities have numerous events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2015. If you know of an event you don't see listed here, drop us a line at news@jrn.com. Enjoy!

A list of 4th of July celebrations in Lake Country is a available here.

City of Brookfield 

Join the city of Brookfield as it celebrates Independence Day on Saturday, July Fourth. The day’s activities begin with a parade that starts at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Gebhardt Road at the driveway of Brookfield Central High School, turns right on Calhoun Road, left on North Avenue, and left on Norhardt Drive, where it ends at the corner of Civic Drive.

The annual citywide ice cream social takes place on the Civic Plaza immediately after the parade. Ice cream and lemonade are available. There will be a flag-raising ceremony and other entertainment.

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Betty Brinn hosts STEM night

June 22, 2015 12:23 p.m. | The Betty Brinn Children's Museum will stay open until 7 p.m. on June 23 so that visitors can see and interact with work created by third- and fourth-grade students from four Milwaukee charter schools that participated in a special museum field trip program focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Students from Bruce Guadalupe Community School, Capitol West Academy, Milwaukee Scholars Charter School, and Windlake Elementary worked with educators in the Museum's Be a Maker space and in the classroom during a five-week program themed around circuits. Be A Maker, which opened in June 2014, is a communal workshop where young children can use tools, materials, digital resources and technologies to work on a wide variety of do-it-yourself projects. The students worked to create electrical circuits, and then used software to apply what they learned to create loops of sounds that were integrated to become musical compositions.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, project participants, their families and Museum visitors can interact with a DJ who will play the students' recorded sound samples, experiment with the synthesizers and instruments used to make the musical pieces, and view album-inspired artwork created by the students. Student work will also be displayed at the museum on June 24 and 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The Museum is located at 929 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee. Admission is $8 per person and $7 per senior (adults older than 55); children younger than 1 are free. Free admission and membership is available for those who qualify based on need. More information is available at www.bbcmkids.org or by calling 414-390-KIDS (5437).

University School was on "soft lockdown" after police shooting in Milwaukee

June 19, 2015 5:43 p.m. | River Hills — A police shooting near 60th Street and Good Hope Road caused the University School of Milwaukee to go on a "soft lockdown" during summer programming Friday.

The private school announced the soft lock down on its website and social media at 10:22 a.m., about an hour after the shooting occurred. The decision to go on 'soft lock down' was made at the advice of the River Hills Police Department, according to the school's website. An all-clear was issued at 3:40 p.m., after the Summer I.D.E.A.S. programming ended for the day.

Parents were able to pick up and drop off their children for the Summer I.D.E.A.S. sessions as scheduled. Faculty and staff were free to come and go from the campus during the soft lock down.

Teenage girl reports abduction attempt near Nicolet

June 19, 2015 10:35 a.m. | Glendale — A 16-year-old Nicolet student was the target of a suspected abduction attempt in Glendale last week.

The girl told police she had just finished her final exams at Nicolet, and was walking to North Shore Library to wait for a ride from her grandma. She walked through the underground tunnel that connects the Nicolet campus to the soccer field on the other side of I-43, and as she exited the tunnel, a man picked her up from behind and threw her over her shoulder, according to Glendale Police Captain Mark Ferguson.

The girl was able to kick the man in the leg, which caused him to let go of her. She then ran to the North Shore Library. The man is described as a 30- to 40-year-old man wearing a blue sweatshirt and jeans. Ferguson said police searched the area for a man matching the girl's description, but have so far been unsuccessful.

Concordia Legion post to assemble care packages

June 18, 2015 12:26 p.m. | Volunteers from American Legion Post 1881 on Concordia University-Wisconsin's campus in Mequon will package hundreds of donated items into care packages in support of Operation Falcon Support at 10 a.m Friday, June 19, at the Legion Post, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon.

Items were collected June 2-16 at each of the nine CUW Wisconsin Centers. The items will be packaged and shipped overseas to help Green Bay Center student Wilmer Valladares and his unit, who are serving overseas in Afghanistan. Valladares is in the Wisconsin National Guard and part of the 950th Combat Engineer Division assigned to route clearance.

Shorewood hires Bryan Davis as superintendent

June 17, 2015 4:18 p.m. | Shorewood — The Shorewood School Board hired Bryan Davis as the superintendent of Shorewood schools.

Davis holds a bachelor's degree in business education, a master's degree in educational administration and a Ph.D. in urban education from UW-Milwaukee.

He has served as the superintendent of the Columbus School District since 2010 and previously served as the principal of Green Bay Southwest High School and the associate principal of Green Bay Preble High School.

"We are confident that we found the right fit for Shorewood with Dr. Davis," School Board President Paru Shah said in a statement. "He has a proven track record of meeting the needs of all students, including underachieving and high-achieving students, and comes to our district with a depth and breadth of experience which will serve us well. Dr. Davis will be an invaluable asset to us as both an educational and community leader."

During his time at Columbus, Davis increased student performance, oversaw a major districtwide renovation and established the Project Lead the Way/STEM programming for grades K-12.

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