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Fox Point trustees OK grant to Footbridge Friends

Aug. 21, 2012 9:13 a.m. | The Fox Point Village Board voted Monday night to grant local nonprofit Footbridge Friends $30,000 so the group can attempt to raise $625,000 for the controversial replacement of the Ravine Lane Bridge.

That money will go to In Progress Consulting, which will lead the fundraising effort, and its subcontractor Clear Verve Marketing.

Though the total cost of all the contracting work, as laid out by In Progress, could total more than $45,000, the Village Board opted to give enough for the first four months of fundraising - $30,000 - and potentially approve the rest at a later date.

Trustees Eric Fonstad and F.R. Dengel were adamant that any funds given to Footbridge Friends be reimbursed to the village, and a amendment to the resolution was made that Footbridge Friends be obligated to make that repayment.

The resolution passed, 4-1, with Trustee William Warner dissenting, saying that he would rather bring the footbridge issue to referendum.

New director will usher in a new chapter at North Shore Library

Aug. 04, 2015 11:13 p.m. | Glendale — After nine years of discussing a new facility, the North Shore Library Board has decided to renovate its existing space in the first floor of 6800 N. Port Washington Road.

As the library prepares for its next chapter, the transition will be led by a new director, Susan Draeger-Anderson. She has worked as a children's librarian in Dayton, Port Washington and Hales Corners. For the past six years, she has worked with EBSCO Information Services, which provides research materials to libraries.

With a background in both libraries and business, Draeger-Anderson said she is excited to lead the library's renovation efforts and reimagine the role of a library in the digital age.

"I like change," she said. "I'm excited about moving forward, and I know that we have a lot of potential within these four walls."

While the library board only decided two weeks ago to stay within its existing facility, the debate of building a new library or renovating the existing facility has been ongoing since 2006. No plans or costs have been released at this point in time, as the planning process is still in its infancy. The improvements will coincide with the library's 30th anniversary on May 8, 2016.

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Developer scraps plans for Thiensville apartment project

Aug. 04, 2015 7:08 p.m. | Thiensville — The developer who proposed to build a 44-unit apartment complex at the site of the former M&I Bank told village officials last week he was scrapping those plans.

The developer, David Hoff, had proposed a two-story, U-shaped building consisting of a dozen three-bedroom townhomes facing the two roadways. On the inner side of the U-shaped building was a mix of one- and two-bedroom units looking out onto a grass courtyard space.

Rent prices ranged from $1,100 for a one-bedroom apartment to $2,000 for a three-bedroom townhome. The development included 77 underground parking spots.

Hoff went before the Thiensville Plan Commission as recently as July 21, when 13 residents spoke about their opposition to the density of the project and their preference for condominiums over apartments. At the request of Village President Van Mobley, Hoff agreed to analyze the feasibility of creating a smaller condominium project.

After the meeting, Hoff researched the feasibility of 12 rowhouse-style condominiums on that site, which he said was not profitable without a significant contribution from the village. After testing five different proposals, Hoff said a minimum of 44 apartment units would have to be built on the 1.5 acre site in order to turn a profit.

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Sobelman's opening in Mequon on Wednesday

Aug. 04, 2015 11:29 a.m. |

The newest location for hamburger-and-Bloody-Mary specialists Sobelman's Pub & Grill, at 10352 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon, opens to the public on Wednesday.

The kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The bar stays open until midnight Monday to Saturday.

It's opening at the former site of Centennial Bar & Grille, which closed in July after 27 years in business.

It's the first suburban pub for Sobelman's. The Milwaukee locations for the pub owned by Dave and Melanie Sobelman are the original at 1900 W. St. Paul Ave. and at 1601 W. Wells St., at the Marquette University campus.

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Pedestrian death prompts Whitefish Bay to add new signage on Silver Spring Drive

Aug. 04, 2015 9:30 a.m. | Whitefish Bay —The death of 26-year-old Kristin Caves in a Whitefish Bay crosswalk two months ago has caused village officials to adopt new pedestrian improvements on Silver Spring Drive.

Village officials were planning to conduct a traffic study this winter, but Caves' death caused them to expedite that study. After reviewing 31 comments from residents and commissioning a team of seven people to conduct a walking audit of the street, consultant John Campbell of TADI and Associates suggested the village make nearly $30,000 worth of pedestrian improvements.

Campbell said the village has a number of pro-active pedestrian features - like a pedestrian refuge island, curb bump-outs and a number of crosswalks - but he and the other six people conducting the walking audit saw plenty of room for improvement.

"We saw a lack of pedestrian awareness from drivers," Campbell said. "Another thing we noticed about cars entering the corridor from Lake Drive or the Bayshore mall area was that people came into the corridor kind of fast."

The village board unanimously approved the consultant's recommendations on Monday, Aug. 3.

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Glendale cop shot, injured after chasing alleged Porsche thief

Aug. 03, 2015 5:28 p.m. | Glendale — A Glendale police officer was shot and injured while pursuing a 28-year-old Milwaukee man who allegedly stole a Porsche at gunpoint while on a test drive with a Concours Motors employee.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, allegedly pulled a gun on the car salesman at 12:58 p.m. Saturday in the 6400 block of Green Bay Road. A Glendale officer spotted the stolen Porsche, and pursued the vehicle until it crashed into a parked car near 14th and Burleigh streets. The suspect then fled on foot, according to police.

The officer chased the suspect on foot to a playground at 14th and Columbia streets, where the suspect shot at the officer. The officer returned fire, and both were injured. The suspect continued to run, and was taken into custody just south of the playground on Cottage Place.

The officer and suspect were transported to Froedtert Hospital. The officer was treated and released. The suspect was treated and turned over to Milwaukee Police Department. Milwaukee police are investigating the police, and Glendale police are investigating the carjacking.

This is the first officer-involved shooting in the Glendale Police Department since February 2005, when an officer shot a bank robbery suspect.

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Armed robbery avoided with a push at Brown Deer Walmart

Aug. 03, 2015 12:58 p.m. | Brown Deer — A man who allegedly tried to rob a woman of her purse at gunpoint was left empty-handed after another man pushed him away.

The attempted armed robbery occurred in the parking lot of Walmart, 6300 W. Brown Deer Road, at about 7:18 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. A 47-year-old woman was approached by a male suspect who showed her his handgun and demanded her purse. A 59-year-old man who was with the woman pushed the suspect away, causing the suspect to flee the scene in a vehicle.

No one was injured during the accident. The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Brown Deer Police Department, 414-371-2900, reference #15-8358.

Police chase, gunfire began with Porsche stolen at gunpoint

Aug. 01, 2015 6:38 p.m. | Police say a 28-year-old Milwaukee man stole a Porsche automobile at gunpoint from a Concours Motors employee while on a test ride Saturday afternoon, setting off a police chase that ended with a Glendale officer and the suspect exchanging gunfire.

Both men sustained minor wounds.

Just before 1 p.m., Glendale police received a call about an armed carjacking in the 6400 block of N. Green Bay Ave. near W. Mill Road, Glendale Police Chief Thomas Czarnyszka said. After the suspect threatened the Concours Motors employee, the employee exited the vehicle, and the suspect drove down Good Hope Road toward I-43 at a high rate of speed.

The Glendale officer took up position to apprehend the vehicle near I-43 and Hampton Ave. and followed it down the freeway. The officer tried to stop the vehicle after it exited at Green Bay and Capitol Drive, and a chase ensued.

At N. 14th St. and W. Burleigh St., the suspect crashed the Porsche into a parked vehicle and fled on foot to the nearby Columbia Playground.

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Tochi in Shorewood is closing

July 31, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Shorewood — Tochi - Shorewood's popular ramen restaurant - will be closing on Aug. 16 and relocating to West Bend, according to the company's Facebook page.

"With this move we will no longer operate the Shorewood location," the restaurant wrote on Facebook. "However, we will look to expand from our West Bend location and maybe back to Milwaukee...sooner than you think."

Lipscomb selected to replace Dimitrijevic as board chair

July 30, 2015 2:53 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Board on Thursday elected Theodore Lipscomb Sr. as its next chairman to replace Marina Dimitrijevic, who announced last week she was resigning from the post she has held since April 2012.

Dimitrijevic will continue serving as 4th district supervisor representing the Bay View area on Milwaukee's south side.

Lipscomb, 39, defeated Willie Johnson Jr. on a first-round ballot vote of 12-5. Though Michael Mayo Sr. had announced his candidacy for the post, he withdrew his name from consideration prior to the vote.

Lipscomb will complete Dimitrijevic's term as chair that ends in April.

After his election as chair, Lipscomb said it was important that the board continue to enhance the quality of life in Milwaukee County, especially by improving parks, transit and other critical safety net services provided by the county.

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Football coach Drake Zortman leaves Shorewood/Messmer for Homestead

July 29, 2015 1:55 p.m. | No, Homestead football coach Dave Keel did not come calling on Drake Zortman Don Corleone-style saying, "I have an offer you cannot refuse."

But in the end, this was an offer that Zortman could not refuse as the former four-year head coach at Shorewood/Messmer, author of the Greyhounds' resurrection and return to respectability, has returned to Homestead as the Highlanders' offensive coordinator and a math instructor at the high school.

Zortman spent 13 years at Homestead earlier in his career, serving as the girls basketball coach and working on Keel's staff for about a decade in many capacities until he took the Shorewood/Messmer job four years ago. He split his teaching time between both Messmer and Shorewood and also successfully led the boys golf team at Shorewood the last couple of years.

He accepted the position at Homestead earlier this month.

In keeping with "The Godfather" theme, Zortman did say this was indeed all about family. His wife Jen is also a math instructor at Homestead, and their children go to school in the district. He said he had been in conversations with Shorewood Athletic Director Levar Ridgeway months in advance, keeping him in the loop about a potential career change.

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Senior-heavy Nicolet baseball team showed improvement this season

July 29, 2015 11:43 a.m. | The Nicolet baseball team is still not back to where it was 10 years ago or even five years ago, but the Knights made strides this summer, staying competitive for the most part in a 9-21 campaign.

"We had a lot of individual successes and improvements," said coach Jason Grodsky. "We didn't have a winning record, but we had many players pushing toward making themselves better, trying to eliminate mistakes and trying to show the way for the younger players. It all contributed to a better team effort in the end."

The Knights' season came to a tough end with a 5-4 WIAA regional semifinal defeat at the hands of Kewaskum on July 14.

By far the single-best high point of the campaign was the Knights' remarkable 5-3 upset of North Shore Conference champion West Bend West on June 29. It was one of only three losses for the Spartans this season.

In that game, senior Ian Greenfield pitched effectively and with composure. It was one reason behind his winning the team's Most Improved award and sharing the Knights' Lance Painter Top Pitcher award with fellow senior Alex Braun.

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Shorewood baseball team struggles with youth

July 29, 2015 11:23 a.m. | With huge graduation losses from last season to absorb, Shorewood baseball coach Josh Lemke knew it would be an uphill climb this summer, but he was happy with the character and tenacity his team showed in an otherwise difficult 5-21 campaign.

Lemke thought his squad showed its true character in its final game, a tough 3-1 defeat at the hands of eventual WIAA sectional finalist Grafton in a regional semifinal game on July 14.

"Grafton was a very good team, and we played with them, hung with them well," Lemke said. "It showed that if played sound fundamental baseball that we could compete with anybody."

That game was the second sound contest the Greyhounds had played in a week following a 4-0 defeat at the hands of New Berlin Eisenhower in the Woodland Conference tournament on July 7.

Lemke and Shorewood played the summer with only two seniors, pitcher/outfielder/first baseman Joe Franke and all-purpose ace Will Rhodes (he played every position). Everywhere else, the team was young, young, young. Lemke noted that at the power positions of catcher, first base, shortstop and center field, the regular starters were all sophomores or younger.

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Whitefish Bay memorializes woman killed in crosswalk

July 29, 2015 11:10 a.m. | Whitefish Bay —Two months after Kristen Caves was struck and killed in a Whitefish Bay crosswalk, a new bench erected near the scene of the crash will serve as a tribute to her life and remind passersby of the importance of pedestrian safety.

Caves, 26, of Menomonee Falls, was struck and killed by a car on May 26 while attempting to cross Silver Spring Drive just east of Berkeley Boulevard. The driver of the car apparently waved her across the crosswalk, but when that car was hit from behind, the driver accidentally stepped on the gas pedal and hit Caves. She died two days later.

Caves' death has been difficult on her friends, family and her coworkers at Teklynx International, 409 E. Silver Spring Drive. Several of the employees in the second-story office heard or saw the crash, which only added to the trauma of her death.

"It was a reminder of how fragile life is, and how important your friends and family are," said Laura Henderson, the former general manager at Teklynx.

A graduate of Arrowhead High School, Caves had been working at Teklynk for nearly a year while pursuing an associate's degree at Waukesha County Technical College. She and her fiance Tim Sullivan had planned to marry in August 2016.

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Brown Deer baseball team hung together despite tough season

July 29, 2015 10:58 a.m. | It was a tough season to be Brown Deer baseball player.

The varsity finished at 4-21 and the junior varsity and freshman teams struggled to win games, but first-year coach Dave Lucre' saw signs of progress and was especially pleased with the way morale was maintained in spite of the adversity.

"The guys improved in some areas," he said.

"The errors per game were still high at the end of the season, but one thing I really liked is how we competed against good teams. All summer long, I kept telling them I appreciate them playing Brown Deer baseball."

The season recently ended for the Falcons with a WIAA regional semifinal loss to Cedarburg, a game where they scored the first two runs of the contest before faltering a bit.

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Shorewood debates trick-or-treat times

July 29, 2015 10:15 a.m. | Shorewood — Does it really feel like Halloween if you are trick-or-treating during the daytime?

That question has been posed many times over the years to North Shore government officials, who are in charge of setting trick-or-treat times in the months leading up to Halloween.

Local village boards and city councils in Milwaukee County typically set their trick-or-treat times from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Sunday on or before Oct. 31, which was agreed upon in 2010 by a group of municipal leaders representing the county's 19 communities. If Oct. 31 falls on a Saturday - like it does this year - the regional Intergovernmental Cooperation Council's non-binding resolution allows communities to schedule trick-or-treating on the day of Halloween.

Several North Shore officials have tried to stray from the ICC's position over the years, but few have succeeded. The latest politician to poke that beehive was Shorewood trustee Tammy Bockhorst, who raised the issue at a village board meeting on July 20.

Instead of conforming to the suggested trick-or-treat hours of 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31, Bockhorst tried to lobby her fellow trustees to push trick-or-treating a little later, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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