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E Street Denim coming to Mequon

March 08, 2010 2:54 p.m. | Highland Park-based E Street Denim is planning to open a store in the Pavilions shopping center in Mequon, in the space formerly occupied by Maurice's.

E Street is a 20-year-old business that is known in northern Illinois as a regional magnet for fashion-conscious jeans shoppers.  E Street offers denim brands such as 7 for All Mankind, Paige Premium Denim, J Brand, Chili Pepper and many others. The store also carries tops, sweaters, outerwear, leather and shoes.

The Mequon opening will be a sort of homecoming for owner Thomas George, 63, who is a native of Thiensville. George started his career with the former Weyenberg Shoe company, now known as Weyco Group Inc.

"We've been looking at the area for two years," George said. "We have a tremendous amount of customers from Shorewood on up through Mequon."

Walk gives Bay baseball team 5-4 walk-off win over Homestead

July 02, 2015 11:43 p.m. | Everyone knows that high school baseball umpires are not in their profession for the money, and Lord knows they take some seriously undeserved abuse sometimes.

But, still, given all that, what happened at the end of Whitefish Bay's nine-inning 5-4 victory over North Shore rival Homestead Thursday night should have in no way happened.

It'll go down as a game-winning RBI for Bay's Andrew James and it came in the bottom of the ninth of an intensely fought game with a Homestead squad that was working hard to keep its slim North Shore Conference title hopes alive while Bay was looking to keep a late-season hot streak going.

The point of the argument, and why Homestead coach Ernie Millard was so angry (among other reasons) was the 2-2 pitch to James by his ace Joe Panella. It was a beautiful slider that for all intensive purposes dropped in perfectly for what should have been strike three and the end of the inning.

The Homestead players started running off the field and even Bay coach Jay Wojcinski said afterwards he thought it was a strike.

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Glendale considers proposal for 83-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel

July 02, 2015 2:28 p.m. | Glendale — A developer is proposing to build a four-story, 83-room extended stay hotel at the northwest corner of Port Washington and Green Tree roads in Glendale.

Under the proposal, a Residence Inn by Marriott hotel would be built on 1.1 acres of vacant land at 7003 N. Port Washington Road.

The hotel, which would be located west of PNC Bank, is being proposed by Odyssey Hotel Group owner Rachit Dhingra, who owns the vacant land, the PNC Bank property and the Radisson North Shore property to the north.

Dhingra's intentions to build a 83-room hotel were known when the Glendale Plan Commission approved the PNC Bank project in August 2010. Dhingra was planning to build a Staybridge Suites hotel at the time.

The Residence Inn hotel would be positioned parallel to Green Tree Road, with a main entrance facing north. Hotel amenities include a small kitchen for preparation of breakfast foods, a sport court and an outside courtyard space with a grill, fire pit and chairs.

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After win over Falcons, Shorewood baseball team has rough week

July 01, 2015 12:13 p.m. | Following an 11-1 victory in the opener of a twinbill with Woodland rival Brown Deer on June 23, it was a rough week for the Shorewood baseball team.

The Greyhounds subsequently lost the nightcap of the doubleheader 6-5 and then fell in successive days to Woodland East leader Cudahy (13-3), Greendale (10-1), West Allis Hale (6-0) and Whitnall (9-5) to fall to 2-12 in league play and 3-16 overall.

Coach Josh Lemke said a doubleheader sweep of Brown Deer would have been able to provide some valuable momentum for the Greyhounds, but it was not to be.

"I really liked our chances going into that game," he said. 'He (ace Joe Franke) just didn't have his best stuff. We battled to the end. It would have been nice."

Shorewood took on Whitnall in another game on June 30 and then will host New Berlin West at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2.

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Homestead baseball team now in NSC race

July 01, 2015 11:58 a.m. | On Saturday, June 27, the Homestead baseball team was sitting three games in back of powerful West Bend West in the North Shore Conference standings and coach Ernie Millard was resigned to playing for the best WIAA sectional seed possible.

Fast-forward to Monday night, June 29, following the Highlanders' harrowing 2-1 victory over West Bend East, and Millard found himself with a whole new outlook on things.

Previously unbeaten West had dropped games to both Cedarburg and Nicolet as of Monday night, and the Spartans (10-2 in league and 18-2 overall) had only a half-game lead on the Highlanders (10-3 and 17-5, respectively) as the regular season was slated to wind down.

West still had four NSC tilts to finish out while Homestead had three. The Spartans had one big ace up their sleeve in thwarting any Homestead plans for a share of the North Shore Conference title in that they have beaten the Highlanders twice already this summer.

But Millard is amazed at the opportunity in front of his team.

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Homestead will start turf work on Monday

July 01, 2015 11:18 a.m. | Mequon — Construction will begin Monday, July 6, on an artificial turf football field at Homestead High School.

The artificial turf, along with the resurfacing of the track and the relocation of field events, is part of the first phase of an ambitious athletic facilities renovation projected spearheaded by the Homestead Booster Club. The booster club recently donated $1.1 million to the Mequon-Thiensville School District for the construction work.

The centerpiece of the renovation plan is a pavilion that would include restrooms, concessions and two team rooms. Sommer's Automotive donated $250,000 to secure naming rights for the $500,000 pavilion, which would would be centrally located between the football, softball, soccer and tennis facilities.

The Highlander Strong fundraising campaign is seeking donors to contribute the remaining $250,000 for the pavilion.

"Although we are overjoyed with the completion of phase one, the booster club is not done working for the good of our community," said Homestead Booster Club President Jennifer Zoeller. "Our ultimate vision has always been to revitalize Homestead's outdoor complex in order to build a community gem; a gathering place for everyone in Mequon and Thiensville."

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Nicolet baseball team notches huge win over West Bend West

July 01, 2015 10:43 a.m. | When asked if both Nicolet legends Danny Winn and Sam Sivilotti had come back and hit homers and if he himself had come out of "retirement" and pitched in his Knights' stunning 5-3 upset of North Shore Conference leader and top-ranked West Bend West on June 29, Nicolet baseball coach Jason Grodsky chuckled and said: "Maybe."

But there was certainly no Winn and no Sivilotti, and two-time All-Suburban pitcher Grodsky was definitely not at the hill on that now storied evening at West Bend's legendary Regner Park.

No, there were just kids trying to make names for themselves, such as Ian Greenfield, Kyle Brahm, Matt Appleby, Craig Carey, Joe De Lia and Alex Braun as the Knights (4-8 in NSC play and 6-13 overall) pulled off their biggest win in several years over the high-powered Spartans (10-2, 18-2).

"It was a classic, old-school Nicolet victory; we did everything right," Grodsky said. "It was a great win, and I'm just ecstatic for the kids ... we played as well as we possibly could have."

The victory, Grodsky said, was built on a dramatic 10-8 come-from-behind conference victory over Port Washington on June 25 when the Knights fell behind 6-0 in the first.

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Whitefish Bay baseball team remains hot

July 01, 2015 9:53 a.m. | The Whitefish Bay baseball team remained on its last-season roll, improving to 7-7 in North Shore Conference play and 13-10 overall.

After the emotional win over Nicolet on June 23 that was the going away party for four-year letter-winner Joe Kaszubowski, the Blue Dukes lost a tough 3-1 decision to then unbeaten North Shore Conference leader West Bend West (the Spartans have since lost twice) on June 25, beat Pius XI 6-2 on June 27 and downed Cedarburg 4-2 on June 29.

Entering play on June 30, they have won five out of their last six games.

The Blue Dukes will play three more games before the holiday, including a critical 5:30 p.m. home game Thursday, July 2, against current NSC runner-up Homestead (whom they beat 8-3 on June 19) and then will close out the league schedule at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, at Germantown.

In the victory over Cedarburg, the Blue Duke scored four times in the second and then held on for the win. Brady James threw a complete-game three-hitter for the win and worked around five walks with three strikeouts.

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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 target Bay couple at 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. Bullis and Gabel are facing felony burglary charges. If convicted, they could be sentenced to a maximum of $25,000 in fines or 12 1/2 years in jail.

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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 to receive lifesaving 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 five to six 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 resuscitation 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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