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Bay girls tie for NSC lead with wild 71-70 OT win over Germantown

Jan. 24, 2014 10:52 p.m. | In Germantown girls basketball coach Matt Stuve's eyes, it just didn't matter that four Whitefish Bay players, including three starters, fouled out Friday.

Because Bay's 6-2 senior guard/center Maya Jonas was still on the floor at the end of the Blue Dukes' improbable 71-70 overtime rally over the Warhawks that put the two teams in a flat-footed tie for the North Shore Conference lead.

"In the end, she was the only one they needed," said Stuve, referring to Jonas, a Northwestern University recruit. "She was tired at the end, but great players get it done. They push beyond what their brain is telling them and just do what it takes."

Jonas finished the night with 27 points, 21 of them in the second half and overtime, as Bay rallied from a 37-25 third quarter deficit to win its 10th game in a row and improve to 7-1 in North Shore play and 11-2 overall while Germantown fell to 7-1 and 11-4, respectively.

"I just came to play," Jonas said.

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River Hills reluctantly agrees to first bowhunting season

Jan. 23, 2014 11:14 a.m. | River Hills — Village officials will begrudgingly codify the limited restrictions of recent state legislation that will allow bowhunters within village limits for the first time.

State Assembly Bill 8, signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker in December, stops local governments from prohibitting bowhunting within municipal limits. The change means River Hills, which had previously banned bowhunting, can't stop hunters from hunting on public or private land, assuming they get permission from private property owners or own the land themselves.

The bill comes with one caveat: hunters can't set up within 100 yards of a building unless the owner of the building gives permission. Village Attorney Bill Dineen will draft an ordinance to codify the 100-yard restriction. The Village Board will consider the ordinance, the only real restriction available under the new law, at a coming meeting.

"Right now, if we do nothing, the village would not be able to prohibit anyone from hunting up to five feet from a house, unless we say they can't do it within 100 yards," Dineen said.

Trustee Michael White spotted the silver lining of the lifted restriction, that bowhunters in the village will help manage the deer population and could someday decrease the amount the village spends each year to thin the herd.

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Primary election letters due Jan. 31

Jan. 22, 2014 3:29 p.m. | Election letters for the Feb. 18 primary are due at the NOW Newspapers office by 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

In the North Shore there are two primaries: Shorewood School Board and Brown Deer Village Board.

Letters are limited to 300 words, and must include the writer's name, community of residence and phone number. The phone number will not be published but will be used for verification purposes. Claims of fact must include documentation (websites or actual copies of documents). NOW reserves the right to edit letters and does not guarantee publication.

Email letters to North Shore NOW editor Susan Nord at snord@jrn.com or mail them to NOW Newspapers, 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha, WI 53186. Letters received after 5 p.m. Jan. 31 will not be published in the paper.

Shorewood School Board primary candidates weigh in on the issues

Jan. 22, 2014 12:18 p.m. | In the coming Feb. 18 primary, Shorewood School Board incumbents Ruth Treisman and Paru Shah will defend their seats against newcomers Gregg Davis, Margaret Schmidt and Wendy Daniell-Rhodes.

Whoever receives the fewest votes will be eliminated and four candidates will advance to the April 1 spring election. In that contest, the two candidates with the most votes will win the open seats.

NOW caught up with the candidates and picked their brains on four issues the School Board will be tackling in the near future: teacher compensation, the concept of switching to merit pay, and how to fairly pay employees; the perennial issue of the achievement gap and how to go about closing it; the topic of starting the school day later and the impacts such a change could have on the school year; and what an in-house district daycare program would look like if the district decides to replace or supplement the Milestones program in the 2015-16 school year.

Here's what they had to say:

Wendy Daniell-Rhodes

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Harvard Divinity School honors victim advocate Peter Isely

Jan. 22, 2014 10:17 a.m. | Peter Isely of Shorewood, who has traveled the world as an advocate for victims of clergy sexual abuse, will be honored by Harvard Divinity School in April as a distinguished alumnus.

Isely is a recipient of the 2014 Peter J. Gomes Memorial Honors, established last year to honor alumni whose “excellence in life, work and service pays homage to the mission and values of Harvard Divinity School,” according to its website. Nominations were sought in several categories including service and advocacy, ministry, law and education. Last year’s recipients included Muslim scholar and author Reza Aslan and The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, a Buddist monk who leads the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Isely, a psychotherapist, is Midwest director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, an advocacy group for sexual abuse victims. Isely was sexually abused as a student at St. Lawrence Seminary, a Capuchin-run prep school in Mt. Calvary, in the 1970s. He graduated from Harvard University with a master’s of divinity degree in 1988.

Peter J. Gomes, was a professor of Christian morals and a Baptist minister who served Harvard’s Memorial Church for decades. He died in 2011, at the age of 68. 

Woman arrested for providing alcohol, 33 arrested for underage drinking at Mequon party

Jan. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | A 57-year-old Mequon woman was arrested for providing alcohol to minors and 33 people were arrested for underage drinking at a "huge underage drinking party" Jan. 3.

According to the Mequon police report

A witness called TIP-411 to report a "huge underage drinking party in the 10300 block of North River Road at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3. When police arrived, a boy answered the door and said he didn't have to let them in.

Police were issued a search warrant about 11 p.m. and entered the home then. The boy was then arrested.

The Mequon woman was arrested for providing alcohol to minors. Police arrested 33 people, ages 15 to 20, for underage drinking, and they arrested 21 for obstruction for hiding from police.

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Third suspect arrested in Brown Deer bank robbery

Jan. 22, 2014 7:42 a.m. | Brown Deer police have arrested the third suspect in a credit-union robbery that prompted the lockdown of two schools last week.

Investigators identified the third suspect on Monday and arrested him. He has not been identified publicly.

The two other suspects, Marcques D. Davis, 18, and Joey Lamar James-Roby, 17, both of Milwaukee, were charged Tuesday with robbery of a financial institution as a party to a crime, according to a Brown Deer police news release.

Last Thursday, two people robbed Credit Union Services Center, 6402 W. Brown Deer Road, at gunpoint just before 11:30 a.m. The robbers fled in a red Pontiac with a third person driving. When police tried to stop the car in Glendale, the occupants fled on foot and two were caught.

Cardinal Stritch University and Nicolet High School were placed on lockdown as a precaution following reports of the robbery suspects in the area.

One of two memory care facilities clears Mequon Planning Commission hurdle

Jan. 21, 2014 5:56 p.m. | Mequon — Two separate memory care providers pitched their proposals to the Planning Commission on Monday and only one of them made it through.

The Artis Residence, a roughly 30,000-square-foot, 72-bed memory care facility planned at 11900 North Port Washington Road, was approved unanimously after a relatively short discussion among commissioners, city staff and Artis Senior Living representatives. Artis' rezoning request, conditional use grant, and building plans will go on to the Common Council with a positive recommendation from the Planning Commission.

But deliberations over the 60-bed Azura Memory Care of Mequon facility, planned for the former Beth El synagogue property at 2803 West Mequon Road, were tabled after the combination of conflicting accounts from neighbors and the developer, impassioned testimony and unresolved details proved too much for commissioners to sort out in one evening.

Commissioners Martin Choren, Pat Marchese, John Mason, Chuck Western and Dave Fuchs voted to table the Azura proposal until the commission's next meeting. Commissioners John Stoker, Andrew Nerbun, and Chairwoman Pam Adams, who was sitting in for excused Mayor Dan Abendroth, voted against the tabling.

Points of conflict

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Updated: Brown Deer police arrest third credit union robbery suspect

Jan. 21, 2014 1:50 p.m. | Brown Deer police on Monday arrested the third suspect in a three-man armed robbery which took place Friday at the Credit Union Services Center, 6402 West Brown Deer Road.

Police arrested the two other suspects Friday after they were spotted in Fox Point and attempted to abandon and run away from their car. In a news release, police identified the two suspects as Marcques Davis, 18, and Joey James-Roby, 17, of Milwaukee.

Both Davis and James-Roby have been charged with robbery of a financial institution as parties to the crime, a Class C felony which can carry a fine of $100,000, a 40-year prison sentence, or both.

According to the original BDPD news release:

Two of the suspects entered the credit union around 11 a.m. Thursday morning. One brandished a black handgun and the two made off with an unknown amount of cash.

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River Hills rethinking I-43 strategy

Jan. 20, 2014 8:59 p.m. | River Hills — Trustees are looking for ways to sway the state Department of Transportation on its upcoming Interstate-43 expansion rather than more evidence that the expansion is a problem.

Last week, the Village Board considered funding a sound study to back up their claim that the potential expansion, and resulting increase in noise, would be detrimental to River Hills property owners. But in light of the fact that the DOT and village public works director have already measured sound levels along the freeway corridor, the board opted to go back to the drawing board on how to sway state planners.

"We don't need further corroboration that the decibels are going to be too high," Trustee Michael White said. "That's a given."

Before the board's February meeting, Village Engineer Mustafa Emir will work with a sound engineer to produce a report of potential design changes which could reduce noise levels if and when I-43 is expanded to six lanes in the River Hills area. Officials have expressed concern several times already on freeway noise and hope to convince the DOT to include several noise reducing features into the expansion project, which is slated for construction in 2019 at the earliest.

Emir admitted that efforts to sway the DOT in the past have been a "mixed bag," but in his experience the best course of action is to come to the table with a number of suggestions. The more suggestions, the better the likelihood at least some of them become incorporated into the design, he said.

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