Bay defense stifles Homestead boys, gives Germantown outright NSC title

Feb. 17, 2012 10:51 p.m. | On the one hand, it was a signature win for the defending WIAA State D2 champion Whitefish Bay boys basketball team Friday night, full of intense defense and timely buckets.

On the other hand, it was a signature failure by Homestead, which had a chance to go into next Thursday's regular season finale with undefeated Germantown still with a chance at a share of the North Shore Conference title.

Instead the Highlanders now find themselves in a fight just to stay alone in second in the NSC after turning the ball over in droves and clanging free throws by the score.

In short, the physical, basket-defying 45-31 victory for the Blue Dukes was one strange way for both teams to go into Saturday's WIAA sectional seeding meetings.

"We needed that," said Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik. "We've been working hard in practice. Good intense work on our defensive assignments. We did a great job of fighting through screens and getting after their shooters."

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Wisth withdraws from School Board race

Feb. 17, 2012 11:04 a.m. | Brown Deer School Board candidate Kevin Wisth has withdrawn from the School Board race. Wisth said his work schedule changed unexpectedly, forcing him to reconsider running for the board.

"I want to thank anyone who encouraged me to run and had an interest in my candidacy," he said. "I think it is only fair to let people know that I have to withdraw."

Wisth served five years on the board and lost a bid for re-election in April 2011.

Wisth's withdrawal leaves four candidates running for three seats.

Glendale fire damage estimate is $15,000

Feb. 15, 2012 8:26 p.m. | An electrical malfunction in a basement office at a Glendale home in the 5700 block of N.. Milwaukee River Parkway was the likely cause of a fire reported to dispatchers at 8:58 a.m. today.

First arriving crews found moderate smoke coming from the front door of the residence and found a working fire in the basement of the home. Crews made an aggressive interior fire attack and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Two occupants and three dogs were safely evacuated from the home without injury.

Damage, estimated at $15,000, was confined primarily to the basement of the home. There were no injuries to any fire personnel operating at the scene.

Fire crews reported hearing smoke detectors sounding on the first floor of the home when they made entry. However, no working smoke detectors were found in the basement of the home. For this reason, residents were not afforded the early detection possible had the basement detectors been operational.

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Village to apply for State Trust Fund loans

Feb. 15, 2012 8:16 p.m. | River Hills will apply for two State Trust Fund loans. The first loan for $405,598 would refinance an existing unfunded pension liability trust fund loan, reducing the interest rate from 5.25 percent to 3.5 percent. The second loan for $575,689 at 3 percent interest would finance capital program in the village for 2012. The Village Board approved the applications tonight.

Proposed chicken ordinance defeated in Fox Point

Feb. 15, 2012 9:07 a.m. | After debating the issue for four months, the Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday nixed a proposal that, if enacted, would have allowed residents to keep chickens in narrowly defined instances.

The vote to move forward with an ordinance was defeated on a 4-2 vote.

Village President Mike West and Trustee Bill Warner voted in favor of the ordinance. Trustees Beverly Bell, F. R. Dengel III, Douglas Frazer and Christine Symchych voted against it. Trustee Eric Fonstad was not present at the meeting.

In October, Residents Jeff and Kara Ziebelman came before the Village Board and requested officials consider allowing chickens, citing similar communities - including the city of Milwaukee - that have adopted an ordinance.

Concordia to build three-story parking garage

Feb. 13, 2012 11:04 p.m. | The parking crunch at Concordia University is expected to ease with the construction of a three-story 700-stall parking garage on the northwest corner of the campus. The Mequon Plan Commission approved the building tonight against the recommendation of staff. The building will be the first parking structure in the city.

City staff, while supporting the need for additional parking, objected to the removal of 40 specimen trees in the proposed location for the garage. Staff suggested building it elsewhere on the main campus.

The university did not support the other locations because it has plans for academic or athletic facilities in those areas.

The parking garage will be located between Lake Shore Drive and the football stadium and will include a new press box for the stadium.

University President Patrick Ferry told the commission that the university had consulted with neighbors who earlier had opposed plans for a parking garage south of Highland Road. Using a consultant, he said the university worked hard to find a solution to its parking problems that met its needs and would be supported by neighbors.

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Glendale-River Hills School Board denies residents' request to join Maple Dale-Indian Hill district

Feb. 13, 2012 9:46 p.m. | Citing concerns about setting a precedent, the Glendale-River Hills School Board on Monday voted to deny five petitioners' requests to secede from the K-8 district and join the Maple Dale-Indian Hill district.

The petitioners live in the 400 and 500 blocks of West Calumet Road on the south side of the street in the city of Glendale. The residents requested the boundary changes in an effort to keep the entire neighborhood consistent. Residents on the north side of Calumet are within Maple Dale-Indian Hill's boundaries, based on a map drawn up in the 1950s.

Glendale-River Hills board members gave a number of reasons for their denial, including an adverse financial impact on the district and the potential for setting a precedent. There are other streets throughout the Nicolet community that are split between K-8 feeder districts.

Had the Glendale-River Hills board approved the petition, the issue would have gone on to the Maple-Dale Indian Hill School Board later this week.

Glendale-River Hills School Board members' salaries remain flat

Feb. 13, 2012 9:26 p.m. | The Glendale-River Hills School Board on Monday voted to maintain the same salaries for the upcoming year.

The board president will receive $600 for the year; all other members will earn $540 for the year.

The compensation structure, reviewed annually, has been in place for a number of years.

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