Germantown's Fischer, Showalter lead NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team

March 29, 2013 9:59 a.m. | Germantown center Luke Fischer has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season after helping the Warhawks to their second consecutive WIAA Division 1 basketball championship.

He is joined on the NOW team by his coach, Steve Showalter, who has guided the Warhawks to 56 consecutive victories and the back-to-back state titles.

Dominican's Duane Wilson and Diamond Stone also earned spots on the team after helping their squad to the state Division 4 title.

You can read more about them and the other members of the team on the special page highlighting the NOW 2012-13 All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team.

Glendale senior apartments sell for $4.7 million

March 27, 2013 10:18 a.m. | Parkside Commons, a 100-unit senior apartments building in Glendale, has been sold for $4.7 million, according to documents filed with the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds.

Parkside, 1400 W. Custer Ave., was sold to WHPC-Parkside-Glendale LLC, an affiliate of Madison-based Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corp., by Glendale Housing LP, an affiliate of Portland, Ore.-based American Pacific Properties Inc.

Shorewood begins dialogue on 'Spring Awakening'

March 21, 2013 10:04 p.m. | Shorewood - Shorewood High School's auditorium was buzzing with conversation Thursday night where a public forum was held to ease tensions and start an open dialogue over the high school's upcoming production of "Spring Awakening."

The play-turned-musical covers masturbation, rape, sexuality and suicide - topics that are not typical dinner table conversation.

At the forum those for and against the play were present. With parents, student cast and crew members, residents, administration and representatives of five local organizations the panel and small group discussions covered topics from whether students were mature enough to understand and play the characters to how the themes are applicable. Julie Cummings, mother of a senior who is cast as one of the male leads, Melchior, is proud to support her son in his endeavor but is nervous about the students being put in emotionally charged roles.

"What concerns me is that performers are being put in a vulnerable position where they have to act out very difficult roles and scenes," Cummings said. "I think it is great to bring up these issues, but is putting them in these roles the best thing for our children?"

Cummingssaid she usually goes to the performances put on by the high school, but is unsure if she will attend this show.

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Superintendent Demond Means to stay at Mequon-Thiensville

March 18, 2013 12:44 p.m. | Mequon-Thiensville Superintendent Demond Means has taken himself out of the running for the superintendent position at the Shaker Heights School District in Ohio, the district said today in a news release.

Means had been selected as a finalist for the Shaker Heights position. At a meeting last week the School Board voted unanimously to state its support for Means and its interest in having him continue at Mequon-Thiensville, later delivering the statement in person.

On Sunday, Means informed the board of his decision to remove himself from consideration for the Shaker Heights job.

"The Board of Education is thrilled that he will stay in Mequon-Thiensville," Board President Suzette Urbashich wrote in the release, "and we look forward to working with him to advance in the best interests of our schools, students and community."

-Michael Meidenbauer

NOW sites roll out Facebook commenting system

March 14, 2013 11:45 a.m. | You may have noticed today that MyCommunityNOW sites have switched from our previous commenting system to a new model, which requires a Facebook account.

We hope this change, which requires people to post using their real names, will elevate the level of transparency, discussion and civility in our comment threads.

The new commenting system may look familiar to NOW readers who also visit Today'sTMJ4, which uses the same system.

We know there will still be users who post comments which violate our guidelines. We would ask you to report abusive comments by clicking the "X" that appears on the top-right corner of a comment. Users who have previously registered on a NOW site will have to create a Facebook account to comment.

We also would like to hear any feedback or technical problems you may have with the new system. Drop us a line at with the subject Facebook comments.

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Pharmaceutical research facility, with 50 jobs, proposed for Mequon

March 11, 2013 7:00 a.m. | A start-up company formed by the founder of a Milwaukee-area drug ingredient maker is proposing to build a pharmaceutical research and development facility in Mequon, creating 50 jobs.

Major Pharmaceuticals LLC wants to develop a two-story, 79,000-square-foot facility on a 7.7-acre parcel immediately south of Executive Drive and east of Commerce St., according to a filing with the city Plan Commission. That site is in Mequon Business Park, near the northeast corner of Donges Bay and Wauwatosa roads.

The company, which will produce injectable serums, expects to complete the $10 million office and lab facility by late 2013, the filing said.

Major Pharmaceuticals will have an estimated 50 full-time employees, including 10 chemists and pharmacists, 15 lab quality assurance technicians and 25 process operators. The commission is to review the proposal at its Monday night meeting.

The company was launched by Michael Major, according to state corporation records.

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Wilson and Stone lead Dominican to state basketball title

March 09, 2013 2:50 p.m. | Going back to last fall and the first game loss to Little Chute, maybe the Dominican boys basketball team was just the Duane Wilson and Diamond Stone show.

But in the mind of Wilson, the 6-2 silky-smooth guard who will head to Marquette next fall, it's become so much more than that, even after Wilson's 26 points and Stone's 22 led the Knights to their second straight WIAA State Division 4 championship with a 57-44 win over a game Aburndale squad this afternoon at the Kohl Center in Madison.

"Back then, everybody else on the team were looking for me and Diamond to do everything," Wilson said. "Now they have more confidence. They're looking to do more things on their own. It's not just Diamond and Duane anymore."

"It's the Dominican Knights."

Wilson was being a bit modest, for included in his efforts, was the fact that he almost single-handedly held the Apaches off in the fourth quarter, scoring all 14 of the Knights' points.

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WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery updated

March 09, 2013 9:57 a.m. | MyCommunityNOW has just updated Peter Zuzga's WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery with images from the Division 1 semifinals.

Germantown and Mukwonago will meet in tonight's Division 1 championship game after defeating Oshkosh North and King in semifinal contests. The title game is set to begin shortly after the conclusion of the Division 2 championship game, which is at 6:35 p.m and features Wisconsin Lutheran against Pulaski.

NOW will update the photo gallery tonight with photos from the Division 1 championship and the Division 4 title game between Dominican and Auburndale.

WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery

WIAA state tournament preview/schedule

NOW Newspapers wins 22 awards in state contest

March 08, 2013 10:54 p.m. | NOW Newspapers, publisher of Wauwatosa NOW and seven other suburban weekly newspapers, was presented with 22 awards Friday at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association annual convention in Madison.

The Better Newspapers Contest recognizes the top journalism in the state. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.

Wauwatosa NOW took first place in General Web Excellence and took first and second in Web Special Project, recognizing its online All-Suburban Football Team and Act 10 coverage.

NOW Newspapers also won the following honors:

Continuing Web Coverage, second, South Shore NOW

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Ozaukee County Board applicants sought after Marchese resigns

March 08, 2013 9:38 a.m. | The resignation of Supervisor Patrick Marchese of Mequon opens a seat on the Ozaukee County Board.

Board Chairman Lee Schlenvogt is seeking applicants to fill the vacant 19th District seat.

Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. March 27. Interviews will be scheduled March 28 and 29.

For information, call Schlenvogt at (262) 284-5728 or County Administrator Tom Meaux at (262) 284-8201.

Schlenvogt will nominate a district resident to the County Board for approval. The board likely will appoint someone to fill the vacancy at an April 3 meeting.

Video: Daykin discusses Lakewood Building in Shorewood

March 08, 2013 9:33 a.m. | Business reporter Tom Daykin talks about Shorewood's efforts to renovate the Lakewood building, which some had called the ugliest building in Shorewood, and how the investment hasn't quite paid off.


Whitefish Bay can't keep pace with Pius

March 07, 2013 11:41 p.m. | When your team sometimes has trouble generating a consistent offense, the last thing you as a coach want to see is a slow start.

That, however, is exactly what befell the Whitefish Bay girls basketball team in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal game on Thursday evening, and the Blue Dukes paid dearly for it.

They fell behind Pius XI ,9-0, in the first 4 minutes, then spent the rest of the game trying to play catchup, which is usually not their forte.

Bay fought back to within four points but could not get over the hump and eventually lost, 46-30.

Pius improved to 22-3 and will take on New Berlin Eisenhower (23-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Brookfield Central in a sectional championship contest. Bay ends its season at 16-9.

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Wilson clutch as Dominican heads into another state final

March 07, 2013 11:19 p.m. |

If there was ever a panic time this season for Whitefish Bay Dominican, it may have been at halftime of the Division 4 state semifinal against undefeated Cuba City on Thursday night at the Kohl Center. Duane Wilson had just two points, and the Knights were down three.

Wilson was not going to let his team down. The senior erupted for 17 points in the second half to power Dominican to a 55-47 win, punching the Knights' ticket to the state final for the second straight year.

Dominican now plays Auburndale (26-1) at 12:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon as the Knights shoot for back-to-back state titles, a feat they last accomplished in 2004 and 2005.

“I told the guys we might not be where we want to be at halftime,” said Dominican coach Derek Berger. “But at the end we will be. I think we started to wear them down at the end.”

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Nicolet home to five students with perfect ACT scores

March 04, 2013 11:51 a.m. | ACT Inc. has a standard response for how uncommon it is for students to earn a perfect 36 composite score on its national college admissions exam: Out of more than a million test-takers across the country, less than one-tenth of 1% earn that score.

This year, Nicolet High School is playing host to an unusually large number of them.

Superintendent Rick Monroe said Monday that two students from the Class of 2012  learned earlier this year they scored a 36 on the exam: Nancy Gao and Annie Jen, who is 15 (her twin brother, senior William Jen, who has also accelerated his high-school studies, scored a 35).

Earlier this year, Nicolet junior Ben Lawton learned he scored a 36.

And now, Monroe said he's been informed by ACT that two more juniors earned perfect scores: twin sisters Alexandra Heuer and Rachel Heuer.

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Dominican earns shot to defend its crown

March 02, 2013 5:56 p.m. |

It sounded, felt and looked like a state championship game, and for all intents and purposes, it might end up being just that.

Whitefish Bay Dominican took all it could handle from less-heralded Laconia, but the Knights are going back to Madison to defend their Division 4 state title after defeating the Spartans, 52-39, at the sectional final at Brookfield Central on Saturday.

Dominican will face a familiar foe in the state semifinals at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in Madison: undefeated Cuba City (26-0). The Knights defeated Cuba City, 61-43, for last season’s state title.

The Knights separated themselves in the final quarter against Laconia, but until then, it was the dogfight Dominican head coach Derek Berger expected. After three, the Knights (22-4) were clinging to a 32-30 lead over the previously unbeaten Spartans (25-1).

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Despite lackluster offense, Blue Dukes march on

March 01, 2013 10:49 p.m. | Whitefish Bay senior Madilyn Garcia admits that last year free throws were not her strong point. She worked at the discipline in the offseason and especially this week in practice.

It certainly paid off for the third-seeded Blue Dukes. The senior guard drilled three of four free throws in the final 36.5 seconds to hold off a pesky sixth seed Wauwatosa West squad, 27-21, in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal at Whitefish Bay High School on Friday.

Bay advances to No.2 seeded Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday.

“I’m not sure why but I shoot free throws better when there is a little more pressure,” said Garcia. “This week we played a lot of free throw games in practice and I did alright.”

Garcia’s free throws were much needed points for Bay (15-8), which struggled offensively for much of the game. Bay made just one basket from the field in the second half.

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Nicolet picks up the slack

March 01, 2013 10:20 p.m. | Host Nicolet overcame early foul trouble to leading scorer Briana Gray and surged late to seize a 46-40 victory over West Bend East in a WIAA Division 2 regional game Friday night.

With the senior Gray on the bench after drawing her third foul with 6:15 remaining in the second quarter, the visiting Suns (9-14) capped a 6-0 run to grab an early 19-12 lead.

Senior Sara Travia would answer with consecutive 3-point baskets to trim the lead to one, but the game would remain a tight, back-and-forth affair throughout. Behind a balanced offensive performance, East led 23-22 at the half.

“Briana is a huge part of our offense,” said Nicolet head coach Rick DeKeyser. “We have seven seniors so I just told them this is it. Someone is going to have to step up.”

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I-43 lanes reopen at Bayside

March 01, 2013 3:10 p.m. | All lanes are now open on I-43 northbound near the Port Washington Road, according to a state Department of Transportation update. Shortly after 12 p.m. Friday, two separate accidents closed the right lane on I-43 in both directions. All lanes are open.

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