Two-level grocery, mixed-use building planned for Shorewood

March 28, 2014 10:10 a.m. | Shorewood — Milwaukee-area developer General Capital has submitted plans for a two-level flagship Roundy's Metro Market and mixed-use residential building on the two block stretch along Oakland Avenue containing the former Walgreens and Harry W. Schwartz bookstore sites, as well as the Pick 'n' Save building.

The proposed construction plan is split into two phases. The first, slated for completion in fall 2015, would create an 80,000-square-foot Metro Market featuring produce, meat, seafood, baked goods and prepared gourmet meals, as well as other Roundy's signature departments, according to a village news release.

Phase two, tentatively planned to begin in fall 2015 and conclude in 2016, would build a mixed-use building composed of 80 upscale apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail space, according to the release.

The project, said nine-year Village Manager Chris Swartz, has been a topic of conversation during the whole of his time as manager and is now coming to fruition. A two-level grocery in the heart of the business district has been part of the village's master plan since 2006, he said.

"It's an exciting project for the community," Swartz said. "We're hoping the end product will be something that will be a centerpiece of our central business district."

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CORRECTION: Brown Deer polling places

March 27, 2014 12:11 p.m. | The March 27 issue of North Shore NOW incorrectly stated that in the April 1 election all Brown Deer wards and precincts will vote at Village Hall, as was the case with the February primary.

The correct polling places are as follows:

Precinct 1 (Wards 1 and 2) Trinity Community Church, 9450 N. 60th Street

Precinct 2 (Wards 3 and 4) Brown Deer Library, 5600 W. Bradley Road

Precinct 3 (Wards 5 and 6) Lois and Tom Dolan Community Center, 4355 W. Bradley Road

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Combined orchestra lights up Carnegie

March 26, 2014 12:27 p.m. | Before Homestead High School Orchestra Director John Emanuelson, 67 bows drew in unison the final two notes of Ernest Bloch's "Fugue," one long draw and one short, a last blast of punctuation.

Behind him, the applause was rising. When Emanuelson turned, a roughly 2,000-strong crowd was rising across Carnegie Hall in a standing ovation for the collection of Homestead and Shorewood high school students onstage.

"The challenge was, and always is with music, trying to find that emotional content of the music, and using music as a gateway to sharing feelings and emotions and some deeper meaning," Emanuelson says. "The standing ovation was the affirmation for the kids that we clearly made that connection."

"As I left the stage, I tried

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Glendale council hits the paws button on a feral cat ordinance

March 26, 2014 11:58 a.m. | Glendale — The Common Council on Monday reviewed possible steps to regulate the keeping of feral cat colonies, but decided the issue is not pressing, and model ordinances from other communities are unenforceable in the city.

Feral cat colonies are bands of non-domesticated cats which live outside and at times rely on humans for shelter or sustenance. In an effort to keep the cats safe and prevent the spread of disease, local caretakers partner with "sponsors," such as animal shelters or humane societies, which provide discounted vaccinations, sterilizations, and other care.

Some cities, like Milwaukee and Minneapolis, have created feral cat colony ordinances which require caregivers to register the colony they manage with a local sponsor, make sure all the cats receive vaccinations and sterilizations, and monitor the health of the colony's members, among other regulations.

Director of Inspection Services Collin Johnson brought the matter to the council's attention Monday after recently investigating complaints of a cat colony. What he found on the property in question was a colony which had been registered with a local shelter.

Johnson said he has seen other cat colonies around the city, including a small pack in the city's public works yard, and that an ordinance patterned after Milwaukee's could "potentially head off any future issues."

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North Shore school districts teaming up to tackle achievement gap

March 26, 2014 11:31 a.m. | While disparities continue to exist between minority students, economically disadvantaged students, and their peers, the "achievement gap" among public school students is an issue that the North Shore as a whole is uniquely qualified to address head on.

That was the thrust of a presentation and workshop hosted last week at Concordia University in Mequon and facilitated by Wisconsin Association of School Boards Executive Director John Ashley, who addressed a crowd of school board members, school administrators, and superintendents from across the North Shore.

While, taken as a whole, North Shore school districts are both high-ranking and high-achieving, less well-off and minority students continue to perform below their peers. Across the region, white and Asian students averaged a 25.4 and 23.4, respectively, on last year's ACT, while their black and Hispanic peers averaged 18.7 and 22.

According to Ashley, Wisconsin as a whole has some of the largest achievement gaps between black and white students, particularly among young boys when tested on reading.

And while there is no "silver bullet" when it comes to closing the achievement gap, Ashley said, the more local elected and school officials make the public aware of the problem, and the more they hold their schools accountable, the more they move in the right direction.

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Man arrested for drunken driving after crashing car into bay window

March 26, 2014 8:42 a.m. | A man was arrested for drunken driving March 16 after he drove onto a front lawn, crashing into a bay window of a home and causing damage.

According to the Whitefish Bay police report:

The man, age and residence not released, drove onto a front lawn, crashing into a bay window causing damage in the 6100 block of North Santa Monica Boulevard at 8:35 p.m. March 16.

As reported last week, North Shore Fire Department arrived on the scene and reported the bay window pushed in with "extensive heaving and cracking" to the foundation and cracks on both the first and second floors, but the report stated there was "no need for structural support."

He was arrested for drunken driving, unreasonable and imprudent speed, obstruction and failure to have a driver's license. The man was taken to a hospital for his injuries.

Man admits stopping young girls in Mequon

March 24, 2014 6:43 p.m. | Mequon police say a 19-year-old man arrested Monday for allegedly impersonating a peace officer is the same man who displayed a badge after twice stopping two girls walking to a park.

Investigators also will seek charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a controlled substance against the West Bend man, according to a news release from Mequon police.

According to the release, the man admitted to pulling up to the girls, ages 10 and 11, in a vehicle March 10 in the 3900 block of Freistadt Road.

The man asked the girls their ages and where they went to school before displaying a star-shaped badge without an explanation.

The man left, but drove past the park entrance a couple of times before entering the park, stopping the girls again and asking them more questions about their school.

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Brown Deer to hold reception Tuesday for basketball champs

March 21, 2014 2:37 p.m. | The Brown Deer Board of Education will hold a public reception in the north commons of the Novak Family Fieldhouse at the high school at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 to honor the WIAA State Division 3 championship boys basketball team as well as the school's cheer team.

The event is open to the public. The basketball team defeated Lodi on March 15. It is the first title in the sport in school history.

Milwaukee dealer gets 15 years for heroin that killed Mequon man

March 19, 2014 2:19 p.m. | A Milwaukee heroin dealer was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for selling a fix to a Mequon man who died of an overdose on his mother's birthday, one of several fatalities that mark the area's burgeoning heroin epidemic.

Erik Anderson-Yakowicz, 25, was found without a pulse and not breathing at home on Aug. 25, 2011.

A syringe and spoon were nearby.

Rescue squads tried to save him, but he died at a hospital.

Ozaukee County sheriff's investigators immediately checked his phone and set up a buy with a man who appeared to be his supplier.

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Mequon-Thiensville district approves preliminary 2014-15 budget

March 19, 2014 12:07 p.m. | Mequon — Despite a passionate and vocal crowd of parents objecting to the decision, the Mequon-Thiensville School Board on Monday approved a preliminary 2014-15 budget which cuts special education staff and support services by five full-time positions.

Vocal outbursts, scoffs, and jeers rippled through the crowd after those in attendance learned that the public comment portion of the agenda would take place after the board's vote on the budget, and that the district's lawyer had said the board could not rearrange the agenda after the meeting had begun.

Board members Suzette Urbashich, James Liska, Mary Cyrier, Stephanie Clark, and Katherine Houpt voted for the budget. Board members Gary Laev and Cheryle Rebholz voted against the budget. Laev cited an approximately $30,000 expansion of the district communications director's position as cause for his dissent, while Rebholz said the expansion and special education issue factored into her vote.

The special education cuts have become a controversial issue recently as district parents caught wind of the administrative recommendation to cut five positions as a result of declining enrollment. Parents have packed recent budget presentations — and the meeting Monday, to protest the cuts — saying the district's special education offerings aren't up to par presently. The administration and School Board have maintained that the cuts are the result of a declining special education student population, and that it would be fiscally irresponsible to keep the positions despite the decline. Administrators on Monday invited parents to participate in a coming special education audit to improve the quality of the district's program.

The preliminary budget approved Monday will be finalized in the coming months and voted on by the School Board at the district's annual meeting in July.

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Shorewood School Board candidates aspire to instill love of learning

March 19, 2014 11:40 a.m. | Shorewood — Retaining administrators and big picture ideas for the the future of the district were among the topics discussed at a School Board candidate forum last week sponsored by the Shorewood Education Association.

Incumbents Paru Shah and Ruth Treisman led the field in the February primary, receiving 323 and 241 votes, respectively. Newcomers Gregg Davis and Margaret Schmidt took third and fourth with 171 and 138 votes. The coming April 1 election will decide which of the four will win two seats on the School Board.

Though the SEA submitted a questionnaire to the candidates after the forum and intended to make an endorsement, the union board later decided not to endorse a candidate.

"The SEA determined that endorsing or recommending a candidate would likely not garner the organization or its members any stronger affiliations or any clearer voice in the workings of our district," SEA President Mike Halloran wrote to the candidates.

Most important

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Ashmore challenged by ex-Mequon mayor Pukaite

March 19, 2014 11:13 a.m. | Mequon — Former mayor Connie Pukaite is challenging former alderman Bob Ashmore with a write-in campaign for the District 2 Common Council seat.

Pukaite's campaign was orchestrated and is being run by the Committee for Election Choices, a local advocacy group which includes former Plan Commissioner David Romoser, former mayor Curt Gielow, exiting alderman Ken Zganjar, and Patrick Rochford, whom the committee is backing in the District 5 race.

Romoser said the task of the CFEC is to promote choices for voters and get people interested in local government.



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3 Concordia University students investigated in sexual assault

March 18, 2014 3:20 p.m. | Three Concordia University Wisconsin students are facing allegations of sexual assault, the university said Tuesday.

The university is cooperating with Milwaukee police, who are investigating a possible criminal incident that occurred Friday in downtown Milwaukee and involved three current students, according to a university statement.

The university also is conducting its own investigation into the allegations.

When asked about the incident, a Milwaukee police spokesman said Tuesday that officers are investigating an allegation of a sexual assault that occurred in the 1200 block of N. Water St., and that no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

Fox Point candidates react to write-in bid

March 18, 2014 3:03 p.m. | Fox Point — Village Board candidates Christine Symchych and Terry McGauran, critical of newcomer Marty Tirado's write-in approach, maintain they're the best choices.

Symchych, 44, is finishing her first term on the board and is seeking re-election. McGauran, 70, ran last year but lost to incumbents Douglas H. Frazer and Eric Fonstad.

Until Tirado launched a write-in bid in late February, Symchych and McGauran were running unopposed for two seats on the Village Board. In an interview, Symchych criticized Tirado's write-in bid, saying that she and McGauran publicly and openly put themselves "on the candidacy papers, deal with campaign finance, and work through a very set, precise, legal system. (Tirado) thinks it's okay to buck the system."



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Dominican team makes history with third straight D4 state title

March 15, 2014 6:38 p.m. | The story of the Whitefish Bay Dominican boys basketball team is a long one filled with many championships, many great players, going all the way back to the legendary days of Don Gosz and Greg Dandridge and the 60-plus game winning streak of the late 1970s.

Many other titles, private school and public have been won since then.

So to say there's a little pressure to succeed is a bit of an understatement.

"It's going to be there forever," said current coach Derek Berger. "The history and the tradition is there. Lots of titles, lots of back-to-back titles at the school, but what we did today, I think separates us a little."

Because today the Knights became that rarest of state hoops' commodities, a three-time state champion. Only a handful of squads have done it and Dominican became the seventh member of the very small fraternity with an impressive 74-50 victory in the WIAA State D4 final against a game Blair-Taylor squad this afternoon.

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Brown Deer team a big happy family after state title win

March 15, 2014 5:18 p.m. | A hometown boy makes good.

It's too simple a characterization, but for Kelly Appleby, the coach of the newly crowned WIAA State Division 3 state basketball team from Brown Deer, it fits perfectly.

His Falcons (23-5) put on a dominating effort defensively and on the boards and stunned returning D3 state runner-up Lodi, 59-37, in the state championship game this afternoon at the Kohl Center in Madison.

"I'm a Brown Deer guy, from the town of Brown Deer," he said. "I came here three years ago with the goal of winning a state championship.'

"We felt we had potential, it was unfulfilled until this year, but we had talked about this as a team. To be able to bring this back to Brown Deer to bring happiness to your school, your community, to your parents, means a great deal to all of us."

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Dominican makes history with third straight state title, 74-50

Brown Deer boys to play for D3 state championship

March 14, 2014 10:56 a.m. | Unranked and unheralded, the Brown Deer boys basketball team got a runner in the lane from junior guard Lewrenzo Byers with 35 seconds left and then held on for a 48-45 WIAA D3 state semifinal win over Manitowoc Roncalli at the Kohl Center in Madison on Friday morning.

With the win, the Falcons (22-5) will play for their first ever WIAA state title at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against the winner of 2013 runner-up Lodi and Elk Mound. It was Brown Deer's first state win in three trips.

"We always felt we had something special here this year," said coach Kelly Appleby. "...and we always talk about character, about what you do when things are not going your way. ... Based on the season that we've had, this team has responded to every challenge that it has been given."

Brown Deer graduated 10 seniors off a conference-championship team of a year ago but didn't miss a beat this season.

"This is an amazing feeling," said 6-9 senior center Devante Jackson, who led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds and was one of the few returnees back this season. "I figured that this was a once in a lifetime situation, only one chance to do this, so we had to make it count."

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Shorewood teacher's aide accused of showing student nude photos

March 14, 2014 7:14 a.m. | A teacher's aide from Shorewood High School is in custody for allegedly showing a student nude photos, WISN-TV (Channel 12) reported.

A search warrant said a female student complained the 41-year-old aide discussed his sexual history with her, asked about hers, and then showed her nude photos, the article said.

The aide is in the Milwaukee County Jail, and his case will be reviewed Friday by the district attorney's office.

Fire destroys house in Brown Deer

March 14, 2014 4:54 a.m. | A house in the 5300 block of W. Glenbrook Road in Brown Deer is considered a complete loss after a fire early Friday, the North Shore Fire Department said.

Crews were dispatched to a fully engulfed home about 1:40 a.m. and were unable to enter the home because of intense flames. Firefighters determined the home was unoccupied. The origin of the fire has yet to be determined.

Milwaukee and Wauwatosa firefighters assisted at the scene.

Pep rally for Brown Deer basketball team in the Fieldhouse at 11 a.m.

March 13, 2014 12:18 a.m. | The community will be welcome at a pep rally for the Brown Deer boys basketball team this Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in the Novak Family Fieldhouse at the high school.

The event will honor the team and give it a good send-off as it prepares to take part in the WIAA State Tournament in Madison at the Kohl Center this weekend.

The team, which is making its first trip to state since 2002, will take on Manitowoc Roncalli in a state division 3 semifinal at 9:05 a.m. on Friday. The Falcons, coached by Kelly Appleby, defeated Ripon in the sectional final last Saturday to advance.

Scott Walker to be commencement speaker for Concordia grad students

March 12, 2014 2:56 p.m. | Gov. Scott Walker will deliver the May 16 commencement speech for Concordia University Wisconsin's graduate students, including the university's first class of pharmacy school students.

Sixty-seven Pharmacy School students, dubbed the Genesis Class when the Pharmacy School opened in 2010, will receive degrees during the commencement ceremony, set to begin at 6 p.m. in Concordia's Field House.

“The School of Pharmacy Class of 2014 demonstrated a tremendous amount of faith when committing to be part of a brand new pharmacy school,” Dean Arneson, dean of the School of Pharmacy, said in prepared remarks. “We are greatly honored to have Gov. Walker come to speak in recognition of the notable achievement of the students and the University.”

Norman Sell will give the commencement speech during the undergraduate ceremony 1:30 p.m. on May 17, also in the university's Field House. Sell was the longtime treasurer of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod before retiring several years ago.

Click here forr more information on both graduation ceremonies.

Facilitator joins Mequon-Thiensville district's budget mission

March 12, 2014 12:06 p.m. | Mequon — With the intent of remaining neutral, a third-party facilitator was brought into the fold this week to help guide a 17-person committee charged with examining Mequon-Thiensville's need for a balanced budget and quest to remain a top-ranking school district.

Howard Bellman, a longtime mediator with an extensive background, met for the first time with the School Board's appointed Community Engagement Committee, which on Tuesday met for the fifth time. Plans call for Bellman to be on hand at additional meetings in upcoming months.

The bulk of the committee's most recent hour-and-a-half meeting was devoted to Bellman discussing his background and how he believes the committee should function.

"I'm not a run-of-the-mill meeting facilitator," Bellman said to the committee, which was formed in January by the board and is comprised of professionals from such varied backgrounds as education, business and law.

Bellman said he aims to help the committee bring the board a unified mission statement as Mequon-Thiensville continues to grapple with ongoing budget shortfalls — the result of declining enrollment statistics — and a goal of retaining the illustrious position as the state's top-ranking school district.

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Two old properties could get fresh futures in Shorewood

March 12, 2014 9:30 a.m. | Shorewood — The Community Development Authority has furthered two prospective redevelopments — one that would renovate on older commercial building and another that would create new senior housing within the village.

On Friday, the CDA approved, in concept, a village loan to renovate the former Catholic Family Life Insurance building on Capitol Drive and forwarded to the Plan Commission a 100-unit active senior apartment complex along the Milwaukee River.

For the last nine months Northwoods Software Development has rented the former Catholic Family Life building at Capitol Drive and Newhall Street. The $400,000 loan, half from the village and half from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, would allow the company to purchase the building and complete necessary renovations, including heating, cooling, and boiler work.

According to the news release, Northwoods is a 32-person company and is expected to grow in the near future.

The CDA, Village Board and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation still need to approve the renovation loan.

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Choke hold on Glendale man shouldn't have killed him, suspect says

March 12, 2014 8:29 a.m. | Robert Christophel told police he was sure he didn't kill Peter Holzberger when he put him in a choke hold last fall because his father had done it to him numerous times growing up as a means of discipline.

Christophel, 29, said he put his arm around Holzberger's neck after the eccentric 65-year-old Glendale gadfly got upset and began shouting at Christophel and Nicholas Retzlaff to leave his property, where they had gone Nov. 5 to reclaim items that Retzlaff said were his.

Christophel said he counted to 20, and Holzberger went limp.

"Any time after it will kill him," Christophel said in a video of his interrogation by Glendale police that was played Wednesday for the jury in his first-degree intentional homicide trial.

He said he was sure Holzberger was still alive, even a day later when he and Retzlaff returned to Holzberger's distinctive house on Port Washington Road, because he felt for a pulse from the victim, whom they had left hogtied and gagged on his bed.

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Glendale panel rolls out welcome mat for hotel

March 12, 2014 1:50 a.m. | Glendale — Plans for renovation of the Milwaukee River Hilton received a friendly reception from the Plan Commission, which unanimously voted for use and occupancy approval Tuesday night.

Nagib Lakhani described the renovation during and after the meeting as a representative of CMH Milwaukee River LLC, a partnership which is in the process of buying the hotel, located at 4700 N. Port Washington Road.

"Almost every surface is going to have to be remodeled," Lakhami said. "A fair number of rooms will be upgraded. Our intent is to open up the lobby, so when you walk in you'll have a clear view of the river."

The hotel's current Hilton affiliation ends April 1. CHM Milwaukee plans to operate the hotel as an independent location until October or November, when it plans to affiliate with Holiday Inn, although renovation may not be complete until January.

Lakhami said Holiday Inn had drawn up a 54-page improvement plan, and inspectors from the chain visit every four to six weeks to check on progress.

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Footbridge opponent launches write-in bid for Fox Point Village Board

March 12, 2014 1:01 a.m. | Fox Point — Political newcomer and eight-year village resident Marty Tirado has launched a write-in campaign for the Village Board and is running on a platform opposed to the reconstruction of the Bridge Lane Ravine footbridge.

Tirado, 41, hopes to unseat incumbent Christine Symchych or beat out Terry McGauran, who is running for the second time after a failed campaign in spring 2013. Before Tirado's campaign, Symchych and McGauran were running unopposed for two seats on the board.

Tirado's main selling point is an outspoken opposition to the reconstruction of the footbridge, which was closed years ago due to structural problems and sat idle while the Village Board deliberated at length over its fate.

In recent years a non-profit fundraising group has been tasked with raising $625,000, or half on an early reconstruction estimate, and the bridge was torn down in August. The Village Board recently put the reconstruction project out to bid in an effort to solidify a cost but has not yet committed to the project itself.

While the numerous estimates over the years have varied wildly, Tirado said he trusts the accounting of outspoken project opponent Larry Booth, who contends the true cost could be near $3 million and cost the average homeowner between $500 and $1,000.

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Mequon Planning Commission gridlocks on new River Club subdivision proposal

March 11, 2014 1:20 p.m. | Mequon — After nearly four hours of presentations, claims, counterclaims, impassioned resident testimony — some fiery, some indignant and some tearful — and deliberation, the Planning Commission on Monday gridlocked on a 4-4 vote and failed to make a recommendation to the Common Council regarding River Club of Mequon owner Tom Weickardt's proposal to build a 19-home subdivision on a 42-acre lot along the Milwaukee River.

Commissioners LeRoy Bessler and Dave Fuchs, along with Alderwoman Pam Adams and Mayor Dan Abendroth, voted against Weickardt's plan; commissioners Brian Parrish, John Mason, John Stoker and Chuck Western voted for it.

Before the Common Council takes up the matter in April, Abendroth said he will be negotiating with the Ozaukee Land Trust in an effort to have the city purchase the 42-acre lot for the purposes of conservation.

Weickardt's newest pitch for the 19-home subdivision is similar to a plan voted down by the Planning Commission in 2012, though this time he is willing to put into perpetuity open-space easements throughout the entire Ville Du Parc neighborhood and forgo any other future developments, as well as donate a tract of land along the Milwaukee River to the city. The new deal constitutes Weickardt's latest attempt to win over the neighbors, various Ville Du Parc homeowners associations and elected officials.

To a certain extent, the effort was a success as 37 residents registered speaker cards in support of Weickardt's plan. Many of them spoke in favor of the proposal, as well as its increase to the city tax base, and said the city should support Weickardt, whose investment in the River Club has revitalized the area.

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Elmbrook candidates discuss board member roles, block scheduling at forum

March 11, 2014 11:21 a.m. | Three incumbent Elmbrook School Board members and two other candidates discussed a variety of district issues at a forum held March 6.

The forum, sponsored by the Elmbrook Parent Network and Leadership council, touched upon teaching styles, improving ACT scores, block scheduling and a multitude of other items related to local education.

Incumbent Richard Brunner, who has served on the board for three years, is running against Zackary Vrana, a 2012 Brookfield East High School graduate, for the Area I seat.

Board President Thomas Gehl, who has been on the board since 2005, is running against former board member Jeffrey Liotta for the Area III seat. Liotta served on the board in the early 1980s as a 21-year-old. He is a Brookfield Central High School graduate.

Incumbent Kathryn Wilson, who first served in 2010, is running unopposed for the at-large seat.

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Homicide trial to start in killing of Glendale man

March 10, 2014 7:26 a.m. | A jury trial is expected to begin Monday for one of two suspects accused of killing a Glendale man.

Robert Michael Christophel, 28, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and burglary in connection with the death of Peter Holzberger. His co-defendant is Nicholas Retzlaff, 25, who is due in court Monday for a final pretrial hearing and has a jury trial slated for March 17.

Retzlaff and Christophel attacked Holzberger on his property, with Christophel choking him into unconsciousness, according to a criminal complaint. The men then allegedly took Holzberger inside the home, wrapped a bungee cord around his neck and buried him under six feet of clothing, boxes and debris in the basement, records show.

Holzberger had met Retzlaff, then a teen, in late 2004 and helped him, but after Retzlaff repeatedly stole from Holzberger and a friend, Holzberger stopped assisting the man.

A friend has described Holzberger as a "peace-loving person" to the Journal Sentinel.

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Whitefish Bay girls win regional title for injured Jonas, 31-27

March 08, 2014 9:39 p.m. | Long after the WIAA Division 2 regional final was over Saturday night at Whitefish Bay, injured Blue Dukes all-state candidate Maya Jonas finally grabbed her crutches and slowly worked her way out of the fieldhouse with her dad, Jeff, by her side.

She still faces a long rehabilitation just a few days removed from a second surgery on the same knee in less than two years. She suffered the injury about 10 days ago in a nonconference loss to Kettle Moraine. 

Jonas was having an amazing season and the injury shocked and dismayed everyone around her, including obviously, her team.

But she will have one brilliant, wide-eyed happy memory from the final week, and it came just moments before her departure, because before Jonas was allowed to leave, her teammmates mobbed her, placed the regional championship plaque carefully in her lap and then took smiling, tear-filled photos with her from her place in the bleachers.

The short-handed Blue Dukes had rallied from a ghastly first quarter where they did not score against Wauwatosa West. They did not take the lead until senior Catie McBride hit one of two free throws at the end of the third quarter to make it 18-17.

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Thiensville's proposed beer garden folds for a second straight year

March 07, 2014 10:02 a.m. | Thiensville — The reality of a beer garden on the bank of the Milwaukee River in Village Park sank as the sole proposal to run the venue was withdrawn.

Village President Van Mobley officially announced that Laura Adair withdrew her Request for Proposal for a beer garden at Village Park in Thiensville as the first agenda item at Monday night's Committee of the Whole meeting.

"I wish it would have worked," Adair said, earlier in a phone interview. "We (the community) have to focus on the kids (teenagers) and keep them occupied. I didn't want to call it a beer garden."

Adair filled out a 16-page proposal, listed Community Concessions to serve at the venue, submitted suggested foods and beverages with pricing and included three letters of recommendation.

"Suddenly she withdrew it, 24 hours after it became public," Trustee David Lange said.

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Glendale, Oak Creek industrial buildings sell for $12.7 million

March 07, 2014 8:15 a.m. | Two industrial buildings in Glendale and Oak Creek have been sold for $12.7 million, according to state real estate records.

An affiliate of Zilber Property Group sold a 78,000-square-foot light industrial and office building, at 555 W. Estabrook Blvd., for $5.1 million, and a 120,000-square-foot industrial building, at 7475 S. 6th St., for $7.6 million, to an affiliate of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Opus Group, in a transaction recorded Thursday. 

The Glendale building is leased to Forrer Business Interiors Inc., and the Oak Creek building is leased to Independence Corrugated LLC. Zilber bought the two buildings in April 2012 for $9.5 million.

Brown Deer boys earn sectional final berth with 58-55 win over East Troy

March 06, 2014 10:22 p.m. | A Brown Deer boys basketball assistant coach first asked the question outside the Falcons' lockerroom at Waukesha West on Thursday, and then it was echoed inside the lockers a moment later by a relieved head coach Kelly Appleby:

"What time is practice?"

It was a jubilant call as the Falcons had just put themselves a step away from the WIAA Division 3 state tournament with a harrowing, physical 58-55 sectional semifinal decision over East Troy.

"I knew from the beginning that there would be a chance this could happen," said 6-7 senior forward Jerry Luckett, who had 14 points. "I knew that if we kept working together it could happen because we had the talent on the team to do it."

The victory pushed Brown Deer (20-5 overall) into a D3 sectional final on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Whitefish Bay against Ripon (21-5), which was a 45-38 winner over Oostburg in its own sectional semifinal.

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Timothy Hutton cast in Mequon native John Ridley's ABC series

March 06, 2014 2:30 p.m. | According to the Hollywood Reporter, Timothy Hutton will star in "American Crime," the new series Mequon native John Ridley is creating for ABC. The series is being written, directed and produced by Ridley, who Sunday won an Oscar for his "12 Years a Slave" screenplay.

John Ridley accepts his Oscar for "12 Years A Slave"The series is about a group of people involved in a racially charged trial. According to the story:

"Hutton will play an honest but average guy working at a big-box retailer in Arizona who has made great pains to reconnect with his now adult sons, Matt and Mark, and speaks with the latter - a war veteran - every week.

"He's destroyed when he learns that Matt and his wife, Lily, have been murdered in their home in Modesto, Calif., and he flies there immediately."

The series will feature the talents of two Oscar winners: Ridley, and Hutton, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for the 1980 film "Ordinary People." 

Shorewood adopts transgender student guidelines, protections

March 05, 2014 4:00 p.m. | Shorewood — With the adoption of an extensive and explicit set of guidelines, the Shorewood School District has become the first Milwaukee-area school system to formally recognize and provide facilities for transgender students.

Under the guidelines, drafted by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and tweaked by the district's policy committee, Shorewood formalizes definitions of transgender students and students who don't conform to gender stereotypes. Complaints of discrimination, harassment, or bullying of those students will now be handled in the same way as other complaints.

Though school staff will usually use a student's legal name and gender pronouns corresponding with a student's biological gender, adult students or legal guardians may now specify which name and gender pronouns teachers should use while addressing students in class.

After students notify the district of their transgender status, they may use bathrooms of their identified gender or unisex bathrooms. Requests to use gender-identified locker rooms or changing rooms will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, though the students may also use the gender-neutral coaches' locker room if need be. Under the guidelines, students may participate in gym classes and intramural sports in a "manner consistent with their gender identity" and must comply with the dress codes of their identified gender.

"I think Shorewood prides itself on being forward and progressive," School Board member Paru Shah said, adding of any flak the district may take, "I don't think we would shy away from that sort of criticism, but be more adamant that every student in our schools should be in a safe learning environment."

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New blood guaranteed on Mequon Common Council

March 04, 2014 10:20 p.m. | Mequon — Two political newcomers are facing off this spring in Mequon's 5th District aldermanic race, and each has views on such hotly contested issues as the Highland Road interchange and economic development.

Mark Gierl and Patrick Rochford are vying for the position being vacated by incumbent Mark Seider, who chose not to seek re-election.

With weeks to go before the spring election, Gierl and Rochford said they have been meeting with constituents and touting their strengths, which include being novices to the political arena.

"The longer you are in politics, the more you act like everybody else," said Gierl, who has served on the council's appointed Board of Appeals and Park Board.

Gierl said he believes his background in finance also is an asset he brings to the position.

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Shorewood sets schedule for curbing sewer infiltration

March 04, 2014 9:23 p.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood will direct approximately $160,000 in village funds toward completing private sewer lateral rehabilitation work in its Basin 1 and 6 sewer systems this year, as part of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's mandatory Private Property Inflow and Infiltration Reduction Program.

After considering two alternatives proposed by staff, the Village Board on Monday chose to proceed with the less aggressive option of the two, which matches MMSD funding at 50 percent.

As determined by MMSD, Basins 1 and 6 of the village are currently "non-performing," due to excessive amounts of measured inflow and infiltration, according to a memo from village staff. Certain blocks within those have been specifically identified as having high or very high levels of wet weather flow, which in some cases has included extensive basement backup damage throughout the years.

With mainline, or public, sewer linings recently completed in the basins, attention must be shifted to private infrastructure in order to achieve meaningful reductions of inflow and infiltration, the memo states.

Leaks from private laterals

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Three compete for two seats on Mequon-Thiensville School Board

March 04, 2014 8:50 p.m. | Mequon — Newcomers Wendy Francour and Paul Buzzell are competing with unsuccessful 2011 candidate Sid Terry for two seats on the Meqon-Thiensville School Board.

The top two voter-getters in the April 1 spring election will claim the seats of Suzette Urbashich and James Liska, both of whom have decided not to seek re-election.

Buzzell, 43, is a Mequon native who has owned a home in the community for 13 years. He is a married father of two elementary school-age daughters and one middle school-age daughter. Buzzell has bachelor's degree in marketing and real estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA in finance from DePaul University. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Johnson Level & Tool in Mequon.



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Man arrested in connection with Fox 6 bomb threat

March 04, 2014 4:14 p.m. | Police arrested a man Tuesday afternoon suspected of calling in a bomb threat to the Fox 6 television station.

According to a Brown Deer Police Department news release, police were sent to the TV station around 7 a.m. Tuesday after a bomb threat was called in to the newsroom, 9001 N. Green Bay Road.

Police secured the building and evacuated nonessential personnel. In conjunction with the Milwaukee County Sheriff Department's canine unit, police searched the building but did not find a bomb.

After further investigation, Brown Deer police arrested a 28-year-old Milwaukee man at his home. Charges are pending.

DeGrave resigns as Whitefish Bay village manager

March 04, 2014 1:41 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Patrick DeGrave has stepped down as village manager of Whitefish Bay.



In a closed session special meeting Sunday, the Village Board considered DeGrave's resignation request before briefly adjourning to open session and giving their approval.

Village President Julie Siegel made the announcement at the Village Board's regular meeting Monday evening. Police Chief Michael Young will act as interim village manager until DeGrave's replacement is found.

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Milwaukeeans share paczki on social media

March 04, 2014 10:58 a.m. |

It's Fat Tuesday, which means paczki for a lot of Milwaukeeans.
Coworkers brought boxes full of the annual treat into offices around the suburban area. People lined up to wait for theirs despite the snow.

Here's a look at how some people are celebrating in the MyCommunityNOW social media story.

Post office: Brown Deer bigs do their part

March 01, 2014 11:20 p.m. | Figuring out how to stop one dominant low-post presence can be a tall order in these WIAA playoffs. Contending with two turned out to be more than visiting Kettle Moraine Lutheran could handle on Saturday night.

Powered by its pressure defense and 45 combined points from the talented inside tandem of Devante Jackson and Jerry Luckett, host Brown Deer (19-5) raced past the Chargers, 76-49, in a WIAA Division 3 sectional final on Saturday night.

The 6-9 Jackson and 6-6 Luckett got to work early, overpowering the Chargers defense from point-blank range for 14 first-quarter points as the Falcons established the early advantage.

"Teams really can't guard us. No matter how you want to defend us, we feel like we can score," said Jackson, who finished with 22 points. Luckett finished with a game-high 23, and junior forward Zack Baun added 15 for the Falcons.

Despite their early success inside, Brown Deer struggled to shake the Chargers until their defensive pressure broke the game open.

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Pius boys overpower Whitefish Bay to win WIAA regional

March 01, 2014 10:47 p.m. | The Whitefish Bay boys basketball team looked good, felt confident and was primed for a long WIAA tournament run after a solid push at the end of the regular season.

Only that momentum was abruptly halted by Woodland Conference West Division champion Pius XI Saturday night as the Popes used stout defense, a slowdown style of play and strong rebounding to hold the Blue Dukes at arm's-length in a 54-46 WIAA Division 2 regional final.

"We struggled offensively all night long," said Blue Dukes coach Kevin Lazovik. "They played good defense and the ball just didn't seem to bounce our way tonight."

With the win, Pius XI (19-5) advanced to a D2 sectional semifinal Thursday at Brown Deer against sectional top seed and returning D2 state runner-up Wisconsin Lutheran. Lutheran beat Milwaukee Messmer in its regional final.

Bay closed out another solid season at 18-6.

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Mequon screenwriter Ridley wins Spirit Award for '12 Years a Slave'

March 01, 2014 9:31 p.m. | In what could be a preview of Sunday's Oscars telecast, "12 Years a Slave" scored big at Saturday's Spirit Awards ceremony, the independent film world's equivalent of the Oscar.

"Slave" won five Spirit Awards, including best screenplay for Mequon native John Ridley, who is also nominated for an Oscar. "Slave" is based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South. 

"Slave" also won Spirit Awards for best film, director Steve McQueen, supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o, and best cinematography. "Slave" received nine Oscar nominations.

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won best actor and supporting actor awards respectively for "Dallas Buyers Club." Cate Blanchett was named best actress for "Blue Jasmine." 

The Spirit Awards honor films whose budgets were less than $20 million, meaning two other Oscar contenders "Gravity" and "American Hustle" were inelegible. 

Community Watch

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» Glendale council hits the paws button on a feral cat ordinance 3/26

» North Shore school districts teaming up to tackle achievement gap 3/26

» Man arrested for drunken driving after crashing car into bay window 3/26

» Man admits stopping young girls in Mequon 3/24

» Brown Deer to hold reception Tuesday for basketball champs 3/21

» Milwaukee dealer gets 15 years for heroin that killed Mequon man 3/19

» Mequon-Thiensville district approves preliminary 2014-15 budget 3/19

» Shorewood School Board candidates aspire to instill love of learning 3/19

» Ashmore challenged by ex-Mequon mayor Pukaite 3/19

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» Fox Point candidates react to write-in bid 3/18

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