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North Shore districts mostly unaffected by governor's new school aid

Oct. 30, 2013 12:53 p.m. | Of the eight districts in the North Shore NOW coverage area, only three received enough new state aid from Gov. Walker's recent budget bill to make an appreciable difference to taxpayers.

Whitefish Bay received nearly $200,000 in new aid, which saves a resident with a $400,000 home about $42; Brown Deer received about $103,000, which saves a resident with a $200,000 home about $21; and Shorewood received about $134,000, which saves a resident with a $300,000 home about $30. Savings for the average homeowner among the other North Shore districts is in the pocket change range.

Compared to last year school tax rates across the North Shore are moving by as much as 5 percent, depending on the district.

Official 2013-14 tax rates for local districts have been unknown to this point for two main reasons.

The overall tax levy and tax rate in any given district cannot be known until the state Department of Public Instruction certifies state aid amounts in mid-October — and as aid rises and falls to each district, the levy moves in relation, since increased aid almost always translates into lower taxes for local homeowners. The $100 million increase in state aid signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker on Oct. 20 caused the DPI and local districts to recalculate their numbers last week.

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Contractor from Slinger identified as victim of garage collapse

Oct. 30, 2013 12:51 p.m. | Fox Point — Sean Matthew Held of Slinger, 38, was identified by police Wednesday afternoon as the victim of a garage collapse on the 7400 block of North Santa Monica Boulevard.

According to Police Chief Thomas Czaja, Held and another contractor from Slinger-based MDM Builders, LLC were working on a garage rehabilitation job when the structure collapsed, trapping Held inside.

Fox Point police and the North Shore Fire Department responded to a call about the trapped contractor at 9:07 a.m. Wednesday morning. Upon arrival, firefighters pulled Held from the collapsed garage and pronounced him dead on scene.

The other contractor, not identified by police, was outside the garage at the time of the collapse and was unhurt in the accident, Czaja said. The owner of the home was not there when the garage collapsed.

An estimate of property damage as a result of the collapse is unavailable at this time. Members of the police and fire departments continue to investigate the cause of the collapse.

Woman throws teen to ground after noise complaint at movie theater

Oct. 30, 2013 8:25 a.m. | A 42-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for battery and a 19-year-old Glendale woman for disorderly conduct outside the North Shore Cinema after the two were involved in a tussle about making too much noise during a movie.

According to the Mequon police report:

The two had been sitting near each other in the theater, 11700 N. Port Washington Road, when the teenager asked the woman to quit making so much noise. The woman said she paid for the movie and could make noise if she wanted to.

After the movie, the two left the theater and continued to argue around 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18. It was then when the woman grabbed the teenager's hair and threw her to the ground.

A man drove up and told the woman to get in the car but didn't leave the scene when he saw a number of people with camera phones who had filmed the incident and were now filming his car.

'Mequon Cares' program launched to aid seniors

Oct. 29, 2013 5:41 p.m. | Mequon — "I've been here 44 years. I've got the city in my blood," says Louise Rzentkowski, 74, a former city clerk who spent 26 years of her life at City Hall before retiring in 2002.

After all that time looking out for the city, it's good to know the city is looking out for her, too.

Earlier this month the Mequon Police Department launched "Mequon Cares," a free service targeted for senior residents who live by themselves. Once seniors sign up for the service, they are expected to call the police department each morning to check in. If a member of the service does not make the customary call, police will begin calling a list of provided emergency contacts and send an officer out to check on the resident in person. In an extreme scenario, the officer will force entry into the home to make sure the person is alright.

"I'm hoping that brings (seniors) some sense of security," says Capt. Scott Tyler, "that if something did happen, we'd be able to check on them."

Copying Cedarburg program

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Lawsuit likely after Glendale council reaffirms 'no' decision on Hilton rezoning

Oct. 29, 2013 10:11 a.m. | Glendale — A lawsuit between the owners of the Milwaukee River Hilton and the city of Glendale is likely after the Common Council on Monday reaffirmed its position that an international academy is not the best use of the site.

In September the council unanimously rejected a proposal from the Wisconsin International Academy to rezone the Hilton hotel and Anchorage Restaurant site, located at 4700 N. Port Washington Road, to allow WIA to repurpose the properties into lodging for Chinese students. The rezoning was again on the agenda Monday after a flood of new information regarding potential new buyers for the site, or lack thereof, as well a a potential lawsuit, became available to the council recently.

Yet, after voting down a suggestion from Mayor Jerome Tepper that the council hold over the decision until December in order to examine the new information at length, the council quickly and without further discussion delivered a unanimous vote to reaffirm its rejection of WIA's proposal.

"We voted previously, unanimously, to reject the zoning appeal," Alderman Richard Wiese said after the meeting. "That was judged to be in the best interest of the city, and we reaffirmed that (tonight)."

Lawsuit likely

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Bayside garage fire causes $100K in damage to car and structures

Oct. 28, 2013 3:21 p.m. | Bayside — A house fire in Bayside destroyed a car and caused an estimated $100,000 in damages Friday to a home at 8869 N. Iroquois Road.

According to a North Shore Fire Department news release:

A neighbor called to report the fire at 12:45 p.m. Friday. Arriving firefighters found a fire in a breezeway connecting the home and garage. A strong wind was driving the flames toward the home and into the garage.

With a determined attack, the firefighters brought the blaze under control and extinguished it. Several area fire departments assisted NSFD on-scene and with later calls.

A subsequent investigation found extensive fire damage to the breezeway, garage and kitchen. A car in the the garage was destroyed, and overall property damage is estimated at $100,000. No one was injured in the fire.

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Mequon-Thiensville celebrating recent accolades

Oct. 28, 2013 1:52 p.m. | Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District today is celebrating its recent successes in the eyes of the state Department of Public Instruction and national media.

Mequon-Thiensville ranked first among K-12 districts statewide in DPI report cards issued in August, as a whole falling into the "significantly exceeds expectations" score range. In September, an online article by Forbes magazine ranked Mequon-Thiensville third nationwide in a list of "best schools for your housing buck." Mequon-Thiensville was the highest ranked of six Wisconsin school districts in the list of 20 districts.

Each of the district's six schools is congratulating teachers and students today in a unique way, according to a district news release.

"The achievement is an outstanding organizational accomplishment in which the entire Mequon-Thiensville community should take pride," Superintendent Demond Means said in the release.

The public is invited to a celebration tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Range Line Conference Room, 11040 North Range Line Road. A presentation at 6 p.m. will include congratulatory videos from state Superintendent Tony Evers and Gov. Scott Walker.

Bay defeats Brookfield East kickers, 2-1, to win sectional title

Oct. 26, 2013 8:03 p.m. |

Whitefish Bay got revenge and will be making its first trip to this week’s WIAA Division 2 State Boys Soccer Tournament since 2003 by defeating Brookfield East, 2-1, on Saturday in the sectional finals at East.
 
The Spartans (17-4-3) had defeated the Blue Dukes, 5-3, on Sept. 28 and in last year’s sectional finals. Bay did not want to see a similar ending, so they got on the board quickly.
 
Following a Spartan foul at the 25:35 mark, Bay senior midfielder Zach Heller got the first of his two assists after receiving a free kick, then passing the ball to Paul Gwidt in front of the goal. The senior forward then drilled a shot into the left side of the net past East keeper Drew Johnson for a 1-0 lead.
 
Then at the 38:34 mark, the Blue Dukes took advantage of an East defender falling as they ran down the right side for another score. Heller got a pass in front of the goal and instead of taking a shot, he kicked it behind his leg to junior Joey Borris, who drilled in a shot to give Bay a 2-0 lead at halftime.
 
East shots on goal in the first half were taken by Peter Raymonds, James Knowles, Mick Kemnitz, David Loffredo and Aidan Haupt, but they couldn’t convert and it eventually cost them.
 
First-year Bay coach Jeff Worzella knew the Spartans were going to be fired up in the second half.
 
“We knew they were going to come at us,” he said. “In the first game we were defensive and we lost. This time we tried to get that third goal. We didn’t make any adjustments until about 10 minutes left when we put an extra man back.”
 
The Spartans finally got on the board scored when junior Peter Raymonds headed in a shot off a pass by senior Ryan Dundun at the 52:41 minute mark.
 
The Spartans chance to tie the game came when Bay was called for a penalty in the box, but Michael Fuchs penalty kick was blocked when Bay keeper Alex Witteman anticipated the shot to his left, leaped through the air and knocked it away.
 
East coach Herbie Dundun was happy with his team’s second half play, but he felt the Spartans win the first time around, hurt his team’s mental process.
 
“Sometimes young players think it will just happen. They forget about the hard work that got them there. We played relaxed and two goals is never easy to get back.
 
“We played hard, but we dug ourselves too deep a hole. When we scored the momentum shifted. The boys saw the hour glass going down and they started playing. Unfortunately, it was too little too late.
 
“In the second half we played like champions and that is the way to go out, playing like champions. I am very proud of the way they played in the second half. We wish Whitefish Bay the best of luck in State.”
 
Raymonds, Loffredo, Mick Kemnitz, Dundun, Sam Kreul, Winston Markusse and Fuchs while Tommy Baxa and Kreul had key clears and Johnson had two saves.
 The Spartans had set the tone early. In the 13th minute mark Raymonds hit a ball off the crossbar. James Knowles reacted quickly and kicked the rebound, but Witteman made another big play and knocked the ball away.
 
The game’s tragic moment occurred a few minutes later when Bay senior forward Jack Menard was hit in the head and went down, delaying the match for 20 minutes, as he was treated and eventually taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
 
Worzella talked about the injury to Menard and how it affected his team.
 
“We’re going to the hospital to see Jack right now,” he said afterward. “We talked about that at halftime. Let’s win this one for him.”
 
This is Bay's 11th trip to state, but its first since 2003 - and Worzalla credited the senior leadership.
 
“They believed what I said,” said Worzella, who was hired about a week before the season. “They don’t believe in just going through the motions. I give them and my assistants (Robby Dubinski and Pat Krygiel) all the credit.”
 
The Blue Dukes (17-5-0) will now play Cedarburg (14-4-2) at noon on Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park, with the winner playing at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Read social media story of Division 2 Level 1 football playoffs games

Oct. 26, 2013 8:43 a.m. | Homestead, South Milwaukee, Messmer/Shorewood, Brookfield Central, Sussex Hamilton, Whitefish Bay, Brookfield East and Greenfield all faced off in Level 1 of the WIAA football playoffs Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Read social media story of Division 3 Level 1 football playoffs games

Oct. 26, 2013 7:58 a.m. | Greendale, Brown Deer, Pewaukee, New Berlin West and Catholic Memorial all faced off in Level 1 of the WIAA football playoffs Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Mequon projects flat tax rate

Oct. 25, 2013 12:38 p.m. | Mequon — Residents can expect a flat city tax bill next year, as the city tax rate is expected to stay even for the fifth straight year in 2014.

At $3.04 per $1,000 of assessed value, a Mequon resident with a $300,000 home would foot a $912 bill to fund city services in 2014. As City Administrator Lee Szymborski pointed out at budget committee meeting Tuesday, a 2011-12 ranking by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance found Mequon's tax rate to be in the lowest 7 percent statewide.

"It's bragging rights to say that Mequon has one of the lowest tax rates in the six-county area," said Szymborski.

The overall tax levy increases by about $178,000, or .91 percent, to approximately $19.8 million. Though the city could have increased the levy by about $400,000 under state law, the rise only reflects the increase allowed due to new property value in the city and a slight amount of state-allowed debt, and therefore does not affect the tax rate.

"The council has been very frugal and very conscientious about levy limits," said Szymborski. "We've actually had levy head room (in recent years), but we understand what the mandate here has been, and we don't seek to tap that at all."

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Milwaukee County offering free golf

Oct. 23, 2013 3:29 p.m. | From Oct. 23-25, those who rent a $10 golf cart at six Milwaukee County Parks golf courses will have green fees waived.

For parties, each player would pay $10 for a share of an available cart and play for free. If all carts are rented golfers may walk on for free.

"The weather is beautiful — it's just a bit cooler," said Assistant Recreation Chief Joe Mronzinski. "There's still time to get some quality play in this season, and for the next three days, your green fee is free."

Reservations can be made over the phone at (414) 475-6222 or online at milwaukeecountygolfcourses.com.

Participating courses are:

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Fate of Mary Nohl House unclear after neighborhood meeting in Fox Point

Oct. 23, 2013 9:10 a.m. | Fox Point — Owners of the renowned Mary Nohl House — or "Witch's House," depending on who you're talking to — are headed back to the drawing board after receiving mixed feedback from neighbors on their plan to reopen the property.

Representatives from John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Sheboygan-based not-for-profit art museum which took ownership of the property in 2012, held an informal neighborhood meeting last week to unveil tentative plans and get a sense on how the neighbors along Beach Drive feel about the prospect.

Legends and lawsuits

The Mary Nohl House, named after its late owner, is a state and national historic landmark. Famous for its lookout over Lake Michigan and the collection of eye-popping concrete statues throughout the yard, the home gained a reputation as the "Witch's House" as a number of false urban legends sprang up concerning the statues and their owner, a kindly artist and teacher who lived by herself.

Mary Nohl transferred the property to the Kohler Foundation in 1996.

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Sewer gas could eat into village's resources

Oct. 23, 2013 12:29 a.m. | Thiensville — Recently discovered damages to a shared sewer main could necessitate pricey repairs, Public Works Director Andy LaFond told the Village Board on Monday.

While examining manholes recently, Mequon public works staff found significant deterioration of a shared sewer main that runs along Cedarburg Road from Mequon Road south to County Line Road.

Several inches from the walls of the 36-inch diameter main, which was built in 1987 and serves all of Thiensville and part of Mequon, have been eaten away by hydrogen sulfide, a corrosive agent commonly referred to as "sewer gas."

A series of photos from inside the main, taken recently in the first visual inspection of the main since 1987, shows corrosion deep enough to expose the first of two metal support "cages" around which the concrete pipe was poured.

"This has to be repaired," LaFond said. "We're working on finding out how (quickly)."

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Waste removal deal in Shorewood may become educational experience

Oct. 23, 2013 12:19 a.m. | Shorewood — A six-month pilot project for the village to handle refuse pickup for one seven-unit condominium property in Shorewood will advance, with the goal of developing an educational program for household waste stream reduction.

The Village Board on Monday approved an agreement with the condominium association for public works staff to pick up trash from the property, located at 4102 N. Wilson Drive, with the understanding that the property's refuse would not exceed one residential cart per week.

In addition, the condominium association would be required to provide the village with educational materials on reducing household waste, including a monthly article for use in the Manager's Memo and other village publications. The condo group would also be responsible for handling its own recycling removal through a private vendor.

Shorewood's existing policy on refuse and recycling pickup states that the village will serve only residential properties with three units or less. If after six months the pilot is determined to be successful, the village may consider expanding the program to similarly large multi-unit properties, Trustee Jeff Hanewall said. It would pertain to properties containing four to eight units, of which there are about 40 in the village.

If 25 percent of those properties chose to participate in the program, the village would incur an additional cost of about $2,900 annually for refuse collection, based on today's costs, Hanewall said. If 75 percent of properties participated, that additional cost would rise to about $8,900, he added.

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Whitefish Bay board considers class size cap

Oct. 22, 2013 11:58 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — In its recent review of 2013-14 student enrollment, the Whitefish Bay School Board raised the issue of possibly setting a class size policy in the future — something the district has not traditionally done.

Taking into consideration the growth at some grade levels, board member Kristin Yunker asked whether the district has adequate space available in its facilities. Business Services Director Shawn Yde said there have been some minor space challenges, but nothing the district should be too concerned with at this time.

Interim Superintendent Laura Myrah reported to the board that enrollment this school year grew by 32 students, slightly under the district's projected increase of 46. The gain is consistent with the trend of steady or increasing enrollment that the district has experienced for the past 12 years, Myrah said.

More, and less

Based on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's third Friday count taken on Sept. 20, 3,087 students, including both resident and nonresident, are currently enrolled in Whitefish Bay schools. The district financially serves a total of 2,849 resident students, including those who attend schools or programs outside of the district, this school year, compared with 2,817 students last fall.

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Technology tries to deliver an important lesson in Whitefish Bay

Oct. 22, 2013 11:37 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — As it continues to integrate new technology into classroom instruction, the Whitefish Bay School District has kept its main focus on the overall impact to student learning and achievement.

During a recent update presented to the School Board, Technology Director Kent Stahlman provided an overview of the technology upgrades that have been implemented since the board approved the district's 2013-2016 Technology Plan for submission to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction last spring.

Those initiatives include the addition of new technology equipment and infrastructure improvements, such as the purchase of nearly 240 new wireless devices and the implementation of new wireless hardware with five different wireless zones and more than 150 access points throughout the district.

Introducing devices

Stahlman also highlighted the launch this school year of the district's iPad initiative at the elementary level and Bring Your Own Device program at the middle and high school levels.

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Decisions loom for Main Street project in Thiensville

Oct. 22, 2013 10:35 p.m. | Thiensville — Village officials have important decisions to make before undertaking a resurfacing project along Main Street in conjunction with the state Department of Transportation in 2015.

The resurfacing project would grind down and replace pavement, fix damaged curbs and gutters, rehab damaged concrete panels, and replace street lights and streetscaping features along Main Street, from Division Street north to village limits.

Wisconsin would kick in 80 percent of the cost, up to a roughly $680,000 limit, said Kevin Wagner of Ruekert and Mielke Engineers, presenting to the Village Board on behalf of the DOT on Monday.

Main concern

Whether the village's municipal water main should be extended during the project was one key sticking point during the discussion this week.

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Glendale dental clinic collecting Halloween candy for military troops

Oct. 22, 2013 3:19 p.m. | As trick-or-treaters gear up for the big haul over the next week, a North Shore dental clinic is encouraging those in the Glendale area to trade in the candy that could hurt their teeth for a chance to win movie passes.

It's the hard, sticky and chewy candy that gets stuck in the pits and grooves of teeth. Candy such as jawbreakers, gum balls, Jolly Ranchers, suckers, Starburst, Tootsie Rolls, candy corn, caramels and peanut butter kisses. 

Lakeshore Family Dentistry, 7155 N. Port Washington Road, will collect that type of candy at its offices from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. next Tuesday. The clinic will then send the donated candy to military troops.

In return, kids will get a ticket for a chance to win one of four $25 family movie packs at Fox-Bay Cinema Grill. Each child will also be able to pick from Lakeshore Family Dentistry’s treasure box.

Glendale's trick-or-treating is Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Report: 55% of Wisconsin schools buy locally sourced food

Oct. 22, 2013 11:12 a.m. | More than half of Wisconsin's public school districts are buying food from local sources and another 19% intend to start doing so soon, according to the first "farm-to-school census" conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The new report says 43% of districts nationwide had farm-to-school programs in place in the 2011-'12 school year, with fruits, vegetables and milk topping the list of local purchases.

Wisconsin schools that bought local in 2011-'12 reported spending a total of $32 million on school food, with $4.3 million of that staying in the community. The most highly cited local items bought were apples, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and lettuce, according to the USDA report.

A searchable tool for districts shows that the Greendale School District bought 30% of its school food locally, and Shorewood and Glendale-River Hills bought 10% of their food through local sources. The Slinger School District spent 20% of its food budget on local items.

Homestead leaves no doubt

Oct. 19, 2013 12:18 a.m. | A three-touchdown performance from senior running back Eric Wade highlighted the night for the Homestead football team as the Highlanders shut out Whitefish Bay on Friday, 24-0, and capped an undefeated season and outright North Shore Conference title.

The defending Division 2 state champion once again head into the playoffs as the team to beat.

"I thought our kids were really ready to play football," said Homestead coach Dave Keel. "We were frustrated last year that we went over there and didn't play as well as we wanted to. They beat us last year over there, so I think our kids remembered that and came out ready to play, and they played well."

As for the conference championship, Keel saw it meant a lot to his seniors on the team.

"It's an honor for our seniors; it's their team," he said. "They've worked hard to be successful, and they were successful, and they did a great job. So we're awfully proud of what they did."

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North Shore NOW newspaper to be delivered tomorrow

Oct. 18, 2013 9:35 a.m. | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel subscribers who receive the North Shore NOW paper will have their NOW paper delivered Saturday.

Due to an additional production error, the North Shore NOW was not able to be distributed in time for Thursday or Friday subscribers. Subscribers will receive the Oct. 17 North Shore NOW on Saturday.

Affected subscribers live in the following municipalities: Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, Mequon, River Hills, Shorewood, Thiensville and Whitefish Bay.

Readers can go online to MyCommunityNOW.com to read the latest news and features from North Shore NOW.

NOW Newspapers and North Shore NOW apologizes for the inconvenience.

Messwood football team routs Living Word, wins outright title

Oct. 17, 2013 7:08 p.m. | Staring off into the cornfields behind Living Word Lutheran on a breathtakingly beautiful autumn day in Jackson, it would be hard to remember the recent bad old days of the Shorewood football program for coach Drake Zortman and his Shorewood/Messmer team.

The endless losing streaks, the revolving door of coaches and the uncertainty of whether the program would survive from year-to-year.

But there they were this day, Zortman and his senior leaders Taylor Dennis, Jonathan Carson and Tywan Ramsey.

The 63-22 rout of host Living Word Lutheran completed, the team could now quietly celebrate the astonishly fast three-year journey from gridiron joke to undefeated champions of the Midwest Classic Conference.

"Taylor (Dennis, his quarterback) and I shared a moment in the second half," said Zortman. "I asked him 'Did you ever think back then we'd be conference champs?' and he said right back to me 'I didn't know if we'd ever win a game.'"

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Owner of three North Shore McDonald's restaurants allegedly tied to drug money laundering

Oct. 17, 2013 2:05 p.m. | Edward Patterson of Whitefish Bay allegedly used his three North Shore McDonald's restaurants as part of a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme, according to charges filed in federal court Oct. 16.

Patterson, 38, and Kevin Breitzman, 29, of Glendale, were among six people who allegedly obtained "large quantities of marijuana from northern California for distribution within the Milwaukee area," according to a Drug Enforcement Administration news release.

Patterson and Breitzman are both charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and use of the mail to facilitate possession with intent to deliver.

According to the DEA, the group shipped marijuana via the U.S. Postal Service to a number of Milwaukee addresses. Patterson is also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and possession with intent to deliver.

Also indicted were Paul Heiniger, 42, of Willits, Calif., for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and use of the mail to facilitate possession with intent to deliver; Paul Markiewicz, 27, of Germantown, for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; Andrea Marquardt, 28, of New Berlin, for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and use of the mail to facilitate possession with intent to deliver; and John Webler, 39, of Milwaukee, for use of the mail to facilitate possession with intent to deliver.

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River Hills plans to raise levy 2.8 percent

Oct. 17, 2013 11:59 a.m. | River Hills is planning a 2.8 percent levy increase for 2014.

The Village Board in a 5-1 vote, with President Robert Brunner opposed and J. Stephen Anderson absent, the 2014 budget proposal was changed from showing a 0.01 percent decrease to a 2.8 percent increase. Trustees decided the tax hike was necessary to make up for a $156,744 deficit and reduce village borrowing to zero for 2014.

A 2.8 percent increase totals $80,000 for the village and is the maximum amount the village can raise taxes based on state statutes that limit tax hikes to the total of net new construction. Since River Hills did not raise taxes last year, the allowable amount rolls over to this year, said Village Manager Chris Lear.

The village has held the line on taxes for the last four years.

The preliminary budget presented Wednesday showed the village borrowing $222,211 to fund capital projects, including road construction projects, according to village documents. Trustees were opposed to borrowing more money, since the deficit this year was due in part to borrowing that occurred for capital sewer projects.

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NSFD formula showdown could cause Glendale to leave department

Oct. 17, 2013 8:15 a.m. | Reminiscent of a 2007 showdown, clashes over a proposed funding formula could cause Glendale to withdraw from the North Shore Fire Department.

On Monday, Fox Point Village President Mike West made the official request that the NSFD Board consider a new funding formula, which would take effect in 2016, at its November meeting. Since the agreement between the NSFD member communities requires a unanimous vote to amend the formula, any community can in effect veto a change.

Citing a likely increase in River Hills' annual NSFD cost and calling the proposed formula a "bailout" for Glendale, River Hills Village President Bob Brunner says he plans to use the veto power if the board calls a vote in November.

"I would say that the chance of this proposal being approved, as it is, is not very good," Brunner said. "...I won't be supporting it."

Glendale Mayor Jerome Tepper, on the other hand, says River Hills hasn't been paying its fair share and Brunner should compromise. Otherwise, he said, he will recommend to the Glendale Common Council that it approves a withdrawal notice, which if approved by the end of the year would separate Glendale from NSFD beginning in 2016.

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Updated: Packages found at Nicolet after bomb scare were 'non-hazardous, everyday items'

Oct. 16, 2013 3:09 p.m. | Nicolet High School was evacuated late this morning after a suspicious note was found, prompting a police sweep of the building which turned up two suspicious packages.

While police won't say exactly what was in the packages, Captain Mark Ferguson of the Glendale Police Department described the contents as "non-hazardous, everyday items."

"Anytime you have a note like that, and you find something that's not supposed to be there, we consider that suspicious until we can determine whether or not it's a danger," said Ferguson.

Once the order was given to clear the school, students walked to nearby Cardinal Stritch University and were bused to Glen Hills Middle School. Students were later allowed to go back to the high school to retrieve their cars, but could not enter the building.

At a news conference, district Teaching and Learning Director Brenda Turner said a "vague" note was found which prompted a police sweep of the high school. Police found a package in a boys bathroom on the first floor and a second suspicious package on the second level, F-wing of the building.

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North Shore homes 'last in, first out' of recession

Oct. 16, 2013 11:49 a.m. | Continuing an early rebound out of the so called "Great Recession," home sales across the North Shore were strong, according to a third-quarter 2013 report from the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.

On average, every community in the North Shore NOW coverage area saw a decrease in the number of days homes stayed on the market, most saw an increase in average sale price, and all but one saw an increase in the number of homes sold.

Compared to 2012, Shorewood lead Milwaukee County in percentage change when it came to average days on the market, experiencing a roughly 43 percent decrease, going from 132 days to 75. Average sale prices in River Hills increased the most in the county, about 23 percent, or $155,535. Most North Shore communities beat out Milwaukee and Ozaukee county averages.

According to GMAR President Mike Ruzicka, while 2012 represented the low-point for many area communities, the North Shore was already on the path to recovery in early-2012.

"It's one of the last areas into the recessions, and really in the metropolitan recession, the first out," Ruzicka said. "A lot of it is really the quality of life."

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Man kicks Fox Point cop after being arrested

Oct. 16, 2013 8:37 a.m. | Fox Point police arrested a man for drunken driving and battery to an officer after the man sped near 80 mph in a 35 mph zone and then kicked an officer in the stomach Oct. 3.

According to the Fox Point police report:

A man, age and residence not released, was speeding around 80 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 8300 block of North Port Washington Road at 2:45 a.m. Oct. 3. The man turned off his lights when he saw the squad car and sped away to Doctors Park, 8400 E. Fox Lane, hitting a tree and then fleeing.

After being arrested, the man kicked an officer in the stomach. He had a preliminary blood-alcohol content of 0.162 and a warrant was issued for a blood draw.

The man was arrested for driving while impaired, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, battery to an officer and speeding.

Nicolet sweeps Cedarburg to earn NSC girls volleyball crown

Oct. 15, 2013 10:42 p.m. | There was no way Nicolet girls volleyball coach Dann Jacobson was going to be caught flat-footed in the North Shore Conference championship dual with Cedarburg Tuesday on the Knights'  senior night.

"I have total respect for them," he said of the Bulldogs, "so I started preparing for them a month ago. I scouted them at a tournament. I sent out my JV coach to a match two weeks ago and we got info from the Westosha Tourney just this past Saturday."

Then for good measure, he took a piece of paper out of his pocket and showed a densely packed two-sided scouting report on the Bulldogs.

In short, he was ready and so were the Knights, as they claimed their fourth league title since 2008 with a surprisingly easy 25-14, 25-17, 25-23 decision over the Bulldogs.

"We just put so much time and effort into this," Jacobson said.

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Homestead secures spot atop suburban football poll

Oct. 14, 2013 9:15 a.m. | The Homestead football team retains its No. 1 ranking in the NOW/Lake Country suburban football poll by holding off a rally by Germantown to clinch at least a share of its 13th consecutive North Shore Conference title.

You can see the rest of the teams ranked in the poll, get a capsule look at schools who have clinched playoff spots, learn what coaches really think, and much more at the Push for the Playoffs special section.

Go to NOW/LakeCountry Push for the Playoffs.

Read social media story of Homestead at Germantown football game

Oct. 12, 2013 8:32 a.m. | The perennial North Shore rivalry battle will once again go a long way in determining the North Shore champion.

Germantown has put itself in position to score at least a share of the league crown with a win, while Homestead looks to continue its perfect season.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Homestead football team clinches share of NSC title

Oct. 11, 2013 11:19 p.m. | Homestead football coach Dave Keel thinks that his quarterback Nick Allen is a pretty smart guy.

"Nick's amazing," said Keel. "When I make mistakes, he'll correct them for me. When I make the occasional bad call, he'll help me fix it."

Allen was back at it on Friday night in a pivotal North Shore Conference game at archrival Germantown. With a share of their 13th league title in a row on the line, the Highlanders were facing a challenge.

Germantown, which came into the game with thoughts of sneaking into a tie for the league lead with a victory, had erased much of a 21-0 first half deficit and cut the margin to 21-14 with 5:59 left on a Dwayne Lawhorn, jr., 4-yard TD pass to Nick Holcomb.

The Highlanders subsequently found themselves backed up to their own 20-yard line and needing a jump-start

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North Shore Health Department holding walk-in flu clinics

Oct. 11, 2013 12:36 p.m. | The North Shore Health Department will hold three walk-in clinics in October for seasonal flu vaccinations.

Vaccinations will be offered in shot and nasal mist form, at a cost from $30 to $35, depending on the type. The department takes cash or check payments, and will submit claims to Medicare for participants of Original Medicare Part B.

Due to a policy change by the Wisconsin Immunization Program, NSHD will no longer provide vaccine through the federal Vaccine for Children program to children whose insurance covers immunizations. VFC-eligible children can still get a vaccination from the department at a cost of $5, depending on availability.

The walk-in clinics are scheduled for:

3:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the North Shore Library, 6800 North Port Washington Road in Glendale

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Shorewood residents reminded to participate in village survey

Oct. 11, 2013 11:26 a.m. | Shorewood Special Projects Coordinator Peter Cahill reminds residents to participate in the online village survey by going to http://tinyurl.com/Shorewood-Survey.

The survey, which covers topics like taxes, services, and parking, concludes Oct. 18.

Residents may use public computers at the village library and Village Hall. There are also paper copies available at the library and Village Hall.

"The survey is an important guide for village officials as they adopt policies to meet the needs of residents going forward," wrote Cahill in a statement. "The survey will be a major component of the Vision Plan project, which is beginning in earnest this month."

Survey results will be presented to the Village Board in November.

Brown Deer officials go on record against room tax change

Oct. 09, 2013 12:28 p.m. | Brown Deer — Brown Deer village administrators estimate a nearly $350,000 loss in revenue if an amendment to the state room tax law is approved by the Legislature, prompting the Village Board on Monday to approve and publish a resolution in opposition to the change.

State law allows municipalities to collect a tax on hotel booking fees, commonly referred to as a "room tax." In 1994, a change in the law required municipalities establishing room taxes to spend 70 percent of the revenue on "tourism promotion or development," though municipalities like Brown Deer that were already collecting were grandfathered and could keep using the tax revenue for general operating purposes.

The changes proposed by Senate Bill 301 and Assembly Bill 385 would require municipalities to divert 70 percent of room taxes to a "tourism entity or commission." A tourism entity is defined in the law as a local tourism nonprofit, and a tourism commission is defined as a group created by a municipalities or group of municipalities to represent a zone, composed of a majority of restaurant, tourist attraction or lodging facility owners or operators.

Based on the adopted 2013 budget, which includes approximately $494,000 in total room taxes, the village would have to give up about $346,000 if the room tax amendment passes — or about 1.7 times the village's annual parks and recreation budget of $202,000, according to an online 2013 village budget.

Village President Carl Krueger commented the change "rescinds a community's right to hotel room taxes" and called the potential loss of revenue "a substantial impact to our municipal budget."

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North Shore Crypto count holding at 19

Oct. 09, 2013 12:15 p.m. | After announcing two new cases of Cryptosporidiosis Monday, the North Shore Health Department has reported no new cases. As of press time Wendesday, the count remained at 19 confirmed cases in the North Shore in the last month.

Based on interviews with no-longer-symptomatic North Shore residents, NSHD has also reported 14 probable cases, though the department said in a news release that it will no longer report probable cases "because the State of Wisconsin has given us new classifications."

The department expects an increase in the number of cases as result of person-to-person contact, which, alongside effected individuals using area pools, is believed to be a primary contributor to the outbreak.

Cryptosporidium is a parasite, commonly spread through water or food, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and dehydration. According to the national Centers for Disease Control, symptoms usually begin within 2 to 10 days of exposure and typically last one to two weeks.

The majority of cases have come from Whitefish Bay with several in Fox Point and Bayside. Berg said several Crypto sufferers swam at either the Whitefish Bay High School swimming pool or the Jewish Community Center pools, also in Whitefish Bay. The JCC closed its pools last week for a 10-day period and has taken extensive precautions, including "supershock" chlorine treatments, draining, replacement of aquatics equipment and toys, and regrouting of pool gutters. The high school treated and reopened its pool early last week.

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Meeting arranged via Craigslist ends with $7,000 taken in armed robbery

Oct. 08, 2013 12:47 p.m. | More than $7,000 in cash was taken during an armed robbery in Brown Deer after a meeting arranged on Craigslist went awry.

According to the Brown Deer police report, which was released last week:

The more than $7,000 cash was taken during an armed robbery in the 8900 block of North Park Plaza Court about 3 a.m. Aug. 1.

The victim had responded to an ad on Craigslist to meet a woman. He told police he just wanted someone to talk to.

She arrived with a man and the three went to Potawatomi Bingo Casino where the resident gave the woman $200 and the man $100.

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Glendale police arrest 4 in prostitution stings

Oct. 08, 2013 12:23 p.m. | Glendale police addressed both sides of the prostitution equation when officers arrested a pair of Milwaukee women and two local men for escort-related offenses late last month.

According to the police report:

Two Milwaukee women, 21 and 29, were arrested in separate incidents for being escorts without a license after "dates" were set up by police at LaQuinta Inn, 5110 N. Port Washington Road, at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 12:15 a.m. Sept. 27.

Both women had placed ads on a known website used by prostitutes.

Two men — one age 32 of Glendale and the other, 34 of Milwaukee — were arrested for patronizing prostitutes in separate incidents at the Hilton Hotel, 4700 N. Port Washington Road, one at 7:55 p.m. and the other at 11:20 p.m. Sept. 28. The men had responded to an ad police posted on a known prostitution website.

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911 hang-up leads Brown Deer police to alleged drug house

Oct. 07, 2013 2:46 p.m. | Two Milwaukee men were arrested on a variety of charges after a 911 hang-up call led Brown Deer police to an alleged drug house.

According to the Brown Deer police report, which was released last week:

A 26-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for maintaining a drug house, possession of marijuana, cocaine, Suboxone, a Schedule III narcotic, drug paraphernalia, felony bail jumping and a parole violation and a 25-year-old Milwaukee man for possession of heroin, marijuana, alprazolam, a Schedule IV narcotic, and a warrant after police responded to a 911 hang-up call in the 9000 block of North Park Plaza Court at 1:15 a.m. July 4.

They were greeted by a man on the second floor balcony saying the call was a mistake; he meant to dial 915.

Police applied for a search warrant and after it was issued found the drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times now online

Oct. 07, 2013 12:40 p.m. | We've just posted our comprehensive listing of 2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times, featuring activities from Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Washington County and Waukesha County.

2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times.

Updated: NSHD confirms two Crypto cases, bringing total to 19

Oct. 07, 2013 9:54 a.m. | The North Shore Health Department today announced two new confirmed cases of Cryptosporidiosis. In total, 19 cases have been confirmed in the North Shore in the last month.

Based on interviews with no-longer-symptomatic North Shore residents, NSHD has also reported 14 probable cases, though the department said in a news release that it will no longer report probable cases "because the State of Wisconsin has given us new classifications."

The department expects an increase in the number of cases as result of person-to-person contact, which, alongside effected individuals using area pools, is believed to a primary contributor to the outbreak.

Cryptosporidium is a parasite, commonly spread through water or food, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and dehydration. According to the national Centers for Disease Control, symptoms usually begin within 2 to 10 days of exposure and typically last one to two weeks.

The majority of cases have come from Whitefish Bay with several in Fox Point and Bayside. Berg said several Crypto sufferers swam at either the Whitefish Bay High School swimming pool or the Jewish Community Center pools, also in Whitefish Bay. The JCC closed its pools last week and will reopen them later this week. The high school treated and reopened its pool early last week.

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Read social media story of Greenfield at Brown Deer football game

Oct. 05, 2013 8:41 a.m. | The winner of the Oct. 4 matchup featuring Greenfield at Brown Deer will have much better positioning for a playoff berth.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Baun rushes for 231 yards as Brown Deer beats Greenfield

Oct. 04, 2013 10:51 p.m. | Both the Brown Deer and Greenfield football teams displayed heart and character Friday night in a key Woodland Conference East battle. But only the Falcons had junior quarterback Zack Baun.

For after the Hustlin' Hawks Tyler Dorfner burst up the middle for a 17-yard touchdown with 8:28 left to give Greenfield its first lead of the night at 27-24, Baun worked some of his characteristic magic.

He broke a few tackles on a run up the middle and then burst into the open for a 67-yard TD run that gave Brown Deer the lead for good at the 7:17 mark.

"I see the opening, try to visualize it and then get through it before it closes," said Baun. "It was fun tonight. The crowd was crazy, and I could see the team light up. It (that touchdown) really gave us a spark of energy."

Then after the defense, keyed by a 10-yard corner blitz sack by Nick Coleman, made a key stop, Baun sealed the deal by closing out a seven-play drive with a 28-yard dance around the edge to make it 38-27 with 2:43 to go.

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North Shore Crypto count rises to 27

Oct. 02, 2013 10:35 a.m. | The North Shore Health Department on Wednesday announced one confirmed case and two probable cases of Cryptosporidiosis in the North Shore, bringing the total of confirmed or likely cases to 27 in the last month.

The five confirmed cases announced this week by NSHD were confirmed by positive stool tests collected by the department.

According to NSHD Director Jamie Berg, interviews with no-longer-symptomatic North Shore residents indicate 14 more probable cases. The department announced eight confirmed cases late last week. According to an NSHD news release, the department expects an increase in the number of confirmed cases as a result of person-to-person contact.

Cryptosporidium is a parasite, commonly spread through water or food, which can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and dehydration. According to the national Centers for Disease Control, symptoms usually begin within 2 to 10 days of exposure and typically last one to two weeks.

The majority of cases have come from Whitefish Bay with several in Fox Point and Bayside. She said several Crypto sufferers swam at either the Whitefish Bay High School swimming pool or the Jewish Community Center pools, also in Whitefish Bay. The JCC closed its pools Tuesday and will keep them closed for 10 days. The high school treated its pool over the weekend and reopened it on Monday. Berg said NSHD is working with other area pools.

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