West girls beat Dominican, 38-36

Nov. 29, 2013 3:48 p.m. | New Berlin West's girls basketball team defeated Whitefish Bay Dominican, 38-36, at the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout on Friday.

Allazia Blockton scored 25 points to lead all scorers, but the Vikings used a balanced attack to hang on and give coach Jef Radtke his first win back as a head coach.

Sarah Meleski had nine points, Claire Radtke and Rachel Novotny each had eight to lead West.

Trailing 10-8 after one quarter, the Vikings outscored the Knights, 12-2, in the second quarter as Meleski scored seven points on three baskets and a free throw to lead 20-12 at halftime.

Claire Radtke had two key steals in the final minute and Novotny had two big baskets in the final quarter.

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Fiddleheads Coffee opening a cafe at Bayshore

Nov. 28, 2013 9:49 a.m. | Fiddleheads Coffee Roasters will open its fourth cafe sometime in December, at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale.

The cafe will fill the space left vacant by Caribou Coffee at the shopping center’s southern end, near W. Silver Spring and N. Bayshore drives, said Fiddleheads spokeswoman Lauren Stagakis.

Besides coffee and espresso drinks and the roaster’s own scones, muffins and other baked goods, Fiddleheads’ breakfast and lunch menu will be served. Breakfast is served all day, such as the sausage and egg sandwich ($5.25), on Fiddleheads’ own bread. Lunch sandwiches are $7.95, or $8.45 for a half sandwich and soup. 

The menu includes vegetarian and dairy-free items, and the cafe will have wraps and salads for customers to grab and go. 

The exact date it will open is to be determined, but the hours are set: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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NSFD board passes funding formula

Nov. 27, 2013 12:27 p.m. | The matter was all but settled Monday afternoon when River Hills Village President Bob Brunner, called first in a roll call vote, gave his assent for a funding formula proposal he had pledged to veto up until last week.

Following his "yes," the rest of the North Shore Fire Department board quickly and without further discussion passed the proposal unanimously.

Now approved by the NSFD board, the formula proposal will need to be ratified by the village boards or common council in each of the seven NSFD member communities. Glendale Mayor Jerome Tepper requested that each board vote on the proposal by the end of the year, so that in the unlikely event the formula is turned down somewhere, Glendale could still issue its two-year withdrawal notice, effective 2016, by the end of the year.

Also on the NSFD board agenda was the potential expulsion of River Hills, a subject which was retired after Brunner voted "yes" on the funding formula.

"There's no need to go into that discussion," Brown Deer Village President Carl Krueger said, adding later, "I'm very happy that NSFD is going to stay together as a cohesive unit."

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River Hills passes levy, tax rate increases

Nov. 25, 2013 9:01 p.m. | River Hills — For the first time in five years, River Hills residents will see an increase in the village tax levy, and as a result, an increase in the tax rate.

In each of the last four years, the Village Board has kept the village tax levy flat at about $2.9 million. The levy approved by the Village Board last week breaks the $3 million mark, and is about $81,000, or $2.7 percent, more than the 2013 levy. The increase amounts to a 13 cent increase to the tax rate for a total of $6.23 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Overall spending is budgeted to increase by about $142,000, or 4 percent, a majority of which will go toward increased debt payments.

For the average River Hills resident with a $738,400 home, that means a village bill of $4,600 for 2014 — about $128 more than last year, when the average home value was estimated at about $733,000.

About half of the $80,000 levy increase will go toward an increase in village costs for police and fire dispatch services provided by Bayside, Village Manager Chris Lear said. The other half will be used for an increase in property insurance.

Guiding the board's decision to increase the levy was the desire to curb the village's debt load. When reviewing a preliminary budget in October, the board decided to use the levy increase to eliminate planned borrowing for capital projects and a projected budget deficit. The 2014 budget increases debt payments by about $100,000, to a total of about $600,000, to increase the rate at which the village pays down its outstanding debt.

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