A Chicago design firm's office and retail store will open on Silver Spring Drive.
The Plan Commission Monday night approved a request from Susan Fredman Design Group to open an interior design business and retail sales store at 401 E. Silver Spring Drive. Fredman has a similar business in Chicago and Union Pier, Mich.
The business will open in an alliance with James Hoffman Builders, taking most of the first floor for design and retail space.
Hoffman will continue to have some space on the first floor but will have most of its business in the basement, according to Susan Rossie, the president of the firm.
"We will operate as separate businesses," Rossie said.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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."» Read Full Article
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."» Read Full Article
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.» Read Full Article
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.Shorewood —
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.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article