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Mequon neighbors object to proposed subdivision along Milwaukee River

Sept. 13, 2011 12:14 p.m. | A proposal for a 19-lot conservation subdivision drew a crowd Monday night at the Mequon Plan Commission meeting, with some neighbors upset about the plan that would create lots from half an acre to 5.35 acres in size.

The 42-acre site south of Freistadt Road and east of Oak Shore Lane border the Milwaukee River and is a habitat for many birds and animals and the neighbors would prefer that to houses.

Some had concerns that the subdivision, because of the variety of lot sizes, would have less expensive homes, but David Leszynski, the developer, said that houses would likely start at the $500,000 price point, with higher prices for riverfront lots.

The Plan Commission recommended that the Common Council approve a zoning change from the current 1-acre lot minimum to a planned unit development designation. That would allow lots of varying sizes, with the average lot size 1-acre. Whether developed as a planned unit development conservation subdivision or under the current zoning, there would be 19 houses in the area. Part of the 42 acres is in the floodway and is not buildable.

The Common Council will schedule a public hearing on the proposed zoning change at its Oct. 11 meeting.

Nicolet robotics team takes second in competition

March 04, 2015 12:36 a.m. | Glendale — The Nicolet F.E.A.R. robotics team finished in top ranks of a 59-team tournament last weekend.

The Nicolet team was part of a three-team alliance that scored second in the Northern Lights Regional in Duluth, Minn. This year's competition challenged three-team alliances to a recycling-themed game in which robots score points by stacking tote bins on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers and disposing of foam pool noodles, which represent litter.

The team was also awarded the Underwriters Laboratories Safety Award, which celebrates teams that use innovative ways of eliminating hazards in the competition.

Adam Thiel, the team's lead mentor, said the team of 63 students, is starting to improve its rankings after three years in existence. Nicolet F.E.A.R. is now gearing up for the Wisconsin regional competition on March 19-21 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

Shorewood boys basketball team beats Madison in regional, 63-60

March 03, 2015 11:43 p.m. | Momentum lost, momentum found.

Shorewood boys basketball coach Phil Jones watched it go back and forth in the waning minutes of his team's 63-60 WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal  win over Milwaukee James Madison Tuesday night.

"That's the key word, momentumn," he said. "We had to shift the momentum back when they got it. ...The kids got rattled for awhile and that's a little out of character for them, but they got it together in time, because the season is about ups and downs and making plays when you need them."

With the victory, the Greyhounds (13-10) advanced to a WIAA D2 regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at regional top seed Milwaukee Washington (17-5). Whitefish Bay is the number two seed on the other side of the bracket and the regional final is slated for Saturday night.

Jones would like to see the Greyhounds keep moving one foot in front of the other and making plays like the series of efforts that helped seal the deal down the stretch against Madison.

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UW Marching Band visits Nicolet this weekend

March 03, 2015 2:04 p.m. | Glendale — The UW Marching Band will come to Nicolet High School on Saturday.

Nicolet High School will host Band Together, a concert and fundraiser, featuring the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band on Saturday, March 7. Band Together benefits the four school district foundations of Fox Point-Bayside, Glendale-River Hills, Maple Dale-Indian Hill and Nicolet High School.

The event will be held at 1 p.m. in the Nicolet High School gymnasium. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the pre-concert festivities including sports team mascots, concessions, an instrument petting zoo and silent auction. The show will begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (414) 351-7561 or through PayPal by using the donate button online at Tickets will also be available for pick-up at Nicolet High School prior to the event or at will call the day of.

Brown Deer approves amendment to TIF district

March 02, 2015 6:54 p.m. | Brown Deer — The Brown Deer Village Board unanimously approved an amendment to TIF District #2 that aims to spur redevelopment near Bradley Road and 47th St.

By adding the Algonquin School and Lighthouse sites, as well as a small amount of land owned by Milwaukee County, to its existing TIF District #2, village officials will be able to spend money on land improvements in hopes of attracting residential development.

A TIF district would allow the village to spend an estimated $3.5 million, including $1.4 million to buy the former Lighthouse of Brown Deer from New Perspectives Senior Living, which is building a larger, four-story assisted living center on 60th Street, north of Brown Deer Road. Village officials also estimate spending $1.7 million to install sewer, water and other public utilities for future residential development. Any expenditures the village chooses to make would have to be made by 2017.

Through the use of TIF funding, these infrastructure costs would be recouped through the additional tax revenue generated by future development. Once the costs are recouped, the additional tax revenue would once again flow to the village, school district and other taxing bodies.

Village officials estimate residential development on that 12 acres of land could create an estimated $5.5 million in value, including $1.5 million on the 3-acre Lighthouse site and $4 million on the 9-acre Algonquin School site.

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Shorewood girls basketball team beats Bay for regional title, 52-40

Feb. 28, 2015 10:49 p.m. | No one knows when the last time the Shorewood girls basketball team won a WIAA regional title.

That information may be lost to the dusty pages of history.

All that coach Jeff Eimers and his over-achieving Greyhounds know, is that before a noisy home crowd backed by the boisterous Shorewood Pep Band, they made a little history Saturday night.

Some simply amazing history.

The Greyhounds used a stifling defense to hold visiting Whitefish Bay to just three second half field goals, only one of whch was scored when it mattered. They coupled that to an aggressive to-the-basket offense and were rewarded with a 52-40 WIAA D2 regional final victory.

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'Project Runway' star, fiancé mesh styles and make small Shorewood apartment work

Feb. 26, 2015 6:00 a.m. | When it was announced that local artist Miranda Levy would appear on Season 12 of "Project Runway" on Bravo TV, I attempted to reach her lots of ways. I finally connected with her via social media and remember thinking how poised she seemed in that 140-character realm.

Except that it wasn't her at all, I learned fairly quickly. It was her fiancé, Michael Adler, who convincingly channeled his significant other, virtually and sans the Bettie Page bangs, during her months of shooting the reality TV show.

"He still runs my Twitter feed," says Levy, who became known on the show for her pencil skirts and self-described "nerdy" looks. "He's a good partner. I think he knows me better than anyone does."

It isn't every couple that can share a Twitter account. Maybe that explains how these two artists who both create art at home can share a New York-sized apartment in Shorewood.

Adler is a musician and illustrator who studies computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works full time. Levy is a fashion designer and artist who works for the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.

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Construction begins on Shorewood Metro Market project

Feb. 24, 2015 10:43 a.m. | Shorewood — Demolition began Tuesday, Feb. 24, on Shorewood's old Walgreens building, paving the way for a two-story Metro Market grocery store, a four-story parking garage and a six-story building on Oakland Avenue.

Once the Walgreens and neighboring Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop are demolished, construction crews will begin work on the Metro Market grocery store.

Shorewood's existing Pick 'n Save will remain open until May when demolition begins on that building.

In the fall, construction will begin on the six-story, mixed-use building featuring upscale apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail space.

The new development will occupy the entire two blocks between Kenmore and Olive Streets on the west side of Oakland Avenue, replacing the current Pick 'n Save and abandoned Schwartz and Walgreens facilities.

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Shorewood school superintendent is a finalist for West Allis-West Milwaukee job

Feb. 23, 2015 2:00 p.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood School District Superintendent Marty Lexmond is one of three finalists for an open superintendent position in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.

Lexmond said his interest in the West Allis-West Milwaukee position has nothing to do with a recent petition signed by more than 100 Shorewood residents urging the Shorewood School Board not to renew Lexmond's contract. Lexmond's contract automatically renewed on Feb. 1 for one year.

Lexmond said the opportunity in West Allis-West Milwaukee allows him to return to his roots in urban education. His career began with field experiences at North Division High School, seven years at Vincent High School and mentoring new teachers in Milwaukee middle schools.

Lexmond said his experience in Milwaukee Public Schools — combined with the leadership lessons he learned in Shorewood and Kohler — have given him skills to address challenges that come with a racially and economically diverse district such as West Allis-West Milwaukee.

"It's a district I've watched for quite a while. It provides a unique opportunity to bring together my experience in urban and suburban education," he said. "It's a really interesting opportunity that comes with greater diversity, larger size and more economic diversity."

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West Allis superintendent finalists hail from Shorewood, Greendale, MPS

Feb. 23, 2015 11:27 a.m. | The finalists for West Allis-West Milwaukee superintendent include the superintendents at Shorewood and Greendale and a regional superintendent at Milwaukee Public Schools.

Shorewood Superintendent Marty Lexmond, Greendale Superintendent John Tharp and MPS Regional Superintendent Jesse Rodriguez met with parents and community members at the district Saturday, in a forum broadcast on Time Warner Cable Channel 13.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board is scheduled to discuss the finalists tonight during a closed session meeting.

The board plans to name a new superintendent on or before April 1. That person will take over the district starting July 1. Former West Allis superintendent Kurt Wachholz abruptly retired at the end of July 2014 after several years of rapid -- and in some cases controversial -- changes in the district.

Wrong-way drunken driver arrested on I-43

Feb. 23, 2015 10:22 a.m. | A 27-year-old woman was arrested for driving the wrong way on I-43 after leaving a Milwaukee nightclub early Sunday morning.

Traveling northbound in the southbound lane, Sade Franklin side-swiped another car near Capitol Drive and crashed into a median south of Hampton Avenue, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. The driver of the vehicle she struck said he saw the vehicle heading toward him and he attempted to swerve, but the wrong-way driver also swerved and struck him.

Glendale police and deputies arrested Franklin around 2:27 a.m. Sunday for drunken driving and recklessly endangering safety, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Franklin told police she had one drink at Club 618 at 618 N. Water Street in Milwaukee, and then entered the freeway at the Highland Avenue off-ramp.

Germantown boys basketball team clinches outright NSC title

Feb. 20, 2015 11:07 p.m. | Over the course of the last nine extremely successful years, the three-time WIAA state champion Germantown boys basketball team has had to stare down moments like it faced Friday night on senior night at home against archrival Homestead.

The Highlanders had erased a 10-point third quarter deficit, and behind the mighty efforts of 6-7 forward Jaylen Key (26 points), had surged into a 51-47 lead with 7:32 left before a packed Germantown gym full of hoops' junkies.

In the past, Warhawk superstars like Ben Averkamp, Zak Showalter, Luke Fischer or Lamonte Bearden would have stepped to the fore to put an end to such nonsense.

But those guys are long gone to college or beyond.

Enter junior point guard Juwan McCloud, who now put up his name for consideration among those Warhawk greats. In that fourth quarter, he would hit in short succession, four 3-pointers, including one four-point play.

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Germantown girls basketball team wins 2nd outright North Shore crown

Feb. 20, 2015 12:07 a.m. |

In it's home fieldhouse, the Homestead girls basketball team had Germantown star guards Taylor Higginbotham and Val Meissner in serious foul trouble at the half Thursday night.

They also held the Warhawks without a point for well over five minutes in the second quarter.

And they cut the deficit to two points on three occasions in the fourth quarter.

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Blood drive to be held in Brown Deer Monday

Feb. 19, 2015 5:58 p.m. | A blood drive will be held on Monday, Feb. 23 at Brown Deer Village Hall, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive.

The blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the newly remodeled Earl McGovern Board Room, where the Village Board hosts its meetings. A light lunch will be provided for all blood donors.

North Shore schools proactive against potential measles outbreak

Feb. 18, 2015 12:40 p.m. | When measles hit the Chicago suburbs two weeks ago, schools in the North Shore took notice.

The North Shore Health Department has contacted area schools recommending that schools review their students' vaccination records. The health department has also provided a letter for schools to send to families encouraging them to get up to date on their vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Parents are allowed to opt out of vaccinations on the basis of health, religious views or personal conviction. The personal conviction option applies to parents who believe, for example, that vaccinations may result in autism.

Shorewood school nurse Cindy Roach has taken the health department's advice, and has started making phone calls to parents who are either behind on vaccinations or have chosen to opt out of vaccinations. She tells the parents that if a measles outbreak occurs in a Shorewood school, children who are not current with their vaccinations will be asked to stay home for several weeks.

In Shorewood, 90 out of 2,096 students are not current on their measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations. Some of those 90 children are foreign-born students behind on their vaccinations, and some may be behind on vaccines for other reasons. Out of those who choose to opt out, Roach said the majority of parents do so out of personal conviction, as opposed to health or religious reasons.

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One candidate eliminated in Fox Point Village Board primary

Feb. 17, 2015 10:19 p.m. | Fox Point — A Fox Point trustee candidate who wanted to remove his name from the ballot before Tuesday's primary election will have his request granted for the general election in April.

Craig Kaplan received less votes than the other four candidates on Tuesday's primary ballot, so he will not be on the ballot for the April election. The other four candidates - Liz Sumner, Marty Tirado, Jan Singer and incumbent trustee Beverly Bell - will compete against each other for two available trustee seats come the April election.

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