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Grassroots Northshore Program discusses how to protect your vote and other election issues

Nov. 04, 2011 4:50 p.m. | Grassroots Northshore is hosting a town hall meeting with a presentation by Wisconsin Counts, Ltd. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Avenue, Shorewood. (Enter through Northeast Door.) The event is open to the public.

The town hall meeting discusses what happens after you cast your vote and what you can do to make sure your vote is protected. Wisconsin Counts, Ltd. is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical Wisconsin not-for-profit corporation dedicated to protecting the integrity of elections in Wisconsin. The presentation will be followed by questions from the audience.

Refreshments will be served.

Grassroots Northshore informs, educates and advocates for progressive change and solutions. For additional information on the town hall or Grassroots Northshore, contact coordinator Keith Schmitz at (414) 963-0847.

Meet and greet the Mequon-Thiensville School Board candidates Feb. 10

10:42 a.m. | Mequon — Chris Schultz and Aaron Hurvitz, candidates who are challenging the incumbents for two seats on the Mequon-Thiensville School Board, will host a "Meet and Greet" event Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Mequon-Thiensville residents are invited to meet the candidates, learn more about why Schultz and Hurvitz are running for School Board, what they stand for, share perspectives and concerns about the school district and enjoy some light refreshments from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Tolzman Community Room at Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road.

Incumbent board members Mary Cyrier and Kathryn Houpt are being challenged by Schultz and Hurvitz.

Schultz is a recently retired science educator who taught at Homestead High School for 17 years before retiring last year. Schultz said he wants to bring her educator experience to the board in order to serve as a "bridge of understanding" between students, parents, teachers and the board.

"We are running because residents and parents have expressed serious concerns to us about the Mequon-Thiensville School Board's decisions and attitudes," Schultz said.

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Video: DOT proposes 'Michigan left' intersection at Brown Deer, Green Bay roads

8:04 a.m. | Brown Deer — Having reached somewhat of a stalemate with Brown Deer officials, the Department of Transportation has suggested a new design for the intersection at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads.

The DOT has previously proposed reconstructing the Green Bay Road overpass at a taller height with six lanes, sidewalks, bicycle lanes and wider paved shoulders. Brown Deer Road under the overpass would also be expanded to six lanes to match the rest of the road east and west of the overpass.

The Brown Deer Village Board has objected to a new overpass, saying a larger, wider bridge would be unsightly, block business visibility and impede economic development. Trustees would like to see an at-grade intersection that allows visibility to the Original Village area and the Marketplace of Brown Deer shopping center.

The DOT has said that creating a traditional at-grade intersection would increase traffic at that intersection by an estimated 13,000 cars per day, and would result in a 22 percent to 56 percent increase in crashes.

Seeking to find middle ground, DOT officials came before the Brown Deer Village Board on Monday, Feb. 1, with a third option: a median U-turn intersection, also known as a "Michigan left." The intersections have been in Michigan since the 1960s, but have never been built in Wisconsin.

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Young Brown Deer boys fearless in face of intense schedule

Feb. 03, 2016 2:48 p.m. | Over in nearby Germantown, it took former coach Steve Showalter and the Warhawks boys' basketball team over a decade to reach its astounding recent three straight WIAA state championship status.

Meanwhile in nearby Brown Deer, Falcons' coach Kelly Appleby is in only his fifth season and he already has three Woodland Conference titles and two WIAA State D3 championships to his credit.

But he definitely thought his team was in rebuilding mode going into this season after the second state title last season as powerhouse talents Lewrenzo Byers, Donovan Lucas and Zack Baun graduated and took leave of the Brown Deer campus for collegiate opportunity and education.

However, following a stunning whirlwind three-wins in four days effort last week that included an instant classic of a three-overtime victory over previously unbeaten New Berlin Eisenhower and a beat-down of traditional state D2 power Wisconsin Lutheran, Appleby is rapidly reassessing his early assessment of his squad.

Especially since this run came just a few short days after a mildly disappointing home defeat at the hands of Pewaukee on Jan. 21.

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Police situation closes I-43 ramp

Feb. 03, 2016 1:47 p.m. | Bayside — The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office temporarily blocked off Interstate 43 access ramps at Brown Deer Road this afternoon due to a police situation.

A witness told NOW that sheriff's deputies had their guns drawn as they approached a vehicle on I-43 south of Brown Deer Road around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. The witness also said police dogs were on the scene.

NOW is awaiting more information from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. We will update this article when we receive more information.

Area swim teams perform well at State Small Schools

Feb. 03, 2016 1:05 p.m. | With conference tests coming up across the board on Feb. 6, tired but well-trained boys swimmers from across the area got a glimpse of what the WIAA Division 2 state meet will probably look like in a few weeks when they took part in the State Small Schools Meet on Jan. 30 in Plymouth.

The high-powered Shorewood group fared the best, taking second in the 18-school field while Whitefish Bay overachieved in earning fifth and the Brown Deer/University School squad rode a victory from Ben Hayes in the 100-yard breaststroke to a 13th-place showing.

"As a coach, I was incredibly impressed with my boys," said Shorewood coach Tom Miazga. "They defined what it means to race until the meet is over. I think the boys would be the first to tell you they were not satisfied with how the meet started yesterday.

"We were very excited and motivated, but really struggled to put together the swims we desired. After the break, with a quick pump-up, the boys turned a strong corner and had a fantastic finish to the meet. I was so relieved to see the boys rally around one another and take over in the second half of the meet."

Shorewood, which won the Woodland Relays back in December, and Brown Deer/USM will take part in the Woodland meet at Greenfield on Saturday with diving at 10 a.m. and swimming at 1:30 p.m.

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Master Greg Chay talks discipline, respect at new Mequon Chay's Tae Kwon Do location

Feb. 03, 2016 12:47 p.m. | Mequon —From first steps to the walk across the stage at high school and college graduation, there are many proud moments one experiences as a parent. For Jon Grosso, the day his daughter Alexandra earned her first-degree junior black belt is one he will not soon forget.

"I remember it vividly," said Grosso, of Mequon. "It was an incredibly proud moment when my daughter received her black belt and her name was on it and there are many other proud moments, but that day stands out to me for sure."

A cut above the rest

The countless hours she dedicated to training at Chay's Tae Kwon Do leading up to that day, combined with the values she has picked up along the way, are among the reasons Grosso said that day was so special to him.

"We've come to think of Chay's as family," said Grosso, who has been a patron of the school's Cedarburg location for six years. "We are so happy that he has expanded into our area so that others can partake in the program."

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Glendale hotel could be flipped into apartment complex

Feb. 03, 2016 12:23 p.m. | Glendale — A 96-unit extended stay hotel will be upgraded and reformatted into townhome apartments.

The extended stay hotel, called Suites at North Shore, consists of 12 eight-unit buildings at 7275 N. Port Washington Road. The Glendale Common Council will consider rezoning the property to allow 96 apartments known as The Glen. The furnished and unfurnished apartments will be marketed to corporations, students and other professionals.

The hotel-to-apartment conversion is being pitched by Robert Schmidt, CEO of property development firm Boulder Venture, and Scott Lurie, a principal at Jomela Properties, which owns and manages 1,400 apartments across southeastern Wisconsin. Together they have formed a new company called Jomela Boulder.

Jomela Boulder purchased the buildings in fall 2015 for $3.2 million. They say the facility is no longer viable as a hotel, due to its age and building format.

Built in the early 1980s, the building functioned for many years as a Residence Inn by Mariott hotel, and after the previous owners lost the franchise, it operated as Suites at North Shore. Marriott, meanwhile, is building an 83-unit extended-stay Residence Inn hotel development at 7003 N. Port Washington Road, just west of the PNC Bank.

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Revamped Chekouras tourney a tribute to late Homestead basketball coach

Feb. 03, 2016 12:11 p.m. | Will it really be 10 years this spring?

Yes, amazingly, it has.

If you press him hard, long-time Homestead boys assistant basketball coach Steve O'Brien will tell you there isn't a day where in some form or another he doesn't turn his head one way or the other for a moment, stare off into the distance and think about his late mentor and good, good friend John Chekouras, who passed away surprisingly in 2006.

Chekouras, husband, father, teacher, promoter of youth basketball, advocate of Special Education/Olympics and, of course, basketball coach for many, many years at Homestead, still casts a large shadow at the school and in the community and is still remembered fondly by many people.

For years, to honor his memory, there has been a traditional four-team, semifinal/championship holiday boys basketball tournament the Highlanders have hosted with his name on it. But it was running a little short on energy in recent years, and it was also running headlong into the hoops juggernaut that is the three-day Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Classic at nearby Concordia University that is held virtually at the same time.

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Brown Deer boys basketball team knock off unbeaten Eisenhower

Feb. 03, 2016 12:04 p.m. | For all the accolades he and his team have earned in the past two WIAA Division 3 state championship seasons, Brown Deer's 102-99 triple overtime victory at New Berlin Eisenhower on Jan. 29 was a first for Falcons coach Scott Appleby.

"Triple overtime at Eisenhower," he said. "I've coached here three times, and I have never actually won at Eisenhower, so this is my first time. This is a special win. Every time you can go into an environment where they're undefeated, a conference opponent, you get a win, that's going to rank right near the top."

The victory was part of a spectacular three wins in four days effort by the Falcons that improved them to 8-2 in Woodland Conference East play, one game ahead of Whitnall and to 11-4 overall (see separate story for details on other games).

The Jan. 29 contest matched Brown Deer against New Berlin Eisenhower, which had gone into the game unbeaten and was the top-ranked team in the Division 2 state polls. And it was an old-fashioned barn burner where the Lions couldn't close out the Falcons at the end of the first half or the game.

With Eisenhower leading, 77-72, with 2:17 left to play, Brown Deer went on a 9-4 run, as Damon Jackson scored on a drive, Craig Schimenz hit his sixth 3-pointer of the night, Jackson scored on a another drive and 6-foot, 7-inch Taurus Adams nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 81-81 with 47 seconds left and send it into overtime.

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Shorewood girls basketball team roars past Tosa West, keeps Woodland lead

Feb. 03, 2016 12:02 p.m. | When things are going well and Jada Stackhouse is feeding fellow Shorewood basketball senior Annie Leo for an easy, fastbreak lay-up, it is clear that the Greyhounds are having fun.

Much as they did Jan. 26 in a 60-34 Woodland Conference rout of Wauwatosa West that helped them maintain the Woodland Conference East lead.

But underneath that aura of joy and excitement is a sense of urgency.

Both Leo and Stackhouse have been part of the Greyhounds' previous two Woodland Conference East championship squads, the first in over four decades for the program, and they and the other six seniors on varsity want to make sure there is at least one more title before they graduate.

"We really want that third one," said Leo, who had 18 points, with several of her buckets coming on assists from Stackhouse.

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Homestead hockey team races to NSC title

Feb. 03, 2016 11:45 a.m. | Sean Driscoll and Joey Hobbs, senior leaders of the North Shore Conference champion Homestead hockey team, know who the toughest man in the squad is, and it's not any of the players on the ice.

"I've been here since he started, and I know his backstory," said captain and defenseman Driscoll of coach Tony Navarre's well-publicized battle with leukemia. "He's easy to look up to. He gives us advice based on what he's been through, and it really gives us a perspective that we didn't understand before."

Navarre was just starting his comeback from the illness when he formally took over the hockey program, and now he's strong and active and looking to lead the Highlanders to a WIAA state tournament this year.

He's very proud of the team that finished up the North Shore season at 8-0 with a 5-1 win over Cedarburg on Jan. 26. They started the week at 12-7-1 overall.

"It is a great accomplishment for the players to go through conference 8-0," Navarre said. "In looking back, I don't know that we have ever done that. We have been unbeaten in conference, but I do not know that we have always played eight games.

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Feb. 03, 2016 11:23 a.m. |


It hasn't happened in 14 years but before a noisy Nicolet crowd on Jan. 28, the Knights defeated North Shore Conference power Port Washington, 39-36, in a powerhouse dual meet.

"We set forth some pretty high goals this year and this was one of them," said coach Gus Kaufmann. 'We really didn't know what we could do until we got into things. This is the first time this has happened since maybe my first year around 2002-03, and this was the best crowd we've had in a long time.

"It was so loud at times that you couldn't hear the buzzer. It could have been a Friday night in Wisconsin Rapids for as crazy as it was (laughs)."

Along with the 61-18 rout of Milwaukee Lutheran on Jan. 26, the Knights finished second in the North Shore Conference duals and so will be a player when the league meet is contested at Port Washington at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5.

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North Shore Kids Expo connects families with activities

Feb. 03, 2016 12:08 a.m. | Glendale — InBounds Training Center will host its first annual North Shore Kids Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 13 at 2920 W. Vera Ave., Glendale.

Targeted toward families with children ranging from birth to 10 years old, the expo aims to acquaint parents with opportunities to enrich the growth of their children in the fields of art, music, drama, nature, sports, science and technology. Families can sign up for summer camps and classes and participate in hourly demonstrations. More than 20 exhibitors are scheduled, including Engineering for Kids, Mad Science, Danceworks, Lil' Kickers and North Shore Fire/Rescue.

Children receive free admission when donating at least one non-perishable food item per child. Donations go to Milwaukee's Hunger Task Force. Regular admission costs are $4 per adult, and $2 per child.

Homestead girls basketball team beats Gerrmantown, tightens NSC

Feb. 02, 2016 11:04 p.m. | Homestead senior guard Taylor McIlwraith and her teammates have been waiting all season for shots to fall.

The team was experienced, talented and favored to win the North Shore Conference girls basketball title this season, but because the offense was such a hit-and-miss affair (mostly) miss, everything was a struggle and the Highlanders found themselves scrambling to climb back into the race after dropping the first two games of the league campaign.

Buit Tuesday night, before a small, but intense crowd in the tiny old Homestead gym, shots dropped like never before this season against two-time league champion and current NSC leader Germantown, a team the nine-member Homestead senior class had still not beaten in their school career.

Coupled with scads of turnovers, the Highlanders would hit shot after shot and build a 12-point lead in the first half. They still led by as much as eight with eight minutes to go.

But the relentless Warhawks would not let go, as led by forward Olivia Verdin (23 points) and guard Kenzie Schmitz (21), they crawled back into game.

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County Board Chair Lipscomb claims 43 parks in danger of being sold

Feb. 02, 2016 12:10 p.m. | Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is asking North Shore municipalities to rezone county parks as park land, due to state legislation giving him increased authority over county lands.

The sudden focus on park zoning was prompted by Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb's efforts to determine the impact of a state budget amendment approved in July. The amendment gives the Milwaukee County executive authority to sell county-owned properties without county board approval. The amendment makes an exception for park land, but many Milwaukee County communities do not zone county parks as park land.

Lipscomb, of Glendale, asked the Milwaukee County Parks Department in November to produce a list of all parks affected by the legislation, and in January, the department produced a list of 43 park properties, including North Shore parks such as Doctors Park, Brown Deer Park, Algonquin Park, AC Hanson Park, Kletzsch Park, Lincoln Park and Big Bay Park.

Lipscomb said the list of affected lands may be longer than the list of 43 parks, pointing out other non-park properties owned by the county such as the Milwaukee County Zoo and General Mitchell Airport.

Parks and politics

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