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County Board restores half of NSFD's paramedic supplemental funds

Nov. 17, 2011 5:30 p.m. | Because the Milwaukee County Board overrode most of County Executive Chris Abele's vetoes of the 2012 budget, the North Shore Fire Department will receive $180,000 of supplemental money for its paramedic program. Abele's budget eliminated a $3 million supplemental payment made to fire departments in the county. Under Abele's budget the North Shore Fire Department would have received no funds for its paramedic program.

The County Board restored half of the funding and decided to follow the distribution formula developed by the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council after earlier considering a formula change.

Although not the $362,000 the department had expected when developing its 2012 budget, Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said today that staff and the union are working on ways to make up the remaining deficit.

Whitaker said he does not anticipate any job losses or layoffs.

Kortebein leads inspired Bay football team to 34-14 win over Cedarburg

10:49 p.m. | Lucid and tough as always, cancer-fighting Whitefish Bay football coach Jim Tietjen was on the sidelines being the careful observer when his Blue Dukes took on always dangerous Cedarburg on Sept. 4.

When the Blue Dukes went up 28-14 going into the fourth quarter he had one simple message for interim coach Jake Wolter:

"He told me, 'Remember, we had them 28-14 here a few years ago and lost,'" said Wolter with a chuckle.

Neither Tietjen or Wolter needed to worry this time, as the Bay defense stuffed Cedarburg on a fourth down attempt on the Bulldogs 38, and then junior running back Michael Kirkendoll exploded through a huge hole on the next play for the clinching score.

It all amounted to an important 34-14 victory for Bay to start what should be a very interesting North Shore Conference race this season.

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Lawyer accused of molesting cart attendant crafted club's settlement offer

Sept. 03, 2015 7:08 p.m. | Christopher Hale, the lawyer arrested Monday on potential charges of sexually assaulting a country club beer cart attendant, prepared the club's $500 settlement offer made to the now-former club employee, an attorney for the River Club of Mequon confirmed Thursday.

The offer, which was quickly rejected by the 20-year-old woman, called for Hale, 59, to pay a $500 fine and that she receive that money "to make up, in part, for shifts lost" by her after the incident.

"I highly doubt that $500 really 'stings' for Mr. Hale to have to pay, especially considering his actions," the woman, who is a college student, wrote to the club when she rejected the offer shortly after it was made Aug. 24. The woman said Hale sexually assaulted her Aug. 16 while on the eighth hole of the club's golf course.

The offer also states that if the woman had accepted it, she would have no claim against the River Club or Hale. The offer demanded secrecy, noting that "maintaining confidentiality is of utmost importance."

Neither the woman nor the River Club immediately contacted police after the incident. Instead, John Haines, the club's general manager, said he interviewed the woman and Hale and attempted to resolve the matter through the settlement offer.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Just how much of a chance do the Wisconsin Badgers have?

Sept. 03, 2015 12:00 p.m. | JP and JR discuss the upcoming Wisconsin-Alabama game and ponder if the Badgers have a chance to shock the college football universe, plus a boatload of reaction to the second week of the football season, including big wins for Catholic Memorial and Franklin.

Updated week three rankings of area prep football teams and players

Sept. 03, 2015 10:20 a.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Lawyer arrested on report of assaulting golf course beer cart attendant

Sept. 02, 2015 9:53 p.m. | A Mequon lawyer is free on $10,000 bail after his arrest on potential charges of sexually assaulting a beer cart attendant during a golf outing.

The attorney, Christopher Hale, 59, was arrested Monday — two weeks after the woman told officials at The River Club of Mequon she was assaulted on the golf course. Club officials responded by investigating the matter, offering the woman $500 and asking her to sign a confidentiality agreement, according to the club's general manager and the woman's lawyer.

"What would you want me to do?" club owner Tom Weickardt said Wednesday when asked whether he considered disciplining or expelling Hale from the club. "It was a he said-she said."

Weickardt called Hale a friend and said he has represented the club in some legal matters.

Weickardt said club officials talked to the woman and Hale.

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County Exec Chris Abele talks Bucks, buses and budget at North Shore Rotary luncheon

Sept. 02, 2015 2:28 p.m. | Brown Deer — In recent months, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has crafted a county budget, negotiated an arena deal and promised an end to homelessness in Milwaukee County.

The Milwaukee Democrat took a break from all of that Monday afternoon, Aug. 31, to go to the Four Points Sheraton in Brown Deer, where he issued a proclamation in honor of the North Shore Rotary Club's 60th anniversary. He also took a moment to talk about his latest county budget, which will keep taxes flat for the fifth year in a row.

In his five years as county executive, Abele said the county's budget deficit has dropped from $160 million to about $30 million. The county's other post-employment benefits liability has dropped from $1.6 billion to less than $1 billion.

The budget includes a 1.5-percent salary increase for cost of living. County employees can also expect can additional 1-percent increase, and a half-percent increase for good performance. The county is also putting more funds than ever into a tuition reimbursement program for county employees.

Abele will present his budget to the Milwaukee County Board later this month.

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Video: North Shore teens find an alternative sport in hantis

Sept. 02, 2015 2:08 p.m. | Fox Point — Just off of Lake Drive on Green Tree Road, a driveway full of high school boys are slapping around a tennis ball, bouncing it off multiple wooden boards and occassionally stopping to explain what they are doing.

"We have a lot of people who pull over and say, 'What is that you're playing? It looks like ping pong, but it's clearly not," said one of the boys, Michael McLaughlin.

His friend Harry Rossman, of Bayside, describes it as "a mix of ping pong, volleyball and foursquare."

McLaughlin and Rossman, both sophomores at Nicolet, learned the game of hantis - short for hand tennis - from their gym teacher Tim Koppa. Koppa had also taught the game to some of last year's seniors, so McLaughlin and Rossman would play against the seniors during their recess hour.

The two boys took such a liking to the game that they decided to play the game after school, but they couldn't afford to buy four hantis tables, which cost at least $500 a piece. They went to Home Depot and bought four plywood boards, which they cut into regulation size and shape, then attached folding leg kits to the bottom of each of the boards. They also painted designs on each of the boards.

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Stewart rushes for 315 yards as Messwood beats Nicolet

Sept. 02, 2015 1:43 p.m. | Shorewood/Messmer football coach Chad Hofmann was in a bit of a hurry after his team's impressive 34-13 victory over area nonconference rival Nicolet on Aug. 28.

His mom, Candy, needed a ride home, and the two probably wanted to celebrate the moment of his first varsity victory.

It would have probably meant more had his dad, Robert "Rob" Hofmann, been there, too. The day before the win, Aug. 27, would have been Rob's 52nd birthday, but he died tragically about a month ago as a result of injuries suffered in a bike accident.

In short, Chad, an only child, and his mom needed this moment.

"It's a good feeling," Hofmann said. "It was his birthday yesterday, so I can't imagine doing anything better than this (getting a win to honor him). This is very special for me, because he's still here with me, still with the family (in spirit)."

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Williams' diverse efforts lead Brown Deer football team to 41-0 rout

Sept. 02, 2015 1:03 p.m. | A scheduling quirk set up the Brown Deer football team to play Milwaukee Morse/Marshall in its second nonconference game of the season on Aug. 28 and coach Rob Green and the Falcons were not ungrateful, as Nyles Williams scored touchdowns three different ways in a 41-0 victory.

"We don't normally look to schedule a Milwaukee school," said Green, "but Laconia dropped out of the second year of our contract late (in the calender). Marshall was available and it worked out.

"And that was all right. Pewaukee (an opening 21-0 loss) wore on us pretty hard mentally and physically and we had some bumps and bruises we needed to take care of. This allowed us to get healthy and to work on some things because our biggest opponent is still ourselves."

The Falcons will now open Woodland Conference East Division play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at home against Cudahy (1-1). The Packers, who the Falcons routed 58-14 last season, are also 1-1 this season, having lost to Wilmot, 41-13, on Aug. 28.

"We've got to get better because this division is wide open," said Green. "We've got to get better in all facets. We want to keep that health train going."

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Brown Deer alum returns home to shoot first feature-length film

Sept. 02, 2015 12:38 p.m. | Brown Deer — When you think of Christmas gifts for a 12-year-old boy, you probably think of items like video games, sports jerseys and skateboards.

Roman Zanoni asked for a camera, marking the beginning of his self-taught film career. Growing up through the Brown Deer school system, Zanoni — a self-described class clown — was active in the school's theater program and enjoyed making silly music videos in his free time. He also made a short movie with his wife, Sarah, whom he met in first grade.

Zanoni, now 31, will take on his biggest project to date next week in his hometown of Brown Deer when he begins filming for "Chase Lemonade" — a feature-length film that he hopes to submit to the Sundance Film Festival.

The fictional indie comedy is about a 12-year-old boy's successful lemonade stand, which eventually grows into a large lemonade franchise in the Brown Deer neighborhood. The boy, named Charlie Chase, makes enemies with a local coffee shop, runs into trouble with the local health department and eventually finds himself in court.

Zanoni said he is impressed by the intelligence of young kids, particularly his friend's kid who works as a DJ. That made him think wonder how an entrepreneurial kid would run a lemonade stand. The script only took him a couple weeks to write, he said.

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Motivated Whitefish Bay boys soccer team looks to finish things up in 2015

Sept. 02, 2015 12:33 p.m. | It was a hard, bitter 4-0 defeat to eventual Division 2 state champion Brookfield East in the 2014 sectional final for the powerhouse Whitefish Bay boys soccer team.

One that coach Jeff Worzella said "he's still getting over" in some ways.

But despite the loss of 11 seniors to graduation from the 20-2-2 defending North Shore Conference champions, Worzella feels that the Blue Dukes have a chance to make some serious amends for that defeat.

Because after a pair of 2-0 wins over Madison Memorial and Shorewood to open the season, the Blue Duke coach was confident enough to announce that "this could be the most talented group he's had since he's been at Bay."

"We're very deep and very talented," he said, "and I think that will lead to a lot of success."

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Nicolet girls tennis team still keeping it real

Sept. 02, 2015 12:23 p.m. | Common knowledge around the state of Wisconsin states that Nicolet is one of the "empire" schools in the world of girls tennis — one of those select few like Homestead, DSHA, Whitefish Bay and Brookfield Central that always seem to be in the hunt for a WIAA state title.

But it is a bit shocking to realize the last time the Knight women won a state crown was back in 2000 when the highly-touted doubles team of Molly Ratke and Sarah Leevan and steady singles player Lexi Golden were patrolling the courts. It's hard to believe it was the last of a state-record 17 crowns for the Knights.

Coach Tim Koppa, who led that group to the championship and who still prowls the sidelines with a laid-back but still-fierce intensity, does not want to get caught up in looking at the past, nor does he want his youthful and preposterously talented team to get caught looking even a month into the future, thinking about a chance at rejoining the elite of the elite.

No, they do not talk about potential state titles at Nicolet in August.

Even after after the impressive effort the Knights put in in claiming the Brookfield Central Lancer Invitational title on Aug. 27 and 28 with its best player still nursing a back issue.

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Shorewood girls cross-country team aims for state title

Sept. 02, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Normally, in the hierarchy of Shorewood cross-country teams, the boys are the ones looking to contend for a state title on a yearly basis while the girls look to get to state and make a good showing.

But this fall, expectations have been turned around a bit.

The Greyhound girls, behind 2013 state D2 champion Morgan Florsheim, return everything from a team that finished third at state last season and look to knock down the door for an elusive first state championship this fall. Despite missing a number of runners for a variety of reasons, they still comfortably won their own season-opening Early Bird Invite at Kern Park on Aug. 27.

"It was crazy," said veteran coach Sarah Kopplin. "We had four of our top 10 not race this day because of illness, family reunions and weddings, and we still did that."

Meanwhile, the returning state D2 runner-up boys, who graduated six of their top seven, are looking to get back to standard fairly quickly despite a lack of experience and upfront firepower. They were an encouraging second in the Early Bird Invite.

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Sport Shorts: Sept. 3, 2015

Sept. 02, 2015 11:08 a.m. |

WHITEFISH BAY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The Blue Dukes opened their season in impressive fashion by going unbeaten and claiming the title in the 10-school West Allis Central Invitational on Aug. 29.

Bay went 8-0 in pool play, defeating Delavan-Darien, Elkhart Lake, Waukesha North and Madison East in pool play. The Blue Dukes then won the crossover semifinal with Pius XI and defeated Delavan-Darien again, 25-15, 25-18, for the title.

No other details were available from the event.

HOMESTEAD GIRLS GOLF

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Former Bavarian Inn will be remodeled, reopened as Bavarian Bierhaus

Sept. 01, 2015 9:14 p.m. | Glendale — Beer will flow once again at the former Bavarian Inn and adjoining Old Heidelberg Park at 700 W. Lexington Blvd.

Mike Weiss is one of several investors working to renovate and reopen the former Bavarian Inn, which closed in 2011. The new restaurant, Bavarian Bierhaus, will brew its own beer, and will also serve beers from other companies. Weiss said they plan to brew as many as eight or nine different types of beers.

The restaurant will also serve authentic German food and some American favorites. A house band will entertain crowds every night, and special acts will be brought in on Friday and Saturday nights.

The new owners will add a small beer garden on the southwest side of the building, providing outdoor seating for 150 people. While some other exterior renovations will be made, such as new windows and signage, most of the renovations to the 23,500-square-foot building will be made on the interior.

The interior of the building will be redesigned. The existing ballroom will be partially used for the new brewery, while the rest of that area will be used for a dining room and beer hall. The main hall will have seating for 330 people. The existing restaurant, bar and restrooms will also be refurbished.

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