The Brown Deer Village Board took the first step tonight to enhance pedestrian safety around its 42-acre school district campus following two car-pedestrian accidents on North 60th Street since the first of the year. Two students were injured in the accidents. Both were crossing in the crosswalks when struck. One student received minor injuries but the other student required hospitalization and surgeries.
The board approved a School Safety Zone which starts 300 feet from the campus property lines. Once signs indicating the safety zone are in place, higher fines for traffic violations will be in place. Tickets double in the safety zone, with a typical $114 speeding ticket costing an offender $228.
The board also reviewed a list of other improvements suggested by the Traffic and Public Safety Committee but at the suggestion of Trustee Bob Oates decided to hold a public information meeting on them. Oates, who lives in the subdivision across 60th Street from the district campus, said some of his neighbors want to know the plans and would like to have some input on them.
Trustee Terry Boschert said pedestrian safety-training program for students should be implemented as soon as possible. Parents and other residents would likely also be invited to the program.
Other recommendations include making Tower Avenue a one-way street east bound from North 61st to North 60th streets and eventually closing Tower, ending it in a cul-de-sac on the west at 60th Street.» Read Full Article
Our popular Suburban Selfies contest is back for the 2014 holiday season, and it's bigger and better than ever. We've expanded the contest to cover both the My Community Now coverage area (Milwaukee suburbs) and Lake Country Now coverage area.
The rules are simple:
-Solve the riddles, which allude to landmarks in the suburbs.
-Go to the landmarks and take a selfie with the landmarks in question in the background.
-Submit your selfies via our online contest page.» Read Full Article
Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at the stadium interchange near Miller Park will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for a storm sewer installation.
The state Department of Transportation expects backups during the day Saturday on westbound I-94 between the Marquette and stadium interchanges.
The DOT recommends the following detours:
- Miller Park Way to National Avenue to Greenfield Avenue
- US 41 to Bluemound Road to Glenview Avenue to Watertown Plank Road
- I-894 bypass or I-43 to other regional east/west routes
More information the project, and other projects, is available on the DOT website.
Town of Lisbon- Matt Carran, community development director for the Village of Menomonee Falls, has rejected the Town of Lisbon's offer to become town clerk/administrator.
The Town Board moved quickly Wednesday night to hire Matt Janecke, assistant village manager for Brown Deer, who described his new position as town administrator as "a great opportunity to move my career forward and make a mark on the Town of Lisbon."
"I think we are in good hands," said Town Board Chairman Matt Gehrke after the board voted unanimously to hire Janecke after an approximately 25 minute interview.
Supervisor Hannah Heinritz praised Janecke for the amount of research he did about the community and the town government before being interviewed on two different occassions by the town board.
Supervisor Joe Osterman praised Janecke for "short and to the point the answers" and displaying "a lot of energy and a willingness to work hard."» Read Full Article
Crews have cleared two crashes that closed all lanes of northbound I-43. Bayside police cleared the scene of a crash at Brown Deer Road that had all lanes closed. Milwakee County Sheriff's officials cleared a crash at Capitol Drive that had two left lanes closed.
There's no such thing as a "perfect quarter" in basketball, but the Homestead boys turned in something awfully close to one Tuesday night against host Nicolet.
The Highlanders blew open a 30-18 halftime lead with a 21-0 effort in the third quarter. Forward Josh Mueller highlighted the run with 11 of his career-high 21 points in the session including two 3-point plays and 3-pointer.
It all led to an easy 65-30 victory that improved the Highlanders to 3-0 in the North Shore and 4-1 overall and kept them in a tie for the lead with three-time state champ Germantown (3-0, 4-0).
Nicolet meanwhile fell to 0-3 and 2-4 respectively.
"Our goal is to play the first three minutes of the third quarter very well but we just kept extending that all the way into the middle of the fourth," said Highlander coach Kevin McKenna. "It's very important to start well in the third.» Read Full Article
She knew the route there, she knew the people who would be in charge of the game, and of course, she knew the floor, the court and the building very, very well too.
There's also her Nicolet Athletic Hall of Fame plaque that sits prominently in the hallway of the school.
Homestead girls basketball coach Corey Bronson Wolf came home to Nicolet Tuesday night, leading her Highlanders to a 51-41 win as her alma mater and the program she led to a WIAA state title just four years ago put up a feisty, determined effort to try and knock her team from the unbeaten ranks.
"I got to see a lot of people who supported (the Nicolet program) and who continue to support it and that was very nice," she said. "It was just nice to touch base with those people again.
"But once the game started, it was no different than it usually was. I don't try to think about the past a lot. The gym was familiar, the floor was familiar. ...To me it was just a game and I expected the kids to be focused because I knew this would be a tough game for us."» Read Full Article
Glendale — Glendale-River Hills School District was hit hard by the flu bug, as roughly 17 percent of students called in sick Monday and Tuesday.
Between Parkway Elementary School and Glen Hills Middle School, 158 students called in sick on Monday, and more than 160 students called in sick on Tuesday.
Superintendent Larry Smalley delivered a robocall to district parents Monday night informing them of the flu outbreak and asking families to take precautions such as washing their hands, drinking fluids and getting plenty of rest.
Smalley said he does not have any plans to cancel school, because teachers in the district seem to be recovering from the illness. Twenty-one staff members called in sick on Monday, and 15 called in sick on Tuesday. Smalley expects those numbers to improve throughout the week.
"We're finally starting to turn this around and win against the flu bug," Smalley said Tuesday afternoon. "It seems like our staff is getting healthier and healthier."
fatal attempted robbery of a Bayside optical store was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison followed by 71/2 years of supervision.A man involved in a
Tedric Sanders, 20, was charged with felony murder and bail jumping in the death of Joshua Drake, fatally shot by an employee of Innovative Optique during an attempted robbery Aug. 14.
Prosecutors agreed to drop the original charges when Sanders pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery as a party to a crime and recommended 71/2 years in prison plus 71/2 years on extended supervision. His attorney, Robert E. Webb Jr., argued for four years each of prison and supervision.
Assistant District Attorney Antonio Apollo said the optical store has not reopened. The owners did not attend Tuesday's hearing. He reminded Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Stephanie Rothstein that Sanders had several prior offenses.
Sanders, Drake and at least one other person drove to the Audubon Shopping Center in a silver Dodge Charger and backed up to the store. Owner Guadalupe Aguilar asked his brother, Marty, to write down the license number.» Read Full Article
Mequon — Residents in the Mequon-Thiensville School District will weigh in on a $18.2 million facilities referendum in the spring election.
The Mequon-Thiensville School Board unanimously voted Monday, Dec. 15, to put the referendum question on the April 7 ballot. The idea of a referendum was first proposed in October, and over the course of the last two months, district officials have solicited resident input through surveys and open house events.
In its survey, the district sought feedback on a $20 million referendum and an $11 million referendum. The $20 million option would have included about $14 million in capital improvements and $5.3 million toward the creation of collaborative learning environments at all district schools. The $11 million option only included capital improvements.
Out of the 540 survey responses, 87 percent of respondents said they believe the district's facility needs must be addressed now. Seventy-two percent of respondents said they would vote yes on a $20 million referendum addressing all of the district's facility needs.
Based on survey results, the school board decided to pursue a third option: an $18.2 million expenditure that would include $14.4 million in capital improvements and $3.8 million for collaborative learning environments at the middle school and high school levels.» Read Full Article
Glendale — Federal highway officials have approved a major reconstruction of Interstate 43 that would expand the highway to six lanes, reconfigure two interchanges and create one new interchange.
The reconstruction project would target the 14-mile stretch of I-43 between Silver Spring Drive in Glendale and Highway 60 in Grafton. In addition to constructing three lanes in each direction, the project would also create a new interchange at Highland Road, replace the partial interchange at County Line Road with a full-access interchange and replace the Brown Deer Road interchange with a new diverging diamond interchange. The remaining interchanges and most of the bridges within the corridor would be rebuilt.
Construction is expected to begin in 2020 , but the timing of the project is dependent on funding availability. The project is estimated to cost $460 million, or $560 million if accounting for inflation in 2020, according to a 441-page DOT report.
"WisDOT is pleased (the Federal Highway Administration) has given us the green light on the I-43 project," Brian Bliesner, the Department of Transportation Project Development Chief, said. "This decision, along with the (Transportation Projects Commission's) recommendation, will allow us to address important modernization needs of this more than 50-year-old corridor."
DOT officials say the reconstruction project is needed to increase safety and reduce congestion, especially between Silver Spring Drive and Good Hope Road. Current traffic volume reaches up to 84,000 vehicles daily, and is expected to increase to up to 101,000 vehicles in 20 years. About 40 percent of the corridor has crash rates exceeding the statewide average for similar roadways, according to a Transporation Planning Commission report.» Read Full Article
higher-end apartments for seniors in Shorewood is seeking $5.5 million in village financing assistance.A Minneapolis firm planning to develop 100
Sherman Associates Inc. would develop the units within a four-story building on 4 acres at 3900 N. Sherburn Place. The parcel now includes an industrial building, which once housed Milwaukee PC, that would be razed.
The value of the completed project is expected to be at least $18 million, according to a development agreement to be considered by the Village Board at its Monday night meeting.
That agreement, recommended by the Community Development Authority, calls for the village to provide up to $5.5 million in financing for the project. Those funds would be provided through the project's new property taxes, and would be paid over 20 years.
The project would not be feasible without the village's financial help, said Chris Swartz, village administrator.» Read Full Article
Taylor Crubaugh doesn’t usually get in the spotlight for New Berlin Eisenhower, but Friday night, the senior wing stole the show in a 50-32 Woodland Conference victory over Shorewood at home.
But Eisenhower held off the Greyhounds with a low-scoring fourth quarter (9-6) and the closest Shorewood could get was 13 points.
A River Hills woman was killed when her SUV rolled over her in the driveway of her home, according to a report released Friday by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.
According to the report, Kap Y. Bae, who would have turned 70 Friday, was found by her husband under the driver's side of the vehicle in the 8300 block of N. Range Line Road about 7 p.m., Thursday.
The keys to the SUV were found in the ignition, and evidence indicated Bae was in front of the vehicle attempting to stop it when she was pulled under the vehicle as it moved forward, according to the report.
Kawa, a restaurant serving sushi and Japanese dishes, plans to open at 325 W. Silver Spring Drive in Glendale.
The site is the former Irina’s Kitchen, and Jonathan’s Bagels before that.
The City of Glendale has approved occupancy for the restaurant, and the owner now is renovating the space. Kawa is expected to have about 25 seats at tables, with 11 seats at a sushi bar.
The restaurant is on pace to open in late January or early February, owner Lin Jin Xiao said.
Ginza Japanese Restaurant will open a second location soon in Audubon Court, at 333 W. Brown Deer Road. The shopping plaza straddles Bayside and Fox Point.» Read Full Article