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Mequon tables request for funding repairs to leaking private sewer laterals

May 10, 2012 8:11 a.m. | Sensing a reluctance from residents living in the Ville du Parc area proposed for a private property infiltration and inflow study, Mark Lloyd, deputy director of Public Works, asked the Mequon Common Council on Wednesday for money to make repairs to private laterals.

The city is planning to spend $135,000 of a $779,725 allocated to the city from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to televise private laterals and investigate other sources of I and I.

Fifty houses would be part of the study, but Lloyd said residents are unwilling to volunteer because they fear either they will be forced to fix the laterals at their own expense or they will have to disclose any problem that is not repaired should they decide to sell.

Lloyd estimated that the cost of completely replacing all the laterals would be $400,000 although complete replacement is likely a worst-case scenario.

Alderman John Wirth said the city should not fund repairs for a group of residents without first developing a policy to deal with how it would fund similar repairs for other residents. Wirth believes MMSD will eventually mandate repairs of private sewer laterals and that the city should have a policy on the funding for repairs.

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DSW shoe store opens in Mequon

3:38 p.m. | Mequon — A DSW shoe store opened in the Mequon Pavilions shopping center on Thursday, March 26.

The national footwear and accessories retailer offers more than 12,000 pairs of women's and men's shoes in the 12,000-square-foot space at 11048 N. Port Washington Road. The Mequon location marks DSW's third location in the Milwaukee market, with other locations in Southridge Mall and the Mayfair Collection.

"We're so excited to open a store in Mequon," said Carrie McDermott, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of DSW. "DSW's footprint continues to grow in the area, and we are committed to being the go-to destination for all of our customers' shoe and accessory needs."

The Mequon DSW store will employ 30 people. In addition to shoes, the store also sells designer handbags and other accessories.

Crews clear crash that closed right lane of NB I-43 at Brown Deer Road

11:13 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the right lane of northbound Interstate 43 at Brown Deer Road. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office responded.

West Allis-West Milwaukee taps Shorewood superintendent for top spot

11:10 a.m. | Shorewood School District Superintendent Marty Lexmond was appointed superintendent of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District by the school board Wednesday.

He will start July 1, but will start visiting West Allis-West Milwaukee schools next week to meet and interact with teachers, staff and students.

Building relationships is a prime goal to enhance teamwork and in identifying a path for the future, Lexmond said.

West Allis-West Milwaukee will give him the opportunity to use skills he has acquired in both suburban and urban education, he said. The district has strong elements of both and he is excited to address its challenges, he said.

Lexmond will succeed Kurt Wachholz who retired late last summer.

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Burglary suspects flee police in Brown Deer, crash car in Whitefish Bay

March 25, 2015 4:20 p.m. | Brown Deer — Five teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 were arrested after allegedly burglarizing a house in Brown Deer, leading police on a high-speed chase through the North Shore and eventually crashing into a light pole in Whitefish Bay.

A Brown Deer resident called police at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday to report a burglary at a neighbor's house in the 8500 block of N. 66th St. Brown Deer police arrived in time to see two vehicles flee the scene of the burglary. One of the vehicles fled into Milwaukee, where officers stopped pursuing the car after the chase exceeded 100 miles per hour. Police later learned the vehicle was stolen.

The other vehicle, which was also stolen, led police east on Brown Deer Road, then south on Lake Drive before it drove over police stop sticks on Lake Drive in Fox Point, Whitefish Bay Police Chief Michael Young said. When the vehicle started to slow down, four teenagers bailed from the vehicle and were arrested, Young said.

The 17-year-old driver continued driving south on Lake Drive, turning right onto Henry Clay Drive and crashing into a light pole just east of Whitefish Bay Middle School. The driver attempted to flee on foot, but was caught by officers less than 30 seconds after the crash, Young said.

No one was injured during the incident, which involved collaboration between officers from Brown Deer, Bayside, Fox Point, Whitefish Bay and Glendale.

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Whitefish Bay hires John Edlebeck as public works director

March 25, 2015 10:22 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — After four months without a public works director, Whitefish Bay officials have hired Waupaca city engineer and public works director John Edlebeck for the job.

Edlebeck, who has been with Waupaca for 18 years, will start work in Whitefish Bay on May 1, earning a salary of $95,000. Prior to his work in Waupaca, he served as the city engineer for Geneva, Illinois, for 10 years. He started his career in Elgin, Illinois, with D'Onofrio, Kottke and Associates, where he worked for three years.

Edlebeck earned a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He is a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin and Illinois. In 2013, he was named one of the top 10 national Public Works Leaders of the Year by the American Public Works Association.

Edlebeck is excited about the opportunity to return to Whitefish Bay, which is his wife Kay's hometown. The two married in 1983 at St. Monica Parish. His new job opportunity will place him and Kay within close driving distance of her parents in Bayside, her sister and brother-in-law in Whitefish Bay and their four children, who all live in the Milwaukee and Chicago area.

"Right now we are driving down to Milwaukee or Chicago every other weekend, so when the position came open, it was something I was very interested in pursuing," he said.

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Glendale mayoral candidates will debate city issues tonight

March 24, 2015 10:42 a.m. | Glendale mayoral candidates Bryan Kennedy and JoAnn Shaw will participate in a candidate forum tonight.

The forum, hosted by the North Shore Republican Club, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the community meeting room of the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road. Candidates will respond to a series of questions from a moderator, as well as questions from the audience.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Diamond Stone the greatest ever?

March 24, 2015 10:30 a.m. | The guys look back at state-tournament weekend for boys basketball and examine state titles for Dominican, Brown Deer and Young Coggs Prep, plus another great run for Germantown. And how sweet will the round of 16 be for the Wisconsin Badgers?

The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Whitefish Bay native finishes 46th in Iditarod

March 23, 2015 12:58 p.m. | Whitefish Bay native Laura Allaway finished her first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday, March 21.

Allaway, who has worked with sled dogs in Alaska since 2007, finished the 1,000-mile race in 12 days, 3 hours, 3 minutes and 54 seconds. She took 46th place.

For more information on Allaway, check out this Whitefish Bay Now story from January.

New bus route running through Brown Deer

March 23, 2015 12:08 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Transit System started a new bus route in Brown Deer on Sunday, March 22.

Route 276 is a new route that provides service from Park Plaza and Brown Deer, to Green Bay Road, to Cherrywood Lane primarily along Brown Deer Road. The area contains several office and industrial businesses that do not have transit service. Route 276 will run weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The new route and schedule are available to view on

Proud Brown Deer boys basketbal team claims second state title

March 21, 2015 5:32 p.m. | Last year's WIAA Division 3 title for the Brown Deer boys basketball team was an historic first-time event full of hugs, tears and a sense of accomplishment.

This season's impressive repeat championship, claimed March 21 at the Kohl Center in Madison with a 74-60 victory over Appleton Xavier, was also an historic accomplishment. But this time, the hugs were a bit more reserved and the tears of happiness were replaced by proud smiles.

"No less fun, no greater feeling," said veteran Falcons athletics director Mike Novak.

In short, this was something the 25-4 Falcons felt that they had earned after erasing an early 7-0 deficit to the Hawks (24-4) and steadily building a margin that was as large as 23 points in the second half.

"We came into it confident," said senior power forward Zack Baun, a starter on last year's champions. "If anything, we were more hungry than last year. We knew we had to get going because we had something to defend."

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Brown Deer boys basketball team heads back to state title game

March 20, 2015 12:27 p.m. | Brown Deer boys basketball coach Kelly Appleby is a big fan of the 1990s juggernaut Chicago Bulls' squads and Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson.

Jackson trusted his players and so let them play through bad moments, and Appleby tends to follow that model, as he did in his team's 62-50 in the WIAA Division 3 state semifinal March 20.

When top-ranked in state Prescott sliced an 8-point Brown Deer lead down to one at 25-24 early in the third quarter at the Kohl Center in Madison, Appleby trusted the defending state champs' skill and instincts.

Turned out, he was right to do so, as this is what happened in the next 1:39:

Forward Jordan Milam earned a 3-point play, and after a turnover, guard Craig Schimenz drained a 3-pointer. Donovan Lucas hit a floater in the lane, and Lewrenzo Byers knocked down two free throws.

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Dominican overwhelms Regis in state semifinal

March 19, 2015 8:36 p.m. | You could say Eau Claire Regis' unbeaten run through the 2014-15 boys basketball season didn't even make it back to the court after halftime.

Whitefish Bay Dominican (24-3), on a mission to win its fourth consecutive state championship, delivered a resounding performance in the state semifinal at the Kohl Center in Madison on March 19, burying the Ramblers with precise shooting in the first half and pulling away for a 93-54 victory.

The win was the precursor to the Knights' championship game victory over Mineral Point on March 21.

Diamond Stone, who has averaged 19 points and close to 12 rebounds in his six previous state-tournament games, continued to solidify his legacy in state hoops history with 33 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.

Perhaps even more impressively, his teammates couldn't miss from the perimeter, notably senior guard Austin Moutry (4 for 5 from 3-point range, 16 points).

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Truck being hauled by military convoy strikes overpass in Mequon

March 18, 2015 6:46 p.m. | A box truck atop a flatbed truck in a military convoy traveling through Mequon was knocked onto Interstate 43 on Wednesday afternoon when it struck the Port Washington Road overpass as the flatbed operator drove beneath the bridge, the sheriff's office said.

No one was injured in the accident, reported shortly after 3 p.m. in the southbound lane. The incident caused the full and partial closure of the lane until about 5:30 p.m., according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

It appeared that only minor damage was caused to the overpass bridge. A DOT inspector will determine if the structure is safe, according to a news release from the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office.

As authorities investigated the accident another crash involving two vehicles occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 94 at Port Washington Road, resulting an injury to one person that is not life-threatening, according to the release.

Atwater Park is getting new playground equipment this year

March 17, 2015 7:24 p.m. | Shorewood — Work is underway on a new playground at Atwater Park.

The village's Department of Public Works began dismantling the existing playground on the north end of the park Wednesday morning to make way for a new playground of the same size. The Shorewood Village Board on Monday approved a $100,000 contract with Northland Recreation to build the playground.

The wood chips on the existing playground will be replaced with a rubber surface to make it accessible for wheelchairs and people with physical disabilities. The playground will also feature several ramps, which will make all levels of the structure accessible by wheelchair.

The playground will have a nautical explorer theme, with a ship mast, helm and catwalk bridge and a ship that rocks back and forth. The playground will also feature time-tested favorites like slides, ladders and monkey bars.

The playground is expected to be finished by the end of May - just in time for the Shorewood Men's Club chicken barbeque event on June 13. Atwater Beach also opens to the public on June 13.


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