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Police consolidation explored in Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay

June 11, 2012 10:58 p.m. | Elected bodies in Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay recently began preliminary talks in consolidating police services in the three communities.

The Glendale Common Council took the issue up Monday.

While a consolidated department could net savings in an environment of ongoing fiscal restraints, Glendale Mayor Jerry Tepper said the review process will be thorough.

"Some of this is territorial since we've all got to make sure that we're being taken care of," Tepper said. "We're not going to sacrifice that for money. We're being cautious and moving along carefully."

If preliminary talks do advance, City Administrator Richard Maslowski said public input would be taken into account.

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Mequon, Thiensville will get packages delivered on Sunday

Oct. 20, 2014 2:01 p.m. | The Thiensville Post Office will start delivering packages on Sundays to meet increased demand.

Thiensville Postmaster Chris Baltz said the post office, which also serves Mequon, will start Sunday package deliveries this week on Oct. 26. In fiscal year 2013, the Postal Service saw a 6 percent increase in package volume over the previous year. An additional 12 percent increase was recorded last holiday season, totaling 420 million packages.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

Whitefish Bay boys soccer team holds on to beat Nicolet, 2-1

Oct. 16, 2014 10:29 p.m. | No style points, no extra points for flashy goals.

Just survive and advance.

That's what the top-seeded in WIAA State D2 Whitefish Bay boys soccer team did Thursday night, when it took a 2-0 lead and then had to hold off a spirited rally from area rival Nicolet in a 2-1 WIAA regional final decision at Lubar Stadium.

"It's just all about the winning the game," said Blue Duke coach Jeff Worzella, whose team had to play the final 37 or so minutes a man down due to a controversial red card to leading scorer Evan Conway.

"They (the Knights) were able to change the momentum (in the second half) and they did a good job of winning the 50/50 balls and denying us rebounds off of shots. They got a little life after our defensive breakdown and after that, we knew we just needed to possess the ball and win the game."

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Concern over booth site thrusts Jewish students into church-state debate

Oct. 12, 2014 4:49 p.m. | Jewish students from Nicolet High School gathered Sunday at a nearby home to build a sukkah, the temporary structure — a kind of booth — erected for the annual harvest festival of Sukkot.

The Ironwood Road site wasn't their first choice. They had hoped to return to Nicolet's courtyard, where they built it last year. But Nicolet had received complaints about the appropriateness of the religious symbol on public school grounds.

It wasn't a Christian group that objected. Or the litigious Freedom From Religion folks in Madison. In an unexpected twist on a familiar religious liberty narrative, it was fellow Jewish students who raised concerns, uneasy about what they saw as a breach of the separation of church and state.

"The prevailing view in the Jewish community is for a strong line between religion and government," said Elana Kahn-Oren, a Nicolet parent and executive director of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation's Jewish Community Relation's Council, who approached Nicolet Principal Greg Kabara on behalf of the group.

"We really value the separation of church and state. And we recognize that it protects us and all religious minorities," she said.

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Homestead football team ties for North Shore lead, beats GT, 35-30

Oct. 10, 2014 11:00 p.m. | Experienced, strong and prideful, the Homestead offensive line used its broad backs in a mighty way Friday night and kept the Highlanders hopes of at least a share of a 14th straight North Shore Conference football title alive in pacing the Highlanders to a 35-30 upset of previously unbeaten archrival Germantown.

The Highlander unit, which had lost one starter, Jack Warshauer to injury in the first half, brought Homestead back from a 21-8 first half deficit, and paved the way  to four consecutive touchdown drives of 80, 80, 80, and 75 yards that the Warhawks were incapable of stopping.

"With about 9:30 minutes to go I turned to my offensive line coach (Matt Wolf) and said, 'Let's see if we can run the ball all the way down the field'," said head coach Dave Keel, "and we did."

The ensuing touchdown, a 3-yard run by fullback Matt Winters, expanded the Homestead lead to 35-24 with just a 1:27 left. Germantown got a 30-yard TD pass from Dwayne Lawhorn, Jr. to Connor Schulz but when Homestead's Nick Ziebell recovered the onside kick with 17 seconds to go, the game was over and the North Shore Conference had a new look, one that it hadn't had since 2002.

"We had one thought, that the game belongs to us (the O-line)," said lineman John Marita. "We were just following the scheme and listened to what the coaches told us was going to work. It's exciting when you see it all come out like that."

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 8.

Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to can also submit letters online via our submission form.

Whitefish Bay boys v-ball teams beats Germantown, ties for NSC lead

Oct. 08, 2014 10:29 p.m. | Down 11-8 in the critical "race to 15" final set of his team's North Shore Conference dual meet with four-time league champion Germantown, Whitefish Bay boys volleyball coach Jake Conrad asked his Blue Dukes to reach down for some confidence.

"During the conversation we talked about the fact that they (the Warhawks) have been in this position before, they've been to state, they're a strong team," he said. "I told them that they (the Bay players) have to take some of that into their hearts and move it forward.

"It was time to walk the walk, not talk the talk. We had to find a way to create the kind of confidence that we've been looking for all season."

And the Blue Dukes found it, taking advantage of some critical Warhawk errors to pull out the final set, 15-13, to complete a 25-21, 25-19, 16-25, 22-25, 15-13 victory that pulled Bay into a tie for the North Shore Conference lead.

Germantown coach Brian Rushmer, whose team has eight players back from the 2013 team that made the WIAA state finals, was puzzled by how his Warhawks were unable to hold on at the end after making a strong rally from being down two sets to none.

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Driver critically injured in crash into Brown Deer garage

Oct. 08, 2014 2:38 p.m. | A 70-year-old man reportedly is in critical condition Wednesday after crashing his vehicle into a garage in Brown Deer.

The crash occurred in the 8100 block of N. Green Bay Road, North Shore Fire/Rescue said in a post on Facebook, adding that the driver was taken to Froedtert Hospital.

WTMJ-TV reports it occurred at about 10:30 a.m., when the car ended up on two cars inside the garage, and the driver was not associated with the owner of the vehicles in the garage.


Shorewood CDA changes approach with Wilson townhomes

Oct. 07, 2014 4:54 p.m. | Shorewood — After hearing concerns from residents, Shorewood officials are now pulling back on two controversial elements of its central district master plan.

But public criticism wasn't the only reason why the village's Community Development Authority decided not to recommend Wilson Drive townhomes and a Shorewood High School campus commons area as development opportunities in its overall master plan. The two plans may still reappear in future plans.

Village Manager Chris Swartz recommended the CDA remove the idea of an outdoor high school commons area with underground parking, because the school district, which initially approached the village with the plan, has decided to consider the matter separately — possibly in an upcoming long-term facilities plan.

Specifically, the idea was to turn the Shorewood High School parking lot into a green commons area with two levels of underground parking, offering 160 underground parking spaces. Just east of the parking structure, along Oakland Avenue, was a proposed two-story, 16,000-square-foot commercial building with first-floor retail space and second-floor office space.

The CDA is recommending the Plan Commission not include that concept in the master plan, but the Plan Commission could still override that recommendation. The plan will first be presented to the Plan Commission and Village Board at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Village Center.

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Mequon-Thiensville floats $20 million referendum proposal

Oct. 07, 2014 12:26 p.m. | Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District is seeking community input on a $20 million referendum that would fund building maintenance costs, high school athletic facilities, a high school auditorium and collaborative classroom environments.

At a meeting on Monday night, Oct. 6, Superintendent Demond Means unveiled a potential four-part referendum that addresses the needs identified in the district's long-range facilities plan earlier this year. Means said the district is planning a public outreach effort to determine the magnitude of the project and the community's willingness to contribute.

"We want to engage the public and determine what they think about what should be included and should not be included in this project," Means said.

The referendum would include $11 million for capital improvements, such as roofs and boilers. The referendum would also allocate $1.3 million toward Homestead athletic facilities, $2.1 million toward Homestead's performing arts center and $5.3 million toward the creation of collaborative learning environments at the elementary, middle school and high school level.

The district will soon mail out surveys to residents to gauge the support for a possible referendum. The district will also hold open house events, which will invite community members into the schools to learn more about the district's aging facilities. The board is scheduled to decide on Dec. 15 whether the district should place a referendum question on the ballot next year.

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Poll: Will Germantown or Homestead win in Week 8 matchup?

Oct. 07, 2014 10:00 a.m. | Week 8 of the preps football season showcases a big North Shore Conference rivalry matchup: Germantown at Homestead.

Last year in Germantown, the Highlanders beat the Warhawks, 28-20.

And both teams have been successful this year. Germantown is 6-0 overall, not including a bye week after Nicolet canceled its football season. Homestead is 5-1, and also had a bye week thanks to Nicolet.

Mequon-Thiensville receives offer on farmland

Oct. 06, 2014 10:01 p.m. | Mequon — An unknown developer has bid $2.1 million for a 112-acre parcel of farmland owned by the Mequon-Thiensville School District.

Mequon-Thiensville voters gave the school district permission to sell the land in July, and the school district wasted no time in advertising the land to local developers — either through direct contact, on websites or in local trade publications. The land — located between Wauwatosa and Swan roads, just south of the Knightsbridge and Brighton Ridge subdivisions — has been zoned for lots as small as 1 acre.

The $2.1 million offer is slightly higher than the $1.9 million value placed on the land during a market appraisal conducted in February 2013. Superintendent Demond Means said he will not disclose the name of the potential buyer until the bidding process ends on Friday, Oct. 9.

Michael Ostermeyer, an attorney brokering the sale of the land, said six or seven developers have expressed interest in the property, and he expects to receive one or two more offers before the bidding process ends. The highest offer will go before the School Board on Oct. 27, when board members will be expected to approve or reject the offer.

Although the district has a signed offer in hand, the developer could change the offer if an unknown factor emerges. The property needs to be surveyed, for example, and the amount of wetlands needs to be identified. A larger-than-expected amount of wetlands could impact the economic viability of a developer's business plan, Ostermeyer said. That wetlands field work is expected to begin in late October and last through November.

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Brown Deer football team's depth too much for Messwood

Oct. 03, 2014 11:16 p.m. | The fast start the Brown Deer football team wanted in the first half didn't quite materialize against Shorewood/Messmer Friday night in the Falcons' homecoming game. So, on a cold, drippy and windy evening, the Falcons settled for a fast second half, scoring 28 unanswered points in the third quarter to break open a close game and roll to a 56-26 victory.

"At halftime we realized that we had to open the throttle," said Falcons co-coach Rob Green, "and that's what we were able to do. We didn't quite get it done at the beginning of the game, but we did then."

The victory improved the Falcons to 6-1 overall. They qualified for the championship level of the Woodland Conference crossover playoffs having finished second in the Woodland East to South Milwaukee, which gave them their only loss.

They will visit unbeaten Greendale (7-0), which Brown Deer lost to twice last season, in the first crossover game on Friday, Oct. 10.

Meanwhile, the injury-riddled Greyhounds fell to 1-6.

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