Brown Deer - Police officers apprehended a 26 year-old Milwaukee man last night after he allegedly robbed a gas station with a BB gun.
According to the police report:
The man entered the BP gas station at 5125 W. Brown Deer Road between 10 and 11 p.m. and demanded money before fleeing on a bicycle.
Responding officers found a person matching the description near the gas station and stopped him, later determining that he was the suspect and making the arrest.
The BB gun and stolen money were recovered by Brown Deer police.
Brown Deer — What officials call Brown Deer School District's "transformation" — the move from three buildings to two and campus renovations funded by a 2011 referendum — could have students in uniforms and an increased tax levy in the coming school year.
At a Teaching & Learning committee meeting, followed by a School Board meeting Tuesday, school staff campaigned for district-wide school uniforms and several budget requests which would raise the tax levy by a yet-to-be-determined amount. In both cases, the underlying theme of the the pitch was the same.
"This is a turning point year for us," Superintendent Deb Kerr said. She added the referendum-funded campus overhaul has built momentum for progress around the district, and that uniforms and additional taxpayer investment would "create a culture for learning and higher expectations."
"I can't think of a more important year than the one coming up, for the school district," board member Dennis Griffin said during the budget deliberations. "(No other time) compares to the extent of changes that are happening this year."
The School Board will have its first look at the school uniforms topic at its June 25 meeting, and will have more complete budget and tax levy figures in early July, after the state Legislature decides on a biennial budget and state aid amounts are calculated for each district.» Read Full Article
Shorewood — Vero Beach, Fla.-based senior living firm Harbor Retirement Associates is proposing a senior living facility on the former Pig N' Whistle and Sherburn Place Apartments sites on Capitol Drive on the village's western edge.
The facility, according to a village news release, would provide both assisted living and memory care.
In 2008, Virginia-based Sunrise Senior Living proposed an 83-unit assisted living center. Illinois-based Pathway Senior Living in 2010 also proposed an 80-100 unit development. Both proposals eventually fell though.
Though she couldn't offer details, Planning and Zoning Director Ericka Lang said HRA's proposal will likely be similar to the 2008 and 2010 proposals.
The Plan Commission will have its first look at the site plans for the project, located in the village's third tax incremental financing district, next week, Lange said. The proposal will have to go through the Plan Commission, Village Board and Community Development Authority in what Lange described as a three-month process, with a fleshed out development agreement emerging by the end of August.» Read Full Article
Bluegrass music filled Humboldt Park last night in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert.
But photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill, which featured Pay the Devil / The Best Westerns.
Shorewood — The Shorewood Village Board on Monday amended its municipal code to clarify and reiterate the board's power to cite both property owners and contractors who build on private properties and in public right-of-way areas without getting prior approval from the village.
The ordinance was approved at the same meeting as two separate requests to alter the public right of way on two properties: one to plant a short hedge row and another to build a retaining wall.
Both proposals were approved, but trustees chided contractor Outdoors Unlimited and the owners of the property with the retaining wall for nearly completing it before getting approval from the village. The lower wall extends 13 inches into the right-of-way area.
"This contractor does a lot of business in our area and should know better," Trustee Thad Nation said.
Two separate issues» Read Full Article
Mequon — Considering it "an assault on public education," Mequon-Thiensville district officials on Monday had a spirited discussion about the proposed statewide expansion of the school voucher program.
While vouchers have long been offered in Milwaukee and Racine, the proposal broached earlier this month by the Joint Finance Committee in Madison would expand the program across Wisconsin if it is enacted.
The voucher program gives low-income students the opportunity to attend private and parochial schools without paying tuition. Advocates say the vouchers give students more choice in communities with under-performing districts.
But Mequon-Thiensville administrators and School Board members did not mince words as they expressed displeasure at their regular monthly meeting this week about the possible statewide expansion. The JFC has been reviewing Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 2013-15 biennium budget.
Superintendent Demond Means said he was particularly dismayed by the JFC's voting on the recommendation to expand the program about 2:30 a.m. June 5 at a time when public comment was neither taken nor practical because of the time of deliberations.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay — Tara Serebin, a 17-year Whitefish Bay resident, was chosen by the Village Board Monday to serve the remainder of recently-resigned trustee Lauri Rollings' term.
Rollings in May announced she would be stepping down to focus on her work life and the imminent birth of her first child, creating a vacancy on the board until April 2014.
At the meeting Monday, trustees heard from the four applicants for Rollings' seat: Serebin, Executive Director of the Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee; Jay Saunders, Public Information Assistant at the Milwaukee County Board of Directors; Mario Gonzales, Assistant United States Attorney at the Department of Justice; and Ken Wysocky, a freelance journalist and editor who ran unsuccessfully in the spring election.
In a paper ballot vote, Serebin received three votes, while Gonzalez and Wysocky each received one.
Before taking the executive post at PLCM, Serebin was a longtime elementary and substitute teacher. She has a bachelor's in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's in education from UW-Milwaukee.» Read Full Article
Mequon — Administrators and board members of the Mequon-Thiensville School District want public input as they continue to consider the potential reconfiguration and sale of district properties.
The next discussion is scheduled for a School Board meeting at 7 p.m. July 15 in the Range Line building at 11036 N. Range Line Road.
Last year the School Board commissioned a study of the district's properties, resulting in a number of alternatives like consolidating the district's middle schools, closing or selling Lake Shore Middle School and Range Line Elementary, building additions to various schools, moving middle school students to the high school, or closing all but one of the elementary and middle schools before building a new K-6 building — among other reconfigurations meant to save the district money in the long term.
When reviewing the alternatives last summer, Superintendent Demond Means and the School Board concluded that the up-front cost of the reconfigurations, which ranged from $6.3 million to nearly $40 million, far outweighed the savings. The board later opted to fund ongoing maintenance rather than any big ticket infrastructure overhauls.
"(The study) clearly showed that there were no savings," Means said.» Read Full Article
Brown Deer — Marching and laughing and crying and hugging and singing, a crowd of students, teachers and parents said their goodbyes to Dean Elementary Thursday.
Their sendoff, which wound its way through the school as a parade and concluded outside with the release of golden balloons — many of which sported the names of students and teachers, alongside messages — marked the last day in the building before the gutting and demolition occur in October.
"It's the last time these kids will be walking down these hallways," Superintendent Deb Kerr said as the parade marched by.
Dean Elementary opened in the fall of 1959, home of the kindergarten through eighth-grade Dean School District, which was one of several such area districts that fed into the Granville Union Free High School District. As time wore on, several of the then-seperate districts consolidated into one composed of Dean Elementary, Brown Deer Middle School and what was originally called Granville High School and later Brown Deer High School.
In light of the 2011 referendum to consolidate Brown Deer schools into two buildings, the fate of the aging and maintenance-prone Dean Elementary was sealed.» Read Full Article
Thiensville — Through the warm summer air of Thiensville Village Park on Tuesday morning, the sounds and smells of dozens of different vendors mingled with the strum of guitar and the laughter of children.
It all heralded the opening of Thiensville's Village Market, a farmers market which for years has been hosted at the Walgreens at Main Street and Freistadt Road.
More than 250 patrons had made their way through the market by 11 a.m., market volunteers reported.
"They're coming in droves," said Thiensville Business Association President Jesse Daily, grinning behind the bright green uniform and cashier's smock of the volunteers.
So far 41 total vendors have signed up. The market is open every Tuesday through Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.» Read Full Article
Mequon — The 1st District aldermanic seat remains vacant after the Common Council on Tuesday, repeating the results of its Committee of the Whole meeting May 29, failed to select a candidate by the required five-vote majority.
The one vote the council took Tuesday reflected the three votes taken by the committee, a 4-3 gridlock. Aldermen Ken Zganjar of District 2, John Leszczynski of District 4, John Hawkins of District 6 and Andrew Nerbun of District 7 voted for Robert Strzelcyzk, who garnered 47 percent of the vote in the April election but lost out to Dan Abendroth — who turned down the spot when he unseated Mayor Curt Gielow.
Aldermen Dale Mayr of District 3, Mark Seider of District 5 and Pam Adams of District 8 voted for attorney Robert Holtz, who is representing his and eight other families in the suit between the city and River Club of Mequon owner Tom Weickardt.
Nerbun, Zganjar, Hawkins, and Leszczynski all endorsed Strzelcyzk vocally before the vote. Nerbun said, unlike popular opinion suggests, Strzelcyzk isn't a "Curt Gielow devotee.... I think we're getting an independent thinker." Zganjar, Hawkins and Leszczynski all called on Strzelcyzk's near successful campaign against Abendroth as reason to appoint him.
Strzelcyzk 'more unbiased'» Read Full Article
A recent study by the actuarial firm Milliman Incorporated calculates the North Shore Fire Department's 30-year retirement liability at approximately $44 million, about $30 million of which is unfunded.
Retirement liability, commonly referred to as Other Post Employment Benefits, comprises health insurance which bridges retirement age and Medicare eligibility, as well as sick leave payouts, among other things, depending on the benefits an organization provides. While OPEB liabilities have existed as long as employers have offered the benefits, the precise long-term ramifications of those liabilities haven't been clear until legislation has required governmental bodies to commission actuarial studies every three years, beginning in 2009.
"It's only the second time we've seen this," NSFD Finance Director Lynn Burton said.
As the cost of health care has increased over the years, so, too, has the department's OPEB liability. NSFD's unfunded liability was approximately $21 million when the first actuarial study was done in 2009, and has since increased to the present value of approximately $30.4 million.
The amount NSFD would need to sock away each year to fully fund OPEB, referred to by actuaries as the Annual Required Contribution is approximately $2.7 million. Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said that the department typically spends about $900,000 annually on retirement, between the current out of pocket costs of retirees claiming their OPEB benefits, and the $400,000 the department began putting away annually last year to help cover the benefits over the long term.» Read Full Article
A 12,000-square-foot office building proposed for Mequon has been approved by the city Plan Commission.
Concord Development Co. plans to develop the one-story office building at 10606 N Port Washington Road, near where two other commercial buildings have been developed by the firm, according to a commission report. Prospective tenants haven't yet been disclosed.
Construction is to begin this fall, and Concord is expected to seek city financing assistance through a tax incremental financing district on Port Washington Road, the report said. The project would be part of a series of new developments along a 2-mile stretch of the road that was rebuilt in 2011.
The commission approved the development at its Monday night meeting on a 7-1 vote.
First to reach mandated racial integration threshold, Brown Deer 'graduates' from Chapter 220 program
Brown Deer — The stage at graduation represents change, bridging what was and what will be, showcasing young men and women as they walk from one life to the next.
When Michael Snowden walked the stage Friday at Brown Deer High School's graduation ceremony, with him crossed the legacy of almost 40 years of progress, racial integration and justice, signaling the end of one era and the beginning of another.
Unknown even to Snowden until recently, he is Brown Deer's very last student funded by the Milwaukee Voluntary Integration Program, commonly referred to as Chapter 220. Passed by the state Legislature in 1975, Chapter 220 provided an ostensibly simple mechanism to grease the wheels of racial integration in one of America's most segregated cities. Students in the Milwaukee Public Schools system could enroll in the outlying suburban districts, and likewise suburban students could enroll in Milwaukee schools. Wherever the students went, so did their their funding, and once each suburban district reaches 30 percent minority enrollment — a benchmark established to reflect Milwaukee's minority population in 1975 — funding ceases for additional Chapter 220 transfers.
While MPS, the participating 23 suburban school districts, and Chapter 220 itself have all weathered significant changes, challenges and criticisms since the program's inception in the 1976-77 school year, overall minority enrollment has crept upward year after year in the suburbs, with Brown Deer leading the pack.
An 84-year-old man with dementia was found safe in his Thiensville apartment building about 8 a.m. Monday, though in the wrong room, after he was reported missing about Sunday night.
George Mayer left his apartment at Willowbrook Place, 205 Green Bay Road, to take out the trash, and when he didn't return, his wife alerted authorities, sparking police to issue a call for help from the public. The search paused about 3:30 a.m. Monday and resumed four hours later.
The entire apartment building was searched and police took a head count of residents. A mix-up occurred, however, when authorities searched an apartment unit with two names on the door and counted two residents, one in each of the unit's bedrooms, Thiensville Police Chief Scott Nicholson said.
What police didn't know was that the male resident listed on the door had died last year, the chief said.
When the woman in that unit woke Monday morning, she found Mayer in the other bedroom.» Read Full Article
It's not all pomp and circumstance, but that might be how it felt for suburban high school graduates this weekend.
Students from Nicolet, Germantown, New Berlin and more crossed across stages around the suburban Milwaukee area signifying their high school success. You can view photos of those proud graduates in our photo gallery.
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