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Mequon-Thiensville school board looks to keep facilities as they are

June 25, 2012 11:26 p.m. | Mequon - After reviewing seven different options for facilities reconfigurations at a working meeting Monday night, district officials and school board members indicated that it would be the best course of action to keep facilities as they are and invest money in maintenance.

The seven options, as presented by Project Executive Nicholas Kent of Plunkett Raysich Architects, were the result of a facilities study commissioned by the school board earlier this year which sought to find potential savings in reconfigurations of the district. Option one, which the school board favored, provides no reconfiguration and instead details maintenance projects the district will need to address in the next one to two years, and comes with a price tag of approximately $2.6 million.

The other options included reconfigurations which would consolidate the district's middle schools, close or sell Lake Shore Middle School and Range Line Elementary, build additions to various schools, move middle school students to the high school, or close all but one of the elementary and middle schools before building a new K-6 building - among other reconfigurations aimed at creating operational savings in the district.

The least expensive option, next to option one, would cost the district approximately $6.3 million and would create approximately $125,000 in annual operational savings. The most expensive option, which would move seventh and eighth grade to Homestead High School, build a new K-6 building, move sixth grade to Oriole Lane Elementary, Donges Bay Elementary and the new school, and would sell or close Lake Shore Middle School, Range Line Elementary, Steffen Middle School and Wilson Elementary, would cost approximately $39.6 million and would save the district approximately $188,000 annually.

School board members and officials expressed concern over how the district would fund such projects, and whether the annual savings would be worth such costs.

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2 left lanes of southbound I-43 reopen at Hampton

6:03 p.m. | Crews have cleared a disabled truck that prompted the closing of the two left lanes of southbound Interstate 43 at Hampton Ave. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office responded.

Suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country's 2016 WIAA State Track and Field Meet Special Section

3:00 p.m. | The WIAA state meet runs Friday and Saturday at the Unviersity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and several area athletes will be taking part looking to make history.

Check out our special section for the event, including athletes to watch, past photo galleries and past champions with the meet just around the corner.

Brown Deer's 'Eat & Greet' event is Saturday, June 4

2:46 p.m. | Brown Deer —Brown Deer's third annual Eat & Greet on the Street event will feature food, drinks, music and other activities in the Original Village area on Saturday, June 4.

This free, family-friendly event will be held from 3 to 11 p.m. on Deerwood Drive between River Lane and Ruth Place. The event includes live music, as well as food and beverages for sale from local businesses like Larry's Market, Poco Loco Cantina, Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar, Schulz's Delicatessen and Zi's Sports Pub & Eatery. Local artists will also be selling their original, handmade products.

The live music will kick off at 3 p.m. with the Brown Deer High School Marching Band and Drum Line. At 4:30 p.m., a rock cover band called Verdict will take the stage. The headlining band, Tweed Funk, will play from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Other happenings include children's activities, an obstacle course, pickleball demonstrations, the North Shore Fire Department fire truck, puppies and a visit from Vader, the Brown Deer Police Department's K-9 officer.

Whitefish Bay Community Band sets summer schedule

11:40 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — If you didn't get a chance to see the Whitefish Bay Community Band at the Whitefish Bay Memorial Day ceremony, there will be plenty more opportunities to see the band this summer.

Here's the band's schedule:

·Wednesday, June 15 during the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation Ice Cream Social at Old Schoolhouse Park. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and the band starts at 7 p.m.

·7 p.m. on Friday, July 1 at Klode Park

·7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 at Old Schoolhouse Park

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Major changes in the works for Bayshore Town Center

May 27, 2016 3:50 p.m. | Glendale — The owners of Bayshore Town Center are in the process of finalizing a conceptual site plan that would drastically transform the north end of the mall.

Olshan Properties met with Glendale city officials on Tuesday, May 24 to introduce the preliminary site plans. The plans will be finalized within the next two months and should be submitted to the Glendale Community Development Authority late summer or early fall.

Olshan would like to begin construction in late 2016, Glendale City Administrator Richard Maslowski said. They hope to hold a grand opening event by the end of 2017.

Under the site plan, the vacant Sears store would be demolished, along with the retail and office areas north of the food court. The spaces occupied by Old Navy and Sports Authority are the only spaces that would remain.

The area north of the food court would be transformed into a plaza, with Old Navy and Sports Authority on the west border of the plaza. Those two retail spaces would have new entrances facing the plaza.

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Faced with growing enrollment, Brown Deer transforms locker room into classroom

May 27, 2016 3:05 p.m. | Brown Deer —Brown Deer Elementary School will transform a locker room into a classroom to provide space for a growing student population.

Construction is expected to start this summer.

The Brown Deer School Board voted earlier this month to borrow $300,000 from the state trust fund for the project. With interest, the project would cost $324,273.

By borrowing money from the state trust fund, the Brown Deer School District will be able to refinance two existing debts with the state trust fund program that would save the district $43,000.

"If you deduct the $43,000 in savings, really by borrowing this money in the long term we are saving $19,000 in interest," said Jeff Pruefer, the district's finance director. "You could really think of this project as borrowing $300,000, and in the end we'll only pay $284,000 for this."

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Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country

May 27, 2016 12:15 p.m. | There are many programs, parades and events on Memorial Day in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.

Here's a roundup of events on the Monday, May 30, federal holiday:


Get a pool preview June 4 and 5 in Mequon

May 26, 2016 3:45 p.m. | The Mequon Community Pool will be open June 4 and 5 for a preview with the regular open season beginning June 13 through the end of August.

The pool, located at 11335 N. Cedarburg Road, will be open from 12:30 to 8 p.m., weather permitting.

Various pool passes are available for Mequon and Thiensville residents as well as nonresidents. For example, a family pass for Mequon residents is $115 while Thiensville residents pay $150 and nonresidents pay $200. Check the city website for more rates.

Children under three are free for everyone, resident or not.

Pool passes can be purchased at the bath house before the pool opening. The bath house is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 26 and 27 as well as June 2 and 3. Following the preview days, the bath house will again be open June 9 and 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Sexual assault reported in Shorewood

May 26, 2016 3:10 p.m. | Shorewood — A woman who was sexually assaulted in Shorewood on Wednesday, May 25 struck her assailant in the face, causing him to flee.

The Shorewood Police Department was dispatched to the area of Wood Place and Downer Avenue at 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday, may 25. The female victim said she was walking past a male on the sidewalk, and as they passed each other, the male turned around and told the female to sit on the ground. The man then grabbed the woman by the wrist and had the victim sit in the grassy area near the curb.

The suspect began to touch the victim, and then the victim struck the man in the face. The man fled south from the area in the 4100 block of Downer Avenue.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned biracial male, 17-25 years old, 5'07"-5'10", 170l pounds to 180 pounds, short afro-style curly hair. He was last seen wearing long, loose-fitting dark or khaki colored cargo shorts, dark colored baggy T-shirt, and black rectangular frame glasses.

The incident is under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or saw anything suspicious is encouraged to contact the Shorewood Police Department at (414) 847-2610.

2016 Bicycle Fest coming to Thiensville June 4

May 26, 2016 1:41 p.m. | Thiensville — The Thiensville Police Department is sponsoring their annual Bicycle Safety Fest Day from 9 a.m. to noon in the Thiensville Village Park, according to a news release May 25.

A skills course for bike riders, safety inspections, refreshments and door prizes (including bicycles) will be offered at the event. Kids will receive safe bike riding materials and they can also register for licenses.

Extreme Ski and Bike mechanics will be in attendance to provide the safety inspections. Dr. Theirl will provide helmet fitting, the release states.

Registration is June 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thiensville Police Department, 250 Elm Street. Class sizes are limited to the first 40 students with a registration fee of $25.

For more information contact Officer Gary Belzer, 242-2100 or visit the village website at villageofthiensville.wi.us.

Shorewood's Cloud Red softly opens its doors

May 26, 2016 1:25 p.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood's newest bar opened Wednesday, May 25 with an eclectic mix of homemade foods.

Cloud Red, 4488 N. Oakland Ave, softly opened its doors, showcasing all of the renovationss that have been made since the 2,000-square-foot space was known as The Village Pub.

Cloud Red will have 16 taps, as well as a wide selection of liquors, a reliable wine list and their own take on classic cocktails.

Cloud Red has two sides to their menu: the "always menu" and the "sometimes menu," which is constantly evolving. Some of the sample items on the "sometimes menu" include barbeque brisket mini tacos, falafel, fresh spring rolls, pierogies, meatballs, mini polenta dogs, mac 'n cheese and a local charcuterie plate.

The "always menu" includes small plates like root chips with horseradish chevre dip, a homemade chunk of bread with three different spreads and the ability to build your own flatbread. The "always menu" also includes soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches and a sandwich of the day like flank steak or Vietnamese crispy chicken po'boy. Wraps and sandwiches are in the $9 to $11 range.

Celebrate Memorial Day in the North Shore

May 25, 2016 12:14 p.m. | North Shore communities will honor the sacrifices made by our military veterans this Memorial Day weekend.

Here's how each community is celebrating.

Fox Point

The North Shore Rotary Club and Boy Scout Troop 391 are organizing a Memorial Day ceremony in Fox Point. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on the southeast corner of Port Washington and Bradley Road, heading east on Bradley Road until reaching a small triangular park space at the southwest corner of Lake Drive and Bradley Road. A 45-minute ceremony will be held in the park at 10:30 a.m.


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Missing Mequon woman Jacquelyn Ranallo found dead in Milwaukee River

May 25, 2016 8:54 a.m. | River Hills — A decomposed body found in the Milwaukee River near Range Line Road Tuesday, May 24, has been identified as 53-year-old Mequon resident Jacquelyn Ranallo, who has been missing since November.

Ranallo's body was discovered by two bicyclists looking over the Range Line Bridge at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to River Hills police. The bicyclists flagged down a passing River Hills police sergeant.

The North Shore Fire Department retrieved the decomposed human remains, which were then turned over to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. On Wednesday, May 25, the medical examiner's office used dental records to identify the body as Ranallo.

The autopsy did not reveal any sign of trauma to her body or head. The case has been labeled an undetermined death, but it remains under investigation. Toxicology reports will be available in six to eight weeks.

Ranallo was reported missing on Nov. 21 after she did not show up for a dinner appointment. She was last heard from on Wednesday, Nov. 18. In February, Ranallo's family offered a $15,000 reward for any information that might lead to her whereabouts.

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North Shore sports shorts: May 26, 2016

May 25, 2016 8:14 a.m. |


David Dunlapset a record in the 100-meter dash and also won the 200 dash and anchored the winning 4x200 relay team as the Knights finished a strong third in the North Shore Conference outdoor meet they hosted on May 17.

They scored 851/2 points for their spot, as Whitefish Bay won with 148.

Dunlap took down the 17-year old 100 record of Knights' legend BJ Tucker (10.71 seconds) with a record time of 10.64.

Dunlap was astounded by his effort

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Whitefish Bay boys track team makes history with first North Shore Conference title

May 25, 2016 7:52 a.m. | Everyone who knows even a little about Wisconsin preps track knows the story of the Whitefish Bay boys and legendary Hall of Fame coach Chet Wangerin, who led the Blue Dukes to 16 state titles in a row between 1937 and 1952.

The Blue Dukes lead the entire state in terms of state titles with 18.

And Bay has remained good since that early run, full of high-level, state-championship talent ever since. But what it's been missing for a long time is the classically deep, well-balanced team that could win the most basic of desired goals: conference titles.

In fact, until the surprising championship effort the Blue Dukes put in May 17 at the conference meet at Nicolet, there had never been one for Bay in the 30-year history of the North Shore Conference.

The Blue Dukes would have to go back to the old Suburban Conference for the last one, and records for that are sketchy.

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