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Mum's the word on Dr. Lucey

Aug. 17, 2012 12:42 p.m. | Brown Deer - School district administrative staff is tight-lipped when it comes to the continued absence of middle school Principal Marirose Lucey.

Lucey, who has reportedly been on leave since around three weeks before school let out, is the subject of much speculation in the Brown Deer community, with many wondering if and when she will be back.

Superintendent Deb Kerr said that the district isn't ready to divulge any information on Lucey at this point, maintaining that personnel issues are "private and confidential."

Information is on the way, according to Kerr, though she could not say when.

"I'm sure we'll have some resolution soon," said Kerr.

Three North Shore cross country teams win major invitationals

7:58 a.m. | It was a good weekend to be a cross country runner in the North Shore last weekend with three major meet titles.

·First, the Homestead boys claimed the Fond du Lac Invite on Friday, Oct. 2, for their first major meet title in about nine years.

·Then on Saturday, Oct. 3, the Shorewood boys won the Burlington Chocolate City Invitational for an elusive win after some rough racing the previous few weeks.

·Then the powerhouse Whitefish Bay girls got a chance to run on a flat and fast course and seized the title in the tradition-oriented Cudahy Purgold meet, also on Oct. 3.

Homestead coach Dan Claussen has every right to be enthused with his team's effort as freshman Drew Bosley, son of Highlander Hall of Famer Andy Bosley, had his coming out party by leading the team to a win with his first individual victory on the 5,000-meter Rolling Meadows Golf Course layout.

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Flooded with Questions: North Shore suburbs five years after 2010 floods

Oct. 08, 2015 1:21 p.m. | In 2010, a storm dumped 7 inches of rain in a two-hour period, causing $17.9 million in damage to Milwaukee County’s North Shore suburbs. The epic deluge was felt across metro-Milwaukee, but Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and parts of Glendale were the hardest hit.

Updated week eight rankings of area prep football teams and players

Shorewood/Messmer football team dominates Brown Deer upfront, 49-0

Oct. 07, 2015 1:28 p.m. | Last season, Brown Deer state offensive player of the year Zack Baun ran wild as the Falcons overwhelmed Shorewood/Messmer, 56-26, in a Woodland Conference game and matchup of area rivals.

What a difference a year makes, as a more experienced, more physical Greyhound squad took advantage of the Falcons' inexperience and an injury to Brown Deer star Nyles Williams to power their way through to an impressive 49-0 decision on Oct. 2.

Messwood coach Chad Hofmann was jacked up as the Greyhounds kept their state playoff hopes alive.

"We've been averaging close to 400 yards a game lately," he said. "I knew we were capable of playing this way and we did. We were crisp and efficient and when we play like that, we can do many things."

The victory improved Messwood's overall record to 3-4 and its Woodland East mark to 2-3 while Brown Deer fell to 1-4 and 2-5, respectively.

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Nicolet girls volleyball team rallies to win own Gigl tourney

Oct. 07, 2015 1:23 p.m. | This has been a season of unexpected losses for the Nicolet girls volleyball team.

An injury to three-year libero/defensive specialist and co-captain Maddi Kohnke took a big chunk out of a team that expected to contend yet again for the North Shore Conference title.

And then a loss to North Shore rival Homestead last week sealed the door and eliminated any opportunity for such a crown.

But the Knights can always depend on their own Brittney Gigl Invitational as a pick-me-up. Whether the Knights win or lose the event, it's always a good warm feeling after the meet as Gigl's parents always come to the tournament and explain the meaning of the meet and how the former player had her life cut short some years ago by a swift-acting illness.

All those latter events happened in due course on Oct. 3 in the 15th annual Gigl tourney, but so did something that veteran coach Dann Jacobson may not have seen coming with the injury to Kohnke and the loss to Homestead.

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Homestead alum remembered after tragic plane crash

Oct. 07, 2015 12:38 p.m. | Mequon — The Homestead High School community is mourning the loss of Homestead alum Quinn Johnson-Harris, who was among 11 people killed in an airplane crash in Afghanistan last week.

Johnson-Harris, 21, was a loadmaster assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron. He arrived at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, on May 2, 2014. He was on a four-month rotation to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. He among four airmen from Dyess Air Force base who were killed after a C-130J aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad Airfield on Friday, Oct. 2.

Homestead High School Principal Brett Bowers said Johnson-Harris had a "playful personality" and "one of those light-up-the-room smiles." Bowers still remembers the last time he talked with Johnson-Harris in Homestead's counseling office, where he told Bowers he had decided to enlist in the military.

"He was a very charismatic, dynamic young man," Bowers said. "He was one of those people who has a real natural ability for building relationships, whether it's with students or adults."

Johnson-Harris was also a reserve running back for the Homestead football team. He is the third former Homestead player to pass away in the past year. Juston Segura died in a boating accident in Lake Michigan in early September.

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Keeping an even strain: Nicolet girls win NSC tennis title

Oct. 07, 2015 12:28 p.m. | It's a great accomplishment to win the North Shore Conference girls tennis title because the league is so deep and the competition so good.

And don't get the Nicolet team wrong. The Knights were quite prideful of their second straight NSC crown they earned with two long days of work in the league tournament Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

"The girls were excited and happy," said veteran coach Tim Koppa, "but our celebration lasted about as long as the bus ride from Whitefish Bay back to Nicolet ... we took some pictures, and then it was back to everyday life."

It's not that the Knights are ungrateful, they just have bigger things on their minds.

"We weren't expected in the (recent) past to do this, but it is good to win because it's all good pressure," said junior Elise Gerard, who paired with Annabelle Crowley to claim the first double crown. "We know we'll likely see them again (conference opponents) at state."

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Crave Bar & Food opens in Mequon

Oct. 07, 2015 12:14 p.m. |

Crave Bar & Food, which bills itself as an upscale pub, opened this week in Mequon.

It's at 10401 N. Port Washington Road, on the grounds of the Chalet Motel. The building formerly housed Burrito Bueno, which closed last year.

The chef, Sal Gonzales, said the space has been remodeled to include a bar of granite, metal and wood, and TVs have been added throughout the restaurant.

Crave’s menu has a lineup of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads and wraps. Entrées are featured in three nightly specials, such as steaks and smoked meats; more entrées are expected to be added to the menu later.

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Whitefish Bay football team controls its own NSC destiny this Friday

Oct. 07, 2015 11:33 a.m. | It's all in front for the Blue Dukes; everything the Whitefish Bay football team is looking to accomplish it has complete control over.

Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Lubar Stadium, when they face old nemesis Homestead (4-1 in North Shore Conference, 5-2 overall) in a critical North Shore Conference showdown.

A victory there clinches no worse than a tie for the title for the league-leading Blue Dukes (5-0, 6-1) and would keep the intensity of this long-stewing, underrated rivalry at a full boil.

The last time the Blue Dukes beat the Highlanders was an epic 14-7 Grant Menard/Rashadeem Gray-led decision at Lubar in 2012 that clinched a share of the NSC crown and sent a flood of people happily bounding out onto the field.

Interim coach Jake Wolter, whose team set up the showdown with Homestead with a physical 21-0 beatdown of Milwaukee Lutheran on Oct. 2, would like to see a more sedate celebration should Bay win, but would love a celebration in any shape, manner or form

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Oct. 07, 2015 11:18 a.m. |


The win streak ran to 12 games with three victories last week for the top-ranked in state D2 polls Blue Dukes.

They improved to 5-0 in North Shore play with a 10-0 rout of Milwaukee Lutheran on Sept. 29 and then beat Racine case, 6-2, on Oct. 1 and edged a good Kettle Moraine team, 1-0, on Oct. 3.

They entered this week at 14-1. They will entertain Sussex Hamilton at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 andthen will travel to second-ranked in state D3 polls Grafton (15-1) for the de facto North Shore Conference title game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The Blue Dukes won the league title last season.

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North Shore fire service consolidation saved millions, report says

Oct. 06, 2015 6:00 a.m. | The consolidation of seven municipal fire and rescue departments on the North Shore 20 years ago has saved the communities millions of dollars while providing a superior level of service, the Public Policy Forum says in a new report.

Those seven municipalities together would have paid a total of $2.8 million more annually in operating costs in 2014 to achieve an equivalent level of service, if they had not combined the departments into one unit, says the report, "Come Together: An analysis of fire department consolidation in Milwaukee County's North Shore."

Success of the North Shore Fire Department prompted Public Policy Forum President Rob Henken to remind other municipalities in southeastern Wisconsin that consolidating a variety of services — fire and rescue, police, health and even school districts — could save taxpayer dollars.

The numbers alone — 146 municipalities and 92 school districts in the seven-county region — show there is plenty of opportunity, Henken said.

While North Shore communities talked for 10 years before consolidation occurred in 1995, it could not have succeeded without the willingness of public officials to take a risk, Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said.

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Brown Deer will build new public works building

Oct. 05, 2015 9:53 p.m. | Brown Deer — Brown Deer officials decided Monday, Oct. 5, to build a new public works building next to village hall with the hopes of spurring redevelopment at the building's existing location in the Original Village neighborhood.

The public works facility is located on a 3.9-acre lot at 8717 N. 43rd St. in the recently-redeveloped Original Village neighborhood. At least $1 million in repairs have been identified at the 49-year-old public works building, not including the extra 2,302 square feet of space needed to properly store snow plows and other public works vehicles.

The new public works facility would be built on a 6.5-acre plot of land located between the Brown Deer Police Department and Rite-Hite. The grassy vacant land is owned by Rite-Hite and is assessed at $1.1 million.

The loss of tax revenue on the 6.5-acre Rite Hite property could be recouped by redeveloping the existing DPW lot into a mixed-use facility with high-end apartments and retail stores, which village officials say would be a better fit for the quaint downtown neighborhood. Additionally, any redevelopment at the existing DPW site would financially bolster the village's suffering fourth tax incremental district, which is running at a $1.4 million deficit.

The only village official to vote against the idea was Trustee Terry Boschert, who favored rebuilding the facility at its current site. He said purchasing the Rite-Hite property for the assessed $1.1 million is too much a gamble, considering the current DPW site in the Original Village area could sit undeveloped for the next decade.

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Milwaukee suburbs trick-or-treat times 2015

Oct. 05, 2015 10:00 a.m. |

When will the ghouls and ghosties ring your doorbell this year? Find out in our listing of Milwaukee suburb trick-or-treat times.
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Bay View
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Brookfield
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Brookfield
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Brown Deer
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Elm Grove
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Fox Point
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Halloween parade: 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Hales Corners
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Menomonee Falls
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
New Berlin
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Oak Creek
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
River Hills
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
South Milwaukee
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
St. Francis
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
City of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
West Allis
West Allis Downtown Halloween Hunt: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 31. For ages infant to 12, accompanied by an adult. Donations of nonperishable food items will go to a local food pantry.
Meet 'n Treat: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Whitefish Bay
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Animated characters help patients discuss ailments, levels of pain

Oct. 03, 2015 11:13 a.m. | The company's vision initially seems fanciful:

Create applications for health care featuring animated characters that can understand language in all its complexity, from context to regional idioms, detect emotion and recognize facial expressions, perceive differences in personalities, and on top of all that, constantly learn.

To make all this seem even more far-fetched, put the company's base in the second floor of a modest office building on Mequon Road.

Yet iDAvatars is among the companies that have set out to create applications based on one of the most advanced computer systems in the world — IBM's Watson. And IBM has taken note.

"They are one of the most innovative companies we work with," said Lauri Saft, who oversees IBM's partnerships with companies developing applications for the Watson system. "I've seen very few that have moved as quickly as they have."

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Homestead High graduate killed in Afghanistan plane crash

Oct. 02, 2015 7:48 p.m. | An airman from Wisconsin was among the 11 people killed when a U.S. Air Force military transport crashed at a base in Afghanistan, his sister said Friday.

Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris, 21, was a 2012 graduate of Homestead High School in the Milwaukee suburb of Mequon.

Johnson-Harris was among six U.S. service members and five civilian passengers killed in the crash Sept. 25 at Jalalabad Air Field in eastern Afghanistan.

His sister, Fa-tia Johnson, says he was her best friend and she's sad to see him gone. She says his work as a loadmaster was his passion.

"He was an amazing individual, and we really lost one, but you know what? They gained an angel," Johnson said.

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