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Suicide believed to be cause of Brown Deer death

Sept. 20, 2012 1:30 p.m. | Brown Deer police and the Milwaukee County Medical Examiners Office suspect suicide in the death of a man discovered off a Brown Deer recreational trail this morning, according to a Brown Deer police news release.

From the release:

Brown Deer and Mequon police responded to a report of a deceased person in an area of recreational trail between West County Line Road and West Brown Deer Road at approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Officers interviewed a witness who said he found the body as he was jogging along the trail. After locating the man, officers confirmed that he was deceased.

Brown Deer police and the examiners office believe the man committed suicide, though the investigation is ongoing.

Solar energy interest is heating up in Shorewood

April 27, 2016 12:42 p.m. | Shorewood — Lorna Young and Steve Cupery installed solar panels on their Shorewood garage in December, and already they are are producing more energy than they use.

With the help of tax credits and green energy rebates, they spent about $8,000 for 14 solar panels. Their electricity bill dropped from $100 to $17 in the month of March, and they are expecting their bills to continue getting lower in the future as their surplus energy rebates add up.

"There are very few things you can do to your house that pay back faster than solar energy," Cupery said.

Young and Cupery were among 30 Shorewood residents who came to Three Lions Pub on Tuesday, April 26, for a "Solar Power Hour" informational session organized by the Shorewood Conservation Committee and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

The two entities collaborated to create Solar Shorewood, which brings solar energy customers together for a group purchase that is 28 percent lower than market price. The MREA has partnered with the city of Milwaukee on a similar program since 2013, resulting in 98 Milwaukee homes and businesses converting to solar power.

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North Shore Sports Shorts: April 28

April 27, 2016 10:53 a.m. |


New Greyhounds coach Patrick Sullivan is proud of his links for former coach Drake Zortman, who stepped aside at the end of last season to take a job at Homestead after leading Brian Morris to Shorewood's first WIAA individual state berth in many years.

"I'm extremely excited to be taking on this new role," he said. "I actually had the opportunity to play football for Drake Zortman in high school at Whitefish Bay and coached with him two falls ago for MessWood (Shorewood/Messmer) during his final season with the program, so it's, on a personal level, very cool to be following in his footsteps so to speak.

"The thing that's impressed me the most about the guys on the team thus far is how quickly they all meshed. They're quite competitive with one another at practices but really do a great job of pushing one another in a positive manner."

The Greyhounds will be a young group with three juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen in the varsity line-up. They include juniors Tommy Curtis, Emmett Ognar, and Henry Dunsirn; sophomores BrendenFardella and Jacob Thorstenson and freshmen Aaron Eimersand Jack Madell.

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DOT to host hearing on intersection of Brown Deer, Green Bay roads

April 27, 2016 10:50 a.m. | Brown Deer — The state Department of Transportation will be holding a public information meeting to gauge Brown Deer's opinion on three potential interchange configurations at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads.

The public information hearing will be held at 4 p.m. May 17 at the Lois and Tom Dolan Community Center, 4355 W. Bradley Road.

The three interchange configurations being proposed include an expansion of the existing overpass, removing the overpass to create a traditional at-grade intersection and the creation of a median U-turn, also known as a "Michigan left" intersection.

Any of the intersection designs would be capable of handling projected traffic growth in 2040. The interchange configurations differ in their sensitivity if traffic exceeds those projections.

If the DOT were to expand the overpass, traffic would have to increase by 45 percent over the DOT's projected 2040 traffic volumes before a movement would fail. A median U-turn would be able to handle a 40-percent increase in traffic volume before a movement would fail. The at-grade four-way intersection would only be able to take a 15 percent increase in traffic volume over the 2040 projections.

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Soccer rivalry heats up on cold night as Nicolet and Bay girls tie, 1-1

April 27, 2016 12:24 a.m. | Nicolet girls soccer coach Tony Quintero and Whitefish Bay headman Rob Dubinski consider themselves friends.

Their respective teams, however, consider themselves to be the most heated of rivals.

And the Knights and the Blue Dukes made things rather warm with their intensity out on a chilly, windy night at Nicolet Tuesday as they fought to a physical and fast 1-1 tie in a North Shore Conference tilt.

"It's the kind of game you bunker in and soldier on," said Quintero. "These kids play each other in club and youth ball and just know each other very well. ...We knew we'd have to grind it out minute by minute."

"It was one of those Nicolet-Bay games," said Dubinski. "We're considered a power, but they're coming in with a very good team. We were the ones who ended their season last year (in WIAA tourney play) so we knew that they'd come at us like a terror.

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Youthful Nicolet soccer team off to 8-1 start

April 26, 2016 7:24 p.m. | Addition by subtraction or simply a turning of the wheel that's long been coming?

Either way you cut it, veteran Nicolet girls soccer coach Tony Quintero is going to take his team's 8-1 start, including a 3-0 sweep and the championship in a tournament in Mensaha on April 23.

Not even a bus breakdown on the way back home from Mensha could dim their spirits.

"The parents were practically in Port Washington by the time we called, but they were able to double back and get us," Quintero said, "but the girls didn't see it as a problem. They brought the boom box out and did a little dancing while waiting. They didn't take it too seriously."

But what Quintero is taking seriously is the high level of play with an extraordinarily young team.

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26-year-old killed in shooting on Glendale border

April 26, 2016 3:31 p.m. | Milwaukee —A 26-year-old man died this week after being shot near a McDonald's at Good Hope Road and Teutonia Avenue.

David J. Stange, whose last known residence was in West Bend, was riding in a vehicle with another person in the 3000 block of West Good Hope Road when a person in another vehicle fired several shots into their vehicle at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, according to Milwaukee police.

Stange died the next day. The second victim remains hospitalized for his injuries as of Tuesday afternoon.

The victims were involved in an illegal drug transaction prior to the shooting, according to the Milwaukee Police Department. Milwaukee police continue to investigate the shooting and are seeking suspects.

Teachers continue scholarship program on their own

April 26, 2016 2:06 p.m. | Shorewood — Teachers in the North Shore are doing the best they can to maintain a student scholarship that was previously overseen by their teacher's union.

The North Shore United Educators Scholarship has awarded more than $283,000 in scholarships since 1988. Historically, a $2,000 scholarship has been awarded to one student from each of the six North Shore high schools under the regional UniServ teacher's union. In 2013, as a result of Act 10, the North Shore UniServ chapter dissolved and was replaced with a regional system serving more than 100 districts.

The change in union organization left no staff in place to organize the scholarship fund. Teachers in the North Shore decided to continue the scholarship fund on their own, but the program doesn't have the resources it once enjoyed.

For the first time this year, the scholarship dropped from $2,000 per student to $1,000 per student. A large annual scholarship banquet has been replaced by several teacher outings to local restaurants, which agree to donate 25 percent of food proceeds to the fun. The bulk of the funds come from raffle tickets purchased by teachers at these events.

"The staffing at the middle level has completely changed, so there are fewer people to organize, promote and run a large event," said Amy Miller, a Shorewood teacher and secretary-treasurer of the scholarship fund. "But we as public school teachers in the North Shore think it's important to continue to recognize and honor our students in this way."

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Davis officially retires as Nicolet swim coach

April 26, 2016 1:42 p.m. | Ever the sentimental type, retiring Nicolet swim coach Dwight Davis' recent last words to team members after 30 years of success came in an email and were instructive of how his team members both remember him fondly and on occasion roll their eyes at some of the things he says.

"Seniors remember that you never get a second chance for a first impression," he wrote, "but your last impression is the lasting one. Finish well. Returning team members start training. NOW. Davis."

Not "Coach Davis," not "Mr. Davis," not "Dwight" but simply "Davis" ("It was just shorter and easier for the kids," he said) will be remembered on many levels for what he has done at Nicolet since he arrived in Glendale in 1985. Because, along with coaching many successful swimmers, including Olympic champion Garrett Weber-Gale, he taught physical education, life-guarding and water safety.

Knowing that is instructive when thinking about when Davis was brought into St. Luke's Hospital in January 2015 after a mild stroke. He would eventually have open-heart surgery.

"It turned out that the admitting nurse was in one of my lifeguard classes, so was a resident (who was helping him)," said Davis, "and the person who did my blood draw went 'Oh my God, I thought I recognized you.' That person was in one of my classes, too."

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New version of Peter Pan to debut at Homestead High School

April 26, 2016 1:36 p.m. | A new version of Peter Pan, written for a master thesis, will be performed at Homestead High School April 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and May 1 at 1 p.m., according to a news release.

The production, entitled "Peter Pan and the Girl who Grew Up," is being put on at the high school, 5000 W. Mequon Road, and is "a Peter Pan that you have never seen before," the release states.

Written by Amelia Figg-Franzoi, the is an original retelling of the classic Neverland adventure told from Wendy Darling's viewpoint. It details a new story of what happens on the Neverland island.

The story takes place during the second world war in London, when the Darling family is under attack at home. Neverland is in danger of being destroyed by Captain Hook. Wendy and her friends have to save Neverland.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for students.

Shorewood's former Village Pub will reopen in May as Cloud Red

April 26, 2016 12:55 p.m. | Shorewood — The former Village Pub will reopen in May under new ownership, a new aesthetic and a new name.

The building at 4488 N. Oakland Ave. was purchased last year by Rebecca Goldberger and Lis Duggan. Their new restaurant, Cloud Red, is named after the red-winged blackbirds that can be found throughout Shorewood. When these birds gather, it's often called a cloud. Similar to a cloud of red-winged blackbirds, Goldberger and Duggan hope Cloud Red will be a gathering place for people in Shorewood.

"What we're most passionate about is making Cloud Red feel like an extension of people's homes," they said. "Somewhere customers can simply be with friends and family. Somewhere they'll be invited in with a warm smile. And somewhere they can be confident that the relaxed atmosphere, fresh homemade food and quality drinks will always hit the right spot (and budget)."

Cloud Red will have a different approach to bar food. The "always" menu offers a constant selection of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and appetizers. The "sometimes" menu will be constantly evolving.

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. Goldberger and Duggan are adding more windows, as well as garage-door access. Outdoor seating will be available during the summer.

Whitefish Bay restaurant Moxie to open in late summer

April 25, 2016 11:13 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — It's only appropriate that Tamela Greene and Anne Marie Arroyo named their restaurant Moxie.

They were both laid off from Harley-Davidson late last year, and decided to pursue their dream of opening a restaurant. As first-time restaurateurs, they are determined to do whatever it takes to build a kitchen, develop a menu and become part of the community fabric in Whitefish Bay, where they have lived for the last four years.

Moxie is slated to open in late summer at 501 E. Silver Spring Drive in a space occupied by Placesetters gift store for 38 years.

When crafting their plan for Moxie, Greene and Arroyo sent a survey to 35 of their North Shore friends. Their email survey ultimately garnered 150 responses, which voiced a preference for comfort food, contemporary American cuisine, locally sourced foods and a good cocktail menu.

Moxie's menu has yet to be developed, but it will primarily feature Nouveau American cuisine, offering innovative variations on American classics. The menu will have an emphasis on locally sourced foods and will be reinvented often. Moxie will have a full bar with classic libations and craft cocktails.

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Shared superintendent proposal between Fox Point-Bayside and Nicolet weighed

April 25, 2016 9:15 a.m. | Bayside — The Fox Point-Bayside School Board's interest in hiring Nicolet Superintendent Robert Kobylski is seen by some as a prelude to consolidating Nicolet's other partner school districts — but Kobylski and Fox Point-Bayside School Board members say that couldn't be further from the truth.

The Fox Point-Bayside School Board has been searching for a new superintendent since February, and has received applications from more than 30 candidates. While evaluating five outside candidates, the board realized Kobylski met the profile of their ideal superintendent.

At a community meeting on Thursday, April 21, Fox Point-Bayside School Board member Max Dickman said the board's consideration of Kobylski ran parallel to their evaluation of outside candidates. Their decision to hire Kobylski on a contract basis got serious in the past 2 1/2 weeks.

"We did have five qualified candidates who applied. If we took the best of those candidates and hired them, it would have been a much easier decision for this board to make," he said. "But we feel as a board we would have ignored the best candidate."

The Fox Point-Bayside School Board is proposing to hire Kobylski through a two-year shared services agreement. Also part of the agreement is Nicolet's business manager, Jeff Dellutri, who would replace Fox Point-Bayside's outgoing business manager, Janice DeMeuse. Both DeMeuse and Fox Point-Bayside Superintendent Vance Dalzin will leave the district on June 30.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Previewing NFL Draft with Rob Reischel and Nathan Tanguay

April 25, 2016 7:51 a.m. | JR and JP dive into a crazy situation at Marquette surrounding the departure of Wally Ellenson from the basketball team and discuss the twice-rejected "success-based factor" plan in the WIAA (12:45). Packers Plus beat writer Rob Reischel chats with JR about the pros and cons of Packers general manager Ted Thompson and what to expect in Thursday's draft (26:15), and Mukwonago alumnus Nate Tanguay talks about playing for an FCS powerhouse in North Dakota State and teammate Carson Wentz, who could go first overall in the draft (55:00).  Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

How referendums expand the gap between haves and have-nots

April 23, 2016 3:28 p.m. | Let's put two current education matters next to each other:

Matter No. 1: Nicolet High School serves students from Fox Point, Bayside, River Hills and Glendale. Nicolet is both a high-performing school and a high-spending one. This year's budget works out to more than $18,000 per student.

On April 5, voters in those communities approved allowing Nicolet, for the next six years, to spend $3.15 million a year more than the revenue cap that the state imposes on public schools. A $2.15 million a year addition to school spending that has been in place for five years ends this year.

Without the voters' approval in the referendum, Nicolet would have cut spending by 15%, cut a dozen teachers and increased class sizes from typically about 23 to about 30, Superintendent Robert Kobylski said. The approval means about $7 per $100,000 of home value in additional taxes annually for Nicolet-area residents.

Matter No. 2: Milwaukee Public Schools leaders say they are facing a gap of $64 million between expected revenue and the cost of continuing operations as they are for next year. One factor in play is that the statewide class-size reduction program known as SAGE is being replaced by a program that, in the case of MPS, is expected to mean larger class sizes in dozens of schools and a reduction of a few dozen teachers.

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Whitefish Bay ranked top high school in Wisconsin

April 22, 2016 4:15 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Whitefish Bay High School has been named the top high school in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report rankings released Tuesday, April 19.

The Blue Dukes were also ranked 194th in the nation.

Whitefish Bay has a 16-to-1 student-teacher ratio and a college-readiness score of 70.6, a score based on the percentage of high school seniors who were tested and passed Advanced Placement exams. The full methodology is explained on the U.S. News and World Report website.

"This recognition is a wonderful celebration for a school community that so highly values the educational experience for their kids and a great point of celebration for our students who have worked diligently to maximize their K-12 academic opportunities," Whitefish Bay High School Principal Amy Levek said.

Homestead High School ranked ninth in the state with a 17-to-1 student-teacher ratio and a college readiness score of 52.5. The school was ranked sixth in the state last year.

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