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None injured in Bayside assisted living facility fire

Feb. 18, 2013 4:50 p.m. | Bayside - No one was harmed this afternoon when Bayside police and the North Shore Fire Department evacuated residents and staff of the Elizabeth Residence after a fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.

According to an NSFD news release:

The fire department and police were immediately dispatched to the Elizabeth Residence, 9279 N. Port Washington Road, at approximately 2:50 p.m. after a 911 caller reported fire on the second floor. The call was immediately upgraded to bring additional staff and equipment due to the large population of elderly and disabled residents in the assisted living facility.

Arriving police officers reported heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the building. The first NSFD unit on the scene quickly determined the automated sprinkler system had put out the fire, though there was still smoke in several corridors of the building. Fire companies shut off the sprinklers, though a significant amount of water, fire and smoke had extensively damaged the area surrounding the unit where the fire began.

Police and fire department commanders evacuated and accounted for staff and residents of the building.

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Homestead's Millard to be inducted into WBCA Hall

1:29 p.m. | North Shore Conference baseball coaches Ernie Millard, Jeff Wolf and Jay Wojcinski are old pals, and they like to beat each other's brains out each summer as the leaders of the Homestead, Germantown and Whitefish Bay squads, respectively.

But they also like to celebrate each other's grand accomplishments (occasionally sticking each other with the bill), like the time a couple of years ago when Wolf and Millard took Wojcinski out to congratulate him on the Blue Dukes' first North Shore title in many years.

Recently Wolf and Wojcinski took Millard out to celebrate a grand and entirely well-deserved honor for this relentlessly optimistic, hard-working, well-respected and honest-to-a-fault paragon of coaching excellence.

They're going to stick Millard in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches' Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Marriott Middleton Hotel because as Menomonee Falls baseball coach Pat Hansen said:

"He's just a great role model."

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Whitefish Bay boys basketball team stays in NSC race with rally past Nicolet

1:18 p.m. | Everyone counts on the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team, from stars Elijah Moore and David Thompson to clutch 3-point ace Cade Garcia, and down to the five senior reserves who started the 79-74 win over border rival Nicolet on Feb. 5.

"I really liked how those kids (Kale Moore, Alec Lindfors, Tony Schulz, Carter Heston and Charlie Cohen) reacted to the situation (of starting)," said Blue Duke coach Chris Millner. "They deserved that shot. They've worked hard. And Cade got hot at the right time for us (a run of three 3-pointers in a two-minute span late in the second half).

"That's the thing about this team. There's always someone stepping up, picking us up."

It was a fitting win on senior night for Bay, who on this busy evening also had the Milwaukee Bucks' mascot Bango, the Bucks' Band and the UW-Milwaukee Panther in attendance.

The Blue Dukes, who rallied from an 8-0 deficit incurred in the first couple of minutes, improved to 7-3 in the North Shore Conference with the win and 12-6 overall. They trail only Germantown (9-1) and Cedarburg (8-2) in the NSC.

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Shorewood boys swimming team uses depth to win fourth league title

11:54 a.m. | Shorewood senior swimmer and defending WIAA D2 state 100-yard butterfly champ Michael Perry was annoyed that he couldn't pull off a win in his specialty at the Woodland Conference Meet at Greenfield on Feb. 6.

But then he thought about the big picture, about how the Greyhounds successfully won their fourth consecutive league championship and about the prospect of going really, really fast and the Greyhounds doing some seriously big things in the WIAA D2 state meet in Madison on Feb. 19, and then he relaxed.

"I was definitely disappointed about that," he said with a small chuckle. "I came off that third wall, and I should have taken him (Greenfield's Tyler Lustig). I really can't believe I didn't take him. But then I thought about it, and I remembered Greenfield/Greendale/Pius rested a little for this meet while we kept working.

"High school swimming is very much a team sport. When one guy has a really good swim, we all feed off of it. It just becomes easier that way. The guys we did rest had great meets, too, which gives us some insight into how the next couple of weeks will (hopefully) go."

The Greyhounds, who were third in the state D2 meet last season, have high goals in mind for the coming state series. They will head down to Whitefish Bay for sectional competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The winner of each event, plus all those who efforts are among the next 12 fastest out of all sectionals statewide, will head to that state meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium on Feb. 19.

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SPORTS SHORTS: Feb. 11

11:29 a.m. |

USM CO-OP GIRLS HOCKEY

The Wildcats successfully defended their Eastern Shores Conference title with a 2-1 victory over the Bay Area Ice Bears in the league tournament championship game on Feb. 6.

Junior Nicole Unsworthprovided the winning goal on a shorthanded effort in the third period.

"What a great hockey game," said USM hockey coach Jake Haury, "and what a win for us. Marie (keeper Detert) played out of her mind tonight. What an effort. Our defense was also great. I can't believe it. The Ice Bears are a great team. Our games against them are always tough."

Freshman Gaby Turer scored the first goal of the game in the opening minute on a deflection off a shot from Michaela Fritz.

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Mequon council votes down subdivision proposal at Oldenburg Farm

Feb. 10, 2016 12:33 a.m. | Mequon — After hearing overwhelming rejection from residents, the Mequon Common Council on Tuesday, Feb. 9 rejected a proposal to build a 20-lot subdivision on 221 acres of scenic farmland.

Developer John Graham was asking the council to rezone the Oldenburg Farm at 11446 N. Farmdale Road and the northwest corner of Mequon Road and Farmdale Road to allow lots smaller than five acres.

The subdivision, called The Overlook at Oldenburg Farm, is made up of two separate sections of land.

A 185-acre parcel on the east side of Farmdale Road would include 15 lots ranging in size from 1.25 to 2.75 acres. The lots are clustered in groups between three and five lots and overlook more than 100 acres of meadowland and woods along the Little Menomonee River.

The remaining 37 acres is located on the northwest corner of Mequon Road and Farmdale Road. These lots are between 2.5 and 3 acres and are clustered to the north of the property to maintain a vista from Mequon Road.

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Germantown boys basketball team overpowers Whitefish Bay, 101-74

Feb. 09, 2016 10:13 p.m. | "That was more like Germantown basketball," said Warhawks' all-state point guard Juwan McCloud.

And he was correct in his assertion after the Warhawks' stunning 101-74 rout of a surging Whitefish Bay squad in a key North Shore Conference game Tuesday night.

It looked and sounded like vintage high-powered Warhawks' basketball, from the relentless attacking of the basket to the large numbers of turnovers they forced as Germantown maintained (10-1 in NSC play) a one game lead over Cedarburg in the league race and won its sixth game in a row.

"It really did feel a little like the old days," added McCloud, who finished with 24 points on the night. "I think we've shaken off all those things that bothered us in December (four losses in five games). We just needed to play better than we were in all ways.

"We were playing sluggish, just not doiong the right things. It was tough stuff to learn."

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Apartment building, assisted living center approved in Mequon

Feb. 09, 2016 2:45 p.m. | Mequon — A developer has received final approval to build two three-story buildings next to Aster Memory Care at 6729 W. Mequon Road.

Lakeside Development will build a three-story, 81-unit apartment complex called the Town Center Apartments at 6729 W. Mequon Road. The building will include 21 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units and 18 two-bedroom units with a den. Rents will range from $1,400 to $2,300.

The L-shaped building will wrap around a swimming pool building with tall windows and a rooftop patio. The pool building will be connected to the apartment building. The apartment complex will include 23 surface parking spaces and 136 below-grade parking stalls.

Pam Adams was the only commissioner to oppose the building's conditional use grant and site plans. Adams said she foresees other apartment buildings being built in the Town Center corridor, and she doesn't want a building of this size to set the tone for the rest of the neighborhood.

"I don't see a building of this size in the spirit of our community right now," she said.

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Shorewood approves beekeeping ordinance

Feb. 09, 2016 11:34 a.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood residents are now able to keep beehives in their yards.

Dozens of communities in southeastern Wisconsin have legalized beekeeping in the last couple years. The beekeeping ordinance unanimously approved by the Shorewood Village Board on Feb. 1 was based on language from nine other communities.

Shorewood residents who want to join the beekeeping trend will have to be trained in beekeeping, notify their neighbors and apply for a $25 permit. Annual renewal permits will cost $10.

In crafting its ordinance, the Shorewood Village Board received guidance from Charlie Koenen, a Shorewood native who invented a horizontal beekeeping system at his Beepods company. A self-described "beevangelist," Koenen said the rise of urban beekeeping will help restore a honey bee population that has been in decline for the last decade.

While Shorewood may not seem like a hotbed for pollination activity, Koenen said urban environments have a more diverse ecosystem compared to large agricultural fields, which he said have been largely homogenized for the sake of productivity. After the single crop in a monoculture field has flowered, insect pollinators are left with nothing to eat and their numbers decline.

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St. Monica Parish hosts first "wine and art" winter social

Feb. 08, 2016 10:13 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — St. Monica Parish will host its first-ever "wine and art" winter social on Feb. 13 at the church at 160 E. Silver Spring Drive.

The family-friendly portion of the event lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $5. Activities include art projects, create-your-own-valentine booth and an art sale.

The adult activities last from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be wine and craft beer tasting, light dinner, silent auction, an art sale, guided painting and a jazz quartet. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets are available at www.2016wintersocial.eventbrite.com.

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Whitefish Bay orchestra presents Music for Munchkins children's concert

Feb. 08, 2016 11:35 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay High School Orchestra presents "Valentine's Day in Madagascar," its annual Music for Munchkins children's concert, on Sunday, Feb. 14.

This family-friendly event features a string instrument "petting zoo" from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., during which children of all ages are invited to touch, play, and hear string instruments such as violins, violas, cellos, and basses. Aspiring musicians will also have the opportunity to create Madagascar-themed crafts in preparation for the performance, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

Featured musical selections include "Stop! In the Name of Love," "New York, New York," "Can't Buy Me Love," Love Potion Number 9," "My Girl" and "Love Shack." Fifth graders from Cumberland and Richards elementary schools will be included as special guest musicians.

The general public is invited to attend. Please enter through the music wing (Door #11), just east of the main entrance at Whitefish Bay High School, 1200 E. Fairmount Avenue in Whitefish Bay. Admission is $3 per person, payable at the door.

Cedarburg girls basketball team beats Homestead, ties for NSC lead

Feb. 06, 2016 11:39 p.m. | Back on Jan. 22, the Homestead girls basketball team beat Cedarburg, 48-45, and Bulldogs' coach Dave Ross couldn't help but admire the winning Highlanders' intensity and toughness.

So on Saturday night, Ross was pleased to see the Bulldogs return the favor, as they took an early 11-3 lead and never let the Highlanders fully rally in a 53-47 victory that thrust the Bulldogs into a tie for the North Shore Conference lead with Germantown.

"...We got a message to our kids (after that first game), if we don't become more physical we're not going to be able to stay with the really good teams like Homestead," said Ross. "We noticed our schedule has us playing the top teams (in the league) at the end of the season. I think that situation worked to our advantage.

"Because we needed to grow up. The injuries we had at the start of the season are gone. We're feeling better and we're playing a lot better."

That much was evident as the Bulldogs improved to 9-2 in the North Shore, same as two-time North Shore champ Germantown, which the Bulldogs will visit on Feb. 12.

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Whitefish Bay boys basketball team rallies past Nicolet, 79-74

Feb. 05, 2016 11:10 p.m. | Everyone counts on the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team, from stars Elijah Moore and David Thompson to clutch 3-point ace Cade Garcia, and down to the five senior reserves who started tonight's 79-74 win over border rival Nicolet.

"I really liked how those kids (Kale Moore, Alec Lindfors, Tony Schulz, Carter Heston and Charlie Cohen) reacted to the situation (of starting)," said Blue Duke coach Chris Millner. "They deserved that shot. They've worked hard. ...and Cade got hot at the right time for us (a run of three 3-pointers in a two-minute span late in the second half).

"That's the thing about this team. There's always someone stepping up, picking us up."

It was a fitting win on senior night for Bay, who on this busy night also had the Milwaukee Bucks' mascot Bango, the Bucks' Band and the UW-Milwaukee Panther in attendance.

The Blue Dukes, who rallied from an 8-0 deficit to the surging Knights incurred in the first couple of minutes, improved to 7-3 in the North Shore Conference with the win and 12-6 overall. They trail only Germantown (9-1) and Cedarburg (8-2) in the NSC.

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Meet and greet the Mequon-Thiensville School Board candidates Feb. 10

Feb. 05, 2016 10:42 a.m. | Mequon — Chris Schultz and Aaron Hurvitz, candidates who are challenging the incumbents for two seats on the Mequon-Thiensville School Board, will host a "Meet and Greet" event Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Mequon-Thiensville residents are invited to meet the candidates, learn more about why Schultz and Hurvitz are running for School Board, what they stand for, share perspectives and concerns about the school district and enjoy some light refreshments from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Tolzman Community Room at Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road.

Incumbent board members Mary Cyrier and Kathryn Houpt are being challenged by Schultz and Hurvitz.

Schultz is a recently retired science educator who taught at Homestead High School for 17 years before retiring last year. Schultz said he wants to bring her educator experience to the board in order to serve as a "bridge of understanding" between students, parents, teachers and the board.

"We are running because residents and parents have expressed serious concerns to us about the Mequon-Thiensville School Board's decisions and attitudes," Schultz said.

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Video: DOT proposes 'Michigan left' intersection at Brown Deer, Green Bay roads

Feb. 05, 2016 8:04 a.m. | Brown Deer — Having reached somewhat of a stalemate with Brown Deer officials, the Department of Transportation has suggested a new design for the intersection at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads.

The DOT has previously proposed reconstructing the Green Bay Road overpass at a taller height with six lanes, sidewalks, bicycle lanes and wider paved shoulders. Brown Deer Road under the overpass would also be expanded to six lanes to match the rest of the road east and west of the overpass.

The Brown Deer Village Board has objected to a new overpass, saying a larger, wider bridge would be unsightly, block business visibility and impede economic development. Trustees would like to see an at-grade intersection that allows visibility to the Original Village area and the Marketplace of Brown Deer shopping center.

The DOT has said that creating a traditional at-grade intersection would increase traffic at that intersection by an estimated 13,000 cars per day, and would result in a 22 percent to 56 percent increase in crashes.

Seeking to find middle ground, DOT officials came before the Brown Deer Village Board on Monday, Feb. 1, with a third option: a median U-turn intersection, also known as a "Michigan left." The intersections have been in Michigan since the 1960s, but have never been built in Wisconsin.

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