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Braeger calls off Fox Point-Bayside recall

May 20, 2013 11:49 a.m. | Fox Point — Fox Point-Bayside School District parent David Braeger announced Monday that his School Board recall effort, launched just shy of two weeks ago, is at an end.

In a statement Braeger said that attention from outside arts interest groups, which he says would use the district for their own political ends, and assurances from teachers union president Mark Conforti, have led him to rescind the recalls he had filed against School Board President Debbie Friberg as well as board members Alice Lawton and Tim Melchert.

"Although I am in total agreement with (interest groups') cause, I can't let these highly organized groups use our community and school as the 'poster child' of weakened curriculum and schedule," Braeger said in the release, adding of Conforti, "he is the chief negotiator and the voice of the teachers and I must respect that."

While Braeger indicated he isn't confident in Friberg, Lawton and Melchert, he said newly elected board members Michael Weidner and Libby Wick can "bring in new ideas and leadership." He added that he hopes the district's incoming superintendent — recently announced to be Vance Dalzin from Williams Bay in Walworth County — can change the atmosphere in the district and resolve lingering schedule and curriculum concerns.

Friberg  didn’t offer any comment on the recall other than to say it hadn’t influenced her recent votes on School Board matters, and wouldn’t have factored into future votes.

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Hassless Mattress opens 4 worker-less retail outlets

4:06 p.m. | Hassless Mattress, a retail business spun out of the Penny Mustard furniture chain, has opened four Milwaukee-area stores with an unusual twist — no employees are on hand to staff the locations.

The outlets open and close remotely, and are fitted with security cameras that can be monitored over the Internet. The shops are stocked with mattress that customers can order from a computer or by phone. The firm delivers from a warehouse in Greendale.

The business model is somewhat similar to that of laundromats, but is being used to sell a product rather than a service. One decades-long observer of the mattress industry said he'd never heard of anything like it.

Running the business is Weston Huth, a nephew of Penny Mustard owners Arvid and Ben Huth. The three men are co-owners of Hassless Mattress.

The stores are at 7740 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield; 18110 W. Blue Mound Road, Town of Brookfield; 11018 N Port Washington Road, Mequon; and W188-N10707 Maple Road, Germantown.

Mequon named top K-12 district in state

Sept. 16, 2014 4:14 p.m. | Mequon — For the second consecutive year, the Mequon-Thiensville School District has been named the top K-12 school district in the state by the state's Department of Public Instruction.

The DPI released report cards this week for all Wisconsin public schools and school districts for the 2013-14 school year. Mequon-Thiensville ranked as the top K-12 school district in the state of Wisconsin with an overall accountability score of 86.1. This is the second consecutive year Mequon-Thiensville has received this recognition.

"I want to thank our students, teachers and parents for their continued commitment to our district's success," said Mequon-Thiensville Superintendent Demond Means. "The report cards reinforce the educational excellence that we model each and every day at all six of our schools."

All six of MTSD's schools scored 83 or higher on the DPI issued school report cards, meaning they all "Significantly Exceed Expectations."

Mequon-Thiensville, Fox Point-Bayside and Whitefish Bay all reached the DPI's top standard: "significantly exceeds expectations." Nicolet, Glendale-River Hills, Maple Dale-Indian Hills and Shorewood all reached the next tier: "exceeds expectations." Brown Deer "meets expectations," according to the DPI.

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Brown Deer trustees approve Lighthouse project

Sept. 15, 2014 8:57 p.m. | Brown Deer — A hotly contested assisted living center has been approved by Brown Deer trustees, with the expectation that the village will also buy the company's existing building and loan $2 million to the new project.

Minnesota-based New Perspective Senior Living received approval Monday, Sept. 15, to build a four-story assisted living center on 60th Street, north of Brown Deer Road. The 119-unit, 133-bed facility, called Lighthouse of Brown Deer, will feature about 46 memory care units and 87 assisted living units.

New Perspective would relocate from its 28-bed Lighthouse facility at 7909 N. 47th St. to the Beaver Creek condominium site left uncompleted by developer General Capital in 2008. By relocating Lighthouse, village officials hope single-family housing will be developed near Bradley Road and 47th Street, including the current Lighthouse site, the former Algonquin School site and potentially the deteriorating strip mall containing Salvation Army at 4747 W. Bradley Road.

The Village Board also agreed to purchase of the existing Lighthouse building on 47th Street for $1.35 million with a closing date at the end of November. Lighthouse has agreed to lease the 47th Street property from the village for $4,500 per month until its new site at Beaver Creek is complete.

TIF financing

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Banks delivers big run as Greenfield rallies

Sept. 12, 2014 10:21 p.m. | Depth and heart won out for the Greenfield football team on a cold and soggy night in Shorewood, as the Hustlin' Hawks football team overcame a 12-0 deficit on the strength of big defensive stops and an electrifying 95-yard fourth quarter TD run by Ezekial Banks to pull out a 20-12 victory over the host Greyhounds.

"We saw some of this two weeks ago when we fell behind 14-0 to Pius (only to pull out a 20-14 victory)," said Greenfield coach Joe Koch. "We're a two-platoon team. We're not as or as fast or as strong as other teams, but we do have big hearts.

"The kids knew that they could come back, and they didn't quit."

The win was the third in a row for the Hustlin' Hawks as they improved to 3-1 while Messmer/Shorewood (Messwood), fresh off its first Woodland win in many years last week against Whitnall, fell to 1-3.

Greyhounds' coach Drake Zortman said his team just ran out of gas.

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Four-story assisted living center moves forward in Brown Deer

Sept. 09, 2014 9:35 a.m. | Brown Deer — Despite a contentious public hearing on Monday, Sept. 8, plans for a four-story assisted living facility are moving forward in Brown Deer.

New Perspective Senior Living is proposing to build a 164,470-square-foot building featuring a four-story assisted living facility and an attached one-story memory care facility behind the Beaver Creek Condominiums on the west side of 60th Street, north of Brown Deer Road. The 119-unit, 133-bed Lighthouse of Brown Deer facility will feature about 46 memory care units and 87 assisted living units.

Brown Deer plans to offer $2 million in tax incremental financing to the developers: $500,000 at the time of occupancy and another $140,000 annually for the next 10 years. The developer has guaranteed the building would be valued at $14.8 million, creating an additional $12.5 million in value. Community Development Director Nate Piotrowski expects the increased tax revenue from the project would pay off the village's $2 million loan by 2024.

The Community Development Authority unanimously approved the village's financing plan. The Plan Commission approved rezoning the land, as well as the project's site plan, in a 5-2 vote. The developers will seek final approval from the village board on Sept. 15.

New development opportunities

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

Germantown football team rallies to beat Bay

Sept. 06, 2014 1:28 a.m. | After two easy routs to open the season, the Germantown football team found itself in a stunning 14-0 hole in the first quarter against visiting North Shore rival Whitefish Bay Friday night.

Warhawks coach Jake Davis wondered if his team had the heart to come back.

The answer was an emphatic yes. Behind dynamic third-year quarterback Dwayne Lawhorn, Jr. and a big play defense, the Warhawks rallied for a 38-28 victory to improve to 3-0 on the season.

"There's something to be said about getting into a dogfight right away (in the league race)," said Germantown coach Jake Davis. "I wanted to see how they'd respond. If we folded, that would have told me one thing, but we didn't, and that told me another.

"We have a lot of things to clean up, penalties (two of which wiped out touchdowns), turnovers (both of which the Blue Dukes turned into TDs), other things and that'll give us something to focus on."

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Despite another Herculean effort from Brown Deer's Baun, Rockets win thriller

Sept. 06, 2014 12:28 a.m. | In a battle of two offenses that entered their Sept. 5 contest averaging more than 40 points per game, the balance of South Milwaukee prevailed over Brown Deer and their stellar quarterback Zack Baun.

But just barely.

South Milwaukee running back Ian Pribyl rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and senior quarterback Justin Oliden passed for three more as the Rockets withstood a last-gasp drive from Baun and the Falcons to prevail in a Woodland East thriller, 41-35. A 36-yard scramble from Baun gave Brown Deer the ball at the South Milwaukee 32 with one second remaining, but his final heave was batted down to preserve the victory for the Rockets.

"They have a great player, and some other really good players, but we have a team," said South Milwaukee head coach Derek Hoff.

The win puts the Rockets (3-0, 1-0) in early control of the Woodland Conference Eastern Division, which they won last year, while Brown Deer fell to 2-1, 0-1. The Falcons will look to bounce back when they visit Cudahy (1-2,0-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.

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St. Monica to host car wash

Sept. 05, 2014 8:20 a.m. | The St. Monica School eighth-grade car wash will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, in the St. Monica parking lot, 5635 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Donations are accepted; all proceeds will benefit the eighth-grade class trip. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Sept. 13-14.

Upscale barber Groom will expand to Shorewood

Sept. 03, 2014 1:28 p.m. | Groom, the upscale men's barber shop in the Third Ward, will add a second location, in Shorewood.

The salon has leased 1,500 square feet of space at 3575 N. Oakland Ave., in the same building that houses Harleys men's clothing store.

Groom owner Theri DeJoode said she hopes to open the Shorewood shop in mid-October. Groom, 330 E. St. Paul Ave., currently has 26 people on its staff, and will add six more with the opening of the second location, she said.

Poll: Will Whitefish Bay or Germantown win in Week 3 matchup?

Sept. 02, 2014 1:00 p.m. | Week 3 of the preps football season showcases a big rivalry matchup: Whitefish Bay at Germantown.

Last year in Whitefish Bay, the Warhawks beat the Blue Dukes, 23-15.

And both teams were in the playoffs last year. Whitefish Bay lost in a Level 2 game to Waukesha West, 28-14. Germantown lost in a Level 3 game to Arrowhead, 36-3.


Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 29

Aug. 29, 2014 10:27 p.m. | Teams were looking to continue winning ways or bounce back after opening-week losses Aug. 28 and 29.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 2.

The social media story of Homestead at Arrowhead football

Aug. 29, 2014 11:20 a.m. | Homestead and Arrowhead met Thursday night after the two were among the state's best football programs in 2013.

Last year Homestead surprised a lot of people by beating Arrowhead early in the season, 13-7.

Homestead lost in a Division 3 Level 3 game to Kimberly, 37-7. Arrowhead won the Division 1 state title over Franklin, 45-24.


Here is what happened in the 2014 matchup.

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Allen leads Homestead football team to 24-20 victory over Arrowhead

Aug. 28, 2014 11:28 p.m. | Excited about it? Yes. The end-all and be-all for the season? Definitely not.

That was the attitude of the Homestead football players and coaches after they went into Taraska Stadium in Hartland Thursday night and, for the second season in a row, beat the two-time defending WIAA state D1 champs from Arrowhead, 24-20.

Everyone was on the same page afterward.

"It was a nice victory over a good team, but it doesn't make our season and we know we have a lot of work to do," said veteran coach Dave Keel.

"The first one felt great last year, it was a dog fight, and this one is a great feeling too," said all-state defensive lineman David Pfaff. "But we need to bring it home to Camp Randall this year (for a state championship). This is a building block to what we need to do to make that happen.

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