Joey Gerard's in Mequon ends Sunday brunch

Jan. 31, 2014 7:33 a.m. | Joey Gerard’s, the Bartolotta Group’s supper club, has ended Sunday brunch at its Mequon location and ended Saturday breakfast at the Greendale restaurant.

The Greendale Joey Gerard’s still serves breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. It’s at 5601 Broad St.

Man, 52, arrested for aiding in underage drinking in Mequon

Jan. 30, 2014 9:47 a.m. | A 52-year-old Mequon man was arrested for providing a place for underage drinking and eight teenagers were arrested for underage drinking in the 10400 block of North Riverlake Drive at 11:46 p.m. Jan. 18.

According to the Mequon police report:

Police were following two speeding cars, and one drove away and the other pulled into the driveway in the 10400 block of North Riverlake Drive. A male ran from that car into the home and slammed the door.

After police knocked on the door, the Mequon man came outside and was "evasive" about any drinking and would not allow police to enter. A warrant was issued and police entered the home and found numerous bottles of alcohol scattered about along with a water bong, a scale with residue, rolling papers and cigarillos with the contents scooped out. An investigation is ongoing along with possible additional charges.

Whitefish Bay students dodge Southern storm on way home from Disney

Jan. 30, 2014 9:11 a.m. | Whitefish Bay High School's band is due Thursday morning to arrive back in Milwaukee after being stranded in Georgia, caught in the snowstorm that took Southern states by surprise.

Thirty-two students from all grade levels in the band left last Friday on a trip to Florida to perform at Downtown Disney. They were on the way back when the storm hit Tuesday, the band director Nicholas Castonguay said, prompting the band to seek out a hotel a few hundred miles south of Atlanta.

They did the right thing. A few inches of snow threw Atlanta and other Southern cities into chaos Tuesday, leaving commuters stranded on the roads and students stuck in buses or at their schools overnight.

Castonguay said they had no problem traveling north through Atlanta on Wednesday, though it was a different story for travelers driving south.

"In the southbound lanes, there were miles and miles of traffic. It was pretty incredible, and there were tons of cars off the side of the road, just sitting there," he said.

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Nicolet's AP test results are puzzles in themselves

Jan. 29, 2014 12:14 p.m. | Glendale — Nicolet students posted a promising set of advanced placement test scores in 2013, but the differences between Nicolet and other schools make it tough to rank their performance.

According to a joint presentation from teaching a learning director Brenda Turner and high school principal Greg Kabara, participation in AP classes and tests — Nicolet requires AP class students to take the accompanying test — have steadily increased over the years, with 300 students taking a total of 720 tests in 2013.

That amounts to a nearly 28 percent participation rate among Nicolet students, with about 75 percent of them earning a score of three or better on the tests, which are graded on a one to five scale where a three is considered passing.

"We do a really good job of getting kids to stretch themselves and take AP courses," Turner said. "...Our participation rate is very high."

Placed in a group of comparable high-performing districts like Cedarburg, Mequon-Thiensville, Elmbrook and Whitefish Bay, Nicolet appears to be middling or lower-end when it comes to overall participation rate and the percentage of students hitting the benchmark score of a three.

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Brown Deer Village Board primary candidates sound off on the issues

Jan. 29, 2014 10:35 a.m. | Brown Deer — A Feb. 18 primary will eliminate hopefuls and leave four candidates in the running for two seats on the Brown Deer Village Board.

For the primary, all six wards will vote at Village Hall, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive. Incumbent Trustee Terrry Boschert defends his seat against newcomers Jamie Awe, Otto Bunge, Richmond Izard II, Bruce Thomas and Sherry Yusuf. The top four vote-getters will move on to the April 1 spring election.

Trustee Andrea Weddle-Henning, whose seat is up for grabs, is not seeking re-election.

NOW caught up with the six candidates and picked their brains about issues the Village Board is grappling with now and could be in the near term: their thoughts on developments at the vacant gas station at 51st Street and Brown Deer Road, the strip mall on the village's west end of Brown Deer Road, and the controversial Beaver Creek development near 60th Street and Brown Deer Road; which services, if any, the village should consider consolidating with area municipalities; and how the village should continue to deal with levy limits imposed by the state.

Jamie Awe

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Shorewood's biggest TIF projected to pay off in 2022

Jan. 29, 2014 10:06 a.m. | Shorewood — The village's biggest tax incremental financing district is projected to pay back taxpayers by 2022 and could end up turning a profit, according to projections presented Tuesday at the Village Board and Community Development Authority's annual meeting.

The TIF district, created in 1995, contains nearly the entire commercial corridors of Oakland Avenue and Capitol Drive and has used tax dollars to spur developments like the Metro Condo Building, Cornerstone Apartments, North Shore Bistro, Wine Thief, Ravenna Apartments, and a number of facade improvements.

Michael Harrigan of Ehlers, the village's financial adviser, said taxpayers have put up about $17.5 million over the years to help fund those projects. At the high point of 2007, that investment had created about $53 million of new property value in the district, but after the 2008 crash and following "Great Recession," the new value has fallen to about $36 million.

As Harrigan and Village President Guy Johnson pointed out, the pre-recession numbers were fueled by the real estate bubble at an annual growth rate of between 8 and 10 percent. In the current market, Harrigan is projecting no growth in 2014 and slowly increasing growth up to 2 percent annually beginning in 2018.

With those numbers, Harrigan projects that by 2022 — the year the district is set to close and the added property taxes will finally go to Shorewood, the school district, and other taxing bodies — the district will either be slightly over or under the break-even point if no new projects are funded.

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Brown Deer School Board meeting rescheduled for Wednesday

Jan. 28, 2014 9:34 a.m. | Brown Deer — The School Board meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening has been rescheduled for Wednesday due to cold weather closures, according to the district main office.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Administrative Services Center, 8200 N. 60th Street. A copy of the board agenda is available here.

Mequon police on the lookout for suspected car thief

Jan. 28, 2014 9:28 a.m. | Mequon — Police are looking for a man suspected of stealing a car from a Sendik's employee on Saturday, according to a department news release.

Police say the vehicle was stolen from the Sendik's at 10930 N. Port Washington Road around 4:25 p.m. Jan. 25. The man entered the employee area in the rear of the store and took an employee's coat containing car keys.

He then found the matching car in the parking lot and drove it off northbound on Port Washington Road.

Based on security camera footage, police describe the man as white, late 20s to early 30s, with a receding hairline and glasses. He was seen wearing a dark jacket with white logos on the left chest and right bicep, dark pants, and white tennis shoes.

Anyone who can identify the suspect or provide information is encouraged to contact Mequon police at (262) 242-3500.

Firefighters find burnt mops at Bayshore

Jan. 28, 2014 9:04 a.m. | Firefighters responding to a fire alarm at Bayshore Town Center on Jan. 22 found 10 to 15 mops that had been burned.

According to the North Shore Fire Department report:

Firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm coming from a second-floor maintenance room at Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive, at 5:55 a.m. Jan. 22.

In that room, crew found 10 to 15 mops that had burned and there was a strong chemical odor. An employee said the mops had just been dropped off after being cleaned when he saw smoke coming out. He said he moved them to see what was happening and they burst into flames. He extinguished the fire and no further damage was reported.

North Shore districts canceling school, activities Tuesday

Jan. 27, 2014 12:17 p.m. | The Brown Deer, Mequon-Thiensville, Nicolet, and Whitefish Bay school districts have canceled school and all after-school activities for Tuesday due to wind chill warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

Nicolet's feeder districts, Fox Point-Bayside, Glendale-River Hills, and Maple Dale-Indian Hill, will be closed as well.

The current NWS warning forecasts wind chills between 25 to 35 below zero today and wind chills between 35 to 45 below on Tuesday. According to the warning, such wind chills can cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes.

Tuesday is the third school day canceled in January as a result of the frigid winter season. It is unknown yet whether the districts will need to add days to the end of the year to make up for the cold weather closures.

Shorewood schools are closed Monday and Tuesday for teacher in-service days but the district has canceled some after-school activities.

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