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1 dead in fire that destroyed Glendale house

Feb. 09, 2014 7:30 a.m. | One person is dead after a fire Saturday evening destroyed a home on Bridgewood Lane in Glendale.

The fire was first reported at 9:45 p.m. by a Glendale police officer who noticed it while on patrol. Fire crews responded and found the fire had taken over the front and back of the house, delaying firefighters' entry into the home, North Shore Fire/Rescue said in a news release.

The roof collapse shortly after the firefighters arrived, and the damage was so extensive that part of the first floor eventually collapsed into the basement. 

Crews later were able to locate the unidentified victim on the first floor. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office is investigating the cause of death and helping to identify the victim.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appears to have started in a first-floor living room, North Shore Fire/Rescue said. Fire crews were unable to locate any smoke detectors in the home.

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Bay boys sharing on offense leads to 61-39 win over Messmer

Feb. 08, 2014 6:43 p.m. | In a game that will likely have major WIAA D2 sectional seeding ramifications, the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team took a 9-0 lead on host Messmer and never looked back in earning a 61-39 victory Saturday afternoon.

"That's a tough team and the score is not indicative of how tough this game was," said Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik. "We were able to get stops when we needed them and we've been encouraging the kids to share the ball and they've bought in.

"When you share the ball good things tend to happen."

With the victory, the Blue Dukes improved to 15-5 overall and ran their winning streak to five games. Meanwhile, the Bishops saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end as they fell to 16-3.

Both are in the same WIAA sectional bracket.

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Bay boys hoops team gets defensive in overpowering Nicolet, 62-26

Feb. 07, 2014 11:31 p.m. | If the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team continues to play defense like it did against overmatched host and rival Nicolet Friday night, don't be surprised if the Blue Dukes make another strong WIAA tourney run like they did when they won the state D2 title in 2011.

The Blue Dukes limited the Knights to just nine second half points, held them to just five field goals for the night and went on a 26-0 run in the third quarter in winning their fourth game in a row and their second of the week in an easy 62-26 decision.

Coach Kevin Lazovik said the defense all comes down to communication.

"Yes, we're doing a great job of talking to one another," he said. "That's the biggest job on defense, communicating with one another. Guys stepped up and were really flying around tonight."

The Blue Dukes cemented their third place standing in the North Shore at 8-4 and improved to 14-5 overall.

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VIDEO: Shorewood man captures Grand Canyon from space

Feb. 06, 2014 4:35 p.m. | Shorewood — From the edge of space, even the Grand Canyon looks small.

At an altitude equal to three times the height of Mount Everest, John Flaig of Shorewood shot photos and video from his homemade weather balloon, capturing breathtaking vistas from the furthest reaches of the atmosphere.

Flaig, 39, a programmer by day, is one of few amateur weather balloon photographers in the country, and a pioneer of the burgeoning hobby.

So much so that he is the subject of a recently released National Geographic micro-documentary. The roughly four-minute film follows the trip that he and adventure filmmaker J.J. Kelley took as they launched a gadget-laden balloon last Thanksgiving to capture stratospheric shots of the Grand Canyon:

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Thiensville police ticket 11 at underage drinking party

Feb. 06, 2014 12:59 p.m. | Thiensville — Police busted eight underage drinkers Saturday and ticketed three Thiensville men for providing the alcohol.

According to a department news release:

Following a report of loud music at an apartment, police responded to the 100 block of Grand Avenue at 11:55 p.m. Feb. 1 and were met at the apartment door by the three Thiensville men. The officer at the door noticed beers cans in the living room behind them.

At the same time the officer heard on another officer's radio that there was a large group of people running out a rear door. The second officer chased the group as they broke into another apartment within the complex, where they were found hiding in a closet.

The eight young men and women, ranging from 18 to 20-years-old, were all ticketed for underage drinking and resisting arrest. The three 21-year-old men who were hosting them at their apartment were ticketed for providing alcohol. In total police issued 19 citations.

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Brown Deer Village Board primary election voters guide

Feb. 05, 2014 3:21 p.m. |

Jamie Awe

Age: 34

Employer/

occupation: annuity specialist at Robert W. Baird & Co.

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Mequon-Thiensville district confronts challenge of keeping best-in-state performance despite declining enrollment and funding

Feb. 05, 2014 1:44 p.m. | Mequon — It's a straightforward question with a not-so-straightforward answer: How to keep the state's top rated K-12 school district up to snuff when student enrollment, and therefore funding, have been steadily decreasing over the years?

That is the quandary a newly formed committee will take on as it attempts to rectify the Mequon-Thiensville School District's high-flying performance with its perennially red ledger.

Over the years the district has attempted one referendum and implemented numerous budget cuts to offset revenue losses. Nevertheless, with an awareness that the funding dilemma could someday jeopardize the quality of education within the district, the School Board decided last year to create the committee.

In January, the board approved the 17-resident committee roster, which includes lawyers, businesspeople, education advocates, and others representing the Mequon and Thiensville communities.

The board recently brainstormed its own, six-part definition of quality education. It's now up to the committee to create a plan to financially sustain that quality.

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Preserving our Past, February: Ice skating in Whitefish Bay

Feb. 05, 2014 11:53 a.m. | By Tom Fehring:

Shortly after publishing a book entitled, “Images of Whitefish Bay,” I received a letter from Mary Hansen Lourigan. The book included two images of men working on flooding the annual ice rink at Cahill Square, taken in the 1950s. I had assumed that the men worked for the village’s department of public works. Mary recognized them and wanted to pass along their names.

“I received a copy of “Images of Whitefish Bay” as a gift.  The picture of the man wearing the skates in front of the Quonset hut is Mr. Norbert Studelska. The gentleman with the fedora is Mr. Adelbert Rietz.  Norbert and Adelbert were both history teachers who worked as chaperones at the skating rink. I believe the man in the center is Mr. Richard VandenAvond. He came to Whitefish Bay as a teacher after I graduated (class of ‘59’). I used to skate almost every night and many weekends and remember them well.  Mr. Studelska and Mr. Rietz were two really good teachers.

“I have really enjoyed the book and the many memories that it has brought back.”  

The images that Mary refers to are shown below.

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Shorewood TCF Bank robber claimed he had a hand grenade

Feb. 05, 2014 11:33 a.m. | Shorewood — Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing the TCF Bank in Shorewood late Tuesday morning.

According to an announcement from Shorewood police, the man entered the bank at 11:39 a.m. on Tuesday and announced that he had a hand grenade. He demanded money from a teller and handed over a red Sendik's bag. He told the teller not to give him a dye pack.

He made off on foot with an unknown amount of cash.

Police describe the man as white, about 5' 7", wearing a dark puffy waist-length jacket with the hood up and his face covered.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Shorewood police at (414) 847-2610.

Walmart begins converting former Brown Deer Lowe's

Feb. 05, 2014 7:00 a.m. |

The conversion of a former Brown Deer Lowe's home improvement store to a Walmart discount store and supermarket is starting.
 
The new 140,000-square-foot Walmart is to open this summer at 6140 W. Brown Deer Road. Walmart is staging a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the store site.
 
The Village Board approved the Walmart in August after the retail chain agreed to an earlier closing time, no gun sales, a noise barrier and other measures that weren't part of the initial proposal.
 

Shorewood faces $450,000 in alley work

Feb. 04, 2014 10:05 p.m. | Shorewood — Alleyways in need of reconstruction or major maintenance are likely to begin receiving more attention under Shorewood's pavement management plan.

In a report to the Village Board on Monday, Public Works Director Leeann Butschlick provided an overview of street and alley repairs completed since 2005 and an outlook of what is planned for 2014 and beyond.

As required by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the village rates its roadways each odd calendar year, using the state's pavement surface evaluation and rating system scale of 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best condition. The ratings apply only to residential streets, Butschlick noted, which excludes Capitol and Wilson drives and Oakland Avenue, due to their classifications by WisDOT. Although not required, the village also rated its alleys in 2013, Butschlick said.

The pavement management plan adopted by the village in 2009 takes those ratings into consideration and specifies that street reconstruction projects are to be completed in even calendar years, with a budget of $1.5 million to $2 million and coordinated with major utility, other infrastructure and development projects, Butschlick explained, and that major maintenance projects are to be done in odd calendar years, based on need, with a budget of $225,000 to $250,000.

Aside from pothole patching in various alleys and the 2011 resurfacing of the alley serving the 4400 blocks of Cramer Street and Murray Avenue, completed with Community Development Block Grant funding, no reconstruction or major maintenance of alleys has been funded since the plan was adopted.

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Homestead, Shorewood orchestra musicians to perform at Carnegie Hall

Feb. 04, 2014 4:37 p.m. |

More than 60 students from Homestead and Shorewood High Schools will appear Feb. 16 at Carnegie Hall in New York after their orchestra was selected to perform a concert.


The 66-member Homestead and Shorewood High School Chamber Orchestra will play works by Mendelssohn, Doyle and Bloch in the concert and will be joined by Milwaukee-area pianist Jeannie Yu, according to a news release from the Mequon-Thiensville School District, of which Homestead is a part.


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International Auto dealership could land on 51st and Brown Deer

Feb. 04, 2014 3:25 p.m. | Brown Deer — In his first year here, Village Manager Michael Hall says many residents and businesspeople have voiced a strong desire to replace an abandoned gas station at the southeast corner of Brown Deer Road and 51st Street.

"People are always asking me what's going to be done about that," he said in an interview.

The Village Board on Monday night took a first step toward action on that corner by unanimously approving a memorandum of understanding with the International Autos Group of West Allis for the gas station property and the adjacent KinderCare day care facility, 8750 N. 51st St. The village would acquire the two properties, then sell the combined site to International Autos, which would build a dealership for an unspecified luxury car.

According to its website, International Autos operates 18 showrooms in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Auto brands the group sells include Audi, Infiniti, Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Jaguar and Volvo.

Hall said International's dealerships include Audi North Shore, 4400 W. Brown Deer Road, and Infiniti North Shore in Glendale.

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River bluff housing considered for Shorewood

Feb. 04, 2014 7:00 a.m. | Shorewood officials have started negotiations with a developer for a possible housing project overlooking the Milwaukee River.

Village Manager Chris Swartz declined to provide details. The Shorewood Community Development Authority is to discuss negotiations for possible financing assistance in a closed session at its Friday meeting.

The state open meetings law allows governments to discuss such negotiations in closed session. But any action must occur in open session.

The site cover over 4 acres at 3900 N. Sherburn Place, Swartz said. It includes an industrial building that once housed Milwaukee PC, which would be razed.

The parcel is just south of where Vero Beach, Fla.-based Harbor Retirement Associates LLC will develop 94 assisted-living and memory-care apartments on a 3.2-acre site south of E. Capitol Drive, between the Milwaukee River and the biking trail overpass.

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Primary election voters guide for Shorewood School Board

Feb. 03, 2014 10:19 p.m. |  

Wendy Daniell-Rhodes

Age: Not given

Employer/occupation: Saz's Catering

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