Semifinalists emerge in Battle of the Burbs bracket contest

March 29, 2012 2:20 p.m. | Four communities have advanced to the penultimate round of MyCommunityNOW's Battle of the Burbs bracket contest.

Top-seeded Wauwatosa handily defeated Franklin, 64-36, to earn a semifinal match up with No. 4 seed Waukesha. Waukesha earned its spot with a 52-48 victory over No. 2 Mequon-Thiensville.

Brookfield, a No. 1 seed, posted a 56-44 victory over Muskego and will face New Berlin in the semifinals. Second-seeded New Berlin advanced with a 63-37 rout of Shorewood.

Semifinal voting in the NCAA-style tournament continues for a week and pits suburbs against each other in a single-elimination showdown to determine the best community in the area.

Three lucky voters will win Visa gift cards and the winning community will receive a special proclamation from MyCommunityNOW and NOW Newspapers.

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Cedarburg native plays key role in care act case

March 29, 2012 12:07 a.m. | Even for Paul Clement, this was a big week at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Cedarburg native has appeared before the court more than 50 times in the past decade, and is considered among the most elite Supreme Court advocates.

But the case challenging the legitimacy of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare to its critics, may be the most scrutinized in decades. The court made audio from its unusual three days of oral arguments available within hours, allowing commentators to provide nearly real-time critique of the lawyers' performances. On Twitter, at one point, one noted Clement was "getting gang tackled by all four liberals."

Clement represented the 26 states challenging the law, and many observers - even those who initially predicted the law would survive - by Wednesday were predicting Clement's argument would prevail.

The 1984 graduate of Cedarburg High School earned his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University, picked up a master's degree in economics from Cambridge University in England and then starred at Harvard Law School, where he was a peer of President Barack Obama.

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Pilot in JetBlue disturbance is Mequon native

March 28, 2012 5:36 p.m. | The JetBlue Airways captain taken off a flight by authorities after a meltdown Tuesday grew up in Mequon and began flying as a youth with his father, who was later killed in a plane crash.

Clayton Osbon, 49, faces federal charges of interfering with a flight crew after he acted erratically and ran through the cabin of the New York-to-Las Vegas flight screaming about terrorists, al-Qaida, Jesus and 9-11. Though he now lives in Georgia, Osbon's family owns a home on Washington Island. Osbon is a graduate of University School of Milwaukee in River Hills.

His mother, Judy Osbon, who lives in Mequon, was at a loss Wednesday to explain her son's actions.

"I have flown with Clayton on several occasions and Clayton was, in JetBlue's CEO Dave Barger's words, 'the ultimate professional,' " Judy Osbon said in a statement.

His father, Ronald O. Osbon, was killed in 1995 when the private plane he was flying from West Bend to Daytona Beach, Fla., crashed a few miles from the airport in Daytona Beach, also killing a passenger, Kevin Ka niss, a developer from Washington Island. The two were business partners on their way to the Bahamas for a sunken treasure expedition.

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Shorewood administrators present proposed 2012-13 school district budget

March 27, 2012 11:28 p.m. | Shorewood administrators presented recommendations on the district's 2012-13 budget at a School Board meeting Tuesday. The proposed budget of more than $22 million calls for a number of reductions and additions that add up to a surplus of $167,416 that could be designated into the fund balance for future years.

Without touching the budget, district officials project a deficit of $429,947 - a figure reflecting a combination of factors, including increasing enrollment and declining income from the state.

Administrators have proposed a series of reductions and efficiencies totaling $933,735 that offset the deficit. The list includes savings incurred from health and dental insurance through a competitive bidding process and a few staffing reductions, some enrollment driven.

At the same time, administrators are requesting permission to add a number of new line items totaling $371,459 into the budget. New expenditures include a proposal to hire a development director at a $75,000 cost to assist with future fundraising initiatives. A number of staffing increases are also in the proposed budget.

The district also is planning to add five Open Enrollment seats, resulting in $35,087 in projected income.

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Brown Deer school calendar eliminates one early-release day

March 27, 2012 9:48 p.m. | The first day of school will be Sept. 4 in Brown Deer, but that wasn't a point of contention facing the School Board tonight.

Instead, when the board adopted the 2012-2013 calendar, it considered a comment from the public that was critical of regularly scheduled district in-service days.

Mark Ward told the board that as a private painting contractor he finds the early release days are difficult because of the need for child care in the afternoon. The district has early release, or half days, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of most months.

District Administrator Deb Kerr said the district will release Dean School students at 12:30 p.m. next year instead of the current 11:30 a.m. on early release days.

"We have had parents tell us they can leave work for 12:30 pick ups but not for 11:30," she said.

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Nicolet looking for another football coach as Kozaczuk steps down

March 27, 2012 10:14 a.m. | "We hope to keep this train rolling, we will not take a step back."

That was the attitude of Nicolet Athletic Director Kirk Krychowiak as District Superintendent Dr. Rick Monroe confirmed that first-year football coach Brad Kozaczuk has just tendered a letter of resignation.

The resignation puts Nicolet in the unfortunate situation of having to hire its fifth football coach in as many seasons.

"Every situation is an opportunity," said Monroe. "It is not an easy process to go through but we had to do this last year and we (the football team) were able to come out of it reasonably well."

"I just want people to know that we are totally committed to the football program. ...To the student/athletes who are coming back and to the new student/athletes who are just coming into the program."

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Nicolet School Board hires new assistant principal

March 26, 2012 11:38 p.m. | The Nicolet School Board on Monday approved the hiring of Mae Beard as an assistant principal beginning in the 2012-13 school year. Beard currently serves in the same capacity at Menomonee Falls High School.

Beard was one of seven finalists for the position and was interviewed by a cross-section of representatives, including administrators, teachers, other school staff, parents and students.

Beard will replace Jason Kestner, who is resigning from the district at the end of the school year.

Fuel surcharge to be considered in Glendale

March 26, 2012 8:04 p.m. | Glendale leaders will consider adding a fuel surcharge to tickets issued in the city should the cost of gasoline continue to rise.

The Common Council tonight resurrected a proposal dating back to the 2008budget discussions.

Both traffic tickets and other types of violations could be considered for the added surcharge.

Police Chief Tom Czarnyszka said he would provided statistics on the numbers and types of tickets issued in the city as well as the percentage of fees collected from the tickets. The information would help the council determine if the surcharge should be added to all tickets or traffic tickets only.

The city gets a federal tax credit each month for the fuel it purchases. That amounts to 18 cents per gallon. Mobil also provides the city with a 2 cent per gallon credit each month for each gallon purchased.

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Honest Abe on $100 bill trips up alleged counterfeiter

March 26, 2012 4:45 p.m. | A woman who attempted to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit $100 bill earlier this month might want to brush up on her monetary history.

According to the Brown Deer police report:

The woman attempted to use the bill in the liquor department at Pick 'n Save, 9200 N. Green Bay Road, at 7:55 p.m. March 3.

The clerk used a pen which proved the bill was real but when held up to the light the image of Abraham Lincoln was seen. Lincoln is found on $5 bills while Benjamin Franklin adorns $100s.

When the clerk told the woman her bill was counterfeit she asked for it back. The clerk said no and the woman left.

Driver gets 10 years for fleeing crash that killed Brown Deer pedestrians

March 26, 2012 2:38 p.m. | A driver who struck and killed an elderly Brown Deer couple as they walked along a road in Mequon last year was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

Daniel J. Fagan, 37, was charged in January 2011 with two counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and two counts of hit-and-run resulting in death for the Jan. 2 crash that killed Emiliya Krol, 69, and her husband, Leonid Krol, 72, as they walked in the 4700 block of W. County Line Road.

Last month, prosecutors agreed to drop the negligent homicide charges after Fagan pleaded guilty to the hit-and-run counts.

On Monday, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul V. Malloy sentenced Fagan to two consecutive five year prison terms, and added 14 years of supervision after Fagan is released. Fagan, who also lived on County Line Road, is eligible for the earned release program after eight years in prison.

Fagan had been free on $50,000 bail until he entered the guilty pleas last month.

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River Hills faces ballooning costs for Range Line Road bridge fix

March 21, 2012 10:00 p.m. | River Hills officials will go to Milwaukee County and ask for more money to rehabilitate the Range Line Road bridge after learning about higher than anticipated costs at its Village Board meeting tonight.

River Hills Village Engineer Mustafa Emir presented a sobering estimate of escalating costs for the rehabilitation of the Range Line Road bridge with construction costs to repair the bridge estimated at $173,000 in 2003. Since then, a series of contract amendments and changes to the bridge design have ballooned the estimate to $500,000 for a concrete bridge or to $870,000 for a bridge covered with stone, similar to its current appearance.

The plain concrete bridge has not been acceptable to trustees in past years. In May 2010 they asked Mike Carpenter of Westbrook Associates, the design engineering firm, to talk with the Department of Transportation on alternate plans that would incorporate stone into the design. In December 2010 then Village Manager Tom Tollaksen signed a third amendment to the original contract for the bridge that provided for natural stone on the bridge. By that point in time, the bridge had taken on historic significance in the view of the Department of Transportation and its rehabilitation became more expensive.

The village has a federal grant of up to $190,400 awarded in 2004. The community must pay a 20 percent share of the bridge cost, which would bring its budget up to $238,000 for the entire project.

Emir suggested the board ask Milwaukee County for more funding. The original grant is good for only 10 years, so if additional funding is not available, Emir said the Village Board could consider other options, such as applying for another grant in the 2015-2018 cycle.

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Police called after test drive leads to missing Mercedes-Benz

March 21, 2012 8:44 a.m. | A 46-year-old Milwaukee woman was a suspect in the theft of a 2009 Mercedes-Benz valued at $35,000 after taking it for a test drive and not returning it to Concours Motors, 1400 W. Silver Spring Drive, Glendale.

According to the Glendale police report:

The car was taken for a test drive at 6 p.m. March 8.

At 8 p.m., when the car was still not returned, the salesperson called the woman and she said she'd drop it off later and leave the keys in the drop box.

She didn't and the next day, he called her again. This time she said her husband had a heart attack "last night" and she would have the car towed to the dealership. Again, when she failed to return the car, police were notified. They also called the woman but she never returned their calls.

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Whitefish Bay officials continue review of proposed JCC modifications

March 19, 2012 11:04 p.m. | After fielding comments from nearly 30 residents Monday, the Whitefish Bay Village Board and Plan Commission voted to forward proposed modifications at the Karl Jewish Community Campus to the Architectural Review Commission. The appointed body will be reviewing the organization's fencing proposal.

JCC officials are requesting eight operational and structural changes at the campus, 6423 N. Santa Monica Blvd. The list includes proposed fencing on the back field of the property, increasing the number of permissible annual special events on the campus from 12 to 20 and requesting up to 30 events, including wedding receptions, be allowed to function until 1 a.m., as opposed to the current 11 p.m. cut off time.

Once the ARC has weighed in on JCC's fencing plans, the full proposal will go back to the Plan Commission for further deliberation and a recommendation to the Village Board.

"The village still has three more meetings before any final action can be taken," Village Attorney Chris Jaekels said, pointing to the procedures outlined in Whitefish Bay's code.

Residents expressed myriad opinions during Monday's discussion, which lasted several hours. Proponents praised JCC for the services it offered the community. But proponents expressed concerns about traffic, noise and light pollution in the midst of what is an otherwise residential area.

School Safety Zone established in Brown Deer

March 19, 2012 9:00 p.m. | The Brown Deer Village Board took the first step tonight to enhance pedestrian safety around its 42-acre school district campus following two car-pedestrian accidents on North 60th Street since the first of the year. Two students were injured in the accidents. Both were crossing in the crosswalks when struck. One student received minor injuries but the other student required hospitalization and surgeries.

The board approved a School Safety Zone which starts 300 feet from the campus property lines. Once signs indicating the safety zone are in place, higher fines for traffic violations will be in place. Tickets double in the safety zone, with a typical $114 speeding ticket costing an offender $228.

The board also reviewed a list of other improvements suggested by the Traffic and Public Safety Committee but at the suggestion of Trustee Bob Oates decided to hold a public information meeting on them. Oates, who lives in the subdivision across 60th Street from the district campus, said some of his neighbors want to know the plans and would like to have some input on them.

Trustee Terry Boschert said pedestrian safety-training program for students should be implemented as soon as possible. Parents and other residents would likely also be invited to the program.

Other recommendations include making Tower Avenue a one-way street east bound from North 61st to North 60th streets and eventually closing Tower, ending it in a cul-de-sac on the west at 60th Street.

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Districts to recover millions in settlement over risky investments

March 19, 2012 3:34 p.m. | Five Wisconsin school districts that invested in $200 million worth of risky financial instruments that tanked in the economic collapse have reached a settlement with a St. Louis-based financial firm they sued for leading them astray, according to documents released Monday.

Under the terms of the settlement, Stifel Nicolaus & Company Inc. on Monday paid $13 million to the districts – Waukesha, West Allis-West Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, Kenosha and Kimberly – and provided a standby letter of credit for an additional $9.5 million to be paid when Stifel resolves a related case with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, says a news release from the districts' attorneys at Kravit, Hovel & Krawczyk law firm.

Stifel sent out a news release as well, saying that the school districts, their trusts and Stifel will now work together to pursue their legal case against the Royal Bank of Canada, which manufactured the risky investments.

The financial provisions for the districts under the new settlement, coupled with an earlier administrative settlement with the Royal Bank of Canada, means that a total of $217.9 million has been recovered or will be restored to the districts.

That makes the settlement the second-largest in civil litigation in Wisconsin history, according to Steve Kravit, an attorney representing the districts.

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Eisenhower uses 22-0 run, great defense to beat Bay

March 17, 2012 3:38 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower overcame a terrible start and came back to crush Whitefish Bay, 48-23, to win the Waukesha South sectional championship and advance to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament next weekend.

The Lions (26-0) have now won 32 of their last 33 games, defeating the Blue Dukes (21-5). Bay upset them last year in the sectional title game, 44-42, preventing them from defending their 2009-10 state title.

“This meant the world to us," said senior star Nicole Bauman, who was named Wisconsin's Miss Basketball' following the awards presentation. "Everyone was talking beforehand, we can’t let what happened to us last year happen this year. We had to work twice as hard."

Bay came out relaxed, and the Lions were pressing. Ike coach Gary Schmidt called timeout with 4:40 on the clock in the first period with his team trailing, 8-0. After Elisabeth Johnston passed to Maya Jonas for an easy basket and a 10-0 lead, Bay increased the lead to 15-7 when Lindsey Agnew scored with 22 seconds left in the quarter. But Nicole Bauman hit a 3-pointer with 3 seconds on the clock to cut the lead to 15-10.

What the Blue Dukes didn't realize at the time was, Agnew's shot would be their last score until 4:29 rema in the third quarter. Bauman's 3-pointer to end the quarter started a 22-0 run which ended when Bauman hit 1-of-2 free throws to start the second half.

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Season-long goal met as Dominican wins state D4 title

March 17, 2012 3:03 p.m. | Though they made it look easy for much of the 61-43 WIAA Division 4 state championship game victory over long-time rival Cuba City on Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center, there was nothing easy about the road Whitefish Bay Dominican took to get to this rarest of moments.

Coach Paul Wollersheim was not referring to the impressive tournament run that the Knights turned in, in which every game was claimed by double digits.

No, he went further back.

"There's no doubt that we have a very talented team," said Wollersheim, "and the key with that is to get them to share the ball and like each other. But over the summer, it was not very pretty at times, but they have come so far.

"I've just been amazed at how much they care for each other. See how they all pull for each other and how it was all about the team. It's just very gratifying for me to be in this situation."

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Dominican wins third state title! Routs Cuba City, 61-43

Knights eight minutes from state title, lead 56-32 going into fourth

Dominican has 34-24 lead at the half in state title game

March 17, 2012 12:54 p.m. | It was raining threes in the first half for the Whitefish Bay Dominican boys basketball team in the first half of its WIAA State 4 final with unbeaten Cuba City, as the Knights earned a 34-24 halftime lead in the game at the Kohl Center in Madison.

All told, the Knights would hit eight of 12 from behind the arc in the first 16 minutes.

Jamall Taylor had two and Duane Wilson one as the Knights roared out to a 9-0 lead. The Cubans (27-0) fought back with an 8-0 run as the Knights had trouble with turnovers in the first quarter (nine of them).

But another three by Dominican's Breon Jordan made it 12-9 at the end of the session.

At the start of the second quarter, Wilson drove and earned a three-point play and then hit two more three-pointers in the first four minutes of the period. All told, Dominican hit four straight treys before the four minute mark as it expanded its lead to 27-15.

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Pita Brothers food cart considers restaurant for Glendale

March 16, 2012 11:14 a.m. | Pita Brothers, which operates a food cart selling grilled pita wrap sandwiches, might be opening its first bricks-and-mortar location in Glendale.

The company is seeking a conditional use permit to operate in the 1,600-square-foot former Nick-N-Willy's Pizza at Glendale Market shopping center, 6969 N. Port Washington Road.

The city Plan Commission is to hear that request at its April 2 meeting.

Vijay Swearingen, who operates the business with his brother, Manoj, said they're strongly considering that location, but haven't yet signed a lease.

Pita Brothers started in June 2009, and is among a growing number of food carts in Milwaukee. It bills itself as Wisconsin's first mobile food vendor to use an electric-powered vehicle.

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Diamond turns in a gem for Dominican

March 15, 2012 10:57 p.m. | If one play can sum up the night for 6-foot-9 Whitefish Bay Dominican freshman Diamond Stone, the first play of the fourth quarter comes to mind in Thursday night’s WIAA Division 4 state semifinal against Colfax.

Stone, who had been solid in the post all game, denied Colfax junior Lane Olson not once but twice for blocks 10 and 11 on the game. He would go on to block a WIAA state tournament record 14 shots in leading the Knights to a 66-44 victory and a spot in Saturday’s state championship game.

“In practice we work on staying behind the player and I’m 6-9 and (Olson) is 6-6 and he went up and I blocked it,” said Stone in his understated tone. “I just take every game like a normal game. No pressure.”

Stone added 15 points and 15 rebounds to post a triple-double for the Knights (26-1), who are back in a state title game for the first time since 2005.

“Diamond’s presence in the middle was special,” Dominican coach Paul Wollersheim said of Stone, who eclipsed former Randolph star Greg Steimsma’s 2002 single-game blocks record of 12 in the state tournament. “Our guards did a good job of taking their leading scorers away, and with Diamond playing behind (Olson) in the post like he was, he was the guy that was open, so that’s where they went with the ball.”

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Arrowhead knocks out Nicolet

March 15, 2012 10:26 p.m. | There will be a new champion in WIAA Division 1 girls basketball. Arrowhead hopes to fill the vacancy.

The Warhawks girls basketball team hit 11 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter and held off a second-half charge from defending state champion Nicolet, earning a 49-44 victory at Waukesha South in Thursday's sectional semifinal.

Jenny Smith scored 22 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 38.5 seconds to play that accounted for the eighth and final lead change of the fourth quarter. The senior All-State candidate also hauled in 12 rebounds.

It was a far cry from the 55-22 shellacking Nicolet dished out against Arrowhead at the same stage of the postseason last year.

"Losing by 33 at the end of the season was one of the worst feelings," Smith said. "We all decided that it was not going to happen again."

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Bay girls rout Tosa West in sectional

March 15, 2012 10:09 p.m. | Whitefish Bay girls basketball coach Greg Capper said "the big picture has now become a very small picture."

Because now the Blue Dukes (21-4), after cruising to a 54-37 WIAA sectional semifinal win over outmatched Wauwatosa West on Thursday night, can put all their focus and energy on the year-in-the-making WIAA D2 sectional final rematch with New Berlin Eisenhower (25-0) at 1p.m. Saturday at Waukesha South.

This year, as last, a state tournament berth will be on the line in the game and this year, same as last, the Blue Dukes will enter as underdogs to the second-ranked in state Lions.

The one thing that will be different from last year's game, however, will be the tremendous motiation Eisenhower will have to atone for the 44-42 upset the Blue Dukes sprung on them in that contest.

"They're going to be determined," said Capper. "They want to get back to state. I expect we will be determined, too. It's just that we're going to no doubt have to weather some early intensity from them."

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I & I pilot program set for part of Ville Du Parc

March 13, 2012 9:10 p.m. | The city is looking for volunteers in three areas of Ville Du Parc to participate in a pilot infiltration and inflow program.

Chuck Boehm of AECOM, a consultant working for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and Mark Lloyd, the deputy director of public works, discussed the pilot program tonight at a Mequon Common Council meeting.

Lloyd said about $138,000 of a $400,000 set aside by MMSD for the city for I & I studies would pay for the pilot program.

Private sanitary sewer laterals, which connect homes and businesses to the sanitary mains found in the street, would be televised and inspected for deficiencies. Older pipes can corrode or be infiltrated by tree roots, or joints can crack allowing clear water to enter the sanitary laterals.

I & I is a major cause of basement back ups, particularly during periods of heavy rain and run off. MMSD is funding I & I programs throughout the sewer system.

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Proposed changes to Brown Deer school campus move forward

March 13, 2012 12:00 p.m. | The Brown Deer Plan Commission on Monday favorably recommended extensive modifications to the school campus. Most of the work is being funded by the referendum approved last year.

Commissioners forwarded the site plan to the Building Board and Village Board. Both bodies meet Monday at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. The site plan includes razing Dean Elementary School, converting the existing middle school into an elementary school and building an addition to the existing high school to accommodate middle school students.

During Monday's review, commissioners largely favored the school district's plans. Concerns about having middle and high school students in one building were raised. But District Administrator Deb Kerr said there will be a clear division between the two age groups. For example, middle and high schoolers will have staggered schedules and will be eating lunch in separate cafeterias.

A separate appointed body, the Beautification Committee, will be reviewing the district's extensive landscaping plans for the site at a later date. The proposal includes increasing the amount of green space throughout the 63-acre site.

Combined retail/residential building pitched for Town Center

March 12, 2012 8:56 p.m. | The third time might be the charm for the redevelopment of several properties in the Mequon Town Center.

Blair Williams, president of WiRED Properties, consulted with the Plan Commission tonight on a concept for the redevelopment of two houses owned by Shaffer Development at 11215 and 11229 N. Cedarburg Road and a vacant city-owned lot between the northernmost house and City Hall.

Beginning in 2007, Cindy Shaffer brought plans for the site to the commission but the economic downturn effectively stopped planning for the site.

The latest plan for the site would be a two-phased development with the first phase including the two houses and city land. The American Legion Post, 6006 W. Mequon Road, would be redeveloped in a second phase. That building is considered a historic building and would require permission from the Landmarks Commission before it could be razed.

Williams told the commission that the first phase could stand on its own. Under discussion is a mixed used, three and half story building that would face Cedarburg Road. Williams said between 8,000 to 11,000 square feet of first floor of the building would be dedicated to retail or office use, with 20 to 25 apartments on the upper floors.

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Angels oust Dominican in a shocker

March 11, 2012 12:12 a.m. | In a tie game with just over a minute left in regulation, the Racine St. Catherine’s girls basketball team turned to a play coach Sean Brady had lots of confidence in with the ball out of bounds on the baseline.

Senior Sydney Tepley completed a three-point play, then the No. 4-seeded Angels defense made it tough on top-seeded Whitefish Bay Dominican’s shot in the closing seconds to hold on to a 64-63 WIAA Division 3 regional final victory.

“She is just dominant in the post and has been all year,” St. Catherine coach Sean Brady said. “We have run that play a few times this year I knew we could get it to her, and she got it and did a good job with it.”

The victory puts the Angels (17-7) into Thursday night’s sectional against No. 3 seeded Oostburg in West Bend.

“No one expected anything of this group and what they have been able to accomplish has been amazing,” Brady said.

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Nicolet delivers ensemble performance

March 10, 2012 11:44 p.m. | The Nicolet girls basketball team features a great player in senior guard Brittney Fair, but it's hardly a one-woman show.

In the Knights 42-29 WIAA Division 1 regional-final victory over sixth-seeded Waukesha West on Saturday night, their entire ensemble took center stage.

Nicolet's swarming full-court pressure fueled a 12-2 run to start the game and another 11-0 run to start the second half. Those two outbursts, which transpired over only nine minutes collectively, proved too much for the visiting Wolverines to overcome.

"Intensity on defense is what does it for us," Nicolet head coach Corey Wolf said. "Our energy came and went in spurts tonight, but it was just enough to win."

The best offensive players for both teams, Fair and West junior Michelle Farrow, missed much of the game due to foul trouble, leaving their respective supporting casts taxed with the scoring burden. Senior Courtney Smith (12 points) and junior Briana Gray (11) were up to the task, combining for more than half of Nicolet's total points and accounting for 13 of their team's 15 points during one pivotal stretch.

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Bay girls defense stifles Brown Deer

March 10, 2012 10:08 p.m. | The defense is a trademark, a standard, and the best in the area, and it just helped the Whitefish Bay girls basketball team earn its second WIAA D2 regional championship in a row with a stifling, 46-24 victory over Brown Deer on Saturday night.

"We're very athletic and long as a team and we know how to use our strength," said point guard Elisabeth Johnston, who led all scorers with 17 points. "We're able to get a lot of deflections and steals with it, and it's something we work on every day in practice."

With the victory, the Blue Dukes (20-4) advanced to a WIAA sectional semifinal at Waukesha North on Thursday against Wauwatosa West (13-11), which was a 48-45 winner over Wisconsin Lutheran, while Brown Deer ended its season at 10-14.

Bay was a WIAA D2 state tournament qualifier last season.

One thing that pleased Blue Dukes coach Greg Capper was the output that resulted from the defensive effort.

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Dominican wins, returns to state tournament

March 10, 2012 3:09 p.m. | Whitefish Bay Dominican played like it was on a mission Saturday afternoon and crushed Howards Grove, 78-47, to win the sectional championship at Brookfield Central.

Thus the Knights return to the state tournament for the first time since 2008. They were knocked out of the sectionals the last three years by Racine St. Catherine, and coach Paul Wollersheim did not want to see that happen again.

"For us to break through on Thursday (win over Brookfield Academy in the semifinals) and get an opportunity to play today, we're really, really excited," he said.

"It was a heartbreaking loss last year to St. Catherine's. We had beaten them twice during the season in really hard-fought games. We remembered that (loss) all season. We showed some tapes of that during the playoff run to see the energy level you have to play at to get to state."

The Knights played great defense in their victory Saturday and that is something that they don't always get credit for.

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Brown Deer overcomes mistakes

March 10, 2012 8:46 a.m. | Just when the deck seemed to be completely stacked against the Brown Deer girls basketball team in the fourth quarter Friday night, the Falcons found a way to pull through.

The Falcons watched as a nine-point fourth quarter lead dwindled to just two in 1 minute, 45 seconds, but a couple big defensive stands and a pair of free throws from junior forward Allison Laurent helped seal a 49-43 WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal at Brown Deer High School.

“I was very nervous, but I knew I had to make them for my team to get the win,” said Laurent, who had five of her 10 points in the fourth quarter, including those two free throws, and was one of three Falcons to score in double figures. “We have been playing all year with these numbers and I’m proud of my team.

“Coach was really proud of us for keeping our heads throughout the game and pulling out the win.”

First-year coach Steve Reinhardt told the team after the win he was proud of them for earning a spot in Saturday’s regional final against top-seeded Whitefish Bay, but knows his team didn’t help itself with 31 turnovers while connecting on 13 of 32 free throws.

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Garcia's long shot sets fire for Bay

March 09, 2012 10:57 p.m. | The Whitefish Bay girls basketball team played “well enough to win” according to coach Greg Capper in their 44-24 playoff victory over Shorewood.

“A number of times this season I’ve said that we played well enough to win,” he said. “Tonight we played well enough to win.”

Shorewood had issues breaking through the Blue Dukes’ defense and scored just five points in both quarters of the first half and seven points in each quarter of the second half.

“This team is so good on defense,” said Shorewood coach Jeff Eimers. “We have trouble with good defensive teams and we have trouble scoring. We’d have to start hitting our threes and we couldn’t tonight.”

“I think we did a good job defensively in the first half,” Capper agreed. “We also found enough openings to get some shots.”

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Drunken driver who hit bicycle cop sentenced to 19 months in jail

March 09, 2012 4:27 p.m. | A Mequon man was sentenced Friday to 19 months in jail for a drunken driving hit-and-run crash that injured a Milwaukee police bicycle patrol officer.

Vladimir Krivoshein had originally been sentenced in January to 18 months in state prison, but prosecutors agreed to a modified sentence request because of the impact Krivoshein's absence had his family's ability to keep two businesses going and care for his special-needs daughter.

Krivoshein pleaded guilty in January to operating while intoxicated, third, causing injury and no contest to  hit and run with injury. The charges stemmed from a September incident near N. 15th and W. Vliet streets.  According to a criminal complaint, Milwaukee police officer Allan Tenhaken was conducting a field interview around 9 p.m.  Krivoshein sped by in a van. The van's side mirror struck Tenhaken, who was on his bicycle.

Krivoshein was pulled over minutes later in the 1200 block of N. Water St.. He admitted he had been drinking earlier in the evening from a bottle of vodka found in the van and said he didn't remember hitting anyone.

Tenhaken suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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Whitefish Bay’s 2012-13 school calendar set

March 09, 2012 3:48 p.m. |

The Whitefish Bay School Board on Wednesday approved the district’s 2012-13 calendar.

School will begin Sept. 4, following Labor Day, and will conclude June 14, 2013.

Winter break will run from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2; spring break has been slated from March 29 to April 5, 2013.

Parent-teacher conferences are Nov. 21 and March 11, 2013.

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Dominican too much for Academy

March 08, 2012 10:58 p.m. | Senior Jamall Taylor and the Whitefish Bay Dominican basketball team are one step closer to erasing three years of state tournament disappointments. After defeating Brookfield Academy, 87-66, Tuesday night at Milwaukee South Division, Taylor will finally get his chance at a sectional final Saturday afternoon against Howards Grove.

“I just left it all on the floor tonight,” Taylor said. “This is my senior year and we lost in the same spot three years in a row, so we made sure to give everything we had today.”

The victory adds to a remarkable run for the Knights of 22 consecutive wins and 17 wins by 20 or more points this season. They move to 24-1 on the year, including three wins over Brookfield Academy. The Blue Knights end the year at 16-10 but didn’t go away without a solid joust.

“It was a good test because it forced us to make good decisions, take care of the ball and play for four full quarters,” Dominican head coach Paul Wollersheim said. “I think that’s the best thing coming out of tonight is us having to play hard for four quarters.”

Dominican used a 14-0 run that spanned from the late stages of the first half to the middle of the third quarter to take command of the game. Taylor lead the Knights with 28 points, junior Duane Wilson scored 23 and freshman Diamond Stone added 19. Senior Domonique Criss led all scorers with 29 points keeping his Blue Knights team in the game most of the way.

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Portion of Wauwatosa Road in Mequon closed until 6 p.m.

March 07, 2012 3:06 p.m. | Heavily traveled N. Wauwatosa Road in Mequon, between W. Freistadt and W. Highland roads, will be closed today until 6:00 p.m., according to Mequon police.

According to a news release, We Energies is replacing poles and wires that were damaged in an accident in the area earlier in the day.

No one was injured in the accident, which involved an over-sized truck striking a wire.

Young Shorewood girls beat Messmer in tourney opener

March 06, 2012 9:53 p.m. | Like any young team would, the Shorewood girls inexplicably threw the ball around the court and missed way too many free throws (15 of them) in its 50-43 WIAA D2 regional quarterfinal victory against area rival Messmer on Tuesday night.

But those same kids also came up with big plays too, like freshman forward  Grace Hayes finding freshman guard Aisling Moloney for an easy key bucket to make it 41-34 after the Bishops had closed the deficit to five with 5:28 to go.

After Messmer (5-16) was able to cut the deficit to its closest since early in the first quarter at 41-38 with 4:10 remaining, freshmen came up big again.

After Shorewood junior guard Johnna Odom got two key buckets to stem that tide, the Greyhounds still weren't out of the woods, as the Bishops' Arianna Williams converted a three-point play with 2:34 to go to cut the margin to 45-41.

But then Moloney and fellow frosh Ashley Eimers both hit a pair of free throws apiece in the final two minutes to make it 49-41, and coach Jeff Eimers, Ashley's father, was finally able to breath a bit more easily. The Greyhounds won their final home game of the season.

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Interim chief to come from Sheriff's Department

March 06, 2012 10:10 a.m. | The Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department will provide an interim police chief for Thiensville following the retirement of current Chief Richard Preston on March 13.

The Village Board discussed an interim replacement in closed session last night and decided to contract with the Sheriff's Department. The interim chief will not be a candidate for the position, Village Manager Dianne Robertson said.

The village received 30 applications for the position and has narrowed the field to six applicants. Interviews with the Village Board will take place March 15 and 16.

The interim chief will likely fill the position for a month or two, she said. She will work out an hourly pay with the sheriff, Robertson said.

Proposed memorial at Buckley Park gets OK by Whitefish Bay Village Board

March 05, 2012 11:26 p.m. | After reviewing and deliberating the issue for three consecutive meetings, the Whitefish Bay Village Board on Monday voted, 5-1, to authorize a memorial at Buckley Park, 4998 N. Lake Drive.

Last month, the family of Geoffrey Farnsworth, a Whitefish Bay Middle School teacher and coach, requested approval to construct a so-called council ring at the park, 4998 N. Lake Drive. It will be comprised of a circular stone seating wall that is 18 inches high and 18 inches wide.

The issue drew scrutiny from some residents, with a mix of proponents and opponents stating their opinions to the board. Proponents stated the council ring would be a valued addition and could increase the viability of Buckley Park. Opponents, including some residents living near the park, stated concerns about a loss of green space.

Farnsworth died in July at age 40 of cancer. He and his family - wife, Kelley, and children Addison, Gavin and Grady - have been Whitefish Bay residents for a dozen years.

Thiensville business owners don't warm to water mains

March 05, 2012 9:16 p.m. | To say the response of business owners was lukewarm would be to overstate what could be described as a tepid reaction to the idea of installing municipal water along Main Street in Thiensville.

The Village Board held a public information meeting tonight, inviting the business owners to attend. About 10 of them did come, but those within the current project area, from a point south of Willowbrook to a point in front of the record store at Buntrock and Main streets, didn't show much enthusiasm, largely because of cost.

One businessman outside of the proposed area, Scott Heatwole, addressed the board before the public meeting, outlining a series of problems with a well serving 180 S. Main Street and 184 to 190 South Main Street. Heatwole said the water is so hard that it has caused seven water heaters to fail in eight years. Shower heads, faucets and other water equipment in the buildings has also failed or become corroded.

But property owners in the area where the village is considering the installation of water mains say they have no problems with their wells.

Village officials believe municipal water, purchased through the Water Utility in Mequon, would add to the value of property on Main Street and help with the development of vacant sites. Mike Rau, the manager of the Water Utility, said public health improves with public water, the cost of fire insurance decreases, and is impact quality of life issues. If power goes out, residents still have water under a municipal system.

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Fresh Market looks to staff Fox Point store

March 05, 2012 3:36 p.m. |  High-end grocer Fresh Market is looking to fill 80 to 90 part-time and full-time jobs at the store it will open this spring in Fox Point.

The North Carolina-based chain will hold a job fair on March 21 at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel near Brown Deer and Green Bay Rds. Among openings are assistant manager positions, meat cutter, baker, cheese specialist, seafood specialist and floral specialist.

Fresh Market wouldn’t say exactly when the store will open. It will occupy the upper level of the former Borders book store at RiverPoint Village Shopping Center, at Brown Deer and Port Washington Rds.
The store will be Fresh Market’s second in Wisconsin. A Brookfield location opened in 2007.
Riding a trend toward upscale supermarkets, Fresh Market has been expanding from its base in the southeastern U.S. The company has added about 50 stores in roughly five years, and now operates 115 locations.
At an average of 21,000 square feet, the stores tend to be much smaller than typical supermarkets. They focus on high-margin items — aged beef, fresh turkeys year ‘round, 15 varieties of mushrooms, 200 types of cheese — with about two-thirds of sales coming from perishable goods.
Fresh Market has said in securities filings that it will seek to keep growing, and believes the country can support at least 500 of its stores. The company went public in late 2010, trading on Nasdaq as TFM.

Nicolet's string of upsets comes to end

March 03, 2012 11:22 p.m. | After an ugly 14-game losing streak during the regular season, few expected No. 11-seeded Nicolet to cause problems once the postseason started. After two upsets in the playoffs, including one over defending WIAA Division 2 champion Whitefish Bay, the Knights caught everyone’s attention.

Milwaukee Washington wasn't looking past the challenge. A 13-3 run closed out the first half, putting the Knights out of comeback reach as Nicolet fell March 3 in the Division 2 regional final, 70-44. Washington will play Wauwatosa East on Thursday in a sectional semifinal at Waukesha North.

“You have to give credit to Washington,” said Nicolet coach Paul Hepp. “They are a very talented team that came out determined and hungry.”

The second-seeded Purgolders (19-5) were lights out in the first quarter, making five of their first six attempts from the floor racing out to a 13-0 lead. Senior DeAndre Harris scored eight of the 13 including back-to-back three-point shots.

“Nicolet has played extremely well at the start of their last few games,” said Washington coach Jay Kenseth. “I saw them the other night and knew they could be a tough team.”

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Fourth-quarter surge powers Hamilton to upset

March 02, 2012 11:58 p.m. | Trailing almost all game, the Sussex Hamilton boys basketball team stuck to its gameplan and finally broke through at the end of the third quarter Friday night.

The seventh-seeded Chargers went on a 12-0 run, holding No. 2 seed Homestead scoreless for a 6 minute, 49 second stretch in the third and fourth quarters to emerge with a 57-52 victory in their WIAA Division 1 regional semifinals at Homestead High School.

“Part of us running our offense is getting to the free-throw line,” Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni said of his team shooting 21 of 26 from the strip for the game. “They are a lot more athletic than we are. We screened them pretty well. You have to get to the free-throw line in tournament time and you have to make them when you get there in the tournament, too.”

Defense paved the way for Hamilton (12-11) in forcing nine second-half Highlanders turnovers. With the ball, the Chargers were relentless in driving to the basket and drawing fouls to get to the free-throw line where they went 15 of 17 in the fourth quarter.

That helped build as much as a 53-44 lead for Hamilton, as part of a 17-3 run, which saw it take its first lead of the game since 7-6, less than three minutes into the first quarter.

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Controversial buzzer-beater burns Brown Deer

March 02, 2012 11:12 p.m. | A thrilling, back-and-forth WIAA boys basketball regional battle between Brown Deer and host Milwaukee Washington ended with controversy at the buzzer Friday night as the Purgolders edged the Falcons, 56-54.

With 2 seconds left in a 54-54 game and the Purgolders inbounding from the Falcons’ sideline, Washington senior Deandre Harris caught a pass, dribbled three times and launched a leaner from the free-throw line. The shot was perfect and Washington fans stormed the court in jubilation, but it was questionable whether or not Harris got the shot off before the final horn sounded.

Pandemonium ensued, with Falcons players standing in disbelief in the middle of a victory party, waiting for the officials to wave off the shot. But the officials had already headed for the exits.

“I didn’t think he got it off,” Falcons head coach Kelly Appleby said. “There are two seconds left, he takes three dribbles … I didn’t think there was any way he got it off. But that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Harris, who finished with a game-high 18 points and drained four 3-pointers, disagreed.

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Mequon man gets life sentence for killing parents

March 02, 2012 11:58 a.m. | A 21-year-old Mequon man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for executing his parents in the family's home last year, a crime he said Friday "didn't really make anything better."

Dennis Markov told the court that he and his parents had a lot of arguments and fights as he grew up. "I decided to make that day the last time we'd argue," he said.

He had pleaded guilty last month to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the April 17 deaths of Victor Markov, 45, and Larissa Markov, 39, who had built successful lives in Wisconsin after immigrating from Ukraine with nothing.

"They did everything right," said District Attorney Adam Gerol. "Their only downfall was that their only child proved to be a monster."

Gerol had recommended Markov serve at least 60 years before being considered for supervised release.  Markov's attorney, Wilfred De Junco, suggested 40 years would be enough time to see if his client had changed enough to merit such consideration.

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Nicolet girls second half rally over GT nets Knights fourth NSC title, 46-38

March 01, 2012 10:16 p.m. | Nicolet girls basketball coach Corey Wolf chuckled when she casually noted that all-state guard Brittney Fair had a lot of swag following senior night festivities Thursday night.

But the balloons, flowers, ribbons and other gifts were just the icing on the cake this evening, as Fair fought off a fourth quarter charley horse in her leg to score 30 points and will the Knights to the most important prize of all, a share of their fourth straight North Shore Conference title with a 46-38 win over Germantown.

"Man, those things are painful," laughed Fair afterwards, "but I knew with how hard Germantown was playing and how important this game was, I just had to get back in there. It's just the fighter in me. We just wanted that conference title so bad, and now there it is."

There it is indeed, as the Knights, who have struggled a bit down the stretch, won their second game in a row and finished off the regular season at 12-2 in North Shore play, good for a tie for the title with Grafton and Whitefish Bay, both of which won easily this night.

Nicolet will enter the WIAA tournament next weekend at 19-3 overall.

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