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Two-level grocery, mixed-use building planned for Shorewood

March 28, 2014 10:10 a.m. | Shorewood — Milwaukee-area developer General Capital has submitted plans for a two-level flagship Roundy's Metro Market and mixed-use residential building on the two block stretch along Oakland Avenue containing the former Walgreens and Harry W. Schwartz bookstore sites, as well as the Pick 'n' Save building.

The proposed construction plan is split into two phases. The first, slated for completion in fall 2015, would create an 80,000-square-foot Metro Market featuring produce, meat, seafood, baked goods and prepared gourmet meals, as well as other Roundy's signature departments, according to a village news release.

Phase two, tentatively planned to begin in fall 2015 and conclude in 2016, would build a mixed-use building composed of 80 upscale apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail space, according to the release.

The project, said nine-year Village Manager Chris Swartz, has been a topic of conversation during the whole of his time as manager and is now coming to fruition. A two-level grocery in the heart of the business district has been part of the village's master plan since 2006, he said.

"It's an exciting project for the community," Swartz said. "We're hoping the end product will be something that will be a centerpiece of our central business district."

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CORRECTION: Brown Deer polling places

March 27, 2014 12:11 p.m. | The March 27 issue of North Shore NOW incorrectly stated that in the April 1 election all Brown Deer wards and precincts will vote at Village Hall, as was the case with the February primary.

The correct polling places are as follows:

Precinct 1 (Wards 1 and 2) Trinity Community Church, 9450 N. 60th Street

Precinct 2 (Wards 3 and 4) Brown Deer Library, 5600 W. Bradley Road

Precinct 3 (Wards 5 and 6) Lois and Tom Dolan Community Center, 4355 W. Bradley Road

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Combined orchestra lights up Carnegie

March 26, 2014 12:27 p.m. | Before Homestead High School Orchestra Director John Emanuelson, 67 bows drew in unison the final two notes of Ernest Bloch's "Fugue," one long draw and one short, a last blast of punctuation.

Behind him, the applause was rising. When Emanuelson turned, a roughly 2,000-strong crowd was rising across Carnegie Hall in a standing ovation for the collection of Homestead and Shorewood high school students onstage.

"The challenge was, and always is with music, trying to find that emotional content of the music, and using music as a gateway to sharing feelings and emotions and some deeper meaning," Emanuelson says. "The standing ovation was the affirmation for the kids that we clearly made that connection."

"As I left the stage, I tried

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Glendale council hits the paws button on a feral cat ordinance

March 26, 2014 11:58 a.m. | Glendale — The Common Council on Monday reviewed possible steps to regulate the keeping of feral cat colonies, but decided the issue is not pressing, and model ordinances from other communities are unenforceable in the city.

Feral cat colonies are bands of non-domesticated cats which live outside and at times rely on humans for shelter or sustenance. In an effort to keep the cats safe and prevent the spread of disease, local caretakers partner with "sponsors," such as animal shelters or humane societies, which provide discounted vaccinations, sterilizations, and other care.

Some cities, like Milwaukee and Minneapolis, have created feral cat colony ordinances which require caregivers to register the colony they manage with a local sponsor, make sure all the cats receive vaccinations and sterilizations, and monitor the health of the colony's members, among other regulations.

Director of Inspection Services Collin Johnson brought the matter to the council's attention Monday after recently investigating complaints of a cat colony. What he found on the property in question was a colony which had been registered with a local shelter.

Johnson said he has seen other cat colonies around the city, including a small pack in the city's public works yard, and that an ordinance patterned after Milwaukee's could "potentially head off any future issues."

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North Shore school districts teaming up to tackle achievement gap

March 26, 2014 11:31 a.m. | While disparities continue to exist between minority students, economically disadvantaged students, and their peers, the "achievement gap" among public school students is an issue that the North Shore as a whole is uniquely qualified to address head on.

That was the thrust of a presentation and workshop hosted last week at Concordia University in Mequon and facilitated by Wisconsin Association of School Boards Executive Director John Ashley, who addressed a crowd of school board members, school administrators, and superintendents from across the North Shore.

While, taken as a whole, North Shore school districts are both high-ranking and high-achieving, less well-off and minority students continue to perform below their peers. Across the region, white and Asian students averaged a 25.4 and 23.4, respectively, on last year's ACT, while their black and Hispanic peers averaged 18.7 and 22.

According to Ashley, Wisconsin as a whole has some of the largest achievement gaps between black and white students, particularly among young boys when tested on reading.

And while there is no "silver bullet" when it comes to closing the achievement gap, Ashley said, the more local elected and school officials make the public aware of the problem, and the more they hold their schools accountable, the more they move in the right direction.

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Man arrested for drunken driving after crashing car into bay window

March 26, 2014 8:42 a.m. | A man was arrested for drunken driving March 16 after he drove onto a front lawn, crashing into a bay window of a home and causing damage.

According to the Whitefish Bay police report:

The man, age and residence not released, drove onto a front lawn, crashing into a bay window causing damage in the 6100 block of North Santa Monica Boulevard at 8:35 p.m. March 16.

As reported last week, North Shore Fire Department arrived on the scene and reported the bay window pushed in with "extensive heaving and cracking" to the foundation and cracks on both the first and second floors, but the report stated there was "no need for structural support."

He was arrested for drunken driving, unreasonable and imprudent speed, obstruction and failure to have a driver's license. The man was taken to a hospital for his injuries.

Man admits stopping young girls in Mequon

March 24, 2014 6:43 p.m. | Mequon police say a 19-year-old man arrested Monday for allegedly impersonating a peace officer is the same man who displayed a badge after twice stopping two girls walking to a park.

Investigators also will seek charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a controlled substance against the West Bend man, according to a news release from Mequon police.

According to the release, the man admitted to pulling up to the girls, ages 10 and 11, in a vehicle March 10 in the 3900 block of Freistadt Road.

The man asked the girls their ages and where they went to school before displaying a star-shaped badge without an explanation.

The man left, but drove past the park entrance a couple of times before entering the park, stopping the girls again and asking them more questions about their school.

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