As one of the few seniors on the immensely talented and successful Whitefish Bay girls track team, Sara Coffey realizes what a good thing she's a part of right now.
Because the Blue Dukes built off their titles in their own Lois Wolf Invitational and the WTFA State Indoor last week by claiming an impressive 10 events and repeating as North Shore Conference indoor champions at Milwaukee Lutheran Thursday night.
"It's been really fun," said Coffey, who won both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races. "We've all been working very hard since the end of the cross country season (last fall). It's so fun to see all this hard work pay off.
"We all ran like crazy last week and we did even better this week."
The Blue Dukes scored 144 points for their title in the eight-team field as a game Homestead team won two events and took second with 115. Germantown was fourth with 59 and Nicolet sixth with 34.» Read Full Article
After years of heated public meetings, the Fox Point Village Board has decided to build a new footbridge on Bridge Lane.
Trustees on Tuesday night accepted the lowest project bid of $876,496, with the understanding that Footbridge Friends, a non-profit group tasked with raising 50 percent of the funds, will contribute $515,000 to the effort.
The board approved the construction bid and contribution guidelines on a 6-1 vote, with Trustee William Werner casting the only vote in opposition
The contribution from Footbridge Friends would make good on a promise from two years ago, when the group offered to pay for half of the bridge construction costs. The group's contribution would also reimburse the village for the $30,000 loan it received from the village to help them launch their fundraising effort.
Footbridge Friends President Barbara Schwartz said the group has $201,313 on hand right now, but expects to have another $50,000 by late spring and another $100,000 by the end of the year. She said she has firm pledges that total $515,000.» Read Full Article
A two-story restaurant building with a bold, contemporary design will be built on the northwest corner of Cedarburg and Mequon roads, serving as an iconic landmark building for the Mequon Town Center.
The restaurant building will be one of five buildings in the Town Center development, which will also feature Colectivo Coffee Roasters, a new American Legion post, 40 luxury apartments and a variety of other commercial tenants.
The Mequon Plan Commission approved the building plans for the restaurant building, as well as the other building on the south end of the lot, at its meeting Monday, April 7.
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Construction will begin on the east and north buildings immediately, and construction on the other three buildings should begin within 90 days, said Blair Williams of Wired Properties. Williams said the restaurant building should begin serving around Christmastime.» Read Full Article
Mequon — After a nearly three-year struggle to reach a deal, city officials and River Club of Mequon owner Tom Weickardt have agreed to terms on a more modest subdivision development near the club and along the Milwaukee River.
The Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that opens the door for a five-home subdivision on 10 acres of the 42-acre lot, and also approved other measures to satisfy neighbors' concerns and keep the riverfront accessible.
Under one resolution approved by the council, the city, Weickardt and neighbors will try to draft easements that cement the neighbors' ability to easily access all parts of the Ville Du Parc area. Another resolution authorizes the city to come to terms on a purchase price for the remaining 148 acres of riverfront land.
Weickardt has fought with the city and neighbors over the subdivision proposal since he bought the River Club in 2011, most recently at a March meeting of the Planning Commission that ended up with a 4-4 gridlock and no recommendation for the council's meeting Tuesday.
Coming forward late last week, the new five-home subdivision plan is a significant reduction to the 19-home plan Weickardt has insisted on since 2011, and was billed by his supporters and city officials alike as a difficult, yet worthy, compromise.» Read Full Article
It was a match-up of Whitefish Bay's firepower versus Homestead's depth as the two teams wound up in a dead heat tie in the North Shore Conference Indoor track meet at Cedarburg Tuesday night.
The two teams finished with 111 points apiece as Grafton was third (64-1/2), Germantown fourth (63-1/2) and Nicolet eighth with 28.
Bay was led by Rhashad Gray who won both the high jump (6-2) and the 200-meter dash (23.93 seconds).
Other firsts for the Blue Dukes included George Papajohn in the 800 (2:05.31), the four-lap relay (1:16.79), Ben Wallace in the pole vault (12-6) and Adam Strehlow in the 55 hurdles (8.05). Strehlow's teammate Colin Downing made it one-two in the hurdles when he took second in the 55-meter race in 8.34.
For Homestead, it was a matter of getting second places, as the Highlanders amassed seven runner-up slots en route to tieing for the title.» Read Full Article
new Metro Market proposed for Shorewood could begin by September, with the two-story, 80,000-square-foot store opening one year later.Demolition work tied to a
That's according to a project time line provided by developer Michael Weiss at Monday's Shorewood Community Development Authority board meeting.
His firm, General Capital Group, wants to build the Metro Market; a four-story, 350-space parking structure, and a six-story apartment building, with around 90 units, its own parking structure and 15,000 square feet of street-level commercial space.
The buildings would be on Oakland Ave., between E. Kenmore Place and E. Olive St., and replace the 30,000-square-foot Pick 'n Save supermarket; the former Walgreens and Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, and parking lots totaling around 200 spaces.
The Pick 'n Save--which, like Metro Market, is operated by Roundy's Inc.--would close in April 2015 so demolition work could clear it for the apartments and part of the parking structure, Weiss said.» Read Full Article
Small plates are out and steaks are in at Nines, the restaurant at the River Club in Mequon, which recently tweaked its name and changed its menu.
It’s now called Nines American Bistro, and more traditional full-size entrées have replaced the small-plates format. The new dishes include an 8-ounce filet mignon ($39), 14-ounce dry-aged Angus New York strip steak ($52), miso-glazed tuna with black rice ($32) and a half roast chicken ($19).
The dining room's decor has changed — darker walls and sconces added, tablecloths replacing the placemats — and there’s a new chef: Scott Klenke. The emphasis on wine (photo above) remains the same.
Nines is at 12400 N. Ville du Parc Drive. You can see the full menu online.
Brown Deer — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled former educator Ronn Johnson's death a suicide.
Johnson was found Dec. 30 in the remains of his home, which had been destroyed in a fire. According to a police news release the exact cause of the fire remains unknown, though "ignitable fluids were located in atypical areas, which could indicate the fire may have been intentional."
Johnson was an ex-charter school leader and former Milwaukee Public Schools teacher. He was charged last summer with nearly two dozen felonies in a child sex abuse case. Prior to his death, Johnson was out on bail after being accused of sexually assaulting five children over more than 20 years.
Bowen, 27, said he wanted to work to help create family supporting jobs, promote quality education and services for children.
"The state needs new leadership," Bowen said. "We are continuing to see attacks from Madison, from Republicans, on Milwaukee."
Bowen was the author of Milwaukee County's "living wage" ordinance, which was approved in February and survived a veto by County Executive Chris Abele. The measure requires a $11.32 minimum wage for county workers and employees who work for some county contractors.
Bowen, a lifelong Milwaukee resident, was elected to the County Board in 2012.» Read Full Article