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Messwood takes torch in Midwest Classic

Sept. 28, 2013 8:31 p.m. | Tywan Ramsey had blinders on.

"All I know is, the ball was in my hands," the senior lineman for Messmer/Shorewood said. "I kid you not, my peripheral vision was shut off. I was looking forward to the end zone and went straight for it. My senior goal this year was to make a defensive score, and I accomplished that."

You can forgive him for shutting out everything else when he picked up a botched Lake Country Lutheran punt and rumbled in from 23 yards away for a game-tying touchdown in the final minute of the first half Saturday. This was, after all, the biggest game on the co-op program's schedule – maybe including the playoffs.

The score tied the game, and Messwood never trailed again. A 21-12 victory at Lake Country Lutheran meant the Greyhounds walked away with the inside track on a Midwest Classic Conference title.

"It's been a battle for three years straight and we really wanted to get this one," quarterback Taylor Dennis said. "I can't tell you how much it means to me and the program. … When I took that last kneel, I looked down at my arms and I just had goose bumps."

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Wade, O-line power Homestead football team to 35-31 over Cedarburg

Sept. 27, 2013 10:42 p.m. | Want to make a football offensive line coach smile?

Grind out a 19-play, 87-yard drive that takes over nine-and-a-half minutes off the clock and scores the clinching touchdown in a pivotal conference championship level game.

Just like the Homestead O-line did late in its pivotal 35-31 victory over rival Cedarburg Friday night as the Highlanders took sole possession of first place in the North Shore.

Homestead line coach Matt Wolf took special pride in its unit, relishing every play of the drive that started at the 11:02 mark of the fourth quarter and didn't finish until the 1:37 moment when Highlander end Sasha Novak snagged a nine-yard TD pass from quarterback Nick Allen.

After Luke Neusen kicked the extra point, the Highlanders were up 35-18, and then were able to withstand a late Bulldog flurry that included two TDs in the final seconds and was marked by a score on the final play of the game.

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Benson to step down as Homestead boys track coach

Sept. 24, 2013 12:46 a.m. | After 26 years on the job, Homestead boys track head coach Dan Benson is not so much leaving his job but making a lateral move away from its day-to-day weight.

Come this spring, he will transition to becoming a jumps coach and turn over the head coaching duties to current Homestead assistant coach and former long-time rival at Germantown Todd Brawner.

Citing his wife, his two children, his responsibilities as department head and his coaching duties, Benson said there are just not enough hours in the day anymore.

"....doing a quality job at whatever is on my plate is tough," he said. "This decision will free up time related to the track and field coach 'big picture' stuff. This might not seem like a lot, but it really is. In fact, I'm sure that there are many aspects of our track program that will get much better."

In his time at Homestead, Benson led the Highlanders to 41 North Shore Conference indoor, relays or outdoor titles and a state title three years ago. Brawner comes in well-credentialed too, having won 24 league crowns while coaching at Germantown including his own state title.

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Woman arrested after complaining about spinach dip take-out order

Sept. 23, 2013 1:55 p.m. | A woman who was displeased with the spinach dip she carried out from a chain restaurant was arrested for returning to the eatery and making threats last week.

According to the Brown Deer police report:

A woman, age and residence not released, was arrested for disorderly conduct after making threats because she was unhappy with her take-out order from Applebee’s, 9080 N. Green Bay Road, at 10:35 p.m. Sept. 15.

The woman had ordered spinach dip and when she got home it was cold so she called the restaurant demanding a refund.

When told she could get a new order but not a refund, she returned yelling and swearing threatening to cause damage.

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Read social media story of Grafton at Whitefish Bay football game

Sept. 21, 2013 10:14 a.m. | The matchup for Grafton at Whitefish Bay nearly started Sept. 19, but was quickly postponed to Sept. 20 because of weather conditions.

Still, that didn't dampen the spirit from the two schools in a North Shore Conference tilt.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Whitefish Bay football game rescheduled for tonight at 7 p.m.

Sept. 20, 2013 9:30 a.m. | The Whitefish Bay-Grafton football game that was postponed last night by thunderstorms has been rescheduled for tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. at Lubar Stadium on the Bay campus. Both Bay (3-1 overall) and Grafton (2-2) enter the contest with 1-1 records in North Shore play.

Updated: Mequon-Thiensville scores second highest in state on DPI report card

Sept. 18, 2013 1:25 p.m. | The Mequon-Thiensville School District recorded the second highest accountability score of all Wisconsin public school districts in the 2012-13 school year, according to an updated list of district report cards released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Instruction.

Overall, Mequon-Thiensville averaged an 86.4, falling into the "significantly exceeds expectations" category of DPI scoring. Only the single-school Norway J7 School District scored higher, at 86.6, making Mequon-Thiensville the highest-scoring K-12 district in the state.

Among other North Shore districts, Fox Point-Bayside scored fifth in the state with an 85, Whitefish Bay placed 11th with an 82, Maple Dale-Indian Hill was 26th with a 79.9, Shorewood took 33rd with a 79.2, Nicolet placed 78th with a 75.6, Glendale-River-Hills was 121st with a 73.9, and Brown Deer ranked 347th with a 67.3.

Fox Point-Bayside also fell into the "significantly exceeds expectations" category, while all other districts except Brown Deer — which scored a "meets expectations" — were categorized as "exceeds expectations."

This marks the second school year that the DPI has evaluated and issued report cards to Wisconsin public school districts. The scores are based on student performance on standardized tests, student growth over time on reading and math test scores, the ability of districts to close achievement gaps between lower and higher performing student groups, and student readiness for graduation and college. School and district report cards also factor in test participation rate, absenteeism rate and dropout rate.

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Different strokes: Shorewood Plein Air festival draws variety of artists

Sept. 18, 2013 12:00 p.m. | Shorewood — From her studio on Oakland Avenue, Johnna Papin remakes her surroundings in a whirl of vibrant colors and shapes.

"I like to put a little of myself in there," says Papin, "a little of what I see, a little of what I feel."

Under her brush, flower pots across the street spill over in waves of blazing color, the umbrellas over nearby Colectivo Coffee swirl overhead in whimsical exaggeration, and passersby fade into anonymity, their faces featureless and indistinct.

Such is the world as captured by Papin, who toes the line between realistic and abstract painting in an effort to pull viewers into her colorful, stylized works.

"I want you to fill in the story," says Papin. "I want to give you some pieces but I want you to participate, for it to be open ended enough that you can share your own story."

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Ink dries on Thiensville Main Street deal

Sept. 18, 2013 11:21 a.m. | Thiensville — Co-partners Gary Lewis and Andrea Mayerson have won the bid for Thiensville's village-owned Main Street property and will proceed with plans for their three-story, mixed-used Thiensville Health Alliance building.

On Monday, the Village Board approved the sale of the former Riemer's Flowers, D&D Electronics and Sea N' Sand Scuba sites for $60,410. The village purchased the sites for a total of $297,000 in 2012 and later razed the buildings to make way for redevelopment. Village President Van Mobley said the board agreed to a reduced sale price similar to that which helped facilitate the nearby Fiddleheads Coffee Roasters redevelopment.

"Dr. Lewis is a great partner with the village," Mobley said. "He's been a member of the village. We're happy we had him where he was in the past and we're happy to be partnering with him in this central area."

A ceremonial groundbreaking will take place at the site, 136 Main Street, at 5 p.m. Sept. 25 to kick off a business forum between village officials and local developers.

The Thiensville Health Alliance building was one of three proposals made to village officials by local businesses over the summer. Mobley said village officials are working to help find places in Thiensville for the other two businesses.

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Officials working through specifics of Bay capital plan

Sept. 17, 2013 5:59 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Several key funding questions remain after the Village Board on Monday approved a preliminary 2014 capital improvement plan and budget.

The early version of the CIP, which likely won't be approved in full until early 2014, includes complete street reconstructions on the 4700 block of Hollywood Avenue, 4750 to 4900 Bartlett Avenue, and the 4800 and 4900 blocks of Larkin Street; a replacement of stormwater infrastructure from 500 to 1000 Hampton Avenue and sewer infrastructure from 300 to 1000 Hampton Avenue; an extension of stormwater infrastructure from Lancaster Avenue into Glendale; as well as a reconstruction of the Lake Drive and Silver Spring intersection and the yearly alley, sidewalk, and street improvement program.

The Hampton Avenue projects were added to the 2014 capital plan after the Village Board in July struck down a project that would have repaired sewer laterals connected to nearly 400 homes on the southern end of Whitefish Bay and will be paid for with funds borrowed for the lateral project, Village Engineer Dan Naze said.

Repairs now or later?

Still on the table is whether the village will pursue sewer lateral repairs in the streets undergoing reconstruction next year, and whether the village will begin assessing property owners for the installation of stormwater laterals meant to be connected to sump pumps.

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Whitefish Bay board sends Citizens United question to referendum

Sept. 17, 2013 4:48 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — In spring 2014 voters will have the chance to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United ruling after elected officials on Monday begrudgingly approved a referendum on the matter.

After a 60-day petition drive, local progressive group Grassroots Northshore and state progressive group United Wisconsin in late-August turned in a 1,246 signature petition that outlined a referendum calling for a reversal of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling. The two groups claimed the ruling "granted corporations the right to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections."

The Village Board on Monday had the choice of approving the referendum language immediately and putting a resolution on the books critical of the court ruling, or sending the referendum to voters in the spring. Discussion centered on whether the referendum is worth its cost in printing and staff time, estimated by clerk Kayla Chadwick to be "a couple thousand dollars," since the referendum is advisory only and isn't binding on any governmental body.

Trustee Carl Fuda called it a "hoo-hah" referendum and a waste.

"I'd prefer to save the money, guys," Fuda said. "This has no practical impact on anything...Can you ask (petition organizers) if they have the $2,000?"

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Updated: Brown Deer police take battery suspect into custody

Sept. 17, 2013 2:15 p.m. | At about 1 p.m. Tuesday Brown Deer police arrested 36-year-old Jorge Aldape, who is suspected of assaulting an employee at the Pitney Bowes building at 9053 North Deerbrook Trail and allegedly brandishing a gun before fleeing on foot.

According to a BDPD news release:

Police responded to a 911 call at 7:40 a.m. Monday morning. The caller said there was a man with a gun.

Police established a perimeter around the building while Pitney Bowes initiated a lock-down of the building. The suspect, later identified as Aldape, was reportedly married to an employee.

Further investigation revealed an employee of Pitney Bowes was allegedly battered by the suspect inside the business. The victim then fled in a vehicle and the suspect fled on foot. Witnesses reported the suspect displayed a handgun he was carrying while fleeing the property. Neither the victim nor the suspect were able to be located until later on Monday, when Milwaukee Police Department eventually tracked the victim down. She was found safe and also put in contact with Sojourner Family Peace Center.

West Bend woman nearly perfect in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 17, 2013 10:37 a.m. | Michele Spiekerman of West Bend has won a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres by correctly picking all five games in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest and coming the closest to predicting the final score of the West Allis Hale vs. Marquette tie-breaker.

You can join the Pigskin Picks contest and test your picking skills each week against a field of area football fans, NOW sportswriters and celebrity guests. Weekly winners receive two tickets to Marcus Theatres and overall winners will receive gift cards to Bartolotta Restaurants.

Featured games this week are Arrowhead at Mukwonago, Oak Creek at Franklin, Brookfield East at Brookfield Central, Menomonee Falls at Hamilton and Milwaukee Lutheran at Germantown.

Join Pigskin Picks football contest.

Milwaukee man arrested after snorting heroin at North Shore theater

Sept. 17, 2013 9:59 a.m. | A 28-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for possession of heroin after allegedly snorting the drug in a North Shore theater last week.

According to the Glendale police report:

The man was arrested for possession of heroin, with a prior conviction, after a report of a couple snorting drugs inside iPic Theatre, 5650 N. Bayshore Drive, at 11:15 p.m. Sept. 9.

A witness saw a woman using a cellphone to light up the drug as the male snorted it.

The heroin weighing 0.2 grams was found in the woman’s purse but the man said he put it there and she was not arrested.

Thief takes selfie before stealing $2,150 designer sunglasses

Sept. 16, 2013 3:09 p.m. | A thief snapped a picture of himself wearing a pair of designer sunglasses before running out of a North Shore store with the product earlier this month.

According to the Bayside police report:

The pair of Cartier sunglasses valued at $2,150 was taken from Innovative Optique, 333 W. Brown Deer Road, about 12:20 p.m. Sept. 4.

A male about 21 years old entered the store with a pair of Cartier glasses that he wanted repaired. He then asked to see another pair in a locked display.

He tried on those glasses, used his phone, took a picture of himself and then ran from the store.

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Learn what area football coaches really think and more at Push for the Playoffs

Sept. 16, 2013 12:55 p.m. | Should high school football players wear their names on the back of their jerseys? What's the strangest complaint a coach has ever received from a parent? Do prep players use performance-enhancing drugs?

You can found out the answers anonymous area coaches gave to those questions and more on Coaches Confidential, part of MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country's Push for the Playoffs special section.

Push for the Playoffs also features the latest standings, playoff projection, a poll and more.

BloodCenter declares emergency, extends hours at area donation sites

Sept. 16, 2013 12:47 p.m. | BloodCenter of Wisconsin is extending hours today through Wednesday at eight southeastern Wisconsin donor locations to offset an emergency-level shortage of all blood types.

According to a Blood Center news release, a lack of donors since Labor Day has caused the shortage and left the organization with a one-day supply of several blood types, including rare universal blood type O negative. The Blood Center is seeking an additional 1,000 donors over the three-day span to make up for the shortage.

Potential donors can arrange appointments by calling (877) 232-4376 or visiting www.bcw.edu/appt. Those over 16 are encouraged to donate. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate.

Extended hours at area locations are as follows:

Milwaukee, 638 N. 18th St. — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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South Milwaukee remains undefeated beating Brown Deer, 29-14

Sept. 13, 2013 10:36 p.m. | Is history being made by the South Milwaukee football program?

Veteran coach John Galewski will wait and see.

"I can't remember the last time we've been 4-0," said Galewski moments after the Rockets pitched a 15-0 second half shutout en route to beating visiting Woodland Conference rival Brown Deer, 29-14 Friday night. "We're in uncharted territory."

But that territory has a chance to expand, thanks to strong and determined effort by the Rocket offensive line and a revitalized effort by the defense that limited the Falcons to just 16 total yards on the first four possessions in the second half after Brown Deer had gained over 270 in the first half.

Add into the fact that Brown Deer had three turnovers that the Rockets turned into 14 points, and Falcon coach Rob Green had an easy explanation why his young team (just 15 seniors) fell from the unbeaten ranks (3-1) tonight.

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Test your high school football picking skills in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 13, 2013 2:09 p.m. | We are a few hours away from the kickoffs of tonight's high school football games, which means there is still time to prove you can out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin.

Visit mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Featured games this week are Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead, Pewaukee vs. Greendale, Brookfield Central vs. Menomonee Falls, New Berlin Eisenhower vs. New Berlin West and West Allis Hale at Marquette.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Watch: Mequon native's 'smart' Jimi Hendrix biopic gets distribution

Sept. 13, 2013 8:12 a.m. | "All Is By My Side," the Jimi Hendrix biopic written and directed by Mequon native John Ridley, went to the Toronto International Film Festival looking for distribution and found it. 

According to Anne Thompson of Indiewire, the film - with an "utterly convincing" Andre Benjamin as the guitarist - was picked up for distribution by Open Road.

Ridley went to the festival with two films, and could pick up an Oscar nomination for the other: "12 Years A Slave," for which he wrote the screenplay.

Ridley told me recently that the Hendrix film is about "a particular year Jimi spent in London from 1966 to 1967." The compressed time period let him tell "a finite story" and presented an "opportunity to excavate a single year. To me, it makes more storytelling sense to mine those moments" rather than do a "cradle-to-grave" retrospective.

It is the first film Ridley has directed since his 1997 debut "Cold Around the Heart." It took him 16 years to direct another film, he said, because doing so "is not an easy chore."

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Hofbräuhaus headed to Glendale in 2014

Sept. 11, 2013 11:56 a.m. | Glendale — Hofbräuhaus Milwaukee, a German-style restaurant complete with brewery and outdoor beer garden, is slated to open in June 2014 at the site of the old Bavarian Inn, 700 W. Lexington Blvd.

The Plan Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved the restaurant, which will be operated by Cincinnati, Ohio-based Bistro Group.

According to a business plan submitted by Bistro Group, the remodeled space will consist of roughly 24,0000 square feet, split between a main upper level and exposed ground level. The final design includes a private banquet hall, remodeled kitchen, dining and beer hall, a new brewery and bar, as well as a gift shop and private dining hall. The west side of the building will be remodeled into a multitier outdoor beer garden. Daily live entertainment will consist most of German-style bands.

Hofbräuhaus Milwaukee is the next in a series of similar brewpubs opened by Bistro Group throughout the United States, starting in Newport, Ky., in 2003 and spreading to Las Vegas in 2004, Pittsburgh in 2009 and most recently in Chicago in January.

Bistro Group estimates the Hofbräuhaus will employ between 100 to 200 people and could serve up to 500 patrons indoors and an additional 203 on the terraced beer garden.

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Strzelczyk wins Mequon's 1st District seat

Sept. 10, 2013 8:34 p.m. | Mequon — Voters in the 1st District have chosen Robert Strzelczyk to succeed Mayor Dan Abendroth as their representative on the Mequon Common Council.

According to unofficial results released Tuesday evening, Strzelczyk edged out opponent Rob Holtz by 31 votes, or roughly 4 percent of all votes cast.

Across the 1st District, 791 residents cast ballots in the special election, about two-thirds the number of votes cast in the contentious spring mayoral contest between then-Alderman Abendroth and incumbent Curt Gielow.

Unofficial results count 11 outstanding absentee ballots; the vote count is:

Robert Strzelczyk 411

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North Shore Fire Department Union takes stand against healthcare cuts

Sept. 10, 2013 1:57 p.m. | Listen to Local 1440 President Steve Tippel's passionate address to the NSFD Board of Directors:

North Shore Fire Department firefighters, their spouses and their children packed Glendale City Hall on Tuesday morning in a show of defiance to the department's board of directors, which is considering cutting health insurance to help fund retirement costs long-term.

As the board met to discuss its 2014 budget the firefighters and their families stood in watchful silence, before and after the meeting moving to line the walkways leading in and out of City Hall, daring board members to meet their eyes as they passed.

At their head was Local 1440 President Steve Tippel, who chastised the board for nearly 15 minutes for what he and the union describe as poor decision making and financial mismanagement — the result of which is the department balancing its budget on the backs of firefighters, he said.

"The people standing here took an oath to protect you, your families and the residents of the North Shore at the potential loss of their own health and ultimate sacrifice of their lives," Tippel said. "They believing putting themselves in harm's way to save someone they've never met is what you're supposed to do...and you're not able to give them reasonable or even affordable healthcare."

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Armed robber sought in Shorewood purse snatching

Sept. 10, 2013 10:28 a.m. | Shorewood police were searching Tuesday for a man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint Monday night.

The robbery occurred near the intersection of N. Maryland Ave. and E. Menlo Blvd. about 9:45 p.m., according to a Shorewood police news release.

A man walked up to a woman, drew a gun and demanded her belongings, threatening to shoot her if she yelled. The man took the woman's purse, phone and keys before fleeing on foot west on E. Menlo Blvd.

The suspect is described as a black man between 6-foot-2-inches and 6-foot-3-inches tall, in his early to mid-20s, with braided hair. He was wearing a blue baseball hat, white shirt and jeans.

Anyone having information is asked to call Shorewood police at (414) 847-2610.

Glendale Common Council rejects Hilton rezoning, international academy plan

Sept. 10, 2013 6:10 a.m. | Glendale — On a 6-0 vote the Glendale Common Council on Monday struck down rezoning of the Hilton Hotel and Anchorage Restaurant site on Port Washington Road and a development agreement which would have allowed Wisconsin International Academy to re-purpose the site into the base of its international study program.

The decision follows a previous Plan Commission recommendation to deny WIA's request, which passed in July by a 5-1 margin. Unable to decide either way, the council decided in late-August to hold over the decision until Monday.

Aldermen Richard Wiese and Izzy Goldberg spoke out in favor denying the rezoning and redevelopment requests. Wiese questioned the long-term consequences of doing away with the riverfront hotel, while raising the question of where Glendale could find space for another quality hotel if the Hilton site were to be rezoned for the academy.

“It wasn’t a good fit at the Hilton,” Wiese said after the meeting. “For myself, I would wholeheartedly support (WIA locating elsewhere in Glendale).”

Goldberg said the Hilton is a resource for nearby businesses, which need temporary lodging for customers and clients.

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Bay soccer team blasts Nicolet, 7-0, stays unbeaten in NSC

Sept. 09, 2013 11:00 p.m. | It would be a fantastic game for a batter in baseball, but for a soccer team to go five for five in shots on goal in the opening minutes of a contest almost borders on the absurd its so amazing.

That just does not happen.

But it did Monday night, when North Shore Conference boys co-leader Whitefish Bay stunned its host and rival Nicolet with a barrage of well-placed shots short and long, taking a 5-0 lead in the first 22 minutes and cruising to a 7-0 league win.

With the victory, the Blue Dukes improved to 4-0 in league play and 6-2 overall. They are in a de-facto tie with Ceadrburg (3-0, 5-0) which will play a league tilt on Tuesday against Homestead.

"We have been building towards something like this," said first-year Bay coach Jeff Worzella. "We had almost a full week of practice after our last game (a 3-0 league victory over Grafton on Sept. 3) and focused a lot of that time on what we're doing in the offensive third. We've been creating a lot of chances, but it comes down to a matter of composure in that area."

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Homestead leads suburban football poll

Sept. 09, 2013 10:25 a.m. | Homestead retained its spot atop the Lake Country/MyCommunityNOW suburban football poll with a 44-21 victory over Port Washington in the North Shore Conference opener.

The Highlanders moved into the top spot last week after defeating defending Division 1 champion Arrowhead.

Arrowhead defeated Kettle Moraine, 21-3, and is second in the poll.

You can see the rest of the top five, test your knowledge of football rules, learn what area high school football coaches really think and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake County Push for the Playoffs page.

Challenge Miss Southern Wisconsin, veteran sportswriters in NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 09, 2013 9:26 a.m. | How well do you know high school football? Can you out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin?

Find out by going to mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin return this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. Rech was the leading VIP picker in last season's regular-season contest. Radcliffe was first in the playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Read social media story of Germantown at Whitefish Bay football game

Sept. 07, 2013 9:58 a.m. | Last night was a rivalry night for the Germantown and Whitefish Bay football teams during Week 3 of the WIAA prep football season.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

 

You can also see photos of the Hamilton vs. Franklin football game in a photo gallery by NOW's Peter Zuzga.

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Germantown football team outlasts Whitefish Bay, 23-15

Sept. 06, 2013 10:45 p.m. | Germantown junior fullback Kyle Theis wanted everyone to know that they could count on him at crunch time in the Warhawks' North Shore football opener at rival Whitefish Bay Friday night.

"I just told everyone, 'I'll get it, it's mine,'" said Theis of his second surge fourth down effort that got over the goal-line and gave the Warhawks a 10-7 lead with 1:48 left in the third quarter.

And Theis came through again on fourth down at the 7:58 mark of the fourth quarter, finishing off an 11-play drive with a surge up the middle that made it 16-7.

Those two scores were eventually enough of a cushion as the Warhawks gained a valuable leg up in the North Shore race with a 23-15 victory over the Blue Dukes.

Germantown coach Jake Davis was relieved that both rolls of the dice he called for turned out to be lucky sevens.

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University School student takes hands-on approach to solving dearth of skirts

Sept. 06, 2013 12:57 p.m. | River Hills — Kendall Ross is gaining something of a reputation at University School of Milwaukee.

Her cell number is making its way around the school, handed off from girl to girl on scraps of paper and text messages. When the phone rings and girls approach her in the hallway, the questions are always the same.

“Do you have the skirts?”

“Are you the skirt girl?”

Yes, Kendall Ross is the skirt girl.

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Unattended candles cause $40,000 in damages at Glendale fire

Sept. 05, 2013 4:36 p.m. | Glendale — A Glendale home caught fire Thursday after occupants left candles burning while out of their home.

According to a North Shore Fire Department news release:

NSFD was dispatched to the 5200 block of North Mohawk Avenue around 1 p.m. Thursday after a passerby reported heavy smoke coming from a townhouse style residence.

Glendale police arrived first, confirming the heavy smoke coming from second floor windows of the property. Arriving fire crews began an aggressive interior attack on the fire, finding heaving smoke and heat on the second floor. The firefighters quickly controlled the fire and a search revealed no occupants in the home.

NSFD reports no injuries to occupants or responders, though there was moderate fire damage to the second floor and smoke damage throughout the entire home — an estimated $40,000 worth.

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Glendale Chamber president advocates 'no' vote on Hilton rezoning, says city can find 'triple win'

Sept. 05, 2013 3:50 p.m. | Glendale — Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Dale Schmidt hopes to achieve a long-term "triple win" when it comes to the Hilton hotel and Anchorage restaurant site at 4700 N. Port Washington Road, and perserve the hotel as a lodging landmark.

In a report to city leaders Wednesday and an interview Thursday, Schmidt said he has identified a potential buyer who is willing to begin talks on purchasing the riverfront hotel and restaurant if the Common Council decides to reject a proposal to rezone the site to accommodate the Wisconsin International Academy.

WIA intends to re-purpose the hotel to house its international study program, which allows students from China and other foreign countries to study at Milwaukee-area high schools before attending American colleges.

In late-August, the Common Council was unable to produce a motion to approve or deny the rezoning and decided to hold over the decision until Sept. 9. In July, the Plan Commission voted 5-1 to recommended the council deny WIA's request.

Schmidt said that in recent months he has been working behind the scenes to help reach a solution whereby the Hilton and Anchorage are turned over to new owners with "new eyes and a fresh vision" and WIA finds an appropriate site elsewhere in the city. Schmidt said the arrangement would be a "triple win" for hotel owners, the WIA, and Glendale in the long term.

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Updated: Mequon woman survives dramatic crash in England

Sept. 04, 2013 1:31 p.m. | Jane Lukic, a 60-year-old Mequon resident, was released from a hospital in England on Tuesday after rolling her car almost 500 feet down one of the steepest roads in England.

According to English newspaper The Westmorland Gazette, the accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Friday in the steep terrain of a mountain pass in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. 

Lukic’s ex-husband, Chris Kegel, said Wednesday the belief is a tire blew on her rental car, causing her to leave the roadway before tumbling down a hillside and eventually coming to a stop about 500 feet downhill. Multiple fire departments and a volunteer mountain rescue team were involved in the operation, which required the rental car to be cut open before she was taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter.

Remarkably, Lukic suffered only a broken arm, bruising, and a slight concussion, Kegel said.

“It’s amazing. If she would have been in an old-technology car, she wouldn’t have been alive,” Kegel said. “It’s a miracle that she had her seat belt on and was able to sustain this crash with only minor injuries.

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