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.
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.
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.» Read Full Article
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."» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
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?"» Read Full Article
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.
MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest and coming the closest to predicting the final score of the West Allis Hale vs. Marquette tie-breaker.Michele Spiekerman of West Bend has won a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres by correctly picking all five games in
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.
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.
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.» Read Full Article
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 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.» Read Full Article