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Bay's offense overpowers Brookfield East

Oct. 29, 2011 11:24 p.m. | For years, Whitefish Bay's Jim Tietjen has been a defense-first, hard-nosed type of football coach.

He had to be, because traditionally low turnout for the program at Bay made it tough to diversify the offense to the point where it could be on par with his excellent defensive units, which have helped get the Blue Dukes into the WIAA state playoffs for five straight years.

But because of the offensive shortcomings, the Blue Dukes usually bowed out gamely in the first or second round of the playoffs, never reaching the third round or beyond.

That was until Saturday afternoon, when a young Bay team unleashed a potent, high-powered, multi-faceted attack that utterly devastated host Brookfield East, as the Blue Dukes rolled into Level 3 of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs for the first time in school history with a stunning 40-21 win.

"I finally have an offense," Tietjen roared after his team racked up 467 total yards and scored on its first seven possessions in improving to 7-4 on the season.

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Riverside makes major statement in ousting Homestead

Oct. 28, 2011 10:42 p.m. | Milwaukee Riverside football coach Patrick Wagner has heard all the stories about his team.

"Nice record, but who have you played?" goes one line and another is "Why doesn't the City Conference do better in the state playoffs?"

But Wagner and his Tigers went a long way towards answering a lot of those questions Friday night, when they went toe-to-toe with one of the state's empire-builders in football, Homestead, and beat the North Shore Conference champion, 29-22, in a statement-making WIAA Division 1, Level 2 playoff game.

Afterwards, which side had the better team was only the tip of the iceberg in Wagner's eyes.

"Honestly, I have to prove something every day," he said. "because we hear that stuff every day, about the test scores, about the kids, about what they've done on the field. No one sees the good side of the city (and its schools), about how many good kids there are, how many graduate. When you see what a lot of these kids have to overcome, it's all amazing."

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Sen. Darling settles records dispute with Democratic-leaning group

Oct. 28, 2011 5:14 p.m. | A Democratic-leaning advocacy group and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) have settled their dispute over a records request by the advocacy group, and she must pay a $1,000 attorney fee, according to a stipulation made public this week.

The advocacy group, One Wisconsin Now, had sued Darling after she did not respond to a June request for her communications with a school voucher advocacy group, American Federation for Children, according to a release from One Wisconsin Now. She was in the midst of a recall election at the time.

The release said she finally responded to the request after the lawsuit was filed, releasing records that showed email communication with a lobbyist representing the AFC. The group was a major issue advertiser during Darling's summer recall election, spending over $230,000 on television advertising in the Milwaukee market, according to a Journal Sentinel analysis.

Darling couldn't be reached for a comment.

Help us find the best of our communities

Oct. 28, 2011 7:32 a.m. | We’ve all recommended a place — maybe an eatery, a park, a theater — to family and friends.

So let’s combine our recommendations, our favorite places, and see what NOW readers think are the best places in the NOW communities.

Each week starting Oct. 31, we’ll ask you to submit your favorite places in a NOW community on our Facebook page. We’ll take submissions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the week.

On Thursday and Friday, we’ll take those suggesions and seek your votes for what are the best places in that community. We’ll even make a Foursquare list that you can follow.

Share your favorite places to go to in Wauwatosa on Oct. 31. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Just go to our Facebook page on Monday and let us know.

Work starts on Ravenna apartments in Shorewood; retailers named

Oct. 28, 2011 7:00 a.m. | Wired Properties has broken ground on its $7 million Ravenna apartment development in Shorewood, and has named the retailers that will occupy the four-story building's street level commercial space.

Ravenna is being built at 4521-4537 N. Oakland Ave. The project was originally approved in 2007 as a condominium building, but work was postponed when the housing market collapsed.

Developer Blair Williams then recast it as an upscale apartment development. Williams also developed The Cornerstone apartment and retail building just across Oakland Ave., which was completed a year ago.

Ravenna's 8,100 square feet of commercial space is fully leased to four local retailers: Yo Mama frozen yogurt, Indulgence Chocolatiers, Elements East and Performance Running Outfitters.

Yo Mama has a store in Wauwatosa with another opening in Brookfield; Indulgence Chocolatiers is a Waukesha-based artisan chocolate wholesaler opening its first store; Elements East, an Asian import home decor business, will be moving from 109 E. Silver Spring Drive, in Whitefish Bay, and Performance Running now has temporary space in Shorewood, at 4401 N. Oakland Ave.

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Demanding ransom for phone backfires

Oct. 26, 2011 9:05 a.m. | A ransom note sent via text message did not work out as planned for three Milwaukee men.

The men, one 26 and two 19, were arrested Oct. 16 for receiving a cell phone stolen the day before at iPic, 5750 N. Bayshore Drive.

According to the Glendale police report:

The owner reported the theft after receiving text messages demanding a "ransom" of $550 to get his phone back.

Police had the owner set up a meeting with the men and take along an undercover officer.

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Police suspect Shorewood man solicited teen for sex

Oct. 25, 2011 4:34 p.m. | Milwaukee police are investigating a 50-year-old Shorewood man they say solicited what he thought was a 15-year-old boy online for sex.

The man started chatting with the teenager Thursday evening, using instant messenger and a gay chat website. An undercover police officer posing as the 15-year-old boy replied to the man's messages and told him he's 15.

The man invited the boy to his place in the 3700 block of N. Oakland Ave. and the two arranged to meet at a nearby business on Oakland Ave., police said.

When the man arrived shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, officers arrested him. Police also seized the man's cellphone, which contained the text messages that the undercover police officer had sent.

The man has not yet been charged.

Glendale, police agree on three-year contract

Oct. 25, 2011 1:58 p.m. | Glendale - The city and police union have agreed to a three-year contract that includes 2 percent wage increases in 2011 and 2013 with a wage freeze in 2012.

Union members will pay 10 percent of their health care premiums in 2012 and 2013. They currently pay 8.5 percent.

Although state law exempted public safety employees from mandated pension contributions, beginning in 2012 they agree to pay 2 percent to the Wisconsin Retirement System toward their pensions. In 2013 they will pay 4 percent.

City Administrator Richard Maslowski said there will be no layoffs, furloughs or reductions in service in the 2012 city budget as a result of the agreement.

Man arrested for Poco Loco burglary

Oct. 24, 2011 5:30 p.m. | While on patrol at 2:30 a.m. Oct. 23, a Brown Deer Officer heard an audible alarm sounding at a nearby business. Officers quickly determined that a burglary had just occurred at Poco Loco, 4134 West River Lane.

Entry was gained by smashing a rock though one of the business windows.

While investigating and processing the scene further, officers found someone outside Prime Time, 8777 North Deerwood Drive. He was arrested for the burglary. The suspect is a 20-year-old Milwaukee man. Charges are pending at this time.

3 arrested after armed robbery in Algonquin Park

Oct. 24, 2011 5:20 p.m. | Brown Deer officers have arrested three suspects after an armed robbery in Algonquin Park, 7850 N. 51st St., at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

The victims included three to five people from Brown Deer and West Bend ranging in age from 15 to 18 years old.

They were robbed by two black males, one armed with an unknown type of handgun. Cash and other personal items were taken in the robbery. The victims were not injured during this incident.

Police said the victims left the park before calling police. Algonquin Park is a Milwaukee County Park.

Based on information received during the initial interviews of the victims, three arrests have been made. Charges are pending on one of the suspects. This investigation is continuing at this time.

Prank turns toxic at Glen Hills Middle School

Oct. 24, 2011 1:50 p.m. | A homemade concoction purported to cause "super powers" in the drinker turned out to be a toxic substance mixed together by a student at Glen Hills Middle School and given to another, according to a Glendale police report.

A 9-year-old boy became sick Oct. 14 after drinking a liquid given to him by two students at Glen Hills, 2600 W. Mill Road, earlier that day, his mother told police.

One of the boys later admitted to authorities that he had mixed Dr. Pepper, rubbing alcohol, Tabasco sauce, Clorox wipes and soap, and then taken it to school and offered it to another student, saying it would give him "super powers," the report states.

Paramedics responded to the school and checked the boy out, advising that he should be monitored in case further problems developed.

Police confiscated the liquid. The school kept a small sample, but officials there stated they had no plans to have it analyzed, the report said.

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Nearly $189K in jewelry missing from Zales

Oct. 24, 2011 12:52 p.m. | The loss of more than 190 pieces of jewelry, a collective value of nearly $189,000, was discovered at Zales, 5720 N. Bayshore Drive, during a store inventory, according to a Glendale police report.

Management reported the "internal theft of jewelry" from the store Aug. 30, saying the thefts must have occurred over the past 10 or 11 months. The case is under investigation, the report states.

East to host Whitefish Bay Saturday at 4 p.m. in D2 Football Playoffs

Oct. 24, 2011 9:35 a.m. | Whitefish Bay will travel to Brookfield East for a 4 p.m. WIAA D2 Level 2 Football Playoff game.

The Blue Dukes are 6-4, having beaten Milwaukee Bradley Tech of the City Conference, 58-24, on Saturday in their first playoff match-up. They finished tied for fourth (4-3) in the North Shore Conference during the regular season.

The Spartans (7-3) defeated Woodland Conference Black Division Champion Greendale, 14-7, on Friday night to advance.

Brown Deer grounds out against Kewaskum

Oct. 22, 2011 12:52 a.m. | With its biggest weapon on the bench after the first drive in the game, the Brown Deer football team was searching for an identity through most of Friday night’s WIAA Division 3 Level 1 playoff game against Kewaskum.

When the Falcons finally found a way to move the ball against a vaunted Indians defense, the clock proved a bigger foe, as Brown Deer’s season ended on a 38-14 defeat at Kewaskum High School.

“(That) took away half our offense,” Brown Deer co-head coach Rob Green said of losing the bell cow of the Falcons running attack, senior running back Najee Williams, “We tried to run inside on them, but they are tough in their front four, and we tried to push out, but without Najee’s speed to get to the edge, it took away half our offense.”

Williams went to the hospital to get his ankle more closely examined to determine if it was a high ankle sprain, or even a fracture, Green said.

Receiving the opening kick, the Falcons (5-5) put together a 15-play drive that ate up 5 minutes, 35 seconds, but yielded no points.

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Brown electric for Whitefish Bay

Oct. 22, 2011 12:08 a.m. | Whitefish Bay turned a tightly-contested first round playoff match with Bradley Tech into a rout with a dominating, devastating running game, ultimately emerging, 58-24.


Senior running back Dee Brown led the attack, piling up 243 yard and six touchdowns on 18 carries, with Milwaukee Public School Superintendent Gregory Thornton on hand at historic South Stadium.

“Our cross block was effective,” Brown said. “It was working, and they couldn’t stop it.

“It felt good,” he said. “I’ve never scored more than a touchdown or two. I believed I could have a game like this, but I needed a coach who would give it to me and a line that can block like that.”

“He (Brown) came out to play,” said Jim Tietjen, Whitefish Bay’s coach. “But I’ve also seen him play better. I’m never one to say: ‘That was the best’. Still, running that trap, behind that line? It worked well for us.”

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Homestead keeps this streak intact

Oct. 21, 2011 11:51 p.m. |  

A week after getting shut out and seeing its 67-game conference winning streak snapped, the Homestead Highlanders emphatically extended a different winning streak Friday night.
 
With a 55-12 victory over Milwaukee King in round one of the WIAA state tournament, the Highlanders have now won 14 consecutive opening round playoff games. Homestead has not lost in the first round of the playoffs since losing to Mukwonago in 1994.
 
The Highlanders didn't take long to shake off last week's shutout, scoring just 2:04 seconds into the game on a 56-yard touchdown run by junior Jay Schneider. It was just the second offensive play from scrimmage for Homestead, and the drive was set up by a DeAngelo Dantzler interception to end the Generals first drive. Dantzler, a senior, would add a second interception early in the second quarter.
 
Head coach Dave Keel was happy with how the Highlanders bounced back from last week's lone conference loss to Germantown.
 
“We weren't real good last week, so I was pleased with how our kids came out tonight,” Keel said. “They were frustrated with the performance at Germantown, so they took matters into their own hands.”
 
Despite falling behind early, the Generals managed to answer back a few minutes later executing a beautiful hook and lateral play from 28 yards out. Senior quarterback Nigel Crowley hit junior Jordan Lewandowski with a short pass, and Lewandowski then pitched it to sophomore Cheng Fu Hang, who scampered in for a touchdown. After a failed two-point conversion attempt, Homestead still led, 7-6.
 
That would be as close as King would get, as Homestead combined a ruthless running attack with a dominating defensive performance the rest of the way. In the first half, the Highlanders averaged over 12 yards per carry, tallying 301 yards and six touchdowns on just 25 carries. Overall, seven Homestead ball carriers totaled 363 yards and accounted for all eight Highlanders scoring plays.
 
Senior Antoine Easterling finished with 104 yards and two first half touchdowns to lead the Highlanders to a 41-6 halftime lead. The other six rushing touchdowns were scored by six different runners.
 
On the defensive side, sophomore Bryce Juedes added an interception to the two nabbed by Dantzler and the King offense was held to negative-nine yards on 14 carries.
 
“Our offensive line had a real nice game,” Keel said. “They opened up some nice holes and our kids took advantage of it
 
“We haven't had a lot of interceptions, so it was good to see and it gave us great field position.”
 
The Generals did show fight late in the game racking up 208 yards passing and scoring a late fourth quarter touchdown. The playoff loss for King is the second in three years to Homestead.
 
“We talked about at halftime to play with heart and drive the entire game,” Milwaukee King Head Coach Tom Wozniak said. “We have to establish a 'never give up,' attitude and I think we showed that we have that.”
 
Homestead now travels to play City Conference champion Milwaukee Riverside next week in the second round. They last met in the playoffs in 2005, with the Highlanders shutting out Riverside, 35-0, as part of the first-round winning streak.
 
“We bounced back nicely tonight and next week is going to be another tough game,” senior Homestead quarterback Cody Berger said. “It's going to be a good game and we'll be ready for it."

Greyhounds' first trip in 30 years ends quickly

Oct. 21, 2011 10:26 p.m. | Messmer/Shorewood football coach Drake Zortman spent a long time pulling something important out of his bag Friday night.

It was late in his post-game speech following the Greyhounds not-unexpected 49-6 loss to City Conference champion Milwaukee Riverside in a WIAA Division 1, Level 1 playoff game at Pulaski Stadium.

The game followed an exhausting week for Zortman and the Greyhounds, after a difficult and often mystifying legal process that helped net the team its first WIAA state playoff berth in 30 years.

The media had been all over the schools and the team and the coach all week, and he needed to cut through the fluff and drama and remind his players of the most important thing about the whole process.

And the reminder he pulled out of his bag was the shiny WIAA regional qualifier plaque the team received for earning its slot in this game.

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Messmer/Shorewood wins case, eligible for football playoffs

Oct. 18, 2011 10:11 p.m. | The Milwaukee Messmer/Shorewood football team fought the WIAA and won Tuesday.

Now it turns its attention to another giant, Milwaukee Riverside.

The Greyhounds will play the first playoff game in the history of the co-op - it will be just the second ever for Shorewood - Friday against the City Conference champion and fifth-ranked team in the area. Game time is 7 p.m. at Pulaski.

"At the end of the day, these guys earned a playoff spot. . . " said Shorewood coach Drake Zortman, surrounded by his players before practice Tuesday. "We were 4-2 in our conference schedule and I couldn't be happier. There's a lot of smiles behind me."

The scene wouldn't have been possible without a court order earlier in the day from Milwaukee County Court Judge Kevin Martens. He ruled that Messmer/Shorewood met a WIAA criterion for playoff eligibility and ordered the state's high school sports governing body to include the team in its field of playoff eligible schools.

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Girl threatens to stab boy, cited after disruption in class at Nicolet

Oct. 18, 2011 4:20 p.m. | A 15-year-old girl was mailed a citation for disorderly conduct after she hit a male student in the face after he called her names, causing "a major disruption" in class.

According to the Glendale police report:

The two students were in class at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, on Oct. 12. A teacher reportedly told the girl to put on a jacket because of her wearing revealing clothing. When the girl refused, the boy started calling her names and she threatened to stab him. They began to struggle and she hit him and the fight caused "a major disruption" in the class. The girl said the boy "disrespected her" and that's why the fight started.

Family cited for lying about accident that caused tree to hit house

Oct. 18, 2011 3:58 p.m. | A man, his wife and son were cited for obstruction for lying to police about an accident the boy had that caused a tree to hit a neighboring house.

According to the Glendale police report:

The 15-year-old boy lost control of the car while pulling out of his driveway and drove onto a neighbor's yard knocking over two trees, one of them hitting the house, in the 1800 block of West Wayside Drive about 7 p.m. Oct. 9.

The woman, 55, said she was in the car with the boy who had a learner's permit.

The boy and his father, 53, told the same story. However, the boy did not have a permit and the woman was not in the car.

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Rowe to run for state Assembly

Oct. 18, 2011 9:48 a.m. | Kristopher Rowe will run for the 10th Assembly District seat in 2012. Rowe, who was a leader of the effort to recall state Sen. Alberta Darling last summer, announced his intentions at a Village Board meeting last night. Rowe is a respiratory therapist.

Shorewood is part of the 22nd Assembly District but will become part of the 10th Assembly District in January when the redistricting goes into effect. The 10th Assembly seat is now held by Elizabeth Coggs.

Messmer/Shorewood wins injunction; only Divisions 3-7 brackets will be released today

Oct. 17, 2011 6:04 p.m. | Judge Kevin Martens granted the Milwaukee Messmer/Shorewood football team a temporary injunction that will prevent the football playoff brackets for Divisions 1 and 2 from being released until Tuesday at the earliest.

Both Messmer/Shorewood and the WIAA, however, agreed to the release of the pairings for the other divisions.

The case resumes at 10 a.m. Tuesday, however the attorney from Messmer/Shorewood was encouraged by the chances of gaining inclusion in the playoffs this year.

Messmer/Shorewood is arguing that based on the language in the WIAA's criteria for football playoff eligibility that it should be eligible for the postseason this year. The WIAA asserts that Messmer/Shorewood must complete the final year of the four-year postseason ban it received in 2008 for leaving the Woodland Conference without WIAA approval.

I'll get the brackets posted ASAP, but I haven't been able to get on to the WIAA site.

Lowe's to close its Brown Deer store

Oct. 17, 2011 9:14 a.m. | Lowe's Companies ( LOW) said Monday that it has closed 20 underperforming stores, including one in Brown Deer.

The Brown Deer store is located at 6300 W. Brown Deer Road. A total of 106 employees worked at the store.

The 20 stores are located in 15 different states. Approximately 1,950 employees nationwide are affected by the store closings.

Lowe's said the financial impact of the store closings would be 17 to 20 cents per share. The company added that the closings were not contemplated in the firm's business outlook for fiscal 2011.

Petre at front of big-play barrage

Oct. 15, 2011 12:43 a.m. |  

As the Wisconsin winter approaches and weather conditions worsen, conventional wisdom would suggest employing a steady ball-control offense. Just don’t tell that to New Berlin Eisenhower senior wide receiver Dylan Petre.
 
Petre hauled in touchdown receptions of 55, 24 and 62 yards on a frigid Friday night as Eisenhower edged visiting Brown Deer, 28-15.
 
The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder caught his first touchdown, the 55-yarder, at the 7:11 mark in the first quarter.
 
“We had a waggle to the right called, and John [Crowley] made a perfect throw,” Petre said. “It was beautiful.”

After the Falcons fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, Crowley went right back to Petre on first down, this time from 24 yards out. A total of 15 seconds separated the two scores. At the end of the first quarter, Eisenhower senior Mitch Teipner blocked a Brown Deer punt and recovered it in the end zone to give the Lions a 21-0 lead.

But the Falcons clawed back and made it 21-8 after a 16-play, 74-yard drive capped by the most impressive 1-yard run you’ll ever see by senior running back Najee Williams. With 4:22 left in the third quarter, Brown Deer faced a fourth and goal from the 1-yard line. The Falcons ran a toss to the left to Williams, who was met by a defender and then changed directions, outran an entire defense and scored on the opposite side of the field.
 
The Falcons were also led by the gutsy performance of junior quarterback Jake Schimenz, who was more impressive than the stat sheet suggests. Despite a completion percentage just over 50 (19-of-37) and two interceptions, it was Schimenz’s athleticism that kept Brown Deer competitive. He finished with 302 all-purpose yards.
 
“He’s elusive, and he can make plays,” Brown Deer head coach Rob Green said. “He allows us to do some things with his athleticism that not a lot of guys can do.”
 
However, just 78 seconds after Williams’ run, Crowley hit Petre again for a 62-yard score. Petre caught a short pass over the middle and did the rest on his own.
 
“John made a perfect throw again, and after that it was just off to the races,” Petre said.
 
“That was probably what you’d call the turning point of the game,” Eisenhower head coach Jeff Setz said. “He took a catch that was just a first down, broke a tackle and suddenly it’s a touchdown.”
 
Brown Deer would score again midway through the final quarter on another 4-yard run from Williams, who finished with a workmanlike 110 yards on 32 carries and added 62 receiving yards on five catches.
 
Trailing 28-15, the Falcons recovered an onside kick and marched to the Eisenhower 21-yard line before being stopped on fourth and 1.
 
The Lions fumbled on the ensuing possession, and Brown Deer reached Eisenhower’s 7-yard line, but the drive was again stopped on fourth and 3, allowing Eisenhower to run out the clock and end the regular season at 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the Woodland-Black Conference, behind only Greendale (8-1, 8-0).

While Brown Deer dropped to 5-4 and 4-3 to finish second in the Woodland Blue, both teams will qualify for the playoffs, which begin next weekend.
 

“Eisenhower made some big plays in the first half and took advantage of them early,” Green said. “They played a complete four quarters and we played about one and a half. It was a good tune-up for both teams before the playoffs. But we have a very resilient group. They won’t drop their heads, and they’ll definitely be ready to go.”
 
Despite a five-game winning streak and a season that saw Eisenhower lose two games by a total of five points, Setz said his team has plenty to work on heading into the playoffs.
 
“It’s 21-0 after the first quarter and then we have a very difficult time sustaining anything at all after that,” he said. “It seemed like Brown Deer always had the ball. We like to think running the ball is one of our strengths, and tonight it was anything but. At this time last year, we were collecting everybody’s equipment, so I’m happy we’re in. Where that’s going to take us, we’re not sure. But in the playoffs, the level of play goes up, and we’re going to have to play some very good teams.”

Germantown shatters Homestead's 67-game NSC winning streak

Oct. 13, 2011 10:48 p.m. | The Homestead football team's 67-game winning streak in the North Shore Conference is over and it was Germantown that did it.

From the moment senior Warhawk senior running back Alec Richmond slipped through a gapping chasm for 76 yards and a TD on the first play of the game, until the time that Highlander quarterback Cody Berger was slammed to ground at the Germantown four-yard line on the last play of the game preserving the 27-0 shutout, it was clear that there would be no more inspirational miracle finishes, no more fluke plays, no more simple beatdowns for the Highlanders this cool, damp Thursday night.

What a way to get your coaching career going against your alma mater first-year Germantown coach Jake Davis and especially with retired Warhawk coach Phil Datka sitting up in the press box watching.

"It is a great thing, I would by lying if I would say otherwise," said Davis, after addressing his happy group of Warhawks at Datka Stadium. "I went to Homestead, I know what that's like (to be expected to win every game), but really, it just comes down to the kids. They've worked so hard and we're so happy to see them succeed."

"And yeah, I knew he (Datka) was there. I think he'll want to see me in a little bit (laughs)."

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Group says Shorewood School District too slow with posting of minutes

Oct. 12, 2011 5:12 p.m. | A Shorewood citizens group is upset with the local school board over how long it's taking to post minutes from regular board meetings.

Kelly O'Brien of Shorewood, chairman of Shorewood Citizens for Responsible Government, complains that the board is in violation of a state law that requires school boards to publish their minutes within 45 days of the meeting.

And he says that the group will complain to the office of state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen if the posting of minutes isn't up to date by the board's November meeting.

"They’re on notice right now that they’re outside the statutory obligations," O'Brien said.

Mark Boehlke, the school district's business manager, admits that the district is behind on its postings, partly because tightening budgets have forced the district to reduce its support staff.

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Shorewood gas station owner ordered to fix contaminated soil

Oct. 12, 2011 8:52 a.m. | A Village of Shorewood gas station owner will have to come up with a plan to clean contaminated soil detected from samples taken near the station.

Gas was detected in the soil near the Citgo Gas Station, 1602 E. Capitol Drive, in samples taken Friday, according to the North Shore Fire Department. The soil contained high levels of benzene, according to lab tests. Benzene dissipates over time, so the high level indicates that the gasoline contamination is relatively new.

As a result, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ordered the station's owner to attend a meeting scheduled for Thursday to discuss how he intends to deal with the contaminated soil.

Port China in Fox Point up for sale

Oct. 08, 2011 10:00 a.m. | Port China, the Chinese restaurant in the quirky Lannon stone midcentury building at 312 W. Bradley Road in Fox Point, never reopened after closing for maintenance work and improvements this summer. Recently, a “for sale” sign was placed in front of the property.

The restaurant had been in Fox Point for more than 30 years.

Bomb squad takes care of suspicious device in Brown Deer

Oct. 07, 2011 2:42 p.m. | Brown Deer Police officers responded to a report of a suspicious device that was located in vacant residence in the 9000 block of North Brandybrook Trail at 8:17 this morning.

According to a news release, a safe perimeter was established by evacuating a limited number of residential homes and condominium units in the immediate area. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad was contacted and rendered the device safe.

It appears at this time to be a hoax device. Area residents were allowed to return to their residences once the device was deemed safe.

At this time an investigation is ongoing to determine the origin of the device.

There were no injuries that occurred as a result of this incident.

Homestead OL, Berger dominate Bay, clinch share of NSC title, 42-7

Oct. 06, 2011 10:56 p.m. | When talking about the dominating effort he and his offensive line mates did in leading the Homestead football team to a shockingly easy 42-7 win over normally difficult Whitefish Bay Thursday night, two-year starter Mensah Amuzu noted that the team wanted to avoid the drama and excitement of the previous Friday's rally over Milwaukee Lutheran.

Upon hearing that, his quarterback Cody Berger kicked at the dirt, chuckled and said: "Absolutely" breaking both of the senior leaders up in a rare moment of levity as the Highlanders (6-0, 7-1) clinched no worse than a tie for their 11th straight North Shore Conference title.

They will look to win their ninth straight outright championship when they visit arrchrival Germantown next Thursday. The Warhawks (4-2, 6-2) were 28-12 winners over Nicolet on Thursday night.

"We now get to finish the job," said Berger, who had a career night with 12 of 17 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns. "We started it, now we have to go out and get it done."

"We've got to do it."

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Search for gasoline leak continues in Shorewood

Oct. 06, 2011 12:42 p.m. | North Shore Fire Department and Shorewood village officials continue to search for the source of a gasoline leak in the sanitary sewer system.

Authorities have flushed the system with water and ventilated it, and private contractors were brought in Thursday to discover exactly from where the leak is coming. The area where gasoline can be smelled is at the intersection of Capitol Drive and Wilson Ave. in Shorewood.

Firefighters were called to the intersection at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when residents smelled gasoline in the basement of a nearby apartment building.

Despite flushing the sewer with water and fresh air, gas was still in the sewers as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

"We don't think it was a one-time dump. We think it could be a larger source" of gasoline, said North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker.

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New upscale furniture store coming to North Shore

Oct. 06, 2011 11:07 a.m. | Honquest Furniture for Living, which operates two stores in the northern Chicago suburbs, plans to open a store in Whitefish Bay.

Honquest plans to lease around 12,100 square feet at 121-133 E. Silver Spring Drive, part of the former Peabody's furniture and interior design business, which moved last year to 8655 N. Deerwood Drive, Brown Deer.

Honquest hopes to have the store, which would have six to eight employees, open by the first quarter of 2012, said Lori Stengren, vice president of sales. The retailer's request for a conditional use permit is to be reviewed by the Plan Commission on Oct. 18.

Honquest operates a store in Barrington, Ill., and an outlet store in Deerfield, Ill.

Honquest provides a higher-end product line than such furniture stores as Steinhafels, but does so at "very competitive pricing," Stengren said.

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Dyslexia expert to lead Concordia conference

Oct. 06, 2011 8:00 a.m. | If you have a kid who insists on saying “aminals” instead of “animals” and can’t tell right from left, an upcoming free, three-hour conference on dyslexia might provide some pointers.

Dyslexia expert Susan Barton will be discussing classic warning signs, latest neurogenetic research, and education strategies for dyslexic children at 6 p.m., Oct. 14 at Concordia University’s Todd Wehr Auditorium in Mequon.

“Most people don’t understand what [dyslexia] looks like and what needs to be done. Nine states have dyslexia laws but Wisconsin is not one of those, and both public and private schools are not required to screen for dyslexia,” said Barton, who founded Bright Solutions for Dyslexia in 1998, a California-based organization aimed at educating parents and teachers about the learning disability. Barton teaches several graduate-level courses through the University of San Diego and was recently inducted into the International Dyslexia Association’s Hall of Honor.

Dyslexia is an inherited condition that makes it extremely difficult to spell when writing compositions, to read rapidly and accurately and to sound out an unknown word, said Barton, who added that the biggest risk factor involves known or suspected cases of dyslexia within the family. It is possible to distinguish between a poor reader and a dyslexic child, according to her.

“Dyslexia impacts more than reading, writing and spelling. These are children who usually do not start speaking at 12 months. Once they start saying longer multi-syllable words, they often say the sounds out of sequence and they can’t hear the difference between what you’re saying and what they’re hearing,” Barton said. “They have enormous difficulty memorizing the sequence of the alphabet, their address and have problems with directionality.”

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Crews looking for source of gasoline in Shorewood sewers

Oct. 05, 2011 9:00 p.m. | The North Shore Fire Department Wednesday night continued to look for the source of gasoline that got into sanitary sewers in the area of the intersection of Capitol Drive and Wilson Ave. in Shorewood.

The department urged residents of the area who smell gasoline in their basements to pour water into their sewer traps to mitigate the odor. If this does not help residents should call 911, the department said.

Whitefish Bay parking tickets going up; handicap violations increasing $100

Oct. 04, 2011 10:46 p.m. | Parking citations in Whitefish Bay are increasing, following action by the Village Board on Monday.

Expired meter tickets are increasing from $10 to $15, while overnight parking citations are increasing from $15 to $20. Handicap parking tickets will be increasing by the greatest increment - from $50 to $150 - and all other parking citations increase from $15 to $25.

After surveying other Milwaukee communities, village officials learned Whitefish Bay was among the lowest with its fee schedule. The hikes present an additional opportunity for the village to increase revenue intake.

While fines are increasing, the village has not announced plans to increase meter prices.

Bay clinches NSC soccer title with 2-0 win over Nicolet

Oct. 04, 2011 10:01 p.m. | Nicolet boys soccer coach Brian Weisse admits that other North Shore Conference coaches with a hope of gaining a slice of the league title were encouraging and pulling for his side when it visited league leader Whitefish Bay in the finale Tuesday night.

If the Knights could pull off the upset, the potential of a four-way tie for the championship could still be in the offing depending upon other results this evening.

But the host Blue Dukes were having none of that, as on their senior night, the Blue Dukes got a goal out of Max Loebl after a chaotic set of rebounds in the 54th minute and then got an insurance score in the 76th minute on a lovely play by T.J. Schmid to win the title outright with a 2-0 decision.

"Yes, some guys talked to me about it and sometimes that stuff works out, but sometimes it doesn't," said Weisse. "Bay just played a bit better than us tonight."

With the win, the Blue Dukes finished the regular season at 6-1 in NSC play and 13-5 overall, while Nicolet finished at 3-4 and 6-10-2, respectively.

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Whitefish Bay ghouls, goblins out on Oct. 30

Oct. 04, 2011 8:38 p.m. | After deliberation and a rescinded motion, the Whitefish Bay Village Board on Monday voted, 5-2, to hold trick-or-treating from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Staff at Village Hall had recommended the motion.

Trustee Kevin Buckley had successfully led a move to change the festive event to the early evening hours on Monday, Oct. 31, on a 4-3 vote. But concerns were subsequently raised about potential conflicts with after-school activities, and the board reconsidered the motion, opting instead to follow through with the original recommendation.

Firm making plans for railroad spur in Mequon

Oct. 04, 2011 12:16 p.m. | Gateway Plastics will move ahead with the next step in a proposal to bring a railroad spur to the north end of the plant at 5650 W. County Line Road.

Company chairman Carl Vogel said the railroad has indicated its support of the plan but he wanted to consult with the city's Plan Commission before proceeding.

The spur would branch off from the existing Canadian Pacific Railroad lines just south of a creek crossing and across the Interurban trail from the Elmdale Court area of the city, cross three parcels of property and Riebs Lane before reaching its destination, a proposed 420-square-foot pump house. Materials from the train cars would be pumped into the building.

Vogel said the rail siding will eliminate resin delivery now done by truck. Currently resin is delivered at the rate of 20 loads per week or 1,000 trucks annually. The rail deliveries will be once or twice a week, he said.

The rail spur would cross the northern end of the Kleen Test property. In return for allowing the spur to cross Kleen Test, Vogel said he has agreed to build Kleen Test a parking lot for its semitrailers that are now parking on Riebs Lane for lack of other space.

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Family escapes after carbon monoxide scare

Oct. 04, 2011 11:26 a.m. | A Mequon family is safe after police and firefighters evacuated them from their home after several people fell ill with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning Monday.

According to a news release from Mequon Police, police and firefighter personnel were dispatched to a home in the 11100 block of Lake Shore Lane after a person had fallen in the residence.

When they arrived, it was determined that there were four individuals in the residence that were experiencing the symptoms of possible carbon monoxide exposure. The homeowner said the heating system had been turned on earlier in the day for the first time this season.

Mequon ambulance along with mutual aid assistance from the North Shore Fire Department and Thiensville ambulance transported five adult patients to Milwaukee area to Milwaukee area hospitals for treatment.

The incident is under investigation by the Mequon Police and Fire Departments.

Take a capsule look at the week's top stories in NOW's Prep Sports Primer

Oct. 04, 2011 10:33 a.m. |

Join NOW and Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe for this week's Prep Sports Primer, the fastest 90 seconds in local high school sports.

Each week, JR will highlight some of the top sports stories in the suburban area. This week includes looks at the standout Homestead girls tennis team, some of the top girls golfers, including Kettle Moraine's Leighann Cabush, and more.

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