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Germantown boys basketball team runs past Whitefish Bay, 107-65

Nov. 30, 2012 10:36 p.m. | Whitefish Bay boys basketball coach Kevin Lazovik knew it was a calculated risk to try and use his 3-0 Blue Dukes' new up-tempo style on the defending state champions from Germantown on Friday night.

He knew that what worked for a nice rally and win on Tuesday night against Nicolet may not work so well against the high-octane Warhawks.

Unfortunately for Lazovik and the Blue Dukes, that was the case and then some, as they were buried under an offensive avalanche from the Warhawks in a 107-65 rout.

Lazovik was astounded by the result because it happened even with Germantown's all-state center 7-0 Luke Fischer sitting on the bench for 11 minutes in the first half with two fouls.

"We're obviously trying to play at a different tempo," said Lazovik, "and trying to play at their speed. That was obviously a miscalculation. They're just so tough to defend with their overall size and their ability to shoot."

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One last call for leaves this fall

Nov. 30, 2012 6:00 p.m. | Bayside will have one more round of yard waste pickup Monday as a result of continued mild weather.

Residents can put out branches, twigs, yard waste bags, non-plastic bags of leaves, and other organic waste for removal.

Anything placed curbside after the Monday pickup will be tagged for special pickup.

Fox Point's village levy increases by a half-percent

Nov. 30, 2012 3:28 p.m. | A 2013 budget calling for a 0.5 percent increase in the property tax levy was approved Thursday by the Fox Point Village Board.

After six deliberation sessions with village staff and a public hearing, the board took action on the budget, which totals nearly $7 million. The document was approved, 6-1.

Coming in at 79 percent, property tax payments represent the majority of Fox Point's income. Additional sources include payments from other governmental agencies, license and permit fees and fine and forfeiture payments.

To make ends meet, the village is dipping into its reserves. About 5 percent of next year's expenses are expected to be covered through the fund balance (reserves).

Trustee wanted zero increase

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Former Whitefish Bay barbershop owner convicted of child porn

Nov. 30, 2012 11:06 a.m. | A former Whitefish Bay barber who tried to frame his landlord on child pornography charges has been convicted of the crime himself, and now faces at least 30 years in prison.

David P. Foley, 50, who ran the Sport N Cuts barbershop at 402 E. Silver Spring Drive in Whitefish Bay, was charged last year after a 15-month criminal investigation.

A federal jury in Milwaukee this week found Foley, of Shorewood, guilty of six counts, including producing, distributing and possessing child pornography, and transporting an underage boy across a state line for the purpose of sex. Foley is accused of taking an unnamed teenage boy to the Mall of America in Minnesota and sexually assaulting him in their hotel room during the trip.

Foley, described by a state prosecutor as "quintessential confidence man," has a long record of arrests and convictions for bad checks here and in Florida. One case started with an investigation into claims Foley voted illegally, a charge he later beat by passing a polygraph test prosecutors felt he would fail because they had solid evidence against him.

According to court records, authorities were tipped to Foley in August 2010 by a WITI-TV (Channel 6) news reporter who had been sent a DVD with images and videos of child pornography and labeled with the name of a Whitefish Bay businessman. The reporter turned the package over to a state Department of Criminal Investigations agent who specializes in child porn. Authorities later determined the businessman was owed more than $50,000 in back rent by Foley, and were able to trace the creation of the child pornography back to Foley himself.

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St. Robert to commemorate its namesake in bronze

Nov. 28, 2012 2:06 p.m. | St. Robert Parish School, 2200 E. Capitol Drive in Shorewood, will continue to celebrate its centennial with a life-sized bronze statue of patron Saint Robert of Newminster.

Bishop Emeritus Richard J. Sklba will bless the statue at a special mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

The project was initiated and commissioned by St. Robert Pastor Rev. Dennis Dirkx, and made by Shorewood resident and fourth-generation parishioner John A. Balistreri, who is an artist and graphics teacher at Messmer High School and operates a fine art gallery in Door County.

For more information, contact Lisa Lesjak at (414) 332-1164 ext. 302 or llesjak@strobert.org.

Vets to walk red carpet in Mequon for Honor Flight screening

Nov. 28, 2012 1:54 p.m. | Over 400 veterans, volunteers, and friends of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will walk the red carpet Thursday, Nov. 29 as the North Shore Cinema screens the documentary "Honor Flight".

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is a local chapter of the Honor Flight Network, a nation-wide group of volunteers, organizers, and donors who ensure that World War II veterans are able to visit the Washington D.C. WWII memorial.

Three local veterans featured in the film will be in attendance: 87-year-old Joe Demler of Port Washington; 87-year-old Harvey Kurz of Grafton; and 89-year-old Julian Plaster of Milwaukee.

The fourth local veteran in the film, Orville Lemke of Milwaukee, passed away six weeks after his honor flight.

Veterans will arrive at 5 p.m. and the screening begins at 6 p.m. Honor Flight will run in select Marcus theaters in Wisconsin from Dec. 5-7.

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Brookfield East's Alec James named NOW Football Player of the Year

Nov. 28, 2012 11:39 a.m. | Brookfield East's Alec James has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year for 2012 after leading his team to a school-record 10 victories and a trip to the third round of the WIAA playoffs.

James, who also is the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Player of the Year, will play on scholarship next season at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Wauwatosa West's Matt Good was named the NOW Coach of the Year.

You can see the complete team, player bios, a timeline of All-Suburban history and more at the 2012 All-Suburban Football Team page.

Brown Deer, UWM form education collaboration

Nov. 28, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School District and the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin's School of Education are teaming up on education projects that benefit both parties.

The School Board on Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding for the current school year that details a partnership with UWM's SOE. There is no financial impact for the district as a result of this collaboration, Superintendent Deb Kerr said.

Both parties agree to work together on the development and implementation of projects that benefit both institutions. Funding could from either UWM or the district, depending on what is being done.

"We are using each other and the expertise and talent to accelerate and evaluate learning," Kerr said.

The district will help the SOE with both funded and unfunded research projects that can help educators from both places. For example, if the Brown Deer School District agrees to let a faculty member who teaches motivation, conduct research at Brown Deer, that faculty member will provide professional development or consultation with Brown Deer faculty at no cost.

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Brown Deer School District drafting letter to legislators detailing state budget needs

Nov. 28, 2012 10:34 a.m. | Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board on Tuesday decided to draft a letter to send to state legislators detailing the district's needs for the next biennial budget.

Brown Deer has faced massive cuts over the last state budget cycle. As talks of the new biennial budget begin, board member Dennis Griffin said this is an opportune time for the board to voice its opinion. Griffin recently attended lobbying meetings focused on the Department of Public Instruction's Fair Funding proposal, a plan DPI says would fix Wisconsin's funding formula and make it fair and equitable. In light of these lobbying efforts, Griffin brought the discussion of lobbying to the board to see what efforts they could make.

The issue is not whether the board supports the Fair Funding proposal, but rather what the district's main needs are in relation to state aid, Griffin said.

"I'm not saying if we should support the funding formula, I'm saying this is a good time to communicate what we need in Brown Deer," he said.

At the top of the list is more state aid. Business Director Emily Koczela said at the very least, Brown Deer needs to make it clear that it cannot withstand any further cuts in aid.

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Brown Deer seeks answers in an effort to improve

Nov. 28, 2012 10:32 a.m. | Brown Deer - About 100 students leave Brown Deer every year to attend public school outside of the district and the School Board wants to know why.

In an effort to get a better understanding of why parents choose to Open Enroll their students in surrounding public school districts, School Board members will reach out to these families via phone in the coming weeks.

"We can guess all we want, but until we get hard data we won't know what to focus on," board member Kevin Klimek said.

These families will receive a letter in the mail before calls are made, letting residents know what to expect. The letter will be signed by all the board members to show this is a unified effort by the board to better understand families' reasoning, as well as discover ways the district might improve, Board President Gary Williams said.

Klimek said most board members have agreed to make the calls.

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