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Early run keeps Germantown's streak intact

Dec. 06, 2013 10:27 p.m. | Why not us? Why not tonight?

Like many Germantown opponents have been thinking the last two seasons, Friday night in Whitefish Bay, the home Blue Dukes inquired once again if they could be the ones to end the Germantown winning streak. After all, the Blue Dukes are certainly familiar with the Warhawks, having accounted for several notches in the 58-game run prior to this latest battle, and Whitefish Bay hung with a tough Milwaukee King squad just last week.

Unfortunately for the Blue Dukes, the answers given by Germantown were familiar ones as senior guard Lamonte' Bearden led the Warhawks past Whitefish Bay, 80-72. Bearden, a University of Buffalo recruit, scored 29 and was the catalyst in a first-quarter run that cemented Germantown's 59th consecutive win. Brother Brian Bearden isn't too shabby either, helping out with 22 points of his own.

Whitefish Bay held an early 3-point lead before Germantown scored 16 unanswered, including two dunks (on four attempts). Lamonte' Bearden seemed to flip a switch during the run, becoming instantly more assertive and marking 15 tallies in the first quarter alone, giving Germantown a 27-17 lead. The multiple dunk attempts weren't exactly what Germantown coach Steve Showalter wants all the time, but he recognized the fact the plays sparked an important run.

"If we could stuff the ball better, it wouldn't be so bad, but we do want to make runs, and it did help," Showalter said. "Sometimes one or two runs in a game like this are enough, and we needed them to be able to hold these guys off.

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Greendale's Josh Ringelberg named NOW Football Player of the Year

Dec. 06, 2013 8:04 a.m. | Greendale quarterback Josh Ringelberg is quick to credit his teammates, but there was no doubt of the offensive impact the dual-threat junior had this season.

Ringelberg has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year after throwing for 41 touchdowns and running for 10. He led the Panthers to the Division 3 state finals, where he threw for a record 270 yards, including a record 97-yard toss to Nate Miller.

Ringelberg is joined on the team by Homestead's Dave Keel, the NOW All-Suburban Football Coach of the Year. Keel, a perennial contender for the award, garnered it for the first time after leading the Highlanders to an 11-1 mark despite losing the bulk of his 2012 state title team to graduation.

2013 NOW All-Suburban Football Team

Follow this link to view the team if you are using a mobile device.

Dixon's rally keys Bay wrestling team's 41-33 win over Germantown

Dec. 05, 2013 10:27 p.m. | Whitefish Bay wrestling coach Dale Loebel estimates that there were four or five times senior 182-pound wrestler Ed Dixon could have quit in his match with Germantown senior Hunter Valenta Thursday night.

With Bay nursing a 25-18 lead in the team score, Dixon had fallen behind by 8-1, 13-4 and 15-8 margins, but in a match that featured several wild swings of momentum, Dixon caught Valenta and pinned at 4:29 in the third period.

Teammate Steve Meyer then followed that with a pin of his own in 1:55 at 195 and that was enough of a margin for the Blue Dukes to pull off a 41-33 victory in the opening North Shore Conference dual meet of the season.

"He decided to come off his back and that was the difference," said Loebel of Dixon. "...I knew that this would be a competitive dual. We did well in spots and breaks that could have gone against us went our way tonight."

A big difference in the match, was that Loebel has an upperclassmen-and-upper weights dominated line-up this season. Of the 21 athletes he as out this winter, he has 11 juniors. He had to replace state-tourney participants like Max Carlin, Joey Davey and Rashadeem Gray, a total of over 400 career wins, but was encouraged by the start.

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Thiensville to consider beer garden bid proposals

Dec. 04, 2013 11:39 a.m. | Thiensville — The Village Board on Dec. 16 will consider soliciting proposals for a Village Park beer garden.

The board on Monday, meeting as a Committee of the Whole, unanimously recommended that the full Village Board consider sending out a request for proposal for a beer garden at the two concession stands at Village Park. Trustees Kim Beck and Ron Heinritz were excused.

The 16-page draft RFP, available on the village website, includes a number of guidelines and regulations for the possible beer garden, and is based on the RFP which resulted in the Estabrook Beer Garden operated by the Milwaukee County Parks System and Old German Beer Hall. The draft includes a minimum 15 percent of beer garden sales going to Thiensville, though officials are open to negotiation on the financial underpinnings of the agreement. Committee members on Monday modified the draft to prohibit the beer garden from being open during community events like Lionsfest or Family Fun Before the Fourth.

If approved at the meeting on Dec. 16, the RFP is expected to be sent in January with proposals expected back by late-February.

Concept OK'd in spring

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Brown Deer police release photos of gas station robbery suspect

Dec. 04, 2013 7:10 a.m. | Brown Deer police have released photos from a gas station armed robbery that occurred about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

A man armed with a handgun entered the BP, 5125 W. Brown Deer Road, demanded and received an undisclosed amount of money and then fled in a silver SUV, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to a police news release.

The suspect is described as a black man, in his late teens to early 20s, standing between 5-foot, 10-inches to 6-feet tall. He has a thin build and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a mid-thigh length, black coat that appeared to be leather, a black baseball hat and had a black backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Brown Deer police at (414) 371-2900.

Brown Deer boys use height to overpower Shorewood, 66-50

Dec. 03, 2013 10:38 p.m. | As the old basketball adage goes:

"You can't teach height."

And that's what the Brown Deer boys used to great advantage Tuesday night against Woodland rival Shorewood, as despite first half foul trouble for both, the inside pair of 6-6 Jerry Luckett (22 points) and 6-9 Devante Jackson (14) combined for 36 points and generally made life miserable for their much shorter hosts in a 66-50 decision.

"They're long and athletic and that's going to be a problem for any team built like us (no one over 6-4)," said Shorewood coach Phil Jones. "I don't know where they get them all. They must restock (chuckles)."

The loss dropped Shorewood to 2-1 overall while a surprising Falcon team, in what's supposed to be a rebuilding year improved to 4-0.

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Election update: Dec. 3

Dec. 03, 2013 9:57 p.m. |

ELECTION UPDATE

Throughout the various local governments and school districts in the North Shore, 40 seats are up for grabs in the coming spring election. Also on the April 1 ballot in Shorewood and Whitefish Bay will be advisory referendums on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 "Citizens United" ruling.

Under state election rules, potential candidates may begin circulating nomination papers and gathering signatures on Dec. 1. The required number of signatures varies based on the size of the municipality. All forms are available at local government and school district offices or online at the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board website: gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/candidates/local/non-partisan.

Candidates must submit their registration statement, declaration of candidacy, and nomination papers with signatures by 5 pm. Jan. 7 at their village hall, city hall, or school district main office. Incumbents must file their noncandidacy by 5 p.m. Dec. 27.

Below are the seats up for election and filings as of Tuesday:

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Thiensville board mulls housing mix

Dec. 03, 2013 9:44 p.m. | Thiensville — Elected officials have an uncompromising attitude when it comes to future development or redevelopment projects throughout the village.

The attitude? High end or bust.

That was the consensus when the Village Board, meeting as a Committee of the Whole, discussed its options when it comes to the available and potential housing stock in the village.

According to a report from Village Administrator Dianne Robertson, Thiensville's roughly 1,500 residences are about 55 percent single-family homes, 19 percent condominiums, and 26 percent apartments. Robertson noted that the single-family homes number was a little concerning to her, and in her estimation, should be higher.

Trustee John Treffert noted the available space to build houses is essentially exhausted, leaving officials the most control over how many apartments and condos will go up throughout the village.

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How the Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society is remaking itself in 21st-century style

Dec. 03, 2013 5:52 p.m. | Mequon — Now in its 26th year, the Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society is alive and well and doing what it does best: tracing the people and happenings of the area back through time while bringing into focus the stories of Mequon and Thiensville's rich and varied past.

It wasn't always that way.

In recent years, the historical society's membership had dwindled and its coffers had run low as, in a vicious cycle, its newsletter content had diminished, leading to less awareness and publicity, leading to less membership, which lead to less resources to produce content.

A well-attended presentation in 2011 by local historian John Gurda was the shot in the arm the historical society needed, drawing a crowd that bolstered membership, helped fund the newsletter, and turn the cycle into a virtuous one, thanks in part to 21st-century tools like a website and Facebook account. The historical society now has a membership to match its heyday and a renewed focus to digitize its sprawling collection of historical materials, as well as continue its popular role of researching and providing genealogies for the area's many multigenerational families.

"We want to have a purpose, to be relevant," says President Bob Blazich, 68, adding of the renewed outreach efforts, "People have to know we're here, and be able to trust us to give us things or let us copy things."

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Glendale-River Hills officials start work on fall 2014 referendum

Dec. 03, 2013 5:24 p.m. | Glendale — The wheels are turning on a possible fall 2014 referendum for the Glendale-River Hills School District, one which could again allow the district to bypass its state-mandated revenue limit.

District voters in 2011 passed a similar referendum which allowed the district to levy an extra $600,000 annually through the 2014-15 school year. Though the details of the potential fall referendum won't be clear for some time, early talks at the School Board's finance committee on Tuesday suggest the district could borrow between $4-5 million and pay the debt off over a five-year period.

By matching the debt payments to the amount of the expiring $600,000 annual referendum funding, and later adding the amount of an expiring capital referendum, the district could in effect keep the tax levy and tax rate flat, finance committee member and School Board President Bob Roska said.

"We'll borrow in a way that keeps taxes flat," Roska said.

There are, however, a number of questions to answer before district officials can settle on a price tag or duration for the possible fall referendum, which is why the conversation will likely stay at the finance committee through April or May before coming before the School Board, Roska said.

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Thiensville likely to switch to recycling carts, bi-weekly pickup

Dec. 03, 2013 5:00 p.m. | Thiensville — Residents will be able to roll their recyclables to the curb in 2014.

On Monday the village Committee of the Whole gave its approval to a new recycling contract with Waste Management. The Village Board takes up the matter at its Dec. 16 meeting.

At present, residents use 18-gallon bins which are emptied on a weekly basis. The Waste Mangement proposal includes 96-gallon recycling containers on wheels that would be emptied every two weeks. When the new carts are delivered in January, residents will have 90 days to decide whether they want smaller carts, after which they would have to pay a $25 fee to make the switch.

Public Works Director Andy LaFond said the Waste Management proposal would save the village about $6,000 annually.

LaFond said the advantages of the bigger carts are threefold. First, rolling the recyclables is easier and less messy than carrying a bin; second, the much bigger containers could reduce clutter on village streets since the smaller bins at times overflow; and third, people seem to recycle more with bigger containers since they don't have to break down recyclables or put overflow in the garbage.

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Fox Point taxpayers face slight increase

Dec. 03, 2013 3:43 p.m. | Fox Point — Officials in Fox Point have approved a 2014 budget that will increase the amount of taxes levied on property owners by 0.35 percent.

The Village Board on Monday passed a resolution that will levy $7.01 million in taxes to fund the various pieces of the 2014 budget. Last year, the village's levy was set at $6.98 million. State law only allows municipalities to increase taxes based on the rate of new construction within the past year.

Taxes will help fund a number of things in the overall budget. The majority will be applied to everyday operations in the general budget, which has been set at $6.91 million, up slightly from last year's general operating budget of $6.79 million.

Additional tax dollars will be applied to other budgetary items, including shared service arrangements with neighboring municipalities to fund the North Shore Library, North Shore Fire Department and North Shore Water Filtration Plant.

Village Manager Melissa Bohse said the budget was built with a number of assumptions, including a slight projected increase in revenue from court fines in the upcoming year and an anticipated increase in costs for utilities and fuel.

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Payroll accountant charged with skimming more than $1 million from Glendale hospital

Dec. 02, 2013 11:44 a.m. | Glendale — Janice Nieman, 49, of Milwaukee, is accused of embezzling nearly $1.1 million from the payroll accounts of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and several of its subsidiaries.

Nieman was charged Nov. 25 with three counts of theft and one count of unauthorized use of personal information in connection with her alleged scheme. According to a summons issued on Friday, Nieman is expected at an initial court hearing on Dec. 20.

Each theft charge carries a maximum fine of $25,000 and prison term of 10 years; the personal information charge carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and prison term of six years.

According to a Nov. 25 criminal complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court:

Bogus requests

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Left lane of southbound I-43 reopens at Ozaukee line

Dec. 02, 2013 8:08 a.m. | The left lane of southbound Interstate 43 has reopened at the Ozaukee/Milwaukee county line after crews cleared a disabled vehicle, according to a state traffic alert.

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