Sendik's grocery store in Bayside to remodel, change operator

Dec. 13, 2012 11:00 a.m. | The Sendik's grocery store in Bayside will be remodeled, and is changing operators.

The branch of the Balistreri family which operates 10 Sendik's Food Markets throughout the Milwaukee area announced Thursday that its newest store will open next spring at 340 W. Brown Deer Road.

That's the address of a small Sendik's store operated by another branch of the extended Sendik-Balistreri family, which also operates the Sendik's grocery store at 2643 N. Downer Ave., and a Piggly Wiggly/Sendik's supermarket at 2315 N. 124th St., Brookfield.

“Our new store in Bayside will give us a chance to better serve our customers in Bayside and
the surrounding communities,” said Ted Balistreri, one of the family co-owners of Sendik’s Food Markets, in a statement.

John Sendik said his family's decision to sell the business and real estate to their cousins was amicable, and beneficial to both sides. The current Sendik's grocery, which opened in 2003, will close at the end of business on Dec. 31, he said.

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Four Points hotel in Brown Deer completes $4 million renovation

Dec. 13, 2012 7:00 a.m. | The Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee North hotel, in Brown Deer, recently completed a $4 million renovation.

Improvements were made to the hotel’s lobby, restaurant and bar areas, as well as to the meeting spaces and guest rooms. The renovations include upgraded carpeting, bathrooms, furniture, lighting and artwork.

“This investment and renovation reflects our desire to meet consumer demand as this area of the city undergoes a revitalization,” said Jim Koen, general manager.

The 149-room hotel is at 8900 N. Kildeer Court, north of W. Brown Deer Road and east of N. Green Bay Road. 

Boy hurt in Brown Deer hit-and-run incident

Dec. 12, 2012 4:42 p.m. | An 11-year-old boy was recovering Wednesday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Brown Deer, police said.

According to Brown Deer police, the boy was struck about 2:30 p.m. on N. Carlotta Lane at W. Radcliffe Drive.

After striking the boy the vehicle, described as a large, red truck or SUV, continued south on Carlotta.

The boy was taken to a hospital for evaluation and police are asking anyone with information on the crash to call (414) 371-2900.

Brown Deer police seek information on hit-and-run driver

Dec. 12, 2012 4:04 p.m. | Brown Deer police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck an 11-year-old boy at the intersection of Carlotta Lane and Radcliffe Drive at 2:36 p.m. today.

According to the department's news release, the boy was struck by a vehicle driving south on North Carlotta Lane. After striking the boy, the vehicle continued to travel southbound on Carlotta without stopping. The boy who was struck was transported to an area hospital to be evaluated.

The boy described the vehicle as a large red vehicle, possibly a truck or a sport utility vehicle.

If there was any damage to the vehicle, it would likely be on the front, driver's side. No other witnesses came forward on scene. The incident remains under investigation.

Any additional witnesses or anyone with further information regarding the hit and run crash is encouraged to call the Brown Deer Police Department at (414) 371-2900.

Concordia University plans new 274-bed residence hall

Dec. 12, 2012 3:43 p.m. | Concordia University in Mequon is planning to build a 274-bed residence hall adjacent to Coburg Hall, south of the athletic fields.

The Mequon Plan Commission approved plans Monday night for the five-story residence hall that will connect to Ausberg Hall, west of Coburg Hall, on the campus at 12800 N. Lakeshore Drive.

The proposed brick and glass panel building will have little to no public visibility, according to a report by the the city's Department of Community Development:

Plans call for eight parking stalls and a turnaround area for emergency vehicles to be added between Coburg and Augsberg Halls. No additional surface parking will be needed because a new parking structure recently was completed on campus.

Germantown, Hamilton the top-ranked teams in NOW's Roundball Rankings

Dec. 12, 2012 11:59 a.m. | The defending Division 1 state champion Germantown boys basketball team has won 32 games in a row and finds itself atop the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings.

The Hamilton Chargers are the top-ranked girls team and are coming off a 64-10 victory over West Allis Central in the Greater Metro Conference opener.

In addition to the top five boys and girls teams in the area, Roundball Rankings includes a player of the week, poll, area scoring leaders and more.

Horizon to expand hospice at Columbia St. Mary's in Mequon

Dec. 11, 2012 9:46 a.m. | Horizon Home Care & Hospice said it plans to expand and renovate its inpatient hospice unit at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon and extend its lease with the hospital for an additional 20 years.

The project will add 400 square feet to the hospice unit, bringing the total space to 13,400 square feet. Construction is scheduled to begin in January and be completed by May.

The expansion was made possible by a $1 million gift from the Lawlis Family Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

The inpatient hospice was moved to Mequon when Columbia St. Mary's Health System built a new hospital and consolidated its two Milwaukee hospitals. Horizon, which is owned by Columbia St. Mary's and Froedtert Health, initially planned to build a free-standing hospice.

"Through extensive research and our own experience, we discovered that an inpatient unit is the best approach from both a business and patient/family care perspective," Mary Haynor, president and chief executive of Horizon, said in a statement. "Most hospice patients come from a hospital, so if a patient can't go home, it's much easier for all involved, physically and as well as emotionally, to move only a few floors than transporting patients to a separate facility."

Mequon police warn of phone scam targeting elderly residents

Dec. 10, 2012 3:18 p.m. |  

Mequon police are warning residents about phone scammers who are targeted elderly citizens by claiming their son or grandson had been in a drunken-driving accident out of state and needed to be bailed out.

At least seven people reported getting the calls and two people forwarded more than $10,000 to the scammers via Western Union, Mequon police said in a news release.

“The perpetrators of these scams clearly have used different resources to obtain detailed information regarding the victims’ families and use this information in the scam to manipulate the victims into sending money via Western Union to different locations,” police said in the release. “The perpetrators of these scams are very good at what they do and are very convincing to the subjects that they are contacting in order to obtain money.”

Police said the scammers target residents over the age of 60 who have children and grandchildren. Police urged residents to be very careful about calls requesting cash be forwarded via Western Union, and said not to provide any personal information or bank account information via phone or online.

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View photos, videos of tree lightings in southeast Wisconsin

Dec. 10, 2012 8:53 a.m. | Tree lightings are one sure sign of the holiday season, even if snow has yet to come out.

Get in the festive mood with photos and videos from social media users from tree lighting ceremonies in southeast Wisconsin.

View the story here. Do you have photos from tree lightings in southeast Wisconsin that you would like to add to the story? Contact Dan Polley at

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