Compromise on park to be proposed

Feb. 28, 2012 11:02 p.m. | Muskego residents who oppose buying property for a lakefront park because the cost of developing the park is still unknown may get some answers.

Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti announced tonightthat she intends to bring forward at the next council meeting a proposal to put off buying the properties until park development questions are answered. She will propose forming an ad hoc committee to work on park development with the help of municipal boards and bodies.

That could take until the end of summer, she estimated. Hearings would be held.

The plan that Chiaverotti said was originated by Alderwoman Tracy Snead hinges not only on Common Council approval but on the property owners agreeing to keep their properties off the market that long.

Chiaverotti will bring the proposal to the March 13 council meeting.

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Growing family, not lake park issue, led to alderman's decision to resign

Feb. 28, 2012 9:08 p.m. | Muskego Alderman Noah Fiedler said increased family responsibilities with the birth of his son five weeks ago and more commitments at work are the reasons he submitted his resignation from the Muskego Common Council, effective March 31.

With his daughter only 2 years old and addition of a newborn, Fiedler said, "I don't think I can devote the time I need to."

He considered the extra time commitments of his growing family when his wife became pregnant, he said, "but I thought I would give it a shot for a few weeks."

Fiedler said the controversy over whether to establish a park on the shores of Little Muskego Lake did not play a role in his decision. He noted he has worked through other divisive issues since coming on the council in 2007, and the park controversy has been no worse.

"It really was the everyday requirements of the job" that prompted his resignation, Fiedler said.

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Lower interest rate to save district almost $9 million

Feb. 28, 2012 8:22 p.m. | The Brown Deer School District will save almost $9 million in projected interest costs on bonds issued for a building addition to Brown Deer High School and the remodeling of Brown Deer Middle School. The district plans to close and raze Dean School once the building projects are completed in 2013.

Voters in the district authorized a total of $22 million for the construction projects.

Finance Director Emily Koczela told the School Board tonight that FTN Financial Capital Markets was the low bidder for $10 million of general obligation bonds. The bonds have a 2.4 percent interest rate.

BOSC Inc. was the low bidder for $5 million of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds at an interest rate of 3.85 percent. The federal government pays the interest due on QZAB bonds; local taxpayers pay only the principal.

According to materials presented by consultant Robert W. Baird & Co., the principal and interest cost for the district will be $39,187,515 over 20 years instead of the $47,978,815 cost over 25 years as originally projected.

Man faces 4th-offense drunken driving after car crash

Feb. 28, 2012 7:04 p.m. | A 36-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges of felony bail-jumping and his fourth drunken driving offense in five years after he allegedly crashed his car and fled on foot into Wauwatosa last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Michael Wetzel was found walking in the 10400 block of West Grantosa Drive at 2:17 a.m. Feb. 20. He told police he was walking from Walgreens, which was closed, and was talking on the phone with his mother.

When officers told Wetzel his mother's car had been in a crash at 107th Street and West Capitol Drive and the vehicle was unoccupied, he said he had been in the car. However, he denied driving.

Wetzel said a friend had been driving, but had fled after the crash. That story didn't match up with what officers found at the scene.

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ATC, We Energies file power line, substation requests with PSC

Feb. 28, 2012 2:50 p.m. | American Transmission Co. filed its application with the state Monday, detailing where it plans to place high-voltage power lines to serve the growing demand on the County Grounds in Wauwatosa. We Energies followed suit today, filing documents detailing its need for a power substation.

ATC seeks approval to build two transmission line connections to serve a new substation near Watertown Plank Road and 93rd Street, adjacent to the existing We Energies Milwaukee County power plant and substation.

But the clock hasn't started ticking on the case yet, said Matthew Pagel, commission spokesman.

"We have 30 days to review the initial application to deem if it is complete or if our staff needs more information," he said.

If the application is considered complete, the commission has 180 days - which could be extended by another 180 days if needed - by state statute to deliberate the necessity for the project and whether the route placement is acceptable.

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Police issue alert for counterfeit bills

Feb. 28, 2012 11:02 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department issued a warning to businesses and residents about a rash of counterfeit $100 bills that began circulating in October and November 2011.

In a news release, the department said the bills were "washed" $5 bills. Washing is where the actors remove the ink from a legitimate $5 bill and use a laser printer to make the bill appear to be a $100 bill. Although there haven't been any recent incidents in Menomonee Falls, other jurisdictions in the metro Milwaukee area have been experiencing these counterfeit bills again.

The release went on to state that all $100 bills should be inspected, but the "marker test" is not a valid for these counterfeit bills because the actors are using real bills. The easiest way to confirm a bill is legitimate is to hold it up to a light source and make sure the watermark matches the face that is printed on the bill. This also works for $5, $10 and $50 bills.

For more information, visit the U.S. Secret Service website:

Brown Deer Police station opens new lobby

Feb. 28, 2012 10:44 a.m. | Demolition and remodeling of the lobby at the Brown Deer Police Station is done and the new lobby is now open for business from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lobby will be closed on weekends and holidays.

Residents requiring police assistance should contact the Bayside Communication Center at (414) 351-9900. For administrative purposes, residents may continue to call (414) 371-2900 during business hours.

911 should still be used for emergency calls.

For additional information on the project, visit the village of Brown Deer website at

Bayshore to cover costs for additional police services as needed

Feb. 28, 2012 6:44 a.m. | The owners of the Bayshore Town Center and the Glendale Police Department will partner in a Police Force Assistance Program that will provide enhanced department coverage at the Town Center on an as-needed basis during peak curfew time periods.

Under the agreement between the owners and city, Bayshore will reimburse the city for the additional services and police presence.

The officers will assist Bayshore security and ambassador staff in its enforcement of the center's Code of Conduct, according to the agreement provided the Common Council

Additional police officers would be stationed at the center in a marked squad car and will patrol key areas where youth are present. The agreement says they will engage youth when necessary.

The agreement will begin March 1 and expire April 30, 2013.

Ness says he'll join race for Village Board

Feb. 27, 2012 5:40 p.m. | Elm Grove resident Eric Ness has announced his intention to run as a write-in candidate in the April Village Board election.

Village Clerk Mary Stredni said today she had not received the requisite paperwork that would allow Ness to campaign as a write-in, but confirmed that she has spoken to him about it.

The 26-year-old said he wants to run because "there are certain issues, such as the sidewalks, that have been tabled year after year since I was 6."

He also pointed out that there is rarely competition for Village Board seats, and that even if he doesn't run, he hopes his candidacy will stimulate more discussion - and action - on key issues in the village.

Ness is a part-time law student at Marquette University, and plans to graduate in two years - about the time his term would end. He also said he does not intend on serving more than one term.

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Benefit planned for victims of home fire

Feb. 27, 2012 12:24 p.m. | The Muskego community will pull together to help their neighbors who lost almost everything in a blaze that destroyed their home Saturday.

Danny Haskell's Pub & Grill, S7260 Lannon Drive, will host a spaghetti dinner benefit from noon to 7 p.m. this Saturday to help them get back on their feet. All proceeds will go to the fire victims.

More information is available at (262) 679-9535.

Muskego alderman announces resignation

Feb. 27, 2012 12:22 p.m. | Noah Fiedler, one of four Muskego aldermen who support creating a park on Little Muskego Lake, has resigned effective March 31.

Fiedler, who has served since 2007 and whose District 7 aldermanic term expires in April 2013, cited no reason for his resignation.

The council, meeting as a committee of the whole, will discuss on Tuesday how to fill the resulting vacancy. Normally, the council appoints replacements after interviews of citizens who apply for the post.

The timing of his resignation at first glance might seem to shift support on the lake park issue, for which a land acquistion proposal passed on a narrow 4-3 vote in late January. However, Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti, who has openly expressed support for the project, would cast a tie-breaking vote on any issue that is deadlocked.

The Common Council is slated to vote Tuesday on a direct legislation petition aimed at stopping the purchase for the proposed park until a binding referendum can be held. However, the council could approve an advisory referendum on Tuesday that has the potential of swinging a vote against going ahead with buying the properties.

Sendik's makes $100K donation to childhood cancer research

Feb. 27, 2012 12:20 p.m. | Sendik's Food Markets raised $107,300 for the MACC Fund from its in-stores - including the Wauwatosa location - quarterly campaign that ended in January.

The Balistreri-owned and operated grocery stores this week presented the check to the charity that support childhood cancer research. Sendik's has raised $309,000 for the MACC Fund since 2008, with the amount collected increasing each year.

The grocery company sold a record 57,000 candy canes, 2,543 paper MACC Stars, and 1,500 Sendik's Real Food magazines and MACC Fund products at its stores.

The MACC Fund supports research at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. As federal cancer research funding has dropped, groups like the MACC Fund are trying to step up and fill in the gaps.

Nicolet student cited, suspended for setting classmate's hair on fire

Feb. 27, 2012 10:53 a.m. | A 15-year-old Milwaukee boy was mailed a citation for disorderly conduct and given a five-day suspension after setting a girl’s hair on fire at Nicolet High School at 2:20 p.m. Feb. 20.

According to the Glendale police report:

The girl said the boy attempted to hug her and when she pushed him away, he lit her hair on fire and she had to pull out chunks of her burning hair.

The boy said the whole thing was an accident — that he was just playing with the lighter when she got too close because he would “never hurt a girl’s hair because he knows how important hair is to a female.”

Child hit by train in Village this morning

Feb. 27, 2012 8:16 a.m. | A child has been taken to a local hospital following a 911 call this morning that reported a train had hit a pedestrian in the Village of Wauwatosa.

Assistant Fire Chief Jim Case said he wasn't able to provide information on the condition of the injured person or the accident at this time.

Police remain at the scene at 68th and State streets investigating, he said.

Traffic in the area experienced heavy backups during the morning commute and had to be routed around the accident scene.

Whitnall warming house open; county sledding hills ready for action

Feb. 24, 2012 12:36 p.m. | The Whitnall Park warming house and sledding area are open until 8 p.m. today. Cross-country ski trails will be open, and ski rentals will be available in the concessions area of the warming house. Normal weekend hours for the warming house will be in effect this weekend with Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other winter activities to take advantage of are downhill skiing at Crystal Ridge Ski Resort, starting tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. Door County Sled dogs, providing authentic rides will also be open for normal weekend hours starting Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call the Door County Sled Dog hotline at (414) 967-9677.

All Milwaukee County Parks sledding hills will be in full operation today.

Lighted sledding hills for day or night-time fun (lights will be on tonight):

Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, lit until 9 p.m.

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Whitnall warming house open; county sledding hills ready for action

Feb. 24, 2012 12:36 p.m. | The Whitnall Park warming house and sledding area are open until 8 p.m. today. Cross-country ski trails will be open, and ski rentals will be available in the concessions area of the warming house. Normal weekend hours for the warming house will be in effect this weekend with Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other winter activities to take advantage of are downhill skiing at Crystal Ridge Ski Resort, starting tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. Door County Sled dogs, providing authentic rides will also be open for normal weekend hours starting Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call the Door County Sled Dog hotline at (414) 967-9677.

All Milwaukee County Parks sledding hills will be in full operation today.

Lighted sledding hills for day or night-time fun (lights will be on tonight):

Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, lit until 9 p.m.

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Whitnall warming house open; county sledding hills ready for action

Feb. 24, 2012 12:36 p.m. | The Whitnall Park warming house and sledding area are open until 8 p.m. today. Cross-country ski trails will be open, and ski rentals will be available in the concessions area of the warming house. Normal weekend hours for the warming house will be in effect this weekend with Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other winter activities to take advantage of are downhill skiing at Crystal Ridge Ski Resort, starting tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. Door County Sled dogs, providing authentic rides will also be open for normal weekend hours starting Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call the Door County Sled Dog hotline at (414) 967-9677.

All Milwaukee County Parks sledding hills will be in full operation today.

Lighted sledding hills for day or night-time fun (lights will be on tonight):

Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, lit until 9 p.m.

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Whitnall warming house open; county sledding hills ready for action

Feb. 24, 2012 12:34 p.m. | The Whitnall Park warming house and sledding area are open until 8 p.m. today. Cross-country ski trails will be open, and ski rentals will be available in the concessions area of the warming house. Normal weekend hours for the warming house will be in effect this weekend with Saturday hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other winter activities to take advantage of are downhill skiing at Crystal Ridge Ski Resort, starting tonight from 5 to 10 p.m. Door County Sled dogs, providing authentic rides will also be open for normal weekend hours starting Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call the Door County Sled Dog hotline at (414) 967-9677.

All Milwaukee County Parks sledding hills will be in full operation today.

Lighted sledding hills for day or night-time fun (lights will be on tonight):

Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, lit until 9 p.m.

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Elmbrook names new superintendent

Feb. 24, 2012 11:02 a.m. | Mark Hansen will be the next superintendent of the Elmbrook School District beginning July 1.

A Friday morning news release said Hansen's contract will be approved at the Feb. 28 School Board meeting. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Keith Brightman said he expects Hansen to be present.

Hansen, currently the chief academic officer in the Pewaukee School District, will replace Matt Gibson, who will retire after 17 years of service.

Hansen will receive an annual salary package of $175,000, Brightman said.

In the announcement, School Board President Tom Gehl described Hansen as "an educational leader of the highest personal integrity, one who is committed to building upon Elmbrook's established reputation to attain higher levels of curricular excellence for all students and families."

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Greenfield takes closer look at condo assessments

Feb. 23, 2012 1:20 p.m. | Condominium owners in Greenfield, many of whom have seen their property values drop, may soon see their property taxes drop as well.

Because condo prices have fallen more than the prices of homes and other kinds of property during the housing slump, Greenfield will take a comprehensive look at condo values and make any needed adjustments.

The city does smaller readjustments every year so that taxpayers pay their fair shares. But city assessor Eric Miller said the condo area needs a more extensive study.

The Greenfield Common Council approved the study, estimated to cost $30,000, last night.

Forum will examine issue of reducing size of Wauwatosa Common Council

Feb. 23, 2012 11:51 a.m. | Should Wauwatosa reduce the size of its Common Council? That's the question that will be posed to voters in the form of a referendum on the April 3 election ballot.

To help voters understand the issue including the existing structure and its benefits and drawbacks, the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce will host a forum with a panel of former and sitting city officials March 15.

The 7 p.m. forum will be moderated by Rob Henken, president of the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum, in the Civic Center on the lower level of City Hall.

The public will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel members: Jim Benz, former mayor and alderman; Craig Maher, former alderman and professor of government studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Dennis McBride, 4th District alderman who pushed for the referendum and former alderman Joe Ptaszek.

The council has 16 members, two from each aldermanic district. There is no specific alternative number of representatives suggested in the referendum questions. Rather a "yes" vote simply would indicate the size should be smaller, while a "no" would mean the council should continue to operate at its existing size.

Hoyt pool friend Lindberg named Tosa's Distinguished Citizen

Feb. 23, 2012 11:50 a.m. | The powerhouse behind the Tosa Pool and Hoyt Park will get recognition for the project that brought the community a summer hotspot last year.

Denise Lindberg has been named Wauwatosa's Distinguished Citizen of 2011.

Lindberg led the Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool through planning and fundraising hurdles a number of years. The work paid of in the form of an $8 million facility that features a renovated and expanded a historic pool house and a large pool with lap lanes, a diving well, zero-depth entry and play area for little ones and a waterslide.

More than 2,000 memberships were sold and 80,000 visitors walked through the gates in the pool's inaugural year.

However, her role in the community dates further back to establishing the 27 neighborhood associations within the city and the Neighborhood Association Council that guides them.

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Vote on peoples' legislation delayed

Feb. 23, 2012 11:10 a.m. | The showdown over a citizen effort to use direct legislation to stop Muskego from going forward with plans to create a lakefront park didn't happen Wednesday night as the Common Council deferred action on their direct legislation resolution until next week.

The city attorney had already advised against approving the direct legislation, saying its subject was improper for direct legislation mainly because it's administrative not legislative.

The direct legislation resolution would require the city to hold a binding referendum before it buys two homes for $3.6 million for the lakefront park.

But along with deferring action on the direct legislation, aldermen decided also to talk next week about holding an advisory referendum on going ahead with the park plan.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 tentatively at the Muskego City Hall.

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Muskego library gets new director

Feb. 22, 2012 12:20 p.m. | The Muskego Public Library Board on Tuesday night appointed Pete Loeffel as the new library director for the Muskego Public Library.

For the past 2½ years, he has served as director of the St. Francis Public Library. Before that he was a librarian and the technology manager for the Shorewood Public Library.

When Loeffel starts March 26, he will bring nearly 20 years of experience from working in public libraries at all levels.

He earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

His wife, Jennifer, is the assistant director of the Franklin Public Library. They have two children.

Mequon asks We Energies to split cost of trail improvements

Feb. 22, 2012 11:02 a.m. | The Mequon Common Council tabled a proposal to rebuild a segment of the Ozaukee Interurban Trail near the We Energies electric substation south of Bonniwell Road on Tuesday. The total estimated cost of the relocation is $321,048, with 80 percent covered by a Wisconsin Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant and 20 percent coming from the city.

The city has asked We Energies to split that 20 percent cost and will wait for an answer before making a final decision.

Two aldermen, Dan Abendroth and Dale Mayr, appeared opposed to the project, saying it was too expensive.

The Ozaukee Interurban Advisory Council and the Mequon-Thiensville Bike and Pedestrian Committee both have identified the area for upgrades because of safety concerns. Between 175 to 325 people use the trail daily, according to a recent count.

The path crosses directly in front of gates into the substation, which is used by We Energies employees and vehicles two to five times a day. Perhaps a greater concern for those who bike on the path is the steep grade and two reverse curves that make east/south bound riding a challenge. Loose gravel at the bottom of the hill near the gate to the substation can heighten the danger for those on bikes.

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Larson edged out in Mequon-Thiensville School Board primary

Feb. 22, 2012 12:12 a.m. | Roman Larson was eliminated as a candidate in the Mequon-Thiensville School Board race.

Results from Tuesday's primary are as follows:

Gary Laev - 1,695

Stephanie Clark - 1,683

Cheryle Rebholz - 1,652

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Read eliminated in Thiensville trustee race

Feb. 21, 2012 11:52 p.m. | Thiensville voters narrowed the field to four candidates for two vacant seats on the Village Board in the April 3 election, eliminating the fifth candidate, William Read, in Tuesday's primary election.

In unofficial results, challenger Ken Kucharski led the group with 289 votes followed by incumbents Don Molyneux, 196, and Toni Ihler at 188. Kim Beck had 174 votes and will be the fourth candidate. Read garnered 160 votes.

Mequon approves two tax incremental finance districts

Feb. 21, 2012 11:30 p.m. | Hoping to spur redevelopment in its commercial corridor along North Port Washington Road, the Common Council on Tuesday approved two rehabilitation and conservation tax incremental finance districts.

TIF districts allow municipalities to create set districts for redevelopment. Taxing bodies within the district agree to forgo taxes that are greater than those in place at the time of the district's creation to be used toward the cost of development. Those taxes are called the tax increment and, in the case of the pay-as-you-go districts, will be used as incentives for developers and for any public project costs.

TIF 4 has irregular boundaries along Port Washington Road, beginning just south of Mequon Road and ending at Baldwin Court. Most of the property on the east side of the street is in the district but a number of newer properties on the west side of the street are not.

On the east side, The Pavilion, Steins and the Feed Bag are among the properties. On the west side, the Ace Hardware store is included.

TIF 5 starts at roughly Greenbrier Drive on the north and extends south to a point between Zedler and Fiesta Lanes where Port Washington Road crosses Interstate 43.

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Kroll, Moldenhauer come out on top in Tosa's District 1 race

Feb. 21, 2012 11:08 p.m. | Jeffrey Kroll and Jim Moldenhauer will face off in the race to represent the 1st District of Wauwatosa. Candidate Robert Smith received the fewest votes in today's primary, so he has been eliminated from the race.

Kroll said his "comprehensive strategy" and "dedicated and tireless volunteers who spread the word about me" helped him bring in the most votes - 411 (44 percent) in all.

"I went door to door as much as possible, and I found much more support at the doors than opposition" he said. "The citizens of District 1 need a sensible, moderate voice representing them."

In addition to the typical yard signs and literature, Kroll used social media to connect with residents.

Moldenhauer said he was a bit disappointed he came in second with 377 votes, or 40 percent of the votes.

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Ehley, Donegan advance to spring mayoral race

Feb. 21, 2012 10:48 p.m. | The race for Wauwatosa mayor is down to Alderman Peter Donegan and Kathy Ehley, executive director of the Village Business Improvement District.

Businessman John Pokrandt has been eliminated from the competition.

Ehley, who took the most votes with 3,079 - or 47 percent of the vote - credited a history of numerous leadership positions and connections within the city for her success, as well as having met a lot of people while knocking on doors.

"I'm the one candidate that has the proven track record of getting people together to make things happen for the betterment of the community," she said.

Donegan was the second-highest vote-getter with 2,366, or 37 percent. He wasn't immediately available for comment.

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Tosa says 'no' to changing messages more than once a day

Feb. 21, 2012 10:16 p.m. | There will be no change to electronic sign regulations in Wauwatosa, not even on a trial basis.

The Common Council tonight voted 8-6 against allowing businesses that already have electronic signs to change the message every 10 minutes for a period of 90 days.

Instead, the law will continue to stipulate that messages can only change once per day.

When aldermen started debating a possible change a month ago, they were initially concerned about potential traffic hazards. But the discussion has since come to focus on city aesthetics.

Alderwoman Jill Organ pushed for the denial, saying a change would only encourage additional signs and force policies on everything from the length of the message to brightness, letter height and color.

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Tosa East won't be polling place for April 3 election

Feb. 21, 2012 7:48 p.m. | Today's primary election was the last time ballots will be cast at Wauwatosa East High School. For the general election April 3, the Ward 1 polling place will move to Fire Station 1 in the Village.

The Common Council on Tuesday unanimously supported the move as part of an ongoing effort to protect students in the Wauwatosa School District.

Schools Superintendent Phil Ertl worries about the safety of students and district property on election days. Today was just one of four scheduled for 2012, with a fifth possible if a recall of Gov. Scott Walker moves forward.

The district has invested numerous dollars installing security cameras, creating plans and securing building entrances for every other day of the year. Election days should be no different, he said in an interview.

While there have been no serious problems so far, people have been found wandering the buildings and property has gone missing on past election days, Ertl said.

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Recreation path moves slightly in Pioneer project

Feb. 21, 2012 6:14 p.m. | Based on public input, two changes will be made in the plans for a Pioneer Drive road project this summer, the Muskego Public Works Committee decided Monday.

An eight-foot-wide recreation path, which will be created along the stretch of Pioneer from Racine Avenue north almost to Janesville Road, will be moved to the road side, instead of the home side, of the drainage ditch. The path will be separated from the road by the shoulder and a five-foot grassy area.

At a public information meeting held earlier, residents had asked if that path could be farther from their homes, said Alderman Noah Fiedler, committee chairman. It will cost $3,300 to redesign the path.

As long as the cost is reasonable and the relocated path is still within acceptable design standards, it makes sense for the path to be moved, Fiedler said.

Residents asked for the northern portion of Pioneer will be reconstructed a little narrower than its current configuration.

Muskego council might nullify lake-park petition

Feb. 21, 2012 6:06 p.m. | The direct-legislation effort to stop Muskego from going forward with plans to establish a lake park could be challenged Wednesday by the Muskego Common Council on the grounds that the direct-legislation petition is improper.

The petition, signed by far more than the required 1,802 people, calls for the city to not acquire two lake properties for the proposed park without first putting the purchase to a referendum.

But the resolution the council will vote on Wednesday would set aside the direct-legislation petition and block a referendum on the property purchase.

The council is within its rights to do nullify the petition, the proposed resolution says, for two reasons: The direct-legislation is administrative in nature and not a proper subject for direct legislation, and the direct legislation would conflict with two city ordinances and two resolutions, also making it out of bounds for direct legislation.

One of those ordinances two gives the Common Council exclusive right to decide spending questions. The other says that no referendum is needed if a project costs less than $10 million. The property purchase is $3.6 million, but park development would bring up the tab.

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Tosa officials stress vaccinations after rise in whooping cough cases

Feb. 21, 2012 5:17 p.m. | Outbreaks of whooping cough have made children sick in Wauwatosa during the past six weeks, so the Wauwatosa Health Department is reminding people to get vaccinated to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The initial cases involved people who live outside of Wauwatosa but are enrolled in local schools and day care facilities, Nursing Supervisor Lori Nielson said. They passed the disease onto children who live within the city.

"They're very active at that age - in playgroups, sports, extracurricular activities," she said. "Those seem to be the vehicles where it's spreading."

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial disease spread through the air when infected people cough. It can be dangerous, even fatal, for babies, the elderly and people with serious medical conditions. Infants are particularly vulnerable because they can't be vaccinated until they are 2 months old.

For families with children younger than 2 months, Nielson recommends "cocooning." Everyone who regularly comes in contact with that baby should be vaccinated, providing a shield of protection.

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Woman arrested for grazing at grocery stores

Feb. 21, 2012 2:53 p.m. | Many people have made a meal off the free samples offered during a trip to the grocery store, but a 35-year-old Milwaukee woman is accused of turning Wauwatosa supermarkets into personal buffets.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Staff at Pick 'n Save, 6950 W. State St., recognized her at 12:49 p.m. Feb. 15 as the woman who had spent two to three hours walking through the store and eating items from the shelves and deli area on the two prior days. This time she filled her cart and pushed it around while snacking for more than an hour. A store employee approached her and asked if she planned to pay for the food she had eaten.

She said she had not planned to pay and offered to leave the store, but store staff wanted her arrested for theft. She quickly became loud and argumentative.

Pick 'n Save employees learned she also had been sampling at Metcalfe's Market, 6700 W. State St., Feb. 10. Following that incident, the woman complained that her leg hurt and she could no longer walk so an ambulance was called and the police call was canceled.

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Customers of Chinese restaurant warned to watch credit statements

Feb. 21, 2012 1:40 p.m. | Customers of China East should check their financial accounts for fraudulent purchases, police say. An employee has been arrested for identity theft for allegedly making online purchases using customers' credit card numbers.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

A resident of the 7300 block of Saint James Street heard his dog bark so he looked out the window of his home and saw an unfamiliar Asian female looking in his mailbox and opening his door at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 10.

The suspicious activity came during a week when he had received three packages in the mail that were addressed to his address but not his name. He hadn't order the products, which were body piercing supplies.

He got into his car and went looking for the girl, who he found walking behind the strip mall at 68th and State streets, where China East restaurant is located. He identified one of the employees, a 17-year-old girl, as the female who had been prowling around his home.

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Survey gives officials a glimpse at problematic behaviors in schools

Feb. 21, 2012 12:46 p.m. | The results of the sixth West Allis-West Milwaukee Youth Risk Behavior Survey gave the School Board information Monday night on everything from how safe kids feel in school to their obesity rate.

Among the findings were that 28 percent of high school boys reported that someone tried to hit, punch or kick them on school property in the past 12 months. Correspondingly, 15 percent said they were threatened or actually injured by someone with a weapon such as a gun, knife or club at school in the past year.

Overall, 45 percent of both boys and girls in high and intermediate schools strongly agreed that harassment and bullying are a problem at school.

But the survey of students in grades 8 through 12 had some positive news, too. One bright ray of hope was that the percentage of students who have tried cigarettes plummeted from 44 percent in 2004, the first year of the survey, to 26 percent in 2011.

The survey had a response rate that varied between 15 and 21 percent of students in each grade.

Developer asks school district to release land

Feb. 21, 2012 12:38 p.m. | A developer is asking the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board if it will release about 4.5 acres of vacant land to the New Berlin School District so that all of the apartment buildings it wants to construct can be in the same school district.

The Thomson Corp. plans to build four apartment buildings on the land located on the south side of National Avenue approximately between 132nd and 136th streets in the city of New Berlin.

One building would be in the New Berlin School District and the other three in the WA-WM district. Thomson officials want all four to be in the New Berlin district, as are the other 14 apartment buildings in the Stonegate Apartments complex.

Dean Frederick, Thomson vice president, told the West Allis School Board Business Services Committee on Monday night, said children living in those apartments there could study together and go to the library together if they are all in one school district. Families also could move within the complex without worrying about their children having to change schools, he said.

Taxes are the same for both school districts, Frederick said, and the only taxes West Allis would lose would be on vacant land.

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Whitefish Bay delays decision on memorial proposed for Buckley Park

Feb. 21, 2012 12:04 p.m. | Concerned about a loss of open space, Whitefish Bay trustees want to talk more about a gift proposed for Buckley Park. The family of Geoffrey Farnsworth has offered to build a circular seating wall in the park. The wall would seat up to 12 people. Farnsworth, a Whitefish Bay Middle School teacher and coach, died last summer.

The plan for the wall was presented to the Village Board at its previous meeting. On Monday, the board deferred any action on the plan after several nearby residents objected, saying the seating area would decrease the open recreational area in the park.

The board directed Village Manager Patrick DeGrave to talk with the Farnsworth family about the donation, suggesting that another location, such as the middle school or Schoolhouse Park, might allow the village to maintain the open space while also permitting the family to give what several trustees called a generous gift.

Village Board suggests police chief lead new Protective Service Department

Feb. 21, 2012 9:42 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — A new administrator in Menomonee Falls will oversee both the Fire and Police Departments. The position, as head of the Consolidated Protective Services Department, will allow the two safety departments to keep their autonomy, but also share resources when necessary.

The Menomonee Falls Police has a full-time staff many times larger than the Fire Department, a mostly part-time operation. Under the suggestion of the Village Manager, the Police Chief would head the Department and would have the power to do things not already explicitly outlined in state statutes.

“The idea is to provide an administrative synergy,” explained Village Attorney Michael Morse, adding that the new Department head would have the power to discipline staff if necessary, but wouldn’t deal with the day to day operations of the other department. As part of the ordinance, the new administrator could be the Fire Chief or the Police Chief, but not both.

Trustee Sharon Ellis wanted to emphasize that this was not an effort to combine service departments, a reference to concerns Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald later explicitly attempted to address.

“I look first at structures and systems and then the people in those structures and systems,” Fitzgerald explained. “We will not have firefighters doing police work.”

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Superintendent contract negotiations to begin Tuesday

Feb. 21, 2012 7:54 a.m. | School Board President Tom Gehl and Keith Brightman, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, will negotiate a contract Tuesday evening with Mark Hansen to become the next superintendent for the Elmbrook School District.

Gehl said the full School Board met Monday to hammer out the parameters of the contract and that Tuesday's negotiation will, like Monday's meeting, be held in closed session.

He declined to comment further on the timeline for the negotiations, though the board previously committed to hiring a new superintendent before the end of the month.

The next School Board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 28.

Hansen currently is the chief academic officer for the Pewaukee School District.

Hand-held mobile devices to be allowed in Bayside Middle School upper grades

Feb. 20, 2012 10:54 p.m. | Bayside Middle School students in grades 7 and 8 will soon have an opportunity to bring iPhones, iPads and other mobile electronic devices to class in limited instances.

The Fox Point-Bayside School Board on Monday approved a pilot initiative for the upper-level middle-schoolers known as Bring Your Own Device. The policy is optional and will require parents sign a permission slip.

District Administrator Rachel Boechler said the effort could have a number of benefits, including increasing student enthusiasm for learning and using 21st Century tools to augment traditional classroom activities. Teachers will be empowered to determine when mobile devices will be allowed in class.

The policy, to be enacted in the near future, will run through the end of the school year. Boechler will meet with the School Board this summer to discuss how the pilot went, and decisions on its future will be made at that time.

Whitefish Bay commissions a model for sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure

Feb. 20, 2012 10:22 p.m. | Donohue and Associates will combine all existing data collected during its study of the village sanitary and storm sewers and utility data collected by the village for its geographical mapping system to create a three-dimensional model to aid the Village Board in its development of a final plan to upgrade its storm and sanitary sewer systems.

The model will lay out storm and sewer improvements for the 500 year storm, the highest level of protection suggested in the Donohue report.

The model will show where there are potential conflicts that would result from that proposal and help staff determine if Level 3 protection is feasible.

"The board is committed to as much protection as physically feasible and financially possible," said Trustee Jim Roemer, running the meeting in the absence of Village President Julie Siegel.

Village Manager Patrick DeGrave said the report would let the village determine what is physically possible.

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Hale science team will compete at state

Feb. 20, 2012 6:34 p.m. | The Nathan Hale science team won the Regional Science Olympiad recently and is now headed for the state competition, which will be held March 31 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Team members who won the regional competition are Nick Yan and Jeremy Maciolek for chemistry lab; Katerina Javtic, Nick Yan and Katy Kostich for protein modeling; Rachel Martin, Katerina Jevitc and Dan Nelson for experimental design; and Rachel Martin and Becca Schmidt for tower.

West Allis's top cop will retire this year

Feb. 20, 2012 6:30 p.m. | West Allis Police Chief Michael Jungbluth will retire at the end of the year, capping nearly 30 years with the West Allis Police Department.

By that time, he will have served almost five years as police chief, having risen up the ranks from patrolman over his career.

Jungbluth, 53, said he notified the Police and Fire Commission of his retirement so early so that it will have plenty of time to find a successor.

But he said otherwise it's too early to be talking about retirement.

"There are a lot of challenges we have to go through," in the coming year, Jungbluth said.

Meeting seeks public input on next superintendent

Feb. 20, 2012 6:26 p.m. | An open forum facilitated by the consulting firm helping the Muskego-Norway School Board find a successor to Superintendent Joe Schroeder will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Muskego High School, S8750 Racine Ave., in Room 243.

Public input as to the characteristics people want in a new superintendent is a key step in the search process, according to the consulting firm. Schroeder will leave at the end of the school year.

Muskego parks budget is never in red, director says

Feb. 20, 2012 6:24 p.m. | Muskego's Parks and Recreation director refuted claims that his department ended 2011 in the red.

In fact, Craig Anderson said his department actually closed the books a little under budget. "We've never been overbudget, departmentally," he said.

The claim was made by speakers at last week's Common Council meeting who argued against the establishment of a park along Little Muskego Lake. The speakers claimed the city couldn't afford to maintain a new park because the department was already overbudget.

Anderson said those speakers might simply misunderstand the department's roughly $1 million budget, which brings in about $500,000 in fees, Anderson said. Those fees were never intended to make the department self-sufficient, he explained.

"We are not set up to be self-sustaining," Anderson said.

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Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Feb. 20, 2012 5:02 p.m. | A new phone scam has hit states across the country and its effectiveness is in its simplicity. It's a scam that could fool anyone. No Nigerian princes or closing costs to pay on your miracle inheritance, just a call any of us could get: jury duty.

People are receiving calls saying they have missed jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. In order to clear it up, the scammer asks for personal information to process.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is aware of these scams and has been investigating what they call a recent resurgence in these jury-related scams. Federal officials say, as a rule, court officers never ask for confidential information over the phone; they generally correspond with prospective jurors via mail.

Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell says no such scams have been reported in Germantown, but suggested people in the area call police if they're contacted with such a scam.

"They should call the court of their jurisdiction," Hoell suggests, adding that asking the caller for a name and number to call back could just send a potential victim to a second person involved in the scam.

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'Sugar high' leads to call to Germantown police

Feb. 20, 2012 3:21 p.m. | A 68-year-old woman called Germantown police to report her 12-year-old granddaughter purchased $87 worth of candy and was acting out of control at a residence in the W171 N10600 block of Aspen Lane at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

According to the Germantown police report:

Officers spoke to the girl and determined she had purchased the candy from the Dollar Tree using money she had taken from her grandfather's house.

Officers turned the candy over to the grandmother who said she would address the problem with the child's mother.

Capitol Drive down to one lane at parkway bridge

Feb. 20, 2012 1:38 p.m. | Traffic is being restricted to one lane on a section of Capitol Drive in Wauwatosa to allow for bridge work over the Menomonee River Parkway.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is re-decking a bridge, so traffic will be down to one lane westbound on Capitol between Mayfair Road and Highway 45. Lane closures are expected to last four to five months.

During the bridge work, the Menomonee River Parkway will be closed to vehicles at the bridge. However, pedestrian and bicycle access will be allowed through the work site in a safe, restricted area.

Beginning in April, road work will restrict traffic in both directions on Capitol Drive from Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa to Brookfield until project completion in November.

Capitol Drive down to one lane at parkway bridge

Feb. 20, 2012 1:36 p.m. | Traffic is being restricted to one lane on a section of Capitol Drive in Wauwatosa to allow for bridge work over the Menomonee River Parkway.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is re-decking a bridge, so traffic will be down to one lane westbound on Capitol between Mayfair Road and Highway 45. Lane closures are expected to last four to five months.

During the bridge work, the Menomonee River Parkway will be closed to vehicles at the bridge. However, pedestrian and bicycle access will be allowed through the work site in a safe, restricted area.

Beginning in April, road work will restrict traffic in both directions on Capitol Drive from Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa to Brookfield until project completion in November.

Ike cheerleaders earn themselves some cheers

Feb. 20, 2012 1:34 p.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower varsity cheerleaders are on their way to the state competition after presenting a perfect routine to win the southern regionals of the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches on Saturday at South Milwaukee High School.

The state championship will be at the Alliant Center Memorial Coliseum in Madison this Saturday.

The competition team consists captains Danielle Green, Cindy Love and Rachel Laseke, and members Taylor Belongia, Riley Brisk, Taylor Browne, Courtney Brucker, Courtney Crubaugh, Gina Gatto, Sarah Hall, Kaci Imig, Mia Jennaro, Kaitlin Slonac, Lindsay Stubenrauch, Maggie Teipner and Paige Wisniewski.

DOT plans open house to discuss Greenfield Avenue work

Feb. 20, 2012 1:28 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a Feb. 29 open house concerning road work on Greenfield Avenue from 97th to 124th streets that will take place over the next two years in West Allis.

Members of the project team will be available to answer questions and concerns during the open house, which will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Madison Elementary School, 1117 S. 104th St. The project limits and construction schedule were recently adjusted to help aid in traffic flow during the Zoo interchange project.

The plan is for construction of the western section between 124th and 106th streets to start after the State Fair in August and finish at the end of November. The project will involve resurfacing the road, adding or extending left turn lanes, improving traffic signals, converting parking lanes to bicycle lanes and improving transit facilities. Greenfield Avenue will remain open in each direction, with lane restrictions during some stages of the project.

Construction for the eastern section between 106th to 97th streets will take place in 2013 and will involve reconstructing the Interstate 894 interchange and bridge. Additional work includes replacing the existing roadway, adding or extending turn lanes at 101st Street, improving traffic signals, converting parking lanes to bicycle lanes and improving transit facilities. During construction, the Greenfield Avenue bridge over I-894 and most ramps to and from I-894 will be closed.

Those unable to attend the open house may contact Jason Lynch, project manager, by phone at (414) 750-0538 or by email at

Wisth withdraws from School Board race

Feb. 17, 2012 11:04 a.m. | Brown Deer School Board candidate Kevin Wisth has withdrawn from the School Board race. Wisth said his work schedule changed unexpectedly, forcing him to reconsider running for the board.

"I want to thank anyone who encouraged me to run and had an interest in my candidacy," he said. "I think it is only fair to let people know that I have to withdraw."

Wisth served five years on the board and lost a bid for re-election in April 2011.

Wisth's withdrawal leaves four candidates running for three seats.

Glendale fire damage estimate is $15,000

Feb. 15, 2012 8:26 p.m. | An electrical malfunction in a basement office at a Glendale home in the 5700 block of N.. Milwaukee River Parkway was the likely cause of a fire reported to dispatchers at 8:58 a.m. today.

First arriving crews found moderate smoke coming from the front door of the residence and found a working fire in the basement of the home. Crews made an aggressive interior fire attack and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Two occupants and three dogs were safely evacuated from the home without injury.

Damage, estimated at $15,000, was confined primarily to the basement of the home. There were no injuries to any fire personnel operating at the scene.

Fire crews reported hearing smoke detectors sounding on the first floor of the home when they made entry. However, no working smoke detectors were found in the basement of the home. For this reason, residents were not afforded the early detection possible had the basement detectors been operational.

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Village to apply for State Trust Fund loans

Feb. 15, 2012 8:16 p.m. | River Hills will apply for two State Trust Fund loans. The first loan for $405,598 would refinance an existing unfunded pension liability trust fund loan, reducing the interest rate from 5.25 percent to 3.5 percent. The second loan for $575,689 at 3 percent interest would finance capital program in the village for 2012. The Village Board approved the applications tonight.

District makes push for healthier foods at events

Feb. 15, 2012 3:30 p.m. | Healthier foods and snacks may soon start popping up at New Berlin football games or other school events.

The New Berlin School Board on Monday approved a new food policy that encourages nutritious food choices.

Booster clubs will be contacted about considering the addition of healthy choices at school events. The board noted that some other schools are already starting to offer fruit and vegetable dip along with cookies, candy and other treats.

The new policy puts the New Berlin schools in line with federal law.

The district itself will abide by its healthy-choices policy, to "promote foods and beverages available on school campuses and at school events that contribute to making nutritious food choices which are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans."

District preps new boundaries for Glen Park students

Feb. 15, 2012 3:22 p.m. | Students of Glen Park Elementary School, which will close in June, will know at least by April 23 what schools they will attend this fall.

New boundaries are being drawn for New Berlin's remaining four elementary schools due to the closing. A few children not attending Glen Park might also be affected by its closing. They could be shifted to other schools, also.

Superintendent of Schools Joe Garza said he planned to present a preliminary school boundary plan to the School Board on March 26, with board approval likely by April 23.

Those dates could be moved up if Garza gets the information he needs from the city of New Berlin regarding the impending development of a large tract of farmland known as section 35 east of Moorland Road. The farmland will receive sewer service so it will be ready for development in the near future.

East Tosa sites chosen for sewer lateral rehab program

Feb. 15, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Two areas in East Tosa have been chosen as test sites for the city's lateral rehabilitation pilot program.

The results should help city staff identify specific fixes and the associate costs to prevent basement backups, while reducing the amount of clear water getting into the sanitary sewer system.

The first area, North 65th Street from North Avenue to Clarke Street, showed heavy leaks during earlier dye testing, said Dave Bennett, consultant from Brown & Caldwell, which has been working with the city on sewer studies. This area has already seen sewer improvements on the public side so it will give crews an even better idea of the problems coming from the private side.

Right now, consultants believe about 75 percent of all excess water entering the system is coming from the laterals connected from private homes to the city's sewer main.

The second area targets Eagle Street between Wauwatosa Avenue (76th Street) and 80th Street.

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Proposed chicken ordinance defeated in Fox Point

Feb. 15, 2012 9:07 a.m. | After debating the issue for four months, the Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday nixed a proposal that, if enacted, would have allowed residents to keep chickens in narrowly defined instances.

The vote to move forward with an ordinance was defeated on a 4-2 vote.

Village President Mike West and Trustee Bill Warner voted in favor of the ordinance. Trustees Beverly Bell, F. R. Dengel III, Douglas Frazer and Christine Symchych voted against it. Trustee Eric Fonstad was not present at the meeting.

In October, Residents Jeff and Kara Ziebelman came before the Village Board and requested officials consider allowing chickens, citing similar communities - including the city of Milwaukee - that have adopted an ordinance.

Child abandonment charges may be coming for mom who left son at store

Feb. 15, 2012 8:58 a.m. | A 45-year-old Milwaukee woman may be facing charges of child abandonment after leaving her son at a Wauwatosa grocery store Sunday afternoon.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 7-year-old boy was seen taking packs of meat from a shopping cart and stuffing them into a backpack at Outpost Natural Foods, 7000 W. State St., at 2:26 p.m. Sunday.

A manager noticed, and after taking the food back walked the boy up and down the aisles looking for his mother. She also paged the parent two times, but there was no response.

The boy said he had arrived at the store with his mother and her two friends, one of which stayed in the vehicle. They shopped for awhile before his mother said she had no money and walked away. He hadn't seen her since, but a video showed her leaving the store.

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Man allegedly involved in three high-speed chases in two days

Feb. 15, 2012 12:12 a.m. | A 20-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for eluding after he led three officers on high-speed chases as he made his way to Marinette County last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police reports:

The man threatened his mother at 6:14 p.m. Feb. 8 because he had no money after being released from jail a week earlier. He was on probation for assaulting his father.

At some point during the argument, he had a knife and locked himself in the house in the 1700 block of Alta Vista Avenue. He took a family vehicle without permission and fled before police arrived.

An officer caught up with the man at 65th Street and Garfield Avenue, where he started to pull toward the curb and indicated with a turn signal that he was pulling over. Instead, he continued to drive slowly, pulling in front of another vehicle and accelerating onto North Avenue.

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Drug possession arrest made after car cuts off police officer

Feb. 15, 2012 12:04 a.m. | Synthetic drugs, three types of prescription pills and supplies to cook and shoot up heroin where found in a vehicle that cut off a Wauwatosa police officer Saturday afternoon.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The vehicle made a U-turn in front of an officer and was seen weaving between street lanes at 3:09 p.m., so it was pulled over for reckless driving in the 11200 block of Burleigh Street.

The driver, a 26-year-old Menomonee Falls man, had a warrant for drug paraphernalia possession. His yellow teeth and scarring led police to believe he was a heroin user. Supplies such as syringes were found in the vehicle, as well as a marijuana pipe and two knives.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old West Allis man riding in the car was wanted on a felony warrant for possessing and dealing synthetic drugs in Washington County. He initially gave an alias, so he also was arrested for resisting.

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The road to progress needs a better name, aldermen say

Feb. 14, 2012 11:24 p.m. | Butterflies, local history and technology all come together as part of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Innovation Park project.

The name of the road that connects Watertown Plank Road and Swan Boulevard on the site should reflect those components said members of the city's Community Development Committee on Tuesday. They're looking suggestions from the public to find an alternative to the street that the Board of Public Works previously approved as Technology Parkway.

"That name is so common that it could be in any development or any research park in the country," Alderman Jason Wilke said.

With a little thought, a more innovative name could be found that reflects more than just the science and technology activities that will occur on the campus, he said. He threw out "Monarch Pass," to showcase the commitment to preserving the butterfly habitat; or "Exploratory Drive" to encompass science and nature.

The name was an attempt to bridge those aspects, said Paulette Enders, city economic development director.

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Majority firm, park still going ahead

Feb. 14, 2012 10:46 p.m. | Any hopes that the Muskego Common Council would slow down on plans to create a park on Little Muskego Lake were dashed tonight as the slim pro-park majority held firm.

On Jan. 24, the council voted 4 to 3 to go ahead with buying 4.5 acres for $3.6 million for a park on Janesville Road. Opponents of moving forward with the park had been pushing for one of the four voting in favor last month to ask for a reconsideration of that vote tonight. But no one did.

Just like the council, the community is divided on the park idea. Now opponents are pinning their last hopes their direct legislation drive to stop the sale. They turned in a petition with many more signatures than needed for a direct legislation petition, the Muskego city clerk's office has now confirmed. The clerk's office has finished verifying the signatures and addresses.

There is a hitch, however, in the petition's wording. But organizers are ironing that out and don't have to gather any additional signatures. They have until Feb. 20 to put the wording in proper form.

The petition will likely go to the Common Council Feb. 28. The petition calls for progress to stop on the sale and for a referendum to be held on the park.

Elm Grove Woman's Club sponsors student art contest, show

Feb. 14, 2012 9:36 p.m. | "We always enjoy the artwork from students each year," said Gaylene Townsley, co-chair of the 43rd annual art competition sponsored by the Elm Grove Woman's Club.

The club is challenging Elmbrook School District students in grades nine through 12 to enter the contest and compete for scholarships by submitting three original pieces of artwork in any medium from 5 to 7 p.m. March 20 at the organization's clubhouse, 13885 Watertown Plank Road.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two graduating seniors who will be enrolled in an accredited college. The students do not have to major or minor in art to receive the scholarships. In addition, one $250 art grant will be awarded to a student in grades nine through 11.

Competitors need to attach to each piece of art an official entry form that is available from district art teachers or can be downloaded from the Elm Grove Woman's Club site,

An independent, anonymous panel of judges will review the artwork March 21, and the winners will be revealed during the reception and art show at 7 p.m. March 22.

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Time running out to vote by absentee ballot

Feb. 14, 2012 11:22 a.m. | With the spring primary election drawing near, time is running out to vote by absentee ballot.

The city clerk's office will stop mailing out absentee ballots to registered voters at 5 p.m. Thursday. However, Wauwatosa residents can continue to vote by absentee ballot at the clerk's office in City Hall until 5 p.m. Friday.

Residents who need to register to vote will also need to get to the clerk's office by 5 p.m. Friday or do it at their polling place on Election Day.

For questions about where to vote, call the clerk's office at (414) 479-8921 or go to

Latest proposal for Falls High School would roll back start times, add early release

Feb. 14, 2012 11:15 a.m. | Staff with the Menomonee Falls School District have brought yet another proposal to the board for a 2012-13 school year calendar.

After a host of previous suggested schedules were met with opposition both from staff and the community, Human Resources Director Christiane Standlee says this latest proposal manages to accommodate everyone’s goals.

This plan, which will likely be up for approval at the Feb. 27 meeting, would roll back start times just 10 minutes for high-school students and will include an early release on Wednesdays to accommodate professional development. On Wednesdays, class would start at 7:50 a.m., but end at 1:55 p.m. instead of the usual 3:05. Standlee says the instructional time over the course of the year will remain at the required levels and extra time in case of a snow day is already built in.

Initially, it appeared Falls would significantly push back start times at the high school, returning to the old 7:20 a.m. start time in order to prevent athletes and students involved in extra-curriculars to missing class time at the end of the school day.

There was also momentum behind a suggestion to follow a model in place at some area schools where students who missed class would have a special block of time to meet with teachers to make up work. Students who hadn’t missed class wouldn’t have to be at school until after that block.

First Federal Bank of Wisconsin proposed for Brookfield gateway

Feb. 14, 2012 10:58 a.m. | The construction of a First Federal Bank of Wisconsin is being considered for the northeast corner of Moorland Road and Greenfield Avenue.

The Brookfield Plan Commission approved a public hearing being scheduled for the proposal within the next two months.

The bank would be 4,000 square feet and offer drive-thru service.

Commissioners expressed some disappointment when comparing the plan with what was once considered for the gateway site - the 115,000-square-foot Fountain Brook Crossing development, which would have featured an indoor waterfall and rooftop garden - but said they recognize the downturn in the market and other limitations prevented the previous project from advancing, and expressed support for First Federal's proposal.

"It would be unfair for us to judge your project … based upon what was brought forward to us a couple years ago," Alderman Gary Mahkorn said. "I certainly have no problems whatsoever with the proposal."

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Christ the Lord church proposes taking down home, trees

Feb. 14, 2012 10:52 a.m. | Christ the Lord Evangelical Lutheran Church is planning several improvements to its site at 1640 N. Brookfield Road.

The Plan Commission on Monday agreed to schedule a public hearing about the church's plan to demolish a house on the eastern portion of the property and move its school playground there, replace the existing playground with a parking lot and change the landscaping.

The church wants to take down 16 large spruce trees in order to open the view to the site. Church officials said they do not want to replace the trees.

Planning Administrator Michael Theis said replacement of the trees will need to be discussed further and plans reconciled prior to scheduling a public hearing.

A neighborhood meeting and public hearing will be scheduled, likely within the next two months.

Plans accelerate for first Innovation Park building

Feb. 14, 2012 8:52 a.m. | Voice recognition, human bones' reactions to implants and prosthetics and transistors that can sense items in air such as contaminants are just some of the sophisticated research slated for the biomedical and engineering technology incubator that will be the first building constructed at Innovation Park.

Representatives from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation and Eppstein Uhen Architects introduced the Innovation Accelerator to the Plan Commission on Monday night. The proposed project starts with a 25,000-square-foot building and provides space for a 9,000-square-foot expansion on a two-acre parcel at 9700 Watertown Plank Road, just north of the Milwaukee County Parks Administration Building.

The commission unanimously supported the plans.

"Technology and development like this is fantastic," said Alderman Don Birschel, who serves on the commission. "To have something like this in the Milwaukee area is really a feather in our cap."

The city and foundation received a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to build the accelerator, which will offer lab and office space, a two-story lobby and conference rooms.

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Concordia to build three-story parking garage

Feb. 13, 2012 11:04 p.m. | The parking crunch at Concordia University is expected to ease with the construction of a three-story 700-stall parking garage on the northwest corner of the campus. The Mequon Plan Commission approved the building tonight against the recommendation of staff. The building will be the first parking structure in the city.

City staff, while supporting the need for additional parking, objected to the removal of 40 specimen trees in the proposed location for the garage. Staff suggested building it elsewhere on the main campus.

The university did not support the other locations because it has plans for academic or athletic facilities in those areas.

The parking garage will be located between Lake Shore Drive and the football stadium and will include a new press box for the stadium.

University President Patrick Ferry told the commission that the university had consulted with neighbors who earlier had opposed plans for a parking garage south of Highland Road. Using a consultant, he said the university worked hard to find a solution to its parking problems that met its needs and would be supported by neighbors.

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Schools on offensive against offensive behavior

Feb. 13, 2012 10:52 p.m. | The number of fights at secondary schools is down 50 percent compared to this time last year and bullying is down more than 50 percent, but the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board tonight reviewed plans to bring down misbehavior even more.

Superintendent of Schools Kurt Wachholz outlined a plan to systematically employ methods to deal with behavior problems. Through a standardized tracking system, teachers, counselors and principals will be able to determine whether an intervention method is working to eliminate a student's misbehavior or whether another approach should be tried.

The tracking system that is within days of being fully implemented also should give what Wachholz called real time data" that will be more meaningful than the data now available. It also will be more detailed so that severity of offenses is indicated.

Center St. space getting second chance as child care center

Feb. 13, 2012 9:48 p.m. | A day care center has again been proposed for the vacant space in a building at 73rd and Center streets.

Shacolia Gillespie, who operates a licensed children's day care out of her Milwaukee home, is looking to expand to a larger space. She plans to operate from 6 a.m. to midnight weekdays to accommodate parents with first- and second-shift jobs.

The Plan Commission tonight unanimously recommended the use because it mirrored a request that was approved a year ago by another day care operator that abandoned those business plans.

The plan must go before the Community Development Committee Feb. 28, followed by the Common Council the next week before Gillespie can open her door to little ones.

Glendale-River Hills School Board denies residents' request to join Maple Dale-Indian Hill district

Feb. 13, 2012 9:46 p.m. | Citing concerns about setting a precedent, the Glendale-River Hills School Board on Monday voted to deny five petitioners' requests to secede from the K-8 district and join the Maple Dale-Indian Hill district.

The petitioners live in the 400 and 500 blocks of West Calumet Road on the south side of the street in the city of Glendale. The residents requested the boundary changes in an effort to keep the entire neighborhood consistent. Residents on the north side of Calumet are within Maple Dale-Indian Hill's boundaries, based on a map drawn up in the 1950s.

Glendale-River Hills board members gave a number of reasons for their denial, including an adverse financial impact on the district and the potential for setting a precedent. There are other streets throughout the Nicolet community that are split between K-8 feeder districts.

Had the Glendale-River Hills board approved the petition, the issue would have gone on to the Maple-Dale Indian Hill School Board later this week.

Neighbors concerned pub patio may be noisy addition

Feb. 13, 2012 9:44 p.m. | A new bar and restaurant wants to add outdoor dining to attract customers, but neighbors worry it will cause late-night noise.

Mark Zierath plans to open Blue Ribbon Pub in the former Jo Jo's Pizza & Pub building, 11302 W. Bluemound Road. He has asked the city for permission to add outdoor seating along the building's front and east side, which faces a residential neighborhood.

Resident Gina Palen, who lives directly across from the business said there's already noise issues. With kids in the home, she opposed the proposed keeping the outdoor seating available until midnight daily.

"We've already got smokers talking and giggling out there," Palen said.

Neighbor Ann Kammerer suggested seating be moved to the west side, next to a parking lot and other commercial businesses.

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Glendale-River Hills School Board members' salaries remain flat

Feb. 13, 2012 9:26 p.m. | The Glendale-River Hills School Board on Monday voted to maintain the same salaries for the upcoming year.

The board president will receive $600 for the year; all other members will earn $540 for the year.

The compensation structure, reviewed annually, has been in place for a number of years.

MADACC urges pet owners to spay/neuter their animals

Feb. 13, 2012 5:00 p.m. | There is one home for every 11 cats that are born, filling shelters with unwanted animals or leaving communities to deal with strays.

The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission attributes the overpopulation of cats and dogs to their owners' failure to spay and neuter their animals. Since spring is known as mating season, now is the time to prevent animal reproduction, officials said.

According to MADACC:

Spaying or neutering pets can eliminate or reduce a number of health problems.

Spaying can prevent uterine and ovarian cancers and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when spaying happens before the first estrous cycle. Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.

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GE Healthcare wins inaugural Spirit of STEM award

Feb. 13, 2012 5:00 p.m. | GE Healthcare will be honored with the first Spirit of STEM award for advancing science, technology, engineering and math education in southeastern Wisconsin.

The company, which has headquarters in Wauwatosa, has worked with nonprofit organization STEM Forward to bring nearly 700 volunteers and mentors into Milwaukee Public Schools in 2011 to provide a link between the classroom and real-world applications. They assist teachers with the Project Lead the Way curriculum and provide support in extracurricular activities and programs such as FIRST Robotics.

The board of STEM Forward, formerly the Engineers & Scientists of Milwaukee, chose GE Healthcare as its inaugural award recipients. The organization will present the award Thursday during the 59th Annual Engineers' Week Banquet in Milwaukee.

'Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition' holds casting call in Tosa

Feb. 13, 2012 4:56 p.m. | Milwaukee-area residents have a reputation for chugging beer, dining on brats and cheese, and packing on the pounds. So it makes sense that producers for the television show "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" would head to the area to hold an open casting for its third season.

People who fall into the category of "super obese," carrying at least 200 pounds more than their ideal weight, can head to Dave & Buster's, 2201 N. Mayfair Road, in Wauwatosa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for a chance to land one of eight spots on the reality show.

Those who can't attend the casting call can send a home video to

Milwaukee is part of a nine-city, nationwide search to find participants who will be documented as a trainer moves into their home and works on nutrition and exercise regimes with the goal of shedding half their body weight within a year.

Elmbrook School Board names finalist for superintendent post

Feb. 13, 2012 4:54 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board has identified Mark Hansen, currently chief academic officer in the Pewaukee School District, as the finalist to become the next Elmbrook school superintendent.

In a news release, the board noted that 47 candidates formally applied, six candidates were interviewed and two finalists were under serious consideration until one withdrew.

"Mr. Hansen has an outstanding track record of educational accomplishment and leadership and the board looks forward to continuing its analysis and vetting of his candidacy on Feb. 16," School Board President Tom Gehl said.

On Feb. 16, Hansen will tour two schools, meet with select district and school staff members and have a finalist interview.

The board wants to hire a new superintendent before the end of the month so that person is ready to serve the district July 1. Current Superintendent Matt Gibson, who has served the district for the past 17 years, is retiring.

Learn more about Watertown Plank Road bridge projects

Feb. 13, 2012 4:52 p.m. | Although construction isn't expected to start for five years, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold its first public information meeting next week to discuss rehabilitation of the Watertown Plank Road bridges, which were built in 1972.

The proposed project involves improvements to the Watertown Plank Road bridges over the Canadian Pacific Railway, Underwood Creek and the Oak Leaf Trail. The existing bridge decks will be replaced with new, slightly wider decks, and minimal work will be done to the approaching roadway.

The design work is expected to be done in 2012-13, with construction anticipated in 2017.

The bridges are planned to be constructed one at a time so two-way traffic can be maintained on the opposite bridge throughout construction.

Representatives from the project team will be available to answer questions from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.

Mayoral candidates to field questions at tonight's forum

Feb. 13, 2012 4:46 p.m. | Have a question for the three candidates running for Wauwatosa mayor? Candidates Peter Donegan, Kathy Ehley and John Pokrandt will address questions from the audience during a candidate forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the library, 7635 W. North Ave.

The Feb. 21 primary election will bring the number of mayoral candidates down to two.

In addition, the three candidates running for the position of 1st District alderman have been invited to talk informally with the audience before the mayoral forum gets under way.

Brookfield store sells winning Powerball ticket

Feb. 13, 2012 2:50 p.m. | The state's Powerball switch to $2 tickets paid off in a big way for one local winner. Wisconsin had three big Powerball winners Saturday, including its first $1 million winner since the game changed to $2 in January. A ticket in Rhode Island claimed Saturday night's $336.4 million Powerball jackpot, according to a Wisconsin Lottery news release.

The $1 million ticket was sold at the Greenfield Avenue Pick 'n Save in Brookfield. That ticket matched all five regular winning numbers, but not the Powerball.

Until January when Powerball became a $2 game, that ticket would have been worth $200,000. The $1 million winner has yet to be indentified and must claim his prize at the lottery's headquarters in Madison within 180 days of Saturday's drawing.

The Powerball jackpot now returns to $40 million for the Feb. 15 drawing.

Gess withdraws from School Board race

Feb. 11, 2012 12:28 p.m. | David Gess will not run for Shorewood School Board. Gess said he has realized since filing his papers the he is unable to commit the time needed to do justice to the position." His withdrawal leaves one candidate, David Cobb, running for the position now held by Paul Zovic. Zovic announced in December that he would not seek re-election.

Mayoral candidates express opinions on Delphi decision at forum

Feb. 09, 2012 4:56 p.m. | Oak Creek - Not surprisingly, questions about the Common Council's vote to relocate city hall and the library dominated the mayoral candidates' forum Wednesday night.

Specifically, the three candidates were queried about Mayor Al Foeckler's tie-breaking vote Tuesday night that decided the fate of the two buildings. The mayor's vote determined that the city hall and library should be rebuilt on the former site of the Delphi Automotive plant, 7925 S. Howell Ave.

More than one of the questions from the audience at the forum, sponsored and held at the Oak Creek Community Center, asked whether Foeckler, who was appointed - not elected - to the city's top position should have had the authority to determine the outcome of the issue that has been the focal point of the election.

Running for mayor are Alderman Tom Michalski, who is also the 6th District alderman; Alderman Steve Scaffidi, who currently is also council president; and Mark Verhalen, who is a member of the Oak-Creek Franklin School Board. The top vote-getters in the Feb. 21 primary will face off in the April 3 general election.

Much like Tuesday's vote, the candidates differed in their opinions on whether the unelected mayor's vote should have such sway.

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Traffic and Safety Committee meeting postponed

Feb. 09, 2012 10:28 a.m. | Due to the memorial service this evening for Shaun Wild, the meeting of the Traffic and Safety Committee scheduled for 7 p.m. has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Oak Creek picks Delphi site for city buildings

Feb. 08, 2012 10:46 a.m. | Oak Creek Mayor Al Foeckler, saying that it was "with great respect to Mayor (Dick) Bolender," cast the deciding vote to relocate the city hall and library to the site of the former Delphi Automotive plant, 7925 S. Howell Ave.

The divisive 3-3 Common Council vote Tuesday night came after a lengthy discussion by residents and aldermen about the merits and drawbacks of a move. About 50 people attended the meeting, at which three proposals to siting the city hall and library were considered.

Voting in favor of moving the city buildings to the Delphi site were mayoral candidate and Alderman Tom Michalski, Alderman Dan Jakubczyk and Alderman Ken Gehl. The three mentioned the option was the one with the lowest construction costs, $21.3 million, and potentially the greatest tax base and job generator, projected at about $250 million.

Those opposed - Alderman Steve Scaffidi, who is also running for mayor, Alderman Michael Toman and Alderman Daniel Bukiewicz - said they did not have enough information yet to make a decision on a move. However, Toman and Scaffidi both said they favored moving the library to the Delphi site, one of the three options on the table.

The other option was that the city hall and library remain on the civic center property, 8640 S. Howell Ave.

Full appeals court to hear Elmbrook graduation arguments

Feb. 08, 2012 10:24 a.m. | The full panel of judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Feb. 9 to decide whether it was constitutional for the Elmbrook School District to hold its high school graduations at Elmbrook Church for the better part of the last decade.

The granting of a full review is a victory for Americans United, which filed a suit on behalf of nine unnamed district families who said the environment made them feel unwelcome and uncomfortable.

A three-member panel of the Court of Appeals in September, 2011, ruled in Elmbrook's favor.

"Public school students and parents should not be forced to spend hours in an intensely religious environment in order to attend their own graduations," said Alex J. Luchenitser, American United's legal director. "I look forward to presenting our arguments to the Court of Appeals."

Brookfield Central held its graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church from 2000 to 2009. Brookfield East held its graduations there from 2002 to 2009.

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Man says gun was pointed at him on Mayfair Road

Feb. 08, 2012 9:57 a.m. | An incident of road rage resulted in a man pointing a gun on Mayfair Road on Friday night.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man was driving in the 500 block of North Mayfair Road when a sports-utility vehicle pulled out from Taco Bell and directly entered his path. He had to swerve to avoid a collision.

When the SUV pulled up beside his vehicle, the three men inside were yelling and swearing. The backseat passenger rolled down the window and pointed a gun at him, then said, "What are you going to do now?"

The man sped up and the SUV followed as he drove to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office substation on Watertown Plank Road, where he reported the incident.

MHS dance team steps into second in state competition

Feb. 08, 2012 12:10 a.m. | The Muskego High School Dance Team took second place in the state for its jazz performance at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State Championships on Saturdayin La Crosse.

The team dedicated its jazz performance titled "Just a Dream" to America's service men, women and their families.

The last time the dance team was a state champion or runner up was in 1999.

The team also performed a pom on routine that took seventh place.

Muskego will use same firm that found current superintendent

Feb. 08, 2012 12:08 a.m. | The same firm that found Joe Schroeder to be superintendent for the Muskego-Norway School District will be hired now to find his replacement, the School Board has decided.The Rosemont, Ill., search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates will be hired for $16,500 plus expenses to find a replacement.

The district received proposals from four search firms and interviewed three before going with HYA, said School Board President Jim Schaefer.

All the firms probably would have found quality candidates, he said, but with all things being equal the board was happy with HYA's previous service.

Schroeder will leave at the end of the school year to become associate executive director of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. He has been with Muskego-Norway for five years.

District will consider factors other than seniority in teacher layoffs

Feb. 08, 2012 12:06 a.m. | No longer having to negotiate with unions about the process of laying employees off, the Muskego-Norway School Board on Monday threw out seniority as the single factor ruling layoffs in favor of a more flexible approach.

Seniority will play a part, but administrators can now also look at other factors such as skill sets and performance, according to the addition to the employee handbook the board approved.

In a related discussion, the board is working toward establishing rules about job sharing.

The district already allows job sharing -in fact, two teachers currently share one third-grade classroom. The proposed language would establish job-sharing rules such as formally giving the district the power to stop a job-share if it doesn't seem to be in the best interests of students. The job-sharing option also would only be available to existing staff, not anyone just being hired.

The proposed job-sharing rules will come up for a vote at the board's Feb. 20 meeting.

Board opts for similar school calendar

Feb. 08, 2012 12:00 a.m. | With a parent survey showing general support for the current Muskego-Norway School calendar, the School Board on Monday night gave a favorable reception to a similar calendar for next year.

The proposed calendar for the 2012-13 school year that will come up for a vote Feb. 20 has school starting Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day, and ending June 13, 2013.

Winter break is pegged as the week of Dec. 24 and spring break the week of April 1. Easter will be March 31 in 2013.

Like this year, teacher professional days will either be on Fridays or the days before holiday breaks, in accordance with parental preferences expressed in the survey. But the administration suggested the board may consider putting the professional days on Mondays instead of Fridays.

The board may also consider adjusting the parent-teacher conferences at the secondary level to give additional hours. Having more conference time was one of the themes in the parent survey. As of now, the proposed calendar still sets conference hours at 3:30 to 8 p.m., as they are this year.

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Shorewood board agrees to fill deputy police chief, building inspector positions

Feb. 07, 2012 11:26 p.m. | The Shorewood Village Board on Monday authorized staff members to move forward and fill two currently vacant positions: lead building inspector and deputy police chief.

The deputy police chief position was created 16 months ago amid Police Chief Dave Banaszynski's reorganization of staffing within the department. Terry Zimmerman, then a lieutenant on the force, was promoted to the position, and retired in December.

Banaszynski said there are a number of virtues to having a deputy police chief position, including a distinct chain of command, maintaining departmental continuity and allowing for sergeants to be back on the street - a scenario that was not always possible without the position.

The lead building inspector hire is part of an overall reorganization to the planning and development department. Responsibilities for the position will be absorbed by two currently vacant inspection positions within the department.

Whitefish Bay to seek Bird City USA designation

Feb. 07, 2012 8:16 p.m. | Whitefish Bay is the latest community in Wisconsin looking to become a Bird City USA community, with backing by the Whitefish Bay Garden Club and Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation.

Bird City USA is Bayside-based organization that was created a year ago through participation with the Milwaukee Audubon Society. It is designed to promote bird conservation by working with member municipalities to examine best practices for bird habitats.

Designees hold a ceremonial event that includes a plaque presentation and educational events. To qualify, a municipality needs to pay $100 annually and go through a comprehensive application process.

The Village Board approved moving forward with the application process Monday with the caveat the membership fee be split in thirds between the Garden Club, Civic Foundation and the village's operating budget.

Teens fight, draw a crowd to Alice Street

Feb. 07, 2012 7:10 p.m. | Two teens decided to settle a dispute at the dead end on Alice Street. The 15-year-old boys fought while about 25 other high school students watched Jan. 30.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A homeowner saw several cars coming down Alice Street and a large group of high school-age students walking toward the road's dead end at 3:23 p.m. Jan. 30. Two of the boys fought while the rest looked on.

While the homeowner called police, he noticed the kids leaving. One of the boys who had been fighting was bleeding as he got into a vehicle.

When police tracked the boys down they said they had been arguing about a girl through rude comments on Facebook. They decide to meet up after school and fight.

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Fight in mall parking lot leads to charges

Feb. 07, 2012 7:00 p.m. | A warrant has been issued for a 23-year-old Milwaukee man, who was charged Friday with disorderly conduct following a fight with his ex-girlfriend in a Mayfair parking lot two days prior.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A mall patron called police after he heard the couple yelling and saw the man try to force the woman into a vehicle at 12:42 a.m.

The 20-year-old woman accused Carrington Smith of stalking her during the four months since they broke up. Things allegedly got violent in late January when she says he attacked her and brandished a gun outside a Milwaukee nightclub.

On Feb. 1, she had gone to the AMC Theatre with friends. When she exited the mall, she found Smith standing next to her vehicle. She said he repeatedly hit her and grabbed her around the neck so she hit back in defense. Smith then pushed her into the vehicle, but as she resisted he pulled a handgun from his waistband and threatened her.

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Milwaukee Map Service moves to 124th Street

Feb. 07, 2012 1:24 p.m. | Milwaukee Map Service has moved to a new location within Wauwatosa.

The family-owned business closed its Mayfair Road doors last week and found a new home at 3720 N. 124th St.

The business and building are owned by the three Swain brothers. The decision to move resulted from an increasing difficulty in finding and keeping renters to fill up the remainder of the building.

"The speed of vehicle traffic on Mayfair Road, south of Mayfair Mall, and being located away from other retail locations made it difficult to attract customers into our store location," senior cartographer Gary Kraft said. "We had to be a destination location."

The business offers more than 6,000 maps and related products, including nautical charts, globes, atlases and travel guides. Employees also make and publish maps.

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