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WCC dispatchers will begin taking overnight calls from New Berlin

June 29, 2012 5:20 p.m. | New Berlin will begin phasing its emergency dispatch operations into the Waukesha County Communications Center this weekend.

The New Berlin Common Council decided earlier this month to disband the city's dispatch unit and have all 911 calls answered by the WCC.

As of Saturday night, WCC dispatchers will start answering overnight 911 calls from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m., sending police, fire or paramedic personnel as needed. Those needing emergency help will still dial 911. Calls to New Berlin's nonemergency line, (262) 782-6640, during those overnight hours also will be answered by WCC dispatchers.

But callers should dial a different telephone number between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. if they have administrative questions regarding special events, how to pay tickets, requests for overnight parking permission or anything that doesn't require a police response. The overnight number for those calls is (262) 780-8123.

The transition to WCC is expected to take several months. When complete, WCC will answer 911 calls from New Berlin 24 hours a day.

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New Bartolotta restaurants to have supper club feel

June 29, 2012 3:28 p.m. | The Greendale and Mequon locations of the The Bartolotta Restaurant Group's newest eateries will be known as Joey Gerard's - A Bartolotta Supper Club.

The venues will combine classic supper club fare, a bar including a selection of tap beer, signature cocktails, wine and ice cream drinks, company officials said in a news release.

Joey Gerard's will open in Greendale at 5601 Broad St., where The Harmony Inn currently operates.

Joey Gerard's Mequon will be at 11120 W. Cedarburg Road, formerly known as The Riversite restaurant.

Both restaurants will offer a classic supper club experience with value-oriented menu offerings and family-style atmosphere.

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North Shore Health Department advises vaccination

June 29, 2012 3:26 p.m. | In light of an outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in Wisconsin, the North Shore Health Department is recommending individuals to receive vaccination.

Between January 1 and May 31 of this year, there have been 206 confirmed cases of pertussis in Milwaukee County, up from 16 in the same time period in 2011. Pertussis begins with cold-like symptoms and can progress to explosive coughing that can interrupt breathing, eating and sleeping.

People of all ages are able to contract pertussis, though infants are particularly vulnerable.

"It's especially a problem for infants," said NSHD Public Health Nurse Randie Parks. "Half of them require hospitalization and some of them die."

NSHD urges individuals to check their immunization status and visit their health care providers if they have not received a pertussis immunization.

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Muskego mayor declares burning ban

June 29, 2012 1:36 p.m. | Upon recommendation of the Muskego fire chief and notice from the state Department of Natural Resources, Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti has issued a ban on fires in Muskego due to the fire danger the dry weather poses.

The ban is effective immediately and applies to all fires on land except those to cook food or used for warmth of a person, or the Muskego Water Bugs fireworks show that is fired off a barge on Little Muskego Lake until the expiration of the emergency.

Notice of the lifting of the burn ban will be posted on the city's website www.ci.muskego.wi.us.

The Muskego Common Council will hold an emergency meeting Saturday morning to consider a fireworks ban, also. The city issued more than 60 permits for private fireworks displays.

New Bartolotta restaurants to have supper club feel

June 29, 2012 10:50 a.m. | The Greendale and Mequon locations of the The Bartolotta Restaurant Group's newest eateries will be known as Joey Gerard's - A Bartolotta Supper Club.

The venues will combine classic supper club fare, a bar including a selection of tap beer, signature cocktails, wine and ice cream drinks, company officials said in a news release.

Joey Gerard's will open in Greendale at 5601 Broad St., where The Harmony Inn currently operates.

Joey Gerard's Mequon will be at 11120 W. Cedarburg Road, formerly known as The Riversite restaurant.

Both restaurants will offer a classic supper club experience with value-oriented menu offerings and family-style atmosphere.

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New Bartolotta restaurants to have supper club feel

June 29, 2012 10:42 a.m. | The Greendale and Mequon locations of the The Bartolotta Restaurant Group's newest eateries will be known as Joey Gerard's - A Bartolotta Supper Club.

The venues will combine classic supper club fare, a bar including a selection of tap beer, signature cocktails, wine and ice cream drinks, company officials said in a news release.

Joey Gerard's will open in Greendale at 5601 Broad St., where The Harmony Inn currently operates.

Joey Gerard's Mequon will be at 11120 W. Cedarburg Road, formerly known as The Riversite restaurant.

Both restaurants will offer a classic supper club experience with value-oriented menu offerings and family-style atmosphere.

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Franklin fire chief reminds residents burning ban in place

June 28, 2012 2:36 p.m. | Franklin Fire Chief James Martins issued a reminder today that a ban on burning remains in effect within the city, to stay in place until a significant amount of rain has fallen.

Martins will determine when it is safe to allow open burning again and make an announcement at that time.

Until then, the ban applies to all individuals, including those holding a value Franklin burning permit.

The ban has been in place since June 15.

Call the Fire Department at (414) 425-1420 with questions or to check if the ban has been lifted.

Supervisor Taylor to serve on county commission on aging

June 28, 2012 1:42 p.m. | Milwaukee County Supervisor Steve F. Taylor, also a Franklin alderman, has been appointed to the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging, to serve through Jan. 31, 2014.

"As an advocate for our community's older adults, I'm honored by this appointment," Taylor said in a news release issued today. "Throughout my public service, I've worked passionately on behalf of our aging population, and I'm eager to help to ensure that Milwaukee County addresses the needs and concerns of this population that deserves our very best."

The Commission on Aging is a governing and policy-making body within Milwaukee County's Department on Aging.

Appointed commissioners are responsible for developing and implementing a coordinated human service system of community-based services for Milwaukee County residents ages 60 and older.

Supervisor Taylor represents the 9th District, which includes Hales Corners and parts of Franklin and Oak Creek.

City of Brookfield joins others in ban on burning

June 28, 2012 11:32 a.m. | City of Brookfield Fire Chief Charlie Myers has issued an immediate ban on burning, and the use of all fireworks including sparklers and caps. Severe heat and extreme drought conditions are blamed for the ban.

As a result, burning and the use of fireworks would constitute a public nuisance affecting safety, he said.

This ban includes fires in all outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, burning lawn waste, camp fires and the private use of consumer fireworks including sparklers, caps and novelty fireworks. Brookfield ordinances already prohibit the sale, possession and use of all fireworks with the exception of caps and sparklers.

Brookfield Police Department officials say given the conditions, officers will strictly enforce these restrictions. Violators of these restraints, and adults who permit the use of any kind of fireworks, including caps and sparklers, or burning by minors will receive citations. This ban does not prohibit residents from using contained grills for cooking food.

The ban will remain in place until further notice.

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Walker to visit Bradley Corp. in Germantown

June 28, 2012 11:14 a.m. | Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Bradley Corp.'s new manufacturing facility July 2 in Germantown.

The event is slated for 10 to 11 a.m. at the new plant, N106 W13500 Bradley Way in the Germantown Business Park. The grand opening features presentations from Bradley Corp. Chief Executive Officer Don Mullett, the company's president Bryan Mullett, as well as Walker. The governor will also be taken on a tour of the plant, according to Suzanne Freckmann, public relations associate for Bradley Corp.

The 91-year-old company designs and manufactures plumbing fixtures, restroom accessories, solid plastic lockers and emergency equipment.

Bradley Corp.'s original manufacturing plant and headquarters is located in Menomonee Falls. The new plant in Germantown has about 100 employees.

For information, visit bradleycorp.com.

Brown Deer looks to add sidewalks to Dean Road

June 27, 2012 9:42 p.m. | Brown Deer - In addition to planned repaving of Dean Road between North 55 Street and Teutonia Avenue, village officials are considering sidewalks as well.

Officials from the village and school district presented four possible options for sidewalk additions tonight in a public information meet, which ranged from no sidewalk additions to a sidewalk on the south side of Dean Road that would stretch from 55 Street and Teutonia Avenue.

The segment of Dean Road in question is a common route for pedestrians and students, according to city officials, many of whom have to walk on Dean Road itself and the frontage roads next to it. The village has worked with the school district to apply for a federal Safe Routes to School grant of approximately $217,000, which would offset the cost of the additional sidewalk. If the village secures the grant, the net cost of the most expensive sidewalk addition would be less than the cost of the project if no sidewalks were added and no grant received.

Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said that the village is open to feedback through August, when recipients of the grants are announced.

Brown Deer Village Manager may get new job in Eau Claire

June 27, 2012 9:00 p.m. | Brown Deer - Brown Deer Village Manager Russell Van Gompel is one of three finalists for the position of City Manager in Eau Claire, the Chippewa Herald has reported.

Van Gompel and the other two finalists remain from a pool of 49 applicants for the job, which has been open since December 2011.

The Eau Claire City Council plans to announce its selection for City Manager within 30 days after additional interviewing and background screening.

Pilgrim Park to provide a new Summerfest beat on June 29

June 27, 2012 5:02 p.m. | Pilgrim Park Middle School drummers will be featured performers in a special parade of more than 1,600 young gymnasts at 1 p.m. June 29 at Summerfest.

The school's 18-member drum line will lead the gymnasts - in town through July 2 to compete in the YMCA - sponsored Gymnastics Nationals - beginning at the North Gate.

The parade will wind its way south through the grounds along the lakefront to the new BMO Harris Pavilion.

"It's a great opportunity," said Brian Belfany, Pilgrim Park music teacher. "We are looking forward to it."

Fire department warns North Shore to be careful during dry spell

June 27, 2012 4:22 p.m. | The North Shore Fire Department is advising residents to take extra precautions when it comes to outdoor cooking, heat, and fireworks in the upcoming days and during the holiday festivities.

NSFD warns that grilling should be moved away from any structures or dry foliage, that even sparklers may pose a risk due to dryness and burns, and that residents should check on those most vulnerable to the heat, especially infants and the elderly, to make sure they are cool and hydrated.

The fire department has asked event organizers to make sure that firework "fall-out areas" are looked after, and will have representatives at upcoming fireworks displays to assist with safety concerns.

"Everyone is also encouraged to leave the fireworks to the professional shooters," North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said in a news release. "While this is our message every year, it is even more important this year with the dry conditions we have been experiencing."

It's better to see a display than to set off fireworks this year

June 27, 2012 2:36 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department is urging residents to refrain from setting off fireworks, given the stretch of dry weather and numerous accidents and injuries caused every year.

Instead, anyone interested in pyrotechnics can plan to attend a public fireworks display, Assistant Fire Chief James Case suggested.

Other than sparklers less than 36 inches long, snakes and small exploding caps, it is illegal to set off fireworks. Even the permitted items present a danger, Case said. For instance, sparklers burn extremely hot and send a number of people to the emergency rooms each year.

Residents who do choose to use permitted fireworks should be extra cautious during the dry conditions. Keep a water source such as a hose or bucket on hand, Case said.

West Allis takes more cautious approach for fireworks show

June 27, 2012 1:52 p.m. | With the current stretch of dry weather, the West Allis Fire Department will take extra precautions at this year's Fourth of July fireworks, said Lt. Jay Scharfenberg, public information officer.

The entire launch area at the State Fair Park, where the fireworks will be set off on July 4, will be wetted down, he said.

He also reminded city residents that all fireworks are illegal in West Allis, "this year more than ever."

Council names Glazier to replace Werner as alderman

June 27, 2012 1:46 p.m. | Rob Glazier, who serves as chairman of Muskego's Community Development Authority, is the new alderman for District 4.

The Muskego Common Council chose Glazier on Tuesday from a field of four candidates to replace Keith Werner, who resigned in May.

The other appointee candidates included former alderwoman Nancy Salentine, who served on the council for 12 years until 2007, and Reno Berg and Blaise Di Pronio.

Glazier will fill the term that expires April 2013, when a general election will be held.

He has been on the CDA since its inception in 2002. He will remain a member of CDA as an aldermanic member, taking Werner's place. Whether he will continue to serve as chairman will be up to the CDA, which normally selects a nonelected official to lead it.

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Landscaping plan approved for northern Janesville Road in Muskego

June 27, 2012 1:38 p.m. | A landscaping plan for the northern part of Janesville Road was approved by the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday.

The cost of beautifying the stretch from Moorland Road to College Avenue is an estimated $72,500 that officials expect will be covered by money left over from streetscaping the more southern section of Janesville Road that also will be landscaped.

Muskego OKs fireworks permits for three residents

June 27, 2012 1:36 p.m. | In its first use since Muskego revised its fireworks ordinance last year, the Finance Committee reviewed the applications of three residents who want a city permit to have fireworks displays this Fourth of July, but who had a problem last year.

A complaint had been lodged against two of them and the third got a ticket for not having a permit.

The Finance Committee reviewed the three permit applications, which is one of the new provisions in the ordinance. City officials put in a Finance Committee review as an extra layer of supervision for those whose fireworks displays attract a complaint or even a ticket.

The committee ended up approving all three permits.

Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti said the new system seems to be working as intended - to help neighbors find common ground.

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Night of partying turns sour, expensive

June 27, 2012 12:10 p.m. | A man was left with a hefty bill after he partied with a prostitute at a Wauwatosa hotel earlier this month, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also from the report:

The man had met up with a woman, who was an acquaintance of his brother, and a man she said was her brother on June 3 because they were known to have drug connections that would supply crack cocaine.

After doing drugs and drinking liquor, the man decided they needed a place to continue the party and sleep it off. He was intoxicated when they checked into Extended Stay America, 11121 W. North Ave., at 9:30 p.m. June 3. The woman signed for two rooms, which were charged to his credit card.

The next morning the man woke up feeling hung over, but the woman refused to turn in the room key until he took her and her brother shopping to pay them back for the crack.

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Town of Brookfield issues burning ban

June 27, 2012 11:48 a.m. | The town of Brookfield issued a burning ban this morning. It is in effect until further notice, said Fire Chief Andrew Smerz.

This ban includes any outdoor burning, campfires or fire pits. The use of commercial outdoor barbecue grills for the preparation of food is allowed.

Fireworks are restricted in accordance with town ordinance.

Man, seen asleep at the wheel, then drives into his home

June 27, 2012 10:54 a.m. | A drunken driver trying to pull into his driveway struck his Wauwatosa house Sunday morning, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also in the report:

A passerby noticed the man slumped behind the wheel in the 2100 block of North 60th Street at 2:47 a.m. Sunday.

When she circled back, she saw the vehicle drift across the center line, roll up over the curb, cross the lawn and enter a driveway at 60th and Lloyd streets. The car struck the corner of the house, stopped briefly, then pulled forward into the driveway.

When officers arrived, the man was asleep at the wheel but the engine was running and the brake lights were on. As they tried to wake him, he took his foot off the gas and the vehicle started rolling forward. Officers were able to stop the car and take the keys from the ignition.

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Hart Park ballfield finished under budget

June 27, 2012 10:50 a.m. | Improvements to the Hart Park softball diamond came in $10,000 under budget, so the money was returned to the city's coffers.

However, softball players have wondered why those dollars weren't spent to make some of the changes they had been told didn't make the initial project budget.

"It's more surprise and frustration on our part," said Scott Reidel, a softball player who has been advocating for improvements to the ballfield. "We had $40,000 to do renovations and we turned $10,000 away."

The money for the project was specifically to renovate the infield, which included replacing the drainage system, Parks and Forestry Superintendent Ken Walbrant said. When the drainage system was deemed in good condition, the money went back to the city's general fund.

Players have pitched in

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Little library trend catches on

June 27, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Heather Deaton enjoyed the book "Memoirs of a Geisha," but since it's a few years old and has been a popular book club choice, she wasn't sure if there would be a lot of interest in the novel.

She took a chance and put it in the cabinet in her front yard and quickly it disappeared.

Deaton counts among a growing number of Wauwatosa property owners - at least eight so far - getting involved in the Little Free Library movement. They build or buy a ready-made small book depository, fill it with reading materials and wait for neighbors to take or donate items.

"We encourage people to stop and look, take a book now or come back later and come back often," said Deaton of the library on her property in the 2500 block of Lefeber Avenue.

Worth the effort

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Brookfield Papa John's employee robbed while taking deposit to bank

June 27, 2012 9:12 a.m. | An employee at Papa John's was robbed at gunpoint in the Pick 'n Save parking lot while taking the restaurant's bank bags to the Tri-City Bank, according to a Brookfield police report.

The robbery took place just before 11 a.m. Monday at the Pick 'n Save location at 12735 Capitol Drive.

According to the report:

Two men in a green Lexus approached the Papa John's employee while he was in his car. One of the men in the Lexus got out of the car and pointed a gun at the store employee, demanding the money in the bags. The exact amount of cash stolen was not disclosed.

Capt. Jim Adlam said no suspects have been identified at this time, but Brookfield Police are working with other police departments to identify potentially similar crimes.

Ten-mall shoplifting binge ends with local arrest

June 27, 2012 8:30 a.m. | Two Milwaukee men with a car full of stolen clothing were arrested after they allegedly tried to take items a store at Mayfair on Thursday evening.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The men, ages 22 and 27, set off the theft alarm at 8:35 p.m. June 21 while entering Abercrombie & Fitch, so employees were immediately suspicious. After the men tried to take several items, with a combined value of $544, an employee stepped in their way. They threatened to beat up the employee, then threw the merchandise at him and ran to a vehicle.

The car was soon located and stopped by police in the 3100 block of North Colonial Drive. The driver jumped out and ran, but police caught up to him in a nearby alley.

They both gave aliases, but their fingerprints revealed their real identities.

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Tosa splash pad, wading pool hours extended

June 27, 2012 8:29 a.m. | High temperatures forecast for Wednesday and Thursday have led Milwaukee County Parks to extend the hours of its water recreation sites, officials announced Tuesday.

In Wauwatosa, kids and their caregivers can beat the heat at the splash pad in Madison Park, 9800 W. Glendale Ave., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or the wading pool at Jacobus Park, 6501 Hillside Lane, from 1 to 7 p.m.

You can find more ways to cool off in NOW's guide to area swimming pools and splash pads.

Madison Park vandalism gets costly

June 26, 2012 8:00 p.m. | Vandals have been causing damage at Madison Park.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The restroom doors at the golf course starters shack were kicked prior to 10:23 a.m. June 17.

The next day, a Milwaukee County Parks employee reported three skylight covers broken, several vent pipes filled with pebbles and a ceiling-mounted exit sign in the restroom building had been broken. Two other exit signs had been broken only days earlier.

The employee estimated it would cost $1,600 to repair the damage.

Man arrested for shooting at prowler who tried to enter his home

June 26, 2012 4:24 p.m. | A 58-year-old Franklin man was arrested for firing a gun through a bay window at a suspected prowler June 21.

According to the Franklin police report:

The prowler, a 34-year-old Milwaukee man, was apparently intoxicated when he mistakenly attempted to enter a home in the 8200 block of South 100th Street at 9:15 p.m. June 21.

When the resident heard the prowler, he fired a shot at the man through the bay window of his home. His wife called police while the homeowner held the man at gunpoint.

The intoxicated man was arrested for disorderly conduct, and the resident was arrested for recklessly endangering safety.

Unmarked police squad damaged by BB gun

June 26, 2012 4:12 p.m. | The passenger-side front door of an unmarked Franklin squad car was struck by a pellet gun while the officer was driving southbound in the 9000 block of South 27th Street shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.

The shot came from the woods just south of the Knotty Pine Motel at 9063 S. 27th St., according to the Franklin police report. The area was checked with a K9 Unit, but no suspects or evidence was found.

Damage to the squad is estimated at $250.

Franklin police have logged four other complaints of BB shots in this area. Anyone with information about these crimes is urged to call the Franklin Police Department at (414) 425-2522.

Glendale creates escort license to combat prostitution

June 26, 2012 3:14 p.m. | Glendale - The common council approved an ordinance Monday night which creates a mandatory license for any escort services in the city.

The ordinance closely resembles an ordinance passed in Brown Deer last week due to the fact that attorney John Fuchs serves as Village Attorney to Brown Deer and City Attorney to Glendale.

Prostitution would violate the terms of the escort license and result in a fine, and someone who claimed to be an escort without a license would be fined. In either case, officials aim to give police a way to punish prostitutes on the spot when they claim to only be escorts.

"It becomes an additional tool for the police department to control prostitution," said City Administrator Richard Maslowski, "especially in the hotels here in the city."

Greenfield School Board decides against social media restriction

June 26, 2012 2:58 p.m. | The Greenfield School Board on Monday decided against a policy that suggested staffers cannot post inflammatory or detrimental messages about the schools on social media.

"We shouldn't be going there," said board member Cathy Walsh.

The policy tries to regulate employees' personal private use of social media, Walsh said, adding that the policy might be hard to enforce anyway.

"I would have a hard time saying who decides what's inflammatory," she said.

The policy was suggested so that school officials could do something about inflammatory postings that can bring disruptions to the schools, said Superintendent Conrad Farner.

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Richlen resignation opens up School Board seat

June 26, 2012 2:50 p.m. | David Richlen has resigned from the Greenfield School Board because his family is moving to Franklin.

The family, which is expecting a third child in November, decided that their house in Greenfield is too small, Richlen explained. They want to move to Franklin to be closer to grandparents.

"I enjoyed being on the board," Richlen said Tuesday.

His term expires in April 2013 when an election will be held to fill a new three-year term.

Because the School Board may appoint someone to serve until then, the board is asking for anyone wanting to be considered for appointment to submit a written letter of interest and is strongly encouraged to include a resume with qualifications to Cathy Walsh, School Board Clerk, School District of Greenfield Board of Education and Administration Center, 4850 S. 60th St., Greenfield WI 53220

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School Board member backs idea of putting more meeting information online

June 26, 2012 2:44 p.m. | Making the actions of the Greenfield School Board more transparent by putting background information for board agenda items on the district's website was suggested by board member Cathy Walsh on Monday.

"It would help people decide if they want to attend the meetings," Walsh said.

She noted that many districts and municipalities already provide background documents and some also stream meetings on the Internet.

"These kinds of things really help the public understand what's going on," Walsh said.

In her 18 years on the board, one of the major complaints she has heard is that people feel that decisions have been slid past them and that they have been left out, Walsh said.

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Mequon-Thiensville school board looks to keep facilities as they are

June 25, 2012 11:26 p.m. | Mequon - After reviewing seven different options for facilities reconfigurations at a working meeting Monday night, district officials and school board members indicated that it would be the best course of action to keep facilities as they are and invest money in maintenance.

The seven options, as presented by Project Executive Nicholas Kent of Plunkett Raysich Architects, were the result of a facilities study commissioned by the school board earlier this year which sought to find potential savings in reconfigurations of the district. Option one, which the school board favored, provides no reconfiguration and instead details maintenance projects the district will need to address in the next one to two years, and comes with a price tag of approximately $2.6 million.

The other options included reconfigurations which would consolidate the district's middle schools, close or sell Lake Shore Middle School and Range Line Elementary, build additions to various schools, move middle school students to the high school, or close all but one of the elementary and middle schools before building a new K-6 building - among other reconfigurations aimed at creating operational savings in the district.

The least expensive option, next to option one, would cost the district approximately $6.3 million and would create approximately $125,000 in annual operational savings. The most expensive option, which would move seventh and eighth grade to Homestead High School, build a new K-6 building, move sixth grade to Oriole Lane Elementary, Donges Bay Elementary and the new school, and would sell or close Lake Shore Middle School, Range Line Elementary, Steffen Middle School and Wilson Elementary, would cost approximately $39.6 million and would save the district approximately $188,000 annually.

School board members and officials expressed concern over how the district would fund such projects, and whether the annual savings would be worth such costs.

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Open Pantry locations to be converted to 7-Elevens

June 25, 2012 12:14 p.m. | 7-Eleven, Inc., announced Monday it has finalized a deal to acquire 18 Open Pantry convenience stores in Wisconsin, primarily in the greater Milwaukee and Madison areas, including the locations at 1225 W. Rawson Ave. in Oak Creek and 7610 W. Rawson Ave. in Franklin. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Two other stores in the Milwaukee area are affected, those in Brookfield and New Berlin, as well as three stores in the Lake Country area of Waukesha County.

A few Open Pantry locations are not included in the deal.

"We have several strong markets in the Great Lakes areas and are committed to showing Wisconsin residents why their neighbors are such big fans of 7-Eleven," said Robbie Radant, 7-Eleven vice president of mergers and acquisitions.

The acquired sites are all company-owned stores. Fourteen of the 18 stores are retail fuel locations operating primarily under the BP brand. Each branded-fuel site will continue to accept that oil company's fleet card.

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Open Pantry locations to be converted to 7-Elevens

June 25, 2012 11:32 a.m. | 7-Eleven, Inc., announced Monday it has finalized a deal to acquire 18 Open Pantry convenience stores in Wisconsin, primarily in the greater Milwaukee and Madison areas, including the Bluemound Road location in Brookfield. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Three other stores in the Milwaukee area are affected, including stores in Oak Creek, New Berlin and Franklin, as well as three stores in western Waukesha County. 

A few Open Pantry locations are not included in the deal. 

“We have several strong markets in the Great Lakes areas and are committed to showing Wisconsin residents why their neighbors are such big fans of 7-Eleven,” said Robbie Radant, 7-Eleven vice president of mergers and acquisitions. 

The acquired sites are all company-owned stores. Fourteen of the 18 stores are retail fuel locations operating primarily under the BP brand. Each branded-fuel site will continue to accept that oil company’s fleet card.

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Hales Corners library closed on July 4

June 22, 2012 3:12 p.m. | The Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day, library officials have announced.

Regular summer hours will resume July 5. These are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Information meeting on Highway 38 study being held June 28

June 22, 2012 12:40 p.m. | A public information meeting will be held regarding the study re-evaluation for Highway 38 from Highway K in Racine County to Oakwood Road in Milwaukee County.

The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 28 in the Gifford Elementary School gym, 8332 Northwestern Ave., Racine.

The project team will be available to speak with guests at the open house style meeting.

The study will re-evaluate roadway deficiencies along the nine-mile stretch, as well as long-term improvements to traffic flow and safety in the corridor and assessment of potential impacts.

Through the study, the project team will:

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Parkland Mall lawsuit remains in place

June 21, 2012 5:18 p.m. | Muskego's motion to dismiss the Parkland Mall lawsuit - which alleges the city, its Community Development Authority and some former officials mishandled development of the commercial property - was denied by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lee Dreyfus Jr. today.

Parkland Venture LLC, which owns the now mostly vacant property occupying about 10 acres on Janesville Road at Lannon Drive, is suing the city for $46 million. Art Dyer is the most visible member of Parkland Venture.

While Dreyfus dismissed some of the claims in the lawsuit last month, the most serious ones remain. They include whether the city and the CDA virtually took the land, said Remzy Bitar, attorney for the city.

Also to be determined are whether the individual defendants have immunity and whether the statute of limitations has run out, Bitar said.

The city now has until Oct. 12 to file a motion for a summary judgment, he said. If that is dismissed, a pretrial hearing will be held Dec. 17. No trial date has been set.

River Hills' USM given authority to increase enrollment

June 20, 2012 11:54 p.m. | The River Hills Village Board on Wednesday approved a request by staff at the University School of Milwaukee to increase annual enrollment caps from 1,100 to 1,250 students across all grade levels, starting with the upcoming 2012-13 school year.

With an estimated 1,090 students expected to attend the K-12 USM this fall, Laura Fuller, head of the school, said she wanted to be proactive, in the event enrollment were to increase.

The existing 1,100-student cap has been in place since 1987.

Milwaukee County extends hours for wading pools, splash pads

June 20, 2012 12:02 p.m. | Milwaukee County is extending the operating hours for its wading pool and splash pads, including the one at Madison Park in Wauwatosa, due to hot temperatures expected throughout the evening.

The splash pad at Madison, 9800 Glendale Ave., will spray until 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Children ages 7 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver ages 12 or older.

Despite control deficiency, new Hart Park splash pad will cool kids off tonight

June 20, 2012 11:26 a.m. | The splash pad at the new Hart Park playground will be operational during the Tosa Tonight concert this evening so kids can cool off while their parents take in the music.

"Barring a malfunction, the intent is to have it operational during events (at the Rotary Performance Pavilion) and in extreme weather like we have now," City Administrator James Archambo said today.

Unfortunately, for now, the splash pad will have to be turned off manually when no one is using it. That's not the functional design the city intended, however. The wrong control panel was installed by contractors.

"Right now its simply on or off," Archambo said.

Due to concerns about wasting water, the city's Parks and Forestry staff had temporarily turned the pad off.

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Hales Corners man arrested for 6th drunken driving offense

June 20, 2012 8:36 a.m. | A 50-year-old Hales Corners man is facing a felony charge after he was arrested for his sixth offense of drunken driving June 12.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Hales Corners police officer saw a car stopped at a green light at Forest Home and Grange avenues at 1:15 a.m. June 12.

The officer approached the car and attempted to make contact with the driver, who was slumped over the steering wheel. After the officer turned off the car and woke the man up, he noticed the man's speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and there was a strong odor of intoxicants on his breath.

The man was arrested for drunken driving. It is his sixth arrest for drunken driving since 1990.

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Alderman continues fight for added senior center funding

June 19, 2012 9:38 p.m. | With 21 percent fewer federal dollars to work with than last year, the Common Council tonight unanimously approved reallocating Community Development Block Grant funds.

The reallocation was expected, given the recent revelation of the loss in block grant dollars in comparison to 2011. But one alderman made it clear he isn't in favor of one of the block recipients being forced into a budget crisis from here forward.

Alderman Peter Donegan asked fellow council members to "consider a different posture" toward the Hart Park Senior Center.

The center has relied heavily on block grant funds in the past. Last fall, when the city approved this year's operating budget, the center was expected to receive $105,362. That funding is now reduced to $83,600.

Donegan asked Mayor Kathy Ehley and City Administrator James Archambo to look at options to make up the funding loss and allow the center to operate at its existing level in 2013.

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Rack up one for bike traffic

June 19, 2012 9:06 p.m. | While it might not seem like a standout item on the Common Council's agenda, allowing owners of restaurant Juniper 61 to put a bike rack in the city right of way could be the start of something big in East Tosa, Alderman Bobby Pantuso said tonight.

He has been talking to Kevin Hardman, a Wauwatosa resident and executive director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, in hopes of finding grant funds to help more businesses along North Avenue install bicycle racks and promote pedaling.

"I would like every business to be a bike-friendly in East Tosa - in the entire city for that matter," he said.

There are cities where racks double as art, Pantuso said, adding that perhaps a city could sponsor a contest at some point in the future.

"I'm just throwing it out there to get your minds thinking about it," he told fellow council members.

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Early work begins on Meinecke flood project

June 19, 2012 6:16 p.m. | Trees will come down this week along 90th Street as the city prepares to install new sewer pipes for the Meinecke Avenue neighborhood flood mitigation project.

Preliminary estimates by the city's Parks and Forestry Department called for removing 59 and relocating 22 of 250 trees in the project area. Those numbers look to be correct so far, Public Works Director Bill Porter said today.

The city forester is looking into the structural condition and health of the trees they hope to save.

"One of the elm's we were going to save came down with Dutch elm disease, so now that one has to go," Porter said. "So the one we were going to remove across the street will stay. It's an ongoing process."

Tree trimmings have been donated to the Milwaukee County Zoo to provide food to giraffes, moose, camels and elephants.

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Man accused of burglary, hit and run and drug possession all in one day

June 19, 2012 6:05 p.m. | A 31-year-old Oak Creek man was arrested for hit and run, drug possession and burglary Saturday, all related to crimes he is accused of committing in a 12-hour window.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Officers responded to a call of a car hitting a bicyclist in the 8900 block of South Chicago Road at 4:25 p.m. Saturday. A witness told police the bicyclist, an 18-year-old man, was riding on the gravel shoulder when a car veered off the road, struck him, then fled. The bicyclist had injuries to his right shin but declined to be taken to a hospital.

The witness gave a vehicle description and plate number to officers, and police pulled the car over on Chicago Road just south of Puetz Road. The driver, a 31-year-old Oak Creek man, was cited for a hit and run involving injury, driving with a suspended license and unsafe lane deviation. The man was taken into custody on two Oak Creek Police Department warrants for retail theft.

While in custody the man was identified as the suspect in a residential burglary that occurred shortly before 1:15 p.m. that day, in which he allegedly stole $600 worth of items from an open garage in the 8300 block of South Chicago Road. Police arrested him for burglary and took him to the Milwaukee County Jail.

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Man drops bike twice before it starts on fire

June 19, 2012 5:34 p.m. | A 40-year-old Franklin man who dropped his motorcycle twice before it started on fire was arrested for drunken driving during the early hours of June 8.

According to the Greendale police report:

A witness reported a man "dumped" his bike near 43rd Street and College Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. June 8.

While trying to pick the bike up, the driver dropped it again and the motorcycle started on fire, the witness said. The driver put out the fire, started the motorcycle and headed west on College Avenue.

Officers pulled the man over on 51st Street and Xavier Drive, where he was arrested for drunken driving. His blood-alcohol content was 0.18.

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Concert raises money for Lincoln student's medical expenses

June 19, 2012 3:50 p.m. | A gym class mishap led doctors to discover an inoperable brainstem tumor in kindergartner Kaylen Birk this spring.

The Lincoln Elementary School student is now part of a clinical trial that is hoped to save her life, and the medical bills are mounting. To help the Birk family, community groups are coming together to hold the event Koncert for Kaylen.

The Differentials, a new four-man ensemble including Wauwatosa's Brian Leahy, will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. June 28 at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Hart Park.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids, and the price includes a picnic dinner donated by Leff's Lucky Town. There will be a beer tent, raffle and auction to help raise money to defray Kaylen's medical costs.

"This condition is notoriously difficult to treat with standard radiation therapy, and survival past 12 to 15 months is uncommon," according to the announcement sent by concert organizers.

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Beer garden to open Wednesday in Glendale

June 19, 2012 3:36 p.m. | The Estabrook Beer Garden will open tomorrow at 6 p.m. with a ceremonial beer tapping, live Polka music, and free samples.

The garden is between Hampton Ave. and Capitol Dr. on Estabrook Parkway overlooking the Milwaukee River, and is part of an effort to revive the traditional Milwaukee beer garden scene from the late 1800s.

"Beer gardens offer an opportunity for people from all walks of life to relax and enjoy a beer in a beautiful park setting with friends and family," said Hans Weissgerber III, Managing Director of Old German Beer Hall in a news release.

AT A GLANCE

When: 6-8:30 p.m. June 20

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Brown Deer aims to curb prostitution with escort licenses

June 19, 2012 3:02 p.m. | Brown Deer - The Village Board voted on Monday to approve an ordinance that would create a mandatory license for escort services in the village.

Many prostitutes, when found out by Brown Deer police, claim to be escorts, according to Police Chief Steve Rinzel.

"We've been finding advertisements online (saying) that they'll come to Brown Deer hotels," Rinzel said.

Prostitution charges would require testimony by those caught with the "escorts." Very few are willing to testify, Rinzel said. With an ordinance in place requiring an escort license, Brown Deer police will have a way to fine prostitutes who say they're only escorts.

"If somebody's going to make that claim, they would have to be licensed," Rinzel said.

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Propane tanks showing up in recycling, endangering workers

June 19, 2012 2:42 p.m. | ReCommunity Recycling, the operator of the Waukesha County Material Recycling Facility, pulled 147 small propane cylinders from recyclables June 11, a rep said.

These cylinders pose a serious risk to workers. Even when empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted. The facility has put out a warning to all residents.

"The operator strives to maintain a safe working environment for all employees at the recycling facility," said Karen Fiedler, Waukesha County recycling and solid waste supervisor "We want residents to understand that certain items such as propane cylinders cannot be recycled in their blue bins. They need to be handled by companies that sell these products."

Man charged with drunken driving with kids in car

June 19, 2012 1:51 p.m. | A 28-year-old Milwaukee man who was arrested on charges of drunken driving had two small children in the backseat last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Dispatchers received a call about a man drinking and driving at Wauwatosa and Milwaukee avenues at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday.

Cold, half-finished cans of beer were found on the floor when the vehicle was pulled over.

The driver had a suspended driver's license and his blood-alcohol content was 0.16.

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Hart Park's new splash pad goes dry ... for now

June 19, 2012 1:22 p.m. | As the temperatures reach the 90s, a water feature that could provide some fun and relief from the heat is out of commission.

The splash pad at the new Hart Park playground is not in operation in an effort to conserve water, said Ken Walbrant, parks and forestry superintendent.

The control panel that was installed doesn't have a timer.

"It's just running constantly if it's turned on," Walbrant said.

It can be turned on manually, but that requires staff oversight.

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Mailboxes damaged in vandalism spree

June 19, 2012 12:03 p.m. | Franklin police received calls from 20 residents who reported their mailboxes were vandalized during the early hours of June 17.

According to the police log, most of the vandalism occurred in the 8900 and 9000 blocks of South 84th Street, the 8400 block of West Elm Court, the 8800 block of South Golden Court and the 7900 to 8100 blocks of West High Court.

Residents reported flags ripped off their mailboxes, broken posts, newspaper boxes and mailboxes torn off their posts and mailbox posts knocked over and tossed into culverts.

Damage ranged from $2 to $100 per incident.

Police are investigating.

Hales Corners McDonald's unveils new look

June 19, 2012 11:40 a.m. | The Hales Corners McDonald's, 6000 S. 108th St., will open its doors again at midnight June 29 with a grand re-opening to celebrate its new, contemporary look. The first 50 people through the doors will receive a punch card for 52 free medium Extra Value Meals.

The redesign is part of a nationwide effort to modernize the fast food chain, a company news release states.

From the outside, customers will notice a new entryway and a double-lane drive-thru. Inside, the renovation includes an improved ambience due to comfortable lighting levels and new fixtures, and modern booths, chairs, high-seated community tables and lounge-style seating.

Continuing the celebration, the first 200 customers after 11 a.m. will receive a free liter bottle of Coke with the purchase of any regular Extra Value Meal.

Visit www.mcwisconsin.com/852 for details.

O'Bryan picked for Lake Denoon

June 19, 2012 9:58 a.m. | Muskego - Once again, the Muskego-Norway School District looked within when it needed to find an administrator.

The School Board on Monday appointed Mill Valley Elementary School Principal Linda O'Bryan to be the new principal of Lake Denoon Middle School. O'Bryan, who has been with the district since 1984, will succeed Ryan Oertel who was moved up to principal of Muskego High School two weeks ago.

The district has been promoting administrators in a kind of leapfrog fashion to fill openings that started with Superintendent Joe Schroeder resigning at the end of this month to become associate executive director of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

Moving into his slot is Assistant Superintendent Kelly Thompson and the School Board moved Muskego High School Principal Dennis Bussen into her spot.

- Jane Ford-Stewart

Glendale-River Hills OKs preliminary budget, end of long term care insurance

June 19, 2012 9:03 a.m. | The Glendale-River Hills school board approved the first consideration of its 2012-2013 budget Monday night, and by doing so signaled the end of the district's participation in long term care insurance.

The budget, as presented by District Administrator Larry Smalley, will run a surplus of approximately $333,000 as a result of $600,000 from the April 2011 referendum. Other savings in the budget come from changes to the district's health plan, the removal of long term care insurance, state and federal programs, and retirements.

Despite the fact that the district will spend less in the 2012-2013 school year than it did in 2011-2012, the tax levy is projected to increase by 2.1 percent to offset cuts in state funding.

"We are anticipating another reduction in state aid at about a 10 percent, possibly 15 percent rate," said Smalley, "which will be passed on to the taxpayers."

Retirees came to the meeting to as well and entreated the board to continue participating in long term care insurance, or to find a way to keep retirees on the current group rate. Smalley said that, although he and others have been working with long term care insurance provider WEA for the last 10 months, all attempts have failed up to this point.

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Robbers make off with $2,000 in school money and more

June 18, 2012 2:25 p.m. | Two men were robbed at gunpoint as they were leaving a house party in 10700 block of West Keefe Avenue in Wauwatosa last week.

One of the two robbers involved went through one of the victim's pants pockets and took $2,000 in cash, which the victim later said was from a check he had just cashed to pay school bills.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The men, who are cousins, had walked to the end of the house's driveway about 7:43 p.m. June 14 when two masked men armed with semi-automatic handguns appeared from the wooded area across the street.

One of the robbers said "you know what time it is." Scared they would be shot, the victims handed over their wallets and cellphones and laid on the driveway before one of the robbers checked the victims for more.

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Youth arrested in skateboarder robbery

June 18, 2012 12:10 p.m. | A 16-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for strong armed robbery after he took a skateboarder's wallet at Hoyt Park on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

An 18-year-old man was riding his skateboard on the trail from the pool, 1800 Swan Blvd. at 2:16 p.m. As he approached the footbridge he saw five males riding bicycles toward him.

One of the five, the 16-year-old, asked him for change for a $5 bill. He pulled out his wallet and only had $4. The boy grabbed the $4 and pulled on the wallet. When the man pulled his wallet back the teen punched him twice in the jaw and ran.

The group of boys were stopped by police at North and Wauwatosa avenues, but the 16-year-old, who has a record of 13 prior juvenile arrests and a case waived to adult court, and a 17-year-old, who was wanted by Milwaukee police for burglary, took off. They were apprehended minutes later at 61st and Lloyd streets.

Driver crashes twice in chase before arrest for drunken driving

June 18, 2012 12:06 p.m. | A 22-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for his second drunken driving offense June 10 after he reportedly tried to elude police in Brookfield before crashing his car in Wauwatosa.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

When Brookfield police attempted to pull over his vehicle after it was seen speeding, the driver didn't stop and a one-mile pursuit ensued.

The driver lost control navigating a curve and he ran a stop sign before crashing into a tree at Juneau Boulevard and Ridgeway in Elm Grove.

The driver took off again into Wauwatosa, but crashed again, this time at Uptown Motors, 2111 N. Mayfair Road, at 12:24 a.m.

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Fox Point Farmers' Market kicks off its season tomorrow

June 15, 2012 7:04 p.m. | The Fox Point Farmers' Market kicks off its 10th season tomorrow and will run from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Oct. 13.

Throughout the season, there will be a variety of vendors selling produce, coffee, baked goods and other items produced locally.

As has been the case in the past, there will be a variety of events at the market throughout the season, including music and informative demonstrations.

Tomorrow, Dr. Green and the Machine will perform at the market from 10 a.m. to noon.

The market is held in the west parking lot of Stormonth Elementary School, 7301 N. Longacre Road.

County pools, splash pads, wading pools open Saturday

June 15, 2012 3:22 p.m. | All Milwaukee County splash pads, 11 wading pools and all outdoor deep well pools will open Saturday.

Splash pads will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The are located at Carver, Clarke Square, Dineen, Gordon, Madison and Washington parks.

Wading pools that open Saturday are, with hours:

Cannon, noon to 4 p.m.

Columbus, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Residents reminded of odd-even sprinkling rules

June 14, 2012 3:26 p.m. | With the area going through a dry spell, New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero is reminding residents of the city's odd-even lawn sprinkling rules.

Those with odd-numbered addresses are to sprinkle their lawns on odd-numbered days and those with even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days.

Despite the dry weather, he said, "We're not looking to ban sprinkling."

The city should be able to get through the dry spell pretty well, if residents abide by the odd-even rule, he said.

Apply now for seat on West Allis School Board

June 14, 2012 12:34 p.m. | Residents of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District who are interested in filling the seat on the School Board left vacant by the resignation of George Sotiros may apply until 4 p.m. July 13.

The appointee will serve until the 2013 April election.

School Board President Susan Stalewski is asking applicants to submit a written biography, including employment history and any involvement in local public schools.

Applications should be mailed to or dropped off at the Educational Administration Center, 1205 S. 70th St., 5th Floor, West Allis, WI, 53214, Attention: Susan Stalewski, board president.

Candidates may be called upon to meet with the board.

Parks officials favor building Racine Avenue trail next year

June 13, 2012 2:16 p.m. | A recreational trail segment planned to be created along Racine Avenue in Muskego in 2014 should be moved up to 2013 instead, if possible, the Muskego Parks and Recreation Board decided this week.

The estimated $250,000 to $300,000 cost of the trail will be included as parks and recreation staff put together their 2013 budget proposal.

The trail, on the west side of the street, would stretch from the 7900 block of Racine, near Culver's Restaurant, to Woods Road, where Muskego High School is located. The trail could make it easier for students to get to and from school.

The trail also would link up with the east-west trail that goes all the way through Muskego and goes beside Culver's.

Muskego dog park a no-go, for now

June 13, 2012 1:40 p.m. | A dog park doesn't seem to be in the near future of Muskego's four-legged residents, as the Parks and Recreation Board said Monday that there isn't room in any city parks for a dog park.

A resident had asked the city to consider making one of the city parks dog-friendly, which the Parks Board took to mean a dog park. But the board left the door open for serious discussions of a dog park when Park Arthur west is developed. Park Arthur east is being developed now. A dog park also might become part of a plan for a park in the southeastern part of the city when land for one is acquired, as is called for in the park plan, the board said.

So, dog owners will continue to take their pets to the dog park at Waukesha County's Minooka Park in Waukesha, a 10- to 12-minute ride from Muskego City Hall.

Armed robber busted on bicycle

June 13, 2012 12:58 p.m. | Brown Deer - Police officers apprehended a 26 year-old Milwaukee man last night after he allegedly robbed a gas station with a BB gun.

According to the police report:

The man entered the BP gas station at 5125 W. Brown Deer Road between 10 and 11 p.m. and demanded money before fleeing on a bicycle.

Responding officers found a person matching the description near the gas station and stopped him, later determining that he was the suspect and making the arrest.

The BB gun and stolen money were recovered by Brown Deer police.

George Kottaras, radio personalities at ATI grand opening

June 13, 2012 12:36 p.m. | Milwaukee Brewers catcher George Kottaras and 540 ESPN Milwaukee afternoon radio show hosts Homer and Thunder will be the special guests at the grand opening celebration of ATI Physical Therapy, 10724 W. Oklahoma Ave., West Allis, to be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. June 20.

Kottaras will be available to sign autographs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. ATI is the official physical therapy partner of the Milwaukee Brewers and the sponsor of the ATI Club at Miller Park.

Homer and Thunder will broadcast their show live from the clinic from 3 to 6 p.m.

The West Allis ATI clinic, which opened earlier this year, features research-based services in physical therapy, work conditioning/hardening and sports medicine. Founded in 1996, ATI now has 12 facilities in Wisconsin with locations in Greenfield, Kenosha, Mequon, Milwaukee's East Side, Milwaukee's Third Ward, New Berlin, Racine, Sheboygan, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, Whitefish Bay and West Allis.

ATI has been named "Best Physical Therapy Practice in the Nation" by Advance Rehab Magazine and has been awarded URAC Core Accreditation.

Tax challenges boost city's legal costs

June 13, 2012 10:20 a.m. | Five major taxpayers are challenging their 2010 property assessments, busting the city attorney's litigation budget this year.

City Attorney Alan Kesner asked the Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday for an additional $75,000 from contingency funds to pay for outside counsel to litigate the cases, including paying expert witnesses to bolster the city's position.

"We've just hit a really big year in trial and discovery work," he said, adding economic conditions have led taxpayers to try to reduce tax costs.

The city already has spent $75,000 this year fighting property tax challenges. Boston Store, Macy's, Walgreens - which has four Wauwatosa locations - Target and GE Healthcare are all challenging their assessments.

Wauwatosa is paying to prevent what could amount to $1.5 million in tax refunds if the challengers are successful, Kesner said. The city would be responsible for about a third of the refunds, with the school district, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Milwaukee Area Technical College making up the rest. However, the city is charged with defending the property values for all the taxing entities, Kesner said.

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City wants to put park-and-ride land into gear

June 12, 2012 6:16 p.m. | With Greenfield's acquisition of a Milwaukee County park-and-ride lot perhaps only months away, city officials would like to find out what the market thinks the land could become.

The Greenfield Community Development Authority wants a marketing study that will indicate the most likely use of that land and the whole area around it, based on current and future market conditions.

The area in question is basically where Interstate 43 and Loomis Road meet. It lies east of Loomis, north of I-43 and south of Cold Spring Road.

The CDA on Monday discussed hiring a firm to explore development possibilities, but instead called on the city staff to gather proposals from other firms also, so that the CDA has a choice.

The study area is about the same land that was eyed for the failed Greenfield Corners redevelopment. That was dropped after many thought the city planned to use eminent domain to assemble properties for the project. That was never their intention, officials said, but the project was nonetheless dropped after the uproar in 2010.

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Madison Park attraction will make a splash as planned

June 12, 2012 6:04 p.m. | Vandalism won't keep the splash pad at Madison Park from opening Saturday as planned.

After a sprinkler unit for the water playground was bent between 5 p.m. June 5 and 9 a.m. June 6, there was concern that the $10,000 piece would need replacing, according to a Wauwatosa Police Department report.

Instead the piece will be repaired in time, said Jeff Beaudry, a spokesman for Milwaukee County Parks.

The same piece was broken just before the splash pad opened at the park, 9800 W. Glendale Ave., and needed replacing a few years ago. A parks worker said it appeared people had climbed on the sprinkler, causing the damage, according to the report.

The splash pad will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Children ages 7 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver age 12 or older at the splash pad.

Luxury apartments eyed for Bartolotta property

June 12, 2012 5:42 p.m. | With The Enclave apartments leasing quickly, developers Ryan Schultz and Brett Haney are ready to add on with a 40-unit building on the neighboring The Bartolotta Restaurants property.

The duo serve as principals of Waukesha-based HSI properties, which spent the past three years developing the high-end apartments on the city's eastern border at 62nd and State streets.

Thanks to a mild winter, construction moved along and the first building opened April 1. As of Monday, 72 of the 76 units were leased, Haney said. The second building is set to open Aug. 1 and half of those 76 units have signed leases.

"We're anticipating to be full by fall," Haney said.

That led the developers to pitch the Annex at Enclave, a four-story building filled with 40, one-bedroom luxury apartments, on the neighboring property, 6005 Martin Drive. Calls to Bartolotta's to find out where the company will move its offices weren't immediately returned.

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Hartung Park Farmers Market opens

June 12, 2012 5:42 p.m. | The Hartung Park Farmers Market debuts for the season from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with produce from local vendors, a talk about orchids and live guitar music.

Chuck Glander will play guitar throughout the afternoon. At 4:30 p.m., orchid expert Bruce Efflandt will answer questions and offer growing advice.

The market, just south of the playground at the Menomonee River Parkway and Keefe Avenue, is organized by the Hartung Park Community Association, a group of neighbors from the Wauwatosa and Milwaukee sides of the park.

The market will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through September, expect for July 4.

Church and Chapel hopes to open funeral home in church building

June 12, 2012 5:38 p.m. | Church and Chapel wants to open a funeral home in the building that now serves as Unity West Church.

The congregation has downsized, so after 30 years in the building at 4750 N. Mayfair Road, "We are going to be moving someplace smaller," said Russell Grant, Unity West's board president.

Church and Chapel is in negotiations to buy the property and, if successful, plans to make improvements to the parking lot and landscaping, said Dave Larsen, company representative.

The business plans to conduct funeral and interment services at the site and any preparatory functions such as embalming and cremating would be done at Church and Chapel's headquarters in Brookfield, he said.

Customers would come to make funeral arrangements, attend services in the chapel and hold funeral luncheons in the basement.

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Bullies use padlock-filled sock

June 12, 2012 5:12 p.m. | Bullying took a violent turn when a teen girl whipped around a sock full of metal padlocks at 66th and Center streets Thursday afternoon.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two girls were riding the county bus when a man randomly started verbally bullying them and three girls laughingly egged him on. When the two victims got off the bus, the three other girls followed them and continued to make rude comments.

One of the victims dialed 911, but one of the bullies swatted the phone out of her hands. When the victim eventually started yelling back at the instigators, one of the bullies pulled out a sock containing three padlocks that were linked together. She started swinging.

The victims were able to dodge the weapon, and an officer saw the fight unfolding in the middle of Center Street at 12:08 p.m.

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Tosa Walmart Neighborhood Market opens June 20

June 12, 2012 5:04 p.m. | Wisconsin's first Walmart Neighborhood Market will open June 20 in Wauwatosa, company officials say.

The grocery store and pharmacy - a new, smaller retail concept than the traditional Walmart - occupies space at 124th Street and Capitol Drive formerly used by Jewel-Osco.

The 38,000-square-foot Wauwatosa store will feature a self-serve deli, traditional grocery items and popular local products such as bratwurst and Italian sausage products from Klement's. Beer and wine also will be sold.

Customers can buy gift cards, gift wrap and party supplies at the Celebration Station. Shoppers will also find stations to print their own digital photos.

The pharmacy will offer a drive-thru.

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Federal grant dollars fall short of projections; local groups to feel effect

June 12, 2012 3:20 p.m. | The city will receive 21 percent less money than anticipated through the Community Development Block Grant program, and that means local food pantries, the senior center and facilities that serve low- to median-income residents will have to get by with less.

The federal government released its final 2012 numbers and the $864,509 allocated for Wauwatosa was dramatically different then the 2011 allocation, which the city's block grant committee based its recommendations off of last fall.

Members of the block grant committee recommended any cuts be spread equally across all applicants, city planner Jennifer Ferguson said in a memo. The Budget and Finance Committee will discuss new funding levels tonight.

For instance, the Hart Park Senior Center was expected to receive $105,362, but that funding is now reduced to $83,600. In another case, the Lutheran Home would receive $190,000, down from $240,000, to make facility improvements.

Ronald McDonald House expansion up for discussion tonight

June 12, 2012 3:18 p.m. | Ronald McDonald House has been running at capacity for at least three years and there have been numerous times when families have had to be turned away, house board member and architect Robert Kramer told the city Plan Commission on Monday.

He was representing the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin in its request to expand the house by adding 37 rooms and a parking structure.

The commission unanimously supported the proposal, saying the house provides an important service to the medical campus across the street. Most of the people who stay at the Ronald McDonald House have seriously sick or injured children receiving treatment at the hospital.

The request will go to the Community Development Committee tonight.

The two-level parking structure would provide space for 110 vehicles, plus there would be a 21-stall surface lot near the house entrance.

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Warrant issued for frequently arrested theft suspect

June 12, 2012 2:02 p.m. | A felony arrest warrant was issued Monday for a 41-year-old Milwaukee man who allegedly was involved in a retail theft that eventually resulted in a police chase last week.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Employees at The Home Depot, 4100 N. 124th St., who recognized William Derrell Coney Jr. from his involvement in numerous thefts from Milwaukee area stores, saw him take three saws valued at $600 and walk out the store Thursday evening.

Coney ran to his vehicle at 6:58 p.m. and fled, but police caught up with him a few minutes later at 78th Street and Capitol Drive after he pulled into a nearby BP station. While an officer did briefly talk with him, Coney allegedly got back into his vehicle and took off, leading officers on a pursuit that lasted about 90 seconds and covered less than a mile before police terminated the chase at Melvin and 64th streets.

Later, police checked the area and located his vehicle, parked and unoccupied, with the three saws in the back. The car was seized and a crack pipe was found inside.

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Popcorn wagon would add to Village treats

June 12, 2012 1:22 p.m. | With Baskin Robbins scooping ice cream on one side and Yo Mama serving up frozen yogurt on the other, the Root Common grassy triangle in the Village is becoming a sweet snack spot.

Nicole Breest believes it's time to add the salty. The New Berlin woman on Monday asked for permission to operate a popcorn wagon near the pine tree in the area.

She plans sell freshly popped popcorn, as well as prepackaged cheese and carmel corn, plus rootbeer and old-fashioned candy such as licorice ropes.

The commission unanimously supported the request, which will go to the Community Development Committee tonight.

"The Village is a part of my district and I think that's a lovely use that fits right in," said Alderwoman Kathleen Causier, who sits on the commission.

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Topper's gains support for Village shop, with one concern

June 12, 2012 1:14 p.m. | Topper's Pizza wants to move into the shopping center at 68th and State streets, but a few members of the Plan Commission on Monday questioned its late operating hours.

Restaurant management has asked to operate from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. daily. While orders are placed primarily for delivery or carry out, there will be some seating inside and outside the restaurant. Like for other businesses in the Village Business Improvement District, outdoor seating would be stopped at 11 p.m.

Alderwoman and commission member Kathy Causier voiced concerns about allowing a business to stay open until 3:30 a.m., when most others must close by 2:30 a.m.

"Are we treading into a precedent of allowing really late closing times for our businesses in the Village?" she asked.

Commissioner Jody Lowe, who lives in the neighborhood, wondered if Toppers wouldn't draw the after bartime crowd. However, she was encouraged to see Topper's opening in Wauwatosa.

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Board tries to accommodate parents affected by Whitnall's twice-monthly late start

June 12, 2012 11:20 a.m. | Starting Whitnall High School classes later twice a month will give teachers a chance to collaborate, but it will also cause a problem for some working parents who drop off their kids.

The problem affects families living within a two-mile radius of the school. Whitnall students within that area aren't eligible for school bus transportation.

Parents whose work schedules don't allow for a later drop-off time will be in a bind unless the district makes other accommodations.

The Whitnall School Board on Monday night asked administrators to check the cost and workability of two potential options for those parents. One is having their children walk to a designated spot on a normal school bus route so that they can be picked up. The other is allowing the students to be dropped off at the school's regular time and then allowing them to use the cafeteria, where they can study under supervision.

The School Board will likely take up the matter again June 25.

Poplar Creek principal moving to another district

June 12, 2012 10:14 a.m. | Poplar Creek Elementary School Principal Jane Gennerman has resigned to take a position with another school district.

She has been principal of the elementary school in New Berlin for four years.

Taking her place as of July 1 will be Poplar Creek's assistant principal Brady Reinke. He has been assistant principal there for a year and was a teacher in another school district before that.

Gennerman is joining the Port Washington-Saukville School District as the principal of Lincoln Elementary School. She plans to move to that area, also.

Hastings resigns from New Berlin School Board

June 12, 2012 10:00 a.m. | The New Berlin School Board on Monday accepted the resignation of board member Keith Hastings and presented him with an award for his service.

Hastings resigned before finishing his first term, saying increased work demands don't allow him enough time to devote to School Board duties.

The board did not formally decide whether to appoint a replacement to serve the nearly one year remaining on Hastings' term or leave the seat vacant, but is expected to want to fill the vacancy. The board will likely take a formal vote June 21.

Eisenhower football field to be named for first coach Granger

June 12, 2012 9:56 a.m. | The Eisenhower High School football field will officially be named after the school's first football coach Frank Granger, the New Berlin School Board decided Monday.

Granger guided his teams through 15 winning seasons and to nine WIAA playoff appearances and two Division 2 runner-up finishes. Under his tutelage, Eisenhower won five consecutive conference titles from 1985 to 1989. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003.

His overall football record at Eisenhower was 84 wins and 33 losses. He served from 1969 to 1990.

Granger became the varsity football coach when his players were all freshmen and sophomores. Each year another grade was added as they competed at the varsity level during the building period. Eisenhower won its first conference championship in 1973.

Police consolidation explored in Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay

June 11, 2012 10:58 p.m. | Elected bodies in Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay recently began preliminary talks in consolidating police services in the three communities.

The Glendale Common Council took the issue up Monday.

While a consolidated department could net savings in an environment of ongoing fiscal restraints, Glendale Mayor Jerry Tepper said the review process will be thorough.

"Some of this is territorial since we've all got to make sure that we're being taken care of," Tepper said. "We're not going to sacrifice that for money. We're being cautious and moving along carefully."

If preliminary talks do advance, City Administrator Richard Maslowski said public input would be taken into account.

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Hair-razing fundraiser needs willing victims

June 11, 2012 6:52 p.m. | For those who always wondered how they might look with a shaved head, here's an incentive: going bald could raise money for childhood cancer research.

West Allis Mayor Dan Devine says the upcoming St. Baldrick's Day event - set for 6 p.m. June 21 at Benno's Genuine Bar and Grill in downtown West Allis - still could use more participants.

Devine said he would like the hair-razing event to be a community occasion, but so far the volunteers to get their heads shaved are mainly city officials - the mayor, Alderman Michael May and city planner Steve Schaer - who will be joined by Mark Satterfield from West Park Place.

Money is raised through pledges for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which gives more money in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the United States government.

Since 2000, more than 240,000 volunteers, including more than 24,000 women, have been shaved at cancer at events in dozens of countries and in every state. Thanks to donations from friends and family, the "shavees" have raised more than $146 million for lifesaving research.

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HartFest serving up music, drinks this weekend

June 11, 2012 2:41 p.m. | HartFest, the festival that celebrates Hart Park and raises money for various charities, will be held this weekend.

The party starts at 5 p.m. with music by Andrew Gelles, followed by King Solomon at 8 p.m. on the Rotary Performance Pavilion stage at 68th and State streets.

On Saturday, The LoveMonkeys are the headliners at 8 p.m. The earlier acts are The Lonely Hearts at 1 p.m. and Spoiled Rotten at 4:30 p.m.

The Wauwatosa Fire Department will roast corn and local organizations and restaurants will serve up food and drinks.

Money raised goes to The Wisconsin Humane Society, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Heart of Gold Charity, the Wauwatosa East Booster Club and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

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Apartment developer may save only one of historic Eschweiler buildings

June 08, 2012 6:10 p.m. | If an anticipated apartment complex project is to remain economically feasible, only one of four historic Eschweiler buildings may survive the transformation, the prospective developers acknowledged this week.

Developers from Mandel Group told the Wauwatosa Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday that, in their latest review of the project's potential, they feel the remaining buildings don't provide enough economic value.

"They are inefficient, inflexible buildings when adapted for alternative uses," said Phil Aiello, senior development manager with Mandel Group. "We went into the process with the intention to save all the Eschweiler buildings. They have outlived their economic life."

Mandel's conceptual plan calls for preserving the former agricultural school administration building and the quadrangle of green space that is home to some century-old trees. Nearly 200 apartment units would be constructed among eight new buildings.

Developers estimated the project cost at $15 million and anticipate a poor rate of return on the three other Eschweiler buildings, which would be demolished. Little more than 50 percent of the building space would be feasible for rent, compared with typically 85 percent in new construction, Aiello said.

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Cemetery proposed for site of former Parkside Nursery

June 07, 2012 1:58 p.m. | The grandson of the late owners of the former Parkside Nursery in Muskego told the Muskego Plan Commission the family hopes the city will approve a proposal to turn the site into a cemetery because that would preserve much of the natural beauty that was so much a part of the nursery's operation.

Patrick Murphy spoke to the commission Tuesday as it took a preliminary look at the proposal. The proposed cemetery on 17 acres at W14105 Tess Corners Drive would have no aboveground markers.

Mark Kosobucki is proposing the cemetery, which could accommodate up to 3,200 burial sites plus seven outdoor mausoleums, an indoor one, a pond with a sitting park, walking trails, a reception area, offices, bathrooms, a community room, two chapels, a crematorium and a pet burial section.

Kosobucki is tied to three Muskego developments - Golden Country Estates, Foxboro and Foxboro North - as well as Golden Bay and Golden Meadows, both in Tichigan.

Commissioners wanted to know how the neighbors feel about a cemetery coming to a residential area. There also was concern about the possibility of a high water table because wetlands are on part of the tract. The developer hasn't completed soil borings that will answer that question.

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Franklin School District taking facility plan to referendum

June 07, 2012 1:26 p.m. | The Franklin School Board voted, 5-2, last night to move forward with a plan to improve facilities at Franklin High School and Forest Park Middle School.

This plan will direct attention to the top three priorities indicated from the Franklin community survey results:

These are to:

Increase academic capacity at the high school by expanding general classrooms and science areas, and also creating a secure main entry and addressing the parking situation. This project is estimated to cost $21.4 million.

Expand the art and music classroom areas and add an auditorium for school and community use, which would cost about $11.6 million.

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Hastings resigns from New Berlin School Board

June 07, 2012 1:20 p.m. | New Berlin School Board member Keith Hastings has resigned from the board, saying he doesn't want his work responsibilities to interfere with his ability to be an effective School Board member.

"I must be cognizant of my personal obligations to my full-time occupation," he wrote in his resignation letter. "It is of great importance to me that those obligations do not detract from any of the official duties and responsibilities of my board position, thus I have reluctantly reached this very difficult decision."

Hastings was elected in 2010 to a term expiring in April, 2013. His resignation is effective immediately.

The board is expected to accept his resignation Monday and decide how to move forward. Because it is likely that the board will decide to appoint someone to serve the nearly one year remaining of Hastings' term, School Board President David Maxey is inviting anyone interested in serving to submit a resume with a letter explaining why they want to be on the School Board to the New Berlin Public Schools office, 4333 S. Sunnyslope Road, New Berlin, WI 53151.

Maple Dale-Indian Hill readies budget for next month's annual meeting

June 06, 2012 9:32 p.m. | Maple Dale-Indian Hill school officials met Wednesday and discussed the district's proposed 2012-13 budget of about $9.3 million.

The district will be entering the fourth year of a 10-year referendum cycle that infuses $800,000 of additional taxpayer money - beyond the state-mandated levy limits - into Maple Dale-Indian Hill's general operating budget.

While the district has been able to store away some of that money in the fund balance reserves, the amount is less than the annual $400,000 that had been earmarked. Business Administrator Gary Swalve has attributed the decline in fund balance contributions to a drop in recent years in state aid.

Swalve will present a draft version of the 2012-13 budget at Maple Dale-Indian Hill's annual meeting, set for 7 p.m. July 11 at Maple Dale School, 8377 N. Port Washington Road.

Maple Dale-Indian Hill encompasses portions of Bayside, Fox Point, Glendale and River Hills. Residents within the district's boundaries will have an opportunity to vote on a proposed property tax levy at the meeting.

Walker easily carries both Muskego and New Berlin

June 06, 2012 2:28 p.m. | Gov. Scott Walker took both Muskego and New Berlin on the way to his statewide win over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in Tuesday's recall election.

With an 83.6 percent turnout in New Berlin, Walker polled 70 percent to Barrett's 29 percent. With the results still unofficial, the vote totals were 16,128 for Walker and 6,722 for Barrett. Independent candidate Hari Trivedi and write-ins got less than 1 percent.

In Muskego, where the turnout was 86 percent, Walker captured 73 percent to Barrett's 27 percent. The unofficial vote totals were 10,023 for Walker and 3,652 for Barrett.

Walker was choice for Greenfield and West Allis

June 06, 2012 1:30 p.m. | Gov. Scott Walker took both West Allis and Greenfield on the way to his statewide win over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in Tuesday's recall election.

With a 75.4 percent turnout in West Allis, Walker polled 54 percent to Barrett's 45 percent. With the results still unofficial, the vote totals were 13,941 for Walker and 11,548 for Barrett. Those numbers do not include absentee or provisional ballots.

In Greenfield, where the turnout was 80 percent, Walker captured 57 percent to Barrett's 43 percent. The unofficial vote totals were 9,522 for Walker and 7,167 for Barrett.

All but three of Greenfield's 21 wards went for Walker. Barrett took Wards 3 and 4 in the northeast section of the city east of 43rd Street and Ward 17, an almost triangular-shaped ward south of Layton Avenue and between 60th Street and Loomis Road.

City waives block party fees

June 06, 2012 1:28 p.m. | It's block party time in West Allis, and this time it'll be $25 cheaper.

To encourage neighbors to get together and meet each other and encourage a neighborhood feeling, the Common Council on Tuesday voted to suspend the usual $25 block party fee for the rest of the year. All the other requirements for block parties will remain, however, including getting a permit and abiding by rules for when street barricades are to be taken down.

Alderman Michael May proposed the fee suspension as a result of comments he heard while door-to-door campaigning this year. He said a lot of longtime residents said they wished they knew the newcomers, and the new kids on the block wished they knew the long-timers. The $25 block party fee seemed to be an impediment, May said.

To make up for the $300 to $350 in lost fees, May said he is waiving the health and dental coverage he is entitled to as an alderman, which will more than cover the revenue loss.

The block party fee will be back next year.

Walker, Kleefisch win Tosa's votes

June 06, 2012 8:28 a.m. | Nearly 82 percent of the city's registered voters turned out at the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the recall election.

Gov. Scott Walker received the majority of votes in Wauwatosa with 54 percent, while competitor Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett brought in 46 percent, according to unofficial election results provided by the city clerk's office.

Results remain unofficial until certified by a board of canvassers.

The race for lieutenant government came in at 53 percent for incumbent Rebecca Kleefisch and 47 percent for challenger Mahlon Mitchell.

The results in Tosa mirrored those statewide, with both incumbents retaining their seats.

Men pretending to be roofers to gain access to Tosa homes

June 05, 2012 2:27 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents beware: Two men are pretending to be roofers so they can enter homes.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

A homeowner in the 12000 block of Diane Drive was working in his yard when a truck pulled up at 1:30 p.m. May 30. The driver said he was from a roofing company and had been told to come out and check the man's roof.

After asking for a ladder, the driver and homeowner went around the back of the house while the co-worker remained in the truck. Every time the homeowner tried to head back to the front yard, the roofer asked him for assistance. Meanwhile, the roofer spoke Spanish into a hand-held device.

After 15 minutes, the roofer said he was leaving to get shingles and that he would return.

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