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Shorewood girls swim team wins seventh WIAA State D2 title

Nov. 09, 2012 9:35 p.m. | Behind four individual first place finishes, including record-setting efforts from junior Kristin Malone and sophomore Rachel Munson, the Shorewood girls swim team won its seventh WIAA State D2 title Friday night at the Natatorium in Madison.

The Greyhounds, who last won a championship in 2003, scored 255 points as 2011 champ Milton was second with 217 and Grafton third with 193.

Malone set broke a three-year old mark in the 200 free with a clocking of 1:48.83 and then cracked a five-year record in defending her title in the 100 free (50.28).

Senior Ellen Stello won her first individual state title in the 500 free by four seconds with a 4:58.34 effort.

Munson also got into the record-books when she claimed the 100 breaststroke with a clocking  of 1:01.37, taking down the year-old mark by close to two seconds.

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Second stabbing suspect to be mentally evaluated in Waukesha Slender Man case

Sept. 15, 2014 8:51 a.m. | A court-appointed forensic psychologist will evaluate Anissa E. Weier, one of the 12-year-old Slender Man stabbing suspects, to determine if she is competent to proceed and assist in her defense.

Judge Michael Bohren ordered the exam at a hearing Monday, Sept. 15, at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

A probable cause hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, and Thursday, Sept 18, but with Weier now set to undergo a competency exam, Bohren canceled those hearings.

The competency evaluation must take place within a 30-day period, Bohren said. An update on the doctor's findings will be given at a hearing at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

Raising the issue

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The Clarke Hotel in downtown Waukesha again looks to fill vacancy with general manager stepping down

Sept. 12, 2014 8:00 p.m. | Though the Clarke Hotel has regained stability with the recent reopening of its bar and restaurant, it now has a key vacancy.

Harp & Eagle Ltd., the company that owns the hotel, will now have to find a new general manager for downtown Waukesha business, following the decision by David Smart to step down from the top post on Friday, Sept. 12.

"It was the right time to move," said Smart, who will be going to work for a hotel in the Milwaukee metro area.

Now 'in better shape'

As the general manager, Smart oversaw the downtown property, including the hotel, bar and restaurant.

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Library lot costs nearly double

Sept. 02, 2014 9:05 p.m. | The bill has come in a bit bigger than expected for the City of Brookfield for its renovations to parking areas adjacent to the Brookfield Public Library.

Having originally budgeted approximately half a million dollars to the project, Tuesday the city's Common Council approved nearly doubling the expense, with an increase of $485,000 to the project's expenditure account.

"The bids originally came in higher than expected and then we ran into a few things," City of Brookfield Director of Public Works Tom Grisa said.

Among the unanticipated expenditures was bid prices coming in well over the $500,000 budget. The contract was awarded to D.F. Tomasini Contractors, Inc. for $650,000.

Other additions to the project's cost have included the addition of an originally unplanned parking lot to the east of the library. After the city's initial plans, a small area adjacent to other parking lots remained unused. Poor soil conditions in the construction zone also contributed to the increases to the bottom line.

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Germantown district pursues personalized learning options

Aug. 27, 2014 9:40 a.m. | Germantown — A personalized learning approach will be integrated into the Germantown School District's development of its own standards if Personalized Learning Coordinator Scott Oftedahl has anything to say about it.

In a passionate presentation to the school board on Aug. 25, Oftedahl shared his experiences teaching a summer school class in which he encouraged students to creatively problem solve using what he calls a learn, create, share method of teaching.

Included in his presentation was a video highlighting his beliefs regarding personalized learning, which he sees as an integral component of learning as it continues to evolve alongside technology.

"Personalized learning is being honored for your differences instead of focusing on how you fit in, feeling encouraged to take an active role but also share your resources with others," Oftedahl said in his video. "(Personalized learning) is feeling encouraged to use both modern and traditional tools for solving problems or accomplishing a goal, encourages students to teach, teachers to learn and encourages everyone (to)…recognize and develop more opportunities for student focused learning and online safety."

Oftedahl said his experiences teaching a variety of courses, from music to design and engineering, has taught him to encourage students to try things, accept they will fail on occasion and learn from their mistakes.

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Brookfield police warn against phone scam

Aug. 19, 2014 4:00 p.m. | Brookfield residents are cautioned against a phone scam resurfacing this month.

Last week, at least four city of Brookfield residents were the victims of fraudulent calls that featured the caller impersonating a police officer. The caller then told the recipient that they had run a red light or missed their jury duty date and that the "officer" was going to put a warrant out for their arrest unless funds were transferred by the recipient of the calls using Vanilla Reload cards.

"We went through this about three to six months ago and we believe all the calls are coming from outside the country," Brookfield Police Department Captain Phil Horter said. "We don't have any leads."

Horter suggests suspicious calls from someone claiming to be a police officer work the same way as calls from people impersonating a bank asking for account information.

"Don't reply to these calls or make any payments until you call the appropriate agency. If somebody calls and says this is the city of Brookfield police, hang up, and call us," Horter said.

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Brandtjen tops GOP field in Assembly primary

Aug. 13, 2014 8:20 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Republican Janel Brandtjen will face off against Democrat Jessie Read for Wisconsin State Assembly District 22 in the Nov. 4 general election. With 60 percent of the votes, Brandtjen defeated Blair Rogacki (27 percent) for the GOP nomination in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 12, while Nick Oliver was third with 13 percent. Those vote totals were with 75 percent of precincts reporting as of press time.

"I'm humbled by the support of thousands of my friends and neighbors, and am grateful that they chose me to represent them in Madison," said Brandtjen, of Menomonee Falls. "This is a solemn responsibility and I will defend our values, fight for fiscal responsibility, and always be listening to the voters who chose me to speak for them."

Brandtjen, Oliver and Rogacki competed to represent the Republican party, as Republican incumbent Don Pridemore is stepping down after 10 years in the position. Jessie Read of Lisbon ran unopposed for the Democratic spot for the seat, which was created in 2010 and includes all of the towns of Erin and Lisbon, the villages of Lannon, Butler and portions of the villages of Richfield and Menomonee Falls.

While their approaches differed slightly, fiscal responsibility and control of taxation were among the key issues for all three candidates, which Oliver said made the loss a little easier as far as he is concerned.

"I (would like to) congratulate the winner and hope that they recognize the failings of a large government and would ask them to read the constitution every week and base their decisions on whether the law they are considering is constitutionally sound and needed," said Oliver, of Colgate.

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Brookfield, Elm Grove voters choose Burke, Happ, Severson

Aug. 13, 2014 7:58 a.m. | The voters of Brookfield and Elm Grove did not buck larger trends in their trips to the polls Tuesday, siding with voters in rest of Waukesha County, and the state of Wisconsin, for that matter.

City of Brookfield

The city of Brookfield saw a 20 percent voter turnout for Tuesday's partisan primary election.

Democratic Party

Democratic voters flocked to gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke's side, giving her a 1112 to 156 victory over Brett Hulsey. John Lehman finished with a moderate lead over Mary Jo Walters in the lieutenant governor primary, earning 60.5 percent of the vote. In the attorney general primary, Susan V. Happ won the city of Brookfield and Waukesha County, but by a smaller measure than she won statewide. David L. Sartori earned 526 votes to Dave Leeper's 471 in the state treasurer race among Democrats.

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Lancers romp to state title, 9-2, over Homestead

July 25, 2014 9:45 p.m. | Mequon  Brookfield Central easily defeated Homestead, 9-2, on Friday night to win the WIAA State Summer Baseball Championship at Kapco Park in Mequon.

The Lancers finished 29-6 and earned their fourth state title, tying Oak Creek for most championships. Central previously won titles in 1969, 1976 and 2000. They have made seven appearances now, the last time in 2001. This is coach Jeff Bigler’s first trip to the state tournament with the Lancers in his 12 year career.

“We knew we had the talent to win it,” Bigler said. “Experiencing what we experience in team sports is what life is all about. You’re on top of the world – 21-1 – then you had the lowest of lows where you drop three straight conference games and you don’t win the title that you covet in the Greater Metro Conference which I think is the greatest conference in the state.

“The you pick yourself back up, coming back and playing your best baseball. There were a lot of naysayers. A lot of people saying we couldn’t do it. People were saying what’s wrong with Brookfield Central?  Obviously, nothing is wring with Brookfield Central.”

The state title game had one surprise hero, but it was definitely a team victory. When one of the Lancers top three pitchers Luke Sommerfeld struggled, allowing two runs, two walks, a hit batter, a single and a double in one-plus inning of work, Bigler didn’t hesitate to call on Matt Ausloos, who came to the mound from centerfield.

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BMX, skateboarding competition canceled Saturday in Oak Creek

July 23, 2014 2:18 p.m. | Oak Creek — According to the recreation department, this Saturday's BMX and skateboarding competition has been canceled at the Oak Creek Skate Park, 1311 E. Drexel Ave., due to a lack of registrants.

This was Oak Creek's first official BMX/skateboarding competition. The event was intended for 10- to 16-year-olds and a group older than 17 years old. Competitors were not required to be Oak Creek residents.

The Skate Board Division consisted of a 90-second run on the skate park obstacles. The BMX Division would consist of a "best trick" competition, with three attempts. Steve Kaplan, one of the primary catalysts for the creation of the Oak Creek Skate Park, was scheduled to be a judge.

Germantown baseball team outlasts Cedarburg, 3-2, in 11 innings

July 15, 2014 9:52 p.m. | Overcoming odd calls, ejections, missed opportunities and intermittent rain, the Germantown baseball team lived to fight another day, as ace Randy Finger pitched 10 strong innings and the Warhawks pulled out an 11-inning WIAA regional decision over host Cedarburg on Tuersday night.

"A great game, as good a game as I've been a part of," said Warhawks coach Jeff Wolf. "I tell you, win or lose, I couldn't be more proud. Not once when we missed an opportunity did I see them hang their heads or lose faith."

That faith and tenacity will carry the Warhawks (13-16) into a WIAA regional final at second-seeded Homestead (22-7) at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

"We won't be the favorite, but we're playing our best ball of the season right now," said Wolf.

Then he looked at the strong-armed and strong-willed Finger and joked: "Maybe if we can grow another arm on Randy, we could have him go again on Friday."

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Hundreds in Tosa without power

July 01, 2014 1:21 p.m. | About 790 We Energies customers remained without power Tuesday afternoon, with crews working to restore power for nearly all of them by 11 p.m. Wednesday, We Energies spokesman Barry McNulty said.

"We're throwing everything we can toward it," McNulty said.

With 27,000 customers still without power in its coverage area, which includes Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula, McNulty said the company is drawing on resources from other utilities to work more quickly.

Wind speeds of about 70 miles per hour snapped countless trees and limbs last night, bringing down power lines and leaving 120,000 We Energies customers without power. As the utility works to restore power, McNulty said they are still getting some calls about new outages, as weakened tree branches settle and give out.

McNulty warned residents to leave downed wires where they are and stay at least 25 feet away from them. If you think a wire is dangerous, call (800) 662-4797 to report it.

G3 to close its Menomonee Falls location

July 01, 2014 8:38 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — After about eight years in Menomonee Falls, G3 Industries will close its doors in November.

Located at N92 W15966 Megal Drive, the operations currently housed in the facility will be moved to the corporate offices in Kronnenwetter, Wisconsin, starting in August. There it will join the majority of its other operations in manufacturing and specialization in precision machining. G3 expanded in 2006 after aquiring Roband Corporation, which previously operated out of the Menomonee Falls location.

The move will affect about 40 positions, according to Sales and Marketing Manager Joel Herring, who said the hope is for those affected by the change to join them at the corporate facility. Severence packages and job search assistance will also be available for those who do not make the move, Herring said.

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June 16, 2014 5:36 p.m. | You get your North Shore NOW on Thursdays, but now you can get updates on Facebook, too.

Like the North Shore NOW Facebook page to receive police news, breaking news, feature stories and more, all from communities north of Milwaukee.

The page will feature updates from the North Shore websites, which focus on Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, Mequon, River Hills, Shorewood, Thiensville and Whitefish Bay.

Woman cited for loud noise for using speaker phone after police warning

June 16, 2014 9:28 a.m. | A woman was cited for loud and unnecessary noise after she was warned for using her speaker phone function outside about 1 a.m. June 7.

According to the Greenfield police report:

An anonymous caller reported a female was yelling loudly in a backyard in the 4000 block of South 43rd Street at about 1:05 a.m. June 7.

The responding officer found the female, age not released, and found she was talking loudly on her phone with the speaker function on.

The officers told her not to use the speaker phone function on her phone unless she was inside her residence, because it created an unnecessary amount of noise.

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Menomonee Falls Optimist Club promotes "Shop Local Shop the Falls" week

June 13, 2014 2:02 p.m. | The Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls will promote "Shop Local Shop the Falls" week starting Sunday, June 22 at the popcorn wagon located on Appleton Avenue in the parking lot of Total Health Nutrition Center.

Gift cards valued at $10 for A. J. O'Brady's will be given to anyone who purchases a large bag of popcorn as the week kicks off.

On Wednesday, June 25 Peace Yoga and The Healing Space will provide demonstrations and various free items to be given away. Pink Lemonade will give out coupons for free manicures on Friday, June 27 to anyone who purchases a large bag of popcorn.

Throughout the week, there will be raffles to win gift cards from Cornerstone Bank and other businesses in Menomonee Falls as well as opportunities to receive Greenbacks for the Menomonee Falls Farmers Market, compliments of the Menomonee Falls Business Improvement District.

The popcorn wagon is open daily from 6:30-9 p.m.

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