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Season ends for Shorewood boys against Tech

Feb. 19, 2013 10:39 p.m. | Short and short-handed, the Shorewood boys basketball team could only do so much against a physical and determined Bradley Tech team Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game, as the Trojans eased away from the host Greyhounds by a 67-62 count.

Coach Phil Jones wasn't happy with the physical play or the outcome, which ended the Greyhounds' season at 13-10.

"We were short-handed," he said. "Carmen Purvis wasn't available tonight and we play only six, sometimes seven people so that made it hard. ...We were active on the boards tonight, but everytime we were we got beat up and mauled underneath. That sort of negates all the good that you've done."

Bradley Tech now advances to a Division 2 regional semifinal Friday at second-seeded City Conference co-champ Milwaukee Washington.

Shorewood took an initial 16-13 lead in the first quarter, but then the Trojans came back with a 23-12 effort in the second period that put them up 36-28. Sophomore forward Joseph Harries had 11 points in the first half for Tech, including three 3-pointers and eight points in the second.

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Wauwatosa approves conceptual design for pocket park on North Avenue

May 20, 2015 10:50 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council approved conceptual plans May 19 for a park at 69th Street and North Avenue meant to feel like "East Tosa's front porch," as articulated by architect Tom Rogers of SmithGroupJJR.

The design for 69th Street Center, which doesn't yet have a cost estimate, would transform the public parking lot next to Rocket Baby Bakery into a pocket park. Most of the ground would be pavement, with seating that can be cleared out for community events like Chili'n on the Avenue and the East Tosa Gran Prix.

With some juggling of parking areas, the plan overall cuts two parking spots. While there are currently 16 spots in the lot and six on 69th Street, the proposal calls for six spots on the north end of the park, seven on 69th Street, and six in the adjacent vacant area behind Voline Service.

"We balanced the need for parking with the catalytic component of this project and felt we had to lose two parking spaces to make this work and achieve that ultimate goal of putting in a project we think would attract and retain some of the existing businesses," Alderman Joel Tilleson said.

Working with city officials and neighbors on the design, Rogers said they tried to include playful features to make the 69th Street Center unique to Wauwatosa. They drew a bike rack so that the structure spells out "TOSA." Wooden benches include engraved factoids about Wauwatosa history.

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Waukesha man charged after exposing genitals to gas station clerk

May 18, 2015 4:38 p.m. | A 31-year-old Waukesha man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly flashed his genitals at a gas station clerk twice in 2014.

The man, Gabriel Medrano, was charged on Friday, May 15, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two misdemeanor counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and could face up to a combined 18 months in jail and $20,000 in fines, if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Medrano late last August entered a PDQ gas station on West Avenue to use the bathroom. A female employee told police that after Medrano came out of the bathroom, he approached the counter with his penis exposed through the zipper of his jeans.

The employee claimed that Medrano then began walking around the store with his pants open for a few minutes, but continued looking directly at her until he left the station, the complaint said.

Medrano returned the following day, used the bathroom and again exposed his penis to the employee, who said in the complaint that she felt "disrespected" and "embarrassed" by the incident.

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Local dermatology clinic unveils new name, brand

May 18, 2015 11:48 a.m. | Franklin — Ten existing dermatology clinics throughout the region unveiled a new look and feel May 18 as former Midwest-based Great Lakes Dermatology Clinics announced Ascend Dermatology will be it's new name and identity

The company will offer a dermatologic experience at ten sites throughout the region — including Franklin and Oak Creek — with plans to expand into the Chicago market by the end of the year. Each center will give a special emphasis to the prevention and treatment of skin cancer, according to a news release. Each center will also focus on skin care and treatment options including cosmetic procedures, psoriasis, acne, mole evaluation and removal, eczema, sun damage and rosacea.

Customers will see new logos, signs and collateral beginning in late May. A complete brand refresh will be completed by mid-June, according to the news release.

The new website, ascenddermatology.com, will launch June 1. Individual sites will begin to see new logos and a new, more engaging customer service, according to the news release.

Ascend Dermatology currently employs more than 75 people. New doctors are being recruited.

Let us know about your Memorial Day event

May 13, 2015 1:29 p.m. | Are you or your organization planning an event commemorating Memorial Day? Send information to us at news@jrn.com so we can include it in a roundup of events. Deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Monday, May 18.

Winter's not through with us yet

May 12, 2015 6:58 a.m. | The old rule of thumb about not planting before Memorial Day may be proven tonight, as the National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory from midnight tonight to 7 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures could drop into the low 30s. If you have plants outside, you may want to consider covering them or moving them inside.

Root River Theatre Company presents "Speed-the-Plow"

May 11, 2015 4:13 p.m. | Franklin — A local theater company opens a new stage production this weekend.

Root River Theatre Company presents "Speed-the-Plow" by David Mamet, a comical satire of the Hollywood movie industry, according to a news release from the theater. The original production starred Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna.

All performances will be staged at The Aviation Theater inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Milwaukee Airport, 6401 S. 13th St. in Milwaukee. Showtimes are May 15 at 7:30 p.m., May 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and May 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for all shows are reserved seating and patrons are advised to purchase tickets early. Root River Theatre Company has lowered the prices for all tickets purchased online, in advance. Advance tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit rootrivertheatre.com.

Menomonee Falls Troop 80 Scouts reflect on project, look to future

May 07, 2015 3:03 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The cause is a more than worthy one, but for Menomonee Falls High School seniors Nate Rismon and Jack Wheelock, what they selected for their Eagle Scout project has a larger scope than that.

The scouts will be celebrating their Eagle Court of Honor on Saturday, May 30, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, home to hundreds of Troop 80 meetings and now to their Eagle Scout project, the Marian Memorial Garden.

"We wanted to find a way to give back to the church that has so graciously hosted and sponsored us for so many years," explained Rismon. "This seemed like the perfect way to show our gratitude."

Rismon and Wheelock were approached by members of the church about the garden, which was a collaboration with the Elizabeth Ministries at St. Mary's. Planning began about a year ago for the garden, which is a reflection area for families of those who have suffered the loss of a child.

There were a lot of different perspectives on how the garden should come together when planning began, prompting Rismon and Wheelock to problem solve and do their best to piece everything together into what has become a cohesive design.

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Oak Creek girl says driver tried to lure her into vehicle

May 06, 2015 9:15 a.m. | Oak Creek police are investigating a possible case of child enticement after a girl reported two men tried to lure her into their vehicle while she was walking to her bus stop on May 1.

According to the police report:

The girl was walking to her bus stop from her apartment building in the 9200 block of South Meyer Lane at about 7:50 a.m. when an older, dark purple sedan with chipped paint and tinted windows pulled up next to her.

The driver of the vehicle got out of the car and said, "Come on, kid, I have candy in my car." When the girl refused and kept walking, the suspect said she could either get in the car or "we can do it the hard way."

The girl ran away and hid behind a van in the apartment parking lot, where she watched the suspects' vehicle as it drove away. The vehicle was last seen heading northbound on South 20th Street.

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Foreign officials take inspiration from Wauwatosa's Innovation Campus

April 23, 2015 2:13 p.m. | Wauwatosa's Innovation Campus had a moment in an international spotlight April 23 when about 50 officials from Canada, Mexico, and several Central and South American countries bused into the city to see how the public-private partnership project has progressed.

Part of a program organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the commerce and economic development officials toured over a dozen "innovation hubs" throughout the Midwest over six days.

Officials touring Innovation Campus said they were impressed by the cooperation between government and industry in supporting research at UWM's Innovation Accelerator building. The campus was financially supported in part by the city of Wauwatosa with a tax-incremental finance district, while it is owned by the university and partially leased by private companies who work with UWM students and professors.

"If you're looking for a model and best practices of working together, come here," Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley told the crowd. "It transformed an underutilized area to become part of the area's largest research hub for biotechnology research and academics."

Carlos Mora, vice minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce for Costa Rica, said he hoped his country could establish similar public-private partnerships.

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Mount Mary University students spruce up Wauwatosa business storefronts

April 22, 2015 11:28 a.m. | Some storefronts in the Wauwatosa Village and beyond are getting a Mount-Mary makeover this season as students from the university partner with business owners to learn about the trade and lend some elbow grease.

Students LaShaun Bryson and Christina McCanna worked on the window display at Village Boutique Clothiers, 1417 Underwood Ave., on April 20. Store owner Barbara Berg said they transformed the space.

"They were able to use whatever they wanted in the store," Berg said. "They found a prop and built their theme around that."

Bryson and McCanna used a vintage Pepsi cooler as inspiration for a nautical display.

Mount Mary students are also helping out at Salamander, Niemann's, Metcalfe's Market and Design Vision Optical.

Woman hurt in strong arm robbery at Franklin Wal-Mart

April 21, 2015 1:15 p.m. | Franklin — Franklin police say a woman was injured during a strong armed robbery at Wal-Mart.

Police say officers were called to the store on the corner of West Sycamore Street and South 27th Street at 4:04 a.m. Tuesday.

The 49-year-old victim was loading groceries into her car when three suspects approached her and threw her to the ground. She was kicked and punched while on the ground. The suspects then entered a silver minivan and left the scene, according to a news release from the Franklin Police Department.

Officers located the minivan on South 27th Street near Ryan Road and a pursuit ensued.

The minivan fled south onto Interstate 94, where the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Racine County Sheriff's Department assisted in the pursuit. The suspect vehicle then exited the freeway at Highway 11 and eventually stopped near 14th Street and Main Street in Racine.

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Waukesha, Washington counties at "very high" fire danger risk

April 16, 2015 2:23 p.m. | Germantown — Dry conditions are putting the entire state of Wisconsin on high alert for wildfires.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources indicates conditions in Waukesha and Washington counties are creating a "very high" risk of fire.

All other Wisconsin counties are also at "very high" risk, except Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee and Ozaukee, which are classified one level lower at "high" risk.

One grass fire spanning about 5 acres was reported and subsequently contained recently in Germantown near Bonniwell Road and Country Aire Drive — an incident that has prompted Germantown Fire Chief Gary Weiss to urge residents to use common sense when it comes to burning in the area.

"If anybody is burning, they need to be extremely careful," Weiss said. "They should stay by the fire, keep a hose nearby and make sure the area around it is safe."

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Local sports complex receives 'Riders' Choice Award'

April 10, 2015 12:33 p.m. | Franklin — A local sports complex has received regional honors.

The Rock Sports Complex, located at 7900 Crystal Ridge Road, was named the Best Bike Park in the Midwest by MTBparks.com, a website that posts information relating to mountain bikes in the United States.

The Rock Sports Complex offers more than seven miles of cross country mountain bike trails, a BMX track and coached lessons.

More than 3,000 bike riders participated in an online survey at MTBparks.com to choose the winner of the "Riders' Choice Award."

The bike park at The Rock Sports Complex will open mid-May for the 2015 season, weather permitting, and will be open weekends only, 10 a.m. — 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit RockComplex.com.

New Elm Grove business to offer outlet for creativity

April 07, 2015 5:33 p.m. | Residents of Elm Grove and the surrounding communities will have a new place to go to both express their creativity and socialize in the coming weeks.

Katherine Oberst of Brookfield and Danielle Heckenkamp of Wauwatosa have teamed up to bring Elm Grove Art, a wine and paint bar, to the village, offering plenty for both adults and children alike.

"Elm Grove Art is going to be a wine and paint bar in the evenings but it's also going to offer a lot of kids programs and day camps for moms and kids," Oberst said. "We're in the stage of decorating our place right now and our grand opening will be May 1."

The co-owners got the idea of a wine and paint bar from their own experiences visiting similar establishments in the past.

"(Danielle) and I have always been creative. We each have three children and we do a lot of crafts and stuff with our kids at home. We have so many mom friends and they always say 'We need a place to go where we can take our kids and be creative and not have the mess at home,'" Oberst said.

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Franklin author publishes kid-friendly organ donation book

April 07, 2015 1:38 p.m. | Franklin — A Franklin author has published a book that explains surgery and organ donation to kids.

Brenda E. Cortez recently released "My Mom is Having Surgery (A Kidney Story)," a book about a young girl named Kailey and her concern for her mother. Kailey is worried and scared because as her mother undergoes surgery, but throughout the course of the book she learns surgery is safe and her mom was able to save another person's life in the process.

The book is published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises and is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at tatepublishing.com/bookstore or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

The story is based off Cortez's 2005 kidney donation. She is now a strong advocate for living organ donation awareness. The author will donate one dollar from every book sold to the Donate Life America, an organization committed to increasing awareness for organ donation.

Cortez lives in Franklin with her husband Shawn, daughter Kailey, son Kyle and two Dachshund dogs.

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