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Two annual meetings? It's possible in Whitefish Bay

May 23, 2013 12:57 p.m. | There might be two Whitefish Bay School District annual meetings held to approve the 2013-14 budget and levy; however, it's up to residents to decide.

The Whitefish Bay School Board, meeting as the Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, debated the date of the annual meeting — it falls on Sept. 4, during Rosh Hashana. At every annual meeting, the next year's meeting is set. In Whitefish Bay, the meeting is typically the first Wednesday of September. Legal counsel advised the district that once the date is approved, it cannot be changed.

Rosh Hashana is Jewish holiday marking the start of a new year. It is considered a time for prayer, and work is not allowed on Rosh Hashana.

In an effort to accommodate the Jewish community, School Board members debated whether they should ask the public to immediately adjourn the annual meeting Sept. 4 and establish Sept. 9 as a new meeting date. It is up to electors to convene the meeting and set a new date.

Board members wanted more time to debate the issue, asking for more information on the issue so they can have a better understanding of their options. They will revisit the matter in June.

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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.

Get North Shore news on Facebook

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.

Woman arrested for drug trafficking after police find drugs in her hotel room

June 12, 2014 8:39 a.m. | A woman was arrested for maintaining a drug trafficking place after police found drugs and other items during a knock and talk May 28.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Police were conducting a knock-and-talk search at Days Inn, 1201 W. College Ave., about 1:45 a.m. May 28.

Police found four partially smoked marijuana blunts in her purse; 8.1 grams of heroin; two packages of razors and angle-cut straws; a digital scale and $2,830 packaged and banded by denomination in a backpack in her car; and corner-cut plastic bags, snorting straws, a glass marijuana pipe and $1,189 stacked in a cellphone box in her hotel room.

She was arrested for maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of heroin with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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World War II military medals taken in home burglary in Brookfield

June 11, 2014 8:12 a.m. | Four to six World War II military medals were taken from a City of Brookfield home in a burglary June 8.

According to the Brookfield police report:

A home in the 12700 block of Cardinal Crest Drive was broken into between 9:40 a.m. and 1:58 p.m. June 8.

Forced entry was detected via a broken latch on the back door, and a screen was removed from a window on the back porch.

Two upstairs bedrooms were rummaged through and three rings, about 20 silver dollars, and four to six World War II military medals were taken.

Man reports being victim of fraud after trying to help stranger

June 09, 2014 9:08 a.m. | A man reported being the victim of a fraud after giving $200 to a stranger May 27.

According to the Shorewood police report:

A man approached another man at a Milwaukee Walmart store and told him a story and asked for money at 4:15 p.m. May 27.

The victim believed the man's story, drove him to the 4500 block of Oakland Avenue in Shorewood.

He gave the man $200, but he had the man sign a note saying the money would be repaid May 28.

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2 arrested when off-duty officer sees woman put on tourniquet

June 06, 2014 12:09 p.m. | A 24-year-old woman was arrested for drugged driving after an off-duty officer saw her putting on a tourniquet and injecting a needle into her arm June 1.

According to the Franklin police report:

An off-duty Milwaukee police officer was driving about 11:55 a.m. June 1 when he saw the woman putting on a tourniquet and injecting a needle into her arm.

She then drove off in a black Saturn Vue with two passengers.

She was arrested in the 12100 block of West Bel Mar Drive for drugged driving.

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Falls man killed in Pewaukee crash

June 06, 2014 7:23 a.m. | A 24-year-old Menomonee Falls man died at the scene of a crash at about 11:57 p.m. Thursday, June 5, after his motorcycle slammed into the back of a dump truck.

The dump truck was northbound on Redford Boulevard south of Busse Road in the city of Pewaukee when the motorcyclist struck it from the rear, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. Witness reports and an investigation at the scene indicated the speed of the motorcycle was a contributing factor in the crash. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet. 

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the dump truck was not injured. The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Department. 

Woman warned about making threats in fight about vacuuming

June 05, 2014 9:37 a.m. | A woman was warned about making threatening statements after police were called about a vacuuming dispute May 22.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A resident in the 8500 block of South Chicago Road called police after her downstairs neighbor threatened her about vacuuming about 10:45 p.m. May 22.

An officer spoke to the downstairs neighbor, who admitted saying she was going to "come and drag the b---- out of the apartment and kick the living s--- out of her" because she was vacuuming at 9:30 p.m. the night before.

The resident who said the threatening statement told police she was upset because she suffers from migraines.

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Waukesha YMCA plans to purchase Wauwatosa site

June 04, 2014 1:16 p.m. | With the bankruptcy of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, the affiliated West Suburban YMCA in Wauwatosa could soon change hands.

The YMCA of Central Waukesha County, based in the city of Waukesha, has a letter of intent to purchase the site, though financial details have yet to be finalized.

Looking to pay down its debt, the Milwaukee YMCA announced today it plans to sell the Wauwatosa facility, along with most of its centers outside urban Milwaukee.

The Waukesha YMCA plans to purchase the three westernmost sites now operated by the Milwaukee organization. In addition to the Wauwatosa location, which is near the county border, this includes the Tri-County YMCA in Menomonee Falls and the Southwest YMCA in Greenfield.

Chris Becker, chief executive officer of the Waukesha YMCA, said his organization has been considering the purchases over the last two weeks. Due to the sites' proximity to Waukesha County, he said he thought it would be a "natural fit."

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