Von Rothenburg Bier Stube in Germantown, which closed last year, is open again.The longtime
It reopened this week under new owner Chaz Hastings, who also owns a Harley-Davidson dealership and others bars including Tally Ho in Erin. It's been spruced up, but its distinctive elements like the stained glass windows are still in place.
Ten German beers are on tap; come warm weather, the outdoor beer garden will be expanded. The bar also is resuming the Stein Club and is planning activities to go along with it.
Hastings also bought the closed Jerry’s Old Town Inn next to the Bier Stube; it will reopen later.
The Bier Stube, N116-W15863 Main St., opens at 3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. To contact: (262) 293-3098.
If funding can be secured, a BikeShare program could be in West Allis' future.
A $400,000 federal grant could help West Allis set up the nine bike stations envisioned for the city, but the city would also have to come up with $100,000, at least some of which might be raised through donations and sponsorships.
The Common Council decided on Tuesday to apply for the grant while exploring how fundraising might be handled and how the program would work.
A BikeShare program is being set up in Milwaukee while Wauwatosa and Shorewood are actively pursuing programs there. Under similar programs, stations complete with bicycles would be available to riders, who would pay a certain amount per ride and drop off the bikes at stations near where they want to go.
A Zoo Interchange detour plan will likely not cost five West Allis businesses their street parking after all.
City transportation engineers have found a way to bring eight street parking spaces back by carving out room for them in the extra-wide sidewalk in front of the businesses on Lincoln Avenue at Beloit Road. Design has not begun yet, but engineers are confident those spaces can be created.
Because of the detour, more traffic will flow along Lincoln, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation wants to keep it flowing as it turns left onto Beloit Road. The problem is that intersection has been a bottleneck for years.
State transportation officials want to remedy that with changes to the intersection. As initially proposed, those changes included eliminating street parking for use as a second through lane.
Business owners — including a sports bar, a caterer and a legal office — protested, saying they would be heavily impacted by such a plan.
Wauwatosa East senior wing Sean Wheeler stood on the free throw line at Shorewood with 2.6 seconds left holding the Red Raiders' chances to advance in the playoffs, as well as the basketball, in his hands.
With Tosa East trailing in a hard-fought barnburner, 49-48, Wheeler had been fouled driving to the basket. He calmly sank two free throws and gave the Red Raiders a 50-49 upset win over Shorewood in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.
Suddenly hot Tosa East won its fourth straight game to improve its record to 9-14. The Red Raiders now play at second-seed Whitefish Bay on Friday.
The Red Raiders led 13-11 after one quarter and then held the Greyhounds to one basket in the second quarter to take a 21-13 halftime lead.
Both offenses showed up in the second half, however, as Shorewood outscored Tosa East, 36-29, taking the game down to the wire.» Read Full Article
Muskego High School could join the list of area schools which are doing random drug tests.
Drug tests of students are already performed at Pewaukee and Arrowhead high schools, and the Muskego-Norway School Board on Monday reviewed those schools' procedures as they apply toward athletes, club members and co-curricular activity participants, and those students with school parking permits.
While random tests of those students has been found constitutional, testing throughout the student body is believed to be unable to withstand a constitutional challenge.
The board tentatively plans to discuss the issue again March 17 when more will be known about the procedures the two schools use for the testing.
The hefty question on how to solve Muskego High School's weight room floor dilemma has been reduced to two options.
The Muskego-Norway School Board was told Monday that strengthening the floor to make it usable as a weight room again could cost $200,000 to $330,000, while building an addition for a new expanded weight room somewhere near the Salentine gym would cost roughly $1.2 million, according to rough estimates.
That latter option also includes fixing the old weight room floor so that regular classes can be held there.
The issue arose when it was discovered that the space that until recently was used as a weight room had a floor that was too weak to hold up the heavy equipment. As a result, the weight room was moved to a smaller temporary room with no classrooms or hallways beneath it.
Although strengthening the weight room floor is less expensive, the ceiling is low in a portion of the room, making it hard for tall athletes to train on some equipment, Jeremiah Johnson, supervisor of buildings and grounds, told the School Board.» Read Full Article
Seven late-arriving absentee ballots have been counted, but the outcome remained the same in the Feb. 18 primary race for West Allis 5th District alderman, in which Kevin Haass and Gerald Matter advanced to April's general election.
Haass was still the top vote-getter — not surprising, given his 29-vote margin before the last of the absentee ballots were counted Friday.
But of more interest was the result between the second- and third-place finishers, Matter and Wayne Clark, who were only separated, coincidentally, by seven votes when unofficial vote totals were announced late on Feb. 18.
However, in the end, each of those two candidates gained three votes in the final seven absentee ballots counted. (Roy Beaudry gained one vote.)
The final tally was 146 votes for Haass, 120 for Matter, 113 for Clark, 66 for Jim Blask, 41 for Diane Brandt and 32 for Beaudry.» Read Full Article
A stolen truck was removed from the Walmart parking lot in Germantown and towed back to the police department after police received a tip through their Facebook page about 1 p.m. Feb. 18.
According to the Germantown police report:
A member at Preferred Fitness, N112 W15800 Mequon Road, called police after two males stole all of his belongings, including his car keys, out of his locker, and also stole his blue 2013 Ford F150 out of the parking lot at about 1:10 p.m. Feb. 16.
Police received a tip through their Facebook page at about 1 p.m. Feb. 18 that the stolen truck was parked in the lot at the Germantown Walmart.
It was removed and towed back to the Germantown Police Department for processing.
A candidate forum for all four Whitnall School Board candidates will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 in the School Board meeting room, 5000 S. 116th St., Greenfield.
The Edgerton Elementary School PTO is facilitating the forum, to which candidates Jonathan Cagle, Michael Clarizio, Jon Jones and incumbent Nancy Zaborowski have been invited.
Each candidate will give an introduction and share why they are running. After that, candidates will respond to written questions from the audience. If time allows, questions submitted via email to email@example.com will be addressed.
The four candidates will vie for three seats in the April 1 spring election.
More information is available from David Cotey, communications coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 458-0592.
Menomonee River Parkway in Wauwatosa closed to through traffic late last week from Hoyt Park Drive to Church Street.
Extensive potholes and crumbling of the pavements were causing drivers to swerve and divert into the oncoming lane, said Jill Organ, assistant chief of planning for Milwaukee County.
Cold weather has prevented the necessary repairs, as the asphalt mix required does not adhere in low temperatures, she said. Barricades have been erected at Church, Hoyt Park Drive and the north end of the Charles Hart Parkway, although homes within those boundaries are accessible.
About 1,300 We Energies customers, including Brookfield Central High School, City Hall, the City of Brookfield Police Department and the library are without power this afternoon, likely due to the high winds.
Crews from We Energies are on the scene, but spokesman Barry McNulty said he doesn't know how long it will be until power is restored.
He said the company is following up on a report of a downed wire.
Brookfield Central tweeted, "Kids are all OK."
An officer was sent to the hospital because of smoke inhalation, but there were no other injuries in a house fire at 1805 Brojan Drive in Elm Grove on Feb. 18.
Damage to the home was between $150,000 and $200,000, based on a preliminary estimate. The total assessed value of the property is $330,000, according to a statement from police.
Police and firefighters responded to the fire about 9:20 p.m. Feb. 18. Two adults in the home were alerted by smoke detectors, called 911 and evacuated.
"Early activation of smoke detectors made the difference in alerting the occupants and getting them out of the house safely," Elm Grove Police Chief James Gage said in a statement.
The first fire truck arrived 11 minutes after their call, he said. City of Brookfield Police assisted.» Read Full Article
Muskego — A candidate forum will be held for Muskego school and city candidates at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.
The forum is sponsored by the Muskego Woman's Club and the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce. There is no primary for school or municipal offices in Muskego this year, so the candidates at the forum will be on the April 1 ballot.
The three candidates for the Muskego-Norway School Board will lead off the evening from 6:30 to 7:05 p.m. Candidates for Muskego Aldermanic Districts 1, 3 and 5 will be heard from 7:15 to 7:50 p.m. The two mayoral candidates are scheduled from 8 to 8:40 p.m.
The candidates will answer questions from the floor and those that are phoned in during the forum. The phone number is (262) 679-4129. The event will be televised.
Brown Deer — Police are on the lookout for a man suspected of robbing at gunpoint the BP gas station at 51st Street and Brown Deer Road Wednesday evening.
According to a Brown Deer Police Department news release, the man entered the gas station about 7 p.m. Wednesday and wanted to purchase a cigar. The clerk asked for identification, which the man handed over. According to the clerk, the ID provided matched the man.
While the clerk was handing over change, the man pulled out a black gun of unknown style from his backpack and demanded money.
The man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, running to and entering the passenger side of a late-model, dark-colored Chevy Impala, which was last seen going south on 51st Street.
The man was described as a black male, 18- to 20-years-old, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches with an average build. He was wearing a black baseball cap; dark coat and pants; white tennis shoes; and a black backpack.» Read Full Article
The Brookfield Plan Commission and Park and Recreation Commission will jointly consider a new set of plans for the Sileno Quarry in a special meeting Monday. The proposal includes 112 luxury apartments and the potential for a park or conservancy.
Mark Regal, a leader with Brookfield Residents Against the Dump, said in December he had accepted an offer to purchase the land at 13505 W. Burleigh Road on the condition that he could get a development agreement with the city. He owns the Regal Crest Village Apartments adjacent to the site.
Mark and Christina Regal, through their company MRCR, submitted conceptual plans to the city that include construction of apartment buildings on 10 acres along Burleigh Road, a minor portion of the 85-acre property they are under contract to purchase.
The remaining 75 acres would go to a not-for-profit or government entity for conservation purposes, with 13 of the acres south of the water potentially going to the city of Brookfield for a park.
Alan Marcuvitz, legal representative for the Regals, assured in a letter to city staff that the Regals are sticking to their original goal of having "no trucking of fill to the site."» Read Full Article
New Berlin — The New Berlin Landmarks Commission will hold hearings on four potential city landmarks at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.
One is Holy Apostles Parish and cemetery, 16000 W. National Ave. The church is believed to be the first Catholic church in the city.
A hearing also will be held on the New Berlin Center Cemetery at 180th Street and National Avenue, believed to be the oldest in the city. It is where the bones of the man credited with giving New Berlin its name are laid. The burial ground had its first recorded burial in 1841.
Another hearing is slated for the Sunnyside Cemetery at Racine Avenue and Interstate 43. It's the resting place of the pioneer Yankee pastor who could be called the Father of Prospect Hill, a pioneer crossroads community where the New Berlin Historical Park is located. The first recorded burial was in 1842, but an infant was laid to rest at Sunnyside the year before.
The fourth site is the William and Elizabeth Koeppen Home, 16230 W. National Ave.