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Residents have mixed opinions over golf course land

Dec. 12, 2013 12:37 p.m. | Differing opinions emerged Wednesday as dozens of people filled Germantown Village Hall to discuss the fate of the Blackstone Creek Golf Course.

The Village Board on Monday will vote on a purchase agreement to buy 153 acres of the golf course from property owners Troy Schmidt and Frank Romano. If this happens, a long-range plan will be developed to ultimately turn the land into a public park that would lie in the heart of the village. In turn, Schmidt and Romano would develop a 40-acre parcel along Mequon Road with retail, and single- and multi-family housing.

Some residents are in favor of the proposal. They see the need for more recreational opportunities for children and young families, including more baseball, softball and soccer fields. Others say if the village loses the golf course, it's losing one of its most valuable amenities.

"The golf course is an asset to the community," Germantown resident Marv Klowak said. "There's a lot of recreation for all ages, it brings in jobs, stimulates the economy. We've lived here for 20 years and, for me, the golf course was one of the factors of why we moved here."

Even if this land deal fails to go through, there is no guarantee the golf course will remain open, Village President Dean Wolter said. If the village doesn't buy it and it's sold, there's a chance no one in Germantown could use it.

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Firefighters respond to report of smoke at home, find DJ smoke machine on

9:57 a.m. | The Oak Creek Fire Department and police responded to a 911 caller who reported smoke was pouring out of a mobile home to find a smoke machine on.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Firefighters and police responded to the call about a mobile home at Sunrise Shores, 8481 S. 5th Ave., about 7 p.m. April 19. When emergency workers arrived they saw smoke coming out of the windows of the trailer.

Officials determined the smoke was coming from a DJ's smoke machine that was left on inside the residence.

An officer spoke with the resident, who stated that he and four other people were at the trailer and left about 6:45 p.m., and that someone must have left the smoke machine on prior to their departure.

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Hilton planned for town of Brookfield

April 21, 2014 11:51 a.m. | An extended-stay Hilton hotel could be constructed west of the Hampton Inn on the northwest corner of Bluemound and Barker roads, pending a public hearing on a request to rezone the proposed development site.

Following a positive recommendation from the town of Brookfield Plan Commission on Tuesday, the Town Board will take action at its next meeting to schedule a public hearing on rezoning the 3.1-acre property from office and professional business, to limited general business use.

With an estimated project cost of $11 million, the proposed four-story Home2 Suites hotel would include 107 guestrooms, a combined laundry and fitness area, and a swimming pool. Studio guestroom units begin at just under 325 square feet and one-bedroom suites range in size up to about 490 square feet, according to a project overview submitted to the town. Suites would include a kitchen area with a full-sized refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, microwave oven and coffeemaker.

Home2 Suites is a new Hilton brand that, according to the project overview, targets "travel savvy" guests with an "edgy, upscale brand offering and price point." The company expects to have 38 Home2 Suites open in North America by this summer, with another 63 in the works.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Gary Lake said the hotel proposed for the town would be the second Home2 Suites planned for the Milwaukee metro area, with another to be developed just south of the airport.

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Police, firefighters respond to brush, leaf fires in Oak Creek

April 21, 2014 9:53 a.m. | Oak Creek police and firefighters responded to two fires, both caused by a resident or business burning leaves or brush, on April 10 and 11.

According to the Oak Creek police reports:

In the first incident, the Oak Creek Fire Department and police responded to a ditch fire in the 9000 block of South Chicago Road at 12:55 p.m. April 10.

The fire, which was extinguished before firefighters arrived, was caused by someone who was burning leaves nearby. Apparently, an ash flew into the ditch due to gusting winds, which caused damage to a 100-foot by 30-foot area. No citation was issued.

In the second incident, police and firefighters responded to a report that a grass fire was out of control in the 800 block of West Oakwood Road at about 12:10 p.m. April 11.

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New Berlin accepts offers for two former school properties

April 17, 2014 3:04 p.m. | The New Berlin School District accepted offers totaling nearly $2 million for two former school properties at a special meeting Tuesday.

However, the sale of Glen Park Elementary School, 3500 S. Glen Park Road, will need approval from the electorate. A special meeting of the electorate has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the New Berlin West Idea Center, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., to vote on the sale.

The sale of the former Little Grove Elementary property, 3800 S. Racine Ave., already has electorate approval.

Heritage Christian Schools has offered $1,750,000 for the Glen Park property. The board accepted the offer subject to approval by the electorate. Glen Park closed at the end of the 2011-12 school year because the School Board felt the district had excess capacity at the elementary school level and to save money.

The board accepted an offer of $195,000 from Krish Narayanan for the Little Grove property.

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Cost of razing part of Muskego park building puts brakes on idea

April 17, 2014 1:48 p.m. | It appears that the older part of the Horn Park building that developed a foundation problem will be spared a while longer.

The Muskego Parks and Recreation Board was considering razing the older portion of the building, leaving intact the newer part that has bathrooms and where concessions are sold. But support for that plan cooled last week when the board learned that it could cost roughly $20,000 to build a wall to seal off the new part and move the sewer, water and electrical service from the old part into the newer part.

The board wants to keep the newer part of the building because it provides bathrooms for the park, S79 W18200 Horn Park Drive, where many children and adults gather for baseball and other activities.

Oak Creek Mayor Scaffidi to host 'State of the City' chat via Twitter tonight

April 16, 2014 2:29 p.m. | Mayor Scaffidi will host a "State of the City" chat via Twitter tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. using the hashtag #askthemayor.

Scaffidi will tweet announcements from the city's Twitter account, @CityofOakCreek, and respond to any questions labeled with the hashtag #askthemayor.

Last year's "State of the City" chat took place at the Oak Creek Community Center. Scaffidi said he held a Twitter chat once before and hopes to get the same response tonight, if not better.

"I thought I'd mix it up this year," said Scaffidi.

Sikhs in Washington honor Officer Brian Murphy

April 16, 2014 1:00 p.m. | Oak Creek — Police officer Brian Murphy was awarded a Sewa (service) Award in Washington for being the first officer on the scene during the Aug. 5, 2012, shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

The Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, a Sikh organization based in Washington, presented the award on Sunday, April 13, or Vaisakhi Day.

"It's well deserved," said Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards. "The Sikh community has been fantastic to not only (Murphy) but our entire police department. (Murphy) is well-deserved for any award for the actions he took on that day."

Murphy was struck with 12 bullets at the attack, during which six Sikh worshippers were killed and three others were wounded. Murphy is now retired.

"We, as an organization, decided to honor Brian Murphy with a Sewa (service) Award," said Inder Paul Singh, chairman of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, in an article online. "This is given annually to someone recognizing their spirit of sewa and contributions toward the Sikh community. We are highly grateful to him for his sacrifice and exemplary service."

Police warn man after he enters woman's vehicle, tries to kiss her

April 16, 2014 9:30 a.m. | Police warned a man who entered a woman's vehicle and tried to kiss her and ask her to go out for a drink about 9 p.m. April 12.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A customer at Speedway, 6000 W. Layton Ave., called police to report an unknown male came inside her vehicle, grabbed her face and tried to kiss her, and then asked her to go out for a drink with him at about 9 p.m. April 12.

Police contacted the man, who was sitting inside a vehicle at the business.

The woman declined to press charges, but wanted him warned. Police told the man the woman was not interested and to leave her alone.

Germantown police warn man for brandishing switchblade at stop light

April 15, 2014 3:15 p.m. | A motorist called 911 to report that a man got out of his vehicle and brandished an unopened switchblade knife while at the stop light April 8.

According to the Germantown police report:

The motorist called 911 to report that a man driving a tan 2001 Pontiac Bonneville got out of his vehicle and brandished an unopened switchblade knife while at the stop light on the Highway 41 off-ramp at County Line Road about 12:55 p.m. April 8.

The vehicle was described as having a sticker on the rear trunk lid that stated "Veteran with PTSD, please pass or stand back."

Police found the man, who admitted to the incident, and he was warned about his actions.

Dickman wins write-in bid for Fox Point-Bayside School Board

April 03, 2014 5:09 p.m. | Bayside — The Fox Point-Bayside School Board will have two new faces in Max Dickman and Dann Jacobson.

Dickman and Jacobson will fill the seats of former School Board President Alice Lawton and former board member Tim Melchert. Incumbent David Smulyan, who was appointed to an interim term in June, was elected to his first three-year term Tuesday night.

Jacobson, a social studies teacher at Nicolet High School, announced his candidacy in January. Dickman later waged a write-in campaign to fill the vacant third seat.

Dickman, a real estate development manager at Roundy's Supermarkets, has a daughter in second grade at Stormonth School and a son in seventh grade at Bayside Middle School. A Bayside resident of seven years, Dickman has previously served on the Bayside Board of Zoning Appeals.

Dickman said he ran for School Board because he wanted to work with board members and Superintendent Vance Dalzin in improving communication and transparency in the district.

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Woman uses sister's identity to avoid arrest in Elm Grove

April 02, 2014 8:40 a.m. | A woman who used her sister's identity to avoid arrest for driving with a suspended license in December was arrested for obstructing an officer about 8:45 p.m. March 27.

According to the Elm Grove police report:

The woman had been driving in the village and was pulled over Dec. 18 for an illegal U-turn. She said she used her sister's name because she didn't want to be arrested with her son in the car.

She was arrested at the Elm Grove Police Department, 13600 Juneau Blvd., on March 27. Police realized her lie when her sister called to dispute the ticket.

Longtime incumbent Greenfield alderman upset in race

April 02, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Greenfield School Board President Bruce Bailey scored an upset against longtime 2nd District Greenfield Alderman Tom Pietrowski in Tuesday's spring election.

At the same time, voters in Greenfield's 1st Aldermanic District gave the nod to incumbent Linda Lubotsky for another term over challenger Terry Bartz.

In the race for the Greenfield School Board, 18-year-old David Pettersen captured 31 percent of the vote, although not a seat on the board.

"I did better than I thought," Pettersen said.

The most high-profile race, however, was between Bailey and Pietrowski where Bailey garnered 62 percent of the vote.

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West Allis aldermanic race razor thin

April 02, 2014 12:45 a.m. | Only seven votes separated the two candidates running to fill a vacancy in the West Allis 5th District by the time voting ended Tuesday.

Kevin Haass had an unofficial vote total of 530 to the 523 garnered by Gerald Matter in the race to serve the two years remaining on the term of James Sengstock who retired before his term ended.

The results remain unofficial until the Board of Canvassers meets. The lead could conceivably change as late-arriving absentee ballots are counted on Friday.

In the four-way race for three seats on the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board the three candidates winning three-year terms were Dan Bailey with an unofficial 2,531 votes, Gail Radonski with 2,466 votes and Diane Narlock who was making her first try for public office and garnering 2,403 votes. First term board member Kristi Bonaparte finished fourth with an unofficial vote total of 1,892.

Polling places are open in Menomonee Falls

April 01, 2014 11:57 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Polling places are now open throughout the village for today's election.

In the Village Board race, Michael McDonald, Katie Kress and Chris Rolenc are facing off to fill Village Board Seat No. 1. The seat is vacant due to the retirement of Sharon Ellis.

Tim Newman, Kevel Anderson and Chris Smolik are vying for Seat No. 2, which is left vacant by the recent passing of long-time board member Jim Jeskewitz.

Joseph Helm is running unopposed for Seat No. 3, currently held by Dennis Farrell.

In the School Board race, three candidates are competing for two seats. Incumbent Ronald Bertieri seeks to retain his position for a third term, while first-time candidates Lowell Kellogg and Mark Nadolski compete for a second seat left vacant by Gina Palazzari, who has opted to retire.

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Muskego science wizards sweep Badger State engineering competition

March 26, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Muskego High School's engineering design and development students swept the engineering category at the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair, capturing first through third places.

The competition, held Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, involved students from all over the state who, like the Muskego teams, had won their regional competitions.

The first-place winning project was titled "Predicting the Sleep Cycle to Improve the Wake-Up Experience." The second-place project was "Clearwater S: desalinating water," and it also won three specialty awards — the CH2M Hill Award Best Environmental Engineering Project, the Water Environment Federation W.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering and Environment Award. The team that did the project will now take it to the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad to be held in Houston, April 30 to May 5. The desalination project was the only one of the three that fit the Olympiad's environmental focus.

Taking third place was a project titled "Creating a Dynamic Seat to Improve Posture."

All six students winning first through third places will be offered scholarships of $24,000 to $30,000 to attend Marion University.

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