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Top Line Gym honors beloved dog with pet supply drive

Dec. 28, 2012 11:22 a.m. | Top Line Gym in Glendale is holding a pet supply drive to benefit the Humane Animal Welfare Society through Dec. 31.

Top Line owner Brett Summers is hosting the drive to honor his recently deceased dog and best friend Champ, who ran away in 2007 and was found in a busy intersection by a kind couple who took him to HAWS. Without HAWS, Summers said, their family would not have been able to enjoy the last five years with Champ.

The HAWS list of dog supplies includes: new or lightly used towels and blankets; Pup-eroni dog treats; Nature's Variety Instinct canned dog food and other high quality canned dog foods; Natural Balance Roll; Zuke's dog treats; large, American-made rawhide bones; limited slip/martingale collars; Kong dog toys; jars of meat based baby food; and general supplies like Q-tips, laundry detergent, hand soap, etc.

Donors can call (262) 309-5566 to arrange a drop-off, or can make a check out to HAWS and mail to: Top Line Gym, 2012 West Bender Road, Glendale WI 53209.

Homestead senior headed to China for Junior World Snowboard Championships

3:06 p.m. | Mequon — Homestead High School senior Katie Wilson is about to test her snowboading skills on the international stage.

Wilson is leaving this weekend for Yabuli, China for her first ever showing at the 2015 Junior World Championships. The 17-year-old Mequon resident, who started competing when she was six years old, has spent the last 10 years training with the MWB Team at Sunburst Ski Area in Kewaskum. She continued competing in the local USASA Midwest Best Snowboard & Freeski Series and has competed at the USASA National Championships since she started.

For the 2014-2015 season, Katie trained at Sugarloaf, ME with Michael Mallon, Carrabasset Valley Academy's program director for snowboardcross. Under Coach Mallon's guidance, Katie earned her spot at the FIS Junior World Snowboard Championships in Yabuli China.

Gov. Scott Walker recently recognized Katie's achievement with a note of congratulations, along with an American flag that was flown over the State Capitol building. Wilson said she is honored to represent American in the competition.

"I am proud and honored to represent the United States. It's my dream to represent the United States at the Olympics. Junior Worlds is a big step in that direction," she said. "I can't thank Mike (Mallon), my sponsors Les Moise, Smith Optics and Kessler and my parents enough for their support."

Nicolet swim team, orchestra to host rummage on Saturday, March 14

10:10 a.m. | Glendale – The Nicolet High School Orchestra and swim team will hold their 25th annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, in the Nicolet High School cafeteria.

Members of the two groups have been collecting sellable items of all varieties to sell at this annual event, which normally raises between $4,000 and $8,000. The funds raised from tis event are used to offset extra-budgetary items, such as equipment, trips and scholarships.

Tax-deductible donations of either sellable items or money will be accepted in the cafeteria from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 13. They cannot accept tube televisions or computer monitors or printers due to the high cost of recycling unsold items.

If you have large items that need to be picked up, or for additional information, contact orchestra director Jamin Hoffman at (414) 351-8173.

Ozaukee County to spend up to $1 million on lakefront development

March 04, 2015 2:34 p.m. | Port Washington — Ozaukee County will spend up to $1 million to help finance a new lakefront nature preserve that will be a key selling point for an adjacent development that includes high-end homes, a vineyard and a winery, under a proposal approved Wednesday.

The Ozaukee County Board agreed to provide the funds for a $2 million purchase of 101 acres, including 1.25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, in a semirural part of Port Washington. The nature preserve would be north of the county-owned Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve and would feature hiking trails.

The parcel is part of 227 acres, mainly farmland, that is mostly east of Highway C/Lake Shore Road, near Stonecroft Drive.

Chicago-area developer Tom Swarthout is buying the entire site. He plans to create the $50 million Cedar Vineyard mixed-use development, with 68 high-end homes and a vineyard east of Highway C, as well as five homes and a winery west of the road.

Swarthout is selling the nature preserve site, appraised at $3.4 million, to the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. The trust eventually will turn over the preserve to Ozaukee County.

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Brown Deer working to close sale on former American TV & Appliance site

March 04, 2015 2:10 p.m. | Brown Deer — Village officials have regained control of the former American TV and Appliance site in order to close a deal with two prospective users.

The village first purchased the 80,000-square-foot building and 10-acre lot at 6700 W. Brown Deer Road for $2.6 million in April 2014. Six months later, the village dropped its purchase offer with from Frontline Commercial Real Estate President John Schlueter, giving Schlueter the flexibility needed to market the property and attract new occupants. Now that Schlueter has found two tenants, the village on Monday repurchased the property for the same $2.6 million to ensure the deal goes through.

"The village thought the time to move forward was now, and we didn't want to lose those users," said Nate Piotrowski, the village's community development director. "There was some concern that the deal wouldn't happen if the village didn't take control of the property."

One user, a light manufacturing and warehousing company, would occupy the former American TV and Applicance building, as well as some additional land on the site. The second user, a retail store, would build a store on an outlot space along Brown Deer Road.

The village is negotiating sale contracts with those two companies, with an expectation that the deal will be finalized in the next 45 to 60 days, Piotrowski said. The sale of the property would be contingent upon the appropriateness of the users' proposed site plans, which would be decided by the Village Board.

Student radio station gets fuzzy reception in Whitefish Bay

March 04, 2015 10:26 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — A proposal to start a Whitefish Bay student radio station was met with fuzzy reception from school administration, who feared the radio station could take away funds from other needs in the district.

The idea of a student-run radio station was first proposed by Whitefish Bay resident John Davis in November 2013, when he asked the school board to complete a FCC application for the 103.3 FM frequency that had recently become available. The school board agreed at that time to complete the application, with the understanding that the district was not obligated to construct a radio station or facilitate a radio program in the future.

The FCC approved Whitefish Bay's application in October, giving Whitefish Bay permission to broadcast on a transmission that would carry 3.5 miles and feature music, student talk shows and live broadcasts of Blue Dukes sports games. Since that time, the school district's administration has conducted a feasibility study that concluded a radio station would open the district up to potential expenses and liability.


To determine how much the radio station would cost, district administrators contacted Wisconsin's only two student-run radio stations, which are in Sheboygan and Burlington. Wisconsin does not have any purely extra-curricular student radio stations, so administrators did not have any examples of what an extra-curricular radio station format could look like in Whitefish Bay.

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Nicolet robotics team takes second in competition

March 04, 2015 12:36 a.m. | Glendale — The Nicolet F.E.A.R. robotics team finished in top ranks of a 59-team tournament last weekend.

The Nicolet team was part of a three-team alliance that scored second in the Northern Lights Regional in Duluth, Minn. This year's competition challenged three-team alliances to a recycling-themed game in which robots score points by stacking tote bins on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers and disposing of foam pool noodles, which represent litter.

The team was also awarded the Underwriters Laboratories Safety Award, which celebrates teams that use innovative ways of eliminating hazards in the competition.

Adam Thiel, the team's lead mentor, said the team of 63 students, is starting to improve its rankings after three years in existence. Nicolet F.E.A.R. is now gearing up for the Wisconsin regional competition on March 19-21 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.

Shorewood boys basketball team beats Madison in regional, 63-60

March 03, 2015 11:43 p.m. | Momentum lost, momentum found.

Shorewood boys basketball coach Phil Jones watched it go back and forth in the waning minutes of his team's 63-60 WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal  win over Milwaukee James Madison Tuesday night.

"That's the key word, momentumn," he said. "We had to shift the momentum back when they got it. ...The kids got rattled for awhile and that's a little out of character for them, but they got it together in time, because the season is about ups and downs and making plays when you need them."

With the victory, the Greyhounds (13-10) advanced to a WIAA D2 regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at regional top seed Milwaukee Washington (17-5). Whitefish Bay is the number two seed on the other side of the bracket and the regional final is slated for Saturday night.

Jones would like to see the Greyhounds keep moving one foot in front of the other and making plays like the series of efforts that helped seal the deal down the stretch against Madison.

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UW Marching Band visits Nicolet this weekend

March 03, 2015 2:04 p.m. | Glendale — The University of Wisconsin Marching Band will paint the Nicolet High School gymnasium red with Badger spirit on Saturday, March 7.

The Badger Band will come to Nicolet for the school's biannual Band Together fundraising concert, which benefits the four school district foundations of Fox Point-Bayside, Glendale-River Hills, Maple Dale-Indian Hill and Nicolet High School. The show will begin at 2 p.m., but attendees are encouraged to arrive an hour earlier for pre-concert festivities, including sports team mascots, concessions, an instrument petting zoo, a silent auction and a performance from a student rock band called Stacked.

The Band Together event started in 2011, and was held again in 2013. The two previous events each raised about $20,000, which was shared equally by the four school foundations . The funds are used to provide new technology, capital equipment and innovative school programming.

In addition to raising money for local schools, Nicolet band director Michael McDowell said the UW Marching Band puts on a great live show. He said the event creates an excitement about UW-Madison for students who are considering attending the university.

"Any connection that we can make to UW is a great way to bridge that transition," McDowell said.

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Brown Deer approves amendment to TIF district

March 02, 2015 6:54 p.m. | Brown Deer — The Brown Deer Village Board unanimously approved an amendment to TIF District #2 that aims to spur redevelopment near Bradley Road and 47th Street.

The amendment would add 12 acres of land that includes the former Algonquin School site, the former Lighthouse of Brown Deer site and a small amount of land owned by Milwaukee County. A TIF district would allow the village to spend an estimated $3.5 million on land improvements designed to spur residential development.

The village plans to spend $1.4 million to buy the former Lighthouse of Brown Deer site from New Perspectives Senior Living, which is building a larger, four-story assisted living center on 60th Street, north of Brown Deer Road. Village officials also estimate they will spend $1.7 million to install sewer, water and other public utilities for future residential development. Any expenditures the village chooses to make would have to be made by 2017.

The village's expenditures would be recouped through the additional tax revenue generated by future development. Village officials estimate residential development on that 12 acres of land could create an estimated $5.5 million in additional value, including $1.5 million on the 3-acre Lighthouse site and $4 million on the 9-acre Algonquin School site.

The village, school district and other taxing bodies would not receive any of the additional tax revenue generated by future developments until the village's infrastructure costs are recouped, which is expected to happen in 2022.

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Shorewood girls basketball team beats Bay for regional title, 52-40

Feb. 28, 2015 10:49 p.m. | No one knows when the last time the Shorewood girls basketball team won a WIAA regional title.

That information may be lost to the dusty pages of history.

All that coach Jeff Eimers and his over-achieving Greyhounds know, is that before a noisy home crowd backed by the boisterous Shorewood Pep Band, they made a little history Saturday night.

Some simply amazing history.

The Greyhounds used a stifling defense to hold visiting Whitefish Bay to just three second half field goals, only one of whch was scored when it mattered. They coupled that to an aggressive to-the-basket offense and were rewarded with a 52-40 WIAA D2 regional final victory.

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'Project Runway' star, fiancé mesh styles and make small Shorewood apartment work

Feb. 26, 2015 6:00 a.m. | When it was announced that local artist Miranda Levy would appear on Season 12 of "Project Runway" on Bravo TV, I attempted to reach her lots of ways. I finally connected with her via social media and remember thinking how poised she seemed in that 140-character realm.

Except that it wasn't her at all, I learned fairly quickly. It was her fiancé, Michael Adler, who convincingly channeled his significant other, virtually and sans the Bettie Page bangs, during her months of shooting the reality TV show.

"He still runs my Twitter feed," says Levy, who became known on the show for her pencil skirts and self-described "nerdy" looks. "He's a good partner. I think he knows me better than anyone does."

It isn't every couple that can share a Twitter account. Maybe that explains how these two artists who both create art at home can share a New York-sized apartment in Shorewood.

Adler is a musician and illustrator who studies computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works full time. Levy is a fashion designer and artist who works for the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.

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Construction begins on Shorewood Metro Market project

Feb. 24, 2015 10:43 a.m. | Shorewood — Demolition began Tuesday, Feb. 24, on Shorewood's old Walgreens building, paving the way for a two-story Metro Market grocery store, a four-story parking garage and a six-story building on Oakland Avenue.

Once the Walgreens and neighboring Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop are demolished, construction crews will begin work on the Metro Market grocery store.

Shorewood's existing Pick 'n Save will remain open until May when demolition begins on that building.

In the fall, construction will begin on the six-story, mixed-use building featuring upscale apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail space.

The new development will occupy the entire two blocks between Kenmore and Olive Streets on the west side of Oakland Avenue, replacing the current Pick 'n Save and abandoned Schwartz and Walgreens facilities.

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Shorewood school superintendent is a finalist for West Allis-West Milwaukee job

Feb. 23, 2015 2:00 p.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood School District Superintendent Marty Lexmond is one of three finalists for an open superintendent position in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.

Lexmond said his interest in the West Allis-West Milwaukee position has nothing to do with a recent petition signed by more than 100 Shorewood residents urging the Shorewood School Board not to renew Lexmond's contract. Lexmond's contract automatically renewed on Feb. 1 for one year.

Lexmond said the opportunity in West Allis-West Milwaukee allows him to return to his roots in urban education. His career began with field experiences at North Division High School, seven years at Vincent High School and mentoring new teachers in Milwaukee middle schools.

Lexmond said his experience in Milwaukee Public Schools — combined with the leadership lessons he learned in Shorewood and Kohler — have given him skills to address challenges that come with a racially and economically diverse district such as West Allis-West Milwaukee.

"It's a district I've watched for quite a while. It provides a unique opportunity to bring together my experience in urban and suburban education," he said. "It's a really interesting opportunity that comes with greater diversity, larger size and more economic diversity."

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West Allis superintendent finalists hail from Shorewood, Greendale, MPS

Feb. 23, 2015 11:27 a.m. | The finalists for West Allis-West Milwaukee superintendent include the superintendents at Shorewood and Greendale and a regional superintendent at Milwaukee Public Schools.

Shorewood Superintendent Marty Lexmond, Greendale Superintendent John Tharp and MPS Regional Superintendent Jesse Rodriguez met with parents and community members at the district Saturday, in a forum broadcast on Time Warner Cable Channel 13.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board is scheduled to discuss the finalists tonight during a closed session meeting.

The board plans to name a new superintendent on or before April 1. That person will take over the district starting July 1. Former West Allis superintendent Kurt Wachholz abruptly retired at the end of July 2014 after several years of rapid -- and in some cases controversial -- changes in the district.

Wrong-way drunken driver arrested on I-43

Feb. 23, 2015 10:22 a.m. | A 27-year-old woman was arrested for driving the wrong way on I-43 after leaving a Milwaukee nightclub early Sunday morning.

Traveling northbound in the southbound lane, Sade Franklin side-swiped another car near Capitol Drive and crashed into a median south of Hampton Avenue, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. The driver of the vehicle she struck said he saw the vehicle heading toward him and he attempted to swerve, but the wrong-way driver also swerved and struck him.

Glendale police and deputies arrested Franklin around 2:27 a.m. Sunday for drunken driving and recklessly endangering safety, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Franklin told police she had one drink at Club 618 at 618 N. Water Street in Milwaukee, and then entered the freeway at the Highland Avenue off-ramp.


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