West stops Bay run in state baseball semifinals, 9-4

July 29, 2011 9:48 p.m. | In the end, the third time was not the charm for the Whitefish Bay baseball team in its WIAA state semiifnal with North Shore champ West Bend West Friday afternoon in Stevens Point.

The eventual state runner-up Spartans broke open a close game with five runs in the sixth against Bay starter Justin Alt, who had been the starting pitcher in each of the previous two match-ups and reliever Bob Linneman, in pulling away for a 9-4 decision.

"They're just a good team and as I've told the kids before, there is no shame in losing to a team like that, especially if they play better than you did, like they did today," said Blue Duke coach jay Wojcinski. "They've been up here (state) a lot lately and there's a reason for that."

The loss ended the Blue Dukes winning streak at seven and gave them a final record of 21-14, while the Spartans (28-6) extended their winning streak to 19 games. That run came to an end in the finals later that afternoon at Bukolt Park as for the second season in a row, Franklin beat West, 5-4, for the state championship.

Bay, which had advanced to the semifinals the day before with a 9-2 quarterfinal victory over Sheboygan Falls, looked like it was going to get blown out by the Spartans, which had beaten them by a combined score of 12-2 in their two regular season match-ups.

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Bay's state dreams dashed in semifinal

July 29, 2011 2:49 p.m. | Whitefish Bay rallied from an early 4-0 deficit, but West Bend West had too much firepower in a WIAA summer baseball state semifinal Friday afternoon at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. The Spartans won, 9-4.

The Spartans, winners of the North Shore Conference in which Bay took fifth place this season, took a 4-0 lead thanks largely to Shane Hayes, who doubled, homered and drove in three runs in the first two innings.

But after the first six Blue Dukes went down in order, all three members of the bottom third reached base and scored in the third to make it 4-3. Starter Joshua Alt retired 10 batters in a row at one point as the tide seemed to be turning, but West Bend West scored five runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Bay (21-14) was making its first state appearance since 2002. West Bend West advanced to face Franklin in the state-title game later Friday afternoon. Davis Yach's two-run single capped the rally.

Collin DeMuth's RBI single in the seventh capped the scoring.

Whitefish Bay on to semifinals

July 28, 2011 5:20 p.m. | The Whitefish Bay baseball team made easy work of Sheboygan Falls in the WIAA summer baseball state quarterfinal Thursday afternoon at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point, advancing the semifinals this evening against either West Bend West or West Salem.

Bay notched a 9-2 win, winning in its first state appearance since 2002. The Blue Dukes (18-13) broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning with a five-run inning, including back-to-back doubles by Garrett DeMuth and Justin Alt to drive in runs.

Jack Fagan picked up the winning, allowing five hits in seven innings.

Pasch makes her case for senate seat Wednesday in Mequon

July 26, 2011 5:32 p.m. | State Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Whitefish Bay, will be addressing her bid to unseat Alberta Darling in the 8th state senate district from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon.

Pasch will be discussing "Nurturing Democracy: The 8th District Recall Election." Unitarian Church's Social Justice Committee is initiating the event.

For information, contact Joyce M. Latham, chair of the Social Justice Committee, at joyce.mary96@yahoo.com or visit ucnorth.org. The recall election between Darling and Pasch is Aug. 9.

Brown Deer PD hosts National Night Out on Tuesday

July 25, 2011 4:18 p.m. | The Brown Deer Police Department presents the village's Night Out for Justice program from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall and the police station, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive.

Residents are encouraged to bring family, friends, lawn chairs and blankets for the event, geared toward the entire family.

The itinerary is as follows:

5 to 8:30 p.m. - an opportunity to meet community leaders

5 to 6 p.m. - an opportunity to meet Brown Deer Police Department's canine officer, Justis, and Police Officer Brad Caddock

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Brown Deer police searching for armed robbery suspects

July 25, 2011 3:48 p.m. | Brown Deer Police are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred about 9:45 a.m. Monday at U.S. Bank, 4200 W. Brown Deer Road.

According to police, a uniformed security guard who was conducting business at the bank, but not employed or on duty at U.S. Bank, reported that two masked suspects enter the facility. They fled shortly thereafter when they noticed the security guard. One of the suspects was seen carrying a handgun, according to a news release.

A third suspect was in what was believed to have been a get-away vehicle that was stolen. Brown Deer Police recovered the vehicle shortly after the incident.

The description of the suspects:

No. 1: tall black male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black mask with a white emblem on the front; suspect was holding a handgun, possibly a 9-millimeter semiautomatic

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Whitefish Bay earns first state berth since 2002

July 23, 2011 3:58 p.m. | That 1-9 mid-season stretch for the Whitefish Bay baseball team is far in the rearview mirror as the surprising, senior-dominated Blue Dukes can now look forward to their first trip to the WIAA State Tournament in nine years after a resounding 11-3 sectional victory over North Shore rival Cedarburg on Saturday.

"We actually learned a lot in that streak," said Bay tri-captain and shortstop Mike Leckie. "We learned what not to do (laughs). We knew we had a good team. we just had to get back to doing the things that helped us at the beginning of the season."

The Blue Dukes (20-13) will now take on Sheboygan Falls (16-9) in a WIAA state quarterfinal game at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. The semifinals and finals will be played on Thursday, July 28.

For fourth-year Bay coach Jay Wojcinski, who gave the sectional championship plaque to his young daughter Taylor (the "official" mascot of the team) and then hoisted her and the trophy high in the air as the Blue Dukes celebrated their second state trip in school history, it was only a matter of getting back to basics.

"We just needed to get back to doing what we did best," he said. "Finishing games, playing through the seventh inning, and holding leads once we got them. It took us awhile, but we finally got back to it."

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Homestead's comeback not enough; Cedarburg to face Bay in sectional final

July 22, 2011 10:04 p.m. | Ten men left on base, critical errors that led to pivotal Cedarburg rallies, and a listless early attitude left the Homestead baseball team down 10-0 to Cedarburg in the fifth inning of the WIAA sectional baseball semifinal at Whitefish Bay Friday afternoon.

But in the end, all Highlander coach Ernie Millard could do after a heroic rally that came up just a run short in a 10-9 defeat to the Bulldogs was hug one kid after another, especially slugger and team RBI leader Max Beckers, who struck out swinging trying to tie the game with one mighty blow in the top of the seventh.

"I've been talking about the character of these eight seniors all season," said Millard. "They're just fantastic guys and I will miss them terribly when they're gone, not just because of their baseball ability but because of the people they are. I'll just miss being around them."

With the loss, the Highlanders finished the season at 19-13 while Cedarburg (20-10) advanced to a sectional final date with Whitefish Bay (19-13) at noon Saturday back at the Blue Dukes' Cahill Park. Bay advanced to the final with an 8-1 win over Port Washington in Friday's early semifinal.

The Blue Dukes have edged the Bulldogs twice this season by 5-4 and 7-5 counts, respectively.

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Brown Deer apartments for seniors, disabled win board approval

July 22, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A pair of Brown Deer apartment developments, one aimed at seniors and the other at people with disabilities, won Village Board approval this week.

The projects, which I first reported last week, involve an expansion of Deerwood Crossing, a 66-unit senior apartment development at 4195 W. Bradley Road, and the construction of Bradley Crossing, planned for the 4300 block of W. Bradley Road.

Both projects are being developed by Jewish Family Services and General Capital Group LLP.

Reporter Mary Buckley, of Brown Deer Now.com, has details on the board's approval.

River Hills draws scrutiny for trying to sell federal block grant

July 20, 2011 6:02 p.m. | River Hills, Milwaukee County's richest suburb, has found little use for what has become an annual allocation of about $20,000 in federal community development block grant money.

So village leaders instead have cut deals with other suburbs to lend or transfer the grant money and have even sought unsuccessfully to sell the River Hills block grant allocation to another community.

Those practices have drawn increased scrutiny by the county and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the agency in charge of the block grant program.

HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan said this week that the agency would review the River Hills practice "to see if it violates any rule or law. . . . It just strikes us as a bad idea." Sullivan, based in Washington, D.C., questioned why the county wouldn't simply transfer the money earmarked for River Hills to some other suburb or allowable use if River Hills itself had no need for the funds.

Sometimes the suburbs cut side deals, in effect borrowing from another suburb's HUD allocation.

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Sears Home Appliance Showroom coming to Mequon

July 20, 2011 9:27 a.m. | A Sears Home Appliance Showroom will go into the former Blockbuster Video space at the Pavilions of Mequon shopping center.

The video store closed as part of a nationwide shutdown of hundreds of Blockbuster stores.

Sears Home Appliance Showrooms are operated by independent franchise owners. The stores typically are located in areas without full-size Sears stores.

Peter Glaser and Ben Weiland of CB Richard Ellis brokered the deal for the 6,328-square-foot store.

Brown Deer board OKs development agreements for Bradley Crossing

July 19, 2011 11:34 a.m. | The Village Board approved development agreements for the construction of Bradley Crossing, a 60-unit apartment complex that will have 30 units set aside for residents with disabilities, and for an additional 33 units that will be the second phase of Deerwood Crossing.

Bradley Crossing, which will be built in the 4300 block of West Bradley Road, will also have a community center for village residents. Plans call for the 6,000-square-foot center to be scheduled and operated by the village Park and Recreation Department.

The second phase at Deerwood Crossing will provide additional apartments for seniors. The popular apartments for seniors 55 and older are owned by Jewish Family Services, and have a long waiting list.

The village will sell two acres of land adjacent to Deerwood Crossing to JFS for $1 to allow for the expansion. The financing for Deerwood Crossing is not completed, according to Steve Schnoll of General Capital, which is building the apartments. Construction could start on the additional 33 units in either the fall or spring.

Financing for Bradley Crossing is complete, with construction likely to start in the fall. The village will contribute $105,000 to the cost of construction.

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Board approves trimesters for Homestead

July 18, 2011 11:34 p.m. | Mequon - Despite a petition of 500 signatures asking for a delay, the Mequon-Thiensville School Board voted unanimously Monday to move ahead with a switch to a trimester schedule at Homestead High School.

The proposed change would switch the district's only high school from a schedule where teachers are in the classroom six out of seven classes per day to a schedule where they teach four out of five possible classes.

Mequon-Thiensville is addressing an issue that could become more common in public schools, as school boards looking to save money in any way they can consider squeezing more class hours into teachers' workdays at the expense of prep time.

The change will go into effect for the 2012-'13 school year.

A study team began studying schedule alternatives in September as a result of negotiations with the teachers union over the 2009-'11 contract, Superintendent Demond Means said. The current schedule was put in place to save money, but there was no analysis on possible effects on education.

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Ike's McRae fans 11 in 5-1 win over Nicolet

July 15, 2011 8:53 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower senior Alex McRae fanned 11 hitters and allowed five hits as the Lions finished their regular season with a 5-1 win over Nicolet Friday night at home.

With the scored tied at 1-1 in the fifth the Lions exploded for four runs with two outs to clinch the win.

Kurt Hegeman singled and scored when Dan York doubled to right center to take a 2-1 lead. McRae was then intentionall walked and Kyle Hegeman beat out a hit to shortstop to load the bases.

Anthony Hintz then had the night's biggest hit when he slammed a bases loaded double to left center that cleared the bases.

The Lions took a 1-0 lead with Kurt Hegeman's single, a stolen base and York's single to left field in the third inning. Nicolet's Hunter Crass scored in the fifth after reaching on an infield hit. He was sacrificed to second and then scored on Tyler Crass' double to right field.

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Retired teacher receives nearly $37,000 in severance package

July 15, 2011 5:32 p.m. | Whitefish Bay - The School Board likely signaled its intention to continue to offer severance packages to eligible employees when it approved the retirement of Richards School second-grade teacher Susan Rymer on July 13.

Rymer, who has taught in the schools since 1992 and in the Whitnall district for 10 years prior to that, retired with the severance package allowed under the now defunct teachers' contract for the last school year.

The district is developing an employee handbook that will spell out working conditions and employee benefits but does not expect that to be finished for several months. Some portions of it, including a grievance procedure, will be in place for the start of the school year, according to discussion at the recent School Board meeting.

"For other employee groups we still have a retiree severance package," Director of Human Resources Mark Kapocius said after the meeting. "This can be seen as a signal that we will continue some sort of a severance package, although the board will have to look at exactly what it wants to provide."

Teachers were required to submit notice of their intent to retire by Feb. 1, but the Personnel and Policy Committee, chaired by Member Pam Woodard, accepted Rymer's later notice. The request was submitted within the last few weeks.

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North Shore Polling Places

July 11, 2011 7:00 a.m. | Most voters throughout the North Shore will have an opportunity to cast their ballots in the 8th Senate District Democratic primary recall election July 12. Incumbent state Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, awaits the winner in the Aug. 9 general election.

Democratic candidates Gladys Huber and state Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Whitefish Bay, are facing off in the primary Tuesday.

Some municipalities have chosen to consolidate polling locations, while others are operating all regular sites.

Call your local clerk's office to determine whether you are within the state's 8th Senate District.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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GT remains red-hot by stopping Homestead, 10-6

July 08, 2011 10:13 p.m. | Germantown leftfielder Dylan Krivoshein bided his time last year playing the role of reserve and good soldier on the senior-dominated WIAA state qualifying Warhawks, not complaining, just doing his job and trying to help out anyway he could.

A year later, playing for a new coach and with several top seniors gone, the four-sport athlete Krivoshein has earned himself a starter's role and added responsibilities, such as hitting in the lead-off spot in the order.

A red-hot order as it turns out, as behind Krivoshein's four hits, the Warhawks won their fourth game in as many days and their eighth in their last nine tries as they overpowered border rival Homestead, 10-6, Friday night.

"I think we're just really coming together as a team," said Krivoshein, "and the offense is just doing really well right now. We've all had a lot of repetitions lately so we're seeing the ball a lot better."

Indeed, as it was the third straight game for Germantown scoring in double digits and its fifth in this current streak. The Warhawks improved to 10-6 in the North Shore and 16-8 overall, good for third in the North Shore, while Homestead fell to 8-9 and 15-11, respectively.

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Bayside holding session for residents to discuss 2011 assessments

July 08, 2011 5:04 p.m. | Bayside residents will have an opportunity to discuss their 2011 assessments during an open book session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Village Hall, 9075 N. Regent Road.

Representatives from Accurate Appraisal, the firm providing assessments in Bayside, will be on hand.

To schedule an appointment during the open book session, visit www.accurateassessor.com. For information on the Board of Review process, visit www.revenue.wi.gov/faqs/slf/bor.html.

Teen found dead in Brown Deer home

July 08, 2011 2:24 p.m. | Authorities are investigating a teenager's suspicious death in Brown Deer early Friday morning, according a Brown Deer Police Department news release.

At 1:10 a.m., authorities responded to a report of an unresponsive 17-year-old girl at a residence on the 4000 block of West Fountain Avenue; attempts to save her were unsuccessful, according to the release.

No cause of death could be determined; an autopsy is being conducted Friday.

Brown Deer teen's death called 'suspicious'

July 08, 2011 12:19 p.m. | BROWN DEER - Authorities are calling the death of a 17-year-old girl "suspicious."

Brown Deer Police and the North Shore Fire Dept. responded to a report of an unresponsive teenager at a home in the 4000 block of West Fountain Ave. early Friday morning.

The Medical Examiner's office will conduct an autopsy later today.  No cause of death has been determined.

According to address searches, the 17 year-old is Alanna Reckers. She would have been a senior at Brown Deer High School this coming year.  

Mequon's Highland House enhances patio, adds garden

July 07, 2011 11:52 a.m. | Highland House is embracing the great outdoors.

The restaurant, at 12741 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon, has just remodeled its deck. And it’s joined the ranks of restaurants with gardens — it recently began harvesting herbs from its all-natural garden nearby.

On the patio, another fireplace has been added to the main deck, general manager Frank Stemper said, and two fire pits have been added to the bar deck. The outdoor bar area also now has a pergola overhead.

The vacation-themed restaurant, which serves food influenced by the Caribbean, Mexico and California, this year has a 70-by-70-foot garden off Highland Road, across the street from the restaurant.

For the garden, owner Tom DeMarsh tapped the expertise of his son, Nick, who worked at the urban farm Growing Power and now is the gardener for the Hunger Task Force.

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Residents, river group threaten to sue Glendale over curb and gutters

July 06, 2011 2:26 p.m. | Glendale - A group of residents and Milwaukee Riverkeeper think Glendale's plan to install concrete curb and gutter on Alberta Court is a violation of the federal Clean Water Act and they have put the city on notice that they intend to sue if the plan moves along.

The city has already started work on the larger Alberta Court rehabilitation project, which includes the repair of the sewer, installation of new water mains and additional storm sewer drains, re-pitching the road, new driveway approaches and the installation of concrete curb and gutter.

Half of the 12 residents on the cul de sac oppose the curb and gutter, preferring the grass-lined ditches currently in front of their homes.

Mike McCabe said aesthetically most residents on the cul de sac and in the Clovernook subdivision feel that curb and gutter are a minus.

"We like the rural look of the grass swales," he said.

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Pond to remain open until 6:30 p.m.

July 01, 2011 3:46 p.m. | Due to the heat advisory that has been issued, the Brown Deer Pond will extend its hours and remain open until 6:30 p.m. this evening.

The Brown Deer Pond is a one acre, chlorinated swimming facility with a sand beach located at the Village Park, 4920 W. Green Brook Drive. The pond has a gradual slope with a large, shallow water area suitable for young children. The Pond is eleven feet deep at the platform. Sand and water toys are allowed in the children's swim area. However, inflatables and water wings are NOT allowed to be used at the pond.

The Brown Deer Pond is normally open daily seven days from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. week and will continue through August 14th. Fees are as follows; Children 2 and younger free, children 3-7 $2.00, Brown Deer residents $2.50, non residents $4.50 and senior's 55 and older $1.75. Pond season memberships are also available at the Park and Recreation Department office.

700 lose power in Fox Point, Glendale

July 01, 2011 10:48 a.m. | About 700 customers in the Fox Point and Glendale areas lost electricity Friday morning as officials received reports of a tree limb falling on a power line.

The power failure was reported about 10 a.m., We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said. Crews are headed to the 7400 block of N. Seneca Road to confirm whether the tree limb is the cause of the power failure.

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