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.» Read Full Article
The Community Development Authority has furthered two prospective redevelopments — one that would renovate on older commercial building and another that would create new senior housing within the village.Shorewood —
On Friday, the CDA approved, in concept, a village loan to renovate the former Catholic Family Life Insurance building on Capitol Drive and forwarded to the Plan Commission a 100-unit active senior apartment complex along the Milwaukee River.
For the last nine months Northwoods Software Development has rented the former Catholic Family Life building at Capitol Drive and Newhall Street. The $400,000 loan, half from the village and half from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, would allow the company to purchase the building and complete necessary renovations, including heating, cooling, and boiler work.
According to the news release, Northwoods is a 32-person company and is expected to grow in the near future.
The CDA, Village Board and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation still need to approve the renovation loan.» Read Full Article
Glendale police couldn't find missing local eccentric and gadfly Peter Holzberger in November, but they did issue an alert about a minivan that had been seen parked behind his house.
A Milwaukee police officer on patrol noticed the van Nov. 12 near N. 53rd and W. Vliet streets.
On Tuesday, jurors watched the dash-cam video as officer Timothy Rabideau described an 11-mile, 14-minute chase through the city, reaching speeds of 75 mph, through red lights and stop signs, on the freeway and residential streets, until the fleeing driver finally pulled into a dead-end street near Miller Park.
Nicholas Retzlaff was arrested and turned over to Glendale police. During an interrogation, Retzlaff told police Holzberger, 65, who had taken him in when Retzlaff was a troubled teen, had been right under their noses.
Police raced back to Holzberger's distinctive home on Port Washington Road. Still, detective Scott Purtell told the same jurors, it took almost 20 minutes to unpile ceiling-high stuff that blocked entrance to Holzberger's bedroom.» Read Full Article
Glendale — Plans for renovation of the Milwaukee River Hilton received a friendly reception from the Plan Commission, which unanimously voted for use and occupancy approval Tuesday night.
Nagib Lakhani described the renovation during and after the meeting as a representative of CMH Milwaukee River LLC, a partnership which is in the process of buying the hotel, located at 4700 N. Port Washington Road.
"Almost every surface is going to have to be remodeled," Lakhami said. "A fair number of rooms will be upgraded. Our intent is to open up the lobby, so when you walk in you'll have a clear view of the river."
The hotel's current Hilton affiliation ends April 1. CHM Milwaukee plans to operate the hotel as an independent location until October or November, when it plans to affiliate with Holiday Inn, although renovation may not be complete until January.
Lakhami said Holiday Inn had drawn up a 54-page improvement plan, and inspectors from the chain visit every four to six weeks to check on progress.» Read Full Article
Mequon — After nearly four hours of presentations, claims, counterclaims, impassioned resident testimony — some fiery, some indignant and some tearful — and deliberation, the Planning Commission on Monday gridlocked on a 4-4 vote and failed to make a recommendation to the Common Council regarding River Club of Mequon owner Tom Weickardt's proposal to build a 19-home subdivision on a 42-acre lot along the Milwaukee River.
Commissioners LeRoy Bessler and Dave Fuchs, along with Alderwoman Pam Adams and Mayor Dan Abendroth, voted against Weickardt's plan; commissioners Brian Parrish, John Mason, John Stoker and Chuck Western voted for it.
Before the Common Council takes up the matter in April, Abendroth said he will be negotiating with the Ozaukee Land Trust in an effort to have the city purchase the 42-acre lot for the purposes of conservation.
Weickardt's newest pitch for the 19-home subdivision is similar to a plan voted down by the Planning Commission in 2012, though this time he is willing to put into perpetuity open-space easements throughout the entire Ville Du Parc neighborhood and forgo any other future developments, as well as donate a tract of land along the Milwaukee River to the city. The new deal constitutes Weickardt's latest attempt to win over the neighbors, various Ville Du Parc homeowners associations and elected officials.
To a certain extent, the effort was a success as 37 residents registered speaker cards in support of Weickardt's plan. Many of them spoke in favor of the proposal, as well as its increase to the city tax base, and said the city should support Weickardt, whose investment in the River Club has revitalized the area.» Read Full Article
Robert Michael Christophel, 28, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and burglary in connection with the death of Peter Holzberger. His co-defendant is Nicholas Retzlaff, 25, who is due in court Monday for a final pretrial hearing and has a jury trial slated for March 17.
Retzlaff and Christophel attacked Holzberger on his property, with Christophel choking him into unconsciousness, according to a criminal complaint. The men then allegedly took Holzberger inside the home, wrapped a bungee cord around his neck and buried him under six feet of clothing, boxes and debris in the basement, records show.
Holzberger had met Retzlaff, then a teen, in late 2004 and helped him, but after Retzlaff repeatedly stole from Holzberger and a friend, Holzberger stopped assisting the man.
A friend has described Holzberger as a "peace-loving person" to the Journal Sentinel.» Read Full Article
Long after the WIAA Division 2 regional final was over Saturday night at Whitefish Bay, injured Blue Dukes all-state candidate Maya Jonas finally grabbed her crutches and slowly worked her way out of the fieldhouse with her dad, Jeff, by her side.
She still faces a long rehabilitation just a few days removed from a second surgery on the same knee in less than two years. She suffered the injury about 10 days ago in a nonconference loss to Kettle Moraine.
Jonas was having an amazing season and the injury shocked and dismayed everyone around her, including obviously, her team.
But she will have one brilliant, wide-eyed happy memory from the final week, and it came just moments before her departure, because before Jonas was allowed to leave, her teammmates mobbed her, placed the regional championship plaque carefully in her lap and then took smiling, tear-filled photos with her from her place in the bleachers.
The short-handed Blue Dukes had rallied from a ghastly first quarter where they did not score against Wauwatosa West. They did not take the lead until senior Catie McBride hit one of two free throws at the end of the third quarter to make it 18-17.» Read Full Article
Thiensville — The reality of a beer garden on the bank of the Milwaukee River in Village Park sank as the sole proposal to run the venue was withdrawn.
Village President Van Mobley officially announced that Laura Adair withdrew her Request for Proposal for a beer garden at Village Park in Thiensville as the first agenda item at Monday night's Committee of the Whole meeting.
"I wish it would have worked," Adair said, earlier in a phone interview. "We (the community) have to focus on the kids (teenagers) and keep them occupied. I didn't want to call it a beer garden."
Adair filled out a 16-page proposal, listed Community Concessions to serve at the venue, submitted suggested foods and beverages with pricing and included three letters of recommendation.
"Suddenly she withdrew it, 24 hours after it became public," Trustee David Lange said.» Read Full Article
Two industrial buildings in Glendale and Oak Creek have been sold for $12.7 million, according to state real estate records.
An affiliate of Zilber Property Group sold a 78,000-square-foot light industrial and office building, at 555 W. Estabrook Blvd., for $5.1 million, and a 120,000-square-foot industrial building, at 7475 S. 6th St., for $7.6 million, to an affiliate of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Opus Group, in a transaction recorded Thursday.
The Glendale building is leased to Forrer Business Interiors Inc., and the Oak Creek building is leased to Independence Corrugated LLC. Zilber bought the two buildings in April 2012 for $9.5 million.
A Brown Deer boys basketball assistant coach first asked the question outside the Falcons' lockerroom at Waukesha West on Thursday, and then it was echoed inside the lockers a moment later by a relieved head coach Kelly Appleby:
"What time is practice?"
It was a jubilant call as the Falcons had just put themselves a step away from the WIAA Division 3 state tournament with a harrowing, physical 58-55 sectional semifinal decision over East Troy.
"I knew from the beginning that there would be a chance this could happen," said 6-7 senior forward Jerry Luckett, who had 14 points. "I knew that if we kept working together it could happen because we had the talent on the team to do it."
The victory pushed Brown Deer (20-5 overall) into a D3 sectional final on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Whitefish Bay against Ripon (21-5), which was a 45-38 winner over Oostburg in its own sectional semifinal.» Read Full Article
the Hollywood Reporter, Timothy Hutton will star in "American Crime," the new series Mequon native John Ridley is creating for ABC. The series is being written, directed and produced by Ridley, who Sunday won an Oscar for his "12 Years a Slave" screenplay.According to
The series is about a group of people involved in a racially charged trial. According to the story:
"Hutton will play an honest but average guy working at a big-box retailer in Arizona who has made great pains to reconnect with his now adult sons, Matt and Mark, and speaks with the latter - a war veteran - every week.
"He's destroyed when he learns that Matt and his wife, Lily, have been murdered in their home in Modesto, Calif., and he flies there immediately."
The series will feature the talents of two Oscar winners: Ridley, and Hutton, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for the 1980 film "Ordinary People."
Shorewood — With the adoption of an extensive and explicit set of guidelines, the Shorewood School District has become the first Milwaukee-area school system to formally recognize and provide facilities for transgender students.
Under the guidelines, drafted by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and tweaked by the district's policy committee, Shorewood formalizes definitions of transgender students and students who don't conform to gender stereotypes. Complaints of discrimination, harassment, or bullying of those students will now be handled in the same way as other complaints.
Though school staff will usually use a student's legal name and gender pronouns corresponding with a student's biological gender, adult students or legal guardians may now specify which name and gender pronouns teachers should use while addressing students in class.
After students notify the district of their transgender status, they may use bathrooms of their identified gender or unisex bathrooms. Requests to use gender-identified locker rooms or changing rooms will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, though the students may also use the gender-neutral coaches' locker room if need be. Under the guidelines, students may participate in gym classes and intramural sports in a "manner consistent with their gender identity" and must comply with the dress codes of their identified gender.
"I think Shorewood prides itself on being forward and progressive," School Board member Paru Shah said, adding of any flak the district may take, "I don't think we would shy away from that sort of criticism, but be more adamant that every student in our schools should be in a safe learning environment."» Read Full Article
Mequon — Two political newcomers are facing off this spring in Mequon's 5th District aldermanic race, and each has views on such hotly contested issues as the Highland Road interchange and economic development.
Mark Gierl and Patrick Rochford are vying for the position being vacated by incumbent Mark Seider, who chose not to seek re-election.
With weeks to go before the spring election, Gierl and Rochford said they have been meeting with constituents and touting their strengths, which include being novices to the political arena.
"The longer you are in politics, the more you act like everybody else," said Gierl, who has served on the council's appointed Board of Appeals and Park Board.
Gierl said he believes his background in finance also is an asset he brings to the position.» Read Full Article
Shorewood — Shorewood will direct approximately $160,000 in village funds toward completing private sewer lateral rehabilitation work in its Basin 1 and 6 sewer systems this year, as part of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's mandatory Private Property Inflow and Infiltration Reduction Program.
After considering two alternatives proposed by staff, the Village Board on Monday chose to proceed with the less aggressive option of the two, which matches MMSD funding at 50 percent.
As determined by MMSD, Basins 1 and 6 of the village are currently "non-performing," due to excessive amounts of measured inflow and infiltration, according to a memo from village staff. Certain blocks within those have been specifically identified as having high or very high levels of wet weather flow, which in some cases has included extensive basement backup damage throughout the years.
With mainline, or public, sewer linings recently completed in the basins, attention must be shifted to private infrastructure in order to achieve meaningful reductions of inflow and infiltration, the memo states.
Leaks from private laterals» Read Full Article
Mequon — Newcomers Wendy Francour and Paul Buzzell are competing with unsuccessful 2011 candidate Sid Terry for two seats on the Meqon-Thiensville School Board.
The top two voter-getters in the April 1 spring election will claim the seats of Suzette Urbashich and James Liska, both of whom have decided not to seek re-election.
Buzzell, 43, is a Mequon native who has owned a home in the community for 13 years. He is a married father of two elementary school-age daughters and one middle school-age daughter. Buzzell has bachelor's degree in marketing and real estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA in finance from DePaul University. He is the Chief Financial Officer of Johnson Level & Tool in Mequon.
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Police arrested a man Tuesday afternoon suspected of calling in a bomb threat to the Fox 6 television station.
According to a Brown Deer Police Department news release, police were sent to the TV station around 7 a.m. Tuesday after a bomb threat was called in to the newsroom, 9001 N. Green Bay Road.
Police secured the building and evacuated nonessential personnel. In conjunction with the Milwaukee County Sheriff Department's canine unit, police searched the building but did not find a bomb.
After further investigation, Brown Deer police arrested a 28-year-old Milwaukee man at his home. Charges are pending.