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Prank turns toxic at Glen Hills Middle School

Oct. 24, 2011 1:50 p.m. | A homemade concoction purported to cause "super powers" in the drinker turned out to be a toxic substance mixed together by a student at Glen Hills Middle School and given to another, according to a Glendale police report.

A 9-year-old boy became sick Oct. 14 after drinking a liquid given to him by two students at Glen Hills, 2600 W. Mill Road, earlier that day, his mother told police.

One of the boys later admitted to authorities that he had mixed Dr. Pepper, rubbing alcohol, Tabasco sauce, Clorox wipes and soap, and then taken it to school and offered it to another student, saying it would give him "super powers," the report states.

Paramedics responded to the school and checked the boy out, advising that he should be monitored in case further problems developed.

Police confiscated the liquid. The school kept a small sample, but officials there stated they had no plans to have it analyzed, the report said.

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Former Bavarian Inn will be remodeled, reopened as Bavarian Bierhaus

Sept. 01, 2015 9:14 p.m. | Glendale — Beer will flow once again at the former Bavarian Inn and adjoining Old Heidelberg Park at 700 W. Lexington Blvd.

Mike Weiss is one of several investors working to renovate and reopen the former Bavarian Inn, which closed in 2011. The new restaurant, Bavarian Bierhaus, will brew its own beer, and will also serve beers from other companies. Weiss said they plan to brew as many as eight or nine different types of beers.

The restaurant will also serve authentic German food and some American favorites. A house band will entertain crowds every night, and special acts will be brought in on Friday and Saturday nights.

The new owners will add a small beer garden on the southwest side of the building, providing outdoor seating for 150 people. While some other exterior renovations will be made, such as new windows and signage, most of the renovations to the 23,500-square-foot building will be made on the interior.

The interior of the building will be redesigned. The existing ballroom will be partially used for the new brewery, while the rest of that area will be used for a dining room and beer hall. The main hall will now have seating for 330 people. The existing restaurant, bar and restrooms will also be refurbished.

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Large medical office building proposed in Mequon

Sept. 01, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Mequon — A developer is planning to build a three-story, 86,000-square-foot medical office building in Mequon next year.

The medical office building, which is valued at $21 million, would be built at the northeast corner of Port Washington Road and Venture Court. The building would be 47 feet tall, which is within the city's zoning code.

The three-building Venture Court retail complex would be razed to make way for the building, which would also occupy undeveloped land to the north. The Venture Court complex, which includes Wooden Goose Cafe and other businesses, has had numerous vacancies in recent years.

The city's zoning code allows medical offices no larger than 20,000 square feet, so developer Ryan Companies is using the city's planned unit development process to build the larger building. Ryan is proposing to break ground in the spring of 2016, with the first medical groups opening in late 2016.

The Mequon Plan Commission on Monday voted in favor of the concept plan and rezoning the property. Final approval is still needed from the Mequon Common Council.

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Shorewood residents feel shut out by school board participation policy

Aug. 31, 2015 6:48 p.m. | Shorewood — Some Shorewood residents are worried that the Shorewood School Board's new public participation policy will limit their input during board meetings.

The new policy allows each resident to speak for five minutes, and comments are only allowed at the beginning of the meeting. The previous policy allowed residents to contribute their viewpoints as the board discussed each agenda item. The new policy also limits public comment to three people on each side of a given issue, unless the majority of the board agress to make an exception.

The board was prompted to change the policy after the district's previous superintendent Martin Lexmond resigned as to lead the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. In the process of hiring Lexmond's replacement, two of the candidates told Shorewood School Board President Paru Shah that the school board's meetings "were like a circus," Shah said.

By limiting public comment to the beginning of the meeting, Shah said she hopes the board will be able to have more productive conversations with each other.

Shah has said public comment doesn't have to be restricted to board meetings. She encouraged residents to email school board members or new Superintendent Bryan Davis, and said concerns raised by residents will be addressed at the following school board meeting.

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Deangelo Stewart rushes for 315 yards as Messwood overpowers Nicolet

Aug. 28, 2015 10:30 p.m. | Shorewood/Messmer football coach Chad Hofmann was in a bit of a hurry after his team's impressive 34-13 victory over area nonconference rival Nicolet on Aug. 28.

His mom, Candy, needed a ride home, and the two probably wanted to celebrate the moment of his first varsity victory.

It would have probably meant more had his Dad, Robert "Rob" Hofmann, been there, too. The day before the win, Aug. 27, would have been Rob's 52nd birthday, but he died tragically about a month ago as a result of injuries suffered in a bike accident.

In short, Chad, an only child, and his mom needed this moment.

"It's a good feeling," Hofmann said. "It was his birthday yesterday, so I can't imagine doing anything better than this (getting a win to honor him). This is very special for me, because he's still here with me, still with the family."

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Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Menomonee Falls volleyball team opens season with win over Nicolet

Aug. 26, 2015 10:07 p.m. | After winning the school's first state girls volleyball title in 2013, Menomonee Falls slid under the radar last season following big graduation losses.

Now working with what he calls "his deepest squad ever", Indian coach J.C. Bruns said he likes the idea of his Indians laying low and out of sight for the time being in 2015 too as they prepare to make a run back towards elite status.

The Indians may have a hard time staying quiet for long, as despite missing starting setter Mckenna Micech due to an injury, they still overpowered strong area nonconference foe Nicolet, 25-15, 25-19, 19-25, 25-12, in their season opener Wednesday night.

"I really like this group," he said "It's a nice mix of young and old. The young will push the old to get better and the old will show the young what they have to do out there (to succeed)."

One of the "old ones" will be 6-2 junior outside hitter Mackenzie Robertson. Robertson was a rightside hitter last year, but during the club season with the Milwaukee Sting, she transitioned over to the outside. She has also started playing of a more all-around game and looked as comfortable playing in the backrow as she did in the front tonight.

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Crews clear Mequon traffic incident that created big northbound I-43 delays

Aug. 26, 2015 5:58 p.m. | Crews have cleared a traffic incident at Mequon Road that created long delays on northbound Interstate 43.

Homestead ACT scores top North Shore

Aug. 26, 2015 4:18 p.m. | Mequon —Homestead High School's class of 2015 tallied the highest district-wide ACT score in the state, according to test results released last week.

Homestead students earned an average ACT score of 25.9, with 91 percent of students taking the test. This is the ninth consecutive year the school has scored a composite score of 25 or higher. The most recent score fell shy of the previous year's score of 26, but the participation rate of 91 percent imarks a five-year high.

"It is reassuring to know that the combined efforts of Homestead High School's students, faculty, staff, and administration continue to produce exceptional results," said Homestead High School Principal Brett Bowers. "With nearly 90 percent of our graduates enrolled in post-secondary education, we strive to prepare all of our students for success beyond Homestead."

Homestead's score is one decimal point above Whitefish Bay, which posted a score of 25.8 with 92.5 percent of students taking the test. This is Whitefish Bay's 17th consecutive year with a score higher than 25. The Blue Dukes averaged a score of 26.7 in 2013-2014, 26 in 2012-2013, 25.9 in 2011-2012 and 26.9 in 2010-2011.

Shorewood students scored an average score of 24.9, with 81.1 percent of students participating. Nicolet, where 84.6 percent of students took the test, earned an average score of 24. Brown Deer scored an average of 20.1, with 72.6 percent participation.

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Medical office building planned for Mequon

Aug. 26, 2015 4:13 p.m. | A Minneapolis-based firm that is developing a clinic in Mequon for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is seeking city permission to develop another large medical office building in that community.

Ryan Cos. wants to build a three-story, 86,000-square foot medical office building near the northeast corner of Port Washington Road and Venture Court, according to a city Plan Commission agenda posted Wednesday.

The building would replace Venture Court retail center, which would be demolished, said Kim Tollefson, Mequon community development director. Venture Court includes such businesses as Wooden Goose Cafe and One Choice Mortgage.

That parcel would be combined with a vacant parcel just north of the retail center to create a site for the proposed medical offices, Tollefson said.

Ryan Cos. is seeking a rezoning recommendation and concept plan approval for the proposed development. The commission is to consider that request at its Monday night meeting.

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Shorewood school budget nearly derailed over public comment policy change

Aug. 26, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Shorewood — The Shorewood School District's 2015-2016 budget barely received approval from residents at the district's annual meeting Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Shorewood residents voted 19-11 to approve a tax levy of $19.7 million, which is a 3.4 percent increase over last year's levy. The residents did not raise any issues with the levy itself, but were expressing their disapproval with a new policy governing public participation at school board meetings.

The new public participation policy, passed Tuesday night during the school board's regular meeting, allows each resident to speak for five minutes, and comments are only allowed at the beginning of the meeting. The policy also limits public comment to three people on each side of a given issue.

The concerns that some residents have with the school board spilled over into the vote for school board member compensation, which is established at the school district's annual meeting every year. The school board president earns $1,300 per year, and other school board members earn $1,000 per year. School board members also receive a free membership to the Shorewood Community Fitness Center.

Resident Nate Cade questioned the fitness club membership, and made a motion to revoke that benefit. The motion failed on a 13-17 vote. Shorewood High School English teacher Mike Halloran was one of the residents voting against the motion.

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Homestead football team learns lessons in loss to Arrowhead

Aug. 26, 2015 12:58 p.m. | In the high school football expectation game, Arrowhead and Homestead are always going to say getting to Madison and state titles are on their yearly agenda.

Asking that question is about as newsworthy as "dog bites man."

This season, however, in year three of the powerhouses' renewed lid-lifting nonconference rivalry, there can be some adjustments made to those goals. Arrowhead, with about 18 returning letterwinners, can be said to be aiming for the moon while Homestead is holding its breath, with only four returnees and several new coaches to boot.

So, the casual observer should not be surprised that over a span that included the last drive of the second quarter and the first two marches of the third quarter, Arrowhead scored three consecutive times and broke open a close game en route to a 28-14 victory on Aug. 20.

The victory for the Warhawks broke a two-game winning streak for the Highlanders in the renewed series, but Homestead coach Dave Keel was not displeased.

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Sport Shorts: Aug. 27, 2015

Aug. 26, 2015 12:53 p.m. |


Nicolet's Alysse Elko and Homestead's Isabelle Malekitied for individual honors as Homestead won the first league nine-hole mini-meet of the season on Aug. 24 at Brown Deer.

Homestead carded a four-player score of 171 to edge Cedarburg (174), while Whitefish Bay was third (186) and Nicolet fifth (211).

Elko and Maleki each carded nine-hole scores of 41 to tie for medalist honors. Homestead also got help from Amy Schlageterwith a 42 and Bella Barbiereand Trinidy Patewith 44 each.

For Bay, Clare Matkomand Brooke Webertied for third individually with 42 apiece, while Jaya Larsencame in with a 50 and Greta Wollmercarded a 52.

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Exquisite Threading weaves philanthropy into business growth

Aug. 26, 2015 12:48 p.m. | Glendale — When Anwer Khan started his Exquisite Threading business, he was passionate to share the grooming process that women in his home country of Kuwait have used for centuries.

The practice, which originated in India and Pakistan, shapes eyebrows by twisting cotton threads over the unwanted facial hairs. The precision and care needed to shape facial hair with threads can also be see throughout Khan's Exquisite Threading business, which has expanded in the last six years from a kiosk at Mayfair Mall to seven full-size salons in three states.

"We brought facial threading into the mainstream and made it a household name in Wisconsin," he said. "We started as a cart, but we took it to a level where we said, 'The business is there. Let's make it comfortable for a woman to walk in and give them a certain comfort level where they can be free and relaxed.'"

Last year, Khan spent $1 million relocating his 900-square-foot store at Bayshore Town Center to a 3,500-square-foot store just south of the mall at 5524 N. Port Washington Road, next to Men's Wearhouse. The Bayshore location used to have a two-hour wait for threading services, he said, but the newer store will allow him to serve 12 customers instead of three.

The store employs 120 people, and Khan expects to hire another 20 to 35 employees in the next year.

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Homestead's new field to be ready for play on Friday

Aug. 26, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Homestead's new multi-sport turf field looks like it will be ready for action this Friday, Aug. 28, one week ahead of schedule and in time for the Highlanders' first home football game against Kenosha Indian Trail.

"There's still a decent amount of work to be done between now and Friday," said Activities Director Ryan Mangan on Aug. 25, "but the contractors are doing a great job, and unless something major happens, the field will be ready."

The field is a gift from Homestead High School Booster Club's Highlander Strong Campaign. The Highlander Strong Campaign donated $1.1 million to the Mequon-Thiensville School District in order to enhance the high school's outdoor athletic facilities. Numerous generous donors helped make the project possible.

Construction on the field began in early July and is expected to be completed Thursday, Aug. 27, in time for the football team to host Indian Trail at 7 p.m. Friday, August 28.

Mangan said he has been impressed with the work of all those involved, including Nicholas and Associates general contractors, H & H Civil Construction (for the excavating) and GreenFields, which is doing the actual artificial turf installation.

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