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Review continues on Mandel's proposed luxury apartment development in Whitefish Bay

May 16, 2012 9:48 p.m. | A proposed luxury apartment development behind the Fox Bay Cinema building in Whitefish Bay is advancing, following a preliminary review by the village Plan Commission on Wednesday.

Commissioners held a pre-petition conference with The Mandel Group, the developer that is looking to build 103 upscale apartments at 302-334 E. Silver Spring Drive. The conference was a formality under village code and was an opportunity for commissioners to weigh in and determine whether the proposal was worth pursuing further.

Mandel executives emphasized that public parking would be an important part of the development if it moves forward. The existing 135 village-owned parking spaces would be replaced by the development. But it would include 132 covered spaces at street level that would be made available and retained under village ownership.

Initial Reaction Podcast: A look ahead to US Open 2017, look back at Champions Tour event in Madison

2:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sports columnist and golf writer Gary D'Amato stops by to chat about the next U.S. Open, to be hosted at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin. He also talks a little Bucks draft, and JP and JR focus on the selection of Thon Maker and the landing spots for former Wisconsin prep products Henry Ellenson and Diamond Stone. Plus, JP reports back from the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event, the American Family Insurance Championship, in Madison and the Kohler Grand Prix IndyCar race at Elkhart Lake. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

End of an era: Glendale administrator to retire after 36 years

1:13 p.m. | Glendale — After 36 years as Glendale's city administrator, Richard Maslowski informed the common council on June 27 that he will retire effective Aug. 31.

Maslowski has been in local government for 44 years. He started his career as the village administrator in Butler, then served as the city administrator in West Bend before coming to Glendale in 1980. In Glendale, he has served under seven mayors and 32 aldermen.

Glendale looked much different before Maslowski, who had a hand in redeveloping nearly every inch of the city. Before breaking ground on the Richard E. Maslowski Community Park last week, Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy rightfully noted that Maslowski's fingerprints can be found on nearly every inch of the city.

Maslowski oversaw the creation of the Bayshore Town Center, Estabrook Corporate Park, Glendale Technology Center and the North Shore Library. During his tenure, every street in the city has been rebuilt at least once — including the expansion of Green Bay Avenue, Silver Spring Drive and Port Washington Road.

He created the city's first tax incremental financing district in 1981, when Green Tree Elementary School was transformed into a hotel now known as Radisson Inn. Three years later, he created the city's second TIF district, as well as the community development authority, to facilitate the development of the Coventry Apartments and a four-story office building anchored by the newly created North Shore Library — the first joint library in Wisconsin.

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Whitefish Bay baseball team looking for consistency

12:34 p.m. | With more than two-thirds of the season gone, Whitefish Bay baseball coach Jay Wojcinski is still trying to figure his team out.

Is it the team that gave powerful North Shore Conference leader West Bend West its only league loss on June 1 or is it the team that inexplicably lost to one-league victory Port Washington on June 23.

Is it the squad that smacked the ball around for 25 runs in a pair of nonconference wins over Pius XI and Brookfield East on June 25, or is it the unit that has scored only two runs combined in pair of North Shore losses to Germantown?

Wojcinski sure wishes this senior-dominated squad would make up its mind soon, even as the Blue Dukes come out of a week where they went 4-1.

"The Port game was completely unexpected," Wojcinski said, "because we had beaten Homestead and Cedarburg (both North Shore contenders) and played great each day, and then we turn around against Port, and I'm not even sure who these guys are.

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Sports Shorts: June 30, 2016

11:49 a.m. |


Every summer, the weather gets hot, baseball teams go into little slides, tempers flare and then they occasionally need to sit down and have a chat.

The Highlanders had one of those after their high-profile 7-3 nonconference loss to Greater Metro Conference leader on June 24 as coach Ernie Millard and his staff cleared the air with the team on some issues.

And from Millard's vantage point, things have taken a turn for the better.

"Sometimes things just get to a point, and you need to get to the underlying issues," he said. "We had a long talk, and then we went out and had a great practice on Saturday (June 25)."

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Mangan leaves knowing Homestead is in a good place

11:22 a.m. | In his six-year tenure at Homestead that will end this week, outgoing Highlander Athletic Director Ryan Mangan was far more about "we" as opposed to "me."

"It's not any one thing that I'm proud of," he said. "I know I inherited a positive, successful high school when I got here, and I was happy that we were able to continue on that route, that we maintained those high-achieving standards."

Mangan, who was both athletic and recreation activities director at Homestead, will start soon as athletic director at powerhouse Hartland Arrowhead. Mangan was hired by Arrowhead earlier this spring, putting into motion a fast-acting response by the Mequon-Thiensville District.

District Superintendent Dr. Demond Means wanted to make the Homestead athletic director's job as attractive as the Arrowhead position so he worked with other members of the administration and the school board to split the recreation activities and athletic director's positions.

The result was the hiring of Mequon native and former collegiate volleyball coach Erich Hinterstocker as a stand-alone athletic director (he has already taken the reins from Mangan), while long-time recreation manager Michael Schoemer will receive a promotion to department head, continuing his management of the recreation activities, as well as assuming more office duties.

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Whitefish Bay baseball team bounces back with win over Nicolet

June 28, 2016 11:04 p.m. | Just like Whitefish Bay baseball coach Jay Wojcinski would like to see his talented Blue Dukes become a little more consistent in time for a strong stretch run, so does one other.

Moments after the Blue Dukes had completed their post-game huddle following their 9-2 victory over area rival and host Nicolet Tuesday night, former Marquette University basketball player and Blue Dukes' backer Joe Nethen, who was sitting in a lawn chair near the leftfield fence at Stormonth Field, grabbed a bullhorn that he had handy and shouted his version of encouragment to the team:

"Now try winning all the games like this instead of giving us a heart attack!"

The unusual shout-out drew a big laugh from the Blue Dukes and a smile from Wojcinski, who was pleased to see his team bounce back from a disappointing 6-1 loss to Germantown the night before (see Whitefish Bay Now.com for details).

"Joe's always around," laughed Wojcinski.

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Brown Deer driver, 37, charged in crash near Strawberry Festival

June 28, 2016 5:36 p.m. | A 37-year-old Brown Deer man has been charged in a crash that injured two pedestrians Sunday at Cedarburg's annual Strawberry Festival.

Kunle Famakinwa Jr. faces three felony counts — reckless driving causing great bodily harm, second degree reckless injury and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute — and one misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint:

Famakinwa had turned west onto Western Road from Washington Ave. when he collided with an eastbound car, then veered left and struck two Milwaukee women on the sidewalk.

Witnesses told police the women flew into the air from the impact. Each suffered broken ribs, and one a fractured neck bone.

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Marquette students offer marketing advice to Brown Deer

June 28, 2016 4:12 p.m. | Brown Deer — A Marquette University marketing class has come up with a list of marketing ideas for the village of Brown Deer, which they say is suffering from a lack of citizen involvement, an identity crisis and a perceived crime problem.

Village officials approached Marquette University marketing professor Felicia M. Miller about the semester-long project, which gave the students real-world marketing experience and provided the village with free marketing help. The students conducted an audit of Brown Deer's image, based on research, interviews and the village's own planning studies.

In summarizing the students' findings to the village board earlier this month, Miller said Brown Deer's biggest weakness is that "there's no compelling identity."

"There's an identity crisis," Miller said. "Are we part of the North Shore? Are we part of Milwaukee? We're not really sure how we fit in."

Miller, who lives in Fox Point, said she incorrectly associated Brown Deer with Northridge Mall and areas west of 68th Street on Brown Deer Road. She said other people may have a similar confusion about Brown Deer's borders.

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2016 Fourth of July events in the Milwaukee suburbs

June 28, 2016 11:50 a.m. | From the North Shore, to Oak Creek and Franklin, to Wauwatosa and Brookfield and West Allis and New Berlin, and all of the other communities within the MyCommunity NOW coverage area, there are plenty of Fourth of July festivities to take part in. Below is a list separated by county and in alphabetical order of events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2016. If you know of an event you don't see listed below, email us at news@jrn.com.  

Milwaukee County

Bay View

Juy 4

Celebrate the 4th of July in Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave. This year’s theme is joining hands for peace. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in Milwaukee County Parks without a permit. For the latest updates, visit www.city.milwaukee.gov/july4th.

9 to 10:15 a.m.: parade, starting at South Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Linus Street, proceeds to park.

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Thomas and big bats lead Germantown baseball team over Bay, 6-1

June 27, 2016 9:02 p.m. | Germantown athlete Bryce Thomas is a busy guy.

When he's not hitting spikes and making digs for his Milwaukee Volleyball Club team that is headed to the national tournament this week in Dallas, he's out there striking batters out and clubbing home runs for the Warhawks' baseball team.

Tonight's agenda included a game at the Warhawks' Ritzenthaler Dream Field as Thomas threw 5-1/3 innings against Whitefish Bay, with five strikeouts and three walks and then clubbed a third inning home run that broke open the game for a 6-1 home victory over the Blue Dukes.

"I'm feeling a lot better, between the volleyball and the baseball my shoulder was feeling a little sore, but I was able to get a little rest and now I'm fine," he said.

The victory built on the two wins the Warhawks earned in a round-robin at UW-Whitewater on June 25 and improved their North Shore record to 6-9 and their overall mark to 13-10 in just their fourth home game of the year.

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USM student charged with taking upskirt photos of female classmates

June 27, 2016 11:15 a.m. | River Hills — A 17-year-old student at University School of Milwaukee has been charged with taking upskirt photos of his female classmates.

Austin Halbrooks has been charged with four counts of invasion of privacy and one count of disorderly conduct in Milwaukee County Circuit Court. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.

A classmate reported Halbrooks' alleged actions to school officials, who reported the incident to River Hills police. When questioned by the school's security director, Halbrook admitted to taking photos up the skirts of female classmates without their knowledge, according to a criminal complaint. The photos were taken during a four month period, between December and April.

Police seized Halbrook's computer and found multiple images focused on female students' breasts, buttocks, legs and feet. Not all girls were able to be identified, but police and school officials did identify five female students, ages 17 and 18, according to the complaint. The computer had 59 pictures of the five girls.

The upskirt photos were taken while the girls were standing up and walking up the stairs, according to the criminal complaint.

Retiring athletics director John Gustavson leaves Whitefish Bay in a better place

June 27, 2016 10:39 a.m. | About a week or so from his final days before retirement as athletics director at Whitefish Bay High School, John Gustavson was doing one of his favorite tasks.

He was filling manila envelopes with medals, bronze, silver and gold, and somewhere around his office were some highly coveted plaques. They were going to student/athletes who had participated in three sports (or in the case of the very busy senior Macklin Kortebein, four) this past school year.

Bronze were for freshmen, silver for sophomores, gold for juniors and plaques for seniors. It's been a long-standing ritual with a good purpose behind it.

"We started this around my second year (2004-05) as a way of trying to encourage kids to do multiple sports," he said. "To be true multisport athletes."

It's all part of a culture change Gustavson helped foster.

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Teen charged with taking upskirt photos of classmates in River Hills

June 25, 2016 10:01 a.m. | A 17-year-old Milwaukee teen accused of taking "upskirt" photos of female students at a River Hills school has been charged with four felony counts of invasion of privacy.

In early April, students at University School of Milwaukee told security staff that Austin B. Halbrooks had been taking pictures of female students under their skirts, according to a criminal complaint.

The school security director spoke to Halbrooks, who admitted he took such photos of female students without their knowledge, and contacted River Hills police, the complaint says.

Authorities got a warrant to search his computer and found "numerous photos and videos" of girls, many of which appeared to have been taken at University School, 2100 West Fairy Chasm Road, between February 2015 and March 2016.

Halbrooks, who also faces one misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 11. The teen has been expelled from University School, according to WISN-TV.

Oak Creek baseball team passes test with win over Homestead, 7-3

June 25, 2016 1:22 a.m. | The Oak Creek baseball team has passed many tests en route to a one-game lead with just three contests left in the Greater Metro Conference race.

What it hasn't had a lot of time for is a great deal of high level nonconference action, so the Knights made a road trip to a place where they haven't been since 2005, a place where even the legendary Tony Butler proved to be mortal.

Knights baseball coach Scott Holler could only smile at the memory.

"The last time we were at Rennicke Field (in Mequon), Tony (Butler) was playing first base and a ground ball went through his legs and we lost (laughs)," said Holler.

The comment came shortly after the Knights put together a solid effort Friday night, especially on the defensive end, in their return trip to Rennicke, with a 7-3 decision over a good Homestead team.

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Derosier enters not guilty plea

June 24, 2016 5:38 p.m. | Thiensville —The handyman of Willowbrook Place charged with theft of movable property greater than $10,000 entered a not guilty plea June 23 in Ozaukee County Circuit Court according to online court records.

Donald Derosier, 55, is facing up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time up to 10 years if convicted of stealing multiple items from residents of Willowbrook Place, 205 Green Bay Road. A collection estimated to be valued at $25,000 started appearing on eBay and the owner's daughter alerted police in early June it shouldn't be up there.

Derosier said the family "did not get along and were constantly giving him things to get the other one mad." He said he had notes about getting things from them and that he was told to "take what he wanted out of the storage areas and to get rid of the rest."

His next court date is July 21. Read the full story of the charges in the original article posted to Mequon NOW.

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