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Mequon-Thiensville district board meetings have new location

Sept. 21, 2012 9:54 a.m. | Future meetings of the Mequon-Thiensville School District School Board will take place in the conference room at Range Line Elementary at 11040 N. Range Line Road in Mequon.

The move, according to a MTSD news release, is meant to provide better parking and a larger audience capacity.

The first board meeting at the new location will be Sep. 24 at 7 p.m.

Whitefish Bay memorializes woman killed in crosswalk

July 28, 2015 11:38 p.m. | Whitefish Bay —Two months after Kristen Caves was struck and killed in a Whitefish Bay crosswalk, a new bench erected near the scene of the crash will serve as a tribute to her life and remind passersby of the importance of pedestrian safety.

Caves, 26, of Menomonee Falls, was struck and killed by a car on May 26 while attempting to cross Silver Spring Drive just east of Berkeley Boulevard. The driver of the car apparently waved her across the crosswalk, but when that car was hit from behind, the driver accidentally stepped on the gas pedal and hit Caves. She died two days later.

Caves' death has been difficult on her friends, family and her coworkers at Teklynx International, 409 E. Silver Spring Drive. Several of the employees in the second-story office heard or saw the crash, which only added to the trauma of her death.

"It was a reminder of how fragile life is, and how important your friends and family are," said Laura Henderson, the former general manager at Teklynx.

A graduate of Arrowhead High School, Caves had been working at Teklynk for nearly a year while pursuing an associate's degree at Waukesha County Technical College. She and her fiance Tim Sullivan had planned to marry in August 2016.

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Shorewood trustee wages unsuccessful campaign for later trick-or-treat times

July 28, 2015 9:08 p.m. | Shorewood — Does it really feel like Halloween if you are trick-or-treating during the daytime?

That question has been posed many times over the years to North Shore government officials, who are in charge of setting trick-or-treat times in the months leading up to Halloween.

Local village boards and city councils in Milwaukee County typically set their trick-or-treat times from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Sunday on or before Oct. 31, which was agreed upon in 2010 by a group of municipal leaders representing the county's 19 communities. If Oct. 31 falls on a Saturday - like it does this year - the ICC's non-binding resolution allows communities to schedule trick-or-treating on the day of Halloween.

Several North Shore officials have tried to stray from the ICC's position over the years, but few have succeeded. The latest politician to poke that beehive was Shorewood trustee Tammy Bockhorst, who raised the issue at a village board meeting on July 20.

Instead of conforming to the suggested trick-or-treat hours of 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 31, Bockhorst tried to lobby her fellow trustees to push trick-or-treating a little later, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Glendale evaluates city hall improvements

July 28, 2015 1:23 p.m. | Glendale — The Glendale Common Council will soon start discussing possible improvements to the city hall/police department building.

John Sabinash, of Zimmerman Architectural Studios, has identified $10.3 million in improvements for Glendale City Hall that could be phased over the next four years. City Administrator Richard Maslowski said the city will not be able to fund all of the projects in Zimmerman's needs analysis, as funding is tight and a number of capital improvement projects are scheduled over the next several years.

The council will start prioritizing the most urgent city hall improvement projects during budget discussions in August or September.

Glendale City Hall was first constructed in 1954. The police department was added in 1963, and another addition was added in 1994. Sabinash said Glendale has "a functionably reasonable building," but it is in need of some updating, like new roofing and windows on the entire building.

The consultant said the improvements could be managed in four phases - the first of which would spend $1.7 million on the city hall portion of the building. The proposal calls for a reconfiguration of city hall's office space, a remodling of the common council chambers and a 952-square-foot office addition along the front of the building, among other improvements.

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'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale

July 28, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.

The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.

The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.

Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.

Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.

North Shore communities react to state ban on municipal home inspections at time of sale

July 27, 2015 4:03 p.m. | Some North Shore government officials are unhappy about a provision in the new state budget that bans local municipalities from inspecting homes at the time of sale.

Shorewood, Brown Deer and Bayside are among the North Shore communities that previously required comprehensive code compliance inspections at the time a property is sold. The inspections required owners to make repairs before the sale of the home could be finalized.

The Wisconsin Realtors Association requested state legislators eliminate those inspections, which were seen as a hurdle for selling homes. The law went into effect on July 14.

North Shore managers upset

The law will bring about a significant change in policy for communities like Shorewood, which has had a comprehensive time of sale code compliance program since 1980. Communities like Shorewood that have an older housing stock have come to rely upon home inspections at the time of sale to help ensure properties do not fall into disrepair, said Village Manager Chris Swartz.

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Brown Deer closes on sale of former American TV and Appliance building

July 27, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Brown Deer —The village of Brown Deer closed on the sale of the former American TV and Appliance building for $2.1 million last week.

The 119,000-square-foot building is part of a 6.6-acre lot on the north side of the property that was purchased by Pak Technologies, a blending, packing and distribution company based in Milwaukee. Pak Technologies has already started renovating the interior of the building to turn it into a distribution warehouse.

Brown Deer will provide Pak with $750,000 in assistance over the course of four years. Pak Technologies has guaranteed that the improvements to the property will generate an additional $1.4 million in assessed value. The increased tax revenue from the property will be used to reimburse the village for its contribution.

The Brown Deer Community Development Authority purchased the 10-acre lot at 6700 W. Brown Deer Road for $2.6 million in April 2014. That lot has been divided into three parcels, including a 2.2-acre lot on the southeast corner that will be sold to Aldi for $650,000. Village officials estimate the Aldi's property will be worth $2 million when the building is completed in summer 2016.

The remaining 1.2 acres of land on the southwestern portion of the property will be used for storm water management.

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Woman robbed at gunpoint at Brown Deer bank

July 27, 2015 12:59 p.m. | Brown Deer — Brown Deer police are searching for two suspects who allegedly robbed a 61-year-old Milwaukee woman at gunpoint and stole her vehicle on Sunday, July 26.

In addition to robbing the woman and stealing her car, the two male suspects also allegedly ordered her at gunpoint to withdraw money from an ATM machine at US Bank, 4200 W. Brown Deer Road, at 5:55 p.m. Sunday.

The two suspects - who are estimated to be about 17 or 18 years old - were last seen traveling westbound on Brown Deer Road in a maroon Ford Taurus and a bronze 2013 Buick Encore, which was the woman's vehicle.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Brown Deer Police Department at (414) 371-2900.

Bizarre play leads to Homestead "9" sectional loss to Falls

July 22, 2015 1:08 p.m. | "It was the weirdest way to score a winning run that I've ever seen."

That was the reaction of Homestead baseball coach Ernie Millard after the Highlanders lost a wrenching 3-2 WIAA sectional semifinal decision to Menomonee Falls on July 20 at Cahill Park in Whitefish Bay.

The Highlanders had advanced to the sectional with a 12-2 rout of Kewaskum in the regional final on July 17 and were looking for their second straight state tournament berth.

Falls went on to defeat Grafton, 4-2, for its first state tournament berth since 2008. The Falls win was also a little bit of vengeance for a sectional semifinal defeat at the hands of the Highlanders last season.

Millard wasn't far off in his assertion about the play in the third inning that decided the Highlanders' fate.

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North Shore area baseball teams drop tough regional contests

July 22, 2015 12:48 p.m. | The seasons ended on a competitive but also a bit frustrating note for both the Nicolet and Shorewood baseball teams in WIAA regional play on Tuesday, July 14, while after a promising start, Brown Deer saw its campaign come to an end in a 12-2 decision to Cedarburg that same night.

Nicolet fell to host Kewaskum, 5-4, while Shorewood lost to a good Grafton squad, 3-1. Cedarburg, Kewaskum and Grafton all advanced to regional finals on Friday, July 17.


"We really played hard," said Nicolet coach Jason Grodsky. "Everything we worked on since the beginning of the season was evident. We just didn't pick up the ball when we needed too."

It was too bad really for the Knights (7-19). They had fallen behind 1-0 in the third but then scored four runs in the next three innings, combined with help from a wild pitch, a passed ball and a balk. Adam Plotkin also helped out with an RBI single.

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Whitefish Bay baseball team comes up just short of Falls in regional thriller

July 22, 2015 12:38 p.m. | Maybe the luck of the draw was unfortunate for the Whitefish Bay baseball team when it came off an impressive win over West Bend East on July 14 only to have to face red-hot, eventual state-tournament-qualifier Menomonee Falls in a WIAA regional final game on July 17.

Not that Bay coach Jay Wojcinski was going to make an issue of it, even after the tough as nails, 4-3 defeat that ended the impressive second half of the Blue Dukes' season with a final mark of 21-11.

"Given the way we've been playing the last 20 games or so, no," he said. "We were going to have face them either now or in the sectional anyway, but we felt confident. It's just that we left a small village (of runners) on the bases."

The Blue Dukes had entered the game with a 10-game winning streak. Falls (26-7) would go on to beat Homestead and Grafton in the July 20 sectional at Cahill Park to earn its first state tourney berth since 2008.

Bay gave the Indians and their Illinois scholarship-bound ace Ty Weber all he could handle in the regional final on a hot and humid night at Falls' Trenary Park. The Blue Dukes had baserunners on each of the first four innings, two each in the second and third. A double play got the Indians out of the first inning problem, and Weber strikeouts did the trick in the second and third.

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Brown Deer municipal buildings need improvements

July 22, 2015 11:33 a.m. | Brown Deer —Brown Deer's municipal buildings need $821,156 in improvements, according to a consultant's study.

The village board in March contracted Bray Architects to assess the condition of the Village Hall, police department, library and public works buildings. Michael Hacker, of Bray Architects, presented the needs for those facilities at a village board meeting on Monday, July 20.

The suggested solutions for those needs will be presented to the board in two weeks. No decisions have been made yet.

Of the three buildings studied, the DPW building, which was built in 1966, has the greatest needs. Hacker said the building needs $526,122 in improvements, including a new HVAC system ($210,600) and the replacement of all overhead garage doors ($133,812). The consultant also suggested a vehicle exhaust system ($56,700), the installation of an emergency generator ($57,780) and $54,000 to replace the electrical system and panel boards.

Hacker identified $185,593 in improvements for the Village Hall and police department building, which was built in 1972. The roof of the police department addition built in 1994 needs to be repaired at a cost of $119,124.

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The Suburban 16 Power Rankings: Watt, Niebrugge, and others on the next level

July 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. | (Editor's note: After a late addition putting Anthony Pettis in the top 15, the "Suburban 15" was expanded to the "Suburban 16")

The meteoric rise just continues.

Pewaukee graduate J.J. Watt, once a scholarship tight end at Central Michigan and then a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin, was voted the No. 1 player in the National Football League by the league's players in a poll conducted by the NFL Network.

Higher than Aaron Rodgers (No. 2) and Tom Brady (No. 3). Higher than anyone could have imagined even when he became the 11th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Even with his second career NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award last year, it's still staggering to think that when the players in the NFL consider who the league's best player is, they turn to Watt.

Sure, all rankings have to be taken with a grain of salt, but especially with the accomplishments of Watt and Jordan Niebrugge, a Homestead graduate who shot an amateur-record round of 67 at the British Open and then tied for sixth in the tourney, there have been some exciting accomplishments racked up by local products. Considering athletes who competed in high school in the Now Newspapers or Lake Country Publications coverage area (and remain active), here's my Suburban 16, where I attempt to rank players based on exposure, impact and post-prep accomplishments.

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Mequon seeks to develop 13 acres in town center district

July 22, 2015 11:28 a.m. | Mequon — As construction reaches its final stages on the Mequon Town Center project, city officials are now focused on developing a 13-acre parcel nearby.

The city of Mequon has solicited Colliers International to market a 13-acre piece of property along Mequon Road for a major development initiative. The property is generally located between the railroad tracks and Buntrock Avenue, and includes three properties.

The city has owned roughly 11 acres of that land for many years, but only recently purchased nearly 2 acres of land on Mequon Road by the railroad tracks for $1.5 million from the Wells family.

The city is willing to sell the property for $1 in order to create additional value in Tax Incremental District #3. TID 3 was created in 2008, and has since generated between $30 million and $40 million in value. The village's investment in the TID includes sewer infrastructure, burying electric utility lines, streetscaping signage and the installation of sidewalks. The TID is scheduled to close in 2028.

Kim Tollefson, the city's director of community development, said development proposals must be consistent with the parameters of the Mequon-Thiensville Town Center Zoning District created in 2007.

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Niebrugge makes Homestead High proud again with finish at British Open

July 22, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Immediately after he won the WIAA state golf title in 2012 for Homestead, the astounding Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon was paid the ultimate compliment by his heavily team-oriented coach Steve O'Brien.

"How can you not mention his name (among the state's all-time best prep golfers)?"

And then later, O'Brien added this: "To be around a kid of such character and talent is a once-in-a-lifetime type of deal. One in a million."

And then this on his level of play: "There's not a high school kid who hits the ball like him. With Jordan, it sounds different, the flight is different.

"He can move the ball. You could hear the crowd oohing and aahing (at the state meet)."

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Thiensville apartment developer agrees to consider smaller condominium development

July 22, 2015 12:53 a.m. | Thiensville— After hearing an overwhelming number of Thiensville residents rejected a 44-unit apartment building at the site of the former M&I Bank building, the developer has agreed to look at the feasibility of building a smaller condominium development.

Fox Point developer David Hoff plans to raze the old bank building, which has been vacant since 2007, and build a 44-unit apartment development on the 1.5-acre piece of land at Green Bay Road and Riverview Drive.

The two-story, U-shaped building consists of a dozen three-bedroom townhomes facing the roadways, and on the inner side of the U-shaped building is a mix of one- and two-bedroom units looking out onto a grass courtyard space. The development would include 77 underground parking spots.

One-bedroom apartments would range from 760 square feet to 900 square feet, and rent would start at $1,100. Two-bedrooms would average 1,100 square feet for about $1,600, and three-bedroom townhomes would average 1,500 square feet for about $2,000.

New TIF considered

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