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DeKeyser named Whitefish Bay girls basketball coach

May 11, 2014 8:38 p.m. | Rick DeKeyser, who recently resigned after coaching the Nicolet girls basketball team for the last two years, was named the coach for the Whitefish Bay girls basketball team this evening.

DeKeyser was offered the position this weekend and immediately accepted, said Bay Athletic Director John Gustavson. DeKeyser plans on meeting with the returning basketball players sometime this week at lunch.

DeKeyser said he was not actively pursuing any head coaching positions after his resignation and had accepted a job as an assistant at another school before the Bay position came up.

"This was the only job I would have accepted," said DeKeyser. "In fact, I was offered two other jobs (head coaching) after I resigned and I said 'no' to both of them."

DeKeyser takes over for former Bay assistant Dave Markson, who served as a successful interim coach this season.

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Dredging to remove contaminated muck from Milwaukee River

May 08, 2014 4:49 p.m. | An estimated 36,000 cubic yards of contaminated muck will be removed this year from the Milwaukee River between Lincoln Park and the Estabrook Park dam, state and federal officials said.

There are nine places in this mile-long stretch where chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, accumulated in the river-bottom sediment, said Marsha Burzynski, a water resources management specialist with the state Department of Natural Resources. Total cost of dredging the deposits from the river is estimated at $15 million.

Information on the locations of the contaminated muck and proposed dredging methods will be discussed at a May 20 open house at Lincoln Park. The informational meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. inside the Blatz Pavilion, 1301 W. Hampton Ave.

Most of the muck will be disposed of at landfills in Wisconsin, Burzynski said. An estimated 500 cubic yards of highly contaminated sediment must be shipped out of the state to specially licensed landfills.

The majority of cleanup costs will be paid by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Great Lakes Legacy Act.

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Life sentence for homeless man who killed former benefactor

May 08, 2014 12:25 p.m. | A homeless man convicted of killing a Glendale resident who was found buried under clutter in his home days after he was reported missing last fall was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

Nicholas Retzlaff, 26, who as a troubled teen had been taken in by the victim, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree intentional homicide, as party to a crime, in the death of 65-year-old peace activist Peter Holzberger.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Timothy Dugan, noting that a friend said Holzberger believed anyone could find redemption, even in prison, made Retzlaff eligible to apply for supervised release in 45 years.

Retzlaff's attorney, Gregory Renden, read a statement from his client expressing his apologies and saying "the only person who ever cared about me was Peter."

Rendan said Retzlaff, who suffered abuse and neglect from his parents until they kicked him out in 2004, suffers from Asperger's syndrome and doesn't really have the capacity for empathy, to understand how his actions affect others.

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North Shore Boulangerie combines cafe with bakery in Shorewood

May 08, 2014 8:51 a.m. | North Shore Boulangerie opened Wednesday at 4401 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood, with baked goods as well as prepared foods for lunch.

Customers can expect to find items like croissants ($2.50) and quiche such as goat cheese-leek ($6.25 a slice) in the cases. The bakery-cafe has a barista making espresso drinks.

Owner Gene Webb said he has seating for 30 at North Shore Boulangerie, which is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

To contact: (414) 963-2153.  

Homestead boys and girls track teams win North Shore Relays

May 07, 2014 10:22 p.m. | Homestead pole vaulter Elyssa Tracy is said to be "as mentally strong as they come" by Highlander girls track coach John Krueger.

She has endured multiple surgeries on her feet and ankles after a lifetime of competing in sports, including a successful run for the Highlander gymnastics team.

A team it seems, that has made an en masse transition to the track squad.

So with that tough backstory behind her, it was small potatoes for Tracy when she decided to go for and clear 10 feet-nine inches in at the end of the North Shore Conference Relays on a chilly day in Grafton on Wednesday and break the tie with Nicolet for the event title in the final competition of the night.

And with that effort, the Highlanders completed their rally and overcame a challenge from a young and talented Germantown team to claim the meet title in a stunning three-way battle with Germantown and league indoor champ Whitefish Bay.

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Tasting room closing could change Shorewood loan

May 06, 2014 8:00 a.m. | A village loan to help finance the opening of a craft brewery's Shorewood tasting room could change with that tavern's recent closing.

Big Bay Brewing Co. in December 2010 received a $25,000 loan to open the tasting room, at 4517 N. Oakland Ave., and to buy kegs for its beer.

Big Bay, which brews its brands at Stevens Point Brewery, in April closed the 2,100-square-foot tasting room, which opened three years ago. The adjacent Three Lions Pub is remodeling it as an addition.

The village loan required Big Bay to maintain its business within Shorewood's Oakland Ave. tax incremental financing district.

So, Big Bay President Jeff Garwood is asking the Shorewood Community Development Authority to waive that requirement while the company continues to pay off the loan. Big Bay still owes $15,657, with the loan scheduled to be paid off by Jan. 1, 2018, according to a village report.

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MMSD goes with mandate to disconnect downspouts from combined sewers

May 05, 2014 9:55 p.m. | The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is moving forward this month with new regulations requiring owners of most homes, duplexes and four-unit apartment buildings in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood to disconnect roof downspouts from combined sanitary and storm sewers.

The mandate would take effect Jan. 1, 2016, and apply to all buildings served by combined sewers. Deadline for disconnections is Jan. 1, 2025.

Primary targets of the regulations are residences with lawns big enough to absorb the water, MMSD Executive Director Kevin Shafer said Monday.

Most commercial businesses and large apartment buildings likely would be exempt since they generally are surrounded by pavement and water from a disconnected downspout would drain to the street and enter a combined sewer anyway.

Any property owner could be granted an exemption from disconnecting one or more downspouts if there is not adequate space on a lot for the water to seep into the ground, under the regulation.

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