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Whitefish Bay boys basketball team outlasts Falls, 55-46

Dec. 22, 2012 11:59 p.m. | Sticking like gum to the bottom of their shoes, the winless Menomonee Falls boys basketball team just wouldn't leave Whitefish Bay alone in the Al McGuire Classic Tournament in the Al McGuire Center Saturday night.

It took some doing, even rallying from an early 7-0 deficit, but the Blue Dukes were finally able to rid themselves of the pesky Indians with a 55-46 decision.

"It was good that we started responding better," said Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik. "We would have liked a better start, but I like our perseverance. That we can fall down seven, 10 or 12 points and still bring ourselves back."

With the win, the Blue Dukes improved to 7-2 overall, while Falls, even though game-after-game it remains competitive, fell to 0-8.

Bay pulled off the win a day after a tough 60-55 North Shore win over Grafton, a useful exercise in the eyes of Lazovik.

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Cedarburg girls gain separation

Dec. 21, 2012 10:14 p.m. | The Cedarburg girls basketball team successfully created some separation in the North Shore Conference standings with a 50-45 win over host Nicolet on Friday night.

The Bulldogs improved to 4-1 in conference play and 5-2 overall to sit atop the conference with Whitefish Bay. The Knights dropped to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play. All three were tied entering Friday’s contests.

The Knights overcame a shaky start and early 7-2 deficit to tie the game at 13 after the first quarter. Senior guard Michelle Peltz put the Knights ahead 15-13 in the second, and the Knights appeared to be gaining momentum. Nicolet senior guard Sara Travia scored 10 of Nicolet’s 17 second-quarter points, including a long two-point jumper from the baseline with just seconds left in the half on a textbook drive-and-dish from senior forward Briana Gray. The Knights led 30-23 at the break.

“I thought we played a good first half,” Bulldogs head coach David Ross said. “They made some incredible shots. Instead of being down by seven, I thought it was a pretty even game. It’s hard to duplicate the shooting that they were doing.”

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UWM professor selected as Shorewood School board member

Dec. 21, 2012 4:20 p.m. | The Shorewood School Board on Thursday selected University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor Paru Shah to fill the vacant School Board seat until the April election.

Shah, who moved to Shorewood in July 2011, is a political-science professor at UWM with research focused on the impact of racial/ethnic inequalities on politics in urban settings. Most recently, her research has examined when and where racial and ethnic minorities gain elected office, and what policy effect their presence has, according to her application to the School Board.

Because the majority of her research focuses on local elected offices - both school boards and city governments - she said in her application that she is familiar with the structures and institutions.

In addition to her academic interests, Shah said she had a desire to serve the community.

Before attending school for her PhD, Shah worked for an AmeriCorps program. She also served on the board of directors at Rape Victims Advocates.

Social media users share images of today's snowfall

Dec. 18, 2012 1:48 p.m. | Snow. It's here, whether you're ready for it or not. And social media users shared a bunch of photos as it began to fall Tuesday.

Read the story and see the photos of snowfall today.

Visit Today's TMJ4 for more on today's snowfall and a winter storm watch later this week.

Nicolet Superintendent Monroe announces retirement

Dec. 18, 2012 10:26 a.m. | Nicolet Superintendent Rick Monroe will retire at the end of this school year, the district announced in a news release this morning.

Monroe, who has been Nicolet's Superintendent since 2007, announced his retirement at a special faculty and staff meeting today.

"I've been thinking about it since August, and over Thanksgiving break I had time to think and reflect on it," Monroe said. "I said 'yes, the time is right.'"

Monroe began his education career in 1976 in the Milwaukee Public Schools system as a special education teacher. He served in MPS for 19 years before becoming Principal of St. Francis High School and later Shorewood High School.

At this point, Monroe said he isn't considering any other employment options after retirement, and timed his announcement to allow the school board to find a suitable replacement by the beginnning of the 2013-14 school year. 

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Fox Point's West to head MMSD commission again

Dec. 18, 2012 9:44 a.m. | Fox Point Village President Michael West has been re-elected chairman of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's 11-member commission.

West, a registered architect and professional engineer, will serve a second consecutive one-year term as chairman.

The commission on Monday also re-elected Michal Ann Dawson of Milwaukee to a second consecutive one-year term as vice-chair.

Dawson is a former deputy commissioner of the Department of City Development and a former special assistant to Mayor John Norquist.

NOW bloggers talk about Newtown shooting

Dec. 17, 2012 9:27 a.m. | There have been a lot of national gun-related shootings this year, but Friday's in Newtown, Conn., took the country by surprise perhaps more than any other.

And several of the NOW bloggers took up their virtual pens to share their thoughts on the latest tragedy.

  • Tom Ceparski of Oak Creek writes of the conflict he feels being a father of a young girl and a gun owner.
  • Tom Gaertner of Wauwatosa writes that he spent time cleaning his firearms after his hunting season.
  • Lester Schultz of the North Shore believes it is time to do something about gun control.
  • Karen Waldkirch of Wauwatosa says we need to look at ourselves in order to change the culture in America.
  • Robin Zdroik of Greenfield thinks we should look inward to do the best that we can.
  • Kevin Fischer of Franklin wonders what would happen if shooter Adam Lanza were alive.
  • TJ Meyers-Jansky of West Allis reminds us that the shooting occurred because of human choices.

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