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Mequon OKs 96-unit apartment complex

Dec. 07, 2011 8:46 a.m. | Over the objections of neighbors, the Mequon Plan Commission this week approved plans for a 96-unit senior apartment complex called Riverwalk Highlands for 10908 N. Cedarburg Road. The complex will have one- and two-bedroom apartments, a community center, exercise room and library.

About five years ago a different developer proposed condominium development, River Trace, for the site which, at that time, was zoned for business.

Several residents addressed a zoning change made at that time to allow for condominiums rather than office space. The zoning change was made conditioned on approval of the condominium plans. They were approved although not built.

According to Assistant Community Development Director Jac Zader, the zoning change stands although the condominiums were not built.

A new developer, United Financial Group, asked for apartments which are allowed under the institutional zoning approved five years ago.

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After 20 years, North Shore Fire Department celebrates efficiencies of consolidation

3:48 p.m. | Brown Deer — It's hard to believe now, but 20 years ago, the consolidation of seven North Shore fire departments was seen as a risk.

At that time, the proposal raised concerns about the lack of local control, slower response times and initial start-up costs. Bayside officials initially rejected the consolidation proposal due to concerns about the loss of a fire station in their community. Those differences were eventually ironed out, and 20 years later, the seven North Shore communities have realized an estimated $2.8 million in annual cost savings, according to a report by the Public Policy Forum.

The fire department celebrated its 20th birthday with a large dinner ceremony last week at the Wisconsin Club. The dinner, which was funded by private donors, featured guest speaker David Axelrod, the former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.

In his speech to firefighters, elected officials and business leaders, North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker thanked local elected officials for taking a risk on consolidation.

"I'm standing up here tonight to tell you, after 20 years, what a lot of you did as a risk - maybe you weren't sure if it was going to work out - I hope you believe it worked out," he said.

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Services scheduled for Homestead High graduate killed in Afghanistan

1:39 p.m. | Services have been scheduled for Quinn Johnson-Harris, a 2012 graduate of Homestead High School in Mequon who was killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan Oct. 2.

At 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 24, a horse-and-carriage funeral procession will leave New Pitts Mortuary at 2031 W. Capitol Drive and head toward the vacant Lowes at Midtown, at 5700 W. Capitol Parkway. A hearse will be waiting and will transport the casket to Abundant Faith Church of Integrity at 7830 W. Good Hope Road. The horse and carriage will then pick the casket up, and take it to Christian Family Fellowship Church at 8633 W. Good Hope Road.

Visitation will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. The funeral for the airman, who was 21, will be at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

According to his instructor, Sgt. Calvin Freeman, Johnson-Harris was the type of person who made everyone laugh and smile.

"He was the heart of the squadron. He was the best of us," Freeman told the Journal Sentinel.

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Man charged with raping 15-year-old boy at gunpoint in Brown Deer

11:38 a.m. | Brown Deer — A 37-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with raping a 15-year-old boy at gunpoint behind bushes on Brown Deer Road.

Jermarro Dantzler has been charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with first-degree sexual assault of a child. Dantzler is due in court on Thursday, Oct. 15 for a preliminary hearing. If convicted of the felony charge, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 60 years.

The 15-year-old victim told Brown Deer police he was walking home on July 19 when Dantzler allegedly grabbed him by the arm in the 6700 block of West Brown Deer Road. The boy said Dantzler was holding a gun, and warned him to "do exactly what I ask you," according to a criminal complaint.

Dantzler allegedly led the boy behind some bushes and made him lay in the grass. The boy said he told Dantzler to take his phone, but Dantzler said he didn't want the phone, according to the complaint. He allegedly asked the boy his name and where he went to high school, according to the complaint.

After checking the boy's body for weapons, Dantzler allegedly pulled down the boy's pants and had sex with him for five to 10 minutes, according to the complaint. After he finished, he allegedly gave the boy two $20 bills.

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Homestead football ties for North Shore lead with win over Whitefish Bay

Oct. 09, 2015 10:21 p.m. | Practice makes perfect.

Homestead running back Matt Winters, he of 20 carries for 165 yards and three TDs, said it best about the week of preparation the Highlanders had for their showdown against North Shore Conference leader Whitefish Bay on Friday night.

"Oh my God, that was the best energy I've ever seen out of this program," said the senior.

And it was the first thing that veteran coach Dave Keel talked about as the Highlanders put up an impressive 407 total yards in overpowering the host Blue Dukes, 35-13, and moving into a share of the NSC lead with Bay.

"Practice, practice, practice," he said. "From our scout team and all the way through, everyone had a great week of preparation. That's what got this done."

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Three North Shore cross country teams win major invitationals

Oct. 09, 2015 7:58 a.m. | It was a good weekend to be a cross country runner in the North Shore last weekend with three major meet titles.

·First, the Homestead boys claimed the Fond du Lac Invite on Friday, Oct. 2, for their first major meet title in about nine years.

·Then on Saturday, Oct. 3, the Shorewood boys won the Burlington Chocolate City Invitational for an elusive win after some rough racing the previous few weeks.

·Then the powerhouse Whitefish Bay girls got a chance to run on a flat and fast course and seized the title in the tradition-oriented Cudahy Purgold meet, also on Oct. 3.

Homestead coach Dan Claussen has every right to be enthused with his team's effort as freshman Drew Bosley, son of Highlander Hall of Famer Andy Bosley, had his coming out party by leading the team to a win with his first individual victory on the 5,000-meter Rolling Meadows Golf Course layout.

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Flooded with Questions: North Shore suburbs five years after 2010 floods

Oct. 08, 2015 1:21 p.m. | In 2010, a storm dumped 7 inches of rain in a two-hour period, causing $17.9 million in damage to Milwaukee County’s North Shore suburbs. The epic deluge was felt across metro-Milwaukee, but Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and parts of Glendale were the hardest hit.

Shorewood/Messmer football team dominates Brown Deer upfront, 49-0

Oct. 07, 2015 1:28 p.m. | Last season, Brown Deer state offensive player of the year Zack Baun ran wild as the Falcons overwhelmed Shorewood/Messmer, 56-26, in a Woodland Conference game and matchup of area rivals.

What a difference a year makes, as a more experienced, more physical Greyhound squad took advantage of the Falcons' inexperience and an injury to Brown Deer star Nyles Williams to power their way through to an impressive 49-0 decision on Oct. 2.

Messwood coach Chad Hofmann was jacked up as the Greyhounds kept their state playoff hopes alive.

"We've been averaging close to 400 yards a game lately," he said. "I knew we were capable of playing this way and we did. We were crisp and efficient and when we play like that, we can do many things."

The victory improved Messwood's overall record to 3-4 and its Woodland East mark to 2-3 while Brown Deer fell to 1-4 and 2-5, respectively.

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Nicolet girls volleyball team rallies to win own Gigl tourney

Oct. 07, 2015 1:23 p.m. | This has been a season of unexpected losses for the Nicolet girls volleyball team.

An injury to three-year libero/defensive specialist and co-captain Maddi Kohnke took a big chunk out of a team that expected to contend yet again for the North Shore Conference title.

And then a loss to North Shore rival Homestead last week sealed the door and eliminated any opportunity for such a crown.

But the Knights can always depend on their own Brittney Gigl Invitational as a pick-me-up. Whether the Knights win or lose the event, it's always a good warm feeling after the meet as Gigl's parents always come to the tournament and explain the meaning of the meet and how the former player had her life cut short some years ago by a swift-acting illness.

All those latter events happened in due course on Oct. 3 in the 15th annual Gigl tourney, but so did something that veteran coach Dann Jacobson may not have seen coming with the injury to Kohnke and the loss to Homestead.

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Homestead alum remembered after tragic plane crash

Oct. 07, 2015 12:38 p.m. | Mequon — The Homestead High School community is mourning the loss of Homestead alum Quinn Johnson-Harris, who was among 11 people killed in an airplane crash in Afghanistan last week.

Johnson-Harris, 21, was a loadmaster assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron. He arrived at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, on May 2, 2014. He was on a four-month rotation to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. He among four airmen from Dyess Air Force base who were killed after a C-130J aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad Airfield on Friday, Oct. 2.

Homestead High School Principal Brett Bowers said Johnson-Harris had a "playful personality" and "one of those light-up-the-room smiles." Bowers still remembers the last time he talked with Johnson-Harris in Homestead's counseling office, where he told Bowers he had decided to enlist in the military.

"He was a very charismatic, dynamic young man," Bowers said. "He was one of those people who has a real natural ability for building relationships, whether it's with students or adults."

Johnson-Harris was also a reserve running back for the Homestead football team. He is the third former Homestead player to pass away in the past year. Juston Segura died in a boating accident in Lake Michigan in early September.

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Keeping an even strain: Nicolet girls win NSC tennis title

Oct. 07, 2015 12:28 p.m. | It's a great accomplishment to win the North Shore Conference girls tennis title because the league is so deep and the competition so good.

And don't get the Nicolet team wrong. The Knights were quite prideful of their second straight NSC crown they earned with two long days of work in the league tournament Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

"The girls were excited and happy," said veteran coach Tim Koppa, "but our celebration lasted about as long as the bus ride from Whitefish Bay back to Nicolet ... we took some pictures, and then it was back to everyday life."

It's not that the Knights are ungrateful, they just have bigger things on their minds.

"We weren't expected in the (recent) past to do this, but it is good to win because it's all good pressure," said junior Elise Gerard, who paired with Annabelle Crowley to claim the first double crown. "We know we'll likely see them again (conference opponents) at state."

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Crave Bar & Food opens in Mequon

Oct. 07, 2015 12:14 p.m. |

Crave Bar & Food, which bills itself as an upscale pub, opened this week in Mequon.

It's at 10401 N. Port Washington Road, on the grounds of the Chalet Motel. The building formerly housed Burrito Bueno, which closed last year.

The chef, Sal Gonzales, said the space has been remodeled to include a bar of granite, metal and wood, and TVs have been added throughout the restaurant.

Crave’s menu has a lineup of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads and wraps. Entrées are featured in three nightly specials, such as steaks and smoked meats; more entrées are expected to be added to the menu later.

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Whitefish Bay football team controls its own NSC destiny this Friday

Oct. 07, 2015 11:33 a.m. | It's all in front for the Blue Dukes; everything the Whitefish Bay football team is looking to accomplish it has complete control over.

Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Lubar Stadium, when they face old nemesis Homestead (4-1 in North Shore Conference, 5-2 overall) in a critical North Shore Conference showdown.

A victory there clinches no worse than a tie for the title for the league-leading Blue Dukes (5-0, 6-1) and would keep the intensity of this long-stewing, underrated rivalry at a full boil.

The last time the Blue Dukes beat the Highlanders was an epic 14-7 Grant Menard/Rashadeem Gray-led decision at Lubar in 2012 that clinched a share of the NSC crown and sent a flood of people happily bounding out onto the field.

Interim coach Jake Wolter, whose team set up the showdown with Homestead with a physical 21-0 beatdown of Milwaukee Lutheran on Oct. 2, would like to see a more sedate celebration should Bay win, but would love a celebration in any shape, manner or form

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Oct. 07, 2015 11:18 a.m. |


The win streak ran to 12 games with three victories last week for the top-ranked in state D2 polls Blue Dukes.

They improved to 5-0 in North Shore play with a 10-0 rout of Milwaukee Lutheran on Sept. 29 and then beat Racine case, 6-2, on Oct. 1 and edged a good Kettle Moraine team, 1-0, on Oct. 3.

They entered this week at 14-1. They will entertain Sussex Hamilton at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 andthen will travel to second-ranked in state D3 polls Grafton (15-1) for the de facto North Shore Conference title game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

The Blue Dukes won the league title last season.

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North Shore fire service consolidation saved millions, report says

Oct. 06, 2015 6:00 a.m. | The consolidation of seven municipal fire and rescue departments on the North Shore 20 years ago has saved the communities millions of dollars while providing a superior level of service, the Public Policy Forum says in a new report.

Those seven municipalities together would have paid a total of $2.8 million more annually in operating costs in 2014 to achieve an equivalent level of service, if they had not combined the departments into one unit, says the report, "Come Together: An analysis of fire department consolidation in Milwaukee County's North Shore."

Success of the North Shore Fire Department prompted Public Policy Forum President Rob Henken to remind other municipalities in southeastern Wisconsin that consolidating a variety of services — fire and rescue, police, health and even school districts — could save taxpayer dollars.

The numbers alone — 146 municipalities and 92 school districts in the seven-county region — show there is plenty of opportunity, Henken said.

While North Shore communities talked for 10 years before consolidation occurred in 1995, it could not have succeeded without the willingness of public officials to take a risk, Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said.

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