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Mequon-Thiensville district holding logo contest

Jan. 10, 2013 12:42 p.m. | The Mequon-Thiensville School District is crowdsourcing the creation of its new logo with a community-wide contest.

According to a district release, all community members, including past and current students, can enter designs. Contestants must live in or have attended the Mequon-Thiensville district, and are allowed to submit multiple entries.

The winning look will go on the district website, letterhead, and be used in future branding.

"The logo currently being used the by Mequon-Thiensville School District has become outdated and we seek an updated logo that builds on the fine tradition of the school district," Superintendent Demond Means said in the release. "We are very excited to see the submitted designs."

The district is accepting entries through Feb. 8 at www.mtlogocontest.com and will announce a winner in early March.

Shorewood approves beekeeping ordinance

11:34 a.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood residents are now able to keep bee hives in their yards.

Dozens of communities in southeastern Wisconsin have legalized beekeeping in the last couple years. The beekeeping ordinance unanimously approved by the Shorewood Village Board on Feb. 1 was based on language from nine other communities.

Shorewood residents who want to join the beekeeping trend will have to be trained in beekeeping, notify their neighbors and apply for a $25 permit. Annual renewal permits will cost $10.

In crafting its ordinance, the Shorewood Village Board received guidance from Charlie Koenen, a Shorewood native who invented a horizontal beekeeping system at his Beepods company. A self-described "beevangelist," Koenen said the rise of urban beekeeping will help restore a honey bee population that has been in decline for the last decade.

While Shorewood may not seem like a hotbed for pollination activity, Koenen said urban environments have a more diverse ecosystem compared to large agricultural fields, which he said have been largely homogenized for the sake of productivity. After the single crop in a monoculture field has flowered, insect pollinators are left with nothing to eat and their numbers decline.

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St. Monica Parish hosts first "wine and art" winter social

Feb. 08, 2016 10:13 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — St. Monica Parish will host its first-ever "wine and art" winter social on Feb. 13 at the church at 160 E. Silver Spring Drive.

The family-friendly portion of the event lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $5. Activities include art projects, create-your-own-valentine booth and an art sale.

The adult activities last from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be wine and craft beer tasting, light dinner, silent auction, an art sale, guided painting and a jazz quartet. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets are available at www.2016wintersocial.eventbrite.com.

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Whitefish Bay orchestra presents Music for Munchkins children's concert

Feb. 08, 2016 11:35 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay High School Orchestra presents "Valentine's Day in Madagascar," its annual Music for Munchkins children's concert, on Sunday, Feb. 14.

This family-friendly event features a string instrument "petting zoo" from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., during which children of all ages are invited to touch, play, and hear string instruments such as violins, violas, cellos, and basses. Aspiring musicians will also have the opportunity to create Madagascar-themed crafts in preparation for the performance, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

Featured musical selections include "Stop! In the Name of Love," "New York, New York," "Can't Buy Me Love," Love Potion Number 9," "My Girl" and "Love Shack." Fifth graders from Cumberland and Richards elementary schools will be included as special guest musicians.

The general public is invited to attend. Please enter through the music wing (Door #11), just east of the main entrance at Whitefish Bay High School, 1200 E. Fairmount Avenue in Whitefish Bay. Admission is $3 per person, payable at the door.

Cedarburg girls basketball team beats Homestead, ties for NSC lead

Feb. 06, 2016 11:39 p.m. | Back on Jan. 22, the Homestead girls basketball team beat Cedarburg, 48-45, and Bulldogs' coach Dave Ross couldn't help but admire the winning Highlanders' intensity and toughness.

So on Saturday night, Ross was pleased to see the Bulldogs return the favor, as they took an early 11-3 lead and never let the Highlanders fully rally in a 53-47 victory that thrust the Bulldogs into a tie for the North Shore Conference lead with Germantown.

"...We got a message to our kids (after that first game), if we don't become more physical we're not going to be able to stay with the really good teams like Homestead," said Ross. "We noticed our schedule has us playing the top teams (in the league) at the end of the season. I think that situation worked to our advantage.

"Because we needed to grow up. The injuries we had at the start of the season are gone. We're feeling better and we're playing a lot better."

That much was evident as the Bulldogs improved to 9-2 in the North Shore, same as two-time North Shore champ Germantown, which the Bulldogs will visit on Feb. 12.

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Whitefish Bay boys basketball team rallies past Nicolet, 79-74

Feb. 05, 2016 11:10 p.m. | Everyone counts on the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team, from stars Elijah Moore and David Thompson to clutch 3-point ace Cade Garcia, and down to the five senior reserves who started tonight's 79-74 win over border rival Nicolet.

"I really liked how those kids (Kale Moore, Alec Lindfors, Tony Schulz, Carter Heston and Charlie Cohen) reacted to the situation (of starting)," said Blue Duke coach Chris Millner. "They deserved that shot. They've worked hard. ...and Cade got hot at the right time for us (a run of three 3-pointers in a two-minute span late in the second half).

"That's the thing about this team. There's always someone stepping up, picking us up."

It was a fitting win on senior night for Bay, who on this busy night also had the Milwaukee Bucks' mascot Bango, the Bucks' Band and the UW-Milwaukee Panther in attendance.

The Blue Dukes, who rallied from an 8-0 deficit to the surging Knights incurred in the first couple of minutes, improved to 7-3 in the North Shore Conference with the win and 12-6 overall. They trail only Germantown (9-1) and Cedarburg (8-2) in the NSC.

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Meet and greet the Mequon-Thiensville School Board candidates Feb. 10

Feb. 05, 2016 10:42 a.m. | Mequon — Chris Schultz and Aaron Hurvitz, candidates who are challenging the incumbents for two seats on the Mequon-Thiensville School Board, will host a "Meet and Greet" event Wednesday, Feb. 10.

Mequon-Thiensville residents are invited to meet the candidates, learn more about why Schultz and Hurvitz are running for School Board, what they stand for, share perspectives and concerns about the school district and enjoy some light refreshments from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Tolzman Community Room at Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road.

Incumbent board members Mary Cyrier and Kathryn Houpt are being challenged by Schultz and Hurvitz.

Schultz is a recently retired science educator who taught at Homestead High School for 17 years before retiring last year. Schultz said he wants to bring her educator experience to the board in order to serve as a "bridge of understanding" between students, parents, teachers and the board.

"We are running because residents and parents have expressed serious concerns to us about the Mequon-Thiensville School Board's decisions and attitudes," Schultz said.

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Video: DOT proposes 'Michigan left' intersection at Brown Deer, Green Bay roads

Feb. 05, 2016 8:04 a.m. | Brown Deer — Having reached somewhat of a stalemate with Brown Deer officials, the Department of Transportation has suggested a new design for the intersection at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads.

The DOT has previously proposed reconstructing the Green Bay Road overpass at a taller height with six lanes, sidewalks, bicycle lanes and wider paved shoulders. Brown Deer Road under the overpass would also be expanded to six lanes to match the rest of the road east and west of the overpass.

The Brown Deer Village Board has objected to a new overpass, saying a larger, wider bridge would be unsightly, block business visibility and impede economic development. Trustees would like to see an at-grade intersection that allows visibility to the Original Village area and the Marketplace of Brown Deer shopping center.

The DOT has said that creating a traditional at-grade intersection would increase traffic at that intersection by an estimated 13,000 cars per day, and would result in a 22 percent to 56 percent increase in crashes.

Seeking to find middle ground, DOT officials came before the Brown Deer Village Board on Monday, Feb. 1, with a third option: a median U-turn intersection, also known as a "Michigan left." The intersections have been in Michigan since the 1960s, but have never been built in Wisconsin.

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Young Brown Deer boys fearless in face of intense schedule

Feb. 03, 2016 2:48 p.m. | Over in nearby Germantown, it took former coach Steve Showalter and the Warhawks boys' basketball team over a decade to reach its astounding recent three straight WIAA state championship status.

Meanwhile in nearby Brown Deer, Falcons' coach Kelly Appleby is in only his fifth season and he already has three Woodland Conference titles and two WIAA State D3 championships to his credit.

But he definitely thought his team was in rebuilding mode going into this season after the second state title last season as powerhouse talents Lewrenzo Byers, Donovan Lucas and Zack Baun graduated and took leave of the Brown Deer campus for collegiate opportunity and education.

However, following a stunning whirlwind three-wins in four days effort last week that included an instant classic of a three-overtime victory over previously unbeaten New Berlin Eisenhower and a beat-down of traditional state D2 power Wisconsin Lutheran, Appleby is rapidly reassessing his early assessment of his squad.

Especially since this run came just a few short days after a mildly disappointing home defeat at the hands of Pewaukee on Jan. 21.

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Mistaken gun reports caused hourlong I-43 shutdown

Feb. 03, 2016 1:47 p.m. | Bayside — A portion of I-43 was shut down on Wednesday, Feb. 3 due to a high-risk traffic stop made by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies stopped a vehicle shortly after 11 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-43, just south of Brown Deer Road. Southbound I-43 traffic was forced to exit at Brown Deer Road and re-enter at Good Hope Road for about an hour.

While conducting the stop, several witnesses called to report a subject picking up a gun off the freeway nearby. The investigation determined that the item was not a gun, but a handheld radio.

(This article was updated at 9:13 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9)

Area swim teams perform well at State Small Schools

Feb. 03, 2016 1:05 p.m. | With conference tests coming up across the board on Feb. 6, tired but well-trained boys swimmers from across the area got a glimpse of what the WIAA Division 2 state meet will probably look like in a few weeks when they took part in the State Small Schools Meet on Jan. 30 in Plymouth.

The high-powered Shorewood group fared the best, taking second in the 18-school field while Whitefish Bay overachieved in earning fifth and the Brown Deer/University School squad rode a victory from Ben Hayes in the 100-yard breaststroke to a 13th-place showing.

"As a coach, I was incredibly impressed with my boys," said Shorewood coach Tom Miazga. "They defined what it means to race until the meet is over. I think the boys would be the first to tell you they were not satisfied with how the meet started yesterday.

"We were very excited and motivated, but really struggled to put together the swims we desired. After the break, with a quick pump-up, the boys turned a strong corner and had a fantastic finish to the meet. I was so relieved to see the boys rally around one another and take over in the second half of the meet."

Shorewood, which won the Woodland Relays back in December, and Brown Deer/USM will take part in the Woodland meet at Greenfield on Saturday with diving at 10 a.m. and swimming at 1:30 p.m.

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Master Greg Chay talks discipline, respect at new Mequon Chay's Tae Kwon Do location

Feb. 03, 2016 12:47 p.m. | Mequon —From first steps to the walk across the stage at high school and college graduation, there are many proud moments one experiences as a parent. For Jon Grosso, the day his daughter Alexandra earned her first-degree junior black belt is one he will not soon forget.

"I remember it vividly," said Grosso, of Mequon. "It was an incredibly proud moment when my daughter received her black belt and her name was on it and there are many other proud moments, but that day stands out to me for sure."

A cut above the rest

The countless hours she dedicated to training at Chay's Tae Kwon Do leading up to that day, combined with the values she has picked up along the way, are among the reasons Grosso said that day was so special to him.

"We've come to think of Chay's as family," said Grosso, who has been a patron of the school's Cedarburg location for six years. "We are so happy that he has expanded into our area so that others can partake in the program."

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Glendale hotel could be flipped into apartment complex

Feb. 03, 2016 12:23 p.m. | Glendale — A 96-unit extended stay hotel will be upgraded and reformatted into townhome apartments.

The extended stay hotel, called Suites at North Shore, consists of 12 eight-unit buildings at 7275 N. Port Washington Road. The Glendale Common Council will consider rezoning the property to allow a 96-unit apartment development known as The Glen. The furnished and unfurnished apartments will be marketed to corporations, students and other professionals.

The hotel-to-apartment conversion is being pitched by Robert Schmidt, CEO of property development firm Boulder Venture, and Scott Lurie, a principal at Jomela Properties, which owns and manages 1,400 apartments across southeastern Wisconsin. Together they have formed a new company called Jomela Boulder.

Jomela Boulder purchased the buildings in fall 2015 for $3.2 million. They say the facility is no longer viable as a hotel, due to its age and building format.

Built in the early 1980s, the building functioned for many years as a Residence Inn by Mariott hotel. After the owners lost the Mariott franchise, they operated the extended-stay hotel as "Suites at North Shore." Marriott, meanwhile, is building an 83-unit extended-stay Residence Inn hotel development at 7003 N. Port Washington Road, just west of the PNC Bank.

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Revamped Chekouras tourney a tribute to late Homestead basketball coach

Feb. 03, 2016 12:11 p.m. | Will it really be 10 years this spring?

Yes, amazingly, it has.

If you press him hard, long-time Homestead boys assistant basketball coach Steve O'Brien will tell you there isn't a day where in some form or another he doesn't turn his head one way or the other for a moment, stare off into the distance and think about his late mentor and good, good friend John Chekouras, who passed away surprisingly in 2006.

Chekouras, husband, father, teacher, promoter of youth basketball, advocate of Special Education/Olympics and, of course, basketball coach for many, many years at Homestead, still casts a large shadow at the school and in the community and is still remembered fondly by many people.

For years, to honor his memory, there has been a traditional four-team, semifinal/championship holiday boys basketball tournament the Highlanders have hosted with his name on it. But it was running a little short on energy in recent years, and it was also running headlong into the hoops juggernaut that is the three-day Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Classic at nearby Concordia University that is held virtually at the same time.

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Brown Deer boys basketball team knock off unbeaten Eisenhower

Feb. 03, 2016 12:04 p.m. | For all the accolades he and his team have earned in the past two WIAA Division 3 state championship seasons, Brown Deer's 102-99 triple overtime victory at New Berlin Eisenhower on Jan. 29 was a first for Falcons coach Scott Appleby.

"Triple overtime at Eisenhower," he said. "I've coached here three times, and I have never actually won at Eisenhower, so this is my first time. This is a special win. Every time you can go into an environment where they're undefeated, a conference opponent, you get a win, that's going to rank right near the top."

The victory was part of a spectacular three wins in four days effort by the Falcons that improved them to 8-2 in Woodland Conference East play, one game ahead of Whitnall and to 11-4 overall (see separate story for details on other games).

The Jan. 29 contest matched Brown Deer against New Berlin Eisenhower, which had gone into the game unbeaten and was the top-ranked team in the Division 2 state polls. And it was an old-fashioned barn burner where the Lions couldn't close out the Falcons at the end of the first half or the game.

With Eisenhower leading, 77-72, with 2:17 left to play, Brown Deer went on a 9-4 run, as Damon Jackson scored on a drive, Craig Schimenz hit his sixth 3-pointer of the night, Jackson scored on a another drive and 6-foot, 7-inch Taurus Adams nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 81-81 with 47 seconds left and send it into overtime.

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