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Report of shots fired leads to second Brown Deer School District lockdown

Jan. 29, 2013 4:58 p.m. | Brown Deer High School was locked down for the second time today, along with the elementary and middle schools, after police received reports of possible shots fired just west of campus.

According to a Brown Deer police news release:

Police responded to a report of possible shots fired in the 8000 block of North 60th Street at approximately 2:55 p.m.

Officers on scene received conflicting statements over what type of sound was heard.

Due to the proximity to the high school and the potential for a serious situation, school officials put the district into lockdown as per safety protocols.

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Relays cement Homestead track teams' second-place finishes at Tosa invite

11:52 a.m. | The Homestead boys and girls track teams weren't going to win the Tosa West Dan Benson Invitational on April 29, but they made a point of going out on a high note as both won the closing the event, the 4x400-meter relay, to cement strong second-place team finishes.

Anchor runners Katie Wegmann for the girls and Joe Wasserman for the boys made sure it happened.

"That was fun," said girls coach John Krueger. "We went first, and it was a real back-and-forth race. A real 'and now a right and then a left and now a right' kind of race. We were with the Sun Prairie coaches, and they were feeling really good about things. In fact, I heard one assistant say, 'It's over,' and then here comes Katie right by their girl."

"It's interesting," said boys coach Todd Brawner. "We have some years where our 800 (meter) guys are primarily 400 guys, and here this year, our 400 guys are primarily 800 guys. The kids are just developing nicely. All the sprinters PRed today, all the field events PRed and all the relays did, too."

The meet was the last preparation for Homestead before the North Shore Conference Relays hosted by the Highlanders on May 4. The Highlander girls will also host their annual invitational on Saturday, May 7.

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North Shore golfers tearing up area courses

11:39 a.m. | Yes, the boys golf is good in the North Shore Conference, but the guys at the top are starting to show off a little bit.

Though Cedarburg won the latest nine-hole mini-meet at Tripoli on May 2, the race, which is at the halfway point, is still too close to call. The Bulldogs lead with 24 combined points, while Whitefish Bay has 23 and Homestead 221/2. As far as the weekend tournaments are concerned, these teams just take their turns beating up on everyone else.

Behind UW-Green Bay recruit Patrick Sicula, Bay won the 24-team Kaz Invitational at New Berlin Hills on a windy and rainy April 30 day, while the day before, Nicolet, which sits a competitive fourth in the league race, swept the top three individual places and dominated the 11-team Port Washington Invitational at Hawthorne Hills.

And on April 27, Homestead finished a strong fifth ahead of Bay in the 26-school Brookfield Central Skins Invite at Wanaki, as the Highlanders' Robbie Morway was individual medalist with an 18-hole score of 73.

Sicula said everyone has to keep improving if they want to win the North Shore title; no one can afford to stand still.

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SPORTS SHORTS: May 5

11:28 a.m. |

HOMESTEAD GIRLS SOCCER

The Highlanders stayed in first place in the North Shore Conference race with a 3-1 victory over Grafton on Monday, May 2.

Homestead, which also routed Milwaukee Lutheran, 8-0 on April 26 in another league game, started the week at 3-0 in league play. The Highlanders also edged Mukwonago, 2-1, in a nonconference tilt on April 28. They are 8-2 overall.

Against Mukwonago, the Highlanders scored first on a goal from Jordan Ellerbrock in the 32nd minute. The Indians tied the scored in the 57th minute, but then Kate Thomas provided the gamewinner in the 64th minute with help from Brigid West.

Hannah Malickyand Kelli Ausmanhad two saves each for Homestead.

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Nicolet, Fox Point-Bayside school districts will share administrators

10:55 a.m. | Glendale — Two Nicolet administrators will split their time between Nicolet High School and the Fox Point-Bayside School District under a shared services agreement approved by both school boards this past week.

Nicolet Superintendent Robert Kobylski will replace Fox Point-Bayside Superintendent Vance Dalzin, who will resign at the end of June. Nicolet Business Services Director Jeff Dellutri will replace his counterpart in the Fox Point-Bayside School District, Janice DeMeuse, who plans to retire at the end of June.

The Nicolet and Fox Point-Bayside School Boards notified families of the potential agreement on April 18 and heard public feedback during five school board meetings over the last two weeks.

The only member on either school board to vote against the proposal was Nicolet School Board member Marilyn Franklin, who was concerned the agreement would create a perception of favoritism toward Fox Point-Bayside that would alienate the other two K-8 partner schools. She was also concerned that administrators would not have enough time to meet the needs of each district.

At a Fox Point-Bayside meeting on May 2, resident Therese Gripentrog said the shared services announcement comes as a surprise to all of the people who just supported Nicolet's referendum.

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Shorewood gives $100,000 grant to new restaurant

May 03, 2016 9:09 p.m. | Shorewood — The Shorewood Village Board has granted $103,000 in facade improvement funds to the co-founders of Colectivo Coffee, who plan to renovate the former Verizon building at 4144 N. Oakland Ave. into a modern restaurant serving burgers and ice cream.

The three Colectivo co-founders will lease the building, which is owned by Wendy Wasserman and her brother-in-law, Russell Wasserman. The property is valued at $321,600, but with the renovations would rise by $400,000 to $721,600.

The business owners intend to make an $800,000 cash investment in the building. They are planning to install glass garage doors, a year-round patio and additions to the north and west sides of the building that would increase the size of the building from 1,200 square feet to 2,170 square feet.

The village's facade improvement grant program pays for up to half of facade improvement costs, with a maximum village contribution of $25,000. Grant requests higher than $25,000 require approval from the community development authority and village board.

Trustee Davida Amenta asked that the board reduce its $103,000 contribution to $25,000, but her motion failed on a 5-2 vote. Amenta and Rozek were the only trustees to support that motion, and they were also the only trustees to vote against the approved motion granting $103,000 to the restaurant, which does not yet have a name.

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Glen Hills recognized as a Green Ribbon School

May 03, 2016 1:36 p.m. | Glendale — Glen Hills Middle School is among two schools in the state and 47 schools in the country to be recognized as 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.

The program, in its fifth year, recognizes schools that improve the health of students, cut energy costs, and promote environmental sustainability.

Glen Hills received a LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification in 2013 for its 43-year-old facility. The building has solar panels on the roof that heat the pool. The lighting is LED-based, with motion detectors in all classrooms, and all cafeteria waste is composted. Low-flow toilets and energy-efficient water fountains are among some of the other energy-efficient features in the building.

The school's 15-student "green team" even conducts classroom audits, going to each classroom to make sure teachers and students are composting and recycling. The team is led by 7th grade teachers Katie Staacke and Lauren Picado, but they say the students have taken ownership of the initiative.

"We want to inspire them to make good choices when it comes to our Earth," Staacke said. "There are small things we can do in our day-to-day life, and we hope these students will take what they have learned and teach others to become more sustainable on the local, state and national level. They are excited about the award and what they've done, and they are motivated to do more."

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Dominican High School grad Kevin Brauer repurposing old clothing with Upties business

May 03, 2016 11:32 a.m. | Glendale — Kevin Brauer was cleaning out his closet when he came across a memorable button-down shirt from his childhood that he had outgrown.

"I knew it was too small, but I wanted to use the fabric out of something," he said. "I had this split-second flash of inspiration to turn the shirt into a necktie."

That lightbulb moment happened more than a year ago, when he was a senior at Dominican High School. Curious to see where the idea could go, he asked his aunt to teach him how to sew. Before long, he and three of his friends were spending their after-school hours stitching in his parent's Glendale basement.

"I didn't know where any of this was going to go," he said. "I just wanted to follow through and see if we could do it."

In March 2014, Brauer launched Upties, named after the concept of "upcycling" neckties. He has since filled about 100 orders for ties and bowties made out of old dress shirts.

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Update: Missing 15-year-old girl has been found

May 03, 2016 10:16 a.m. | Update: Glendale police report that Alexandria Simon has been found.

Glendale — The Glendale Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating 15-year-old Alexandria Simon.

Simon is African-American, 5-1" tall, 120lbs, brown hair in braids with light brown accents and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, white high top tennis shoes, and carrying a small black purse with pink straps. She also goes by the name "Lexi".

It is believed she is in the Milwaukee metro area. If you see Alexandria Simon, or know her whereabouts, the Glendale Police Department would like you to call them at 414-228-1753.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer also stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand. Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Draw between Whitefish Bay and Nicolet heats up NSC soccer race

May 02, 2016 8:31 p.m. | Nicolet girls soccer coach Tony Quintero and Whitefish Bay headman Rob Dubinski consider themselves friends.

Their respective teams, however, consider themselves to be the most heated of rivals.

And the Knights and the Blue Dukes made things rather warm with their intensity out on a chilly, windy night at Nicolet April 26 as they fought to a physical and fast 1-1 tie in a North Shore Conference tilt.

"It's the kind of game you bunker in and soldier on," said Quintero. "These kids play each other in club and youth ball and just know each other very well. ...We knew we'd have to grind it out minute by minute."

"It was one of those Nicolet-Bay games," said Dubinski. "We're considered a power, but they're coming in with a very good team. We were the ones who ended their season last year (in WIAA tourney play) so we knew that they'd come at us like a terror.

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Solar energy interest is heating up in Shorewood

April 27, 2016 12:42 p.m. | Shorewood — Lorna Young and Steve Cupery installed solar panels on their Shorewood garage in December, and already they are are producing more energy than they use.

With the help of tax credits and green energy rebates, they spent about $8,000 for 14 solar panels. Their electricity bill dropped from $100 to $17 in the month of March, and they are expecting their bills to continue getting lower in the future as their surplus energy rebates add up.

"There are very few things you can do to your house that pay back faster than solar energy," Cupery said.

Young and Cupery were among 30 Shorewood residents who came to Three Lions Pub on Tuesday, April 26, for a "Solar Power Hour" informational session organized by the Shorewood Conservation Committee and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

The two entities collaborated to create Solar Shorewood, which brings solar energy customers together for a group purchase that is 28 percent lower than market price. The MREA has partnered with the city of Milwaukee on a similar program since 2013, resulting in 98 Milwaukee homes and businesses converting to solar power.

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North Shore Sports Shorts: April 28

April 27, 2016 10:53 a.m. |

SHOREWOOD BOYS GOLF

New Greyhounds coach Patrick Sullivan is proud of his links for former coach Drake Zortman, who stepped aside at the end of last season to take a job at Homestead after leading Brian Morris to Shorewood's first WIAA individual state berth in many years.

"I'm extremely excited to be taking on this new role," he said. "I actually had the opportunity to play football for Drake Zortman in high school at Whitefish Bay and coached with him two falls ago for MessWood (Shorewood/Messmer) during his final season with the program, so it's, on a personal level, very cool to be following in his footsteps so to speak.

"The thing that's impressed me the most about the guys on the team thus far is how quickly they all meshed. They're quite competitive with one another at practices but really do a great job of pushing one another in a positive manner."

The Greyhounds will be a young group with three juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen in the varsity line-up. They include juniors Tommy Curtis, Emmett Ognar, and Henry Dunsirn; sophomores BrendenFardella and Jacob Thorstenson and freshmen Aaron Eimersand Jack Madell.

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DOT to host hearing on intersection of Brown Deer, Green Bay roads

April 27, 2016 10:50 a.m. | Brown Deer — The state Department of Transportation will be holding a public information meeting to gauge Brown Deer's opinion on three potential interchange configurations at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads.

The public information hearing will be held at 4 p.m. May 17 at the Lois and Tom Dolan Community Center, 4355 W. Bradley Road.

The three interchange configurations being proposed include an expansion of the existing overpass, removing the overpass to create a traditional at-grade intersection and the creation of a median U-turn, also known as a "Michigan left" intersection.

Any of the intersection designs would be capable of handling projected traffic growth in 2040. The interchange configurations differ in their sensitivity if traffic exceeds those projections.

If the DOT were to expand the overpass, traffic would have to increase by 45 percent over the DOT's projected 2040 traffic volumes before a movement would fail. A median U-turn would be able to handle a 40-percent increase in traffic volume before a movement would fail. The at-grade four-way intersection would only be able to take a 15 percent increase in traffic volume over the 2040 projections.

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Soccer rivalry heats up on cold night as Nicolet and Bay girls tie, 1-1

April 27, 2016 12:24 a.m. | Nicolet girls soccer coach Tony Quintero and Whitefish Bay headman Rob Dubinski consider themselves friends.

Their respective teams, however, consider themselves to be the most heated of rivals.

And the Knights and the Blue Dukes made things rather warm with their intensity out on a chilly, windy night at Nicolet Tuesday as they fought to a physical and fast 1-1 tie in a North Shore Conference tilt.

"It's the kind of game you bunker in and soldier on," said Quintero. "These kids play each other in club and youth ball and just know each other very well. ...We knew we'd have to grind it out minute by minute."

"It was one of those Nicolet-Bay games," said Dubinski. "We're considered a power, but they're coming in with a very good team. We were the ones who ended their season last year (in WIAA tourney play) so we knew that they'd come at us like a terror.

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Youthful Nicolet soccer team off to 8-1 start

April 26, 2016 7:24 p.m. | Addition by subtraction or simply a turning of the wheel that's long been coming?

Either way you cut it, veteran Nicolet girls soccer coach Tony Quintero is going to take his team's 8-1 start, including a 3-0 sweep and the championship in a tournament in Mensaha on April 23.

Not even a bus breakdown on the way back home from Mensha could dim their spirits.

"The parents were practically in Port Washington by the time we called, but they were able to double back and get us," Quintero said, "but the girls didn't see it as a problem. They brought the boom box out and did a little dancing while waiting. They didn't take it too seriously."

But what Quintero is taking seriously is the high level of play with an extraordinarily young team.

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