Ghassan Batanyeh got sick within two minutes of finishing his mahi mahi filet at the Cheesecake Factory at Bayshore Town Center back in 2009.
He had suffered an acute attack of Scombroid poisoning, which occurs when someone eats certain types of fish that have not been properly refrigerated. Bacteria begins to break down fish flesh releasing histamines, and, unlike many other food-borne disease, toxins the bacteria produce survive heat from the cooking process.
Batayneh sued, and last week the California-based restaurant company settled the case on the eve of trial with a payment of $14,000 plus another $1,500 in costs, according to plaintiff's attorney Mike Hanrahan and court records.
According to Hanrahan, Batanyeh became light-headed, dizzy and began to sweat profusely before he blacked out and slid from his chair to the floor of the restaurant. Paramedics responded and Batanyeh was taken to a hospital emergency room. He recovered in a few days from the acute reaction, but didn't feel 100% for weeks, his attorney said.
Calls to Cheesecake Factory's corporate headquarters seeking comment were not returned Tuesday.
With another round of snow Tuesday, people across Southeastern Wisconsin snapped photos of the messy drives and the serene surroundings.
Here are some of the best photos that people shared on social media.
A 21-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for an outstanding Glendale warrant and a stash of guns and drugs was discovered after police were called for a noise complaint to the Residence Inn, 7275 N. Port Washington Road, at 1:40 a.m. Feb. 17.
According to the Glendale police report:
The woman, who had signed a "no party" form, admitted renting the suite to host a party for her sister. There were more than a dozen people on the first level who were told to leave and did.
Police then went to the loft level where they found five more people who also were told to leave and did. After they left, police found plastic bags holding 2 grams of marijuana, two handguns and more than a dozen rounds of ammunition under the mattress.
When asked who these people were, the woman and her sister said they could not identify them because they were "friends of friends."» Read Full Article
Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Tom Wolfgram's bid for re-election in the April 2 spring election will rise or fall on the judgment of voters weighing the significance of his signature on a 2011 petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker.
Wolfgram, a 19-year veteran of the court in an overwhelmingly conservative county, acknowledges signing his name to a petition seeking to recall a sitting Republican governor.
The signature triggered a challenge to his hold on the job for the first time since he was appointed to the court in 1994 by then Gov. Tommy Thompson. County voters rehired Wolfgram without opposition in 1995, 2001 and 2007.
Joe Voiland, an attorney attempting to unseat Wolfgram, announced Monday that four Republican state legislators representing portions of Ozaukee County had endorsed the Voiland campaign: Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills, and Reps. Dan Knodl of Germantown, Jim Ott of Mequon and Duey Stroebel of the Town of Cedarburg.
Wolfgram, a former Ozaukee County district attorney, countered with his own weighty list of law enforcement endorsements: Sheriff Maury Straub, District Attorney Adam Gerol, chiefs of six municipal police departments and the county's Deputy Sheriff's Association. Among judges endorsing his re-election are Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Michael Gableman and Annette Ziegler, and Wisconsin Appeals Court Chief Judge Richard Brown.» Read Full Article
Brown Deer wants input on how to occupy the Lowe's building which has stood vacant since Oct. 2011.
Lowe's constructed the building in 2006 after the village invested $2.4 million through a tax incremental financing district.
Village officials will field questions and seek input on the Lowe's building on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Lois & Tom Dolan Community Center, 4355 W. Bradley Road.
For more information, contact Village Planning and Zoning Specialist Nate Piotrowski at (414) 371-3061.
An object resembling a pipe bomb was found in the wood shop of Lake Shore Middle School in Mequon on Sunday afternoon.
The object turned out to be an empty piece of pipe capped at both ends. The Milwaukee County Bomb Squad moved the pipe to a safe location and detonated it at 4:20 p.m.
A group of parents and a technology education teacher was cleaning and reorganizing the wood shop area when the suspicious object was found at 1:15 p.m., according to a letter sent to parents by the Mequon-Thiensville School District. The pipe appeared to be discarded plumbing parts and not an attempt to build a pipe bomb.
A second search of the building was conducted after the disposal of the object, and nothing else suspicious was discovered. Classes on Monday will not be affected.
WIAA individual state wrestling tournament crowned its champions yesterday in Madison and MyCommunityNOW has updated photojournalist Peter Zuzga's state wrestling tournament photo gallery with images from the championship rounds.The
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For the third time this season the Homestead boys basketball team gave defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Germantown a battle, but for the third time, the Warhawks’ size and length proved too much.
Top-seeded Germantown had a 17-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back in defeating fourth-seeded Homestead, 70-44, in a regional final Saturday in front of a standing-room-only crowd.
“We did what we had to do to take care of this team,” Germantown coach Steve Showalter said. “Nothing was easy. We had some spurts where things weren’t going right.”
The Warhawks (24-0) notched their 52nd straight win, a streak that dates back to the 2011-12 season. The win earned them a spot in the sectional semifinals Thursday against No. 3 seed Arrowhead at Waukesha West.
If a first quarter can turn a game one way or another, the Warhawks made it count, holding the Highlanders to just 1 of 11 shooting. As they have done all season, Germantown used its size and length.» Read Full Article
After one quarter of its WIAA Division 3 regional championship contest on Saturday night, the Brown Deer boys basketball team held a comfortable 16-5 lead over visiting Racine St. Catherine’s.
Head coach Kelly Appleby and his team, however, were not fooled by that.
“We expected them to come back,” Appleby said of the Angels. “They’re a good team and a quality opponent. They’ve got a great coach over there (the veteran Bob Letsch), and they’ve had huge success through the years.
“We knew they wouldn’t just roll over for us. We weren’t too excited about what we had there. We had a good start, but we had a whole game to play.”
True to Appleby’s prediction, St. Catherine’s indeed kept coming back, climbing to within one point in the second period and two points in the fourth quarter, but each time, the Falcons answered with a run of their own.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay has seen its fair share of talented basketball players this season.
Unfortunately, they ran into one more in Milwaukee Washington’s latest superstar,
Jamaar McKay. His unselfish pass to Justin Harris led to the game-winning free throw as the Purgolders eliminated the Blue Dukes, 63-62, Saturday night at Washington in a WIAA Division 2 regional final.
Washington advances to play No. 1-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran Thursday at Waukesha North.
“He has been making those plays all season,” said Washington first year coach Fred Riley. “I have been saying he is the ‘Lebron James of Wisconsin’ all season.”» Read Full Article
In close, meaningful games, a team tends to bond over a huge 3-pointer or a gutsy defensive stand. The Homestead boys gathered themselves early in the fourth quarter not after a huge play by a teammate but rather the opponent, Waukesha West.
After a 3-point play was followed up by a technical foul, Homestead went on a 10-2 run to close the door and notch a 62-51 WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal win over the fifth-seeded Wolverines. The Highlanders advanced to play at No.1-seeded Germantown on Saturday night.
"To be honest with you, it just really made us mad," said Highlanders forward Luke Worthington. "We kind of rallied around it. A lot of the calls were not going our way all night, but we battled through it."
Holding a cozy 46-35 lead two minutes into the fourth quarter, Homestead felt the boat take a hit. West senior Christian Walz scored a layup and the Highlanders (15-8) were called for a five-second, closely-guarded violation on the ensuing possession.
West guard Earnest Cowser drove to the basket, and Tyler Domenoski was able to gather a rebound, avoid a tumble and put up a shot that went in attached with a foul by Worthington, which put him on the bench for a considerable amount of time. The technical made matters worse, and Domenoski drilled all three free throws to cut the lead to only 46-42 with 5:22 remaining.» Read Full Article
Nicolet basketball coach Paul Hepp was so certain that the baseline 3-pointer that was put up by his team late in its WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal Friday night with North Shore rival Grafton was down that he had all but called the time-out already.
Instead, the ball did at least a 720-degree, maybe even 1,080-degree spin around the basket, being sucked more than halfway down before it popped back out and into the hands of Grafton forward Beau Benzschawel.
So instead of being down just two with just under a minute to go and with another chance to force a turnover, the Knights were forced to foul Benzschawel.
He downed two free throws with 45 seconds left for a 54-47 lead and the Knights were never able to get within four again in a season-ending 56-50 defeat.
"Sometimes the basketball gods just don't smile on you," said a philosophical Hepp, "but this more or less came down to whether we could play a full game or not. Even when we were on a recent winning streak (six games), we'd play some good halves and then we'd play some mediocre halves."» Read Full Article
The Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes boys basketball team earned a trip to the third round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs on Friday night by knocking off visiting Milwaukee Morse-Marshall Juneau, 78-40.
The third-seeded Blue Dukes (17-6) move on to face No. 2 Milwaukee Washington (16-7) on Saturday. The Purgolders were co-champions of the strong City Conference.
Blue Dukes senior guard Keelin Johnson helped his team jump out to the kind of fast start so important in postseason games by scoring Bay's first nine points. Johnson got into foul trouble early, but junior forward Joe Sherburne helped pick up the slack, and the pair combined for 16 first-quarter points to give Bay a 22-9 lead after one.
"Keelin played really well for us, Joe Sherburne, Christian Lane, Miles Sigh, you could really go down the list," Whitefish Bay head coach Kevin Lazovik said. "It was a great team effort. Guys came in off the bench and contributed and that's what we need at this point. You want to be playing your best basketball at this point in the season. That was a good one, and hopefully we can be even better still."
The Blue Dukes kept attacking, using their up-tempo, aggressive style to build a 20-point lead early in the second quarter and a 36-18 advantage at halftime. The sixth-seeded Eagles struggled working inside against a much bigger Whitefish Bay team and were forced to settle for long-range shots for most of the night.» Read Full Article
Summit Credit Union said Friday it plans to close its location at 6914 W. Brown Deer Road on March 29.
"The decision to close the Brown Deer Road location came after careful consideration and evaluation of our branch network," Kim Sponem, chief executive and president of Madison-based Summit, said in a statement. "The Brown Deer Road branch was underutilized, and because it was not full-service, many of our members were already using our other three Milwaukee locations, as well as the shared credit union service branch just five blocks from the Brown Deer Road office."
The ATM at the Brown Deer Road location will continue to remain available to members, Summit said.
Employees at the Brown Deer Road branch will relocate to other Summit locations in Milwaukee, including the branch at 10015 W. Greenfield Ave., which is being rebuilt, Summit said.
"Our commitment to our Milwaukee-area members remains strong," Sponem said. "The closure of the Brown Deer Road branch allows us to focus on our plans to add more full-service, convenient locations in the Milwaukee area, which is a primary focus of growth for us throughout the next several years."» Read Full Article
Jeff Hansher and John Leszczynski advanced to the general election for the 4th District aldermanic seat on the Mequon Common Council.
The two newcomers beat Cherry Lange, who was also new to the campaign trail. Incumbent John Wirth announced his noncandidacy.
Leszczynski received 163 voters, or 47.38 percent. Hansher received 112 votes or 32.56 percent. Lange received 64 votes or 18.6 percent. Out of the 2,330 registered voters in District 4, 344 turned out to vote - a 14.8 percent turnout.
The general election is April 2. Council members earn $1,800 annually and serve three-year terms.
Unofficial results are:» Read Full Article
Short and short-handed, the Shorewood boys basketball team could only do so much against a physical and determined Bradley Tech team Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game, as the Trojans eased away from the host Greyhounds by a 67-62 count.
Coach Phil Jones wasn't happy with the physical play or the outcome, which ended the Greyhounds' season at 13-10.
"We were short-handed," he said. "Carmen Purvis wasn't available tonight and we play only six, sometimes seven people so that made it hard. ...We were active on the boards tonight, but everytime we were we got beat up and mauled underneath. That sort of negates all the good that you've done."
Bradley Tech now advances to a Division 2 regional semifinal Friday at second-seeded City Conference co-champ Milwaukee Washington.
Shorewood took an initial 16-13 lead in the first quarter, but then the Trojans came back with a 23-12 effort in the second period that put them up 36-28. Sophomore forward Joseph Harries had 11 points in the first half for Tech, including three 3-pointers and eight points in the second.» Read Full Article
The candidate field for the Whitefish Bay Village Board is down to four, and newcomer Robert Crawford is out of the running.
After the Feb. 19 primary, incumbent Jay Miller and newcomers Carl Fuda, Kevin McMahon, and Ken Wysocky advance to the April 2 election and will vie for two seats currently held by Miller and James Roemer, who has filed noncandidacy.
Almost 2,900 Whitefish Bay voters cast ballots in the trustee race, and the primary drew a 21 percent turnout of Whitefish Bay’s 10,306 registered voters.
Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $600 annually.
Unofficial results are:» Read Full Article
Bayside - No one was harmed this afternoon when Bayside police and the North Shore Fire Department evacuated residents and staff of the Elizabeth Residence after a fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage.
According to an NSFD news release:
The fire department and police were immediately dispatched to the Elizabeth Residence, 9279 N. Port Washington Road, at approximately 2:50 p.m. after a 911 caller reported fire on the second floor. The call was immediately upgraded to bring additional staff and equipment due to the large population of elderly and disabled residents in the assisted living facility.
Arriving police officers reported heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the building. The first NSFD unit on the scene quickly determined the automated sprinkler system had put out the fire, though there was still smoke in several corridors of the building. Fire companies shut off the sprinklers, though a significant amount of water, fire and smoke had extensively damaged the area surrounding the unit where the fire began.
Police and fire department commanders evacuated and accounted for staff and residents of the building.» Read Full Article
Bayshore Town Center opened in November 2006, replacing Glendale's former Bayshore Mall with dozens of new stores, restaurants, offices and apartments, creating the first such town-center-style development in southeastern Wisconsin.
Now, plans are being discussed on the next development phase at Bayshore. They include additional apartments, along with new retailers to replace one of the town center's anchors - Sears - once its lease expires in a few years.
There's no specific schedule for when those things might happen, said David Moss, who in July became Bayshore Town Center's general manager. In the short term, Moss is focused on landing new retailers, part of the ongoing job of keeping Bayshore relevant as shopping and dining tastes change.
"Who is sexy in 2006, and who is sexy now?" Moss said.
The former list includes women's clothing retailer Coldwater Creek, which closed its Bayshore store about two weeks after Christmas. It's being replaced this spring by Express, which sells both men's and women's apparel, and has been the most heavily requested store by Bayshore shoppers, Moss said.» Read Full Article
It wouldn't have been parents' night, it just plain wouldn't have been a Shorewood girls basketball game Friday night, if there hadn't been a little drama in it.
So that's why the Greyhounds built a 14-point lead against area rival Brown Deer, blew it, and then got it back just in time to pull off an exciting 54-46 Woodland Conference victory.
"We've been in a lot of games like this all season," said Greyhound coach Jeff Eimers. "Quite a few in fact. ...but hey, everyone had a good time tonight. Everybody got their money's worth (laughs)."
With the victory, the Greyhounds improved to 7-10 in Woodland Conference play and 11-10 overall while the feisty Falcons fell to 4-13 and 7-14 overall. Both teams will be at WIAA sectional seeding meetings on Saturday.
For Brown Deer coach Vinnie Murray, it was another good effort come up just a little short. The Falcons were again for the fourth game in a row without junior point guard Sabrina Wimmer, who is battling an ankle injury.» Read Full Article
In this week's Land and Space video, reporter Tom Daykin talks about plans on the next development phase at Bayshore Town Center.
If you've ever tasted a sample of the high-end loose-leaf tea served at a Teavana store and been so wowed you splurged on a couple of ounces to take home, you've likely wondered why the tea you brewed at home didn't taste nearly as good.
You'll likely recognize the following scenario:
I recently walked by one of the Teavana stores in the Milwaukee area. The sampling station outside tempted me into trying a blended chai oolong tea. I've never been a tea drinker, but it was so wonderful, I had to venture inside to at least inquire about the price.
The Teavana sales rep's reply floored me: The loose-leaf tea was around $9 per ounce! Prohibitively expensive. I was reluctant to spend that much, so I figured I would start by trying an ounce. But to my surprise, the sales rep said they don't sell less than 4 ounces when it's a blend.
As I hesitated, the sales rep proceeded to explain that I'd only need one teaspoon of oolong tea to brew an 8-ounce cup. She explained, as it says on the store's website, that 2 ounces of tea will brew between 25 and 30 8-ounce cups. By that guideline, she explained, I would be paying less than $1 per cup. (I later figured that my purchase, which was $19.27 with taxes, would amount to 64-77 cents per cup.) Not bad compared to a coffee shop, right?» Read Full Article
Veteran Nicolet boys basketball coach Paul Hepp probably knows his team did Germantown coach Steve Showalter and his defending state champion Warhawks a huge favor on Jan. 4, when they scared the heck of them in a 76-69 loss, the closest North Shore game of the year for Germantown.
And how did Showalter and the Warhawks pay Hepp and the Knights back in the regular season finale Thursday on Nicolet's senior night?
In a very rude and thoroughly impressive fashion, as Germantown scored the first eight points of the game and never gave Nicolet a chance to breath as the Warhawks won their 50th game in a row with a 99-45 demolition.
"It's like I told our guys," said Hepp. "It wasn't a revenge game for them because we didn't beat them (back in January), but they just wanted to show how good they really are and they did."
And in doing so, Germantown continued a season-long trend of showing up and playing great against very good competition, because these Knights (9-5 in North Shore play and 14-8 overall) had won six in a row, had held their last four opponents to under 50 points and had won 13 of their last 16 going into this contest.» Read Full Article
Although doubts were cast a month ago, Glendale's Fourth of July parade is set to move forward this year with a group of resident volunteers committed to planning the venerable event.
While the city's 2013 budget included $12,000 for a fireworks show amid Independence Day festivities this year, no money has been earmarked for a parade, which in years past cost between $6,000 and $7,000.
The decision not to fund the parade, made late last year by the Common Council during budget deliberations, was a deviation from past years where city funding had been allocated toward fireworks and a parade. Budget constraints were cited as a reason for the decision.
Barring outside resources - in terms of planning and financial contributions - Mayor Jerry Tepper and City Administrator Richard Maslowski last month said a parade would not take place this year.
"City staff is not equipped, or do we have the time, to plan and implement a Fourth of July festival," Maslowski wrote in a memo.» Read Full Article
Nicolet girls basketball coach Rick Dekeyser loved the way his team fought back in the fourth quarter Friday night against North Shore leader Cedarburg, how it's press forced turnovers, how the Knights hit five of their first six shots, and finally showed some life on the boards.
What he didn't like was the first three quarters, where the taller, younger and quicker Bulldogs dominated the glass, intimidated the smaller Knights into poor shot selection and generally pushed them around.
It was 38-14 going into the final stanza, so the fact that Nicolet got the final score to 44-32 was only of small consolation to Dekeyser, as the Knights lost out on a chance to tie for first place in the league with the Bulldogs.
"The thing was, we worked all week on certain things," he said. "We knew we were shorter so we put big emphasis on blocking out and pushing people back. I just didn't think I saw much of that for the first three quarters."
"I love these girls, but sometimes...."» Read Full Article
Fox Point - Though Footbridge Friends President Barbara Schwartz won't yet reveal how much money the group has raised for the replacement of the Bridge Lane Ravine footbridge, she has acknowledged the group needs more time to meets its $625,000 goal.
"We're very pleased to give our update to the board. We think we're off to a good start, and look forward to continuing as the year progresses," Schwartz said. "I see this going on for a few months."
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But the public won't need to wait long to learn the specifics, as the local nonprofit is set to update the Village Board on its success Tuesday, before trustees consider whether to end the effort or grant the request for more time.» Read Full Article
It replaces Ovation restaurant at the iPic Theaters, toward the north end of the shopping center at 5800 N. Bayshore Drive, off N. Port Washington Road. The restaurant serves the general public, not just movie-goers.
The restaurant smokes its meats in house, and has daily specials and meals for two and for five to six (the meal for two is called the Feeding Frenzy: smoked beef brisket and tenderloin, pulled pork, rib tips, pulled chicken, fries baked beans and cornbread).
Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday.
To contact: (414) 203-0404; the number for carryout is (414) 203-0406.
Brown Deer - After a nearly six-month long search, Brown Deer has found a new Village Manager.
The Village Board approved an employment contract Monday with Michael Hall, most recently the city administrator in Shawano.
The search began in mid-August after 14-year Village Manager Russell Van Gompel resigned to take over as city manager of Eau Claire. Beginning with a pool of 40 applicants, the Village Board and its Personnel Committee met numerous times, interviewing 10 of the applicants and eventually arriving at Hall.» Read Full Article
The Village of Bayside will host a seminar on Wednesday intended to help residents avoid conflicts with coyotes.
The event, scheduled in response to local coyote sightings, will feature tips for protecting pets from coyotes, reducing coyote attractants in neighborhoods and hazing bold coyotes.
The seminar will be led by Lynsey White Dasher, urban wildlife specialist for the Humane Society of the United States.
According to the press release announcing the seminar, "coyote hazing helps restore the fear of humans back into coyotes which have become habituated to people and involves the systematic use of deterrents, including noisemakers, projectiles and water hoses."
The seminar will be held Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bayside Middle School, 601 E. Ellsworth Lane, Bayside.» Read Full Article
MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the
The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.
The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.
You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.