Bartolotta to open Mequon, Greendale restaurants

May 18, 2012 12:01 a.m. | The Bartolotta restaurant group is charging into new suburban territory: It will open supper club-style restaurants in Mequon and Greendale this summer.

The Mequon restaurant is opening in the former Riversite space, at 11120 N. Cedarburg Road; the fine-dining Riversite closed in September.

The Greendale restaurant will take the place of Harmony Inn the Village, which still is open at 5601 Broad St.

Joe Bartolotta, the group's president and co-owner, said he expects Harmony Inn to close June 1, and the group would try to honor as many commitments for private parties already scheduled as possible.

The new ventures are the first Bartolotta restaurants in the north and south suburbs. To the west, the group operates Ristorante Bartolotta and Pizzeria Piccola in Wauwatosa and Mr. B's - A Bartolotta Steakhouse is in Brookfield.

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GT beats Nicolet to clinch share of second NSC softball title in a row

May 17, 2012 10:47 p.m. | Germantown girls softball co-coach Amy Barbiaux was a happy person following the Warhawks 8-1 victory Thursday night over North Shore Conference rival Nicolet.

It had been Junior Warhawks nights where she and the rest of the program were able to thank the youth teams and coaches that provide so much talent for the varsity. Signed team softballs or individual lessons with coaches were raffled off between innings which made everyone happy.

The win improved the Warhawks to 13-0 and 16-4 overall and clinched a share of the team's second straight North Shore title.

But Barbiaux's happiness was tempered by the fact that to make this championship clean and official the Warhawks will have to beat archrival Homestead (12-1, 16-2) on Monday at 4:15 p.m. on the Highlanders' home field in Thiensville Park. The game will be the closer to the conference season.

"Every team has certain goals, making state is one of them," she said, "but this (conference) comes first and we know we're not done yet. We know winning this conference means a lot as there a lot of good players and pitchers out there for us to contend with."

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Review continues on Mandel's proposed luxury apartment development in Whitefish Bay

May 16, 2012 9:48 p.m. | A proposed luxury apartment development behind the Fox Bay Cinema building in Whitefish Bay is advancing, following a preliminary review by the village Plan Commission on Wednesday.

Commissioners held a pre-petition conference with The Mandel Group, the developer that is looking to build 103 upscale apartments at 302-334 E. Silver Spring Drive. The conference was a formality under village code and was an opportunity for commissioners to weigh in and determine whether the proposal was worth pursuing further.

Mandel executives emphasized that public parking would be an important part of the development if it moves forward. The existing 135 village-owned parking spaces would be replaced by the development. But it would include 132 covered spaces at street level that would be made available and retained under village ownership.

Crank caller tells police to 'come and get me' - so they do

May 16, 2012 2:29 p.m. | Glendale — A 46-year-old St. Francis man was charged with unlawful use of telephone (obscene calls) and disorderly conduct May 10 after calling a woman and threatening her at a business in the 6800 block of North Green Bay Avenue on May 8.

According to the police report:

Police were at the business and spoke with the man when he called again.

James C. Miller Jr., who was “very drunk,” was told to “cease and desist” but he continued to threaten the woman telling police “to come and get me.”

Police went to the 4400 block of South Whitnall Avenue, St. Francis, and found the man, who was intoxicated, and admitted making the calls. He said he did stupid things when he drank.

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Homestead boys thinclads give it their all to win fourth straight outdoor

May 15, 2012 9:50 p.m. | Homestead boys track coach Dan Benson was having none of it.

It had all but become official that the Highlanders had won their fourth straight North Shore Conference outdoor Tuesday night on an uneven weather night in Grafton.

But when asked for comment he acted dismayed, not wanting to jinx anything before it all became official, because there were still some events out and he remembered his first league title as a coach back in 1989.

"The Tosa East coaches were shaking hands (and getting ready to accept the plaque), but my guy brings home the 1,600 relay and Nicolet passes Tosa East at the last-second (in the race) and we wind up winning by less than a point," he said.

"I was a neophyte coach then just trying to figure things out and still every year, it's always terribly exciting."

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Beaver Dam teacher tapped for Homestead administrative position

May 15, 2012 6:00 p.m. | School officials in the Mequon-Thiensville district are recommending Lori Keiser for the position of assistant principal at Homestead High School. Her appointment will be made official Monday when the School Board votes on it.

Keiser currently serves as a science teacher at Beaver Dam High School - a position she has held for seven years.

Girl pushed off bicycle during Shorewood robbery attempt

May 15, 2012 2:27 p.m. | A 17-year-old girl reported being the victim of a strong-armed robbery Saturday morning in Shorewood.

According to the police report:

The girl was riding her bicycle in the 3900 block of North Downer Avenue at 9 a.m. when a man jumped out of a bronze Jeep Grand Cherokee.

He pushed her off her bike and demanded her cellphone.

She told him she didn’t have one and he drove off. She had cuts on her knees and an ankle.

Mandel proposes Whitefish Bay apartments, seeks village financing

May 15, 2012 12:55 p.m. | Mandel Group Inc. wants to build 103 upscale apartments, a $27 million project that would receive public financing help, in Whitefish Bay.

The rental units would be on parking lots behind the Fox Bay Cinema building, 302-334 E. Silver Spring Drive, and other neighboring retail properties, in three separate building, said Richard Lincoln, Mandel's senior vice president of development. Two buildings would have three stories, and another would be four stories, he said Tuesday.

Part of the development site is a public parking lot owned by the village. The other parking lot is owned by Madison-based AnchorBank, which acquired the property earlier this year from developers Boris Gokhman and Walter Shuk to help settle a foreclosure suit.

Mandel would replace 135 parking spaces owned by the village with 132 new street-level covered spaces that would be beneath the apartments. Those public spaces will be owned by the village, and continue to be free, Lincoln said. 

The apartment residents would have underground parking.

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Walker signs burned in Oak Creek, Fox Point

May 15, 2012 11:18 a.m. | WTMJ-AM (620) and WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) are reporting that campaign signs supporting Gov. Scott Walker have been burned in Oak Creek and Fox Point, according to police departments in those communities.

Anyone with information on the vandalism in Oak Creek is asked to call police at (414) 762-8200. Anyone with information on the vandalism in Fox Point is asked to call police at (414) 351-8911.

Scammer walks away with $6,006 worth of items from Apple store

May 15, 2012 10:20 a.m. | A 24-year-old Atlanta man is a suspect in the fraudulent use of a credit card at the Apple Store at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale.

According to the police report:

The man entered the store, 5715 N. Centerpark Way, around 5:45 p.m. May 6.

The man said he was a “traveling graphic artist” and purchased two computer notebooks, software and covers valued at $6,006 using a credit card which was declined.

He then used his phone allegedly calling the credit card company and told the clerk the purchase was approved and handed him the phone. The employee wrote down what he thought was an authorization number and the suspect left with the items.

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Glendale-River Hills officials weigh their budgetary options

May 14, 2012 10:02 p.m. | School officials in the Glendale-River Hills district discussed the complexity of crafting a 2012-13 budget at a meeting Monday.

At the moment, the district has cash reserves in the fund balance hovering around 7.17 percent, and District Administrator Larry Smalley suggested increasing the amount to about 9.8 percent of the total budget in the upcoming school year.

School districts and municipalities with lower fund balances can be affected adversely with lower bond ratings which, in turn, can create difficulty borrowing money in the future. Cash reserves also are beneficial in the event of an unanticipated expense.

But the School Board and administrators are weighing other issues, including staff salary increases, health care contributions and other benefit costs. A proposal also is on the table to add a section in next year's fourth-grade class because of an anticipated swell in enrollment.

The district's budget building process will continue for several months. The board will act on a draft version of the budget in July, in advance of a public hearing in August.

Diner warned after protesting end of all-you-can-eat fish fry

May 14, 2012 12:14 p.m. | A 53-year-old Mequon man was warned for disorderly conduct after being told the Thiensville restaurant at which he was dining ran out of fish for its all-you-can-eat fish fry last week.

According to the police report:

The man had already consumed 12 pieces of fish around 7:40 p.m. Friday when informed the restaurant had run out and could not substitute any other fish.

The man then refused to pay his bill. After the restaurant gave him eight more pieces of fish to go, he paid his bill.

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