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North Shore Health Department advises vaccination

June 29, 2012 3:26 p.m. | In light of an outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in Wisconsin, the North Shore Health Department is recommending individuals to receive vaccination.

Between January 1 and May 31 of this year, there have been 206 confirmed cases of pertussis in Milwaukee County, up from 16 in the same time period in 2011. Pertussis begins with cold-like symptoms and can progress to explosive coughing that can interrupt breathing, eating and sleeping.

People of all ages are able to contract pertussis, though infants are particularly vulnerable.

"It's especially a problem for infants," said NSHD Public Health Nurse Randie Parks. "Half of them require hospitalization and some of them die."

NSHD urges individuals to check their immunization status and visit their health care providers if they have not received a pertussis immunization.

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New Bartolotta restaurants to have supper club feel

June 29, 2012 10:50 a.m. | The Greendale and Mequon locations of the The Bartolotta Restaurant Group's newest eateries will be known as Joey Gerard's - A Bartolotta Supper Club.

The venues will combine classic supper club fare, a bar including a selection of tap beer, signature cocktails, wine and ice cream drinks, company officials said in a news release.

Joey Gerard's will open in Greendale at 5601 Broad St., where The Harmony Inn currently operates.

Joey Gerard's Mequon will be at 11120 W. Cedarburg Road, formerly known as The Riversite restaurant.

Both restaurants will offer a classic supper club experience with value-oriented menu offerings and family-style atmosphere.

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Keller and Krause lead Germantown to 8-0 rout of Nicolet

June 28, 2012 10:07 p.m. | A North Shore Conference title, something that hasn't happened in 22 years for the Germantown baseball team, got another step closer to reality Thursday night, as pitcher Brian Keller and catcher Danny Krause each hit three-run homers in leading the Warhawks to an 8-0 rout of Nicolet.

"We're not looking ahead or looking back," said Krause, also the team's leadoff hitter. "We knew what we had going into the season, it was just a matter of putting it all together and getting it clicking."

"Something like that (the league title) would mean a lot. I think we have an excellent shot at it."

The victory improved the Warhawks to 12-2 in North Shore play and 15-7 overall. They still have four league games left including a make-up tilt back at home Friday at 5:30 p.m. at home against Port Washington.

Traditional NSC power West Bend West continues to lurk close behind, with an 11-4 NSC mark (16-8 overall).

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Brown Deer looks to add sidewalks to Dean Road

June 27, 2012 9:42 p.m. | Brown Deer - In addition to planned repaving of Dean Road between North 55 Street and Teutonia Avenue, village officials are considering sidewalks as well.

Officials from the village and school district presented four possible options for sidewalk additions tonight in a public information meet, which ranged from no sidewalk additions to a sidewalk on the south side of Dean Road that would stretch from 55 Street and Teutonia Avenue.

The segment of Dean Road in question is a common route for pedestrians and students, according to city officials, many of whom have to walk on Dean Road itself and the frontage roads next to it. The village has worked with the school district to apply for a federal Safe Routes to School grant of approximately $217,000, which would offset the cost of the additional sidewalk. If the village secures the grant, the net cost of the most expensive sidewalk addition would be less than the cost of the project if no sidewalks were added and no grant received.

Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said that the village is open to feedback through August, when recipients of the grants are announced.

Brown Deer Village Manager may get new job in Eau Claire

June 27, 2012 9:00 p.m. | Brown Deer - Brown Deer Village Manager Russell Van Gompel is one of three finalists for the position of City Manager in Eau Claire, the Chippewa Herald has reported.

Van Gompel and the other two finalists remain from a pool of 49 applicants for the job, which has been open since December 2011.

The Eau Claire City Council plans to announce its selection for City Manager within 30 days after additional interviewing and background screening.

Fire department warns North Shore to be careful during dry spell

June 27, 2012 4:22 p.m. | The North Shore Fire Department is advising residents to take extra precautions when it comes to outdoor cooking, heat, and fireworks in the upcoming days and during the holiday festivities.

NSFD warns that grilling should be moved away from any structures or dry foliage, that even sparklers may pose a risk due to dryness and burns, and that residents should check on those most vulnerable to the heat, especially infants and the elderly, to make sure they are cool and hydrated.

The fire department has asked event organizers to make sure that firework "fall-out areas" are looked after, and will have representatives at upcoming fireworks displays to assist with safety concerns.

"Everyone is also encouraged to leave the fireworks to the professional shooters," North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said in a news release. "While this is our message every year, it is even more important this year with the dry conditions we have been experiencing."

Dominican High School sees leadership change

June 26, 2012 5:45 p.m. | Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay has a new leader after its former head of school resigned last week, officials from the school's board and Sinsinawa Dominican corporate board announced Tuesday.

Leanne Giese is the new Head of School at the Catholic, co-ed college preparatory high school located at 120 E. Silver Spring Drive. Colleen Brady resigned last week after serving as Head of School since July 2010. A letter she sent sent indicated the decision was because of family concerns.

Giese took over the school on Tuesday. She has had held the position of director of advancement since 2009.

DeKeyser named new Nicolet girls basketball coach

June 26, 2012 3:42 p.m. | After serving for five years as varsity assistant, Rick DeKeyser will now assume the reins of Nicolet girls basketball coach.

DeKeyser's selection was formally approved by the Nicolet School Board Monday night.

"He's the guy who will hopefully keep things going," said Nicolet Athletic Director Kirk Krychowiak. "He was named acting coach soon after Corey (Wolf) resigned this spring."

"We're very glad he stepped up. He's earned the job and we're very glad to have him out there."

Krychowiak said a total of 18 applications were received with five interviews being conducted. Both the Personnel Committee and Krychowiak recommended DeKeyser's selection.

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Glendale creates escort license to combat prostitution

June 26, 2012 3:14 p.m. | Glendale - The common council approved an ordinance Monday night which creates a mandatory license for any escort services in the city.

The ordinance closely resembles an ordinance passed in Brown Deer last week due to the fact that attorney John Fuchs serves as Village Attorney to Brown Deer and City Attorney to Glendale.

Prostitution would violate the terms of the escort license and result in a fine, and someone who claimed to be an escort without a license would be fined. In either case, officials aim to give police a way to punish prostitutes on the spot when they claim to only be escorts.

"It becomes an additional tool for the police department to control prostitution," said City Administrator Richard Maslowski, "especially in the hotels here in the city."

Mequon-Thiensville school board looks to keep facilities as they are

June 25, 2012 11:26 p.m. | Mequon - After reviewing seven different options for facilities reconfigurations at a working meeting Monday night, district officials and school board members indicated that it would be the best course of action to keep facilities as they are and invest money in maintenance.

The seven options, as presented by Project Executive Nicholas Kent of Plunkett Raysich Architects, were the result of a facilities study commissioned by the school board earlier this year which sought to find potential savings in reconfigurations of the district. Option one, which the school board favored, provides no reconfiguration and instead details maintenance projects the district will need to address in the next one to two years, and comes with a price tag of approximately $2.6 million.

The other options included reconfigurations which would consolidate the district's middle schools, close or sell Lake Shore Middle School and Range Line Elementary, build additions to various schools, move middle school students to the high school, or close all but one of the elementary and middle schools before building a new K-6 building - among other reconfigurations aimed at creating operational savings in the district.

The least expensive option, next to option one, would cost the district approximately $6.3 million and would create approximately $125,000 in annual operational savings. The most expensive option, which would move seventh and eighth grade to Homestead High School, build a new K-6 building, move sixth grade to Oriole Lane Elementary, Donges Bay Elementary and the new school, and would sell or close Lake Shore Middle School, Range Line Elementary, Steffen Middle School and Wilson Elementary, would cost approximately $39.6 million and would save the district approximately $188,000 annually.

School board members and officials expressed concern over how the district would fund such projects, and whether the annual savings would be worth such costs.

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HHS pitcher Poellinger gets big outs in beating Bay, 2-1

June 25, 2012 8:38 p.m. | Homestead junior pitcher Colten Poellinger said he could feel the breaking ball coming on in the second inning against host Whitefish Bay Monday night.

And he could certainly hear the voice of his coach Ernie Millard in the Bay half of the fifth, when after walking the Blue Dukes' DH Andy Conway, he had a two-on, one-out situation while nursing a scant 2-1 lead.

"He (Millard) came out there and told me to get ahead in the count," said Poellinger. " I get ahead in the count, I'm usually in good shape, but when I get behind I get in big trouble."

What Millard said sunk in, as Poellinger got Bay's Jacob Carlson to strike out on three pitches and then needed only three pitches to get James Stecker to ground out to first to end the threat.

All six pitches were strikes.

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DNR cites Mequon for sewer break

June 25, 2012 3:52 p.m. | Mequon - A broken sanitary sewer last month poured an unknown volume of sewage into Fish Creek, a tributary of Lake Michigan, in violation of the city's wastewater permit, a state Department of Natural Resources official said Monday.

Erosion of the stream bed caused the sewer pipe to collapse and break. An inspection May 11 discovered the broken pipe and it was replaced the same day, according to city sewer utilities manager Mark Lloyd.

The pipe carries wastewater from a small subdivision east of Cedar Ridge Court, north of County Line Road, Lloyd said. He did not know when the break occurred.

DNR wastewater engineer Ted Bosch said the incident should have been prevented. For that reason, the department is requiring Mequon to periodically check sanitary sewers at stream crossings to prevent breaks, according to a notice of non-compliance.

No enforcement action will be taken against the city, Bosch said.

Request for silence at recital ends in disorderly conduct arrest

June 25, 2012 3:38 p.m. | A 72-year-old Neshkoro man was arrested on disorderly conduct charges after allegedly yelling at a woman and striking her on the back of the head during a recital at Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road.

According to the Glendale police report:

The woman sat in front of the man and while whispering to friends, he loudly told her to quit jumping around about 7:30 p.m. June 16.

When she whispered again to a friend, he hit the back of her head causing it to “whip forward.”

The woman then told him they should go to the lobby to talk and as they did, he grabbed her arm and dragged her.

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GT's Keller wins for second time in week, beats Homestead, 6-1

June 21, 2012 8:48 p.m. | Germantown pitcher Brian Keller celebrated his 18th birthday in grand style Thursday night, by holding Homestead to just one hit and picking up his second win in three days, as the Warhawks cemented their hold on first place in the North Shore Conference with a 6-1 victory.

"I felt good out there," he said. "I wasn't too tired. I run everyday so I feel good about my conditioning. Everything felt in the groove today and it's fun right now for us. We're playing as a real team. ...We're hitting the ball, keeping the errors down and just playing good overall baseball."

The win was the eighth in a row for the senior-dominated Warhawks who are now 8-2 in North Shore play and 11-5 overall. They enjoy a 1-1/2 game lead over both West Bend West and Cedarburg (7-4) while Homestead fell to 6-6 in league play and 12-6 overall.

Homestead coach Ernie Millard admires the heck out of Keller, but wishes he would see him a little less often than he does.

"He's the only Germantown pitcher we've seen in the last two years," he said. "He didn't throw as hard as he did the first time we played (a 1-0 Germantown win), but his command is just so good. That just makes it hard for us, because we don't score as much as we used to."

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River Hills' USM given authority to increase enrollment

June 20, 2012 11:54 p.m. | The River Hills Village Board on Wednesday approved a request by staff at the University School of Milwaukee to increase annual enrollment caps from 1,100 to 1,250 students across all grade levels, starting with the upcoming 2012-13 school year.

With an estimated 1,090 students expected to attend the K-12 USM this fall, Laura Fuller, head of the school, said she wanted to be proactive, in the event enrollment were to increase.

The existing 1,100-student cap has been in place since 1987.

Beer garden to open Wednesday in Glendale

June 19, 2012 3:36 p.m. | The Estabrook Beer Garden will open tomorrow at 6 p.m. with a ceremonial beer tapping, live Polka music, and free samples.

The garden is between Hampton Ave. and Capitol Dr. on Estabrook Parkway overlooking the Milwaukee River, and is part of an effort to revive the traditional Milwaukee beer garden scene from the late 1800s.

"Beer gardens offer an opportunity for people from all walks of life to relax and enjoy a beer in a beautiful park setting with friends and family," said Hans Weissgerber III, Managing Director of Old German Beer Hall in a news release.

AT A GLANCE

When: 6-8:30 p.m. June 20

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Brown Deer aims to curb prostitution with escort licenses

June 19, 2012 3:02 p.m. | Brown Deer - The Village Board voted on Monday to approve an ordinance that would create a mandatory license for escort services in the village.

Many prostitutes, when found out by Brown Deer police, claim to be escorts, according to Police Chief Steve Rinzel.

"We've been finding advertisements online (saying) that they'll come to Brown Deer hotels," Rinzel said.

Prostitution charges would require testimony by those caught with the "escorts." Very few are willing to testify, Rinzel said. With an ordinance in place requiring an escort license, Brown Deer police will have a way to fine prostitutes who say they're only escorts.

"If somebody's going to make that claim, they would have to be licensed," Rinzel said.

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NOW honor rolls updated

June 19, 2012 11:40 a.m. | We've just updated our honor rolls page with the latest lists of high-achieving students from area schools.

The honor rolls posted include: Forest Park Middle School, Greendale Middle School, Homestead High School, Kennedy Middle School, Muskego High School, Oak Creek-Franklin West Middle School, Saint Thomas More High School, St. Francis High School, South Milwaukee Middle School, South Milwaukee High School and Whitefish Bay High School.

You can always see the latest honor rolls by visiting www.mycommunitynow.com/honors.

Congratulations to all the students and their parents on their academic success.

Go to honor rolls page.

Glendale-River Hills OKs preliminary budget, end of long term care insurance

June 19, 2012 9:03 a.m. | The Glendale-River Hills school board approved the first consideration of its 2012-2013 budget Monday night, and by doing so signaled the end of the district's participation in long term care insurance.

The budget, as presented by District Administrator Larry Smalley, will run a surplus of approximately $333,000 as a result of $600,000 from the April 2011 referendum. Other savings in the budget come from changes to the district's health plan, the removal of long term care insurance, state and federal programs, and retirements.

Despite the fact that the district will spend less in the 2012-2013 school year than it did in 2011-2012, the tax levy is projected to increase by 2.1 percent to offset cuts in state funding.

"We are anticipating another reduction in state aid at about a 10 percent, possibly 15 percent rate," said Smalley, "which will be passed on to the taxpayers."

Retirees came to the meeting to as well and entreated the board to continue participating in long term care insurance, or to find a way to keep retirees on the current group rate. Smalley said that, although he and others have been working with long term care insurance provider WEA for the last 10 months, all attempts have failed up to this point.

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Glendale police go online, make prostitution arrests

June 18, 2012 2:59 p.m. | Glendale police made two recent arrests for prostitution at hotels on Port Washington Road after going online to set up the meetings.

According to the police report:

A 43-year-old woman, possibly from Texas, was arrested for prostitution, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after police investigated a website and set up "a date" at the Baymont Inn, 5485 N. Port Washington Road, at 10:40 p.m. June 10.

The woman had 4 grams of marijuana, pipes with residue and $695 cash. The woman said she was in the area working for a traveling sales group and her co-workers left but she stayed and has done "exceptionally well as a prostitute in Glendale with about 15 customers a day."

In the second incident, a 20-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for prostitution after police investigated a website and set up "a date" with her at the Radisson Hotel, 7065 N. Port Washington Road, at 9:30 p.m. June 6.

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Fox Point Farmers' Market kicks off its season tomorrow

June 15, 2012 7:04 p.m. | The Fox Point Farmers' Market kicks off its 10th season tomorrow and will run from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Oct. 13.

Throughout the season, there will be a variety of vendors selling produce, coffee, baked goods and other items produced locally.

As has been the case in the past, there will be a variety of events at the market throughout the season, including music and informative demonstrations.

Tomorrow, Dr. Green and the Machine will perform at the market from 10 a.m. to noon.

The market is held in the west parking lot of Stormonth Elementary School, 7301 N. Longacre Road.

Woman lied about dog mauling, police say

June 15, 2012 5:08 p.m. | A woman who claimed she was mauled by a stray dog in Shorewood was actually bitten by a dog she was walking and lied to protect the animal, Milwaukee police said Friday.

Shorewood police said Thursday they were contacted by staff at Aurora Advanced Healthcare 3003 W. Good Hope Road who reported the 31-year-old woman came in with lacerations and puncture wounds to her face.

They said the woman reported being attacked by a black dog with white markings on its chest between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. near N. Oakland Ave. and E. Olive St., said Shorewood police, who began searching for such a dog.

However Friday Milwaukee police said they were contacted by authorities in Shorewood who reported that the woman eventually admitted being a professional dog walker and that she was bitten by a dog she was walking at E. Locust St. and N. Shepherd Ave.

The woman said she lied to protect the dog from being put down, said Milwaukee police, who will refer the matter to the Milwaukee Health Department.

Armed robber busted on bicycle

June 13, 2012 12:58 p.m. | Brown Deer - Police officers apprehended a 26 year-old Milwaukee man last night after he allegedly robbed a gas station with a BB gun.

According to the police report:

The man entered the BP gas station at 5125 W. Brown Deer Road between 10 and 11 p.m. and demanded money before fleeing on a bicycle.

Responding officers found a person matching the description near the gas station and stopped him, later determining that he was the suspect and making the arrest.

The BB gun and stolen money were recovered by Brown Deer police.

Underwater video shows aquatic parade using Milwaukee River fish passage

June 12, 2012 10:22 a.m. | Walleye, northern pike, bluegill, yellow perch and largemouth bass are among the 31 species of fish that have been filmed swimming up the passage around the dam on the Milwaukee River at Thiensville and Mequon.

An underwater camera installed one year ago shows that six other wildlife species, including river otter and turtles, also take advantage of the passage around the concrete barrier.

For the first time, the public can watch the aquatic parade live at http://www.co.ozaukee.wi.us/PlanningParks/PlanningParks_FP_OzaukeeFishway.asp.

The passage, a meandering channel built on the Thiensville bank of the river, provides all fish an upstream bypass of the dam for the first time in 150 years. The original dam at this location was built in 1842.

Coho and chinook salmon burst past the camera along with much smaller fish, such as blackside darter, golden redhorse and central stoneroller. Before the passage was completed in December 2010, only a few salmon each year were able to jump the 10-foot-tall barrier.

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Police consolidation explored in Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay

June 11, 2012 10:58 p.m. | Elected bodies in Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay recently began preliminary talks in consolidating police services in the three communities.

The Glendale Common Council took the issue up Monday.

While a consolidated department could net savings in an environment of ongoing fiscal restraints, Glendale Mayor Jerry Tepper said the review process will be thorough.

"Some of this is territorial since we've all got to make sure that we're being taken care of," Tepper said. "We're not going to sacrifice that for money. We're being cautious and moving along carefully."

If preliminary talks do advance, City Administrator Richard Maslowski said public input would be taken into account.

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GT softball team earns state berth by blanking Homestead, 3-0

June 07, 2012 9:15 p.m. | Germantown senior catcher Kelsey Smith did not want to endure what she and the rest of the team went through last season, when archrival Homestead stunned the then North Shore champion Warhawks in the WIAA sectional final.

And Smith and the Warhawks didn't let it happen again, as after another North Shore championship and another regular season sweep of the Highlanders, they took care of business and earned their first WIAA state tournament berth in 15 years with a 3-0 sectional final victory over Homestead at Kennedy Middle School Thursday night.

"This is the best moment," said Smith, whose sacrifice fly in the sixth inning added a critical insurance run. "It's the best way to play last home game on this field."

"This game was everything, because I remember all the crying that went on after the (sectional) game last year. All those tears we cried went into this year's effort. We learned important lessons."

With the win, the Warhawks (21-4 overall) earned a WIAA state quarterfinal slot at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 at Goodman Diamond in Madison, against defending state champion Stevens Point (22-5), which was a 3-0 winner over Beaver Dam today. It is Germantown's third overall trip to state.

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Maple Dale-Indian Hill readies budget for next month's annual meeting

June 06, 2012 9:32 p.m. | Maple Dale-Indian Hill school officials met Wednesday and discussed the district's proposed 2012-13 budget of about $9.3 million.

The district will be entering the fourth year of a 10-year referendum cycle that infuses $800,000 of additional taxpayer money - beyond the state-mandated levy limits - into Maple Dale-Indian Hill's general operating budget.

While the district has been able to store away some of that money in the fund balance reserves, the amount is less than the annual $400,000 that had been earmarked. Business Administrator Gary Swalve has attributed the decline in fund balance contributions to a drop in recent years in state aid.

Swalve will present a draft version of the 2012-13 budget at Maple Dale-Indian Hill's annual meeting, set for 7 p.m. July 11 at Maple Dale School, 8377 N. Port Washington Road.

Maple Dale-Indian Hill encompasses portions of Bayside, Fox Point, Glendale and River Hills. Residents within the district's boundaries will have an opportunity to vote on a proposed property tax levy at the meeting.

Man found in Whitefish Bay fire identified

June 06, 2012 6:04 p.m. | A man who died in a fire Wednesday in his Whitefish Bay condominium was identified by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office as 43-year-old- Timothy A. Alloway.

Alloway was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire, which occurred in a condo building at 303 E. Henry Clay St., according to North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker.

An autopsy has been scheduled, a medical examiner's official said.

Whitaker said the fire was reported at 7:11 a.m., and occurred on the third floor of the building.

The victim was found in his condo, Whitaker said.

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Homestead's Niebrugge has four shot lead in state golf

June 05, 2012 5:34 p.m. | Homestead senior Jordan Niebrugge has apparently made up for years of disappointment by going into the clubhouse at the WIAA state golf championship at University Ridge in Verona on Tuesday with a record-tieing 36-hole score of 136.

According to the WIAA website, Niebrugge shot a six-under par 66 today and his overall score is currently four shots clear of Stoughton's Henry Klongland (140) and has tied the individual state meet record held by former Highlander state champion Andy Hansen, who originally set the mark back in 2006.

Niebrugge is looking to become the first Homestead individual champion since Hansen.

As of 5:50 p.m., there were still many golfers left to finish.

Looking for your local polling place?

June 05, 2012 9:10 a.m. | If you would like to cast a vote today in Wisconsin's election and are not sure where your local polling place is, check out the Wisconsin Voter Public Access Page.

There you will find your local polling place, a sample ballot, list of elected officials and more.

Polls are open today until 8 p.m.

Wisconsin Voter Public Access Page

Miss Cupcake targets July opening in Shorewood

June 05, 2012 8:00 a.m. | Ashley Weber's nearly five-year-old baking business will open its first brick-and-mortar storefront -- her longtime dream -- around July 1 in Shorewood. 

Miss Cupcake Boutique Bakery is taking shape at 3801 N. Oakland Ave., the former Last Drop coffee and sandwich shop. Besides its namesake cupcakes, the bakery will have pies, brownies, cookies, confections and bulk old-fashioned candies, among other items, Weber said. And customers will find vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free options. 

Pies will be available in standard 9-inch and individual sizes, and branch out into rustic galettes and quiches as well.

Weber's business started taking off after she baked for the influx of visitors for Harley-Davidson's 105th anniversary bash in 2008, working out of the kitchen of Mimma's on Brady St. Now that Miss Cupcake will have its own storefront, the shop's decor will be inspired by vintage Hollywood glamour, Weber said. 

The bakery will have a few seats inside and outside, and have coffee and other beverages, such as hot vanilla milk, or apple cider in the fall.

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Whitefish Bay officials looking at 10-year capital improvement plan

June 04, 2012 11:14 p.m. | Whitefish Bay officials are reviewing a 10-year capital improvement plan - an important lynchpin toward the road to addressing upgrades in the sanitary sewer system that resulted in flooding nearly two years ago during torrential rainfall.

Tentatively, the village is planning to borrow about $100 million in the years ahead to fund improvements to the sanitary sewer system, as well as water utility infrastructure and streets.

The village has contracted with financial advisory firm Ehlers and Associates to hash over financial options for the impending work. Company representative Mike Harrigan reviewed some of the details at a Village Board meeting Monday night.

One of the most scrutinized aspects of this week's discussion focused on funding options. Village officials are grappling with implementing a storm water utility fee - a figure that would be determined based on a variety of factors, including the square footage of a property.

Over time, Herrigan said property tax payers could incur an increase of $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed value to fund the improvements without a storm water utility. With a current rate of 81 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, this would increase the amount to $2.23 per $1,000 of assessed value. The figure only represents the municipal portion of a village taxpayer's bill and only takes into account the money earmarked for funding improvements.

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GT beats Nicolet to advance to sectional softball final versus Homestead

June 04, 2012 9:56 p.m. | Once more, with feeling.

That'll be the case Thursday night at 7 p.m. back at the Kennedy Middle School Fields, when the North Shore Conference Germantown softball team will host archrival Homestead in a WIAA sectional final, with a berth in the state tournament on the line.

The Warhawks advanced to the sectional final behind Amanda Witzlib's 13 strikeouts and Addy Green's two-run home run with a 3-1 sectional semifinal decision Monday night over another North shore rival Nicolet.

The sectional final will be a replay of last season. The scenario will be exactly the same too, as last year, the Warhawks beat the Highlanders twice during the regular season only to have Homestead edge them in the sectional final.

And once again, Germantown has edged Homestead in two thrillers this season en route to an unbeaten North Shore Conference campaign. Germantown will enter with a record of 21-4, while the Highlanders will come in at 19-5. The Highlanders advanced with a 6-3 victory Monday night against Brookfield Central.

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River Hills chooses town of Saukville clerk as new village manager

June 04, 2012 9:47 p.m. | Christopher Lear, the town clerk at the town of Saukville, is the new village manager/clerk treasurer for River Hills.

Although most of Lear's background has been in the city/village management area, he took on elections and other clerk duties when hired by the town of Saukville in 2006. Before that he was the village manager/clerk in Germantown.

Lear also did accounting in Saukville. His resume includes the village administrator/clerk position at the village of Saukville and several positions in Galesburg and the Zion Park District in Illinois.

River Hills sought a replacement for its former manager Tom Tollaksen, who resigned in late January, and for its clerk who left for another position in December.

Village President Robert Brunner said Lear will earn $80,000 a year and start on June 25.

Polls change for some Brown Deer voters for Tuesday's recall election

June 04, 2012 8:56 p.m. | Registered voters living on the south side of West Pierner Place and the west side of North 67th Street to roughly West Cloverleaf Drive will vote at the Brown Deer Library, not Trinity Community Church on Tuesday.

Brown Deer Village Manager Russell Van Gompel told the Village Board on Monday night that the geographical information system used to map out the new wards after the redistricting due to the 2010 census mapped from the centerline of those streets. The result was the two areas were assigned to the library for voting rather than the church.

Van Gompel said village staff noticed the error before the last two elections and went into the state registration system and manually corrected the error. However, it was not caught until this afternoon. The poll books were already printed meaning those voters must go to the library to vote in this election.

Van Gompel did not know the exact number of voters who could be impacted by the switch but there are 20 to 25 homes along the streets.

The library is located at 5600 W. Bradley Road.

Lexmond becomes new Shorewood schools superintendent

June 04, 2012 12:14 p.m. | Martin Lexmond has been chosen by the School Board to become Shorewood School District's new superintendent.

The board sat in closed session multiple times over the last two weeks, deliberating between Lexmond - currently superintendent of the Kohler Public School District - and current Lake Bluff Elementary Principal Kirk Juffer, weighing the candidates against the criteria gleaned from multiple community input sessions.

"We looked at that information and how well Martin fit with that," School Board member Colin Plese said. "We considered community feedback, and our own feedback."

Lexmond will succeed current Superintendent Blane McCann, who has been with the district for nine years and will soon become superintendent of Westside Community School District in Omaha, Neb.

"It is truly humbling to have an opportunity to serve the Shorewood community. Shorewood is known and respected for its commitment to student excellence," Lexmond said in a district news release. "I am excited to lead a team with such an enthusiasm for the education of its children."

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NOW, Lake Country state track photo gallery now online

June 03, 2012 10:14 a.m. | We've just added the final images to the NOW/Lake Country Publications photo gallery from this weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse.

Photojournalists Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath collected more than 100 images from two days of competition at the sun-splashed Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Brookfield East repeated as the boys champions in Division 1 while Riverside captured the girls title.

Go to photo gallery.

Boyfriend attacks 'other man' with machete

June 01, 2012 11:36 a.m. | Alcohol and a large cutting tool did not mix early Tuesday when an argument between a Fox Point man, his girlfriend and another man turned violent and the boyfriend allegedly assaulted the other man with a machete.

According to the police report:

A 22-year-old Fox Point man was arrested for battery/use of a dangerous weapon after attacking a 25-year-old Fox Point man with a machete in the 7600 block of North Seneca Road at 2:19 a.m. Tuesday.

The two began fighting allegedly over the actions of the victim with his girlfriend. The suspect then went into his home and returned with a machete striking the victim who suffered shallow cuts on his neck and right arm.

The suspect ran from police but was caught about a block away saying he didn't do anything. A machete with blood and a knife were found in his room.

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Community Watch

» North Shore Health Department advises vaccination 6/29

» New Bartolotta restaurants to have supper club feel 6/29

» Keller and Krause lead Germantown to 8-0 rout of Nicolet 6/28

» Brown Deer looks to add sidewalks to Dean Road 6/27

» Brown Deer Village Manager may get new job in Eau Claire 6/27

» Fire department warns North Shore to be careful during dry spell 6/27

» Dominican High School sees leadership change 6/26

» DeKeyser named new Nicolet girls basketball coach 6/26

» Glendale creates escort license to combat prostitution 6/26

» Mequon-Thiensville school board looks to keep facilities as they are 6/25

» HHS pitcher Poellinger gets big outs in beating Bay, 2-1 6/25

» DNR cites Mequon for sewer break 6/25

» Request for silence at recital ends in disorderly conduct arrest 6/25

» GT's Keller wins for second time in week, beats Homestead, 6-1 6/21

» River Hills' USM given authority to increase enrollment 6/20

» Beer garden to open Wednesday in Glendale 6/19

» Brown Deer aims to curb prostitution with escort licenses 6/19

» NOW honor rolls updated 6/19

» Glendale-River Hills OKs preliminary budget, end of long term care insurance 6/19

» Glendale police go online, make prostitution arrests 6/18

» Fox Point Farmers' Market kicks off its season tomorrow 6/15

» Woman lied about dog mauling, police say 6/15

» Armed robber busted on bicycle 6/13

» Underwater video shows aquatic parade using Milwaukee River fish passage 6/12

» Police consolidation explored in Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay 6/11

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