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Siebert confirms resignation as Falls boys basketball coach

March 28, 2011 12:28 p.m. | Menomonee Falls boys basketball coach Ben Siebert confirmed today that he resigned from his position effective last Friday.

The information was originally reported by on Saturday.

Siebert, a math teacher at the high school, had held the position for three years compiling a a 47-25 record, including back-to-back WIAA sectional final berths in 2009 and 2010 and a 21-4 Greater Metro Conference championship mark in 2009-10.

Siebert declined to go into specifics other than to say his resignation was for personal reasons.

He said he informed athletic director Dave Petroff and then spoke to the team last Friday.

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CMH featured in list of Top Health Systems

May 05, 2015 2:24 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — As a member of the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin health network, Community Memorial Hospital is included on a list recognizing the top 20 medium size health systems in the nation.

The Froedtert & MCW health network is the only Milwaukee health system to make the list and one of just four in Wisconsin. The list was compiled by Truven Health Analytics, an independent firm that evaluates hospitals and health systems.

Community Memorial, Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, and St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend are the Froedtert & MCW health network's three hospitals.

According to Truven, health systems on the list generally outperformed their peers in a variety of important measures, including higher survival rates, fewer errors, and lower costs.

"Being recognized by this highly credible group affirms the value our health care network brings to our patients and to our community," said Catherine Jacobson, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert Health.

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Work on WIS 145 and Donges Bay Road has begun in Germantown

May 05, 2015 2:16 p.m. | Germantown — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has begun work on a stream relocation project located southeast of the WIS 145 and Donges Bay Road intersection.

To complete the stream relocation, crews will restore the stream bed with a meandering alignment, pools and riffle and restore the area adjacent to the stream as wetland.

Traffic impacts will be minimal with some closures within the shoulder, according to a WisDOT release.

The work is to prepare for reconstruction of the WIS 145 and Donges Bay Road intersection, scheduled for 2016.

The contractor, Wondra Construction, plans to complete the $182,600 stream relocation project in late June.

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Falls board considers appointing trustee to fill vacant seat

May 05, 2015 2:03 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — There could be a spot for another newcomer to the Menomonee Falls Village Board sooner rather than later.

A decision will soon be made by the board on how to proceed with filling the seat left vacant by now Village President Joe Helm, who was elected to replace longtime board member Randy Newman in April.

Several options for addressing the vacancy were addressed by Village Attorney Michael Morse at the board's May 4 meeting, including holding a special election to fill the position, leaving the seat vacant, and appointing an interim trustee to serve out the remainder of the term, which expires in 2017.

Should the board appoint someone, they could opt to do so either until a special election is held, likely in spring of 2016, or for the remainder of the term, Morse explained.

But rather than potentially splitting the term with two different people serving as an appointed trustee and then elected trustee for the two remaining years, several board members agreed they would prefer to see someone appointed for the full two years.

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Wauwatosa celebrating Bike to School Day Wednesday

May 05, 2015 11:38 a.m. | At least six Wauwatosa elementary schools will be celebrating national Bike to School Day Wednesday, May 6: Eisenhower, Lincoln, Madison, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Wilson/WSTEM.

Some schools will provide bike maintenance checks, free helmets, raffles, snacks and coloring contests.

Wauwatosa police officers, aldermen and other city officials will be at the schools to help with traffic safety.

Here is a breakdown of events by school:

McKinley: Ben's Cycle Shop will be on hand to do bike safety checks. The McKinley Safe Routes to School committee will be doing helmet fitting checks before and after school, and providing free helmets. There will also be a coloring contest. The McKinley Messenger 5th grade service group, Alderwoman Allison Byrne and Alderman Jeff Roznowski will be helping with the day.

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CMH nurse honored by Blood Center of Wisconsin for going beyond the call of duty

May 01, 2015 3:58 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — It was among the last things the family of Dennis Kaul was expecting to happen the day before they were to attend a wedding.

Dylan Kaul and his father, Dennis, were jogging a familiar route together along the Bugline Trail when it happened.

"It was a normal run, and we were chatting about all kinds of different things, but it wasn't more than five minutes in when I noticed he was stumbling," Dylan recalled. "I had no idea how dire the circumstances were at that point."

Earlier that day, Dylan, who was in from out of town for his brother's wedding the next day, said he spent the morning with his parents as they prepared to host a casual rehearsal dinner at their Menomonee Falls home later that evening.

"I remember thinking when I saw my dad that I hoped I looked as good as he does at 65," said Dylan, who grew up in the area but now lives in Minnesota. "He looked great from all indications, which just goes to show you never know when something like this is going to happen."

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Rep. Brandtjen Introduces Foodshare Bill

May 01, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —State Representative Janel Brandtjen (R) has introduced legislation designed to restore the original intent of Wisconsin's foodshare program.

Co-authored by Rep. Rob Brooks (R), AB 177 will provide oversight as to what food items may be purchased by those using taxpayer dollars to help feed their families.

Right now a family of four can get up to $649 per month to provide food for their families. Under current law, the head of the household can spend the entire amount on non-nutritional items that could lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other health related issues.

"We in the legislature have an obligation to make sure hard earned tax dollars are spent appropriately," Brandtjen said. "While I'm confident that most families do not abuse the program this bill assures that 67 percent of the food share dollars provided to families are spent on healthy foods including meats, vegetables and dairy products."

In addition to the requirement that 67 percent of foodshare dollars a family spends is spent on nutritious food, the bill also prohibits the purchase of high end items such as lobster, crab or shrimp.

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Investigation: Family behind collapsed Falls building has a history of neglecting properties

May 01, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Executives of the companies that own and manage the partially collapsed North Hills Plaza in Menomonee Falls have a long history of legal troubles and neglecting properties, a Menomonee Falls Now investigation has found.

North Hills Plaza is owned by 1340 East 9th Street Realty Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, whose CEO is Samuel Pinter, according to Waukesha County tax records and information from the New York Department of State. His son, Charles Pinter, is the CEO of Royale Property Management, which oversees North Hills Plaza. Together the Pinters and their affiliated companies have left a wake of rundown properties, according to court records and officials in Texas.

In 2013, unlivable conditions rife with cockroaches, toilets overflowing, spoiled food and a pool so filthy the water was black were reported in inspection reports for a Texas retirement community owned by Samuel Pinter.

A 2004 federal court lawsuit over an alleged $44 million Ponzi scheme names Samuel Pinter as a defendant, and Charles Pinter was ultimately brought into the suit, as well.

In addition, news sources have reported other incidents in which properties owned by Charles or Samuel, or both, were found to be dilapidated and unlivable.

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Susan G. Komen awards grant to Washington County

May 01, 2015 11:28 a.m. | The Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate has awarded a $29,830 grant to the Washington County Health Department to increase the number of women who receive breast cancer screenings.

In partnership with Aurora Health Care-Washington County, the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation and the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, Heath Department Assistant Director Joni Whitehouse explained the grant from Komen Southeast Wisconsin will support Washington County's Pathways to Breast Health Program, an initiative developed to provide outreach and education to women.

"We were surprised last fall when Mission Manager Robin Luther of Komen Southeast Wisconsin contacted our Wisconsin Well Woman Program coordinator, Janet Arndt, to recommend that the Health Department apply for grant funding based on the results of their most recent needs assessment," Whitehouse said. "Washington County had high rates for breast cancer in general, but also for late stage diagnosis and breast cancer deaths."

The goal of Washington County's Pathways to Breast Health program is to increase collaboration between local organizations in order to address the breast health needs of the community and increase the local rate for screening mammograms with the goal of earlier diagnosis of breast cancer, Whitehouse said.

The program will target women ages 40 and above who do not routinely receive breast cancer screenings.

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Germantown Bier Stube hosts its first May Day weekend celebration

May 01, 2015 10:54 a.m. | Germantown — In conjunction with Old Town, Von Rothenburg Bier Stube is hosting their annual May Day celebration starting today.

The celebration kicks off today, May 1, at the Bier Stube, N116 W15863 Main Street, with traditional tapping of the Hofbrau Mailbock keg and continues with a weekend of live music, traditional foods, drink specials and contests.

Schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, May 1

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Live music by Peggy Mueller

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Falls Patio Players takes to the stage for weekend two of "Hairspray"

May 01, 2015 10:48 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Don't miss the Falls Patio Players production of "Hairspray" this weekend.

A cast of talented actors and actresses from all over the area take to the stage for the second weekend of shows at 7:30 p.m. tonight, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3.

The Players have been putting on theatrical productions of drama, comedy and musicals for forty nine years.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.

Performances are held at North Middle School, N88 W16750 Garfield Drive.

Germantown board votes in favor of adding on to overcrowded school

May 01, 2015 10:33 a.m. | Germantown — There is officially an end in sight for the parents, teachers and staff who have been concerned about overcrowding issues at Rockfield Elementary School.

On April 27, the board approved moving forward with a permanent addition of classrooms to the overcrowded school, where staff has gotten creative with solutions such as having music classes in the library and other student work time in hallways and vestibules.

The school also houses the district's early childhood program, which the district had hoped to find a new home for this school year. Though that may not end up coming together, a move would free up the space utilized by about 50 students between the ages of 3 and 5 years old who have special-education needs.

While modular classrooms, estimated to cost the district as much as $282,000, could have been ready for use by the start of the 2015-16 school year, board members agreed waiting as little as an extra semester to have a more permanent option would be a better solution in both the short- and long-term.

An option to use potentially available space at County Line Elementary to bridge the gap as construction is completed at Rockfield also helped weigh the scales in the direction of a brick and mortar solution.

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Germantown fifth-grader wins international Destination Imagination contest

May 01, 2015 8:38 a.m. | Germantown — Imagination is not something fifth grader Elise Dahlby is lacking. Yet when her T-shirt design was selected from more than 500 entries worldwide as the one to be sold at the upcoming Destination Imagination Global Finals competition, she said her first reaction was surprise.

"I was overwhelmed at first because I never thought that would happen," said Dahlby, who attends County Line Elementary School and entered the elementary category of the contest on a whim. "It's just really exciting to see it come together and get to go to Globals and see it on sale there."

The concept of her design began as she contemplated what defines "great minds."

"I was just thinking I know that people have great minds in Destination Imagination and I was thinking creative minds create their own path," she explained. "Great minds build their own path just like you build your own imagination."

Her design earned more than 3,000 votes over the course of about a week, earning her the coveted honor of having the shirt sold at the upcoming competition in Knoxville, Tennessee later this month.

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Falls high school student reportedly pushed to ground by school resource officer

April 29, 2015 8:29 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — The day after a video of a Menomonee Falls High School student getting shoved to the ground emerged, Menomonee Falls Police Chief Anna Ruzinski has a few things to say.

"That's not the whole story," Ruzinski said on April 29, after footage emerged capturing 15-year-old student Dakota Spilger getting pushed to the ground by School Resource Officer Jay Weber. "First of all, Weber did not know the student has autism."

The Feb. 25 surveillance video, which the police department and school district declined to share, shows Spilger getting tackled to the sidewalk after what appears to be a brief verbal confrontation. Fifteen-year-old Spilger was using crutches and walking boot due to an injury at the time.

Ruzinski said she stands behind Weber's reaction to the situation, citing his training in juvenile crisis intervention and sound background working with the school district.

"This is truly a blip on the radar screen for (Weber), who has worked at the high school for 12 years and has successfully diffused thousands of situations," she said. "He's the one who helped the student we had who was being neglected and abused recently ... he's helped out hundreds of kids and I can literally count the amount of altercations he's had like this on one hand."

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Falls police representatives invite public to chat over coffee

April 27, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Have a conversation over coffee with officers from the Menomonee Falls Police Department this Thursday, April 20.

Representatives from the department will be available to answer questions, field concerns and simply get to know residents from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Ally's Bistro, N72 W13350 Lund Lane.

For more information, call the department at (262) 532-4700.

Germantown School Board could make decision about space needs at Rockfield Elementary School

April 27, 2015 10:03 a.m. | Germantown — After several months of serious consideration of a solution to the space problem at Rockfield Elementary School, the Germantown School Board could make a decision tonight about its next steps.

The board tonight should have final cost estimates for the short-term modular classroom solution to compare and contrast with a more long-term solution, like a permanent addition of classrooms to the overcrowded school.

Also on the agenda is further review of the community survey conducted by the district earlier this year as well as a possible decision about rental property on Holy Hill Road.

The board meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the district administrative offices, N104 W13840 Donges Bay Road.


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