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Crews investigate 'suspicious' house fire in Menomonee Falls

Nov. 06, 2012 12:41 p.m. | A house fire that erupted early this morning extensively damaged a two story, single family residence on Claas Road, causing about $90,000 in damage.

No one is currently living in the vacant home. The cause of the fire that was reported at 12:48 a.m. at W136 N6870 Claas Road is considered "suspicious," said Menomonee Falls Fire Chief Jeffrey Hevey.

Crews from the Menomonee Falls Fire Department and Police Department were still on scene as of noon today investigating the fire.

Fire crews from Germantown, Butler, Lannon and Elm Grove responded to assist Menomonee Falls firefighters with putting out the blaze.

An update on the cause of the fire will be available later in the week.

Village to hold meeting on Donges Bay Road updates

Dec. 26, 2014 10:40 a.m. | Germantown — There will be a public information meeting to discuss the reconstruction of Donges Bay Road from Division Road to Magnolia Drive from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5 at the Germantown Community Library, N112 W16957 Mequon Road.

For more information, call (262) 250-4700.

CMH seeks nominations for Spirit of Caring award

Dec. 24, 2014 10:17 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Memorial Hospital is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Spirit of Caring award. Community members are encouraged to submit nominations for two separate awards — Community Service and Excellence in the Medical Profession — both recognize exceptional physicians for their achievements.

The Spirit of Caring Award - Community Service recognizes physicians of Community Memorial Hospital medical staff who invest in their community through volunteer activities. Community service may be any type of volunteer activity by the doctor that benefits the community and is not directly job-related.

The Spirit of Caring Award - Excellence in the Medical Profession recognizes physicians of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff who have advanced or made significant contributions to the medical profession locally, regionally and/or nationally through service, leadership and practice. This award is open to physicians who have been on staff at the hospital for at least five years and have not received a Spirit of Caring Award within the past five years.

Anyone may nominate a Community Memorial Hospital physician for either award. Physicians nominated must be in good standing on the Froedtert & MCW Community Memorial Hospital medical staff. Nominations may be submitted online no later than Sunday, Feb. 15.

Award recipients will be announced on Doctor's Day in March.

Town of Jackson residents take legal action against village

Dec. 24, 2014 10:15 a.m. | Jackson — A group of Town of Jackson residents have filed a complaint in Washington County Circuit Court seeking to overturn an ordinance enacted by the Village of Jackson last week which attempts to attach 262 Town of Jackson properties to the village, effective today, Jan. 1.

According to the group's legal counsel, the attachment ordinance is not enforceable because the cooperative boundary agreement between the town and village under which it was passed never met legal requirements to be valid.

Neither municipal body filed the agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Administration, as required per Wisconsin state statutes, according to a news release from a representative of the group named Tom Snyder.

The residents have banded together to form Jackson Town Residents Against Attachment (JTRAA). Should the Village continue to pursue the attachment despite the legal challenges, the group is prepared to file a motion for injunction to stop the attachment activities, according to the release.

A notice of injury and claim presented to the village in November, demanded that the attachment efforts be stopped because of the lack of due process, and a possible 38 percent tax increase for the owners of the attached properties. Despite the notice, the Village Board proceeded to vote 4-3 to adopt an ordinance to attach the properties at a special meeting on Dec. 9.

Suburban Selfies is back! Win a $200 dinner!

Dec. 24, 2014 9:40 a.m. | Our popular Suburban Selfies contest is back for the 2014 holiday season, and it's bigger and better than ever. We've expanded the contest to cover both the My Community Now coverage area (Milwaukee suburbs) and Lake Country Now coverage area.

The rules are simple:

-Solve the riddles, which allude to landmarks in the suburbs.

-Go to the landmarks and take a selfie with the landmarks in question in the background.

-Submit your selfies via our online contest page.

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Amy Belle teacher allowed to return to work after July disorderly conduct incident

Dec. 23, 2014 9:47 a.m. | Germantown — A 39-year-old Oconomowoc woman will soon return to work for the first time this school year. She has been suspended from teaching by the Germantown School District until now, following her arrest for disorderly conduct at the Jefferson County Fair in July.

April Smith, 39, will resume her duties "in an alternate teaching assignment" on Monday, Jan. 5, following the district's completion of their own investigation into the matter, according to a statement issued Dec. 22.

"The board of education has determined that it is appropriate to restore Ms. Smith to active teaching duties, but has also imposed several conditions to address this situation and to make certain that no similar incidents occur in the future," the statement reads. "The board of education requires that all district employees understand that, as public servants, they are role models for district students and should exhibit appropriate public conduct, whether on or off the job."

The statement doesn't specify what the conditions are, but states "the board of education wishes to make it clear that it does not condone Ms. Smith's conduct. For that reason, the board has taken serious, remedial measures to address this situation."

Smith pleaded guilty no contest in court on August 19 after causing about $40 in damage to an unknown number of Scott Walker signs at the Republican party tent at the fair on July 9.

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Brandtjen to host Menomonee Falls Inauguration Ceremony

Dec. 22, 2014 1:51 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Representative-Elect Janel Brandtjen (R) will be holding an area inauguration ceremony in Menomonee Falls on Monday, Dec. 29. Brandtjen is entering her first term in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Pastor Peter Kelm is expected to preside over the ceremony, which is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29 at American Legion Post 382, N88 W16652 Main Street.

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony, which welcomes constituents to attend the swearing in of Brandtjen, who officially takes office on Monday, Jan. 5

In November, Brandtjen defeated challenger Jessie Read (D) in the race to serve the State Assembly District 22, which includes Butler, Erin, Lannon and Menomonee Falls, as well as parts of Lisbon, Richfield and a small portion of Milwaukee. She will assume the role succeeding Don Pridemore (R), who opted to retire rather than seek re-election.

Germantown girls overpower Menomonee Falls, 73-36

Dec. 21, 2014 12:28 a.m. | The Germantown girls basketball team is not playing the frantic, full-court, mass-substitution "Grinnell-style" of ball that netted the Warhawks their first conference title in 40 years last season.

But the robust intensity and tempo remain the same and so do the results.

Taking on overmatched and short-handed border rival Menomonee Falls Saturday night in a nonconference game, the Warhawks scarcely let the Indians cross half-court in the first quarter with a fiercely executed full-court press.

They turned Falls over at will and started the game with a 13-2 run.

It was 20-6 at the end of the first session and never got closer than that afterwards as the Warhawks improved to 7-0 overall with an impressive 73-36 victory.

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Germantown boys improve to 6-0 with 80-48 border win over Falls

Dec. 20, 2014 11:05 p.m. | Germantown senior forward Kyle Theis knows what a perfectionist Warhawk basketball coach Steve Showalter is.

So Theis was not surprised that Showalter would find some fault in the sometimes uneven but overall impressive 80-48 border rivalry victory over Menomonee Falls tonight in Germantown.

Because he knows his boss only wants the best for this team.

"We're feeling good about things though we know there's a lot of room for improvement," said Theis, who finished with 11 points. "He's always critiquing what we've done, no matter how much we win by.

"He likes to say it's almost impossible to play a perfect game, but that we can always give perfect effort."

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Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night

Dec. 18, 2014 11:57 a.m. | Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at the stadium interchange near Miller Park will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for a storm sewer installation.

The state Department of Transportation expects backups during the day Saturday on westbound I-94 between the Marquette and stadium interchanges.

The DOT recommends the following detours:

  • Miller Park Way to National Avenue to Greenfield Avenue
  • US 41 to Bluemound Road to Glenview Avenue to Watertown Plank Road
  • I-894 bypass or I-43 to other regional east/west routes

More information the project, and other projects, is available on the DOT website.

Central wrestlers take control of GMC race with 29-27 win over Falls

Dec. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | It pays to have big guys and it pays to have guys who never quit.

The West Allis Central wrestling team had both those things going for it Wednesday night, as it overcame a 24-13 deficit with four matches to go and took a critical 29-27 Greater Metro Conference dual meet win over two-time league champion Menomonee Falls.

"It really pays to never give up and that was important tonight," said Bulldog coach Jon Nelson. "There were so many close matches at the beginning. It was three points here and three points there.

"We were down 24-13, but everybody knows that's just two pins away. We try to teach our big guys not to rely on throws but to take what's in front of them."

With the win, the Bulldogs have now taken care of two major obstacles in their race towards a GMC title. The previous week, they dominated archrival Hale. Meanwhile, Falls fell to 1-1 in league duals.

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Cambridge Major Laboratories plans $20 million expansion

Dec. 16, 2014 10:24 a.m. | Cambridge Major Laboratories Inc., a supplier of pharmaceutical ingredients and manufacturing services, has received an incentive package from state and local governments worth as much as $2 million as part of a more than $20 million expansion of its Germantown facility.

The expansion is expected to create more than 75 jobs during the next three years, according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

WEDC has authorized up to $800,000 in Jobs Tax Credits for Cambridge Major over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits awarded will depend upon the number of jobs created during that period.

Cambridge Major's expansion will include a new administrative headquarters, as well as additions to its research and development and manufacturing capacity, WEDC said. The expansion is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.

"Wisconsin's strong base of research universities and talented workforce, combined with the support of the state of Wisconsin, Washington County and the Village of Germantown, contributed to our decision to make significant additional investments in our active pharmaceutical ingredient operations in Germantown," said Stephan Kutzer, chief executive officer of AAIPharma Services and Cambridge Major.

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GHS alumnus founds prominent student organization at UW-Madison

Dec. 12, 2014 12:01 p.m. | Germantown — Just because it is winter break doesn't mean the work stops for this University of Wisconsin-Madison senior.

Matt Soderberg, Germantown High School Class of 2011, is home for the holidays, but he's not taking a break in the traditional sense of the word. Between working at Johnson Controls and spending hours at the new Starbucks on County Line Road fine-tuning the consulting firm he founded, his calendar is full.

As graduation approaches in May, Soderberg is taking it upon himself to make sure Badger Consulting at UW-Madison carries on long after he walks across the stage to accept his diploma. And for good reason.

What began two years ago as Badger Social Media Marketing has evolved into Badger Consulting, an entirely student-run organization that operates like a real consulting firm.

"We thought it would be better to offer more of a 360-degree approach to what we do, which is basically fixing real-life problems with real solutions for local businesses," explained Soderberg, who founded the organization as a sophomore. "It's been like starting a small business from the ground up."

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Wisconsin's first Pirtek USA location to open in Menomonee Falls

Dec. 11, 2014 3:07 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — An international company specializing in on-site hydraulic hose replacement will soon be servicing the area. Under the supervision of Pirtek USA franchisee Tom Fechter, the first Pirtek franchise in the state is expected to open early next year.

Located near Lilly Road and Bobolink Avenue, about a half-mile north of Silver Spring Drive, technicians from Pirtek will be available to respond to calls all over southeastern Wisconsin.

"A hose failure is a big deal for a lot of local industries," said Fechter, of West Bend. "Crews standing around waiting for a technician or replacement part can be a waste of time and money, so it's our job to make sure things are fixed and production resumes as efficiently as possible."

As a companywide standard, Pirtek responds to calls within an hour and subsequently diagnoses the failure and repairs or replaces the hose within about two hours.

With more than 400 locations in 22 countries, the decision to bring the industry to the Milwaukee area is one Gwyn O'Kane said was pretty easy.

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Newman will not seek third term as Menomonee Falls Village Board president

Dec. 11, 2014 2:46 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The face of the Menomonee Falls Village Board is set to change again. After two terms as village board president, Randy Newman has opted not to run again in April.

The decision not to pursue re-election to a third term is not a new one for Newman, who said it was always part of his plan to serve two terms.

"I wanted to give back to the village, but the time has come to give back in other ways," said Newman, who has been president since 2009.

Before that he served on the board and other committees for a total of 20 years. A certified public accountant, he is vice president of finance for Community Physicians at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Menomonee Falls boys get defensive in beating Franklin, 48-30

Dec. 09, 2014 11:53 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls boys basketball team was coming off a flat effort against Watertown last Friday while Franklin was coming off an emotional high after beating 2014 state tourney qualifier Greendale the same night.

The Indians visited the Sabers Tuesday night, and the teams traded places, as Falls used a stifling defense and picked up 27 points in transition to overpower its hosts, 48-30.

"We scored only four points a quarter a couple of times last Friday and that was just not going to get it done," said Falls coach Ben Farley, "so we focused on nailing things down and executing better. We had missed so many shots (against Watertown) so we focused on finishing with confidence."

Meanwhile, Franklin coach Tim Hogan wondered where his team's energy from the other night was.

"We played so hard against Greendale (a one point win)," he said. "I just wish we had displayed a little more of that energy topnight, because there were many moments tonight where we just got outhustlled."

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