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Menomonee Falls Plan Commission approves FBI facility

March 06, 2013 12:30 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission on Tuesday approved a permit for an FBI facility to be located on Town Hall Road.

Menomonee Falls is one of three locations the federal government is looking at to relocate its regional office currently located on Kilbourn Avenue in Milwaukee. The Plan Commission approved the conditional use permit with ten conditions for the renovation of an existing 105,000 square foot facility at W180 N7950 Town Hall Road.

The now vacant building used to be a health and medical facility that has since moved across the street. Procacci Development Corp. is the contract purchaser of the property and would lease the building to the federal government.

Should the Menomonee Falls site be selected, the architectural plans would have to be approved by the Architectural Control Board to ensure the project fits the aesthetics of the village, said Planning Commissioner Michael McDonald.

"We are one of the communities in the running so we made it so it provided enough flexibility initially that they don't have to jump through hoops, but then ensure that it is compatible with the community and meets the security needs of the FBI," he said.

Driver survives hourlong extraction from vehicle near Highway 41 and Friestadt Road

9:38 a.m. | Germantown — Even after being trapped in a vehicle for about an hour, the driver of a vehicle that was in an accident on Oct. 6 is expected to survive.

The Germantown police and fire departments responded to a call at about 12:30 a.m. reporting that a dump truck hit the overpass and rolled over near Freistadt Road on Highway 41.

Upon arrival to the scene, responders found a dump truck that had its box up and struck the Friestadt Road overpass, causing the truck to roll over and skid down northbound Highway 41, according to a news release.

The driver was extensively trapped in the vehicle as it was leaking diesel fuel. He was conscious and alert, but his legs were pinned under the dash by the steering column and pinned against the road by the weight of the truck, the release said.

Flight for Life was called for transport as the responders began extraction operations, which took about an hour.

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Sport Shorts: Oct. 8, 2015

Oct. 05, 2015 11:18 p.m. |


The Warhawks had a strong day in the WIAA regional tournament on Sept. 30, taking sixth in a deep field and advancing Sophia Mazurekand Lindsey Endersto the WIAA sectional tournament that was played at Rolling Meadows in Fond du Lac on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The top two teams and first three individuals not on those teams advanced from the sectional to the state tournament at University Ridge in Verona, Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12 and 13.

Germantown shot an 18-hole score team score of 374 at the regional, just seven shots out of the fourth and final sectional qualifying spot turned in by Oconomowoc. Arrowhead edged North Shore champ Homestead, 330-331, for the meet title, and Kettle Moraine was the other sectional qualifier.

Mazurek tied for 14th individually with a score of 90, and Enders earned her spot with a 92. The top four teams and first four individuals not on those teams advanced to the sectional. Allison Peroutka just missed out on a sectional berth with a 93.

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Germantown board sides with residents, does not allow plans for large apartment complex

Oct. 05, 2015 9:03 p.m. | Germantown — There has been clapping and there has been confusion. There have been standing ovations and lengthy discussions. And in the end, a highly contested proposal to develop a large portion of property along Main Street into a 190-unit apartment has hit a roadblock.

A full house packed the Village Hall board room on Sept. 21, and again on Oct. 5 as the board considered rezoning and conditional-use permit requests that would allow development for 190 units on 23.8 acres at N116 W16200 Main Street near Park Avenue.

After the Sept. 21 outcry from dozens of residents who pleaded with the board, the board on Oct. 5 opted to take action that could limit the number of units that are developed down to 172 units.

The board in a 5-4 vote on Oct. 5 denied the rezoning of two parcels that would have otherwise been part of the development, which could mean the development will include less units.

In addition, the board in a 5-4 vote denied the development of a planned development district (PDD), which would have allowed the board to have continued input about density and other factors involved with the development of the district.

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Chipotle in Menomonee Falls to open next month, employees needed

Oct. 05, 2015 8:03 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Burrito lovers only have about a month to wait until Chipotle opens in Menomonee Falls.

As the restaurant gears up for its opening next month, they are looking to hire about 30 people.

"It's a pretty exciting time for us and we have a lot to offer in terms of benefits and the like," said General Manager Mayra Rodriguez, adding that benefits include tuition reimbursement, paid breaks and free meals.

Open interviews will be held at the restaurant from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday from now until the Nov. 7 opening, Rodriguez said.

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Saxony Village proposal discussion to resume in Germantown

Oct. 05, 2015 1:18 p.m. | Germantown —A decision could be made tonight involving a highly contested proposal to develop a large portion of property along Main Street into a 190-unit apartment complex.

The Germantown Village Board will tonight resume its conversation about rezoning and conditional-use permit requests that would allow the development of 190 units on 23.8 acres at N116 W16200 Main Street near Park Avenue.

A full house of residents who are opposed to the proposal packed the board room when the board last discussed the matter on Sept. 21.

Concerns about traffic, noise and light pollution are among those voiced by several neighboring residents, in addition to confusion about net acreage as it relates to the density, and contaminated soil at the site were among the items brought up by the residents who addressed the board.

The board meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, N112 W17001 Mequon Road.

Reminder: responses needed to Falls School District Community Survey today, Oct. 5

Oct. 05, 2015 1:13 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — It's not too late to weigh in on the future of Menomonee Falls schools.

Today is the last day for residents to respond to the school district's community survey, which was mailed districtwide earlier this month. Responses are due back by 5 p.m. today.

The goal of the survey is to obtain feedback from the community as the district considers putting two referendum questions on the ballot in spring 2015.

As soon as April 2015, two referendum questions could appear on the ballot in a culmination of what will at that point be more than two years of consideration and planning for the future of school facilities throughout the village.

The referendum questions seek to address both the facilities and operational needs of the district, which the board has for a year and a half been meeting monthly to consider options on how best to proceed.

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Robin's Nest to host Vera Bradley Ambassador Joan Bradley Reedy

Oct. 05, 2015 12:28 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — It all started in an aiport. Patricia Miller and longtime friend Barbara Baekgaard were waiting on a flight in Atlanta when they noticed something that stood out to them: a lack of feminine-looking luggage.

Now more than 30 years later, that observation has blossomed into a well-known and well-loved brand known as Vera Bradley. Named for Baekgaard's mother, Veronica Bradley, the company embraces the ideals of the American dream in a way that has captivated and empowered loyal patrons of the brand.

The company's history will be among the topics of discussion at a casual gathering featuring Joan Bradley Reedy at a breast cancer fundraising event at Robin's Nest on Saturday, Oct. 16. Reedy is the daughter of Vera Bradley and sister of company co-founder Baekgaard.

"We are just so excited to have Joan come and be a part of something like this," said Margie Masshardt, of Robin's Nest, located at N89 W16389 Main Street. "We've carried the products since 1997, so it's really an honor to have Joan be coming here to be part of our special day."

The event, which will take place between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., will offer guests the opportunity to hear about the history of the company, share personal stories and raise money for breast cancer research.

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Menomonee Falls to consider allowing outdoor seating at Tornado Brewery

Oct. 05, 2015 12:18 p.m. | Menomonee Falls —Outdoor seating and a later allowable operation time for a popular local restaurant are both being considered tonight by the Menomonee Falls Village Board.

On the agenda is the consideration of a request of Harvey Friess and Hanson Water Works Inc. to obtain a conditional-use permit allowing Tornado Brewery, N88W16718 Appleton Ave., to have outdoor seating and its indoor hours of operation extended until 2 a.m.

The board meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, W156 N8480 Pilgrim Road.

Germantown School District to see small increase in taxes

Oct. 05, 2015 11:33 a.m. | Germantown — Rockfield Elementary School is getting a significant addition and investments in energy efficiency are being made in the Germantown School District in 2015-16, but taxpayers won't see much of an increase for either of these things on their bill.

The school district on Sept. 28 approved the 2015-16 budget, which includes a levy that is up about 3.29 percent to $29.2 million over last year's $28.8 million.

But taxes are expected to remain fairly stable, at an estimated an estimated $9.81 per $1,000 of equalized property value, up from $9.49 in 2014-15.

The balanced budget took into account an estimated $600,000 loss in state funding, Director of Business and Auxiliary Services Ric Ericksen has said, covers the cost of adding eight classrooms at Rockfield Elementary School and does not include any cuts to educational program initiatives and standards development efforts previously approved by the board.

"This has been a long standing (issue) and certainly this will finally allow for music and art to be housed in a classroom at Rockfield, addresses some programming needs such as the early childhood issues that occur at Rockfield and will provide for commons learning and teaching area which is a new element of board's effort to modernize curriculum and instruction," Ericksen said.

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Former professional fighter puts burglar in choke hold, keeps him knocked out until police arrive

Oct. 05, 2015 11:25 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — In most cases, the burglar probably would have been dead. Instead, 47-year-old Richard Melville is behind bars after breaking into a Menomonee Falls home last month.

"He definitely picked the wrong home," said homeowner Dan LaSavage, who took Melville down using his experience as a professional fighter upon encountering him in his kitchen late at night. It was his first night in his new home, and when he heard noises in the home he first assumed it was his three-year-old daughter.

"I heard noises and I thought it was her getting up so I went to check on her, but that wasn't it," said LaSavage, a former mixed martial arts fighter who recently moved his business Combat Corner into Menomonee Falls. "I honestly could have killed him, but instead I just made sure he sure he stayed incapacitated."

Melville was charged Oct. 1 with burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges follow a prior burglary conviction in Milwaukee, which means he faces up to 23 years in prison if convicted.

"Things were pretty moderate in terms of what could have happened," said LaSavage. "I mean, the guy had a knife...I'm going to do what I had to do for the safety of myself and my kids."

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Menomonee Falls Lions Club hosts open house

Oct. 05, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — If service to the community and making a difference are among your goals in life, the Menomonee Falls Lions Club wants to hear from you.

The club is inviting people to learn more about the club and its work at an information session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Village Bowl, N86W18330 Main Street.

"Our club gives members an opportunity to advance worthy causes, serve with friends and become leaders in the community," said Jeff Van Calligan, club president. "This club means a lot to our Lions, but it means so much more to the people we serve."

Special guest past District Governor Chuck Steinmetz will be present at the open-house-style event to provide information about the club, and appetizers will be served.

"We want to share the great things we're doing in the community and let others know how they can help," Van Calligan said.

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Milwaukee suburbs trick-or-treat times 2015

Oct. 05, 2015 10:00 a.m. |

When will the ghouls and ghosties ring your doorbell this year? Find out in our listing of Milwaukee suburb trick-or-treat times.
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Bay View
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Brookfield
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Brookfield
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Brown Deer
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Elm Grove
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Fox Point
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Halloween parade: 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Hales Corners
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Menomonee Falls
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
New Berlin
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Oak Creek
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
River Hills
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
South Milwaukee
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
St. Francis
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
City of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
West Allis
West Allis Downtown Halloween Hunt: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 31. For ages infant to 12, accompanied by an adult. Donations of nonperishable food items will go to a local food pantry.
Meet 'n Treat: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Whitefish Bay
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players

Oct. 02, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football?

Oct. 01, 2015 11:00 a.m. | With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?

Last-second pick denies Germantown win against Bay in football thriller

Oct. 01, 2015 7:39 a.m. | Whitefish Bay defensive back Michael Kirkendoll was on the trainer's cart at midfield fighting off cramps in his calf and straining to put a smile on his face as it seemed each and every one of his teammates came over to congratulate him on his game-saving interception against Germantown on Sept. 25.

Just moments earlier, he had been laying on the ground in the front left corner of the end zone, having outfought a Warhawks receiver for a jump-ball pass with just 6 seconds remaining and Bay holding a tenuous 24-21 lead.

The subsequent celebration was delayed a few minutes as Kirkendoll struggled to get up right away and was tended to by trainers.

When the cart finally came to midfield, his happy teammates were there to greet him as the interception and subsequent victory gave Bay sole possession of first place in the North Shore Conference at 4-0 (5-1 overall). Germantown, which had overcome an early 14-0 deficit, fell to 3-1 and 4-2, respectively.

"He initially caught it," said Kirkendoll of the Warhawks receiver, "but I ripped it out right over his shoulder. We just had to stop them there, and I couldn't have done it without the entire offense and defense giving it their all, too."

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