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Aquinas Academy plans to expand

Jan. 02, 2014 2:59 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission on Tuesday will consider a proposal from Aquinas Academy to construct a new, free standing building to accommodate its growing study body.

Aquinas Academy, W15935 Good Hope Road, teaches students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The proposed 29,785-square-foot facility would be located approximately 50 feet to the south of the existing 14,760 square-foot building, according to village documents. The school is hoping the Plan Commission and Village Board will grant an amendment to its conditional use permit to allow for the expansion.

The building would be used as a middle school and will provide additional classrooms, a gymnasium and an oratory. It would be designed with rooms allocated to science, art, music and a library, as well as general classroom space.

The new facility is designed so it can accommodate two additional wings in the future that would total another 15,000 square feet and provide another 10 classrooms, according to documents.

The Plan Commission will send their recommendation to the Village Board, which will make the final decision.

Martin named new Germantown boys basketball coach

4:40 p.m. | Germantown has gone in-house and hired veteran teacher and coach Steve Martin to head up its powerhouse boys basketball program.

According to a press release from the district, Martin is a business education teacher at Germantown, with a specific focus on the Personal Financial Literacy courses. He also leads the school's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club.

Martin has been involved with the Germantown basketball program for 10 years, along with coaching in the Germantown football program for eight seasons. Most recently, he served as the head varsity assistant basketball coach and director of basketball operations.

He has also served as a varsity assistant, head freshman coach and an assistant camp director for the youth basketball camps. Martin assisted the Waukesha South girls basketball program from 2004-2007 and is thankful for the mentorship of coaches Paul Darling (Waukesha South), former Germantown head coach and newly announced Catholic Memorial head coach Steve Showalter and Adams.

Martin has also been a varsity football assistant coach, dating back to 2007 under the late Coach Phil Datka and more recently under head coach Jake Davis.

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Sports Authority out, other tenants to open soon within Whitestone Station in Menomonee Falls

May 04, 2016 12:20 p.m. | It will be an exciting summer for shopping in Menomonee Falls.

Spaces within the new 91,000-square-foot retail building at Whitestone Station are being turned over to tenants in June, according to Scott Yauck, president and chief executive officer of Cobalt Partners.

The exact timing of the openings of Ulta Beauty, Ross Dress For Less and Home Goods is up to the retailers, but Yauck said openings "generally will follow shortly thereafter."

While Sports Authority signed a lease for the fourth spot in the building, Yauck said the announcement of the company's liquidation means a new tenant will move into that space.

"While Sports Authority is liquidating, they will be auctioning store locations across the country," Yauck said. "So, while it is possible that another sporting goods retailer could acquire the lease, we feel that it is very unlikely."

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Board overturns Germantown Plan Commission's decision on zoning that impacts Saxony Village

May 04, 2016 12:01 p.m. | Germantown — The people have spoken and, in doing so, have disagreed with village officials.

Two decisions regarding zoning code changes the village made last fall were overturned by the village's Board of Zoning Appeals last month.

JBJ Companies, Inc. was seeking to appeal decisions made by the plan commission in December regarding the site plan application for a proposed 172-unit apartment complex known as Saxony Village.

The original plan for the controversial multifamily development called for 190 units, a proposal that was met with contention by neighboring residents, who have argued the scope of the project is too large for the area. Several petitions against the project were submitted and reviewed throughout the approval process.

JBJ ultimately challenged the commissions decisions, initially bringing it up with the board of zoning appeals early this year. The board of zoning appeals is a panel of residents who volunteer to make up the board and hear both sides of an argument before ultimately making a decision.

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Germantown School District to survey residents to gauge support for facility improvement plans

May 04, 2016 11:09 a.m. | Germantown — The time is soon for residents in the Germantown School District to voice their opinions on a number of facilities improvements the district is considering.

The board voted recently to conduct a survey through School Perceptions to gather information to aid in a decision on how to move forward with a facility improvement plan.

"We just want to find out, what does the community want," said School Board President Bob Soderberg. "What is their expectation?"

The board is expected to review a draft of the survey, which will be conducted at a maximum of $10,000, as soon as its next meeting in May.

Plans for about $93 million in improvements and renovations were also presented at a recent meeting by Nick Kent of Plunkett Raysich Architects.

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Shorewest's Menomonee Falls Office breaks sales record

May 04, 2016 10:08 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —March was a record month for the Shorewest office in Menomonee Falls.

Located at N94 W17900 Appleton Ave., Shorewest sold a record of 102 properties during March, which is more than any other month in the office's history.

They also had a record breaking $24,042,322 sales volume. The Menomonee Falls Office serves Brown Deer, Butler, Colgate, Erin, Friess Lake, Germantown, Hartford, Hubertus, Jackson, Lannon, Lisbon, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee, Richfield, Slinger and Sussex areas.

"The real estate market is extremely active so far in 2016," said Joe Horning, President of Shorewest. "Shorewest agents are busy, finding the right home for buyers and counseling sellers in this fast pace market."

Sports Shorts: May 5, 2016

May 03, 2016 10:18 a.m. |

MENOMONEE FALLS/GERMANTOWN GIRLS SOFTBALL

The Indians broke open a 3-2 game with a five-run fifth and cruised past their border nonconference rivals, 10-2, on April 25.

The win was the sixth in a row for Falls, and it was the fourth straight loss for the Warhawks.

Indian lead-off hitter Lou Sciortinodid great damage with three hits and four RBIs, while Morgan Schiedemeyerhad three hits with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Falls ace Ciera Jones scattered five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Both Germantown pitchers Megan Cull(who took the loss) and Michelle Moorehad trouble getting the Indians out as Falls rapped 14 hits.

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DSHA softball team outslugs Falls in GMC showdown

May 03, 2016 10:08 a.m. | Everyone who came up to the scorers' table in Menomonee Falls after the DSHA softball team's 8-5 victory over the Indians in a Greater Metro Conference showdown April 28 was stunned by the final score.

Not by the fact that the 12-0 Dashers won, but by the fact that the game was so high-scoring in a matchup of two traditionally pitching-heavy programs.

"I thought that it would have been 1-0," was the common refrain.

And with DSHA's senior all-state hurler Rose Dentice toeing the rubber, one would have thought that, but the misty, miserable, winter-like, 39-degree conditions surprisingly gave advantage to the hitters, as the Dashers cracked 11 hits and the Indians eight.

Those three extra hits and two critical errors proved to be the difference, however, as the Dashers moved into sole possession of first place in the GMC at 6-0, while the rebuilding Indians fell to 5-1 in league play and 10-3 overall.

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Menomonee Falls golf team remains competitive fighting the weather

May 03, 2016 10:06 a.m. | Though the weather might not be conducive to playing excellent and/or fun golf, the young Menomonee Falls boys squad is making the most of its early opportunities, taking ninth in the 17-team powerhouse Onalaska Invitational on April 29.

Earlier in the week, the three-freshmen strong Indians were more competitive than they looked in finishing 15th out of 26 at the Brookfield Central Skins Invite on April 27

And on Monday, April 25, the Indians tested their patience in the twice-delayed Greater Metro Conference mini-meet at Westmoor Country Club, which was eventually canceled and rescheduled for Monday, May 2.

"With the threat of stormy weather in the forecast, we knew there was the possibility of interrupted play," said coach Tony Pritchard. "By the time players had hit their first tee shots, we had suspended play and pulled them off the course.

"A 45-minute delay, and we were headed back out to our positions. Before we could complete even a hole, we were again delayed due to thunder and lightening. We finally called play for the day at 5 p.m."

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Corey Golla to replace Gary Kiltz as Curriculum and Learning Director in Menomonee Falls schools

May 03, 2016 7:12 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — It is a time of transition in the School District of Menomonee Falls.

Menomonee Falls High School Principal Corey Golla has been named the new director of curriculum and learning and will replace Dr. Gary Kiltz, who was named superintendent for the Greendale School District earlier this year.

"(He) is an experienced leader with exceptional skills," Superintendent Dr. Pat Greco said of Golla, who was selected from among 79 candidates. "Corey built a culture of improvement with students and staff. The results of student learning have demonstrated exceptional gains."

Golla has served as principal for MFHS since 2012.

The high school principal position will be posted next month and the official transition will take place in July.

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Catholic Memorial hires Steve Showalter to coach boys basketball

May 02, 2016 11:47 p.m. | The stars seemed aligned just right.

Last month Steve Showalter resigned as an assistant coach at Division II Lindenwood University near St. Louis and announced that he planned to return to the area after one-year absence. Meanwhile, Germantown, the program he had built into a state power, was looking for a head coach.

Those who thought Showalter would return to his old stomping grounds were off the mark, though. Instead the 50-year-old was announced Monday as the new head boys basketball coach at Catholic Memorial in Waukesha, a school that also has a recent history of winning state titles in the sport.

"The thing that was special for me is they really came after me hard," he said. "They showed a lot of interest in me and talked about how much they valued me as a person and as a coach.

"I was looking for a full-time job that I could combine with coaching, and I was lucky enough to be able to find a full-time job within the school where I get to work with kids every day."

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer also stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand. Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Resilient Germantown boys win county track outdoor

May 02, 2016 8:30 p.m. | The meet was dragging on; the wind was becoming more and more raw and biting; and the temperatures were falling to a range barely acceptable for early March, and still the Germantown track teams did not lose focus at the Washington County Invite in West Bend on April 26.

And so, despite holding some people out and limiting others because there are bigger fish to fry down the line, the Warhawks' boys squad won the eight-team event, and the girls finished a strong second.

As a father of four, whose own family was battling all sorts of cold weather-related illness, Germantown coach Greg Siegert was impressed with the team's mental toughness, especially of farm-strong sprinter Austin Mozdzen (won two events) and elite jumper and sprinter Shon Pratcher (won four events using a minimum of effort under tough conditions).

"It has been ugly (the weather), and a lot of the team has been battling illness," Siegert said. "This is a lull point in the season (about eight weeks in), and it's hard to get excited about meets in 39-degree weather, but we have high-caliber kids."

That the Warhawks do.

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Catholic Memorial lands former Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter

May 02, 2016 6:04 p.m. | Former three-time WIAA state champion Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter said "he had options" after he left Lindenwood University (Missouri) this spring after one season as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team.

And Showalter exercised one of those options this week, when he accepted the position of boys basketball coach and learning commons supervisor at Waukesha Catholic Memorial. It will be a salaried full-time position with benefits, something that Showalter said he was looking for when he headed back north for Wisconsin after leaving Lindenwood.

"They had a need for both," he said of the twin aspects of the job. "They thought I fit the bill for both. I'm excited to be part of the CMH community and positively influence the kids on a daily basis. I think this is really good for me and very positive for the kids as well."

Showalter will be taking over for Dean Bellanti, who left after eight seasons, including a 10-14 season this past year and a WIAA D2 state title in 2010.

Showalter spent 15 years at Germantown, transforming a former basketball backwater into an empire, turning in a record of 286-81 including WIAA D1 state titles in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In his last year of 2014-15, Germantown went 27-1, losing only to Stevens Point in the state finals.

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Cozzini Bros. to move into Falls Commerce Center

April 29, 2016 2:59 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The largest commercial knife rental and sharpening services company in the country will soon call Menomonee Falls home.

Cozzini Bros. is now leasing a 5,204-square-foot space inside Falls Commerce Center. They are a full-service provider of sharpening and other blade exchange programs for restaurants, grocery stores, commercial kitchens, cafeterias, hospitals and schools.

For over one hundred years Cozzini has provided their services, growing to 45 locations across the United States.

Germantown Community Scholarship Fund provides unique experience for students, to host Mud Splash

April 29, 2016 2:50 p.m. | Germantown — Earth Day has taken on new meaning for the students at MacArthur Elementary School.

In honor of Earth Day, students at the school were able to view a unique traveling art exhibit that featured the work of Robert Wyland. Consisting of four colorful, large-scale panels featuring Wyland's work of marine wildlife, the opportunity allowed each class to tour the exhibit, discuss it and do a hands-on project.

None of it would have been possible without funding from a grant from the Germantown Community Scholarship Fund, which afforded art teacher Tracy Miller the grant earlier this year.

"We simply do not have the budget to be able to bring exhibits like this one to our schools," said Miller, who was one of seven recipients of the teacher grants, "but the excitement and reaction from the students was priceless."

The larger-than-life exhibit featured three, 6.5'H x 4'W panels, as well as one larger, 5.5'Hx12.5'W panel, depicting the artist's colorful, large-scale oil on canvas artwork. Actual art pieces range in size from 7' x 4' up to half a mile long with many of his murals spanning the sides of buildings and skyscrapers.

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