Germantown boys simply too much for Dominican, 88-53

Jan. 26, 2013 9:10 p.m. | It's starting to become a proven fact about the unbeaten, number one ranked in state D1, defending WIAA champion Germantown boys basketball team.

That the brighter the spotlight someone puts on the Warhawks, the better they play.

And you can throw in any number of mitigating factors that you'd like as the Warhawks prepared for another Saturday after Friday match-up today.

Such as a more-difficult-than-it-needed to be North Shore Conference win the night before over Grafton, or such as playing their eighth game in nine away from home.

Or even being put into a small gym, before such an overflow crowd that Warhawk coach Steve Showalter felt that the fans could have climbed into his shirt pocket and as he said: "Done my job for me."

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Hale wrestlers claim second straight GMC title over Falls

Jan. 24, 2013 10:37 p.m. | The first thing West Allis Hale wrestling coach Randy Ferrell wanted people to know after the Huskies claimed at least a share of their second straight Greater Metro Conference title with a 40-25 win over host Menomonee Falls Thursday night was the team philosophy.

"We tell them that intensity and heart will carry you through the toughest of times," he said. "We work the kids hard and we want them to know that the room (the practice area) will be the toughest place that they will have to go through. Everything else will be easier than that."

And Ferrell knows that by living that philosophy and carrying out this important win, the wrestlers were able to bring something important back to the school.

"We don't get to celebrate back-to-back titles in many sports here," he said. "So to repeat like this was a big deal for us."

The Huskies philosophy carried them through in many matches, such as in the case of several rallies that Hale grapplers had to pull out Thursday night.

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State program to help downtowns in Menomonee Falls, Hartland, other communities

Jan. 22, 2013 9:45 a.m. | A new state program will help 20 Wisconsin communities, including some in the Milwaukee area, with improving their downtowns and other urban commercial districts.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.'s Connect Communities program will provide services that include a networking group for new ideas, on-site visits from WEDC managers, and training programs, it was announced Tuesday.

The Connect Communities program is a complementary program to WEDC’s Wisconsin Main Street Program, a downtown revitalization program targeting the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional downtown business districts
The communities selected for the new program are Antigo, Berlin, Cambridge, Cashton, Chilton, Crandon, Deerfield, Edgerton, Greenwood, Hartford, Hartland, La Crosse, Menasha, Menomonee Falls, Menomonie, Mosinee, Plymouth, Pulaski, Sheboygan and Superior.

The communities selected to participate in the program each needed to have an organization that focuses on downtown and other urban commercial district issues, as well as information technology capability and a commitment to training opportunities.

Social media users showcase running in West Allis

Jan. 21, 2013 9:35 a.m. | Runners from around the local area came to West Allis this weekend to try some distance running.

The Icebreaker Indoor Marathon is comprised of a 5K, a half marathon, a relay marathon and a marathon. Here's what runners and their friends and family were sharing on social networks.

Jonas' three lifts Whitefish Bay girls over Germantown, 58-57

Jan. 18, 2013 10:33 p.m. | The first words out of Whitefish By girls basketball coach Greg Capper's mouth following the Blue Dukes' dramatic 58-57 road win over host Germantown Friday night were this:

"That's exactly the way we drew it up."

And returning NOW All-Suburban center and author of the winning baseline three-pointer with two seconds to go Maya Jonas, mostly agreed with her coach's assessment.

"It was actually to look for anyone that was open," she said of the play that began with just 8.9 seconds to go and Germantown up 57-55. "...and when I let it go I thought it was way short and then (when it went in) I went 'Oh my and thought we can't let them pick up the ball and score!'"

Germantown could only get off a rushed half-court heave at the buzzer.

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For Menomonee Falls team, faith goes as far as Alabama

Jan. 16, 2013 3:39 p.m. | So that Alabama rout of Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship last week? Turns out a few prayers from a girls volleyball team at a Menomonee Falls Catholic school might have given Alabama its edge.

At least that's the way the coach and members of the St. Mary's Warriors like to think about it.

The girls and the Alabama Crimson Tide have been cheering each other on since the fall, when Warriors coach Brad Van Dam used the story of 'Bama's 2011 championship, a victory over LSU on Jan. 9, 2012, to motivate his eighth-grade team.

Like Alabama in the 2011 championship, the Warriors had lost a key game to a rival team earlier in the season. And Van Dam hoped that, like Alabama, the girls would learn from their mistakes, rebuild their confidence and come back stronger against that rival. And they did, winning the 2012 Division I Seton Tournament championship in November.

Van Dam fired off an email to Alabama coach Nick Saban, letting him know how his team inspired the girls. Saban in turn read the email to his own team, just off a disappointing loss to Texas A&M. He shipped the girls an Alabama banner signed by his players. The girls sent signed jerseys, and the coaches and staff have been exchanging accolades since.

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Olive Garden, Buffalo Wild Wings on tap for Germantown's Riversbend Development

Jan. 16, 2013 3:31 p.m. | The redevelopment of the 40-acre Riversbend Country Club property on County Line Road in Germantown that includes two franchise restaurants moved forward on Monday after the Planning Commission approved permit applications and a zone change.

Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings are set to go up on 3.5 acres in the parking lot of the current Riversbend Golf Club, W18034 County Line Road, as well as a new golf club house that will be built on the north end of the remaining 37.5 acres. The site development and architecture plans, as well as signage were also approved at the Planning Commission meeting.

Menomonee Falls-based Continental 246 Fund also applied for an amendment to the village's land use plan, as well as a zone change for the property from institutional to neighborhood business, both of which were approved. The development also required a conditional use permit for encroachment of a 25-foot setback on wetlands, which the commission approved.

A special Germantown Village Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Village Hall to keep the development moving forward, said Village President Dean Wolter. There will be a public hearing for the zone change and conditional use permit.

The board will also vote on the restaurant plans. Residents, mostly of the Rivercrest subdivision that sits adjacent to the proposed development, did voice concerns at the Planning Commission meeting. Wolter said most concerns were because of increased traffic in the area. A traffic plan and study were completed as part of the application process and a new traffic light will be put on County Line Road alongside the development.

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Menomonee Falls man faces felony charge for spitting on officer

Jan. 14, 2013 3:01 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - A resident who became irate and spit on an officer after receiving a municipal citation for playing his music too loud is now facing a felony charge for assaulting an officer.

According to police:

Menomonee Falls police received an anonymous complaint about loud music at a home in N92 W16900 block of Roger Avenue at about 10:41 p.m. Jan. 7 and dispatched officers to the area. After hearing the music was too loud, police talked to the resident of the home, a 59-year-old man, who refused to turn the music down and was issued a municipal citation for loud and unnecessary noise.

Upon receiving the citation the man became irate and began yelling at the officers outside his home, causing a public disturbance. When officers arrested him for disorderly conduct and began the booking process, the man "intentionally spit on the officer," according to the report. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Waukesha County Jail.

In addition to the municipal citation, the man is now facing a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and a felony charge of throwing and/or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker.

Germantown boys basketball team beats Homestead, 72-51

Jan. 10, 2013 11:36 p.m. | It's hard being the king.

Germantown's 7-0 Indiana-bound center Luke Fischer chuckles when that idea is mentioned to him, but it has a grain of truth to it. His Warhawk basketball team has established a record of such dominance over the last two-and-a-half seasons (65-2 record) that' it's not enough for the team just to win, but it has to earn style points too.

And that means pleasing notoriously hard-to-please Coach Steve Showalter.

Take a moment from Thursday night in the Warhawks' 72-51 win over border rival Homestead, a victory that improved the top-ranked in state Germantown squad to 13-0 on the season and 8-0 in North Shore play.

It was the third quarter and a few moments earlier the Warhawks had extended their 44-23 halftime lead to 52-25 and were well on their way to cruising towards another blowout win.

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Germantown wrestling team outlasts Homestead

Jan. 09, 2013 9:59 p.m. | Though Germantown won the North Shore Conference wrestling dual with border rival Homestead, 47-34, Wednesday night, it was Highlander coach Ernie Millard who was the much happier person when the evening was done.

That's because though though his Highlanders had to give up four forfeits to the Warhawks, Homestead actually won six matches on the mat as compared to just four for Germantown. The Highlanders did have motivation, as it was senior night for them.

"We have a couple of huge holes in our line-up because of injuries and so we have to try and work around them," said Millard, "but I was very pleased with how physical and aggressive our more experienced guys were tonight."

The moral victory dovetailed off the Highlanders sound 3-2 effort in the Verona Duals last Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Warhawks, who had come into the meet on a hot streak of their own, took a little step backward this night, according to coach Casey Gabrielson.

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Germantown man arrested for drunken driving on ATV

Jan. 08, 2013 2:10 p.m. | A 26-year-old Germantown man was arrested early Monday morning for operating an ATV while intoxicated.

According to a news release from the Washington County Sheriff's Office:

A Washington County deputy on patrol observed the man driving on Appleton Avenue near Meeker Hill Road in the village of Germantown at 12:43 a.m. Monday. The man was crossing the centerline at about 40 mph. As the man pulled into the yard of his residence, the deputy approached him and observed signs of alcohol impairment. After field sobriety tests, the man was arrested.

A small amount of marijuana was also found on the man.

The man was booked into the Washington County Jail on the drug charge as he has prior drug convictions. He is also currently on probation for possession of narcotics.

Primary election letters due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1

Jan. 07, 2013 9:39 a.m. | All letters related to the spring primary must be received at the NOW Newspapers office by 5 p.m. Feb. 1 to be conisdered for publication in our print editions. All letters for the general election must be received by 5 p.m. March 15.

You can e-mail letters to, fax them to (262) 446-6646 or mail them to:

NOW Newspapers
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Waukesha, WI 53186

Letters must include the writer's first and last names and community of residence. This information will be published.

Letter writers also must provide their phone number, so we can call to verify that the sender truly is who they say they are.

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District names interim principal at Ben Franklin Elementary

Jan. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | Bil Zahn, a retired elementary principal from the Elmbrook School District, was named interim principal at Ben Franklin Elementary in Menomonee Falls as a result of Principal Steve Bold's resignation.

His resignation takes effect June 30. Zahn, who served as Burleigh Elementary School principal for 22 years, will act as principal while the district posts the full-time position at Ben Franklin. According to the Menomonee Falls School District, Zahn spent the week meeting the students in their classrooms and introducing himself.

Valley View Principal Tina Posnanski and Riverside Elementary Principal Scott Walter will be working with Ben Franklin's Associate Principal Mike Mullen and Zahn "to ensure the continuity of support and quality focus on improvement continues," said Superintendent Patricia Greco.

Zahn will serve as interim principal until the School District finds a suitable replacement, Greco said.

Fire causes $150,000 in damage to Menomonee Falls home; five people make it to safety

Jan. 03, 2013 11:48 a.m. | A fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon in Menomonee Falls caused $150,000 in damages to a single-story, family residence.

Five people were inside the home at W1355 Mary Dale Drive when it caught fire. All made it out safely. A bystander was able to take the family into the car after they left the home.

The fire was started by a cooking appliance outside, which caught the outside of the house on fire before it quickly spread inside the house and up into the attic, said Menomonee Falls Fire Chief Jeff Hevey.

The Menomonee Falls Fire Department received the first call at 1:38 p.m. Multiple 911 calls came from an office building next door to the home, Hevey said.

The Fire Department was on scene at 1:41 p.m. and had the fire extinguished about an hour later.

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Filing extended for Germantown School Board election, village president unopposed

Jan. 03, 2013 9:18 a.m. | Three seats are open in spring on the Germantown School Board and filing has been extended to Monday for one of those positions.

Germantown School Board member Diana Kline did not file the correct paperwork declaring a re-election run or noncandidacy for seat four by the 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday, which means filing for that seat has to be extended until 5 p.m. Monday.

Kline can no longer run, according to the Germantown School District; however, since the incumbent did not file the necessary paperwork, the deadline is extended.

Germantown residents Jill North and Brian Medved have filed for her seat on the School Board. They will run against each other in the April 2 election provided no one else files for seat four. If a third candidate files, there will be a primary election in February.

Incumbents Bruce Warnimont and Michael Loth, whose terms expire in April, will run unopposed in spring. Warnimont holds seat two and Loth holds seat six.

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Filing in Falls closes, Village Board members contested in spring

Jan. 03, 2013 9:06 a.m. | The time is up for residents to file to run for open positions during the spring election for school boards and local municipalities.

Three terms on the Menomonee Falls Village Board will expire in April: seat four, currently held by Mike McDonald; seat five, held by Jeff Steliga; and seat six, held by Steve Raymonds.

All three incumbents are running once more. Real Estate Agent Bonnie Lemmer is running against Steliga for seat five. McDonald is contested by Jeremy Walz. Raymonds will run unopposed.

Village trustees serve three-year terms and receive $5,500 annually.

Three people are running for the three open seats up for election on the Menomonee Falls School Board. Incumbents Faith VanderHorst and Scott Ternes and Valley View Elementary Parent Teacher Association President Michele Divelbiss are running for the School Board seats.

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Menomonee Falls police urge residents to lock doors, windows in light of two burglaries

Jan. 02, 2013 1:14 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police are warning residents and business owners to watch for suspicious activities after two homes were broken into Sunday and Monday.

According to a news release from the Menomonee Falls Police Department:

In the evening on Sunday, on the W15700 block of Countryside Drive, a home was entered through an unlocked garage service door and a laptop was taken. The suspects also attempted to enter several other homes on Countryside Drive and Colony Road, but were deterred after the doors were found to be locked, according to the Menomonee Falls Police Department.

A second home was broken into on Monday evening on the N5522 block of Ridgewood Drive. Suspects entered into the condo through an unlocked bedroom window. Jewelry, cash and gift cards were taken. No one was home at the time of the burglaries.

Police urge residents to lock all windows and doors, especially when they are not at home.

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Germantown man accused of hiding marijuana - by eating it

Jan. 01, 2013 10:22 a.m. | Jackson - A 26-year-old Germantown man pulled over by police for expired license plates Sunday tried to hide marijuana by eating it, according to Village of Jackson police.

Officers stopped the man's vehicle about 3 p.m. Sunday and smelled marijuana smoke wafting from inside. Officers also spotted marijuana on the floor and console. The man and a passenger denied using the drug but during a sobriety field test, an officer discovered the man's mouth was coated with marijuana flakes and his tongue was green.

The man was arrested for his third offense operating while under the influence and for carrying a concealed weapon. Police found a club in the car which was a violation of the man's probation.

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