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Germantown improves to 2-0 with 24-7 home win over Hartford

Aug. 29, 2013 11:20 p.m. | Like any normal kid, Germantown senior defensive tackle Hunter Higginbotham is not looking forward to the start of school next week.

"No, I am not," he said emphatically after the Warhawk football team's 24-7 home opening win on Thursday night over Hartford, "as a good student/athlete, you have to keep the grades up, but really, I'd just like to concentrate on more football."

You can't blame him, Higginbotham and the rest of the Warhawk defense stifled Hartford to the tune of 188 total yards and improved to 2-0 and set up a smashing North Shore Conference opener next Friday at defending league co-champ Whitefish Bay.

Higginbotham, whose team edged the Blue Dukes last season in a one-point thriller, can't wait.

"It's very important to get off to a start like this," he said. "Everything is going to be at a higher intensity right now so it's very important that we be ready."

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Germantown issues ban on lawn watering

Aug. 29, 2013 3:02 p.m. | The Germantown Department of Public Works has declared a lawn watering ban effective immediately.

Residents are being asked to limit their water use by following an odd-even schedule. Residents with an odd address are asked to water their lawns only on odd days of the week. Even-numbered homes can water on even days until further notice.

The DPW also asks that residents on private wells voluntarily restrict lawn watering to conserve water resources that may be shared by neighbors.

The DPW has issued the ban due to extreme demand placed on the village's water system. These restrictions only apply to the watering of lawns. They do not apply to other outside uses such as tree or garden watering.

For information regarding the ban, call Germantown Department of Public Works at (262) 250-4721.

Milwaukee says goodbye to Chill on the Hill for 2013

Aug. 28, 2013 9:08 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View showcased the last Chill on the Hill concert for 2013.

Global musical sounds from Spanglish entertained the crowd.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of the last 2013 edition of Chill on the Hill.

Germantown School District changes insurance carrier

Aug. 27, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Germantown — Germantown School District employees will have a new health care provider starting Oct. 1, district officials decided Monday.

The Germantown School Board selected Humana as the district's health care provider for a plan with a $1,000 deductible. Historically, the district received insurance through WEA Trust. By changing providers, premiums will increase by 3.37 percent, or $165,290. If the district renewed with WEA Trust it faced between a 12 and 14 percent increase in premiums, said School Board member Tom Barney.

Comparing the Humana $1,000 deductible plan to the WEA renewal rates for their $1,000 deductible plan, there is a savings of $294,347.

No changes were made Monday to employee contribution rates. Non-AFSCME employees currently pay 5 percent. However, the AFSCME employee group is moving from a 3 percent to a 5 percent contribution rate on Oct. 1 and will be provided the same benefits as all employees in the district, said Greg Kamps with Gallagher Benefit Services, the School District's insurance consultant.

So far, employee contribution rates for non-AFSCME employees will stay the same. However, this could be a point of discussion moving forward. There was a 2.5 percent premium increase included in the 2013-14 preliminary budget. The budget would be balanced if employee contributions were increased from 5 to 6 percent, Barney said. No direction was taken on Monday.

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Arrowhead remains atop NOW/Lake Country football poll

Aug. 27, 2013 9:07 a.m. | Defending WIAA Division 1 football champion Arrowhead (1-0) has been a fixture at the top of the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country suburban football poll for more than a season.

The Warhawks retain their top spot in the rankings this week after 42-7 victory over Kenosha Bradford in the opening game of the season.

Arrowhead's next game is a non-conference matchup at defending Division 2 state champion Homestead this Friday. The Highlanders are fifth in the suburban poll.

Franklin defeated Hamilton, 44-16, in its opening game and is currently second in the suburban football poll.

You can see the rest of the top-ranked teams, a playoff forecast for area squads, Coach's Confidential, standings, photo of the week and more at MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Push for the Playoffs page.

Falls dominates second half in 16-10 win over Oak Creek

Aug. 23, 2013 10:08 p.m. | One game does not a season make, but for the Menomonee Falls football team a foundation can be laid on opening night and the Indians did just that on Friday, controling much of the game in beating host Oak Creek, 16-10.

"It's not the season," said coach John Baker, "but we can build off this. I think we just surprised a few people. With the way we fought for each other tonight, we can roll with this, this is special."

Veteran quarterback Adam Vechart agreed. Vechart was one of those people who picked up the gauntlet, rushing many times late in the game as the Indians were trying to kill the clock after top running back Christian Almonte went out with a leg cramp.

"We did a good job here tonight," Vechart said, "and this will only help our confidence. There are a lot of new people out there without a lot of experience and this will help us go into next week (the home opener next Friday against West Bend East)."

For the defending Southeast Conference champion Knights it was a lesson in fitness. Oak Creek is replacing nine starters from a top-notch defense and the Knights were also a bit short-handed due to injury, but coach Mike Bartholomew didn't want to use that an as excuse.

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Franklin rolls past Hamilton in football opener, 44-16

Aug. 22, 2013 10:50 p.m. | Even after an impressive 330-yard, two-TD pass effort that led his team to an imposing 44-16 win over Greater Metro Conference favorite Sussex Hamilton Thursday night, Franklin quarterback Sean McGuire was not satisfied.

"Not good enough," he said. "Everything I did tonight was due to the O-line and my receivers."

His coach Louis Brown and opposing coach John Damato viewed the 6-3 senior's efforts in a little more positive light as the prep football season got underway.

"I'm telling you he had a great off-season and you're seeing the results," said Brown of the three-year starter. "He has a big chip on his shoulder and he's the perfect leader. I think he had one underthrown ball all night."

"...He may be the best we've every had."

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Falls High School reaches ACT milestone

Aug. 22, 2013 10:46 a.m. | Menomonee Falls High School students have reached new heights, according to the latest round of ACT results that show record results.

A total of 277 students, or 74 percent, of students took the ACT as juniors or seniors in 2012-13, earning a composite score of 23.3 out of 36 possible points. Combined, it's the highest percentage and highest number of students earning the highest score since the state began keeping test records in 1995, according to a press release from the Menomonee Falls School District.

The ACT is a college readiness assessment that tests students in English, math, reading and science. Many colleges use ACT scores as an admission requirement.

This is the sixth time in the last decade the district's composite score has reached 23 or better. The composite score released in 2012 was 22.9.

Germantown ACT scores reach historic high

Aug. 21, 2013 12:08 p.m. | Germantown High School students made history during the 2012-13 school year.

The average composite ACT score was 24 out of 36 possible points for the 2012-13 school year, according to scores released through an ACT publication Wednesday. The ACT is a college readiness assessment that tests students in English, math, reading and science.

The composite score is the highest in school history, said High School Principal Joel Farren. Germantown also had a record number of seniors take the test during the 2012-13 school year at 85 percent, or 324 students.

The average composite scores between 2009 and 2012 ranged from 23.3 to 23.7.

Having better test scores did not happen by accident, Farren said. Rather it is a concerted, district-wide effort as Germantown has implemented more rigorous curriculum. For example, a few years ago the School District upped the requirement for math and science, making it mandatory to take three years of each subject instead of two years. Higher test scores are directly related to changes like this, Farren said.

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It's Ladies Night at Bay View's Chill on the Hill

Aug. 21, 2013 8:53 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled celebration as it was Ladies' Night on Aug. 20 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

Musical guests Ramma Lamma and The Wanton Looks entertained the crowd.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill.

Falls fire union agrees to pay employee share of WRS

Aug. 19, 2013 9:49 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Fire Department union agreed to pay their share into the Wisconsin Retirement System, according to a new collective bargaining agreement approved by the Village Board on Monday.

The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3879 on Aug. 12 ratified a three-year agreement that affects employee pay, retirement contributions and work day schedule. When Act 10 went into affect two years ago, police and fire departments did not face any changes to their collective bargaining powers. Despite this, the union decided to align with all other non-represented village employees by following the non-represented employee health insurance plan design, as well as pay the full cost of the employee share of the WRS, said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.

"That means they will be taking on by contract that which Act 10 essentially gave them rights to avoid so our Fire Department now will be very much like the other non-represented employees in the village," he said.

Village President Randy Newman commended the union for their willingness to bring equality to village staff.

The agreement also changes the Fire Department employees' hours. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, they will move to a 24-hour work day schedule; however, Fitzgerald said it's not the typical shifts where employees work 24 hours, then have 48 hours off of work. Full time employees will work three, 24-hour shifts with 24-hour breaks in between them, followed by having four days off. They will receive an additional eight days off throughout the year that are placed into a "leap schedule," which limits their hours to 53 hours on average per week.

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Share your prep football spirit and win movie tickets

Aug. 19, 2013 1:18 p.m. | It's that time of the year again for soon-to-be cooling temperatures, school spirit and Friday night lights.

Area football teams are set to kick off their seasons this week, and we want you to showcase your school and alumni spirit by sharing your photographs.

One person who shares the most-liked photo showcasing their school spirit will win a pair of Marcus Theatres movie tickets.

Here's what you need to do: First, take a photo of yourself, your friends or whatever else you think shows your spirit for preps football. Then tag your photos with the #wisfb hashtag as well as a hashtag of your school (#Arrowhead, #Homestead and #CatholicMemorial are examples). Then post your photo to Twitter, Instagram or Flickr.

Photos will be compiled on the NOW Newspapers #wisfb prep football spirit photos page, and you can vote for your favorite there.

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Germantown officer injured in response to condominium fire

Aug. 17, 2013 7:29 a.m. | A Germantown police lieutenant sustained an eye entry during a forced entry at a condominium fire Saturday night that caused up to $80,000 in damage to the residence, according to a news release.

The fire, about 6:25 p.m. in the W9700 block of Riversbend Circle, is believed to have been caused by a chemical reaction of cleaning and bathroom products in a bathroom vanity.

The officer's injury came as residents were evacuated from the home.

Three injured in Thursday crash

Aug. 16, 2013 8:30 a.m. | Three men were injured, two severely, in a crash Thursday afternoon on the Highway 41/45 on-ramp in Menomonee Falls when their sport utility vehicle struck a parked semitrailer truck.

The SUV was heading west on State Highway 100 and entered the northbound on-ramp where it hit a semi-trailer parked in a construction zone around 3:45 p.m., according to a press release from the Menomonee Falls Police Department. All three occupants of the SUV were taken to Community Memorial Hospital, one transported via Flight for Life. Two of the men suffered life-threatening injuries. The third man's injuries were less severe.

The crash remains under investigation and driver impairment issues are suspected, according to the news release.

Germantown police investigate two attempted break-ins

Aug. 14, 2013 11:59 a.m. | The Germantown Police Department is investigating two attempted residential break-ins that occurred in the early hours Wednesday.

The attempted burglaries occurred about 1 a.m. in the northwest corner of Donges Bay Road and South 145. The first involved an unlocked rear patio door of an occupied residence, according to a press release from the Germantown Police Department. A family member observed the suspect briefly before he fled on foot.

The second was a residence directly behind the first where noises were heard as if someone was trying to open the doors, according to the press release. A window screen was also removed from its frame.

The suspect is described as a black male between 20 to 40 years of age, more than six-feet tall with an average build and large eyes.

Germantown police are asking residents to be vigilant, watch their neighbors, keep homes secure and report suspicious activity immediately to police.

Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Irish sounds

Aug. 14, 2013 9:00 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled with Irish sounds from McTavish and the Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance on Aug. 13 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill.

Falls police warn against burglars after attempted break-in, Brookfield burglaries

Aug. 13, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department issued a crime alert to residents after an unknown subject burglarized multiple residences in the city of Brookfield, and then attempted to burglarize a residence in Menomonee Falls on Aug. 7.

According to the Menomonee Falls Police Department's crime alert:

An unknown subject rang the doorbells and knocked on the front door of a residence on Stoneridge Drive at about 3:10 p.m. Aug. 7. When the resident chose not to answer the door, the subject went around to the rear of the residence and knocked repeatedly and loudly on the back door. When the resident didn't respond, the subject tried to forcibly enter the home, and the resident ran out the front door and called police.

When police arrived they checked the area but could not locate the subject.

Police believe this attempted burglary is related to a burglary at a home at 4 p.m. the same day in the area of Lilly Road and Burleigh Road in the city of Brookfield.

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Germantown selects new director of teaching and learning

Aug. 13, 2013 11:28 a.m. | The School Board on Monday approved hiring Brenda O’Brien as the new director of teaching and learning.

O’Brien is a Germantown resident and special education director for the Swallow School District in Hartland.

O’Brien is replacing Maria Kucharski, who left her post for one in the Whitefish Bay School District. 

O’Brien will begin her position Aug. 22. Her starting salary is $101,500. Kucharski's  salary was $104,000, according to the Germantown School District.

“I am very excited to just learn from all of the expertise that is already in the district and work with the teachers and staff to really enhance the quality instruction that is already in place,” O’Brien said. 

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Falls ranks as one of the best small towns in U.S.

Aug. 12, 2013 8:32 p.m. | CNN Money named Menomonee Falls as one of the 50 best places to live in the U.S. Falls was the only place in Wisconsin to make the list.

Menomonee Falls was 28th out of the 50 towns in America listed as the best places to live, according to CNN Money's 2013 rankings of municipalities in America with populations between 10,000 and 50,000 residents. Menomonee Falls has a population of 35,974 people.

The rankings were based on a multitude of factors including housing, demographics, education, employment opportunities and crime. Crime in 2012 was down by 9 percent, according to statistics released in January to NOW by the Menomonee Falls Police Department. That was the fifth consecutive year crime in the village decreased.

Listed among the reasons CNN Money chose Menomonee Falls was the fact that it is home to several large employers including the headquarters of Kohl's Corp. and a Harley-Davidson factory.

Job growth in Menomonee Falls sits at 2.14 percent. According to CNN Money, Menomonee Falls is also known as a good place to buy a starter home.

Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones named 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year

Aug. 07, 2013 12:32 p.m. | Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones has been named the NOW All-Suburban Baseball Player of the Year for the 2013 season.

The hard-throwing senior struck out 131 batters in 80 innings while compiling a 0.70 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and a 9-3 record.

New Berlin West coach Tom Farina is the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Coach of the Year. The veteran skipper led the Vikings to their first-ever state baseball title and was also named the state coach of the year.

You can see the complete team and more in the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Baseball Team special section.

Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with Nora Collins and Eagle Trace

Aug. 07, 2013 9:10 a.m. | Humboldt Park in Bay View was filled with country sounds from Nora Collins and rock music from Eagle Trace on Aug. 6 in the latest Chill on the Hill concert.

And photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill.

Menomonee Falls man arrested after threatening to kill himself over cable bill

Aug. 05, 2013 2:38 p.m. | A Menomonee Falls man was arrested after he threatened to shoot himself because he was upset about his cable bill on July 27.

According to the incident report:

The subject, a 60-year-old Menomonee Falls man, called Time Warner Cable to complain about his cable bill at about 6:40 p.m. July 27. During the phone call, the subject told the Time Warner customer service representative that he was going to get a gun and kill himself.

Shortly after making this statement, the subject left the phone line open. The telephone representative stated he then heard a loud noise, followed by moaning sounds, and quickly called police.

Police responded to the subject's home in the N76 W14500 block of Northpoint Drive and attempted several times to make contact with the resident, but the subject failed to respond.

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Record number of Falls students take AP tests

Aug. 01, 2013 12:41 p.m. | A record number of Menomonee Falls High School students took Advanced Placement tests in 2013.

The high school administered a school record 362 AP exams in 2013, almost 100 more than last year and more than any year in school history.

AP courses are a series of classes approved by the College Board that high school students can take. At the end of the class, a student can pay to take an AP test. The tests are scored 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score. A 3 indicates college readiness and is enough to earn college credit in some courses.

Menomonee Falls students earned a score of 3 or higher on 80 percent of the tests. Nearly 30 Falls students have been recognized as AP Scholars by earning a 3 or higher on three AP exams.

The increase in AP exams is an example of the School District's focus on college readiness, including increasing resources for staff to better prepare students for college, according to a press release from the School District.

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