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Top-ranked GT boys hold off fourth-ranked BC in opener, 73-58

Nov. 29, 2011 10:33 p.m. | Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter said his top-ranked in the state Warhawks' season-opening 73-58 victory over seventh-ranked Brookfield Central Tuesday night will likely amount to "six hours of jubilation after six months of worry."

And he has a point.

The Warhawks have been on everyone's radar since the end of their record-setting 24-2 campaign of a year ago. They were installed as number one in the state in various polls, and have the talent to back that lofty ranking up.

But they hadn't played anyone until tonight.

However, after this wire-to-wire win was done, their opponents, while not quite ready to hand them the state championship trophy yet, were impressed by what they saw.

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Tell us what Brookfield’s best hotspots are

Nov. 23, 2011 2:01 p.m. | NOW readers: We need your help.

We want to build a list of your favorite places — maybe an eatery, a park, a theater — to go to in the town and the city. We’ll then put that list on the location-based service Foursquare, where you can follow and check off as you visit each place.
 
Here’s how it will work:
 
Visit the MyCommunityNOW Facebook page from Nov. 24 to Dec. 4 and comment on our wall or in response to our status update telling us your favorite places to go to in Brookfield. You can recommend one place or you can recommend 10; it’s your choice.
 
Then from Dec. 5 to 11, visit our Facebook page again and vote on your two favorite places of the recommendations we received. The top 10 responses will be included in our Best of Brookfield list.
 
So help us discover your favorite places.

Cuts planned to Waukesha-Milwaukee bus routes

Nov. 22, 2011 8:23 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County plans to reduce commuter service between Waukesha and downtown Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee beginning Jan. 2, but first officials will hear from the public at a hearing set for Dec. 1.

Two routes would be affected:

  • Route 901, which operates from downtown Waukesha to Milwaukee, including UWM, now offers 21 trips weekdays between 5:15 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Proposed cutbacks would reduce the service to peak travel hours and just eight total trips, running between 5:15 and 10:07 a.m. and 2:26 and 7:38 p.m. weekdays.
  • Route 905 operates from various park-and-ride lots along I-94 between Oconomowoc and Milwaukee. The service runs during morning and afternoon rush hours weekdays, and it will be cut from the current six trips to five trips during the morning rush hour. No cut is planned in the afternoon.

The hearing on the changes will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Waukesha County Courthouse County Board Room, 515 W. Moreland Blvd.

Transit staff will be on hand to hear from the public.

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Menomonee Falls police warn of daytime burglary scams

Nov. 22, 2011 1:31 p.m. | Police in cities near Menomonee Falls report a chain of burglaries with a pair of potential thieves.

The reports detail two men involved in schemes where one suspect lures residents out of their homes with false emergencies or home repair offers, only to have another man enter the home and steal valuables.

Police are warning residents to be aware of people coming to their homes with such information while double-checking to ensure back and side doors to homes are secure.

A possible vehicle used in these crimes is a gray or silver van or small SUV.

Call the Menomonee Falls Police Department to report any suspicious activity at (262) 532-8700.

Receiver appointed to operate Falls Radisson Hotel

Nov. 22, 2011 11:19 a.m. | A court-appointed receiver has been named to operate the new Radisson Hotel in Menomonee Falls--a move made at the request of the village, which provided a $17.65 million loan to finance the hotel's  development.

The loan's first payment, due this month, has not been made.

The receivership filing was supported by the hotel's owners, an investors group led by hotel operator Dean Grosskopf, and Minneapolis-based Radisson Hotels International Inc., which franchises the Radisson brand, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Village Board.

The filing still leaves Grosskopf's firm as manager of the Radisson, the statement said. Milwaukee attorney Seth Dizard is the receiver, and Grosskopf will answer to Dizard, said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald said Dizard's appointment, by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin, likely pre-empts a pending request to appoint a different receiver for the 135-room hotel on Main St., just west of U.S. Highway 45.

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NOW newspapers to be delivered Friday this week

Nov. 21, 2011 1:51 p.m. | All NOW newspapers will be delivered Friday, Nov. 25, due to this week's Thanksgiving holiday.

Looking to subscribe? We currently offer subscriptions to Brookfield-ElmGroveNOW, North ShoreNOW, WauwatosaNOW and WaukeshaNOW.

You can also purchase single issues of our Brookfield-Elm GroveNOW, WauwatosaNOW and WaukeshaNOW publications.

Thanks for your continued readership of our print and web editions and enjoy your holiday season!

Waukesha County Board adopts executive's budget

Nov. 15, 2011 11:16 a.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board adopted County Executive Dan Vrakas' proposed 2012 budget intact Tuesday, overwhelmingly rejecting a supervisor's last-ditch effort to prevent closing the Juvenile Center girls' secure detention unit.

Supervisor Patricia Haukohl, chairman of the board's Finance Committee, said the budget represents a continuation of quality infrastructure and services that Waukesha County residents have come to expect. With Haukohl and committee chairs participating in development of the budget early on, she said, the process reflected cooperation and "a synergy so rare among other governments."

The budget calls for a general tax levy of $98 million, up 0.6%, the lowest increase in nearly 30 years.

The resulting tax rate is $2.01 per $1,000 fair market value, up 4 cents. A Waukesha County home of median value this year - $255,600 - would pay $514 in county taxes under the budget, about the same as last year when property values were higher, county officials estimate.

The county share of the tax bill is among the smaller portions, with municipal and school taxes making up a bigger share.

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Property near Falls Radisson might be redeveloped

Nov. 14, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A property just west of the new Radisson Hotel, in Menomonee Falls, might be redeveloped.

The Village Board met Thursday night in closed session to discuss a possible development agreement for land at N88-W14822 Main St., according to the meeting agenda. State law allows such closed sessions to discuss real estate negotiations.

The board did not meet in open session to act on the matter, said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald. He declined Friday to comment on the possible development, which is being proposed by an investors group called La Concepts LLC, according to the agenda. 

The 1.65-acre property is in the village's Main St. tax incremental financing district. It now houses Metropol Apartments.

The 135-room Radisson Hotel opened in May on Main St., just west of U.S. Highway 45.

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Germantown netters gain respect in semifinal loss to state champion Marquette

Nov. 13, 2011 12:40 a.m. | For much of the first two games of the Germantown boys' volleyball team's eventual 25-16, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18 WIAA state semifinal boys volleyball tournament loss to Marquette Saturday afternoon, it felt pretty much like a formality.

The Hilltoppers, who would go on to win their sixth state title of the new century later in the evening over Kaukauna, had it all over the Warhawks with experience, talent and simple to say, an aura of success.

They took control early in those two games with a dizzying array of shot angles, blocks and digs and didn't let the Warhawks think they had a chance.

But something funny happened in the third game as Germantown chipped away at that mystique behind tenacity, energy and pride, making its far more experienced opponent work much harder than it probably thought it had to.

And when four-year senior Tom Andrus put down a kill to give the Warhawks the victory in that set, it was as if they had won a state title.

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GT netters make impressive state tourney debut, routing Tosa East

Nov. 11, 2011 10:56 p.m. | The Germantown boys volleyball team was clearly not just happy to make state when it won the sectional in an epic five-game thriller over conference rival Nicolet.

No, these callow, but talented and energetic Warhawks wanted to do something important once they reached the Wisconsin Lutheran College Fieldhouse in Milwaukee Friday night and they did in a very big way.

They handed experienced, fourth-ranked in state Wauwatosa East an impressive 25-14, 20-25, 25-12, 25-23 WIAA state quarterfinal defeat and launched themselves into the noon Saturday semifinals against top-ranked Marquette.

"I think that what this shows, is that we're here to stay," said Warhawk coach Brian Rushmer. "Once we got that first game, momentum was ours. We gave it back a little in game two but once we came out in game three we just pushed and pushed.

"That's something I've been working with this group on all season. That sometimes when we get ahead, we have a tendency to take the foot off the gas.

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Germantown upsets Red Raiders at state volleyball

Nov. 11, 2011 7:21 p.m. | Germantown - making its first trip to the WIAA Boys State Volleyball Meet - upset Wauwatosa East - making his sixth trip since 2002 - at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday evening.

The fired-up Warhawks won the match, 3-sets-to-1, over the veteran Red Raider team.

The Warhawks won the first set, 25-14, but Tosa East battled back to win the second (25-20). But Germantown then rolled to an easy 25-12 win.

Fighting for their lives, the Red Raiders led 18-13, before Germantown went on an 8-2 run to take a 21-20 lead.

After East battled back to take a 22-21 lead, the Warhawks went on a 3-0 run to lead 24-22. East's Ben Mihelich killed a shot to cut the lead to one, 24-23, but Germantown's Zak Showalter dropped in a soft kill shot in front of the net for the win.

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No injuries reported in train derailment near Germantown

Nov. 11, 2011 2:40 p.m. | A westbound freight train operated by Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. derailed just west of Germantown at about 3:30 a.m. Friday. A total of seven cars derailed, six of them were loaded full of salt and one was empty.

There were no hazardous materials transported at the time of the derailment and no injuries to the train crews or the general public has been reported. Village of Germantown and Washington County emergency response teams were notified.

The cause of the derailment has been determined to be an internal break in the rail due to age and deterioration. The rail line will be out of service indefinitely until the incident is cleaned up and the track is repaired and inspected.

The rail corridor in Germantown is owned jointly by the state of Wisconsin and the East Wisconsin Counties Railroad Consortium, and operated under a long-term contract by the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co.

Gander Mountain to open Gun World in Germantown

Nov. 09, 2011 2:30 p.m. | Gander Mountain said Wednesday it has chosen Germantown to launch a new store format that focuses on firearms sales.

Gun World by Gander Mountain is set for a grand opening this weekend in what had been a full line Gander Mountain store at Highways 41/45 and Lannon Road.

"The Germantown location fit the store size that Gander Mountain was looking for as a prototype for this new retail offering, and the outdoor culture in greater Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin made it an attractive place to launch the Gun World concept," said Jess Myers, a Gander Mountain spokesman.

The company is rolling out the new format at a time when firearms in the U.S. continue to sell at a red-hot pace.

As of Sept. 30, calls to the FBI seeking background checks for consumers purchasing firearms had already exceeded the number of calls during all of 2010, said Brian Rafn, principal and director of research at Morgan Dempsey Capital Management in Delafield.

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Waukesha County budget advances with no levy changes

Nov. 09, 2011 1:22 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Finance Committee wrapped up its review of the 2012 county budget Wednesday, unanimously recommending a $98.5 million tax levy that is exactly as County Executive Dan Vrakas proposed six weeks ago.

Just two amendments to accept grants totaling $170,000 were made to Vrakas' budget - one to provide cancer education and screening for low-income and uninsured individuals, the other to establish a drug court. Both grants were confirmed after Vrakas' budget was introduced. Neither change added to the tax levy.

The sole controversy that flared during the budget review was Vrakas' plan to close the girls secure detention unit of the Juvenile Center and contract with Washington County for the service. Supervisor Janel Brandtjen's attempt to restore the program failed both in the Health and Human Services and Finance Committees.

The final budget calls for spending $244.7 million on operations, down 1.4% from this year; a capital projects list costing $39.9 million, double last year's total but with cash on hand of $10.4 million applied to keep tax support even with last year's; nontax revenues of $163.2 million, up 6%; and a general tax levy of $98.0 million, up 0.6%.

Taxpayers in communities without libraries will pay $2.9 million, or 1% more, toward the federated library system.

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Police identify motorist killed in Germantown crash

Nov. 09, 2011 12:34 p.m. | Germantown - Village police have identified the motorist killed in Tuesday's multivehicle crashes on U.S. Highways 41/45 as Jeffrey A. Vis, 46, of Fond du Lac, Chief Peter Hoell said Wednesday.

Vis was driving southbound on the freeway about 9:06 a.m. Tuesday when he was killed in the chain of crashes involving two semitrailer trucks and eight other vehicles. The crashes occurred around two-tenths of a mile south of the Holy Hill Road (state Highway 167 west) exit.

Vis was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crashes began when the driver of a northbound car, Chaz M. Kochevar, 20, of Germantown, lost control of his vehicle on the rain-slick highway and spun around into the path of a northbound semi, Hoell said.

The semi then crossed the freeway median into the southbound lanes, where another semitrailer truck and seven more southbound vehicles crashed into each other.

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One person dead, four released from hospital after crash on U.S. 41/45

Nov. 08, 2011 6:36 p.m. | Click on the video links and photos to see extensive TODAY'S TMJ4 coverage.

GERMANTOWN - TODAY'S TMJ4 is reporting that one person is dead and six adults were hospitalized from a multiple-vehicle crash that shut down southbound U.S. 41/45.

Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell says that four people hospitalized from the crash were treated and have been released from Community Memorial Hospital.

The fifth victim is hospitalized at St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend.

The sixth victim remains hospitalized at Froedtert Hospital and is described as having serious injuries after a crash that involved two semi trucks and eight cars.

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Waukesha County may restrict guns; city buildings may remain ban-free

Nov. 07, 2011 3:58 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County could move to ban guns from more county buildings in the wake of the new state law allowing concealed carry, while Waukesha city buildings would remain ban-free under a Public Works Board recommendation.

A county ordinance that prohibits carrying concealed weapons in the Human Services Center, the Public Health Center, the Mental Health Center, the Juvenile Center and the Waukesha County Communications Center has been drafted for Executive Committee review next Monday and County Board approval later this month.

Weapons and dangerous items are already prohibited at the courthouse and Administration Center, where visitors must pass through a security checkpoint staffed by deputies and a metal detector before entering. The county will only add the statutorily required notification signs in the other buildings where weapons are prohibited, according to Shawn Lundie, chief of staff to the county executive.

Not every county facility will ban weapons, however. Waukesha County parks and golf courses would be open to those lawfully carrying concealed weapons under the proposed ordinance, said Dale Shaver, parks and land use director. However, at special events where a tenant rents a facility - be it a golf course clubhouse or space at the Expo Center - the individuals or groups who are leasing or renting county facilities would have the right to set their own policy.

The Waukesha Public Works Board has unanimously recommended that the city allow concealed weapons to be brought into City Hall and other municipal buildings. Fred Abadi, public works director, said members were persuaded by Police Chief Russell Jack's comments against the ban. Among other things, he said the only real way to ban weapons is to have a secure screening process at the building entrance, much like the county uses at the courthouse.

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Falls' Tokoto to sign with North Carolina this week at charity event

Nov. 07, 2011 9:55 a.m. | Menomonee Falls senior basketball star J.P. Tokoto will formally sign his letter of intent with North Carolina on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Riverside School gymnasium in Menomonee Falls.

The invitation-only signing will be part of a larger event that will start at 2:30 p.m. and will include collections for the Falls Food Pantry, readings by the Falls varsity team to Riverside second- and third-graders, a question-and-answer period with the varsity team and a post-signing media session with the Tokoto family, the team and coaches.

Tokoto, a 6-6 nationally-ranked recruit and two-time all-state selection, made a verbal commitment to Carolina last winter, and was the 2010 NOW Newspapers player of the year.

Vote on your favorite Wauwatosa places

Nov. 07, 2011 8:13 a.m. | We asked you to name your favorite places in Wauwatosa on our Facebook page.

You did.

We received 26 comments and 49 venue recommendations. But now it’s time to vote. We want to know the top 10 of your favorite places in Tosa.

So read the list of the 50 venues, head over to our Facebook page, and vote for your two favorites. (Any votes for venues not already suggested will not be counted.) Some venues are just outside of Tosa's borders, but are included anyway because of their proximity to the city.

Voting will take place through Sunday, Nov. 13. Once the top 10 places have been compiled, you’ll be able to find them as a Foursquare list.

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GT boys v-ball team beats Nicolet to earn first state tourney berth

Nov. 03, 2011 9:49 p.m. | Just five years into its short up-and-down history, the Germantown boys volleyball team is making its first trip to the WIAA state tournament courtesy of a thrilling 22-25, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 15-12 victory over North Shore rival Nicolet Thursday night.

It's a unique group that includes star power of basketball heroes turned volleyball devotees Zak and Jake Showalter, Luke Fischer and Jon Averkamp.

Zak Showalter got the match-winning kill coming out of the middle in the fifth game while the 6-8 Fischer had an almost perfect hit percentage in coming up with 16 kills.

It was the kind of intense action that made it hard to hear in an overflowing Nicolet gym as the North Shore Conference co-champions, which split two matches this season, did battle in their most important contest of the fall.

Even the battle-tested Zak Showalter, who has played hoops before crowds of 6,000 and more, was amazed at the intensity of the scene.

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Waukesha County clerk will have a familiar challenger

Nov. 02, 2011 4:12 p.m. | Waukesha - With the election still a year off, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus has a Republican primary challenger.

Kathleen Karalewitz, who unsuccessfully ran against Nickolaus for Waukesha County clerk in the 2002 Republican primary, announced Wednesday that she will try to unseat Nickolaus in the fall 2012 election.

Nickolaus, the focus of intense criticism and Government Accountability Board investigation for her mishandling of the April Supreme Court unofficial election returns in Waukesha County, has said she intends to seek re-election.

Karalewitz was deputy county clerk under former County Clerk Patricia E. Madden, who preceded Nickolaus. Madden is Karalewitz's campaign treasurer. Karalewitz said she has 30 years of experience in county and municipal government, including as deputy county clerk, director of clerk services for Menomonee Falls, deputy treasurer for the Town of Mukwonago and currently as administrator and clerk-treasurer for the Town of Mukwonago.

Karalewitz said she will file registration papers Thursday.

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Walmart looking for alternatives to controversial Falls site

Nov. 01, 2011 7:00 a.m. | Walmart is looking for alternatives to a Menomonee Falls site that drew strong opposition when it was proposed for a new combined supermarket and discount store.

That's the word from Walmart spokeswoman Lisa Nelson. She declined to provide details on the alternative sites.

The village Plan Commission, in January, voted unanimously to deny a request to rezone the proposed development site north of Lisbon Road and west of Pilgrim Road.

Dickson, Tenn.-based Gatlin Development Co. wanted to rezone the 25-acre site to accommodate a 115,000-square-foot Walmart.

The commission voted to recommend denying the zoning request after dozens of opponents, many from a neighboring subdivision, attended the meeting.

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