His coaching opponent, Sheboygan North legend Tom Desotell, has many hundreds of wins to his credit in his long and successful career.
Menomonee Falls' Ben Farley just earned win number one Friday, as his deep and energetic Indians used a 27-6 second quarter outburst to take control and claim a 73-62 victory in their home opener over Desotell's Raiders.
"It feels great," said Farley, whose team lost a road decision to Plymouth in its opener on Tuesday. "I'm so happy for the seniors on this team. I'm happy for all 15 guys on the team who are working their butts off. A lot of guys are getting a lot of minutes sacrificing for the betterment for the team."
Farley, who used 13 players in earning the victory, was most pleased as the Indians rallied from a 17-9 first quarter deficit. Falls won the opening tip and went 49 seconds without taking a shot before eventually turning the ball over.
The Indians would hit only three of 18 shots in that first stanza, but that would change.» Read Full Article
a now-abandoned project to develop a new corporate headquarters.Kohl's Corp. will repay the $2 million advanced by the Village of Menomonee Falls to help the company finance
Village Board President Randy Newman and Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said they had spoken with Kohl's executives Wednesday morningand been assured the money will be returned. A Kohl's spokeswoman confirmed that.
The repayment is expected to occur in the first half of next year, Fitzgerald said.
The development agreement between the village and Kohl's clearly calls for return of the money if the project doesn't go forward, Fitzgerald said.
He said the question of repayment "was never really an issue."» Read Full Article
Roundy's is now accepting applications for its newest Pick 'n Save location in Menomonee Falls.
The new Pick 'n Save store, opening January 2014 at N95 W18351 County Line Road, is looking to hire approximately 125 employees. Both full and part-time positions are available in all departments. Applicants with food service, culinary arts or restaurant experience are especially encouraged to apply for department managerial positions.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online at picknsave.com. Interviews will begin on Dec. 2.
Work is under way at the former Quilted Bear in Germantown, a popular wedding venue and restaurant for decades, as it becomes Florian Park.
The property at N111-W18611 Mequon Road, which closed a year ago, recently was sold to Project Design Management for $600,000. PDM also owns the neighboring Country Inn & Suites, and a frontage road will be built between the two venues to make travel easier between the two for guests of weddings, class reunions, corporate meetings and other events, said Ryan Rahl, director of operations.
The restaurant that served the public won't reopen, Rahl said; instead, it will become the smaller of two banquet venues, seating around 90. The larger hall will accommodate 425.
Florian Park would be open to the public for holiday buffets, however.
"We want to cater to premier, upscale events," Rahl said. Some changes will capitalize on the views of the 17-acre property, such as extending the outdoor deck and constructing pergolas.» Read Full Article
Kohl's Corp. has dropped plans to build new headquarters in the Menomonee Falls Woodland Prime office park leaving village officials with a large piece of prime real estate they plan to develop going forward.
Kohl's announced Thursday that is has completed plans to buy a 300,000 square-foot building on Ridgewood Drive in the Silver Spring Corporate Park, where the company's current headquarters are located. The building is across the street from the main Kohl's building and next to the company's 24,000-square-foot wellness center. Kohl's also has agreed to buy the 28,000-square-foot former ProHealth medical building at W165 N5595 Creekwood Crossing, across from the Silver Spring Corporate Park. The company is opting to purchase these two buildings to accommodate its growth, instead of going forward with construction of a $250 million corporate campus that was planned at Woodland Prime.
Though plans fell through at the village's office park, officials are looking at it as an opportunity to bring further development to Menomonee Falls, in addition to keeping Kohl's in the village.
"(Kohl's is) planting their flag squarely in Menomonee Falls," Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said. "They still will be able to grow and expand and that's what our original goal was. That's going to happen."
The village and Kohl's in 2012 reached an agreement that put the village in ownership of 108 acres at Woodland Prime, plus a building located at W127 N7564 Flint Drive. Under the agreement, the land and building in the village's tax incremental finance district No. 10 were going to be transferred to Kohl's in exchange for the company's distribution center located on Woodale Drive. The village now owns the building at Woodale and is leasing it to Kohl's. The village will eventually turn the building into a public works facility, which was the initial intent when it was first acquired, Fitzgerald said.» Read Full Article
Germantown police were asked to process bottles for fingerprints so that those who litter in the village could be caught and cited.
According to the Germantown police report:
A man came into the police department and dropped off water bottles containing tobacco chew juice that he found while walking on Preserve Parkway and Donges Bay Road about 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10. The man asked police to process the bottles for fingerprints.
The man said he has found over 50 similar bottles over a period of time and wanted police to find and cite the litterer. An extra patrol was requested in the area.
It was a somber start to the Menomonee Falls Village Board meeting Monday night as a moment of silence was called to honor longtime and beloved village trustee Jim Jeskewitz, who passed away on Sunday.
"This community was his family," Village President Randy Newman said. "He's been a friend to all of us."
Newman asked for a moment of silence to reflect on Jeskewitz' life and thank him for his services to the village. Jeskewitz, 74, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer over the summer that spread to multiple organs. The late Menomonee Falls football coaching legend also served on the county board and was the longest standing member on the current Village Board.
"He's done a lot for all of us and he's been a mentor to many of us," Newman said.
The visitation is slated for 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the main gym of the high school. The public is welcome to attend.
Menomonee Falls — Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Mollet will replace Fire Chief Jeff Hevey, who left his post in July for a new position as head of a fire department in Texas, according to an announcement to the Village Board on Monday.
Due to a restructuring of the Police and Fire department, Mollet will assume the role of assistant fire chief and will report to Director of Protective Services Anna Ruzinski, who heads the combined departments. There were 16 applicants who applied for the assistant fire chief position. The pool was narrowed down to six before the village decided to hire the internal candidate, Ruzinski said.
"Since Jim has joined the village he has proven to be an asset to our department, he brings a maturity and leadership presence to the Fire Department command staff and he brings a fresh perspective from an outside agency," she said. "Yet, he has learned quickly the unusual protocols that we have of our combined department."
Mollet has 20 years of fire service experience. He started his career with the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department. In 1995, he joined the Greenfield Fire Department and rose to the ranks of battalion chief. Menomonee Falls hired him as the department's battalion chief in April.
When Mollet accepted his position in Menomonee Falls, he said, he was at a point in his career where he needed something new. He saw the combination department in Menomonee Falls as both a challenge and an opportunity.» Read Full Article
Anticipating an overflow crowd, the visitation for the late Menomonee Falls football coach, village trustee and county board member Jim Jeskewitz is slated for 4-9 p.m. Wednesday in the main gym of the high school.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Jeskewitz, 74, passed away Sunday after a short battle with cancer.
Loving husband, father, and grandfather; great public citizen, legendary high school football coach and all-around good person, Jim Jeskewitz passed away this morning.
Jeskewitz, who led the Menomonee Falls East football team to a WIAA State championship in 1976 and who went on to become a Falls village trustee, had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in summer that had invaded several organs.
Up until then, he had been a robust and active figure well into his 70s, always willing to lend a hand to anything that would benefit the village. He ran "Jess's Place" a specialty beer bar at Falls Fest every year and always had a friendly smile and a ready handshake for anyone who came by.
He leaves behind his loving family including wife Sue, the former state representative for this area, as well as his daughter Jayme, son Chad and several grandchildren who knew him as "Bumpa".
Services are pending.
2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery with more images from this weekend's state finals at Wisconsin Lutheran College.We've just updated our
Marquette defeated Germantown, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12, to win the state title.
Marquette earned its spot in the finals with victories over Westosha Central and Brookfield East.
Germantown reached the finals with victories over Middleton and Catholic Memorial. The Warhawks rallied from two-set deficits in both contests.
In the end, the audacity and fearlessness of youth could not quite overcome the wealth of confidence that the established power had earned over the years.
But oh how close the still oh-so-new Germantown boys volleyball team came to earning its first WIAA state title when it dropped a thrilling 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12 decision to Marquette in the championship match Saturday night at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
And of course it went to five sets, as these Warhawks were all about making history everywhere they went this weekend.
They became the first team in the 50-year history of the tournament to rally from being down two sets to none not once but twice as they defeated both Middleton in the quarterfinals last night and Catholic Memorial on the semifinals earlier this afternoon.
They also showed no fear of the now seven-time state champion Hilltoppers. Germantown finished with a final record of 33-4 with three of those losses coming to Marquette, including of course, an epic five-set dual back in September.» Read Full Article
Luke Deubler wasn't afraid to admit it.
"We were a little scared," said Deubler, a dynamic middle blocker on Germantown's boys volleyball team.
It's easy to see why.
At the boys state tournament held at Wisconsin Lutheran College Friday night, Germantown fell into a quick 2-0 hole to upstart Middleton. But the Warhawks never flinched and rallied back for a stirring 26-28, 25-27, 25-18, 25-15, 15-11 win in the state quarterfinals.
Germantown (32-3) advanced to the state semifinals, where it will face Catholic Memorial (39-4) Saturday at noon. The state finals are at 5 p.m. Saturday.» Read Full Article
Airgas Inc. wants to develop a distribution center and offices eventually totaling nearly 400,000 square feet in Germantown Business Park, a project that could accommodate up to 400 employees.
Radnor, Pa.-based Airgas, which distributes industrial, medical and specialty gases, now has 230 area employees, with plans to add 50 more employees within the next 18 months, according to a proposal filed with the state Department of Natural Resources.
Airgas "has outgrown its existing facilities," the proposal says.
The company's main facility is at W185 N11300 Whitney Drive, in Germantown Industrial Park, with a smaller office in Milwaukee. The two buildings together provide an 86,400 square-foot distribution center, and office space totaling 33,000 square feet, the proposal says.
The new facility would be on 24.3 acres south of Mequon Road and west of Eisenhower Drive, at the business park's entrance. The proposal is filed with the DNR because Airgas wants a state permit to fill just over 1 acre of wetlands at that site, a step that would require the company to mitigate that wetlands loss.» Read Full Article
Germantown — A facilities study on Monday revealed a laundry list of pressing maintenance issues in Germantown School Districts' aging and overcrowded buildings, as well as preliminary options to address space constraints.
PRA Architects presented to the School Board its existing facilities survey, an analysis of the educational space and suggestions moving forward. Options for the future ranged from continuing with basic maintenance and resolving none of the issues — the least expensive option — to demolishing the current high school and building a state-of-the-art facility at the current site, a costly, yet effective alternative.
Elementary classrooms are bursting at the seams, with some lessons taking place in the hallways. The study shows that current elementary enrollment for 2013-14 is 95 students more than the target capacity. Kennedy Middle School is 23 fewer students for the target capacity. The high school has 15 students less than the target. However, with the number of programs offered and the configuration of the building, scheduling at the high school is a growing challenge, PRA Educational Project Manager Nick Kent said.
The Germantown schools have been maintained well for decades, but not much has actually been replaced. The fire alarms are antiquated and not up to code. The study says they should be replaced at every elementary school. Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues exist in every building. The high school is using a single emergency transfer switch for life safety systems and its nonessential systems, which according to Kent, is a code violation. Equipment in some buildings, such as the main chiller in the high school, are still using products (such as R-22 refrigerant) that are no longer produced.
These are just snapshots of the long list of needs detailed in the study. PRA will next put together a the cost of repairs and a timeline for addressing the issues.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls Police officers responding to a report that a man was repeatedly calling 911 and threatening to break into residences in the area of Oakwood Park because he was thirsty arrested a 26-year-old man after discovering he vandalized three Pepsi machines in an attempt to quench his thirst during the early morning hours of Nov. 5.
According to the police report:
Officers were dispatched to Oakwood Park, W143 N6889 Aspen Drive, after the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department reported receiving multiple 911 calls from a disorderly male subject at about 3:20 a.m. Nov. 5. The man was apparently calling 911 because he was thirsty, was using obscene language with dispatchers and was threatening to break into nearby residences to get something to drink.
When officers arrived at the park they noticed that three Pepsi machines were knocked over and damaged. The police report stated that the machines were not damaged less than an hour before the call.
The suspect, a 26-year-old Menomonee Falls man, was eventually located and was taken into custody for misuse of 911 by request of the sheriff's department.» Read Full Article
Whether you think it's coming too early or are embracing it whole-heartedly, snow is here in the Milwaukee area.
And people around the area were sharing their thoughts - and photos - on Twitter, Instagram and more.
Take a look at some of the photos and videos that were shared in the MyCommunityNOW Storify story of the first snowfall of 2013.
MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications suburban football poll on the strength of a 36-3 victory over Germantown in Friday's Level 3 contest.Arrowhead has moved back to the top spot in the
Former No. 1 Homestead lost to Kimberly, 37-7. Undefeated Greendale, a 41-27 winner over Plymouth in Level 3, is second in the poll.
Visit Push for the Playoffs for the rest of the poll, Coaches Confidential, You Make the Call and more.
The Menomonee Falls girls volleyball team went to the state championship game Nov. 9 and came home with its first state title.
Fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.
It was early Saturday evening and J. C. Bruns was hugging the WIAA State Division I girls volleyball championship trophy like it was one of his own children.
When the nine-year Menomonee Falls coach was advised that he should take great care to get that valuable piece of hardware home in one piece during what was no doubt a raucous and happy bus ride home, he just hugged it tighter and said "Oh I will, I will."
And then he thought about the Indians' dominant 25-17, 25-18, 25-16 rout of long-time nemesis Westosha Central in the state championship match at the Resch Center in Green Bay that was concluded just moments before.
He smiled, shook his head and said:
"They never wavered, they never worried, God bless 'em."» Read Full Article
Area teams Arrowhead, Germantown, Mukwonago, Oconomowoc and Franklin took on their next opponents in Level 3 of the WIAA Division 1 football playoffs Friday.
Fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.
The coach and his three key senior leaders all agree, this is the year that the Germantown boys volleyball team can take the next step.
In short, top attackers Jake Showalter and John Averkamp, setter Jacob Reynolds and coach Brian Rushmer all think that at the WIAA state tournament next Friday and Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran College, the Warhawks should be a contender for a championship.
"We're confident, the field is wide open and we've completed two of our three goals," said Showalter. "Why not the third?"
Why not indeed, after Germantown advanced to the event with a 25-18, 26-24, 25-20 sectional final decision over Arrowhead at Nicolet Thursday night.
It's the third staright state tournament berth for the locals to go along with their third straight North Shore Conference championship.» Read Full Article
Germantown — Germantown officials on Monday directed their legal counsel to prepare an offer to purchase approximately 153-acres of Blackstone Creek Golf Course, though no sale has been finalized.
The Village Board in closed session on Monday negotiated the potential land acquisition of the golf course property east of River Lane at Mequon Road from owners Frank Romano and Troy Schmidt. The details of the purchase agreement were not discussed in open session, village officials said. The board has to formally approve the agreement in open session before any offer is finalized.
Schmidt said the Village Board was in favor of buying the land, but set a 45-day due diligence period to comb through the purchase agreement. Romano and Schmidt have offered to sell the land at $5,350 per acre.
The village would turn the land into a public park. If that occurs, Schmidt said the plan is to redevelop the remaining 40-acre parcel along Mequon Road and to the north of Mequon Road with a projected $30 million mixed-use development of retail spaces and single and multifamily housing.
Several developers have already expressed interest in the land, he said, including Neumann Cos., a developer that has successfully developed housing adjacent to the park, known as the Glen at Blackstone Creek.» Read Full Article
An officer conducting parking enforcement in the parking lot at Target, N95 W17707 Shady Lane, Menomonee Falls, arrested and cited a Colgate woman and her 70-year-old mother for obstructing after they lied to police over a handicapped parking violation at 2:45 p.m. Oct. 25.
According to police, the suspect used her 70-year-old mother’s permit to park in a handicapped space, and when questioned about her mother’s whereabouts she lied and told police her mother was with her the entire time.
The woman then secretly called her mother to respond to the lot, and her mother also lied to police, causing a lengthy investigation.
A review of store surveillance footage confirmed the two were not together and they were both arrested and cited.
Germantown — A Germantown barn was a total loss after a five-alarm fire consumed the entire structure Nov. 1 on Cedar Lane.
A fire broke out at 11:54 a.m. at a utility barn at N140 W19542 Cedar Lane. The fire caused $250,000 in damage, Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said.
The fire did not cause any injuries.
The source of the fire is believed to be an operating wood burning stove that was inside the structure, Hoell said. The cause has yet to be confirmed. Gas stored inside the barn gave fuel to the fire, adding to its intensity. The fire burned for approximately three hours, mostly because of the gas inside the structure, Hoell said.
The barn was used as a storage area that housed things such hunting supplies and furniture, all of which were destroyed.» Read Full Article
The unsung hero of the trio of senior, four-year letterwinners said it first for the WIAA State Tournament-bound Menomonee Falls girls' volleyball team Saturday night.
"The goal is to win state," said outside hitter Katherine Von Bank.
She was echoed by the Indians' all-world outside hitter Simone Lee: "We really want to win state."
And then setter Abby Becker took it a step further:
"We want to dominate state," she said.» Read Full Article
WIAA boys state soccer photo gallery with images from today's Division 4 title game between University School and The Prairie School. USM won, 1-0.We've just updated the MyCommunityNOW
The state soccer photo gallery also features images from Muskego's 1-0 victory over Arrowhead in the Division 1 semifinals; Cedarburg's 2-1 win over Whitefish Bay in the Division 2 semifinals; Notre Dame's 1-0 victory over Pewaukee in the Division 3 semifinals; and University School's 1-0 victory over Sturgeon Bay in the Division 4 semifinals.
Arrowhead, Franklin, Germantown, Oconomowoc and Mukwonago tried to take one more step toward a state title in Level 2 of the WIAA Division 1 football playoffs Friday.
Fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.
Homestead scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to rally and defeat Sussex Hamilton, 28-20, Friday night in a Level 2 football game at Homestead.
Keel then praised the Chargers.
A new crossfit training facility is being proposed for Menomonee Falls.
The 8,400-square-foot facility is planned for Megal Development Corp.'s building on the south side of County Line Road, about one block east of Held Drive, according to information filed with the village Department of Community Development.
The facility, known as Crossfit Menomonee Falls, would include lifting stations, climbing ropes and a gym that includes barbells, jump ropes and other equipment. Crossfit mixes weightlifting with gymnastics and other activities.
The Plan Commission is to consider issuing a conditional use permit for the facility at its Tuesday meeting.
The commission also will consider approving a proposed sign for a Planet Fitness facility that is planned for Colonial Plaza shopping center, on Appleton Ave. in downtown Menomonee Falls