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Pioneer Drive work might be easier to pay for on installment plan

March 21, 2012 5:22 p.m. | A Pioneer Drive resident objected to a plan to charge residents 8 percent interest if they pay on the installment plan for city road work and water main going past their homes.

Now, the city Finance Committee says it will consider lowering the rate.

Steve Mainus spoke last week at a hearing on the Pioneer Drive road project, which will be done this year. The Public Works Committee on Monday night sent his request for a lower interest rate to the Finance Committee.

But Mainus didn't get far with his other point, which was to not extend city water at all to those along the street. The water main is still coming through.

New Berlin Eisenhower girls beat ranked Pius, Waukesha West

Feb. 07, 2016 9:24 p.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team accomplished something no one else has for a while — beat the top-ranked Pius XI Lady Popes (18-1, 12-1).

And the Lions did it, 45-42, on Feb. 2 on the Lady Popes' home court, pulling within a game of first place. The win snapped the Lady Popes' 45-game win streak in Woodland Conference play.

"It was a white knuckler," Eisenhower coach Gary Schmidt said. "I was proud to be a part of it. It was something special."

Senior Emalie Hahn only had 2 points, but they were huge as she sank a one-on-one bonus situation to give the Lions a 5-point lead with 1:20 to play.

Things got tense in the final seconds when a jump ball was called and given to the Lady Popes, but a shot from the corner never drew iron.

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Update: West Allis Central High School students respond calmly during bomb-threat evacuation

Feb. 04, 2016 1:38 p.m. | Paris Watts, a West Allis Central High School junior, was sitting in his French class when he heard an announcement that teachers should check their emails.

In a few moments, his French teacher told the class to pick up their things.

"I was a little nervous, I didn't know what was going on," Watts said.

The class filed into the hallway where other classes were doing the same. Despite the crowded hallway, the students were quiet and on edge. They walked out the school's rear door and a block north to Mt. Hope Lutheran Church where they were to wait for their parents to pick them up.

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Inclusive playground to replace splashpad plan in New Berlin

Feb. 01, 2016 6:04 p.m. | New Berlin —The New Berlin West Middle/High School Idea Center was packed with children and parents eager to see the first draft of what is being called an all-inclusive playground to be built in New Berlin's Malone Park.

An all-inclusive playground is one that can be enjoyed by children with disabilities, too. Those disabilities could be physical or they could be cognitive, sensory and even emotional. New Berlin had already planned to replace the play equipment at Malone Park, 16400 W. Al Stigler Parkway, and with the help of the New Berlin Junior Woman's Club, it will be an all-inclusive playground.

The Juniors will contribute $175,000 toward the city's half-million dollar playground project. Originally, that money was to be put toward a splash pad where children run past nozzles that squirt them with water and underneath buckets that dump water on them. With slow progress on fundraising and concerns about ongoing maintenance costs, the New Berlin Juniors and the city of New Berlin have dropped plans for a splash pad.

With that as a backdrop, the city and Juniors started talking about taking the future Malone Park playground from being a very nice playground to the next level, New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament said. So, that's exactly what's happening, he said.

While nearly all of the splash pad money had been raised through events and by socking away a little here and there after the club's normal donations had been made, the Juniors checked with everyone who contributed directly toward a splash pad, said Jamie Rodgers, former Juniors president and now a spokeswoman for the Juniors on this project.

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Sport Shorts: Feb. 4, 2016

Feb. 01, 2016 1:32 p.m. |

NB WEST GIRLS

The New Berlin West girls basketball team demolished Brown Deer, 71-10, on Jan. 27 on the road and then won, 66-32, against Cudahy on Jan. 29 at home.

The wins left the Vikings with a 13-4 overall record and tied for second with a 9-2 record.

West played Pewaukee (9-2) on Feb. 2. They travel to Wauwatosa West (3-8) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and then to Eisenhower (9-2) for a 6 p.m. game Tuesday, Feb. 9.

West held the struggling Falcons (1-12, 0-10) of the Woodland Conference East Division to 5 points each half as the Vikings put up 34 and 37 points, respectively, on Jan. 27 to begin the week.

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Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek, Whitnall gymnasts flex muscles with Madison win

Feb. 01, 2016 11:53 a.m. | The high-level dual meet with state D2 power Whitefish Bay was a bit of a fizzle for the powerful Franklin, Muskego, Oak Creek and Whitnall girls gymnastics co-op on Jan. 28, and with the big Madison Memorial Spartan Invitational coming on Jan. 30, coach Katie Moore felt the locals needed a little reinforcement.

"I know we didn't have our full lineup, but we also had some pretty substantial errors," Moore said. "It may have been the fact that it was a weekday night, we're not sure, but we had a meeting on Friday, and we gave them a challenge (for the Madison meet), and the way they responded was fabulous."

FMOW turned in a season- and state-best 147.525 to overwhelm the eight-team Green Division field in Madison on Jan. 30 as the Burlington co-op was a distant second with 140.15.

It was the perfect segue for the locals as they turn their attention to the powerhouse Kenosha Invite on Saturday, Feb. 6, where almost all the top state D1 teams will be, including Brookfield, Kenosha and defending state champ Arrowhead.

Moore said the team has been working hard adding new skills and augmenting their degree of difficulty.

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Probe continues into alleged New Berlin West teacher misconduct

Feb. 01, 2016 11:31 a.m. | New Berlin police are predicting that the earliest they will conclude their investigation regarding alleged sexual contact between a female New Berlin West Middle/High School teacher and a male student will be Monday, Feb. 8.

If enough evidence is found for criminal charges, the case will be forwarded to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office at that time, Captain Michael Glider said in an update to the investigation.

The department has received numerous calls about the status of the investigation.

In the meantime, the teacher has been fired.

According to a news release from the New Berlin School District, its internal investigation has been concluded and the teacher's contract was terminated. The teacher had been on administrative leave while school officials conducted their investigation.

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Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in January

Feb. 01, 2016 10:52 a.m. | Sometimes you're just looking for a little positivity.

And we hope to deliver that to you with a roundup of positive and uplifting stories from suburban Milwaukee and the Lake Country area. The following stories were published in the past month, and they feature stories that could warm your heart.

 

Nashotah teen spent 18 months in Los Angeles pursuing her dreams as an actress and singer

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New Berlin West boys basketball team's Pipik, Cottrell key win over Cudahy

Feb. 01, 2016 10:44 a.m. | The rebuilding New Berlin West boys are taking things one step at a time, and they took another big one on Jan. 29 to end the week on a positive note under first-year coach Brandon Mattox.

The Vikings ended the week with a 72-68 win at Cudahy on Jan. 29, the first road win for West since Dec. 6, 2013. They won a 52-47 decision at Greendale that evening. That snapped a 27-game losing streak on the road.

The Vikings outscored Cudahy (8-6, 4-6) of the East Division by two points each half (33-31, 39-37) to get the hard-earned win.

Hunter Pipikand Fred Cottrelleach had 17 points as Pipik had three of the team's six 3-pointers. Joe Robeyadded 13 points, Zach Whitehad 9 (two 3-pointers) and Sami Alfahelscored 8. Alex Thiede led the Packers with 16 points.

"I couldn't be more happy and proud of that group of young men," Mattox said afterward. "Our record does not indicate the progress we've made in this program. Friday was the first time all season we were able to answer a run made by another team. We're starting to show we can handle adversity; that's were our progress lies. Friday's win was the first road win since Dec. 6, 2013, and that's something our boys should be proud of."

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Muskego-Norway District one of only three Wisconsin districts to lower levy for five years

Feb. 01, 2016 8:21 a.m. | The Muskego-Norway School District is one of only three school districts out of 43 in southeastern Wisconsin that has lowered its property tax levy every year for the past five years.

The other two are the Mukwonago and Beaver Dam school districts.

"We're extremely pleased to be able to do that for the number of years we have," said Muskego-Norway School Board President Rick Petfalski.

It shows that the school board has spent tax money wisely and that should help voters have faith that the district's nearly $43.2 million facilities referendum that will be on the April ballot is needed spending, he said.

Brown Deer nips New Berlin Eisenhower in triple overtime

Jan. 30, 2016 9:27 a.m. | Brown Deer's 102-99 triple overtime victory at New Berlin Eisenhower was a first for Falcons coach Scott Appleby.

"Triple overtime at Eisenhower," he said. "I've coached here three times, and I have never actually won at Eisenhower, so this is my first time. This is a special win. Every time you can go into an environment where they're undefeated, a conference opponent, you get a win, that's going to rank right near the top."

The game matched Brown Deer of the Woodland Conference East Division, last year's Division 3 state champions, against New Berlin Eisenhower, the current top-ranked team in Division 2. And it was an old-fashioned barn burner where the Lions couldn't close out the Falcons at the end of the first half or the game.

With Eisenhower leading, 77-72, with 2:17 left to play, Brown Deer went on a 9-4 run, as Damon Jackson scored on a drive, Craig Schimenz hit his sixth 3-pointer of the night, Jackson scored on a another drive and 6-foot-7-inch Taurus Adams nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 81-81 with 47 seconds left and send it into overtime.

Adams and Eisenhower's Matt Rolefson each scored twice in the first overtime to take it to 85-85 into the second overtime.

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Brown Deer hands Eisenhower first loss in 3 OTs, 102-99

Jan. 30, 2016 8:51 a.m. | Brown Deer’s 102-99 victory triple overtime victory at New Berlin Eisenhower was a first for Falcons coach Scott Appleby.

“Triple overtime at Eisenhower,” he said. “I’ve coached here three times and I have never actually won at Eisenhower, so this is my first time. This is a special win. Everytime you can go ito an environment where they’re undefeated, a conference opponent, you get a win, that’s going to rank right near the top.”

The game matched Brown Deer of the Woodland Conference East Division (10-4, 8-2), last year’s Division 3 State Champions, against New Berlin Eisenhower, the current top-ranked team in Division 2 (15-1, 9-1). And it was an old-fashioned barnburner where the Lions couldn’t close out the Falcons at the end of the first half or the game.

With Eisenhower leading, 77-72, with 2:17 left to play, Brown Deer went on a 9-4 run, as Damon Jackson scored on a drive, Craig Schimenz hit his sixth 3-pointer of the night, Jackson scored on a another drive and 6-foot, 7 inch Taurus Adams nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 81-81 with 47 seconds left and sent it into overtime.

Adams and Ike’s Matt Rolefson each scored twice in the first overtime to take it to 85-85 into the second overtime.

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BuySeasons of New Berlin to permanently lay off 128 employees

Jan. 29, 2016 4:50 p.m. | BuySeasons, Inc. of New Berlin will layoff 128 employees at its facility, 5915 S. Moorland Road, beginning on April 1 and ending on July 1. The layoffs will be permanent, according to a news release from the state Department of Workforce Development.

Couple avoids jail time but loses chinchillas from Waukesha home

Jan. 27, 2016 4:06 p.m. | Garrett and Tricia Rees won't be allowed to keep any of the hundreds of chinchillas they kept in their former Waukesha home, but they will not be spending any time behind bars if they behave, a Waukesha County Circuit judge has ruled.

The Reeses appeared in court Wednesday, Jan. 27 and each pleaded no contest to one count of child neglect and one count of not providing proper animal shelter, both misdemeanors.

The Reeses, who now live in Muskego, were accused last May of child neglect and animal abuse after a well-being check at their previous home revealed that toxic levels of ammonia were present inside the house and were likely linked to the 331 chinchillas for which the couple was caring. The youngest of the couple's three children, who was 7 at the time, was reportedly found in the home during the well-being check.

The chinchillas were seized following the incident and taken to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, where they have remained for almost a year. Most of the chinchillas were adopted from HAWS last year, but Garrett Rees was allowed to retain legal possession of and care for 49 of them.

Probation, not jail

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Ben Chossek named New Berlin West football coach

Jan. 27, 2016 1:55 p.m. | Ben Chossek, who has coached with and played under five Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Famers, has been named head football coach at New Berlin West replacing Al Moroder.

“We’re excited to get him in the building not only as a coach but also a teacher,” Jordan Napoli, West’s activites and athletic director. “He also brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our school. Ben will begin his role as a teacher and coach starting next week and will meet with players shortly thereafter. He was spoke of very highly from a variety of well-respected coaches, administrators and student-athletes who all specifically mentioned his character and genuine positive attitude which stood out during the interview process.”

Chossek is chomping at the bit to get started.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join a school like New Berlin West and district as highly regarded as New Berlin,” he said. “The reputation of the district and school along with the opportunity to establish a consistently competitive football program is really exciting. Clear that PE and Athletics are supported by the school and administration and supportive families. Just have to look at the facilities at New Berlin West like the Fitness Center and Fieldhouse. Finally a young roster of contributors in 2015. All great pieces to build around.

“I’m very excited to get on campus, meet the players and families and get going with the off-season. Winning football takes a lot of work, but looking forward to getting started in building a tradition of strong football at New Berlin West.”

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