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New Berlin sets meetings on County dispatch

April 05, 2012 10:09 a.m. | New dates have been set for public information meetings on whether New Berlin should have all its police and fire emergency dispatching handled by the Waukesha Communications Center or if dispatch should stay inhouse.

The new dates are April 19, May 3 and 17. All will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the municipal courtroom, 16300 W. National Ave.

The pros and cons of both options will be presented. Then people will be encouraged to contact their aldermen or the mayor about which option they think is better, said Police Chief Joe Rieder.

Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night

11:57 a.m. | Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at the stadium interchange near Miller Park will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for a storm sewer installation.

The state Department of Transportation expects backups during the day Saturday on westbound I-94 between the Marquette and stadium interchanges.

The DOT recommends the following detours:

  • Miller Park Way to National Avenue to Greenfield Avenue
  • US 41 to Bluemound Road to Glenview Avenue to Watertown Plank Road
  • I-894 bypass or I-43 to other regional east/west routes

More information the project, and other projects, is available on the DOT website.

Muskego gets recreation manager

Dec. 15, 2014 4:37 p.m. | The Muskego City Council promoted recreation program manager Tammy Dunn to the recently created recreation manager position.

The new position replaces that of director of parks and recreation which will be dropped as of Jan. 1 after parks maintenance is moved over to the public works department at the same time. Parks and recreation director Craig Anderson who served the city for 17 years resigned.

Dunn has served the city for nearly 16 years in the Parks and Recreation Department. She will continue to manage the citywide recreation program, but also will prepare the budget for the department, will train and evaluate staff and volunteers and will and perform public relation duties.

Both incumbents file for New Berlin School Board

Dec. 15, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Both incumbents on the New Berlin School Board have filed nomination papers for re-election.

They are Susan Manley and Jeff Kurth.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Jan. 6 to file declarations of candidacy and campaign finance registration forms to run in the April 7 election.

Antique apple growers ask to plant at New Berlin Historic Park

Dec. 15, 2014 1:14 p.m. | New Berlin — Owners of Weston's Antique Apple Orchard have asked to plant apple trees at the rear of New Berlin's Historic Park, recreating an orchard that once was there.

Weston's is across the street from the park located at 19765 W. National Ave. Orchard owners said they have volunteers to clear the dense brush and even trees that have engulfed the orchard that was once part of a farm.

The New Berlin Parks and Facilities Committee has some doubts, however, and asked for more information.

The concerns included whether there is enough clearance past the historic buildings for the heavy equipment needed for the project to get to the one-acre site. In addition, the hillside is so steep, the committee wondered if a contractor rather than volunteers would have to do the clearing.

Related to those concerns is whether insurance would be provided in case of damage or injury. Finally, the committee wondered if the project would cost the city anything now or in the future, as the proposed orchard would have maintenance needs potentially extending for decades.

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Eisenhower girls beat Shorewood, 50-32

Dec. 12, 2014 9:57 p.m. |  Taylor Crubaugh doesn’t usually get in the spotlight for New Berlin Eisenhower, but Friday night, the senior wing stole the show in a 50-32 Woodland Conference victory over Shorewood at home.

Crubaugh blew open a close game by scoring 11 of the Lions’ 15 points in the third quarter, giving Eisenhower some breathing room when the Greyhounds battled back at the end of the quarter.
Leading 26-15 at intermission, junior forward Emalie Hahn opened the second half with two free throws and a layup off a pass from senior guard Sammy Kozlowski for a 30-15 lead.
Crubaugh scored on a fastbreak off a pass from Kozlowski while Shorewood countered with baskets by senior Ashley Eimers and junior Jada Stackhouse cutting the lead to 32-19.
But then Crubaugh nailed a 3-pointer at 4 minutes, 1 second, another at the 3:30 mark and a third at the 1:59 mark – all from the right side - for a 41-19 lead, forcing Shorewood coach Jeff Eimers to call a time out.
"I just found an opening and it happened to be at the same spot each time," Crubaugh said. "I just shot it."
Ike coach Gary Schmidt talked about his senior's performance.
"Taylor's strength is outside shooting," he said. "She likes to load up from the outside. We know them would play zone (1-3-1) tonight and we needed a zone buster and she was it tonight."
When Stackhouse scored on a drive and a free throw and another drive and Annie Leo scored on a steal, the Greyhounds climbed back to within 41-26 after three quarters. Stackhouse scored seven of Shorewood’s 11 points in the third period.

But Eisenhower held off the Greyhounds with a low-scoring fourth quarter (9-6) and the closest Shorewood could get was 13 points.
Kozlowski led the way with 15 points, Crubaugh added 13 and Hahn added 10. Stackouse led Shorewood with 14.
Afterwards Eimers talked about his team's performance.
"We had to play an error-free game," he said. "Our offense worked, we had shots, but I felt we missed a lot of layups. In a game like this, if we're going to win it, we have to make those layups."
After Crubaugh hit those 3-pointers, Shorewood switched to man-to-man and Eimers was pleased with the results.
"I was happy with it," he said. "I didn't think we could match up with them. We told the kids in the third quarter, it was up to them (on how they finished the game) and they did not give up at all. They were tired."

West Allis man sentenced for voting twice in 2012 presidential election

Dec. 10, 2014 5:29 p.m. | A 34-year-old West Allis man who blamed depression and anxiety for voting twice in the 2012 presidential election was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail as a condition of 18 months probation.

The sentence was less than a prosecutor recommended, but more than the fine recommended by Todd M. Murray's lawyer, who argued that Milwaukee County is harshly out of line with the rest of the state in resolving cases of double voting.

Circuit Judge Joseph Donald said it didn't matter that Murray's extra vote didn't affect any electoral outcomes. It's still a serious offense that affects everyone else who counts on the principle of one person, one vote. A sentence without jail time, Donald said, would depreciate the nature of the crime.

Murray, who reports to jail Jan. 5, will be allowed release privileges for work and therapy.

Murray was on his way home from his engineering job in Waukesha on Nov. 6, 2012, when he stopped in New Berlin, registered and voted. He then cast another ballot at his regular polling place in West Allis. He was charged in June and pleaded guilty Wednesday.

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New Berlin Boy Scouts cleared for campout in park

Dec. 09, 2014 5:34 p.m. | New Berlin — Some New Berlin Boy Scouts will undertake a chilly camping expedition in Calhoun Park next April to do park improvement work.

Troop 38 out of Elmwood Elementary School in New Berlin was cleared for the camping trip by the New Berlin Parks and Recreation Commission last week.

While nearly 50 Scouts and leaders camp out for three days, they will perform trail maintenance, clearing brush and picking up trash. The troop and the city will decide which projects are needed most.

The troop did a similar service project at a Calhoun Park campout in 2012. But that was a bit later in April. City officials are not sure this time that bathrooms and water for the Scouts will be available that early in the year due to the cold.

The city has brought in chemical toilets before for various reasons, said Mark Schroeder, parks and recreation director. But the Scouts might be on their own for water, he said.

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New Berlin drops some swim lessons due to lifeguard shortage

Dec. 09, 2014 5:11 p.m. | New Berlin — A shortage of lifeguards throughout the region has put the New Berlin recreation department into crisis mode, Mark Schroeder, director of parks, recreation and forestry, said last week.

The shortage has caused New Berlin to drop its two evening swimming lessons for the winter-spring session and to offer lessons only on Saturday mornings, he said.

The department had been going along with only three lifeguards, but that dropped to two this fall. The only way lessons could continue was because recreation supervisor Caitlin Vosberg had kept up her lifeguard credentials, and she filled in for the fall and winter classes, Schroeder added.

But in January, the department will lose another guard.

"We're in a little bit of a crisis mode even more," he said.

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New Berlin landmark status could be ahead for three 1800s buildings

Dec. 04, 2014 5:26 p.m. | New Berlin — A public hearing will be held next week on whether to grant New Berlin landmark status to one business and two homes that have been virtually unchanged on the outside since they were built in the 1800s.

The business at 18540 W. National Ave. was once a cheese factory and is now home of Mustang Shelly's Roadhouse.

One of the farmhouses is known as the Giesfeldt home, 21777 W. National Ave., an 1871 Victorian home that was once the heart of a thriving farm.

Another is the Gilbert/Schroeder/Hofmann home that is more of a mansion at 4848 S. Calhoun Road, that sat on a farm where rubber tires were tried for the first time on a farm tractor. It was an experiment done by Allis-Chalmers Corp. and Firestone Rubber with the help of the farm family.

The hearing will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at city hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive, before the New Berlin Landmarks Commission.

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United Way agencies in Milwaukee, Waukesha announce merger

Dec. 04, 2014 3:50 p.m. | United Way of Greater Milwaukee and United Way in Waukesha County announced Thursday that they have merged to create a single agency.

The new agency will be known as United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.

The merger follows a long-standing practice of both groups fundraising in eastern Waukesha County communities, from Menomonee Falls to Brookfield, New Berlin and Muskego.

And it comes at the request of large corporate donors with business operations in the two counties, said Mary Lou Young, president and CEO of the new organization. Young has served five years as president and CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

Those corporations asked United Way to streamline the process for them, Young said. So in August 2013, Young said she contacted her counterpart in Waukesha County and asked the question: How can we serve our customers better?

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New Berlin police looking for man who approached girl

Dec. 02, 2014 6:02 p.m. | New Berlin police are looking for a man who slowed down and stopped his car near a 6-year-old girl waiting for her school bus Tuesday morning.

The incident was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m. near Salentine Drive and Calhoun Road, according to a news release from the New Berlin Police Department.

The man, who was driving a silver and blue Honda Accord, waved at the girl as she stood at the end of the driveway of her home and drove away when the girl's mother walked out of the house and the school bus approached.

The girl initially told her mother the man told her to, "Come here," but later told police the man did not speak to her.

The man is described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, with dark hair and wearing a dark knit cap. He was smoking a cigarette and the back seat of his car appeared to be filled with clothing items.

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New Berlin police investigating driver's suspicious contact with girl

Dec. 02, 2014 3:46 p.m. | New Berlin police are looking for the man who motioned a 6-year-old girl toward his car and then drove off when her mother came out of the house and the school bus approached.

The incident happened at 8:18 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, near Salentine Drive and Calhoun Road, police said.

The man drove a silver and blue Honda Accord and was last seen traveling eastbound on Salentine Drive from Calhoun Road.

According to police, the male waved and slowed down and stopped as he approached the girl who was waiting at the end of her driveway for a school bus.

Police said the 6-year-old initially told her mother that the man asked her to "come here" but later told investigating officers that he did not speak to her.

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Crews clear crash that closed southbound I-43 lane at Beloit Road

Nov. 29, 2014 11:33 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the right lane of southbound Interstate 43 at Beloit Road in New Berlin. The incident, reported just before 11 a.m., cleared after about a half-hour. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office responded.

Fixing New Berlin Eisenhower swimming pool among school recommendations

Nov. 24, 2014 8:28 p.m. | New Berlin — Bringing the Eisenhower Middle/High School swimming pool back up to competition level again was among the facilities recommendations New Berlin Superintendent Joe Garza brought to the School Board on Monday.

Swim parents have been battling for years to get school officials to bring the ailing swimming pool back up to speed. But Garza said that one of the things that turned the tide toward a favorable recommendation was that the proceeds from selling the former Glen Park Elementary School and other excess school properties could be used for the $1.6 million swimming pool fix.

Other recommended projects were HVAC upgrades at New Berlin West Middle/High School, providing air conditioning at Poplar Creek and Orchard Lane elementary schools, and new exterior doors at New Berlin West and at certain elementary schools.

The property tax levy limits could be raised to borrow for the HVAC upgrades and the air conditioning, under the energy efficiency exemption to the limits, Garza said. Air conditioning qualifies under the energy exemption because it relates to the learning environment and the equality of classrooms across the schools, Garza said. The doors could be taken care of within the district operating budget, he said.

The School Board will vote on the recommendations Dec. 15.

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School heating, cooling projects win most support in New Berlin survey

Nov. 17, 2014 4:49 p.m. | New Berlin — Replacing the HVAC at New Berlin West Middle/High School and providing air conditioning at two elementary schools were the only projects that seemed to attract enough support from residents that they would pay higher taxes to get them done.

The New Berlin School District has released the results of a survey that the School Board hopes will help it decide which facilities projects are most important to taxpayers. A consultant conducted a phone survey of 379 heads of households living in all parts of the district and in various age groups and including parents and nonparents.

A majority, 63 percent of respondents, said they would support a property tax increase of $62.50 per year on a $250,000 home for priority projects, according to the survey. That percentage rose to 68 percent if the yearly increase were $42.50 and shot up to 76 percent for a $17.50 annual increase.

Four other potential facilities projects in the New Berlin schools also attracted support in the survey, but not enough to translate into a willingness to pay higher taxes.

One of those four was fixing the swimming pool at Eisenhower Middle/High School, an issue that has been hotly debated. Bringing the pool back up to competition level was favored by 61 percent of respondents. But only 44 percent said they would support the project if it meant higher taxes.

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