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WCC dispatchers will begin taking overnight calls from New Berlin

June 29, 2012 5:20 p.m. | New Berlin will begin phasing its emergency dispatch operations into the Waukesha County Communications Center this weekend.

The New Berlin Common Council decided earlier this month to disband the city's dispatch unit and have all 911 calls answered by the WCC.

As of Saturday night, WCC dispatchers will start answering overnight 911 calls from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m., sending police, fire or paramedic personnel as needed. Those needing emergency help will still dial 911. Calls to New Berlin's nonemergency line, (262) 782-6640, during those overnight hours also will be answered by WCC dispatchers.

But callers should dial a different telephone number between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. if they have administrative questions regarding special events, how to pay tickets, requests for overnight parking permission or anything that doesn't require a police response. The overnight number for those calls is (262) 780-8123.

The transition to WCC is expected to take several months. When complete, WCC will answer 911 calls from New Berlin 24 hours a day.

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Low bid way under estimate for Muskego's North Cape Road rec trail

June 24, 2016 2:47 p.m. | When bids were opened Thursday, Muskego officials were pleased that the low bid was $200,000 below the estimate for the North Cape Road recreation trail.

The low bid of $268,000 is from Blaze Landscape Contracting, Menomonee Falls. The Muskego Common Council is expected to award the bid to Blaze on Tuesday, June 28.

The approximate $200,000 that was under budget was slated to come from the landfill fund, said Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti. "The funds will remain there for future capital projects as determined by the council."

The off-road recreation trail would extend from north of Boxhorn Drive going south to Highway 36. The third of a mile segment would complete a loop that will enable bicyclists to go all the way to New Berlin or to Wind Lake. The developer of the Aster Hills subdivision has already completed the trail south to Boxhorn Drive.

Construction could start this fall or next spring.

Muskego police to offer citizens academy in the fall

June 24, 2016 10:02 a.m. | The Muskego Police Department will offer a citizens academy beginning in September. If you are interested in attending the program and obtaining some insight into law enforcement, contact 262-679-5653, or send an email to mrakers@cityofmuskego.org. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, live or work in Muskego and will go through a criminal background check.

Event to benefit New Berlin Police canine officer

June 23, 2016 9:06 a.m. | A fundraiser for the New Berlin Police Canine Unit will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Cappoochino's Dog Wash & Grooming Salon, Sendiks Plaza, 3640 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin: Meet Condor, a New Berlin Police dog, meet Zappa a champion Newfoundland and dogs from the German Shepard Club. Silent auction baskets, home-baked dog treats, do-it-yourself dog wash $15 and nails trimmed $10 will be offered. 262-789-5210

Muskego committee shelves controversial planned recreation trail

June 22, 2016 3:36 p.m. | The Muskego Public Works Committee shelved a controversial recreation trail along Martin Drive after residents protested.

The committee noted that because the road had been shifted many years ago, a trail would have come too close to homes and some large trees would have had to be cut down. The trail had been planned for between Janesville and Lannon roads.

Roughly 30 residents came to Monday's committee meeting, but chairman Alderman Kevin Kubacki said so much opposition had already been voiced that canceling the trail was pretty much a foregone conclusion by the time the meeting started.

Muskego neighbors: adding parking not a solution to Kurth Park problem

June 20, 2016 9:29 a.m. | Muskego —Adding parking at Kurth Park is not the solution to parents zooming through a neighborhood to get their children to soccer games on time and parking on lawns and blocking residential driveways, two park neighbors said.

"We're pretty angry you guys want to increase the parking," Tracy Manz told the Muskego Parks and Conservation Committee recently. "Somebody's going to get hit by a car."

Her solution is to get rid of the soccer field. And she is not alone in blaming soccer.

Neighbor Gale Ireland said of what she regards as the soccer club's intense use of the park: "It's overbooked and out of control."

Driver screaming

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Muskego survey shows support for splash pad, Frisbee golf, ice skating

June 20, 2016 8:28 a.m. | Muskego — A splash pad for summer, skating for winter and Frisbee golf for pretty much anytime seemed to be on the minds of the 849 Muskego residents who responded to a recreation survey in March.

Their recommendations have been included in the draft of a five-year park and conservation plan that will be reviewed July 6 by the city's Parks and Conservation Committee.

After a plan is adopted, the city will decide whether to move forward with the recommendations over the next five years.

A few of the survey highlights are substantial interest in splash pads, possibly at Veterans Memorial Park, W182 S8200 Racine Ave., and Moorland Park at Sandalwood Drive and Moorland Road.

"It came out in the general survey that this is something the city would love to see, overwhelmingly," said Jeff Muenkel, community development director.

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New Berlin Eisenhower bats come alive against Pewaukee

June 19, 2016 10:25 p.m. | Entering the week having lost three straight Woodland West games, the New Berlin Eisenhower baseball team collected a pair of crucial victories over Pewaukee to move itself right into the thick of the division race.

The Lions then dropped consecutive games to Cudahy and West Bend West before defeating Brookfield Central on June 18 to improve to 9-9 overall. At 3-3 in the Woodland West, Eisenhower trails Greendale and New Berlin West by one game for the division lead.


Bo Saikie pitched six innings, allowing three hits and a walk while fanning seven in a 6-0 win at Pewaukee on June 13 to begin the week.

"Bo was outstanding on the mound for six strong innings," coach Michael Vahovick said. "Offensively, we took advantage of the opportunities that Pewaukee presented us."

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New Berlin West baseball team, Greendale tied for first

June 19, 2016 9:55 p.m. | The New Berlin West baseball team continued its recent upswing by winning three of four games last week, including picking up a victory over Greendale.

The Vikings began the week by splitting a pair of games with the Panthers before picking up wins over a pair of talented teams in South Milwaukee and Sussex Hamilton.

New Berlin West's split with Greendale leaves the two teams tied atop the Woodland West at 4-2.


The Vikings opened the week by splitting two well-played games against Greendale.

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New Berlin Eisenhower girls soccer team has good season

June 19, 2016 9:27 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower finished 9-1-1 in the Woodland Conference, right behind Wauwatosa West (9-0-1), and 13-7-3 overall.

They won a regional title and lost in the sectional semifinal.

"Overall, we exceeded expectations," first year coach Nick Datka said. "Nobody really even talked about being a conference contender, let alone competing into June. We have an awesome nucleus of players that will be returning next year, as well as a great group of players that competed at the JV level this year."

The Lions had eight all-conference players at some level. First-team choices were forward Kayla Jedrzejewski, midfielder Claire Popp and defender Alyssa Stuckart.

Second-team choices were forward Emma Grellinger and defender Payton Fuerstenberg. Defender Sara Farrell was honorable mention, along with defender Hannah Plockelman and goalkeeper Ava Seifert.

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New Berlin Eisenhower's Ali Nowak earns first-team all-state honors

June 19, 2016 4:43 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower had an excellent season, but having the state softball champion in their division prevented the Lions from being even better.

The Lions were 19-6 overall and 12-4 in the Woodland Conference West, one game behind state champ New Berlin West.

Coach Jeff Setz will lose eight seniors to graduation: Ali Nowak, Riley Rossbach, Andrea Leder, Chloe Janich, Stacey Grabowski, Carolyn Bonnema, Miranda Campanga and Nicole Dorshorst.

The Lions had six all-conference players on some level. First-team all-conference selections were Nowak, Rossbach and sophomore Anna Lang. Nowak was also first-team all-state.

Leder and sophomore Meagan Loewus were second-team selections, and sophomore Erica Buechel was named honorable mention.

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Joe Garza Joins LindenGrove Board of Directors

June 17, 2016 8:39 a.m. | LindenGrove recently announced the election of Joe Garza to its board of directors. Garza is the superintendent at the School District of New Berlin.

"LindenGrove and the School District of New Berlin have worked collaboratively over the years in a variety of ways, including the development of a CNA training program," said Linda Joel, president and CEO of LindenGrove. "This is the natural next step as we continue to build upon that collaboration.

"Joe is a very dynamic, partnership-orientated leader, and I look forward to the ideas he will bring to our organization."

With his election, Garza will serve a three-year term on the nine-person board. LindenGrove is a nonprofit senior living and rehabilitation services organization with campuses in Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago, New Berlin and Waukesha.

Initial Reaction Podcast: MLB Draft's Wisconsin flavor and WIAA's postseason model

June 15, 2016 6:15 p.m. | The MLB Draft had a distinct Wisconsin flavor this year, and JP and JR dive in with state baseball underway. Also, given the number of talent-loaded sectionals in some sports, could the WIAA find a model that spreads the best teams around a little more evenly? Plus, new Greenfield boys basketball coach Kyle Johnsen stops by to talk about his new gig and his playing days just down the road at Greendale. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

New Berlin West starts fast, holds on, beats New London

June 13, 2016 12:24 p.m. | After what the New Berlin West softball team went through because of Thursday night's lightning and downpour, playing a little old softball game on Friday morning was a piece of cake — almost.

West's game was initially moved from 8 p.m. Thursday to 9:30 p.m. and then postponed until 8 a.m. Friday. The girls were up late as coach Greg Klotz and athletic director Jordan Napoli had to find hotel rooms, which they hadn't planned on.

"We were disappointed because it looked like we weren't going to play in the big stadium," West ace Cheyenne Sowinski said. "But then we had a chance to relax, come out, play the game and get the win. It was all good."

The good news was the Vikings (25-5) overcame leaving 13 runners on base and a sixth-inning rally by New London and held on for a 4-3 win in the semifinals. They will play Delavan-Darien (25-6) at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Goodman Diamond in Madison for the 2016 State Softball Championship.

The Vikings left one runner on in the second inning; two runners on in the first, third and fifth innings; and three in the fourth and sixth innings. The score could have been by a bigger margin, as they let New London stay in the game.

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New Berlin West wins first state softball championship

June 13, 2016 12:03 p.m. | There is an old cliché that says good pitching and defense will win a lot of games. Cheyenne Sowinski and the New Berlin West softball team were a firsthand example of that Saturday afternoon.

Sowinski outdueled her counterpart Jennah Speth, and the Vikings came away with a well-played 2-1 victory to win the 2016 WIAA State Softball Championship at Goodman Diamond on June 11 in Madison.

Sowinski pitched seven innings, allowing only five hits, one tainted run and a walk and fanning four to earn the biggest victory of her young career. Speth, who struck 22 batters in nine innings the day before, fanned 14 in seven innings, also allowing five hits, two walks and two earned runs.

"Chey pitched a great game," West coach Greg Klotz said of his sophomore ace. "The other girl had 14 strikeouts, but Chey pitched great, too."

Shortstop Katey Devine, second baseman Leah Marrari, righfielder Charlotte Ropas, centerfielder Maddie Minik and first baseman Hannah Giammarco all made important defensive plays that contributed to the victory.

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New Berlin West baseball team back on winning track

June 13, 2016 11:41 a.m. | After losing four out of five games, New Berlin West's baseball team put together a three-game winning streak last week against Woodland opponents.

The Vikings blew a 4-1 lead only to come back and use a four-run fourth inning to nip Pius XI, 8-7, to start the week June 6 at West.

West scored in the first when Nate Miller walked, was balked to second and went to third on the pitcher's error. He then scored on Nick Paget's RBI single to left.

The Popes tied it in the third, but the Vikings added three runs in the bottom of the inning to take 4-1 lead as Nate Egofske doubled, Paget singled and Will Bush smashed a three-run homer.

Pius then exploded for six runs on five hits in the fourth to take a 7-4 lead.

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