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Road closure discourages shortcut route to New Berlin City Center

Sept. 13, 2012 9:15 a.m. | The New Berlin Common Council this week approved closing Wilbur Drive at a key point near City Center in an effort to dissuade drivers from using a residential neighborhood as a shortcut route.

Aldermen hope the move will reduce the amount of traffic cutting through the neighborhood to and from Sunny Slope Road east of the the mixed-use commercial complex while not completely eliminating the center's access for neighbors.

The proposal, in which Wilbur would be cut off on Cottonwood Drive, was a compromise from an earlier suggestion that Wilbur be cut off completely from the center's access at 147th Street. It was approved Tuesday.

The Board of Public Works will now make a recommendation on the design and cost of blocking the road. Board chairman Alderman Dave Ament said he will strive for a design that would enable pedestrians and bicyclists to get through the blockage.

Board members will meet Monday to start that process.

Some library services to be unavailable in Muskego, New Berlin

Nov. 24, 2015 5:41 p.m. | The online catalog will not be available and it will not be possible to renew library materials, pay fines or fees or place holds at the Muskego and New Berlin in early December while materials from Jefferson County libraries are added to Waukesha County's CAFÉ library automation system.

The catalog will be unavailable at the Muskego Public Library from Dec. 3-9, and at the New Berlin Public Library, Dec. 2-9.

The addition of the Jefferson County library materials will mean the CAFE shared catalog will offer 2.3 million items, making it the third largest shared catalog in Wisconsin.

However, even while Muskego and New Berlin libraries are down, patrons will still be able to visit the libraries, check out materials including e-materials, use the libraries' website and Internet access, attend programs and keep their position in holds queues.

Muskego-Norway board to discuss potential $55 million referendum

Nov. 24, 2015 1:30 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School Board will hold a work session on options for a potential $55 million facilities referendum at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the Educational Services Center, S87 W18763 Woods Road.

The meeting will be on what officials are calling a base plan and on options for the ailing Muskego High School swimming pool and potential improvements to the school's outdoor athletic facilities.

All are under consideration for a facilities referendum.

New Berlin seniors set record in number of young-old wrapped in warmth

Nov. 24, 2015 9:00 a.m. | They are retired, but they are still making a difference in the world.

They are the knitters, crocheters and sewers of the New Berlin Senior Center outreach committee who this year made a record 318 hats, mittens, lap robes and other things that will keep all ages warm throughout the winter.

That bounty recently went to 11 agencies, including the Women's Crisis Center in Waukesha, the New Berlin Food Pantry and the Linden Grove Care Center, New Berlin. They will keep families in crisis warm, they will warm veterans and will give comfort to those in their last years. Already the thank-yous are pouring in.

Dozens of lap robes and carryall bags that can be slung over wheelchairs and walkers were presented to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, where they were immediately put to use.

Messages of thanks

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New Berlin police ask public's help to find missing man, 69

Nov. 24, 2015 6:53 a.m. | The New Berlin Police Department is asking the public's help to find Carl Pfeifer, who is considered missing and endangered, due to ongoing medical conditions.

Pfeifer is 69 years old, approximately 5 feet, 5-inches tall, 175 pounds, with gray hair and gray eyes.

He left his home on Nov. 14 in a 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS four door, gray in color, bearing Wisconsin registration 524-VBR. He was last seen wearing an olive green winter jacket, blue jeans, black tennis shoes, and eyeglasses. His destination was unknown.

If anyone encounters Pfeifer or his vehicle they are asked to contact their local law enforcement agency. Anyone with information regarding Pfeifer's whereabouts is asked to contact the New Berlin Police Department at (262) 782-6640.

Archbishop coming to Muskego area to install priest Dec. 6

Nov. 23, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Archbishop Jerome Listecki will come to Big Bend to install the Rev. Kevin McManaman as priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Big Bend.

The installation will be t 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6. A social will follow.

McManaman has served as parish administrator since July 2014 after the retirement of the parish priest. The installation will give McManaman a six-year assignment to the parish.

McManaman is described as having passion for teaching, especially in the school. He can be found in the classrooms of St. Joseph School weekly teaching religion classes. He can also be found on the playground in a game of kickball, although his participation is on a brief hiatus while his elbow heals from a recent kick ball injury.

McManaman grew up in Cudahy and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he decided to become a priest.

Seven New Berlin skaters join Greendale Ice Force co-op boys hockey team

Nov. 23, 2015 12:07 p.m. | The New Berlin high schools have been added to the Greendale Ice Force co-op boys hockey team this season, so they now have 39 members from nine schools.

The Ice Force is made up of Franklin (seven), Oak Creek (seven), Greendale (five), New Berlin Eisenhower (five), Union Grove (five), Waterford (four), New Berlin West (two), Greenfield (two) and St. Francis (two).

The Ice Force are in the Classic 8 Conference with Arrowhead, University School, Kettle Moraine co-op, Waukesha co-op, Kenosha co-op, Greendale co-op, Marquette, and Brookfield/Catholic Memorial co-op.

Seniors Sam Zarr (forward) and Matt Berther (forward); junior Jack Semanski (forward/defense); sophomore Adam Doornbos (forward); and freshman Jason Cooke (goalkeeper) are from Eisenhower.

The New Berlin West members are junior Jake Lehman (forward) and sophomore Nate Mueller (defense).

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Muskego-Norway explores establishing alumni association

Nov. 23, 2015 11:52 a.m. | The Muskego-Norway School District is looking into establishing an alumni association much as private schools have whose members can be appealed to when exceptional capital spending needs come along.

"I graduated from Pius and most private high schools have alumni associations because they recognize the value of them," said Rick Petfalski, school board president.

A committee is being formed to explore the idea and a consultant that can provide a nationwide database could be hired, Petfalski said.

Experience, depth make New Berlin Eisenhower boys basketball team contenders

Nov. 23, 2015 11:17 a.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower boys basketball team should once again be a contender in the Woodland Conference West Division.

The Lions were 13-10 overall last season, but they were 10-6, tied for third, in conference play.

Coach David Scheidegger will return 10 letter winners from last year's team.

Returning seniors are Stephen Kraninger (6-2, guard), Jordan Canady (6-2, guard), Jack Sirek (6-3, guard), Andrew Stachnik (6-1, guard), Tyler Komar (6-0, guard), Kyle Stubenrauch (6-1, forward), Tyler John (6-2, center) and Will Polczynski (6-6, center).

Also returning are junior Sullivan Kulju (6-6, forward) and sophomore Bryce Miller (6-2, guard).

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Coach Pat Detmer sees improvement for New Berlin co-op wrestling team

Nov. 23, 2015 11:15 a.m. | New Berlin West/Eisenhower wrestling coach Pat Detmer will have a dozen returning letter winners and some promising new faces to work with this season.

Detmer talked about the experienced gained last year.

"I am really excited to coach this group of kids," he said. "I look forward to seeing what our guys can do this year. Last year, we had a young team that had to plug in several freshmen and sophomores into the varsity lineup. These guys experienced some growing pains, but are better for it now."

Here is a breakdown on the returning letter winners.

Junior Joe Scaffidi (Ike, 160 pounds), a 2-year letter winner and one of two sectional qualifiers back, is coming off an excellent football season.

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New Berlin West boys basketball team will have their hands full in rugged West Division

Nov. 23, 2015 10:55 a.m. | Second-year coach Brandon Mattox will be starting from the beginning this season with the New Berlin boys basketball team.

Mattox, who took over for first-year coach Chris Foley last winter, had a team with a 3-20 overall record, 2-14 in the Woodland West Division. Mattox finished 1-4 in the last five games.

The Vikings don't have any all-conference award-winning players, but they do have some talent returning.

A 5-foot-11-inch junior guard, Zach White, saw plenty of action and had a good summer.

"He is just getting healthy at the right time for us, Mattox said. "He'll be looked at to do a lot for our team this year. Great kid, coachable."

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New Berlin Eisenhower swimming team names Paige Carter MVP

Nov. 23, 2015 9:27 a.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower girls swimming and diving team was undefeated in the Woodland Conference duals, won conference relays, finished second the in conference tournament, won the Rocket Relays, won the sectionals and finished sixth at state.

Now that's a great season.

"With our five swimmers, we were able to take the highest place at state since 2012, which is a huge undertaking," Eisenhower coach Alyssa Bauer said. "We had a very successful season and will miss our seniors immensely. Looking forward to next year."

The Lions will lose six seniors in Paige Carter, Shayna Putney, Riley Rossbach, Isabelle Seifert, Manisha Vootkur and Brittany Samorajski.

There were several team award winners at Sunday's banquet.

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Muskego schools may expand high school credit for middle schoolers

Nov. 23, 2015 7:49 a.m. | Muskego — High school credit may be restored for middle school students taking almost any high school class, the Muskego-Norway School Board decided.

The exception is algebra, which school officials now view as more of a middle school course, said board President Rick Petfalski.

For some time, Muskego High School had granted high school credit to middle schoolers taking foreign language classes and geometry. Those classes are the same whether taught in high school or middle school, Petfalski said.

Then the question arose as to whether middle school students taking other high school classes also should get credit.

While that was being pondered, the school suspended giving credit at all. Now, however, the school board is likely to approve giving credit to middle school students for all high school classes, except algebra. Credit also could be given retroactively for language and geometry courses middle schoolers took during the time that credit was suspended.

Muskego schools approve 1.62 percent raises for nonteachers

Nov. 23, 2015 7:16 a.m. | Muskego — Raises of 1.62 percent were approved for nonteachers for the current 2015-16 school year by the Muskego-Norway School Board.

The raises were not across the board. The 1.62 percent will be distributed based on each group's compensation model.

For administrators, that includes how much administrators in other districts receive. Given the median salary for superintendents in the area is $170,570, Superintendent Kelly Thompson will receive the 1.62 percent raise, increasing her salary from $166,633 to $169,333.

Given the median salary for director of business services in the area is $134,824, Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations and Human Resources Julie Kelly will receive the 1.62 percent plus a market increase, raising her salary from $129,559 to $133,446.

Jeff Petersen is new in his position as assistant superintendent for continuous improvement and has signed a contract for 2015-16 at a salary of $120,000, slightly below the median of $121,454.

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Hot-shooting New Berlin West girls basketball team romps in season opener

Nov. 22, 2015 8:18 p.m. | The New Berlin West girls basketball team, well known for its defense, brought a shooting attack to their opener Nov. 19 and crushed visiting Burlington, 72-35, after overcoming a slow start.

When Burlington sophomore guard Jessa Burling hit one of two free throws at 9 minute, 34 seconds, the Demons had taken a 15-13 lead.

"I was not pleased with our defense early," West coach Jef Radtke said. "Burlington hurt us with their dribble-drive; they exposed us. But then we did get better."

That last remark was an understatement as the West's defense was outstanding, going on a 31-2 run from 8:53 of the first half until 15:23 of the second half to take a 25-point lead at 42-17.

West closed out the half with a 21-2 run, including a 19-0 run that started with a 3-pointer by sophomore forward Maddy Fritz, who drained a long 3-pointer. Senior Claire Radtke then went on a tear, scoring nine points in the run.

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Coach Heft sees good things for New Berlin boys co-op swimming team

Nov. 22, 2015 4:44 p.m. | The New Berlin boys swimming and diving team will open the season 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Shorewood.

"Fortunately, we didn't lose too many senior swimmers last year and spent a lot of time building up our younger team," coach Ryan Heft said. "The guys have all put in a lot of hard work the last two to three years, and I'm expecting them to see it pay off this season.

"We have a pretty large senior group this year and a lot of talent, so we should have a pretty successful year. We have really built up the amount of depth that our team has, rather than just a few key front-runners, which will definitely help us out in dual meets."

Leading the way is a very strong group of returning varsity swimmers, including senior captains Alex Weiss (Eisenhower), Auggie Brenzel and Sebastian Swiderski; senior Mike Klein, juniors Dane Detert, Matt Thomas and Kunal Sondhi; and sophomores Ian Gatzke (Eisenhower) and Alex Borchardt.

"We will be moving some of the JV guys up and also have some new talented freshmen joining the team," Heft said, "so I am looking forward to a great season."

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