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New Berlin Ethics Board unanimously dismisses complaint against Laura Karvala

Jan. 04, 2013 8:55 a.m. | The New Berlin Ethics Board on Thursday unanimously dismissed an ethics complaint about New Berlin Alderwoman Laura Karvala, saying the complaint didn't meet the requirements in the in city's codes.

Michael Neuens, chairman of the three-member Ethics Board, announced that the board agrees with Karvala's attorney that the complaint is insufficient.

In a letter to the city's Ethics Board, attorney Michael Maistelman had argued that the Jan. 3 ethics hearing should be dismissed, citing reasons why the Ethics Board should not have found probable cause to hold the hearing in the first place.

Those reasons included that elements of the complaint were unverified and that Karvala did not get to present her side at the board's meeting on Dec. 4, when it considered the complaint and petition signed by numerous Glen Park subdivision residents.

The complaint alleges that Karvala should have recused herself from a New Berlin Common Council vote for temporary closure of Wilbur Drive. That closure, which may become permanent, would increase the value of Karvala's home that is located on Wilbur, the complaint alleges.

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Parkland Mall redevelopment ready to go ahead after getting sixth vote

May 25, 2016 10:54 a.m. | The controversial residential and retail redevelopment of the former Parkland Mall property won a super majority on the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday and is expected to go forward with tenants moving into the first high-end apartments next spring.

Six out of Muskego's seven aldermen voted for the crucial rezoning. A super majority was needed because neighbors objecting to many aspects of the proposal petitioned under state law for more than a simple majority in the rezoning vote.

Construction of the first four-story 90-unit apartment building is expected to start this summer. The two other apartment buildings in the plan will have to wait until construction begins on the retail section of the plan.

The project, Parkland Towne Center, is located on 10.8 acres on Janesville Road between Lannon and Parkland drives. The project is expected to receive approval June 1 by the joint review board to establish a tax incremental finance district to make financing work. The council approved the TIF district May 10.

On Monday, the plan commission approved changes in the apartment section of the proposal that won the critical sixth yes vote from 4th District Alderman Thomas Kapusta. He had announced that he would vote against the rezoning because constituents had problems with the plan. However, the changes that came up from the plan commission answered those concerns and he voted for the rezoning, Kapusta said after Tuesday's meeting.

Muskego Plan Commission recommends controversial Parkland apartments

May 24, 2016 3:17 p.m. | With modifications made to ease the visual impact of three four-story apartments on single-family homes and condominiums next door, the Muskego Plan Commission on Monday recommended approval of the controversial apartments to the common council.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, in the city hall to vote on a rezoning for the project proposed for the former Parkland Mall property on Janesville Road between Lannon and Parkland drives. A super majority of six votes on the seven-member council is needed to approve the rezoning. One alderman is adamantly opposed and another said that he planned to vote against the rezoning also, based on constituent feedback he received to that point.

The development is dubbed the Parkland Towne Center, with a grocery store and three smaller retail buildings proposed along with the three four-story apartment buildings with a total of 90 units.

Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

May 24, 2016 12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. 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.

Muskego and New Berlin Sports Shorts: May 26

May 23, 2016 3:04 p.m. |


The Warriors surged to third place with 321 strokes in the Classic 8 Conference Tournament on May 18 at Naga-Waukee Park.

Jared Hornerled them with a 78, followed by Ryan Wikel79, Matt Polivkaand Tony Pachocha82 each and Austin White88.

Catholic Memorial won with 317 shots and Arrowhead took second with 318 in the eight-team meet.

The Warriors won a mini-meet with 164 shots on May 16 at The Legend at Merrill Hills. Wikel shared medalist honors with a 37.

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Eisenhower boys win Woodland tennis title

May 23, 2016 10:43 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower nipped Shorewood by a point, 41-40, and won the Woodland Conference Tennis Championship on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 17 and 18, co-hosted by Greendale and Greenfield.

Whitnall finished third with 31 points, and Greendale was fourth with 28 points, as it was a two-team race.

"I am so proud of the team for achieving this title," coach Mike Jenders said. "This is the best boys team I have coached at Ike, a great group that has worked very hard to get to this position. Shorewood was a very even match for us, and the tournament really came down to a few key matches. Kevin (Nitz) and Mitchell (Swing) played awesome tennis for us, and Patrick (McCormick) and Xavier (Loomer) had a little revenge over the Shorewood team that beat them on Monday."

The results of the individual matches follow.

Eisenhower's No. 2 singles Kevin Nitz beat Mike Rumage of Whitnall (7-5, 6-0), and No. 3 singles Mitchell Swing Christian Schiro of Shorewood (6-2, 6-1) won the singles titles.

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New Berlin West wins third conference title in six years

May 23, 2016 10:41 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower couldn't share the Woodland West Division title with crosstown rival New Berlin West, but a win over the Vikings on May 19 would give them a split of the season series.

It took the Lions until the bottom of the seventh inning, when they rallied to score two runs to nip West, 4-3, to finish the regular season with a 12-4 record in league play. West won the title with a 13-3 record, also winning the title in 2011 and 2012. They also went to state in 2013.

"We went through a little rebuilding but are set up strong for the next few years," West coach Greg Klotz said. "Before that, it was 1986 when we went 25 years without a title."

The win was huge for the Lions.

"The girls were looking forward to playing them (West) again," Eisenhower coach Jeff Setz said. "The win should give them a boost in confidence if we meet in the postseason."

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New Berlin Eisenhower boys capture Woodland title

May 23, 2016 10:31 a.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower boys ran away with the Woodland Outdoor Championships on May 17 at New Berlin West, beating Pewaukee by 48 points.

The last time Eisenhower boys won an outdoor conference championship was 25 years ago in 1991. The Lions scored 174 points and had individual first-place finishes from junior Joey Scaffidi, sophomore Bryce Miller and senior captain Jake Rastas.

Scaffidi won the 100-meter dash with a personal-record 11.04 seconds. He also finished fourth in the 200 dash (22.77),

Miller won the 800 run in 2 minutes, 1.90 seconds and also took fifth in the 400 with a PR of 52.46.

Rastas leapt 6 feet, 2 inches to win the high jump and took fifth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (44.72).

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Eisenhower, New Berlin West baseball teams have different expectations

May 23, 2016 10:20 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower's baseball team is coming off a 16-14 record and a 10-6 record in the Woodland West Division.

Coach Mike Vahovick will be returning eight letter winners, and that is a source of optimism for the Lions.

"With the amount of returning players that we have this season, our expectations are very high," he said. "We expect to be very competitive in the Woodland Conference. Our goal is conference champs. Our other goal is to make it to Kapco this summer and win state. We are looking forward to being very successful."

Returning are seniors Ryan Potts (infield/pitcher), Trent Kelly (utility), Austin Stuckart (infield), Stephen Zaborowski (pitcher/outfield) and Gavin Beacom (catcher/infield) and juniors Bryce Wesling (outfield/pitcher/infield), Joey Scaffidi (outfield/pitcher) and Dylan Karvala (pitcher/outfield/infield).

Vahovick also said to watch for promising newcomers sophomore Boden Saikie (infield/pitcher) and juniors Jack Angiolo (outfield) and Max Maier (infield)

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New Berlin Eisenhower seventh-grade boys basketball team wins D2 state title

May 22, 2016 10:07 p.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower seventh-grade boys basketball team won the Division 2 title in the Wisconsin State Invitational Championship Tournament in La Crosse and Holmen on April 2 and 3.

This tournament, which was organized by The Great Northwest Basketball League, brought together 98 of the top community-based seventh-grade boys basketball teams from all across Wisconsin.

This is just the second state championship in this event that the Eisenhower boys team has won at any level, with the first championship coming in 2006 at the eighth-grade level.

Eisenhower went 2-1 in pool play, beating Tomah (44-27) and New Richmond (49-37) and losing to West De Pere (60-55). They defeated Kaukauna (43-31) in the Round of 16 and beat Waunakee (52-38) in the quarterfinals.

They then beat Monona Grove (44-36) in the semifinals and Wauwatosa East (47-31) in the finals to win the D2 title.

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Former Packer LeRoy Butler to be part of Muskego Jammin' on Janesville

May 20, 2016 1:31 p.m. | Former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler will be in Muskego for Jammin' on Janesville on Friday, June 3, at the Muskego Pick 'n Save, S74 W17005 Janesville Road, to sign autographs and pose for photographs with guests.

The meet and greet will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

In addition, Butler's book "The LeRoy Butler Story" and his "Lambeau Leap" photo will be for sale at the event. Customers can purchase tickets at the service counter to redeem at Butler's table. The tickets will be sent early next week (via red mail bag) and will include a scanable bar code. The book will sell for $30 and the photo will sell for $25.

Jammin' on Janesville is a big block party with bands, demonstrations, activities and food along Janesville Road in Muskego.

Ex-West Bend official waives hearing in child prostitution case

May 20, 2016 12:01 p.m. | The former West Bend city administrator charged last month with soliciting sex from a 16-year-old girl waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday.

Thomas M. "T.J." Justice, 49, appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court and with his attorney, Steve Kohn.

Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper set Justice's next court appearance, an arraignment, for June 9.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl's mother found messages on her daughter's phone and contacted police, who then posed as the girl on her phone and continued an often salacious text dialogue with Justice, who seemed bent on having sex with the girl even after he learned she was only 16.

Police arrested Justice April 21 in Muskego near a Dairy Queen where an officer, posing as the girl, suggested they finally meet. He resigned from his West Bend post a short time later.

New Berlin student awarded $5,000 Herb Kohl scholarship

May 20, 2016 11:23 a.m. | A $5,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2016 Excellence Scholarship was presented to Dwight Davis, New Berlin, a senior at Heritage Christian Schools in New Berlin.

The scholarship recognizes students who have demonstrated academic potential, leadership, citizenship, community service and other attributes. Davis is president of the school's National Honor Society chapter, is student council president, runs cross country, is a member of Heritage's music ministry ABLAZE, and has performed in several school musicals.

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has recognized educational excellence in Wisconsin students since 1990. This year, Herb Kohl increased the scholarship amount from the previous $3,000 per scholar to $5,000. Since it was established, the foundation has awarded $10.2 million to Wisconsin students, teachers and schools.

Heritage Christian Schools is a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade program, serving students throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Its mission is to train and inspire servant leaders through Christ-centered education and programs.

Army officer who lost legs to give motivational talks in New Berlin

May 19, 2016 6:38 p.m. | A Wisconsin native who was an athlete but lost both legs in an IED explosion during a tour in Afghanistan will give a motivational talk at both new Berlin high schools next week.

Jason Church was recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center when Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson visited him and was so impressed with his strength of character, courage and willingness to persevere that he invited Church to work for him in his Washington, D.C. office. Church now attends law school in Madison and occasionally gives motivational talks around the country.

He will speak to the students about perseverance, sacrifice and leadership Thursday, May 26, at New Berlin West Middle/High School and on Friday, May 27, at Eisenhower Middle/High School.

Muskego Plan Commission to hold special meeting on Parkland Mall plan

May 19, 2016 4:53 p.m. | The Muskego Plan Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 23, to consider the controversial proposal to redevelop the former Parkland Mall property on Janesville Road between Lannon and Parkland drives.

In a bid to keep the project alive when there were not enough votes on the Muskego Common Council for a critical rezoning, the council last week sent the proposal back to the plan commission. Supporters wanted to buy time to see if the crucial vote against the rezoning cast by 4th District Alderman Thomas Kapusta could be turned around.

The commission was not going to meet until June 7. Scheduling a special meeting might signal that Kapusta plans to vote for the proposed rezoning when the council meets Tuesday, May 24, the day after the special plan commission meeting. That would bring the council vote to 6 to 1 in favor, enough for the rezoning. Kapusta could not be immediately reached.

When the council referred the project back to the plan commission, it had already recommended the rezoning but was going to revisit the project plans to see if it could be made more palatable for neighbors.

The project proposes three four-story buildings, a grocery store and three smaller retail buildings. The project is called the Parkland Towne Center.

Possible scam might be targeting New Berlin businesses

May 19, 2016 3:27 p.m. | The New Berlin Fire Department is warning local businesses that they may be contacted by a company asking them to advertise on fire safety boards that the fire department would supposedly distribute.

However, the fire department is not distributing any fire safety boards. The fire department has tried unsuccessfully to contact the company and is now warning this might be a scam.

Businesses will be contacted by the New Berlin Fire Department in conjunction with GMR Marketing for donations to fund youth education programs and the flashlight candy hunt that will again be part of the Fourth of July celebrations. Businesses will receive a letter on New Berlin Fire Department letterhead which will be in an envelope from New Berlin Fire Department.


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