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St. Joseph's School in Big Bend staying open

Jan. 25, 2013 5:50 p.m. | St. Joseph Catholic School, S8930 St. Joseph Drive, in Big Bend will stay open after all, it was announced Friday.

Officials had notified families of St. Joseph School on Tuesday that the school would close at the end of the year.

The parish hall was filled on Thursday night with people looking for answers as to why the school was closing, and what could be done to save it. Many gave powerful, heartfelt testimony as to what the school has meant to them, their children and their grandchildren. At the end of the meeting, the decision to close the school was taken under advisement, with a definite answer to follow Friday.

The school will hold an open house Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to launch a weeklong celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

New Berlin cable channel 25 goes down

Jan. 22, 2013 5:46 p.m. | The city of New Berlin's cable channel 25 was down as of 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, with only video being broadcast.

City staff was trying to get the channel back up in time for the 7 p.m. Common Council and Committee of the Whole meetings. However, if the cable channel is still down, people should be able to watch the meetings on their computers via live streaming by logging onto meetings.newberlin.org/sirepub/meet.aspx.

Investigation continues into fatal Muskego crash

Jan. 22, 2013 9:08 a.m. | Muskego - Muskego police are continuing an investigation into a single-vehicle crash early Saturday that killed recent Muskego High School graduate Kayla Corona, 18.

A preliminary report from the Muskego Police Department indicates that alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, which occurred about 1:15 a.m. Saturday on Henneberry Drive when Corona's car left the road and struck a utility pole.

Emergency responders found Corona behind the wheel and unresponsive. She died later at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

The department's initial news release does not indicate whether she was wearing a seat belt.

Corona graduated in the spring of 2012. A visitation and funeral for her is scheduled for Thursday, according to her death notice. The young woman's family is asking that people wear Corona's favorite color - purple - in memory of her.

Social media users showcase running in West Allis

Jan. 21, 2013 9:35 a.m. | Runners from around the local area came to West Allis this weekend to try some distance running.

The Icebreaker Indoor Marathon is comprised of a 5K, a half marathon, a relay marathon and a marathon. Here's what runners and their friends and family were sharing on social networks.

Muskego teen dies in one-car crash

Jan. 19, 2013 10:06 p.m. | An 18-year-old woman died early Saturday in a car accident in Muskego.

The single-vehicle accident occurred about 1:15 a.m. in the W20300 block of Henneberry Drive.

The driver, a Muskego resident, had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where she died.

Muskego panel declines to guarantee access to home's garage

Jan. 16, 2013 6:14 p.m. | The Muskego Parks and Recreation Board on Monday turned down a resident's request for a 10-foot easement that would allow him to keep using a strip of parkland to gain access to his garage.

James Mortle is worried that at some point, the city might not allow him to use the strip of land - a remnant of what was once Park Drive, the stub of a street that goes down to Little Muskego Lake - and he would then have no legal way of making use of his existing garage.

The unusual driveway arrangement existed when he bought his home more than a dozen years ago.

While the park board wasn't interested in granting an easement because it would tie the city's hands, it was open to an agreement that could be renewed annually. But Mortle said that would put him in a worse position than he is right now with the prescriptive easement.

His attorney and the city attorney will sort out whether the prescriptive easement exists or if he needs any additional protection to maintain his garage access. If so, they will likely draft an agreement that would come back to the city.

Woman, 81, killed in West Allis crash

Jan. 16, 2013 1:56 p.m. | An 81-year-old West Allis woman was killed in a one-car crash about 10:30 a.m. today in the 1900 block of South 71st Street in West Allis.

The car she was driving crossed over the center line of southbound 71st Street and struck a tree on the east side of the road, according to police.

Her name is being withheld pending notification of family. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in the crash, police said, and the crash remains under investigation.

New Berlin Eisenhower girls pull away from Franklin, 57-41

Jan. 15, 2013 10:02 p.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team is always secure in its identity.

"We like to come out and get in our opponents' faces and take them out of what they like to do," said Lions coach Gary Schmidt after the Lions surprisingly easy 57-41 nonconference victory over a red-hot Franklin club. "A lot of teams don't know us, so we like to schedule games like this. It was a good marquee match-up on a Tuesday night."

Only most of the starpower belonged to the Lions, who never trailed in this game and who improved to 12-1 overall. Meanwhile, the Sabers (10-3) saw their  winning streak end at eight games leaving their coach a bit mystified in the process.

"This was almost exactly like the Oak Creek game earlier in the year," said Franklin coach Tony Kathrens referring to the Sabers' last loss in early December. "We get in against a taller, better defensive team that makes us work hard and we fold like a house of cards."

"It's just frustrating. Anytime we play against a quality big (post player like the Lions' 6-2 Chelsea Brackmann) we struggle, because Cassidy (Mihalko, the Sabers' best player) likes to go inside, but we had that taken away from us tonight."

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Muskego moves to ensure gun club safety after incident

Jan. 14, 2013 12:33 p.m. | With a resident saying that he and his children hit the dirt in their backyard one afternoon due to gunfire believed to have come from a nearby gun club, the Muskego Common Council decided last week to try to set safety standards for gun ranges.

The incident that happened Nov. 18 was only the latest of 11 years of complaints claiming that bullets have flown off the range and toward three homes, Muskego Police Capt. John LaTour said. The club has promised to do something about it, but complaints haven't stopped, he said.

An official of the Schultz Resort Rod and Gun Club, S8025 Schultz Lane, said people routinely hunt in the area but the gun club gets blamed for any time there is a problem. The club also has instituted internal reforms since 2010 such as required safety training, testing, access control system and video surveillance.

The club has berms and a baffle to catch the flying bullets, but city officials plan to get expert help to write an ordinance embodying up-to-date safety standards. Then when the gun club asks to renew its annual permit, the city will see if the club's safety arrangements meet those new standards, Mayor Cathy Chiaverotti said. The Schultz Resort Rod and Gun Club is the only private outdoor shooting range in the city, she said.

Within a month, she will have more information on the city's options and on cost, Chiaverotti said. She and the Finance Committee hoped to tap into free assistance from the National Rifle Association that has gun range standards.

New Berlin holding open house on proposed Walmart Supercenter

Jan. 14, 2013 10:22 a.m. | With a Walmart Supercenter proposed for Greenfield Avenue bringing dozens of comments at last week's New Berlin Plan Commission meeting, an informational open house for the proposed store will be held.

It will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, 4225 S. Calhoun Road. More information is available at newberlin.org.

The nearly 150,000-square-foot supercenter - a combination general merchandise store and supermarket - is proposed for 15205-15375 W. Greenfield Ave. on New Berlin's northern border with Brookfield.

The existing 108,000-square-foot Walmart at 15333 W. National Ave., in the New Berlin City Center, would close, according to a plan of operations filed with the city.

The proposed 16-acre site is mostly woodland about a block east of Moorland Road.

No referendum on banning fireworks in Muskego

Jan. 09, 2013 12:34 p.m. | The suggestion to hold a referendum on banning private fireworks displays was put on hold so that Muskego's new fireworks ordinance can be given a try.

Muskego is the only community in the metropolitan area that allows private residents to put on fireworks displays.

The Common Council meeting as a Committee of the Whole on Tuesday decided it was premature to hold a referendum, favoring instead to see how well the new fireworks ordinance works. The new rules were to get their first tryout last Fourth of July, but due to last summer's drought the city had a burn ban that nixed fireworks. The Public Safety Committee suggested the referendum.

"We have a real good rewrite of the ordinance," Alderman Neil Borgman said.

Alderman Daniel Soltysiak said he would rather see stepped-up enforcement against people being bad neighbors before talking about a referendum.

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New Muskego purchasing policy criticized as being too hands-off

Jan. 09, 2013 12:28 p.m. | Muskego aldermen will review whether a change they made last year to the city's purchasing policy is a little too hands-off.

The new policy came under criticism at Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting because once the Common Council approves the budget for the year, aldermen have no more say over how the money is spent.

Priorities change and sometimes spending for a large project isn't such a good idea anymore, Alderman Daniel Soltysiak said. He would rather go back to the way it was before with the Finance Committee signing off on all contracts of more than $25,000, he said. Under the changed policy, no contracts or expenditures come back to the committee or Common Council, if they are in the budget.

Alderman Kert Harenda also criticized the new policy, saying that money saved on one project can be applied to another when the council might not want that to happen. He wanted more council oversight on such transfers.

The Committee of the Whole will meet with department heads as early as Jan. 22 to see if going back to the old policy or modifying the new one might be in order.

Muskego police arrest four suspected in car thefts

Jan. 07, 2013 1:56 p.m. | Muskego police are asking residents who had items stolen from their vehicles over the weekend to contact the department.

Officers arrested four people early Saturday on allegations of stealing from a vehicle in the Meadow Drive area north of Janesville Road and east of Lannon Drive.

"We recovered several items from the thieves which were clearly stolen from other vehicles," police said in a news release Monday. "However, we have no other reports of thefts from the area."

Police are asking victims of vehicle theft to contact police, even if they are missing only minor items.

Victims are asked to call Muskego police at (262) 679-4130.

Primary election letters due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1

Jan. 07, 2013 9:39 a.m. | All letters related to the spring primary must be received at the NOW Newspapers office by 5 p.m. Feb. 1 to be conisdered for publication in our print editions. All letters for the general election must be received by 5 p.m. March 15.

You can e-mail letters to news@cninow.com, fax them to (262) 446-6646 or mail them to:

NOW Newspapers
1741 Dolphin Drive Suite A
Waukesha, WI 53186

Letters must include the writer's first and last names and community of residence. This information will be published.

Letter writers also must provide their phone number, so we can call to verify that the sender truly is who they say they are.

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Nathan Hale student's death being probed

Jan. 04, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Three persons were questioned at the West Allis Police Station in connection with an incident that led to the death of a 16-year-old boy suspected of shoplifting, police said Friday.

The incident happened shortly after 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at a convenience store at 92nd Street and Schlinger Avenue in West Allis. When police arrived, they found the boy being restrained by customers. The boy had stopped breathing and police immediately began CPR. Fire Department personnel took over when they arrived and resuscitated him. He was then taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa where he later died.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the actions of all those involved, West Allis Acting Police Chief Charles Padgett said. The three who were questioned at the station were interviewed the day of the incident. Police will not release details of the incident until the investigation is complete and the DA's office has made its determination, he said.

Power outage affects New Berlin schools

Jan. 04, 2013 1:00 p.m. | The power went out at three New Berlin Schools and about 8,400 homes and businesses in New Berlin and Brookfield about 11:15 a.m. Friday, as a We Energies power line failed, affecting equipment at a substation, Cathy Schulze, We Energies spokeswoman said.

The power line is along Lincoln Avenue in New Berlin, she said.

The schools and about 2,000 other customers had power again by 12:25 p.m. All 8,400 customers had power back by 12:40 p.m.

The New Berlin schools affected were New Berlin West Middle/High School, Ronald Reagan and Poplar Creek elementary schools.

The fact that the outage came at lunchtime and recess was a help, Superintendent Joe Garza said.

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Power restored for 8,400 customers along Brookfield, New Berlin border

Jan. 04, 2013 12:44 p.m. | Power has been restored to about 8,400 We Energies customers in Brookfield along the border with New Berlin, We Energy spokesman Brian Manthey said Friday.

The power failure occurred about 11:15 a.m. and was restored at 12:40 p.m.

Manthey said the problem was a fault in a piece of equipment on a pole that then sent a signal down the line to the substation, which knocked out power along the line. The pole was located in the Calhoun Road/Lincoln Ave. area, he said.

Customers affected live largely along the border between Brookfield and New Berlin, along the areas of Lincoln and Greenfield avenues and Calhoun Road, he said.

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New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero will face four challengers

Jan. 04, 2013 9:49 a.m. | Two-term New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero will face four challengers in his bid for a third term, with one of those challengers being a former mayor and another a current alderman.

Mary Claire Lanser, 14550 W. Meadowshire Drive, served as New Berlin mayor from 1993 to 1997. District 7 Alderman David Ament, 18330 W. Lynette Lane, is running both for mayor and unopposed for re-election as alderman.

If Ament is elected both mayor and alderman, the Common Council would likely appoint someone to serve as District 7 alderman until an election can be held in April 2014 for someone to finish the rest of the term, speculated City Clerk Kari Morgan. But she will confirm that if the need arises, she said.

Because five candidates are running for mayor, a primary election will be held Feb. 19. The top two vote-getters will go on to the spring election April 2.

Chiovatero, 3485 Long Acre Drive, was elected to his first four-year term as mayor in 2005 after serving as alderman for six years.

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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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Tool House acquires Minnesota company

Jan. 03, 2013 2:40 p.m. | The Tool House, a New Berlin distributor of assembly tools used in manufacturing, has acquired a Minnesota company that does similar work in the Midwest.

The Tool House said Thursday it purchased the industrial equipment division of Applied Products Inc., based in Minnetonka, Minn.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Applied Products division has six employees, all of whom will remain with the company in Minnesota, according to The Tool House.

West girls basketball team host PINK OUT night Jan. 11

Jan. 03, 2013 2:38 p.m. |  The New Berlin West girls basketball team is holding the Vikings’ first-ever ‘PINK OUT’ Night to help raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Jan. 11.

 
The Vikings, who host Wauwatosa West, will ear new white/pink and royal uniforms and socks and they will be selling pink T-shirts and other items for the game.
 
Fans are encouraged to wear pink and have fun on Jan. 11 and support the life-saving work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® by making a donation and attending the girls basketball game.
 
In order to contribute people can join The Lady Vikings Basketball Program in going Passionately Pink for the Cure®! - a great way to fight breast cancer.

You can help fund critical breast cancer research, as well as local education, screening and treatment programs that impact people in our community.

Just go to passionatelypink.org and go to New Berlin West Lady Vikings. The team ID number is 13932167.

When you donate online, you’ll receive an electronic receipt and be able to see how your donation is contributing to our team fundraising goal of $1,000.

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