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Your snow photos: It's back and it's beautiful

Feb. 27, 2013 7:55 a.m. | With another round of snow Tuesday, people across Southeastern Wisconsin snapped photos of the messy drives and the serene surroundings. 

Here are some of the best photos that people shared on social media.

Walmart conducting petition effort for proposed New Berlin store

Feb. 26, 2013 6:45 a.m. | Anyone who has been to the Walmart in the New Berlin City Center lately knows that the store is inviting customers to sign a petition if they would like to see the Walmart Super Center proposed for Greenfield Avenue built.

The store has a display of where the controversial Walmart would be located, showing its placement including how far off the road it would be.

If shoppers pause at the display, a staff member invites them to sign the petition if they would like the store to be built.

Currently, Walmart officials are trying to win city approval of the proposed store at 15205 W. Greenfield Ave. The store would need a change in zoning and in the city 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

The goal of the petition is to try to show city officials that there is support for the proposed Walmart.

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State of City/County/State event this week

Feb. 25, 2013 5:54 p.m. | The New Berlin Chamber of Commerce will hold its State of the City/County/State event, featuring presentations and a question-and-answer period, at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 15441 W. Beloit Road, New Berlin.

Presentations will be given by New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero, County Executive Dan Vrakas and state Sen. Mary Lazich. They will focus on issues and challenges coming in 2013, as well as their individual plans, activities and initiatives.

Breakfast will be served.

The cost is $10 for chamber members and $15 for others.

To register, send an email to office@newberlinchamber.org or call (262) 786-5280.

Still time to nominate businesses for award

Feb. 25, 2013 5:52 p.m. | The nomination deadline has been extended to Thursday for the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award.

People, groups or businesses can nominate a business that has shown dedication to the community through charitable donations, service activities and growth in either work force or sales.

Nominations should be emailed to office@newberlinchamber.org.

WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches

Feb. 24, 2013 8:51 a.m. | The WIAA individual state wrestling tournament crowned its champions yesterday in Madison and MyCommunityNOW has updated photojournalist Peter Zuzga's state wrestling tournament photo gallery with images from the championship rounds.

Photo gallery: WIAA state wrestling photo gallery

Story: Arrowhead's Andrew Crone wins another individual title

New Berlin Eisenhower advances past Whitnall

Feb. 23, 2013 10:29 p.m. | For a high school basketball player, or most basketball players for that matter, 23 points is not a below-average night. When you’re New Berlin Eisenhower junior Reed Timmer, there’s a different set of standards.

As the top-seeded Lions (21-3) ousted the visiting Whitnall Falcons, 61-51, on Saturday night, Timmer was just shy of his season average 25 points per game. But it was enough for top-seeded Eisenhower to move on to sectionals, albeit after a fierce fight from the No. 5 Whitnall Falcons.

One night after surviving a 57-55 scare from Waukesha North, the Lions withstood a far tighter contest than their 80-62 win over Whitnall on Jan. 11. For their efforts, the Lions move on to the WIAA Division 2 sectional at Greenfield, where they’ll face No. 2-seeded Catholic Memorial (18-6) on Thursday night.

“It’s team offense, it’s team defense,” New Berlin Eisenhower head coach Dave Scheidegger said. “Everybody’s got to play their role and be accountable for what they’re supposed to do. I think we’ve grown a lot since the beginning of the season in terms of players understanding their role.”

Both teams put on an impressive shooting display, combining for 15 3-pointers. Whitnall made eight, including four from senior guard Mitch Brault, and Ike connected on seven, with senior guard Corbin Messman also hitting four behind the arc.

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New Berlin Walmart proposal likely delayed until May

Feb. 23, 2013 9:00 a.m. | The Walmart Super Center proposed for Greenfield Avenue in New Berlin will not be on Monday's Plan Commission agenda after all because the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has not finished reviewing the traffic study for the proposal.

After that review is done, others will need to review it so Walmart will likely not be on the Plan Commission agenda until May 6, Nikki Jones, New Berlin planning services manager, wrote to Walmart officials Friday.

Walmart officials have asked the city to change its 2020 Comprehensive Plan and its zoning to accommodate the proposed super center at 15205 W. Greenfield Ave.

Walmart also has applied for a one-lot certified survey map.

Eisenhower holds off Waukesha North's upset attempt in boys basketball regional

Feb. 22, 2013 11:12 p.m. | The final 2 ½ seconds of the WIAA Division 2 boys basketball regional matchup between New Berlin Eisenhower and visiting Waukesha North epitomized the four quarters that had preceded.

Waukesha North's Connor Jimenez stepped up to the line for an extra point after Ike committed a foul on a 2-point layup for North, which made the score 57-55 with just more than 2 seconds to go. North coach Greg Polkowski called for a time out and instructed Jimenez to intentionally miss his free throw, giving the team a chance to tie the game on the rebound. The ball came back off the rim of the basket as planned, and several North players had the opportunity to collect the rebound, but Ike caused enough problems under the basket to hang on to their lead and make it through to the next round.

"The momentum was with us in the end," Polkowski said. "Our leading rebounder was on the right block and Ruben (Ortiz) on the other side was within arm's reach of (the ball)."

The chance to stage a huge first-round upset over Eisenhower was just beyond North's fingertips.

Momentum shifted several times throughout the quick paced matchup. Waukesha North gained the momentum early on and led Ike 15-12 after the first quarter, but Ike came out swinging in the second to grab a 20-15 lead. The momentum shifted midway through the second quarter with 6-4 Cory Michaelis scoring six consecutive to put North back on top, 23-20.

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Judge dismisses $46 million Parkland Mall lawsuit

Feb. 22, 2013 12:56 p.m. | A $46 million lawsuit against the city of Muskego in connection with the former Parkland Mall property was dismissed by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lee Dreyfus Jr. on Wednesday.

He denied all the claims in the 2009 lawsuit that contains allegations from 1997.

The lawsuit filed by Parkland Venture, LLC, which owns the former mall property alleged that because Muskego would not let Parkland Venture do what it wanted to with the property after the demise of the shopping mall, the city had virtually taken the land without paying for it.

The judge found the claims lacked merit.

The Parkland Mall property is more than 10 acres located at Janesville Road and Lannon Drive.

Ike beats New Berlin West to clinch title tie

Feb. 21, 2013 10:21 p.m. |  New Berlin Eisenhower went on a 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter and defeated crosstown rival New Berlin West, 52-42, at West in the regular season finale.

Leading 34-30, going into the final period, Sammy Kozlowski hit a jumper and Erin Ganzke hit two  free throws and a jumper and suddenly it was a 10-point game.

After a 14-14 first quarter, Ike took a slim 22-21 lead into halftime and increased that lead to 34-30 going into the final period as Katie Lang, who led the Lions with 14 points, scored on a drive, was fouled and sank the free throw, starting a 9-0 run.

West, who was led by Beth Ver Haagh with 20 points, cut the lead to 49-41 with 1:18 left, but it was too little too late.

Ike and Pius now share the title (16-1) while the Viking finish 11-6.

Rally leads Waukesha North to overtime thriller

Feb. 19, 2013 11:44 p.m. | The Waukesha North boys basketball team extended its season with a 54-52 overtime victory over host New Berlin West on Tuesday night in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs.

North now faces top-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower (19-3), the Woodland West division champion, on Friday night. Eisenhower defeated North, 66-60, on Dec. 28.

The No. 9-seeded Northstars were resilient in trouncing the No. 8-seeded Vikings, who led 39-29 entering the fourth. North utilized an 18-point fourth quarter to complete its comeback after the Vikings led almost from the opening tip until 3 minutes remained in the final quarter. North sophomore Kyle Petersen drilled a three to put his team ahead at that point, 45-44.

After North junior Mark Becker added a pair of free throws, West trailed 47-44 with 54 seconds to play. West senior guard Tyler Thompson tied the game with a 3-pointer from the baseline with 30 seconds left, and North held possession for the final shot. A chaotic sequence led to Becker launching a three at the buzzer, which rimmed in and out to force overtime.

In the extra period, West re-established a 52-49 lead only to see it erased by more clutch shooting from Petersen. Another 3-ball tied the game at 52, and a steal from North freshman point guard Marquis Carter set up the final play.

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Ament and Chiovatero advance in New Berlin mayoral race

Feb. 19, 2013 10:50 p.m. | New Berlin Alderman David Ament and two-term Mayor Jack Chiovatero came out on top of a field of five candidates all vying in Tuesday's primary election for the city's four-year mayoral seat.

Ament and Chiovatero will now go on to the April 2 spring election.

Ament actually outpolled the incumbent Chiovatero, 2,472 to 1,753, according to unofficial vote totals.

Former mayor Mary Claire Lanser garnered 1,438 votes in a strong third-place finish. Candidates Janet Schulz had 334 votes and Joseph Wieneke 318.

New Berlin election results to be available via live streaming

Feb. 18, 2013 1:13 p.m. | In what New Berlin City Clerk Kari Morgan calls another initiative to increase government transparency and communication with the community, people will be able to watch live as election results are entered onto a spread sheet for Tuesday's primary election.

Five mayoral candidates are vying for two spots in the general election on April 2.

The results can be viewed live on the city's cable channel 25 or on the city's website.

Results will be entered by ward into a results spreadsheet with live polling location results first and absentee (or central count) results second. Finally, the results will be merged for a total outcome.

To view the process on computers through live streaming, people can copy and paste the link into their Internet browsers. The link is http://meetings.newberlin.org/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=902&doctype=AGENDA

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Ike nips Lady Popes, 43-41

Feb. 15, 2013 9:51 p.m. |  Senior Jenny Weiland put the Lions in a position to win the game and freshman Chelsea Brackmann scored the winning basket giving New Berlin Eisenhower a 43-41 victory at Pius XI to virtually tie for the Woodland Conference - West Division Championship.

With the Lady Popes leading 41-37, their largest lead of the night with 3:22 remaining, Weiland drove the lane and scored to cut the lead to 41-39. After Vivevca Nwagbaraocha missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1:43 left, Weiland scored on another drive to tie the score.

Then Aliyah Ramirez missed a shot and Katie Lang grabbed the rebound and Ike ran the clock down to 9.7 seconds when coach Gary Schmidt called timeout.

When both teams came back on the court, Pius coach Scott Herrick called time out when he saw how the Lions lined up.

Sam Kozlowski then drove the lane as the clock ticked down, missed the shot, but the 6-2 freshman Brackmann grabbed the rebound and tossed the ball off the backboard and through the basket for the score. She was fouled, missed the shot with 1.2 seconds left, but Erin Ganske grabbed the rebound as time ran out.

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City, Waukesha County close to deal on recycling

Feb. 12, 2013 5:52 p.m. | After several years of study, the City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County are close to agreement on a plan to jointly operate a recycling program.

Mayor Tom Barrett, who worked with Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas on the proposal, called it a perfect example of a blue city (Democratic) working with a red county (Republican).

"We have worked together and we are pleased with this," Barrett said Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Common Council's Public Works Committee will consider a resolution that would set in motion a plan to enter into a contract for the processing of recyclables under a single-stream system. In a single-stream system, residents put their recyclables into one container; the materials are separated at a facility.

Waukesha County approved the collaboration last November.

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Salentine Buick in Muskego closes

Feb. 12, 2013 5:02 p.m. | After nearly 90 years in the automotive business, Salentine Buick in Muskego has closed, the third-generation family owners of the business said Tuesday.

The dealership, at 14444 W. Janesville Road, was selected as a franchise that GM sought to drop in 2009 after the automaker had to be bailed out by the federal government.

But vocal support from Muskego residents, customers and even a local priest prompted GM to change its mind. Some longtime customers wrote directly to GM executives and also contacted members of Congress urging reinstatement of the dealership.

But Salentine couldn't survive the elimination of the Pontiac brand and exist as a small suburban dealership with one brand, Buick.

"Being a stand-alone Buick dealer is difficult," said Sue Sorensen, general manager and one of the family owners.

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Fire department scammer reaches into New Berlin

Feb. 11, 2013 2:04 p.m. | New Berlin police have put out an alert that a scammer is calling people asking for donations to the New Berlin Fire Department.

Neither the New Berlin Fire nor Police Department is soliciting donations by phone, police said.

Anyone with information, such as name or phone number of the caller, is asked to call the New Berlin Police Department, (262) 782-6640.

New Berlin police warn of Fire Department solicitation scam

Feb. 08, 2013 2:42 p.m. | The New Berlin Police Department just received information that one of its residents received a phone call soliciting a cash donation that was allegedly on behalf of the New Berlin Fire Department.

According to a news release by the New Berlin Police Department, neither the New Berlin Police nor Fire departments solicit donations by phone, so residents should not fall prey to this recent scam.

Anyone with information on this case, such as names or phone numbers of the caller, please call the New Berlin Police Department at (262) 782-6640. If you have received a call like this, but do not have any pertinent information that would help us solve this case, you do not need to call.

Eisenhower takes charge of Woodland, tops Pewaukee

Feb. 05, 2013 10:24 p.m. | These are the types of plays that have made Reed Timmer so dangerous to Woodland Conference foes over the past three seasons.

The New Berlin Eisenhower senior standout drilled a 3-pointer from the top of hte key with 1:10 to play, giving his team a 57-55 lead over Pewaukee in a huge Woodland Conference battle Tuesday. The Lions went on to win, 59-55, and took a two-game lead over the Pirates in the loss column of the Woodland West Division standings.

"It was a hard fought, typical Eisenhower-Pewaukee type of game," Pewaukee coach Mike Basile said.

"We were right there. Reed made that tough shot, and we had guys right there (on defense). I'm proud of how hard our kids play."

In an entertaining, tense battle, the Lions led for much of the way until Ryan Stepanovich hit a 3-pointer to make it 53-51 with 2:16 to go. After Charlie Sirek answered with a 3-pointer of his own, Eric Lutzen scored with 1:22 to go, but Eisenhower quickly bolted down the floor against Pewaukee's pressure.

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Information meeting on Janesville Road plans being held Thursday in Muskego

Feb. 04, 2013 1:02 p.m. | A third public information meeting on the proposed reconstruction of Janesville Road from Lannon Road to Racine Avenue will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

The meeting will be an open-house format with no formal presentation. People can stop by anytime.

Representatives from Waukesha County, Ayres Associates and the city of Muskego will be available to discuss the project, answer questions and gather comments. Maps and other exhibits will be displayed.

Additional information on the project can be located at www.janesvilleroad.com. Or for more information, please contact Ed Hinrichs, department project manager, at (262) 548-7740.

Germantown, Oak Creek retain top spots in Roundball Rankings

Feb. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team (18-0) kept a hammerlock on the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings with a 94-44 victory at Milwaukee Lutheran on Friday.

The Warhawks, who have not lost since falling to Appleton East in the 2011 postseason, scored 36 points in the first quarter on the way to a 61-27 halftime advantage. They have won 46 consecutive games.

The Oak Creek (16-1) girls dispatched Racine Case, 55-40, and are considered a legitimate Division 1 title contender.

You can see the rest of the top teams in the area, the player of the week and more at the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications Roundball Rankings.

Pewaukee girls win 11th straight

Feb. 01, 2013 10:35 p.m. |

Winning ugly is always better than losing, and when you win 11 straight, they can’t all be pretty.

The Pewaukee girls basketball team extended its hot streak with a 37-25 victory over host New Berlin West on Friday night.

The Pirates got off to a slow in which they were scoreless for more than half the first quarter. Pewaukee mustered just six first-quarter points and trailed 19-9 before an 8-0 run late in the second quarter all but erased the deficit. The Vikings clung to a 21-20 lead at the break.

“It was not looking good for us,” Pewaukee head coach Todd Hansen said. “We’re down 19-9 with four minutes to go in the first half. We called timeout and we just said, ‘We gotta settle down a little bit.’ We got it to one and just played phenomenal defense in the second half.”

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New Berlin police seek tips on van that damaged BP station

Feb. 01, 2013 11:44 a.m. | A white conversion van with horizontal stripes fled after damaging a BP gas pump about 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 14 at W. Cleveland Ave. and Moorland Road in New Berlin, causing the business to close. Police are searching for information about the license place, employee or business associated with the vehicle. The van has possible damage on the front passenger side, a spare tire on the back, and a unique hub cap on the front driver side. Tips are confidential and can be emailed to godec@nbpolice.org, or call Crimestoppers at 888-441-5505.

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