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Doughnut shop interested in former Burger King lot

July 28, 2011 2:26 p.m. | The Burger King restaurant that closed more than a month ago in the Sendik's New Berlin Plaza, 3500 S. Moorland Road, likely will be replaced with a doughnut shop and an AT&T office, officials said.

Plans call for the Burger King building to be razed and a new building about the same size to be built there near the Taco Bell and McDonald's restaurants, which will be unaffected by the change.

The New Berlin Plan Commission gave its blessings Monday, and the Architectural Review Subcommittee is expected to approve an awning modification next Aug. 1. That is the last city approval needed.

While final details must still be worked out, Dunkin' Donuts is interested in the site, officials said.

Muskego approves redistricting

July 27, 2011 2:32 p.m. | Muskego has new aldermanic districts following the Muskego Common Council's 4-3 approval of the plan last night.

But the redrawn districts leave Alderman Kert Harenda outside his 2nd Aldermanic District. He can continue to represent District 2, as is allowed by state law, until his term is up in April, 2013. Harenda could run to represent the new District 3 either next April when the aldermanic district map takes effect or in 2013. That district is now represented by Alderman Neil Borgman.

The new map also preserves, to some extent, Little Muskego Lake being represented by three aldermen. However, Alderman Dan Soltysiak will lose about three-quarters of his lake constituents. He was to lose all of them under a previous staff redistricting plan, but that plan was revised due to an outcry by some lake residents.

Those who voted in opposition to the redistricting plan pointed to the difference of 580 people in the populations of the largest and the smallest districts.

Waukesha County to open some parkland to hunting

July 27, 2011 11:32 a.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board has given the go-ahead to opening some of Waukesha County's more remote undeveloped parkland to hunters.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, and without public comment either for or against, the board revised parks rules that will lift a nearly 60-year ban on hunting.

Dale Shaver, director of parks and land use, said staff will identify the areas that qualify and attempt to post them on the county's website by fall. One logical starting point, he said, would be greenways such as along the Fox River in the Town of Vernon.

Hunters would not have access to parks with active recreation like hiking and camping, such as in Naga-Waukee or Minooka, he said.

The county is dropping its long-held ban because of a change in state law that makes land purchase grants using state Stewardship Program funds contingent upon opening the land to hunters, fishermen and other recreational interests.

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New Berlin agrees to affordable housing project

July 25, 2011 1:51 p.m. | New Berlin will allow construction of a controversial 102-unit affordable housing project without further city action, according to terms of an agreement released Monday that settles a lawsuit between the city and developer MSP Real Estate Inc.

The agreement also allows 34 senior housing units on an adjoining parcel on Library Lane that will require only Plan Commission - not Common Council - approval for the use, site and architecture.

The Common Council signed off on a memorandum of understanding that was the basis for the settlement in a three-hour closed-door meeting last Tuesday by a 4-3 vote. Terms were not made public until Monday because, City Attorney Mark Blum said, revisions and further discussions were needed.

The settlement stems from a dispute over the development of affordable housing in the City Center.

Deer Creek was a previously approved and permitted condominium project at the City Center started in 2004, but construction stalled in 2006 after only one of four condo buildings had been finished.

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Early hole too much for Eisenhower

July 22, 2011 11:06 p.m. | Five batters. That is all it took for the New Berlin Eisenhower to fall into a steep 5-0 hole to the No. 2-seeded Marquette University High School baseball team Friday night.

The top-seeded Lions found a way to hang around, but the early five-run deficit proved too much to overcome in the WIAA summer baseball sectional final at New Berlin West High School, with the Hilltopppers earning the 8-3 win and a berth in next week’s state tournament in Stevens Point.

“That first inning really killed us,” Eisenhower senior third baseman and pitcher Alex McRae said. “We hold them to maybe even three runs and we’re not playing from behind the entire game, specially against Nolan (Peterson), who is such a good pitcher.”

After a 7-3 win over New Berlin West, the Hilltoppers rode the momentum of playing back-to-back games with the quick start, which included triples by Peterson and Willie Bolles and a home run by Brandon Johnson.

“It had a little bit to do with the carry-over,” Marquette first-year head coach Sal Bando, Jr. said. “We were feeling good. We were loose.

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Mistakes cost Muskego in final

July 22, 2011 10:55 p.m. | Muskego rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie the score, but a balk brought in the winning run in the fourth inning for Waukesha West, as the Wolverines downed Muskego in Friday night's WIAA summer baseball sectional final, 5-4.

West's first two batters reached in the fourth inning of a 4-4 game -- the second on an infield error -- and a runner from third came home when Muskego lefty Peter Jewell was called for the balk. Immersed in the mosquito haven that is Waukesha West's baseball field, it appeared Jewell was swatting a bug from his face while standing on the mound, which led to the balk call.

The Warriors struggled fielding West's bunts in the first inning, allowing West to plate two runs without hitting a ball hard, and an infield error gave West a leadoff batter in the second and jumpstarted another two-run rally.

After picking up a run in the third, Muskego's big blow came in the fourth from Austin Wentland, who doubled to left with the bases loaded. When the ball got under the glove of West left fielder Lucas Bourassa, a third run came around and tied the game at 4-4.

Muskego (24-8) collected only one hit in the final three innings and could not mount another threat. West (24-10) advanced to the WIAA state tournament for the second straight year.

Muskego wins sectional thriller

July 22, 2011 6:15 p.m. | Sophomore Zack Mattson made his first varsity hit a good one -- a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Warriors to a heart-stopping 2-1 victory over Mukwonago in the WIAA summer baseball sectional semifinal Friday.

Playing at Waukesha West, Muskego starter Cole Borek and Mukwonago hurler Jake Tuttle were nearly unhittable in the first eight frames, both allowing just three hits and no runs in that stretch. Borek, who took a liner off the chest in the eighth, came back out for the ninth and finally surrendered a run, allowing four consecutive Indians singles.

The rally could have been worse, but cather Nick Schmidlkofer picked an Indians runner off second base for the second out. Each of the next two batters singled, including JJ Crawford with a shot to right that gave the Indians the first run of the game.

Jake Jewell singled off reliever Jacob DeGrave leading off the ninth, and Schmidlkofer reached on an outfield error, and both were moved up a base on Joey Bandoszeski's sacrifice bunt. After Alex Kozicki walked, up came Mattson, who had been brought into the game as a pinch runner and had to stay, since Alex Mlachnik had already been subbed for a pinch runner once before.

The liner to right field brought in both runs and triggered a wild celebration. Muskego advanced to face Waukesha West in the 7:30 p.m. sectional final.

Health prompts change in roles for Lakeview principal

July 21, 2011 5:48 p.m. | Lakeview Elementary School Principal Dawn Marisch will not be well enough by fall to return to her duties, due to a sudden medical emergency that almost took her life last month.

Muskego-Norway School District officials had hoped that she would be able to return by the start of school, but now it looks like Marisch will not be ready to return until late December.

So, she and former Lakeview principal Alan Groth will switch jobs, the School Board decided.

Groth was Lakeview's principal for nine years before becoming director of student learning in 2007. And Marisch has excellent potential to be successful in a curriculum and instruction role at the district level, Superintendent Joe Schroeder wrote in a letter Monday to Lakeview parents. That position also gives flexibility for a gradual return to work as opposed to the job of principal with its daily demands, Schroeder said.

Marisch will report to Tammy Kapp, director of school performance, he said.

Muskego School Board to consider second referendum

July 20, 2011 5:22 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School Board reached a consensus Monday night to hold a second referendum on an elementary school consolidation and update plan.

The board will vote Aug. 8 on a resolution asking voters for permission to borrow up to $29.9 million for the update. It involves closing the two oldest elementary schools - Tess Corners and Muskego elementary schools - and building a new elementary school and adding onto Mill Valley Elementary School.

The $29.9 million is a lower price tag than the $34 million referendum that failed in balloting last November. School officials were able to chop the price down by modifying the addition at Mill Valley.

Court ruling might have prompted New Berlin to settle

July 20, 2011 2:18 p.m. | New Berlin city officials still were not releasing details Wednesday, but it appears that a victory in federal court this week by the developer trying to build affordable housing in the city has forced a settlement that would end a discrimination lawsuit.

MSP sued in March after the city refused to let it proceed with the construction of 102 units along Library Lane in the City Center.

The 102 units were part of the Deer Creek Homes condominium project, which stalled in the City Center in 2006 after only one of four condo buildings was built.

MSP announced in January that it was reviving the Deer Creek project - as an alternative to a larger affordable housing and senior apartments project it had proposed for the site - and that it intended to rent the units. MSP argued that it should be allowed to proceed with the project because the Deer Creek development already has been approved, building permits issued and the first building completed and occupied.

The city rejected that argument, saying the MSP-revived Deer Creek was not the same entity that won approval for the project and that the original Deer Creek Limited Partnership was dissolved in March 2010.

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Theft from New Berlin mayor's house linked to daughter's boyfriend

July 20, 2011 11:53 a.m. | The boyfriend of New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero's daughter has been charged with stealing property from the mayor's home.

According to the criminal complaint filed Monday by the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office, the boyfriend, Cory Naber, 21, faces a felony charge in connection with the theft of a 9mm pistol from the mayor's bedstand.

He also has been charged with misdemeanor theft of other undisclosed property. But the complaint notes that the defendant admitted stealing $190 cash, an iPod, a violin, a bass guitar and jewelry from the home since May.

Naber told police that he traded the iPod for two oxycodone pills. He denies taking the gun, however.

Naber also is charged with theft of a .357 Magnum revolver from his father's home in New Berlin.

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New Berlin West, Eisenhower move on to sectionals

July 19, 2011 10:58 p.m. | Both New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West moved on to the second round of the WIAA plays with regional victories on Tuesday night.

Top-seeded Eisenhower (24-6) beat 8th-seeded West Allis Central, 12-2, at home while third-seeded West (23-6) beat Wauwatosa West, 4-2, at New Berlin West.

Ike was led by Dan York who singled and tripled and drove in three runs, while Kyle Hegeman singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice. Kurt Hegeman and Eric Hesselbach each drove in two runs.

Alex McRae pitched three innings, allowing a hit and fanning seven, while Keith Kaiser and Hesselbach finished up with an inning each.

Brad Duggan stopped Tosa West on six hits in a pitchers duel with Tyler Gross, who allowed five hits. Zach Scholz and Darrin Sowinski each had two hits and Sowinski scored twice and drove in a run.

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Three arrested for alleged arson

July 19, 2011 5:28 p.m. | Three Greenfield men were taken into custody for the early morning arson of a vacant home at 4253 W. Loomis Road.

Greenfield police arrested two brothers, ages 19 and 20 and a third man, aged 18.

A Greenfield officer who serves as the school resource officer at Greenfield High School was able to identify the suspects through surveillance photos taken at the scene of the arson.

All three suspects are cooperating with police in the investigation.

Detectives have also recovered evidence at the scene that links the suspects to the arson, according to police.

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Eisenhower, West start playoffs tonight

July 19, 2011 2:56 p.m. | Both New Berlin schools will be looking to come out of the New Berlin West Sectional this week and win a trip to the state tournament.

Top-seeded Eisenhower (23-6) which won its second straight Woodland Conference Black Division title this year play eighth-seeded West Allis Central (1-27) of the Greater Metro Conference at 5 p.m. tonight at Ike.

New Berlin West, which won its fifth straight Blue Division title, hosts Wauwatosa West (12-13) at 5 p.m. tonight. The Vikings beat the Trojans, 16-1, last Thursday in their only meeting.

Ike's McRae fans 11 in 5-1 win over Nicolet

July 15, 2011 8:53 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower senior Alex McRae fanned 11 hitters and allowed five hits as the Lions finished their regular season with a 5-1 win over Nicolet Friday night at home.

With the scored tied at 1-1 in the fifth the Lions exploded for four runs with two outs to clinch the win.

Kurt Hegeman singled and scored when Dan York doubled to right center to take a 2-1 lead. McRae was then intentionall walked and Kyle Hegeman beat out a hit to shortstop to load the bases.

Anthony Hintz then had the night's biggest hit when he slammed a bases loaded double to left center that cleared the bases.

The Lions took a 1-0 lead with Kurt Hegeman's single, a stolen base and York's single to left field in the third inning. Nicolet's Hunter Crass scored in the fifth after reaching on an infield hit. He was sacrificed to second and then scored on Tyler Crass' double to right field.

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New Berlin West's 11-run first crushes Tosa West

July 14, 2011 8:09 p.m. | New Berlin West (13-3, 20-6) scored 11 runs in the first inning and coasted to a 16-1 victory over Wauwatosa West at Breitlow Field on Thursday night.

Zach Scholz and Darrin Sowinski drove in nine runs from the 1-2 spots in the order.

Scholz had four hits, including a double, three runs scored and four RBIs. Sowinski had three hits, including a double and a homer, scored three times and drove in five runs. Austin Brzeski also homered for the Vikings.

Austin Fritz pitched a 5-inning complete game win, allowing two hits and four walks and fanned one hit. Tyler Gross and Jake Boudreaux each singled for the Trojans, who are now 8-9 and 12-14.

Matt Gillis and Austin Jones combined to allow one run in the final three innings.

Despite hitting woes, Oak Creek outlasts Muskego, 5-4, in Greater Metro playoff

July 14, 2011 1:52 a.m. |

Still struggling to regain the mojo that won it 18 straight games and the Greater Metro Conference regular season title, the Oak Creek baseball team was looking for a win anyway it could get it in the third-place tilt of the league tourney with Muskego Wednesday night.

So when pinch-hitter Tanner Johnson surprisingly walked on four pitches to drive in teammate Casey Magyar with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning, coach Scott Holler was not about to be ungrateful over that unexpected boon.

"We lost to (Menomonee) Falls last week and we lost to Marquette (4-3 in the semifinal) last night," said Holler, "and we act like the world is caving in on us. I had to remind them that we're 25-4. Sometimes the kids just need to be reminded that the game doesn't give you anything."

"You have to go out and earn it."

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Alderman want more options on census redistricting

July 13, 2011 4:12 p.m. | The area around Little Muskego Lake would lose one of its three aldermen on the Muskego Common Council under a proposed district redrawing plan tied to current census data.

Parts of the Little Muskego Lake area are in the districts of aldermen Neil Borgman, 3rd district; Keith Werner, 4th district, and Dan Soltysiak, 5th district. Under the proposed plan, Solysiak would no longer represent any lake residents.

The seven-member Common Council and some in the audience at last night's Common Council meeting want to avoid that. As a result, the plan was sent back for more alternatives to be developed.

The proposed plan also would redraw ward lines, reducing the number of wards from the current 17 to 16. That would not affect polling places.

Residents urge New Berlin to fight racist stigma

July 13, 2011 4:08 p.m. | With the U.S. Justice Department asking a federal judge to order New Berlin to issue building permits for a low- to moderate-income housing project the city nixed last summer, the ugly label of racist that the feds are hanging on New Berlin was back in the spotlight.

And a lot of New Berlin residents don't like it.

At a Common Council meeting Tuesday night, they urged the council to keep fighting the Justice Department lawsuit, filed June 23, to clear the city's name and stop its residents from being the brunt of jokes.

They wanted the council also to defend the city against the charge of racism in the media.

"We have been stained," said an angry Kevin Bush of Meadowshire Drive. "The United States government calls the city of New Berlin racist?"

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Racine/Woods intersection work begins next week

July 07, 2011 4:06 p.m. | Construction is slated to start next week at Racine Avenue and Woods Road.

The Waukesha County Department of Public Works will widen and resurface the intersection and replace the traffic signals. Although Racine Avenue will be open to traffic at all times, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph.

The project is slated to be completed by Aug. 19.

For information, call Michael F. Grulke, county project manager, at (262) 548-7740 or Craig Donze, (414) 462-9005.

Student car wash will help tornado victims

July 07, 2011 2:54 p.m. | Anyone donating to Saturday's fund drive to help victims of the devastating Alabama tornadoes will be treated to a free car wash at Eisenhower Middle/High School, 4333 S. Sunny Slope Road, New Berlin, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

New Berlin students from kindergarten through high school have donated about 140 boxes of school supplies to help youngsters in two school districts hit hard by the tornadoes. The car wash fundraiser is being held to raise as much money as possible to defray the expense of sending six students and chaperons to Alabama to deliver the supplies. They will not only deliver the supplies but will help the schools get ready for reopening in the fall. The funds will be spent on whatever the two stricken school districts need.

Members of the Eisenhower football team will wash the cars.

Public hearing on sewer extension postponed

July 05, 2011 5:54 p.m. | The New Berlin Plan Commission meeting scheduled for 6 tonight has been canceled due to a lack of quorum.

The commission had planned to hold a public hearing on whether to extend sewer service to Section 35 of the city that contains the last large chunk of farmland east of Moorland Road.

The meeting will be rescheduled.

Name of Cedarburg bicyclist killed in collision released

July 05, 2011 4:34 p.m. | Muskego - The 66-year-old bicyclist killed on Friday after he was struck by a vehicle was John Schread of Cedarburg, Muskego police said Tuesday.

Schread was riding along Muskego Dam Road when he was hit by a pickup truck being driven by Francis R. Peardon, 95, of Franklin, Capt. Craig Moser said.

Schread and Peardon were traveling in the same direction and were about one mile west of Highway 36 on Muskego Dam Road when the collision occurred shortly before noon Friday, according to police.

The collision remains under investigation and the Wisconsin State Patrol is conducting a reconstruction of the crash, Moser said.

July 4 photo galleries now online

July 05, 2011 1:56 p.m. | NOW photographers were out and about in the community this weekend and we've just published a number of photo galleries featuring all the red, white and blue fun from this year's Independence Day festivities in the suburbs.

Follow the links below to check out each community's July 4 celebrations:

Elm Grove Revolutionary War re-enactors

Menomonee Falls

New Berlin

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Osprey chick hatches at Big Muskego Lake

July 01, 2011 2:58 p.m. | The Wisconsin osprey population increased by at least one this week with the hatch of a chick on the nesting platform at Big Muskego Lake in Waukesha County.

The chick hatched Monday, according to Muskego officials who maintain the OspreyCam at the nest. The OspreyCam provides still images of the nest which are updated periodically. Click here for the latest image.

Two eggs were laid in the nest, but the first chick, which hatched around June 24, did not survive, according to Muskego officials.

Ospreys and other large birds of prey have generally fared well in Wisconsin and throughout North America since the use of organochlorine pesticides like DDT were banned in 1972. The chemicals caused the birds to lay thin-shelled eggs and resulted in extremely poor recruitment rates. 

The number of nesting pairs of ospreys in Wisconsin increased from 82 in 1974 to 531 in 2010, according to DNR records.

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