No change to Muskego trash, recycling pickup for New Year's

Dec. 28, 2011 12:28 p.m. | With New Year's Day falling on the weekend this year, there will be no change to the trash and recycling pickup schedule in Muskego for the holiday.

The pickup schedule and route map are available on the city's website,

Anyone who misses their scheduled pickup will have to wait until the next scheduled pickup day, or they can drop off their trash and recycling at the Veolia site, S6350 College Court.

Veolia's holiday hours can be found at

From Miss St. Francis to Mrs. Claus, relive the year in pictures

Dec. 27, 2011 9:43 a.m. | We have just posted our collection of News Photos of the Year and Sports Photos of the Year as selected by NOW staff photojournalists C.T. Kruger and Peter Zuzga.

Browse the galleries to see images from some of the most newsworthy events of the past 12 months. You will also find some of the quieter, but no less photogenic events captured by our award-winning staff.

We also invite you to visit the links below to take a look back at the five most popular NOW photo galleries of 2011:

2011 Track and Field State Meet

Miss St. Francis pageant

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Former prosecutor gets Waukesha County court appointment

Dec. 23, 2011 4:26 p.m. | Jennifer Dorow was appointed Friday to serve as a judge in Waukesha County Circuit Court by Gov. Scott Walker.

Dorow is a former assistant district attorney in Waukesha now in private practice with Huppertz & Dorow, S.C. She will replace Mark Gundrum, whom Walker recently appointed to the state Court of Appeals.

Dorow is the 16th judge appointed this year by Walker.

Dorow is a graduate of Marquette University and Regent University School of Law. She has been licensed to practice law in Wisconsin since 1996.

Eisenhower girls use balance, defense to whip Cudahy, 64-40

Dec. 20, 2011 9:52 p.m. | The unbeaten New Berlin Eisenhower girls were hoping to get tested Tuesday night, but instead they rolled to a 64-40 victory over previously-unbeaten Cudahy at Ike.

The win improved the Lions' record to 7-0, 6-0 in the Woodland Conference Black Division, while the Packers, leaders of the Blue Division, fell to 5-1, 4-1 in conference play.

In a game that had two of the better players in the state squaring off - Nicole Bauman of Ike, the University of Wisconsin result, and Taylor Gradinjan of Cudahy, it was the supporting players who made the difference.

Bauman scored 19 points and Gradinjan had 16 to lead their respective teams, while Jenna Jagler and Emily Wiltzius added 10 each for the Pack.

But Bauman had more support, as Jenny Weiland had 15 points and Erin Ganzke added 14, while Katie Lang had 12. Jessa Hahn came off the bench to score a bucket and grabbed some big rebounds and Kristin Hesselbach and Taylor McArthur also played a good floor game and helped key the defense.

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New Berlin municipal union decertifies, donates money to charity

Dec. 20, 2011 6:54 a.m. | New Berlin library aides, clerical staff, police and fire dispatchers and inspectors have chosen not to recertify their union, and members are giving their share of collected dues back to the community in the form of donations to the New Berlin food pantry, HAWS and other charities.

Under new state law, public employee unions must recertify every year. But the same law strips most of the unions' bargaining powers away.

The New Berlin employees had been represented by Local 2676 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The local represented 29 full-time and 21 part-time employees.

On Saturday, the union presented $5,935 to the New Berlin food pantry and $1,505 to HAWS to protect homeless and mistreated animals.

Members also requested that additional money be distributed to other charities such as the CAP Fund, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Waukesha Special Olympics, the American Diabetes Association and the Susan G. Koman for the cure organization that fights cancer.

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Team effort leads Lions past Brown Deer

Dec. 17, 2011 8:38 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower had plenty of breathing room early on in Friday night’s 62-48 win over Brown Deer. However, the blowout home victory translates only to a breath of room early on in the division title race.


While moving to 5-0 in the conference and 7-0 overall, the Lions maintained a one-half game lead over undefeated Whitnall (4-0, 8-0) for first place in the Woodland Conference Black Division standings. Brown Deer slipped to 3-2 in the Blue division, sliding into third place behind Thomas More and Pewaukee.


Sophomore point guard Reed Timmer lead the Lions with 17 points but had a cold shooting night from the outside and relied heavily on his teammates for support. The first Eisenhower run was supported by at trio of first quarter 3-pointers from junior Mitch Arman. Those points would be all Arman scored for the game, but they gave the Lions a 20-8 lead after the first.

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Sidesky's 32 spark Vikings win over Tosa West

Dec. 16, 2011 9:45 p.m. | New Berlin West senior Dan Sidesky's 32 points sparked the the Vikings to a 58-46 victory Friday at Wauwatosa West in a game which was close until the final two minutes.

With NBW leading, 48-44, the Viking went on 10-2 run in the final 2:32 to win going away.

First Darin Sowinski sank two free throws, then Sidesky stole the ball and scored before Ricky Landers put in a lay-up with 1:17 to play to cut the lead to 52-46.

But Sidesky then took over and scored the last six points by going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Tosa West, a team that starts three freshman, a sophomore and a junior, jumped out to a 13-7 lead against the Vikings in the first quarter. But NBW came back with a 16-7 second period, as Sidesky scored six points, Sowinski four and Dino Poulos and Kevin Marx three apiece.

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Residents will get chance to comment Muskego lake park

Dec. 16, 2011 6:02 p.m. | Assuming the city and property owners can come to an agreement on a price, the creation of a park along Little Muskego Lake will face additional public input.

Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti said today a meeting will be held on the controversial proposal.

Those against the idea were worried that the Common Council would go ahead with the proposed purchase of most of two lake homes and lake frontages from two more without more public input, but the mayor eased concerns on that front.

For now, there is no deal in place. The city and the four property owners that would give up land for the park are negotiating. But Chiaverotti said if a price can be agreed on, a meeting will be held and an overview given, after which everyone can offer their opinions.

The appraisals arrived only Tuesday on the properties. The two homes came in at $3.7 million for W18004 and W17960 Janesville Road. The strips along the lake added another $869,000, bringing the total to $4,365,000.

Harenda won't run against Borgman in next election

Dec. 14, 2011 4:50 p.m. | Muskego District 2 Alderman Kert Harenda said he would not run against 3rd District Alderman Neil Borgman in the spring election.

After redistricting was completed this year, Harenda ended up in Borgman's district. Harenda can continue to serve as District 2 alderman until his term expires in 2013 or he could have run for Borgman's seat next year. Borgman is up for re-election in 2012.

"I support Neil," Harenda said. "He's financially and fiscally responsible and he's not afraid to ask questions."

Fire contract requests response times from Tess Corners

Dec. 14, 2011 4:44 p.m. | As part of its contract renewal with the Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department, Muskego city officials want to know how long it takes for firefighters and rescue personnel to respond to calls.

But the majority of the Common Council on Tuesday night decided not to spend $4,800 for software to get additional information on how many firefighters arrive at calls.

Response times are important, which is why the city is requesting such information for the first time as part its contract with Tess Corners, but Alderman Neil Borgman said the city also needs to know the number of firefighters responding to be able to measure the city's fire protection against national standards.

The council was split on the value of such information, however, with Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti noting that it may be unfair to expect Muskego's volunteer department to meet standards for full-time departments.

The $4,800 expenditure had been recommended on a split vote by the Public Safety Committee.

Appraisals are in, but city isn't ready for further input on lake park project

Dec. 14, 2011 4:22 p.m. | Appraisals are ready for the four Muskego lake properties the city is looking at as part of a proposed park on the south side of Little Muskego Lake along Janesville Road.

In a closed session Tuesday night, the Muskego Common Council began deliberations about whether to buy two homes and parts of two more as part of the effort.

The fact that the discussion happened in closed session meant there was no public input - something some aldermen want more of before the city makes an offer on the properties or commits to any park development.

Likewise, several Muskego residents who stood in a hallway during Tuesday's meeting wanted a chance to speak on related cost issues, including what might be the price of maintaining a park.

The council is split on the input issue with some aldermen noting that the public has had a chance to speak on two previous occasions: when the park proposal was unveiled in August and when the council approved a resolution enabling the city to obtain the appraisals.

West boys battle, but fall short against Lions, 50-46

Dec. 14, 2011 2:04 p.m. | The New Berlin West boys struggled from the free throw line Tuesday night allowing New Berlin Eisenhower to win its sixth straight game in the series and earn a 50-46 decision in an exciting, hard-fought game at West.

The Vikings hit a horrific 37 percent from the free throw line (7-of-19), including a 2-for-9 stretch in the final quarter which probably cost them the ball game.

They have now lost six straight games to the Lions dating back to a 35-33 win on Feb. 8, 2008.

The Vikings had taken a 40-38 lead with 6 minutes, 33 seconds left in the game on a drive to the basket by senior guard Jordan McKeon, but Ike sophomore guard Reed Timmer tied the game on a fastbreak steal.

The Vikings then missed four straight free throw attempts, before Dan Sidesky converted two to pull within 44-42 with 2:35 left to play.

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New Berlin district employees recertify three unions

Dec. 12, 2011 2:08 p.m. | Three of the employee unions in the New Berlin School District have recertified so far as bargaining units for the upcoming year, the School District announced.

Under new state law, public employee unions must recertify annually to remain viable.

The teachers union, the clerical union and special education aides union recertified. There was no word on the custodian's union as of Monday.

InPro expands operations in India, Dubai

Dec. 12, 2011 2:08 p.m. | Muskego-based InPro Corp. said Monday it has opened operations in India and Dubai, completing the second phase of the company's global expansion.

InProCorp India Pvt. Ltd. has begun operating as a subsidiary of InPro. Initially, the India subsidiary will sell InPro's door and wall protection products, as well as expansion joint systems. The headquarters and sales office is in Mumbai, and a combined factory and warehouse is located in Silvassa.

In addition, the company has also opened a direct sales office in Dubai to service the company's distributors in the Middle East.

The Dubai office supports distribution partners in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

InPro, a manufacturer of building materials for commercial structures such as hospitals, schools and hotels, completed its first phase of expansion by forming a strategic alliance with its U.K.-based manufacturing partner Gradus Group.

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Roundball Rankings is back with a list of the area's best basketball squads

Dec. 12, 2011 12:50 p.m. | Which squads are the best basketball teams in the area?

You'll find the answers at our Roundball Rankings page, home to a rundown of the top 20 boys and girls teams, the player of the week, photo of the week, area scoring leaders, a fan forum and more.

Germantown (4-0) is the top team in the boys rankings this week while Dominican (3-0) is rated the best girls squad.

Driver collides with New Berlin squad car, arrested after chase

Dec. 12, 2011 12:22 p.m. | A 29-year-old drunken driver from Brookfield collided with a New Berlin police squad car and led officers on a chase Saturday morning that reached up to 95 mph and ended when the suspect's car struck a curb, police said.

It was the second time in a month that a drunken driver had struck a staffed New Berlin police car.

The man's car collided with a New Berlin police squad car at 12:34 a.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of S. Calhoun Road, but the driver didn't stop. That started a 1.5-mile high-speed pursuit with a police officer. When the officer stopped pursuing, the man's car struck a curb at the intersection of S. Calhoun Road and W. Blue Mound Road in Brookfield, disabling the vehicle.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of eluding an officer, hit-and-run and first-offense drunken driving.

It was nearly a month to the day - about 2 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 - that another drunken driver of similar age hit a squad car at the intersection of W. Greenfield Ave. and S Calhoun Road. That driver, a 28-year-old Milwaukee man, was arrested on suspicion of third-offense drunken driving and failure to yield right of way.

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District refutes blog that Poplar Creek school would get all of Glen Park's students

Dec. 09, 2011 7:26 p.m. | A letter to Poplar Creek Elementary School parents seeks to ease fears that school would be deluged with 180 students if Glen Park Elementary School closes.

Poplar Creek parents were apparently upset by a blog written by the Save Our Schools group of Glen Park parents who oppose the potential closing of the New Berlin school. Many parents also apparently received the blog in email form.

In making the statement that 180 Glen Park children could end up at Poplar Creek, the blog said it was quoting an option in the recent facilities study that consultant IFF did for the New Berlin School Board.

But in the rebuttal letter issued before the weekend and signed by the principal and assistant principal, the administrators flatly denied that assertion.

"…That has never been considered or discussed by us, our district administrators, nor the board as a whole," the letter reads in part. "We certainly would certainly never support such a plan."

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City calculates cost of near riot at fairgrounds

Dec. 09, 2011 2:50 p.m. | The near riot on the first night of the Wisconsin State Fair resulted in at least $30,000 in additional West Allis police overtime, city officials estimate.

Although violence didn't erupt after that first night, police had extra patrols in neighborhoods around the fair and took other security measures, including setting up a command post inside State Fair Park for the event's remaining 10 days.

That first night, dozens if not a couple hundred black youths went out of control, first beating each other, then beating whites as they left the fair. They stopped traffic, banged and walked on cars. Some robberies also were reported.

West Allis gets money annually from the fair to help provide year-round security and help with municipal costs associated with having the fair in West Allis, said City Administrator Paul Ziehler. The city and the fair negotiate the amount to go to the city, which is in the second year of a five-year agreement, he said.

The cost of providing services to the fair varies, Ziehler said, but generally the negotiated amount is equitable to both sides. He didn't see a reason to try to reopen negotiations to increase that payment unless this kind of expense recurs year after year.

Work on pizza place begins at Ridge Cinema

Dec. 08, 2011 4:06 p.m. | In the next few weeks, foundation and footing work will start at the Marcus Ridge Cinema, 5200 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin, as the first step toward converting one of the 20 theaters into a restaurant.

Zaffiro's Pizzeria & Bar is scheduled to open this spring at the Ridge. A similar transformation was previously performed at another Marcus Theaters movie complex, the North Shore Cinema.

No timetable for the rest of the work at the Ridge is available, said Carlo Petrick, communications manager for Marcus Theaters.

Drug teams conduct at West Allis location

Dec. 07, 2011 6:18 p.m. | Two people were taken into custody today following a raid in the 1300 block of South 116th Street that police say turned up chemicals used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs.

The raid, which took place at 2:30 p.m., involved the West Allis and Milwaukee police departments, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations, the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Group and the West Allis Fire Department.

As a precaution, part of 116th Street was initially blocked off as entry teams went in wearing hazardous materials protection suits.

There was no one in the building at the time, but authorities took two suspects in to custody at another location.

Police released no details about what chemicals or how much were confiscated. The investigation is continuing.

Reward upped in suspected homicide

Dec. 06, 2011 2:26 p.m. | The family and friends of Jeffrey Garnier, whose death on a street in West Allis is under investigation as a homicide, have raised $8,000 to bring the total West Allis Crime Stoppers reward for information to $10,000.

The reward increase was announced at a press conference today at the crime scene, 92nd Street and Lincoln Avenue. The sister of the victim, Mary Ann Ostrenga was present.

Surveillance video shows Garnier, 57, of West Allis was approached for four males as he crossed the street about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 20. One of them struck him, causing him to fall to the pavement, police said.

He subsequently died Nov. 25, with an autopsy indicating the cause as blunt force trauma to the head, police said.

Investigators are asking for help from the public to solve the case. Anyone with information should contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000. If they wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for the $10,000 reward, they can contact the West Allis Crime Stoppers tipline at (414) 476-CASH (2274).

Soltysiak will seek re-election to Muskego council

Dec. 05, 2011 1:22 p.m. | District 5 Alderman Dan Soltysiak has announced he will run for a second two-year term on the Muskego Common Council in the spring election.

In the face of continued hard economic times, Soltysiak said he will focus on transparency, collaboration and shared sacrifice.

New Berlin police snag mailbox theft ring

Dec. 05, 2011 12:28 p.m. | New Berlin - Police have busted up a high school student theft ring that has been snatching bass-shaped mailboxes from residences.

Ten New Berlin West students who called themselves the "Bass Hunters" were involved in the thefts, and seven of the bass mailboxes have been recovered, Lt. Mike Glider said Monday.

The oversized fish mailboxes began disappearing from the north side of New Berlin in August, Glider said, and a couple of the mailboxes were stolen during the second week of November.

The thieves were netted after a "good, thorough investigation by the school resource officer at New Berlin West," Glider said.

He declined to provide specifics of how the theft ring was broken up or what led authorities to suspect New Berlin West students were involved.

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West narrowly misses upsetting Pewaukee

Dec. 02, 2011 10:30 p.m. | New Berlin West's girls basketball team led most of the night, but Pewaukee senior Jordyn Swan hit two free throws with 13.9 seconds left, lifting the Pirates to a 44-42 victory in the Woodland Conference opener Friday night.

West kept the Pirates off balance most of the game, taking a lead as large as eight points in the first half and seven in the second half. Emily Wirth hit a 3-pointer with 2:14 left to give PHS a 36-35 lead -- its first advantage of the game -- but West's Stephanie Turner answered with a jumper to give West the lead back. Turner, a 6-2 junior who missed all of her sophomore year with injury, finished with 16 points and has now reached double figures in both of her contests this year.

Brittany Groer's old-fashioned 3-point play gave PHS the lead back with 1:36 to play, 39-37, and Wirth hit three free throws in four attempts to make it 42-39 with 35.2 seconds to play. West re-tied the game on an Anne Kaczynski triple with 24 seconds left, but Pewaukee pushed the ball down the court after the ensuing timeout, and Swan drew contact with her look from the block.

A last-ditch 3-pointer by West fell short. Both teams emerged from the contest with 1-1 records.

NOW honor rolls updated

Dec. 02, 2011 10:29 a.m. | We've just updated our honor roll page with the most recent lists of outstanding students, including first-quarter results from Forest Park Middle School, Greendale High School, Kennedy Middle School, Muskego High School, Whitnall High School and more.

Congratulations to all the hard-working students and their parents.

You'll always find archived and the most recent honor rolls at

What is your favorite holiday song? Tell us in our online forum

Dec. 01, 2011 9:09 a.m. | Do you have a favorite holiday song? We'd love to hear which ones you most enjoy and why.

Just visit our forum and let us know which songs you find yourself listening to again and again. It might be a a tune that reminds you of your childhood, or maybe a certain song that brings to mind a lost loved one or family tradition.

We'll be keeping an eye on the comments and will use some as part of a special feature that will appear this holiday season online and in your local NOW newspaper.

If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, you might want to check out our photo gallery of recent holiday-themed activities.

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Community Watch

» No change to Muskego trash, recycling pickup for New Year's 12/28

» From Miss St. Francis to Mrs. Claus, relive the year in pictures 12/27

» Former prosecutor gets Waukesha County court appointment 12/23

» Eisenhower girls use balance, defense to whip Cudahy, 64-40 12/20

» New Berlin municipal union decertifies, donates money to charity 12/20

» Team effort leads Lions past Brown Deer 12/17

» Sidesky's 32 spark Vikings win over Tosa West 12/16

» Residents will get chance to comment Muskego lake park 12/16

» Harenda won't run against Borgman in next election 12/14

» Fire contract requests response times from Tess Corners 12/14

» Appraisals are in, but city isn't ready for further input on lake park project 12/14

» West boys battle, but fall short against Lions, 50-46 12/14

» New Berlin district employees recertify three unions 12/12

» InPro expands operations in India, Dubai 12/12

» Roundball Rankings is back with a list of the area's best basketball squads 12/12

» Driver collides with New Berlin squad car, arrested after chase 12/12

» District refutes blog that Poplar Creek school would get all of Glen Park's students 12/9

» City calculates cost of near riot at fairgrounds 12/9

» Work on pizza place begins at Ridge Cinema 12/8

» Drug teams conduct at West Allis location 12/7

» Reward upped in suspected homicide 12/6

» Soltysiak will seek re-election to Muskego council 12/5

» New Berlin police snag mailbox theft ring 12/5

» West narrowly misses upsetting Pewaukee 12/2

» NOW honor rolls updated 12/2

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