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Social media users share images of today's snowfall

Dec. 18, 2012 1:48 p.m. | Snow. It's here, whether you're ready for it or not. And social media users shared a bunch of photos as it began to fall Tuesday.

Read the story and see the photos of snowfall today.

Visit Today's TMJ4 for more on today's snowfall and a winter storm watch later this week.

Muskego and New Berlin list tax payment options

Dec. 17, 2012 5:56 p.m. | Even though the Muskego and New Berlin city halls will be closed for the holidays, people can still pay their property taxes.

The Muskego City Hall will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, but people can put their tax bills into drop boxes outside City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave., and the Muskego Library, W16663 Janesville Road.

All tax bills placed in the drop boxes through Jan. 1 will have receipt dates of Dec. 31.

Muskego residents can also pay their taxes through December at U.S. Bank, North Shore Bank, Waukesha State Bank, Harris Bank and Citizens Bank of Mukwonago. Taxpayers also can pay from checking or savings accounts for free or with a credit card for a fee.

In New Berlin, City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive, will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays for people to pay their taxes, although it will be closed Dec. 24 and 25. City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 31 before closing until Jan. 2.

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State will buy 94 additional acres for Big Muskego Lake wildlife area

Dec. 17, 2012 1:38 p.m. | The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved the state's acquisiton of 94 acres of land that Muskego deems to be a high priority conservation area.

The parcel, which includes a bald eagle nesting area, currently owned by Rachel Lang would be added to the state's Big Muskego Lake State Wildlife Area. Wisconsin's acquisition of of that Lang parcel would create the largest contiguous area of conservancy, at 350 acres, in Muskego, said Tom Zagar, conservation coordinator/city forester.

The closing on the land purchase is expected before year's end. The Big Muskego Lake/Bass Bay Protection & Rehabilitation District will contribute $50,000 toward the acquisition.

NOW bloggers talk about Newtown shooting

Dec. 17, 2012 9:27 a.m. | There have been a lot of national gun-related shootings this year, but Friday's in Newtown, Conn., took the country by surprise perhaps more than any other.

And several of the NOW bloggers took up their virtual pens to share their thoughts on the latest tragedy.

  • Tom Ceparski of Oak Creek writes of the conflict he feels being a father of a young girl and a gun owner.
  • Tom Gaertner of Wauwatosa writes that he spent time cleaning his firearms after his hunting season.
  • Lester Schultz of the North Shore believes it is time to do something about gun control.
  • Karen Waldkirch of Wauwatosa says we need to look at ourselves in order to change the culture in America.
  • Robin Zdroik of Greenfield thinks we should look inward to do the best that we can.
  • Kevin Fischer of Franklin wonders what would happen if shooter Adam Lanza were alive.
  • TJ Meyers-Jansky of West Allis reminds us that the shooting occurred because of human choices.

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