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Funding for water attraction doesn't make a splash with supporters

Aug. 03, 2011 2:42 p.m. | Supporters were disappointed that the $62,000 in hoped-for funding for a splashpad at Malone Park was cut in half last night.

The New Berlin Common Council slashed the proposed funding to design the splashpad, a flat water pad where colorful fixtures squirt water and pour water down in sheets onto children.

While aldermen whole-heartedly supported the idea, they said the city budget will be stretched to the max for at least the next two years to complete badly needed road projects. But not wanting to close out supporters entirely, they offered to fund design work short of creating engineering documents, which might become outdated anyway by the time the city could approve its construction.

For now, city officials have only a ballpark figure of construction costs: $350,000 to $400,000.

Representatives of the New Berlin Junior Woman's Club, which has raised about $63,000 so far for splashpad construction, had hoped the city would approve the $62,000 in public funding to let design plans take shape. They said they hope the project delay doesn't cause their fundraising momentum to falter, though they pledged to keep at it.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

New Berlin to almost double its complement of voting machines

May 02, 2016 5:38 p.m. | New Berlin will nearly double the number of voting machines to make sure huge voter turnouts such as engulfed the polls in the April election will be handled at least as well as that election when the city had added rented voting machines to the eight machines it already had.

Until the spring election, city officials were not convinced that the more than $46,000 needed to buy seven more machines was really worth it. But being able to handle April's onslaught with only normal delays sold the machines.

The $8,500 rental cost will be applied to the purchase of the new machines.

Each of New Berlin's seven polling places will have two voting machines to accept and count ballots.

Official charged in child prostitution seeks internet use for job search

May 02, 2016 2:05 p.m. | Waukesha — West Bend's recently resigned city administrator asked a court commissioner Monday if he could use the internet to look for a new job.

Thomas M. "T.J." Justice, 49, was charged last month with two felonies after investigators say he solicited a 16-year-old girl for sex, offering as much as $500, during a yearlong series of text messages.

He appeared in court Monday with attorney Steve Kohn of Milwaukee, who said that because the prosecutor assigned to the case has been out of town, Kohn had been unable to discuss matters in the case. The court set another status hearing for May 20.

Kohn indicated to the court that a preliminary hearing may not be an issue, which suggests he hopes to work out a plea deal. Justice did not speak during the hearing or to reporters afterward.

Justice has been free on bail. One condition is that he have no contact with minor females. Kohn asked for clarification that the order did not include teens he might encounter working at a store's cash register or service counter. Such incidental contact, Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper said, would not be considered a violation.

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Sport Shorts: May 5, 2016

May 02, 2016 12:55 p.m. |


New Berlin Eisenhower finished third, one stroke out of second, at the second Woodland West mini-meet at Ironwood on April 26.

Greendale (159), Pewaukee (169) and New Berlin Eisenhower (170) finished 1-2-3, followed by New Berlin West (184) and Pius XI (192). Ian Gatzke(41), Steve Kraninger(42), Isaac Surges(43), Eric Komas(44) and Dylan Karvala(44) were the Lions' scorers.

Eisenhower finished seventh (320) out of 23 teams at the Greendale Invite at Morningstar on April 29.

"It was one of our best rounds in a long time," coach Dave Scheidegger said. "We're progressing nicely. I give the kids a lot of credit for playing in this weather."

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New Berlin Eisenhower boys second at Altheimer Track Invitational

May 01, 2016 10:24 p.m. | The New Berlin Lions Eisenhower boys track and field team just missed winning the Altheimer Invitational on April 29 at Pewaukee, finishing second by one point to Plymouth, 129-128.

Three players won four events for the Lions, topped off by Jordan Canady, who was a double winner in both the long jump (20 feet, 11 inches) and triple jump (42-93/4).

Sean Moore took first in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.67 seconds and also finished third in the 300 hurdles (43.09).

Matt Cavanaugh won the 3,200-meter run in 9 minutes, 38.14 seconds.

Two relays finished second: the 4x200 relay in 1:32.96 (Jake Belongia, Moore, Jayden Olson, Bryce Miller) and the 4x400 relay in 3:27.93 (Canady, Miller, Jake Rastas, Belongia).

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Botched New Berlin robbery brings attempted homicide charge

April 29, 2016 5:58 p.m. | Two people were charged Friday with the botched robbery of a New Berlin gas station in which one of them is accused of aiming a gun at a clerk and pulling the trigger without shots being fired.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court:

Shortly before 9 p.m. April 18, Zackary Stetina, 18, of New Berlin walked into the BP gas station at 16401 W. Greenfield Ave. with a mask covering his head and a gun in his hands.

Witnesses said Stetina ordered the clerk to give him money. The clerk backed away from the cash register and told Stetina to help himself. Stetina smacked the register with his gun. When the machine failed to open, Stetina pointed the gun at the clerk and pulled the trigger two or three times.

The gun failed to fire. The clerk, who mistakenly believed the gun was a fake, began to throw things at Stetina, who fled.

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Ongoing negotiations delay vote on Parkland Mall redevelopment plan in Muskego

April 28, 2016 5:35 p.m. | After two hours of hearing residents for and against a controversial apartment and retail redevelopment proposal for the former Parkland Mall and after a meeting in executive session, the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday decided to delay a vote on the plan at least until Tuesday, May 10.

Some issues still need to be negotiated in the developers agreement.

The Muskego Plan Commission intends to make a recommendation Tuesday, May 3, on rezoning the project at S74 W17000 Janesville Road needs. Tuesday's hearing before the council was on the proposed rezoning.

Developer Ener-Con Companies proposes a Sendik's Food Market and three other retail buildings plus three four-story apartment buildings on the 10-acre site.

About 60 percent of the speakers at the hearing opposed the project plus 60 more who signed an informal petition against it. In contrast, those who filled out sheets as they came in favored the project three to one. Only a small fraction of those attending filled out the forms, however.

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New Berlin Library patrons provide beehives, water buffalo to families

April 26, 2016 6:26 p.m. | The New Berlin Library's first year of having community service projects has resulted in donations that made a difference for desperately poor families around the world.

Library patrons donated $732 in January and February and with that, it was possible to purchase three honeybee, fish and rabbit farm operations to create income for families rural communities through Heifer International. There also was enough to buy a water buffalo and shares in goat, sheep, pigs and alpaca livestock.

Currently, the library is winding up its sock drive to benefit homeless shelters in Waukesha and Milwaukee. Library officials report an enthusiastic response. Socks are one of the top things shelters need, shelter officials said.

In July, to pair with the library's summer reading program, it will support Special Olympics with a Library Penny War with competitions in the library's youth services department (soccer), its adult services department (swimming) and its circulation department (track and field).

Patrons will be asked to donate their pennies to this cause and proceeds will sponsor a local Special Olympian.

Muskego Chamber of Commerce announces Jammin' on Janesville dates

April 26, 2016 5:53 p.m. | The Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce has announced its popular Jammin' on Janesville events will be Fridays, June 3, and Aug. 5, on Janesville Road.

Both will be from 5 to 9 p.m. offering what has been called a huge block party with food, live music, demonstrations and activities.

Once again, the chamber hopes to rent trolleys and is looking for trolley sponsors.

Annual Eisenhower girls soccer charity game to benefit playground

April 26, 2016 5:33 p.m. | The annual New Berlin Eisenhower High School girls soccer charity game against West will benefit the community effort to build an all-inclusive playground at Malone Park in New Berlin.

An all-inclusive playground is designed so that children in wheelchairs or who have any other disabilities will be able to play right alongside the other kids.

The charity game will be at Eisenhower on Tuesday, May 17, the week that the playground will actually be created in a community build. The New Berlin Junior woman's Club is spearheading fundraising for the playground that will have added features as funding permits.

The soccer team also made T-shirts and is selling them and puppy chow at school lunchtimes to raise more money for the playground.

New Berlin high schools again deemed among state's most challenging

April 26, 2016 4:50 p.m. | Both New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West have once again been recognized by the Washington Post as two of the most challenging high schools in Wisconsin, based on Advanced Placement (AP) test participation.

Eisenhower jumped from seventh in 2015 to fourth this year, and West climbed from 10th a year ago to eighth this spring in the Post's 2016 "America's Most Challenging High Schools" index compiled each year. The list is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in encouraging high school students to take college-level courses and tests. This is the sixth consecutive year both Eisenhower and West have made the Washington Post rankings.

"There is no question our students have many opportunities that will test them in relevant and rigorous ways during their years at our secondary schools," Superintendent Joe Garza said in a news release.

New Berlin offers nearly two-dozen AP or college-level courses.

First-place New Berlin West softball team improves to 8-0

April 26, 2016 8:47 a.m. | Coach Greg Klotz and his unbeaten New Berlin West softball team stayed on top of the Woodland Conference West Division with a 4-0 record last week.

The Vikings are 8-0, 7-0 in conference play, with a two-game lead in the loss column on Eisenhower (3-2).

"I couldn't be happier with this team as we have won close games, came from behind with our backs to the wall to win, came out ahead comfortably against good teams and beat those that we should with three no-hitters," Klotz said. "Everything seems to be clicking for us."

South Milwaukee

The Vikings defeated the Rockets, 6-2, to start the week, as they broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth for the victory.

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Second New Berlin 'soccer mom' sentenced to four months in jail for embezzling money from club

April 25, 2016 6:00 p.m. | New Berlin — The second so-called "soccer mom," Melanie Gretzon, was sentenced to four months in the Waukesha County Jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the New Berlin Kickers.

Although Gretzon, 44, a former soccer club president, was originally charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with taking $70,000 between 2009 and 2013, the Milwaukee Kickers, an umbrella organization, and her attorney said the amount was much less than that.

She was ordered to pay nearly $16,000 in restitution.

Gretzon was given her sentence earlier this month by Judge Lee S. Dreyfus.

Gretzon pleaded guilty in Ocotober of theft in a business setting greater than $10,000. Four other theft charges were dismissed but read into the record as part of a plea agreement with the state.

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Sport Shorts: April 28, 2016

April 25, 2016 1:40 p.m. |


New Berlin Eisenhower tied for fifth out of eight teams at the Sussex Hamilton Invitational on April 20. King won the event with 162 points, while the Lions tied Menomonee Falls with 65.

Best finishes for the ladies were Sarah Leitingertaking first in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10 inches, Kate Watson second in the pole vault with a school-record jump (8-6) and Abby Szukalski at third in the discus (85-6) and sixth in the shot put (28-11).

Amanda Lederin the 800 (personal record, 2:33.20) and Emalie Hahnin the shot put (29-91/2) and discus (85-1) finished fourth.

Watson was fifth in the 300 hurdles (PR, 54.13) as were the 4x100-meter relay (56.50) with Keonna Rash, Lauren Kosch, Kasey Fountain and Arielle Winterand the 4x400 relay (4:32.61) behind Gabby Green, Leder, Kasey Fountainand Jenna Grancorbitz.

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Nick Maske named New Berlin United boys volleyball coach

April 25, 2016 12:58 p.m. | The New Berlin United, the Eisenhower/West boys volleyball co-op, has named Nick Maske as head coach to replace Jay Szatkowski, who resigned last fall.

Maske, who will begin his 18th season as a volleyball coach in 2016, is excited to take over such a powerful program.

"In just a short 10 years, the New Berlin United program has been consistently held in high regard as an elite program in the volleyball community," he said. "I am looking forward to continuing to develop the United Volleyball program.

"I believe that our program still has a lot of talented players, despite graduating a very good class. Each of these returnees has a great desire to continue to improve. My goal for the team is to remain competitive in the conference and state while refocusing on the basics of serving and receiving and learning to love the game as students of the game."

Maske, who played four years at Milwaukee Pulaski and four years at St. Roman Middle School, has prep and club experience.

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