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Muskego scores even higher in ACT

Aug. 19, 2011 5:26 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School District hit another record high in results for the ACT college entrance exam.

The results, released this week, show a 23.9 composite score, a significant jump from last year's previous record of 23.2, school officials said.

Boosting the district to that record were the highest scores ever for the district in English, reading and science. Those subscores were 23.6 for English and reading and 23.8 for science.

The math subscore showed a sixth straight year of improvement with a composite of 24.1, they said.

"Overall, these ACT results are very encouraging and the result of many hands involved in making this happen," Superintendent of Schools Joe Schroeder said in a press release.

2016 Fourth of July events in the Milwaukee suburbs

June 28, 2016 11:50 a.m. | From the North Shore, to Oak Creek and Franklin, to Wauwatosa and Brookfield and West Allis and New Berlin, and all of the other communities within the MyCommunity NOW coverage area, there are plenty of Fourth of July festivities to take part in. Below is a list separated by county and in alphabetical order of events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2016. If you know of an event you don't see listed below, email us at news@jrn.com.  

Milwaukee County

Bay View

Juy 4

Celebrate the 4th of July in Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave. This year’s theme is joining hands for peace. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in Milwaukee County Parks without a permit. For the latest updates, visit www.city.milwaukee.gov/july4th.

9 to 10:15 a.m.: parade, starting at South Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Linus Street, proceeds to park.

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11-year-old turns on New Berlin emergency sirens as test

June 27, 2016 2:55 p.m. | New Berlin — Young Owen Ciszewski, 11, got to flip the switch on New Berlin's emergency sirens in the weekly test of the warning system earlier this month.

The Poplar Creek Elementary School student won the chance in a raffle conducted as part of New Berlin's efforts to prepare residents for severe weather. The efforts were two classes — Basic Storm Spotter and Emergency Preparedness Class and the Advanced Storm Spotter and Emergency Preparedness Class.

Owen and his mother, Tammie, attended both classes. Owen, who will be a sixth-grader this fall, is interested in science.

New Berlin's outdoor public warning system has nine sirens in strategic locations. The sirens are tested at 10 a.m. every Thursday except in winter.

New Berlin takes part in the StormReady national community preparedness program requiring communities to have a solid communication network and a comprehensive multihazard emergency operations plan. About 98 percent of presidential declared national disasters are weather related, leading to about 500 deaths annually and nearly $15 billion in damage.

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New Berlin to celebrate America and community Fourth of July festivities in 2016

June 27, 2016 9:22 a.m. | New Berlin always celebrates the Fourth of July in a big way, but this year it also will celebrate coming together one week in May and building a playground that all youngsters, even those in wheelchairs can enjoy.

The New Berlin Junior Woman's Club and the city will celebrate the grand opening of the new all-inclusive playground at Malone Park, 16400 W. Al Stigler Parkway. The club donated more than $200,000 toward the nearly half-million dollar project. The city was going to upgrade the aging playground at Malone, anyway, but the club's donation upgraded the new playground to become an all-inclusive one.

Volunteers from all over the community came together to build the playground the week of May 16.

The opening ceremony begins at 11a.m. on Saturday, July 2, after the club's National Dash race.

The club will pay special tribute to one of their fellow moms and club members whose generosity and caring for the community inspired the playground. That member, Kim Bray died unexpectedly in 2005.

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Long-tenured sports writer Sky Skibosh heads into retirement, sort of

June 26, 2016 10:56 p.m. | After 14 years, I am stepping down from my position as sports reporter/writer/columnist and tweet guy for Brookfield, Wauwatosa and New Berlin as of June 30.

I have been thinking about this since the end of the winter season. The main reason is my wife, Kathy, turned 65 (hopefully she won't read this) in July and is eligible for Medicare. I've been eligible for two years (I know, I look like I just turned 40).

The second reason is my kids and their spouses have given Kathy and me two new grandsons — Ayden in November and Lewis in February — to go along with Angeline, a 16-year-old Waukesha Northstar junior, and Aria, a perky 3-year old. We need more flexibility to go see them, especially Ayden, who lives in La Cresenta, California.

Favorite teams

I have been blessed with many great teams, too many to remember, since I can't remember what happened two days ago. But I want to bring up five in particular, all state champs in all three of my papers.

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New Berlin West girls soccer team finishes one win from state in Drago's first year

June 26, 2016 3:12 p.m. | The New Berlin girls soccer team had a fine season under first-year coach Matt Drago, finishing 14-10-1 overall and 7-3 in the Woodland Conference and making it to the sectional finals, one step from state.

"Overall, we had a good season at West; although, our record wasn't where we were hoping it would be," Drago said. "We did finish on a high note in getting out of the regional and one game away from state. We had a midseason slide that I take the blame for. We hit a stretch where we couldn't find the net over six straight games. Stretches like that will happen in sports, but it's the job of the coaches to limit how long they last."

Six honored

The Vikings had six players make the all-conference team on some level, led by first-team selection junior defender Morgan Henrichs. The Vikings' captain in a two-time first-team selection.

Junior forward Jenna Linssen, who was honorable mention all-conference last year, was a second-team selection this year, as was senior midfielder Courtney Stephens. The Vikings' captain was second team last season as well. Stephens was also Academic All-State on a team with a 3.85 GPA.

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New Berlin West's outstanding softball season ends with state title

June 26, 2016 2:49 p.m. | The New Berlin West softball team had a dream season, going 26-5, winning the Woodland Conference West Division with a 13-3 record and winning the regional and sectional titles.

Oh, they also were the WIAA Division 2 state champions. They beat New London, 4-3, and Delavan-Darien, 2-1, in the tournament. It was their second trip to state since 2013, when they were one and done.

The Vikings were led by super sophomore Cheyenne Sowinski, who was first-team All-State, first-team All-District, first-team All-Woodland, first-team All-Conference and the Woodland West Player of the Year.

Junior third baseman Camryn Klotz was honorable mention All-District, first-team All-Woodland, first-team All-Conference and the state championship Player of the Game.

Senior outfielder Abby Stoltenburg was first-team All-Woodland and first-team all-conference. Senior second baseman Leah Marrari was a first-team all-conference choice.

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Low bid way under estimate for Muskego's North Cape Road rec trail

June 24, 2016 2:47 p.m. | When bids were opened Thursday, Muskego officials were pleased that the low bid was $200,000 below the estimate for the North Cape Road recreation trail.

The low bid of $268,000 is from Blaze Landscape Contracting, Menomonee Falls. The Muskego Common Council is expected to award the bid to Blaze on Tuesday, June 28.

The approximate $200,000 that was under budget was slated to come from the landfill fund, said Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti. "The funds will remain there for future capital projects as determined by the council."

The off-road recreation trail would extend from north of Boxhorn Drive going south to Highway 36. The third of a mile segment would complete a loop that will enable bicyclists to go all the way to New Berlin or to Wind Lake. The developer of the Aster Hills subdivision has already completed the trail south to Boxhorn Drive.

Construction could start this fall or next spring.

Muskego police to offer citizens academy in the fall

June 24, 2016 10:02 a.m. | The Muskego Police Department will offer a citizens academy beginning in September. If you are interested in attending the program and obtaining some insight into law enforcement, contact 262-679-5653, or send an email to mrakers@cityofmuskego.org. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, live or work in Muskego and will go through a criminal background check.

Event to benefit New Berlin Police canine officer

June 23, 2016 9:06 a.m. | A fundraiser for the New Berlin Police Canine Unit will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Cappoochino's Dog Wash & Grooming Salon, Sendiks Plaza, 3640 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin: Meet Condor, a New Berlin Police dog, meet Zappa a champion Newfoundland and dogs from the German Shepard Club. Silent auction baskets, home-baked dog treats, do-it-yourself dog wash $15 and nails trimmed $10 will be offered. 262-789-5210

Muskego shelves one recreation trail, gets bargain on another

June 22, 2016 3:36 p.m. | Muskego — While the Muskego Public Works Committee last week shelved a controversial recreation trail because residents protested, the city found it will get a bargain for another trail.

The proposed trail that sparked protests would have been along Martin Drive between Janesville and Lannon roads. The committee noted that because Martin Drive had been shifted many years ago, a trail would have come too close to homes and large trees would have had to be cut down.

Roughly 30 residents came to last week's committee meeting to protest, but chairman Alderman Kevin Kubacki said so much opposition had already been voiced that canceling the trail was pretty much a foregone conclusion by the time the meeting started. Only two residents had spoken before the committee called the question and voted. The committee's decision to drop the trail was greeted by an ovation.

Kubacki predicted that the public works director will take the trail off the trail system plan next time the map is updated.

Unless the road is moved again, Kubacki said, "I don't see a trail. There is just no room for it. You would take big trees down and the trail would be at your front door."

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Muskego neighbors: adding parking not a solution to Kurth Park problem

June 20, 2016 9:29 a.m. | Muskego —Adding parking at Kurth Park is not the solution to parents zooming through a neighborhood to get their children to soccer games on time and parking on lawns and blocking residential driveways, two park neighbors said.

"We're pretty angry you guys want to increase the parking," Tracy Manz told the Muskego Parks and Conservation Committee recently. "Somebody's going to get hit by a car."

Her solution is to get rid of the soccer field. And she is not alone in blaming soccer.

Neighbor Gale Ireland said of what she regards as the soccer club's intense use of the park: "It's overbooked and out of control."

Driver screaming

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Muskego survey shows support for splash pad, Frisbee golf, ice skating

June 20, 2016 8:28 a.m. | Muskego — A splash pad for summer, skating for winter and Frisbee golf for pretty much anytime seemed to be on the minds of the 849 Muskego residents who responded to a recreation survey in March.

Their recommendations have been included in the draft of a five-year park and conservation plan that will be reviewed July 6 by the city's Parks and Conservation Committee.

After a plan is adopted, the city will decide whether to move forward with the recommendations over the next five years.

A few of the survey highlights are substantial interest in splash pads, possibly at Veterans Memorial Park, W182 S8200 Racine Ave., and Moorland Park at Sandalwood Drive and Moorland Road.

"It came out in the general survey that this is something the city would love to see, overwhelmingly," said Jeff Muenkel, community development director.

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New Berlin Eisenhower bats come alive against Pewaukee

June 19, 2016 10:25 p.m. | Entering the week having lost three straight Woodland West games, the New Berlin Eisenhower baseball team collected a pair of crucial victories over Pewaukee to move itself right into the thick of the division race.

The Lions then dropped consecutive games to Cudahy and West Bend West before defeating Brookfield Central on June 18 to improve to 9-9 overall. At 3-3 in the Woodland West, Eisenhower trails Greendale and New Berlin West by one game for the division lead.

Pewaukee

Bo Saikie pitched six innings, allowing three hits and a walk while fanning seven in a 6-0 win at Pewaukee on June 13 to begin the week.

"Bo was outstanding on the mound for six strong innings," coach Michael Vahovick said. "Offensively, we took advantage of the opportunities that Pewaukee presented us."

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New Berlin West baseball team, Greendale tied for first

June 19, 2016 9:55 p.m. | The New Berlin West baseball team continued its recent upswing by winning three of four games last week, including picking up a victory over Greendale.

The Vikings began the week by splitting a pair of games with the Panthers before picking up wins over a pair of talented teams in South Milwaukee and Sussex Hamilton.

New Berlin West's split with Greendale leaves the two teams tied atop the Woodland West at 4-2.

Greendale

The Vikings opened the week by splitting two well-played games against Greendale.

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New Berlin Eisenhower girls soccer team has good season

June 19, 2016 9:27 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower finished 9-1-1 in the Woodland Conference, right behind Wauwatosa West (9-0-1), and 13-7-3 overall.

They won a regional title and lost in the sectional semifinal.

"Overall, we exceeded expectations," first year coach Nick Datka said. "Nobody really even talked about being a conference contender, let alone competing into June. We have an awesome nucleus of players that will be returning next year, as well as a great group of players that competed at the JV level this year."

The Lions had eight all-conference players at some level. First-team choices were forward Kayla Jedrzejewski, midfielder Claire Popp and defender Alyssa Stuckart.

Second-team choices were forward Emma Grellinger and defender Payton Fuerstenberg. Defender Sara Farrell was honorable mention, along with defender Hannah Plockelman and goalkeeper Ava Seifert.

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