Once again, Muskego's senior taxi service will be able to finish the year in the black with the help of $5,000 from the city on top of thousands of dollars from local businesses and community groups and a subsidy by Waukesha County.
On Tuesday, Muskego approved the $5,000 contribution from funds left over from tax incremental finance districts that have met their goals and are now closed.
While the city has provided funding from closed TIFs almost every year since 2008, Alderman Dan Soltysiak called for the city to set up a separate fund that could be budgeted to meet such expenses if groups that provide community services get into a bind. By the time they come to the city they would likely find that every city dollar is already spoken for, he said.
That suggestion will be discussed soon during budget development for next year.
New Berlin — A slow start is a relative term for a player like Reed Timmer.
Containing the reigning Woodland Conference West Division Player of the Year is both a mental and physical strain on opposing defenses.
On Friday night, Pewaukee did its best to shut down Timmer and New Berlin Eisenhower, but the Lions overcame a three-point halftime deficit to bounce back for a 52-45 victory.
Timmer was held to two points in the opening quarter and the Lions trailed early, but he came back and finished with 21 points.
Timmer is tough» Read Full Article
Greendale quarterback Josh Ringelberg is quick to credit his teammates, but there was no doubt of the offensive impact the dual-threat junior had this season.
Ringelberg has been voted the NOW All-Suburban Football Player of the Year after throwing for 41 touchdowns and running for 10. He led the Panthers to the Division 3 state finals, where he threw for a record 270 yards, including a record 97-yard toss to Nate Miller.
Ringelberg is joined on the team by Homestead's Dave Keel, the NOW All-Suburban Football Coach of the Year. Keel, a perennial contender for the award, garnered it for the first time after leading the Highlanders to an 11-1 mark despite losing the bulk of his 2012 state title team to graduation.
A 23-year-old Waukesha man has been charged in a crash that killed a motorcyclist in October.
Edi R. Gomez was late for his job at McDonald's in Muskego on Oct. 11 when he tried to pass James Solveson on the shoulder of Racine Ave. then lost control of his SUV and hit the motorcyclist, according to a criminal complaint released Wednesday.
Solveson, 58, of Waukesha, was thrown from his bike, lost his helmet, struck his head on a metal pole and died at the scene. The crash happened near Mill Creek Trail in New Berlin about 7 a.m.
Gomez's SUV flipped three times. He was taken by helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for treatment. Gomez initially told investigators the motorcycle tried to pass him on the right, forcing him to brake, and roll.
When told his account differed from those of other drivers, Gomez admitted he had been tailgating the motorcycle and tried to pass on the right, and that he knew his driver's license was suspended at the time.» Read Full Article
The New Berlin Police Department is urging online shoppers to use caution when having packages delivered at home.
Most packages are left at the customer's door, even if no one is home to accept them, which leads to opportunistic criminal stealing items from the door step or targetting delivery trucks, according to a news release.
The department offered the following tips:
■ Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery.
■ Check delivery status online so you can try to be home when the package arrives. Some retailers even offer text messages to your cell phone to alert you when items have been delivered.» Read Full Article
New Berlin West's girls basketball team defeated Whitefish Bay Dominican, 38-36, at the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout on Friday.
Allazia Blockton scored 25 points to lead all scorers, but the Vikings used a balanced attack to hang on and give coach Jef Radtke his first win back as a head coach.
Sarah Meleski had nine points, Claire Radtke and Rachel Novotny each had eight to lead West.
Trailing 10-8 after one quarter, the Vikings outscored the Knights, 12-2, in the second quarter as Meleski scored seven points on three baskets and a free throw to lead 20-12 at halftime.
Claire Radtke had two key steals in the final minute and Novotny had two big baskets in the final quarter.» Read Full Article
Muskego Mayor Cathy Chiaverotti has announced her intention to seek a second term.
"During my term as mayor, it has been my honor and privilege to serve the residents and businesses of Muskego," she wrote in a press release announcing her candidacy. "With my experience and my passion for our community in mind, I hereby announce my decision to seek re-election."
Candidates for municipal office can start circulating nomination papers Dec.1 for the April 2014 spring election.
Right from the start, Wauwatosa West’s strategy went out of the window, resulting with a 75-54 loss to New Berlin Eisenhower on Friday in the Woodland West Division opener at West.
“Part of our game plan was shot from the opening tip,” Trojans coach Chad Stelse said. “We wanted to contain Reed (Timmer) and shut down everyone else and I have to give them a ton of credit – Reed’s supporting staff played very well today.”
Yes they did, as the Lions worked the ball, found the open man and were in command the entire game.
Timmer finished with a team-high 23 points, but 11 came in garbage time in the final period, as he sank 9-of-10 free throws and had Ike’s final basket.
The Lions took a 22-6 lead in the first period, as eight players scored, 2-4 points. Their balance was great, as Timmer led the way with seven points followed by Brett Hanson and Ben Uelner with six each and Jack Sirek and Bennett Kohlhard with five apiece.» Read Full Article
2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery with more images from this weekend's state finals at Wisconsin Lutheran College.We've just updated our
Marquette defeated Germantown, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12, to win the state title.
Marquette earned its spot in the finals with victories over Westosha Central and Brookfield East.
Germantown reached the finals with victories over Middleton and Catholic Memorial. The Warhawks rallied from two-set deficits in both contests.
As part of an effort to revise its bullying policy, the New Berlin School Board is considering having the superintendent, rather than the board itself, decide appeals of principals' decisions in such matters.
Superintendent Joe Garza views the proposed change as a small one because there have been no appeals in the two years during since the policy was implemented. He recommended the change because such matters are more in the purview of administrators than the board, which is generally a policy developer.
Even so, School Board member Art Marquardt said it seems that parents should be able to appeal to the board if they don't agree with the superintendent.
Under the proposed policy, if parents don't like the superintendent's decision, they can only appeal it to the state superintendent. Marquardt suggested the School Board might be a step between the superintendent and the state superintendent.
The board could vote on the revision as early as Nov. 25.
Whether you think it's coming too early or are embracing it whole-heartedly, snow is here in the Milwaukee area.
And people around the area were sharing their thoughts - and photos - on Twitter, Instagram and more.
Take a look at some of the photos and videos that were shared in the MyCommunityNOW Storify story of the first snowfall of 2013.
MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications suburban football poll on the strength of a 36-3 victory over Germantown in Friday's Level 3 contest.Arrowhead has moved back to the top spot in the
Former No. 1 Homestead lost to Kimberly, 37-7. Undefeated Greendale, a 41-27 winner over Plymouth in Level 3, is second in the poll.
Visit Push for the Playoffs for the rest of the poll, Coaches Confidential, You Make the Call and more.
WIAA boys state soccer photo gallery with images from today's Division 4 title game between University School and The Prairie School. USM won, 1-0.We've just updated the MyCommunityNOW
The state soccer photo gallery also features images from Muskego's 1-0 victory over Arrowhead in the Division 1 semifinals; Cedarburg's 2-1 win over Whitefish Bay in the Division 2 semifinals; Notre Dame's 1-0 victory over Pewaukee in the Division 3 semifinals; and University School's 1-0 victory over Sturgeon Bay in the Division 4 semifinals.
Two bills making their way through the state Legislation might cost New Berlin residents money by changing the way hotel room taxes can be spent.
Currently, the city uses about $240,000 of the room taxes that local hotels pay for things like city debt service and building maintenance. State law currently allows it to do that as long as it uses 30 percent of the hotel taxes to promote tourism and people staying overnight in the city.
Hotel room taxes are paid on top of property taxes.
The two proposed bills would increase the portion of room taxes that would go to promoting tourism to 70 percent. That means a large chunk of that $240,000 that New Berlin uses for debt and maintenance would have to be made up by local taxpayers.
Further, the bills would require the 70 percent to go into the hands of organizations promoting local tourism.» Read Full Article
The former Glen Park Elementary School, 3500 S. Glen Park Road, New Berlin, is now officially up for sale.
The school was closed at the end of the school year in June 2012 to save money and because the building had deteriorated. The closing ended months of controversy with Glen Park parents pleading with the School Board to keep the school open.
Anderson Commercial Group was chosen as the listing agent, following a request for proposals from other commercial real estate companies.
Also listed with Anderson are the former Little Grove Elementary School, 3800 S. Racine Ave., and three vacant parcels the schools own.
Proceeds from the sales will be used to help pay for $8.2 million in school building projects.
Pretty soon, patrons of The Ridge Theater will be able to bring their beer, wine or cocktails in from Zaffiros Restaurant and Bar located inside The Ridge theater complex to the theater to enjoy while they watch movies.
The New Berlin Common Council gave the nod Tuesday after Marcus Theater officials asked if The Ridge, 5200 S. Moorland Road, could be the seventh Marcus theater complex where patrons can watch movies and sip beer, wine or cocktails. Currently, Zaffiro's patrons have to finish their drinks at the restaurant/bar.
A Marcus spokesman told the council that Ridge patrons have been asking to be able to bring their deverages into the shows.
Even though they will soon be able to do that, they still won't be allowed to take alcoholic beverages out of the building.