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New Berlin Walmart opponents claim crucial city vote invalid

June 17, 2013 10:53 a.m. | The group Neighbors First New Berlin, which opposes a plan to build a Walmart Super Center on Greenfield Avenue in New Berlin, has filed a lawsuit against the city alleging that legal notice of a public hearing affecting the project was not given the required 30 days in advance.

The hearing was held Jan. 7 before the Plan Commission. On May 6, the commission recommended on a 3 to 2 vote that the city change its Comprehensive Plan and zoning that cleared the way for the Walmart. On May 14, the Common Council made those changes.

If Neighbors First prevails, it will get to argue its case again in front of the Plan Commission that got two new members between the January hearing and the actual vote in May, said the group's attorney Dennis Grzezinski. Both the new members voted for the changes in the Comprehensive Plan and the zoning.

Even if those new members viewed the hearing on the city's computer replay system before they voted, the group hopes to change their minds through a full hearing experience, Grzezinski said. The group also will have more time to make its presentation more effective, he said.

The Walmart is proposed for about a block east of Moorland Road. The group's lawsuit also is against the Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust.

2016 Waukesha County Fair coverage

July 22, 2016 5:48 p.m. | The Waukesha County Fair, the oldest fair in Wisconsin, is in full swing on the grounds of the Waukesha County Expo Center. 

And our interns McKenna Oxenden and Maddy Heim have been enjoying all aspects the fair brings.

From ranking the tastiest food items at the fair, to being there when the Fairest of the Fair was crowned, to having a good time watching the pig, duck and goat races, a new attraction at the fair. Take a look at our coverage of the fair, which continues through Sunday, July 24.

Our fair food rankings

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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Resources available to Waukesha County residents during extreme heat

July 21, 2016 9:21 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is reminding residents of the resources available during the excessive heat warning in effect from noon Thursday, July 21, through 7 p.m. Friday, July 22.

"Excessive heat is the most frequent weather-related danger in southeast Wisconsin," said Farrow. "For this reason, Waukesha County has safeguards in place to ensure that even our most vulnerable residents can stay safe and healthy."

Cooling centers

Dozens of cooling centers and places to cool off are in Waukesha County, such as libraries, malls, or senior dining centers.

·Members of the public may use Waukesha County ice arenas as cooling stations for free. The cost to skate is $6.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.

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Muskego mixed-use project gets $500,000 state grant

July 20, 2016 12:37 p.m. | The redevelopment of Muskego's former Parkland Mall site into a mixed-use project is getting a $500,000 state grant.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. announced the grant Wednesday for the $34 million Parkland Towne Center project.

That development will include a new 30,000-square-foot Sendik’s grocery store, 90 apartments and 24,000 square feet of additional commercial space. 

Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. 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 preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Time lapse: A tour of Big Muskego Lake shows hope, beauty reign in giant wetland

July 18, 2016 5:24 p.m. | Children, friends and couples gathered around watercraft, listening intently to instructions as the summer breeze caressed their skin, notifying a great evening ahead for kayaking.

More than 15 people gathered for the Muskego Recreation Department's kayaking trip on Big Muskego Lake. City recreation specialist Adam Young talked to them about the lake and the group's upcoming journey.

Young has been with the department a little over one year and wanted to display the lake's ecology and wildlife it supports through noninvasive kayaking trips.

"I want to share my passion for water with people," Young said. "I want them to know that resource is there for them. It's surprising at times but also not. They just don't think about it. That this resource is there for them."

The trips allow kayakers, both inexperienced and experienced alike, to glide around the lake viewing eagles and Osprey nests along with other wildlife. Running from 6 to 9 p.m. the lake also provides the perfect stage for a sunset viewing.

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#BestSummerEverNOW: Share your 2016 summer photos of you in the Milwaukee suburbs

July 18, 2016 3:55 p.m. | Are you having the best summer ever?

It's a great time to be outdoors with many events going around in the Milwaukee area

Whatever you might be doing, it's likely you've snapped some photos or selfies. 

Whether you're enjoying a picnic in the park, a local festival, some splashing around at your community pool, or attending your local farmers market, there's plenty going on in the Milwaukee suburbs this summer.

We have started a photo gallery of our staff photographers' best summer photos from local events. But we want your photos to be added to this gallery.

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Live coverage: 2016 WIAA Summer Baseball Sectional Round

July 18, 2016 2:30 p.m. | It's sectional day for WIAA summer baseball teams.

By the end of the day the summer baseball field will be trimmed from 16 teams to four.

Who will be left standing and playing for a state title on Friday at Kapco Park in Mequon?

Follow our live blog as sports reporters from Lake Country Publications and NOW Newspapers are out at sectional games today in South Milwaukee, Germantown and Brookfield Central.  

Sports reporters JR Radcliffe, Steven L. Tietz, Andrew Gruman, John Rech and Chuck Delsman will be tweeting from various games today.

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NOW's user submitted stories, photos will be discontinued in early August

July 18, 2016 10:24 a.m. | Your local MyCommunityNow website and LakeCountryNow.com will have a new look during the first week of August.

With it, a standing element — User Submitted Stories and User Submitted Photos — on our current sites will be discontinued.

That means the public will not have the ability to post a story or photo directly to our websites.

Instead, there will be a form you can fill out to submit to editors for consideration. It will be at the editor's discretion whether the item is posted to a particular website.

Thank you for your submissions over the years, and continue to visit our websites as we bring you the news from the Milwaukee and Waukesha suburbs.

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New Berlin West baseball team drops heartbreaker to Greendale in regional final

July 17, 2016 10:42 p.m. | It is hard to imagine two more evenly matched teams than New Berlin West and Greendale.

The Vikings and Panthers entered their WIAA regional final matchup having played three one-run games this season — two in the regular season and another in the Woodland Conference tournament championship game.

With a trip to the sectional on the line, the two teams played yet another one-run game. This time Greendale came out on top, as the Panthers got a clutch sixth-inning hit from freshman J.R Muth to come away with a 3-2 win over New Berlin West.

"All four of our games were identical," New Berlin West coach Tom Farina said. "Neither one of us could beat the other one two times in a row. We kept trading wins and losses. Each one of us had a big win. We won to win the conference championship title, and they won to move on to the sectionals.

"It was one of the more amazing things I've seen in all the years I've been coaching. All the games were well-played, exciting games."

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New Berlin Eisenhower baseball team falls to Cudahy in WIAA regional

July 17, 2016 10:30 p.m. | There isn't an easy way for a team to have its season come to a close, but some endings are tougher to take than others. One out away from advancing in the WIAA baseball tournament, the New Berlin Eisenhower baseball team couldn't close out Cudahy.

The ninth-seeded Packers tied the game in the seventh and took the lead in the eighth in a 4-2 win over the eighth-seeded Lions in a regional game at Mike Neufeldt Field.

With Eisenhower leading 2-1 with two outs in the seventh, Cudahy's Dylan Maxwell kept the game alive by drawing a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Brandon Stachowiak followed with a single to right to move the tying run into scoring position.

Lion starter Boden Saikie, who twirled a gem for Eisenhower, walked Danny Hahn to load the bases. Reliever Bryce Wesling then walked Sam Wojs to force in the tying run. Wesling recovered to strike out Sam Sagan to keep the game tied.

After Wesling retired the first two batters he faced in the eighth, Alex Valine and Dawson Povolo hit consecutive singles and Brandon Ray reached on an infield single to load the bases.

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Muskego child enticement hearing for former West Bend official delayed

July 12, 2016 2:00 p.m. | A hearing for former West Bend city administrator Thomas Justice on child enticement charges in Muskego was delayed Monday until Aug. 12, at the request of his attorney.

Susan Roth, representing Justice who now lives in Cincinnati, asked for the postponement because negotiations are ongoing with state officials. He pleaded not guilty June 9.

According to the criminal complaint, Justice allegedly was in contact with the Muskego girl, now 17, over a three-year period, starting in 2013. Justice didn't realize she was under 18 until September 2015, according to a search warrant filed April 27. He objected, "You said you were in college," the warrant says. But then he said he was still interested in paying for sex, according to a text message excerpt the warrant contains.

Justice was arrested in Muskego allegedly on his way to meet the girl. However by then, a Muskego police detective had taken the girl's place online so police were ready to arrest him when he came to the city.

Initial Reaction Podcast: WIAA state summer baseball tournament preview

July 12, 2016 9:10 a.m. | Steven L. Tietz stops by to chat about the forthcoming WIAA summer baseball state tournament, including teams to watch and the state of defending state champ Menomonee Falls. JP and JR talk about summer free agency in the NBA, specifically how it impacts the Milwaukee Bucks, and can we be at least a little disappointed with the Brewers at the All-Star break? 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 preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

New Berlin bicyclist killed in collision with semitrailer truck in Pewaukee

July 12, 2016 6:53 a.m. | City of Pewaukee — A 59-year-old New Berlin man was struck and killed by a semitrailer truck while riding his bicycle here Monday, July 11.

At 3:08 p.m., the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and the Pewaukee Fire Department responded to an accident at Highway F (Redford Boulevard) and Highway M (Watertown Road) involving a semi and a bicycle, according to Jennifer Wallschlaeger of the sheriff's department.

An investigation determined the truck was westbound on Watertown Road and was making a right turn to go north on Redford Boulevard. The bicyclist was also traveling west on Watertown Road and rode into the path of the truck as the truck was making the right turn. The cyclist was killed in the collision.

The drive and lone occupant of the truck was a 66-year-old Glendale man.

The intersection was closed for several hours after the crash. It reopened around 6 p.m., Wallschlaeger said.

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Questions must be answered before Muskego Youth Football can use park

July 11, 2016 2:31 p.m. | Muskego Youth Football will not use a portion of Denoon Park, there are too many unanswered questions about how adding a football field would affect youth soccer and baseball that already use the park, the Muskego Parks and Conservation Committee decided.

Muskego Youth Football is searching for a home where it can be more of a master of its schedule. Currently, the approximately 400 children in Muskego Youth Football practice at Bay Lane, Muskego Elementary and Mill Valley schools and at Lions Park. Games are generally played on Johnson field at Muskego High School, the same field that high school teams use for practice.

At Denoon Park, W216 S10798 Crowbar Drive, Muskego Youth Soccer uses the two large grassy areas that can be divided into three to 16 soccer fields, depending on the ages of the soccer players. Five Muskego youth baseball teams play some of their games on the ballfield at Denoon.

Under one of two concept plans, youth football would create two football/soccer fields on each of the two grassy areas soccer uses. The other concept plan that also calls for two football/soccer fields, would leave the grassy area along Crowbar Road alone. The second field would be built where the baseball field is now.

The baseball field is comparatively lightly used and an alternate field might be found, Tammy Dunn, recreation director, said after the meeting. However, the baseball teams might not be able to play the evenings or Saturdays they usually do, she said.

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