Overnight road work to force closure of parts of I-94

Jan. 29, 2014 2:20 p.m. | Crews will flatten out bumps on I-94 at the Springdale, Brookfield and Moorland roads overpasses Wednesday night, causing rolling closures of the highway starting at 10 p.m.

The bumps worsened after the recent extreme cold weather, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in a release. Work will start at the westbound lanes of I-94 at Moorland Road, and all locations will be completed by 4 a.m.

Delays are expected in the area, and the State Patrol will be assisting with the closures.

Muskego and New Berlin schools again close due to extreme cold

Jan. 27, 2014 12:24 p.m. | Both the New Berlin and Muskego-Norway school districts have canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday because of bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills.

The New Berlin School Board also postponed its Monday meeting. But the Muskego-Norway School Board Monday meeting was still on as of noon Monday.

Similar weather conditions also forced the closure of schools in both districts, as well as elsewhere in the area, on Jan. 6 and 7.

Waukesha County schools could cancel classes due to the cold once again

Jan. 24, 2014 2:36 p.m. | With extreme wind chills heading to southeastern Wisconsin once again early next week, superintendents will evaluate whether it's too cold for school.

Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said Friday that superintendents across Waukesha County will hold a conference call late Sunday afternoon to decide if they will close their schools on Monday.

Gray said they'll discuss their options at that time but they might not have a decision until very early Monday morning. 

"Right now Monday's forecast at 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. would not necessarily cause us to close," Gray said. "That could change over the weekend."

Gray said a wind chill warning of minus 35 would close the schools but depending on conditions the districts may even consider closing with slightly less wind chills if there are strong wind gusts.

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West names new coaches for boys, girls soccer

Jan. 24, 2014 11:25 a.m. | New Berlin West named new boys and girls soccer coaches last week, as Adam Bell will take over the girls team in the spring and Nick Datka will head up the boys next fall.

Bell has been teaching social studies in the West school system the past three years after graduating from Carroll University.

Bell, hoping for an opportunity to coach soccer during that time period, has spent time coaching basketball, track & field and football.

“Adam has done a wonderful job with our athletes the past three years,” Julie Kader, director of athletics and activities. “We are extremely excited for him to take the program to the next level.”

Datka will be on the sideline this fall leading the New West boys soccer program. Datka previously was the varsity boys coach at East Troy High School where he led the Trojans to over 100 victories, four regional championships and one conference championship in his seven seasons.

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Man wanted on warrant taken into custody after New Berlin standoff

Jan. 24, 2014 8:54 a.m. | A man wanted on a felony probation warrant was taken into custody Friday after he barricaded himself inside a New Berlin home, causing police to respond to the tactical situation.

The man fled from police shortly after 3 a.m. Friday and New Berlin police saw him enter a home in the 3300 block of Heide Lane, where he refused to surrender to police, according to a police news release.

Officers believed the man to be armed, as they knew there were numerous weapons in the house, including rifles and handguns, the release stated.

The Suburban Critical Incident Team and Waukesha County Sheriff's Department assisted in negotiations with the 40-year-old man, who was taken into custody at 7:15 a.m., according to a police news release.

No one was injured, and the case is still under investigation.

Marquette High student Von Rueden dies after cancer fight

Jan. 22, 2014 10:06 p.m. | Greg Von Rueden, who was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2012 and fought the disease courageously with the support of his family, friends and the local club volleyball community, died Wednesday.

His death from bone cancer was reported on the West Allis Lightning Volleyball Club website, his family's CaringBridge website and on the Facebook page of Marquette University High School.

Von Rueden, 15, of New Berlin, was a student at Marquette University High School, the same school Purdue University engineering student Andrew Boldt, who was shot and killed on Tuesday, attended.

"It is with heartfelt sadness that we pass along the very sad news that Greg Von Rueden lost his battle with cancer today. Greg passed peacefully at his home surrounded by family," the Lightning website reported.

"His strength through this horrible battle was beyond inspirational and he will always be on our club's sidelines.

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Office, retail building proposed for Muskego

Jan. 21, 2014 7:00 a.m. | A 4,300-square-foot office and retail building is being proposed for the city-owned former BP Gas Station parcel on the southwest corner of Lannon Drive and Janesville Road, in Muskego.

Developer John Jewell would move his Muskego businesses, Jewell Homes LLC and R & W Realty, to the new building from W188 S7830 Racine Ave., according to a city report. The building also would house Frenz Hair & Nail Salon, which would relocate from the Racine Ave. building, and a local home-based business, Destiny Chocolates.

Jewell would buy the parcel from the city for its costs of acquiring it from Waukesha County, estimated at around $10,000, including an environmental investigation, the report said.

Jewell wants the city to reimburse him for removing contaminated soil and old concrete foundations, estimated at around $9,000. He also is seeking a $100,000 low-interest loan and a $22,500 grant to help finance the $350,000 construction costs. Additional financing will come from a Citizens Bank of Mukwonago loan and Jewell's equity investment.

The project would have an estimated assessed value of $639,000, producing over $10,000 in annual property taxes.

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Muskego-Norway School Board looking at weight room options

Jan. 15, 2014 10:28 a.m. | To keep options open, the Muskego-Norway School Board took two steps Monday with regard to the Muskego High School weight room floor that was found late last summer to be in disrepair.

Because one of the options is building a weight room addition, the board will make sure any addition would not close the door on potential long-range plans that might involve expanding the swimming pool or building a field house. The district will hire an architect to explore where such expansions would best be placed. That information should be back to the School Board in about a month.

At this point, the district has no plans to expand the pool or build a field house. A weight room addition is being considered to accommodate future growth.

The other step the board took was to go out for bids to repair the weight room floor. Contractors will give prices for repairing the floor to support classroom use and for reinforcing it enough to support use as a weight room.

As soon as the defects in the floor were discovered, the weight room equipment was moved to smaller temporary quarters where the floor was at grade.

New Berlin Eisenhower football coach steps down

Jan. 13, 2014 8:43 a.m. | (Editor's note: Setz felt uncomfortable talking about himself, but he sent information on his career.)

New Berlin Eisenhower's Jeff Setz stepped down last week as head football coach, a position he has held since 1991.

Setz, who will continue to coach the softball program, was initially hired as a mathematics teacher at Eisenhower in 1973. He started coaching football in the middle school football program, joined the high school staff three years later, finally joining the varsity staff in 1981. He took over as head coach 10 years later.

"Coach Setz has been a staple at Ike since 1973 and his legacy goes beyond the state titles and conference championships he brought to Eisenhower," said Kevin Fitzgerald, athletics & activies director.

"Coach has made an impact on thousands as an educator, coach and mentor. Over the past few days, I've heard a number of different Coach Setz stories which refer to his legendary pregame speeches, motivational tactics and his love for the kids that have gone through his program. We will forever be grateful for his devotion and passion for Ike football."

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Muskego and New Berlin public schools to remain closed Tuesday

Jan. 06, 2014 1:37 p.m. | Due to the extreme weather and frigid wind chill temperatures, all Muskego-Norway Schools and New Berlin public schools will be closed again for Tuesday, the district announced.

The schools were already closed Monday. And like the Monday closings, the Tuesday closings will include all after school activities.

Muskego schools join in closings Monday due to extreme cold

Jan. 03, 2014 5:56 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway public schools will be closed Monday, due to the forecasted extreme cold temperatures, Superintendent Kelly Thompson said late Friday afternoon.

The closing includes all after-school activities as well, Thompson said in an email. Any events scheduled for Monday will be rescheduled, she added.

New Berlin schools to be closed Monday due to extreme cold

Jan. 03, 2014 5:43 p.m. | The New Berlin School District has announced that its public schools will be closed Monday due to the forecasted extreme cold weather.

The district notified parents late Friday afternoon of the decision.

Temperatures might also cause the schools to be closed Tuesday, the notification to parents says, but that decision will be made Monday.

Monday activities held in New Berlin schools and sponsored by the New Berlin Recreation Department also are canceled.

2013 Suburban sports photos of the year gallery now online

Jan. 03, 2014 8:56 a.m. | 2013 was a big year in suburban sports.

Germantown boys basketball, Muskego boys soccer, Menomonee Falls girls volleyball, New Berlin West boys baseball, Shorewood and Brookfield East boys track and field and Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall gymnastics teams all won state titles.

From football and basketball to wrestling, track and swimming, NOW Newspapers and MyCommunityNOW covered many meets, games and invites. 

And you can find photos from those events and more in our 2013 Suburban Sports Photos of the Year gallery.

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