NOW All-Suburban Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season after helping the Warhawks to their second consecutive WIAA Division 1 basketball championship.Germantown center Luke Fischer has been voted the
He is joined on the NOW team by his coach, Steve Showalter, who has guided the Warhawks to 56 consecutive victories and the back-to-back state titles.
Dominican's Duane Wilson and Diamond Stone also earned spots on the team after helping their squad to the state Division 4 title.
You can read more about them and the other members of the team on the special page highlighting the NOW 2012-13 All-Suburban Boys Basketball Team.
Layton State Bank partners with web-based company in teaching financial literacy to high school students
EverFi, Inc. to help high school students become financially literate and certified before they enter the complicated world of credit scores, debt, taxes and other concepts found in the complex world of finances.Layton State Bank is partnering with
EverFi, a Washington D.C. based company, uses technology as its platform to educate students on various subjects including, substance abuse, civic engagement and financial security. Marquette University uses the companies AlcoholEdu for College assessment in educating all incoming freshman on the importance of substance abuse and appropriate alcohol consumption.
Over 1,000 high school students in West Allis, Greendale, Greenfield and New Berlin School Districts will take part in the 10-unit, six hour course. The students will be taught, assessed and certified in the overarching topics of credit scores, credit cards, student loans, taxes, mortgages, insurance, savings, stocks and 401k’s. Throughout the course the students progress and scores will be tracked and those students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a Certification in Financial Literacy.
The web-based program uses technology as a way to grasp the youths attention and spark an interest. The hope is that by using avatars, gaming and other interactives the material becomes more engaging and interesting for the students.
The City of Muskego says it's offering $825,000 in tax incentives for a gear manufacturer to relocate in the city's business park from Franklin.
Northern Gear LLC, a gear manufacturer and machining company, will seek city planning commission approval next week to build a 96,000-square-foot plant in Muskego's Moorland Commerce Center West, just south of the GE Healthcare warehouse on Moorland Road.
The move is expected to create about 90 jobs, city officials said Thursday in a news release.
An agreement with Northern Gear would allow it to receive tax incremental finance incentives totaling $825,000 to help the company with the move.
The company will have an investment in its own facility and will become more profitable while expanding. The city will realize more commerce and jobs, Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti said in the news release.
Muskego can now more readily go after deadbeats who haven't paid their fines now that the Muskego Common Council has approved making a municipal court employee full time.
Alderman made that decision Tuesday partly to give her more time to collect unpaid fines.
The city just started using software enabling it to skim unpaid fines off the income tax refunds of people who haven't paid. Since November, the tax intercept program has brought in more than $40,000.
The city warns taxpayers first what it's going to do, and that's usually enough encouragement for them to pay up, court officials said.
It wasn't the objection raised by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that kept Bethel Lutheran Church from getting the $3,000 improvement grant that would have been used to erect a new sign.
Rather, it was the fact that the grant money is intended to encourage commercial development, not institutional facilities such as churches, along Janesville Road that prompted the Common Council in Tuesday to withhold those dollars.
The Muskego Community Development Authority had earlier recommended the grant be given to the church, but the Freedom From Religion Foundation had publicly objected, saying that would violate the ideal of separation of church and state.
However, CDA member Kevin Kubacki noted that the federal government has determined that public money can go to religious organizations as long as it isn't used for religious programming and will benefit the community as a whole.
As for the intended purpose of the grant money, the CDA also saw it another way. It had reasoned that because the grant program's goal is to benefit commercial development, the church's sign, which officials agreed was attractive, would benefit businesses by improving the aesthetics of the whole neighborhood.
A lot that essentially became unbuildable as the result of the Janesville Road widening project could be rezoned to again make it more useful.
But the proposed rezoning had a supporter and detractor at a public hearing held before the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday.
The proposal would switch zoning for the land at W17226 Janesville Road from business to the more-lenient downtown revival district, which allows for smaller setbacks from the road. The city established downtown revival district zoning for businesses that would lose property to the road widening and would have trouble meeting the city's normal setback requirements.
But those setbacks serve a purpose, said Robert Hinners, owner of Tres Locos Restaurant, S7505 Lannon Drive. If the rezoning is approved, a new building could end up only five feet from the lot line shared with his restaurant.
Supporting the proposed rezoning was Andria Roschke, attorney for owner Jay Petroleum Inc., who said that without the rezoning the land would sit idle.
While some aldermen are comfortable with Muskego's relatively new purchasing policy, a slim majority favors taking some oversight of big-ticket items back from the mayor.
In a straw poll of the Committee of the Whole members on Tuesday, aldermen voted 4-3 to have already-budgeted purchases come back to the council for final approval. In two weeks, the council will formally decide what qualifies as a big ticket item. It is considering a proposal that would place the dollar amount at $50,000 or more.
If approved, the policy would be similar to the way it was a couple of years ago, requiring a second Common Council review.
For efficiency reasons, the policy was changed in 2001 to have the mayor, rather than the council, review purchases of more than $25,000. While some aldermen had no problem with that, others said they wanted another look at large expenditures because costs are only estimates at budget time.
Once real costs become clearer, aldermen might decide they would rather not spend the money or that the project or equipment purchase should be changed to reduce costs, said Alderman Daniel Soltysiak.
The Waukesha County Bar Association released results of its judicial poll Wednesday, and incumbent Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack garnered more "qualified" and fewer "unqualified" votes than challenger Ed Fallone.
The organization's 531 members got ballots, but only 169 returned them.
In the "highly qualified" category, Roggensack led 93 to 36, but only 40 to 35 under "qualified." Fallone, a professor at Marquette University Law School, got 54 "not qualifieds" to 18 for the incumbent. Forty-three voters had no opinion on Fallone, while 15 had no opinion of Roggensack.
The election for the 10-year term is Tuesday.
Incumbent mayor Jack Chiovatero is seeking to be elected to his third term. He is being challenged by District 7 Alderman David Ament, who has served on the New Berlin Common Council since 2001.
If a green market is to be established in Muskego, it now has a potential home in part of the Muskego Public Library parking lot.
The Library Board approved allowing the market to use the front portion of the lot between 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays from mid-May to the week after Labor Day.
The library is located at W16663 Janesville Road.
Muskego planners report that they are working with a potential new business to take over the E.J. Salentine Buick property.
Salentine Buick, 14444 W. Janesville Road, believed to be the oldest business in Muskego, closed last month. The family-owned auto dealership opened in 1923.
New Berlin Eisenhower High School won this year's Wisconsin Academic Decathlon, snapping a string of 11 consecutive victories by Waukesha West High School.
Eisenhower captured the title with a score of 48,427 points, while Waukesha West scored 46,768 points. Both schools will compete in the national competition next month in Minneapolis.
"It was very, very exciting," said Erik Fountain, an Eisenhower math teacher and one of the school's two Academic Decathlon coaches. "It was very close. We had no idea until probably about three-quarters of the way through the team trophies that we had a slight hope."
Wisconsin Academic Decathlon is an extracurricular high school program featuring nine-person teams of three A students, three B students and three C students. All nine students write tests in subjects that include science, math, art and social sciences, with the top two scores in each category determining the team score.
Competing at the state competition on Friday in Wisconsin Dells were 20 teams from public and private high schools.» Read Full Article
Gary Schmidt said when he took the head girls basketball job at New Berlin Eisenhower, his goal was to win a regional final. It's hard to imagine the Lions ever setting that as a final goal again.
Though the Lions were left on the doorstep of a state championship for a second consecutive year, New Berlin Eisenhower reached its third title game in four years, falling Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay to Green Bay Notre Dame Academy, 42-33, in the final Division 2 battle of 2012-13.
The Lions, which won the 2010 title and fell to New London in last year’s title game, closed the year 25-3.
"Every one of these kids make me look good; they make the school look good," Schmidt said. "I can't tell you how good I feel. I'm so proud."» Read Full Article
You couldn’t have written a better script for the conclusion of New Berlin Eisenhower’s 48-47 semifinal win over two-time defending champion New London on Friday in the WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
Trailing 47-45 with 17.8 seconds left to play, Eisenhower coach Gary Schmidt drew up a play for top scorer senior Jenny Weiland, and he put the ball in senior Erin Ganske’s hands to make sure it worked out.
It worked out better than anyone could have hoped for.
Ganske saw a gap in the Bulldogs’ defense, drove the lane and scored to tie the game. She was hammered on the play and converted the free throw for a 48-47 lead with 7.1 seconds left to play.
“Erin Ganske waited a whole year for this night,” Schmidt said. “I’m tired of hugging them because you want senior leadership. I’m sure Erin saw what I saw, that little gap. She got to the rim and finished it. That’s why we ended up winning the game.”» Read Full Article
You may have noticed today that MyCommunityNOW sites have switched from our previous commenting system to a new model, which requires a Facebook account.
We hope this change, which requires people to post using their real names, will elevate the level of transparency, discussion and civility in our comment threads.
The new commenting system may look familiar to NOW readers who also visit Today'sTMJ4, which uses the same system.
We know there will still be users who post comments which violate our guidelines. We would ask you to report abusive comments by clicking the "X" that appears on the top-right corner of a comment. Users who have previously registered on a NOW site will have to create a Facebook account to comment.
We also would like to hear any feedback or technical problems you may have with the new system. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Facebook comments.» Read Full Article
A driver was killed in a traffic accident on state Highway 36 near Champions Drive in Muskego at 8:43 a.m. Thursday.
Muskego police and Tess Corners firefighters arrived to find a pickup truck several hundred feet off the road in a marshy area south of the road. Investigators determined that the vehicle had been westbound on Highway 36 before crossing the median and eastbound traffic, and going off the road.
Although the cause of the accident remains under investigation, authorities believe the driver suffered a medical emergency. The driver's identity is being withheld pending notification of relatives.
Both Muskego and New Berlin approved joining a consolidated SWAT team that would save their police departments both money and manpower.
The Suburban Critical Incident Team would be a consolidation of tactical personnel and resources from Muskego, New Berlin, Brookfield, Delafield, Mukwonago, Pewaukee, Hartland and Chenequa, if all the other jurisdictions approve.
Both Muskego and New Berlin have their own SWAT teams and the Lakes Area Critical Incident Team covered the rest of the communities, except for the village of Mukwonago.
Training has gotten increasingly expensive with advances in technology. The cost has become difficult for one department to afford, officials say.
A recreational trail looping around Little Muskego Lake could be completed as early as 2017, under changes made to the long range trail plan by the Muskego Parks and Recreation Board on Monday.
The trail, running alongside major roads such as College Avenue and Martin Road, would not be right beside the water. But it would connect about a fifth of the city's population to the city's trail system, said Alderman Daniel Soltysiak, who pushed for the change that he said would make the trail system more cohesive.
The loop would connect bicyclists and walkers to parks around the lake, including Idle Isle, Park Arthur, Lions Park and Horn Park, he said, as well as all 12 of the city's lake accesses.
The entire loop was already in the city's trail system plan. Soltysiak offered a way to move construction of loop sections forward so that a cohesive loop trail could be created. Sections would be completed each year - including this year, when the Janesville Road trail will be extended as part of the Janesville Road widening project.
And it all can be done without using taxpayer dollars, Soltysiak said. The city could use landfill fees paid to the city by Veolia Environmental Services for operating a landfill in Muskego.» Read Full Article
In an apparent departure from past practice, the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday was prevented from discussing changes to the city's new purchasing policy.
Aldermen Kert Harenda and Neil Borgman had placed the purchasing policy on the Common Council Committee of the Whole agenda and were expecting to discuss it this week. That was until Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti announced that, in the city attorney's opinion, such a discussion was not procedurally correct.
Policy changes have to go to a committee first, according to the attorney, she said.
Borgman, a veteran alderman, said that in all his years on the Common Council, aldermen discussed issues if two of them had asked for an item be placed on the agenda.
Chiaverotti, who was elected mayor in 2011, has been accustomed to seeing such issues proceed only after a committee had a chance to discuss them. So, not knowing what to do with an agenda item that didn't come from a committee, she said she sought the city attorney's opinion.» Read Full Article
Muskego officials were pleased Tuesday night to hear that the gun range at the Schultz Resort Rod and Gun Club, S8025 Schultz Lane, could be reoriented away from homes as early as this fall.
The gun club's neighbors have complained sporadically over 11 years that bullets, which they believe originated at the gun club, have ended up in their yards. The most recent incident was Nov. 18, when a resident said he and his children hit the dirt in their backyard due to gunfire.
Because the gun club has berms and other safety features to keep spent ammunition inside it, club officials say they believe the stray bullets were the result of hunters elsewhere in the broader neighborhood and not the gun club itself.
But the club has agreed to turn its range away from homes, anyway. By using soil from the Janesville Road widening project that the city has offered and other soil from contractors, the club will create two 25-foot-tall parallel berms as protection for the range's new orientation. The club also will substantially upgrade training of its members in gun safety.
To protect neighbors while the changes are enacted, the gun club will add dirt to the existing berms, pull out debris that can cause bullets to ricochet and install baffles to deflect errant rounds.
Denise Merkel, 54, of Sussex was pronounced dead on scene after she was struck by possibly two vehicles on I-43 in New Berlin around 5 a.m. on March 2.
According to information from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and New Berlin, Merkel was an occupant in a disabled vehicle parked on the shoulder of I-43 and was walking across traffic when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
It's believed Merkel was struck by a second vehicle as she was laying in the roadway on I-43 between 5:25 and 5:35 a.m.
Anyone with information regarding the second vehicle, contact Detective Todd Ladwig at (262) 548-7461.
Waukesha County sheriff's officials suspect a pedestrian killed in a traffic accident on March 2 was struck by a second vehicle and are seeking the public's help in identifying the vehicle.
Denise L. Merkel, 54, of Sussex was killed on I-43 near Racine Ave. in New Berlin as she walked across the traffic lane. Her disabled car was found on the shoulder of I-43.
The investigation has revealed that Merkel was struck by a second vehicle as her body was lying on I-43 between 5:25 a.m. and 5:35 a.m. on March 2. Anyone with information about the second vehicle should contact the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department at (262) 548-7461.
This one was for the seniors.
New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team beat Pius XI, 51-44, on Saturday to win the WIAA Sectional Championship at Brookfield Central and advance to state for the second year in a row.
Eisenhower coach Gary Schmidt said right from the beginning that this game was for the seniors.
“It was a huge game, so we had to come out with everything we had,” she said. “This could be our last game so we put everything out on the court gave a 100 percent.”
Perhaps the key defensive play came with Eisenhower leading, 47-44, with 27.7 seconds left, when Pius drove the lane and Kozlowski timed it perfectly and stole the ball.
“It hasn’t even sunken in yet,” she said. “It’s probably the last year I’m ever going to play basketball, so it means so much to be out here with this team and to get another week of practice.”
WIAA boys basketball state tournament photo gallery with images from the Division 1 semifinals.MyCommunityNOW has just updated Peter Zuzga's
Germantown and Mukwonago will meet in tonight's Division 1 championship game after defeating Oshkosh North and King in semifinal contests. The title game is set to begin shortly after the conclusion of the Division 2 championship game, which is at 6:35 p.m and features Wisconsin Lutheran against Pulaski.
NOW will update the photo gallery tonight with photos from the Division 1 championship and the Division 4 title game between Dominican and Auburndale.
NOW Newspapers, publisher of Wauwatosa NOW and seven other suburban weekly newspapers, was presented with 22 awards Friday at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association annual convention in Madison.
The Better Newspapers Contest recognizes the top journalism in the state. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012.
Wauwatosa NOW took first place in General Web Excellence and took first and second in Web Special Project, recognizing its online All-Suburban Football Team and Act 10 coverage.
NOW Newspapers also won the following honors:
Continuing Web Coverage, second, South Shore NOW» Read Full Article
New Berlin Eisenhower beat Pewaukee, 47-34, at Waukesha South in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday and set up a rematch with Woodland Conference West Division co-champ Pius XI at 7 p.m. Saturday in the WIAA sectional title game at Brookfield Central.
The Lions improved to 23-2 while Pewaukee fell to 20-5, with three of the defeats coming at the hands of Eisenhower. The Lady Popes (21-3) advanced to the finals by beating Whitefish Bay (16-8), 45-30, at Waukesha North on Thursday.
Pius won the first meeting at Ike, 39-34, in the third game of the year but the Lions bounced back and won, 43-41, on a last second rebound basket by Chelsea Brackmann on Feb. 15 at Pius.
Friday night, the Lions jumped off to an 11-1 lead sparked by six points by Jenny Weiland, a 3-pointer by Sammy Kozlowski and a basket by Erin Ganzke.
They extended that lead to 25-10 at intermission, as Eisenhower held the Pirates without a field goal until freshman Abby Gerrits hit a 3 with 4:15 left in the half.» Read Full Article
The pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 43 about 5:30 a.m. Saturday has now been identified by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department as Denise Merkel, 54, of the Sussex area.
Although the Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the incident, a news release from the department said authorities believe that Merkel walked across the traffic lane after pulling her disabled vehicle to the outside shoulder of I-43.
The accident happened on southbound I-43 about 1.1 miles south of Racine Avenue in New Berlin. Merkel was pronounced dead at the scene. Southbound I-43 was closed for about an hour.
A woman struck and killed after exiting her disabled vehicle on I-43 in New Berlin was identified by the Waukesha County sheriff's office Tuesday as Denise L Merkel, 54, of the Sussex area.
According to the sheriff's office, Merkel left her vehicle on the shoulder of the road on southbound I-43 about a mile south of Racine Ave. in New Berlin about 5:30 a.m. Saturday.
She was walking across the roadway when she was struck by a vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff's office said.
The incident remained under investigation Tuesday.
Muskego has canceled its Plan Commission meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday night at the City Hall.
The matters that were on the agenda will be discussed at the commission's April 2 meeting.
An athletic Wisconsin Lutheran team used outstanding scoring balance and a good defensive effort by senior guard Larry Moore to beat New Berlin Eisenhower, 60-42, and run away with the WIAA Sectional Championship and a trip to the state tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison on Friday and Saturday.
After scoring five points in the first quarter, New Berlin Eisenhower junior guard Reed Timmer looked like he was on his way to another big scoring night, but Moore, at 5-foot-6 inches, then held Timmer to two, three and four points in the last three quarters, for a total of 14 points.
A second voter forum for the remaining New Berlin mayoral candidates - Mayor Jack Chiovatero and Alderman David Ament - will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. March 9 in the New Berlin West Middle/High School library, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., by the Rotary Club of New Berlin.
Recordings of the forum will be available at City Hall and at the New Berlin Public Library. This is the fifth year the Rotary Club has been sponsoring voter forums.
Three mayoral candidates were eliminated in the Feb. 19 primary election.