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Bicyclist, 15, dies from New Berlin accident

May 19, 2013 9:42 p.m. | A 15-year-old bicyclist struck Saturday afternoon by a vehicle in New Berlin has died, police said.

The Greenfield girl was crossing Sunny Slope Road from the New Berlin Recreation Trail when she was struck by a sport utility vehicle heading south around 4:30 p.m. She was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where she died Sunday.

The girl's name was not released.

Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash, New Berlin police said.

New Berlin crashes leave motorcyclist dead, teen cyclist in critical condition

May 18, 2013 10:58 p.m. | Separate accidents in New Berlin left a 22-year-old man dead and a 15-year-old girl in critical condition.

Dustin Hanson of Big Bend died Saturday of injuries sustained in a traffic accident Friday at the intersection of Moorland Road and Coffee Road. Hanson was operating a motorcycle going southbound on Moorland Road when it collided with an automobile turning westbound onto Coffee Road, according to a statement from the New Berlin Police Department.

The girl, from Greenfield, was on a bicycle crossing Sunny Slope Road from the New Berlin Recreation Trail about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when she was struck by southbound SUV. Firefighters transported her to Froedtert Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition.

Police said they believed neither speed nor alcohol were factors in either crash.

Carp shoot May 25 on Little Muskego Lake, two carp worth $500 each

May 17, 2013 10:56 a.m. | Boats with archers and bright lights will bob on Little Muskego Lake in the evening hours of Saturday, May 25, as the Little Muskego Lake Association and the Wisconsin Bowfishing Association hold a carp shoot.

Specially designed bows and arrows will be used to remove carp from the lake in the state Department of Natural Resources supported activity. More than 3,000 carp have been removed from the lake in five years of carp shoots.

The DNR supports removing carp because they are considered a "rough" fish destroying the spawning beds of other desirable fish. Carp also disturb the bottom sediment of lakes causing cloudy water.

A couple of the carp shooters might get lucky and come home with $500 for bagging one of the two carp that have fin tags placed there by the DNR in cooperation with the Little Muskego Lake District. By tagging two carp and offering a $500 reward for anyone catching one, the Lake District hopes more people will hunt carp.

Newsweek names New Berlin schools to 'America's Best High Schools' list

May 17, 2013 10:42 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower and West high schools were named on Newsweek's 2013 "America's Best High Schools" list.

Out of 55 Wisconsin schools Newsweek selected for recognition, Eisenhower was ranked fifth and New Berlin West was ranked 12th.

Nationwide, more than 2,000 high schools were recognized with Eisenhower coming in at 462 and West at 743.

Newsweek ranked six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB /AICE course (5 percent).

The Newsweek honor comes just weeks after the Washington Post included Eisenhower and West on its lists of "America's Most Challenging High Schools."

Stumbling block cleared for proposed New Berlin Walmart

May 14, 2013 10:32 p.m. | On a 4 to 2 vote, the New Berlin Common Council approved a rezoning and a change in the city comprehensive plan that will clear the way for Walmart to apply to build a super center on Greenfield Avenue about a block east of Moorland Road.

Most of the site is zoned single-family and is envisioned as mixed use residential in the city's 2020 Comprehensive land use plan.

Walmart will still have to go through the city approval process for its building, site and operations plans, however.

Residents of the area strenuously opposed the rezoning packing hearings and meetings and saying that the Comprehensive Plan clearly says areas that are zoned residential are to stay that way. They also argued that the 2020 plan indicates that big box stores are the least desired type of commercial development for that area.

Many such as Donna Goodrich who helped with the two-year public input process that went into the comprehensive plan felt betrayed.

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Walmart rezoning recommended in New Berlin

May 07, 2013 6:17 a.m. | Before a mostly hostile crowd of about 150 who packed the New Berlin Plan Commission meeting Monday, the commission voted 3 to 2 to recommend changing the zoning and the city land use plan that would allow a Walmart Super Center to be built on Greenfield Avenue just east of Moorland Road.

The New Berlin Common Council will take up the proposed rezoning and land use change on Tuesday.

Mayor Dave Ament left the meeting during the Walmart discussion and vote to avoid any appearance of impropriety because his wife works for the Wal-mart in the New Berlin City Center.

Before the commission vote, Jenny Vellinga, a leader of Neighbors First New Berlin that opposes the rezoning, submitted a petition that she said was signed by 1,800 people in every aldermanic district who oppose rezoning. Currently, the zoning is single-family homes for most of the 16 acres that Walmart has asked to change to shopping center zoning. Commercial zoning is next door on some vacant acres and there is extensive retail building across the street, Walmart officials argue.

Eisenhower shows academic muscle at national competition

May 03, 2013 5:46 p.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower High School Academic Decathlon Team took Rookie of the Year and Top Scoring New Team in Division III in the 32nd annual United States Academic Decathlon nationals competition held in Minneapolis.

In addition, the team took second overall in Division III.

Individual honors also went to Jake Zimmerman who took third overall in Honors, Rishil Mehta, second in Honors, and Veronica Diedrich, second in Scholastic. The coaches are Erik Fountain and Jake Misiak.

BuySeasons cuts about 90 jobs in New Berlin

May 01, 2013 7:58 p.m. | BuySeasons Inc., the New Berlin-based Internet retailer that became one of the fastest-growing companies in the Milwaukee area over the last decade, cut about 90 jobs Wednesday, roughly 20% of its permanent workforce.

One person who lost a job said a supervisor told her that cost-cutting measures were necessary because "our sales are not keeping up with our employee base." The former employee declined to give her name, saying she did not want to jeopardize future job prospects.

As of late March, BuySeasons had nearly 450 permanent employees in New Berlin - two thirds of them full time.

The company, best known as an online seller of costumes, also hired nearly 1,300 temporary employees last fall for the busy pre-Halloween period.

A BuySeasons spokeswoman confirmed the elimination of roughly 90 jobs. She said BuySeasons recently reorganized "to better position the company to respond to current demand and growth in our year-round party and costume businesses."

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