West girls beat Dominican, 38-36

Nov. 29, 2013 3:48 p.m. | 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.

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Muskego mayor announces intention to run for second term

Nov. 25, 2013 11:41 a.m. | 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.

Lions' balance key in conference opening win

Nov. 23, 2013 12:18 p.m. | 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.

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WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery now online

Nov. 17, 2013 12:32 p.m. | We've just updated our 2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery with more images from this weekend's state finals at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

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.

2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery

New Berlin's appeal process for bullying might change

Nov. 13, 2013 1:14 p.m. | 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.

View snow photos from social media users

Nov. 11, 2013 1:50 p.m. | 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.

Arrowhead surges to top spot in suburban football poll

Nov. 11, 2013 11:53 a.m. | Arrowhead has moved back to the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications suburban football poll on the strength of a 36-3 victory over Germantown in Friday's Level 3 contest.

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.

Boys state soccer photo gallery updated

Nov. 02, 2013 4:09 p.m. | We've just updated the MyCommunityNOW 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.

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.

Go to 2013 WIAA boys soccer state photo gallery.

Proposed room tax changes could hurt New Berlin taxpayers

Nov. 01, 2013 1:12 p.m. | 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.

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New Berlin's Glen Park School among properties listed for sale

Nov. 01, 2013 1:08 p.m. | 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.

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