Police identify suspect in Ike bomb threats
New Berlin - A New Berlin Eisenhower High School student has admitted to making the bomb threats at the school Sept. 25 and 27, New Berlin police said Friday.
An investigation led School Resource Officer Steve Dodson to the suspect. It has not been determined why the threats were made, police said. Charges will be referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office for review.
The student was not in school Friday, according to a letter that was sent to parents. Due to student confidentiality laws, the school is unable to disclose further details about the student, the letter states.
Both threats were scrawled on bathroom stalls. The first, on Sept. 25, was found shortly before school was to be dismissed. After students left for the day, police swept the building to be sure no bomb was there.
The Sept. 27 threat was discovered at midday and the school went into lockdown. Evacuation wasn't deemed necessary because of the nature of the threat, Principal Michael Fesenmaier said earlier. Again the school was swept and no bomb was found. The sweep was shortly after 1 p.m. and regular activities resumed shortly after 2 p.m.
The police investigation revealed that the student did not have the ability or means to carry out the threat, police said.
Aid drops potential levy from 2.69 percent to 2.13
New Berlin - Higher than expected state transportation aid dropped New Berlin's 2013 potential property tax levy for municipal purposes from 2.69 percent to 2.13 percent.
The New Berlin Common Council met last week to continue its review of the proposed 2013 spending plan in hopes of approving a preliminary budget Tuesday to go to a public hearing. While two aldermen expressed opposition to the size of the tax levy before last week's meeting, they didn't push for changes. Last week's review was mainly aimed at fact-gathering for potential proposals Tuesday to raise revenues and increase efficiencies.
The council's review left the total all funds budget at 1.14 percent higher than the 2012 spending plan. The potential property tax rate of $5.58 per $1,000 of assessed value is higher than the $5.01 per $1,000 from 2012 because the city revalued all property this year, so rates are not comparable.
Scouts beautify school, earn highest award
Muskego - Three Girl Scouts from Troop 2655 beautified the Bay Lane Middle School garden to earn their Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout cadet can earn, requiring at least 50 hours of work on something benefiting the community.
Scouts Ashley Mermolia, Amanda Ballbach and Kelsey Wigand confronted an unsightly school garden overgrown with burdock and other weeds. The girls first weeded by hand then applied herbicide and finally tilled the ground.
Knowing that buying flowers and mulch would push them over their $200 budget, they turned to the community and local businesses whose donations made the project possible.
The girls spent several days planting and putting the mulch in place.
It was a blistering hot summer and keeping everything watered was probably the hardest part, the girls said. As the last step of the project, the girls needed to find someone to take care of the garden. Girl Scout Troop 4224, a fifth-grade troop out of Bay Lane Middle School stepped up. Not only will the Scouts make sure the garden gets plenty of water and will take care of the weeds, but they even plan to make some steppingstones to add to the ones already in the garden.
The Scouts wanted to thank family and friends, Bay Lane Middle School, Lamb's Nursery, Walmart, Steins, Russ's Tree Service, Elliott's Ace Hardware, the Muskego Woman's Club and KHS for their donations.
City wants ideas for sprucing up lobby
New Berlin - The city of New Berlin wants ideas for ways to update the New Berlin City Hall lobby.
It is collecting input on the city of New Berlin Facebook page.
Friends book sales major boost to library
New Berlin - The Friends of the New Berlin Library used book sales in April and September raised nearly $9,000.
So far this year, the Friends have donated $9,400 to the library that has paid for or helped pay for a ceiling-mounted projector with remote controls (sound system) for the community room; summer reading program, supplies, and Cat in the Hat Story Carpet; Geek the Library supplies and promotion; and eight small-form feature computers for public and staff.
The Friends expects to make another donation after its Dec. 1 Nutcracker Sweets event.
Resident honored as CFO of Year
New Berlin - Longtime New Berlin resident, Joseph O'Neill was named Chief Financial Officer of the Year by the Business Journal.
O'Neill has served as CFO of the Scherrer Construction Company, Burlington, since 1999.
The award followed an extensive nomination process sponsored by The Business Journal. Nominees were awarded based on evidence submitted in several categories including: role and impact on goals/performance, community contributions, market position initiatives, and integrity/ethics.
Preschool teacher receives honor, $10,000
New Berlin - Story time at New Berlin KinderCare Learning Center last week held a big surprise for teacher Linda Fadden.
As she read to the children, Fadden discovered that the story she was reading was really about her and the Early Childhood Educator Award and that she would receive $10,000 as the winner of the Early Childhood Educator Award from Knowledge Universe.
The Knowledge Universe-United States annual Early Childhood Educator Award recognizes teachers who demonstrate exceptional skills in teaching young children Winners are chosen yearly from more than 25,000 early childhood educators within the Knowledge Universe-United States family of companies that includes KinderCare, Children's Creative Learning Centers, Champions, Cambridge Schools, Knowledge Beginnings, and the Grove Schools.
Bay Lane gets new associate principal
Muskego - Sara Stanley is the new Bay Lane Middle School associate principal.
The Muskego-Norway School Board last week approved her contract for the 2012-13 school year.
She comes to Bay Lane from the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District where she was an exceptional education teacher for nine years. Stanley recently completed a master's degree at Concordia University in administrative leadership. Her undergraduate degree in exceptional education was from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
"Sara brings a great deal of knowledge in leading professional development, analyzing student data to improve instruction and supporting student learning to Bay Lane Middle School in her new role," said Dennis Bussen, assistant superintendent, in a written news release.
Stanley succeeds Bryan Matera who resigned to go to another district.
Muskego Moose Lodge honors member
Muskego - Joseph Thibedeau received the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, the Pilgrim Degree of Merit and a celebration of that achievement will be held at the Muskego Moose Family Center, W21691 Janesville Road, on Oct. 13.
The honor is bestowed for extraordinary service to community and to the organization.
Thibedeau officially joined the Moose on his 21st birthday; however, he was involved as a youth because his parents were also actively involved. He has served the fraternity at the local, state and national level and is a past governor of the Muskego Moose Lodge and serves the Wisconsin Moose Legion #31 as an assistant secretary.
For 18 years, Thibedeau served as a board member of the Muskego Athletic Association that provides summer recreational softball and baseball programs for more than 900 youths in the Muskego Norway School District.
He has also been a member of Muskego Festival for the past 15 years, which is a nonprofit group that organizes and runs the annual Muskego Fest.
In a news release announcing the honor, Thibedeau said that it is an honor to be recognized for something he enjoys and believes in, which is helping those in need and giving back to the community.
Fantastic Sams opens in New Berlin
New Berlin - Fantastic Sams Hair Salon, a full-service salon offering cuts, coloring, permanent waving and facial waxing opened Aug. 31 at 14019 W Greenfield Ave., New Berlin.
Owner Michelle Schulz said the salon operates a walk-in business, no appointment necessary. Fantastic Sams offers the same type and quality services as high end salons do, only at a more affordable price and without having to wait days or weeks for service, she said.
Fantastic Sams is a national franchise that started in 1974 and now has hundreds of locations across the country. It is one of the world's largest hair care providers, she said.
Schulz has been an owner-stylist for 20 years. She owns another salon in Whitefish Bay. She owns both the salons with her husband Peter Schulz, who is an engineer.
She decided to go with Fantastic Sams because it supports its franchisees through products, tools and ideas, she said.
Home Care Medical named Provider of Year
New Berlin - Home Care Medical, New Berlin, was named the HME Provider of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of Medical Equipment Services.
Home Care Medical is one of Wisconsin's largest providers of home medical equipment and supplies; respiratory care; and home infusion and specialized nutrition.
Home Care Medical that began in 1974 also received additional WAMES Awards.
Donna Smith, director of respiratory care, received the Distinguished Service Award and Exceptional Service Award for her efforts on the WAMES Respiratory Committee.
Jim Spellman, director of operations, received the Industry Excellence Award for his efforts on the WAMES Legislative Committee.
John Teevan, president, Home Care Medical, said in a news release announcing the honors: "I am extremely proud of our team members and these awards represent our continued commitment and dedication to excellence."
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