Class and excellence highlights of Hamilton track sectional

May 31, 2014 1:25 a.m. | There were brilliant and exciting races too numerous to count at the WIAA Division 1 Sussex Hamilton track sectional May 30.

Like veteran Homestead boys track coach Dan Benson said before the meet: "Give us all something to go 'woo' about!"

And though there were plenty of such "woo" moments, they were almost dwarfed by the acts of class and decency that were part and parcel of this joyous and thrilling event which sent qualifiers to next weekend's WIAA State Meet in La Crosse on the beautiful spring day.

At the top of the list was Whitefish Bay hurdler Adam Strehlow, who as winner of both the high and intermediate events at the North Shore Conference outdoor the previous week, he had every right to expect a run at state in both events this week.

But when asked to sacrifice the high hurdles in order to lend a hand and give the Blue Dukes a better chance at qualifying the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays, he didn't four-step the opportunity.

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Man threatens ice cream truck driver because he didn't like music

May 30, 2014 10:36 a.m. | A man was arrested after threatening an ice cream truck driver because he didn't like the music the truck was playing May 26.

According to the Whitefish Bay police report:

The man, age and residence not released, threatened the driver by throwing ice at the truck's windshield, damaging it in the 5100 block of North Diversey Boulevard about 7 p.m. May 26.

He yelled at the driver, "I have a gun, don't ever come back here."

The man told police he didn't like the music.

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New Salotto Zarletti in Mequon puts a new spin on Italian classics

May 30, 2014 6:00 a.m. | Diners in Mequon were taking Salotto Zarletti's tagline of "a place to gather" seriously. They crowded into the bar; they filled the tables in the dining room. Waiting until the same day to make a reservation meant I could dine quite early or quite late.

A couple of weeks in at chef-restaurateur Brian Zarletti's new restaurant, and it looked as if the decision to open a place outside Milwaukee was a good one. The house was full.

Salotto means living room, but this isn't Nonna's cozy little sitting area in a bungalow; with a soaring, two-story ceiling, this is the suburban home of her upwardly mobile grandchildren.

The menu stands firmly in the present day, as well — classic dishes or ingredients, in a traditional appetizers-pasta-entrées format, but rendered in a modern way. The restaurant is billed as drawing inspiration from Italy's south, but with plates like veal milanese and others from the north, it's clearly not a rigid theme.

When a menu says the restaurant makes its own burrata ($9), the fresh mozzarella ball filled with cream and curds, who can resist? It's a luxurious treat, seasoned with sea salt and a splash of olive oil, and served with grilled bread.

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Germantown softball team's big bats earn it regional title over Nicolet

May 29, 2014 11:19 p.m. | After last week's lackluster 4-1 loss to Homestead that broke the Germantown softball team's 51-game North Shore Conference winning streak, Warhawk co-coach Kurt Raguse read the team the riot act about its lack of aggressiveness at the plate.

Well, senior shortstop Erika Berry and the rest of the team heard the message loud and clear Thursday night, as the four-year letterwinning Berry hit a first pitch leadoff double to start the game and then launched a two-run homer in the second as the Warhawks cruised to an 11-2 WIAA regional final victory over North Shore rival Nicolet.

"It's kind of hard sometimes when you don't hit as well as you'd like to," said Berry, who finished with three hits on the night. "As a leader I just try to set an example. We all try to help each other out."

It succeeded as the Warhawks finished with 19 hits for the game.

The Warhawks (15-8 overall) will try to use that example as they take dead aim at their third straight WIAA State Tournament berth. They will host archrival Homestead at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 in a sectional semifinal game. The sectional final will be back at Germantown on Thursday, June 5. Top-seeded Brookfield Central will host DSHA in the other sectional semifinal.

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Homestead rides tidal wave of offense

May 29, 2014 8:59 p.m. | Down 5-0 against a division foe it had already fallen to twice during the regular season, it would have been easy for the Homestead softball team to fold on Thursday evening. Instead, Homestead elected to hit.

The Highlanders (14-7) erupted for 15 unanswered runs as they stormed past Whitefish Bay, 15-5, in a WIAA Division 1 regional final at Thiensville Park. The game was called after a sacrifice fly from junior Michaela Rusch scored sophomore Julia Warshauer to give Homestead a final 10-run cushion in the bottom of the sixth.

"We fell into an early hole, but we were able to just stay positive and rally back," said Homestead junior Hannah Behnken. "We got used to their pitcher and were just able to find some holes and score runs."

The Blue Dukes (14-11) jumped out on Homestead starter Allie Beckers early, as a run-scoring double, single and sacrifice fly staked Whitefish Bay to a 3-0 lead after the first inning. They pushed their advantage to 5-0 in the second behind an RBI base hit by junior Allison Severin and a wild pitch that scored another run for the Blue Dukes.

"We knew from watching their pitchers that they can get a little wild at times," said Whitefish Bay head coach Jess Middendorf. "I told our girls to stay aggressive but swing at strikes. Our selectivity helped us to the early lead."

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Public meeting scheduled on fate of Estabrook Dam

May 29, 2014 3:35 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Parks Department has scheduled a public meeting June 5 to discuss the fate of the Estabrook Dam on the Milwaukee River.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the upper level of the Blatz Pavilion at Lincoln Park, 1301 W. Hampton Ave.

Milwaukee County is under orders from the state Department of Natural Resources to fix or demolish the 1930s-era dam by Dec. 31. The county has proposed repairing the dam.

Before the DNR can approve plans for rebuilding the structure, however, the county must receive a temporary work access agreement from the federal Bureau of Land Management, owner of an island in the river at the dam site.

As part of an environmental study being done for the Bureau of Land Management, the county is evaluating the impacts of three options: dam reconstruction; dam removal; construction of a rock ramp on the river bed to provide a shallow pool of water for recreation should the dam be removed.

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Whitefish Bay girls soccer team beats Homestead to win NSC title

May 27, 2014 11:37 p.m. | The Whitefish Bay girls soccer team didn't want to talk about winning the North Shore Conference title with a 7-0 record,

They didn't want to talk about their 11-game winning streak or their sparkling 16-2-3 record or their number one ranking in the state or the fact that they will be the number one seed in their WIAA D2 sectional bracket.

No, all the Blue Dukes wanted to talk about after beating Homestead, 2-0, to clinch the North Shore title Tuesday night was their blue good luck hair scrunchies,

"They're our superstition," said senior midfielder Caroline Fink, who scored the second clinching goal in the first half. "We decided to all get them. We don't know if they helped us go 7-0 in the conference but they definitely didn't hurt."

Then she pointed to the likely real reasons that the Blue Dukes won the league title this spring for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

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Homestead breaks Germantown's 51-game NSC softball win streak

May 22, 2014 12:43 a.m. | Homestead girls softball coach Dave Keel knows something about long winning streaks.

After all, his football squad, which he also coaches, has dominated the North Shore Conference and won four state titles in the last 15 years.

But he and his Highlander softball team have been on the wrong side of an imposing streak by powerful neighbor Germantown that has stretched for close to four years.

That was until Wednesday afternoon at Thiensville Park, as sophomore hurler Allie Beckers pitched the game of her life, scattering three hits, with three strikeouts and two walks, as Homestead ended the Warhawks 51-game North Shore Conference win streak in a 4-1 decision.

"They're always a good team, very well-coached. You have to play well to beat them and we did today," said Keel. "It's really something about streaks in this conference. We had that run in football (in the 2000s), Port was unstoppable in wrestling until this year and Germantown (bioys) basketball has been winning forever.

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Shorthanded Whitefish Bay girls still able to win North Shore track title

May 20, 2014 11:14 p.m. | Senior distance ace Sara Coffey was out nursing a hip injury while state placewinning pole vaulter Lily Hayes wasn't at full steam because of a bone bruise in her foot.

But that didn't matter to the Whitefish Bay girls track team which proved its depth over and over again Tuesday night in the North Shore Conference outdoor, winning seven events en route to easing past Homestead, 146-140, for the league championship.

"It shows how strong we are as a team when everybody pulls their own weight," said sprinter Kaitlyn Jackson, who won the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. "It's awesome to do something like this."

With the win, the Blue Dukes avenged their loss to Homestead in the NSC relays two weeks ago and book-ended the league indoor title they claimed last month.

Before the final scores were announced, Bay head coach Ben Van Male admitted to being nervous despite just watching Hannah Lyons lead a one-five-eight effort in the 3,200.

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Whitefish Bay soccer team knocks off top-ranked DSHA< 1-0 in double OT

May 16, 2014 10:25 p.m. | In the second half and throughout the first overtime, the Whitefish Bay girls soccer team had several great chances against top-ranked in state D1 polls DSHA Friday night

A shot was tipped away at the very last second by Dasher goalie Olivia Myszewski in the first overtime, and Bay even had a good look early in the second overtime, when Myszewski got caught out of position and a Bay player had a point blank shot only to have it knocked away by a fast moving defender.

Nothing would go in it seemed.

Until senior midfielder Leah Rothstein stepped to the leftside corner kick spot midway through the second OT and deftly knocked a high, looping shot towards the far upper right corner of the goal. Myszewski got her fingertips on it, but the ball slid just inside the post and down for the only goal in an important 1-0 nonconference victory.

"It was a tough game," said Rothstein. "We had a lot of shots. We just knew that eventually one of them had to go in. It felt good (when I kicked it)."

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Glendale woman, daughter killed in Texas car crash

May 14, 2014 11:55 a.m. | A Glendale mother and daughter were killed in a car crash in Texas on Tuesday morning, police said Wednesday.

Katrina Holloway, 19, was driving a 1997 Volvo about 11 a.m. Tuesday when the Volvo crashed into the back of a 2009 Freightliner truck that had stopped at a red light at Highway 59 and College Drive in Lufkin, Texas, according to a Lufkin police news release.

The car was pinned more than halfway under the trailer, KTRE-TV in Texas reported. Holloway and her passenger, her mother Susan Holloway, 52, were killed in the crash. The driver of the van, Jose Hernandez, 49, was not injured, police said.

Katrina Holloway was a college student and an open map was reportedly found in the car, a police spokesman said.

Fatigue may have been a contributing cause, "however, we will probably never know for sure," Lufkin police Sgt. David Casper wrote in an email.

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Man accused of stealing cognacs, steaks from Cedarburg Piggly Wiggly

May 13, 2014 11:30 a.m. | A 44-year-old Glendale man suspected of helping himself to expensive cognacs Courvoisier and Hennessey as well as t-bone steaks at the Cedarburg Piggly Wiggly ended up under arrest after mouthing off to a police officer, according to

According to the report, the thefts occured on three occusions May 5 and May 6. Then on May 7, police responded to a nearby nursing home for a report of a disturbance between a man and the staff, with man telling police "they must not be very busy" for responding to an argument.

Actually they were, police said, noting they were investigating the thefts from Piggly Wiggly. His sudden change in tone led police to question him about the thefts.

Aeropostale will close at Bayshore

May 12, 2014 10:01 a.m. | Financially challenged Aéropostale Inc. will close its shop in Glendale's Bayshore Town Center at the end of business Tuesday.

The closing will leave the teen apparel retailer with two stores in the Milwaukee area, at Southridge and Brookfield Square. Aéropostale has been at Bayshore since late 2006.

The company announced earlier this month that it will close about 125 of its "P.S. from Aéropostale" stores, which sell children's clothing. There are no P.S. stores in the area.

The New York-based retailer operates 931 Aéropostale stores and 150 P.S. shops. The company lost $141.8 million last year.

DeKeyser named Whitefish Bay girls basketball coach

May 11, 2014 8:38 p.m. | Rick DeKeyser, who recently resigned after coaching the Nicolet girls basketball team for the last two years, was named the coach for the Whitefish Bay girls basketball team this evening.

DeKeyser was offered the position this weekend and immediately accepted, said Bay Athletic Director John Gustavson. DeKeyser plans on meeting with the returning basketball players sometime this week at lunch.

DeKeyser said he was not actively pursuing any head coaching positions after his resignation and had accepted a job as an assistant at another school before the Bay position came up.

"This was the only job I would have accepted," said DeKeyser. "In fact, I was offered two other jobs (head coaching) after I resigned and I said 'no' to both of them."

DeKeyser takes over for former Bay assistant Dave Markson, who served as a successful interim coach this season.

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Dredging to remove contaminated muck from Milwaukee River

May 08, 2014 4:49 p.m. | An estimated 36,000 cubic yards of contaminated muck will be removed this year from the Milwaukee River between Lincoln Park and the Estabrook Park dam, state and federal officials said.

There are nine places in this mile-long stretch where chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, accumulated in the river-bottom sediment, said Marsha Burzynski, a water resources management specialist with the state Department of Natural Resources. Total cost of dredging the deposits from the river is estimated at $15 million.

Information on the locations of the contaminated muck and proposed dredging methods will be discussed at a May 20 open house at Lincoln Park. The informational meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. inside the Blatz Pavilion, 1301 W. Hampton Ave.

Most of the muck will be disposed of at landfills in Wisconsin, Burzynski said. An estimated 500 cubic yards of highly contaminated sediment must be shipped out of the state to specially licensed landfills.

The majority of cleanup costs will be paid by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Great Lakes Legacy Act.

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Life sentence for homeless man who killed former benefactor

May 08, 2014 12:25 p.m. | A homeless man convicted of killing a Glendale resident who was found buried under clutter in his home days after he was reported missing last fall was sentenced Thursday to life in prison.

Nicholas Retzlaff, 26, who as a troubled teen had been taken in by the victim, pleaded guilty in March to first-degree intentional homicide, as party to a crime, in the death of 65-year-old peace activist Peter Holzberger.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Timothy Dugan, noting that a friend said Holzberger believed anyone could find redemption, even in prison, made Retzlaff eligible to apply for supervised release in 45 years.

Retzlaff's attorney, Gregory Renden, read a statement from his client expressing his apologies and saying "the only person who ever cared about me was Peter."

Rendan said Retzlaff, who suffered abuse and neglect from his parents until they kicked him out in 2004, suffers from Asperger's syndrome and doesn't really have the capacity for empathy, to understand how his actions affect others.

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North Shore Boulangerie combines cafe with bakery in Shorewood

May 08, 2014 8:51 a.m. | North Shore Boulangerie opened Wednesday at 4401 N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood, with baked goods as well as prepared foods for lunch.

Customers can expect to find items like croissants ($2.50) and quiche such as goat cheese-leek ($6.25 a slice) in the cases. The bakery-cafe has a barista making espresso drinks.

Owner Gene Webb said he has seating for 30 at North Shore Boulangerie, which is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

To contact: (414) 963-2153.  

Homestead boys and girls track teams win North Shore Relays

May 07, 2014 10:22 p.m. | Homestead pole vaulter Elyssa Tracy is said to be "as mentally strong as they come" by Highlander girls track coach John Krueger.

She has endured multiple surgeries on her feet and ankles after a lifetime of competing in sports, including a successful run for the Highlander gymnastics team.

A team it seems, that has made an en masse transition to the track squad.

So with that tough backstory behind her, it was small potatoes for Tracy when she decided to go for and clear 10 feet-nine inches in at the end of the North Shore Conference Relays on a chilly day in Grafton on Wednesday and break the tie with Nicolet for the event title in the final competition of the night.

And with that effort, the Highlanders completed their rally and overcame a challenge from a young and talented Germantown team to claim the meet title in a stunning three-way battle with Germantown and league indoor champ Whitefish Bay.

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Tasting room closing could change Shorewood loan

May 06, 2014 8:00 a.m. | A village loan to help finance the opening of a craft brewery's Shorewood tasting room could change with that tavern's recent closing.

Big Bay Brewing Co. in December 2010 received a $25,000 loan to open the tasting room, at 4517 N. Oakland Ave., and to buy kegs for its beer.

Big Bay, which brews its brands at Stevens Point Brewery, in April closed the 2,100-square-foot tasting room, which opened three years ago. The adjacent Three Lions Pub is remodeling it as an addition.

The village loan required Big Bay to maintain its business within Shorewood's Oakland Ave. tax incremental financing district.

So, Big Bay President Jeff Garwood is asking the Shorewood Community Development Authority to waive that requirement while the company continues to pay off the loan. Big Bay still owes $15,657, with the loan scheduled to be paid off by Jan. 1, 2018, according to a village report.

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MMSD goes with mandate to disconnect downspouts from combined sewers

May 05, 2014 9:55 p.m. | The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is moving forward this month with new regulations requiring owners of most homes, duplexes and four-unit apartment buildings in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood to disconnect roof downspouts from combined sanitary and storm sewers.

The mandate would take effect Jan. 1, 2016, and apply to all buildings served by combined sewers. Deadline for disconnections is Jan. 1, 2025.

Primary targets of the regulations are residences with lawns big enough to absorb the water, MMSD Executive Director Kevin Shafer said Monday.

Most commercial businesses and large apartment buildings likely would be exempt since they generally are surrounded by pavement and water from a disconnected downspout would drain to the street and enter a combined sewer anyway.

Any property owner could be granted an exemption from disconnecting one or more downspouts if there is not adequate space on a lot for the water to seep into the ground, under the regulation.

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Whitefish Bay's Davre beats state-level 1,600 field at Benson Invite

May 02, 2014 10:34 p.m. | It was a race meant to be run at the WIAA State Meet on a warm day in June in La Crosse.

Instead, it was the girls 1,600-meters at the annual friendly hometown track festival in Wauwatosa known as the Dan Benson Invitational, contested on a cool, dank day Friday afternoon in front of a knowing crowd that knew something special was going to happen.

They were not let down, as the astoundingly talented freshman Cami Davre of Whitefish Bay led a WIAA state meet level field to the finish line, using a burning kick to beat last fall's state cross country champion Elizabeth Flatley of Brookfield Central to the finish line.

The first five times in the race obliterated and completely re-wrote the state honor roll, as Davre beat a field of stunningly talented field made up mostly of seniors. Her blistering 66-second closing 400 gave her a state-best time of 4 minutes, 54.08 seconds while Flatley came across in a personal best of 4:57.45, which is now the second best time in the state.

But those two were only the tip of the iceberg, as it is a very good bet that on a normal day, the next three finishers could and would win almost any other 1,600 race contested in the state of Wisconsin on almost any given day of the season with the times they turned in.

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Police respond to Glendale bomb threat

May 02, 2014 12:25 p.m. |

Glendale — The bomb threat that closed the Columbia St. Mary’s office center Friday morning was a false alarm.
A receptionist at the office center, located at 4255 Port Washington Road, received a phone call at 7:45 a.m. Friday from a person claiming that a bomb was going to go off in the building, said Glendale police officer Joel Dhein. The receptionist called Glendale police, whom upon arrival, closed Port Washington Road and evacuated 50 people from the building. 
“There weren’t many people there because of the time of day,” Dhein said. 
Glendale police did not find any explosives in the building. The police then called the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, which also did not find any explosives. In addition to being the corporate headquarters of Columbia St. Mary’s, the building also houses several other businesses.
Dhein said Port Washington Road  and the office building were opened around noon.

Man arrested after using broken coffee mug to cut woman

May 02, 2014 8:23 a.m. | A Milwaukee man was arrested for battery after he used a broken coffee mug to cut a woman April 19.

According to the Glendale police report:

A 30-year-old Milwaukee man used a broken coffee mug to cut a woman in the 2800 block of West Mill Road at 11:50 p.m. April 19.

The man, who also injured himself, fled after attacking the woman and entered a home in the 6400 block of North Range Line Road.

The residents heard the man screaming and found him on the floor of the mud room and called police.

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Facebook post caused lockdown at Brown Deer High School

May 01, 2014 2:46 p.m. | Brown Deer — A "questionable Facebook post" prompted Brown Deer High School to go into lockdown mode for less than an hour Thursday afternoon.

The Facebook post caused Brown Deer police and school officials to go into lockdown for about 30 minutes to 45 minutes , said Christie Odenwald in the district superintendent's office. Brown Deer police determined the concerns were unfounded, and canceled the lockdown shortly thereafter. Odenwald did not comment on the nature of the Facebook post.

Brown Deer police are investigating the matter, but are not releasing any more details about the lockdown at this point in time.

Community Watch

» Class and excellence highlights of Hamilton track sectional 5/31

» Man threatens ice cream truck driver because he didn't like music 5/30

» New Salotto Zarletti in Mequon puts a new spin on Italian classics 5/30

» Germantown softball team's big bats earn it regional title over Nicolet 5/29

» Homestead rides tidal wave of offense 5/29

» Public meeting scheduled on fate of Estabrook Dam 5/29

» Whitefish Bay girls soccer team beats Homestead to win NSC title 5/27

» Homestead breaks Germantown's 51-game NSC softball win streak 5/22

» Shorthanded Whitefish Bay girls still able to win North Shore track title 5/20

» Whitefish Bay soccer team knocks off top-ranked DSHA< 1-0 in double OT 5/16

» Glendale woman, daughter killed in Texas car crash Updated:  5/14

» Man accused of stealing cognacs, steaks from Cedarburg Piggly Wiggly 5/13

» Aeropostale will close at Bayshore 5/12

» DeKeyser named Whitefish Bay girls basketball coach 5/11

» Dredging to remove contaminated muck from Milwaukee River 5/8

» Life sentence for homeless man who killed former benefactor 5/8

» North Shore Boulangerie combines cafe with bakery in Shorewood 5/8

» Homestead boys and girls track teams win North Shore Relays 5/7

» Tasting room closing could change Shorewood loan 5/6

» MMSD goes with mandate to disconnect downspouts from combined sewers Updated:  5/5

» Whitefish Bay's Davre beats state-level 1,600 field at Benson Invite 5/2

» Police respond to Glendale bomb threat 5/2

» Man arrested after using broken coffee mug to cut woman 5/2

» Facebook post caused lockdown at Brown Deer High School 5/1

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