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Homestead boys basketball team falls just short of Hamilton, 46-39

Dec. 28, 2012 11:15 p.m. | Somewhere, the late Homestead Hall of Fame basketball coach John Chekouras is showing pride, if not exactly smiling.

The pride would have come from the grit, effort and sweat the Highlanders showed Friday night in falling to unbeaten and fifth-ranked in the state Milwaukee Hamilton, 46-39, in the final of Homestead's tournament that is named for Chekouras.

After the game, his widow and his daughter presented the championship plaque to Hamilton coach Tom Diener.

And then maybe Chekouras would have forced a small smile at what his old rival Diener said in honor of him.

"He was one of the finest teachers and coaches that I've ever met in my life," said Diener. "...This is a great event to honor an outstanding coach and an even better person."

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Looking for something to do this winter? Check out WhatNOW

Dec. 28, 2012 12:34 p.m. | Winter can feel pretty long in Wisconsin, especially once all the holiday hoopla is over.

In that spirit, MyCommunityNOW invites you to check out our special WhatNOW? section for some tips on how to stay busy this winter. You'll find a list of stories on interesting winter activities, a map of some great places to spend time this winter and more.

We also invite you to share your own ideas on what you like to do during the winter. Your comments may appear in a future issue of NOW newspapers.

WhatNOW? A guide to staying busy this winter.

Top Line Gym honors beloved dog with pet supply drive

Dec. 28, 2012 11:22 a.m. | Top Line Gym in Glendale is holding a pet supply drive to benefit the Humane Animal Welfare Society through Dec. 31.

Top Line owner Brett Summers is hosting the drive to honor his recently deceased dog and best friend Champ, who ran away in 2007 and was found in a busy intersection by a kind couple who took him to HAWS. Without HAWS, Summers said, their family would not have been able to enjoy the last five years with Champ.

The HAWS list of dog supplies includes: new or lightly used towels and blankets; Pup-eroni dog treats; Nature's Variety Instinct canned dog food and other high quality canned dog foods; Natural Balance Roll; Zuke's dog treats; large, American-made rawhide bones; limited slip/martingale collars; Kong dog toys; jars of meat based baby food; and general supplies like Q-tips, laundry detergent, hand soap, etc.

Donors can call (262) 309-5566 to arrange a drop-off, or can make a check out to HAWS and mail to: Top Line Gym, 2012 West Bender Road, Glendale WI 53209.

Mequon woman pleads guilty to tax evasion

Dec. 26, 2012 4:04 p.m. | A Mequon woman who ripped off her grandmother and her sister has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and filing a false claim against the IRS, according to court documents.

Leah M. Kuchta, 42, who worked as a certified public accountant, pleaded guilty earlier this month. Each of the counts carries up to five years in prison, but she is likely to get much less time under federal sentencing guidelines when she is sentenced in March.

In the plea agreement, the prosecutor agrees not to recommend a sentence of more than 30 months.

According to the plea agreement:

In 2005, Kuchta's grandmother received an inheritance of more than $1 million and it was held in trust. Kuchta persuaded her grandmother to grant her access. She told her grandmother she would invest the money in low-risk investments.

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Whitefish Bay boys basketball team outlasts Falls, 55-46

Dec. 22, 2012 11:59 p.m. | Sticking like gum to the bottom of their shoes, the winless Menomonee Falls boys basketball team just wouldn't leave Whitefish Bay alone in the Al McGuire Classic Tournament in the Al McGuire Center Saturday night.

It took some doing, even rallying from an early 7-0 deficit, but the Blue Dukes were finally able to rid themselves of the pesky Indians with a 55-46 decision.

"It was good that we started responding better," said Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik. "We would have liked a better start, but I like our perseverance. That we can fall down seven, 10 or 12 points and still bring ourselves back."

With the win, the Blue Dukes improved to 7-2 overall, while Falls, even though game-after-game it remains competitive, fell to 0-8.

Bay pulled off the win a day after a tough 60-55 North Shore win over Grafton, a useful exercise in the eyes of Lazovik.

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Cedarburg girls gain separation

Dec. 21, 2012 10:14 p.m. | The Cedarburg girls basketball team successfully created some separation in the North Shore Conference standings with a 50-45 win over host Nicolet on Friday night.

The Bulldogs improved to 4-1 in conference play and 5-2 overall to sit atop the conference with Whitefish Bay. The Knights dropped to 4-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play. All three were tied entering Friday’s contests.

The Knights overcame a shaky start and early 7-2 deficit to tie the game at 13 after the first quarter. Senior guard Michelle Peltz put the Knights ahead 15-13 in the second, and the Knights appeared to be gaining momentum. Nicolet senior guard Sara Travia scored 10 of Nicolet’s 17 second-quarter points, including a long two-point jumper from the baseline with just seconds left in the half on a textbook drive-and-dish from senior forward Briana Gray. The Knights led 30-23 at the break.

“I thought we played a good first half,” Bulldogs head coach David Ross said. “They made some incredible shots. Instead of being down by seven, I thought it was a pretty even game. It’s hard to duplicate the shooting that they were doing.”

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UWM professor selected as Shorewood School board member

Dec. 21, 2012 4:20 p.m. | The Shorewood School Board on Thursday selected University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor Paru Shah to fill the vacant School Board seat until the April election.

Shah, who moved to Shorewood in July 2011, is a political-science professor at UWM with research focused on the impact of racial/ethnic inequalities on politics in urban settings. Most recently, her research has examined when and where racial and ethnic minorities gain elected office, and what policy effect their presence has, according to her application to the School Board.

Because the majority of her research focuses on local elected offices - both school boards and city governments - she said in her application that she is familiar with the structures and institutions.

In addition to her academic interests, Shah said she had a desire to serve the community.

Before attending school for her PhD, Shah worked for an AmeriCorps program. She also served on the board of directors at Rape Victims Advocates.

Social media users share images of today's snowfall

Dec. 18, 2012 1:48 p.m. | Snow. It's here, whether you're ready for it or not. And social media users shared a bunch of photos as it began to fall Tuesday.

Read the story and see the photos of snowfall today.

Visit Today's TMJ4 for more on today's snowfall and a winter storm watch later this week.

Nicolet Superintendent Monroe announces retirement

Dec. 18, 2012 10:26 a.m. | Nicolet Superintendent Rick Monroe will retire at the end of this school year, the district announced in a news release this morning.

Monroe, who has been Nicolet's Superintendent since 2007, announced his retirement at a special faculty and staff meeting today.

"I've been thinking about it since August, and over Thanksgiving break I had time to think and reflect on it," Monroe said. "I said 'yes, the time is right.'"

Monroe began his education career in 1976 in the Milwaukee Public Schools system as a special education teacher. He served in MPS for 19 years before becoming Principal of St. Francis High School and later Shorewood High School.

At this point, Monroe said he isn't considering any other employment options after retirement, and timed his announcement to allow the school board to find a suitable replacement by the beginnning of the 2013-14 school year. 

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Fox Point's West to head MMSD commission again

Dec. 18, 2012 9:44 a.m. | Fox Point Village President Michael West has been re-elected chairman of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's 11-member commission.

West, a registered architect and professional engineer, will serve a second consecutive one-year term as chairman.

The commission on Monday also re-elected Michal Ann Dawson of Milwaukee to a second consecutive one-year term as vice-chair.

Dawson is a former deputy commissioner of the Department of City Development and a former special assistant to Mayor John Norquist.

NOW bloggers talk about Newtown shooting

Dec. 17, 2012 9:27 a.m. | There have been a lot of national gun-related shootings this year, but Friday's in Newtown, Conn., took the country by surprise perhaps more than any other.

And several of the NOW bloggers took up their virtual pens to share their thoughts on the latest tragedy.

  • Tom Ceparski of Oak Creek writes of the conflict he feels being a father of a young girl and a gun owner.
  • Tom Gaertner of Wauwatosa writes that he spent time cleaning his firearms after his hunting season.
  • Lester Schultz of the North Shore believes it is time to do something about gun control.
  • Karen Waldkirch of Wauwatosa says we need to look at ourselves in order to change the culture in America.
  • Robin Zdroik of Greenfield thinks we should look inward to do the best that we can.
  • Kevin Fischer of Franklin wonders what would happen if shooter Adam Lanza were alive.
  • TJ Meyers-Jansky of West Allis reminds us that the shooting occurred because of human choices.

Sendik's grocery store in Bayside to remodel, change operator

Dec. 13, 2012 11:00 a.m. | The Sendik's grocery store in Bayside will be remodeled, and is changing operators.

The branch of the Balistreri family which operates 10 Sendik's Food Markets throughout the Milwaukee area announced Thursday that its newest store will open next spring at 340 W. Brown Deer Road.

That's the address of a small Sendik's store operated by another branch of the extended Sendik-Balistreri family, which also operates the Sendik's grocery store at 2643 N. Downer Ave., and a Piggly Wiggly/Sendik's supermarket at 2315 N. 124th St., Brookfield.

“Our new store in Bayside will give us a chance to better serve our customers in Bayside and
the surrounding communities,” said Ted Balistreri, one of the family co-owners of Sendik’s Food Markets, in a statement.

John Sendik said his family's decision to sell the business and real estate to their cousins was amicable, and beneficial to both sides. The current Sendik's grocery, which opened in 2003, will close at the end of business on Dec. 31, he said.

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Four Points hotel in Brown Deer completes $4 million renovation

Dec. 13, 2012 7:00 a.m. | The Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee North hotel, in Brown Deer, recently completed a $4 million renovation.

Improvements were made to the hotel’s lobby, restaurant and bar areas, as well as to the meeting spaces and guest rooms. The renovations include upgraded carpeting, bathrooms, furniture, lighting and artwork.

“This investment and renovation reflects our desire to meet consumer demand as this area of the city undergoes a revitalization,” said Jim Koen, general manager.

The 149-room hotel is at 8900 N. Kildeer Court, north of W. Brown Deer Road and east of N. Green Bay Road. 

Boy hurt in Brown Deer hit-and-run incident

Dec. 12, 2012 4:42 p.m. | An 11-year-old boy was recovering Wednesday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Brown Deer, police said.

According to Brown Deer police, the boy was struck about 2:30 p.m. on N. Carlotta Lane at W. Radcliffe Drive.

After striking the boy the vehicle, described as a large, red truck or SUV, continued south on Carlotta.

The boy was taken to a hospital for evaluation and police are asking anyone with information on the crash to call (414) 371-2900.

Brown Deer police seek information on hit-and-run driver

Dec. 12, 2012 4:04 p.m. | Brown Deer police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck an 11-year-old boy at the intersection of Carlotta Lane and Radcliffe Drive at 2:36 p.m. today.

According to the department's news release, the boy was struck by a vehicle driving south on North Carlotta Lane. After striking the boy, the vehicle continued to travel southbound on Carlotta without stopping. The boy who was struck was transported to an area hospital to be evaluated.

The boy described the vehicle as a large red vehicle, possibly a truck or a sport utility vehicle.

If there was any damage to the vehicle, it would likely be on the front, driver's side. No other witnesses came forward on scene. The incident remains under investigation.

Any additional witnesses or anyone with further information regarding the hit and run crash is encouraged to call the Brown Deer Police Department at (414) 371-2900.

Concordia University plans new 274-bed residence hall

Dec. 12, 2012 3:43 p.m. | Concordia University in Mequon is planning to build a 274-bed residence hall adjacent to Coburg Hall, south of the athletic fields.

The Mequon Plan Commission approved plans Monday night for the five-story residence hall that will connect to Ausberg Hall, west of Coburg Hall, on the campus at 12800 N. Lakeshore Drive.

The proposed brick and glass panel building will have little to no public visibility, according to a report by the the city's Department of Community Development:

Plans call for eight parking stalls and a turnaround area for emergency vehicles to be added between Coburg and Augsberg Halls. No additional surface parking will be needed because a new parking structure recently was completed on campus.

Germantown, Hamilton the top-ranked teams in NOW's Roundball Rankings

Dec. 12, 2012 11:59 a.m. | The defending Division 1 state champion Germantown boys basketball team has won 32 games in a row and finds itself atop the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings.

The Hamilton Chargers are the top-ranked girls team and are coming off a 64-10 victory over West Allis Central in the Greater Metro Conference opener.

In addition to the top five boys and girls teams in the area, Roundball Rankings includes a player of the week, poll, area scoring leaders and more.

Horizon to expand hospice at Columbia St. Mary's in Mequon

Dec. 11, 2012 9:46 a.m. | Horizon Home Care & Hospice said it plans to expand and renovate its inpatient hospice unit at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon and extend its lease with the hospital for an additional 20 years.

The project will add 400 square feet to the hospice unit, bringing the total space to 13,400 square feet. Construction is scheduled to begin in January and be completed by May.

The expansion was made possible by a $1 million gift from the Lawlis Family Fund through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

The inpatient hospice was moved to Mequon when Columbia St. Mary's Health System built a new hospital and consolidated its two Milwaukee hospitals. Horizon, which is owned by Columbia St. Mary's and Froedtert Health, initially planned to build a free-standing hospice.

"Through extensive research and our own experience, we discovered that an inpatient unit is the best approach from both a business and patient/family care perspective," Mary Haynor, president and chief executive of Horizon, said in a statement. "Most hospice patients come from a hospital, so if a patient can't go home, it's much easier for all involved, physically and as well as emotionally, to move only a few floors than transporting patients to a separate facility."

Mequon police warn of phone scam targeting elderly residents

Dec. 10, 2012 3:18 p.m. |  

Mequon police are warning residents about phone scammers who are targeted elderly citizens by claiming their son or grandson had been in a drunken-driving accident out of state and needed to be bailed out.

At least seven people reported getting the calls and two people forwarded more than $10,000 to the scammers via Western Union, Mequon police said in a news release.

“The perpetrators of these scams clearly have used different resources to obtain detailed information regarding the victims’ families and use this information in the scam to manipulate the victims into sending money via Western Union to different locations,” police said in the release. “The perpetrators of these scams are very good at what they do and are very convincing to the subjects that they are contacting in order to obtain money.”

Police said the scammers target residents over the age of 60 who have children and grandchildren. Police urged residents to be very careful about calls requesting cash be forwarded via Western Union, and said not to provide any personal information or bank account information via phone or online.

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View photos, videos of tree lightings in southeast Wisconsin

Dec. 10, 2012 8:53 a.m. | Tree lightings are one sure sign of the holiday season, even if snow has yet to come out.

Get in the festive mood with photos and videos from social media users from tree lighting ceremonies in southeast Wisconsin.

View the story here. Do you have photos from tree lightings in southeast Wisconsin that you would like to add to the story? Contact Dan Polley at dpolley@cninow.com.

Can you identify this Brown Deer theft suspect?

Dec. 06, 2012 1:02 p.m. | The Brown Deer Police Department is looking for help identifying a suspect in at least seven entries to autos and thefts from autos.

According to a BDPD news release:

At 1:10 a.m. on Nov. 20 the suspect gained entry into the Northpointe Apartments, 9418 N. Green Bay Road in Brown Deer. He rang multiple doorbells until he was let into the secured lobby. The suspect then went into the underground parking area and let in a second subject in a vehicle. Multiple cars were entered, damaged, and items were stolen. The two left in the vehicle together.

The first suspect is described as: Black male late teens to early 20s, 5'8" to 5'11" with a slim build and short black hair, wearing a black hooded Adidas zipper sweatshirt with white stripes on the sleeves, tan pants, and bright pink Adidas tennis shoes.

The second suspect was not described.

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Brown Deer boys basketball team ralies for 85-70 victory over Greendale

Dec. 04, 2012 10:16 p.m. | It was a personal challenge from Brown Deer coach Kelly Appleby to senior forward Donte Harmon and to the Falcon team in general.

Their unbeaten start to the season was serious jeopardy Tuesday night in Greendale, as Panther guards Jordan Perez (17 points in the first half) and Nick Dalton (15 points in the same session) ran around and through the Falcon defense to the tune of a 31-17 second quarter outburst that put Brown Deer in a 49-36 hole at the break.

"We struggled big time in the first half defensively," said Appleby. "Perez is a very fine player, but we were letting him get to the basket much too easily. We had to go out there and make a bit more uncomfortable."

"We were going to put Donte (Harmon) on him in the first half, but he (Harmon) picked up two fouls, but once we did it in the second half, he (Harmon) was spectacular. We took away the main focus to their offense and then we found a little rhythm ourselves."

Indeed, Perez scored only one more point the rest of the game and Dalton was held scoreless in the second half as the Falcons turned up the team pressure, flipping the score with an impressive 28-7 third quarter run that eventually led to an 85-70 Brown Deer victory.

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Glendale lawyer reprimanded for professional misconduct

Dec. 03, 2012 8:15 a.m. | A Glendale lawyer was publicly reprimanded by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday and ordered to pay more than $14,000 for the cost of the discipline action.

Acting on a 2010 complaint by the Office of Lawyer Regulation, a referee found that Vladimir Gorokhovsky  committed eight violations in the course of filing a sentence modification motion that his client neither sought nor approved, without even consulting with the client but taking direction -- and payment -- from the defendant's former girlfriend, the victim in the case that landed him in jail.

Further, according to the court's ruling, Gorokhovsky ran up more than $1,800 in fees before he ever communicated with the client, and billed a total of more than $8,000.

To top it all off, once the OLR got involved, Gorokhovsky back-dated a letter to the client and supplied it to OLR investigators.

Gorokhovsky defended the OLR claims during a 2 1/2 day hearing, and appealed the referee's findings.The Supreme Court rejected all his challenges to the referee's findings, as well as Gorokhovsky's suggestion that he acted in good faith during a "learning curve" and should get only a private reprimand.

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Nordstrom looked at Bayshore, but focused on Mayfair

Dec. 03, 2012 7:00 a.m. | After last week's news that Nordstrom Inc. would open its Wisconsin department store at Mayfair mall, in Wauwatosa, some Land & Space readers were again asking about Bayshore Town Center, in Glendale, as a possible location for the upscale retailer.

Seattle-based Nordstrom did consider Bayshore several years ago, according to one industry source who was involved in those deliberations. Nordstrom would have taken the place of Sears, which anchors Bayshore's northern end.

But Sears executives wouldn't make a decision on whether to accept an offer to buy out the remaining years on the store's lease, the source said. So, Nordstrom instead focused on Mayfair.

Bayshore also isn't as centrally located as Mayfair. One example: Mayfair is roughly the same distance drive from the North Shore and Waukesha County's Lake Country--both affluent areas with the types of shoppers Nordstrom targets.

I asked Erik Nordstrom, the company's president of stores, about Bayshore.

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Community Watch

» Homestead boys basketball team falls just short of Hamilton, 46-39 12/28

» Looking for something to do this winter? Check out WhatNOW 12/28

» Top Line Gym honors beloved dog with pet supply drive 12/28

» Mequon woman pleads guilty to tax evasion 12/26

» Whitefish Bay boys basketball team outlasts Falls, 55-46 12/22

» Cedarburg girls gain separation 12/21

» UWM professor selected as Shorewood School board member 12/21

» Social media users share images of today's snowfall 12/18

» Nicolet Superintendent Monroe announces retirement 12/18

» Fox Point's West to head MMSD commission again 12/18

» NOW bloggers talk about Newtown shooting 12/17

» Sendik's grocery store in Bayside to remodel, change operator 12/13

» Four Points hotel in Brown Deer completes $4 million renovation 12/13

» Boy hurt in Brown Deer hit-and-run incident 12/12

» Brown Deer police seek information on hit-and-run driver 12/12

» Concordia University plans new 274-bed residence hall 12/12

» Germantown, Hamilton the top-ranked teams in NOW's Roundball Rankings 12/12

» Horizon to expand hospice at Columbia St. Mary's in Mequon 12/11

» Mequon police warn of phone scam targeting elderly residents 12/10

» View photos, videos of tree lightings in southeast Wisconsin Updated:  12/10

» Can you identify this Brown Deer theft suspect? 12/6

» Brown Deer boys basketball team ralies for 85-70 victory over Greendale 12/4

» Glendale lawyer reprimanded for professional misconduct 12/3

» Nordstrom looked at Bayshore, but focused on Mayfair 12/3

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