After the conclusion of 41 successful seasons on the sidelines for the Germantown football program, Germantown Hall of Fame coach Phil Datka will retire following the end of the 2010 season.
In a letter to the Germantown administration dated Aug. 24, Datka said: "All of my coaching friends have told me that I will know when "it is time" and I feel, for me, that "time" is now."
Datka began his career in the late 1960s with a one-year stint at the now defunct Frances Jordan High School before moving on to Germantown. During his time in Germantown, he established the Warhawks as a force to be reckoned with in first the Scenic Moraine, then the Braveland and currently the North Shore Conference.
His teams shared or won outright eight league titles and have qualified for the state playoffs 14 times, including state finals runs in 1979 and 1997 and WIAA state division 2 championships in 1998 and 2003. The Germantown stadium was re-named for him in 2003 and he is also a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) Hall of Fame.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls —North Hills Plaza property manager Charles Pinter said he got an extension from the village of Menomonee Falls on his May 8 deadline to address the partially collapsed strip mall in the hub of the village. Meanwhile, village officials have said no such extension has been granted.
There has been at least one phone conversation between Code Compliance and Zoning Officer Jerri Gronitz and an agent of Pinter's on Friday, May 1, Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald confirmed.
"We will review the situation immediately following May 8 and make a determination at that time on how the village intends to proceed," he said.
The village last month issued a "raze or repair" order stating the property has been and is now violating municipal code "by allowing the structure to be unsafe as well as causing a blighting factor to the neighborhood."
Two businesses inside the building remain boarded off almost two months after the March 9 partial collapse left tenants temporarily displaced. North Hills Salon and others were allowed to reoccupy the building within weeks of the collapse, after an inspection report was filed by a structural engineer hired by Pinter. H & R Block and Jaskowiak Chiropractic are still displaced.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls —It was another record year for growth and development in the village of Menomonee Falls in 2014, according to the annual development report.
None of it has happened overnight, but Director of Community Development Matt Carran said 2014 was another exceptionally exciting year for commercial, residential and industrial development in the village.
Past, present and future projects were highlighted as part of the report, which Carran presented at the May 4 meeting of the village board. Among the highlights of the presentation was an 88 percent increase in new construction value from 2013 to 2014, and the largest new construction value in village history.
"All I can say is wow," trustee Bonnie Lemmer said, following the presentation.
The village is the 21st largest community in the state in terms of population, but has the eighth-highest assessed value, which is up from ninth last year. It also ranks third in the state in manufacturing real estate, behind Milwaukee and Green Bay.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — The sun is shining, the trees are blooming and it's time to get outside and clean up the yard.
The Menomonee Falls Public Works Department will begin picking up brush Monday, May 11 this year, which means the deadline for brush pickup is Sunday, May 10.
Brush materials acceptable for Village pickup are branches up to six inches in diameter, cut to a maximum length of four feet. Brush must be placed on the terrace area (between the curb and sidewalk).
In areas without curb, the brush should be placed on the grass area adjacent to the street pavement or adjacent to driveway entrances. All areas should have brush placed parallel to the road.
For safety reasons, no brush may be placed on the street pavement, and yard waste, stumps roots and shrubs will not be picked up.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — As a member of the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin health network, Community Memorial Hospital is included on a list recognizing the top 20 medium size health systems in the nation.
The Froedtert & MCW health network is the only Milwaukee health system to make the list and one of just four in Wisconsin. The list was compiled by Truven Health Analytics, an independent firm that evaluates hospitals and health systems.
Community Memorial, Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, and St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend are the Froedtert & MCW health network's three hospitals.
According to Truven, health systems on the list generally outperformed their peers in a variety of important measures, including higher survival rates, fewer errors, and lower costs.
"Being recognized by this highly credible group affirms the value our health care network brings to our patients and to our community," said Catherine Jacobson, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert Health.» Read Full Article
Germantown — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has begun work on a stream relocation project located southeast of the WIS 145 and Donges Bay Road intersection.
To complete the stream relocation, crews will restore the stream bed with a meandering alignment, pools and riffle and restore the area adjacent to the stream as wetland.
Traffic impacts will be minimal with some closures within the shoulder, according to a WisDOT release.
The work is to prepare for reconstruction of the WIS 145 and Donges Bay Road intersection, scheduled for 2016.
The contractor, Wondra Construction, plans to complete the $182,600 stream relocation project in late June.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — There could be a spot for another newcomer to the Menomonee Falls Village Board sooner rather than later.
A decision will soon be made by the board on how to proceed with filling the seat left vacant by now Village President Joe Helm, who was elected to replace longtime board member Randy Newman in April.
Several options for addressing the vacancy were addressed by Village Attorney Michael Morse at the board's May 4 meeting, including holding a special election to fill the position, leaving the seat vacant, and appointing an interim trustee to serve out the remainder of the term, which expires in 2017.
Should the board appoint someone, they could opt to do so either until a special election is held, likely in spring of 2016, or for the remainder of the term, Morse explained.
But rather than potentially splitting the term with two different people serving as an appointed trustee and then elected trustee for the two remaining years, several board members agreed they would prefer to see someone appointed for the full two years.» Read Full Article
At least six Wauwatosa elementary schools will be celebrating national Bike to School Day Wednesday, May 6: Eisenhower, Lincoln, Madison, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Wilson/WSTEM.
Some schools will provide bike maintenance checks, free helmets, raffles, snacks and coloring contests.
Wauwatosa police officers, aldermen and other city officials will be at the schools to help with traffic safety.
Here is a breakdown of events by school:
McKinley: Ben's Cycle Shop will be on hand to do bike safety checks. The McKinley Safe Routes to School committee will be doing helmet fitting checks before and after school, and providing free helmets. There will also be a coloring contest. The McKinley Messenger 5th grade service group, Alderwoman Allison Byrne and Alderman Jeff Roznowski will be helping with the day.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — It was among the last things the family of Dennis Kaul was expecting to happen the day before they were to attend a wedding.
Dylan Kaul and his father, Dennis, were jogging a familiar route together along the Bugline Trail when it happened.
"It was a normal run, and we were chatting about all kinds of different things, but it wasn't more than five minutes in when I noticed he was stumbling," Dylan recalled. "I had no idea how dire the circumstances were at that point."
Earlier that day, Dylan, who was in from out of town for his brother's wedding the next day, said he spent the morning with his parents as they prepared to host a casual rehearsal dinner at their Menomonee Falls home later that evening.
"I remember thinking when I saw my dad that I hoped I looked as good as he does at 65," said Dylan, who grew up in the area but now lives in Minnesota. "He looked great from all indications, which just goes to show you never know when something like this is going to happen."» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls —State Representative Janel Brandtjen (R) has introduced legislation designed to restore the original intent of Wisconsin's foodshare program.
Co-authored by Rep. Rob Brooks (R), AB 177 will provide oversight as to what food items may be purchased by those using taxpayer dollars to help feed their families.
Right now a family of four can get up to $649 per month to provide food for their families. Under current law, the head of the household can spend the entire amount on non-nutritional items that could lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other health related issues.
"We in the legislature have an obligation to make sure hard earned tax dollars are spent appropriately," Brandtjen said. "While I'm confident that most families do not abuse the program this bill assures that 67 percent of the food share dollars provided to families are spent on healthy foods including meats, vegetables and dairy products."
In addition to the requirement that 67 percent of foodshare dollars a family spends is spent on nutritious food, the bill also prohibits the purchase of high end items such as lobster, crab or shrimp.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — Executives of the companies that own and manage the partially collapsed North Hills Plaza in Menomonee Falls have a long history of legal troubles and neglecting properties, a Menomonee Falls Now investigation has found.
North Hills Plaza is owned by 1340 East 9th Street Realty Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, whose CEO is Samuel Pinter, according to Waukesha County tax records and information from the New York Department of State. His son, Charles Pinter, is the CEO of Royale Property Management, which oversees North Hills Plaza. Together the Pinters and their affiliated companies have left a wake of rundown properties, according to court records and officials in Texas.
In 2013, unlivable conditions rife with cockroaches, toilets overflowing, spoiled food and a pool so filthy the water was black were reported in inspection reports for a Texas retirement community owned by Samuel Pinter.
A 2004 federal court lawsuit over an alleged $44 million Ponzi scheme names Samuel Pinter as a defendant, and Charles Pinter was ultimately brought into the suit, as well.
In addition, news sources have reported other incidents in which properties owned by Charles or Samuel, or both, were found to be dilapidated and unlivable.» Read Full Article
The Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate has awarded a $29,830 grant to the Washington County Health Department to increase the number of women who receive breast cancer screenings.
In partnership with Aurora Health Care-Washington County, the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation and the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, Heath Department Assistant Director Joni Whitehouse explained the grant from Komen Southeast Wisconsin will support Washington County's Pathways to Breast Health Program, an initiative developed to provide outreach and education to women.
"We were surprised last fall when Mission Manager Robin Luther of Komen Southeast Wisconsin contacted our Wisconsin Well Woman Program coordinator, Janet Arndt, to recommend that the Health Department apply for grant funding based on the results of their most recent needs assessment," Whitehouse said. "Washington County had high rates for breast cancer in general, but also for late stage diagnosis and breast cancer deaths."
The goal of Washington County's Pathways to Breast Health program is to increase collaboration between local organizations in order to address the breast health needs of the community and increase the local rate for screening mammograms with the goal of earlier diagnosis of breast cancer, Whitehouse said.
The program will target women ages 40 and above who do not routinely receive breast cancer screenings.» Read Full Article
Germantown — In conjunction with Old Town, Von Rothenburg Bier Stube is hosting their annual May Day celebration starting today.
The celebration kicks off today, May 1, at the Bier Stube, N116 W15863 Main Street, with traditional tapping of the Hofbrau Mailbock keg and continues with a weekend of live music, traditional foods, drink specials and contests.
Schedule of events is as follows:
Friday, May 1
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Live music by Peggy Mueller» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls — Don't miss the Falls Patio Players production of "Hairspray" this weekend.
A cast of talented actors and actresses from all over the area take to the stage for the second weekend of shows at 7:30 p.m. tonight, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3.
The Players have been putting on theatrical productions of drama, comedy and musicals for forty nine years.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.
Performances are held at North Middle School, N88 W16750 Garfield Drive.
Germantown — There is officially an end in sight for the parents, teachers and staff who have been concerned about overcrowding issues at Rockfield Elementary School.
On April 27, the board approved moving forward with a permanent addition of classrooms to the overcrowded school, where staff has gotten creative with solutions such as having music classes in the library and other student work time in hallways and vestibules.
The school also houses the district's early childhood program, which the district had hoped to find a new home for this school year. Though that may not end up coming together, a move would free up the space utilized by about 50 students between the ages of 3 and 5 years old who have special-education needs.
While modular classrooms, estimated to cost the district as much as $282,000, could have been ready for use by the start of the 2015-16 school year, board members agreed waiting as little as an extra semester to have a more permanent option would be a better solution in both the short- and long-term.
An option to use potentially available space at County Line Elementary to bridge the gap as construction is completed at Rockfield also helped weigh the scales in the direction of a brick and mortar solution.» Read Full Article
Germantown — Imagination is not something fifth grader Elise Dahlby is lacking. Yet when her T-shirt design was selected from more than 500 entries worldwide as the one to be sold at the upcoming Destination Imagination Global Finals competition, she said her first reaction was surprise.
"I was overwhelmed at first because I never thought that would happen," said Dahlby, who attends County Line Elementary School and entered the elementary category of the contest on a whim. "It's just really exciting to see it come together and get to go to Globals and see it on sale there."
The concept of her design began as she contemplated what defines "great minds."
"I was just thinking I know that people have great minds in Destination Imagination and I was thinking creative minds create their own path," she explained. "Great minds build their own path just like you build your own imagination."
Her design earned more than 3,000 votes over the course of about a week, earning her the coveted honor of having the shirt sold at the upcoming competition in Knoxville, Tennessee later this month.» Read Full Article