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Germantown, Falls schools to close Monday

Jan. 03, 2014 4:34 p.m. | Germantown and Menomonee Falls schools will close Monday because of bitterly cold temperatures and wind, according to school officials.

Milwaukee Public Schools also announced that it will close as a result of dangerously cold winds and double-digit negative temperatures predicted by the National Weather Service for early next week.

The NWS is anticipating wind chills ranging from minus 35 to minus 50 degrees between Sunday and Tuesday.

Pixar Producer, National Symphony Orchestra trumpet player join Menomonee Falls Hall of Fame

3:43 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — A producer at Disney's Pixar Animation Studios and a trumpet player for the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D. C. may not sound like they have much in common. It happened about 10 years apart, but both once walked the halls of Menomonee Falls High School.

They will next week come together to become the 2016 inductees into the Menomonee Falls Fine Arts Hall of Fame.

Coupled with the high school's annual Wind Symphony and Orchestra concert on May 19, Amy Nawrocki and William Gerlach will join the ranks of previous inductees on the Wall of Recognition.

It is the 12th year of the recognition program, which former high school principal Dick Woosencraft created during his last year as principal in 2004.

"Through the years this program has recognized some pretty impressive folks and this year is no different," said Woosencraft, who has served on the selection committee for the duration of the program, which commends alumni who have contributed to the areas of music, art, dance, and media following graduation.

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Menomonee Falls man faces reckless endangerment charges for firing gun with a 3-year-old in the car

3:13 p.m. | Menomonee Falls —A 20-year-old Menomonee Falls man has been charged with two counts of reckless endangerment after residents near Village Centre reported hearing a gun shot a little after 8:15 p.m. May 3.

Upon arriving to the scene, police discovered Demario Pickett had been showing his friend his .38 special revolver inside the parked car in the W15000 block of Cleveland Avenue. Also inside the car was the friend's three-year-old daughter.

While Pickett hid the gun nearby with the intention of retrieving it after police left the scene, he admitted to "putting bullets inside the gun to show (his friend) how to load the gun, the gun went off and the bullet hit the dashboard of the vehicle," all while the three-year-old girl was in the back seat, according to the report.

No one was harmed and the gun was recovered and taken in to custody.

If charged, Pickett faces as much as $50,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison.

Menomonee Falls High School to host AP Art Exhibit, opens May 23

2:47 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — They've put in the work and now is time to show it off.

The Menomonee Falls Advanced Placement art students will display their work in a special exhibit that opens Tuesday, May 24 at the high school, W142 N8108 Merrimac Drive.

Each student completed almost 30 pieces of art for evaluation by the college board that are meant to demonstrate competence and range of understanding of visual concerns and methods.

There will be an opening reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the high school, where the exhibit will remain open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday through the month of May.

All exhibits and receptions at the gallery are free and open to the public.

Martin to take over as Germantown boys basketball coach

11:17 a.m. | Though he's entering into one of the most high profile prep coaching jobs in Wisconsin, new Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Martin is maintaining perspective.

It's something he learned from another Germantown legend, one from another sport.

"I remember seeing this quote somewhere," Martin said. "Someone asked Phil (the late Warhawks' football coach Datka) after one of his state titles, 'How did you do that?' and he said, 'If it were as easy as answering that question, I'd put it in a bottle and do it every year.'

"What Phil was always getting at was, is that there are always going to be ups and downs in this job, and it's up to you as the coach to provide good stewardship in both situations."

Martin was named to take over the program built by Steve Showalter on May 5, after interim coach Mark Adams stepped down after one season.

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Martin named new Germantown boys basketball coach

May 05, 2016 4:40 p.m. | Germantown has gone in-house and hired veteran teacher and coach Steve Martin to head up its powerhouse boys basketball program.

According to a press release from the district, Martin is a business education teacher at Germantown, with a specific focus on the Personal Financial Literacy courses. He also leads the school's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club.

Martin has been involved with the Germantown basketball program for 10 years, along with coaching in the Germantown football program for eight seasons. Most recently, he served as the head varsity assistant basketball coach and director of basketball operations.

He has also served as a varsity assistant, head freshman coach and an assistant camp director for the youth basketball camps. Martin assisted the Waukesha South girls basketball program from 2004-2007 and is thankful for the mentorship of coaches Paul Darling (Waukesha South), former Germantown head coach and newly announced Catholic Memorial head coach Steve Showalter and Adams.

Martin has also been a varsity football assistant coach, dating back to 2007 under the late Coach Phil Datka and more recently under head coach Jake Davis.

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Sports Authority out, other tenants to open soon within Whitestone Station in Menomonee Falls

May 04, 2016 12:20 p.m. | It will be an exciting summer for shopping in Menomonee Falls.

Spaces within the new 91,000-square-foot retail building at Whitestone Station are being turned over to tenants in June, according to Scott Yauck, president and chief executive officer of Cobalt Partners.

The exact timing of the openings of Ulta Beauty, Ross Dress For Less and Home Goods is up to the retailers, but Yauck said openings "generally will follow shortly thereafter."

While Sports Authority signed a lease for the fourth spot in the building, Yauck said the announcement of the company's liquidation means a new tenant will move into that space.

"While Sports Authority is liquidating, they will be auctioning store locations across the country," Yauck said. "So, while it is possible that another sporting goods retailer could acquire the lease, we feel that it is very unlikely."

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Board overturns Germantown Plan Commission's decision on zoning that impacts Saxony Village

May 04, 2016 12:01 p.m. | Germantown — The people have spoken and, in doing so, have disagreed with village officials.

Two decisions regarding zoning code changes the village made last fall were overturned by the village's Board of Zoning Appeals last month.

JBJ Companies, Inc. was seeking to appeal decisions made by the plan commission in December regarding the site plan application for a proposed 172-unit apartment complex known as Saxony Village.

The original plan for the controversial multifamily development called for 190 units, a proposal that was met with contention by neighboring residents, who have argued the scope of the project is too large for the area. Several petitions against the project were submitted and reviewed throughout the approval process.

JBJ ultimately challenged the commissions decisions, initially bringing it up with the board of zoning appeals early this year. The board of zoning appeals is a panel of residents who volunteer to make up the board and hear both sides of an argument before ultimately making a decision.

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Germantown School District to survey residents to gauge support for facility improvement plans

May 04, 2016 11:09 a.m. | Germantown — The time is soon for residents in the Germantown School District to voice their opinions on a number of facilities improvements the district is considering.

The board voted recently to conduct a survey through School Perceptions to gather information to aid in a decision on how to move forward with a facility improvement plan.

"We just want to find out, what does the community want," said School Board President Bob Soderberg. "What is their expectation?"

The board is expected to review a draft of the survey, which will be conducted at a maximum of $10,000, as soon as its next meeting in May.

Plans for about $93 million in improvements and renovations were also presented at a recent meeting by Nick Kent of Plunkett Raysich Architects.

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Shorewest's Menomonee Falls Office breaks sales record

May 04, 2016 10:08 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —March was a record month for the Shorewest office in Menomonee Falls.

Located at N94 W17900 Appleton Ave., Shorewest sold a record of 102 properties during March, which is more than any other month in the office's history.

They also had a record breaking $24,042,322 sales volume. The Menomonee Falls Office serves Brown Deer, Butler, Colgate, Erin, Friess Lake, Germantown, Hartford, Hubertus, Jackson, Lannon, Lisbon, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee, Richfield, Slinger and Sussex areas.

"The real estate market is extremely active so far in 2016," said Joe Horning, President of Shorewest. "Shorewest agents are busy, finding the right home for buyers and counseling sellers in this fast pace market."

Sports Shorts: May 5, 2016

May 03, 2016 10:18 a.m. |

MENOMONEE FALLS/GERMANTOWN GIRLS SOFTBALL

The Indians broke open a 3-2 game with a five-run fifth and cruised past their border nonconference rivals, 10-2, on April 25.

The win was the sixth in a row for Falls, and it was the fourth straight loss for the Warhawks.

Indian lead-off hitter Lou Sciortinodid great damage with three hits and four RBIs, while Morgan Schiedemeyerhad three hits with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Falls ace Ciera Jones scattered five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Both Germantown pitchers Megan Cull(who took the loss) and Michelle Moorehad trouble getting the Indians out as Falls rapped 14 hits.

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DSHA softball team outslugs Falls in GMC showdown

May 03, 2016 10:08 a.m. | Everyone who came up to the scorers' table in Menomonee Falls after the DSHA softball team's 8-5 victory over the Indians in a Greater Metro Conference showdown April 28 was stunned by the final score.

Not by the fact that the 12-0 Dashers won, but by the fact that the game was so high-scoring in a matchup of two traditionally pitching-heavy programs.

"I thought that it would have been 1-0," was the common refrain.

And with DSHA's senior all-state hurler Rose Dentice toeing the rubber, one would have thought that, but the misty, miserable, winter-like, 39-degree conditions surprisingly gave advantage to the hitters, as the Dashers cracked 11 hits and the Indians eight.

Those three extra hits and two critical errors proved to be the difference, however, as the Dashers moved into sole possession of first place in the GMC at 6-0, while the rebuilding Indians fell to 5-1 in league play and 10-3 overall.

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Menomonee Falls golf team remains competitive fighting the weather

May 03, 2016 10:06 a.m. | Though the weather might not be conducive to playing excellent and/or fun golf, the young Menomonee Falls boys squad is making the most of its early opportunities, taking ninth in the 17-team powerhouse Onalaska Invitational on April 29.

Earlier in the week, the three-freshmen strong Indians were more competitive than they looked in finishing 15th out of 26 at the Brookfield Central Skins Invite on April 27

And on Monday, April 25, the Indians tested their patience in the twice-delayed Greater Metro Conference mini-meet at Westmoor Country Club, which was eventually canceled and rescheduled for Monday, May 2.

"With the threat of stormy weather in the forecast, we knew there was the possibility of interrupted play," said coach Tony Pritchard. "By the time players had hit their first tee shots, we had suspended play and pulled them off the course.

"A 45-minute delay, and we were headed back out to our positions. Before we could complete even a hole, we were again delayed due to thunder and lightening. We finally called play for the day at 5 p.m."

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Corey Golla to replace Gary Kiltz as Curriculum and Learning Director in Menomonee Falls schools

May 03, 2016 7:12 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — It is a time of transition in the School District of Menomonee Falls.

Menomonee Falls High School Principal Corey Golla has been named the new director of curriculum and learning and will replace Dr. Gary Kiltz, who was named superintendent for the Greendale School District earlier this year.

"(He) is an experienced leader with exceptional skills," Superintendent Dr. Pat Greco said of Golla, who was selected from among 79 candidates. "Corey built a culture of improvement with students and staff. The results of student learning have demonstrated exceptional gains."

Golla has served as principal for MFHS since 2012.

The high school principal position will be posted next month and the official transition will take place in July.

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Catholic Memorial hires Steve Showalter to coach boys basketball

May 02, 2016 11:47 p.m. | The stars seemed aligned just right.

Last month Steve Showalter resigned as an assistant coach at Division II Lindenwood University near St. Louis and announced that he planned to return to the area after one-year absence. Meanwhile, Germantown, the program he had built into a state power, was looking for a head coach.

Those who thought Showalter would return to his old stomping grounds were off the mark, though. Instead the 50-year-old was announced Monday as the new head boys basketball coach at Catholic Memorial in Waukesha, a school that also has a recent history of winning state titles in the sport.

"The thing that was special for me is they really came after me hard," he said. "They showed a lot of interest in me and talked about how much they valued me as a person and as a coach.

"I was looking for a full-time job that I could combine with coaching, and I was lucky enough to be able to find a full-time job within the school where I get to work with kids every day."

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer also stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand. Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

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