Advanced Waste, subject of odor complaints, cancels public meetings

Jan. 29, 2014 10:49 a.m. | Advanced Waste Services Inc. canceled two meetings Thursday in Menomonee Falls previously scheduled to provide village residents information on the company's industrial wastewater processing business in Milwaukee.

Advanced Waste has proposed moving its ChemWorks facility, the subject of several years of odor complaints from its neighbors on Milwaukee's west side, to an industrial area on Lilly Road in the village.

The company needs approval of the Village Plan Commission. No meeting date has been set for the panel to determine if the business can be permitted in the area zoned for heavy industry.

Nearby residents have objected to the business being located close to residential subdivisions along Lilly Road.

Informational meetings would be rescheduled after the plan commission makes its decision, Advanced Waste Services President Mike Malatesta said Wednesday.

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Airgas facility set to move forward in Germantown

Jan. 29, 2014 7:00 a.m. | Airgas Inc.'s plans for a large new distribution center and regional office are proceeding in Germantown, with the Plan Commission set to consider approving the proposal at a Feb. 3 meeting.

Airgas wants to develop a 253,263-square-foot building on 23.6 acres south of Mequon Road and west of Eisenhower Drive, in Germantown Business Park. 

Radnor, Pa.-based Airgas, which distributes gases for medical and industrial use, as well as dry ice and welding equipment, would have around 255 employees in the facility's call center, accounting, sales and administration offices, and 55 employees at the distribution center, according to a village report.

The new facility, with distribution center and a two-story, 58,450-square-foot office building, would replace a smaller facility at W185 N11300 Whitney Drive in Germantown Industrial Park, the report said.

The new facility would have room for future expansion, and could eventually accommodate up to 400 employees.

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Falls school district cancels daycare, Kids INC Monday, everything Tuesday

Jan. 27, 2014 10:01 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — As a result of the dangerously low temperatures the Memononee Falls School District has canceled all school activities Monday, including daycare and Kids INC.

School itself was out anyway Monday due to semester break.

Additionally, the district has canceled school and all school activities Tuesday. Because of the closing the school year will extend an extra day to Friday, June 13.

The Menomonee Falls School Board will meet Monday as scheduled at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

Bay girls tie for NSC lead with wild 71-70 OT win over Germantown

Jan. 24, 2014 10:52 p.m. | In Germantown girls basketball coach Matt Stuve's eyes, it just didn't matter that four Whitefish Bay players, including three starters, fouled out Friday.

Because Bay's 6-2 senior guard/center Maya Jonas was still on the floor at the end of the Blue Dukes' improbable 71-70 overtime rally over the Warhawks that put the two teams in a flat-footed tie for the North Shore Conference lead.

"In the end, she was the only one they needed," said Stuve, referring to Jonas, a Northwestern University recruit. "She was tired at the end, but great players get it done. They push beyond what their brain is telling them and just do what it takes."

Jonas finished the night with 27 points, 21 of them in the second half and overtime, as Bay rallied from a 37-25 third quarter deficit to win its 10th game in a row and improve to 7-1 in North Shore play and 11-2 overall while Germantown fell to 7-1 and 11-4, respectively.

"I just came to play," Jonas said.

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Falls hosts swim and gymnastics meets on Saturday

Jan. 24, 2014 1:36 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls/Germantown/Hamilton boys swim team will host its own invitational on Saturday at Falls High School.

Diving will be held at 10 a.m. and swimming at 1 p.m. Teams taking part in the swimming end of the event include Bay Port, Chilton, Janesville Craig, Sheboygan South, Watertown, Waukesha West, Wauwatosa West, and West Allis. Teams sending only divers include Sun Prairie, Madison Edgewood, Monona Grove and Madison West.

Meanwhile, the Menomonee Falls/Germantown girls gymnastics program will host its own meet at the Falls at 10 a.m. with squads from Hartford, Port Washington, Watertown and Shorewood taking part.

Big crowd objects to move by Milwaukee waste firm to Menomonee Falls

Jan. 21, 2014 10:24 p.m. | As Menomonee Falls officials search for a hall big enough to hold several hundred people expected for a meeting on the proposed move of a Milwaukee industrial wastewater processing business to the village, residents are using social media, including an online petition, to increase the opposition.

Village officials have handed the Plan Commission the governing equivalent of a hot potato by giving it responsibility to decide if the business — the subject of several years of odor complaints from its neighbors on Milwaukee's west side — is objectionable in an area zoned for heavy industry.

The Plan Commission will meet in February but has not set a date or location yet as the search for a large-capacity venue goes on, Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said.

An estimated 350 residents packed Village Hall and the nearby library Monday evening to show their opposition to the company's move to Lilly Road.

The overflow crowd attended Monday's Village Board meeting even though the board was not scheduled to make a decision on the proposal.

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Germantown police respond to series of incidents about counterfeit bills

Jan. 21, 2014 11:05 a.m. | Germantown police were called to Walmart in relation to counterfeit bills being passed at the business in three separate incidents last year.

According to the Germantown police reports:

On Jan. 18, an employee at Walmart, W190 N9855 Appleton Ave., called Germantown police about three incidents in which counterfeit bills were passed.

In the first incident on Oct. 3, an unknown shopper passed a counterfeit $100 bill. That person came back Nov. 3 and passed a counterfeit $20 bill.

On Oct. 14, a 23-year-old Milwaukee woman passed two counterfeit $100 bills.

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Falls takes control of GMC wrestling race with 44-21 win over Hale

Jan. 16, 2014 10:28 p.m. | Anyone who knows anything about the Menomonee Falls wrestling team knows that their strength is in the lower weights.

But Thursday night against defending Greater Metro Conference dual meet champion West Allis Hale, it was the big guys who supplied the decisive muscle as the Indians avenged a bad defeat to the Huskies last season with a decisive 44-21 victory.

Jake Fuiten at 182 pounds (5-3 decision), Brandon Schafer at 195 (pin) and James Dow at 220 (pin) put the final touches on a meet win that was pointed to ever since last year when the Huskies came into the Falls gym and thumped the Indians.

However, when the freshman Schafer's 46-second pin clinched the triumph, the tables were turned and the Falls' bench collectively bounced to its feet in joy.

"Last year was exactly the same atmosphere (at Falls), the noise, the excitement with both teams going 100 percent," said the senior Fuiten. "But this year things went our way. We got the luck of the draw and we were able to set our line-up the way we wanted."

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Read social media story of Germantown-Brookfield Central basketball game

Jan. 15, 2014 7:57 a.m. | Brookfield Central boys basketball team was able to snap Germantown's 69-game win streak last night.

Relive the run up to the game and more in the MyCommunityNOW social media story.

Streak ends at 69 games as Brook. Central beats Germantown, 68-58

Jan. 14, 2014 11:09 p.m. | The Germantown boys' basketball team's 69-game winning streak began with Brookfield Central at the beginning of the 2011-12 season and tonight, in a most fitting fashion, it ended with Central in a much-hyped mid-campaign battle royale.

The two-time state champions were out-muscled, out-hustled and were done in by a team that held it's composure down the stretch, as the Lancers outscored the Warhawks, 18-5, over the last 3:22 en route to a streak-busting, 68-58, homecourt victory.

"We looked it up, we were win number one for them and here we are at 69," said a happy Lancer coach Mark Adams. "Someone then told me, 'Hey, it's karma,' I don't know if I believe in that, but I'm really happy for the kids. They've worked hard and earned the right to be in a game like this and I'm very happy with the way they handled it."

The Lancers, now 12-0 on the season, entered the game ranked number two in the state while the Warhawks (now 13-1) entered at number one in state polls, a position they've held since that 2011-2012 season.

They had not tasted defeat since a controversial WIAA Super-Sectional defeat to Appleton East in March 2011. In-between there have been two WIAA state titles, a lot of victories and several well-hyped "Games of the Century."

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Woman throws cat out car window in parking lot

Jan. 14, 2014 10:45 a.m. | Germantown police found a cat after a man saw a woman throw the cat out of her car Jan. 9.

According to the Germantown police report:

A man called 911 to report he saw a woman throw a cat out of her 2008 red Hyundai in the parking lot at Walmart, N96-W9855 Appleton Ave., about noon Jan. 9.

Police found the cat and it was turned over to the Washington County Humane Society. The woman was identified through her vehicle registration, but the report did not state if she was cited for animal neglect/abuse.

Germantown boys survive Homestead threat, 72-63

Jan. 10, 2014 10:37 p.m. | In the famous movie, "Rashomon", the same event is viewed and related from several different vantage points. The term has even become a cultural metaphor for how differently people see the same thing.

Take what happened at a key moment in the top-ranked in state Germantown boys' basketball team's fiercely contested  72-63 home decision over previously unbeaten and eighth-ranked archrival Homestead Friday.

With the score 57-55 in favor of the Warhawks with 4:37 left to play, Germantown guard LaMonte' Bearden slid into the lane on a bold drive to the hoop. There was contact, a whistle and the ball went in the basket.

Block or charge?

The officials called it a block, counted the basket and Bearden hit the free throw to make it 59-54. That started an 11-2 Germantown run that finally allowed the hard-pressed Warhawks, who actually trailed 39-35 at the break, to finally pull away from the stubborn Highlanders.

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Pichler's 33 points spark East's 70-50 win over Falls

Jan. 10, 2014 10:07 p.m. |

Sophomore Angela Pichler scored 33 points and led Brookfield East to a 70-50 rout of Menomonee Falls on Friday at East.
The win kept the Spartans (3-1) in a second-place tie in the Greater Metro Conference, one game behind Divine Savior Holy Angels (4-0).
East jumped out to a 17-8 first-quarter lead, as junior Kellie Goodman, who finished with 13 points, and Pichler, scored seven and six points, respectively, with three 3-pointers between them. East still led, 31-23, at halftime, as the Indians could only chop a point off the margin. Pichler had 16 points at intermission.
East increased the lead to 49-36 after three quarters, as Pichler had seven points and Goodman six, including another 3-pointer.
Falls cut the lead to 41-33 with 3:49 left in the third, but Pichler scored on a drive, was fouled and sank the free throw and reserve Megan Foley hit a free throw and tossed in a rebound and Pichler put in a rebound as East went on an 8-3 run to close out the quarter.
Pichler had 10 points to close out the Indians in the fourth quarter, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
The Spartans were 12-of-15 from the free throw line, while freshman Jen Wandt had only two points, but she grabbed 10 rebounds and Mariah Miller had eight points and nine boards.
The Spartans pressed the Indians all night and had 13 turnovers at halftime and forced Falls into 29 for the game.
Falls fell to 2-2, as Erin Otzelberger had nine points and Claire Mohrfield had eight.

Menomonee Falls athlete chosen for NFL competition

Jan. 10, 2014 12:49 p.m. | Curtis Flannick from Menomonee Falls will compete in the NFL PUNT, PASS & KICK National Finals on Saturday in Denver during the weekend of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game. Flannick was one of 40 young athletes chosen from across the country to participate in the competition.

An on-field award presentation will air after the third quarter of the game, which will be televised Sunday on CBS. Flannick will represent the Packers.

Finalists will compete separately in five age divisions at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., with the top scorer in each group crowned national champion. All participants launch two punts, two passes and two kicks with scores based on distance and accuracy. The best score from each activity is tabulated to determine the athlete's total.

The athletes advanced to the national finals through local, sectional and team championship competitions held throughout the NFL regular season. The top four scorers in each age group from across the country qualified as national finalists.

Falls Board decides to not have February primary election

Jan. 10, 2014 10:28 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Thursday unanimously voted to not have a primary election Feb. 18 for Seats No. 1 and No. 2, opting instead to put all the candidates on the April 1 ballot.

The board opted to only have an April election in an effort to save money, according to village officials.

There are three seats open on the Village Board. Michael McDonald, Katie Kress and Chris Rolenc are in the running for Seat No. one. This seat is currently held by Sharon Ellis, who did not file for re-election.

Kevel Anderson, Timothy Newman and Christopher Smolik are running for Seat No. 2. This seat is currently vacant as it was held by James Jeskewitz, who passed away in November. Joseph Helm was the only person to file for Seat No. three, which currently belongs to Dennis Farrell. Farrell did not file candidacy.

The cost of a primary election was estimated to be $30,000, according to Menomonee Falls Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald. The board, he said, decided they don't want to pay that cost, and instead opted to put everyone's name on the April first ballot.

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One race set for Germantown Village Board

Jan. 08, 2014 10:19 a.m. | There are four seats open on the Germantown Village Board and only one of them will have a contested race in the April 1 election.

Robert Warren and Dennis Myers have filed for the District 3 seat that is currently held by Melvin Ewert, who filed noncandidacy.

District 1, 2 and 4 also have seats open and all three incumbents — David Baum, Jeff Werderman and Jeff Hughes — are running uncontested for their respective seats.

Germantown trustees are paid $5,500 and are elected to three-year terms.

Menomonee Falls-based nonprofit a beacon of hope

Jan. 08, 2014 9:51 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — For three decades, HOPE Network has given children a safe place to rest their heads.

The nonprofit organization provides emotional and material support to single mothers and their children in the greater Milwaukee area. During its 31 year history, HOPE Network has given 2,675 cribs to babies who didn't have a safe place to sleep and has offered countless hours of parenting support to mothers in need of some encouragement.

HOPE Network was founded by Falls resident Gail Grenier Sweet in 1982. Over the years it has evolved and formed partnerships with local organizations to better help the people it serves.

When HOPE first started, its main mission was to provide cribs for free to new moms. Volunteers would rummage and collect cribs, often storing and refurbishing them in their garages. As more and more research about crib safety started to emerge, the organization began to offer portable Pack N' Plays to moms in need.

They partnered with the Milwaukee Cribs for Kids program to aid their effort. HOPE Network fills in the suburban gaps, helping moms who live in areas outside of Milwaukee, including Brown Deer, Cudahy, Waukesha, West Allis and Brookfield, Executive Director Pauline Beck said.

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Three file for two open Falls School Board seats

Jan. 07, 2014 5:26 p.m. | Filing for the April 1 election closed Tuesday and three candidates are in the running for the two open seats on the Menomonee Falls School Board. .

The seats are currently held by Ron Bertieri and Gina Palazzari. Palazzari filed noncandidacy papers.

Bertieri, Mark Nadolski and Lowell Kellogg have put their names in the running. The top two vote-getters will be elected.

Falls School Board members serve three-year terms and are paid $5,000 annually. The board president, selected by the board after the April election, earns $5,500.

Germantown School Board race goes uncontested

Jan. 07, 2014 5:23 p.m. | Filing to run for open seats on the Germantown School closed Tuesday and there are no contested races. The election is April 1.

Incumbents Bob Soderberg, who serves as the board president, and Lester Spies are the only two people to enter paperwork for the two at-large seats up for election on the School Board.

Board members serve three-year terms and are paid $4,000 annually.

Germantown schools close Tuesday

Jan. 06, 2014 2:27 p.m. | Due to the continued wind-chill warning, Germantown schools will be closed on Tuesday.

All other school-related activities are also canceled. Monday's closure will be made up on May 23, the Friday before Memorial Day.

Instructional minutes or the equivalent of a school day, will need to be made up before the end of the school year to account for the closure on Tuesday, which school officials said they will determine soon.

Menomonee Falls schools closed Tuesday

Jan. 06, 2014 1:30 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls School District has canceled classes on Tuesday due to dangerously low temperatures and wind.

All after-school activities and Kids INC. will not be held. The school calendar has been adjusted and May 23, the Friday before Memorial Day, will now be a school day to make up for the closure Tuesday.

Additional days would be made up at the end of the school year.

Man charged in Menomonee Falls high-speed chase

Jan. 06, 2014 11:25 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — A 32-year-old Milwaukee man has been accused of leading an officer on a high-speed chase down U.S. Highway 41/45 on Dec. 23 after allegedly shoplifting from a local department store.

Timothy Matlock was charged on Dec. 26 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with using a vehicle to flee police and misdemeanor retail theft, for which he could face up to four years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Menomonee Falls Police Department was dispatched about 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 to the Kohl's store, N95-W18000 Appleton Ave., after receiving reports of a theft.

Dispatch advised the officer in the complaint that the suspect had fled in a blue Buick LeSabre wearing a winter jacket allegedly stolen from the store. As he was arriving, the officer spotted the Buick and the vehicle was stopped on Shady Lane, the complaint states.

The officer drew his weapon and ordered the driver to kill the engine and exit the vehicle, but he instead sped off at about 50 miles per hour down the residential street, the complaint states.

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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.

2013 Suburban sports photos of the year gallery now online

Jan. 03, 2014 8:56 a.m. | 2013 was a big year in suburban sports.

Germantown boys basketball, Muskego boys soccer, Menomonee Falls girls volleyball, New Berlin West boys baseball, Shorewood and Brookfield East boys track and field and Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall gymnastics teams all won state titles.

From football and basketball to wrestling, track and swimming, NOW Newspapers and MyCommunityNOW covered many meets, games and invites. 

And you can find photos from those events and more in our 2013 Suburban Sports Photos of the Year gallery.

Aquinas Academy plans to expand

Jan. 02, 2014 2:59 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission on Tuesday will consider a proposal from Aquinas Academy to construct a new, free standing building to accommodate its growing study body.

Aquinas Academy, W15935 Good Hope Road, teaches students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The proposed 29,785-square-foot facility would be located approximately 50 feet to the south of the existing 14,760 square-foot building, according to village documents. The school is hoping the Plan Commission and Village Board will grant an amendment to its conditional use permit to allow for the expansion.

The building would be used as a middle school and will provide additional classrooms, a gymnasium and an oratory. It would be designed with rooms allocated to science, art, music and a library, as well as general classroom space.

The new facility is designed so it can accommodate two additional wings in the future that would total another 15,000 square feet and provide another 10 classrooms, according to documents.

The Plan Commission will send their recommendation to the Village Board, which will make the final decision.

Community Watch

» Advanced Waste, subject of odor complaints, cancels public meetings 1/29

» Airgas facility set to move forward in Germantown 1/29

» Falls school district cancels daycare, Kids INC Monday, everything Tuesday 1/27

» Bay girls tie for NSC lead with wild 71-70 OT win over Germantown 1/24

» Falls hosts swim and gymnastics meets on Saturday 1/24

» Big crowd objects to move by Milwaukee waste firm to Menomonee Falls Updated:  1/21

» Germantown police respond to series of incidents about counterfeit bills 1/21

» Falls takes control of GMC wrestling race with 44-21 win over Hale 1/16

» Read social media story of Germantown-Brookfield Central basketball game 1/15

» Streak ends at 69 games as Brook. Central beats Germantown, 68-58 1/14

» Woman throws cat out car window in parking lot 1/14

» Germantown boys survive Homestead threat, 72-63 1/10

» Pichler's 33 points spark East's 70-50 win over Falls 1/10

» Menomonee Falls athlete chosen for NFL competition 1/10

» Falls Board decides to not have February primary election 1/10

» One race set for Germantown Village Board 1/8

» Menomonee Falls-based nonprofit a beacon of hope 1/8

» Three file for two open Falls School Board seats 1/7

» Germantown School Board race goes uncontested 1/7

» Germantown schools close Tuesday 1/6

» Menomonee Falls schools closed Tuesday 1/6

» Man charged in Menomonee Falls high-speed chase 1/6

» Germantown, Falls schools to close Monday 1/3

» 2013 Suburban sports photos of the year gallery now online 1/3

» Aquinas Academy plans to expand 1/2

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