Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday night on its website.A 14-year-old Menomonee Falls student representing Wisconsin in the 85th National Spelling Bee has been eliminated, the
Heloise Cheruvalath, an 8th grader at North Middle School, correctly spelled two words Wednesday in the preliminary rounds of the competition in Washington D.C., but spelled only 39 of 50 words correctly on a computer spelling test Tuesday, the newspaper reported.
The 11 words she misspelled left her with a final score of 20, however the cutoff score for finalists was 23, according to the newspaper.
"I'm happy I got this far," Cheruvalath said, "It's been a good experience.
Brookfield - Waukesha County residents can bring household hazardous waste to an annual one-day collection from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdayat the Brookfield Public Works yard, 19700 Riverview Drive.
The collection is for unusable and old chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, oil-based paints and mercury-containing products. It is open to all county residents. Proof of residency is required at all locations.
Two other collections elsewhere in the county are planned for June 16 at the Delafield city public works garage and Sept. 8 at the Oconomowoc city public works garage.
Year-round collections are available in Muskego, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls and Franklin. Details are listed at the county website, at www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, or by calling (262) 896-8300.
We have just published our special section taking a detailed look at the landmark Act 10 legislation and the effect it has had on local school districts.
The section features a main story examining the overall effects of the law and feature stories focusing on local school districts.
You'll also find a photo gallery highlighting some of the controversy surrounding the passage of the law, a Storify of opinions collected from social networks and more.
The summer band program will return this summer, which the Germantown School Board unanimously decided at a meeting Tuesday night.
About 50 people were in attendance to see what the board would decide after a heated debate at the May 19 school board meeting that left the question of whether the band program should be considered extracurricular or co-curricular unanswered. The summer program will return as a co-curricular offering with certain stipulations that clarify it as a summer class.
"It’s helping us clarify the program based on changes that have happened in terms of what is aidable and not," said Superintendent Sue Borden. "So, when we’re putting out publications, when we’re enrolling students, we’re all using the same language from the band instructors, to the principals and the district office."
The Wall of Sound Clinic is an extension of curriculum offered during first semester. Students in the Wall of Sound are the same students enrolled in Wind Symphony in the fall. Because of an unsafe decibel level in the high school band room when the students move from the outside to the inside in fall, the program has been limited to 100 students.
The board voted to implement prerequisites, eliminating auditions, in order for students to be in the summer program. Borden said those prerequisites still have to be decided, but will help determine the number of students.» Read Full Article
Assisted Living Concepts, the assisted-living chain facing increased scrutiny from regulators in several states, on Tuesday said that it has fired chief executive Laurie Bebo.
Charles H. "Chip" Roadman II, a physician and retired lieutenant general of the U.S. Air Force, was hired as interim president and chief executive. Bebo had been chief executive since Assisted Living Concepts became a public company in 2006.
The company, based in Menomonee Falls, operates more than 200 centers in 20 states.
Regulators in several states, including Wisconsin, have found a string of operational problems, including serious violations, at several of the company's centers in the past year.
The village of Menomonee Falls laid off eight, full-time public works employees last week in what the village says was preparation for shortfalls in the 2013 budget and fiscal year.
The layoffs of street and utility workers that occurred May 22 were a reduction-in-force and were due to declining revenues, said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.
Six workers were paid out of the general fund and two were utility employees. By the end of next week, the village is consolidating the public works facilities and closing down the office currently located on Water Street.
"By centralizing, eliminating facilities and ultimately centralizing management and supervision, we expect that we will be able to absorb issues and not reduce any service," Fitzgerald said.
Public works employees in the general fund are supported by the tax levy, which has limitations set by the revenue freeze and declining state revenues, Fitzgerald said. The utility workers were laid off due to the nongrowth economy and revenue losses in utilities. The two positions will be absorbed in the village and Fitzgerald said residents will not see or feel any changes as a result of the layoffs.» Read Full Article
Police are seeking a 39-year-old woman for questioning in the theft of trust money and petty cash at an assisted living home in Menomonee Falls.
According to the police report:
The manager of Riverview Assisted Living, W176 N9430 River Crest Lane, called police to report the theft of money from 20 residents that occurred between April 5 and May 17.
The cash, which had been kept in a binder of folders, was trust money for 20 residents. An audit revealed 16 of the 20 folders were missing money totaling $1,082.
The company also learned that the suspect had cashed a company check for petty cash, but the money was never placed in the petty cash box.» Read Full Article
Police are investigating the theft of high-end pool cues at a Menomonee Falls business between May 18 and May 20.
According to the police report, an unknown suspect(s) threw a large landscape rock through the front picture glass window at McDermott Cue, W146 N9560 Held Drive, sometime between 2 a.m. May 18 and 11:55 May 20, and stole various high-end pool cues from a display.
An exact count of the missing items was unknown at the time of the report, but the sales representative stated that at least 10 high-end cue sticks are missing.
A 45-year-old Menomonee Falls man was killed Saturday afternoon when his tractor tanker collided with a PT Cruiser in the intersection of Nicholson and Five Mile roads in Caledonia.
Jonathan W. Schweiss died at Froedtert Hospital.
Katherine M. Bennett, 44, of Milwaukee, was cited for failing to yield to the right of way of the semi. She was treated at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Franklin for non-life-threatening injuries.
The chances for the Whitefish Bay boys track team repeating as state champions in the 400 and 800 relays took a major hit on Monday, when the Blue Dukes, dropped the baton in the 400 relay in the regional meet.
So, behind an inspired effort from anchor runner Brandon Threats, the Blue Dukes made up for that mistake in a swift manner that reminded everyone that they are still state champs until proven otherwise next week in La Crosse.
Threats chased down the anchor runner from Riverside as the Bay unit that included Rashadeem Gray, Tommy Friesch, and James Stecker won the 800 relay in the WIAA sectional meet at Menomonee Falls in a state best time of 1:27.83 as Riverside recorded the second-best clocking of 1:27.91.
"We spent all week working on exchanges," said Threats. "We changed the order a little bit and went from there. As far as the race was concerned, I saw that I was behind and I knew I had to step it up as a senior. Just make a difference any way I could."
Threats' thrilling finish led a series of strong area efforts as teams sent athletes to the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse, June 1 and 2.» Read Full Article
In the end, it's like Germantown girls track coach Greg Siegert said:
"In the end, it just comes down to the time, the height and the distance, and if it's good enough, then it's good enough."
Siegert said that after a heady, talent-filled WIAA sectional at Menomonee Falls on Thursday during which area teams advanced large numbers of athletes to the WIAA State Track Meet in La Crosse, June 1 and 2.
Germantown itself advanced Jayne Bertieri in the 100 meters (school record 12.34), Katelyn Turner in the shot put (personal best 36-4 1/2), Melissa Asmondy in the discus (102-10), Caitlin Dillon in the 800 (2:18.96), repeat qualifier Jennifer Ellis in the 300 low hurdles (45.58) and the 400 relay team of Sammie Gassner, Bethany Laubenheimer, Sydney Langmann and Bertieri (school record 50.3) to next week's meet.
The relay got in on a judge's decision after being caught in the same time as a squad from Grafton. That decision ended a long run of Germantown near-misses at sectional meets in recent years.» Read Full Article
Germantown softball pitcher Lauren Renard's first instinct Monday afternoon at Thiensville Village Park was to save herself.
Homestead's Taylor Levin had just hit a screaming linedrive right back at her with none out and a runner on first in the seventh inning while the Warhawks were nursing a 2-1 lead in their North Shore Conference championship showdown with the Highlanders.
Renard defensively stuck up her glove and snagged the ball cleanly.
And then she obeyed her second instinct when she carefully threw the ball back to first to easily double up Hannah Young. And two batters later, when Renard induced the Highlanders' Hannah Behnken to fly out to right to end the game, the Warhawks had their second consecutive outright league championship.
"My first thought was to protect my face," chuckled a happy Renard afterwards of the linedrive. "So I put my glove up. We knew this would be a tough game and we wanted the title outright, we didn't want to share it."» Read Full Article
Seven subcontractors who worked on the Radisson Hotel in Menomonee Falls sought answers from the Village Board on Monday night about funds they say have yet to be paid to them for their work on the project.
This is the second board meeting in a row subcontractors spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting asking for answers.
"We're hoping to implore the village to sit down with us in a forum," said General Manager Barry Bloom of Assured Power, a company that worked on the Radisson. "We're trying to get answers."
The village provided a $17.65 million loan to finance the hotel's development. Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald and the village attorney said they could not comment on the issue because they are in the middle of litigation. They would not say who the other party in the litigation is.
Bloom said he and the fellow subcontractors for the hotel project were told by village representatives that they could not discuss payment of retained funds because of the litigation. They are also unsure what the litigation entails.
A 55-year-old Menomonee Falls man is facing multiple charges after he entered a neighbor's apartment without permission, threw his neighbor's computer against the wall and threatened to beat him up after accusing him of stealing his wireless signal last week.
According to the police report:
The victim, a 27-year-old man, called police after the suspect entered his apartment in the N88 W14800 block of Main Street shortly before 6:30 p.m. on May 15.
He accused him of stealing his wireless signal and threw his computer against a wall, damaging the computer and the wall. The victim also stated the suspect struck him and threatened to beat him up.
The suspect admitted to police that he determined the victim as being the subject who was interfering with this computer signal, but told police he just confronted him, told him to stop and then left.» Read Full Article
Germantown girls softball co-coach Amy Barbiaux was a happy person following the Warhawks 8-1 victory Thursday night over North Shore Conference rival Nicolet.
It had been Junior Warhawks nights where she and the rest of the program were able to thank the youth teams and coaches that provide so much talent for the varsity. Signed team softballs or individual lessons with coaches were raffled off between innings which made everyone happy.
The win improved the Warhawks to 13-0 and 16-4 overall and clinched a share of the team's second straight North Shore title.
But Barbiaux's happiness was tempered by the fact that to make this championship clean and official the Warhawks will have to beat archrival Homestead (12-1, 16-2) on Monday at 4:15 p.m. on the Highlanders' home field in Thiensville Park. The game will be the closer to the conference season.
"Every team has certain goals, making state is one of them," she said, "but this (conference) comes first and we know we're not done yet. We know winning this conference means a lot as there a lot of good players and pitchers out there for us to contend with."» Read Full Article
Homestead boys track coach Dan Benson was having none of it.
It had all but become official that the Highlanders had won their fourth straight North Shore Conference outdoor Tuesday night on an uneven weather night in Grafton.
But when asked for comment he acted dismayed, not wanting to jinx anything before it all became official, because there were still some events out and he remembered his first league title as a coach back in 1989.
"The Tosa East coaches were shaking hands (and getting ready to accept the plaque), but my guy brings home the 1,600 relay and Nicolet passes Tosa East at the last-second (in the race) and we wind up winning by less than a point," he said.
"I was a neophyte coach then just trying to figure things out and still every year, it's always terribly exciting."» Read Full Article
Germantown - A 23-year-old female driver of a 2008 Nissan Versa will be cited for unsafe lane deviation after she caused a three-vehicle crash about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday that closed all southbound lanes of U.S. 41/45 just north of state Highway 167 in the village, Chief Peter Hoell said.
Southbound lanes reopened to traffic shortly before 9 a.m. The crash occurred more than one-half mile south of the Freistadt Road overpass, Hoell said.
The Nissan was in the center lane when the driver made a sudden, unsafe lane change and her vehicle collided with a 2001 Ford Ranger in the right lane operated by a 60-year-old male, Hoell said. The Nissan then swerved and crashed into a 2003 Toyota Highlander in the left lane operated by a 49-year-old female.
The Toyota overturned, trapping the driver inside. Germantown Fire and Rescue extricated the woman from the Toyota, and she was flown by Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for treatment of serious injuries, according to Hoell. She was the only occupant in that vehicle.
The drivers of the other two vehicles declined medical treatment.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A suggestion that the new Waukesha County Board chairman's job could be reduced to half time as soon as this month appears to have been overly ambitious.
Newly elected Chairman Paul Decker of Hartland, a business owner who took on the chairmanship in the belief that the board would vote to reduce the job to part time, got a mixed reaction to the change Monday from the County Board's Executive Committee.
Decker himself said that in his first four weeks in the office, he's learned the job is bigger and more time-consuming than he had expected, even as he tries to bring technological efficiencies to the County Board office operation.
He's asked staff to prepare information on the leadership responsibilities and comparisons with other counties. He'll schedule more discussion at future Executive Committee meetings, he said.
Supervisor Patricia Haukohl of Brookfield, the board's vice chairman who heads the Finance Committee, said at Monday's meeting that she didn't want to see the chairman's job diminished when it should be an equal partner with the executive and judicial branches of county government.» Read Full Article
An unusual way to celebrate Mother's Day drew the attention of residents and the police in a Germantown neighborhood this week.
According to the police report:
A resident in the W172 N12800 block of Division Road reported fireworks being set off between 11:30 a.m. and 1:40 p.m.
Police located the source of the noise at a residence in the area, and the property owner told police that the females in his family like to fire guns on Mother’s Day.
The property owner told police the women were finished “celebrating” and were done for the day.
A Menomonee Falls company that helps golfers book tee times with their friends said Monday it has raised $300,000 from angel investors.
Golf Pipeline Inc. has an Internet-based tee time reservations system that provides golfers with perks while helping golf courses gain customers, maximize revenue and streamline operations.
It also offers a social networking feature that allows golfers to connect with each other and plan golf outings.
The company has 22 courses in its system. They are mostly in Wisconsin, but also Illinois and Minnesota.
Golf Pipeline will expand in the three-state region, then move to Indiana and Missouri before growing nationally, said Brian Wroblewski, the company's founder and president.» Read Full Article
Back on April 23, neither Menomonee Falls softball pitcher Nikki Festge nor her coach Wendy Wolff, a former collegiate hurler herself, were smiling after the messy 18-13 win the Indians pulled out over arrchrival Sussex Hamilton.
Both knew, everyone on the team, including Festge and her defense, could do better.
What a difference 17 days makes, as Festge survived two tough innings Thursday afternoon at Willowood with the help of some good defense and shutout the Chargers on four hits as the Indians moved into sole possession of first place in the Greater Metro with a 4-0 decision.
"There were a lot of things that were better (than on April 23)," said Festge. "The defense was great today. They really gave it their all and we needed to have that, because we knew how important this game was."
The two teams had entered the game tied for first, as Falls now sits alone with a 9-1 league record (12-3 overall) while the Chargers fell into a tie with Brookfield East for second at 7-2 (9-3).» Read Full Article
Four elementary school students were transported to Community Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning after a school bus collided with a car on Mequon Road and Fond du Lac Avenue.
The driver of the school bus, as well as the driver of the car were both injured and transported to the hospital. Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said in a news release all of the injuries appeared to be nonlife-threatening. A fifth student, who sustained minor injuries, was turned over to a parent at the scene.
The accident occurred at 8:30 a.m. as the school bus carrying 21 students was en route to MacArthur Elementary School. The bus stopped for a stop sign, then proceeded into traffic, colliding with a car traveling eastbound on Mequon Road. Hoell said the accident was a result of the school bus failing to yield the right of way from a stop sign.
The students who did not report injuries were transported by another bus to MacArthur Elementary for a second medical assessment by Germantown EMS and to meet with parents.
Ambulances from Mequon, Menomonee Falls and Richfield assisted the Germantown Fire Department at the scene. The Germantown School District, Hoell said, was instrumental in the immediate notification to the parents of the students involved in the accident.» Read Full Article
Menomonee Falls girls soccer coach Scott Stein has a very good team as exemplified by the sound 2-0 win the Indians turned in over archrival Sussex Hamilton Tuesday night.
But he can't help but think that he might have had a great team if not for the three season-ending knee injuries that occured earlier this spring.
"Kayla (Heagney), Molly (Poeske) and Monica (Sancho) are all out, all with ACLs," said Stein. "We're the Brewers (not laughing)."
"But people are stepping up. Cassie (Poeske) and Olivia (Dennis) who moved from a forward's role to play defense. The way we looked at it, there was more to life than just a soccer game. We're trying to have some fun out here. We had a good practice yesterday and we had some good results over the weekend (in a tournament)."
"The kids are working hard."» Read Full Article
School administrator musical chairs continues this week with the announcement that two Brookfield East High School administrators will be leading Menomonee Falls High School this fall.
The Menomonee Falls School District released a statement this week that said Corey Golla and Andy Farley will be the high school's principal and assistant principal, respectively, starting July 1.
Golla has been the athletic and activities director for Brookfield East for the past eight years and served as associate principal, and Farley has been interim athletic and activities director and assistant principal at the school since February, the statement said.
Also departing the Elmbrook School District is superintendent Matt Gibson, who will retire this summer.
The district announced earlier this year that Mark Hansen, currently the chief academic officer for the Pewaukee School District, will succeed Gibson and be the next superintendent of Elmbrook Schools.
Life Church in Germantown hopes to one day seat 800 people.
To expand the church that is located at W164 N11325 Squire Drive, the Village of Germantown board of trustees first had to approve a conditional use permit and a rezone, which they did unanimously Monday night.
After receiving the necessary permits from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers, Life Church was granted the rezone and removal of 9,261 square-feet from the Shoreland-Wetland Zoning District. The church has plans to fill two portions of the wetland area that is approximately 1,580 square-feet in size and located in the northwest corner of the property.
Jeff Retzlaff, planning and zoning administrator for the Village of Germantown, said as part of the conditional use permit, there will be mitigation areas adjacent to the wetlands that would provide the same flood protection for residents in the area. This includes enhancing and expanding the management pond.
Retzlaff said the filling of the wetlands would not significantly impact flood storage, groundwater recharge, shore land erosion, fish spawning or breeding grounds for other wildlife habitats. As part of the permit, a three-year monitoring program will be implemented on the area.
The Germantown Village Board of Trustees approved the resignation of Village Clerk Elizabeth Knaack Monday night.
Knaack is retiring from the position she has held since 2006. Her resignation will be effective July 12, however, her last day is June 29, said Village Administrator David Schornack.
The village will soon advertise for the position that pays between $59,711 and $67,531. Pay will be determined on the applicant's level of experience.
"This position is becoming more complex literally every day with all the election changes," Schornack said. "I want to try and get this position filled as quickly as we can."
The board of trustees has the official vote on who holds the position of village clerk.
The School District of Menomonee Falls will see two new faces come fall.
Corey Golla was selected as the principal of Menomonee Falls High School and Andy Farley was named assistant principal. Farley and Golla are both wrapping up their tenures at Brookfield East High School.
Golla has been the athletic and activities director for Brookfield East High School for the past eight years and served as associate principal. He has taught both middle and high school courses and has 16 years of experience in education. Golla received his master's degree in educational leadership from Marion College.
Golla has also received the Elmbrook School District Outstanding Employee award and is trained on Baldrige criteria for performance excellence in education, according to the Menomonee Falls School District.
Farley has been interim athletic and activities director and assistant principal at Brookfield East since February. He has taught high school social studies and coached boys' basketball for eight years. Farley has a master's degree in educational leadership from Marion University.» Read Full Article
Brookfield East Athletic & Activities Director Corey Golla has resigned his position with Brookfield East to accept the position of principal at Menomonee Falls High School.
Golla, who has been at Brookfield East since 2004, has a consistent track record of athletic and activities program development, sportsmanship and success. He began his career with the school district in 1996 as a teacher and coach at Pilgrim Park Middle School and Brookfield East.
Golla recently received the Brookfield Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, an honor bestowed upon one outstanding school district employee each year. Superintendent Matt Gibson nominated Golla for the 2012 award, calling him “an advocate for student participation, sportsmanship, character development and award-winning performance.”
“While this opportunity is exciting to me professionally and a great opportunity for my family, leaving Brookfield East and the Elmbrook School District is difficult,” Golla said. “I have proudly given 16 years of my career to this district and the Spartans will be in my heart forever. I am proud of every program I am leaving behind, and I wish to thank the entire East community for your support.”
Principal Mr. Dan Pavletich also commented Golla for his performance at East.» Read Full Article
Construction on a pedestrian bridge in Menomonee Falls was postponed until August, according to Michael Pyritz, communications manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, who is filling in for Emlynn Grisar.
Preliminary work was slated to begin this month with the bulk of construction occurring in June and early July. Pyritz said construction is now anticipated to begin in October and continue through early November. He did not know the reason construction was pushed back.
The DOT bridge connecting Water Street over US Highway 41/45 is a 365-feet long, 9.7-feet wide pedestrian bridge.
The bridge connects Water Street on both sides of the freeway. There will also be new approaches on both ends of the bridge where it flows downward to the pedestrian sidewalks.
Zenith Tech, the project contractor, is performing maintenance work consisting of blast cleaning and painting the structural steel, concrete work on the deck and removal and replacement of the protective fence and lighting.» Read Full Article
The litany of injuries that have crossed the Germantown girls track team's path this season could fill an average size roster and have made for many sleepless nights for Warhawk coach Greg Siegert and his staff.
Leah Wheaton, Bethany Laubenheimer, not to mention top hurdler Sammie Gassner, who has been limited in her duties due to a stress fracture.
But that hasn't stopped the Warhawks from competing and competing hard as they did Wednesday night, for even though they won only one individual event (the discus), they had enough depth to outdistance the field in the North Shore Conference Relays.
"It shows that everything I know about this team is true," said Siegert. "That we're a team built on numbers, on an assembly line. Our training is built on training multiple athletes to be ready for multiple events."
To prove his point, Siegert was talking to one of his junior varsity coaches, who will take athletes to the NSC JV meet on Thursday. That coach will be a bit short-handed headed into the event, because Siegert plucked seven athletes off that squad to play roles in the depth intensive varsity relays meet on Wednesday.» Read Full Article
Brookfield East head basketball coach Andy Farley has resigned his position after nine years with the team to accept an associate principal position at Menomonee Falls
“I am grateful for the opportunity and the experiences that I have shared as head of the Brookfield East boys’ basketball program," Farley said. "I have had the ultimate opportunity in life to work with some of the best student-athletes any coach could have asked to work with and consider many life-long friends.
"In addition, I am thankful for the opportunity to work with a collection of outstanding teachers, administrators and staff that have always supported me and the boys’ basketball program. I look forward to watching the future success of the Spartan program.”
Farley, an East graduate himself, was hired as a social studies teacher and head basketball coach by Principal Joe Schroeder and athletic director Jerry Keyes in 2003.
Under his leadership the Spartans have won 92 games and earned the respect of the basketball community as a tenacious, disciplined team. Among Farley’s performance highlights was the WIAA Regional Championship in 2007, a year in which the Spartans advanced to the Sectional final. The spirited rivalry with BCHS and Wauwatosa East will long be remembered as some of the most exciting events in recent school memory.» Read Full Article
A man dressed as "Tony the Tiger" caused a bit of a stir at Walmart in Germantown last weekend.
According to the police report:
An employee reported a suspicious subject at the store, W190 N9855 Appleton Ave., shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday.
An officer made contact with the subject, a 55-year-old man dressed as the cartoon character, who advised he was there to assist someone and would be taking pictures with children.
After Walmart management stated they had no knowledge of those arrangements the officer promptly escorted "Tony the Tiger" out of the store.