Bank proposed for Falls redevelopment site

May 28, 2013 7:00 a.m. |  A 3,900-square-foot Associated Bank branch has been proposed for the redeveloped Pilgrim Village Shopping Center site, in Menomonee Falls.

The bank would be on an outlot at the site, which is south of Main St. and east of Pilgrim Road, according to a report filed with the village Department of Community Development.

Gatlin Development Co. demolished much of the shopping center and replaced it with a Walmart Neighborhood Market, which opened last year. 

The village Architectural Control Board is to review the proposal at its Tuesday meeting.

Early morning Memorial Day ceremony scheduled in Falls

May 22, 2013 2:43 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Memorial Day ceremony begins at 7:30 a.m. May 27 at the Menomonee Falls WWII Monument in Village Park, located on Garfield Drive.

The ceremony includes the Honor Guard, a reading of the names of Menomonee Falls residents who were lost while serving during military conflicts, a laying of a wreath at the base of the monument, a rifle shoot and playing of taps. The Memorial Day ceremony is sponsored by the Henrizi-Schneider American Legion Post No. 382, the Walter Miller Amvets Post No 5 and the VFW Post No. 9496.

The public is welcome to attend. The annual parade is slated for 10 a.m. starting at Harrison and Main streets.

Olive Garden backs out of Germantown development

May 21, 2013 3:41 p.m. | Olive Garden is no longer coming to Germantown, village officials confirmed Tuesday.

Though the development went through the Planning Commission and Village Board levels, the franchise restaurant planned for the Riversbend Development on County Line Road is no longer interested in the site, Village President Dean Wolter said.

The redevelopment of the 40-acre Riversbend Country Club property on County Line Road included the construction of Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants on 3.5 acres in the parking lot of the current Riversbend Golf Club, W18034 County Line Road. A new golf club house is planned for the north end of the remaining 37.5 acres that is being developed by Menomonee Falls-based Continental 246 Fund. Buffalo Wild Wings is still planned for the site.

"They are still dedicated to this site and plan on developing and going through with the restaurant," Wolter said.

The Village Board on Monday approved a liquor license with outdoor patio hours for Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Amnesty Club hosts benefit for the Water Project

May 20, 2013 12:26 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls High School Amnesty Club is hosting a benefit event with proceeds going toward The Water Project, an effort to build a well in Africa, at 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafeteria, N8101 Merrimac Dive.

The event is also meant to raise awareness for water conservation. Seniors Hannah Mast and Kelly Adlington started the endeavor. Mast spent the last two years trying to gauge support for the project, which has started to gain traction over the past school year after she teamed up with Adlington and the Amnesty Club.

Shirts will be on sale at the benefit and Amnesty Club members are taking donations for the The Water Project, a nonprofit organization that builds wells in impoverished areas in Africa. There will be a raffle featuring assorted gift baskets with items from Starbucks, Papa Murphy's, and Off Broadway salon in Brookfield.

Student musicians will provide entertainment for the event.

Armed robbery reported at Menomonee Falls McDonald's

May 17, 2013 5:17 p.m. | MENOMONEE FALLS - It was a frightening night for McDonalds employees.

On Thursday two masked gunmen burst into McDonald's and demanded money. They haven't been caught, but police are saying they have nothing to fear.

"I’m going to go home from now on,” explains Germantown resident Victoria Zoellner. “I'm not stopping anywhere else because you never know."

Zoellner lives in Germantown. But she's shaken up after last night's armed robbery.

“They could be right around the corner waiting for you to stop your car and they'll just shoot you," adds Zoellner.

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Falls wrestlers earn all-state honors

May 16, 2013 9:12 p.m. | Menomonee Falls wrestlers a total of 11 slots on the recently named Crossface Magazine Academic All-State team.

State 106-pound runner-up Aaron Daly earned first-team, Bill Holz second-team and Will Genthe third-team. Eight others earned honorable mention, including state 182-pound runner-up Ayoola Olapo, Zach Pogorzelski, Jake Fuiten, Jake McMahon, Ian Virlee, Tyler Simcock, Jerott Holz and Nick Umbs.

Indian coach Jim McMahon said the criteria includes the wrestler's grade in school his grade point average, the number of wins he had in a given year and other factors.

Falls had its best overall year in school history with a Greater Metro Conference championship, its first-ever berth in the WIAA State team Tournament and two state individual runner-ups in Daly and Olapo.

Germantown School Board narrows superintendent search to three

May 09, 2013 1:32 p.m. | The Germantown School Board has selected three finalists for the superintendent position after interviewing six candidates Tuesday.

The finalists are Jeff Holmes, Daniel Olson and Ron Russ, who all work as superintendents at school districts throughout Wisconsin. The School Board will invite each candidate for a separate, full-day interview on May 13, 14 and 15. The candidates will tour the schools, meet with administrative staff and community partners, and participate in a closed session interview with the board.

The board hopes to have a new superintendent selected by May 20 at the regular School Board meeting.

Holmes is completing his fifth year as superintendent in Montello. Olson is in his eighth year as superintendent in Campbellsport. Russ is serving his second year as superintendent of the Merton School District in Hartland.

"The board was impressed with the quality of all three candidates. They each modeled the profile recently developed through survey and focus groups to inform the superintendent search," said School Board President Bob Soderberg. "The finalist process next week will determine which candidate is the best, long term fit to lead the Germantown schools."

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Germantown softball team edges Bay, 1-0, to improve to 11-0 in NSC

May 08, 2013 11:50 p.m. | As if it needed to be told to Germantown softball pitcher Felicia Kons, nothing about defending a North Shore Conference championship is ever going to be easy.

Take the day the Warhawks had on Wednesday, where due to numerous rainouts and cancellations, they found themselves in the situation of having to play an unusual doubleheader.

Earlier in the day, Germantown edged Grafton, 2-1, in a road game behind the pitching of Amanda Witzlib.

Then before the Warhawks had a chance to breath, they hopped back on the bus and made their way back to their Kennedy Middle School home fields for a night game with Whitefish Bay.

And as noted, nothing would be easy. The Warhawks needed an unearned run in the first, and the steady pitching of Kons to pull out the 1-0 win, a victory that helped them improve to 11-0 in North Shore play.

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Thieves stealing checks out of Falls residents' mailboxes

May 01, 2013 12:36 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department is strongly recommending residents mail documents with personal information to a secure U.S. Post Office mailbox and stop using their curbside boxes after three people reported fraud after their mail was taken.

Thieves have taken mail containing checks from curbside mailboxes between April 5 and 16 and using the victim's personal account information. They have then used that information to purchase items at area businesses and online, according to the Police Department.

The victims were notified by their banks of fraud, and not at the time of the theft. Menomonee Falls detectives are pursuing active leads in three cases.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Menomonee Falls Police Department at (262) 532-8700.

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