Private school busing in Germantown to remain unchanged in 13-14 school year

July 30, 2013 10:56 a.m. | Germantown — The Germantown School District will not make any changes to private school busing in the 2013-14 school year, the School Board decided Monday.

Presently the district buses students to and from 13 local private schools. Last week, the board's Transportation Committee considered but did not act on the possibility of offering stipends to parents of students in five of the private schools in lieu of busing those students.

State law says that if the cost of busing a private school student is 1.5 times the district's average per-student busing cost, then the district can instead pay the parent of that student either the average per student busing cost, or the total of $5 multiplied by the distance from that student to their private school — whichever is greater. Though the district is still compiling data on transport costs, it is estimated that the cost of busing students to five of the 13 private schools is great enough to qualify for the stipend arrangement.

By offering the stipend instead of paying to bus the private school students, the district could save money in the long term.

State law also says that the decision would have to have been made Monday to give the private schools the required 30 days of notice before the beginning of the school year. However, it was the brevity of that 30-day window that convinced the School Board to send the issue back to the Transportation Committee and hold the matter for further board consideration until October.

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Your Stories glitch fixed; thanks to our NOW contributors

July 29, 2013 8:42 a.m. | The technical problem with Your Stories submissions on NOW sites has been fixed.

Thanks to everyone for letting us know about the problem.

And an even bigger shout-out to our many contributors who choose NOW sites to publicize their local and national happenings.

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Menomonee Falls police seek armed robber

July 25, 2013 2:19 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Police Department is seeking a person involved in multiple gas station thefts and an armed robbery in the village.

According to statement released by the Police Department today:

The man stole gasoline three times from gas stations in the village during the month of June. On July 17, the man was confronted by a gas station employee and pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun before fleeing the scene.

The man is described as a black man, between the age of 30 to 35, who is more than 6 feet tall and about 240 pounds. He had slight facial hair. His vehicle was a red, late 1990s four-door sedan, possibly a Delta 88 or a Cutlass Supreme. The vehicle has displayed different license plates; however, none were registered to the vehicle.

Anyone with information should call the Menomonee Falls Police Department at (262) 532-8700.

Germantown man arrested for brandishing gun near children

July 24, 2013 11:01 a.m. | Germantown — A 48-year-old Germantown man was arrested after he allegedly pointed a gun at a group of young children on July 2.

Police responded to the N114 W15900 block of West Sylvan Circle at about 8:53 p.m. after a caller reported an older man pointed a handgun at a group of children and was yelling at them to leave his truck alone.

The caller stated she reported the incident after her son came home crying and told her a man had just pointed a gun and him and some of his friends.

When questioned by police, the suspect admitted yelling at several children he believed were "messing" with his truck. The suspect was unarmed when he was taken into custody and denied having a handgun or pointing it at the children.

Due to the testimony of multiple witnesses, the man was arrested for endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. Police are still investigating the incident and no charges have been filed.

Rescue workers treat Menomonee Falls woman stabbed in Richfield

July 24, 2013 10:49 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Menomonee Falls Police and Fire Department rescue workers responded to a residence in the N85 W17200 block of Appleton Avenue after receiving a report of a woman with a stab wound at 10:40 a.m. July 12.

The woman stated she was walking her dog at the Richfield Nature Park in Washington County when she was confronted by an unknown male subject brandishing a knife.

The woman struggled with the subject to gain control of the knife and sustained several stab wounds on her hand during the incident. She was able to escape and drive to a residence on Appleton Avenue address where police were called.

A Menomonee Falls Fire Department ambulance transported the victim to Community Memorial Hospital, where she received treatment for several lacerations to her right hand.

A man was arrested for the attack and was taken into custody in Washington County, where the case is being investigated.

Falls' six-run first leads to 9-3 regional win over Brown Deer

July 10, 2013 10:34 p.m. | An early lead in baseball is everything, and getting a big early advantage in a state playoff game is almost worth the price of gold.

The Menomonee Falls baseball team pounced on Brown Deer starter Drew Worth's four consecutive walks to start the game Wednesday night in a WIAA regional semifinal contest and parlayed that advantage into a six-run first inning, never looking back in earning a 9-3 victory.

"You hate to see that, especially for the kid," said Falls coach Pat Hansen, "but that being said, we needed an inning like that to gain some confidence. ..Scoring runs like that early is the best thing we can do for ourselves."

Falcon coach Mike Donahue, who had to pull his senior ace after the four free passes, was flummoxed at the turn of events.

"That is so very unlike him," said Donahue of Worth, "because at times this year he has been dominating. He just couldn't find it (the plate)."

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Falls fire chief leaves post

July 10, 2013 2:41 p.m. | Menomonee Falls Fire Department Chief Jeffrey Hevey has left his post to take a new position in Texas.

Hevey's last day with the Falls Fire Department was July 5, confirmed Menomonee Falls Chief of Police Anna Ruzinski. Word initially surfaced on social media in June that Hevey was leaving for Texas, but he would not comment until details were finalized.

Donald Umhoefer is serving as the acting fire chief.

Hevey was named fire chief of the Harris County Emergency Service District No. 48, which is located in western Harris County between Houston and Katy, Texas. The district services a community of more than 100,000 people within a 45-square mile area.

Hevey was appointed as the Menomonee Falls Fire Department chief in January 2009.

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Menomonee Falls High School selects new associate principal

July 08, 2013 11:34 a.m. | Casey Blochowiak was named the new associate principal at Menomonee Falls High School, pending School Board approval tonight.

Blochowiak is taking the Falls position after working as a reading specialist and social studies teacher at Mukwonago High School. There, she served as the reading department chair and RISE program coordinator. She has worked as the Teaching and Learning Committee chair, secondary chair of the Reading Content Area Team, and has served as a member of the School Improvement Steering Committee, Universal Team and the Common Core Standards Committee, according to a press release issued from the Menomonee Falls School District.

Blochowiak holds a master's degree in education from Concordia University and an administration degree. She has spent seven years in education, the last six at Mukwonago. She won the district's 7-12 Specialty Educator of the Year Award in 2010-11.

The Menomonee Falls School District's hiring team highlighted Blochowiak's depth of understanding and experience in many of the initiatives Menomonee Falls is focusing on as a district, and her passion and commitment to serving and supporting students, according to the press release.

Freistadt Road to close week of July 15

July 03, 2013 11:10 a.m. | Freistadt Road in Germantown will close the week of July 15 for sewer repair work.

There is a detour route set up on Goldendale Road to Mequon Road and from Mequon Road to Maple Road.

For questions contact the Germantown Department of Public Works at (262) 250-4721.

Germantown administrator leaves for Whitefish Bay

July 03, 2013 9:09 a.m. | The Germantown School District has to fill another administrative position after Director of Teaching and Learning Maria Kucharski resigned from her position.

The Germantown School Board on June 24 accepted the resignation of Kucharski, who will take the role of director of teaching and learning services at the Whitefish Bay School District. She is expected to start June 15.

Kucharski is replacing Laura Myrah, who is serving as the interim superintendent at Whitefish Bay for the next year. Myrah replaced Mary Gavigan. Gavigan is now serving as the executive director at the southeastern Wisconsin branch of the Cooperative Educational Service Agency.

"We are sorry to see her go," said Germantown School Board President Bob Soderberg. "But, it's like any other position, we want to get the best and brightest for that role and we will be very aggressive in the recruiting selection of that person."

Soderberg said he will meet with Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Coley and new Superintendent Jeff Holmes to discuss a hiring plan for this position. Holmes officially started with the Germantown School District July 1. He replaced Susan Borden, who left for a position with the DeForest Area School District.

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Milwaukeeans Chill on the Hill with social media

July 03, 2013 7:22 a.m. | Music filled Humboldt Park once again in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert, even if it was a little chilly for summer.

But photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill, which featured American Legion Band.

Germantown baseball team closer to NSC title after 6-5 rally over Bay

July 02, 2013 9:48 p.m. | When a conference title is on the line, style points, lovely plays and awe-inspiring effort sometimes don't mean a darn thing.

Sometimes, as in the case with the Germantown baseball team and its quest for a second straight North Shore Conference crown and the the less than striking 6-5 victory it pulled out over visiting Whitefish Bay Tuesday night, ugly is good too.

Because in the fifth inning, the Warhawks did everything they could to throw away this game, but eventually they rallied to win, when Ben Eggert scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh.

"I have so much respect for Coach (Jay) Wojcinski (of Bay)" said Germantown coach Jeff Wolf. "You just hate to win that way, but given the circumstances, we'll certainly take it."

With the win, the Warhawks' magic number at clinching a share of its second straight NSC title drops to one. They are 12-3 in league play and are two games up in the loss column over Cedarburg (12-5) which broke a tie for second in the league when it pulled out a 7-6 victory over Homestead.

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Eisenhower's Katie Lang named NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year

July 02, 2013 5:38 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower's Katie Lang led the Lions to a 16-4 mark this season while striking out 147 batters in 95 innings, hurling a pair of no-hitters and knocking in 19 runs from her spot in the middle of the order.

Those accomplishments led to a selection as the NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year, as voted by the NOW Newspapers sports staff.

She is joined on the team by Menomonee Falls coach Nick Heiting, the All-Suburban Softball Coach of the Year. He led the Indians to a 19-5 mark after taking the team over on an interim basis.

You can see the rest of the team and more at the NOW 2013 All-Suburban Softball Team page.

Planet Fitness moves forward in Falls

July 02, 2013 12:13 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday moved plans for a Planet Fitness forward, with a few stipulations.

The Village Board approved a conditional use permit for Somerstone LLC to construct a Planet Fitness in the Colonial Plaza Shopping Center on Appleton Avenue in downtown Menomonee Falls. Before any tenant can occupy vacant portions of the shopping center; however, the Community Development Authority has to first approve a development agreement. The agreement is an assurance that the rest of the property will be redeveloped at some point.

Plans call for renovating the strip mall in two phases, but the timeline on phase two is unclear. Phase one updates portions of the shopping center to be occupied by Planet Fitness, an unspecified retail store to the north and a relocation of the Salvation Army to a smaller building on the site to make room for the 24-hour fitness facility.

Members of the Plan Commission and Village Board were concerned about developing one portion of the shopping center while leaving the other portion undeveloped for an indefinite amount of time with no clear plan for it. The facade of the redevelopment portion and the untouched portion will also look different, which was a concern for board members.

Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said the developer has until October to bring a redevelopment plan forward. He said the owners are trying to change the property for the better and they are asking for "time to make that happen."

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Mentally disabled man accused of child sex assault in church

July 02, 2013 10:10 a.m. | An 18-year-old mentally disabled man was charged Tuesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with sexual assaulting a child at Falls Baptist Church in Menomonee Falls on Sunday, June 23.

According to the criminal complaint, Village of Menomonee Falls Police were dispatched to the church and told that the man, who will not be identified to protect the victim, was being held after he was found in a darkened nursery room with the 6-year-old girl.

He told police that voices in his head told him to "rape her," the complaint reads. The girl told police that the man allegedly took off her underwear and performed a sexual act on her. The two were found by the girl's mother, who had sent the girl to the nursery to return a pillow.

The man's grandmother and legal guardian told authorities that he suffers from bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities, among other things, according to a flight risk report. The court ordered on Tuesday, June 25 that the man's competency to stand trial must be determined.

The man originally fled after being found, but was persuaded to return to the church to await police.

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