Falls trustee hosts town hall meeting

Oct. 30, 2013 2:59 p.m. | Menomonee Falls Trustee Bonnie Lemmer is holding her first Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Menomonee Falls Library, N8436 Pilgrim Road.

Lemmer pledged during her campaign to be a transparent trustee and available to the village residents and the town hall meetings will be one of the ways in which to meet that goal.

The meeting will be informative and educational. Chief of Police Anna Ruzinski will give a short talk on the Village Police Department.

Afterward, an informational session will take place about Falls current developments and downtown area followed by a question and answer period.

Germantown, Falls school district levies come in lower than expected

Oct. 29, 2013 12:41 p.m. | The Germantown and Menomonee Falls school boards on Monday approved lower levies, in part due to unanticipated general state aid dollars.

At its meeting Monday, the Germantown School Board passed a $28.19 million tax levy, a 4.4 percent reduction from the previous year.

The tax rate is decreasing by nearly 50 cents, or 4.5 percent on an equalized basis compared with last year. The rate is going from $10.31 per $1,000 of assessed value to $9.84 per $1,000 of assessed value for 2013-14, according to Germantown School District documents. That equates to between $100 and $110 on a tax bill, Business Director Ric Ericksen said.

This was a positive budget year for Germantown. Recently, the district received an additional $1.06 million more in general state aid. Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature in October, through Act 46, allocated an additional $40 million in general school aid for the current school year to the 424 districts throughout the state in order to provide property tax relief. General aid and property taxes are directly related. As one goes up, the other goes down and vice versa.

Overall, general aid increased by 10 percent, according to DPI figures. The district received a total of $12.15 million in general state aid to support a $42 million 2013-14 operating budget.

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Arrowhead soccer team edges Germantown, 1-0, for state berth

Oct. 26, 2013 10:27 p.m. | Arrowhead boys soccer coach Jeff Staus empasizes a simple philosophy:

"Play what's in front of you" or more simply don't get ahead of yourself. Keep the ball in play, look for the open man, and win the next game.

That's what the top-ranked team in the state Saturday night, as it used a nifty Colin Dibb goal in the 57th minute to beat host Germantown, 1-0, in the WIAA sectional final and earn its first state tournament berth since 2009.

"He wants us to keep battling, to keep playing our game," said senior co-captain and midfielder Colin Koerber. "Above all, stay calm and execute."

Because they maintained that mantra, the visitors (19-0-2) earned the right to play in a a WIAA State Division I semifinal against Classic 8 rival Musekgo (21-4-2) on Friday, Nov. 1 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

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Read social media story of Division 1 Level 1 football playoffs games

Oct. 26, 2013 9:19 a.m. | Arrowhead, Franklin, Germantown, Oconomowoc, Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago and Oak Creek all faced Level 1 competition in the WIAA football playoffs Friday.

As always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the games.

Patterson's five touchdowns spark Hamilton past Lancers

Oct. 25, 2013 10:28 p.m. | For the second time in three weeks Sussex Hamilton showed Brookfield Central they were the better football team.

The Chargers (7-3) held on to defeat the Lancers (7-3), 37-34, Friday night at Sussex, as neither team could stop the other team's big playmaker.

Hamilton Running back Drew Patterson scored five touchdowns, while Central quarterback Riley Richarz had three and running back Terry Wallen had two. Richarz had 213 yards rushing in 29 carries.

"Two great players going at it head-to-head and they’re difference makers," Central coach Jamie Meulemans said of Patterson and Richarz. Theirs outscored ours tonight."
Trailing 27-14 at intermission, the Lancers didn't quit.

"The seniors rallied them at halftime and they answered and came out in the second half almost won the football game," Meulemans said.

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Plan Commission passes preliminary plat for new subdivision

Oct. 24, 2013 1:14 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission on Thursday passed the preliminary plat for a subdivision dubbed Silver Spring Estates, located southeast of Town Line and Mill roads, bordering the Silver Spring Golf and Banquet Center.

The preliminary plat of the proposed subdivision includes 137 lots ranging in size from 11,700 square feet to 44,629 square feet. The average lot size in the subdivision is 17,931 square feet.

The 82-acre plot of land was once the site of Lied's Nursery. Developer Jim Forester and Point Real Estate plan to purchase the land from the nursery company for the development of 137 residential lots — 12 duplex lots and 126 single family homes. The development has an estimated value of $57.83 million, according to village documents.

On Sept. 3, the Village Board approved the Lied's Property Planned Residential Development district. Preliminary plats only need Plan Commission approval. The developer will now continue working on the project, and ultimately, bring back a final plat for approval by both the Plan Commission and Village Board, said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.

Germantown boys volleyball team wins third straight league title

Oct. 23, 2013 10:00 p.m. | When the Germantown boys volleyball team applies itself, like in the devastating 25-9 third set rout Wednesday night of visiting Homestead, it can be pretty special.

After finishing off the Highlanders in a 25-20, 23-25, 25-9, 25-18 decision, which wrapped up their second consecutive undefeated North Shore Conference campaign and their third straight league title overall, the Warhawks sure looked the part.

"I think we're a better all-around team," said senior outside hitter Jon Averkamp, one of six seniors honored this night by the Warhawks. "We have a lot more kids playing club and that's really helped."

In other words, it's just another milestone for the still very young program just in its seventh season with the only coach it's ever had, 26-year old Brian Rushmer.

"That first year (when he was 19) we were still a club team, but I still count that one," laughed Rushmer.

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Milwaukee County offering free golf

Oct. 23, 2013 3:29 p.m. | From Oct. 23-25, those who rent a $10 golf cart at six Milwaukee County Parks golf courses will have green fees waived.

For parties, each player would pay $10 for a share of an available cart and play for free. If all carts are rented golfers may walk on for free.

"The weather is beautiful — it's just a bit cooler," said Assistant Recreation Chief Joe Mronzinski. "There's still time to get some quality play in this season, and for the next three days, your green fee is free."

Reservations can be made over the phone at (414) 475-6222 or online at milwaukeecountygolfcourses.com.

Participating courses are:

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Menomonee Falls proposes $26.44M budget

Oct. 22, 2013 12:50 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The 2014 village budget proposal calls for a $22 million levy — up $288,750 over last year — to support a $26.44 million budget.

Because of a higher assessment ratio, the village portion of the tax rate remains fixed at $5.20 per $1,000 of assessed value. That means the owner of a home valued at $150,000 will pay $780 to the village.

Municipalities are allowed by state law to increase tax levy revenue in the percentage equal to net new construction from the preceding year. For Falls, that translates to an allowable increase of 1.6 percent. The village plans to limit the levy increase to 1.3 percent in order to maintain a flat tax rate, Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said during a budget presentation to the Committee of the Whole on Monday.

"We're pretty pleased that we can present to you a budget that we think is pretty straightforward, pretty sane and also certainly won't be highly charged relative to the taxpayers," he told the committee members.

Menomonee Falls had the highest construction growth in Waukesha County in 2013. It grew by $70.7 million, or 1.64 percent, Fitzgerald said. Pewaukee saw the second-highest growth in the county, with $36 million in new construction.

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Homestead leaves no doubt

Oct. 19, 2013 12:18 a.m. | A three-touchdown performance from senior running back Eric Wade highlighted the night for the Homestead football team as the Highlanders shut out Whitefish Bay on Friday, 24-0, and capped an undefeated season and outright North Shore Conference title.

The defending Division 2 state champion once again head into the playoffs as the team to beat.

"I thought our kids were really ready to play football," said Homestead coach Dave Keel. "We were frustrated last year that we went over there and didn't play as well as we wanted to. They beat us last year over there, so I think our kids remembered that and came out ready to play, and they played well."

As for the conference championship, Keel saw it meant a lot to his seniors on the team.

"It's an honor for our seniors; it's their team," he said. "They've worked hard to be successful, and they were successful, and they did a great job. So we're awfully proud of what they did."

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Greif leads Marquette football team to GMC title over Falls

Oct. 18, 2013 10:17 p.m. | Grief under normal conditions brings on tears and sadness and a sense of loss.

Charlie Greif, junior quarterback of the Marquette football team, imparted all those things and more on Menomonee Falls Friday night as he passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 66 yards and three more scores as the Hilltoppers beat the Indians in the Greater Metro Conference title game, 35-7.

"He's just a great football player," said Indians coach John Baker. "And he showed it here tonight."

Hilltoppers coach Jeff Mazurczak agreed.

"Charlie was the difference maker," said Mazurczak. "Our defense also played very well too and that gave us even more opportunities."

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Invasive aquatic species found in Germantown creek

Oct. 16, 2013 9:23 a.m. | A Washington County official reported finding water lettuce and water hyacinth in the creek near Division and Old Farm roads Oct. 7, and someone is believed to be dumping the species in the water source.

According to the Germantown police report:

The Washington County Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator reported finding water lettuce and water hyacinth in the creek at 11:55 a.m. Oct. 7. It was the fifth time the two invasive species were found in the creek.

The coordinator said he found a grocery bag full of the plants at a nearby bridge and believes someone is dumping them over the bridge on purpose.

An extra patrol watch of the area was requested, as dumping an invasive species into Wisconsin waterways is a crime that carries a $300 fine per incident.

Germantown police seek jewelry thief

Oct. 14, 2013 4:18 p.m. | The Germantown Police Department is investigating a burglary and attempted burglary that occurred over the weekend.

The Silver Shop, W156 N11070 Pilgrim Road, was burglarized between 4:45 and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Unknown suspects used a large rock to smash a window, gaining entry into the business and taking a large amount of jewelry, according to the Germantown Police Department. As of now, there is no description of the suspect(s), Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said.

On Oct. 6, someone reported that a glass door was smashed at the building that houses Rick's Oil Change, Jazzercize and Cartridge World, N112 W16076 Mequon Road. The suspects used rocks to smash the door, but it did not appear that anyone entered the building.

Three men charged in Menomonee Falls strong armed robbery

Oct. 14, 2013 3:50 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Three Milwaukee men were charged with felonies after they threatened an employee during a robbery at a Menomonee Falls pharmacy and then led police on a high-speed chase the morning of Oct. 2.

According to the police report:

Two of the suspects entered CVS Pharmacy, N83 W15550 Appleton Ave., at about 8:05 a.m., and one of them walked behind the front counter and grabbed two cartons of Newport 100s and one carton of Newport milds. When an employee attempted to stop the man, he yelled "grab the gun" to the second suspect, who made a grabbing motion under his shirt, implying he had a weapon in his waistband, according to the employee, although no weapon was actually observed during the incident.

The two suspects got into a silver, four-door Mercury Sable that was being driven by a third suspect, and they fled east on Menomonee Avenue. An officer soon located the vehicle traveling northbound on Lilly Road and pulled it over near Appleton Avenue and Good Hope Road, where he attempted to make a high-risk stop. When the officer got out of his car and drew his weapon, the driver sped off, heading eastbound on Appleton Avenue.

Two marked Menomonee Falls police squads and one unmarked squad pursued the suspect vehicle into the city of Milwaukee, at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. The vehicle entered an alley near North 91st Street and emerged on Hampton Avenue, where it collided with another vehicle on Hampton Avenue and Grantosa Drive.

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Homestead secures spot atop suburban football poll

Oct. 14, 2013 9:15 a.m. | The Homestead football team retains its No. 1 ranking in the NOW/Lake Country suburban football poll by holding off a rally by Germantown to clinch at least a share of its 13th consecutive North Shore Conference title.

You can see the rest of the teams ranked in the poll, get a capsule look at schools who have clinched playoff spots, learn what coaches really think, and much more at the Push for the Playoffs special section.

Go to NOW/LakeCountry Push for the Playoffs.

Read social media story of Homestead at Germantown football game

Oct. 12, 2013 8:32 a.m. | The perennial North Shore rivalry battle will once again go a long way in determining the North Shore champion.

Germantown has put itself in position to score at least a share of the league crown with a win, while Homestead looks to continue its perfect season.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Read social media story of Brookfield East at Menomonee Falls football game

Oct. 12, 2013 8:19 a.m. | A Greater Metro showdown pitted 3-2 East at 4-1 Falls, with East probably needing just one more win to make it into the playoff picture.

And, as always, fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

Homestead football team clinches share of NSC title

Oct. 11, 2013 11:19 p.m. | Homestead football coach Dave Keel thinks that his quarterback Nick Allen is a pretty smart guy.

"Nick's amazing," said Keel. "When I make mistakes, he'll correct them for me. When I make the occasional bad call, he'll help me fix it."

Allen was back at it on Friday night in a pivotal North Shore Conference game at archrival Germantown. With a share of their 13th league title in a row on the line, the Highlanders were facing a challenge.

Germantown, which came into the game with thoughts of sneaking into a tie for the league lead with a victory, had erased much of a 21-0 first half deficit and cut the margin to 21-14 with 5:59 left on a Dwayne Lawhorn, jr., 4-yard TD pass to Nick Holcomb.

The Highlanders subsequently found themselves backed up to their own 20-yard line and needing a jump-start

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Falls nips Brookfield East, 29-21

Oct. 11, 2013 10:32 p.m. | Menomonee Falls scored four rushing touchdowns and defeated Brookfield East, 29-21, in a game which had a lot on the line for both teams.

Falls (5-1) left the field tied for first place with and needed a win in its season finale against Marquette (5-1) at home next week to grab the outright Greater Metro title. East (3-3) needs one win to clinch a playoff berth and will have to wait until next week when it faces last-place West Allis Central (0-6).

"We talked about it," a happy Falls coach John Baker said. "We felt this was going to be our first playoff game. We’re already in, but we play them (East) and Marquette.

"Brook East is a playoff team. They are a good hard-hitting team. We talked about field position, which was really huge tonight. The guys converting on short fields because in a big game, that’s what you have to do to win it."
The Indians rushed for 260 yards and were led by sophomore Bryce McMurtry, who rushed for 134 yards on 9 carries (14.9 yard average). His 72-yard TD run with 1:47 left in the half gave Falls a 14-7 lead at intermission.
"Bryce is dynamic kid," Baker said. "He’s only a sophomore; sometimes it's like you get that sophomore in him a little bit and all of a sudden you can see this kid who can change a game. He is young yet, he is awesome to watch."
QB Adam Vechart rushed for 119 yards in 21 carries, but the Spartans shut down RB Christian Almonte, who managed 17 yards in 20 attempts.
The Falls defense did a good job on East quarterback Zach Damico, who finished 13-for-30 for 221 yards and a touchdown pass to Will Sutton, which tied the game in the third quarter. Damico, who opened the scoring with a 35-yard touchdown run, finished with 75 yards rushing in 15 carries.
Almonte scored on a 1-yard run after a 7-play, 31-yard drive to open the fourth quarter and made the score 20-14. Falls then recovered a fumble on a double reverse that started with two flags being tossed for two men in motion.
East coach Tom Swittel got the information on the play second-hand.

"I wasn’t watching it; I was with the defense at that point," he said. "We had two guys that went in motion, one guy just stopped because he probably thought it was going to be a penalty. The guy that got the ball and was supposed to pitch it and pitched to nobody I was told. The other kid thought because the flags were thrown, there wasn’t going to be a play."

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Falls Plan Commission approves plan for high-end apartments

Oct. 09, 2013 3:42 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission on Tuesday approved plans for a 153-unit, five building apartment complex on the northwest corner of Appleton Avenue and Good Hope Road.

Fiduciary Real Estate, the project developer, requested that the precise implementation plan for that area of the village be modified to accommodate the development known as The Woodlands. The plan will now be sent to the Village Board for final approval.

If approved, Fiduciary would develop The Woodlands in two phases on 5 acres of land. The first phase includes 63 apartments, in a pair of three-story buildings, south of Lund Lane. The second phase includes 90 apartments, in three three-story buildings, planned for north of Lund Lane.

The proposed development features one- and two-bedroom apartments, a fitness center, clubroom with a kitchenette, and additional storage facilities onsite. There are 266 parking stalls planned for the site — 162 of those in an enclosed space, and 104 surface spots.

According to Plan Commission documents, the developer would like to begin construction of the development in spring.

Falls police arrest man for marijuana possession after slow speed chase

Oct. 07, 2013 2:00 p.m. | A Menomonee Falls man is facing multiple charges for leading police on a slow speed chase after an officer attempted to pull him over for an equipment violation on Sept. 25.

According to the police report:

An officer in a marked patrol squad attempted to pull the suspect's truck over for a nonworking left brake light and seatbelt violation on Rivercrest Road and Shady Lane at about 2:25 a.m. However, the suspect failed to stop and continued driving away from the officer.

The driver led the officer on a one-mile chase at speeds that never exceeded 27 miles per hour, and failed to stop at a red light on County Line Road and Richfield Way. During the chase, the driver was observed using his cellphone, which he later admitted using to call home in preparation to elude police.

When the suspect and officer arrived at a residence on County Line Road and Shady Lane, a high-risk traffic stop was conducted and the suspect was ordered to place his hands outside the truck door. When additional officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, a 21-year-old Menomoneee Falls man, was taken into custody.

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Rockfield Elementary named Title I High Achieving School

Oct. 07, 2013 1:57 p.m. | Rockfield Elementary was recently named a High Achieving Title I School by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Rockfield is one of 21 schools from 14 districts to be recognized as a High Achieving Title I school this year. There are three Title I award levels: High achieving, high progress, and beating the odds.

State Superintendent Tony Evers will honor the 167 schools that earned Wisconsin Title 1 School of Recognition awards at a ceremony Oct. 8 in Madison. Two representatives from the Germantown School District will attend the reception to receive the award, which includes a plaque, $500, and an opportunity for teachers to become part of a fellowship program.

Title I schools are schools that have a significant number of students from low-income families. Low-income is determined by federal standards used for the free-and-reduced lunch program in schools. Schools receiving awards also meet the state's test participation, attendance and dropout goals, as well as other criteria for the different award levels.

Suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times now online

Oct. 07, 2013 12:40 p.m. | We've just posted our comprehensive listing of 2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times, featuring activities from Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Washington County and Waukesha County.

2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times.

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