WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship photo gallery updated with title matches

Feb. 24, 2013 8:51 a.m. | The WIAA individual state wrestling tournament crowned its champions yesterday in Madison and MyCommunityNOW has updated photojournalist Peter Zuzga's state wrestling tournament photo gallery with images from the championship rounds.

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Eisenhower holds off Waukesha North's upset attempt in boys basketball regional

Feb. 22, 2013 11:12 p.m. | The final 2 ½ seconds of the WIAA Division 2 boys basketball regional matchup between New Berlin Eisenhower and visiting Waukesha North epitomized the four quarters that had preceded.

Waukesha North's Connor Jimenez stepped up to the line for an extra point after Ike committed a foul on a 2-point layup for North, which made the score 57-55 with just more than 2 seconds to go. North coach Greg Polkowski called for a time out and instructed Jimenez to intentionally miss his free throw, giving the team a chance to tie the game on the rebound. The ball came back off the rim of the basket as planned, and several North players had the opportunity to collect the rebound, but Ike caused enough problems under the basket to hang on to their lead and make it through to the next round.

"The momentum was with us in the end," Polkowski said. "Our leading rebounder was on the right block and Ruben (Ortiz) on the other side was within arm's reach of (the ball)."

The chance to stage a huge first-round upset over Eisenhower was just beyond North's fingertips.

Momentum shifted several times throughout the quick paced matchup. Waukesha North gained the momentum early on and led Ike 15-12 after the first quarter, but Ike came out swinging in the second to grab a 20-15 lead. The momentum shifted midway through the second quarter with 6-4 Cory Michaelis scoring six consecutive to put North back on top, 23-20.

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New language to special event ordinance leads to mayor removing veto at Common Council meeting

Feb. 22, 2013 12:07 p.m. | Twenty-three words.

That’s all it took for a compromise to be made for the proposed special event ordinance, one that initially drew a veto from City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima Feb. 8 where he said language in the ordinance was too “vague.”

But Scrima withdrew his veto at the start of Thursday’s Common Council meeting a few minutes after the Ordinance & License Committee approved new language to the ordinance when the city clerk decides who receives a permit for a special event.

The words that have been added to the ordinance is that “upon (the clerk) giving due consideration to the character of the area and the type of zoning district where the proposed activity will take place.” It was approved by the Council after a 9-5 vote.

These new words were crafted earlier in the week by three city attorney’s, the city clerk, the city administrator, Scrima, Alderman Steve Johnson and four downtown business owners affiliated with Friday Night Live, a summer concert series in downtown Waukesha.

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Unreturned absentee ballots could alter GOP Assembly primary

Feb. 21, 2013 1:54 p.m. | The results of Tuesday's Republican primary for the 98th Assembly District in Waukesha County - where Adam Neylon emerged the unofficial winner by a slim margin of 30 votes - hangs in the balance as municipal clerks wait a few more days for a total of 154 unreturned absentee ballots.

Clerks in four of five communities in the district are waiting until 4 p.m. Friday to see how many of the absentee ballots show up, Waukesha County Clerk Kathleen Novack said Thursday.

State law requires clerks to count absentee ballots that arrive by the Friday after an election as long as they are postmarked the day of the election.

The number of outstanding ballots is more than enough to alter the outcome of the race.

Neylon, a Village of Pewaukee window cleaning business owner, received 2,003 votes to outpoll Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Ed Baumann, who received 1,973 votes, according to unofficial complete returns.

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Common Council will address Scrima's veto on Special Event Ordinance at Thursday meeting

Feb. 20, 2013 3:26 p.m. | After Mayor Jeff Scrima vetoed a special event ordinance relating to street closures a couple weeks ago, the Common Council will finally get to address that ruling at its meeting Thursday.

Scrima said he made what he called “a friendly veto” at the request of leaders of the Waukesha Downtown Business Association’s Friday Night Live committee.

The mayor said “some language is vague and the business leaders feel that it needs to be improved to avoid arbitrary and subjective decisions.”

Part of the ordinance read, “the time, size and nature of the Special Event shall not create an undue hardship or unduly interfere with residents and commercial and business activities in the closed area or the immediate vicinity thereto.”

City Attorney Curt Meitz said the “undue hardship” clause would not be implemented based on one noise complaint.

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Two firefighters injured while battling Waukesha house fire

Feb. 20, 2013 12:08 p.m. | Two Waukesha firefighters suffered minor injuries and a single-family home in the 2100 block of Melody Lane sustained an estimated $85,000 in damage from a fire early Wednesday, officials said.

The house was occupied when the fire broke out about 6 a.m. Residents were all able to evacuate. Waukesha Police and Fire Departments responded to the call.

The house sustained moderate to major fire, smoke and water damage in the attic, living room and fireplace. Officials said the cause of the fire centered on the fireplace/chimney area of the home.

Adam Neylon carries close Assembly race in Waukesha County

Feb. 19, 2013 11:52 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee window cleaning business owner Adam Neylon won Tuesday's Republican primary for the 98th Assembly District, all but guaranteeing he will take the Waukesha County seat in the April 2 general election because no Democrat is running.

Neylon, 28, beat out four others - Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Ed Baumann; construction project manager Todd Greenwald of the Village of Pewaukee; Marquette University graduate student Matt Morzy of Waukesha; and Jeanne Tarantino of Waukesha, the former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Neylon led his closest opponent, Baumann, by 30 votes out of more than 5,200 cast. That means the official canvass will be closely watched. If the lead holds up in the canvass, the close margin would raise the possibility of a recount because candidates can get the state to pay for recounts in instances when the margin is less than half a percentage point.

The district includes the City of Pewaukee, Village of Pewaukee, Sussex and the northern portion of the City of Waukesha.

The general election is April 2, but only the name of the GOP primary winner will appear on the ballot because no Democrats or independents registered.

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Primary shows Thieme has firm grasp on District 1 seat

Feb. 19, 2013 11:27 p.m. | If Tuesday's primary results are any indication, it appears Terry Thieme is going to be tough to beat.

The District 1 incumbent was the top vote getter in the aldermanic primary, having received 241 of the 362 votes, about 67 percent of the vote.

His opponent in the April 2 General Election will be Mark Myers, who edged out John Holst for second-place in the three-person race.

Myers, a non denominational pastor, received 61 votes, while Holst, a home improvement contractor, had 57 votes. There were three write-in votes.

While this is the first time Myers, 44, is running for an aldermanic seat, Holst unsuccessfully ran against Thieme in 2009.

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Patton, Miller advance from District 11 aldermanic primary

Feb. 19, 2013 11:15 p.m. | Just as they did in 2010, Roger Patton and Lenny Miller will square off for the District 11 aldermanic seat in the City of Waukesha on April 2.

Patton, the incumbent, and Miller, received the most votes in Tuesday's primary and now advance to the General Election.

Patton garnered 115 of the 278 votes, about 41 percent of the vote.

Miller, 55, received 71 votes, about 25 percent. Miller is a retail sales consultant with AT&T Mobility.

Patton, 76, is a retired minister. The seat is a three-year term.

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Despite no BID, Farmers Market will still take place in downtown Waukesha

Feb. 18, 2013 3:33 p.m. | While the downtown Business Improvement District is in jeopardy of disbanding, the Farmers Market, an event the BID was responsible for, will still go on.

Mayor Jeff Scrima said Friday that leaders of the downtown Waukesha Downtown Business Association will manage the event this year.

The WDBA is a group of downtown business owners. Scrima said the organization will undertake the Farmers Market privately at its own expense.

The group kept the Market going last fall for the remaining two months of the season when the BID became inactive after the resignations of its executive director and 11 of its board members.

Last year, the Farmers Market had more than 100 vendors along the Fox River in the Riverfront Plaza between Broadway and Barstow, a record amount.

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