Yaeggi unstoppable for Watertown

Oct. 28, 2012 7:44 a.m. | At the end of Saturday’s WIAA Division 2 Level 2 playoff game, the public address announcer at Waukesha West congratulated both teams and told the fans they just witnessed something special.

Indeed it was special as third seeded Watertown (9-1) outlasted seventh seeded Waukesha West (5-5), 54-49.

Down 33-14 at the half, Watertown was mostly held in check by West’s smothering defense, turning the ball over on three different occasions.

“We talked about at halftime, we just played our worst first half of football,” Watertown coach Benji Kamrath said. “We had some turnovers. Uncharacteristic of us. Waukesha West did a great job of executing and making some big plays.”

With 5:48  seconds remaining in the half, West’s defense got a hand on a Watertown pass and West senior Abe Gustafson snagged it out of the air, running 60 yards for the score.

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Second round of Pigskin Picks high school football contest begins tonight

Oct. 26, 2012 1:10 p.m. | The second round of the WIAA high school football playoffs begins tonight and you can sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Germantown vs. Arrowhead, Cedarburg vs. Homestead, Brookfield Central vs. Whitefish Bay, Watertown vs. Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial vs. Pewaukee.

Andy Collins of Mequon was last week's winner as he picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay game.

Join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest here.

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Sussex man charged in Tuesday's Waukesha shooting

Oct. 25, 2012 2:52 p.m. | The man who pointed a long gun at Waukesha police and shot at officers was charged today in Waukesha County Court.

Richard A. Petarius, 76, of Sussex was charged with 1st-degree intentional homicide, two counts of 1st-degree recklessly endangering society, burglary-armed with a dangerous weapon, false imprisonment, intimidate victim/damage property, possess firearm-contrary to injunction, possess short-barreled shotgun/rifle, aggravated battery-elderly and violating a domestic abuse injunction.

Petarius’ charges come two days after officers from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, City of Brookfield, Town of Brookfield, Butler, New Berlin, F.B.I and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the Wyndwood Condominiums in the 1800 block of Racine Ave. due to a domestic-related incident.

When officers arrived at the residence at 4:18 p.m. they met with a 75-year-old female victim, who had been divorced from Petarius.

While officers were interviewing the woman, Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said Petarius appeared and pointed the gun at officers and shot at them. The officers returned fire and disengaged from the residence with the victim.

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Downtown trick-or-treating highlights 2012 weekend Halloween events in Waukesha

Oct. 25, 2012 10:40 a.m. | While the City and Town of Waukesha will celebrate trick or treating next Wednesday on Halloween night from 5 to 7, the annual event comes early in downtown Waukesha.

Participating business, which will have posters in their windows signaling their involvement, will welcome little ghosts and goblins and pass out treats from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The businesses on Main Street that are participating are Allo! Chocolat, Krumrich Jewelers, Plowshare Center, Martha Merrell’s Books, Cuddles, Little Swiss Clock Shop, Copacetic, RiverMill Foods, The Steaming Cup, People’s Park, Magellan’s, River’s End Gallery and Waukesha Tattoo Company.

Montecito Ristorante, North American Computer and Rochester Deli on Broadway are participating; Outpost Music is the only one on South Street, Waukesha Community Art Project on Grand Avenue, Mia’s and Mary’s Design Studio on Clinton Street and Walgreens on Madison Street.

Here is a list of other trick or treat times in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.

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Annexation of Five Diamonds from Town to City of Waukesha to be discussed at Plan Commission

Oct. 24, 2012 3:08 p.m. | More than a month after the owners of Five Diamonds Inc. requested to be annexed into the City of Waukesha, the city's Plan Commission will take up this issue at its meeting Wednesday night.

The complex, located on Les Paul Parkway (Highway 59/164) and Milky Way Road, opened earlier this year.

But it has been anything but a smooth relationship between owners Tom Kelenic, Greg Beatty, Town officials and the neighbors in the area.

According to the agenda, the Plan Commission will review a petition from A.W. Bryant to annex 3.34 acres west of Milky Way Road and south of Sunset Drive from the Town of Waukesha into the City of Waukesha.

After that, the Commission will look at a petition from Five Diamonds Inc. to annex 36.62 acres east of South Highway 164 and south of Sunset Drive from the Town of Waukesha into the City of Waukesha.

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Man suspected of shooting at Waukesha officers remains jailed

Oct. 24, 2012 2:10 p.m. | Waukesha - A 76-year-old man suspected of being involved in a shootout Tuesday afternoon with police at an E. Racine Ave. residence remains in police custody awaiting multiple criminal charges, Captain Ron Oremus said Wednesday.

The man was inside a residence at Wyndwood Condominiums in the 1800 block of E. Racine Ave. when police arrived at 4:18 p.m. in response to a domestic violence complaint, Oremus said.

The man does not live there, but he was holding the victim, his ex-wife, against her will, Oremus said. Officers were talking to the victim, a 75-year-old woman, at the front door of the residence when the man appeared inside, pointed a "long gun" and shot at the officers.

The officers returned fire, left the condominium unit with the woman and called for assistance. No one was struck by the gunfire.

The suspect surrendered at 5:16 p.m.

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Large police presence on scene at reported shooting at Racine Avenue in Waukesha

Oct. 23, 2012 4:57 p.m. | Based on reports, Waukesha Police and other Waukesha County police departments are on the scene at a possible shooting that may include domestic problems at a house at Racine Avenue and Guthrie Road in Waukesha.

Reports say that a suspect is a 76-year-old man who has a long gun.

While unconfirmed, initial reports through the Waukesha police scanner state that there are two victims in the domestic-related shooting.

According to Today's TMJ4, police are now blocking off E. Racine Ave. and Guthrie Road. People are also reportedly being told to stay in their homes in that area.

The scene is near Minooka Park.

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TV repairman Gardetto headed to prison

Oct. 23, 2012 4:14 p.m. | A television repairman who repeatedly ripped off consumers in the Milwaukee area will be spending the next two years in jail.

James D. Gardetto, 47, was sentenced Monday to two years of initial confinement in a Wisconsin state prison, three years of extended supervision and three years of probation for engaging in unfair trade practices, according to Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s office.

Gardetto was convicted in August of six charges of unfair trade practices as well as bail jumping and obstructing a police officer by lying.

According to a criminal complaint:

In the summer of 2011, Gardetto pretended to fix a television owned by customers in Pewaukee. He cashed the check for the work, but when the customers realized the item wasn’t repaired, he returned and demanded more money to fix the problem.

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Waukesha purchases land for 'Plan B' water supply

Oct. 23, 2012 3:56 p.m. | Waukesha - The city has purchased 12.9 acres north of the Vernon Wildlife Area in the Town of Waukesha that will be part of a water supply Plan B should it fail in a bid for Lake Michigan water, officials said.

On Thursday, the Waukesha Water Commission is expected to recommend the city annex the property located east of county Highway I, or River Road, and south of Fox Vale Court.

Annexation is the next step in securing this property as "an insurance policy" against possible rejection by the eight Great Lakes states of Waukesha's request for lake water, Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said Tuesday.

Waukesha purchased the property Sept. 18 at a cost of $500,000 - or nearly $38,760 an acre - from Fiduciary Real Estate Development Inc. of Milwaukee, Assistant City Attorney Julie Gay said.

The property is about one mile south of the city. State law allows a city or village to annex property it owns even if not contiguous to its border, Gay said.

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Rubio to campaign for Romney in Waukesha

Oct. 23, 2012 2:46 p.m. | Madison -- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will stump for Mitt Romney on Thursday in Waukesha. 

The senator from Florida is a rising star in the Republican Party and was frequently mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for Romney. 

He is to speak at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Waukesha Republican Victory Center, 1701 Pearl St., Suite No. 2.

Looking for local trick-or-treat times?

Oct. 23, 2012 11:11 a.m. | Halloween is right around the corner and you can find a list of local trick-or-treat times on MyCommunityNOW's special trick-or-treat page.

Open house on Minooka Park use set for tonight

Oct. 22, 2012 11:41 a.m. | The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Minooka Park in Waukesha to discuss the master plan update for the park.

The open house is one of several the county will host. The public is invited to share ideas about the use of undeveloped areas at the park and more.

You can read more about the meetings in a YourStory submitted by the county.

Waukesha West bounces Waterford with upset

Oct. 19, 2012 11:41 p.m. | Waukesha West senior standout Dylan Chmura hit the key to his team’s victory on the road at Waterford.

“We had to be intense the whole game," Chmura said. "We were the first half and we knew we had to play the same way in the second. We had to stick in there and we did. We did it when we had to at the end. This is going to be a magical run to the state championship.”

West held off Waterford’s final attempt for a go-ahead score with 1:10 left to play to post a 14-12 first round victory. The Wolverines will host Watertown, a 49 – 14 victor over Burlington, in Level 2 next week.

“They were bigger than us in the offensive line,” noted West coach Steve Rux. “I challenged our linemen all week and they responded. Our plan was to get outside and we had success and I liked the way we threw the ball.”

His outside attack worked perfectly as West’s offense took over when Waterford’s opening drive stalled at its own 34. Starting at the West 43, the Wolverines moved 57 yards in 3:04 to get on the board with Ar’Breon Dunson-Lilley’s 2-yard run. Steve Drida’s PAT gave Waukesha a 7-0 lead.

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Hubley, Memorial too much for Falcons

Oct. 19, 2012 11:17 p.m. | Catholic Memorial could do no wrong, racing to a 41-7 lead and ultimately defeating Brown Deer in the WIAA Division 3 football playoffs at Carroll University on Friday, 48-28.

Senior running back Matt Hubley served as the table setter for the CMH offense, delivering 71 yards and four rushing touchdowns in the first half alone.

"Those guys (the offensive line) were doing a good job all night” said Hubley after the game.

Memorial moved on to a Level 2 game against Pewaukee -- a familiar foe at this stage of the postseason. The two programs have split games in Level 1 contests each of the past two postseasons.

Brown Deer looked like it had a case of nerves, particularly on an opening drive that could not have gone worse. The Falcons were whistled for a false start penalty on the first play from scrimmage, and quarterback Drew Worth was sacked on the second play and fumbled the ball, though Brown Deer recovered.

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IED found in Waukesha

Oct. 19, 2012 4:26 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Bomb Squad removed an improvised explosive device from the 1300 block of Falls Court in the City of Waukesha this afternoon. The squad detonated thedevice at a remote location.

Waukesha Police responded to the scene initially at about 11:30 a.m. today. The investigation is ongoing, according to a news release. Further information was not available.

Pigskin Picks playoff contest begins today

Oct. 19, 2012 11:45 a.m. | We're a little bit more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's first-round of the WIAA high school football playoffs, so there is still time to sign up and test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Featured games this week are: Appleton East vs. Menomonee Falls; Brown Deer vs. Catholic Memorial; Greendale vs. Wauwatosa West, South Milwaukee vs. Brookfield Central and Messmer/Shorewood vs. Whitefish Bay.

Congratulations to Drew Hunkins of Waukesha, who was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks. He earned a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

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Waukesha North student struck, injured by van

Oct. 18, 2012 2:38 p.m. | Police responded to the intersection of Summit Avenue and Greenmeadow Drive at approximately 7:50 a.m. this morning after a 15-year-old girl was struck by a van there.

The girl, a student at Waukesha North High School, was waiting to cross southbound in a crosswalk across Summit Avenue where she obsereved a vehicle approaching westbound. According to a media release from the Waukesha Police Department, the vehicle indicated and began to turn left from Summit Avenue onto to Greenmeadow.

The girl stepped into the crosswalk but did not see there was a van that began to pass the first vehicle. The van struck the girl, who was subsequently transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Police said the girl suffered a minor head and leg injury as a result.

The van's driver was uninjured, and drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the accident, the release said.

Police were still investigating, and it is unknown at this time if speed was a factor. Police had not yet issued any citations, as the investigation was still pending.

Part of Broadway will be closed to traffic for Saturday's Broadway Fall Festival in downtown Waukesha

Oct. 18, 2012 2:13 p.m. | With the first Broadway Fall Festival taking place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Broadway Street between Barstow and Wisconsin Avenue will be closed to traffic.

The festival will include food, music, activities such as face painting, kids crafts, a raffle, and beer and wine sampling, among others.

Local fire fighters will be on hand from 2 to 4 p.m. to teach individuals fire prevention tips and a fire truck will be on display.

A drawing for the raffle will take place at 4:30 pm at Cake Pops by design, 128 W. Broadway, where the profits will go to support the Family Service of Waukesha's Big Yellow House.

For more information, contact Cake Pops by Design at (414) 254-3448.

Town's terms on water service too steep for Waukesha

Oct. 17, 2012 4:42 p.m. | Waukesha - The Town of Waukesha is asking too high a price for inclusion in the city's future water service area, City Administrator Ed Henschel said Wednesday.

The city will not accept the town's request to be paid 20 years worth of property taxes as compensation for any property annexed by the city, he said.

"We will discuss a shorter time period," Henschel said. A state law requires a city or village to pay five years of property taxes to a town as compensation when there is unanimous support of property owners for annexation.

Henschel said he expects to set up a meeting with town officials next week to discuss the future water service area.

Town Chairman Angie Van Scyoc said Wednesday that she is willing to meet with city officials to discuss the town's terms.

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Great Lakes environmental groups looking over Waukesha today

Oct. 17, 2012 1:58 p.m. | Waukesha -- Ten representatives of environmental and conservation groups from six other Great Lakes states are touring Waukesha by bus this afternoon to get a first hand look at the city.

They will meet with Waukesha Water Utility officials and consultants at mid-afternoon as part of a two-day tour aimed at a better understanding of Waukesha's need for Great Lakes water.

On Thursday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will speak to the group before the bus departs to drive through Oak Creek, a possible supplier of lake water to Waukesha.

The Waukesha and Oak Creek common councils approved a letter of intent for a water deal earlier this month but Oak Creek water utility officials have not signed the document.

Barrett has reminded Waukesha officials of Milwaukee's willingness to negotiate selling lake water to them only if Waukesha accepts Milwaukee's terms. Barrett is demanding that Waukesha distribute lake water only to its current service area and not to any land added in the future.

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Arrowhead heads into playoffs atop suburban football rankings

Oct. 17, 2012 12:28 p.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (8-0) has been a fixture atop the Living Lake Country/NOW suburban football rankings all season, never moving from the top spot.

The No. 1-seeded Warhawks begin WIAA Division 1 postseason play at home this Friday against No. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny (5-3).

You can get the lowdown on Arrowhead's postseason prospects and more first round games in a video preview at NOW's Push for the Playoffs.

Pigskin Picks contest returns for the WIAA playoffs

Oct. 17, 2012 9:51 a.m. | The first-round match ups are set in this season's WIAA football playoffs and you can test your football predicting skills against local celebrities and sportswriters by taking part in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres. Grand prizes at the end of the playoffs are Bartolotta Restaurants gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25.

Drew Hunkins of Waukesha was the overall winner in the regular-season version of Pigskin Picks, earning a $100 Bartolotta gift card. Michael Cannon of New Berlin was second to claim a $50 gift card and Waukesha's Carl Liden finished third to win the $25 prize.

NOW sportswriter John Rech won the VIP contest, edging fellow sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh by a game and reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek by two games.

You can join the fun in the playoff version of Pigskin Picks.

Town of Waukesha to address City of Waukesha water service area

Oct. 16, 2012 3:07 p.m. | With barely a minute to spare, the Town of Waukesha will hold a special Town Board meeting today.

The meeting was posted at 12:42 p.m. and the meeting was scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m. at Town Hall, W250 S3567 Center Road.

According to state statute, at least a 24-hour notice of a meeting is required; however, it states, if 24 hours is impossible or impractical for good cause, a shorter notice may be given, but in no case may the notice be less than two hours.

It goes on to say that this “good cause” provision allowing short notice should be used sparingly and only when truly necessary.

The only item on the agenda is to discuss and possibly take action on the City of Waukesha's water service area.

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Judge puts Town of Brookfield incorporation bid on hold

Oct. 16, 2012 1:18 p.m. | A Waukesha County judge has put the brakes on a state proceeding to decide the Town of Brookfield's bid to become a village.

Circuit Judge James A. Kieffer on Monday granted the Town of Waukesha's request for an emergency stay of actions at the Incorporation Review Board that had been set for next week, pending the outcome of the town's appeal of a decision by another Waukesha judge to dismiss the Town of Waukesha from the case.

It's just the latest delay in the Town of Brookfield's effort to obtain village status, a move opposed by the Town of Waukesha over the planned annexation of part of its land into the new municipality.

The Incorporation Review Board, part of the Department of Administration, would ultimately issue a decision for or against the incorporation after a public hearing.

Based on the board's finding, Kieffer would either dismiss the incorporation petition or order a referendum of those living in the proposed village.

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Waukesha man dies in single-car crash in Dane County

Oct. 15, 2012 8:52 a.m. | A 21-year-old Waukesha man has died as a result of a single-vehicle crash, the Dane County medical examiner's office said Monday.

The man was identified as Richie R. Christie.

He was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday on Odana Road near Tokay Blvd., the medical examiner said.

Christie was taken to a Madison hospital, but later died, the office said.

The case remains under investigation by the Madison Police Department and the county medical examiner's office.

Greendale, Waukesha North repeat as marching band champions

Oct. 14, 2012 11:20 a.m. | Marching bands from Greendale and Waukesha North high schools extended their string of championship titles Saturday at the Wisconsin State Music Association's competition at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Greendale High School won its eighth straight championship in its Class AA division, and Waukesha North took its sixth consecutive victory in Class AAAA, the large school division.

Waukesha West finished second in the AAAA division, and Oak Creek High School marching band took third in the big school division.

In the Class AA division, New Berlin Eisenhower finished second and Fort Atkinson High School was third.

In Class AAA, Cedarburg High School was third. River Falls took first in that division and Merrill High School took second.

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Waukesha North marching band going for its sixth straight state title

Oct. 12, 2012 4:43 p.m. | They might not put on a show quite like the Ohio State Marching Band who have become an Internet must-see after its most recent halftime show, but the Waukesha North and Waukesha West marching bands are no slouch on the high school scene in Wisconsin.

The two bands, as well as Waukesha South, will perform this weekend at the 28th annual Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships at Perkins Stadium on the UW-Whitewater campus.

The Waukesha South High School Marching Blackshirts, in the AAA division, takes the field first at 12:45 p.m.

The Cadets of Waukesha West High School, in the AAAA large-school division, perform at 6:45 p.m., while the Northstar Band from Waukesha North, in the same division, follows them at 7 p.m.

The Northstar Band is seeking its sixth straight state championship, while West looks to retake its spot as the state’s top marching band.

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Mayor Scrima gives BID Board recommendations to Waukesha Common Council

Oct. 12, 2012 3:28 p.m. | After all but two of its members resigned last month, the Waukesha Business Improvement District Board has been out of commission.

The Board, which represents the self-taxing district in downtown, could not go on without new appointments made by Mayor Jeff Scrima.

After submitting a letter of recommendation to the Council on Friday, the Common Council will discuss and could approve them at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the City Hall Council Chambers.

Bill Huelsman, a property owner (Berg Management) and Natalie Walters (property owner’s representative on behalf of Waukesha State Bank) were the only two left from a 13-member BID Board after resignations flowed in after the BID’s executive director resigned citing a “hostile work environment.”

But because there needs to be seven members to have a quorum, the mayor has made five recommendations – three of whom (Roger Igielski, Ron Lostetter and Jim Taylor) are former BID Board members who just resigned last month.

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Walmart Neighborhood Market approved by Town of Waukesha Board

Oct. 12, 2012 10:04 a.m. | While it will be a different format from its original store, Walmart is returning to the Town of Waukesha.

After getting a recommendation from the Planning Commission at a Joint Meeting with the Plan Commission and Town Board Thursday night, the Town Board unanimously approved the Walmart Neighborhood Market, W226 S1500 on Highway 164.

The 42,000 square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market would replace the Walmart discount store that closed in 2010 after a Walmart Supercenter opened at 2000 S. West Ave., north of Highway 59 on the City of Waukesha's southwest side.

The market will include a supermarket with deli, bakery and liquor departments, a full-service pharmacy and pharmacy drive-through.

Walmart Neighborhood Markets were designed in 1998 as a smaller-footprint option with a pharmacy and where customers can buy groceries and merchandise. There are about 200 Neighborhood Markets in the U.S.

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Downtown businesses partnering with The Women's Center on Diva Day

Oct. 11, 2012 2:59 p.m. | In less than a year of being open, the Montecito Ristorante Lounge has held numerous fundraisers for worthy causes.

This Sunday, the downtown Waukesha restaurant will reach out once again on a day that is all about women.

And on a day labeled as “Diva Day” in downtown, Montecito co-owner Jennifer Palkowski has set out to raise $10,000 for The Women’s Center in Waukesha.

Palkowski said 100 percent of her restaurant’s food sales, as well as the silent auction, 50/50 raffle/gift baskets, raffle items and bake sale will go to The Women’s Center.

The Women’s Center provides free services to address domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse with a mission of providing safety, shelter and support to women and their families.

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Library snafu leads to thousands of erroneous overdue notices in Waukesha County

Oct. 10, 2012 4:18 p.m. | Close to 15,000 library users in Waukesha County have erroneously received email notices about overdue materials due to a technical snafu, a library official said Wednesday.

The error happened late Tuesday night while staff was testing features of the county's new library catalog system, which is expected to go live on Nov. 28.

"It was just supposed to be internal," said Tom Hennen, director of the Waukesha County Federated Library System, who received a notice himself. "Somehow rather than just being a test drive, they actually got sent out. It comes down to, someone didn't turn off the switch that said, 'Let these really go out.' "

The overdue notices were sent to people who had materials checked out on Aug. 8 and have signed up for email notifications from the Brookfield Public Library, Delafield Public Library, Elm Grove Public Library, Mukwonago Community Library, Muskego Public Library, New Berlin Public Library, Oconomowoc Public Library, Pauline Haass Public Library in Sussex, Pewaukee Public Library, the Town Hall Library in North Lake and the Waukesha Public Library.

Library users in Big Bend, Butler, Eagle, Hartland and Menomonee Falls were not affected because those libraries don't send out email notifications, Hennen said.

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Waukesha water bid will stop without official's signature

Oct. 10, 2012 2:12 p.m. | Waukesha's request to divert Lake Michigan water inland to serve its residents will grind to a halt at the end of this year if Oak Creek's top utility official persists in his refusal to sign and carry out a water sales agreement with Waukesha.

Last week's Oak Creek Common Council resolution expressing the city's willingness to supply water to Waukesha will not, by itself, keep the application process moving forward, a state environmental official said.

The resolution simply authorized Steve Yttri, Oak Creek's water and sewer utility general manager, to sign a negotiated letter of intent.

Yttri confirmed this week that he will not sign the agreement "unless ordered to do so."

His bosses on the city's utility commission did not order him to sign when they met Tuesday.

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Waukesha considers annexation for future development

Oct. 09, 2012 7:00 a.m. | The City of Waukesha is considering a request to annex nearly 100 acres of land with development potential from the Town of Waukesha.

The Plan Commission is to review the request at its Wednesday meeting. The 96.1 acres is north of State Highway 164 and east of Big Bend Road, and is owned by the Carol & Robert Smart Trust, according to the commission's agenda.

There is no specific development plan for the land, but there could be proposals in the near future, said Jennifer Andrews, city planner. The property is open space, and includes wet lands, she said.


Waukesha GuitarTown will be back next year

Oct. 08, 2012 4:24 p.m. | GuitarTown is returning to Waukesha.

Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima said Monday afternoon that after meeting with Gibson Guitar Corporation’s CEO Henry Juszkiewicz and President David Berryman last Friday in Nashville, Tenn., there will be a Phase II of the project.

“Phase II of the project will amplify Waukesha’s identity as the birth and resting place of Les Paul and continue to move our community forward as a small town incubator for musicians, artists and entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams,” Scrima said.

Waukesha joined cities such as Austin, Texas, Nashville, Orlando, Fla., Cleveland, Hollywood, Calif., Miami and London last year when it was named a GuitarTown by Gibson Corporation.

But Scrima said only the Sunset Strip in Hollywood has had more than one phase of GuitarTown.

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How might the WIAA football playoff brackets stack up?

Oct. 08, 2012 12:44 p.m. | The WIAA football postseason picture is becoming a little more clear as teams prepare this week for their final regular-season games.

Lake Country's JR Radcliffe takes a shot at seeding the Division 1, 2 and 3 brackets in his latest Bracketology blog.

Halloween season kicks off as Wisconsin Feargrounds opens its doors today

Oct. 05, 2012 9:57 a.m. | There are constants when the calendar turns to October in Waukesha.

The Friday Night Live music series has ended for the season. The Farmers Market in downtown Waukesha enters its final month and leaf pickup begins as the days become shorter and the air becomes cooler.

Oh, and screams can be heard regularly from the Waukesha County Expo Grounds.

The screams begin Friday night as the Halloween season officially kicks off when the Wisconsin Feargrounds opens its haunted doors.

And this year, Tim and Ann Marie Gavinski have given visitors a new haunted experience. Shadowlands joins Morgan Manor and Morgana’s Torment.

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Oak Creek seeks to overturn water ruling; Waukesha waits

Oct. 04, 2012 6:16 p.m. | Oak Creek will ask a Milwaukee County circuit judge to overturn a state Public Service Commission water rate order that has upended, at least temporarily, the city utility's willingness to carry out a water agreement with the City of Waukesha, Water & Sewer Utility General Manager Steve Yttri said Thursday.

While waiting for a court date, Oak Creek will petition the PSC on Oct. 10 for a new hearing on its order, Yttri said. The hearing before the PSC probably would be held within 30 days of the request.

At a meeting Tuesday, the Oak Creek Water & Sewer Commission will review this week's PSC order shifting significant costs of service from the city's wholesale customer community of Franklin to its retail base made up of Oak Creek residents and businesses, Yttri said. The local commission at that meeting will discuss the two-pronged response of a lawsuit and request for hearing.

The Water & Sewer Commission had given him authority last month to initiate a lawsuit against the PSC in the advent of an order deemed unfavorable to its resident ratepayers, he said.

Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak must wait until the Tuesday meeting in Oak Creek to learn whether that city's Water & Sewer Commission will decide whether Yttri must sign the water pact while waiting for the appeals to play out.

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Standoff with armed man ends peacefully in Waukesha

Oct. 03, 2012 3:22 p.m. | Quick response by Waukesha police to a domestic incident Thursday prevented a violent encounter from becoming deadly.

Officers were called to a home in the 1700 block of Oak Ridge Court about 9:40 a.m. and found a 25-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her neck, Waukesha police Sgt. Jerry Habanek said. She told police her boyfriend was still inside with a gun. Habanek said the woman's wound was not life threatening.

Police set up a perimeter around the house and eventually made phone contact with the 32-year-old man inside. Negotiators were able to get him to surrender without incident about 2:25 p.m., Habanek said.

The man had suffered a gunshot wound to his hand, Habanek said, and was arrested and transferred to a hospital for treatment and a psychological evaluation.

Suspect taken into custody after surrendering to police in Waukesha

Oct. 03, 2012 1:32 p.m. | A 32-year-old male suspect has been taken into custody following a domestic abuse case and more than four-hour standoff after his 25-year-old girlfriend was shot Wednesday in Waukesha.

City of Waukesha Criminal Investigation Bureau Sgt. Jerry Habanek said the woman was shot in the neck and is being treated at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

After surrendering to police, the man was also taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a gunshot wound to his hand. Habanek said he will also have a mental health evaluation.   

Waukesha police were called to 717 Oak Ridge Court at approximately 9:30 a.m. after the female fled to a neighbor's home to call police after she was shot, Habanek said. 

Police and members of the Waukesha Police Tactical Unit responded to the scene and set up a perimeter to establish communication with the suspect.

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Waukesha County Museum to reveal new education center

Oct. 03, 2012 12:07 p.m. | The Waukesha County Museum will host a grand opening ceremony Thursday to unveil its new Waukesha State Bank Education Center.

The new education center is located on the first floor of the museum and replaces space formerly housed on the third floor. The museum saw a 60% increase in the amount of schools served through its tour programs over the past two years, which helped inspire the project.

“The demand for our education programs has increased significantly over the past few years and this new classroom space reflects our emphasis on creating a fun, engaging learning environment for visitors of all ages,” Kirsten Lee Villegas, museum president and CEO, said.

The education center will span approximately 900 square feet to provide more room for the 17,500 youth and adults who visit the museum annually. Among the center’s new features is a historic Bethesda springhouse mural that covers an exhibit wall. Waukesha State Bank donated the funds to support the project led by Waukesha-based interior design firm, Collaborative Design.

Waukesha State Bank president Ty Taylor, Villegas and Waukesha County Executive, Dan Vrakas will offer brief comments beginning at 10:45 a.m. and then jointly cut the ceremonial ribbon at 11:00 a.m.

Scrima on water deal with Oak Creek: "Thankfully, Waukesha is not hooking up with Milwaukee"

Oct. 03, 2012 11:36 a.m. | After the Waukesha and Oak Creek common councils agreed to a water agreement that will see Waukesha purchase Great Lakes water from Oak Creek’s water treatment facility and return it to Lake Michigan, Waukesha’s mayor Jeff Scrima chimed in on the deal.

“Our citizens spoke and as elected representatives we listened,” Scrima said. “Thankfully, Waukesha is not hooking up with Milwaukee.”

Scrima, who had stated in the past that he was initially against using Lake Michigan water and wanted to look for alternative solutions, was referring to the negotiations that never materialized with Milwaukee after Milwaukee refused to negotiate a water agreement.

According to a press release from Dan Duchniak, general manager of the Waukesha Water Utility, the capital cost of the project is estimated at $183 million. The agreement is for an initial term of 40 years with four additional 10-year terms that automatically renew.

Duchniak said in the release that this is only $8 million more than the $175 million cost estimated for a water supply from Milwaukee.

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State representative from Racine slams Waukesha water deal with Oak Creek

Oct. 03, 2012 9:39 a.m. | Count state Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) among opponents of the City of Waukesha's deal to buy Lake Michigan water from Oak Creek, particularly if Waukesha's wastewater is discharged to the Root River.

Both the Waukesha and Oak Creek common councils Tuesday approved a 40-year plan sending up to an average of 10.9 million gallons a day of lake water inland to Waukesha by mid-century.

Waukesha officials said Tuesday that the greater distance of building a pipeline to Racine put that city at a competitive disadvantage with Oak Creek.

The announced water deal is dependent on Wisconsin and the other seven Great Lakes states approving the historic diversion of water across the subcontinental divide separating the Lake Michigan and Mississippi River watersheds.

Though Mason did not speak publicly against the proposal in the last year while Waukesha negotiated a water deal with both Oak Creek and Racine, Mason said Wednesday he has long opposed Waukesha's request for lake water.

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ProHealth merges Waukesha, Oconomowoc hospital foundations

Oct. 02, 2012 12:31 p.m. | ProHealth Care said it has combined Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation and Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital Foundation to create a single foundation.

The integration combines the boards, donors and volunteers into one organization, the ProHealth Care Foundation. Donors will continue to be able to donate to a specific program or hospital.

The ProHealth Care Foundation will provide financial support to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, AngelsGrace Hospice, ProHealth Home Care & Hospice, ProHealth Care Medical Associates, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Wisconsin and other ProHealth programs and services.

Dean Rein, the former executive vice president of the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation, will have the same title in his lead role with the ProHealth Care Foundation. Maureen Gerard, the former executive director of the Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital Foundation, will take on new responsibilities as vice president.

"Our strong hospital foundations and their donors have supported many important services, such as advanced technology, cancer research and health screenings," Susan Edwards, chief executive officer of ProHealth, said in a statement. "By joining forces, they are even better positioned to continue to support our mission of continuously improving the health of our community."

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Waukesha, Oak Creek to discuss water negotiations tonight

Oct. 02, 2012 11:35 a.m. | Getting the City of Waukesha a reliable and sustainable water source has been talked about for years.

While it would not be the final step in this long process, finding that source and working out a deal with that city would be a major step forward.

And it appears the City of Waukesha is taking these steps with the City of Oak Creek as both of the cities indicate that their Common Councils are meeting Tuesday in closed session to discuss the City of Waukesha’s Application for Great Lakes Water.

According to Waukesha’s agenda, “a motion to go into closed session will be made for the purpose of discussing negotiations for a potential agreement with Oak Creek or Racine as it relates to the City of Waukesha’s Application for Great Lakes Water.”

The City of Waukesha’s Common Council meets at 7:30 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, 201 Delafield St.

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Man identified in collapse at Waukesha packaging company

Oct. 02, 2012 9:56 a.m. | The Xpedx Co. worker killed when a pile of paper collapsed on him was identified Tuesday as Andrew Blechacz, 52, of Waukesha, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. The incident at the City of Pewaukee packaging and printing company happened around noon Monday.

Quintet of undefeated teams headline suburban football poll

Oct. 01, 2012 10:47 a.m. | The undefeated Arrowhead High School football team (6-0, 5-0 Classic 8) continues its season-long run atop the MyCommunityNOW football poll this week, though the Warhawks are joined by four more undefeated squads.

Brookfield East (6-0, 5-0 Greater Metro), Oak Creek (6-0, 5-0 Southeast), Homestead (6-0, 5-0 North Shore), and Pewaukee (6-0, 5-0 Woodland West) round out the top five.

The poll is part of MyCommunityNOW's Push for the Playoffs page, which provides a comprehensive view of the current postseason picture, a poll, photo of the week, Coach's Confidential and more.

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