Help us find the best of our communities

Oct. 28, 2011 7:32 a.m. | We’ve all recommended a place — maybe an eatery, a park, a theater — to family and friends.

So let’s combine our recommendations, our favorite places, and see what NOW readers think are the best places in the NOW communities.

Each week starting Oct. 31, we’ll ask you to submit your favorite places in a NOW community on our Facebook page. We’ll take submissions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the week.

On Thursday and Friday, we’ll take those suggesions and seek your votes for what are the best places in that community. We’ll even make a Foursquare list that you can follow.

Share your favorite places to go to in Wauwatosa on Oct. 31. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Just go to our Facebook page on Monday and let us know.

Authorities discover grenades, mortars at Hales Corners residence

Oct. 27, 2011 3:26 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office recovered a barrage of military devices, including mortars and grenades, Wednesday afternoon in a basement in Hales Corners, authorities said Thursday.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at the residence in the 5500 block of S. 92nd St. at 2:30 p.m. They discovered 15 hand grenades, one mortar shell, one stick grenade, 18 military and parachute flares, and a light anti-tank weapon, sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said in a news release. Some of them were live, McLaughlin said. Technicians from the Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordnance Detection Bomb Squad retrieved the military devices, and destruction of the items was pending, McLaughlin said.

The owner of the items was a retired Milwaukee police officer who was also a collector, Hales Corners Police Detective Kent Schoonover said Thursday. The man's family called the Hales Corners Police Department after he died Wednesday, asking police to remove the items.

Schoonover said that as a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard the man was an extremely careful and safe-minded individual who had everything securely stored.

"There was no danger to the neighborhood, there was no danger to the citizens, there was no danger to the family. It's just that these items are beyond our expertise so we called the sheriff's department for assistance," Schoonover said. "It doesn't happen every day, but there's nothing else to this. He was just an avid collector. He was not doing anything dangerous."

Group helps men find their singing voices

Oct. 26, 2011 6:12 p.m. | Men of all ages are invited for free vocal lessons for six straight Mondays beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 6705 Northway, Greendale.

The lessons are offered by Midwest Vocal Express, an all-male a cappella chorus.

For more information, call Tom Weber at 888-240-4426 or

South Milwaukee Walmart foes hold public meeting

Oct. 26, 2011 10:48 a.m. | South Milwaukee residents opposed to plans for a new Walmart in that city are holding a community meeting tonight.

The new group, Friends of South Milwaukee, will discuss the project starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Knights of Columbus Hall,  732 Badger Ave., South Milwaukee.

The proposed 115,000-square-foot store, to be built on 10 acres west of Chicago Ave., and one block south of College Ave., won several key votes before the Common Council last week. The council will meet Nov. 1 to consider final approval for the project.

Postal Service looking at alternate plans for Oak Creek site

Oct. 24, 2011 10:39 a.m. | The U.S. Postal Service and developer Cobalt Partners are starting to consider alternatives to a stalled proposal for building a new mail processing facility in Oak Creek.

Plans to develop the 800,000-square-foot building, on 64 acres south of E. College and west of S. Pennsylvania avenues, remain on hold as the agency looks to cut costs by closing post offices and processing facilities nationwide.

The Postal Service in 2009 completed its $8.1 million purchase of the development site. The new facility, to be developed by Cobalt, would replace an obsolete building at 345 W. St. Paul Ave., in downtown Milwaukee, and other facilities.

The Oak Creek Plan Commission, at its Tuesday night meeting, will consider a request to change the development plan to allow for creating an alternate project for the site, said Doug Seymour, community development director.

There are no specific alternatives yet, Seymour said. But it makes sense to begin planning for that possibility given the prospects for the original project, he said.

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Central football game Saturday night at Franklin

Oct. 24, 2011 8:49 a.m. | Brookfield Central will travel to Franklin for a 7 p.m. WIAA Division 1 level 2 Football game on Saturday.

Central (8-2) will face Franklin (8-2) of the Southeast Conference.

The Sabers have won four in a row since losing to Muskego, 20-0, on Sept. 23. Their other loss came to Kenosha Bradford, 25-0, on Sept. 2.

The Lancers have won five in a row, having last lost, 31-28, to Marquette in double overtime on Sept. 16.

Central drilled Milwaukee Hamilton of the City Conference, 62-24, in the first round at home last week, while the Sabers beat MUHS, 23-21, at Hart Park.

Spartans give away football, keep the win

Oct. 22, 2011 1:13 a.m. | During the course of Friday night’s game against Greendale, the Brookfield East football team gave away three interceptions, including one deep in its own territory, as well as a fumble near the Panthers’ goal line, and a blocked punt.

The Spartans made six trips inside the Greendale 35, scoring on only one of those possessions. They also ventured inside the 5-yard line and came away with no points on two different occasions.

Considering all that, it seems likely that they would have lost – yet in reality, they came out with a 14-7 victory in a WIAA Division 2 first-round game at Stephen J. Gavinski Field in Greendale.

They survived partially because of Greendale’s own mistakes, including three lost fumbles and an interception, and because of their own stout defense, which stopped the Panthers on downs in East territory twice during the second half.

“We have a habit of (making it tough on ourselves); that’s for sure,” East coach Tom Swittel said. “Our goal always is to play 48 minutes of football, and we had to do that tonight.”

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History repeats as Franklin tops Marquette

Oct. 21, 2011 11:25 p.m. |  

In its second attempt to beat Franklin this year, Marquette's football team came a lot closer. But not close enough to save its season, as the Sabers moved on to the second round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs with a 23-21 win over the Hilltoppers at Wauwatosa’s Hart Park on a chilly Friday night.
The Sabers jumped and high-fived their way to a postgame speech from head coach Louis Brown in the south end zone. On the opposite side of the field, somber tears from Marquette’s seniors marked the end of a season in which the Hilltoppers claimed a share of the Greater Metro Conference title and lost just two regular season games.
“The hardest part about this is not that you lose,” Marquette head coach Jeffrey Mazurczak said. “It’s that for seniors, your high school career is over. You don’t move on.”
Franklin, however, will move on. And while the Sabers' defense continued to be their backbone Friday night, the improving offense could make Franklin a threat for a deep playoff run.
“The defense is why this has been such a great season for us,” Brown said. “I knew when I became head coach that our defense would be the focus and our offense would be a work in progress. But our offense has come a long way since the beginning of the season.”
The Sabers struck first on a 1-yard touchdown run from senior running back Ben Miller with 2:30 left in the first quarter. But in just seconds, Marquette did what it couldn’t do in four quarters in its 16-0 loss to Franklin in the nonconference portion of the season: score. On its next play from scrimmage, senior quarterback Joe Greif hit star senior wideout Matt Misiewicz down the right side for a 74-yard game-tying touchdown.
Franklin reclaimed a 14-7 advantage with 8:59 left in the half when sophomore quarterback Sean McGuire hit sophomore receiver Chad Walton for a 9-yard touchdown.
Franklin’s defense forced a punt, and a 49-yard pass from McGuire to junior tight end Joe Falzon helped set up a 28-yard field goal from Matt Ward to give Franklin a 17-7 edge at halftime. That score would hold until the first play of the fourth quarter, when Falzon connected on a 43-yard field goal to give Franklin a 20-7 lead.
“I think that was a turning point,” Mazurczak said. “If we get a turnover or at least don’t allow any points there, I think we give ourselves a bit more of a shot.”
The Hilltoppers didn’t go without a fight. Senior Stanley Obiora returned the ensuing kickoff to Franklin’s 35. Marquette capitalized on the short field and scored on a 1-yard rush from Greif to cut the deficit to 20-14 with 8:50 left.
But the Sabers not only responded with another 21-yard Falzon field goal, they also took six minutes off the clock. Trailing 23-14 with three minutes left, Marquette drove to Franklin’s 28 when Sabers junior Ernie Zazueta intercepted Greif with an acrobatic sideline effort.
A Franklin fumble led to a 2-yard touchdown run from Greif, but after an unsuccessful onside kick, Marquette’s comeback bid fell just short.
 “That’s a great team,” McGuire said. “If we can beat them, we can beat anyone. Our confidence is sky-high right now.”
“It didn’t need to be that close,” Brown said. “But that’s a tough team. It was a hard-hitting, well-played game. We were tough at the line of scrimmage all night. It doesn’t get much tougher than that. This is the first time we’ve been in Division 1, and I guess that was ‘Welcome to Division 1.’ That’s probably the toughest first round opponent I’ve ever played.”
Miller finished with a game-high 94 yards on 30 carries, while McGuire went 14-of-22 for 208 yards and a touchdown. Greif was 12-of-26 for 188 yards, one touchdown pass, two rushing touchdowns and one interception.
“Overall, we hurt ourselves,” Mazurczak said. “Give them all the credit in the world, because we played a very tough opponent. We have a terrific team, and we fought back, and I couldn’t be more proud of our guys. We say at Marquette that we build leaders, and you can still certainly do that in a loss.” 

Franklin will face the winner of the Milwaukee Hamilton/Brookfield Central matchup in the second round.


Ryan to hold town halls in Muskego and Oak Creek

Oct. 20, 2011 7:16 a.m. | Muskego - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is planning to hold six town-hall meetings in southeastern Wisconsin in the next two weeks, starting with events in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties.

The Republican congressman is scheduled to hold listening sessions in Muskego and Oak Creek on Thursday. A third event is scheduled for Friday in Racine.

Ryan is the architect of a Republican budget plan to cut taxes. His plan would also restructure Medicare and cut social safety-net programs such as food stamps and Medicaid.

After the plan was introduced, Ryan held a series of town-hall meetings in the spring that drew large and sometimes raucous crowds.

A coalition of groups who want Social Security and Medicare preserved is planning protests Thursday.

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South Milwaukee Walmart wins OK, residents protest

Oct. 19, 2011 10:27 a.m. | Plans to develop a Walmart supermarket and discount store in South Milwaukee won several key Common Council votes Tuesday night, following a raucous public hearing.

The council voted 5-2 to sell city-owned land for the 115,000-square-foot store, which will be built on 10 acres west of Chicago Ave., and one block south of College Ave.

The council, by the same margin, also voted to approve zoning for the new store; to vacate one block of 11th Ave. to allow two parcels to be combined for the store, and to finalize plans to provide up to $1.8 million in city funds to help finance the $12 million project.

Those votes came after around 40 residents spoke in opposition to the plan. Their comments drew cheers and applause from dozens of other residents who packed the council chambers, while others watched via Skype from the adjacent senior citizens center.

Among the issues cited by opponents were claims that the store would create traffic congestion, and result in higher crime.

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Oak Creek's rally just short

Oct. 15, 2011 11:37 a.m. |

With its season on the line, Oak Creek went score-for-score with a powerful Muskego squad Friday. Needing a win to make the postseason, the Knights rallied on a late touchdown drive but couldn’t recover an onside kick attempt as Muskego eked out a 42-40 win Friday night at Oak Creek.
“There hasn’t been to many 8-1 teams at Muskego,” said Warriors coach Ken Krause. “I’m going to have to look it in the records up, but this team really lived in the weight room.”
Trailing 42-33, the Knights (4-3 overall, 3-4 Southeast) got a much-needed stop deep in their own territory as they stuffed senior running back Jordan Gruettner on fourth down. The Knights had just under 10 minutes left in their season and made every second entertaining.
Constantly avoiding pressure, Oak Creek senior Nick Marks completed two critical third down throws, one to Elijah Strong that went for 14 yards. Marks then surveyed the defense and found a wide open Trae Parker for a 27-yard touchdown strike, pulling Oak Creek to within one score at 42-40.
“There is no lie they have some scary skill position players,” said Krause. “You have to credit Oak Creek for making plays but in the end I think our defense made the plays it needed too.”
With 1 minute, 42 seconds remaining, the Knights lined up for one final kickoff. Their onside kick attempt, however, did not travel 10 yards before it was touched by a Knights player.
“These are the kinds of games you love playing in,” said Gruettner, who finished with 64 yards on six carries and a touchdown.
The powerful Muskego rushing attack gashed the Knights in the first half with big run after big run as the Warriors piled up 441 yards rushing total between four different backs. Brady Simkowski led the way with 213 yards and a score.
“They really did some good things with their offensive line,” said Oak Creek coach Mike Bartholomew. “They got them out and pulling and made things tough for us.”
As explosive as the game was on the ground and through the air, it was one critical defensive play that allowed Muskego (8-1, 6-1) to remain in control. After the Knights forced the first punt of the game with two minutes left in the first half, Oak Creek drove to the Muskego 28-yard line.
Marks avoided pressure from his blind side and fired a high pass that sailed right into the hands of a Muskego defender, killing the drive. It was the one blemish for Marks, who finished with 18 for 24 for 188 yards with a pair of touchdowns. 
“That was huge for them right before half,” said Bartholomew. “Marks actually slipped just as he threw the ball, and that’s why it was high. It was really unfortunate.”
Oak Creek linebacker Steve Stilwell had intercepted a tipped ball by Muskego quarterback Eric Pachowitz earlier in the game and returned it for a touchdown to avoid an early blowout.
Bartholomew admitted he had given thought to moving on from coaching. The coach credited his emotional attachment with his senior class as inspiring him to coach again.
“I really thought about not doing this anymore,” said Bartholomew. “This group of seniors really made me fall in love with coaching again.”
Oak Creek misses the playoffs, and the Warriors are one of the area's hottest teams with their only loss coming to Kenosha Bradford. Oak Creek went winless this season at home and won four times on the road.
“Sometimes, it really depends on how the schedule falls,” said Bartholomew. “We knew that Franklin game was big early in the season so that this game didn’t come down to a must win. “

Pewaukee bulldozes past Whitnall

Oct. 15, 2011 12:29 a.m. | Shortly after the Pewaukee-Whitnall football game ended Friday night, two onsite bulldozers revved up a groundbreaking ceremony honoring the planned reconstruction of Whitnall High School's Falcons Field.

Unfortunately for the hosts, the earth-moving machines provided an apt metaphor for Pewaukee's dominating performance in a 44-8 victory over the Falcons on Friday.

Pewaukee needed a win or a Brown Deer loss to clinch an outright Woodland-Blue Conference championship, and the Pirates didn't take any chances, sewing up the league title with a 7-1 record (7-2 overall).

"We wanted to win the conference outright," said Pewaukee head coach Clay Iverson. "Whitnall's a good team; they're well coached, and to come in here and play the way we did was encouraging as we start our next season. Now it gets really fun."

The Pirates stout defense set the tone early, scoring the game's first points on a safety midway through the first quarter, then blocking a punt deep in Whitnall territory, which led to a 4-yard touchdown run by senior Alec Henderson.

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Brick, Greendale cap off banner season

Oct. 14, 2011 11:58 p.m. | The Cudahy football team ran into a Brick wall on Friday night, as host Greendale rolled 49-19 to a second consecutive Woodland-Black Conference title behind its senior quarterback.

Sam Brick compiled more than 300 yards of offense and five touchdowns for the Panthers (8-1, 8-0) against the Packers (4-5, 4-4) on Friday night.

“He’s a phenomenal talent,” Greendale head coach Rob Stoltz said. “Running the ball, throwing the ball, we expect so much out of him.”

After running back Jake Zywicki (13 rushes, 166 yards) capped the opening drive of the game with a one-yard touchdown run, Brick dismantled the Cudahy secondary for the remainder of the half.

He connected with receiver Brett Nethery on a pivotal 4th down and 12 on the team’s second offensive series and on the next play strolled into the end zone on a one-yard run.

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Store's Wi-Fi crashes after man reportedly watched porn

Oct. 12, 2011 8:58 a.m. | A 43-year-old Franklin man caused a store's computer systems to crash after reportedly watching porn using the Wi-Fi.

According to the police report:

The man was at Open Pantry, 7610 W. Rawson St., and the store's computer systems crashed while he was reportedly watching porn, so he was asked to leave the premises prior to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

Police warned the man that he is no longer welcome at the business and will be cited for trespassing if he returns.

Pizza restaurant Tazinos to sell $1 million in shares

Oct. 10, 2011 3:24 p.m. | Tazinos Inc., which operates all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta and salad bar restaurants, said Monday it plans to raise $1 million to expand its business.

The St. Francis company will sell shares for $1 each to investors who meet certain "suitability" standards, Tazinos said in a news release. Typically, investors in such deals must meet certain net worth requirements.

Tazinos operates restaurants in Menomonee Falls, Oak Creek and Pleasant Prairie, and plans to develop more locations in the Milwaukee area, the release said.

Tazinos was founded in 2007 by Purcell, according to the company's website.

Whitnall High School anglers win regional championship

Oct. 09, 2011 5:07 p.m. | Kyler Chelminiak and Nicholas Peterson of Whitnall High School won the FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Central Region Bass Fishing Championship held Saturday on Kinkaid Lake in Carbondale, Ill.

The Whitnall duo's catch of three bass weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces. The tourney featured state champions from the Midwest.


The fishing conditions were described as tough.


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Franklin trumps Tremper on homecoming

Oct. 08, 2011 10:49 a.m. | There was enough excitement for two nights worth of homecoming fun for the Franklin football program Friday night, anchored by a 28-17 victory over Kenosha Tremper.

Before the game, the Sabers honored the 2006 state champions, who received a long and well-deserved ovation. Then the homecoming court was introduced, and only then did the game finally begin.

But distracting everyone from that thought was this little thing called baseball's National League Divisional Series, for which the crowd got updates every five minutes from the public adddress anouncer.

And even before it was broadcast that Nyjer Morgan had knocked in the game-winning run sending the Brewers to the National League Championship Series, the side judge knew something good had happened because he saw the chain gang jump up and wave their arms in the air.

"I know you're asking me how I know this," he said with a laugh.

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Tagye's early strikes lead Rockets

Oct. 08, 2011 12:05 a.m. |  

The Milwaukee Brewers weren’t the only team playing a must-win game Friday night.
The South Milwaukee Rockets also had their backs against the wall, but they disposed of Whitnall a little more easily than the local baseball team. The Rockets wore down the host Falcons, 28-14, to improve to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the Woodland Conference Black Division and clinch a playoff berth.
“It was absolutely a must-win game if we’re going to get to where we want to be,” South Milwaukee head coach John Galewski said. “I was really pleased with the way we played tonight. We were really physical, and I’m just extremely proud of our performance.”
With 2:48 left in the first half, South Milwaukee broke a scoreless tie with a 7-yard run from senior running back Mat Tagye. But the killer for Whitnall came just a minute later, when Tagye scored again on a 41-yard screen pass that exploited an overaggressive defense. A defensive battle was suddenly a 14-0 South Milwaukee advantage at halftime.
“The screen pass broke our back,” Whitnall head coach Rob Leboeuf said. “We had a blitz on, we should have checked out of it, we didn’t, and they easily scored. If we don’t give that up, things could have been a lot more interesting than they were.”
The Rockets stopped the Falcons again to start the third quarter and gained a 21-0 edge on senior running back Trevor Stauner’s 5-yard touchdown run.

Stauner, who also plays linebacker, said it was the biggest game of the Rockets’ season.

“It was fantastic,” Stauner said. “Yeah, you get a little tired (playing two ways), but who cares? You have to have heart. I felt like tonight was the turning point in our season. There was a little extra pressure, but I thought going into the half up two touchdowns was big. The score before half was a turning point.”
On its next possession, Whitnall drove 63 yards to the South Milwaukee 2-yard line, where it faced a critical fourth down. A bad snap sailed over senior quarterback Luke Mentkowski’s head and the Rockets took over on downs.
“We have three offensive linemen get hurt tonight,” Leboeuf said. “That’s a backup center we had in there. God bless him, he fights his butt off. But we’re undersized. We’re not deep on the line to begin with, and we don’t have big kids at this school.”
Whitnall scored its first points in the final quarter when the Rockets were forced to punt from their own 19-yard line. The Falcons blocked the punt, and junior Zach Sutton recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
However, any hope of a comeback was dashed when Stauner rumbled into the end zone again just two minutes later from 10 yards out. In the waning minutes, Whitnall scored again on a 2-yard run from senior Travis Karweik, but a failed onside kick allowed the Rockets to run out the clock.
“I give all the credit to the teams we’ve played,” Leboeuf said. “They’ve been more physical than us, they’re more talented than us in some areas, but we play on with the kids we have. Sometimes we’re just not good enough, but I’ll tell you this; it’s not for a lack of trying.”
Tagye and Stauner towed most of the load for South Milwaukee, combining for 228 all-purpose yards on 35 touches and four touchdowns. Whitnall’s aerial attack was impressive in a losing effort. Junior Sam Mentkowski had a game-high 10 catches for 105 yards, while senior Stephen Pelkofer added eight catches for 76 yards. Luke Mentkowski finished 22-of-33 for 183 yards for Whitnall.
South Milwaukee wraps up its regular season next Friday when it hosts winless Thomas More. Stauner said the Rockets aren’t overlooking anyone and want to the end the regular season strong.
“We have to go hard from the first play of the game,” Stauner said. “When we’re hitting our blocks and playing the way we’re capable of, I feel like we’re unstoppable.”
Despite falling to 3-5 and 3-4 in conference play, Whitnall can qualify for the playoffs with a win at home against Pewaukee (6-2, 6-1 Woodland-Blue) on Friday.
“We will bounce back, I promise you that,” Leboeuf said. “And we will give Pewaukee everything they can handle.”

Life sentence given for slaying in Cudahy park

Oct. 06, 2011 6:06 p.m. | A South Milwaukee man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for the killing of an Oak Creek man whom he initially reported as missing but later admitted to police the victim had been pressing him to pay a drug debt.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Conen sentenced James Szuta to life in prison for the first-degree intentional homicide of John Weinhold, who was found shot to death in June 2010 inside a minivan near a Cudahy park.

Under the sentence, Szuta will be eligible for release under extended supervision after he serves 37 years.

Szuta initially told police Weinhold had been abducted, but investigators later learned that Szuta owed Weinhold money and linked him to Weinhold's killing through DNA evidence, according to the criminal complaint in the case.

Szuta eventually admitted to police that he bought drugs from Weinhold and said Weinhold was pressing him to pay his debt. He told police he knew Weinhold always carried a large amount of money.

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Hamburger Mary's open in Bay View

Oct. 05, 2011 7:03 p.m. | The newest in the Hamburger Mary's mini-chain opened Wednesday night in Bay View.

In the works since spring, it opened at 2130 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., the site of a former Omega restaurant.

Starting Thursday, the restaurant will be open for lunch as well, according to Ashley Wright, one of the franchisees. He and his twin, Brandon, are also part owners of the franchise system.

The Bay View restaurant is the 10th in the system, with others in Chicago and across the country.

The restaurant's specialty is its half-pound burgers, but it also serves soups, salads and entrees, and will begin serving weekend brunch.

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Greendale lifts water advisory

Oct. 04, 2011 12:22 p.m. | Greendale on Tuesday lifted its advisory that village residents should use boiled or bottled water.

The advisory, in place since Sunday, was prompted by routine drinking water testing, which detected the presence of coliform bacteria.

Retesting of the village's drinking water came back negative for coliform Tuesday, so the advisory was lifted.

The village distributed more than 3,000 gallons of bottled water to residents during the boil water advisory, according to Greendale Village Manager Todd Michaels.

"Everyone in the village cooperated very well, which made the process go that much smoother," Michaels said. "We understand that it was an inconvenience, but we appreciated everyone's cooperation so that we could ensure the health and safety of our residents, which was our first priority."

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Death of Greendale man in Washington County jail investigated

Oct. 04, 2011 10:56 a.m. | West Bend - The Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a 24-year-old Greendale man while in custody at the Washington County Jail, Sheriff Dale Schmidt said Tuesday.

Nicholas S. Kraby died Sept. 30. He is the second inmate to die this year at the jail.

His death does not appear to be a homicide, Schmidt said.

An autopsy report has not been completed and a cause of death has not been determined, a representative of the Washington County Medical Examiner's office said Tuesday. Toxicology tests are pending.

Kraby, a Huber inmate with release privileges, had been outside the jail the previous day, Sept. 29, for a medical appointment, Schmidt said.

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Take a capsule look at the week's top stories in NOW's Prep Sports Primer

Oct. 04, 2011 10:33 a.m. |

Join NOW and Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe for this week's Prep Sports Primer, the fastest 90 seconds in local high school sports.

Each week, JR will highlight some of the top sports stories in the suburban area. This week includes looks at the standout Homestead girls tennis team, some of the top girls golfers, including Kettle Moraine's Leighann Cabush, and more.

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Greendale's boil water advisory extended

Oct. 03, 2011 12:39 p.m. | An advisory that Greendale residents boil water or use bottled water because coliform bacteria was detected in the village's drinking water supply will remain in effect, as testing continues. Bottled water will be made available to residents until the advisory is lifted, village officials said Monday.

Additional testing of water samples Monday morning came back negative for total coliform bacteria, the village reported. But testing will continue today, and the precautionary advisory will remain in effect until confirmation that no coliform bacteria are present.

Ice, food and any beverages prepared with village drinking water should be discarded, and residents should boil or use commercially bottled water for drinking, food preparation, brushing teeth, making ice, and washing hands before eating. Water does not need to be boiled before showering. If you boil water, it should be heated to a rolling boil at least one minute before use.

While coliform itself is not harmful, officials noted that it could indicate the presence of other potentially harmful bacteria. Its presence also a violation of state and federal safe drinking water regulations.

Lab results require a 24-hour testing period, and an update will be provided Tuesday morning on final lab results, per state Department of Natural Resources protocol.

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Greendale schools remain open during boil advisory

Oct. 02, 2011 5:44 p.m. | Residents in the Village of Greendale should boil their water before consuming it, or use bottled water, until further notice. But school will go on as normal.

Water utility officials found coliform bacteria in the village's drinking water during routine water supply testing Wednesday and Friday, village officials said in a news release Sunday.

"Ice, food and any beverages prepared with unsafe water must be discarded. You should boil or use commercially bottled water for drinking, food preparation, brushing teeth, making ice and washing hands before eating," the news release said. "If you boil water, the water should be heated to a rolling boil for at least one minute before use. Ice should be made from boiled or bottled water."

So should coffee, tea, juices and other beverages. Officials also recommend using bottled or boiled water for washing fruits or vegetables, brushing teeth, watering pets and rinsing dishes.

However, water does not need to be boiled for showering, officials said, only for bathing infants and washing open wounds. Water from the tap can also be used for dishwashers that use a heating element to dry dishes, officials said.

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