If you want variety this weekend, there is plenty of it in Waukesha this weekend. Here is a list of events that involves a little something for everyone:
Music: Want to hear some oldies from a couple of Beatles-tribute groups? If so, the Waukesha County Expo Center is the place to be as Oldies 95.7 presents the ninth annual Beatle Bash Friday evening.
Tickets are available at the door and go for $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a Friday Fish Fry (an additional charge) available. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Waukesha County-based group The Lonely Hearts opening for the Milwaukee-based band The BriTins. The BriTins will go on stage at 8 p.m. The Expo Center is located at 1000 Northview Road in Waukesha.
Schools: There are lots of talented individuals in the Waukesha schools. You can see some of this talent while helping out a good cause at the 2012 Waukesha North High School talent show. The show is at 7 p.m. at North, 2222 Michigan Ave. Admission is $3 or $2 with a non-perishable food item for the Waukesha Food Pantry.
Fitness: The 20th annual Trailbreaker Race takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Schuetze Recreation Center, 1120 Baxter St. in Waukesha. Registration is open at runthetrailbreaker.com. The race consists of a full marathon, half-marathon and a 5K Run/Walk.» Read Full Article
Top-seeded Wauwatosa handily defeated Franklin, 64-36, to earn a semifinal match up with No. 4 seed Waukesha. Waukesha earned its spot with a 52-48 victory over No. 2 Mequon-Thiensville.
Brookfield, a No. 1 seed, posted a 56-44 victory over Muskego and will face New Berlin in the semifinals. Second-seeded New Berlin advanced with a 63-37 rout of Shorewood.
Semifinal voting in the NCAA-style tournament continues for a week and pits suburbs against each other in a single-elimination showdown to determine the best community in the area.
Three lucky voters will win Visa gift cards and the winning community will receive a special proclamation from MyCommunityNOW and NOW Newspapers.» Read Full Article
Aurora Health Care plans to close 11 pharmacies systemwide effective tomorrow afternoon, Lake Country Publications learned Wednesday afternoon.
According to an Aurora spokesman, 82 Aurora employees will be affected.
Locally, the Aurora pharmacies in the Village of Sussex and the City of Waukesha are slated to close, but nine others in a system that includes 80 pharmacies and stretches from Green Bay to the Illinois border will close as well.
Of the affected employees, spokesman Adam Beeson said, "Our hope is to redeploy all of them within our system. We have identified and offered about half of them new positions, and the other half we're hoping we can identify positions for them and offer them to them. That's our goal."
He said the company anticipates finding positions for most, if not all, affected employees. He also stated that the majority would stay on with Aurora until April 20, but some could lose their positions as early as April 2.» Read Full Article
The City of Waukesha will close several streets for the Trailbreaker Marathon this Saturday.
Waukesha - A 24-year-old Madison woman has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in connection with the heroin overdose death last year of a Waukesha man.
Natasha A. Hedstrom is accused in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday of supplying the heroin that killed Shawn R. Ropel, 30.
Hedstrom also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors.
According to the complaint, officers were sent to a residence in the 2700 block of Summit Ave. in Waukesha on Nov. 29, where Hedstrom told them Ropel was in a bedroom unconscious and not breathing.
Ropel died on Dec. 2 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and the county medical examiner's office determined the cause of death was acute heroin intoxication, the complaint says.» Read Full Article
Selling Lake Michigan water to Waukesha would not spur unbridled growth and give the city a competitive advantage in attracting new employers, Waukesha officials said Tuesday in a letter to the mayors of Milwaukee, Oak Creek and Racine.
Waukesha wants to buy several million gallons a day of lake water from one of the three lakeshore cities so that it can abandon a ground water supply tainted with unsafe levels of radium.
On March 7, the three mayors sent a joint letter to Waukesha questioning whether the inland city needs to tap the lake as its single source of water in a few years. The letter was signed by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Oak Creek Mayor Allan Foeckler and Racine Mayor John Dickert.
In subsequent interviews, the mayors said a high-quality lake water supply for Waukesha could give it an advantage over them in competing for new businesses and jobs. Another shared concern, the mayors said, was that Waukesha would use the supply to open up additional space for development.
"Our need for a water supply is not about growth or gaining a competitive advantage," Waukesha Interim City Administrator Steve Crandell says in a response letter distributed Tuesday.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A pickup truck parked in a Waukesha park after closing led police to a man who allegedly had narcotic drugs and a stun gun.
Thomas J. Sutherlin, 24, was charged March 16 in Waukesha County Circuit Court, with felony counts of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of electric weapon and misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the criminal complaint, police saw the truck and another vehicle in Frame Park at about 10:45 p.m., which is after closing time for public parks. Sutherlin and a woman were in the bed of the pickup truck and when an officer asked Sutherlin what his name was he told the officer that "his attorney informed him that he did not have to provide his name," the complaint said.
Sutherlin began to sweat profusely, was "acting very bizarre" and clenched his fists, the complaint said. Police found Sutherlin was in possession of a stun gun sweat shirt, a small plastic bag allegedly containing synthetic marijuana, and a marijuana pipe, the complaint said.
As police took Sutherlin into custody, he told police he believed he was overdosing on a drug and he was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, the complaint said.» Read Full Article
Three months after the Republican presidential candidates started the campaign trail in Iowa, the political frenzy now comes to Wisconsin.
And one of the cities they’ll be coming to this week is Waukesha.
Former Massachusetts governor and the party’s frontrunner Mitt Romney, former US Senator Rick Santorum and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will all make an appearance at Saturday’s Wisconsin Faith & Freedom Coalition Presidential Kickoff.
The event is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Grand Ballroom inside the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha, 2810 Golf Road. The Faith & Freedom Coalition is sponsoring the event.
In addition to the Presidential candidates, the coalition expects more than 1,000 grassroots activists, pastors and key leaders from across Wisconsin to attend the event.» Read Full Article
Town of Brookfield - The town has officially launched its effort to become a village, delivering an incorporation petition and supporting documents to the state Incorporation Review Board along with the $25,000 fee required by the state to review the request.
The Incorporation Review Board has 180 days to review the petition and make a ruling.
Town resident Jay Walt initiated the incorporation petition last year, hoping to preserve the town's identity and protect its territory from the threat of future annexations.
As a village, the town would have control over its destiny and be able to continue to work to keep its property tax rate low, the incorporation petition says.
In January, over objections from the cities of Waukesha and Brookfield and the Town of Waukesha, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald J. Hassin Jr. ruled that the Town of Brookfield's petition to incorporate about 4.2 square miles as a village met state procedural requirements and could be sent to the state for review.» Read Full Article
Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says the sale includes rare guitars, effects pedals, mixing consoles and the grand piano from Paul's home recording studio. Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., will host the sale June 8 and 9; June 9 would have been the Waukesha native's 97th birthday.
The guitars and equipment will be available for free public view at Julien's Beverly Hills location May 29 through June 8, according to the auction house's website.
The auction benefits the New York City-based Les Paul Foundation.
No boys or girls basketball teams from Waukesha made runs at conference titles this year, but there were still some stellar individual performances across the area.
And they were rewarded for their efforts when the all-Classic 8 conference teams were released recently.
On the boys side, two Waukesha players were named to the first team: Waukesha West senior Joe Schobert and Waukesha North senior Jake Ricciardi.
It’s a repeat selection for Schobert on the first team. Schobert, who is going to North Dakota to play football, averaged 12.3 points per game for the basketball squad this past winter.
Ricciardi was also named honorable mention all-state by the Associated Press. He was second in the conference in scoring at 17.7 points per game behind the Classic 8 Player of the Year Carrington Love from Pius XI.» Read Full Article
City of Oconomowoc – A 23-year-old Waukesha man was killed Tuesday night when he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving.
Jesse Helm was leaving his job at Bruno Independent Living on Executive Drive at 9:32 p.m., when the accident occurred.
“He lost control of the motorcycle as he was driving out of the parking lot,” City of Oconomowoc Police Chief Dave Beguhn said.
“Jesse was transported by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead by hospital staff. The cause of the accident is undetermined at this time,” he added.
Beguhn said that witnesses reported hearing the motorcycle revving and then saw the motorcycle sliding with Helm on it.
“It is undetermined if it was driver error or a mechanical issue,” the chief added.
Helm was not wearing a helmet.
An official groundbreaking for the new 137,000-square foot Waukesha County Health and Human Services Center takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas, Waukesha County Chairman Jim Dwyer, the Department of Health and Human Services and Public Works Department will "break ground" on the East Lawn at 500 Riverview Ave. in Waukesha.
This groundbreaking takes place after a 2011 year that saw plenty of discussion about the impact the $36.7 million building would have on the 115-year-old nine-hole Moor Downs Golf Course.
A new maintenance building will also be built as part of the project.
In the end, the Waukesha Common Council voted 11-2 to rezone five acres to accommodate the building last year.» Read Full Article
Here's a reminder that the Department of Natural Resources will hold a deer hunter forum Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wern Valley Sportsman's Club, S36-W29657 Wern Way, Waukesha.
The DNR is holding the meetings this month at sites around the state. They are for anyone interested in deer and deer management and will include the chance to speak to a local wildlife biologist about local deer populations, management issues, hunting seasons and other deer topics.
The Wednesday meeting will include specifics on deer in Waukesha, Walworth, Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee counties (deer management units 77B-CWD, 77C-CWD, 77C and 77M).
If unable to attend, the public can get unit-specific information and contribute feedback through a survey on the DNR's website. To access the information and survey, click here.
Waukesha - A third, smaller dormitory at the corner of Grand and College Avenues to serve students of Carroll University was approved in concept Monday by the Waukesha Redevelopment Authority.
Two other dormitories built by Clysmic Properties, under managing partner Alan Huelsman, are already occupied by students under long-term leases with the university. One opened in 2008 on the site of a long-closed rubber factory and the second opened last year, replacing a dated strip mall and teen center.
The newest dorm will be built on a corner where a former transmission repair shop stood. It will include 32 student apartments in a two- and three-story structure with the first floor to include 1,700 square feet of retail space. Retail space in second of the three housing units remains unleased except for an Au Bon Pain restaurant.
City planner Jennifer Andrews said the project will need Plan Commission and Common Council approval as a planned unit development.
The development is part of a tax incremental finance district in which Clysmic Properties received nearly $4 million in city incentives for all three phases of development. The first two student housing units have produced a taxable value of about $20 million and the third is guaranteed under the agreement to produce $7,380,000 in value.
In a letter released Monday afternoon City of Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack does not mince words when he condems the idea of consolidating the police department's dispatch services with the Waukesha County Communications Center (WCC).
"Consolidating the City and County dispatch centers would clearly be an irresponsible decision. The citizens of the City of Waukesha would receive a lower level of service, which would compromise the safety of the citizens and employees of the City of Waukesha. I cannot in good conscience, reccommend consolidating with WCC," Jack says in the pages-long docment.
Jack sent the letter to preceed a meeting on April 17 to discuss the possible consolidation of services, read the entire letter.
Five Wisconsin school districts that invested in $200 million worth of risky financial instruments that tanked in the economic collapse have reached a settlement with a St. Louis-based financial firm they sued for leading them astray, according to documents released Monday.
Under the terms of the settlement, Stifel Nicolaus & Company Inc. on Monday paid $13 million to the districts – Waukesha, West Allis-West Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, Kenosha and Kimberly – and provided a standby letter of credit for an additional $9.5 million to be paid when Stifel resolves a related case with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, says a news release from the districts' attorneys at Kravit, Hovel & Krawczyk law firm.
Stifel sent out a news release as well, saying that the school districts, their trusts and Stifel will now work together to pursue their legal case against the Royal Bank of Canada, which manufactured the risky investments.
The financial provisions for the districts under the new settlement, coupled with an earlier administrative settlement with the Royal Bank of Canada, means that a total of $217.9 million has been recovered or will be restored to the districts.
That makes the settlement the second-largest in civil litigation in Wisconsin history, according to Steve Kravit, an attorney representing the districts.» Read Full Article
Waukesha West scored 47,412 points, outscoring second-place New Berlin Eisenhower by about 400 points.
Waukesha West was the Division II champion in the U.S. decathlon competition last year and placed third overall. This year's national competition is in Albuquerque, April 25-28, according to the announcement.
Becca Richter and Nora Collins are a lot alike.
They’ve put out their own CDs, have traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to show off their singing and guitar skills, they’ve become household names at local coffee shops, each have won various musical competitions, have been featured on TV and the radio, have had lead roles in their school musicals and both use their musical talents to better those around them.
To say the least, their stars have certainly risen in the last year.
Now, the two Waukesha County teenagers are among five musicians from around the state who have been nominated for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s Rising Star of the Year award.
They’ll find out whose star has risen the furthest at the 32nd annual WAMI Awards Show April 15 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton.» Read Full Article
The road to Madison goes through two Waukesha schools.
Yes, all the girls basketball teams from the four Waukesha high schools have been eliminated, but two area schools (Waukesha South and Waukesha North) are host sites for the sectional round, the last stop before teams compete for a state title at the Kohl Center.
In Division 1, Arrowhead (21-3) meets Nicolet (21-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Waukesha South High School.
Arrowhead, the top-ranked team in its regional, shared the Classic 8 conference title with Pius XI and defeated Germantown and Menomonee Falls to reach the sectional semifinals.
Nicolet, seeded second in the regional, shared the North Shore Conference title with Grafton and Whitefish Bay and defeated Waukesha South and Waukesha West to reach this level. The Knights are also the defending state champions.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A 27-year-old Waukesha man has been charged with two counts of homicide in connection with two heroin overdose deaths.
Kevin S. Cobus is accused of supplying heroin to Jamie L. Hansen, 24, of Muskego and Cody C. Riggs, 26, of Delafield.
Hansen was found unresponsive in her bedroom by her father on July 12 and was pronounced dead later that day. The man told authorities he was aware that Hansen was a heroin user, according to the criminal complaint filed against Cobus.
Riggs died on Jan. 6. He was found not breathing in his bed by his brother, who told police Riggs had used heroin often, the complaint states.
Cobus was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs and bail was set at $100,000.» Read Full Article
The Nicolet girls basketball team features a great player in senior guard Brittney Fair, but it's hardly a one-woman show.
In the Knights 42-29 WIAA Division 1 regional-final victory over sixth-seeded Waukesha West on Saturday night, their entire ensemble took center stage.
Nicolet's swarming full-court pressure fueled a 12-2 run to start the game and another 11-0 run to start the second half. Those two outbursts, which transpired over only nine minutes collectively, proved too much for the visiting Wolverines to overcome.
"Intensity on defense is what does it for us," Nicolet head coach Corey Wolf said. "Our energy came and went in spurts tonight, but it was just enough to win."
The best offensive players for both teams, Fair and West junior Michelle Farrow, missed much of the game due to foul trouble, leaving their respective supporting casts taxed with the scoring burden. Senior Courtney Smith (12 points) and junior Briana Gray (11) were up to the task, combining for more than half of Nicolet's total points and accounting for 13 of their team's 15 points during one pivotal stretch.» Read Full Article
New Berlin West used balanced scoring and good defense once again Saturday night and defeated Catholic Memorial, 58-43, at home to win a regional championship.
The Vikings (18-6) will now move on to the Greenfield sectional on Thursday at 7 p.m. to face New Berlin Eisenhower (24-0), who defeated Cudahy, 54-36.
It was West's first regional title since 2002.
"Oh my gosh," West coach Corey Scheel said afterwards, while watching his team cutting down the net. "We set goals at the beginning of the year. Obviously, our first goal was (winning) conference and then winning a regional title. For this group to do that it means so much.
"With a younger group and some of the adversity we had in losing some players, some people had to step up. It's about these girls, its about this program ... these girls buying into what we are preaching, and they have. You can see the look on their faces, the determination, it means so much as a coach."» Read Full Article
One week after the boys basketball teams from the Waukesha-area schools were eliminated from postseason competition, the girls teams from the city take the floor for the start of their tournament.
Three of the four teams are left after Waukesha North fell to Germantown, 44-35, in a regional quarterfinal game on Tuesday night.
Advancing past Friday’s regional semifinal games, however, will be very difficult. All of the Waukesha teams are big underdogs as each go against teams that won conference championships. Each game is also on the road.
Waukesha West (9-13, 4-10 Classic 8) vs. Sussex Hamilton (17-5, 12-2 Greater Metro)
This is probably one of the best regionals in the state as it features three of the top 10 teams in the state. Sussex Hamilton, the champions out of the Greater Metro Conference, is one of those teams.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A former Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod official is expected to enter a guilty plea Friday to possession of child pornography.
Joel W. Hochmuth was scheduled for a jury trial next week, but his attorney, Paul Bucher, said during a court hearing Thursday that a plea agreement had been reached.
Hochmuth, who was the communications director for the synod, was charged in November with three counts of possession of child pornography.
Under the terms of the agreement, Hochmuth would plead guilty to one count and two counts would be dismissed but considered when Hochmuth is sentenced, Bucher said.
Hochmuth, 52, of Waukesha, was fired by the synod one day after the charges were filed against him in Waukesha County Circuit Court.» Read Full Article
The Milwaukee Bomb Squad was called to a Waukesha home on Tuesday when two hand grenades were found.
The bomb squad transported the grenades from the house at 102 Cleveland Ave. to the Waukesha Police Department firing range, where they were then detonated.
According to the police report, the owner of the house recently died and when family members were cleaning out a china cabinet they found a hand grenade, which the family believed to be still live.
Police in Milwaukee and the City of Waukesha are boosting patrols for drunk drivers and people driving without their seat belts from now through St. Patrick's Day.
The additional enforcement will be in effect until March 21 and aims to prevent drivers from killing themselves or others, Waukesha city police said Tuesday.
"Although we're trying to increase voluntarily compliance with traffic laws - not to write more tickets or make more arrests - we will take enforcement action if voluntary compliance fails," Waukesha Lt. Kevin Kober said in a news release Tuesday. "We are serious about traffic-safety enforcement because far too many needless deaths and serious injuries are due to drunken driving and not wearing safety belts. Our goal is to reduce preventable traffic deaths to zero in Wisconsin because even one preventable traffic fatality is one too many."
Money for the extra enforcement comes from grants from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety. Waukesha received $70,000 and Milwaukee $60,000.
Town of Waukesha - Rezoning for a proposed Walgreens and Aldi development at Sunset Drive and Highway X will be the subject of a public hearing Thursday before the Plan Commission and Town Board beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The four-acre corner development has been under discussion for more than two years, but until recently, only the Walgreens was known as a tenant.
Mark Lake, vice president of MRED-Cummings Commercial Development, which is buying the property from homeowners and developing it, said Aldi, a limited assortment discount chain grocer, joined the development late last year.
He said the development would add $8 million to $10 million in tax base and 45 to 50 new jobs, including 12 managerial or pharmacist jobs.
"It's an economic development issue," he said.» Read Full Article
Snow is on the way to southeastern Wisconsin and the Waukesha area for Friday, but there are still plenty of events going on in the area.
One of them is the Bike Rack ‘N Roll Fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Carroll University.
The event is put on by the Waukesha Business Improvement District and the fundraiser is for the purchase, installation and maintenance of bike racks for downtown Waukesha.
There will be food tasting as well as a silent auction/raffle.
The food tasting includes Au Bon Pain, Generations at the 5 Points, Key Westconsin, Magellan’s/M2, Montecito Ristorante Lounge, Oh What a Day Café and Waukesha Memorial Hospital, among others.» Read Full Article