downtown Waukesha this weekend.With the Waukesha GuitarTown festivities and the opening of the Friday Night Live weekly summer concerts taking place on Friday, city officials are anticipating large volumes of people to flock to
As a result, the City of Waukesha’s Engineering Department has announced that some of the streets in downtown Waukesha will be closed to traffic.
One of these areas is westbound on W. Main St. at W. Broadway. Turns on the other approaches to the 5 Points from 1 to 11 p.m. Friday will be restricted.
The central portion of the 5 Points (the intersection of Main, Broadway and Grand) will be closed. Traffic going westbound on W. Broadway will only be able to turn left onto southbound N. Grand Ave.
Traffic heading northbound on N. Grand Ave. will only be able to turn right onto eastbound W. Broadway, while those on eastbound W. Main St. will only be able to turn left onto westbound. Eastbound W. Broadway traffic will only be able to turn right onto westbound W. Main St.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Online bidding has started at $1,000 each for three artistic Gibson Les Paul guitars being auctioned off as part of the fundraising for the Waukesha GuitarTown project that comes to a head this week.
An opening gala Thursday night will conclude the auction and feature musical celebrities and dignitaries associated with the Gibson Guitar Foundation, Les Paul's family and musical trio, and local sponsors.
Ten large guitar sculptures and 17 playable Gibson Les Paul guitars - all decorated by regional artists - will be installed at businesses and prominent locations throughout the downtown. They will be unveiled for the public Friday night at a 5:30 p.m. opening ceremony at the Five Points main stage, where Grand Ave., Broadway and Main St. intersect.
Musical performances scheduled are the Les Paul Trio at 6 p.m. and the Sam Llanas Band with former Buffalo Springfield musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay and Rusty Paul, Les' son, at 8:30 p.m.
Other musical acts will perform on a half dozen other venues at downtown businesses Friday night until 10 p.m.» Read Full Article
One of the last questions that needed to be answered about the Waukesha GuitarTown Project was where the 10, 10-foot guitars and the 17 playable guitars would reside.
That question has now been answered, as two days before the guitars will be unveiled to the public at the GuitarTown festivities in downtown Waukesha, the locations of the 27 artistically-designed guitars have now been announced.
Below are the locations of the 10-foot guitars with the artists who designed them. They will be part of an outside walking tour in downtown Waukesha for three years.
Ramona Audley - First Federal Bank of WI, 134 Wisconsin Ave.
Jennifer Espenscheid - Waukesha Tattoo Company @ Galleria Edge, 463 W. Main St.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A $3,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in the shooting death early Tuesday of 56-year-old gas station clerk Nayyer M. Rana.
A customer saw Rana on the floor of the Broadway Petro Mart, 114 E. Broadway, about 4:20 a.m. and called police, Capt. Ron Oremus said.
Rana died of apparent gunshot wounds before emergency units arrived, Oremus said in a news release.
Robbery is being investigated as a possible motive in the slaying, but police have not determined how much, if any, money is missing.
No suspect is in custody, and there is no description of a suspect, police said.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Retzer Nature Center was evacuated Tuesday after a suspected pipe bomb was found by a groundskeeper who was emptying trash and recyclables containers, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said.
The device was discovered between 11 a.m. and noon, sheriff's detective Steve Pederson said.
The Milwaukee Police Department's Hazardous Devices Unit was called and detonated the device, Pederson said.
The pipe with two caps on it did not contain any other material, authorities determined.
At the time the device was found, students from a school were on a field trip at the center, a Waukesha County parks facility, Pederson said.» Read Full Article
A 56-year-old clerk at the Petro Mart, 114 E. Broadway, was found dead early this morning.
A call came in to Waukesha Police Dispatch at 4:19 a.m. reporting that the “clerk is down in the station, bleeding.”
Waukesha - Owners of a four-acre parcel at Highway X and Sunset Drive proposed for a Walgreens pharmacy and Aldi grocery store have asked the City of Waukesha to annex their property after the Waukesha Town Board turned down a zoning change for the project last month.
Mark Lake of MRED-Cummings Commercial Development Corp. filed the petition, which was signed by all eight owners of the five properties Monday. Lake did not return calls seeking comment Friday.
City planner Doug Koehler said the petition would appear on the Plan Commission's June 13 agenda. Common Council approval is required.
While the developer is proposing a commercial development, the city's land use plan has identified the parcel for residential use and a zoning change would be necessary.
"It does go against our land use plan," Koehler said.» Read Full Article
The mayoral’s office inside Waukesha City Hall will be empty for a few weeks.
That’s because Mayor Jeff Scrima will be returning to the classroom, as he has been accepted into the “Senior Executives in State and Local Government” program at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.
The three-week program is from June 4 to 22 and $3,677 of the $11,450 fee will be covered by the mayor’s office conference and training budget. The rest will be covered by Scrima and includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
While he is gone, the mayor will be available via email and cell phone, and newly-appointed Council President Joe Pieper will chair the two Common Council meetings that Scrima will miss (June 7 and June 19). Interim City Administrator Steve Crandell will handle other day-to-day mayoral duties.
The program is designed to help public officials meet the changing needs of their constituents and communities, with a curriculum focused on leadership, negotiations, public/ private partnerships, cooperative governance, behavioral decision making and microeconomics.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Mayor Jeff Scrima will be spending three weeks in Cambridge, Mass., next month participating in Harvard University's "Senior Executives in State and Local Government" program.
The $11,450 program cost will be covered by $3,677 from the mayor's conference and training budget and from Scrima's own pocket. If is offered through Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
According to the program website, the course offers both traditional and hands-on learning experiences with a focus on such things as leadership, negotiations, public-private partnerships, microeconomics and dealing with the media.
It runs from June 4 to 22. Scrima's office said he would be available by email and cellphone while he is gone. Council President Joe Pieper will chair the council meetings in Scrima's absence.
Mitt Romney won't face criminal charges for passing out free subs on primary election day in Waukesha, District Attorney Brad Schimel announced Friday.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin had filed a complaint with Schimel's office in April, alleging that Romney, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and members of Romney's campaign had violated state election laws when they handed out free Cousin's Subs at a store in Waukesha, an incident the Democrats featured in a video dubbed "Subgate."
The Democrats saw it as bribery to get people to vote. The campaign said the subs were part of a thank-you event for campaign volunteers.
In a letter to Melissa Bauldauff, research director for the state Democratic Party, Schimel said he would not be filing charges.
"The lunch was set up for a specific group. Anyone who was from that specific group was not charged for their lunch," Schimel wrote. "A corner of the restaurant was designated for these individuals and the RFP campaign was permitted to display campaign signs in that area. Other customers who were not part of this group were charged the normal price for their meals and drinks."» Read Full Article
From the gridiron, to the ballroom, to Summit View Elementary in Waukesha.
Newly-crowned Dancing With the Stars champion Donald Driver will be at the Waukesha elementary school this afternoon to congratulate the school for winning the 2012 Pack’er Up Donation Challenge that saw hundreds of schools make donations to Goodwill, a charity Driver is a spokesman for.
The students at Summit View earned this opportunity by donating 74,732 items from April 1 to April 30 – 24,000 more than the next highest (Greenfield Middle School).
A total of 871,644 items were collected through the month-long charity drive.
In addition to the visit by Driver, the school will receive 12 autographed copies of Driver’s children’s book for the school library as well as an authentic autographed Packer helmet signed by Driver for the school trophy case.» Read Full Article
Hydro-Thermal Corporation in Waukesha has been celebrating National Military Month by holding many military-themed events in its second annual “Support the Troops” event.
The plant has collected nonperishable food items, personal hygiene products and money for the 372nd Engineering Company for the Army Reserve in Pewaukee.
All of these donations will now be presented to the engineering company who will visit the Hydro-Thermal plant from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Military vehicles and equipment will be brought in to view and the military will be honored as well.
An open house for Hydro-Thermal families will also feature face painting and other activities.
The plant is hoping to surpass last year’s total of $3,000 in money and item donations.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A report of a man crouched and armed with a gun south of Waukesha West High School caused a temporary lockdown of students Tuesday morning.
The man, it turns out, was on the lookout for a coyote in the neighborhood.
A squad from both the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and the Waukesha Police Department responded to River Road and Foxvale Court in the Town of Waukesha near the city border about 8:30 a.m., Waukesha Police Capt. Ron Oremus said.
After talking to the man and reporting no problem, the lockdown was canceled about 8:55 a.m., Oremus said.
Waukesha West Principal David Towers said the man with a gun was about a mile from the school and the lockdown was precautionary. Students stayed in their classrooms and teachers continued teaching during the nearly half-hour lockdown, he said.
Waukesha - Waukesha Ald. Brian White, 6th District representative to the Common Council, has died, family members informed city officials Monday.
Details of his death were not immediately made available.
Mayor Jeff Scrima informed council members, city staff and the media in a brief email midmorning Monday.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the White family," he wrote.
White was elected without opposition to his first three-year aldermanic term in April 2011, to a seat vacated when Ald. Paul Furrer decided not to run again. He had worked as an engineering analyst for Rockwell Automation. White, 55, was not in attendance at last Tuesday's Common Council meeting.
Waukesha - A convicted sex offender who just weeks after he was released under a judge's order from state supervision tried to lure several boys into a secluded area of a Hartland park was found guilty by a jury of child enticement.
Dennis C. Marth, 51, faces up to 45 years in prison followed by 30 years of extended supervision when he is sentenced June 29 in Waukesha County Circuit Court on three felony counts of child enticement.
The jury reached its guilty verdict Wednesday night after hearing testimony during a two-day trial and deliberating for about four hours.
According to the criminal complaint, Marth, who has a Sussex mailing address, approached several boys - a 5-year-old and three 11-year-olds - at a fishing pond in Nixon Park on several occasions July 15 and asked them to show him where railroad tracks were in a secluded, wooded area.
A nanny who was caring for children saw Marth act suspiciously, getting too close to the boys while they fished and asking them about the railroad tracks.» Read Full Article
A Maid-Rite, the Iowa-based franchise known for its loose-meat sandwiches, will open in Waukesha this summer. It will be the only one in the Milwaukee area.
The fast-casual restaurant will open at 801 W. Moreland Blvd., in Suite C of the Moreland Commons plaza. The targeted opening is mid-July.
Vance Skinner, a Waukesha alderman, is opening the restaurant with his partner, Brendan Barrett.
Skinner said he chose Maid-Rite partly for nostalgic reasons. He grew up in Iowa, and moved to Wisconsin at 15.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - It will soon cost more to build a new home in Waukesha - up to about $4,200 more, based on the Common Council's decision Tuesday to add new and higher impact fees to future development.
The city has been charging so-called impact fees since 1995 for sanitary sewer facilities and parks, both of which would be raised under the new study. In addition, new fees will be imposed to help pay for other additional public services - the library, law enforcement and fire and emergency medical services.
Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday to revise the fees, a revision that also removes the existing $500 per acre sewer impact fee charged developers and eliminates the existing $2,100 per acre storm water impact fee. An ordinance will be drafted for council action in June.
The rationale for the new fees is based on a public facilities needs study by Ruekert & Mielke Inc., which identified about $9 million in new public improvements and $2 million in already completed projects needed to address future growth in the city.
Interim City Administrator Steve Crandell said the question is whether the council wanted current city property owners to bear the cost of future development or assign those costs through impact fees on future residents. Many neighboring communities charge impact fees, aldermen noted.» Read Full Article
Oak Creek - The city of Waukesha continues negotiations with the cities of Oak Creek, Racine and Milwaukee to provide Lake Michigan water to its residents.
The Common Council on Tuesday heard a presentation from Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak on Waukesha's water needs.
As Waukesha's groundwater supply drops deeper into the ground, Duchniak explained, water quality continues to worsen. With wells already beginning to draw salt water and radium-contaminated water, the city has been forced to abandon some of its deep-aquifer wells. Even water drawn from shallow wells must be treated for iron and manganese, and recently arsenic has been detected as well, Duchniak added.
The city of Waukesha is under court order to come into compliance with the radium standard by June 2018, he said. In order to do so, the city must either treat its existing water supply or develop a new supply. After considering numerous alternatives, diverting water from Lake Michigan is clearly the most sustainable long-term solution, Duchniak said.
"We believe through all the studies that we've done, if we go a different route, we're going to be back 30 to 40 years from now, and we're going to be here asking again for Lake Michigan water," Duchniak said.» Read Full Article
As part of Bike Week, area bikers will be traveling Waukesha streets with a police escort during the Ride for Silence tomorrow night.
Waukesha - The Waukesha Public Library will have a new executive director beginning June 11 - former Princeton (Ill.) Public Library director Grant C. Lynch.
The Library Board hired Lynch to replace Jane Ameel, who retired May 1 after 27 years of leading the library. He'll be paid $91,800 a year and receive a $4,000 relocation package for his move.
Lynch spent four years as Princeton's library director, which served a regional population of about 35,000. Prior to that, while working on his graduate degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was director of the Community Workshop Series, a computer literacy educational program in four partnering urban libraries. Before his library career, Lynch taught Shakespeare and the classics at a rural high school in Virginia.
He is currently working on a second graduate degree in public policy and administration through a distance-learning program through Northwestern University.
The Waukesha Public Library was named Wisconsin Library of the Year last year.
Waukesha - A suggestion that the new Waukesha County Board chairman's job could be reduced to half time as soon as this month appears to have been overly ambitious.
Newly elected Chairman Paul Decker of Hartland, a business owner who took on the chairmanship in the belief that the board would vote to reduce the job to part time, got a mixed reaction to the change Monday from the County Board's Executive Committee.
Decker himself said that in his first four weeks in the office, he's learned the job is bigger and more time-consuming than he had expected, even as he tries to bring technological efficiencies to the County Board office operation.
He's asked staff to prepare information on the leadership responsibilities and comparisons with other counties. He'll schedule more discussion at future Executive Committee meetings, he said.
Supervisor Patricia Haukohl of Brookfield, the board's vice chairman who heads the Finance Committee, said at Monday's meeting that she didn't want to see the chairman's job diminished when it should be an equal partner with the executive and judicial branches of county government.» Read Full Article
The Catholic Memorial girls rugby team entered the national tournament as an underdog.
After all, last weekend’s USA Girls High School National Invitational Championship in Stanford, Calif., featured plenty of experienced teams that have national championships attached to their résumés and who are familiar with this stage.
The Crusaders were not one of them, as they were competing in their first national tournament. But CM showed throughout the two-day tournament that it was not going to be a pushover.
In fact, the Crusaders almost pulled off two of the biggest upsets in recent years and gave two of the most successful high school teams in history a real scare.
The Crusaders finished fourth, winning its opening-round match to West Carroll (Maryland) before dropping matches to Fallbrook (California) in the semifinals and Divine Savior Holy Angels of Milwaukee in the third-place match.» Read Full Article
The Waukesha Public Library has found a new director.
The Waukesha Public Library Board of Trustees voted 7-2 to accept the unanimous recommendation of the WPL Human Resource Committee to hire Grant Lynch of Princeton, Ill., as their new director.
He will begin June 11 and receive a salary of $91,800 per year, and be eligible to receive $4,000 for moving expenses.
Lynch, who has served as the director of the Princeton Public Library in Illinois since 2008, replaces Jane Ameel, who retired earlier this month after serving as Waukesha’s director since 1984.
Lynch was also the director of the Community Workshop Series for the University Library System at the University of North Carolina from 2006 to 2008.» Read Full Article
Catholic Memorial will be going for gold this weekend.
The Crusaders’ girls rugby team is one of eight teams at the USA Rugby Girls' High School National Invitational Championships at the Steuber Rugby Stadium in Stanford, Calif.
CM’s quarterfinal matchup is against West Carroll out of Maryland at 10 a.m. Saturday. CM is making its first trip to nationals, while West Carroll is familiar to this stage.
This is West Carroll’s fourth straight year at nationals, but the national tournament hasn’t always been kind to them.
West Carroll has lost its opening-round match the last three years, before finishing seventh in 2009 and sixth in 2010 and 2011. Overall, they are 3-6 at nationals the last three years.» Read Full Article
Kerry Group will halt its operations at a plant in Waukesha, affecting the jobs of 40 employees.
Kerry has notified state officials that it will discontinue production of dairy flavors - used in chocolate milk, cheddar cheese and such - at a leased factory at 620 Progress Ave. late this year.
Kerry bought the business as part of the larger acquisition of Cargill Flavor Systems last December, spokesman Jim Egan said. He said Kerry plans to move the operations to an existing company plant in Jackson, and that employees may be able to transfer there.
"There will be opportunities for them to relocate with the work," Egan said.
Kerry is based in Ireland, but the food ingredients and flavors manufacturer has its headquarters for North and South America in Beloit, where three years ago it opened a $50 million technical center.
Waukesha - A Waterford man is accused of embezzling about $1.46 million from Waukesha Memorial Hospital while he was employed there.
Over a five-year period, Jeffrey A. Checker, 52, submitted invoices to the hospital from a painting company owned by his wife, Lisa, for work that the company purportedly did, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
But the hospital determined that the company, Wall 2 Wall, never did any work at the hospital. Most of the work supposedly done by the company was performed by hospital employees and not by any contractor, the complaint says.
Checker was charged Wednesday with six counts of theft-movable property. Each count carries a maximum prison term of five years followed by five years of extended supervision.
The thefts occurred between Feb. 17, 2006, and April 25, 2011, during which time more than 460 fake invoices were submitted to the hospital, the complaint states.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Plans for a third, privately built dormitory at Grand and College Avenues for Carroll University student housing have moved forward.
The Plan Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved rezoning for the project, developed by Clysmic Properties under managing partner Alan Huelsman.
The commission also approved a site plan and architecture for the project, which includes some ground level retail space and 32 residential units for about 130 students.
Two earlier phases of the dormitory development built by Clysmic opened in 2008 and last year. The three-dorm project replaces a one-time rubber factory, strip mall and transmission repair shop.
Common Council approval is still needed for the project.
WAUKESHA - A Waukesha home is expected to be declared a total loss after an early morning fire Sunday.
Bob Bolda said he was in his bedroom watching television just before 4:00 a.m., when he heard the sounds of cracking and popping coming from the first floor of the two story house.
"As soon as I opened the door, there was a black cloud of smoke," Bolda says.
The man rushed out of the house and had a neighbor call 911. Firefighters said they found the home on the 600 block of Madison Street engulfed in flames when they arrived.
"It was all solid smoke, there were no flames, then when I got to the neighbors then I saw flames coming from the side," Bolda says.» Read Full Article
report in the Wisconsin State Journal.A Dane County jury on Friday night found a Waukesha man guilty of attempted murder for a shootout with sheriff's deputies last year at a town of Middleton motel, according to a
Geoffrey A. Herling, 52, was convicted of firing at deputies Michael Zach and Garrett Page on July 12 at a Town of Middleton motel.
Town of Brookfield - Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald J. Hassin Jr. has ordered a halt to a planned May 15 state public hearing on whether the Town of Brookfield should incorporate as a village so the parties can participate in mediation.
The order, issued Thursday, was sought by the Town of Brookfield with agreement from attorneys for the City of Brookfield, City of Waukesha and Village of Sussex. The cities and village had earlier objected to the Town of Brookfield's incorporation petition being filed with the state Incorporation Review Board, but Hassin rejected their objections.
The review board had scheduled the May 15 hearing from 1 to 7 p.m., but the judge's stay postpones that until at least June 30.
According to the order, the Cities of Brookfield and Waukesha as well as the Village of Sussex are to submit their objections in writing to the proposed incorporation. An initial mediation session will be held before Judge Patrick Snyder on May 30. During that session, the parties are expected to identify proposed solutions that would satisfy their objections, the order says.
Further mediation could occur June 21 and 28.» Read Full Article
Tickets are now available for the Gibson GuitarTown Gala that will take place May 31 at the Rotunda in downtown Waukesha, 235 West Broadway.
The cost is $125 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a portion of the proceeds benefit the three beneficiaries of the Waukesha Gibson GuitarTown Project – the Waukesha school music and art programs, the Waukesha County Museum Les Paul exhibit and the new Waukesha Community Health Center.
The event begins with appetizers being served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the program and live auction is from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The 30 Gibson Les Paul guitars (20 regular-sized playable and the 10, 10-foot tall fiberglass sculptures) that were designed by artists across the state will be unveiled at the gala. The artists, sponsors, Gibson executives and Wisconsin of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett will all be at the gala.
In addition, the Les Paul Trio, The Rusty Paul Band (Les Paul’s son) and Sammy Llanas will perform. Those groups will also perform on June 1 during the public celebration of Waukesha becoming a Gibson GuitarTown.» Read Full Article
While walking to school Wednesday morning, a 15-year-old Waukesha South High School student experienced a frightening encounter.
According to the Waukesha Police Department, around 9 a.m. Wednesday, near the intersection of Hoover and Garfield avenues, a man approximately 40 years old approached the girl asking to see her “panties.”
After she declined, the man then offered her money for sexual intercourse, which she also declined.
The man left heading southbound on S. East Ave. after their brief encounter in what police describe as a dark red or maroon pick-up truck with five teardrop amber lights on the top above the windshield. The vehicle is described as having slightly larger tires with signs of rust in the wheel wells. It is said to have sounded like a diesel engine.
According to a press release from Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the suspect is described as a white male about 5'10'' to 5'11'' and about 200 pounds with a pot belly. He has blue eyes and had two to three days worth of facial growth.» Read Full Article
A fifth-grade Waukesha schoolteacher died unexpectedly Tuesday morning after a medical procedure, Waukesha School District officials confirmed Wednesday.
Gayle Nicol, 58, taught at Bethesda Elementary School, 730 S. University Drive. She had been with the district for 22 years, according to Waukesha's human resources department.
An assistant for Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said Tuesday the district is waiting to release more details until it has more information about the incident.
Waukesha - The city's deputy clerk-treasurer, Gina Kozlik, has joined the Republican primary field as a candidate for Waukesha County clerk.
Kozlik, who said she has 20 years of public sector experience in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, announced her candidacy Wednesday, saying she knows she can accomplish positive change for Waukesha County and has a reputation for working collaboratively.
"Every municipal clerk in Waukesha County is dedicated to the integrity of the election process," she said in a prepared statement, "and I plan to carry that dedication forward to restore public confidence at the county level."
Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, who has been under fire for mistakes and slow reporting of election results, announced last week that she would not seek re-election. She was already facing an uphill battle with two declared candidates in the Republican primary - former deputy county clerk Kathleen Karalewitz and Pewaukee Ald. Kathleen Novack.
Democrat Jessica Read, a self-employed bookkeeper, is also a candidate.» Read Full Article