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Library to close for voting

Oct. 29, 2012 7:14 p.m. | The Greenfield Public Library is a polling place and will be closed to regular library patrons on Nov. 6, election day, because so many people are expected to come to the library to vote in the presidential, senatorial and local races.

The library will be closed to all but voters because it cannot guarantee safe and convenient parking and easy entrance into the building for library patrons, said library director Sheila O'Brien.

Muskego makes annual state pilgrimage

Oct. 28, 2012 7:50 a.m. | Gutty Greenfield made things difficult, but in the end, the Muskego girls volleyball team earned a return trip to next week’s WIAA Division 1 state tournament.

The Warriors downed the tenacious Hustlin’ Hawks, 25-23, 25-11, 25-22, in a sectional championship match before a large crowd at Greenfield High School on Saturday night.

The victory sent Muskego back to the state tourney at the Resch Center in Green Bay beginning Thursday, Nov. 1. The Warriors will meet Merrill at 4:30 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup. Other first-round contests have Neenah vs. Divine Savior Holy Angels, Sun Prairie vs. Menomonee Falls and DePere vs. Burlington, the defending champion.

Muskego is quite familiar with the road to state. This is the 12th trip in school history, the ninth under head coach Karen Anderson and the fifth straight.

The Warriors won state crowns in 2005 and 2009, and they lost in the quarterfinals last season to eventual runnerup Fond du Lac.

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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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Workshop presents info on emerald ash borer

Oct. 23, 2012 4:18 p.m. | Greenfield - Greenfield will host a regional workshop on the emerald ash borer to provide property owners and even community forest managers with enough information to make a plan to deal with the menace on their own properties.

The emerald ash borer has denuded areas of eastern states of ash trees and the borer has been spotted in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Greenfield Community Center, 7315 W. Cold Spring Road. Residents, business owners and public officials from all communities will be welcome, Greenfield forester Dennis Fermenich said.

The workshop is being sponsored with the help of a grant from the state Department of Natural Resources. In fact, two of the speakers will be from the DNR. They will join plant expert Sharon Morrisey. Handouts will be provided. Admission will be free.

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.

West Allis police identify motorcyclist in fatal crash

Oct. 22, 2012 6:50 p.m. | A motorcyclist killed in a crash in the 7500 block of W. Beloit Road West Allis was identified by police Monday as Todd D. Peterke, 43, of Greenfield.

Peterke was headed west and was attempting to pass another vehicle when he struck a third vehicle before getting struck by the first vehicle shortly after 8 p.m., Saturday, police said.

Padgett takes on interim role of West Allis police chief

Oct. 19, 2012 4:54 p.m. | Charles Padgett, a deputy chief of police in West Allis, was appointed interim chief by the West Allis Police and Fire Commission Thursday.

Padgett started with the department as a patrol officer 24 years ago. Rising through the ranks, he became deputy chief in March 2011. He currently is in charge of operations.

Padgett will take over as interim chief Nov. 17, subsequent to Police Chief Michael Jungbluth's last working day. Jungbluth will not officially retire until the end of the year.

The Police and Fire Commission will accept applications for the chief's position until Oct. 26. It will start evaluating candidates after that.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity," Padgett said Friday. "I'll work as hard as I can to ensure that we move forward and continue the positive atmosphere with other departments and citizens throughout the city."

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Local Civil Discourse talk avoids conflict with that other national debate

Oct. 19, 2012 4:30 p.m. | The date of the Civil Discourse debate on jobs, the economy and the deficit has been changed from Monday to Nov. 1 to avoid conflicting with the presidential debate.

The Civil Discourse debate will still be between 7 and 8:15 p.m. at the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., and will feature Frank Tramel, conservative blogger; Jennifer Epps of the Citizen's Action Committee; Dale Schmidt, CEO of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce; and Louis Fortis, owner of the Shepherd Express who has a doctorate in economics.

The debate is the second of three sponsored at the library by the Greenfield Listening Debates Alliance.

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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Radtke Park chosen for skate park

Oct. 18, 2012 3:32 p.m. | Radtke Park at 84th Street and National Avenue is the best site for a skate park, the West Allis Common Council decided Tuesday.

The city hopes to use federal community development block grant money to create a skate park with the help of a generous private donor, so no property taxes would be used.

Now designing can go forward with a target completion by Christmas. Construction would be next spring.

The city studied 16 potential sites and Radtke Park had more of what city officials were looking for, they said.

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.

Late touchdown caps superb Tosa West season

Oct. 13, 2012 12:11 a.m. | A colorful fireworks display capped the season finale between Wauwatosa West and Greenfield on Friday night, but it was the explosive play on the field that proved to be the real spectacle.

Running back Greg Lewis’ three-yard touchdown run with 17 seconds left gave the Trojans a thrilling 28-21 Homecoming win and put an exclamation point on the team’s first playoff berth since 2006.

“We were able to find something at the end,” Tosa West head coach Matt Good said. “We were trying to get in for a field goal, but Greg’s a beast and was able to get into the end zone for us.”

While Tosa West (7-1) never trailed in the game, the Trojans had their hands full with an inspired Greenfield team. Despite their 2-6 record, the Hustlin’ Hawks played well on both sides of the ball and nearly came away with an upset.

The Trojans entered the night averaging more than 300 rushing yards per game, but Greenfield held Tosa West to 101 yards on the ground and forced three turnovers.

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New Berlin West outguns Whitnall

Oct. 12, 2012 11:28 p.m. | New Berlin West defeated Whitnall in one of the wildest, craziest, high school football games in Southeastern Wisconsin in 2012, 56-42. In so doing, the Vikings put themselves in prime position to qualify for the playoffs, improving to 4-4 in the Woodland Conference.

In an evening chock full of crazy plays, one may have made the difference.

Following an interception, Whitnall began a key drive early in the fourth quarter on its own 5-yard line yard line, trailing, 49-36. The Falcons marched all the way down the field and found themselves with a 1st and goal on the 8.

At this point, despite trailing by two touchdowns, the Falcons had all the momentum. Senior quarterback Zach Sutton was on fire that drive, hitting his previous four passes in short order to get to the 1st and goal situation. On first down, Sutton again dropped back to pass looking for a quick slant to the right, but junior linebacker Travis McKeon read Sutton's eyes and grabbed his second
interception of the evening.

“Our defensive line pressured the quarterback, our linebackers went to their zones, and the quarterback had to get rid of the ball, and it ended up in my hands” said McKeon.

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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.

Menomonee Falls wears down West Allis Hale

Oct. 05, 2012 11:30 p.m. | Menomonee Falls picked up its fifth win of the season during its visit to West Allis Hale on Friday evening with a 21-7 victory over the Huskies. Falls improved to 5-2 overall, and 5-1 in the Greater Metro Conference, where it still has a chance to share the league crown.

Falls took control of the game early on when Cole Hernikl ran in a 38-yard touchdown. From that point forward, however, neither team could do much offensively. On the second Indians possession of the night, Falls opted to go for it on a 4th and 2 situation from the Hale 25 yard line, but the Huskies defense held the line and forced a turnover on downs. It was the first of four failed fourth down conversions by the Indians.

“Defensively I thought we played great, I really did,” said Hale head coach Brandon Ehret. “There were some critical situations where our kids stepped up and made some big plays, and we had some crucial fourth down stops. Our kids definitely stepped up on the defensive side of the ball.”

The Huskies didn’t fare much better offensively, as the farthest they reached in the first half was the Falls 25-yard line on their final possession of the half. Like the Indians, the Huskies also had issues converting on fourth down, and an incomplete pass from Hale quarterback Nick Sotiros forced a turnover on downs just before halftime.

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Easter Seals moving headquarters to West Allis

Oct. 03, 2012 11:07 a.m. | Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin has purchased a 25,000-square-foot office building in West Allis and is moving its operations there from Milwaukee and South Milwaukee, the nonprofit group announced Wednesday.

The building, at 2222 S. 114th St., will consolidate the group's administrative offices, from 1016 Milwaukee Ave., South Milwaukee, and its adult day program and child development center, now at 3090 N. 53rd St. That consolidation will help reduce the group's costs by more than $100,000 annually.

“It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” says Robert Glowacki, chief executive officer, in a statement. “We are bringing together our services in Milwaukee County that serve individuals from their first steps to last steps in life and continue to deepen our commitment to community-based services.” 

Easter Seals, which provides services for people with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs, will spend an estimated $600,000 on renovations to the building, with construction to be completed in early 2013. The building's sale price wasn't disclosed. 

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.

Go to Push for the Playoffs

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