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Nicolet opens season at 2-0 with victory over Wauwatosa East

Aug. 26, 2011 11:22 p.m. | Nicolet's football team used a dominant fourth quarter to pull away from a relentless but winded Wauwatosa East team, emerging victorious 28-10 at Hart Park in Wauwatosa on Friday.

The game’s first half was marked mostly by methodical ball control offenses facing down sure-tackling defenses.
 
East drew first blood. After forcing a Nicolet punt, the Red Raiders worked their way downfield from their own 35, picking up yardage with a steady stream of first-down runs and timely third down passes culminating in a 38 yard field goal.


"(East's) offensive line came out firing every play. That’s probably their strongest part,” said Nicolet linebacker Alex Walker. "(Junior running back Mike) Meade is one tough little runner. He’s low to the ground, but tough to bring down.”

 
Third downs were all about quarterback Kyle Vnuk. The tall lanky Red Raider snuck through the line for one first down, then threw for two more to senior Vince Cupertino (16 yards) & junior Shaquille Redding (10 yards).
 
“He’s good,” Nicolet coach Brad Kozaczuk said. “Junior, big kid, great arm, and only going to get better.”
 
But the next four drives fizzled and stalled for both teams. Swarming defensive fronts reined in and collapsed on interior run plays. Neither side could buy enough time or string together enough passes to mount a significant air attack.
 
“Both defenses were playing well,” Kozaczuk said. “Both run a three front, which means bringing blitzes from lots of different places and angles. Makes it really tough for offensive lines.”
 
Nicolet senior quarterback Brandon Kappel agreed.

“Their D line was great, and they’ve got fast guys on the perimeter, especially (senior linebacker Will) Monreal. They should have a good year.”
 
Nicolet got its first break just before half. Facing fourth down with 2:54 remaining, the snap sailed over East’s punter.  Six plays later, Nicolet was in the end zone. Kappel picked up the last seven yards and touchdown on a pair of quarterback keepers.
 
The third quarter featured more back and forth stalemate.
 
After junior Tyler Crass intercepted a pass at the Nicolet 12, the Knights went deep.
 
Kappel escaped a collapsing pocket and heaved a bomb down the right sideline. He found Walker all alone. The senior pulled the pass in, galloping 71 yards for the score.
 
Nicolet appeared to be in good shape. But after forcing a punt on the ensuing drive and rushing for a first down, the Knights fumbled the snap. East recovered and six plays later, the Red Raiders were in the end zone. 
 
Vnuk threw a 6-yard bullet through the tightest of traffic to senior Josh Smentek, who tumbled forward into the end zone on the fourth quarter’s first play to make the game 13-10.
 
But that was the beginning of the end for East. Led by junior linebacker Hunter Crass and senior lineman Bernard Stutts, Nicolet tightened the screws. East’s final fourth quarter possessions resulted in a punt, a turnover on downs and an interception (junior Delton Clay) .
 
 “In the first half we had multiple opportunities to take over,” said Wauwatosa East coach Jake Wolter. “But we gave up some situation spots we shouldn’t have. When third and longs turn into first downs, you’re in trouble. You can’t live off of that.”
 
Nicolet turned the tables at the 7:30 mark in the fourth quarter. A quick bursting punt return and pair of East penalties put Nicolet near East’s 10. Four plays later, Kappel rolled out and found Tyler Crass in the corner of the end zone.
 
We got gassed,” Wolter said. “A lot of guys were playing both ways, and on special teams. They got gassed. And when we got down on the scoreboard, their heads sank a little bit.”
 
The Knight buried the Red Raiders once and for all at the 5:00 mark. On a play-action fake, Kappel rolled to his right, and found a wide open Nolan Wagner on the goal line. The pass hit the junior right in the numbers. He cradled it with two hands and backed into the end zone for the final score.
 
 “Our running game was effective, when we executed it,” Wolter said. “Our passing game was not bad. We’ve just got to get a little more wind and cash in at some key moments.”
 
“We had to find our feet a little bit,” said Nicolet coach Brad Kozaczuk. “But we got more intense as the game went along. We faced adversity and found a way to overcome it.”  

Ask NOW: When will the lanes on Burleigh Street near Highway 45 be less confusing?

April 15, 2014 2:32 p.m. | Is there a rumor you've heard that you would like to track down? Is there something in the city — like playground equipment or a pothole — that needs to be fixed? Rick Romano answers some of the mysteries of life in Wauwatosa and helps solve everyday problems.

When will the lanes on Burleigh Street near Highway 45 be less confusing?

Issue: Two readers within a few days wrote to us noting the confusion on westbound Burleigh Street approaching the highway.

"There are two left-turn lanes," wrote one reader, noting that she has seen drivers think the right-most left-turn lane also allowed them to go straight. The other reader called attention to similar confusion in the far right lane of westbound Burleigh Street.

They both wonder when pavement lane markings will be corrected.

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In helping others, Bachman became 'Mr. Wauwatosa'

April 12, 2014 11:09 a.m. | Richard Bachman made sure the streets of Wauwatosa were lined with American flags, that it had Little League Baseball and a Fourth of July celebration, that food pantries were stocked, and that every squad car was equipped with a lifesaving defibrillator.

Yes, Bachman was an alderman for 24 years, but it was not a good idea to call him a politician.

"If you called him a politician, he would get extremely angry with you," said his son Rick Bachman. "He saw himself as a public servant — that's what he viewed himself as."

Richard Bachman, who served the city's 7th District and was one half of the team known as "Mr. and Mrs. Wauwatosa," died April 5 of congestive heart failure at a Menomonee Falls care facility. He was 83.

A tool-and-die-maker who worked at Cutler Hammer and Milwaukee Electric Tool, Bachman decided to run for alderman in 1968. Over the years, he and his wife would team up on a variety of civic works. He'd met the former Gloria Mallon, a model and former Miss South Shore Frolic, on a blind date.

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City says goodbye to 'Mr. Wauwatosa'

April 09, 2014 11:37 a.m. | From spring cleanups to serving at the food pantry to a long stint of service on the Common Council, it is not difficult to look around Wauwatosa and see the impact Dick Bachman had on the community.

Bachman, who was known by the nickname "Mr. Wauwatosa," died Saturday at age 83.

For more than 40 years, Bachman took part in a long list of projects that remain in place to this day. He also made pivotal decisions as an alderman on the Common Council. He served for 24 years — from 1968 to 1984 and again from 1990 to 1998.

"I learned to spell my name by putting up campaign signs with him," said his son, also named Richard. "He was my mentor, my role model and my best friend."

Many longtime Tosans have similar sentiments to those shared by Bachman's son.

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Three new Bartolotta restaurants announced for Mayfair Collection

April 08, 2014 2:52 p.m. | Ample foot traffic welcomed the new retail destination, Mayfair Collection, last Thursday with shopping at Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dick's Sporting Goods and more. Now, shopping patrons can stay and eat at three new Bartolotta restaurants, announced to open by winter 2014 and summer 2015.

While still in the development stages, possible restaurant concepts include a modern diner, a beer-themed pub and a casual French bistro. Bartolotta Restaurants partnered with Phoenix Development Partners to create, open and manage the eateries.

"Our new Mayfair Collection restaurants will be casual eateries catering to families, shoppers and anyone looking for elevated dining options," said Peter Jensen, partner with the Phoenix group.

"We look forward to bringing these new dining concepts to the area and to begin part of this jewel of Wauwatosa," said Joe Bartolotta, co-owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants with his brother Paul.

Mayfair Collection occupies 270,000 square feet of retail space, adapted from former warehouses, at Highway 45 and Burleigh Street. The Collection is a three-phase project by HSA Commercial Real Estate, a Chicago-based firm, with retail as phase one; a 144-room extended-stay hotel and Whole Foods Market for phase two; and residential for phase three.

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Vukmir releases records related to ALEC work

April 04, 2014 11:55 a.m. | Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir has released documents related to her work with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council as part of a settlement of an open records lawsuit filed by the liberal Center for Media and Democracy.

The center's attorney, Brendan Fischer, told the Wisconsin State Journal that the documents provide the first evidence that an effort by ALEC to rebrand itself as being legislator-driven is "just a sham."

The more than 100 pages of records show Vukmir sponsored a model bill under the direction of a Florida lobbying group, after voting last spring on an ALEC policy allowing only lawmakers, and not lobbyists, to introduce model bills.

"This demonstrates that ALEC is really a lobbyist-driven organization," Fischer said. "The lobbyists are the ones calling the shots. The legislators are just following along."

ALEC spokesman Bill Meierling said the documents are the culmination of a "yearlong witch hunt based on unfounded accusations." He said any model policy that legislators introduce would be consistent with their community culture.

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Voters disagree with Citizens United ruling

April 02, 2014 12:04 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents voted against language modeled after the Supreme Court case known as Citizens United, which opted to not ban political spending, Tuesday. 

The local vote was 4,056 in favor of the referendum question and 2,286 opposed.

By voting "yes," Wauwatosa voters agree to instruct state and federal representatives to regulate political contributions and spending while upholding the constitutional rights of human beings — not corporations, the resolution says. This is a direct rejection of Citizens United.

Brian Bawden elected to Wauwatosa School Board

April 01, 2014 11:52 p.m. | Brian Bawden, 63, was elected to Seat 7 of the Wauwatosa School Board on Tuesday.

According to unofficial results Tuesday:

Bawden received 2,167 votes, and his opponent, Michael Huitink, received 2,085.

Seat 7 was formerly held by Carmela Rios, who declined to run for re-election. Bawden is a former teacher in the Wauwatosa School District.

Bawden said in January he would no longer seek Seat 7 due to his father's diminishing health.

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Jason Kofroth elected District 7 alderman

April 01, 2014 11:47 p.m. | Jason Kofroth was elected District 7 alderman Tuesday.

According to unofficial results Tuesday:

Kofroth received 443 votes; Michael Morgan received 409.

Kofroth, 27, a self-described fiscal conservative, is a retirement services relationship coordinator at BMO Harris Bank.

Michael Walsh elected District 4 alderman

April 01, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Michael Walsh was elected District 4 alderman Tuesday.

According to unofficial results Tuesday:

Walsh garnered 543 votes and his opponent, John Pokrandt, received 460.

Walsh served as 5th District alderman from 2008 to 2012 before moving to the 4th District to be closer to his children's school. He is currently the operations manager of Interior Systems, a Wauwatosa manufacturer of restaurant seating and decor.

Matt Stippich wins District 1 aldermanic seat

April 01, 2014 11:18 p.m. | Matt Stippich was elected to represent Wauwatosa's District 1 as alderman Tuesday.

According to unofficial results Tuesday, Stippich won 726 votes, and his opponent, W. Scott Nelson, received 409.

Stippich, of 2220 N. Wauwatosa Ave., is owner and general counsel of Digital Intelligence, a local computer forensics firm, and a partner in Stippich, Selin & Cain.

Body found in Tosa identified as James Kieckbusch, 57

April 01, 2014 5:01 p.m. | The decomposed body found Sunday afternoon in a wooded area at 124th Street and Bluemound Road was identified as James Kieckbusch, 57, no known address, according to a medical examiner's report provided by Milwaukee County.

Kieckbusch's remains were discovered by Daniel and Donald Kempka, a father and son, who had been hiking through the wooded area while looking for deer antlers. Kieckbusch was pronounced dead upon arrival at 4:48 p.m.

The medical examiner identified pill bottles in the jacket pocket with medications still inside as well as a wallet and identification card on Kieckbusch's right leg between his blue jeans and pair of long pajama-type pants.

The area did not appear to be a place where the subject lived or a homeless shelter. No obvious trauma was observed at the scene. 

Kieckbusch had been on parole and had a history of bipolar disorder, the report said. His brother, William, said Kieckbusch was a "binge" drinker and had previous illicit drug use, according to the report.

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Body found at border of Elm Grove and Wauwatosa

April 01, 2014 11:45 a.m. | A partially decomposed body was found under bushes on the east side of the UPS building, 12400 W. Bluemound Road, about 3:20 p.m. Sunday, according to an Elm Grove police report.

Elm Grove police responded to the scene, but determined the dead body, about 150 yards east of the UPS access road, was just over the border, in Wauwatosa, the report states. Officers from both departments taped off the area.

Elm Grove Assistant Police Chief Jason Hennen said Elm Grove officers were not further involved in the case, which was taken over by Wauwatosa police.

The Wauwatosa Police Department had no formal police report on the incident as of 10:30 a.m. except a "dead on arrival" call from officers who were dispatched Sunday, said Karla Ordal, records clerk.

Neither Police Chief Barry Weber nor Lt. Christopher Fox could be reached for comment.

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Michael Lovell's move is a net gain for Milwaukee, business leaders say

March 26, 2014 12:49 p.m. | While a shock to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the departure of highly regarded Chancellor Michael Lovell for the top post at Marquette University will prove to be a net gain for the area, business leaders said Wednesday.

Lovell's move across town, they said, won't stop the momentum for university-based economic development efforts such as UWM's Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa.

And they believe Lovell's drive to build connections between the academic and business communities will lead to greater involvement by Marquette in such collaborations.

"Mike Lovell arrived in Milwaukee ready and willing to collaborate for regional growth," said Cate Rahmlow, water technology industry specialist at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. "He was inclusive when he got here. I would anticipate more of that. To me, nothing has changed. He's still ready and willing to collaborate, but from another chair."

Timothy Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, called the news about Lovell bittersweet.

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Wauwatosa police seek suspect in BMO Harris Bank robbery

March 14, 2014 5:26 p.m. | Wauwatosa police are searching for a man who robbed BMO Harris Bank on Thursday.

The robber approached a teller at the bank, 7501 W. North Ave., demanded money then fled on foot about 5 p.m. He didn't display a weapon.

He's described as a man in his mid-20s, between 5 feet, 4 inches and and 5 feet, 6 inches with a medium build, a thin mustache and a goatee. He was wearing an Air Jordan cap, a dark-colored hoodie and dark sunglasses.

People with information should contact Detective James Donovan at (414) 471-8430 or for those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers at (414) 771-8672.

Firm in line for $7.2 million MMSD contract didn't show qualifications

March 11, 2014 10:59 p.m. | The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District moved ahead this week with plans to award a $7.2 million sewer lining contract to a Madison company though the business had not documented that it could meet the district's installation experience requirements for the job.

Terra Engineering & Construction Corp. of Madison is the apparent low bidder for a contract to clean and line the inside of nearly two miles of a 36-inch-diameter regional sewer serving western Wauwatosa, Elm Grove and Brookfield.

The company would be paid its bid price of $7.2 million to rehabilitate a 10,400-foot section of iron pipe known as the Underwood Creek force main, under a proposed contract approved Monday by the operations committee of the district's commission. The full commission will act on the proposal at a March 24 meeting.

After a competitor and a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter questioned Terra's lack of documentation regarding experience with its preferred lining product, Terra officials scrambled Tuesday to come up with a list of projects.

The list emailed to MMSD Tuesday afternoon does not include dates for several lining projects, but it meets the district's documentation needs, technical services director Mike Martin said.

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