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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.”  

Foreign officials take inspiration from Wauwatosa's Innovation Campus

April 23, 2015 2:13 p.m. | Wauwatosa's Innovation Campus had a moment in an international spotlight April 23 when about 50 officials from Canada, Mexico, and several Central and South American countries bused into the city to see how the public-private partnership project has progressed.

Part of a program organized by the U.S. Commerce Department, the commerce and economic development officials toured over a dozen "innovation hubs" throughout the Midwest over six days.

Officials touring Innovation Campus said they were impressed by the cooperation between government and industry in supporting research at UWM's Innovation Accelerator building. The campus was financially supported in part by the city of Wauwatosa with a tax-incremental finance district, while it is owned by the university and partially leased by private companies who work with UWM students and professors.

"If you're looking for a model and best practices of working together, come here," Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley told the crowd. "It transformed an underutilized area to become part of the area's largest research hub for biotechnology research and academics."

Wauwatosa fire chief addresses threat of oil tanker derailment

April 22, 2015 11:28 a.m. | With a rise in crude oil production and transportation by rail, residents living near train tracks throughout the country have raised concerns about the risk of derailment, which can cause explosions and fires. Wauwatosa Fire Chief Rob Ugaste is one of them.

Ugaste said there are about 30 Canadian Pacific freight trains that course through Wauwatosa each day, some of which have crude oil on board.

Crude oil constitutes about six percent of Canadian Pacific's revenue from freight transport, and is its fastest growing sector, according to the company's 2014 fact book. Andy Cummings, a spokesman for Canadian Pacific, said he could not report how many trains carrying crude oil move through Wauwatosa, citing security concerns.

Focus on prevention

Cummings said federal guidelines ensure that Canadian Pacific takes several steps to mitigate risk, including inspections of rail lines to catch potential problems before a derailment. Certain trains (DOT-111 style) carrying crude oil are required to slow to 40 miles per hour in high-risk urban areas, which according to the Federal Railroad Administration includes anything within 10 miles of the Milwaukee border.

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Mount Mary students spruce up Wauwatosa businesses

April 22, 2015 11:28 a.m. | Some storefronts in the Wauwatosa Village and beyond are getting a Mount-Mary makeover this season as students from the university partner with business owners to learn about the trade and lend some elbow grease.

Students LaShaun Bryson and Christina McCanna worked on the window display at Village Boutique Clothiers, 1417 Underwood Ave., April 20. Store owner Barbara Berg said they transformed the space.

"They were able to use whatever they wanted in the store," Berg said. "They found a prop and built their theme around that."

Bryson and McCanna used a vintage Pepsi cooler as inspiration for a nautical display.

Mount Mary students are also helping out at Salamander, Niemann's, Metcalfe's Market and Design Vision Optical.

U-Haul moving into former Harley-Davidson plant in Wauwatosa

April 20, 2015 1:33 p.m. | U-Haul is planning to open a new store in the former Harley-Davidson manufacturing plant at 11700 W. Capitol Drive.

An affiliate of the company recently purchased the building from Harley-Davidson for $5.25 million, according to state records.

The U-Haul store plans to offer truck and trailer rentals, a retail showroom, and self-storage options, according to a statement from the company, which said an opening date had not been determined.

Teen apparel store Garage coming to Mayfair

April 20, 2015 11:24 a.m. | Selling denim and other clothing targeted to teenage girls, Garage is scheduled to open this summer at Mayfair mall in Wauwatosa.

The Montreal-based chain has more than 300 locations in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. The store at Mayfair will be its first in the Milwaukee area. It will be located on the upper level of the mall in the Boston Store wing.

Suburban Woman's Club of Wauwatosa awards scholarships to teachers

April 17, 2015 2:33 p.m. | The Suburban Woman's Club of Wauwatosa has awarded $800 scholarships for continuing education to the following teachers:

  • Robert Kalpinski, Plank Road School
  • Laura Nemetz, Whitman Middle School
  • Peggy Paar, Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Kristin Thimmesch, Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Hannah Wendlake, Eisenhower Elementary School

The teachers will receive their awards in a ceremony May 4 at the Wauwatosa Civic Center.

The Suburban Woman's Club has been awarding scholarships to teachers for 65 years, according to Joan Riggin, chair of the group's scholarship committee.

"Their belief as mothers of Wauwatosa students is that providing financial assistant to our teachers to further their education would be their way of enriching their children's education," the group said in a press release.

Seniors now eligible for free Milwaukee County bus passes

April 16, 2015 4:48 p.m. | Milwaukee County residents 65 and older, as well as some residents with disabilities, are now eligible for free bus passes as mandated by the County Board. They had previously been able to use the transit system at half price.

Those interested in a bus pass can print an application at and submit it at the MTCS Administration Building, 1942 N. 17th St. in Milwaukee.

Beginning in May, more sites will be available for processing applications. More information is available at or by calling 414-343-1700.

Irgens names Zywave as tenant for proposed office building in Wauwatosa

April 15, 2015 10:35 a.m. | In their pitch to a Wauwatosa committee for financial assistance April 14, officials with Irgens Development Partners named software company Zywave as the tenant they have lined up for their proposed office building at the Milwaukee County Research Park.

Zywave, which is already located in the park at 10700 Research Drive, has grown out of its current space and would like to occupy 63,500 square feet of the proposed building — about 40 percent of the 155,000 square feet available, Irgens officials said. Other tenants have not been secured.

"We are running out of space to accommodate growing companies," Irgens President Jackie Walsh said. "Large blocks of space in the marketplace don't exist."

Irgens asks for city financing

Irgens is proposing a $23.5 million four-story office building for 10000 Innovation Drive, near the on-ramp from Watertown Plank Road onto Highway 45. They have asked the city for exactly $5 million to fund a two-level parking structure through a tax-incremental finance (TIF) district.

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Kmart closing in developing area of Wauwatosa

April 14, 2015 5:13 p.m. | The Kmart store in Wauwatosa, at 3201 N. Mayfair Road, is scheduled to close June 21, according to an announcement from the state Department of Workforce Development. The building has large "store closing" signs hanging outside.

Layoffs for the store's 103 employees will begin June 14, according to the DWD, which will help workers find new employment.

Wauwatosa Development Director Paulette Enders said she was not aware of plans for the building to be sold or redeveloped, and she believed it would be leased to another tenant.

As several properties in that area are under transition, Alderman Craig Wilson said it would be ideal to see major redevelopment of that corner, northwest of Mayfair Road and Burleigh Street. But in the meantime, he said he hopes businesses are able to keep the block alive on each of their own parcels.

"It's not going to kill us to have some more routine development," Wilson said. "I think it would actually be a good sign that we don't have to have big orchestrated development."

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Kmart in Wauwatosa will close

April 14, 2015 4:48 p.m. |  Troubled retailer Kmart, which has been closing stores nationwide, will shutter its location on Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa, the company has told state officials.

Kmart Corp., a unit of Sears Holdings, filed notice that it will close the store at 3201 N. Mayfair Rd. on June 21.

One hundred and three jobs will be cut.

Kmart closed its stores on S. 108th Street in Hales Corners and on S. 27th Street in Greenfield a year ago. Its location on Bluemound Road in Brookfield was shut down in December 2013.

UPDATE: Friday meeting will proceed without Rep. Kooyenga

April 14, 2015 2:13 p.m. | State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, who previously planned to meet with Wauwatosa residents Friday, April 17, said he would not be able to attend the event because of a Joint Finance Committee meeting Fiday.

Jean Davidson of the Citizens with Disabilities Committee, which helped organize the public meeting, said the event will go on without him at 6 p.m. at City Hall. She said those who attend will be able to record comments that will be delivered to Kooyenga's office. 

Kooyenga noted residents have had other opportunities to share feedback through surveys mailed to houses in his district, an online form, and a listening session in Wauwatosa March 31

"We have done tons of listening and continue listening," said Kooyenga, the assembly vice co-chair on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. "Now we're in Madison making changes based on feedback."

Davidson said the meeting Friday will include presentations by government officials and local organizations on senior care, education funding, and environmental issues in the state budget. 

DOT resumes resurfacing work on Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa

April 13, 2015 1:04 p.m. | The state Department of Transportation planned to resume resurfacing work on Mayfair Road between Burleigh Street and Silver Spring Drive Monday, April 13. There will likely be single lane closures throughout the project this spring.

The work on this section of Mayfair Road began last year with resurfacing, updated traffic signals and new turn lanes. This spring, the DOT plans to complete pavement markings, finish sidewalks, update pedestrian ramps and add landscaping.

Diamond Stone headlines 2014-15 All-Suburban Boys Basketball team

April 13, 2015 11:55 a.m. |

Player of the Year

Diamond Stone, 6-10 center, Dominican

McDonald's All-American capped perhaps the most decorated career in Wisconsin history with a fourth state championship. ... Averaged 24.4 points per game on 67 percent shooting, with 11.7 rebounds per game. ... Shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and finished with 74 blocks. ... Wrapped up his career north of 2,000 points. ... Career highlights include the only triple-double in state-tournament history, recorded as a freshman. ... Posted two double-doubles in the state games this year. ... Racked up 43 points and 18 rebounds against Division 1 foe Racine Case in the regular season. ... Committed to Maryland.

Story: Dominican's Diamond Stone left a mark that will be remembered for decades

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Wauwatosa now accepting electronic waste

April 09, 2015 4:18 p.m. | Since Goodwill stopped taking used electronics, the city of Wauwatosa has started accepting televisions and computer monitors for $25 each at its drop-off center, 11100 W. Walnut Rd. Hard drives are removed and destroyed.

City staff said there has been an increasing demand for this service as residents toss tube televisions and computer monitors in favor of flat screens. The city will gain revenue from the service, as Legacy Reycling charges $15-20 to pick up the products.

Residents can also drop off fax machines, printers, scanners and towers for free.

Tornado watch in effect

April 09, 2015 1:59 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, in effect for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha and Milwaukee counties until 11 p.m. A tornado watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes, but does not indicate that tornadoes have been spotted. People should be prepared to take safety measures if the watch escalates to a warning.


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