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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.”  

T.J. Maxx opening Oct. 30 in Wauwatosa

11:55 a.m. | T.J. Maxx is scheduled to open Oct. 30 at Wauwatosa's Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St.

The grand opening will start with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m., when the store will present a $5,000 donation to the Children's Outing Association. The store will be open to shoppers 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the first 1,000 customers receiving free reusable bags.

T.J. Maxx will join several other retailers that have been operating at Mayfair Collection since it opened in April, including Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue off 5th, Old Navy, and Dick's Sporting Goods. Most recently, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse opened Sept. 20, and Corner Bakery Cafe opened Oct. 20.

Work is already underway on a second phase of construction at Mayfair Collection. It is slated to include a 144-room Hilton Homewood Suites, a Whole Foods Market, three Bartolotta restaurants, and a recently announced Pizza Man restaurant.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

500 free winter emergency kits given away at Mayfair tomorrow

Oct. 17, 2014 2:33 p.m. | More than 500 free emergency kits will be given away at Mayfair's Center Court, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, on Saturday, Oct. 18 to help prepare Milwaukee families for the winter storm season.

Last winter was Milwaukee's coldest in 35 years, according to the National Weather Service. The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts that this year will bring colder temperatures and heavier snowfall than normal, the news release said.

Dozens of volunteers will help distribute the kits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kits include an emergency blanket, flashlight, first aid kit, cleaning supplies and more.

Camp Bar Tosa opens Saturday

Oct. 17, 2014 1:41 p.m. | Camp Bar Tosa plans to open to the public at noon Saturday at 6600 W. North Ave. There will be a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. and live music at 9.

The atmosphere at Camp Bar Tosa is similar to Camp's first location in Shorewood, 4044 N. Oakland Ave. With the aesthetic of a Northwoods cabin, the bar has a central fireplace, a moose head, wood paneling and dart boards.

The Wauwatosa location is larger than Shorewood's, with a bar that seats 34 and a total capacity of 261 people. There are 16 beers and eight wines on tap.

The bar doesn't have a kitchen, but offers pizzas from its neighbor, Cranky Al's. Diners can put their orders in with Camp bartenders and their meals will be delivered.

Owner Paul Hackbarth said he hopes to be a big part of the East Tosa neighborhood.

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The Malt Shoppe grand opening party is Oct. 24-26

Oct. 15, 2014 9:38 a.m. | The Malt Shoppe, 813 N. Mayfair Road, welcomes the public to its grand opening party Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26.

The Malt Shoppe is a destination for craft beer lovers with 30 brews on tap, and eventually, more than 1,000 packaged varieties of beer, which patrons can take home in their own growlers.

Owner Pat Lafferty said he thinks customers and beer enthusiasts will appreciate being able to take home draft beer in growlers from the shop, according to an earlier interview with Wauwatosa NOW.

JCPenney Furniture Outlet receives bomb threat

Oct. 15, 2014 7:27 a.m. | J.C. Penney Furniture Outlet, 11800 W. Burleigh St., was the victim of a bomb threat at 12:46 p.m. Oct. 8, according to Wauwatosa police report blotters.

The report states that an unnamed sales representative at the store received a call from an unknown person with a blocked number saying, "there is a bomb in your building."

The report summary did not include any additional information. A full report was requested from the Wauwatosa Police Department for additional information.

Former Maharaja partner plans Indian restaurant for Wauwatosa

Oct. 13, 2014 2:46 p.m. | Charnjit Bolla, who was a partner at Milwaukee's Maharaja restaurant for 17 years, is planning to open his own restaurant, India Garden, at 2930 N. 117th St. in the former location of Open Hearth.

The Wauwatosa Community Development Committee is scheduled to consider a permit Tuesday for the restaurant to modify the building. The plans include 98 seats, a patio area, a full-service bar and an indoor fireplace.

Bolla said India Garden's menu will have some overlap with Maharaja's, but will also have some additional items, including a lobster dish. He plans to serve dinners and lunch buffets daily, with catering and carry-out also available.

If approved by the city, Bolla said he hopes to open the first week of November.

New antique shop could replace Twirly Birds in Wauwatosa Village

Oct. 13, 2014 1:17 p.m. | With Twirly Birds moving to Waukesha, a new antique shop called Studio Ric Rak could be taking its place at 7532 W. State St. in the Village area of Wauwatosa.

The Plan Commission is scheduled to consider a conditional use permit for the store at its meeting tonight.

In plans submitted to the city, business owners Linda Kautz and Chris Jauch said Studio Ric Rak would feature antiques, vintage items, and repurposed merchandise.

"We look forward to continuing the legacy of the previous tenants, Twirly Birds, and bringing a unique shop with the charm benefiting downtown Wauwatosa," Kautz and Jauch wrote in a letter.

Kautz said they already have a lease at the space and hope to open later this month or as soon as they get approval from the city.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 8.

ID not required for voting

Oct. 10, 2014 1:03 p.m. | With the U.S. Supreme Court blocking Wisconsin's voter ID law Oct. 9, voters are no longer required to present an ID to vote absentee or at the polls on election day Nov. 4.

Wauwatosa Clerk Carla Ledesma said this ruling allowed the city to mail 40 absentee ballots it had been holding back because voters had not submitted IDs.

Any Wauwatosa resident can vote absentee by requesting a ballot by mail, or voting in person at City Hall as early as Oct. 20. More information is available on the city website.

Corner Bakery announces Oct. 20 opening

Oct. 09, 2014 11:07 a.m. | Wisconsin's first Corner Bakery Café announced it will open officially in The Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St., on Monday, Oct. 20.

Travel coffee mugs with free daily refills for one year will be given away to the first 100 guests in line on opening day. In the first month of business, there will also be weekly drawings to award free grilled panini for a year to four winners.

Corner Bakery is owned and operated by Neo Fourno, Inc., a local franchise group owned and operated by Dimitri and Peter Dimitropoulos, who have been Milwaukee restaurateurs for the past 15 years.

The brothers plan to open a total of 10 cafes in the Milwaukee and Madison area within the next five years.

"We are thrilled to bring Corner Bakery Café to Milwaukee," said operating partner Peter Dimitropoulos. "We're confident Corner Bakery Cafe will soon become a favorite among Milwaukee residents."

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Pizza Man to open second location at The Mayfair Collection

Oct. 09, 2014 9:48 a.m. | Pizza Man is opening a second location in The Mayfair Collection by spring 2015.

This is the first time Pizza Man has expanded beyond its flagship location on North Downer Avenue in Milwaukee, which reopened last year after being destroyed by a fire.

Pizza Man will seat 200 diners and include an outdoor patio, similar to its Milwaukee east side location and will be located just east of Corner Bakery Café, which was announced to open Monday, Oct. 20.

Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to can also submit letters online via our submission form.

No injuries in Wauwatosa house fire Sunday night

Oct. 06, 2014 10:54 a.m. | No injuries were reported after the Wauwatosa Fire Department responded to a house fire about 7 p.m. Sunday night in the 1900 block of Ludington Avenue. The fire caused damage initially estimated at $75,000, according to a report from the fire department.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Assistant Chief Jim Case said it appeared to be related to faulty chimney bricks. Residents reported smoke in the attic, and fire crews found fire within the walls and floors. Three tenants were displaced from the duplex.

The Wauwatosa Fire Department was assisted by the police department and the North Shore, Butler, Brookfield and Milwaukee fire departments. They were on the scene for about three hours.

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