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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West advances with 75-4 win over James Madison

March 04, 2014 10:17 p.m. | Wauwatosa West girls basketball team’s starters left the game with a few minutes left in the first quarter as the Trojans rolled to a 75-4 victory over Milwaukee James Madison on Tuesday at West in the WIAA Regional quarterfinals.

In one of the most lopsided games of the year, the Trojans led 30-0 after the first quarter and 58-0 at halftime.

Junior forward Abbey Jones scored eight points in the first quarter and Yolanda Delarosa scored 11 in the second quarter and finished as the game’s high scorer with 16.

No one on the Madison team could handle the ball and several of their passes were lobbed and easily picked off or passed right to the Tosa West player. The Knights had no chance against the aggressive press in the first half.

“We told the girls to focus on what we worked on in practice,” Imperiale said. “We do want to pressure teams when we get to these games, so even though they had trouble handling the ball, we worked on our rotations.

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Milwaukeeans share paczki on social media

March 04, 2014 10:58 a.m. |

It's Fat Tuesday, which means paczki for a lot of Milwaukeeans.
Coworkers brought boxes full of the annual treat into offices around the suburban area. People lined up to wait for theirs despite the snow.

Here's a look at how some people are celebrating in the MyCommunityNOW social media story.

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