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Port to pick up Christmas trees twice this month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 19:02

Christmas trees will be collected by Port Washington street department crews this week and the week of Jan. 21.  

Trees must be placed at the curb with the stump facing the street. They must be bare of all ornaments, tinsel and other embellishment, and cannot be in bags.
   

 
Search continues for missing Cedarburg man PDF Print E-mail
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Written by SARAH McCRAW   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 18:58

    A major search led by the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department is underway for a 24-year-old man who disappeared near downtown Cedarburg in the early-
morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 27.

    Fire and rescue crews from Cedarburg, Grafton and Theinsville, along with the Cedarburg Police Department and the Great Lakes Search and Rescue K-9 unit, are assisting the sheriff’s department in the search.

    Undersheriff Jim Johnson said Robert Steinbrecker, a graduate of Cedarburg High School, left Maxwell’s Bar with friends and was last seen running north on the ice on Cedar Creek around 2 a.m.

    Crews are walking through the woods and along the banks of the river and using underwater cameras to check the deeper portions of Cedar Creek, Johnson said.

    The Sheriff’s Department also used the My State USA program to send reverse 911 calls to approximately 95 area residents, alerting them of the missing person search.

    Residents near Cedar Creek have been asked to check their properties for any signs of Steinbrecker.

    Steinbrecker was last seen wearing a green and gold knit Green Bay Packers hat, a heavy, dark green parka jacket, a blue T-shirt, brown pants and black tennis shoes with white trim on the soles.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 284-7172 and reference incident number 12-35179.

 
Port Council OKs 1.25% raises for city employees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 18:57

Port Washington city employees will receive a 1.25% salary increase for 2013.

    The Common Council on Tuesday approved the across-the-board raises for workers, adding that merit increases will be considered following employee performance evaluations later this year.

    The money is included in the 2013 budget, City Administrator Mark Grams said.

    Grams said the city looked at what other Ozaukee County communities are giving employees — a number that generally ranges from nothing to 2% — inDaily-Press deciding how much of a raise to give.

 
Teen injured when struck by car in downtown Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 18:19

A teenager rushed into traffic and was struck by a car on Grand Avenue near Milwaukee Street in downtown Port Washington late Dec. 26, according to police.

    The youth suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital. He was released by the following day, police said.

    The accident occurred about 5:25 p.m. in front of Tello’s restaurant when a 21-year-old man was driving on Grand Avenue.

    He told officers he was driving around another vehicle that was in the process of parking when the youth ran into traffic, striking his 2009 Mazda, according to police.
    Witnesses said the youth ran out from the driveway at Tello’s, police said.badge
    The teenager suffered contusions to his head.

    He later told his parents he parked his bike near Tello’s and was running across the street to a gas station when the accident occurred, police said.

 
Polar Bears’ plunge, free taxi rides await New Year’s revelers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:47

The start of a new calendar year will be greeted with the thrill of the annual Polar Bear Club’s plunge into Lake Michigan and free taxi rides on New Year’s Eve.

    Hundreds of participants will run into the icy waters on the Port Washington beach front at the end of Jackson Street at 2 p.m. on Jan. 1.

    “I think the No. 1 thing about it is the looks on people’s faces. Whether you’re a rookie or a veteran that’s been doing it 20 years, you still get shocked the same and you still get that crazy look on your face,” said Jon Crain, president of the Port Washington polar bear club.

    Decked out in swimsuits or festive costumes, swimmers run, jump and splash in the frigid water, which is around 33 degrees.

    Swimmers do not need to register to participate in the event.

    “We just ask that you sign the books that we have out there and we ask that you go completely under,” Crain said.

    Nearly 250 people took part in the dip  on Jan. 1, 2012, and Crain hopes even more people join in next week.

    “I think the big thing is that it brings people together for a unique experience,” he said.

    Club members will be on the beach before hand to prep the area.

    “We like to cut back the brush on the beach, so there’s a nice area for people to go in. Hopefully we don’t have to break through any ice,” Crain said.

    Newcomers are always welcome, but Crain recommends they do one thing.

    “The biggest thing, I would say is make sure you have your warm clothes and towels ready when you come out. Going in isn’t bad, but coming out is when you start to feel it,” he said.

    Once again, the Ozaukee County taxi will provide free rides on New Year’s Eve from 9 p.m. Dec. 31 until 4 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Rides will be given to anyone in Ozaukee County, free of charge.

    Donations from MillerCoors, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital and Specialized Transport Services have helped the county recover all operating costs.

    To arrange a ride, call (262) 238-TAXI or 284-TAXI (8294).

 
Dean chooses not to seek another term as alderman PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012 19:45

Former mayor’s decision leaves two Port council seats open in election next spring

There will be two open seats on the Port Washington Common Council next spring.

    Ald. Joe Dean filed his non-candidacy forms last week, joining Ald. Jim Vollmar in deciding not to seek re-election.

    Dean, who did not return a call seeking comment, is concluding his first term as alderman. In the 1990s, he served a term as the city’s mayor.

    Dean is also an Ozaukee County supervisor and president of the board of directors for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

    Dean represents the city’s 5th District,  which encompasses much of the northwest side, while Vollmar represents the 3rd District, which includes much of the lakefront and downtown.

    Vollmar, who is completing his third term, said he and his wife, who is retiring, plan to travel and pursue other interests.

    Ald. Dan Becker, who represents the city’s 7th District, has taken out nomination papers but not yet returned them.

    Ald. Mike Ehrlich, who represents the 1st District, said he plans to run for re-election, although he had not taken out his papers yet.

    In the Port Washington-Saukville School District, all three incumbents have filed to run for re-election.

    They are Jim Eden, who represents those portions of the towns of Grafton and Saukville in the school district, and Kelly O’Connell-Perket and Jim Olson, who represent the City of Port Washington.

    The deadline for returning nomination papers or, in the case of the school board, filing a campaign registration statement and declaration of candidacy, is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.Daily-Press

     If more than two candidates seek any one seat, a primary election will be held Feb. 19 to narrow the field for the April 2 election.



 

 
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