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NOW/Wave All-Star soccer game photos now online

Jan. 24, 2011 8:42 a.m. | Some of the area's best soccer players took to the field Saturday at the US Cellular Arena to represent their schools in the MyCommunityNOW/Milwaukee Wave Senior All-Star soccer match.

NOW's C.T. Kruger was there too, and created this photo gallery with more than 30 images from the contest.

The East team posted a 12-8 victory in the game, which featured players from Brookfield Central, Brookfield East, Franklin, Germantown, Greendale, Homestead, Menomonee Falls, Muskego, New Berlin Eisenhower, New Berlin West, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa East, West Allis Hale and Whitefish Bay.

Go to photo gallery.

Brookfield Plan Commission to look at Corridor specifics

1:55 p.m. | The city of Brookfield plan commission will be in for a busy night next week when they have their monthly meeting Monday night.

Among the agenda's items for discussion will be a number of topics relating to developer Irgens' project, The Corridor.

In particular, the plan commission and those in attendance will get a closer look at specific details for multiple retail buildings that will make up a large portion of phase one of the project. Commissioners will also be asked to consider fence code and sign code variances.

The plan commission will meet Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

Bartlein, Arnold lead weekend fireworks for Blue Sox

12:53 p.m. | The Brookfield Blue Sox won two games over the holiday weekend and now have a three-game winning streak in the Land O'Lakes Western Division action.

Steve Bartlein's walk-off RBI double gave the Blue Sox a 2-1 win over Lannon on July 4 at McCoy Field.

The Sox (4-7) trailed the contending Stonemen (7-4) 1-0 going into the ninth inning when Brookfield rallied for the win.

Nick Rechlitz singled to lead off the inning and stole second base. Tim Kahle then was safe on a fielder's choice when Lannon catcher Dean Haase threw the ball away, trying to get Rechlitz at third and allowing him to score the tying run.

Kahle went to second on the play, and Pat Tobiasz walked to put runners on first and second. Bartlein, one of the league's top hitters, then ripped a double, scoring Kahle with the game winner.

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School for special needs children coming to Brookfield

July 07, 2015 12:53 a.m. | Students, parents and schools all around Waukesha County will have a new resource to use next school year.

The Richardson School will be opening its third school in the town of Brookfield at the former Heritage Christian Schools location at 175 S. Barker Road.

The new location will provide additional programs and assistance for students from school districts in the area with special needs.

New Berlin West hands Eisenhower 2 losses to open week

July 06, 2015 2:28 p.m. | Whatever New Berlin Eisenhower's number was, New Berlin West had it last week, as the Vikings beat the Lions twice and knocked them out of the championship bracket of the Woodland Conference Baseball Tournament.

First, the Vikings used the excellent pitching of Adam Fritz to win 4-1 at Eisenhower on June 29. Then the next day, West rallied from a four-run deficit to win 5-4 at New Berlin West behind Corey Liebherr's pitching and hitting.

Pitcher's duel

Fritz and Eisenhower's Ryan Macho hooked up in an old-fashioned pitcher's duel with the Vikings' ace coming out on top. Fritz allowed six hits and a run while striking out six and not walking a batter. Macho also pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, three earned runs and two walks while striking out four batters.

Oscar Delvalle scored once, singled twice and drove in two runs as he had West's only multi-hit game. The Lions' Joey Scaffidi had the biggest day, banging out three singles with a run scored. Bryan Marx tripled and scored, and Justice Dodd doubled and scored, batting eighth and ninth for the Vikings.

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New Berlin West baseball team loses to Greendale, beats Shorewood

July 06, 2015 2:13 p.m. | The big games for New Berlin West and New Berlin Eisenhower were against each other, but they had a couple of other games on the docket as well.

West at Greendale

The Panthers scored nine runs in the first inning and rolled to a 13-1 win over New Berlin West on July 1 at Greendale.

West scored a run in the second, and Greendale countered with four more in the bottom of the inning. With star pitcher Ty Ramirez pitching, the Vikings chance of victory was slim to none as he walked three and had 11 strikeouts.

Angel Ramirez had three hits and an RBI; Sam Sabinash singled and doubled and drove in 3 runs; Bohan Lee singled twice and drove in three runs; and Logan Rezach had two singles and an RBI.

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Elmbrook Humane Society to collect much-needed items at 'Thank Dog It's Friday' event

July 06, 2015 1:28 p.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society will host its annual "Thank Dog It's Friday" event on Friday, July 17.

The dog-themed event will feature lure coursing, swimming pools (for the dogs), raffles and vendors. Participants will also be invited to "stuff" a Soerens Ford vehicle with items needed by EBHS to provide care to its animal patients.

Those much-needed items include cat and dog food, canned tuna, pet nursing bottles, chicken or beef broth and treats for pets. For a complete list, visit

The free event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the humane society, 20950 Enterprise Ave.

Elm Grove Police and Fire Departments respond to house fire

July 01, 2015 1:18 p.m. | No injuries were reported in relation to an Elm Grove house fire at 13165 Wrayburn Road Wednesday morning.

Elm Grove Police and Fire Departments responded to the active fire at 10:25 a.m. The home was not occupied at the time of the fire although contractors were on scene repairing a roof.

The fire was contained to the attic and upper side walls of the residence and investigators are currently on scene looking into the cause.

Estimate of structural loss is unknown although the total assessed value of the home, including land, is $441,800 based on 2014 property tax listings.

Are you affected by the Milwaukee bus strike? Brookfield Now wants to hear from Gold Line commuters

July 01, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Do you rely on the Milwaukee County Transit System for work? If so, Brookfield Now would like to hear from you.

Reporter John Rasche is currently looking for Gold Line commuters, who depend on the route from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to Brookfield Square Mall.

How has Milwaukee County's bus driver strike affected you? How are you making the commute in lieu of bus operation?

Rasche may use your input for an upcoming story about the strike's effect on the Brookfield area.

He can be reached by email at or you can also find him on Twitter at @Rasche_Now.

Brookfield water main break causes closure of Lilly Road

July 01, 2015 7:48 a.m. | A water main break forced the closure of an approximately half-mile stretch of Lilly Road early Friday morning, June 26.

Lilly was closed from West Burleigh Road to Ridgewood Road after a service connection blew out.

"There's a little device called a saddle that sits on the (water) main. It had been put in several years ago to feed a home back in the woods, and it just failed," city of Brookfield Director of Public Works Tom Grisa said.

Closing Lilly Road was standard procedure for the city, considering the situation.

"We don't always know where the break is and it was (spilling) in the roadway," Grisa said. "It was also at the bottom of a hill, so you would have the potential for slippery traffic."

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Town of Brookfield denies two sign requests

July 01, 2015 7:43 a.m. | The town of Brookfield's plan commission stuck to its guns Tuesday night when asked to consider requests by two businesses for signs that would violate the town's sign code.

Siding Unlimited and Skiin both put in requests for the plan commission to recommend scheduling public hearings for the businesses to be allowed to have signs that display digital, changing text.

While commissioners did not specifically have problems with the idea of allowing the public hearing to take place for the textual request, they voted down both items for other reasons.

Most of the discussion on the items referred to Siding Unlimited's request because it came first on the agenda and officials did not want to have the same conversation for Skiin.

"There's a couple of code issues relative to this request and that's the size of the sign," town of Brookfield Development Services Administrator Gary Lake said. "The area proposed is 138 square feet. Our ordinance permits 70 square feet for a single-occupant, free-standing sign."

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Brookfield and Elm Grove Police Report: July 2

July 01, 2015 7:28 a.m. |



1A 60-pound roll of insulated copper wire was stolen from the back lot of Current Electric, 12625 W. Burleigh Road, at 7:05 p.m. on June 22.

2A grass trimmer was stolen from the 17000 block of Deer Park Drive sometime around 9 a.m. on June 23. A city of Brookfield Parks employee had been doing lawn work and left the trimmer momentarily unattended by the side of the road and returned to find it missing.

3Three bags full of Red Bull were stolen from Pick 'n Save, 12735 W. Capitol Drive, at around 10:20 a.m. on June 23. The subject then fled in a vehicle in an unknown direction.

4A 52-year-old man was arrested for retail theft after attempting to steal groceries from Pick 'n Save, 12735 W. Capitol Drive, at 4:26 p.m. on June 23.

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Five things to know about trains in Brookfield

June 30, 2015 11:31 p.m. | Approximately 26 trains come through Brookfield on a daily basis. The freight of these Canadian Pacific Railway trains ranges from food to crude oil and many things in between. Here are five comments addressing frequently asked questions about trains and railroads in the area.

1. There is no schedule

Well, not an exact one at least.

According to Canadian Pacific Railway's website it's not possible to have a set timetable that residents and commuters can check in order to absolutely verify when to expect a railroad crossing to add time to a trip.

"Freight trains do not run on a set schedule like passenger trains do. They can run at any time, depending on what customers need and changes in business cycles," the website reads. "A train schedule may be based on the requirements of a port 2,000 miles away."

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Town of Brookfield once again considers Poplar Creek proposal

June 30, 2015 10:38 p.m. | The town of Brookfield plan commission revisited a topic tabled by the town board over a year ago at its meeting Tuesday night.

In February of 2014, Wimmer Communities came before the town with plans for a mixed-use development to fill 7.45 acres of vacant land along Jennifer Drive, west of Poplar Creek and north of Bluemound Road. At that time, the plan commission recommended the project for approval; however, the town board tabled the topic so that the town could contract for a market analysis for the multifamily housing proposed.

That study was concluded last summer and Wimmer Communities returned Tuesday before the plan commission to restart the approval process.

The developer is proposing a mixed-use development called Poplar Creek that would include a retail building at the corner of Jennifer Drive and Bluemound Road as well as 136 luxury apartments.

The apartments would be located in a building to be constructed further back from Bluemound Road and along the proposed Poplar Creek Parkway. The building would be three stories on each end and would rise to four near the middle of the structure where a two-story clubhouse would connect the two halves.

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Ask Now: Fewer meetings? Same pay?

June 30, 2015 10:13 p.m. | Is there a rumor you'd like tracked down? Geoff Bruce answers some of the mysteries of life in Brookfield and Elm Grove and helps solve everyday problems.

A resident asks: The City of Brookfield cuts back from two common council meetings per month to one during the summer. I am wondering if aldermen also see their pay reduced while having to attend less meetings or if they receive the same compensation.

Answer: City of Brookfield aldermen receive the same payments throughout the summer as they do during the rest of the year.

Aldermen are paid $9,911 annually.

City of Brookfield Director of Finance Robert Scott noted that aldermen are paid twice per month throughout the year.

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Brookfield author's proceeds going to Wounded Warrior Project

June 30, 2015 8:19 p.m. | A former Brookfield resident is continuing his efforts to help veterans while also pursuing a late-blooming passion.

John Sponcia, who now resides just across Lisbon Road in Menomonee Falls, will be giving a presentation next week — Thursday, July 9 — at the Brookfield Public Library about his latest book, "Going Back to Move Forward: A Baby Boomer's Time Travel."

Sponcia retired after being a co-owner at a Ford dealership in Cudahy in 2004 and soon found himself looking for a new way to spend his time.

"When I retired and had spare time I read more and then I had a lot of verbal opinions. I would voice those to my son and he said 'Why don't you just write this stuff down?'" Sponcia said.

Soon after, in 2008, Sponcia started blogging. In the time since his writing career began, he has now released two books, the first being "Voiceover… Sanity in the Age of Madness."

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