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Brookfield Target store could break ground in August

April 07, 2011 7:00 a.m. | A Target store planned for Brookfield's former Quebecor World printing plant site could have a groundbreaking in late August.

That's the word from Dan Ertl, City of Brookfield director of community development. Ertl told me the next round of plan and zoning approvals for the proposed store begins with a Plan Commission meeting on Monday, followed by a public hearing on June 7.

The Common Council is set to review the plans on June 21, with a developer's agreement to be reviewed in July, Ertl said. Assuming construction starts in late August, the Target would be completed about a year later, he said. 

Minneapolis-based developer Ryan Cos. in June 2010 proposed the 136,000-square-foot Target for the 23-acre site at 12821 W. Blue Mound Road. The Common Council in December changed land use guidelines to allow retail development at the site totaling around 170,000 square feet.

The former printing plant, which closed in 2006, will be demolished to make way for the Target and other new retail buildings.

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Elmbrook Education Foundation releases early details of annual Ladies' Night

3:43 p.m. | The Elmbrook Education Foundation will host its 12th annual Ladies' Night fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 30.

The night event will be held at the Westmoor Country Club, 400 S. Moorland Road.

Ladies' Night will offer a silent auction, raffle, "swag" bags, wine pulls and other activities.

Funds raised will go toward the foundation's $50,000 commitment to the Elmbrook School District's "Elementary Classroom Libraries to Support Literacy Instruction" program. The initiative is to equip every elementary learning space with a variety of multimedia materials that supports student literacy, including traditional textbooks and e-books.

For more information, visit www.elmbrookeducationfoundation.com.

Capitol water tower getting a makeover

3:23 p.m. | Curious commuters along Capitol Drive need not wonder if big change is coming to the water tower near Capitol and Calhoun Road.

The tower is simply being re-painted. As such, City of Brookfield Director of Public Works Tom Grisa notes that some equipment must be moved in order to perform the maintenance.

"The cell companies have to get their equipment off of the tower and put it on some temporary poles," Grisa said.

Brookfield East baseball team places five players on all-GMC team

12:53 p.m. | Brookfield East finished with an 8-22 overall record and a 5-13 record in the Greater Metro Conference, finishing eighth of 10 teams and qualifying for the league postseason tournament.

The Spartans did manage to finish with five all-conference players on various levels with junior infielder Travis Styer and sophomore outfielder Sam Gauger leading the way with second-team honors.

Honorable mention went to senior Dan Magyar (outfield), senior Dan McGuire (infield) and junior TC Swittel (Utility).

The Spartans gave six team awards to five players.

Gauger earned two team awards — the Gold Glove and the Most Improved.

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Car and motorcycle show returns to Elm Grove

July 22, 2015 12:55 p.m. | Classic cars and motorcycles will again grace a stretch of Watertown Plank Road in the Village of Elm Grove this summer.

The third annual Cruisin' the Grove event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 2 starting at 10 a.m.

There is no fee to participate in the show although a donation is encouraged. All donations will go to benefit the Milwaukee Heat youth wheelchair basketball team.

For more information go to www.facebook.com/CruisinTheGrove or call 262-789-2500.

The Suburban 16 Power Rankings: Watt, Niebrugge, and others on the next level

July 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. | (Editor's note: After a late addition putting Anthony Pettis in the top 15, the "Suburban 15" was expanded to the "Suburban 16")

The meteoric rise just continues.

Pewaukee graduate J.J. Watt, once a scholarship tight end at Central Michigan and then a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin, was voted the No. 1 player in the National Football League by the league's players in a poll conducted by the NFL Network.

Higher than Aaron Rodgers (No. 2) and Tom Brady (No. 3). Higher than anyone could have imagined even when he became the 11th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Even with his second career NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award last year, it's still staggering to think that when the players in the NFL consider who the league's best player is, they turn to Watt.

Sure, all rankings have to be taken with a grain of salt, but especially with the accomplishments of Watt and Jordan Niebrugge, a Homestead graduate who shot an amateur-record round of 67 at the British Open and then tied for sixth in the tourney, there have been some exciting accomplishments racked up by local products. Considering athletes who competed in high school in the Now Newspapers or Lake Country Publications coverage area (and remain active), here's my Suburban 16, where I attempt to rank players based on exposure, impact and post-prep accomplishments.

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Brookfield rejects West Allis regarding 124th Street extension

July 21, 2015 11:38 p.m. | One week after the City of Brookfield's Board of Public Works rejected a proposal by the City of West Allis to work together in an extension of 124th Street, the Common Council followed suit.

West Allis requested that Brookfield lend its support in an application for federal funding that would see 124th Street extended from Robinwood Lane across I-94 and north to Bluemound Road.

A majority of Brookfield aldermen spoke against the idea of supporting West Allis in the venture, citing a variety of reasons including not wanting to impose greater traffic upon residents in the area of the extension.

"This definitely is a residential area. 124th Street runs along the border of West Allis and the City of Brookfield and goes only so far and then it kind of turns off into Robinwood," Alderman Renee Lowerr said. "This is a really nice, quiet neighborhood. What I don't want is this through traffic. What would be the benefit of allowing all this extra traffic through this subdivision?"

Among those who spoke in favor of lending support to West Allis was City of Brookfield Director of Public Works Tom Grisa.

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Irgens gets Corridor signs as requested following concession

July 21, 2015 11:13 p.m. | Attempts by a number of aldermen to keep Irgens from erecting a lit monument sign along N. Calhoun Road as part of its development, The Corridor, were unsuccessful Tuesday night.

Multiple officials and dozens of residents have criticized Irgens' signage plans in recent weeks after it became common knowledge that last November, the city's Common Council approved, as part of a Planned Development District (PDD) details of The Corridor that will include 38-foot monument signs along Bluemound Road and I-94 and a 25-foot sign along Calhoun.

Alderman Lisa Mellone questioned Irgens for not depicting the signs as now proposed in their initial set of artist renderings of the project.

"I thought it was somewhat disinegenuous, if not deceptive, to not picture the sign in all the renderings that went through the public process," Lisa Mellone said. "I think that was not in good form."

Lisa Mellone was joined by fellow council members Christopher Blackburn, Renee Lowerr and Jerry Mellone in speaking against the Calhoun Road sign.

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Brookfield approves rezoning for quarry apartment project

July 21, 2015 10:53 p.m. | The city of Brookfield's Common Council approved a rezoning ordinance for MRCR LLC's proposed apartment project and corresponding plans for the quarry and surrounding lands at its meeting Tuesday night.

The topic was revisited for the first time in more than six months after aldermen voted to postpone the topic in January pending a change to the city's well health protection code.

That change, which was approved last month, allows the city to to allow for administrative waivers of distance requirements for stormwater management facilities, such as retention ponds, from wells.

With that hurdle out of the way, aldermen resumed discussions on Hidden Lake Preserve, which would include 113 housing units at 13725 W. Burleigh Road on 10 acres immediately to the west.

In addition to those plans, MRCR has also proposed that 61 acres surrounding and including the quarry itself would be donated to a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit group to be formed at a later date for the purposes of conservation.

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Brookfield Common Council to revisit Regal Apartment project

July 21, 2015 6:14 p.m. | The city of Brookfield's aldermen have a busy night ahead of them this evening with a number of prominent items among the Common Council's agenda.

More than 6 months after being tabled by the city in January, a request of MRCR LLC and Mark Regal for approval of rezoning lands northwest of the Sileno Quarry pertaining to Hidden Lake Preserve, a 113-unit apartment project proposed for the area, will be revisited by the council.

In addition, the council will discuss a request from the City of West Allis to support an application for federal funds for the extension of 124th Street from Robinwood Street to Bluemound Road.

Aldermen will also rule on a number of details for Irgens' The Corridor, including signage size.

The Common Council will meet at 7:45 tonight at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

Two Milwaukee teens charged after attempted robbery, theft

July 21, 2015 3:48 p.m. | A pair of Milwaukee teenagers face a number of charges after a brief crime spree last Thursday morning in Brookfield.

Quinton McKinnie, 18, and Alfred Savoy, 17, were both charged with attempted robbery, driving a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, theft and resisting a police officer. Savoy was also charged with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer.

If convicted of all counts, McKinnie could face up to nine years and nine months in prison while Savoy could be sentenced to a maximum of 16 years.

The pair started their spree by driving a stolen minivan and picking up their friend, a 14-year-old who has not been charged. Both McKinnie and Savoy said that the 14 year old picked them up and was the original driver that morning, according to the criminal complaint, which noted that the 14-year-old told police Savoy was the initial driver. Savoy told police that McKinnie picked him up that morning, but he eventually took over driving the vehicle in Brookfield because he knew the area better, according to the complaint.

City of Brookfield Police initially responded to Sendik's Plaza, 18985 W. Capitol Drive, just after 8 a.m. July 16 in response to a report of a strong-armed robbery there, the complaint said.

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Versatile Shipman is Lancers' unsung hero

July 21, 2015 2:13 p.m. | For Jarred Shipman, like all the Brookfield Central seniors, it was a tough way end a career — losing to a lower-seeded opponent.

Shipman and the third-seeded Lancers lost a game they shouldn't have on July 17, dropping a 4-2 decision to sixth-seeded Pius XI of the Woodland Conference.

One of the unsung heroes of the game — and the season for that matter — was Shipman, one of most unselfish players you will ever run into.

Shipman, who spent a lot of time in left field for the Lancers' state championship team last year, was approached by coach Jeff Bigler before the season.

Central needed a third baseman, and he talked to Shipman about making the move.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: A dumb-sports-fan's guide to the Bucks arena financing situation

July 21, 2015 2:05 p.m. | JP tries his best to explain the machinations behind the state senate voting in favor of a Bucks arena financing plan, plus a lot more from a big week of Wisconsin sports (Favre! Niebrugge!). Also, JP shares his impressions from the WFCA All-Star football game.

Brookfield Bulldogs go 0-3 in ABC Tournament

July 21, 2015 2:03 p.m. | The Brookfield Bulldogs went 0-3 in the 2015 Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic, July 17-19.

The Bulldogs dropped a 5-1 decision to the Kenosha Kings on Friday, a 5-4 decision to the Neosho Rockets on Saturday and a 7-4 decision to the West Allis Nighthawks on Sunday.

Kenosha

The Bulldogs fell behind early and dropped a 5-1 decision to the Kenosha Kings on July 17 at West Bend High School.

The Kings scored three runs in the first inning and two runs in the third to put the game away early as they jumped on losing pitcher Griffin Lynch. Anthony Andreas had an RBI double in the fourth for Brookfield's only run.

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Pride of Midwest to add another fast-pitch team

July 21, 2015 1:53 p.m. | There is a new summer fast-pitch softball team coming to the area — the Brookfield Fastpitch Stars.

With tryouts on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Brookfield East, the Stars will hit the field summer of 2016.

The Stars are the brainchild of coaches Jeff Cain of Brookfield Central, Ashley Webber-Ortlieb of Brookfield East and Paul Bertling, president of the Pride of the Midwest Girls Fastpitch Softball Club.

"There is a gap in girls softball in Brookfield," Bertling said. "This is not unique to a lot of communities. The cities that have great feeder programs also have powerhouse high school teams (Germantown, Menomonee Falls).

"Our hope is that we might level that playing field. The goal of Stars is to prepare Brookfield girls for high school softball. The team will consist of only Brookfield residents and will be guided by both the Brookfield East and Brookfield Central softball coaching staffs. This is a true Brookfield community alliance."

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Brookfield Blue Sox's Leitner tosses gem for fifth victory

July 21, 2015 1:28 p.m. | The Brookfield Blue Sox defeated Hartland, 3-0, in Land O'Lakes Western Division action July 18 at McCoy Field for their fifth straight victory.

The Blue Sox made it back to .500 (7-7) as Aaron Leitner pitched a complete, though rain-shortened, game as he held Hartland scoreless on four hits through seven innings, striking out 12 while not walking a man.

"Leitner had good movement today, nice bite on his breaking stuff and stayed down with the fastball," manager Jeff Lemmermann said. "Was really pounding the zone."

The Sox scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings, and that was all the offense Leitner needed.

The top two hitters in the order accounted for five of the Sox's eight hits. Second hitter Tim Kahle, who is having a fine season, went three-for-three with a double, scored a run, stole a base and drove one in. Leadoff man Nick Rechlitz singled twice, scored twice and stole a base.

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