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Poplar Creek, Home2Suites highlight town board agenda

4:23 p.m. | The town of Brookfield town board have a busy evening ahead of them as tonight's agenda includes a number of items pertaining to major projects.

Among those topics is the final approval for the development of a 105-room Home2Suites extended stay hotel and a pair of land use or zoning changes to land directly west of Poplar Creek to make way for a mixed-use development that would include 136 luxury apartments.

In addition, the agenda lists the intention for the board to adjourn into closed session in order to meet with legal counsel and discuss the town's strategy moving forward with incorporation proceedings.

The town board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the town of Brookfield Municipal Building, 645 N. Janacek Road.

Town of Brookfield's latest incorporation bid fails

3:50 p.m. | The town of Brookfield has once again come up short in an effort for incorporation.

The Wisconsin Incorporation Review Board submitted its ruling July 30 and posted it to its website July 31 after a four-year process that was started in 2011 by town resident Jay Walt.

The board ruled that the petition failed to meet three of the six statutory standards required in order for the town to morph into a village.

The standards by which the petition failed were compactness and homogeneity, impact on the remainder of the town and impact on the metropolitan community.

Disconnected elements

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Brookfield Bulldogs veteran Lueck comes away a big winner

2:48 p.m. | Brookfield Bulldogs veteran Jeff Lueck came up big time last weekend, coming off the bench to defeat crosstown rival Blue Sox and getting his team the fourth seed in the playoffs, which begin this Sunday.

Lueck pitched a total of 82/3 innings in a 4-3 win on Saturday, Aug. 1, and an 8-3 victory on Sunday, Aug. 2, over the Sox, allowing only five hits and earning a victory in each game.

With the score tied 3-3 on Saturday, Lueck came in relief of Greg Basthemer with the bases loaded and two outs and got Sox shortstop Tim Kahle to hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning. It was an interesting move by manager Jason Booth, who told me "I hope I'm doing the right thing" as he walked back into the dugout.

After a three-up, three-down sixth inning, Lueck allowed two runners in the seventh inning but got out of the inning when center fielder Kris Franzen caught Zach Loss' line drive to short center and threw out Aaron Leitner at the plate to end the inning.

He had another 1-2-3 inning in the eighth inning, and the Bulldogs took a 4-3 lead with a run in the bottom of the inning.

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124th street extension off the table despite Elm Grove support

2:03 p.m. | Despite support from the village of Elm Grove, city of West Allis officials say that their attempts to extend 124th Street through a part of southeastern Brookfield are finished.

The topic arose at the public level in recent weeks when the city of Brookfield's board of public works and common council were asked to consider resolutions that would offer support to West Allis' application for federal funding to extend 124th from Robinwood Lane north to Bluemound Road.

Both city panels voted down support for the potential project by strong majorities, with multiple aldermen expressing concern for the residents who live in the area near the proposed extension.

In addition to concerns about traffic and residents, Alderman Scott Berg also raised the issue last month about this portion of 124th Street being extended without a guarantee of full connectivity for the northern portion of the arterial within the city.

"You would get all of this traffic into the middle of Brookfield and then you would leave it there," Berg said. "This enormous grid of streets would just end in Brookfield."

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Brookfield Blue Sox leave 14 runners on base in 4-3 loss

1:58 p.m. | The Brookfield Blue Sox dropped a 4-3 decision to crosstown rival Bulldogs on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the Sox had no one to blame but themselves.

Coach Jeff Lemmermann's crew couldn't come up with the big hit when they needed one and left 14 men on base against three Bulldogs pitchers.

"That's frustrating, and we put some good swings on balls with runners moving," Lemmermann said. "We just didn't hit it where they weren't. Hats off to them. They played good defense when they needed to play it. We couldn't get the big hit, even in the ninth inning. We put a nice ball down the line, and the third baseman made a nice play on it. That was kind of the difference."

With the Sox trailing, 4-3, in the ninth, Steve Bartlein singled to center and Bill Posteluk singled to right, putting runners at first and second. Matt McCarten then hit the ball to Jeff Lueck on the mound, and he rifled a throw to third, where Scott Booth made a nice pickup to get Bartlein sliding into the base on a play that could have gone either way.

At that point, Bulldogs manager Jason Booth brought in flamethrower Anthony Andres, who fanned Aaron Leitner and got David Jackym on a grounder to third to end the game.

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Brookfield Bulldogs sweep Blue Sox to make playoffs

12:59 p.m. | Brookfield Blue Sox manager Jeff Lemmermann didn't have a good feeling when he came to the ballpark on Sunday, Aug. 2, following a 4-3 loss to crosstown rival Bulldogs on Saturday at McCoy Field.

The loss (see separate story) set up a win-or-go-home scenario for Lemmermann's crew, who should have won Saturday's battle but left 14 runners on base.

As a result, the Sox got off to a slow start on Sunday and dropped an 8-3 decision to the Bulldogs to fall out of the playoff race. Lannon will come to town on Sunday, Aug. 9, to face the Bulldogs for a noon playoff game.

"I didn't have a good feeling last night," Lemmermann said. "A couple of breaks here and there; we hit the ball well. We probably should have won that game. We left a lot of guys on base. Today we came in flat. We didn't play well and buried ourselves early, 8-0. It's hard to dig out against any team, let alone them (the Bulldogs). I did not think there was a chance we could lose two in a row."

Either did Bulldogs manager Jason Booth.

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Bulldogs to host Lannon on Sunday, Aug. 9

12:43 p.m. | The first round of the Western Division Land O'Lakes playoffs will begin Sunday, Aug. 9, as six of the final seven teams qualified when last week's games were finished.

The fourth-seeded Brookfield Bulldogs will host the fifth-seeded Lannon Stonemen at noon at McCoy Field. Both teams finished 11-7, but Brookfield won the tiebreaker.

"We're looking forward to the challenge," Bulldogs manager Jason Booth said. "It's been a long time since we have been this low a seed, but the guys are ready. I think we're just starting to peak. It's a good time for that."

Bulldog pitcher Jeff Lueck added, "I think we're getting hot at the right time, definitely. We had a tough loss against Sussex (4-3) that we let sneak away a little bit, but this game is about getting hot at the right time and I think we're starting to play good team baseball."

The sixth-seeded Monches Irish (10-8) travels to Village Park to play the third-seeded Sussex Cardinals (13-5) at 1 p.m. It is Monches' first trip to the playoffs in 43 years, the first time since 1972.

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Brookfield Central Lancers place seven on All-Greater Metro squad

12:43 p.m. | Brookfield Central placed seven players on some level of the All-Greater Metro Conference team, topped by three first-team honors.

Zach Schmidt and Jonathan Keane made it as first-team infielders and Michael Hauser made it as a first-team outfielder. Pitcher Justin Stollberg earned second-team honors.

Central had three honorable mention choices — catcher Mike Rufer, outfielder Matt Hodges and infielder Riley Keays.

The Lancers will lose 11 seniors to graduation — Schmidt, Keane, Keays, Rufer, Jarred Shipman, Matt Hodges, Ben Gerhard, Austin Heckman, Keith Nakamura, Nick Vavrik and John Rymaszewski.

"The group focused on experience," coach Jeff Bigler said. "That run to the state tournament helped their mind-set. They knew what was expected of them and they wanted to work.

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2016 Brookfield East Jr. Spartans Baseball set tryouts for Saturday

9:02 a.m. |

The Brookfield East Jr. Spartans Select Baseball Program will begin holding tryouts for the 2016 season on Saturday, August 8th at Wirth Park.   Under the guidance of Varsity Coach Nicholas Wycklendt, the Jr. Spartans baseball program preaches teamwork and sportsmanship, with a strong emphasis on player development. 
 
The 2016 U8, U9, and U10 teams will have tryouts on August 8th from 9:00 till 10:30.   The u11, U12, and U13 teams will conduct tryouts that same day from 11:00 till 12:30.   For full details on tryout dates and times, and more information about the program, visit our website:  www.juniorspartanbaseball.com

Elm Grove to host first camp out in Village Park

Aug. 04, 2015 1:43 a.m. | Dozens of families and hundreds of residents will gather in the friendly confines of Village Park for the village of Elm Grove's first Great Elm Grove Campout.

The campout was inspired by inquiries from village residents about the possibility of such an event. In addition, Elm Grove recreation director Erin Cross says that she felt a village campout would be successful because it has worked in other communities.

"It's something that I've seen at other recreation departments, and camping is kind of one of my hobbies, so I really latched onto it right away," Cross said. "It will be a fantastic family event."

The Great Elm Grove Campout will feature entertainment for all ages starting at 4 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 8.

"We will have our pool open as normal and the campout is also in conjunction with one of our Movies in the Park," Cross said.

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New Berlin woman charged with embezzling from neurosurgery practice

July 30, 2015 3:48 p.m. | A New Berlin woman has been charged with embezzling more than $200,000 while working for a Brookfield neurosurgery practice from 2012 to 2014.

Debbie A. Benson, 53, faces 13 counts of theft in a business setting, over $10,000, and five counts of unauthorized use of an entity's identifying information.

According to the criminal complaint:

Benson began working as a billing specialist at Wisconsin Neurosurgery in March 2012. In 2014, the business owner, surgeon Kimball Fuiks, hired an auditor and asked her to sit down with Benson and teach her some better financial management because the business wasn't doing well.

The auditor noted resistance from Benson, and then began reviewing books and immediately noticed red flags; clients who had not been billed. After the auditor confronted Benson, she promptly resigned.

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Town commission recommends approval for pair of Poplar Creek requests

July 28, 2015 10:18 p.m. | The town of Brookfield Plan Commission took its turn tackling a pair of requests from Wimmer Communities regarding the developer's proposal for land north of W. Bluemound Road and just west of Poplar Creek.

The project, which shares the name Poplar Creek with its aquatic future neighbor, would bring 136 luxury apartments and a 4,200-square-foot retail building to a currently vacant 7.45 acre parcel.

On Tuesday night, the Plan Commission was asked to consider a rezoning request by Wimmer to change the property from being intended only for business to having a mixed-use development be allowable.

Additionally, the panel was tasked with making a recommendation on the topic of a conditional use permit for Poplar Creek that would allow it some elbow room compared to normal standards in the town.

The commission made recommendations to the town board in favor of both requests by 5-0 and 4-1 votes respectively with commissioner Len Smeltzer casting the dissenting vote for the conditional use permit.

City of Brookfield to host 17th National Night Out

July 28, 2015 11:48 a.m. | Residents will have a chance to meet and bond with their police and fire personnel next Wednesday night.

The city of Brookfield will be hosting its 17th annual National Night Out at the Brookfield Civic Plaza, located just north of City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, and the city Public Safety Building, 2100 N. Calhoun Road.

"National Night Out is a celebration of crime prevention and safety," city of Brookfield Police Dept. community services officer Denise Carroll said. "It is an opportunity to get crime prevention and safety information out to the community."

The event is Brookfield's branch of a national program launched in 1984 to promote positive relationships between police and their communities.

National Night Out in Brookfield will run from 5 - 9 p.m. Wednesday evening and will include plenty of topical crime prevention information.

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'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale

July 28, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.

The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.

The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.

Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.

Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.

Blue Sox increase winning streak to seven in a row

July 28, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Brookfield Blue Sox Gold Glove centerfielder Nick Rechlitz struggled in his first three at bats against Sussex in an 8-4 win on July 25 at McCoy Field. He even struggled the first few pitches in his fourth at bat, but not for long.

The Bulldogs trailed, 4-3, in the bottom of the seventh, with JJ Belknapp at third and Matt McCarten on second when Rechlitz came to bat. He grounded out to the mound, flew out to right field and grounded out to second in his first three at bats.

But after battling Lucas Keller, who had entered the game in the sixth inning, Rechlitz ripped a two-strike single to center field to bring home Belknapp and McCarten for a 5-4 lead, with Rechlitz taking second on the throw to the plate. Tim Kahle then singled in Rechlitz for a 6-4 lead going into the final two innings.

"The biggest thing is you have to stay confident, forget your previous at bats and continue to look forward, thinking of the next pitch and putting the ball in play and making solid contact," Rechlitz said. "I was lucky enough to get a pitch up in the zone, got my hands through and get a good barrel on it. It gave us the game today and gave us the lead, and that was good."

Rechlitz added an RBI double in the eighth inning and scored the game's final run for an 8-4 win.

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