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Cooper's Hawk to open in Brookfield

June 10, 2011 12:14 p.m. | The opening date for the new Cooper's Hawk restaurant at Brookfield Square is June 27 in the former Claim Jumper space on the east side of the center.

I first wrote about Cooper's Hawk in February. The new restaurant will feature a winery atmosphere, a tasting room and a retail shop.

Cooper's Hawk's main facility is in Countryside, Ill., where they make 125,000 cases of wine each year.

Claim Jumper closed in December, after the chain filed for bankruptcy.

Five things to know about trains in Brookfield

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

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: Less meetings? Same pay?

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

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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Sports Notes: July 2, 2015

June 29, 2015 3:53 p.m. |

Jr. Spartan Football

accepting registrations

The Brookfield East Junior Spartan Football Program is now accepting registrations for the 2015-16 school year.

The program is open to residents and open-enrollment students in the Brookfield East High School attendance area who will be in fifth through eighth grade during the 2015-16 school year.

Fourth-graders playing up will be accepted as needed.

Registration forms and additional information can be found online at

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Brookfield's Krill wins boys 16 doubles Midwest Closed Junior Championship

June 29, 2015 3:48 p.m. | Indianapolis, Indiana — The USTA/Midwest Section Closed Junior Championships, the most prestigious junior tournament in the Midwest Section, ended June 25, and a Brookfield Easst player ended up winning the boys 16 doubles competition.

Robert Krill of Elm Grove team up with Nicholas Marino of Northbrook, Illinois, to defeat Lucas Horve of Forsyth, Illinois, and Jack Randall of Lockport, Illinois (6-3, 6-4).

Krill played No. 2 singles for coach Linda Lied at Brookfield East this season.

Over 1,000 talented junior players from all five USTA/Midwest Section States – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin — competed in the event.

These players are some of the best in the country and many have already committed to colleges across the nation.

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Rufer, Keane key Lancers' victory over Brookfield East

June 29, 2015 3:23 p.m. | Brookfield Central senior catcher Mike Rufer is known for his defensive skills, but in the Lancers' 6-1 decision over Brookfield East on June 22 at Central, Rufer let his bat do the talking.

Rufer, batting sixth in the order, had a third of his team's hits, going 3-for-3 with three singles and a run scored as the Lancers banged out nine hits against the Spartans.

He had a big hit in the Lancers' three-run second inning and again in the fifth.

With one out in the second, Michael Hauser singled to left field, and Rufer also followed with a single to left. Dominic LaBellarte dropped down a bunt, and East pitcher Jake Smith threw the ball away, allowing Hauser to score and courtesy runner Bob Gerhard to go to third, making the score 1-0.

Senior Jarred Shipman dropped down a suicide squeeze bunt to score Gerhard, making it 2-0, and junior Dillon Sehmer hit into a 6-4 fielder's choice, scoring LaBellarte for a 3-0 lead.

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Water main break closes Lilly Road

June 26, 2015 7:50 a.m. |  

A water main break has closed a half-mile of Lilly Road, from West Burleigh to Ridgewood Road. 


The water department is working to fix the issue.  

Elm Grove library surveying residents on future

June 24, 2015 12:28 a.m. | The Elm Grove Public Library is looking into changing its path.

And it needs residents' help in order to figure out its next direction.

The village's library board is revisiting its long-term strategic plan and is asking residents of the village, library-goers and potential/future-library-goers alike, to take a few minutes of their time and respond to a survey regarding about what they'd like to see more or less of if and when they visit.

The survey is posted on both the village's website and the library's website. In addition, hard copies can be picked up at the circulation desk at the library, 13600 Juneau Blvd.

"The last time we did this was about 10 years ago and now we have a brand new board and a brand new staff," Elm Grove Public Library strategic planning chair Karen Sopik said.

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Motion to dismiss for couple charged with locking daughter in basement denied

June 23, 2015 7:14 p.m. | A motion to dismiss child neglect charges against a Brookfield couple was denied in Waukesha County Court Tuesday afternoon.

In March, a Brookfield mother and her husband were charged with one count of child neglect in a case involving a 13-year-old girl and the couple's alleged treatment of the child.

Brookfield Now is not naming the couple, the child's mother and stepfather, in order to protect the identity of the child.

The couple pleaded not guilty to the charge in April and last month the couple's attorneys, Chelsea Williamson and Ronald Sonderhouse, filed a motion to dismiss.

On Tuesday, Sonderhouse said that the motion to dismiss was fueled by a lack of sufficiency of the criminal complaint. Sonderhouse said that the defense attempted to subpoena two witnesses for Tuesday's hearing, but neither was available.

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Elm Grove police seek leads in robbery

June 23, 2015 6:48 p.m. | A robber who made off with around $328 after threatening a woman in her garage in the 15100 block of Bluemound Road on June 12 is still on the loose.

Village of Elm Grove police are still searching for leads as they attempt to identify a suspect in the robbery, which took place at around 9:30 p.m.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s who is about 6 feet tall and between 160 and 170 pounds. He is described as having no facial hair, a deep voice, and was wearing a black knit hat, dark zip-up shirt and dark pants.

The suspect committed the robbery when he approached the woman, who was unloading her trunk, placed something cold against the back of her neck, and demanded money at which point the victim turned over the cash.

Police from the city of Brookfield and city of New Berlin also responded to the call and officers, including a K-9 unit, searched the area for over an hour. The suspect was last seen fleeing north on Terrace Drive.

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Brookfield's St. Dominic gearing up for annual Dominic Days festival

June 23, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Brookfield's St. Dominic Catholic Parish will look ahead to its 60th anniversary celebration by once again welcoming the community to its annual festival, Dominic Days.

Dominic Days is a four-day event which runs from Thursday afternoon through Sunday on one summer weekend. This year, it's July 9 through 12.

St. Dominic Director of Marketing & Communications Meg Picciolo notes that the festival expanded from three to four days for the first time last year. The parish felt that the expansion was a success and received plenty of positive feedback on it.

A large reason for increasing the length of Dominic Days was to allow the parish to offer an opportunity for children with special needs.

"The first thing we do on Thursday is that we have a special time for kids with special needs," Picciolo said. "Kids with special needs can ride on the rides with free wristbands; they just have to pre-register with us."

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Brookfield to host forum for new park

June 23, 2015 12:03 a.m. | The city of Brookfield is asking for public input this Thursday, June 25, on a new neighborhood park proposed in the city's 7th district.

The Meadows of Brookfield Neighborhood Park would be located on the east side of Eastmoor Avenue between Mt. Vernon Avenue and Golf Parkway. It has been in the city's Park & Open Space Plan as a recommended site for a future park since 1984. The park is intended to serve an area outlined by Bluemound Road to the north, Sunnyslope Road to the east, I-94 to the south and Moorland Road to the west. The area contains over 500 households. As of right now, the closest city parks to the area are Mary Knoll Park, located south of I-94, and Krueger Park, located east of Elm Grove Road.

"It's been identified in the city's Park and Open Space Plan dating back to 1984, but it hasn't moved forward until this point in time," Brookfield Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry Bill Kolstad said. "There was some resident interest indicated that was presented to the parks and recreation commission and they authorized moving forward with a public process at this time."

Kolstad said that while Mary Knoll and Krueger are district parks, which tend to be larger in size, the Meadows of Brookfield will be a neighborhood park.

"A neighborhood park is really identified to serve the neighborhood within a half-mile to a mile radius," Kolstad said.

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2015 4th of July events in suburban Milwaukee

June 22, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Welcome to summer! Area communities have numerous events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2015. If you know of an event you don't see listed here, drop us a line at Enjoy!

A list of 4th of July celebrations in Lake Country is a available here.

City of Brookfield 

Join the city of Brookfield as it celebrates Independence Day on Saturday, July Fourth. The day’s activities begin with a parade that starts at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Gebhardt Road at the driveway of Brookfield Central High School, turns right on Calhoun Road, left on North Avenue, and left on Norhardt Drive, where it ends at the corner of Civic Drive.

The annual citywide ice cream social takes place on the Civic Plaza immediately after the parade. Ice cream and lemonade are available. There will be a flag-raising ceremony and other entertainment.

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Sunset Playhouse offers free ticket for fathers

June 19, 2015 5:08 p.m. | The Sunset Playhouse is celebrating Father's Day this weekend with a buy one, get one free ticket special for Sunday's 2 p.m. presentation of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite."

The Sunset Playhouse is located at 800 Elm Grove Road. For more information, call 262-782-4430.

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