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Elmbrook to shutter Hillside

Oct. 25, 2011 9:46 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board voted, 6-1, tonight to close Hillside Elementary School after this school year ends.

Board member Bob Ziegler provided the lone dissenting vote, saying the board should see a redistricting plan before making the decision.

A plan for redistricting Elmbrook's remaining elementary schools is expected to be unveiled in November.

The decision was greeted with jeers from the crowd of about 150 people who came to witness the vote, most of whom oppose the closing.

Germantown football team advances with easy win over Brookfield Central

11:44 p.m. | Welcome to the North Shore Conference Invitational.

That's what the WIAA D2 southeast area football playoff bracket has turned into, as Homestead, Whitefish Bay, Cedarburg and Germantown all recorded easy wins in Level 1 action Friday night.

Germantown (9-1) did its part, overcoming a slow start to slowly overwhelm Brookfield Central at Datka Field, 37-18.

The Warhawks trailed 3-0 in the first quarter but then ran off 30 unanswered points in earning the victory. They will now host Cedarburg (8-2), which they defeated 48-31 earlier this season, next Friday, Oct. 31 in a level II contest.

The other semifinal in this bracket involves Bay (7-3) visiting Homestead. The winners will meet in Level 3.

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Cedarburg poised for North Shore rematch

11:33 p.m. | The Cedarburg Bulldogs will get a chance to exorcise their demons on Halloween night.

After dominating Brookfield East, 49-13, in Friday night's WIAA Division 2 Level 1 playoff game, the third-seeded Bulldogs (8-2, 6-1 in the North Shore Conference), earned an opportunity to avenge one of their two losses next week at No. 2-seeded Germantown (9-1, 6-1).

"This is the game I've been thinking about all year," Cedarburg senior quarterback Mike Mojica said. "We went down to Germantown before, we lost, I got hurt in the game, so I've been wanting to get another shot for a long time."

Cedarburg dropped the first game, 48-31, on Sept. 11. It was well-contested most of the way, but the Warhawks four-touchdown third quarter made the difference.

"Our kids are always excited to play," Cedarburg head coach Brian Leair said. "But yeah, that's one I think they want another shot at, and they're more than excited to get another week of football."

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 1.

Brookfield East leaves Pewaukee feeling foggy

8:47 a.m. | The start of the sectional semifinal soccer match between Pewaukee and Brookfield East was delayed 8 minutes when a bank dense fog rolled swiftly over the field, the product of smoke machines operating on the Haunted Nature Center fundraiser held just west of the stadium at East.

But once the contest began, clarity came quickly, and not just in terms of visibility.

Brookfield East took advantage of a Pewaukee own goal less than 2 minutes in, then piled on for a healthy first-half lead en route to a 4-0 victory Oct. 23 in the WIAA Division 2 match, one that sent East into a rematch with Whitefish Bay in Saturday's sectional final. Bay defeated East on the Spartans' home turf in the same spot last year.

Peter Raymonds scored twice, which was pretty impressive considering the senior leader was in a hospital bed just days earlier, and the Spartans had a 3-0 lead by the 35th minute, jettisoning a Pewaukee team that had made back-to-back state appearances in Division 3 before joining the D2 field this season.

"They're a good side; this would be only the second game they've lost," East coach Herbie Dundun said. "(The own goal) was a lucky break. In soccer terms, we call it a consequence of good play. It's a byproduct. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't, but we'll take it."

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Police pursuing suspect in shots fired incident

Oct. 22, 2014 11:32 a.m. | Town of Brookfield Police have at least one lead toward a suspect involved in at least seven shots being fired at Motel 6, 20300 W. Bluemound Road, early Wednesday morning.

Officers initially responded to the motel around 3:30 a.m. after a 911 hang-up; however, during their travel time, additional calls were received saying that shots had been fired.

Police have, so far, not located any victims or anyone who was harmed during the altercation.

"We recovered seven shell casings but didn't locate anything that was hit," Lt. Detective Sean Schmidt said.

Witnesses reported that there was a dispute, including arguing and shouting, prior to hearing the gunshots. Afterward, two vehicles fled the scene.

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Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.



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The Corridor project in Brookfield criticized for height, density and its name

Oct. 21, 2014 11:59 p.m. | City of Brookfield officials and residents alike took their turns on the floor to voice their views on the pending project for the Ruby Farm and former Journal Communications property.

The city hosted a public hearing for Irgens' The Corridor Tuesday night during which members of the public, as well as members of the city's Common Council, were invited to comment.

The primary source of debate Tuesday was the rezoning of the property's 65.85 acres into a Planned Development District (PDD) that would then allow the developer to stretch the boundaries of regular zoning standards to accommodate their plans.

The most contentious aspects of Irgens' current plans were a floor-area ratio of approximately 50 percent — a measure of density — and a request for building heights that would reach a maximum if 85 feet in parts of the development. Without the PDD, the floor-area ratio would be limited to 30 percent and building heights would not be allowed to exceed 70 feet.

Alderman Christopher Blackburn was outspoken in his view that the development should offer more public benefit to the community if Irgens hopes to have such flexibility.

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Brookfield Library celebrates fall

Oct. 21, 2014 4:25 p.m. | With the changing, falling leaves acting as proof, Autumn is entirely upon the Elmbrook area. As such, the City of Brookfield's Public Library is hosting a seasonal celebration.

Crafts, games, cider, snacks, and even more surprises will be available at the library, 1900 N. Calhoun Road, as part of its Fall Festival this Thursday.

The festival will be held in the library's community room and will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information call 262-782-4140.

City recognized for financial reporting

Oct. 21, 2014 4:13 p.m. | For the 17th straight year, the City of Brookfield has been selected for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The honor is bestowed based on a governing body's comprehensive annual financial report.

Last year, only 55 governing agencies in the state of Wisconsin were recognized for excellence in financial reporting by GFOA, including 28 municipalities. Enterprise funds, counties, school districts, technical college districts, and states are also eligible to receive the certificates.

Brookfield Director of Finance Robert Scott says that all credit should go to his staff, but that the certificate for excellence has become the common standard for the city.

"It's what we should be doing. For the city of Brookfield, this is not atypical," Scott said. "We're going to continue to strive for this kind of excellence."

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Gov. Walker names Foley & Lardner partner as new judge in Waukesha

Oct. 21, 2014 8:00 a.m. | A Brookfield lawyer has been named to fill a spot on the Waukesha County Circuit Court bench. Gov. Scott Walker announced the appointment last week.

Michael Aprahamian, a longtime member of Foley & Lardner, will take over Branch 9 duties from Donald Hassin, Jr., who announced his retirement in July.

At Foley, Aprahamian was a litigator in complex civil cases, and the partner in charge of ethics training at the firm.  He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Yale Law School and clerked for Judge Richard Cudahy at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals prior to joining Foley.

He and he and his wife both attended Brookfield high schools.

On Monday, Aprahamian was winding up affairs at Foley. He said he is meeting with Waukesha court administrators next week and hopes to be sworn in and on the job by Nov. 15, in time to attend a state judicial conference in Appleton later that month.

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Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

Dunn fourth, weather big winner at state golf

Oct. 15, 2014 6:23 p.m. | The rain was coming down in sheets. The temperature was plummeting. The winds were something out of the movie "Twister."

At one point Tuesday afternoon, Brookfield Central standout senior golfer Grace Dunn turned to Lancers coach Brian Scrobel and simply chuckled.

"It was almost so bad you just kind of had to laugh," Dunn said. "It was so bad that it was kind of fun."

Dunn was in the minority, but the Lancers star certainly had fun during the second round of the WIAA Division 1 girls state golf tournament. Dunn battled through the miserable conditions and posted a 4-over par 76, which tied for the lowest score of the day.

Dunn's big finish allowed her to jump five places and finish fourth individually at 153, six shots behind champion Loren Skibba of Middleton. Dunn also helped Central climb to a seventh place finish after it was in ninth place following Monday's opening round.

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Brookfield Chick-fil-A grand opening sets sales record

Oct. 14, 2014 12:54 p.m. | The grand opening of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Brookfield last month turned out to be the grandest of them all, the company said Tuesday.

A company spokesman said total sales for the first three days of business at the Chick-fil-A, which opened Sept. 18 at 12625 W. Capitol Drive, topped the grand opening sales record set about three years ago at the chicken chain's restaurant in Aurora, Ill. It also set a single-day sales record during that period.

The Brookfield site was the Atlanta-based company's first stand-alone restaurant in Wisconsin, although it has a mall food court location in Racine.

Stephen Goins, a Chick-fil-A consultant who helps new owners launch their restaurants, said the privately owned company doesn't release daily sales figures, but that the Brookfield location set a sales record for a Thursday-through-Saturday grand opening period. New Chick-fil-A stores always open on Thursdays. They are closed on Sundays.

"We had our biggest day ever on the Saturday, and the three-day total beat the previous record as well," Goins said.

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Brookfield panel endorses $2.6 million in TIF funding for development near Capitol Airport

Oct. 14, 2014 11:55 a.m. | The City of Brookfield Plan Commission unanimously endorsed providing $2.6 million in grants for a 26-acre industrial development north of Gumina Road, between Barker and Springdale roads.

The funds will be awarded in the form of a tax incremental financing district, the fourth in the city's history.

The city expects costs, including financing, to reach an amount not to exceed $3.8 million. Those costs would be recouped over a 14-year term.

Developers Chris Leffler of Spectrum Development LLC and Todd Rizzo of Rizzo Development Group LLC say that the financial assistance is necessary.

"There are some pretty significant shortcomings on this site," Rizzo said.

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