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Town holds line on spending

Nov. 17, 2011 1:18 p.m. | Town of Brookfield residents won't see a property tax increase in 2012, which marks the third consecutive year town officials have voted to hold the line on spending.

The Town Board unanimously approved a $4.62 million operating budget for 2012 on Tuesday. That represents a 0.08 percent decrease from 2011.

Property tax payers will pay $3.56 per $1,000 of assessed property value to support a $3.6 million levy.

"The town sees a very bright financial future and expects to maintain its current levels of municipal services for many years to come," Town Administrator Rick Czopp said.

The town used savings from employee pension contributions and a 60 percent decrease in debt interest payments to offset a 25 percent decrease in shared revenue and a 10 percent decrease in state transportation aid.

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Jury reaches guilty verdict in connection with Brookfield drive-by shooting

July 25, 2016 1:47 p.m. | A jury has found 31-year-old Christopher L. Jackson guilty in relation to a drive-by shooting last October in the city of Brookfield near Burleigh Road and Cullen Drive.

Jackson was found guilty on all four counts of the indictment including two counts of 1st-degree intentional attempted homicide, one count of 1st-degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The verdict came Friday evening after 6 p.m. and concluded a week-long trial in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 31.

Judge Lee Dreyfus ordered that Jackson be held without bail pending sentencing.

Dick's Sporting Goods to open Aug. 5 in Brookfield

July 25, 2016 1:27 p.m. | City of Brookfield — Dick's Sporting Goods will celebrate the opening of its 12th Wisconsin location in Brookfield Aug. 5.

The grand opening celebration of the store at 345 Discovery Drive will stretch across that weekend with giveaways including t-shirts and gift cards.

Former Wisconsin Badger forward Sam Dekker will also make an appearance in the store from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Dick's will represent the second tenant to open its doors at The Corridor development located southwest of W. Bluemound Road and N. Calhoun Road following Portillo's earlier this month.

2016 Waukesha County Fair coverage

July 22, 2016 5:48 p.m. | The Waukesha County Fair, the oldest fair in Wisconsin, is in full swing on the grounds of the Waukesha County Expo Center. 

And our interns McKenna Oxenden and Maddy Heim have been enjoying all aspects the fair brings.

From ranking the tastiest food items at the fair, to being there when the Fairest of the Fair was crowned, to having a good time watching the pig, duck and goat races, a new attraction at the fair. Take a look at their coverage of the fair as well as other staff members' photos and stories, which continues through Sunday, July 24.

Little Farmer's Sheep Rodeo, Lumberjack Show highlight day at the fair

 

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Brookfield East choir to perform with Foreigner at Waukesha County Fair

July 22, 2016 4:22 p.m. | The Brookfield East High School choir will take to the stage tonight with the British-American hard rock band Foreigner at the Waukesha County Fair.

The choir will perform one of the band's hit songs "I Want to Know What Love Is" on the main stage during Foreigner's performance at 8 p.m.

Brookfield East was announced as the winner of the opportunity in the spring after receiving the most votes on Facebook among local choirs.

Foreigner is also donating $500 to the Brookfield East choir.

Wisconsin Athletic Club nearing town of Brookfield opening

July 21, 2016 6:00 p.m. | A former student at the University of Phoenix or a movie-lover from years past might not even recognize the building at 20075 Watertower Blvd.

The structure, which has housed a movie theater, a community college and an office building, is in the process of an extreme makeover as the Wisconsin Athletic Club prepares its newest location.

Last fall, the WAC announced plans to move its current Waukesha club, 1530 E. Moreland Blvd., to the town of Brookfield after seaching locations for more than five years.

At that time, officials were uncertain on a timeline for the club and what amenities it would include. Details have become more clear on both subjects in recent months.

"We're looking at a late summer or early fall opening," Wisconsin Athletic Club chief executive officer Ray O'Connor said. "We are planning on letting our members know in August once we know an exact date."

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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Resources available to Waukesha County residents during extreme heat

July 21, 2016 9:21 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is reminding residents of the resources available during the excessive heat warning in effect from noon Thursday, July 21, through 7 p.m. Friday, July 22.

"Excessive heat is the most frequent weather-related danger in southeast Wisconsin," said Farrow. "For this reason, Waukesha County has safeguards in place to ensure that even our most vulnerable residents can stay safe and healthy."

Cooling centers

Dozens of cooling centers and places to cool off are in Waukesha County, such as libraries, malls, or senior dining centers.

·Members of the public may use Waukesha County ice arenas as cooling stations for free. The cost to skate is $6.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Brookfield Central baseball unable to pull upset in regional loss to Sussex Hamilton

July 19, 2016 9:26 p.m. | It wasn't an ideal first-round matchup for the fifth seeded Hamilton baseball team. Brookfield Central, the 12th seed in its bracket, finished the season 7-24, but had won three of its final four regular-season contests. Even with Central's ace Justin Stollberg on the mound, a July 12 regional semifinal went Hamilton's way, 8-2, after a strong hitting performance from the Chargers.

Hamilton's top of the lineup got on Central in the bottom of the first with three consecutive hits by Sam Herriges, Drake Schreihart and Carson Youngquist. Youngquist's single past first base scored Herriges, and two batters later, Ty Botsford drove in Schreihart for a 2-0 lead.

Central scored two runs in the top of the second, with one run coming off Dillon Sehmer's single over the Hamilton second baseman's head to score John Schneider.

Youngquist said the Chargers weren't frustrated after Central tied the game at 2.

"Unearned runs have been the story of our season," Youngquist said. "But we've been so used to being tied or down, we've come back from everything before. I think those hits we had early on in the next inning really helped us out a lot. Then we went up ... and carried it from there."

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Former Brookfield East coach Tom Swittel goes out with WFCA All-Star Game win

July 19, 2016 2:56 p.m. | The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game is the last chance for prep football fans to see the state's top senior talent before they head off to college.

This year, it was also the final game for a Hall of Fame head coach.

Retiring Brookfield East coach Tom Swittel went out with a victory, as he led the South team to a 17-7 victory in the WFCA All-Star Game at UW-Oshkosh's Titan Stadium on July 16.

The North team took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Kimberly's Blair Mullholland with 11:42 left in the second quarter. South answered to tie the game just before halftime on a 9-yard touchdown run by Middleton's Cam Maly.

After missing a field goal in the second quarter, Brookfield East's T.C. Swittel drilled a 31-yard kick to put South up 10-7 with 8:03 left in the third. Maly later made it 17-7 with a 5-yard touchdown burst with 2:43 to play in the third.

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Brookfield board comfortable with lights

July 19, 2016 2:22 p.m. | Six months of debate has led to a solution regarding new streetlights at an intersection with a residential neighborhood on one side and a major commercial development on the other.

But the solution isn't necessarily one that everyone will be happy with.

In June, the city of Brookfield experimented with reducing the lighting levels of what will be a signalized intersection at Calhoun Road and Golf Parkway. Those reductions are now set as the permanent status of the intersection moving forward.

The changes were a result of the city's board of public works instructing staff to reduce overall lighting levels at the intersection and also apply fixtures to the lights on the residential side of the intersection.

"This is follow up from the meeting (in March) wherein the referral was brought before the board and staff recommended that these changes be implemented," Brookfield Director of Public Works Tom Grisa said.

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Brookfield Portillo's opens its doors

July 19, 2016 11:27 a.m. | Food, jokes, praise and even a "Pokemon Go" mention.

It was all about good times at Portillo's Thursday, July 14, as the restaurant hosted a limited crowd including local officials, media and others for lunch and laughs.

The Chicago-based company was ready to open its Wisconsin location Tuesday, July 19.

Portillo's founder Dick Portillo, company CEO Keith Kinsey and Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto took questions and make remarks about the new dining option at 17685 W. Bluemound Road.

The company has been looking to establish its first location in the Dairy State for over two years.

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#BestSummerEverNOW: Share your 2016 summer photos of you in the Milwaukee suburbs

July 18, 2016 3:55 p.m. | Are you having the best summer ever?

It's a great time to be outdoors with many events going around in the Milwaukee area

Whatever you might be doing, it's likely you've snapped some photos or selfies. 

Whether you're enjoying a picnic in the park, a local festival, some splashing around at your community pool, or attending your local farmers market, there's plenty going on in the Milwaukee suburbs this summer.

We have started a photo gallery of our staff photographers' best summer photos from local events. But we want your photos to be added to this gallery.

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Live coverage: 2016 WIAA Summer Baseball Sectional Round

July 18, 2016 2:30 p.m. | It's sectional day for WIAA summer baseball teams.

By the end of the day the summer baseball field will be trimmed from 16 teams to four.

Who will be left standing and playing for a state title on Friday at Kapco Park in Mequon?

Follow our live blog as sports reporters from Lake Country Publications and NOW Newspapers are out at sectional games today in South Milwaukee, Germantown and Brookfield Central.  

Sports reporters JR Radcliffe, Steven L. Tietz, Andrew Gruman, John Rech and Chuck Delsman will be tweeting from various games today.

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Brookfield plan commission advances Wimmer's Linx Club apartment, hotel project

July 18, 2016 1:25 p.m. | Wimmer Communities is on a roll.

The developer is one vote away from having its second apartment project in a matter of weeks approved by city of Brookfield officials.

At its meeting Monday, July 11, the city's plan commission was unanimous in its approval of The Linx Club, a 192-unit apartment project, and a new, 99-room Residence Inn near the northern terminus of Pinehurst Drive.

The project is part of Wimmer Communities' attempts to further invest in the area around the Brookfield Hills Golf Course.

"We've really started to see the potential of putting back together the original concept of a unified golf course community," Wimmer Communities President Mark Wimmer said.

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