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Christ the Lord church proposes taking down home, trees

Feb. 14, 2012 10:52 a.m. | Christ the Lord Evangelical Lutheran Church is planning several improvements to its site at 1640 N. Brookfield Road.

The Plan Commission on Monday agreed to schedule a public hearing about the church's plan to demolish a house on the eastern portion of the property and move its school playground there, replace the existing playground with a parking lot and change the landscaping.

The church wants to take down 16 large spruce trees in order to open the view to the site. Church officials said they do not want to replace the trees.

Planning Administrator Michael Theis said replacement of the trees will need to be discussed further and plans reconciled prior to scheduling a public hearing.

A neighborhood meeting and public hearing will be scheduled, likely within the next two months.

Construction starts on Brookfield Square expansion

Feb. 26, 2015 2:02 p.m. | Mall officials say that phase one of the latest expansion to Brookfield Square is now under way.

Phase one will see the addition of approximately 20,000 square feet of new space. Interior construction efforts have already begun with exterior work slated to start in March. This portion of the project is expected to be finished by the end of 2015.

The new expansion will feature three new restaurants: Jason's Deli, Blackfinn Ameripub, and Mooyah Burger. More new stores are expected to be announced as the project continues.

The next phase of expansion for the mall is expected to begin in 2016 and be completed by 2018.

Elmbrook promotes Pilgrim Park Middle School's Mike Sereno and Mark Peperkorn

Feb. 25, 2015 11:06 a.m. | Two administrators for the Elmbrook School District were recently promoted to serve new roles for the 2015-16 school year.

Pilgrim Park Middle School Principal Mike Sereno will be the new Director of Teaching and Learning, after the school board approved the promotion on Feb. 24.

Sereno will replace Director of Elementary Education Tammy Gibbons, who is resigning at the end of the school year.

Pilgrim Park's Associate Principal, Mark Peperkorn, will be the middle school's next principal.

"A critical responsibility of leadership is managing employee talent throughout the school district," Elmbrook Superintendent Mark Hansen stated in a news release. "We are very fortunate to have two, prove instructional leaders in Mike Sereno and Mark Peperkorn, and the opportunity to fill a key district role and a school leadership position at Pilgrim Park through internal promotions was an easy decision to make."

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Elmbrook Parent Network to address appropriate social media use in panel discussion

Feb. 24, 2015 10:19 a.m. | The Elmbrook Parent Network will host a panel discussion concerning appropriate use of social media on Tuesday, March 3.

"Public and Permanent: Your Digital Tattoo" will discuss the impact of social media on today's children.

The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Brookfield Central High School, 16900 W. Gebhardt Road.

The program will be divided into three sections. Parents attending the discussion will:

·Learn about the social media kids are using, the pros and cons of each, and how parents can monitor their use — held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.

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Elm Grove earns Storm Ready certification

Feb. 23, 2015 10:31 p.m. | If a resident of Elm Grove asked the National Weather Service, they might be convinced that they are more safe from severe weather than residents of other communities.

On Monday night, the Elm Grove Board of Trustees was commended by the National Weather Service and forecasters James Wood and Bob McMahon for completing the StormReady program.

StormReady is a nationwide program that measures a community's preparedness for all types of severe weather. The program pushes communities to improve local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations.

As of Feb. 23, there are 2,285 StormReady sites, including counties, communities, universities, and more, across 49 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Elm Grove, business association aim to team up on more effective marketing of the community

Feb. 23, 2015 9:58 p.m. | The village of Elm Grove and the Elm Grove Business Association are hoping that in the months to come a partnership can be formed to increase the municipality's marketability.

The idea was first brought up in late 2014 and at Monday's board of trustees meeting, business association vice president Mary Inden briefed village officials on progress thus far.

"We've had two meetings. On the 18th of this month, we had a meeting in the evening which was not really well-attended," Inden said. "(But) we did come out with some nice ideas."

Inden noted that the business association feels that Elm Grove must improve its marketability both for the sake of existing businesses and to bring in new businesses.

"For businesses in Elm Grove, the first top market is of course Elm Grove residents," Inden said. "But then we do need to expand that neighborhood in order to keep our businesses busy."

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Elmbrook Humane Society updates its fundraiser

Feb. 23, 2015 7:02 p.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society's annual spring fundraiser is back with a new name and a new venue.

Called Wine and Whiskers in its first eight years, the humane society will host the event beginning at 5 p.m. March 21 at the Milwaukee Marriott West, W231 N1600 Corporate Court, Waukesha, under the name Spring Gala.

Elmbrook Humane Society executive director Heather Gehrke expects the event to attract between 250 and 300 people and raise close to $50,000 in gross proceeds, roughly in line with past years, and as much as $30,000 in net funds.

"This is a smaller, more quaint event. It's a dinner-type event. That's the major change with this. In the past we've had it set up as more of an hors d'ouvres and food station event with activities going on all around," Gehrke said. "This year, we're having it be more formal with a sit-down dinner."

Gehrke says that the change in format will allow for the humane society to more easily interact with the entire population of guests throughout the night. the evening will include a viewing of a video presentation that will encourage guests to donate specifically to the medical needs at the Elmbrook Humane Society.

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Brookfield aldermen disagree with county's North Ave. plans

Feb. 23, 2015 2:11 p.m. | A pair of Brookfield aldermen attended the Feb. 24 Waukesha County Board meeting with the hope of getting officials' attention regarding an upcoming project in the city.

The county is planning an expansion of North Avenue in the city of Brookfield between N. 124th Street and North Calhoun Road.

The expansion would at least double the width of the road, with the county's Department of Public Works planning to widen it from two lanes to four lanes to better handle traffic that exceeds 20,000 vehicles per day.

County officials said the threshold generally used for expanding a road to four lanes is 18,000 vehicles per day.

Aldermen Dan Sutton and Bill Carnell attended the meeting. Sutton planned to speak during the board's public comment portion of proceedings, but, because the topic wasn't on the agenda, he was not able to address the issue.

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Crews clear crash that closed I-94 exit ramp in Brookfield

Feb. 21, 2015 10:46 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the westbound Interstate 94 exit ramp to U.S. Highway 18 in Brookfield Saturday morning. The Wisconsin State Patrol responded.

Wilson Center welcomes Barbara Morgan exhibit to Brookfield

Feb. 20, 2015 5:59 p.m. | Fans of both art and photography can find something to do this Saturday evening at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive.

The Wilson Center has the Barbara Morgan Ploch Art Gallery on display and a reception will be held for the exhibit, which is on loan from the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University.

Barbara Morgan was an American photographer perhaps most well known in the worlds of visual art and dance for depicting modern dancers.

The reception will run from 6 - 7:30 p.m. and the exhibit will remain on display at the Wilson Center through March 14.

Former owners of Brookfield title company charged with fraud

Feb. 19, 2015 4:50 p.m. | The former owners of a Brookfield title company have been charged with stealing more than $1.8 million from the company.

Timothy Kugler, 43, and Lisa Verken, 41, (formerly known as Lisa Kugler) of West Bend, and Michelle Hayes, 46, of Wauwatosa face counts of bank fraud conspiracy, bank fraud and filing false tax returns, according to a grand jury indictment announced Thursday.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, the trio diverted mortgage lender money from an escrow account at New Horizon LLC into a different account, and then wrote checks to themselves from that account.

They withheld settlement funds at closings and told bank employees that overdrafts in the New Horizon escrow were due to tardy wire transfers of funds from lenders, and later altered bank records to try to hide the fraud from auditors working for New Horizon's insurance underwriter.

None of the defendants reported the money as income on their 2008 and 2009 tax returns, according to the indictment.

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Town of Brookfield's The Corners project set for groundbreaking in the spring

Feb. 19, 2015 12:37 p.m. | The town of Brookfield's Town Board approved a developer's agreement Wednesday night for a long-awaited project set for 19 acres between Bluemound Road and I-94, east of Barker Road.

The Corners, a 750,000 square-foot mixed use development, is now projected to have a formal groundbreaking this spring. Officials hopes that the project can be completed in the Fall of 2016.

"It's taken a long time to reach these agreements, but the time wasn't wasted," Brookfield Town Administrator Rick Czopp said. "We're all excited and we're ready for them to start."

Experienced developers on board

The Marcus Corp. has announced that Chicago-based Bradford Real Estate Companies and IM Properties, based across the pond in the United Kingdom, will be joining it on the project. IM Properties and Bradford Real Estate will serve as the managing member with Marcus staying on as a minority partner.

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Elmbrook School District to host two celebrations for Chinese Year of the Ram

Feb. 18, 2015 12:25 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District welcomes its families to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Thursday and Friday.

The district's Chinese language program will host the event, which will celebrate the Chinese Year of the Ram.

The celebration will include many traditional Chinese activities, such as Taichi, Chinese acupuncture and Chinese caligraphy. Chinese food will be prepared by Elmbrook parents. Dumplings and homemade egg rolls will be sold for $1.50 each.

Visitors will also enjoy ping-pong, a chopsticks competition and paper lanterns.

Local organizations International Institue of Holistic Medicine-USA and JK Taewonto will also be present for the celebrations.

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Brookfield Boston Store to host spring fashion show

Feb. 18, 2015 10:37 a.m. | Boston Store at Brookfield Square will hold a spring fashion show on March 21.

The "New & Now" show, which begins at 8:30 a.m., will feature more than 40 outfits designed by fashion experts, according to Bon-Ton Stores Inc., the parent company of Boston Store. The show will be hosted by style expert and fashion blogger Jordan Dechambre, Bon-Ton said.

During the show, attendees will receive trend information and fashion tips to help them create their own looks, Bon-Ton said. Before the show, a coffee bar, private shopping and makeup consultations will be available. Afterward, attendees will have exclusive shopping deals and discounts on fashion and beauty items throughout the store, Bon-Ton said.

To make reservations, visit The cost to reserve a spot at the show is $10. Attendees will receive a $10 Boston Store gift card when they arrive. Those who make reservations by March 15 will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $250 Better Sportswear wardrobe and one pair of shoes costing up to $125, Bon-Ton said.

Dechambre will meet and shop with customers after the show, offering personal fashion advice.

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Brookfield's Schellinger moves on in County Executive race

Feb. 17, 2015 10:23 p.m. | Waukesha County Board Supervisor Thomas Schellinger of Brookfield is moving on in the race for the position of County Executive.

Schellinger finished second in Tuesday's primary, receiving 2,919 votes — just over 22 percent of the ballots.

Wisconsin State Senator Paul Farrow of Pewaukee led the way with 7,829 votes, or just under 60 percent.

Larry Barthen of Waukesha and Kim Wentz of Pewaukee received 1,245 and 1,038 votes respectively.

Farrow, Schellinger advance in County Executive race

Feb. 17, 2015 9:32 p.m. | Sen. Paul Farrow and Waukesha County Board Supervisor Thomas Schellinger will advance to the general election following Tuesday's primary election.

With all 181 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Farrow leading the four-person field with 7,829 votes, Schellinger coming in second with 2,919 votes.

Four candidates campaigned to replace Dan Vrakas as Waukesha County executive in the nonpartisan race after he announced last fall he would not seek re-election. Vrakas — who's term expires April 21 — endorsed Farrow in the race.

Larry Barthen of Waukesha ran a distant third in the primary with 1,245 votes. Now retired, Barthen worked as a long-term care coordinator for the county Health and Human Services Department.

Kim Wentz of Pewaukee, an emergency services dispatcher with the Waukesha County Communications Center came in fourth with 1,038 votes.

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