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Brookfield gives preliminary approval to Trader Joe’s plans

March 13, 2012 6:41 a.m. | The third Trader Joe’s grocery store in the state is headed to Brookfield, having been approved last year as part of the Target development on Bluemound Road.

On Monday, the Brookfield Plan Commission approved the visuals of this sight plan for the project along with the aesthetics of the grocery store’s façade.

Alderman Gary Makhorn said that in his time as an elected official, getting a Trader Joe’s to Brookfield is one of the top 10 most asked about topics, up there with property taxes on the list.

The 12,500 square-foot grocery store will use most of the same materials as the Target in the Underwood Crossing development, including the same stone and a similar brick. Located in the northeast corner of the plot next to a retailer to be named later, the national upscale grocer will have a single entrance on the Bluemound Road side.

There will be 140 spots in the parking lot on the parcel, which will be separated, to some degree, by landscaping from the store to the west. City officials did admit that they were relaxing the long-standing policy of buildings being aesthetically accounted for on all four sides since a grove of trees will essentially hide the south side of the building.

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Brookfield Central names Arndorfer, Robison co-softball coaches

1:41 p.m. | Brookfield Central has combined experience with youth by naming Megan Arndorfer and Alyssa Robison co-head softball coaches for the Lancers

Mrs. Arndorfer is currently in her ninth year of teaching, with three of those years being a health education, physical education and exercise physiology teacher at Central. Before coaching at Central, she coached for 16 years, with six of those years being the head varsity softball coach at Wauwatosa East.

“Through the selection process and from observing Megan in the class room and in her previous role as head coach at Wauwatosa East, it is obvious that she is continuously teaching and motivating student athletes about the importance of communication and developing a collaborative team,” Todd Sobrilsky, Central athletic/activities director said.

“She also emphasizes to players that they must make the connection of playing in an educational based sports environment to the real world, implicating that what the student athletes learning goes well beyond the field.”

Arndorfer holds a B.S. degree in Physical Education, Health Education and Specially Designed Physical Education from Carroll University and a Master's degree from National Louis University with a concentration on Curriculum and Instruction. This educational background creates a unique perspective on her coaching philosophy and style. She is excited to continue to motivate and develop student-athletes mentally, emotionally, and physically as the co-head coach.

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St. Mary's Visitation Parish to host relics of St. Maria Goretti, the Patroness of Mercy

1:23 p.m. | St. Mary's Visitation Catholic Parish in Elm Grove will be the only church in the Milwaukee Archdiocese to host the relics of St. Maria Goretti this fall.

Her relics are being held at congregations across the United States for the first time as part of a "Pilgrimage of Mercy: the Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti." The pilgrimage marks the second time the relics have left Italy.

The tour comes during a recent papal declaration of an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, set to begin Dec. 8.

"To have the relics of a saint in our parish church is a source of grace not only for those who will make time to come for the Mass or to simply pray quietly, but also for the entire parish community," said Rev. Peter Berger, pastor of St. Mary's Visitation.

The pilgrimage includes stops at 25 Catholic dioceses spanning 16 states, including the Archdioceses of New York, Boston, Newark, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and Oklahoma City.

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Brookfield mosque, Jewish congregation forge a friendship

8:06 a.m. | The first year of the first mosque in Waukesha County is quickly nearing its twilight.

Throughout the nine months since opening its doors in January, Masjid Al-Noor in the city of Brookfield has not only seen its congregation grow, but has made plenty of friends throughout the community.

Last week, a number of members of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee West paid a visit to the Jewish people of Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha.

"For me, personally, it was actually my second time going there," ISM West board member and liason Dr. Mushir Hassan said. "It was nice to be able to go and learn more about Judaism with our group. It's nice to be able to go and just see the things we share in common."

Hassan traces his connection to Congregation Emanu-El back a number of years, having previously been welcomed as an interfaith speaker at a re-dedication ceremony. He feels that the members of Masjid Al-Noor can learn plenty from their Jewish friends, and not just about their faith.

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Car repair center's planned move-in has condo owners concerned about noise

Oct. 08, 2015 2:05 p.m. | The first of a dozen rezoning proposals for properties along Capitol Drive in the city of Brookfield was met with a good deal of skepticism Tuesday night.

The city of Brookfield common council held a public hearing regarding the topic of rezoning Capitol West Plaza, 17495 W. Capitol Drive, to allow the property owner to attract a more diverse collection of tenants.

The proposed rezoning comes from the city's Capitol Drive Corridor Advisory Committee, which was formed to analyzing the corridor and come up with ideas to stimulate growth and reduce vacancies in retail and office spaces.

"(This is) one of the rezonings that has been recommended coming out of the Capitol Corridor Committee plan," city of Brookfield director of community development Dan Ertl said.

In the case of Capitol West Plaza, the property would go from being considered suitable for local businesses to allowing regional businesses. The property, when built in 1988, was originally zoned for regional businesses, but was later changed to its current status in 1999.

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Discount brand name store Ross Dress for Less to open in Brookfield Saturday

Oct. 08, 2015 1:18 p.m. | Fashion-seekers in the Milwaukee-metropolitan area will have a new discount option to explore starting this weekend.

Ross Dress for Less will open its first pair of stores in the region this weekend with locations in both West Allis and Brookfield ready to welcome customers.

Ross Dress for Less carries a number of brand names normally found in department and specialty stores at prices approximately 20 to 60 percent lower than usual.

The stores are looking to show their commitment to their respective communities immediately, with the Brookfield location planning to donate $2,500 to the Friends of the Brookfield Public Library and the West Allis store set to do the same for the West Allis Friends group.

Both locations will be hosting grand opening ceremonies Saturday with doors opening at 9 a.m.

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Television personality Giuliana Rancic making appearance in Brookfield

Oct. 07, 2015 1:08 p.m. | Television personality Giuliana Rancic will be at the city of Brookfield Metro Market, 17630 W. Bluemound Road, Thursday evening.

Rancic, who has worked as the anchor of E! network's E! News alongside Ryan Seacrest and currently co-hosts E!'s "Fashion Police," will be on hand to promote her company, Xo, G Wine. She is also well-known for having co-hosted red carpet events for various award shows.

Fans of both Rancic, as well as wine, are invited to attend the event, which starts at 5 p.m., and take home a signed bottle of Xo, G Wine.

Chicago restaurant Portillo's to bring first Wisconsin location to Brookfield

Oct. 07, 2015 12:53 p.m. | City of Brookfield — The latest tenant to be announced as part of The Corridor development will bring a new dining option to Brookfield-area residents and Bluemound Road commuters.

Portillo's plans to open its first Wisconsin location sometime in the second half of 2016, pending approvals from the city.

"We've got a committed following of people. We're this well-known thing in the Midwest," said Portillo's director of marketing Nick Scarpino. "We have a ton of fans who have come to visit us in Chicago. We have constantly been getting requests from people to come to Wisconsin."

Portillo's, well-known for its Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, operates more than 30 restaurants in the Chicago area, along with one in Rockford and another scheduled to open in Gurnee.

The company started in 1963 in Villa Park, Illinois, when owner and founder Dick Portillo invested $1,100 in a 6x12-foot trailer.

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Brookfield East Sports Shorts: Oct. 8, 2015

Oct. 06, 2015 11:43 p.m. |


It was a slow but successful week for the Spartan boys as they defeated Brookfield Central in three sets (25-12, 25-12, 25-11).

"We had some guys step into some roles that they normally don't play, and they filled these roles nicely," coach Timothy Owen said. "We had contributions from everyone on the roster. It was nice to be able to reward guys who work so hard in practice with time in game situations."

Owens is happy with his team's progress.

"I thought our guys did a nice job of taking care of our side of the net," he said. "We played up to our ability. Moving forward it will be nice to have a weekend off where our guys will be able to rest and get healthy for the stretch run."

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Bus shelter advertising approved by Brookfield aldermen

Oct. 06, 2015 10:13 p.m. | Commuters using buses to travel the Bluemound Road corridor in the city of Brookfield can expect to be at least a little warmer and more protected from the wind this winter.

After nearly six months of deliberations and calls for more detail, the city will soon have six new bus shelters.

In April, the city was presented with a proposal from Clear Channel Outdoor for the company to foot the bill to install six bus shelters along Bluemound. In exchange for the initial expense of providing the shelters, Clear Channel would recoup its costs by selling advertising space on the shelters.

In the city of Brookfield, off-premise advertising is prohibited, leading to the need for an exception to the sign code by the city's common council.

In the spring, a number of aldermen expressed concerns regarding the potential for the shelters to become magnets for personal advertisements such as garage sales, and whether or not the city would be able to regulate the advertising content for space sold by Clear Channel.

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Brookfield East girls volleyball team second at Gigl Memorial Invite

Oct. 06, 2015 8:42 p.m. | Brookfield East played well but eventually lost to top-ranked Divine Savior Holy Angels on Sept. 29 at home in a Greater Metro Conference game. They powered back, though, and finished second in the Nicolet Gigl Memorial Tournament on Oct. 3.

DSHA won, 3-1, winning (25-14, 15-25, 25-20, 25-22) behind stat leaders Louise Kiekhofer (14 kills, 16 digs), Jessa Hansen (28 assists), Makenna Berry (13 digs), McKenna Scott (nine kills, five blocks), Alex Ahrens (five blocks) and Lydia Scott (three).

"How fitting that our seniors lead the way on Senior Night," coach Chris Polowy said. "They led by example tonight and really continued to keep us in the match.

"DSHA is a top-ranked team for a reason. They have a good backcourt and a very crafty setter. I was very pleased with our team's performance. Our block was ineffective in game one, but with some slight adjustments, we were able to shut down their attack in game two and much of game three.

"Our block has been very good over the past few weeks and is led by two of our seniors, McKenna Scott and Alex Ahrens. We continued to show that we're getting better as each day passes. Our sophomore group has been quite impressive, and I anticipate more success as they continue to learn."

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Big second half helps Brookfield Central football team defeat Chargers

Oct. 06, 2015 8:13 p.m. | History didn't determine the outcome, but it's hard for the Brookfield Central football team to forget those nine losses to Sussex Hamilton since 2005. Two of those losses actually bounced the Lancers from the playoffs.

With just three victories from 2005 to 2014, current records went out the window. Central, despite being in sole possession of the Greater Metro Conference lead with just one loss overall, wasn't taking any chances against Hamilton (2-5 overall and 2-3 in the GMC) on Oct. 2.

The Chargers kept it close in the first half, trailing, 7-0, but Central's efficient offense broke through in the second half and won, 31-6, to move to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in league play.

Quarterback Dominic Labellarte had a 1-yard score in the opening quarter but didn't do heavy damage until the second half. Labellarte found Thomas Gibson on a 31-yard pass with 4 minutes, 3 seconds left in the third quarter to take a 14-0 lead.

"We played pretty good in the second half," Central coach Jed Kennedy said. "That's a good football team. They've been in ballgames. (Hamilton head coach) John (Damato) does a heck of a job; I've got a lot of respect for him. We know it's never going to be easy up here. Their kids came out and played. We're just glad we're in the driver's seat for another week in the conference championship."

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The Corners, in the town of Brookfield, adds a women's fashion store to its growing list of tenants

Oct. 06, 2015 5:18 p.m. | Mothers in the Brookfield and Waukesha area will have a new place for their fashion needs starting next fall.

Evereve has signed on as the newest announced tenant for The Corners.

Evereve, selling clothing for women, joins a number of previously announced tenants at The Corners, which will be anchored by Von Maur, an upscale clothing and accessories retailer.

Others signed on are Sendik's, Cafe Hollander, Colectivo Coffee, Grimaldi's Pizza, Arhaus Furniture, Chico's, Kilwins and White House Black Market.

The 750,000-square-foot mixed-use development also will offer 235 luxury apartments, a small park that developers expect to host events and an underground parking structure.

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Brookfield city council to meet Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.

Oct. 06, 2015 5:13 p.m. | City of Brookfield aldermen will convene tonight in the council chambers of City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, to discuss a number of topics.

Included on Tuesday's agenda will be the council taking another stab at the topic of bus shelters coming to six locations along Bluemound Road.

A public hearing regarding a request for GenCap Sun Prairie LLC to rezone property at 17495 W. Capitol Drive to allow for greater flexibility in the range of tenants that could be suitable.

The common council will begin proceedings at 7:45 p.m.

Brookfield church hopes to bring residents, local music together

Oct. 06, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Benjamin Leon retired from his post as a music teacher in the Elmbrook School District last year, but that doesn't mean that he's done bringing music to the people of Brookfield.

Leon now works as the praise band leader at Cross of Life Lutheran Church, 20700 W. North Ave. As part of his ongoing efforts, he has now spear-headed a new music series at the church that will bring in local musical groups and bands from around the Milwaukee-metropolitan area.

The first performance of the Cross of Life Lutheran Church Music Showcase Series will take place this Sunday. Blaskapelle - Milwaukee, a German-themed brass band, will be the first of five local groups to bring their tunes to Brookfield courtesy of the new series. The concert will begin at 5 p.m.

All performances for Cross of Life's new series are free of charge and open to the public.


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