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Propane tanks showing up in recycling, endangering workers

June 19, 2012 2:42 p.m. | ReCommunity Recycling, the operator of the Waukesha County Material Recycling Facility, pulled 147 small propane cylinders from recyclables June 11, a rep said.

These cylinders pose a serious risk to workers. Even when empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted. The facility has put out a warning to all residents.

"The operator strives to maintain a safe working environment for all employees at the recycling facility," said Karen Fiedler, Waukesha County recycling and solid waste supervisor "We want residents to understand that certain items such as propane cylinders cannot be recycled in their blue bins. They need to be handled by companies that sell these products."

Two lanes on U.S. Highway 45 in Waukesha County reopen after crash

Oct. 03, 2015 11:03 a.m. | Two right lanes on northbound U.S. Highway 45 at U.S. Highway 18 (Bluemound Road) have reopened after closing because of a traffic incident. An intial report estimated the lanes could be closed for two hours.

The crash happened at 10:09 a.m. Saturday, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation incident notification. Also of note, the ramps from Interstate 94 westbound and Interstate 94 eastbound to U.S. Highway 45 northbound are closed in the Zoo Interchange.

Brookfield East rolls over Menomonee Falls behind Sam Santiago-Lloyd's four TDs

Oct. 02, 2015 11:58 p.m. | Following Brookfield East's 38-0 victory over Menomonee Falls on Friday night, the Spartans got together for a team photo and held up one hand and one finger, signifying six straight seasons of qualifying for the playoffs.

Ever since coach Tom Swittel took over a struggling program back in 2010, the Spartans have made the postseason tournament. Both East and Falls, each 3-1 in the Greater Metro Conference, needed a win to qualify with three games left on the schedule.

From the opening drive, there was no doubt East was ready to play, as the Spartans got the running clock going in the fourth quarter and registered their fourth shutout in seven games this season.

East is now 6-1 overall, tied with Marquette (5-2, 4-1) for second behind unbeaten Brookfield Central (6-1, 5-0) with two games left to play. The Indians are 3-2 in the GMC and 3-4 overall.

Junior running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd ran for four touchdowns, while senior quarterback TC Swittel ran for one and added eight points on five extra points and a field goal to lead the Spartans to victory.

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Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players

Oct. 02, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football?

Oct. 01, 2015 11:00 a.m. | With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?

Buddy Squirrel happy to return to Brookfield Square

Sept. 30, 2015 3:16 p.m. | Shoppers at Brookfield Square have another option to satisfy their sweet tooth as a former local store makes its return to the mall.

In 2009, the Buddy Squirrel store at Brookfield Square was one of a number of the company's retail locations to suffer the sting of the great recession.

"At one point I think we had more than 10 stores, but then the recession hit hard. People weren't buying as much candy as they used to," Buddy Squirrel president Dick Kerndt said. "Now we've started building back up. Brookfield is our fourth store now."

The St. Francis-based candy and popcorn store is back and even bigger than before in a 1,700-square-foot location near Sears.

"It's probably 50 percent bigger than our former store," Kerndt said. "Sometimes, as it gets close to the holidays and then on to Easter, those stores get quite packed. In this case, when you walk in, you'll see there's a much bigger, open area for people."

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Elm Grove Woman's Club, Junior Guild reconnecting

Sept. 30, 2015 8:18 a.m. | A pair of community service clubs in the village of Elm Grove are trying to build more bridges ... to each other.

This Sunday, Oct. 3, the Elm Grove Junior Guild and the Elm Grove Woman's Club will come together to celebrate the guild's 50th birthday and the club's 75th year since its inception.

The Diamond and Gold Brunch will bring members and supporters of both groups together with the hope of strengthening bridges and relationships between the two groups.

"It's a joint celebration between our two organizations. We're celebrating 125 years of serving the community," Elm Grove Woman's Club President Jennifer Morris said. "We just finished our 75th year and the Junior Guild is just starting their 50th."

Morris noted that the two clubs used to be one, with the Woman's Club being founded in 1939 by 90 original members.

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Multifamily housing surges in Brookfield

Sept. 29, 2015 8:30 p.m. | Last summer city of Brookfield officials made note that in the years to come they expected a lot of new multifamily housing developments to come into the city.

In just a little more than a year, that expectation has already become a reality.

Since last summer, nearly 500 units of multifamily housing have been approved and are slated for construction in Brookfield.

Brookfield Director of Community Development Dan Ertl says that the overall number of apartments and condos coming into the community does not surprise him, though the recent pace does.

"The net increase does not surprise me because we did have an outside consultant prepare a housing study in 2008 that projected the number of housing units that would be added to the city through 2025," Ertl said. "We're tracking consistent with that, although there's been acceleration for a short period of time recently due to latent construction demand."

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Brookfield Central football crushes Marquette, 52-20

Sept. 29, 2015 3:53 p.m. | After Brookfield Central's 52-20 win over Marquette in a battle of unbeaten Greater Metro Conference teams on Friday at Central, fiery coach Jed Kennedy had one thing at the top of his mind: Sussex Hamilton, the Lancers' next opponent.

The Chargers (2-2, 2-4 overall), who have won two of the their last three games, will host Central at 7 p.m. Friday.

"We'll keep grinding, and we'll get ready for Sussex next week," he said about what could have been his biggest victory since taking over last season. "I don't care about a victory for me; I care about a victory for my kids. They work hard; they do everything I ask them to do, and it's not always easy. The end result worked out all their way."

In a game that saw the Lancers put Marquette on a running clock (35-point lead or more) with two minutes and 33 seconds left in the third quarter, Central came up with the big play when it needed it.

The Hilltoppers couldn't stop either running back Malik Turner, who ran for five touchdowns and rushed for 188 yards in 26 carries (7.2 average) or quarterback Dominic Labellarte, who added 101 yards in 14 carries (7.2) and a score.

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Central wins 4 straight GMC titles

Sept. 29, 2015 3:03 p.m. | Coach Brian Scrobel saw his Brookfield Central girls golf team win its fourth straight Greater Metro Conference Championship on Sept. 23.

The Lancers won all five mini meets and the conference tourney Sept. 23.

"I'm very, very pleased," Scrobel said. "I usually temper my enthusiasm, but this year I didn't hide it. We lost Grace (Dunn, two-time GMC Golfer of the Year), and I challenged these kids.

"They have a special gift, a blend of talent, and at times we were not only playing almost as well as did last year with Grace, but even better. And that is a credit to the girls battling all year. They keep taking the program to the next level."

The Lancers shot a 169 in winning the final mini meet Sept. 21 at North Hills Country Club.

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Sept. 29, 2015 2:58 p.m. |


BA defeated Heritage Christian, 10-1, in a Midwest Classic Conference game Sept. 23. Goals came from Tino Manyua(3) and Nathan Washburn(2), Alex Pellegrini(2), Michael Loand Alec Koveck.

The Blue Knights beat Catholic Memorial, which was ranked third in Division 3, 2-1, on two goals by Anthony Orneck.

Goalkeeper Zach Krohnalso had a fantastic game, with 11 saves. In the last minutes of the game, Orneck was able to score again, giving the Knights a thrilling 3-2 upset.

— Nathan Washburn

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Brookfield East football team takes down Red Raiders

Sept. 29, 2015 1:53 p.m. | Brookfield East rushed for 325 yards and rolled over Wauwatosa East, 42-0, on Sept. 25 at Hart Park.

The win improved the Spartans' record to 3-1 in the Greater Metro Conference (5-1 overall) and moved them to within one win of the playoffs.

But the Spartans now play Menomonee Falls, which is tied for second with East and Marquette, all with 3-1 records. They close out with the Indians, Marquette and Sussex Hamilton (2-2), teams with a combined 8-4 record.

Tough finish

"We played three quality playoff quality teams down the stretch," said East coach Tom Swittel. "If we play well, we can win them all. If we don't, we can lose them all.

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Brookfield to review property naming process

Sept. 29, 2015 12:58 p.m. | A pair of Brookfield aldermen have recommended that the city consider a new official policy regarding naming certain properties.

At a common council meeting in September, Mayor Steve Ponto referred a proposal from Aldermen Jeff McCarthy and Buck Jurken regarding the process of naming a building, space or park after a specific person.

The topic has been forwarded to the city's legislative and licensing committee for further discussion in the weeks to come.

McCarthy noted that the proposal was born from a recent request by MRCR LLC to name park lands to be donated to the city after the Regal family. Mark Regal owns the development firm.

"It kind of arose from that discussion, just that there was not currently any formal process to follow in looking at the naming of any public park or public spaces of any kind," McCarthy said. "Both alderman Jurken and I felt that was something that probably should require more of a formal process and vetting."

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Brookfield Central Homecoming game a happy one

Sept. 29, 2015 12:08 p.m. | It was certainly a happy Homecoming for Brookfield Central on Friday night.

First off, the Lancers embarrassed Marquette, 52-20, actually getting a running clock for having a 35-point lead at one point in the second half.

Secondly, the victory gave Central a 4-0 record with games against Sussex Hamilton (2-2) on the road, Wauwatosa East (0-4) on the road and Menomonee Falls (3-1) at home to close out the season. Those teams have a combined 5-7 record.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, they clinched a playoff berth.

Nice stat

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Brookfield proposes small 2016 levy increase

Sept. 29, 2015 12:03 p.m. | A modest increase of the levy is on the table in the city of Brookfield's proposed 2016 budget.

Last year, due to a wealth of new construction and increased equalized value in the city, a levy increase of 1.8 percent was permitted.

But this year, the proposed budget that will be taken up by the city's finance committee and, presumably, its common council later this fall, calls for only a .52 percent increase in the levy.

The increase will result in a $3 increase for homeowners in the city of Brookfield who own a house of approximate median value of $335,000. By comparison, in 2015, the owner of the same house would have seen an averge increase of approximately $18 in the city portion of a property tax bill.

"The net new construction factor for construction that occurred which (drove) the 2015 levy limit was 1.3 percent, which was one of the highest that we've seen in the last few years," Brookfield Director of Finance Robert Scott said. "(For 2016) the new construction factor is down to .47 percent, so it's just a little over one-third of what it was."

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Brookfield East volleyball team goes 4-3 at West Bend Sprawl

Sept. 29, 2015 12:03 p.m. | The Brookfield East girls volleyball team finished 17th out of 24 teams at the West Bend Sprawl on Sept. 25-26, finishing 4-3 on the weekend.

Coach Chris Polowy was not pleased with the tournament seeding.

"After being slotted with what I thought was an undeserving seed, our team knew we would have our work cut out for us on the first day," he said. "This just added to our already toughest strength of schedule in the state (according to MaxPreps), which is something I don't think the tournament directors looked at when seeding teams."

In Friday's pool play, the Spartans lost to conference rival Divine Savior Holy Angels (25-22, 25-15) and Westosha (25-19, 25-22). They also beat Oshkosh West (19-25, 25-18, 15-10).

Then in Saturday's power pool, they lost to Nicolet (25-18, 17-25, 15-10) and beat Germantown (25-15, 25-18).

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