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Labor Day fireworks won't be a tradition in Elm Grove

Nov. 19, 2012 4:39 p.m. | Elm Grove will keep its annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July holiday instead of moving it to Labor Day.

The summer's drought and extreme heat made it unsafe to shoot off fireworks in July, so the village postponed the display to Labor Day, throwing a community event in Village Park in September. It proved popular, prompting the Recreation Committee on Thursday to discuss when to hold fireworks in the future.

The panel was against ending the traditional Fourth of July fireworks display in favor of a late-summer display, but was open to having a second display over Labor Day weekend - if private funding can be found.

"It (Labor Day) was packed and every other surrounding community has Fourth of July activities and fireworks," committee member Paul Schmidt said. "We'd be unique to have this event to differentiate us and possibly bring more people to our community."

Other committee members agreed the Labor Day festivities were a success, but pointed out that having police officers provide crowd control at two fireworks displays during the summer would be costly for the village.

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Elmbrook School District's ACT results reach all-time high

10:48 a.m. | The Elmbrook School District has reported an all-time high in ACT results for its high school students.

The district's composite score for the senior class of 2015 reached 25.5 on the college entrance exam — half a point higher than the score in 2014.

The ACT exam assesses high school students' general educational development and ability to complete college-level coursework.

Brookfield East High School's average ACT composite score reached a record-level 25.7 and Brookfield Central High School's average score grew to 25.3.

Brookfield East's ACT composite score ranks No. 3 among high schools in Wisconsin; Brookfield Central is ranked No. 5.

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Brookfield Central Sports: Sept. 3

7:43 a.m. |

CENTRAL GIRLS GOLF

Brookfield Central girls golf team won their second straight Greater Metro Conference mini-meet Aug. 25 at Songbird Hills.

Central was followed by DSHA (185), Wauwatosa East/West (185), Sussex Hamilton (186), Brookfield East (196) and Menomonee Falls (201).

The Lancers shot a 161, led by Emily Balding, who finished third with a 39, behind Lorenza Martinez (34) of Divine Savior the day's medalist and Tosa's Katie Gastrau.

Taylor Moonand Sophia Sunwere fifth with 40's. Lexi Romeroand Alex Leeeach had a 42 and finished seventh. Emma Whitfieldhad a 44.

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New service aims to help kids with social and communication skills

7:23 a.m. | After years of searching and planning, a Bookfield mother and a former Elmbrook School District employee have realized their dream of opening a center to help children who have trouble with communication and social interaction.

As the mother of a child on the autism spectrum, Erin Amiot began looking for social learning opportunities for her son in 2013.

Her son had previously worked with Emily Gajewski through the Elmbrook School District in speech therapy and, after Amiot had trouble finding what she needed, the pair decided to team up.

"We found some really cool places, but not in this area. For me it was about what's do-able after school," Amiot said. "I wanted something that wouldn't be a 45-minute drive."

After deciding last year on starting the business that she had been seeking, Amiot was quick to fully commit to the idea.

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Brookfield autumn Parks & Rec registration approaching

Sept. 01, 2015 5:58 p.m. | City of Brookfield residents can start signing themselves and their children up for the city's Parks & Recreation fall programs soon.

Registration will begin both online and in-person at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. In-person registration is at the city's Parks & Recreation office at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

The Parks & Recreation office will be open 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 12 and then re-open for registration 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14.

To register online, go to http://www.ci.brookfield.wi.us/index.aspx?nid=628.

Unity Center of Light church looking to put down roots in Brookfield

Sept. 01, 2015 5:48 p.m. | A new church is looking to make its first permanent home in the city of Brookfield.

Unity Center of Light has operated for approximately five years, and its senior minister said the congregation is ready to finally make a move to a new home pending a conditional use permit being approved by the city.

Unity is looking to occupy vacant space at 150 S. Sunny Slope Road after having spent the last half of a decade meeting at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove.

"We have created a small, very excited group of individuals, and we've finally gotten to a point that it's necessary for us to have a place where we can come," said Reverend and Senior Minister Sue Ellen Kelly.

Unity Center of Light currently has around 75-80 members, and Kelly hopes the congregation continues to expand.

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Bus shelters topic coming back to Brookfield

Sept. 01, 2015 4:53 p.m. | After more than four months on the back burner, the city of Brookfield will once again entertain the idea of allowing bus shelters at half a dozen locations along Bluemound Road.

In April, city officials were introduced to a proposal from Clear Channel Outdoor for the company to purchase and install the shelters to be used by the Waukesha County and Milwaukee County Transit Systems.

The catch is that in order for the shelters to be financially viable for Clear Channel, the company rents out advertising space on the structures to recoup its costs, and the city of Brookfield's sign code does not allow off-site advertising.

In the spring, the city's plan commission expressed strong support for making an exception to that rule in order to gain the shelters, but the common council was much more skeptical.

Several aldermen expressed concern with how much control the city would have over advertising content and maintenance of the shelters.

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Central tennis team beats Tosa West

Sept. 01, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Brookfield Central defeated Wauwatosa West, 5-2, on Aug. 24 to begin the week and then finished 2-2 and took seventh place in its own 16-team Lancer Invitational on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 27-29.

In the win at Tosa West, the Lancers swept doubles competition behind seniors Shay Puidokas/Michaela Evanich (6-4, 2-6, 10-5), seniors Alexandra Yavnilovich/Alana Michaels (6-1, 6-2) and juniors Catie Conlon/Michelle Liang (7-5, 6-2).

Sophomore Sasha Semina won at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-0), and Lizzie Peterson won at No. 3 (6-1, 6-2).

Central opened the Lancer Invite on Aug. 27 by beating Oshkosh North, 6-1.

Semina (6-1, 6-1), Peterson (6-1, 6-0) and sophomore Gene Lee (6-4, 6-3) won singles, and Puidokas/Evanich (6-2, 6-1), Yavnilovich/Michaels (6-0, 6-1) and Conlon/Liang (6-3, 6-0) won at doubles.

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Brookfield Library Friends continue support efforts

Sept. 01, 2015 11:38 a.m. | The Brookfield Public Library will once again be offered support from its biggest fan group this month.

The Friends of the Brookfield Public Library (FoBPL) will be hosting its 10th annual used book sale to raise funds for the library this month at the Brookfield Senior Center, located in Brookfield City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

The sale will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, continue from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and conclude its first weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Friends will return for the weekend of Sept. 18 - 20 at the same times.

Friends of the Brookfield Public Library say that so far they have raised over $140,000 from the used book sale which has been used for a number of programs, materials and equipment at the library.

Brookfield East kickers blank Homestead, 2-0

Sept. 01, 2015 10:18 a.m. | Brookfield East boys soccer team beat Homestead, 2-0, on Aug. 25 on the road to start the season and then lost a heartbreaker, 2-1, to Madison West on Aug. 28 in a rain-shortened Waunakee Invitational.

Sophomore Ben Heydt opened the scoring in the 13th minute, and then senior Gabe Haupt scored in the 73rd minute for the Spartans.

On Heydt's goal, senior Ian Karcher sent a long diagonal ball inside the box, to the left of the goal. Heydt was making his run up the left side into the box and got the ball under control with his back to the goal and a defender on his back. He flicked the ball up over his head, over the defender's head, over the keeper's reach and into the net for East's first goal of the season.

The game went back and forth through the rest of the first half and into the second half, until the 72nd minute when Haupt added a second goal.

Karcher started Haupt's score as well with a ball over the top that Haupt ran down, touched past the keeper (who came off his line to try to get to the ball), and then calmly put it into the open goal.

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Central's boys volleyball team only returns three letter winners

Sept. 01, 2015 10:08 a.m. | To call Brookfield Central's boys volleyball team inexperienced is an understatement, with only three returning letter winners.

Central, which finished fifth in the Greater Metro Conference last year, has the following strengths and weaknesses, according to coach Ken Nash.

"My team's strong points are good team chemistry and lots of potential," he said. "My team needs improvement in communication on the court, which will be key, and passing."

The returning letter winners are senior libero Kin Xiong, junior middle blocker Michael Elwing and sophomore setter Bradley Moon.

Several newcomers could play a big role, according to Nash.

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Key injuries might slow Brookfield Central's girls XC team

Sept. 01, 2015 9:48 a.m. | Led by outstanding sophomore runner Abby Mauermann, the Brookfield Central girls cross-country team will be competitive once against this season.

Mauermann was the team's MVP last year in her first season and is one of seven returning letter winners for coach Lorie Lewis.

Joining her are sophomore Leah Neustedter, another outstanding returnee, seniors Emma Kumer, a captain last season, Lucy Kwiatkowski, Olivia Zweber and Rachel Hirsch and junior Sarah Keehan.

Unfortunately for the Lancers, Mauermann will not race for several weeks, after suffering a stress fracture after the track season last spring.

"She will be racing this season but not right away," Lewis said. "Kwiatkowski did not race due to a knee injury, but she should also be back quickly."

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Kinseth Hospitality to break ground on new hotel in town of Brookfield

Sept. 01, 2015 12:48 a.m. | Visitors to the town of Brookfield and its surrounding region will have a new option for comfortable living arrangements within about a year.

Iowa-based Kinseth Hospitality Co. is scheduled to break ground this Thursday on a new, 105-room hotel to be located at the terminus of Larry court off of Watertown Road.

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place Thursday at 11 a.m. at 650 Larry Court.

Kinseth Executive Vice President Bruce Kinseth says that the company hopes to have the hotel finished in 10 months.

Brookfield Hobby Lobby store set for grand opening

Aug. 31, 2015 6:38 p.m. | The town of Brookfield's new Hobby Lobby location will open its doors with a grand opening ceremony next Monday at 9 a.m.

The new store is the company's 18th in the state of Wisconsin and will occupy approximately 55,000 square-feet of the former Kmart building, 18200 W. Bluemound Road.

The store's grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be open to the public with local officials, Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce members and other business leaders expected to attend.

The remaining portion of the former Kmart building is expected to house Dunham's Sports and a new out-building located near the neighboring Olive Garden will house up to three new tenants although specifics have not been announced for occupancy of that portion of the property.

Brookfield East crushes Beaver Dam, 47-0

Aug. 28, 2015 11:04 p.m. | Brookfield East’s offense has scored 81 points in the first two games of the season to roll to a 2-0 record, the latest win being a 47-0 decision over Beaver Dam on Friday, Aug. 28.

The Spartans backfield trio of quarterback TC Swittel and running backs Sam Santiago-Lloyd and Mitch Mikulsky, who all rushed over 100 yards in last week’s 34-20 win over Pius XI, had another big night.

Swittell rushed for two touchdowns and threw a scoring pass, while Santiago-Lloyd rushed for three scores and Mikulsky had some key runs.

TC Swittel was 7-for-10 for 101 passing yards and ran for 88 yards. Santiago-Lloyd rushed for 108 yards, and Mikulsky had 68 yards.

But coach Tom Swittel wanted to make sure his big offensive line and his defense also got some credit.

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Elm Grove trustees endorse path as priority

Aug. 28, 2015 4:48 p.m. | The village of Elm Grove's Board of Trustees gave its seal of approval to a plan concocted by three committees pertaining to pathways in the village.

Elm Grove continues to try to extend and expand its network of off-road pathways. Last year, the village installed a path along Juneau Blvd. that officials say they have heard little but positive feedback on.

This year, small projects are planned near Ace Hardware, 15360 Watertown Plank Road, and from Berkshire Drive to Pilgrim Park Middle School.

"We're looking at some these pathways on some of our more major routes because as our community gets more and more active and we see more walkers and joggers, it's important to keep our residents safe and keep our kids safe," Elm Grove village manager Dave DeAngelis said.

Between the two projects, which DeAngelis says might be delayed until Spring, the village expects to spend approximately $48,290.

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