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Dispute leads to arrests, second fight in past week at Brookfield Chuck E. Cheese's

Aug. 05, 2013 8:40 a.m. | Town of Brookfield police made two arrests at Chuck E. Cheese's Saturday after a dispute between two family members escalated into a fight.

According to a news release from the department:

Police received a called Saturday at 7:30 p.m. about an assault and fight in progress at Chuck E. Cheese's, 19125 W. Bluemound Road. A 39-year-old man allegedly punched his 20-year-old daughter in the side of her face after an argument inside the children's entertainment franchise. The fight then escalated into the parking lot.

The man was arrested for domestic-related battery and disorderly conduct. The woman was arrested for violating a restraining order petitioned by another family member who attended the birthday party. Both are being held at the Waukesha County Jail awaiting charges. The woman suffered a cut to her ear, but refused medical treatment.

The incident comes a week after police arrested two 28-year-old women for battery after a 20-person brawl inside the business.

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DSHA sweeps Lancers, earning a 49-34 sectional semifinal win

March 05, 2015 9:25 p.m. |

Divine Savior Holy Angels swept Brookfield Central, beating them twice in the regular season and then winning handily, 49-34, in the WIAA Sectional semifinal on Thursday at Milwaukee South before a packed house.

The Dashers (23-2) had to wait until the fourth quarter to beat the Lancers during the regular season, but an 18-4 second quarter run did in Central this time around as DSHA led 26-12 at intermission. BCHS managed one basket in the second and third quarters.

Arike Ogunbowale showed why she is a McDonald’s All-American as she scored 17 points, but put on a passing display that would have made Aaron Rodgers proud. Taylor Drost led all scorers with 21 points, but most of them came on layups set up by Ogunbowale's precise passing.
The Dashers defense was divine, as they held Central’s Caroline Busch to 6 points, all coming from the free throw line. Senior Emma Brauer had 5 points, so the Lancers top offensive threats finished with 11 points combined. Junior Rachel Kolb stepped up and had 13 points to lead the Lancers.
The Lancers finished an outstanding season under first-year coach Mallory Liebl with a 16-9 record, while DSHA faces Oak Creek, the defending state champs, at 1 p.m. at Brookfield Central on Saturday with a state berth on the line.

Brookfield mosque invites public for open house

March 03, 2015 5:44 p.m. | The first mosque in Waukesha County will be hosting its public open house this Saturday, March 7, from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Masjid Al-Noor was completed and officially opened its doors in January. The public will be welcome to tour the facility and meet members of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee West community throughout the afternoon.

The mosque offers all five of the daily prayers as well as the Jumu'ah prayer offered every Friday at 1 p.m.

For more information, go to or call 262-395-4873.

Brookfield brewery to host St. Patty's Day Party

March 03, 2015 5:16 p.m. | As they close in on their first anniversary, the owners of Biloba Brewing Company are continuing to achieve one of their main goals when they decided to open up shop in the village area of Brookfield.

In the fall of 2013, Jean Lane said that she and her husband Gordon hoped to make the microbrewery a gathering place for the community.

After opening in April of last year, the Lanes feel that they have already achieved that status, but are hoping to grow that reputation as well through upcoming events.

The brewery is set to host a St. Patrick's Day Party on March 17 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Biloba will represent a large part of the group effort by the village of Brookfield to commemorate the holiday. An Irish dance presentatio nwill take place just down the street at the Brookfield Dance Academy followed by food, music, and beer at Biloba. The company's Irish Red and Dry Irish Stout will be on tap to celebrate the occasion.

Approval easier for fences now in Elm Grove

March 03, 2015 4:48 p.m. | Last week the village of Elm Grove's Board of Trustees approved an ordinance that will make it easier for residents to obtain fence permits for their properties.

The ordinance, which has been in the pipeline for more than three months, allows certain types of fences that property owners may apply for to have their approval process streamlined so that inception of the structures can begin sooner.

"I think the principle goal was to make sure that the process to get a fence approved be more objective versus subjective," Village of Elm Grove Manager Dave De Angelis said.

In the past, all fences not classified as decorative fences had to be reviewed by the village's Building Board in order to gain a permit; however, under the new legislation, the village's Zoning Administrator or his or her duly authorized designee can examine a wider variety of fences on his or her own and issue the permit without the need to consult the building board. Administrative approval can be obtained for architectural screening devices, decorative fences, or open fences.

OSHA says drill rig involved in construction worker's death

March 03, 2015 10:15 a.m. | The construction worker who died at the Zoo Interchange project Feb. 28 "came into contact" with a drill rig while he was installing tiebacks on a retaining wall, according to Chris Zortman, Milwaukee area director for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

OSHA is investigating the incident with assistance from the Milwaukee County sheriff's office. 

Although many details are still unknown, the sheriff's office has reported that 33-year-old Ryan C. Calkins of Brookfield was pronounced dead on the scene near Interstate 94 and 91st Street about 7:41 a.m. Feb. 28.

Fran McLaughlin, director of support services for the sheriff's office, said Calkins was involved in a "machinery accident" but did not clarify what happened because of the ongoing investigation. She said the sheriff's office and Brookfield police helped interview witnesses, notified family members, and are now assisting OSHA with its investigation.

McLaughlin said Calkins was the only worker injured in the accident. 

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Wauwatosa rubber stamp company Schwaab chooses Brookfield for new home

March 02, 2015 7:26 p.m. | The Schwaab stamp company will be moving from its longtime location at 11415 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, to a vacant building at 12855 W. Lisbon Road in Brookfield, officials say.

The Schwaab site on Burleigh Road was purchased in January by HSA Commercial Real Estate, developer of Tosa's Mayfair Collection, for $2.15 million, and is likely to be the site of a new shopping center by next year.

"The building is currently being held by an LLC, so Schwaab technically doesn't have the property, but we have plans to move there by June or July," Schwaab President Jeremiah McNeal said, referring to the Brookfield location.

McNeal says that location was an important factor in the search for a new building.

"Location really was key for us. It's very close to our existing building and we anticipate that we'll retain everybody when we move to the new location because it's so close," McNeal said.

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Lancers rally to beat Brookfield East in girls basketball regional

Feb. 27, 2015 9:30 p.m. | Caroline Busch and Emma Brauer battled a tough Brookfield East defense all night and finally pulled away to give Brookfield Central a 46-41 victory on Friday in a first round WIAA Regional game.

 After Central took a 21-13 first quarter lead behind 8 points by Busch, the Spartans rallied with an 11-2 second quarter and a 24-23 halftime lead. East won the third quarter, 7-5, as Mariah Miller hit a 3-point shot on the buzzer for a 31-28 lead going into the fourth quarter.
But Brauer had 7 points and Busch 6 in the final 18-10 period and Central advances to the regional final at King at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Busch had 14 points, but had to battle Abby Gregg all night who faced guarded her most of the night. Brauer, who had a terrible first half shooting, kept shooting and scored 12 points in the game.
Miller had 15 points, and Angela Pichler had 13 to lead East, who committed some crucial turnovers down the stretch.

Construction starts on Brookfield Square expansion

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

The first step of this most recent expansion, which is technically Phase 6 in ongoing improvements, will see the addition of approximately 20,000 square feet of new space. This new structure will be located near the southern end of the mall, adjacent to Sears, and facing North Moorland Road. The project also includes the demolition of approximately 7,400 square feet currently occupied by Sears in order to make room.

"We are very excited to continue to deliver to our shoppers the best that dining and retail has to offer," Brookfield Square General Manager Scott Oleson said in a statement. "We are committed to reinvesting in our center and the community, and this expansion underscores our focus."

The new buildings 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.

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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.


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