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Brookfield mayor says quarry plans represent best path for city

Oct. 11, 2013 10:48 a.m. | Brookfield Mayor Steven Ponto writes in a column for BrookfieldNOW that the plan to deposit clean fill and renovate the 85-acre Sileno Property south of Burleigh Road is the best choice for the city.

"At the end of this process, the city will have a beautiful 70-acre park with a 23-acre lake, which would be up to 28 feet deep," Ponto writes.

You can read Brookfield Mayor Steven Ponto's complete quarry column here.

Suspected drunken driver arrested after chase, crash into squad car

Feb. 13, 2016 8:14 a.m. | A 23-year-old West Allis woman was arrested after an at-times slow speed chase early Saturday in Waukesha County that ended with her vehicle striking the rear of a squad car and forcing a deputy to dash out of the way to avoid being hit, according to a sheriff's department news release.

According to the news release:

A sheriff's squad attempted to stop a 2014 Jeep Compass on westbound Interstate 94 about 2:10 a.m. west of Moorland Road in Brookfield for operating without lights. During the attempted stop, another sheriff's squad was responding to a citizen complaint of possible intoxicated driver in the same area.

The Jeep Compass failed to yield to the squad's emergency lights and siren as it continued westbound on I-94 at about 40 mph. Speeds continued to slow to less than 5 mph when the Compass crashed into the median wall east of Barker Road in the Town of Brookfield.

The Compass then left the crash scene with the squad still following. The squad investigating the other complaint of a possible intoxicated driver had just released a motorist from a traffic stop on westbound I-94 east of Redford Blvd. in the City of Pewaukee as the vehicle pursuit approached that location.

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Brookfield East snaps DSHA 28-game GMC win streak

Feb. 12, 2016 10:23 p.m. | Brookfield East handed Divine Savior Holy Angels a 53-42 loss Friday night at East, snapping the Dashers 28-game Greater Metro Conference winning streak.

The last time the Dashers lost a GMC game was to Brookfield Central on Feb. 14, 2014, a 63-58 decision at DSHA. DSHA was 12-0 this year, 14-0 last year and they won their last two conference games in 20-13-14.

The loss snapped a 6-game win streak for the Dashers, while the Spartans increased their current win streak to five in a row. DSHA is now 12-1 in the GMC and 16-5 overall, while East in now 9-4 in the GMC and 15-6 overall.

It was Senior Night and East coach Michael Goodman started all five seniors and fell behind 19-7. But then he substituted and the Spartans finished the half with an 18-7 run, despite missing several easy layups.

Mariah Miller had 10 of her 14 first-half points in that stretch. She finished with a game-high 20.

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Brookfield Suites announces reflag to Embassy Suites, multi-million dollar renovation

Feb. 12, 2016 3:39 p.m. | CITY OF BROOKFIELD — The multi-million dollar projects just keep coming.

With so much construction and development taking place along Bluemound Road, the Brookfield Suites Ownership Group has decided to extend that activity south of I-94 as well.

The group announced Friday that Brookfield Suites will be undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation in the months to come and will also be rebranding to Embassy Suites, a Hilton brand.

Brookfield Suites is a 203-room property located at 1200 S. Moorland Road. A press conference has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 and will include words from a number of speakers including city of Brookfield mayor Steve Ponto.

Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield plans improvement to outdoor dining

Feb. 12, 2016 11:00 a.m. | Members and guests at Westmoor Country Club, 400 S. Moorland Road, can expect an improved outdoor dining experience in their future.

The club has announced plans to completely renovate and re-do its outdoor patio.

"We've been working on outdoor dining for our members for approximately four years," Westmoor Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Joseph Coan said. "We have looked at various sites around the club and determined that upgrading the somewhat outdated facilities we had were in our best interests."

Westmoor's restaurant, which services pool guests, golfers and tennis players, will adjoin the new patio and provide meal services during lunch and dinner. In addition, Coan says that the club is hoping to extend the hours of operation of the new patio beyond the summer months.

With the renovations, the new patio will increase in size overall, but the seating capacity will remain similar.

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Uber, Elmbrook Humane Society team up to deliver puppies Friday

Feb. 12, 2016 2:44 a.m. | In the midst of the winter blues? Looking to cuddle in the lead-up to Valentine's Day?

Say no more. Uber and the Elmbrook Humane Society have you covered.

Throughout the day Friday, Feb. 12, Uber is teaming up with Elmbrook and Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin to, quite literally, deliver puppies to you.

Uber users can open their Uber app between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and request the "Puppies" option in the app. Users will then have 15 minutes to spend with puppies who will be delivered as soon as possible.

Uber advises that the puppies it delivers are very social and encourages users to gather their friends and coworkers for the visit.

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What residents in Southeast Wisconsin need to know to prevent the spread of Zika virus

Feb. 11, 2016 12:02 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —It may not be on the minds of most Wisconsinites amid the snow and frigid temperatures, but as the seasons change a major international health concern could have widespread effects right in our backyards.

Following the Feb. 1 declaration by the World Health Organization that has deemed the Zika virus an international public health emergency, local businesses and health care organizations are bracing for what the virus could mean at a local level.

Mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common symptoms of the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness, which has prompted several travel alerts to be issued to areas including the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

Before the warmer temperatures make their ways back into the area, local pest control professionals are saying there are some things for those making plans for spring break to keep in mind.

While Wil-Kil Pest Control does not have the medical expertise to comment directly on the virus and symptoms, Regional Manager Randy Allen said the company is seeking to generate awareness about mosquito prevention.

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Blackfinn Ameripub to welcome first guests at Brookfield Square location this month

Feb. 10, 2016 11:21 a.m. | The latest in a series of new restaurant openings at Brookfield Square will welcome its first guests later this month.

Blackfinn Ameripub is set to join Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes and Jason's Deli as new dining options at the mall.

The restaurant will host a grand opening for the general public March 3, but before that, a number of people will get a preview of both Blackfinn's food as well as its commitment to the community.

"We're doing a charity event on Saturday, Feb. 20, with the Elmbrook Education Foundation," Blackfinn Ameripub regional partner Jeff Lloyd said. "We do this for most of our openings. We like to be involved in the community."

Blackfinn has begun orientation and training for its 150-plus employees this week as it prepares to offer what Lloyd says is a special dining experience.

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Sport Shorts: Feb. 11, 2016

Feb. 09, 2016 6:39 p.m. |


The Brookfield East girls basketball team had another good week, going 2-0 and increasing their winning streak to four games.

They traveled to Menomonee Falls and whipped the Indians by 31 points Feb. 2 to open the week and then rallied in the second half to beat second-place Sussex Hamilton, 66-54, on Feb. 5.

East is 14-6 overall and 8-4 in the Greater Metro Conference, one game out of second behind the Chargers (15-4, 9-3) and Brookfield Central (14-5, 9-3).

East earned a 73-42 decision over Falls as senior Mariah Millerscored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out two assists and two steals.

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Bruggink, Malensek spark Brookfield Central boys in wins over West Allis Central, Hale

Feb. 09, 2016 4:04 p.m. | Brookfield Central senior forward Andrew Bruggink is on a roll, and his Lancers are benefiting from it, as he scored 31 points to spark a 77-61 win at West Allis Central on Feb. 2 and 23 points in a 61-38 win over West Allis Hale on Feb. 5 at home.

The Lancers are 10-2 in the last 12 games, as Bruggink has averaged 20 points a game in that stretch. That included three games of 31, one of 29, one of 23 and one of 20. They have won three in a row entering the week. That was also the second game in a row Bruggink scored 31 points.

Big first half

Brookfield Central jumped off to a 41-28 lead at intermission and then exchanged baskets, winning the second half, 36-33.

Bruggink was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line with five 3-pointers, three rebounds and two steals, and freshman Gage Malensek added 11 points, seven assists and three rebounds.

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Brookfield East girls basketball team rallies to beat Sussex Hamilton, 66-54

Feb. 09, 2016 3:52 p.m. | The run was as shocking as it was scintillating.

When it was done, it reversed the course of Friday's Greater Metro Conference game between host Sussex Hamilton and Brookfield East. Now, the Spartans are hoping the burst changes the direction of their season, while the Chargers must ensure there are no lasting effects.

East trailed Hamilton, 40-28 with 15 minutes remaining. Then almost out of the blue, the Spartans went on a 20-0 surge that later grew to 28-2.

East's shocking spurt allowed it to post a 66-54 win — one of its most impressive victories of the season.

The Spartans improved to 14-6 overall, 8-4 in the league and won their fourth straight game. Hamilton, which had won 11 of 12 games before Friday, fell to 15-4, 9-3.

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Brookfield's Rumpit, Attenberger win multiple swim events at Classic 8/GMC tourney

Feb. 09, 2016 3:37 p.m. | The Brookfield Barracudas finished third in the Classic Eight/Greater Metro Conference swimming tournament and had two swimmers win four events.

Brookfield scored 454 points to finish behind Arrowhead (498) and Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial (470).

"We felt that if we executed our brand of racing, we had a chance to unseat Arrowhead," Brookfield coach William Twitchell said. "Unfortunately the seeds of this championship needed to be sown in the month of December, and we were not prepared, in several key areas, for the challenge.

"As a program, we will re-evaluate our coaching staff, the program goals and athlete expectations in the off-season, and nothing will be excluded from our scrutiny. As the team portion of the season concludes, we are faced with regrouping, refocusing and polishing our strengths for the upcoming tournament season."

Senior Connor Rumpit won the 200 freestyle (1:43.66) and the 500 free (4:42.63) and was named Athlete of the Year for the conference.

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Brookfield gymnastics team keeps on rolling

Feb. 09, 2016 3:22 p.m. | The Brookfield girls gymnastics team had a good week with a win at Whitefish Bay on Feb. 4 and then a third-place finish at the Kenosha Invite on Feb. 6.

Brookfield scored 139.7 points, while Bay managed 138.025 and Port Washington added 119.2.

Amanda Pennow took first in bars and floor; third on vault and beam; and first in the all-around. Lexi Romero won the vault and the beam and was third in the all-around. Caitlin Locante was second on bars and floor

In the junior varsity meet, it was Whitefish Bay (118.95), Brookfield (113.3) and Port Washington (49.5).

JV event champions for Brookfield were Jenna Wojcik (floor) and Caitlyn Albrecht (vault).

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Grasch's in Brookfield will become a Balistreri Sendik's

Feb. 08, 2016 3:59 p.m. | Bill Grasch says he still remembers his first job at Grasch Foods, a third-generation, family-owned specialty grocery store in Brookfield.

"I was 7 years old and my dad told me go around and pick up all the paper in the parking lot and then go sort the bottles in the basement," Grasch said. "That was my first job."

That was 57 years ago. On Monday, Grasch and his family co-owners said they intend to sell their store at 13950 W. North Ave. to the Balistreri family, which plans to convert it into one of their Sendik's Food Markets.

Sendik's is a rapidly-growing upscale grocery chain that operates 12 stores in the metro Milwaukee area.

The store will become the 13th location for brothers Ted, Patrick and Nick Balistreri and their sister, Margaret Harris. Sendik's operates 12 stores in Elm Grove, Franklin, Germantown, Grafton, Greenfield, Hartland, Mequon, New Berlin, Wauwatosa, West Bend and Whitefish Bay, and a Sendik's Fresh2GO store in Bayside.

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Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Brookfield Academy

Feb. 05, 2016 1:47 p.m. |

Girls Basketball

The girls team had an extremely successful week, defeating conference opponent Living Word Lutheran, 54-48, on Jan. 27 in a fast-paced and aggressive game. The Knights trailed by one at the half, but smart decisions and strong shooting gave them the win. Only three girls scored in the game, led by Ashley Balistreriwith 22. Theresa Wichserand Anika Washburnfollowed, with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

With only one day's rest, the team beat conference rival Lake Country Lutheran, 52-47, on Jan. 29 in their biggest game of the season. In their first meeting, the Blue Knights defeated the Lightning by 5 points. Trailing by 7 points at halftime, the Knights used an aggressive and physical defense combined with an improved shooting percentage to get the lead halfway through the second half and finish with the victory.

Washburn led the team in scoring with 19, followed by Wichser with 17. Balistreri and Erika Schlagenhauffollowed with 6 each. The Blue Knights are 14-4 overall, and 9-0 in conference, which puts them atop the conference standings. The girls host Living Word Lutheran at home this Saturday, Feb. 6.

— Erika Schlagenhauf,

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