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Indoor go-kart racing tracks proposed for Brookfield

March 31, 2010 11:39 a.m. | A family entertainment center, featuring indoor go-kart racing tracks, is being proposed for a former warehouse in the Town of Brookfield.

The two indoor tracks -- a small one for young children and a longer one, with higher speeds, for older children and adults -- would be part of Top Dog Speedway and Family Entertainment Center.

The speedway and entertainment center, which also would feature batting cages, miniature golf, video games, a golf simulator, and party rooms, is proposed for 43,300-square-foot building at 21875 Doral Road.

The development is proposed by Mark Damico, former president and chief executive officer of StoneRiver Inc.

Damico left StoneRiver, formerly known as Fiserv Insurance Solutions, in October after 14 years at the company. Damico told me he's financing the new venture, which he hopes to open by July. The business needs a conditional use permit from the Town Board.

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Brookfield East has surprising gridiron season

12:20 p.m. | Brookfield East was not among the preseason favorites in the Greater Metro Conference race this year. So when all was said and done, coach Tom Swittel's Spartans surprised everyone but themselves when the dust had settled.

East finished with an overall record of 10-2, advancing to the Level 3 WIAA Playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Homestead. The was only the second time in school history East made it that far.

The Spartans were 6-1 in the GMC, finishing second to Brookfield Central, who handed them their only loss, 21-14. East got revenge over Central with a 34-31 overtime win in the Level 2 playoffs. They also defeated Whitefish Bay in Level 1, giving them two wins over conference champions.

"If you sit back and evaluate a season, one way to look at it was if we played up to our potential we would be successful," coach Tom Swittel said. "We got everything we could out of our kids. We kept getting better as the season went on and we were playing our best at the end of the season, not at the beginning. They gave everything they had. At the end, they left everything on the field. It was a very good season."

The Spartans had All-Greater Metro Conference choices, including major award winners.

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Brookfield panel recommends approval of public assistance for Milwaukee Tool expansion

Nov. 24, 2015 6:54 p.m. | CITY OF BROOKFIELD — The city of Brookfield took its first step toward providing $6 million in financial aid to Milwaukee Tool after the company announced plans for a $33 million expansion of its corporate headquarters last week.

The city has proposed a tax incremental financing (TIF) district that would cover approximately 30 acres of land including and around Milwaukee Tool's current campus at 13135 W. Lisbon Road.

In total, the TIF district's project costs would be $8.4 million including the cost of financing. Brookfield would recoup its costs through increased tax base over a 15-year term.

The city's community development authority was briefed on details regarding the TIF Tuesday evening by both representatives of Milwaukee Tool and Greun Greun + Associates, the city's consultant for the matter.

The panel recommended approval of the TIF by a 5-0 vote. Committee members J. Nathan Cunniff and David J. Raysich were absent and excused.

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Brookfield Central's Kennedy proud of football team's effort in winning conference title

Nov. 24, 2015 6:23 p.m. | Despite going undefeated (7-0) and winning the Greater Metro Conference Championship in only his second season, Brookfield Central coach Jed Kennedy had plenty of memories about the current season that had more to do that what happened on the field.

And plenty happened on the field, as the title was Central's fifth win or share since 2002. But more importantly, it was the Lancers third undisputed championship (2006, 2002).

Central finished 9-2 overall, losing it's first game to Whitefish Bay and it's last to Brookfield East in a Level 2 playoff thriller, but Kennedy focused on the kids, especially the seniors he is losing.

"I told the kids I've been doing this enough years to compare things to," Kennedy said. "I had a fun time with this group of kids. They were great kids. We started out slower than we wanted to, not winning in week one, but they believed what we were doing as coaches, the program and they continued to work hard. I believe at the end of the year we were as good as anyone in the state in our division. We just ran into a good team in round two."

Central will lose 25 seniors to graduation — Michael Cobb, Michael Dragotta, Joe DuBois, Michael Hauser, Brandon Hughes, Alex Johnson, Nathan Kendall, Joey Koppelman, Dominic Labellarte, Evan Liebetrau, MJ Lucas, Mitch Meves, John Murphy, Tom Mussa, Buc Nellen, Kuma Okoro, Nick Reiels, Luke Reutuman, Henry Ritchie, John Schneider, Dillion Sehmer, Thomas Smith, Malik Turner, John Wallner and Dan Williams.

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Fairview South's annual Silent Auction and Craft Fair to raise funds for school iPads

Nov. 24, 2015 3:22 p.m. | Proceeds from this year's Silent Auction and Craft Fair at Fairview South will be used to purchase iPads for the school.

Fairview South School serves the needs of students with mild to severe cognitive disabilities from 12 school districts within southeast Wisconsin.

Handcrafted items made by students for the upcoming holiday season are sold at the annual fundraiser. Each class earns money from their sales to support classroom activities. Previous Fairview South auctions have been used to purchase an outdoor recreation area, adaptive equipment and a wheelchair-accessible van.

Parent group Friends of Fairview South, which coordinates the auction, hopes to raise $15,000 to purchase new iPads, which can be installed with applications designed for students with special needs.

The school has already received donations from the community for this year's silent auction, but more items are always appreciated, said Sarah Knowles, vice president of the parent group.

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City of Brookfield to discuss potential financial aid for Milwaukee Tool expansion

Nov. 24, 2015 2:17 p.m. | CITY OF BROOKFIELD — The city of Brookfield community development authority will meet this afternoon to discuss a proposal for the city to provide $6 million in financial assistance via a tax incremental financing (TIF) district for Milwaukee Tool.

Milwaukee Tool announced plans last week for a $33 million expansion of its headquarters in Brookfield. The plans would include the creation of 500 full-time jobs in a number of fields including many in engineering and marketing.

The TIF district, if approved, would be the sixth in the city's history. Brookfield has recently created TIF districts on Gumina Road to assist with the Gumina Commerce Center and on property between W. Bluemound Road and I-94 for The Corridor.

The community development authority will meet at 4:15 p.m. this afternoon in the council chambers at city hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

Sport Shorts: Nov. 26, 2015

Nov. 24, 2015 2:15 p.m. |


The Brookfield Glacier girls hockey team will open the season on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28, against Arrowhead in a two-day tournament at the Mullet Center.

Coach Chris Frantz will have eight returning players and seven newcomers.

"I am really looking forward to this season," he said. "Last year we did not have the numbers (amount of the girls) for a full team, and this year we do. I am really excited for this year. I also know the team is also really excited.

"I know we will be competitive this year. The girls have a great attitude for the season. I think everyone will see a different Glacier Team this year."

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Oak Creek girls basketball team pulls away from Brookfield Central in second half

Nov. 24, 2015 1:53 p.m. | Both Oak Creek and Brookfield Central played their first girls basketball game of the season Nov. 20 at Central, but the Knights pulled away in the second half for a 59-46 victory.

There were some good things and bad things for both teams, according to the coaches.

The Knights are coming off a 14-0 Southeast Conference Championship, having lost to Divine Savior Holy Angels in the sectional finals to finish 21-5.

Central second-year coach Mallory Liebl has a philosophy regarding scheduling top nonconference foes.

"We obviously have to get better, but it was a good test for us," she said. "We schedule tough opponents because we want to get better, and that's what we were thinking when we scheduled Oak Creek. We want to play the best. We want to be the best that we can be, but we need to play the best teams to get there."

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Sports Notes: Nov. 26, 2015

Nov. 24, 2015 1:38 p.m. |

Klingaman to compete for UW-Whitewater

Leah Klingaman, a graduate of Brookfield Central, will compete for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women's swimming and diving program in 2015-16.

Klingaman, a sophomore at UW-Whitewater, is majoring in biology.

The 2014-15 Warhawks placed second in at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, the program's highest-ever finish at the meet, and racked up 10 individual and relay titles.

Brookfield East's Matt Szews named Volleyball Player of the Year, first-team all-state

Nov. 24, 2015 1:32 p.m. | The Brookfield East boys volleyball team tied for first place in the Greater Metro Conference, won their sectional and finished tied for third at the WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament.

All in all, it was a successful season for a team that graduated seven seniors, including three D1 college players.

"The question I got at the start of the season was how do you foresee the upcoming season," a proud East coach Timothy Owen said. "My comment then was simply that there is some uncertainty going into the year with many holes to be filled.

"At the start of the season, it wasn't so much where we were but more so what we could become. It wasn't so much what guys couldn't do, it was more what they could do. We may have had some holes, but there were some things we could do really well. It became evident early that we had a team that loved to play the game, that couldn't get enough of it, that enjoyed being around each other, that was willing to learn and willing to work incredibly hard."

Owen was pleased with how the team accepted their roles.

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Brookfield Academy: Nov. 26, 2015

Nov. 24, 2015 1:21 p.m. |

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team began their regular season last week splitting two games. The team hosted University Lake School on Nov. 18 and finished with a strong 64-16 win thanks to a great team effort. Ashley Balistreriled the team in scoring with 14 points, and Jordan Kobliskafollowed, adding 10 to the total.

The team traveled to the Prairie School on Nov. 20, and despite a hard-fought battle for 36 minutes, the game ended in a 69-45 loss. The game would have been completely different if it were not for the play of Jennie Novakand Anika Washburn.

Novak led the team in scoring with 13 points and had just as many rebounds, was 83 percent from the free-throw line and was a dominant force on defense. Washburn led the offense and contributed eight points to the total despite some tough Prairie defense.

— Erika Schlagenhauf,

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Elm Grove library friends group kicks off holiday season with Lights of Love and tree lighting event

Nov. 23, 2015 11:35 p.m. | Things are about to get a bit brighter in Village Park.

The Friends of the Elm Grove Library are once again inviting families, children and all others to take part in their annual Lights of Love fundraiser this holiday season.

"Lights of Love is kind of schizophrenic because it's a really big annual fundraiser that the Friends do for the library, but at the same time I think what a lot of people think of when they think of it is just the tree-lighting event at the end," Lights of Love chairwoman Jill Varick said.

Lights of Love is in its 21st year and, as always, will culminate with an afternoon of fun, holiday activities and the tree-lighting ceremony and caroling just outside the Elm Grove Public Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd., in Village Park.

"The day of the event we have Santa at the library and a really cool train setup. We'll have crafts for kids and this year we're going to have Mrs. Claus reading stories," Varick said.

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Elm Grove board approves small levy increase

Nov. 23, 2015 10:38 p.m. | Homeowners in the village of Elm Grove will see an increase to the municipal portion of their property tax bills in 2016, but it will be small relative to recent years.

The village's board of trustees approved the 2016 budget at its meeting Monday night.

The budget calls for the tax levy to be increased by .81 percent, or $54,015.

That represents the smallest increase in the tax levy in Elm Grove since 2013. In 2014 and 2015 the levy was increased by 1.32 and 1.03 percent respectively.

A homeowner with a house of average value of $434,580 will see the village portion of their property tax bill increase by $30.

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School Notes: Nov. 26

Nov. 23, 2015 7:24 p.m. |

Robotics team seeks volunteers, mentors

The BEAST Robotics team in the Elmbrook School District is currently looking for new members to help build a robot in six weeks.

BEAST Robotics, also known as FIRST Team 2202, is comprised of students in both Brookfield Central and Brookfield East high schools. Currently, the team has immediate openings for mentors, engineers and volunteers.

"There are many jobs that require experience working with tools and general problem solving, so we are looking for professional or hobby electricians, mechanics and woodworkers," the team stated in a news release. "We also welcome people without experience — tell us what you're good at and we'll find a place for you!"

The team's build season will run for six weeks beginning Jan. 4. During that time period, students and mentors will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings as well as all day Saturday.

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Brookfield Square to open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening, 6 a.m. for Black Friday

Nov. 23, 2015 7:20 p.m. | CITY OF BROOKFIELD — Shoppers at Brookfield Square will be able to get in the doors at 6 p.m. on the evening of Thanksgiving to get an early start on their Black Friday shopping.

The mall will open approximately 2/3 of its stores that evening. JC Penney will lead the openings that day at 3 p.m. with Boston Store following at 5 p.m.

Brookfield Square will be opening its doors an hour before stores open at 5 p.m.

On Black Friday, all stores in the mall will open at 6 a.m., with doors opening at 5.

Brookfield Square general manager Scott Oleson noted that stores are not required to open on Thanksgiving night, but must be open at 6 a.m. for Black Friday.

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New Brookfield classes combine fitness for moms with their kids in strollers

Nov. 23, 2015 5:10 p.m. | A steady stream of new fitness and health options continues to flow into Brookfield.

The latest addition to the wide variety of ways for residents of Brookfield and the surrounding area is FIT4MOM.

FIT4MOM is a national company based out of San Marcos, California, that focuses on classes and training regimens for mothers while also accommodating young children.

Brookfield FIT4MOM owner and instructor Tracy Joynt says that the idea first appealed to her after she had her own child last year.

"For me, I have always been passionate about working out. When I became a first-time mom last December it became an either/or thing," Joynt said. "I had heard about stroller workouts in other areas and mommy and me workouts, but we had nothing like that in Wisconsin and Milwaukee and Brookfield."

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