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Brookfield East's Alec James commits to Badgers

Jan. 30, 2013 4:38 p.m. | Madison – Gary Andersen has secured perhaps the most important oral commitment for his first freshman class at Wisconsin.

Alec James, the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association defensive player of the year as a senior at Brookfield East High School last fall, on Wednesday reaffirmed his commitment to the Badgers.

James gave UW a non-binding oral commitment last summer but reopened his recruiting after Bret Bielema left UW for Arkansas in December.

James subsequently considered Oregon and Michigan State. Arkansas, led by Bielema and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, made a late push as well.

A final visit to UW last weekend to meet with Andersen and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and study the defense they ran at Utah State convinced James that UW was his best option.

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Gun threat leads to brief lockdown at Fairview South in Brookfield

Jan. 24, 2013 2:24 p.m. | An Elmbrook School District official said students at Fairview South School, 3525 Bermuda Boulevard, are in no danger after a brief lockdown this morning.

The elementary school, which serves about 60 special-needs students ages 12 to 20, went on lockdown for about 30 minutes as students arrived for class.

Anne Moore, director of communications for the district, said school staff members were notified of a threat and immediately contacted authorities.

"Staff was made aware of a specific threat that a specific student had threatened to bring a gun to school," Moore said.

School staff provided Brookfield police with the name of the student and a description of the vehicle he likely would be arriving in.

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Missing Brookfield woman found safe

Jan. 21, 2013 9:02 p.m. | A mildly autistic city of Brookfield woman reported missing Monday afternoon was found unharmed Monday evening in Milwaukee, police said.

Amber P. Hammond, 26, was found after someone who had given her a ride Monday night contacted city of Brookfield police, according to a police official.

Brookfield police issue alert for missing autistic woman

Jan. 21, 2013 4:46 p.m. | City of Brookfield police are asking the public's help in locating a missing endangered person.

According to the alert, Amber P. Hammond, 26, has a mild form of autism and functions with the mentality of a 6-year-old.

She was last seen by a neighbor at 10:30 a.m. walking with a wheel-equipped suitcase near Calhoun Road and Capital Drive.

She is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 230 pounds, with black hair, and was wearing a royal blue fleece jacket, blue jeans and a white hat.

Police are asking that anyone who sees anyone fitting this description to contact the City of Brookfield Police Department at (262) 787-3702.

Social media users showcase running in West Allis

Jan. 21, 2013 9:35 a.m. | Runners from around the local area came to West Allis this weekend to try some distance running.

The Icebreaker Indoor Marathon is comprised of a 5K, a half marathon, a relay marathon and a marathon. Here's what runners and their friends and family were sharing on social networks.

U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner holds town hall meeting

Jan. 15, 2013 2:36 p.m. | U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner will answer questions from constituents during a town hall meeting from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Public Safety Building courtroom, 2100 N. Calhoun Road.

The meeting is open to the public.

Elm Grove offers second concealed carry class

Jan. 15, 2013 1:40 p.m. | The Elm Grove Police Department is offering a second concealed carry class Feb. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Village Hall (13600 Juneau Blvd.).

Classes are taught by state instructors certified to teach both law enforcement and civilian personnel.

Class size is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Application and $75 fee are due by Jan. 25. Applicants must be Wisconsin residents 21 years of age or older and must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law, state law or by court order.

To be placed on a waiting list for this or future classes, contact Assistant Chief Gus Moulas at (262)786-4141, ext. 223.

Brookfield Central ready for challenge at Brandon Jennings Invitational

Jan. 11, 2013 9:28 a.m. | Brookfield Central coach Mark Adams wouldn’t accept this challenge with any team.

The Lancers, who are ranked fifth in the area by the Journal Sentinel, play Chester (Pa.) at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Brandon Jennings Invitational at Central. Chester, which counts among its alumni Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and NBA point guard Jameer Nelson, is ranked No. 22 in the nation by USA Today.

“In other years if I didn’t see the potential we had as a team with some of the players we have, I maybe would have thought it’s too much,” Adams said, “but I thought this would be a great challenge for our kids. They’re pretty excited about it.”

The invitational features five games beginning at 11 a.m. Lone Peak (Utah), which plays High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian at 6 p.m.in the final game of the day, is ranked fifth in the nation by USA Today. Denver East, which plays Minnetonka (Minn.) at 2:30, was included in the “best of the rest” portion of the ranking.

Brandon Jennings Invitational
At Brookfield Central

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Calhoun Road closes for railroad track repair

Jan. 08, 2013 7:58 p.m. | Motorists should prepare to take alternate routes Wednesday morning as Canadian Pacific performs repair work on a railroad track in Brookfield.

The city said on its website that Canadian Pacific is scheduled to repair a defect in the north crossing on Calhoun Road on Jan. 9. Calhoun Road will be closed to all traffic at the crossing from 9 a.m. to noon.

The city said the railroad company was asked to place advance notice signs several days prior to alert the public.

Got milk? Elmbrook School District says its supply is stable despite Golden Guernsey closing

Jan. 07, 2013 11:55 a.m. | Grocery stores aren't the only ones searching for milk after the sudden Golden Guernsey plant closing.

Elmbrook School District is working to secure a temporary milk supplier for its schools after the Waukesha plant closed unexpectedly Saturday.

Cheryl Piel, head of food service for the school district, said Elmbrook schools have enough milk to last through tomorrow, with plans for a temporary supplier already in the works.

"We are fine for now," Piel said. "We had our milk distributed today and our distribution company is looking to secure a contract with a different dairy company, and it looks like it's close to being finalized."

The Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires eight ounces of milk be offered daily with school breakfast and lunch.

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Primary election letters due by 5 p.m. Feb. 1

Jan. 07, 2013 9:39 a.m. | All letters related to the spring primary must be received at the NOW Newspapers office by 5 p.m. Feb. 1 to be conisdered for publication in our print editions. All letters for the general election must be received by 5 p.m. March 15.

You can e-mail letters to news@cninow.com, fax them to (262) 446-6646 or mail them to:

NOW Newspapers
1741 Dolphin Drive Suite A
Waukesha, WI 53186

Letters must include the writer's first and last names and community of residence. This information will be published.

Letter writers also must provide their phone number, so we can call to verify that the sender truly is who they say they are.

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Spring Bank moving to larger Brookfield location

Jan. 07, 2013 9:30 a.m. | Spring Bank has signed a lease for a larger location in Brookfield.

Spring Bank plans to move by March 31 to 16620 W. Blue Mound Road, where it will lease 7,500 square feet from Cornicione Development LLC, the bank announced Monday. Brokers Tim Janusz, and Scott Satula, of NAI MLG Commercial, represented Spring Bank.

Spring Bank now operates in 4,500 square feet at 16655 W. Wisconsin Ave., Brookfield. 

“Our move to larger, more conveniently located space and our successful 2012 capital campaign that increased our capital by nearly 30 percent solidly positions us to meet the business and personal banking needs of our current and future customers," said David Schuelke, bank president and CEO, in a statement.

Fava Tea opening Brookfield location

Jan. 07, 2013 9:20 a.m. | Appleton-based Fava Tea Co. will open a Brookfield store, the company announced Monday.

It will be at The Plaza shopping center, at the southeast corner of W. Bluemound and N. Calhoun Roads,  formerly known as V. Richards Plaza. An exact date hasn't yet been set, but a mid-February opening is planned.

It will be the first Fava Tea opening as a franchise, under Fava World Franchising LLC; and one of many additional franchises planned for 2013, according to a company statement.

Fava also has stores in Appleton and Greenfield, at 5012 S. 74th St., in Greenfield Shopping Center.

Brookfield to rezone site for commercial development

Jan. 07, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Brookfield officials are seeking to rezone a city-owned parcel to allow for commercial development.

The property is at 1000 S. Moorland Road, where the former Fire Station No. 3 sits, according to a BrookfieldNow.com article by reporter Shakara Robinson.

Brookfield Central's strong first quarter leads to victory over Wauwatosa East

Jan. 04, 2013 10:40 p.m. | Brookfield Central jumped off to a fast start Friday and whipped Wauwatosa East’s boys basketball team, 58-42, and it was the same old story for both teams.

Central improved to 9-1 and stayed tied for first place in the Greater Metro Conference with Sussex Hamilton, each with 5-0 records, while Tosa East fell to 6-5 overall and to fourth place (3-2) in the GMC.

The Lancers jumped off to a 22-6 first quarter lead and then the teams played to a 36-36 tie the rest of the way.

Whereas Central continues to find ways to win — they drilled four 3-pointers in the first period — the Red Raiders once again couldn’t put together four good quarters against a quality opponent.

Again Central junior guard Riley LaChance had nine points with two 3-pointers and Peter Mattiacci threw in two 3-pointers to spark the first quarter run.

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Power outage affects Brookfield, Waukesha, New Berlin customers

Jan. 04, 2013 1:00 p.m. | We Energies says an estimated 7,100 customers are without power this afternoon in the Brookfield, New Berlin and Waukesha area.

Brian Manthey, media spokesman for the company, said the outage started at 11:15 a.m. Friday morning and crews have already restored power to some of the affected customers.

"We are looking into the cause of the outage, but it may have been caused by equipment failure at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Calhoun Road where the outage started," Manthey said.

We Energies expects to have all affected customers restored by 1 p.m.

Power restored for 8,400 customers along Brookfield, New Berlin border

Jan. 04, 2013 12:44 p.m. | Power has been restored to about 8,400 We Energies customers in Brookfield along the border with New Berlin, We Energy spokesman Brian Manthey said Friday.

The power failure occurred about 11:15 a.m. and was restored at 12:40 p.m.

Manthey said the problem was a fault in a piece of equipment on a pole that then sent a signal down the line to the substation, which knocked out power along the line. The pole was located in the Calhoun Road/Lincoln Ave. area, he said.

Customers affected live largely along the border between Brookfield and New Berlin, along the areas of Lincoln and Greenfield avenues and Calhoun Road, he said.

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Town of Brookfield open seats unchallenged

Jan. 03, 2013 1:34 p.m. | The town of Brookfield chairman and two town supervisor positions are up for election April 2. None of the incumbents face challenges.

Town Chairman Keith Henderson will run unopposed in the spring election.

The chairman is paid $7,200 annually and serves a two-year term.

Incumbents Dan Shea and Steve Kohlmann will run for two-year terms, which are paid $5,000 annually.

Elmbrook School Board members face no challengers in election

Jan. 03, 2013 1:32 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board has two seats open, Area II and an at-large seat.

Both positions are three-year terms and pay $3,600 annually.

Glen Allgaier, the incumbent for the Area II seat, will run unopposed.

Robert Ziegler, the incumbent for the at-large seat, has decided not to seek re-election. Brookfield resident Gary Jones was the only person to file candidacy for the seat by the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline.

No challengers for District 3 aldermanic seat

Jan. 03, 2013 1:30 p.m. | Incumbent Jeff McCarthy will run unopposed in the April election for the District 3 aldermanic seat. McCarthy was appointed to his post by the Common Council after Alderman Jim Garvens died in February. The winner of the April election will fill the remaining year of Garvens' term, and the seat will then come back up for election in April, 2014.

City aldermen are paid $9,900 annually.

McCarthy is vice president and account director at Meyer and Wallis.

The deadline for filing for candidacy in the April 2 election was 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Brookfield Christmas tree pick-up starts Jan. 7

Jan. 02, 2013 10:26 a.m. | With the holiday season at an end, the city of Brookfield Department of Public Works will help residents dispose of their natural Christmas trees through curbside pick-ups beginning Jan. 7.

Trees must be set out at the edge of the road by 7 a.m. that day, though trees will be collected over a two-week period. City crews will recycle the trees, which won't be accepted if they have plastic bags, wire, nails or other attached metals, or are buried in snow. Only natural trees will be collected.

There will be no return trips for pick-ups after Jan. 21, and call-in requests will not be accepted.

Wreaths, which are normally tied with wire, should be put in the trash.

Trees cut down to 4 feet and less than 50 pounds can also be left out for regular garbage pick-up.

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