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Rep. Rob Hutton to hold town hall meeting in Elm Grove

April 29, 2013 11:34 a.m. | Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) is holding a town hall meeting at Elm Grove Village Hall, 13600 Juneau Blvd., at 6 p.m. May 2.

The meeting will take place in the courtroom.

Hutton represents the 13th Assembly District, which includes Elm Grove and parts of Brookfield, Wauwatosa, West Allis and Milwaukee.

For information, call Hutton's office at (888) 534-0013 or send an email to Rep.Hutton@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Brookfield Land O'Lakes game site moved

April 26, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The Western Division Land O' Lakes opener for the Brookfield Bulldogs and the Brookfield Blue Sox has been moved this Sunday because of wet grounds at McCoy Field.

The two-time defending champion Bulldogs will now meet the Blue Sox at 3:30 p.m. at Monches Field.

Brookfield El earns grant for recycling

April 24, 2013 9:56 a.m. | Families from Brookfield Elementary participated in the largest Reduce Your Waste Stream Challenge competition ever facilitated by the Waukesha County recycling program.

Nearly 600 people and 135 families in Brookfield and Waukesha took part in weighing their trash and recyclables for four weeks as they reduced, reused and recycled as much as possible compared to their baseline weights before the challenge started.

Forty-eight families from Brookfield Elementary and 87 families with STEM Academy in Waukesha participated in the challenge.

Both Brookfield Elementary and the STEM Academy will receive a $1,000 Waukesha County Green Schools grant award, provided by Waukesha County.

Brookfield Elementary Principal Lynn Raines said eight students who educate their fellow classmates on how to be more environmentally conscious will determine how to best spend the money.

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Brookfield man found slumped over the wheel after allegedly mixing meds and drugs

April 22, 2013 3:30 p.m. | Police found a 23-year-old Brookfield man pulled over, drooling, on the side of Highway 16 in Pewaukee on April 12, after allegedly combining an anti-anxiety medication with morphine and heroin.

Jake J. Lecher was charged April 15 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession of narcotic drugs, possession of an illegally obtained prescription and driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Waukesha County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the area of Highway 16 and Ryan Road after the department received reports of a vehicle swerving and driving at a slow pace.

The deputy found the vehicle parked in the merge zone between the two roads and found Lecher hunched over the wheel, red-eyed and appearing to have been drooling. The driver's speech was extremely slow and lethargic.

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Supreme Court bypasses Elmbrook graduation case, again

April 22, 2013 2:16 p.m. | The U.S. Supreme Court took no action Monday on Elmbrook School District's petition requesting review of a case testing the constitutionality of a public high school holding graduation ceremonies in a church. The case has been listed for consideration four times by the court.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider it again at Friday's private conference, and district administrators said they are "actively monitoring" the case.

In 1999, the senior class at Brookfield Central High School voted to move its graduation ceremony to Elmbrook Church because it had better accommodations than the school, according to the district's website. District administrators approved the students' request, and Central held its first graduation at Elmbrook Church in June of 2000.

Brookfield East High School moved its graduation to Elmbrook Church in 2002, again in response to a student body vote. Both high schools continued to hold graduation at the church until 2009.

In April, 2009, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C., filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in federal district court to prohibit the district from holding graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church. The group alleged that the district violated the U.S. Constitution by holding public school graduation ceremonies in a religious facility.

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Elmbrook, other area school districts select new milk distributor

April 22, 2013 11:17 a.m. | The Elmbrook School District took a page from the State Fair last month when it hosted a judged taste test to select the best milk to offer its more than 7,000 students. Instead of handing out a blue ribbon, administrators awarded the winner a nearly $1 million contract.

Elmbrook and representatives from 12 other school districts in southeastern Wisconsin - all part of a cooperative formed to secure cheaper meal prices - awarded a $969,000 multidistrict milk contract to an Illinois-based dairy cooperative, even though the dairy came in at the highest bid by a margin of roughly $35,000.

Prairie Farms Dairy, based in Carlinville, Ill., beat out Dean Foods Co. and Kemps for the contract to supply milk next fall to schools in East Troy, Elmbrook, Franklin, Germantown, Greendale, Greenfield, Herman, Kettle Moraine, Lomira, Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago, New Berlin and South Milwaukee.

Comparing prices, taste

The school districts put out a request for price proposals and Prairie Farms' bid of $969,148 was the highest. Kemps put in a bid of $942,387 and Dean a bid of $934,683.

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Brookfield Elementary earns grant for increased recycling

April 19, 2013 12:52 p.m. | Families from Brookfield Elementary participated in the largest Reduce Your Waste Stream Challenge competition ever facilitated by the Waukesha County recycling program.

Nearly 600 people and 135 families in Brookfield and Waukesha took part in weighing their trash and recyclables for four weeks as they reduced, reused and recycled as much as possible compared to their baseline weights before the challenge started.

Forty-eight families from Brookfield Elementary and 87 families with STEM Academy in Waukesha participated in the challenge.

Both Brookfield Elementary and the STEM Academy will receive a $1,000 Waukesha County Green Schools grant award, provided by Waukesha County.

Brookfield Elementary Principal Lynn Raines said the school's Green Team, eight students who educate their fellow classmates on how to be more environmentally conscious, will determine how to best spend the money to enhance the recycling, reduction and reuse of materials at the school.

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Elmbrook Humane Society to host meet and greet for abused pit bull

April 18, 2013 4:27 p.m. | Elmbrook Humane Society invites the community to visit a special guest at the shelter Friday.

Canyon is an 18-month-old pit bull from an abuse and neglect case in the Chicago area.

Save Humane Chicago, a non-profit organization that helps court case dogs, transferred the puppy to EBHS on April 12.

EBHS will host a Meet and Greet for Canyon at the shelter, 20950 Enterprise Ave., Friday from 3 to 4 p.m.

Visitors can sit and snuggle with Canyon, attention she hasn't received in months while being held at Chicago's animal control.

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Elmbrook Humane Society needs the public’s help in finding missing dog

April 17, 2013 10:50 a.m. | Employees at Elmbrook Humane Society are asking for the public’s help after a dog ran away from the Brookfield shelter Wednesday morning.


Elwood is a black and tan 1-year-old Shepherd/Lab mix, weighs about 80 pounds, and is wearing a red collar.


He was scared by the noise of a garbage truck and ran north toward Capitol Drive.
Elwood is neutered and micro-chipped to Elmbrook Humane Society, 20950 Enterprise Ave.


A flier for the missing pup advised against chasing him, which could scare him and cause him to bolt.


If you see Elwood, please call EBHS at (262) 782-9261.

Brookfield woman allegedly stole $45,000 in jewelry from friend's house

April 16, 2013 8:50 p.m. | A Brookfield woman could face burglary charges after allegedly taking $45,000 to $50,000 worth of jewelry while visiting a family friend's house last week.

According to the Brookfield police report:

The woman, who is not being named because she has not yet been charged, was visiting a friend's home in the 16000 block of Willow Ridge Lane on April 9.

The homeowner said that during the visit, the woman kept excusing herself to use the restroom.

After the woman left, the homeowner found her jewelry was missing and immediately called police, suspecting that her guest had taken the jewelry.

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Man arrested for drinking cough syrup outside Brookfield store

April 16, 2013 2:00 p.m. | A 32-year-old Waukesha man was arrested for a probation violation after telling a passerby outside a grocery store that he drank an entire bottle of cough syrup.

According to the city of Brookfield police report:

Officers responded to Metro Market, 17630 W. Bluemound Road, at 11:42 a.m. April 10 after a caller told dispatchers the man had asked for a ride home.

The caller said the man claimed to have drunk an entire bottle of cough syrup and was having trouble walking.

The man was taken to Elmbrook Memorial Hospital, where he was medically cleared. He was arrested for violating his probation, related to a misdemeanor battery charge in 2012.

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Wisconsin Hills student wins first place at state forensics tournament

April 15, 2013 5:51 p.m. | Wisconsin Hills Middle School student Arnav Bhat brought home the first place trophy at the state forensics tournament for his outstanding presentation in the moments in history category.

The school sent 13 students to the state competition March 23, with four advancing in their respective categories.

Danielle Shryock, a six-grade science teacher and the head coach of the forensics team, introduced Bhat to board members and administrators at the April 9 School Board meeting.

Shyrock said the word "forensics" has Latin roots, tracing back to when ancient Greeks - who greatly valued democracy and public speech - would use their speaking skills in forums to communicate important ideas and values.

"In today's society, the word is usually linked up with forensic science in which a detective would use data and evidence to argue a point against a criminal," she said. "But forensic speech highlights the important skills necessary to clearly communicate ideas."

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Brookfield native Ayad Akhtar wins Pulitzer for drama

April 15, 2013 2:34 p.m. |  Brookfield native Ayad Akhtar has won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play 'Disgraced.'

In his review of a New York production of the play, New York Times critic Charles Isherwood called "Disgraced" "a continuously engaging, vitally engaged play about thorny questions of identity and religion in the contemporary world, with an accent on the incendiary topic of how radical Islam and the terrorism it inspires have affected the public discourse." 

In his review of a Chicago production of "Disgraced," Chicago Tribute critic Chris Jones wrote "Akhtar is a significant talent and formidable dramatic writer, jumping headfirst into an ethnic maelstrom wherein few writers would dare even tread water."

Akhtar, a New York resident now, is also a novelist, actor and screenwriter. Duane Dudek profiled him in 2012, when Akhtar had just published his novel "American Dervish."  "Themes of identity, assimilation and Muslim life in America run through all his works," Dudek wrote.

Akhtar's father, a cardiologist, and his mother, a retired radiologist, were born in Pakistan and moved to Wisconsin in the 1960s, Dudek reported. Akhtar told Dudek they were a secular family but attended a mosque on Milwaukee's south side.

Dixon second-grade teacher recognized by Mayfair Mall

April 15, 2013 1:52 p.m. | Dixon second-grade teacher Mark Gimla was one of 10 finalists selected in the Celebrate Teachers! contest at Mayfair mall, the school announced this week.

Anyone 13 years or older can vote for their favorite teacher once each day on the mall's Facebook page, Facebook.com/MayfairMall, until April 28. The finalist with the highest number of votes will be recognized with a $500 mall gift card. The winner will be selected May 6.

Gimla's profile on the mall's Facebook page reads:

"Mr. Mark Gimla stands out as a teacher who truly embraces our district's philosophies that every child will think, learn and succeed. My youngest child has cerebral palsy and is nonverbal, but this has not diminished Mr. Gimla's willingness to inspire and challenge him to learn. He believes that every child is a valued member of the classroom community and has cultivated respect, compassion, academic achievement and fun with his students. With his innovative use of technology, he has been able to reach many diverse learners."

Listening session scheduled for replacing outgoing principal

April 15, 2013 1:44 p.m. | Elmbrook School District Superintendent Mark Hansen will hold a listening session at 6:15 p.m. today in the library at Brookfield East High School, 3305 Lilly Road, to gather information about what parents want in a new principal for the school.

Hansen announced earlier this month that current principal Dan Pavletich had been selected as the district's new human resources director. Pavletich, in his third year as East principal, has worked in the district since 1996. He will begin his new position July 1, and the search for a new principal began immediately.

If parents have schedule conflicts and are unable to attend the meeting, they are welcome to email the superintendent directly at hansenm@elmbrookschools.org.

Brookfield, New Berlin to host joint information meeting for proposed Walmart

April 15, 2013 9:11 a.m. | The New Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will host a joint information meeting to review and discuss the proposed development of a new Walmart store in the 15300 block of West Greenfield Avenue in New Berlin.

The meeting will take place April 23 at Charcoal Grill & Rotisserie, 15375 West Greenfield Ave, New Berlin, in the lower level banquet room.

Free registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. with the presentation to start at 7:30 a.m., and a question and answer period at 8:30 a.m.

Because the new Wal-Mart is proposed for the corner on Greenfield Avenue and Moorland Road, adjacent to the city of Brookfield, the New Berlin Chamber has invited the Brookfield business community to join in this discussion.

The proposed development would occupy a 15-acre site, which also holds part of the Charcoal Grill & Rotisserie.

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View flooding photos of suburban Milwaukee

April 12, 2013 9:36 a.m. | We've just updated our flooding photos from suburban Milwaukee gallery with images taken in Thiensville, Glendale and Shorewood.

Flooding can be seen in a lot of places, especially along the Milwaukee River, Menomonee River and Root River. Check out scenes from along those rivers and other flooding photos from suburban Milwaukee.

Don't put propane tanks in recycle bins, Waukesha County officials warn

April 11, 2013 1:38 p.m. | Waukesha County officials are reminding residents not to place propane cylinders in household blue recycling bins after workers at the county recycling facility found more than 100 in the first week of April.

Propane tanks can cause explosions during the recycling facility's baling process when materials are compressed by hundreds of pounds of pressure. Even when cylinders are empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted.

In 2011, a cylinder exploded at the facility and caused a small fire. No one was injured.

Propane cylinder manufacturers usually include a tag with disposal information. Residents also can find local propane tank dealers to dispose of the cylinders at waukeshacounty.gov/recycling.

MMSD takes emergency measures to prevent overflows

April 09, 2013 10:28 p.m. | The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District took emergency steps at the Jones Island sewage treatment plant Tuesday in an attempt to prevent combined sewer overflows and backups of sewage into residential basements.

At 4:30 p.m., the district started pumping a blend of storm water and sewage out of the deep tunnel system and disinfecting the flow with chlorine at the plant before discharging it to Lake Michigan, MMSD Executive Director Kevin Shafer said. This step provides more space in the tunnel system to store sewage and storm water flowing into it and reduces the risk of overflows.

The district cannot divert more than 100 million gallons a day of wastewater around the full treatment process at Jones Island during a heavy rainstorm, under a state permit.

The process is known as combined sewer overflow treatment since solids settle out of wastewater stored in the tunnel and regulators have determined that is equivalent to primary treatment at the plant. Overflowing combined sanitary and storm sewers in central Milwaukee and eastern Shorewood are directed into the deep tunnel system in a deluge.

At the time this emergency step was announced Tuesday, both the Jones Island and South Shore sewage treatment plants were operating at capacity.

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Aurora to renovate former Brookfield gym into clinic

April 09, 2013 10:34 a.m. | Aurora Health Care Inc. plans to renovate the former Blast Fitness, in Brookfield, into a clinic, according to documents filed with the city Department of Community Development.

The 47,000-square-foot building, at 16985 W. Blue Mound Road, would house services that would be relocated from a 20,000-square-foot Aurora facility, at 13850 W. Capitol Drive. Those operations include family practice doctors, internal medicine and imaging services.

The clinic also will bring new Aurora services to Brookfield, including eye care, urgent care and women's health. 

The remodeling of the building will amount to an $11 million investment, according to the city report. The facility is to open in spring 2014, said Aurora spokesman Adam Beeson.

"This development will allow Aurora to meet the growing health care needs of the residents from the City of Brookfield and surrounding community," the report said.

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Colleen Mrotek named 2013 Miss Southern Wisconsin in photo gallery

April 08, 2013 11:18 a.m. | Colleen Mrotek of Bay View, Miss St. Francis 2012, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin 2013 on April 7.

The Miss Southern Wisconsin 2013 pageant is an official preliminary event for Miss Wisconsin pageant and was held at the at the Marian Center for Nonprofits.

View Mrotek and the other pageant participants in our photo gallery.

South Milwaukee's Cecilia Margraff crowned Miss St. Francis 2013

April 07, 2013 8:02 p.m. | South Milwaukee native Cecilia Margraff was crowned Miss St. Francis 2013 last night by reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek at Saint Thomas More High School in Milwaukee.

The event is in its 49th year and is an official preliminary competition for Miss Wisconsin. Margraff will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the school of her choice.

The Miss Wisconsin pageant is June 16-22 in Oshkosh.

Miss St. Francis 2013 photo gallery

Dog found stranded on ice has new home

April 05, 2013 4:28 p.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society has announced that Charley, a dog who had been brought to the shelter after being found floating on a chunk of ice in the Kinnickinnic River in mid-March, has been adopted.

The 2-year-old Charley is a pug/shepherd mix.

Charley's adoption story began with misfortune for his previous owner, a Milwaukee County resident that lost a house due to financial strain. Not able to care for several animals, Charley's owner shipped him to a family friend.

On March 17, a man spotted Charley floating on ice in the Kinnickinnic River. He alerted police, who rescued him. He was taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. His owner wanted him to go to a no-kill shelter, so he wound up at Elmbrook.

Elmbrook School District representatives speak at budget hearing

April 05, 2013 3:48 p.m. | Representatives from the Elmbrook School District spoke to members of the state budget committee during a hearing at Greendale High School on Thursday, voicing concerns about public education funding under Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal.

At the first of four listening sessions around the state, hundreds of people weighed in on school financing, public transit issues and residency requirements.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance Keith Brightman and School Board Treasurer Glen Allgaier each addressed the 12 Republicans and four Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee.

"We each spoke about the necessity of long-term planning for public education," Allgaier said. "I presented some data that showed how over the last 10 years, while dollars for the (University of Wisconsin) systems has gone up, and healthcare has gone up, and while state revenue has gone up substantially, funding for public education only went up 5 percent."

Allgaier said he arrived at the hearing at 9 a.m. to wait in line, and didn't speak until about 1 p.m. Each speaker had two minutes to address the legislators, and the overall atmosphere was respectful, Allgaier said.

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Elmbrook School District to host focus groups with business leaders

April 05, 2013 3:32 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District is seeking business and community leaders to participate in a one-hour focus group to provide input on how the district can best prepare students for success in the workplace and to be productive members of the community.

The focus group sessions will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday and from 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Central Administrative Offices, 13780 Hope St.

Organizations interested in participating should sign up on the district's website, ElmbrookSchools.org.

Each focus group will have no more than 10 participants and is dedicated to either business or community leaders. The feedback will be used when preparing the district's three-year strategic plan.

Chris Thompson, Elmbrook's chief information officer, said the concerted effort to reach out to businesses is a relatively new initiative.

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Hamilton's Mackenzie Latt leads NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball Team

April 05, 2013 12:55 p.m. | Junior Mackenzie Latt from Sussex-Hamilton was voted the NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball Player of the Year after helping her team to a second consecutive conference championship.

New Berlin Eisenhower's Gary Schmidt was voted as Coach of the Year for taking his squad to the Division 2 state title game.

Read more about them and the other members of the team on the special page highlighting the 2012-13 NOW All-Suburban Girls Basketball Team.

Spring Gala to raise money for middle school curriculum

April 01, 2013 12:10 p.m. | The Elmbrook Education Foundation will hold its Spring Gala on April 12 at the Wilson Center.

This year's event is presented by First Bank Financial Centre and will feature food from Maxie's Southern Comfort and Blue's Egg, dueling pianos by Lucille's Piano Bar and Grill, as well as raffles and an auction. Guests are free to simply socialize and enjoy the music and hors d'oeuvres.

Proceeds from this year's event will directly support the foundation's $100,000 pledge toward the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at Elmbrook's middle schools.

The STEM program helps students master technology and collaborative innovation skills that are required by most employers and universities.

To donate or register to the event, visit ElmbrookEducationFoundation.com/annual-winter-social.html.

Community Watch

» Rep. Rob Hutton to hold town hall meeting in Elm Grove 4/29

» Brookfield Land O'Lakes game site moved 4/26

» Brookfield El earns grant for recycling 4/24

» Brookfield man found slumped over the wheel after allegedly mixing meds and drugs 4/22

» Supreme Court bypasses Elmbrook graduation case, again 4/22

» Elmbrook, other area school districts select new milk distributor 4/22

» Brookfield Elementary earns grant for increased recycling 4/19

» Elmbrook Humane Society to host meet and greet for abused pit bull 4/18

» Elmbrook Humane Society needs the public’s help in finding missing dog 4/17

» Brookfield woman allegedly stole $45,000 in jewelry from friend's house 4/16

» Man arrested for drinking cough syrup outside Brookfield store 4/16

» Wisconsin Hills student wins first place at state forensics tournament 4/15

» Brookfield native Ayad Akhtar wins Pulitzer for drama Updated:  4/15

» Dixon second-grade teacher recognized by Mayfair Mall 4/15

» Listening session scheduled for replacing outgoing principal 4/15

» Brookfield, New Berlin to host joint information meeting for proposed Walmart 4/15

» View flooding photos of suburban Milwaukee 4/12

» Don't put propane tanks in recycle bins, Waukesha County officials warn 4/11

» MMSD takes emergency measures to prevent overflows Updated:  4/9

» Aurora to renovate former Brookfield gym into clinic 4/9

» Colleen Mrotek named 2013 Miss Southern Wisconsin in photo gallery 4/8

» South Milwaukee's Cecilia Margraff crowned Miss St. Francis 2013 4/7

» Dog found stranded on ice has new home 4/5

» Elmbrook School District representatives speak at budget hearing 4/5

» Elmbrook School District to host focus groups with business leaders 4/5

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