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Motorist killed in Brookfield was Wauwatosa woman

May 30, 2012 8:14 p.m. | A woman killed in a head-on crash in the city of Brookfield was identified by Brookfield police Wednesday as Candace M. Durdin, 69, of Wauwatosa.

The crash was reported about 7 p.m., Tuesday, on North Ave. east of Hollyhock Lane, according to a police department news release.

According to the release, Durdin was driving a Dodge Caravan east on North Avenue when it was struck by a westbound Buick Regal that crossed the centerline.

She was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, where she was later pronounced dead from her injuries.

The driver of the Regal, a 30-year-old Waukesha man, was also taken to Froedtert, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday, according to the release.

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Waukesha County sets hazardous waste disposal event for Saturday

May 30, 2012 3:56 p.m. | Brookfield - Waukesha County residents can bring household hazardous waste to an annual one-day collection from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdayat the Brookfield Public Works yard, 19700 Riverview Drive.

The collection is for unusable and old chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, oil-based paints and mercury-containing products. It is open to all county residents. Proof of residency is required at all locations.

Two other collections elsewhere in the county are planned for June 16 at the Delafield city public works garage and Sept. 8 at the Oconomowoc city public works garage.

Year-round collections are available in Muskego, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls and Franklin. Details are listed at the county website, at www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, or by calling (262) 896-8300.

Special Act 10 section now online

May 30, 2012 1:11 p.m. |

Act 10: Pass or Fail? 

We have just published our special section taking a detailed look at the landmark Act 10 legislation and the effect it has had on local school districts.

The section features a main story examining the overall effects of the law and feature stories focusing on local school districts.

You'll also find a photo gallery highlighting some of the controversy surrounding the passage of the law, a Storify of opinions collected from social networks and more.

Go to special section.

A flag-draped body, a hero's goodbye

May 26, 2012 4:19 p.m. | A few nights ago I received word that there would be a hero ceremony held at the helicopter flight line. I did not know what a hero ceremony was, but I quickly learned.

Maj. Jonathan Freyer wrote that. He is serving with the U.S. Army Reserve at Forward Operating Base Salerno in eastern Afghanistan. He enlisted in the Army at age 17 upon graduation from Homestead High School. Freyer is 42 now.

The military has a tradition of rendering respect to the remains of fallen service members as the remains are transported from the battlefield to the final resting place. When the remains are being moved to or from transport vehicles, military members line up at attention, standing on each side of the walkway that leads to the ramp and render their final salutes to a fallen comrade.

We lost a soldier a few days ago who was killed in action as a result of an improvised explosive device destroying his vehicle. A military working dog was also killed. Numerous other soldiers were seriously injured.

Please pray for the safety of this country and especially pray for our enemy so that they will realize the benefits of peace, and so that our military can return home to our families where we belong.

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East promotes Malett to head boys basketball coach

May 23, 2012 11:53 a.m. | The Brookfield East boys basketball team will have a familiar face heading up the program next season.

Matt Malett was named to the head coaching position, replacing Andy Farley, who will become an associate principal at Menomonee Falls on July 1.

“Malett emerged from a pool of outstanding candidates seeking the position,” said athletic & activities director Corey Golla.  “He has been active in the Spartan program since 2002 when he began in the Jr. Spartan program."

Malett has continually progressed through the ranks serving most recently as head JV coach. In addition to his proven record in the program, knowledge of the game, and work ethic the selection committee was impressed with his clear mission to ‘to inspire and empower the relentless pursuit of excellence and integrity on and off the court.’” 

Golla looks at Mallett as being the total package.

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Target to hold job fair to fill 275 openings at Brookfield store

May 23, 2012 10:18 a.m. | Target Corp. will host a job fair Thursday through Saturday to hire 275 employees for a new store set to open in Brookfield in July.

The job fair will be held at the Country Inn & Suites, 1250 S. Moorland Road, in Brookfield from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

During the event, store leaders will review applications, conduct interviews and talk about Target's culture with potential employees, the company said Wednesday. Anyone interested in a job is encouraged to apply in advance at target.com/careers.

Target is building a 135,000-square-foot store at Underwood Crossing, a retail center being developed by Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. Underwood Crossing, now taking share at the former Quebecor World printing plant site on W. Blue Mound Road near N. Columbia Blvd., also will have other stores.

Italian-style pizzas the focus at Brookfield's new Mozzaluna

May 17, 2012 6:05 p.m. | The wood-fired oven in Brookfield’s Stonewood Village is making pizzas again, in a snap — about 2 minutes to bake each one. Mozzaluna has opened in 17700 W. Capitol Drive.

That site previously was Mr. B’s -- A Bartolotta Steakhouse, until it moved down the road a bit in 2010. Before that, the site was Nonna Bartolotta’s, which served pizzas and other midpriced Italian fare.

To come up with the name for his new restaurant, Phil LeClaire combined a cheese and a knife — mozzarella and mezzeluna.

“I’ve been fascinated with the restaurant business my whole life,” said LeClaire, a structural engineer. He wanted to open a restaurant for families that wasn’t a chain or high-end to fill a gap in that part of Brookfield.

The restaurant’s menu lists five appetizers, three salads and five pasta dishes, but its main focus is pizzas. Customers can design their own or choose from the 15 specialty pizzas. Each pizza is meant for one diner; pizzas all are about 11 to 12 inches and run $8 to $13. For an extra $2, guests can substitute fresh mozzarella.

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Uno site gives way to Culver's in Elm Grove

May 16, 2012 3:19 p.m. |  The former Pizzeria Uno building is being razed to clear the way for a new Culver's restaurant in Elm Grove.

Uno abruptly closed its location at 15280 W. Blue Mound Road in September of last year. 

A new Culver's restaurant, with a drive-through lane, is expected to open by mid October, said David DeAngelis, Elm Grove village manager.

Tell us your Brookfield hotspots

May 15, 2012 2:18 p.m. | We need your help building a list of your favorite places in Brookfield - and one lucky participant will win a pair of Marcus Theatres movie tickets.

Share your favorite places - maybe an eatery, a park, a theater - to go to in the town and the city of Brookfield. We'll then put that list on the location-based service Foursquare, where you can follow and check off as you visit each place.

Here's how it will work:

Through May 25 you can submit your favorite places to go to in Brookfield on our Facebook page, Facebook.com/MyCommunityNOW. Click on "Best of Brookfield" underneath the cover photo. On that page, you can recommend up to three places, but you can enter only once.

A winner will be drawn from the entries after May 25. Readers will receive one entry into the drawing for each place they suggest, meaning a maximum of three entries.

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Brookfield mosque likely to be approved Tuesday night

May 15, 2012 1:30 p.m. | The City of Brookfield is expected to give final approval Tuesday for construction of an Islamic mosque, the first in Waukesha County.

The Common Council is scheduled to vote on a conditional use permit for the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, which has proposed the 13,000-square-foot worship and community center on Pheasant Drive east of N. Calhoun Road.

“After 10 years of struggling to find the right place ... and a lot of hard work, our community is ready to move forward in making its dream come true of having a place of worship in Waukesha County," Islamic Society President Ahmed Quereshi said Tuesday.

The likely approval comes despite weeks of opposition from critics and skeptics who’ve raised concerns ranging from traffic to terrorism. A number of individuals and religious groups have voiced their support.

City planners have said that the project meets all of Brookfield’s land use requirements -- the only criteria it can legally consider in evaluating a construction project. And the city’s Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval last week.

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Bid to reduce Waukesha County board position hits bumps

May 14, 2012 5:40 p.m. | Waukesha - A suggestion that the new Waukesha County Board chairman's job could be reduced to half time as soon as this month appears to have been overly ambitious.

Newly elected Chairman Paul Decker of Hartland, a business owner who took on the chairmanship in the belief that the board would vote to reduce the job to part time, got a mixed reaction to the change Monday from the County Board's Executive Committee.

Decker himself said that in his first four weeks in the office, he's learned the job is bigger and more time-consuming than he had expected, even as he tries to bring technological efficiencies to the County Board office operation.

He's asked staff to prepare information on the leadership responsibilities and comparisons with other counties. He'll schedule more discussion at future Executive Committee meetings, he said.

Supervisor Patricia Haukohl of Brookfield, the board's vice chairman who heads the Finance Committee, said at Monday's meeting that she didn't want to see the chairman's job diminished when it should be an equal partner with the executive and judicial branches of county government.

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East nips Lancers, 11-8, win sixth straight

May 10, 2012 10:09 p.m. | Brookfield East defeated Brookfield Central, 11-8, Thursday night at East and the Spartans won their sixth straight game.

The Spartans scored 11 runs in the first inning and were one out from ending the game with the 10-run rule, when Central scored four runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 11-5. The Lancers then cut the lead to 11-8 by scoring three more times in the sixth, but winning pitcher Amanda Kalupa had a 1-2-3 seventh inning to end the game.

Becky Hanson had a bases-clearing double to key the Spartans 11-run first inning.  Jocelyn 'Skeeter' Yeager, Kalupa and Kelsey Kuehn also had key hits and Central chipped in with two errors. Yeager and Taylor Duffrin added sacrifice flies.

In the fifth with two outs, Laura Hauser, Angie Chartier and Carly Sobrilsky each singled. Hauser scored on a passed ball, Chartier on an error and Hannah Krogman singled driving in two runs.

Hauser came on in relief in the second inning and blanked East the rest of the way. Central added three runs in the sixth, two coming on Hauser's two-run single, but that was all the Lancers could muster.

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Sneak peek at menu items at 8*twelve, the Rodgers-Braun restaurant

May 10, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Interest has been high in 8*twelve MVP Bar & Grill, the Brookfield restaurant the SURG group is opening with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. (The venture was announced Monday.)

So, what's on the menu? The restaurant will serve its interpretation of American classics with some Wisconsin touches, such as butter burgers on house-made pretzel rolls ($12) and Wisconsin-raised, heritage-breed pork chop with pastrami seasoning, red cabbage and grain-mustard spaetzle ($23).

Look for some of the menu items to be prepared in a wood-fired oven.

8*twelve is expected to open in late June at 17800 W. Blue Mound Road; until then, chew on these early menu items, crafted by executive chef Aaron Patin:

Appetizers will include cheese curds fried in Lakefront ale batter, lobster cake, salmon tartare and artisanal cheeses.

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8*twelve hopes to capitalize on famous owners

May 08, 2012 8:48 p.m. | Wisconsin's two most famous athletes are teaming with one of Milwaukee's pre-eminent restaurateurs to bring some MVP style to the west side.

Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun and Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers will join forces with SURG restaurant group - owner of Umami Moto, Carnevor and Distil restaurants in Milwaukee - to open a family-friendly eatery named 8*twelve in Brookfield next month.

The restaurant will be located in the former Charro building, 17800 W. Bluemound Road in the city of Brookfield.

"Aaron and I are not only great friends, but we both have wholeheartedly made long-term commitments to the sports fans of Wisconsin," Braun said in a news release. "We wanted to give them a home base to celebrate their favorite teams and enjoy some great food and service."

8*twelve will serve American food cooked atop a wood-fire grill.

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Elmbrook administrators to lead Menomonee Falls High School

May 08, 2012 10:26 a.m. | School administrator musical chairs continues this week with the announcement that two Brookfield East High School administrators will be leading Menomonee Falls High School this fall.

The Menomonee Falls School District released a statement this week that said Corey Golla and Andy Farley will be the high school's principal and assistant principal, respectively, starting July 1.

Golla has been the athletic and activities director for Brookfield East for the past eight years and served as associate principal, and Farley has been interim athletic and activities director and assistant principal at the school since February, the statement said.

Also departing the Elmbrook School District is superintendent Matt Gibson, who will retire this summer.

The district announced earlier this year that Mark Hansen, currently the chief academic officer for the Pewaukee School District, will succeed Gibson and be the next superintendent of Elmbrook Schools.

Brookfield Plan Commission approves controversial mosque project

May 08, 2012 6:58 a.m. | An eruption of hugs and tears met the Brookfield Plan Commission's unanimous approval of a new mosque on Pheasant Drive. Monday night, well over 100 people, residents and non-residents alike, came to the public hearing, mostly to show their support for the project which would bring a 13,000 square foot house of worship to Brookfield, the first of its kind.

Of the more than 80 people who spoke at the meeting, less than 10 offered any kind of opposition to the project, a stark contrast from a town hall-style meeting two weeks ago when arguments erupted over controversial issues surrounding the Muslim faith.

No such issues came up at this meeting, even among opponents, as the discourse was narrowed only to include building, traffic, and other code-related concerns.

"The issue tonight is a building, not a religion. It's a building," insisted Mayor Steven Ponto.

"If you want to talk about religion or you want to talk about the Brewers, please go outside of City Hall and do that."

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Brookfield panel endorses mosque

May 07, 2012 11:24 p.m. | Brookfield - The Brookfield Plan Commission on Monday unanimously recommended approval of the city's first mosque, eliciting a burst of applause from members and supporters of the Muslim community.

"We're very happy and touched by the broad-based support for this project," Brookfield physician Mushir Hassan, who has spearheaded the development plans, said after the vote.

"I'm proud to be a Brookfield resident," longtime resident Rafat Arain told commission members before leaving the Common Council chambers.

Alderman and Plan Commission member Gary Mahkorn called it "a proud moment for the city of Brookfield."

The issue now moves to the Brookfield Common Council, which takes up the request for a conditional use permit at its May 15 meeting.

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Rodgers, Braun sign on for Brookfield restaurant; more might come

May 07, 2012 9:48 p.m. | Two of Wisconsin's best-known pro athletes are joining forces in the restaurant business. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun have signed licensing agreements with SURG restaurant group for a restaurant in Brookfield.

It will be called 8*twelve MVP Bar & Grill, serving American classics such as steak and seafood prepared on a wood-fire grill, according to SURG partner Omar Shaikh. It's expected to open in late June.

The name, of course, refers to the players' jersey numbers; Rodgers' is No. 12, Braun's is No. 8. Braun was voted major-league baseball's most valuable player in the National League after the 2011 season, and Rodgers is the reigning National Football League MVP.

Both players are expected to make appearances at 8*twelve, which takes the place of the former Charro in Brookfield, at 17800 W. Blue Mound Road. Charro, a pan-Latin restaurant owned by SURG, closed in August.

Shaikh declined to say whether the players have ownership stakes in the restaurant.

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East's Golla resigns to take over as Falls principal

May 07, 2012 1:14 p.m. | Brookfield East Athletic & Activities Director Corey Golla has resigned his position with Brookfield East to accept the position of principal at Menomonee Falls High School.

Golla, who has been at Brookfield East since 2004, has a consistent track record of athletic and activities program development, sportsmanship and success. He began his career with the school district in 1996 as a teacher and coach at Pilgrim Park Middle School and Brookfield East.

Golla recently received the Brookfield Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, an honor bestowed upon one outstanding school district employee each year. Superintendent Matt Gibson nominated Golla for the 2012 award, calling him “an advocate for student participation, sportsmanship, character development and award-winning performance.”

“While this opportunity is exciting to me professionally and a great opportunity for my family, leaving Brookfield East and the Elmbrook School District is difficult,” Golla said. “I have proudly given 16 years of my career to this district and the Spartans will be in my heart forever. I am proud of every program I am leaving behind, and I wish to thank the entire East community for your support.”

Principal Mr. Dan Pavletich also commented Golla for his performance at East.

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East's Farley resigns to take associate principal's job at Falls

May 01, 2012 2:00 p.m. | Brookfield East head basketball coach Andy Farley has resigned his position after nine years with the team to accept an associate principal position at Menomonee Falls

“I am grateful for the opportunity and the experiences that I have shared as head of the Brookfield East boys’ basketball program," Farley said. "I have had the ultimate opportunity in life to work with some of the best student-athletes any coach could have asked to work with and consider many life-long friends.

"In addition, I am thankful for the opportunity to work with a collection of outstanding teachers, administrators and staff that have always supported me and the boys’ basketball program. I look forward to watching the future success of the Spartan program.”

Farley, an East graduate himself, was hired as a social studies teacher and head basketball coach by Principal Joe Schroeder and athletic director Jerry Keyes in 2003.

Under his leadership the Spartans have won 92 games and earned the respect of the basketball community as a tenacious, disciplined team. Among Farley’s performance highlights was the WIAA Regional Championship in 2007, a year in which the Spartans advanced to the Sectional final. The spirited rivalry with BCHS and Wauwatosa East will long be remembered as some of the most exciting events in recent school memory.

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