City of Brookfield joins others in ban on burning

June 28, 2012 11:32 a.m. | City of Brookfield Fire Chief Charlie Myers has issued an immediate ban on burning, and the use of all fireworks including sparklers and caps. Severe heat and extreme drought conditions are blamed for the ban.

As a result, burning and the use of fireworks would constitute a public nuisance affecting safety, he said.

This ban includes fires in all outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, burning lawn waste, camp fires and the private use of consumer fireworks including sparklers, caps and novelty fireworks. Brookfield ordinances already prohibit the sale, possession and use of all fireworks with the exception of caps and sparklers.

Brookfield Police Department officials say given the conditions, officers will strictly enforce these restrictions. Violators of these restraints, and adults who permit the use of any kind of fireworks, including caps and sparklers, or burning by minors will receive citations. This ban does not prohibit residents from using contained grills for cooking food.

The ban will remain in place until further notice.

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Pilgrim Park to provide a new Summerfest beat on June 29

June 27, 2012 5:02 p.m. | Pilgrim Park Middle School drummers will be featured performers in a special parade of more than 1,600 young gymnasts at 1 p.m. June 29 at Summerfest.

The school's 18-member drum line will lead the gymnasts - in town through July 2 to compete in the YMCA - sponsored Gymnastics Nationals - beginning at the North Gate.

The parade will wind its way south through the grounds along the lakefront to the new BMO Harris Pavilion.

"It's a great opportunity," said Brian Belfany, Pilgrim Park music teacher. "We are looking forward to it."

Town of Brookfield issues burning ban

June 27, 2012 11:48 a.m. | The town of Brookfield issued a burning ban this morning. It is in effect until further notice, said Fire Chief Andrew Smerz.

This ban includes any outdoor burning, campfires or fire pits. The use of commercial outdoor barbecue grills for the preparation of food is allowed.

Fireworks are restricted in accordance with town ordinance.

Judge refuses to halt Town of Brookfield incorporation process

June 27, 2012 11:08 a.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald J. Hassin Jr. Wednesday refused to halt proceedings in the Town of Brookfield incorporation attempt, a delay sought by the Town of Waukesha, which has two appeals on the matter pending.

Hassin said a successful appeal was unlikely and the Town of Waukesha could always seek another delay in the future if necessary.

Town of Brookfield Attorney James Hammes said an order temporarily halting judicial and administrative proceedings is already in place by agreement of the Town and City of Brookfield, the City of Waukesha and the Village of Sussex. Those municipalities earlier requested the delay so they could participate in mediation sessions related to the incorporation request.

That stay was set to expire June 30, but it has been extended because the municipalities agreed to schedule additional mediation sessions Aug. 7 and Aug. 23, Hammes said. One has been held so far.

The Town of Waukesha was asked to join in mediation but refused.

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Brookfield Papa John's employee robbed while taking deposit to bank

June 27, 2012 9:12 a.m. | An employee at Papa John's was robbed at gunpoint in the Pick 'n Save parking lot while taking the restaurant's bank bags to the Tri-City Bank, according to a Brookfield police report.

The robbery took place just before 11 a.m. Monday at the Pick 'n Save location at 12735 Capitol Drive.

According to the report:

Two men in a green Lexus approached the Papa John's employee while he was in his car. One of the men in the Lexus got out of the car and pointed a gun at the store employee, demanding the money in the bags. The exact amount of cash stolen was not disclosed.

Capt. Jim Adlam said no suspects have been identified at this time, but Brookfield Police are working with other police departments to identify potentially similar crimes.

Waukesha County to examine pay, benefits structure

June 26, 2012 4:48 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County has hired a consultant to study the pay and benefits of county employees in an effort to answer questions from the public and elected officials about how the county's compensation system compares to the private sector as well as other governments.

In a memo to county employees Tuesday, Jim Richter, human resources manager, wrote, "In tough economic times, a great deal of pressure is placed on local governments to continue to provide high quality services with fewer and fewer resources. This type of environment tends to increase awareness of salaries and benefits of public sector employees and a general belief that public employees have overly generous benefits."

That was a central theme during last year's political storm around enactment of legislation that shifted pension and health care benefits onto certain public employees and all-but-eliminated public employee collective bargaining.

Waukesha County has 335 employees who were not union members and another 700 employees who were formerly in unions but no longer are since the change in state law that weakened union representation.

Pay for the first group was previously determined by job content, the market and general business practices, Richter said. Pay for the larger group had been determined by collective bargaining by unions that no longer represent those employees.

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Open Pantry locations to be converted to 7-Elevens

June 25, 2012 11:32 a.m. | 7-Eleven, Inc., announced Monday it has finalized a deal to acquire 18 Open Pantry convenience stores in Wisconsin, primarily in the greater Milwaukee and Madison areas, including the Bluemound Road location in Brookfield. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Three other stores in the Milwaukee area are affected, including stores in Oak Creek, New Berlin and Franklin, as well as three stores in western Waukesha County. 

A few Open Pantry locations are not included in the deal. 

“We have several strong markets in the Great Lakes areas and are committed to showing Wisconsin residents why their neighbors are such big fans of 7-Eleven,” said Robbie Radant, 7-Eleven vice president of mergers and acquisitions. 

The acquired sites are all company-owned stores. Fourteen of the 18 stores are retail fuel locations operating primarily under the BP brand. Each branded-fuel site will continue to accept that oil company’s fleet card.

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Propane tanks showing up in recycling, endangering workers

June 19, 2012 2:42 p.m. | ReCommunity Recycling, the operator of the Waukesha County Material Recycling Facility, pulled 147 small propane cylinders from recyclables June 11, a rep said.

These cylinders pose a serious risk to workers. Even when empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted. The facility has put out a warning to all residents.

"The operator strives to maintain a safe working environment for all employees at the recycling facility," said Karen Fiedler, Waukesha County recycling and solid waste supervisor "We want residents to understand that certain items such as propane cylinders cannot be recycled in their blue bins. They need to be handled by companies that sell these products."

NOW honor rolls updated

June 19, 2012 11:40 a.m. | We've just updated our honor rolls page with the latest lists of high-achieving students from area schools.

The honor rolls posted include: Forest Park Middle School, Greendale Middle School, Homestead High School, Kennedy Middle School, Muskego High School, Oak Creek-Franklin West Middle School, Saint Thomas More High School, St. Francis High School, South Milwaukee Middle School, South Milwaukee High School and Whitefish Bay High School.

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Congratulations to all the students and their parents on their academic success.

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Brookfield couple deported after sentence for enslavement

June 15, 2012 2:18 p.m. | Brookfield - A husband and wife from southeastern Wisconsin have been deported to their native Philippines after completing six-year federal sentences for human trafficking.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the deportations Friday of 67-year-old Jefferson Calimlim Sr. and his 66-year-old wife, Elnora.

The Calimlims were doctors living in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. They were convicted in 2006 of bringing a 19-year-old woman from the Philippines and forcing her to work in their home under threat of violence.

Defense attorneys argued that the woman had agreed to the working conditions. They said she knew her situation here was better than the one she faced back home.

The victim says the couple forced her to work from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, 365 days a year, for 19 straight years.

Peter Schwabe moving offices to Brookfield from Big Bend

June 14, 2012 8:00 a.m. | Peter Schwabe Inc. will move its corporate headquarters from Big Bend to its Pinnacle Office Park at Bishops Woods in Brookfield, the design-build firm has announced.

The firm, with 25 employees, will occupy around 9,600 square feet at 13935 Bishops Drive. It is now located at W232-S7530 Big Bend Drive and will move in October.

"We sold our current building six years ago and have been waiting for the right time and space to relocate," said Dan Schwabe, company president, in a statement. "We’re confident the new location will better accommodate our current needs.”

Connecture moving headquarters to Brookfield Lakes

June 13, 2012 2:48 p.m. | Health insurance software provider Connecture Inc. will move its headquarters from Pewaukee to Brookfield, less than a year after the rapidly growing firm moved to Wisconsin.

Connecture has signed a 10-year lease with Core Realty Holdings Management Inc. for 33,000 square feet at Brookfield Lakes Corporate Center, a move that will increase Connecture's space by more than 40%, the company said.

The software firm is now based at N17 W24222 Riverwood Drive. Its new address in Brookfield will be 18500 W. Corporate Drive.

Connecture has 231 employees, and is scheduled to be in its new offices by Aug. 1, Meg Riddle, Connecture marketing manager, said Wednesday.

The firm announced in February it was moving its headquarters to Pewaukee from Atlanta.

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East nips Lancers, 6-5, remains tied for first in GMC baseball

June 07, 2012 10:35 p.m. | Ryan Rouse's two-run homer and Drew Kehoe's sacrifice fly keyed a four-run fourth inning as Brookfield East rallied to beat Brookfield Central before a packed house at McCoy Field.

Central took a 2-0 lead on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Charlie O'Dwyer in the second inning, but the Spartans tied it in the third as the Lancers made two key errors.

An error and a two-run single by Peter Schuelke gave Central a 5-2 lead, before the Spartans big inning.

Relievers Pat O'Brien for East and Elijah Goodman for Central were both outstanding, shutting out both sides the final three innings.

East is tied for first with Menomonee Falls at 6-1 and the Spartans are 9-1 overall. Central fell to 1-7 overall and 1-5, last place in the Greater Metro Conference.

Spartans beat Central in shootout; advance to sectional finals

June 07, 2012 10:12 p.m. | Brookfield Central couldn't cash in on several chances to score Thursday night at home, so an underdog Brookfield East team took the Lancers through two overtimes and won a 4-2 shootout to advance to Saturday's sectional finals, one game away from the state tournament.

The Lancers missed two decent scoring chances in the first half and the match was scoreless at halftime.

The Lancers best chance to score came at the 69 minute mark when Sarah Baker kicked a great lead pass to Bella Turelli, who zoned in on the ball as East freshman goalkeeper Rachel Novak raced to cut down the angle and then made an amazing save to knock the ball away to the left about 10 yards in front of the net.

Central goalkeeper Rachel Oleson made a good save with 3:41 into the first overtime and then East missed a shot in the final seconds. Central then missed two more shots in the second overtime sending the game into a shootout.

Baker made her first shot for the Lancers, but Lauren Knudson tied it for East. Lydia Rohde scored the second goal for Central but East's Kellie Goodman countered.

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Town of Waukesha seeks halt to Town of Brookfield incorporation process

June 07, 2012 4:28 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha Town Board is seeking to halt further proceedings in the Town of Brookfield incorporation petition until its appeal of a circuit court ruling is decided. The ruling dismissed the Town of Waukesha as a party to the case.

The town's attorney estimated the process could take up to nine months.

A temporary delay of a May 15 public hearing on incorporation before the state Incorporation Review Board, as requested by the Town of Brookfield, was granted earlier so interested parties could attempt mediation.

The first mediation session involving the Town of Brookfield, the cities of Waukesha and Brookfield and the village of Sussex was held May 30, and further sessions are scheduled for June 21 and 28, said Richard Czopp, Town of Brookfield administrator.

The Town of Waukesha has not participated in mediation, he said.

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Brookfield woman charged in Waukesha overdose death

June 06, 2012 2:46 p.m. | Waukesha - A Brookfield woman was charged with first-degree reckless homicide Wednesday in connection with the drug overdose death of a 25-year-old man last year.

Jessica J. Hintz, 26, is accused of supplying the oxycodone pills that Matthew D. Dziatkiewicz took before he died in November, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

A warrant has been issued for Hintz's arrest.

Dziatkiewicz, of Milwaukee, was found unresponsive on the living room floor of an apartment in the 1300 block of Blackhawk Trail in Waukesha about 12:45 a.m. Nov. 5 by officers and firefighters who were sent there after a possible overdose was reported, the complaint states.

He was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where he died on Nov. 11.

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Central track to hold fundraiser on Thursday

June 06, 2012 11:25 a.m. | Brookfield Central girls track & field coach Lorie Lewis will hold a 'Laps for Pax' fundraiser on Thursday at Central.

Lewis' top assistant coach for the last 17 years, Danna Bowe, had her first baby in February. Her son, Paxton, was recently diagnosed with cancer which was found throughout his body. 

"To say the least this is nothing short of a tragedy," Lewis said. "Danna is one of my closest friends. To date they have not be able to determine what type of cancer Paxton has. He will be having chemotherapy treatments for the next year."

As a result Lewis' track and field program is organizing a fundraising event for childhood cancer tomorrow on the BC track. 

Relays teams of 4-6 people are created with the goal to run as many laps as possible in an hour. There will be music, a cookout and Frisbee for teams waiting to run their scheduled hour.

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Looking for your local polling place?

June 05, 2012 9:10 a.m. | If you would like to cast a vote today in Wisconsin's election and are not sure where your local polling place is, check out the Wisconsin Voter Public Access Page.

There you will find your local polling place, a sample ballot, list of elected officials and more.

Polls are open today until 8 p.m.

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NOW, Lake Country state track photo gallery now online

June 03, 2012 10:14 a.m. | We've just added the final images to the NOW/Lake Country Publications photo gallery from this weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse.

Photojournalists Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath collected more than 100 images from two days of competition at the sun-splashed Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Brookfield East repeated as the boys champions in Division 1 while Riverside captured the girls title.

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Just as sweet the second time for Brookfield East

June 02, 2012 11:22 p.m. | La Crosse - Going into the WIAA boys state track and field meet, Brookfield East coach Mike Steiner warned his team that the championship might not be decided until the final race of the weekend.

As it turned out, it took the final race plus one before East's second consecutive Division 1 championship was in the books at UW-La Crosse's Memorial Stadium.

Despite what turned out to be a controversial finish, the Spartans savored their victory.

"It's fantastic," said Spartans senior Kyle Rohde, who scored in the long jump and triple jump. "To win it two years in a row, that's a whole different story. Nobody really does back-to-back. It's very tough. Last year we went in and we thought it was ours to lose because we were up there. This year we thought it was ours to win. We had to run our best, jump our best, and we did."

Said Steiner, "Our goal was to be in the top five. We felt like if we had a great weekend and some other teams made some errors that maybe we would be in it at the end. Our kids came ready to go."

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Candidate filings call for primaries in Waukesha County

June 01, 2012 5:46 p.m. | Waukesha - Primary elections will be required to narrow the ballot choices for two Waukesha County offices - county clerk and register of deeds - after three Republicans filed nomination papers for each office by Friday's deadline.

The primary will be Aug. 14.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced in April that she would not seek another term after she came under withering criticism for election reporting missteps in recent years. The question of her competence came to a head after the spring election when County Executive Dan Vrakas, a former Republican legislator, said he'd call on her to resign - something he could not force - unless she assigned the recall election oversight to her deputy.

Vrakas said the credibility of Waukesha County elections was at stake.

While Vrakas announced Nickolaus had agreed to passing off those procedural duties, Nickolaus later said in her announcement that she maintained authority and responsibility and has since appeared to be in charge of the election duties.

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