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Brookfield East thinking GMC championship

Sept. 28, 2012 11:22 p.m. | They’re so close, they can taste it.

That was the postgame mantra preached by Brookfield East head coach Tom Swittel following his team’s 44-6 dismantling of visiting West Allis Hale on Friday night.

By improving to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Greater Metro Conference, the Spartans not only remained perfect but pulled even closer to claiming the school’s second-ever conference championship in football. The Spartans close out the season against Marquette and Sussex Hamilton, which sits in second place. If Hamilton and East win next week, the final game could potentially determine the conference title.

“If we can’t be motivated now, then we have a problem,” Swittel said. “Winning a conference championship is a goal we have. We’re close to being able to do that. It would only be the second time in school history Brookfield East has won a conference championship in football. We really want to get this done this year.”

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Elm Grove remodeling firm Bella closed

Sept. 27, 2012 3:54 p.m. | Bella Kitchen and Bath LLC, an Elm Grove-based remodeling firm, has abruptly closed, according to one of the firm's customers.

Peter Kwong said he and wife provided $6,700 in deposits with Bella five weeks ago for a bathroom remodeling project at their Milwaukee home. But work on the partly completed project came to a halt, and the Kwongs were told by a former Bella employee that the firm shut down on Wednesday.

Kwong has since been trying to get more information, but his calls and emails to the company's owners, Nicki Losinski and Nick Weber, haven't been returned, he said Thursday.

A call to Bella's showroom, at Autumn Grove Plaza, 12868 W. Blue Mound Road, was answered by a recording saying the firm is "closed at this time." The recording asked that inquiries be sent by email.

Bella's owners haven't responded to Journal Sentinel emails, and the voice mailbox on Losinski's mobile number was full and not accepting messages. Numbers listed in Weber's name have been disconnected.

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The Corners financing proposal gets first hearing

Sept. 27, 2012 7:00 a.m. | A proposal for the Town of Brookfield to help finance The Corners retail and apartments development had its first public hearing Wednesday night.

The town Plan Commission took comments from several residents, whose opinions of the proposal were split. The commission is to vote on a recommendation on the tax financing district proposal at its next meeting, on Tuesday.

The financing proposal will require Town Board approval.

Under the proposal, the town would sell bonds to raise $35 million. Those funds would pay for roadwork, water and sewer lines, demolition of vacant buildings at the project site, the new development's parking structure and other items.

That amount was scaled back from an earlier plan to build a Poplar Creek bridge east of The Corners site and to improve nearby Janacek Road. The revised plan now calls for deferring those projects and other costs, which could raise the town's total costs to around $40 million, plus interest charges.

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Town's TIF gets guarantee, draws diverse opinions at hearing

Sept. 26, 2012 10:54 p.m. | The town of Brookfield has received a guarantee of added support from the Marcus Corp. within the tax-incremental district that would financially support the proposed Corners development.

An overflow crowd of more than 100 squeezed into Town Hall on Wednesday to get details about the project and voice their opinions.

If the TIF district is created, the town will provide $39 million to improve the site, southwest of Bluemound and Barker roads, expected to one day soon be home to a Von Maur department store and other retail establishments. It's estimated that the development will increase the value of the property in the district from $66 million to $209 million - the estimate has dropped from the $243 million stated a week ago at a joint review board meeting - and tax dollars generated by the added value would be used to pay back the loan.

Michael Harrigan, senior financial adviser of Ehler's & Associates, the town's financial consultant, announced that the town and Marcus have a yet-to-be-finalized agreement that Marcus will guarantee $187 million of the project, effectively covering the principal and interest. Under the agreement, town officials would have the power to place a special assessment on the developer if the project's finances lag.

The public hearing in front of the Plan Commission was meant to give the panel a sense of what the community thought of the proposal.

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Spending falls in Waukesha County budget proposal

Sept. 26, 2012 1:22 p.m. | Waukesha - Spending on Waukesha County government services and construction projects would drop 3.8% to $273.7 million in 2013, under a budget proposed by County Executive Dan Vrakas.

The bottom line - an overall cut in county government spending of $10.9 million next year - was achieved by spending less on major capital construction projects than this year.

Financial challenges from rising vehicle fuel prices, increased spending on adult jail inmates and reductions in investment income were more than offset by reducing the capital budget by $12 million, according to budget documents.

Cutting county spending will lessen the property tax burden on home and business owners, Vrakas said.

"Last year, we were able to freeze taxes on a median valued home," he said in comments before the County Board.

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Juneau Boulevard to be closed next week

Sept. 25, 2012 12:46 p.m. | Juneau Boulevard will be closed at the railroad crossing in the 13600 block beginning Monday. It is expected to reopen Friday, Oct. 5, Police Chief Jim Gage said in a news release today.

"No vehicle traffic will be permitted to travel through the road closure at anytime, day or night," he said.

CP Rail will be improving the crossing by adding concrete between the tracks, thereby smoothing out the crossing. Train traffic will continue one track at a limited speed of 25 mph, which may cause longer than usual traffic delays along Watertown Plank Road during this project, Gage noted.

No specific detour will be posted.

In addition to Watertown Plank Road, alternate east/west routes may include using North Avenue and Bluemound Road.

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Town's bid to become a village sent back to state

Sept. 25, 2012 8:02 a.m. | The town of Brookfield's request to incorporate as a village has been sent back to the Wisconsin Department of Administration after mediation failed between the town and neighboring municipalities.

City of Brookfield Attorney Karen Flaherty today confirmed the move. She said that Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James Kieffer lifted the stay on the state's review of the incorporation Sept. 20.

Flaherty said she has not heard a timeline for the Department of Administration to review and decide any next steps in the matter.

The mediation was held between the town and nearby municipalities including the cities of Brookfield and Waukesha and the village of Sussex to iron out consolidation issues.

In order for the town to become a village, it needs a required minimum of four-square-miles of contiguous territory. The town, seeking to protect itself from annexation, has petitioned to annex 288 acres in the town of Waukesha.

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Spartans clobber Brookfield Central, 37-14

Sept. 21, 2012 10:57 p.m. | Brookfield East dominated crosstown rival Brookfield Central on Friday at Central and walked off with an impressive 37-14 victory.

Senior running back Zach Schober scored twice, quarterback Zach Damico added a short touchdown and wide receivers Brian Smith and Kyle Wirtz scored on deceptive end around plays to spark the Spartans’ victory.

Place-kicker Connor Allen kicked a 22-yard field goal and was 3-for-4 in extra point attempts to round out the scoring.

When Wirtz scored on a beautiful 14-yard run around left end with 11 minutes, 17 seconds left in the game, it made the score 37-0 and started a running clock in the game.

Central scored two late touchdowns off the East reserves to prevent a shutout.

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Brookfield Academy announces first Hall of Fame class

Sept. 21, 2012 11:52 a.m. | Brookfield Academy will host a dinner and celebration on Sept.29, honoring the inaugural class of inductees into the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame.

According to Larry Pesch, Director of Development, “Brookfield Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame is a new tradition, one that is tied to the Academy’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration. Inductees are alumni and coaches of Brookfield Academy who have been selected on the basis of their athletic achievements, exemplary character and contribution to team success.”

Alumnus Howie Pryor '71, a member of the 1970 Football Team being inducted into the Hall of Fame, will act as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Brookfield Academy is proud to announce the inaugural class of inductees into the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame:

Individual Athletes: Karen Lumb '80, Patrick Simmons '81, Mary Schlick '83 Peveto, Amy Malik '88, Jacob Dehne '95, Frank Fierek, Jr. '97, Jennifer Warmington '02 Box, Sally Thurner '04, Tim Prudlow '04.

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Insurance broker moving office to Brookfield

Sept. 19, 2012 11:07 a.m. | Insurance broker Willis North America is moving its Milwaukee-area office to Brookfield from Wauwatosa, the firm announced Wednesday.

Willis has signed an eight-year lease for 26,000 square feet at 400 N. Executive Drive. The move, effective Oct. 29, "is part of Willis’ strategy to continue to elevate its presence in the state and drive growth in this key market," according to a company statement.

For the past 25 years, the company has been at 2323 N. Mayfair Road. The local operation has around 110 employees.

Town debt, including interest, on The Corners plan would be $51 million

Sept. 19, 2012 10:37 a.m. | The Town of Brookfield's public financing plan for The Corners retail, office and housing proposal would be around $51 million once interest charges are added.

That was among the information to emerge at the first public meeting on the proposed tax incremental financing district.

I broke the story last week that the financing district had an estimated cost of $37 million--a figure which rises to $38 million if a contingency fund is taken into account.

The town would sell bonds to raise those funds, which would pay for road work, water and sewer lines, demolition of vacant buildings at the project site, the new development's parking structure and other items, including a Poplar Creek bridge east of The Corners site.

The town's total debt would be an estimated $51 million once interest payments on the bonds are added, said Mike Harrigan, of Ehlers & Associates Inc., the town's consulting firm on the proposed financing plan.

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Penalty kick gives East 1-0 win over Lancers

Sept. 19, 2012 8:18 a.m. | In a match that was a defensive battle, with neither team finishing its shots, it wasn't surprising that it took a penalty kick to give the Spartans a 1-0 victory Tuesday night at East.

With the match scoreless at intermission, East's John Orgovan was fouled in the box by Central at the 41:22 mark. East's Ben Kosmider took the penalty kick and completed it and that was to be all the scoring for the night.

The Spartans outshot Central, 3-0, in the first half, but then dominated the second half with a 17-1 margin.The East defense was led by Mark Glowacki, Mike Freigang, Josh Breider and Mick Kemnitz.

"We're still working on finishing the ball," East coach Herbie Dundun said. "We create opportunities and we don't finish them. We are getting better, but it is our major drawback.

To have 17 shots on goal and not complete them is something we must continue to work on. I am very happy with the win and having the penalty kick finished by Kosmider."

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First of two superintendent chats is today

Sept. 18, 2012 10:52 a.m. | A public chat session with Elmbrook School District Superintendent Mark Hansen will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the black-box theater at Brookfield East High School, 3305 N. Lilly Road.

Hansen is expected to provide an overview of the district and allow time for questions.

A second session is planned for 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 26 in the black-box theater at Brookfield Central High School, 16900 W. Gebhardt Road.

The chat sessions are sponsored by the Elmbrook Parent Network and Leadership Council. The newly formed organization represents the merger of the former Parent Network and the Elmbrook Parent Leadership Council.

Oak Creek man wins third week of NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 17, 2012 10:31 a.m. | Congratulations to Anthony Nuck of Oak Creek who is the Week 3 winner in MyCommunityNOW’s Pigskin Picks contest.

Nuck correctly selected the winner in four out of five high school football games and was the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. Brookfield Central contest.

He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Movie passes will be given away to one winner each week and three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

You can join the more than 700 people who have already signed up for the fun by registering at www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin. You can register using your Facebook account and the game is fully playable through a smart phone.

NOW sportswriters John Rech and Tom “Sky” Skibosh lead the VIP competition. Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek is a game back.

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Brookfield Central a perfect storm against Marquette

Sept. 14, 2012 11:38 p.m. |

Typically, the running game is used to control the clock and sustain long scoring drives. Unless you have a game-breaker like Brookfield Central senior running back Marcus Crum.
 
It was Crum’s 69-yard touchdown against visiting Marquette on Friday night that sparked the Lancers' eventual 24-0 victory. Crum’s scamper down the left sideline was the first touchdown of the night and put the Lancers up 10-0 with 1:57 left in the first half. Once Crum found the edge, it was a foot race, and there aren’t many players who can keep pace with him.
 
“My line did a great job of blocking,” said Crum, who finished with 172 yards on 13 carries. “I just found a hole and once I hit it, I just took it to the house.”
 
Complementing Crum’s strong performance was 5-foot-11, 202-pound junior running back Demario Harris, who rushed 27 times for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
 
“Demario Harris gets stronger as the game goes on,” Lancers head coach Jamie Meulemans said. “The more carries he gets, he gets better. He could carry the ball 30 times a game. Marcus Crum brings more of that flash. It’s a nice blend with those two back there. It’s the old lightning and thunder combo.”
 
A combination that left the Hilltoppers in the storm cellar, as Marquette did itself no favors with two turnovers deep in Central territory. Despite bending on several drives, the Lancers defense, led by Wisconsin-bound defensive end Chikwe Obasih’s two sacks, never broke. A fumble set up Crum’s touchdown, and Central junior cornerback Terry Wallen sealed the outcome with an interception in the end zone on third and goal in the fourth quarter. The Lancers responded with a touchdown on the ensuing drive.
 
“Terry Wallen really stepped up for us,” Meulemans said. “I thought that was a crucial point in the game. It’s only 17-0, and he made a pick, I thought that got our momentum back.”
 
Marquette head coach Jeffrey Mazurczak agreed.
 
“Turnovers are huge,” he said. “Unfortunately, those were momentum swingers. We couldn't put together any kind of consistency. We went three or four series of three and outs. Then we give up a field goal. Then we give up a turnover in the red zone, and all of the sudden they’re housin’ one. Offensively we struggled to put together drives. We made some great plays, and we had some great opportunities. We just weren’t sharp on offense, and because of that we struggled to score.”
 
Central wasted no time rebounding from last week’s 38-21 defeat at the hands of Sussex Hamilton to improve to 2-1 in the Greater Metro Conference and 3-1 overall.
 
“We didn’t feel we played very well at all last week,” Meulemans said. “I’m very proud of the way they bounced back mentally and physically and came out here to play.”
 
Meanwhile, Marquette, which had hoped to build off last week’s victory at West Allis Hale, fell to 1-3.
 
“I didn’t think we were where we needed to be in terms of mental toughness for the first two weeks,” Mazurczak said. “We came through last week and we gathered some steam, so this is a little bit of a setback. We’ve got a lot of good players on this team. We need to start pushing through some of this adversity. Turnovers happen in football games. You have to have a short memory and continue to fight. It’s there, some of these guys just do a good job of covering it up sometimes.”
 
Next week presents another chance for Central to prove itself when crosstown rival Brookfield East visits. East, which remained undefeated with a win over Wauwatosa East on Friday, is atop the powerful Greater Metro Conference along with Sussex Hamilton.
 
It’s a challenge the Lancers are more than ready to take on.
 
“The sky’s the limit for us,” Crum said. “We can be as good as we want to be if we continue to work hard.”

Brookfield East overwhelms Tosa East

Sept. 14, 2012 11:05 p.m. | After winning its first conference game since 2008 last weekend, the Wauwatosa East football team couldn’t keep up with Greater Metro Conference co-leader Brookfield East on Friday night at Hart Park. The Spartans improved to 4-0 and 3-0 in the GMC with a 42-7 win.

The one-sided outcome line didn’t look so certain until the fourth quarter, however.

The Raiders held the Spartans to a 14-0 lead at halftime, then made a game of it early in the second half with a touchdown that made it 21-7.

The Spartans scored two touchdowns in the first quarter on a 51-yard pass from Zach Damico to Brian Smith and a short touchdown run from Damico on the Spartans’ next possession. After their first two possessions, the Spartans offense stalled. Damico was sacked on East's third possession and fumbled the ball away on its fourth, and the Raiders defense kept the deficit at just 14 points going into halftime.

“I told the kids at halftime that we were only down 14-0,” said Red Raiders head coach Mike Richards, “and I just thought that offensively we played a really lousy first half. Defensively they had one blown coverage. Our defense played very, very well in the first half. To be down 14-0 to a team like Brookfield East was a step in the right direction.”

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Think you know high school football? Test your skills in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 14, 2012 12:48 p.m. | The experts and special celebrity pickers have weighed in on some of tonight's top high school football games, and you can too by joining MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest.

Visit www.mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to register for the contest and take your best shot at winning the weekly prize of a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

This week's featured games are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg, Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.

Time-Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin moved into a tie for the top spot among VIP pickers with his performance last week. He is a game ahead of Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, who fell back a bit last week after debuting at 5-0.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Pilgrim Park staff 'party rockin' in welcome-back video

Sept. 13, 2012 3:51 p.m. | I'm not sure exactly when the "welcome-back-to-school music video" genre (also known as the adults-acting-goofy-to-motivate-students genre) started, but I feel like I'm seeing a lot more of them this year.

One of the latest clever videos comes from Pilgrim Park Middle School in the Elmbrook School District, and it features the always amenable "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO. The theme: teachers and staff are behind our students! I won't ruin the rest of the joke.

But it will make you smile.

If you've seen other creative welcome-back videos from Wisconsin schools this year that are worth a shout-out, send me a link at erichards@jrn.com.

UWM reminds students to behave

Sept. 13, 2012 12:30 p.m. | The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee sent an email Thursday morning to students, reminding them to respect the neighborhood when they're out having a good time this weekend.

Twenty-five UWM students were arrested last weekend during a police crackdown.

Here's the letter:

Dear UWM Students,

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How well do you know Brookfield and Elm Grove? Test your skills and win movie passes

Sept. 12, 2012 12:22 p.m. | How well do you know Brookfield and Elm Grove? Take a look at this week's mystery photo, tell us where it was taken, and you could win a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theatres.

Congratulations to David Busch, who correctly identified last week's mystery photo and won a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres.

Have a photo of your own that you would like to see featured in a future Mystery Photo contest? E-mail a high resolution version to us and we might use it in an upcoming edition.

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Video: Sikh Temple incident dash-cam video released

Sept. 10, 2012 4:14 p.m. | Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, officer Savan Lenda, Mayor Stephen Scaffidi and U.S. Attorney James Santell today released dash-cam video from the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings that took place Aug. 5.

The video, taken from Lt. Brian Murphy's and Lenda's vehicles, shows Murphy's arrival, his immediate care of the victims - whose images are blurred - and his contact with gunman Wade Michael Page.

It shows that Murphy was able to fire a round at Page before he was taken down. The video then cuts to Lenda's vehicle as it enters the temple parking lot, stops and backs up.

"I've got a man in the parking lot with a gun," Lenda says in the video. Lenda's windshield is then hit by a bullet. Lenda returns six shots, and Page falls to the ground. One extra shot, believed by the FBI to be the fatal self-inflicted shot, is heard.

Santell confirmed that the FBI's investigation showed Lenda's headrest was hit by the bullet that struck his vehicle.

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Pigskin Picks Week 2 winner revealed

Sept. 08, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Congratulations to Brian Karas of New Berlin, who is this week's winner in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks Football Contest.

Karas picked all five games correctly and came the closest to predicting the final score of the Marquette vs. West Alls Hale game. He wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and has a shot at being one of the three winners at the end of the regular season. Each of those winners will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Next week's featured contests, which are now open for picking, are: Germantown vs. Cedarburg; Greendale vs. Pewaukee, New Berlin West vs. New Berlin Eisenhower, Mukwonago vs. Catholic Memorial and Marquette vs. Brookfield Central.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Damico sparks East's 21-7 win over Falls

Sept. 07, 2012 11:16 p.m. |  Brookfield East defensive end Alec James came up big down the stretch, but it was a 5-foot, 11 inch, 160 pound quarterback who stole the show Friday night.

The Spartans earned a hard-fought 21-7 victory over a tough Menomonee Falls squad at East, in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.
 
Junior quarterback Zach Damico took the Spartans 62 yards with less than two minutes left to play, scoring the final touchdown himself on a beautiful 18-yard run. He raced down the left sideline and then cut back to the middle of the field and fought his way into the end zone for the clinching score.
 
Damico also tossed two touchdown passes — a 39-yarder to Griffin Lynch for the game’s first score with 2 minutes, 47 seconds left in the first quarter and a 26-yarder to Brian Smith with 10 seconds left in the half. 
 
He was also the Spartans leading rusher with 108 yards and he completed 9-of-13 for 154 yards.
 
East coach Tom Swittel is excited about his quarterback, who started on the JV last year.
 
“He’s given us an element that we didn’t have last year,” he said. “He’s got the ability to run the option and to run the football. I was most impressed by him at the end of the half when we scored with 10 seconds after getting the ball with 48 seconds to go.
 
“That was our 1 minute drill, something we practice every single day. It worked tonight. I was impressed with what he did. He calls all the plays on that. That doesn’t come in from the sidelines.
 
"Then that final drive that he scored on; again he was a lead ball carrier on that drive.”
 
Falls had a chance to go on the board early, thanks to a 47-yard punt return by Cole Hernickl, giving the Indians the ball on the 14-yard line. But three plays later, quarterback Adam Vechart fumbled and East’s Cal Durni recovered.
 
“We squandered opportunities early on,” Falls coach John Baker said. “I’m very proud of our players; they played extremely hard tonight. We had some turnovers, some things that happened, but it’s all a team effort and I’m extremely proud of our players.”
 
The Indians finally got on the scoreboard with 11:50 left in the first half when running back Christian Almonte had a brilliant run down the left sideline, making not one, but two big cuts through the Spartans secondary for a 20-yard score.
 
“Offensively you saw (Almonte) he’s a quick back, a really tough kid,” Baker said. “Our offensive line, we challenged them to be tough and they came out and they did.”
 
Cornerback Brian Smith, the star of the Spartans basketball team, intercepted Vechart twice in the second quarter stopping Indians drives. He also caught six passes for 98 yards.
 
Then there was James, the state’s top defensive linemen who will be attending the University of Wisconsin next year. James sacked Vechart in the second quarter to stop a drive and then came up with two key sacks in the fourth quarter and one hurry. 
 
“Our defense has been solid for most of the year,” Swittel said. “The Falls had us on the run. But when they got near our goal line we toughened up. The name of the game is to keep them out of the end zone. And we’ve been able to do that.”
 
Falls defense was also outstanding led by senior linebacker Brian Schmit, who was able to time the blitz several times to tackle East running backs in the end zone.
 
“Smitty is really a special kid,” Baker said. “He’s quick; he has great timing on the blitz. I’m extremely proud of him. He’s really a solid linebacker and he’s really having a nice season.” 
 
“We knew Falls was going to be a very tough team; maybe the best team we’ve played this year,” Damico said. “We knew they’d be gunning for us like we did for them last year (East won, 21-0). We had to execute better than we did last year and we did that.”
 
Swittel agreed with his quarterback.

“We did not underestimate Falls whatsoever,” he said. “They are a good football team. They have a ton of talent and they’re well-coached. And the game bore that out.”
 

Think you know high school football? Test your skills at Pigskin Picks

Sept. 07, 2012 11:38 a.m. | We're a little more than seven hours away from the kickoff of tonight's high school football games and there is still time to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks Football Contest.

Register now for the chance to each week win a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres. Three winners at the end of the regular season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss. St. Francis, joined the fray this season as a celebrity guest picker and rolled to a 5-0 record in the first round. She was joined in the ranks of the undefeated by NOW sportswriter John Rech and contestant Jeff Slusar, who won movie tickets by predicting the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.

This week's featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.

Need some help handicapping the games? Visit the Push for the Playoffs for a capsule look at area teams, statistics and more.

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Visit Push for the Playoffs to follow your favorite high school team's postseason prospects

Sept. 05, 2012 3:30 p.m. | Want to know which high school football teams are headed toward a WIAA postseason bid and who might be among the also-rans?

Visit Push for the Playoffs each week at www.mycommunitynow.com/push as Lake Country Publications/NOW Newspapers sports director JR Radcliffe sizes up the playoff chances of all area teams. You will also find standings, area statistical leaders, a player of the week and more.

Go to Push for the Playoffs

Elmbrook Garden Club to learn about butterfly trail

Sept. 05, 2012 2:08 p.m. | The Elmbrook Garden Club will meet at the Milwaukee County Parks Department, 9480 W. Watertown Plank Road at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 to hear a presentation on the Monarch Butterfly Trail.

There will be a monarch butterfly banner on the entrance of this location.

For information about membership in the garden club, email Sandy at mpike@wi.rr.com. The club meets on the first Thursday of each month, usually at the Brookfield Public Library, 1900 N. Calhoun Road.

Waukesha taps longtime administrator Henschel

Sept. 05, 2012 12:42 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha resident and taxpayer Edmund Henschel starts work Monday morning as Waukesha's new administrator after a yearlong search and a unanimous confirmation vote Tuesday by the Common Council.

"I'm excited," he said Wednesday. "This is my community. I live here."

He'll be paid $140,000 a year, get five weeks of vacation, dental and life insurance benefits equivalent to those provided other employees and up to $500 a month as reimbursement for Medicare supplemental health insurance.

Human Resources Committee Chairman Ald. Joan Fancoeur called Henschel a bargain in that there would be no relocation expenses, the savings on medical benefits and less than expected costs for recruiting a candidate.

"I think his appointment is a tremendous coups for this city," she said.

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Senior housing planned for Elm Grove

Sept. 04, 2012 7:00 a.m. | St. Louis Park, Minn.-based MSP Real Estate Inc. is getting closer to approval for its proposed 98-unit senior housing community in Elm Grove, according to an article at ElmGroveNow.com, by reporter Danielle Switalski.

The $7.25 million development would be at the Wall St. site which formerly housed Tapco Inc. before that company moved to Brown Deer.

Pigskin Picks Week 1 winner revealed; Miss St. Francis, NOW scribe lead VIP pickers

Sept. 01, 2012 7:10 p.m. | Congratulations are in order for Jeff Slusar, who correctly picked the winners of all five games in this week's MyCommunityNOW Pigskin Picks contest and predicted the exact final score of the Brookfield Central vs. West Allis Hale tiebreaker match up.

Slusar wins a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres and is among the leaders as we head into the second week of the contest. Three winners at the end of the season will receive a gift card to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Colleen Mrotek, the reigning Miss St. Francis, proved her football prowess by picking all five games correctly. She is joined atop the VIP rankings by NOW sportswriter John Rech, who also enjoyed an undefeated week.

This week's games are now available for picking. Featured contests are: Catholic Memorial vs. Arrowhead; Brookfield Central vs. Sussex Hamilton; Cedarburg vs. Whitefish Bay; Oak Creek vs. Franklin and Marquette vs. West Allis Hale.

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Community Watch

» Brookfield East thinking GMC championship 9/28

» Elm Grove remodeling firm Bella closed 9/27

» The Corners financing proposal gets first hearing 9/27

» Town's TIF gets guarantee, draws diverse opinions at hearing 9/26

» Spending falls in Waukesha County budget proposal 9/26

» Juneau Boulevard to be closed next week 9/25

» Town's bid to become a village sent back to state 9/25

» Spartans clobber Brookfield Central, 37-14 9/21

» Brookfield Academy announces first Hall of Fame class 9/21

» Insurance broker moving office to Brookfield 9/19

» Town debt, including interest, on The Corners plan would be $51 million 9/19

» Penalty kick gives East 1-0 win over Lancers 9/19

» First of two superintendent chats is today 9/18

» Oak Creek man wins third week of NOW's Pigskin Picks contest 9/17

» Brookfield Central a perfect storm against Marquette 9/14

» Brookfield East overwhelms Tosa East 9/14

» Think you know high school football? Test your skills in NOW's Pigskin Picks 9/14

» Pilgrim Park staff 'party rockin' in welcome-back video 9/13

» UWM reminds students to behave 9/13

» How well do you know Brookfield and Elm Grove? Test your skills and win movie passes 9/12

» Video: Sikh Temple incident dash-cam video released 9/10

» Pigskin Picks Week 2 winner revealed 9/8

» Damico sparks East's 21-7 win over Falls 9/7

» Think you know high school football? Test your skills at Pigskin Picks 9/7

» Visit Push for the Playoffs to follow your favorite high school team's postseason prospects 9/5

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