Meetings planned for prospective Elmbrook School Board candidates

Dec. 12, 2012 12:42 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District will host informational meetings for prospective School Board candidates at 8 a.m. Dec. 13 and 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Central Administration Offices, Room 133, 13780 Hope St.

The meetings will include information about candidacy, board members' commitments and district goals.

For information, call (262) 781-3030, Ext. 1140.

Germantown, Hamilton the top-ranked teams in NOW's Roundball Rankings

Dec. 12, 2012 11:59 a.m. | The defending Division 1 state champion Germantown boys basketball team has won 32 games in a row and finds itself atop the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Roundball Rankings.

The Hamilton Chargers are the top-ranked girls team and are coming off a 64-10 victory over West Allis Central in the Greater Metro Conference opener.

In addition to the top five boys and girls teams in the area, Roundball Rankings includes a player of the week, poll, area scoring leaders and more.

Kitchen fire heavily damages Brookfield home

Dec. 12, 2012 10:40 a.m. | A fire that apparently started near a kitchen stove and exhaust vent caused an estimated $88,000 in damage and forced three people to evacuate their home at 14830 San Marcos Drive on Tuesday afternoon.

It could have been worse, city of Brookfield Assistant Fire Chief David Mason said. "The house is not a total loss and the fire was contained to the kitchen area," Mason said.

Firefighters reported heavy smoke in the structure upon arrival and upgraded the fire to a first alarm. "The fire seemed to be in the floor and got into the walls," Mason said. "So we called for mutual aid for assistance."

The city of Brookfield Fire Department got help from crews in the town of Brookfield, Butler, Elm Grove, Pewaukee, Lisbon, and West Allis to assist in extinguishing the blaze and covering stations for additional calls.

All three occupants escaped without injury. There were working smoke detectors in the home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Jim Farrell named Sunset Playhouse leader

Dec. 11, 2012 1:40 p.m. | Jim Farrell will be the Sunset Playhouse's next executive director, beginning in January, the Elm Grove theater announced in a statement released Tuesday.

Farrell has been development director of the Skylight Music Theatre since 2011. He had also worked in corporate and foundation relations for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

"I had a wonderful experience directing 'Six Degrees of Separation,' " Farrell said in the statement of his recent guest-directing stint at the Sunset. "Every time I set foot in that building there is an amazing sense of community, this place is brimming with positive energy and a sense of camaraderie."

Farrell succeeds Jonathan West, who left the Sunset in October to become communications director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Goodwill opening Brookfield store on Blue Mound Road

Dec. 11, 2012 10:53 a.m. | A Goodwill store will be opening in Brookfield, the first such store for that community.

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc.'s plan for the store and donation drop-off center, at 18605 W. Blue Mound Road, was approved by the Plan Commission at its Monday night meeting. The Common Council will review the proposal at its Dec. 18 meeting.

Goodwill is buying the 21,000-square-foot building from a Chicago-area real estate investment group, with the purchase to close by the end of December, said Cheryl Lightholder, the nonprofit group's communications manager. 

The building is now used by OfficeMax, which has two years remaining on its lease, with a renewal option, Lightholder said.

The timing for the Goodwill store opening depends on whether OfficeMax wants to continue to operate its store at the building, she said.

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