Incumbent Kathryn Wilson and former city of Brookfield alderman Dick Brunner won seats on the Elmbrook School Board in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial results.
Wilson, who was voted to a one-year term last year to fill the vacancy left by former mayoral candidate David Marcello, defeated challenger Sandra Schultz by about 1,200 votes. Wilson received 6,814 votes to Schultz's 5,609.
In the Area I seat, former Alderman Dick Brunner edged out Ken Moe, 6,264 to 5,940. Current Area I representative Gary Jones decided not to run for re-election.
Results are unofficial until reviewed by the Board of Canvassers on Wednesday.
CITY OF BROOKFIELD — The city of Brookfield took its first step toward providing $6 million in financial aid to Milwaukee Tool after the company announced plans for a $33 million expansion of its corporate headquarters last week.
The city has proposed a tax incremental financing (TIF) district that would cover approximately 30 acres of land including and around Milwaukee Tool's current campus at 13135 W. Lisbon Road.
In total, the TIF district's project costs would be $8.4 million including the cost of financing. Brookfield would recoup its costs through increased tax base over a 15-year term.
The city's community development authority was briefed on details regarding the TIF Tuesday evening by both representatives of Milwaukee Tool and Greun Greun + Associates, the city's consultant for the matter.
The panel recommended approval of the TIF by a 5-0 vote. Committee members J. Nathan Cunniff and David J. Raysich were absent and excused.» Read Full Article
Despite going undefeated (7-0) and winning the Greater Metro Conference Championship in only his second season, Brookfield Central coach Jed Kennedy had plenty of memories about the current season that had more to do that what happened on the field.
And plenty happened on the field, as the title was Central's fifth win or share since 2002. But more importantly, it was the Lancers third undisputed championship (2006, 2002).
Central finished 9-2 overall, losing it's first game to Whitefish Bay and it's last to Brookfield East in a Level 2 playoff thriller, but Kennedy focused on the kids, especially the seniors he is losing.
"I told the kids I've been doing this enough years to compare things to," Kennedy said. "I had a fun time with this group of kids. They were great kids. We started out slower than we wanted to, not winning in week one, but they believed what we were doing as coaches, the program and they continued to work hard. I believe at the end of the year we were as good as anyone in the state in our division. We just ran into a good team in round two."
Central will lose 25 seniors to graduation — Michael Cobb, Michael Dragotta, Joe DuBois, Michael Hauser, Brandon Hughes, Alex Johnson, Nathan Kendall, Joey Koppelman, Dominic Labellarte, Evan Liebetrau, MJ Lucas, Mitch Meves, John Murphy, Tom Mussa, Buc Nellen, Kuma Okoro, Nick Reiels, Luke Reutuman, Henry Ritchie, John Schneider, Dillion Sehmer, Thomas Smith, Malik Turner, John Wallner and Dan Williams.» Read Full Article
Proceeds from this year's Silent Auction and Craft Fair at Fairview South will be used to purchase iPads for the school.
Fairview South School serves the needs of students with mild to severe cognitive disabilities from 12 school districts within southeast Wisconsin.
Handcrafted items made by students for the upcoming holiday season are sold at the annual fundraiser. Each class earns money from their sales to support classroom activities. Previous Fairview South auctions have been used to purchase an outdoor recreation area, adaptive equipment and a wheelchair-accessible van.
Parent group Friends of Fairview South, which coordinates the auction, hopes to raise $15,000 to purchase new iPads, which can be installed with applications designed for students with special needs.
The school has already received donations from the community for this year's silent auction, but more items are always appreciated, said Sarah Knowles, vice president of the parent group.» Read Full Article
CITY OF BROOKFIELD — The city of Brookfield community development authority will meet this afternoon to discuss a proposal for the city to provide $6 million in financial assistance via a tax incremental financing (TIF) district for Milwaukee Tool.
Milwaukee Tool announced plans last week for a $33 million expansion of its headquarters in Brookfield. The plans would include the creation of 500 full-time jobs in a number of fields including many in engineering and marketing.
The TIF district, if approved, would be the sixth in the city's history. Brookfield has recently created TIF districts on Gumina Road to assist with the Gumina Commerce Center and on property between W. Bluemound Road and I-94 for The Corridor.
The community development authority will meet at 4:15 p.m. this afternoon in the council chambers at city hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.
The Brookfield Glacier girls hockey team will open the season on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28, against Arrowhead in a two-day tournament at the Mullet Center.
Coach Chris Frantz will have eight returning players and seven newcomers.
"I am really looking forward to this season," he said. "Last year we did not have the numbers (amount of the girls) for a full team, and this year we do. I am really excited for this year. I also know the team is also really excited.
"I know we will be competitive this year. The girls have a great attitude for the season. I think everyone will see a different Glacier Team this year."» Read Full Article
Both Oak Creek and Brookfield Central played their first girls basketball game of the season Nov. 20 at Central, but the Knights pulled away in the second half for a 59-46 victory.
There were some good things and bad things for both teams, according to the coaches.
The Knights are coming off a 14-0 Southeast Conference Championship, having lost to Divine Savior Holy Angels in the sectional finals to finish 21-5.
Central second-year coach Mallory Liebl has a philosophy regarding scheduling top nonconference foes.
"We obviously have to get better, but it was a good test for us," she said. "We schedule tough opponents because we want to get better, and that's what we were thinking when we scheduled Oak Creek. We want to play the best. We want to be the best that we can be, but we need to play the best teams to get there."» Read Full Article
Klingaman to compete for UW-Whitewater
Leah Klingaman, a graduate of Brookfield Central, will compete for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women's swimming and diving program in 2015-16.
Klingaman, a sophomore at UW-Whitewater, is majoring in biology.
The 2014-15 Warhawks placed second in at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, the program's highest-ever finish at the meet, and racked up 10 individual and relay titles.
The Brookfield East boys volleyball team tied for first place in the Greater Metro Conference, won their sectional and finished tied for third at the WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament.
All in all, it was a successful season for a team that graduated seven seniors, including three D1 college players.
"The question I got at the start of the season was how do you foresee the upcoming season," a proud East coach Timothy Owen said. "My comment then was simply that there is some uncertainty going into the year with many holes to be filled.
"At the start of the season, it wasn't so much where we were but more so what we could become. It wasn't so much what guys couldn't do, it was more what they could do. We may have had some holes, but there were some things we could do really well. It became evident early that we had a team that loved to play the game, that couldn't get enough of it, that enjoyed being around each other, that was willing to learn and willing to work incredibly hard."
Owen was pleased with how the team accepted their roles.» Read Full Article
The girls basketball team began their regular season last week splitting two games. The team hosted University Lake School on Nov. 18 and finished with a strong 64-16 win thanks to a great team effort. Ashley Balistreriled the team in scoring with 14 points, and Jordan Kobliskafollowed, adding 10 to the total.
The team traveled to the Prairie School on Nov. 20, and despite a hard-fought battle for 36 minutes, the game ended in a 69-45 loss. The game would have been completely different if it were not for the play of Jennie Novakand Anika Washburn.
Novak led the team in scoring with 13 points and had just as many rebounds, was 83 percent from the free-throw line and was a dominant force on defense. Washburn led the offense and contributed eight points to the total despite some tough Prairie defense.
— Erika Schlagenhauf,» Read Full Article
Elm Grove library friends group kicks off holiday season with Lights of Love and tree lighting event
Things are about to get a bit brighter in Village Park.
The Friends of the Elm Grove Library are once again inviting families, children and all others to take part in their annual Lights of Love fundraiser this holiday season.
"Lights of Love is kind of schizophrenic because it's a really big annual fundraiser that the Friends do for the library, but at the same time I think what a lot of people think of when they think of it is just the tree-lighting event at the end," Lights of Love chairwoman Jill Varick said.
Lights of Love is in its 21st year and, as always, will culminate with an afternoon of fun, holiday activities and the tree-lighting ceremony and caroling just outside the Elm Grove Public Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd., in Village Park.
"The day of the event we have Santa at the library and a really cool train setup. We'll have crafts for kids and this year we're going to have Mrs. Claus reading stories," Varick said.» Read Full Article
Homeowners in the village of Elm Grove will see an increase to the municipal portion of their property tax bills in 2016, but it will be small relative to recent years.
The village's board of trustees approved the 2016 budget at its meeting Monday night.
The budget calls for the tax levy to be increased by .81 percent, or $54,015.
That represents the smallest increase in the tax levy in Elm Grove since 2013. In 2014 and 2015 the levy was increased by 1.32 and 1.03 percent respectively.
A homeowner with a house of average value of $434,580 will see the village portion of their property tax bill increase by $30.» Read Full Article
Robotics team seeks volunteers, mentors
The BEAST Robotics team in the Elmbrook School District is currently looking for new members to help build a robot in six weeks.
BEAST Robotics, also known as FIRST Team 2202, is comprised of students in both Brookfield Central and Brookfield East high schools. Currently, the team has immediate openings for mentors, engineers and volunteers.
"There are many jobs that require experience working with tools and general problem solving, so we are looking for professional or hobby electricians, mechanics and woodworkers," the team stated in a news release. "We also welcome people without experience — tell us what you're good at and we'll find a place for you!"
The team's build season will run for six weeks beginning Jan. 4. During that time period, students and mentors will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings as well as all day Saturday.» Read Full Article
CITY OF BROOKFIELD — Shoppers at Brookfield Square will be able to get in the doors at 6 p.m. on the evening of Thanksgiving to get an early start on their Black Friday shopping.
The mall will open approximately 2/3 of its stores that evening. JC Penney will lead the openings that day at 3 p.m. with Boston Store following at 5 p.m.
Brookfield Square will be opening its doors an hour before stores open at 5 p.m.
On Black Friday, all stores in the mall will open at 6 a.m., with doors opening at 5.
Brookfield Square general manager Scott Oleson noted that stores are not required to open on Thanksgiving night, but must be open at 6 a.m. for Black Friday.» Read Full Article
A steady stream of new fitness and health options continues to flow into Brookfield.
The latest addition to the wide variety of ways for residents of Brookfield and the surrounding area is FIT4MOM.
FIT4MOM is a national company based out of San Marcos, California, that focuses on classes and training regimens for mothers while also accommodating young children.
Brookfield FIT4MOM owner and instructor Tracy Joynt says that the idea first appealed to her after she had her own child last year.
"For me, I have always been passionate about working out. When I became a first-time mom last December it became an either/or thing," Joynt said. "I had heard about stroller workouts in other areas and mommy and me workouts, but we had nothing like that in Wisconsin and Milwaukee and Brookfield."» Read Full Article
ELM GROVE — The village of Elm Grove will host a public hearing tonight at the beginning of its board of trustees meeting in regard to the proposed 2016 budget.
The proposal calls for the village's total spending in 2016 to amount to $12,004,459 and for the general fund to be $5,964,730.
The village is proposing a tax levy increase from $6,646,855 in 2015 to $6,700,870 next year, a .81 percent increase.
Following the public hearing, trustees will vote on the budget later in the meeting's proceedings.
The meeting will be held in the court room at village hall, 13600 Juneau Blvd., tonight at 7:30 p.m.