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Elmbrook to shutter Hillside

Oct. 25, 2011 9:46 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board voted, 6-1, tonight to close Hillside Elementary School after this school year ends.

Board member Bob Ziegler provided the lone dissenting vote, saying the board should see a redistricting plan before making the decision.

A plan for redistricting Elmbrook's remaining elementary schools is expected to be unveiled in November.

The decision was greeted with jeers from the crowd of about 150 people who came to witness the vote, most of whom oppose the closing.

The Corners, in the town of Brookfield, adds a women's fashion store to its growing list of tenants

5:18 p.m. | Mothers in the Brookfield and Waukesha area will have a new place for their fashion needs starting next fall.

Evereve has signed on as the newest announced tenant for The Corners.

Evereve, selling clothing for women, joins a number of previously announced tenants at The Corners, which will be anchored by Von Maur, an upscale clothing and accessories retailer.

Others signed on are Sendik's, Cafe Hollander, Colectivo Coffee, Grimaldi's Pizza, Arhaus Furniture, Chico's, Kilwins and White House Black Market.

The 750,000-square-foot mixed-use development also will offer 235 luxury apartments, a small park that developers expect to host events and an underground parking structure.

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Brookfield city council to meet Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.

5:13 p.m. | City of Brookfield aldermen will convene tonight in the council chambers of City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, to discuss a number of topics.

Included on Tuesday's agenda will be the council taking another stab at the topic of bus shelters coming to six locations along Bluemound Road.

A public hearing regarding a request for GenCap Sun Prairie LLC to rezone property at 17495 W. Capitol Drive to allow for greater flexibility in the range of tenants that could be suitable.

The common council will begin proceedings at 7:45 p.m.

Brookfield church hopes to bring residents, local music together

4:58 p.m. | Benjamin Leon retired from his post as a music teacher in the Elmbrook School District last year, but that doesn't mean that he's done bringing music to the people of Brookfield.

Leon now works as the praise band leader at Cross of Life Lutheran Church, 20700 W. North Ave. As part of his ongoing efforts, he has now spear-headed a new music series at the church that will bring in local musical groups and bands from around the Milwaukee-metropolitan area.

The first performance of the Cross of Life Lutheran Church Music Showcase Series will take place this Sunday. Blaskapelle - Milwaukee, a German-themed brass band, will be the first of five local groups to bring their tunes to Brookfield courtesy of the new series. The concert will begin at 5 p.m.

All performances for Cross of Life's new series are free of charge and open to the public.

Elm Grove proposed budget requires reduction

1:53 p.m. | The village of Elm Grove's 2016 proposed budget will need some adjustments before final approval is possible.

The current draft for the next fiscal year calls for a levy increase of 1.41 percent; however, village manager Dave De Angelis says that Elm Grove is only allowed to make an increase of 1.21 percent.

"The maximum levy increase allowed (for 2016) is 1.21 percent. We still need to reduce the budget by $13,500 or increase revenues," De Angelis said. "The draft calls for 1.41 percent, but the most we can do is 1.21."

Under the currently proposed budget, the owner of a home of average value in the village, $434,580, would pay an additional $39 on the village portion of their property tax bill.

Brookfield East High School recruits students for new DECA chapter

1:14 p.m. | Brookfield East High School's business club goes by a new name now, but the overall purpose remains the same: to encourage students to craft their leadership skills in business, marketing and other related fields.

Until this school year, Brookfield East had a Future Business Leaders of America chapter. But the school has since replaced the FBLA affiliation with a new organization: DECA.

DECA, which formerly stood for Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a business club that "prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe," according to the nonprofit organization's mission statement.

Brookfield Central High School also has a DECA chapter.

"Brookfield East moved to DECA so both high schools in the district can work together on community events, competitions and a new class called 'Business Leadership,'" said Joe Seaman, Brookfield East's faculty advisor for the chapter. "'Business Leadership' used the foundation of DECA to help with curriculum ideas and assist with running the school-based enterprises both schools have."

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Brookfield Central volleyball team goes 2-0, goes on to win Neenah Invite

1:13 p.m. | The Brookfield Central girls volleyball team went 2-0 in dual matches to start the week, beating Sussex Hamilton and Muskego, and then went 5-0 without dropping a set to win the 34th annual Neenah Invitational.

They Lancers swept Hamilton 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 27-25) at Sussex on Sept. 29 in a Greater Metro Conference match. Stat leaders were Shannon Kebisek, (eight kills), Miranda Wucherer (21 assist), Sarah Uczen (17 digs, three aces), Abigail Strebig (seven blocks) and Aileen Herman (three aces).

"We were a little inconsistent tonight but found ways to win close games in set one and three," coach Scott Spiess said. "When we put it all together in set two, we looked really good; we did a good job of serving them tough and forcing them into mistakes."

Central defeated Muskego 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-15) on Senior Night on Oct. 1 at home. Stat leaders were Cami Herman (eight kills), Wucherer (18 assists), Uczen (23 assists, three aces) and Strebig (six blocks).

"It was a good win for us tonight as we celebrated our seniors and parents," Spiess said. "A good team effort, a balanced attack and tough defense against a good team in Muskego."

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Derrick Banks named Brookfield East girls soccer coach

12:53 p.m. | A familiar face will be taking over as the head girls soccer coach at Brookfield East in the spring, as assistant Derrick Banks has been promoted to replace Matt Schroeder, who took an associate principal position at Brookfield Central last August.

Banks has coached in the Elmbrook School District for the past 20 years, and he has been coaching on the girls soccer staff for the past seven years. Before that, he coached at Brookfield Central for the girls soccer team.

"I'm extremely honored and proud to take over a long and storied high school program like Brookfield East," Banks said. "We have quality players and coaching staff, and we look to continue our winnings ways."

East athletic director Jeremy Martin was excited about adding to the program.

"I have no doubt that Derrick will continue the winning tradition at Brookfield East with the girls soccer program," Martin said. "He emerged from a pool of exceptional candidates seeking the position. Derrick relates well to students and is a natural leader.

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Brookfield drunk driver leads police on 80 mph chase

12:33 p.m. | A Brookfield man faces up to 10 years and 6 months in prison after being arrested for his sixth drunken driving offense.

51-year-old Jeffrey Arndt was taken into custody early Sunday morning after leading city of Brookfield police on a high speed chase and eventually crashing into a ditch near the northeast corner of the intersection of Brookfield Road and North Ave.

Arndt faces charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license.

He is scheduled to appear in Waukesha County Circuit Court this Thursday.

Brookfield Central High School Orchestra presents annual 'Spooktacular' concert

9:18 a.m. | The Brookfield Central High School Orchestra is about to get spooky for the Halloween season.

The orchestra will present its annual Halloween "Spooktacular" concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.

The family-friendly performance will include music from "The Addams Family," "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Phantom of the Opera." Children of all ages are welcome to attend.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up in costume for a special parade that will be held during the performance and a trick-or-treat opportunity at 8:15 p.m.

"In addition to the trick-or-treat, there will be an instrument petting zoo, where the children can learn more about musical instruments," said Denice Haney, orchestra director for the Elmbrook high schools. "This is a great evening of music and fun!"

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Milwaukee suburbs trick-or-treat times 2015

Oct. 05, 2015 10:00 a.m. |

When will the ghouls and ghosties ring your doorbell this year? Find out in our listing of Milwaukee suburb trick-or-treat times.
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Bay View
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Brookfield
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Brookfield
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Brown Deer
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Elm Grove
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Fox Point
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Halloween parade: 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Hales Corners
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Menomonee Falls
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
New Berlin
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Oak Creek
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
River Hills
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
South Milwaukee
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
St. Francis
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
City of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
West Allis
West Allis Downtown Halloween Hunt: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 31. For ages infant to 12, accompanied by an adult. Donations of nonperishable food items will go to a local food pantry.
Meet 'n Treat: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Whitefish Bay
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Two lanes on U.S. Highway 45 in Waukesha County reopen after crash

Oct. 03, 2015 11:03 a.m. | Two right lanes on northbound U.S. Highway 45 at U.S. Highway 18 (Bluemound Road) have reopened after closing because of a traffic incident. An intial report estimated the lanes could be closed for two hours.

The crash happened at 10:09 a.m. Saturday, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation incident notification. Also of note, the ramps from Interstate 94 westbound and Interstate 94 eastbound to U.S. Highway 45 northbound are closed in the Zoo Interchange.

Brookfield East rolls over Menomonee Falls behind Sam Santiago-Lloyd's four TDs

Oct. 02, 2015 11:58 p.m. | Following Brookfield East's 38-0 victory over Menomonee Falls on Friday night, the Spartans got together for a team photo and held up one hand and one finger, signifying six straight seasons of qualifying for the playoffs.

Ever since coach Tom Swittel took over a struggling program back in 2010, the Spartans have made the postseason tournament. Both East and Falls, each 3-1 in the Greater Metro Conference, needed a win to qualify with three games left on the schedule.

From the opening drive, there was no doubt East was ready to play, as the Spartans got the running clock going in the fourth quarter and registered their fourth shutout in seven games this season.

East is now 6-1 overall, tied with Marquette (5-2, 4-1) for second behind unbeaten Brookfield Central (6-1, 5-0) with two games left to play. The Indians are 3-2 in the GMC and 3-4 overall.

Junior running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd ran for four touchdowns, while senior quarterback TC Swittel ran for one and added eight points on five extra points and a field goal to lead the Spartans to victory.

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Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players

Oct. 02, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football?

Oct. 01, 2015 11:00 a.m. | With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?

Buddy Squirrel happy to return to Brookfield Square

Sept. 30, 2015 3:16 p.m. | Shoppers at Brookfield Square have another option to satisfy their sweet tooth as a former local store makes its return to the mall.

In 2009, the Buddy Squirrel store at Brookfield Square was one of a number of the company's retail locations to suffer the sting of the great recession.

"At one point I think we had more than 10 stores, but then the recession hit hard. People weren't buying as much candy as they used to," Buddy Squirrel president Dick Kerndt said. "Now we've started building back up. Brookfield is our fourth store now."

The St. Francis-based candy and popcorn store is back and even bigger than before in a 1,700-square-foot location near Sears.

"It's probably 50 percent bigger than our former store," Kerndt said. "Sometimes, as it gets close to the holidays and then on to Easter, those stores get quite packed. In this case, when you walk in, you'll see there's a much bigger, open area for people."

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