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Town holds line on spending

Nov. 17, 2011 1:18 p.m. | Town of Brookfield residents won't see a property tax increase in 2012, which marks the third consecutive year town officials have voted to hold the line on spending.

The Town Board unanimously approved a $4.62 million operating budget for 2012 on Tuesday. That represents a 0.08 percent decrease from 2011.

Property tax payers will pay $3.56 per $1,000 of assessed property value to support a $3.6 million levy.

"The town sees a very bright financial future and expects to maintain its current levels of municipal services for many years to come," Town Administrator Rick Czopp said.

The town used savings from employee pension contributions and a 60 percent decrease in debt interest payments to offset a 25 percent decrease in shared revenue and a 10 percent decrease in state transportation aid.

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Brookfield East crushes Beaver Dam, 47-0

Aug. 28, 2015 11:04 p.m. | Brookfield East’s offense has scored 81 points in the first two games of the season to roll to a 2-0 record, the latest win being a 47-0 decision over Beaver Dam on Friday, Aug. 28.

The Spartans backfield trio of quarterback TC Swittel and running backs Sam Santiago-Lloyd and Mitch Mikulsky, who all rushed over 100 yards in last week’s 34-20 win over Pius XI, had another big night.

Swittell rushed for two touchdowns and threw a scoring pass, while Santiago-Lloyd rushed for three scores and Mikulsky had some key runs.

TC Swittel was 7-for-10 for 101 passing yards and ran for 88 yards. Santiago-Lloyd rushed for 108 yards, and Mikulsky had 68 yards.

But coach Tom Swittel wanted to make sure his big offensive line and his defense also got some credit.

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Elm Grove trustees endorse path as priority

Aug. 28, 2015 4:48 p.m. | The village of Elm Grove's Board of Trustees gave its seal of approval to a plan concocted by three committees pertaining to pathways in the village.

Elm Grove continues to try to extend and expand its network of off-road pathways. Last year, the village installed a path along Juneau Blvd. that officials say they have heard little but positive feedback on.

This year, small projects are planned near Ace Hardware, 15360 Watertown Plank Road, and from Berkshire Drive to Pilgrim Park Middle School.

"We're looking at some these pathways on some of our more major routes because as our community gets more and more active and we see more walkers and joggers, it's important to keep our residents safe and keep our kids safe," Elm Grove village manager Dave DeAngelis said.

Between the two projects, which DeAngelis says might be delayed until Spring, the village expects to spend approximately $48,290.

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Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Dominic LaBellarte leads Brookfield Central football to 55-13 romp over Riverside

Aug. 27, 2015 11:20 p.m. | Brookfield Central football coach Jed Kennedy said he has learned never to get too high or too low after a game until looking at the film.

After crushing Milwaukee Riverside of the City Conference, 55-13, on Aug. 27 at home, Kennedy talked about his philosophy.

“As mad as I was after last week’s game (35-14 loss to Whitefish Bay) and I was pretty darn mad - after I sat down and watched the film, I thought we looked pretty good except for 10-15 plays,” he said. “I told the guys, ‘We can either get better from that or feel sorry for ourselves.'

“I never try to be too critical or too happy after a game until you watched the film. Last week we were in doom and gloom and we weren’t that bad. We will watch the film about midnight tonight and we’ll go from there.”

In all liklihood Kennedy will like what he saw especially from star quarterback Dominic LaBellarte, who completed 6-of-7 passes for 91 yards and rushed for 121 yards on 14 carries (8.6 average). LaBellarte tossed two touchdowns and rushed for two more as the Lancers finished the non-conference schedule with a 1-1 record.

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Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 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.

Elmbrook School District's ACT results reach all-time high

Aug. 26, 2015 3:58 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District has reported an all-time high in ACT results for its high school students.

The district's composite score for the senior class of 2015 reached 25.5 on the college entrance exam — half a point higher than the score in 2014.

The ACT exam assesses high school students' general educational development and ability to complete college-level coursework.

Brookfield East High School's average ACT composite score reached a record-level 25.7 and Brookfield Central High School's average score grew to 25.3.

Brookfield East's ACT composite score ranks as the top No. 3 high school in Wisconsin; Brookfield Central is ranked No. 5.

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Elmbrook Humane Society waives certain adoption fees for National Bow Tie Day

Aug. 26, 2015 11:18 a.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society will celebrate National Bow Tie Day on Friday, Aug. 28, by waiving certain adoption fees.

Any animal with a bow or bow tie on their profile picture on the humane society's website,, will have their adoption fee waived on Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 30.

Bows and bow ties on the housing of each animal at the humane shelter will also qualify for the promotion. All other adoption policies will apply.

The humane society, 20950 Enterprise Ave., is open 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Longtime Elm Grove servant passes away

Aug. 26, 2015 7:53 a.m. | Just over a year after stepping down from his longtime post at the head of the Elm Grove Public Library Board, Mike Flanigan has passed away.

Flanigan, who was a resident of the village for nearly three decades passed last Saturday night at the age of 79 at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee after a battle with thyroid cancer that lasted approximately two months.

Flanigan is survived by his wife Deb, their two children Laurie and Matthew and two children from a previous marriage, Patrick and Erin.

Public servant

He was perhaps best known for his time as a public servant, having spent time as both a trustee for the village's Board of Trustees and on the board for the United Way.

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Waukesha County endorses Poplar Creek project's conditional use permit

Aug. 25, 2015 9:08 p.m. | Waukesha County took its turn in offering positive feedback to a proposed mixed-use development in the town of Brookfield.

Wimmer Communities came before the town of Brookfield Plan Commission once again Tuesday evening for a public hearing pertaining to its request for an urban form planned unit development (PUD) conditional use permit.

Wimmer is planning to build 136 luxury apartments on 7.45 acres of vacant land along Jennifer Drive north of Bluemound Road and immediately west of Poplar Creek.

In order to build the development, which derives its name from its neighboring stream, Wimmer says that the conditional use request is necessary in order to allow for some flexibility compared to normal standards that would be allowable on the property.

The town approved the conditional use request earlier this summer and Tuesday was the county's first look at the plan via a public hearing.

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West Bend rallies to beat Brookfield, 8-4

Aug. 25, 2015 2:18 p.m. | The Brookfield Bulldogs finished second in the Western Division, dropping an 8-4 decision to the West Bend 7-UP at Monches Recreation Park on Aug. 22.

With both team clinching grand championship berth's last week, both teams were just playing for seeding and pride of being the west champ.

"The guys understood we were playing for the western division," manager Jason Booth said. "But I think there was a little complacency knowing we had a berth locked up in the Grand Championships. I'll take the blame for that. I probably should have had these guys more jacked up to win the West."

Brookfield looked to get the monkey off their back of losing to West Bend twice in the regular season. Things didn't look that good for Brookfield as Billy Bynum began the day with a long 2-run home run to the deepest part of the ballpark in the first inning.

With the score 2-0 after three innings, the Bulldogs answered back and tied the score in the top of the fourth when Ryan Hinz hit a two-run double that missed going out by inches.

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Brookfield East girls volleyball team expects to contend

Aug. 25, 2015 2:18 p.m. | After graduating a senior group that took Brookfield East to the sectional semi finals last season, coach Chris Polowy brings in a young team with potential and high expectations.

"I've been asked on several occasions if this is a 'rebuilding year' for our program considering who we graduated," Polowy said. "My response to that is 'definitely not.' We have a talented group of kids this year with a solid group of returners from last year's team. We always expect to compete when we step on the floor and we'll look to do the same thing this season. I have the utmost confidence in this group."

Of course it won't be easy.

"We will go through our ups and downs as these young players learn new offensive and defensive schemes, in addition to learning to play together," he said. "However, their eagerness to learn and compete at a high level will help us as we move forward."

The Spartans have six returning letter winners led by senior Louise Kiekhofer, a 5-feet, 10 inch outside/opposite hitter (442 kills, 63 aces, 335 digs), who was a first-team All-GMC selection.

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East rushes for 434 yards in win over Popes

Aug. 25, 2015 2:18 p.m. | Brookfield East rushed for an amazing 434 yards and whipped Pius XI, 34-20, on Aug. 21 as three players each rushed for over 100 yards.

The Spartans will now host Beaver Dam at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. The Beavers nipped Milwaukee Lutheran, 19-18, at home Aug. 21.

Junior running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd rushed 16 times for 199 yards, a 12.4 average with two scores. Senior running back Mitch Mikulsky raced 15 times for 135 yards (9.0) and a score and quarterback TC Swittel ran 16 times for 100 yards (6.2) and two scores. Swittel also booted 4-of-5 PATs.

"Offensively we certainly discovered our identity," East coach Tom Swittel said. "That's the second most yardage (474, 2013) in school history. I never had three guys get a 100 yards each in a game."

Junior quarterback Tylen Rhodes completed 12-for-26 for 156 yards and rushed 14 times for 42 yards (3.0) and three scores. Running back Keyshawn Carr rushed 7 times for 45 yards (6.4) to lead the rushing attack.

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Brookfield East alumni unite in Madison business

Aug. 25, 2015 12:34 p.m. | A quartet of 2013 Brookfield East High School graduates have decided that pursuing degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison isn't enough to satisfy their ambitions.

In addition to their academic ventures, the four friends and roommates have now decided to take up the adventure of starting their own business.

Last week, Andy Gould, Dennis Mistrioty, Griffin Lynch and Jack Kemnitz officially started Greek Street, LLC, a food cart and catering business.

The idea for Greek Street was born from Dennis' own family history. Dennis' grandfather, also named Dennis Mistrioty, owned and operated a number of restaurants in the Milwaukee area during his career in the food industry.

"He had a collection of restaurants over 30 years at like the Summerfest grounds and on the south side of Milwaukee and at Mayfair Mall," Dennis said. "Eventually his health took a toll on him and he retired."

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Initial Reaction Podcast: What stood out on the first week of high-school football?

Aug. 25, 2015 11:25 a.m. | JP and JR talk about the rise of the Franklin Sabers, a big battle between Arrowhead and Homestead, strong wins for Oak Creek and Germantown and other notes from the first week of football. Plus: the guys differ on whether the Packers will survive the Jordy Nelson injury.

Brookfield Academy appoints new Head of School

Aug. 25, 2015 10:48 a.m. | Brookfield Academy has a new leader.

The academy, 3215 N. Brookfield Road, announced its appointment of James Taintor as head of school Aug. 25.

Taintor served as head of school for The Calverton School in Huntington, Maryland, for the last three years. Before that, he was head master of Lake Mary Preparatory School in Lake Mary, Florida, for four years.

Taintor replaces former Head of School Robert Solsrud, who retired this summer after working 46 years at the school.

"The search process for a new Head of School began in earnest in the spring of 2014," William Law, chair of the academy's board of directors, stated in a news release. "The scope of our search included internal candidates and external candidates throughout the United States. .. . The Search Committee's decision was based on overall qualifications, which included experience, vision, passion, education, and leadership style. As a community, we are very proud to have selected Dr. Taintor as our next Head of School."

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