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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 Central soccer team blanks Brookfield East, 6-0

8:46 a.m. | No one really expected what happened when two state-ranked teams from Brookfield met on May 3 at Brookfield Central. But the match was basically over at halftime, as No. 1-ranked (Division 1) Central blanked No. 2-ranked (Division 2) East, 6-0, before a good crowd on a cool evening.

After a tough first seven minutes saw Brookfield East have the only scoring opportunity at the 3:08 mark, the Lancers exploded for four goals to take a big halftime lead.

Emma Staszkiewicz drilled in a shot off a pass from junior Caroline Busch at the seven-minute mark for a 1-0 lead.

"It was so important they (the Spartans) had to win the first play," Busch said. "So when they missed, and Emma got that first goal, it was important."

Staszkiewicz added, "We struggled in the first seven minutes. So to get that goal and go from there, it got much better after that, and I think we got it going."

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Sports Shorts: May 5, 2016

May 03, 2016 8:26 p.m. |

EAST SOFTBALL

After getting rained out in a nonconference game against St. Thomas More on April 25, the Spartans lost a 13-12 thriller at Wauwatosa East on April 26, falling to 1-5 in the Greater Metro Conference.

East took a 1-0 lead in the second, but the Red Raiders scored six runs in the bottom of the second for a 6-1 lead. But the Spartans rallied with five runs in the third to tie the game, 6-6, only to see both teams score four runs each in the fourth to make it 10-10.

The Spartans scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings for a 12-10 lead, only to see the Red Raiders bounce back with a run in the sixth and two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the win.

Riley Breider singled with one out and stole second, and Mollie Schneider dropped a single to right that scored Breider. Walks to Natalie Yahn and Cora Bilitz loaded the bases, and Morgan Schmanske had the walk-off single.

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Brookfield Central Sports Shorts: May 5, 2016

May 03, 2016 8:04 p.m. |

CENTRAL GOLF

Brookfield Central finished second to Marquette in team scores and 11th in Best Ball at the Lancers' Skins Invitational on April 27 at Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls.

Central shot 322 to MUHS' 217 to just miss out on winning the team scores section. They shot a 72 in Best Ball, tied with Hamilton. MUHS won with a 64. Sean Yungshot a 76 (37-39) to finish tied for fourth.

Zach Mindelshot a 79 (39-40) and tied for 11th, followed by Kevin Hirsberger, tied for 27th (83, 40-43); Josh Trasser, tied for 37th (84, 41-43); and Jack Anderson, tied for 54th (86, 42-44).

Central's varsity reserve finished 21st (366), followed by Brandon Talaska(90, 42-48), Mark Boles(90, 43-47), Mark Burzynski(91, 42-49), Brad Moon(95, 48-47) and Jack Sonsalla(96, 44-56).

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Sports Notes: May 5, 2016

May 03, 2016 7:29 p.m. |

Former Lancer on D1AA club volleyball champion Florida State team

Nicole Hinz, a former Brookfield Central girls volleyball player (2014), was a member of the Florida State University women's volleyball club team, which won eight matches in three days to capture the Division 1AA national championship at the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Tournament, April 22-24 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hinz was an honorable-mention selection for the tournament.

FSU's squad defeated Stanford in its final match and beat club teams from NC State, Winona State, Ball State, Butler and Loyola Marymount during the 48-team division tournament.

It was the first time in more than a decade that a Florida State women's club team participated in the national tournament.

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Brookfield East's Kim Leupold resigns as girls cross-country coach

May 03, 2016 7:18 p.m. | Brookfield East head girls cross-country coach Kim Leupold has resigned her position after nine seasons, Jeremy Martin, athletics and activities director, announced on May 2.

"I feel so blessed to have been the head girls coach for the past nine years," Leupold said. "All of the girls that I have coached touched my life in a special way with fun memories and accomplishments as we grew closer as a 'family.' The success of our program is due to the devotion and commitment of the girls.

"In addition, I'd like to thank the amazing talent of my coaching staff over the years — Lisa Foss, Heather Minton and Shannon Dierks. We accomplished great things as a team and we did that together."

Martin also had kind words for his departing coach.

"I would like to thank coach Leupold for her years of service to the Brookfield East students and community" he said. "Kim was an important part of a successful season last year. She guided the Lady Spartans to one of the highest team finishes in school history, taking her team to state to receive a sixth-place finish. She has certainly laid the groundwork for future success."

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Elmbrook Schools to host first Fine Arts Festival

May 03, 2016 5:53 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District is full of talent.

Much of it will be on display for both the public and fellow students to see, enjoy and learn about starting this week with the district's first Elmbrook Fine Arts Festival.

The festival kicked off Tuesday with the opening of the 50th Anniversary Brookfield Central and Brookfield East Art Show at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. The Wilson Center also hosted orchestra concerts by the students of Wisconsin Hills Middle School.

"We have a committee of fine arts teachers in the district who meet regularly and our goal is to continue to advocate for the fine arts and see if we can align our programming so that we are not competing with each other," Swanson Elementary associate principal Brian Balfany said.

In addition to his role at Swanson, Balfany also acts as a fine arts ambassador for the district, having had prior fine arts teaching experience as a band teacher at Wisconsin Hills and Pilgrim Park Middle School.

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Kathryn Martin named interim president of the Wilson Center

May 03, 2016 4:05 p.m. | When executive director Jonathan Winkle left the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in January, some might have expected things to slow down for the organization.

Those folks would have been wrong.

Winkle certainly left large shoes behind when he departed to take on the same role at Performance Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but those shoes have been filled by interim president & CEO Kathryn Martin.

"It's been amazing. From the moment I walked in the doors, I was welcomed, which doesn't always happen when I walk into a new organization," Martin said.

Martin, who has worked in interim leadership for 12 years, including a wealth of experience in the fine arts, said she was impressed with the amount of activity going on at the Wilson Center on her first day in February.

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Ex-Milwaukee Tool employee accused of burglary from Brookfield company

May 03, 2016 3:55 p.m. | City of Brookfield police in July responded to Milwaukee Tool's corporate headquarters, 13135 W. Lisbon Road, Brookfield after the report of the theft of a large quantity of tools from the facility.

Last week, a 38-year-old Kewaskum man was charged with two counts of burglary for the crime.

Matthew Rehm, a former temporary employee of Milwaukee Tool, is accused of stealing equipment on two different occasions and, if found guilty, could face up to 12 years and six months in prison on each count.

Milwaukee Tool employees told police that on Monday, July 13, 2015, the company had put up some displays featuring a number of tools currently sold in stores. The next day, a number of tools from those displays were missing.

The company checked video surveillance footage and found that an unidentified white male suspect was seen walking out of the area with the displays, with a rolling cart and bags on the cart.

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Brookfield Academy: May 1, 2016

May 03, 2016 3:48 p.m. |

Varsity Golf

The varsity golf team started their week with a very competitive mini-meet on April 26 at New Berlin Hills, finishing in third place with a team score of 175. Alex Pellegriniand Rohan Nangiatook home the individual medalist honors with rounds of 41. Garrett Smithand Rhea Nangiaalso contributed with scores of 46 and 47.

On April 28, BA battled through the frigid cold and brisk winds to finish in first place at the Bog with a team score of 170. Rohan Nangia and Rhea Nangia were individual medalists with low scores of 40. Pellegrini also played exceptionally well with a round of 42. Alex Zhuand Smith rounded out the all-around team effort with rounds of 48.

— Geo Peterson, coach

Track and field

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Brookfield Bulldogs beat Hartland in Land O'Lakes opener

May 03, 2016 3:15 p.m. | The Brookfield Bulldogs surrendered four unearned runs in the first inning May 1 but stayed the course and came away with a 12-5 victory over Hartland.

Trailing 4-3, Brookfield added two runs in the sixth; three in the seventh and eighth; and a run in the ninth to win going away.

Dan O'Brien hit a long home run and just missed on another that hit off the fence and ended up as a triple, finishing with three RBIs. Bill Gorman had four hits and two walks on the day, and Anthony Andres had two doubles and three RBIs.

Greg Bathemer, nearing the 100-win mark in Land O'Lakes action, started and worked five innings, allowing seven hits and walking one while fanning six Oilers.

Andres came on in relief to earn the save, pitching four solid innings, giving up a run on two hits and striking out three.

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Brookfield Central boys tennis team ranked sixth in state

May 03, 2016 1:53 p.m. | The Brookfield Central boys team had a busy, and successful, week, winning four of five matches and beating two state-ranked teams.

As a result, coach Dave Steinbach's squad moved into the top 10 rankings, moving into the No. 6 spot in the week.

Central traveled to Sussex Hamilton on April 26 and beat the Chargers, 7-0, in the only Greater Metro Conference match of the week.

Gunther Treis (3-6, 6-3, 6-2), Josh Fernandez (6-2, 6-0), Tom Foley (6-2, 4-6, 7-5) and Alex Mirsberger (6-2, 6-0) won the singles matches.

Carlos Flores-Komatsu/Sam Schreiner (6-0, 6-0), Brandon Beihoff/Mark Crowder (6-1, 6-0) and Taral Jella/Shankar Thiru (6-2, 6-0) won at doubles.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer also stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand. Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Brookfield East boys win North Star Classic Track and Field Invite

May 02, 2016 8:33 p.m. | The Brookfield East boys track and field team beat out Mukwonago for the Northstar Classic Championship on April 30 at Waukesha North.

East scored 117 points to the Indians 112 to win the title. It was the Spartans final tuneup before the conference relays and coach Mike Steiner talked about the strategy coming into the meet.

"We had a heck of a day on Saturday," he said. "The Northstar Invite was a very challenging meet with excellent competition. Loaded with Classic 8 teams, so we knew we had our work cut out for us. With our GMC relay meet this Wednesday, we had to be selective in how we used our kids. So to win the meet was a really big accomplishment. One of our finest days of the year."

Steiner was happy to finally win that meet.

"I'm pretty sure its the first time we've ever won that meet, and we've been going there for years," he said. "It worked out this year and we couldn't be happier. The kids were great all the way through and our depth certainly made a difference. We scored in all but one event."

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Brookfield East Sports Shorts: April 28, 2016 issue

April 29, 2016 10:58 a.m. |

EAST GOLF

Brookfield East finished second in the first Greater Metro Conference mini meet of the season April 18 at Bluemound Country Club.

Marquette won with a 142, finishing ahead of the Spartans (150). East junior Jude Shaferand MUHS' Evan Hussey and David Keane shared medalist honors by shooting 35s.

Seniors Logan Kerstatterand Luke Moyershot 36s, senior Jacob Taylorhad a 43, and freshman Zach Walshhad a 44.

"Collectively, the entire team has been playing extremely well over the last couple weeks," coach Chris Minchk said. "Today, the guys proved to themselves that they can compete at a high level. In prior years, we've relied on one golfer to carry us. This year, we have a balanced lineup from 1-5. On any given day, any of our golfers could be our low round."

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Brookfield Central Sports Shorts: April 28, 2016 issue

April 29, 2016 10:54 a.m. |

CENTRAL GOLF

Brookfield Central shot a 153 and finished fourth behind Marquette (142), Brookfield East (150) and Menomonee Falls (153) in the first Greater Metro Conference mini meet of the season April 18 at Bluemound Country Club.

Seniors Tanner O'Gormanand Josh Trasserled Central with 37s, while senior Kevin Hersbergershot a 39. Freshman Jack Andersonhad a 40, and senior Sean Yunhad a 41.

On April 19 at Ozaukee, Central lost to Arrowhead, 170-173, beating Menomonee Falls and Homestead.

Juniors Brandon Talaskaand Mike Burzynski, and Jack Sonsalla led the way, shooting 43s.

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