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Town of Brookfield home fire causes $90,000 damage

Dec. 12, 2011 4:52 p.m. | Fire caused about $90,000 in damage to a town of Brookfield home on Dona Vista Drive on Dec. 7, according to the town of Brookfield Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to the home at 755 Dona Vista Drive when a motorist on Davidson Road reported seeing smoke just after 11 p.m. Dec. 7.

A town of Brookfield police officer who was among the first on scene pounded on the door until a woman who resided there awoke and came outside, according to a police report.

Fire Chief Andrew Smerz said the fire started in the garage, and an insurance company investigator is working to establish its cause.

Smerz said it appears the fire caused about $70,000 in structural damage. Smoke and fire damage to contents of the home and garage - including a car - totaled about $22,000.

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Brookfield mosque, Jewish congregation forge a friendship

2:18 p.m. | The first year of the first mosque in Waukesha County is quickly nearing its twilight.

Throughout the nine months since opening its doors in January, Masjid Al-Noor in the city of Brookfield has not only seen its congregation grow, but has made plenty of friends throughout the community.

Last week, a number of members of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee West paid a visit to the Jewish people of Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha.

"For me, personally, it was actually my second time going there," ISM West board member and liason Dr. Mushir Hassan said. "It was nice to be able to go and learn more about Judaism with our group. It's nice to be able to go and just see the things we share in common."

Hassan traces his connection to Congregation Emanu-El back a number of years, having previously been welcomed as an interfaith speaker at a re-dedication ceremony. He feels that the members of Masjid Al-Noor can learn plenty from their Jewish friends, and not just about their faith.

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Car repair center's planned move-in has condo owners concerned about noise

2:05 p.m. | The first of a dozen rezoning proposals for properties along Capitol Drive in the city of Brookfield was met with a good deal of skepticism Tuesday night.

The city of Brookfield common council held a public hearing regarding the topic of rezoning Capitol West Plaza, 17495 W. Capitol Drive, to allow the property owner to attract a more diverse collection of tenants.

The proposed rezoning comes from the city's Capitol Drive Corridor Advisory Committee, which was formed to analyzing the corridor and come up with ideas to stimulate growth and reduce vacancies in retail and office spaces.

"(This is) one of the rezonings that has been recommended coming out of the Capitol Corridor Committee plan," city of Brookfield director of community development Dan Ertl said.

In the case of Capitol West Plaza, the property would go from being considered suitable for local businesses to allowing regional businesses. The property, when built in 1988, was originally zoned for regional businesses, but was later changed to its current status in 1999.

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Discount brand name store Ross Dress for Less to open in Brookfield Saturday

1:18 p.m. | Fashion-seekers in the Milwaukee-metropolitan area will have a new discount option to explore starting this weekend.

Ross Dress for Less will open its first pair of stores in the region this weekend with locations in both West Allis and Brookfield ready to welcome customers.

Ross Dress for Less carries a number of brand names normally found in department and specialty stores at prices approximately 20 to 60 percent lower than usual.

The stores are looking to show their commitment to their respective communities immediately, with the Brookfield location planning to donate $2,500 to the Friends of the Brookfield Public Library and the West Allis store set to do the same for the West Allis Friends group.

Both locations will be hosting grand opening ceremonies Saturday with doors opening at 9 a.m.

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Television personality Giuliana Rancic making appearance in Brookfield

Oct. 07, 2015 1:08 p.m. | Television personality Giuliana Rancic will be at the city of Brookfield Metro Market, 17630 W. Bluemound Road, Thursday evening.

Rancic, who has worked as the anchor of E! network's E! News alongside Ryan Seacrest and currently co-hosts E!'s "Fashion Police," will be on hand to promote her company, Xo, G Wine. She is also well-known for having co-hosted red carpet events for various award shows.

Fans of both Rancic, as well as wine, are invited to attend the event, which starts at 5 p.m., and take home a signed bottle of Xo, G Wine.

Chicago restaurant Portillo's to bring first Wisconsin location to Brookfield

Oct. 07, 2015 12:53 p.m. | City of Brookfield — The latest tenant to be announced as part of The Corridor development will bring a new dining option to Brookfield-area residents and Bluemound Road commuters.

Portillo's plans to open its first Wisconsin location sometime in the second half of 2016, pending approvals from the city.

"We've got a committed following of people. We're this well-known thing in the Midwest," said Portillo's director of marketing Nick Scarpino. "We have a ton of fans who have come to visit us in Chicago. We have constantly been getting requests from people to come to Wisconsin."

Portillo's, well-known for its Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, operates more than 30 restaurants in the Chicago area, along with one in Rockford and another scheduled to open in Gurnee.

The company started in 1963 in Villa Park, Illinois, when owner and founder Dick Portillo invested $1,100 in a 6x12-foot trailer.

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Brookfield East Sports Shorts: Oct. 8, 2015

Oct. 06, 2015 11:43 p.m. |


It was a slow but successful week for the Spartan boys as they defeated Brookfield Central in three sets (25-12, 25-12, 25-11).

"We had some guys step into some roles that they normally don't play, and they filled these roles nicely," coach Timothy Owen said. "We had contributions from everyone on the roster. It was nice to be able to reward guys who work so hard in practice with time in game situations."

Owens is happy with his team's progress.

"I thought our guys did a nice job of taking care of our side of the net," he said. "We played up to our ability. Moving forward it will be nice to have a weekend off where our guys will be able to rest and get healthy for the stretch run."

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Bus shelter advertising approved by Brookfield aldermen

Oct. 06, 2015 10:13 p.m. | Commuters using buses to travel the Bluemound Road corridor in the city of Brookfield can expect to be at least a little warmer and more protected from the wind this winter.

After nearly six months of deliberations and calls for more detail, the city will soon have six new bus shelters.

In April, the city was presented with a proposal from Clear Channel Outdoor for the company to foot the bill to install six bus shelters along Bluemound. In exchange for the initial expense of providing the shelters, Clear Channel would recoup its costs by selling advertising space on the shelters.

In the city of Brookfield, off-premise advertising is prohibited, leading to the need for an exception to the sign code by the city's common council.

In the spring, a number of aldermen expressed concerns regarding the potential for the shelters to become magnets for personal advertisements such as garage sales, and whether or not the city would be able to regulate the advertising content for space sold by Clear Channel.

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Brookfield East girls volleyball team second at Gigl Memorial Invite

Oct. 06, 2015 8:42 p.m. | Brookfield East played well but eventually lost to top-ranked Divine Savior Holy Angels on Sept. 29 at home in a Greater Metro Conference game. They powered back, though, and finished second in the Nicolet Gigl Memorial Tournament on Oct. 3.

DSHA won, 3-1, winning (25-14, 15-25, 25-20, 25-22) behind stat leaders Louise Kiekhofer (14 kills, 16 digs), Jessa Hansen (28 assists), Makenna Berry (13 digs), McKenna Scott (nine kills, five blocks), Alex Ahrens (five blocks) and Lydia Scott (three).

"How fitting that our seniors lead the way on Senior Night," coach Chris Polowy said. "They led by example tonight and really continued to keep us in the match.

"DSHA is a top-ranked team for a reason. They have a good backcourt and a very crafty setter. I was very pleased with our team's performance. Our block was ineffective in game one, but with some slight adjustments, we were able to shut down their attack in game two and much of game three.

"Our block has been very good over the past few weeks and is led by two of our seniors, McKenna Scott and Alex Ahrens. We continued to show that we're getting better as each day passes. Our sophomore group has been quite impressive, and I anticipate more success as they continue to learn."

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Big second half helps Brookfield Central football team defeat Chargers

Oct. 06, 2015 8:13 p.m. | History didn't determine the outcome, but it's hard for the Brookfield Central football team to forget those nine losses to Sussex Hamilton since 2005. Two of those losses actually bounced the Lancers from the playoffs.

With just three victories from 2005 to 2014, current records went out the window. Central, despite being in sole possession of the Greater Metro Conference lead with just one loss overall, wasn't taking any chances against Hamilton (2-5 overall and 2-3 in the GMC) on Oct. 2.

The Chargers kept it close in the first half, trailing, 7-0, but Central's efficient offense broke through in the second half and won, 31-6, to move to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in league play.

Quarterback Dominic Labellarte had a 1-yard score in the opening quarter but didn't do heavy damage until the second half. Labellarte found Thomas Gibson on a 31-yard pass with 4 minutes, 3 seconds left in the third quarter to take a 14-0 lead.

"We played pretty good in the second half," Central coach Jed Kennedy said. "That's a good football team. They've been in ballgames. (Hamilton head coach) John (Damato) does a heck of a job; I've got a lot of respect for him. We know it's never going to be easy up here. Their kids came out and played. We're just glad we're in the driver's seat for another week in the conference championship."

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

Oct. 06, 2015 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.

Oct. 06, 2015 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

Oct. 06, 2015 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

Oct. 06, 2015 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

Oct. 06, 2015 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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