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First Federal Bank of Wisconsin proposed for Brookfield gateway

Feb. 14, 2012 10:58 a.m. | The construction of a First Federal Bank of Wisconsin is being considered for the northeast corner of Moorland Road and Greenfield Avenue.

The Brookfield Plan Commission approved a public hearing being scheduled for the proposal within the next two months.

The bank would be 4,000 square feet and offer drive-thru service.

Commissioners expressed some disappointment when comparing the plan with what was once considered for the gateway site - the 115,000-square-foot Fountain Brook Crossing development, which would have featured an indoor waterfall and rooftop garden - but said they recognize the downturn in the market and other limitations prevented the previous project from advancing, and expressed support for First Federal's proposal.

"It would be unfair for us to judge your project … based upon what was brought forward to us a couple years ago," Alderman Gary Mahkorn said. "I certainly have no problems whatsoever with the proposal."

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Menomonee Falls baseball virtuoso Ty Weber and Big Ten Media Day

July 29, 2016 12:45 p.m. | The guys welcome in Ty Weber, who pitched Menomonee Falls to a second straight WIAA baseball championship with a superb state-tournament performance. Plus, JP and JR talk about revelations (or lack thereof) gleaned from Big Ten media day and offer some thoughts on the Milwaukee Brewers as they approach the trading deadline. 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 preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Supporters line up to push Brookfield beekeeping

July 28, 2016 3:15 p.m. | A swarm of beekeeping supporters brought buzz to last week's Brookfield common council meeting.

Last month, alderman Bob Reddin passed along an inquiry from a constituent regarding residents installing and maintaining honey bees on their property.

Residents from Brookfield and other nearby communities lined up during a Tuesday, July 19, public comment portion in order to voice their support.

"We're not asking the city of Brookfield to allow hundreds of hives or commercial honey production on residential property," resident Scott Offord said. "Beekeeping is important to a lot of people. It will not cause problems for the city of Brookfield. Beekepers are responsible citizens who care for nature and all it offers."

Offord told aldermen that beekeeping already exists in the city, whether it is technically allowed or not.

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The Corridor development in Brookfield announces three new tenants

July 28, 2016 9:45 a.m. | City of Brookfield — Portillo's is up and running. Dick's Sporting Goods is scheduled to open next week.

Soon, they'll have company.

Developer Irgens has announced a trio of new tenants for The Corridor, its 66-acre mixed-use project in Brookfield.

The tenants include an Associated Bank, an AT&T retail store and an office branch of Charles Schwab & Co.

The Associated Bank will feature a full-service lobby, a drive-thru and a 24-hour ATM machine with deposit capability.

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Brookfield Bulldogs, Pewaukee Muskies to continue game at later date

July 26, 2016 1:14 p.m. | Jason Booth was faced with a tough decision.

On one hand, the Brookfield Bulldogs' skipper could have accepted a crucial win for his team. But to the veteran manager, that wouldn't have been the right way to end a well-played game between two Land O'Lakes rivals on July 23.

Lighting and rain suspended play between Brookfield and the Pewaukee Muskies, with the Bulldogs hitting in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied 1-1. The Muskies had just tied the game with a run in the top of the seventh. Per league rules, the game would have reverted back to the last completed inning and gone final.

That would have meant a 1-0 win for the Bulldogs. Instead, Booth agreed to pick the game up where it left off at a date to be determined.

"It was absolutely a tough call," Booth said. "The grand championship over the last five years have been decided between these two teams. It was a heck of a tough call, but I think it was the right and honest thing to do. We'll settle it like men on the field, and the better team will win."

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Brookfield Blue Sox pick up key win over West Bend

July 26, 2016 12:08 p.m. | With five games left in the season, the Brookfield Blue Sox are right in the Land O'Lakes playoff mix.

The Blue Sox moved into a tie for the third and final playoff spot from the Suburban Division with a 8-3 victory over the West Bend Lithia on July 23 at Carl M. Kuss Field.

West Bend jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Ben Versnik, but the Blue Sox scored six in the top of the second and didn't look back. Brookfield added runs in the seventh and ninth to cruise to a comfortable win over the last-place Lithia.

Making his second start of the season, Versnik struck out 10 and allowed just one earned run on two hits over six innings. The right-hander has allowed just one run over 18 innings (0.50 ERA) this season. Kyle Stewart struck out eight over the final three innings.

Johnny Arnold went 2-for-4 with a walk, and Tim Kahle was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Will Johnson drove in three runs, while Pat Tobiasz and Zach Loss each had two RBIs.

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Jury reaches guilty verdict in Brookfield drive-by shooting after failed drug deal

July 26, 2016 10:50 a.m. | A jury has found 31-year-old Christopher L. Jackson guilty in a incident of drive-by shooting last October in the city of Brookfield near Burleigh Road and Cullen Drive.

Jackson was found guilty on all four counts of the indictment including two counts of 1st-degree intentional attempted homicide, one count of 1st-degree recklessly endangering safety and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The verdict came the end of the day Friday, July 22, and concluded a week-long trial in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 31.

Judge Lee Dreyfus ordered that Jackson be held without bail pending sentencing.

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Dick's Sporting Goods to open Aug. 5 in Brookfield

July 25, 2016 1:27 p.m. | City of Brookfield — Dick's Sporting Goods will celebrate the opening of its 12th Wisconsin location in Brookfield Aug. 5.

The grand opening celebration of the store at 345 Discovery Drive will stretch across that weekend with giveaways including t-shirts and gift cards.

Former Wisconsin Badger forward Sam Dekker will also make an appearance in the store from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Dick's will represent the second tenant to open its doors at The Corridor development located southwest of W. Bluemound Road and N. Calhoun Road following Portillo's earlier this month.

2016 Waukesha County Fair coverage

July 22, 2016 5:48 p.m. | The Waukesha County Fair, the oldest fair in Wisconsin, is in full swing on the grounds of the Waukesha County Expo Center. 

And our interns McKenna Oxenden and Maddy Heim have been enjoying all aspects the fair brings.

From ranking the tastiest food items at the fair, to being there when the Fairest of the Fair was crowned, to having a good time watching the pig, duck and goat races, a new attraction at the fair. Take a look at their coverage of the fair as well as other staff members' photos and stories, which continues through Sunday, July 24.

Little Farmer's Sheep Rodeo, Lumberjack Show highlight day at the fair

 

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Brookfield East choir to perform with Foreigner at Waukesha County Fair

July 22, 2016 4:22 p.m. | The Brookfield East High School choir will take to the stage tonight with the British-American hard rock band Foreigner at the Waukesha County Fair.

The choir will perform one of the band's hit songs "I Want to Know What Love Is" on the main stage during Foreigner's performance at 8 p.m.

Brookfield East was announced as the winner of the opportunity in the spring after receiving the most votes on Facebook among local choirs.

Foreigner is also donating $500 to the Brookfield East choir.

Wisconsin Athletic Club nearing town of Brookfield opening

July 21, 2016 6:00 p.m. | A former student at the University of Phoenix or a movie-lover from years past might not even recognize the building at 20075 Watertower Blvd.

The structure, which has housed a movie theater, a community college and an office building, is in the process of an extreme makeover as the Wisconsin Athletic Club prepares its newest location.

Last fall, the WAC announced plans to move its current Waukesha club, 1530 E. Moreland Blvd., to the town of Brookfield after seaching locations for more than five years.

At that time, officials were uncertain on a timeline for the club and what amenities it would include. Details have become more clear on both subjects in recent months.

"We're looking at a late summer or early fall opening," Wisconsin Athletic Club chief executive officer Ray O'Connor said. "We are planning on letting our members know in August once we know an exact date."

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Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Resources available to Waukesha County residents during extreme heat

July 21, 2016 9:21 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is reminding residents of the resources available during the excessive heat warning in effect from noon Thursday, July 21, through 7 p.m. Friday, July 22.

"Excessive heat is the most frequent weather-related danger in southeast Wisconsin," said Farrow. "For this reason, Waukesha County has safeguards in place to ensure that even our most vulnerable residents can stay safe and healthy."

Cooling centers

Dozens of cooling centers and places to cool off are in Waukesha County, such as libraries, malls, or senior dining centers.

·Members of the public may use Waukesha County ice arenas as cooling stations for free. The cost to skate is $6.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. 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 preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Brookfield Central baseball unable to pull upset in regional loss to Sussex Hamilton

July 19, 2016 9:26 p.m. | It wasn't an ideal first-round matchup for the fifth seeded Hamilton baseball team. Brookfield Central, the 12th seed in its bracket, finished the season 7-24, but had won three of its final four regular-season contests. Even with Central's ace Justin Stollberg on the mound, a July 12 regional semifinal went Hamilton's way, 8-2, after a strong hitting performance from the Chargers.

Hamilton's top of the lineup got on Central in the bottom of the first with three consecutive hits by Sam Herriges, Drake Schreihart and Carson Youngquist. Youngquist's single past first base scored Herriges, and two batters later, Ty Botsford drove in Schreihart for a 2-0 lead.

Central scored two runs in the top of the second, with one run coming off Dillon Sehmer's single over the Hamilton second baseman's head to score John Schneider.

Youngquist said the Chargers weren't frustrated after Central tied the game at 2.

"Unearned runs have been the story of our season," Youngquist said. "But we've been so used to being tied or down, we've come back from everything before. I think those hits we had early on in the next inning really helped us out a lot. Then we went up ... and carried it from there."

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Former Brookfield East coach Tom Swittel goes out with WFCA All-Star Game win

July 19, 2016 2:56 p.m. | The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game is the last chance for prep football fans to see the state's top senior talent before they head off to college.

This year, it was also the final game for a Hall of Fame head coach.

Retiring Brookfield East coach Tom Swittel went out with a victory, as he led the South team to a 17-7 victory in the WFCA All-Star Game at UW-Oshkosh's Titan Stadium on July 16.

The North team took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Kimberly's Blair Mullholland with 11:42 left in the second quarter. South answered to tie the game just before halftime on a 9-yard touchdown run by Middleton's Cam Maly.

After missing a field goal in the second quarter, Brookfield East's T.C. Swittel drilled a 31-yard kick to put South up 10-7 with 8:03 left in the third. Maly later made it 17-7 with a 5-yard touchdown burst with 2:43 to play in the third.

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