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Brookfield OKs outdoor seating for Yo Mama Yogurt

March 27, 2012 11:57 a.m. | Frozen yogurt and a summer breeze are coming to the Ruby Isle shopping center.

Yo Mama Yogurt has taken the place of That Coffee Place, and on Monday, the city of Brookfield Plan Commission approved making the drive-through into an outdoor seating area.

The Common Council has already approved the code changes to accommodate the business change and the remodel began back in January for Yo Mama.

Rebecca and Scott Berger opened a Yo Mama Yogurt in Wauwatosa last summer with rousing success thanks to a hot summer. The Brookfield family is now opening a location in Brookfield, a plan that has been met with unanimous approval from Brookfield city officials, particularly Alderman Scott Berg.

Berg made a special trip to the commission meeting to support the plans, saying he'd been to the Wauwatosa store several times and the product "passed with flying colors." He also supported the idea of having outdoor seating, providing a place he said families and residents could come consistently and enjoy themselves.

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West Nile Virus found in Brookfield

Sept. 03, 2015 1:28 p.m. | A batch of mosquitoes in Mitchell Park in the city of Brookfield has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The city will being work with its contractor, Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc. to minimize mosquito populations in the park to reduce the risk.

The batch is the first West Nile positive test result in Waukesha county this year.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Just how much of a chance do the Wisconsin Badgers have?

Sept. 03, 2015 12:00 p.m. | JP and JR discuss the upcoming Wisconsin-Alabama game and ponder if the Badgers have a chance to shock the college football universe, plus a boatload of reaction to the second week of the football season, including big wins for Catholic Memorial and Franklin.

Elmbrook School District enrollment exceeds projections, includes diverse students

Sept. 03, 2015 11:13 a.m. | More than 900 students enrolled in the Elmbrook School District this summer, equaling last year's growth and far exceeding its projections, the district reported Aug. 3.

Elmbrook's 2015-16 enrollment of 7,033 children includes 370 new kindergartners and 462 new students. The district also accepted 63 students into its inaugural 4-year-old preschool program at Dixon Elementary.

New students and families come from 25 states across the U.S. as well as 15 different countries, spanning five continents.

"Elmbrook has become a destination district for families across the world," Superintendent Mark Hansen stated in a news release. "We celebrate the diverse experiences and cultures that all of our students bring to school each day."

"We appreciate our staff and parent groups who put so much time and energy into welcoming the new students and their families in the district," Hansen added. "Together, we make the Elmbrook Schools a great place to learn!"

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Updated week three rankings of area prep football teams and players

Sept. 03, 2015 10:20 a.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

Sept. 02, 2015 10:48 a.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 No. 3 among high schools in Wisconsin; Brookfield Central is ranked No. 5.

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Brookfield Central Sports: Sept. 3

Sept. 02, 2015 7:43 a.m. |


Brookfield Central girls golf team won their second straight Greater Metro Conference mini-meet Aug. 25 at Songbird Hills.

Central was followed by DSHA (185), Wauwatosa East/West (185), Sussex Hamilton (186), Brookfield East (196) and Menomonee Falls (201).

The Lancers shot a 161, led by Emily Balding, who finished third with a 39, behind Lorenza Martinez (34) of Divine Savior the day's medalist and Tosa's Katie Gastrau.

Taylor Moonand Sophia Sunwere fifth with 40's. Lexi Romeroand Alex Leeeach had a 42 and finished seventh. Emma Whitfieldhad a 44.

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New service aims to help kids with social and communication skills

Sept. 02, 2015 7:23 a.m. | After years of searching and planning, a Bookfield mother and a former Elmbrook School District employee have realized their dream of opening a center to help children who have trouble with communication and social interaction.

As the mother of a child on the autism spectrum, Erin Amiot began looking for social learning opportunities for her son in 2013.

Her son had previously worked with Emily Gajewski through the Elmbrook School District in speech therapy and, after Amiot had trouble finding what she needed, the pair decided to team up.

"We found some really cool places, but not in this area. For me it was about what's do-able after school," Amiot said. "I wanted something that wouldn't be a 45-minute drive."

After deciding last year on starting the business that she had been seeking, Amiot was quick to fully commit to the idea.

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Brookfield autumn Parks & Rec registration approaching

Sept. 01, 2015 5:58 p.m. | City of Brookfield residents can start signing themselves and their children up for the city's Parks & Recreation fall programs soon.

Registration will begin both online and in-person at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. In-person registration is at the city's Parks & Recreation office at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

The Parks & Recreation office will be open 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 12 and then re-open for registration 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14.

To register online, go to

Unity Center of Light church looking to put down roots in Brookfield

Sept. 01, 2015 5:48 p.m. | A new church is looking to make its first permanent home in the city of Brookfield.

Unity Center of Light has operated for approximately five years, and its senior minister said the congregation is ready to finally make a move to a new home pending a conditional use permit being approved by the city.

Unity is looking to occupy vacant space at 150 S. Sunny Slope Road after having spent the last half of a decade meeting at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove.

"We have created a small, very excited group of individuals, and we've finally gotten to a point that it's necessary for us to have a place where we can come," said Reverend and Senior Minister Sue Ellen Kelly.

Unity Center of Light currently has around 75-80 members, and Kelly hopes the congregation continues to expand.

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Bus shelters topic coming back to Brookfield

Sept. 01, 2015 4:53 p.m. | After more than four months on the back burner, the city of Brookfield will once again entertain the idea of allowing bus shelters at half a dozen locations along Bluemound Road.

In April, city officials were introduced to a proposal from Clear Channel Outdoor for the company to purchase and install the shelters to be used by the Waukesha County and Milwaukee County Transit Systems.

The catch is that in order for the shelters to be financially viable for Clear Channel, the company rents out advertising space on the structures to recoup its costs, and the city of Brookfield's sign code does not allow off-site advertising.

In the spring, the city's plan commission expressed strong support for making an exception to that rule in order to gain the shelters, but the common council was much more skeptical.

Several aldermen expressed concern with how much control the city would have over advertising content and maintenance of the shelters.

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Central tennis team beats Tosa West

Sept. 01, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Brookfield Central defeated Wauwatosa West, 5-2, on Aug. 24 to begin the week and then finished 2-2 and took seventh place in its own 16-team Lancer Invitational on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 27-29.

In the win at Tosa West, the Lancers swept doubles competition behind seniors Shay Puidokas/Michaela Evanich (6-4, 2-6, 10-5), seniors Alexandra Yavnilovich/Alana Michaels (6-1, 6-2) and juniors Catie Conlon/Michelle Liang (7-5, 6-2).

Sophomore Sasha Semina won at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-0), and Lizzie Peterson won at No. 3 (6-1, 6-2).

Central opened the Lancer Invite on Aug. 27 by beating Oshkosh North, 6-1.

Semina (6-1, 6-1), Peterson (6-1, 6-0) and sophomore Gene Lee (6-4, 6-3) won singles, and Puidokas/Evanich (6-2, 6-1), Yavnilovich/Michaels (6-0, 6-1) and Conlon/Liang (6-3, 6-0) won at doubles.

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Brookfield Library Friends continue support efforts

Sept. 01, 2015 11:38 a.m. | The Brookfield Public Library will once again be offered support from its biggest fan group this month.

The Friends of the Brookfield Public Library (FoBPL) will be hosting its 10th annual used book sale to raise funds for the library this month at the Brookfield Senior Center, located in Brookfield City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

The sale will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, continue from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and conclude its first weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Friends will return for the weekend of Sept. 18 - 20 at the same times.

Friends of the Brookfield Public Library say that so far they have raised over $140,000 from the used book sale which has been used for a number of programs, materials and equipment at the library.

Brookfield East kickers blank Homestead, 2-0

Sept. 01, 2015 10:18 a.m. | Brookfield East boys soccer team beat Homestead, 2-0, on Aug. 25 on the road to start the season and then lost a heartbreaker, 2-1, to Madison West on Aug. 28 in a rain-shortened Waunakee Invitational.

Sophomore Ben Heydt opened the scoring in the 13th minute, and then senior Gabe Haupt scored in the 73rd minute for the Spartans.

On Heydt's goal, senior Ian Karcher sent a long diagonal ball inside the box, to the left of the goal. Heydt was making his run up the left side into the box and got the ball under control with his back to the goal and a defender on his back. He flicked the ball up over his head, over the defender's head, over the keeper's reach and into the net for East's first goal of the season.

The game went back and forth through the rest of the first half and into the second half, until the 72nd minute when Haupt added a second goal.

Karcher started Haupt's score as well with a ball over the top that Haupt ran down, touched past the keeper (who came off his line to try to get to the ball), and then calmly put it into the open goal.

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Central's boys volleyball team only returns three letter winners

Sept. 01, 2015 10:08 a.m. | To call Brookfield Central's boys volleyball team inexperienced is an understatement, with only three returning letter winners.

Central, which finished fifth in the Greater Metro Conference last year, has the following strengths and weaknesses, according to coach Ken Nash.

"My team's strong points are good team chemistry and lots of potential," he said. "My team needs improvement in communication on the court, which will be key, and passing."

The returning letter winners are senior libero Kin Xiong, junior middle blocker Michael Elwing and sophomore setter Bradley Moon.

Several newcomers could play a big role, according to Nash.

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Key injuries might slow Brookfield Central's girls XC team

Sept. 01, 2015 9:48 a.m. | Led by outstanding sophomore runner Abby Mauermann, the Brookfield Central girls cross-country team will be competitive once against this season.

Mauermann was the team's MVP last year in her first season and is one of seven returning letter winners for coach Lorie Lewis.

Joining her are sophomore Leah Neustedter, another outstanding returnee, seniors Emma Kumer, a captain last season, Lucy Kwiatkowski, Olivia Zweber and Rachel Hirsch and junior Sarah Keehan.

Unfortunately for the Lancers, Mauermann will not race for several weeks, after suffering a stress fracture after the track season last spring.

"She will be racing this season but not right away," Lewis said. "Kwiatkowski did not race due to a knee injury, but she should also be back quickly."

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