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Islamic group address variety of concerns tied to mosque

April 24, 2012 11:24 a.m. | A mosque in Brookfield, if approved, might be months from completion, but Monday night the group behind the project brought Islam to the community.

Calling it an informational meeting intended to deal not only with the mosque but the religion of Islam as a whole, the Islamic Society of Milwaukee hosted a town hall-style meeting at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church to attempt to address concerns over the proposed Muslim place of worship off Calhoun Road.

With a panel on stage in front of a mural of Jesus with a group of children, the setting appeared symbolic of the kind of ecumenical outreach Executive Director Othman Atta and his group wanted.

Between 60 and 80 people came to the meeting, seemingly split pretty evenly between opponents and supporters of the mosque, and cars were lined up down the block. Atta said he was glad those in opposition came out to the meeting,

Mushir Hassan, a Brookfield doctor and one of the driving forces behind this project, told the group that Muslims have been in the community for decades. He said they came to Brookfield for the same reasons Christians, Jews and everyone else came: good schools and safe neighborhoods.

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Elm Grove approves of gourmet grilled cheese

Oct. 29, 2014 1:12 p.m. | New options for comfort food are on the way to Elm Grove.

The Village's Board of Trustees unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Tom and Chee, a restaurant that will be moving into 12862 W. Bluemound Road.

The franchise, headquartered out of Cincinnati, specializes in gourmet grilled cheese and soup.

The Elm Grove location will be the first Tom and Chee location in Wisconsin.

Tickets now on sale for Brookfield Central's 'Peter Pan' fall musical

Oct. 28, 2014 4:35 p.m. | Tickets are now on sale for Brookfield Central High School's "Peter Pan" fall musical next month.

The high school theatre department's production is the Broadway musical based on the popular play by Sir James Barrie.

Showtimes for the musical begin at 7:30 p.m. on November 20, 21, and 22 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive. Additional performances will be held at 2 p.m. on November 22 and 23.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center box office at (262) 781-9520 or online at www.wilson-center.com. Ticket prices range from $10 to $24.

More information on Brookfield Central's fall musical will be included in an upcoming issue.

Elm Grove waste removal to remain the same

Oct. 27, 2014 11:01 p.m. | The Village of Elm Grove has chosen its new waste removal contractor.

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Village Manager Dave DeAngelis executing a new refuse and recycling contract with John's Disposal Service Inc. at its meeting on Monday night.

Elm Grove's current proposed 2015 Budget sets aside $492,290 for solid waste disposal. Compared with 2014's $456,967, the budgeted amount represents a 6.7 percent increase.

The contract will be for seven years, with a village option to extend the service by another three years.

Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

Oct. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Initial Reaction podcast: Examining week one matchups.

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

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Humane Society to waive adoption fees for Halloween

Oct. 26, 2014 11:27 p.m. | Starting Wednesday, it will be even easier to find a new family member at the Elmbrook Humane Society.

The shelter is running a promotion that may be in commemoration of Halloween, but represents the themes of Christmas.

From Oct. 29 - 31, Elmbrook Humane Society is waiving all adoption fees for any and all animals with black or orange fur or collars.

"Through this adoption promotion, you have an aopportunity to forgo the adoption fee, which allows you the opportunity to invest the money saved for other needs," Elmbrook Humane Society Executive Director Heather Gehrke said in a press release.

The humane society requests that interested parties stop in at the shelter and meet with adoption counselors.

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Germantown football team advances with easy win over Brookfield Central

Oct. 24, 2014 11:44 p.m. | Welcome to the North Shore Conference Invitational.

That's what the WIAA D2 southeast area football playoff bracket has turned into, as Homestead, Whitefish Bay, Cedarburg and Germantown all recorded easy wins in Level 1 action Friday night.

Germantown (9-1) did its part, overcoming a slow start to slowly overwhelm Brookfield Central at Datka Field, 37-18.

The Warhawks trailed 3-0 in the first quarter but then ran off 30 unanswered points in earning the victory. They will now host Cedarburg (8-2), which they defeated 48-31 earlier this season, next Friday, Oct. 31 in a level II contest.

The other semifinal in this bracket involves Bay (7-3) visiting Homestead. The winners will meet in Level 3.

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Cedarburg poised for North Shore rematch

Oct. 24, 2014 11:33 p.m. | The Cedarburg Bulldogs will get a chance to exorcise their demons on Halloween night.

After dominating Brookfield East, 49-13, in Friday night's WIAA Division 2 Level 1 playoff game, the third-seeded Bulldogs (8-2, 6-1 in the North Shore Conference), earned an opportunity to avenge one of their two losses next week at No. 2-seeded Germantown (9-1, 6-1).

"This is the game I've been thinking about all year," Cedarburg senior quarterback Mike Mojica said. "We went down to Germantown before, we lost, I got hurt in the game, so I've been wanting to get another shot for a long time."

Cedarburg dropped the first game, 48-31, on Sept. 11. It was well-contested most of the way, but the Warhawks four-touchdown third quarter made the difference.

"Our kids are always excited to play," Cedarburg head coach Brian Leair said. "But yeah, that's one I think they want another shot at, and they're more than excited to get another week of football."

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 1.

Brookfield East leaves Pewaukee feeling foggy

Oct. 24, 2014 8:47 a.m. | The start of the sectional semifinal soccer match between Pewaukee and Brookfield East was delayed eight minutes when a bank dense fog rolled swiftly over the field, the product of smoke machines operating on the Haunted Nature Center fundraiser held just west of the stadium at East.

But once the contest began, clarity came quickly, and not just in terms of visibility.

Brookfield East took advantage of a Pewaukee own goal less than two minutes in and then piled on for a healthy first-half lead en route to a 4-0 victory Oct. 23 in the WIAA Division 2 match, one that sent East into a rematch with Whitefish Bay in Saturday's sectional final. Bay defeated East on the Spartans' home turf in the same spot last year.

Peter Raymonds scored twice, which was pretty impressive considering the senior leader was in a hospital bed just days earlier, and the Spartans had a 3-0 lead by the 35th minute, jettisoning a Pewaukee team that had made back-to-back state appearances in Division 3 before joining the D2 field this season.

"They're a good side; this would be only the second game they've lost," East coach Herbie Dundun said. "(The own goal) was a lucky break. In soccer terms, we call it a consequence of good play. It's a byproduct. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't, but we'll take it."

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Police pursuing suspect in shots fired incident

Oct. 22, 2014 11:32 a.m. | Town of Brookfield Police have at least one lead toward a suspect involved in at least seven shots being fired at Motel 6, 20300 W. Bluemound Road, early Wednesday morning.

Officers initially responded to the motel around 3:30 a.m. after a 911 hang-up; however, during their travel time, additional calls were received saying that shots had been fired.

Police have, so far, not located any victims or anyone who was harmed during the altercation.

"We recovered seven shell casings but didn't locate anything that was hit," Lt. Detective Sean Schmidt said.

Witnesses reported that there was a dispute, including arguing and shouting, prior to hearing the gunshots. Afterward, two vehicles fled the scene.

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Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.

 

 

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The Corridor project in Brookfield criticized for height, density and its name

Oct. 21, 2014 11:59 p.m. | City of Brookfield officials and residents alike took their turns on the floor to voice their views on the pending project for the Ruby Farm and former Journal Communications property.

The city hosted a public hearing for Irgens' The Corridor Tuesday night during which members of the public, as well as members of the city's Common Council, were invited to comment.

The primary source of debate Tuesday was the rezoning of the property's 65.85 acres into a Planned Development District (PDD) that would then allow the developer to stretch the boundaries of regular zoning standards to accommodate their plans.

The most contentious aspects of Irgens' current plans were a floor-area ratio of approximately 50 percent — a measure of density — and a request for building heights that would reach a maximum if 85 feet in parts of the development. Without the PDD, the floor-area ratio would be limited to 30 percent and building heights would not be allowed to exceed 70 feet.

Alderman Christopher Blackburn was outspoken in his view that the development should offer more public benefit to the community if Irgens hopes to have such flexibility.

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Brookfield Library celebrates fall

Oct. 21, 2014 4:25 p.m. | With the changing, falling leaves acting as proof, Autumn is entirely upon the Elmbrook area. As such, the City of Brookfield's Public Library is hosting a seasonal celebration.

Crafts, games, cider, snacks, and even more surprises will be available at the library, 1900 N. Calhoun Road, as part of its Fall Festival this Thursday.

The festival will be held in the library's community room and will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information call 262-782-4140.

City recognized for financial reporting

Oct. 21, 2014 4:13 p.m. | For the 17th straight year, the City of Brookfield has been selected for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The honor is bestowed based on a governing body's comprehensive annual financial report.

Last year, only 55 governing agencies in the state of Wisconsin were recognized for excellence in financial reporting by GFOA, including 28 municipalities. Enterprise funds, counties, school districts, technical college districts, and states are also eligible to receive the certificates.

Brookfield Director of Finance Robert Scott says that all credit should go to his staff, but that the certificate for excellence has become the common standard for the city.

"It's what we should be doing. For the city of Brookfield, this is not atypical," Scott said. "We're going to continue to strive for this kind of excellence."

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Gov. Walker names Foley & Lardner partner as new judge in Waukesha

Oct. 21, 2014 8:00 a.m. | A Brookfield lawyer has been named to fill a spot on the Waukesha County Circuit Court bench. Gov. Scott Walker announced the appointment last week.

Michael Aprahamian, a longtime member of Foley & Lardner, will take over Branch 9 duties from Donald Hassin, Jr., who announced his retirement in July.

At Foley, Aprahamian was a litigator in complex civil cases, and the partner in charge of ethics training at the firm.  He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Yale Law School and clerked for Judge Richard Cudahy at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals prior to joining Foley.

He and he and his wife both attended Brookfield high schools.

On Monday, Aprahamian was winding up affairs at Foley. He said he is meeting with Waukesha court administrators next week and hopes to be sworn in and on the job by Nov. 15, in time to attend a state judicial conference in Appleton later that month.

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