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Elmbrook loses appeal of graduation lawsuit

July 24, 2012 1:27 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District violated the Constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state by holding past graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the group that filed the lawsuit in 2009 on behalf of nine anonymous plaintiffs, hailed the decision as an important victory for personal liberty in this country.

“This decision upholds the separation of church and state, it upholds the Constitution,” said attorney Alex Luchenitser, associate legal director for AU. “It ensures the students in Wisconsin will not be forced to enter an intensely religious environment as the price of attending their own high school graduation, a seminal event in their lives.”

Some of the plaintiffs have claims for monetary damages due to the emotional suffering that occurred as a result of the district’s choice of graduation venue, Luchenitser said, adding that his next step is to talk with those families and the school district’s legal counsel to see if a settlement can be reached. If not, a district court will review the claims and make a determination.

Luchenitser said the financial gains were not the prime motivators for the plaintiffs. 

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Fairview South's annual Silent Auction and Craft Fair to raise funds for school iPads

3:22 p.m. | Proceeds from this year's Silent Auction and Craft Fair at Fairview South will be used to purchase iPads for the school.

Fairview South School serves the needs of students with mild to severe cognitive disabilities from 12 school districts within southeast Wisconsin.

Handcrafted items made by students for the upcoming holiday season are sold at the annual fundraiser. Each class earns money from their sales to support classroom activities. Previous Fairview South auctions have been used to purchase an outdoor recreation area, adaptive equipment and a wheelchair-accessible van.

Parent group Friends of Fairview South, which coordinates the auction, hopes to raise $15,000 to purchase new iPads, which can be installed with applications designed for students with special needs.

The school has already received donations from the community for this year's silent auction, but more items are always appreciated, said Sarah Knowles, vice president of the parent group.

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City of Brookfield to discuss potential financial aid for Milwaukee Tool expansion

2:17 p.m. | CITY OF BROOKFIELD — The city of Brookfield community development authority will meet this afternoon to discuss a proposal for the city to provide $6 million in financial assistance via a tax incremental financing (TIF) district for Milwaukee Tool.

Milwaukee Tool announced plans last week for a $33 million expansion of its headquarters in Brookfield. The plans would include the creation of 500 full-time jobs in a number of fields including many in engineering and marketing.

The TIF district, if approved, would be the sixth in the city's history. Brookfield has recently created TIF districts on Gumina Road to assist with the Gumina Commerce Center and on property between W. Bluemound Road and I-94 for The Corridor.

The community development authority will meet at 4:15 p.m. this afternoon in the council chambers at city hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

Sport Shorts: Nov. 26, 2015

2:15 p.m. |


The Brookfield Glacier girls hockey team will open the season on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28, against Arrowhead in a two-day tournament at the Mullet Center.

Coach Chris Frantz will have eight returning players and seven newcomers.

"I am really looking forward to this season," he said. "Last year we did not have the numbers (amount of the girls) for a full team, and this year we do. I am really excited for this year. I also know the team is also really excited.

"I know we will be competitive this year. The girls have a great attitude for the season. I think everyone will see a different Glacier Team this year."

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Oak Creek girls basketball team pulls away from Brookfield Central in second half

1:53 p.m. | Both Oak Creek and Brookfield Central played their first girls basketball game of the season Nov. 20 at Central, but the Knights pulled away in the second half for a 59-46 victory.

There were some good things and bad things for both teams, according to the coaches.

The Knights are coming off a 14-0 Southeast Conference Championship, having lost to Divine Savior Holy Angels in the sectional finals to finish 21-5.

Central second-year coach Mallory Liebl has a philosophy regarding scheduling top nonconference foes.

"We obviously have to get better, but it was a good test for us," she said. "We schedule tough opponents because we want to get better, and that's what we were thinking when we scheduled Oak Creek. We want to play the best. We want to be the best that we can be, but we need to play the best teams to get there."

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Sports Notes: Nov. 26, 2015

1:38 p.m. |

Klingaman to compete for UW-Whitewater

Leah Klingaman, a graduate of Brookfield Central, will compete for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women's swimming and diving program in 2015-16.

Klingaman, a sophomore at UW-Whitewater, is majoring in biology.

The 2014-15 Warhawks placed second in at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, the program's highest-ever finish at the meet, and racked up 10 individual and relay titles.

Brookfield East's Matt Szews named Volleyball Player of the Year, first-team all-state

1:32 p.m. | The Brookfield East boys volleyball team tied for first place in the Greater Metro Conference, won their sectional and finished tied for third at the WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament.

All in all, it was a successful season for a team that graduated seven seniors, including three D1 college players.

"The question I got at the start of the season was how do you foresee the upcoming season," a proud East coach Timothy Owen said. "My comment then was simply that there is some uncertainty going into the year with many holes to be filled.

"At the start of the season, it wasn't so much where we were but more so what we could become. It wasn't so much what guys couldn't do, it was more what they could do. We may have had some holes, but there were some things we could do really well. It became evident early that we had a team that loved to play the game, that couldn't get enough of it, that enjoyed being around each other, that was willing to learn and willing to work incredibly hard."

Owen was pleased with how the team accepted their roles.

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Brookfield Academy: Nov. 26, 2015

1:21 p.m. |

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team began their regular season last week splitting two games. The team hosted University Lake School on Nov. 18 and finished with a strong 64-16 win thanks to a great team effort. Ashley Balistreriled the team in scoring with 14 points, and Jordan Kobliskafollowed, adding 10 to the total.

The team traveled to the Prairie School on Nov. 20, and despite a hard-fought battle for 36 minutes, the game ended in a 69-45 loss. The game would have been completely different if it were not for the play of Jennie Novakand Anika Washburn.

Novak led the team in scoring with 13 points and had just as many rebounds, was 83 percent from the free-throw line and was a dominant force on defense. Washburn led the offense and contributed eight points to the total despite some tough Prairie defense.

— Erika Schlagenhauf,

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Elm Grove library friends group kicks off holiday season with Lights of Love and tree lighting event

Nov. 23, 2015 11:35 p.m. | Things are about to get a bit brighter in Village Park.

The Friends of the Elm Grove Library are once again inviting families, children and all others to take part in their annual Lights of Love fundraiser this holiday season.

"Lights of Love is kind of schizophrenic because it's a really big annual fundraiser that the Friends do for the library, but at the same time I think what a lot of people think of when they think of it is just the tree-lighting event at the end," Lights of Love chairwoman Jill Varick said.

Lights of Love is in its 21st year and, as always, will culminate with an afternoon of fun, holiday activities and the tree-lighting ceremony and caroling just outside the Elm Grove Public Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd., in Village Park.

"The day of the event we have Santa at the library and a really cool train setup. We'll have crafts for kids and this year we're going to have Mrs. Claus reading stories," Varick said.

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Elm Grove board approves small levy increase

Nov. 23, 2015 10:38 p.m. | Homeowners in the village of Elm Grove will see an increase to the municipal portion of their property tax bills in 2016, but it will be small relative to recent years.

The village's board of trustees approved the 2016 budget at its meeting Monday night.

The budget calls for the tax levy to be increased by .81 percent, or $54,015.

That represents the smallest increase in the tax levy in Elm Grove since 2013. In 2014 and 2015 the levy was increased by 1.32 and 1.03 percent respectively.

A homeowner with a house of average value of $434,580 will see the village portion of their property tax bill increase by $30.

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School Notes: Nov. 26

Nov. 23, 2015 7:24 p.m. |

Robotics team seeks volunteers, mentors

The BEAST Robotics team in the Elmbrook School District is currently looking for new members to help build a robot in six weeks.

BEAST Robotics, also known as FIRST Team 2202, is comprised of students in both Brookfield Central and Brookfield East high schools. Currently, the team has immediate openings for mentors, engineers and volunteers.

"There are many jobs that require experience working with tools and general problem solving, so we are looking for professional or hobby electricians, mechanics and woodworkers," the team stated in a news release. "We also welcome people without experience — tell us what you're good at and we'll find a place for you!"

The team's build season will run for six weeks beginning Jan. 4. During that time period, students and mentors will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings as well as all day Saturday.

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Brookfield Square to open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening, 6 a.m. for Black Friday

Nov. 23, 2015 7:20 p.m. | CITY OF BROOKFIELD — Shoppers at Brookfield Square will be able to get in the doors at 6 p.m. on the evening of Thanksgiving to get an early start on their Black Friday shopping.

The mall will open approximately 2/3 of its stores that evening. JC Penney will lead the openings that day at 3 p.m. with Boston Store following at 5 p.m.

Brookfield Square will be opening its doors an hour before stores open at 5 p.m.

On Black Friday, all stores in the mall will open at 6 a.m., with doors opening at 5.

Brookfield Square general manager Scott Oleson noted that stores are not required to open on Thanksgiving night, but must be open at 6 a.m. for Black Friday.

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New Brookfield classes combine fitness for moms with their kids in strollers

Nov. 23, 2015 5:10 p.m. | A steady stream of new fitness and health options continues to flow into Brookfield.

The latest addition to the wide variety of ways for residents of Brookfield and the surrounding area is FIT4MOM.

FIT4MOM is a national company based out of San Marcos, California, that focuses on classes and training regimens for mothers while also accommodating young children.

Brookfield FIT4MOM owner and instructor Tracy Joynt says that the idea first appealed to her after she had her own child last year.

"For me, I have always been passionate about working out. When I became a first-time mom last December it became an either/or thing," Joynt said. "I had heard about stroller workouts in other areas and mommy and me workouts, but we had nothing like that in Wisconsin and Milwaukee and Brookfield."

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Elm Grove to vote on 2016 budget tonight

Nov. 23, 2015 2:21 p.m. | ELM GROVE — The village of Elm Grove will host a public hearing tonight at the beginning of its board of trustees meeting in regard to the proposed 2016 budget.

The proposal calls for the village's total spending in 2016 to amount to $12,004,459 and for the general fund to be $5,964,730.

The village is proposing a tax levy increase from $6,646,855 in 2015 to $6,700,870 next year, a .81 percent increase.

Following the public hearing, trustees will vote on the budget later in the meeting's proceedings.

The meeting will be held in the court room at village hall, 13600 Juneau Blvd., tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Brookfield East girls basketball team starts out 2-0

Nov. 23, 2015 11:59 a.m. | The Brookfield East girls basketball team got off to a 2-0 start last weekend, winning a blowout over Burlington, 74-39, and a close game, 62-56, against a good Kimberly team, as the Spartans look to start a new trend.

This is the first time under coach Michael Goodman that the Spartans have gotten off to a 2-0 start in the past four years. The last time a Brookfield East team won their first game was 2009-2010, and the last time a Brookfield East team won their first two games was 2002-2003. Three years in a row, the Spartans have started 1-4.


East's win over Burlington wasn't as easy as it looked, as they led only 32-31 at halftime before pulling away from the Demons with a 42-8 second half.

East had 10 of 12 players score, led by junior wing Jen Wandt, who scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point land. She also had four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Senior Mariah Miller scored 13 points, also hitting 6-of-12 from the field, with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

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Brookfield East soccer team names three senior captains as MVPS

Nov. 23, 2015 9:55 a.m. | The Brookfield East boys soccer team celebrated an outstanding season on Nov. 13 and named several award winners.

The Spartans were 13-6-2 and finished second in the Greater Metro Conference behind D1 state champion Marquette, despite being bitten by the injury bug late in the year.

"That's when things got tough," coach Herbie Dundun said.

As a result, East lost three of their last four games, including a heartbreaker in a shootout in the WIAA regional final.

Here is a look at some highlights.

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