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Elmbrook School District 'disappointed' by court ruling

July 24, 2012 1:18 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District issued a statement today about a federal appeals court ruling that it violated the Constitution by holding past graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church.

Superintendent Mark Hansen said in the statement that while the district is "disappointed" with the ruling, Elmbrook "will continue to use the field house in the future. There is no further need for graduation ceremonies to be held at Elmbrook Church."

Hansen also noted the district is working with legal counsel to determine the next steps in resolving the case.

"Our primary focus as a district has always been to spend our time and resources on educating our students," he said.

County planning work on Brookfield intersection

April 20, 2015 10:28 p.m. | Waukesha County briefed residents of Brookfield on a plan last week that will involve a number of improvements to the intersection of Pilgrim Road and Burleigh Road.

Pilgrim, also known as County Highway YY will see a number of changes next summer in order to make it both safer and more convenient for commuters.

The improvements will include leveling out the area to improve visibility for drivers, installing and widening turn lanes, and replacing the existing traffic signal with a newer one.

The project is expected to take place throughout the summer of 2016.

Elmbrook Humane Society receives threats to burn down building

April 15, 2015 9:15 a.m. | City of Brookfield Police have increased their patrols around the Elmbrook Humane Society in recent weeks after the shelter received threats via social media to burn the building down.

In late-March, Elmbrook Humane Society euthanized a dog that had been a resident for 15 months. Elmbrook Executive Director Heather Gehrke says that the animal had had four instances in the past in which the dog had caused injury; however, Elmbrook personnel felt that the incidents were not necessarily aggressive or intended to be vicious.

"The county last year did, after the fourth incident, label him a vicious dog. We appealed it, we reached a settlement, and they repealed it," Gehrke said.

But last month the dog was involved in additional bite incidents that required medical attention, and the decision was made that the dog was not a candidate for placement.

Elmbrook Humane Society is the only no-kill shelter in Waukesha County; however, Gehrke notes that being labeled as no-kill shelter does not actually mean that an animal shelter will never, under any circumstances, euthanize an animal.

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Brookfield feels sting of tax fraud

April 14, 2015 5:28 p.m. | Residents of the city of Brookfield have been reporting in droves that they are struggling to get their tax returns this season.

And no, it's not because they're having trouble filing them or figuring out what they quality for. It's because someone else has already filed for them.

So far this tax season, Brookfield Police estimate that they have received at least 60 complaints from residents who say that while attempting to file their taxes they were notified that someone else had already stolen their identity and done so.

Brookfield Police Capt. Phil Horter says that this is by far the worst season he can remember for this type of crime.

"I think one of the contributing factors is probably the increase in identity theft in the last couple of years," Horter said. "There's been some very large breaches of personal information, and some of those breaches may be responsible for the amount of personal information that is illegally available."

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Bus shelters coming to Bluemound Road in Brookfield

April 14, 2015 2:45 p.m. | Commuters using public transportation in the city of Brookfield will soon have at least somewhat more hospitable conditions while they wait for their buses.

Clear Channel Outdoor and the Waukesha County Transit system are planning to install six shelters along the Bluemound Road corridor this summer.

Clear Channel has relationships with both the Waukesha County Transit System and the Milwaukee County Transit System which has the company front the cost for the shelters in exchange for being allowed to sell advertising space on one side wall of the structure.

It is that deal that brought the topic before the Brookfield plan commission Monday night, as the city does not allow off-site advertising.

Waukesha County Director of Public Works Allison Bussler sent a letter to commissioners requesting that they approve the exception to that rule in order to allow the shelters to be built.

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Four new businesses choose Brookfield village area

April 13, 2015 4:43 p.m. | Less than 3 1/2 months into the new year already a quartet of new attractions have opened in the Village of Brookfield.

The Gift Shoppe, based in Cudahy, will be opening its second location in the Village on or around May 1.

The Gift Shoppe will join Basket Weaving Studio and Petals Floral Design, which both recently made their homes on Pleasant Street. Petals Floral Design, which provides arrangements for weddings and other special events, moved to the Village from its former location in Wauwatosa.

Also relocating to the Village will be Treat Street Popcorn, which is moving from Pewaukee to the Village and expects to open in the next few weeks.

Brookfield Economic Development Administrator Tim Casey says that the city is pleased with the progress that the Village area has made since it and Brookfield Village, Ltd.,set out to rejuvenate the area in late 2013.

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Diamond Stone headlines 2014-15 All-Suburban Boys Basketball team

April 13, 2015 11:55 a.m. |

Player of the Year

Diamond Stone, 6-10 center, Dominican

McDonald's All-American capped perhaps the most decorated career in Wisconsin history with a fourth state championship. ... Averaged 24.4 points per game on 67 percent shooting, with 11.7 rebounds per game. ... Shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and finished with 74 blocks. ... Wrapped up his career north of 2,000 points. ... Career highlights include the only triple-double in state-tournament history, recorded as a freshman. ... Posted two double-doubles in the state games this year. ... Racked up 43 points and 18 rebounds against Division 1 foe Racine Case in the regular season. ... Committed to Maryland.

Story: Dominican's Diamond Stone left a mark that will be remembered for decades

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New burger joint coming to Brookfield

April 10, 2015 4:58 p.m. | Brookfield burger-lovers will have a new spot to give a shot in the near future.

Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes will be setting up shop with its first Milwaukee-area location at Brookfield Square as the mall continues its latest expansion.

Franchise owner Punit Jaswal was adamant that this restaurant had to be in Brookfield.

"When I went to Mooyah in Dallas I told them 'I want my location to be in Brookfield,'" Jaswal said. "That area and the neighborhood just attracted me."

Jaswal, who has had significant experience with the ownership of 10 Subway restaurants over 11 years, including the one in Brookfield located at Lilly Road and West Capitol Drive, choose Brookfield Square due in part because space was available.

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Tornado watch in effect

April 09, 2015 1:59 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, in effect for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha and Milwaukee counties until 11 p.m. A tornado watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes, but does not indicate that tornadoes have been spotted. People should be prepared to take safety measures if the watch escalates to a warning.

Brookfield East to present Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' this spring

April 08, 2015 1:28 p.m. | Brookfield East High School is getting Shakespearean in its upcoming theater production.

The Brookfield East Drama Department will present William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" later this spring.

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on April 30, May 1 and May 2 and at 2 p.m. on May 3 in the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive.

Tickets cost $16 per adult, $12 per senior and $10 per student.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (262) 781-9520.

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2015 Milwaukee suburbs election roundup

April 08, 2015 10:10 a.m. | Election returns from the Milwaukee suburbs. This page will be updated as more results become available.

Referendums pass in Mequon-Thiensville, Fox Point-Bayside

Whitnall school referendums handily defeated

Fox Point: Voters send message of change

Brown Deer: Three School Board members return for a second term

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Ponto helps out as part of national service day

April 07, 2015 11:28 p.m. | City of Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto joined more than 2,000 mayors across the country Tuesday for the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.

Four Waukesha County municipal officials — Ponto, Village of Mukwonago President Fred Winchowky, New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament, and Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly — worked with Interfaith Senior Programs and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County to give back to residents with a day of service.

Ponto spent much of the day at the Brookfield Senior Center performing a variety of tasks, including packing hot meals for home deliveries and serving lunch.

Paul Farrow elected Waukesha County exec; Van De Water out as judge

April 07, 2015 10:28 p.m. | Waukesha County voters on Tuesday hired state Sen. Paul Farrow of Pewaukee for the job of county chief executive officer.

And voters Tuesday fired two-term incumbent Circuit Judge Linda Van De Water from her Branch 10 seat.

The race to replace County Executive Dan Vrakas ended with a lopsided victory for Farrow as he outpolled County Supervisor Thomas Schellinger with nearly 68% of votes in Tuesday's spring election, according to preliminary results with 98% of units reporting.

Vrakas did not seek re-election to a four-year term and endorsed Farrow for the job.

In his unsuccessful bid for the office, Schellinger had been critical of Farrow's decision to run for county executive less than two weeks after his November re-election to the Senate's 33rd District.

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Brookfield Mayor breaks tie on financial aid Irgens issue

April 07, 2015 9:33 p.m. | Even after about two hours of discussion and roughly six months of vetting since Irgens initially requested tax incremental assistance on The Corridor, the City of Brookfield's Common Council was still split down the middle on the topic Tuesday night.

Of the 14 aldermen on the council, seven voted in favor of all items regarding tax incremental financing district 5 and seven voted in opposition. TIF district 5 would call for the city to spend approximately $11.25 million including financing to provide Irgens with $7.42 million to assist with phase one of the development of The Corridor.

The funding would be recouped through increases in the tax base.

In the case of a tie, the mayor is charged with making the final decision and, in this case, Mayor Steve Ponto voted in favor of creating the TIF district, approving its project plan and the development agreement between Irgens and the city.

Ponto explained his affirmative vote:

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New Elm Grove business to offer outlet for creativity

April 07, 2015 5:33 p.m. | Residents of Elm Grove and the surrounding communities will have a new place to go to both express their creativity and socialize in the coming weeks.

Katherine Oberst of Brookfield and Danielle Heckenkamp of Wauwatosa have teamed up to bring Elm Grove Art, a wine and paint bar, to the village, offering plenty for both adults and children alike.

"Elm Grove Art is going to be a wine and paint bar in the evenings but it's also going to offer a lot of kids programs and day camps for moms and kids," Oberst said. "We're in the stage of decorating our place right now and our grand opening will be May 1."

The co-owners got the idea of a wine and paint bar from their own experiences visiting similar establishments in the past.

"(Danielle) and I have always been creative. We each have three children and we do a lot of crafts and stuff with our kids at home. We have so many mom friends and they always say 'We need a place to go where we can take our kids and be creative and not have the mess at home,'" Oberst said.

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Brookfield Highway Department enjoys mild winter

April 07, 2015 5:03 p.m. | With the weather tentatively warming in southeastern Wisconsin, it may be just about time for plows and salt trucks to get an extended break.

The city of Brookfield's Highway Department says that this winter was a piece of cake compared to the harshness of the 2013 - 14 winter season.

While certain parts of the winter were difficult, as a whole, Highway Department Superintendent Terry Starns says that the numbers fully represent how much less severe this year was.

"This past winter was considerably easier for the highway division than last year's," Starns said. "February was brutal, being the sixth-coldest February on record; however, we did get much less snow. There was hardly any measurable snow in the entire month of December."

Starns says that this winter the city used only 2,500 tons of road salt. In the winter of 2013 - 14, the city reached almost 7,700 tons.

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