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Brookfield Christmas tree pick-up starts Jan. 7

Jan. 02, 2013 10:26 a.m. | With the holiday season at an end, the city of Brookfield Department of Public Works will help residents dispose of their natural Christmas trees through curbside pick-ups beginning Jan. 7.

Trees must be set out at the edge of the road by 7 a.m. that day, though trees will be collected over a two-week period. City crews will recycle the trees, which won't be accepted if they have plastic bags, wire, nails or other attached metals, or are buried in snow. Only natural trees will be collected.

There will be no return trips for pick-ups after Jan. 21, and call-in requests will not be accepted.

Wreaths, which are normally tied with wire, should be put in the trash.

Trees cut down to 4 feet and less than 50 pounds can also be left out for regular garbage pick-up.

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Brookfield East's Swittel pitches well in loss to Tosa East

4:43 p.m. | Wauwatosa East rode the right arm of freshman Jeff Mason to a 3-1 victory at Brookfield East on June 29 to start the week on a positive note and extend their winning streak to three games.

Mason pitched a complete-game masterpiece, working seven innings and allowing six hits and no earned runs while walking one and fanning a batter.

"He's a guy who pitches with control," Tosa East coach Brian Karas said. "He only walked one and let our defense do the work. He avoided three-ball counts and got out of some jams."

Tosa East scored in the first, third and seventh innings, while Brookfield East scored a run in the sixth.

Sean Denny singled to right to start the game. After a strikeout, Dan Scallon walked. Denny stole third base, but Scallon was picked off first by East pitcher TC Swittel. Ian Quast then doubled to right field, scoring Denny for a 1-0 lead.

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Brookfield East's Megal now two of a kind

4:08 p.m. | And now there are two.

Brookfield East has had two particularly outstanding softball players in their recent history: shortstop Lexi Sotiros (2006-09) and outfielder Emma Megal (2012-15).

Sotiros — who is a member of coach Ashley Webber's coaching staff — was the first Spartan softball player to have her number (7) retired back in 2009.

Megal, who will be playing at Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, will be the second Spartan to be honored as her No. 4 was also retired this spring.

That's why it is no surprise that she has made the Now All-Suburban softball team for the third time in four years. She was all All-Greater Metro Conference for the fourth straight season, Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Southeast District All-District first team and she made the 2015 WFSCA All-State second team.

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Irgens set to break ground on The Corridor

4:03 p.m. | Almost exactly a year after the city of Brookfield plan commission frowned upon initial plans porposed by Irgens for a mixed-use development on former Ruby Farm and Journal Communications land, the developer is now hosting its official groundbreaking ceremony this Thursday.

Irgens CEO Mark Irgens and Executive Vice President David Arnold will join with city of Brookfield Mayor Steve Ponto and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow in making remarks about The Corridor, a project that is set to formally kick off its first phase this week.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be located on the south side of Bluemound Road across from the Brownstones Shopping Center, 17500 W. Bluemound Road, at 4 p.m.

Brookfield Bulldogs split two games over holiday weekend

3:33 p.m. | The Brookfield Bulldogs split two games in the Land O'Lakes Western Division on July 4 and 5.

The Bulldogs scored four runs in the 10th inning and defeated Oconomowoc 8-4 on July 4 on the road.

Brookfield led 2-1 when the Five-O's scored three runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. The Bulldogs scored twice in the sixth to tie the game, and that's the way the score stood until Brookfield exploded for four runs in the 10th.

Each team had 12 hits as Ryan Hinz singled, doubled, scored a run and drove in three runs to lead the Bulldogs, and Elijah Goodman singled, doubled, walked and scored a run.

Ty Zimmerman singled and doubled, scored twice and drove in a run, and Josh Lemke singled twice, scored twice and drove in a run.

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Bulldogs baseball team set fundraiser for July 14

3:28 p.m. | When Brookfield Bulldogs fans dine at Parkside 23 on July 14, 25 percent of their bill will be donated to the local Land O'Lakes Western Division team.

Guests are required to present the flyer at the time of purchase for the organization to get credit for the sale. Flyers must be presented before ordering. No other discounts or coupons will be accepted on Benefit Night orders.

Parkside 23's Brookfield location is 2300 Pilgrim Square Dr.

— Tom "Sky" Skibosh

Brookfield Plan Commission to look at Corridor specifics

1:55 p.m. | The city of Brookfield plan commission will be in for a busy night next week when they have their monthly meeting Monday night.

Among the agenda's items for discussion will be a number of topics relating to developer Irgens' project, The Corridor.

In particular, the plan commission and those in attendance will get a closer look at specific details for multiple retail buildings that will make up a large portion of phase one of the project. Commissioners will also be asked to consider fence code and sign code variances.

The plan commission will meet Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road.

Bartlein, Arnold lead weekend fireworks for Blue Sox

12:53 p.m. | The Brookfield Blue Sox won two games over the holiday weekend and now have a three-game winning streak in the Land O'Lakes Western Division action.

Steve Bartlein's walk-off RBI double gave the Blue Sox a 2-1 win over Lannon on July 4 at McCoy Field.

The Sox (4-7) trailed the contending Stonemen (7-4) 1-0 going into the ninth inning when Brookfield rallied for the win.

Nick Rechlitz singled to lead off the inning and stole second base. Tim Kahle then was safe on a fielder's choice when Lannon catcher Dean Haase threw the ball away, trying to get Rechlitz at third and allowing him to score the tying run.

Kahle went to second on the play, and Pat Tobiasz walked to put runners on first and second. Bartlein, one of the league's top hitters, then ripped a double, scoring Kahle with the game winner.

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School for special needs children coming to Brookfield

July 07, 2015 12:53 a.m. | Students, parents and schools all around Waukesha County will have a new resource to use next school year.

The Richardson School will be opening its third school in the town of Brookfield at the former Heritage Christian Schools location at 175 S. Barker Road.

The new location will provide additional programs and assistance for students from school districts in the area with special needs.

New Berlin West hands Eisenhower 2 losses to open week

July 06, 2015 2:28 p.m. | Whatever New Berlin Eisenhower's number was, New Berlin West had it last week, as the Vikings beat the Lions twice and knocked them out of the championship bracket of the Woodland Conference Baseball Tournament.

First, the Vikings used the excellent pitching of Adam Fritz to win 4-1 at Eisenhower on June 29. Then the next day, West rallied from a four-run deficit to win 5-4 at New Berlin West behind Corey Liebherr's pitching and hitting.

Pitcher's duel

Fritz and Eisenhower's Ryan Macho hooked up in an old-fashioned pitcher's duel with the Vikings' ace coming out on top. Fritz allowed six hits and a run while striking out six and not walking a batter. Macho also pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits, four runs, three earned runs and two walks while striking out four batters.

Oscar Delvalle scored once, singled twice and drove in two runs as he had West's only multi-hit game. The Lions' Joey Scaffidi had the biggest day, banging out three singles with a run scored. Bryan Marx tripled and scored, and Justice Dodd doubled and scored, batting eighth and ninth for the Vikings.

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New Berlin West baseball team loses to Greendale, beats Shorewood

July 06, 2015 2:13 p.m. | The big games for New Berlin West and New Berlin Eisenhower were against each other, but they had a couple of other games on the docket as well.

West at Greendale

The Panthers scored nine runs in the first inning and rolled to a 13-1 win over New Berlin West on July 1 at Greendale.

West scored a run in the second, and Greendale countered with four more in the bottom of the inning. With star pitcher Ty Ramirez pitching, the Vikings chance of victory was slim to none as he walked three and had 11 strikeouts.

Angel Ramirez had three hits and an RBI; Sam Sabinash singled and doubled and drove in 3 runs; Bohan Lee singled twice and drove in three runs; and Logan Rezach had two singles and an RBI.

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Elmbrook Humane Society to collect much-needed items at 'Thank Dog It's Friday' event

July 06, 2015 1:28 p.m. | The Elmbrook Humane Society will host its annual "Thank Dog It's Friday" event on Friday, July 17.

The dog-themed event will feature lure coursing, swimming pools (for the dogs), raffles and vendors. Participants will also be invited to "stuff" a Soerens Ford vehicle with items needed by EBHS to provide care to its animal patients.

Those much-needed items include cat and dog food, canned tuna, pet nursing bottles, chicken or beef broth and treats for pets. For a complete list, visit

The free event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the humane society, 20950 Enterprise Ave.

Elm Grove Police and Fire Departments respond to house fire

July 01, 2015 1:18 p.m. | No injuries were reported in relation to an Elm Grove house fire at 13165 Wrayburn Road Wednesday morning.

Elm Grove Police and Fire Departments responded to the active fire at 10:25 a.m. The home was not occupied at the time of the fire although contractors were on scene repairing a roof.

The fire was contained to the attic and upper side walls of the residence and investigators are currently on scene looking into the cause.

Estimate of structural loss is unknown although the total assessed value of the home, including land, is $441,800 based on 2014 property tax listings.

Are you affected by the Milwaukee bus strike? Brookfield Now wants to hear from Gold Line commuters

July 01, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Do you rely on the Milwaukee County Transit System for work? If so, Brookfield Now would like to hear from you.

Reporter John Rasche is currently looking for Gold Line commuters, who depend on the route from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to Brookfield Square Mall.

How has Milwaukee County's bus driver strike affected you? How are you making the commute in lieu of bus operation?

Rasche may use your input for an upcoming story about the strike's effect on the Brookfield area.

He can be reached by email at or you can also find him on Twitter at @Rasche_Now.

Brookfield water main break causes closure of Lilly Road

July 01, 2015 7:48 a.m. | A water main break forced the closure of an approximately half-mile stretch of Lilly Road early Friday morning, June 26.

Lilly was closed from West Burleigh Road to Ridgewood Road after a service connection blew out.

"There's a little device called a saddle that sits on the (water) main. It had been put in several years ago to feed a home back in the woods, and it just failed," city of Brookfield Director of Public Works Tom Grisa said.

Closing Lilly Road was standard procedure for the city, considering the situation.

"We don't always know where the break is and it was (spilling) in the roadway," Grisa said. "It was also at the bottom of a hill, so you would have the potential for slippery traffic."

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Town of Brookfield denies two sign requests

July 01, 2015 7:43 a.m. | The town of Brookfield's plan commission stuck to its guns Tuesday night when asked to consider requests by two businesses for signs that would violate the town's sign code.

Siding Unlimited and Skiin both put in requests for the plan commission to recommend scheduling public hearings for the businesses to be allowed to have signs that display digital, changing text.

While commissioners did not specifically have problems with the idea of allowing the public hearing to take place for the textual request, they voted down both items for other reasons.

Most of the discussion on the items referred to Siding Unlimited's request because it came first on the agenda and officials did not want to have the same conversation for Skiin.

"There's a couple of code issues relative to this request and that's the size of the sign," town of Brookfield Development Services Administrator Gary Lake said. "The area proposed is 138 square feet. Our ordinance permits 70 square feet for a single-occupant, free-standing sign."

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