Overnight road work to force closure of parts of I-94

Jan. 29, 2014 2:20 p.m. | Crews will flatten out bumps on I-94 at the Springdale, Brookfield and Moorland roads overpasses Wednesday night, causing rolling closures of the highway starting at 10 p.m.

The bumps worsened after the recent extreme cold weather, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in a release. Work will start at the westbound lanes of I-94 at Moorland Road, and all locations will be completed by 4 a.m.

Delays are expected in the area, and the State Patrol will be assisting with the closures.

Talk on heroin draws crowd in memory of Brookfield East graduate

Jan. 29, 2014 11:18 a.m. | Laura Pulsifer said her biggest hope for the "It's Not My Kid, Or Is It?" anti-drug presentation Jan. 22 was that there would be a sellout crowd for her son Luke, who passed away after a heroin overdose in June.

Shoulder to shoulder on stage with a slew of public officials and others who had been affected by heroin addiction, her hope was realized at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts that night, when more than 600 people came to learn about the drug.

Cars streamed into the parking lot, using the sides of the road as parking spaces when they ran out of marked spots. People young and old filled the balconies and stood in the aisles.

"You're taking the first step just by being here," Lee Pulsifer, Luke's dad, told the audience.

Aiming at prevention

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Old Navy, Kirlin's Hallmark close at Brookfield Square

Jan. 28, 2014 10:16 a.m. | The Brookfield Square Old Navy store and Kirlin's Hallmark, both located in the Boston Store wing of the mall, have closed.

Old Navy chose not to renew its lease because it plans to open a new store in The Mayfair Collection retail development in Wauwatosa, said Brookfield Square general manager Scott Oleson.

The first phase of The Mayfair Collection is scheduled to open this spring at Highway 45 and W. Burleigh St.

"We will be relocating Charlotte Russe to part of the Old Navy space and are working a few other deals," Oleson said.

He said Brookfield Square is close to a deal with another retailer for the Hallmark space.

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Spartans nip Tosa East, 48-45, in thriller

Jan. 24, 2014 10:14 p.m. |

Brookfield East’s boys basketball team fought off a second-half rally at Wauwatosa East on Friday and hung on for a 48-45 victory.
The win was the Spartans’ first win in the Greater Metro Conference , tying The Red Raiders and West Allis Hale, all with 1-5 records. After losing their last 8 games, the Spartans have now won two in a row.
After taking a slim 9-7 lead in the first quarter, Brookfield East went on a 15-4 run in the second period to coast into halftime with 24-11 lead. Christian Simon, who led all scorers with 23 points, scored six in the quarter to spark the Spartans.
But the Red Raiders came to life in the second half behind Nick Pridgeon, who scored 12 points of his 14 points and Drue Holley, who had nine of his 11, outscoring Brookfield East, 34-22.
Tosa East actually took the lead for the first time with a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter, as Ethan Telderer came off the bench and hit two 3’s, sandwiched around a steal and a dunk by Pridgeon, a fastbreak basket by Pridgeon off a pass from Bryce Beekman and a drive by Sean Wheeler for a 45-42 lead with 1:54 left to play.
But the Red Raiders wouldn’t score again while the Spartans finished with a 6-0 run.
Simon hit two free throws with a minute left, Dominic Cartier hit a layup and Corey Smith hit two free throws with 21.8 left to play.
In the final seconds Wheeler missed a 3-pointer, but Pridgeon, who was a monster on the boards all night, grabbed the rebound and kicked it back out but Brookfield East’s Smith knocked the ball out of bounds with a few seconds left to play.
Holley tried a long 3-pointer, but it hit the front of the rim and the game was over.  

Waukesha County schools could cancel classes due to the cold once again

Jan. 24, 2014 2:36 p.m. | With extreme wind chills heading to southeastern Wisconsin once again early next week, superintendents will evaluate whether it's too cold for school.

Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said Friday that superintendents across Waukesha County will hold a conference call late Sunday afternoon to decide if they will close their schools on Monday.

Gray said they'll discuss their options at that time but they might not have a decision until very early Monday morning. 

"Right now Monday's forecast at 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. would not necessarily cause us to close," Gray said. "That could change over the weekend."

Gray said a wind chill warning of minus 35 would close the schools but depending on conditions the districts may even consider closing with slightly less wind chills if there are strong wind gusts.

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Crews clear 2 right lanes of EB I94 at Brookfield Road

Jan. 22, 2014 4:25 p.m. | Crews have cleared a disabled vehicle that had blocked the two right lanes of eastbound Interstate 94 at Brookfield Road for about 40 minutes.

Aldermen raise concerns about Brookfield Square expansion

Jan. 22, 2014 8:44 a.m. | Presented with plans to add nine stores to the exterior of Brookfield Square Mall, aldermen Scott Berg and Chris Blackburn brought up concerns about the nature of the proposed 70,000-square-foot expansion at a public hearing related to the project Tuesday.

No members of the public spoke at the hearing, which was meant to discuss whether to change zoning in the proposed expansion areas to allow buildings to be closer together and taller than in other parts of the city, said city Director of Community Development Dan Ertl. The city has made such allowances for previous expansions to the mall.

Blackburn said he thought in order to be granted these exceptions, the expansion should be to the interior of the mall, rather than an addition of stores to the exterior, where they will be adjacent to Brookfield Square but not actually connect to it.

"You can put these same nine stores on a number of properties," Blackburn said. "If there's a plan for this mall, it should be expanding the interior mall. Otherwise, I'm hard-pressed to see why this is special."

But Craig Wasserman, executive vice president of KA Inc. Architecture, said an expansion to the interior, such as a second floor, wouldn't be as profitable or visually appealing. There is a trend now for malls to have a balance between connected stores and exterior ones.

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Recreation department offers summer baseball leagues

Jan. 20, 2014 12:11 p.m. | The City of Brookfield Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry offers youth baseball, softball and T-ball leagues for children in 4-year-old kindergarten to eighth grade.

Online registration begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 10 and continues through 5 p.m. March 14. Go to the city's website, ci.brookfield.wi.us, and follow the links for the recreation department.

In-person registration will be conducted simultaneously with online registration on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the department office at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Road. Mail-in and drop-off registration will be processed randomly the next day.

T-ball and machine pitch leagues will play an eight-game schedule over an eight-week period.

All other leagues will play a 10-game schedule over a 10-week period, June 2 to Aug. 8.

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Lancers beat DSHA, move into tie for first

Jan. 16, 2014 9:47 p.m. |  

The Brookfield Central girls used nine 3-pointers, including seven in the first half, to hand Divine Savior Holy Angels a 55-50 loss at BC and move into a tie for first place in the Greater Metro Conference.
The Lancers (10-1) and Dashers (9-3) share first place with 4-1 records. Second place Sussex Hamilton (3-1) and Brookfield East (3-1) square off at Sussex on Friday.
Arike Ogunbowale scored 24 points, but 19 came in the final period when the Lancers backed off and let her drive to the basket. Junior guard Emma Brauer and freshman guard Caroline Busch did an excellent job holding her to five points for three quarters, including an 0-for-7 first half.
Three pointers by Lydia Rohde, Nicole Hinz and Abby Miller sparked an 11-5 first quarter for Central and then the Lancers went on an 18-run in the second period for a 29-11 lead at halftime.
Busch and Hinz each nailed two 3's in the second period to spark the offense. Freshman Ovi Young had five points as the Dashers had a 14-9 third period advantage, as Hinz scored seven of Central's points, adding another 3-pointer.
DSHA cut the lead to 39-35 with 4:38 left to play when Busch made perhaps the play of the game when she nailed a long 3-pointer from the left elbow. Ogunbowale countered with a jumper, Brauer hit two free throws and Taylor Drost added a free throw, before Rohde hit a huge jumper from the left baseline for a 46-38 lead.
From that point on Busch hit 5-for-6 free throws, Rohde hit 3-for-6 and Jasmine Lewis was 1-for-2.
Hinz had 16 points, Busch 14 and the gutsy Rohde, who took some tough spills finished with nine points.

Read social media story of Germantown-Brookfield Central basketball game

Jan. 15, 2014 7:57 a.m. | Brookfield Central boys basketball team was able to snap Germantown's 69-game win streak last night.

Relive the run up to the game and more in the MyCommunityNOW social media story.

Streak ends at 69 games as Brook. Central beats Germantown, 68-58

Jan. 14, 2014 11:09 p.m. | The Germantown boys' basketball team's 69-game winning streak began with Brookfield Central at the beginning of the 2011-12 season and tonight, in a most fitting fashion, it ended with Central in a much-hyped mid-campaign battle royale.

The two-time state champions were out-muscled, out-hustled and were done in by a team that held it's composure down the stretch, as the Lancers outscored the Warhawks, 18-5, over the last 3:22 en route to a streak-busting, 68-58, homecourt victory.

"We looked it up, we were win number one for them and here we are at 69," said a happy Lancer coach Mark Adams. "Someone then told me, 'Hey, it's karma,' I don't know if I believe in that, but I'm really happy for the kids. They've worked hard and earned the right to be in a game like this and I'm very happy with the way they handled it."

The Lancers, now 12-0 on the season, entered the game ranked number two in the state while the Warhawks (now 13-1) entered at number one in state polls, a position they've held since that 2011-2012 season.

They had not tasted defeat since a controversial WIAA Super-Sectional defeat to Appleton East in March 2011. In-between there have been two WIAA state titles, a lot of victories and several well-hyped "Games of the Century."

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Pichler's 33 points spark East's 70-50 win over Falls

Jan. 10, 2014 10:07 p.m. |

Sophomore Angela Pichler scored 33 points and led Brookfield East to a 70-50 rout of Menomonee Falls on Friday at East.
The win kept the Spartans (3-1) in a second-place tie in the Greater Metro Conference, one game behind Divine Savior Holy Angels (4-0).
East jumped out to a 17-8 first-quarter lead, as junior Kellie Goodman, who finished with 13 points, and Pichler, scored seven and six points, respectively, with three 3-pointers between them. East still led, 31-23, at halftime, as the Indians could only chop a point off the margin. Pichler had 16 points at intermission.
East increased the lead to 49-36 after three quarters, as Pichler had seven points and Goodman six, including another 3-pointer.
Falls cut the lead to 41-33 with 3:49 left in the third, but Pichler scored on a drive, was fouled and sank the free throw and reserve Megan Foley hit a free throw and tossed in a rebound and Pichler put in a rebound as East went on an 8-3 run to close out the quarter.
Pichler had 10 points to close out the Indians in the fourth quarter, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
The Spartans were 12-of-15 from the free throw line, while freshman Jen Wandt had only two points, but she grabbed 10 rebounds and Mariah Miller had eight points and nine boards.
The Spartans pressed the Indians all night and had 13 turnovers at halftime and forced Falls into 29 for the game.
Falls fell to 2-2, as Erin Otzelberger had nine points and Claire Mohrfield had eight.

Man arrested for urinating on building, kicking people

Jan. 09, 2014 9:02 a.m. | A Milwaukee man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he urinated on a building and then kicked staff members at jail Dec. 28.

According to the Town of Brookfield police report:

A Milwaukee man was at George Webb, 19555 W. Bluemound Road, about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 28 and he urinated on the building and "inadvertently splashed urine" on people who walked by.

En route to Waukesha County Jail, the man kicked the front seat and yelled, "You're making this weird, take me home."

At the jail, the man stopped walking and lied on the ground, refusing to move. An officer escorted him inside to a bench, where he again moved to lie on the floor and kicked staff who tried to make him sit on the bench.

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Town of Brookfield funding for Corners project goes to public hearing

Jan. 08, 2014 9:47 a.m. | Town of Brookfield residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on the town's funding contribution to the Corners development at a public hearing Jan. 29.

According to the project plan submitted to the town's Community Development Authority on Tuesday, the town would pay $34.3 million up front by issuing bonds to fund public improvements for the open-air shopping development planned by Marcus Corp. for Interstate 94 and Bluemound Road. The debt will be repaid with taxes collected on the added value as the project develops.

The city could pay an additional $12.08 million for improvements only if it receives more tax value from the project than projected.

To move forward, this public funding plan must be approved by the CDA after the public hearing, the Town Board on Feb. 18 and the Joint Review Board 10 to 30 days after that. Bonds could be issued as early as June.

In order to approve its funding, the town must find that the project would not be able to move forward without its contribution — or at least not as quickly as it would like it to. The idea is that by aiding the development, the town will make back more money in tax revenue than it is paying up front.

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Homestead boys move to 10-0 with 83-43 rout of Brookfield East

Jan. 05, 2014 12:16 a.m. | One of Homestead boys basketball coach Kevin McKenna's assistants told him at one point during the Highlanders 83-43 nonconference rout of Brookfield East this afternoon that the team may be guilty of a little "oversharing" when it comes to making the extra pass on offense.

But with five players in double figures, a record that is now 10-0 and a ninth-place ranking in state polls, McKenna is not about to complain.

"I actually liked it, in fact, I'll take it," said McKenna, whose surprising team continues to make waves in the state. "We were a little sloppy on the boards, but that gives us something to work on as we head into this week."

And what a week it is for the Highlanders. They will host Milwaukee Lutheran in a North Shore Conference tilt on Tuesday (if the weather holds) and then will have arguably their most important game in years, when they visit the empire that is top-ranked in state, two-time WIAA state champion and border rival Germantown (12-0) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Warhawks are as formidable as they've ever been and proved it again tonight with an 87-44 road demolition of Madison LaFollette that ran their state record boys winning streak to 68 games.

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Elmbrook schools closed Monday

Jan. 03, 2014 5:28 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District announced that all public schools will be closed Monday due to expected weather conditions, Superintendent Mark Hansen said.

Elmbrook is just one of several school districts across the Milwaukee area that has chosen to cancel class on Monday because of concerns regarding a wind chill warning issued by the National Weather Service.

According to www.weather.com, the expected high on Monday will be approximately 13 degrees below zero.

"We have started to notify parents and staff through our phone notification system," Hansen said.

2013 Suburban sports photos of the year gallery now online

Jan. 03, 2014 8:56 a.m. | 2013 was a big year in suburban sports.

Germantown boys basketball, Muskego boys soccer, Menomonee Falls girls volleyball, New Berlin West boys baseball, Shorewood and Brookfield East boys track and field and Franklin/Muskego/Oak Creek/Whitnall gymnastics teams all won state titles.

From football and basketball to wrestling, track and swimming, NOW Newspapers and MyCommunityNOW covered many meets, games and invites. 

And you can find photos from those events and more in our 2013 Suburban Sports Photos of the Year gallery.

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