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Ness says he'll join race for Village Board

Feb. 27, 2012 5:40 p.m. | Elm Grove resident Eric Ness has announced his intention to run as a write-in candidate in the April Village Board election.

Village Clerk Mary Stredni said today she had not received the requisite paperwork that would allow Ness to campaign as a write-in, but confirmed that she has spoken to him about it.

The 26-year-old said he wants to run because "there are certain issues, such as the sidewalks, that have been tabled year after year since I was 6."

He also pointed out that there is rarely competition for Village Board seats, and that even if he doesn't run, he hopes his candidacy will stimulate more discussion - and action - on key issues in the village.

Ness is a part-time law student at Marquette University, and plans to graduate in two years - about the time his term would end. He also said he does not intend on serving more than one term.

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Taraska new defensive coach at Brookfield Central

Feb. 27, 2012 10:23 a.m. |  Tom Taraska, the Hall of Fame coach who turned the Arrowhead football program into one of the best in the state, has been named the new defensive coordinator at Brookfield Central High School. Taraska told the Lake Country Reporter about his new job Monday morning.

Jamie Meulemans is the head coach at Brookfield Central. Taraska will begin his duties immediately.

Taraska resigned last spring from the Arrowhead job after coaching the Warhawks for 29 years. In that span he won four WIAA Division 1 state championships (1993, 1994, 1996, 2007) and had five other teams finish second.

Stars nip Fond du Lac, 2-1, off to state tournament

Feb. 25, 2012 9:47 p.m. | The Brookfield Stars boys hockey team nipped Fond du Lac, 2-1, Saturday night at Wilson Park and advanced to the WIAA State Hockey Tournament from Thursday through Saturday at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The Cardinals (13-14-1) scored first with 13:54 in the second period on a goal by Rex Whealon on an assist from Jack Nejedlo and that seemed to wake up the Stars' offense.

Brookfield roared back and scored in less than a minute, as senior Matt Fosdick drilled in a shot from right to left past Cardinals goalie Charles Blagoue.

The Stars weren't finished as Mason Kollakowsky came out of a scrum on the right side of the goalie and slipped in a shot past Blagoue at 10:21 for the 2-1 lead. Both Tommy Hastings and Zak Pipersassisted on the play.

That would be all the scoring for the night, but teams had several opportunities to get back on the board. But good defense, blown shots and great net-minding, especially by the Stars' JJ Murname made the difference.

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Hamilton beats Lancers, one step closer to GMC title

Feb. 24, 2012 9:44 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton beat the Lancers, 37-32, Friday night at Brookfield Central and set up a championship showdown with Divine Savior Holy Angels next Thursday.

The Chargers and DSHA are both 11-2 and they will meet March 1, with the winner earning an undisputed Greater Metro Conference Championship, an honor held by Central the past four years. The Lancers fell to 8-5, fourth place in the GMC.

Central won the first half with a 12-11 first quarter and then terrible second quarter saw both teams unable to score, with the Lancers holding a 4-3 advantage for a 16-14 lead at intermission.

All-Stars Anna Liewen of Central had 10 and the Chargers Mackenzie Latt had nine points.

But the Chargers then came out and ran their offense in the third quarter, instead of just throwing out jump shots like they did in the first half, outscoring Central, 14-3, to take a 28-19 lead into the final period.

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Elmbrook names new superintendent

Feb. 24, 2012 11:02 a.m. | Mark Hansen will be the next superintendent of the Elmbrook School District beginning July 1.

A Friday morning news release said Hansen's contract will be approved at the Feb. 28 School Board meeting. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Keith Brightman said he expects Hansen to be present.

Hansen, currently the chief academic officer in the Pewaukee School District, will replace Matt Gibson, who will retire after 17 years of service.

Hansen will receive an annual salary package of $175,000, Brightman said.

In the announcement, School Board President Tom Gehl described Hansen as "an educational leader of the highest personal integrity, one who is committed to building upon Elmbrook's established reputation to attain higher levels of curricular excellence for all students and families."

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Lancers finish second in GMC as Bulldogs win title

Feb. 23, 2012 9:50 p.m. | West Allis Central (12-2, 18-4) defeated Brookfield East and beat out Brookfield Central (11-3, 17-5) Thursday night for the Greater Metro Conference title.

The Bulldogs won, 55-44, at Brookfield East (5-9, 9-13), but the Spartans led 16-11 and 24-23 at intermission after the first two periods. The Bulldogs took a 37-36 lead into the fourth quarter, but then blew out the Spartans, 18-8, to win their first title since 1991. Brian Smith had 19 for East and Jarvis Garrett had 21 for Central.

The Lancers meanwhile traveled to Sussex and knocked off the Chargers, 58-49, as they also had to rally for the win. They trailed 20-16 and 29-26 before tying the game at 38-38 after three periods.

They blew away Hamilton with a 20-11 fourth period. Seth Mortag had 18 points and Jack Sandstrom and Riley LaChance finished with 12 and 10 points.

Pay raises for Waukesha County officials stumble

Feb. 23, 2012 11:24 a.m. | Waukesha - A day after the Personnel Committee recommended higher pay for the next elected Waukesha County clerk, treasurer and register of deeds, the Finance Committee Wednesday failed to endorse the measure on a tie vote.

The County Board will take up the pay ordinance at its meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the courthouse.

The proposal would increase the pay for each of the three constitutional officers by 1.5% each year of the next four-year term beginning in 2013. If the pay is to be changed, the County Board must do so before April 15, when candidates for those offices can begin circulating nomination papers for the November election.

The ordinance calls for pay starting at $70,180 a year for the clerk and treasurer, increasing to $71,232 in 2014, $72,300 in 2015 and $73,384 in 2016.

For the register of deeds, pay next year would be $71,125 and increase to $72,191 in 2014, $73,273 in 2015 and $74,372 in 2016.

In Brookfield, Haute Taco out, Jake's Burger in

Feb. 23, 2012 8:14 a.m. | Chef Jake Replogle has closed Haute Taco, his casual Mexican restaurant at 18905 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield, and is replacing it with Jake’s Burger by mid-March.

Replogle and his wife, Karen, also own Jake’s, the steakhouse in Pewaukee. The new restaurant will serve the same burger as the one served at the steakhouse, a blend of short rib, brisket and sirloin, but will have 10 or so custom toppings, such as truffled brie.

It also will have salads to share or have as an entrée; sides such Jake’s haystack onion rings and fries with cheese sauce; and options such as a fresh tuna patty topped with Nicoise salad, open-face on brioche.

Prices would start at $7 and go to $14, with most burgers $10 or under, Replogle said.

Jake’s Burger also will serve milkshakes (with spiked versions available for the adults, such as Frangelico in the mocha shake) as well as a couple dozen craft beers, craft cocktails and wines. The wines would range from around $20 a bottle to around $60 a bottle, with the higher-end wines being available by the half bottle.

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Brookfield seeks applicant for seat after alderman's death

Feb. 22, 2012 1:50 p.m. | Brookfield - The city is seeking applicants to fill the 3rd Aldermanic District seat left vacant by the death of James A. Garvens.

Garvens, 75, who was re-elected to a four-year term in 2010, died Feb. 8 of complications after having knee replacement surgery.

Candidates must live in the 3rd District and the deadline to submit letters of interest and resumes to the city clerk's office, 2000 N. Calhoun Road, is 5 p.m. March 7.

Candidates will be interviewed on March 14 and the Common Council is expected to appoint someone to fill the seat on March 20, according to the clerk's office.

The term will run through the April 15, 2013, election, the clerk's office said.

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Brookfield lawyer pleads guilty to defrauding county of unclaimed funds

Feb. 22, 2012 9:47 a.m. | A Brookfield lawyer who was arrested at Holy Hill after missing his first scheduled plea hearing in a massive fraud case pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Thomas Bielinski, 52, was charged in August with a scheme stretching back years in which he purported to represent the rightful owners of unclaimed funds kept by the Milwaukee County clerk of circuit court's office. He was charged with theft by fraud of more than $542,000.

Bielinski has been jailed on $1 million bail since his arrest in December, after he failed to appear in court for a scheduled plea hearing that month.

On Wednesday, he quietly answered Milwaukee County Circuit Judge J.D. Watts' questions about knowingly and willingly giving up his right to a trial, and admitted to all seven elements of the charged offense, theft by fraud, greater than $10,000. For the purpose of the hearing, Bielinski admitted to facts involving a single case in which he obtained $10,150.

Bielinski, wearing orange jail clothing, said little else. He did acknowledge that, for now, he remains a licensed attorney in Wisconsin. His attorney, Michael F. Hart, said after the hearing that Bielinski may voluntarily give up his bar membership now that he's convicted of a felony.

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City of Brookfield clerical police employees to contribute to pensions

Feb. 22, 2012 9:00 a.m. | Members of City of Brookfield Local 315, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association-Clerical Unit, will now be required to make pension contributions.

The Human Resources and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and the union, specifying that union members will begin paying 5.9 percent of wages toward their pensions with their Feb. 24 paycheck.

To help offset the financial impact to employees, the agreement also advances a 1.25 percent pay adjustment from July 1 to Jan. 13 of this year.

The agreement will save the city about $33,000 annually. Similar agreements are now in place with four of the city’s five unions, Human Resources Director Jim Zwerlein said.

Waukesha County panel endorses pay raises

Feb. 21, 2012 3:38 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board's Personnel Committee unanimously endorsed pay raises Tuesday ranging from 1.5% to 2% for two former union groups and three elected officials.

The County Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to consider the measures.

Pay raises of 1.5% in each of the next four years, beginning in 2013, were recommended for the county clerk, register of deeds and treasurer. Beginning April 15, when prospective candidates for those offices can begin circulating nomination papers for the fall election, no action on pay raises can be taken during the course of their four-year terms.

If approved, the pay in 2013 would start at $70,180 for the county clerk and treasurer and $71,125 for the register of deeds and would increase to $73,384 and $74,372, respectively, by 2016.

The committee also recommended pay raises in 2012 of 2% for about 425 clerical, paraprofessional, maintenance and sanitarian workers previously represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. In addition, raises of 1.6% retroactive for 2011 and 2% for 2012 were recommended for about 160 corrections officers and dispatch center employees. The unions have been decertified in the wake of last year's state law changes that eliminated most collective bargaining for most public employees.

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Superintendent contract negotiations to begin Tuesday

Feb. 21, 2012 7:54 a.m. | School Board President Tom Gehl and Keith Brightman, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, will negotiate a contract Tuesday evening with Mark Hansen to become the next superintendent for the Elmbrook School District.

Gehl said the full School Board met Monday to hammer out the parameters of the contract and that Tuesday's negotiation will, like Monday's meeting, be held in closed session.

He declined to comment further on the timeline for the negotiations, though the board previously committed to hiring a new superintendent before the end of the month.

The next School Board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 28.

Hansen currently is the chief academic officer for the Pewaukee School District.

Capitol Drive down to one lane at parkway bridge

Feb. 20, 2012 1:38 p.m. | Traffic is being restricted to one lane on a section of Capitol Drive in Wauwatosa to allow for bridge work over the Menomonee River Parkway.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is re-decking a bridge, so traffic will be down to one lane westbound on Capitol between Mayfair Road and Highway 45. Lane closures are expected to last four to five months.

During the bridge work, the Menomonee River Parkway will be closed to vehicles at the bridge. However, pedestrian and bicycle access will be allowed through the work site in a safe, restricted area.

Beginning in April, road work will restrict traffic in both directions on Capitol Drive from Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa to Brookfield until project completion in November.

East basketball teams lost to MUHS, DSHA

Feb. 17, 2012 10:28 p.m. | The Brookfield East boys and girls basketball teams both lost to Marquette and Divine Savior Holy Angels Friday night.

BOYS AT MUHS

East trailed 24-20 at halftime, but the Hilltoppers went on a 24-12 run in the third quarter to blow the game open.

Mikey Novak had 19 points and Brian Smith 13 for East while Donnel Cegars and AJ Mueller each had 13 for MUHS.

DSHA AT EAST

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Lancer girls beat Red Raiders, win third straight

Feb. 17, 2012 10:22 p.m. | Senior Anna Liewen scored 22 points and led Brookfield Central to a 54-23 victory at Wauwatosa East on Friday night.

Sarah Fotsch and Jasmine Lewis added nine points each for Central, while Emily Jensen and Denieshaw Kinnebrew led East with eight. The Red Raiders are still playing without an injured Katie Salmon.

Central led 23-9 at half and 38-13 after three quarters.

The Lancers are 8-4, 12-8 oveall, and the Red Raiders are 4-8, 6-13.

Lancers beat Tosa East, improve to 10-3

Feb. 17, 2012 10:07 p.m. | Brookfield Central beat Wauwatosa East boys team, 60-50, Friday night at home and improved to 10-3 in the Greater Metro Conference and 16-5 overall.

Seth Mortag, who scored 10 of his 15 points in the third period, helped the Lancers to a 43-35 lead through three quarters. Riley LaChance led Central with 21 points, as both players picked up their second foul with three minutes left in the first quarter and didn't play their usual minutes. Nate Rohde (9 points) and Nick Olson (8 points) helped pick up the slack.

Tosa East, playing without Anthony Carroll and Marquise Carter who were lost for  year because of an athletic code violation, were short-handed, but still kept battling the Lancers until the end of the game.

Ben Carpenter led East with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, nine coming in the third period which kept his team in the game. Diamonte McKinley scored 13 points, including six in the fourth quarter.

East fell to 8-5 with a 13-8 record overall.

Audit cites weaknesses in Waukesha County clerk operations

Feb. 16, 2012 4:42 p.m. | Waukesha - A number of weaknesses were found in Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus' office operations, according to a newly released audit report, including the failure to return about $27,000 in dog license fees owed municipalities that has accumulated over several years.

In response to the audit, Nickolaus said she's already instituted a number of recommended changes.

The county's internal audit manager, Lori Schubert, and Nickolaus will discuss the findings at the County Board's Executive Committee meeting at 9 a.m. Monday.

None of the nine recommendations contained in the audit report was ranked as most critical in importance, but nearly all were described as having a significant impact on efficiency and effectiveness.

The audit did not examine most of Nickolaus' election systems and duties, which were audited in the fall of 2010. In April, Nickolaus' failure to count 14,000 votes from Brookfield in unofficial election night returns - or to tell the public about it for nearly two days - temporarily tipped the apparent Supreme Court election outcome and led to a costly and time-consuming statewide recount.

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Brookfield Target store will open in July

Feb. 16, 2012 12:20 p.m. | The 135,000-square-foot Target store that's under construction in Brookfield will open in July, the retail chain announced Thursday.

Target Corp. didn't provide a specific date for the store opening at Underwood Crossing, a retail center being developed by Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. It will have around 200 employees, and will be one of the 20 stores the company plans to open in 2012.

Underwood Crossing, which is being developed at the former Quebecor World printing plant site, on W. Blue Mound Road near N. Columbia Blvd., also will have a Trader Joe's and other stores.
 

Stars to host Cedarburg for hockey playoffs Friday

Feb. 16, 2012 9:44 a.m. |

The Brookfield Stars High School Co-op Hockey team is 16-8 (5-1 in Conference) and is ranked 18th in the state going into their upcoming playoff game tomorow night at 6:30 p.m. at The Ponds of Brookfield.

The Stars will play Cedarburg after earning a first round bye and are seeded 4th in the Section 8 portion of the sectional.

The Stars are urging all their fans to wear red, white and blue to the game. Free team spirit items are being handed out before the game.Students will also have a chance to win free piazzas.
 
The winner of the game will next play on Tuesday against the #1 Homestead vs.Germantown co-op winner.

Elm Grove teachers soar with NASA

Feb. 15, 2012 4:17 p.m. | Students at St. Mary’s Visitation Catholic Parish School in Elm Grove took their science experiments to the skies last week when three of their teachers took a ride on the NASA Explorer Schools Reduced Gravity Flight.

The three — junior high science teacher Kathy Biernat, math teacher Michael Falk and fourth-grade teacher Kylie Daemmrich — were selected from a national group of applicants involved with the NASA Explorer School Project. The NASA initiative focuses on motivating students to learn about science, technology, engineeering, and math (STEM) subjects and careers, and gives teachers curriculum ideas to better engage students in STEM activities.

Biernat applied in July 2011 for three spots on the reduced gravity flight at the Johnson Space Center in Houston Feb. 5-10. When she received acceptance in September, she set to work with her fellow two fliers organizing the three classroom experiments NASA required in order to include students in the sky-high science ride.

For one experiment, students studied inertial balance by attaching film canisters with different weights to the end of a long blade. Using the blade like a flexible arm, the students pulled back the blade as if to fling it and counted the number of times it swung back and forth to measure the inertia of the film canisters. Another experiment looked at the interplay of force, mass and distance as students projected metal ball bearings at different angles with different amounts of force and with different weights. The third experiment tested densities of different liquids. Students examined how quickly a weight could fall through apple juice, vegetable oil and corn syrup.

After conducting each experiment in science class, the students learned how to graph and analyze their results in their math classes. They made hypotheses about how the results they recorded on Earth would compare to results of the experiments in a weightless atmosphere.

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Title IX complaints filed against 5 school districts

Feb. 15, 2012 7:50 a.m. | Five area school districts are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights for allegations of discrimination against female high school athletes.

A complainant has made the allegations against the Kettle Moraine, Oconomowoc, Mukwonago, Waukesha and Elmbrook school districts.

Read more in tomorrow's Lake Country Reporter, or follow this story later today at LivingLakeCountry.com.

Elm Grove Woman's Club sponsors student art contest, show

Feb. 14, 2012 9:36 p.m. | "We always enjoy the artwork from students each year," said Gaylene Townsley, co-chair of the 43rd annual art competition sponsored by the Elm Grove Woman's Club.

The club is challenging Elmbrook School District students in grades nine through 12 to enter the contest and compete for scholarships by submitting three original pieces of artwork in any medium from 5 to 7 p.m. March 20 at the organization's clubhouse, 13885 Watertown Plank Road.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two graduating seniors who will be enrolled in an accredited college. The students do not have to major or minor in art to receive the scholarships. In addition, one $250 art grant will be awarded to a student in grades nine through 11.

Competitors need to attach to each piece of art an official entry form that is available from district art teachers or can be downloaded from the Elm Grove Woman's Club site, www.egwc.org.

An independent, anonymous panel of judges will review the artwork March 21, and the winners will be revealed during the reception and art show at 7 p.m. March 22.

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First Federal Bank of Wisconsin proposed for Brookfield gateway

Feb. 14, 2012 10:58 a.m. | The construction of a First Federal Bank of Wisconsin is being considered for the northeast corner of Moorland Road and Greenfield Avenue.

The Brookfield Plan Commission approved a public hearing being scheduled for the proposal within the next two months.

The bank would be 4,000 square feet and offer drive-thru service.

Commissioners expressed some disappointment when comparing the plan with what was once considered for the gateway site - the 115,000-square-foot Fountain Brook Crossing development, which would have featured an indoor waterfall and rooftop garden - but said they recognize the downturn in the market and other limitations prevented the previous project from advancing, and expressed support for First Federal's proposal.

"It would be unfair for us to judge your project … based upon what was brought forward to us a couple years ago," Alderman Gary Mahkorn said. "I certainly have no problems whatsoever with the proposal."

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Christ the Lord church proposes taking down home, trees

Feb. 14, 2012 10:52 a.m. | Christ the Lord Evangelical Lutheran Church is planning several improvements to its site at 1640 N. Brookfield Road.

The Plan Commission on Monday agreed to schedule a public hearing about the church's plan to demolish a house on the eastern portion of the property and move its school playground there, replace the existing playground with a parking lot and change the landscaping.

The church wants to take down 16 large spruce trees in order to open the view to the site. Church officials said they do not want to replace the trees.

Planning Administrator Michael Theis said replacement of the trees will need to be discussed further and plans reconciled prior to scheduling a public hearing.

A neighborhood meeting and public hearing will be scheduled, likely within the next two months.

Islamic Society looks to build mosque in Brookfield

Feb. 14, 2012 10:15 a.m. | Every Friday afternoon, about 60 to 70 Muslims meet for prayer service in Waukesha County. Since 2000, they have met in several places.

Now, the Islamic Society of Milwaukee believes it is time they have a permanent place to worship.

The city of Brookfield Plan Commission on Monday reviewed preliminary plans for a nearly 13,000-square-foot mosque the society would like to build at Pheasant Drive and Calhoun Road.

The panel unanimously agreed to schedule a public hearing on the plans, which would later move to the Common Council for consideration.

The society's primary worship center, the Islamic Center of Milwaukee, at 13th Street and Layton Avenue, has a congregation of more than 1,500 people, and has been serving the local Muslim community for more than 25 years.

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Elmbrook School Board names finalist for superintendent post

Feb. 13, 2012 4:54 p.m. | The Elmbrook School Board has identified Mark Hansen, currently chief academic officer in the Pewaukee School District, as the finalist to become the next Elmbrook school superintendent.

In a news release, the board noted that 47 candidates formally applied, six candidates were interviewed and two finalists were under serious consideration until one withdrew.

"Mr. Hansen has an outstanding track record of educational accomplishment and leadership and the board looks forward to continuing its analysis and vetting of his candidacy on Feb. 16," School Board President Tom Gehl said.

On Feb. 16, Hansen will tour two schools, meet with select district and school staff members and have a finalist interview.

The board wants to hire a new superintendent before the end of the month so that person is ready to serve the district July 1. Current Superintendent Matt Gibson, who has served the district for the past 17 years, is retiring.

Brookfield store sells winning Powerball ticket

Feb. 13, 2012 2:50 p.m. | The state's Powerball switch to $2 tickets paid off in a big way for one local winner. Wisconsin had three big Powerball winners Saturday, including its first $1 million winner since the game changed to $2 in January. A ticket in Rhode Island claimed Saturday night's $336.4 million Powerball jackpot, according to a Wisconsin Lottery news release.

The $1 million ticket was sold at the Greenfield Avenue Pick 'n Save in Brookfield. That ticket matched all five regular winning numbers, but not the Powerball.

Until January when Powerball became a $2 game, that ticket would have been worth $200,000. The $1 million winner has yet to be indentified and must claim his prize at the lottery's headquarters in Madison within 180 days of Saturday's drawing.

The Powerball jackpot now returns to $40 million for the Feb. 15 drawing.

Lancers boys, girls sweep Spartans

Feb. 10, 2012 9:47 p.m. | Both the Brookfield Central girls and boys teams swept Brookfield East for the second time this season, winning their games by a combined 59 points.

The Central girls did most of the damage, beating East by 41 points, 67-26, while the boys won by 18, 65-47.

Two 3-point shooters set the tone for each game. For the girls, junior Debbie Entzminger tied a school record with 6 treys, on the way to a 22-point night. Entzminger averaged 5.9 points coming into the game.

After an exciting 14-11 first period, the Lancers got a combined 15 points in the second period from Anna Liewen (9) and Entzminger (6) to roll to a 20-4 quarter and a 34-15 halftime lead. Central was even better in the third quarter with a 24-5 run to lead 58-20 after three quarters. This time Entzminger (8) and Liewen (6) combined for 14 points in the quarter.

Liewen scored 18 points for Central, while the best East could do was seven points from Christy Johnson.

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Brookfield alderman dies after knee surgery

Feb. 08, 2012 4:02 p.m. | Brookfield - The city is mourning the loss of longtime Ald. James A. Garvens, who died Wednesday of complications after having knee replacement surgery Monday, Mayor Steve Ponto said.

"We had no idea this was a life-threatening situation," Ponto said. "It was an incredible shock."

Ponto said Garvens' blood pressure dropped Tuesday, but rallied later in the day.

"His wife went home for the night and then got a call from the hospital to come back because his blood pressure was declining again. He passed away early this morning (Wednesday). . . . I think it was the strain on his heart as a result of the operation. I think the operation itself in terms of replacing the knee went well. It's just that it was too hard on his heart."

Of Brookfield's current aldermen, Garvens, 75, was the longest serving, Ponto said.

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Full appeals court to hear Elmbrook graduation arguments

Feb. 08, 2012 10:24 a.m. | The full panel of judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Feb. 9 to decide whether it was constitutional for the Elmbrook School District to hold its high school graduations at Elmbrook Church for the better part of the last decade.

The granting of a full review is a victory for Americans United, which filed a suit on behalf of nine unnamed district families who said the environment made them feel unwelcome and uncomfortable.

A three-member panel of the Court of Appeals in September, 2011, ruled in Elmbrook's favor.

"Public school students and parents should not be forced to spend hours in an intensely religious environment in order to attend their own graduations," said Alex J. Luchenitser, American United's legal director. "I look forward to presenting our arguments to the Court of Appeals."

Brookfield Central held its graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church from 2000 to 2009. Brookfield East held its graduations there from 2002 to 2009.

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Parent Network offers two free screenings of 'Race To Nowhere'

Feb. 06, 2012 12:18 p.m. | "Race To Nowhere," a documentary focused on "the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children's lives," will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brookfield East High School, 3305 N. Lilly Road, and 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Brookfield Central High School, 16900 W. Gebhardt Road.

The free program is presented by Elmbrook's Parent Network. Seating is limited at each location.

Sandra Schultz, a network member, said the organization is not taking a position on the subject, but is offering the screenings as an educational and informational opportunity.

For information, email Parentnetwork@elmbrookschools.org.

Meet Hari Trivedi, candidate for governor

Feb. 06, 2012 8:53 a.m. | If you watched hours of Super Bowl coverage on Sunday, you may have noticed a couple of ads by Hari Trivedi, a relative unknown who is running for governor of Wisconsin.

Trivedi said Monday that he is an independent candidate for governor. He said he spent $17,000 to run a series of ads about his candidacy. One of the ads ran before the Super Bowl; another ran after the game.

Trivedi is a kidney specialist who lives with his wife and three sons in Brookfield. He was a write-in candidate for governor in 2010.

Why is he running in what will likely be a recall election involving Gov. Scott Walker?

"I am, like most Americans, disillusioned by the current status. It's almost appalling. I decided I should do something besides talk and complain," he said.

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West Allis Central boys take over first in GMC with win over Lancers

Feb. 03, 2012 10:00 p.m. | West Allis Central came back twice and finally passed Brookfield Central for good with 6 minutes left to play, beating the Lancers, 63-59, Friday night at BCHS.

The win put the Bulldogs (9-2, 13-4) in first place, while the Lancers fell to second (8-3, 13-5). WAC has won 9 of 10 games, including seven straight in GMC play. The Lancers have lost three consecutive league games.

The Bulldogs led 22-19 with 4:11 left in the half, when the Lancers went on a 12-0 run to take a 31-22 lead with 1:09 to play. But baskets by Najeal McMillian and Tonnie Collier cut the lead to 31-26 at intermission.

The Lancers began the second half with a 12-6 run to increase their lead to 43-32 with 3:36 left in the quarter.Seth Mortag had six points and Riley LaChance four in that stretch.

But the Bulldogs came back and cut the lead to 46-44 after three periods behind McMillian (four points), Jaquan Carlson (three), Jarvis Garrett (three) and Darvell Brown (two) while all the Lancers could muster was a 3-pointer by LaChance.

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Spartans lose to Hale, lose chance to end losing streak

Feb. 02, 2012 9:24 p.m. | West Allis Hale nipped Brookfield East, 42-40, Thursday night at East and kept the Spartans winless in the Greater Metro Conference.

The Huskies are now 2-8 in the GMC, while East dropped to 0-10. With Brookfield Central (5-4), Divine Savior Holy Angels (8-1), West Allis Central (5-4) and Menomonee Falls (7-2) on the Spartans' schedule the rest of the way, the chance getting into the win column in league play is not good.

East led 16-13 after the first period, as Christy Johnson nailed three 3-pointers.  East extended that lead to 25-18 when Hale's Rachel Seefeldt threw in a half-court shot to make it 25-21 at halftime.

But the Huskies came out and went on an 11-0 run to take a 32-25 lead with 3:12 left in the quarter. Jazzmin King banked in a 3-point shot from the top of the key to open the scoring in the second half.

Then when Erin Barbeau, standing behind the backboard on the right side, threw a shot over the top of the backboard and into the net, the Huskies were off and running.

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