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Waukesha County Board OKs recycling program with Milwaukee

April 09, 2014 10:35 a.m. | The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an intergovernmental agreement between the county and the city of Milwaukee for a joint recycling program run by ReCommunity Recycling.

Mayor Tom Barrett has praised the effort as an example of intergovernmental cooperation.

The County Board vote was 21-1. Afterward, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas released a statement saying the collaboration, which will be headquartered in the Menomonee Valley, will increase recycling, reduce processing costs and enhance revenue.

“This unique public-private partnership will ensure the continuation of tax relief for Waukesha County community partners," Vrakas said.

The agreement is expected to generate $2 million in annual revenue for the city.

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Fingerprints on Pringles can lead police to robbery suspect

April 08, 2014 3:53 p.m. | Brandon D. Freeman, a 25-year-old man without a listed address, faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted of being a party to the crime of taking property from the Brookfield Place gas station, 3075 N. 124th St., about 8:30 p.m. April 20, 2013.

Freeman was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Tuesday, April 1.

Police identified Freeman from fingerprints left on a discarded Pringles can with pennies inside the gas station.

According to the criminal complaint:

The clerk at Brookfield Place said a man had come in that evening with the can and dumped a heap of pennies on the counter to count them. At that time, another person entered the store and headed straight for the storage area. When the clerk asked the second person if he could help him, that person demanded all of the store's Newport cigarettes and all of the cash in the register.

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Run for the Hills takes another lap

April 08, 2014 1:08 p.m. | With a changing of the guard on the horizon and in its third straight year as a school fundraiser, Run for the Hills has found a new way to reach potential participants.

"We're really excited about offering online registration," said Jenny Schweinert, the race organizer. "We have always offered early registration, but we wanted to make this as simple as possible. We always want to get as many people as possible to participate."

The race, which supports Wisconsin Hills Middle School, annually attracts about 500, she said.

"The weather has been an issue from time to time," she said, referring to the event's actual six-year history; the race originated at Hillside Elementary and parents continued the event after that school closed.

Event details

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Elmbrook schools see rise in test scores for math, reading

April 08, 2014 11:15 a.m. | Results from this school year's Wisconsin Student Assessment System show the Elmbrook School District continues to see improvement in math and reading for students.

The WSAS is a state-mandated, five-subject test taken by students in grades three to eight and 10. The assessment combines the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination and the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities.

The test is administered every November and provides a basic measure of overall student success, with results falling into categories of minimal, basic, proficient and advanced. The district's scores dramatically exceeded the state average, with high percentages of Elmbrook students scoring proficient or advanced in math, reading, language arts, science and social studies.

For the 2013-14 school year, Elmbrook students in third- to eighth-grade and tenth-grade had an average of 78.4 percent of students scoring in the proficient and advanced range in Math and 56 percent in reading. The state's average was 47.7 percent in math and 35.7 percent in reading.

Elmbrook also saw an increase in student performance from the past two school years within the district.

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Elmbrook schools, Brookfield police warn against 'Junior/Senior wars' and 'paranoia' games

April 08, 2014 10:37 a.m. | The Elmbrook School District and the Brookfield Police Department are warning teenagers not to participate in delinquent activities called Junior/Senior "Wars" and "Paranoia," reminding participants that those "games" can result in criminal charges.

Parents of high school juniors and seniors received letters from the district and the police department last month, informing them of risks associated with the teenage activities.

"Wars" between high school juniors and seniors have occurred in recent years in which students from one class will throw eggs and toilet paper at homes of students in the other class, said Brookfield Chief of Police Daniel Tushaus in his letter to parents.

"These late-night or early morning activities have resulted in the past in police calls by concerned neighbors, missed school and struggles to stay awake in class," the district's letter stated. "In addition to risky behavior sometimes associated with the activity, (e.g. property damage, trespassing, alcohol use), we are equally concerned with the negative impact on the school culture and the ability to meet our core teaching and learning expectations."

Running concurrently with the Junior/Senior Wars is another disruptive game called, "Paranoia." Teams of students are armed with Nerf guns (loaded with foam darts) and are pitted against each other to "kill" or "assassinate" opposing team members.

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Wandrey to lead Central's boys hoops program

April 07, 2014 3:30 p.m. | Brookfield Central's girls basketball coach Dan Wandrey looked at it as a unique opportunity.

As a result, it was announced Monday that he will replace the retiring Mark Adams as the basketball coach for the boys program.

"What makes it a unique opportunity is that it's a new challenge, but it's in my building, in my school," Wandrey said. "Usually when you get a new challenge you're in different surroundings. But I still have my same athletic director, my same facilities manager."

"We had a great pool of internal candidates," Athletic and Activities Director Todd Sobrilsky said. "When coach Wandrey said he would like to be considered, we did not have to do an external search. It really was an easy choice for us. For 16 years, he's had great success. Now he has an opportunity to continue that tradition with boys."

Since the girls went deep into the postseason, losing to eventual state champion Oak Creek in the sectional finals — one step from another state tournament — everything was put on hold.

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