Win State Fair tickets on Facebook

July 29, 2012 9:08 a.m. |  Food, fun, rides, music and more await you at the Wisconsin State Fair starting Thursday. All you need is tickets.

And MyCommunityNOW is here to help.

You can win a pair of Wisconsin State Fair tickets by heading over to our Facebook page and filling out our State Fair tickets giveaway entry. Simply tell us what you're most looking forward to at the State Fair.

Entries will be taken until noon Friday. Winners will be selected in a random drawing and emailed that day. Winners can pick up the tickets at our offices or have them mailed to them.

So hurry up, head over and enter today.

Swimming water quality? There's an app for that

July 27, 2012 11:28 a.m. | An app released by Milwaukee Riverkeeper makes it easy to find a safe beach for swimming.

The Swim Guide uses water quality monitoring data from government authorities. Green marks indicate acceptable water quality, while red marks show where it is unsafe. It also enables users to get directions, view photos and report pollution immediately to Milwaukee Riverkeeper.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper wants to protect beachgoers from getting sick, and raise public awareness about pollution threatening our rights to swimmable waters.

The technology was developed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and is now managed by Milwaukee Riverkeeper and other member groups of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a network of 200 water protection groups worldwide.

The app can be downloaded at

Waukesha County to pay $256,300 to fix Nickolaus error

July 25, 2012 4:34 p.m. | The Waukesha County Board has appropriated more than a quarter-million dollars to fix an election computer programming mistake by outgoing County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.

Supervisors voted, 22-2, on Tuesday to spend $256,300 in the wake of a breakdown in the system for reporting results in the April 3 election.

Despite Nickolaus' promise to post timely results online, the public didn't learn the results of contested local races for hours. Reporters and election reporting service representatives had to tabulate vote totals themselves from long paper tapes hanging on the walls of a meeting room.

At County Executive Dan Vrakas' direction, the county hired a consulting firm to investigate what happened, at a cost of $15,000.

SysLogic Inc. of Brookfield found that Nickolaus had ordered an upgrade in the election software and, after that upgrade, she was the only person trained to program the computers. Then, sometime after final testing of the computers, but before the election, she changed something in the programming, the consultant's report said.

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Brookfield Sendik's to become Piggly Wiggly

July 25, 2012 2:10 p.m. | The Sendik's supermarket at 2315 N. 124th St., Brookfield, will become a Piggly Wiggly store on Aug. 23, according to a statement from Sheboygan-based Piggly Wiggly Midwest.

The store will continue to be owned by Sal Sendik and his sons John and Tony, according to the statement.

The store has been supplied by Piggly Wiggly Midwest since June 2011. The store will retain all of its employees, the statement said.

"We are excited to finally have Sendik's Elmbrook store branded as a Piggly Wiggly," Paul Butera, Piggly Wiggly Midwest's chairman, said in the statement.

Butera also said the store will undergo a $1 million remodeling project that is expected to be completed sometime this year.

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Elmbrook loses appeal of graduation lawsuit

July 24, 2012 1:27 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District violated the Constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state by holding past graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the group that filed the lawsuit in 2009 on behalf of nine anonymous plaintiffs, hailed the decision as an important victory for personal liberty in this country.

“This decision upholds the separation of church and state, it upholds the Constitution,” said attorney Alex Luchenitser, associate legal director for AU. “It ensures the students in Wisconsin will not be forced to enter an intensely religious environment as the price of attending their own high school graduation, a seminal event in their lives.”

Some of the plaintiffs have claims for monetary damages due to the emotional suffering that occurred as a result of the district’s choice of graduation venue, Luchenitser said, adding that his next step is to talk with those families and the school district’s legal counsel to see if a settlement can be reached. If not, a district court will review the claims and make a determination.

Luchenitser said the financial gains were not the prime motivators for the plaintiffs. 

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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.

Brookfield man charged in hit-and-run

July 18, 2012 7:12 a.m. | Brookfield - A 64-year-old Brookfield man has been charged in the hit-and-run crash on Sunday that injured a pedestrian.

Thomas J. Rhoda was charged Tuesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with hit-and-run involving great bodily harm, a felony.

A 25-year-old Brookfield woman suffered serious head and pelvis injuries, police said.

She was struck about 7:40 p.m. Sunday as she was walking in a crosswalk of the Barker Road-North Ave. roundabout.

Rhoda turned himself in at the police department Monday morning.

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Brookfield man jumps to death from high-rise bridge

July 16, 2012 5:46 p.m. | A 50-year-old Brookfield man jumped to his death from the high-rise bridge of the Marquette Interchange on Monday, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said.

Two witnesses saw the man jump about 11 a.m.

The man's identity was not released.

Suspect arrested in Brookfield hit-and-run that injured pedestrian

July 16, 2012 1:26 p.m. | Brookfield - A 64-year-old Brookfield man turned himself in at the police department Monday morning in connection with the hit-and-run crash on Sunday that injured a pedestrian, Brookfield police said.

A 25-year-old Brookfield woman was seriously injured about 7:40 p.m. Sunday when a driver struck her while she was walking in a crosswalk of the Barker Road-North Ave. roundabout. The driver fled, Brookfield police said.

Police are seeking a charge of hit-and-run causing injury against the man, who also turned over his vehicle to authorities.

The man is being held at the Waukesha County Jail pending a court appearance, police said.

Police did not release the name of the suspect or injured woman.

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East balanced in all phases, tops Hamilton

July 13, 2012 9:09 p.m. | The third inning proved big for Brookfield East on Friday evening, as the Spartans defeated the visiting Sussex Hamilton, 6-2, in the WIAA summer baseball regional final.

With the score tied at 2-2 to start the inning, East’s Patrick O’Brien hit a home run that gave the Spartans the lead and a momentum boost.

“They were figuring they were going to be in the game and we were figuring, 'OK, how are we going to break this open?'" East coach Bill Woodring said.

Drew Kehoe quickly followed with a double up the third base line. After Hamilton’s Mark Lunowa walked Brookfield East pitcher Griffin Lynch, Hamilton coach Mike Schramek brought in Mitch Mason to pitch, but that didn’t stop the Spartans. Sam Brunker walked to load the bases, followed by singles from Mike Eberle and Ryan Rouse to plate runs and make the score 5-2.

From then on, the Spartans defense didn't allow the high-scoring Chargers offense any additional runs. It was only the eighth time in 29 games that Hamilton had been held to two or fewer runs.

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Town of Brookfield imposes lawn sprinkling ban

July 13, 2012 2:52 p.m. | The Town of Brookfield has announced a lawn sprinkling ban for all properties effective immediately and until further notice.

The ban applies to watering of lawns and washing of cars, with the exception of commercial carwashes that recycle the water.

Property owners may water flower beds and shrubs from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. based on address. Even numbered properties may be watered on even numbered days and odd numbered properties may be watered on odd numbered days based on the 6 p.m. start time.

Property owners who have newly installed lawns may obtain a temporary permit from the Sanitary District.

For more information, call 262-798-8631.

New Berlin girl who was pulled from pool dies

July 12, 2012 8:24 p.m. | An 8-year-old girl from New Berlin who was pulled by lifeguards from the pool at the Wirth Aquatic Center in Brookfield after being found floating unconscious died Thursday.

The girl, whose identity has not been released, had been in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin since the July 3 mishap when she and about 60 or 70 other children in the New Berlin Parks and Recreation Playground Program came for their weekly visit to the pool.

The death was reported by WTMJ-TV (Channel 4). A call to the Brookfield Police Department seeking more information was not returned Thursday evening.

GAB required Nickolaus' program change to voting machines

July 11, 2012 5:10 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus' last-minute programming change to voting machines before the April 3 election - a change that may have triggered the computer error that stymied election night results reporting - was required by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, newly released emails show.

However, a legally required public test of the equipment once that change was made to ensure it worked properly was not performed, according to the records.

A consultant hired at County Executive Dan Vrakas' insistence to identify problems and fixes in the clerk's office after a string of election-reporting problems said Nickolaus acknowledged she made a programming change after the machines were initially tested. However, the report says she didn't specify what the change was.

She has not responded to repeated requests for comment or explanation.

As a result of the consultant's findings, the County Board will be asked to spend $256,300 to fix problems and eliminate risks of future mistakes. The vast majority of it will cover fees for Command Central LLC, the software vendor, to program equipment for the May and June recall elections and next month's primary. Only $4,000 is being sought to train other staff on election system programming - a job Nickolaus kept to herself. The consultant, SysLogic Inc., initially was hired to perform the study for $15,000.

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Huge rally saves Mukwonago in victory over Brookfield Central

July 10, 2012 9:03 p.m. | Riding a five-run, two-out rally in the sixth and capping the day with a walk-off base hit from Austin Bricco, the Mukwonago baseball team rallied back from the brink to stun Brookfield Central in the opening round of the WIAA summer baseball playoffs Tuesday, 7-6.

Senior captain Jake Scheibe led off the seventh with a double, Chris Schiferl sacrificed Scheibe over and reached first base on an error, and Bricco's shot down the right field line sent the Indians home happy.

"It was one of the most exciting games I've been a part of in a while," Mukwonago coach John Strohbusch said.

Mukwonago was on pace to suffer a rough loss, allowing six runs on just two hits. The Lancers plated four unearned runs in the second, and though Indians starter J.J. Crawford finished the frame with four strikeouts (and one reaching on a wild pitch), walks and a key error put Central in command.

"Even though his line is not great, (Crawford) is the guy that really kept us in the ballgame," Strohbusch said. "Things really could have gotten ugly in that first inning. He's not really a strikeout pitcher, he's more of a finesse guy ... we held one of the best hitting teams in the area to two hits. Unfortunately with some bad defense, we got behind the eight ball early on."

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Nickolaus changed software before April election breakdown

July 10, 2012 6:44 p.m. | Sometime after final testing of Waukesha County's election software - but before the April election - County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus mysteriously changed something in her office's computer programming, according to a consulting firm's report released Tuesday.

Only Nickolaus knows what she did. The consultants can't figure it out, and she's not talking.

But whatever she did, it caused a breakdown in reporting election results that will cost county taxpayers $256,300 to fix, the report says.

And that's not the only money that Waukesha County will have to spend to get its election systems operating properly, County Executive Dan Vrakas said Tuesday.

Aging hardware is out of compliance with federal standards and nearing the end of its useful life, the report says. That equipment was supposed to be replaced in 2009, but Nickolaus killed the project because county purchasing officials wouldn't let her award a no-bid contract, said Norm Cummings, county director of administration.

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Dancing prowler startles teen girl

July 10, 2012 4:42 p.m. | An impromptu dance party apparently started, at least for one man, after he was seen snooping around a house in the 2700 block of Wembley Circle on July 7.

According to the city of Brookfield police report:

Just after midnight, a man startled a teenage girl in the Brookfield suburban neighborhood by tapping on the glass of the kitchen door.

The girl looked outside and noticed the man had begun dancing in the yard. The rhythmic prowler then disappeared into the night, out of site from the window.

When police were called, no man matching the description was found. The teenager said she didn't recognize the man.

Pair arrested after girlfriend reports public sex in Motel 6 pool

July 10, 2012 4:42 p.m. | Handcuffs were not initially part of a watery rendezvous, but two people wound up in police custody for a host of crimes after a woman called police to inform them her boyfriend was having sex with another woman in the Motel 6 pool, according to the city of Brookfield police.

Also in the report:

Officers arrived at the Brookfield motel about 8:30 p.m. July 1, after a woman informed police her 27-year-old boyfriend was in the pool having sex with a 47-year-old woman while other people were in the pool.

The two were told to leave Motel 6 immediately and that they are no longer welcome to rent at that establishment. When police went to escort the pair from their room, they found marijuana and a pipe in the woman's purse.

She was subsequently arrested for drug possession and possession of paraphernalia, along with disorderly conduct for activities in the pool. The 27-year-old Chicago man was arrested for disorderly conduct as well.

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Investigating, fixing Nickolaus election errors to cost $256,300

July 09, 2012 4:46 p.m. | A consultant's report traces problems in reporting Waukesha County election results directly to mistakes by outgoing County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus - mistakes that will cost county taxpayers more than a quarter of a million dollars to fix.

Nickolaus had promised to post timely results online and update them periodically for the April 3 election. But the public didn't learn the results of contested local races for hours, while reporters and election reporting service representatives were forced to tabulate the vote totals themselves from long paper tapes hanging on the walls of a meeting room.

The embattled county clerk already was under scrutiny because of her role in the 2011 state Supreme Court race, when she left the entire city of Brookfield out of countywide vote totals. When those 14,000 votes were added in, two days after the election, Justice David Prosser had won by 7,000 votes, instead of narrowly losing to Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, as the original count showed. But the uncertainty over the Waukesha County vote led to a statewide recount that confirmed Prosser's victory.

Nickolaus, a Republican, agreed to withdraw from directly overseeing this year's gubernatorial recall election after County Executive Dan Vrakas, a former GOP legislator, threatened to call for her resignation if she didn't hand off her election duties. She also announced she would not seek re-election in No vember.

After the April election, Vrakas told the county Department of Administration to hire a consultant "to get to the bottom of what the problems were," said Norm Cummings, director of administration. The full report from SysLogic Inc., a Brookfield consulting firm, was not immediately available Monday, but some of its findings are briefly summarized in a funding measure being considered by the County Board.

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High water use in city of Brookfield drawing down supply

July 07, 2012 9:13 a.m. | City of Brookfield residents are using so much water trying to keep their lawns green that city officials said they may need to impose a complete ban on sprinkling if people don't voluntarily reduce their water use.

When too much water gets drawn out of the system, it endangers the Water Utility's ability to keep enough water in the system for drinking water and fire protection needs, officials said in a news release today.

Residents are being asked to obey outdoor sprinkling rules before a ban becomes necessary.

The rules for sprinkling are: Sprinkling is allowed by properties with even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days of the year and by properties with odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days of the year before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on the designated day. Automatic sprinklers should be adjusted accordingly.

There are some exemptions permitted including:

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Rodgers-Braun restaurant 8-Twelve opens in Brookfield

July 05, 2012 5:58 p.m. | Dinner's on over at the new Aaron Rodger-Ryan Braun place in Brookfield.

8-Twelve MVP Bar & Grill, the Ryan Braun-Aaron Rodgers joint venture in Brookfield with the SURG group, announced its opening Thursday afternoon via social media.

The restaurant named for the jersey numbers of the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and Green Bay Packers quarterback opened at 5 p.m. Thursday at 17800 W. Blue Mound Road. Seating is first-come, first-served through the weekend.

The menu now is available online. 8-Twelve will be open for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. It’s expected to start lunch service on Aug. 3, and brunch on Aug. 5.

Independence Day photo gallery updated

July 04, 2012 11:36 a.m. | We've just updated our suburban Independence Day photo gallery with colorful shots from today's events in Oak Creek and yesterday's parade in Menomonee Falls.

We'll continue to update the gallery throughout the day with more images from the metropolitan area.

Go to photo gallery.

Girl, 8, pulled from Brookfield pool in 'very critical condition'

July 04, 2012 10:48 a.m. | An 8-year-old girl who was pulled by lifeguards from the Wirth Aquatic Center on Tuesday is "in very critical condition" at Children's Hospital, City of Brookfield Police Captain Phil Horter said Wednesday.

The girl's unconscious body was pulled from the pool after lifeguards noticed her floating in the pool in four feet of water shortly before 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Horter said.

"Brookfield lifeguards and paramedics enacted emergency procedures, including CPR," he said. A doctor who was using the pool and an EMT from the North Shore Fire Department who was present also assisted, he said.

The girl was with about 60 or 70 other children in the New Berlin Park and Recreation Playground Program who come to swim at the pool every Tuesday as part of the program, Horter said.

It's not yet been determined if the girl could swim, or how long she had been in the pool, he said.

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Girl pulled from Brookfield pool in critical condition

July 03, 2012 7:40 p.m. | Brookfield - An 8-year-old girl is in critical condition Tuesday evening after lifeguards pulled her unconscious body out of a pool at Wirth Aquatic Center.

Lifeguards discovered the girl in four feet of water - one foot below the surface - shortly before 1:45 p.m. They started CPR and other lifesaving measures with the help of a physician and an emergency medical technician with the North Shore Fire Department.

The girl, whose name was not made public, was taken to Children's Hospital in Wauwatosa.

The girl came to the pool with guardians and other children who were participating in the New Berlin Parks and Recreation Department's Summer Outdoor Playground Program, authorities said.

Elm Grove cancels fireworks

July 03, 2012 6:00 p.m. | Elm Grove has canceled its Independence Day fireworks display due to the dry conditions and the launch site's proximity to wooded and grassy areas of Village Park, Police Chief James Gage announced today.

The fireworks display will be rescheduled for an upcoming weekend, possibly Labor Day; details will be forthcoming.

All other Independence Day activities remain as scheduled.

Additionally, the Village of Elm Grove, by order of Fire Chief William Selzer, has imposed a complete outdoor burning ban, to include all personal fireworks, such as sparklers, snakes and similar combustibles.

This burning ban extends to all outdoor fire pits and outdoor fireplaces. This ban remains in effect, until rescinded by Selzer or his designee.

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Rescue workers called to Wirth Pool

July 03, 2012 2:20 p.m. | Dispatchers have sent emergency personnel to Wirth Park in Brookfield for the report of a child not breathing,

Fire Department emergency workers are on the scene. A Fire Department representative said they couldn't provide any information at this time.

More details to follow as they become available.

West Allis Hale slugger named NOW Softball Player of the Year

July 03, 2012 11:04 a.m. | West Allis Hale junior Rachel Seefeldt has been named the NOW All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year after slugging her way to 12 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Huskies this season.

She is joined on the squad by teammate Sarah Mueller and players from 10 other suburban teams.

Germantown co-coaches Kurt Raguse and Amy Barbiaux were named the coaches of the year.

NOW 2012 All-Suburban Softball Team

Community Watch

» Win State Fair tickets on Facebook 7/29

» Swimming water quality? There's an app for that 7/27

» Waukesha County to pay $256,300 to fix Nickolaus error 7/25

» Brookfield Sendik's to become Piggly Wiggly 7/25

» Elmbrook loses appeal of graduation lawsuit Updated:  7/24

» Elmbrook School District 'disappointed' by court ruling 7/24

» Brookfield man charged in hit-and-run 7/18

» Brookfield man jumps to death from high-rise bridge 7/16

» Suspect arrested in Brookfield hit-and-run that injured pedestrian Updated:  7/16

» East balanced in all phases, tops Hamilton 7/13

» Town of Brookfield imposes lawn sprinkling ban 7/13

» New Berlin girl who was pulled from pool dies 7/12

» GAB required Nickolaus' program change to voting machines 7/11

» Huge rally saves Mukwonago in victory over Brookfield Central 7/10

» Nickolaus changed software before April election breakdown 7/10

» Dancing prowler startles teen girl 7/10

» Pair arrested after girlfriend reports public sex in Motel 6 pool 7/10

» Investigating, fixing Nickolaus election errors to cost $256,300 7/9

» High water use in city of Brookfield drawing down supply 7/7

» Rodgers-Braun restaurant 8-Twelve opens in Brookfield 7/5

» Independence Day photo gallery updated 7/4

» Girl, 8, pulled from Brookfield pool in 'very critical condition' 7/4

» Girl pulled from Brookfield pool in critical condition Updated:  7/3

» Elm Grove cancels fireworks 7/3

» Rescue workers called to Wirth Pool 7/3

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