Plans for Indoor Training Facility at 5 Diamonds Moving Forward

Changes to Preserve Wetlands made by Ball Park Owners

5 Diamonds ball park owner Thomas Kelenic hit a brick wall on February 12th when the Town of Waukesha Plan Commission postponed any decision regarding construction of a 43,000 square foot indoor training facility at the ball park. Kelenic was seeking approval to begin construction this month of a new indoor training facility that will be operated by NX Level Sports Performance.

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At the Plan Commission hearing, concerns were brought up regarding a proposal that called for filling-in a small portion of wetlands so the building placement wouldn’t interfere with an existing baseball field. Six… Continue reading

Downtown Construction Forces Long-Time Waukesha Business to Close its Doors

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WAUKESHA — For 11 years the Sprizzo Gallery Caffe’ operated in downtown Waukesha. Just this past weekend the business closed its doors at 363 W. Main Street for good.

Citing the upcoming construction this month on West Main Street, Owner Karla Harper said the Sprizzo restaurant officially closed down over the weekend. In an online article published today by Sarah Pryor, Harper told the Freeman:


“Even with an amazing pro-active city staff, it is simply too challenging for Sprizzo or any business to weather two consecutive years of road construction and closed streets,” Harper said. “Sprizzo only has one customer entrance. Blocking that entrance and removing sidewalks and… Continue reading

Associated Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested!

WAUKESHA – The Waukesha police Department announced earlier today on their Facebook page that the two suspects from the Associated Bank robbery in Waukesha last Friday have been arrested.

It is believed approximately $10,000 was taken in the robbery, which took place at 10:28 am on February 20th. Police reported that clothing and a facsimile weapon have been recovered as evidence in the crime.

Jason D. Barnhill (black shirt) 08/15/81 and Lance A. Keota (maroon shirt) 06/24/88 are being referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office for Robbery of Financial Institution.

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SHOUT OUT to the Waukesha PD for another great job in swiftly apprehending these violent offenders!

Robbery at Associated Bank on Sunset

Asociated Bank logoWAUKESHA, WI: Waukesha police are investigating a bank robbery at Associated Bank located at 100 E. Sunset Drive at the intersection of Sunset and East Avenue in Waukesha. The robbery occurred at 10:28 am.


Police are searching for two men who robbed the Associated Bank at gunpoint Friday morning in Waukesha.

According to a news release from Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department, two masked men entered the bank. One suspect displayed a handgun, jumped the counter and took an undisclosed amount of money.

Both then fled the bank and headed southbound on foot toward Big Bend Road.  Capt. Oremus said no shots were… Continue reading

New Ordinance Guidelines hindering Approval of 2015 Farmers’ Market Permit

Will new guideline conditions provoke event organizers to stop hosting events due to hardship and extra costs?

FM LOGO-optiThe buzz that there may not be a Market this year amongst Farmers’ Market vendors and Waukesha area residents is just a rumor, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. Forgive me if I’m not very optimistic of a positive, long-term outcome for events in downtown Waukesha…

The conflict and controversy regarding the 2015 Farmers’ Market is nothing new. As of late it’s a lot more than just qualms from the same few serial-complainers from the west-end.

First, let’s clarify a couple of things regarding the rumors about vendor applications, and plans… Continue reading

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