West Side Stories

A Tosa resident for almost 20 years, Karen is a mom and freelance writer, addicted to playing tennis. When not on the tennis court, she spends the fall and winter in the stands at Green Bay Packer and Marquette basketball games.

Karen is the author of “Grab a Bite,” a dining out column and the former community columnist for the Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.

The New Girl - My Mom, The Newest Tosa Resident

Tosans, Parenting, Family, Elder Care

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Restaurant Resurgence Makes Tosa a "Hip" Destination

Neighborhood, Tosa Business, Tosans, Restaurants

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The Empty Nest is Full Again

Being old, Personal, Tosans, Elder Care, Tosa Business

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Tosa Shines in new Visit Milwaukee Video Tour

Tosa Business, Tosa Landmarks, Tosans, Community

You find the coolest things on Twitter and this, posted by a Tosa resident, is REALLY cool! Check out this video, created by Visit Milwaukee. What an awesome way to show off Wauwatosa! Enjoy!

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To the Tosa Farmers Market - Jiggety Jig!

Community, Tosa Business, Tosa Landmarks, Tosans, Neighborhood

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Fun, Tosans

Need a good laugh? Something fun that won’t empty your wallet? Go see NUNSENSE April 30 – May 2nd at Divine Savior Holy Angels (DSHA) High School.

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Feeling chilly? Why not get All Shook Up?!

Kids, Fun, Community, Tosans

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Honk!...for a good time!

Kids, Fun, Tosans

Have you and your kids hit the mid-summer hum-drums? Need something to do but have very little cash to spend? This coming weekend, head over to Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (DSHA) for their Community Theatre Works Production of Honk! The Musical Tale of the Ugly Duckling.

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Making Music (and More) in Record Time

Fun, Kids, The Online World, Tosans

This week, in dorm rooms and college apartments and basements and all across the world, really, music (and more) is being made in record time. Four years ago, two industrious (and perhaps a little bored?) college students created a challenge for themselves and their friends: Make a record in exactly one week. That’s right, one week to create a concept, write songs and record an album. These students have done this four years in a row and the results have been impressive. 

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The Oohs and Ahhs Have It

Community, Fun, Kids, Things that bug me, Tosans

There’s a brief but interesting discussion on the Tosa Town Square about watching fireworks on TV. This is something that fascinates me, for no good reason except that I have a strong opinion on the topic.


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Summer with a Side of Service

Community, Kids, Tosans

Teens these days. They’re so, so, so…willing to sacrifice their time and comfort and….gasp...even their cell phones to do something for other people.


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The Crazy Things Those Tosa College Kids Do

Fun, Kids, Personal, Tosans

So...I know this college kid from Tosa. And he’s doing a project this summer. No, he’s not painting the house or fixing a car. He’s creating a musical.


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Can I Get an Amen?!

Politics, Tosans

I came upon an article in the Sunday paper about Rick Warren, the author of the blockbuster best-selling book, “A Purpose Driven Life.” Apparently, Mr. Warren has had a change of heart and is telling his flock to play nice.


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