Hoyt Park Pool to reopen Saturday

May 27, 2011 11:42 a.m. | The long-closed Hoyt Park Pool comes back to life Saturday, with the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art Tosa Pool that features a zero-depth entrance, water slides, lap swimming and a sand play area.

County Executive Chris Abele will be on hand for the opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

The $11 million project was privately funded and will be operated privately by the Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool, though it will be staffed by Milwaukee County lifeguards and maintained by county staff.

The old pool at 1800 Swan Blvd. was built in 1939 and remained popular, but was closed in 2003 after a severe water leak developed. The Tosa Foundation spearheaded a fund drive to replace the old pool and got a major boost in 2007 with a $4 million grant from Wauwatosa native John Morgridge and his wife, Tashia. Morgridge is the former chairman of Cisco Systems, a California-based high-tech firm.

"Thanks to the partnership between generous donors and the county, residents will once again enjoy a water park that's easily accessible and offers great summer fun," Abele said.

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Wauwatosa East, West softball photo gallery online

May 27, 2011 10:45 a.m. | Wauwatosa East took on Wauwatosa West yesterday at Miller Park's Helfaer Field and we've just published C.T. Kruger's photo gallery from the event.

Wauwatosa East earned an 11-5 victory.

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Greendale tennis sectional photo gallery now online

May 27, 2011 9:32 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the Greendale boys tennis sectional, which was held yesterday at Marquette University.

Brookfield East earned a team state berth with wins at second, third and fourth singles and second doubles. Brookfield Central was second with victories at first singles and first doubles.

The gallery also features competitors from Franklin, Greendale, New Berlin Eisenhower, Oak Creek, Wauwatosa East and Whitnall.

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Boy, 17, faces incest charges

May 25, 2011 10:26 a.m. |  

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and four counts of incest after his niece said he raped her on numerous occasions during a two-year-period.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The boy, who was charged as an adult, was arrested May at his father's home in May 11in Cook County, Ill., for allegedly forcing himself on his 11-year-old niece while he lived in her Wauwatosa home from December 2008 to August 2010. A second niece, this one 10-year-old, said she was raped by him while visiting Wauwatosa and at her Illinois home.

The girl said the violence started after her grandmother died and the family was gathered at her home. Her uncle was supposed to entertain the children and he allegedly told her and her cousins to take turns hiding under a blanket with him. She recounted times afterward when parents weren't home that he would corner her and expose himself, touch her sexually or force her to have sex. She recalled specific incidents such as the day before her birthday, when he called the rape his present to her.

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Teachers agree to pay freeze

May 24, 2011 5:10 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday approved interim agreements with the district's teachers and educational assistants that are expected to save Wauwatosa millions of dollars as it faces massive budget cuts next year.

But a similar agreement with the district's custodial workers was put on hold because several board members said they didn't have enough information about the proposal.

The School Board will hold a special session at 6 p.m. Wednesday to vote on the agreement with the custodial workers. The meeting will be held at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave.

The board approved the interim agreements with the teachers union and the educational assistants union on a 6-0 vote. Board member Thomas Jarosz was excused from the meeting.

Under the agreements, pay will be frozen for 2011-12, and employees will pay half their retirement costs as well as participate in a high-deductible health-care plan. Wauwatosa's administrators and other non-represented staff have agreed to similar terms for 2011-12.

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Fire departments join up to order cheaper gear

May 24, 2011 2:48 p.m. | Firefighters liken turnout gear - the protective coats and pants worn to a fire - to the bulletproof vests worn by their public safety counterparts on the police force.

"Fires are so unpredictable," Wauwatosa Fire Deputy Chief Bill Rice said. "Turnout gear allows us to go into a dangerous environment and prevent against burn injuries and survive a certain amount of heat."

Because of the importance of the uniforms, each Fire Department gets quite specific in the features they want included, he said. Therefore, Rice wasn't sure a newly formed purchasing consortium of departments in southeastern Wisconsin could come to terms on one set of turnout gear for everyone.

Not only were the 22 departments able to agree, they opened the bids last week and are having the finalist firms make samples for one firefighter from Tosa, North Shore, Waukesha and Racine to put to the test. They will wear the new gear on calls, then all the testers will gather at the Tosa fire training facility to see how the apparel works out when performing tasks like pulling hose, getting in and out of rigs and entering a live fire.

The idea is to save money by making a bulk purchase. Typically, one set of turnout gear costs about $1,800, but Rice anticipated that number could come down a couple of hundred dollars. The group plans to purchase about 200 sets of gear annually for five years. Some departments may only order two or three over that period, while Tosa has enough grant money to buy 80 sets this year, Rice said.

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Brass band, Celtic and more highlight Tosa Tonight concert series

May 24, 2011 10:58 a.m. | A New Orleans-style brass band, sampling of Celtic music and a tribute to the Armed Forces are among the acts to take the Rotary Performance Pavilion stage this summer as part of the Tosa Tonight concert series.

The free concerts kick off June 22 with Mike Benign Compulsion, a rock group reminiscent of acts like Crowded House and Elvis Costello at 6 p.m. The opening act will be followed by alt-country band Semi-Twang.

For the first time, Tosa Tonight will offer concerts on back-to-back nights with Conservatory Jazz Night on June 23. High school students - many of whom are from Wauwatosa - will participate in the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music's jazz camp and wrap up the experience with a final concert at Hart Park at 6 p.m. They will be accompanied by Grammy-winning trumpeter Bryan Lynch.

On July 13, Tosan Peter D'Amore opens the concert with his acoustic looping guitar. Mama Digdown's Brass Band is the featured act at 7:30 p.m.

This summer also marks Tosa Tonight's first Sunday show. The Wauwatosa and Mayfair Rotary clubs will present the 484th Army Band's Tribute to Our Armed Forces from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 7.

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Two fires last week caused property damage

May 24, 2011 10:50 a.m. | Fires broke out at the Harley-Davidson plant and Serafino Square apartments May 19. No injuries occurred but there was property damage in both incidents.

Wauwatosa Fire Department found heavy smoke in the basement of Harley-Davidson, 10700 W. Capitol Drive, at 2:08 p.m., and with the aid of fire crews from five surrounding communities, the fire was under control in about an hour, Deputy Chief James Case said.

A definitive cause hasn't been cited but it appeared a cutting torch was used in the vicinity of the fire, he said.

"No damage estimate is available as the equipment affected was in process of being removed due to the plant shutting down," Case said.

Later, at 8:03 p.m. heavy black smoke filled the underground parking garage at Serafino Square, 9995 W. North Ave. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but large garbage containers were involved, he said. Damage is estimated to be $25,000.

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Wauwatosa schools to have about 10 fewer teachers next year

May 24, 2011 10:42 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School District will have about 10 fewer teachers in 2011-12 than it did this school year, according to a staffing report presented to the School Board on Monday.

Most of the reduction - 7.6 full-time equivalents - will happen because of increased class sizes at the middle schools and high schools. Dan Chanen, the district's human resources director, said the average pupil-to-teacher ratio was increased from 24.5 to 25.5 at the middle schools and 25.5 to 26.5 at the high schools.

However, more teachers could be added back over the summer if enrollment dictates, Chanen said.

The other big change taking place next year will be adding 6.45 full-time equivalent Spanish/elementary teachers as Wauwatosa begins its elementary Spanish-language program this fall.

The School Board in January approved implementation of the program, which will provide Spanish instruction to first- through fifth-graders two to three days a week.

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Sheriff's deputy charged with fleeing from car accident

May 24, 2011 10:32 a.m. | A Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office deputy was charged Thursday with fleeing from a car accident.

According to the criminal complaint:

Deputy Brad Novak, a 32-year-old Wauwatosa resident, allegedly was driving a vehicle at Blue Mound Road and 68th Street at 11:57 p.m. May 14, when he was involved in an accident that resulted in damage to a woman's car.

The woman said she failed to stop for a red light and struck Novak's car. Then she allegedly saw him look at her and get out of his vehicle before he took off running down Crescent Court. He did not provide any identifying information before fleeing the scene.

If Novak is convicted of the misdemeanor, he could face a fine of up to $1,000 and be imprisoned for up to six months.

Stelse named to head up Tosa West program

May 20, 2011 11:22 a.m. | Wauwatosa West has hired assistant coach Chad Stelse to take over as boys basketball coach to replace Mike Landisch, who did not have his contract renewed after the season.

Stelse, 36, has been with the Trojans basketball program for six years, the last four as an assistant to Landisch. He teaches in the Milwaukee Public School system and his official title is interim head coach, and Nathan DeLany, Tosa West Athletic/Activities, emphasized he was the right man for the job.

“Chad earned the opportunity,” DeLany said. “We wanted to promote internally because it was important to have stability within the program.

“We saw many positives in Chad and recognized this is the right step in a difficult situation. We feel he will put us in a position to succeed.”

Stelse was 5-1 as an interim head coach when Landisch was initially disagnosed with kidney cancer in January, 2010.

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Sheriff's deputy arrested for leaving Tosa crash scene, even though he didn't cause collision

May 18, 2011 12:24 p.m. | A Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputy was arrested this weekend in Wauwatosa after he fled the scene of a two-car collision late Saturday night.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A two-car crash was reported at 68th Street and Bluemound Road at 11:57 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses said one of the vehicles, a 2008 Toyota Rav 4, ran a red light as it was traveling west on Bluemound Road, striking the second vehicle, a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, which was traveling north on 68th Street.

The force of the impact knocked both vehicles to the northwest corner of the intersection.

Witnesses said the driver of the Grand Am got out of his vehicle and fled on Crescent Court. The driver of the Rav 4, a 19-year-old Greenfield woman, sustained a minor injury to her wrist but did not require medical treatment at the scene.

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Man says he was robbed at gunpoint on 73rd Street in Wauwatosa

May 18, 2011 10:20 a.m. | A 33-year-old Wauwatosa man said he was robbed by a man holding a shotgun last month but didn't report the incident until last week because he was scared.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was walking in the 2100 block of North 73rd Street about 1 a.m. April 30 when he saw a white and gray vehicle pull up and park on the west side of the street.

He was wearing headphones, and when he heard footsteps behind him, he thought it was somebody out jogging. A man then told him to get on the ground, and the man complied. When he turned to look at the perpetrator, the man had a double-barreled shotgun pointed at his head.

The robber took the man's cell phone, two wallets and his backpack, which contained 20 CDs and a laptop computer. Total loss is estimated at $685.

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Woodland Conference track photos now online

May 18, 2011 9:08 a.m. | We've just added Peter Zuzga's photo gallery with action from yesterday's Woodland Conference outdoor track meet at Wauwatosa West.

The host Trojans ran away with the boys meet, compiling 152 points to 81.5 for second-place New Berlin West. South Milwaukee and Whitnall tied for first in the girls meet.

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Greater Metro Conference track photo gallery now online

May 18, 2011 8:37 a.m. | We've just published C.T. Kruger's photo gallery with all the action from yesterday's Greater Metro Conference outdoor track meet at Quad Park in Milwaukee.

Brookfield Central won the girls meet with Brookfield East finishing second. Brookfield East was first in the boys competition to second-place Hamilton.

The gallery also features athletes from Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa East and West Allis.

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Wauwatosa elementary student alleges teacher put him in closet

May 18, 2011 8:13 a.m. | A Lincoln Elementary teacher was placed on administrative leave after allegations arose that she made a 10-year-old student stand in a closet for 35 minutes after he disrupted class by laughing.

According to the police report:

The student's father came to the Wauwatosa Police Department on Friday after his son told him about the incident, which the son said had happened two weeks earlier at the school, 1741 Wauwatosa Ave. The student said he was told to stand in the closet with the lights on for about half an hour, while another student who was disciplined was sent to the cafeteria.

In another incident May 12, the same teacher grabbed the student by the back of the shirt, causing scratches on his back and making him bump his head, according to the student and his father.

The complaint was forwarded to the Police Department's detective bureau for further review.

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Tosa police follow trail to cardboard thief

May 18, 2011 7:24 a.m. | Wauwatosa police last week arrested a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who had made hundreds of dollars by stealing cardboard from local businesses and cashing it in at recycling centers.

According to the police report:

An officer saw the man using a pallet jack to load 800-pound bales of cardboard into a truck behind Metcalfe's Sentry, 6700 W. State St., about 1:30 a.m. May 12. The man said he had a contract with the store to collect their recycling, and he provided documentation and identification to the officer.

The officer got in touch with Sentry officials, who said they had a contract with different hauler. Sentry also had reported similar thefts in recent weeks - 10 bales had been taken since May 3 - and video surveillance from those incidents showed a perpetrator matching the man's description.

Police also found discrepancies with the business name and address the man provided. He eventually admitted to police that he had been renting the truck and picking up cardboard at 137 businesses in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and the surrounding area.

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Senior skip day ends with car crash, arrest

May 17, 2011 8:32 p.m. | A Wauwatosa West student's senior skip day ended on a sour note last week when he was arrested for drunken driving after he flipped his car in a crash.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Officers responded to a report of a rollover accident in the 12700 block of North 124th Street about 6:15 p.m. May 11. Witnesses said the 18-year-old Milwaukee man's vehicle was headed north on 124th when it swerved, hitting a fire hydrant and tree, which caused the vehicle to flip.

The man was outside the vehicle when officers arrived, and he was treated on the scene for minor cuts.

When police asked the man what had happened, he said he was drunk and texting while driving. The man said it was senior skip day at Wauwatosa West, and he and several other classmates had gone to the Milwaukee Brewers game earlier in the day. He said he had two beers while tailgating in the parking lot.

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Man changes story after fight

May 17, 2011 8:22 p.m. | A 32-year-old man said he was jumped by two men in a neighborhood south of Mayfair Mall last week, but later changed his story and said the men had driven him there and then beaten him.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man first told police he was walking in the area of 107th Street and Fisher Parkway about 6:30 p.m. May 9 when two men got out of a white Chevy Malibu with no front plates and started punching and kicking him. The man said the car then fled eastbound on Fisher Parkway in reverse.

He told police he did not want to seek prosecution.

Later, the man told police he was at Mayfair Mall with his family when he ran into the two other men, both of whom he knew. He got into a car with the two men, and they drove him to 107th Street and Fisher Parkway.

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Your votes could make Whitman teacher a winner

May 17, 2011 11:42 a.m. | Jerry Toubl, a sixth-grade teacher at Whitman Middle School in Wauwatosa, has been nominated for teacher of the year by local radio station WJZI-FM (93.3).

Toubl, one of the station's Teacher of the Month winners, is squaring off against six other educators from the area. The winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two from AirTran Airways, two tickets to the Josh Groban concert at the Bradley Center on Aug. 9, gift cards and more.

Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will be announced on WJZI's morning show Friday.

To vote, <a href="http://b933fm.com/teacher/year.php"> click here</a>.

West Alls Hale invite photo gallery now online

May 14, 2011 7:10 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery featuring all the action from yesterday's West Allis Hale track and field invitational.

Brookfield East won the girls competition with 166 points to 136 for second-place Hale. West Allis Central took home top honors in the boys meet with 190 and Hale was second with 171.

The invite included a steeplechase event, which is rarely contested at the high school level.

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Couple, 10-year-old attacked in separate incidents in Wauwatosa

May 11, 2011 10:42 a.m. | Wauwatosa has seen a number of people attacked and assaulted in recent weeks, and the violence continued this past week.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

A couple was walking in the 9000 block of Jackson Park Boulevard about 11 p.m. Sunday when they were jumped from behind by three men. The man was punched in the face and knocked to the ground. When he said he had no money, they kicked and punched him in the head. They searched his pockets, grabbed his wallet and took off.

The woman walking with him was punched in the forehead and also was knocked down. She said she never saw the attackers' faces but knew they were male from their voices.

The couple was taken to the hospital for treatment of facial injuries.

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Best Massage now open under new owner

May 11, 2011 10:36 a.m. | A massage therapy business closed earlier this year after allegations of assault has reopened under new ownership.

Lay Phommasack, a Wind Lake resident, said she bought the business and has been operating Milwaukee's Best Massage, 611 N. Mayfair Road, since April 1. Except for the name and location, it's essentially a new business, she told the Plan Commission on Monday.

She was under the assumption that transferring ownership of the business would be a simple transaction. She soon learned she would have to complete a few more tasks to satisfy the city. She already has received her massage establishment license, which includes a criminal background check, and the occupational permit that shows building codes have been met.

City code also requires massage therapy businesses to get a conditional-use permit.

City Attorney Alan Kesner gave the OK for Phommasack to operate the business pending the permit process.

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Wait continues for Hart Park playground

May 11, 2011 10:32 a.m. | Tosa kids won't be climbing, swinging and sliding at Hart Park this summer, and the project is already over budget even though design work isn't finished yet.

The project could go to the Board of Public Works in June and go out to bid in July, according to a timeline presented by Public Works Director Bill Porter. Playground equipment might be in the ground by the end of the year.

"The bottom line for me is that I want the playground equipment in as soon as possible," said Common Council President Eric Meaux, who attended the Budget and Finance Committee meeting Tuesday.

Exactly what is pushing the playground over budget isn't understood - park officials still haven't seen the design plans.

The city's 2011 capital improvements budget allocates $800,000 for the design and construction of playground equipment, a picnic shelter and restrooms at the park, between 68th and 70th streets. However, with about 70 percent of the project design complete, architects from Engberg Anderson estimate the project will come in about $1.2 million.

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Burleigh Triangle looked at for future fire station

May 11, 2011 10:06 a.m. | Could a new fire station be built at the Burleigh Triangle?

It's a possibility the city would like to explore as part of the development proposed for the 70-acre site.

Developer HSA Commercial Real Estate brought more detailed preliminary plans for its project back to the Community Development Committee on Tuesday. Representatives said they will be asking the city to provide financing assistance for improvements to the triangle and an expansion of Burleigh Street.

And that may put the city in a position to ask for a few perks.

Unlike in past projects in which the city put up the money and was paid back with tax increment, in this case, the developer would assume all the risk.

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Polar bear group honors We Energies

May 10, 2011 1:26 p.m. | We Energies will receive recognition from a polar bear conservation group for its green projects at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Polar Bears International will present the Paw of Approval Award to We Energies on May 18 as a thank you for installing alternative energy sources that lead to overall reductions in carbon dioxide emissions - which ultimately preserves the bears' habitats.

In 1999, the energy company donated a solar electric tracker that generated electricity at the park for more than a decade. It produced enough energy to power the average home for six weeks.

In 2010, eight pole-mounted solar panels were installed to provide energy for the drive-in admission gates. A flower-shaped solar panel stands near the polar bear exhibit and allows the zoo to save money through the power company's buyback program during non-peak traffic hours.

The Milwaukee County Zoo also sent animal keeper Kara DeLanty to Polar Bear International's Leadership Camp on the tundra of Manitoba, Canada. She observed bears in the wild and learned about climate change from experts in the field while aboard a mobile classroom.

Tosa mom hopes to open indoor playground in Village

May 10, 2011 1:18 p.m. | Snow, rain and chilly temperatures keep kids in southeastern Wisconsin from playing outdoors about 70 percent of the year, Mary Pruitt Martinez said during her pitch to the Plan Commission on Monday to open an indoor playground in the Village.

Kids need space to exert all their bottled up energy even though the weather won't cooperate, the Wauwatosa resident said.

"I have a very active 3½-year-old who has led me to believe we need a place like this closer to home," she said, adding that she spends a lot of her money and time taking her child to outlying communities for indoor recreation.

Pruitt Martinez likens her business, Turkeypants Playground, to The Big Backyard in New Berlin - with all the features of an outdoor playground, minus the swings. She has set her sights on the 3,400-square-foot space at 7400 W. State St., formerly occupied by Horizons Law Group.

The indoor playground would serve children ages infant to 10 and parental guidance would be required most of the time. Pruitt Martinez does plan to offer "drop and dine" events during which parents can leave their child for a couple of hours while they patronize Village restaurants or take in a Tosa Tonight concert at Hart Park.

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Man with purse grabs security officer's attention at Tosa grocery

May 10, 2011 10:47 a.m. | Security guards are trained to spot suspicious activity. At Pick 'n Save on State Street a man walking through the store with a large leather purse got the staff's attention.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

A 27-year-old Milwaukee man was seen putting a bottle of liquor in the purse at 5:41 p.m. Friday. At the checkout, he paid for a salad but not the alcohol.

A security guard tried to stop him but he became combative and tried to head-butt the guard in the face.

A search of his purse turned up a steak knife with a five-inch blade, a hammer and 2.6 grams of marijuana.

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Hot dog cart may open near zoo

May 10, 2011 9:58 a.m. | A father hoping to teach his daughter some business skills wants to operate a hot dog cart across the street from the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Michael Isherwood has requested a conditional-use permit to sell hot dogs, ice cream, bottled water and fresh-squeezed lemonade to the families that walk through the neighborhood on the weekends.

Michael and his teenage daughter, Megan, would serve up food as M&M Hot Dogs from the parking lot of Orthotics & Prosthetics Associates, 10506 W. Bluemound Road, when the medical office is closed.

The Plan Commission unanimously recommended allowing the permit. The request will go to the Community Development Committee for review May 31.

East, West to offer AP foreign languages

May 10, 2011 9:54 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board on Monday approved spending $67,000 to upgrade its high-level foreign language classes starting next year.

Under the new approach, which was approved unanimously, higher-level foreign language courses - known as Level 5 and Level 6 now - would be converted into a two-year Advanced Placement test preparation program, giving students a better chance of doing well on the AP test and receiving college credit.

Materials are estimated to cost $60,000, and the district will spend another $6,500 on Advanced Placement course training for teachers.

Slightly more than 300 students at East and West combined are taking Level 5 and 6 foreign language classes this year, and that number is expected to increase to 343 for the 2011-12 school year.

Identify our mystery photo and you could win movie passes

May 07, 2011 7:42 a.m. | How well do you know Wauwatosa? Take a look at this week's mystery photo, tell us where it was taken, and you could win a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theaters.

The mystery photo is one of a number of features in the redesigned WauwatosaNOW newspaper, which is available via subscription and for purchase at many locations around town.

You can also check back each week at www.wauwatosanow.com/mystery for a new photo to identify.

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Greater Metro Conference relay photos now online

May 05, 2011 7:16 a.m. | NOW's Peter Zuzga was at Brookfield East High School yesterday capturing all the action from the annual Greater Metro Conference relays for this photo gallery.

The Brookfield East boys accumulated 124 points to outlast second-place Marquette (79). Brookfield Central's girls posted 114 points to 78 for second-place Brookfield East.

The gallery also features competitors from Hamilton, Menomonee Falls, Wauwatosa East, West Allis Central and West Allis Hale.

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Sewer improvement work underway

May 04, 2011 10:38 a.m. | Work is underway on a variety of sewer improvement projects around the city. In some neighborhoods, construction has started, while others are seeing green water flow through the system to test for leaks that will eventually need fixing.

City staff is planning to provide the Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday with a status report on its large list of capital projects.

The Common Council in December approved borrowing $12.5 million in 2011 to reconstruct or repair sewers to prevent basements and street flooding. The initial dollar amount proposed was $5 million higher, but a concern for residents' wallets and an uncertainty whether the city had enough manpower to accomplish its to-do list led to a smaller target. However, aldermen asked city staff to come back this spring and give them an idea if the funding would be sufficient.

City staff have also been crafting an inventory to help determine how many miles of roads, sewers and water mains run through the city and rate of replacement each year to keep its assets in shape.

"We're trying to deal more with long-term capital planning," said City Administrator James Archambo. "How fast do we need to replace parts of system just to keep up."

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Being passenger in vehicle leads to multiple arrests for boy, 14

May 04, 2011 10:32 a.m. | A 14-year Milwaukee boy was arrested for a number of crimes after he was a passenger in a vehicle that had been taken from Wauwatosa last week.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

Milwaukee police stopped a 2001 Nissan Maxima in the 2100 block of North 51st Street at 2:10 a.m. April 26 that matched the description of a car that had just been stolen from Wauwatosa.

Both occupants ran from the vehicle. Officers had to enter the car and turn it off to stop it from crashing.

Officers went to the vehicle owner's home. He said he put the keys on his kitchen counter before going to bed. At 1:30 a.m. he awoke believing he heard someone enter the home. The door was ajar, but he assumed he didn't close it tight enough and went to bed. He next woke to police at his door.

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Residents can view plan for Village development

May 04, 2011 9:52 a.m. | A plan to guide development in the Village Business Improvement District will be presented May 11.

The draft document is the last opportunity to learn about the concepts and provide feedback before the final version goes to the Plan Commission and Common Council later this year for adoption.

A short preview was presented during the BID's annual meeting in March, but the general public didn't attend. Since this is a community gathering place, BID Director Kathy Ehley would like to see anyone who patronizes the Village attend.

During that sneak peak, people learned that a splash pad for little ones to cool off in during the summer, a safe place to cross the railroad tracks, more parking close to the shops and restaurants and increased housing to create a ready market for local businesses are part of the vision. The final plan will provide more details and a look at what prompted certain recommendations.

These are among the possible changes coming to the Village Business Improvement District, that portion of Wauwatosa surrounding State Street.

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Family accused of stealing from Macy's at Mayfair; daughter of biting cop

May 03, 2011 3:14 p.m. | A woman is accused of biting and kicking a police officer after she was arrested for helping her family take more than $800 in clothing from Macy's at Mayfair on Sunday evening.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 18-year Milwaukee woman had been shopping with her 32-year-old mother and two 16-year-old sisters. For about 45 minutes they collected a large number of items without any regard to size or price. Eventually they all ended up in one fitting room, where they concealed merchandise in bags.

The mother was arrested for retail theft and resisting arrest at 6 p.m. She had refused to follow officers' instructions and she got her daughters riled up. She had to be restrained.

The eldest daughter became enraged and tried to attack officers. As one of the officers tried to get her under control, she bit him in the wrist and kicked him in the shin. As she fought, the rest of her family yelled and encouraged her to continue resisting.

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East Tosa car chase ends in one arrest; one suspect still at large

May 03, 2011 11:57 a.m. | A 15-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for car theft and eluding arrest after he allegedly took a car from 74th Street and Meinecke Avenue last week and led police on a chase through East Tosa.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The owner of a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee said the vehicle was taken from his driveway between 9 p.m. April 26 and 5:40 a.m. April 27. The vehicle hadn't been locked because it had been stolen previously and the thief had damaged the locks and ignition and cracked the windshield.

Due to the number of thefts occurring in East Tosa recently, an extra patrol was placed on Meinecke and the car was spotted at 11:43 p.m. April 27. When an officer approached the parked car, he heard the engine rev. The car took off and led a 1.9-mile chase that lasted just less than three minutes and reached speeds of 60 mph.

The car chase ended at 54th Street, where the two occupants bailed from the Jeep and took off running. Eventually, officers caught up with one of the boys, who had a pocket knife and small-caliber bullet on him. The other boy continued to elude police.

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Two teens attacked in separate incidents in Wauwatosa

May 03, 2011 9:51 a.m. | A Wauwatosa East freshman was walking to Hart Park on Thursday afternoon when he was attacked by two boys. But they would soon figure out they had messed with the wrong kid.

It was the second attack on teens that week.

According to Wauwatosa police reports:

The freshman was on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of Alice Street when he was struck in the neck from behind at 3:50 p.m. A male had hit him with a skateboard.

The 15-year-old victim fought back and punched twice, knocking the attacker to the ground.

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Man arrested for fifth offense of drunken driving

May 03, 2011 9:30 a.m. | A 44-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for fifth-offense drunken driving after his van sped past a Wauwatosa police squad at 92nd and Congress streets Friday night.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer saw a vehicle with a burned out headlight speed by and nearly strike a curb at 11:34 p.m. Friday. A check of the license plate showed it was suspended and didn't match the vehicle.

The driver has had a revoked license for the past two years due to four drunken driving convictions that occurred between 1994 and 2009.

He refused to take to a breath test to provide his blood-alcohol content; a blood draw was conducted.

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Renovations nearly complete at former Drew's building in Wauwatosa

May 03, 2011 7:00 a.m. | The redevelopment of Wauwatosa's former Drew's Variety Store building, 7503-7509 Harwood Ave., is nearly complete.

Renovations at the 8,400-square-foot building, which has been largely vacant for three years since Drew's closed, will be completed by early June, according to its owner, Sustainable Properties Inc. The work includes new energy-efficient windows, and a boardwalk with outdoor seating.

Portions of the building have been leased to future tenants Yo Mama Frozen Yogurt and B Green, which will sell eco-friendly household goods and toys. Another 2,000 square feet is still available, according to the property owner.

The building owners received $140,000 in public grants from the City of Wauwatosa to help finance the $1.3 million project. The owners include Curt Wiebelhaus, who operates Building Energy Solutions, and Karen Wilman, who operates Go Green Architecture and Supply.

Trojans fire girls basketball coach

May 02, 2011 3:24 p.m. | For the second time in three weeks, Wauwatosa West has lost a basketball coach.

Veteran girls basketball coach Mike Pietrowiak was told last week that he would not have his contract renewed by Principal Frank Calarco and Athletic Director Nathan DeLany, who didn’t return emails on the firing.

Pietrowiak got the standard ‘we want to go in a different direction’ reason for not having his contract renewed.

“I was told the parents were upset and they didn’t think I could repair the fences and win the parents over,” he said. “They felt I was too negative.”

Pietrowiak, who teaches Technical Education at Tosa West, as been a head coach for 26 years, 19 at Tosa West.

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Benson Invite photo gallery now online

May 02, 2011 8:23 a.m. | We've just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the Dan Benson Track and Field Invitational, featuring 21 images from the boys and girls meet at Wauwatosa West High School.

Homestead won the boys meet with 203 points and Whitefish Bay took home the girls crown with 135.

The gallery also includes athletes from Brookfield Central, Waukesha West, Wauwatosa West and Whitnall.

Go to photo gallery.

Tosa East baseball fundraiser Friday

May 01, 2011 12:56 p.m. | The 10th Annual Friends of Tosa East Baseball Fundraiser is Friday from 6-10 p.m. in the Muellner Building at Hart Park.

Hot dogs and brats hot off the grill will be served from 6-7 p.m. or as long as they last. There will also be complimentary beer and wine.

A silent auction, which includes signed Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers memorabilia, and raffles will take place.

There will be a 100-square board for Wii Sport & I-pod dock system.

Tosa East baseball apparel will also be for sale.

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