Motorist killed in Brookfield was Wauwatosa woman

May 30, 2012 8:14 p.m. | A woman killed in a head-on crash in the city of Brookfield was identified by Brookfield police Wednesday as Candace M. Durdin, 69, of Wauwatosa.

The crash was reported about 7 p.m., Tuesday, on North Ave. east of Hollyhock Lane, according to a police department news release.

According to the release, Durdin was driving a Dodge Caravan east on North Avenue when it was struck by a westbound Buick Regal that crossed the centerline.

She was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, where she was later pronounced dead from her injuries.

The driver of the Regal, a 30-year-old Waukesha man, was also taken to Froedtert, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday, according to the release.

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Special Act 10 section now online

May 30, 2012 1:11 p.m. |

Act 10: Pass or Fail? 

We have just published our special section taking a detailed look at the landmark Act 10 legislation and the effect it has had on local school districts.

The section features a main story examining the overall effects of the law and feature stories focusing on local school districts.

You'll also find a photo gallery highlighting some of the controversy surrounding the passage of the law, a Storify of opinions collected from social networks and more.

Go to special section.

Teens chased after impromptu episode of dancing with the cars

May 30, 2012 9:48 a.m. | Three teenage boys took dancing in the streets to a new level last week.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The 14-, 15- and 16-year-old Milwaukee boys got their groove on in the city's busiest and most dangerous intersection - North Avenue and Mayfair Road - at 7:56 p.m. May 21.

They danced up to the vehicle of an off-duty Milwaukee police officer, who yelled at the trio to get out of traffic. The boys screamed back racial slurs, profanities and threats before heading to the Walgreens parking lot.

The officer followed and the boys ran past businesses on Mayfair Road and were eventually stopped across the street on Fisher Parkway.

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Police seek man they say led them on chase

May 30, 2012 9:34 a.m. | A warrant has been issued for a 32-year-old Milwaukee man police say led them on a car chase after an officer tried to pull him over for a seatbelt violation last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Jeffrey Reimann was not wearing his seatbelt and an officer was working under a seatbelt enforcement grant through the Click It or Ticket program at 10:02 a.m. May 23.

He didn't immediately pull over. Instead he rolled through a stop sign at 92nd and Marion streets and paused briefly before taking off. He reached 60 mph and covered 1.2 miles before the pursuit was terminated.

A background check showed Reimann was wanted on warrants from Washington County for drug dealing so a temporary felony warrant was issued for his arrest. Wauwatosa police are also seeking a felony warrant for fleeing an officer.

Lure of iPad too much for alleged drunken driver

May 30, 2012 8:49 a.m. | A man who allegedly crashed his car while driving drunk and then fled was apprehended by Wauwatosa police after returning to pick up his iPad.

According to the police report:

A 39-year-old New Berlin man was arrested for drunken driving, hit-and-run and resisting arrest after he struck a parked car and crashed into a front yard in the 8100 block of West Wisconsin Avenue at 5:53 p.m. May 23.

He took off running, then returned briefly to grab his iPad before running off again. He was stopped in the 8000 block of Portland Avenue with cuts on his face.

When the patrol car pulled up, he ran into a wooded area of Honey Creek Parkway. The police dog located him.

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Tosa wins another round of brownfields grant funding

May 29, 2012 1:22 p.m. | Wauwatosa received a $200,000 federal grant to help clean up contaminated properties, known as brownfields, to create opportunities for redevelopment within the city.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant dollars will be used to update the city's brownfields Geographic Information Systems database, perform environmental site assessments, prepare cleanup plans and target redevelopment corridors.

"Given the scarce grant funds available, the award is a vote of confidence from U.S. EPA that the city of Wauwatosa has successfully administered and expended its 2009 Brownfield Assessment Grants," Paulette Enders, city development director, said.

The EPA already has granted $400,000 to Wauwatosa. That money was used to test for contamination at sites including the former lumber mill/manufacturing facility at 69th and State streets, where PNC Bank is building a new branch, and at the long-vacant structure at 65th Street and North Avenue, which has been redeveloped into Home Solutions, a home maintenance and accessibility provider.

Wauwatosa was the only prior municipal grant recipient in Wisconsin that received assessment funding this round. There are a number of sites requiring assessment throughout the community, Enders said.

Playground welcomed back to Hart Park

May 25, 2012 9:54 a.m. | Denise Manthey and her daughter Annika have already visited the Hart Park playground five times and it has been open only two days.

"The hour after the construction fence came down, we were here," she said.

At 1 1/2 , Annika is fearless, taking on the slide in the area for younger children, as well as the steeper slides included in the play equipment for ages 5 to 12.

Manthey and her children - she also has a second-grader who was in school Thursday afternoon - have eagerly awaited the playground opening. They live only two blocks from Hart Park and plan to spend a lot of time on the playground this summer, especially when the splash pad opens.

Manthey recalls the old play equipment farther west in the park that was removed years ago to allow for a flood mitigation project. Her older children, now 12 and 14, played there for a few years before it came down.

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State's first Art of Shaving to open at Mayfair

May 25, 2012 9:46 a.m. | So maybe a salon is too girlie for the guys. Men can find their own sanctuary at new shop coming to Mayfair this summer.

The Art of Shaving will open its first Wisconsin location at the Wauwatosa mall in July bringing high-end men's shaving products and a "barber spa" where a master barber will provide a professional shave.

The shop also offers haircuts and head shaves and beard and mustache trims. The signature services, a hair cut and 45-minute "Royal Shave," a sort of men's facial, costs $80.

Letting customer's know it's definitely a boy's club, the loyalty program is called "The Brotherhood."

Materials from East Tosa home salvaged for Habitat store

May 25, 2012 9:24 a.m. | New stainless steel appliances, light fixtures with the tags still on them and a beautifully etched glass pantry door - sounds like the selling points for an East Tosa home that was recently remodeled and put on the market. Instead, it's some of the list of items Habitat for Humanity has removed from a home just off 69th Street and North Avenue and taken to its ReStore to resell.

The house has been purchased by the city and will be razed to make room for more off-street parking to serve the commercial district.

It will be several months before the two-story home is demolished, said Joseph Kroll, special projects engineer for the city. All utilities need to be disconnected and there needs to be some environmental testing because of the neighboring Voline auto service station, he said.

Meanwhile, the Police and Fire departments have been taken advantage of the empty house.

Officers already worked on searching for suspects and clearing rooms in the case of a tactical situation. In a couple of weeks the Fire Department will work with new recruits on search and rescue and ladder skills at the house.

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Church donation drive doesn't add up for police

May 23, 2012 1:48 p.m. | A man who was arrested for soliciting donations without a permit in January has again knocked on some doors in Wauwatosa, seeking donations for a church with an uncertain background.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report, the 61-year-old Milwaukee man was asking for money in the 100 block of North 86th Street to support Milwaukee Restoration Church at 7:37 p.m. May 11.

When confronted by police, the man acknowledged his prior arrest but said the head of the church, a 50-year-old Milwaukee man, had gotten permission from an employee at City Hall to solicit in Wauwatosa. He estimated he took in $1,000 per day.

He told police that his supervisor had driven him to Tosa and was working on his vehicle in the 500 block of Pleasant View Street. He, too, said he had gotten approval to solicit within the city but didn't have a permit.

Police discovered the church doesn't have a parent organization or higher church and it isn't listed as a nonprofit organization with the IRS. When questioned by police, the head of Milwaukee Restoration Church couldn't remember when he had been ordained as a pastor.

Wendy's and Toppers plan to move in

May 23, 2012 12:42 p.m. | Two national fast food franchises will soon open restaurants in Wauwatosa.

Wendy's will hold its grand opening May 29 at 3140 N. 124th St., filling the vacancy left by Steak 'n Shake. It will provide jobs to more than 50 people.

In addition to the usual hamburgers, baked potatoes and Frosty shakes, this Wendy's location will allow diners to have their choice of more than 100 beverage options thanks to the Coca-Cola Freestyle technology. Likened to a modern soda fountain, users can add flavors to blend their sodas - making such concoctions as Raspberry Coke or Grape Sprite, for instance.

Meanwhile, Toppers Pizza came before the city's Design Review Board last week to talk about moving into the PNC Bank storefront at 68th and State streets. The bank is building a larger facility down the street.

More than $200,000 in thefts reported from Wauwatosa construction site

May 23, 2012 11:58 a.m. | Tools valued at nearly $10,000 were taken from a storage container that belonged to a contractor replacing the natural gas pipeline along Mayfair Road.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The locked container in the 3000 block of North 112th Street was broken into between May 1 and May 14.

The theft follows others in the area, including the theft of $200,000 in steel pipes from the same lot in late April.

Police are watching to see if the items are sold as scrap metal.

Mother cited for kids' frequent truancy

May 23, 2012 11:20 a.m. | A Wauwatosa mom is looking at a ticket for contributing to the habitual truancy of her two children.

According to a police report:

Her 16-year-old son had missed numerous days of school at Wauwatosa West High School. Cognitively disabled, he struggles with school work when he doesn't attend class consistently.

His mother regularly called in medical excuses from vomiting to fevers. However, the boy said he wasn't sick and liked school.

A check of his 13-year-old sister's attendance at Whitman Middle School showed she had 53 unexcused absences.

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Pinelawn to observe Memorial Day

May 23, 2012 11:14 a.m. | The Southeast Wisconsin Young Marines are working with a local cemetery to pay tribute to veterans on Saturday.

A "Field of Honor" will be created at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 10700 W. Capitol Drive, starting at 1 p.m., to honor all the fallen heroes who have died since Sept. 11 in the war against Iraq and Afghanistan. Crosses will be personalized with the name of each serviceman and servicewoman.

The Young Marines is an education and service program for kids age 8 through high school age.

In addition, volunteers from the community are asked to join the cemetery staff in placing flags for all veterans laid to rest there, beginning at 9 a.m.

Arrested for drunken driving, man then accused of trying to burn cell mattress

May 23, 2012 11:08 a.m. | A 25-year-old Milwaukee man was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with misdemeanor vandalism May 15 after he tried to set fire to a cell mattress at the Wauwatosa Police Department.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Anthony Wal was arrested for drunken driving after making a wrong turn in the 300 block of North 68th Street at 2:24 a.m. May 13. He was taken to the hospital to have blood drawn so his blood-alcohol content could be determined. He repeatedly berated officers as well as a nurse at the hospital.

He continued to act disorderly so he was placed in a prisoner cell to sober up. Dispatchers watching Wal on television screens saw him use a lighter to try to burn a mattress at 5:10 a.m. May 13.

Teens arrested after string of vandalism acts

May 23, 2012 11:04 a.m. | Two 14-year-old boys were arrested for disorderly conduct following numerous incidents of vandalism and unruly behavior in their neighborhood.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Residents in the 7300 block of Wellauer Drive complained of eggings, garbage cans being overturned, garbage cans being put atop vehicles, cars being scratched and landscape lights being smashed in the weeks prior to May 11.

Two neighbors estimate that nearly $3,000 damage was done to their property.

Alleged robbers armed with crutch and rod force way into home

May 23, 2012 11:00 a.m. | A couple was arrested for armed robbery after they reportedly forced their way into a home in the 4000 block of North 100th Street in Wauwatosa last week.

It was the couple's tools of choice allegedly used in the robbery - a closet hanging rod, a metal crutch, a brick and a claw hammer - that made the incident so unusual.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The man who lived at the home called police to alert them people were trying to rob his girlfriend at 12:32 a.m. May 17.

He said a 23-year-old Milwaukee man known "as the neighborhood drug dealer," accompanied by a 23-year-old Milwaukee woman, showed up at the house yelling that he owed them money.

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Neighbor tracks car thief suspect until police arrive

May 23, 2012 10:38 a.m. | An 18-year-old Milwaukee man is facing vehicle theft and bail-jumping charges following a crash in front of a Derby Avenue residence in Wauwatosa last week.

Brandon I. Smith was apprehended by police early evening on May 17 after a neighbor, who witnessed an earlier crash involving another stolen vehicle, drove his own car to track the suspect and two other teens until police arrived.

According to Wauwatosa police:

The neighbor heard a crash and saw a Plymouth Acclaim burst through a fence, then strike a Ford Explorer in the 4700 block of North 100th Street. The driver and passenger abandoned the Plymouth - later found to be stolen from Milwaukee - and jumped into a Chrysler Concorde, also later identified as a stolen vehicle and allegedly driven by Smith.

The neighbor, driving his own car, followed the teens to nearby Madison Park. When he exited his vehicle to talk to them, they drove off, so he again got in his car to pursue the Chrysler until it jumped the curb in the 10900 block of West Derby Avenue at 6:45 p.m.

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Holiday party ends with sister ramming sibling's car

May 23, 2012 8:21 a.m. | So much for sisterly love.

A 31-year-old Waukesha woman was arrested for recklessly endangering the safety of not only her four children but also her sister, niece and nephew after she rammed her sibling's vehicle three times.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The sisters had attended a Mother's Day family barbecue May 13 at Madison Park, 9800 Glendale Ave., where they quarreled about topics from the cake to money. By the end of the party, family members had to separate the ladies, who had started pushing each other.

Still unhappy with each other, the women took their children to their respective sports-utility vehicles to leave at about 8 p.m.

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Meeting will discuss details of Tosa's Meinecke flood project

May 22, 2012 7:02 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents who have questions about the Meinecke Avenue flood mitigation project will have an opportunity to learn about the plan and potential impacts on the neighborhood during a public information meeting June 4.

The meeting comes in response to a block of homeowners who didn't receive special assessments notices alerting them of the project as well as resident who did get notice but thought the project was simply a street repaving.

Resident Christine Riley had circulated a petition for an evening public information meeting scheduled two weeks out so neighbors could make plans to attend. Additional signatures continue to come in, she said today.

She credits the city with putting project information online at, under the Hot Topics section, and sending meeting notices to about 600 homes.

However, she remains concerned that the schedule to approve the contract bids doesn't give residents much time to digest the information and lobby city officials with their opinions. The Common Council is expected to vote on awarding the construction contract the following night, June 5.

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City sets priorities in community health improvement

May 21, 2012 6:06 p.m. | Now that its community health assessment is complete, the Health Department has identified seven areas identified for improvement.

Those areas are: alcohol/other drug abuse, safety/injury prevention, mental health, physical activity/nutrition, environmental health/healthy homes, child development and communicable disease.

The department is looking to residents to review a plan draft online and provide feedback by May 31 at

The next step is to create a Community Health Improvement Program, which will come up with goals and strategies to improve those priority areas.

Wendy's and Toppers plan to move in

May 21, 2012 2:24 p.m. | Two national fast food franchises will soon open restaurants in Wauwatosa.

Wendy's will hold its grand opening May 29 at 3140 N. 124th St., filling the vacancy left by Steak 'n Shake. It will provide jobs to more than 50 people.

In addition to the usual hamburgers, baked potatoes and Frosty shakes, this Wendy's location will allow diners to have their choice of more than 100 beverage options thanks to the Coca-Cola Freestyle technology. Likened to a modern soda fountain, users can add flavors to blend their sodas - making such concoctions as Raspberry Coke or Grape Sprite, for instance.

Meanwhile, Toppers Pizza came before the city's Design Review Board last week to talk about moving into the PNC Bank storefront at 68th and State streets. The bank is building a larger facility down the street.

City begins process of revamping sewer laterals

May 21, 2012 11:30 a.m. | With nearly all the property owners along 65th and Eagle streets in East Tosa signing waivers, the city is prepping to reline private sewer laterals in areas where leaks have been detected.

The Common Council on Tuesday awarded a contract for the $1 million project, which covers relining and testing laterals connected to nearly 125 homes on 65th Street between North Avenue and Clarke Street and on Eagle between 80th Street and Wauwatosa Avenue.

Work could begin in June and continue through the fall with a report of the results coming in early 2013, said Public Works Director Bill Porter.

The project is a pilot program that should help determine the effectiveness of relining private sewer laterals, which account for about 75 percent of the water leaking into the sanitary sewer system and contributing to overflows and basement backups.

This area was chosen for the trial because the amount of water entering the system following heavy rain violates Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District standards. A $500,000 MMSD grant is helping to pay for the tests.

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Water on softball field could cost city more

May 18, 2012 11:58 a.m. | The city just spent thousands of dollars improving the infield of the Hart Park softball field. But water on the field after rain has left people wondering if the job was executed correctly.

Tom Ertel, Parks and Forestry Board president, checked out the field after rainfall May 9. He found two inches of water covering a 10-foot area.

Water on the field during the day forces the Wauwatosa Recreation Department - which is an operation of the School District, not the city - to cancel night softball leagues and disappoint players, Rick Beattie, recreation director, told the board Tuesday.

"When we play down here in the summer, it becomes an event and when we can't, it becomes a real negative," he said, adding the local restaurants and bars look forward to the team gatherings that follow games.

Players see the rain end and the sun come out hours before the 6:30 p.m. start time, then get alerted that the field is too wet to play on and they get frustrated, Beattie explained. Had Parks and Forestry staff removed the water, raked and sprayed the diamond with a drying agent, leagues would have operated as planned, he said.

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Tosa's Meinecke flood project could cost $2 million more than expected

May 17, 2012 7:11 a.m. | The price tag for Wauwatosa's largest public works project came in $2 million over budget.

Despite the disparity, the city's Board of Public Works recommended approving the low contractor bid of $14.4 million for the Meinecke Avenue flood mitigation project and sending it to the Budget and Finance Committee to find a way to bridge the funding gap.

The decision was made Monday among a room packed with residents, some pleading with the city and their neighbors to support the project in hopes of preventing the flooding that has caused extensive damage to their basement following heavy rains.

What project?

Others who were hearing about the project for the first time asked the city to hold up the process.

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'Roofer' makes off with $6,100 worth of jewelry

May 16, 2012 10:29 a.m. | A man who claimed to be fixing a leaky roof stole jewelry worth more than $6,000 from a Wauwatosa home last week.

According to the police report:

The man came to the home in the 500 block of North 65th Street at 2:17 p.m. May 7. He said a neighbor sent him to fix the leaky roof of the resident's garage.

He walked right in and spent 15 minutes bringing buckets of water in and out of the house before the homeowner called a neighbor.

The man had left, taking items from a bedroom valued at $6,100, before the neighbor arrived.

Alderman honored for role in local projects

May 15, 2012 6:32 p.m. | Dennis McBride, 4th District alderman for Wauwatosa and senior trial attorney with the Milwaukee office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has received the Citizenship Award as part of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

His involvement in the Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool, the city Historic Preservation Commission and Wauwatosa High School Memorial Project played into the award, as did his advocacy for creation and development of UWM's Innovation Park.

He graduated from UWM with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1976, before going on to get a master of public affairs degree from Princeton University, followed by a law degree from New York University.

Closed-circuit TVs will capture curling action

May 15, 2012 11:46 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Curling Club will install closed-circuit television so spectators will have a better view of the action happening on the ice during competitions.

The club received unanimous approval today from the city's Parks and Forestry Board to put cameras in the Tosa Room - used as the ice house from October through March - of the Muellner Building in Hart Park. Televisions will go on the wall above the viewing glass in the Firefly Room, better known as the Hart Park Senior Center meeting space.

"I think we're the only club that doesn't have them," club Secretary Tom Havas said.

The cameras give a birds-eye view of the playing field, allowing viewers to better determine the shot that lands closest to the bull's-eye and giving fans a better idea of how the competition is unfolding, Havas said.

"For a curling club, cameras over the ice house are the equivalent to me of having lights on the football field," he said.

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Girl Scouts honor GE Healthcare

May 15, 2012 11:32 a.m. | GE Healthcare will be honored on today with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast's first corporate leadership award.

The Lighting the Path Leadership Award was created this year to recognize a business that reflects the Girl Scouts mission to help people and model the importance of service for girls.

The award is being presented to GE Elfun, a society of employees and retirees, within GE that focuses on volunteerism and community service.

For the past 10 years, GE Elfun has organized service days at two Girl Scout camps in Southeastern Wisconsin. This year, about 200 volunteers worked at Silverbrook Program Center in West Bend and at Camp Winding Rivers in Neosho, preparing the camps for summer use.

GE Healthcare operates from the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa.

City awaits applicants for open council seat

May 11, 2012 6:46 p.m. | So far, there are no applicants to represent District 2 on the Wauwatosa Common Council following the resignation of Eric Meaux earlier this month.

Mayor Kathy Ehley has appointed an aldermanic selection committee, which will meet June 4 to interview candidates and recommend an appointment.

The appointment would be for about a year. The chosen candidate will be required to run for election in April 2013 to complete the remaining three years of the term.

Aldermen are paid $350 per month and benefits include Wisconsin Retirement System pension and life insurance. Regular weekly meeting attendance is expected.

To apply, residents must submit a letter of intent, including their full name and birthdate and a résumé to the Wauwatosa City Clerk, 7725 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213.

Project costs, tree removal could slow sewer work along Meinecke Avenue

May 11, 2012 4:12 p.m. | Christine Riley was gardening in her yard a couple of weeks ago when she noticed a utility worker making marks in front of her property. Curious, she inquired about his assignment and was shocked to learn he was prepping for what is anticipated to be the city's largest public works project.

"How did I not know about this?" she said. "It's in front of my home."

The Meinecke Avenue flood mitigation project has been in the works for 15 years, since some homeowners in the neighborhood experienced flooding after heavy storms in the 1990s. It became a higher priority after floods in 2008-10. Since then Common Council lifted a borrowing cap and budgeted for the project that calls for improving sanitary and storm sewers, road pavements, sidewalks and street and traffic lighting.

"This project is intended to reduce the frequency and severity of basement backups and street flooding," City Engineer Bill Wehrley said, adding the area served is greater than the section that has experienced problems.

The project area extends from Meinecke Avenue from 80th to 90th streets, down 90th Street south to the Menomonee River Parkway and along the parkway from 90th Street to Swan Boulevard.

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East rallies to beat Hale in nine innings

May 10, 2012 10:56 p.m. | Wauwatosa East lost a big lead, bounced back to tie the game and then defeated West Allis Hale, 10-9, in nine innings at Hart Park on Thursday night.

It was one of the biggest upset victories for the Red Raiders, who have been down for several years. East is now 3-8 in the Greater Metro Conference while Hale, the co-defending champions and current contender, fell to 6-3 in league play.

"It was one of the best games I have been a part of since coaching softball," East coach Megan Arndorfer said.

East led 8-2 through five innings, but the Huskies scored three in the sixth and four in the seventh to take a 9-8 advantage.

Kirsten Miller singled to start the seventh - Lauren Simpson-Blaser pinch-ran. Margie Van Meter was hit by a pitch and Becca Hoffland singled to left to tie the game and sent it into extra innings.

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Tosa had even voter split and high turnout

May 10, 2012 2:08 p.m. | Wauwatosa saw a 45 percent voter turnout for the state recall primary election, with the city nearly split among the two political parties.

Just a bit more than 49 percent of the ballots had boxes marked for Republican candidates for governor. Nearly all of those were votes for Gov. Scott Walker.

Democrats received nearly 51 percent of the votes, with candidate Tom Barrett, currently Milwaukee's mayor, getting more than three times the support than former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.

Walker and Barrett will face off again for the governor's seat on June 5.

Tosa considers allowing residents to raise chickens

May 09, 2012 12:02 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents feeling a bit peckish for some fresh eggs will have to wait until this fall to find out if they will be allowed to keep chickens on their properties.

While a formal vote wasn't taken Tuesday, members of the city's Community Development Community appeared split on whether allowing people to keep chickens is a move toward a more sustainable city or a possible health hazard and drain on city staff who would have to handle permitting and enforcement activities.

Alderman Bobby Pantuso suggested taking some time to learn how the city of Milwaukee has handled its ordinance that permitted chickens on residential properties about a year ago and the costs that have resulted.

"We need to tread lightly with this," he said, adding he wouldn't be opposed to exploring a trial for a limited number of households.

He already grows tomatoes, herbs and mushrooms at his home and the idea of some fresh eggs definitely started Pantuso's mouth watering. However, he worried about "irresponsible" chicken-keepers, like the Milwaukee residents who allowed their bird to escape and make its way across the Tosa border.

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CDA to tackle redevelopment of former fire station site

May 09, 2012 10:32 a.m. | The city's Community Development Authority may have its first assignment: overseeing redevelopment of the less than 1 acre parcel remaining of the former fire station property.

Former Mayor Jill Didier appointed seven members with expertise in areas such as real estate, corporate tax law and commercial banking to the CDA six months ago. Since then, the group has met several times, but hasn't had projects to work on, said Alderman Craig Wilson, vice chairman of the CDA.

"The members of the CDA are very encouraged to jump in on this and get their feet wet," he told the Community Development Committee on Tuesday.

The committee and the Common Council must approve transferring ownership of the parcel to the CDA. The council is expected to take up the matter Tuesday.

This goes against the original intent of the city to sell off that parcel for redevelopment. In better economic times, the estimated sale price came in at $300,000, Economic Development Director Paulette Enders said.

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Wine tasting, outdoor seating planned at Ruby Tap

May 09, 2012 10:04 a.m. | Taste before you buy will be the theme behind The Ruby Tap, a wine bar and shop that is expected to open in late June in the Village.

Brooke Boomer, who will own and operate the business with her sister, requested a liquor license from the city Tuesday.

"We wanted to make a place we'd like to go," she said. "We'll have wine-tasting machines, so you can try before you buy."

Thirty-two machines will give customers numerous choices. If that's not enough variety, another 40 wines will be available off tap for purchase.

The business will be located at 1341 Wauwatosa Ave., in the redeveloped former Drew's Variety Store building, next to Yo Mama frozen yogurt shop.

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Jimmy's Island Grill plans Reggae Sunsplash

May 09, 2012 9:58 a.m. | Jimmy's Island Grill and Iguana Bar in the Radisson, 2303 N. Mayfair Road, requested an extension of its liquor license so it can hold a new event, Reggae Sunsplash, on its property from 2 to 8 p.m. June 17.

The party is a way to kick off summer and celebrate Father's Day, said Michele Semrau, a catering manager for the hotel. Food, drinks and live music will be offered, with the action extending into a section of the parking lot.

The city's Legislation, Licensing and Communications Committee on Tuesday unanimously recommended approval. The request must go to the Board of Public Works on Monday for a permit to use the parking lot, then the full Common Council will vote before the party can start.

Tosa police chase down suspected armed robbers tied to two incidents

May 09, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Two Milwaukee youths suspected in back-to-back armed robberies were arrested Saturday night after fleeing police.

The two youths, ages 13 and 17, were allegedly involved in separate incidents within minutes of each other in the northeast corner of Wauwatosa.

According to the police reports:

In the first incident, a Wauwatosa officer responding to a call at 8:48 p.m. at No. 1 Chinese Restaurant, 6119 W. North Ave., talked to a Milwaukee couple who said they had been suddenly approached by two males who pointed a gun at them in a robbery attempt nearby. The couple had escaped by running into the restaurant, where staff responded to their screams for help by quickly locking the door once they were inside and then called police.

Three minutes later, a second similar incident reportedly took place on the southeast corner of North 65th Street and West Wright Street. There, a male victim said he had been approached by two males who pushed him down and placed the barrel of a handgun to the back of his skull while taking his wallet, cellphone and headphones.

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Panel OKs idea of outdoor seating wine-and-painting studio

May 08, 2012 8:34 p.m. | Owners of Artè Wine and Painting Studio want to allow their customers to enjoy both elements of their Village shop outdoors until midnight.

On Monday, the Plan Commission, which last month put a hold on the request by Karen Wilman-Salituro and Lisa Allen to allow time for a more detailed site plan to be submitted, got an idea that could accommodate the proposal using public right of way.

Ten tables, providing seating for about 32 people, would be placed along the public sidewalk right next to the building, 7511 Harwood Ave., and in the grass and paved area around the tree across the sidewalk from the building.

The commission voted 4-0 in favor of granting a conditional-use permit for outdoor seating. Mayor Kathy Ehley, chairwoman of the commission, abstained from voting because she still holds the position of Village Business Improvement District executive director.

Commissioner Jody Lowe supported the request, but she questioned whether the seating was to support the drinking portion of the business more than the painting portion.

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Two re-used sites involve incoming pet businesses

May 08, 2012 10:44 a.m. | Pets were on the mind, on agenda, of the Wauwatosa Planning Commission on Monday night, thanks to two independent proposals that would convert big-box and warehouse buildings to other uses.

Petco, a national pet supply chain, will move into one of the three additional tenant spaces within the Walmart Neighborhood Market development at 124th Street and Capitol Drive. Petco got approval from the Plan Commission to move into the 13,000-square-foot northernmost space, which is about a third of size of the Walmart grocery store that's expected to open in June.

In addition to selling pet supplies, Petco will offer animal grooming services and vaccination clinics staffed by licensed veterinarians. The store is expected to employ about 20 people.

There are two much smaller spaces that could be leased individually or combined. An address has been assigned for a Sprint store, city planner Tamara Szudy said.

Elsewhere on 124th Street, a former industrial warehouse building may get a pet-related business.

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Young People's Art Exhibit honors the best

May 07, 2012 6:52 p.m. | Artwork pieces created by two Wauwatosa School District students were chosen as Best in Show for the 2012 Young People's Art Exhibit.

Erin Schaut, Whitman Middle School, won Best of Show in the junior division; while Aaron Czarnecki, Wauwatosa East High School, took top honors for the senior division. Each student received $250.

The pieces will be on display during the Wisconsin State Fair in August.

Other district students will also have their work exhibited.

Also picked for top honors were East High School students Brad Lembrich, who won the Artist and Display Award for best drawing in the senior division for his charcoal self-portrait; and Michael Leffler, who received the Special Needs Artwork Award for his digital imagery piece.

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East nips West kickers, 2-1, in 'Battle of Tosa'

May 04, 2012 9:21 p.m. | Wauwatosa East nipped Wauwatosa West, 2-1, in the 'Battle of Tosa' Friday night  before a fired up crowd at Whitman Field.

Captain Amanda Babler got the Red Raiders (8-4) on the board only 4 minutes, 50 seconds into the match. Babler took a pass from Margaret Geertsen and drilled in a shot in front of the goal.

That score held up at halftime, but West struck back on a beautiful goal by sophomore Alex Heyer. Heyer broke out of a scrum just past midfield, lost her balance but got her hands down on the turf to keep from falling and continued her run at the goal where she hooked a beautiful shot into the left corner of the net to tie the game at 56:31.

The game remained scoreless for 10 minutes, before freshman Chrissy Hoefgen took a pass from Maddie Packard to the right of the net and drilled a shot into the left corner for the eventual winning goal at 66:41.

West (7-4-2) aggressive but twice got robbed of goals because of great plays by Tosa East goalkeeper Daisy Wedel.

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Trojans set fundraiser for player's family May 10

May 03, 2012 2:52 p.m. | As part of Coaches vs. Cancer Week the Wauwatosa West girls soccer team is having a fundraiser next Thursday for their Woodland Conference match against New Berlin West at Whitman Field.

Stas Stadler, the father of Tosa West's Anna, Tim and Andrew, has entered hospice and the team is having a fundraiser for the family.

There will be raffles and the team will be wearing special jersies that night to support the family and the fight against Bladder Cancer. There will be a post-game event at O'Sullivans with food and drink.

There have been 1100 bracelets and T-shirts ordered and fans are encouraged to wear yellow that night.

"This family has meant the world to Tosa West and they are the true spirit if our program." Tosa West coach Jon Gulrajani said.

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West adds Sunday matinee performance of "Peter Pan"

May 02, 2012 9:46 a.m. | Wauwatosa West's production of "Peter Pan" has drawn so much interest from families with younger children, a Sunday matinee has been added to the schedule.

The Sunday performance will be at 2 p.m. in the school's theater, 11400 W. Center St.

The full schedule also includes a 7 p.m. performance on May 4 and 5.

Tickets are $5 for children 5 and under, $10 for students, $12.50 for seniors 62 and older and $15 for adults. They can be purchased online at or in person at the box office which opens 30 minutes prior to each show.

For more information, call 414-773-3219 or visit

Walk for Kaylen at 7 p.m. May 1

May 01, 2012 2:28 p.m. | The community is invited to take a walk in support of Kaylen Birk this evening, a 4K student at Lincoln Elementary who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

The walk starts at 7 p.m. at the The Little Red Store situated adjacent to the parking lot under the Harmonee Bridge. Participants will walk along the parkway to the Hoyt Park bridge and back.

For more information about the walk, call 414-467-8011.

Organizers call the event an opportunity to "provide strength and support" to the Birk family.

Kaylen Birk is in the process of receiving treatment through the week for six weeks at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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