It's better to see a display than to set off fireworks this year

June 27, 2012 2:36 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department is urging residents to refrain from setting off fireworks, given the stretch of dry weather and numerous accidents and injuries caused every year.

Instead, anyone interested in pyrotechnics can plan to attend a public fireworks display, Assistant Fire Chief James Case suggested.

Other than sparklers less than 36 inches long, snakes and small exploding caps, it is illegal to set off fireworks. Even the permitted items present a danger, Case said. For instance, sparklers burn extremely hot and send a number of people to the emergency rooms each year.

Residents who do choose to use permitted fireworks should be extra cautious during the dry conditions. Keep a water source such as a hose or bucket on hand, Case said.

Night of partying turns sour, expensive

June 27, 2012 12:10 p.m. | A man was left with a hefty bill after he partied with a prostitute at a Wauwatosa hotel earlier this month, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also from the report:

The man had met up with a woman, who was an acquaintance of his brother, and a man she said was her brother on June 3 because they were known to have drug connections that would supply crack cocaine.

After doing drugs and drinking liquor, the man decided they needed a place to continue the party and sleep it off. He was intoxicated when they checked into Extended Stay America, 11121 W. North Ave., at 9:30 p.m. June 3. The woman signed for two rooms, which were charged to his credit card.

The next morning the man woke up feeling hung over, but the woman refused to turn in the room key until he took her and her brother shopping to pay them back for the crack.

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Man, seen asleep at the wheel, then drives into his home

June 27, 2012 10:54 a.m. | A drunken driver trying to pull into his driveway struck his Wauwatosa house Sunday morning, according to a Wauwatosa police report.

Also in the report:

A passerby noticed the man slumped behind the wheel in the 2100 block of North 60th Street at 2:47 a.m. Sunday.

When she circled back, she saw the vehicle drift across the center line, roll up over the curb, cross the lawn and enter a driveway at 60th and Lloyd streets. The car struck the corner of the house, stopped briefly, then pulled forward into the driveway.

When officers arrived, the man was asleep at the wheel but the engine was running and the brake lights were on. As they tried to wake him, he took his foot off the gas and the vehicle started rolling forward. Officers were able to stop the car and take the keys from the ignition.

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Hart Park ballfield finished under budget

June 27, 2012 10:50 a.m. | Improvements to the Hart Park softball diamond came in $10,000 under budget, so the money was returned to the city's coffers.

However, softball players have wondered why those dollars weren't spent to make some of the changes they had been told didn't make the initial project budget.

"It's more surprise and frustration on our part," said Scott Reidel, a softball player who has been advocating for improvements to the ballfield. "We had $40,000 to do renovations and we turned $10,000 away."

The money for the project was specifically to renovate the infield, which included replacing the drainage system, Parks and Forestry Superintendent Ken Walbrant said. When the drainage system was deemed in good condition, the money went back to the city's general fund.

Players have pitched in

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Little library trend catches on

June 27, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Heather Deaton enjoyed the book "Memoirs of a Geisha," but since it's a few years old and has been a popular book club choice, she wasn't sure if there would be a lot of interest in the novel.

She took a chance and put it in the cabinet in her front yard and quickly it disappeared.

Deaton counts among a growing number of Wauwatosa property owners - at least eight so far - getting involved in the Little Free Library movement. They build or buy a ready-made small book depository, fill it with reading materials and wait for neighbors to take or donate items.

"We encourage people to stop and look, take a book now or come back later and come back often," said Deaton of the library on her property in the 2500 block of Lefeber Avenue.

Worth the effort

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Parolee arrested after bizarre vandalism incident

June 27, 2012 9:27 a.m. | A 32-year-old man on parole for burglary was arrested for vandalism after an odd incident at a Wauwatosa business last week.

According to the police report:

The man was arrested after he spread honey across a desk, damaged a computer mouse pad and threw a Bible and religious brochures on a desk at Hall Automotive, 11011 W. North Ave., at 12:51 p.m. June 20.

A nail was driven through the literature, mouse pad and Bible to bind them together. The jar of honey was on the desk but he opened it and poured it.

He was carrying a backpack full of chicken bones.

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Ten-mall shoplifting binge ends with local arrest

June 27, 2012 8:30 a.m. | Two Milwaukee men with a car full of stolen clothing were arrested after they allegedly tried to take items a store at Mayfair on Thursday evening.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The men, ages 22 and 27, set off the theft alarm at 8:35 p.m. June 21 while entering Abercrombie & Fitch, so employees were immediately suspicious. After the men tried to take several items, with a combined value of $544, an employee stepped in their way. They threatened to beat up the employee, then threw the merchandise at him and ran to a vehicle.

The car was soon located and stopped by police in the 3100 block of North Colonial Drive. The driver jumped out and ran, but police caught up to him in a nearby alley.

They both gave aliases, but their fingerprints revealed their real identities.

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Tosa splash pad, wading pool hours extended

June 27, 2012 8:29 a.m. | High temperatures forecast for Wednesday and Thursday have led Milwaukee County Parks to extend the hours of its water recreation sites, officials announced Tuesday.

In Wauwatosa, kids and their caregivers can beat the heat at the splash pad in Madison Park, 9800 W. Glendale Ave., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or the wading pool at Jacobus Park, 6501 Hillside Lane, from 1 to 7 p.m.

You can find more ways to cool off in NOW's guide to area swimming pools and splash pads.

Madison Park vandalism gets costly

June 26, 2012 8:00 p.m. | Vandals have been causing damage at Madison Park.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The restroom doors at the golf course starters shack were kicked prior to 10:23 a.m. June 17.

The next day, a Milwaukee County Parks employee reported three skylight covers broken, several vent pipes filled with pebbles and a ceiling-mounted exit sign in the restroom building had been broken. Two other exit signs had been broken only days earlier.

The employee estimated it would cost $1,600 to repair the damage.

Milwaukee County extends hours for wading pools, splash pads

June 20, 2012 12:02 p.m. | Milwaukee County is extending the operating hours for its wading pool and splash pads, including the one at Madison Park in Wauwatosa, due to hot temperatures expected throughout the evening.

The splash pad at Madison, 9800 Glendale Ave., will spray until 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Children ages 7 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver ages 12 or older.

Despite control deficiency, new Hart Park splash pad will cool kids off tonight

June 20, 2012 11:26 a.m. | The splash pad at the new Hart Park playground will be operational during the Tosa Tonight concert this evening so kids can cool off while their parents take in the music.

"Barring a malfunction, the intent is to have it operational during events (at the Rotary Performance Pavilion) and in extreme weather like we have now," City Administrator James Archambo said today.

Unfortunately, for now, the splash pad will have to be turned off manually when no one is using it. That's not the functional design the city intended, however. The wrong control panel was installed by contractors.

"Right now its simply on or off," Archambo said.

Due to concerns about wasting water, the city's Parks and Forestry staff had temporarily turned the pad off.

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Alderman continues fight for added senior center funding

June 19, 2012 9:38 p.m. | With 21 percent fewer federal dollars to work with than last year, the Common Council tonight unanimously approved reallocating Community Development Block Grant funds.

The reallocation was expected, given the recent revelation of the loss in block grant dollars in comparison to 2011. But one alderman made it clear he isn't in favor of one of the block recipients being forced into a budget crisis from here forward.

Alderman Peter Donegan asked fellow council members to "consider a different posture" toward the Hart Park Senior Center.

The center has relied heavily on block grant funds in the past. Last fall, when the city approved this year's operating budget, the center was expected to receive $105,362. That funding is now reduced to $83,600.

Donegan asked Mayor Kathy Ehley and City Administrator James Archambo to look at options to make up the funding loss and allow the center to operate at its existing level in 2013.

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Rack up one for bike traffic

June 19, 2012 9:06 p.m. | While it might not seem like a standout item on the Common Council's agenda, allowing owners of restaurant Juniper 61 to put a bike rack in the city right of way could be the start of something big in East Tosa, Alderman Bobby Pantuso said tonight.

He has been talking to Kevin Hardman, a Wauwatosa resident and executive director of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, in hopes of finding grant funds to help more businesses along North Avenue install bicycle racks and promote pedaling.

"I would like every business to be a bike-friendly in East Tosa - in the entire city for that matter," he said.

There are cities where racks double as art, Pantuso said, adding that perhaps a city could sponsor a contest at some point in the future.

"I'm just throwing it out there to get your minds thinking about it," he told fellow council members.

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Early work begins on Meinecke flood project

June 19, 2012 6:16 p.m. | Trees will come down this week along 90th Street as the city prepares to install new sewer pipes for the Meinecke Avenue neighborhood flood mitigation project.

Preliminary estimates by the city's Parks and Forestry Department called for removing 59 and relocating 22 of 250 trees in the project area. Those numbers look to be correct so far, Public Works Director Bill Porter said today.

The city forester is looking into the structural condition and health of the trees they hope to save.

"One of the elm's we were going to save came down with Dutch elm disease, so now that one has to go," Porter said. "So the one we were going to remove across the street will stay. It's an ongoing process."

Tree trimmings have been donated to the Milwaukee County Zoo to provide food to giraffes, moose, camels and elephants.

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Concert raises money for Lincoln student's medical expenses

June 19, 2012 3:50 p.m. | A gym class mishap led doctors to discover an inoperable brainstem tumor in kindergartner Kaylen Birk this spring.

The Lincoln Elementary School student is now part of a clinical trial that is hoped to save her life, and the medical bills are mounting. To help the Birk family, community groups are coming together to hold the event Koncert for Kaylen.

The Differentials, a new four-man ensemble including Wauwatosa's Brian Leahy, will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. June 28 at the Rotary Performance Pavilion in Hart Park.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids, and the price includes a picnic dinner donated by Leff's Lucky Town. There will be a beer tent, raffle and auction to help raise money to defray Kaylen's medical costs.

"This condition is notoriously difficult to treat with standard radiation therapy, and survival past 12 to 15 months is uncommon," according to the announcement sent by concert organizers.

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Man charged with drunken driving with kids in car

June 19, 2012 1:51 p.m. | A 28-year-old Milwaukee man who was arrested on charges of drunken driving had two small children in the backseat last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Dispatchers received a call about a man drinking and driving at Wauwatosa and Milwaukee avenues at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday.

Cold, half-finished cans of beer were found on the floor when the vehicle was pulled over.

The driver had a suspended driver's license and his blood-alcohol content was 0.16.

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Hart Park's new splash pad goes dry ... for now

June 19, 2012 1:22 p.m. | As the temperatures reach the 90s, a water feature that could provide some fun and relief from the heat is out of commission.

The splash pad at the new Hart Park playground is not in operation in an effort to conserve water, said Ken Walbrant, parks and forestry superintendent.

The control panel that was installed doesn't have a timer.

"It's just running constantly if it's turned on," Walbrant said.

It can be turned on manually, but that requires staff oversight.

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Robbers make off with $2,000 in school money and more

June 18, 2012 2:25 p.m. | Two men were robbed at gunpoint as they were leaving a house party in 10700 block of West Keefe Avenue in Wauwatosa last week.

One of the two robbers involved went through one of the victim's pants pockets and took $2,000 in cash, which the victim later said was from a check he had just cashed to pay school bills.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The men, who are cousins, had walked to the end of the house's driveway about 7:43 p.m. June 14 when two masked men armed with semi-automatic handguns appeared from the wooded area across the street.

One of the robbers said "you know what time it is." Scared they would be shot, the victims handed over their wallets and cellphones and laid on the driveway before one of the robbers checked the victims for more.

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Youth arrested in skateboarder robbery

June 18, 2012 12:10 p.m. | A 16-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for strong armed robbery after he took a skateboarder's wallet at Hoyt Park on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

An 18-year-old man was riding his skateboard on the trail from the pool, 1800 Swan Blvd. at 2:16 p.m. As he approached the footbridge he saw five males riding bicycles toward him.

One of the five, the 16-year-old, asked him for change for a $5 bill. He pulled out his wallet and only had $4. The boy grabbed the $4 and pulled on the wallet. When the man pulled his wallet back the teen punched him twice in the jaw and ran.

The group of boys were stopped by police at North and Wauwatosa avenues, but the 16-year-old, who has a record of 13 prior juvenile arrests and a case waived to adult court, and a 17-year-old, who was wanted by Milwaukee police for burglary, took off. They were apprehended minutes later at 61st and Lloyd streets.

Driver crashes twice in chase before arrest for drunken driving

June 18, 2012 12:06 p.m. | A 22-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for his second drunken driving offense June 10 after he reportedly tried to elude police in Brookfield before crashing his car in Wauwatosa.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

When Brookfield police attempted to pull over his vehicle after it was seen speeding, the driver didn't stop and a one-mile pursuit ensued.

The driver lost control navigating a curve and he ran a stop sign before crashing into a tree at Juneau Boulevard and Ridgeway in Elm Grove.

The driver took off again into Wauwatosa, but crashed again, this time at Uptown Motors, 2111 N. Mayfair Road, at 12:24 a.m.

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West uses 13-run inning to beat Northstars, 17-1

June 16, 2012 5:04 p.m. | Wauwatosa West exploded for 13 runs in the fourth inning and rolled to an impressive 17-1 victory over host Waukesha North (3-12) on Saturday morning in the annual Wood Bat Tournament at Frame Park.

Leading 4-1 after scoring twice in the first two innings, the Trojans (6-7) sent 17 hitters to the plate in the fourth inning to blow away the Northstars, who commited 6 errors in the inning.

West banged out six hits in the inning, as Ben Zachman had a 2-run double, Willie Bellknap had an RBI-single, Austin Jones a 2-run double and Mickey Morgan an RBI double to highlight the inning.

JJ Belknapp, who had a double and a triple, pitched a 5-inning complete game, allowing 3 hits, a walk while fanning three.

The title game was set for 5:30 p.m.

Tax challenges boost city's legal costs

June 13, 2012 10:20 a.m. | Five major taxpayers are challenging their 2010 property assessments, busting the city attorney's litigation budget this year.

City Attorney Alan Kesner asked the Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday for an additional $75,000 from contingency funds to pay for outside counsel to litigate the cases, including paying expert witnesses to bolster the city's position.

"We've just hit a really big year in trial and discovery work," he said, adding economic conditions have led taxpayers to try to reduce tax costs.

The city already has spent $75,000 this year fighting property tax challenges. Boston Store, Macy's, Walgreens - which has four Wauwatosa locations - Target and GE Healthcare are all challenging their assessments.

Wauwatosa is paying to prevent what could amount to $1.5 million in tax refunds if the challengers are successful, Kesner said. The city would be responsible for about a third of the refunds, with the school district, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Milwaukee Area Technical College making up the rest. However, the city is charged with defending the property values for all the taxing entities, Kesner said.

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Madison Park attraction will make a splash as planned

June 12, 2012 6:04 p.m. | Vandalism won't keep the splash pad at Madison Park from opening Saturday as planned.

After a sprinkler unit for the water playground was bent between 5 p.m. June 5 and 9 a.m. June 6, there was concern that the $10,000 piece would need replacing, according to a Wauwatosa Police Department report.

Instead the piece will be repaired in time, said Jeff Beaudry, a spokesman for Milwaukee County Parks.

The same piece was broken just before the splash pad opened at the park, 9800 W. Glendale Ave., and needed replacing a few years ago. A parks worker said it appeared people had climbed on the sprinkler, causing the damage, according to the report.

The splash pad will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Children ages 7 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver age 12 or older at the splash pad.

Luxury apartments eyed for Bartolotta property

June 12, 2012 5:42 p.m. | With The Enclave apartments leasing quickly, developers Ryan Schultz and Brett Haney are ready to add on with a 40-unit building on the neighboring The Bartolotta Restaurants property.

The duo serve as principals of Waukesha-based HSI properties, which spent the past three years developing the high-end apartments on the city's eastern border at 62nd and State streets.

Thanks to a mild winter, construction moved along and the first building opened April 1. As of Monday, 72 of the 76 units were leased, Haney said. The second building is set to open Aug. 1 and half of those 76 units have signed leases.

"We're anticipating to be full by fall," Haney said.

That led the developers to pitch the Annex at Enclave, a four-story building filled with 40, one-bedroom luxury apartments, on the neighboring property, 6005 Martin Drive. Calls to Bartolotta's to find out where the company will move its offices weren't immediately returned.

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Hartung Park Farmers Market opens

June 12, 2012 5:42 p.m. | The Hartung Park Farmers Market debuts for the season from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with produce from local vendors, a talk about orchids and live guitar music.

Chuck Glander will play guitar throughout the afternoon. At 4:30 p.m., orchid expert Bruce Efflandt will answer questions and offer growing advice.

The market, just south of the playground at the Menomonee River Parkway and Keefe Avenue, is organized by the Hartung Park Community Association, a group of neighbors from the Wauwatosa and Milwaukee sides of the park.

The market will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through September, expect for July 4.

Church and Chapel hopes to open funeral home in church building

June 12, 2012 5:38 p.m. | Church and Chapel wants to open a funeral home in the building that now serves as Unity West Church.

The congregation has downsized, so after 30 years in the building at 4750 N. Mayfair Road, "We are going to be moving someplace smaller," said Russell Grant, Unity West's board president.

Church and Chapel is in negotiations to buy the property and, if successful, plans to make improvements to the parking lot and landscaping, said Dave Larsen, company representative.

The business plans to conduct funeral and interment services at the site and any preparatory functions such as embalming and cremating would be done at Church and Chapel's headquarters in Brookfield, he said.

Customers would come to make funeral arrangements, attend services in the chapel and hold funeral luncheons in the basement.

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Bullies use padlock-filled sock

June 12, 2012 5:12 p.m. | Bullying took a violent turn when a teen girl whipped around a sock full of metal padlocks at 66th and Center streets Thursday afternoon.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Two girls were riding the county bus when a man randomly started verbally bullying them and three girls laughingly egged him on. When the two victims got off the bus, the three other girls followed them and continued to make rude comments.

One of the victims dialed 911, but one of the bullies swatted the phone out of her hands. When the victim eventually started yelling back at the instigators, one of the bullies pulled out a sock containing three padlocks that were linked together. She started swinging.

The victims were able to dodge the weapon, and an officer saw the fight unfolding in the middle of Center Street at 12:08 p.m.

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Tosa Walmart Neighborhood Market opens June 20

June 12, 2012 5:04 p.m. | Wisconsin's first Walmart Neighborhood Market will open June 20 in Wauwatosa, company officials say.

The grocery store and pharmacy - a new, smaller retail concept than the traditional Walmart - occupies space at 124th Street and Capitol Drive formerly used by Jewel-Osco.

The 38,000-square-foot Wauwatosa store will feature a self-serve deli, traditional grocery items and popular local products such as bratwurst and Italian sausage products from Klement's. Beer and wine also will be sold.

Customers can buy gift cards, gift wrap and party supplies at the Celebration Station. Shoppers will also find stations to print their own digital photos.

The pharmacy will offer a drive-thru.

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Federal grant dollars fall short of projections; local groups to feel effect

June 12, 2012 3:20 p.m. | The city will receive 21 percent less money than anticipated through the Community Development Block Grant program, and that means local food pantries, the senior center and facilities that serve low- to median-income residents will have to get by with less.

The federal government released its final 2012 numbers and the $864,509 allocated for Wauwatosa was dramatically different then the 2011 allocation, which the city's block grant committee based its recommendations off of last fall.

Members of the block grant committee recommended any cuts be spread equally across all applicants, city planner Jennifer Ferguson said in a memo. The Budget and Finance Committee will discuss new funding levels tonight.

For instance, the Hart Park Senior Center was expected to receive $105,362, but that funding is now reduced to $83,600. In another case, the Lutheran Home would receive $190,000, down from $240,000, to make facility improvements.

Ronald McDonald House expansion up for discussion tonight

June 12, 2012 3:18 p.m. | Ronald McDonald House has been running at capacity for at least three years and there have been numerous times when families have had to be turned away, house board member and architect Robert Kramer told the city Plan Commission on Monday.

He was representing the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin in its request to expand the house by adding 37 rooms and a parking structure.

The commission unanimously supported the proposal, saying the house provides an important service to the medical campus across the street. Most of the people who stay at the Ronald McDonald House have seriously sick or injured children receiving treatment at the hospital.

The request will go to the Community Development Committee tonight.

The two-level parking structure would provide space for 110 vehicles, plus there would be a 21-stall surface lot near the house entrance.

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Warrant issued for frequently arrested theft suspect

June 12, 2012 2:02 p.m. | A felony arrest warrant was issued Monday for a 41-year-old Milwaukee man who allegedly was involved in a retail theft that eventually resulted in a police chase last week.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Employees at The Home Depot, 4100 N. 124th St., who recognized William Derrell Coney Jr. from his involvement in numerous thefts from Milwaukee area stores, saw him take three saws valued at $600 and walk out the store Thursday evening.

Coney ran to his vehicle at 6:58 p.m. and fled, but police caught up with him a few minutes later at 78th Street and Capitol Drive after he pulled into a nearby BP station. While an officer did briefly talk with him, Coney allegedly got back into his vehicle and took off, leading officers on a pursuit that lasted about 90 seconds and covered less than a mile before police terminated the chase at Melvin and 64th streets.

Later, police checked the area and located his vehicle, parked and unoccupied, with the three saws in the back. The car was seized and a crack pipe was found inside.

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Popcorn wagon would add to Village treats

June 12, 2012 1:22 p.m. | With Baskin Robbins scooping ice cream on one side and Yo Mama serving up frozen yogurt on the other, the Root Common grassy triangle in the Village is becoming a sweet snack spot.

Nicole Breest believes it's time to add the salty. The New Berlin woman on Monday asked for permission to operate a popcorn wagon near the pine tree in the area.

She plans sell freshly popped popcorn, as well as prepackaged cheese and carmel corn, plus rootbeer and old-fashioned candy such as licorice ropes.

The commission unanimously supported the request, which will go to the Community Development Committee tonight.

"The Village is a part of my district and I think that's a lovely use that fits right in," said Alderwoman Kathleen Causier, who sits on the commission.

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Topper's gains support for Village shop, with one concern

June 12, 2012 1:14 p.m. | Topper's Pizza wants to move into the shopping center at 68th and State streets, but a few members of the Plan Commission on Monday questioned its late operating hours.

Restaurant management has asked to operate from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. daily. While orders are placed primarily for delivery or carry out, there will be some seating inside and outside the restaurant. Like for other businesses in the Village Business Improvement District, outdoor seating would be stopped at 11 p.m.

Alderwoman and commission member Kathy Causier voiced concerns about allowing a business to stay open until 3:30 a.m., when most others must close by 2:30 a.m.

"Are we treading into a precedent of allowing really late closing times for our businesses in the Village?" she asked.

Commissioner Jody Lowe, who lives in the neighborhood, wondered if Toppers wouldn't draw the after bartime crowd. However, she was encouraged to see Topper's opening in Wauwatosa.

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New Wauwatosa apartment development adding units

June 12, 2012 7:00 a.m. | The Enclave, a 152-unit apartment development in Wauwatosa, plans to add another 40 units.

HSI Properties LLC started construction last year on The Enclave, at W. State and N. 62nd streets. One building is completed, and another is to be finished by Aug. 1.

Of the 152 units in the first two buildings, 100 are leased, said Ryan Schultz, HSI co-owner. Another 10 to 12 units are being held under reservations that are being converted into leases.

"Needless to say, it's exceeded our expectations," Schultz said. "There's a niche market there."

The third building, with four stories, will have one-bedroom units, Schultz said. It will include 32 enclosed parking spaces on the first floor, and 16 spaces on a surface parking lot.

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HartFest serving up music, drinks this weekend

June 11, 2012 2:41 p.m. | HartFest, the festival that celebrates Hart Park and raises money for various charities, will be held this weekend.

The party starts at 5 p.m. with music by Andrew Gelles, followed by King Solomon at 8 p.m. on the Rotary Performance Pavilion stage at 68th and State streets.

On Saturday, The LoveMonkeys are the headliners at 8 p.m. The earlier acts are The Lonely Hearts at 1 p.m. and Spoiled Rotten at 4:30 p.m.

The Wauwatosa Fire Department will roast corn and local organizations and restaurants will serve up food and drinks.

Money raised goes to The Wisconsin Humane Society, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Heart of Gold Charity, the Wauwatosa East Booster Club and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

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Apartment developer may save only one of historic Eschweiler buildings

June 08, 2012 6:10 p.m. | If an anticipated apartment complex project is to remain economically feasible, only one of four historic Eschweiler buildings may survive the transformation, the prospective developers acknowledged this week.

Developers from Mandel Group told the Wauwatosa Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday that, in their latest review of the project's potential, they feel the remaining buildings don't provide enough economic value.

"They are inefficient, inflexible buildings when adapted for alternative uses," said Phil Aiello, senior development manager with Mandel Group. "We went into the process with the intention to save all the Eschweiler buildings. They have outlived their economic life."

Mandel's conceptual plan calls for preserving the former agricultural school administration building and the quadrangle of green space that is home to some century-old trees. Nearly 200 apartment units would be constructed among eight new buildings.

Developers estimated the project cost at $15 million and anticipate a poor rate of return on the three other Eschweiler buildings, which would be demolished. Little more than 50 percent of the building space would be feasible for rent, compared with typically 85 percent in new construction, Aiello said.

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Walker, Kleefisch win Tosa's votes

June 06, 2012 8:28 a.m. | Nearly 82 percent of the city's registered voters turned out at the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the recall election.

Gov. Scott Walker received the majority of votes in Wauwatosa with 54 percent, while competitor Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett brought in 46 percent, according to unofficial election results provided by the city clerk's office.

Results remain unofficial until certified by a board of canvassers.

The race for lieutenant government came in at 53 percent for incumbent Rebecca Kleefisch and 47 percent for challenger Mahlon Mitchell.

The results in Tosa mirrored those statewide, with both incumbents retaining their seats.

Men pretending to be roofers to gain access to Tosa homes

June 05, 2012 2:27 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents beware: Two men are pretending to be roofers so they can enter homes.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

A homeowner in the 12000 block of Diane Drive was working in his yard when a truck pulled up at 1:30 p.m. May 30. The driver said he was from a roofing company and had been told to come out and check the man's roof.

After asking for a ladder, the driver and homeowner went around the back of the house while the co-worker remained in the truck. Every time the homeowner tried to head back to the front yard, the roofer asked him for assistance. Meanwhile, the roofer spoke Spanish into a hand-held device.

After 15 minutes, the roofer said he was leaving to get shingles and that he would return.

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Man arrested for robbery has history of having fake guns

June 05, 2012 12:46 p.m. | A man accused of being involved in a robbery was found to have a realistic looking toy gun in his car that he said belonged to his 2-year-old son.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

Officers were looking for reckless drivers at Mayfair and Bluemound roads who may have been involved in a West Allis drug deal and robbery.

They caught up with the vehicles - one chasing the other at twice the speed limit- at Hampton Avenue and 107th Street about 7:15 p.m. May 25. Eventually, they were stopped at Fast Track Oil Change, 7515 W. Capitol Drive.

A weapon that looked like a semi-automatic pistol was on the backseat of a 28-year-old Milwaukee man's vehicle. It turned out to be a fake that shoots BBs.

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Four people arrested for forgery after fake $100 passed at Target

June 05, 2012 12:38 p.m. | Four people have been arrested for passing counterfeit money at Target, and the U.S. Secret Service is investigating.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

A 41-year-old Milwaukee woman handed a clerk a $100 bill for an $8 purchase. The clerk became suspicious because she saw numerous $20 bills when the customer opened her wallet.

The woman left in a vehicle, which officers pulled over at 102nd Street and Capitol Drive at 5:37 p.m. May 28.

She told officers she had found the bill, which turned out to be a washed and reprinted $5 bill. She was arrested for forgery, possession of drug paraphernalia and on a Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office warrant. Two crack pipes, the butts of marijuana cigarettes and a blunt cutter were found in her purse.

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Retired detective John Dubinski nominated for District 2 alderman

June 05, 2012 12:22 p.m. | Retired Wauwatosa police detective John Dubinski is the nominee to fill the District 2 aldermanic seat vacated earlier this year by Eric Meaux.

A selection committee voted 3-2 on Monday to recommend Dubinski. The appointment must be approved by the entire council June 19.

"This is my opportunity to give back to the community," said Dubinski, who has lived in Wauwatosa for more than 30 years.

He and his wife have raised four children.

He retired from the Police Department, where he specialized in computer crimes and forensics, in 2010. He now has the time for civic involvement, he said.

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Looking for your local polling place?

June 05, 2012 9:10 a.m. | If you would like to cast a vote today in Wisconsin's election and are not sure where your local polling place is, check out the Wisconsin Voter Public Access Page.

There you will find your local polling place, a sample ballot, list of elected officials and more.

Polls are open today until 8 p.m.

Wisconsin Voter Public Access Page

Committee interviews five District 2 candidates

June 04, 2012 12:12 p.m. | Five Wauwatosa residents have applied to fill the vacant District 2 seat on the Common Council, and a selection committee will interview the candidates starting at 6 p.m. today.

The contenders are Nancy Alberte, John Dubinski, Bradley Foley, Brian Savoie and Patrick Watson.

The candidate receiving the most votes from the selection committee, made up of sitting aldermen, will be considered by the entire council June 19. The chosen appointee will serve as alderman until April 2013, at which time he or she would have to run for election to fill out the rest of the term.

The vacancy was left by Eric Meaux, who resigned just after being re-elected for a four-year term.

Meinecke funding didn't add up, dollars found by deferring projects

June 04, 2012 12:08 p.m. | Future storm and sanitary sewer projects likely will take longer to complete because money allocated for that work is needed now to pay for the Meinecke Avenue neighborhood flood mitigation project.

The city is ripping out old and ill-functioning storm and sanitary sewer mains and replacing them with larger ones. Water mains, the street, sidewalk and traffic and street lights will all be replaced as well as part of this $14.4 million project.

The project is $5.1 million short in funding, and the solution settled upon earlier — to use $3.1 million from storm and sanitary sewer reserves as well as money leftover from past projects that came in under budget — just won’t work, it was realized last week.

Questions posed by aldermen during a discussion about the funding gap caused city staff members to crunch the numbers again and determine there isn’t enough surplus money in the reserves.

This year the city switched to a new way of budgeting for capital projects, City Administrator James Archambo said. In the past, projects were smaller and budgeted to occur from design to complete construction within a year. They were accounted for manually by the departments involved.

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Wauwatosa man killed in Dodge County motorcycle crash

June 03, 2012 5:38 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man was killed Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Dodge County.

The 51-year-old man was traveling with his 8-year-old grandson when the motorcycle he was driving veered onto the shoulder of State Highway 16/60 at County Highway J and struck a mailbox, according to the Dodge County Sheriff's Department.

The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene. His grandson was taken to Beaver Dam Hospital.

The accident happened at 11:35 a.m. in the Town of Lowe.

NOW, Lake Country state track photo gallery now online

June 03, 2012 10:14 a.m. | We've just added the final images to the NOW/Lake Country Publications photo gallery from this weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse.

Photojournalists Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath collected more than 100 images from two days of competition at the sun-splashed Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Brookfield East repeated as the boys champions in Division 1 while Riverside captured the girls title.

Go to photo gallery.

Tosa saluted for its use of technology

June 01, 2012 4:28 p.m. | The city has received a Salute to Government Award for its effective use of technology.

The Public Policy Institute, which looks for innovative initiatives in government, took note of Wauwatosa's culmination of a new technology network that allows wireless connectivity between municipal buildings and high-speed data replication.

The project was spurred by an $80,000 Homeland Security grant to install a new video surveillance system, which prompted city staff to use the opportunity to upgrade the rest of its information technology infrastructure, according to an announcement of the award winners.

Milwaukee County was also recognized for improvements in collecting delinquent taxes and going paperless to reduce expenses in the Treasurer's Office. Sue Black, director of Milwaukee County Parks, will receive the Norman N. Gill Award, to celebrate her 30 years of leadership in the park and recreation industry.

Ristow becomes fifth to file for state's 13th District legislative seat

June 01, 2012 2:14 p.m. | Nate Ristow, a Wauwatosa resident and Gov. Scott Walker's former assistant legal counsel, is the latest person to enter the race for the state's 13th Assembly District seat.

"My message of bold conservative reforms that promote limited government, constitutionalism and job growth is resonating with the residents of the 13th Assembly District," Ristow said in his candidacy announcement today. "I look forward to earning the opportunity to represent my friends and neighbors in Madison as we continue to move Wisconsin forward."

Having submitted his nomination papers to the Government Accountability Board, Ristow will be included on the ballot for the race, which begins with an Aug. 14 partisan primary election.

Ristow is the fourth Republican and fifth candidate overall to file for the seat that will be vacated by David Cullen, D-Milwaukee, who chose not to seek re-election. The others are John Pokrandt, D-Wauwatosa; Matt Adamczyk, R-Brookfield; Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield; and Thomas Schellinger, R-Brookfield.

The 13th Assembly District covers areas of Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Elm Grove and West Allis and Milwaukee.

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Ladwig receives Innovation in Community Engagement Award

June 01, 2012 1:42 p.m. | Assistant District Attorney Christopher Ladwig is the recipient of the Innovation in Community Engagement Award for his work improving Milwaukee's Metcalfe Park Neighborhood.

The Wauwatosa resident received the award from The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, a national organization dedicated to making communities safer.

Ladwig was chosen for his commitment to community engagement and public safety. Some of the Community Prosecution projects he's been involved with include a prostitution abatement plan, a chronic inebriate nuisance abatement plan, a most violent offenders initiative and a partnership with Marquette University and Metcalfe Park Neighborhood Association to improve the look of vacant and foreclosed homes.

His dedication extends to Wauwatosa, where he serves on the Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers.

Foot Locker in Mayfair adds House of Hoops gear

June 01, 2012 1:38 p.m. | A store dedicated to basketball gear will debut at Mayfair this month.

The Foot Locker House of Hoops is the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Foot Locker was remodeled and the House of Hoops was added in store-within-a-store concept.

The store will carry everything Nike Basketball, from apparel to exclusive and limited edition shoes.

The new store will be on the first level of the mall, next to Barnes & Noble.

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