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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