Sixth 'Chat With the Chair' set for tonight

Aug. 29, 2012 2:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents can have a chat about county government and Milwaukee County's relationship with Wauwatosa with Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic this evening.

This is the sixth of seven Chat With the Chair sessions.

The event will be held at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave., from 6 to 7 p.m.

Join Pigskin Picks to test your skills against local celebrities, veteran sportswriters

Aug. 28, 2012 1:13 p.m. | How well do you know high school football?

You can find out by visiting to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek (pictured) and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin join the fray this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. 

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

The contest begins this week and lasts until the end of the regular season.

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300-pound aquarium among items stolen from Tosa storage shed

Aug. 27, 2012 11:57 a.m. | An aquarium that measures four feet wide, two feet deep and five-and-a-half feet tall was one of many items taken from a storage shed in the 2500 block of North 124th Street at 7:39 a.m. Aug. 23.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Multiple people reported their items taken from a storage shed. A woman reported two children's scooters and a grill taken and a third person reported tampering but no items stolen.

The storage units were secured with chicken wire and boards, which was ripped out. The damage to the units was around $10.

The victims believe the suspects entered through an underground parking garage with a truck.

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New charter schools planned for area get start-up grants

Aug. 27, 2012 11:54 a.m. | Eleven new public charter schools in the works for the Milwaukee area - eight in the city and three in the greater metropolitan area - are slated to receive about $2.4 million in federal start-up planning grants this year, according to information released Monday from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Planning grants were awarded to a total of 24 new charter schools starting up statewide, and that money is part of a total pot of $16.1 million in federal charter school grants that will support the initial or ongoing activities of 84 charter schools in Wisconsin this school year, according to the DPI.

Charter schools are public schools that enter into a contract with an approved institution, such as a school district, to meet academic performance goals in exchange for more freedom from state rules and regulations.

They are different from choice schools in Milwaukee and in and around Racine, which are private, mostly religious institutions that accept qualifying students on a publicly funded voucher.

Last year Wisconsin had 232 charter schools serving 40,329 students, according to the DPI.

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Menomonee Falls cross country photos now online

Aug. 24, 2012 12:03 p.m. | We've just published a photo gallery of more than 15 images from yesterday's grade level cross country invite in Menomonee Falls.

Brookfield Central's Carl Hirsch won the boys junior/senior race in 15 minutes, 22.84 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. Lauren Cunningham of Nicolet won the girls competition on the 4,000-meter course in 15:14.79.

Go to Menomonee Falls grade level invite photo gallery

Photo gallery: Wauwatosa police officer saved by a wire

Aug. 22, 2012 2:52 p.m. | A Wauwatosa police officer who was standing outside his parked car around noon today narrowly avoided being hit by a motorist who drove over the center line.

NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga was on the scene and created this photo gallery of the accident in Wauwatosa.

Bicyclists to to be detoured

Aug. 22, 2012 12:40 p.m. | The bike and pedestrian path leading into the Village from the Menomonee River will be closed for about two weeks beginning Friday while the Harmonee Avenue bridge, which passes over the trail, is sandblasted and painted, the city announced today.

Signs will be posted at both ends of that section of trail. Trail users will be detoured to a route that follows the parkway and State Street. The detour will be marked by signs.

Part of the Red Store lot will be available for parking for the farmers market on Saturday and the next Saturday, Sept. 1. The contractor will not be working on Sept. 7 and 8, and will remove his equipment to the west end of the Red Store during Tosa Fest, the city said.

375 in Tosa without power after tree falls on power line

Aug. 16, 2012 11:00 a.m. | An estimated 2,500 Wauwatosa residents were left without power this morning. According to We Energies, a tree limb fell on a power line, resulting in the outage.

We Energies sent a forestry crew to remove the limb. They also rerouted power to lessen the number of customers without power.

The outage was reported as of 8 a.m. As of 9:30 a.m. 375 customers were left without power.

We Energies plans to restore power to all residents by noon and stated that other outages were minimal and caused by lightning strikes.

A spokesman for We Energies said that if anyone sees a downed line to stay at least 25 feet away from it and call their emergency line at 800-662-4797.

Work begins on exit ramp tied to Zoo Interchange project

Aug. 10, 2012 1:36 p.m. | Construction will begin next week on a temporary exit ramp to Wisconsin Avenue off northbound Highway 45 to help alleviate traffic congestion during the Zoo Interchange reconstruction project.

The highway southbound entrance ramp at Wisconsin Avenue will close overnight from 10 p.m. Aug. 13 to 5:30 a.m. Aug. 14. Lane restrictions on Wisconsin Avenue between 98th and 95th streets will begin the week of August 20 through early fall.

The state Department of Transportation project includes constructing the ramp, adjustments to turn lanes on Wisconsin Avenue between the highway and 92nd Street, building a temporary cul-de-sac on 95th Street, installing a temporary traffic light at 97th Street and Bluemound Road, and lengthening the left-turn lane on Bluemound at 97th Street.

The cul-du-sac will be located where 95th Street intersects with Wisconsin Avenue and will be closed to through traffic in late September. It will remain in place until the completion of the Wisconsin Avenue and Bluemound Road interchanges, likely reopening 95th Street to through traffic in 2016 or 2017.

Rosebud Cinema gets beer license, closer to reopening

Aug. 08, 2012 8:42 a.m. | The Rosebud Cinema moved a step closer to reopening when the Wauwatosa Common Council approved its application for a Class B Beer/Class B License Tuesday night.

The Rosebud, 6823 W. North Ave., and its sister, Times Cinema, 5906 W. Vliet St., were shut down in March when AnchorBank won a foreclosure judgment against the theaters' owner, David Glazer. Glazer reportedly had used the theaters as collateral for other real estate.

Investor Lee Barczak purchased both properties in early May at a sheriff's auction for $540,000, according to reports.

The Rosebud is undergoing some remodeling, and its marquee announces it is "coming soon." Barczak has reportedly indicated a desire to open the theater yet this month. He did not attend Tuesday's meeting.

"That's been a long time coming. It was scary this year when the Rosebud closed down," said Alderman Bobby Pantuso. His 5th District lines up across North Avenue from the theater.

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City OKs Firefly's outdoor seating after the fact

Aug. 07, 2012 11:10 p.m. | Firefly Urban Bar & Grill was flying without a license when it expanded onto the sidewalk in front of the restaurant at 7754 Harwood Ave.

"We saw it about three weeks ago," Wauwatosa City Attorney Alan Kesner said.

The Common Council got that straightened out Tuesday, putting in place an encroachment agreement that allows the outdoor seating with certain stipulations, including allowing four feet of public right of way, installing a border or fixture indicating the boundaries of the encroachment space, and "that no rugs be placed on the ground," according to the resolution.

"I think it'll make a nice addition for the Firefly," said Mayor Kathy Ehley. Most of its competitors already have outdoor seating.

Kesner said the outdoor expansion was reported to the city, and the city approached the restaurant to make it legal. He said the Firefly would need to apply for a license to serve liquor in the outdoor space.

Skinny dipping leads to arrest in Wauwatosa

Aug. 07, 2012 1:23 p.m. | Cops ordered a 46-year-old West Allis man out of a pond he had gone skinning dipping Sunday afternoon.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

A man had been collecting minnows from a pond in the wooded area in the 8600 block of Watertown Plank Road at 2:34 p.m. There was another smaller pool of water about 50 yards south and he noticed a naked man swimming in it.

The naked man said he had simply been out for a nature walk.

Police directed him to get out of the water and put his clothing back, then they arrested him for two warrants - one for vandalism and another for resisting arrest - from Menomonee Fall Police Department.

Woman dies of apparent overdose three days after arrest for driving under the influence

Aug. 07, 2012 12:00 p.m. | A 48-year-old Milwaukee woman who was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in Wauwatosa, died in her home three days later from an apparent overdose.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

A reckless driver with flat tires was pulled over at 60th and Wright streets at 12:27 p.m. July 29.

She was holding an empty Xanax bottle and stated she was looking for the Milwaukee Police Department to file a theft of prescription medication report. She said her pills were stolen during a house party the prior night.

She was seen striking the curb, getting out of the car and looking at the damage. After sitting in her car for a bit, she drove off again.

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Local folks cook up some State Fair winners

Aug. 06, 2012 6:06 p.m. | Eight Wauwatosa residents who have been busy in their kitchens took home awards from the Wisconsin State Fair for their culinary creations.

Leading the local prizewinners was Sue Urbaniak, who for starters received blue ribbons for her recipe featuring grapes, nonfruit jelly, peach and raspberry marmalades and marbel, upside down and vegetable cakes. Urbaniak also won second-place honors for her cherry jelly and German chocolate and citrus-flavored cakes; third places for coffee cake, cherry pie and combined fruit, strawberry and cherry jellies; and an honorable mention for pecan pie and fruit butter.

The Radewahns showed that talent runs in the family.

Rebekah Radewahn won firsts for cinnamon bread, French bread and citrus pie entries. Her sandwich cookies and pork recipe took third places while her shortbread brought in an honorable mention. Carla Radewahn's top prize came from a recipe made with wild rice. Her recipe made with peas took a second and she received third places for honey sauce, the sandwich showdown, and maple syrup cake and cookies. Her brat recipe and Gold'n Plump grilling challenge entries took honorable mentions. In the children's category, Julie Radewahn earned a first for her summer beverage and third places for quickbread and pasta salad.

Maria Kuhn earned a blue ribbon for her tea party cakes and third places for decorated-by-a-youth and Wisconsin-themed cakes.

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Tosans earn numerous ribbons at State Fair

Aug. 06, 2012 5:54 p.m. | Talented Tosa residents received honors for their artistic projects at this year's Wisconsin State Fair.

Kimi Krueger took home blue ribbons for making a poncho and sewing any household item. In the sewing category, Krueger took third place as a first-time entrant. She was also awarded second places for her infant afghan, felted item and lap robe; third place for a knit hat; and honorable mentions for a knit scarf and fabric pillow.

Karen Lemmer earned second place for a children's garment and honorable mention for a knit baby sweater and cap.

Ann Fritsch received a third-place ribbon for her table linens and honorable mention for a general craft, while Patricia Krause walked away with third place for her fabric pillow and honorable mention in general sewing.

Rebekah Radewahn received numerous ribbons: blue for a one-piece dress, knit scarf; third for a shawl and stuffed animal; honorable mentions for doll clothes and any garment outside other judging categories.

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Harmonee Bridge work will force lane closures in Wauwatosa

Aug. 04, 2012 10:03 a.m. | Repair work to the Harmonee Bridge, a gateway into the Village in Wauwatosa, is expected to begin Monday.

The work will require temporary lane closures, though workers will try to minimize closures to the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, Public Works Director Bill Porter said. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction at all times.

The Harmonee Bridge provides an entrance into the Village from Watertown Plank Road.

The $1.2 million project will include structural repairs and repainting by Florida-based contractor Monoco. The work is expected to be completed later this year.

City staff has consulted with Village Business Improvement District officials to look at aesthetic enhancements as part of the project. A sign will be put up to help create an identity, new lights will complement lighting elsewhere in the district and improve safety for people using the parking lot, and pathways under the bridge will be installed.

Tosans win State Fair recipe contests

Aug. 04, 2012 10:00 a.m. | Wauwatosa resident Rebekah Radewahn found the sweet spot in a new baking competition at the Wisconsin State Fair.

The 21-year-old culinary student won the blue ribbon in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship with her Chocolate Raspberry Dream Cake, a recipe she found in a magazine years ago but has tweaked extensively.

Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wauwatosa girl Maria Kuhn cooked up a different kind of cake that took top honors in another fair contest.

She won the "Kid Chef" title in the Great American Spam Championship for her Spammy Cakes. Think of it as a unique take on the cupcake.

Want to try to replicate these award-winning recipes? The directions are as follows.

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Men accused of stealing from one Walgreens, arrested at another

Aug. 02, 2012 7:44 a.m. | Two Milwaukee men shoplifted at a Walgreens in Wauwatosa, and were apprehended awhile later after they hit another of the drug store chain's locations in the city.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The men, ages 21 and 23, tried to return two fans without a receipt at Walgreens, 2656 Wauwatosa Ave., at 11:20 a.m. July 25. They left and returned, this time heading to the alcohol aisle.

One of the men brought alcohol to the checkout, prompting the clerk to ask for ID.

Meanwhile, the second man pushed a customer aside and got behind the counter, where he took three cartons of cigarettes.

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Tosa historic buildings proposed as public open space

Aug. 01, 2012 2:46 p.m. | A pair of historic buildings in Wauwatosa would be converted into public open space, featuring portions of their red brick walls and newly planted trees, as part of Mandel Group Inc.'s plan to develop nearly 200 apartments near the site.

The buildings are on the County Grounds, east of Highway 45 and south of Swan Blvd., and are among four buildings designed by noted architect Alexander Eschweiler.One of the other Eschweiler buildings would be demolished.

The largest of the Eschweiler buildings would be converted into a fitness room, community rooms and other amenities for the proposed apartments, as well as offices for nonprofit groups and a conference center for use by the public.

The revised proposal will be reviewed at Wednesday night's meeting of the city Historic Preservation Commission.

The commission isn't expected to make a decision tonight on whether to approve the plans, said Barry Mandel, Mandel Group chairman. Commission approval is needed for demolition and other exterior renovations of buildings designated as historic, but commission's rulings can be appealed to the Common Council.

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Mother caught on video slapping infant charged with 4 felonies

Aug. 01, 2012 2:18 p.m. | A 19-year-old Wauwatosa woman caught on video repeatedly slapping her infant daughter faces four felony counts of child abuse.

Chancline Babcock, who turns 20 on Thursday, hit the girl at home last Thursday, according to a criminal complaint, apparently unaware that the child's father had left a video camera running.

According to the complaint, which was released Wednesday:

Adonnis Cathey told police his 3-month-old daughter was cooing and laughing as he ran the camera at the family's apartment in the 1000 block of N. 68th St. He left the camera running as he went downstairs to make a phone call. When he returned, the child was screaming and crying like he had never seen before.

Cathey picked her up to calm her and wondered what had caused the crying. He checked the video camera and saw Babcock walk up and slap the girl hard on the face, then after about 30 seconds, slap her three more times.

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Clinics take shot at boosting vaccination rates

Aug. 01, 2012 11:34 a.m. | As part of a one-year pilot project to raise the vaccination rate, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is teaming up with the Wauwatosa and Milwaukee health departments to operate a clinic in an effort to ensure children are up to date on their immunizations.

The hospital provides the space and referrals from doctors at their specialty clinics, everything from orthopedics to cardiology. If the Wisconsin Immunization Registry indicates the young patient is due for a shot, they will refer the child, Dr. Lyn Ranta said.

The clerical work, specifically updating the records in the registry, is being handled by the Wauwatosa Health Department. The nurses administering the vaccines come from the Milwaukee Health Department.

"It's a good example of teaming up to provide extra service to the community," Wauwatosa Health Director Nancy Kreuser said. "The idea is to catch people when they are already on site."

The immunization clinic opened last week and organizers expect to see a number of children coming through following back-to-school physicals and doctor visits, Ranta said. There will also be a push come fall to get everyone vaccinated against the flu, she added.

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Couple robbed at gunpoint on 72nd Street in Wauwatosa

Aug. 01, 2012 10:19 a.m. | A couple talking at the foot of a driveway at a home in the 900 block of North 72nd Street was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

They were talking at 11 p.m. when they noticed three men walking along the sidewalk toward them. As they drew near, the three men split up and one approached the man, who was standing by his vehicle.

One robber said "Get on the ground" and pressed a handgun against the back of his head. Then the woman was ordered to the ground and a second suspect started walking circles around the victims.

The robber searched the man's pockets asking several times "Where's the money at?" The victim said he had no money.

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Dog jumps out of car, bites woman in Mayfair parking lot

Aug. 01, 2012 9:54 a.m. | A dog jumped out of a vehicle and bit a woman in the Mayfair parking lot Thursday afternoon.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A woman and her friends were walking through the lot toward Macy's when a dog jumped out of an open vehicle window and aggressively circled the group at 12:33 p.m. July 26. The dog growled, and bit the woman's arm. The women screamed, causing the dog to run off.

Someone grabbed the dog and put it back in the vehicle, but it wasn't apparent who handled the animal because the owner - a 45-year-old Milwaukee woman - didn't return to the vehicle until about 10 minutes after police arrived.

She said she just popped into Macy's for a few minutes. The 8-year-old dog's vaccines were up to date and the dog was friendly, the owner said. However, the dog did bite a person at a beach as a pup.

Lush to open its first Wisconsin bath and body story at Mayfair

Aug. 01, 2012 9:52 a.m. | Lush, a business from the United Kingdom that sells handmade natural bath and body products, will open a story at Mayfair later this month.

The store, which will be located next to Pottery Barn, comes as part of Lush's effort to expand its presence in the Milwaukee market, said Mark Wolverton, president and CEO of LUSH North America, in a news release.

The company has significant sales space near the entrance of Macy's within the mall. But the new store will mark the first dedicated Lush shop in the state.

Lush is probably best known for its "bath bombs," effervescent balls with names like Golden Slumber and Rose Queen that add essential oils and natural materials into a bath for a rejuvenating and relaxing effect.

In addition to other bath and shower products, the store will sell hair and skin products and perfumes. All products are made using only vegetarian ingredients and the company advocates for green business practices and against animal testing, according to the company's website.

Video reportedly captures mother repeatedly slapping baby

Aug. 01, 2012 8:55 a.m. | A Wauwatosa mother faces four felony charges of child abuse with the intention to do harm, one count for each of the times she allegedly struck her 3-month old daughter Thursday morning.

Chancline Babcock, 19, was allegedly caught on video abusing her baby at 10:22 a.m. Now she is in jail, and the baby is in the father's care while the Child Welfare Bureau investigates.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The father had been using a video camera to record the baby. At first, the video shown to police captured images of a happy little girl smiling and cooing. He let the camera continue to record while he stepped out for a minute to use the telephone in the downstairs apartment. Babcock, the father's boyfriend, was still in the home.

When he returned a few minutes later, he found the baby red-faced and screaming. He played back the video, which showed a woman's hand audibly slapping the baby across the face. The baby cried hard enough that she was having trouble breathing. The slaps continued, leading to even louder crying.

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» Sixth 'Chat With the Chair' set for tonight 8/29

» Join Pigskin Picks to test your skills against local celebrities, veteran sportswriters 8/28

» 300-pound aquarium among items stolen from Tosa storage shed 8/27

» New charter schools planned for area get start-up grants 8/27

» Menomonee Falls cross country photos now online 8/24

» Photo gallery: Wauwatosa police officer saved by a wire 8/22

» Bicyclists to to be detoured 8/22

» 375 in Tosa without power after tree falls on power line 8/16

» Work begins on exit ramp tied to Zoo Interchange project 8/10

» Rosebud Cinema gets beer license, closer to reopening 8/8

» City OKs Firefly's outdoor seating after the fact 8/7

» Skinny dipping leads to arrest in Wauwatosa 8/7

» Woman dies of apparent overdose three days after arrest for driving under the influence 8/7

» Local folks cook up some State Fair winners 8/6

» Tosans earn numerous ribbons at State Fair 8/6

» Harmonee Bridge work will force lane closures in Wauwatosa 8/4

» Tosans win State Fair recipe contests 8/4

» Men accused of stealing from one Walgreens, arrested at another 8/2

» Tosa historic buildings proposed as public open space 8/1

» Mother caught on video slapping infant charged with 4 felonies 8/1

» Clinics take shot at boosting vaccination rates 8/1

» Couple robbed at gunpoint on 72nd Street in Wauwatosa 8/1

» Dog jumps out of car, bites woman in Mayfair parking lot 8/1

» Lush to open its first Wisconsin bath and body story at Mayfair 8/1

» Video reportedly captures mother repeatedly slapping baby 8/1

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