Wauwatosa West, East girls volleyball photos now online

Sept. 29, 2009 12:00 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from last night's girls volleyball game between Wauwatosa West and Wauwatosa East.

West earned the victory over its crosstown rivals, 25-17, 25-9, 25-22.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

School Board 'welcomes' future presidential broadcasts

Sept. 29, 2009 11:18 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board tried last night to resolve the controversy that grew out of Superintendent Phil Ertl's decision not to allow a live classroom airing of President Barack Obama's address to schoolchildren early this month.

The board unanimously passed a resolution stating that "the Wauwatosa School District welcomes the opportunity to have the sitting president of the United States speak to our students about the importance of education."

The board also beat back an amendment from board member Philip Kroner that would have precluded requiring parental permission before students could join their classmates to view the broadcast. Michael Meier was the only board member to support Kroner's proposal, which was defeated on a 4-2 vote.

Ertl said such a presidential address would not require parental notification before a live classroom airing.

Two students arrested after fight in cafeteria

Sept. 28, 2009 5:49 p.m. | Two Wauwatosa West High School students were arrested for disorderly conduct after a fight that moved from the learning center to the cafeteria about 7:50 a.m. Sept. 23.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 16-year-old Wauwatosa girl and 16-year-old Milwaukee boy were dating. They got into a fight in which the boy hit the girl twice, according to the girl. She said she tried to hit him, but missed.

The boy said his girlfriend was angry that he was wearing a necklace from another girl. He said they were yelling, and that he told her it was over.

Fight at senior center leads to arrest

Sept. 28, 2009 5:47 p.m. | A 49-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed after an incident at the Close to Home Senior Living Center, 12231 W. Blue Mound Road, Saturday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

About 7 a.m. Saturday, the woman, an employee of Close to Home, let a 21-year-old coworker into the building. She then began yelling at the 21-year-old for telling lies to their supervisors.

She became increasingly agitated, and threw a key chain in the woman’s face.

The 21-year-old responded by striking the older woman on the side of the head.

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Woman fights back against purse snatcher

Sept. 28, 2009 5:31 p.m. | Wauwatosa police say a 16-year-old Milwaukee boy grabbed a woman’s purse through a car window and engaged in a tug-of-war with the owner over the purse before making off with it. He was arrested for strong-arm robbery for the incident at 10: 38 a.m. Sept. 25, about a half-hour after it occurred.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A 22-year-old Milwaukee woman was sitting alone in her parked car, sending text messages, in the 8700 block of West Blue Mound Road. She looked up when she heard the boy yell “excuse me” from the opposite side of the street, but went back to texting.

The boy approached her car and asked for a cigarette. The woman, sitting in the driver seat, partially lowered the passenger-side window to pass him a cigarette. He asked if he could hang out with her, and said “no.” The boy then grabbed the purse, which was sitting on the passenger seat.

She also grabbed the purse, and the two struggled over it; however, the boy ultimately got the bag. As the boy ran off, she left her car and immediately saw a police officer. She stopped him and informed him of the robbery. The boy was arrested in the 200 block of North 86th Street.

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Central beats Tosa East for Happy Homecoming

Sept. 25, 2009 9:43 p.m. | Brookfield Central had a happy homecoming Friday night, defeating Wauwatosa East, 44-14, to improve to 2-1 in the Greater Metro Conference.

The Lancers' offense was led by running backs Jeff Lewis, who ran for scores of 18 and 81 yards, the latter with 14 seconds left in the half, giving Central a 24-7 lead.

Connor McCullough, who has stepped in for the injured Xavier Whitaker, also scored twice on runs of 27 and 1-yard.

Alex Dixon added a 32-yard run andAlex Olson kicked a 25-yard field goal and 5-of-6 extra points.

Ethan Harris accounted for both of Tosa East's scores, throwing TD passes of 30 yards to Jake Larson and 32 yards to Ken Youngblood.

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Greater Metro Conference swim meet photos now online

Sept. 25, 2009 8:33 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery featuring all the action from Thursday's Greater Metro Conference girls relay swimming meet at Menomonee Falls High School.

Brookfield Central and Brookfield East tied for first place with 145 points. Falls was second with 140.

The gallery features swimmers from Central, East, Falls, West Allis and Wauwatosa.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Woodland Conference relay swim meet photos now online

Sept. 24, 2009 10:51 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Wednesday's Woodland Conference girls swimming meet at Cudahy High School, featuring swimmers from Cudahy, Greendale, New Berlin Eisenhower, Shorewood and Wauwatosa West.

Shorewood cruised to a victory in the relay meet with 310 points.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Wauwatosa East at Brookfield Central video preview now online

Sept. 23, 2009 9:13 a.m. | We've just posted NOW sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh's video preview of Friday night's Greater Metro Conference football contest between Wauwatosa East and Brookfield Central.

It's homecoming for Brookfield Central (3-1 overall, 1-1 GMC), which is coming off a 44-16 victory over Brookfield East last week. Wauwatosa East (0-4, 0-2) lost to powerhouse Marquette, 30-0, in its last game.

Watch the video preview.

Charges filed against man accused of dealing drugs to students

Sept. 22, 2009 12:16 p.m. | A man described by police as "the main drug dealer" for many Wauwatosa high school students is sitting in jail and facing a felony charge of marijuana possession with intent to deliver.

Jonathon "Fatty" Silver, 22, of Milwaukee, was arrested after police received a tip that he had allegedly been selling drugs to local students.

According to a criminal complaint:

Police executed a search warrant at Silver's house Sept. 2 and found 348 grams of marijuana in a bedroom safe, as well as numerous cell phones, equipment used to distribute drugs, and documents detailing drug sales.

During an interview with police, Silver estimated he had sold a pound of marijuana per week for the six weeks since he had been sentenced to probation for other drug-related crimes.

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Vandals break windows at Underwood School

Sept. 22, 2009 10:40 a.m. | Eight windows were broken, causing $1,000 in damage and shattering glass in several classrooms, at Underwood Elementary School, 11132 W. Potter Road, on Saturday night.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

A dog walker noticed the damage Sunday morning. Custodians found chunks of the Lannon stone that line the parking lot and shattered glass in the kindergarten and art rooms, and day care center.

Man arrested just hours after getting released from jail

Sept. 22, 2009 10:34 a.m. | Little more than two hours after his release from the House of Correction, a Wauwatosa man found himself in handcuffs again.

Michael Bernt, 19, allegedly took his mother's car and now has been charged with felony auto theft.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Bernt was let out of jail about midnight Saturday. He walked to his mother's Wauwatosa house, violating a restraining order she took out against him anticipating his release. He had spent a couple month at the House of Correction because he intentionally rammed his mother's vehicle while she was in it.

His mother heard the sound of her car starting in the driveway at 1:49 a.m. and looked out the window to see the car backing down the driveway.

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Wife alerts police that husband was driving drunk

Sept. 22, 2009 10:02 a.m. | When an officer pulled over a 48-year-old Milwaukee man suspected of drunken driving, he asked for identification. Rather than handing over a driver's license, the man provided a license revocation notice he had received after an August drunken driving conviction.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The man's wife called police at 8:20 p.m. Sept. 12 to alert them that her husband had been drinking for the past eight hours, they had gotten into a fight and he had taken off in his minivan. She was following him, watching as his car straddled the center line, turned without signals and slowed down to 5 mph at points.

Officers found the vehicle parked at Radisson Hotel, 2303 N. Mayfair Road, where he planned to stay for the night. A half-empty beer was found in the cup holder and numerous other cans in the front seat.

He refused to have his blood-alcohol level tested. But he said he was on numerous medications, including morphine, due to a recent heart attack and stroke.

Burleigh resurfacing information session on tap

Sept. 21, 2009 11:22 p.m. | The state is planning to improve Burleigh Street from Mayfair Road to Knoll Terrace in summer 2010, so a public information session will be held Sept. 29 to discuss project details.

Engineers from Wauwatosa, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and consulting firm Short Elliott Hendrickson will be on hand from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave., to discuss the proposed resurfacing of Burleigh and the associated utility work.

This project will receive economic stimulus funding.

The meeting will be an informal opportunity for members of the public to review the project and exchange information with project representatives. Displays will be available for review and comment.

Medical college gets $1.6M grant to study dyslexia

Sept. 21, 2009 11:14 p.m. | The Medical College of Wisconsin received a $1.62 million grant that will continue funding research that could help experts better understand what causes dyslexia and how to treat it.

The funding comes from the National Institutes of Health to study brain function disorders and their impact on the recognition of speech sounds and the understanding of spoken language. Delineating the brain areas involved in different aspects of processing speech is a key building block for developing a functional map of the cerebral cortex, where memory and language perception take place.

Additionally, a map of the cerebral cortex is a valuable tool for surgical planning.

Wife of drunken driver reports husband to police

Sept. 21, 2009 2:30 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department often receives calls from people complaining about drunken drivers on city streets. But on Friday afternoon, the tip came from the intoxicated driver's own car.

According to the police report:

The Wauwatosa man's wife and 16-year-old son were in the car as the man, who had a blood-alcohol content nearly four times the amount a driver is allowed by law, recklessly drove around the city. The man's wife called police to report the reckless driving.

At 2:50 p.m., officers arrived at Wauwatosa Avenue and Clarke Street to find the 45-year-old father lying on the ground outside his car and his wife and son sitting in the car. Nearby, Roosevelt Elementary School was letting out, and the area was filled with parents driving cars to pick up their children.

His BAC was 0.30. His wife said he had drunk a pint of vodka and that he had been a "functioning alcoholic" for 22 years.

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Health Department offers flu clinics

Sept. 21, 2009 1:06 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Health Department will hold four seasonal flu shot clinics this fall at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Vaccines will be given from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8; 3 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and Nov. 10; and 2 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

Children's vaccines will be free, and adults will be charged $35. Flu mist is offered in a limited supply for children ages 4 and up.

Visits can be made to homebound residents to administer pneumonia or flu vaccines.

The seasonal flu is not the same as the H1N1, or swine flu. The Health Department will schedule clinics when the H1N1 vaccine is done going through clinical trials and a release date is finalized.

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Programs offer phone assistance for elderly, people with low incomes

Sept. 21, 2009 1:06 p.m. | Low-income or elderly residents who are more likely to rely on community resources and emergency services may have trouble accessing assistance if they can't afford telephone service, according to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.

But two programs can provide assistance.

Under the Lifeline program, people who participate in certain public assistance programs are entitled to receive a basic telephone service discount of up to $10 per month.

Link Up provides a 50 percent reduction in the telephone service installation charge, up to a maximum of $30, for qualifying households that do not have telephone service.

To apply for benefits, contact the commission at (888) 816-3831.

Body found in Pewaukee Lake identified as CEO of marketing company

Sept. 21, 2009 11:48 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee - A body discovered in Pewaukee Lake early Sunday by a fisherman was identified Monday by Pewaukee police as that of Henry R. Teuteberg, 69, of Oconomowoc.

Police Captain Tim Otto said there were no signs of trauma on his body and robbery is not suspected because his wallet and watch were found on his body. He was found in about six feet of water at the end of the public fishing pier, which has a 32-inch high railing, Otto said.

His vehicle was located across the street, and he had no fishing gear with him. He was last seen by his family about 3 a.m., Otto said.

The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office was planning an autopsy.

Teuteberg was the CEO of Teuteberg Inc., a marketing services company based in Wauwatosa.

Wauwatosa opens new Hart Park athletic facilities

Sept. 19, 2009 3:24 p.m. | Wauwatosa — A ribbon-cutting was held Friday to mark the opening of new athletic facilities at Hart Park, but a fund-raising drive being led by Mayor Jill Didier is continuing, as it is less than half way toward its goal.

The $4.2 million project expanded the running track, reconstructed tennis courts, put synthetic turf on the athletic fields and made other upgrades.

In May, Didier launched an effort to raise $100,000 by July 1 toward the renovation cost through the sale of sponsorships of bleacher seats. The cost to engrave on a seat the name of a person, group of people, business or organization was $200.

As of Friday, nearly $30,000 had been raised through the sale of 145 seats, most of which were sold before the seats were installed, according to the mayor's office.

The donation is now $250 to cover the cost of shipping to Green Bay, where the engraving is done.

Tosa East girls basketball club looking to reorganize

Sept. 16, 2009 12:52 p.m. |


The Tosa East Girls Basketball program is inviting parents of middle school athletes interested in playing basketball to attend a meeting to discuss reorganizing the Wauwatosa Basketball Club.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in room 255 at Wauwatosa East High School, 7500 Milwaukee Ave. This club will focus on skill development and game experience. If your daughter is currently in grades 5-8 and in the Wauwatosa East High School attendance district, the Red Raiders would like to create an opportunity to play basketball this winter.

For meeting details or more information, contact Tosa East girls varsity basketball coach Rob Hamill at (414) 773-2248 or hamillro@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us.

Ertl calls speech decision a mistake

Sept. 16, 2009 11:28 a.m. | If he could do it over again, Superintendent Phil Ertl said he would have allowed students to view the live broadcast of President Obama's speech to students last week.

"(In) hindsight, I think I would have made a different decision on it," Ertl said. "As I look at it, it is our president of our country and the opportunity for him to speak without disruption, I think, would have been a decision I could have made that would have been beneficial to everyone in our district."

Ertl banned the speech from being shown live, but said teachers could play the address at a later date with parent permission. That choice was made when only limited information about the speech was available, Ertl said, and that information led him to believe the event would have disrupted the classroom learning environment.

Not alone in decision

Wauwatosa was one of several area school districts that decided not to allow students to watch the speech live. The Elmbrook, West Allis-West Milwaukee and Waukesha districts are among those that took the same step after some officials heard from parents who said they would pull their children out of class if the speech aired.

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Red Raiders Basketball sets third annual golf outing for Oct. 10

Sept. 15, 2009 12:36 p.m. |

The third annual Red Raiders Basketball golf outing is set for Oct. 10 at New Berlin Hills Golf Course.

There is a $75 fee per golfer, $95 with a contest package. Both packages include 18 holes, a cart, lunch, a drink at the turn and a free visor.

Contact Matt at (414) 795-3781 or email tosaeastbasketball@gmail.com for further information.

Tosa to consider energy-reduction goals

Sept. 15, 2009 9:18 a.m. | Wauwatosa — Everything from roundabouts, a city transit system, "veggie oil fuel" and more clothes lines should be considered to get the city, residents and businesses to cut energy consumption by 10% by 2012, a committee says.

The energy-reduction goals are contained in a proposed energy policy that will be presented Tuesday night to the Common Council.

Among the actions that should be considered, according to the Wauwatosa Energy Committee and its policy subcommittee, which is headed by Chuck Rohrer:

• Using pilot programs, create a Wauwatosa-only transit system to supplement the county bus system and institute "car-free Sundays" on certain streets.

• Add more roundabouts at intersections.

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Dennik to join economic development committee

Sept. 15, 2009 9:04 a.m. | Alderman Robert Dennik will represent the Wauwatosa Common Council on the city's newly formed Economic Development Advisory Committee.

He received eight of the 15 votes cast by fellow aldermen last week, after he gave a short speech in which he took credit for much of the development that occurred in Wauwatosa, specifically on the Milwaukee County Research Park grounds over the past several years.

He said the only man who has done more to fuel development was Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, who Dennik previously served as the deputy chief of staff and development director. He now works as vice president at VJS Construction Services,

Dennik also recently left his seat on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center board.

He called the existing economic development environment a "dilemma" dictated by current market conditions rather than an insurmountable problem.

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Pick 'n Save now open on Mayfair Road

Sept. 15, 2009 6:52 a.m. | Roundy's Supermarkets gave $2,500 to the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa today to mark the opening of the new Pick 'n Save store on Mayfair Road.

The store employs 170 people, said Vivian King, spokeswoman for Roundy's Supermarkets.

The store is the second Pick 'n Save store in Wauwatosa - the other is on State Street - and will help serve residents on the city's west side, she said.

The 60,000-square-foot store includes a pharmacy, bank and bakery, floral, meat and seafood, wine and bulk food departments.

This location, 1717 N. Mayfair Road, also offers salad and hot food bars, fresh-made sushi and the Chef's Collection of ready-made meals designed by company cooks.

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Meeting to provide details on 70th Street bridge project

Sept. 14, 2009 8:44 p.m. | City officials will hold a public information session next month on the proposed 70th Street Bridge replacement project expected to begin next year.

Plans calls for replacing the bridge over the Menomonee River, reconstructing the roadway at bridge approaches and constructing a path along the river's north side.

Funding from the project will come from economic stimulus dollars.

Wauwatosa residents can talk with city officials and design consultants, view maps and provide opinions on the project. The session will be held open house-style from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Hart Park Muellner Building, 7300 Chestnut St.

The project is scheduled to begin next summer and it is expected to take about four months to complete. During that time the bridge will be closed.

Hart Park Sport Complex ribbon-cutting on tap

Sept. 14, 2009 5:52 p.m. | Although teams already have practiced and played at the Hart Park Sport Complex, the city has not officially acknowledged the opening of the new athletic facilities.

That will be taken care of Friday, when a ribbon-cutting ceremony is held during halftime of the Wauwatosa East vs. Marquette high school football game.

The park is owned and maintained by the city; Mayor Jill Didier will lead the ceremony.

Heenan, Jasinski win Tosa baking contests

Sept. 14, 2009 5:50 p.m. | Jessica Heenan's carrot cake won the Taste of Tosa baking contest, run in conjunction with TosaFest.

A panel of judges that included chefs and managers from area restaurants, hungry Wauwatosa firefighters and members of the public chose her dish as their top choice.

The judges also picked the best chili cookoff entry: Milwaukee Famous Racing Sausage Chili by Brett Jasinski. He has entered the contest in prior years, but this time he got his first win.

The following bakers also placed in the contest: Catherine Rose Bryant, second place for her White Chocolate Lemon Heaven; Trini Keane, third for Irish Whiskey Walnut Cake with Toffee; Jody Zanton, fourth for Bailey's Cheesecake; Mary Baker, fifth for Toffee Coffee Cake; and Betty Zurawski, sixth for Macaroon Mountain.

The following chili cooks were recognized for their recipes: Al Stramowski, second for Surreal Surr'AL' Chili; Melanie Neal, third for Bald Guys Chili; Ken Gehling, fourth for Hickory Smoked Lamb Chili; and Mary Baker, fifth for Chicken Chili Masala.

Burglars interrupted by showing of foreclosed home

Sept. 14, 2009 5:44 p.m. | A real estate agent interrupted a burglary at a foreclosed house he was going to show to a prospective buyer Wednesday. According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The agent arrived at the house in the 4500 block of North 110th Street to find two cars in the driveway and the front door unlocked. Inside, he saw a man and woman walking up the stairs and a pile of copper and hydronic heating coils piled on the kitchen floor. The couple ran out and drove away.

As the agent showed the house, the man came back into the house and asked if he could have the key code or if the house could be left unlocked. The agent said he was calling 911, so the man fled.

Copper tubing that had been removed from the basement ceiling, furnace and water heater was found in a pile in the basement along with tools and flashlights.

Neighbors said the woman was seen cutting the lawn and the vehicles were seen in the driveway for long periods of time on several occasions, so they assumed the couple had been hired to look after the home.

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Grenade in East locker causes evacuation

Sept. 14, 2009 5:40 p.m. | Wauwatosa East High School was evacuated last week after a custodian reported seeing a grenade in a student's locker.

After questioning the students who share the locker, school administrators determined the Vietnam-era grenade was inert. The 14-year-old was not arrested. Instead, school district officials said they would handle disciplining the student.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A custodian was sweeping the hallways at 6:05 p.m. Sept. 8, when he saw an open locker with what looked like a hand grenade inside and a student nearby. He alerted administrators, but when they returned to the locker it was closed and the boy was gone.

Officials called the Milwaukee County bomb squad and talked to the parents of one of the boys who shared the locker. They said they were aware of the grenade, but were not worried because the grenade was inactive with a hole in the bottom where it had been hollowed out.

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Teen arrested for drunken driving after hitting tree head on

Sept. 14, 2009 5:36 p.m. | A 17-year-old Wauwatosa boy is accused of sideswiping a fire hydrant and striking a tree during a drunken drive home from TosaFest at 10:55 p.m. Saturday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Several homeowners in the 6100 block of Washington Circle reported they had heard the sound of squealing tires followed by a series of crashes.

Officers followed the trail of vehicle fluid and broken car parts to a home down the block, where a severely damaged vehicle was parked. The air bags had been deployed, a tire flattened and windows broken. The front end and passenger-side door were dented. The teen was sitting on the ground with a few scratches on his shoulder, but otherwise unharmed.

He said a friend had bought him drinks while he was at TosaFest, but that he thought he was sober enough to drive home. After knocking into the fire hydrant, he struck a tree head on, put his car in reverse and headed down the street to his house.

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Woman's love of estate sales is thief's undoing

Sept. 14, 2009 5:28 p.m. | A thief got a surprise Thursday when he tried to break into a car and found a woman sleeping inside.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The Milwaukee woman regularly sleeps in her car outside properties that are having estate sales, so she can be the first in line when the sale opens. She heard her car door opening and thought a police officer might be trying to find out what she was doing, but instead, she saw a man in a hooded sweatshirt. He ran, and she called police.

Officers spotted the 21-year-old Milwaukee man in the area and ran after him, crossing the Menomonee River just south of Capitol Drive, until he surrendered.

He had a backpack full of items - including a cell phone, wallet and CDs - that had been stolen from cars in the area.

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Woman arrested for repeatedly biting boyfriend

Sept. 14, 2009 2:48 p.m. | People dealing with a rocky relationship might say that love bites. But that description would be accurate in the case of a local couple.

A 24-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for battery for biting her boyfriend six times at his Wauwatosa residence Sept. 5.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The couple had been drinking at a bar, but when the woman began getting loud and confrontational, the boyfriend told her he thought it was time to leave. But the woman wasn't ready to call it a night. Instead, she wanted to go to a friend's birthday party.

When they got back to his house, they continued to argue and she lunged for him with her mouth. He ended up with deep bite marks on his chest, abdomen, shoulder and elbow.

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East kickers nip West, 3-2

Sept. 12, 2009 9:46 p.m. | Wauwatosa East nipped Wauwatosa West, 3-2, in boys soccer action before a packed house at Whitman Field in Tosa Saturday night.

The young Trojans led, 1-0, at half-time on a goal by sophomore forward Evan Carlin. But Tosa East came out in the second half and tied the game at the 52-minute mark when senior midfielder Tyler O'Brien drilled a shot from the right side into the upper left-hand corner of the net.

Junior defender Jackson Orin then gave East the lead with a shot from just about the same area as O'Brien for a 2-1 lead at the 58-minute mark. Senior captain Joe Pickering then gave the Raiders a 3-1 lead with a goal on an assist from sophomore Bobby Russ in the 71st minute.

West battled back when Carlin headed in a shot after a pass from Sam Krenzien three minutes later to cut the lead to 3-2.

The Trojans then put pressure on the Raiders, even moving goalkeeper Zach Soderberg into the offense, but East goalie Andrew Fredrickson blocked three shots as time was running out, the last two by Krenzien and David Boardman.

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Photos from Wauwatosa East vs. Brookfield East boys volleyball game now online

Sept. 11, 2009 4:08 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Wauwatosa East's 25-15, 25-14, 25-16, victory over host Brookfield East in a boys volleyball game Sept. 10.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

Target hopes to sell beer, wine

Sept. 09, 2009 12:46 p.m. | Target's shelves could be stocked with beer and wine when the Wauwatosa store re-opens in October.

The request for beer and liquor licenses goes along with a companywide effort by the retailer to sell alcohol in the grocery section at all its stores, Store Manager George De Graffenreid Jr. said.

The Legislation, Licensing and Communications Committee voted unanimously Tuesday in support of granting the licenses, but not before members asked if the store intended to sell hard liquor.

De Graffenreid said so far that has not been the company's plan at other stores, and the company currently wants the liquor license so it can sell wine. But if the license is granted, liquor sales would be allowed. The beer license would permit any fermented malt beverages.

The Wauwatosa Common Council has the final say on the request and is expected to take action Tuesday.

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Proposal could have Hart Park going to the dogs

Sept. 09, 2009 10:04 a.m. | Dogs would be allowed to play in Hart Park if the city adopts new park rules brought before a Common Council committee Tuesday night.

With new athletic facilities and the Rotary Performance Pavilion more people are coming into the park every day. Many are already bringing their four-legged family members, although it is not actually allowed, Parks & Forestry Supervisor Ken Walbrandt said.

"A lot are walking through with their owners on the bike trail, but once they enter the park, they're not legal," he said.

It would just be easier to permit all licensed dogs on leashes to come into the park, Walbrandt said.

The dog allowance counts as one of the many rules recommended to be incorporated into the park operations ordinance by the Parks & Forestry Board in August. That list got unanimous support from the Community Development Committee. Because the issue calls for changing an ordinance, it will be back to the committee for a second look Sept. 29.

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Man arrested for incident at bus stop

Sept. 09, 2009 8:13 a.m. | A 43-year-old Milwaukee man accused of robbing a woman at the bus stop at 68th Street and Wisconsin Avenue on Sept. 3 was arrested for disorderly conduct.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The woman told police that the man approached her as she was walking to the bus stop at 11 p.m., and that he said he was going to walk with her. She said he walked with her and asked her for cigarettes.

While she was sitting on a bench speaking to another man, she felt the 43-year-old touch her left arm near where her purse handles were. After sitting at the bus stop for a while, she decided to run to the bus stop at 68th and State streets because she felt nervous.

As she attempted to run, she told police, the man grabbed on to her purse, which was on her left arm. The woman ran, and her cell phone fell out of her purse.

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Police look to add canine unit

Sept. 08, 2009 11:28 p.m. | Wauwatosa could be welcoming a new police officer - the four-legged kind - to its ranks next year.

Police officials have asked for $5,000 in the 2010 city budget to help pay for a canine police officer to work the street patrol and narcotics beats.

Grant money would be used to cover most of the $40,000 cost associated with buying the dog and training it and its handler, Capt. Jeff Sutter said. The department has a veterinarian willing to donate his services in maintaining the dog's health.

Having a dog on the force could decrease worker's compensation claims and increase revenues through asset forfeitures.

Often, human officers get hurt during foot chases and when suspects otherwise resist arrest, Sutter said.

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Canoes, kayaks can now be launched in Tosa

Sept. 08, 2009 2:14 p.m. | The public can now launch canoes and kayaks on the Menomonee River because the Common Council last week unanimously voted to repeal an ordinance prohibiting such activities.

State law stipulates all navigable waters in Wisconsin are held in trust for use by the public. However, until the council repealed the ordinance, the self-propelled boating on the waterway was legal, but actually getting onto the river was a problem, City Attorney Alan Kesner said.

The land along the river is designated as parkway and owned by Milwaukee County. While the county allows self-propelled boats; however, the city was prohibiting launching watercraft from county lands.

St. Matthew church embraces solar power

Sept. 08, 2009 11:42 a.m. | St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church has installed solar panels on its 88-year-old Wauwatosa building, 1615 W. Wauwatosa Ave.

The $50,000 project is the largest undertaking so far for the church's Care for Creation ministry. It was funded by We Energies and Focus on Energy grants and a $20,000 contribution from the congregation, including pledges earned by two members who hiked the entire 1,100-mile Ice Age Trail in 2008.

Pieper Power began installing the equipment and wiring in late July. A dedication service will be scheduled this fall.

The solar panels will generate enough power to illuminate 200 compact fluorescent bulbs, according to a news release. The system includes monitoring equipment that will allow the church to see real-time results regarding the power generated.

Falcons beat Tosa West, 55-26

Sept. 05, 2009 11:45 a.m. | Brown Deer handed Wauwatosa West its first loss of the year, 55-26, at West in the Woodland Conference opener for both teams.

The Falcons used the tandem of Sean Andryauskus (6 passes, 145 yards, TD) and Chris Smith (4 TDs and 203 total yards from scrimmage) to put the Trojans away in the second half.

West only trailed 20-6 at half-time as a 17-yard run by quarterback Kevin Gorman opened the scoring. But then in the third quarter Smith scored on a 64-yard punt return and a 17-yard pass for a 34-6 lead.

The Trojans scored second-half touchdowns on runs of 15 and 6 yards by Gorman and a 44-yard score from Gorman to Ray Sterling, Jr.

West (1-1) will now travel to Cudahy for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.

Tremper beats Tosa East, Raiders fall to 0-2

Sept. 05, 2009 11:28 a.m. | Wauwatosa East fell to 0-2 with a 53-14 loss to Kenosha Tremper at Hart Park Friday night and now the Red Raiders have a week to get ready for the Greater Metro Conference season.

The Red Raiders were down 39-14 at intermission after trailing 25-0. Two of the Trojans first four scores included a 37-yard interception return and a 63-yard punt return.

Tosa East got on the board in the second quarter when Ethan Harris tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jumaane Brady. After two more Tremper scores, Harris tossed a 10-yard score to Vince Cupertino. Bryce Kratzer kicked both PATs for the Raiders.

Tremper added two short TD runs in the third and fourth quarters to close out the scoring,

Tremper had 385 total yards, while Tosa East had 223. Harris was 11-for-25 for 140 yards and two scores.

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West student's film to be featured at festival

Sept. 04, 2009 5:56 p.m. | A film written by Wauwatosa West High School student Natalie Mullins will be screened at the Milwaukee Film Festival next month.

"Ward Three" came out of the Collaborative Cinema 2009 program, a screenplay writing contest for local high school students, as well as a series of workshops for students to learn about the ins and outs of filmmaking. Mullins, the contest winner, had the opportunity this summer to work with a professional filmmaking team to have her screenplay turned into a film.

"Ward Three" will be shown as part of the Milwaukee Showcase program of shorts at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Oriental Theatre in downtown Milwaukee.

Her film is about a boy who finds himself institutionalized at a young age and spends his life searching for harmony in the halls of Ward Three. The film was shot on Milwaukee County land on Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa. The project cost about $100,000, and the funding and film-making services were all donated.

For information, see milwaukee-film.org">milwaukee-film.org

Plan to keep city jobs vacant next year could affect fire, police service

Sept. 04, 2009 5:39 p.m. | A city budget proposal that call for keeping 12 jobs vacant throughout 2010 is raising concerns that it could negatively affect Wauwatosa's fire and police services.

The proposed "rolling vacancies" would prevent refilling positions left empty by employees who leave through attrition. Those vacancies would providing a savings of about $896,000 in wages and benefits next year, City Administrator James Archambo told the Budget Committee on Thursday night.

If the Budget Committee supports the plan, Wauwatosa residents could see a less than 1 percent or about a $300,000 increase in the property tax levy, the smallest levy increase since 2004, Archambo said.

Half the rolling vacancies are slated to come from the city's two largest department — three from police and three from fire — causing worries about how those departments would handle increasing call volumes with fewer bodies. Using more overtime to compensate is not an option in this budget.

The Fire Department already has two vacancies and Chief Dean Redman said a third one would require some reconfiguration of staffing. The best option would be shutting down a backup ambulance, which would be staffed by two employees, at Fire Station 2. That would allow one firefighter to be shifted to a pumper truck and one fewer employee to work each day.

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Tosa East, Brookfield Central volleyball photos now online

Sept. 04, 2009 11:14 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from this week's Greater Metro Conference boys volleyball contest between Brookfield Central and host Wauwatosa East.

East posted a 25-15, 25-14, 25-16 victory.

See NOW photojournalist Peter Zuzga's photo gallery.

DNR hosts Sept. 16 meeting on plans for Hank Aaron State Trail

Sept. 04, 2009 10:38 a.m. | People can get information about a proposed state recreation trail that would wind past the some of the Milwaukee area's biggest attractions during a public information session from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in West Allis.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials will discuss design and development details for the Hank Aaron State Trail, which runs from Miller Park to 94th Place. Development of the corridor is planned for 2010. A new bicycle and pedestrian bridge is planned for the crossing of Hawley Road. The path would also make its way past the National Soldiers Home, State Fair Park and the Pettit National Ice Center.

Using an open-house format, members of the public can stop in anytime during the two-hour session at West Allis City Hall, 7600 W. Greenfield Ave. to review project displays or ask questions. A brief presentation on the project is scheduled for 5:15 p.m.

Felony charges filed against dad accused of leaving baby in hot tub

Sept. 04, 2009 10:36 a.m. | The man whose infant daughter nearly drowned in a Wauwatosa hotel room hot tub as he drank beer and talked on the phone has been charged in with felony counts of child neglect and recklessly endangering safety.

Gregory Knitter, 44, of the western Wisconsin community of Cornell, faces a maximum of 16 years in prison and $35,000 in fines, if convicted.

Knitter was watching his 14-month-old daughter on Aug. 28 at the Super 8, 115 N. Mayfair Road, while his girlfriend, the baby's mother, visited her 3-year-old son who was recovering from heart surgery at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Authorities say that between 4 and 8 p.m., he drank about 10 beers and took prescription medication. Then he decided to let his daughter go "swimming." He left her alone for a few minutes while he talked on the phone. When he returned, she was floating face down in the water.

A few more details about the incident to light in the criminal complaint filed Thursday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

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Tosa students won't view Obama speech live

Sept. 04, 2009 10:00 a.m. | Wauwatosa students won't view President Barack Obama's speech to schoolchildren live on Tuesday, but teachers may show the address at a later date, a school district spokesman said.

Teachers planning to show the speech will notify students' parents in advance, said spokesman Chris Preisler.

"(Superintendent) Dr. (Phil) Ertl has said the district will tape the broadcast so that teachers can view later to determine whether they want to use it or not in their classrooms," Preisler said in an e-mail. "If teachers choose to use it, parents/guardians will be notified prior to showing the video, and if parents/guardians do not want their child to view it, an alternate assignment will be found."

Wauwatosa is at least the second area school district to decide not to allow students to watch the speech live. The Elmbrook School District is taking the same step after school officials heard from parents who said they would pull their children out of class if the program aired.

The 15-20 minute speech, aimed at America's classrooms, will be shown live on television and online at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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Tosa West vs. Brown Deer football video preview now online

Sept. 03, 2009 10:28 a.m. | Be sure to check out our video of NOW sportswriter Tom "Sky" Skibosh previewing Friday night's football game between Wauwatosa West and Brown Deer.

West (1-0) is coming off a 46-20 victory over Milwaukee North, which snapped a 12-game losing streak. Brown Deer (1-0) routed Watertown Luther Prep, 36-12, in its opening contest.

Each week our sportswriters will pick their game of the week and it will be featured in a video on a NOW site.

Tom "Sky" Skibosh previews Tosa West vs Brown Deer.

Photos of city landmarks, activities wanted for city Web site

Sept. 02, 2009 3:00 p.m. | Do you have photos of the Little Red Store, a Friday night Wauwatosa East football game or TosaFest? If so, Wauwatosa officials want to hear from you.

The city is redesigning its Web site, and there will be space for photos that capture what it is like to live, play and work in Wauwatosa, Mayor Jill Didier said.

Residents should e-mail their digital photos to mailbox@wauwatosa.net by 5 p.m. Tuesday; city staff will determine which ones will work for the site.

Photos of local venues, activities and architectural elements that are uniquely Wauwatosa will be considered. All photos become property of the city, which will try to give credit to the submitter.

Tosa creates economic development position

Sept. 02, 2009 2:30 p.m. | Wauwatosa — The Common Council has created an economic development manager's position, a post that, if filled by the council, could cost up to $150,000 per year.

The council on Tuesday also approved Mayor Jill Didier's six appointments to the city's new Economic Development Advisory Committee, which is taking up some of the functions of the now-defunct Wauwatosa Economic Development Corp.

A seventh appointee, an alderman to be chosen by the council, is expected to be named Sept. 15.

The council will decide, perhaps later this year, whether to fund and fill the economic development manager post. The advisory committee will make recommendations for the scope of the job.

Didier appointed Joseph Bartolotta, Kathryn Kuhn Dirkse, Timothy Kronquist, Michael Richards, Robert Simi and Jaclynn Walsh to the committee.

Tosa football to be heard on radio

Sept. 01, 2009 5:15 p.m. | Selected Wauwatosa East football games can be heard on WJYI Radio (1340) this season thanks to the efforts of the Tosa East Red Raider Athletic Booster Club.

The first broadcast is schedule for this Friday when Tosa East hosts Kenosha Tremper at 7 p.m. The other broadcasts are scheduled for Sept. 18 against Marquette, Oct. 2 at Menomonee Falls and Oct. 9 against Brookfield East.

"We are excited that several local businesses and the Red Raider Athletic Booster Club have made the broadcasts of these games possible," superintendent Phil Ertl said. "There is such tremendous support from the community for our student-athletes and this will give people that can't make it to the game a chance to follow their team and cheer on Wauwatosa (East)."

Wauwatosa considers hiring economic development manager

Sept. 01, 2009 4:26 p.m. | Wauwatosa — The Common Council will vote on whether to create an economic development manager's position and whether to approve Mayor Jill Didier's appointments to the city's new Economic Development Advisory Committee.

Both items are on the agenda for Tuesday night's meeting, which starts at 7.

City Administrator Jim Archambo said that if the council approves creating the position, the council would later have to approve a job description, which would determine the level of salary and benefits. The maximum compensation is projected to be $150,000, he said.

The committee and the manager's position created disagreement in the council's Community Development Community Committee, according to minutes of the committee's last meeting.

Didier is appointing Joseph Bartolotta, Kathryn Kuhn Dirkse, Timothy Kronquist, Michael Richards, Robert Simi and Jaclynn Walsh to the advisory committee.

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» Wauwatosa West, East girls volleyball photos now online 9/29

» School Board 'welcomes' future presidential broadcasts 9/29

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» Greater Metro Conference swim meet photos now online 9/25

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» Wauwatosa East at Brookfield Central video preview now online 9/23

» Charges filed against man accused of dealing drugs to students 9/22

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» Man arrested just hours after getting released from jail 9/22

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