Community Blogs

Gas Pains

Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.


Deer Camp 2015 - The Jagermeister (Nov. 27, 2015 2:58 p.m.)(0)

West Side Stories

A Tosa resident for almost 20 years, Karen is a mom and freelance writer, addicted to playing tennis. When not on the tennis court, she spends the fall and winter in the stands at Green Bay Packer and Marquette basketball games.

Karen is the author of “Grab a Bite,” a dining out column and the former community columnist for the Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.


Let's Be Adults About Politics (Nov. 8, 2015)(0)

Underwood Notes

Allison grew up on the east side of Wauwatosa, and now is a freelance musician and music teacher who lives on the west side of Tosa with her husband Nick. She enjoys listening to live/local music, attending arts events, baking, cycling, running and wine.


A "New" Place to Watch Badger/Packer Games (Oct. 14, 2015)(0)

Epic Health Nut

Born and bread Tosa native on a mission to empower people to live their fullest potential. Certified Personal Trainer, Strength Coach, and Doctor of Chiropractic


What if ...... (June 3, 2015)(0)

Career Advice

I am a master’s level career counselor. I am internationally certified as a Career Management Practitioner (CMP) by the Institute for Career Certification International and have been recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors


How to Choose your Career (Jan. 16, 2015)(0)

Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!


History, ghosts, and red brick buildings (July 14, 2014)(0)

Fun & Fabulous First Church!

First Congregational Church is literally the FIRST church established in Wauwatosa, in 1842. Our roots go all the way back to the Pilgrims, who reached the New World in 1620 after hearing Jesus say, “Follow Me!” Today, we are modern pilgrims, searching together for a meaningful Christian experience in the 21st century. “Faith, Freedom, and Fellowship” are our core tenets, as we come together to worship, pray, and support one another; each in our own special, unique way. You can learn more about us at or by attending a Sunday morning Worship Service or one of our many programs. All are welcome … we invite you to come see who we are, and learn what we are all about!


Wauwatosa Catholic School

Wauwatosa Catholic will be the first Catholic International Baccalaureate K3 to 8th grade school in this area. It is a new school opening in the fall of 2011, sponsored by St. Pius X and St. Bernard Parishes. This blog will update the community on its newest school. Visit for more information.

Finally: Our International Baccalaureate Accreditation Visit! (March 24, 2014)

Institutional Blogs

Go Green With Beautiful Blooms!

Beautiful Blooms Landscape & Design, LLC is a family owned company.  Loriena and Mike Harrington are both University of Minnesota graduates and hold Bachelor of Science degrees in Horticulture and Turf Grass Management.  They are experts at what they do.

After college, in 2001 Loriena started Beautiful Blooms Landscape & Design and in 2005 her husband Mike joined forces with her.  Together they expanded the company to offer full landscape maintenance services.  In 2014 (this season), launched the Sustainable Lawn Care Program.

From the beginning, I have been loyal to the needs and concerns of our community. I have demonstrated that even during some of the toughest economic years this country has seen it is possible to take time to horticulturally educate my neighbors and surrounding community..   Adjustments are constantly made to respond to the changing economy and to make sure Beautiful Blooms is continuously seen as a premier horticultural service provider in the Milwaukee-Waukesha metro areas.  Something that will not change though is the love to teach. We are committed to delivering blogs to you in a way that conveys the message that “This is a ‘need to know’!”


Add Some Life To Your Winter Landscape By Attracting Wild Birds! (Jan. 26, 2015)(0)

WHS Adoptable Animals

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. For more than 128 years, WHS has been saving the lives of animals in need. We offer adoption services that place 9,000 animals in new homes annually, veterinary services that save thousands of lives, educational programs that instill respect for animals, behavior services to assist guardians and a myriad of other initiatives that help end suffering for animals. We depend entirely on private donations to fund our programs and rely on volunteers in nearly every department. If you are interested in adopting, volunteering, enrolling in a class, taking a tour or making a donation, check out our comprehensive web site at The adoptable animals' web pages are updated every 30 minutes!

113 cats to have spay/neuter surgery (Feb. 20, 2014)

Keep the Change

IMPACT is committed to changing lives, for good. Our family of services helps restore the health and productivity of individuals, organizations and workplaces leading to an improved quality of life for our entire community.

IMPACT 2-1-1 is a central access point for people in need. During times of personal crisis or community disaster the free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance.

IMPACT Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services includes consultation and referral for people concerned about alcohol or drug use.

IMPACT Awareness raises community consciousness about risky drinking and promotes healthy lifestyles with the stop drinking [SO MUCH] milwaukee campaign.

IMPACT Workplace Services provides consultation, training and employee assistance programs to foster a healthy and productive work environment.

IMPACT 2-1-1 Now Serving All of Southeasten Wisconsin (Feb. 13, 2014)

Community Roll Call

Members of the Wauwatosa Police Department's Community Support Division, with backup provided by the folks at, are now blogging. We will be providing you with an ongoing series of crime prevention tips, any current crime trends as well as pertinent news and notes as it relates to your Police Department.

Tosa's Night Out 2012 (July 25, 2012)

Staff Blogs

Sky's the Limit

Tom "Sky" Skibosh covers the Wauwatosa, Brookfield and New Berlin prep scene for Community Newspapers. If something is going on in local sports, Sky has an opinion about it. If you agree or not with what Sky says, we want to see your comments.

Thoughts bouncing around my head... (July 12, 2015)

Community Watch

» 10-year-old girl dies after freeway crash in Dane County 11/25

» Wauwatosa unveils convenient, affordable water online water bill payment options 11/25

» Wauwatosa East girls basketball team uses big second half to beat Wisconsin Lutheran 11/25

» Plenty of positives in Wauwatosa West girls' basketball loss to Kettle Moraine 11/25

» Wauwatosa East boys basketball team could battle for GMC title 11/25

» Wauwatosa West swimming team has bright future with talented underclassmen on the rise 11/25

» MacGillis, Barkow share Wauwatosa West boys volleyball MVP honors 11/25

» Wauwatosa West boys basketball team looks for improvement 11/25

» Sports Notes: Nov. 26, 2015 11/25

» Wauwatosa East volleyball season has solid season despite just missing another trip to state 11/25

» Wauwatosa Hurricanes return three state qualifiers — Danny Larson, Cal Hartt, Avery Weishoff 11/25

» Milwaukee County Zoo celebrates first birthday of young gorilla 11/24

» Wauwatosa stores set Thanksgiving, Black Friday hours 11/23

» Tosa's city health department earns national accreditation 11/23

» Free screening of 'Most Likely to Succeed' held Dec. 1 11/23

» Wauwatosa stores launch Small Business Saturday event 11/20

» Updated state championship game rankings of area prep football teams and players 11/19

» Wauwatosa dealership taking 'extra precautions' after four vehicles were stolen Updated:  11/19

» Wauwatosa East girls basketball team has plenty of experience returning 11/18

» Wauwatosa East's Potter earns two team cross-country awards 11/18

» Wauwatosa West girls to field experienced basketball team 11/18

» Wauwatosa East's Ripple ends career with impressive showing at state swimming meet 11/18

» Wauwatosa West freshman Julia Larson does well at state swimming championships 11/17

» Wauwatosa West's Alicia Picard, Alyssa Piek, Nicole Mystrow earn top tennis honors 11/17

» Christian Laettner hoops camps at Wauwatosa East successful 11/17

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