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Maureen Connors Badding arrived in Wauwatosa 22 years ago via Buffalo and Phoenix. She's a freelance writer and habitual volunteer who enjoys book clubs, travel, entertaining and cheering for her daughter's swim team.

Ultimate Frisbee Comes to TosaFest!

If you've ever been to TosaFest and wondered, Why don't they have something for these teenagers to do? it may come as a surprise to you that they do.

In addition to the traditional garage band showcase, TosaFest is the site of an
Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, organized and run by the teens on the Wauwatosa Youth Commission. Their goal is to provide a fun and safe activity for teens at TosaFest.

This year the Frisbee tournament is near and dear to my heart because it's being organized by my daughter. So please pass these details along to any high school Frisbee aficionados in your family or neighborhood:

Wauwatosa Youth Commission Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, September 6
at the Hart Park Field near the baseball diamond
Teams of 6 - 10 high school students only
Cost: $24 per team
Music provided by the Cluka Brothers DJs
Prizes for the winning team and the team with the best t-shirt design

Registration forms are available at the Tosa East and Tosa West offices or by e-mailing

PRIZES NEEDED!! Perhaps it's the downturn in the economy, but the organizers are still struggling to locate prizes (including gift certificates and monetary donations) for the event. If you own a business or would like to support the Tournament in some way, please respond below (good PR for your business!) or contact


Stroll North Avenue on September 11

Wondering what's new with the North Avenue business district? Then “Stroll the Avenue” from 5 to 8 p.m. on September 11 and find out.

I'm excited to see the event return, if only to get neighbors together to visit old and new businesses between 60th and 76th Streets. And of course, seeing hundreds of pedestrians walking the sidewalks is a nice reminder to drivers that North Avenue is more than just a thoroughfare to Mayfair Mall.

You'll see traditional events such as kiddy train rides at the Lutheran Home, a classic car show at O'Gorman's West Town Auto and the Ronald McDonald Show at 5 p.m. under the Golden Arches.

You'll hear music and the excited voices of kids, and even prayers for those who perished in the 9-11 attacks (at 71st and North at 4:30 p.m.).

But more important, you'll feel a new energy and sense of purpose from the businesses along North Avenue, thanks to The North Avenue Neighborhood Alliance.

A grassroots coalition of residents, business and property owners and city officials, NANA has been working hard this past year to bring stability and prosperity to North Avenue.

Their first accomplishment was a comprehensive survey to uncover how neighborhood residents use North Avenue and what their vision is for future businesses and attractions. (Survey results are available at

Second, with the help of Alderman Jerry Stepaniak, they had Yield for Pedestrian signs installed at key crosswalks to remind motorists to slow down -- this is a shopping and entertainment district, after all.

Third, the group has facilitated communication: they've created a dialog between businesses, a website for community members and a resource guide to solicit new businesses to vacant properties along North Avenue.

Finally, the group has submitted a Community Block Grant application to procure the funds needed to develop a long-term master plan for North Avenue. A lot of people assume that the city has long had a master plan for North Avenue, but no such plan exists, NANA's Meg Miller tells me.

A vibrant and economically viable North Avenue is crucial to Wauwatosa's long-term stability and strong property values. That's why this coalition of businesspeople, architects, city planners, aldermen and just regular moms and dads is working so hard to bring a cohesive plan to that business district.

Why not see what they've been up to?

Visit North Avenue on September 11 and visit
and see how you can get involved.

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