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Teachers join protesters in Madison

Feb. 18, 2011 5:24 p.m. | Representatives from Wauwatosa's teachers union headed to Madison today to show their opposition to the proposals in Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill, continuing a string of protests the group has been involved with this week.

After meeting with Wauwatosa School District officials Thursday, the union sent one representative from each district school to Madison today to voice their disapproval for Walker's proposal, which would require union employees to pay a greater share of pension and health insurance costs and lose their ability to collectively bargain during future contract negotiations.

Members of the union also participated in marches outside Walker's Wauwatosa home on Tuesday night and state Sen. Alberta Darling's Menomonee Falls office on Wednesday, said Debbie Brent, president of the Wauwatosa Education Association.

Brent said union members also will attend a rally Saturday at the state capitol.

Changes coming to Wauwatosa Village: The Flower Lady finds new home

Feb. 11, 2016 3:27 p.m. | Shoppers will soon notice a few new changes in the Village of Wauwatosa.

Floral shop and gift store, The Flower Lady, will move to a new location by the end of March, said business owner Deb Fowler.

The floral shop, currently located at 1460 Underwood Avenue, is moving one block south into the space commonly known as the Robertson Ace Hardware building.

A hardware store had been operated at the site, 1417 Underwood Ave., since the building was constructed in 1897 and operated as Robertson Hardware for more than 92 years.

"I've always admired that space," said Fowler of the new location, who's shop recently celebrated 20 years of business. "Our work space, where we actually create all the arrangements, will be out in the open."

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Bryant & Stratton College offers new nursing program at Tosa campus

Feb. 11, 2016 2:01 p.m. | Bryant & Stratton College has added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program to its Wauwatosa campus, the college reported Thursday.

Beginning this week, students can enroll for the spring 2016 semester, which begins May 4, at the private career college. The new offering will help fulfill the demand for registered nurses with bachelor's degrees in southeastern Wisconsin, the program's director said.

"Employment surveys indicate the need for nurses will increase significantly in the next four years due to current workforce retirements," said Dr. Linda Krueger, Dean of Nursing at Bryant & Stratton College.

Over eight semesters, students will be trained for care in all health care settings, according to a news release from the college. The Wauwatosa campus recently unveiled "cutting edge" simulation labs that emulate a hospital setting.

"The BSN program is a great option for newly enrolled college students who would like to earn their bachelor's degree in two-and-a-half years compared to many traditional college programs of four years," said Krueger.

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KFC in Wauwatosa robbed Wednesday morning, suspect still unknown

Feb. 11, 2016 11:26 a.m. | A local Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant was robbed late Wednesday morning, Wauwatosa police reported.

Law enforcement responded to the restaurant, located at 6706 W. North Ave., around 10:45 a.m. Feb. 10, Lt. Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department said.

The suspect fled the scene before police arrived, but was armed with a handgun, Zalewski said.

No one was injured during the incident and there was no threat to residents in the area. Zalewski did not know how much money the suspect took from the restaurant.

The suspect was described as a black male wearing a blue face mask, a black winter jacket with a black hoodie sweat shirt underneath and dark pants. The suspect was about 6 feet tall and had a thin build.

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What residents in Southeast Wisconsin need to know to prevent the spread of Zika virus

Feb. 11, 2016 12:02 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —It may not be on the minds of most Wisconsinites amid the snow and frigid temperatures, but as the seasons change a major international health concern could have widespread effects right in our backyards.

Following the Feb. 1 declaration by the World Health Organization that has deemed the Zika virus an international public health emergency, local businesses and health care organizations are bracing for what the virus could mean at a local level.

Mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common symptoms of the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness, which has prompted several travel alerts to be issued to areas including the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

Before the warmer temperatures make their ways back into the area, local pest control professionals are saying there are some things for those making plans for spring break to keep in mind.

While Wil-Kil Pest Control does not have the medical expertise to comment directly on the virus and symptoms, Regional Manager Randy Allen said the company is seeking to generate awareness about mosquito prevention.

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For Wauwatosa Hurricanes' Danny Larson, it's all about the team

Feb. 10, 2016 11:07 a.m. | When Wauwatosa Hurricanes coach Heidi Hegwood talks about star junior swimmer Danny Larson, it is important to remember that he doesn't walk ON water, he swims IN it.

But with the rest of this season and his senior year before him, Larson could have the title "best ever" added to his accomplishments.

When Christiane Toye, the athletics and activities administrative assistant, walked me into the pool area last week, she pointed out the records board on the wall by the pool.

"It's starting to be called the Danny Larson board," she said, half-kidding.

Larson holds around 10 records for the Hurricanes and Tosa West, before the team was combined with Tosa East, and that includes two relay records.

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Wauwatosa West boys basketball team bounces back to beat New Berlin West

Feb. 10, 2016 10:59 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys basketball team had a good week. Except for a missed free throw, it might have been even better.

The Trojans are 10-7, 6-6 in the rugged Woodland Conference West. They played Pewaukee (14-3, 9-3) on Feb. 9 and host state-ranked New Berlin Eisenhower (17-1, 11-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and Milwaukee School of Languages (5-10) at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

They won six of seven games going into this week. Last week they beat Greendale, 61-55, in overtime Feb. 2 on the road and then beat New Berlin West, 67-58, on Feb. 5, also on the road.

Greendale Game

Trailing 52-51 with 8 seconds left, West had the ball side out. The Trojans tried to get the ball to Alou Dillon, but the Panthers did a good job of denying him the inbound pass. The ball went to sophomore LaRon Perine in the corner.

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Wauwatosa West girls basketball team drops five in a row

Feb. 10, 2016 10:50 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West girls basketball dropped their fourth and fifth straight losses last week, playing one squeaker and a blowout in Woodland Conference West Division action.

The losses — 57-51 on Feb. 2 to Greendale and 57-31 to New Berlin West on Feb. 5 — came at Tosa West. The Trojans saw their record fall to 3-16 overall and 3-10 in the Woodland West.

They opened this week with a home game against Pewaukee (14-5, 10-3) on Feb. 9 and then will be at New Berlin Eisenhower (15-4, 11-2) on Friday, Feb. 12, and at home against Pius XI (18-1, 12-1) on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The Pirates won the first matchup, 73-40, on Jan. 5 at West, Eisenhower won, 61-24, on Jan. 8 at West and Pius won, 69-36, on Jan. 15 at Pius.

That's three games coming up against teams with a 47-10 (.825) overall record and 43-6 (.878) Woodland mark, who outscored the Trojans 203-100, an average score of 67-33.

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Wauwatosa East girls basketball team defeats Menomonee Falls to snap 3-game losing streak

Feb. 10, 2016 10:45 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak to the top teams in the Greater Metro Conference by finishing the week with an impressive 51-37 win over Menomonee Falls on Feb. 5 at home.

The Red Raiders had opened the week with a 49-38 loss to first-place Divine Savior Holy Angels on Feb. 2 at Tosa East. They had previously lost to Brookfield Central, 49-35, and Sussex Hamilton, 69-51, both on the road on Jan. 26 and Jan. 29. All three of those teams are 30-6 (.833) in the GMC and 45-13 (.849).

Good defense

Tosa East played good enough defense to stay in the game with first-place Divine Savior Holy Angels, but foul trouble eventually led to a 49-38 loss Feb. 2 at home.

DSHA barely led, 18-17, at intermission, before the Dashers pulled away with a 31-21 second half.

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Big Cheese Classic National Wheelchair Basketball tourney set for Feb. 20-21

Feb. 10, 2016 10:23 a.m. | The second annual Big Cheese Classic National Wheelchair Basketball Association Tournament is being held in Metro Milwaukee on Feb. 20 and 21 at Brookfield East High School, 3305 Lilly Road.

The nation's largest wheelchair basketball club, Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks, will host four divisions, including children's 8-foot Junior Prep (ages 8-14) and 10-foot Junior Varsity (ages 14-21), as well as adult's Division 3 and Championship division.

There are 22 competitive coed teams from four states (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin) competing in the two-day tournament.

Brookfield East High School is an accessible venue that welcomes the tournament and its athletes who use wheelchairs. The NWBA frequently has their most-competitive youth athletes go on to compete as adults in Paralympic Games (held just after the Olympic Games in the same sports venues).

The Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks adult teams feature six U.S. and German national team athletes preparing for the Paralympics 2016 and four former Paralympic coaches and athletes.

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Wauwatosa's Larson wins two swimming championship

Feb. 10, 2016 10:16 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Hurricanes took third place in the Woodland Conference Tournament, and junior Danny Thomas won two individual titles.

"I am over-the-top proud of the Hurricane team," coach Heidi Hegwood said. "They had a really great meet. We had some amazing time drops from swimmers like Henry Lutz (200 IM, 100 backstroke), Henry Lynch (200 freestyle, 500 free) and Paul Gagne (50 free, 100 butterfly)."

Shorewood took first (452.5), followed by Greenfield/Greendale/Pius XI (383) and Wauwatosa East/West (346).

Junior Danny Larson won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 45.21 seconds and the 100 free (48.63).

Both divers picked up points as senior Avery Weishoff finished second (375.70) and sophomore Jacob Lueck placed sixth (242.85).

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Wauwatosa East boys basketball team drops third straight game

Feb. 10, 2016 10:04 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys basketball team has lost three in a row and four of their last five games and need to turn the season around quickly if they want to avoid a one-and-done postseason.

After losing to Sussex Hamilton, 70-61, back on Jan. 29, the Red Raiders (7-11) lost at Marquette, 75-55, on Feb. 2 and at Menomonee Falls, 69-65, on Feb. 5.

Tosa East is now tied for fifth in the Greater Metro Conference with a 5-6 record, the same as the Indians.

Falls loss

In Friday's loss at Falls, Tosa East got off to a good start by taking a 6-point lead in a first half that was dominated by defense, 29-23.

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Five Wauwatosa East student-athletes to play at collegiate level

Feb. 10, 2016 9:27 a.m. | Five student-athletes from Wauwatosa East will attend college and play their respective sports.

One soccer player, a swimmer, a football player and two baseball players will continue their careers at the next level.

Celia Ripple, a swimmer, will attend Middlebury College in Vermont.

Tristan Reagan, a soccer player, will attend Northern Michigan University.

Jermaine Copeland, a football player, will attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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Wauwatosa's Beekman to play football at Southern A&M

Feb. 10, 2016 9:12 a.m. | Former Wauwatosa East football/basketball player Bryce Beekman signed a letter of intent to accept a football scholarship to Southern A&M University in Baton Rouge.

Beekman attended Wauwatosa East for the last three years and recently moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when his mother, Julie Jackson, had a job opportunity. He is finishing his senior year at Scotlandville Magnet High School.

"Wauwatosa was a wonderful community, where Bryce went to school since kindergarten and always considers Wauwatosa his home," Jackson said. "His success today is certainly a reflection of the wonderful sport programs and coaches in Wauwatosa."

Tosa officers return to work following police-involved shooting

Feb. 09, 2016 3:35 p.m. | Two Wauwatosa officers placed on administrative leave in January following a police-involved shooting returned to work about two weeks ago, Police Chief Barry Weber reported Tuesday.

Jerry R. Hubbard, 34, of Wauwatosa is accused of killing his girlfriend, fleeing from police and attacking an officer with a knife Jan. 11. Hubbard's girlfriend, 32-year-old Lauren Johnson, was found dead under a balcony at Normandy Village Apartments, 2850 N. 124th St.

The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office determined Johnson was suffocated and died before she fell off the balcony.

Responding officers were involved in a foot pursuit with Hubbard and a physical struggle ensued after officers caught up with the man. Hubbard was armed with a Faberware serrated kitchen knife with an 8-inch blade.

Hubbard stabbed a lieutenant with the knife before two other officers on scene fired their service weapons at the man, each firing one round. Both hit the man. Hubbard was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

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