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Family hopes billboard stops drunken drivers

March 17, 2011 6:18 a.m. | St. Patrick's Day has become the biggest drinking holiday in the state. Unfortunately, that means the number of drunken drivers on the road also skyrockets.

Loved ones of Corrie Damske, a 34-year-old Wauwatosa native who was killed when her car was struck by a drunken driver in January, hope that a new billboard will get people to think about the potential impact of getting behind the wheel intoxicated this week.

The public service message billboard shows the grim reaper behind the wheel and the letters D, I and E from the words "Don't Drink and Drive" in red.

"I don't want others to go through this type of tragedy, and if the billboard helps one person not drink and drive, or one family who decides not to go out on St. Patrick's day because drunks will be on the road, that will be something positive that comes out of Corrie's senseless death," friend Michelle Friedman said.

Friedman approached billboard company Clear Channel Outdoor about donating space for a service announcement. Not only did the business agree to run the message that was unveiled Saturday overlooking the Interstate 94 corridor at 25th and Clybourn streets in Milwaukee, but also on seven other billboards.

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Speakeasy to replace One Way Cafe in Wauwatosa Village

9:50 a.m. | Lucky Joe's Alchemy and Eatery, a speakeasy-style bar and restaurant, could open this summer in the space that has housed One Way Cafe for over a decade at 1425 Underwood Ave. in the Wauwatosa Village.

One Way Cafe owner Sandy Haeger said she was looking to "start a new chapter," while likely remaining in the food industry. She stopped operating the cafe earlier this month.

"It's been a great ten years with a great customer base," Haeger said.

As she welcomed Lucky Joe's, Alderwoman Allison Byrne said the community would miss One Way Cafe.

"Thank you for the many wonderful breakfasts," Byrne said. "We wish you a fond farewell."

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Jackson's Blue Ribbon looks to bring duckpin bowling to Wauwatosa

March 31, 2015 1:18 p.m. | The owners of Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, 11302 W. Bluemound Road, are planning to expand next door to Pitch's Baby Grand with a new restaurant, bar and duckpin bowling alley called the Thirsty Duck. It could open in June if permits are approved by the city.

Jackson's co-owner Dan Zierath said he's been looking to expand for years as he has watched duckpin bowling become more popular at other establishments like Koz's Mini Bowl in Milwaukee. Duckpin bowling is set up similar to traditional bowling but the balls and pins are smaller and there are some variations on the rules.

"Koz's is always really busy," Zierath said. "We know there's a need for it here."

Zierath said he and his brother Mark will be leasing the building from the current owner, whose family has owned it for decades.

Owner John Picciurro, who goes by John Pitch, told a Wauwatosa Now blogger that since the 1970s, the building has seen many different businesses, including Here's Johnny's, Jacks or Better, Four Flags, Pitch's Kansas City Style BBQ, Greek Village, Guadalupe Mexican Restaurant, and finally Pitch's Baby Grand. 

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Chairman of Dickey's Barbecue Pit to visit chain's 500th store, in Wauwatosa

March 31, 2015 1:13 p.m. |

With the barbecue chain's 500th store having opened in Wauwatosa, the chairman of Dickey's Barbecue Pit will attend some of the grand opening festivities at the restaurant, 3180 N. 124th St., and customers will have a chance to win gift cards and other items.

The first 50 guests after the store opens at 11 a.m. Thursday will receive gift cards for $5 to $50. CEO Roland Dickey Sr. will be at the store on Friday, giving away 100 copies of "Mr. Dickey's Barbecue Cookbook," and pulled pork sandwiches will be $2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The store also will give away a $500 gift card, and three other guests on Friday will win free barbecue for a year. Merchandise will be given away to customers on Saturday.

Sherri Povolo is the franchisee of the Wauwatosa store, which opened March 20; the chain is based in Dallas.

The number for the Dickey's in Tosa is (844) 634-2539. It's on Facebook.

No serious injuries reported in rollover crash on Highway 45 at Watertown Plank

March 31, 2015 9:23 a.m. | All southbound lanes on Highway 45 are shut down at Watertown Plank Road after a rollover crash occurred about 8:05 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

Wauwatosa Fire Assistant Chief Jim Case said the vehicle that rolled over was a small crane truck and there were no serious injuries. The sheriff's office said two cars were also involved.

The southbound lanes could be closed until about 11 a.m., the sheriff's office said. Case added that traffic on Mayfair Road has slowed as a result.

State Reps. Hutton and Kooyenga hold town hall meetings in Wauwatosa

March 30, 2015 10:58 a.m. | With state representatives visiting Wauwatosa today and tomorrow, residents will have the chance to pose questions and share their opinions on the state budget and other issues.

State Rep. Rob Hutton is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. today, March 30, at the Wauwatosa Lions Club, 7336 St. James St. Those who cannot attend can contact Hutton's office at (888) 534-0013 or through his website.

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, assembly vice co-chair on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, will have a listening session at 7 p.m. tomorrow, March 31, at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave. Residents are also invited to fill out a survey on his website, or contact his office at (888) 534-0014.

Members of Wauwatosa's Support Our Schools group are planning to attend Kooyenga's listening session to ask him to increase public education funding in Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget as it moves through the Joint Finance Committee.

Wauwatiki plans to bring Caribbean cuisine, cocktails to East Tosa

March 27, 2015 1:55 p.m. | A new tiki bar and restaurant, Wauwatiki, is planning to overhaul the Home Solutions USA building at 6502 W. North Ave. in East Tosa this summer. 

Wauwatiki plans to serve Caribbean-style lunch, dinner and late-night food along with craft cocktails, beer, wine and spirits. 

One of the owners behind Wauwatiki, Jason Growel, already runs the Eastsider, a bar on the east end of North Avenue in Milwaukee. He said he has been looking to move to the East Tosa area after watching other Milwaukee bars like Camp and Red Dot open locations there. 

"My bar is more of a college bar and I wanted to try something different," Growel said. "I'm not as young as I used to be."

The owners are applying for a conditional use permit from the city to do a full renovation and add on to the building to create space for two full-service bar areas. They also plan to add a three-season wrap-around patio.

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Student writing contest entries due today

March 27, 2015 7:10 a.m. | Entries to Community Newspapers' student writing contest is 5 p.m. today, Friday, March 27. Students, imagine you're the last person on earth. Write a story about what it would be like and what you would do and feel. Drop off entries at our Waukesha office, 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A. Be sure to include your name, age, home address, phone number, grade and school. (Address and phone number will be used to notify winners and distribute prizes; they will not be published.) Email entries will not be accepted. Entries will be divided into two categories: grades three through five, and six through eight. Cash prizes will be awarded; winners will be published in Brookfield-Elm Grove Now and Wauwatosa Now this spring. Good luck!

Zoo Interchange ramp closing March 26-April 2

March 26, 2015 3:53 p.m. | The ramp from southbound Highway 45 to westbound I-94 will be closed from March 26 to April 2.

During the closure, construction workers will be finishing a temporary road that will be used to accommodate further construction on the interchange.

Traffic can detour off Highway 45 at Watertown Plank Road or Greenfield Avenue, and take Mayfair Road to I-94.

More information about closures is available at www.zoointerchange.wi.gov.

Wauwatosa police chase ends in crash, injury

March 24, 2015 2:30 p.m. | Chased by Wauwatosa police Monday night, a stolen vehicle ran a red light on Center Street and caused a three-vehicle crash at 51st Street, according to Wauwatosa Police Lieutenant Brian Zalewski.

Zalewski said police responded to a call that a vehicle was stolen about 11:40 p.m. Monday near North Avenue and 62nd Street in Wauwatosa. Police spotted the vehicle heading eastbound on Center Street near 71st Street.

When police turned on their lights, Zalewski said the vehicle did not stop and continued east at a high rate of speed. When the stolen car had still not stopped at 57th Street, Zalewski said the officer followed standard procedure and pulled over to signal that police were no longer chasing the stolen car.

Despite the officer pulling over, Zalewski said the stolen vehicle continued to speed east and ran a red light at 51st Street, where it struck another vehicle going north through a green light. Zalewski said one person in the northbound car appeared to sustain minor injuries, and one of the cars careened into a third car.

Zalewski said the officer on the scene saw three people get out of the stolen vehicle and run away on foot. Since the crash was in Milwaukee, police and fire departments from there responded to the incident. Zalewski said it appeared none of the suspects were taken into custody.

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The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Car fire extinguished at Colectivo in Wauwatosa

March 23, 2015 9:15 a.m. | Wauwatosa firefighters responded to a car fire outside Colectivo, 6745 W. Wells St. in Wauwatosa, about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Deputy Chief Stacey Lueptow.

Lueptow said the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes of the call and there was no damage to anything other than the vehicle, which was fully engulfed and likely a total loss.

Assistant Chief James Case said the fire was caused by a mechanical issue with the car. 

Top of truck 'peeled back like a can' after collision with bridge in Wauwatosa

March 20, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Debris has been cleared and traffic is flowing again on Swan Boulevard after a tractor trailer collided with a railroad bridge about 6:45 a.m. this morning near Hoyt Park. The driver was not injured.

"There was a lot of debris from the top of the truck basically being shredded," Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski said. "The whole top got peeled back like a can."

The truck was lodged under the bridge until about 8 a.m. when it was towed away, according to police. Zalewski said there were no hazardous materials on board and there was no damage to the bridge.

Several signs in the area warn that no trucking is allowed. A large yellow sign on the bridge marks its clearance as 12 feet. Zalewski said the driver was issued a citation for inattentive driving for failing to notice the signs.

TMJ4 has footage of the truck while it was lodged under the bridge:

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Wauwatosa mayor, superintendent schedule town hall meetings

March 19, 2015 6:22 p.m. | City officials have scheduled several town hall meetings in April and May to discuss the "state of the city," construction projects, developments, schools and other current issues. Mayor Kathy Ehley and Superintendent Phil Ertl will be at all the meetings, while local aldermen may attend those in their districts.

All meetings are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Here are the dates and locations:

·Districts 7 and 8, and the west side of District 3: April 1 in the multipurpose room at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1600 W. Center St.

·District 6: April 15 in the multipurpose room at McKinley Elementary School, 2435 N. 89th St.

·District 5: April 29 in the multipurpose room at Roosevelt Elementary School, 2535 N. 73rd St.

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Architecture firm to replace Caribbean Tan in Wauwatosa

March 19, 2015 10:50 a.m. | Architecture firm Galbraith Carnahan is planning to replace Caribbean Tan as soon as this spring at 6528 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa.

Local developer Joshua Jeffers, who purchased the building in January, said Caribbean Tan has been on a month-to-month lease. An employee at the tanning salon said the last day of business will be March 29. 

Jeffers has already signed a lease with new tenants Galbraith Carnahan Architects. 

“I think they’re going to be a fantastic addition to East Tosa and contribute to the vibrancy of that part of North Avenue,” Jeffers said. 

Nick Carnahan, a partner at the architecture firm, said the group had been looking to move to East Tosa because of the recent business activity in the area and walkability of the neighborhood. 

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Cafe Bavaria in Wauwatosa told to shut down patio fire

March 18, 2015 10:57 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council denied Cafe Bavaria's request March 17 to have an outdoor wood-burning fire on its patio. The restaurant had already been using the fire without permission in an area considered public property since February when the Wauwatosa Fire Department noticed it.

When fire officials saw the fire last month, they notified Drew Cyr, general manager at Cafe Bavaria, that outdoor burning is not allowed on public property unless granted an exception by the Common Council. Cyr then requested an encroachment to make the area private property and allow the burning.

"We hope to be able to continue burning the fire pit on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings moving forward," Cyr wrote in a letter to city officials. "It has been a welcomed addition to the Village thus far and has received rave reviews from both Wauwatosa citizens and patrons of our establishment."

Although fire officials were concerned about open burning being allowed in an area with heavy pedestrian traffic, they did not support or oppose Cafe Bavaria's request. But aldermen shared their concerns about public safety and ultimately denied it.

"I have many concerns about the safety and the fact this restaurant just went ahead and did this (without permission)," Alderwoman Kathleen Causier said.

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