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Wauwatosa OKs labor contracts after hot debate

April 19, 2011 11:40 p.m. | Wauwatosa — The Wauwatosa Common Council reversed itself late Tuesday and approved three public employee labor contracts aldermen had rejected a month before.

The decision came in the context of a supercharged political environment in the hometown of Gov. Scott Walker, with some of the dozens of speakers from the city urging officials to reject the contracts until Walker's budget-repair bill goes into effect, and others echoing union demonstrators' support of bargaining rights.

Aldermen were still speaking about the decision as of 11 p.m., but when the vote was taken at 11:10, the result was 8-7 in favor of the contracts.

Ald. Dennis McBride, one of five who sought the special meeting to discuss the contracts, referred to Wauwatosa as a "deeply divided city."

Ald. Cheryl Berdan, who works in Walker's Milwaukee office, urged that the contracts be rejected, pointing out that the city voted in favor of Justice David Prosser in the recent Supreme Court election - one that many viewed as a referendum on Walker's budget plans.

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Wauwatosa firefighters captured on video battling car flames

4:02 p.m. | Wauwatosa firefighters were captured on video last week extinguishing a vehicle caught on fire.

The Wauwatosa Police Department recently posted a video to its Facebook page of local firefighters spraying down a 1994 Mercury Villager after it caught fire around 2 p.m. Nov. 25.

Police received the call for service at 2:04 p.m. that day, said Lt. Brian Zalewski of the police department. The incident occurred near 70th Street and Bluemound Road, he said.

Firefighters are still unsure what caused the fire, said Captain David Page of the fire department. The vehicle's owner said a relative of hers had done maintenance work on the vehicle a few days before the fire. When the woman was driving the vehicle on Nov. 25, it began to malfunction and she noticed flames, Page said.

He added there's no way to pinpoint what exactly caused the fire.

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German retailer VOM FASS opens at Mayfair Mall

3:00 p.m. | A new German concept retail store recently opened at Mayfair Mall — VOM FASS offers European oils, vinegars, spirits, wines and gourmet foods.

Vom Fass means "from the cask," and the franchise launched in Germany over 20 years ago. Former professional poker player and Marquette alumni Ray Riordan is the owner of the new location at Mayfair, located at 2500 North Mayfair Rd., Suite 0143.

Riordan spent seven years in accounting and sales, and decided to pursue the idea of a VOM FASS store in his community after visiting the VOM FASS USA headquarters in Madison.

Riordan seeks fresh, high-quality oils, vinegars, wines and spirits from small producers in Europe and the United States. VOM FASS only sources its products from partners using natural processes, sustainable agriculture and ethical sourcing.


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Wauwatosa man involved in fatal Dane County crash

10:29 a.m. | A Wauwatosa man was one of five involved in a Dane County crash Nov. 23 that killed a 10-year-old girl.

The girl was among four occupants in a 2000 Honda Civic that was struck by a pickup truck around 10 a.m. Nov. 23 on southbound I-39 near De Forest in Dane County.

The Honda Civic, driven by a 16-year-old girl from South Milwaukee had stopped on the median shoulder with possible mechanical issues, according to a news release from the state patrol.

When the driver moved back into traffic from the median shoulder, it was struck by a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ashley N. Imme, 22, of New Berlin, who was unable to avoid the crash due to traffic blocking her view, according to the news release. Imme was not injured and was wearing a seat belt.

The Honda then traveled into the median ditch, rolled over and landed on its wheels.

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Stone Creek Coffee looks to open Harwood Avenue location in Tosa

9:47 a.m. | Harwood Avenue in Wauwatosa could soon see a new hangout for coffee drinkers.

Milwaukee-based Stone Creek Coffee, looks to open a new location at 7954 Harwood Avenue across the street from Milestone Plumbing, Inc. The coffee shop was founded in 1993 and has locations throughout the greater Milwaukee area, including a shop on Bluemound Road in Wauwatosa.

The building has been home to a variety of businesses, including a car dealership and more recently, a printing company.

The coffee shop would offer an assortment of coffee-based beverages and teas prepared to order. Bottled beverages and pastry selections would also be offered, although the venue's concept will largely be a "to-go" model, augmented with diverse seating options and coffee brewing merchandise, according to city documents.

Merchandise would include brewers, accessories, whole bean coffee, loose leaf tea, mugs and apparel.

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10-year-old girl dies after freeway crash in Dane County

Nov. 25, 2015 4:56 p.m. | A 10-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered in a traffic crash in Dane County involving three people from the Milwaukee area, the Wisconsin State Patrol reported Wednesday.

The girl was among four occupants of a 2000 Honda Civic that was struck by a pickup truck about 10 a.m., Monday on southbound I-39 at mile marker 128 near DeForest, according to a news release from the state patrol.

According to the release, the Honda, driven by a 16-year-old girl from South Milwaukee, was stopped on the median shoulder because of possible mechanical problems.

When the driver pulled back into traffic the car was struck by a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ashley N. Imme, 22, of New Berlin, who was unable to avoid the Honda because of traffic blocking her view.

The Honda then entered the median ditch and rolled over before landing on its tires, while the truck ended up on the median shoulder.

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Wauwatosa unveils convenient, affordable water online water bill payment options

Nov. 25, 2015 11:01 a.m. | The city of Wauwatosa has launched a new way for residents to pay water utility bills online.

The city has partnered with Paymentus, an online billing and paying solution that brings lower processing fees and more payment options.

The online payment options carry a lower convenience fee; the cost to pay water bills online is now a flat fee of $2.95. In the past fees ranged from $4 to $8. Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted. Electronic check payments are still an option.

Credit card payments can be made by phone with Interactive Voice Response by calling 1-844-804-5569.

"The city of Wauwatosa is pleased to offer a more convenient, more affordable water bill payment options for its residents," said Assistant Finance Director Derik Summerfield in a statement. "This new partnership streamlines processing of the payments helping city staff work more efficiently and provide better customer service."

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Wauwatosa East girls basketball team uses big second half to beat Wisconsin Lutheran

Nov. 25, 2015 10:15 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East girls basketball team exploded in the second half and ran away with a 55-32 victory over Wisconsin Lutheran on Nov. 20 in the season opener at Tosa East.

"I thought our kids really rose to the challenge," Tosa East coach Rob Hamill said. "By my count, Wisco returned four of their five starters from last year and added a tall athletic presence with post player Elle Van Grinsven. I thought they were also well coached and ready to play."

Both teams played to a 16-16 tie at halftime, but then in the second half, the Red Raiders went on a 39-16 run win to win going away.

"I think two telling stats, though, were we shot 35 free throws and made 18 of them," Hamill said. "They shot a total of seven free throws. We also took care of the ball well with only six turnovers in the second half.

"I think when any team makes more free throws than the other team shoots and takes care of the ball the way we did, most often that is going to add up to a win.

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Plenty of positives in Wauwatosa West girls' basketball loss to Kettle Moraine

Nov. 25, 2015 10:01 a.m. | Despite a 62-47 loss to Kettle Moraine on Nov. 20, Wauwatosa West girls basketball coach Ashley Imperiale saw many bright spots.

An 11-point first-half deficit (27-16) was too much to overcome, but that didn't stop the Trojans from trying to bounce back playing a more respectable 35-31 second half.

"We put our full-court press to work in the second half, and it rattled and sped up Kettle Moraine," Imperiale said. "On the flip side, we didn't capitalize on as many of those turnovers as I'd like to see.

"We have some good length and athleticism at the guard positions and will continue to utilize that to create opportunities for turnovers and high-percentage buckets in the open court."

Adjusting to rules

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Wauwatosa East boys basketball team could battle for GMC title

Nov. 25, 2015 9:46 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys basketball team is coming off an outstanding season, but the loss of outstanding point guard Bryce Beekman will be a hole that is hard to fill.

Last year, the Red Raiders finished 19-7 overall, lost in the sectional finals to Greendale and was second in the Greater Metro Conference (9-5).

While Marquette is a strong favorite to defend its title, most teams are pointing to the Red Raiders as another co-favorite.

"We don't have a lot of varsity experience," veteran coach Tim Arndorfer said. "That's one of my biggest concerns — varsity paying experience. We need someone to step in right away. We don't know what to expect yet."

But Arndorfer has been pleased with his team's ability to pick up the system.

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Wauwatosa West swimming team has bright future with talented underclassmen on the rise

Nov. 25, 2015 9:37 a.m. | Wauwatosa West girls swimming and diving coach Heidi Hegwood knew this would be a rebuilding year. Well, the rebuilding ended well before the season did, and with an excellent freshman class the future looks bright.

"We knew that this year would be a rebuilding year since losing so many strong seniors last year," Hegwood said. "For some teams, they get stuck with rebuilding year after rebuilding year. After this year, I can say our rebuilding year was over before the end of the season."

Another one of her team's goals is always to qualify someone for state.

"Freshman Julia Larson finished 19th in the 200 freestyle and 22nd in the 100 free," Hegwood said. "What a way to end the year.

"Over the season, at some point, everyone dropped time, which is ultimately my goal as a coach. Our expectations are to work hard, have fun and see times or dives improve; therefore, we succeeded as a team."

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MacGillis, Barkow share Wauwatosa West boys volleyball MVP honors

Nov. 25, 2015 9:23 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys volleyball team put together another solid season under coach Kyle Sikora.

The Trojans finished in second place in the Woodland Conference and second place in the conference tournament before going into the postseason and winning the regional championship.

"This year, we played some very competitive volleyball against some of the best teams in the state," Sikora said. "We were led by two outstanding veteran seniors, Scott MacGillis and Quinn Barkow. Overall, the team made some nice improvements since the start of the season and really grew as a unit."

After beating Brookfield Central in the regional, the Trojans went on and lost to Brookfield East in the sectional semifinal. The Spartans then whipped Wauwatosa East and advanced to the state tournament.

MacGillis stood out

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Wauwatosa West boys basketball team looks for improvement

Nov. 25, 2015 9:15 a.m. | Wauwatosa West boys basketball coach Chad Stelse has eight returning letter winners back from last season's 12-13 team, which includes five juniors who saw plenty of action last season.

The Trojans, who finished 8-8 in the Woodland Conference West Division, lost 83 percent of their scoring from last season.

"We lost a lot of scoring," Stelse said, "but our junior class, consisting of Rayvon (Bartlett, Jr.), Javaree (Jackson), Tyrone (Powell) and Alou (Dillon), gained valuable experience as sophomores last season.

"This class brings a lot of size, length and ability. Our biggest challenge will be assuming a much bigger role this season with the loss of five seniors that filled the stat sheet in a variety of ways, but I am confident that this group is capable of stepping in and contributing in all aspects of the game."

Dillon leads returnees

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Sports Notes: Nov. 26, 2015

Nov. 25, 2015 9:03 a.m. |

Morgan gets interception in Whitewater playoff win

Former Wauwatosa West start Mickey Morgan had an interception in Whitewater's 48-0 playoff win over St. Norbert's on Nov. 21.

St. Norbert's had a nice drive to the Whitewater 4-yard line early in the fourth quarter, when a double-reverse option pass was easily intercepted by Morgan, a junior defensive back.

The Warhawks (10-1) led 35-0 of St. Norbert's (10-1) as several starters didn't play in the second half.

Wauwatosa East volleyball season has solid season despite just missing another trip to state

Nov. 25, 2015 8:46 a.m. | When you have been as successful as the Wauwatosa East boys volleyball team has been — they have gone to state eight of the past 10 years — it's hard to call this year a disappointment.

The Red Raiders tied for first place (3-1) with Brookfield East and Marquette in the Greater Metro Conference. In conference play, they defeated West Allis Hale (3-0), Brookfield East (3-0) and Brookfield Central (3-0) but lost to the Hilltoppers (1-3).

They were 24-11 overall, 3-1 in nonconference dual meets, 17-8 in tournaments and 1-1 in postseason play.

"Considering our final 24-11 record and the fact that we tied for the conference title, it's hard to say we had a disappointing season," East coach John Simon said. "We had a really good season. When we played top-10 teams, we didn't win. I'm not sure why. Fundamentally good teams will do that to you.

"But I can't be that disappointed. We've been to state eight of 10 years. It's hard to complain about that."

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