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Darker Tosa streets save money, but generate complaints

April 27, 2011 11:47 a.m. | Wauwatosa's experiment in turning on streetlights in some neighborhoods for fewer hours has generated complaints from 82 residents in the last eight months, but the money-saving maneuver is deemed necessary - at least in some form - to keep the city within budget.

A discussion of the controversial measure resulted in no action from the Traffic and Safety Committee on Tuesday, but options for moving forward were floated. The issue likely will be back before the panel in two weeks.

The city could expand the program to more neighborhoods, and it could turn the lights on 15 minutes after sunset and 15 minutes before sunrise, rather than a full half hour. The financial savings would be less, but increasing the number of areas participating could balance that out, city staff members said.

Installing LED lights could reduce energy consumption by 30 to 60 percent, but there is a significant upfront charge for retrofitting equipment - payback would take more than 50 years to realize, Porter said.

He suggested that by dovetailing lighting upgrades with street reconstruction projects, the city could pay the "upcharge" of installing a more efficient streetlight vs. the traditional fixtures more practically.

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Man killed in Hwy. 45 crash identified, other driver arrested

3:51 p.m. | The man believed to have caused a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 45 in Wauwatosa Tuesday afternoon has been arrested on two preliminary felony charges: homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

Charles J. Jones, 45, of Milwaukee was changing lanes and passing other cars recklessly when he lost control of his Buick LeSabre, crossed all lanes of traffic and struck a Dodge Ram pickup truck about 2:20 p.m., according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

The driver of the pickup, identified Wednesday as Dennis E. Meyer, 54, of Milwaukee, was ejected from the truck and died at the scene. The passenger in the truck, a 27-year-old male not named in the news release, also was ejected. He suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Neither was wearing a seat belt.

Jones told sheriff's deputies he was on his way to a doctor's appointment. He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the news release. If charged and convicted, the maximum penalty for the two felonies is 22½ years in prison.

All southbound lanes of the freeway were closed for 5 1/2 hours Tuesday as a result of the crash. The case was under review by the district attorney's office Wednesday afternoon, according to the sheriff's department.

'Rollover ejection crash' kills one, closes Hwy. 45 lanes for 5 hours

Sept. 30, 2014 8:14 p.m. | All lanes are now open on southbound Hwy. 45 at Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa, where a crash killed one person Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

One adult male was killed in the crash, according to an official at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

The office was notified of the fatality shortly before 2:30 p.m., however no further information was available from the office Tuesday evening, the official said.

The Milwaukee County sheriff's office described the crash as a rollover, however further details had not yet been release by Tuesday night.

The crash forced the closure of all southbound lanes until shortly after 7:30 p.m. and caused delays of up to three miles, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

East Tosa BID plan rejected

Sept. 30, 2014 8:08 p.m. | About three months after East Tosa property owners petitioned to start a business improvement district on North Avenue, another group of property owners on the street defeated the proposal by gathering enough signatures against it.

The Wauwatosa Community Development Committee, without any other option, filed away the BID request Tuesday night. City Attorney Alan Kesner said any future attempt to start a BID in East Tosa will have to begin again from scratch.

Erik Anderson, who owns property on North Avenue, said he and property owner Pete Venturi gathered 39 valid signatures against the BID, while about 15 property owners were in favor of the BID.

"It was overwhelmingly opposed to formation of the BID," he said. "People were not aware of it, had not been approached about it, and felt like it was an underhanded approach."

The group was successful in acquiring signatures from the owners of at least 40 percent of the assessed property value in the district, as was required to stop the BID request.

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Bankruptcy judge approves sale of YMCA properties

Sept. 30, 2014 5:51 p.m. | U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley on Tuesday approved the sale of four suburban YMCA properties for a total of $9 million, marking an important step in the efforts to downsize and restructure the organization that has been mired in debt.

"This was a huge hurdle today for the mission of the Y, which will be stronger in the region," Julie Tolan, the president and CEO of the Milwaukee Y, said after the hearing. It will also allow the Milwaukee Y to begin to move forward to focus on its future as a smaller, urban YMCA, she said.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy protection in June, faced with $29 million in debt that threatened to sink the organization.

Under the court-approved sale, the YMCA of Central Waukesha County will purchase the Southwest Y in Greenfield, the Tri-County Y in Menomonee Falls and the West Suburban Y in Wauwatosa for $7 million in cash, with a possible $1 million more based on earnings in the next two years.

The Kettle Moraine YMCA will buy the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA for $2 million in cash at closing. The closings are tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15.

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Man killed in rollover crash on Highway 45 in Wauwatosa

Sept. 30, 2014 3:21 p.m. | UPDATED 3:30 p.m. Oct. 1

A 54-year-old Milwaukee man was killed in a rollover crash that occurred on Highway 45 near Mayfair Road about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office: 

Dennis E. Meyer was driving without a seatbelt and was ejected from his car when it rolled over. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A passenger in the car, a 27-year-old man, was also not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. He was hospitalized with injuries that were not life threatening.

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Enter Halloween contest to win tickets to Legends & Lore

Sept. 30, 2014 9:39 a.m. | Halloween is creeping up, and that means it's time to see and hear about your favorite Halloween haunts.

If you do, you have a chance to enjoy haunted walks, spooky stories and crafts plus folklore from Wisconsin's past with free tickets to Halloween Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle on Oct. 11, 18, 25 and 31.

Here's what you need to do to be entered into a giveaway for one adult and one child admission:

Post a photo of you in your best Halloween costume or share your favorite place to go to for a Halloween fright. You can enter on Twitter or Instagram, but either way, you must include the hashtag #HalloweenWI in your post.

Deadline to enter is noon Thursday, Oct. 9. Four winners of one adult and one child admission each will be selected and notified Friday, Oct. 10.

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Motorcyclist dies after collision on North Avenue in East Tosa

Sept. 29, 2014 5:57 p.m. | A motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene of a crash at North Avenue and 67th Street Monday afternoon, according to police. Wauwatosa Police were called to the scene at about 2 p.m.

While the crash is still under investigation, Wauwatosa Police Lieutenant Brian Zalewski said it appeared the motorcyclist was heading east on North Avenue when it collided with a pickup truck traveling north on 67th Street.

Zalewski said the medical examiner was called to the scene, where the motorcyclist was pronounced dead. There were no other injuries.

Zalewski said it did not appear alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident. He said police are still looking into any conditions that might have contributed to the collision, including construction in the area.

"Part of that area is under some construction but we're not sure whether that had an impact on it," Zalewski said. "We're looking into all possible factors."

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Two-vehicle crash in Wauwatosa kills motorcyclist

Sept. 29, 2014 5:09 p.m. | A motorcyclist was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Wauwatosa, according to Wauwatosa police.

The crash was reported shortly after 2 p.m. at N. 67th St. and W. North Ave., according to Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski.

The no one else was injured in the crash, and the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Zalewski said.

The crash remained under investigation and no further information was available, Zalewski said.

Hue serving first dinner in Tosa tonight

Sept. 29, 2014 4:44 p.m. | Hue Vietnamese Restaurant is serving its first dinner in East Tosa today at 5 p.m. in its new location at 6519 W. North Ave. Lunches could begin next week.

The menu, similar to Hue's first location in Bay View, features foods inspired by the Thua-Thien Hue Province in central Vietnam, where owners Mark Nielsen and Cat Tran have family ties. The walls are filled with artwork from the province's capital city.

The restaurant is about twice the size as the Bay View location, with 18 tables and a bar serving both beer and wine on tap.

With a larger kitchen, Nielsen said he wants to offer more seafood options to differentiate the Wauwatosa location. At the same time, the popular Hue dish Bánh Xeo (like a crepe filled with pork and shrimp) will be exclusive to Bay View.

Nielsen said East Tosa's Hue will continue to expand in the spring, with the opening of a fenced-in back patio, and a faster dining option next door. In the same building, in the storefront just east of Hue, Nielsen has plans for lunch spot that will share a kitchen with Hue but offer different menu items.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 6.

Ronald McDonald House expansion means there'll be room in the inn

Sept. 23, 2014 10:03 p.m. | Wauwatosa— Liz Benecke stood in the doorway and surveyed the spacious suite — the four-poster bed, the dark wood armoire equipped with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, and she smiled in approval.

Not because it is posh — though it's certainly that. The bed and armoire came from the Pfister Hotel, donated as a result of renovations there.

What she saw in the new 26,000-square-foot wing of the Ronald McDonald House was home — a place where she and her three boys can live while her 8-month-old daughter Audrey gets treatment for a brain condition at nearby Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

The suites are part of the $10 million expansion of the Ronald McDonald House at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa that got a grand opening Tuesday. The expanded house, linked by a new pedestrian bridge to the hospital, will have 70 suites, compared with the previous 38.

They will mean that Benecke and other families are less likely to be turned away when the house is full. With 38 suites, it happens to 888 families a year. It happened to Benecke. Three times.

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Pedestrian killed in crash at Bluemound and Mayfair roads

Sept. 23, 2014 2:44 p.m. | A 44-year-old West Allis woman died after she was hit by a dump truck at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Bluemound and Mayfair roads.

According to a report from the Milwaukee Police Department, the woman was crossing Mayfair Road on foot when she was hit by a dump truck traveling north. The driver was a 34-year-old man.

Witnesses said the pedestrian was walking against a red light while the truck traveled straight through the intersection, according to police. Police Captain Michael Brunson said Monday night alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

No citations were issued and police were still investigating the incident Tuesday. The district attorney's office will review the investigation when complete.

Poll: Will Wauwatosa West or Greendale win in Week 6 matchup?

Sept. 23, 2014 1:00 p.m. | Week 6 of the preps football season showcases a big Woodland Conference matchup: Wauwatosa West at Greendale.

Last year in Wauwatosa, the Panthers beat the Trojans, 35-20.

West enters the game with a 1-2 record this year (3-2 overall). Greendale is 3-0 (5-0).


Auction for YMCAs called off after no new bidders emerge

Sept. 22, 2014 6:31 p.m. | No new bidders emerged for the four YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee centers the organization plans to sell as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, so an auction set for next week has been canceled, agency officials announced Monday.

No new qualified bidders to submitted offers by a deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, according to a statement issued by the Y.

The next step is for a court hearing Sept. 30 to consider approval of the existing offer to purchase the Southwest Y in Greenfield, Tri-County in Menomonee Falls and West Suburban in Wauwatosa by the YMCA of Central Waukesha County for $7 million in cash at closing, plus a possible $1 million more based on earnings in the next two years.

At that time the court will also consider the offer by the Kettle Moraine YMCA to purchase the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville for $2 million cash at closing.

"The process has reaffirmed that the offers from the Waukesha and Kettle Moraine Y's represent the fair value of these properties," said Julie Tolan, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.

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Apartment project proposed for Wauwatosa Village

Sept. 22, 2014 4:01 p.m. | Looking to redevelop the 7400 block of State Street in the Wauwatosa Village area, HSI Properties is proposing a five-story complex with retail on the ground floor and apartments above, according to plans submitted to the city.

If approved by the city, the State Street Station project would raze several buildings, including two houses on 74th Street, Chase Bank, and the multitenant building that houses George Webb. HSI is already under option to purchase all of the properties.

HSI plans to install both Chase Bank and George Webb in its development, which includes three buildings in triangle formation to fit the block. The complex also would host four other retailers and 174 luxury apartments.

Construction is planned for two phases. Pending city approval, the first could start next spring, to be complete next summer, with about 75 percent of the retail and apartments. The remainder would be constructed immediately afterward, opening in the summer of 2017.

HSI President Ryan Schultz said Chase would remain open throughout construction, while George Webb would not.

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