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Jefferson principal, other teachers hired

June 28, 2011 2:14 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board last night approved the hiring of several new employees, including a new principal at Jefferson Elementary and a new band director at Wauwatosa West.

The new hires are:

Stephanie Jajtner, principal, Jefferson Elementary, $95,000

Matthew Byers, associate principal, Wauwatosa West, $76,000

Guy Kammerer, band director, Wauwatosa West, $71,800

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J. Crew Mercantile to open store at The Mayfair Collection

July 30, 2015 1:28 p.m. | The second J. Crew Mercantile store in the country is expected to open at The Mayfair Collection before the end of the year.

Executive Vice President of Retail Development for HSA Commercial Real Estate announced Thursday the firm has successfully executed a lease with J. Crew to open a store at the shopping center, according to a news release.

"From the outset of this project, our strategy has always been to find best-in-class fashion brands that can attract customers throughout southeast Wisconsin," Blum said in a statement. "With this being J. Crew Mercantile's second store in the country, we believe that we have further fulfilled that goal, and we are excited to have them as part of The Mayfair Collection."

The store announced earlier this year that the company is opening its first Mercantile store in Dallas.

J. Crew Mercantile — a more affordable branch of the retailer — will be located in Suite 110 between Ulta and Men's Wearhouse at Mayfair mall.

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Wednesday house fire causes $100,000 in damage to Tosa home

July 30, 2015 11:23 a.m. | A Wednesday evening house fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, according to the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

Around 5 p.m. July 29, 911 calls alerted emergency crews to a fire in the 2400 block of North 63rd Street in Wauwatosa.

"Our crews arrived and found an outside fire that had extended into the house," said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Case.

Following an initial investigation, it's believed the fire started outside near the deck on the rear side of the home. The exact cause is still undetermined.

"With the assistance of neighboring departments, the fire was quickly extinguished and the scene was made safe," Case said.

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A Wauwatosa artist's unique work will be on display at the Firefly Art Fair

July 29, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Dan Atkinson always had a fascination in art, he grew up with sketchbooks that his dad would keep laying around the house, but shortly after high school, Atkinson abandoned art and joined to army with the goal of becoming a police officer.

After spending five years as a military police officer, Atkinson decided it wasn't for him, and left the Army as a sergeant. He began to pursue his old passion for art by attending the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and getting his bachelors degree at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee soon after. He is currently practicing an art that is not your typical canvas and paint brush.

Atkinson etches, and designs bricks and headstones. He is self-employed and got his start by etching headstones for his uncle's headstone shop in Watertown.

"I grew up in Watertown, and my uncle asked me if I could do it (design headstones), and I went from there," Atkinson said.

Atkinson has sold his etched bricks to about 10 different companies across Wisconsin, and he even still designs headstones on occasion for his uncle's shop.

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Wauwatosa Meetings: July 30

July 29, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Wauwatosa Revolving Loan Fund Corporation: 7:45 a.m. Aug. 1, City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Board of Public Works: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3, City Hall

Common Council: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4, City Hall

Committee for Citizens with Disabilities: 7 p.m. Aug. 5, City Hall

Historic Preservation Commission: 7 p.m. Aug. 5, City Hall

Wauwatosa West's inexperience affects season in close losses

July 29, 2015 9:18 a.m. | Wauwatosa West baseball coach Chad Mateske felt he misjudged his young squad's ability to make the jump to varsity after a successful junior varsity season.

But the future looks bright for the Trojans, who will be playing under a new coach next season as Mateske has stepped down to focus more on his new family and his teaching duties.

While the Trojans will lose some talented seniors in Zach Veit, an all-division infielder, Jonathan Meyer, Khalil Jackson and Alex Halloran, the new coach will have plenty of talent returning.

"Getting Zach back healthy and up to full speed was nice this year." Mateske said. "Jackson gave us some nice offensive ability. He hit the ball hard and had three homers. He also helped us eat up some innings as a pitcher."

There will be 10 juniors returning in Jacob Greenberg, Will Jushka, Myles Fish, JJ Morgan, Scott MacGillis, Jake Hronek, Ian Newton, Jake Klippel, Jake Brophey and John Dettlaff.

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Six Wauwatosa East baseball players earn GMC honors on some level

July 29, 2015 9:03 a.m. | Despite a 6-25 overall mark and a 1-17 record in the Greater Metro Conference, coach Brian Karas had six members of his Wauwatosa East baseball team earn all-conference honors on some level.

Senior Daniel Joannes earned scholar-athlete honors (3.661 GPA), senior Danny Markwardt earned first-team honors in the outfield and senior Ian Quast earned second-team honors in the infield.

In addition, junior outfielder Dan Scallon, junior infielder Sean Denny and senior outfielder Angel Schilling received honorable-mention honors.

There were also six athletes who earned five team honors. The Offensive MVP award went to Denny, and Schilling and Quast were named Defensive co-MVPs.

The Pitching MVP award went to freshman Jeff Mason, the Team Most Improved award went to sophomore Ricky Serrano and the Team Coach's Award went to junior Spencer Michaelis.

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Land O'Lakes game brings back good memories

July 29, 2015 8:48 a.m. | It brought back a lot of memories sitting on the sidelines Saturday at McCoy Field watching the Brookfield Blue Sox defeat the Sussex Cardinals, 8-4, for their sixth straight victory.

I was one of the youngest managers in Land O'Lakes history back when I was 19 years old. After graduating from Brookfield Central in 1967, I played for the Brookfield Lakers, which is now the Brookfield Bulldogs.

I use the words "played for" loosely.

I had a lifetime batting average of .200, getting two hits in 10 at bats, both off a pitcher named Kent Larson, who pitched for Muskego, which was then part of the Eastern Division.

In fact, when you only have two career hits, you remember them well.

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Jr. Trojans set baseball tryouts for U9-U14 teams

July 28, 2015 10:08 p.m. | In July and August, the Jr. Trojans Baseball Club will be conducting tryouts for their U9 through U14 teams for the 2016 season.

The specific day, time and location can be found below and at the team's website,

The third-grade tryouts will be at noon Saturday, July 25, and at noon Aug. 1 at Breitlow Field Upper. The fourth-grade tryouts are at 8 a.m. the same days.

The fifth-grade tryouts will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 8, at Breitlow Upper.

The sixth-grade tryouts will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 8, at Breitlow Upper.

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Tosa's Night Out set for Aug. 4 at Hart Park

July 28, 2015 11:53 a.m. | The 21st annual Tosa's Night Out celebration is right around the corner and is once again packed full of events for the entire family.

The Wauwatosa Police Department and Wauwatosa's Neighborhood Watch Committee will host the crime prevention event Aug. 4 at Hart Park, 7300 W. Chestnut St.

The mission of the Wauwatosa Neighborhood Watch Committee is to support a high quality of life for Wauwatosa citizens through an active watch program, crime prevention and awareness education and to support the Wauwatosa Police Department, according to the group's website.

Returning this year will be a children's area that includes games, inflatable rides, a coloring contest, Kid Care ID and more. Other scheduled highlights include live music; food and refreshments; safety displays; and health and wellness exhibits.

The event kicks off at 4 p.m. Aug. 4, and the popular 1.5 mile "Family Flashlight Walk" begins at 8 p.m. The walk will wind through Honey Creek Parkway, the lower Harwood area and the village of Wauwatosa.

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'Milwaukee lion' spotted in Glendale

July 28, 2015 11:45 a.m. | Glendale — After a week on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the much-talked-about 'Milwaukee lion' may have made an appearance in Glendale Sunday night.

The 'lion-like' creature described by more than a dozen eyewitnesses over the last week was most recently spotted on 30th Street and Fairmount Avenue on Saturday night. Milwaukee police officers have been searching the area around Lincoln Creek in search of the big cat.

The lion may be traveling northeast, if a call from Glendale police is accurate.

Glendale police received a report of a lion sighting at 11:26 p.m. Sunday in the 5700 block of Crestwood Boulevard, about a mile north of Lincoln Creek. The caller said he saw a tan muscular animal with a long tail walking in the area, and then it took off running north toward Marne Avenue.

Glendale police responded to the call, but officers were unable to locate the animal.

Mayfair holds back-to-school style event

July 28, 2015 10:14 a.m. | Mayfair mall will host a back-to-school style event next week.

Mini fashion shows with Vera Bradley, interactive fitness sessions with Athleta, a cover photo opportunity with Milwaukee Magazine and educational programs lead by Children's Community Health Plan will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 8 in Mayfair's lower lever center court.

The day's events will also feature information on the latest fashion and trends from The Container Store and a mobile photo booth from Nordstrom.

"Back-to-school shopping is our second-largest retail season of the year and our goal is always to make shopping an inspiring and rewarding experience for all of our guests," said Senior General Manager of Mayfair Stephen Smith. "Mayfair's retailers are offering significant discounts and incentives this season to help shoppers save money and make the back-to-school shopping experience enjoyable."

Medical College of Wisconsin construction begins Aug. 3

July 24, 2015 11:38 a.m. | Construction on a 40,000-foot expansion at the Medical College of Wisconsin's Tosa Center is slated to begin Aug. 3.

Located at the corner of Highway 100 and Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa, the expansion will bring in new clinics, renovate existing clinical space and provide physician office space, according to a news release.

The three-story expansion is expected to reach completion in May 2016.

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Plastic Surgery Center, Cascadia MediSpa and Vein Clinic will all relocate to the Tosa Center from their current location in the Wisconsin Athletic Club building on Watertown Plank Road.

The SpineCare Clinic and Hand Clinic, which are currently located at the Tosa Center, will be expanded and renovated.

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Therapy program's art gallery opening is this weekend

July 22, 2015 12:33 p.m. | A community-based art therapy program will hold its grand opening July 25.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 6 to 9 p.m., YES, ETC Collective will display artwork on the second floor at 1430 Underwood Ave.

YES, ETC Collective is a program designed to reach adjudicated teens within the St. Charles Youth and Family services and youth in partner program, Carmelite Home for Boys, according to a news release.

The art collaborations will be featured and on sale through the end of August.

The Suburban 16 Power Rankings: Watt, Niebrugge, and others on the next level

July 22, 2015 11:30 a.m. | (Editor's note: After a late addition putting Anthony Pettis in the top 15, the "Suburban 15" was expanded to the "Suburban 16")

The meteoric rise just continues.

Pewaukee graduate J.J. Watt, once a scholarship tight end at Central Michigan and then a walk-on at the University of Wisconsin, was voted the No. 1 player in the National Football League by the league's players in a poll conducted by the NFL Network.

Higher than Aaron Rodgers (No. 2) and Tom Brady (No. 3). Higher than anyone could have imagined even when he became the 11th overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Even with his second career NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award last year, it's still staggering to think that when the players in the NFL consider who the league's best player is, they turn to Watt.

Sure, all rankings have to be taken with a grain of salt, but especially with the accomplishments of Watt and Jordan Niebrugge, a Homestead graduate who shot an amateur-record round of 67 at the British Open and then tied for sixth in the tourney, there have been some exciting accomplishments racked up by local products. Considering athletes who competed in high school in the Now Newspapers or Lake Country Publications coverage area (and remain active), here's my Suburban 16, where I attempt to rank players based on exposure, impact and post-prep accomplishments.

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The Landing at Hoyt Park has become destination for local musicians

July 22, 2015 11:03 a.m. | Kit Slawski wholeheartedly believes that there is an abundance of talent in local Wauwatosa musicians.

That's why for five nights a week at Hoyt Park, Slawski, executive director at Hoyt Park, books local bands to perform at the park's beer garden, and provide live music for the people, while also showing off the local talent that Wauwatosa has to offer.

"The goal was to highlight local talent in Wauwatosa and in Milwaukee. There is no shortage of great musical talent in the area," Slawski said. "We had been approached by local musicians when we were first putting in the landing, so we made sure to add a stage for live performances."

The Landing at Hoyt Park was installed in the summer of 2013, along with a stage for live performances. For about 25 weeks of the year, Hoyt Park features a wide variety of live musical performances, from solo artists to larger four-person bands. A wide array of bands means that there will be music for almost everyone.

"We get everything from classical music, rock, country rock, blues, even some reggae," Slawski said. "We don't do a lot of heavy-metal type stuff, that wouldn't be appropriate background music for people enjoying their beer at the beer garden; we are not a concert venue."

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