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Fire causes damage to Potter Road home

Aug. 21, 2011 4:16 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Fire Department extinguished its third house fire in a week's time Saturday evening.

There were no injuries, but about $70,000 in damage was done to the house at 11408 W. Potter Road, Deputy Chief James Case said.

Fire officials have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

The call came in at 5:51 p.m., and when firefighters arrived, they found flames and heavy smoke coming from the attic and second-floor. The fire was quickly distinguished, Case said.

Earlier this week, the Fire Department battled two other blazes. On Aug. 14, a fire likely due to electrical problems caused $70,000 in damage to a home in the 1400 block of North 65th Street.

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Wauwatosa Senior Commission surveying seniors

Jan. 29, 2015 4:48 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Senior Commission is conducting a survey to determine the needs of residents 55 and older as part of a strategic planning process for the city.

The survey asks seniors about city services, communication, housing, safety, health care and other issues. It is completely confidential.

"We are looking to learn the strengths and needs of our community seniors," said Judi Parmeter, chair of the Senior Commission. "This is a long process to achieve our goals."

Residents can take the survey online or they can pick up a hard copy. Surveys are available at the Wauwatosa Health Department and Tosa Senior Club, both at 7725 W. North Ave.; and at the Hart Park Senior Center, 7300 Chestnut St.

Anyone who has questions about the survey can call 414-479-8988, ext. 3. Messages will be returned by a commission member. 

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Answers and winners of the Suburban Selfies contest revealed!

Jan. 29, 2015 1:45 p.m. | We here at Community Newspapers and Lake Country Publications would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who participated in our second annual Suburban Selfies contest. To those who clambered over the snowpiles and toughed out the icy winter winds to get in prime selfie snapping position, we salute you.

And what better thanks could we give than a free dinner?

These three won the east contest (Milwaukee suburbs):

Holly LaVesser of New Berlin takes home the grand prize of a $200 gift card to Bartolotta restaurants.

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Four similar thefts reported at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Jan. 29, 2015 10:07 a.m. | An unknown suspect stole electronics and credit cards from four backpacks inside the girls locker room at Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8800 W. Bluemound Road, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, according to Wauwatosa police reports.

An iPhone 6, HP laptop computer, Droid cellphone and three credit cards were stolen between 6:40 and 8:30 p.m. that Tuesday.

According to the report, one of the credit cards was used at Target to make $526 in fraudulent purchases.

There are no suspects at this time.

Read a full list of this week's police report from the Wauwatosa Police Department.

Meijer to open Wauwatosa store in August

Jan. 28, 2015 5:04 p.m. | Meijer announced today it plans to open its Wauwatosa store in August at Burleigh and 112th streets. The store will open just two months after other Meijer stores open in Grafton and Kenosha.

Hiring is already underway for leadership positions, the company said in a press release, and another 1,000 employees will be hired in March for area stores.

The Meijer supercenter, open 24 hours a day, will have groceries, a bakery and a pharmacy. A grand-opening date will be announced about six weeks in advance, the company reported.

Wauwatosa committee recommends e-cigarette restrictions

Jan. 28, 2015 12:05 p.m. | A month after the Wauwatosa Health Department failed to gain traction on an ordinance to ban e-cigarette use in all indoor public spaces, officials returned to the Community Development Committee with a less restrictive proposal Jan. 28.

The new proposed ordinance would prohibit stores from selling e-cigarettes to minors, and prohibit minors from possessing them. It would also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in city buildings and city vehicles.

The CDC voted in favor of the ordinance, which will be considered by the Common Council Feb. 3.

Two businesses in same building burglarized

Jan. 27, 2015 3:33 p.m. | Two businesses at 12201 W. Burleigh St. were reportedly burglarized between January 16 and 19 by an unknown suspect with a pry tool, according to a Wauwatosa Police Department report summary.

American Family Insurance and Nationwide Floor and Window Coverings suffered damages between 5 p.m. Jan. 15 and 9:46 a.m. Jan. 19 in their two respective suites.

According to the report, the suspect stole a backpack and a radio from American Family Insurance.

Nothing was reportedly stolen from Nationwide Floor and Window Coverings, but its door molding was broken off by what police said was a pry tool.

Wrong-way driver identified as person killed in I-94 crash

Jan. 24, 2015 10:10 a.m. | The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office has identified the person killed late Friday in a series of crashes involving six vehicles on Interstate 94 near Hawley Road as Marcos M. Cortez of Wauwatosa.

Cortez, 32, drove his vehicle the wrong way onto the freeway from the General Mitchell Blvd. off ramp at 8:06 p.m., authorities said. His 1993 BMW was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes without headlights on and it crashed head-on into a 2013 BMW.

Alcohol is suspected of playing a role in the crash, authorities said. The incident remains under investigation.

Cortez was pronounced dead at the scene. The three occupants of the other BMW were not seriously injured, authorities said. One of them, an adult male, was taken to a hospital.

Four other vehicles were involved in secondary crashes at that site. Two people from those vehicles were transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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Wauwatosa offers 'Citizen's Academy' course

Jan. 21, 2015 9:49 a.m. | City of Wauwatosa staff and the recreation department are teaming up to offer a class called "Citizen's Academy: Get to Know Wauwatosa" starting Feb. 4.

Sessions will be led by government, business and community leaders like Mayor Kathy Ehley and City Administrator Jim Archambo. They will cover topics like city government, the history of the community, public safety, schools and economic development.

Limited to the first 20 adults who sign up, classes are 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 4 through March 25. The cost is $41 for all eight weeks. For more information and to register, visit www.tosarec.com or call 414-773-2900.

Packers playoff run prompts fond memories

Jan. 18, 2015 12:35 p.m. | It's no secret that Wisconsinites are passionate about their Packers, and last weekend's battle with Dallas prompted locals to reminisce about their favorite memories of the team.

Wauwatosa Superintendent Phil Ertl

Wauwatosa Superintendent Phil Ertl has been a Packers fan as long as he can remember, beginning with his childhood in Medford, Wisconsin when the Packers weren't at their best.

"It was the thing to do, even though they were really struggling," Ertl said.

Ertl's interest in the Packers only grew as he played football in high school and in college at UW-La Crosse. He also coached football at a high school in Texas and at Tomah High School in Wisconsin. He was rewarded for his support in 1996, when he attended every home game and traveled to New Orleans to see them win the Super Bowl.

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Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started!

Jan. 15, 2015 9:30 a.m. | My Community Now and Lake Country Now are extending the second annual Suburban Selfies contest through Sunday, Jan. 25. Contest answers and winners will be announced Jan. 29.

Below, and in the above video, are two free riddle solutions to get you started!

Check out the contest at mycommunitynow.com/selfies.

Solution One:

Lake Country Now contest riddle: My body is silver but you can see through me. Waukesha's hometown boy was famous for playing me. (Location: Waukesha)

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Wauwatosa school district adds computer science course

Jan. 14, 2015 8:55 a.m. | In light of new state math and science requirements, the Wauwatosa School Board recently approved a new one-credit computer science course, "Exploring Computer Science," for the 2015-16 school-year.

The hands-on course will cover basic computing and coding skills, web design, programming, data analysis and robotics. The curriculum is available through Code.org at no cost to the district.

The course will count for math credit, which will help students fulfill the new state requirement of three years each of high school science and math before graduation. The requirement applies to this year's sophomores and students below them. Previously, students have only been required to take two years of each.

Wauwatosa man dead after crash on Miller Park Way

Jan. 12, 2015 5:53 p.m. | Wauwatosa resident Richard Stasinski, 60, was pronounced dead shortly after crashing his car on Miller Park Way about 5:08 p.m. Sunday. 

A witness who called 911 said Stasinski hit a wall, crossed over the Gate 6 off-ramp and crashed into a pole, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

Stasinski was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead at about 6 p.m. 

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an autopsy. 

Wauwatosa stamp factory to become shopping center

Jan. 12, 2015 2:19 p.m. | The Schwaab stamp factory at 11415 W. Burleigh St. in Wauwatosa could reopen next year as a new shopping center, under plans announced Monday by Mayfair Collection developer HSA Commercial Real Estate. 

HSA and partner Innovative Capitol Adviers recently purchased the building for $2.15 million from Schwaab, Inc., according to state records. Schwaab plans to move its operations to Brookfield. 

Just across the street from its Mayfair Collection development, HSA plans to expand the factory to 32,000 square feet and remodel the space to suit multiple retail tenants. 

HSA plans to begin work on the building this fall, with the goal of welcoming retailers in the summer of 2016. 

Designed by TOA Architects of Evanston, Illinois, the building will maintain some of the original materials in a nod to its industrial history, according to a press release from the developers. 

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Mayfair Collection developer buys nearby site for retail project

Jan. 08, 2015 3:18 p.m. | A group affiliated with the developer of The Mayfair Collection has purchased property near that Wauwatosa mixed-use project, where it plans to create more retail space.

ICA Schwaab Venture LLC recently bought 2.8 acres at 11415 W. Burleigh St. for $2.15 million, according to state real estate records. That property, which includes a light industrial building, was sold by manufacturer Schwaab Inc., which plans to move this year to Brookfield.

ICA Schwaab is a partnership of HSA Commercial Real Estate Inc. and Innovative Capital Advisors, both based in Chicago, said Brenton Schrader, an HSA spokesman.

HSA's projects include Mayfair Collection, which features stores, restaurants, a hotel and other new uses on a former warehouse site north of Burleigh St. and east of Highway 45. 

The Schwaab property is just across Burleigh St. from Mayfair Collection.

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Plaque honors memory of Wauwatosa Police Officer Jennifer Sebena

Jan. 08, 2015 1:47 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Police Department unveiled a dedication plaque on Thursday, Jan. 8 in honor of officer Jennifer Sebena, who was shot and killed by her husband Christmas Eve 2012.

"We miss you and you're forever in our thoughts!!!" read a Facebook post announcing the ceremony, which took place at the Wauwatosa Police Department, 1700 N. 116th St.

The plaque includes a Bible passage that was found in Sebena's locker, "Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge" (Psalm 16:1).

Sebena's name is also added to the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial wall in Washington, D.C.

Sebena's husband, Benjamin Sebena, a Iraq war veteran, pleaded guilty to the shooting and is currently serving a life sentence.

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