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Tobacco Outlet Plus clerk robbed at gunpoint

Aug. 24, 2011 10:42 a.m. | An armed robber hit Tobacco Outlet Plus, 11712 W. North Ave., at 8:55 p.m. Monday.

A person wearing a ski mask entered the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and said, "Give me all the money," according to the Wauwatosa police report. He told the clerk several times to hurry up, then he ran out of the shop.

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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Wauwatosa West loses pitchers' duel to Pius in regional semifinal

July 22, 2015 10:18 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West baseball team couldn't take advantage of scoring opportunities and lost a pitchers' duel as Pius XI nipped the Trojans, 3-1, ending the locals' season in the WIAA regional semifinal game on July 14 at the Rock Sports Complex

Pius scored single runs in the first, third and sixth innings, while West managed only a run in the second inning. While that was all the scoring for the game, there were certainly opportunities.

The Popes got on the board in the first inning when Dominic Kenyon led off with a single. He then stole second and went to third on a passed ball.

Brett Smerz grounded to first, where Khalil Jackson was playing in. He fielded the ball, tagged first and allowed Kenyon to score, giving Pius a 1-0 lead.

The Trojans answered back in the top of the second inning.

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Where did the summer go?

July 22, 2015 9:38 a.m. | Time for one of my tidbit columns. I haven't done it for awhile.

Prep baseball

Oh my goodness, where has the summer gone? At least from the prep baseball point-of-view.

On Friday, July 24, the WIAA State Baseball Tournament will take place at Kapco Park in Mequon, officially ending the summer prep season.

Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West ended their season on July 14, losing WIAA regional semifinal games to Pewaukee, 6-3, and Pius XI, 3-1, respectively.

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Sports Notes: July 23, 2015

July 22, 2015 9:18 a.m. |

Bob Hansen Golf Invite announces winners

The Bob Hansen 9-Hole Alternate Stroke Golf Tournament on June 27 at Currie Park had several winners.

Division 1 winners — First place: Jeff and Wayne Vanert; Second place: Steve and Rich Zimmer.

Division 2 winners — First place: Rick and Mark Zack; Second place: Angie Ellis and Bob Olson.

Division 3 winners — First place: Paul Hansen and John Carlson; Second place: Kira Tanck and Mark Raatz.

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Pewaukee's fast start ends Wauwatosa East baseball team's season

July 22, 2015 9:13 a.m. | Wauwatosa East fell behind early and couldn't come back as Pewaukee dropped the Red Raiders, 6-3, on July 14 in Pewaukee in a WIAA regional semifinal game.

As a result of the loss, the Red Raiders finished the season with a 6-25 overall record, while Pewaukee went on to eventually win the sectional championship over Pius XI, 7-6.

"We were very excited about our matchup with Pewaukee going into regionals," coach Brian Karas said. "We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game to win, but it gave us the best chance compared to other teams in the regional to advance."

Tosa East actually took a 1-0 lead over the Pirates, but that was short lived.

Sean Denny was hit by a pitch to begin the game against Brandon Knoke. Ricky Serrano then ripped a single to left, moving Denny to second. Dan Joannes then courtesy ran for Serrano. Dan Scallon reached on a fielder's choice, and as Joannes was retired at second, Denny came around and scored on the attempt to get Scallon at first.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: A dumb-sports-fan's guide to the Bucks arena financing situation

July 21, 2015 2:05 p.m. | JP tries his best to explain the machinations behind the state senate voting in favor of a Bucks arena financing plan, plus a lot more from a big week of Wisconsin sports (Favre! Niebrugge!). Also, JP shares his impressions from the WFCA All-Star football game.

Upcoming Wauwatosa meeting to discuss housing for people with disabilities

July 21, 2015 11:48 a.m. | People with disabilities, their families or caregivers and those who have an interest in disability-related issues are invited to attend a public meeting next month.

The Wauwatosa's Committee for Citizens with Disabilities will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the committee room No. 1 at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

The evening's topics will include discussions on the amount of available housing for people with disabilities in Wauwatosa, said committee member Jean Davidson.

For more information, contact Davidson at (414) 259-9859.

Milwaukee Co. Zoo gains two snow leopards

July 20, 2015 9:43 a.m. | The Milwaukee County Zoo will soon add two snow leopards to its animal collection.

As part of its July centennial gift to the community, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is helping the zoo add the animals to its lineup. The zoo's 1-year-old snow leopard cub, Sossy, died unexpectedly June 5, leaving only Sossy's mother, Tomiris.

The zoo plans to acquire a male and a female snow leopard with the Foundation's gift. There is no certain timeline for the animals' arrival due to variables like securing permits, transportation and health requirements, but zoo officials estimate the process could take six to 12 months.

"The acquisition of two snow leopards will be very important to the inter-Zoo and international cooperation of captive management of these endangered felines," said the zoo's director Chuck Wikenhauser. "It will help the Zoo continue to play a meaningful part in snow leopard conservation."

The leopards will be imported from Europe, which will add new genetics to the American population, according to a news release.

Meijer announces $25,000 donation to Wauwatosa Library

July 20, 2015 9:23 a.m. | To celebrate the grand opening of a Meijer store in Wauwatosa, the family-owned retailer announced a $25,000 donation to the Wauwatosa Library to build the Meijer Internet Café.

The donation will allow the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation to purchase technology and necessary furnishings for the creation of a young adult space area, equipped with interactive and educational iPad activities and more, for teenagers.

"The Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation serves more than 50,000 residents, and our goal is to continue to engage young adults with reading and learning in an increasingly digital age," Library Director Mary Murphy said in a statement. "We're proud to partner with Meijer and look forward to offering the youth in Wauwatosa an interactive and educational atmosphere with the new Meijer Internet Café."

A rare contribution

Murphy said it's not often the foundation receives a donation of that size.

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Man shot, killed by Wauwatosa police was brandishing sword

July 18, 2015 1:03 a.m. | Wauwatosa— A sword-wielding man killed by Wauwatosa police responding to a domestic incident at the man's home refused officers' commands to drop the weapon before he was fatally shot, Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said Friday.

The shooting occurred three days after a Whitefish Bay police officer shot and wounded a man wielding several knives, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

Two Wauwatosa officers went to the 29-year-old man's home in the 8500 block of Glencoe Circle shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call from a landlord about an unruly tenant, Weber said. Shortly after officers arrived, the man came out with the sword and ignored multiple request to put it down.

That's when one or both of the officers — Weber wouldn't confirm which — fired at the man before unsuccessfully attempting to revive him using CPR.

The man's identity had not been released as of Friday night.

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Wauwatosa early learning program to begin this fall

July 17, 2015 11:58 a.m. | Beginning this fall, the Wauwatosa School District will begin offering an early learning opportunity for 3-year-old children in the community.

Tosa Tots Academy is aligned with the Wisconsin Model Early Learning standards and is tailored to meet the learning needs of all students and their own unique developmental level, according to a Facebook post from the Wauwatosa Recreation Department. The program addresses academic, social and emotional skills and motor and language development.

The program will be offered at Jefferson Elementary School, 6927 Maple Terrace, in the early childhood room.

Tosa Tots Academy will be offered three times this fall from September to December and again during winter and spring sessions, which begin in January and run through May.

To register, visit the Wauwatosa Recreation Department online system at bit.ly/1OkebI3.

GoPro perspective: Inside a firefighter training burn in Wauwatosa

July 17, 2015 11:30 a.m. | When your job is to battle through burning buildings and save lives, it's important to feel prepared for the task. No one wants a first-day-on-the-job firefighter responding when they have a real emergency.

To prepare their firefighters as much as possible for the real world before they start duty, several departments use a tower in the Public Works Yard, 11100 W. Walnut Road in Wauwatosa, to set up mock scanarios.

To get an idea of the preparation that goes into becoming a firefighter, we put a GoPro camera on West Allis Lieutenant Steven Kaltenbrun as he supervised training in June.

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