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Five restaurants get grant funds

Oct. 19, 2011 10:16 a.m. | Five food businesses will receive financial assistance to startup or expand in Wauwatosa. However, a city leader has questioned whether one of the grant recipients may be too successful to warrant help.

The Wauwatosa Economic Development Corp. met last week to divvy up nearly $262,000 in 2011 Community Development Block Grant funds to businesses that promise to create jobs. Highlands Café, Le Reve Patisserie, Rocket Baby Bakery, Alterra Coffee Roasters and the owners of Cranky Al's will each get 45 percent of the dollars they requested.

"It's great that all this is happening in Tosa but there's a $325,000 gap," Paulette Enders, city economic development director said.

Mayor Jill Didier, a WEDC member, said she could not deem one business more worthy than the other. Instead, they will each get a share of the pot.

"I wouldn't want to see any one project not be funded," she said. "You don't have to pay this back so we will give you what we can proportionately."

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Wauwatosa's Folley and Reagan advance to state wrestling semis

Feb. 26, 2015 11:43 p.m. | "This shows that Tosa wrestling is nothing to take lightly."

That was the comment of Wauwatosa 138-pound wrestler Ben Reagan after he defeated West Allis Central's Mauricio Cardoso, 9-2, to advance to the semifinals of the WIAA State Individual Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison Thursday night.

Reagan (41-2), who had also defeated Cardoso in a tournament back in December, joined 126-pound teammate Justin Folley (44-1), who also advanced to the semifinals after a 10-3 decision over Andrew McIntosh of Oak Creek.

It is the second straight trip to the semifinals for Folley, who wound up fifth in state last season while at Milwaukee Riverside.

"I feel very confident right now," said Folley. "The best part of the day for me was even though I was tired I still kept pushing on through."

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Wauwatosa East teacher Barb Bruesewitz named ProStart Teacher of the Year

Feb. 26, 2015 3:36 p.m. | Wauwatosa East High School teacher Barb Bruesewitz has been named the Wisconsin 2015 ProStart Teacher of the Year for her leadership in teaching skills for careers in the restaurant industry.

As a teacher of family and consumer education, Bruesewitz has led ProStart teams to state championship competitions three years, bringing home a first place win in 2012. ProStart, administered by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, is a two-year curriculum on the restaurant industry that involves hands-on culinary competitions throughout the country.

"Barb's contributions to education, extracurricular programming, and foundation work all show an unmatched passion for the industry and make her very well-deserving of this commendation," Alex Newman, ProStart coordinator for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation, said in a news release.

Watch Bruesewitz receive her award:

Pancake breakfast Sunday will raise money for scholarships

Feb. 25, 2015 11:03 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Kiwanis Club and Wauwatosa high school key clubs are hosting a pancake breakfast 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 1 at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St. Money raised at the breakfast will support scholarships for four Wauwatosa students.

In addition to pancakes, there will be scrambled eggs, sausage, applesauce, coffee, orange juice and milk. There will also be music, games, face painting and raffles.

Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door, and $5 for kids 12 and under. Advanced tickets are available at both high schools, or by calling Ken Snyder at (414) 459-4567.

Read the winning essays in Tosa's All-City Read contest

Feb. 24, 2015 12:17 p.m. | As part of Tosa's All-City Read, a program encouraging all Wauwatosa residents to read the same book together, nine students and adults have won awards for essays on the topic of portaging.

The topic is central to this year's All-City Read book, "Orphan Train," in which the characters have to decide what to take with them and what to leave behind on their journeys, or portages. Some of the winning writers wrote about their own lives, while others interviewed family members.

All of the winning essays are available online at tosasallcityread.com.

Grades 3-5 winners

First place: "Wisconsin to Louisiana" by Eleanor Hannan

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Victim in fatal Wauwatosa house fire was 3-year-old girl

Feb. 23, 2015 2:15 p.m. | A 3-year-old girl was killed in a Wauwatosa house fire on Sunday, the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office confirmed on Monday.

The fire was reported shortly before noon at the home of the girl's grandparents in the 500 block of N. 106th St. The girl was identified as Faith Ann Cruz and her cause of death was listed as smoke inhalation, according to the medical examiner. Her death was ruled an accident.

A passer-by called 911 at 11:48 a.m. Sunday and told dispatchers the house was on fire and one person had suffered burns, according to a Wauwatosa Fire Department news release.

A man was found outside with significant burns and told firefighters that a child was still in the house. The man suffered serious injuries and was taken to Columbia St. Mary's Regional Burn Center in Milwaukee, according to the Fire Department. His condition was not known on Monday.

The cause of the fire remained undetermined on Monday, but it was believed to have started in the basement of the one-story house.

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MMSD commission OKs $6.4 million flood control project

Feb. 23, 2015 11:48 a.m. | The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's Commission on Monday approved a $6.4 million flood control project with a levee along the Menomonee River in Wauwatosa.

A contract awarded to Ram's Contracting Ltd. of Lannon includes construction of a 1,000-foot-long soil berm south of State St., between 60th and 63rd streets. The hillside between the levee and the river will be excavated to provide storage space for floodwater.

The project includes removal of an underground culvert south of State St. that contains the flow of Schoonmaker Creek. Nearly 400 feet of the creek will be opened to daylight and allowed to run free to the river.

Medical examiner identifies 3-year-old who died in Wauwatosa house fire

Feb. 22, 2015 11:42 p.m. | The victim of a house fire at 504 N. 106th St. in Wauwatosa Sunday has been identified as 3-year-old Faith Ann Cruz, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office. 

According to reports from the office, the house fire was at Cruz's grandparents' house. The first 911 call about the fire came from a passerby at 11:48 a.m. Sunday, the Wauwatosa Police Department reported. 

Firefighters on the scene found a man outside the home with significant burns. The man told firefighters there was still a child in the house. He was transported to Columbia St. Mary's Regional Burn Center and his current condition is unknown, the fire department reported. 

Inside the home, firefighters said they found Cruz unresponsive and took her to a waiting paramedic unit. She arrived at Children's Hospital at about 12:20 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 12:46 p.m.

According to the medical examiner's reports, Cruz did not have any burns and it appeared she died from smoke inhalation.

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Menomonee flood plan would free part of stream from culvert

Feb. 20, 2015 10:42 p.m. | A proposed $6.4 million flood control project with a levee along the Menomonee River in Wauwatosa would liberate nearly 400 feet of a tributary stream flowing underground in a culvert.

A 1,000-foot-long soil berm with a clay core would be built south of State St. and a rail line, east of 63rd St., to create the levee as part of the project, said Jennifer Wright, a senior project manager with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. The low berm would be similar in size to levees built as part of a Hart Park flood control project along the river.

The MMSD Commission will be asked Monday to award the contract to Ram's Contracting Ltd. of Lannon. The business was the lowest bidder among five companies competing for the job.

The work is one piece of a larger plan to reduce flooding of more than 360 residences and businesses in Wauwatosa and Milwaukee, and it will provide an opportunity to return the lower Schoonmaker Creek to daylight and let it run free to the river, MMSD officials said.

The creek emerges from storm sewers at W. Lloyd St. and flows through the Washington Highlands in Wauwatosa. It enters a large pipe at Milwaukee Ave. and flows underground in a culvert for more than a half-mile to its confluence with the river.

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Five idling cars stolen in one week in Wauwatosa

Feb. 20, 2015 1:50 p.m. | Wauwatosa police are warning residents not to leave their cars running unattended to warm them up before driving. Five cars left with the keys in the ignition have been stolen in the city in just the past week, Wauwatosa Police Lieutenant Brian Zalewski said.

"You are taking a chance if you leave your vehicle unlocked with the keys in it, even if it's just for a few minutes," Zalewski said. "If you're going to warm your car you need to keep eyesight on it or stay near it. It only takes a matter of minutes for your car to disappear."

Including two stolen just this morning, idling cars have been taken at the following times and locations:

  • about 9:25 a.m. Feb. 20 in the 7800 block of Eagle Street
  • about 8:25 a.m. Feb. 20 in the 9000 block of North Avenue
  • about 8:10 a.m. Feb. 19 in the 9300 block of Hope Avenue
  • about 7:50 a.m. Feb. 18 in the 3200 block of N. 104th Street
  • about 8:35 a.m. Feb. 14 in the 4500 block of 110th Street

Zalewski said the numbers during the recent cold spell are above average. Before this week, he said the department only knew of three idling cars stolen in the city since Jan. 1.

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Two men attempted to defraud two Apple stores with fake iPhones

Feb. 20, 2015 12:10 p.m. | Two men attempted to defraud two Apple stores with fake iPhones, according to a report filed by the Wauwatosa Police Department.

The report said the suspects received $685 in cash after fraudulently returning a fake iPhone 6 to the Apple Store in Mayfair, 2500 N. Mayfair Road.

Later, they attempted to return another fraudulent iPhone to the Apple Store in Bayshore Town Center, but were unsuccessful, the report said.

The report did not indicate if the money was retrieved.

National German Exam qualifies some students for study abroad

Feb. 20, 2015 12:02 p.m. | Wauwatosa students who scored in the 90th and 100th percentile of a National German Examination recently qualified to apply for a four-week study program in Germany.

Students from Wauwatosa East and West high schools joined 22,000 other German students nationwide in taking the exam, which was a product of the American Association of Teachers of German.

The annual exam tests second-, third- and fourth-level German language students.

AATG believes that bringing German language, literature and culture to Americans serves "national interests."

Karin Awve is the German teacher at West; Eva Tuinstra is the German teacher at East.

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Personal finance students at Wauwatosa West guess value of items in "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

Feb. 19, 2015 2:52 p.m. | "The Twelve Day of Christmas" are long behind us, but the popular Christmas carol helped Business and Personal Finance students from Wauwatosa West High School earn national recognition in a recent multistate competition.

Students in Nick Heiting's Business and Personal Finance class had to estimate today's current value of the objects in "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

The song quantifies seven swans, six geese, five gold rings, three French hens, two turtle doves, an infamous partridge in a pear tree, and more.

West scored second place overall in the PNC Christmas Price Index, which partnered with the SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game Challenge to create the competition. New Jersey, Florida and Michigan also participated.

Students received trophies and American Express gift cards during an awards ceremony in the Steiner Center at West on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

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Wauwatosa woman charged for armed robbery in Brookfield

Feb. 19, 2015 2:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa resident Nichole Ulrichsen, 24, has been charged for allegedly committing an armed robbery Feb. 7 at Roettgers Gas Station, 3075 N. 124th St. in Brookfield.

According to a criminal complaint, filed Feb. 17:

The gas station clerk said a woman who came in the store Feb. 7 seemed as though she was just looking for a place to warm up. When the clerk asked if she needed help, she said no. A few minutes later, she unzipped her jacket and pulled out a large kitchen knife with a 7 to 9 inch blade.

The woman then asked the clerk to take all the money out of the register and put it on the counter. She took $238 and fled. Police arrived at the gas station at about 7:57 p.m.

Wauwatosa officers said they suspected Ulrichsen because she had recently been arrested for thefts in the area and was "known to be a heroin user."

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Men arrested for fighting at The Cheesecake Factory

Feb. 19, 2015 2:08 p.m. | Four men were arrested for fighting at The Cheesecake Factory, 2350 N. Mayfair Road, at 12:30 a.m. Feb. 15, according to reports filed by the Wauwatosa Police Department.

One man was also arrested for violation of probation and was transported to the Milwaukee Criminal Justice Facility.

The report did not indicate if any damage was caused at the restaurant.

Tosa Skatepark brick sale ending Feb. 28

Feb. 19, 2015 10:40 a.m. | The sale of engraved bricks to support the Tosa Skatepark is coming to a close Feb. 28. Starting at $100, the personalized bricks will be used in the entrance to the skate park planned for Hart Park.

Judy Doyle, who has led the grassroots Tosa Skateboarders United group with her husband, said they have raised $340,000 in total for the design and construction of the skate park. Their original goal was $240,000 with $80,000 from the city, $80,000 donated personally by the Doyles, and $80,000 raised by the group.

The more money TSU can raise, the more features they will be able to include in the park, Doyle said. The project is set to go out to bid in the next few weeks for an opening this summer.

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