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Plan Commission gives green light to auto parts store

March 13, 2012 8:56 a.m. | An O'Reilly Auto Parts may not rank as the preferred business to fill the building that formerly housed Blockbuster in East Tosa from the neighborhood residents' standpoint. However, it's a better option than a vacant building, the Plan Commission decided Monday,

After nearly four hours of discussion, the commission unanimously recommended the city grant conditional use to operate the auto parts store at 61st Street and North Avenue.

"I don't think it fits the vision of the community," Commissioner John Albert said. "But it's clearly better than an empty building."

The commission's support came with a few conditions aimed at helping the business better fit the neighborhood. For instance, there was a desire to see more green space by possibly taking out a few of the 40-plus parking spots. Auto repair in the parking lot would be prohibited.

Other conditions suggested by city staff were dropped, namely requirements to put security cameras on site and share its parking lot with neighboring businesses.

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Hazardous waste collection event sets Sept. 12 date

9:38 p.m. | Milwaukee County residents are invited to properly dispose of chemicals from homes and garages from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Materials that can be collected include antifreeze, brake fluid, driveway sealer, paint thinner, varnish, solvent-based cleaners, nail polish, batteries, pool chemicals and weed killer.

The event is hosted by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

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Also, Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers will host its annual shredding event that day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall. For more information visit

Tosa Green Summit returns Sept. 12

4:45 p.m. | The fifth annual Tosa Green Summit is Sept. 12 at the Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7725 W. North Avenue.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features and informational open house about making communities more sustainable. More than 20 exhibitors will be available to talk about home energy, conservation, water, gardening, transportation, food and more.

Eventgoers may enter raffles for a rain barrel, composter and Wauwatosa Drop Off Center permits.

For more information, "like" the event on Facebook by searching for "Tosa Green Summit."

Call for Taste of Tosa cupcake and chili registrants

4:43 p.m. | The Tosa Neighborhood Association Council will host the 40th annual Taste of Tosa Cupcake and Chili Challenge at Tosafest the morning of Sept. 12.

Those interested in joining the competition may enter their favorite cupcakes or chili to be eligible for more than $1,000 in prizes.

After judging, the remaining entries will be sold in the Food Court located in the Chancery parking lot, 7615 W. State St. Proceeds will benefit the Neighborhood Association Council.

For more information, visit the Tosafest website

Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Hundreds of Tosa residents experienced short power outage Aug. 27

Aug. 28, 2015 11:58 a.m. | Hundreds of customers in Wauwatosa were without power for a period of time Aug. 27, according to Amy Jahn of We Energies.

Around 4:30 p.m., equipment failure caused 887 customers to temporarily lose power in the area of 68th and Wells streets, Jahn said.

"There was an issue with a piece of our equipment," she said.

Most customers only lost electricity for about 20 minutes, but some experienced the outage for up to 90 minutes.

Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Wauwatosa Village valet service tentatively halted on Sundays

Aug. 27, 2015 2:23 p.m. | Valet service in the Wauwatosa Village has been discontinued on Sundays — at least for now, said John Wise, director of operations for Bartolotta Restaurants.

The $7 per car service first launched in June outside Ristorante Bartolotta and anyone visiting the Village after 5 p.m. can hand off their car to a valet at the corner of State Street and Harwood Avenue.

Wise said the service was discontinued on Sundays due to lack of popularity, but could easily be put in place again, if needed.

Wise said the service's peak could likely be when temperatures start to drop.

"There was always the realization that the proof of the pudding would be in the winter," he said. "You get these Wisconsin winters with snow, rain. You don't want to walk two or three blocks."

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Wauwatosa East girls cross-country team looking for good things

Aug. 26, 2015 10:03 a.m. | Wauwatosa East girls cross-country coach Glen Gardiner is hoping all the hard work spent in the off-season will pay off for this season's team.

Captains Kayla Klein, Janet Fee and Jordyn Summerfield are three of the six returnees, along with juniors Kacy Fisher and Julia Bartlett and sophomore Sydney Evans.

Fisher had an outstanding track season, being named MVP, and will be looking to improve on that with a great summer training regimen. She was a first-year cross-country runner a year ago earning a varsity letter.

"She will be one of our top returners this year," Gardiner said. "Looking for her to have a breakout year."

Summerfield, a junior, was part of a team that qualified for state in 2013 and was a third-team All-GMC last year.

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Wauwatosa West returnees should help girls cross-country team

Aug. 26, 2015 9:53 a.m. | With some returning "new" faces, coach Jack LoPresti is looking forward to the girls cross-country season.

"This year's team will be an exciting team to watch," LoPresti said. "We have strong senior leadership and a solid group of returning runners."

Two "new" old faces will be back and ready to go this year. Senior Anna Roghan will lead this year's squad, along with returning runner senior Caitlin Campbell.

Roghan was injured almost all of last cross-country season, and Campbell was not out last Fall, so having both of these runners back and in good health is a huge win for the Trojans.

Add to that the returning core of Sophia Ruggeri (last season's MVP), Toriah Haanstad and Eliza Soczka — all sophomores — and West will have a solid group to start the season.

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Wauwatosa East tennis team has nine returning players

Aug. 26, 2015 9:28 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East girls tennis team has nine returning letter winners, but coach Glen Slonac is still working on different lineup combinations.

The following players are returning letter winners from last year: seniors Nina Novic, Seble Yigletu, Natalie Klein and Anna Jorejs; juniors Hannah Green and Alyssa Poe; and sophomores Kat Terwelp, Erin O'Brien and Allison Gleesing.

Slonac thinks the following players will be in the mix for a varsity spot: seniors Maria Villa and Leah Pulz; sophomore Maggie Collins; and freshman Mary McMahon.

"I am still working on trying to position people on the team, and I am not sure who are playing certain positions," the veteran coach said. "So far this season, I have been pleased with Allison Gleesing's improvement over last year and freshman Mary McMahon, who has shown steady improvement."

Individual results from the eight-team Racine Case Invitational follow.

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Wauwatosa West girls volleyball team has holes to fill

Aug. 26, 2015 9:03 a.m. | Wauwatosa West girls volleyball coach Kelly Dwyer will have some holes to fill this season.

"We will be a young team, with only three players returning with experience of playing consistently on the varsity level," he said. "We have to replace two outside hitters, one middle, two setters and a libero that we lost to graduation last year.

The returning players are seniors Natalya Summers (four-year varsity player), Bri Horton, Amanda O'Rourke and Ashley Vulgaris; juniors Clare Honan (all-conference honorable mention, three-year starter) and Anna Baish; and sophomore Ericha Stuberg.

Newcomers will be senior Maddy Clausen, junior Ellen Schaefer and sophomores Emily Wagy, Emma Elliott, Hailey Wilson, Kelly Rampolla and Margaret Radske.

Honan will be the focal point of the offense.

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Wauwatosa girls golf team fourth at first GMC mini-meet

Aug. 26, 2015 8:43 a.m. | Wauwatosa East/West finished fourth in the first Greater Metro Conference mini-meet on Aug. 20 at Currie Park.

Brookfield Central won (169), followed by Divine Savior Holy Angels (182), Brookfield East (200) and Tosa (203). Sussex Hamilton and Menomonee Falls each shot a 209.

Katie Gastrau and Brenna Blaney led the way, shooting a 42 and 47, respectively. Alex Ramos had a 55, and Maegan O'Donnell shot a 59 as only four golfers took part.

"On the surface, a so-so performance, but considering we played short handed, it was better than it would appear," coach John Ravenola said. "Our conference meets allow each team to play as many as six girls and count the four best. Brook Central, Falls and Hamilton all played six; Brook East and DSHA played five, while we were only able to field the minimum of four girls.

"With our overall number of girls coming out for golf this season being down considerably, it puts us at a disadvantage. If someone has an 'off' day, we still have to include it in our team score. Even so, we managed to shoot 203, which was just three shots behind the third-place score posted by Brook East."

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Potter to lead Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team

Aug. 26, 2015 8:33 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team will be looking to return to state again this season, and coach Mackenzie Laska has some talent returning to make that possible.

Senior Sam Potter, the 2014 Greater Metro Conference 5,000-meter champion, the team MVP and a Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention leads the returnees. He finished 24th at state and was a 2015 1,600 state qualifier in the spring.

Seniors Marquez Green, Nathan Green and Paul Gagne also return from last year's 14th-place team at state.

"We also have a promising freshmen and sophomore class which bodes well for the future," Laska said. "... With four returning from last year's state qualifying team and a slew of guys ready to step up and fill in the gaps, the expectation is to qualify for state and improve on our 14th-place finish from last year."

The boys open Thursday, Aug. 27, at Rotary Park in Menomonee Falls.

Initial Reaction Podcast: What stood out on the first week of high-school football?

Aug. 25, 2015 11:25 a.m. | JP and JR talk about the rise of the Franklin Sabers, a big battle between Arrowhead and Homestead, strong wins for Oak Creek and Germantown and other notes from the first week of football. Plus: the guys differ on whether the Packers will survive the Jordy Nelson injury.

Suspected pipe bomb draws neighborhood attention in Wauwatosa

Aug. 24, 2015 9:22 p.m. | Aaron Lloyd, a server at The Red Dot restaurant in Wauwatosa, had just clocked in for a 10 a.m. shift when he noticed police tape encircling the street outside.

"We were told (by police) to stay inside the building," Lloyd said. "People were taking video, pictures. Everyone was out there recording."

The source of concern? A suspected pipe bomb at Speedway gas station, 6804 W. North Ave.

Unsettling discovery

Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski said that police were dispatched at 9:08 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, when someone spotted the pipe — 3 inches inches in diameter and 1 foot long with metal caps screwed to either end — on the ground by one of the gas pumps and reported it to the store manager.

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