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Two Wauwatosa teachers win WCASS awards

April 12, 2013 3:50 p.m. | Two Wauwatosa teachers won awards from the Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services.

The two teachers are Nick Becker, Wauwatosa West High School counselor, and Christina Watkinson, Eisenhower Elementary special education counselor.

Becker won the Pupil Services Team Award, and Watkinson won the Special Education Teacher Award.

The two were nominated by Therese Kwiatkowski, director of student services.

Kwiatkowski said that Watkinson was nominated for the ability to build opportunities for "independent, inclusive experiences" for those with significant disabilities. She said Becker was nominated due to his work as a student advocate.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Travis Hudson earns third straight volleyball National Player of the Year Award

May 02, 2016 8:29 p.m. | Former Wauwatosa star Travis Hudson became the first player in National Collegiate Volleyball Federation history to be named the National Player of the Year three times when awards were announced after the Division I championship match on April 11 in Louisville.

Hudson, a 6-6 setter, led the Titans to its third straight NCVF Division I title. Previously this year he was named the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Player of the Year and a Midwest Ten Conference First-Team selection.

"Travis is the best player to have ever played collegiate club volleyball," said Schaefer. "He led a bunch of unknowns to the national title in 2014, directed us to another title in 2015 and then helped a team overcome a ton of injuries, including one he was directly dealing with to another national title this year.

"It is an honor to coach somebody with so much passion for the UW-Oshkosh volleyball program, his teammates and the sport. He deserves every accolade he receives because of his dedication to be the best in all areas of his life."

National Champions

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Wauwatosa East student named 2016 presidential scholar

May 02, 2016 10:18 a.m. | A Wauwatosa student has been named a semifinalist for the 2016 Presidential Scholars award, considered the nation's highest honor for graduating high school seniors, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Wauwatosa East High School student Henry R. Lynch is one of 12 students from Wisconsin to be named a semifinalist. There are 689 semifinalists in total from across the nation.

"Congratulations to the state's Presidential Scholar Semifinalists," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "These students have shown exceptional academic scholarship and talent in the career and technical education fields. In addition to recognizing your hard work, I extend thanks to your parents and teachers who supported this accomplishment."

The Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the country's most distinguished high school students, according to the release.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars will make the final selection of the nation's 121 academic Presidential Scholars — one male and one female from each state — and up to 15 students chosen at large. Selected students will travel to Washington D.C. in June to receive a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. Students will also travel around the city and meet with a number of authors, scientists, government officials and more.

Tosa Tonight announces 2016 concert headliners

May 02, 2016 10:04 a.m. | Headliners for the annual Tosa Tonight concert series have been announced.

Each opening act starts at 6 p.m. and main acts begin at 7:30 p.m. Concerts are held at the Rotary Performance Pavilion at the southwest corner of 68th and State streets

The free concerts happen rain or shine but shows may be canceled due to severe weather.

All concerts are held on Wednesday nights except for Monday, July 4. Food and beverages are available through vendor booths during the concerts.

·6 to 9:30 p.m. June 15, Masters of the Accordion

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360NOW: Wander Wawatosa's village

April 29, 2016 8:11 p.m. | Wander about Wauwatosa's village through this 360-degree view at State Street and Harwood Avenue. Drag and zoom about with your computer mouse, or drag and expand your fingers across your touch device screen.

Milwaukee Co. Zoo welcomes new female giraffe calf

April 29, 2016 1:56 p.m. | A new reticulated female giraffe has arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo, officials reported Friday.

The new female was born in the early evening April 26 to first-time mother, Marlee and dad, Bahatika. Veterinarians completed the calf's first exam April 27 and recorded a weight of about 130 pounds and a height of about 5 feet, 7 inches.

The new calf joins Tafari, a male giraffe born at the zoo in September 2015. The public was invited to help choose a name for Tafari after he was born last year. More than 5,000 votes were cast.

Zookeepers and medical staff have been monitoring both the mother and baby giraffe, according to a news release from the zoo. Marlee appears calm and attentive to her offspring, which is nursing regularly.

Marlee is 4 years old and arrived at the zoo in 2013 from Zoo Miami. Bahatika is 11 years old and arrived at the Milwaukee County Zoo in 2006 from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado. He is also the father of Tafari.

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Video Tosa Top 5: Five things you need to know about in Wauwatosa

April 28, 2016 12:11 p.m. | Here's a list of the top five stories from Wauwatosa this week:

1. Principal's racial comment at Wauwatosa West student sparks protest at school

2. District leaders question use of Wauwatosa schools as voting locations

3. Cheryl Berdan steps in as Wauwatosa Common Council president

4. Wauwatosa East senior marches forward after tragic car crash

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Wauwatosa seeks volunteers for focus groups on city communication

April 28, 2016 11:17 a.m. | When it comes to communicating with its residents, the city of Wauwatosa wants to know what works and what doesn't.

To find out, the city has partnered with Buzz Monkeys Inc., and will conduct focus groups in May.

Three focus groups will be held at city hall, 7725 W. North Ave. Focus groups at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 11 will be comprised of local residents and a focus group held at 7 p.m. May 12 is geared for Wauwatosa businesses.

The city seeks 10 to 15 participants for each focus group. To sign up, please email your name, business name, address, phone number and email to FocusGroup@wauwatosa.net by May 6.

Individuals selected from the pool to participate will receive $25. Those not selected can still share viewpoints in an online survey coming in May.

Show about solitary confinement encourages discussion, activism

April 28, 2016 10:12 a.m. | After being caught with a pair of tweezers in a California prison, Sara Fonseca was sent to solitary confinement, where she spent 23 hours a day in a cell the size of an elevator with no access to phone calls or visitors.

If she climbed up on the toilet, she could speak to other isolated prisoners through the air vents. Sometimes, they would sing together through the vents.

During her nearly three years in solitary, Fonseca wrote letters to Julia Steele Allen, an activist and prison volunteer. Those letters became the basis for a play that aims to show the public what it's like inside a tiny cell — and to inspire people to work for reform.

The play, "Mariposa and the Saint," will be performed Friday at St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. It was performed Thursday in Milwaukee. After the 45-minute show, audiences hear from formerly incarcerated people who have spent time in solitary confinement and learn how they can help end the practice.

Wisconsin performances are being presented in cooperation with WISDOM, a statewide group of faith leaders and activists seeking a series of reforms here, including: an end to retaliation against inmates and advocates who bring forward complaints about abuses in solitary; an end to stretches of solitary that last more than 15 days; the elimination of solitary altogether for mentally ill inmates and those under 18; and the establishment of a public database to share information about Wisconsin prisoners in solitary.

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Annual Tosa Night Out celebration will relocate to Milwaukee County Zoo

April 27, 2016 6:40 p.m. | In an effort to bring the focus and fun of the city's annual Tosa Night Out festivities back to neighborhoods and neighborhood associations, this year's event will be relocated to the Milwaukee County Zoo, said Lt. Paul Leist of the Wauwatosa Police Department.

The move is a result of ongoing and anticipated construction happening in and around Hart Park, where the event is normally held.

"Hart Park has been a wonderful home to our Night Out activities since the very beginning," Leist said in an email. "I imagine that once the construction dust settles in and around the park, State Street and the Village area, we will return."

Leist said the event relocated to the zoo before, about 10 years ago, when Hart Park was undergoing construction work.

This year's festivities will include neighborhood block parties on July 30, 31 and Aug. 1. The police department is encouraging as many neighborhoods as possible to host annual block parties during those days; officers plan to attend every block party that weekend.

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District leaders question use of Wauwatosa schools as voting locations

April 27, 2016 3:45 p.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board plans to review whether local schools should serve as future voting locations after the district dealt with a number of issues during the spring election, held earlier this month.

Currently, of 14 voting locations in Wauwatosa, seven of them are in district schools.

"Every election, there's something that comes up," Superintendent Phil Ertl said during a school board meeting April 25. "During this last election, I had contact with two principals that (said) there were issues in their buildings. One security related and another one student related."

Ertl did not elaborate on those issues during the meeting, but said his biggest concern is the safety of students.

"We've invested a lot of money into security of school buildings, yet we open them wide," Ertl said of election days. "I struggle with it because I think it's great to have our students see people come and engage in the democratic process and vote."

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Area businesses collaborate to create the 'Cranky Sammie' in East Tosa

April 27, 2016 11:09 a.m. | Doughnuts. Ice cream. Chocolate.

The three desserts are arguably tasty on their own, but thanks to a new collaborative creation arriving at East Tosa's Indulgence Chocolatiers, 6538 W. North Ave., dessert lovers can have all three at once.

The Wauwatosa chocolate shop has announced it will now offer a new take on the ice cream sandwich — coined the "Cranky Sammie."

The dessert is comprised of a yeast doughnut from Cranky Al's, 6901 W. North Ave., a choice of 16 flavors from Purple Door Ice Cream of Milwaukee and toppings from Indulgence Chocolatiers.

The sweet treat can be purchased for $6.50, which includes one topping. Extra toppings will be $1 each, Waterman said.

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Wauwatosa Sports Notes: Players sign with colleges, baseball fundraiser, more

April 26, 2016 4:55 p.m. |

Tosa East announces

eight-player signing

Wauwatosa East announced eight athletes will participate in their sports at their college signings last week.

Football players Ryan Kelnhofer will attend Iowa Western, and Sam Kratochvil will play at Ripon.

Soccer players Lily Brock will play for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Paul King will play at UW-Whitewater.

Basketball players Jai'vionne Green will play for Bemidji State, and Maya Walls will attend North Central.

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Wauwatosa West sprinters stand out at Kansas Relays

April 26, 2016 4:47 p.m. | Wauwatosa West took part in the Kansas Relays last weekend, and coach Jack LoPresti was pleased with his team's performance.

"The Kansas Relays are a great experience for our returning state vets," the veteran coach said. "They also ran great."

The 4x100-meter relay of Azya McLin, Mercy Ndon, Bri Horton and Cheri'A Adams placed sixth overall and ran the fastest time in the state thus far, at 48.85.

"They did an awesome job," LoPresti said. "They won the prelim heat that they faced on Friday and then came back and took sixth overall on Saturday. Some 45 plus teams raced in the 4x100, excellent competition from across the Midwest. It was just a great job.

"I know the girls were disappointed with sixth, as they had a couple of shaky handoffs on Saturday, but part of the reason you go to a meet like the KU Relays is to get that big meet experience and run your best time of the season (so far), and they did that with the 4x100.

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Wauwatosa West' Hannah-Howell, Jefferson shine at Sun Prairie Track Meet

April 26, 2016 4:43 p.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys track and field team finished ninth out of 11 teams at the Sun Prairie Invitational on April 22 and coach Scott Jordan was pleased with his team's progress.

Paris Hannah-Howell finished second in the long jump with a leap of 20-feet, 5 inches, a personal record.

"Paris went over 20 feet in the long jump for the first time," Jordan said. "He is starting to move in that jump."

Hannah-Howell also was fourth in the high jump (5-8), scoring 13 of the team's 32 points.

Jovani Jefferson finished third in pole vault with a PR jump of 13-feet.

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