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Wauwatosa School Board lays out process to fill vacant seat

May 03, 2013 8:54 a.m. | The Wauwatosa School Board met Thursday night to formulate a process by which to replace longtime member Lois Weber, who recently resigned after 37 years of service.

Four members were present for the meeting: Michael Meier, Tom Jarosz, Mary Jo Randall and Sharon Muehlfeld.

With input from Superintendent Phil Ertl, the board approved a complex motion that will allow them to evaluate and vote on candidates for the position at the next regular School Board meeting, May 13. The person appointed would fulfill Weber's current term, which ends in April 2014, and would face an election at that time.

After installing a candidate May 13, the board will take up its annual vote on officers, electing a president, a vice president, a clerk and a treasurer.

Those seeking consideration for the School Board seat are to submit a written, signed Notice of Interest to Ertl, along with an introductory letter, a resume and letters of recommendation. Seven paper copies of each document are required, and the material will be treated as non-confidential public documents.

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Wauwatosa West girls volleyball team takes second at Early Bird tournament

9:58 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West girls volleyball team went 3-2 and finished second in the Milwaukee Lutheran Early Bird Tournament last weekend.

"The overall tournament was a success," coach Kelly Dwyer said. "This was a great first step in the process of our season. Having a young team, it's nice for them to get out there and have success, get that confidence going, make them more hungry to improve even more."

West beat Ashwaubenon (2-0), Marshall (2-0) and Kenosha Indian Trails (2-1) and lost to Grafton twice (1-4).

In the first loss to Grafton (18-25, 25-17, 15-17), Clare Honan (five kills), Emma Elliott (seven assists) and Ashley Vulgaris (13 digs) led the stat parade.

"We came out a little sluggish in our first game against Grafton," Dwyer said. "I think we might have a little nerves being the first game of the season. For a lot of these girls it was there first-ever varsity volleyball match, but we kept battling and took the match to a third game. We actually had game point, but the ref missed an obvious double hit, and Grafton came back to win the match."

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Wauwatosa West boys soccer team goes 1-1-1 at Muskego Quad

9:53 a.m. | You win some, you loss some and some are tied up.

That's what happened to the Wauwatosa West boys soccer team at the Muskego Quad on Aug. 27-29. The Trojans defeated St. Anthony's, tied Green Bay East and lost to Appleton.

In the 1-0 win over St. Anthony on Aug. 27, coach Ryan Bailey knew there would be inconsistencies since it was the first match of the year.

"We wanted to stay as organized as possible and keep a clean sheet for 90 minutes," he said. "We were able to do this and eventually shot the winner through Addison Leisten."

It took awhile, but the Trojans scored late to tie Green Bay East, 2-2, on Aug. 28.

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Wauwatosa West girls tennis team nips Vikings

9:48 a.m. | Wauwatosa West defeated New Berlin West, 4-3, on Aug. 27 at home, and Tosa East went 2-3 in the Waukesha South Invite on Aug. 24 in a light week for the local netters as their weekend invitational was rained out.

No. 4 singles Maria Poehls won (6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4), and the doubles teams won by the following scores: No. 1 Alicia Picard-Connie Terlizzi (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Abbey Kuehn-Morgan McDuffie (3-6, 6-2, 6-2) and No. 3 Da Dovangvily-Alissa Pick (7-6 (2), 7-5).

Zervas was pleased with Poehls' performance, as well as Kuehn/McDuffie.

"Maria played a super match, getting a three-set victory against a very experienced 4 singles player," he said.

The East girls tennis team went 2-3 in the Waukesha South Tournament on Aug. 24, beating South Milwaukee and Racine Horlick and losing to Waterford, Beaver Dam and Hamilton.

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Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team has good week

9:33 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team took eight of the top 10 spots at the Firefly dual against Wauwatosa West on Aug. 25 at Hart Park.

Coach Mackenzie Laska's crew took the top four spots in the race, which the girls team matched.

Senior Sam Potter led the way, winning in 10:58, before senior Marquez Green, junior Jack Sveum (11:19) and senior Nathan Green (11:26).

Senior Paul Gagne was seventh (11:41), followed by junior Faisal Bartlett (11:50), junior Eli Werner (11:52) and sophomore Matt Doberstein (11:54).

Two days later, Tosa East took part in the Menomonee Falls Grade Level Challenge on Aug. 27 at Rotary Park in Menomonee Falls.

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Hazardous waste collection event sets Sept. 12 date

Sept. 01, 2015 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.

For more information visit mmsd.com/hhw

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 tosacrimestoppers.com.

Tosa Green Summit returns Sept. 12

Sept. 01, 2015 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

Sept. 01, 2015 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 tosafest.org.

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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