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Forest Exploration Center executive director departs

July 31, 2013 12:22 p.m. | John Gee, executive director and the driving force behind the Forest Exploration Center, has left the position, he said in an email this week.

Gee has worked toward the establishment of a school located in the historic Eschweiler buildings at Innovation Campus for a couple of years.

"John had come on board with us with the understanding that he was going to move on within a couple of years," said Peggy Rosenzweig, a member of the FEC board of directors. "And his contract really came to an end at the end of June, and in our negotiations to get a renewed contract, he was kind of loath to enter into anything that would meet the board's recommendations."

The board was looking for a longer time commitment than Gee was willing to accept, she said.

"It just came to an amiable agreement that this wasn't going to be the time, and we were going to move on since we were entering a new form of negotiations with the city and the School Board."

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Wauwatosa East boys track team finishes fourth at Dan Benson Invite

10:09 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys track and field team finished fourth at the Dan Benson Invitational on April 29 at Tosa West.

Sun Prairie won the event with 322 points, followed by Homestead (308), Milwaukee Lutheran (198) and the Red Raiders (158).

They only won one event, and that was the 4x800-meter relay, which demolished the meet record by 12 seconds in 8 minutes, 5:51 seconds (Marquez Green, Sam Stelloh, Nathan Green, Sam Potter).

All four members of the relay ran personal-best times to achieve the time, which ranks second in the state.

East had three second-place finishes: Dan Scallon in the 200 (22.87 seconds), Tayison Crape in the 110 hurdles (PR, 16.04) and Sam Stelloh in the 300 hurdles (41.61).

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Wauwatosa golfers win Panther Invite

10:04 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East/West co-op golf team won the Greendale Panther Invitational on April 29 at Morningstar.

Tosa shot a 305 to win the 23-team tournament, and Adam Garske was the medalist with a 70 (36-34). Will Jushka shot a personal-best 74 (36-38) to finish third. Noah Monty had a 79 (40-39), Owen Knezel had an 82 (39-43) and Noah Katula finished with an 85 (42-43).

"The kids played great golf," coach John Ravenola said. "This was a team win in every sense. It took all five players scores to actually win the event."

Tosa finished 18th out of 26 teams at the Brookfield Central Skins Invitational on April 27 at Wanaki Golf Course in Menomonee Falls to start the week.

Tosa shot a 359, led by Adam Garske, who tied for 24th (82, 43-39).

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Wauwatosa West softball team holds on to nip Port Washington

10:00 a.m. | West began the week by getting whipped by Greenfield, 15-1, on April 26, and New Berlin Eisenhower, 15-3, on April 27, with both games at home.

Adie Davies struggled in four innings in the loss to Greenfield. In the loss to Eisenhower, Melissa Biefeld singled, doubled and had an RBI, as West managed six hits and starter Kaitlyn Nimmer lost but pitched five innings.

But in the final three games of the week, all nonconference tilts, West managed a 1-2 record as the Trojans' bats came to life.

Waukesha South

The Blackshirts rallied to win a 14-10 decision at Tosa West on April 29, overcoming an 8-3 deficit after three innings. South scored five runs in the fourth and two runs in each of the final three innings.

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Wauwatosa East girls track team finishes fourth at Dan Benson Invite

9:49 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East girls track and field team finished fourth in the nine-team Dan Benson Invitational on April 29 at Tosa West.

Sun Prairie scored 341 to win the event, followed by Homestead (274), Wauwatosa West (235.25) and Wauwatosa East (146).

Toni Bonds had a big day for the Red Raiders, scoring in three events. She was second in the 200-meter dash (personal best, 27.69 seconds), third in the 400 (PR, 1 minute, 1.83 seconds) and eighth in the long jump (14 feet, 4 inches).

Abby Wood was second in the 200 (PR, 27.96), and Alice Farr tied for third in the pole vault (tied PR, 8-0).

The 4x200 relay in 1:55.91 (Olivia Metz, Addison Devine, Katie Gastrau, Melina Paul) and the 4x800 relay in 10:35.36 (Malia Bavuso, Amara Green, Janet Fee, Elsa Klein) both finished third.

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Adams leads the way for Wauwatosa West girls at Dan Benson Invite

9:44 a.m. | Wauwatosa West had a "great meet" at the Dan Benson Invitational on April 29 at Tosa West, finishing third in the nine-team meet.

Sun Prairie won the event with 341 points, followed by Homestead (274) and the Trojans (235.25).

"We had a great meet at the Benson," West coach Jack LoPresti said, especially praising Cheri'A Adams. "She won a bunch of stuff: long jump, triple jump and the anchor of the 4x100."

West had six first-place finishes, including two relays.

Adams won the long jump in 16-feet, 41/2 inches and the triple jump (37-51/2). She also anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay won in 49.12 (Azya McLin, Mercy Ndon, Breanna Weigman, Adams).

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Wauwatosa West boys track and field team finishes fifth at Dan Benson Invite

9:28 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys finished fifth at the Dan Benson Invitational on April 29 at West.

The Trojans (152 points) finished behind Sun Prairie (322), Homestead (308), Milwaukee Lutheran (198) and Wauwatosa East (158).

The Trojans' two first-place finishes came in the field events.

"We had some exciting things happen," coach Scott Jordan said. "Overall a good meet; many athletes competed against good competition."

Jovani Jefferson won the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet.

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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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