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Challenge Miss Southern Wisconsin, veteran sportswriters in NOW's Pigskin Picks contest

Sept. 09, 2013 9:26 a.m. | How well do you know high school football? Can you out pick Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable sportscaster JP Cadorin?

Find out by going to mycommunitynow.com/pigskin to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss Southern Wisconsin Colleen Mrotek and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin return this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. Rech was the leading VIP picker in last season's regular-season contest. Radcliffe was first in the playoff contest.

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

Mrotek, the former Miss St. Francis, was named Miss Southern Wisconsin earlier this year. The Bay View native finished third among VIPs in last season's contest.

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Irish Fest gears up for week of classes at Tosa's CelticMKE Center

2:09 p.m. | Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School will celebrate its 30th year in 2016 with a lineup of new and returning classes lead by local and international experts.

The weeklong program, which runs Aug. 15 - 19, at the CelticMKE Center in Wauwatosa, provides hands-on Irish cultural experience for all ages with classes in music, dance, history, crafts, language and more.

"Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School never fails to have something for everyone at any skill level," said Jane Walrath, director of the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School. "We are thrilled to welcome back workshops that are student favorites while also introducing new classes and instructors."

For a complete schedule, instructor bios, class descriptions, updates and to register, visit irishfestsummerschool.com.

Tosa Skateboarders United hosts first event since opening of new park

1:59 p.m. | Tosa Skateboarders United will host it's first official event at the city's new skatepark since it opened in November.

The organization will host professional skater Grey Lutzka from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 2 at the Tosa Skatepark at Hart Park. Lutzka, who grew up in the Midwest and moved to California at age 18 is known for his technical skills and the distinction of being the only skater to win the Tampa Pro three times, according to a news release.

Lutzka will be available for a meet and greet from noon to 2 p.m. that day.

Bel Air Cantina will be on site, reviving its skater-inspired TSU360 taco. The event, sponsored by Phase II Skateshop and Crime Lab Skateboarding, will also feature prizes, contests, music, food and open skating.

Friends of Center Street Park will launch new barbecue event July 3

1:15 p.m. | A new barbecue event will be coming to Center Street Park in time for the July Fourth weekend.

From 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, The Friends of Center Street Park will host its inaugural Q & Brew event at the park, between Center and Clarke streets with a main entrance at 6420 W. Clarke St.

The event will feature a 14 cook competition and live music at 6 p.m. by local modern folk and indie rock band The Belle Weather. Beer from Big Head Brewing Company will be available from 4 to 9 p.m.

The idea for the event came from the East Tosa BBQ Appreciation Society, an informal group of neighborhood residents that gather monthly at community parks to share their latest barbecue recipes. As the group has grown, they've looked for ways to spread their love of barbecue, according to a news release.

Tickets for sampling the barbecue competition, including sides by Tall Guy and a Grill, can be purchased in advance at qandbrew.org. Tickets are limited and the public tasting will begin at 5 p.m.

Long-tenured sports writer Sky Skibosh heads into retirement, sort of

June 26, 2016 10:56 p.m. | After 14 years, I am stepping down from my position as sports reporter/writer/columnist and tweet guy for Brookfield, Wauwatosa and New Berlin as of June 30.

I have been thinking about this since the end of the winter season. The main reason is my wife, Kathy, turned 65 (hopefully she won't read this) in July and is eligible for Medicare. I've been eligible for two years (I know, I look like I just turned 40).

The second reason is my kids and their spouses have given Kathy and me two new grandsons — Ayden in November and Lewis in February — to go along with Angeline, a 16-year-old Waukesha Northstar junior, and Aria, a perky 3-year old. We need more flexibility to go see them, especially Ayden, who lives in La Cresenta, California.

Favorite teams

I have been blessed with many great teams, too many to remember, since I can't remember what happened two days ago. But I want to bring up five in particular, all state champs in all three of my papers.

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Family, friends of man killed by Wauwatosa officer want answers

June 25, 2016 1:41 p.m. | The family and friends of Jay Anderson, who was shot and killed by a Wauwatosa police officer, are calling for a comprehensive investigation into his death.

Anderson, 25, was shot about 3a.m. Thursday at Madison Park.

"If it was just him being in the park, how did it go so wrong so fast?" Shawn Moore, a family friend, said Saturday.

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber provided initial information on Thursday at the scene, saying officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot and saw it was occupied by a person with a gun.

The officer "fearing for his safety discharged his own weapon striking that person," Weber said.

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Tosa man with gun trove to plead guilty of illegal dealing

June 24, 2016 3:16 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to dealing firearms without a license and in the process will get rid of nearly 400 guns he had in his home, court records show.

Daniel Pelate, 61, is set to formally enter his plea July 7 before U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman.

Both the prosecutor and defense attorney will recommend two years of probation. Pelate faced up to five years in prison. As a felon, he will not able to legally possess a gun.

Pelate also agreed to pay a $50,000 fine. The 391 guns he has in his home will be sold through a federal firearms license holder. The fine will be paid out of the proceeds and Pelate will get to keep the rest, according to his attorney, Thomas Halloran.

Halloran said Pelate broke the law but labeled it a "technical violation." He said the case may have been hard to defend given the volume of guns involved. He said Pelate was a collector who was selling the guns on the side. His full-time job was as a salesman.

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Wauwatosa endorses bus rapid transit route, more approvals needed

June 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council gave its endorsement for a proposed bus rapid transit system in a divided 10-5 vote June 21.

The council approved a locally preferred alternative route that would connect major employment hubs and run from downtown Milwaukee to the Swan Boulevard Park and Ride in Wauwatosa, primarily along Wisconsin Avenue and Bluemound Road.

"It was an important first step in this process," Conway said of the council's approval, adding that whether or not council members have supported the idea, they've been supportive in helping to educate the public about the project.

City aldermen debated the issue at length Tuesday.

Alderwoman Allison Byrne said the proposed system is a "quality of life issue" and could help citizens with disabilities or those living at or below the poverty line without ready access to vehicles.

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

June 23, 2016 2:58 p.m. | Here's a list of the top five stories from Wauwatosa this week:

1. Upgrade work at Center Street Park hits snag, options running dry

2. Wauwatosa School Board votes to give teachers a bump in pay

3. Hidden Tosa: Inside the Wauwatosa Police Department

4. Wauwatosa's Lutheran Home brings hope to Alzheimer's with day of fun

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Wauwatosa officer fatally shoots man at Madison Park

June 23, 2016 9:33 a.m. | A Wauwatosa police officer shot and killed a man early Thursday morning while investigating a suspicious vehicle near the city's north side.

According to police, at approximately 3:03 a.m. Thursday, the officer noticed a man sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot at Madison Park, near 100th St. and Glendale Ave., with a handgun in his possession. The officer feared for his safety and discharged his weapon, striking the man.

Other police officers arriving on scene administered first aid, said Public Information Officer Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department. The man was transported by the Wauwatosa Fire Department to Froedtert Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Milwaukee Police Department will conduct the investigation on the officer-involved shooting, which is standard protocol. The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave, which aligns with department protocol after a police-involved shooting.

Zalewski said there will be no news conference about the incident.

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Wauwatosa Public Library announces list of summer events

June 22, 2016 4:32 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Public Library has announced its lineup of programs for children and families scheduled this summer.

All events are at the library, 7635 W. North Ave., and are free. They aim to help children maintain reading skills throughout the warmer months.

The events include:

·Story and craft time,10 a.m. June 24 and July 22. Ages 3 and up are invited to listen to a story and then create a craft. Reservation not required.

·The Social Brain,10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 27. Drop into the library to share book titles and ideas. Participants can post their ideas to the Book Wall for all to see. Second and third grades will participate at 10 a.m. and fourth and fifth grades will meet at 1 p.m. Reservation not required.

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Blood drives scheduled for Milwaukee County during month of July

June 22, 2016 3:49 p.m. | A number of blood drives are scheduled throughout Milwaukee County during the month of July, including one in Wauwatosa.

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, county residents can donate blood at St. Bernard's Parish, 7474 Harwood Ave., according to a news release from the BloodCenter of Wisconsin.

Donors may schedule an appointment by calling 877-232-4376 or by visiting bcw.edu/appt. Appointments are preferred but walk-in donors are welcome.

Anyone age 17 or older — age 16 with parental consent — in general good health who meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date.

The following are other blood donation dates scheduled throughout Milwaukee County during July:

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Two lanes on Wauwatosa's Harmonee Bridge to close Thursday

June 22, 2016 2:59 p.m. | Two lanes on the Harmonee Bridge in Wauwatosa will close on Thursday, June 23 to allow for excavation work on the storm sewer crossing Harmonee Avenue to Church Street, according to information from the city.

The work will require that crews close the east half of the bridge with one lane of traffic in each direction remaining in the west half of the bridge. Work will continue overnight Thursday and then switch to the west lanes on Friday, June 24.

Weather permitting, work will reach completion Friday night with all lanes reopened.

Milwaukee Co. Zoo welcomes baby harbor seal, bonobo

June 22, 2016 2:13 p.m. | In the last month the Milwaukee County Zoo has welcomed two additions — a baby harbor seal and a baby bonobo.

According to a news release from the zoo, the male seal pup was born June 13 to mother Sydney and father Ringo. Both parents were born in the wild and the pup marks the pair's third offspring.

The harbor seal pup is on public exhibit and zookeepers have reported that it's doing well, nursing and bonding with its mother, according to the zoo. In a month, the pup will be weaned and taught to eat fish hand-fed to him by zookeepers.

The Apes of Africa exhibit welcomed a new male bonobo May 23. The bonobo is the smallest of the great ape species and is endangered in the wild.

Claudine is the baby's mother and genetic testing will determine the father. The animals stay attached to their mothers for about six months before they begin to explore their surroundings and interact with other members of the troop. The baby will start to sample food when its between 6 and 8 months old.

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Teens accused of trying to rob Tosa resident with BB gun

June 22, 2016 1:40 p.m. | A Wauwatosa resident was working in his front yard at about noon June 6 when he was approached by two males who displayed a gun and demanded his money and car keys, according to a criminal complaint.

The suspects — one a 13-year-old boy, and the other, 18-year-old Christopher D. Gill of Milwaukee — allegedly left their school, St. Charles Youth & Family Services, 151 S. 84th St., Milwaukee, before trying to rob the man using a BB gun, and ultimately being caught by police.

Gill has been charged with a felony count of armed robbery with threat of force and a felony count of burglary. The 13-year-old is being referred to children's court.

About the incident

According to a criminal complaint, the Tosa man was working outside in the 8500 block of West Hawthorne Avenue at about 12:17 p.m. when the two approached him. One lifted the bottom of his jacket and displayed a gun in his waistband and said "Give me all your money! Empty everything out of your pockets! Give me the keys to your car!"

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Hidden Tosa: Inside the Wauwatosa Police Department

June 22, 2016 10:09 a.m. | The lobby of the Wauwatosa Police Department experiences a lot of foot traffic; it's the hub for those who want to report a crime or pay a parking ticket, for reporters sifting through records and for people who want to drop off unwanted medications.

But beyond the lobby's locked doors is an entire network of offices, training spaces and employees that work toward community safety.

The police department — which celebrated its 100th anniversary in April — is riddled with history, and the department proudly displays relics in the hallways. The department dates back to April 18, 1916, when the city of Wauwatosa signed into law its creation. The city's first police station was on Underwood Avenue in the Village of Wauwatosa; the police department was on the second floor, and city hall was on the first.

Old, framed photographs of the department hang on the walls. There are mug shots of women with beehive hairstyles from the 1960s, newspaper clippings and pictures of some of the department's earliest employees.

Back then, there were about 4,000 people living in the city, according to police records. The first police chief, George Baltes, and his two officers, Fred Sporleder and Charles Stamm, would give their phone numbers to residents, who were instructed to call them directly in case of an emergency. The city's first law enforcement personnel often worked upward of 70 hours per week.

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