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Wauwatosa schools may recognize same-sex marriages with benefits

Dec. 23, 2013 3:35 p.m. | Though the measure has not been approved, the Wauwatosa School Board has proposed expanding benefits coverage to domestic partners and those in same-sex marriages from other states.

Those employees' partners would benefit from health and dental coverage, with open enrollment starting in January, if approved by the School Board Jan. 13.

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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Carey, defense spark New Berlin Eisenhower win

Aug. 24, 2015 11:13 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower used a 17-point third quarter to roll to a 31-7 victory at Plymouth on Friday, Aug. 21, and get the 2015 football season off to a positive start.

The Lions will now host Mauston at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, in their second nonconference game. Mauston lost, 26-20, to Tomah on Friday, Aug. 21.

"We knew Plymouth had a great program (8-2 last year), and we would have to be on our game to beat them at their place," Eisenhower coach Matt Kern said. "All off-season, we have been trying to get the guys to believe they are the ones to get our football program back where it belongs.

"We needed to get a statement win — internally for ourselves — and we stepped up. That was pretty rewarding. It was a lot of fun."

Sam Carey had a big day for the Lions in the opener, tossing a 15-yard touchdown pass and running for a score. He was 8-for-14 for 90 yards with an interception, and he rushed for 64 yards.

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Wauwatosa School District mobile app now available for download

Aug. 24, 2015 9:58 a.m. | Wauwatosa School District mobile apps for both iOS/iPhone and Android mobile devices are now available for download.

The apps have private and public functions. The public function displays all information publicly available on the district's website. The private function allows parents and students to login and experience the app from a personal perspective to view things like classes, combined calendars and more.

To access the personal features on the app, users should tap the "Login" icon to enter website credentials. Once authenticated students and parents will be able to receive direct access to the app to classes they are enrolled in.

Apps can be downloaded by searching for "Wauwatosa School District" in the mobile app store.

Bomb squad blasts suspicious canister found at East Tosa gas station

Aug. 23, 2015 10:53 p.m. | A Milwaukee County sheriff's office bomb squad used a robot Sunday afternoon to destroy a suspicious canister found at a gas station in East Tosa, where the scare forced the closure of North Ave. from 67th to 69th streets.

Authorities determined afterward that the canister was not a bomb but rather an empty short pipe with two endcaps, Wauwatosa Police Sgt. Chris McAtee said.

The pipe was discovered Sunday morning at the Speedway gas station at 68th St. by an employee, who thought it looked suspicious and reported it to police, McAtee said.

City police and firefighters responded, and the sheriff's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit was called in.

By 11 a.m., authorities had cleared the block around the gas station, although a crowd of onlookers had gathered at the edge of the police tape to watch as bomb squad members went to work deploying a robot down the street.

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