H 63° L 57°
Partly Cloudy | 8MPH
- selected communitywatch item -

Wauwatosa West 'We the People' team making another run in national competition

Feb. 25, 2014 9:08 a.m. | Wauwatosa West social studies teacher Chad Mateske and his “We the People” team made it a perfect seven out of seven last month when they again qualified for a national constitutional convention held in the Washington D.C. area this April.

They have done so every year of their existence.

“We’ve been quite fortunate,” Mateske said.

“We the People” is a state-wide competition that’s held in conjunction with the American Public Policy Special Emphasis. Under Mateske’s tutelage, third-year high school students at Wauwatosa West work year-round researching constitutional questions in American government and civics. During competition, panels of constitutional experts – usually lawyers and professors – quiz teams of students on their knowledge and require quick and critical answers.

“My daughter has really come out of her shell,” said Mary Ann Panella-Best, a “We the People” parent. “I’ve seen her mature, manage her time and grow in leadership development. Meeting up with this group is the best thing that’s happened to her.”

» Read Full Article

Thirsty Duck brings duckpin bowling to Wauwatosa

June 29, 2015 4:53 p.m. | Minutes before opening their new duckpin bowling alleys in Wauwatosa Monday, brothers Dan and Mark Zierath took a minute to bowl side by side before getting back to work with their staff putting final touches on the new Thirsty Duck bar and restaurant.

The Zieraths already own and operate Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, 11302 W. Bluemound Road, and recently began leasing the former location of Pitch's Baby Grand for their new bar, right next door. The Thirsty Duck is at 11320 W. Bluemound Road.

Duckpin bowling follows the same rules as traditional bowling but everything is about a third of the size, including the balls, lanes, and pins. Human pin-setters (who accept tips) reset the lanes and send the balls back on a half-pipe of PVC after each bowl.

The lanes are equipped with a sound system and disco lights for "midnight" bowling after 11:30 p.m. each night.

"It's going to be a lot of fun in here," Dan Zierath said. "When you hit a strike, everyone is high-fiving and the camaraderie is great."

» Read Full Article

Kate Spade New York store to open at Mayfair Mall

June 29, 2015 9:23 a.m. | Wauwatosa — A new lifestyle brand for women announced Monday it will open its first-in-Wisconsin full price store.

Kate Spade New York is projected to open on the lower level center court of Mayfair Mall spring 2016.

Kate Spade New York is a global, multichannel, lifestyle brand that offers handbags, clothing, jewelry, shoes and fashion accessories along with complementary tabletop accessories, stationery and décor.

"(Kate Spade New York) is a wonderful addition to our mix of fashionable retailers," said Stephen Smith, senior general manager of Mayfair in a statement. "We continue our commitment to providing our guests with the most exclusive stores to enhance their shopping experience, and Kate Spade New York perfectly aligns with that goal."

Suspect charged in shooting of Wauwatosa police officer

June 25, 2015 11:13 a.m. | Najee Harmon of Milwaukee was charged Thursday with attempted homicide in the shooting of Wauwatosa police detective Jeffrey Griffin and firing at two other officers in the incident last week.

Harmon, who turns 21 on Friday, faces four felony counts, which carry a combined maximum sentence of more than 200 years. Three of the charges are for attempted first-degree intentional homicide. The fourth charge is for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Harmon was convicted of substantial battery, a felony, in 2012. As a part of his sentence, he was not allowed to be in possession of a firearm.

The charging documents allege the incident occurred when three Wauwatosa police officers were investigating a recent burglary when they spotted a parked red Honda that had been reported stolen. Harmon and an unidentified female allegedly walked out of a nearby apartment and into the stolen vehicle near N. 60th St. and W. Good Hope Road.

Two plainclothes police officers in an unmarked car, and one uniformed police officer in a marked Wauwatosa squad car, blocked the car in. Police drew their weapons and ordered Harmon to surrender. The charging documents say Harmon fled on foot, drew a handgun and fired it at officers. One bullet struck the Wauwatosa detective in the pelvic area.

» Read Full Article

Police identify Wauwatosa detective shot, injured in Milwaukee

June 23, 2015 5:57 p.m. | Wauwatosa police have identified the Wauwatosa detective shot June 19 in Milwaukee as 51-year-old Jeffrey Griffin, who has worked for the department for 25 years.

Griffin was shot in the 7100 block of 60th Street shortly after 9 a.m. while investigating a burglary that had occurred in Wauwatosa, police said. A suspect in the shooting was taken into custody the next day. 

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber said Griffin is in stable condition and improving after surgery, but faces a long recovery.

"I appreciate that everyone has been respectful of the family's personal time and am thankful for the expressions of hope for Jeff's recovery," Weber said in a statement. "Our police department members will support him and his family in every way we can."

During his career with the department, Griffin has been a patrol officer, bicycle officer, community support specialist, school resource officer and member of the special response team. He was promoted to a detective ranking in 2011.

» Read Full Article

Tosa West student headed to journalism conference in D.C.

June 23, 2015 1:23 p.m. | Wauwatosa — A Wauwatosa West student has been selected to represent the state of Wisconsin in an academic and scholarship program for journalism in the nation's capitol.

Senior Zoe Stack was selected from hundreds of applicants to attend the 2015 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference June 20-25. The conference will take place at the Newseum in Washington D.C. Stack will also receive a $1,000 scholarship, according to a news release from the Wauwatosa School District.

The Free Spirit program, an initiative of the Newseum Institute, is an annual academic and scholarship program designed to inspire and equip students to pursue journalism and media careers. The program began in 1999 to honor Al Neuharth, the founder of "USA Today," the Newseum and the Freedom Forum.

Attending students will learn about the First Amendment, study the three branches of government and how journalists cover them, will visit the U.S. Capitol and the "USA Today" headquarters and will attend a taping of NBC's "Meet the Press," among other activities.

Wauwatosa school board approves 8 percent levy hike under preliminary budget

June 23, 2015 12:53 p.m. | Without discussion, the Wauwatosa school board unanimously approved a preliminary budget June 22 that increases the district's levy by about 7.9 percent for the 2015-16 school year.

The district's budget and tax levy will not be finalized until fall, after the state budget is set.

John Mack, director of business services for the district, said the levy increase is compensating for a decrease in equalization aid from the state. Due to increased property value in the city, Mack projects the district will lose about $6.25 million in equalization aid over the next two years.

Equalization aid is meant to help equalize revenue between poorer and wealthier districts.

Despite the aid loss, Mack said the rising value of the city should ultimately pay off for the average taxpayer, as a larger tax base will spread the tax burden more thinly. In 2016, the 8 percent increase in total levy can be accomplished with just a 4 percent increase to the tax rate due to the growing tax base. 

» Read Full Article

Suspect in Tosa detective shooting charged in earlier armed robbery

June 22, 2015 4:48 p.m. | The man suspected of opening fire and wounding a Wauwatosa detective last week was charged Monday with an armed robbery in Milwaukee that occurred days before the shooting.

Prosecutors and police say Najee Harmon, 20, held a woman at gunpoint as she sat inside a car about noon last Tuesday in the parking lot of a check cashing business on W. Fond du Lac Ave.

The woman's brother had been driving the car and was inside the check cashing business when Harmon jumped in the car, put a gun to her neck and demanded the car keys, according to a criminal complaint.

The woman said she didn't have the car keys, prompting Harmon to say, "I want all the money or I'm going to shoot you," the complaint states.

She handed over her wallet and Harmon fled in a waiting car, which police say was driven by Simione S. Parks, 20, who also is charged in connection with the robbery, court records show. Harmon and Parks were identified on surveillance video and by witnesses as the two men involved, the complaint says.

» Read Full Article

2015 4th of July events in suburban Milwaukee

June 22, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Welcome to summer! Area communities have numerous events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2015. If you know of an event you don't see listed here, drop us a line at Enjoy!

A list of 4th of July celebrations in Lake Country is a available here.

City of Brookfield 

Join the city of Brookfield as it celebrates Independence Day on Saturday, July Fourth. The day’s activities begin with a parade that starts at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Gebhardt Road at the driveway of Brookfield Central High School, turns right on Calhoun Road, left on North Avenue, and left on Norhardt Drive, where it ends at the corner of Civic Drive.

The annual citywide ice cream social takes place on the Civic Plaza immediately after the parade. Ice cream and lemonade are available. There will be a flag-raising ceremony and other entertainment.

» Read Full Article

Tip leads police to suspect in shooting of Wauwatosa detective

June 20, 2015 5:48 p.m. | A massive manhunt for the suspect in the shooting of a Wauwatosa detective ended late Saturday morning after a tip led police to a north side home, where officers found the man hiding in the basement.

Police had been searching for more than 24 hours for 20-year-old Najee Harmon on suspicion that he shot and wounded the detective on Milwaukee's northwest side shortly after 9 a.m. Friday. The incident happened near N. 60th St. and W. Good Hope Road.

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said someone called Wauwatosa police with a tip that led officers to a north side Milwaukee home in the 2500 block of N. 21st St., near W. Wright St., where Harmon was hiding.

Officers with the department's Fugitive Apprehension Unit searched the home, and Milwaukee K-9 Emo found Harmon "hiding in the basement," Flynn said.

The chief said Harmon was arrested without incident, and neither he nor any officers were injured when he was taken into custody.

» Read Full Article

Suspect in shooting of Tosa detective eludes police

June 19, 2015 11:28 p.m. | The search continued late Friday night for the gunman who shot and wounded a Wauwatosa police detective on Milwaukee's northwest side earlier in the day.

The shooting occurred shortly after 9 a.m. near N. 60th St. and W. Good Hope Road, according to Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn.

The detective was in serious but stable condition, according to Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber.

The injuries suffered by the detective, identified only as a 52-year-old man with 25 years of service, were more serious than first thought, Weber added, because of the way the bullet traveled in his body.

Flynn identified the suspect in the shooting as Najee M. Harmon, 20.

» Read Full Article

Benji's Deli plans to open next to Camp Bar in Wauwatosa

June 19, 2015 6:15 p.m. | Benji's Deli is planning to move into the space next to Camp Bar in Wauwatosa by the end of this year, co-owner Michael Price said Friday.

Camp Bar, just next door at 6600 W. North Ave., announced earlier this month that it was acquiring the space from the Natural Health Center, a chiropractic, nutritional counseling and health food store. That business is downsizing and moving to 8334 W. Bluemound Road, according to owner Herbert Kuehnemann.

Camp Bar owner Paul Hackbarth, who had asked customers on social media what they would like to see in the space, said there was demand for a deli. Hackbarth said Benji’s would also benefit the bar directly by providing late-night food to its patrons. 

“We wanted something that would complement us and provide a little extra diversity in the food menu,” Hackbarth said. 

Outside of its regular 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours, Benji’s plans to deliver bar food to Camp Bar with a menu that includes some of the deli’s staples like Reubens, corned beef, burgers and hotdogs, as well as new items.

» Read Full Article

Indulgence Chocolatiers now open in Wauwatosa

June 19, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Indulgence Chocolatiers is now open in Wauwatosa, serving handcrafted chocolates and Purple Door Ice Cream at 6538 W. North Ave.

The store is in the former location of Not Just Nuts, which closed last summer after the death of the longtime owner, Gary Garski. Garski sold nuts, candy and other snacks for more than 25 years there.

Brian Waterman, who owns Indulgence Chocolatiers with his wife Julie, said he likes the idea of continuing a tradition of selling sweets on that corner.

"While we're a more upscale European-style spot, we're glad to continue the legacy of a confectionery," Brian Waterman said. "We've had a lot of people come in and say they used to come in as kids and loved it."

Along with modern touches like their statement chandeliers, the store has some old-fashioned elements as a nod to the past, like apothecary jars for holding toppings and large chalkboards for menus.

» Read Full Article

Wauwatosa police detective shot in Milwaukee

June 19, 2015 11:19 a.m. | A Wauwatosa police detective was in surgery Friday afternoon after being shot in Milwaukee shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, according to social media posts from Wauwatosa and Milwaukee police departments. 

Milwaukee police tweeted that the officer was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and Wauwatosa police said in a Facebook post that the officer was in surgery about 12:30 p.m. 

According to Milwaukee police, the Wauwatosa officer had been investigating a burglary in the 7100 block of North 60th Street. Several law enforcement agencies responded to search for the armed suspect. 

Police were still searching for the suspect with the aid of a helicopter as of 11:30 a.m. Friday, according to a tweet from the Milwaukee Police Department. 

Wauwatosa police were not immediately available Friday to comment on the incident.

» Read Full Article

Venturis roll out old menu with new spin at Tosa Bowl and Bun

June 16, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Longtime customers of Pete and Sue Venturi's original deli will see many familiar favorites when Tosa Bowl and Bun opens at 7212 W. North Ave., although the interior has been refreshed with a bowling theme. The soup and sandwich shop opened Tuesday, June 16.

The Venturis previously ran a deli in the location for 14 years, beginning in 1997. Then they handed the keys to Fattoni's, which closed in March of last year.

As they ease back into the business, the Venturis are planning to start with their original menu from their first deli, which includes soups, sandwiches, pastas, chicken and tuna salads, fresh bread and rolls, and hot ham on Sundays. They plan to add new dishes to the menu over time.

"We're opening with our old menu to start with what we know, and then we'll add on," Sue Venturi said.

While the menu is a throwback to the last decade, the interior throws it back farther to when there was a bowling alley in the basement of the building. Sue Venturi said the alley is the first place she remembers bowling. She said many customers come in with memories of that alley.

» Read Full Article

In 'one last try' to preserve Wauwatosa's Eschweiler buildings, Mandel seeks proposals

June 15, 2015 4:20 p.m. | More than 100 years after they were designed by Alexander Eschweiler for the Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy, several of the historic buildings on Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa could be demolished this fall.

In a final attempt to find the money to rehabilitate the Eschweiler buildings, an affilate of the Mandel Group plans to issue a request for proposals this week for an individual or group to fix them up as office space, retail, housing or another use it approves.

Mandel Group, which is currently building the Echelon Apartments on the Eschweiler campus, is already renovating the administration building to be an apartment leasing office. But Mandel Group's senior development manager Phillip Aiello said it wasn't financially feasible for the group to use the other Eschweiler buildings, which have extensive structural issues.

Built in 1912, the buildings are made of dark red bricks in Tudor Revival style, with red clay tile roofs, gables and wood windows. After the agriculture school closed in 1928, the buildings were used as part of a county-run orphanage, and later rented by private medical companies before being boarded up.

Vacant for at least eight years, the buildings are degrading with water damage, crumbling walls and broken glass. To get up to code, they would require interior reconstruction and all new utilities.

» Read Full Article

Page Tools


Latest Posts