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Wauwatosa students hit same average ACT score as last year

Aug. 20, 2014 5:38 p.m. | Coming out ahead of the statewide average ACT score, but not showing improvement from previous years, Wauwatosa students scored a composite average of 23.4 this year on the curriculum-based college readiness test.

More Wauwatosa students took the test than ever before, according to Superintendent Phil Ertl, with 75 percent of students participating.

About 73 percent of Wisconsin high school graduates took the ACT. The average score statewide, 22.2, was the second highest in the nation, falling only behind Minnesota's average of 22.9.

Wauwatosa did not score in the top ten school districts in the metro area, which was led by Whitefish Bay with an average score of 26.72. The highest possible score is 36.

Wauwatosa students taking the test this year tied last year's score, but came in lightly lower than previous years since 2002.

U-Haul moving into former Harley-Davidson plant in Wauwatosa

1:33 p.m. | U-Haul is planning to open a new store in the former Harley-Davidson manufacturing plant at 11700 W. Capitol Drive.

An affiliate of the company recently purchased the building from Harley-Davidson for $5.25 million, according to state records.

The U-Haul store plans to offer truck and trailer rentals, a retail showroom, and self-storage options, according to a statement from the company, which said an opening date had not been determined.

Teen apparel store Garage coming to Mayfair

11:24 a.m. | Selling denim and other clothing targeted to teenage girls, Garage is scheduled to open this summer at Mayfair mall in Wauwatosa.

The Montreal-based chain has more than 300 locations in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. The store at Mayfair will be its first in the Milwaukee area. It will be located on the upper level of the mall in the Boston Store wing.

Suburban Woman's Club of Wauwatosa awards scholarships to teachers

April 17, 2015 2:33 p.m. | The Suburban Woman's Club of Wauwatosa has awarded $800 scholarships for continuing education to the following teachers:

  • Robert Kalpinski, Plank Road School
  • Laura Nemetz, Whitman Middle School
  • Peggy Paar, Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Kristin Thimmesch, Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Hannah Wendlake, Eisenhower Elementary School

The teachers will receive their awards in a ceremony May 4 at the Wauwatosa Civic Center.

The Suburban Woman's Club has been awarding scholarships to teachers for 65 years, according to Joan Riggin, chair of the group's scholarship committee.

"Their belief as mothers of Wauwatosa students is that providing financial assistant to our teachers to further their education would be their way of enriching their children's education," the group said in a press release.

Seniors now eligible for free Milwaukee County bus passes

April 16, 2015 4:48 p.m. | Milwaukee County residents 65 and older, as well as some residents with disabilities, are now eligible for free bus passes as mandated by the County Board. They had previously been able to use the transit system at half price.

Those interested in a bus pass can print an application at RideMCTS.com and submit it at the MTCS Administration Building, 1942 N. 17th St. in Milwaukee.

Beginning in May, more sites will be available for processing applications. More information is available at RideMCTS.com or by calling 414-343-1700.

Irgens names Zywave as tenant for proposed office building in Wauwatosa

April 15, 2015 10:35 a.m. | In their pitch to a Wauwatosa committee for financial assistance April 14, officials with Irgens Development Partners named software company Zywave as the tenant they have lined up for their proposed office building at the Milwaukee County Research Park.

Zywave, which is already located in the park at 10700 Research Drive, has grown out of its current space and would like to occupy 63,500 square feet of the proposed building — about 40 percent of the 155,000 square feet available, Irgens officials said. Other tenants have not been secured.

"We are running out of space to accommodate growing companies," Irgens President Jackie Walsh said. "Large blocks of space in the marketplace don't exist."

Irgens asks for city financing

Irgens is proposing a $23.5 million four-story office building for 10000 Innovation Drive, near the on-ramp from Watertown Plank Road onto Highway 45. They have asked the city for exactly $5 million to fund a two-level parking structure through a tax-incremental finance (TIF) district.

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Kmart closing in developing area of Wauwatosa

April 14, 2015 5:13 p.m. | The Kmart store in Wauwatosa, at 3201 N. Mayfair Road, is scheduled to close June 21, according to an announcement from the state Department of Workforce Development. The building has large "store closing" signs hanging outside.

Layoffs for the store's 103 employees will begin June 14, according to the DWD, which will help workers find new employment.

Wauwatosa Development Director Paulette Enders said she was not aware of plans for the building to be sold or redeveloped, and she believed it would be leased to another tenant.

As several properties in that area are under transition, Alderman Craig Wilson said it would be ideal to see major redevelopment of that corner, northwest of Mayfair Road and Burleigh Street. But in the meantime, he said he hopes businesses are able to keep the block alive on each of their own parcels.

"It's not going to kill us to have some more routine development," Wilson said. "I think it would actually be a good sign that we don't have to have big orchestrated development."

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Kmart in Wauwatosa will close

April 14, 2015 4:48 p.m. |  Troubled retailer Kmart, which has been closing stores nationwide, will shutter its location on Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa, the company has told state officials.

Kmart Corp., a unit of Sears Holdings, filed notice that it will close the store at 3201 N. Mayfair Rd. on June 21.

One hundred and three jobs will be cut.

Kmart closed its stores on S. 108th Street in Hales Corners and on S. 27th Street in Greenfield a year ago. Its location on Bluemound Road in Brookfield was shut down in December 2013.

UPDATE: Friday meeting will proceed without Rep. Kooyenga

April 14, 2015 2:13 p.m. | State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, who previously planned to meet with Wauwatosa residents Friday, April 17, said he would not be able to attend the event because of a Joint Finance Committee meeting Fiday.

Jean Davidson of the Citizens with Disabilities Committee, which helped organize the public meeting, said the event will go on without him at 6 p.m. at City Hall. She said those who attend will be able to record comments that will be delivered to Kooyenga's office. 

Kooyenga noted residents have had other opportunities to share feedback through surveys mailed to houses in his district, an online form, and a listening session in Wauwatosa March 31

"We have done tons of listening and continue listening," said Kooyenga, the assembly vice co-chair on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. "Now we're in Madison making changes based on feedback."

Davidson said the meeting Friday will include presentations by government officials and local organizations on senior care, education funding, and environmental issues in the state budget. 

DOT resumes resurfacing work on Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa

April 13, 2015 1:04 p.m. | The state Department of Transportation planned to resume resurfacing work on Mayfair Road between Burleigh Street and Silver Spring Drive Monday, April 13. There will likely be single lane closures throughout the project this spring.

The work on this section of Mayfair Road began last year with resurfacing, updated traffic signals and new turn lanes. This spring, the DOT plans to complete pavement markings, finish sidewalks, update pedestrian ramps and add landscaping.

Diamond Stone headlines 2014-15 All-Suburban Boys Basketball team

April 13, 2015 11:55 a.m. |

Player of the Year

Diamond Stone, 6-10 center, Dominican

McDonald's All-American capped perhaps the most decorated career in Wisconsin history with a fourth state championship. ... Averaged 24.4 points per game on 67 percent shooting, with 11.7 rebounds per game. ... Shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and finished with 74 blocks. ... Wrapped up his career north of 2,000 points. ... Career highlights include the only triple-double in state-tournament history, recorded as a freshman. ... Posted two double-doubles in the state games this year. ... Racked up 43 points and 18 rebounds against Division 1 foe Racine Case in the regular season. ... Committed to Maryland.

Story: Dominican's Diamond Stone left a mark that will be remembered for decades

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Wauwatosa now accepting electronic waste

April 09, 2015 4:18 p.m. | Since Goodwill stopped taking used electronics, the city of Wauwatosa has started accepting televisions and computer monitors for $25 each at its drop-off center, 11100 W. Walnut Rd. Hard drives are removed and destroyed.

City staff said there has been an increasing demand for this service as residents toss tube televisions and computer monitors in favor of flat screens. The city will gain revenue from the service, as Legacy Reycling charges $15-20 to pick up the products.

Residents can also drop off fax machines, printers, scanners and towers for free.

Tornado watch in effect

April 09, 2015 1:59 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, in effect for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha and Milwaukee counties until 11 p.m. A tornado watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes, but does not indicate that tornadoes have been spotted. People should be prepared to take safety measures if the watch escalates to a warning.

Wauwatosa voters support Bradley, Cullen and state referendum

April 08, 2015 5:53 p.m. | With a voter turnout of about 23 percent, Wauwatosa residents together picked winning candidates Tuesday, supporting Ann Bradley as Supreme Court justice, electing Eddie Cullen as county supervisor, and voting yes on the state referendum on a constitutional amendment.

Bradley took about 54 percent of the vote in Wauwatosa, and about 58 percent statewide , according to preliminary results. Cullen received about 58 percent of the votes in Wauwatosa, and 60 percent in his district, which includes parts of Wauwatosa, West Milwaukee and Milwaukee. The state referendum passed in Wauwatosa with just over 50 percent of the votes, and statewide with 53 percent.

Under the amendment approved through the referendum, the chief justice will be chosen by a majority of the justices on the court and serve for a two-year term.

Interactive: Test scores jump as Wauwatosa makes literacy a priority

April 08, 2015 11:10 a.m. | Since the Wauwatosa School Board set reading as a district focus and began implementing a new curriculum in 2009, average reading scores for fifth graders have increased by two grade levels, according to data from nationally used MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) tests.

Director of Teaching and Learning Beth Erenberger said the vast jump in reading scores is higher than growth in other subjects — and that was intentional.

"We see it as a foundation for all learning, so we want that to be a strong floor," she said.

Erenberger said the district has invested in strengthening students' reading skills by expanding training opportunities for teachers and switching to a core curriculum that focuses on specific outcomes in areas like phonics, vocabulary and comprehension.

"To be able to get continuous improvement over a period of time is what every school district would hope for," Erenberger said. "It's not an easy thing to do and it's a result of a lot of hard work."

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2015 Milwaukee suburbs election roundup

April 08, 2015 10:10 a.m. | Election returns from the Milwaukee suburbs. This page will be updated as more results become available.

Referendums pass in Mequon-Thiensville, Fox Point-Bayside

Whitnall school referendums handily defeated

Fox Point: Voters send message of change

Brown Deer: Three School Board members return for a second term

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