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DA charges man in grocery store thefts

Feb. 16, 2009 4:37 p.m. | A 52-year-old Milwaukee man who allegedly shoplifted seven times from Metcalf's Sentry Foods has been charged with misdemeanor theft.

According to police:

On Feb. 8, Gerald Stewart filled a cart with $115 in meat products before wheeling it into a different aisle and stuffing the merchandise into empty bags he had brought into the store.

He exited without paying and walked away from security staff when they approached him.

Stewart told officers he took food because he was unable to work and had to care for his mother.

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T.J. Maxx opening Oct. 30 in Wauwatosa

11:55 a.m. | T.J. Maxx is scheduled to open Oct. 30 at Wauwatosa's Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St.

The grand opening will start with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:30 a.m., when the store will present a $5,000 donation to the Children's Outing Association. The store will be open to shoppers 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the first 1,000 customers receiving free reusable bags.

T.J. Maxx will join several other retailers that have been operating at Mayfair Collection since it opened in April, including Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue off 5th, Old Navy, and Dick's Sporting Goods. Most recently, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse opened Sept. 20, and Corner Bakery Cafe opened Oct. 20.

Work is already underway on a second phase of construction at Mayfair Collection. It is slated to include a 144-room Hilton Homewood Suites, a Whole Foods Market, three Bartolotta restaurants, and a recently announced Pizza Man restaurant.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

500 free winter emergency kits given away at Mayfair tomorrow

Oct. 17, 2014 2:33 p.m. | More than 500 free emergency kits will be given away at Mayfair's Center Court, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, on Saturday, Oct. 18 to help prepare Milwaukee families for the winter storm season.

Last winter was Milwaukee's coldest in 35 years, according to the National Weather Service. The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts that this year will bring colder temperatures and heavier snowfall than normal, the news release said.

Dozens of volunteers will help distribute the kits from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kits include an emergency blanket, flashlight, first aid kit, cleaning supplies and more.

Camp Bar Tosa opens Saturday

Oct. 17, 2014 1:41 p.m. | Camp Bar Tosa plans to open to the public at noon Saturday at 6600 W. North Ave. There will be a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. and live music at 9.

The atmosphere at Camp Bar Tosa is similar to Camp's first location in Shorewood, 4044 N. Oakland Ave. With the aesthetic of a Northwoods cabin, the bar has a central fireplace, a moose head, wood paneling and dart boards.

The Wauwatosa location is larger than Shorewood's, with a bar that seats 34 and a total capacity of 261 people. There are 16 beers and eight wines on tap.

The bar doesn't have a kitchen, but offers pizzas from its neighbor, Cranky Al's. Diners can put their orders in with Camp bartenders and their meals will be delivered.

Owner Paul Hackbarth said he hopes to be a big part of the East Tosa neighborhood.

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The Malt Shoppe grand opening party is Oct. 24-26

Oct. 15, 2014 9:38 a.m. | The Malt Shoppe, 813 N. Mayfair Road, welcomes the public to its grand opening party Friday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26.

The Malt Shoppe is a destination for craft beer lovers with 30 brews on tap, and eventually, more than 1,000 packaged varieties of beer, which patrons can take home in their own growlers.

Owner Pat Lafferty said he thinks customers and beer enthusiasts will appreciate being able to take home draft beer in growlers from the shop, according to an earlier interview with Wauwatosa NOW.

JCPenney Furniture Outlet receives bomb threat

Oct. 15, 2014 7:27 a.m. | J.C. Penney Furniture Outlet, 11800 W. Burleigh St., was the victim of a bomb threat at 12:46 p.m. Oct. 8, according to Wauwatosa police report blotters.

The report states that an unnamed sales representative at the store received a call from an unknown person with a blocked number saying, "there is a bomb in your building."

The report summary did not include any additional information. A full report was requested from the Wauwatosa Police Department for additional information.

Former Maharaja partner plans Indian restaurant for Wauwatosa

Oct. 13, 2014 2:46 p.m. | Charnjit Bolla, who was a partner at Milwaukee's Maharaja restaurant for 17 years, is planning to open his own restaurant, India Garden, at 2930 N. 117th St. in the former location of Open Hearth.

The Wauwatosa Community Development Committee is scheduled to consider a permit Tuesday for the restaurant to modify the building. The plans include 98 seats, a patio area, a full-service bar and an indoor fireplace.

Bolla said India Garden's menu will have some overlap with Maharaja's, but will also have some additional items, including a lobster dish. He plans to serve dinners and lunch buffets daily, with catering and carry-out also available.

If approved by the city, Bolla said he hopes to open the first week of November.

New antique shop could replace Twirly Birds in Wauwatosa Village

Oct. 13, 2014 1:17 p.m. | With Twirly Birds moving to Waukesha, a new antique shop called Studio Ric Rak could be taking its place at 7532 W. State St. in the Village area of Wauwatosa.

The Plan Commission is scheduled to consider a conditional use permit for the store at its meeting tonight.

In plans submitted to the city, business owners Linda Kautz and Chris Jauch said Studio Ric Rak would feature antiques, vintage items, and repurposed merchandise.

"We look forward to continuing the legacy of the previous tenants, Twirly Birds, and bringing a unique shop with the charm benefiting downtown Wauwatosa," Kautz and Jauch wrote in a letter.

Kautz said they already have a lease at the space and hope to open later this month or as soon as they get approval from the city.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 8.

ID not required for voting

Oct. 10, 2014 1:03 p.m. | With the U.S. Supreme Court blocking Wisconsin's voter ID law Oct. 9, voters are no longer required to present an ID to vote absentee or at the polls on election day Nov. 4.

Wauwatosa Clerk Carla Ledesma said this ruling allowed the city to mail 40 absentee ballots it had been holding back because voters had not submitted IDs.

Any Wauwatosa resident can vote absentee by requesting a ballot by mail, or voting in person at City Hall as early as Oct. 20. More information is available on the city website.

Corner Bakery announces Oct. 20 opening

Oct. 09, 2014 11:07 a.m. | Wisconsin's first Corner Bakery Café announced it will open officially in The Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St., on Monday, Oct. 20.

Travel coffee mugs with free daily refills for one year will be given away to the first 100 guests in line on opening day. In the first month of business, there will also be weekly drawings to award free grilled panini for a year to four winners.

Corner Bakery is owned and operated by Neo Fourno, Inc., a local franchise group owned and operated by Dimitri and Peter Dimitropoulos, who have been Milwaukee restaurateurs for the past 15 years.

The brothers plan to open a total of 10 cafes in the Milwaukee and Madison area within the next five years.

"We are thrilled to bring Corner Bakery Café to Milwaukee," said operating partner Peter Dimitropoulos. "We're confident Corner Bakery Cafe will soon become a favorite among Milwaukee residents."

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Pizza Man to open second location at The Mayfair Collection

Oct. 09, 2014 9:48 a.m. | Pizza Man is opening a second location in The Mayfair Collection by spring 2015.

This is the first time Pizza Man has expanded beyond its flagship location on North Downer Avenue in Milwaukee, which reopened last year after being destroyed by a fire.

Pizza Man will seat 200 diners and include an outdoor patio, similar to its Milwaukee east side location and will be located just east of Corner Bakery Café, which was announced to open Monday, Oct. 20.

Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to can also submit letters online via our submission form.

No injuries in Wauwatosa house fire Sunday night

Oct. 06, 2014 10:54 a.m. | No injuries were reported after the Wauwatosa Fire Department responded to a house fire about 7 p.m. Sunday night in the 1900 block of Ludington Avenue. The fire caused damage initially estimated at $75,000, according to a report from the fire department.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Assistant Chief Jim Case said it appeared to be related to faulty chimney bricks. Residents reported smoke in the attic, and fire crews found fire within the walls and floors. Three tenants were displaced from the duplex.

The Wauwatosa Fire Department was assisted by the police department and the North Shore, Butler, Brookfield and Milwaukee fire departments. They were on the scene for about three hours.

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