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Business groups urge selling County Grounds land to UWM

April 29, 2009 4:34 p.m. | Two Wauwatosa-based business groups with more than 300 member organizations have sent a letter to the Milwaukee County Board urging its members to authorize selling 89 acres of the County Grounds to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to develop an engineering and applied sciences school, as well as research and private facilities.

The West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Wauwatosa Economic Development Corp. cited their expectation that the campus would attract highly skilled professionals to the area, allow local businesses to partner on research efforts and provide money for the tax base from the private development.

The groups also urged preservation of the historic Eschweiler buildings and suggested the UWM Foundation enter into a protective covenant or other legally binding agreement to preserve the monarch butterfly habitat.

The county board's Economic and Community Development Committee is expected to vote on the proposed land sale May 11.

Motorcyclist dies after collision on North Avenue in East Tosa

Sept. 29, 2014 5:57 p.m. | A motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene of a crash at North Avenue and 67th Street Monday afternoon, according to police. Wauwatosa Police were called to the scene at about 2 p.m.

While the crash is still under investigation, Wauwatosa Police Lieutenant Brian Zalewski said it appeared the motorcyclist was heading east on North Avenue when it collided with a pickup truck traveling north on 67th Street.

Zalewski said the medical examiner was called to the scene, where the motorcyclist was pronounced dead. There were no other injuries.

Zalewski said it did not appear alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident. He said police are still looking into any conditions that might have contributed to the collision, including construction in the area.

"Part of that area is under some construction but we're not sure whether that had an impact on it," Zalewski said. "We're looking into all possible factors."

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Two-vehicle crash in Wauwatosa kills motorcyclist

Sept. 29, 2014 5:09 p.m. | A motorcyclist was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Wauwatosa, according to Wauwatosa police.

The crash was reported shortly after 2 p.m. at N. 67th St. and W. North Ave., according to Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski.

The no one else was injured in the crash, and the motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Zalewski said.

The crash remained under investigation and no further information was available, Zalewski said.

Hue serving first dinner in Tosa tonight

Sept. 29, 2014 4:44 p.m. | Hue Vietnamese Restaurant is serving its first dinner in East Tosa today at 5 p.m. in its new location at 6519 W. North Ave. Lunches could begin next week.

The menu, similar to Hue's first location in Bay View, features foods inspired by the Thua-Thien Hue Province in central Vietnam, where owners Mark Nielsen and Cat Tran have family ties. The walls are filled with artwork from the province's capital city.

The restaurant is about twice the size as the Bay View location, with 18 tables and a bar serving both beer and wine on tap.

With a larger kitchen, Nielsen said he wants to offer more seafood options to differentiate the Wauwatosa location. At the same time, the popular Hue dish Bánh Xeo (like a crepe filled with pork and shrimp) will be exclusive to Bay View.

Nielsen said East Tosa's Hue will continue to expand in the spring, with the opening of a fenced-in back patio, and a faster dining option next door. In the same building, in the storefront just east of Hue, Nielsen has plans for lunch spot that will share a kitchen with Hue but offer different menu items.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

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 6.

Ronald McDonald House expansion means there'll be room in the inn

Sept. 23, 2014 10:03 p.m. | Wauwatosa— Liz Benecke stood in the doorway and surveyed the spacious suite — the four-poster bed, the dark wood armoire equipped with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, and she smiled in approval.

Not because it is posh — though it's certainly that. The bed and armoire came from the Pfister Hotel, donated as a result of renovations there.

What she saw in the new 26,000-square-foot wing of the Ronald McDonald House was home — a place where she and her three boys can live while her 8-month-old daughter Audrey gets treatment for a brain condition at nearby Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

The suites are part of the $10 million expansion of the Ronald McDonald House at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa that got a grand opening Tuesday. The expanded house, linked by a new pedestrian bridge to the hospital, will have 70 suites, compared with the previous 38.

They will mean that Benecke and other families are less likely to be turned away when the house is full. With 38 suites, it happens to 888 families a year. It happened to Benecke. Three times.

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Pedestrian killed in crash at Bluemound and Mayfair roads

Sept. 23, 2014 2:44 p.m. | A 44-year-old West Allis woman died after she was hit by a dump truck at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Bluemound and Mayfair roads.

According to a report from the Milwaukee Police Department, the woman was crossing Mayfair Road on foot when she was hit by a dump truck traveling north. The driver was a 34-year-old man.

Witnesses said the pedestrian was walking against a red light while the truck traveled straight through the intersection, according to police. Police Captain Michael Brunson said Monday night alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

No citations were issued and police were still investigating the incident Tuesday. The district attorney's office will review the investigation when complete.

Poll: Will Wauwatosa West or Greendale win in Week 6 matchup?

Sept. 23, 2014 1:00 p.m. | Week 6 of the preps football season showcases a big Woodland Conference matchup: Wauwatosa West at Greendale.

Last year in Wauwatosa, the Panthers beat the Trojans, 35-20.

West enters the game with a 1-2 record this year (3-2 overall). Greendale is 3-0 (5-0).


Auction for YMCAs called off after no new bidders emerge

Sept. 22, 2014 6:31 p.m. | No new bidders emerged for the four YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee centers the organization plans to sell as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, so an auction set for next week has been canceled, agency officials announced Monday.

No new qualified bidders to submitted offers by a deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, according to a statement issued by the Y.

The next step is for a court hearing Sept. 30 to consider approval of the existing offer to purchase the Southwest Y in Greenfield, Tri-County in Menomonee Falls and West Suburban in Wauwatosa by the YMCA of Central Waukesha County for $7 million in cash at closing, plus a possible $1 million more based on earnings in the next two years.

At that time the court will also consider the offer by the Kettle Moraine YMCA to purchase the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville for $2 million cash at closing.

"The process has reaffirmed that the offers from the Waukesha and Kettle Moraine Y's represent the fair value of these properties," said Julie Tolan, president and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.

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Apartment project proposed for Wauwatosa Village

Sept. 22, 2014 4:01 p.m. | Looking to redevelop the 7400 block of State Street in the Wauwatosa Village area, HSI Properties is proposing a five-story complex with retail on the ground floor and apartments above, according to plans submitted to the city.

If approved by the city, the State Street Station project would raze several buildings, including two houses on 74th Street, Chase Bank, and the multitenant building that houses George Webb. HSI is already under option to purchase all of the properties.

HSI plans to install both Chase Bank and George Webb in its development, which includes three buildings in triangle formation to fit the block. The complex also would host four other retailers and 174 luxury apartments.

Construction is planned for two phases. Pending city approval, the first could start next spring, to be complete next summer, with about 75 percent of the retail and apartments. The remainder would be constructed immediately afterward, opening in the summer of 2017.

HSI President Ryan Schultz said Chase would remain open throughout construction, while George Webb would not.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

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 5.

Tosa West rushes to 31-10 win over Eisenhower

Sept. 19, 2014 10:09 p.m. | Wauwatosa West rushed for 379 yards and four touchdowns, and the defense didn’t allow a touchdown as the Trojans rolled to a 31-10 victory over New Berlin Eisenhower on Sept. 19 at home.

The Trojans improved to 1-2 in the Woodland West Division and 3-2 overall, while the Lions fell to 1-2 and 2-3 overall.

West’s star running back senior Demaris Purifoy rushed for 216 yards on 20 carries (10.8 average) and two touchdowns, while junior Truman Tyson ran for 61 yards in 7 carries (8.7) and a score. Sophomore Paris Howell added 60 yards on 11 carries (5.5) and a TD.

“I’m super happy,” Howell said. “Our team came out, executed, did what we needed to do. I love playing with Demaris. He is one of the elite backs. Whenever I get the ball, he blocks for me. Whenever he gets the ball, I block for him. He’s just a real dynamic player.”

West coach Matt Good knows that both Howell and Tyson will have to play a role the rest of the way as teams try to stop Purifoy.

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Vape Haven rejected by Wauwatosa Common Council

Sept. 17, 2014 10:34 a.m. | The Common Council on Tuesday denied Vape Haven's request to open an e-cigarette shop on North Avenue in East Tosa, affirming the same decision previously made by the Plan Commission.

Alderman Joel Tilleson said he didn't think there was enough information available about the health impacts of e-cigarettes, making it difficult for the city to safely regulate.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warns that there is "no way of knowing" if certain e-cigarettes are safe, what chemicals they contain or how much nicotine they have because of the lack of regulation by the Food and Drug Administration.

The owner of Vape Haven, Cuong Tran, was not at the Common Council meeting, although he previously said he was going to continue trying to get permission to open his store. He already has one location in Greenfield.

Consideration overdue: Thievery marring Little Free Libraries

Sept. 16, 2014 5:32 p.m. | Not everyone has been playing fair at the Little Free Libraries.

It's supposed to be take a book, leave a book. Don't take all the books.

"Last week, they cleaned me out twice," said Bess Crowley, whose front-yard book exchange was the first in Wauwatosa.

The box was emptied by some selfish person or persons six times over the past couple months. Bess put a note on the door explaining the honor system concept of the little library.

"They took the note and all the books that were there," she said.

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Thai-namite plans fall through in East Tosa

Sept. 15, 2014 2:15 p.m. | After failing to agree on a lease with an East Tosa landlord, owners of Milwaukee's Thai-namite restaurant dropped plans last month to open a new location at 7212 W. North Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Fattoni's Deli & Catering.

Thai-namite owners Kim Kongsin and Nini Buranabunyut said they still want to open another location, and they are looking exclusively in Wauwatosa for a space.

"We really want to be in Wauwatosa," Buranabunyut said.

The owner of the original space on North Avenue, Pete Venturi, said he had hoped Thai-namite would open more quickly and thought it had been delayed by opening another location in the Milwaukee Public Market. He said he's hoping to find another tenant to move in soon.

"It's been a long time without rent," Venturi said.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

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 4.

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