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School district approve tax levy, expects changes

June 23, 2009 11:10 a.m. | Numbers presented during Wauwatosa School District’s budget hearing Monday did not provide a very clear picture, due to many unknowns regarding the state budget.
But the School Board unanimously approved the 2009-10 budget because it is required to have one in place by July 1.
As of right now, the budget calls for a $43.4 million property tax levy, an 8.59 percent increase over the $40 million levy for the current budget. Property tax rates would increase to $8.09 per $1,000 of equalized property value, a hike of 64 cents per $1,000 of value.
The tax increase stems from an anticipated $1.5 million drop in state aid, said John Mack, district business services director.
He estimates the actual tax levy will come in a lower, at about a 5 percent increase, after the state approves its budget.
At this time, school officials said they do not foresee having to make any layoffs or significant cutbacks, but they are coming up with options to reduce the budget if the state’s budget results in less funding than anticipated.

Wauwatosa police will host OWI Task Force deployment

Sept. 02, 2015 4:08 p.m. | Police officers will be out on the roads stopping and arresting impaired drivers this coming holiday weekend, according to a news release from the Wauwatosa Police Department.

In an effort to educate the public regarding the dangers of impaired driving, the Wauwatosa Police Department will host a "Street Corner Roll Call" at the intersection of North Mayfair Road and West Bluemound Road Sept. 5 as part of a Labor Day Weekend OWI Task Force deployment.

There will be a large visible presence of law enforcement officers from numerous agencies throughout the Southeastern Wisconsin at the roll call, according to the news release.

"The goal is to educate the public regarding the dangers impaired driving poses to all motorists on the road," the release said. "We also want to bring awareness to law enforcement's ongoing commitment to deterring impaired driving and arresting those who choose to drive under the influence."

Following the event, the OWI Task Force officers will deploy on their directed patrol assignments to look for and arrest impaired drivers.

WauwaTiki, the tiki bar planned in Tosa, is projecting a November opening

Sept. 02, 2015 10:46 a.m. | The owners of the tiki bar planned for 6502 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa expect to close on the sale of the building this month and hope to open WauwaTiki in November.

Jason Growel, owner of the Eastsider bar in Milwaukee and co-owner of WauwaTiki, said the closing of the building is set for Sept. 16. He and business partner Peter Panagos, owner of the Hotch in Milwaukee, had originally hoped to open their new place this summer.

Wauwatosa’s Community Development Authority this week awarded the owners a $100,000 loan, forgiveable if they meet their projections of hiring the equivalent of at least 14 full-time workers and if they stay in business at least five years.

Plans call for the tiki bar and restaurant to serve menu items with Hawaiian, Caribbean and African flavors for lunch and dinner. Because the neighborhood is made up of many young families, the partners have said, they plan to have a children's menu and nonalcoholic drinks as well. 

Sport Shorts: Sept. 3, 2015

Sept. 02, 2015 10:33 a.m. |


The Wauwatosa East girls took the top four places at the Firefly dual against Wauwatosa West and eight of the top 10 on Aug. 25 at Hart Park, winning by a score of 16 to 47.

The Red Raiders were led by juniors Janet Fee(13:06.4), Kacy Fisher(13:08), Jordyn Summerfield(13:09.6) and Andrea Mabie(13.12.5), who took the top four spots in the race.

Tosa East also finished sixth, seventh eighth and ninth behind sophomore Sydney Evans(13:58.5), freshman Abby Wood(13:59.2), sophomore Kyra Meach(14:05.1) and senior Kayla Klein(14:17.4).

Other top-20 finishers were junior Julia Bartlett(11th, 14:44.5), junior Amara Green(14th, 14:56), sophomore Vanessa Schuh(15th, 14:58.5), freshman Elsa Klein(16th, 15:02.9) and freshman Ginger Wrensch(19th, 15:36.3).

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Despite loss, Wauwatosa East's defense continues to shine

Sept. 02, 2015 10:18 a.m. | Wauwatosa East is hoping its offense starts to play up to par with its defense, as the Red Raiders (0-2) open up the Greater Metro Conference season at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Hart Park.

A disappointing — and probably upset — Menomonee Falls team is coming to town. The Indians are 0-2 under first-year coach Dan Lutz. The Indians, usually one of the upper-level teams in the GMC, lost to a surprising Oak Creek team, 26-0, in the opener and Superior, 37-20, last Friday.

"The GMC is the toughest league in Wisconsin," coach Mike Richards said. "We are opening up against a strong team. Even with their new coach, they are not going to miss a beat. They will bring their best effort."

The Red Raiders, having allowed only 29 points in two games — a 17-0 loss to Tosa West in the opener and a 12-7 loss to Union Grove last week — need to improve an offense averaging 3.5 points a game. There is no problem with the defense, though, which is allowing only 14.5 points per game.

Richards deflected credit to his defensive staff for their role in holding down Union Grove.

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Wauwatosa West football team beats Grafton to start season 2-0 once again

Sept. 02, 2015 10:08 a.m. | For the fourth straight season, the Wauwatosa West football team began the season with a 2-0 record, and now the Trojans get ready for the Woodland Conference opener against league preseason favorite Pewaukee.

The Pirates are 1-1, having defeated Brown Deer, 21-0, before losing to Wisconsin Lutheran, 35-14, last week. West, which defeated Tosa East, 17-0, and Grafton, 21-16, travel to Pewaukee for a 7 p.m. game Friday, Sept. 4.

"We have the same thoughts as we have all season," coach Matt good when asked about the opener. "We're a work in progress. We played better last Friday than we did in the first game, and now we want to play better this week."

In the road win over Grafton on Aug. 28, the Trojans fell behind not once, not twice, but three times, but bounced back to win the game with a fourth-quarter score.

"The comebacks were a total team effort," Good said. "Each guy went out and tried to win their position battles. They were mentally tough, kept an even keel and kept fighting."

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Wauwatosa West girls volleyball team takes second at Early Bird tournament

Sept. 02, 2015 9:58 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West girls volleyball team went 3-2 and finished second in the Milwaukee Lutheran Early Bird Tournament last weekend.

"The overall tournament was a success," coach Kelly Dwyer said. "This was a great first step in the process of our season. Having a young team, it's nice for them to get out there and have success, get that confidence going, make them more hungry to improve even more."

West beat Ashwaubenon (2-0), Marshall (2-0) and Kenosha Indian Trails (2-1) and lost to Grafton twice (1-4).

In the first loss to Grafton (18-25, 25-17, 15-17), Clare Honan (five kills), Emma Elliott (seven assists) and Ashley Vulgaris (13 digs) led the stat parade.

"We came out a little sluggish in our first game against Grafton," Dwyer said. "I think we might have a little nerves being the first game of the season. For a lot of these girls it was there first-ever varsity volleyball match, but we kept battling and took the match to a third game. We actually had game point, but the ref missed an obvious double hit, and Grafton came back to win the match."

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Wauwatosa West boys soccer team goes 1-1-1 at Muskego Quad

Sept. 02, 2015 9:53 a.m. | You win some, you loss some and some are tied up.

That's what happened to the Wauwatosa West boys soccer team at the Muskego Quad on Aug. 27-29. The Trojans defeated St. Anthony's, tied Green Bay East and lost to Appleton.

In the 1-0 win over St. Anthony on Aug. 27, coach Ryan Bailey knew there would be inconsistencies since it was the first match of the year.

"We wanted to stay as organized as possible and keep a clean sheet for 90 minutes," he said. "We were able to do this and eventually shot the winner through Addison Leisten."

It took awhile, but the Trojans scored late to tie Green Bay East, 2-2, on Aug. 28.

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Wauwatosa West girls tennis team nips Vikings

Sept. 02, 2015 9:48 a.m. | Wauwatosa West defeated New Berlin West, 4-3, on Aug. 27 at home, and Tosa East went 2-3 in the Waukesha South Invite on Aug. 24 in a light week for the local netters as their weekend invitational was rained out.

No. 4 singles Maria Poehls won (6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4), and the doubles teams won by the following scores: No. 1 Alicia Picard-Connie Terlizzi (6-0, 6-0), No. 2 Abbey Kuehn-Morgan McDuffie (3-6, 6-2, 6-2) and No. 3 Da Dovangvily-Alissa Pick (7-6 (2), 7-5).

Zervas was pleased with Poehls' performance, as well as Kuehn/McDuffie.

"Maria played a super match, getting a three-set victory against a very experienced 4 singles player," he said.

The East girls tennis team went 2-3 in the Waukesha South Tournament on Aug. 24, beating South Milwaukee and Racine Horlick and losing to Waterford, Beaver Dam and Hamilton.

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Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team has good week

Sept. 02, 2015 9:33 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys cross-country team took eight of the top 10 spots at the Firefly dual against Wauwatosa West on Aug. 25 at Hart Park.

Coach Mackenzie Laska's crew took the top four spots in the race, which the girls team matched.

Senior Sam Potter led the way, winning in 10:58, before senior Marquez Green, junior Jack Sveum (11:19) and senior Nathan Green (11:26).

Senior Paul Gagne was seventh (11:41), followed by junior Faisal Bartlett (11:50), junior Eli Werner (11:52) and sophomore Matt Doberstein (11:54).

Two days later, Tosa East took part in the Menomonee Falls Grade Level Challenge on Aug. 27 at Rotary Park in Menomonee Falls.

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Hazardous waste collection event sets Sept. 12 date

Sept. 01, 2015 9:38 p.m. | Milwaukee County residents are invited to properly dispose of chemicals from homes and garages from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

Materials that can be collected include antifreeze, brake fluid, driveway sealer, paint thinner, varnish, solvent-based cleaners, nail polish, batteries, pool chemicals and weed killer.

The event is hosted by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

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Also, Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers will host its annual shredding event that day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall. For more information visit

Tosa Green Summit returns Sept. 12

Sept. 01, 2015 4:45 p.m. | The fifth annual Tosa Green Summit is Sept. 12 at the Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7725 W. North Avenue.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features and informational open house about making communities more sustainable. More than 20 exhibitors will be available to talk about home energy, conservation, water, gardening, transportation, food and more.

Eventgoers may enter raffles for a rain barrel, composter and Wauwatosa Drop Off Center permits.

For more information, "like" the event on Facebook by searching for "Tosa Green Summit."

Call for Taste of Tosa cupcake and chili registrants

Sept. 01, 2015 4:43 p.m. | The Tosa Neighborhood Association Council will host the 40th annual Taste of Tosa Cupcake and Chili Challenge at Tosafest the morning of Sept. 12.

Those interested in joining the competition may enter their favorite cupcakes or chili to be eligible for more than $1,000 in prizes.

After judging, the remaining entries will be sold in the Food Court located in the Chancery parking lot, 7615 W. State St. Proceeds will benefit the Neighborhood Association Council.

For more information, visit the Tosafest website

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.


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