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Cross-country photo gallery now online

Aug. 29, 2009 8:55 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from the Menomonee Falls Challenge cross-country meet.

The gallery includes photos of runners from Wauwatosa, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield, Germantown, Nicolet, Waukesha and Homestead high schools.

Check out the gallery by NOW photographer Peter Zuzga.

Truck carrying appliances collides with railroad bridge in Wauwatosa

July 01, 2016 6:45 p.m. | Wauwatosa police have reported that a truck carrying appliances struck the railroad bridge on Swan Boulevard near Menomonee River Parkway the morning of July 1.

According to police, the truck was traveling southbound when it approached the bridge. The driver noticed the clearance limit sign, but it was too late. Fearing he would cause a crash for the driver traveling behind him, the driver chose not step on his brakes before he hit the bridge, police said.

The top and back of the truck were ripped off during the incident, Public Information Officer Lt. Brian Zalewski said. The driver's employer, consumer electronics and home appliances retailer HH Greg, rented the truck, which had an "Enterprise" logo on its side.

A tow truck was called to the scene to assist around 10:30 a.m. July 1. The bridge was inspected following the incident and no issues were found.

No one was injured.

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Tosa Top 5: Five things you need to know about in Wauwatosa this week

July 01, 2016 2:36 p.m. | Here's a list of the top five stories from Wauwatosa this week:

1. Wauwatosa Village businesses remain upbeat amid ongoing reconstruction

2. Wauwatosa endorses bus rapid transit route, more approvals needed

3. East Tosa Gran Prix draws racers from across the continent

4. Wauwatosa Virtual Academy reports consistent enrollment numbers

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Tosa fire chief named to Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association

July 01, 2016 11:00 a.m. | A familiar face around Wauwatosa will join the new Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association board of directors.

Wauwatosa Fire Chief Rob Ugaste has been named president of the board for the 2016-17 year.

The WSFCA is an organization dedicated to the representation and education of chief fire officers throughout the state, according to a news release. The group monitors and provides input regarding regulatory and legislative issues and provides annual opportunities for education.

The group recently concluded its annual conference held in Green Bay. The new board includes representatives from across Wisconsin including Greenfield, Campbell, Pewaukee, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Wausau, Grand Chute, Fox Lake and Stoddard Bergen.

Wauwatosa's 22nd Secret Garden Tour scheduled for July 9

June 30, 2016 4:14 p.m. | Area residents will have the opportunity to explore private and historic gardens during Wauwatosa's 22nd annual Secret Garden Tour, scheduled for July 9.

Hosted by the Wauwatosa Beautification Committee, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, locals can tour six private gardens and those at the Kneeland-Walker House, 7406 Hillcrest Drive, which is the starting point of the tour.

Participants can meet and speak with Melinda Myers, sponsored by the American Transmission Company, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Myers will have native plants and "grow smart" materials available. A master gardener presentation about lifelong gardening is also planned.

Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Alfa Flower Shop, The Flower Lady, Fruit of the Bloom, Rose's Flower Shop, Stein's Garden and Home (Wauwatosa location only) and Wisconsin Garden and Pet. Tickets are $12 on tour day and will be available at the Kneeland-Walker House. The tour will happen rain or shine.

Wauwatosa Village businesses remain upbeat amid ongoing reconstruction

June 30, 2016 12:50 p.m. | Owner of The Little Read Book store Linda Burg knows that when it comes to the ongoing streetscape construction work, there's a light at the end of the tunnel — a very long tunnel.

"When it's done, it's going to be spectacular," said Burg of the reconstruction in the Village of Wauwatosa, which began in early May. The project — projected to reach substantial completion by the end of October — will replace old infrastructure and road surface along State Street and concrete pavers and landscaping features will be installed to create a cureless center village plaza.

"It's going to be very European, very beautiful," Burg said. The store owner said she noticed a similar streetscape design during a recent trip to Dublin.

"I was all excited," she said.

Customers remain loyal

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Initial Reaction Podcast: A look ahead to US Open 2017, look back at Champions Tour event in Madison

June 29, 2016 2:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sports columnist and golf writer Gary D'Amato stops by to chat about the next U.S. Open, to be hosted at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin. He also talks a little Bucks draft, and JP and JR focus on the selection of Thon Maker and the landing spots for former Wisconsin prep products Henry Ellenson and Diamond Stone. Plus, JP reports back from the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event, the American Family Insurance Championship, in Madison and the Kohler Grand Prix IndyCar race at Elkhart Lake. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Seventh-inning rally sparks Wauwatosa East over West, 5-4

June 29, 2016 10:26 a.m. | Wauwatosa East rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning and then held off Wauwatosa West and came away with a thrilling 5-4 victory on June 25 at Breitlow Field in the annual Battle of Tosa nonconference game.

"I could say it's just another game, but last week we really struggled," West coach Jason Borski said. "We really wanted this game to finish out the week nicely."

Obviously, East coach Pete Schwichtenberg was feeling a little more upbeat afterward.

"It was huge because it's also a regional game (for seeding)," he pointed out. "We need to keep rolling, keep rolling; it was huge for the momentum to keep carrying through. Coming back in the end is something that was really huge. It kind of gives us our fight going into some big games this week."

East led 1-0 after one inning, and West tied it in the second. East took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, but West scored twice in the fifth for a 3-2 advantage. East scored three times in the seventh for a 5-3 lead and then held off the Trojans, who added a run and had the tying run on second when the game ended.

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Tosa police investigating armed robbery at North Shore Bank Wednesday

June 29, 2016 10:26 a.m. | Wauwatosa police are investigating an armed robbery June 29 at North Shore Bank, 8706 W. North Ave.

According to Lt. Brian Zalewski, public information officer with the department, police responded to the bank around 9:20 a.m. for a holdup alarm. To suspects, who robbed the bank with a gun and while wearing masks, fled the scene before police arrived.

Along with Milwaukee police, officers located the two suspects near 49th and Congress streets shortly after. The suspects fled from the vehicle; one suspect was arrested and the other is at large. A gun and two masks were recovered.

Susan Doyle of North Shore Bank said staff is "fully cooperating with authorities" and is focusing on the safety of customers of and employees.

This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it's available.

Wauwatosa East baseball team stays hot

June 29, 2016 10:05 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East baseball team continued its run of success by winning four of five this past week.

After starting the season 3-8, the Red Raiders have won eight of their last 11 games to pull to .500 at 11-11. Tosa East entered the final week of conference play tied with Franklin and Brookfield East for fifth in the Greater Metro at 8-7.

Sussex Hamilton

Tosa East came away with a 2-1 win over Sussex Hamilton on June 20.

Hamilton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Tosa East plated both of its runs in the fifth on consecutive two-out RBI singles by Ricky Serrano and Sean Denny.

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Wauwatosa East's Bueckers nabs all-state honors for girls soccer

June 29, 2016 9:26 a.m. | Wauwatosa East's Liz Bueckers was named honorable mention All-State by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association after leading the Red Raiders with 16 goals.

Bueckers scored in 12 of the Red Raiders' 21 games, including scoring four goals against Franklin on May 26 and two goals against Greendale on May 31.

Bueckers was also named first-team all-conference in the Greater Metro. Senior defender Clara Kuranz took home second-team all-conference honors for the Red Raiders, while senior forward Chyna Sincere, sophomore midfielder Evan Knauss, senior defender Lauren Minette and senior goal keeper Lily Brock were named honorable mention all-conference.

Wauwatosa West baseball snaps skid with wins over Eisenhower

June 29, 2016 9:11 a.m. | Offensive struggles have plagued the Wauwatosa West baseball team for most of the season, so it comes as no surprise it took a shutout for the Trojans to snap their 10-game losing streak with a win over New Berlin Eisenhower on June 20.

Tosa West then had its bats awaken the following night, scoring double-digit runs for the first time all season, to complete the sweep of Eisenhower.

After a win over Port Washington and losses to South Milwaukee and Wauwatosa East, the Trojans entered the week at 7-13 overall and 3-5 in the Woodland West.

"Overall, it was a pretty good week," West coach Jason Borski said. "We played more consistent baseball both offensively and defensively."

New Berlin Eisenhower

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Irish Fest gears up for week of classes at Tosa's CelticMKE Center

June 28, 2016 2:09 p.m. | Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School will celebrate its 30th year in 2016 with a lineup of new and returning classes lead by local and international experts.

The weeklong program, which runs Aug. 15 - 19, at the CelticMKE Center in Wauwatosa, provides hands-on Irish cultural experience for all ages with classes in music, dance, history, crafts, language and more.

"Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School never fails to have something for everyone at any skill level," said Jane Walrath, director of the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School. "We are thrilled to welcome back workshops that are student favorites while also introducing new classes and instructors."

For a complete schedule, instructor bios, class descriptions, updates and to register, visit irishfestsummerschool.com.

Tosa Skateboarders United hosts first event since opening of new park

June 28, 2016 1:59 p.m. | Tosa Skateboarders United will host it's first official event at the city's new skatepark since it opened in November.

The organization will host professional skater Grey Lutzka from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 2 at the Tosa Skatepark at Hart Park. Lutzka, who grew up in the Midwest and moved to California at age 18 is known for his technical skills and the distinction of being the only skater to win the Tampa Pro three times, according to a news release.

Lutzka will be available for a meet and greet from noon to 2 p.m. that day.

Bel Air Cantina will be on site, reviving its skater-inspired TSU360 taco. The event, sponsored by Phase II Skateshop and Crime Lab Skateboarding, will also feature prizes, contests, music, food and open skating.

Friends of Center Street Park will launch new barbecue event July 3

June 28, 2016 1:15 p.m. | A new barbecue event will be coming to Center Street Park in time for the July Fourth weekend.

From 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, The Friends of Center Street Park will host its inaugural Q & Brew event at the park, between Center and Clarke streets with a main entrance at 6420 W. Clarke St.

The event will feature a 14 cook competition and live music at 6 p.m. by local modern folk and indie rock band The Belle Weather. Beer from Big Head Brewing Company will be available from 4 to 9 p.m.

The idea for the event came from the East Tosa BBQ Appreciation Society, an informal group of neighborhood residents that gather monthly at community parks to share their latest barbecue recipes. As the group has grown, they've looked for ways to spread their love of barbecue, according to a news release.

Tickets for sampling the barbecue competition, including sides by Tall Guy and a Grill, can be purchased in advance at qandbrew.org. Tickets are limited and the public tasting will begin at 5 p.m.

Long-tenured sports writer Sky Skibosh heads into retirement, sort of

June 26, 2016 10:56 p.m. | After 14 years, I am stepping down from my position as sports reporter/writer/columnist and tweet guy for Brookfield, Wauwatosa and New Berlin as of June 30.

I have been thinking about this since the end of the winter season. The main reason is my wife, Kathy, turned 65 (hopefully she won't read this) in July and is eligible for Medicare. I've been eligible for two years (I know, I look like I just turned 40).

The second reason is my kids and their spouses have given Kathy and me two new grandsons — Ayden in November and Lewis in February — to go along with Angeline, a 16-year-old Waukesha Northstar junior, and Aria, a perky 3-year old. We need more flexibility to go see them, especially Ayden, who lives in La Cresenta, California.

Favorite teams

I have been blessed with many great teams, too many to remember, since I can't remember what happened two days ago. But I want to bring up five in particular, all state champs in all three of my papers.

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