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More families turning to Salvation Army this year

Dec. 15, 2009 1:46 p.m. | The number of families who will rely on the Salvation Army to provide gifts for their families this Christmas has nearly doubled from last year.

The Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee, which has headquarters in Wauwatosa, registered a record number 15,344 children from 5,462 families for holiday assistance, according to a news release from the organization.

In 2008, the organization helped out 2,916 families.

Registered families will have the opportunity to visit the Salvation Army Toy Shop between Thursday and Monday. Most of those items will come from the annual Toys for Tots drive.

People who want to donate a toy or volunteer at the toy shop can call (414) 302-4300.

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

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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Possible robbery at Wauwatosa's North Shore Bank Wednesday

10:26 a.m. | According to police scanner traffic, a robbery occurred at North Shore Bank, 8706 W. North Ave., Wednesday morning.

According to scanner traffic, two suspects are allegedly in custody.

The Wauwatosa Police Department nor the bank immediately returned phone calls seeking comment.

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

Wauwatosa East baseball team stays hot

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

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

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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Family, friends of man killed by Wauwatosa officer want answers

June 25, 2016 1:41 p.m. | The family and friends of Jay Anderson, who was shot and killed by a Wauwatosa police officer, are calling for a comprehensive investigation into his death.

Anderson, 25, was shot about 3a.m. Thursday at Madison Park.

"If it was just him being in the park, how did it go so wrong so fast?" Shawn Moore, a family friend, said Saturday.

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber provided initial information on Thursday at the scene, saying officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot and saw it was occupied by a person with a gun.

The officer "fearing for his safety discharged his own weapon striking that person," Weber said.

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Tosa man with gun trove to plead guilty of illegal dealing

June 24, 2016 3:16 p.m. | A Wauwatosa man has agreed to plead guilty in federal court to dealing firearms without a license and in the process will get rid of nearly 400 guns he had in his home, court records show.

Daniel Pelate, 61, is set to formally enter his plea July 7 before U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman.

Both the prosecutor and defense attorney will recommend two years of probation. Pelate faced up to five years in prison. As a felon, he will not able to legally possess a gun.

Pelate also agreed to pay a $50,000 fine. The 391 guns he has in his home will be sold through a federal firearms license holder. The fine will be paid out of the proceeds and Pelate will get to keep the rest, according to his attorney, Thomas Halloran.

Halloran said Pelate broke the law but labeled it a "technical violation." He said the case may have been hard to defend given the volume of guns involved. He said Pelate was a collector who was selling the guns on the side. His full-time job was as a salesman.

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Wauwatosa endorses bus rapid transit route, more approvals needed

June 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council gave its endorsement for a proposed bus rapid transit system in a divided 10-5 vote June 21.

The council approved a locally preferred alternative route that would connect major employment hubs and run from downtown Milwaukee to the Swan Boulevard Park and Ride in Wauwatosa, primarily along Wisconsin Avenue and Bluemound Road.

"It was an important first step in this process," Conway said of the council's approval, adding that whether or not council members have supported the idea, they've been supportive in helping to educate the public about the project.

City aldermen debated the issue at length June 21.

Alderwoman Allison Byrne said the proposed system is a "quality of life issue" and could help citizens with disabilities or those living at or below the poverty line without ready access to vehicles.

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

June 23, 2016 2:58 p.m. | Here's a list of the top five stories from Wauwatosa this week:

1. Upgrade work at Center Street Park hits snag, options running dry

2. Wauwatosa School Board votes to give teachers a bump in pay

3. Hidden Tosa: Inside the Wauwatosa Police Department

4. Wauwatosa's Lutheran Home brings hope to Alzheimer's with day of fun

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Wauwatosa officer fatally shoots man at Madison Park

June 23, 2016 9:33 a.m. | A Wauwatosa police officer shot and killed a man early Thursday morning while investigating a suspicious vehicle near the city's north side.

According to police, at approximately 3:03 a.m. Thursday, the officer noticed a man sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot at Madison Park, near 100th St. and Glendale Ave., with a handgun in his possession. The officer feared for his safety and discharged his weapon, striking the man.

Other police officers arriving on scene administered first aid, said Public Information Officer Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department. The man was transported by the Wauwatosa Fire Department to Froedtert Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Milwaukee Police Department will conduct the investigation on the officer-involved shooting, which is standard protocol. The involved officer has been placed on administrative leave, which aligns with department protocol after a police-involved shooting.

Zalewski said there will be no news conference about the incident.

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Wauwatosa Public Library announces list of summer events

June 22, 2016 4:32 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Public Library has announced its lineup of programs for children and families scheduled this summer.

All events are at the library, 7635 W. North Ave., and are free. They aim to help children maintain reading skills throughout the warmer months.

The events include:

·Story and craft time,10 a.m. June 24 and July 22. Ages 3 and up are invited to listen to a story and then create a craft. Reservation not required.

·The Social Brain,10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 27. Drop into the library to share book titles and ideas. Participants can post their ideas to the Book Wall for all to see. Second and third grades will participate at 10 a.m. and fourth and fifth grades will meet at 1 p.m. Reservation not required.

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