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Refuse bins in snowbanks won't be emptied

Feb. 26, 2010 1:08 p.m. | Wauwatosa garbage collection crews will stop emptying residents' refuse carts if they are not placed properly at the curb, but residents will get a warning first. Pulling garbage carts from snow banks has caused injuries to Public Works Department employees, according to a memo from City Administrator James Archambo.

City ordinance states that for curbside or alley pickups, refuse carts should be placed between the sidewalk and curb as near to the street curb or edge of the alley as practical. Placement on or as close as possible to drive approaches is preferred, and containers must be stored in a clear area, free of snow and ice accumulation in winter months.

If a cart is improperly placed, collectors will tag it after it is emptied, which serves as the warning notice. Garbage in carts that continue to be placed improperly will not be collected and the resident will be contacted by a Public Works supervisor.

Plenty of positives in Wauwatosa West girls' basketball loss to Kettle Moraine

10:01 a.m. | Despite a 62-47 loss to Kettle Moraine on Nov. 20, Wauwatosa West girls basketball coach Ashley Imperiale saw many bright spots.

An 11-point first-half deficit (27-16) was too much to overcome, but that didn't stop the Trojans from trying to bounce back playing a more respectable 35-31 second half.

"We put our full-court press to work in the second half, and it rattled and sped up Kettle Moraine," Imperiale said. "On the flip side, we didn't capitalize on as many of those turnovers as I'd like to see.

"We have some good length and athleticism at the guard positions and will continue to utilize that to create opportunities for turnovers and high-percentage buckets in the open court."

Adjusting to rules

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Wauwatosa East boys basketball team could battle for GMC title

9:46 a.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys basketball team is coming off an outstanding season, but the loss of outstanding point guard Bryce Beekman will be a hole that is hard to fill.

Last year, the Red Raiders finished 19-7 overall, lost in the sectional finals to Greendale and was second in the Greater Metro Conference (9-5).

While Marquette is a strong favorite to defend its title, most teams are pointing to the Red Raiders as another co-favorite.

"We don't have a lot of varsity experience," veteran coach Tim Arndorfer said. "That's one of my biggest concerns — varsity paying experience. We need someone to step in right away. We don't know what to expect yet."

But Arndorfer has been pleased with his team's ability to pick up the system.

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Wauwatosa West swimming team has bright future with talented underclassmen on the rise

9:37 a.m. | Wauwatosa West girls swimming and diving coach Heidi Hegwood knew this would be a rebuilding year. Well, the rebuilding ended well before the season did, and with an excellent freshman class the future looks bright.

"We knew that this year would be a rebuilding year since losing so many strong seniors last year," Hegwood said. "For some teams, they get stuck with rebuilding year after rebuilding year. After this year, I can say our rebuilding year was over before the end of the season."

Another one of her team's goals is always to qualify someone for state.

"Freshman Julia Larson finished 19th in the 200 freestyle and 22nd in the 100 free," Hegwood said. "What a way to end the year.

"Over the season, at some point, everyone dropped time, which is ultimately my goal as a coach. Our expectations are to work hard, have fun and see times or dives improve; therefore, we succeeded as a team."

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MacGillis, Barkow share Wauwatosa West boys volleyball MVP honors

9:23 a.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys volleyball team put together another solid season under coach Kyle Sikora.

The Trojans finished in second place in the Woodland Conference and second place in the conference tournament before going into the postseason and winning the regional championship.

"This year, we played some very competitive volleyball against some of the best teams in the state," Sikora said. "We were led by two outstanding veteran seniors, Scott MacGillis and Quinn Barkow. Overall, the team made some nice improvements since the start of the season and really grew as a unit."

After beating Brookfield Central in the regional, the Trojans went on and lost to Brookfield East in the sectional semifinal. The Spartans then whipped Wauwatosa East and advanced to the state tournament.

MacGillis stood out

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Wauwatosa West boys basketball team looks for improvement

9:15 a.m. | Wauwatosa West boys basketball coach Chad Stelse has eight returning letter winners back from last season's 12-13 team, which includes five juniors who saw plenty of action last season.

The Trojans, who finished 8-8 in the Woodland Conference West Division, lost 83 percent of their scoring from last season.

"We lost a lot of scoring," Stelse said, "but our junior class, consisting of Rayvon (Bartlett, Jr.), Javaree (Jackson), Tyrone (Powell) and Alou (Dillon), gained valuable experience as sophomores last season.

"This class brings a lot of size, length and ability. Our biggest challenge will be assuming a much bigger role this season with the loss of five seniors that filled the stat sheet in a variety of ways, but I am confident that this group is capable of stepping in and contributing in all aspects of the game."

Dillon leads returnees

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Sports Notes: Nov. 26, 2015

9:03 a.m. |

Morgan gets interception in Whitewater playoff win

Former Wauwatosa West start Mickey Morgan had an interception in Whitewater's 48-0 playoff win over St. Norbert's on Nov. 21.

St. Norbert's had a nice drive to the Whitewater 4-yard line early in the fourth quarter, when a double-reverse option pass was easily intercepted by Morgan, a junior defensive back.

The Warhawks (10-1) led 35-0 of St. Norbert's (10-1) as several starters didn't play in the second half.

Wauwatosa East volleyball season has solid season despite just missing another trip to state

8:46 a.m. | When you have been as successful as the Wauwatosa East boys volleyball team has been — they have gone to state eight of the past 10 years — it's hard to call this year a disappointment.

The Red Raiders tied for first place (3-1) with Brookfield East and Marquette in the Greater Metro Conference. In conference play, they defeated West Allis Hale (3-0), Brookfield East (3-0) and Brookfield Central (3-0) but lost to the Hilltoppers (1-3).

They were 24-11 overall, 3-1 in nonconference dual meets, 17-8 in tournaments and 1-1 in postseason play.

"Considering our final 24-11 record and the fact that we tied for the conference title, it's hard to say we had a disappointing season," East coach John Simon said. "We had a really good season. When we played top-10 teams, we didn't win. I'm not sure why. Fundamentally good teams will do that to you.

"But I can't be that disappointed. We've been to state eight of 10 years. It's hard to complain about that."

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Wauwatosa Hurricanes return three state qualifiers — Danny Larson, Cal Hartt, Avery Weishoff

8:16 a.m. | Wauwatosa Hurricanes coach Heidi Hegwood is ready to make the switch from coaching West girls to the boys co-op team — and she's excited about the 2015-16 season.

That's because Tosa is three state qualifiers, led by 2-time year state qualifier and top finisher at state junior Danny Larson. Sprinter Cal Hartt and diver Avery Weishoff were the other state qualifyers from last season.

"Although the team itself is a bit smaller this year and we lost senior state swimmers Jack Lutz, Jake Falk, Noah Froh and Michael Siverling, we are still looking pretty strong," Hegwood said. "A few of our boys did a bit of off-season training so that they are ready to start the season off with a bang.

The Hurricanes definitely have some spots in the line-up to fill.

"There is also a bit of 'in the pool' competition to see who will be taking the spots of our retired seniors in our 'A' relays which is driving the boys to train a bit harder," Hegwood said. "The boys seem focused on the goals of having a great season and nothing is going to stop them from reaching their goals."

Milwaukee County Zoo celebrates first birthday of young gorilla

Nov. 24, 2015 4:30 p.m. | The Milwaukee County Zoo's newest baby gorilla turned 1 year old Nov. 24.

Sulaiman was born one year ago to mother Shalia and father Cassius and marks the pair's first offspring. In honor of his first birthday, Sulaiman will receive gelatin blocks — "cake" — along with seeds and peanuts scattered throughout his exhibit.

According to a news release, zookeepers report that Sulaiman is doing well within his gorilla group, and weighs 10 to 15 pounds. The young western lowland gorilla has 16 teeth and eats solid food, although he nurses from Shalia at nighttime.

Sulaiman enjoys grazing on different fruits and vegetables throughout the day, and his favorite treat is sweet potatoes.

Sulaiman is joined by a long line of new additions at the zoo; a harbor seal pup named Siku was born June 14 at the zoo and a baby giraffe named Tahari was born Sept. 16.

Wauwatosa stores set Thanksgiving, Black Friday hours

Nov. 23, 2015 1:41 p.m. | While Thursday promises plenty of turkey and pie for many local families, it also promises Black Friday deals.

A number of area stores have set hours on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27.

Mayfair mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursday and will be open again from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Best Buy, 2401 N. Mayfair Road, will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

Stores at the Mayfair Collection, 11500 W. Burleigh St., have each set their own holiday hours. Of the stores on site, Dick's Sporting Goods will be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday and from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

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Tosa's city health department earns national accreditation

Nov. 23, 2015 10:26 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Health Department has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board, joining seven other health departments in Wisconsin and 83 departments across the country that are also accredited.

"Accreditation helps ensure that the programs and services the City of Wauwatosa Health Department provides are as responsive as possible to the needs of the community," said Dr. Nancy Kreuser, PhD, City of Wauwatosa Health Officer and Health Department Director.

The national accreditation program, jointly supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards which the nation's more than 3,000 government public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance upon.

To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multifaceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards and measures, according to a news release.

Free screening of 'Most Likely to Succeed' held Dec. 1

Nov. 23, 2015 10:06 a.m. | The Friends of Tosa Destination Imagination will hold a screening of education documentary "Most Likely to Succeed" next week.

The screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Wauwatosa East High School's Dale K. Hiddle Theatre, 7500 Milwaukee Ave.

Since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, "Most Likely to Succeed" has appeared at the Milwaukee Film Festival and it was shown as the kickoff for the White House Next Gen High School Summit.

This is the only viewing event currently scheduled in southeastern Wisconsin, according to a news release.

For more information contact friendsoftosadi@gmail.com or register to guarantee seating at bit.ly/1OCEDQb. The event is free.

Wauwatosa stores launch Small Business Saturday event

Nov. 20, 2015 3:21 p.m. | Eight specialty retailers on North Avenue, between 60th and 92nd Streets, are celebrating Small Business Saturday with the first North Avenue Shop Hop on Saturday, Nov. 28.

North Avenue Shop Hop will feature deals, chances to win prizes and treats. An idea originating in the stores Cattywampus and Ruckus & Glee, the North Avenue Shop Hop will feature a variety of retailers and products, including home goods, toys, cosmetics, specialty foods and apparel.

Customers can pick up a postcard at any participating store during the North Avenue Shop Hop and have it stamped at the participating stores to be entered into a drawing to win gift certificates from participating stores. There is no cost to participate.

For more information, visit the North Avenue Shop Hop Facebook page.

North Avenue Shop Hop stores:

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Updated state championship game rankings of area prep football teams and players

Wauwatosa dealership taking 'extra precautions' after four vehicles were stolen

Nov. 19, 2015 11:00 a.m. | A Wauwatosa car dealership is piecing together clues after four vehicles were taken from its parking lot early last Tuesday morning,

Between midnight and 1:30 a.m. Nov. 17, four vehicles — a 2015 Dodge Caravan, a 2013 Kia Optima, a 2007 Nissan Altima and a 2016 Kia Optima — all were taken from Russ Darrow Kia of Wauwatosa on Mayfair Road, said Lynn Seif, the dealership's office manager.

The Kia dealership is one of a number dealerships hit by thefts in recent weeks.

Seif said several people broke into the dealership through a rear service window, rifled through offices and took 13 sets of keys to new vehicles and several unregistered license plates in addition to the four vehicles.

Seif said the dealership first learned of the theft when the Wauwatosa Police Department found one of the stolen vehicles idling in the middle of Mayfair Road during the early morning hours of Nov. 17.

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