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Sewer repair plan would prevent some backups

April 26, 2010 9:14 a.m. | Wauwatosa public works staff expects that the plans to repair the sanitary sewer system in the Ruby Avenue neighborhood would prevent flooding in basements as a result of sewer backups if rain falls at the rate seen during the June storms of 2008 and 2009.

But whether the designed pipe size and pitch could handle the amount of water that fell on the area during floods that occurred in 1997 and 1998 remains up in the air.

Consultants are studying the scenarios before taking the project to the Common Council for approval to complete the design and submit plans to Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District for its approval. Construction could start this summer.

There is a caveat to the expectation of eliminating basement backups, City Engineer Bill Wehrley said. The MMSD's system has to be functioning without any excessive backups that could cause problems down the line.

And there was a "fluke" incident a few years ago when sewage in MMSD's pipes backed up 12 feet, but it didn't occur after a large rainfall. In those unexplained cases, extra precautions, like installing sump pumps and disconnecting foundation drains, would be needed to prevent backups.

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Zoo Interchange ramp closing March 26-April 2

3:53 p.m. | The ramp from southbound Highway 45 to westbound I-94 will be closed from March 26 to April 2.

During the closure, construction workers will be finishing a temporary road that will be used to accommodate further construction on the interchange.

Traffic can detour off Highway 45 at Watertown Plank Road or Greenfield Avenue, and take Mayfair Road to I-94.

More information about closures is available at www.zoointerchange.wi.gov.

Wauwatosa police chase ends in crash, injury

March 24, 2015 2:30 p.m. | Chased by Wauwatosa police Monday night, a stolen vehicle ran a red light on Center Street and caused a three-vehicle crash at 51st Street, according to Wauwatosa Police Lieutenant Brian Zalewski.

Zalewski said police responded to a call that a vehicle was stolen about 11:40 p.m. Monday near North Avenue and 62nd Street in Wauwatosa. Police spotted the vehicle heading eastbound on Center Street near 71st Street.

When police turned on their lights, Zalewski said the vehicle did not stop and continued east at a high rate of speed. When the stolen car had still not stopped at 57th Street, Zalewski said the officer followed standard procedure and pulled over to signal that police were no longer chasing the stolen car.

Despite the officer pulling over, Zalewski said the stolen vehicle continued to speed east and ran a red light at 51st Street, where it struck another vehicle going north through a green light. Zalewski said one person in the northbound car appeared to sustain minor injuries, and one of the cars careened into a third car.

Zalewski said the officer on the scene saw three people get out of the stolen vehicle and run away on foot. Since the crash was in Milwaukee, police and fire departments from there responded to the incident. Zalewski said it appeared none of the suspects were taken into custody.

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The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Car fire extinguished at Colectivo in Wauwatosa

March 23, 2015 9:15 a.m. | Wauwatosa firefighters responded to a car fire outside Colectivo, 6745 W. Wells St. in Wauwatosa, about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Deputy Chief Stacey Lueptow.

Lueptow said the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes of the call and there was no damage to anything other than the vehicle, which was fully engulfed and likely a total loss.

Assistant Chief James Case said the fire was caused by a mechanical issue with the car. 

Top of truck 'peeled back like a can' after collision with bridge in Wauwatosa

March 20, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Debris has been cleared and traffic is flowing again on Swan Boulevard after a tractor trailer collided with a railroad bridge about 6:45 a.m. this morning near Hoyt Park. The driver was not injured.

"There was a lot of debris from the top of the truck basically being shredded," Wauwatosa Police Lt. Brian Zalewski said. "The whole top got peeled back like a can."

The truck was lodged under the bridge until about 8 a.m. when it was towed away, according to police. Zalewski said there were no hazardous materials on board and there was no damage to the bridge.

Several signs in the area warn that no trucking is allowed. A large yellow sign on the bridge marks its clearance as 12 feet. Zalewski said the driver was issued a citation for inattentive driving for failing to notice the signs.

TMJ4 has footage of the truck while it was lodged under the bridge:

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Wauwatosa mayor, superintendent schedule town hall meetings

March 19, 2015 6:22 p.m. | City officials have scheduled several town hall meetings in April and May to discuss the "state of the city," construction projects, developments, schools and other current issues. Mayor Kathy Ehley and Superintendent Phil Ertl will be at all the meetings, while local aldermen may attend those in their districts.

All meetings are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Here are the dates and locations:

·Districts 7 and 8, and the west side of District 3: April 1 in the multipurpose room at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1600 W. Center St.

·District 6: April 15 in the multipurpose room at McKinley Elementary School, 2435 N. 89th St.

·District 5: April 29 in the multipurpose room at Roosevelt Elementary School, 2535 N. 73rd St.

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Architecture firm to replace Caribbean Tan in Wauwatosa

March 19, 2015 10:50 a.m. | Architecture firm Galbraith Carnahan is planning to replace Caribbean Tan as soon as this spring at 6528 W. North Ave. in Wauwatosa.

Local developer Joshua Jeffers, who purchased the building in January, said Caribbean Tan has been on a month-to-month lease. An employee at the tanning salon said the last day of business will be March 29. 

Jeffers has already signed a lease with new tenants Galbraith Carnahan Architects. 

“I think they’re going to be a fantastic addition to East Tosa and contribute to the vibrancy of that part of North Avenue,” Jeffers said. 

Nick Carnahan, a partner at the architecture firm, said the group had been looking to move to East Tosa because of the recent business activity in the area and walkability of the neighborhood. 

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Cafe Bavaria in Wauwatosa told to shut down patio fire

March 18, 2015 10:57 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Common Council denied Cafe Bavaria's request March 17 to have an outdoor wood-burning fire on its patio. The restaurant had already been using the fire without permission in an area considered public property since February when the Wauwatosa Fire Department noticed it.

When fire officials saw the fire last month, they notified Drew Cyr, general manager at Cafe Bavaria, that outdoor burning is not allowed on public property unless granted an exception by the Common Council. Cyr then requested an encroachment to make the area private property and allow the burning.

"We hope to be able to continue burning the fire pit on Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings moving forward," Cyr wrote in a letter to city officials. "It has been a welcomed addition to the Village thus far and has received rave reviews from both Wauwatosa citizens and patrons of our establishment."

Although fire officials were concerned about open burning being allowed in an area with heavy pedestrian traffic, they did not support or oppose Cafe Bavaria's request. But aldermen shared their concerns about public safety and ultimately denied it.

"I have many concerns about the safety and the fact this restaurant just went ahead and did this (without permission)," Alderwoman Kathleen Causier said.

More than $7,000 in merchandise stolen from Verizon Wireless on Mayfair Road

March 17, 2015 3:25 p.m. | An unknown male suspect stole $7,312 in merchandise from Verizon Wireless, 2711 N. Mayfair Road, at 3:40 a.m. March 9, according to a Wauwatosa Police report summary.

This burglary is one of "a handful" in recent months that have targeted cellphone stores, said Lt. Brian Zalewski, public information officer for the Wauwatosa Police Department.

The report summary said the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction. He was described wearing a black coat with a white stripe down the center of the back, black sweatpants with a white stripe, a black hooded sweat shirt and a yellow or orange baseball cap.

Zalewski said the police department suspects at least one person burglarizing area cellphone stores but declined to give additional information to protect the department's investigation.

The Sprint Episode Two: local teams look to defend state basketball titles this week

March 16, 2015 3:15 p.m. | The Sprint takes a look back and ahead and the week of varsity athletics in the Lake Country and Now Newspapers coverage zone.

Authentic Birth Center celebrates 100th childbirth

March 16, 2015 11:16 a.m. | Since opening more than one year ago, the Authentic Birth Center, 530 N. 108th Place, celebrated the delivery of its 100th baby late last month to the Nieves family, who welcomed a baby boy.

"I am incredibly blessed that we have been so well-received by the families in our community, and look forward to serving hundreds more," said LaNette McQuitty, owner and primary midwife.

Wauwatosa's Authentic Birth Center is the only midwife-owned free-standing birth center in Southeastern Wisconsin. The center recently hired a third midwife to meet the growing interest in out-of-hospital birth options.

Authentic shares its space with complementary practitioners and offers opportunities for families beyond pregnancy and childbirth.

Read more about Wauwatosa's Authentic Birth Center.

Tosa East not going to state after 41-40 loss to Greendale in sectional final

March 14, 2015 3:54 p.m. | Wauwatosa East's defense held Greendale to 14 second half points, but a poor shooting performance and poor shot selection led to a 41-40 loss in the WIAA Sectional Semi-final defeat on Saturday afternoon at Brown Deer.

The Panthers jumped off to a 27-15 lead with 3:37 left in the second quarter, only to see East rally with a 6-0 run before the half. Bryce Beekman passed to Jai'vionne Green, who hit a jumper, and then Green put in a rebound basket. Ty Ederesinghe dropped in two free throws with 45.7 seconds left and East only trailed 27-21 at halftime.

With Greendale leading, 32-24, with 5:18 left in the third quarter, East then went out on a 9-0 run to take a 33-32 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Drue Holley hit a 3-pointer, Jackson Telderer scored on a fast break, Beekman scored off a steal and DJ Verser with fouled with 3.1 seconds left and sank two free throws to end the period with a 33-32 lead.

David Pulizos, the Panthers 6-6 forward, who led all scorers with 20 points, was held to 2 points by the Red Raiders defense in the third period. But he scored six out of Greendale's 9 fourth-quarter points, including a long 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:30 left for a 41-38 lead.

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Green's 3-point buzzer beater helps Tosa East beat Whitefish Bay, 45-43

March 12, 2015 9:59 p.m. | It was ironic that a team which has struggled with the outside shot all season used a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to pull one step closer to making a trip to the WIAA boys basketball state tournament next weekend in Madison.

Junior guard Bryce Beekman found junior wing Jai’Vionne Green wide open from deep at the left elbow as the clock was ticking down. Green took the ball in stride, elevated and drained a long 3-pointer as time ran out to give Wauwatosa East a thrilling 45-43 victory over an outstanding Whitefish Bay team on Thursday in the WIAA sectional semifinal game at Greenfield.
 
East will now play Greendale of the Woodland Conference in the sectional semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Brown Deer, with the winner heading for Madison. Tickets will be on sale at Tosa East between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday.
 
“It was a drive and kick and Bryce found me,” an emotional Green said afterward while accepting congratulations on the court. “I just let it go. It looked like it was going in. (When it did go in) I was shocked. I was shocked.”
 
And so were the Blue Dukes, with devastated players scattered all over the floor while the Red Raiders came off the bench to hug their teammates. Fans – although not for long – raced down and joined in the celebration before quickly being directed back into their seats.
 
The play was not the one East coach Tim Arndorfer set up in the huddle.
 
“Coach said to set up a screen and they would pass me the ball,” said Beekman, who had just finished a dance on the floor with his sister seconds before. "I just set my team up and I saw Jai’ in the corner and he made that lucky-3. But that was a good 3, though, we needed that.”
 
Arndorfer talked about the plan coming out of the time out.
 
“We wanted to get the ball up the floor and in Bryce’s hands,” he said. “We knew we were in the bonus. So we wanted to get something going to the rim. But they closed us out. We wanted to get to the free-throw line. What a find (Green) by Bryce. What can you say about Jaivionne’s shot?
 
“It went in. It really went in.”
 
Trailing 43-42 with 27.6 seconds left, things looked bad for the Red Raiders when Green missed a shot from the baseline, and Bay senior guard Miles Sigh was fouled. In a bonus situation, Sigh made the first shot for a 44-42 lead, but the official immediately blew the whistle and disallowed it, saying his foot was over the free throw line.
 
Bay Kevin Lazovik talked about the crucial call.
 
“You’ve got to be as sure as sure can be to make that call at that point in the game,” he said. “We talked about switching screens. We tried to keep guys in front of us so they can’t get momentum. We’d thought they would try to get the ball down quick. They did. They got a good look. And it went in. A tip of the cap to them.”
 

Before that wild finish, the Blue Dukes were in control with a 27-18 lead at halftime. But Tosa East came out and went on a 14-2 run and finished with a 16-6 quarter to take a 34-33 lead into the final 8 minutes.

Telderer finished with 14 points, Drue Holley had 11, Green 10 and Beekman 9.

Elijah Moore had 16 and Isaiah Johnson 10 for Bay.

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Nordstrom announces opening gala for Wauwatosa store

March 11, 2015 2:31 p.m. | Nordstrom announced today it will host an opening gala Oct. 21, two days before a new store officially opens in Wauwatosa on the southeastern side of Mayfair mall. Guests will be the first to be able to shop in the store.

Tickets for the gala, $100 each, will go on sale in June. The gala will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, and local chapters of The Links, Incorporated.

National Weather Service to provide storm-spotting training for Wauwatosa residents

March 11, 2015 12:22 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents are invited to learn to be severe weather and tornado spotters at free training sessions March 19.

The training is offered jointly by the National Weather Service, the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management and the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

Classes will cover how severe storms develop, how to identify tornadoes, where to report severe weather information and how to protect yourself from severe weather.

The sessions will be 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. March 19 at the Wauwatosa Fire Station, 1601 Underwood Ave.

To register, email emergencymanagement@milwaukeecountywi.gov with which session you want to attend, your name and contact information.

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