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Tosa East upsets Morse-Marshall

March 03, 2012 9:10 p.m. | Wauwatosa East upset Milwaukee Morse-Marshall/Juneau on Sautrday, 59-58, and won its first regional championship since 2008-09.

The Red Raiders (16-9) will now move to play at 5:45 p.m. next Thursday in the WIAA sectional against Milwaukee Washington (19-5). The Purgolders clobbered Nicolet, 70-44, to advance.

The MMM/J Eagles finished 17-8.

The Red Raiders, trailing 39-28 with 1:51 left in the third period, suddenly came to life, going on a 19-4 run to take a 47-43 lead with 4:39 left in the game. But the Eagles battled back with their own 8-1 run to take a 51-48 lead, as Nick Allen scored six of his game-high 24 points in this stretch.

But then junior Kyle Vnuk, who led Tosa East with 17 points, hit two free throws and junior Nate Moore nailed a long 3-pointer from in front of the Red Raiders bench to give his team a 53-51 lead with 2:11 left to play.

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Mayfair Road repaving begins next week

March 03, 2012 12:44 p.m. | Repaving work will begin on Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa from Walnut Road to Burleigh Street early next week.

The $6.9 million road improvement project will be performed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

In addition to repaving, left-turn lane bays will be extended, dangerous median openings will be eliminated and the southbound lanes will be lowered under the Highway 45 overpass to provide larger clearance for high vehicles.

Mayfair Road will remain open to traffic during construction with temporary lane shifts and changes to how businesses, driveways and cross-streets are accessed. Crews will work overnight to avoid major traffic disruptions.

Work is expected to be finished by fall.

Tosa East finds Northwest passage

March 02, 2012 11:36 p.m. | The Wauwatosa East boys basketball team mustered just 45.5 points per game in the first two games of the WIAA Division 2 State basketball tournament. Good thing the Red Raiders defense has held the two opponents to only 42 points per game.

By defeating Milwaukee Northwest on Friday, 47-42, the Red Raiders advanced to the regional final against Milwaukee Morse Marshall/Juneau on Saturday It was the second time in a week that Wauwatosa East held the opposition to 42 points after sneaking out a victory Tuesday over cross town rival Wauwatosa West.

“We’ve been struggling offensively to even hit 50, but our defense has been keeping us in the game,” Red Raiders head coach Tim Arndorfer said. “I thought we rebounded extremely well tonight, and what an effort from our guys coming in as the underdog tonight.

“I’m just really proud of them.”

Milwaukee Madison high school played host to a game that entered the fourth quarter tied at 32. Moments later, with his team trailing by two, junior Ben Carpenter drilled a three-pointer to give the Red Raiders the lead for good. Carpenter then made all four of his free-throw attempts in the last 20 seconds of play to finish with seven points and seal the victory for Wauwatosa West.

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Innovative ideas could mean bonus pay for Tosa employees

March 02, 2012 8:11 a.m. | City employees will have the opportunity to make a few extra bucks in the form of a one-time performance bonus this year.

The Employee Relations Committee this week supported a pilot program that encourages departments to come up with projects that make city operations more efficient, reduces the use of resources or enhances overall performance, said Anthony Brown, assistant to the city administrator.

An internal panel of city supervisors would approve projects and determine if the results warrant a pay reward. Tying the pay-off to an actual project provides a connection and impact to the city's performance, administrators said.

City Administrator James Archambo wants to get the process up and running within the next six weeks.

Some past projects that could've met the criteria include self-checkout stations at the library that reduced personnel; the wellness program that has led to lower healthcare costs; and automated timekeeping software that eliminated processing paper timecards.

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Fund set up to help family of boy killed by train

March 01, 2012 4:14 p.m. | A memorial fund has been set up to benefit the family of 11-year-old Joey Kramer, a sixth-grader at Wauwatosa Longfellow Middle School who died Monday after being hit by a freight train on his way to school.

Friends announced the fund Thursday, just hours before Joey's funeral was held at Church and Chapel, 380 W. Blue Mound Road (Highway J and JJ), in Waukesha. Visitation was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with services beginning at 7.

The fund was set up to benefit the family and offset expenses associated with the funeral.

To contribute to the fund, mail checks to The Joey Fund, in care of M&I Bank, 7635 W. Blue Mound Road, Milwaukee, 53213.

Police said Joey was walking north on the east side of N. 68th St. while wearing ear buds and a hood over his head on his way to school at 7:24 a.m. Monday. When he crossed the train tracks, an eastbound freight train from Canadian Pacific Railway struck him at the intersection of N. 68th and W. State streets. He was taken to a hospital, where he died within half an hour.

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Technology building shows signs of moving ahead

Feb. 29, 2012 12:04 p.m. | Regardless of city concerns about the size of signs and other planning elements, construction on the first building at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Innovation Park campus could begin in July.

Wauwatosa's Community Development Committee on Tuesday unanimously supported moving forward the technology accelerator building and site layout plans, with completion of the first building expected in spring 2013.

The building plans could go to the Common Council next week for final approval.

While deciding they did want to hold up the construction process, some CDC members were nonetheless disturbed on several as-yet unresolved plan elements.

Sign concerns

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City tries to discover new name for new road

Feb. 29, 2012 11:04 a.m. | Discovery Parkway is the new name being pitched for the road that will connect Watertown Plank Road and Swan Boulevard on the Innovation Park campus.

After Wauwatosa officials deemed the name Technology Parkway uninspiring and too generic, city staff met with representatives from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation to brainstorm some alternatives.

"As a compromise, they have suggested Discovery Parkway," Paulette Enders, city economic development director told Community Development Committee on Tuesday.

The committee, on a 6-1 vote, accepted the suggestion and forwarded it the Common Council for consideration next week.

"It really does a good job of encapsulating everything this development is going to be about," Alderman Bobby Pantuso said.

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Police may soon have say on special events

Feb. 29, 2012 11:04 a.m. | The Police Department spent $3,000 on employee overtime to have officers provide security at the rally in support of Gov. Scott Walker at Hart Park in January. However, no one consulted Chief Barry Weber about the resources it would take to conduct the political event safely.

"We didn't have any say-so in that approval at all," he said.

In these contentious political times, he foresees more requests to hold similar events within the city, and that could cost his department a lot of money, he told the Community Development Committee on Tuesday.

Ordinance change proposed

When it comes to parades - or pretty much any activity that would interfere with traffic on the roads, including street festivals, block parties or charitable run/walks - a permit must be pulled. The chief has the right to deny the application, at which time the applicant has the option to appeal to the Common Council.

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City's green goals fall short in Tosa

Feb. 29, 2012 10:38 a.m. | The city fell short of its target to reduce energy consumption by 3 percent in 2011 and many of the goals set by the Energy Committee went unmet.

The committee, made up of seven residents, shared with aldermen on Tuesday their progress on the goals set last year and previewed what they intend to accomplish in 2012.

The city spent $1.65 million in energy costs in 2011, said committee member Chuck Rohrer. That was only an overall decline of 2 percent from the year before.

When it came to electric, the city dropped its usage by 4 percent. Natural gas and gasoline each were used 2 percent less than in 2010. But diesel fuel usage actually climbed 3 percent, perhaps because of all the heavy snowstorms last year requiring plowing operations, Rohrer said. Greenhouse gas emissions mirrored the overall energy usage with a 2 percent reduction.

The reductions that did occur likely came from reduced lighting usage in city buildings and changing out traffic signals and some street lights to more energy efficient equipment, committee chairman Jim Krol said.

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Miss America to model at Mayfair on Friday

Feb. 29, 2012 8:27 a.m. | Here she is, Miss America.

Or at least she will be on Friday. Wisconsin native and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler will come to Mayfair in Wauwatosa for a Homecoming Fashion Show.

Kaeppeler and some of her fellow contestants will be modeling fashions by corporate sponsor Express in the mall center court at 6 p.m. The fashion show is free and open to the public.

She was crowned in January and received a $50,000 college scholarship she plans to use to pursue a career in childhood advocacy law.

She grew up in Kenosha and attended Carthage College, where she received a number of scholastic and music accolades, making her a positive role model, said Brenda Vento, mall marketing manager.

Foul odor has Tosans asking, 'What's that smell?'

Feb. 29, 2012 8:18 a.m. | Something's rotten in the city of Wauwatosa.

Resident Charles Jagemann has on a number of occasions smelled a putrid odor while standing in his front yard or while patronizing the shops along Mayfair Road between Watertown Plank Road and North Avenue. He and his wife have tried to figure out how best to describe the scent.

"She says like overly sweet poop, and I would say the same, but more discreetly, such as, like decomposing plant matter with a slightly sweet sewer smell," Jagemann said.

Actually, the smell is from the composting of leaves that were picked up last fall, said Bill Porter, city public works director. "I have had a number of this type of complaints this winter."

Porter, who has worked for Wauwatosa for about a year, was told by some of his longtime employees that the odor is unusual.

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Red Raiders stave off crosstown stunner

Feb. 28, 2012 9:51 p.m. | Every coach will tell you to throw out the records when the postseason starts. Maybe it's typically true and maybe it isn't, but this wasn't just a battle for advancement in the WIAA Division 2 postseason.

This was a battle for Wauwatosa, and the underdog almost stole the crown.

Wauwatosa West, seeded 12th, led by nine points at halftime and held a lead in the final three minutes of regulation, but fifth-seeded Wauwatosa East made a couple more plays down the stretch and survived a massive scare from the Trojans in a 44-42 opening-round victory at East.

It was a far cry from the 61-39 win Tosa East (14-9) landed over West on Jan. 7, and West didn't look much like a team finishing the year 2-21.

"They played a heck of a basketball game, they really did," East coach Tim Arndorfer said of West. "We knew we missed a lot of easy baskets, which we did in the second half, too. We just had to get stops and convert on offense. We had a three right off hte bat, and we talked about getting it close quick, which we did. Then, it was a dogfight until the end."

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Man faces 4th-offense drunken driving after car crash

Feb. 28, 2012 7:04 p.m. | A 36-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges of felony bail-jumping and his fourth drunken driving offense in five years after he allegedly crashed his car and fled on foot into Wauwatosa last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Michael Wetzel was found walking in the 10400 block of West Grantosa Drive at 2:17 a.m. Feb. 20. He told police he was walking from Walgreens, which was closed, and was talking on the phone with his mother.

When officers told Wetzel his mother's car had been in a crash at 107th Street and West Capitol Drive and the vehicle was unoccupied, he said he had been in the car. However, he denied driving.

Wetzel said a friend had been driving, but had fled after the crash. That story didn't match up with what officers found at the scene.

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ATC, We Energies file power line, substation requests with PSC

Feb. 28, 2012 2:50 p.m. | American Transmission Co. filed its application with the state Monday, detailing where it plans to place high-voltage power lines to serve the growing demand on the County Grounds in Wauwatosa. We Energies followed suit today, filing documents detailing its need for a power substation.

ATC seeks approval to build two transmission line connections to serve a new substation near Watertown Plank Road and 93rd Street, adjacent to the existing We Energies Milwaukee County power plant and substation.

But the clock hasn't started ticking on the case yet, said Matthew Pagel, commission spokesman.

"We have 30 days to review the initial application to deem if it is complete or if our staff needs more information," he said.

If the application is considered complete, the commission has 180 days - which could be extended by another 180 days if needed - by state statute to deliberate the necessity for the project and whether the route placement is acceptable.

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Boy hit by train was wearing ear buds, hood

Feb. 28, 2012 1:44 p.m. | The 11-year-old boy who was killed by a freight train Monday was wearing ear bud headphones and had a hood over his head when he was hit, investigators said Tuesday.

Joseph Kramer, also known as Joey, was hit when he crossed the railroad tracks at the intersection of 68th and State streets in Wauwatosa on his way to school shortly before 7:30 a.m., according to a report released Tuesday by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office. Joey was a sixth-grader at Longfellow Middle School.

According to police and the report, Joey and his mother had just moved in January to a home less than a quarter of a mile from the scene of the accident. He was on his way to Longfellow at 76th and North Ave. as the train approached.

"According to the train engineer, conductor and numerous witnesses at the intersection, the train was approaching, eastbound at 35 mph. The train is approximately 4,000 feet long, carrying 4,000 tons of cargo," the report says.

"The decedent was walking northbound, and the train operators saw him walking, with his head down and hood up over his head. As the train approached, the train operators noted the decedent was not looking up and noticing the train coming, so they blew the train's whistle several times. The decedent was noted wearing ear buds in his ears, and walked across the tracks, head down the entire time. Witnesses say the decedent was struck just as he almost cleared the tracks at the above intersection."

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Sendik's makes $100K donation to childhood cancer research

Feb. 27, 2012 12:20 p.m. | Sendik's Food Markets raised $107,300 for the MACC Fund from its in-stores - including the Wauwatosa location - quarterly campaign that ended in January.

The Balistreri-owned and operated grocery stores this week presented the check to the charity that support childhood cancer research. Sendik's has raised $309,000 for the MACC Fund since 2008, with the amount collected increasing each year.

The grocery company sold a record 57,000 candy canes, 2,543 paper MACC Stars, and 1,500 Sendik's Real Food magazines and MACC Fund products at its stores.

The MACC Fund supports research at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. As federal cancer research funding has dropped, groups like the MACC Fund are trying to step up and fill in the gaps.

Child hit by train in Village this morning

Feb. 27, 2012 8:16 a.m. | A child has been taken to a local hospital following a 911 call this morning that reported a train had hit a pedestrian in the Village of Wauwatosa.

Assistant Fire Chief Jim Case said he wasn't able to provide information on the condition of the injured person or the accident at this time.

Police remain at the scene at 68th and State streets investigating, he said.

Traffic in the area experienced heavy backups during the morning commute and had to be routed around the accident scene.

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