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Tosa resident will oversee city's finances

March 30, 2011 10:54 a.m. | A Wauwatosa resident will helm the city's Finance Department.

The Common Council on Tuesday approved hiring John Ruggini at a starting salary of $97,840. He also will receive three weeks of vacation and a week of executive leave.

He has worked as the assistant fiscal and budget administrator for Milwaukee County since 2008. In that capacity, Alderwoman Cheryl Berdan worked with him as a former county employee.

"He's top notch," she said. "His commonsense and demeanor will be an excellent fit here."

Ruggini became a candidate after the prior selection, Craig Kammholz, backed out of the job offer.

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Group seeks 'gardening angels' for plant beds

March 30, 2011 10:02 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Beautification Committee is looking for a little divine intervention.

The group is recruiting "gardening angels" to donate their time and green thumbs to its Adopt-a-Bed program that maintains plant beds around the city.

"The WBC is an organization dedicated to the beauty of our neighborhoods," said project coordinator Susan Chesshire.

More than 100 people volunteer, but more are needed to plant and care for the shrubs and annual and perennial flowers. Most of the time gardeners can tend to plant beds right in their neighborhoods, but there are public gardens at the Police Station and library that need workers.

"Gardening Angels are responsible for preparing the beds in spring and picking up the plants for their assigned bed at the library on plant distribution day, the first Saturday of June," Chesshire said. "After planting the beds, they also maintain the beds throughout the season by weeding. Watering is provided by the city."

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Teens busted for pot, pipe possession

March 29, 2011 10:42 p.m. | An 18-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after police found 12.7 grams of marijuana in the car he was in early Sunday.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer saw two people sitting in a car in the 2200 block of North 65th Street about 12:50 a.m. March 27. The car was not running and the lights were not on. The officer eventually made contact with the two occupants, the 18-year-old Milwaukee man and a 19-year-old woman, also from Milwaukee.

The officer found four bags of marijuana in the vehicle, ranging in weight from 2.3 grams to 3.5 grams. The man was taken into custody and later admitted that he sold small amounts of marijuana.

A marijuana pipe also was found in the vehicle. The female occupant said it was hers, so she was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hoyt Pool essay contest under way

March 29, 2011 10:38 p.m. | How do passes to the new Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park and vouchers for the concession stand sound?

Kids entering the Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool essay contest have a chance to win just that.

Young writers are asked to address the topic of how swimming at the pool will lead to a happier, healthier community.

The concept for a contest came up during a planning session for the pool's opening gala, scheduled for May 27. There will be tours, live music, a silent auction and food and drink.

"It's really not an event for kids because there won't be any swimming," said Mary Pluta, communications director for the Friends. "We didn't think it would be fair to make it a family event and put a pool in front of them that they couldn't swim in."

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Boy beaten, robbed of $10

March 29, 2011 10:20 p.m. | Three Milwaukee teens were arrested for robbery last week after they beat up a St. Charles School student and took $10 from him.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The teens - a 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds - attacked the boy about 1 p.m. March 24 near Wright Street and Wauwatosa Avenue. The boy said they asked him to fight, and then one of the teens punched him. The attackers then kicked him and stomped on his chest, and one of the teens took $10 out of the boy's pocket. The attackers fled after they saw a motorist stop and dial 911.

The boy said he recognized the teens as classmates from St. Charles.

He was taken to Children's Hospital for evaluation.

Gun found in car during drunken driving arrest

March 29, 2011 10:12 p.m. | Wauwatosa police officers found a loaded gun in a man's car as they arrested him for his third drunken-driving offense.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Officers responded to a call about a man sleeping behind the wheel in the 11200 block of West Burleigh Road about 3:15 a.m. March 24. The car was on the side of the road, but the car was running and the headlights were on.

Officers attempted to wake the 49-year-old Milwaukee man first by knocking on the window and then by opening the door and shaking the man's arm. He eventually woke up and told police he had had too much to drink.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a .44-caliber revolver loaded with hollow-point rounds, as well as some additional ammunition. The man told police he had the gun for protection because he had been shot in Milwaukee five years ago and also had been a robbery victim. He said he did not carry the gun with him but left it in his car, although state law requires guns to be unloaded and in a carrying case when they are transported in a vehicle.

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Fight in friend's Tosa basement ends with charges filed

March 29, 2011 10:06 p.m. | A 35-year-old Milwaukee man who wouldn't leave a Wauwatosa home this weekend has been charged with a state count of vandalism in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

David J. Spiva and a friend went to a home in the 4200 block of North 95th Street on March 27 to watch some basketball in the homeowner's basement. Spiva had been drinking, and about 1 a.m. he began shouting at the homeowner and refused to leave.

Spiva then punched through a glass coffee table and got into a physical confrontation with the homeowner. During the fight, the two men traded punches, with Spiva receiving several blows to the face. A downstairs wall was damaged during the fight.

Spiva was then dragged upstairs and out of the house, and he and the other guest left. Police made contact with the two near Burleigh and Lisbon roads a short time later, and Spiva was arrested and taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

County golf courses open today

March 29, 2011 4:30 p.m. | If you are ready for golf , the Milwaukee County Parks courses are going to be open for you.

The Milwaukee County Parks Department opened most of its County Park Golf Courses today at noon. Dretzka, Oakwood, Whitnall, Warnimont, Hansen, Greenfield, Grant, Lincoln and Currie Park Golf Courses are open.

Brown Deer Golf Course opens at 8 a.m. tomorrow .

Little Caesar's vacates Village space early

March 29, 2011 4:20 p.m. | Come rain, snow or sunshine, a Little Caesar's employee has stood on the corner of Wauwatosa Avenue promoting pizza sales with a bright orange sign.

Visitors to the Village are noticing his absence and the empty storefront formerly occupied by the pizza chain in the Village Faire plaza shared by popular businesses including Starbucks and Baskin-Robbins.

Little Caesar's lease expires Thursday and the eatery vacated the space early.

"We were not able to negotiate a new lease moving forward," said Kevin Hannan, assistant property manager for Siegel-Gallagher Management Co., agent for the property owner.

Calls have been placed to the pizza chain's corporate offices to determine if this Wauwatosa shop will relocate. Little Caesar's has operated from Village Faire for 17 years.

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Newly hired finance director backs out at last minute

March 29, 2011 11:36 a.m. | Wauwatosa's selection for finance director backed out at the last minute, so the Common Council will act on a replacement tonight.

John Ruggini, the assistant fiscal and budget administrator for Milwaukee County, is the recommended candidate. His resume shows he has been coordinating the county's $1.5 billion operating budget since 2008. That has entailed supervising eight staff members, analyzing departmental requests, developing cost-saving initiatives and working with county officials.

Prior to the county job, he worked in Chicago for the Government Finance Officers Association as the manager of the research and consulting center. In that role, he assisted municipalities and school districts by evaluating financial, human resources, payroll and technology systems, helped negotiate better financial contracts and researched opportunities for intergovernmental cooperation.

City Administrator James Archambo called Ruggini a "strong candidate" and pointed out that he is a Wauwatosa resident.

That may get a larger majority of the council on board with his hiring. Four aldermen opposed former candidate Craig Kammholz's hiring because he lived outside the city and he didn't have plans to relocate. Several aldermen said it was the debate about residency requirements that led the first candidate to back out.

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Wauwatosa police call for mediation of contract with city

March 24, 2011 7:05 a.m. | Contract negotiations between the city and the Wauwatosa Peace Officer Association have reached an impasse, causing the union to apply for mediation.

Police union President Luke Vetter declined to go into too many specifics about the closed-door bargaining sessions that have occurred since October, but did say his group has offered to pay a larger portion of its health care costs and to forgo a pay raise in the first year of the contract.

"We have negotiated in good faith with the city in the past and agreed to concessions over the last two contracts," Vetter said. "We continued that this negotiation session."

But the officers believed the compensation concessions the city was looking for were "unreasonable," he added.

"Our officers have a dangerous and difficult job," he said. "They've broken bones, got shot, undergone surgeries, worked holidays, nights and 12-hour shifts or more for the citizens of Wauwatosa on a regular basis. They deserve better than what was offered to them."

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Woman robbed after pulling into her garage

March 21, 2011 9:38 p.m. | A woman was robbed of her purse while standing in her Wauwatosa garage Saturday night.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The homeowner pulled her vehicle into the garage in the 6500 block West Lloyd Street about 8 p.m. Saturday and noticed a man walking toward her. As she exited her car, he said, "Give me your purse."

His hand was in his pocket. While he didn't mention a weapon, his actions implied he had a gun, the victim said.

She followed his direction and turned over the purse. Then he ordered her back into her vehicle while he ran off.

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Police find pot, paraphernalia during traffic stop

March 21, 2011 5:16 p.m. | Wauwatosa police seized more than 20 grams of marijuana and numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop early this morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A broken brake light led an officer to pull over a vehicle at North Avenue and Menomonee River Parkway at 12:45 a.m. Immediately, the officer smelled marijuana and noticed bags filled with pot strewn across the backseat.

The driver, a 21-year-old Brookfield man, was arrested for marijuana possession with intent to deliver. Police seized 20.41 grams of drugs, High Times magazine and cigar wrappers, a scale and grinder, which are typical drug dealing tools.

The front-seat passenger, a 20-year-old Port Washington man, was arrested for drug paraphernalia possession after a bong was found in the glove compartment.

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Join our basketball scribes for a video look at the WIAA postseason

March 17, 2011 1:38 p.m. | MyCommunityNOW has just added its latest video, featuring Lake Country Publications' JR Radcliffe breaking down the brackets with NOW's Steven L. Tietz, John Rech and Tom "Sky" Skibosh.

The discussion kicks off with a look back at the controversial end to the Super Tuesday matchup between powerhouses Appleton East and Germantown. The guys also take a look at some of the top girls teams remaining this season.

For more tournament coverage, visit the special Championship Chase page, which features photo galleries, a Twitter feed, game stories and more.

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Family hopes billboard stops drunken drivers

March 17, 2011 6:18 a.m. | St. Patrick's Day has become the biggest drinking holiday in the state. Unfortunately, that means the number of drunken drivers on the road also skyrockets.

Loved ones of Corrie Damske, a 34-year-old Wauwatosa native who was killed when her car was struck by a drunken driver in January, hope that a new billboard will get people to think about the potential impact of getting behind the wheel intoxicated this week.

The public service message billboard shows the grim reaper behind the wheel and the letters D, I and E from the words "Don't Drink and Drive" in red.

"I don't want others to go through this type of tragedy, and if the billboard helps one person not drink and drive, or one family who decides not to go out on St. Patrick's day because drunks will be on the road, that will be something positive that comes out of Corrie's senseless death," friend Michelle Friedman said.

Friedman approached billboard company Clear Channel Outdoor about donating space for a service announcement. Not only did the business agree to run the message that was unveiled Saturday overlooking the Interstate 94 corridor at 25th and Clybourn streets in Milwaukee, but also on seven other billboards.

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Tosa police use Taser on man who threatened gas station clerk

March 16, 2011 10:20 a.m. | It took two shocks from a Taser before a 55-year-old Milwaukee man complied with an officer's commands last week, Wauwatosa police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he spit on, threatened to kill and tried to punch a gas station clerk at BP, 7532 W. Center St., at 4:48 p.m. March 7. When an officer arrived, the man was standing outside the convenience store yelling and clenching his fists.

He refused to follow an officer's orders to put his hands on his vehicle. The man claimed he was a federal agent working a case and his cover was being blown, but there was no evidence to support that. He tried to walk away and when the officer tried to stop him he went into a fighting stance. The officer used an electronic control device, but the suspect tried to get up again so a second electroshock was delivered. The second blast caused him to defecate in his pants.

He was taken to Wisconsin Heart Hospital for medical clearance, then to a mental health facility because of homicidal and delusional comments he made. He said he was trained in the military as a hired assassin and he didn't like Middle Easterners. Later, the man said the clerk was dating a member of his family and he was not happy about it.

Car chase ends with crash into West Allis home

March 16, 2011 9:58 a.m. | Residents of a West Allis neighborhood had to be evacuated temporarily after a car crashed into a home and caused a gas leak early Friday morning.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

At 1:34 a.m., a Wauwatosa officer tried to stop a GMC Envoy that failed to make a stop at Robertson Street and Wisconsin Avenue. However, the driver sped up and started a chase that exceeded 85 mph and covered 1.4 miles into West Allis. The driver lost control and the vehicle left the roadway, striking a stop sign and coming to rest against the home at 1101 S. 84th St.

The 19-year-old male driver and the 23-year-old female passenger, both from Milwaukee, got out of the vehicle and ran through neighboring yards. The woman was arrested for resisting arrest.

The man laid down like he was surrendering but he got back up and made another run for it. A canine officer found him hiding under a Jeep. He was arrested for vehicle theft, eluding an officer and habitual crimes. In the past two years, he has been convicted of vandalism, theft, resisting arrest and drug dealing.

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Drug bust made in restaurant parking lot

March 16, 2011 9:54 a.m. | A 24-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for dealing cocaine after he as found with a golf ball size amount of the drug in the parking lot of Dave & Buster's, 2201 N. Mayfair Road, at 10:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

An officer was investigating a theft when he smelled marijuana coming from a vehicle in the parking lot. The officer found four people, a cloud of smoke and a bag containing 2.1 grams of marijuana in the car.

The front-seat passenger, a 24-year-old Milwaukee man, had more than 14 grams of crack cocaine and $1,500 in his pockets. He was arrested for cocaine possession with intent to deliver as well as his second marijuana possession offense.

The driver, a 20-year-old Milwaukee man, had another gram of cocaine. He was arrested for his second cocaine possession offense and bail-jumping because his initial case is still open.

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Tosa holds off on union contracts until repair bill acted on

March 15, 2011 10:42 p.m. | Wauwatosa will not ratify contracts with its unions, even though the potential savings negotiated by city administrators and union representatives could be greater than what would be realized by the budget-repair bill, as proposed by Gov. Scott Walker.

More than 100 people crowded into City Hall tonight, and nearly all were there to lobby city officials to put off approving union contracts until the state Legislature votes on the financial aspects of the budget-repair bill.

The sentiment of the crowd, as well as hundreds of calls and e-mails directed to city officials, led the majority of the council to vote against approving contracts with the fire, dispatcher, clerical and public works unions. A police union contract was not on the table.

The council also put a vote on hold as to whether to increase nonrepresented employees' health care premium contribution.

Wauwatosa running out of road salt

March 15, 2011 9:52 a.m. | Wauwatosa has nearly used up its supply of road salt and the Public Works Department is asking for money to buy more.

A special Budget and Finance Committee will be held at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether to use $51,000 from contingency funds to purchase an additional 1,000 tons of salt.

The city has already purchased and used 3,400 tons for more than 30 road-salting operations this winter. A few years ago, the city implemented a policy to reduce salt use on side streets, but there has been a large number of snowfalls.

The purchase contract allows Wauwatosa to buy another 1,000 tons that is being held in reserve, but it must be delivered by April, according to a memo from Bill Wehrley, interim public works director.

The additional salt would put the city in a good position for late-season storms or it could be saved for next winter, when road salt prices are expected to come in higher.

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Fire chief being sworn-in Wednesday

March 15, 2011 9:24 a.m. | Want to welcome new Fire Chief Rob Ugaste to Wauwatosa?

Come to a swearing-in ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Fire Station 1, 1601 Underwood Ave. Cake and refreshments will be served afterward.

Trojans beat Custer to win first regional title since 2000

March 12, 2011 9:09 p.m. | Wauwatosa West edged Milwaukee Custer, 30-27, Saturday night at Brookfield Central and won its first regional title since 2000.

The Trojans (8-16) play Whitefish Bay (19-5) at Waukesha South at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Trailing 24-23 with 6:58 left ot play, the Trojans went on a 7-3 run to win the game down the stretch.

Lauren Jaworowicz stole the ball and scored to give West the lead for good at 6:30, then Latasha Harmon sank two free throws and Paige Soles hit a running jumper to make it 29-24.

Custer's Birana McGinty then hit a free throw and a jumper to make it 29-27 and West missed 3-of-4 free throws, but hung on for the win.

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Retail center announced for Burleigh Triangle in Wauwatosa

March 11, 2011 11:20 p.m. | Nordstrom Rack, Dick's Sporting Goods and Container Store could be among the tenants at a new retail center planned for the site of the old Roundy's property on W. Burleigh St. at Highway 45 in Wauwatosa.

No stores have been formally announced for the 69-acre site, known as the Burleigh Triangle, but a proposal for a multiuse project there will be submitted to the city on March 23, said developer Timothy Blum of HSA Commercial in Chicago, the owner of the site.

The entire development would eventually expand to over 1 million square feet.

This is the second major retail project announced for the Milwaukee metro area in as many weeks, following news of a 450,000-square-foot center that would be anchored by a Von Maur department store on W. Blue Mound Road in the Town of Brookfield.

The 250,000-square-foot retail portion of the HSA project is being compared to the developer's project at Orland Park Place in suburban Chicago. Orland Park has a Nordstrom Rack store and Dick's Sporting Goods, as well as other retailers who typically locate in open-air shopping centers rather than malls.

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Custer ends Red Raider girls season with 54-46 loss

March 11, 2011 10:48 p.m. | Milwaukee Custer (13-10) defeated Wauwatosa East, 54-46, Friday night at Custer in a regional semi-final game.

Custer led 20-12 at half and 35-21 after three quarters. Briana McGinty led the way with 21 while Kianna Jacobs had 14.

Carly Herald had an excellent game with 18 points in her final career appearance as did Cassie Osinski, who added nine and Lydia Taylor eight.

Custer faces Wauwatosa West (7-15) at 7 p.m. at Brookfield Central on Saturday night in the regional final.

10-0 fourth-quarter run leads to West girls win

March 11, 2011 10:39 p.m. | Wauwatosa West used a fourth-quarter 10-0 run to edge a scrappy Milwaukee Samuel Morse-Marshall/Juneau squad, 43-38, on Friday at Tosa West.

The third-seeded Trojans (7-16) advanced to Saturday’s WIAA Regional finals at Brookfield Central against Milwaukee Custer (13-10) of the Milwaukee City Conference at 7 p.m. 

Top-seeded Custer advanced by beating Wauwatosa East, 54-46, on Friday at Custer.

Morse-Marshall went on a 9-0 run to end the third quarter and open the fourth to take a 36-32 lead when the Trojans took over with 5 minutes, 59 seconds left to play.

First Paige Soles flipped a beautiful lead pass to Jenna Engel, who scored on a fastbreak and then Soles found Engel open on the free throw line and Engel drilled a jumper.

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Mayfair mall gun threat suspect cites free speech

March 11, 2011 6:02 p.m. | A West Allis man charged in federal court with posting a message on Craigslist threatening to bring a gun to Mayfair mall and putting it to someone's head is arguing that his actions are protected under the First Amendment.

Michael Musgrove, 40, a student at Milwaukee Area Technical College, posted a message on Jan. 14 on the website titled, "Mayfair mall gonna make da news dis weekend again (da hood)," according to court documents.

Musgrove opened his post addressing "snitches" and "crakas," and later wrote, "you ain't tougher than my 9 which I'll be bringin dis sat glock glock (expletive) . . .  when I put that glock upside yo head you aint gonna do (expletive) . . .  cept beg for yo life . . . "

The picture of a black semiautomatic Glock handgun was included in the posting.

"Not surprisingly, Musgrove's post caused unease amongst some who viewed it," his attorney, public defender Daniel Stiller, wrote in a motion to dismiss the case.

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Students walk out of class at Tosa East

March 11, 2011 4:32 p.m. | Forty to 50 students at Wauwatosa East High School participated in a national walkout today to protest the elimination of public employee collective-bargaining rights and cuts to schools in Gov. Scott Walker's biennial budget.

The students left school at 2 p.m., with about 10 minutes left in sixth period, said Chris Preisler, district communications director. The students left the school and headed toward the library and City Hall before returning to campus, he said.

Some of the students' parents called in to excuse their absences, but the school is still trying to sort out which students were or were not excused. Those students who weren't excused will be marked truant, and they will have to serve detention to make up the class time they missed.

Being marked truant could also affect the students' ability to exempt final exams, Preisler said.

The walkout was apparently organized by a Madison-based student group.

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Major retail development planned for Wauwatosa

March 11, 2011 12:04 p.m. | Nordstrom Rack, Dick's Sporting Goods and Container Store could be among the tenants at a new retail center planned for the site of the old Roundy's property on W. Burleigh St. in Wauwatosa.

No stores have been announced for the 69-acre site, known as the Burleigh Triangle, but a proposal for a multi-use project there will be submitted to the city on March 23, said developer Timothy Blum of HSA Commercial in Chicago, the owner of the site. The entire development would eventually grow to over 1 million square feet.

The 250,000-square-foot retail part of the project is being compared to HSA's successful project at Orland Park Place in the suburban Chicago area. Orland Park has a Nordstrom Rack store and Dick's Sporting Goods, as well as other retailers who typically locate in open-air shopping centers rather than malls. Sources said those stores and the Container Store are expected to be part of the Wauwatosa center.

Nordstrom Rack is the discount arm of the Seattle-based upscale department store chain, and it is the division that Nordstrom has been expanding during the recession. The Rack stores have large shoe departments and an apparel offering of lower-priced clothing than is typically found in the Nordstrom department stores.

If the project is approved, HSA would like to break ground on the project this fall. The retail portion would be placed in the former distribution center, which fronts Highway 45. Blum plans to chop off the front quarter of the building, facing the highway and create a new retail facade. Parking would be in front of the building, along the freeway.

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Whitefish Bay, Tosa West boys basketball photos now online

March 11, 2011 8:20 a.m. | Whitefish Bay earned a 41-30 victory last night over Wauwatosa West in a Division 2 boys basketball sectional semifinal and we've just added Peter Zuzga's photo gallery with all the action from the Al Mcguire Center.

Bay advances to the sectional final, where it will face Wisconsin Lutheran at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at the Al.

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Patten leads Whitefish Bay to comeback win

March 10, 2011 7:40 p.m. | Whitefish Bay senior Ron Patten scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, including a thunderous two-handed slam to cap the scoring as Whitefish Bay defeated Wauwatosa West in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday night, 41-30.

The Trojans (15-11) scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to take a 26-19 lead midway through, but Tosa West was held without a field goal the rest of the way and just four fourth-quarter free throws. Bay responded with an 8-0 run and scored the final 11 points of the game -- including 8 from Patten.

Bay (17-8) will return to the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee to face either Whitnall or Wisconsin Lutheran in Saturday's sectional championship game, with a berth in the state tournament on the line. Tyler Krause led Tosa West with 14 points, including seven in the 10-0 run to start the second half.

Corix Utilities looks to move from Milwaukee to Tosa

March 10, 2011 3:56 p.m. | A company that provides water, wastewater and energy infrastructure to communities will be moving its corporate office to Wauwatosa.

Corix Utilities wants to occupy about a quarter of the 49,000-square-foot building on Plank Court. The space would be used for administrative functions, a small call center and warehouse.

"We wanted to get out of downtown (Milwaukee)," Corix Vice President Kevin Meagher said. "We don't have a lot of customer traffic coming to our facility, we have employees coming to work."

He expects 40 workers to occupy the building from the start and another 20 to be hired by year end.

The building was zoned for an industrial use, but most of the properties in the area fall more into the category of office use, said Neal Driscoll, vice president of Liberty Property Trust.

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Got a sharp eye? Check out this week's mystery photo and win movie passes

March 10, 2011 7:35 a.m. | How well do you know Wauwatosa? Take a look at this week's mystery photo, tell us where it was taken, and you could win a pair of movie passes to Marcus Theaters.

Congratulations to Leah Mott, who recognized the railroad bridge near Watertown Plank and Mayfair roads in last week's contest.

A new mystery photo is featured each week in the print edition of WauwatosaNOW, which is available via subscription and for purchase at many locations around town.

You can also check back each week at www.wauwatosanow.com/mystery for a new photo to identify.

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Detergent thief makes clean getaway, so far

March 09, 2011 12:28 p.m. | A man took a case of laundry detergent from Pick 'n Save on Mayfair Road on Saturday morning, and tried to return for another load that afternoon.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The man pushed a cart filled with 48 bottles of detergent out to his car at 7:44 a.m. Saturday. Police ran the license plate number and followed up at his home, where officers learned he had stolen his mother's car and that he used drugs.

The man again showed up at the grocery store at 1:55 p.m. and attempted to steal another case, but a manager recognized him. When the manager tried to stop him, the man pushed his cart toward cars. The manager stopped the cart before it caused damage, but the man drove off.

At 2:39 p.m., a man matching the suspect's description took a stereo from Kmart. As he backed out, his car struck a security guard that was trying to stop him. The employee was not injured, but she said she believed he struck her on purpose.

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Firestone considers service center at Burleigh and 123rd

March 09, 2011 11:46 a.m. | Firestone wants to open an auto service center at Burleigh Square.

Real estate development firm Continental Properties has tried for more than a year to sell a single, large lot at 123rd and Burleigh streets. Drugstore chains were targeted because of the parcel size, but there were no takers, Development Director Eric Thom said.

Mayor Jill Didier pointed out that a Walgreen's had shown interest a few years ago, but the Common Council would not support a 24-hour operation so the project was dropped.

Splitting the site into two smaller parcels - Firestone would take up about 7,500 square feet - would allow development on the site and make the remainder of the property marketable to a larger variety of uses, Thom said. In the meantime, the vacant portion would remain a grassy area.

With people holding onto their cars longer these days, Firestone has seen success, said John Burkemper, architect for the project. He has designed more than 30 similar facilities located throughout the Midwest, including one in West Milwaukee.

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Fight at Denny's leads to broken nose, three arrests

March 09, 2011 11:16 a.m. | A woman's nose was broken during a fight at Denny's early Friday morning, and officers ended up drawing a gun and using a stun gun while making arrests.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

When an officer arrived at 2:51 a.m., a car was speeding away from the restaurant at 11155 W. North Ave. It stopped in the parking lot of a nearby hotel and three men got out. The officer drew his firearm and ordered them back into the vehicle several times, but they wouldn't comply.

Eventually, other officers came to provide back-up and the first officer used his electronic control device to stop a 25-year-old man from resisting arrest.

The man complained of injury from the stun gun, and a 23-year-old man had a cut to his forehead from the fight at Denny's. However, they refused aid from emergency medical providers.

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Forty Winks could soon feature a neighborhood café

March 09, 2011 11:06 a.m. | Guests of the Forty Winks Inn and residents of the surrounding neighborhood may have a new spot to stop for coffee or a sandwich.

Laurel Red Cloud wants to open Lisa Marie's, a café, in a space inside the hotel that had been used as a bar and restaurant years ago, she told the Plan Commission on Monday. She has asked for permission to serve breakfast and lunch.

"We're taking some new twists on some of the old favorites," she said in an interview after the meeting.

Grilled cheese made with blue cheese, sundried tomatoes and olives might be one specialty, and eggs benedict served on a toasted baguette another.

Opening a restaurant was a dream Red Cloud shared with her daughter, Lisa Marie, who was killed in a car crash a little more than a year ago. The business would be named in her memory.

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Sensenbrenner, Vukmir discuss short-lived town hall session

March 09, 2011 10:37 a.m. | State Sen. Leah Vukmir has received more than 20,000 e-mails and upward of 1,000 phone calls in the past three weeks. State Rep. Dale Kooyenga says he's received so many communications that for the first time since starting his election campaign and taking office, he's not been able to answer each one.

That's why they were looking forward to meeting with residents during the U.S. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner's town hall meeting in Wauwatosa on Monday night, they said.

"We're supposed to be accessible to the people," Vukmir said Tuesday. "Because of the volumes of calls, letters and e-mails, I was excited for an opportunity to talk to a number of my constituents in one place and explain my position on issues."

But after she was drowned out by the crowd on several occasions, especially when she said that public workers would not be losing collective bargaining rights, the congressman decided to shut down the meeting.

"Most of the questions were directed at me," she said. "But the longer it went on, the less they were interested in hearing my answers. When I did get to answer they were more interested in telling me I'm wrong than listening."

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Follow teams at the Al McGuire Center

March 09, 2011 9:40 a.m. | Follow JR Radcliffe of LivingLakeCountry.com and NOW Newspapers as he provides live courtside commentary from this weekend's WIAA playoff basketball action at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.

Among the teams in action: Wauwatosa West, Whitefish Bay and Whitnall on Thursday, Germantown on Friday, and possibly Dominican and the aforementioned in Saturday's sectional finals.

Texting driver hits minivan, injures 8-year-old girl

March 09, 2011 8:52 a.m. | An 8-year-old girl had to have surgery on her face after the car she was riding in was struck by a driver who was texting last week.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

Dispatch received a call of a rollover accident in the 8000 block of West North Avenue at 3:46 p.m. March 1. A Ford Fusion with loud music playing over the stereo was on its roof facing west in an eastbound lane. Meanwhile, a Toyota minivan was stopped in the middle of the road.

A 26-year-old Milwaukee woman was lying on her stomach in the Ford looking out the frame where the window had been. She was yelling "get me out of here." Worried about potential injuries, the officer told her not to move until paramedics arrived.

The driver denied she had been texting when the accident happened, but a witness said the woman had a phone in front of her face blocking the line of sight. The driver's cell phone was found in the snow with an unfinished text message on the screen.

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Bogus tree-trimmers make off with $1,000 from Tosa homeowner

March 09, 2011 8:26 a.m. | Scam artists posing as tree-trimmers are back in Wauwatosa and a 71-year-old man fell victim to their con last week.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

A man knocked on the door at 1:30 p.m. March 2 stating that he worked for a tree trimming company and offering his services. The homeowner invited him into his kitchen, where they agreed on a $50 upfront payment. The worker watched as the homeowner took money out of a hiding place.

A second man showed up saying he was there to set up a wood chipper, but in hindsight the homeowner realized he didn't see any machines.

The initial worker asked the homeowner to accompany him outside to point out which tree to trim. When they returned, the man went back to his vehicle, got in and left. Soon afterward, he realized $1,000 was missing from the house.

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Herald sparks Raiders over Red Knights; Custer is next

March 08, 2011 11:18 p.m. | Senior Carly Herald wasn’t ready to end her high school career Tuesday night and sparked her Wauwatosa East teammates to a thrilling, 42-41, victory over Milwaukee Lutheran in a WIAA Regional quarter-final.

Herald nailed two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to spark an 11-0 run and then sank the winning free throws with 22.3 seconds left to play on her way to a game-high 15 points.

“She let the game come to her,” a happy East coach Rob Hamill said. “She also showed some emotions on the bench. She didn’t want her season to end.”

The Red Raiders blanked Lutheran, 12-0, in the first quarter, as seven players scored. But has been the case all season, one bad quarter has hurt them.

“That been our pattern all year,” Hamill said. “We’ve taken our lumps but these guys have never quit. These last few weeks we’ve made the post-season our focus.
“They’re playing hard and they’re keeping their heads up. They were resilient, they never gave up.”
 

Library foundation to honor powerhouse behind Hoyt Pool

March 08, 2011 2:40 p.m. | Denise Lindberg will be recognized by the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation for her leadership in getting the new Hoyt Park pool built.

Lindberg, executive director of the Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool, has been tenacious in her efforts to bring a pool back to the park. The project required raising millions of dollars and working with architects and construction firms. Those efforts will pay off this summer when the Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park opens for its inaugural season.

She will receive the 2011 Arthur B. Kohasky Leadership Award during the foundation's annual luncheon April 7.

In addition to the pool, Lindberg was involved in forming Wauwatosa's neighborhood associations, and is a past president of the Neighborhood Association Council. Other community involvement includes Milwaukee Rowing Club and coaching youth in Odyssey of the Mind and Destination ImagiNation programs.

High school students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership also will be honored. They are Nicolette Bardele, Divine Savior Holy Angels; Leslie Dess, Wauwatosa East; Benjamin Hushek, Marquette; Ellyn Kirtley, Wauwatosa West; and Keelee Roggenbuck, Wisconsin Lutheran.

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Sensenbrenner ends packed Tosa town hall meeting early

March 08, 2011 8:30 a.m. | U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner shut down Monday night's town hall meeting in Wauwatosa early because the overflow crowd was more interested in talking about the state budget bills with Republican host state Sen. Leah Vukmir, attendees said.

"Congressman Sensenbrenner and the Wauwatosa library director repeatedly asked individuals attending last night's town hall meeting to be respectful as other patrons were using the library. After numerous requests for attendees to listen to the individual speaking and be mindful of other library patrons were ignored, the meeting was adjourned," said Wendy Riemann, communications director for Sensenbrenner.

"It is unfortunate that the same respect given at Congressman Sensenbrenner's Town Hall Meeting in Brookfield Sunday evening wasn't experienced last night, and individuals who were patiently waiting to ask a question, receive help with casework or share their concern were unable to do so at the meeting," she said. "Congressman Sensenbrenner invites those individuals to call his office or send him and email and he will get a response to them."

Some at the meeting saw things differently.

Wauwatosa resident Ryan Stoltz said Sensenbrenner “swung his gavel anytime someone from the crowd voiced dismay. He threatened to end the meeting anytime the crowd applauded, got too noisy for his liking or talked out of turn. It was crazy how he wouldn’t listen to anyone.”

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Wauwatosa West boys basketball photo gallery now online

March 07, 2011 8:10 a.m. | Wauwatosa West captured its first boys basketball regional title since 1996 with a 61-49 victory Milwaukee Lutheran on Saturday, as featured in this photo gallery by NOW's Peter Zuzga.

Next up for the Trojans (15-10) is a Division 2 sectional semifinal game against Whitefish Bay (16-8) at 6 p.m. Thursday in Milwaukee at the Al McGuire Center.

Go to photo gallery.

West wins first regional title since 1996

March 05, 2011 10:42 p.m. | The Wauwatosa West boys basketball team came up big when they had to and beat Milwaukee Lutheran, 61-49, to win their first WIAA Regional Championship since 1996.

The victory ended a busy week that saw the Trojans beat Milwaukee Madison, 70-54, on Tuesday and beat Milwaukee Samuel Morse-Marshall, 58-45, on Friday.

The Trojans improved their record to 15-10 and will now meet Whitefish Bay (16-8) of the North Shore Conference at WIAA Sectional at the Al McGuire Center at 6 p.m. Bay beat Nicolet, 44-41, to get there.

Against Milwaukee Lutheran (9-14) Friday night, the Trojans held off a scrappy Red Knights team, who battled back from deficits of 10 once and eight twice, only to see the Trojans turn up the jets and pull away each time.

Jarvis Ashley scored 14 points, hitting 5-of-6 free-throws, and Tyler Krause scored 13, hitting 5-of-8 from the charity stripe. He helped hold off the Red Knights with 10 fourth-quarter points.

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Get the latest on the girls basketball tournament in our video preview

March 05, 2011 2:43 p.m. | There's been plenty of action in the local high school basketball scene the past week and the girls will take center stage when they begin post-season play Tuesday.

MyCommunityNOW has just added its latest video, featuring Lake Country Publications' JR Radcliffe breaking down the brackets with fellow insiders Steven L. Tietz, Tom "Sky" Skibosh, Mark Stewart and John Rech.

The guys start off with a look at the hype surrounding this week's J.P. Tokoto event and then preview some of the top teams and matchups in the girls' field.

For more tournament coverage, visit the special Championship Chase page, which features photo galleries, a Twitter feed, game stories and more.

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West wins, but Tosa East upset

March 04, 2011 11:05 p.m. | Wauwatosa West advanced Friday night to the WIAA Regional Finals at Brookfield Central on Saturday, but Wauwatosa East had their season suddenly cut short.

West sank 18-of-21 free throws in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 58-45 win over Morse-Marshall before a packed house.

Jarvis Ashley led the way with 13 points, including 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Alex Chu had 11 points, including two big 3-point shots early, Ricky Landers had 10 points and Tyler Krause, who was blanked for three quarters, went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Kendale Nation led the Eagles with 15 points.

West led 15-6 after one quarter and 21-18 at half. They increased it to 36-31 in the third period and then pulled away.

West (14-10) now meets Milwaukee Lutheran (9-13) at Brookfield Central at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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Walker protesters take to street in front of City Hall

March 04, 2011 6:12 p.m. | Tim Nieskes had a job working in municipal government as an arborist. Last October, he found himself unemployed as New Berlin cut his position as part of an effort to achieve a zero-percent tax increase.

He was fortunate to find a job working in the private sector, and with it came continued representation through the electrical workers union for the Wauwatosa resident.

"I lived this out already," he said. "In a way I got a head start, so I was lucky and got a job. There will be a lot more unemployed people who won't be so lucky."

He was one of about 100 people - mostly Tosa residents - who stood Thursday evening on North Avenue in front of City Hall with a protest signs. The protest was organized by a group called Grassroots Tosa, which got its start during John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004.

"We decided it was time to regroup, giving people an outlet to speak out on the extremism of Scott Walker," organizer Greg Walz-Chojnacki said. "He's going to make a mess of the state as he's made a mess of the county. Then he's going to move on."

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Sensenbrenner to hold town hall meeting Monday

March 03, 2011 12:24 p.m. | U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner will hold a town hall meeting, at which residents can speak their mind about federal issues, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.

Lancer girls beat Tosa East in GMC finale

March 02, 2011 9:38 p.m. | Brookfield Central defeated Wauwatosa East, 68-37, at East in the Greater Metro finale for both teams.

The Lancers (13-1, 16-6) will now host West Allis Central (11-3, 16-6) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, in regional action. Tosa East (1-13, 3-19) will host Milwaukee Lutheran (2-17) on Tuesday in first-round play.

Wednesday night the Lancers jumped off to a 21-6 lead after one quarter and 36-12 at half-time.

Valerierose Agnello led all scorers with 15 points, while Anna Liewen and Andrea Schneider each had 14 and Ariel Goodman 10.

Carly Herald had 11 for the Red Raiders.

Ike whips Tosa West girls, 58-29, in season finale

March 02, 2011 9:25 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower ended the regular season with a 58-29 win over Wauwatosa West at home on Senior Night.

The Lions opened up a 21-3 lead after one quarter and expanded it to 37-5 at intermission. The Trojans played better in the second half, outscoring Ike, 24-21, but it was too little too late.

Nicole Bauman led the way with 16 points, but accounted for several other baskets with some outstanding passes. Andrea Ganzke had an excellent game at point guard and scored 10 points.

Paige Soles led the Trojans with 10 points.

Ganzke, Amy Borkenhagen, Sara Potts, Claire Krzykowski and Anna Hahn all played their final regular-season home game for the Lions.

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Tosans win Herb Kohl Foundation honors

March 02, 2011 4:40 p.m. | Several local students and teachers have been named winners of Herb Kohl Foundation Awards.

The $1,000 scholarships were given to 100 teachers and 181 graduating high school students statewide this year.

Herschel Kissinger, a student at Wauwatosa West High School, received an excellence scholarship.

Excellence scholarship recipients demonstrate academic excellence and show a high motivation to achieve, as well as display a wide range of activity and leadership outside of school.

Area fellowship recipients are teachers Mary Christensen of Wauwatosa, Pius XI High School; Marissa Fowler of Wauwatosa, Oak Creek East Middle School; and Karen Weber of Wauwatosa, Highland View School in Greendale.

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Eaton Corp. leaving Milwaukee for Tosa

March 02, 2011 11:18 a.m. | After months of speculation, Eaton Corp. has officially announced it will build a new facility for its electrical and technical division in the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa.

Mayor Jill Didier issued a news release today to welcome the company to the city.

City staff members have been working with Irgens Development Partners and Research Park representatives to "ensure that Wauwatosa became Eaton's new home," Didier said. "Eaton could have made the decision to move its operations to another state, but instead it made the commitment to remain in Wisconsin."

There has been talk of the city providing financial assistance in the form of tax credits to make the project happen, but those details have not yet been finalized, she said.

The region will retain 145 existing positions and there is potential for future growth, Eaton executives have said. In addition, a location in the Milwaukee County Research Park puts the company close to other technically savvy businesses, which can foster growth and new ideas.

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Eaton Corp. confirms it will move division headquarters to Wauwatosa

March 02, 2011 11:09 a.m. | Eaton Corp. has selected the Milwaukee County Research Park, in Wauwatosa, as the location for an office and lab operation now based on Milwaukee's north side, Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier announced Wednesday morning.

Construction is to begin this summer on the 90,000-square-foot building, which will house Eaton's electrical sector Milwaukee operations and technical center, Didier's announcement said. The building is to be completed by mid-2012.

The move will shift 145 employees to the research park, and "there is potential for future employment growth," according to the statement.

Eaton executives have for years been considering a move of that operation from 4201 N. 27th St. Also, the outdated building had over $3 million in damage from flooding last summer.

In January, the research park board agreed to sell 9.6 acres to Irgens Development Partners LLC, which will develop the office and laboratory building for Eaton.

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'No doubt' students would feel pinch from Walker's budget cuts, Tosa superintendent says

March 02, 2011 10:50 a.m. | Wauwatosa School District Superintendent Phil Ertl was blunt with his reaction to the governor’s biennial budget proposal, which reduces state aid to schools by $835 million and calls for a 5.5 percent reduction in per-pupil revenue caps.
“It’s worse than we expected,” he said. “The cuts are more than we expected.”
Ertl said some of the impact could be mitigated if the state passes Walker’s budget-repair bill, which would require union employees to pay more for their health-care and retirement benefits, but cuts are inevitable even if that measure goes through.
The district still has to process the budget proposal further and get answers to a host of questions, but there is “absolutely no doubt” students in Wauwatosa will feel the effects of the cuts, he said.
Municipal leaders also have a lot of questions about exactly how Walker’s proposal would affect city operations.
City Administrator James Archambo had little time to delve into the proposed budget before talking to the Employee Relations Committee on Tuesday night about its possible impact on Wauwatosa.
Wauwatosa could receive up to $1 million less in state aid.
The city’s expenditure restraint payments could also be at risk. In the past, Wauwatosa received $900,000 annually for keeping spending increases to less than 2 percent. The governor wants to see that number decreased to zero.
“It will get more difficult to qualify,” Archambo said.
To keep taxes down, the state budget bill only allows for tax levy increases based on new construction.
Archambo estimated Wauwatosa might be able to increase its levy by about half a percent.

City asks people to be patient and yield to plows

March 02, 2011 10:34 a.m. | Yielding to snowplows is a matter of safety and allows for quicker cleanup on city streets.
Some people shoveling out have tried to prevent plows from pushing more snow onto their property by standing in the driveway.
“Please be patient to wait for the plow to finish its job; then you can begin clearing snow from your property,” said Mike Kreiter, public works operations superintendent.
The department has received complaints about snowplows driving too fast through neighborhoods, but it’s the size of the truck coupled with the flashing lights and scraping noise that give that perception, he said.
There have been issues following recent snowfalls when impatient drivers have tried to pass snowplows or followed closely behind them, Kreiter said. This was especially true earlier this week when the timing of the snowfall required plows to hit the streets during the morning commute.
“The plows are deemed emergency vehicles and having flashing lights to show that,” Kreiter said.
Driving too close to them could cause a crash or vehicle damage from flying snow and salt. Motorists need to stay 75 feet behind a plow on roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or less and 200 feet behind a plow on higher-speed roads.
 

Contracts let for Meinecke, Ruby sewer projects

March 02, 2011 10:16 a.m. | The city embarked on its largest sewer improvement program in decades Tuesday night, approving contractor bids for work that's meant to reduce street flooding and basement backups.

The Common Council agreed to hire a team of two firms to work on designs for the sanitary and storm sewer work in the Meinecke Avenue neighborhood.

"Due to the sheer size of this project there was no single engineering firm that proposed taking on project alone," City Engineer Bill Wehrley said.

The entire project is anticipated to cost about $3.5 million. This project aims to bring relief to homeowners who have seen significant property damage and lost belongings following numerous heavy rainstorms during the past several years. They remain at risk for one more summer as construction is not expected to begin until fall.

The other project deemed a priority during capital budget deliberations Tuesday was the neighborhood around Ruby Avenue. Design work on the sanitary and storm sewers has been finished. Bids are coming in on the reconstruction, which will cover Ruby Avenue from 100th to 106th streets and Congress Street from 106th to 108th streets.

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New Wauwatosa fire chief's salary set at $104,000

March 02, 2011 9:00 a.m. | Wauwatosa's next fire chief will make a starting salary of more than $104,000.

The Common Council on Tuesday approved a compensation package for new hire Rob Ugaste. In addition to starting salary, he will get three weeks of vacation and a uniform allowance of $500 for the first year and $350 each year after. In addition, a week of executive leave was granted.

Executive leave is a way to provide a more attractive package, but if he would leave it would not be paid out like unused vacation time, City Administrator James Archambo said.

Ugaste's salary comes in about $3,000 less than recently retired chief Dean Redman, who held the position for 14 years.

The vote was 12-2, with aldermen Tim Hanson and Michael Walsh in opposition. Both men also voted against hiring and compensation packages for the new public works and finance directors two weeks ago. They were interested in holding off the votes until the council makes some decisions about residency requirements for department heads.

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Wauwatosa West basketball photo gallery now online

March 02, 2011 7:58 a.m. | We've just added Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from last night's first-round WIAA boys basketball tournament game between Milwaukee Madison and Wauwatosa West.

The host Trojans posted a 70-54 victory to advance into the second round and a matchup at Milwaukee Samuel Morse-Marshall, set for 7 p.m. Friday.

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Krause leads Trojans to win over Madison

March 01, 2011 11:20 p.m. | Senior guard Tyler Krause scored 20 points and sparked Wauwatosa West to a 70-54 win over James Madison tonight at West in the WIAA Regional quarter-final.

West will now travel to Milwaukee Samuel Morse-Marshall for a 7 p.m. regional semi-final game on Friday night.

Madison took a 10-2 lead to start the game, but then the Trojans went on an 18-0 tear and rolled to a 37-24 half-time lead.

Krause, who nailed four 3-pointers on the night, had 13 points at half-time and Ricky Landers scored 10 of his 15 in the first half also.

Jarvis Ashley scored nine points and Kieviante Love, Alex Chu, Jimmy Bonkowski and Zach Soderburg all played key roles in the win, the eighth victory in West's last 10 games.

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County exec candidates to take questions at forum

March 01, 2011 4:49 p.m. | Candidates hoping to become the next Milwaukee County executive will answer questions during a forum March 11.
Philanthropist Chris Abele and state Rep. Jeff Stone, R-Greendale, are competing for the county’s top job, which was vacated by now Gov. Scott Walker in January.
Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for coffee and rolls, followed by the forum at 8 a.m. at the Milwaukee Area Technical College West Campus, 1200 S. 71st St., Room 107/117, in West Allis. Register by March 7 and submit questions for the candidates by calling (414) 453-2330 or e-mailing meg@tosachamber.org.
 

City sees 5 percent jump in delinquent property taxes, so far

March 01, 2011 10:46 a.m. | The city has mailed 393 delinquent tax notices for 2010 real estate property, totaling more than $2.7 million.

The total outstanding tax is a 5.3 percent increase over the previous year, said Derik Summerfield, interim treasurer.

Meanwhile, the amount of delinquent personal property tax - machinery, equipment, etc., belonging to business owners - went down 41 percent from 2009. For personal property tax, 196 delinquent notices were issued, for a total of $106,257.

Wauwatosa property taxes were due Jan. 31. However, taxpayers who chose an installment plan, which allows payments through May 31, are not considered delinquent at this time, Summerfield said.

Transmission line route options chosen

March 01, 2011 9:56 a.m. | Route options through Wauwatosa have been chosen for a proposed 138,000-volt power transmission line that would help provide electricity to the western portion of Milwaukee County.

American Transmission Co. will hold a public meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. March 10 at the Civic Center on the first floor of City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave., to discuss the preliminary plans. The company plans to build a new We Energies substation adjacent to the county substation and two transmission line connections.

Studies indicate that electric demand in the Highway 45 corridor is expected to double by 2016, and existing distribution substations and feeders that serve the area will not be adequate to meet future electric demand, according to a news release about the project.

Andrew Gumm, We Energies manager of project siting, said the life-saving work of the trauma centers at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Complex call for a reserve source of electricity in the form of a second transmission line.

Representatives from American Transmission Co. and We Energies will answer questions and show preliminary route options. They used information gathered at an initial open house in October to come up with route choices.

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Woman robbed at gunpoint while unloading her car

March 01, 2011 9:52 a.m. | A Wauwatosa woman was robbed at gunpoint as she was unloading her car Friday afternoon.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The woman was pulling into her garage in the 2700 block of Lefeber Avenue when she noticed a man walk by. As she took items out of the car, the man walked up behind her and said, "Just give me your purse."

When she turned around, she saw he had a scarf and hat covering all but his eyes and a gun in his hand. She handed over her purse; then, he demanded her rings.

He demanded she stay in the garage and shut the door, then he ran away.

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