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Tosa West rallies late, stuns Wisco

March 10, 2012 11:32 p.m. | Wauwatosa West got hot at the right time, scoring the game’s final eight points to upset Wisconsin Lutheran at home, 48-45.
 
For most of the final quarter, Wisconsin Lutheran was sailing smoothly.
 
Senior Karynda DuPree rattled off nine consecutive points for the Vikings on a series of post moves, soft-arcing free throws, and even a long-distance three.  Junior floor general Kelsey Frey plucked a pair of steals from the Trojans and was coolly leading the attack. The Vikings led 45-40 with just more than 2 minutes remaining.
 
At that juncture, West sophomore wing Elise Ditscheit found senior Jenna Lahmann slashing through traffic to make it 45-42. The Trojans then forced the Vikings into three consecutive turnovers.
 
“We knew defense would be the key,” said junior Jessica Pike. “We knew about their inside scorers and outside shooters. We tried not to foul, and just left everything on the court in case it was our last game.”
 
With just 0:38 remaining, Ditscheit did it again. The sophomore drove to the hole, got fouled, and buried a pair of free throws to draw West within one point, 45-44.
 
With 0:25 remaining, Trojans junior forward Latasha Harmon snatched a steal off the wing and slung a pass up the sideline to Pike, who calmly buried a rainbow three.
 
“That was the play of the game right there,” said West coach Ron Gavinski. “Latasha, if she doesn’t make that play for us, who knows what’s going to happen? And Jessica Pike? For the lead, with under 30 seconds? That’s a big shot anywhere.”
 
“All I was thinking about was my team getting ahead,” Pike said. “I work on my shot a lot. This seemed like a good time to use it. I took the shot and prayed it went in.”
 
Suddenly West had the lead for the first time since the third quarter began. A third Vikings turnover, with just 12 seconds remaining, all but sealed the deal. Sophomore Ashley Lindstrom hit one of two free throws for West.
 
Wisconsin Lutheran’s final three-point attempt to force overtime bounced off the side of the rim, and Tosa West – team and fans alike – erupted.

The teams mirrored one another in talent, makeup and style. For Wisconsin Lutheran, the steady hand of Frey (6 steals, 4 assists), interior finesse of DuPree (20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks), and scoring bursts of sophomore lockdown defender Elise DeNoyer (11 points) were all but negated by the spinning lefty showmanship of West senior guard Jenna Engel (10 points, 5 assists), the toughness and grit of Harmon (6 points, 10 rebounds) and the all-purpose gamesmanship of Ditscheit (14 points, 3 assists).
 
There were seven lead changes in the first half, never more than five points either way, but the third quarter went to Wisconsin Lutheran. The Vikings outscored the Trojans 13-7, largely on the open court skills of junior Mandy Frey (9 points) and interior work of DuPree.
 
But  the fourth quarter, at least the chunk of it that mattered most, went to Tosa West.
 
Next up for West is Whitefish Bay in next Thursday's sectional semifinal.
 
“We played them once this year and lost by seven,” Gavinski said. “We’re going to need more great team defense, and we’re going to need to hit more big shots. Their coach (Greg) Capper is a good one. It’s going to be a great game. If we work hard, who knows what will happen?"

West girls win big, on to regional final Saturday

March 09, 2012 8:46 p.m. | Wauwatosa West used a big fourth-quarter run to blow out Milwaukee Juneau/Morse-Marshall, 47-25, Friday night at West in a regional semifinal game and now advances to the regional finals at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran.

Leading 30-20 going into the final period, the Trojans went on a 12-2 to put the game away.

First LaTasha Harmon hit two free throws, then Daisha Thompson scored for the Eagles. Then Harmon hit Elise Ditscheit with a perfect pass for a layup and then Ditscheit returned the favor with a breakout pass to Harmon for a fastbreak basket.

Harmon then passed to Jenna Lahmann who nailed a jumper and then Ditscheit hit Lahmann with another pass and the latter hit another long shot. Ditscheit closed it out with a steal and a pass to Jenna Engel for the score and a 42-22 lead with 3:47 left to play.

"Coach told us if we came out and worked hard we would win this game and advance in regionals," Lahmann said.

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Plans for Wauwatosa retail development moving forward

March 09, 2012 7:00 a.m. | A proposal to provide city financing help for The Mayfair Collection, a retail development planned for Wauwatosa's Burleigh Triangle area, is progressing.

The Common Council's Budget & Finance Committee recently met in closed session to discuss negotiations over the financing proposal with Chicago-based HSA Commercial Real Estate Inc., which would develop The Mayfair Collection.

Another closed session is to occur next week, said Paulette Enders, city economic development director. 

The state Open Meetings Law allows local governments to meet in closed session to discuss such negotiations. Any votes must be made in open session. And, so far, city officials haven't yet created a final financing proposal for the Plan Commission and council to consider, Enders said.

"We continue to work with city staff on negotiating our TIF proposal," said Tim Blum, HSA.retail division managing director.

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Washington whips Tosa East boys, 50-36

March 08, 2012 8:20 p.m. | Wauwatosa East dug a deep hole Thursday night, trailing 28-9 at halftime, and dropped a 50-36 decision to Milwaukee Washington in a sectional semifinal game at Waukesha North.

The loss snapped a 3-game winning streak in the post-season for the Red Raiders, who finished with a 16-10 overall record. Washington improved to 20-5 as the Purgolders won their 10th straight game.

The game was over early as Washington raced to a 17-7 first period lead and then held Tosa East scoreless the last 6:45 of the half following a jumper by Diamonte Mckinley.

Even though the Red Raiders held Washington to 11 second-quarter points, they still trailed by 19 at intermission.

To Tosa East's credit, they came out and scored nine straight points to open the second half, as senior Zach Sylvester scored the first five and Nate Moore scored on a layup on a pass from Sylvester and then scored from the right side on a beautiful drive to the past, cutting the lead to 10 points at 28-18 with 5:59 left in the third period.

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Two men wanted for armed robbery arrested in Wauwatosa

March 07, 2012 12:30 p.m. | Two men wanted for an armed robbery in Greenfield were nabbed driving through Wauwatosa last week.

According to police reports:

A Greenfield officer pulled over a vehicle that was riding on two flat tires at 9:49 p.m. Feb. 29. The driver, a 21-year-old Milwaukee man, had a red, swollen eye and said he had been robbed at gunpoint earlier that evening in an alley in the 3800 block of West Howard Avenue.

He had gone to his friend's home in that neighborhood to deliver drugs - Percocet pills and marijuana - to friends, a 22-year-old Greenfield man and a 23-year-old Milwaukee man. They all got into the victim's vehicle at which point the older man put a gun to his head and ordering him into the back of the vehicle. During the drive, the vehicle owner was struck with a pistol. Eventually, they ended up at the older man's Hawley Road home in Milwaukee and the victim was released.

He said he was driving erratically because he was so shaken and blew out the tires on a curb.

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City will collect its own recycling

March 07, 2012 11:24 a.m. | The Public Works Department anticipates saving the city about $120,000 by having its own crews handle curbside recycling collection during the second half of 2012.

The effort comes as Wauwatosa looks at changes to its entire solid waste stream within the next year, Public Works Director Bill Porter said.

On Tuesday, the Common Council approved using city labor and equipment to collect recycling from Wauwatosa homes. The city attorney also was authorized to negotiate a contract with Franklin-based St. John's Disposal to process the city's recyclables at its soon-to-open recycling plant in Norway, Wis.

For the past decade, Wauwatosa has contracted with Waste Management for its curbside recycling collection, hauling and processing. In a good economy, the city received significant rebates on the sale of the recycled materials.

The proposal from St. John's actually increases the revenue on materials per ton by $5 - a significant amount given that 2,623 tons were recycled last year.

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City seeks election poll workers

March 07, 2012 10:50 a.m. | Wauwatosa residents can perform civic service and get paid for their efforts. City Clerk Carla Ledesma is seeking people to work at the polls during elections.

The next election is set for April 3, and there are additional dates set for August and November.

Daylong shifts begin as early as 6:15 a.m. and may last until 9 p.m. For the service, residents are paid $100 per election day and $10 for attending a mandatory training session before an election, she said.

To be eligible, a pollworker must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old and be able to work in a team atmosphere.

"Good handwriting, vision, hearing and attention to detail are a plus," Ledesma said. "This is an important civic activity. Poll workers are an important part of the conduct of open, accurate and fair elections."

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Homeowners to receive new carts as garbage service changes

March 07, 2012 12:30 a.m. | Wauwatosa is preparing for the switch to automated garbage collection by ordering more than 15,000 new garbage carts.

The Common Council on Tuesday authorized spending about $787,000 for new carts made in part from recycled materials, as well as the collection and disposal of the old carts.

"All the residents who don't want to keep their carts can rest assured they will be recycled," said Elizabeth Hilt, management analyst for the city's Public Works Department.

The new carts will fit the automated arm on the new garbage trucks, which should be delivered to the city in June. After a month of training, a driver will cover a route staying in the vehicle while the arm picks up carts, dumps their contents into the back of the truck and returns the empty carts curbside.

The new carts will hold the 96 gallons of waste as the existing garbage carts, Hilt said.

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Medical College receives $1.9 million grant to study concussions

March 06, 2012 5:10 p.m. | The Medical College of Wisconsin will use a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study the most effective methods for screening for concussions.

Each year, 1.7 million people experience a concussion - also called a traumatic brain injury - resulting in 2,000 deaths and 275,000 hospitalizations. Concussions are especially prevalent among military forces, leading the U.S. Army to seek neurocognitive assessment tools.

A number of computerized tools have been developed to determine the severity and cognitive effects of concussions, but little data exists on the tools' reliability and validity.

Michael McCrea, director of brain injury research at the Medical College, is the primary investigator of the grant. He will compare four leading assessment tools to measure their reliability in detecting cognitive impairments in both athletes and civilians who have suffered concussions. Additionally, the tests will be evaluated for their value in detecting recovery time so standards for returning to duty post-concussion can be set.

Four females face charges for stealing thousands of dollars in jeans

March 06, 2012 11:46 a.m. | Four females from Milwaukee responsible for stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise from a Mayfair Road clothing shop are expected to be charged with retail theft this week.

According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:

A 17-year-old girl and three women, ages 18, 19 and 27, were arrested after they used wire snips to remove security tags from new and used designer jeans valued at $848 at Hollywood Threadz, 801 N. Mayfair Road, at 5:37 p.m. Feb. 24.

The women were familiar to police for shoplifting and trespassing at the mall. The 19-year-old and 27-year-old women were arrested for bail-jumping because they both had open retail theft cases.

They were also familiar to the store manager who had suspected them of several prior thefts. Because so many jeans had gone missing from the store's inventory, the manager reviewed security video and saw the girl and the 27-year-old woman taking jeans valued at $752 on Feb. 22.

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Fair trade and travel business moves to smaller Village space

March 06, 2012 11:30 a.m. | An art gallery has closed and the fair trade shop/travel business that shared its space on Underwood Avenue has moved into another Village business' space.

After a year in the building, Allen Gallery and Authentic Journeys have moved out of the old fire station building, 1430 Underwood Ave. The space formerly housed Underwood Gallery.

The fair trade and environmentally friendly items carried at Authentic Journeys will be sold at Arté, the paint-while-sipping-wine business that opened in December at Harwood Avenue. Lisa Allen, owner of Authentic Journeys, partnered with Karen Wilman Salituro to bring Arté to the Village.

"My efforts have been focused on Arté for the past couple of months as it is very time consuming to start up a new business and concept, but my intention is to continue to offer my travel planning services and fair trade products to the community in some capacity," Allen said.

She will operate the travel planning services as Authentic Journeys Travel.

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Resident threatened with vandalism if he doesn't display sign supporting Walker

March 06, 2012 8:58 a.m. | A Wauwatosa man received a letter in the mail last week threatening to break the windows on his home if he didn't put up a yard sign showing support for Gov. Scott Walker.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The resident of Elm Spring Avenue had been featured a few weeks ago in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about damage to his Recall Walker yard sign. He believes the letter came in direct response, with it addressed to "crybaby."

He took the letter to police at 11:50 a.m. Wednesday.

"You look pompous now. You need a Stand for Walker sign in your front yard by next week," the letter read. "Then no more problems. Otherwise your windows go."

Man, 50, charged with trying to strangle 18-year-old woman

March 05, 2012 10:14 p.m. | A 50-year-old Milwaukee man is facing a felony charge for strangulation after he allegedly tried to choke a Wauwatosa teen in her home Wednesday morning.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

The 18-year-old woman was sitting in her home at 9:22 a.m., when her mother's ex-boyfriend, Jose Fonseca, walked in. She could see he was intoxicated and she told him to leave. He allegedly threatened her so she locked herself in the bathroom and called police.

For the next 15 minutes, she heard Fonseca come and go from the house. She smelled cigarette smoke, so she exited the bathroom to tell him smoking wasn't allowed in the house and to ask him to leave again.

He is accused of pushing her up against a wall and trying to choke her. Officers, who had been knocking on the front door, saw the altercation through the front window. They arrested Fonseca as he ran out of the house. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.16.

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Tuition goes 'on sale' at Catholic Wauwatosa school

March 05, 2012 11:47 a.m. | Mercy Academy, a Catholic K-8 school in Wauwatosa, is trying to attract new families this year by offering 50% off elementary school tuition.

The offer is good for only three families and has been made possible through an agreement with Relevant Radio, which has a tuition assistance program, according to a news release.

Maureen Klein, a Mercy Academy board member, sent the information to the Journal Sentinel and noted that the tuition voucher could help out families who are questioning the cost of private-school tuition in tight economic times.

That got me wondering how many other small parochial schools have run similar tuition discounts recently to try to keep families or attract new ones.

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