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Jr. Raider Basketball Tryouts Tuesday, Thursday

Oct. 30, 2009 10:43 a.m. |

Try-outs for seventh and eighth grade boys upcoming Junior Raider Basketball season will be held at Longfellow Middle School next week.

All seventh and eighth grade boys living on the East side of Wauwatosa or going to school on the East side of Wauwatosa are welcome.

Interested players should be planning on attending Tosa East for high school. The seventh grade try-outs will be held on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Eighth grade try-outs will be held on Thursday from 6- 8 p.m.

For furtherinformation contact Michael Sylvester at (414) 588-3945 with questions.

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Wauwatosa Basketball Club set tryouts on Friday

Oct. 26, 2009 11:41 a.m. | The Wauwatosa Basketball Club (WBC) is holding an open tryout on Friday for girls in grades 6-8 living in the Wauwatosa East High School attendance district.

Sixth grade tryouts will be from 1-3 p.m. and seventh and eighth grade tryouts will follow from 3-5 p.m. at Longfellow Main Gym. The tryouts are free and students should bring water. 

Questions may be forwarded to WBC Leadership Board Member Tom Oleniczak at tjoly@core.com or Tosa East Varsity Girls Head Coach Rob Hamill at hamillro@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us

Fair trade store opens on North Avenue

Oct. 25, 2009 3:44 p.m. | A retail store that specializes in fairly traded and eco-friendly products has opened in Wauwatosa.

At Fair Trade for All, 8730 W. North Ave., shoppers can find an eclectic mix of goods made in developing countries. Costa Rican coffee, silk clothing from Nepal, candleholders from Haiti and carvings from Kenya are some of the products sold there.

Fair trade is a movement that promotes standards for international labor such as better working conditions, fair prices for products and no child labor.

The store is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

West beats East, wins girls volleyball regional title

Oct. 24, 2009 8:30 p.m. | Wauwatosa West beat crosstown rival Wauwatosa East, 3-0, and won the girls volleyball regional title Thursday night at Tosa West.

The Trojans, the Woodland Conference regular season champions, won 25-17, 25-11, 25-19 to advance to sectional play at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Pius XI where they will play Greater Metro Champion Divine Savior Holy Angels.

Jenny Ciriaks led West with 23 kills and 12 digs, Sam Himmelspach had 26 assists and 3 blocks, Monica Kleinke had 16 digs, Jenna Lahmann had 5 kills and 3 blocks, Anna Radske had 3 aces and Kelsey Quakenbush had 3 blocks.

Taylor Lewis led Tosa East with 9 kills and 4 blocks, Becca Hoffland had 17 assists, Devin Kunda had and Sage Coles each had 3 digs and Gabrielle Iyamah had 4 blocks.

Huge crowds at city's first swine flu clinic

Oct. 23, 2009 4:53 p.m. | If you drove by or stopped by City Hall this afternoon, you may have noticed quite a crowd as hundreds of people showed up to receive vaccinations for the H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu.

Long lines wrapped around City Hall as some people arrived hours before the start of the 2:30 p.m. clinic.

NOW photographer Peter Zuzga was there - and has some nice shots in this photo gallery.

Swine flu vaccine available in Tosa Friday

Oct. 22, 2009 6:16 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Health Department has received dosages of the H1N1 vaccine, and it will begin giving shots at a clinic Friday afternoon.

City health officials know by the call volume to the department that there is a large demand for the H1N1, commonly known as swine flu, vaccine, but they ask that only the people in the at-risk groups attend the clinic from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the lower level of City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave.

The at-risk groups are pregnant women, health care workers, people ages 6 months to 24 years old, those who care for babies younger than 6 months, and those aged 25 to 64 years old who are at risk for developing complications from the flu.

"The targeted groups do not include seniors at this time," Wauwatosa Health Officer Nancy Kreuser said.

Healthy individuals ages 2 to 49 are encouraged to get the live flu mist due to the limited supply of the inactive, injectable vaccine.

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Attack on Tosa West runner racially motivated, police say

Oct. 22, 2009 3:32 p.m. | Brookfield — An attack on an African-American student from Wauwatosa West High School appears to be racially motivated, Brookfield police said Thursday.

According to Capt. Jim Adlam:

Four male Wauwatosa West students - the African-American student and three white students - were running near the pavilion area of Lamplighter Park about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Three white males in a black four-door vehicle swerved at the runners and at least one of the males yelled racial slurs. The vehicle stopped and a fight ensued, Adlam said.

While the 18-year-old African-American student was being attacked, one of his classmates, 17, intervened.

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East finishes with first winless season under Swittel

Oct. 21, 2009 10:31 p.m. | Wauwatosa East dropped a 42-6 decision to West Allis Central at Hart Park on Wednesday night and finished with the first winless season under coach Tom Swittel.

Bulldogs' running back Jon Green ran for three touchdowns and Nick Starich caught two TDs from Ryan Barwick to spark the win for Central.

East trailed 28-0 at intermission and only a 41-yard TD-pass from Ethan Harris to Jake Larson kept the Raiders from being shut out.

Central rolled up 230 yards rushing for 407 total yards.

East finished the year 0-7 in Greater Metro play and 0-9 overall. The Bulldogs were 3-4, 5-4.

West wins season finale, crushes St. Francis

Oct. 21, 2009 10:22 p.m. | Wauwatosa West pulled away from St. Francis in the second half and ended the season on a positive note by crushing the Mariners, 42-7.

Amari Rushing scored on an 84-yard run and Dylan Rogahn threw a 16-yard TD pass to Mark Wesson to lead West to a 14-7 half-time advantage.

Then the Trojans exploded for 28 second-half points, 14 in each quarter, to roll to victory.

Dylan Crafton caught a 14-yard TD pass from Rogahn and then ran back a 64-yard punt return to take a 28-7 lead into the final period.

Rogahn then connected with Ray Sterling, jr. on a 44-yard TD-pass and Barry Ballinger scored on an 11-yard run to end a productive night.

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Panel: Now wrong time to ask city workers to pay more

Oct. 21, 2009 11:36 a.m. | Alderwoman Jacqueline Jay is determined to knock another $300,000 off Wauwatosa's 2009 tax levy to keep it at last year's level, but a committee decided Tuesday that asking employees to pay higher health care costs is not the answer.

Jay, who sits on the Budget Committee, floated the idea of seeking increased employee contributions toward health insurance coverage to better reflect what is going on in the private sector.

The average Wauwatosa resident pays 25 percent of the cost of their health insurance coverage, according to the Tosa Taxpayer Alliance. City employees contribute 5 percent, with the option of dropping their contribution to 2.5 percent by taking part in a wellness program.

Increasing employee contributions to 10 percent and maintaining a wellness discount would result in a $318,000 savings to taxpayers. To achieve the change, however, union negotiations would have to be opened mid-contract and the ordinance regarding nonrepresented employees' benefits would need to be amended.

"I don't think it would be asking too much to ask our employees to pay more of their health costs," Jay said.

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New details emerge on car-train crash

Oct. 19, 2009 7:20 p.m. | New details in a Wauwatosa police report show just how lucky the Milwaukee woman whose vehicle was struck by an oncoming train Oct. 9 was that she and her children walked away from the accident unharmed.

The CP Rail engineer told officers that the 4,075-foot long train had 74 loaded cars that provided an impact of 8,492 tons when it clipped the front of Tonya Swift's Chrysler Pacifica at 70th and State streets.

Swift, 29, stopped her vehicle past the white line by the traffic control signal about 3:30 p.m. She said she saw the crossing warning signals but thought she was far enough away from the tracks. Then the crossing gate came down and struck her car.

She said tried to back up, but couldn't move and could only watch the train approach and strike the left corner of her vehicle pushing it sideways into the crossing gate standards.

However, witnesses tell a slightly different story. The train engineer and the driver of the car behind Swift said there was room and time to back up, but that Swift made no attempt to reverse. The gate came down on the rear of the vehicle because it was so close to the tracks.

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Man nabbed for fifth drunken-driving offense

Oct. 19, 2009 7:16 p.m. | A Waukesha man was arrested for his fifth drunken-driving offense after an officer saw his vehicle driving erratically in the 2300 block of North 82nd Street Saturday night.

The 32-year-old driver initially gave fake identification, but a background check showed he was on parole and violating the court-ordered prohibited alcohol restriction of 0.02, according to a Wauwatosa police report. A box of wine was found in the backseat.

His blood-alcohol content was 0.15.

He was also arrested for driving after his license had been revoked.

He was taken to Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility. Charges have not yet been filed.

Student cited after paintball barrage at Tosa East

Oct. 19, 2009 6:58 p.m. | Wauwatosa East High School looked like it had been under attack earlier this month - from a paintball strike, that is.

A 15-year-old West Allis boy who attends school at East was arrested for disorderly conduct after he brought a backpack full of paintballs into school and spent the first two periods of the school day hurling orange and pink paint around the second-floor hallway, restrooms and library, according to a Wauwatosa police report released this week.

Students tried to stay clear of the paint splatters in the Oct. 6 incident, but their shoes tracked the paint throughout the building and left janitors with numerous messes to clean up.

In the hallways, the floors were covered with paint footprints. Administrators estimated 20 paintballs had been thrown at the walls, ceiling and floor in one bathroom.

The student was found sitting with a friend outside the boys locker room, where another 20 paintballs were found in a garbage can. The friend had a paintball in her purse, which she said the boy had just given her.

Greater Metro Conference cross country photos now online

Oct. 19, 2009 12:42 p.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from Saturday's Greater Metro Conference cross country meet at McCarty Park in West Allis.

Competitors from Brookfield East, Hamilton, Menomonee Falls, West Allis and Wauwatosa are featured.

Marquette won the boys competition while Brookfield East placed first in the girls meet.

Woodland Conference cross country photo gallery now online

Oct. 19, 2009 11:44 a.m. | We've just posted a gallery of NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's photos from Friday's Woodland Conference cross country meet at Sheridan Park in Cudahy.

The photos feature competitors from Brown Deer, Cudahy, Hales Corners, Greendale, Greenfield, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Shorewood, St. Thomas More and Wauwatosa West.

Shorewood won the boys meet and was second in the girls competition, which was won by Pewaukee.

Il Mito restaurant owner sentenced in tax case

Oct. 17, 2009 11:04 a.m. | The chef and owner of Il Mito restaurant in Wauwatosa was sentenced Friday to four months in a halfway house and four months home confinement for filing false tax returns and structuring bank transactions.

Michael Feker, formerly known as Mohammad Daghighfekr, entered a guilty plea to the two felony counts in June. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman also levied a $2,000 fine and 16 months probation after his confinement, according to a member of Adelman's staff.

Federal sentencing guidelines called for eight to 14 months in prison, according to the plea agreement. The prosecutor recommended a sentence of four months in prison and four months of home confinement, it says. Feker agreed to pay $37,000 prior to sentencing.

Feker has operated restaurants in Milwaukee for nearly a decade, including Il Mito when it was on W. Virginia St. and Los Mitos on N. Jefferson St.

He currently runs Il Mito Trattoria e Enoteca, 6913 W. North Ave., and the School of Culinary Magic next door.

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Wauwatosa city employees asked to pay more for health insurance

Oct. 16, 2009 5:57 p.m. | Wauwatosa — Calling it a way to help taxpayers in a down economy, Ald. Jacqueline Jay is proposing that city employees agree to pay more for their health insurance.

Jay said she is making the request because it isn't fair to ask residents and businesses to pay higher property taxes when city employees pay only about 2% of their health insurance premiums.

"Most public employees have great health care benefits. I know that I pay a lot more for my health care than all the city employees," she said.

Mayor Jill Didier has proposed a 2010 budget that would increase the property tax levy by $300,000, or 0.84%, to $35.8 million.

A public hearing is set for Nov. 3 and the Common Council is expected to adopt a budget Nov. 17.

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Hoyt Park in line for $1.5 million facelift

Oct. 14, 2009 11:46 a.m. | County Executive Scott Walker's proposed budget could make quite a splash in Wauwatosa as it allocates $1.5 million to spruce up Hoyt Park with projects that would complement a local group's efforts to construct a new pool there.

The money would be used for support infrastructure, such as lighting, demolition of the existing dilapidated pool house, and parking lot and walking path improvements, said Denise Lindberg, president of Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool.

"It's a huge assistance," she said. "You don't want a beautiful new jewel sitting in the park that is such a wreck."

Lindberg attended the County Board's Finance and Audit Committee this week as members discussed the proposed 2010 budget. County Supervisor Jim "Luigi" Schmitt, who represents Wauwatosa and is a committee member, said the Hoyt Park improvements will likely remain in the budget.

"It has an excellent chance to pass," he said.

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Deli proposal on hold again

Oct. 13, 2009 1:22 p.m. | A proposal to put a deli with arcade games and beer and wine sales next to Jo Jo's Martini Lounge on Mayfair Road was again put on hold for a month, this time because the applicant did not show up to a Plan Commission meeting.

In September, the Plan Commission directed Joseph Fugarino to return and submit plans detailing the layout of the kitchen, seating and arcade games within the confines of the 1,300-square-foot space so they could be considered at Monday's meeting.

The Community Development Department has not received plans, and Fugarino did not attend the meeting.

Commissioners voted to hold over of the discussion until next month without prejudice because he has been a longtime member of Wauwatosa's business community.

Commission backs patio at Il Mito

Oct. 13, 2009 12:28 p.m. | Michael Feker has requested permission to construct a backyard patio at his restaurant, Il MitoTrattoria & Enoteca , 6913 W. North Ave., which abuts a residential property.

The Plan Commission on Monday unanimously recommended that the eatery be allowed to offer outdoor seating from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with the caveat that Feker install fencing and landscape both sides to serve as a buffer. The issue next goes to the Community Development Committee.

While the neighboring residents came to Monday's meeting to oppose the project, Alderwoman Linda Nikcevich said there are also objections among commercial neighbors.

"There is a lot of contention between all the businesses on the block," she said. "It's him versus everyone else."

She urged the business owners to better cooperate for the greater good of the North Avenue district. She called the patio "a great concept."

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Summer school participation up 18 percent

Oct. 13, 2009 11:52 a.m. | Enrollment in Wauwatosa's summer school program increased 18 percent this year, according to district data.

A total of 2,470 students participated in this year's program, 373 more than last year. Of those students, 74 do not attend Wauwatosa schools, up from 25 students in summer 2008.

The six-week program offered 56 courses from June 22 through July 31. Offerings ranged from enrichment and advancement classes to remedial and makeup opportunities. Students took 6,455 classes this year, an increase of 31 percent over last year

Classes were held at a west campus at Eisenhower Elementary School and Wauwatosa West High School, and an east campus at Lincoln Elementary School and Wauwatosa East High School.

Bridge closing on Mayfair Road

Oct. 13, 2009 10:20 a.m. | Starting today, the southbound bridge on Mayfair Road will closed until spring, and traffic from Watertown Plank to Walnut roads will move to the northbound bridge.

One northbound and two southbound lanes will be provided on the northbound bridge.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is performing rehabilitation work to the bridge, a project that began construction in late July 2009 and will be completed in June 2010.

The DOT cautions drivers to slow down in construction zones because traffic fines double in these areas.

Mom accused of leaving kids alone while she went out drinking

Oct. 13, 2009 10:20 a.m. | A Wauwatosa mother accused of leaving her children alone at night while she went out to drink beer was charged with child neglect Monday.

Meghan Saenz, 27, faces three misdemeanor counts of neglect - one for each of her children, ages 5, 2 and 6 months. A recovering alcoholic, she put her kids to bed and took off to drink and walk around the city until the early hours of the morning, then she spent the night at a friend's house, police said.

According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:

After a drug binge three weeks earlier, Saenz moved in with her mother at a residence in the 6800 block of Blanchard Street while she attended an outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Her mother had gone out for the evening on Sunday, only to return at 1:30 a.m. to find the kids awake and crying in their beds.

The mother also found empty bottles of mouthwash, which she believed her daughter drank for the alcohol content.

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Suburbs call 36% water rate increase unfair

Oct. 12, 2009 2:10 p.m. | Top suburban officials are imploring the state to deny Milwaukee's request for a 36% boost in water rates, saying it would be unfair to force the suburbs to subsidize the city's budget.

But Milwaukee is standing firm, telling the suburbs, in effect: How we spend the money is none of your business.

"The issue here is the appropriateness of the rate," Ald. Bob Bauman said Monday. "How the money is used is irrelevant."

Milwaukee is proposing rate increases of 28.5% for city residents and other retail customers and 36% for the 10 suburban communities with their own water utilities that buy Lake Michigan water wholesale.

On Friday, the Public Service Commission received a letter from the mayors and village presidents of the 10 communities: Wauwatosa, West Allis, New Berlin, Mequon, Brown Deer, Greendale, Shorewood, Thiensville, Butler and Menomonee Falls.

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Neighborhood groups to push energy efficiency in Tosa

Oct. 12, 2009 11:42 a.m. | Wauwatosa — Neighborhood groups are being formed to teach residents how to use energy more efficiently and to reduce consumption.

The city's Energy Committee and the Neighborhood Association Council will form the groups, which will meet every two weeks for five or six sessions. The sessions will cover energy efficiency, reducing water use and waste, transportation and food.

An organizational meeting is set for Oct. 20 at Cranky Al's Bakery & Pizza, 6901 W. North Ave. Social time will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7.

For more information, e-mail John Bahr: jpbahr@wi.rr.com; or Dave Wall: 3walls@att.net.

For continuing coverage of energy, follow "Plugged In," the blog of Journal Sentinel energy writer Thomas Content.

Job searching bring many to library

Oct. 12, 2009 11:24 a.m. | The library has become the new job center.

Seasoned Web users taking advantage of the library's wireless access, people who don't have an e-mail address and everyone in between are heading to the Wauwatosa Public Library in hopes of using free technology in their job searches.

The library is seeing thousands more visits this year, and Director Mary Murphy attributes the growth in part to the poor economy and its impact on Wauwatosa residents.

Staff member have noticed a growing number of men ages 30 to 60 sitting in the library with laptops, and circulation of materials to this demographic is up 17 percent this year, she said.

On the other end of the spectrum are people who have never used a computer, but who, with the help of volunteers stationed at the computer terminals, are setting up an e-mail account, searching for job ads and filling out electronic applications. Many of these people had long-term jobs with an employer and did not use computers as a part of their regular routine.

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Tosa house fire causes half-million in damage

Oct. 10, 2009 10:12 a.m. | A fire Friday night caused an estimated $500,000 in damage to a house at 11745 Underwood Parkway, the Wauwatosa Fire Department said.

The fire was reported just after 9 p.m. Friday and when firefighters arrived about 3 minutes after getting the call they saw flames shooting through the home's roof, the department said.

It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.

The residents were not at home when the fire broke out, the department said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it does not appear to be suspicious, the department said.

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Brookfield East snaps GMC losing streak

Oct. 09, 2009 11:23 p.m. | Donavin Tucker’s two touchdowns led Brookfield East to a 21-7 victory over host Wauwatosa East on Friday.

The win is the Spartans' first Greater Metro Conference victory in nearly two years, snapping an 11-game skid. Wauwatosa East fell to 0-7 overall, 0-5 conference.

Brookfield East quarterback Skyler Holden converted a fourth-and-1 on the Red Raiders’ 27-yard line with a sneak up the middle. With his team leading, 14-7, Tucker put the game away on the next play with a 26-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the game.

Tucker had 12 carries for 69 yards and a 53-yard touchdown reception. Tedrick Boone had 113 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown for Brookfield East (3-4 overall, 1-4 GMC).

Wauwatosa East scored its only touchdown on a 4-yard run by quarterback Ethan Harris. Harris was 14 of 28 for 170 passing yards with one interception and 45 rushing yards.

Four car passengers survive train collision in Tosa

Oct. 09, 2009 4:40 p.m. | Two women and two children in a car struck by a train in Wauwatosa appeared to have survived the crash without injury, according to a witness who went to their aid.

A white Chrysler Pacifica was northbound on N. 70th St. when it stopped for a light at State St., said Mark Rowbottom, who was setting up a tailgate party for the Wauwatosa East homecoming game at nearby Hart Park about 3:30 p.m.

"The train was laying on the horn and not letting up so we looked and saw the car on the tracks," Rowbottom said. "She must have panicked because she had plenty of time to back up or get out the car."

He said it was almost surreal to watch the westbound train, trying to brake, just smash into the Pacifica.

He said the train violently clipped off the front of the car, and pushed it east, but that somehow, none of the passengers were hurt.

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Police responding to train-vehicle accident

Oct. 09, 2009 4:01 p.m. | Emergency personnel are on the scene of a train-vehicle accident that occurred late afternoon at a railroad crossing near 70th and State streets.

Details are sketchy, but it appears a freight train collided with a sports utility vehicle or van.

WauwatosaNOW.com will have more information and photos as soon as they're available.

City to get extra nurse to help deal with the flu

Oct. 07, 2009 4:04 p.m. | The Wauwatosa Health Department will hire a full-time nurse position to help shoulder the extra workload it is facing from the swine flu pandemic and upcoming vaccination clinics.

The Common Council on Tuesday voted 14-1 to use an $119,000 federal grant to pay for the salary and benefits of a nurse over the next year.

The Health Department H1N1 vaccine clinics will be announced as soon as an adequate supply of vaccine becomes available.

When the clinics start, the follow population groups will be the first ones to be vaccinated: pregnant women; people with household contact and care-givers for children younger than 6 months; health care and emergency medical services personnel; people 25 through 64 years with a higher risk of medical complications from the flu; and people ages 6 months through 24 years.

Wauwatosa drops bid to shrink its Common Council

Oct. 07, 2009 12:16 p.m. | Wauwatosa — The Common Council on Tuesday rejected a proposal to reduce its size from 16 aldermen to 10.

The aldermen considered sending the proposal to a committee, which would have recommended whether to hold a voter referendum. But in the end they voted, 11-4, to kill the proposal.

Wauwatosa has two aldermen in each of eight districts, making it the largest city council in Milwaukee County.

The other largest councils are Milwaukee (15 aldermen), Glendale (12) and West Allis (10).

For more on this story, visit WauwatosaNOW.com.

Nobel prize winner graduated from Lawrence, Tosa High

Oct. 07, 2009 11:12 a.m. | Appleton — A graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton has been named one of three winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Thomas Steitz and two others shared the prestigious honor Wednesday for their cellular research that contributed to the development of antibiotics.

A Lawrence spokesman says Steitz graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1958 and what was then called Lawrence College in 1962.

Steitz's former academic adviser remembers the 69-year-old as one of his favorite students.

Robert Rosenberg is now an 83-year-old adjunct professor of chemistry at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He says Steitz was a top student, someone who was curious and asked insightful questions.

Tosa church loses appeal in property tax case

Oct. 07, 2009 7:06 a.m. | Madison — A state appeals court has ruled that a Wauwatosa church must pay property taxes on the residence where its custodian lives.

The District 1 Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected arguments by Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church that the residence should be exempt from taxes. The court said state law limits property tax exemptions to church-owned homes for religious leaders such as pastors and their ordained assistants.

The court rejected the church's attempt to allow the homes of other key church personnel to qualify.

Church lawyers had argued that the custodian is "integral to the functioning of the church" since he must be available on short notice for maintenance and security and to open and close the church.

Divided council approves plans for more parking at Mo's

Oct. 07, 2009 6:18 a.m. | Two homes on North 108th Place will soon disappear and a parking lot will go up in their place.

The owner of Mo's Irish Pub won the fight to rezone two residential properties so he can raze the houses and put in 48 parking spots. The Wauwatosa Common Council on Tuesday night voted 9-6 in favor of Johnny Vassallo's request.

Aldermen on both sides of what has become a contentious issue said they were voting to protect the adjacent residential neighborhood.

Those who opposed the proposal said having the parking lot would infringe on neighbors' privacy and would be an eyesore.

But those who backed the idea said the parking area would get cars off the street, and would alleviate problems such as customers leaving trash or urinating on residents' lawns.

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Residents may be asked to participate in health survey

Oct. 06, 2009 4:40 p.m. | Wauwatosa residents may receive calls on their home or cell phones this fall inquiring about health issues in hopes of tracking trend data, identifying risk factors for disease and opportunities for prevention and health care cost reductions, and help health departments and nonprofit organizations create programs and services to meet the community's most pressing needs.

Wauwatosa Health Department, Aurora Health Care, and the Center for Urban Population Health Research are conducting a community health survey of about 400 randomly selected residents, according to a Health Department news release.

Callers will ask questions on issues such as access to health care, tobacco and alcohol use, diet, physical activity, cancer prevention, heart health, immunizations and mental health.

The survey will take about 18 minutes to complete and respondents will remain anonymous. An independent research firm will conduct the survey. For phones with caller ID, the screen will show "Management Decisions."

The Wauwatosa survey is part of a broader initiative Aurora spearheaded across 30 communities in eastern Wisconsin in 2003. In total, more than 16,000 adults were surveyed. Follow-up surveys are being conducted to updated data.

Residents asked to not rake leaves to curb until Oct. 19

Oct. 06, 2009 4:32 p.m. | Fall leaf collection begins Oct. 19, so Public Works officials are asking Wauwatosa property owners to hold off raking leaves to the curb until then.

There has been some confusion because some trees have been dropping leaves earlier this year due to dry weather and the summer yard waste collection ends this week.

Games of the Week video previews posted

Oct. 06, 2009 3:35 p.m. | We've just posted the latest video previews for this Friday's top football games.

NOW's Steven L. Tietz previews the North Shore Conference showdown between Whitefish Bay and Homestead. Whitefish Bay (5-1 overall, 4-0 conference) is hoping to end the Highlanders' 51-game conference winning streak. Homestead (6-0, 4-0) hasn't lost a conference game since 2002.

Woodland Conference foes Greendale and Whitnall enter their contest at Whitnall with identical 5-1 records, including 4-1 in the conference. NOW's David Cotey previews the contest between the two high-scoring offenses.

NOW's Tom "Sky" Skibosh previews a pair of Greater Metro games as Brookfield Central (4-2, 2-2) hosts powerful Marquette (6-0, 4-0). Central enters the game on the heels of a 9-7 loss at West Allis Hale last week. Meanwhile, Brookfield East (2-4, 0-4) hopes to spoil homecoming for Wauwatosa East (0-6, 0-4).

Also be sure to check out our Push For the Playoffs page to keep up to date on the football playoff race, vote on key match ups and talk with other football fans.

Tosa council votes tonight on parking for Mo's Irish Pub

Oct. 06, 2009 3:34 p.m. | Wauwatosa — The Common Council will decide tonight whether to rezone two residential properties that now have homes on them so that Mo's Irish Pub can convert them into parking lots.

The properties are 431 and 443 N. 108th Place.

After comments were made by a number of residents, according to minutes of a Sept. 29 meeting, the council's Community Development Committee voted 5-3 to recommend approval of the rezoning.

Stolen car used in theft at grocery store

Oct. 06, 2009 12:56 p.m. | A car stolen Thursday morning was used that evening in a retail theft at a Wauwatosa grocery store.

The 1988 Oldsmobile was taken about 11:30 a.m., while the owner was at a doctor's appointment in Aurora Health Center, 4025 N. 92nd St., according to a Wauwatosa Police Department report.

The car was next seen about 6 p.m. as the getaway vehicle for a liquor theft at Pick 'n Save on State Street. A man took $165 in liquor and jumped into the passenger seat of the waiting vehicle.

Milwaukee police recovered the vehicle, which had steering column damage and missing license plates, that night at 45th and Burleigh streets.

Grant to allow research into treating cancer with stem cells

Oct. 06, 2009 12:24 p.m. | Medical College of Wisconsin researchers are looking into the possibilities of treating a childhood cancer using stem cells from a patient's own blood using a $1.5 million grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute.

Neuroblastoma forms in nerve tissue, usually in the adrenal glands and often spreads to the lymph nodes, bones, bone marrow, liver and skin. It is typically diagnosed in early childhood, according to a news release from the Medical College.

Although most neuroblastoma patients have an excellent chance of survival, rates for patients with the most aggressive form of the disease are typically less than 50 percent. Researchers trying a new treatment approach that activates the immune system to effectively eliminate the cancer. This approach involves stem cell transplantation using a patient's own blood, while manipulating the transplanted white blood cells. It also incorporates tumor vaccination, accomplished by reprogramming the cancer cells to stimulate the body's immune system to attack the tumor.

Whitman student arrested after knives confiscated

Oct. 06, 2009 12:18 p.m. | A student was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon after he converted two markers into knives and brought them to Whitman Middle School on Thursday.

The 13-year-old Milwaukee boy was overheard showing the makeshift knives to a fellow student about 9 a.m., according to a Wauwatosa Police Department report.

An administrator confronted the student, who denied the accusation, and confiscated one of the markers. When she took off the bottom of the marker, she found a knife blade. The other marker was found in the trash with a nail file attached.

The boy, who is in eighth grade, said he collects knives. So when he saw a video online showing how to make marker knives, he gave it a try. He carried the marker knives in his pants pocket.

Tosa vote would kill bid to reduce Common Council

Oct. 06, 2009 11:38 a.m. | Wauwatosa — The Common Council, the largest in Milwaukee County, will be asked Tuesday night to kill a proposal to reduce its size from 16 aldermen to 10.

The proposed change in council size would be placed on file with no action taken, according to the agenda for the 7:30 p.m. meeting.

The council, meeting as the Committee of the Whole Sept. 15, voted 12-1 with three aldermen absent to recommend that the council file the proposal.

Four former aldermen spoke against the proposal, which won support only from Ald. Dennis McBride, according to minutes from that meeting.

Here are the number of aldermen in the county's other cities, according to each city's Web site:

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Woman passes out while driving, hits another car

Oct. 06, 2009 6:52 a.m. | A 19-year-old Brookfield woman who calls herself "a junkie" passed out behind the wheel of her car and crashed into another vehicle, sending that driver to the hospital, police said.

She has been referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, which will seek charges of causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle when she appears in court Oct. 30.

According to a Wauwatosa police:

The driver and her friend, a 20-year-old Milwaukee woman, have been living in the car and were on their way to Mayfair Mall at 11:47 a.m. Sept. 19. The car started veering off the road in the 1700 block of Mayfair Road, so the passenger looked over to see the driver slumped against the door. She started screaming "wake up," as the car struck the curb.

Other cars tried to get out of the way, but one of them could not move fast enough and was hit by the woman's car. The 52-year-old driver of the car that was hit was taken to Froedtert Hospital for neck and back injuries.

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