The city's Public Works crew will make curbside pickups of real Christmas trees Jan. 4 to Jan. 8 on regular garbage collection routes.
Trees must be clear of wrappings, decorations, wire, metal, nails and tree stands. They will be chipped into mulch.
Residents looking to get rid of artificial trees or wreaths can dispose of them in the garbage.
A gold coin worth $900 was dropped into one of the Salvation Army's red kettles in Milwaukee County this week.
The Wauwatosa-based Salvation Army of Milwaukee County has reached just more than 80 percent of its $2.7 million Christmas fundraising campaign goal.
The gold coin came in from an anonymous donor just as the kettles were being put away for the year.
County residents can continue to give through Jan. 31 at SAMilwaukee.org.
Handbag, jewelry and accessory boutique Bangles & Bags will open a shop in Wauwatosa in March.
The store, 1504 Underwood Ave., will be the fifth for the expanding, locally-owned business. Owned by Jeanette Dvorak and Susan King Steiner, the six-year-old firm opened its fourth location in Cedarburg last May. Other shops are in Delafield, downtown Waukesha and the Third Ward.
Customers can get an early look at the Wauwatosa store at a "Diva Night" from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 16.
One of the candidates for Wauwatosa mayor has dropped out of the race, but he's decided to run for a seat on the Common Council instead.
Jim Moldenhauer turned in papers today to withdraw from contention for mayor, Deputy City Clerk Susan Van Hoven said.
With Kathy Ehley, executive director of the Village Business Improvement District, declaring her candidacy for mayor last week, it brought the number of residents running to four.
"Mainly with Kathy joining the race, I came to a conclusion this was basically going to be a shoot-out and gobs of money were going to be spent, so all would be better served if I stepped aside," Moldenhauer said.
Alderman Peter Donegan and John Pokrandt, an account manager for a commercial printer, also are seeking the mayor's seat. With the field narrowed to three candidates, there will still need to be a primary election.» Read Full Article
A 17-year-old boy said he was jumped for his MP3 player while walking home from Wauwatosa East High School last week.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
The boy was walking near 69th Street and North Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. Dec. 20 when he stopped briefly to change songs. He noticed two unfamiliar males walking toward him.
As their paths crossed, one person punched the teen in the stomach, causing him to double over. The second attacker punched him in the jaw.
One of the attackers grabbed the boy's MP3 player, and they ran off.» Read Full Article
Two Wauwatosa boys were arrested for vandalism after a Grinch-like spree that included breaking spotlights, slashing an inflatable Santa and moving nativity figures.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
Police were called after the 14- and 15-year-old Wauwatosa East students threw garbage cans at a passing train in the 7700 block of West State Street at 11:46 p.m. Dec. 19.
When a patrol car arrived, the two boys as well as three friends - two 14-year-old boys and a 14-year-old girl - all took off running. Meanwhile, the two boys were hiding on the roof of St. Bernard's Parish until they could run home. Prior to making a run for it, they had used marijuana.
Two days later, police tracked down the students, who were eventually arrested at Tosa East for vandalism. They estimated they had broken about 20 spotlights in yards near the Village and along Milwaukee Avenue by kicking them or hitting them with a baseball bat.» Read Full Article
Voters who live in Ward 20 - a portion of the 7th District - will no longer vote at the Wauwatosa School District administration building. For future elections, they will cast their votes at the Public Works building, 11100 W. Walnut Road.
With an alternative high school and Montessori school for younger children occupying portions of the district's Fisher Building, it's been increasingly challenging to find adequate space to set up a voting station there, City Clerk Carla Ledesma said.
The Public Works facility offers plenty of parking, handicap accessibility and enough space for voters to wait inside if there is a line to vote, she said. There's also space to store election signs and equipment.
Residents living in Ward 20 will be notified by postcard of the change prior to the February primary election.
Brookfield Central (6-2) and Wauwatosa East (6-1) are co-leaders in the Greater Metro Conference as the New Year aproaches with 4-0 league records. They have both played Germantown, the state’s top team, and they both were turned away in similar manners.
The Lancers dropped a 73-58 loss in the season opener on Nov. 29 at home and Tuesday night it was the Red Raiders turn. The Warhawks also turned back the Red Raiders, 66-46, in the Wisconsin Yearbook Classic before a packed house at Concordia University in Mequon.
Whereas the Lancers have a team with enough height to battle Germantown, it was a total mismatch with the smaller Red Raiders, who basically start five guards.
Germantown senior Zak Showalter, a 6-3 guard, who will be attending the University of Wisconsin as a preferred walk-on next year, led the way with 19 points, highlighted by a slam dunk late in the game.
Josh Mongan, a 5-10 senior guard, who runs the show for the Warhawks, added 12 points and 6-7 senior Dan Studer added 10. Luke Fischer, a 6-10 junior, had eight points underneath.» Read Full Article
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Milwaukee County has created a disc golf course that provides access for people in wheelchairs.
The course offers three holes on relatively flat terrain and shorter distances on the grounds of the Wil-O-Way Center, 10602 Underwood Parkway, Wauwatosa.
"The Underwood Course hugs along the pathway and offers an opportunity for wheelchair users to play the game," said Tim Ochnikowski, assistant director of the county's Office for Persons with Disabilities.
The tee markers, where people drive their discs, and the baskets that serve as holes are up. With no snow on the ground people of all abilities can play the course this holiday season.
The county also created a disc golf course at the Grant Park Wil-O-Way Center in South Milwaukee.» Read Full Article
Wauwatosa likely has its first contested aldermanic race. Greg Walz-Chojnacki will challenge incumbent Jacqueline Jay for the District 3 seat in the April election.
Neither has filed their candidacy paperwork yet. However, both say they intend to do so next week.
Walz-Chojnacki, who has lived in Wauwatosa from more than 20 years, is involved with Grassroots Tosa, a group that calls itself "progressive" and which has organized protests of Gov. Scott Walker's legislation regarding the state budget and collective bargaining.
"I've done politics, now I want to do governance," he said.
While he sees plenty of positive aspects about the city, such as opportunities for economic development, he sees room for change as well.» Read Full Article
Incumbent Jeff Roznowski has filed paperwork to run for re-election as 6th District alderman and newcomer Jeffrey Kroll has announced he will run for the 1st District seat in April.
Roznowski was appointed in October, 2010, when Thomas Herzog resigned and moved to Elm Grove. Roznowski then ran unopposed in the April, 2011, election to finish out the remainder of Herzog's term.
This time Roznowski will seek a full four-year term on the council.
Kroll, 32, is a lifelong Wauwatosa resident who works as a professor at Waukesha County Technical College.
District 1 incumbent Linda Nikcevich is not seeking re-election.» Read Full Article
After two years of advocating for the local business community, Meg McKenna is leaving her position as executive director of the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce to take a job that has a regional impact.
McKenna will join VISIT Milwaukee, the area's convention and visitors bureau, as director of development starting Jan. 3.
Wauwatosa is the bureau's only suburban member, and it's McKenna's knowledge of Tosa and her connections here that helped her land the job.
"They were interested in me because I know Wauwatosa," she said.
The ability to promote Wauwatosa as a meeting and tourism destination is one of the reasons she decided to make the move.» Read Full Article
For the past four years, Kathy Ehley has been the face of the Village Business Improvement District. Now she's looking to represent the entire city - as mayor.
For years, she adamantly opposed the idea of going into the political realm, believing she could get more done through other channels, she said. She has lived in Wauwatosa for 42 years and has served on many city, school and community committees.
"I work for my community and get work done," she said.
Her campaign is nonpartisan, as is the position of mayor, Ehley said.
She cites pursuing economic development, updating sewers and infrastructure, and finding efficiencies in city government as critical issues. However, communication between the city and its residents could stand improvement, she said, noting she believes she's got the "proven track record" to shine in that arena.» Read Full Article
William Penzey Jr. has taken over the small spice shop his father and mother opened in Wauwatosa and is looking to rename it eventually and incorporate a tribute to his parents inside.
It's looking like many of the aldermanic races may go uncontested. It's three weeks into the window for filing candidacy papers and, so far, only incumbents have turned in paperwork.
Eric Meaux, District 2; Dennis McBride, District 4; Michael Walsh, District 5; Cheryl Berdan, District 7; and Jason Wilke, District 8, have filed to become candidates, City Clerk Carla Ledesma said.
In addition, District 3 Alderwoman Jacqueline Jay on Tuesday said she will be seeking re-election.
District 1 Alderwoman Linda Nikcevich is choosing not to run for a second term, and there are currently no candidates for her seat.
Residents interested in running for a position on the Wauwatosa Common Council have until 5 p.m. Jan. 3 to file candidacy paperwork with the city clerk.
Half the city's employees will start the new year with a 1 percent raise and another 1 percent raise will follow come July. However, there's still some more money available that could go toward rewarding outstanding performance and productivity improvements.
The Common Council on Tuesday voted, 12-2, to give the cost-of-living raises to employees outside the police and fire unions. Police and fire supervisors also are not included in the measure. Those employees are being given wage adjustments based on negotiated agreements.
Aldermen Peter Donegan and Jacqueline Jay were opposed to Tuesday's decision because they wanted to hold off on committing to the July raise until city administrators bring back a detailed performance-based pay plan.
Rewarding bright ideas
Personnel costs account for the vast majority of the operating budget. The city needs to find innovative ways to reduce its expenses - and continuing to require larger health insurance and pension contributions each year is not the way to go, Donegan said in an interview prior to the meeting.» Read Full Article
Fire caused $100,000 in damage to a three-story home in the 1700 block of Ludington Avenue last week.
When fire crews arrived at 7:42 p.m. Dec. 15, the third story was burning. Using an "aggressive interior attack," firefighters were able to contain the majority of the damage to the third floor, Fire Chief Rob Ugaste said.
The cause is undetermined, although the fire likely originated near the third-floor attic window, Deputy Chief James Case said.
"The homeowner stated she used this area for smoking cigarettes, but we did not find this to be an exact cause of the fire," he said.
It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control.» Read Full Article
Each of Wauwatosa's middle schools will have its own school resource officer walking the hallways early next year, following a unanimous decision by the city's Common Council to contribute funding for a fourth officer.
A school resource officer costs more than $100,000 per year. That cost shared, with the Wauwatosa School District picking up 75 percent, or $75,652, and the city paying out 25 percent, or $25,217. The School Board approved its share last week, having received the request for a fourth officer after the city had completed its 2012 budgeting.
Police Capt. Dale Weiss said he is confident the city's 25 percent, or $25,217, can be found within its existing budget for 2012.
The move allows a school resource officer at each high school and at each middle school. Currently, one officer splits time at both middle schools.
Only officers who have been with the department at least two years will be able to apply for the new post, which the department expects to fill in January.» Read Full Article
An outdoor ice rink could open at Hart Park in a matter of weeks - if Mother Nature cooperates, that is.
The Parks and Forestry Board OK'd the creation of the rink, 4-1, Tuesday, saying this winter will be a trial to see if such an effort is worth making in the future.
But would-be skaters will have to wait for a solid ground freeze followed by a light snowfall before an outdoor rink can be built, parks superintendent Ken Walbrant said.
Once conditions are right, the picnic area in Hart Park just east of 72nd Street will be iced over. There's plenty of level ground and nearby parking.
"We actually do have a pretty convenient spot," Walbrant said, adding that there are parking two fire hydrants in the area that can provide water for the rink.» Read Full Article
A new unit has opened at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Complex to specialize in the treatment of women.
Women experiencing combinations of severe and persistent mental health symptoms, substance abuse issues and significant trauma will work with a multidisciplinary team of professional staff and peer specialists. Recovery plans will include individual psychotherapy and group therapy focusing on building skills such as being mindful, regulating emotions and problem-solving.
Tours of the Wauwatosa-based facility, 9455 W. Watertown Plank Road, were provided Monday to display changes the behavioral health division is making based on recommendations from a mental health redesign task force and input from staff and advocates.
Previously the space offered one of four general acute treatment units, said E. Marie Broussard, director of strategic affairs for the county's Department of Health and Human Services.
The redesign provides a physical transformation as well as changes to programming to better treat female patients, she added.
After years of trying to remove invasive species from the banks of the Menomonee River, the Friends of the Hart Park believe they've made some headway.
The next step is to put in trees and plants that will block buckthorn from growing back, said Rosemary Wehnes, Friends president.
To that end, the Friends applied for and received a $4,000 grant for stream bank restoration from Sweet Water, the regional watershed trust.
The money will be used to purchase the plants, she told the Parks and Forestry Board on Tuesday.
The group will count on volunteers to provide the manpower. More than 100 people turned out to the last Earth Day cleanup event, and similar work sessions will be planned for 2012. In addition, the group will organize river walks and conservation talks to make people aware of local natural resources and hopefully attract more help.» Read Full Article
A masonry instructor has offered up the services of his class to construct pillars to mark the 70th Street entrance to Hart Park.
The Milwaukee Area Technical College students would provide labor and the instructor the oversight to complete a design component of the park's master plan. However, purchasing the materials and the cost of delivering them to the park would fall to the city.
"We haven't budgeted for materials in 2012," Ken Walbrant, Parks and Forestry superintendent said Tuesday.
As a capital project, it should go to the city's Engineering Department for consideration and to be priced out. If there's interest, engineers likely would design the plans for the class to follow, Walbrant said.
The project would give masonry students an opportunity to work with limestone, Parks Board member George Haas said.» Read Full Article
A New Berlin teen was punched in the face several times after he was followed to Mayfair by a driver with a case of road rage Friday.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
The 18-year-old man was driving down Mayfair Road on the way to pick his girlfriend up from the mall about 9 p.m.
He noticed a speeding car coming up quickly behind him so he started to switch lanes. However, the approaching car was already changing lanes and the driver turned on his high beams to show his irritation.
The car, which had three to four people inside, started following him until he pulled into the parking lot under the AMC Theatre at Mayfair. A passenger in the following vehicle jumped out and approached the teen's car. He punched the New Berlin teen in the face several times through his open car window.» Read Full Article
A woman with her 2-year-old son in tow was accosted in her driveway last week.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
The mother had just unloaded her little boy from the backseat of the car. Holding his hand, she walked toward the back door of her home in the 1300 block of North 69th Street about 4 p.m. Dec. 14.
A man approached her from behind and grabbed her around the waist with both hands. When he demanded her purse, she tried to speak but the robber jammed an object into her ribs and told her to "shut up."
He took her purse and ran off through the backyard.» Read Full Article
The Common Council will decide tonight whether to change pension and health insurance contributions, as well as whether to make wage adjustments, for fire supervisors to keep them on par with what the fire union negotiated in its new contract.
State law requires that supervisors - in this case the chief, his two assistants and three deputies - pay the same 3 percent pension contribution that was negotiated for 2012 by the fire union.
Under the state budget-repair bill, police and fire workers aren't automatically required to contribute to their pensions like others who lost the ability to collectively bargain earlier this year.
The fire contract bumps up all fire union and fire supervisors to nearly 6 percent contributions for 2013, eventually bringing their contribution to the same level that most city employees have been paying at since August.
The police union and city haven't settled on a contract so there is no pension contribution coming from police union or supervisory employees at this point, City Administrator James Archambo said.» Read Full Article
There is an old softball cheer that proclaims, "Everybody hits, everybody runs, everybody scores."
It's not the spring season just yet, but the Wauwatosa East boys basketball team has adopted the concept. The "hits" in this case are defensive stops, and everybody runs, and everybody scores.
Eleven different Red Raiders found the scoring column, and Tosa East moved to 6-0, smothering Sussex Hamilton on Friday, 59-37. Tosa East put the Chargers behind early, with Diamonte McKinley scoring 13 points in the first quarter alone to highlight on otherwise balanced attack.
"We're really starting to come together," said Tosa East coach Tim Arndorfer. "We put the offense together with our defense, which has been steady the whole year, and we can be a really good team. Ths unselfishness on this ballclub, it's been a while since we've seen that around here."
McKinley hit all five of his first-quarter shots, including three 3-pointers, and Tosa East finished the first half shooting 13 for 20. In the second quarter, it was Marquise Carter's turn, as he scored 6 of his 10 points. Ten different players scored in the second half.» Read Full Article
New Berlin West senior Dan Sidesky's 32 points sparked the the Vikings to a 58-46 victory Friday at Wauwatosa West in a game which was close until the final two minutes.
With NBW leading, 48-44, the Viking went on 10-2 run in the final 2:32 to win going away.
First Darin Sowinski sank two free throws, then Sidesky stole the ball and scored before Ricky Landers put in a lay-up with 1:17 to play to cut the lead to 52-46.
But Sidesky then took over and scored the last six points by going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Tosa West, a team that starts three freshman, a sophomore and a junior, jumped out to a 13-7 lead against the Vikings in the first quarter. But NBW came back with a 16-7 second period, as Sidesky scored six points, Sowinski four and Dino Poulos and Kevin Marx three apiece.» Read Full Article
Forget wining and dining. The new trend to hit Wauwatosa will be "paint and sip" if the owners of new business Arté - Italian for "art" - have their way.
Karen Salituro, owner of the former Drew's Variety building and the business Go Green, has teamed up with Lisa Allen, owner of Authentic Journeys. The duo will offer one-night painting parties in an attempt to bring another entertainment option to the Village, she said.
The wine and painting studio will open Dec. 28 in the space, 7511 Harwood Ave., next to Go Green, extending the building's niche for introducing new products and services to the area.
"When there's a down economy, people get creative," Salituro said.
Salituro heard about the business concept from a friend in Colorado, while Allen's sister teaches at a Houston shop. The concept is fairly new to the Midwest.» Read Full Article
A Milwaukee couple has been ordered to have no contact and each faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following a fight that started at Burger King in Wauwatosa and continued on a Milwaukee County transit bus last week.
According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:
Ivy Dickerson, 25, and Xavier Harrell, 24, started arguing during a shopping trip to TJ Maxx in Brookfield. The disagreement escalated and they were allegedly heard yelling and physically fighting the bathroom at Burger King, 3880 N. 124th St. Staff at the fast-food restaurant called police but the duo left before police arrived.
Police were called to a Milwaukee County bus that had stopped in the 9200 block of West Capitol Drive at 2:58 p.m. Dec. 6. The driver allegedly saw them slapping each other. A former corrections officer, she recognized Harrell as a former inmate.
Their arrests didn't go smoothly. Dickerson is said to have threatened to fight police, getting so combative that she had to be restrained by four officers. She screamed and kicked the cell door and she removed all of her clothing.» Read Full Article
A business that would offer yoga sessions and an Indian form of medicine called Ayurveda plans to move into the building that will also become the new home to Indian Groceries & Spices.
Wauwatosa resident Mary Bruck wants to open Yoga & Ayurveda Corner at 10701 W. North Ave., to help people maintain and improve their health through techniques such as relaxation, diet, color and gem therapy, she said.
"It's a holistic healing system," Bruck said.
The proposed hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The Plan Commission and Community Development Committee supported the use, and it is scheduled to go to the full Common Council for final approval Tuesday.» Read Full Article
The owners of Wauwatosa homes and businesses equipped with alarms may be required register their security systems and pay a $20 annual fee starting in January.
The Budget and Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 5-1 to support instituting the new fee.
City officials say it's an effort to provide better safety for residents and officers who don't know what they'll find each time they respond to one of the nearly 1,000 security alarms triggered within the city each year.
"Keeping our people safe to me supercedes the $20," Alderman Tim Hanson said. "They can choose to pay that fee because they chose to have an alarm."
The need for more info» Read Full Article
A 26-year-old man Milwaukee found in possession of three counterfeit $100 bills is under investigation by the U.S. Secret Service.
According to a Wauwatosa Police Department report:
Staff at the Radisson Hotel on Mayfair Road notified police after getting a complaint of a loud party coming from a guest room at 8:38 p.m. Saturday. Participants were told to leave the hotel, but the man was stopped because he had a warrant for driving after his license had been revoked.
He was found to have counterfeit money on him, so he was held in custody until Secret Service special agent could arrive at the police station to inspect the money and interview him.
The Secret Service is concerned with the significant increase in counterfeit U.S. currency being paid to Milwaukee area businesses. The special agent already interviewed the same suspect a year ago in connection with a counterfeiting offense. At that time, the man was found in possession of numerous counterfeit $10 bills.» Read Full Article
A Wauwatosa police officer used a stun gun on a man who was stopped for questioning for an incident he was determined not to be involved with earlier this month.
According to a police report:
Two female students at Wauwatosa West High School said a man was on school property staring at them about 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Based on the man's description and direction he was seen heading, an officer pulled up to a man walking near Best Buy on Mayfair Road and asked to talk to him.
The 21-year-old Milwaukee man wouldn't stop for the officer, who eventually jogged up to the suspect and grabbed him by the arm. The man pulled away and told the officer not to touch him.
The officer ordered him to the ground. The man failed to comply; instead he spun around and angrily yelled at the officer, so the officer used his stun gun. It struck the suspect's left side, but there was no physical reaction so he struck him in the knee and put him in a headlock, taking him to the ground.» Read Full Article
Coins were taken from laundry machines in two North Avenue apartment buildings, and pry marks left on the doors of an additional building provided evidence that burglars tried for more.
According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:
The problems started when more than $100 in coins were taken from two laundry machines in the basement of a building in the 7700 block of North Avenue between 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Damage to the machines was estimated at $500.
It was soon discovered that a door on a building in the 7900 block had been pried open during the same time frame but nothing appeared missing.
Another door on an apartment building in the 7900 block was forced open between 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and noon Dec. 9. This time a dryer was tipped over and a coin box was removed. Someone also had defecated on the floor.» Read Full Article
A Wendy's could fill the fast-food void left when Steak 'n Shake closed at 124th and Burleigh streets 18 months ago.
Tedd Meredith, a representative for the Oak Creek-based Wendy's franchisee Bridgeman Foods, brought a request Monday for a conditional use to the city's Plan Commission.
In an application, Meredith said he expected to hire 45 full- and part-time employees to work at the restaurant.
As with other Wendy's locations, this restaurant will offer indoor seating and use the existing drive-thru. Hours will be similar to the Steak 'n Shake's operation: 5 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
When the Steak 'n Shake was approved - it opened in 2007 - there was talk that the late-night hours would allow Briggs & Stratton workers from various shifts find a nearby place to eat, Mayor Jill Didier said.» Read Full Article
U.S. Rep. F. James "Jim" Sensenbrenner Jr. in January will hold his first Wauwatosa town hall meeting since the one he abruptly adjourned amidst shouts from protesters in March. The upcoming visit required a change of venue and resulted in some finger-pointing about what went wrong last time around.
Sensenbrenner, R-Brookfield, sent a letter to Mayor Jill Didier on Dec. 1 requesting use of the Wauwatosa Public Library's Firefly Room, the same space the last meeting was held. The room had exceeded the capacity of 125 people and an overflow crowd lined the hallway to the library entrance.
It is the Library Board, not the mayor, who has the authority to approve requests for use of library spaces, she said. The board denied the request, which led Sensenbrenner's staff to suggest the city was keeping the representative's constituents from having an opportunity to meet with him.
"The decision to deny our access to your public meeting room is misguided and only results in penalizing the citizens of Wauwatosa," said Loni Hagerup, the 5th District director.
She went on to say it's the responsibility of the congressman to alert local police of his meeting, but that providing adequate safety and security falls to the city. To Sensenbrenner and his staff, that meant making sure the meeting space didn't get overcrowded.» Read Full Article
The Health Department offers free flu shots for children and will provide adult immunizations for a discount with food pantry donations this holiday season.
Children can receive injections of the flu mist for free during the following clinics: 8:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 13 and 16; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 20; and 8:15 to 4:15 p.m. Dec. 27-29.
Adults are charged $25 for a flu shot, but a $5 discount will be offered with four nonperishable food items. Food will be given to the Tosa Community Food Pantry.
Flue shots are covered by Medicare Part B/Medicaid.
Anthony Carroll came through big time with the game on the line and Wauwatosa East beat Wisconsin Lutheran, 53-44, in the NY2LA Tournament at Homestead High School on Saturday afternoon.
Carroll scored 18 points, all in the second half, including 11 in the final quarter as the Red Raiders rallied from a 22-15 half-time deficit.
Carrollo and Marquise Carter each scored seven points in the third quarter as East came within 35-34, going in the final period. They then outscored the Vikings, 19-9, the rest of the way.
Carter finished with 10 points for Tosa East and Bryce Kratzer and Nate Moore added six each.
Tosa East is now 4-0, 2-0 in league play.
Wauwatosa East used good defense to whip Brookfield East on Friday, 50-36, on a night where both teams had trouble offensively.
The win improved Tosa East's record to 2-0 in the Greater Metro Conference, 3-0 overall, while the Spartans fell to 1-1 and 3-1 overall.
In a low-scoring first half which is typical of when these two team's battle, the Raiders held an 18-12 lead as both teams couldn't get their shots to drop.
Vince Cupertino, who was the defensive star, holding the Spartans Brian Smith to six second-half points, had seven points at half-time while Billy Dietz led BE with five.
TE went on a 10-0 run to start the second half and take a 28-12 lead at the 6:06 mark and Marquise Carter had five of the points in that run. Smith helped the Spartans fight back with four points in the final minutes to cut the lead to 30-22.» Read Full Article
Snow and freezing temperatures are supposed to be par for the course this time of year in southeastern Wisconsin, but with nary a snowflake to be found, Milwaukee County Parks has decided to reopen several golf courses.
That includes Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road, on Sunday. Tee times will be taken that day by calling (414) 453-7037.
The other courses that will be open for play this weekend are Grant Park, South Milwaukee; Whitnall Park, Franklin; and Lincoln Park, Milwaukee.
Waukesha - A third person was questioned in connection with the June killing of a Brookfield businessman: a Wauwatosa Police Department clerk who committed suicide shortly after he was interviewed by Brookfield police.
The clerk, Mark Finken, shot and killed himself July 23 in the garage of his Wauwatosa home, according to an autopsy report by the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.
Finken, 43, had been questioned twice by Brookfield police. Investigators on July 11 asked him about four phone calls he received from Lynn Hajny late June 21 and a call Finken made to Hajny.
Hajny, 49, and Tommy Douyette, 42, are accused of killing John C. Aegerter, who was found dead in the garage of his Brookfield residence on June 22.
The calls Hajny made to Finken were placed at the approximate time of Aegerter's killing, according to an affidavit filed in mid-November. The filing includes a request for a subpoena that seeks Finken's cellphone records, including calls, text messages, voice mails, contacts and other data.» Read Full Article
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the position of Wauwatosa mayor is getting a raise.
Wauwatosa's next mayor will make $30,000 per year, the Common Council decided Tuesday. The job has paid $22,500 per year since 1984 - and that didn't sit well with a majority of the city's aldermen.
"It's kind of an insult and embarrassment to the city of Wauwatosa," Alderman Don Birschel said.
The raise received just enough votes - 12 in favor, four against - to pass. An ordinance brought to light by City Attorney Alan Kesner stipulates that changing the mayor's pay takes affirmative votes from three-quarters of the council.
Now is the right time» Read Full Article
The developer looking to bring The Mayfair Collection of shops to the Burleigh Triangle will get some extra time to submit its plans to the city.
The Common Council on Tuesday granted Chicago-based HSA Commercial a six-month extension because the analysis needed to justify creating a special-tax district in taking longer than anticipated, Paulette Enders, city economic development director, said.
"They want to be assured that the ability to tap into that TIF financing is in place" she said. "They want to know that they'll be able to pull the increment out of it to pay down their debt."
The proposal calls for a developer-funded tax incremental financing district. That means, if approved, HSA would front $8.7 million, then the taxes collected by all entities would stay with district for public improvements.
Enders expects the consulting firm hired by the city will submit a financial analysis draft next week. Staff will review and finalize the documents and bring them to the proper committees for consideration.» Read Full Article
Eight teens were arrested for retail theft after they ran out of Macy's at Mayfair with armfuls of designer clothing and hopped a bus Friday night.
According to Wauwatosa Police Department reports:
Members of the group selected items that totaled nearly $2,100 in value while one acted as a lookout about 8:30 p.m. Friday. Suddenly, they all made a ran for the exit and ran to a Milwaukee County bus.
The bus was stopped and numerous pieces of clothing with tags on them were found underneath the seats.
A prisoner van was brought to the mall parking lot to collect the suspects, who range in age from 13 to 19.» Read Full Article
The coffee soon will be brewing at Alterra Café.
The Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved final plans for the 3,200-square-foot, one-story coffee shop at 68th and Wells streets.
There was no discussion prior to the council vote that night.
Developer Sean Phelan last week told the Community Development Committee that he hasn't set a start date for construction. However, aldermen said they are anxious to see the long-vacant medical clinic building that's on the site now removed.
Townhomes that some neighbors complained were too massive to fit the character of the area had been approved for the property. With the continuing sluggish housing market, however, property owner/developer William Ibach looked for other options.» Read Full Article
Wauwatosa is working with three other similarly sized communities to get a deal on property assessment software.
The Common Council on Tuesday authorized city staff to contract with Vision Government Solution, at an anticipated price of a little more than $123,000 for software licensing and installation, data conversion and training.
That number could change if Brookfield, Waukesha and LaCrosse officials get on board with the purchase of the mass appraisal software. The more communities, the lower the cost, City Assessor Steve Miner said.
The four communities together bring just shy of 70,000 parcels, and the group has three years to recruit other municipalities. Cudahy is among the communities that have expressed interest, Miner said.
"There's a strong possibility of 190,000 parcels," he told the Budget and Finance Committee last week.» Read Full Article
A 20-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for substantial domestic battery, marijuana possession, vandalism and violating probation after he beat up the mother of his child at Days Inn, 11811 W. Blue Mound Road.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
The man had been staying at the hotel before moving out of state, while the 19-year-old ex-girlfriend was residing at a domestic abuse shelter.
After she saw the man out with another woman, she took a bus to the hotel. The clerk heard arguing and saw him via a security camera striking her several times at 3:20 p.m. Friday.
A few minutes later, hotel staff members said they heard screaming coming from a guestroom where the door was ajar. They saw the 19-year-old woman on the floor with the man standing over her. She got up and ran from the room, collapsing in the hallway.» Read Full Article
An elderly Wauwatosa man who uses a walker suffered numerous broken bones after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing 124th Street at North Avenue last week.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
No citations have been issued. The driver, a 54-year-old Wauwatosa man, said he didn't see the 79-year-old man, who was dressed in dark clothing, until it was too late. He tried to stop his Volkswagen Passat but the pedestrian came up the hood of the car, struck the windshield and fell back into the street.
There are no crosswalks and the elderly man was trying to get from his home to the Sendik's across the street Nov. 29.
The man was still in Froedtert Hospital as of Sunday, but his injuries weren't expected to be life-threatening. He suffered a broken clavicle, wrist, finger and leg.
A dad who allegedly showed up at his son's Wauwatosa school intoxicated is facing a felony charge of driving drunk for the fifth time.
According to the Wauwatosa police report:
Brian Keating, 38, of Milwaukee is accused of parking his truck illegally at 100th Street and Glendale Avenue at 3:26 p.m. Nov. 29 and stumbling across the lawn to Madison Elementary School. He briefly spoke to his 5-year-old son, but school staff sent the boy back to a classroom when they realized his father appeared dirty and disheveled and smelled of alcohol.
School officials called police and the boy's mother believing the father was drunk.
When officers arrived, Keating couldn't recall why he had shown up at the school and insisted the boy's mother must have driven him. She came to the school shortly afterward and said the father typically picks the boy up from school but he has had issues with alcohol.» Read Full Article
Half of the Common Council's 16 seats will be up for election in April. Candidates can circulate nomination papers to get on the ballot through Jan. 3.
For information on becoming a candidate, visit or call the city clerk's office in City Hall.
Among the incumbents, District 4 Alderman Dennis McBride, District 7 Alderwoman Cheryl Berdan and District 8 Alderman Jason Wilke already have filed paperwork to run for another term.
Both Berdan and Wilke were initially appointed to their positions to fill vacancies on the council and were subsequently elected to fill out the remainder of those terms. This will be the first time Berdan and Wilke run for full, four-year terms.
McBride is seeking re-election for his second full term.» Read Full Article
Two Wauwatosa School District teachers have been nominated for 2012 fellowships sponsored by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.
Nancy Terrain, a fourth-grade teacher at Eisenhower Elementary and Erin Gould, a social studies teacher at Wauwatosa East High School, are in the running to be awarded a $1,000 scholarship for themselves and their schools. Winners will be announced in spring of 2012.
Fellowship recipients are selected for their ability to inspire the love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.
Winners are selected in four categories including elementary, middle school, high school and special services. Since 1990 when the foundation program began, 36 Wauwatosa School District educators have won scholarships. During that time, the foundation has awarded $7.8 million to Wisconsin educators, students and schools.
If Tosa Skateboarders United can get enough people to submit daily text or online votes throughout December, a $25,000 grant could be on its way to help build a skateboard and BMX bike facility at Hart Park.
The local nonprofit group is competing in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. Throughout the month, individuals may vote up to three times per day by texting 110502 to 73774 (Pepsi), using their Facebook account or setting up an online Pepsi account. Go to TosaSkateboardersUnited.org and click on the link.
Tosa Skateboarders have a total fundraising goal of $650,000 to build the skate park. However, $25,000 would allow the group to have construction documents drawn up, secretary Judy Doyle said.
The memory of her son, Jack Doyle, a founding member of the organization, was a driving force behind the skate park. Jack died in 2006 at the age of 13.
Thousands of organizations submit applications to Pepsi Refresh each month detailing why their projects would benefit their communities, then 1,500 are chosen and looked at to ensure they qualify. The eligible applicants are split into appropriate categories. The top 15 vote-getters in the $25,000 tier will receive funds.» Read Full Article
It was a string of text messages that first led Wauwatosa police on the track of two alleged drug dealers who have since been charged in the heroin overdose death of a 19-year-old Wauwatosa woman, court records reveal.
Alexandra Hopping was found dead at her mother's home in the 1800 block of N. 70th St. in Wauwatosa on April 18, just five days before her 20th birthday, according to an affidavit accompanying a search warrant. On a coffee table in the living room next to her body, police found two metal spoons, a cigarette lighter, a syringe with heroin and oxycodone, two corner-cut plastic bags with heroin and two empty plastic bags.
Police also recovered Hopping's cellphone. It indicated that just hours before her death, Hopping had purchased $100 worth of high-quality heroin from a drug dealer on Milwaukee's north side through a middleman in Waukesha. Police believe she may have known the alleged middleman, Daniel Lee Birtic, 23, from her time at Waukesha West High School, where her parents said she started using narcotics before she graduated in 2009.
It was clear from the text messages that Birtic was aware the heroin was powerful.
"I hope you dont od. That happens alot with this stuff. And people always think it wont happen to them," Birtic warned Hopping in a text message the afternoon of April 17, hours before she died, according to the affidavit.» Read Full Article
The Wauwatosa and Pewaukee Goodwill stores are expected to turn into a sea of green and gold today.
Packers fans can hustle over to the Wauwatosa location, 12121 W. Feerick St., to get wide receiver Donald Driver's autograph on his newest children's book, "Quickie Goes to the Big Game."
Driver is scheduled to be at the store from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The book is a follow-up to his popular children's series.
The book will only be sold during his appearance in Wauwatosa and later in the day at the Pewaukee Goodwill store, 2015 Meadow Lane.» Read Full Article
City and school leaders will talk to development and real estate professionals during a "power coffee" hosted by the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce at 9 a.m. Dec. 13.
Residential and commercial real estate agents, developers and property managers are invited to Café Hollander, 7677 W. State St., to learn about issues that could impact their clients from City Administrator James Archambo and Wauwatosa School District Superintendent Phil Ertl.
To reserve a spot at the free program, call the chamber at (414) 453-2330 or send an email to Info@TosaChamber.org.
As the race for Wauwatosa mayor heats up, one candidate is planning his first campaign fundraiser.
John Pokrandt will hold a fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at Cranky Al's in East Tosa.
He's asking for attendees to give $30 to his campaign. Families are welcome, and food will be provided. To sign up, email email@example.com by Dec. 9.
Wauwatosa has its third candidate for mayor. Lifelong Wauwatosa resident Jim Moldenhauer has entered the race with a six-point campaign platform ranging from economic development to parks and open spaces.
"Wauwatosa is at a crossroads," he said. "I want to be a leader for economic growth and development."
To continue the level of city services Tosa residents have become accustomed to, the tax base needs to grow through development. With the upcoming University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Innovation Park, Milwaukee County Research Park and Milwaukee Regional Medical Center there's plenty of opportunity to attract start-up and innovative businesses to the community, he said.
As mayor of Wauwatosa, Moldenhauer would work to sell the city, he said.
"This will make us the epicenter of economic development in southeastern Wisconsin," he said. "We're at a point to build on, and market and share that vision on a large scale."» Read Full Article
Alderman Peter Donegan will run for mayor on the premise that the city "is in a time of change and challenge and there's a need for continuity" among administrators.
Donegan, 59, has represented the city's 1st District for six years, and had planned to continue to do so until Mayor Jill Didier resigned last week to take a job with Milwaukee County. Didier's last day is Dec. 15.
"The need to orient a newcomer to City Hall at this time could become a serious distraction," he said.
The city is working on improving its infrastructure and undertaking other projects without hurting its AAA bond rating; if someone who already is involved in those projects - such as an alderman - becomes mayor, it is more likely those efforts will stay on track, he said.
"Looking around, I think I'm the best-suited," Donegan said. "I have the time, and at six years I'm one of the people who have been on the council the longest."» Read Full Article
Wauwatosa East beat West Allis Central, 59-56, in the Greater Metro Conference opener for both teams Friday night at East.
The Red Raiders led by 10 points, 44-34, going into the fourth period, as they were in control for most of the game. But the talented Bulldogs battled back and missed a shot in the final seconds that could have tied the game.
But Jarvis Garrett (7 points), Darvell Brown (6) and Ron Turkvan (5) combined for 18 of the Bulldogs' 22 fourth-quarter points.
Tosa East's senior guard Diamonte McKinley had seven of his 14 points in the fourth period and junior Anthony Carroll had five of his 19 points to hold off the Bulldogs.
Garrett led all scorers with 20 points, while Turkvan and Brown had 10 each. Marquise Carter, a junior guard, added 11 points for the Red Raiders.» Read Full Article
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News that Mayor Jill Didier will leave her city post in two weeks has caught some Wauwatosa aldermen by surprise and has brought up concerns about the transition to a new mayor and whether the position is even needed going forward.
"It's a bit of a shock," Alderman Don Birschel said. "I thought she did an excellent job (as mayor). She was energetic and innovative. She'll do a great job (working for Milwaukee County Executive Chris) Abele."
Birschel said he can't recall a Wauwatosa mayor who left mid-term. Didier resigned prior to the end of her first, four-year term to take an economic development position with the county.
City ordinances give Common Council President Eric Meaux authority to act as mayor until the election in April. However, with a full-time day job, some aldermen questioned whether he has time to fulfill the duties. City ordinance prohibits a mayor from taking a job that would interfere with the position.
Meaux couldn't immediately be reached for comment.» Read Full Article
Wauwatosa Mayor Jill Didier is leaving her position Dec. 15 to become the economic development coordinator for Milwaukee County.
It's a job Didier calls a natural progression from her initiatives during her 3½ years as the city's chief executive.
"In the past two years, we've done $50 million in economic development," she said.
She gives examples of The Enclave and the Mt. Tosa residential developments, the Pick 'n Save on Mayfair Road and the Alterra Café - which is on the Common Council's agenda for approval Tuesday - as some of the larger projects she had a hand in making happen in Wauwatosa.
There also has been an influx of business to the Village, and the Hart Park stadium has brought rental business and spectators to spend their money in the city, she said.» Read Full Article