Medical College student struck by vehicle, killed

A student attending the Medical College of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa was killed around 9 a.m. April 11 after she was struck by a vehicle in an intersection.

Deputies from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department responded to the incident at 1101 N. 87th St., near an entrance to the Medical College complex grounds. Rattanawadee Kotewog, 32, from Thailand, lived in Wauwatosa and attended the college.

A 65-year-old man driving a Chevy Tahoe had stopped to get directions and, while following another vehicle, struck Kotewog in an intersection, which was marked with four-way stop signs. Kotewog was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m.

Any possible charges or citations are pending investigation and the district attorney's office review.

Tosa resident publishes community planning book

A Wauwatosa resident has published a new book that focuses on shaping communities into better places.

Steve Grabow, a University of Wisconsin-Extension professor and community development educator, along with colleagues, has published a book entitled 'Principles and Practices of Community Placemaking.'

'We wanted to provide a basic understanding of key principles of community design and place-making for local officials, planners, community development professionals and aspiring citizen planners,' Grabow said. 'And we needed a menu of practical methods to use and apply the principles in practice.'

The book covers 19 basic principles of community place-making and includes numerous photos and examples of successful place-making efforts from Wisconsin and around the country.

Grabow has lived in Wauwatosa for more than 30 years with his wife, Peggy.

The book can be purchased online at

Milwaukee Irish Fest's parent

rebrands as CelticMKE

Milwaukee Irish Festivals, Inc., home of Milwaukee Irish Fest, has announced it is rebranding the organization under a new name, CelticMKE.

The new name better reflects the organization's mission to preserve, promote and celebrate all aspects of Irish, Irish American and Celtic cultures through year-round programming and events, according to a news release.

CelticMKE will continue to bring its signature event, Milwaukee Irish Fest, to the lakefront every August. This year's festival is scheduled for August 18 to 21.

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