TETNA cancels this year’s Neighborhood Rummage Sale

After postponing our annual Neighborhood Rummage Sale indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, the TETNA board voted this week to cancel the event due to continued uncertainty about public health conditions for the rest of the year.

TETNA's Neighborhood Rummage Sale

TETNA’s Neighborhood Rummage Sale

This event typically serves to coordinate neighbors’ rummage sales on the same day and provide promotion for each sale. It remains up to individual residents whether to proceed with rummage sales on their own, though the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends that all sales be canceled or postponed.

You can get more information from the state here. Scroll down to the dropdown labeled “Yard/Garage and Rummage Sales.”

Also the Wauwatosa Health Department updated its recommendations in June to endorse public gatherings of 50 people or less, as well as business openings at reduced capacity.

Wauwatosa residents are still safer at home and are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines, including washing hands frequently, wearing face coverings when in public, avoiding close contact with people outside your household and monitoring yourself for COVID-19 symptoms.

Join TETNA’s Summer Scavenger Hunt on your phone

Get your team together for the first ever TETNA Summer Scavenger Hunt. It’s a free event, and everyone is invited to play! The hunt will feature a variety of East Tosa-themed challenges, making for a great socially distanced event for adults and kids of all ages.

Tetna streetJoin with your family or with a small group of friends. Your team’s size should be four to eight people, but larger family groups are just fine. Teams will be invited to complete a variety of challenges, tasks and searches both around the Tosa East Towne neighborhood and in your own home.

Play one week or play them all! The TETNA Summer Scavenger Hunt will take place from July 22 to Aug. 18. The hunt will be divided into four consecutive weeks of “missions,” each beginning on a Wednesday: July 22, July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 11.

Join anytime! Each week will feature all new missions and new chances to win prizes.

Everyone living in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood is invited to play. TETNA members are eligible for handful of “member only” challenges each week.

Good luck teams! We hope you enjoy this unique summer neighborhood experience brought to you by the Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association.

Not a member? Join TETNA today at tosaeasttowne.org/join.


  1. Download* the GooseChase iOS app or GooseChase Android app.
  2. Join the hunt: TETNA’s hunt code is VJZQXB.
  3. Form your team! The first team member to download the app should start the team.
  4. Invite others to download the app and join your team by searching for your team name
  5. Or Invite your friends to form their own teams and play along.
  6. Complete the first mission: Introduce your team.
  7. Get ready for a week of new mission challenges! Lots of choices each week. The first set of missions will go live on July 22.
  8. Complete missions. Follow the mission’s directions, send in a picture to show your team took on the challenge, earn points, maybe win prizes, repeat!
  9. Track your team (and other teams) in the GooseChase team rankings.
  10. Points will be tracked weekly and overall , awarded by TETNA for every valid mission photo submitted.

*Note: Anyone on your team can download the GooseChase app, but only one download is required. If multiple team members have the app, your mission pictures can be sent by any one person. Only submit one picture per challenge per team.

Augustina Piel awarded TETNA’s annual neighborhood scholarship

Thanks to generous donations from our members, TETNA is proud to offer a scholarship to one of our neighborhood’s graduating high school seniors. TETNA honors a bright young person from our neighborhood whose essay response best represents TETNA’s philosophy of providing  “a welcoming and nurturing environment … and sense of community through shared interests.”

Augustina Piel

This year, the scholarship committee recommended and the TETNA board approved awarding the $750 scholarship to Wauwatosa East High School senior Augustina Piel.

Augustina is at the top of her class, with a 4.0 GPA. She has been a stage manager for over 14 theater productions at Longfellow, East and community theater. She is an Ambassador Girl Scout and participated in many activities in our local community with her troop. She loves reading and writing and works part-time at the Wauwatosa Public Library.

In voting for Augustina for the scholarship, a member of the scholarship committee said: “Her descriptions of neighborhood life – whether by sharing a book at a free little library, babysitting neighborhood kids or working with neighbors to find a lost pet – demonstrate that she understands the value of community.”

Augustina plans to attend Stern Business School at New York University in the fall to study business and political economy.

We have many incredible students in our area, and this is one small way we can support and recognize their efforts. The wide array of talents and contributions of all of the students who applied for the scholarship impressed the selection committee. We are a lucky community to have so many amazing young people as neighbors.

To donate to our scholarship fund or to see previous recipients, visit tosaeasttowne.org/scholarship. Congratulations, and good luck to all of our TETNA graduates!

Zack Goehner is TETNA’s Volunteer of the Year

Zack Goehner, right, receives one of the signs he designed from Ryan Wallace, TETNA’s treasurer, at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

We have taken time at the past couple Annual Meetings to honor one deserving neighbor as our Volunteer of the Year. Our in-person Annual Meeting was canceled this year, we still are pleased to announce that our Volunteer of the Year is Zack Goehner, a graphics designer who contributed the design on our beautiful lamppost signs and has continued to share his skills and talents with the neighborhood.

Zack worked his design into a special edition TETNA T-shirt, which was offered as an add-on during our fall membership drive in a successful sale. He also has been reimagining our website, which is one of the TETNA board’s top priorities of the coming year. And he has agreed to serve on the board starting this year.

We can’t thank Zack enough for all his hard work and dedication to the neighborhood, and we hope to be able to present him with his Volunteer of the Year certificate at a future TETNA event when gathering in person becomes possible. Well done, Zack!

TETNA board cancels Run Tosa Run 2020 over COVID-19 pandemic

The following message was sent April 6 to all who registered for this year’s Run Tosa Run.

Run Tosa Run registrants,

With public health advisories recommending against public gatherings, to slow the spread of COVID-19, races of all sizes and distances have been canceled or postponed in recent weeks. Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association waited to see if it would be possible to continue as planned with Run Tosa Run on May 16, but at this point, it seems clear that those plans can’t go forward. The TETNA board, regrettably, has decided to cancel this year’s Run Tosa Run.

Although we considered postponing the race until later in the year, that option would have come with a continued level of uncertainty. All of us hope that conditions improve soon so that social distancing precautions can be safely lifted, but not knowing when that will happen makes it difficult to plan any future event, especially one that requires a certain amount of logistical moving parts. That said, we look forward to bringing the race back again for 2021.

Every year, TETNA has three main goals with Run Tosa Run: to bring our neighborhood together, to promote all our neighborhood has to offer (especially its businesses) and to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin. Each year, we donate 100 percent of net proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities, and despite the cancelation of this year’s race, we’d still like to continue making an annual donation.

In these uncertain times, we know many families suddenly are dealing with financial hardships times. Even a $25 race fee may seem more significant now than it did earlier in the year. With that in mind, we’re inviting runners to consider one of two options:

  • You may request a full refund of your race registration by emailing that request to runtosarun@gmail.com, and we will process that refund in the near future.
  • For any runners who don’t respond by May 1, we will use your race fees as part of the donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you’d prefer that your fee becomes part of our donation, you can simply do nothing.

If you would like to make an additional direct donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities as part of this fundraising effort, you can do so online here.

This was to be our seventh straight year hosting Run Tosa Run. Although we’re sad to announce this one-year hiatus, we’re grateful for the support of sponsors BelAir Cantina, GRAEF, Lutheran Home, Mathnasium and Shine Salon. And we hope all our runners are able to continue to get out running while also following the state’s “Safer at Home” policy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Paulsen
Run Tosa Run race director
TETNA board president