TETNA’s 2017 neighborhood Rummage Sale is June 3, sponsored by Beth Jaworski

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Entire TETNA neighborhood

TETNA Rummage Sale SignThe ever-popular TETNA neighborhood-wide rummage sale will be on Saturday, June 3rd. We hope to see many of you buying and selling at this great event, which is sponsored this year by Beth Jaworski of Shorewest Realtors!

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If you would like to register as a seller, please fill out the form below. Here are few things to keep in mind:

  • Registration is open only to those living within the TETNA area (map)
  • TETNA Members can register for free!
  • Non-members can register for $5 (but really you should just go ahead and join TETNA first)
  • Last day to register is Wednesday, May 31st.
  • TETNA will place signs on the perimeter of the neighborhood and publicize the sale in local/social media.
  • We publish an online (printable) map that is only available until the end of the sale.
  • You can call attention to your sale with any signage or banners you want to, though we’ll also be sharing a customized TETNA sign that you will be able to download to show that you are registered. Stay tuned.

If you’re interested in helping with the rummage sale in any capacity, or if you have questions, please email Jill Stephany.



TETNA’s 2017 scholarship awarded to Ricky Serrano

Ricky Serrano scholarship

TETNA board president David Paulsen, right, presents Tosa East High School senior Ricky Serrano with a $500 scholarship check April 26 at Cranky Al’s.

Every year, so many of our neighbors contribute money to our scholarship fund, and we are honored to be able to use that money to provide a scholarship to deserving high school seniors from our neighborhood. This year’s recipient of TETNA’s scholarship is Ricky Serrano.

TETNA board president David Paulsen presented Serrano with a check for $500 at the neighborhood association’s annual meeting April 26 at Cranky Al’s. (The event also featured discussions with Officer Tracy Burbach and the neighborhood’s aldermen, Bobby Pantuso and Joel Tilleson.)

Serrano was chosen by TETNA’s scholarship committee, which provided this summary of his credentials: He is an active student-athlete and Eagle Scout. To earn his Eagle Scout rank, he organized a drive that collected 724 pounds of household items, food, clothing and more for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. The teachers who wrote Ricky’s letters of recommendation described him as a hardworking, dedicated student leader who has been active in Student Council, National Honor Society, Courageous Conversations/Cafe (Cultural Alliance for East), and the “We the People” national civics competition. Through his activities and service, Ricky has made our community a better place.

TETNA also is pleased to announce that its board is recommending that the scholarship be increased to $750 in 2018 because of an increase in donations over the past couple years. The scholarship will be among the items voted on in the new TETNA budget at our next meeting, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, in the Center Street Park Pavilion. We hope to see you there.

Our scholarship is funded through the generous donations of our members. To donate to the Scholarship Fund or see a list of previous members, click here.


Neighborhood residents invited to info meeting on solar power group buy

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest column providing our residents with information on an upcoming event. Although it is not a TETNA event, we are happy to share info on initiatives underway in our neighborhood.

Are you motivated to do your part to combat climate change? Are you motivated to save money on your energy bill? Then take your motivation to the first “Power Hour” meeting for SolarTosa Solar Group Buy at 6 p.m. May 17 in the Firefly Room at the Wauwatosa Library.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and Milwaukee Shines are organizing a contract between a Solar Contractor and several (hopefully many!) home and business owners in the area for the financial benefit of buying in bulk. They have successfully orchestrated several other solar group buys in Wisconsin and Illinois, including in Shorewood and Bay View.

The group buy process relieves the homeowner of some paperwork, provides owner-specific energy-use analysis and helps ensure quality installation. The more local residents get involved, the cheaper your solar installation will be. Solar power has come a long way and the cost of solar panels has come down significantly. Add in a Solar Group Buy, and that cost comes down even more.

So tell your neighbors about this great opportunity to help the Earth and your pocketbook at the same time. There are still state and federal incentives for home and business owners who install solar. Now is the time to get involved with your fellow neighbors and take a stand against a changing climate! If you are interested or have questions, please ask, we want to hear from you.

For more information, visit SolarTosa.com or contact Peter Murphy at peterm@midwestrenew.org or 414-988-7963.

A second Power Hour is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 31 at Red Dot Wauwatosa, and other meetings will be advertised throughout the summer to provide information and allow home and business owners to ask questions. All are welcome.


Wisconsin Lutheran’s operator eyes St. Pius X for new boys’ high school

St. Piux XAfter a developer’s plans to create a 66-unit apartment building on the unused parking lot east of St. Pius X ran into a wall of opposition from some residents of our neighborhood, a separate proposal is moving forward to create a new high school for boys in the former Pius school.

The Lutheran synod that operates the existing Wisconsin Lutheran High School contacted Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association this month to invite our residents to an open house meeting about the proposal from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at St. Pius.

“Our high school has been studying expansion efforts for a couple years now, as we are experiencing a higher demand for seats than we have available at our current location on 84th Street and Bluemound Avenue,” Kevin Festerling, Wisconsin Lutheran’s school developer, told TETNA.

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s plan is to sign a five-year lease for use of the former Pius school, and start with a founding class of 60 students in fall 2018. An additional 60 students would be added each year until the facility becomes a “fully operating high school” of up to 240 students that will be called Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School.

The school will draw students from 30 feeder schools around the Milwaukee area, Festerling said, “with a focus upon growing strong Christian male leaders for the community and the Church.”

The lease depends on Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod obtaining a conditional use permit for the property. A permit application has been submitted, but the timeline for approval wasn’t clear.

Festerling said the plans would include “some healthy improvements to the facility.” That may include the parking lot, though he had no specific details to announce.

The future of that parking lot, across the street from Roosevelt Elementary School, was a point of contention in the neighborhood last fall, when a group of residents formed to block plans for a apartment building, which was to be called The Gridley at East Towne.

The parking lot is mostly unused and deteriorating, and St. Piux X had been looking at redevelopment options. The Gridley was proposed by Cardinal Capital Management, and its design was similar to Cardinal’s earlier apartment development at North Avenue and 85th Street.

But Cardinal faced an uphill battle in receiving a zoning amendment from the city for the 1 1/2 acre-site. The property is in an R2 District, which means it is zoned for low-density residential use. The zoning limits homes on the property to single-family and two-family dwellings.

Opponents packed the developer’s open house in October at Pius, and they mobilized a campaign against the project that included yard signs, a petition drive and door-to-door appeals. The proposal was never brought before the Wauwatosa Plan Commission for consideration.


TETNA annual meeting set for April 26 at Cranky Al’s

Christina Piel

Then-President Christina Piel speaks at the 2016 annual meeting at Cranky Al’s.

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Cranky Al’s, and everyone who lives in the neighborhood is invited to meet fellow residents, learn about what’s happening locally and enjoy some of of Cranky’s famous pizza.

Aldermen Joel Tilleson, left, and Bobby Pantuso spoke at our 2016 annual meeting and are schedule to be back on April 26.

Aldermen Bobby Pantuso and Joel Tilleson are scheduled to attend to give an update on developments at the city level and answer constituent questions. Wauwatosa Police Officer Tracy Burbach, the school resource officer assigned to Longfellow Middle School and our local elementary schools, also will speak at this year’s annual meeting. And we’ll introduce the Tosa East High School senior who is recipient of this year’s TETNA scholarship.

The annual meeting also is a time for the TETNA board to present our annual budget, and we will electing a new slate of officers and board members. Any TETNA member is welcome to join the board, which requires attending our monthly meeting and helping with our neighborhood events as you are able. Email board president David Paulsen at dmpaulsen@gmail.com for info or find out more at the annual meeting.

And if you are new to the neighborhood, attending the annual meeting is a great way to get up to speed on everything that is happening locally. We hope to see you at Cranky Al’s on April 26.