TETNA budgets $500 for new neighborhood event, seeks ideas and organizer

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association is all about highlighting the best that our East Tosa neighborhood has to offer, so it’s no surprise that some of the association’s most fulfilling work is the events we host, from the Egg Hunt, Run Tosa Run and Rummage Sale in the spring to Trick or Treat and Taste of East Tosa in the fall.

This year, your TETNA board has been sizing up our calendar of events and identifying successes to emphasize, as well as events that may no longer be worth bringing back. And we’ve been discussing ideas for new events to offer to the neighborhood.

The annual Egg Hunt, for example, has grown steadily in recent years, and we’re looking for a new coordinator to take that event over in 2018. (Email info@tosaeasttowne.org if you or someone you know is interested.) Our Neighborhood Block Party/Movie Night, on the other hand, has seen turnout diminish. We’ve decided to end that event while supporting the several other great events being hosted at the park by Friends of Center Street Park.

But we don’t want to reduce our lineup without trying to replace old events with new ideas that have potential to become annual favorites. That’s where you come in.

The TETNA board approved up to $500 in this year’s budget as seed money to create a new event, and we want your ideas and – just as important – your time and enthusiasm. Have you ever thought, “What this neighborhood really needs is an event like _________”? Let us hear about it. Pitch your idea to the board by emailing a concise paragraph or two to info@tosaeasttowne.org. Events preferably have a revenue stream to help offset the cost, but certain worthy events without revenue streams still may be considered if TETNA deems them beneficial to our members.

And if you have a great idea to pitch, we hope you are willing to help make your idea a reality. All of TETNA’s events are made possible by volunteers, meaning great neighbors like you.

At our February meeting, we conducted a brainstorming session to generate some potential ideas. If any of these interest you, let us know, or pitch your own idea:

  • Snow sculpture or snowman contest
  • A “Winterfest”-style event
  • TETNA roller-skating at Pius
  • TETNA movie night at Rosebud Cinema
  • Basketball tournament at Roosevelt
  • Kickball at Center Street Park
  • Outdoor live music
  • Cribbage nights and a neighborhood cribbage team
  • Casino night
  • Theater in the park
  • North Avenue bar crawl
  • Events to welcome new neighbors

David Paulsen is president of the Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association board. He can be reached at dmpaulsen@gmail.com.

 


Shop the 2017 TENTA Rummage Sale June 3rd

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

TETNA Rummage Sale SignThe ever-popular TETNA annual neighborhood-wide rummage sale will be on Saturday, June 3rd from 8AM to 3PM. There are over 50 homes participating selling a wide variety of items available. Check out the map below or click this link to see all the registered homes. 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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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!

Facebook event

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.