Run, walk, volunteer, cheer at Run Tosa Run 2017

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Runners cross the finish line of the 2016 Run Tosa Run. Photo by Mindy Mays.

We at TETNA look forward to spring each year, not just because the air begins to wREGISTERBUTTONarm and the neighborhood begins to bloom, but also because it’s time again to lace up our running shoes and hit the streets on the Saturday after Mother’s Day for the annual Run Tosa Run.

The race has grown steadily over the past three years, and in 2016 about 300 runners registered and helped us raise enough money to donate $5,500 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

BelAir Cantina and GRAEF have signed on as lead sponsors of Run Tosa Run 2017, set for May 20, and you can register here.

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It’s a great way to raise awareness of all our neighborhood and local businesses have to offer while raising money for our charity. What makes Run Tosa Run a success? It helps to have such a beautiful course, but we also couldn’t do it each year without our terrific sponsors and many dedicated volunteers.

We invite you to join us as a runner, volunteer, sponsor, vendor or simply a resident cheering on the runners as they pass through our neighborhood.
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5K run/walk at 9 a.m. May 20

rtrlogoThe 5K is chip-timed by West Bend-based Absolute Race Timing, which scrolls results on kiosks and a monitor at the finish line and also emails runners their results after they finish. The course starts at 69th Street and North Avenue and weaves through the neighborhood between 74th Street and 62nd Street. This year’s course is still being finalized, and we may pursue course certification by the USATF this year.

Kids’ run at 8:30 a.m. May 20

The kids’ run is about a half mile, looping one neighborhood block and finishing under the same finish line arch as the 5K. The run is recommended for children ages 10 and younger, and each young runner gets a Run Tosa Run T-shirt and a finisher’s medal. We also offer various children’s activities near the starting/finishing line.

Registration details

You can register online at our registration page. If you require a paper registration, please emailruntosarun@gmail.com and we can send you a copy of the form. Anyone registering by May 1 gets our early-bird cost of $25 and is guaranteed a T-shirt featuring our Run Tosa Run logo. Online registration will continue at $30 until May 18. We also will accept race-day registrations for $35 with credit cards.

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Participants in the 2016 kids’ run turn a corner toward the finish line. Photo by Mindy Mays.

Prizes and awards

  • Medals/ribbons will go to top 3 male/female finishers in age categories: under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.
  • Overall top male and top female finishers receive awesome East Tosa gift baskets. We’re still assembling this year’s awards, but you can see here what top finishers won.
  • All 5K participants can enter drawings for equally awesome East Tosa prizes.

Some rules

Strollers are welcome, starting at the back of the pack. Not welcome are animals, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards or bikes. The race will be canceled only by extreme weather, in which case race fees will be used as donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Run Tosa Run 2016 course map

Volunteer to help

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.comOur great volunteers are a big part of our success each year. You can help with race week preparations and on race day in a variety of roles, from packet pickup to serving as a course marshal at one of the intersections on the course. Sign up on SignUp.com at signup.com/go/WSVecd or email runtosarun@gmail.com.

About our top sponsors

In addition to lead sponsors BelAir Cantina and GRAEF,  we’re grateful for the support of our other top sponsors, Children’s Hospital of WisconsinLutheran Home & Harwood Place, Hue Vietnamese Restaurant and West Grove Clinic.

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Additional sponsors

Harwood Engineering Consultants

Promotional sponsors

Rocket Baby Bakery, Cranky Al’s, The Nobleman

About the cause

RMH 3C Logo VertRonald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin will benefit from the proceeds raised by the event. The well-known charity is located on Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa, near Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The Ronald McDonald House mission is to provide a “home away from home” for families while their children are receiving medical treatment at local hospitals at little or no cost. The House is more than just a place to stay – offering families therapeutic programming including art, animal and music therapy, a comprehensive meal program, comfortable community spaces and so much more.


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

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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.


Join us April 8 for our Spring Egg Hunt, sponsored by Indulgence Chocolatiers

Egg Hunt 2016One of TETNA’s most popular events of the year is a great way for families to get outdoors as winter turns to spring. The annual Spring Egg Hunt draws dozens of young egg seekers to Center Street Park a week before Easter, and this year’s hunt is set for April 8 at 10 a.m.

Indulgence Chocolatiers logoWe were fortunate to have Indulgence Chocolatiers as sponsor of the event in 2016, providing chocolates to participants and a gift card to one lucky drawing winner. We’re happy to have Indulgence back again as sponsor of the 2017 event.

Facebook eventTo participate, just bring a basket and your smiling faces! All families with current memberships participate for free. If you are not a member, you may pay your $10 dues at the event.

And if you are available to volunteer to help with the activities on April 8, please email Kathleen Flanders at katflanders@yahoo.com.

Check tosaeasttowne.org and TETNA’s Facebook page for more details as we get closer to the event date.


Help TETNA identify events for 2017 neighborhood calendar

Do you have an idea for a new public event in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood? Do you have suggestions for making existing neighborhood events better? If so, we want your input at our next meeting, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13.

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our neighborhood, and one of the most visible ways we carry out that mission – with the help of your annual dues – is by organizing events that all our residents can enjoy.

Hundreds of children participate each year in our neighborhood’s Trick or Treat, held on the Saturday evening before Halloween. Hundreds of residents come out to run and walk in our Run Tosa Run, held each May. TETNA also organizes an egg hunt before Easter, a neighborhood-wide rummage sale, the Taste of East Tosa dinner party, an outdoor movie night and occasional social gatherings at North Avenue hotspots. And we gladly support great events in our neighborhood that are organized by other groups, such as Que & Brew in July and Fall Fest in October.

As we get started with planning our 2017 events, we’re looking for residents’ feedback on which events we should emphasis, which ones we should downplay (or even phase out) and whether there is something new we should try this year.

Facebook eventIf you’d like to contribute your ideas – whether or not you have time to help plan our events – join us at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Center Street Park pavilion for our monthly meeting. We have scheduled an hour-long work session to help focus our efforts as we finalize TETNA’s calendar of events for the year.

Come be a part of what makes our neighborhood a great place to live!

For more information or to submit your ideas by email, contact us at info@tosaeasttowne.org.