Tosa East Towne


TETNA partnering with Cub Scouts to shovel snow for older neighbors in need

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association has identified a need among some of our neighbors for help with shoveling snow after winter storms, so TETNA is partnering with Cub Scouts Pack 155 to connect volunteer shovelers with those in need.

If you are an older neighborhood resident or someone who struggles to remove snow from sidewalks and driveways because of physical limitations, you are invited to submit your name and address here in our Google Form or email info@tosaeasttowne.org, and we will relay your information to leaders of the Roosevelt Elementary-based Pack 155.

Personal information will remain confidential and will only be used to dispatch scouts to residences. This is a volunteer service project intended only to help those truly in need, so please do not submit your information if you have no problems shoveling snow.

Pack 155 will be coordinating the volunteers. Pack leaders will dispatch shovelers when possible and may not be able to attend to all addresses immediately after a storm, so if you need immediate assistance you may need to make other arrangements. That said, we hope that this partnership will grow and evolve in ways that will provide a valuable service for some of our neighbors while providing experience with community service for some of our younger residents.


TETNA scholarship now $750; neighborhood high school seniors invited to apply

Know an outstanding high school senior in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood? Encourage him or her to apply for our TETNA scholarship, which this year was increased to $750.

Seniors in our neighborhood should apply by Feb. 9. Info at tosaeasttowne.org/scholarship.

Ricky Serrano scholarship

TETNA board president David Paulsen, right, presents Tosa East High School senior Ricky Serrano with a $500 scholarship check at the 2017 annual meeting.

This scholarship recognizes a student who best exemplifies the TETNA philosophy: “To provide a welcoming and nurturing environment and to maintain the quality of life and sense of community through shared interests and neighborly interaction.”

The scholarship competition is open to neighborhood seniors who attend public or private school, but only students whose families have a current, paid TETNA membership are eligible. For more information, contact the Tosa East Career Center or email info@tosaeasttowne.org. Email us, too, if you are a resident interested in serving on the committee that selects the scholarship recipient.

This scholarship is made possible by the generous donations of our members and area businesses. It will be presented at our annual meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot.


Residents interested in helping seniors invited to upcoming training

The Neighborhood Association Council and the Wauwatosa Senior Commission are teaming up to provide older residents with a new way to obtain and share information with their neighbors. TETNA’s senior representative, Mary Cook, is looking for folks who might be interested in volunteering their time to be an important cog in their neighborhood’s workings, as a senior liaison.

There will be a training for all interested participants on Monday, Jan. 22, at a site yet to be chosen. Please call Mary at 414-870-3362 to let her know if you’d like to join the senior liaison team and take part in this training. This program will follow roughly the same path as the safety liaison program that the NAC has recently implemented.

All are welcome, though much of the information distributed will pertain to older residents.

Senior Liaison Program Description

The Senior Liaison Program is designed to create an environment of inclusion for all older adults that will encourage them to remain in Wauwatosa as they age. The senior liaisons will connect our older adults to the community: its people, its activities, its resources.

To accomplish this, each neighborhood association is recruiting at least one or two senior liaisons who will reach out to their neighborhoods’ older adults to make that connection. At the Jan. 22 training, they will receive information folders to distribute to seniors at neighborhood and citywide events.

This program will be a partnership between the senior liaisons and the neighborhood association. They will work together to tailor their efforts to the particular needs of the neighborhood’s older adult community. The Senior Commission will oversee this program and be an active partner in its support.


Comments on Schoonmaker Creek proposals are due by Nov. 30

The City of Wauwatosa, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District (MMSD) and Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) have been working together on a comprehensive study to understand what possible investments in infrastructure could mitigate flooding from reoccurring. SEWRPC presented these slides at last week’s open house and are looking for feedback. Residents are encouraged to complete the comment form online by November 30 and submit their thoughts on this project. If you have a neighbor who is not online, consider printing this PDF version of the comment form that they can fill out and mail in.

Please note that there are no recommendations as to how to proceed at this point in the study process. The Schoonmaker Creek runs from Kops Park neighborhood in Milwaukee in storm pipes underground to the Washington Highlands. It is in an open channel in the Highlands until Vliet Street, where it goes back underground before eventually flowing into the Menomonee River.


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.