Tosa East Towne


TETNA District 5 Candidate Forum set for March 21 at Roosevelt Elementary

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association is hosting a forum with our two District 5 candidates for Common Council, Heather Kuhl and Brent Nistler, from 7 to 9 p.m. March 21 in the Multipurpose Room of Roosevelt Elementary School. The first hour will be a Q&A format before an audience of voters, and the second hour will allow for informal conversations between voters and the candidates.

This is not a debate but rather will be a chance for voters to learn more about the two candidates and what they think about issues of interest to the neighborhood. We encourage you to suggest topics you would like us to cover at the forum by emailing info@tosaeasttowne.org, visiting our Facebook event page. or tweeting to us at @TETNA or with the hashtag #tosa5th. The forum will be moderated by TETNA Board President David Paulsen, who will ask the candidates some of the questions submitted in advance of the forum and at the event.

Facebook event

So join us March 21, and don’t forget to vote! Election day is April 3, and our polling station is now the Firefly Room at Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.

More about Heather Kuhl

Heather Kuhl

Age: 41

Address: 2563 N. 62nd St.

How long you have lived in the neighborhood: Since 2014

Family, professional, volunteer background:
Organizer/Fundraiser/Distributor for Hate Has No Home Here-Milwaukee (distributed 1000+ signs throughout Wisconsin); Volunteer/Activist/Organizer with Progressive Moms of Milwaukee; Roosevelt Parent Volunteer; co-founder/member of East Tosa Moms Huddle; Member of Tosa Equity Advocates; member of Indivisible Tosa; coat/food drive organizer; organized the donation of winter gear to Standing Rock Protesters, Lutheran Social Services; organized the fundraising and purchase of $700 in food gift cards and $125 in mittens to Roosevelt families in need; former Owner/Pastry Chef of Vanilla Vixen Cakes; Owner/Seamstress of Cheeky Bums; Current CEO of Team Kuhl Headquarters/Stay at home parent to 3 kids (Zoe 8yr, Owen 4.5 yr, Mabel 3yr)

Why you want to represent District 5 on the Common Council: I’m running for Alder because I love our neighborhood.  I’ve lived here for almost 4 years and I am still amazed by the sense of community I feel here, both in the neighborhood and in our school.  I think what we have here in Tosa is really special and I want to make sure that we don’t just protect it, but we work together to keep it accessible, safe and green. I also think that the residents of Wauwatosa are hungry to be heard and I would be honored to bring the voice of our neighbors to the common council. I have made an earnest effort to spend my time being of service to our community and I feel that the aldermanic position would be an extension of that service.

On Facebook: Heather Kuhl For Tosa District 5 Alder

More about Brent Nistler

Brent Nistler

Age: 43

Address: 2504 N. Lefeber Ave.

How long you have lived in the neighborhood: I’ve lived in the general vicinity for 17 years – 3 years on 77th and Hadley, 12 years on 68th and Locust, and about 2 years at my current location.

Family, professional, volunteer background: My wife and I met in college and will celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary in August. Our daughter starts at Tosa East in the fall. I own a law practice here in the 5th District at 70th & North. I was an Assistant District Attorney prior to going into private practice. I volunteer as a mediator, I’ve been a volunteer DJ at WMSE since 2000, and I was chair of School Committee at St. Sebastian.

Why you want to represent District 5 on the Common Council: I am running because as someone who both lives and owns a small business in the district, I am fully invested here and want the neighborhood to stay safe, healthy and vibrant. I also have a unique skill set that I believe would help me be an effective alder. I have experience as an Assistant District Attorney making difficult decisions for the benefit of the public, and now in private practice as an advocate for a large variety of people from all different walks of life. Spending my weekdays on North Avenue and walking home to Lefeber at the end of each day, I have a unique perspective on what makes District 5 so great and how we can make it even better. My daughter will start at Tosa East this fall, so if elected my term would run parallel with her high school years. My goal as alder is to make decisions over those four years that would make my daughter proud to call East Tosa home as she ventures out into the world in 2022.

Any other info you’d like to share: I am trying to meet as many people as I can as we approach April 3. If you would like to talk, please call me or text me at 414-416-9009.

On Facebook: Nistler for Tosa District 5 Alder


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

Shoveling scoutsTosa 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.