Tosa East Towne

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.

TETNA’s seniors invited to apply for $500 scholarship

2016 scholarship Avery Pankratz

Tosa East senior Avery Pankratz (left) receives the 2016 TETNA scholarship from then-president Christina Piel at the annual meeting, held in April at Cranky Al’s.

Know an outstanding high school senior in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood? Encourage him or her to apply for our $500 TETNA Scholarship by Feb. 10.

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. The neighborhood is bounded by 60th Street on the east and 76th Street on the west and stretches from North Avenue north to the city limits. For more information, contact the Tosa East Career Center or email Nicole Etter at

This scholarship is made possible by the generous donations of our members and area businesses and concession sales at the annual Block Party & Movie Night. Click the “Donate” button at the bottom of this page if you would like to give to the Scholarship Fund. Additional info is available here.

How to apply for scholarship

Seniors at Wauwatosa East High School should have received information about the TETNA scholarship earlier this month through their scholarship packets and can apply through the school’s standard process.

Other high school seniors in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood can apply by producing the following:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, employers, community, church leaders or others who can discuss your character and accomplishments
  3. On separate paper answer the following questions. Please number your answers to correspond to this application.
    1. What extracurricular, community or volunteer activities did you participate in during high school? Please provide a list of these activities on the form provided.
    2. Please give a brief description of your duties/responsibilities of the three activities most important to you. Include the reason of its importance to you.
    3. The TETNA Scholarship is intended to recognize neighborhood high school seniors whose activities demonstrate support for the Association’s 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. Please describe in an essay how your participation in a community, church and/or other activities embodies the above philosophy.

Please return this completed application to Nicole Etter by Feb. 10, 2017.

Trick or Treat

Saturday, October 25, 2014
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (rain or shine)
2400 and 2500 Blocks from 62nd to 67th and
2400 and 2500 Blocks from 69th to 73rd Streets

East Towne Trick-or-Treat logo
Every year our association organizes a safe and fun nighttime Trick or Treat alternative to the city of Wauwatosa’s daytime event. So pull out your costumes, candy buckets and spooky faces to stroll the designated Trick or Treat blocks!

This event is for TETNA members’ children ages 14 years and under. Not a TETNA member yet? Come register for the event and sign up to be a member!

Membership Has Its Privileges

Due to insurance restrictions we do not offer a non-member participation option. This event is not open to people who live outside our neighborhood and people who actively choose not to be members.

When and Where to Register

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 – 8 pm
Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30 – 8 pm
Saturday, Oct. 25, 8:30 – 10 am

Bethany Calvary Church, 7265 W. Center Street
Enter through the doors on Center Street and look for the signs.

Bring to Registration

  • $10 household membership dues ($8 for seniors) – cash or checks payable to TETNA
  • Completed Registration Form
  • Candy donation: one large individually-wrapped, factory-sealed bag of candy per child. Bags must be at least 50 pieces of candy or more for each child. For example 2 children = 100 pieces of candy, 4 children = 200 pieces of candy, etc. Donate candy that you and your family would enjoy.
  • Optional Bethany Calvary Church’s food pantry donation: including canned goods, dry foods, or personal care items.

Take Home from Registration

  • Glow sticks for each registered child
  • Information sheet
  • Halloween sign for homes distributing candy
  • Candy supply for candy distributors

Volunteers Needed – Registration & Crossing Guards

Volunteers are needed during registration to help keep the process moving smoothly and quickly.

We also need some crossing guards during the event to help keep kids safe crossing the busy streets. If your home is not in the designated area, but you would like to distribute candy, please consider volunteering as a crossing guard at an intersection. Get into the spirit and wear a costume if you like! Adults and teens can help… this is a fun service project for scout troops, church groups, etc.

Click here to sign up to help via VolunteerSpot. Thank you!

Trick or Treat Blocks

  • 2400 and 2500 Blocks from 62nd to 67th Streets
  • 2400 and 2500 Blocks from 69th to 73rd Streets

The blocks closest to Center Street and North Avenue, and all of 68th Street are excluded for traffic safety reasons.

No Tricks, Only Treats

  • This is a family event, so please behave accordingly.
  • For safety, all children must be accompanied by an adult while trick or treating.
  • Respect for neighbors and their property is a key aspect of the quality of life in East Towne. Please don’t leave candy wrappers (or anything else) on neighbor’s lawns.
  • Registered children should wear their glow sticks. Parents with children 3 and under may choose to carry their child’s glow sticks. It is up to the candy distributor’s discretion on whether to provide candy to unregistered children not wearing glow sticks.

Candy Distributors

If you don’t have children participating in the event, you can still hand out candy at your house. Just come to the registration, pay the $10 household membership dues and you will receive candy to distribute. The Trick or Treat area includes: 2400 and 2500 Blocks from 62nd to 67th and 69th to 73rd Streets. The blocks closest to Center Street and North Avenue, and all of 68th Street are excluded.

If you have questions about the event, contact Jean Vallier [mailto][/mailto] or Erica Storm [mailto][/mailto].

2014 Scholarship

Attention high school seniors, the deadline to apply for the TETNA $500 scholarship is February 19.

The Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a neighborhood high school senior who will be furthering his/her education. The scholarship is awarded based on community involvement as evidenced through extracurricular activities, church activity, scout groups and volunteerism in the community at large.

Throughout the year TETNA residents have generously donated money to support our scholarship fund. Donations came from the concession stand at the neighborhood block party and through direct contributions of our members. Thank you to all members who donated to the fund.

Application information
1. Scholarship Application
2. Activities Form

If you have any questions, please contact Barb Blaney at 414-453-3551 or

Taste of East Tosa

On November 7, 2013, the TETNA board will host the Taste of East Tosa adults only social at the Kneeland-Walker House. This event is sure to be the highlight of the season.

Food will be provided by your favorite East Tosa restaurants, including:

BelAir Cantina
Cosmos Cafe
Juniper 61
Il Mito
Lutheran Home executive chefs
North Avenue Grill
Ono Kine Grinz
Tall Guy and a Grill

Desserts and soft drinks will be provided by the TETNA board. Please bring your own alcoholic beverage or favorite cocktail (no red wine please as the Wauwatosa Historical Society prohibits it). Party attire can be festive but not fussy.

Cost: $10 per person plus the $10 family membership fee.

Please make the check payable to the Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association. You can drop off your payment and RSVP form during Trick or Treat registration on Saturday morning at Bethany Calvary Church from 8:30 – 10:00 am or to TETNA Membership Drive, c/o Cindy Anderson, 6425 W. Clarke St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213. Attendance is limited to the first 80 registrants.