David Paulsen


Taste of East Tosa dinner for TETNA members returns on Nov. 16

With so many great restaurants in East Tosa, it sometimes is hard to choose one for dinner. On Thursday, Nov. 16, you don’t have to choose just one. Come to our annual Taste of East Tosa dinner at the historic Kneeland- Walker House, 7406 Hillcrest Drive, for a sampling from several local East Tosa restaurants.

Taste of East Tosa is TETNA’s premiere adults-only event and a great opportunity to join with your neighbors, meet the TETNA board and celebrate all of the things we love about our neighborhood. Desserts and sodas will also be provided. You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverage or favorite cocktail, however, the Wauwatosa Historical Society prohibits red wines. Party attire can be festive, not fussy. A tour of the house is also available.

This year’s lineup includes:

Check our website and Facebook page for updates.

The members’ event begins at 6:30 p.m., and tasting is at 7 p.m. Complete your RSVP form to RSVP online today reserve your spot for $10. RSVP via mail by Nov. 12 or online by Nov. 15.


Help us bring a new event to the Tosa East Towne neighborhood

The Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association board approved up to $500 in this year’s budget as seed money to create a new event. We have received several suggestions and now are looking for residents willing to help organize one or more of the new events, such as:

  • Winterfest
  • East Tosa pub crawl
  • Roller skating night
  • Movie night (at Rosebud)
  • Outdoor sports game screenings
  • A kickball tournament
  • Your own new idea

If you would like to volunteer, or suggest a different idea, email us at info@tosaeasttowne.org. Events preferably have a revenue stream to help offset the cost, but we still may pursue certain worthy events without revenue streams if TETNA deems them beneficial to our members.


Consider becoming a block watch captain in our neighborhood

A string of carjackings in our neighborhood this summer had residents on edge, and although police have arrested a suspect in the crimes, residents are encouraged to consider becoming a block watch captain to help keep the neighborhood safe in the future.

The carjackings “provided a good example of how the block watch captains could be used to transmit vital information to neighbors,” Tosa East Towne safety liaison Tim Sumiec said. “We have to get creative to reach as many people as possible, not only for troubling events but for fun community events as well.”

Info on the block watch program is available online on the city’s website.

The main requirement of the block watch captain is to deliver the “Tosa Watch” newsletter on a quarterly basis. If you are interested in gathering your neighbors and hosting an introductory block watch meeting, community policing officers from the Wauwatosa Police Department would come and speak; further explaining the program and police expectations.

The following are blocks that are in need of block watch captains. Contact Sumiec at timsumiec@gmail.com for more info:

  • North 62nd Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 64th Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 65th Street (North Ave. to Meinecke Ave.)
  • North 65th Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 66th Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 68th Street (North Ave. to Meinecke Ave.)
  • North 69th Street (Meinecke Ave. to Wright St.)
  • North 70th Street (North Ave. to Meinecke Ave.)
  • North 70th Street (Meinecke Ave. to Wright St.)
  • North 75th Street (Center St. to City Limits)
  • North 76th Street (Center St. to City Limits)
  • Meinecke Avenue (Wauwatosa Ave. to N. 74th St.)
  • Clarke Street (N. 65th St. to N. 64th St.)

Summer recap: Pocket park, Six Strings concerts, Run Tosa Run donation

Pocket park

The park at 69th St. and North Ave. is shown under construction in late August. Photo: David Paulsen

One of the most visible developments in our neighborhood this summer has been the construction of a pocket park at the parking lot next to Rocket Baby Bakery, at 69th Street and North Avenue.

The project is expected to be finished this fall, creating a unique gathering space at one of East Tosa’s most prominent intersections. Wauwatosa Now has reported the design includes a shade structure, string lights, tables, benches and a bike rack.

As part of this project, the vacant city lot behind Voline is being converted into parking spaces, so although we will lose the former parking lot, the project will end up with a net loss of only one space.

We’re looking forward to the opening of this fun new public venue, and we are sure it will be put to great use, from our Run Tosa Run in May to the Chili’n on the Avenue event in September.

Six Strings on Center

Ricky Ganiere performs June 9 at the first Six Strings on Center event at Center Street Park. Photo: David Paulsen

SIX STRINGS ON CENTER

Center Street Park continues to be a great gathering place for summers in Tosa East Towne, and this summer was particularly tuneful, with live music provided each month through the Six Strings on Center series. It was hosted by Friends of Center Street Park and spearheaded by resident Michael Phillips, who says, “the attendance has exceeded my expectations.”

Unfortunately, another popular Center Street Park event, Que & Brew, had a rocky second year. Organizers had to cancel this year’s July 4 weekend cookoff, partly due to issues with insurance coverage, but we hope to see the lineup of BBQ chefs at the park next year.

Run Tosa Run donation

TETNA board president David Paulsen on Aug. 17 presents a $5,000 check from Run Tosa Run proceeds to Ann Petrie, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin. Photo: Bridget Kesner

TETNA RUMMAGE SALE

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s neighborhood-wide TETNA Rummage Sale, another benefit of being an association member. Although rain dampened turnout on June 3, we had 50 participating households and saw a good number of deal-seekers traveling from house to house during the day. Thanks to Jill Stephany for organizing this year.

RUN TOSA RUN DONATION

Finally, we presented our $5,000 donation from Run Tosa Run to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin at the charity’s Aug. 17 board meeting. Thanks again to all who made this year’s race a success. We look forward to seeing you at the starting line of next year’s Run Tosa Run, when the race date will be May 19.


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.