David Paulsen


Decorate your house for TETNA’s Halloween contest

Think your house will be the spookiest this Halloween? Then sign up to participate in Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association’s inaugural house decorating contest.

Register your house with this form by Friday, Oct. 26. All registered homes of TETNA members will be eligible to win and highlighted on the decorated homes map available online. To become a member or renew your membership, visit tosaeasttowne.org/join.

Secret judges will be out from 6:30-8:30 on Saturday, Oct. 27, during TETNA’s Nighttime Trick or Treat. Creativity is a plus. Judges also will take into account overall scariness, though your decoration concept need not be scary to win. Selection criteria ultimately will be up to the judges.

House decoration winners will be announced and prizes distributed on Sunday, Oct. 28.


Learn about the upcoming Tosa schools referendum

Residents will vote Nov. 6 on a $124.9 million facilities referendum proposed to address significant needs of the Wauwatosa School District’s aging schools. The School District is hosting several informational open houses in October, and all Wauwatosa residents are invited.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16: 6:30-8 p.m. at McKinley Elementary School, 2435 N. 89th St.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Hart Park Senior Center.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: 6:30-8 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary, 1741 Wauwatosa Ave.

Additionally, a Referendum Fact Sheet was mailed to all Wauwatosa residents the week of Sept. 17. Watch your mailbox in early October for a Referendum Newsletter with more info. You also can learn more at wauwatosaschools.org/ref2018.


City OKs new signs on Tosa East Towne lampposts

Zack Goerhner's design

Zack Goerhner’s design was selected for Tosa East Towne’s lamppost signs.

A year ago, we asked for the neighborhood’s support of adding new signs to several of our lampposts, and the response was tremendous, helping us raise more than $2,500 for the project.

We ran into some delays in getting the city to response to our request for installation, but in August, the Wauwatosa Board of Public Works approved our sign design and cleared the way for at least 49 of our signs on the lampposts around the neighborhood.

We’re grateful to all who donated to our campaign and for the great design work of Zack Goehner. We look forward to providing updates on installation as we continue to work though the process with the city.


Taste of East Tosa moves to Birch event space on Nov. 8

Birch on North Avenue.

Birch on North Avenue.

We’re happy to announce this year’s edition of the popular Taste of East Tosa will be held at one of our neighborhood’s newest establishments, Birch, the event space next to Camp Bar.

New location, same great samplings from several local East Tosa restaurants. Who says you have to choose just one for dinner?

Doors open for this TETNA members’ event at 6:30 p.m., and tasting is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and limited to the first 100, so reserve your spot on Eventbrite today. If you are not a TETNA member or need to renew your membership, you can do so at tosaeasttowne.org/join. Desserts will also be provided.

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.

Participating food providers will include: Lutheran HomeTosa Bowl and BunNorth Ave. GrillIrie ZuluRocket Baby BakeryBelAir CantinaCafé Blue, McDonald’sCranky’s, Indulgence Chocolatiers, Ono Kine Grindz, Ca’ Lucchenzo, Cosmos Cafe, Wauwatiki, Hue Vietnamese and Milk & Honey.


Design selected for new Tosa East Towne lamppost signs

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association received 515 responses to its survey seeking residents’ input on a design for new lamppost signs in our neighborhood. Each of our six finalists received dozens of first-place votes, but there was one clear leader, the colorful design submitted by Tosa East Towne native Zack Goehner.

Zack Goerhner's design

Zack Goehner’s design was selected for Tosa East Towne’s lamppost signs.

Thanks to all who participated in our survey, and congratulations to Zack. The TETNA board at its February meeting approved his design for our lamppost signs.

UPDATE: We have reached our fundraising goal! Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Zack, 34, grew up on 64th and Meinecke, and after leaving town to live in Seattle for about 10 years he moved back to the neighborhood last year “so my kids could be closer to their grandparents.”

“I have been inspired creatively by our neighborhood since childhood,” Zack told TETNA. “I had countless sketches of our house and crayon-drawn maps of our streets. So I’m forever grateful to have had an opportunity to contribute to our neighborhood through art.”

Here’s how he describes the idea for his winning sign design:

“The design was inspired by the majestic rows of bungalows that stand throughout our neighborhood — Tosa East Towne’s signature aesthetic and symbols of our closeness as neighbors. I tried to capture the enchanting colors and shapes that appear when the first and last light of the day hits our streets. The signs will be a warm welcome: unique and colorful, just like we are.”

You can find more works in his portfolio at braveappliance.com.

TETNA will discuss ordering and installing the signs at its next meeting, at 7 p.m. March 12 at Center Street Park Pavilion. All are welcome to attend.