David Paulsen


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.


Volunteer Appreciation Night planned as TETNA encourages more residents to get involved

There are so many ways to get involved in our neighborhood. Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association invites residents to consider donating their time and energy to ensure our events and services continue in the future.

Please email info@tosaeasttowne.org if you are able to help fill any of the following volunteer roles:

TETNA board: The board meets once a month to carry out the business of the neighborhood association, and board members typically are asked to help now and then at events throughout the year, though each event is organized by a designated coordinator. Attending our annual meeting is a great way to learn more, and you can submit your name for our board election on the spot. This year’s annual meeting is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot.

Newsletter distribution: Help distribute copies of our newsletter to homes on your block three times a year.

Newsletter editing: We are looking for residents with a background in communications and/or writing to help compile our newsletter, which is produced three times a year and features short articles on past and future neighborhood events.

Sponsor and advertiser outreach: Help us maintain our existing base of business supporters and add new sponsors and advertisers through personalized contacts.

Kathleen Flanders

Past coordinator Kathleen Flanders hands out drawing prizes before the 2017 Spring Egg Hunt. This year’s hunt is March 24.

Spring Egg Hunt: This year’s hunt is Saturday, March 24. Email us if you are available to help set up at Center Street Park.

Run Tosa Run: Want to help organize our next 5K? We’d love to have you on board. No experience in race management is necessary. We also need residents available to help on race day, which this year will be May 19.

Trick or Treat: Volunteers will be needed to help with registration and our kickoff event, and we’re also looking for an assistant coordinator to help with planning.

Taste of East Tosa: This popular November event is in need of a coordinator, who will line up the East Tosa restaurants that provide the food for the evening. Please let us know if you will help preserve Taste of East Tosa as a TETNA tradition.

Volunteer Appreciation Night

We also want to say thank you to everyone who already is actively involved as a volunteer, from the neighbors who deliver our newsletters to the course marshals who make sure our Run Tosa Run race goes smoothy. Our first Volunteer Appreciation Night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 13 at Tosa Bowl & Bun, featuring a relaxed evening of socializing with fellow volunteers and a sampling of food from Tosa Bowl & Bun’s menu. Drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase.

Invitations were emailed to known addresses on our volunteer list. If you’re one of our volunteers but didn’t receive an invitation, let us know by emailing info@tosaeasttowne.org.


Get involved in your neighborhood; learn more at TETNA annual meeting

TETNA board meeting

Scott Shelnutt of the North Avenue business Tosa Block Party speaks at TETNA’s January meeting. The monthly meetings are held in the Center Street Park pavilion on second Mondays. Our annual meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot. Photo by David Paulsen.

I’ve never met anyone who hated living in our neighborhood. Sure, we grumble sometimes about parking or traffic or maybe our neighbors’ peculiar habits. But overall, we live here because we’ve come to love it. And I suspect for many of us, a big part of why we love it traces to the countless hours of volunteer time that residents give to neighborhood organizations, such as the PTA, Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts or your neighborhood association.

With TETNA’s annual meeting set for April 18 at Red Dot, I’d invite you to consider attending and, more importantly, taking on a more active role with your neighborhood association.

Events like the nighttime Trick or Treat, Spring Egg Hunt and Run Tosa Run only happen because of volunteers like you, and the help you can provide may only require a few hours. It also might turn into something you look forward to each year.

We also are looking for residents interested in taking on leadership roles:

  • Board members
  • Board officers (such as treasurer)
  • Newsletter editing
  • Event planning
  • Scholarship review

And we’re always looking for new ideas. Maybe you have a few, about how to make our neighborhood even better. Share them with us and learn more at our annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot, 6715 W. North Ave. If you want to learn more in advance, email us at info@tosaeasttowne.org.