Ryan Wallace


Shop the 2018 TENTA Rummage Sale June 2nd

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Entire TETNA neighborhood

TETNA Rummage Sale SignThe ever-popular TETNA annual neighborhood-wide rummage sale will be on Saturday, June 2nd from 8AM to 3PM. There are over 50 homes participating in the 2018 TETNA rummage sale selling a wide variety of items. Check out the map below or click this link to see all the registered homes. We hope to see many of you buying and selling at this great event, which is sponsored this year by Beth Jaworski of Shorewest Realtors!

 

 

 

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How to throw a Tosa Block Party

Neighborhood Tic Tac Toe

Imagine your house in the center of a Tic Tac Toe board

How many of your neighbors do you know? How well do you know them? Imagine your house as the center square of a Tic Tac Toe board and the surrounding squares are all your neighbors. Of the eight houses surrounding yours, how many names do you know? (Those houses behind you sure can be tough.) Do you know anything about your neighbor that isn’t apparent from the outside of the house (i.e. John likes to garden, Mary likes to cook)?

A block party is the perfect opportunity to meet and get to know your neighbors. By knowing who lives on your block you can know who might need a little extra help from time to time, find out about the neighborhood’s history from those who have been there for a longer time, and know what skills your neighbors can share. Having some fun with your neighbors can increase the sense of belonging within our community and facilitate neighbors looking out for one another.

Types of Block Parties

Any option (or combo of options) can work, but keep it simple:

  • BBQ – Someone brings the grills, everyone brings their own meat
  • Picnic – Everyone brings their own food
  • Pot luck – Everyone brings a dish to share
  • Catered – Everyone shares the cost to let someone else do the work

Location

Public spaces are best, as it increases the sense of community and shared responsibility for the event:

  • Street or alley (permit required)
  • Backyard
  • House
  • Garage

Timing

You’ll need to plan ahead, especially if you want to use the street (permit application is due 3 weeks prior to the event). Have a couple of dates in mind as you go around to notify neighbors because adjustments may need to be made if neighbors have conflicts. Per city ordinance, block parties are allowed until 10 p.m. Every year during the first week of August the City of Wauwatosa and Wauwatosa Police Department host Tosa Night Out, which is “designed to build and sustain community police partnerships that have a lasting impact on the quality of life for Wauwatosa’s residents, businesses, and visitors.” In recent years that large community event has been paired with a encouragement to neighbors to hold their block parties on the weekend prior to the event. If you are struggling to determine when to hold your block party, we strongly suggest participating in the lead up to Tosa Night Out.

Wauwatosa Block Party Permit

If you are hosting a block party in the street, remember that a permit is required. Petition forms can be obtained at the Police Department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the front desk, or you can download a Block Party Permit Application/Petition. The petition for a permit must be returned to the Police Department a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the block party. Not only do signatures from all neighbors need to be obtained, but all non-residential establishments within the area that would be impacted by the street closing need to be notified. The cost for the permit is free, however the permit includes a few options for barricades for a modest fee.

  • For a $35 fee (payable with your application) the Public Works Department will deliver two (2) barricades before the party and at the conclusion of the party with placement of barricades on curb area the City truck and crew will pick up the barricades the following work day.
  • Block party banners are available from Community Support on a first come, first served basis with a $25 deposit that will be returned when you return the banner.

Getting the word out

The whole point is to meet your neighbors, so going door-to-door is always best. Flyers can be also be used for planning with a request that neighbors return their suggestions to the organizer(s) and again once the block party details have been determined.

Set up

Consider using a sign-in book to help plan for next year, which can also be used as a contact list to distribute to the participants. Name tags can also be helpful (first name/last name/house number), you may be meeting a lot of new people, and remembering names is hard. Be sure to have plenty of tables, chairs, plates, cutlery, cups, and beverages. Don’t forget to wheel out a couple of garbage cans to make clean-up easier. Be considerate to your neighbors and ask if its OK to bring your dog out too. Make sure there are going to be enough people hanging around until the end to help clean up. Near the end of the night, talk about what worked, what didn’t, and any new ideas.

Block Party Activities

Food and drinks usually are the primary focus, but there are plenty of other things to consider. Kids (and many adults) appreciate games like egg/water balloon toss, sack races, volleyball/badminton, etc. (Prizes can help encourage participation, anything from dollar-store gag gifts to a trophy that travels to the annual winning house). Bouncy houses can be rented for very reasonable rates. The whole point is to get to know your neighbors, so make time to introduce one another and point out your house. This can be done informally, or in game format.  Whether it’s a portable speaker with tunes, a neighbor paying the guitar or even a band, music can really liven the party. Be sure to invite the Police Department, Fire Department and your alderman. They can provide safety and neighborhood updates and maybe even arrange to have a fire engine stop by.

Final Reminders

  • Block parties are only only allowed until 10 p.m.
  • Emergency vehicles may still need access, so don’t block the street in any way that can’t easily be moved.
  • You may want to post signs or send out a notice the day before the event to remind everyone to remove cars.
  • HAVE FUN!

[Adapted from “Neighborhood Block Party Kit” distributed by the City of Edmonton Community Services Department]


Vote for your favorite Tosa East Towne sign design

TETNA Sign Collage

Preview of the 6 sign designs selected as finalists by the TETNA board.

The new lamppost signs for Tosa East Towne are moving along. In October, we launched a fundraising campaign to fund the new signs, and released a request for designs. We received an overwhelming amount of support in both areas, raising over $2,000 and receiving 20 designs. We’re thankful to everyone who had a hand in supporting the project, and submitting a design.

Now comes the fun part – we want your feedback on the designs. We’ve narrowed it down to six finalists, which all feature a unique and creative design, that would look great in our neighborhood. We encourage you to view the designs and rank them 1-6 by clicking on this survey link. Part of the reason we are asking you to rank is there is possible we will choose more than one design. While resident feedback will be the most important factor when making our selection, the board reserves the right to make the final decision on the design(s) selected. Note that the survey is best viewed on a laptop or desktop. The survey will be open until 1/31.

We look forward to seeing your favorites, and will update you as soon as we have our winner!


Design a new Tosa East Towne logo for our lamppost signs

You’ve seen the signs attached to lampposts in neighborhoods around Wauwatosa. Have you thought, “Wow, TETNA should totally get some of those too”? Well, we agree!

In addition to launching a fundraiser for the Tosa East Towne signs, we need your help coming up with a design. We are calling on all graphic designers, amateur or professional, to submit their vision for our new signs and logo from now through Dec. 1.

Spread the word to friends and family members, or try creating your own design. Full submission guidelines are below. If you have any questions, email us at info@tosaeasttowne.org. We hope to choose a design from the submissions we receive by the end of the year and install the signs in the spring.

Complete Street Sign Design Request


Save Money at Metcalfe’s and Help Fund TETNA

Metcalfe's TosaTETNA has partnered with Metcalfe's Market to participate with their Give-Back Coupon program for the month of November. You get 5% discount on your Metcalf's purchase, Metcalfe's donates 5% of your total back to us. You are also able to use it EVERY time you visit Metcalfe's in November. It's a win-win.

Tips for using coupon:

  • - It works best to download and print the PDF of the coupon
  • - You can download either the PDF or JEPG to your phone to display at checkout, however:
    • - Be sure to turn the brightness up ALL THE WAY on your phone
    • - Metcalfe's has had issues with mobile coupons, so its safest to just print.
  • - REMEMBER TO USE IT EVERY TIME!