Around the Neighborhood

Zack Goehner is TETNA’s Volunteer of the Year

Zack Goehner, right, receives one of the signs he designed from Ryan Wallace, TETNA’s treasurer, at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

We have taken time at the past couple Annual Meetings to honor one deserving neighbor as our Volunteer of the Year. Our in-person Annual Meeting was canceled this year, we still are pleased to announce that our Volunteer of the Year is Zack Goehner, a graphics designer who contributed the design on our beautiful lamppost signs and has continued to share his skills and talents with the neighborhood.

Zack worked his design into a special edition TETNA T-shirt, which was offered as an add-on during our fall membership drive in a successful sale. He also has been reimagining our website, which is one of the TETNA board’s top priorities of the coming year. And he has agreed to serve on the board starting this year.

We can’t thank Zack enough for all his hard work and dedication to the neighborhood, and we hope to be able to present him with his Volunteer of the Year certificate at a future TETNA event when gathering in person becomes possible. Well done, Zack!

TETNA board cancels Run Tosa Run 2020 over COVID-19 pandemic

The following message was sent April 6 to all who registered for this year’s Run Tosa Run.

Run Tosa Run registrants,

With public health advisories recommending against public gatherings, to slow the spread of COVID-19, races of all sizes and distances have been canceled or postponed in recent weeks. Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association waited to see if it would be possible to continue as planned with Run Tosa Run on May 16, but at this point, it seems clear that those plans can’t go forward. The TETNA board, regrettably, has decided to cancel this year’s Run Tosa Run.

Although we considered postponing the race until later in the year, that option would have come with a continued level of uncertainty. All of us hope that conditions improve soon so that social distancing precautions can be safely lifted, but not knowing when that will happen makes it difficult to plan any future event, especially one that requires a certain amount of logistical moving parts. That said, we look forward to bringing the race back again for 2021.

Every year, TETNA has three main goals with Run Tosa Run: to bring our neighborhood together, to promote all our neighborhood has to offer (especially its businesses) and to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin. Each year, we donate 100 percent of net proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities, and despite the cancelation of this year’s race, we’d still like to continue making an annual donation.

In these uncertain times, we know many families suddenly are dealing with financial hardships times. Even a $25 race fee may seem more significant now than it did earlier in the year. With that in mind, we’re inviting runners to consider one of two options:

  • You may request a full refund of your race registration by emailing that request to, and we will process that refund in the near future.
  • For any runners who don’t respond by May 1, we will use your race fees as part of the donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you’d prefer that your fee becomes part of our donation, you can simply do nothing.

If you would like to make an additional direct donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities as part of this fundraising effort, you can do so online here.

This was to be our seventh straight year hosting Run Tosa Run. Although we’re sad to announce this one-year hiatus, we’re grateful for the support of sponsors BelAir Cantina, GRAEF, Lutheran Home, Mathnasium and Shine Salon. And we hope all our runners are able to continue to get out running while also following the state’s “Safer at Home” policy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Paulsen
Run Tosa Run race director
TETNA board president

Neighbors like you are needed to join TETNA’s board

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association remains an active institution serving your neighborhood, by providing local information to members, hosting events and working to improve the quality of life for residents. This is a completely volunteer association made up of neighbors like you, and we are looking for additional neighbors to step up and serve a term on the board.

This is a great way to get active in your neighborhood, and the time commitment starts with just attendance at our monthly meetings, which typically are held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. The board oversees the great work of TETNA’s event coordinators, and board members typically volunteer at some of those events when they are able. We also encourage board members to share ideas for new events, initiatives or communications.

New terms start in May. If you would like to learn more about serving on the board, please email

The new board usually is elected in April at TETNA’s Annual Meeting. The coronavirus pandemic continues to shake up our spring schedule, and that includes the Annual Meeting, which previously was scheduled for April 15 at Tosa Bowl & Bun. Instead, the TETNA board is working to facilitate the official functions of the Annual Meeting — such as budget presentation and board election — online and by email.

When it becomes possible to gather again in person, we look forward to rescheduling an Annual Meeting-style event and other fun activities that showcase our neighborhood. In the meantime, please remember your neighbors while you are staying “Safer at Home.”

Support East Tosa restaurants with takeout and delivery during COVID-19

Restaurants and bars have closed for dine-in service as part of the widespread efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, but many of our favorite establishments in East Tosa remain open for takeout, curb-side pickup and/or delivery. Help support these local business by continuing to enjoy their great food while staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Info is only as current as we have time to keep it current, so check ahead with the restaurant to be sure take-out and delivery is still available.

If you are aware of additional East Tosa businesses offering takeout and delivery, please let us know at

A word on TETNA’s upcoming activities amid the coronavirus outbreak

UPDATE 12:50 P.M. MARCH 16: We are sad to announce we will be canceling this year’s Spring Egg Hunt given the legitimate concerns over the spread of the coronavirus and the uncertainty that remains with less than three weeks until the event. The CDC is now recommending that citizens avoid gatherings of 50 or more for the next eight weeks. The decision to cancel our popular Egg Hunt, though regrettable, is an obvious one at this point. Thanks to Ruckus & Glee for its support this year and for Maghan White for all her prep work. We hope to be able to offer another family-oriented event for our neighborhood later this year, as conditions allow. We’re in this together, East Tosa.


With many public gatherings being canceled or postponed this month in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association would like to update our members and neighbors about the status of the several events planned for this spring.

Plans are still underway for Spring Egg Hunt on April 4, TETNA’s Annual Meeting on April 15, Run Tosa Run on May 16 and the TETNA Neighborhood Rummage Sale on June 6. At this time, we have not made any decisions to cancel or postpone any of these events, however, we realize that may become necessary depending on how the response to the coronavirus evolves between now and then.

We are hopeful that conditions will improve in time to proceed with our Spring Egg Hunt, but we will update you on the status of that and the other events as further decisions are made.

This is an unprecedented and difficult time, though with the precautions now being implemented by institutions and organizations throughout our community, the residents of Tosa East Towne can be part of efforts to minimize the impact of the virus. And although “social distancing” has been identified as part of this public health strategy, we hope residents will not forget their neighbors and will find ways to connect with and serve each other.

If you have ideas you’d like to share for ways Tosa East Towne can respond, please send them to We hope to see you soon.

Some coronavirus resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Wauwatosa School District

City of Wauwatosa