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.

 


Shop the 2017 TENTA Rummage Sale June 3rd

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
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 3rd from 8AM to 3PM. There are over 50 homes participating selling a wide variety of items available. 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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TETNA’s 2017 neighborhood Rummage Sale is June 3, sponsored by Beth Jaworski

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Entire TETNA neighborhood

TETNA Rummage Sale SignThe ever-popular TETNA neighborhood-wide rummage sale will be on Saturday, June 3rd. 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!

Facebook event

If you would like to register as a seller, please fill out the form below. Here are few things to keep in mind:

  • Registration is open only to those living within the TETNA area (map)
  • TETNA Members can register for free!
  • Non-members can register for $5 (but really you should just go ahead and join TETNA first)
  • Last day to register is Wednesday, May 31st.
  • TETNA will place signs on the perimeter of the neighborhood and publicize the sale in local/social media.
  • We publish an online (printable) map that is only available until the end of the sale.
  • You can call attention to your sale with any signage or banners you want to, though we’ll also be sharing a customized TETNA sign that you will be able to download to show that you are registered. Stay tuned.

If you’re interested in helping with the rummage sale in any capacity, or if you have questions, please email Jill Stephany.



TETNA’s 2017 scholarship awarded to Ricky Serrano

Ricky Serrano scholarship

TETNA board president David Paulsen, right, presents Tosa East High School senior Ricky Serrano with a $500 scholarship check April 26 at Cranky Al’s.

Every year, so many of our neighbors contribute money to our scholarship fund, and we are honored to be able to use that money to provide a scholarship to deserving high school seniors from our neighborhood. This year’s recipient of TETNA’s scholarship is Ricky Serrano.

TETNA board president David Paulsen presented Serrano with a check for $500 at the neighborhood association’s annual meeting April 26 at Cranky Al’s. (The event also featured discussions with Officer Tracy Burbach and the neighborhood’s aldermen, Bobby Pantuso and Joel Tilleson.)

Serrano was chosen by TETNA’s scholarship committee, which provided this summary of his credentials: He is an active student-athlete and Eagle Scout. To earn his Eagle Scout rank, he organized a drive that collected 724 pounds of household items, food, clothing and more for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. The teachers who wrote Ricky’s letters of recommendation described him as a hardworking, dedicated student leader who has been active in Student Council, National Honor Society, Courageous Conversations/Cafe (Cultural Alliance for East), and the “We the People” national civics competition. Through his activities and service, Ricky has made our community a better place.

TETNA also is pleased to announce that its board is recommending that the scholarship be increased to $750 in 2018 because of an increase in donations over the past couple years. The scholarship will be among the items voted on in the new TETNA budget at our next meeting, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, in the Center Street Park Pavilion. We hope to see you there.

Our scholarship is funded through the generous donations of our members. To donate to the Scholarship Fund or see a list of previous members, click here.