TETNA scares up new tricks and treats for nighttime Halloween event

TETNA’s Halloween Trick or Treat nighttime event is back, this year with a new costume contest and special goodies for participating children, sponsored by Hue Vietnamese, Mathnasium and Philleo Agency Insurance.

Renew your TETNA membership now, and mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, Oct. 28. This year’s event will begin with a kickoff party at center street park at 6 p.m. Let your children show off their costumes in the costume contest/parade. Children will be broken into 2 groups based on their ages (0-6 and 7-14), with prizes awarded in each age group!

Nighttime trick or treat will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Every year, TETNA offers this safe and fun event in our neighborhood. This year we are continuing our new tradition of opening the TETNA Trick or Treat event to all neighborhood blocks! So get your costumes, candy buckets and spooky faces ready to explore the Halloween festivities that our whole neighborhood has to offer.

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The Trick or Treat event is for TETNA members and coincides with membership renewal, so even if you are not participating in Trick or Treat it is still time to renew.

Want to trick-or-treat?

Come to the registration and sign up! New this year, the first 500 kids to drop off their candy at registration will be given a reusable trick or treat bag and activity book. All participants will get a glow stick and a map with event info.

The cost to participate is a 100-piece bag of candy per child. The candy must be individually wrapped and factory sealed. Due to safety concerns, we cannot accept opened bags of candy.

If you also are handing out candy and want to keep the kind you bought, just let us know at in-person registration, or you can just sign up online. (If you still need to renew or join TETNA, you will need to complete registration first).

When and where to register

Center Street Park Pavilion

Register for Trick or Treat Now!
(If you are getting a message indicating “This is a private event..” remember to (1) login to memberplanet with the email you used to sign up for TETNA membership and (2) that you renew your membership)

Want to hand out candy?

Come to registration and sign up! You will get a TETNA Trick or Treat sign to put in your window to identify your house as a TETNA participant and some candy to get you started.

Note that this is a very popular event and we’re not able to provide all the candy that you might need to accommodate all the trick-or-treaters.

You can either purchase more candy on your own or turn out your light when the candy runs out. Note: if you don’t plan to accept candy from TETNA, you can sign up online and print your Trick or Treat sign at home.

Don’t forget about the teal pumpkin project too. Homes decorated with these brightly colored pumpkins indicate treats suitable for children who have been diagnosed with food allergies.

Not a TETNA member yet?

Become a member and register for the event at the same time! Our membership year runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30. Register and pay online, or bring your dues, forms and candy to registration.

Volunteer

As always, we are looking for volunteers to help make this event successful. If you are interested in helping, visit signup.com/go/yJkyWKh.


Help us bring a new event to the Tosa East Towne neighborhood

The Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association board approved up to $500 in this year’s budget as seed money to create a new event. We have received several suggestions and now are looking for residents willing to help organize one or more of the new events, such as:

  • Winterfest
  • East Tosa pub crawl
  • Roller skating night
  • Movie night (at Rosebud)
  • Outdoor sports game screenings
  • A kickball tournament
  • Your own new idea

If you would like to volunteer, or suggest a different idea, email us at info@tosaeasttowne.org. Events preferably have a revenue stream to help offset the cost, but we still may pursue certain worthy events without revenue streams if TETNA deems them beneficial to our members.


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!

Consider becoming a block watch captain in our neighborhood

A string of carjackings in our neighborhood this summer had residents on edge, and although police have arrested a suspect in the crimes, residents are encouraged to consider becoming a block watch captain to help keep the neighborhood safe in the future.

The carjackings “provided a good example of how the block watch captains could be used to transmit vital information to neighbors,” Tosa East Towne safety liaison Tim Sumiec said. “We have to get creative to reach as many people as possible, not only for troubling events but for fun community events as well.”

Info on the block watch program is available online on the city’s website.

The main requirement of the block watch captain is to deliver the “Tosa Watch” newsletter on a quarterly basis. If you are interested in gathering your neighbors and hosting an introductory block watch meeting, community policing officers from the Wauwatosa Police Department would come and speak; further explaining the program and police expectations.

The following are blocks that are in need of block watch captains. Contact Sumiec at timsumiec@gmail.com for more info:

  • North 62nd Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 64th Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 65th Street (North Ave. to Meinecke Ave.)
  • North 65th Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 66th Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 68th Street (North Ave. to Meinecke Ave.)
  • North 69th Street (Meinecke Ave. to Wright St.)
  • North 70th Street (North Ave. to Meinecke Ave.)
  • North 70th Street (Meinecke Ave. to Wright St.)
  • North 75th Street (Center St. to City Limits)
  • North 76th Street (Center St. to City Limits)
  • Meinecke Avenue (Wauwatosa Ave. to N. 74th St.)
  • Clarke Street (N. 65th St. to N. 64th St.)

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.