May President's Letter

Hunt-FrankAh, Spring! That wonderful time of year when the plants awaken, the birds return and the people crawl out of the winter-cramped indoors! Yawn. Stretch. Shake off the winter.

Try something new. I am going to try my hand at square-foot gardening, a space-saving gardening technique that could work wonders in our tiny East Tosa yards.

I have some new tips for your summer fun. Among them that Hoyt Pool is opening this Memorial weekend! Family Passes can be purchased by googling Friends Of Hoyt Pool. I’ve got mine! Now I just need a swimsuit that makes me look like Angelina Jolie…

Here’s a new idea I saw last summer in Michigan. Clear bags of water hung to keep bees and flies away from your picnic area. I guess the light-bending effect of the bulging plastic confuses their compound eyes. I don’t know. Try it and let me know how it works for you!

Summer time reminds me of my Grandma who used to walk around the yard in the early morning looking at the posies, admiring the growth, looking for which one would bloom next. She would say she had been out “surveying the estate.” (She also called having lemonade on the patio “refreshments on the veranda”!) I am SO looking forward to my garden and my flowers this year.

You may see me wandering around my house and wonder “what is that crazy lady doing?” Now you know, (Ahem) I am surveying the estate!

See you in my front yard, and feel free to join me—surveying the estate!

Sarah Hunt-Frank, TETNA President

Bigger and Better Tosa Green Summit

April 20 • 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7725 W. North Avenue


Dr. David Petering of UWM
“Sustainable Development? It’s Not An Option!”

7 pm, Lower Civic Center Room


5-8 pm: Learn from over 25 Exhibitors in the Library’s Firefly Room, including KId’s Green Corner
6 pm: Wauwatosa Solar Co-op Roundtable in the Lower Civic Center Room

For more information, visit or contact Jeff Roznowski at, 414-258-0633.

You can help make your community green and sustainable!

The second Tosa Green Summit will be held April 20, 2011 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7725 W. North Avenue. The event is a free informational open house to learn how you can make your community green and sustainable.

Over 20 Exhibitors will provide awareness and education on topics ranging from home energy, conservation, water, gardening, transportation, and food. The featured speaker will be Dr. David Petering of UWM who will present, “Sustainable Development? It’s Not an Option!” at 7 pm. Mike Arney will also lead a roundtable discussion on the Wauwatosa Solar Co-op at 6 pm. Families are encouraged to attend and visit the Kid’s Green Corner, featuring the DNR’s Havenwoods State Park.

Other great green Tosa area websites:

Green Neighbor – Wauwatosa

Sustainable Tosa

Victory Garden Initiative

Tosa Farmers Market Opens Soon

June 5, 2010 • 8:00AM – Noon
Hart’s Mills Parking Lot in the Village

The Tosa Farmers Market is pleased to announce that we are expanding. Starting opening day (June 5, 2010), the market will be situated on the newly restored Hart’s Mills parking lot. This space offers market vendors and patrons a scenic, shaded setting along the Menomonee River, with ample parking now available on the municipal lot behind the LRS. The Hart’s Mills lot is located just south of the historic Little Red Store (LRS) and along the Oak Leaf bike trail in the Village of Wauwatosa, across the Menomonee River from Chancery Family Pub and Café Hollander.

Due to construction, the pedestrian bridge adjacent to Café Hollander will be closed through the beginning of June. In the meantime, to reach the Tosa Farmers Market drivers should take Watertown Plank from the west side of the Village to the end and turn left to park behind the LRS. Pedestrians and bikers can enter on the Oak Leaf Trail just north of Church Street on the Menomonee River Parkway and cross over the river into the parking lot behind the LRS. A short walk south along the bike trail and across the railroad tracks will take you to the market. Bike racks are available in front of the LRS.

Please note that patrons must cross the railroad tracks that run through the Village at official crossings; anyone who crosses illegally may be subject to a fine by the city of Wauwatosa.

The Tosa Farmers Market will be open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to Noon, June through October. For more information, visit us online at

Share Your Gardening Successes

Part of our neighborhood association’s goals is to help neighbors connect their common interests with other neighbors. Gardening is a favorite activity here in the East Towne neighborhood. Many of our residents enjoy tending their beautiful gardens, team up with other neighbors for vegetable gardens at the county grounds, participate in perennial swaps, etc. We want to share your gardening experience with other residents. Contact Julie Terwelp to send your information (like pictures, reflections on your efforts, plans for the spring, etc.). We’ll include future East Towne gardening features on our website.