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Mike and Judy Doyle have pledged $80,000 toward the skate park if the city and donors can make up the rest of the $240,000 cost. Tosa Skateboarders United has already raised $33,000 of that.
alt ideas needed June 13, 2013 at 07:11 am
give these kids their skatepark - almost every city and town now has a public skate park - andRead More almost everyone can agree that skateboarders are annoying when on sidewalks and public property
carpediem May 23, 2013 at 02:31 pm
Ugh! should he not focus on present day peace efforts in kit community?
carpediem May 23, 2013 at 02:33 pm
Ugh! He should worry about present day peace efforts in our community. The best way to honorRead More veterans is to make sure that we do not continue having wars.
Spencer A Hoyt September 19, 2012 at 03:43 am
To the Birk family: "Our heartfelt deepest sympathies on your loss"...
Tina Holst September 19, 2012 at 08:12 pm
What an angel you had! She is now with God, no pain, happy and watching down on you all! God blessRead More you and keep you during your time of grief. Love, Tina
Tina Holst September 19, 2012 at 08:14 pm
Your Angel is with God now. May He keep you during this time of grief. Tina Holst
Jim Price September 2, 2012 at 04:03 am
It was an awesome evening, Jason, and I'm glad I could be a part of it. Great weather, great crowd,Read More great cause.
Deb Strzelecki September 7, 2012 at 03:13 pm
Barb, aka, "The bug Chick," is awesome. She is this little lady who disarms the giantsRead More through her courtesy, thorough knowledge, and absolute love of the County Grounds and their survival to keep the Monarchs safe on their migration.
Deb Strzelecki September 7, 2012 at 03:23 pm
PS: A funny thing, last week, I was sitting up at the kiosk taking a water break with my dogs afterRead More walking The Grounds, which I've been doing the past 20+ years. A big bug buzzed into me and whacked me upside the head. It was a preying mantis nymph. It settled down on top of the table and was turning its head back and forth, I guess trying to make sense of my big dog who was lying on the table, who also trying to make sense out of such a big bug. What an awesome cool bug. Who knows how many of these awesome critters will be left when the place is trashed by parking lots and the perpetually 50% vacant buildings?
alt ideas needed July 21, 2012 at 04:45 pm
use them or lose them
Deb Strzelecki July 21, 2012 at 04:47 pm
The buildings have been intentionally neglected since the tenants were evicted in 2006. The copperRead More downspouts were stolen a week afterwards. I notified the MCSO and the Wauwatosa Historical Society and placed numerous followup calls when it was obvious nothing was being done. Nothing ever was done as far as far as the downsputs being replaced to keep water away from the foundations. Like MKE county doesn't have a pile of galvaniazed downspouts rusting away somewhere. I've seen the waste by MKE county over the 20+ years I've been walking out there. I've been calling in to the MCSO the countless times the buildings were being broken into and being vandalized by teens. The rare times a squad would even respond, nothing was done other than a talking to. The same group of punks would be back in the buildings a couple of hours later. It's almost like the MCSO and others were under orders to let these buildings be neglected and vandalized. Only a blind person could not see the intent from the get go was for these buildings to be razed.
Deb Strzelecki July 21, 2012 at 04:49 pm
Sorry for the typos. I have a sticky keyboard I bought on sale. Really have to punch the keys.
Sharon Upton July 5, 2012 at 02:06 pm
I would like to thank, with all my heart, all those at Lincoln Elementary who helped put togetherRead More the Kare for Kaylen Birk event. The family was was so overwhelmed with love from everyone who attended. Kaylen's grandmother, Kathy's Mom, is now in hospice with an expectancy of less than a week to live. The family heartbreak over Kayen as well as her Grandmother is eased by so much care and support from all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Sharon Lynch Upton, Kaylens Grand Aunt and her Grandma's sister.
jbw June 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm
That's good to hear. The community support, I mean. It reminds me of the time my parents' car wasRead More totaled by a 16 year-old running a red light in his parent's jeep. People were supportive, at least for a while, while they rehabilitated. And there was casserole. I could have used some help typing up all the notes on the years of treatment and physical therapy my mom went through to give the lawyer that was fighting to have some of the costs covered by the wealthy insured family that maimed her. We did eventually get part of the costs covered, though some of the pain and injury proved permanent. Ah nevermind, this story is a lot better than mine.
Susan Weeks June 24, 2012 at 02:40 am
Back in the fall of I want to say of 2000 I received a phone call from an old neighbor telling meRead More her then 4yr. old granddaughter had a malignant brain tumor that had just been diagnosed, she was a day post-op after having undergone a 16hr. surgery. Today Brit has defied all odds and is living and is a happy 17yr. old. There have been ups and a fair share of downs but since the shunt in her brain has been working to alleviate the water that most people get rid of naturally, the process would take me way too long to explain but the outcome is so far a good one. It's been close to 13 years since that day when I went to Children's to see a very sick little girl And about a million rosaries prayed and I'd pray a million more if it would help.
Judy Gustafson June 26, 2012 at 04:04 pm
I am a friend of Jennifer Picket Nebbia. I live in Bloomington, MN. I will be praying for yourRead More brave little girl as she endures her treatments. I can't even imagine your hurting hearts at this time. Know that God is with all of you who love Kaylen at this trying time. My love and best wishes to all. Judy Gustafson
LindaZN April 16, 2012 at 01:14 pm
Denise is a most worthy Wauwatosa Distinguished Citizen. Years and years of tireless volunteerismRead More exemplifies her love and care for this city. Denise has touched this entire community in ways that not only strengthened our neighborhoods to be safer, friendlier places, but has enhanced our quality of life with the outstanding opening of such a great community gathering place at Hoyt Pool. Thank you Denise of all your great works.
John T. Pokrandt April 16, 2012 at 01:42 pm
Well deserved, the Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park is one of the greatest additions to our community inRead More recent history. My kids are already excited for the upcoming season.
rick bohmann April 16, 2012 at 06:51 pm
It's citizen commitment that benefits the community in so many ways. No one is more deserving thatRead More Denise Lindberg for reinventing Hoyt Pool for all of us.
Jim Price April 13, 2012 at 06:30 pm
Hi, Spencer. You are, of course, correct. We stayed with the term "medic" because that wasRead More how Mr. Exner referred to his service throughout his speech, in an interview and in the promotional flier for the event. Initially, we thought it respectful to him to use his preferred terminology, which I would imagine he adopted because fewer people would be familiar with Navy terminology. However, upon reflection and out of respect to you and the many others who have served, I have changed "medic" to "corpsman" or "medical corpsman."
Spencer A Hoyt April 14, 2012 at 12:20 am
With respect to all, Thank You!
pupdog1 April 15, 2012 at 09:01 pm
These guys--and my father was one of them--are the only reason we have what we have today. And everyRead More one of them will debate you all day long about how they aren't heroes, and how it was a privilege to serve. Heroes are like that. Very few of them are willing or able to tell such stories, even today, even to family. Perhaps without knowing it, this audience became part of history.
Nancy Hall August 26, 2011 at 12:45 am
Your links are broken. This worked for me http://wishlistfoundation.org/ .
Jim Price August 26, 2011 at 01:23 am
Thanks, Nancy. I've replaced the Wishlist link with yours and it seems to work now.
Carolyn Dressler April 18, 2011 at 02:10 pm
Thanks for the flattering article. It was a pleasure to speak with Katherine Beeson. I want toRead More make clear that the UW EXT / Southeast WI Master Gardeners have been an integral part of the Kneeland Walker Gardens. The Kneeland Walker Gardens have been considered a Master Gardener Volunteer project garden for several years now and the help and educational focus they have added to the gardens are beyond measure. The training, knowledge, and resources I have gained as a Master Gardener Volunteer have been invaluable. I know so many dedicated volunteers making a positive difference in Wauwatosa. I hope my receiving this award encourages others to become involved in our community. Carolyn Dressler
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