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New Kid's View

Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.

Supporting Local Businesses

Ida and Tom Spack got a nice Christmas present -- their Nona's Cafe on Chicago just north of the Post Office was featured in The Business Journal on Christmas Day. The Spack's have been weathering the recession thanks to lots of business from South Milwaukeeans. Go Ida and Tom!

Now if The Business Journal would do a feature on the Madison Avenue Market., on Madison just east of Chicago. Thanks to this great new deli and bakery, we enjoyed delicious spinach, meat and tomato byreks and scrumptous baklava during the holidays.

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She's smokin'!

Janet Halfmann, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI

South Milwaukee children's author Janet Halfmann is blazing the kudos trail. She recently posted on Twitter that her book, Little Skink's Tail, was chosen the Best Children's Book of 2009 by Tif Talks Books: http://www.tiftalksbooks.com/2010/01/best-of-2009.html. And the most recent issue of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Bulletin says her non-fiction picture book, Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story, has been selected for the Missouri State Teachers Association Reading Circle Program, and her fiction picture book, Little Skink's Tail, was placed on the Florida Recommended Reading List. Kudos, Janet! South Milwaukee is proud of you and happy for you. 

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