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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.

Jump Start Holiday Shopping at Rotary Auction

Rotary, auction, scholarships, African safari, Packers, Brewers, Garlic Mustard Pickers

An African safari, autographed Packers and Brewers memorabilia, airline tickets, Resorts International vacation package, Trek mountain bike, UW and Marquette basketball tickets to sold-out games, entertainment and restaurant package raffles and bargain buys to kick off holiday shopping.

All of that and more, to the accompaniment of Celtic music by the Garlic Mustard Pickers, will be part of the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field (RCMF) Charitable Foundation's Annual Auction Dinner on Friday, Oct. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 5311 South Howell Ave. That's right across Howell from Mitchell International Airport.

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New Market in Town!

Madison Ave Market, deli,

Madison Ave Market, a Mediterranean Food & Deli, opened for business on Monday at 925 Madison Avenue in South Milwaukee..

If you like byrek (light, flakey filo (dough) rolled wafer thin and filled with creamy fresh feta cheese, a ground beef mixture, or a feta cheese and spinach mixture), savory fresh-made soup, unique stick-to-the ribs sandwiches, and breads baked daily,  this place is for you. Cheeses and meats, coffee and cappicchino service and shelves of gourmet and ethnic food products are the basics. The store even has WiFi, a laptop for customers' use and a sit-at counter.

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Lasting impressions

So it rained. Washed all the toilet paper out of the trees along 15th Avenue and Oak Creek Parkway across the street and down the block from the high school some juveniles strung in them last week. But as I walked home from the Post Office today amidst wads of debris littering the ground, the lasting impression I have of them is sewage.

mmm-mmm in South Milwaukee

Madison Ave Market, delicatessen

We were a little late to the new Madison Ave Market's Grand Opening tonight. By the time we got there most of the free samples of the baked goodies and cheese and meat snacks were gone. The reason? Lots of people who got there on time. And that's a good thing.  We did get some scrumptuois eggplant dip on a couple of pieces of fresh-baked bread and a a wedge of to-die-for honey-dripping baklava Here's hoping they keep returning to the market that specializes in Mediteranrean food and delicatessen fare and continue to patronize this fledglng new South Milwaukee business at 925 Madison Avenue -- just east of Chicago Aveenue.

Trick or Treat Confusion in South Milwaukee

Trick or Treat, Halloween, South Milwaukee Common Council, Oak Creek, Cudahy, St. Francis, merchants

The Sunday before Halloween from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. That's been the 'trick or treat' tradition for the seven-plus years we've lived in South Milwaukee. Our neighbors across the street say it's been that way for the 15 years they've lived here.

This year it's changed -- at least for the few people who know about it.

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More on Trick or Treat in South Milwaukee

My post of yesterday about the change in Halloween trick-or-treat day in South Milwaukee brought a clarification from South Milwaukee Alderwoman Lisa Pieper. With her consent I'm including it below.

I very much I appreciated her reply and the additional information. Here's what she had to say, which is followed by an additional observation and a question I still have.

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South Milwaukee Library, Rotary Auction to Feature GMP

Galric Mustard Pickers, South Milwaukee Library, Rotary Club of Mitchell Field

The following is from neighbor Don Lawson about his Celtic music group, the Garlic Mustard Pickers:

Here's a reminder that there are two fundraising events that include music by our band.

Friday 16 Oct, 2009
Wine Tasting Fundraiser for South Milwaukee Library Foundation
1907 10th Ave, South Milwaukee
7:00-9:30 PM
Tickets are $20 per person, can be purchased at the door.
The spectrum of wines featured at this event is wide-ranging. 
If you enjoy wines, this event is worth attending.


Friday Oct 23, 2009
Rotary Club of Mitchell Field - Annual Auction & Dinner (funds scholarships for area students and a variety of community services)
Clarion Hotel, 5311 South Howell Ave, Milwaukee
Tickets are $45 per person. 
Make your reservation by calling Rob at 414-350-6090 by Friday October 16th, 2009
Music, cash bar, and silent auction start at 5:30 pm

As always, a complete schedule of performances is on the band's website, at

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Letting South Milwaukee Know

South Milwaukee Common Council, Halloween, trick or treat, Alderwoman Lisa Pieper, Alderman Jim Shelenske

The South Milwaukee Common Council has an unenviable job. First, it has to make decisions. Then it has to somehow let residents know what those decisions are.

True, we residents could and should be more proactive about learning what the Council is doing. Like attend Common Council meetings or read meeting minutes either at city hall or on the city's website, except that they aren't current. Perhaps as part of the fallout of having to do more with less, the last meeting for which the minutes are posted on the website as of this Thursday (Oct. 15) was Sept. 15.

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Parks "Gold Medal" celebration

Gold Medal, Friends of Grant Park, Milwaukee County Parks, The Domes, Mitchell Park Domes, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, The Brintins

Forwarded from South Milwaukee neighbor and Friends of Grant Park Chair Don Lawson.

Please Join Us in the Celebration of the "Gold Medal" at Music Under Glass
Mitchell Park Domes
524 S. Layton Blvd.


Free admission!

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Hoan Questions Remain Unanswered

Hoan Bridge, Port of Milwaukee, County Supervisor Pat Jursik, SWRPC, DOT

Milwaukee Magazine ran a story in its November issue (I know, I know. It's still October) calling for the Hoan Bridge to be torn down (complete with exclamation point).

What the article didn't have were answers to questions raised in public meetings Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik held  in South Millwaukee and Cudahy during the summer. Question such as:

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Hoan Spared Downsizing--For Now.

Hoan Bridge, Patricia Jursik, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Department of Transportation, Peter Beitzel

Interesting article on page 3B of today's Journal Sentinel. Apparently, the six-lane wide, 125-feet high Hoan Bridge will not be regressed to a four-lane, 45-feet high equivilent of a drawbridge for the forseeable future (a few decades).

Instead, the Hoan will most likely be resurfaced, reenforced and repainted. The reason? Not enough time to do a full bridge-replacement study before preparation needs to begin for the repairs, which have to get underway by 2011 to avoid certain traffic restrictions.

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