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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.

The Flood of '08

Piles of furniture, toys, carpet and other items sat like mini-landfills at the curb next to so many neighbors’ homes today. Water seeping into basements of way too many South Milwaukeeans was bad enough. But way too many folks in my neighborhood would gladly have settled for just water. The awful news is that it was sewage. Four inches deep in some basements, eight inches deep in others and as much as four feet in a house up the street from us.

That was about the most dreadful damage from this weekend’s torrential downpour that dumped as much as eight inches of rain on our fair city.

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Janet Halfmann Live! on the tube and in person

South Milwaukeean – and children’s book author – Janet Halfmann talked about her books, Little Skink’s Tail and Seven Miles to Freedom, this past Thursday on TMJ-4’s show, “The Morning Blend”.


She and fellow author Deborah Jacobs (Choices, Powers, The Same Difference), also gave details of a Summer Reading Celebration at Martha Merrell's Books in Waukesha on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Janet and Deborah are among 15 Wisconsin children’s book authors who will be reading from and signing their books.


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A Good Sign Gone

Well, someone didn't like it.

The new sign I celebrated last month that admonished pet owners to keep their

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