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.
Trick or Treat came and went. Slowly. Probably about half the ghouls, gobblins and fairy princesses as usual. Might have been the chilly, overcast weather. Might have been not everyone getting the word about the change from the traditional Trick or Treat day in South Milwaukee. My own three grandkiddies were among the missing. Plans made before the Trick or Treat date change became known took them with their folks out of town for the day.
On the upside, realizing that the lack of a South Milwaukee paper and dwindling city resources have left an information vacuum, some elected officials are exploring ways to bridge the communications gap.
I've been pretty good recently about complaining and focusing on some negatives, such as the slowness in getting the word out about the change in Trick or Treat day, pranking the Parkway near the high school into a septic tank and the Hoan Bridge matter. Time now -- way past time, actually -- to accentuate a positive.
Remember the wind storm a few weeks ago that took down some trees and tree limbs around town? One of the trees was a big one two yards over from us. It fell across the yard next to us with the canopy crashing into ours. Luckily for everyone, it didn't hit any structures and took out only a TV cable, power lines and a few fence boards. That happened in the evening when it was dark.
We keep reading and hearing about the horrendous, heartbreaking stories of people without healhcare coverage who have major medical problems. Last week my friend Lisa joined that list.
After weeks of tests and hospitalization for a sudden onset of double vision, being unable to use her arms and hands and feeling like her torso was being squeezed in a vise, Lisa was disagnosed in May with multiple sclorosis.
Instead of 'ripped from the headlines' much of this blog post is ripped from South Milwaukee 4th District Alderman Eric Brooks' blog and from the Greenfield News & Hobby newsletter.
Alderman Brooks reminds South Milwaukeeans of the Christmas festivities in the city starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, with the Chamber of Commerce’s tree lighting and music ceremony at Heritage Place (10th and Milwaukee).