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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.

Vote for "The Treblemakers"

Treblemakers, acapella, children's author, Janet Halfmann. Super Bowl. commercial

South Milwaukee children's author Janet Halfmann sends word that "The Treblemakers," an acapella group her daughter Stephanie is in, made a commercial that will air locally during the Super Bowl if they get the most votes. If you'd like to help "The Treblemakers" (I LOVE that name) win, you can vote by going to and selecting the "Friends" video. Enter your e-mail address and your first name and submit. Only one day left to vote.

Discounts, Gift Certificates at SM Eateries and Pubs

Water emergency, Jim Shelenske, Farmers' Market, gift certificates, Chamber of Commerce

This looks like a worthwhile event in the wake of Friday's water main break. (Thanks to SM Alderman Jim Shelenske for the heads up and this news release):

“Fresh Water Days” To Help Restaurants

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Water Words

The system worked. It really did. South Milwaukee deserves kudos for the way city officials and residents handled last Friday's water main break and efforts to spread the word about possible water contamination.

The city got word out to the media -- and the media followed through with timely reports. Still, not everyone listens to the radio, watches TV or monitors local websites during the day. I'm one who doesn't.

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Hit by the Wall

Terrence Wall, U.S. Senate, taxes

A recent article in the Journal Sentinel about U.S.Senate candidate Terrence Wall raised a question for me and, to be truthful, also raised my hackles.

Mr. Wall, who is a millionaire many times over and whose annual income tops many millions of dollars, has paid nothing in Wisconsin personal income taxes nine of the past 10 years. Zero. Zip. Nada. And he avoided paying taxes because he took advantage of legally allowable tax credits and deductions because he, like other wealthy Americans, can structure their finances to avoid paying state and federal taxes altogether.

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"Pullin' O' the Green" happening March 14

"Pullin' O' the Green, Grant Park, Milwaukee County, Parks Department, Friends of Grant Park, Friends of the Mill Pond, garlic mustard, invasive weed

This just in from Don Lawson of South Milwaukee about this year's 6th annual "Pullin' O' the Green":

Date:  Sunday,  March 14, 2010

Place: Grant Park Golf Course Clubhouse

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