Spring General Election: In-Person Absentee Voting Now Open


In-person absentee voting for the spring 2018 general election is now open, and runs through Friday, March 30.

You can cast an absentee ballot at the clerk’s office at City Hall, 2424 15th Ave. Hours are 7:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, and 7:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 23. On Good Friday, March, 30, the clerk’s office will be open for absentee voting from 1 to 5 p.m.

Remember to bring your photo ID.

There are contested races for South Milwaukee School Board, Milwaukee County supervisor, and Wisconsin Supreme Court; they will appear on all ballots.

  • Here is a sample ballot for District 1, where there are four aldermanic candidates running for two spots on the April 3 ballot, in addition to the other races.
  • There is also a contested aldermanic race in District 2.
  • Here are sample ballots for District 3 and District 4.

More details on the election information page on the city website.

See you at the polls!

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Coming Soon to South Milwaukee: Chant Claire Chamber Choir Presents “The Four Loves”


South Milwaukee is becoming famous for our performing arts — consider this the latest example! From Tim Backes, a South Milwaukee resident in the group …

The theme for this concert is “The Four Loves,” inspired by a C.S. Lewis book that talked about the four types of love using the four different Greek words for love. All the songs then are based on these concepts of love.

Some of our credentials… The group was a finalist in Shepherd Express’s Best of Milwaukee awards in the category of Best Choral Group. We were selected by world famous composer Eric Whitacre to participate in a master class with him at St. Josaphat’s Basilica when he was in town with his choir last spring. And we also just recently announced we are collaborating with the Skylight Music Theater and Milwaukee Opera Theater to create/perform in an original opera at the Skylight theater in March 2019 based on Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

More information at www.chantclaire.org, and you can find recordings on their YouTube page. Also, the group was featured in this CBS 58 story last week.

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Early Christmas Present: Adding a Lighted Parade to South Milwaukee’s Holiday Festivities


Merry Christmas, South Milwaukee!

I love the holidays in this city, and I’m proud to announce that we’re adding to the our official celebration in 2018 with a lighted Christmas parade.

There are still details to work out, but here is the tentative schedule …

Saturday, November 24

  • 3-6 p.m. Old Fashioned Christmas celebration at City Hall, South Milwaukee Police Department and Grobschmidt Senior Center
  • 6 p.m. City Hall tree lighting
  • Parade follows tree lighting in front of City Hall and along 15th Avenue

I want to thank the Old Fashioned Christmas Committee and South Milwaukee Lions (who will continue to organize the parade) for their efforts in early planning, discussion and support of this new approach.

As it stands now, the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration doesn’t change much, other than time and day. The biggest change this year is the lighted parade, which will have a new route, day and time.

It’s a positive change to an already positive event. I think you’ll love it.

A number of communities do this, although we’d be the first in the immediate area. The pictures with this post are from the 2017 Beloit parade, and, there, it’s a really special way to ring in the holidays, as thousands line the streets to enjoy the uniquely decorated floats and parade entries.

I look forward to much of the same in South Milwaukee.

My ask of local businesses, organizations and other groups: Start your planning now for your lighted parade entry. And look for more details in coming months.

Just 283 days until Christmas!

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South Milwaukee was in the news a lot this week, including a fun profile of our police records clerk, innovative plans for St. Patrick’s Day at Moran’s Pub, and a pitch to the state around Foxconn …

And here are some South Shore headlines …

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Growing Together: Groundbreaking for Downtown Community Garden Set for Earth Day, April 22


“Growing South Milwaukee has a deep rooted mission to create and maintain community gardens that inspire people of all ages to grow together. Our gardeners strengthen the community by planting the seeds of change, sharing knowledge and bringing nutrient rich food back to South Milwaukee.”

That is the mission of the group leading the way toward South Milwaukee’s new community garden — an inspiring combination of building community, promoting healthy lifestyles and redeveloping downtown.

After years of hard work by this dedicated group of volunteers and sponsors, Growing South Milwaukee will move dirt at the garden site south of the South Milwaukee train depot on Earth Day, April 22.

I’m proud to stand behind their work. Please join in the festivities!

From Growing South Milwaukee and the Facebook event

We invite you to spectate as we break ground for Growing South Milwaukee‘s eagerly anticipated community garden! 

Festivities will begin at 1:00pm on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. You’ll find us just south of the Train Depot {If you can get to the South Milwaukee Downtown Market – you’ll pretty much be there}

We will kick off with a few words from our team, partners, and supporters and end with our shovels turning Earth! 

Looking for an after party? A reception will follow at 1:30pm!

Celebrate with us after the groundbreaking by treating yourself to a decadent vegetarian appetizer menu designed and donated by Skyline Catering & Express Deli, champagne toasts, and beautiful music performed by local artists.

{$15 donation to join us for the reception – please}

Thank you to all of the #CommunityGarden founders:

A BIG thank you to all of our contributors!  More credits to follow. See you at the depot!

Check out the Facebook event page here.


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Help Wanted: Volunteers to Clean up Yards of Local Seniors

From the Interfaith Shore Regional Neighborhood Outreach Program …

Greetings Interfaith SSR Volunteers and Potential Supporters:

Next week is the first day of spring … and with that comes our clients needing assistance with spring yard cleanup. We’re looking for volunteers to help with this. You’d be raking debris from the yard, bagging debris, trimming bushes, etc. and other fun stuff (LOL)!  Most homes have small yards and most yards take about 2 hours. It could be:

  • You
  • You and your teenagers (yup. good luck with that one)😬
  • You and your younger kids (sweet!)
  • You and your grandkids (fun!)
  • You and your extended family
  • Your friend group (and then go out for dinner!)
  • A scout group (maybe for a badge)
  • A church group (service hours!)
  • A youth group (service hours!)
  • A school sports team
  • A service organization
  • Your school group
  • Your tennis partners
    Your golfing foresome (getting together before the courses open!)
  • Coworkers (maybe your boss will let you leave work early one day to do this 😳)
  • It can be … anyone!

Here’s how it works. You tell me you want to help … and how many homes you’d like to tackle (1, 2 or (gasp!) even 3!). Let me know the number of people you expect to help. Then I will provide you with the names and addresses of clients and their tele numbers.

You decide when you can do the work – weekdays, weekends, weekday evenings. Whatever works best for you and the client is good for us. We ask that the work be completed by April 22.

Let me know by Sunday if you are interested in this!


Victoria Jensen
Interfaith Older Adult Programs, Inc.
Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, South Shore Regional Neighborhood Outreach Program
Serving the Communities of Southeast Milwaukee, Cudahy, St. Francis, Bay View, South Milwaukee and Oak Creek
414.762.1998, ext. 103
Office Hours: Tuesday, 8-4 pm

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History Made: City’s First Female Career Firefighter Sworn in

History in the making . . .

South Milwaukee has officially sworn in our first female career firefighter. Congratulations, Firefighter Shardae LaVigne!


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