Preventing Cancer, Saving Lives: FBI Milwaukee Citizens Academy Alumni Association Donates Hoods to SMFD

From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …

Thanks to a very generous donation received from the FBI Milwaukee Citizens Academy Alumni Association, each SMFD Firefighter has now been issued a particulate barrier hood that is designed to reduce the risk of cancer-causing particulate contamination while being exposed to smoke and other products released during fires.

Cancer is a growing concern as more and more firefighters are being diagnosed than ever before. The SMFD has taken a very proactive approach to cancer risk reduction and prevention. Our philosophy is simple . . . If we can do one thing that prevents one exposure or one diagnosis or saves one life . . . it’s worth it.

This hood is in addition to the protective hoods that personnel are currently issued that will remain standard issue in order to always provide the opportunity for a clean hood while a soiled one is being laundered.

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Health Officials: South Milwaukee Resident Diagnosed with West Nile Virus

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Here is the press release from the South Milwaukee Health Department …

State and local health officials are advising residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites as they announce this year’s first confirmed human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a resident of the City of South Milwaukee.

The majority of WNV human cases in the state occur during the months of August and September. However, the risk of contracting WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses is present anytime mosquitoes are active, so it is important for people to be vigilant about preventing mosquito bites throughout the summer and early fall.

The chances of a person contracting WNV are low and most people infected with West Nile virus will not have any symptoms. Those who do become ill may develop a fever, headache, and rash that lasts a few days. Symptoms may begin between three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. In rare cases, WNV can cause severe disease with symptoms such as muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma. Older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of severe disease from the virus.

There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus other than to treat symptoms. If you think you have West Nile virus infection, contact your healthcare provider.

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Growing in South Milwaukee: ALDI Reopens Renovated and Expanded Store

We’ve witnessed a lot of economic development wins in recent years — certainly some losses too — but my favorite ones are when we see a business choose to invest and grow locally, putting a stake in the ground in South Milwaukee’s future.

We’ve seen it occur in everywhere from small storefronts on Milwaukee Avenue to international companies.

Today, we celebrate ALDI, which had the grand opening of its newly remodeled and expanded store at 3105 Chicago Ave. today. I was proud to celebrate with them, dodging a few raindrops along with hundreds of others in line for the occasion.

The store is beautiful, a huge upgrade in the shopping experience.

I encourage you to check it out, and enjoy the latest example of the positive momentum we’re seeing in the redevelopment of our entire city.

There is a lot more to come.

Thanks, ALDI, for growing locally!

Thanks, Joe Knitter and Michele Perlongo, for the photos. 

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Rocketober Update: Market Music, Guided Nature Walk, Then Homecoming!

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Rocketober 2018 continues!

First, check out the latest South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center “Music at the Market” series show at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market on Thursday: the Hot & Dirty Brass Band, a 2018 WAMI Artist of the Year nominee.

From the market Facebook page

“Hot & Dirty is not your traditional brass band. Influenced by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Bonerama, and modern day brass bands, the Hot & Dirty players bring the party wherever they go. Band Members: Michael Clobes (Trombone/Vocals), Kevin Klemme (Trumpet/Vocals), John Vollmar (Tenor Sax/Vocals), Kyle Samuelson (Sousaphone), Matt Cordier (Drum Set).”

The market continues on Thursdays through Oct. 11, with its popular Fall Family Festival set for Oct. 4. Mark your calendars!

This weekend, also check out the last Suburban Soles Guided Nature Walk of the year, led by South Milwaukeean Bryce Ruddock, who has literally written the book on the subject. And get ready for Homecoming next week, including the parade and bonfire.

I’ve also added a couple events on Saturday, Sept. 29 … Fire & Police Safety Days and a Mini Golf Pub Crawl raising money for Stars & Stripes Honor Flight.

It’s fall in South Milwaukee!

Here is a PDF version of the updated schedule. And be sure to like the Rocketober Facebook page for the latest information.

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Key 2019 City Budget Dates Set

It’s budget season, and here are some key dates to keep in mind in the weeks ahead …

  • Oct. 9: Executive budget review, 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 24: Proposed budget published.
  • Nov. 19: Public hearing on proposed budget, 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 20: City Council meets to adopt budget, 7 p.m.

All meetings are at City Hall and open to the public, and I encourage you to be part of the debate.

I will keep you posted on the budget as the process unfolds, as we do our best to continue to fund our first-class city services, innovating when and where possible and improving efficiency to ensure we are serving you, our taxpayers, as best we can.

That starts with this work in coming weeks.

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Rocketober Update: Beach Walk, Nature Walk and More

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Had a great time at “The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi” last night at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center …

And Rocketober 2018 is just getting started!

This weekend, it’s the Beach Walk, with Homecoming right around the corner.

Check out the updated schedule on the Rocketober Facebook page, which will also have the most current information on events, including photos.

Happy Rocketober, South Milwaukee!

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School District Referendum: Information Meeting Set for Monday, Sept. 17

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From the South Milwaukee School District …

Vote November 6! Investing in our Future: Safe, Strong, Successful

The School District of South Milwaukee School Board has placed a referendum on the November 6 ballot to invest in three main goals:

1) Ensure students’ safety and address emotional needs

  • An annual budget item to specifically improve safety in all our schools.
  • Identifying and assisting students with emotional needs, providing them with direct services.

2) Maintain our existing programs and facilities

  • Ensure future students can benefit from the same outstanding programs and classes as our current students.
  • Protect the investment taxpayers have made in the district’s facilities through a yearly maintenance replacement budget.

3) Expand student learning opportunities and invest in the future

  • Personalized and innovative learning opportunities that allow students to receive additional support and flexible learning opportunities.
  • Additional staffing to increase virtual school options, add special education staff, provide academic support, expand 4K, reduce class sizes and more.

Election Day is November 6

The referendum question asks community members to increase the levy limit by $3.8 million over a period of six years. That’s an estimated tax impact of $9 to $12 per every $100,000 of assessed property value in each of the first five years. The final tax impact at the end of six years is a reduction of an estimated $140.18 per every $100,000 of assessed property value, due to other paid-off debt.

To Find Out More

The district is holding a community forum on Monday, September 17, from 6-7pm in the District Board Room at the 6-12 campus. Enter through Door #8. Two more forums are scheduled for October 9 and November 1, at the same time and location. All are welcome!

You may also find answers to frequently asked questions, including the estimated tax impact, at http://www.SoMilwReferendum.org.

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