Tonight: Drug Presentation on Watch Meeting Agenda

From the Grant Park Watch group … 

Hi Neighbors: Do you have questions about drugs in our community, but were afraid to ask?

SMPD Investigator Jon Rivamonte will be giving a drug presentation at Monday night’s Neighborhood Watch meeting taking place at the Grant Park Clubhouse at 100 E. Hawthorne Avenue, starting at 6:30 p.m.

All SM residents are encouraged to attend to get up to speed with this information. Inv. Rivamonte was assigned to the drug group for five years and has a wealth of knowledge in this area.

SMPD Officer Shields and Chief Wellens will also be attending the meeting, and will take questions about Rivamonte’s presentation or any other general questions you have about crime and crime prevention in your neighborhood.

Inv. Rivamonte was assigned to the drug group for five years and has a wealth of knowledge in that area. After his presentation the Officers will take questions.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

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In-Person Absentee Voting Now Open


In-person absentee voting is now open, and runs through Friday, Nov. 4.


Anyone planning on being out of town or unable to make it to the polling place on election day can cast an absentee ballot at the clerk’s office at City Hall, 2424 15th Ave.

For hours and availability, click here. Remember to bring your photo ID.

Requests for absentee ballots should be mailed to:

City of South Milwaukee – City Clerk
2424 15th Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI, 53172

The request must list the voter’s resident address, where the ballot should be mailed (if different), the election for which they are requesting the ballot, and must be signed by the voter. The last day to mail out absentee ballots by mail is Nov. 3.


Also, voters can register at the clerk’s office prior to the election date or at the polling place on Election Day. Voters should bring their Wisconsin driver’s license or state ID card when registering. If the information on your license does not list your current address, additional documentation with the current address will be needed to establish residency. A voter must have lived at their residence for at least 10 consecutive days prior to registering. Remember, you must change your voter registration if you are new to the city, have changed residences within the city or if you had a legal name change.

More details on voting here.

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Rocket Sports Update

From the South Milwaukee School District … 


The Rockets concluded their competition season at State taking 5th place in Class AAA – .35 out of 4th place and 1.2 pts out of 3rd place. The Rockets really had a great season overall!

After a 1 year hiatus, the Rockets qualified for the playoffs and are playing on Friday night at Whitefish Bay HS at 7:00pm!
Also, here are a couple of links to recent TV coverage about Rocket Football and Rocket Cheer:
Preps Plus
Fox6 Sports Blitz
Fox6 Now
The Rockets are hosting the Woodland Conference Tournament tonight starting at 5:00pm in the Sullivan Gymnasium! Matches are scheduled to be payed at 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 7:00pm approximately.
The Rockets host New Berlin West tonight in a crossover Woodland Conference meet starting at 5:00pm in the SM Middle School Pool! On Saturday, diver Ally Osell will be competing in the Neenah Diving Invitational.
Our 7th and 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball teams are over halfway through their season and have 1 home game left next Thursday against Cudahy in the SM Middle School’s Teff Gymnasium starting at 3:30pm with the 7th grade game followed by the 8th grade.
The Rockets start WIAA Regionals tomorrow at 5:00pm at Brookfield East HS! Let’s try to get a big crowd at Brookfield East to cheer on the boys and after the match ends head on over to Oak Creek then too for the next event!
The Rockets travel to Oak Creek High School as the #9 seed to face the Oak Creek Knights who are the #8 seed as the WIAA Regionals open up tomorrow at 7:00pm. Hopefully we can get a big crowd out to support the girls. They have had a great season! Tickets are $4 for all students and adults and Oak Creek is asking that you try to bring exact change if you attend the match.
JV INVITE – 10/20
The Rockets next are holding their JV Invite today at Grant Park. There are 4 race times for the meet as follows:
  • 3:15pm – Boys Fast Race
  • 3:45pm – Boys Faster Race
  • 4:10pm – Girls Faster Race
  • 4:40pm – Girls Fast Race


Next Saturday, 10/22 the Rockets are hosting the WIAA Sectionals as well so come on out if you can, it is sure to be an exciting pair of races to see who can qualify for State!

Saturday 10/22 Time Schedule

  • 11:00am – Boys Race
  • 11:45am – Girls Race
  • Awards Presentation to Follow

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Headlines: South Suburban “Renaissance,” South Shore Y Update and More

Check out these South Shore headlines …

And NOW has published a new police blotter.

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‘Tis the Season: Sign Up Now to Join the Old Fashioned Christmas Parade

Thanks to the South Milwaukee Lions for carrying on this wonderful tradition!


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Scarecrows Invade Downtown!

This year’s crop of scarecrows is the biggest yet …

Thank you to Blakewood and Lakeview Elementary students for your works of art, to Ace Hardware and Geneva Lakes Produce for helping with supplies and to the Street Department for installing them around downtown.

I love it when a plan comes together. Happy Rocketober!

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An Icon Rides Off: Retirement Well Wishes for Donn Powers

Farewell, Donn Powers.

Donn is retiring, and he is going out of business after 39 years in jewelry — 33 in South Milwaukee. He and his business will be missed. They are both one of a kind.

“Honest prices, quality jewelry sales and impeccable customer service.” That’s how Donn describes his business in a mailing advertising a retirement/going-out-of-business sale starting Friday for the general public.

But it’s much more than that.

In an era of mass, mall jewelers, Donn stands tall as an independent business focused on the community (and downtown) he serves. He is incredibly civic-minded, and that’s why all of South Milwaukee will feel this closure, whether you shop there or not.

He writes: “I, along with my wife Tracy, are very thankful that you have entrusted us with your family heirlooms and jewelry decisions for over 39 years. We have been blessed over the years with wonderful customers and many wonderful memories. …

“You never know what tomorrow may bring and now is the time to go out on top. Our customers have always been a blessing to us and we will miss you all tremendously.”

The feeling is mutual. Good luck, Donn and Tracy. We wish you nothing but the best.

South Milwaukee is a better place because of you.

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