Hey, South Milwaukee: Wear Your Seat Belt!


From the South Milwaukee Police Department Facebook page …

The SMPD cares about your physical safety on the road. We have received funds from the Department of Transportation to focus on enforcement of seat belt laws. The department will be conducting additional traffic enforcement activities in the coming weeks. Please buckle up and drive safely!

More details from NOW here. Stay safe!

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South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center Announces 2018-19 Performing Arts Series


I love the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center in part because it challenges us artistically as a community, exposing us to new sights, sounds and experiences.

The 2018-19 Performing Arts Series doesn’t disappoint.

Celebrations of Vince Lombardi and Nelson Mandela? Got it. Youth dance, electric strings and mandolins? Yep. A radio version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and a special St. Patrick’s Day-themed program? Sure.

From the PAC …

(South Milwaukee, WI) – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) announced its 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series on Wednesday, May 23, during a Preview & Tasting Party that was hosted by the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council and SMPAC sponsors Skyline Catering & Express Deli, Azteca Restaurant, Barbiere’s Italian Restaurant and Scrappy’s BBQ.

“We’re excited to present an eclectic and diverse series that will include performers from across the globe and from our own richly-talented Milwaukee community,” said Rachel Sorce, Executive Director. “The season will include illuminating performances that honor or feature individuals who’ve motivated and inspired others in positive ways.”

The 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series will feature the Soweto Gospel Choir’s Songs of the Free: The Centennial of Nelson Mandela’s Birth, paying tribute to the anti-apartheid revolutionary featuring 20 incredible voices direct from South Africa. John Pinero’s The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi will portray the man considered to be one of the best coaches of all time. Unboxed will feature the Davis Boys and Girls Club Dancers in a media and dance stage play about the power of individuality created and directed by Cedric Gardner, an unrelenting source of inspiration for Milwaukee youth.

Female artists dominate the stage in Femmes of Rock featuring the stunning Bella Electric Strings performing music from AC/DC, Queen, Led Zeppelin and more. An all-female cast performs in LUMA: Art in Darkness, a “techno circus” of light, color and motion for all-ages. Seasonal programs include It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre and Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Oceans of Hope is an epic story of the Irish diaspora featuring top dance and musical talent from Ireland. And, we’ll showcase the delightful Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra with special guests Misha Litvin, Stas Venglevski & Robin Pluer in Music that Made Milwaukee Famous.

Check out the full release and SMPAC website for more.

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Run, Josh, Run! All-American Honors for Former Rocket


Josh Janusiak’s incredible run of success continues at Lawrence University, with an All-American (seventh-place) finish at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships today.

Details here. From the story …

The Lawrence University track and field star met the challenge on Thursday morning and raced to All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Championships at Veterans Memorial Field. Janusiak (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee) finished seventh in the 10,000 meters in 31:02.02, and the top eight runners are All-Americans.

“I felt good when I started passing a couple of guys later in the race,” Janusiak said. “That’s when I was feeling the worst, and I think others were feeling their worst as well. That was a confidence booster to pass a couple of guys at that point.”

Once Janusiak improved his position during that stage of the race, he latched on to sixth place and held that until he was challenged by a host of runners. He finished more than nine seconds ahead of the ninth-place finish to maintain his position as an All-American.

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Headlines! Local Coverage from the Shepherd Express, Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and More

Lots of local media coverage recently …

Also, check out this profile on Hibbie Hayslett, a South Milwaukee veteran with a harrowing story of escape from Iran who is helping lead the Rotary Club Club of Mitchell Field’s Flags for Heroes event in Oak Creek. (A similar one is planned for South Milwaukee in June; flag tributes are available now.)

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Fresh Perspective for Vacant Buildings Downtown: Mount Mary Students Make Final Presentation


A burger bar and arcade. Pet store. Sports rental store. Pottery studio. Corner grocery. A day spa.

Those are among the ideas and designs for vacant downtown buildings that students from Mount Mary University presented to the South Milwaukee Common Council last week. You can see their presentation here, and in the images with this post.

I want to thank South Milwaukee resident Gigi Szeklinski, assistant professor and chair of the Mount Mary Interior Design Department, for bringing this project to South Milwaukee. And to the students: Your work was impressive, professionally done and, most importantly, realistic. I can see any number of these businesses succeeding in these spaces. My goal as mayor is to help make sure that happens.

These designs can’t and won’t sit on a shelf.

We plan to present these plans to individual property owners, encouraging reinvestment in their  properties, potentially with the help of the city.

Let’s get to work!



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Golf Outings: Sign up to Support the South Milwaukee Police, Lions

More details on the Lions outing here, DARE outing here.

2018 Lions golf outing

2018 DARE outing

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Libraries Rock: It’s a Full Summer at the South Milwaukee Library

Love to see something for everyone — especially local kids — at the library! Thanks to the library staff for putting together a terrific schedule of activities.

edited calendar for Erik

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