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Headlines: Grant Park Golf, Shopping Local for Valentine’s Day and More

Check out these South Shore headlines …

Also, NOW has published a new police blotter.

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Crime Alert: Home Intruder

Updated to reflect the correct location: 3800 block of Harmony.

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On 02/15/17 at about 7:05a.m. SMPD Officers responded to the 3800blk of Harmony Lane for a reported intruder inside a residence, who subsequently fled.  Officers responded and were unable to locate the suspect.  The suspect is described as a white male, in his 40’s, 6′, 190#, with a goatee or beard, wearing a brown sweatshirt with black stripes, and a red winter hat with a puff ball on it.  No one was hurt and nothing was taken during the incident. 

A person was stopped in the area and identified, but determined to not be the suspect. 

This case is still under investigation and information about the suspect is being sought.  If you see someone who matches the description or if you have information, please call the SMPD at 414-768-8060

You can receive email alerts this in your email inbox. Email Officer Mike Hill to get on the crime alert email list.



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A Party for a (Great) Purpose: South Milwaukee PAC Event Set for March 18


From the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center …

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) announces its 10th annual fundraiser, Soirée: A Party for a Purpose, on Saturday, March 18.  The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council is hosting the event, which is sponsored by Classic Cargo International. “The word Soirée literally means a party for a purpose,” says Cyndi Kieck, president of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Council.  “Our purpose is to bring people together in celebration of the arts and raise the funds necessary to provide programming that makes a positive impact in education, recreation and the vibrancy of our community.”

The Soirée will feature live musical entertainment from Prof. Pinkerton and the Magnificents, live and silent auctions featuring Wisconsin trip packages, Milwaukee-area arts and entertainment destinations, artwork, a wine pull, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. This year’s venue is the Polish Center of Wisconsin located at 6941 S. 68th Street in Franklin. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.00 and may be purchased at Reservations are recommended. All proceeds support South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center’s mission of providing affordable creative, innovative and diverse performing arts and lifelong learning opportunities to people of all ages.

Check out the press release here, and make your plans to attend!

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Building the Future with Two City Department Leaders


Last week, the South Milwaukee City Council voted to appoint our currently elected City Clerk Jim Shelenske and Treasurer Karen Skowronski to those same roles.

It was an easy choice, as their terms expire in April and the jobs move from elected to appointed, per changes we made several years ago.

These are two strong professionals excelling in their jobs, and I’m excited to see what they accomplish in the years ahead.

Good luck, Jim and Karen. You earned this.


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Check out these headlines from around the South Shore …

Also, NOW has published a new police blotter.


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Partners in Fighting Crime: Citywide Block Watch Meeting Set for March 23

From Officer Hill of the South Milwaukee Police Department …

A citywide Block Watch meeting has been scheduled! Thursday, 03/23/17 from 6:30p.m. until 8:00p.m. at the South Milwaukee Common Council Chambers.

During this first meeting we will go over the fundamentals of the block watch, take time to answer questions and listen to concerns. We will also use this time to determine future meeting times and choose several citizens to help steer the group.    

I am a big believer in block watches, and I’m glad to see our police department, led by Officer Michael Hill and others, driving them. We need residents to be our partners in preventing and fighting crime. Neighborhood watch is one way to do it.

Please join us on March 23!

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In-Person Absentee Voting Now Open: Mayor, State School Superintendent on the Ballot


In-person absentee voting is now open, and runs through Friday, Feb. 17.

Anyone planning on being out of town or unable to make it to the polling place on election day — or for any reason, really — 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.

Here is a sample ballot for the spring primary. Of course, I am running for re-election this spring, and I humbly ask for your support. You can learn more about my campaign here.

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 Friday, Feb. 17.

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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