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Fall Leaf Collection Has Begun


From the South Milwaukee Street Department …

The South Milwaukee Street Department has begun the collection of fall leaves.  We ask that residents place leaves ready for disposal in the curb/gutter for collection until November 15th. 

Please do not add any yard waste or plants to leaf piles, this material needs to be disposed of directly at the Self Deposit Station (SDS).   Residents who wish to dispose of their leaves directly to SDS, will have the user fee of $2.00 waived (only available until November 15th).  The SDS is located at 1106 Blake Ave. Hours of operation for SDS are Tuesday and Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm.

Please do not add leaf piles into the gutter after November 15th, as the City may not be able to collect after that date.

And here is my open letter on leaf collection from 2014. While we have found a closer location to dispose of our leaves, the rest still applies.

Long story story short: Please consider alternatives to putting your leaves in the street.

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Police Locate Missing 2-Year-Old


This all happened overnight, so you may have missed it.

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

Kendra Faith Brown and her Non-Custodial parent, Kenneth O Brown, were located by Indiana Law Enforcement early this morning around 4:45am. Kendra appears to be uninjured and Kenneth is currently in custody. More details will follow as information becomes available.

Here are more details from the original story.

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Light up South Milwaukee: Holiday Lights Awards Program Coming This Season


The Beautification Committee is working on some really cool plans to deck South Milwaukee streets this holiday season. There is one I wanted to let you know about now, so you can prepare — our new holiday lights awards program.

It’s going to be called Light up South Milwaukee, and it’s simple: We are looking to honor the best holiday lights displays of South Milwaukee homes and businesses.

Winners receive small cash prizes, a yard sign and recognition on the city website and Facebook pages — and be the envy of your block, and city.

Beautification Committee members will judge entries in the following categories:

  • Griswold: You light up the whole neighborhood.
  • Classical: Traditional decorations from holidays past.
  • Themed: You have a running theme happening with your lighted display.

Start planning your display now … and look for more details soon on how to enter your or another property or three.

Or maybe get your whole block together for a display.

Happy holidays!

(And thanks to Brooklyn, Wis., for some of the details, even if they don’t know it.)

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Check out these South Shore headlines …

Also, NOW has published a new police blotter here.

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Who Wants a Little Free Library? (And Please Consider Donating Posts and Shingles to Help)


We’re bringing back a really fun initiative from a couple years ago — one that brings together public and private partners to advance local literacy.

Local woodworker Larry Oleson is making 12 more Little Free Libraries, and we want to to give them away to South Milwaukee residents.

Interested? Email me at, and let me know why we should add your name to the list. I don’t need a thesis — just a sentence or three on your plans for the library and why it would make a great fit for your neighborhood.

Please email me by Nov. 1. 

I want to thank our partners for their support of this.

  • That list starts with Larry. He has been so gracious to lend his talents to this twice now. He is making these for free, and this couldn’t happen without him.
  • South Milwaukee Library. As in 2015, they donated all the wood for the libraries, from their collection of retired bookshelves.
  • South Milwaukee Ace Hardware. They are donating a number of materials for the project, including the doors and windows, hinges and latches, nails, screws and more. Very cool.

And we need your help! We are still looking for donations of 12 posts, and shingles for the library roofs. Please consider stepping up to help. 


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Rocketober Update: Big Month Ahead, Starting This Weekend

I count more than 20 events in the city in the next few weeks. Not bad.

This weekend, it’s the Oak Creek cleanup on Saturday and Grant Park Trek ‘n Treat on Sunday. And it only picks up from there, as we head to Halloween.

Happy Rocketober! Follow the Rocketober Facebook page for the latest updates.


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Setting a Standard for Success: SMPD Earns State Accreditation

22406523_1555775177793888_3149411416177171041_nCongratulations South Milwaukee Police Department!

From the city Facebook page

On October 2, 2017 Captain Jaske, South Milwaukee Police Department Accreditation Manager, and Chief Wellens met with the Governing Board of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group regarding the On-Site Assessment of the South Milwaukee Police Department which occurred in May 2017. At this meeting the South Milwaukee Police Department was awarded Accreditation Status on the 5th Edition of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group Standards.

The South Milwaukee Police Department was one of three law enforcement agencies in the State of Wisconsin in 1998 to be awarded this status. This is the 6th Re-accreditation for the South Milwaukee Police Department. The South Milwaukee Police Department is the first agency in the State of Wisconsin to be accredited under the 5th Edition.

Accreditation offers the South Milwaukee Police Department several benefits: providing “norms” against which agency performance can be monitored and measured over time; increased cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies; increased effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services; and demonstrating to the community that the South Milwaukee Police Department is committed to continuing these standards through accreditation.


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