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Rocketober Update: More on Saturday’s Downtown Trick-or-Treating


Saturday, October 29, should be a really fun Rocketober day in South Milwaukee.

Events at South Milwaukee Little League, St. Mark’s, downtown and at First Congregational — as well as the Human Concerns Haunted House. Check out the full Rocketober schedule here.

Here are details on downtown trick-or-treating, which is quickly becoming a staple event in South Milwaukee …

  • When: 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29
  • Where: More than 40 businesses along 10th and Milwaukee Avenues
  • How it works: It’s simple. Start by printing the scavenger hunt form, picking up a copy at a participating business, or downloading the app (there is an app this year). Stop at each participating downtown business and have them mark the form, or log your visit on the app using a QR code, while grabbing some Halloween treats. If you visit at at least 18 merchants, register on the app or turn in your form at Moran’s Pub, 912 Milwaukee Ave., at 5:15 p.m. for a chance to win raffle prizes.
  • Be sure to visit Lovenote Photos at their new location, 1300 Milwaukee Ave., to get a FREE Facebook photo taken of your children in costume. (Thanks to Julie from Lovenote for leading this event; she’s done a great job.)

Download the app, and get more details here. Here is the flyer.

Spend some time downtown and support our local merchants, having some fun along the way. It promises to be a great day.

Happy Rocketober!

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A Capella Talent: Purchase Some Great South Milwaukee Music

South Milwaukee High School’s a capella groups The Pop Rockets & Delta V have released their first two singles.

From Lee Stovall …

Thank you all so much! There are too many people to list who have helped out with this project, and of course the students worked very hard on it themselves. If you’re interested in supporting the groups further, all of the profits from the singles will go towards our April trip to Memphis. 

You can buy them here: 

Listening to them on Spotify also gets us a marginal profit, so if you just want to hear the songs, feel free to check them out here:

The singles also have been released on iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, and Apple Music, so feel free to check them out on whatever online music service you prefer!

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Sports Update: Rocket Boys’ Cross-Country Team is State-Bound, and More


From the South Milwaukee cross-country website

The boys varsity turn in another fine performance and finished first in the WIAA Sectional Championships at Grant Park.  This will be the third straight year that the team will compete in the State Meet.

Jordan Janusiak continued an outstanding season by winning the individual title.  Also running well were Chris Sobczak (second), Aidan Sodemann (third), Wyatt Schlager (13th), Max Moran (17th), Nick Sluga (26th), and Andrew Strasser (32nd). Aidan Sodemann’s time of 16:29 puts him number 10 on the top 10 times list.  

I can’t remember any Rocket Team going 1, 2, 3 at the Sectional Championships.  It was a great team effort.  

The girls team finished in 5th place.  Maddie Wood finished seventh and qualified for her third State Meet.  Also placing were Maddie Smith (25th), Vivian Grossman (32nd), Miranda Ekleberry (39th), Kate O’Neill (40th), Alex Krane (44th), and Alex Zeman (45th).

The State Meet will be held on Saturday, October 29 at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.  The boys Division 1 race will start at 1:10 pm, and the Girls Division 1 Race will begin at 3:05 pm.

The JV runners ended their season with some very good performances.  We had 8 boys and 3 girls get PR’s.  We changed the format for our end of the season JV Invite this year.  We ran 2 races for the boys and 2 races for the girls.  We our boys into two teams.  Our B team finished first in their race beating Oak Creek by 1 point.  The A team finished in 11 place.  19 boys teams competed.  The girls competed as one team in the B race and finished in 2nd place.  These results indicate that our future is very bright.      

And in other sports news …


The Rocket football, minus star quarterback Jake Simuncak, fell 56-21 to Whitefish Bay in the first round of the WIAA playoffs on Friday. The finished the year 3-7.

Here is a story from North Shore NOW.

Josh Janusiak (Class of 2015)

Check out this story about his exploits at Lawrence University. From it:

With his shy smile and aw-shucks demeanor, Josh Janusiak has all the earmarks of the boy next door.

But make no mistake, the Lawrence University cross-country star is no wallflower. Janusiak has proven to be a fierce competitor and a thoroughbred who devours the miles, leaving the competition in his wake. He captured his third Midwest Conference performer of the week award of the season a few days ago and stands poised to challenge for the league title Oct. 29.

“Given the training this year, the effort put in by everyone and the positivity, I think this year has been very close to perfect,” said Janusiak, a sophomore from South Milwaukee.

Mackenzie Meyers (Class of 2016)

Mackenzie was a standout on the Rocket Varsity Tennis Team for the previous four years and is continuing that success as a freshman student-athlete at Marian University where she finished her freshman tennis season 20-9 playing the majority of her matches at #2 for both singles and doubles. Marian finished 4th in their conference, up one spot from last year. Mackenzie just recently was named as one of the All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Top Singles Players!

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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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