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Stay Vigilant: More Information on Local Burglaries — and Safety Tips


From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

There have been numerous reports of thefts and burglaries throughout the city within the past few weeks. Thieves have been targeting unlocked garages and vehicles, and recently an unlocked residence. These incidents have been occurring west of 15th Avenue to Pennsylvania/Nicholson from College Avenue to Forest Hill Avenue, but primarily concentrated in the NW section of the city. The SMPD strongly urges residents to lock up their property to protect against theft.

The most important thing you can do is call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain anonymous.

Some Valuable Tips:

  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • If going on vacation call the SMPD for regularly scheduled vacation checks while you are away.
  • Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
  • Push button locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
  • Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.
  • Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives.

For additional crime prevention tips or to arrange for a crime prevention specialist to conduct a security survey of your home, contact the South Milwaukee Police Department at 768-8060.

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A Homecoming to Remember

It was quite a Homecoming for South Milwaukee and its quarterback.

South Milwaukee beat Cudahy, 36-0, and senior Jake Simuncak had a record-setting night along the way. He rushed 38 times for 418 yards and four long touchdowns — the most rushing yards for a quarterback in state history, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Last week, Jake had 308 yards and three touchdowns … a week after racking up 134 yards rushing (and another 227 through the air, and an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown).

Go Rockets, and go Jake!

Here are a few photos from the game. Thanks to Jodi O’Neill for the terrific shots.

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NOW has also published new police blotters here and here.

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New Food Options: Grillworks Now Open, Scrappy’s BBQ Coming Soon

I love the new restaurants coming to South Milwaukee …

The latest is Grillworks, which is now open in the former Grebe’s and Nona’s building at 2206 10th Ave. They softly opened today, with plans to open at 6 a.m. Saturday for breakfast. They’ll also be serving lunch and dinner.

I stopped by this evening, and owner Mike Oren is excited to get going. The place looks terrific, with the extensive renovations including the addition of a second bathroom.

Stop by and check it out, and please have patience with their opening as they work out any bugs. Join me in welcoming them to downtown South Milwaukee!

And more good news down the block, literally: After popping in at Grillworks, I stopped by what will soon be Scrappy’s BBQ and checked in with Mike Hintz. He said they remain on track to open on Oct. 15 in the former Lloyd’s Lunch at 925 Madison Ave., and they will serve barbecue beef brisket, burnt ends, ribs, pulled pork, Italian beef, pressured-fried chicken and more, to-go or catered.

You’ll see some painting going on this weekend, with new equipment to come soon.

The small business momentum continues across South Milwaukee …

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Raising Money to Support Local Readers

Help raise money for South Milwaukee Literacy at a Barnes & Noble Bookfair set for Saturday, Oct. 1.

Details below — should be a fun day to support a great cause.

The support is needed. Literacy Night is set for Feb. 3, and it’s growing. Open to all families with kids in 4K to 12th grade, the event will feature music, writing, sessions for parents, and an award-winning author, Shelley Pearsall.



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Welcome to South Milwaukee: More Ribbon Cuttings Scheduled


The South Milwaukee Community & Business Association has done a terrific job in organizing ribbon cuttings for all of the cool local businesses opening in town.

Saturday, it was Mara’s Sewing House and The Shop.

And more are on the calendar …

  • Wednesday, Sept. 21: Taco Stop MKE, 513 N. Chicago. 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28: DB Tax & Financial Services, 1125 Milwaukee Ave. 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 8: Avenue Coffeehouse, 911 Milwaukee Ave., noon.

Please join me at these special events!

Be sure to like the SMCBA’s Facebook Events page for the latest on the grand openings and other important local business information. I’ll also include links to these on the Shop Local South Milwaukee Facebook page I run.

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Small Business Momentum: Ribbon Cuttings Continue

The big scissors are getting dull!

The South Milwaukee Community & Business Association ribbon cuttings continued on Saturday with The Shop and Mara’s Sewing House.

Thanks to Mara Vignevic and Tim Schneider for choosing South Milwaukee.

At Mara’s, in just a few short months, they’ve made more than 60,000 American flags, along with other custom projects. And they’re just getting started in their new home at 915 Milwaukee Ave.

At The Shop, owner Tim Schneider saw our promising future and moved his antique motorcycle repair business from Bay View to South Milwaukee. After hundreds of hours of sweat equity cleaning out and renovating the building at 1905 13th Ave., on Saturday we saw the fruits of that labor — an amazing transformation from a former auto body shop to a small business that will truly be a regional destination.

Welcome, Mara, Tim and teams … we’re excited to have you in South Milwaukee.

Look for more ribbon cuttings coming soon. We have some serious small business momentum in South Milwaukee.

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