Category Archives: Cudahy

Reminder: Watershed Plan Kickoff Meeting Set for April 12

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March 28, 2016 · 5:00 pm

Candidate Forum Set for March 24

Learn more about the candidates for Milwaukee County Board and Cudahy mayor.

Thanks to the South Shore Chamber of Commerce for holding this event, and to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center for hosting it.


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Sweet News for Downtown South Milwaukee

When it comes to the future of our downtown, to me, it’s all about sustainable small business. That’s why I’m so excited to share this sweet news …

Jen’s Sweet Treats is opening a second retail location at 907A Milwaukee Ave., starting May 1.

They will sell cupcakes, cookies, donuts, cakes, and other treats from the South Milwaukee store, while continuing to bake at their Cudahy location, 4745 S. Packard Ave.

This is a great addition to our city center, and joins Grillworks — the new restaurant opening at the former Grebe’s and Nona’s in April, I’m told — as two new local eating options.

Jennifer Clark opened Jen’s Sweet Treats, a family business in every since of the word, in 2014. A year later, the store was named the South Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Cudahy Business of the Year.

One reason why: its commitment to doing business the right way. The store gives back in so many ways, and you get a good sense of it from their Facebook page.  

Here is a message from Jennifer …

We are excited to bring all that we do to South Milwaukee.  We are looking forward to not only providing amazing sweet treats but continuing our “give back attitude” in our new neighborhood! South Milwaukee here we come! 

And we’re excited to have you. Welcome to South Milwaukee!

Learn more on their website. The photos are from the store’s Facebook page. 


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County Board: Two Vie For District 8 Seat

Two people are running to replace Supervisor Patricia Jursik on the Milwaukee County Board.

The two candidates for the District 8 seat are …

  • Tony Bloom, 1428 Michigan Ave. in South Milwaukee
  • David Sartori, 6000 S. Buckhorn Ave. #215 in Cudahy

Cudahy’s Kevin Fech, who had filed a declaration of candidacy for the seat, informed me today he will not be running.

The deadline for nomination signatures was 5 p.m. today.

You can see a list of all 2016 spring candidates on the Milwaukee County Election Commission website here. And here is Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage on contested races.

Election day is Tuesday, April 5.

Jursik announced in November she would not seek another term.

Look for more information as the race heats up this winter.

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Tragic Start To The New Year

Various news outlets are reporting a tragic story from Cudahy — the apparent murder-suicide death of a 2-year-old girl, shot and killed by her father shortly after the clock struck midnight on the new year.

See coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox 6, and WISN.

Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers, and let’s not forget the first responders: South Milwaukee paramedics. The trauma for them is real, too, and this type of incident only adds to my appreciation of them and the work they do.

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South Shore Y Update: Planned Sale Terminated

From Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt, via the City of Cudahy Facebook page

Since the August 11, 2015 approval at the Plan Commission of the City of Cudahy allowing the institutional use of a place of worship on the former South Shore YMCA property at 3244 East College Avenue, the Office of the Mayor has continued to attempt to follow up on the status of the transaction between the private parties. For a period of almost three months, no formal status updates were provided to the City, other than the conducting of an Occupancy Inspection, which is standard procedure in a transaction such as this.

After reaching out again to inquire into the status, I received official correspondence that “The contract with the Grace Hmong Alliance Church for the sale of the Property has been terminated.” I was informed that the Trust will keep you advised on any significant developments relating to the sale any alternative sales transactions.

This information is being provided by the Office of the Mayor since there have been many rumors flying around our community. That is why I am providing our community with this informational update.

I’ll keep you posted.


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Milwaukee Avenue Fire One Of Three In The South Shore Since Thursday

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It was a busy Saturday for area fire departments, including a blaze in downtown South Milwaukee tonight.

More on the South Milwaukee fire from Fire Chief Joe Knitter …

At approximately 5:23 this evening, SMFD units responded to a report of flames coming from the roof of a building at 10th & Milwaukee near Parkway Floral.  As units exited the station, they could see a column of smoke rising into the sky from the area.  A Working Still response was requested by Capt. Sibley, bringing in our mutual aid neighbors.  Upon arrival of SMFD units, flames and heavy smoke could be seen coming from the roof area.  An interior size up showed fire involving the siding materials and wood framing of an light/air shaft located between the west wall of the building at 1003 Milwaukee Avenue and the east wall of the building that houses the Board Game Barrister. Hoselines were stretched into the apartment that the shaft served and the fire was extinguished.  A hoseline was also taken to the roof via our aerial ladder to extinguish some areas where the fire had extended.  Once again, our crews did an excellent job deploying the hoselines and controlling/extinguishing the fire in a very short time.  The light/air shaft was heavily damaged with moderate damage to the adjoining apartment and the attic area directly about the involved apartment.  Two families were displaced and the Red Cross was notified for their services.  The fire is currently under investigation. No injuries were reported.

And more on an Oak Creek fire early Saturday morning …

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At 4:13 this morning, SMFD Truck 1671 and Chief 16 responded to the City of Oak Creek for a report of a fire in a residential building. OCFD units encountered significant fire involvement of the attic of the building upon their arrival and, after assuring that all occupants were accounted for, assumed a defensive fire attack. Truck 1671 was positioned on the C/D corner and provided their aerial stream and eventually went to the interior to conduct a thorough search and extinguish hot spots. The fire was escalated to a MABAS Box Alarm bringing in units from throughout Milwaukee County. No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

There was also an apartment fire in Cudahy on Friday.

Thank you to our firefighters for their 24/7 commitment to keeping us safe … and please keep the families displaced by these fires in your thoughts and prayers.

For more photos — and for more regular and timely updates on news from around the area — be sure to like my mayoral Facebook page. I often update Facebook first. 

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Honoring Three Terrific Local Businesses, Including Our Farmers’ Market

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The South Shore Chamber of Commerce has announced it is honoring three local businesses at its Oct. 29 banquet — including one particularly near and dear to my heart: the South Milwaukee Downtown Market.

It, PDQ Tooling of St. Francis and Jen’s Sweet Treats of Cudahy will be honored at the annual awards dinner and silent auction at the Pulaski Inn.

Congratulations to all three businesses, especially our farmers’ market and the people who make it happen.

I am proud to have played a part in starting the market seven seasons ago, and I could not have predicted how big it has become. It’s humbling, and exciting, to see how far we’ve come … and where we’re headed.

We have one of the best markets in the region. Let’s all celebrate that.

Tickets for the dinner are still available for $40 each, or tables of eight for $320, and can be purchased through the chamber. The proceeds of silent auction will be for the SSCC Scholarship Fund to benefit South Shore seniors pursuing higher education. Silent auction donations can be delivered to The K-Ranch, BMO Harris Bank – Cudahy Branch, or by contacting the chamber 483-8615 for pick-up.

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Cudahy Police Investigate Man’s Death

From Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt …

At approximately 4:52 am on Tuesday September 22, 2015, the Cudahy Police Department received a report of an unresponsive male at 2500 East Adams Court. The Cudahy Police and Fire Departments immediately responded to the scene.

An initial investigation is under way by the Cudahy Police Department. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol have been called and were on scene as of 09:30 am this morning. While the initial investigation is being treated as a homicide investigation, no further details are available to be released at this time. This currently an ongoing investigation.

We have no reason to believe that the community or neighborhood is in danger. We are asking for the communities help that anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Cudahy Police Department, 414-769-2260.

Further information will be released to the media and the public when more details can be released.

Mayor John Hohenfeldt
City of Cudahy

Check out coverage from Fox 6 and TMJ4.

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South Shore Option 4.0: Economic Development Event Set For Oct. 14

There is lots of economic development happening in the South Shore, and much more to come.

Local leaders (me included) will have a chance to tell that story at the fourth-annual South Shore Option event set for Wednesday, October 14, at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

The meeting — presented by the South Shore Chamber of Commerce — begins at 6 p.m.

It will feature presentations from representatives from South Milwaukee, Cudahy, Oak Creek and St. Francis, including summaries of recent developments, a look at what’s on the horizon and development opportunities.

Thanks to the chamber for driving this event, and to Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik for creating the concept and leading in executing the first several South Shore Option gatherings.

We need to be more vocal about economic development in the South Shore. We have a good story to tell, and it’s getting better as it’s being written, especially in South Milwaukee. I’m excited to be a part of it.

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Tragic News From Cudahy: Woman Found Dead In Submerged Car

From the City of Cudahy Facebook page …

At 8:23 a.m. the Cudahy Police Department received a 911 call reporting a vehicle was submerged in a retention pond located on the property of the Walnut Ridge Condominium Complex at 6250 S Walnut Lane. The caller did not know if the vehicle was occupied. The Cudahy Police Department and Fire Department responded and advised the vehicle was occupied at least one time and requested mutual aid for an Advance Life Support Ambulance from the city of South Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Fire Department Dive Rescue Team. An elderly female was located inside the vehicle and transported to an area hospital. The elderly female was pronounced deceased at the hospital at approximately 9:36 a.m. The Wisconsin State Patrol is on scene
reconstructing the accident site. This incident is under investigation by the Cudahy Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Please keep this woman’s family in your prayers.

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Cudahy School District: Community Center Plans Off For South Shore Y

The Cudahy School District has posted an update on the South Shore YMCA on its Facebook page …

Recently School District Officials learned that BMO Harris Bank has accepted an offer from a religious organization for the former YMCA property thus ending the District’s quest to create a community center at the Barland Avenue site.

Superintendent James Heiden would like to thank the numerous supporters of that endeavor. “While a community center would be a great use for the facility, knowing that the building will not become another vacant building in Cudahy is more important.”

I’ll keep you posted.

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More Headlines

Check out these South Shore headlines …

NOW has published a new police blotter.

Also, County Supervisor Pat Jursik has published a new news update, with information on the Cudahy Sportsman’s Club, an honor for a Cudahy senior and a warning about feeding birds in area parks.

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Cudahy Schools Interested In South Shore Y?

Update: The Business Journal has a few more details.

That’s according to Fox 6. From the report …

The plan was discussed at a school board meeting Monday, January 26th.

“While we are very excited about the potential for a new community center, we have to carry out due diligence to develop a plan and timeline and consider all possibilities. There is a lot of work that will need to be done prior to the end of February when the board will make a formal decision to move forward or not. First and foremost, we need to determine if the building is still available. We then need to explore all financial implications — both today and in the foreseeable future,” School District of Cudahy Superintendent Dr. Jim Heiden said.

I hope something comes of this. Either way, Saturday is shaping up to be a sad day for the South Shore.



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YMCA Files Reorganization Plan

Check out coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Business Journal. And here is the press release.

So, what does it mean for the South Shore Y? From the Business Journal story …

The buyer of the Wauwatosa, Greenfield and Menomonee Falls branches was the YMCA of Central Waukesha County. The Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville was sold to the Kettle Moraine YMCA of West Bend.

Three other properties the Milwaukee Y owns will be placed in a trust until the properties are sold with proceeds going to the bank group. The properties are: undeveloped land in Franklin, the downtown Milwaukee branch in the Plankinton Building condo and the South Shore branch in Cudahy. …

The Milwaukee Y will focus on health and wellness and youth development not directly related to academics. The organization will emphasize swimming classes, corporate and community wellness, senior wellness, before and after-school care, day and overnight camps. The Y will continue running the following branches: downtown Milwaukee; at the Parklawn city of Milwaukee housing project; 1350 W. North Ave.; 9250 N. Green Bay Road in Brown Deer; and 3244 E. College Ave. in Cudahy.

 The South Shore branch in Cudahy could close if a buyer cannot be found, Tolan said.

I’ll keep you posted.


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