Category Archives: South Milwaukee

Help Wanted: Join the Local Effort to Aid Afghan Refugee Children — One Teddy Bear at at Time

Thanks to South Milwaukee’s Deb Manske for leading this effort! From Deb … 

The refugee children at Ft. McCoy have been through terrible trauma. Many folks are helping with food, clothing, house goods, etc. And it occurred to me that a small, homemade, stuffed animal for each child could go a long way to extending our love and  kindness, and provide comfort, the way the teddy bears of our own childhoods did.

If you or your group would like to help, please email me at debra.monthei@gmail.com and I will send you patterns, directions, how to get fabric, and where to send your finished animals.

There are 4,500 children under 12 years old there and 200 on the way. That’s a lot, so I need lots of help.

If you can’t sew maybe you could pair with someone who does to help with cutting, turning and stuffing. (My great-niece helped me make 9 last Sunday afternoon during the Packer game.) Thank you for helping and spreading the word.

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Friends Needed: Support the South Milwaukee Library!

From the Friends of the South Milwaukee Library …

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Merry Christmas! Sign up Now for the South Milwaukee Lions Lighted Christmas Parade

After a year off, the South Milwaukee Lighted Christmas Parade returns in 2021, as part of a full day of holiday activities in and around City Hall.

Check out the graphic for more information … and sign up for the parade here.

Please share this information far and wide, and let’s light up South Milwaukee with this unique event!

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Honoring a Local Icon: Public Welcome at Dedication of Grobschmidt Memorial Bridge

We lost Richard Grobschmidt much too soon in 2016. His memory, however, will live on for future generations as the namesake of one of the area’s most beautiful pieces of architecture.

The public is invited to the dedication of the Richard A. Grobschmidt Memorial Bridge at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 16, at the bridge, located at Lakeshore State Park, 500 N. Harbor Drive.

Parking is available at Discovery World, or on the street near the north gate of Summerfest.

I hope see to you there. More information on the naming here.

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Rocketober Update: Big Weekend in South Milwaukee! (And Not Just Crusherfest)

Here is your updated schedule. Like the Facebook page for regular updates.

And thanks to everyone who plays a role in delivering these special special events!

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It’s October. That Means It’s Leaf Collection Season!

From the South Milwaukee Street Department …

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Here Is Your Updated Crusherfest Schedule

And on Facebook.

It’s a festival like no other — four days of fun, and a special weekend for our city.

Thanks to all of the volunteers working tirelessly to pull this together!

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Get the (Third) Shot: Two COVID Pfizer Booster Clinics Offered in the South Shore This Week

The South Milwaukee and St. Francis Health Department has COVID-19 booster clinics planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Monday in Cudahy and Wednesday in St. Francis.

From the department …

The Oak Creek, Cudahy, and South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Departments will be offering weekly booster dose clinics across the south shore. 

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine that has been approved by the FDA and CDC for booster doses. You must be at least 18 years old, at least 6 months must have passed since you received your second dose of Pfizer, and you must be a member of one of the eligible groups listed below in order to receive a booster vaccine at this time. If you received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are not eligible for a booster dose at this time. 

We currently have 2 booster dose clinics scheduled. 

To make an appointment, please click on the links found here.

Also, the Health Department will no longer be offering walk-in vaccinations. Instead, it will be offering vaccines by appointment only on Tuesdays or Fridays. Please call 414-768-8055 ext. 3 to schedule.

We need more South Milwaukeeans to get vaccinated. South Milwaukee continues to lag on vaccinations, with just 50.6% of residents fully vaccinated.

Cases continue to rise locally.

Friday’s data shows 33 new COVID cases in South Milwaukee this week, with our burden rate increasing to 318. We also had a new COVID death in our city.

Six South Milwaukee School District students are currently isolating due a positive case, while another 185 are absent due to symptoms or a close contact determination. Seven staff are currently isolating or quarantining due to a positive case, symptoms or close contact.

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Rocketober Update: New Events This Weekend Include the Return of Lights on Edgewood

Find the latest schedule here, and follow the Facebook page for updates!

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Tonight: Virtual Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Plan Stakeholder Meeting

Strong progress on the Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Plan continues, as work begins to wrap up ahead of its year-end delivery.

You can see the plan draft and more information here.

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is holding a stakeholder meeting to review the critical Chapter 6 “Plan Recommenations” tonight (Sept. 29) at 6 p.m.

Here are the details from SEWRPC …

UPDATE! Our next Stakeholder meeting is scheduled for TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 29th from 6 – 7:30 pm and will occur online.

This meeting will include a review and discussion of partial Chapter 6 (Plan Recommendations) for the Introduction, Water Quality, Habitat, Recreation, and Flooding recommendation sections of SEWRPC Community Assistance Planning Report No. 330, A Restoration Plan for the Oak Creek Watershed. We will also review and discuss the final partial Chapter 6 (Plan Recommendations) for the Public Awareness, Priority Projects, Measuring Progress, Implementation, and Technical and Financial Assistance sections of SEWRPC Community Assistance Planning Report No. 330, A Restoration Plan for the Oak Creek Watershed.

The draft chapter text and meeting agenda can be found on the project website at www.sewrpc.org/oakcreekwrp. Please use the link below to join us.

Oak Creek Stakeholder Meeting

Wed, Sep 29, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (CDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/580263373

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 580-263-373

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No One Injured in South Milwaukee Apartment Fire

From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …

SMFD responded to a report of smoke in the area of 1522 Minnesota Avenue at approximately 11AM this morning.  While en route, SMPD Dispatch notified them that officers were on the scene reporting that smoke was coming from a chimney and other places.  The level of alarm was upgraded to a working fire.  Upon arrival, SMFD units encountered moderate smoke and heat conditions in a 2nd floor apartment and extinguished the fire.  Investigators are currently still on scene, but the area of origin appears to be in and around a bathroom in that unit.  Two other apartments had smoke and water damage.  No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the displaced families.

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Welcome Back, Rocketober!

I love fall in South Milwaukee. That means it’s Rocketober!

And while the list of events is a little shorter this year, there is still plenty to celebrate in coming weeks, all leading up to Halloween trick-or-treating.

Check out the PDF schedule here, and on the Rocketober Facebook page.

Please patronize these local events! (And if I missed something, email me at brooks@smwi.org.)

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Businesses of All Sizes Are Investing in South Milwaukee Growth

One is a manufacturer who found the space it needed to accomodate rapid growth in support of the world’s largest shipping companies.

Another is an espresso and milkshake business owned by two local entrepreneurs looking to build on their successful food truck operation with a brick-and-mortar location.

Another is a young couple going all in on their love of baking for farmers’ markets to now include a storefront and wholesale operation.

All of them chose South Milwaukee in which to grow.

And they are not alone. Here are a few stops I made just this week.

Steele Solutions

I was excited to meet Steele Solutions, Inc. owner, President and CEO Kevin O’Neill and his team on Monday. He took us on a tour of their manufacturing facility in the former Bucyrus campus, where we got to hear about the millions of dollars of investment and up 200 jobs they are bringing to our city, as they look to serve customers like FedEx, UPS and Amazon in the fast-growing mezzanine and steel structure business. They are committed to growing here and will be an anchor for the reborn campus, and our downtown. Welcome to South Milwaukee!

Better Together Cafe

This is another small business success story for South Milwaukee — and an amazing transformation of this space. The espresso milkshakes aren’t bad either. Learn more about Zach, Becky and the Better Together Cafe (now open in the former Dairy Queen at 1301 N. Chicago Ave.) on their website and Facebook. And try the s’mores shake, shown here.

Wild Flour/Stephen’s Breads

I was also happy to welcome Stephen and Christine Blanchard to South Milwaukee, as the new owners of Wild Flour Bakery downtown. They are committed to investing in the business, from wholesaling to farmers’ markets to the retail bakery at 1205 Milwaukee Avenue — and the upgrades are already underway. Welcome to South Milwaukee! https://www.facebook.com/WildFlourBakeryMilwaukee/

More here … https://amp.jsonline.com/amp/8345204002

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Homecoming 2021 in Pictures: Thanks, J&J Double Take

The Hammer is back in South Milwaukee!

From the Thursday evening parade, pep rally and bonfire to the 51-8 victory over Cudahy to the halftime ceremony with the announcement of the $1 million contribution from the Bucyrus Foundation for a new football field … Homecoming 2021 was a really fun couple of days for the entire community.

Relive it with some amazing images from J&J Double Take. Thanks, Julie and Jodi!

Thursday: Parade

Thursday: Pep Rally and Bonfire

Friday’s Game: South Milwaukee 51, Cudahy 8

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It’s Homecoming Week 2021! Here’s Your Schedule

It’s Homecoming Week! Show your support this Thursday and Friday, as the Rockets prepare to take on Cudahy and try to win back the Hammer.

Thursday Homecoming Events

  • 6 p.m. Parade begins. Staging is near 15th and Maple Avenues, and the parade heads north on 15th to Oak Creek Parkway, ending near the pep rally and bonfire.
  • After the parade (about 6:45 p.m.): Homecoming pep rally, behind Galewski Field
  • After the pep rally (about 7 p.m.): Homecoming bonfire

Then at 7 p.m. on Friday it’s kickoff against the Packers! The Rockets are looking to rebound from last week’s loss to Whitnall after opening the season 3-0. Cudahy is 0-3 and has been outscored, 127-0, so far this season.

If you haven’t yet experienced this tradition, you should. Go Rockets!

Thanks to J&J DoubleTake for the beautiful photos from last week’s game against Whitnall.

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