Category Archives: South Milwaukee

Leaf Collection Update

Thanks to all of our crews for their hard work during this challenging collection season!

The Self-Deposit Station is open Tuesday and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details here.

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Grants to South Milwaukee Library Introduce Students to STEAM Fields

I love this! From the South Milwaukee Library …

Two grants totaling $2,600 will help the South Milwaukee Library introduce and engage the community’s elementary-grade students in STEAM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

Eaton Corporation, located in South Milwaukee, is the sponsor of the $1,700 Science Kits for Public Libraries grant which originates from the Milwaukee Chapter of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers.

A $900 grant, awarded from Sequence & Stories, will also involve young people in STEAM activities.

The grants will fund age-appropriate programming and hands-on equipment for young people to learn about STEAM areas with the goal of providing an early pathway into career exploration. In addition, the library’s programs will be shared at a later date with South Milwaukee schools and other Milwaukee County Public Libraries.

“This is an important public-private partnership that will benefit many young students and may even be the launching point for careers,” said Kathy Manning, South Milwaukee Library director.

Eaton Corporation officials will present their sponsored grant at the South Milwaukee Library in a brief ceremony December 12 at 4:30 p.m.

The public is invited.

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2019 Property Tax Bills Available Online

From the city website …

The 1st Installment of the 2019 Tax bill is due January 31, 2020.  To view or print your tax bill, click here.  You can pay taxes by E-Check, credit, or debit card through our service provider: Official Payments Corporation (a convenience fee will be charged.)  See the Treasurer’s Office page for more information, or refer to the tax flyer you received with your bill.

And for more context on the city increase, and budget, click here.

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Festival of Trees, Christmas Market, Lights Awards and More: Another Big Week of Holiday Events

Here is a full list, and here is what’s coming up, starting tomorrow …

And one important note: There are still some trees left to decorate for the Friday Festival! Email Karin Wierman at to reserve one or three, and decorate them on Friday!

Friday, December 6

  • Festival of Trees. South Milwaukee Ace and Caterpillar bring back a bit of holiday magic to the site of the farmers’ market on 11th and Madison. The unveiling event is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, and features Santa, hot cocoa and candy canes. And bring your hats, mittens and scarves to donate to Human Concerns. The trees will remain up for viewing through Christmas.

Saturday, December 7

  • South Milwaukee Christmas Market.More than 100 vendors and live music, and meet Santa. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., South Milwaukee High School, 801 15th Ave.
  • Craft & Vendor Event.9 a.m.-3 p.m., Zion Lutheran School, 3600 S. Chicago Ave.
  • Las Posadas Christmas Party. 2-4 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Celebrate Mary and Joseph’s journey with games, refreshments, and a piñata. Visit Storytime Corner and make cards and coloring books with the elves. Follow along a Los Posadas pageant.

Sunday, December 8

  • Milwaukee Circle Choir, “The Song Heard Round the World.” A free concert at Sts. Peter and Paul Polish National Catholic Church, 1308 15th Ave. 3:30 p.m.

Monday, December 9

  • South Milwaukee Library Holiday Sweater Party.Bring your own sweater and make it ugly with our best/worst craft supplies! Anytime 4-7 p.m., while supplies last. Under 13 must have an adult assist. South Milwaukee Library.

Wednesday, December 11

  • Children’s Holiday Party. Treats, games, story time and crafts with a holiday theme for kids. 6-7 p.m., South Milwaukee Library.

And don’t forget, Light Up South Milwaukee Award entries are due Wednesday, Dec. 11. Nominate an address by commenting on the pinned post on the city’s Facebook page, or by visiting our Google Form:

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Give Local: How to Help Others This Holiday Season

Photo courtesy of South Milwaukee Human Concerns.

Giving Tuesday is today, Dec. 3, and it reminds me that South Milwaukeeans always step up to help those in need — especially around Christmas.

Don’t know where to start? Here are opportunities to give back locally.

  • Of course, I always turn to South Milwaukee Human Concerns, and they are serving more people than ever. I’m told they can especially use personal hygiene products now, but please consider giving money, too. I know they can use it not only during the holiday season, but all year long. And why not give your time?
  • Also, take part in the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and DB Tax & Wealth Share the Gloves event, a very cool partnership that helps local businesses and residents at the same time. Details here.
  • My family is collecting toys for the homeless, too.
  • Get behind the effort to start the South Milwaukee Industrial Museum. Details — and links to give — here
  • “We serve.” That’s our motto as South Milwaukee Lions. They can use your support throughout the year, financial and in man and woman power, to in turn give back to local organizations in need. The impact they have is real.
  • The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field — serving five cities, including South Milwaukee, and Bay View — is also doing some great things, from serving Thanksgiving dinners to needy families to providing college scholarships to high school seniors, and much, much more (including leading our downtown food truck events).
  • Want to help the South Milwaukee Police Department? Support DARE. From Chief Jessup: “DARE is the largest, most recognized anti-drug and violence program in the world and is taught by specially trained police officers. Our officers go into the South Milwaukee elementary school classrooms to teach a series of one hour lessons designed to help young students cope with some serious risks. The topics include: learning the harmful effects of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, strategies for resisting peer pressure, and the damaging impact of bullying.  Any donations to the program go toward classroom supplies and graduation certificates.  If interested in donating, please contact Officer Jim McLean at”
  • You can also Stop the Bleed this holiday season. From Fire Chief Joseph Knitter: “The South Milwaukee Fire Department is accepting donations to support their Stop the Bleed Program, an initiative that will place bleeding control kits alongside the Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in all municipal buildings throughout the city. Donations can be made directly to the SMFD in person at the firehouse or by mail to South Milwaukee Fire Department, 929 Marshall Court, South Milwaukee, WI 53172.”
  • Join the new Friends of the South Milwaukee Library!
  • The work of Da Crusher Foundation is not over. Support it as Crusherfest II takes shape, and they look to pay for ongoing maintenance to the statue, and site upgrades.
  • South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. Support the terrific performing arts in South Milwaukee! (And check out their holiday show, Navidad Mexicana Featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 13, as well as George Winston on Dec. 20.)
  • Help the South Milwaukee Historical Society preserve our proud past, for our promising future.
  • Want to support classroom and other projects in our terrific local schools? Start with South Milwaukee Legacy.
  • Or, get behind local athletes by donating to the local sports booster clubs, or give the gift of music by donating to help the South Milwaukee Music Parents, among other organizations.
  • Or maybe help one of the groups supporting our terrific parks and public spaces: Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek WatercourseFriends of Grant Park or Restore the Lagoon.
  • And how about the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network? They are the nonprofit leading the public information efforts for the ongoing Oak Creek watershed restoration study, and will play a major role in bringing that plan to life by securing funding for and leading various watershed restoration projects.

Did I miss any? I’m sure I did. Send your favorite local charities along!

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Self-Deposit Station Update: Closure for New Compactor Installation, Winter Hours

Also, the station (SDS) at 1106 Blake Ave. has officially switched over to their winter collection hours until March 31st. SDS will be open Tuesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And don’t forget that SDS continues to accept bagged leaves free of charge.

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Festival of Trees: Still Trees Available; Decorate This Week for Friday Event

Consider having you, your family or group be part of this holiday tradition!

There is still time to sign up, and decorate this week. Details …

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