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Taking A Labor Day Break From Blogging

I’ll be taking a break from blogging this Labor Day weekend.

I hope you can enjoy the long weekend with your family and friends … and, while you do, don’t forget the reason for the holiday. According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, this day is “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

On this weekend, I give a special shout out to our city employees. We deliver first-class services in this city, and that’s a credit to their hard work and dedication. I am thankful for that.

To celebrate them and all workers, I might suggest a few South Shore events, check out Oak Creek Lionsfest or St. Francis Days. And, of course, the South Milwaukee football team travels to Westosha Central in Paddock Lake tonight. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next week!

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Ready For Some Football?

Update: South Milwaukee 55, Milwaukee Marshall 24. That’s your final score.

New coach, same high expectations.

There may be big things in store for the South Milwaukee football team this season, with Derek Hoff taking over the reins after the Rockets finished 8-3 with a Woodland Conference East championship in 2013.

The season gets underway tonight with Milwaukee Marshall visiting Spaltholz Field. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

  • From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Woodland East preview: “South Milwaukee is loaded with experience and has a two-time all-conference quarterback in (Justin) Oliden, making the Rockets the favorite with first-year coach Derek Hoff.”
  • On senior running back/linebacker, Ian Pribyl: “The 6-2, 225-pound standout teams up with quarterback Justin Oliden to give the Rockets an explosive backfield. He was a two-way all-Woodland East first-team pick last season and is drawing Division I interest.”
  • And from the Merrill Foto News (Hoff is from Merrill), which has a feature on the new coach: “My plans for this current team are to win conference and make a run at a state title. My plans for the program include winning multiple state titles and being a perennial powerhouse in the state.”

In other words, this should be a fun year. Learn more on the team website.

Go Rockets! See you tonight!

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New Look For Azteca

Readers of this blog know I love Azteca, South Milwaukee’s Mexican restaurant. Authentic, affordable, great service, great atmosphere — an atmosphere that got a makeover this week.

The picture below is from the Azteca Facebook page. It’s quite a change.

I wish Carlos and Rosie the best. They run a first-class establishment, and they continue to invest in their long-term future in South Milwaukee. We are lucky to have them, and be sure to stop by and check out the new look.


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Investing In South Milwaukee

A big thanks to McDonald’s and Educator’s Credit Union for investing in their businesses — and in South Milwaukee. Both recently completed extensive renovation projects. Stop by and see for yourself!


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Back At It: Catching Up On The Week’s South Milwaukee News

Back to the blog after a week of vacation …

Here is some of the local news from the past week.

  • The Caterpillar contract and layoffs continues to make headlines. Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a story quoting an employee seeking public release of the contract vote results. And Tim Sullivan has slammed the Caterpillar CEO for the recent round of layoffs at the plant. Check out the Business Journal story.
  • The South Milwaukee Fire Department helped a distressed boater over the weekend.
  • And South Milwaukee police are looking for the driver of an SUV that caused a motorcycle accident at 15th and Drexel Avenue on Saturday. Two people were injured. From the press release: “The suspect vehicle is described as a newer model, dark red or burgundy colored SUV, similar to a GMC Yukon, with tinted windows. The vehicle should have significant damage to its front, passenger side and at least one broken window on the passenger side. The vehicle was being driven by a black male and possibly also occupied by a black male passenger, who may also have been injured. The vehicle was last seen travelling west on Rawson Avenue, from Howell Avenue, in the city of Oak Creek, at a very high rate of speed. Anyone having information on this suspect is asked to contact the South Milwaukee Police Department at 768-8060.”

South Milwaukee NOW has published a new police blotter, too.

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Big Caterpillar Layoffs

I guess I thought the new contract would avert these. I guess not.

Around 260 are planned in coming weeks, according to various media reports.

So please keep the hundreds of families impacted by these layoffs in your thoughts and prayers.

With that, I will be taking some time off from the blog, returning next week.

As always, I’d like to thank my readers and encourage you to spread the word about this website. I am proud to offer this service and look forward to continuing it in the days, months and years to come.

Until next week …

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Another Hero Honored: A Citizen Steps Up And Saves A Life

Continuing a regular series of blog posts on the South Milwaukee Police Department’s annual award winners …

This one was particularly inspiring (and emotional) to hear at the South Milwaukee City Council meeting earlier this month, as Mrs. Schulz — and the man she saved, and his family — were in attendance.

Police Chief Ann Wellens also read from a heart-felt story posted on NOW about the case. It’s absolutely worth the read.


Whenever any officer believes that behavior coming to the attention personally or through a third party is deserving of recognition by the Department, an officer should indicate the circumstances of the incident in writing and should forward same to the Awards Committee.  Upon Committee approval, the Chief will affix their stamp of approval.

Mrs. Cynthia Schulz

Officer Dave Stratton recommended Mrs. Schulz for a Citizen Recognition Award for her actions on May 15, 2012.

 On May 15, 2012 Ms. Schulz was driving on College Avenue in South Milwaukee when she observed a serious traffic accident.  She immediately stopped at the scene and began rendering assistance.  Ms. Schulz removed the non-responsive driver from the vehicle and immediately began CPR.  Ms. Schulz continued CPR until relieved by SMFD personnel.  Because of her actions the driver of the vehicle was transported to Froedert Hospital and began a successful recovery.  Ms. Schulz’s concern for this subject and his welfare should be commended.

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South Milwaukee Liquor Store Robbed

South Milwaukee police say there was an armed robbery Sunday night at the King’s Row liquor store at 1202 Milwaukee Ave.

Here is the press release …

Please be advised that the SMPD responded to an armed robbery which had occurred at about 8:30pm on May 5, 2013 at King’s Row Liquor in the 1200blk of Milwaukee Avenue.  A lone, masked gunman entered the store armed with a handgun demanding cash. No persons were injured during the robbery. The case remains under investigation.

Check out coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox 6 and CBS 58.


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Prayers For Boston

Awful, just awful. What kind of people do this?

As the father of an 8-year-old boy — one of the victims of Monday’s Boston bombings apparently was an 8-year-old boy — it’s difficult to comprehend today’s events. Difficult, but not impossible. Nothing surprises me anymore.

For now, please join in praying for those impacted by this senseless tragedy. In some ways, that’s all of us.


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South Milwaukee Sports Update: Rocket Wrestlers Advance To Team Sectional For First Time, Basketball Senior Nights

Just got the following update from the South Milwaukee School District …


The Rockets won Regionals last Saturday and qualified for WIAA Team Sectionals for the first time (Team Sectionals began in 1992). Rockets who won Regional Championships included McCoy Swanson (126), Ben Zbikowski (160), Tom Mitchell (182), Brian Chapman (195) & Tom Wawzyniak (285). At Team Sectionals, the Rockets took on a deep and tough Burlington squad and gave them a scare, but lost 34-21 in a good match.


Boys Basketball vs. Brown Deer (4:15pm Freshman, 5:45pm JV & 7:30pm Varsity)

Senior Night & Be Like Mike Night – The Rockets will honor their senior class of Nick Lehrer, Brandon Kocherer, Seth Robinson, Kojo Kazmende, Evan Marlowe, Jordan Pekar, Josh Nelson Richard Day. Fans are asked to wear orange or purchase a Be Like Mike t-shirt to show support for 8th grader Michael Christensen, the younger brother of junior varsity basketball player Richard Christensen and his battle with Leukemia.

Last Game – The Rockets beat St. Francis 63-40 behind 24 pts by Jr. Tanner Zaeske and 17 pts. by Sr. Brandon Kocherer


Girls Basketball v. St. Francis  (4:15pm Freshman, 5:45pm JV & 7:30pm Varsity)

Senior Night – The Rockets will honor their senior class of Lisa Thush, Brittany Bruck, Sam Page, Ellie Pusheck, Riley Budde, Emily Pusheck & Katie Bartlett as they look to move one step closer to winning the Woodland East title!

Last Game – The Rockets beat Brown Deer 48-37 behind 12 pts and 12 rebounds from Emily Pusheck and 16 pts from Ellie Pusheck.


The #7 seeded Rockets will host #10 seeded Indian Trail in the WIAA Regional opener. All tickets are $4 (no passes accepted). Come on out and support the Rockets as March Madness begins early!!! Game time is 7 p.m.


The Rocket Cheerleaders compete on Saturday, February 16th at the WACPC Regional competition at Wilmot High School, hoping to qualify for State in Madison the following weekend. Competition starts at 9:00am. Rocket cheerleaders perform around 11:30 against six other teams in their division.

Rocket Wrestling – A number of Rocket wrestlers qualified for Sectionals, including McCoy Swanson (126), Mitchell Dess (132), Gage Keene (138), Tanner Dorangrichia (145),Stuart Swanson (152), Ben Zbikowski (160), Josh Wilkowski (170), Tom Mitchell (182), Brian Chapman (195), Kenny Senner (220), and Tom Wawrzyniak (285).

Wrestling Sectionals @ Racine Case HS

Doors open at 9:00am

Wrestling begins at 10:00am (finals should start between 2:30pm and 3:30pm per a guess from Case)

$7 – all day price, $5 – for session 2 & finals, $4 – finals 


For the second time this season, Katie was named Conference Player of the Week!


The 20-3 Hurricanes are ranked #3 in the country and have 2 national tv games coming up:

Sunday, February 17 on ESPNU at 5:00pm @ Clemson

Tuesday, February 19 on ESPNU at 8:00pm v. Virginia


Also, We have 2 more Cousins Donation Days next week:

Mon. February 18 – Cousins Sub Donation Day to benefit the Rocket Basketball program (9:00am-10:00pm) at the Cousins in South Milwaukee.

Wed. February 20 – Cousins Sub Donation Day to benefit the Rocket Basketball program (9:00am-10:00pm) at the Cousins in South Milwaukee.



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Merry Christmas!

Taking a couple of days off from blogging, barring any big breaking news from South Milwaukee …

Thanks to everyone for reading, and I pray you have a blessed holiday with your family and friends.


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Happy Birthday, Blog

The blog was born three years ago today.

I published my first post on 4th District Blog (the site was renamed later) on improvements to 15th Avenue. More than 1,200 have been published since then, attracting more than 1,700 comments. And I’m just getting started.

Of course, none of this would be possible — or worth it — without readers, and I sincerely thank you for logging on. I hope you find what you read here valuable, and always welcome feedback on how to make the blog better.

In the end, this is your blog — a community resource that would not be what it is today without community support.

So far, the blog has logged more than 142,000 page views, and readership continues to grow. The blog’s biggest month was last month, with more than 12,500 page views alone, including 1,276 on Sept. 19 (the blog’s busiest day).

I hope that figure only increases … and I’m already looking forward to celebrating the blog’s fourth birthday. I’ll bring the cake.


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Honoring Buddy

Buddy is no longer with us, but the legacy of this lifesaving Labrador retriever lives on.

If you don’t remember his story, check it out here.

The Humane Society will honor Buddy at Wednesday’s Firehouse Spaghetti Dinner at the South Milwaukee Fire Department. The brief ceremony is expected to begin around 5 p.m.

From the media advisory …

The Humane Society of the United States will honor Buddy, the late Labrador retriever from South Milwaukee, Wis., as the first runner up for the organization’s fifth annual Dogs of Valor Awards. The HSUS will also recognize the South Milwaukee Fire Department and Police Department. The HSUS’ Dogs of Valor Awards celebrates the human-animal bond by honoring dogs who have exhibited extraordinary courage or resolve by heroically helping a person in need. Buddy will be honored with a crystal scroll plaque.

Buddy’s owner, and the man whose life he saved, South Milwaukee’s Ted Moss, will be in attendance. I hope to see you there!

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Power Restored For 1,200 In South Milwaukee

Update: The outage apparently affected Grant Park and the July 4 festivities for about 90 minutes. All ended well. 

Power has been restored following a pretty significant power outage in South Milwaukee Wednesday evening.

Approximately 1,200 We Energies customers lost power, according to this story from Fox 6.

The We Energies outage map shows that all have power back.

Did you lose power on Wednesday? How long was it out? Tell your story by posting a comment!

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Schools’ Controlled Burn On Hold

With high winds, dry conditions and concerns over “very high” fire danger, the South Milwaukee School District’s controlled burn near the high school and middle schools has been put off until at least Wednesday.

Learn more about the original plans in my previous post on this topic, and here is a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on concerns over outdoor burning of any kind in southeastern Wisconsin.

From Acting South Milwaukee Fire Chief Joe Knitter:

The DNR has lessened some restrictions throughout the State, however, Southeastern Wisconsin remains in a Very High classification for burning regulations.  Since winds are being predicted to be in excess of 35 MPH this afternoon, we will keep a close watch on all outside burning activities and warn and advise people as necessary.

I’ll keep you posted when I learn more.

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