Tonight: It’s Community Night Out!

See you at City Hall!

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Step up for Your Community: Join a Volunteer Board or Commission

South Milwaukee is full of smart, passionate people who want to make a difference. One way to do it – step up and be considered for a volunteer board or commission.

The city has more than a dozen of these groups providing oversight and guidance to various city departments and functions, and we’re always looking for new people to provide their expertise in any number of areas.

We have openings on the Plan Commission, Board of Health and Library Board.

Interested? Get more details and apply here and here.

Even if these aren’t for you, please consider filling out the application, so we can get your name on file for future board and commission openings.

Diverse applicants are encouraged.

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2021: Curb Appeal Award Winners

Lots of options this year … lots of home and business owners investing in their properties to make them — and the city — more beautiful. Congratulations to our winners!

And thanks to everyone who made nominations and voted on Facebook.

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Next Special Event at the Market: Car Show on August 12 … Including a Pine Wood Derby!

Medieval Market, Country Fair and now a truly unique Car Show … I love these special South Milwaukee Downown Markets! Mark your calendars for August 12, and purchase your Pine Wood Derby kit starting today.

More details on Facebook.

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Get Vaccinated: High School Clinic Scheduled for August 5; Walk-in Options Offered at South Shore Health Departments

With the delta variant proliferating and cases spiking yet again in some parts of the state and country — positive cases in Wisconsin are seven times higher than a month ago — we are far from out of the woods with COVID-19.

Thankfully, cases remain low in South Milwaukee, so far, with five new cases July 14-21, and our burden rate stood at just 9.65 as of Friday. But we can’t let up. We have to take this seriously.

And it starts with getting more people vaccinated. About 50% is not enough.

With that in mind, I share this message from the South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department …

“The South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department will be hosting a back to school COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the South Milwaukee Schools High school on August 5th from 3-5 PM. We will have the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments are encouraged but walk ins will be accepted. This is open to anyone 12 and older. To schedule an appointment please visit: https://smhsaugust5clinic.timetap.com/#/

Walk-in options are also available throughout the week in the South Shore.

Get more information on vaccinations in South Milwaukee here.

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Statement on the Arrest of South Milwaukee Alderman Ramon Navarro

Today, I am issuing the following statement on the arrest of South Milwaukee Alderman Ramon Navarro on May 30, 2021. This NOW story has more details on the alleged incident.

My thoughts and prayers are with the boy struck on May 30, 2021, and his family. Thankfully, police reports indicate he was not seriously hurt.

I am deeply disappointed in Alderman Navarro and his alleged actions, and he is fortunate there were no serious injuries in this case. 

Alderman Navarro has served South Milwaukee and his constituents well as an elected representative for more than 20 years. I thank him for his work.

However, elected officials must be held to a higher standard of behavior. Voters rightfully expect and demand that of us. Elected officials should be publicly accountable for their actions, just as they regularly hold citizens accountable and stand in judgment of them on licensing and other matters. 

I have previously, privately, asked Alderman Navarro to resign from the South Milwaukee Common Council. I publicly ask for his resignation today.

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Enjoy a Fun Heritage Days Weekend

A Heritage Week unlike any other is already off to a great start, with a successful South Milwaukee Police Department DARE Golf Outing and hundreds enjoying a NBA Championship in the Deer Garden downtown.

But we’re just getting started! Here is what’s coming up the rest of the weekend … see you around town!

Thursday, July 22: South Milwaukee Downtown Market Country Fair

Details here.

Friday, July 23-Sunday, July 25: South Milwaukee Lionsfest

Saturday, July 25: Heritage Days Parade

Details here.

Sunday, July 25: Suburban Soles “Tales from the North Side”

Details here.

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Scenes from the Deer Garden: Bucks in 6!

What a special night at the South Milwaukee Deer Garden!

Thank you to Moran’s Pub, the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, Midkoast Entertainment, Barbiere’s Italian Inn, and all of the partners who made this event happen.

And it ended well, too. Bucks in six!

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Bucks In 6! Cheer on the Bucks in the NBA Finals at the South Milwaukee Deer Garden

I’m excited to see this event — a terrific local partnership — come to life so quickly. See you downtown on Tuesday night, South Milwaukee, and go Bucks!

Here is the Facebook event. From it …

Join us at the European Beer Gardens to watch the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA Finals!

The Rose Mob Grill Food Truck will be on-site to feed you, and the Beer Garden will be on-hand to quench your thirst with their tasty craft beers. Midkoast Entertainment is providing music, and there will be games for the kids, young and old.

The event is at the site of the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, with the game being shown on a big screen from the stage. Please bring your fold-up chairs as the tables at the Farmers’ Market will fill up quickly!

Beer sales will start at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. The after party will be continuing at Moran’s Pub located at 912 Milwaukee Ave. *No outside alcohol *No vaping/smoking around tables

Draft beers include:

  • Moran’s Pub Lager (Light)
  • Pistachio Ale
  • Amber Ale
  • Rasperry Shandy
  • IPA
  • Blonde Ale
  • Peach Sour
  • Milk Stout

This is a community event brought to you by Brooks Communications, Moran’s Pub, Midkoast Entertainment, Barbiere’s Italian Inn, the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, Rose Mob Grill, Lauren Marvell Illustrations, European Beer Garden, and the City of South Milwaukee.

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A Historic Downtown Ribbon Cutting

I was proud to cut the ribbon for the Bucyrus Club and Event Center and the Bucyrus Museum on Thursday, July 15 — and to thank the workers and project partners like CG Schmidt, Inc., Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc., the South Milwaukee Industrial Museum who made this happen.

That list includes our city team. Every city department touched this redevelopment, helping build a legacy project that will transform our downtown, while keeping alive the heritage of the company that defined South Milwaukee for generations. I thank them, the members of the City of South Milwaukee Common Council and Plan Commission, and other local leaders who got behind this. It wasn’t easy, but the end result is amazing.

You have to see it for yourself to truly understand how special this is.

The deli is already open for breakfast and lunch, with a full-service restaurant coming this fall. Ernie is already booking events, too, with great success. The museum — literally being built by Bucyrus retirees, another really cool part of this story — officially opens on Tuesday (which is why you don’t see any photos of it here — from what I’ve seen, it’s spectacular).

This building anchored our downtown for decades. It will do so again. Starting now.

Thanks, Alderman Tim Backes, Patrick Brever, and CG Schmidt, for the photos.

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Call for Volunteers: South Milwaukee Lionsfest

South Milwaukee Lionsfest is back for 2021 — next week! — but the Lions need your help.

They are looking for volunteers in a variety of areas, from food preparation and service to grilling and games. There is need across all shifts — Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It’s a great opportunity for adults and youth teams, church groups and other organizations to support a terrific cause and have some fun along the way. Individuals are also encouraged to volunter.

Those interested can contact the Lions via Facebook or send an email to Lion Chelsea Weirch at caweirich@gmail.com.

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Welcome to South Milwaukee, Roadrunner Freight

Excited to meet Roadrunner Freight President Frank Hurst and his team this week, officially welcoming them to the former Bucyrus campus.

They have brought close to 100 office jobs back to our city center, and are hiring.

They join Dawn Equipment, Steele Solutions and Badger Metal Finishing as companies anchoring the diversified rebirth of the former Bucyrus campus downtown. The renassiance is well underway, with much more to come … including Scott Crawford Inc.’s plans for more than 150 new apartments on the former Bucyrus campus.

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Update: Robbery Suspect Arrested

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On Friday, July 2, 2021 at about 1:20 pm, the South Milwaukee Police Department responded to a report of a single actor who attempted to rob two business in the 2900 block of S. Chicago Ave. South Milwaukee Police Department arrested a 65 year old man from South Milwaukee.

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Do You Know This Person? South Milwaukee Police Looking for Suspect in Two Robberies

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

On Friday, July 2, 2021 at about 1:20 pm, the South Milwaukee Police Department responded to a report of a single actor who attempted to rob two business in the 2900 block of S. Chicago Ave.

The subject implied a weapon at both robberies, but no weapon was observed.

The subject fled the scene prior to police arrival.

The subject was described as a black male 5’10”-5’11” with short black and gray hair. Subject had tattoos on his chest, back, and arms. Subject was wearing blue jeans, no shirt, gray and white shoes and carrying a small black bag.

The incident is still under investigation at this time.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please call the South Milwaukee Police Department (414) 768-8060.

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July 4th in South Milwaukee: Grant Park Fireworks, and a Beer Garden

Get your lawn chairs ready, South Milwaukee!

The City of South Milwaukee fireworks show begins at 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, in Grant Park Area #5 on Independence Day. The Milwaukee County Traveling Beer Garden is also planned for that day.

I’m glad the show will go on this Sunday, and look forward to a return to our full day of activties — judging, games, the Mayor’s Picnic, bouncy houses, live music and more — in 2022 and beyond.

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