Rising Rockets: Big Friday Night of Hoops, and Fish, in South Milwaukee

How about some February Madness?!

That’s what is coming Friday to South Milwaukee High School, as the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams host rival Cudahy in back-to-back games.

The boys tip at 5:45, the girls after that.

For the girls, there is even more on the line than beating our neighbors to the north — if they win, they clinch their second straight Woodland East Conference championship.

A fish fry run by the student Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization is also happening down the Hall in the Commons.

Come make it a night of Rocket basketball!

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Crowdfunding, for Community Good: South Shore Soup Set for Sunday

From the South Shore Chamber of Commerce …

It’s that time again for another South Shore Soup event!

South Shore Soup is a micro-granting soup dinner supporting creative projects in Cudahy, St. Francis, and South Milwaukee; the communities that make up the South Shore Chamber.  This innovative micro-granting event has been done throughout the Country and in Milwaukee.

  • Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Time: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Dinner served at 4:30 with presentations after and dessert at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Cudahy United Methodist Church, 5865 S. Lake Drive, Cudahy, WI 53110

RSVP by registering the number of adults and children over age 12 or email infossccwi@gmail.com. Please email if children age 12 and under will be attending. If you email your attendance, payment will be due upon arrival to the event.

PLEASE RSVP ON OR BEFORE 12:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020

How to attend: For a donation of $10 for adults (children 12 and under are free), attendees receive a variety of hearty soup, salad, bread, dessert and they VOTE for a grantee. Pr-registration is recommended to get a count for the food.

How it works:   At the Soup dinner you hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more in hopes the attendees will “grant” them the proceeds from the soup dinner for their cause.

What is the process: Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience.  At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy and vote on the project they think most benefits the cities most.  At the end of the night we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all the attendee registration money raised to carry out their project.

Winners come back to a future Soup dinner to report their projects progress.

My ask: Let’s stand up for South Milwaukee!

The South Milwaukee Theatre Company won funding at the last event, and I’m told the South Milwaukee Leo Club application will present this time on a project to provide blankets to hospital patients and get more young adults involved in service work by engaging them with a blanket-making project.

Stop by, enjoy some great food, and support a great cause!

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Now For Sale! "Built Tuff" T-Shirts, for a Great Cause

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I love this, and judging from the incredibly viral nature of this story to date, I won’t be alone.

From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …

Meet Tuff, the 12-year-old English Bulldog, who fell through the ice near the South Milwaukee Yacht Club on Jan. 31, and was rescued by members of the South Milwaukee Fire Department. 

In recognition of the heroic act of our firefighters — and to commemorate the toughness, fearlessness, and tenacity of Tuff — the City of South Milwaukee and South Milwaukee Fire Department are proud to offer Tuff t-shirts for sale, for charity.

Shirts are $20, plus shipping, with all proceeds going to the South Milwaukee Fire Department for the purchase of additional ice/water rescue equipment and — recognizing that bulldogs are the unofficial mascot of the U.S. Marine Corps —  to K9’s for Warriors, the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to military veterans.

You can find them here: http://southmilwaukeecares.com/shop

We’d like to give a special thanks to our South Milwaukee-based partners — JB’s Tee Shirt Factory, which designed and is producing the shirts; Classic Cargo International, which is shipping them; and to South Milwaukee alumnus Dan Regalia for the creation of our e-commerce site.

We announced the t-shirt sale at a special ceremony today at the South Milwaukee Fire Department.

Now, please help us spread the word, and buy a shirt or five!

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Big Honor: E.W. Luther Elementary Nominated as National Blue Ribbon School

Me; my wife, Sarah; and daughter, Shelby, with E.W. Luther Principal Eric Wightman.

This is terrific news — and validation that our local schools are doing things right. As the parent of a high school freshman and middle school sixth-grader — and former E.W. Luther student — I see it every day. It’s nice to see that work being recognized on the state and national levels.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Wisconsin Department of Instruction has nominated two suburban Milwaukee schools — Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District’s Maple Dale Elementary in Fox Point and Luther Elementary in the South Milwaukee School District — along with six other schools statewide for a national award.

The schools have been nominated for the U.S. Department of Education’s 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which recognizes schools for academic excellence and making strides toward closing achievement gaps, according to a news release from the DPI Feb. 6. The program has recognized more than 9,000 schools since it began in 1982.

The other Wisconsin schools a nominated are: Lake Delton Elementary School, School District of Wisconsin Dells; Altoona Intermediate School, School District of Altoona; Nicolet Elementary School, Menasha Joint School District; Lake Superior Elementary School, School District of Superior; Red Apple Elementary School, Racine Unified School District and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Wausau School District.

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2020 Spring Primary: In-Person Absentee Voting Open Through Friday


From the city clerk’s office …

Happening Now: In-Person Absentee Voting in the Clerk’s Office. 

Hours for in-person absentee voting are weekdays, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Friday, February 14th, from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please bring a photo ID!

To register to vote, find your polling location, or request an absentee ballot, please visit MyVote. https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/

To view a sample ballot, please visit our website. https://www.smwi.org


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Peanut Butter Drive Underway!


From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …

The annual WANTED: PEANUT BUTTER Collection Drive has begun. Once again, every fire department in Milwaukee County has opened their doors to receive your donations. So, stop by and drop off your donation of this delicious source of energy and nutrition at any fire station. In South Milwaukee, donations are being accepted at the Fire Department, as well as the Health Department, City Hall, Senior Center, and Public Library. Watch this page for upcoming opportunities to meet your South Milwaukee Firefighters at the South Milwaukee WalMart and Pick ‘n Save stores who have, once again, graciously agreed to let us set up outside their stores.

In addition, if you are part of a civic organization, church group, girl or boy scout troop, or fun committee at work, feel free to join us in collecting. We’ll even get your photo on this very same Facebook Page !!! All donations received in South Milwaukee go directly to South Milwaukee Human Concerns, our local food pantry.

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South Milwaukee Police: Crime Continues to Fall in Key Areas

Please take a look at the message shared by South Milwaukee Police Chief William Jessup this week. It’s good news, for the most part.

The headline: Crime is down in key areas, and continues to be down.

And while we should be proud of that, one crime is too many, and our officers, in partnership with the community, must continue to work to bring these numbers down — which they are doing every day.

We are making progress, sustained progress, and that could not happen without the members of South Milwaukee Police Department. We thank you, and will never take your work for granted.

You can see more data on the police department Facebook page, and in its upcoming annual report.


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