Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Plan Update: Field Work Complete

Oak Creek in winter

Links updated.

From the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commisssion …

2018 will be a big year for this ongoing effort — stay tuned for more details.

The link below is an update from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) staff on the field work progress made in 2017 for the Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Plan.

Field work is complete for the Oak Creek mainstem and its two main tributaries, the North Branch and the Mitchell Field Drainage Ditch. This information will all contribute to the watershed restoration planning process for Oak Creek.

Access the update under “Plan Progress – Fieldwork Progress 2017” or click here for a direct download of the update file.

Also be on the lookout for the next Oak Creek Watershed Restoration Plan stakeholder meeting in February 2018. More details to come. 

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South Milwaukee Downtown Market Announces 2 Indoor Events

Hard to believe, but 2018 marks the 10th season of the South Milwaukee Downtown Market. I’m proud to have played a small role in its early success — and excited to see how it’s grown over the years.

Two new indoor markets have been announced, for Sunday, Feb. 4, and Sunday, March 18, at South Milwaukee High School. And the summer season opens May 31.

The market has become a community staple, an iconic event that is uniquely South Milwaukee, and something for which we are becoming famous as a city.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who make it happen, starting with the board and Chairwoman Carol Rehak, and manager Tony Bloom. And thanks to the vendors who bring the vision we created 10 years ago to life every day.

Area residents looking for a unique shopping experience travel to downtown South Milwaukee, where they find an eclectic mix of merchants selling fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, art, jewelry and everything in between. They also find a sampling of area restaurants, live entertainment and special events, making the South Milwaukee Downtown Market a true destination for families, foodies and everyone in between.

It’s a simple yet ambitious vision – one we bring to life every week at the South Milwaukee Downtown Market. See for yourself, and join the dozens of local vendors and hundreds of regular customers who eagerly await each market.

See you at the two indoor markets!

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Check out these South Shore headlines …

And NOW has published new police blotters here and here.

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New Year, New Paint, Full Schedule: Library has Full Programs Calendar

I’m excited to see the diversity of youth and other programming at the South Milwaukee Public Library, including a unique partnership with a local business.

Check out the January calendar below, and information on a Pink Bunny Games Game Night. And to keep on top of what’s happening at the library throughout the year, check out their website and like their Facebook page.

January 2018 children's calendarGame night Jan 2018 for web

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What’s Coming up at the South Milwaukee PAC? A Lot

I am always impressed with the variety of performances that come to the South Milwaukee PAC. And the next couple of months don’t disappoint.

Buy your tickets now for these shows …


Saturday, January 20

The Transit Vocal Band Headlines the 4th Annual Milwaukeappella 2018

Lovers of a cappella and vocal music will thrill at this year’s Milwaukappella performance, Jan. 20, 2018, at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center www.southmilwaukeepac.org.

Milwaukappella 2018 will be headlined by The Transit Vocal Band, an award-winning a cappella group featuring “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” finalist Adam Decker. The Transit’s diverse repertoire includes classic, soul, contemporary, alternative and family favorites. Soaring leads, smooth harmonies and deep, thumping rhythms showcase The Transit’s power and versatility.

The Transit’s 7:30 p.m. performance opens with Southeast Wisconsin-area students who attended a daylong workshop at South Milwaukee High School conducted by veteran vocal teachers and members of Transit.

Advance tickets for the evening performance start at $19 for students and seniors, $24 for adults. Family-savings packages are available. Tickets for children 4 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased on the SMPAC website, or click here: http://southmilwaukeepac.org/event/milwaukappella.


Friday, January 26

Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders

Master illusionist Vitaly Beckman has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller whom he successfully fooled in their TV show, Fool Us. From bringing pictures and drawings to life, to erasing people from their own driver’s licenses, Vitaly’s signature illusions leaves even the most jaded audience awestruck. Vitaly breathes innovation and artistry into the field of magic. He invented and designed every single illusion in his stage show, An Evening of Wonders, treating spectators to a theatrical entertainment not seen anywhere else in the world. You will witness the elegant rendering of the impossible, while being charmed by Vitaly’s engaging personality.

Tickets: Adult $25-$40, Senior (ages 60+) $20-$35, Student (ages 4 thru college) $10-$20.


Friday, February 16

Turtle Island Quartet: Bird’s Eye View, The Legend of Charlie Parker

Turtle Island Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings since its inception in 1985. Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles devising a performance practice that honors both. In Bird’s Eye View, the two-time GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet pays homage to the visionary brilliance of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. The genius of his improvisations almost single handedly catapulted jazz from pop style into art music, indelibly altering the musical landscape of America. Iconic Charlie Parker classics such as Ornithology, KoKo and Dewey Square are juxtaposed with original responses by quartet members, and intertwined with other thematic pieces from the bebop era and beyond such as Sonny Rollins’ Airegin, Bird Calls by Charlie Mingus and Too High by Stevie Wonder.

Turtle Island Quartet musicians include David Balakrishnan (violin), Alex Hargreaves (violin), Malcolm Parson (cello), and Benjamin and Von Gutzeit (viola).

Tickets: Adult $30-$45, Senior (ages 60+) $25-$40, Student (ages 4 thru college) $10-$20.

Other Performances

And these are in addition to Knightwind Ensemble Winter Concert on Feb. 11 and CYT presentation of “Mary Poppins” Feb. 22-25. Get a full schedule here.


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Spring 2018: Who is On the Ballot

Filing deadlines for candidates to appear on the spring 2018 ballot came and went at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and here is how local races are shaping up …

  • South Milwaukee Common Council: In the First District, incumbents Craig Maass and Frank Van Dusen will face four challengers in a Feb. 20 primary: Brett Breisemeister, Andrew Buckner, Frank Millpond Gratke and James Leavens. In the Second District, incumbents R. Patrick Stoner and Ramon Navarro face challenger Larry Pagelsdorf. Only the two incumbents are running in the Third (Lisa Pieper, Joseph Bukowski) and Fourth (David Bartoshevich and Peggy Clark) District, for two seats in each district. No primaries are needed in the Second, Third and Fourth Districts.
  • South Milwaukee School Board: Incumbents David Maass and Jon Shelenske will face challenger Gratke for two seats. There will be no primary.
  • Milwaukee County Board: There will be a Feb. 20 primary for the District 8 seat, with incumbent David Sartori of Cudahy facing challengers James Davies of South Milwaukee and Steven Shea of Cudahy. More details here.

Much more to come as these races get closer.

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Wanted: New Library Board Member (and Other City Commissioners)

I say this a lot: 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.

So if you have a background or interest in libraries, health, law enforcement, public safety or a number of other areas, please consider getting involved!

Right now, we have an opening on the Library Board. This is an exciting role on a board that plays a key oversight role of one of our top community institutions — one that has seen a lot of positive change recently, with more to come.

Interested? Get more details and apply here.

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

And I close with this: A heartfelt thank-you to Margaret Luczywko, who is stepping down from the board, for her distinguished service.

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