June 8-9: Crusherfest!

It’s more than just a statue. I love this! See the early schedule here.

From the statue foundation …

The organizers of Da Crusher Statue effort have decided that a proper celebration is necessary to coincide with the statue unveiling. “Crusherfest” is a two day festival that will take place at 1101 Milwaukee Avenue in the City of South Milwaukee. Crusherfest will help kick off Wisconsin’s festival season with typical fare: live bands, great food (including fried turkeynecks) and cold beer. In addition to the Crusher statue unveiling, there will be a unique focus on professional wrestling including a chance to meet wrestling legends and hall of famers, live wrestling shows, and a chance to view historic wrestling memorabilia from the Crusher’s era.

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80+ Local Merchants: Spring Market Set for March 24

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March 12, 2019 · 5:00 pm

Busy March at the South Milwaukee PAC — Starting with “Singin’ in the Rain”

Lots happening at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center this month! Check out the full calendar here, including information on these events …

It’s another terrific lineup for community attraction. Support the local arts!

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Reminder: Suicide Prevention Event Set for Thursday, March 14

From my previous post on this …

The South Milwaukee Health Department is partnering with Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee and Oak Creek filmmaker Aaron Johnson to host a suicide prevention and awareness event on March 14 at City Hall.

The event begins at 6 p.m. From the Facebook event page …

Learn to recognize the risk factors and warning signs associated with suicidal thoughts and how to offer hope and help with QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training. Also view the award winning documentary, “Hoan Alone,” which was created by Milwaukee’s own Aaron Johnson. QPR is for anyone who wants to know more about keeping loved ones from dying by suicide.

The event includes the South Milwaukee debut of Johnson’s short film, which has already been recognized at dozens of film festivals. It tells the stories of families and first responders impacted by those who took their own lives jumping from the iconic Milwaukee bridge.

Check out a trailer here.

Thank you to our health department for leading the dialog and planning this event. South Milwaukee is blessed to have such a dedicated group of professionals focused on public health issues like this.

And congratulations to Aaron, who attends Trinity Lutheran Church in South Milwaukee. His film is deserving of all the accolades it is receiving. See for yourself on March 14.

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Police Asking Citizens to be Alert Following Suspected Child Enticement

From the South Milwaukee Police Department …

The South Milwaukee Police Department is asking that citizens be alert for a child enticement suspect who approached an eleven-year-old girl this afternoon. The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m., in the 600 block of Pine St.

The man, described as a 40 year old white male with short black hair and a salt and pepper beard, was driving a grey Chevy four door sedan with tinted windows, a large dent in the passenger side door, and a black cross-shaped sticker on the trunk. The vehicle did not have license plates on at the time.

He drove up to the child and told her that he was sent by her mother to pick her up. When the child questioned that, the suspect drove off.

The Police Department has increased their patrols in the area as a result of this. Citizens are asked to be vigilant and call the South Milwaukee Police Department at 414-768-8060 if they have information.

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Looking Forward to Summer at Grant Park Beach

Think warm thoughts, South Milwaukee — like summer days, and nights, of burgers, custard, beer, live music and volleyball at Grant Park Beach.

It promises to be another great summer at this everyday-less-hidden gem.

First, Volley Life opened registration for their volleyball leagues last week. Sign up here. The season starts May 29.

I also connected with the owners of Ferch’s Beachside this week, and Betty confirmed they plan on opening for the summer around May 24, ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Details here.

Add in the Traveling Beer Garden, which returns June 19-July 7, and there is lots to celebrate at Grant Park at these days.


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Council Endorses Milwaukee Avenue Streetscaping Plan

The South Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday voted 7-1 to endorse the project plans and advertise for bids on a four-block streetscaping enhancement project for Milwaukee Avenue.

It’s a significant and exciting step in a multi-year effort to bring a potentially $1.8 million investment to our Main Street and help deliver a new look and feel to our city center. Next up for the council will be discussion of bids as they come in, and ultimately a vote to fund the project, which is expected to start in August, after Evening on the Avenue.

Learn more in the information shared ahead of last week’s public information meeting on the project, and in this NOW story.

I want to thank the approximately 30 people who attended last week’s meeting. It was nice to see so many people engaged in this important decision, offering their feedback and asking questions.

And a special thanks to City Engineer Kyle Vandercar for his efforts in getting this so close to the finish — starting? — line.

Much more information to come, as we continue our work to transform downtown South Milwaukee. Let’s go!


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