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From the South Milwaukee Police Department …
At approximately 9:30 AM the South Milwaukee Police and Fire Departments responded to an apartment building in the 500 block of Clark Avenue for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers found a 62- year-old female with multiple stab wounds. Despite lifesaving efforts, she was pronounced deceased. A 31-year-old male was taken into custody near the scene. We continue to investigate the relationship between the victim and suspect, as well as the circumstances that led to this incident. No other suspects are being sought and there is no further danger to the community.
And award-winning guitarist. An a cappella celebration. A music legend. Mandolins. Indeed, the next few weeks will be exciting ones at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center — and South Milwaukee as a whole.
Here is a lineup …
- Thursday, January 17: Jesse Cook, presented by ACG. From the PAC website: “I want to take people to places they haven’t been.” Jesse Cook, Juno winning master guitarist, known for his intoxicating fusion of world music, has traveled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. “I like finding common ground for different music traditions, a space where music from around the world can come together,” Cook explains. “A place where modern sounds can mix with ancient timbres.” More details here.
- Saturday, January 19: Milwaukeappella. “Now in it’s fifth season, Milwaukappella is a day-long a cappella workshop for high school and college age students followed by an evening concert featuring students from the dayside classes plus a show-stopping performance by a professional a cappella ensemble. This year our headliners are The HIVE Vocal Band. The five fiercely unique and uniquely talented women of HIVE are not only show-stopping performers, they’re accomplished educators as well. Giving back to the musical community through education is a core value of the group. … Presented by Landaas & Company Investments, an annual fundraiser for The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to fund community and international projects of The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field.” More details here.
- Tuesday, January 22: Randy Bachman’s “Every Song Tells a Story.” “Randy Bachman stands in rarified air as a member of a very exclusive club of recording artists who topped the charts with two different bands: “American Woman” with The Guess Who and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” as leader and singer with Bachman‐Turner Overdrive. It’s a club with precious few members. In a career spanning five decades and earning a staggering 120 platinum, gold and silver record awards, Randy’s record sales figures exceed 40 million. His distinctive brand of no‐holds‐barred, guitar‐driven rock is instantly recognizable worldwide. As host of the top‐rated CBC and Sirius XM radio program Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap, his listeners worldwide number in the millions each week, earning him the title as Canada’s favourite storyteller. Details here.
- Saturday, January 26: “Music That Made Milwaukee Famous.” “The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra (MMO) has been a Milwaukee fixture since 1900. Known for its performance of music from America’s golden age of mandolin orchestras (the late 1800s to early 1900s), the MMO is considered one of the best mandolin orchestras to perform rags, waltzes, and marches. Now with world renowned classical guitarists Rene Izquierdo and Elina Chekan as directors, the MMO captivates audiences with inspirational performances of preeminent works of the baroque and classical periods.” Details here.
The deadline for nomination signatures has come and gone, and there are two local races to be decided on April 2 — one contested.
Here is who will be on the ballot in the spring general election …
- South Milwaukee Municipal Judge: Incumbent Judge Bill Fenger will go up against challenger Kelly Martyka, a local attorney, seeking a three-year term.
- South Milwaukee School Board: Incumbents Doug Perry and Sophia Williams join Augie Vega on the ballot, for three seats.
Sophia replaced Patricia Bordak on the board in October, and filled out her three-year term.
Therese Travia has previously informed the district of her intentions not to seek another term, after 23 years on the board. Terry, thanks for your service, and passion for our kids!
The general election is set for Tuesday, April 2. No primary is necessary.
The South Milwaukee Unite Against Drug Abuse Coalition will be hosting its third-annual Addiction Information Resource Fair at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.
Please join us for this important community event!
From the South Milwaukee Health Department’s Facebook event …
This year’s event will feature a live podcast with Don’t Die Wisconsin. Join us for a conversation about addiction, treatment and recovery. There will also be an addiction information resource fair prior to the podcast. The podcast is for a mature audience due to language and content. For more information contact the South Milwaukee Health Department at (414) 768-8055.
The South Milwaukee PAC is located inside the South Milwaukee High School. Enter through door #9 located on the northwest side of the building. The PAC is on the 2nd floor.
The South Milwaukee Lions and one of its proudest former members — along with a flower-powered, locally inspired convertible — will be front and center during Tuesday’s Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Parade.
And there is a celebration to go along with it.
The parade will be broadcast starting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1 on ABC, and you can check it out at a parade viewing party at The Tap Room, 1301 Milwaukee Ave. From the Facebook event posting …
Come watch the Rose Bowl Parade, support a fantastic cause and celebrate the life of Karla Harris …The Tap Room will be donating 15% of our daily sales to the South Milwaukee Lions club in Karla Harris name. For those of you who didn’t know Karla here is just a little about her and her story.
Karla Harris, from South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was elected to serve a two-year term as an International director of Lions Clubs. She was on trend to become the next female president of Lions Club International. She was a member of the South Milwaukee Lions Club since 2002, she has held many offices within the association, including club president, district governor, council chairperson, Multiple District Centennial Coordinator and Leadership Institute faculty member, etc. She was also a leader within her own community. As president of the South Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission. As executive director of the South Milwaukee Community Center. As volunteer coordinator for the American Red Cross and Women’s Center. As a member of the boards of the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, Wisconsin Make-a-Wish, the UW-Milwaukee School of Education, AFS International, and many others. She was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work to raise awareness for the visually impaired and helping to create the Lions “Rockin’ the Vest” Rap Video.
Karla had the idea to produce a rap video to help bring in new members, little did she know this video would later be translated into 33 different languages around the world. This rap film was created right here in South Milwaukee, with local Leos, Lioness and Lions from all around the state. The “Rockin’ the Vest” theme will be carried out in her honor for this year’s 2019 Lions Club International float in the Parade Of Roses. Lion Clarence, Lion Claren and Lion Casey will be riding on the float in her honor.
Karla Harris lost her battle with cancer at the young age of 62. However, her legacy will live on for many years to come.
Learn more in the press release.
Here is what the media are covering in South Milwaukee this week …
- This South Milwaukee Children’s Author Couldn’t Find a Lot of Books About Minorities. So She Wrote Her Own. (MJS)
- Homeless Sex Offender Released in South Milwaukee Sparks Social-Media Concerns (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
- How a South Milwaukee Teacher Went From the Classroom to Taking Over a Restaurant in Less Than 2 Years (MJS)
- 12 Plays, Musicals and Concerts to See in January in Milwaukee (MJS)
- Caterpillar Aims to Please (Canadian Mining Journal)
Also, the South Milwaukee Police Department has published a new crime summary. Check it out on its Facebook page.