Headlines: AMF Site Update, Kyle Olson’s Return to Town, and More

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Check out these South Milwaukee headlines, including an update on progress at the former site of AMF South Park Lanes. Lots happening locally these days …

And check out photos from the South Milwaukee girls’ basketball team’s recent win over Brown Deer.

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New Ways to Connect: South Milwaukee to Launch New Website, News Magazine

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Sample cover of our new newsletter.

As mayor, I proudly wear the hat — among many — of Chief Communications Officer of the City of South Milwaukee.

I do not take that responsibility lightly. How we tell our story and share information with residents, business owners, visitors and other stakeholders matters, a lot.

That is why I am proud to get behind two new communications platforms we are launching in coming months.

First, we are proud to partner with the South Milwaukee School District on the launch of “Bridges,” our new official city news magazine, debuting in April.

The magazine is being produced by Barb Caprile, who is also behind similar publications in Oak Creek and Greendale. Like those, this beautiful publication will combine information from our city departments with news and features from around the community and schools. Each edition will profile a local business. Rich imagery will be found throughout, and the magazine will bring our new brand to life.

We will partner with the school district on editorial planning — and together will tell a strong and cohesive story about what makes South Milwaukee, South Milwaukee.

Improved storytelling is also the goal of the city’s effort to relaunch its website as part of the Civic Engage network. The South Milwaukee City Council approved this move last month, with a plan to launch the new site this summer.

It will offer a more user-friendly experience, improving design, repackaging information, and streamlining content to make information more accessible, actionable and compelling. The focus will be on residents and business owners, but the new site will also better tell our city story to visitors.

Civic Engage is a leader in this space, and I’m excited to work with them, joining communities like West Allis, Bayside, Greenfield, Muskego, and New Berlin who already use the company for their sites.

Look for more details soon on both platforms in coming weeks, as our team — led by Communications Coordinator Katie Crosby and Assistant City Administrator Patrick Brever — works to get these off the ground. I thank Katie and Patrick for their efforts and their work on our city Facebook page, which has also seen a major upgrade in recent years, getting us to what I believe is a best practice page for communities.

Social media, digital and print: We are committed to strong communications in South Milwaukee, and I’m excited about what we’re delivering here, together.

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One Person Dead, Three Taken to Hospital Following Crash

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Sad news this morning, as one person was pronounced dead following a head-on crash around 8:30 a.m. today on Nicholson Avenue near Hickory.

The South Milwaukee Fire Department reports … “One adult occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene. Two adults and one teenager were transported to Froedtert and Children’s Hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The Oak Creek Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol are investigating.”

Please keep everyone involved in this incident in your prayers.

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Boys and Girls of Summer: Little League Registration Now Open

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I love South Milwaukee Little League! It is one of those organizations that defines our community, and builds it, bringing people together through sports, through the generosity, passion and commitment of volunteers.

My son played Little League baseball for years, and it’s always exciting to see a new generation of kids step up to the plate.

And it’s time to sign up for the 2020 season. Early bird registration ends today for  2020. Sign up and other details here. From the site …

Little League Programs are for every level, ages 4-14 years old. Create lifelong memories, and amazing friendships in the community – play Little League. All skill levels welcome.

The programs that we offer are as follows:

  • Rookie Ball – 4-5 Year olds
  • A Baseball/Softball – 6-7 Year olds
  • AA Baseball/Softball – 7-8 Year olds
  • AAA Baseball/Softball – 9-10 Year olds
  • Major Baseball/Softball – 11-12 Year olds
  • Intermediate Baseball – 11-13 Year Olds
  • Junior Baseball/Softball 13-14 Years Old

REGISTER ONLINEhttps://active.leagueone.com/Olr/Pages/Welcome.aspx?ClubId=13780

2020 Early Bird Season Pricing

Baseball/Softball Early Bird – before February 5

  • Baseball/Softball: $105 (paid by Credit Card) – save $35!
  • Baseball/Softball: $130 (paid by Check) – save $10!

Rookie Early Bird – before March 15

  • Rookie: $70 (paid by CC or check) – save $20!

REGISTER ONLINEhttps://active.leagueone.com/Olr/Pages/Welcome.aspx?ClubId=13780

2020 Regular Season Pricing

Baseball/Softball Regular – after February 5

  • Baseball/Softball: $140 (paid by Credit Card)
  • Baseball/Softball: $140 (paid by Check)

Rookie – after March 15

  • Rookie: $90 (paid by CC or check)

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Woman Seriously Hurt as Car Crashes into South Milwaukee Dunkin’ Donuts

From the South Milwaukee Fire Department …

SMFD responded to a rollover crash involving a single vehicle that traveled up a small hill and impacted the corner of the Dunkin Donuts building. The sole occupant was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Froedtert Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The South Milwaukee Building and Health Departments were requested to the scene to determine the extent of damage to the building and the ability of the store to re-open. Fortunately, no other persons were injured.

Please keep this woman in your thoughts and prayers … and continue to thank our first responders for all they do to save lives everyday.

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Telling Our Story and Building Community: That One Day We Made a Movie in South Milwaukee

Saturday was a day to remember, as the community came together to tell the South Milwaukee story like never before and make the case to HGTV that, while we’re certainly making strides in our redevelopment, we need some help along the way.

We need a HGTV Hometown Takeover!

It was a full day, and could not have happened without the support of some amazing people, businesses and institutions.

We shot at nine different locations in less than 12 hours: Moran’s Pub, Avenue Coffeehouse, Barbiere’s Italian Inn, The Barber Shop, Parkway Floral, the Muza Church, American Legion Post #27, South Milwaukee High School and the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center.

We talked to more than a dozen people along the way — not including a segment with the South Milwaukee Youth Basketball Club sixth-grade girls basketball team — who shared their stories about what makes our city great … and why a makeover would only make that story stronger. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

The crew was first rate, and with a distinct local flavor. Producer/director Kyle Olson and videographer Nick Koscielniak are South Milwaukee graduates who started making movies together more than a decade ago while in school — like this one.

They were joined by James Stewart, Sasa Miladinovic and Julia Beck, as well as assistant City Administrator Patrick Brever, who was invaluable in getting us from point A to point B. Editor Mitchell Stewart also joined us, and is cutting the HGTV submission video now (it’s due on Friday). Local teen Austin Keller also pitched in.

And it was great to see Kyle’s parents, Mick (a longtime former South Milwaukee police officer) and Jewel join us on the shoots. It’s easy to see where Kyle gets his Emmy award-winning passion and talent from.

Local photographers Julie Arnold and John Krecji also stepped up to provide content, and a special thanks to Ante Udovicic, who welcomed us with open arms at the school campus and accommodated us despite it being a crazy afternoon and evening of a cappella singing and youth basketball at the school. 

And, our sponsors! We could not have done this without them. Thanks to the City of South Milwaukee, Molthen-Bell & Son Funeral Home, Da Crusher Foundation, Moran’s Pub, DB Tax & Financial Services, and the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center for their support of this economic development and community building project.

I’ll keep you posted as we submit the HGTV piece, and develop the marketing video.

As I said on camera, I love this city, and telling its story. Our best days are ahead of us, and it was exciting to see that in action on Saturday.

Proud past, promising future, indeed. Together.

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Saving a Life: A Not-So-Tuff Day at the Office for the South Milwaukee Fire Department

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I love this story from the South Milwaukee Fire Department today.

Well done, as our team saves another life.

And check out TMJ4 coverage of the story, including video of the rescue. 

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