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Grand Openings: Jen’s Sweet Treats, Ferch’s, New-Look Ace Hardware

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I love grand openings, and there are three in May alone, with more to come.

Mark your calendars for …

  • Sunday, April 24: Get an early look at downtown’s newest business, Jen’s Sweet Treats, with “Sips & Sweets,” a chance to sample some yummy treats ahead of their official grand opening. Bring a toy to donate to their South Shore Santas program. 4-6 p.m. at 907 Milwaukee Ave.
  • Sunday, May 1: Jen’s Sweet Treats officially opens at 9 a.m. with a selection of cupcakes, muffins, cookies, turnovers, brownies and donuts.
  • Friday, May 13: South Milwaukee Ace Hardware, 1009 Marquette Ave. The noon ribbon cutting on Friday is the kickoff for an entire weekend of activities. Friday, it’s a Traeger grilling demo and grill giveaway. Saturday, there is a  South Milwaukee Lions Club cookout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an appearance by WTMJ radio’s Jeff Wagner and their Free Ride program from 1 to 3, and a Weber grilling demo and giveaway from 3 to 6. Sunday, it’s Family Day, with free popcorn and demonstrations by the South Milwaukee Fire Department. Free coffee and donuts every morning from 8 to 10., and there are sales and specials each day. More to come soon, as Ben and the Gil family looks to show off the big changes — and big investment — they’ve made to the store.
  • Friday, May 20: Ferch’s Malt Shoppe & Grille officially opens at 4 p.m., as they begin their first full season at Grant Park Beach. They have a lot planned. From rentals (lounge chairs, umbrellas, kayaks and paddle boards) to live music to movies to, of course, terrific burgers, custard and beer, it promises to be a great summer at the beach. Beach volleyball also returns this summer!

The new business momentum is real, and we’re just getting started.

 

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Check out This List of Downtown Events

Updated on April 23 with information on the Restore the Lagoon event. 

This is quite a list, and I can’t thank the organizers of these activities enough.

South Milwaukee is becoming a leader in cool, business- and community-building events, especially downtown. And we should all be proud of that.

Here is a high-resolution JPEG. Please share on social media, and tell your friends!

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Partnering with Local Schools to Celebrate Arbor Day

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The City of South Milwaukee is proud to once again be partnering with the South Milwaukee School District on a 2016 Arbor Day Celebration. 

The Street Department will be planting one tree at each one of the South Milwaukee elementary schools to commemorate our second-annual Arbor Day event.

Trees go in the ground starting April 22.

I want to thank Assistant Street Superintendent Dan Ratajski for his leadership on this event — another symbol of our city’s commitment to enhancing our urban forest. 

Much more to come in this area this spring, summer and beyond. 

Communities must invest in trees. And South Milwaukee is.

 

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Now, the Watershed Work Begins

It was a full house at Tuesday’s Oak Creek Watershed kickoff meeting at City Hall, and I want to thank everyone who attended to learn more about what the next two to three years will look like as we embark on this important work.

If you missed it, you can check out the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission presentation here.

Field work begins this summer, with the first of five more stakeholder meetings come up then too. And much, much more to come from there.

Indeed, we’re just getting started. But we’re getting started. And that’s a big deal.

Here are my remarks from last night … I mean every word of them. Let’s roll!

Good evening, and, on behalf of the city, welcome to South Milwaukee and the Oak Creek Watershed.

About 2/3 of our city sits in the watershed, including some of the most public-facing parts of that watershed, from the parkway to the Mill Pond to Grant Park … so, needless to say, we take revitalization and renewal of this resource very seriously. In many ways, our promising future depends on a healthy watershed. That’s why I’m so excited about today.

April 12, 2016. That’s the day we begin cleaning up the Oak Creek watershed for our kids, their kids, and their kids. Generations to come will benefit from what we’re doing here.

Of course, today is just the beginning.

Have a plan, work the plan. It’s the mentality the city has adopted around our ongoing work in updating our comprehensive plan and creating a first-ever downtown plan for South Milwaukee.

And it’s the mentality we’re adopting here.

Have a plan, work the plan. In other words, ensure that a plan is more than the words on a page. Commit to bringing it to life. This plan will give us the information we need to do just that.

Let the journey begin!

I want to close by thanking some of the partners who have made this happen …

  • To Supervisor Jursik for her years of leadership in this area. While we’ll deeply miss her advocacy for the South Shore and the Oak Creek watershed, I am confident her replacement on the board will continue to carry this torch ….
  • Thank you to the Parks Department, Director John Dargle and the county administration for their unwavering support in making this planning process a reality …
  • To leaders from all six municipalities in the 28 square-mile watershed – including Oak Creek, Cudahy, Greenfield, Franklin and Greenfield — who publicly supported this from day one …
  • To MMSD, as strong partners throughout this process. They are deeply committed to promoting clean watersheds across the region, and they are indeed putting their money where their mouth is as the planning project’s lead funding agency … 
  • Thank you to the Fund for Lake Michigan, which has awarded $125,000 in grants in the past year toward this plan and a separate study of watershed water quality …
  • To SEWRPC, which has been part of these discussions from the start. I can’t think of a better organization to do this study … 
  • And, of course, thank you to our local citizen groups, including the Friends of the Mill Pond and Friends of Grant Park, as well as Restore the Lagoon. Without their passion and advocacy, none of this would be possible.

And finally, I want to thank everyone in this room.

My ask: Be part of this process. Be heard. This is your watershed, and everyone here has a stake in being sure it is restored to health and vibrancy once again.

Attend the public meetings. Offer your comments. Help shape the plan. Own the plan. Then, once the plan is approved, join me in getting behind it to drive real change.

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Taking a Virtual Tour of the World, and Beyond

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Our students got to visit the moon, the jungle, and the Mayan ruins all in one class period.  It doesn’t get much cooler than that.

That’s the report from Brian Gannon, student learning and technology coordinator for the South Milwaukee School District.

He was speaking of the Google Expeditions Pioneer program, in which select schools across the country are getting the chance to use virtual reality headsets to explore sites from around the world — universe, even.

Last week, kids at Lakeview Elementary School took part in the pilot, and TMJ4 was there to do a story. Check it out here. Rawson students are also getting an opportunity. Mr. Gannon called it an “awesome experience” and thanked technology integration coach Tammy Lind for helping bring it to South Milwaukee …

The Google Expeditions program is an expansion of the Google Cardboard apps that have become more and more popular. Google envisioned ways to use this technology in schools by allowing teachers to choose a destination and bring all the students there with the press of a button. Google began touring around the country with these last year and has visited about 20 major cities in the U.S. On April 4, Google began its first stop in Wisconsin by choosing a small number of schools, based on people who signed up for the Expeditions explorer program. Tammy Lind was one of those people. Google contacted Tammy about visiting two schools in South Milwaukee – Lakeview, and Rawson. As of now, Expeditions is just in pilot mode.  In order to make it a reality for our schools in the near future, we would need to find/purchase a classroom set of old smartphones.  We could then purchase the viewers (Google Cardboard) and install the expeditions app for teacher use. 

Learn more about the Google Expeditions Pioneer program here.

Cool stuff.

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Headlines!

Check out these South Shore headlines …

 

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Made in South Milwaukee: Barbara Vey, Lover of Readers

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Later this month, 60 authors from around the country will arrive at the Clarion Hotel near the airport for three days of Q&A, book signings, meet and greets, speeches, raffles, giveaways, and more, all with one goal in mind: to celebrate readers.

The woman behind this fifth-annual Reader Appreciation Weekend is made in South Milwaukee. She is Barbara Vey.

I met Barbara and her niece, Sarah Basterash, for coffee this week, and learned more about her journey from voracious reader to nationally respected author adviser and coach.

A former contributing editor and blogger at Publisher’s Weekly, Barbara has also been published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers” and co-wrote a book called “Book Marketing, Book Trailers and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell.” She travels the world speaking to authors on topics like building reader loyalty, social networking and branding.

But it’s her passion for reading that is most evident – one that will be on full display at her author celebration set for April 29-May 1.

Personal interaction with authors highlights the three days, which include a bingo party and author Q&A on Friday, a luncheon on Saturday, and a Sunday breakfast. This is the fifth year of the event, and it’s bigger than ever; more than 500 are expected at the Saturday lunch alone, which was sold out within hours of tickets going on sale last summer.

Check out the full schedule, and purchase tickets for the events outside the lunch, here.

I hope you can join me in attending … and get a chance to meet Barbara. After a few minutes, you’ll see why I’m proud she calls South Milwaukee home.

Learn more about Barbara on her website, and join her more than 15,000 followers on Twitter and more than 8,000 fans on fans on three Facebook pages, including this one. She also has a popular YouTube channel

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