November 27, 2013
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neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost
importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and
your family are listed below.
Sheridan Park Centennial Raffle
Date: Now through Fri., February 14
Description: Enter the Sheridan Park Centennial Raffle for your chance to win a grand prize that includes a trip to New York, a tour of Central Park, and tickets to a Broadway play. This is a fundraising effort to help improve the park. Raffle tickets will be available beginning Friday, November 8 through Friday, February 14 at Joe's "K" Ranch, the Cudahy Library, City Hall, Cudahy Historical Society, Pulaski Inn, and through members of the Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Sheridan Park. The raffle drawing will take place during a Valentine's Day dinner on February 14 at Pulaski Inn. Tickets for the dinner will be available at Pulaski Inn. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present in order to win. Support a great cause to improve Sheridan Park and buy your raffle tickets today.
Pulaski Inn (MAP)
3900 E. Pulaski Avenue Cudahy, WI 53110
Date: Now through Sun., December 29
Centerpiece to their season, Les Miserables is the show that inspired
Skylight to focus on freedom and revolution as a conversation through
the entire year. Set in 19th century France in the midst of revolution,
this timeless musical follows Jean Valjean on his quest for redemption
after being jailed for stealing a loaf of bread, inspector Javert who
relentlessly pursues parole violator Valjean, and an abundance of other
compelling and entertaining characters. Skylight looks forward to
producing this legendary, Tony Award-winning musical in the intimate
Cabot Theatre. This epic tale of passion and sacrifice will be a
phenomenal way to share live theatre with the family during this holiday
CLICK HERE or call (414) 291-7811 for more information.
Direct from Broadway, the classic holiday movie "White Christmas" comes
to the stage at last. This brand new musical shines with classic Berlin
hits like "Blue Skies," "How Deep is the Ocean?" and, of course, the
unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" tells the
story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and
finding their perfect mates in the process. Full of dancing, laughter,
and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin's "White
Christmas" promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the
CLICK HERE or call (414) 273-7206 for more information.
A Christmas Carol
Nineteenth century London comes to life when you and your family join
Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge on a
fantastical journey through Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Enjoy
the music, dancing, and timeless message of hope, peace, and love, as
the Dickens' classic masterpiece celebrates its 38th year at the
CLICK HERE or call (414) 224-9490 for more information.
Date: Tues., December 10 and Wed., December 11
Location: South Milwaukee
After fragments from a magic mirror strike the eye and heart a young boy
named Kai, causing him to see only the negative side of life, he is
taken away to the icy world of the Snow Queen. Trapped under her power,
he cannot leave until his best friend Jamie finds a clever way to break
the spell and rescue him. Jamie embarks on a perilous journey, meeting
delightful characters on the way that help her to learn the value of
kindness, and the true meaning of courage and determination. Using
storytelling, music, and dance, this exuberant, heart-warming production
will take you on a theatrical adventure of gratitude and friendship, and
warns us against cleverness for its own sake, exploring ideas of how our
perception of the world is a reflection of our own ideas and beliefs.
CLICK HERE for more information.
901 15th Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful not
only for the chance to celebrate with friends and family this holiday
season, but also for the continued privilege to serve our community in
the Wisconsin State Senate. I wish you a happy holiday weekend. Enjoy
celebrating this festive day and remember to give thanks.
This week, families across Wisconsin
will celebrate our nation's 150th Thanksgiving holiday. In fact, it was
President Abraham Lincoln who issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation,
creating the national holiday we still celebrate today.
This six-week festival will spread holiday spirit with animated light displays in Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park, and Zeidler Union Square, as well as hundreds of events. Marvel at the spectacular sights aboard the convenient Jingle Bus, a Coach U.S.A. bus that takes visitors on a 40-minute tour. For $1 per person, visitors can relish in the holiday spirit while admiring a festive panorama. The tour is narrated by Milwaukee Downtown's Public Service Ambassadors who will acquaint riders with key attractions and landmarks. Tours operate Thursdays through Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from the Shops of Grand Avenue.
South Milwaukee Christmas Market
Saturday, November 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The indoor version of the Downtown Market returns to
South Milwaukee High School with more than 70 vendors selling arts,
crafts, baked goods, prepared foods, and more. The market is open from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
South Milwaukee High
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Oak Creek's Annual
Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 1 at 12:30 p.m.
Line up at 12th and Milwaukee at noon for the
Christmas Parade, which begins at 12:30 p.m. The parade route starts at
12th and Milwaukee Avenues, goes west to 15th Avenue, and then south to
the South Milwaukee City Hall. Call (414) 651-2221 for more information.
The holiday season also provides many
opportunities to give back to our community. This Thanksgiving, try
volunteering in one of our local food pantries. Hunger Task Force Inc.
and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, both based out of the Milwaukee
area, provide excellent volunteering opportunities. More information can
be found on their Web sites.
November is Homeless Youth Awareness Month
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, one in 45 children experiences homelessness in America each year. This means that 1.6 million children nationally are struggling with homelessness and the ramifications that often accompany such a traumatic and stressful life situation. Losing a home for a child is often accompanied by a loss of community, friends, routines, health, and a sense of stability and safety. Below are some statistics from the National Center on Family Homelessness related to what homeless youth experience:
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a number of resources tailored to communities, families, educators, mental health and child welfare professionals, and policy makers and advocates. This information helps these groups and individuals better understand youth homelessness and learn how to be proactive in making others aware of the issue.
I often have neighbors contact me
looking for my perspective on various local and state issues. I very
much appreciate our neighbors' questions and want to dedicate a portion
of my newsletter to common questions that I hear to maintain an open
dialogue. Please continue reading for this week's question.
Currently, consumers must register or re-register every two years to ensure their phone number remains protected. However, legislation has been introduced, Senate Bill 155, which would change current law by merging Wisconsin's No-Call List with the federal one so that Wisconsinites would only have to sign up once to permanently remain on the list. Senate Bill 155 passed the full Senate with unanimous support, but has yet to reach the Assembly floor for a vote.
Click here for more information on Senate Bill 155.
Did You Know...?
In 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England carrying about 102 passengers--mostly religious separatists--seeking a new home. You may recall that the first Thanksgiving feast occurred soon after the Pilgrims landed and established the Plymouth Colony on the East Coast. But did you know that there are now 32 municipalities across the nation that pay tribute to this founding village by sharing its famous name?
Two of these municipalities are
located right here in Wisconsin. Sheboygan County is not only home to
the town of Plymouth, but also the city of Plymouth, which is surrounded
by the town of the same name.
Attention High School Juniors and Seniors: Apply to Senate Scholars Today
The Senate Scholars Program is an
intensive week-long education program offered by the Wisconsin State
Senate. This is a wonderful opportunity for Wisconsin youth to view the
role of the Legislature in democracy first hand and gain experience in
the areas of policy development, constituent relations and processing
legislation. Senate Scholars will also have the chance to work closely
with senators, legislative staff, and University of Wisconsin faculty.
Admission to the program is highly competitive and limited to 33
academically exceptional high school juniors and seniors from across the
state. Applications are due on Friday, January 3, 2014. Applicants will
then be notified of their acceptance on or shortly after January 17,
Sign the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Petition
Exponential increases in tuition and
fees coupled with challenging economic times over the years have made it
nearly impossible for students to work their way through school, as was
commonplace in the past. In fact, nearly 40 million Americans now hold
over $1.2 trillion in student loan debt nationally.
Wisconsin's Student Debt Crisis
Some issues related to student loans
can only be dealt with at the federal level. Unfortunately, Congress'
current partisan gridlock leaves little hope for real relief for student
loan borrowers in the near future. We cannot wait for Congress to act.
It is time for innovative, common sense solutions that will provide real
relief for Wisconsin's student loan borrowers.
As you can see, this legislation offers common sense solutions for real savings on behalf of Wisconsinites managing student loan debt. I hope legislative Republicans will see the economic value of moving forward with such a proposal. Therefore, I encourage them to join me in supporting the Higher Ed, Lower Debt bill. Wisconsinites cannot afford to wait any longer for more affordable college education and decreasing their debt burden.
Sign the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Petition
If you would like to see the Higher
Ed, Lower Debt bill become law, I encourage you to sign onto the Higher
Ed, Lower Debt petition. The petition states the following:
Take the 2013-2014 Neighborhood Survey
I created a survey for the 2013-2014
Legislative Session asking about various issues that are important to
our community and our state. The input of neighbors is greatly
appreciated. My staff and I will be working hard to deliver as many
surveys door to door as possible before winter arrives. In addition, I
have also made this survey available online.
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