August 9, 2012
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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.
Date: Now through Mon., August 13
Milwaukee Navy Week 2012, in conjunction with commemoration of the
Bicentennial of the War of 1812, will be packed with events
demonstrating the mission of the U.S. Navy and its proud heritage.
Events will include ship visits, Navy Band performances, Navy suburban
tours, and a Navy simulator. The goal of Navy Week is to give area
residents an opportunity to meet some of the Navy's sailors, and learn
more about the Navy's critical missions and its broad ranging
CLICK HERE for more information.
Milwaukee Air and Water Show
August 11 and Sun., August 12
Description: Head down to Milwaukee's lakefront for this annual premier recreation show. Enjoy performances by the Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Teams, U.S. Air Force, and much more. General admission is free with reserved seating also available. CLICK HERE or call (414) 962-8809 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Date: Sat., August 11
Description: To honor the brave men and women who fought for our country in WWII, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight in partnership with Freethink Media, has produced Honor Flight. This feature- length film captures the stories, spirit, and wisdom of living WWII veterans and will be shown at Miller Park. All proceeds from Field of Honor will ensure that Stars and Stripes Honor Flight can continue to fly veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials that stand in their honor. Tickets are $11 per person (plus service fees). Tickets are on sale now through the Brewers' Ticket Office. CLICK HERE or call (262) 238-7741 for more information.
Miller Park (MAP)
1 Brewers Way
Milwaukee, WI 53214
Milwaukee is home to the world's largest celebration of Irish music and
culture outside Ireland. This year, more than 100 world-class acts will
perform on 16 stages, and attendees will enjoy the exhibits, shopping,
activities, games, and food. This year's headliners include Gaelic
Storm, Slide, Scythian, the Makem Brothers, and many more. Irish Fest
runs Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to Midnight,
Saturday from Noon to Midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission is $5 on Thursday. Friday through Sunday adults tickets cost
$15, seniors (60 and up) pay $10, and kids 12 and under are free.
CLICK HERE or call (414) 273-3378 for more information.
Since 2005, Art to
Art has provided some of the most exciting and experimental new works in
Milwaukee dance. Local choreographers will collaborate with film, music,
theater, and visual artists to create unique dance works in this concert
series. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at
2 p.m. on Sunday.
CLICK HERE or call (414) 277-8480 for more information or to
Description: Stroll the historic streets, shop the neighborhood boutiques, and enjoy the culinary treats. Shop at nearly two dozen neighborhood boutiques and restaurants and in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward and enjoy a slew of summer savings. CLICK HERE for more information, including a list of participating retailers.
Mexican Fiesta began as a neighborhood South Side street festival in
1974 and has grown to Wisconsin's largest paid entrance Mexican
festival. Live music will be offered throughout the festival and will
feature Pablo Montero, Tejano Boys, Belanova, and other internationally-known artists.
Friday brings the Salarengue contest, while Saturday offers a dance
contest. Those interested in the cultural
costume contest, followed by the jalapeno eating contest, should stop by
the festival on Sunday.
CLICK HERE or call (414) 273-3378.
Eat Local Resource Fair
Date: Sat., August 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Get ready for the two-week Eat Local Challenge that runs during the
first two weeks of September by stopping by the Eat Local Resource Fair.
Learn some new tips to help you eat locally all year--even during winter
months. The Eat Local Resource Fair will also provide you with the
opportunity to buy food directly from local food producers, see cooking
demos, and pick up menu and recipe ideas.
CLICK HERE or call (414) 964-8505 for more information about the Eat
Local Resource Fair and the Eat Local Challenge.
The Milwaukee Masterpiece car show will return to the lakefront at
Veterans Park, bringing with it a display of hundreds of rare and
classic vehicles. Tickets are $15 per day and $20 for a two-day pass
during the presale period. Day-of ticket prices are $20 for one day and
$25 for a two-day pass. All proceeds from the two-day event and will
benefit Jewish Family Services, a 145-year-old organization that
provides meals, counseling, development, and support to those in need.
CLICK HERE for more information
This week, we take time to remember our neighbors that were injured or killed in the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting in Oak Creek, and their families. While this terrible tragedy has shocked us all, it has also shown how strong the threads are that hold our community together.
As usual, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or opinions you may have about our community or our state.
Remembering and Mourning Our Lost Neighbors
Our communityís sense of safety was shattered by violence this past Sunday when a lone gunman entered the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek and opened fire. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and neighbors of those wounded or killed in the shooting.
Click here to read descriptions of the victims as told by their friends
The public is invited to the wake and visitation being held in memory of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting victims. The funeral wake and visitation will take place Friday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Oak Creek High School Gymnasium on E. Puetz Road. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the memorial fund which will be distributed to the victims' families.
You can also send checks by mail. They should be payable to:
Sikh Temple of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Greater Accountability and Transparency needed for WEDC Funds
Democratic members of the Joint Finance Committee, including myself, recently sent a letter to Paul Jadin, the CEO and Secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) requesting that the agency increase its accountability and transparency measures. This call for action was sent following the emergence of news reports examining whether improper tax breaks were offered by WEDC to a Stevens Point information systems company.
WEDC has also recently submitted a plan for the allocation of $25 million in economic development credits they are slated to receive. However, even members of the WEDC Board have expressed concerns that WEDC's plan does little more than provide an end goal with little being said about how the corporation intends on reaching their mandate of creating immediate jobs across the state to get Wisconsinites back to work. Without being given a detailed implementation plan by WEDC on how it will use the $25 million, the Legislature will be unable to protect the interests of taxpayers by ensuring the efficient and effective use of tax dollars.
Before allocating the $25 million grant to WEDC and to get more information about the intended use of the grant, the Democratic members of the Joint Finance Committee are requiring that Secretary Jadin appear before the Committee to answer questions and expand upon WEDC's written plan. We hope that Secretary Jadin is committed to working together with the Legislature to ensure that businesses, displaced workers, and Wisconsin's taxpayers will all be winners as a result of the prospective $25 million grant.
In addition to solving this short-term concern, there are also changes that can be made to increase the long-term accountability and transparency of WEDC to ensure the agency runs smoothly and the public is knowledgeable about the funds being spent, including:
UW Taskforce Releases Report
The Special Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibilities, of which I am a member, recently released a report recommending actions for strengthening the UW system and providing increased access and savings for students. The Task Force was created by the Legislature in 2011 by Act 32, the biennial budget. Statutes required the Task Force to examine and address the following issues:
After holding public hearings, the committee devised the following recommendations, which would be a positive step forward for Wisconsin's public universities:
Making such changes will allow the UW System to continue operating as a cohesive unit, while increasing each individual school's operational flexibilities. This will enable schools to decrease their budgetary costs and prevent shifting cost increases onto students.
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.
Q: I've heard that the Affordable Care Act contains revolutionary provisions to improve preventative care and access to contraception for women. What are these provisions and when do they go into effect?
A: The Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Obama on June 25, 2010, and featured many positive changes to the insurance model. Some of these changes have already been implemented such as:
Other changes will be implemented gradually, such as the revolutionary improvements to greatly improve access to quality, life-saving women's health services that went into effect earlier this month. As of August 1, 2012, preventative health benefits for women across Wisconsin and across the country have been expanded to ensure women can receive the following without being charged a co-pay:
Wisconsin's mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters will see their preventative services expand even further starting January 1, 2014, when:
Overall, this legislation is a revolutionary step not only for womenís healthcare, but healthcare in general in the United States. Allowing for fair and affordable coverage across the board regardless of age, race or gender will provide peace of mind to Americans as they are reassured that a current or future health concern will not result in financial ruin.
Did You Know...?
As you may know, the dairy industry plays a vital role in Wisconsin's economy. Our state is referred to as "America's Dairyland" and Wisconsinites are even nicknamed "cheeseheads." But did you know that when Wisconsin was founded, its main agricultural money maker was actually wheat?
During the mid 19th century, Wisconsin
produced about 1/6 of the wheat grown in the United States. However,
wheat rapidly depleted nutrients in the soil, especially nitrogen, and
was vulnerable to insects, bad weather, and wheat leaf rust. As the soil
lost its quality and prices dropped, the practice of wheat farming moved
west into Iowa and Minnesota. As wheat fell out of favor, many Wisconsin
farmers started raising dairy cattle and growing feed crops, which were
better suited to Wisconsin's climate and soil.
Remember to Vote Tuesday, August 14
Wisconsin's primary elections are fast-approaching. Remember the polls are open on Tuesday, August 14 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Wisconsin residents may register on Election Day at their polling location. You will not need to present a valid photo ID since that requirement has been ruled unconstitutional by the Courts. This ruling is subject to appeal, but is not expected to change before the upcoming primary election, if at all.
Click here for the Government Accountability Board's list of "Top 10
Things Wisconsin Voters Should Know for Primary Election Day."
Saving Water, Saving Money
Fresh water is a crucial natural resource for sustaining life. With fresh and unpolluted water accounting for only 0.003% of total water available globally, it is important for neighbors and local businesses to increase their water efficiency. Toilets currently use more water in the home than any other appliance or fixture, using about 30% of residential indoor water consumption. By switching to a high-efficiency, 1.28-gallon toilet, it will not only save 16,500 gallons of precious water each year, but also keep money in your pocket by lowering your water and energy costs.
To increase water efficiency in across our community starting with the most wasteful appliance, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has started a toilet rebate program. Echoing the motto of "Every Drop Counts," all residents in MMSDís service area can save money, and energy while helping protect Lake Michigan by participating in this Toilet Instant Rebate Program
where select 1.28-gallon toilets will be offered with a $50 or $75 rebate while supplies last.
Update on the London Olympics
The starlit London Olympics Opening
Ceremony stunned the world on July 27, giving us a spectacular peek at
Great Britainís past, present, and future. Directed by Danny Boyles with
performances by British celebrities and dignitaries, including David
Beckham, James Bond, and Her Majesty the Queen, the London Opening
Ceremony was one of the most watched Olympic Opening Ceremonies in
history with 900 million viewers worldwide. As past medalists passed on
the Olympic Torch to young athletes of the future, London also aimed to
pass on the message of a green and regenerative Olympic Games as a
catalyst to encourage more sustainable living the across the globe.
Into the second week of the Games, athletes across the world strived to compete according to the Olympic motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius," meaning "Faster, Higher, Stronger." The United States sent 529 athletes to this yearís Summer Olympics, and they have done a tremendous job of living up to the motto. With a stronghold in the pool and on the gymnastics floor, the United States Olympic Team ranks first in the overall medal count with 34 Gold, 23 Silver, and 25 Bronze medals. China is trailing at a close second with four fewer medals after dominating in diving and table tennis. As there are still several days of competition left, these numbers for both the U.S. and its biggest competitor, China, are expected to increase further.
Some of Wisconsin's own athletes even competed making our state and nation proud, including Matt Tegenkamp in track & field, Grant and Ross James in men's rowing, Kristin Hedstorm in in women's rowing, Gwen Jorgensen in the triathlon, and Staff Sergeant Michael McPhail in shooting
Be sure to continue following and supporting our athletes in the traditional strong U.S. events of track & field, wrestling, and basketball this week. The 2012 Olympic Games will have its Closing Ceremony on Sunday, August 12.
Packers Prepare for 92nd Season
July 26, the Green Bay Packers began training camp at St. Norbertís
College in De Pere for the 55th consecutive summer. This 2012 season
marks the Packers 92nd season in the NFL and seventh under head coach
Mike McCarthy. As always, fans are welcome to watch their beloved Packers, and
admission is free. Tuesday, August 28 will be the last day for fans to
attend these practices.
The Packers are coming off a
remarkable 2011 season. Throughout the regular season, the Packers'
offense, led by Aaron Rodgers, broke all-time franchise marks including
wins, points per game, and total passing touchdowns. The quarterback
played the best season of his career throwing for 4,643 yards, 45
touchdowns, and only six interceptions. These stats earned him a passer
rating of 122.5, which is now the best single season passer rating in
NFL history. Rodgers also got the Packers started off with a 13-0
winning streak, which lasted until December. The Packers finished the
regular season with a 15-1 record.
The Packers had another great draft this year. While in 2011 they focused mainly on offense, this year the Packers used all but two of their draft picks on defensive players in hopes of fixing one of last seasonís biggest weaknesses. The Packersí pass rush will once again be dominant with the addition of Nick Perry and Jerel Worthy. In the 2012-13 season, the Packersí front seven will be significantly better, and the team will be able to play aggressively on both sides of the ball. The 2012 Packers have all the necessary components to win the franchiseís fifth Super Bowl and 14th Championship.
Summer Activities in Our Community
Our community offers a wide variety of summer activities for families, children, and adults alike. Below are just a few activities that you can take part in this summer.
Our Gardens Inside and Out
Click here or call (414) 278-8295 for more information.
Now through Thurs., October 4
Story Time in the Park
Saturdays, August 11 and August 25 at 10 a.m.
Families are invited to neighborhood
parks across Milwaukee County for a unique series of safe, fun, and
interactive "story times" performed by skilled professionals. On
Saturday, August 11, Pink Banana presents an interactive storytelling
experience accompanied by a family scavenger hunt around Jacobus park.
Busy that day? Then stop by Lafollette Park in West Allis instead on
Saturday, August 25. First Stage's Education Department will read a
beloved story and then get up to act out the movements and engage in
theater games. Story Time in the park is best suited for families with
children ages 4-10.
6501 Hillside Lane
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Lafollette Park Pavilion (MAP)
9418 W. Washington Street
West Allis, WI 53214
Update on IDs for Voters
March 2012, 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 was ruled unconstitutional and two
separate Circuit Court judges ordered government officials to halt
requiring voters to present a valid photo ID when casting their vote. It
was stated in the ruling that 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 carried a severe
risk of disenfranchising voters and was suspended based on the vital
public interest at stake in allowing full participation in elections.
Neighborhood Survey Available
I created a survey asking about various issues that are
important to our community and our state. The input of neighbors is
I look forward to hearing your views on these important issues!
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