From the Office of Representative Jonathan Brostoff

November 2016


Dear Neighbors,

Now that we are past the election season, I am able to email the e-newsletter directly to you again. Thank you for your understanding during the time we had to take off and for taking the time to visit my website to read the issues as they posted there.

November has been recognized as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month for 33 years. This disease impacts millions of Americans, including roughly 110,000 Wisconsinites, but a stigma remains and the illness is not afforded nearly the attention it deserves. Please read below to find out more about the disease and continuing efforts to raise awareness about it.

November's featured Business, Nonprofit, and Neighbor are Red Elephant Chocolate, Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA), and Danielle Bergner.

This e-newsletter also includes our regular In the News section; a brief list of upcoming community events; and this month’s highlighted adoptable pets available from the Wisconsin Humane Society-Milwaukee Campus and MADACC.

If you have suggestions for next month's event calendar, featured neighbor, nonprofit, or business, or would like to be added to my e-news list, please email me at

I am also always available to respond to your inquiries and communications when you contact me in my office — at (608) 266-0650 or Also, you can keep up-to-date with ongoing information and developments by following me on Twitter and Facebook and by visiting my website.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared November to be the National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. While significant progress has been made in the 33 years since then, the number of people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease has continued to grow at an alarming rate.

Indeed, every 66 seconds somebody in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death and the most common cause of dementia. It is projected to affect 16 million people by the year 2050. This progressive and debilitating disease still lacks a cure; and many people remain uninformed about warning signs and available care options.

Alzheimer's terrible impact on individuals, families, and our entire society makes it crucial to recognize what we in the community can do. Although National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month is coming to an end, now is the time to redouble our efforts to raise funds for research and to take the opportunity to become knowledgeable on a topic that will likely impact the lives of our own family members and friends.

By learning the disease’s warning signs, we can all take the first step in recognizing when our family members and friends may need outside help or support. The warning signs include:

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work, or leisure.
4. Confusion with time or place.
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
8. Decreased or poor judgment.
9. Withdrawal from social activities.
10. Changes in mood or personality.

Help finding care options and support groups is available through the Alzheimer’s Association. To learn more about National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and the Alzheimer's Association, please visit its website here.

This issue is critically important to me. My mother has been a geriatric social worker for over 33 years, and I grew up learning about the unique needs facing the aging population. Moreover, this Session I served on not only the Committee for Aging and Long Term Care, but also the Speaker's Task Force for Alzheimer's and Dementia; and I’ve thus had additional opportunities to see firsthand how important it is to protect and help our elderly and in-need populations. So, I ask that you please join me in supporting our nation’s 5 million seniors and their families who live with Alzheimer’s.

In the News

Wisconsin’s Gerrymandered Redistricting Ruled Unconstitutional

Assembly Democratic Freshmen Applaud Redistricting Decision

Legislator holds Bible study sessions in Capitol office

To keep up with the latest news, click here.

Local Business of the Month: Red Elephant Chocolate

The Red Elephant is known for its delicious chocolates and other desserts. However, this vibrant cafe embodies much more than just a place to buy sweets. The Red Elephant also maintains a commitment to giving back to the community with recipients including the Ronald McDonald House, the Joy House, and U.S. Military Veterans facilities. 

Located at 333 N. Broadway St., the cafe welcomes anyone looking to satisfy their sweet tooth. Come stop by and understand why Red Elephant Chocolate has become renowned for their tasty treats!

For more information on Red Elephant Chocolate, click here.

Nonprofit of the Month:
Urban Economic Development Association

Since 1997, the Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA) has worked with individuals, organizations, and groups with a focus on affordable housing, economic development, and job creation initiatives. UEDA is a member organization that facilitates collaboration, offers training and technical assistance, and connects organizations and businesses to resources.

Some of the projects they are involved with include Take Root Milwaukee, Food Enterprise Development Network, and the Coalition for Advancing Transit.

For more information on Urban Economic Development Association, click here.

Neighbors of the Month:
Danielle Bergner

Danielle Bergner was recently named managing partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Milwaukee office.

Bergner is a proud alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (my own alma mater) and earned her J.D. at Marquette University Law School.

She is a real estate attorney with a focus on development, zoning and land use, tax credit, and public and private real estate financing. Danielle is also experienced with Tax Incremental Financing (TIF), New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Historic Tax Credits (HTC), HUD financing, and bond financing.

Danielle has worked on professional sports and convention facilities, community and cultural assets, medical office buildings, multi-family residential and mixed-use commercial developments, hotel and retail facilities, industrial facilities, and commercial office buildings.

Thank you, Danielle, for everything you do!

Upcoming Events

Fridays until Dec 16th UWM Planetarium Show - Northern Lights Enjoy the radiance of the night sky in Northern Lights, the UWM Planetarium’s newest show. See colorful displays of dancing lights as Director Jean Creighton gives an exciting overview on how the aurora borealis happens. 7:00-7:55 pm | $4.
Click here for more information.
Until Jan 1st Holiday Lights Festival

The 18th annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival is turning up its spirit to light millions of faces. All-day adventures and evening escapes combine with 500,000+ twinkling lights to power a six-week wonderland.
Click here for more information


Until Dec 30th 

Jingle Bus Rides Marvel at downtown's spectacular sights aboard the convenient Jingle Bus. 40-minute tour, $1 per person.
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Nov 30th Holiday Pajama Jamboree Enjoy a free, one-hour classical pops concert geared toward children and their families. Pajamas, teddy bears, and blankets are welcome for the youngest audience members. Nonperishable food donations for Hunger Task Force are encouraged. | 7pm
Click here for more information.
Dec 2nd & 3rd European Village ALIVE! Celebrate your favorite European holiday traditions as you stroll the streets of the European Village.
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Dec 2nd & 3rd 28th Annual Christmas in the Ward Experience an old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony, fireworks, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa, live reindeer and other outdoor holiday entertainment.
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Dec 3rd Santa Hustle 5k Milwaukee Run/Walk Be part of one of the largest, growing races as thousands of Santas hit the streets. Candy, cookies, and festive music along the way. Begins at 8:30am.
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Dec 6th Community Wide Hanukkah Celebration Save the date for this year’s Community Wide Hanukkah Celebration – Sunday, December 6 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the JCC. All ages welcome!
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Dec 1st-4th & Dec 8th-11th Black Nativity at the Wilson Theater A testament to the power of gospel music, Black Nativity tells the story of Christ's birth through a combination of African American scripture, poetry, dance, and song.
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Dec 9th Ornament signing: Kelli Busch Meet local artist Kelli Busch, designer of this year's commemorative ornament for the Museum Store. Busch will personalize your colorful cityscape for a uniquely special gift and collectible. | 11am to 3pm
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Dec 10th Cocoa with the Clauses This free outdoor event is a chance for kids to share their wish lists, and for moms and dads to snap a keepsake photo. Elves and other holiday characters will also be there. | 11am to 2pm
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Dec 15 - March 2017 Slice of Ice A slice of winter fun in the heart of downtown! Bring your own ice skates and skate for free, or rent a pair at the warming house.
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Dec 21st Hanukkah Storytime With Rabbi Shari Join special guest Rabbi Shari from the Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center and hear wonderful Hanukkah stories followed by a fun Hanukkah craft.
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Dec 25th The Salvation Army's Christmas Family Feast The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County once again presents its annual Christmas feast for every member of the community to partake. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Even Santa will drop by bearing gifts for the kids while they last. Volunteer and donation opportunities are available. | 11am to 2:30pm
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Dec 27th - 29th Kwanzaa at Body and Soul! Come out for the fun and education that will be taking place at Body and Soul during three of the seven days of Kwanzaa.
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Dec 30th New Year’s Eve-Eve at Noon Celebrate 2017 early! Make a party hat and toast the new year (with juice) as you sing, dance and count down to the annual ball drop. | 9am to 12pm
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Dec 31st New Year’s Eve Family Festival at The Dome Ring in 2017 under the glass with this family-friendly celebration at Mitchell Park Conservatory. | 6pm to 9pm
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Volunteer Opportunities

With the holidays fast approaching, this time of year is a reminder to many of us of how fortunate we are to be celebrating amongst our loving family and friends. Please consider volunteering at the following events to spread the holiday spirit in our community.

Sat, Sun

Until Dec 18th

Kooky Cooky House Volunteers must register online by December 12th.
Click here for more information.
Dec 25th Salvation Army’s Christmas Family Feast Volunteers must register online to help with the event.
Click here for more information.
Dec 5th - 20th The Salvation Army Toy Shop Volunteers must register online to help with the event.
Click here for more information.
Dec 20th Holiday Dinner With Santa Volunteers must register by contacting Kim Schubring through email at or phone at (414) 482-1000.
Click here for more information.
Every Tuesday & Saturday Riverwest Food Pantry Individuals can drop in on Saturday mornings at 8am or Tuesday afternoons at 4pm– no need to sign up or apply.
Click here for more information.

Free Admission Days

Milwaukee Art Museum
1st Friday of each month
700 N. Art Museum Drive

Milwaukee Public Museum
1st Thursday of each month
800 W. Wells St.

Betty Brinn Children's Museum
3rd Thursday of each month 5pm-8
929 E. Wisconsin St.

Mitchell Park Domes
Mondays 9am-12pm
524 S. Layton Blvd.

Adoptable Pets

Kasha and Basha may be 11 years old, but they’re still pups at heart! These two have spent their whole lives together and are the best of friends, so the Humane Society is requiring that they go home together.

Their smiles are contagious and they have the most wonderful demeanors; they truly are a fantastic duo. If you have room enough in your home and heart for two, visit them at the Wisconsin Humane Society Milwaukee Campus today!

For more information about Kasha and Basha, please click here and here.

Chase is a large, sweet 5-year-old domestic shorthair at MADACC. He has feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) which weakens his immune system, but cats with FIV tend to live normal lives without a shortened lifespan. For more information in FIV, please click here.

Chase's adoption fee is waived. Go in and meet him today!

For more information about Chase, please click here.


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