November 15, 2012
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Supporting our 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.
Come enjoy The Sound of Music this holiday season in Milwaukee. This
timeless classic makes for a perfect evening for the entire family. When
Maria, a nun-in-training, proves to be too high-spirited for religious
life, she is sent to serve as governess for the seven children of a
widowed naval captain. Her amazing rapport with the children combined
with her generosity and kindness gradually captures the heart of the
austere Captain von Trapp. Shortly after marrying, the whole family is
forced to flee invading Nazis by escaping over the mountains of
Switzerland. The family’s narrow escape on the eve of World War II is
one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in
CLICK HERE or call (414) 291-7811 for more information or to
Milwaukee's 86th Annual Holiday Parade
Description: Milwaukee's 86th Annual Milwaukee Holiday Parade, brought to you by Johnson Controls, will feature approximately 100 units and take about one hour. Volunteers will also be walking the route to collect non-perishable food items on behalf of Hunger Taskforce.
Park for only $3 at the Shops of Grand Avenue, and get Downtown to help welcome Santa. CLICK HERE for more information, including a map of the route.
Annual Heritage Place Tree Lighting
Date: Sat., November 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: South Milwaukee
Description: The South Milwaukee Chamber is honored to present the annual holiday lighting of the beautiful and stately evergreen tree in South Milwaukee’s Heritage Park. Additional activities include photos with Santa, performances by neighborhood school choirs, and beverage offerings of hot cocoa and cider. CLICK HERE for more information about this family-friendly holiday event.
Location: South Milwaukee
Description: No group of child musicians has won more acclaim than the incomparable Wiener Sängerknaben, founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498. Six centuries later, the famed Vienna Boys Choir continues to delight music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm, and a diverse, crowd-pleasing repertoire of timeless music. CLICK HERE or call (414) 766-5049 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Performing Arts Center (MAP)
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
part of an old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting in the heart of the
Historic Third Ward on Friday in Catalano Square. Santa and his reindeer
will also stop by to welcome the holiday season with fireworks and more.
Festivities will be going on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December
1. Events will be located in the Historic Third Ward on the corner of
Broadway and Menomonee.
CLICK HERE for more information, including a schedule of planned
Family Free Day at Zoo
All visitors receive free admission to the Milwaukee County Zoo on this
day, although the parking fee remains in effect.
CLICK HERE or call (414) 256-5466 for additional information on this
event and the Milwaukee County Zoo.
A Christmas Carol
Description: The ultimate holiday tradition returns again for its 37th year. Dickens’ classic masterpiece will delight and brighten your holiday season with beautiful carols and a timeless message of hope, peace, love, and the true meaning of the holiday season. Bring the whole family and join in a tradition that has been delighting audiences for generations. CLICK HERE for more information or to buy tickets.
The Pabst Theater (MAP)
As the newly elected Democratic Leader of the Senate, I look forward to working with my colleagues, Republican legislators, and the governor to get Wisconsin back to work and moving forward again. Continue reading for more information about the challenges facing our state and priorities for the upcoming session.
Ready to Tackle State Challenges as Democratic Leader
I am humbled by the confidence my fellow senators have in me by electing me their leader. With the elections complete, we have an opportunity to stop divide-and-conquer politics and start working responsibly across the aisle to serve all Wisconsinites. Wisconsin voters spoke loud and clear on November 6. They want Democratic and Republican lawmakers to move the state forward with programs and policies that reflect our shared Wisconsin values.
For the sake of Wisconsin’s future, I
encourage members of the Legislature to work together as Wisconsinites
by casting off our partisan labels and setting aside any politically
divisive agendas. I have encouraged Governor Walker to adopt the
following immediate priorities:
2) Re-investing in our public
education so that our children are armed with comprehensive learning
skills that will allow them to be productive and successful in the
workforce, and creating stronger accountability measures for private
voucher schools that currently receive $157.8 million in non-transparent
4) Implementing a comprehensive and functional health care exchange that genuinely benefits our citizens and local businesses and complies with the Supreme Court upheld Affordable Care Act.
With the support and confidence of my Democratic colleagues, I look forward to tackling these difficult but important issues with the governor and Republican legislators. However, such efforts will only succeed if as fellow badgers we dig deep and work together to create a brighter future for our family, friends, and neighbors. I hope that we can work together to reverse the divisive rhetoric and policies that have prevented us from moving forward and instead embrace a spirit of compromise.
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: The deadline set by the federal government for Wisconsin to provide a state plan on implementing the Affordable Care Act is Friday, November 16. What has plan has our state submitted?
A: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal health care reform law on June 28, 2012, making meaningful health care reform implementation in Wisconsin imperative. This includes developing a health care exchange, or competitive health care marketplace, which will allow individuals to:
Unfortunately, instead of creating a plan of action for implementing the law in Wisconsin, the Walker Administration chose to remain idle in hopes that the November elections would change the law's fate. As a result, Wisconsin has now joined the "unhealthy eight"-- a group of eight states that have done nothing to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Wisconsin now has to scramble to put together a statement of intent on how it plans to move forward with implementing the Affordable Care Act. Wisconsin has until Friday, November 16, 2012, to submit the initial letter of intent and until Friday, December 14, 2012 to send in the implementation proposal. I would hope that we hear something from Governor Walker soon regarding this important issue.
Wisconsin is unique with its own health care needs. We must find a way to set politics aside and work on creating an exchange tailored to meet the needs of Wisconsinites. Moving forward with implementing a state-based exchange, rather than one controlled by the federal government or a hybrid of the two, is an idea supported by members on both sides of the aisle.
Many Wisconsinites and businesses are looking forward to realizing some of the benefits the health care reform law brings to individuals and families across the state. Some of these benefits include:
Health care is a major economic issue
as it affects all Wisconsinites and businesses statewide. A healthy
workforce means less sick days, catching health issues before they
become chronic conditions, and increased productivity. I believe a
working Wisconsin needs to be a healthy Wisconsin. As we approach the
upcoming legislative session, economic issues, including health care,
will be a top priority of mine and my fellow Democrats.
Did You Know...?
Many of us have a favorite cranberry recipe that we will be preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday, but did you know that the cranberries you will be using most likely came from our very own Wisconsin?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cranberries from Wisconsin account for more than half of the total national cranberry production. The United States production forecast for the 2012 cranberry crop is 7.68 million barrels, with 4.50 million barrels coming from Wisconsin.
In July, cranberry vines experienced heat stress due to high temperature and low precipitation levels. Despite these challenges, Wisconsin still managed to increase overall cranberry production by 2%.
Thank You to Our Veterans
was honored to be invited to celebrate Veterans Day with our neighbors in Oak
Creek, South Milwaukee, and Cudahy this past weekend. The courage,
dedication, hard work, and patriotism demonstrated by the brave men and
women honored at these recent events have made our country the model of
freedom. Our veterans have also made it possible for past, current, and
future generations to realize the American Dream our founding fathers
November is Diabetes Awareness Month
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, which aims to bring awareness to the disease, provide information about prevention and management, and honor the work of caregivers, researchers, medical professionals, and advocates leading the fight against this pervasive illness. Though we have made substantial strides in combating diabetes, the number of Americans affected by this disease continues to grow at an exponential rate.
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This illness is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, the American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion annually.
Recent studies indicate that the early
detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of
developing the complications of diabetes. Below are a list of diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes
Additionally, those at a greater risk of developing diabetes should be more vigilant in monitoring their health. These individuals include: people over the age of 45, people with a family history of diabetes, people who are overweight, people who do not exercise regularly, people with low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides, people with high blood pressure, women who had gestational diabetes, and certain ethnic groups.
If you are at risk for diabetes, remember that prevention is key to safeguarding your health, having a healthy diet, exercising, and regularly visiting the doctor are all ways to prevent the onset of diabetes.
I will continue to fight for
establishing a health care exchange in Wisconsin so that we can
implement the Affordable Care Act in our state and ensure those
suffering from diabetes will receive the medical coverage they need.
During the 2013-2014 Legislative Session, I will also work to defeat any
may rollback our existing health insurance benefits or attempt to
exclude them from future insurance plans.
Although rates of diabetes-related complications have declined, the number of people in the United States diagnosed with diabetes is projected to double or triple by the year 2050, if current trends continue. Diabetes is treatable, but we are still far from a cure. Therefore, we need to continue getting the word out about this disease.
November is Aviation History Month
November marks the beginning of
Aviation History Month, when the first successful hot air balloon flight
was completed by Jacques and Joseph Montgolfier of France in 1793. For
decades thereafter, man tried and failed to develop methods of flight
including a steam-powered monoplane and an aircraft powered by gun
It was not until 1903 that the Wright
Brothers famously built and flew the first airplane on the rolling
plains of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, dramatically changing the way we
travel, transport, and defend our country. Milwaukee first came onto the
aviation scene by opening the Hamilton Airport in 1927, creating the
first air service to go between Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis.
Following the Great Depression in 1938, the Works Progress
Administration constructed a new terminal building and later changed the
name of the airport to General Mitchell Field in 1941 in honor of
Milwaukee native and military figure, William Mitchell.
Since its creation, the International General Mitchell Airport has transformed Milwaukee into a hub for tourism, commerce, and travel, creating an untold amount of revenue for Milwaukee’s economy. In 2011, a total of 9,522,456 people traveled through the Mitchell Airport showing just how important the city of Milwaukee is to the aviation industry.
Our community will also greatly
benefit from constant improvement and growth of our airport, which has
spurred the creation of the Milwaukee Gateway Aerotropolis Corporation.
Aerotropolis is a non-profit organization that helps harness the
economic benefits associated with our local airport. Aerotropolis
provides sustainable infrastructure to ensure efficient economic growth
in our community, promote a secure business climate, and increase jobs
for our neighbors.
If you are interested in learning more about Wisconsin and its role in the field of aviation, feel free to check out the Mitchell Gallery of Flight Museum inside the General Mitchell International Airport.
This upcoming Thursday marks the
beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving. Take time to enjoy
the day and reflect on everything you have to be thankful for with
family, friends, and neighbors.
UW-Milwaukee Manfred Olson Planetarium (MAP)
1900 E. Kenwood Boulevard
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 decorated streetscapes and hundreds of events. Marvel at the spectacular sights aboard the convenient Jingle Bus, a Coach USA 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.
Old Fashioned Christmas and Parade
Sunday, November 25 from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
This event kicks off with a parade sponsored by the local Lions Club. The parade begins at 12th and Milwaukee and will end at the South Milwaukee City Hall. Santa Claus will stop by the Council Chamber to pose for pictures from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free candy-filled stockings donated by the South Shore Noon Lake Lions Club will also be handed out to children visiting Santa. This event will feature other family-friendly activities including children's craft time, hot food and beverages for purchase, and sing-along Christmas carols.
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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