February 13, 2014
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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.
UW-Milwaukee's 17th Annual Festival of Films in French
Date: Now through Sun., February 16
Description: Fourteen films will be screened
over the 10-day festival, bringing a rich array of French-language
cinema to Milwaukee. This year's selection highlights four women
filmmakers and marks the centenary of World War I with Jean Renoir's
highly acclaimed "La Grande Illusion" and two other anti-war films, the
dadaist short "Entr'acte" and Abel Gance's silent classic "J'accuse,"
which will be screened with live musical accompaniment, a Festival
tradition. These 14 films will not only take you back in time but also
across the globe from Canada to Senegal and Israel to Malaysia. All
films are free, open to the public, and subtitled in English.
CLICK HERE or call (414)229-4070 for more information.
It's a Major Deal!
Exciting and refreshing juried works from sophomore and junior students
representing all majors from MIAD's dynamic curriculum. This event is
free and open to the public.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Andy Warhol: 10
Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century
Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art
Date: Now through Sun., May 4
features an unprecedented selection of American paintings, drawings,
sculptures, photographs, textiles, furniture, and decorative arts from
the Milwaukee Art Museum's world-class collection of folk and
self-taught art. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as American
art struggled to find its own voice separate from the classical European
style that dominated the art world, an authentically American artistic
expression was identified in the work of folk and self-taught artists.
CLICK HERE or call (414) 224-3200 for more information.
Body Worlds & The
Cycle of Life
BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is the latest exhibition from physician
and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. At BODY WORLDS & The
Cycle of Life, you will see the body throughout the human life cycle and
across the arc of aging. More than 200 real human specimens preserved
through Dr. von Hagens' invention reveal the human body in all its
stages, across youth, growth, maturity, and advanced age, and in all its
conditions, from health to distress to disease.
CLICK HERE or call (414) 278-2702 for more information.
Date: Sat., February 22
Description: This event is planned by the Cudahy Recreation Department with the Sheridan Park Friends. Refreshments will also be available. CLICK HERE for more information about this event.
Sheridan Park (MAP)
4800 S. Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110
12th Annual Local
Farmer Open House
Description: Know your farmer, know your food. Whether you are learning about Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) or have been a member for years, this is a great opportunity to talk with local farmers, learn about their growing practices and share options, and choose which farm is best for you. Short workshops on issues such as cooking from your CSA, will also be featured. This event is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE for more information.
Urban Ecology Center Riverside Park (MAP)
1500 E. Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211
16th Annual Food &
Beer is one of the oldest beverages created by humankind. Some
archaeologists even speculate that beer was a key component of early
civilization. Beer belongs in a museum. Celebrate beer's history as one
of our favorite beverages at the Milwaukee Public Museum's 16th Annual
Food & Froth Fest on Saturday, February 22. Sample stout crafted halfway
around the world, or pair a lager brewed across town with appetizers
from a variety of area restaurants and caterers. You will also get a
taste of Milwaukee's great music scene through an exceptional line-up of
local bands. Event Tickets costs include a chance to sample more than
200 different beers from Midwest and international breweries, a
complimentary commemorative take-home glass, and great food from local
CLICK HERE for more information.
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
This week, my Democratic colleagues and I introduced a proposal that would make Wisconsin more equal for all by removing the current ban on marriage equality. If you would like to join us, continue reading and sign the petition available at www.MarriageEqualityWI.com.
Renewed Fight for Marriage Equality
2006, Wisconsin adopted a constitutional amendment banning marriage
equality for all in our state. This backwards amendment has prevented
many Wisconsinites from being able to partake in the ultimate expression
of love and commitment--Marriage. Further, it has left many couples and
their families vulnerable to intolerance and undue hardship.
The current legislative session is
slated to end in April. We encourage our Republican colleagues to join
us in taking this positive step forward by removing the marriage
equality ban before we finish for the year.
Click here to download or print the PDF for the Marriage Equality
Senate Passes Infant Safety Bill
This week, the Legislature passed a bill that will help provide Wisconsin families with peace of mind regarding the health of their newborns. This legislation, Senate Bill 523, gives the Wisconsin Department of Health Services the authority, through administrative rules, to add screenings such as pulse oximetry to the newborn screening program in Wisconsin.
While some heart defects are revealed on the 20-week ultrasound or when the baby is born, some serious underlying heart problems can go undetected in the first days after delivery. According to the Center for Disease Control, congenital heart defects are the cause of 24% of all infant deaths. Further it is the number one killer of infants with birth defects.
Early discovery is the key to effective treatment and recovery of congenital heart defects. Pulse oximetry is a simple, inexpensive, non-invasive procedure with the potential to save lives. During the procedure, a small probe is held against a newborn's foot and hand for a couple minutes. The probe tests how well the baby's blood is saturated with oxygen, an indicator of how well the heart is functioning, and the results can reveal the presence of congenital heart defects that might otherwise go undetected. According to the American Heart Association, wider use of pulse oximetry screening would help identify more than 90% of heart defects.
I supported similar legislation last session and was happy to vote in favor of Senate Bill 523 this week. I cannot think of a better way to commemorate Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (February 7-14) than passing this legislation.
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.
This bill would allow for the creation of an RTA if the governing body of two or more municipalities located in the Appleton/Fox Cities area adopt a resolution authorizing the municipality to become a member of the RTA. These resolutions must then be supported by a majority of the voters living in those municipalities through a referendum.
After the RTA is created, any municipality in the RTA's planning area may join so long as:
This legislation also contains the following guidelines related to RTAs:
The most recent Census found that the Fox Valley area has surpassed a population of 200,000 people. This population increase will push the region into a new federal transit funding bracket that will decrease the amount of federal funding support it receives. This was the impetus behind the creation and adoption of this bill.
This bill was approved by the Senate with a vote of 25-7, with only a handful of Republican senators voting against the bill. I voted for this bill, as it is a positive step forward in providing local communities and voters the tools to decide what is best for them. I will continue to fight for the ability of local communities to decide whether an RTA is right for the family, friends, neighbors, and businesses in that particular region.
Did You Know...?
If you have turned on your TV or picked up a newspaper, you are likely aware that the Sochi Olympic Games are currently underway. But did you know that Wisconsin is one of the top five states for producing Olympic athletes at this year's games?
According to data compiled from the Washington Post, Business Insider, and the Team USA Web site, the United States sent a record 230 Olympians--105 women and 125 men from 38 states--to Sochi. Below is a breakdown of the top five states represented at the 2014 Olympic Games:
New York--18 athletes
Congratulations are in order for Wisconsin's athletes on their tremendous achievement of reaching the Olympic Games in order to compete on behalf of the United States. Be sure to cheer them on as they strive to achieve one of the highest athletic honors by earning a gold, silver, or bronze Olympic medal.
Join Me at Bay View Winter Blast
Join me and our neighbors at the annual Bay View Winter Blast celebration on Sunday, February 16 from Noon to 4 p.m. at the South Shore Park Pavilion. Every winter, the Bay View Neighborhood Association hosts a warming event for neighbors to get together and have a blast. This is a luau-themed party that will boast a Hawaiian shirt contest, hula hoop and limbo contests, spam carving, and face-painting. A tiki photo booth will also be available to take memorable photos. Live music, delicious food from local restaurants, and booths from numerous community and neighborhood groups are just a part of what to expect at this year's Winter Blast.
South Shore Park Pavilion (MAP)
2900 South Shore Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53207
American Heart Month Celebrates 50 Years
February is American Heart Month,
which aims to raise awareness of our nation's number one killer. This
year, American Heart Month also celebrates its 50-year anniversary.
Heart disease is currently the nation's number one killer, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Further, approximately every 34 seconds, one American has a coronary event, and approximately every one minute 23 seconds, an American will die of one.
The American Heart Association offers advice on the "Simple Seven," which are the seven controllable factors that Wisconsinites can monitor to maximize heart health. This is a great resource to consult when determining actions to take to live a more heart-healthy life.
Valentine's Day is Tomorrow
Friday, February 14 is Valentine's Day so remember to show your loved ones how much they mean to you. Valentine's Day celebrations are happening all over our community. Click on the links below for creative ways to celebrate this holiday with family and loved ones.
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. In addition, I
have also made this survey available online.
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