February 4, 2011
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.
Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to
Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Bay View Winter Blast ‘11
Attend this community festival featuring musical entertainment, family
activities and community group stands. Winter Blast also hosts Bay
View’s only chili cook-off between multiple neighborhood restaurants.
For more information, please
South Shore Park Pavilion (MAP)
Your thoughts and concerns are important to me. Unfortunately the previous senator for our community has chosen to forward only the information required by Senate Rules. Therefore, if you contacted the office between August 1, 2010 and Jan 1, 2011, no record of your issue exists. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any prior communications so that we can work together to address your concerns and assist you appropriately.
|Open Enrollment Changes: What it Could Mean for Our Community|
On Wednesday, Republicans passed
Senate Bill 2 over objections concerning the ability of community- based
schools to plan and function. This bill increases the time for open
enrollment at schools from three weeks to three months. It also contains
a provision essentially allowing for year-round open enrollment, making
it nearly impossible for our local schools to plan their budgets and
adequately staff classrooms. My office and I sat down with
superintendents, teachers and families who are concerned with how this
legislation will harm our schools.
Picture (top): South Milwaukee High School
|Response to 2011 State of the State|
Tuesday the governor gave his first
State of the State, which offered surprisingly little vision on how to
move our economy forward. It is especially disconcerting that important
community issues, including: education, seniors, healthcare and
agriculture, were completely ignored.
|Update on Wetlands Legislation|
The Senate and Assembly passed Special
Session Senate Bill 10, legislation removing state protections for
certain Brown County wetlands in order to provide a sweetheart deal to
an influential developer.
Picture (top): One of Wisconsin's many wetlands
|Call for Senior Citizen Hall of Fame Nominees|
The Milwaukee County Department on Aging is requesting nominations for the Senior Citizen Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors five outstanding seniors in Milwaukee County who serve on behalf the elderly.
Nominees must show distinguished
volunteer service in any one or combination of the following categories:
regardless of race, creed
or national origin
Picture (top): Milwaukee's Beulah Brinton Senior Center
Wisconsin Super Bowl-Ready
Packers vs. Steelers, 5:30 P.M. Sunday on FOX
The Green Bay Packers will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Arlington, Texas this Sunday, February 6 for Super Bowl XLV. The Packers have been victorious in three of their four previous Super Bowl appearances. Quarter back Aaron Rogers helped lead our Packers to a 10-6 record in the regular season. The Packers then went on to dominate in the playoffs after earning a Wild Card position. Best of luck to our Green Bay Packers in their fight for Super Bowl glory!
Picture (left): Green and gold dome honoring the Packers
|Meet for Coffee|
We will have office hours open to the public at Sven's Cafe in
Bay View. This is your chance to talk in person about any questions,
concerns or opinions you might have about our community or state. No
appointment necessary. Feel free to call for additional information.
Saturday, February 5 and February 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Picture (right): Come to Sven's for good coffee and great conversation.
Attend a town hall meeting this February at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. This is your opportunity to discuss your comments, questions and concerns about our community and state. I will be in attendance along with Representative Jon Richards and Alderman Nik Kovac. The information for the event is listed below. Do not hesitate to call or email with any additional questions you might have.
Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church (MAP)
2618 N. Hackett Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
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