July 2, 2012
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.
Packer Fans from
Come see the world's first (and only) Science Fiction Football Musical
Comedy. This family-friendly musical comedy follows the exploits of Door
County Packer Fan and apple farmer Harvey Keister. Keister is called
upon by a group of Packer aliens to save their planet from the evil
Space Bears. Marge, his Chicago Bears-loving wife, fears for his sanity.
Packer Fans is even filled with songs that refer to the storied
CLICK HERE or call (414) 273-7206 for more information or to
Mazel Tov! A Celebration of Jewish Weddings
through Tuesday, July 31
Description: Standing under the chuppah. Breaking the glass. Circle Dancing. These familiar traditions enliven the Jewish wedding. Many of the vibrant and joyful customs date back centuries. While some of these traditions are still upheld today, younger generations have incorporated new customs reflective of their contemporary lives. Drawing on the museum's collection and objects borrowed from the community, this exhibit will explore the mores, symbolic artifacts, and celebration unique to the Jewish wedding. CLICK HERE or call (414) 390-5730 for more information.
Garden District Community Farmer's Market
Date: Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning June 23 and ending October 20
Description: The Garden District Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce it will begin hosting a Farmer’s Market each Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning June 23 and ending October 20. The market will be held at their new site located at 6th Street and Norwich and adjacent to the beautiful community gardens. Vendors will offer farm produce, prepared foods, and homemade goods at a total of 66 spaces. CLICK HERE for more information about this event.
Latvian Song and
Vintage Baseball Match
July 8 at 1p.m.
Cudahy Park (MAP)
3000 E. Ramsey Avenue
Cudahy, WI 53110
Description: Milwaukee’s popular French festival, and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations, returns to the downtown area. The free, 4-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors who can enjoy live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, a 5k run, and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows. The event is known for the impromptu street performers, roaming minstrels, and a variety of interactive and musical entertainment. CLICK HERE or call (414) 271-1416 for more information.
Cathedral Square Park (MAP)
520 E. Wells Street Milwaukee, WI 53202
South Shore Frolic
Date: Fri., July 13 through Sun., July 15
Location: Bay View
Stop by the 63rd annual South Shore Frolic. This 3-day festival will
feature a Friday fish fry, music all three days, a car show, an arts and
crafts show, free games for the kids on Saturday and Sunday, a Saturday
rib dinner, lots of other food choices, and fireworks every night.
CLICK HERE for more information.
South Shore Park (MAP)
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Attend Milwaukee's longest-running lakefront ethnic festival. This event
boasts Italian cuisine, a parade, a cinema tent, gondola rides,
concerts, traditional dancers, and Sunday mass followed by a procession
and fireworks. Festa is open from 5 p.m. to Midnight on Thursday, 11
a.m. to Midnight on Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to Midnight on Saturday and
Sunday. Admission is $10 in advance or $13 at the gate.
CLICK HERE or call
Craft Beer Festival
Description: Join in celebrating Milwaukee's brewing heritage this summer. This Milwaukee beer festival will exclusively showcase the craft brews and breweries that continue to make Milwaukee famous. Samples of over 50 Milwaukee craft beers, including many special brews not regularly offered by the breweries, will be available. CLICK HERE for a list of participating breweries and more information.
Cathedral Square Park (MAP)
520 E. Wells Street Milwaukee, WI 53202
Croatian Fest 2012
Date: Sat., July 21 through Sun., July 22
Description: Join neighbors at this annual cultural event located at Croatian Park. This festival features food from the grill, live entertainment, a raffle, and vendors with items for sale. Stop by between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday or between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday. CLICK HERE for more information.
Croatian Park (MAP)
9100 S. 76th Street
Franklin, WI 53132
Remember to take time this holiday week to honor our veterans and the troops that are actively serving. In commemoration of Independence Day, this report will include information about holiday events in the community, emphasize the importance of buying local, and provide tips on flag etiquette.
As usual, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have about our community or our state.
Happy 4th of July!
The anniversary of our nation's Independence Day is Wednesday, July 4. Join family, friends, and neighbors in celebrating the past events that secured our nation's fundamental rights and freedoms. It is also an important time to remember those in uniform who have served or are currently serving to protect our freedom and keep us safe.
If you are looking for a way to show your patriotism for our country or state, flags are available for purchase through my senate office. A 3'x5' nylon United States flag costs $13.00, while a 3'x5' nylon Wisconsin State flag is $16.00. Only checks are accepted and should be made payable to the State of Wisconsin. Orders will be fulfilled by my office once a check and request form are received.
Click here for more information, including a flag order form available
on my Web site.
Do Your Part to Help Grow Our Economy
Recently I hosted a town hall meeting in Oak Creek and was privileged to be joined by dozens of neighbors at the local public library. These open meetings are always a great way for neighbors to express their thoughts and concerns about our community and state. At this particular meeting, one of our neighbors highlighted the importance of growing our economy through buying products made locally, within our state, or at least in the United States. He brought up a specific case of National Guard apparel being made in China. It is easy for anyone to see a clear conflict in sending our tax dollars abroad to have apparel made for or representative of our armed forces when such funds should be kept in the United States to support jobs and companies at home. The importance of producing and buying locally has become especially important during these tough economic times as our local, state, and national economies have been slowed.
Buying local is good for all of us, as
it not only helps inject our economy with a much-needed financial boost,
but it also helps ensure we do not become overly dependent on foreign
imports. Additionally, buying local can increase job opportunities for
our neighbors. Adopting a buy local way of living can be as easy as
favoring buying clothes that are produced in the United States,
purchasing some of Wisconsin’s world famous cheese rather than that of
out-of-state competitors, or even selecting a local craft beer rather
than the widely sold domestics (besides those made here in Milwaukee, of
course). These small steps towards supporting our community will make
you feel better about your purchases and have a profound impact on our
economy, as well.
In recent years, organizations that promote the idea of buying local have begun to emerge throughout the country, benefiting local communities tremendously. One such example can be found in our very own Milwaukee. Local First Milwaukee is an independently- owned organization comprised of Milwaukee-based businesses that works to make Milwaukee a more sustainable community, enable it to compete with other cities, and build a market share for local businesses.
Click here for more information about Local First Milwaukee.
Similar success was seen right here in Wisconsin after launching a Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin competitive grant program to strengthen our agricultural and food industries. The grants worked to reduce the marketing, distribution, and processing hurdles that impede the expansion of sales of Wisconsin’s food products to local purchasers. According to the program's annual impact report, just two years after the program went into effect, the benefits were noticeable. An initial state investment of only $447,700 ensured a $2.7 million increase in new local food sales, produced over $600,000 in new investments, created 38 new jobs, and retained 35 jobs. Additionally, with the help of this investment, over 1,200 producers and over 500 Wisconsin markets benefited.
This commitment to buying local
products and frequenting locally-owned businesses is exactly what
Wisconsin needs during this time of economic uncertainty. So the next
time you are about to buy something be sure to buy locally so that we
can work together to help our communities thrive.
Stop by Summerfest
Our community is currently hosting the beloved Summerfest music
festival, which runs through July 8. This annual event
is being held at Henry Maier
Festival Park, a location boasting 75 acres along Lake Michigan in
beautiful downtown Milwaukee. The famous Marcus Amphitheater is one
of 11 stages being used to present live music day and night to
music lovers of all genres with over 700 bands performing. In addition
to live music, festival-goers can enjoy over 40 diverse food and
beverage vendors, four unique marketplaces, interactive exhibits,
and family-focused entertainment and activities.
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 enjoy displaying a flag during the 4th of July holiday season to show my respect. What are some tips on flag etiquette?
A: No other object more greatly symbolizes our nation's freedoms and those who fought to protect them then the U.S. flag. It is important that when we choose to display this important symbol that we do so properly and with respect. Many of these rules and standards can be found in the Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, and also contains specific instructions on how the flag is to be used. Some of these can be found below:
Did You Know...?
Americans, we know that July 4 is the birthday of our country's
independence. But did you also know that July 4 also has special meaning
for the state of Wisconsin since we were officially recognized as a
territory on July 4, 1836? Wisconsin then went on to earn official
statehood on May 29, 1848.
Town Hall Thank You
A special thank you to everyone that
attended the East Side Town Hall last week at the Urban Ecology Center.
It was encouraging to see so many of our neighbors stop by to share
their thoughts on a wide variety of community and state issues. The
thoughtful comments and questions are greatly appreciated. Hearing your
perspective on issues that will have a significant impact on our
community is crucial as we work together to get Wisconsin moving
Sharing Our Concerns with Washington
I recently joined other legislators from across the country in our nation's capital city of Washington D.C. to discuss the issues of greatest importance to our community. This was a great opportunity for me to not only present concerns neighbors have expressed in our community on such issues as jobs, education, and accountability and transparency in government, but also hear the problems and proposed solutions of officials in other states. I will continue doing what I can to make the needs and concerns of our community known to other states and officials in Washington. I also appreciate being given this chance to hear a fresh perspective and learn best practices on how to better get our community and state moving forward.
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.
Sunday, July 15, August 12, and
September 9 from Noon to 3 p.m.
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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