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A New Year and New Life for the Paradise

Paradise Theater, Six Points Area, Capital Theater, City of West Allis, Historical Society

I do hope that everyone had a wonderful and happy Christmas. Now that the New Year is upon us, my wish for everyone is for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010.  "Prosit" on that wish!

Now for the news of the Six Corners Paradise building. Apparently, the city is trying to acquire it.  I, personally, sure do hope that this happens since I almost feel that I have a vested interest in what happens to this building. In my family there are three generations of people that attended movies there or worked there. My dad grew up in this neighborhood and told me many stories of the serial movies that he went to every Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Later in life, my dad managed the Capital theater on 73rd and Greenfield.  In grade school the Paradise was my theater of choice for movies too. When Dad managed the Capital I was there every Friday evening with dad. Back to the Paradise, my daughter worked for the management at that time. She worked the concession stand, cleaned and got to explore the theater. She often told me of the back stage area, the dressing rooms and the stairs to them. Before the Paradise became a church, I used to go see the movies most Friday evenings. That was when the two young men managed it.  I guess they just couldn't make a go of it and had to close up.

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Downtown West Allis Starts Preparations for the 3rd Annual West Allis Ala Carte

Well, 2010 has finally arrived and preparations are beginning to take place for our 3rd Annual West Allis Ala Carte.  This year this event will be held on Sunday, June 6, 2010 from 12 Noon until 6pm on Greenfield Avenue between 70th & 76th Streets.  This is a great opportunity for our businesses located in Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District to be showcased as well other businesses and organizations located in the City of West Allis to shine.

This community event is geared toward families, with something for both young and old.  We have children's games and inflatables, plenty of food; music performed by local students, residents, seniors and you favorite area bands.  We also offer artists, crafters and information from various local organizations.  Our objective is to make this event fun, informational and entertaining.

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CiCi's Pizza to open 1st Wisconsin location in West Allis

West Allis, Retail

The first Wisconsin location for CiCi's Pizza Buffet will open in April in West Allis, at The Shoppes on 100, a shopping center on S. 108th St., just south of W. National Ave.

A CiCi's franchisee, Rally Pizza LLC, operated by Paul Tate, is leasing 3,550 square feet at the shopping center. The lease was brokered by Cory Sovine, of Siegel-Gallagher.

MMOB

I have made two New Year’s resolutions.  One, I am going to MMOB (mind my own business) and two, I am going to call out the crazy.

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Steinhafels opens 5th mattress store

Steinhafels

Steinhafels opened another mattress store last week, at 1528C S. 108th St., near Sam's Club in West Allis.

This is the fifth location in the new mattress chain for the local furniture giant. Steinhafels has ramped up its mattress business in the past year after buying the mattress production facility from the former Evans Mattress & Furniture. Evans went out of business.

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WAPD Officer Recognition/Significant Arrests - Latest Update

The intent of this press release is to keep the citizens of West Allis informed about recent arrests of individuals from incidents that have been previously reported on the WestAllisNow website. On a monthly basis, a release of this nature will be shared with the citizens of West Allis.

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Celebrate Christmas with the Rotary Club of West Allis

Rotary Club Annual Christmas Party:

  • It's all about the kids

Rotarian Kevin Donnelly confers with his kids as to how to open the Box.

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Concordia to move south Milwaukee campus in March

Concordia University will move its south side Milwaukee location to West Milwaukee in March, the school announced Tuesday.

The Village of West Milwaukee Planning Commission approved plans for the new center at 1670 South Miller Park Way during a December meeting.

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Community Alliance Against Drugs Annual New Years Eve Party a Success

Community Alliance Against Drugs

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Have Schools Gone Too Far?

Interesting article on yahoo's home page, "Long Hair gets Mesquite pre-kindergartner in trouble" (

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BORN TO WED

Once upon a time, there was a little girl.  When she was young, her mother informed her that she had a destiny.  She would attend Princess School, meet Prince Charming, fall in love, marry, have children and live happily ever after.  The princess then woke up and realized it was all just a dream.  To some, it may be a nightmare in the making. 

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Law of The Garbage Truck

I received the story below and felt it should be shared with as many people as possible. 

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches!

The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.  And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'  This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.  As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally.

Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. 

Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. 
 
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.  
 
Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so... 
 
Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. 
 
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent of how you take it!

Have a blessed, garbage-free day!

Consider the Cat

cats, Humane Society, cat toys, Adopting cats and dogs, companion animals

I know that everyone is not a cat lover. I've had both dogs and cats for pets, sometimes both at the same time. It was interesting to watch the interactions between the two species. They each developed a heathly respect for each other and both species grieved when their "companion" passed away. The ownership of either a dog or a cat depends on one's lifestyle and needs.

Right now, owning a cat meets my lifestyle and needs. So, consider the cat. The Humane Society gives older (over 1 year) cats for free. Kittens are not free. Plus, the animal you get will be spayed or neutered so now yowling while the female is in heat and no spraying from the male.

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“Where There’s a Will There’s a Relative.”

One of our board members, Mary Beth Topf, takes over our blog today. She has been busy directing a great show in Menomonee Falls.   

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I am back! Didja miss me?

Nanny State, Blogger's Clip Show, Development, James family, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nutjobs, One Idiot is Offended, West Allis


When I started writing the blog in 2007, I envisioned myself as a columnist.  Kind of a Dale Hoffman of the blogosphere, mixed in with dashes of favorite on-line bloggers and columnists such as Bill Simmons, Greg Easterbrook and Al Bethke.  My intent from Day One was to be humorous and clever to make people interested in checking back with me, and then BLAMMO!, hit 'em with a political viewpoint or something of sincere interest to me.  I guess I wanted everybody to think; "Wow, He's clever and so very, very wise".

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Gym/Music Grading

The first semster of school is over, we are half way through.  With the end of the semster came mid-terms.  Kudo's to WAWM for giving these, I didn't have mid-terms or finals in high school.  I do have questions about one type of class that give skills tests, written tests and written mid-terms/finals.  I am hoping that some insight can be given to why those items are required.  

Physical Education is not what it was 20 years ago, that is for sure.  Now-a-days you have to be tested on your athletic skills and knowledge of the sport being focused on.  What bothers me is what about the students who are not athletic?  Some people can dance or swim or do tennis and others can't.  So if a student is not a gifted athlete they do poorly on the skills tests and get low grades which in turn can bring down their GPA's.  What ever happened to partcipate or not, pass or fail.  

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An Evening of Fun for the Whole Family: Winterfest 2-6-10

Look for pictures a few days after the event.

These are the kinds of things I think of

Local news, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Other blogs


I blame Patrick McIlheran.

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ADULT EDUCATION???

Probably not!

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2009 Rewind & 2010 Opportunities

I cannot believe it is the end of January 2010 already. It seems like just yesterday we were talking about what we were going to do with family and friends over the holidays. We (West Allis Charities members) hope all of our readers, contributors, and community partners had a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season. We are proud to share our 2009 Community Contributions with all of you.

Despite the economic conditions and decrease in our monetary contributions received, we were able to provide support for a few areas where our community needed us. 

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