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Labor Day "Doggie Dip" at Cool Waters

Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP) and the Milwaukee County Park System are pleased to announce the season’s final “Doggie Dip” at Cool Waters Aquatic Park after the pool is closed to the public for the swimming season.  A presale of admission passes will be offered during open hours at Cool Waters the day before the dip on Sunday, Sept. 5 from 10am-6pm.

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(singing) It's the Most Wonderful Day of the Year (/singing)

You hear that?  It's my phone not ringing.

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Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED

United Way; 2-1-1 @ IMPACT; Flood Response

Today is the 2010 United Way Campaign kick-off.  Your workplace may conduct a campaign; you may read articles about United Way in JSOnline; or you may see campaign billboards throughout our community encouraging you to “Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED”.

There’s a reason why:  when people support the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, they’re actually supporting organizations that help our community.  In fact, a large donation from the United Way made it possible for 2-1-1 @ IMPACT to respond to nearly 11,000 community households that sustained flood damage this past July.

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Making Last Minute Labor Day Plans?

Sullivan, Labor Day, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, travel, biking

This Labor Day weekend promises to be a fruitful one for the tourism industry. AAA Wisconsin reports that in Wisconsin, more than 734,000 people are expected to travel. That’s a 10.8 percent increase over 2009. 19,000 of those travelers will be going by air, while an estimated 688,000 are expected to drive to their destinations.

If you haven’t planned a major car trip yet, there’s no need to feel left out. You don’t need four wheels for a Labor Day getaway, especially in Wisconsin. Here, it only takes two wheels. We’re considered one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the nation, with good reason: Wisconsin led the way on building modern bike trails by being one of the first states to convert railways to multiuse paths. According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, we now lead the nation with more than 1,000 miles of trails, including the Elroy-Sparta State Trail and the Hank Aaron Trail, which cuts right through the 5th Senate District.

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$75 Kitten Fees in September!

During the month of September, all kitten adoption fees will be discounted to $75. All kittens are still spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and go home with a certificate for a free veterinary exam and 30 days of pet health insurance. Visit for more info! 

Intervention 102

Last week I covered approximately .001% of my experience regarding alcoholism.  The reason for me sharing is because I believe we are all affected in some sort of fashion.  We are all connected throughout this life by a loved one’s choice to consume this type of beverage in an excessive manner.  

Although I would love to solve the world’s problems, my job first and foremost is to help individuals take steps regarding their own personal health.  Unless we take care of ourselves, there is no way in heck we can help anyone else.  

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Industrious Dogs Celebrated Labor Day Weekend

Labors of our Loves
Celebrating Industrious Dogs this Labor Day Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies are celebrating the Labor Day weekend with a “Labors of our Loves” promotion. We’re celebrating the animals in our lives who double as our personal trainers, dishwashers, psychiatrists and more...

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I ran some errands today

Nutjobs, State Fair, Taxes, West Allis

On my way back from lunch I was heading west on I-94 from downtown.  By the time I got home, I had compliled these words of advice for our friends at the Harley Davidson festivities this weekend.

  • If I am behind you in the center lane on the freeway, and neither of us is going 45 MPH, then you are not just one lane too far left, but about one mile from where you should be.  Get off the freeway and use Bluemound Road
  • If I am in the left lane (getting around dufus number one) and you get so close to my rear bumper that I can count the mosquitoes in your teeth, you may be in the wrong country.
  • You and your bretheren are the only ones who want to hear your potato-potato-potato.  Today is one of the first car window open days in weeks, and gunning your motors under the overpass impresses nobody.  All it does is make me wish that the roadway loses its integrity.

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Revenge of the Nerds LIVE

James family, YouTube

(Subtitled: The Second Most Wonderful Day of the Year)

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Downtown West Allis Classic Car Show

Downtown, Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, Classic Car Show

20 years in the making.  If you have never attended the Downtown West Allis Classic Car Show, you are in for a real treat.  Let me be the first to invite you to our 20th Annual Downtown West Allis Classic Car Show on Sunday, October 3rd from 10am to 3pm.  Greenfield Avenue between 70th & 76th streets will be closed to traffic for the safety of our visitors and to accommodate additional classic cars and show activities.  We will feature over 400 car exhibitors and thousands of spectators!

The Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District and its sponsors:  Quad Graphics, Model Empire, West Allis Dental Care, Landmark Credit Union, The Home Depot, Fleet Auto, B & K Bar Supplies, Advance Auto, Race Fever, West Allis NOW, DC Ellington and Auto Zone are "gearing up" for this event.

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...about Your Neighbors

2-1-1 @ IMPACT

If you needed a food pantry or emergency shelter, how would you locate it?  Google?  Yellow Pages?  Your place of worship?  While most of us will never experience hunger or the threat of homelessness, thousands* of our neighbors do every year, and have turned to 2-1-1 @ IMPACT for help in accessing these kinds of resources and many others.

Our call data demonstrates that the issues causing people to struggle the most – whether they’re from the heart of Milwaukee, the near Northshore or the southern suburbs – are surprisingly similar.  The Top Five Needs of callers from randomly-selected communities – Franklin, Greendale, Shorewood, Wauwatosa and Milwaukee – include the most basic of human needs:  Food and Shelter. (See the map below)

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Greenfield School District AGAIN Wants To Increase Property Tax Levy!!!

Proposed School District Tax Levy Increase...............

The Greenfield School District will present its increase in the property tax levy to electors at the September Annual Meeting on Monday, September 13th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center located at 4800 S 60th Street.  

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Dear John*:

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The Next Step for the UWM Engineering Campus

Sullivan, UWM Engineering Campus, Medical College of Wisconsin, GE Healthcare, Blood Center of Wisconsin

I submitted a letter in support of creating a tax incremental financing district in Wauwatosa to aid in the development of the UWM Engineering Campus in our city. Please read the text below.

September 14, 2010

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The poker gods were not happy

You know, even I am tired of going on vacations.  It started when My-Sugar-Na didn't come along to Reno with me in May, so I treated her to a few days in Manhattan in July.  But I couldn't let the poker boys down in September now, could I?

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DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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District Attorney Kratz

The recent story regarding District Attorney Kenneth R. Kratz may ring a bell with more individuals than not..

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Prescription Drug Drop-Off...A SUCCESS



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State Partners with Medical College to Draw More High-Tech Research to Wisconsin

Sullivan, Wisconsin Building Commission, 7 Tesla MRI, Medical College of Wisconsin, Blood Center of Wisconsin, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, GE Healthcare, Tax Incremental Financing, UWM Engineering Campus

The Wisconsin Building Commission released $10 million this month to help purchase and install a 7 Tesla MRI scanner at The Medical College of Wisconsin. The investment in this highly advanced medical imaging equipment will encourage high-tech medical research firms to focus on Wisconsin, as well as attract federal research grants to the 5th Senate District.

I have advocated for this major development since 2007, working with members of the Joint Finance Committee, leadership from both houses and the governor to secure this substantial financial commitment to advancing medical research in Wisconsin. The 7T MRI will provide greater resolution for diagnostic imaging, allowing researchers to study workings of the human brain at levels they have never seen before.

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Chicago area grocer plans first Wisconsin store for West Milwaukee

West Milwaukee, Retail

The owner of Cermak Fresh Market, based in Aurora, Ill., plans to open a similar store in West Milwaukee that focuses on selling fresh fruits and vegetables.

Mike Bousis, who opened the Aurora store in 2007, said Thursday he plans to have the new store open within 18 months. It would be just south of Target, 1501 Miller Park Way.

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