Community Blogs

PORCH CHAT Reflections from the Front Porch

Michael Franks, CFP®, CRPC® is a Certified Financial Planner™ certificant (CFP®), a designation award by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™ (CRPC), a designation awarded by the College of Financial Planning. He began his career in New York in 1994, working for 12 years as an Institutional salesman, selling equity ideas to mutual funds, hedge funds, banks and insurance companies. In 2006 he transitioned to working with individual investors, a move driven by his desire to have a more positive impact on individual’s lives. Over the last several years he has helped clients navigate some of the most challenging markets of our lifetime. Mike earned a B.S. in business management from Cornell University.

Front Porch Financial Management LLC is a separate entity from LPL Financial.  Securities and Advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor and Member of FINRA/SIPC. 

Wisdom from Behind the Plate (Oct. 20, 2015)

Speaking the Truth

Gary is an author, trial lawyer, Mequon-area resident and town of Cedarburg supervisor. He is a columnist for the News Graphic and writes for several Wisconsin area magazines and is a national columnist with The American Thinker and PJ Media.  He lives with his wife, Lisa, and has three sons ages 18 to 28. Gary won Ozaukee County in his bid for the Wisconsin Assembly's 60th District in 2011, but came up just 58 votes short.


Finding North Without a Compass

A retired Army officer and retired Fortune 500 executive, Warren may be best known for making waves while serving on the Mequon Common Council and Ozaukee County Board. He's no longer an elected official, but he has plenty to say about local, state and national issues.



Straight From the Shrink

Jenna Behrens is a licensed professional counselor who has been practicing in the mental health field for seven years. She owns Behrens Psychotherapy Services, LLC which has four office locations around the Milwaukee area. She works with children, adolescents, families, and adults on a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, childhood behavioral disorders, adjustment disorders, stress and parenting.

It's Finally Nice Out! Now What? Ideas for Adults and Children (April 9, 2014)

Boiling It Down

I have had two careers: (1) teaching the social studies (2) selling promotional merchandise. Teaching is selling: selling is teaching.

The General Welfare (Jan. 4, 2014)

Dear Dr. Abbey, DDS

With a warm smile, Dr. Abbey LaManna is focused on keeping your teeth healthy and providing a positive and relaxing dental experience at Lakeshore Family Dentistry in Glendale.

Harmful and Healthy Treats to Hand Out This Halloween (Oct. 9, 2013)

Institutional Blogs

Scholaris Gifted Academy

Connie Gordon has twenty years classroom experience working in the field of gifted education, and is the founder of Scholaris Gifted Academy. Under the guidance of Sharon Gerleman, Connie has developed and taught graduate level classes in gifted education and has designed adjunct programs specifically for gifted learners.

Advocating for Gifted Learners (Nov. 17, 2014)

WHS Adoptable Animals

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. For more than 128 years, WHS has been saving the lives of animals in need. We offer adoption services that place 9,000 animals in new homes annually, veterinary services that save thousands of lives, educational programs that instill respect for animals, behavior services to assist guardians and a myriad of other initiatives that help end suffering for animals. We depend entirely on private donations to fund our programs and rely on volunteers in nearly every department. If you are interested in adopting, volunteering, enrolling in a class, taking a tour or making a donation, check out our comprehensive web site at The adoptable animals' web pages are updated every 30 minutes!

113 cats to have spay/neuter surgery (Feb. 20, 2014)

Community Watch

» Homestead teacher agrees to resign 11/30

» Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players 11/30

» Homestead teacher is stepping down under deal Updated:  11/27

» River Lane Inn in Brown Deer sold to Pastiche owner Updated:  11/25

» Whitefish Bay Holiday Stroll coming on Friday 11/25

» Bomb squad examines grenade found in Brown Deer house 11/25

» Inspired by Popp, Homestead seizes fifth state football title 11/25

» Sport Shorts: Nov. 26, 2015 11/25

» Shorewood robbery suspects face charges 11/25

» River Lane Inn will become Pastiche 11/25

» Woodland champion Shorewood girls basketball team looks for third title 11/25

» Homestead girls basketball team has high expectations 11/25

» Highlanders rejoice over state football title 11/25

» Shorewood School District raises $1 million for STEAM programs 11/24

» Crews battle house fire in Brown Deer; 2 cats killed Updated:  11/23

» Cats, guinea pig die in fire 11/23

» Mequon woman reported missing 11/23

» Homestead wins fifth state football title, 28-12, over Waukesha West 11/20

» Build-your-own pizza place coming to Shorewood next year 11/20

» Shorewood families want to host Syrian refugees 11/20

» Updated state championship game rankings of area prep football teams and players 11/19

» Homestead football team faces uphill title fight against West 11/18

» Wolf and Zortman fill in each other's gaps well 11/18

» Apartments, assisted living pitched in Mequon development 11/18

» Mequon-Thiensville's Demond Means says MPS role won't interfere with his day job 11/18

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