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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. 

Puzzling Questions – Social Security 101 (Sept. 3, 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

» Flooded with Questions: North Shore suburbs five years after 2010 floods 01:21 PM

» Updated week eight rankings of area prep football teams and players 12:00 PM

» Shorewood/Messmer football team dominates Brown Deer upfront, 49-0 10/7

» Nicolet girls volleyball team rallies to win own Gigl tourney 10/7

» Homestead alum remembered after tragic plane crash 10/7

» Keeping an even strain: Nicolet girls win NSC tennis title 10/7

» Crave Bar & Food opens in Mequon 10/7

» Whitefish Bay football team controls its own NSC destiny this Friday 10/7

» SPORTS SHORTS: Oct. 8 10/7

» North Shore fire service consolidation saved millions, report says 10/6

» Brown Deer will build new public works building 10/5

» Milwaukee suburbs trick-or-treat times 2015 10/5

» Animated characters help patients discuss ailments, levels of pain 10/3

» Homestead High graduate killed in Afghanistan plane crash Updated:  10/2

» Badger Meter River Park opens in Brown Deer 10/2

» Glendale's 27th Street renamed to Sidney Place after homeowners' request Updated:  10/2

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football? 10/1

» Kirkendoll saves day with pick as Whitefish Bay takes NSC grid lead 10/1

» Nicolet boys volleyball team holds off Homestead in NSC thriller 9/30

» Energized Shorewood swimmers just miss in Woodland meet 9/30

» Homestead still controls its own fate in NSC football race 9/30

» Whitefish Bay soccer team runs win streak to 9 with rout of East 9/30

» Parkway Elementary School hosts Color Run to benefit all-inclusive playground 9/30

» Sport Shorts: Oct. 1, 2015 9/30

» Homestead girls win North Shore Conference golf title 9/30

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