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Jack Russell Seeking Sophisticated Home

Smart and silly, Scout is a handsome Jack Russell who is nine years young.  He has classic Jack Russell markings and is just 18 pounds. This intelligent guy is a joy to train - he learns very fast and is a motivated student. Got a bunch of tennis balls?  We've got the dog for you!

Learn more about adoption policies, training tips, and see all the available animals at www.wihumane.org.

Religious Heritage Week

faith, religion, education

First things first. I believe introductions are in order. I am 46, single, and a new resident of Cedarburg, as of last June. I grew up in Whitefish Bay, attended college in Boston, lived for seven years in Glendale, and have a strong interest in regional and Milwaukee issues. Areas of particular interest include transit, governance, economic development, and education. I also follow national politics and have some ideas and opinions to contribute to the debate on national issues as well. And journalism itself is also interest of mine.

I wrote an opinion column for my high school newspaper and was an editor of my high school yearbook. I also earned my varsity letter as a debater in high school. I have contributed letters to the editor to several publications, local and national, including The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and I have always had an interest in writing and photography.

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Chinese New Year Celebration at the Domes

If you are as tight-fisted as mysefl, particularly in these economically stressful times, then to take advantage of what I think is a great deal is a wise move.  On Feb. 6 the Mitchell Park Domes, ph. (414) 649-9830 offers both the Train Show in full operation plus a Chinese New Year Celebration from 9am to 6pm -  all for the general admission fee.  I've seen a dragon parade on TV, but let me tell you, to see it real in front of you and hear the drums with all the colors and dancing was a real treat for my kids and me.  Plenty to learn and good stuff to eat.  For more information visit MilwaukeeChinese.org 

Pet Expo is Saturday!

Join the Wisconsin Humane Society at the Great Lakes Pet Expo at State Fair Park on Saturday, February 6 from 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.  It’s Wisconsin’s largest indoor festival for animal lovers.

Shop for unique products, meet adoptable animals looking for new homes, and enjoy the entertainment that ranges from  “Animal Idol” and a parade of adoptables, to police dog and herding demonstrations.  We’ll be at booth 420, so make sure to stop by and say hello!

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THE AUDACITY OF HYPE

On November 4, 2008, a majority of American people put Barack H. Obama and the Democrats in power - in the House, Senate, and Oval Office. They voted for hope. They voted for change they could believe in. They were promised the most ethical and transparent administration in history. They were promised a bipartisan Congress. The world would be safer, the economy better, the environment cleaner. Lobbyists would be a thing of the past. Our troops would come home and Guantanamo Bay would close. Our families would be stronger and our future would be brighter.  How is that ‘hope and change’ working out for everyone?  A look back at Obama’s frustrating first year in office reveals that it was a real clunker.

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Milwaukee Ideas

Milwaukee, ideas, economy

I believe in Milwaukee and I would like to see Milwaukee reach its full potential. So here are some thoughts and ideas for moving Milwaukee forward:

1. Why is our conventiion center not located along the lake? Look at how successful Madsion's center has been on Lake Mendota! The lake is our greatest asset and a natural for presenting and creating visual interest.

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A Class on Cats

Cat Behavior Seminar
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 
Sign up!

Please join us at WHS for an excellent program with a presentation and videos on feline behavior and training given by Kim Rinzel, M.S.  She will give you great insight on many topics including, but not limited to the following:

  • Introducing your cat to other animals
  • Solving aggression between households cats
  • Reducing play aggression
  • Preventing or solving litterbox problem
  • .How to provide exercise and mental enrichment to your cat
  • How to keep your cat from waking you in the middle of the night
  • How to read your cat's body language

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Mequon Police Department Citizens' Police Academy

Free

The Mequon Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2010 Citizens' Police Academy.

Academy participants will receive an inside look into how police officers perform their duties.  A large part of the Academy is participation in role playing and scenarios. These scenarios provide a hands-on learning experience.

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Help a puppy's broken heart (and send a valentine!)

"Hearts & Flowers" Valentine Day at the Domes

If you're looking for something extraordinary and romantic to do with your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend or significant other (or even with your children or grandchildren) on Valentines Day, then a great spot to stop would be the Mitchell Park Domes from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.  The Valentines theme for the evening is "Hearts and Flowers" and live music by AhVantsoul  along with food and a cash bar will be provided.  With one acre of beautiful warm green space under glass in the Domes, there is plenty of room for romatic strolls and soul to soul gazes.  The trains will be running in the show dome, too.  Adult admission is $10 and youth ages 6-17 are $5.  For more info call the Domes at (414) 649-9830.

Construction on Brown Deer Road May Create Traffic Delays

Bayside, Brown Deer Rd, Brown Deer Road, Construction, Road Construction, Detour

If all goes as scheduled, demolition and reconstruction of the Brown Deer Road bridge over I-43 will begin February 13 and be completed in December.  Construction barrels have been in place and paving of some sections used to re-route traffic have been completed.  Temporary signals have been erected on Brown Deer Road at I-43 and will be operating for the duration of the project.

Both eastbound and westbound traffic will be routed onto the eastbound lanes during demolition of the westbound lanes of the bridge.  Once that portion is finished, all traffic will be using the westbound lanes until reconstruction is completed.  At times, I-43 traffic will be re-routed off of the freeway at Brown Deer Road.  It will cross over Brown Deer Road and re-enter north of the bridge.  Freeway traffic will be given priority and drivers on Brown Deer Road should expect delays. 

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Bayside Residents Have a Safe Place to Dispose of Unwanted/Unused Medications

Bayside, Prescription Drugs, Medication, MMSD

In cooperation with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), Bayside residents are asked to drop off any no longer used or expired medications at the Bayside Police Department.  Our department will accept both prescription and over the counter medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials and pet medications.  The purpose of this program is to prevent contamination of our water. 

We will not accept biohazardous materials (anything containing bodily fluids), needles/sharps, personal car products such as soap, shampoo, lotions etc., or household hazardous waste such as paint, oil, gas or pesticides. 

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What about robotics?

economy, robots, , Japan

Let me state the obvious: many of Milwaukee County's problems would be solved if we once again had a thriving private sector economy.

I am all for Milwaukee becoming a fresh water hub. We need to be realistic about our competition in places such as Cleveland and Buffalo, but becoming a hub seems doable and we seem committed to making that happen.

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Marty & Bruiser, BFFs

marty and bruiserBatman & Robin. Abbott & Costello. Marty & Bruiser. You may see these handsome chaps strolling in tandem with our volunteer dog walkers around the grounds of WHS. These two best friends have lived their whole lives together and we want to find them a home for two. They were brought to us because their guardian fell seriously ill and could no longer care for them. Marty is a 12.5 year old Beagle and Bruiser is a 5.5 year old Pug/Beagle mix. Looking to double your happiness?

A saint for our time?

faith, religion, saint

I recently became a member of St. Francis Borgia Parish in Cedarburg and I also recently learned this is the 500th anniversay year of the birth (Oct. 28) of this saint, who seems like he may be a saint for our times. Have you ever heard of him? I never had, yet he is so important that he is considered the "second founder" of the Jesuit order, the Society of Jesus.

He was married and fathered eight children before his wife died and he joined the young Jesuit order. So he is unusual in his worldly ties. He was also the grandson of the man considered the most corrupt pope in history, and part of his motivation in life was to redeem the family name. I urge you to look him up and learn more about this most interesting saint.

Lumen Christi Catholic School's 26th Annual Shamrock

Lumen Christi Catholic School's popular fundraiser, Shamrock, will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Ozaukee Country Club.  This will mark the 26th anniversary of Shamrock.  Over $2 million dollars have been raised for our school since Shamrock was first introduced.

This year's theme is "A Tropical Evening Awaits You".  The festivities begin at 5:30pm with tropical-inspired cocktails and appetizers, raffles, and a sient auction.  A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30pm, featuring delicious tropical fare.  The live auctions begins at 9:15pm with KB of WKLH fame as our auctioneer.  There are many amazing auction items, including a vacation home in Vail, Colorado for 6 days and 5 nights; front row pew for the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Children's Mass at Lumen Christi Mequon, with 2 reserved parking spaces; and a Brewer game and tailgate party with Father Peter Berger, just to name a few.  In addition, our school children have created beautiful glass fusion projects for the silent auction -- they are priceless!

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Flavorful Cabbage Dish for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by preparing and serving corned beef and cabbage by the Irish. Although I am an Indian American, I consider myself partly Irish too. My daughter was born on St. Patrick’s day and she went to the University of Notre Dame for her undergraduate education. My husband did his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. So, that makes me an Irish mom and a Domer!

One of my favorite vegetables is cabbage. Cabbage is often served in the US in coleslaw, soup, or as sauerkraut. I would like to suggest an alternate way to prepare a flavorful cabbage dish that is inspired by Indian cooking.  Before we get to my easy-to-prepare dish, let us recognize some facts about cabbage and its health benefits.

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Lumen Christi Catholic School Places 2nd at Dominican Challenge

Each year, Lumen Christi Catholic School selects 7th and 8th grade students as representatives to the Dominican Challenge.  This is an academic competition in 8 subject areas that is hosted by Dominican High School for area grade schools. 

Lumen Christi's team placed 2nd out of 18 schools at the recent competition.  Congratulations!!  The team members were:

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Lumen Christi's Penny War for Haiti

Last week, Lumen Christi Catholic School engaged in a friendly classroom competition known as a Penny War.  Classes received positive points for pennies.  Classes could penalize each other with other coins and dollars, which resulted in negative points.  The class with the most points at the end of the week was declared the winner. 

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Our "backwater mentality"

economy, regional mentality

What is holding this region back? Sometimes, I think we are being held back by what I will call a "backwater mentality." Just what do I mean by that? I will try to explain.

I think we as a region suffer from the idea that we are so "off the beaten path" that the regular rules don't apply to us. And I am afraid such an attitude may be keeping others from wanting to join with us to help us make the progress we need to make. Sure, we don't want to be like everyplace else, and we are rightly proud of the ways in which we are different, unique or special. But normal pride is one thing, something everybody understands; arrogantly flouting or disregarding the rules, on the other hand, sends a different signal, one that I do not think we should feel so proud of.

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