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Limit Fireworks to Caps, Sparklers and Snakes in Bayside

fireworks, Bayside, Fourth of July

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Patriotic Prizes for Kitten Adopters!

This holiday weekend, cats in adoption will be showing off their patriotic paws as they flash their red, white or blue Soft Claws. Now is a great time to adopt, as the Wisconsin Humane Society has an unusually large population of adoptable cats.

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July Notes

I hope that everyone had a great 4th of July Holiday enjoying the great weather and events in the area.  I enjoyed Summerfest, the Waukesha 4th of July parade, and the World Cup 2010 coverage.  I mentioned in my last post about matching beers to the countries and to do a sampling with friends of all the different beers.  ESPN did a World of Beers segment on their webite which I found very entertaining.  The semi finals begin today and it finishes up with the final match on Sunday the 11th.

The smoking ban went into effect on the 5th of July.  This being a statewide ban I believe will have an overall positive effect on the restaurant and bar industry.  Being smoke free will hopefully bring out new or bring back old customers to a lot of these establishments.  Let me know your opinions in the comment section about your feelings with the statewide smoking ban.

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Gerbil Depardieu Wins Bastille Race at WHS

Meet the Winner of the Storming of the Bastille, Gerbil Depardieu!

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Last Chance for FIDO!

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The ignorance and misinformation surrounding the common sense passage of Arizona’s Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, which requires police officers, who in the course of a lawful law enforcement action come to a “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal alien, to ask for a driver’s license to verify that the person is in this country legally, has spread like a virus. The measure has sparked fierce debate across the country. Here in Wisconsin – far from the front lines of illegal immigration in Arizona – we have done our part to encourage a growing illegal immigration problem which is no longer limited to our nation’s borders.

The first signs of the virus were documented when the Milwaukee Area Technical College District board of directors wasted more taxpayer dollars and approved a resolution on May 25 directing the already bloated college's administration to boycott Arizona in response to the state's newly passed immigration law. Somebody in the over-funded technical school had to spend our tax dollars figuring out and publicizing that through the fiscal year, MATC had spent $72,453 on goods and services from Arizona-based businesses. The MATC resolution is another in a long line of creative ways this technical school has arrive at to waste the tax dollars they are entrusted with. It is clear they do not have enough to do. The resolution was proposed by MATC board member Peter Earle, a lawyer who didn’t take the time to actually read the Arizona law, one of the symptoms of the virus. Board member Ann Wilson said she voted in favor of the boycott because she's concerned about the possibility of “civil rights violations” of those here illegally, but ignoring the civil rights violations and unsustainable costs heaped on the backs of law-abiding taxpayers – another symptom of advanced infection.

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Grant Park 100 Year Celebration

Join the celebration!  On Sunday, July 18th the beautiful Grant Park, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave., will be celebrating 100 years as a spendid recreational destination in the 2009 National Gold Medal Winning Milwaukee County Parks System.  Located in South Milwaukee and bordered by the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan, this century celebration starts at 7am and runs until 7pm.  It is free and open to the public and everyone is invited and welcome to attend.  The day is packed full of exciting events and activities for all ages.  A "Passport to Fun" will be offered at multiple locations throughout the park.  The passport can be stamped at each location and entered in a drawing for prizes.  Live music will be performed by "Elvis and All the King's Men" from 4-7pm.   Don't miss this one.   For more information visit

Heading to the Beach?

Environmental Health, Healthy Lifestyles, Water Quality

 If you are planning an outing to the beach, please be sure to visit the updated Beach Health website at before you go.  There is information about water quality and whether or not a beach is open or closed due to E.coli contamination.  Water quality information is available for both Lake Michigan beaches and inland lakes. 


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Multi-media musical to play at Washington Park July 22

 The historic era and "Can Do" attitude of Wisconsin's own CCC camps are brought to life on July 22 at the Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet Str., with a 12:15pm performance of "Camp We-Kan-Tak-It," created by Milwaukee Public Theatre and Voices Theatre.  The performance is based on WI CCC camp newspapers and incorporates original photos, drawings, songs and stories from the 1930's, bringing to life what many young men faced during the Depression and emphasizing the positive evnvironmental effects of the project.  For more information or to sign up for the bus tour, call MPT at (414) 347-1685 or visit the company website:

Golf Super Special for a limited time only!

All golfers are invited to play 18 holes with a cart at Dretzka and Oakwood golf courses starting today, July 19, Monday - Friday from 10 am to closing for only $30.  Reservations can be made at (414) 475-6222. (This offer is not valid for leagues, outings, or on holidays.  Two cart maximum per foursome.) 

Shamrock needs a little luck

At 7 years old, Shamrock enjoys long naps and snuggle sessions. She is a gentle and friendly American Pitbull Terrier/Labrador Retriever mix who is always ready for an adventure.

Shamrock loves playing fetch and exploring the world on a nice, long walk.

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Free Art for Kids in a Park

Join "Artists Working in Education" or AWE to create paintings, masks, sculptures, puppets and many other imaginative projects.  During July 26 - July 30 AWE's brightly painted Truck Studio vans will visit the following parks and playgrounds offering FREE drop-in art activities for children from 1pm - 4pm.

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New Aqua Zumba Classes at Wilson Park Pool

In Aqua Zumba every class feels like a party!  Come join the fun at Wilson Park Pool, 4001 S. 20th Street, on Tuesdays or Thursdays beginning at 5:45pm.  All ages can zumba for $3.  For information call the 24-hr Pool Hotline (414) 257-7230. 

Broken Leg, Awesome Spirit

When our veterinarians approach this funny fellow in the WHS veterinary clinic, they are welcomed by a goofy grin and wagging tail.  Despite suffering a traumatic injury, Rockefeller is optimistic and eager to trust.

He wasn’t always so happy. The 1-year-old Bassett Hound mix arrived at WHS from another shelter with a bad limp in his rear leg. We don't know whether he was hit by a car, fell from a porch, or suffered abuse, but Rockefeller had fractured his femur and was living with an undiagnosed broken bone for months...

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Crime, safety, Security

As the long, hot summer nights roll on, a problem has again emerged. The Mequon Police Department has, as with previous summers, been experiencing an increase in vandalism incidents. Most often, these incidents involve damage to mailboxes or parked vehicles.

To deter, detect, and catch the people responsible for these incidents, patrol officers are paying extra attention to local subdivisions. However, we are also asking for the community’s continued help. Because the community consists of far more people than the local police department, you play a crucial role in relaying information to law enforcement. If you see any suspicious vehicles or people in your neighborhood, please call your local police department immediately. Furthermore, any additional information that you can provide (such as; license plate number, vehicle color, vehicle make/model/design, direction of travel, or a physical description of the people) greatly increases our ability to locate and identify those responsible.

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Doggie Games at WHS for Adoptathon Weekend

ASPCA Kickoff Adopt-a-thon: August 1 & 2!!!
Bring your dogs for some fun at our ASPCA Kickoff Adopt-a-thon on Sunday and Monday, August 1 and 2. A bone dig, agility course, bobbing for hot dogs and Pupcasso Paw Paintings will keep your pooch entertained, and the kids will love the crafts, face painting and scavenger hunt. Activities will run from 10-4 and adoption hours can be found here. A TweetUp will be held from 1-3. Register here.

OHS will be at PetSmart in Grafton on August 1!
Join the Ozaukee Humane Society on August 1 at the PetSmart in Grafton to meet and adopt wonderful companion animals and help raise awareness for the 100K Challenge! Check out for more details.

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World's Best Water Skiers Compete at Malibu Open

Malibu Boats and Milwaukee County Parks have teamed up to bring the 2010 Malibu Open to Veteran’s Park, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., on August 6-7. Records are ready to be rewritten with Malibu as the official towboat. Sixty of the world’s top slalom and jump skiers will be competing for $50,000 in prize money on the smooth waters of Veteran’s Park.  For more information about this free event go to


New Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area to Open

Milwaukee County Supervisors Patricia Jursik and Marina Dimitrijevic are pleased to announce the opening of the new Warnimont Dog Exercise Area serving the South Shore. The public is invited to a grand opening ceremony at Warnimont Park in Cudahy on Friday, August 6, 2010, at 10 a.m. Parking is available at the Kelly Senior Center, 6100 S. Lake Drive in Cudahy.  Dogs welcome of course.

National Night Out at Kosciuszko Park Aug. 3

Milwaukee County’s Kosciuszko Park, 2201 S. 7th Street, will provide their fifth annual National Night Out - free to the public - on Tuesday, August 3 from 4pm to 8pm. Free admission to Pelican Cove swimming pool will also be offered. The event will feature a children’s area with games and prizes. Safe & Sound Community Partners will provide neighborhood Safety and Block Watch Information. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, Mounted Patrol, Bike Patrol, ATV Units, Milwaukee Fire Department and Bell Ambulance Tours will also be part of this community event.  For more information call the Kosciuszko Community Center at (414) 645-4624.

Summertime magic

It is a great time for beer drinkers in Wisconsin to get out and sample new beers.  This week there is a new Beer festival that will be in Milwaukee on Saturday.  They are having over 40 breweries having their products sampled.  It looks to be a great event so check it out if you are at all interested in beer.

Next week the Wisconsin State Fair kicks off and there will be numerous opportunities to sample State and regional beers at various stands throughout the grounds. I encourage everyone to try some of the new beers that will be availible this year.

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