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Back-to-School Festival at King Center

In its 15th year and going strong, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Back-to-School Festival returns to King Park on Saturday, Aug. 8th from 11:30 am to 6pm.  The park is located at 1531 W. Vliet Street.  Children ages 5-18 are welcome to attend and will receive a free book bag, three theme books, a pack of pencils, ink pens, three folders, glue, erasers and more.  Children interested in obtaining a book bag need to preregister as soon as they arrive.  Additional activities include large inflatable amusement games, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, carnival games, a youth talent show and raffle prizes.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  For more information call (414) 278-4265.

In The Pantry With Julia Child

The release of the movie “Julie & Julia” and the renewed great interest in the remarkable Chef Julia Child bring back to me fond memories of an unexpected and a thrilling experience in 1997. That was the year my first cook book (Art of South Indian Cooking) was published.  My New York publisher had arranged for me to appear on the national television show, “Home Matters”. Can you believe that Julia Child was also featured in the same show?

My cooking segment was shot in the summer of 1997 in Philadelphia for the Discovery Channel.   I was very excited and wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first exposure to national TV.  The hostess of the show Susan Powell was very kind and helpful as I did my cooking. It all went smoothly.

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By this time all Mequon property owners have received the City Assessor’s Official Notice of their new assessment which is an estimate of the full (100%) "market value" of their property as of January 1, 2009. "Market value" is defined in the 2009 Wisconsin Property Assessment Guide as: "The dollar amount for which a property would be sold by a willing seller to a willing buyer under normal market conditions."

Considering single homes, including town house condominiums, it comes as no surprise that both the State and Ozaukee County are on the record stating that such properties lost value in 2007 and 2008 and a further reduction is forecast in the State’s Department of Revenue equalized value report due out in August 2009. The Wall Street Journal, however, reports that a small up-tick is underway in the nationwide home sales market thus far in 2009.

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Over the Limit. Under Arrest - Just the facts

bayside, fox point, river hills, drunk driving, roadblocks, saturation patrols

From August 21st through September 7th, Bayside Police Department along with Fox Point, River Hills and agencies throughout Wisconsin and thoughout the nation will be patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours to arrest impaired drivers and get them off the road.

Saturation patrols and other types of high visibility enforcement have proved to be an effective deterrent to impaired driving, especially when combined with an effective media campaign like Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

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Golf & Save $ in Milwaukee County Parks

Golf at the following Milwaukee County courses - Dretzka, Oakwood, Whitnall, Currie, Grant, Greenfield and Lincoln -  and play at the following special rates: Mon.-Fri. after 1pm, weekends & holidays after 2pm,  18-holes with a cart for $100......

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After a Hectic 2009 Season, Summer Baseball in 2010 Should Feature Intense Competition

For Wisconsin summer baseball devotees' it is as the saying goes: "Past is now prologue".

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Free High Energy Blues Concert this Friday at Whitnall Park

A free music concert featuring "Katz Sass Blues," known for its Texas-styled Blues, will play this Friday, August 14th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Whitnall Park golf clubhouse, 6751 S. 92nd Street.  If you are hungry and would like to savor their fish fry (baked or fried cod) as well, that is available anytime between 4-8pm.  Reservations may be made at (414) 425-1810 though they are not required.

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August is National Immunization Month

August is the perfect time to remind everyone to catch up on their vaccinations.  Children are starting school, older students are entering college, the flu season will soon be here.  Unfortunately, even in the U.S., children and adults alike die every year from vaccine preventable diseases.  Far too many people are complacent about these diseases and they may not understand that being protected from disease through vaccination is a lifelong process. 

Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century.  Vaccines have eliminated some diseases and vastly reduced the number of cases of many others.  However, it is still important to remember that even though we don't often see some of these diseases, they still exist and can cause disease, disability, and death.  

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"Doggie Dips" at 3 Parks Aug. 16th

This Sunday, August 16th from 5:30-7pm take your beloved dog, hound, protector, companion, and four-legged friend to Jackson Park pool - 3500 W. Forest Home Ave., or Sheridan Park Pool - 4800 S. Lake Drive, or Washington Park pool - 1859 N. 40th Steet, for the annual "Doggie Dips" where rover can cool off in the water, once the pools have been closed for the summer season. 

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Safe Driving is no Accident


Every day throughout Wisconsin there are serious and even fatal motor vehicle crashes. Many times, these crashes can be avoided by paying extra attention and following simple rules of the road. Vehicle crashes frequently occur in and around intersections. In accordance with state law, drivers must stop for all red traffic signals and must also stop for all yellow traffic signals, as long as it is safe to do so.

Furthermore, drivers need to pay more attention while driving in order to prevent collisions. Inattentive driving related crashes, including those caused by cell phone usage, can result in serious injury, large fines, and even jail sentences. Keep yourself and other drivers safe by practicing these safe driving strategies:

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Tell YOUR Adoption Story!

Have you ever adopted an animal from the Wisconsin Humane Society? We want to hear YOUR story!

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Economy and beer

An interesting article came across my desk today.  The article discusses the growth of the craft beer as the new cocktail since consumers are choosing craft beers over wine and spirits during this recession.  Numbers released yesterday by the Brewers Association show that craft beer grew by 5% in the first 6 months of 2009.  That is borderline amazing considering the beer industry is flat for 2009.

I believe this trend holds thru for the state of Wisconsin as well.  Local craft brewers in the state are showing good numbers for the year so far and are continuing to roll out new products for their consumers.  Lakefront, Leinenkugel's, Capital, Point, New Glarus,Tyranena and Ale Asylum have all introduced new products this year and are enjoying the fruits of their labors.

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Class a Habit for Falls' Dekoning on Bad Days as Well as Good

The baseball wasn't so good this summer for former Menomonee Falls three-sport star Doug Dekoning while competing in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League in Long Island, New York, but that didn't dampen his attitude one bit, as the UW-Milwaukee Horizon League All-Conference outfielder and all-around nice person was still grateful for the chance to expand his boundaries.

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It might be the worst piece of legislation in the history of the world. The great assault on American industry and our free market system continued in June with the narrow passage by the House of Representatives of H.R. 2454, “The American Clean Energy and Security Act,” also known as the Waxman-Markey plan. You know it as “cap and trade.” If it passes the Senate, the devastation on our beleaguered American economy and what’s left of our manufacturing sector will be both permanent and incalculable. It is as though somebody has set out to intentionally destroy our country. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Seasonal Flu Clinics Are Scheduled

The North Shore Health Department has scheduled clinics for the Seasonal Flu.  Clinics for the H1N1 Pandemic Flu (Swine Flu) will be scheduled for late fall (probably November) after H1N1 vaccine is received from the federal government.

Clinics at the North Shore Library, 6800 North Port Washington Road are:

  • Thursday, September 17, 2009, 10:30 AM -- 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 3:30 PM -- 6:30 PM

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Football Friday: It Doesn't Get Any Better than D.C. Everest and Homestead to Open the Season


With state football powers D.C. Everest and Homestead set to do battle in a rich, fattening desert of a season opener Friday at 7 p.m. in Mequon, I thought a little history lesson might be in order to give the enticing tilt a little context.

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Calling All Teachers!

Calling all Teachers! 
Do you want to instill a sense of compassion and respect for all living things in your students’ lives?  The Wisconsin Humane Society is excited to offer “Teaching Kids about Kindness:  Developing and Implementing Humane Education in the Classroom/Community Environments”, a course through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The class is designed to help teachers to design and implement humane education into their current curriculum. Learn more.

Charismatic Carly Loves to Cuddle

Carly is a two year old Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix with the sweetest, most gentle disposition you can imagine. When you come to meet her, she will politely inch up to you and invite you to play with her squeeky plush toys - her very favorite. She's also quite fond of belly rubs and ear scratches once you get to know her a little better. Interested in Carly?  Learn more at


Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, "Inglourious Basterds," is now playing at our North Shore Cinema.  My son invited me to see it with him and I accepted the invitation It was entertaining for its full 153 minutes, covering a time line from 1941 to 1944 during World War II. The locale was occupied France, after the German Army defeated the French and British, driving all organized resistance from western Europe.

Mr. Tarantino tells his story through a series of loosely related vignettes, centered around a group of Jewish-American soldier volunteers, led by Brad Pitt, who were inserted into occupied France to kill Nazis. While the stories are obviously fiction, as a student of military history, I found Mr. Tarantino playing loosely with the facts. Mr. Pitt, who assumes a corn pone accent as an Army Lieutenant leading the team, advocates killing Nazis without mercy and charges his team to each secure 100 scalps. While I have no sympathy with the Nazis of that era, their role in the German military was primarily in the Schutzstaffel (better known as the SS) which means in English, "Protective Echelon." Why then, does Pitt’s team zero in on the Wehrmacht Army personnel, mainly consisting of conscripted German youth who were not members of the Nazi Party? It made me cringe to watch a Wehrmacht Army Sergeant beaten to death with a baseball bat, because he refused to give up military information. I’ll venture that half of the audience who think water boarding is a venal sin, thought that beating a common German soldier to death with a baseball bat was okay. I thought if Pitt’s team wanted to kill Nazis, why didn’t they take on the Nazi SS? Where was Attorney General Eric Holder when we needed him?

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Albanese's in Mequon to be a Tomaso's pizza

Dining out, Openings

One Italian restaurant will replace another in Mequon: Tomaso's will open in the former Albanese's restaurant, at 12020 N. River Road.

Franchisee Nancy Horrigan said the target for the opening is the end of October. Tomaso's will move from 6075 W. Mequon Road in the River Centre Plaza. The family business has been in the plaza anchored by Piggly Wiggly for seven years.

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