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A thriller and an ugly game on a busy Saturday

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I love this time of the year, although it is a very busy time - especially if you have teams alive in the WIAA post-season ritual. The girls have been underway since Feb. 24, as I saw Tosa West handle Tosa East and Brookfield East beat Racine Park in first round games, advancing to Saturday's regional finals.

The matchups on Saturday weren't real exiting. No. 1 seed Brookfield Central (20-1), who destroyed Brookfield East (9-13) twice by 27 and 22 points, respectively, hosted the Lady Spartans in a 1 p.m. game and Divine Savior Holy Angels (18-3) hosted Tosa West (11-11) that night. I wasn't expecting a lot.

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Dr Seuss born 105 years ago today

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. His mother, Henrietta Seuss Geisel, often soothed her children to sleep by "chanting" rhymes remembered from her youth. Ted credited his mother with both his ability and desire to create the rhymes for which he became so well known.

Ted left Springfield as a teenager to attend Dartmouth College, where he became editor-in-chief of the Jack-O-Lantern, Dartmouth's humor magazine. Although his tenure as editor ended prematurely when Ted and his friends were caught throwing a drinking party, which was against the prohibition laws and school policy, he continued to contribute to the magazine, signing his work "Seuss." This is the first record of the "Seuss" pseudonym, which was both Ted's middle name and his mother's maiden name.

To please his father, who wanted him to be a college professor, Ted went on to Oxford University in England after graduation. However, his academic studies bored him, and he decided to tour Europe instead. Oxford did provide him the opportunity to meet a classmate, Helen Palmer, who not only became his first wife, but also a children's author and book editor.

After returning to the United States, Ted began to pursue a career as a cartoonist. The Saturday Evening Post and other publications published some of his early pieces, but the bulk of Ted's activity during his early career was devoted to creating advertising campaigns for Standard Oil, which he did for more than 15 years.

The Cat in the Hat, perhaps the defining book of Ted's career, developed as part of a unique joint venture between Houghton Mifflin (Vanguard Press) and Random House. Houghton Mifflin asked Ted to write and illustrate a children's primer using only 225 "new-reader" vocabulary words. With the release of The Cat in the Hat, Ted became the definitive children's book author and illustrator.

After Ted's first wife died in 1967, Ted married an old friend, Audrey Stone Geisel, who not only influenced his later books, but now guards his legacy as the president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

At the time of his death on September 24, 1991, Ted had written and illustrated 44 children's books, including such all-time favorites as Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His books had been translated into more than 15 languages. Over 200 million copies had found their way into homes and hearts around the world. His honors included two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize.



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Next Teen Book Club - Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Join us for the next Teen Book Club meeting on Thursday March 19th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. We will be reading Deadline by Chris Crutcher.

Interested in discussing this book? Just register for the Teen Book Club at the reference desk, and check out a copy of the book at the circulation desk. A number of copies of the book have been set aside just for the Teen Book Club. Then read the book by January 15th, and come ready to have a fun and lively discussion. Some refreshments will be provided.

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This Saturday March 7 - "Sky Hunters - Birds of Prey"!

The Friends of the Brown Deer Library, in conjunction with the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, present "Sky Hunters - Birds of Prey"!

This captivating presentation will feature Nala - a peregrine falcon; Orion - a barred owl; Ochre - a screech owl; R.T. - a red-tailed hawk; and Tallulah - a turkey vulture.

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Five schools left as post-season heats up

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Three Brookfield schools and two Wauwatosa schools are still alive as the post-season heats up  -  the Brookfield Central girls and the boys teams from Brookfield Central, Brookfield East, Wauwatosa East and Wauwatosa West.

Hopefully the Central girls got a wake-up call last Saturday, when they rallied from a seven-point deficit with six minutes left to defeat a fired-up East team, 48-46, to advance to this weekend's sectional. The Lady Lancers will have their hands full, playing in a sectional whose four teams have a combined 76-10 record. Central (20-1) opens with Franklin (17-5) at 6 p.m. at Greenfield Friday and then with a win meets the winner of the Muskego (20-1) and Racine Case (19-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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All VHS tapes are now 7 days!

We are pleased to announce that all of our VHS videotapes are now 7 days!


You can check out any VHS videotape for 7 days, and there is now a 3 day grace period for these materials. If the videotape is kept for longer than the 3 days grace period, there is a fine of 10 cents a day for each day that the tape is kept past its due date. Starting today, there is now no limit to how many you check out.


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Wauwatosa Police Reserves 2009 Recognition Dinner

Police Reserves, Wauwatosa PD

The Wauwatosa Police Reserve Unit aids the Wauwatosa Police Department by responding in times of emergency, assisting at parades, Tosa's Night Out, Hart Fest, Tosa Fest and many other events  where supplemental manpower is needed. In addition the Reserves are involved in outreach work that includes visits to Children's Hospital, raising funds for the American Cancer Society and assisting the Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers in their many fund raising events. The Reserves are uniformed Officers who receive training similar to that of a regular Police Officer and perform many of the same duties. The typical Reserve Officer falls into one on of two categories , a young person with a interest in pursuing a law enforcement career ; many of our former Reserves are now serving proudly as regular Officers throughout the Country and credit the Wauwatosa Police Reserves with their success. The second category is a more mature individual who is set in their career outside of law enforcement and just wants to give to the community.

On Saturday March 7, 2009 the Wauwatosa Police Department, Mayor, Common Council and Fire and Police Commission honored the Wauwatsoa Police Reserves at their annual awards banquet. The Wauwatosa Police Reserves are a volunteer unit of men and women who give to the community through their service as Police Reserves. This year was a record year in the number of hours that Reserves gave which totaled 5,126. I personally have the honor and privelage of working with this outstanding group of people and on behalf of the Wauwatosa Police Department want to personally and publicaly thank all off the Reserve Officers and their families for their efforts. Every Reserves gives selflessly and seeks nothing in return except the ability to continue serving Wauwatosa.

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Thoughts and things ....

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There is a good possibility that Wauwatosa East (17-4) might be playing its final basketball games this weekend with Marquette (18-2) and probably Milwaukee Washington (20-1) standing in the way of a second-straight state trip.

The Red Raiders have seven seniors on this year's team - Eric Williams, Keondre Gholston, Fraizier Reiland, Michael Cupertino, Eric Neal, Vinnie Ingrilli and Isaiah Ward. This could be their final time wearing the Red Raiders' garb.

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March Sadness

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While everyone gets excited about 'March Madness' - I include myself in that group - there is a sadness I also go through at this time.

Why March Sadness? The high school basketball season is over.

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South Milwaukee Library activities

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 11, 2009!  The Friends of the Library are having their spring book sale from 9:30-3.  Great bargains!

National Library kWeek will be held April 12 - 18th.  Family fun night and ice cream social will be held on Tuesday, April 14th from 6 - 7:45 pm.  Entertainment and crafts for the children and ice cream for the everyone.

Time to start planning your vegetable and flower gardens.  Maybe you want to landscape the back yard.  Check out the library's collection of books on gardening and landscapping for ideas.

The library still has state and federal tax forms.  You may also access and print the forms by going to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service web sites.

Need a notary?  The Library has three notaries on staff.  Be sure to call ahead to see if one is available.

The library will be offering Internet and E-Mail classes for the novice.  The class will be  2 1/2 hours long  and limited to 8 per session.  Advance registration is required.  People may sign up for the Tuesday, April 14 or Thursday, April 16th class.  Classes will be held from 1 - 3:30 pm.

South Milwaukee Public Library programs

National Library Week is April 12 - 18th.  A number of activities have been planned:

Tuesday, April 14th  A class for the novice in learning the Internet and e-mail.  1:30-3 pm
                               Class is limited to 8 people and advance reservation is required.  Call
                                the adult reference desk at 768-8195, ext 2 to register.

Tuesday, April 14th   Family fun night at the library.  See Glen Gerard the magician perform.
                               The Library Board will hold their annual ice cream social.  All activities start at 6 pm to 7:45 PM

Thursday, April 16    A class for the novice in learning the Internet and e-mail.  1:30-3 pm
                               Class is limited to 8 people and advance reservation is required.  Call
                                the adult reference desk at 768-8195, ext 2 to register.

Don't forget to sign up for story time that begins on Tuesday, March 31 at 10:30 am. Call 768-8195, ext 3 to register or register in person in the youth room.

Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Prevented

Diabetes, Healthy Lifestyles, Prevention

March 24 is DIabetes Alert Day and everyone should take notice.  More than 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes. This is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet diabetes.  Add in the number who have already been diagnosed with diabetes and the number is staggering.   Consequences of this chronic disease can be devastating not only in potential premature death but also in quality of life prior to death.  People with diabetes suffer higher rates of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, blindness, as well as many other types of complications. 

Ignoring diabetes is risky business.  Recent research has shown that even during pre-diabetes, some long-term damage may already be occurring in the body, especially in the heart and circulatory system.  Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have pre-diabetes.  Research has also shown that if you take action to manage your blood glucose during pre-diabetes, you can delay or even prevent type 2 diabetes from ever developing. 

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Here is your backstage pass ...

New Berlin

Irish dancers are cute — that's a given.

But sometimes, as a photojournalist, the most visually obvious situations can be the toughest to photograph. As cute as those little girls with big, curly hair may be, we photographed them dancing last year, and the year before, and then on St. Patty's Day, and then at the school's Talent Show ...

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Friends of the Brown Deer Library 12th Annual Plant Sale!

Mark your calendars! Spring is on its way! It's time for the 12th annual Friends of the Brown Deer Library plant sale!

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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Family Storytime Wednesday, April 1st

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf (Fox, Coyote)?


Family Storytime


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Pretty in pink ...

Tosa West girls soccer

The Wauwatosa West girls soccer team will take part in the 'Go Pink' games this season in an effort to raise money and increase breast cancer awareness.

When the Trojans travel to Pewaukee to take on the Pirates on Tuesday, April 21, they will be hoping for a large following and special pink T-shirts that were designed by senior captains Pamela Ditscheit and Annie Tritschler. The Trojans are going to try to sell as many T-shirts as possible and donate the money the Leroy Butler Foundation for the fight against breast cancer instead of having a regular fundraiser this year.

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Social Networking - The Good and Bad

Crime Prevention, Identity Theft, Internet Safety, Stranger Danger

This comes to us from our friends at Prevention Works with some additional input from me.

According to the Center for Media Research, "Most parents in the United States estimate that their children spend about two hours a month on the internet. In reality, kids and teens are spending upwards of 20 hours a month surfing the Web. 41% of US teens claming their parents have no idea what they are looking at online. The most popular online activities are online dating - 23%, social networking - 50% and playing games - 72%."

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Culver's Coloring Contest is here!

Want to win a free scoop of delicious Culver's custard? It's easy!

Between Wednesday April 1st and Thursday April 30th, just stop in at the reference desk and pick up a Culver's coloring sheet. All you have to do is draw a picture of your favorite book character, and then bring it back to the reference desk. Then you'll get your coupon for a free scoop of custard at Culver's!

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Despite Mother Nature, spring season is off and running ... kind of

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I hate - yes - hate - spring in Wisconsin. I have lived here my entire life and spring ranks third on my list of fall seasons behind Fall and our two months of summer.

Mother Nature is a big tease. She will 'wow' you with warm temperatures and then dump six inches of snow on you. Just when you relax and think, "Winter might be over," Mother Nature laughs in our face.

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Public Health Week, 2009

National Public Health Week is April 6-12 with the theme of "Building the Foundation for a Healthy America".  This week is intended to raise awareness nationally and locally of public health's critical role in restoring and ensuring a healthy America.  Public Health is a crucial component of the solution because it affects every facet of our lives:  our nation, communities, workplaces, schools, and homes.

It is true that our nation's health is in poor shape even though we spend more on health care than any other country.  Did you know that . . .?

  • A baby born in the U.S. is more likely to die before its first birthday than a child born in almost any other developed country.
  • U.S. life expectancy has reached a record high of 78.1 years but still ranks 46th -- behind Japan and most of Europe, as well as countries such as South Korea and Jordan.
  • We are among the top 10 countries that have the most people living with HIV/AIDS and it is estimated that one in 20 residents in the nation's capital are HIV positive.
  • Health disparities persist.
  • The list goes on and on. . . .

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