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Franklin

I've always prided myself on a fairly strong stomach. I've never met a rollercoaster I didn't love. And not even an upside down flight in an open-cockpit WWII Stearman could make me nauseous.

But that was back in the day. My younger years (umm, 2006). Something mysterious happens when you hit the age of 25 ...

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Updated Armed Robberies Crime Alert

Crime Alert

Three armed robberies were reported on March 14th and 15th, 2008

  1. Noodles & Company, 7700 block W. State St., 14th at 10:28pm
  2. Street Robbery 7600 block W. State St., 15th at 12:40am
  3. Days Inn, 11800 block W. State St., 15th at 9:42pm

Each robbery was conducted by two black males sometimes wearing hooded sweatshirts, ski masks and/or a do-rag to cover their faces. In each case it seems one suspect would act as a lookout while the other approached the register or victims.

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Public Health Week

Public Health Week is April 7 - 13.  So what is public health and what does it mean to you?

Public health in America has a vision of healthy people in healthy communities.  The mission of public health is to promote physical and mental health and prevent disease, injury, and disability.  Public health truly is everywhere.  It shapes our world and everyone is affected every single day. 

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Lights, please?

Last night, as I walked into the West Allis Central Fieldhouse for the Girls Indoor Track Conference Championships, I honestly wondered to myself, "When are they going to turn the lights on?"

Then, I realized ... there was no turning up the wattage on these bad boys.

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2008 Summer Reading Programs!

5 great programs will be held at the Brown Deer Library this summer as part of the "Catch the Reading Bug" program for kids and families. All will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM during June and July, the dates and performers are as follows:

June 17th  "Bugs on Stage"  performed by Nature In the Parks

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2008 Friends of the Brown Deer Library Annual Plant Sale

Geraniums! Impatiens! Million Bells! Begonias! Salvias! Fuschias! And Lots More! The 11th annual Friends of the Brown Deer Library Plant Sale is being held now and will continue through April 26th. Pre-order your plants and flowers by picking up an order blank at the Brown Deer Library, 5600 W. Bradley Rd., Brown Deer,WI 53223. Order Pick-Up day is Saturday, May 17th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Brown Deer Library parking Lot at 5600 W. Bradley Rd. In addition to the beautiful annuals, new for 2008 are perennials!  (some perennials are: Hollyhocks, Asters, Spireas, Hostas, Coneflowers, Iris, Lavender, Decorative Grasses! And many more) A more complete description (size, color, growing condition) of each flower/plant is available at the Library. All plants are provided by Shady Lane Greenhouses, Menomonee Falls. All proceeds support the Brown Deer Library.

Tax Time Safety

Identity Theft

Here comes some pertinent tax / ID theft prevention items:

  • Lock up your personal information. This includes all tax information, bank statements, credit card statements and unpaid bills. Yes, even at home; do you really know everything about your guests?
  • Don't fall for scams. During the distribution of rebate checks, no one will contact you for personal information and this includes your bank or the government.
  • Don't respond to requests to verify personal information unless you have actually initiated the contact. Don't share any indentifying information over a cordless or cell phone.
  • Shred. This includes anything of a personal or financial matter, ecspecially those credit card offers.
  • Review your mail. Check monthly credit card and banking statements for unfamiliar or unauthorized activities.
  • Check your credit report. The law entitles you to at least one free credit report from Equifax, Experian and Trans Union each year. If you get one report from each entity spaced out properly, you could get a free credit report every 4 months.
  • Report supicious activity immediately. Notify the authorities of any activity you did not authorize as it relates to any financial or personal matter.
  • Mailbox. Get your mail immediately and never leave outgoing mail for the courier to pick up.

Following these simple tips now and all year will help to protect yourself from ID theft.

Doyle Comes to Town

New Berlin

One thing I’ve come to realize about photographing politicians is this: They never come in the front door.

Yesterday, Gov. Jim Doyle stopped by the New Berlin City Hall to discuss responsible use of the Great Lakes waters. Whenever I arrive at a press conference, I try and think of one photo I can grab that is as far away from the podium and microphone as possible. Every newspaper and television station will get that shot. Sometimes, it’s nice to work for something different.

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"Super Moms" Family Storytime Wednesday, May 7th

Super Moms (&Super Grandmas & Super Aunts) Family Storytime

Wednesday, May 7th

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Tosa East's Barnett to raise money in MACC Fund All-Star Game June 21

Tosa East Basketball

Wauwatosa East star Jake Barnett will play one more high school basketball game and the MACC Fund will benefit from it.

Barnett will take part in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association High School All-Star Basketball Game Saturday, at 10:45 a.m. June 21, at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse.

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After great indoor track season, hopes remain high for stellar outdoor campaign

Brookfield Central girls track, Brown Deer track, Germantown boys track, Germantown girls track, Menomonee Falls girls track, West Allis Central boys track, Whitefish Bay girls track track

As we all wait for the final dregs of dirty, crusty snow to melt away and for the first blooms on the brave early tulips to pop free of their sheltering stems, let's pause and take a quick look around at what the productive indoor track season has yielded for area athletes this stalled spring.

Let's first talk to excited Homestead boys coach and former state long jump champion Dan Benson about Bradley Tech's Marcus Jenkins. The same Marcus Jenkins who got close enough to wave 'hello' to Wisconsin's Holy Grail of track records, Larry Franklin's 25 foot-3/4 inch long jump effort at the 1965 state meet.

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Feeding Of Stray/Feral Cats

Animals

Recently this office has received several complaints about citizens feeding stray or feral cats. As such I felt it appropriate to address this issue in an effort to explain the City's Ordinances regarding the feeding of these animals.

Covered under Wauwatosa Ordinance 9.04.020 is the "Regulation of Animals". Under this ordinance it is unlawful for anyone to allow an animal/pet of any species to run at large. Further, all dogs and cats need to receive the rabies vaccine and be licensed through the Wauwatosa City Clerk's office. That being said, if a person feeds and/or provides indoor or even outdoor shelter of any sort to an animal, they have in fact established ownership of that animal even if the animal is never taken into that person's residence.

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National Infant Immunization Week

Immunizations

The recent cases of measles in Milwaukee provide a timely lead in to National Infant Immunization Week, April 19-26, 2008.  Measles is a highly infectious disease that is vaccine preventable.  Before the measles vaccine was available, there were approximately 450,000 cases of measles every year and an average of 450 measles associated deaths a year in the U.S.  Americans are fortunate to have a 99% reduction in measles cases since the vaccine was developed. 

Measles is just one of fourteen potentially serious diseases that can be prevented by vaccines.  Even though vaccine preventable diseases are at an all time low in the U.S., these diseases still exist and can cause an outbreak with unnecessary and heartbreaking consequences.  Some of the diseases that are rare in the U.S. are common in other parts of the world and are only a plane ride away.  It would be a mistake to assume that a child is completely safe from these diseases just because they are not common in the U.S.

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Quilt & Music Inspirations All Around Us

bookbook

 

Quilt & Music InspirationsAll Around Us featuring Robert J. Ignaszak May 10, 2008 1:30 p.m.  A Program of Quilts, Music and Art that will illuminates one man’s journey into artistic expression.  A slide show, live music, prerecorded music, and a trunk show of modern and antique quilts will demonstrate the meaning of “inspiration” and its sources in our daily lives. Robert J. Ignaszak is the Orchestra Director for the Oconomowoc Middle & High Schools. Seating will be limited. Please call the Library to register at 423-2136.

Earth Day - April 22

Environmental Health

One might wonder what the relationship is between public health and Earth Day.  Just look around and you will have the answer.  Do you enjoy clean water, clean air, a relatively toxin-free environment, a healthy community?  All of these environmental concerns fall under the umbrella of public health.

When Earth Day was first recognized in 1970, rivers were catching on fire, air pollution was commonly accepted as a sign of prosperity, and pesticides were more freely used.  How healthy can a population be if there is no clean water or air?  How healthy can a population be if the environment is laden with dangerous pesticides and other toxins which we now know are harmful to all living things?  Who wants to go back to that place in time? 

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Stranger Danger

Safety, Stranger Danger

Warmer weather is finally here and that means our children are going to be moving about outdoors and maybe out of sight from time to time. Included here you will find some ideas on what to share with your children regarding strangers and proper conduct in dealing with them.

1. First of all remind your children that a stranger is "Someone you do not know". Make sure they understand that the person's age, race, gender or appearance have nothing to do with who a stranger is

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Rainbow Soup at the Library !

The Brown Deer Public Library will be hosting Art from all public schools in Brown Deer over the next three weeks. From -April 24-May 1st Dean School Art is featured in the Library Community Room, May 2nd -May 8th Brown Deer Middle School Art is featured and from May 9th-May 15th Brown Deer High School Art is featured. The entire large room is completely filled with Art from the ceiling to all the walls. Stop in and view all this fine work!

Ready for Spring?

Immunizations

Spring will truly be here someday soon!  People will be doing home projects, yard work, and gardening.   They will be out with their pets.  As the temperature gets even warmer, shoes and socks will come off.  Everyone will be enjoying the seasons of spring and summer.  They will also be increasing their risk of exposure to the disease of tetanus, commonly known as lockjaw. 

Tetanus is caused by a poison that is produced by bacteria and attacks the nervous system.   The bacteria live in the soil and enter the body through a break in the skin.  Most people associate tetanus with rusty nails and puncture wounds.  However, it can also be caused by animal scratches and bites, splinters, bug bites, burns, cuts and scrapes, etc.  It is not transferred from person to person. 

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Getting the Eye

Muskego

Thanks to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota, I had the opportunity to meet a bald eagle and owl up close and personal this past weekend. The center presented a program at the Muskego Public Library. The Raptor Center specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, conservation, and study of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons.

I couldn't stop focusing on the birds' beautiful faces. Of all their features, I'd argue the most striking are their eyes. It was interesting to see the owl turn its neck completely around to look who's behind its back. Owls have had it figured out all along! An owl's neck has 14 vertebrae, which is twice as many as humans. This allows the owl to turn its head through a range of 270 degrees.

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6th Annual Pancakes With Mom

Crime Stoppers

The Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers is hosting its Sixth Annual Pancakes With Mom on Sunday May 11, 2008 at the Muellner Building in Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut in the City of Wauwatosa. They will be serving from 8:00am until 12:00pm and everything on the menu is all you can eat including pancakes, Klement's sausage, fresh fruit and Starbucks Coffee as well as other items.

Advance tickets are still available at the Little Red Book located at 7603 W. State Street in Wauwatosa; $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 3 and older. You may also purchase tickets at the door on the day of the event. In addition to free door prizes we will be holding a raffle for some very nice items. All proceeds will benefit the Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers and allow them to pay cash rewards for tips that lead to arrests for crimes committed in Wauwatosa.

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