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A Welcome Return

Franklin, New Berlin

As some of you may recall, we ran a story several months ago on the homecoming of Cpt. Tim Patterson. Patterson, a New Berlin resident and Franklin police officer, had just returned home after serving a year with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

As a follow-up to the initial story, I spent a little more time with Tim and his family as he readjusted to life back at home.

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Golden Living Center Provides $1,000 Grant to Brown Deer Library!

Great news from the Golden Living Center at 6735 W. Bradley Rd.! Sales and Marketing Director Mary Lindsey has announced that a $1,000 Grant will be given to the Brown Deer Public Library to expand their Alzheimer's, Caregiving, Nursing Home Care and Aging issues items in the Library. A number of items have been selected in various formats: Books, DVD's and Spoken Word CD's (Audiobooks). This helps our collection provide the very latest information in these rapidly growing areas of concern.

 Thanks so very much to the Golden Living Center! 

Scam Alert From The National Crime Prevention Council

Identity Theft, Scams

Recently the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) issued a scam alert relating to to stimulus and tax rebate checks. Please take the time to read the alert.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice are warning consumers about emails and phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). The IRS does not gather information for rebates by telephone. Nor does it send unsolicited email to taxpayers about tax account matters. Filing a tax return is the only way to apply for a tax refund; there is no separate application form. Similarly, if you get an email out of the blue from someone claiming to be from the IRS that asks you to call a phone number or email back your personal information, don't click any links. Instead forward it to and then delete it. Clicking on a link in an unsolicited email carries risks of spyware, pagejacking, and phisisng - threats that can lead to the theft of your identity. The only official IRS Web site is located at visit for more information about phishing scams.

Drinking Water Week -- May 4-10, 2008

Environmental Health

The U.S. has one of the safest public water supplies in the world and Drinking Water Week provides a good opportunity for appreciation of that fact.  Instead, most Americans probably take clean tap water for granted and rarely give it much thought -- except when they don't have it!  However, since less than 1% of the earth's water is suitable for drinking, it is increasingly important for everyone to do what they can to preserve a clean water supply. 

Take a moment to consider all that tap water delivers for us:

  • Public health protection -- Worldwide, three million people die every year from preventable waterborne disease.  Our water system allows us to drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety.
  • Fire protection -- A well maintained water system is critical in protecting our communities from the ever present threat of fire.
  • Support for the economy -- Businesses or housing developments do not succeed without a safe and sustainable water supply.
  • The overall quality of life in the U.S. -- Any measure of a successful society -- low mortality rates, economic diversity, productivity, and public safety -- is in some way related to access to safe water.

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There's a rock wall in the parking lot ...

New Berlin

A photographer really can't go wrong when a bright blue sky is your background.

I spent some time today at Holy Apostles School, New Berlin, where students and staff participated in High Interest Day. Activities included football, knitting, theater, bubble-blowing, fencing, French cooking, science experiments, and, of course, a rock wall.

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The other side of rubella

New Berlin

Michelle Moore was no more than a few weeks pregnant when she came down with a case of rubella, otherwise known as German measles. In fact, at the time, she didn't even know she was expecting.

The rash lasted just over a day, but for Michelle's unborn child, the effects would last a lifetime.

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Crime Stoppers "Pancakes With Mom" Wrap Up

Crime Stoppers

On Sunday May 11th the Wauwatosa Crime Stoppers with assistance from more than 70 volunteers hosted 1001 people for it's Sixth Annual Pancakes With Mom". Along with the many pancakes that were served up the volunteers helped serve 180 pound of sausage, 60 gallons of coffee, 11 cases of fresh fruit, 13 gallons of apple sauce, 24 gallons of orange juice, 14 gallons of fruit topping and 400 carnations.

The volunteer corps included Wauwatosa residents, business owners, area students, members of the Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee, Whitman's Boy Scout Troop 111, Underwood's Cub Scout Pack 118, The Wauwatosa Police Reserves and even some family members from as far away as Door County, WI and Rochester, MN.

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Summer Storytime Registration Begins June 9th

"Catch the Reading Bug" will be the theme for the summer library program at the Greendale Public Library, 5647 Broad Street.  The program will run from June 16th through August 22nd.  The program includes storytimes for ages 3 - 6.  The "Spin a Tale Storytimes" (June 18th- July 24) will feature stories, songs, rhymes and crafts about beetles, bugs, butterflies, bees and creepy crawlers.  The six weekly sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m., Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.  Caregivers may choose to attend/not attend, but are asked to remain in the building.

Registration begins on Monday, June 9th at 8:30 a.m. by phone (414 423-2136) or at 10:00 a.m. in person for Greendale residents.  E-mail registrations to that are initiated after 8:30 a.m. June 9th will be accepted.  Registration for the general public begins on June 10th.  Registration for groups of 4 or more will begin on Wednesday, June 11th.  Enrollment is limited.

It will always grow back!

New Berlin

This afternoon, for the very first time, I felt as though more people were eyeing up my hair instead of my camera.

Students, staff and parents at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, New Berlin, parted ways with their long locks during Reagan Gives Back Day. The ladies (and even one brave man) donated inches upon inches of hair to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

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Graffiti Ordinance 7.30

Crime Prevention, Graffiti, Wauwatosa Ordinance

There has recently been a real issue with a number of graffiti incidents in the City and I thought it would be appropriate to blog some excerpts from the City's Ordinance.

7.30.030(a) indicates that is unlawful for any person to apply graffiti to any natural or man made surface on any city owned property or, without the permission of the owner on any non-city owned property.

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Stroke Awareness Month

About 780,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke in 2008.  Of these, 150,000 will die and 15%--30% of stroke survivors will be permanently disabled.  Stroke is the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer.  About 25% of strokes occur in people younger than 65 years of age.  The toll it takes on everyone is staggering.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off.  This can happen when a clot forms to block a blood vessel (ischemic stroke -- the most common type) or  when an artery in the brain bursts (hemorrhagic stroke).  Either way, the blood supply is disrupted and there is damage to the cells.  There is also something called a TIA (transient ischemic attack) which is a "mini-stroke".  It starts just like a stroke but symptoms clear up in 24 hours.  A mini-stroke is a warning that the person is at risk for a more serious stroke and medical attention should be sought immediately.

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Many kudos for local spring sports teams


Looking around the Brookfield and Wauwatosa spring sports teams, there are plenty of kudos to toss around. So let's take a look.

BOYS GOLF:  Brookfield Central won the Greater Metro Conference title and Jeff Groose did something no one has done before - earn the conference Player of the Year honors for three consecutive years. Groose made the first-team all-GMC along with teammate Phil Bartel, Brookfield East's Kyle Henning and Wauwatosa's Dane Zachman.

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Summer Book Discussion Groups for Children

The Greendale Public Library will host book discussion groups for children this summer.  The Book Buddies group is for students entering 2nd and 3rd Levels in Fall, 2008 and the Lunch Bunch group is for students entering 4th, 5th and 6th Levels in Fall, 2008.


The Book Buddies (grades 2 & 3) will meet for three weekly sessions on Mondays or Thursdays, June 16th – July 3rd, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. to discuss Judith Greenburg’s In the Garden (Andrew Lost Series #4).  Each participant will receive a paperback copy of the book.  In addition to the discussion there will be craft and game activities.   Bring your own lunch.  Beverage will be provided.  Mary Helen Block, Circulation and Technical Services Librarian will be the discussion leader.


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We just duct-taped our principal to the wall.


If you give 10 rolls of duct tape to a room full of feisty middle school students, they're probably going to ... tape you to a wall. And then throw pies at your face.

God bless Matt Lesar, principal at Forest Park Middle School. He actually let them do it. I can't say I was surprised — every time I step into the school, Matt seems to be bouncing around the hallways with a big smile on his face. I never doubted he'd be up for a laugh or two, even at his own expense.

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Passing of the torch a common event in the North Shore this spring

Germantown boys track, Homestead, Whitefish Bay and Germantown girls soccer, Whitefish Bay boys golf

Reporters have a love/hate relationship with the long-term success of any athletic program on any level.

On first glance, you love the consistency, the standard of excellence that is set and the glowing historical references to teams past and present it elicits.

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Lady Spartans may be good enough to win it all

Brook East, SOCCER

Following Brookfield East's 4-1 victory over a talented Wauwatosa West team in the regional championship at East last Saturday, Trojans head coach Mike Parulski had some high praise for the Lady Spartans.

Parulski praised the Lady Spartans for their adjustments and their offensive talent.

"You win and lose postseason soccer based on set pieces, marking or not marking in the back and they exploited us. But I actually think they are a better attacking team, they attack so well.

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Memorial Day

Muskego, New Berlin

If I weren't a photojournalist, I can't honestly say I would have attended a Memorial Day ceremony Monday. It's far too easy to sleep in on what would normally be an additional day off, or head off to the family barbecue an hour early. But that's exactly why I love my job: It forces me to experience and appreciate things I might otherwise pass on by. For those who have served our country or lost a loved one in war, no other day is more important.

As I approached a veteran in the crowd at Muskego's ceremony and asked him for his name, he actually thanked me for taking his picture. It caught me off guard for two reasons: First, it's rare for people to thank me for taking their photos. Some actually run away. Second, he shouldn't have been the one doing the thanking — it was HIS day to be recognized.

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Skin Cancer Awareness

Cancer, Environmental Health, Healthy Lifestyles

May has been designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  One would think this is an attempt to get people to think about their sun exposure during the upcoming summer months and change their behavior.  And they should do just that!  There are more than ONE MILLION cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year in the U.S.  It is the most common type of cancer and can be easily prevented.

There are several different types of skin cancer.  Basal cell and squamous cell cancers are highly curable while melanoma is much more dangerous, especially for young people.  But melanoma is also curable if detected in its early stages.  It is estimated that 8,110 people died from melanoma in 2007 and 58,940 were newly diagnosed.   Other types of skin cancer claimed 2,740 lives. 

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Summer Reading Club Begins June 16th

The Summer “Catch the Reading Bug” Reading Club will begin on Monday, June 16th. Children may register any time during regular library hours beginning on June 16th.  Children of any age may join the club and record titles read to them, titles they read on their own or time spent reading.  Receive prize coupons after first 10 titles or three hours and 20 minutes of reading.  Enter drawing for more prizes after each additional 10 titles or three hours and 20 minutes of reading.  All reading must be completed and reported by 5 p.m. on August 22nd to be eligible for the prize drawing.

Spartans team, Groose, Zachman off to state golf

Brookfield and Wauwatosa will be well represented at the WIAA State Golf Tournament Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge in Madison.

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