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Reminder: calling all veterans

Veterans issues

Next week, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs will hold two meetings in Waukesha to provide information on benefits and services available to veterans.

Here’s more information.

Mary Lazich asked by NBCRG to track letter from NB Common Council to DNR

Common Council, Mayor Chiavatero, MMSD

No answer from Department of Natural Resources prompts request for follow-up. 

At a September Common Council meeting the Council voted to send a letter to the Secretary of the the Department of Natural resources, expressing the Common Council's concerns with the MMSD 2020 Plan. This was requested because the Council had serious concerns about the contents of the plan as to how it affects the ultimate sewer service area and other items.

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Jim Ryan dies

I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of my longtime friend and colleague, Hales Corners Village President Jim Ryan.

Jim Ryan was a dedicated public servant, who tirelessly devoted thoughtful attention to his constituents, even during his failing health.

I will always remember him as a kind, decent, honest statesman who gave his all to the citizens he represented. It was an honor to know and work with Jim Ryan. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

State budget trickery

State budget

Once again, gimmicks and tricks were used to balance the state budget that I voted against.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA) reports, “Increased tobacco taxes, higher vehicle fees, and expanded health care for the poor are a few ways the 2007-09 state budget differs from its predecessors. But when it comes to “balancing the books,” new and old budgets have a lot in common: fund transfers, one-time or unsure revenues, accounting shifts, GAAP and structural deficits, borrowing, and slim balances.”

The state budget contains increased spending, tax increases and a huge structural deficit of $892-million the Legislature will have to grapple with in two years.

Here is the entire WTA report.

Two New Neighborhood Parks Coming Soon


For those who live or have driven through the areas of the Mitchell Highlands neighborhood and around 72nd & Van Norman, you may have noticed the construction of two new neighborhood parks that will open soon.  The parks have not been officially named yet, but for now will be referred to as the Mitchell Highlands park site and the Van Norman park site.  You will be able to see construction photos of the park sites and site plans below.

Mitchell Highlands Park Site - 3460 S. 45th Street

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Keep Your Purse!

The holiday season is coming up and the purse snatchers are already hard at work. This is a group of people I would really like to see unemployed! They are ruthless and mean! With your help, we can minimize the damage they do.

If possible ladies, leave your purse at home. If it’s not with you it cannot be taken from you. When you leave the house take what you need with you and put it in your pockets. A driver’s license, credit card, cash, keys and cell phone will fit in pants or jacket pockets.

If you feel the need to carry a purse, minimize the valuables in it. Don’t carry large sums of cash and take only the credit cards you need. When thieves steal purses they are looking for these two items. Cash can be saved and spent at leisure but credit cards get used quickly and for large purchases. This creates a financial nightmare for the victim. Leave jewelry and other valuables at home. Do not rely on your shoulder strap to keep your purse near you. Use a purse with a short handle and keep your purse in your hand.

Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to who is near you and who is taking a particular interest in you and your purse. If someone is making you uncomfortable and seems too interested in what you are doing, move away from them and keep your purse close. If this persists, tell a security guard or police officer. When driving home, pay attention to vehicles behind you as well as in front of you. There are thieves that will follow a victim home and steal from them when they get into their garage. If you feel you are being followed call the police or drive to your local police station. If you are not sure where that is, drive to a gas station and use a phone there. Gas stations usually have video surveillance and usually have a teller paying attention to the pumps.

If you plan your shopping adventure and only take what you need, you will minimize the chances of becoming a victim of a purse snatching.

Think universal health care is dead?

Government health care

Guess again.

Momentum is slowly building in the high-profile state of California to enact government health care. reports, “California has 6.6 million uninsured – more than any state – and a third of those reside in Los Angeles County, according to the California HealthCare Foundation, a nonprofit group that studies the state’s health-care delivery and financing. A trendsetting state on issues from cleaning up smog to banning toxic plastics in toys, California now could become a prime test bed for universal health care.”

Here is the report.

Think it couldn’t happen here?

Senate Democrats vow to return with another catastrophically expensive government health care plan.

Government health care was rejected during the budget process and it must be defeated when the plan resurfaces.

Sign up for Wisconsin's No Call List

If you haven’t registered your home phone on Wisconsin’s No Call List, you can get on the list January 1, 2008. But you have until December 1, 2007 to register.

Registering is easy. Just fill out this online form.

Signing up identifies you as someone who does not wish to receive telemarketing calls. It's free and available for residential telephone customers in Wisconsin. Your number will remain on the List for two years. Adding your residential phone number to the List will help reduce telemarketing calls to your home.

Christmas in the state Capitol

The state Department of Administration (DOA) has announced Christmas events and displays in the State Capitol. (The Department uses the word, “Holiday.” I say, “Christmas”).

Here’s the DOA news release.


Come Celebrate The Holidays With Us

Community Events

Just a reminder that December begins at the end of the week, so that means it's time for the City's annual tree lighting ceremony.  All of the details are below.  We hope you can join us to help light the special 50th Celebration holiday tree this year.

Greenfield Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 1st - 12 Noon until 1:00pm
Greenfield City Hall Rotunda Area

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Good luck, Mark!

Today, one of the Assembly representatives in our state Senate district and my good friend, Mark Gundrum, left for Fort Bragg.

Mark will undergo weeks of training before heading to Iraq to serve his country.

I will miss Mark a great deal as will his constituents and the Wisconsin Legislature.

May God bless him during this tour of duty and bring him safely back to Wisconsin and his wonderful family.

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