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WHAT NO SEWER BACKUPS, JUST RAIN AND FLOODING?

Sewer backups. Solving the sewer problem. Only talking about the sewer problem.

THE SUBJECT IS SEWER BACKUPS?


 

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Free Community Concert on Thursday, August 12 at Hubbard Park Lodge

MRS. FUN To Perform Inside Hubbard Park Lodge

Don’t miss the free Shorewood community concert on Thursday, August 12, at Hubbard Park Lodge featuring MRS. FUN! Because Hubbard Park sustained tremendous damage during the July 22 flood, we are unable to stage this concert outdoors. But the show will go on! Hubbard Park Lodge will open its doors where picnic food and assorted beverages, including beer and wine, will be for sale (please, no carry-ins, you need to make your purchase at the Lodge, altho you are not obligated to make a purchase – this musical event is still free).

Hubbard Park Lodge, located at 3565 N. Morris Blvd. (inside Hubbard Park along the Milwaukee River) opens at 5:30 p.m. and the music begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends to hear this fun jazz/funk duo composed of keyboard player Connie Grauer and drummer Kim Zick (both Shorewood residents). They have played with Robin Pluer, the Indigo Girls, k.d. lang and many more! Enjoy their electric mix of keyboards and drums in a non-stop action show!

Shorewood's summer concert series is presented by North Shore Bank, the Shorewood Foundation and the Village of Shorewood Marketing Program. Other event sponsors include the Shorewood Men’s Club, Chiropractic Company, Culver’s of Shorewood, Edward Jones/Mike O’Brien, Hubbard Park Lodge and Shorewood Family Chiropractic. Register to win VIP concert tickets, compliments of North Shore Bank. Visit either of North Shore Bank’s Shorewood locations (3970 N. Oakland Ave. or 4414 N. Oakland Ave.) to enter to win.

To avoid the Capitol Dr. construction, enter Hubbard Park from Menlo, Newton or Beverly off of Oakland Ave. Go west to Morris and then south to the Park entrance/parking lot.

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A Foodie in Singapore

My husband and I set out on a trip to Singapore, Malaysia and India in Spring 2010.  Our travel to Singapore was through a 16 hour non-stop flight to Hong Kong. I decided to have a relaxing time by reading, watching the map route of our flying direction, watching great movies and getting up to walk almost every two hours. The pilot came on and said, we were going to fly over Canada, Arctic Ocean, Russia, Mongolia, and Beijing to Hong Kong! I was watching our air route map in the monitor and was tickled wondering about the people who live in the various areas.

We were transit passengers in Hong Kong. After several security checks we had time to freshen up and have coffee. Then we took a 3 hour flight to Singapore. We arrived in Singapore around midnight after almost 30 hours of travel since we left home from Milwaukee.

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GUY JOHNSON, WE NEED YOU TO LEAD US.

Sewer bonding. Political leadership.

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Shorewood's citizens called for leadership tonight in handling the community's sewer crisis--LEADERSHIP.

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VILLAGE BOARD PRESIDENT GUY JOHNSON, PLEASE LEAD US IN THE PURCHASE OF A NEW SEWER SYSTEM.

Sewer bonds. Political leadership. Sewers are a cost of community operation.

 


 

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CURIOSITY KILLS CATS

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Thank goodness I’m not a cat. Curiosity is the spice of my days. My other favorite spice is humor.

We’ve had a lot of company this summer, and from my freezer’s appearance, no one would ever guess that it’s well organized! So a couple of times guests have rearranged the freezer to make their own additions fit.

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Sewer backups are not new – but we need NEW THINKING to stop them in the future --- Part One

Sewage Backup, Shorewood, TIF, BID, Backflow Preventers, Basement Flooding, Raw Sewage, Government Priorities, Property Values, Floods, MMSD

I like many of you had the privilege of having sewer backups in my basement on the 14th and 22nd of last month.

 

I attended the “sewer” meeting in Shorewood last Thursday to learn what the officials from the Village and MMSD intended to do about stopping the raw sewage from coming into people’s homes.

 

What I learned is that the Village government and the MMSD had nothing new to say --- rather they put on a “dog and pony show” about the history of the sewage backups, and what has been done in the past.

 

I almost laughed out loud when the Shorewood DPW director went as far back as the 1980’s in regards to recalling the history of the sewage backups.  Obviously this problem is History --- Not News!

 

The most obvious lesson that I and a hundred or so other citizens learned was that the officials not only do not have any good plans to stop future sewage backups --- but they cannot even agree on what is currently being done.

 

I brought up the disconnection of downspouts.  Shorewood has fought the disconnection of downspouts for over 12 years that I know of --- and only recently has started to allow them.

 

This is despite the all the publicity that MMSD has put out that disconnecting downspouts is a very good thing, and takes pressure off the entire system.  Somehow MMSD’s PR Machine did not reach the consciousness of the Shorewood Village officials.

 

Another thing that MMSD has been promoting are BACKFLOW PREVENTERS!

 

Not that the MMSD official at last Thursday’s meeting got it right --- he was talking down the backflow preventers, despite his own agency endorsing and even paying for them.

 

Following are exerts from articles and websites of what MMSD thinks about the Backflow Preventers:

 

FROM GLENDALE NOW.COM

MMSD could provide funds to prevent sewage backups

Direct connections to interceptor targeted

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"WE'RE GOING TO START BUILDING A NEW SEWER SYSTEM BY THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR."

New sewers needed.

 


 

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LET'S ALL CONTRIBUTE TO THE SEWER SOLUTION.

Citizen Participation. Citizens' ideas on the sewer situation.

 


 

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ELECTED LEADERS, WE NEED YOU NOW.

Elected leaders. Importance of sewers.

 


 

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Coyotes Creating a Stir

coyote, fox, department of natural resources

Most people move to Bayside to experience a peaceful, natural environment while still being close to all of the activities a city like Milwaukee can offer.  We are not the only ones that enjoy this environment.  Predatory animals are not an uncommon sight.  Wisconsin is home to wolves, coyotes and several species of fox.  Southeastern Wisconsin, including Bayside, makes an ideal home for both the fox and coyote.

Recent headlines drew attention to the importance of recognizing the impact these animals may have on our lives.  Coyotes and fox are omnivorous and highly opportunistic.  They will eat dead animals (which helps prevent the spread of disease), birds, rabbits and mice, as well as berries and seeds.  Although it is uncommon, both the fox and coyote may prey on a domesticated cat or dog if it is presented the chance.

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"JOB" or the HUMAN MIND?

Jobs. Education. The human mind. Collective thinking.

 


 

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Paying the unemployed while getting an education, a similar program as to the Veteran Education plan after WWII.

Educating the unemployed. Education of individual minds.

Education, in the “true sense,” I believe, is the aid given in helping each individual to develop his or her own mentality.

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SEWER PROBLEM IS DEFINED. NOW LET'S ACT.

Combined sewer systems. Storm water drainage. Government decisions. Problem denial and avoidance.

 

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LET'S INCREASE OUR STORM WATER CAPACITY.

/SEPARATE SEWER SYSTEMS. PAYING THE COST OF BASEMENT CLEAN-UPS

 


 

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A LOGICAL PROPOSAL

Sewer separation or not. Storm water causes sewage back-ups.

 


 

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"Best Seats in the House" Public Auction on Sunday, August 29

Bid on your favorite bench to benefit the Shorewood Foundation!

The Village of Shorewood has been decorated all summer long with 41 beautiful, custom-created benches, part of the “Best Seats in the House” public art event that closed on August 15. Shorewood’s benches have been the talk of the town this season and now they will be placed in a public auction on Sunday, August 29 at Hubbard Park Lodge (3565 N. Morris Blvd). The public is invited to attend the auction from 4:30-7:30 p.m. where they can meet the artists, enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Admission is $10 per person. Forty of the benches will be auctioned off to the highest bidders to benefit the Shorewood Foundation. The bench formerly on display at the Shorewood Police Department, sponsored by the Shorewood Foundation Board of Directors, will be held back and auctioned off at the Shorewood Foundation annual dinner/auction on Saturday, November 6.

The bidding process has already begun at www.shorewoodwi.com – just click on the home page photo and you will go right to the bidding page. Submit your bid online and someone will get back to you right away. Bids on the benches will start at $300 and we anticipate a lively auction event as each and every bench is a masterpiece - and will look great on a patio or porch, in the garden, in a playroom, or just about anywhere! The benches have been clear-coated by an auto body shop so they will last a very long time.

Fans of “Best Seats in the House” can also commemorate the event by purchasing notecards featuring color photographs of each of the benches. The notecards are packaged in four groups of 10 cards each and can be purchased for $12 per pack (including envelopes) or save $8 and buy all 4 packs for only $40. Visit the Village Hall Customer Service Desk on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. – hurry, cards are available in limited quantities. Any remaining notecards will be sold at the auction on Sunday.

“Best Seats in the House” was produced by the Shorewood Business Improvement District and the Shorewood Foundation was the presenting sponsor.
Other sponsors include the Village of Shorewood Marketing Program, the Shorewood DPW, the Shorewood Men’s Club and Gloss Photography Studios.

Questions about “Best Seats in the House” can be directed to 414.962.7002.

WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT OUR SEWER PROBLEM TODAY? WHAT ABOUT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY?

Keeping public in touch. Transparency in local government.

 


 

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WHAT ABOUT CURIOUS RABBITS?

quirks

It’s that kind of summer, maybe that kind of life we all live in the 21st Century. In any event, I didn’t have time to finish my last blog, CURIOSITY KILLS CATS, about the twists, turns, and quirks that animate my days. Don’t have time now to finish, though I’ll add to it. Anyway it’s the type of blog that has no end.

As a grower of vegetables, I consider rabbits my enemy, especially since one of them ate most of my string bean crop two years ago. Yesterday morning I looked out the window and saw a rabbit. I was ready to run outside to chase him away. Then he glanced around to make sure no one was watching, and he snuck into my garden. He nibbled, stopped, nibbled again, not on my arugula, not on my cherry tomatoes, he nibbled on something unwanted that had sprung up on its own. He was weeding my garden for me!

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Thoughts that may merit some consideration. (I)

Attempts at wisdom.

 


-  Some outstanding writers agree that simplicity is the other side of complexity.

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