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Significant moments.

Life's moments.



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In The Pantry With Julia Child

The release of the movie “Julie & Julia” and the renewed great interest in the remarkable Chef Julia Child bring back to me fond memories of an unexpected and a thrilling experience in 1997. That was the year my first cook book (Art of South Indian Cooking) was published.  My New York publisher had arranged for me to appear on the national television show, “Home Matters”. Can you believe that Julia Child was also featured in the same show?

My cooking segment was shot in the summer of 1997 in Philadelphia for the Discovery Channel.   I was very excited and wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first exposure to national TV.  The hostess of the show Susan Powell was very kind and helpful as I did my cooking. It all went smoothly.

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Rediscovering Benji's!

Benji's in Shorewood, Benji's, happy for sentimental, happier for good taste

I heard it from a friend at the university. Benji's. He had just discovered Benji's. In Shorewood. Our Shorewood. And so I went there today with my little family because it's tradition. Whenever we sign a mortgage, which we just rolled over to keep our tiny little "starter" house that will keep us in "starter" mode apparently til 2034, we eat at Benji's.

And I have to tell you, I was Blown Away. The prices are lower, the food is better, the staff is the same die-hard group it's been for 29 years, largely, and everything tasted and smelled great.  I remember always getting a Dr. Brown's Black Cherry soda with crushed ice in a large plastic cup with a straw. And there it still is, for $1.75. For the same price, you can get a fountain soda with free refills.

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Over the Limit. Under Arrest - Just the facts

bayside, fox point, river hills, drunk driving, roadblocks, saturation patrols

From August 21st through September 7th, Bayside Police Department along with Fox Point, River Hills and agencies throughout Wisconsin and thoughout the nation will be patrolling in greater numbers and for longer hours to arrest impaired drivers and get them off the road.

Saturation patrols and other types of high visibility enforcement have proved to be an effective deterrent to impaired driving, especially when combined with an effective media campaign like Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

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Elderly friendships.



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Oakland Avenue's future--more past than future.

Past extends into the future.


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After a Hectic 2009 Season, Summer Baseball in 2010 Should Feature Intense Competition

For Wisconsin summer baseball devotees' it is as the saying goes: "Past is now prologue".

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August is National Immunization Month

August is the perfect time to remind everyone to catch up on their vaccinations.  Children are starting school, older students are entering college, the flu season will soon be here.  Unfortunately, even in the U.S., children and adults alike die every year from vaccine preventable diseases.  Far too many people are complacent about these diseases and they may not understand that being protected from disease through vaccination is a lifelong process. 

Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century.  Vaccines have eliminated some diseases and vastly reduced the number of cases of many others.  However, it is still important to remember that even though we don't often see some of these diseases, they still exist and can cause disease, disability, and death.  

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Safe Driving is no Accident


Every day throughout Wisconsin there are serious and even fatal motor vehicle crashes. Many times, these crashes can be avoided by paying extra attention and following simple rules of the road. Vehicle crashes frequently occur in and around intersections. In accordance with state law, drivers must stop for all red traffic signals and must also stop for all yellow traffic signals, as long as it is safe to do so.

Furthermore, drivers need to pay more attention while driving in order to prevent collisions. Inattentive driving related crashes, including those caused by cell phone usage, can result in serious injury, large fines, and even jail sentences. Keep yourself and other drivers safe by practicing these safe driving strategies:

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Book stores.



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Community bookstore.



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Tell YOUR Adoption Story!

Have you ever adopted an animal from the Wisconsin Humane Society? We want to hear YOUR story!

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art, Atwater, Conservation Committee, drawings, lake, poem, Shorewood, WATER

Thursday, August 6, was dream-lake afternoon. The water, placid and aglow, was the ideal surface for hundreds of gulls, and an occasional goose, to float, dive, and harmonize. “It sounds as if the gulls are singing!” I exclaimed to my grandsons, as sympathetic vibrations replaced the usual seagull squawks.

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Class a Habit for Falls' Dekoning on Bad Days as Well as Good

The baseball wasn't so good this summer for former Menomonee Falls three-sport star Doug Dekoning while competing in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League in Long Island, New York, but that didn't dampen his attitude one bit, as the UW-Milwaukee Horizon League All-Conference outfielder and all-around nice person was still grateful for the chance to expand his boundaries.

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events, Shorewood, Schwartz, Open Book Co-op

Schwartz flew the coop, now the Coop has to fly: the Open Book Co-op. The time to join is NOW!! Shorewood’s population is educated, most residents still read actual books, many are members of book clubs, yet we no longer have a bookstore in the village, nor a gathering place of readers.

Tuesday, August 25, at 6:30 PM is your chance to meet some of us who have already joined the Co-op, to join yourself (you can also join online), and to listen to two famous cookbook writers. The title is “Mastering the Art of Cookbook Writing.” If you’re like me, you don’t want to master that particular art, might not even want to use a cookbook, but certainly you love to eat. Read below about the two authors, and, like me, I’m sure you’ll look forward to coming!

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Seasonal Flu Clinics Are Scheduled

The North Shore Health Department has scheduled clinics for the Seasonal Flu.  Clinics for the H1N1 Pandemic Flu (Swine Flu) will be scheduled for late fall (probably November) after H1N1 vaccine is received from the federal government.

Clinics at the North Shore Library, 6800 North Port Washington Road are:

  • Thursday, September 17, 2009, 10:30 AM -- 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 3:30 PM -- 6:30 PM

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City of Milwaukee Does a Better Job Recycling than Shorewood

Trash, Recycling,

Shorewood has long been known as a Progressive Community, but when it comes to Recycling, the City of Milwaukee (and a lot of other communities)  have us beat !

On the last Recycling Pickup day on my street (Woodburn) it dawned upon me that the Recycling Bins that we use are much smaller than the Trash containers --- and the Recycling Bins are only picked up every other week. 

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Facadism in Shorewood?

Business building improvements.



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Football Friday: It Doesn't Get Any Better than D.C. Everest and Homestead to Open the Season


With state football powers D.C. Everest and Homestead set to do battle in a rich, fattening desert of a season opener Friday at 7 p.m. in Mequon, I thought a little history lesson might be in order to give the enticing tilt a little context.

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Understanding Shorewood as an economy and as a social community.

Suburban economies and communities.



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