Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
The following is from South Milwaukee neighbor Don Lawson who works tirelessly and with great commitment for the well being of Grant Park, which I'm pleased to be able to post for him:
Over the past 12 months, some woods in Grant Park have suffered serious
vandalism. A total of 6 trees were cut down, the latest being a 70 foot
pine. The local Park Watch group decided to post a reward for information
that would lead the the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. Friends
of Grant Park changed the focus of the "Summer Sizzle" picnic, making it the
fundraising event to raise money for the reward.
The picnic took place on July 29th. The weather was absolutely perfect. We
had a great turn-out, and exceeded our goal of $500 for the "reward" fund.
As part of publicizing the picnic, we realized that both Friends of Grant
Park (FoGP) and the Park Watch (PW) program could benefit from more
visibility in the community. Both groups have their schedules posted on a
new website, sponsored by Friends of Grant Park.
The web address is:
Pretty impressive. A hundred -- maybe as many as 150 -- folks showed up at South Milwaukee City Hall tonight to learn, listen and speak about the back-door effort stemming from some black hole to tear down the Hoan Bridge that spans -- high enough for ocean-going ships to clear -- the Port of Milwaukee.
Unlike some of the recent boistrous great TV theater shoutdown heathcare and energy legislation public forums, no evidence that any of the South Milwaukee town hall attendees had been bused in by United Health Group or American Petrolium Institute. They really were all neighbors -- even Wisconsin Senator Jeff Plale and Assemblyman Mark Honadel.
In addition to folding chairs, paper plates and a dish to pass, I took along a petition to the Parkway Drive/Hemlock Court neighborhood picnic last weekend for folks to sign if they oppose any attempt to get rid of the Hoan Memorial Bridge. Turns out one petition wasn't enough. Everyone there thought the idea of tearing down the bridge is a dumb one.
One neighbor said she would take a petition to work to see if her co-workers would want to sign it. Turns out, they not only signed it, they all said they would collect signatures too.