Whitewater, Wisc.—May 17, 2017—The Greater Whitewater Committee, Inc. and the Discover Whitewater Series (DWS): Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K have partnered with the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) for a 5K Group Fun Run. The Fun Run is a way to get people running and prepared for the 2017 DWS.
Global Running Day is Wednesday June 7, and the DWS is teaming up with CARA to get enough people to run around the globe.
Participants in Whitewater will be joined by the DWS team! All participants have to do is bring their running shows and a positive attitude for running. The run will begin and end at Whitewater City Hall and the route will take runners around the City of Whitewater.
“CARA is a great organization for runners in the area and with the Fun Run coming up we want everyone to join us in running around the globe,” Race Director Dawson Miller said.
Miller, DWS’s current race director will be joined with Stacey Kincaid, DWS’s first race director, Brenda Schumacher and Jane Becker with the Whippet City Striders, and Mark Maas representing the Whippet City Mile. They have come together to lead the run.
“Since the beginning the DWS has received CARA’s endorsement,” Kincaid said. “Joining forces with them now is a wonderful opportunity to get everyone involved in Global Running Day.”
For five years, the DWS has been CARA Certified and holds the Green Race Certification. The DWS must follow more than 40 requirements to meet the certifications and be the best race they can. These standards are the highest in the running industry and guarantee the safety of all participants.
“The partnership with CARA makes our race a better experience for all participants,” Executive Director Jeffery Knight said. “This run is all about the fun.”
More than 112 countries and 44,138 people have pledged to run on Wednesday. It is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running.
It does not take much to join the run; it can be the 5K Group Fun run, a solo lap around the block or a long run with friends. Ultimately, the key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire other to get moving.
Let’s make a difference and run together.
About the DWS
The DWS is in its fifth year and has continued to grow since its beginning in 2013. The support and interest grows with every year and every participant has played a major role in keeping this race going. All the proceeds from the race are donated to five local non-profit partners: Bethel House (which provides interim housing for homeless families), UW-W Athletics, Working for Whitewater’s Wellness (W3), Whitewater Unified School District and the J-Hawk Aquatic Club. The DWS partners with the city, business community, university and the school district to make this a tremendous event that benefits all who participate. We look forward to all those joining us in September. For more information about the race visit runwhitewater.com. For general race inquires email [email protected].
CARA is the voice of the-every runner; whether you just run a few miles a week, are training for your first marathon or competing for an age group win. CARA is a non-profit organization dedicated to running advocacy in Chicago and suburbs. Starting as the local running club, CARA has grown into the organization that championed the running movement across Chicagoland. The help runners run better, farther, faster and with more fun by clearing paths to a wealth of training, social outreach and advocacy programs, while promoting friendships and personal fulfillment. CARA is devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run—farther, faster, better, for life. For more information visit cararuns.org.
1 in 4 Wisconsinites Report Being a Victim of Identity Theft or Fraud
MADISON, Wisc. (May, 2017) – Identity theft is a serious concern for motorists who regularly utilize their credit or debit cards to pay for fuel at the pump. According to a recent AAA Consumer PulseTM Survey, nearly 40 percent of Wisconsinites have a low level of trust that their information will remain secure at gas stations. That is why AAA – The Auto Club Group supports currently being consider in Wisconsin (AB 196 and SB 133) that would criminalize the possession or use of “skimmers,” which identity thieves use to steal card information at gas pumps and ATM’s.
“Reclaiming one’s identify and dealing with the resulting credit damage can be costly, time consuming and stressful,” said Nick Jarmusz, Wisconsin director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “This legislation is needed to help law enforcement stop would-be thieves from preying upon unsuspecting motorists.”
AAA’s survey reveals that 1 out of 4 Wisconsinites (25 percent) have been a victim of identity theft or fraud in the last 2 years. While this legislation is an important step towards preventing such crimes, all consumers should to take proactive steps to reduce their risk for identity theft. AAA recommends that motorists:
Use a pump in plain sight of the cashier, as skimmers are often placed on the pumps farthest from the storefront.
Inspect the card reader at the pump. If it looks like it’s been opened or its security tape has been broken, inform the cashier and do not use that pump.
Pay for your gas inside the store.
Use cash instead of your credit card.
In order to help our members better protect themselves, AAA has partnered with Experian, one of the three credit reporting agencies, to offer ProtectMyID. Once you enroll in this free benefit, it provides you with daily credit monitoring and will send you an email alert whenever it detects key changes on your credit report. If fraud or identity theft occurs, ProtectMyID will help you investigate and resolve the situation. For even greater protection, AAA Members can upgrade to ProtectMyID Deluxe and receive a 60% discount.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
As Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has seen his national profile increase, his standing back at home has plummeted.
According to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, the outspoken, sharp tongued, law enforcement chief is extremely unpopular with voters in Milwaukee County and has essentially no path to victory if he were to seek reelection. Per the poll, only 31% of the voters in the county approve of the job he’s doing, compared to 62% who disapprove… rightfully so, because he’s a hot mess!
PPP also found that 65% feel that Clarke has had a negative impact on the county’s image with only 29% thinking he’s helped give the area a positive image. The hubrisly, outspoken sheriff has found himself in the news on a regular basis, whether it be from his brash social media posts, ignorant comments made on cable news interviews, or for allegedly detaining a traveler for shaking his head at him.
Clarke, who is a Democrat despite saying he wants to choke those in the party, has virtually zero chance at this point of winning a Democratic primary. Among Democratic voters, only 13% said they’d support Clarke in the primary while 82% would back anyone other than the current sheriff.
Now, Clarke could run as a Republican and likely win that primary as 78% of those who voted for President Donald Trump approve of the job he’s done. However, that still leaves him no real way to win the election due to the makeup of the county. PPP found that 62% of those surveyed vote in Democratic primaries compared to only 27% in Republican ones. Also, 64% of respondents voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election and only 30% approve of Trump.
Many hope he will simply go off into the sunset and enjoy his country music concerts, family members and good ole boy pals, but leave serving the people alone!
Some contents of this article are from: Justin Baragona: @justinbaragona
(MADISON) – Dropping a son or daughter off at a child care center never gets easier for parents, but thanks to the dedication, love and care from child care providers, parents are able to ease their minds as they head to work to support their families. From center directors and staff to family child care providers, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) joins agencies across the nation on May 12th in recognizing these outstanding individuals on National Provider Appreciation Day.
Nearly 4,300 licensed providers care for over 220,000 children in Wisconsin. Providers play a crucial role in children’s lives by providing not only basic care like feeding and diaper changes, but also helping them reach developmental milestones through age-appropriate, educational activities.
“Countless studies have found that quality early child care and education helps lay the foundation for children’s success in school and beyond,” said DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson. “Child care providers help parents engage their children and stimulate early brain development. This day offers an opportunity for all of us to show Wisconsin’s child care providers how much we appreciate the positive role they play in our children’s lives.”
To support the success of children in Wisconsin, the Department launched the YoungStar program in 2011 to help providers across the state improve the quality of their care and to provide parents with meaningful information to make informed child care decisions. Through the program, child care programs are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 Stars based on education, learning environment, business practices and the health and well-being of children.
To highlight improvement efforts made by care providers in 2016, the Department is recognizing 182 child care programs from around Wisconsin with monetary awards as part of the Race to the
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Top Early Learning Challenge grant. These programs have increased the quality of early care and education they provided, thereby improving their star ratings in any range from the 2 Star to 5 Star levels. The awards – with the amounts tiered by program size, star increase and the number of children served in the program – can be used to fund resources for the child care programs.
One of this year’s Challenge grant recipients is Chrissy Moore, operator of Luv ‘N Learn, a licensed family child care in DeForest, Wisconsin. Chrissy has been a child care provider for nearly 20 years after starting her career in child care at the Child Development Center on the military base where her husband served.
From family care providers like Chrissy to center directors and staff, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) joins agencies across the nation on May 12th in recognizing these outstanding individuals on National Provider Appreciation Day.
To find regulated child care providers and see YoungStar ratings visit http://childcarefinder.wisconsin.gov.
MADISON, Wis. – Clean Wisconsin, the state’s oldest and largest environmental organization, welcomed the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s recently announced plan to provide emergency drinking water to rural residents whose wells have been contaminated by livestock manure.
“We’re pleased DNR is taking steps to ensure residents who are impacted by manure-contaminated wells will have immediate access to clean and safe drinking water,” said Water Quality Specialist Scott Laeser, of Clean Wisconsin.
Rural residents who live near fields where livestock manure is spread for fertilizer and disposal sometimes experience so-called “brownwater events” in which manure from nearby farms seeps into private wells.
Wisconsin has seen a dramatic increase in the number of large livestock operations in recent years, which has lead to huge increases in the amount of liquid waste being spread on the landscape. When liquid manure is spread on fields it soaks into the ground and can eventually make its way into the groundwater. When contaminated water ends up in families’ private wells, the concentration of dangerous pathogens spikes. This is especially a problem in areas of the state where the geology makes groundwater more susceptible to contamination.
Clean Wisconsin General Counsel Katie Nekola said the DNR’s plan to provide safe drinking water to affected residents is a step in the right direction, but she added that sustainable, long-term solutions are needed to prevent manure from contaminating groundwater in the first place.
“This is a temporary fix,” Nekola said. “The people of Wisconsin have a fundamental right to clean and safe water, and the state needs to address this serious public health issue with real and lasting solutions.”
Laeser added that the DNR is drafting targeted performance standards for areas of the state most vulnerable to groundwater contamination.
“These standards must strengthen manure spreading and handling requirements on all farms in order to provide citizens in northeastern Wisconsin – and elsewhere in the state – reliable access to clean drinking water,” Laeser said.
Information and details on the DNR’s drinking water program are available at dnr.wi.gov/topic/drinkingwater/manure.html.
Compiled by MCJ Editorial Staff
C.H.I.L.L. (Creating Hope, I Love Life) program, Inc., a local nine-year-old non-profit organization that promotes peace and reduces violence in Milwaukee’s central city, has unvield a revolutionary new community surveillance program.
Called the C.H.I.L.L. Community Safe Zone Initiative, the surveillance program works with residents of neighborhoods and business owners.
“Using a combination of community support and accountability, along with both existing and newly installed top of the line surveillance cameras, these community blocks and business locations will be designated as areas where crime is not tolerated,” reads an outline of the plan provided by C.H.I.L.L. founders Dante and Shannon Chestnut.
C.H.I.L.L. Community Safe Zone locations will also be safe havens so that anyone who feels in danger can go and seek assistance.
Combining community cooperation and 24-hour video monitoring, the initiative’s objective is to reduce crime rates starting first in statistically high crime areas and expanding block by block.
The program will focus on Milwaukee police districts numbers seven and five. “Many communities already have city-placed surveillance cameras at major intersections and on more commonly travelled streets,” the outline reads.
“But based on our research, many crimes happen outside of these areas, we will target both residents and businesses located off these main streets and intersections.
The C.H.I.L.L. founders noted in 2015, a 13.3 mile area within the MPD’s seventh district had almost 40 homicides and over 2,000 violent assaults. There were also approximately 2.8 murders per mile in the district, which experienced more than 25 percent of the total homicides in the city.
The Chestnuts are asking businesses to give their support by making a tax-deductible donation on a weekly, quarterly, or annual basis towards the project. The donations will be used to purchase, install and maintain the surveillance cameras and monitoring systems.
MILWAUKEE – From birding to wildflower walks, the Milwaukee County Parks are offering a variety of activities with Mom in mind, Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13 and 14.
Wehr Nature Center – 9701 W. College Ave.
The weekend starts with Wehr Nature Center’s annual Mother’s Day Native Plant Sale. Plants from a local nursery will be on sale, both Saturday andSunday, from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Items for sale include spring ephemerals, prairie plants, woodland plants, and wetland plant species.
Sunday morning from 7:30–10:30 a.m., Birding with Paul will welcome beginning and experienced birders to a prime-time hike for viewing colorful migratory birds, such as the warblers.
The $3 parking fee includes admission to the Nature Center and the birding program. The fee is waived for visitors who are shopping only.
For more information, call Wehr at (414) 425-8550.
Boerner Botanical Gardens – 9400 Boerner Drive
Boerner Botanical Gardens is open for families to discover early spring blooms, daily from 8 a.m.–dusk. Blooms that may be seen include wildflowers, early-blooming perennials, tulips, and flowering crabapples, depending on the weather.
Sunday, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens will present a free Mother’s Day family event. Children will have the opportunity to plant flowers and create make-and-take daffodil crafts as gifts for their mothers and grandmothers. Donations for the activities are appreciated. For more information, call the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens at (414) 525-5653.
The Mother’s Day Brunch by on-site caterer, Zilli Hospitality has sold out.
Regular admission to the Botanical Gardens is $5.50 for adults age 18 and up; $4.50 for students of any age with ID, Milwaukee County seniors age 60 and up with ID, and people with disabilities; and $3.50 for youths age 6–17. Admission to the gardens requires wearing the official daily wristband.
For more information, call the Botanical Gardens at (414) 525-5601.
The Mitchell Park Domes – 524 S. Layton Blvd
On Sunday, the Mitchell Park Domes will be open with the spring floral show, For the Birds, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The show features a mix of seasonal plants interspersed with models or birds, both decorative and realistic. The setting provides a beautiful backdrop for casual family photos with Mom and Grandma.
Also on Sunday, the Friends of The Domes are bringing back the bling with the Jewelry is Fun Show. Visitors can select from a variety of jewelry items, scarves, and tote bags for Mom and the other special ladies in their lives. Most jewelry is priced at about $6.
Admission to The Domes includes the jewelry fair. The fee is $7 for adults age 18 and up; $5 for Milwaukee County Seniors with ID, persons with disabilities, students of any age with ID, and youth age 6–17; and free for children age 5 and under.
For more information, call the Mitchell Park Domes at (414) 257-5600.
Lake Park – 2975 N. Lake Park Road
Birders familiar with the best viewing spots in Lake Park invite families to take Mom to a free, informal Warbler Walk, Saturday, from 8:30-10 a.m. The walk kicks off at the wooden bridge near the warming house in the northern part of the park. With more than 250 bird species documented, the park is an ideal place for beginners to start observing the wide variety of visiting species. For more information, visit the Lake Park Friends website at lakeparkfriends.org.
On Sunday, from 1–3 p.m., Mary Schley and other members of the Lake Park Friends will lead a free Mother’s Day wildflower walk. The walk will start at the warming house in the northern part of the park. Leaders will point out the reemergence of wildflowers and newly planted spring wildflowers. For more information, call (414) 962-1680.
Grant Park – Lake Drive between Badger Avenue and Brookdale Court
On Mother’s Day, Betsy Abert of Friends of Grant Park will guide all levels of birders on a Migratory Bird Walk, from 8–11 a.m., weather permitting. Migratory birds from South and Central America are expected to be returning to their breeding grounds along the Lake Michigan flyway. Program participants are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the parking lot in the northern section of Grant Park, near Picnic Areas 7 and 8, (entrance at the Wil-O-Way sign on Lake Drive.) Abert suggests that participants bring binoculars and a pocket guide or mobile app, and wear comfortable shoes or boots. For more information, call (414) 531-9249.
Golf in The Parks: Moms Play & Ride for Free
A free round and golf-car special, for moms accompanied by a paid golfer, will be offered at ten golf courses, Sunday, for tee times after 1 p.m. To receive the special offer, children, spouses, or friends purchase a round and single-rider golf car, and a mom golfs and rides for free.
The offer is available at golf courses at Brown Deer, 7625 N. Range Line Rd.; Currie, 3535 N. Mayfair Rd.; Dretzka, 12020 W. Bradley Rd.; Grant, 100 E. Hawthorne Ave; Greenfield, 12035 W. Greenfield Ave.; Hansen, 9800 W. Underwood Creek Parkway; Lincoln, 1000 W. Hampton Ave.; Oakwood, 3600 W. Oakwood Road.; Warnimont, 5400 S. Lake Drive; and Whitnall, 6751 S. 92 St.
For more information, call the Milwaukee County Parks Golf Office at (414) 257-8024. For reservations, call (414) 475-6222 or visit milwaukeecountygolfcourses.com
South Shore Terrace Kitchen & Beer Garden – 2900 S. Shore Drive
Home of the Miller 1855 Bar, the beachside beer garden offers families views of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee skyline. South Shore Terrace will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
The new kitchen boasts an expanded menu. Highlights include a sweet potato and red quinoa veggie burger, gourmet burgers, and carrot fries—all served with the house-made blueberry signature sauce. Guests may also enjoy Miller High Life battered Clock Shadow Creamery cheese curds, Milwaukee Pretzel Co. pretzels, and Usinger’s famous sausages.
Beverages include on-tap beers served in souvenir glass pints and steins, which can be refilled at a discount. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.
Items may be purchased with cash only.
Whitnall Park Beer Garden – 8831 N. Root River Parkway
Due to its popularity as a stop on the Parks Traveling Beer Garden Tour, the Root River Parkway location has opened as the Whitnall Park Beer Garden for a season-long run.
Open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the newest beer garden offers two beer trucks—one with a rotating selection of 12 local and regional craft beers, and the other with 12 Sprecher beers, hard sodas, and root beer. In addition to Sprecher Brewing Co., breweries represented include Lakefront Brewery, New Glarus, Wisconsin Brewing Co., MKE Brewing Co., Brenner Brewing Co., Bell’s Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., and Leinenkugel’s. Beers are served in souvenir glass pints and steins, which can be refilled at a discount.
Food, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages are also available.
Items may be purchased with cash only.
Saturday, from 5-8 p.m., singer-songwriter Jamie Lynn will perform. Genres include folk, country, ’70s and ’80s pop rock, and current hits.
For more information on the Whitnall Park Beer Garden, call (414) 257-5622 or visit mkebeergardens.com/whitnall.
Dog Exercise Areas
Milwaukee County dog exercise areas will be open from 5 a.m.–10 p.m.,Saturday and Sunday, for families with members of the canine ilk. Passes can be purchased on-site to give Mom time to play with Rover, and Rover a chance to run with the big dogs (or little dogs in a fenced area). Of the passes available, daily passes are $5, and annual passes, $25 for Milwaukee County residents.
Off-leash dog exercise areas are located throughout the County.
Offering combined areas for all dogs are DEAs at Bay View, East Lincoln Avenue and South Bay Street; Currie Park, 3535 N. Mayfair Road; Granville, 11718 W. Good Hope Place; and Roverwest, 3243 N. Weil St.
Offering general areas for all dogs with fenced areas for small dogs are DEAs at Estabrook Park, 4400 N. Estabrook Drive; Runway, 1214 E. Rawson Ave.; and Warnimont Park, 6100 S. Lake Drive.
For more information on off-leash dog exercise areas, call Public Services at (414) 257-8005.
For more information about the Milwaukee County Parks, call (414) 257-PARK (7275) or visit countyparks.com.
MILWAUKEE (May 8, 2017) –, vice president of field operations-complex care management Wisconsin for UnitedHealth Group, will be the keynote speaker at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Spring Nurse Pinning Ceremony at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, in the Cooley Auditorium in the Main Building, 1015 N. Sixth St.
Sixty five nursing students are expected to attend the ceremony. The Nurse Pinning Ceremony is separate from MATC’s Commencement. It signifies that nursing education is completed and that the graduate is eligible to join the profession. The term “pinning” comes from the placement of the school’s nursing pin on the graduate by Nancy Vrabec, dean of MATC’s School of Health Sciences. Pinning ceremonies began in the 1860s at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George after serving the injured and dying during the Crimean War.
Dr. Mohammad Dakwar, MATC provost; practical nursing graduate Lindsay Jefferson; and associate degree nursing graduate John Dondero; also will speak at the ceremony. Kathy Costa-Lieberthal, an MATC nursing instructor, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.
Greditor represents UnitedHealth group. In January, United Health Foundation awarded a $2.3 million grant to MATC to enable the college to double the size of its registered nursing program over the next three years and help address the state’s nursing shortage. The shortage of registered nurses – described by Wisconsin’s Public Policy Forum as “one of the greatest workforce challenges facing the health care industry – and employers as a whole” – affects health care services at all levels of care and is projected to increase as experienced nurses retire. The forum’s report calls for a 24 percent increase in the state’s workforce of registered nurses by 2020.
For more information on the Nurse Pinning Ceremony, call MATC’s School of Health Sciences at (414) 297-6263.
Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. Approximately 40,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community. The college offers 200 academic programs; nearly 400 transfer options leading to bachelor’s degrees; and School of a Pre-College Education that assists people to complete high school, prepare for college or enter the workforce. Overwhelmingly, MATC graduates build careers and businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. The college is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, the national standard for academics and student services.