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Guilt By Association

Elections, political campaign scandal

Judas betrayed Jesus. Does that make the other 11 Apostles “guilty by association”?

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We are in the Top Ten!


When Mark Maley, the online editor for all of the CommunityNOW sites, informed me last summer that my blog was one of NOW's most popular, I was pleasantly surprised.

On Monday, January 5, Mr. Maley sent an email expressing greetings, thanks, and the news that total page views or "hits" on the NOW sites in 2008 were 12.5 million - a 58% increase over the 7.9 million page views in 2007. 

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The 3 A's

NBPS Administrators, New Berlin Schools

A meeting regarding the District Vision for the Arts will be held by New Berlin Public Schools Superintendent Paul Kreutzer on Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 pm at New Berlin West High School in the Performing Arts Center.

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Alert: No School Thursday

New Berlin Schools

Due to the frigid weather/wind chill forecast for Thursday, January 15, New Berlin Public Schools will be closed and extra-curricular activities (for Thursday) will be cancelled.

Brrrrrr, It's Cold. Schools Will Be Closed On Friday

New Berlin Schools

New Berlin Public Schools will also be closed on Friday, January 16 and all Friday's extracurricular activities will be cancelled due to the weather conditions.    

Banner year for land conservation

Here is an email we recently received from the national organization, Land Trust Alliance. 


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Circuit City Closing Its Stores reports:  

Bankrupt Circuit City has sought court approval to close its remaining 567 U.S. stores and sell all its merchandise. The company said its Canadian operations, which employ 3,000 workers, will continue to operate.

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Barely Attended

School Board

The January 14 Journal Sentinel newspaper editorial “She’s Back!”,  which criticizes Milwaukee Public Schools Board Member Charlene Hardin, reminds us that $2,500 from the district was spent for a Philadelphia conference on school safety that “she barely attended”.

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CERT training in New Berlin

CERT, Common Council, Fire Department, Mayor Chiavatero

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) created by the Citizen's Corps Readiness Initiative, a part of the Department of Homeland Security, held a training course this week-end at the Public Safety building, for 36 residents of New Berlin who volunteered for the 20 hour class. This was a very interesting course and many former gradautes of the New Berlin Citizens Academy were in attendance.

The instructors were Linda Botts, Coordinator of COAD, Waukesha County

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MLK, Jr and Helping Others


Life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?
---Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Bye Bush, Hello Obama

Elections, Events

Barack Obama’s message of hope, change, and unity resonated with a majority of American voters.

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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

community, Events

Did you know that the New Berlin Public Library has a film discussion series?

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Maintaining Master Plan Standards

 What good is Farmland?

This blog is intended to help move consensus toward providing logical solutions on issues of community importance.

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They're Back!

Elections, political campaign scandal

Jefferson Davis and Ted Wysocki want their old jobs back.

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Cool Stuff For Kids Fair

community, Events, Local groups

Parents and students (K-12) who are looking for academic and cultural enrichment programs that offer curriculum and opportunities for high-achieving students should attend the COOL STUFF FOR KIDS FAIR this Saturday.

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Sen. Lazich Is On Worst Legislators List

musings, State

Milwaukee Magazine’s February 2009 issue features an article titled “ Best and Worst Legislators”.

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I'm on WISN

Mary in the media

I will discuss Governor Doyle’s State of the State address Thursday morning at 6:40 on Newstalk 1130 WISN with Jay Weber.

Great news for Senate District 28

Business, Good news from Senate District 28

I am thrilled to hear the wonderful news that United Heartland will build a new national headquarters in New Berlin and create 300 new jobs.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has details. 

Congratulations to United Heartland and New Berlin!

Voters Forums in New Berlin

Aldermen, City government, community, Elections, Events, NBPS Administrators, New Berlin Schools, School Board

Because four people are running for mayor and there are six New Berlin School Board candidates (for 2 seats), a primary election is necessary. The primary is on February 17 and the general election, April 7.

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American Farmland Trust to be Featured at Wisconsin Land Use Workshops in February and March

 The future of Wisconsin’s working lands is the focus of a series of workshops scheduled throughout the state in February and March. The full day of programming will include a presentation by Bob Wagner, AFT’s senior director for Farmland Protection Programs, on national land loss trends and the use and application of land protection techniques in states and localities around the country.    Sponsors are the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), American Farmland Trust’s Campaign for Wisconsin Farm and Forest Lands and numerous state and local groups interested in protecting Wisconsin’s agricultural and forested lands.The programs will provide information and input on tools designed to protect farmland, open space, and wooded acreage in rural areas while encouraging sustainable development and accommodating local growth. The public is encouraged to participate.”  

Workshops, locations, times, main sponsors and contacts for registration information include:  
  • Janesville, Wednesday, Feb. 4: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 Pontiac Dr., hosted by the Rock Environmental Network, contact Randy Thompson, 608-757-5696
  • Valders, Thursday, Feb. 5: 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Autumn Ridge Golf Club, One Straight Dr., hosted by Glacial Lakes Conservancy, contact Vickie Hall, 920-273-1143,
  • Madison, Tuesday, Feb. 24: location to be announced, hosted by Natural Heritage Land Trust and Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, contact Jim Welsh, 608-258-9797,
  • Town of Oconomowoc, Wednesday, Feb. 25: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Oconomowoc Town Hall, W359 N6812 Brown St., hosted by Tall Pines Conservancy, contact Susan Buchanan, 262-369-0500,
  • Juneau, Wednesday, Feb. 25: 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Dodge County Administration Building, 1st Floor Conference Room, 127 East Oak St., hosted by Dodge County Land Resources and Parks Department and Drumlin Area Land Trust, contact Nate Olson, 920-386-3948,
  • Burlington, Thursday, Feb. 26: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Burlington Gateway Campus, Room 102, 380 McCanna Parkway, hosted by Racine County and Kenosha County Land and Water Conservation Departments, contact Chad Sampson, 262-886-8479,, or Rose Skora, 262-857-1948,
  • Town of Saukville, Thursday, Feb. 26: 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Saukville Town Hall, 3762 Lakeland Rd., hosted by the Land Conservation Partnership of Ozaukee County, contact Andy Holschbach, 262-284-8271,
  • New Richmond, Wednesday, March 11: time to be announced, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Cashman Conference Center, 1019 South Knowles Ave., hosted by West Central Regional Planning Commission, contact Jay B. Tappen, 715-836-2918,
  • Wausau, Thursday, March 12: time to be announced, North Central Technical College, hosted by Marathon County Conservation, Planning and Zoning Department and Lincoln County Land Information and Conservation Department, contact Andy Johnson, 715-261-6002,
  • Ashland, date and time to be announced, Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center, 29270 County Hwy. G, Agriculture and Energy Resource Center, contact Will Pipkin, 888-379-5490,
AFT’s Campaign for Wisconsin Farm and Forest Lands is an outreach and education effort that promotes working lands protection in the state. The Campaign is cooperating with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Working Lands Initiative. For more information, please contact Vicki Elkin, American Farmland Trust's Campaign and Policy Associate at (608) 251-9131. 

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