Audrey Juds, a longtime resident of New Berlin, has worked over 25 years covering the city as a reporter, editor and columnist. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past 10 years New Berlin's Senior Taxi service has taken over 18,000 seniors and adults with disabilities to their jobs, appointments, grocery shopping and social events, according to coordinator Beatrice Alexander. She recalls it was in March, 1998, when their first vehicle, a 1991 Buick LeSabre, took their first riders to their destinations.
The cost was $6 within New Berlin and $8 or $10 to go outside the city. Comparable fares now range from $7.25 within the city to $9.25 or $11 outside. They often take people to Brookfield Square, Mayfair for doctor appointments and shopping, as well as to Froedtert Lutheran Hospital and West Allis Memorial Hospital.
When Jan Garbe of New Berlin delivered her first son Tim, 22 years ago, she and her husband,John,were shocked to learn their child would be physically and mentally challenged in life. They were told he had a small head, a condition known as microcephally, and they should not expect him to be able to walk or talk.
As if that is not enough of a heart break, two years later they learned while she was pregnant with their second son, that he would have the same problem.
It was an awesome experience to be part of the Milwaukee Showcase Chorus which was invited to participate in the 8th Annual International Barbershop Festival last August in St. Petersburg, Russia. During the 10-day tour we shared our harmony of music with the Russian people and learned about their culture.
Now we are sharing this experience through our concert, "From Russia with Love," being performed at 1:30 and 7;30 p.m. Saturday, April 5. It is being held in the Kostka Hall Theater of Mount Mary College. 2900 N. Menominee River Parkway, Milwaukee. The hall is located on the northwest corner of the campus just south of Burleigh.Street.