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.
When the New Berlin Lioness serve their 31st Annual Champagne Breakfast Sunday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., they are not just offering a great buffet. All proceeds help provide an opportunity for children and adults with special needs to attend the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Camp at Rosholt, located mid-state.
The event, held at the Holy Apostles School Gymnasium, on 159th Street, north of National Avenue, is known for its fruit pancake rollups with vanilla sauce, along with the usual scrambled egge, hash brown potatoes, hot ham, sausage links, fresh fruit cups and desserts.
New Berlin does not have a wall separating the east from the west like they had in Berlin, Germany. But we are separated by the Great Lakes basin divide which runs right through the middle of the our city -- mostly along Sunny Slope Road. Thus, those on the east side of Sunny Slope get their water from Lake Michigan, while many west of there use water from the citiy's deep public wells which are becoming contaminated with radium.
Mayor Jack Chiovatero is taking an active role fighting to get clean Lake Michigan water for the rest of New Berlin. In fact, last month he was awarded a 2008 Environmental Local Official Leader Award by the Clean Wisconsin Action Fund,. This was presented to him in recognition "for his support of strong implementing language in the Great Lakes Compact legislation."
Frightening statistics show that autism is being diagnosed for one in 150 individuals, and it is four times more likely to occur in boys than girls.
It is defined as "a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, impacting normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills."
The Mental Health Ministry, based at Holy Apostles Church in New Berlin, has assisted 40 people with mental illness since it was organized in 2002. According to its facilitator, Mary Hartinger,.an average of 10 people attend their monthly meetings, held the third Tuesday of the month. This includes those with mental illness as well as family members.
Last week, when writing about a program the organization was featuring about autism, I included promotional information Hartinger had given me. I briefley listing things children with autism wish people knew, This week I received a request from Ellen Notbohm, the author of the book, "Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wisher You Knew," requesting that I list these 10 points in their entirety,