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Jose's Blue Sombrero proposed in Fox Point

Jose's Blue Sombrero, Fox Point

Jose's Blue Sombrero has its sights on a new restaurant in Fox Point, at 8617 N. Port Washington Road.

The village's Plan Commission will take up the request next week by the DeRosa Corp. to open the Mexican restaurant.

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“It Is Never Just One Thing”

Rarely does any one factor determine the final out come from a single event in life or in nature. It is just too complicated; so many factors come into play over the course of time that determines the final outcome. This is certainly true with trees and tree health. Trees in developed landscapes and in the forest are continually subjected to various stress factors that depending upon circumstances can lead to decline and eventual death of a tree.

Tree stress may result from a natural causal agent or may be from human activity. A myriad of factors may be involved which may include, but is not limited to some of the following:

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Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus Opens Today

Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus Opens Today

The Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus will open for animal adoptions on Monday, January 7, just one week after acquiring the former Countryside Humane Society in Racine. 

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It appears that too many of us must hate and judge.  We seem to find ways to hate each other, and to look down and judge people who are not like us.  Though civilization has been around a long time, we seem to be becoming more hateful, bigoted, and ignorant in these matters.  The thought process goes something like: I am listening to those people with whom I agree, I know what's right, I have my guns, I have found my church, I have found my neighborhood, ad infinitum.  May we pause for one moment, please?

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." -Mother Teresa

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The nation is somewhat more focused on deliberating about guns in America, and what to do about the gun fixation in this country.  It isn't only the National Rifle Association that is spending and fighting against any control of the gun craziness.  Yes, it is craziness.  Let's start with the Second Amendment distortion.

The Second Amendment was put in the Bill of Rights because this new nation had just come through a revolutionary war in which individual gun ownership was important.  The war was fought thousands of miles away from England, so it was somewhat easy to defeat an organized army with rifle-toting farmers.  So, it was natural to put something in the Constitution to acknowledge this phenomenon, lest this tiny new nation is again threatened by "tyranny."  And almost every citizen in the new U.S. had a rifle to hunt  for food.  It was a necessity.  And the rifles on 1776 were simple pieces of equipment firing one round.  The Founding Fathers could not have imagined the mechanical guns of today.  The old fashioned machine gun was still years away from being invented.  A rifle in a 1776 household was as normal and as necessary as a fireplace.  We were basically a rural, somewhat primitive society.

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Tree Pruning Fact Sheet

An educated and experienced arborist knows that all tree pruning is not equal. The arborist assesses each tree individually and then decides what type of pruning the tree is in need of. Crown cleaning, crown thinning, crown raising, deadwood pruning and training pruning are nationally accepted standards of tree pruning developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANSI A300 pruning standards are extensive and involved. They are there to protect the consumer. If these pruning standards are not addressed in the tree pruning proposals or estimates you receive you are not getting a professional job. At Wachtel our educated and experienced Certified Arborists will help you benefit from these standards and assist you in determining what type of pruning your trees will need.

The different classifications of tree pruning are:

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Get vaccines at low cost at WHS!

 Vaccine Clinic at WHS
In an effort to keep Southeastern Wisconsin's animals happy and healthy, WHS offers a vaccine clinic at the Milwaukee Campus. The next one is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Learn more here.


C'mon, I am sick and tired of the obfiscation, the excuses, the intentional diversion, and the lies of those who defend our gun craziness in America.  We own more guns per capita than any western society.  We kill more people with guns per capita than any industrial society.  We have more mass shootings than any nation.  There is no argument, the American nation and the American society are sick.  And war and guns are a big part of it.  We have a male population that exhibits a lack of real manhood and tries to camouflage it with the pseudo-toughness of war and guns.  It is a sickness.

As the parents of the little children shot and killed in an elementary school in Connecticut gathered to express themselves about the future of the school building, the impact that event has had on their lives, the lingering depression, etc., one mother said she misses her little boy so much that she still reaches down to take his hand when she is walking.  That burns its way into your heart and soul.  Meanwhile some gun advocates are screaming about the Second Amendment.  They want their right to a 21st century assault rifle, with a clip for as many bullets as the want.  Well, Mr. Gun Advocate: boo-hoo.  Your little shoot-em-up days should have been put to rest when you were about 8 years old.  The gun does not make you a man!

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Cullen Murphy has written a book titled GOD'S JURY.  In it he describes the nature and specifics of the Three Inquisitions.  One, led by a Pope in the Vatican, murdered just about all they considered unworthy of being acceptable Christians, and finally ran out of firewood and it ended.  The Second Inquisition, was intended to get rid of people of other faiths who were secretly practicing "outside" the Vatican's set of rules.  It similarly ended when all the Jews and other "unworthy" Christians were tortured, killed, or exiled from Spain.  The Third, aimed at Protestants and open reading of the new printing press, ended when the Enlightenment began to herald in a new era of thinking.  However the Enlightenment never seemed to "catch on" with Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, and the right-wingers in the United States.

Why draw a parallel between the Cheney years and the Inquisition?  For many reasons, but an obvious one is that both used similar means of torture.  At least one captive died at Guantanamo during the Bush-Cheney years from the Inquisition's "pulley method" of torture.  And water boarding, which the Bush-Cheney cabal said was not torture, was officially labeled torture by the Vatican who practiced it openly and commonly during the Inquisition.

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North Shore Firefighters Need Your Help!

North Shore Fire, peanut butter, Hunger Task Force

North Shore Firefighters are joining their peers from the fourteen Milwaukee County Fire Departments to collect peanut butter for the Hunger Task Force. Peanut Butter is a staple in Hunger Task Force's distribution to those in need and Hunger Task Force is running short of peanut butter. So, next time your out shopping, pick up an extra jar of peanut butter and drop it at one of North Shore Fire/Rescue's Stations:

Station #1: 4401 W. River Lane in Brown Deer

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Stopping Tree Losses

This past spring many trees were not able to produce much foliage at all. Many produced nothing but seeds at first, and when these ripened all you could see was brown. Such trees seemed more dead than alive. Later on, some foliage started to be produced, but these leaves were undersized, off-color, and left the tree much thinner than normal. On other trees, some sections never did leaf out and the remaining parts look weak.

 Trees that have treatment history for various problems, and have been stable for some time, have begun to struggle again. Dead and weak trees are everywhere.

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 The current President of the United States is outstanding.  He and his family represent the best in America. In fact, the entire conduct and representation they present to the nation and the world is quite special.

It is interesting to watch, read, and listen to the right-wing extremists, the bigots, the gun nuts, the greedy, the war corporations, the radio screamers, etc. look for ways to try and demean him.  Lies about his nationality, lies about him in general have been disgusting.  We are fortunate to have a man of President Obama's taste, intellect, and principles in the White House.  Think back just over 4 years ago to see the stark difference.  President Bush began as President with a budget surplus from the Clinton years.  Bush destroyed the national budget by pandering to the war corporations and greed-mongers who were "buddies."   Bush started two wars, at least one of which was unnecessary, and the other was atrociously conducted.  Bush spent like a drunken sailor.  He nearly ruined the American economy and would have if he were not limited to just two terms.  Guess who benefited from these excessive adventures?  Guess who got the brunt of the benefits from his tax revisions?  Guess who Bush passed all this to?

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Location, Location, Location…

By: Anthony Arnoldi, Board-Certified Master Arborist WI-0102B

In real estate considerations, location is the most important aspect of a property. The value and worth of a great location cannot be overstated. We strive to live in homes that maximize the location factor so that it is very pleasant to live in while we are there, and profitable when it comes time to sell.

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Gov. Walker's lack of education

One doesn't have to sit in a college classroom or receive a degree to be talented and insightful.  But it helps. And the more we get a view of Governor Scott Walker's thought process, the more we have to wonder why he did not finish his education.  I know the nice, little story he tells.  But I mean the REAL reason.

Apparently because Walker has some sort of inferiority complex about his incomplete education, he likes to sit in the lecture and judgment chair concerning education and make sweeping decisions.  He is hurting our kids, to say nothing of the education system in the state, generally.  Wisconsin has a rich history in the field of education.  Our University is first-class, and has been the genesis of many unique ideas and programs.  But Walker will limit its budget money to make his point ...which is?  Take a guess.

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Getting to Know Medicare with Jesse Grutz

Whether you are new to Medicare or have had it for years most people have questions. Join us and learn details on Medicare. There are always changes to Medicare so bring your questions and have them answered by Jesse Gruz a licensed health insurance professional. This is an educational seeminar. There will be no products marketed or sold.

Monday February 4th and Tuesday, February 5th at 6 p.m.

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