Saturday, May 17, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Complaint Filed Against Racine Unified Superintendent"

From Racine County Eye:

By Heather Asiyanbi in Government, Schools · May 16, 2014

"A complaint involving Racine Unified Superintendent Lolli Haws is under investigation by the Kenosha County Human Services Department’s Division of Children and Family Services.

"The complaint possibly involves a child or children at Knapp Elementary, but authorities with the school district and Kenosha won’t give out any additional details, according to a story in The Journal Times.

“'I can’t provide any comment because this is an open investigation,' RUSD spokesperson Stacy Tapp said.

"The RUSD Board of Education met in closed session Friday to discuss a “personnel matter.” Board President Dennis Wiser released this statement, which he said was crafted during the meeting:

“'At this time, we are unable to provide any further information regarding a pending investigation related to Superintendent Haws. Please know that we will ensure that a full and fair investigation is completed and that the best interest of all Racine Unified students is our first priority.'

"Teachers union President Jennifer Levie wouldn’t confirm for the newspaper when the incident may have occurred or what is alleged to have happened."

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"Lion Whisperer Plays Soccer With Real Lions In A Business Suit!"

I'd like to play with big cats like that, but not enough to live with them.

"Public Service Award for Racine Uncovered Founder"

From Racine County Eye:

By Heather Asiyanbi in Community · May 14, 2014

"Our friend, Beth David, was honored Wednesday night at a banquet hosted by the Racine Police Department.

"Beth was given the Citizen Public Service award for her work on Jacato Drive, jumping into help a homeless veteran and his dog on one of the coldest days of the year, keeping our community safer by putting to work the power of social media to help police catch wanted parties, and to help pay the medical bills for a K9 officer facing a life-threatening condition. Beth is the founder of Racine Uncovered website.

"She doesn’t want a big deal made of this award, but we have to say it’s very much deserved.

"Way to go, Beth!"

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Hear, hear! Beth is a one woman army. Congratulations!

Four for Fridays

Hello everyone and welcome back! Many apologies for not being around much. It has been a banner spring for migration. I've been hitting the fields hard and heavy with favorable results! Anyways, here are some questions for you before I head out... again.

1) What animal(s) that you have never seen in the wild that you want to see in the wild?

2) What is your worst flavor of ice cream?

3) What is the first concert you have ever seen?

4) What is the saddest movie you have ever seen?

Enjoy your weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

Enjoy your Friday.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"O&H Bakery Opening 5th Bakery in Mount Pleasant"

Photo Credit: Racine Uncovered
From RacineUncovered:

"Pending approvals from Mount Pleasant committees, O&H Bakery will take up residence in the former Towne Ford location at 5910 Washington Avenue. 

"The old car dealership will be transformed into a bakery production facility with a store out front, according to plans obtained by Racine County Eye, and confirmed by a press release from the company.

“'T'he planned expansion is a result of continued growth in mail order and retail sales of Kringle and other Danish pastries and baked goods. This bakery will allow for continued growth of mail order and retail sales from within a new baking facility, increased office space, and a flagship retail store,' the release reads.

"O&H spokesperson Peter Oleson said the new bakery should be open in spring 2015."

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Congratulations to O&H for their continued success.

"City [Kenosha] being investigated by Racine Sheriff's Department"

From the Kenosha News:

"The city of Kenosha is being investigated by outside law enforcement agencies, allegedly for tampering with emails and other public records.

"The Racine County Sheriff's Department has confirmed it has launched an investigation into city hall, but would not comment on the details of the investigation because it is still open. Sources familiar with the situation say the investigation centers on allegations that city officials called for the scrubbing of some public records.

"'We were referred a case by the sheriff's office from Kenosha County,' Racine County Lt. Steve Sikora said on Monday. 'Our investigation just started. We're two days into it.'

"According to sources, a whistle blower within city hall contacted local authorities about the possibility that records were being deleted.

"According to law enforcement sources, the complaint was bounced from the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department over to Racine.

"'We did send something up to the Racine County Sheriff,' said Kenosha County Sheriff's Sgt. Bill Beth. 'It's something involving city hall. We don't know more because it is an open investigation.'

"For more on this story, check back to and see Friday's edition of the Kenosha News."

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Sadly, it's not just Racine that has internal problems.

New Local Blog

It's entitled: Keep Racine's Water Rates Affordable For All

The url address is and it's listed in our sidebar list of local and area blogs

From Keep Racine's Water Rates Affordable For All:

"It is time for the Wisconsin State Legislature to end the abuse of Racine’s water utility revenues by introducing Legislation that will end the practice of allowing local Politicians to raise water rates,  siphon off water utility revenues, or issue water utility revenue bonds for local government operations or other development activities that are unrelated to the operations of the water utility.  Ensuring safe, clean and affordable drinking water for all is the only long term sustainable option that will not jeopardize  future Generations supply of safe, clean and affordable water."

Welcome to the local blogosphere.

Best of Racine 2014 - Mexican

Who's your favorite for great Mexican food?
Whether it's guacamole, tacos, fajitas, what has the best?

Vote now!

Alltime10s Thursdays

Open Blog - Thursday

Thursday. Check.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my thunderstorm troopers!  How are you?  Still wringing out the water from everything?  I hope you weren’t flooded.  The rest of the week is looking gloomy with more and more rain in the forecast.  Meanwhile, Ms. Mary in Oklahoma is dying of thirst.  I don’t know if you believe in global climate change, but something sure has been wacky with the weather the last few years.

I’d like to get in a little picnicking before Memorial Day, even if it’s just in our yard.  We’ll have to drag out the trusty old wood picnic table and benches.  If they haven’t rotted out, we’ll have to drag out the trusty rusty grill.  There’s nothing like food cooked on a grill and eaten outdoors.  (By the way, “we’ll” = Señor Zanza and Junior will.)

We’ll have to be a little careful with the lighting of our grill.  Señor Zanza seems to have no conception of how much lighter fluid is needed to start the charcoal, even after past explosions.  Junior, of course, just encourages him because he likes explosions.  I want to eat my grilled chicken at the picnic table, not in the ER.

The story of the firing and rehiring of St. Catherine’s High School basketball coach Bob Letsch is a wonderful example of a community coming together to make their wishes known and heard.  Obviously, those currently running the high school heard the community and reacted by rehiring Mr. Coach.  Hurray for them and for everyone who worked for Mr. Coach’s rehiring.  May God bless you all!

I know it’s a cliché, but you should “stop and take some time to smell the roses.”  Roses come later in the season, but nature is emerging, sprouting, and bursting out all over the place.  Take some time to walk in a park with flowers and foliage.  Listen to the birds up above.  Watch the wildlife scampering below.  Even if it’s just a stroll around your neighborhood, many yards are exploding with colors and greenery.

Can’t get out?  Then watch this:

Oh my, that was glorious.  Like you, my readers, are also glorious.  You are a member of our glorious family, the JT Irregulars.  Thank you for reading my blog today.

“Will you still love me tomorrow?”  Find out:

Enjoy whatever weather you can in the coming week.  Don’t put away the snow shovel just yet.  When it’s cold and/or raining, then you can shake your fist at the heavens above and ask, “What’s amatter, You?”  Mouchard!      

Open Blog - Wednesday

The voice of Tony the Tiger recently died, but the sentiment carries on.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Heroin Summit - Thursday, May 15

From Racine County Corruption:

Heroin Summit
May 15th.  2014
Waterford High School
6pm to 8pm

This educational summit is an effort by our many branches of local government to inform the public of the dangers of heroin to our community.

You will learn why this drug is so addictive and especially destructive for people under 24.
This is the last of a series of crime prevention incidents regarding heroin.

This seminar brings updated information to the public about the latest dangers of this community destroying drug.

You may have heard it said;
“it takes a community to raise a child”

It also takes a community to save a person,

and we do that one person at a time.

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"The Lawless and Discriminatory Acts of The City of Racine EXPOSED!"

From Racine Exposed:

"Does the Common Council of the City of Racine actively espouse an agenda of discriminating against Inner-City residents and Businesses?

"The answer is YES, as Alderman Krystyna Sarrazin of the Second District makes this stunning admission!"

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"The Lawless and Discriminatory Acts of The City of Racine EXPOSED!"

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Local Loyalty - Havahart

Welcome back!
This week, brings up to

Located at 6500 Washington Ave. 
between Stein's and Jose's Blue Sombrero.
Mon - Fri 10am-8pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun noon-5pm

I remember going to Havahart with my mom, shopping for fish for her aquariums while we were growing up. I've seen Havahart expand, and grow and become a really amazing place, with amazing people. 
I love that the staff size is small, and that you see the same people every time you visit. They know their stuff, and can help you with anything you may need. 
They offer on site grooming, to make your pets as adorable as possible :)

Havahart had a hand in me becoming Lizardmom, as my very 1st iguana was purchased there, at the tender age of about 2-3 months old. They have reptiles, fish, furry critters, almost anything you can be looking for, and all the supplies and things your pet could need. The personal feel of a smaller place is what makes them stand out above all the other places. 

Havahart opened in 1979, when 2 brothers, with a shared love of animals, decided to do something with that love, and look what they have today!

Besides their website (clickable link on their name above), they can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. 

The 3 words chosen to describe Havahart - 
1. Knowledgable
2. Friendly
3. Community

Stop in and check them out, you'll be glad you did!
Don't forget to let them know you saw it here!!

Open Blog - Monday

I believe that the sentiment has been expressed here before, but not the image.

Sunday, May 11, 2014