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PORCH CHAT Reflections from the Front Porch

Michael Franks, CFP®, CRPC® is a Certified Financial Planner™ certificant (CFP®), a designation award by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™ (CRPC), a designation awarded by the College of Financial Planning. He began his career in New York in 1994, working for 12 years as an Institutional salesman, selling equity ideas to mutual funds, hedge funds, banks and insurance companies. In 2006 he transitioned to working with individual investors, a move driven by his desire to have a more positive impact on individual’s lives. Over the last several years he has helped clients navigate some of the most challenging markets of our lifetime. Mike earned a B.S. in business management from Cornell University.

Front Porch Financial Management LLC is a separate entity from LPL Financial.  Securities and Advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor and Member of FINRA/SIPC. 

Wisdom from Behind the Plate (Oct. 20, 2015)

Straight From the Shrink

Jenna Behrens is a licensed professional counselor who has been practicing in the mental health field for seven years. She owns Behrens Psychotherapy Services, LLC which has four office locations around the Milwaukee area. She works with children, adolescents, families, and adults on a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, childhood behavioral disorders, adjustment disorders, stress and parenting.

It's Finally Nice Out! Now What? Ideas for Adults and Children (April 9, 2014)

Boiling It Down

I have had two careers: (1) teaching the social studies (2) selling promotional merchandise. Teaching is selling: selling is teaching.

The General Welfare (Jan. 4, 2014)

Spice of Life

Alamelu Vairavan, a Whitefish Bay resident, is an author and culinary instructor. Alamelu has a passion for educating the public about the use of spices and legumes in preparing healthy and tasty foods. She is also interested in educating the public about the growing research that points to the enormous health benefits of spices in preventing many diseases. Her mission is to enrich people's culinary experience and to inspire them to discover that cooking and sharing healthful foods can be an especially joyful experience.

Visit Alamelu's web site, CurryOnWheels.com.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes (Oct. 15, 2013)

Dear Dr. Abbey, DDS

With a warm smile, Dr. Abbey LaManna is focused on keeping your teeth healthy and providing a positive and relaxing dental experience at Lakeshore Family Dentistry in Glendale.

Harmful and Healthy Treats to Hand Out This Halloween (Oct. 9, 2013)

Brown Deer Mom

Brown Deer mom offers helpful “takeaways” while traveling about town with two girls, ages 6 and 3. It’s not rocket science, just a slice of life.

Commuter Parents (Sept. 2, 2013)

Community Watch

» Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players 12:00 PM

» Whitefish Bay orchestra presents Music for Munchkins children's concert 11:35 AM

» Cedarburg girls basketball team beats Homestead, ties for NSC lead 2/6

» Whitefish Bay boys basketball team rallies past Nicolet, 79-74 2/5

» Meet and greet the Mequon-Thiensville School Board candidates Feb. 10 2/5

» Video: DOT proposes 'Michigan left' intersection at Brown Deer, Green Bay roads Updated:  2/5

» Young Brown Deer boys fearless in face of intense schedule 2/3

» Police situation closes I-43 ramp 2/3

» Area swim teams perform well at State Small Schools 2/3

» Master Greg Chay talks discipline, respect at new Mequon Chay's Tae Kwon Do location 2/3

» Glendale hotel could be flipped into apartment complex 2/3

» Revamped Chekouras tourney a tribute to late Homestead basketball coach 2/3

» Brown Deer boys basketball team knock off unbeaten Eisenhower 2/3

» Shorewood girls basketball team roars past Tosa West, keeps Woodland lead 2/3

» Homestead hockey team races to NSC title 2/3

» SPORTS SHORTS: Feb. 4 2/3

» North Shore Kids Expo connects families with activities 2/3

» Homestead girls basketball team beats Gerrmantown, tightens NSC 2/2

» County Board Chair Lipscomb claims 43 parks in danger of being sold 2/2

» Homestead High School threat suspect reportedly no longer in Mequon-Thiensville district 2/2

» Video: Shorewood will present 'American Idiot' musical based on Green Day album 2/1

» Positive and uplifting stories in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country in January 2/1

» Rumage Around column: Classmates help bring more color to boy with color blindness Updated:  2/1

» Brown Deer hands Eisenhower first loss in 3 OTs, 102-99 1/30

» Gerhards Kitchen and Bath coming to Whitefish Bay Updated:  1/29

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