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Il Papa (Sept. 29, 2015)

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. 

Puzzling Questions – Social Security 101 (Sept. 3, 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,

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

» Animated characters help patients discuss ailments, levels of pain 10/3

» Homestead High graduate killed in Afghanistan plane crash Updated:  10/2

» Badger Meter River Park opens in Brown Deer 10/2

» Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players Updated:  10/2

» Glendale's 27th Street renamed to Sidney Place after homeowners' request Updated:  10/2

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football? 10/1

» Kirkendoll saves day with pick as Whitefish Bay takes NSC grid lead 10/1

» Nicolet boys volleyball team holds off Homestead in NSC thriller 9/30

» Energized Shorewood swimmers just miss in Woodland meet 9/30

» Homestead still controls its own fate in NSC football race 9/30

» Whitefish Bay soccer team runs win streak to 9 with rout of East 9/30

» Parkway Elementary School hosts Color Run to benefit all-inclusive playground 9/30

» Sport Shorts: Oct. 1, 2015 9/30

» Homestead girls win North Shore Conference golf title 9/30

» Joanne Lipo Zovic appointed to Shorewood School Board 9/29

» Lake Shore Middle School earns blue ribbon award 9/29

» 3 things you can do to protect your family, pets from coyote attacks Updated:  9/29

» Mequon middle school earns 2015 Blue Ribbon honors 9/29

» Woman charged with shoplifting, causing fiery car crash Updated:  9/29

» Mary Nohl house in Fox Point to be restored 9/28

» Seniors invited to free retirement information programs at Shorewood Senior Resource Center 9/28

» Michael Kirkendoll's pick lifts Whitefish Bay football team over Germantown 9/25

» Brown Deer man arrested for trying to accept pot delivery from California 9/25

» Comiskey's hat trick leads Bay soccer team past Tosa East, 5-1 9/24

» Whitefish Bay votes to end Halloween block parties 9/23

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