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Wine & Dine Experience at Coquette Cafe in Milwaukee

A festive Wine & Dine event in Milwaukee was held on Wednesday April 28th, 2010 at the Coquette Cafe at 5:30PM. This was the first event in a monthly series organized by Becky Steimle and David Wise of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Admission to the event was only by reservation, and attendance was limited to 50 guests. It turned out to be a sold-out event, with the proceeds going to the Feeding America program. Other Milwaukee restaurants will be hosting future events.

This first event was hosted by Chefs Chris Hatleli and Nick Burki of Coquette Cafe along with me. As a culinary consultant and an Indian cookbook author, I already had the pleasure of working with Chris and Nick when they were the chefs at the Milwaukee Art Museum's Calatrava cafe. Our collaboration has always been a rewarding experience for me, and I believe it was a rewarding experience for them as well.

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Solemnly, I remember the tragedy that unfolded at Kent State University in Ohio 40 years ago.  I've been on the Kent State campus several times.  Too many of us lazily compartmentalize what happened there by labelng the students "anarchists" or that they got what was coming to them.  With that shallow reading of that event, we shall never learn from it.  Allow me to try and put it in perspective...

First, it should be noted that the Kent disaster was precipitated by the war in Vietnam.  That war was elevated to major status under Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson.  Much of the fault for that war lies in his decision-making.  There is enough blaming to be done on both parties, but LBJ was a Democrat.

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First Communion 2010

Time to Celebrate

Our family had a great weekend as we celebrated our son's First Communion. The weather was perfect for our families from Ohio, who are well on their way to hot and humid summer days and mass was perfect for all second graders and adults too.

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Anatomy of a Poorly Handled Crisis

Business, climate change, County Government, Election, Energy, Government, Health Care, News, Politics, Presidential Politics, Reform, Religion, Smoking, taxes

Hindsight is always 2020. It is always easier to point out what has gone wrong than it is to do what is right while events are unfolding. A good example of this is what is going on right now in the Gulf of Mexico.

There are no winners coming out of this disaster but there are plenty of things that will be lost. The first casualty is of course the environment. The amount of crude oil leaking into the ocean will certainly not help the sea life any dead fish or animal that will be washing up on shore is going to be viewed as directly related to the oil spill whether or not it was. The second casualty will be the economic dependence on fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. This is being added on to the already bad economy that we have been experiencing for the past year and a half or longer.

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Lowe’s Violates EPA’s Lead Safe Renovation Rule

I was surprised. I am appalled. My wife and I decided to go for a walk around the neighborhood and what I saw was extremely disturbing. Workers from Lowe’s were installing windows in one of my neighbors homes and did not take any precautions what so ever to comply with lead safe renovation.

Lowe's Window Installation

On April 22nd, the EPA’s new lead safe renovator laws went into effect requiring contractors who work on homes built prior to 1978 take precautions to safeguard homeowners against lead poisoning. To be certified, contractors must complete a day long course on lead safe renovation and use lead safe practices to contain lead dust.

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With the recent release of Laura Bush's new book, it brings to mind how readily we have overlooked the contributions of  First Ladies in the U.S.  Mrs. Bush has worked miracles in softening the harsh criticism of her husband.  Unlike Barbara Bush and her more hard-edged First Lady persona, Laura Bush brought a more feminine touch, a more school librarian understanding.  She is not alone in being underappreciated.

Think back for a moment.  Eleanor Roosevelt, Mamie Eisenhower, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson, and Hillary Clinton, each brought unique contributions.  Even Mrs. Nixon made Richard Nixon a LITTLE more tolerable at times.  Mrs. Truman,  Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Reagan also brought forth some contributions, silently and/or more openly.

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Brown Deer Police Department Promotions

The Brown Deer Police Department would like to recognize the following employees and congratulate them on their recent promotions:

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With the weather warming up there will be more people out in the Village. The Brown Deer Police Department would like to encourage citizens to protect their personal property, especially their vehicles and items in them. 

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With the weather warming up and summer on the way citizens will be working in their yards and enjoying the nice evenings outside.   The Brown Deer Police Department would like to remind citizens of the open burning ordinances within the village limits. This reminder is to prevent wildfires, structure fires or injury that can be associated with open burning. 

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Library Blog back online!

We are happy to report that the Brown Deer Library's blog has been fixed, and will now be updated weekly!

We apologize for any troubles that you may have had while viewing our blog. Even though we were posting, the posts were not showing up for many people. The error has been fixed, and we look forward to keeping you updated on all the events and programs going on here at the library!

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Upcoming Library Programs for Adults!

Wednesday May 19th, 2010
7:00 - 8:00 PM in the Library Community Room


You're invited to a program on roses with Master Consulting Rosarians and judges for the American Rose Society, Bruce and Maggie Barr.

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Next Theatrical Thursday - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Join us on May 27th at 6:00 PM for our next Theatrical Thursday!

We will be watching Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. It is rated PG for some mild rude humor, and runs 88 minutes.

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Brown Deer schools business manager "upbeat" after meeting with new employer

Brown Deer schools, lawsuits

Edward Towle, the Brown Deer School District business manager on paid leave for the last 15 months, "appeared upbeat" after meeting with officials at a suburban Chicago school system Monday to give his side of what happened in Brown Deer, the Daily Herald reports.

Towle met with leaders of Community Consolidated School District 46 in Grayslake, Ill., for the first time since they learned of his leave after already signing a two-year contract for him to become their new finance director. The meeting took place behind closed doors.

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An Evening with Denise Du Vernay and The Simpsons

On Thursday May 20th at 6:30 PM, Denise Du Vernay will be appearing at Brown Deer library to give a brief, entertaining presentation on teaching with The Simpsons. Du Vernay will demonstrate how to use pop culture in fresh, innovative ways to attract and maintain students' attention.

Copies of The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield will be available for purchase.
For more information on the book, including excerpts and the table of contents, please see
You can visit Denise's Facebook Fan Page for this event at:!/event.php?eid=112730642091193&ref=mf

Rainbow Soup ends this week!

Rainbow Soup ends this week! The art currently on display is by Brown Deer High School students, which is closing the show.

You can see pictures of the Dean School and High School art pieces on our Facebook page:

"An Evening with Denise Du Vernay and The Simpsons" - this Thursday at 6:30 PM!

Join us this Thursday at 6:30 PM for  "An Evening with Denise Du Vernay and The Simpsons"!

The Journal Sentinel discussed the book in today's paper, which you can read on their website here:

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New Internet Computers Being Installed This Week

We are excited to announce that our new computers are being installed this week!

As a recipient of the Gates Grant, we were able to purchase these new computers using matching funds.

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New Computers!

We are proud to announce that the installation of the new internet computers is underway. All of the old computers and computer tables have been removed, and the new computer tables have been installed.

We are currently working on installing the software on our computers, and they will be put out shortly. Until further notice, there will be no computer access until Monday May 24th, but there is a chance that they will be ready before that time.

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New Internet Computers are Ready for Use!

We are happy to announce that the new internet computers have been installed, and are ready for public use. We also have installed a new internet printer, which can print in both black-and-white and in color. Black-and-white prints are 10 cents a page, while color prints are 50 cents a page.

Our old CountyCat calogue computers have also been upgraded to new computers. There are 2 behind the reference desk, 2 in the children's area, and 1 by the internet stations.

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Closed on Saturdays through Labor Day

The Brown Deer Library will now be closed on Saturdays, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

For a complete list of hours, please visit our website:

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