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According to the Washington Post, economic growth was slow in the United States during the first quarter of 2017, moving along at only 0.7 percent.

The number is a big drop off from the 2.1 percent growth experienced by the nation in the final quarter of 2016 and a long way from President Donald Trump’s promise of 3 percent economic growth during his time in office.

It hasn’t been all bad news on the economic front thus far in 2017. In the wake of what is turning out to be a volatile and unpredictable presidency, the stock market, which usually swings on every little tick of news – economic or not – has been quiet. In fact it continues the steady growth that it has shown for nearly a decade.

Financial adviser Stephen Ng ( says he doesn’t know how long this strong market performance will continue, but does know it can’t last forever.

“When the market is up, you have to be careful,” says Ng, author of the book 10 Financial Mistakes You Should Avoid. “You need to make sure you have strategies in place for when the market drops.”

The stock market is one thing Ng will have his eye on as we move into the second half of 2017, along with a couple of other financial related items:

• Inflation. Prices could be going up in the U.S. and the increase could be pretty high if we limit imports or place tariffs on them, as Trump has talked about doing. Ng says the cheapest watermelon costs about $25 in Japan. Compare that to the U.S. where we might pay $5. But if the country clamps down on imports, we might start seeing $25 watermelons ourselves.

• Taxes and IRAs. Trump’s proposal to lower corporate and personal income taxes could provide a historic opportunity for people to convert their traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs. When you retire, you pay taxes on the money you withdraw on a traditional IRA, but you don’t pay taxes on money you withdraw from a Roth. So if taxes are lowered, people should consider taking advantage and convert to Roths. You would pay taxes when you convert, but likely at a lower rate than you might have in the distant future when you retire.

• The stock market. The market has been on an upward swing for the most part of about nine years. What goes up comes down. When the market is up, people need to be careful, but most people become complacent. Do you have a strategy to protect your portfolio when the market has its inevitable drop?

“The most stable approach is generally to maintain a well-diversified portfolio using a strategy appropriate for your time frame, personal goals and risk tolerance,” Ng says.

MADISON, WI. July 18, 2017 – Baptista’s Bakery LLC, a subsidiary of Snyder’s-Lance Inc. and a leader in snack food innovation, is expanding its operations in Franklin to continue to meet the growing demand for its specialized products.

The company expects to create 125 jobs and invest $7.8 million in building renovations, machinery and equipment as part of the expansion currently underway at the Franklin Business Park.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is supporting the project by authorizing up to $300,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Baptista’s will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created during that time.

“The company has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years and has already doubled employment at its Franklin facility,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development corporation. “Baptista’s has already invested more than $100 million in its facility, and we are pleased to assist the company in the next phase of its growth.”

Founded in 1999, Baptista’s Bakery has historically focused on contract and private-label snack food manufacturing, and is known for its flat pretzel crackers and dippable tortilla chips. In 2014, Baptista’s was acquired by Snyder’s-Lance Inc., the second largest salty snack maker in the U.S. The facility continues to play a vital role in the production of innovative snacks for the company.

In addition to the 125 jobs expected to be created by Snyder’s-Lance, an economic modeling study estimates the expansion could indirectly generate 122 additional jobs in the region. Those 247 new jobs could generate up to $2.5 million in state income tax revenue over a five-year period.

Workers interested in applying for open positions at the facility in Franklin, are encouraged to visit the company’s careers page at

Milwaukee – Milwaukee Repertory Theater is proud to announce that Joaquin Altoro(SVP, Town Bank), Ivor J. Benjamin, MD (Center Director, Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin),Marybeth Cottrill (Director-Private Wealth Advisor BMO Wealth Management), Amy Croen (Co-Founder, Co-President Geneva Capital Management, LLC), Sean Cummings (Senior VP, Global Demand for Harley-Davidson Motor Company), Bradley J. Kalscheur(Partner, Michael Best and Friedrich), Phoebe Lewis(Community Volunteer), and Gina Alberts Peter(Executive VP, Wells Fargo) have been elected to the Board of Trustees for a three year term starting July 1, 2017. Additionally three trustees were elected to new positions on Milwaukee Rep’s Executive Committee, including former Vice President of Trustees Gregory C. Overland (President, Northwestern Mutual) will become the new President-Elect, former Secretary Stacy P. Williams (Senior Investment Consultant, Robert W. Baird & Co.) will assume the role of Vice President of Trustees, and Catherine Robinson (Community Volunteer) will assume the role of Secretary.

Joining them on the Executive Committee will be returning trustees Ed Seaberg (VP of IT Operations, Rockwell Automation) as President, Jane Chernof(Community Volunteer) as Vice President of Development, Patrick Gallagher (Vice President, CBRE Capital Markets) as Treasurer, with Judy Hansen (Broadway Producer) and Robert H. Manegold (Community Volunteer) as At Large appointments.

“The strength of Milwaukee Rep starts with recruiting the best talent on all fronts, and this year’s incoming class of Trustees is no exception,” stated Board President Ed Seaberg. “This newly elected group has an abundance of knowledge, skill, and passion that will only propel The Rep forward in remaining a cultural cornerstone of Milwaukee and beyond.”

Ever since Donald Trump’s election as president in November, there’s been a stream of surveys showing that business owners and top executives are feeling more confident about the economy and their business prospects than they have in years.

However, while the stock market has risen in what some call the “Trump bump,” there is also evidence that all these expressions of confidence are merely expressions and are not translating much into tangible actions.

According to The New York Times, a historically-relevant measure of business confidence, mergers and acquisitions activity, belies a greater level of nervousness about the economy than those surveys indicate. Mergers, especially big, mega-deal mergers, are down, according to the Times, with M&A activity sitting at its lowest level since 2013.

Teasing out why business leaders are behaving this way, though, is a difficult task. The Times quoted John Waldron, co-head of global investment banking at Goldman Sachs, saying corporate leaders are waiting for clarity on actions the Trump administration has said it would take. Uncertainty on taxes, infrastructure and deregulation could all be weighing on those decision-makers, Waldron told The Times.

The Times also cited the Business Roundtable’s chief executive confidence index (released last week), which jumped from below its historical average in the fourth quarter of last year to well above that average in the current quarter, indicating especially high confidence. USA Today’s report on the Roundtable’s release references some of the same challenges highlighted by the Times.

Specifically, USA Today quoted Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) and the Roundtable’s chairman, saying, “We remain confident that Congress and the administration will coalesce around a plan for meaningful tax reform,” and Joshua Bolten, CEO of the Business Roundtable, was quoted as saying, “Talking to CEOs, I know the vast majority of them believe tax reform is not only possible but likely over the next year and they’re making their plans based on that.”

In other words, CEOs are well aware that “meaningful tax reform” isn’t yet a sure thing but they remain confident that it is coming, and so, it appears, they are expressing confidence in the economy in surveys, which is much easier to do than pulling the trigger on a merger or acquisition.

MILWAUKEE – Boerner Botanical Gardens and the Mitchell Park Domes will celebrate National Public Gardens Day with special tours May 12.

National Public Gardens Day was created in 2009 to increase awareness of the educational resources public gardens provide to local communities. Local programming includes such topics as home gardening and landscaping, plant and water conservation, and preservation of green spaces.

Boerner Botanical Gardens
To observe the day, visitors to Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, may select from four tours—or take them all.

Each tour, led by a staff horticulturist, will begin as a general overview but will emphasize different garden spaces. At 9 a.m. Lorrie Burrows will focus on the Rose and Perennial gardens. At 10 a.m. Peggy Gibbs Zautke will highlight the Herb Garden, Bog Walk, and Whitnall Park Rotary Circle. At 11 a.m. Ben Habanek will feature the Shrub Mall, Rain-Harvesting Garden, and Rock Garden. At 1 p.m., Jessica Cloninger will spotlight the Butterfly and Trial gardens.

Also celebrating National Public Gardens Day, Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens will offer a $10 discount on annual memberships. The memberships, available in the gift shop, allow for free, unlimited admission to the Botanical Gardens, discounts in the gift shop and café, early notice and discounts on classes and events, and reciprocal admissions to over 300 American Horticultural Society Gardens participating in the program.

Admission to the Botanical Gardens, which includes the tours and parking, is $5.50 for adults age 18 and up; $4.50 for students of any age with ID, Milwaukee County seniors age 60 and up with ID, and people with disabilities; and $3.50 for youths age 6–17.

For more information, call Boerner Botanical Gardens at (414) 525-5601.

Milwaukee, WI – More than 26,000 letters are being sent out this week to people with GO Pass cards informing them of updates to the program, including the end of free rides.

These changes will support the viability of the GO Pass program while also helping to increase the sustainability of the transit system that provides 40 million rides a year to people to get to work, school, job training, medical appointments and activities across the county.

Milwaukee County and MCTS worked with riders and advocates on changes to the program. In the two years since the GO Pass was launched, more than 13.5 million free rides have been given. By the time all the changes are implemented, an estimated 15 million rides will have been given.

The changes to the GO Pass Program were approved in the 2017 Milwaukee County Budget. The changes are being rolled out in stages:

A $5 card fee for all new recipients

Began January 17, 2017

Financial means test that ensures people who need help the most receive it

On June 12, 2017, riders who do not meet the requirements will have their cards turned off

A $1 per day fare for eligible GO Pass riders

Beginning June 26, 2017

Administration of the GO Pass program (i.e. issuing new and replacement GO Pass cards) changes hands from the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) administration to the Milwaukee County Aging and Disability Resource Centers (1220 W Vliet St, 3rd floor)

Beginning June 26, 2017

The changes taking place end the free rides but still provide a significant discount on riding MCTS to people who meet one of the following conditions:

Must live in Milwaukee County

Must be over the age of 65 and currently receiving Medicaid or FoodShare benefits; or

For residents under 65:

Must be receiving Social Security income through SSI or SSDI, or have a Veterans Disability designation; and

Must receive Medicaid benefits or FoodShare benefits.

Riders who do not qualify for the GO Pass may be eligible for the MCTS reduced fare of $1.10 a ride, $2 for a 1-Day Pass, or $32 for a 31-Day Pass. Riders can visit for fare outlet locations and to see all the eligible fares.

MENASHA – Network Health’s experienced leadership team continues to grow with the addition of two new leaders. Scott Wille, previously of Trilogy Health Solutions, joins Network Health as vice president of network development. Colleen Singh, previously of Common Ground Health Care Cooperative in Milwaukee, joins Network Health as vice president of operations.

“As Network Health continues to grow, it’s important that we install the right leaders to support our mission of enhancing the life, health and wellness of the communities we serve,” said Coreen Dicus-Johnson, Network Health president and CEO. “Scott and Colleen bring a combined 60 years of experience to our team here at Network Health. I look forward to working with them to provide an exceptional experience to our members.”

Scott Wille, Vice President of Network Development

Scott Wille brings over 25 years of health insurance industry experience to his new role at Network Health. He specializes in developing innovative relationships with providers and industry partners to create high-value health networks. As vice president of network development, Scott will grow Network Health’s respected network of providers and create outcome-based relationships with our physician partners.

“Scott will work to guarantee that all Network Health members continue to have access to high-quality providers in their own community. Network Health is owned by two of the largest health systems in Wisconsin-Froedtert Health and Ascension Wisconsin. Because we are so closely aligned with the physicians that our members see for care, we can work with them to deliver innovative and comprehensive coverage to our members.”

Prior to joining Network Health, Scott held positions at a number of Milwaukee-area health plans. He most recently served as executive vice president of network development at Health Payment Systems and senior vice president of strategy at Trilogy Health Solutions. He previously served as network development manager for Humana, director of rating and reimbursement at M-Care and then director of performance management, vice president of forecasting and advanced analytics and vice president of network development at Assurant Health, formerly Fortis Health.

Scott graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Colleen Singh, Vice President of Operations

Colleen Singh brings more than 35 years of health insurance operations experience to Network Health. She has worked with some of Wisconsin’s largest health plans to deliver customer-focused, effective solutions. In her role as vice president of operations, Colleen will manage the claims, enrollment and customer service functions of Network Health’s commercial, Medicare Advantage and individual insurance plans. As a graduate of the Disney Institute’s Customer Service Excellence program, Colleen understands the importance of providing an exceptional experience for Network Health members.

“Colleen’s oversight of operations will ensure our members continue to receive the high quality customer service they’ve come to expect from Network Health,” said Dicus-Johnson. “Because we are based right here in Wisconsin, we know that our local, efficient customer service is one reason our members choose to stay with Network Health year after year.”

Previously, Colleen served as director of operations at Common Ground Health Care Cooperative in Brookfield, WI. She also served as senior director of operations at Independent Care Health Plan, director of operations at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and director of compliance at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin. Colleen volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent De Paul and is a graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College.

MILWAUKEE — For the past 8 years, Victory Garden Initiative has installed raised-bed gardens across Milwaukee and beyond. From May 13-27, over 300 volunteers will join Victory Garden Initiative (VGI) for the nation’s largest garden-building event, the Great Milwaukee Victory Garden BLITZ. Over these two weeks, volunteers will build approximately 500 4×8’ raised-bed gardens filled with healthy, organic soil in front yards and backyards all over the city, bringing the total number of gardens installed by VGI to over 3,500.

The gardens, purchased by community members at an affordable price, are installed by volunteers and filled with organic soil from VGI’s local compost partner, Blue Ribbon Organics. Each garden also comes with a variety pack of 10 fruit, flower and vegetable seeds to help budding gardeners get started! Anyone can purchase a garden for their yard or business , and each year up to half of the BLITZ gardens go to low-income recipients at a reduced price. Residents of Washington Park, Clarke Square, Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights, the 53218 ZIP Code and any Targeted Investment Neighborhood are currently included in the subsidized program. Registration to purchase a garden is open now until May 1st.

The BLITZ mobilizes hundreds of individual and group volunteers, who will meet every day at Habitat for Humanity’s Milwaukee headquarters, 3726 N. Booth St., to gather supplies and head out to neighborhoods to build gardens. Volunteer registration is open to individuals and groups. This BLITZ is spreading to other communities – VGI has trained both Green Bay, WI and Berea, KY to BLITZ their towns, and hopes to continue training others to move grass and grow food, creating a socially just, ecologically sustainable and nutritious food system for all.

La bolsa de valores cerró el lunes a la baja por el caos generado entre las empresas por la prohibición migratoria de Trump. Los ejecutivos de varias empresas se pronunciaron contra la orden de Trump; entre ellos, los de Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Tesla, Airbnb, Ford y Goldman Sachs, que tiene cada vez más influencia en el gobierno de Trump, con al menos seis consejeros principales y candidatos al gabinete, por ejemplo el jefe estratega de Trump, Steve Bannon, que tiene vínculos cercanos con el gigante financiero. Por otra parte, miles de personas han eliminado la aplicación Uber después de que la empresa bajara la tarifa para el aeropuerto JFK, de Nueva York, el sábado.

Muchos consideran que esta medida era un intento de romper la huelga de la Alianza de Trabajadores de Taxi de Nueva York, que se negaba a recoger viajeros del aeropuerto JFK en solidaridad con las protestas masivas que habían surgido en el lugar en torno a la prohibición a la inmigración de ciudadanos provenientes de siete países dispuesta por Trump. La prohibición también pone en riesgo pedidos de aviones comerciales por valor de unos 20.000 millones de dólares que Boeing hizo a Irán e Iraq. Boeing afirma que estos pedidos generarán 100.000 empleos nuevos.


Decenas de historiadores e investigadores acusan a Volkswagen de intentar encubrir las “páginas oscuras” de su historia en la Alemania nazi tras el anuncio de que Manfred Grieger, historiador de Volkswagen de larga trayectoria, abandonaba la compañía.

Grieger dirigió los esfuerzos de investigar y revelar las acciones de la compañía durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, cuando obligó a prisioneros de los campos de concentración a trabajar en fábricas de automóviles. Volkswagen negó que Grieger haya sido despedido.

Esto ocurre al tiempo que Volkswagen haya anunciado que ha encomendado a otro historiador, Christopher Kopper, investigar las acciones de la compañía en Brasil durante el periodo de la dictadura militar que gobernó el país desde 1964 hasta 1985, luego de que una demanda judicial en la que se alega que 12 trabajadores de la compañía que se oponían a la dictadura fueron torturados en una fábrica de Volkswagen cerca de São Paulo.

By Arthur M. Lauretano, MD, MS, FACS

What is success? Is it that your son just received a scholarship to his first-choice college, or is that your daughter has a great job; drives a Porsche; and already has her own home? Is the exploits, endeavors, and successes of your grandchildren? Or is it your own social standing and your job?

You should be proud of accomplishments, big or small, by your loved ones. Yet what does the word success mean? How you define it, and what parameters do you set for it, when and if you truly achieve it? Here are five ways to enjoy success:

1. Define your success for yourself. When a student applied to undergraduate programs while still in high school, he set his sights on MIT and Harvard. However, he also learned about the Boston University Six-year Medical Program, which guaranteed acceptance into medical school from high school. So he applied to, and was accepted at, all three institutions. In the end, he chose the Boston University program. He subsequently did my residency at Harvard. Boston University was a perfect fit for him and positioned him for an outstanding residency training program. Yet, so many people saw him as making a poor choice by turning down Harvard or MIT. He faced the same criticism when he left full-time academics to relocate his practice to the community. He was viewed by many as “wasting his talents,” “giving in to the pressures of academic life” and, in short, “being a failure.”

Fortunately, he was able to learn a valuable lesson. You have to define success for ourselves. For some people in medicine, being successful means becoming a chairman of an academic department, publishing a plethora of medical articles, and lecturing internationally. For others, it is making a sizeable income performing the medical procedures they love to do. Still for others, it is setting up a free clinic in an inner city, providing care to those underserved by the medical community, even though the position is neither lucrative nor prestigious.

In defining success for yourself, you must determine your priorities. You can’t let others define success for you. If success for you is being a teacher, but others in your family want you to be a lawyer (perhaps to follow in someone else’s footsteps) or to run the family business, you should strive to be a teacher. Of course, there are tradeoffs – foregone income, prestige, lifestyle all may be factors. And people will be all too willing to point out what you may be leaving behind. But pursue your goal – be the best teacher you can be. At the end of the day, it is you that you face in the mirror, and you have to be happy with your choice.

1. Continue to set new goals. Complacency is a breeding ground for failure. The most successful people are continually setting, and striving for, new goals. They may learn a new skill, get a new degree, or pursue a new career. A fifty-something year old woman completed her Master’s in Education a couple of years ago and continues to move up the educational hierarchy in her school system to further the education of her students. Maybe she is obsessive or restless, or maybe she is just aware that life is short, but she is never afraid to try something new and reach some new achievement.

2. Expect failure. You may not always fail, but you are not always going to succeed. Keep striving, anyway. There are times when you will fail, feel alone, or feel left behind. The key is to keep trying. You have the ability, through persistence and perseverance, to turn failures into successes. In the words of the Dalai Lama, “If you lose, don’t lose the lesson.”

3. Have meaningful successes. Make your successes meaningful. In the grandest terms, you might envision inventing the next great interactive technology, discovering the cure for cancer, or creating a strategy to improve education in a third world nation. True, those are probably big stretches, but you can still make a difference. There are teachers who succeed by attaining a Master’s in Education and then using that knowledge to improve the standardized test scores of an urban high school. There are plastic surgeons who have achieved success in their field (success in terms of results, finances, and prestige) and use that success to repair cleft lips and palates in a third world country. Moving beyond those examples, consider the professional athletes and musicians who donate time and money to hospitals, youth organizations and, in particular, the communities from which they came. They take their success one step further by making it meaningful, and by having a positive impact on others.

4. Have fun. Being successful usually takes a lot of work and a lot of time. Rarely is it easy. But achieving success is satisfying, particularly when that success is the success you have chosen for yourself. Never lose sight of the fact, however, that achieving success should be fun. Staying up all night studying anatomy for a medical school practical, doing “two-a-days” in football camp, or carrying lumber up three flights of stairs hardly seems like fun. Yet, acing the anatomy practical, playing football on Sunday, or turning the keys over to the owners of the new house you just built – there is great satisfaction in these achievements. Don’t forget to have fun on the journey to those successes.

Also, remember that part of the fun should be celebrating your successes. Even the smallest successes can deserve a brief celebration. Little successes can put a huge smile on your face. This doesn’t mean you have to brag, or have balloons and confetti fall from the ceiling. The celebration may all be internal. Just don’t underestimate the achievement. And if your success involves a team effort, by all means, celebrate with your team. You will engender a culture of success that will cultivate future achievements. And that will be a success in and of itself.

By Arthur M. Lauretano, MD, MS, FACS, author of Do the Right Thing: A Surgeon’s Approach to Life (ENTShred Media, LLC). Visit him online at

MILWAUKEE- Northwestern Mutual, in partnership with SoulPancake, debuts The Talk, a social experiment designed to bring families and loved ones together around a topic that has long been considered off-limits by some in our daily conversations: money.

The Talk, produced by SoulPancake, a digital media and entertainment company renowned for creating the Kid President video series, is now available on the SoulPancake Facebook page and YouTube channel, and provides a forum for participants to break social and cultural taboos around discussing money. The payoff? Communication and honesty are the keys to stronger relationships as well as establishing a financial plan, taking action and having confidence in knowing you are financially secure.   

“We know from our own research* that a large majority of Americans are financially anxious, perhaps because they’re not comfortable talking about money,” said Chantel Bonneau, wealth management advisor for Northwestern Mutual. “We hope this video can be an ice breaker to help dispel social and cultural taboos around financial conversations and empower people in their personal planning journey.” 

SoulPancake Chief Creative Officer Golriz Lucinaadded, “At SoulPancake we’re all about tackling life’s big questions – even the uncomfortable ones. We were so excited to partner with Northwestern Mutual to take the taboo out of talking about money, and help jumpstart the conversation.”

To complement the SoulPancake video, Northwestern Mutual is offering tips for how to start the money conversation with your loved ones. For more information, visit Northwestern Mutual’s Financial Guidance page or the many resources at

With your significant other: It should come as no surprise that financial stress can be a common source of disagreements among couples. That’s why it’s important to discuss how you’ll handle finances early on. Not sure where to start? Take a financial compatibility quiz with your partner and share the results. From there, discuss your shared vision and begin developing a financial plan.

With your kids: Use everyday activities as teaching opportunities. For example, if they get an allowance, have them think through how they’d like to use their money. Help them learn how to save, spend, invest and give at

With your roommate: Don’t go into a new living situation without knowing shared costs, how you’ll split them and how they’ll be paid. Then agree on an itemized plan and have all roommates sign it to avoid future confusion. For fun ideas on cost sharing, visit

With your boss: Asking your boss for a raise can be intimidating. Be prepared for this conversation by doing your homework. Determine a fair salary increase based on your role, responsibilities and tenure with the company. Have data ready that supports your position. For those new to the workforce, learn some basic salary negotiation strategies here.

With yourself: It’s incredibly important to be honest with yourself about your financial situation and goals. Start by outlining your budget, including monthly expenses, debt and savings. Then, make a list of short-term and long-term financial goals. Learn the five basic ways to make your money work for you at

Nueva York– Yahoo supuestamente examinó cientos de millones de cuentas de correo electrónico a petición de agencias estadounidenses de inteligencia o judiciales. Los análisis, que fueron reportados por Reuters, presuntamente seleccionaron mensajes de entrada que contenían una serie de caracteres no dados a conocer.

Yahoo no negó el reporte, y dijo únicamente que es una ‘’compañía respetuosa de la ley, y acata las leyes de Estados Unidos’’.

Según el reporte del martes, Yahoo aceptó cumplir una directriz del gobierno de 2015 para que proporcionara a la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional y al FBI acceso a correos electrónicos. Reuters citó fuentes anónimas, incluidos dos ex empleados de la compañía y otra persona con conocimiento de los hechos.

Yahoo continúa enfrentando cuestionamientos respecto a una intromisión ocurrida en 2014 que puso en riesgo al menos 500 millones de cuentas.

El Departamento de Justicia y el FBI no respondieron de inmediato solicitudes de comentario de The Associated Press.

Tina M. Schmitz of Kenosha has been named chief financial officer for United Communications Corp., parent company of the Kenosha News.

She will start Aug. 16, succeeding Ron Montemurro, who will be retiring from UCC after 31 years.

Schmitz will be leaving her role as vice president of finance/CFO of YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee to return to work in Kenosha where she had previously served as CFO of Kenosha Area Business Alliance and prior to that as CFO of Kenosha Unified School District.

A Carthage College graduate in business administration and accounting, she also holds a master’s degree in leadership from Capella University. She serves on the boards of United Way of Kenosha and Tempo Kenosha.

Montemurro will work with Schmitz through a brief period of transition, working limited hours in September.

After his retirement from UCC, Montemurro will become CFO of VigeoMedia.

September 11, 2016

For the first time in the 45-year history of the UMOSMexican Independence Day Parade and Festival, (the largest in the state), a high ranking official from Mexico will perform El Grito. Julian Adem Diaz De Leon, Consul of Mexico in Milwaukee, will perform El Grito during thecivic ceremony starting at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Every year the grito is shouted in Mexico honoring the country’s bloody struggle for independence from Spain.

A moment of silence will also be given at the festival in remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

FESTIVAL: Noon to 8 p.m. (2701 South Chase Ave.).- 5 bands; Grupo Dos Banderas, Grupo Las Compas Del Terre, Cruzada Norte, DJ Fantazma and Los Creadorez Norteno Rancho; dancers, EmEMagic-Magician, children’s area,food and merchandise vendors, and community resource booths.

PARADE: Starts at 10:00 a.m. at 20th and Oklahoma, proceeds east on Oklahoma to 6th Street, to right on Rosedale and ends at UMOS on Chase Avenue. Over 60parade units, including well known characters Minnie and Mickey Mouse, The Brewers’ Sausages, Roscoe from the Milwaukee Admirals, Sponge Bob, and Chillindrina and Chavo del Ocho; high school bands, community and corporate floats, dancers. This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating Cultures, Colors and Communities.”

The UMOS Brides Walk against domestic violence will also take part in the parade. For more information of the UMOS Mexican Independence Parade and Festival call 414-389-6002.

MILWAUKEE – Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by Associated Bank, announces the opening of its Festival Box Office this Thursday. Beginning on September 8, the general public may purchase tickets to individual films online, in person at the Landmark Oriental Theatre Box Office, and by phone.

Last year’s Milwaukee Film Festival experienced a record 77 sold-out screenings. Anticipating even larger crowds, Milwaukee Film highly encourages festivalgoers to purchase tickets well in advance and for ticketholders to arrive 30 minutes prior to showtime to guarantee seating. Beginning 15 minutes before each film, empty seats will be sold to patrons in the rush ticket line. Rush tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets for the Opening Night Party will also be available for purchase on Thursday, though admission is complimentary for passholders and patrons with a ticket to the Opening Night Film, Life, Animated. The party will feature food, music, drinks, and dancing. Musical act New Age Narcissism (The Milwaukee Music Video Show, MFF2016) will perform at 9:30 PM.

WEST ALLIS –  ibMilwaukee

organized a community-wide back-to-school initiative to support Pershing Elementary School.

As part of “Operation Backpack” all 300

students at Pershing Elementary, the majority of whom are low income, received a new backpack and all required school supplies. The West

Allis-based industrial supplier and distributor partnered with several local organizations to help local students kick-off the 2016-17 school year.

“ibMilwaukee values education. It is a hallmark of our business philosophy, as we want all our employees to succeed at work and at home,” said CJ Lange, president and CEO of ibMilwaukee. “To reinforce this message within our community, and ensure local students have the tools necessary for academic success, we donated 300 fully-stocked backpacks for every Pershing

Elementary School student. We look forward to hearing how these tools help each student strive to be their best and create new ideas that will launch their love of learning.”

*Operation Backpack* was the brainchild of ibMilwaukee, a West-Allis based

industrial supplier and distributor, who organized local members in their business network to create the community-based back-to-school initiative

and celebration.

Partners included: Essendant, Jersey Mike’s, Milwaukee Admirals, Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD), Pershing Elementary staff, QPS Employment Group, Top Promotions, West Allis Public Library, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District and the West Milwaukee Police Department. There were games and music with local mascots Bango and

Roscoe for the students and their families, as well as meet-and-greet opportunities with firefighters from MFD to help set a positive tone for

the new school year.

“What an extraordinary opportunity to partner with a strong local company that truly supports their community,” said Steve Harris, principal of Pershing Elementary School. “ibMilwaukee does amazing things for their employees, and has now done an amazing thing for our students, and our school. The overwhelming support from ibMilwaukee and community sponsors is encouraging and inspirational. I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the new school year!”

Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company, has become the latest tech firm to sever ties with Alec, the rightwing lobby group with a history of fighting against climate change legislation and other progressive causes.

The company had previously been a sponsor of Alec (American Legislative Exchange Council), a lobby group that promotes conservative legislation at state level across the US. But in an email to advocacy group Common Cause this week the travel firm, which also owns, and trivago among others, confirmed it had severed ties.

It becomes the latest of a series of large corporations to cut ties with Alec. In February Ford ended its relationship with Alec. Other corporations that have severed their connections include the technology companies eBay, Facebook and Google as well as the energy giants BP and Shell.

Scott Swenson, vice-president of communications at Common Cause, said: “Alec is bad for business and democracy. It’s great that Expedia has joined more than 100 companies that decided to leave Alec. Alec skirts tax and ethics laws, while lobbying for extreme policies. Other companies should follow Expedia and travel as far from Alec as possible. When customers realize the companies they patronize are funding such an extreme agenda they recoil and they make their voices heard.”

Expedia’s decision follows another blow for Alec this month. Last week the retirees organization AARP announced it would no longer be making donations to Alec.

The ties between the two organisations were first exposed by the Center for Media and Democracy And led to an online backlash from AARP members. Alec has consistently lobbied to cut government spending on programs that benefit seniors and has close ties to pharmaceutical companies.

“After hearing from many of you, we’ve decided not to renew our membership to Alec. We would never work against the interests of older Americans and our engagement with Alec was NOT an endorsement of the organization’s policies, but an opportunity to engage with state legislators and advance our members’ priorities,” AARP said in a statement.