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Brian Nowicki

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Hires New Chief Financial Officer

MADISON – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has tapped Brian Nowicki as its new chief financial officer.

Nowicki comes to WEDC from Madison College, where he has served as controller since 2014. Previously, Nowicki spent 15 years working for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), where he held the titles of financial officer, controller and senior economic development manager. In his most recent position with WHEDA, he managed the authority’s Economic Development Division. Responsibilities in this role included implementing new economic development debt and equity products and assisting in the management of WHEDA’s New Markets Tax Credit portfolio.

“Brian brings the specific industry experience and leadership qualities necessary to build upon WEDC’s strong accounting and financial management practices as recognized in three straight years of clean opinions on our financial statements by independent auditors,” said WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan. “I look forward to Brian joining the WEDC team and to leveraging his expertise in our fulfillment of WEDC’s mission to advance and maximize economic opportunity in Wisconsin.”

Nowicki, a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a Master of Science Degree in finance, investment and banking from UW-Madison, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He also serves as chair of the City of Madison Housing Strategy Committee.

112515-fp-middle-foldHappy Thanksgiving! Six Meat Free Ideas to Enjoy

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and, while we may long for a day of candlelit love, laughter, and togetherness, we all know the reality will probably be less sepia-toned. For many people, this season is a time of anxiety, irritability, and maybe even depression. You assume that the holiday blues arise due to conflicts with family members and past issues reasserting themselves—and surely that is part of it. But another (often overlooked) source of your bad mood may be something you never even considered: the guest of honor sitting at the center of the table.

That’s right. Your turkey.

“Turkey has always been the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, so most people never even question its presence,” says Mary Wendt, MD, founder of and author of Waist Away: How to Joyfully Lose Weight and Supercharge Your Life (Doctor Doctor Press, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-49749246-2, $14.95). “Unfortunately—as odd as it may sound—there is a fair amount of evidence that consuming poultry can negatively affect your levels of happiness.”

You may have experienced firsthand the crash that follows eating a big serving of turkey: the traditional main course of Thanksgiving dinner. You may also have heard that tryptophan, an amino acid present in turkey meat, is to blame for this tired and listless feeling. Research published in theAmerican Journal of Health Promotion in March/April 2015 suggests that different protein sources can dramatically affect a person’s mood.

To be clear, tryptophan is not the enemy. In fact, it is a precursor for producing serotonin. Some experts believe that higher serotonin (sometimes referred to as the “happiness drug”) levels in the brain reduce the effects of depression. However, Wendt says it’s probably better for us to get our tryptophan from plant sources. Why? Because tryptophan gleaned from animal sources has been found to lower tryptophan levels in the brain.

Though this seems paradoxical, the downside of turkey consumption is that even though turkey is rich in tryptophan, it doesn’t cross into the brain. In other words, eating turkey actually decreases the amount of this essential amino acid in your brain. As a result, eating turkey might actually be harming your brain’s ability to produce (desperately needed!) serotonin and may thus contribute to the holiday blues so many experience each year.

Bottom line? It’s probably a good idea to cut out the turkey. But don’t worry; there are plenty of plant-based foods on the Thanksgiving table that actually increase tryptophan and serotonin levels. So try this experiment: This year, focus on delicious seasonal vegetables, fruits, and grains and see if you feel a difference in your mood.

Here Are Six Ways You Can Enjoy a Meat-Free Holiday Meal:

1. Focus on carb-y foods that help you stay full and satisfied. Have an extra-large serving of winter squash, sweet potatoes, or mashed potatoes with a vegetable-based gravy. These foods provide the all-important “satiety” effect that makes meals satisfying. Avoid the processed carbs, like dinner rolls.

2. Pile your plate with salads and raw vegetables. Add some green beans and other cooked vegetables if you like, too. Fruits and vegetables are chock-full of serotonin. And serotonin, when obtained from plant sources, doesn’t contain any inflammatory arachidonic acid!

3. Choose lots of seeds and nuts. Pumpkin seeds have one of the highest tryptophan-to-protein ratios on the planet. Tryptophan from nut sources increases serotonin levels in the brain. Other nut sources of tryptophan include sesame, sunflower, and squash seeds. In one study, consuming squash seeds significantly reduced the effects of social anxiety. Numerous other studies link plant-based diets with higher self-esteem and happiness. Many of these studies documented improvement within two weeks. This holiday season, save the seeds from your butternut squash and pumpkins and roast them in the oven for a mood-boosting treat!

4. Just get stuffed! Stuffing, especially when it’s made with plenty of celery, onion, and vegetable broth, is nutritious and filling. It also packs a nice boost of serotonin in each bite. Choose whole-grain croutons if you can find them (or make your own!) for the most filling option.

5. Enjoy extra dessert. Serve yourself a bigger piece of pumpkin pie. Eat the custard and leave the crust behind to avoid consuming a big serving of white flour and fat. (Wendt says her pie-eating patients have dropped their cholesterol by 40 points in just three months simply by not eating pie crust.)

6. If someone else is cooking, offer to bring along a dish. (And make it a healthful one!) If you’re surrounded by unhealthy choices, consider starting a new tradition with a new dish. Whole-grain rolls, spiced cranberry sauce, green beans cooked in garlic and a bit of olive oil, or roasted nuts make excellent additions to the table and can help restore health to the members of your Thanksgiving family.

Wendt says that there is a cornucopia of health-related reasons why a plant-based diet is beneficial—beyond the tryptophan issue. She actually recommends going vegan (or near-vegan) all year round. If you’re open to this idea, she says you can use Thanksgiving as your “trial run.”

“You may be surprised to find how filling and satisfying a plant-based diet really is,” Wendt concludes. “Plants contain all the fat, protein, and carb-y comfort anyone needs to feel satisfied and content. And if you can indulge and thrive in this way on the most food-centric holiday of the year, you can certainly do it all year long.”

112515-fp-top-fold-pix-2Racine Student Saves Her Friend’s Life

RACINE – A 5th grade student in Racine is thanking his lucky stars and his 11-year-old friend is receiving high praise for saving the 5th graders life.

Nevaeh Russo and Kamari Andrews were having lunch at S.C. Johnson elementary, when Kamari began choking on a quesadilla.

Nevaeh told Milwaukee WISN that Lamari started pointing to his throat and drooling a little bit and then the teacher called and said ‘Oh my God are you choking?’ And he said ‘Yeah.’

That’s when Nevaeh got up and  without even thinking performed the Heimlich.

“I got up, and then I put my hands around him, and I just did that,” Nevaeh said.

“I was going to die,” Kamari Andrews said.

Nevaeh Russo is being credited with saving his life.

Nevaeh and Kamari have been friends since the first grade. They’re now fifth-graders at S.C. Johnson Elementary School and sit across from each other every day at lunch.

Kamari says he thanked Nevaeh for taking action and his family may get her a Christmas present.

But, Nevaeh says she’s already received the best compliment ever, her mom called her a super hero.

Nevaeh said she learned the Heimlich maneuver two years ago when her own step-dad used it on her when she was choking on steak.

Nevaeh and Kamari said they hope everyone learns the Heimlich maneuver because it truly can save lives.

111815-fp-bottom-fold-Ambitious UpLift MKE Jobs Program To Be Celebrated

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele held a signing ceremony for the UpLift MKE program, a unique jobs development model that will empower workers to build a family-supporting career by providing opportunities and removing traditional barriers to successful employment. The county executive will be joined at the event by the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB), the Milwaukee Bucks, the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and several local employers.

In September, Milwaukee County and MAWIB announced the innovative partnership, with the Milwaukee Bucks signing on as the first employer. At the time, Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb called UpLift MKE “the next level” in workforce development for Milwaukee County, and just last week the Milwaukee County Board unanimously approved $400,000 in funding from land sale proceeds for the program.

UpLift MKE will provide job training, placement, and support for residents of Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods, including 53206, which has an official unemployment rate of more than 30%. UpLift MKE is the second major County economic development fund in as many months; in October, Milwaukee County joined with the Near West Side Partners to leverage proceeds from the sale of the City Campus building into a $1.6 million economic development fund on the Near West Side.

“I’d like to thank my partners on the County Board for recognizing what a difference we can make to empower workers with the training and support they need to get a family-supporting career through the UpLift MKE program,” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said. “I’d also like to thank the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Milwaukee Area Technical College for their continued investments in our communities. Milwaukee is experiencing an unprecedented jobs and construction boom, and thanks to partners like MAWIB, MATC, and the Bucks, the economic benefits are going to be shared in every part of the County.”

The event will take place at the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, 2338 N 27th St, Milwaukee.

111815-fp-middlefold-pix-2Coalition calls for spending boycott

MILWAUKEE — A coalition of community leaders gathered at City Hall to announce a boycott of holiday spending in response to which it calls police brutality, racist attacks, and economic injustice.

The local organizing committee for #JusticeOrElse presented the campaign of economic withdrawal starting on Black Friday and continuing until after New Years Day.

“We’re not buying anything that’s not black — and she looked at me and said ‘there are black and white people in a lot of shops’ and I said ‘that’s fine, as long as it’s owned by somebody black,'” Patricia McManus, president and CEO of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin said.

The movement #JusticeOrElse is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who called for a holiday spending boycott in the 60s to”redistribute the pain.”

The families of Dontre Hamilton and Corey Stingley, who were both killed over the past few years, stand in support of this movement.

“I say withhold your spending,” Nate Hamilton said.

“That’s just the beginning with this boycott, with the withdrawal of our support for a system that doesn’t support us,” Craig Stingley said.

“There’s so many things you can do to benefit your families this holiday season with those resources,” Alderman Ashanti Hamilton said.


Public Schools’ Washington High School of Information Technology will be showcasing their national award-winning mobile application at the school’s fall iFair.

National award-winning Washington High School showcase work at iFair

MILWAUKEE – They won a national mobile phone application contest and on Wednesday, students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Washington High School of Information Technology will be showcasing their successful work to younger MPS students at the school’s fall iFair.

The event helps connect middle school students to career pathways — and to programs at Washington High School of IT. It’s set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the school, 2525 N. Sherman Boulevard, Milwaukee 53210.

Along with dozens of local business partners, Washington IT students Zwannah Khalil, Melissa Vernon and Charles Wallace will be at the iFair, showing students the national award-winning bowling app they created. “WHS Bowling” gives users the chance to aim for spares and strikes at a virtual bowling alley while they receive rotating messages.

Experts ranked the MPS students’ app among the five best created by student groups from high schools around the country that are part of the Lenovo Scholar Network, a partnership aimed at growing the next generation of mobile app developers. The network then invited the public to vote for their favorite among the top five.

The Washington students’ app won.

“When the emcee called Washington as the winner of the Fan Favorite Award, we all jumped up from the table and ran up on stage,” Zwannah recalled. “It was one of the best moments of my life.”

Washington was one of the first 10 U.S. high schools to join the Lenovo Scholar Network and this year, when another 20 schools were admitted, MPS’ North Division High School was among them. Both schools offer students the chance to take multiple Information Technology classes through a NAF Academy of Information Technology. NAF – a national network of education, business and community leaders working to ensure students are college, career and future ready – sponsors the network along with tech firm Lenovo and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MediaLab.

“I’m proud of how our students worked together to complete an application that a national audience enjoyed,” Washington IT educator Scott Kempen said. “I’m looking forward to our returning students and several new students from Washington being ready to create a new variety of applications next semester for including in the Lenovo Scholar Network program.”


Picture left to Rigth: Periodista Guatemalteco Lorenzo Mateo, Presentadora Mariella Godinez-Munoz, Andrew Fandino, Comisión por Derechos Humanos de Guatemala en USA.

“Hoy Wisconsin Today”

Con Mariella Godinez-Munoz

Hola que tal amigos lectores soy Mariella Godinez-Munoz presentadora del programa “Hoy Wisconsin Today”, y esta semana les tengo un reportaje muy interesante, se trata de la visita del periodista Guatemalteco Lorenzo Mateo Francisco quien está en los estados unidos dando una gira  nivel nacional en su luchar por los derechos Humanos de su país, y la misma vez está viajando junto al Colombiano Andrew Fandino representante de La comisión  de los Derechos humanos de Guatemala en USA, con oficinas que radian en Washington DC. 

Este año la organización GHRC anuncio que el premio Alice Zachmann por los derechos Humanos se le otorgaría a  “Presa Comunitaria” de Santa Eulalia,en  HueHuetenango, Guatemala, la ceremonia se realizó el pasado 3 de Noviembre en Washington DC.  Y Lorenzo Mateo Francisco vino en representación del grupo “presa comunitaria” a recibir el premio.

Esta pasado lunes 9 de noviembre tuve la oportunidad de conocerlos y conversar con ellos acerca de los temas que están afectados este pueblo y Guatemala, el Sr. Mateo nos dice que ser periodista en Guatemala tiene un riego ya que no hay libertad de expresión y muchos  periodista son callados por tarta de educar a su pueblo y e informales todo lo que realmente sucede a sus alrededores. Mr. Lorenzo mateo y un grupo son los encargados de hacer llegar todos los temas de interés a su pueblo es por eso que el gobierno les censuro su radio local comunitaria llamada en su lengua “Snuq’ Jolom Konob” que quiere decir “Voz del Pueblo” la cual en este momento solo puede ser escuchada por internet.

Mientras tanto Andrew Fanzine Activista  de la Comisión por los derechos humanos de Guatemala en USA, nos dijo que es muy importante ayudar y apoyar a este grupo de periodistas en Guatemala para que nos demos cuenta de la realidad en que viven el periodista y el pueblo de Guatemala  los cuales viven con miedo hacer victimas de represarías al no tener libertad de expresión.

De mi parte los invito a ver las entrevista completas, sintoniza canal 895 de Watertown y 992 de Waterloo y en más de 30 ciudades en todo estado, por chárter o cable, también nos puedes ver desde tu computadora en todo el mundo en señal simultanea vía “live stream” todos los Viernes 11am y 6pm, Sábados 10am y 430pm, y  Lunes 9am, si te lo perdiste visita, y haz click “On demand”, también vístanos en nuestra página de Facebook y YouTube, si tienes alguna historia, escribe.

Muy pronto estaré anunciando el horarios de “Hoy WisconsinToday” por Mundomax canal 38. Por ahora Me despido y los espero en la próxima edición. Soy Mariellla! Gracias por tomarse el tiempo de leer este articulo! Y recuerden que una comunidad Unida, Jamas será vencida!

111115fpmiddleDolores Huerta Y El Voto Latino

Por Mariella Godinez-Munoz

Hola que tal amigos lectores soy Mariella Godinez-Munoz presentadora del programa “Hoy Wisconsin Today”, y esta semana les tengo otro reportaje muy importante para toda la comunidad de Wisconsin, se trata de la visita de la Activista por los Derechos Civiles Dolores Huerta para apoyar una Marcha en contra de Donald Trump durante el debate de los pre-candidatos a la presidencia de esta nación, la cual se realizó el día 10 de Noviembre en el Teatro nacional de la ciudad de Milwaukee.

Tuve la oportunidad de entrevistarla y el Honor de conocerla, fui el primmerMariella Godinez-Munoz medio de comunicación que tuvo la oportunidad a las 9am de la mañana y sentarme uno a uno, en la cual ella me respondió: “Que es es importante  apoyar estas marchas por toda la nación, y para dejarle saber a Donald Trump y a los otros pre-candidatos a la presidencia  que los latinos tenemos voz, derechos y debemos ser escuchados y que es importante para todos apoyar este tipo de marchas y eventos. ”

También le pregunte a Dolores Huerta de la importancia del voto latino me dijo que: “Debemos salir a votar, que somos millones de personas que podemos hacer un cambio en esta nación, que no debemos tener miedo de votar, solo nosotros podemos hacer el cambio”.

Como les mencione anteriormente ella vino apoyar la Marcha contra Donald Trump organizada por “Voces de la Frontera”  en la cual su meta era reunir una gran cantidad depersonas para llegar hasta el Teatro Nacional, donde se realizaba esa noche el cuarto debate presidencialRepublicano, la Marcha fue todo un éxito ya que miembros y líderes de la comunidad se dieron cita para alzar su voz en contra de los candidatos que no están a favor de los inmigrantes empezando por el Magnate Donald Trump.

Durante la entrevista la Activista por los derechos Civiles  nos dijo”  “Que seguramente la comida que se estaba comiendo Donald Trump quizá había sido piscada por nuestra gente inmigrante y seguro quiza hasta quienes la prepararon fueron inmigrantes, así que Donald  Trump nos ataca pero se deleita del trabajo de nuestra gente inmigrante”.

De mi parte Los Invito a que estén pendientes de mi programa especial en el cual Dolores Huerta también nos habla sobre que significa el bloqueo a la ley ejecutiva de nuestro presidente Barack Obama,  con la cual queda en el limbo el futuro de más de 5 millones de familias de inmigrantes que estaban esperanzados en esta nueva ley.

De mi parte los invito a ver las entrevista completa, sintoniza  canal 895 de Watertown y 992 de Waterloo y en más de 30 ciudades en todo estado, también nos puedes veren todo el mundo en señal simultanea vía “live stream” todos los Viernes 11am y 6pm, Sábados 10am y 430pm, y  Lunes 9am, si te lo perdiste visita, y haz click  “On demand”, y dale “like” a  nuestra página de Facebook y YouTube, si tienes alguna historia, escribe. Muy pronto estaré anunciando el horarios de “Hoy Wisconsin Today” por Mundomax canal 38.

Por ahora  me despido y los espero en la próxima edición. Soy Mariellla! Gracias por tomarse el tiempo de leer este articulo! Y recuerden que una comunidad Unida, Jamás será vencida!

111115fptopOn Immigration Bush and Rubio No Better Than Trump and Carson

Wisconsin – Right from the onset the GOP presidential candidate field found a way to be offensive and out-of-touch on immigration with front-runner Donald Trump leading the way.

Despite their bickering, it’s clear: every candidate on stage is against a pathway to citizenship and out-of-touch with the American people.

Bush Called For Better Enforcement Against “Anchor Babies”

Jeb Bush said: “If There’s Abuse, If People Are Bringing — Pregnant Women Are Coming In To Have Babies Simply Because They Can Do It, Then There Ought To Be Greater Enforcement. That’s [The] Legitimate Side Of This. Better Enforcement So That You Don’t Have These, You Know, ‘Anchor Babies’, As They’re Described, Coming Into The Country.”

Jeb Bush doesn’t want birthright citizenship to go away, but he is calling for stronger enforcement for people.

According to the Washington Times, “During an interview Wednesday with the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester, Mr. Bush was asked whether he supported a pathway to full citizenship. He replied, ‘No.’ ‘What do we do with the 11 million people here? I think the answer is earned legal status,’ he said.”

Jeb Bush said he would undo the DACA And DAPA Executive Orders. According to Talking Points Memo, “Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush told a conservative radio host he would undo President Barack Obama’s executive actions to let some five million people temporarily stay in the country if he’s elected president. The following exchange occurred Tuesday when Bush appeared on the Michael Medved show: Medved: Would you undo his executive orders on immigration? Bush: The DACA and DAPA? Yes, I would.” [Talking Points Memo, 4/22/15].

November 2015: Marco Rubio On DACA, “It Will End. It Cannot Be The Permanent Policy Of The United States.”

Marco Rubio a U.S. senator from Florida, made the comment about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, program in response to a reporter’s question while campaigning in the early primary state. ‘DACA is going to end and the ideal way for it to end is that it’s replaced by a reform system that creates an alternative,’Rubio said.

According to BuzzFeed: Rubio “Made Clear” That The DACA Program Should Be Terminated. According to BuzzFeed, “Sen. Marco Rubio Wednesday called the Obama administration’s efforts to provide so-called DREAMers with deferred deportation ‘ridiculous’ and insisted the controversial program must come to an end. The House earlier this month voted to end Obama’s 2012 executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which delays deportation of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. While the Florida Republican said he does not believe Congress should simply undo the existing temporary deportation deferments granted under DACA, he made clear the program must be terminated. ‘The 2012 order has to come to end at some point. That executive order will expire at the end of this presidency … that cannot be the permanent policy of the United States. I think it was wrong to make that decision in the first place,’ Rubio said during a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.” [BuzzFeed,1/21/15].

110415fpbottom-pixBody Discovered On Kenosha Shoreline

KENOSHA – A death investigation is underway after a man’s body was discovered on a Kenosha beach.

A man walking along the beach found the body, saying he could not believe what he was looking at.

Mike Hervat said a beautiful Sunday morning exploring the beach and drinking coffee quickly turned into a shocking discovery shortly after 8 a.m.

“And as I’m climbing over the wall, I noticed just the side of an arm that I thought at first it was just a fish laying there,” Hervat said.

It turned out to be a man’s body.

“So I jump over the next set of rocks and I look over and I just see the body laying there, facedown, somewhat in a fetal position and everything,” Hervat said. “Completely naked.”

Hervat said there’s been rough surf the past few days and the body had made it over the top of some rocky debris.

Hervat said he first was ready to go over to see if the man was OK.

“But then as I look, I notice the body is swollen, very blue,” Hervat said. “Obviously had been there for days.”

He quickly returned home and called 911.

“Search and rescue has already gone up and down the lake and everything like that,” Hervat said. “Looking for other signs of anything. So far nothing has turned up.”

Kenosha authorities say the death investigation is on goin.

110415-fp-middle-foldRepresentative Josh Zepnick Arrested For Drunk Driving

MILWAUKEE– State Representative Josh Zepnick (D – Milwaukee) was arrested for driving under the influence last week.

Rep. Zepnick was arrested Thursday night in Greenfield. Zepnick told police he had five or six beers. He failed field sobriety tests but refused to take a breath test. When he refused a breathalyzer test, he was arrested.

Greenfield police say Zepnick was pulled over near 68th and Forest Home Ave. for a traffic violation.

Zepnick issued the following statement regarding the incident:

“I believe it is important to be forthcoming and transparent with my constituents about this matter. I am deeply, deeply sorry for the decision I made to drive under the influence.

“I made a critical mistake, and I am embarrassed by my decision. I apologize to my family, constituents, colleagues, and community members for my inexcusable decision to drive. This incident has made me confront the need to seek professional help to overcome problems affecting my judgment.

“My family has learned first-hand through tragedy the dangers and recklessness of drunk driving, which makes my own actions even more irresponsible. I will remain a committed advocate for reforming and strengthening our state’s drunk driving laws. Drunk drivers must be held accountable for their actions, as I expect to be held accountable for mine.”

Zepnick’s is surprising to many because of what happened to his family. Zepnick’s sister was struck and killed by a drunk driver while riding her bicycle in Greenfield in 1990.

The state lawmaker says the death of his sister inspired him to run for public office in an attempt to strengthen Wisconsin’s drunk driving laws.

A single OWI charge in Wisconsin is not a criminal offense — it’s a municipal traffic violation.

Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt released a statement saying on the Greenfield Police Department Facebook page, “A few of us still remember the aftermath of Jamie Lynn Zepnick’s tragic death. Representative Zepnick’s arrest reminds us of the pervasive problem of drunk driving in our State.”

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca said at a news conference that Zepnick genuinely cares about cracking down on drunken driving, and he is seeking treatment following the arrest.

Barca says it’s up to Zepnick as to whether he continue running for the Milwaukee Common Council.

Zepnick was present for Tuesday’s Assembly session.


New WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan

Racine Launches New Program to Boost Entrepreneurism

Racine, WI – A new initiative launched in partnership by the City of Racine and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will provide funding to support innovative business ventures in Racine County.

The two organizations are contributing equally to a $200,000 fund designed to assist entrepreneurs in developing new technologies in fields with high-growth potential. The program, which received a $100,000 award from WEDC’s Capital Catalyst Program, will be administered by the Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC).

“The long-term vitality of a community relies on the creation and growth of new businesses that provide both valuable products and high-quality job opportunities to the region,” said WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan. “WEDC is pleased to support Racine’s efforts in this mission, and I applaud community leaders for their commitment in bringing this exciting project to reality for area entrepreneurs.”

The program will make funds available through both loans and grant financing. While RCEDC has a long history of providing financial assistance to area companies through its existing loan program, the new fund demonstrates a renewed focus on supporting promising high-tech businesses at their earliest stages when access to small amounts of capital are critical to development.

“Racine’s legacy companies such as Horlick Malted Milk, SC Johnson, J.I. Case Company and others started with an idea and the drive to take that idea and make a business out of it,” said City of Racine Mayor John Dickert. “Today Racine continues to draw dynamic innovators including DeltaHawk Engine, Vista Dental and Butter Buds, just to name a few. We realize, however, that innovation requires capital to convert ideas into sales. The City’s leadership wants to continue these patterns, and this new loan program intends to foster high growth companies in Racine.”

Establishment of the fund follows recent initiatives in the region supporting entrepreneurism, including the WEDC-supported “Launch Box Growth Accelerator” at Gateway Technical College, which provided five local startups with an array of resources and guidance in advancing their companies.

Nine communities and organizations throughout Wisconsin are drawing upon WEDC’s Capital Catalyst Program to support early-stage company development within their areas. The Capital Catalyst Program leverages strong partnerships between WEDC and local economic development partners to effectively deploy capital to spur new business generation.

102815-fp-bottom-foldMilwaukee to Receive $14.2 Million Grant for Streetcar Extension

MILWAUKEE – Mayor Tom Barrett, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congresswoman Gwen Moore announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the City of Milwaukee a $14.2 million grant to enable construction of the Milwaukee Streetcar’s Lakefront Line.

The Lakefront Line, approved along with the Milwaukee Streetcar’s Phase 1 route by the Common Council and Mayor Barrett in February, will connect Cathedral Square to the Lakefront using Milwaukee and Broadway and Michigan and Clybourn. It will link to the planned $122 million, 44-story lakefront Couture development, which will incorporate a streetcar stop.

In addition to this extension to the Phase 1 route, the Mayor intends on additional system expansions into the neighborhoods as part of a modern streetcar network improving transit across the City.

“This critical federal grant for the Milwaukee Streetcar will bring thousands of residents and visitors to major attractions and new developments on Milwaukee’s lakefront,” Mayor Barrett said.  “This announcement builds on the positive momentum we’re experiencing in the heart of the City and will also have a significant impact on our neighborhoods creating hundreds of construction jobs and better connecting our neighborhoods to downtown.” 

“This major investment will further enhance Downtown Milwaukee’s recent renaissance, which includes $2.6 billion of public and private investment since 2005, and another $2.4 billion under construction or planned.”

“I greatly appreciate the support we’ve received for this grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Milwaukee’s congressional delegation and the dozens of business and community leaders who submitted letters of support for this major federal investment in Milwaukee’s economy and transportation network,” Mayor Barrett said.

“This is a strong federal investment in 21stcentury Wisconsin infrastructure that will put people to work,” said Senator Tammy Baldwin.  “The Milwaukee Streetcar will also help spur significant economic development and improve the quality of life for Milwaukee residents.  I’m pleased to see this important project move forward and proud to have helped secure this investment in Milwaukee’s economy.”

“Economic mobility is vital to our city’s future,” said Congresswoman Moore. “That’s why I’ve dedicated so much time and effort in securing this multimillion federal grant for the Milwaukee Streetcar project. With this funding, we can expand our city’s public transportation options while fostering local economic growth and development. I’d like to thank Mayor Barrett for his continued efforts to help Milwaukee reach its full economic potential through this streetcar project.”

The Common Council in February approved $14.2 million for the Lakefront Line as part of the vote in support of the Phase 1 route.  The federal award was from the federal TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program.  The Department of Transportation was to award $500 million in TIGER grants this year, although it received $9.8 billion in grant applications.

The funds will be for the construction of the Lakefront Line and to purchase one streetcar vehicle that will operate on the line.  A portion of the funds will also be used to add a second track on St. Paul Avenue, between North 2nd and 5thStreets, in order to give the system more flexibility and to allow the Lakefront Line to run between the Milwaukee Intermodal Station and the lakefront during special events, such as Summerfest and the Fourth of July.

102815-fp-middle-pix-Supervisor Romo West Host “Sleepover Saturday” at Clarke Square

Milwaukee – Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo West and other local groups drew attention to the issue of homelessness in Milwaukee County and the need for County funding for the homeless shelter system by spending the night in Clarke Square Park on Saturday, October 24 until 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 25. The event was called “Sleepover Saturday.”

Community groups built a tent/cardboard box city to draw attention to homelessness in Milwaukee County and to appeal for funding in the County budget for homeless shelters. They also collected warm clothing and washcloths for the homeless and served hot coffee and soup to those in need.

“This is something we should all be mindful of. Winter is a terrible time to be homeless in Wisconsin. We are willing to sleep outside to draw attention to the problem of homelessness,” said Romo West.

The event was co-sponsored by the Milwaukee County Shelter Task Force. Sponsors are seeking $300,000 in support for their initiative in the 2016 County budget.

“Ending homelessness in Milwaukee County will be a community-wide effort, and I’m hopeful that this particular community effort will be a success, not only in drawing attention to the problem, but in helping to clothe and feed the homeless,” Romo West said.

102815-fp-rop-fold-Angel Sanchez Seeks 12th District Aldermanic Seat

By Robert Miranda

This past Sunday evening on his Facebook page, former Alderman Angel Sanchez announced he will be entering the 12th district Alderman race.

Sanchez served as the first elected Hispanic City of Milwaukee Alderman from 2000 to 2004. He takes on the streetcar-supporting incumbent, Jose G. Perez.

Most recently, Perez failed to support a widely-backed community library project that would have honored civil rights activist and labor leader Cesar E. Chavez. Perez has been in office for one term.

This marks the last of the current Milwaukee Alderman entered into the 2016 spring election that remain unchallenged.

Incumbent Alderpersons who have not filed yet include Ashanti Hamilton, Nik Kovac, Milele Coggs, Bob Donovan and Russell Stamper II. Among these Alderpersons, the only incumbent who remains unchallenged is Ashanti Hamilton. Please note that Joe Davis is not seeking re-election for his current aldermanic seat as he pursues his campaign for Mayor. There are currently seven challengers who have filed to run for that district seat.

Interested candidates have until January 5, 2016 to file according to the City of Milwaukee Election Commission.

The only City of Milwaukee elected official who has filed and remained unchallenged is city Comptroller Martin Mason.

This marks an abnormally high number of challengers for a single city-wide election season. With over two months to go until the filing deadline, there might be even more challengers to come forth.

Currently, there are 30 challengers competing against currently seated Alderpersons and six challengers competing for Mayor Barrett’s seat.

This type of unforeseen ballooning of challengers may represent the growing disappointment and distrust for Milwaukee elected officials.

Whether it simply be political hopefuls who sense the vulnerability of these elected officials because of their vote to redirect future taxpayer dollars away from education and crime prevention to finance a three-mile long streetcar, or because this administration and elected officials voted to give tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to finance a sports complex for New York billionaire NBA franchise owners, or because there is a general consensus that current local elected officials are not representing their constituencies and are only concerned with pleasing Mayor Barrett and receiving a paycheck. The general public is giving these elected officials a “thumbs down” as it pertains to their governance of this city. 

Regardless, one thing is for certain when you have this many challengers this early: it is going to be one of the most contested election cycles this town has ever seen.

102115-fp-nottom-foldSus Beneficios del Seguro Social Aumentan Si Se Jubila Más Tarde

WASHINGTON, D.C.—-Todo el mundo sabe que nunca es demasiado temprano para empezar los planes de la jubilación. Aunque ahorrar temprano ayuda a los jubilados a que tengan una posición financiera más fuerte, muchos estadounidenses solo se confían en recibir la jubilación del sistema de la Seguridad Social, ya que tuvieron limitadas alternativas para haber ahorrado privadamente. De hecho, cerca de dos tercios de los hispanos trabajan para empresas que no ofrecen planes de jubilación. Como el Consejo Nacional de la Raza (CNLR, por sus siglas en inglés) celebra la Semana Nacional del Ahorro para la Jubilación, deseamos enfatizar las razones por las cuales es mejor postergar la jubilación que vaya a recibir del Seguro Social, ya que de esa manera los jubilados pueden maximizar sus beneficios.

“Para los trabajadores que tienen pocas opciones para ahorrar para su jubilación, es fundamental que ellos reciban, del Seguro Social, el máximo beneficio ganado con sus esfuerzos”, dijo Catherine Singley, Gerente del Proyecto de Política Económica de NCLR. “Cuando se espera cumplir los 67 años para  reclamar la jubilación del Seguro Social se obtiene una recompensa sustancial, puesto que los beneficios se incrementan en más de $500 mensuales”.

Cada año, los trabajadores y los empleadores pagan impuestos al Seguro Social para  financiar el programa. Una persona califica para recibir beneficios de jubilación cuando haya trabajado al menos 10 años.  Aun cuando la plena edad de jubilación es a los 67 años, a los trabajadores se les permite comenzar a cobrar beneficios de jubilación del Seguro Social tan pronto cumplan los 62 años. El siguiente gráfico muestra cómo si los empleados esperan para reclamar la jubilación del Seguro Social, los beneficios mensuales que reciban serán mayores.

Para obtener más información sobre cómo aprovechar al máximo sus beneficios del Seguro Social, por favor, lea el folleto de NCLR: “It Pays to Wait” (“Vale la pena esperar”). NCLR también cuenta con expertos para discutir la importancia del Seguro Social para los trabajadores hispanos Si desea concertar una entrevista con un especialista de NCLR, por favor póngase en contacto con Joseph Rendeiro en

El Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR, por sus siglas en inglés) —la organización nacional más grande de apoyo y defensa de los derechos civiles de los hispanos en los Estados Unidos —trabaja para mejorar las oportunidades de los estadounidenses hispanos.  Para más información sobre NCLR, visite o síganos en Facebook y Twitter.

102115-fp-middle-fold-pix-1Bucks Player John Henson Calls Out Racial Profiling Whitefish Bay Store

A star player with the Milwaukee Bucks posted on social media that he was racially profiled.

The store’s owner said it was a misunderstanding because Henson’s car looked like a car that was used in a previous robbery at the store.

Henson posted on Instagram that he went to Schwanke-Kasten jewelry store in Whitefish Bay to look at a watch.  He said employees locked the doors and told him to leave.

Henson wrote the following post: ”Went to @schwankekasten jewelry today in White-Fish Bay during regular business hours . They locked the door and told me to go away . After I rang the doorbell twice everyone went to the back. No answered the door or told me what was going on. This was followed by two police cars pulling up and parking across the street and watching me for 5 minutes ( I assumed they were called by the store ) . I was then approached by 2 officers and questioned about the dealer vehicle I was in which is apart of my endorsement deal with Kunes country Chevrolet and asked me what I wanted amongst other things that were just irrelevant to me being there just trying to shop at the store like a normal paying customer would do . I told them I was just trying to look at a watch. He then had to go in the back and tell them to come out it was safe but this is after they ran my plates and I overheard them talking about doing more of a background check on the car. The employees finally came out of the back and proceeded to conduct business like they previously were as we walked up . This was one of the the most degrading and racially prejudice things I’ve ever experienced in life and wouldn’t wish this on anyone . This store needs to be called out and that’s what I’m doing . You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality and this incident needs to be brought to light and I urge anyone who ever is thinking of shopping here reads this and doesn’t bring any business to this discriminatory place .”

WISN 12 reported that when their reporter went to the store, they “found the doors locked and items removed from the front windows.”

WISN 12 News reports that they spoke with the owner of the store, Thomas Dixon, who said the entire matter is all a misunderstanding.

Dixon told reporters that his store has had been robbed three times in last 18 months, and that “one of the suspect vehicles involved is from the same dealership as Henson’s vehicle.”

Dixon’s employees told him they saw the vehicle with dealer plates, and that they became suspicious because of the past robberies.

Dixon said “the misunderstanding is over the vehicle involved, and was not due to racial profiling.”

Henson signed a four-year contract extension with the Bucks earlier this year.

A statement by the Milwaukee Bucks said in part: “We’ve spoken to John about what happened. It’s very troubling to all of us. Nobody should be treated that way.”

The following statement was issued Tuesday by Tom Dixon, president of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers after he met with Henson:

“I appreciated the opportunity to personally meet with John Henson this morning to look him in the eye, shake hands, and apologize. No one should ever have to experience what he experienced.

We all agree that racial profiling is never acceptable and deeply regret how the circumstances unfolded Friday and Monday.

John Henson is a valued member of the Bucks basketball organization and a valued member of the Milwaukee community. We believe that everyone – professional athlete or not – deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Milwaukee Bucks’ John Henson

Milwaukee Bucks’ John Henson

Henson had this to say about the meeting and apology:

“It doesn`t make it right.  It’s unfortunate.  I came at the time where things were happening to the store — but at the same time, I think steps could have been taken to prevent what happened (Monday) had someone come to the door and said, ‘can I help you?’” Henson said.

Whitefish Bay police late on Monday evening released a lengthy statement to FOX6 News. The full statement is just below:

“Friday, 10/16/15


On Friday, 10/16/15, the Whitefish Bay Police Department responded to Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers, 417 E. Silver Spring Drive, at 3:57pm for a suspicious activity call. Upon arrival, our officer met with an employee of the store who reported they had received a phone call on Thursday, 10/15/15, between 2:00pm and 3:00pm inquiring as to when they close. The employee told our officer they also received a similar call on 10/16/15, again inquiring as to when they closed. The store’s normal closing time is 5:30pm and the store employee made the decision to close at 5:00pm as a precaution.

Theft History

Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers has been the victim of robberies at their Milwaukee stores in the past 2 years, and there was a theft from their Whitefish Bay store on 9/7/13 when a suspect grabbed four Rolex watches and fled from the store. In the past several years, throughout the upper Midwest, stores that sell Rolex watches have been victims of armed robberies, of which several store employees were hurt in these robberies.

Friday, 10/16/15


Our officer parked directly in front of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers store in a dark brown unmarked 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicle. At approximately 4:58pm, our officer observed four individuals walk up to the door. The officer observed the people walk up to the door, but it appeared that the door was locked. He heard discussion between them and an employee inside the store. At this time, the lights in the store were turned off. The officer observed the people get back into the Tahoe, and they drove away. The officer noticed that the Tahoe had a State of Wisconsin issued dealer license plate. The officer queried the state TIME system to ascertain ownership of the vehicle. It listed to a Wisconsin dealership, but not to a specific vehicle.

Friday, 10/16/15


Our officer called the dealership and provided an employee with the plate number and a description of the vehicle. The employee stated that the plate listed to a partner dealership and transferred that officer to the other dealership. This person did not recognize the vehicle nor the occupants as being from the dealership. The officer inquired about ways people could get a hold of these type of plates and the employee informed the officer that they ship many cars to Chicago and it’s possible somebody stole the plates.

My officer called the Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers employee back and informed her that he had spoken to the dealership with whom the plates are listed. He informed the employee that the dealership was running low on plates and that the plates were potentially stolen, but that they were not listed as stolen. He advised the employee that if the vehicle came back, to call the station.

Sunday 10/18/15


On Sunday, 10/18/15, 11:21am, Tom Dixon, the owner of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers, came to our station and spoke with an officer to report that a Green Bay store that sells Rolex watches was burglarized overnight. He provided our officer with a surveillance photo from that incident of a white male in a mask. He requested extra watch as his store when it opened Monday, 10/19/15.

Monday, 10/19/15


On Monday, 10/19/15 at 1:20pm, Whitefish Bay officers were dispatched to Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers as the Tahoe had returned. Officers met up in front of 5500 N. Berkeley, which is around the corner from Schwanke-Kasten. They observed two men in front of the store. The officer ran the license plate and it came back to a Ford dealership and came back as “no vehicle attached” and was not listed as stolen.

The two Whitefish Bay officers approached the two men in front of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers and asked what was going on. A man, later identified as John Henson, informed the officer that he was there to buy his first Rolex, but every time he tries the door, it’s locked, and they don’t let him in. One of the officers asks him about the dealer plates on the Tahoe. He advises the officer that he plays for the Milwaukee Bucks, and that the Bucks players get vehicles from this dealership. Neither officer asked Henson or his companion for drivers licenses or any other identification.

The officer called dispatch to request that a Schwanke-Kasten employee come to the front door. The employee told the dispatcher to have the officer come to the back door. After my officer informed the Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers employee that it was a Milwaukee Bucks player, the employee came to the front door and let them in. The employee requested that an officer stand by as they looked at the Rolexes. Our officers refused, and left the store. The officers then left the area.

At no time did Whitefish Bay police make any notice to merchants on Silver Spring because of these incidents.

~Michael D. Young

Whitefish Bay Police Chief

In light of what happened to him on Monday, Henson says he plans to speak to young people about the incident and how they should react

102115-fp-top-fold-pix-2Wisconsin Democrats recuse themselves from vote

Democrats in the Wisconsin Assembly recused themselves during a vote on a contentious GOP proposal to reshape the state’s campaign finance laws.

The Democrats staunchly opposed the bill from the outset, arguing it would open the door for corruption and expand the influence of money in politics.

“Because the bill has a direct financial interest for myself … I feel it is necessary to recuse myself given the direct self-interest that this bill provides for members of this body,” said Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, leading the arguments.

Campaign donors would no longer be required to disclose their employer under the bill. Instead, they would be required to list their occupation. Currently, donors who give more than $200 are required to list both pieces of information.

A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said the office will review the proposal, but did not indicate whether Walker supports it as-is. A spokeswoman for Fitzgerald said the senator expects changes may be required for the bill to gain traction in the Senate.

The Assembly on Tuesday voted on party lines to pass a bill that would limit the scope of crimes that can be investigated in a John Doe probe to the most severe felonies and some violent crimes, meaning campaign finance and ethics violations could no longer be subject to a John Doe.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, has said the slate of bills marks “the end of clean, open and transparent government in Wisconsin.”