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Maureen Connors Badding arrived in Wauwatosa 22 years ago via Buffalo and Phoenix. She's a freelance writer and habitual volunteer who enjoys book clubs, travel, entertaining and cheering for her daughter's swim team.

Going Green in the Village

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 When you think about it, the Village of Wauwatosa is pretty green (in the eco-friendly sense) 365 days a year. It’s just a short walk, bike ride or drive to some of the best restaurants and interesting shops in metro Milwaukee. In fact, the Village Business Improvement District offers a “Live Local” program with discount privileges for members at

Add to that equation the Farmers Market and new stores that promote sustainability: Go Green Design Center, which offers green building supplies plus green solutions for energy and water conservation, and B. Green, which sells eco-friendly home goods and toys. Both of those businesses are in the building that Tosa oldtimers will forever refer to as “The Drews Building.” (If you haven’t seen it lately, it’s worth a trip just to see architect and Go Green owner Karen Wilman’s inspired design.)

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Two's company, three's a superlative.

Grammar Nazi, Right of Way

The grammar grump is back. 

I was talking to a new acquaintance the other day about her kids. She told me about her "oldest," then she told me about her "youngest." I knew better than to ask about the middle child, because I was pretty sure there wasn't going to be one. This wasn't the first time I'd heard a mom using the superlative instead of the comparative when describing two kids.  

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