Alderman Dennis McBride represents Wauwatosa's 4th District. An attorney and graduate of Wauwatosa East High School, Ald. McBride strives to be an effective, thoughtful, and nonpartisan representative for his constituents and for his hometown.
On May 4, the Wauwatosa Common Council voted 13-2 to approve the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's plan to develop part of the Milwaukee County Grounds, east of Highway 45 and north of Watertown Plank Road. UWM will develop a science research facility, technology-based business park, and other buildings, including apartments in and near the historic Eschweiler Buildings. The development will be called "Innovation Park." Eleven acres in the 88-acre parcel have been set aside as a habitat for migrating monarch butterflies.
What the Council approved was a preliminary plan. UWM will return for other City approvals on a more detailed plan as it develops parts of the property.
All you parents will know what I'm talking about.
My apologies to Smokey Robinson for stealing his words (in a song he wrote for The Temptations), but when my first child, Meredith, was born 20+ years ago, she became my sunshine on a cloudy day. When it was cold outside, she was my month of May. She was my girl, and she changed my life completely.
This past weekend, my 14 year-old daughter and I returned to what is perhaps America's most sacred place.
Shortly after arriving in Philadelphia, we walked to the old Pennsylvania State House, better known as "Independence Hall." There, we heard again -- can we ever hear enough? -- about the brave and wise men who there created our Declaration of Independence in 1776 and our Constitution in 1787.
At a Memorial Day ceremony today, I silently commemorated my four personal war heroes. They had common names -- Ray, Jack, Bob, and Bill -- and they didn't die in battle. But they helped to win World War II. For that they have my admiration, gratitude, and love.
Ray was my Dad. Jack, Bob, and Bill were his brothers. All entered the war as U.S. Army privates. All came out as sergeants.