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.
As if I don't have enough to do, I've decided to write an occasional blog to share my thoughts with you, as a Wauwatosa alderman and concerned citizen, about issues affecting my hometown that just aren't getting fully discussed elsewhere.
As a starting shot, I will discuss two things that have gotten some attention. The first was an award that the City gave at last night's Common Council meeting to Richard Bachman, who formerly served for 24 years as an alderman in Wauwatosa's 7th District. Last night, we gave Ald. Bachman a U.S. flag that had been flown over City Hall. He also received a proclamation and State of Wisconsin flag from the State Senate, presented by State Senator Jim Sullivan; a proclamation from County Executive Scott Walker pronouncing October 6, 2009, as "Richard Bachman Day" in Milwaukee County; the good wishes of State Representative Leah Vukmir; and two standing ovations from the Mayor, Common Council, and other attendees. Ald. Bachman and his late wife, Gloria, were honored for years of raising private funds to provide Wauwatosa with American flags to fly on lightposts throughout the City. As a former mayor, Maricollette Walsh, once said, "There are two things that Dick and Gloria Bachman love more than anything else -- their family and the City of Wauwatosa."
The other great news of the day is the fact that a 1958 graduate of Wauwatosa [East] High School, Dr. Thomas Steitz, just won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Dr. Steitz is Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry and professor of chemistry at Yale University. This is a great honor for Dr. Steitz and a great moment for his hometown.
In Wauwatosa, we have much to be proud of. Today, I'm feeling proud of Dick Bachman, Gloria Bachman, and Thomas Steitz.
See you again soon, Wauwatosa.