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Write of Passage

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.

Living la Vida Local

I love the whole “live local” movement that’s happening throughout the country and, in particular, in our little City of Wauwatosa. The Village BID, for example, has rolled out a Live Local program encouraging folks to eat, shop, work and play in the village in order to create jobs and promote community development. (To find out how to get a Live Local membership card with discount privileges, go to

Buying local is so easy to do, when you have great retail shops and restaurants within walking distance. Being a locavore – or eating locally grown foods – has been a bit more of a challenge. For one thing, in our house we love bananas and shellfish, not exactly products of the Midwest. Secondly, we’ve been missing our local farmers market, which didn’t survive numerous moves. 

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