Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The Wisconsin Humane Society is hoping adoptions between both the Ozaukee and Milwaukee campuses will hit 500 animals during the month of September in order to get this generous $50,000 donation to the shelter.
Adoptions from area Humane Societies are worth a whole lot during the month of September after one man has stepped up with the offer to donate $50,000. Stan Kass, who already gave a $100,000 gift to the Wisconsin Humane Society last year, has said he will donate the $50,000 if 500 animals are adopted by the end of the month from the Ozaukee and Milwaukee county locations combined, according to a press release from the shelter. "We are so thankful to Stan for his generosity, which he also hopes will inspire the whole community to show just how much they care about homeless animals," said Anne Reed, WHS’s executive director. "Whether you’re able to adopt a homeless animal, or make a gift to WHS, we know that Southeastern Wisconsin can step …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Port Washington resident Mark Rolison was inspired on an overseas trip to create GloBall Giving, a nonprofit that collects and donates used sporting equipment to children in poor countries.
Editor's note: The Huffington Post chose Mark Rolison as its "Greatest Person of the Day" on Sept. 12 — an honor recognizing people who confront issues with creativity and passion. Kicking a soccer ball. Swinging a baseball bat. Shooting hoops. Many American children can take these activities for granted — but such privileges aren't so common in foreign countries, as Port Washington resident Mark Rolison found out while on a Habitat for Humanity trip to Kenya. "We went to a normal school with about 200 kids, and they didn't have one soccer ball," he said. "So, we donated three balls. You can't describe the elation — they were so happy. The lightbulb went off in my head." Rolison quickly started formulating plans for what is now called "…
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Donations collected in the mail on Saturday from Port Washington, Saukville, Fredonia and Belgium totaled 8,126 pounds, all food that will benefit The Food Pantry in Port Washington.
As part of the nation's largest single-day food drive effort, local residents were able to collect 10,332 items — or 8,126 pounds of food — to benefit The Food Pantry in Port Washington. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, and has collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993. Last year's efforts netted 70.2 million pounds of food, the eighth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected, according to its website. United States Postal Service mail carriers collected food items that were left in bags on the mailboxes on Saturday. The Food Pantry is located at 1800 N. Wisconsin St.; contact 262-284-1148 for more information about making a donation.
Friday, May 11, 2012
An anonymous donation of up to $1 million will allow the Port Washington Historical Society to purchase and renovate the former Business Men’s Club building for use a museum; the society will also occupy the building at 205 N. Franklin Street for use as a
The Port Washington Historical Society is moving, and thanks to a $1 million anonymous donation, the transition will include quite the upgrade. The society is leaving its former home — a small, temporary spot on Grande Avenue — to move in downtown, where it will occupy two historic locations. Historical Society Board President Jackie Oleson called the donation "a transformational gift." "The gift was directed to save another historic building from demolition and devote it to showcasing the history of Port Washington," Oleson said in a press release. "Through the considerable generosity and vision of this family, the Port Washington Historical Society will acquire and renovate the former Business Men’s Club building located at 118 N. …
Stamp Out Hunger Day is Saturday, and local post offices will pick up your nonperishable items as part of the food drive right from your mailbox ... you just have to fill the bag.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Friday, May 11, 2012
The facts are a bit sobering: (sources: USDA Food Security Report 2010, Feeding America Annual Report 2011) However, the need doesn't go unheard, and the National Letter Carriers Association is again presenting "Stamp Out Hunger Day," on Saturday. Locally, post offices have already delivered bags to all residents; if you no longer have that bag, mail carriers will take items left in any bag. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993. Last year's efforts netted 70.2 million pounds of food, the eighth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected, according …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Port Washington city officials haven't heard from the group interested in donating an observation tower for Upper Lake Park since January.
City officials have not heard from the group that proposed an observation tower for Upper Lake Park since late January, according to the Ozaukee Press. At that time, the Port Washington Common Council had postponed any further action on the tower until members from the Friends of the Port Washington Tower could be present at a meeting — though city officials also made clear they were mostly against the proposed location. "I don’t want to discourage people who want to give to the city," Ald. Paul Neumyer said during the Jan. 24 meeting, "but I’m not a fan of the location — I wish (the group) could be inclined to consider (the tower) on the coal dock." Since then, city officials "haven’t heard a word" from the group, City Administrator Mark …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Friends of the Tower hope to build an observation tower in Upper Lake Park, but Port Washington officials aren't sure the suggested location is the best place.
City officials have questioned several specifics about an observation tower proposed for Upper Lake Park, and the latest detail on their mind is the structure's location. The Port Washington Fire Department raised a fire ladder in the proposed location on Upper Lake Park as a way to get a sample of the view both from 80 feet up as well as an idea what the protruding tower would look like from other areas in the city. (Patch got a ride in the bucket, here's some photos of the view.) And what they saw left aldermen mostly convinced the tower doesn't belong on top of the bluff. "I was expecting more," Ald. Dan Becker said during the Common Council meeting last week. "I was hoping to be able to see into the downtown but you couldn’t do that…
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
A Port Washington group wants to donate an observation tower to the city, but first officials have some research to do — including a real-life example of just how tall the tower would be.
A Port Washington fire truck will make its way up to Upper Lake Park on Saturday, but not because there's any chance of fire. Instead, city officials have asked the Fire Department to drive up to the park and raise its ladder — 80 feet. Why? The ladder will represent the height of a proposed observation tower that a Port Washington group, who calls themselves the Friends of the Tower, hope to donate to the city. The project would cost about $300,000 to $500,000 and would hopefully be completed in the next couple years, according to the Ozaukee Press. A nonscientific poll on Patch showed about 38 percent of readers support the tower, while 48 percent say they don't want it here; another 12 percent were undecided. (Poll results as of 4:15 p.…
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Community Learning Center in Port Washington recently undertook a playground remodeling, funded by thousands in donations as well as several fundraisers.
A new playground is taking shape at the Community Learning Center in Port Washington, following hard work from the community and a generous donation from one grandmother. “We’ve been involved with the school since it opened,” said Shirli Flack, president of Allied Insulation Supply Co. in Milwaukee. Out of her 19 grandchildren, 10 went to CLC growing up. Issues arose with the surfacing of the playground, something that eventually prompted Flack's donation. “When the playground was put in (in 1992), the most efficient, safest-fall surfacing was pea gravel,” said Gail Freitag, executive director of CLC. Plus, unlike sand or woodchips, the pea gravel wouldn’t freeze together in the winter time. But, over the years, the pea gravel turned …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Despite high winds trying to tamper with the Boy Scouts collection efforts, troops were able to raise more food than last year.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Lyssa Beyer
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Area Boy Scout troops collected 4,472 pounds to donate to the Food Pantry in Port Washington through a door-to-door drive held last week. Scouts left bags on residents' doors Oct. 15, in hopes that the bags would be filled and left for pick up the following week. Many of the bags flew away due to high winds, but donations were still collected in any old bag — and the drive was still a success, according to Doug Schaefer, committee chairman for Troop 875 in Port Washington and event coordinator. "(Given) the wind flying and the state of the economy (it was a good collection)," he said. "It’s slightly better than last year and still not quite to the levels back in 2008 — but that should help the folks that rely on the pantry every week …