Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Just Between Friends sale is going on now through the weekend, and many Port Washington families take advantage of the event, one resident says.
"It's everything you could possibly imagine that you would need if you have kids," Port resident Ashley Brooks said of the Just Between Friends consignment sale going on this weekend. The Port Washington-Germantown Just Between Friends sale is an annual event held in West Bend, and offers "gently used and new children's clothing, toys, strollers, car seats, shoes, women's clothing, including maternity clothes from XS to plus sizes, DVDs, board and electronic games, books, and children’s shoes," according to a press release about the event. Brooks said she first learned of the sale as a shopper, but she returns each year as a consigner now. "I've consigned at the event two or three times now, which is awesom. (It's a) great way to get rid (…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Elementary schools in the Port Washington-Saukville School District will no longer be a walk-in setup as officials work towards increasing security in all buildings.
Elementary schools in the Port Washington-Saukville School District are seeing changes this week to the entrances of the buildings. As the first step in increasing security measures at the schools, officials are adding a buzzer that parents and visitors will have to ring before being allowed into the schools; the installation is taking place this week, according to an Ozaukee Press article. Video cameras will also be installed outside the buildings for office personel to monitor, all at a cost of roughly $11,000. The buzzer and camera system is considered a short-term fix to the outdated system of open doors and signs sending visitors to the school's office. In the long term, the district may consider some remodels to the main entrance to …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Port Washington-Saukville School District explains its emergency policies after reports that a shooter killed more than 20 people, including kids, at an elementary school in Newtown, CT.
A Connecticut community is reeling from tragedy and communities across the nation are reacting with thoughts of fear, sadness and anger after a 20-year-old man went on a shooting rampage, ending 27 lives were ended Friday at a Newtown, CT, elementary school, according to early reports. "I'm upset when my daughter goes to kindergarten I'm going to have to ask for detailed reports of their plans against a mass shooting," Aimee King wrote on Facebook. "It's scary. Even to take her in public for fear of a mass shooting." Port Washington-Saukville School District Superintendent Michael Weber said school officials had not broke the news of the tragedy to its students as of late afternoon, thinking it would be best to keep them calm and in their …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises as well as political figures will be popular this year but plan to see plenty of classic Halloween costumes as well.
Americans will spend nearly $3 billion on Halloween costumes this year, and the majority of them will dress as witches, vampires, princesses and in other traditional Halloween attire. The National Retail Federation’s 2012 Top Halloween Costumes survey reports that 10 percent of kids plan to dress as a princess, while six million adults plan to go as a witch. Batman is the second most popular Halloween costume for kids, while the character — along with other characters from The Dark Knight Rises — is fourth for adults. Some people plan to turn to current events as inspiration for their Halloween costume, whether it’s an athlete, political figure or something else entirely. “With nearly one in ten celebrants taking their costume cues from …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Money-wise tips from a mother of one with plenty of tricks up her sleeve.
With kids, it seems like there is always something to buy. Diapers, new clothes, toys. It can really add up, both for your pocketbook and the environment. As a self proclaimed "crunchy mom," I am always trying to find ways to not only save a little money but to make a little less of a dent on good ol' mother earth. One of the biggest decisions we made was that we were going to cloth diaper our son. So, after a little research because there are so many different styles, we decided to go with the bumGenius Organic All-in-One Size diaper. We chose this one because it seemed like the closest thing to a disposable diaper. There is no stuffing or folding, just swap out the dirty one for a clean one. The question I get most often is about …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Caught in a mess of "sit," "down," "shake" and more, Local Editor Lyssa Beyer takes some time to learn from the pros by enrolling in dog training classes.
A lot of people have been telling me, "Puppies are worse than kids." The time, the effort, the training. In the two months since owning crazy, destroyer, spaz, pretty, cute, smart Mara (all at one time nicknames during her so-far short existence in my life), I haven't quite found 100 percent truth from these words of wisdom that I keep hearing — "Puppies are worse than kids." Hear a baby crying? Drop everything and run. Hear a dog whining from its kennel? Ignore it, so it can learn that alone time is OK. Heading out for the night? Put the dog in the kennel. Leaving for the evening? Leave the baby in the ... oh, wait. At this point, hopefully you are joining me in my confusion of just how puppies can be worse than kids. Then again, I don't …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department offers playground activities for area kids throughout the summer.
Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department offers a Summer Playground Program for kids ages 6 to 14. The program costs $70 for individuals who are residents and $80 for nonresident individuals; family prices are $115 for residents and $125 for nonresidents. The playground program runs from noon to 5 p.m. at Hill School Park. Contact the department for information.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
As a cross-country trip gets closer, local mom gets more nervous about leaving her son behind.
I just hit "Buy Now." It is official. I am leaving my baby for three whole days. OK, OK — two and a half. But still! I recently signed up for a photography workshop in Colorado in August. There was another one back in March, but I thought with my son only being 13 months old at the time, it was a little too soon. I heard about the August workshop and jumped on it. It had not really registered with me until I got my notification about buying my airline tickets. I would be leaving. And this isn’t an overnight in Appleton. I had another workshop back in March and, I have to admit, it was nice to sleep in a quiet room. I made it home in time to catch him before his nap and all was good. We survived. But this is Colorado — as in, across the …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County has plenty of room for volunteers ready to build a friendship with an area child.
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- Lyssa Beyer
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County is all about adding a regular dose of fun to your life as well as a child's. "We just want typical, everyday people, because we have typical, everyday kids," said Nicole Bulow, program manager and match support worker for the program. The organization has about 30 kids in need of a Big Brother or Big Sister, Bulow said; many of the kids awaiting a big in the program right now are from Saukville and Port Washington. "These kids ... just want that friendship," Bulow said. "Our volunteers don't need to have experience with kids." Keshawn, a 7-year-old in the program, said he looks forward to having a big with whom he can build with wood, play card games, video games and other games, …
How would you react if you saw something you didn't agree with?
Let’s say you see something you don’t agree with, a child being left alone on a playground or being punished too harshly for a small mistake. What would you do? ABC has a popular program with just that title — "What Would You Do?" It shows the reactions people have in everyday situations, and whether they would stand up for something that was not right. Then, John Quinones jumps out from behind a bush and asks people why they acted the way they did. With the warm weather, I have been taking the boys I nanny out and about more. There is something I see every summer. Men and women drop off their children on the playground and make a quick exit stage left, take a seat and pop open a magazine or chat on their phones. These are not kids that …