Message from the Mayor:
The holiday season has quietly arrived this year, with balmy temperatures for November keeping our lawns green and adding a few extra weeks of life into our summer gardens. While the leaves may have already fallen, the sound of lawnmowers can still be heard in many neighborhoods, with residents taking advantage of the lack of snow to clean up their yards before the long winter.
As Thanksgiving arrives this week, it signals the end of many of the road projects we’ve seen this year, with the new Drexel interchange being the most notable. This week, the first new interchange since the 1970’s will open in Milwaukee County, adding a new connection point to the southern communities, linking key development sites along the interstate to the region’s future development growth, with the potential of hosting many additional full-time jobs. Drexel Town Square, still in the early planning stages, is poised to transform our city into a leader in the region, with exciting new restaurant, retail, and housing opportunities for our residents.
We kicked off our Mayor’s Fitness & Weight Loss Challenge event on November 10th at Oak Creek High School, with nearly 450 people signing up to lose weight together, from November to February, as we attempt to build a fitter community. More than twenty fitness, health, and nutritional partners have joined our efforts, and we will continue to host community events throughout the three month period, the next up being our Community Turkey Trek on Thanksgiving morning. Join me at 8am at Knights Stadium for a one hour walk. Please bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food pantry. We’ll also give away a couple raffle prizes, donated from local businesses. Upcoming events will include a Zumbathon, a healthy eating seminar, and other fitness demonstrations. If you haven’t signed up yet, stop in at one of our many “weight stations” to register, you’ll get a blue Challenge wristband, and a chance to win a Kindle Fire for your fitness efforts.
I am thankful for the tremendous community support displayed throughout a challenging few months in our city. The capacity to reach out and offer a hand to members of our community, who have suffered, has been nothing short of amazing, and I continue to be encouraged by the level of commitment I’ve seen from all of our residents. Continue to pay it forward, and lend a hand to those who may need a little help. That service to your community is a perfect example of the Thanksgiving spirit. Have a wonderful holiday weekend with your family, friends, and neighbors.