Around the Town with Mayor Steve: April is Autism Awareness Month

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On Wednesday, March 20th, I attended the retirement ceremony for Kuno, one of the Oak Creek Police Department’s canines. Officer Paul Hernon and Kuno have been partnered since 2005, and have worked together on many police calls during their tenure. With Kuno enjoying a rawhide bone to celebrate his retirement, Police Chief John Edwards highlighted Kuno’s career. A crowded Police Department courtroom listened to stories of their career including an arrest in 2007 of a man with a butcher knife who was threatening his family. Kuno also was decorated in 2010 at a State Police canine competition. I wish Kuno a long and happy retirement. Keep up the strong bark!

One of the great opportunities I get as Mayor of Oak Creek is attendance at Eagle Scout ceremonies. Last week I was invited to speak at the ceremony for Michael Lazarski, a senior at Oak Creek High School, who passed his Board of Review for Eagle Scout on November 6th, 2012. In addition to the 21 required merit badges for Eagle Scout, Michael earned an additional 6 merit badges for a total of 27. For his Eagle Scout Project, Michael lead a group of volunteers to construct benches with built in flower boxes for the walking paths at the Salvation Army in Oak Creek. In front of parents, family, friends, and over 25 fellow scouts, Michael received the highest honor in scouting. Well done Michael, and thanks for your commitment to the community!

April is Autism Awareness Month, and City Hall and staff will show our support for public education and awareness of autism in our community. Oak Creek City Hall and Streets Department will be lit up in blue during the week of April 1st as part of the Autism Speaks' Light It Up Blue campaign. At the last Council meeting I issued a mayoral proclamation for World Autism Awareness Day. According to the Oak Creek Patch there are a group of Oak Creek educators and their families who will participate in the April 6th Walk Now for Autism. Thanks to the 44 members who will be participating in this important event!

Spring is finally starting to show its true colors. The temperatures are rising, the daffodils and tulips are beginning to peak up out of the ground, and it won’t be long until we’re back outdoors. We’ll be announcing plans soon for our Community-wide Cleanup in late April. Stay tuned to our City Facebook page for details!

Mayor Steve